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Is God taking you to the next level?

Before God takes you to the next level, he needs to separate you! Do you ever wonder why you “don’t fit in” or “why you were put in a situation you never ask for”? God is calling you to do something great. I know it doesn’t look like it right now, but he needs you to be focused on him and not the noise around you. He needs you to rely solely on him. He needs you to hear his voice and not the voice of everyone around you. God separates us for three reasons! (Isaiah 41:10) He wants to give us the tools for our destiny. 1. You’re not alone, you’ve been separated! 2. He wants you to clearly know his voice. (Proverbs 3:5-6) He wants to put us in a season where he can teach us now to know his voice and hear it. 3. To mold us in his image. When you make wine, you first need to crush the grapes. You crush those grapes and press them, but by doing so you are changing them into something totally different than what they started out as. God does that to us. He will press us and send us into intense situations to mold us into his image. Paul tells in Romans 5:1-5 that, “we also rejoice in our sufferings because we know that suffering produces perseverance. Perserverance builds character, and character builds hope. , character; and character, hope.”

Some of us have lost touch with the Fruit’s of the Holy Spirit. In Galatians 5:22-23 there is a list of 9 Fruit’s of the Holy Spirit that each of us were given:

Fruit of the Spirit list:

  1. Love
  2. Joy
  3. Peace
  4. Patience
  5. Kindness
  6. Goodness
  7. Faithfulness
  8. Gentleness
  9. Self-control

When I was sent to prison, I learned that I needed to work on a few of these on the list. Other items on the list, I was able to show other’s and what it looked like to be kind, gentle and have joy and love in their lives. I had a roommate once tell me that she was jealous because I had so many people that truly loved and cared about me. She didn’t know what that felt like. It made me so sad because that is the same sentiment that many people in prison have. They are so far detached from their family, friends and loved ones that people have stopped caring all together once they end up in a place like that. People would ask me why I was always so happy. I heard the expression before that “sometimes people don’t like you because your gifts and calling agitate their demons.” I can say I believe that to be 100% true. People will purposely try to tick you off or rain on your parade to see you miserable. Rebuke that noise in Jesus name and send it back where it came from! You have every right to be happy and at peace. As God starts to elevate you, you will start to see these fruits grow inside of you. You’re going to want to spend more time with him, you’re going to want to please him. You are going to start to see your interests change. There are going to be friends that you’ve had for years that are no longer going to be able to be in this new season of your life. There is a song by Hillsong that explains about the grapes to wine and how God will press us into something better. Are you willing to allow God to use you and make new wine out of you?

New Wine

Words and Music by Brooke Ligertwood

In the crushing
In the pressing
You are making new wine
In the soil I now surrender
You are breaking new ground

So I yield to You and to Your careful hand
When I trust You I don’t need to understand

Make me Your vessel
Make me an offering
Make me whatever You want me to be
I came here with nothing
But all You have given me
Jesus bring new wine out of me

In the crushing
In the pressing
You are making new wine
In the soil I now surrender
You are breaking new ground

You are breaking new ground

Where there is new wine
There is new power
There is new freedom
The Kingdom is here
I lay down my old flames
To carry Your new fire today


