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My 10th Wedding Anniversary

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Today my husband and I celebrate 10 years!! I am so thankful for him!
I give God the glory for our wedded years, and 9 years of parenthood too
.....being parents to our 4 children has grown us spiritually to mature unselfish adults....the 'full steam ahead version'. emoticon LOL! I have grown more in the last ten years than in my 24 years prior! God does all things well!
I wouldn't have had it any other way! emoticon

I have learned to trust the heart of the Father, to exercise blind Faith and to put on a willing, cheerful spirit of obedience. I have learned to be still before God, and open my mouth with wisdom when discussing matters with my DH. I have learned to pray first, and speak later.... I have learned to wait and be content.

One of our favorite quotes to bring peace during a misunderstanding is, "I am not your enemy and you are not mine." This established quote has brought peace and a solution to many an issue. emoticon
Our love has deepened because of JESUS, and His Love and passion for us.
Both of us know that our needs can only be met in Christ alone....our dependency upon the Lord has grown us, and challenged us to maturity.

{{{ Praise the Lord great things He has done! }}}

A beautiful large bouquet of flowers was delivered to my carnations and roses, Gerber daisies, and mums, and different delicate lilies......yellows, purples and reds...Very Cheerful Bouquet!
A card was attatched handwritten by my husband too.... emoticon
We'll celebrate our special day this weekend alone....Mom and Dad are taking care of our little ones.

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NBLNBL 10/24/2010 3:49PM

    Happy Anniversary Laura!

Enjoy your special day :)


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PAMAPPLE 10/23/2010 9:09PM

    Happy Anniversary!! Enjoy your special day together!! God has helped you two grow closer together through the years!! Thanks for sharing your special day with us!!

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ABETTERSOUL 10/23/2010 4:02PM

    Happy Anniversary!!! Enjoy your weekend and each other.

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BELLACUDDLES 10/23/2010 12:09PM

    Happy #10!!! Hope your weekend is extra special like you!!

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JOYFULMOMTO5 10/23/2010 12:04PM

    Happy Anniversary! Enjoy your time alone together. emoticon

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NORTHWOODSMOM8 10/23/2010 10:36AM

    This was ABSOLUTELY beautiful, Laura! Thank you so, so much for blessing all of us with a glance into this SPECIAL MARRIAGE! I'm so thankful to know you, my dearest friend! Also, ENJOY your time alone with hubby this weekend! HOW special! {{{much love}}} Susan emoticon

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CYCLINGSANDY 10/23/2010 9:24AM

    Congratulations on your ten years of blessings together! To God be the glory for what he has done in your marriage and as parents. May He give you many more years together.


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MORNINGGRACE 10/22/2010 9:27AM

    Happy anniversary!
My 10th is comingsoon,too

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SEABREEZE64 10/22/2010 7:26AM

    Happy Anniversary
the photo of the flowers is beautiful!

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 10/22/2010 2:23AM

    Happy Anniversary!

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TJOEYMO 10/20/2010 10:05PM

    Congrats! What a lovely testimony.

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DESERT_BIRD 10/20/2010 9:22PM

    Congratulations!! You have a very special relationship. And what a sweet note!

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BIGLITTLEWOMAN 10/20/2010 8:38PM

    May the next ten be as wonderful and fun as the first ten.

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MRS_LOOMIS 10/20/2010 7:14PM

    Many congratulations and blessings to you both!!!

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DANCINGJILL 10/20/2010 4:26PM

    Good for you!! My husband and I just celebrated our 6 yr wedding anniversary on Monday. It is such a blessing to have found your soul mate. Have a great day!! emoticon

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BESTSUSIEYET 10/20/2010 4:03PM

    What a Blessing you have! and way to go, encouraging all of us to put Christ first in our marriages!! Love the quote!! Have a fun, blessed time away!!

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PENNEYV 10/20/2010 3:56PM

    Congratulations on 10 years. That is a mile stone.
Ironically I am celebrating today as well, but it is 37 years. God has proved himself faithful.

May you dwell with your family in the fullness that only living for Him can give. Only God can know what is to come for you & your dear ones. If we knew ahead of time we would not have the fortitude to move ahead. Nonetheless, God's grace is sufficient for whatever circumstance that you may have in the coming years.
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Only united in God's love is there true joy!

