Posts Tagged ‘salvation’

It is never easy to lose a loved one. We miss the sound of their voice, the warmth of their embrace  and the very scent that defines them.  Yes even for those of us who trust and believe that heaven is our final destination, in our humanity, the grief of loss is a pain that is comparable to none.  A verse that is often used for comfort or is commonly used in times of grief reads “to be absent from the body is to be present with The Lord” (2 Corinthians 5:8). In other words, we can find some comfort in knowing that death takes us from the  perils, suffering and devastations of this world and brings us to an unimaginable place of joy and ecstasy, as we stand in the very presence of God.  

But as I read this verse a few weeks ago, The Lord would show me a different perspective. We don’t have to wait to be literally absent from the body through death to be present with The Lord.  We can be present with The Lord in this life. How?  By choosing to be absent from the body of our “fleshly ways” and walking in the power of the Spirit.  Besides the literal meaning of what our bodies are, that being the physical aspect of ourselves, metaphorically the “body” or “flesh” biblically represents the aspects of ourselves that are earthly, sinful, carnal. It is through the medium of the sinful flesh that we lie, steal, cheat, hate, walk in pride, lust, anger and indulge in all things sinful.

When we have a carnal or fleshly mindset it separates us from God. How could this be? Simply because the carnal mind is enmity(hostile) against God; it is not subject to the law of God nor indeed can  be. So then, those who are in the flesh cannot please God” (Romans 8:7-8, NKJV). So not only does the flesh or a carnal/fleshly mindset offend God, but it literally causes us to be hostile toward God. If not put in check, it pushes us away from the very Source of our life. That’s why every day, every minute, every second, we have to make the decision to be “absent from the body, so we can be present with Lord” even in this life. This however cannot not be done with sheer motivation or will-power. We alone, in our limited sinful human capacity cannot overcome the “flesh” on our own. We must accept the free gift of salvation through making Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. Then God’s Holy Spirit, through our cooperation and submission, will transform us to become more like Christ. Just like Jesus willingly gave up his flesh to be crucified, through the power of the Holy Spirit fortifying and empowering our own spirit, we can crucify those fleshly ways. We can deaden that fleshly mindset that is hostile and contrary to God. We can begin to walk in holiness, righteousness and become all who God has called us to be. Through the power of the Holy Spirit we can have access to God’s presence and all the benefits that it entails–indescribable love, peace, joy, wisdom, guidance, supernatural power and everything we need to endure the trial of this life.

It will not happen overnight. I’m not saying it is alway comfortable. The flesh to be sure does not go down easily or submit willingly. It will fight submission to God. You will even fight yourself. You may still say an unkind word when the Spirit says to hold your peace; you may still lie sometimes when you know it is wrong; you may still feel some bitterness when God says to love. Transformation is a lifelong process. But know that through the limitless power of the Holy Spirit it can be done. You can adapt the mind of Christ. You can the enjoy the presence of His Presence in the present…..and yet still I rise.

With peace and blessings may you continue to rise always,
Stillirise323

 

 

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School had been a part of my journey for so long.  Beyond elementary education and high school, I pushed through 4 years of college, 4 years of medical school and 3 years of residency training to become a physician.  That’s in addition to presently having to keep up with continuing medical education studies on an ongoing basis through my professional career.   I don’t take credit for these accomplishments.  All that I am, all that I have done and all that I will become I fully recognize and admit is due to the benefits of God’s grace.  I am the tangible and visible manifestation of the miracle and mystery, the immeasurable depth and detail, the intimacy and infinite possibilities of God’s grace.

It is the thread that weaves through and holds together every fabric of our existence.  When you draw breath each morning, can take a step forward, see food in the cupboard, clothes on your back, loving friends and family, enjoy the scent of spring flowers,  was spared that car accident, so and so forth –all of this  and more, every thing we are blessed to have or do, are compliments of that curious thing called grace.  Rooted in grace, is God’s  love; even when we don’t deserve it.  I will be the first to admit I am not perfect.  I’m an ok person, but catch me in the right mood and I am not so lovable.  But grace says I love you irregardless of , irrespective of and in spite of you.  I see your flaws, but I love you and I want to bless you anyhow.  God is merciful to extend His grace to us and in the same way, despite what we see and know, we must extend that type of grace to others.