#Hillsong, #HillsongWorship, #NewWine, #Trials, #TrustinGod, #Pressure

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Spiritual Blindness

Growing up in the 80’s everyone wanted a Nissan Pulsar w/ the flip up lights. They were cool and futuristic. As time went on, people noticed a design flaw with the headlamps. They were the ones that would flip up when you turned them on. Over time, one would unfortunately remain stuck in the upright position. You drove around town with these cars essentially “winking” at you. This flashback came to mind yesterday after traveling to my sister and brothers-in-law’s home for Thanksgiving. I recently had eye surgery, AGAIN. I’ve lost count of the number of surgeries that I’ve had in my eyes from detached retina’s, cataract surgery, scar tissue removal, oil bubble removal. A habit that I’ve started because of these surgeries is closing my one eye, essentially using my “one good eye” to look at things. People notice that I squint or only have the one open. I’m walking around looking like a Nissan Pulsar, unknowingly winking at people. I’m really just trying to see out of whichever eye is working at the moment. One the trip here, and after asking several times if it was ok to fly, my surgeon assured that I would be fine. We boarded our flight out of Baltimore and after reaching maximum altitude it happened. I knew immediately my eye pressure was not right. When you have the problems that I’ve had, you know a thing or two about eyes. The feelings I was having, the feeling not only in my eye but the cold, clammy sweats. I was going to be sick. I didn’t want to do it, but if I did, I would probably feel better. I leaned forward, looking down and resting my head against the seat in front of me. It was all I could think of to do. A posture I had to do after my first detachment surgery, lying face down. I thought, maybe this would relieve some of the pressure. My wonderful husband was trying to comfort me, bringing me cold rags. I did essentially get sick, and I don’t know if that made me feel better, the leaning forward, or that we were descending by this time for landing. I was just happy to be feeling better and putting feet on the ground. During this time, I was also doing a lot of praying. “Lord, please protect my eye, get us there safely. Help relieve this pain.”

The Lord put this one my heart to share with all of you because as I suffer through temporary blindness, I can’t help but hurt for those who walk around spiritually blind every day. It reminded me of the story of Paul before he became Paul on the road to Damascus. If you’re unfamiliar with this story, you can read the full story in Acts 9. Saul was against Christianity and was persecuting early Christians. He had gone to the high priest asking for permission to arrest anyone to bring back to Jerusalem. The Lord shined a bright light down from Heaven asking him why he was persecuting him. Saul and his men just stood there astonished, hearing a voice but seeing no one. When he stood up and opened his eyes he couldn’t see. The Lord had told him to go, and he would tell him what he needed to do. The Lord had made Saul (Paul) blind. Ananias ended up restoring Saul’s sight, filling him with the Holy Spirit and converting him.

Again, you can read the entire story in Acts 9. I read and heard this story many times, but it wasn’t until now that I could put it into context. Whether Paul was literally or not, it doesn’t matter when it comes down to the meaning of the story. Paul might not have been able to physically see with his eye, but his heart was blind. He didn’t want to believe in the Lord. Sometimes, it takes a circumstance in our life to enlighten us. The Lord everyday uses any way possible to bring us closer to him. To fully rely on him. He doesn’t want us to be spiritually blind and wander aimlessly. The Lord lights a path onto feet. Go to him, lean on him and let him open your eyes.

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Hexes, Curses and Attachments

My husband and I have always loved to travel. Like many of us that go on vacations, we also like to pick up a souvenir or memento to bring back home. These small treasures become little reminders of the fun we had, a visual piece that can instantly take us back to that moment. As we grow in our Christian faith and dig deeper into ways that Satan and demonic energy gains access to us through open gateways, it amazed me the things that I never would have thought of before. Many other countries have different believes than we are used to. There are in fact, many religions and beliefs right here in our own country. I don’t know how many of you remember the episode on The Brady Bunch, when the entire family went to Hawaii? The kids were doing what all kids do and they ended up finding this tiki statue. After several misfortunes, they soon realized that a curse was attached to this thing. As a kid or even maybe some of you as an adult might scoff thinking that where I’m going with this is hog wash. Google if you will, but you will soon find plenty of sites across the internet stating items to NEVER bring home from certain areas. Here are a few examples:

Hawaiian Lava Rocks: It’s not exactly illegal to take one of these natural elements from Hawaii, but tradition says that you could anger the Hawaiian goddess of fire and incur Pele’s Curse. The modern explains says that if you remove a rock from the Hawaiian Islands, you’ll have bad luck until it has been returned (yes, this was the premise of a very special “Brady Bunch” episode). Don’t laugh it off — hundreds of tourists return rocks to Hawaii through the mail every year.