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Back from Vacation/Spark Lifestyle intact!

Sunday, October 17, 2010

emoticon{{{ I'm Back! }}} emoticon
....I LOVE coming back "home-sweet-home"...there is no place like it in all the world!....and now for a nice hot cup of tea......

Well, we traveled through 10 states, over 3,600 miles and experienced a 'whirlwind' of a journey! The Lord Blessed us mightily, and it is a miracle that we remained in excellent health 100% of our trip! One family member we visited had strep throat, and another bronchitus, and another a stomach virus!! emoticon ...let me tell ya, I leaned heavily on God, and stood in Faith for His healing...He kept us!!! Amazingly, there were 'family conflict's in some of the homes we visited when we arrived, but the Lord kept us ....He is always Amazing, and I give Him ALL the Glory! We ended up praying with the family through their difficulty, and the Lord brought the increase....Peace! We Praised and Prayed and saw God's hand work mightily in each family. It's not what we were expecting for a vacation, but God knew best.

Truthfully, this journey has been a Huge spiritual seemed that everywhere we went, each family was under some sort of attack or trial. I Praise the name of Jesus for spending us at His pleasure. That is what we are created for, for Him to use us according to His Will. I am also glad we didn't know about any of these 'home conflicts' or we would have stayed home....LOL!!! ...that's my flesh speaking..... I am glad to trust the Saviour in all things. =)

We visited Arkansas, Missouri, Ohio, Indiana, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, Illinois and Tennessee. The colors of autumn were beautiful esp. in the Shenandoah Valley, Cumberland Mtns. and my Favorite colors were the Middle Appalachian Mtns.....I personally loved Tennessee and Virginia!! The climate was a cool 42 in the eve/morn and a high of 75 during the day....just perfect!

I am so happy to tell you that I remained true to my healthy lifestyle with wise mindful eating and fitness daily!! This is Proof that I truly have a Spark Lifestyle!! emoticon emoticon emoticon is not an easy task to maintain this lifestyle when food choices can be limited on a trip... it was a challenge!!...LOL! I am just so thankful, and relaxed about this adopted lifestyle...My Lifestyle!! LOL!! I didn't gain a pound or lose one....I'm happy with that...I hope to be in the 140's soon. emoticon

Now on to our home school schedule, and embracing this gorgeous Autumn season......I just love this time of year!
Today is also my son's 9th birthday! We are having Fun!

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DESERT_BIRD 10/20/2010 11:19AM

    Welcome back, Laura!

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NBLNBL 10/19/2010 1:16PM

    Hi Miss Laura!

I am so glad to hear you had a wonderful vacation. You deserve it!


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PAMAPPLE 10/18/2010 10:31PM

    So glad to have you are such an encourager and have such a positive attitude and servant's heart willing to do whatever Jesus intends for you to do...I must agree with Susie and Susan...I love to hear your plans for embracing Jesus and carrying out His will. Glad you were able to be a positive example and prayer warrior for your family!! emoticonon sticking to your healthy lifestyle and not gaining weight over vacation! emoticon

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BELLACUDDLES 10/18/2010 5:55PM

    So glad you arrived safely home from a long journey; I'm sure you were a blessing to everyone you visited!


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LECATES 10/18/2010 7:27AM

    Sounds like your visiting was a blessing to all your family members. Glad you did not gain or lose---a successful vacation all round.

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DETERMINEDJANET 10/18/2010 12:00AM

    Welcome home! I am glad the Lord kept you through so much and that you were also able to maintain your Spark Lifestyle!

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JOYATLAST 10/17/2010 7:49PM

    It's so good to hear from you again! What a testimony! You blessed each home with your presence. You had a feast for the eyes. You were as true to your SP plan as you are to your other convictions. You are a hero and example worth following.

Now, rest from your vacation. All is well.


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BESTSUSIEYET 10/17/2010 6:55PM

    emoticon BACK!! We've missed you! And I echo my friend Susie on loving to hear you embracing the plans Jesus has for you -- you do set the bar high, my friend! I'm learning, but have a LONG ways to go! Glad you found the lifestyle 'worked' even on vacation --that was such a blessing for me when I experienced it in June! We CAN do this; we ARE doing this; we WILL do this!!