It was by God’s grace that I came from being a little Jamaican girl of a modest background, to a family physician practicing in New York City.  When endless hours in the hospital sometimes overwhelmed me to the point of wanting to give up, it was God’s grace that was sufficient and His strength that was shown perfect in my weakness.   It was God’s grace that kept my sanity through some really difficult trials and heartbreak.   It was His mercy and grace that spared my life and supernaturally delivered me from some dangerous situations.  I need no convincing regarding the reality of God’s grace.  I have seen and experienced it firsthand over and over again in day to day living and in miraculous ways. The unbelievable fact is that grace is not something I earned or deserved.  True to the scripture that “all have sinned and come short of the glory of God (Roman 3:23, NKJV), I fall short of His glory and commit trespasses every day.  But God’s grace, his unmerited favor, through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ is the gift that He lovingly and freely gives to bless us and allow us to overcome the inevitable trials we must face.

That being said, given my journey thus far, surely I would be the last  person that anyone would expect to return back to school.  Surely I had paid my dues and put in enough time?  Right?  Well, God is certainly not everyone and He certainly is not just anyone. The Lord spoke to me about seminary back in 2010 while taking a bible course at a friend’s church, where the pastor of the church wrote “this is seminary level work” on a paper I had written.  This would give me a further glimpse of the overall plan God had for my life.   Shocked and humbled by the comment, I got a quickening in my spirit that comes when only God is speaking.  Terrified and still unsure, I didn’t share this with anyone.  My thought process was something like this:

“Really Lord?  More school”?   I enjoyed the bible institute and the subsequent discipleship classes I took a at Greater Allen Cathedral, but formal school? I loved learning more about God, the things related to the gospel, the Church and the Kingdom.  I looked forward to that aspect of school.  But the pressures of papers, deadlines, public speaking—Lord are you serious? Seminary school?  “Alright, Lord if this is You,  I really don’t believe it is for now.  You have to confirm every detail of this endeavor—timing, location, everything.  I told you wherever you take me I will go, but this is a big move.  I don’t want to take this step until I’m absolutely sure.”  That was fall 2010. Over the following years I prayed, waited and watched.  All the while I drew closer to Him and developed a deep relationship with Him.  He began to show Himself in ways I never knew before and where I struggled with hearing God previously, I now am so much better at discerning His still small voice.   I learned to allow God’s Holy Spirit to “ …guide me in all truth..” (John 16:13, NLT) and “… teach me in all things…” (John 14:26, NKJV).

Finally, over the past year the Lord began to confirm through other people, unaware of what I felt in my spirit years ago, that I was destined to go  to seminary or pursue some sort of path in formal ministry.   I still don’t know all that God is up to.   But that is the comforting thing about God. I don’t have to have it all figured out.   Even when we are clueless and totally unsure,  God knows.  God is omniscient—He is all knowing.  He knows everything about all things at all times.  He knows the grandest to the most minuscule details of my life.  Even when I step out in blind faith, I am stepping out with an all-seeing God beside me.  Notice I said beside me because He is omnipresent.  He is always present.  Herbert Lockyer said it best in his book, All the Doctrines  of the Bible when he said God “has no center and His circumference is everywhere.”  God told me through His word “Behold, I am with you and I will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land; I will not leave you until  I have done what I have spoken to you” (Genesis 28:15, NKJV).  Based on that scripture, because God is always speaking and it will take my lifetime to fulfill my purpose, God is sure to never forsake me.  His word cannot lie. Finally God is omnipotent.  All power is in His hand.  His very essence is power.  So not only is He with me through this life’s journey, but He has the power to bring every plan and purpose for my life to pass.  The arm of he Lord is not shortened.  Having applied to seminary, by God’s grace and provision I  have been accepted to start in  2014.

And so begins the next leg of the journey and I press on. Where would I be without the gifting of God’s grace?  Grace has brought me thus far and it will see me to the very end.  I know I can’t rise without it simply because, God’s:

Gifts & Resources  Allow Constant Elevation.