God also gave us clear instructions to never worship any other god or put one before him. you could knowingly or unknowingly be bringing home a replica of a god or idol that another culture or religion worships. It’s been found that some factories that produce these trinkets “pray” over them or quote some incantation over them before selling them to us travelers waiting to spend our money. One idol in particular that I never put together, until another Christian pointed it out to me was the Budda’s inside many Asian restaurants, salons. He’s sitting there, looking all innocent. He actually isn’t Budda at all, but he is a deity that is worshipped. Many times, you will notice that they are sitting in an almost alter like setting. So, when we purchase items from these locations, are we then paying homage to this jolly looking man? (Read more information here:

I don’t know if we should stop buying these items all together, or perhaps when we enter into these establishments or purchase these items, we can use the authority that God has given us to bind whatever is attached to them and ask the Lord to deal with it however he seems fit. We can then loose Gods will, love and protection over all items we own and bring into our home. If you are unfamiliar with binding & loosing-you can read about it in Matthew chapter 16. (Matthew 16:19: I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.”    You need to educate yourselves regarding the authority that the Lord has given to us and start using it! Not only does this apply to items or nick knacks we bring home, but we need to discern who we are allowing into our home as well. People also can have “things” attached to them. So, the next time when someone comes to your door, and you get “that feeling”. It might be the Holy Spirit trying to tell you that the threshold is far enough! Start evaluating these feelings, pray to the Lord and ask him for wisdom.

I’ve known for a while that my son’s also have the gift of discernment. It’s fun as they get older, seeing them unknowingly utilizing this gift. Today, I had a conversation with my one son about something he said to me yesterday. I received a gift a few years ago a bracelet with beads from Africa. I almost forgot that I had it. I was going through some things and stumbled across it yesterday. I asked my son if he would like to have it to put away. he looked it over and said, “no I’m good”. I said, “why, what’s the matter?”. I could tell by his response that it was a normal, no thank you. He said to me, “mom, I don’t know what they did to make that thing, but it’s made out of some animal hide. The hide of an animal I don’t know of what, and whatever other voodoo crap they had going on when it was made”. I didn’t think anything about it at the time and laid it on top of my desk. Today, he came back, and I told him that I thought about what he said and that I’m proud of him for making that discernment. He said, what do you mean? I then explained to him the importance of what he noticed immediately that I failed in doing so. I had this picture of this little African girl making these cute bracelets to sell to support her family. He received a whole other vision. This is why it’s so important that Christians share and support each other. We are here to advance God’s kingdom. What one may fail to see, another can surely turn on the light. If this wasn’t enough, I pulled this bracelet down from where I sat it yesterday. I jokingly said, I agree it could be cursed or something, I should pray over it to cast it out. I went to lay it back in its spot and a picture it was next to fell and almost hit me in the head. We both looked at each other. I said, well obviously something isn’t happy that it’s getting its eviction notice! I immediately prayed over it, but I’m still considering getting rid of it. Have you ever had anything like this happen with an item you purchased or were given as a gift?

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Your Inner Voice

1 John 2:20-27 But you have an unction from the Holy One, and you know all things.

Some call it a gut feeling, intuition. Call it whatever you want, but I say it’s the Holy Spirit giving me unction to make a choice. Last night I taught an online Bible study and one of the things we talked about was choices. In fact, that was the theme. Making good choices. How do we know we’re making good choices or not? The first question I had to ask myself when preparing this Bible study, was, “who am I to be instructing someone how to make good choices when I didn’t do it myself?” The Holy Spirit quickly told me that I am the perfect person to teach others about making better choices. Sometimes we allow other things to influence our decisions. We don’t want to let someone down, we don’t want to look like a loser, or it quite frankly might be an easy out. Whatever our reason is, we should be consulting the Lord before we consult anyone else. Eventually, the decisions that we make will affect us now or later. It’ll just depend on who’s voice your listening to when you make it.

Luke 12:3

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Happy Halloween

Halloween is a controversial holiday between Christians. I was raised that it was about having fun, trick or treating and that was about it. We never looked into any deeper meaning than what it was at face value. The history of Halloween goes back to ancient Ireland according the The History Channel (read more here: Halloween or All Hallows Eve was a festival to ward off evil spirits. I’m not sure where it came into play that it was a holiday to worship satan and his minions. We all do know, however that there are cults that so practice this as part of their beliefs. As Christians we sometimes get too caught up in details such as Halloween but fail to look around us at the satanic symbolism being put right out in the open. Even some of the phrases used every day, have roots in the occult. What we must ask ourselves, is this an accident or is there a more sinister reason that these symbols keep appearing. I want to share some with you, and you be the judge.