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NORTHWOODSMOM8 10/17/2010 6:36PM

    Oh, LAURA, PTL for such an awesome report! I used you as an example during our Family Bible time this morning. I told everyone about a friend of mine on SP and a phrase that she uses that both CHALLENGES me to press in for more of Jesus and BLESSES me every time she uses it! The PHRASE: spent for Jesus! I lovelovelove your heavenly vocabulary! Will you teach me the language? emoticon Truly, I'm blessed to call you my special friend [whom having not seen I LOVE…] and that we will spend ALL eternity together! Thanks so much for your wonderful testimony of your trip where you were spent to the glory of our LORD Jesus Christ. Hallelujah!

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a word about "resolve"....

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Tonight at our family BBQ, I faced a challenge....... I had planned to enjoy eating grilled meat over a light dessert, of course. {{I was resolved!}}

...there were a few people who were DETERMINED to see me eat the dessert....I mean - DETERMINED! I am telling was a conspiracy! LOL! emoticon
I mean it! If I had not formed this lifestyle, and if I were not walking in it with Joy and pure abandon and RESOLVE, I would have certainly given in....
I moved away from them and they FOLLOWED me! They were resolved.....LOL!

It was so weird....they wouldn't leave me alone...."would you like some of this ?"....or "how about another helping of this?".....I began to think I was under attack! LOL!!
...and perhaps I was at the end of a of much to do.
I was exhausted and Hungry!!

You see I have this plan that covers me 365 days a year.....a plan to live with intention.
I am focused and intentionally planning each day as if it were my last. I am an 'all or nothing' kind of gal.....
I cannot imagine ....after all of the self discipline it has taken, and all of the yielding to the Holy Spirit through out this journey.....ever yawning my way through to the end...LOL! ...nope that's not my style.....or giving in so casually and damaging what I have worked for for so long. When I Enjoy a special dessert or "whatever", I really PLAN it, and intentionally savor each bite. I have ended the artlessness of eating mindlessly. You don't get the "bang for your buck" I don't enjoy the "bites" as much. =)

I confess, I stuck to my plan and enjoyed my food immensely....not craving the offered foods. emoticon emoticon emoticon

I pray to have this same resolve while on vacation......I have yet to experience the challenges of eating healthy on vacation.....but I am RESOLVED.
.....I am running this race with intention, and cheering loudly for those with me is my lifestyle! LOL!

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DAYHIKER 10/5/2010 4:40PM

    Excellent! Neither do I understand why some people seem to think we need to eat things we have said we do not want. emoticon

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX10 10/3/2010 8:55PM

    Awesome. Trust me keeping that resolve is important. I am speaking from experience. I lost 85 pounds and kept it off for over 4 years and one day my resolve began to weaken and I gained half of it back. It does not come off as easy the second or third time around. emoticon

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    Good job! I too am RESOLVED to make good choices while traveling this week. We can do it because we know who is tempting us to fail and he won't win!!! Our God is stronger and guiding us!

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NORTHWOODSMOM8 10/3/2010 5:50PM

    I LOVE THIS, LAURA!!!! Wow! I want to PRINT this out and STUDY each word! Thank you for inspiring me!!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ANNABELLE1957 10/3/2010 2:25PM

    sooo awesome and encouraging,thank you for posting ,,it reall does help alot, emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BESTSUSIEYET 10/1/2010 9:05PM

    HOORAY Laura! That's the kind of mind-set that brings long-lasting results! Pass it on down - we all need a little more of it!! But I don't want you ending the day hungry -- that's not helpful. Hope you found a little something to treat yourself and not undo all your hard work! Hugs to a special friend!

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BELLACUDDLES 10/1/2010 4:56PM

    WIth all those temptations.........Brava and kudos to you!!!!! That would be soooo hard to do, but you did it!!!

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DESERT_BIRD 10/1/2010 12:56PM

    Laura, I love your resolve! I don't get people that are determined to see you eat something that you don't want to eat. The easiest way to get them to back off is to tell them that you are allergic. You did great! Your vacation will be challenging, but you can do it!

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ANGELCOWBOY1 10/1/2010 7:24AM

    Living with intention - love it! I will strive to do better at that!