And Yet Still I Rise,

With peace and blessings may you continue to rise always,

Stillirise323

Get your pencils out…we are having a pop quiz! I hated hearing those words back in school. I remember the feeling of dread that came over me when a pop quiz was announced and I wasn’t prepared. True/false, multiple choice, fill in the blank or essays–those tests came in all types and all varieties.  And in the same manner as what we experienced in school, know that this life is filled with continuous tests.   As long as you are living on this earth expect to be tested.   You better believe you are going to be tried.The trial most often comes from the Enemy; but bear in mind our loving God also tests us to make us better.  The key to passing any test is preparation. Know the material you will be tested on. Although this list is not all inclusive, we are often tested in 4 main areas of our lives: our strengths, weaknesses, desires and familial issues. In the last post I mentioned how we are tested through strengths and weaknesses. Let’s now look at how our desires and familial legacy come to test us and make us better. 

Desires

We all have certain dreams, goals, wants and aspirations that we hope to attain.  God made us to desire certain things.  Nothing wrong with wanting the fullness and good things of life, but even in this too you can be tested. The first question:   True or false? Are your desires coming from you and you alone or are they coming from God? In other words are the things you strive for in agreement with God’s will for your life or are they your own made up desires?   The man or woman that you are convinced is your “soul-mate”, the career you are pursuing or those friends that you keep—is that what God wants for your life or is that what you want for life?  The devil has a crafty way of making things seem like they are coming from God.  

Beware!  When we act or pursue desires outside of God’s will for us, it draws us away from Him, distracts us from our purpose and leads us into less than ideal situations. How do you figure out God’s desires?  The bible spells it out when it tells us to “delight yourself also in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart (Psalm 37:4, NIV)  To delight in the Lord means to take joy in or take pleasure in Him.  In other words immerse yourself in the things of God and put Him first.  When you make God central in your life and follow His leading, you will start to crave and go after the things He likes. He will put inside of you His desires (which by the way are always best for you) and undoubtedly you will start to want those things for yourself.  Notice the bible didn’t blatantly instruct us in the scripture to put God first.  The thing is once you take time to know God, the more you experience Him, the more you naturally want more of Him. Because He is a delight, you can’t help but to delight yourself in Him and enjoy Him–it goes without saying.

Next, note that the scripture says once you delight yourself in the Lord, He will give you desires of your heart.  There is nothing more fulfilling than knowing God.  Knowing Him is enough of a treat.   But the icing on the cake is that on top of the privilege of relationship with Him, God goes further and gives you what you want provided it is in line with His will.  He is just that loving, kind and giving.  What an awesome God He is!

 Ok so you passed the first test.  You are pretty confident that God stands in approval with your desires.  You know for sure that what you want is what He wants.  The next hurdle would be, how faithful are you as you wait for God to grant you your desires? Sometimes God gives us what we want instantly.  At times it can take days, weeks, months and many times years!  You heard me. Years! God is not fazed by time at all. You begging, pleading or throwing a tantrum doesn’t necessarily move God.   So the question is:  How are you functioning in the waiting period?  As you wait on God, are you being patient?  Are you still cultivating your relationship with Him and being faithful to Him?  Are you still growing and maturing?  Are you seeking and praying to God with the genuine intent of knowing and loving Him for who He is or are you doing it solely for the purpose of what He can give you.  Folks, I am not saying it’s easy.  Waiting on God can be frustrating and it may sometimes feel like the God that promised to always be with you may have forgotten you. But even in the waiting, if we allow Him to, God sharpens molds and beautifies us.  And when He lines things up in His perfect timing, it is well worth the wait.

Finally how will you act when God grants you your desires? When God gives you that husband or wife, are you all of sudden going to put God on the back burner because your boo comes first?  When God blesses you with finances, will you be a responsible steward of what God blesses you with or will you squander it?  Many people get a little promotion and then all of a sudden they become like Hitler–can’t handle power.  My friend Cory Quarterman wisely said, “Imagine how far God would take us, if we knew how to act once we got there?  “Some of us don’t know how to act once God blesses us.  When God blesses you with the desires of you heart, don’t let your blessings be your downfall.   Remain humble, keep God first and you will be more likely to pass those unexpected tests that come even with blessings.