Diva: Maria Carey, Whitney Houston, and female artists of all genres have been called a DIVA. We should NOT be calling women or anyone a diva. I have read what I’m about to tell you many times, but I’ll reference “The Power of the Pen” – for further reading. Diva in Latin means “Deus”, which means devil. Diva is short for divination. You are asking to be worshipped and the Lord has specifically told us not to place any other gods before him.

So, you are probably thinking, “why do I need to know this?” The Bible tells us that we need to know who we are dealing with. In Mark 5:9- Jesus came across a demon and specifically asked it, “What is your name? The demon responded, I am Legion, for we are many.” In Luke, Chapter 11 we are introduced to “the strongman”. ( So, if we are to know who we are dealing with, and if we are to know their name, then shouldn’t we know who’s on the hitlist? If a specific person was bothering you, you would tell them, “Hey so and so, you’re bugging me-get away from me!”. We need to do the same thing when satan is attacking us, our loved ones, and our property. A book that I highly recommend is by John Eckhardt, “The Demon Hitlist”. You can pick up a copy on Amazon or your local bookstore. (I’ve read the hard copy, but I found this here: Dr. Jerry and Carol Robeson, also wrote a book called, “Strongman’s his name, what is his game”. ( Here is another book from John Eckhardt (file:///C:/Users/Jodie/Downloads/Prayers-That-Rout-Demons-John-Eckhardt-Christiandiet.com_.ng_.pdf).

I Corinthians 12:1 tells us not to be ignorant of spiritual things. 2 Corinthians 2:11 also tells us to not be ignorant of satan’s schemes so that he can’t have any advantage over us. I know this isn’t a subject people like to discuss. The world is getting uglier and uglier. As Christians, we need to be on guard and put on our full armor. I pray that each of you reading this will take the time to read the links that I’ve shared. Investigate on your own. Pray Psalms 91 over you and your loved ones daily. Be wise to the schemes of the enemy.

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Learning to live with nothing

One of the things you realize immediately when you go to jail or prison is that you now own nothing. They take the clothing off your back. You have two choices, throw it away or mail it home. I wasn’t going to mail it home because I knew this going in and wore something I could throw away without concern. Once you get to state prison you are issued the following: 3 pairs of pants, 2 short sleeve shirts, 2 long sleeve shirts, 3 t-shirts, 1 pair of pajamas, 3 bras, 3 pairs of underwear, 3 pairs of socks, state shoes, a spring jacket and a winter coat. They then give you 2 sets of sheets, 2 blankets, 2 towels, 2 washcloths, and trial sized toiletries. You get 2 rolls of toilet paper. This is the only items you now technically “own”. I used that word loosely because, you still don’t really own them, even though your name is now ironed on them. Your name and inmate number ironed on every piece of state clothing you own. Also, don’t get caught wearing someone else’s clothes because then you both lose it and you could get in trouble for having someone else’s items in your possession. You were allowed to get new items once a year, or if they were too big/small or tore. Normally you just talked to your Unit Manager, and it wasn’t a big deal. You weren’t allowed to alter your clothes; they would make you go and take out the alterations. Some of girls wanted their pants to be so tight, I don’t know how they breathed. You really, didn’t get to “own” anything until you started to go to commissary to buy snacks, toiletries, paper, and whatever else they sold. You could also “own” books that were sent in by your family and friends. There were limits on the number of items you could “own”. We found ways to get around those numbers. Sometimes, it could have been by just moving a bottle of Tylenol to your roommate’s shelf. There were things you wanted to stock up on, especially during cold/flu season. They sold out quickly on commissary and who wanted to wait 2 weeks to be able to get what you needed or to find out it was out of stock. We were all good though about helping each other out if you needed something. You knew who you could ask. I keep putting the word “own” in parentheses because even though we purchased these items, they were all subject to search. At any given time, the search team could show up at your door to do a search of your cell. We knew that once we got searched, we would be good for another 3 months until they showed up again. We could also tell, because they would start searching our hallway, so we knew we’d be coming up soon. Our room never had anything to worry about. We didn’t keep contraband and didn’t do things we weren’t supposed to do. I was always lucky in that regard, that I had great roommates. How they searched things just sucked though. Especially when they would show up right after morning count at 6:30 am! You’d climb back into bed and try to go back to sleep, and they’d come and flick the lights on, “Search!”. You had to get up, put on your shoes, they would pat you down to make sure you didn’t have anything hiding on your person, then we were made to stand in the hallway while they ransacked our room. Sometimes, they would leave, and it would look like a hurricane went through. Luckily, because the rooms, I was usually in, they didn’t do this to us. They’d leave and it was a little messy but not ransacked so much. They would methodically go from area to area and look through your stuff. They would unmake your bedding, go through all of your cabinets, go through your boxes, open containers and sniff them. We weren’t allowed to keep empty boxes to organize things in, that was considered contraband because it was now not used for its intended purpose. We didn’t get in trouble; they would just dump whatever was in it out and throw the box away. So, we got smart! If the box held crackers, we would keep a sleeve of crackers in the box. We then, could put other items in the box to organize. Problem solved! It was a game. There were really no rules to this game. You could have items that you “owned” for years, been through several searches and then suddenly they decide that you shouldn’t have it anymore. You could write a dispute about it, but at the end of the day they make the rules. I often thought that this was something that should have some consistency across institutions. This shouldn’t be something that an employee who’s thinks that just because they think you shouldn’t have it, they’ll take it. I’m not talking about oddities. Anything that we “owned”, could only be acquired through certain channels. They’d look at us and ask, “where did you get this?” Let me see, “I drove down to Walmart and picked it up!” Duh! Ask a dumb question, you should get a dumb answer. All of this is very demoralizing and even the items that you have at home don’t really belong to you anymore either. You’ve entrusted them to others and can only hope they’ll be there when you return. Since, I know that my journey here was for the Lord I needed to remember what he told the Disciples when he called them to follow him. In Luke 12:22-34 it reads:

22 Then Jesus said to his disciples: “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. 23 For life is more than food, and the body more than clothes. 24 Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds! 25 Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life[a]26 Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?27 “Consider how the wildflowers grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 28 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today, and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, how much more will he clothe you—you of little faith! 29 And do not set your heart on what you will eat or drink; do not worry about it. 30 For the pagan world runs after all such things, and your Father knows that you need them. 31 But seek his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well.32 “Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom. 33 Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will never fail, where no thief comes near, and no moth destroys. 34 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also”. Our heart needs to be centered on God and not the items we possess. Jesus was telling them what we all need to remember, we are to rely on God. He provides all of our needs. He is the bread of life, the living water, the light onto our path, our rock and fortress. We need to take our needs to the Lord and ask for his provision.

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Dear Heavenly Father

Have you ever sat down, started to pray and just couldn’t find the right words? You’re just so overwhelmed with emotion that you can’t even think what it is that you’re asking the Lord? Did you know that it’s ok? God still hears your prayer. You are probably thinking, huh?! Well, when we accept the Lord is our personal savior, we also receive the Holy Spirit. The Lord told his Disciples that even though he was leaving the father was sending us a helper. (John 16:7-8)

I think sometimes we forget that our God is 3 in 1. (Father, Son and Holy Spirit). Each one is an intercessor on our behalf to the other. Romans 8:26-27 tell us: “LIKEWISE THE SPIRIT ALSO HELPS IN OUR WEAKNESSES. FOR WE DO NOT KNOW WHAT WE SHOULD PRAY FOR AS WE OUGHT, BUT THE SPIRIT HIMSELF MAKES INTERCESSION FOR US WITH GROANINGS, WHICH CANNOT BE UTTERED. NOW HE WHO SEARCHES THE HEARTS THAT THE MIND OF THE SPIRT IS BECAUSE HE MAKES INTERCESSION FOR THE SAME ACCORDING TO THE WILL OF GOD.” So, the next time you just can’t put your emotions into words, even that huge sigh or groan that you let out is a cry to the Lord. If all you can do is say to him, “Lord, I just need your help right now. You know my thoughts and I’m having a hard time right now”. He understands that. You don’t need to go to him with this long-rehearsed prayer. I hear people say all the time, “I don’t know how to pray”. God still hears you. He wants to hear from you. Ask him to help you improve your prayer life. I promise, it’ll be amazing!