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JOYFULSPIRIT920 10/1/2010 7:01AM

    You are an inspiration! I love the idea of living EVERY day with intention. Thank you for sharing this, you have motivated me to review my intentions & resolves. Thank you Laura. You are a blessing.

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PAMAPPLE 10/1/2010 1:19AM

    You ARE living with intention and doing it exceptionally! Way to go with not giving into peer pressure and realizing how hard you have worked to intentionally live your life as it was the last day of your life! Great dedication!! = - )

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JOYATLAST 9/30/2010 10:03PM

    Living with Intention. Oh, how I love those words. I'm moving . . . running to that place. You make it sound exceptional!!!!!

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JOYFULMOMTO5 9/30/2010 9:42PM

    Cheering you on! emoticonYour plan to live with intention is wonderful...something for me to ponder. emoticonat not giving in!

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...sparks are flying!

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Wow! We are one week away from our 11 day family vacation - {I am prepared!}
We have been counting down the days since May! LOL!
This "autumn road" reminds me of what the view will be like in some of the states we will travel such as.....Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Ohio, Indiana, Maryland, Kentucky and Missouri....this will be a long trip at 3,5oo miles!

My plan is to check in daily in the evening with all depends on the internet, cabins, homes of family members...etc.
However...there is another way of "sparking"....this is through prayer. I most certainly will be in prayer for your needs as I have hid in my heart the challenges and needs of so many of my dear SP friends. So, I will be sparking you from a a Holy-Spirit Fire nevertheless! LOL! emoticon

" A Word About Our Current Events"

I love my job.... I'm a home school teacher. We have such a joy-filled flexible week ...every week! Last Saturday, my 2 daughter's hosted a tea party with their "sparked" the interest of the mothers of these girls to make this get-to-gether a weekly event - so tomorrow(every Wednesday) is our designated girl play day! I love the flexibility of our school schedule! Our children are involved at our church every Wed. eve with mission friends activities! They love it and they "spark" others with their own testimony! LOL!!
My son is genuinely glad to participate with his RA group(Royal Ambassador) at our church. I love to see my children grow in the Faith .....It is Magnificent! Praise The Lord! The Lord is doing a mighty work of revival in our church ...has for some time now!

{{{I see sparks flyin'! LOL!}}} emoticon
The hand of the Lord moves swiftly and obedience follows! This is a delight to watch and be a part of!

The Lord is doing a mighty work in my husband's life...Praise God! My DH was burdened to disciple the new believers in our church which are the fastest growing class!!! He is one of the teachers - a miracle in and of itself! God is reviving our hearts as one HUGE church body, and people have eyes to see, hearts to expect miracles, and the Faith to walk after God wholeheartedly!

Do you see the bonfire that we are headed towards? All of these sparks from individuals are lighting a Fire, and God is lighting His match! Wow!!
Thank You Jesus for choosing me to play a part in this movement! I am honored!

I pray that you come to expect Great things of God, that you have eyes to see His Majesty, and the Faith to follow when He calls you! He wants to do a miracle in your life! How does it make you feel that He is crazy about YOU!! LOL!! {He is!}
He so wants to show up in YOUR LIFE and SHOW OFF!!'s my lighted match ~ Laura

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JOYATLAST 9/30/2010 12:52PM

    Girl, You're all sparked up! And I'm feeling it too.

emoticon Go! Sparky McSparker!

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CONDACHE 9/29/2010 9:48PM

You are a homeschool teacher! Yes!!!
I have decided to homeschool my children but I don't know where to begin. I have a ton of questions, well if you don't mind schooling me on homeschooling. emoticon

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NORTHWOODSMOM8 9/29/2010 8:26PM

    WOW! I feel all alight!!!! :-))))) Thanks for this MARVELOUS post, dearest Laura! I LOVE the girl's day! Sounds DELIGHTFUL! Wish Mary could participate! In heaven for sure! Thanks for sharing your life! I LOVE IT!!! {{{hugs and prayers for a lovely trip and safe journey}}}}

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LECATES 9/29/2010 6:32AM

    Where and when are you passing thru Maryland? Do YOu know I live there? sounds like an action packed trip. And much nicer weather to travel in than the summer---that is a perk with home schooling. One of my Spark friends just visited Mt. Vernon---they now have a basement tour to show people where one of the National Treasure movies was shot. That might be really interesting to your kids and that is a great place to visit to learn more of George Washington.