 
Generational

This really should be one of the easiest tests to pass because it only takes us being observant.  Yet all too often it is overlooked.   If you study the devil enough, you will find that he really does nothing new.  He loves to do things in patterns. So the same way he attacked the characters in the bible is the same way he targets us. The things he did to our ancestors, he always tries to cycle back to the current generation.  You just have to take the time to study and recognize the unhealthy patterns that continue to resurface through your family line and be determined to break those cycles.  If your entire family suffers from obesity and dies before age 60 because of heart attack or stroke, can you really expect to eat junk food all day and live to be 90? If there is a pattern of teenage pregnancy among your relatives, you have to make up your mind to avoid sex before marriage.  If daddy, granddaddy and Aunt Esther lost all they had to gambling, you have no business even looking at a casino. The bible says the sins of the parents visit the third and fourth generation.  Generational curses are a very real and active in our lives.  The demons that afflicted your fore-parents are looking for every opportunity to bring that same affliction on you.  Through prayer, God’s help and your own efforts to do better, you can break every generational curse that threatens to destroy your life.

 
Strive to be as the popular colloquialism says, “tried and true.” God can use every test to cleanse, beautify, promote and elevate us.    Let not the trials destroy you, but allow them to reveal the reality of the treasure God has created you to be.  Let the trials bring you to higher levels of righteousness, holiness and truth.  Study hard and persevere….cheating can’t bring success in the tests of life.  With Jesus as my Tutor….and yet still I rise…

With peace and blessings may you continue to rise always,

Stillirise323

I can admit this week hasn’t been my best week of being the face of Jesus Christ.  If I keep it real I must confess I could have been just a little more patient; reacted a bit more calmly; chosen my words a little more carefully.  Yes…inspirational emails, passing out bible tracts, sharing  and quoting scripture, soul stirring church sermons and blankedly talking to people about the gospel can all play a role in  pointing people to salvation in Jesus Christ . But perhaps one of the most effective and powerful ways to show people the Way, the Truth and The Life is to be a light in all that we do.  We have to be a living marquee; a visible human billboard that  screams out God’s glory in our words, actions, behaviors and every aspect of our lives.

The great apostle Paul said in Philipians 4:9, “the things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me these do, and the God of peace will be with you “(NKJV).

Paul could say that boldly and without reservation because from what we know of him, he seemingly always represented Jesus the right way.    The question is can you? Are you living in a way  that you would be justified in encouraging someone to imitate the Jesus in you? Is anyone learning from you?  Are you a blessing to someone or planting seeds which will blossom into them knowing God more?  Or are you living a life where your actions don’t live up to your words  and you fit  the mantra do as I say and not as I do? 

Your life is always in view.  People are watching and surely God sees it all.  Don’t live to please people, but live to please the God who is looking to use you to save other people.  The most powerful witness (i.e. evidence) of Christ you can be is to let every part of Christ be witnessed in your life.  If the facts of your life were on trial, let the witnesses say the character of Christ:  love, peace, patience, kindness, humility were evident in all you do.  Let the final verdict be that your were truly a worthy disciple of Christ and a genuine ambassador of God’s Kingdom.

Thank God for a new day and new grace to become more like Him…and yet still I rise…

With peace and blessings may you continue to rise always,

Stillirise323

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Atencion! Atencion! Wake up and realize that we are in a constant war.  A war that is far more devastating than the natural or physical wars that have plagued human history.  Far more dangerous than bombs, grenades, mind-fields and semi-automatic weapons.  I am talking about spiritual warfare.   Whether you believe or accept it, the devil is out to get you.  But not just harass you, not just torment you—but literally to steal, kill and destroy you and everything in your life.   The bottom line is Satan and his kingdom are constantly trying to oppose anything relating to God and His kingdom.  And I mean everything!  Saved or unsaved, Christian or non-Christian, love God or hate Him Satan is still out to attack you.   Why?  Because we are all God’s creation although we are all not God’s children.  So even if you are not a child of God (i.e. someone who has accepted the gift of salvation and made Jesus Lord and Savior of your life), the mere fact that you exist and are a creation of God, makes you a target of Satan and his antics.  Even those who side with him.  Because in the end he blinds us to the fact that he is leading us away from eternal life with God and into eternal damnation and torment with him.