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Who were the Apostles

Let’s take a look at the follower’s of Jesus. How were his closest confidants?

  1. Peter
    1. son of Jonas, was a fisherman who lived in Bethsaida and Capernaum. He did evangelistic and missionary work among the Jews, going as far as Babylon. He was a member of the Inner Circle and authored the two New Testament epistles which bear his name. Tradition says he was crucified, head downward, in Rome.
  2. James
    1. son of Zebedee and Salome, brother of John the Apostle; a fisherman who lived in Bethsaida, Capernaum and Jerusalem. He preached in Jerusalem and Judea and was beheaded by Herod, AD 44 (Acts 12:1,2).
  3. John
    1. son of Zebedee and Salome, brother of James, the Apostle. He was known as the Beloved Disciple. A fisherman who lived in Bethsaida, Capernaum and Jerusalem, he was a member of the Inner Circle. He wrote the Gospel of John, I John, II John, III John and Revelation. It is said that an attempt was made on his life by giving him a chalice of poison from which God spared him. He died of natural causes. A chalice with a snake in it is his symbol.
  4. Andrew
    1. the brother of Peter, and a son of Jonas. He lived in Bethsaida and Capernaum and was a fisherman before Jesus called him. Originally he was a disciple of John the Baptist (Mark 1:16-18)
  5. Bartholomew or Nathaniel
    1. son of Talmai, lived in Cana of Galilee. His apostolic symbol is three parallel knives. Tradition says he was a missionary in Armenia. A number of scholars believe that he was the only one of the 12 disciples who came from royal blood
  6. James, the Lessor or Younger
    1. son of Alpheus, or Cleophas and Mary, lived in Galilee. He was the brother of the Apostle Jude. According to tradition he wrote the Epistle of James, preached in Palestine and Egypt and was crucified in Egypt. James was one of the little-known disciples. Some scholars believe he was the brother of Matthew, the tax collector. James was a man of strong character and one of the most fiery type. Still another tradition says that he died as a martyr and his body was sawed in pieces. The saw became his apostolic symbol.
  7. Judas
    1. the traitor, was the son of Simon who lived in Kerioth of Judah. He betrayed Jesus for thirty pieces of silver and afterwards hanged himself (Matthew 26:14,16).
  8. Jude or Thaddeus
    1. son of Alpheus or Cleophas and Mary. He was a brother of James the Younger. He was one of the very little-known Apostles and lived in Galilee. Tradition says he preached in Assyria and Persia and died a martyr in Persia. He was killed with arrows at Ararat.
  9. Matthew or Levi
    1. son of Alpheus, lived in Capernaum. He was a publican or tax collector. He wrote the Gospel that bears his name. He died a martyr in Ethiopia. Matthew became the first man to write down the teachings of Jesus. He was a missionary of the Gospel, who laid down his life for the faith of his Master.
  10. Philip
    1. preached in Phrygia and died a martyr at Hierapolis. Philip came from Bethsaida, the town from which Peter and Andrew came (John 1:44). The likelihood is that he, too, was a fisherman. Although the first three Gospels record his name (Matthew 10:3; Mark 3:18; Luke 6:14; Acts 1:13), it is in the Gospel of John that Philip becomes a living personality. It is said that he died by hanging. While he was dying, he requested that his body be wrapped not in linen but in papyrus for he was not worthy that even his dead body should be treated as the body of Jesus had been treated.
  11. Simon the Zealot
    1. one of the little-known followers called the Canaanite or Zelotes, lived in Galilee. Tradition says he was crucified.
  12. Thomas
    1. Tradition says he labored in Parthia, Persia, and India, suffering martyrdom near Madras, at Mt. St. Thomas, India. Thomas appeared in the raising of Lazarus (John 11:2-16), in the Upper Room (John 14:1-6) where he wanted to know how to know the way where Jesus was going. In John 20:25, we see him saying unless he sees the nail prints in Jesus’ hand and the gash of the spear in His side he will not believe. That’s why Thomas became known as Doubting Thomas. It is said that he was commissioned to build a palace for the king of India, and he was killed with a spear as a martyr for his Lord.