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    Don't you love watching God's hand at work? I sure do!

Have a great vacation...and yes, I love the homeschool flexibility as well. We actually have two trips coming up that begin in October. Our longer one will be almost two weeks to do mission work at Wycliffe Bible Translators in Florida.

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PAMAPPLE 9/28/2010 11:40PM

    Have a wonderful spark-filled trip!! Enjoy your time with your family!! Stay safe, happy and healthy.

Blessings ~ Pam

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BESTSUSIEYET 9/28/2010 11:10PM

    Thanks for sharing so many Sparks!! We need to remember there's more than one way to spread the spark, and that God is the ignitor!! Be blessed - and enjoy your special family time!

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PEPPERLEAH 9/28/2010 10:59PM

    I am certain your vacation will be filled with endless blessings! I will be praying for you and your family as you are traveling! And I am so glad to read of all the blessings in your family's life! God is so good!


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Listen to the Voice of Truth

Monday, September 20, 2010

Thank You, Jesus, for Your forgiveness, Your mercy, Your grace!!!.... for the Power You give me through Praise and Worship! I know the enemy trembles in the Presence of Praise! Lord Jesus, You sustain me through temptation, through darkness and through the fire.....when all of God's people sing {{Glory}} to You, "You Reign"....the current circumstances amount to practically nothing.......nothing compared to Eternity! When I gaze on You and You gaze back - WOW! ....nothing else matters....

....sometimes life can be so challenging! ....sometimes I feel I am just one mistake away from You leaving me this way, but then I remember GRACE!! Lord, You know how much we can handle, and I trust Your hand...I do trust YOU with my whole heart. I draw near to You, Lamb of God ....and You draw near to me...

To be held by You is Incredible!! {{{Thank You Jesus!!! }}}
Let my life song sing of YOU!!!....sing To You! I turn to You and it is miraculous how the fire dissipates from my life.....You Are AMAZING! You give Beauty for Ashes! Thank You for holding onto me! I choose to listen to Your voice of Truth!
....Truth drowns out the lies of the enemy! Praise The Lord!

Please take time to listen to the message in this music...

You may be walking through a dark place in your life just now. Look up and gaze on Jesus; He will gaze back -- I assure you! Let His gaze melt away the darkness leaving You with the glory of His powerful Light of Truth. ....just remember that when the enemy throws his darts, we must stand as a child of God, and in the name of Jesus, Stand! Speak the Truth out loud ...and Praise the Name of the Lord loudly.....the enemy will flee - trust me, he will! LOL!! Try it!

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BELLACUDDLES 9/21/2010 2:20PM

    I heard that complaining (if we do that and sometimes it is hard NOT to) it is the devil getting his way with us!! I love it when I refrain from any complaining.....even about the weather!

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    One of my favorite songs these days. Thanks for reminding me of these powerful promises!

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PAMAPPLE 9/20/2010 10:30PM

    The Voice of Truth says Listen to My Glory...Do not be afraid. He is the Truth...we can believe every word that He has spoken through the Bible. Glory to God!

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ACG4CHRIST 9/20/2010 9:40PM

    I praise God in the highest for His name is Holy and He is Jehovah. He is King of Kings and Lord of Lords. He is El Shaddi. Addoni. Jehovah Jirrah. Prince of Peace. Everlasting God. Oh Abba Father I thank you for sending me to this site and finding these teams who give you all the praise and glory for what is happening in there journeys. What an amazing and awesome God you are. How you bless us each day with your mercy and grace. I thank you for renewing your mercies to me daily. I thank you for showing grace when I have failed again. I thank you that your Word teaches me how to live and how to share your love with others. Father God be with each and every memember of this team and guard them from all attacks of the enemy this week. Put your hedge of protection around them. I praise your Holy name father. In Jesus name, amen.

Be blessed this week my friend and what a wonderful blog. I am so inspired and blessed by it. emoticon emoticon

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BESTSUSIEYET 9/20/2010 9:01PM

    Praising Him with you, for He is Great and Worthy to be Praised! Worthy of our Trust ... Worthy of our Lives! His Truth Reigns!! emoticon

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JOYATLAST 9/20/2010 7:57PM

    Such high praise reminding me I will outlast this attack!

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