Thinking about all of this can really be overwhelming and even scary.  Why does it have to be like this?  If God is all powerful can’t He just end all of this sin and suffering and wipe out the devil now?  These questions have come to my mind and undoubtedly to the mind of many.  I personally don’t profess to know these answers and honestly I don’t believe anybody fully does.  There are just some secret things, some mysteries that we won’t understand in this life because we do not have the mind of God and His ways are so beyond our understanding.  Things  we will never know until we meet God and if He chooses to reveal these things to us.  Honestly, sometimes the way God operates and the ways of the world don’t always make sense to me.  But this is where faith and trust come in.  Trusting that God is in control and that in the span of eternity all things will be made right.  No more sickness, suffering, trials or difficulties.  That divine justice for the injustices and difficulties we suffer will be served if not now in this life, then later through the course of eternity and after the ending of this  corrupted world as we know it.  Since constantly complaining about it , arguing with or being angry with God will not change how He chooses to run His world (believe me we all have our times—we are after all human beings and God understands), why not take heed and use the tools God has equipped us with to navigate this war we are in and be victorious in the context of where we are now.

To win this war knowledge is of the upmost importance:

The devil attacks through 3 main vehicles:  through you of yourself, through other individuals (i.e. family, friends, coworkers, strangers) and through circumstances and situations. Many times these things work in conjunction or overlap.  The second thing is that he uses  the weapons of DOUBT, DECEPTION and DIVISION .  I hope to share more on these things in another post. But the amazing thing is that we have the authority to overcome every attack of the enemy.   That is, if you accept the Lord Jesus as your personal savior and become adopted into the family of God.

The bible says  after being  raised from the dead that:

“… Jesus came and spoke to them(the disciples), saying “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth (Matthew 28:18)

As believers:

“Therefore you are no longer a slave but a son, and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ (Galatians 4:7) 

and furthermore

“…if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory (Romans 8:17, NIV)

So really what does all this mean?  It means that being an heir of God and a co-heir with Christ we stand to receive  the supernatural and substantial benefits of God’s kingdom now and through eternity.

To name a few we are:

1) Heirs to peace—peace in the midst of chaos, trials and seemingly impossible circumstances

-Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you.       Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid (John 14:27, NKJV)

-You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in You (Isaiah 26:3, NKJV)

-“..the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:7, NKJV)

2) Heirs to God’s  strength 

-It is God who arms me with strength, And makes my way perfect (Psalm 18:32, NKJV)

-For You (God)  have armed me with strength for the battle (Psalm 18:30, NKJV)

3) Heirs to God’s unspeakable  joy

“….Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”  (Nehemiah 8:10, NKJV)

“ You will show me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore” (Psalm 16:11, NKJV)

4) Heirs to the God’s impenetrable protection and defense 

 -I will say of the Lord , “He is my my refuge and my fortress

My God, in Him I will trust (Psalm 91:1, NKJV)

-“for the Lord your God is He who goes with you, to fight for you against your enemies, to save you. (Deuteronomy 20:4, NKJV)

-No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life; as I was with Moses, so I will be with you.  I will not leave you nor forsake you (Joshua 1:5, NKJV)

5) Heirs to immortality and eternal life

-For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life (John 3:16, NKJV)

-Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life (John 5:24, NKJV)

This doesn’t begin to scratch the surface of the benefits of being a co-heir with Christ. However, in regards to spiritual warfare, it means that we have the power to live in victory and authority like Jesus did on earth and still does in the heavens.  That God’s very Spirit, the Holy Spirit  works in us and through us to overcome the devil and the demons that operate under him. It was under the teaching of Reverend Eugene Harris, while taking an intercessory prayer class at Greater Allen Cathedral that I really had a better understanding of these concepts as he presented them.  To summarize, remember God has established His kingdom.  And the Kingdom  of God is ever advancing, invincible and has ultimate power.  God and His kingdom reigns and rules over every aspect of existence:  the components of the universe, the earth,  the natural world and the spiritual realm including angels, Satan and demons.  When Christ died and was resurrected, he was given authority and power over God’s kingdom, which essentially means power over any and everything.  As children of God we are citizens of that great Kingdom.  Yet not just average citizens, but figures of authority because, ” God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly places… “(Ephesians 2:6).  In other words, as Reverend Eugene so clearly put it:  we have been established in government with Christ.  Just like any high-ranking citizen in any government seat, we have certain privileges, benefits, rights and jurisdictions in the Kingdom and when we claim jurisdiction for God’s kingdom, the old rules no longer apply.