I completed this list and after looking over it, I came up with two questions? After Judas betrayed Jesus and hung himself was he replaced and two where is Paul? In Acts 1: 16-20 it tells us that the remaining disciples did discuss replacing Judas. The requirements were that the man had to have been with them the entire time of Jesus’ ministry, and to have been a witness of the resurrection and ascension. Joseph aka as Barsabbas and Mathias. Some proposed that Paul should be the replacement. What was the Lord’s choice? Paul wouldn’t have qualified based on the criteria. Little is really known who was actually chosen except that choice seems to have gone to Mathias. Not much is said about most of the Apostles and many ended up as you saw above being killed. Paul did seem to rise as a top figure of the church for sure.

I found all of this interesting….Hopefully you learned a little more like I did on who Jesus chose as his disciples. – Jodie

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Confidence in Prayer

I had mentioned before that I was always afraid to pray out loud. I loved hearing my Aunts and Uncles pray at our family reunions. My Great Uncles Charlie or Ray were the ones normally to pray and give Grace before the meal. Now a lot of times it’s my second cousin who commences the prayer. Uncle Ray his father has passed away and Uncle Charlie is getting older.

I was at recent family functions and anytime Grace is brought up you’d think it was a relative no one wanted to discuss rather than a heart felt discussion with our Heavenly Father. I’m not bashing anyone, believe me. I used to be afraid too. But why? Why are we afraid? 1 John 5:14 tells us “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.” Also: Ephesians 3:12, NLT Because of Christ and our faith in him, we can now come boldly and confidently into God’s presence.

I finally learned, personally that I needed to start small. Myself and one maybe two other people. I mean if you want to march into a stadium and offer pray out loud for the first time, like kids say now-you go on with your bad self! Lol. I could not have done that. I believe too that studying God’s word, listening to my Pastor pray, others pray helped me a lot. I also try to keep it straight and to the point. I’ve also not been afraid of telling God what I need, but I don’t always pray for myself.

I’ll be honest, I’ve already prayed while driving with my eyes open of course because we can talk to God anytime, anywhere. I can’t help but recall the movie with John Carey playing God and all these prayers come in all at once. He had to organize them lol… I believe God is a lot more organized.

I can only suggest doing Bible studies and getting to know God’s word. When people come to you and ask questions you’ll be ready. When this happened to me, I felt the tug in my heart to then pray with this person. It was then, I knew what I said felt right. It was from the heart and I honestly knew the other person needed my prayer.

Long story short is, you’ll know. It feels right. Once I started doing it then I felt much better about it. Do you have any tips on how you offer prayer? I’d love to hear from you.- Jodie

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Bible Study


I decided to pick a woman of the Bible that I personally don’t recall learning a lot about. Elizabeth was the Mother of John the Baptist.

Incase you didn’t know, Elizabeth was the cousin of Mary the Mother of Jesus. You can find her story in Luke 1:5-80.

Elizabeth, like many women fought infertility which in those times was looked at as a disgrace. Elizabeth was very faithful to God. God doesn’t forget those who are faithful to him. Elizabeth was married to Zachariah, the angel Gabriel told him they would conceive a child. He didn’t believe so he became mute. It wasn’t until after Elizabeth had a boy and named him John as the Angel told Zachariah that his speech was restored.

It was like God chose Elizabeth and Zachariah, coming from the lineage of Aaron and Levi. Zachariah was a priest in the tabernacle. These were wonderful parents to teach a boy the scriptures who would support Jesus and prophesies would teach of the coming messiah.

Being patience isn’t always easy. I think especially in today’s world where everything seems to come as instant gratification. We rarely have to wait for much anymore. Everything is in God’s time. God will honor those who honor him.

All of us today who believe and endure faithfully will receive the end of our faith—the salvation of our souls (1 Peter 1:9).

Father, I pray for patience. I know that I can fully trust that by honoring you, you will always be with me. I pray for my continued patience and the lessons I learn. Amen