For example when Columbus or other explorers of old landed on new land and planted the flag for Spain, England or whatever country they represented,  the old rules of that conquered land no longer had application. The new land is now under the jurisdiction of the conquering country.  In the same way when we go representing the kingdom of God and establish jurisdiction, Satan and his demons are limited to and must submit to the laws of God kingdom.  Satan can do nothing without God’s allowance and demonic forces are limited to the rules and regulations of God’s kingdom.  Hence, in this fallen world, cancer wrecks bodies, people are lame and the blind can’t see. But when you walk with the power of God and take authority as a citizen of God’s kingdom those old rules no longer apply.  In the kingdom of God at our command and in our authority through the power of God, the blind see, the lame walk, cancer must die,  demons must flee and miraculous things  take place.  Jesus performed great signs, wonders and astounding miracles here on earth. Yet he tells us that “whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing and they will do greater things than these…” (John 14;12, NIV).  Imagine we have the power to do greater things than Jesus did.  Now that’s astounding and maybe even hard to believe. But believe it!   He has given us “authority to trample on serpents and scorpions and over all the power of the enemy…” (Luke 10:19, NKJV)

So beloved, take authority over depression, sickness, debt, anxiety, distractions.  Tear down everything that dares to oppose God’s will for your life.  Arise in God’s power! Arise in  your authority! Arise as the royalty you are and as a child of the Most High!

Because Jesus rose in power on the third day….and yet still I rise.

With peace and blessings may you continue to rise,

stillirise323

Have you ever been disobedient?  Instructed to do something by some figure of authority and just flat out didn’t do it? It’s something we have all been guilty of at some point in our lives.   You don’t have to walk this earth too long before you find yourself committing that all too familiar offense of disobedience.  You may have disobeyed your parents in childhood, that supervisor on the job or even worse the Lord God Almighty Himself.  It’s one thing if you bear the consequences of your own disobedience, but what if your disobedience negatively impacted others?  Would you be more cognizant or intentional about obeying if the direction of someone’s life rested in your obedience?

The Lord has been gently nudging me to do a health blog.  I didn’t directly refuse to do it per se.  But let’s just say I have been delaying it 🙂 However, since I wasn’t going to get off that easily, He brought back to my remembrance a revelation He gave me way back in November  2012 in regards to the following scripture, as He was instructing Noah about building the ark:

Genesis 6:20, (NKJV)= Of the birds after their kind, of animals after their kind and of every creeping thing of the earth of it’s kind, two of every kind will come to you to keep them alive.

I tell you this was such a revelation to me!  Ladies and gentleman do you realize that the Lord is sending people of all types, from all walks of life to us and He is using us to keep them alive?   It is our responsibility to keep them alive. This will mean different things for different people.  We may be called to keep them physically alive by our medical training and gifts in healing; keep them alive by interceding in prayer; keep them alive  by teaching and sharing knowledge; being a conduit of God’s love— healing their broken souls and spirits in speaking a kind word or simply being a  light in the dark places.  But ultimately and most importantly we keep them alive by showing the way to salvation and eternal life in Christ Jesus. We are living in detrimental times and lives are literally dependent on us. Dependent on our obedience to God, obedience to His direction and obedience to fulfilling our purpose in this life on earth.  We truly have to  become  so alive in Christ that we can in turn be used to bring life to others.  Let us pray God grants us the grace and ability to save every life He puts in our path for His glory.

So I end by saying, in the spirit of obedience I have taken the first step in beginning my health blog, When You Consider Your Body God’s Temple available at http://www.asalivingsacrifice.wordpress.com.  I thank you for your support and prayers in advance as I embark on this next leg of the journey to answer the call.  Please know that obedience to the Master will always cause you to rise….and yet still I rise.

With peace and blessing may you continue to rise always,

Stillirise323