DAY 16: When I stood with Him, His love for me overtook everything!

There’s not many people alive who haven’t felt the sting of rejection at some point in their lifetime. Whether it be from kids on a school bus or deep betrayal from family, it reaches to the very core of who you are. The wound stabs into your soul and forever whispers “you’re not good enough”, “people don’t like you”, “you’re too bad to love”, “there’s something wrong with you”. Sooner or later the whisper becomes your truth and you live every day with a broken, sad heart full of shame and self-hatred hiding underneath your everyday mask.

This was my life, until I met someone who began to whisper to me something different, something I had never heard before. He began to tell me that He cherished me, that when I looked at Him, His heart was captivated by me. His name was Jesus, and He seemed to be so crazy in love with me that I didn’t know how it could be. When He looked at me, He saw no flaws. In His eyes was a fire of love for me so strong I thought it would conquer death for me. He told me I was beautiful, that He loved everything about me. He even called me His delight. The way He smiled over me made me believe I could do anything. I knew that there was nothing He wanted in return; it was a one-way love so powerful that all the pain and abuse and betrayal of my past disintegrated in His presence. I decided I never wanted to leave this Jesus. He rejoiced over everything about me. How could this be? The more I began to stay in His presence the more I began to see myself the way He did. He told me I was important and valuable to Him, that He was amazed by me. His words shattered the lies I had believed about myself for so long. I knew there was nothing I could do to earn this love or to lose this love because it was stronger than anything. When I stood with Him, His love for me overtook everything. Before I knew it, I had been transformed from an unwanted, unloved girl into a priceless treasure chased down by the overwhelming love of a King.

I pray that you too will experience this life-changing love and acceptance if you haven’t already. You will come alive in a way you never thought possible. It’s where you belong!

“O my love, how beautiful you are! There is no flaw in you! You have captivated my heart with one look of your eyes” Song of Solomon 4:7,9

“And as the bridegroom rejoices over the bride, so shall your God rejoice over you.” Isaiah 62:5

“You shall be called by a new name, which the mouth of the Lord will name. You shall also be a crown of glory in the hand of the Lord, and a royal diadem in the hand of your God.” Isaiah 62:2-3
Allison Jackson
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DAY 15: God Has a Plan For Your Life!

“God has a plan for your life.” I never really understood this until the birth of my sweet Arianna.

During the pregnancy of my 3rd child, I was certain I wanted to have my tubes tied. My OB Doctor tried to talk me out of it at every appointment and every time I stayed firm, knowing that this was what I wanted. So after having my precious Joshua, I went into surgery just as planned. I remember going into the cold, sterile room and counting backwards from 10 to about 7…. and then I woke up. My mom leaned in close, took my hand, and whispered, “Trish, they didn’t do it”. “WHAT!??”, tearing up I said, “What do you mean?” The nurse came into the room at that moment and explained that every time the surgeon touched my skin, even with her fingers, my heart rate would shoot up to an unsafe level. She said that I would need to see a cardiologist before they could complete the surgery. I was crying by this point knowing that my insurance was due to be cancelled the very next day. I had no hope of returning for surgery, much less hope for seeing a cardiologist! I swore my OB Doctor had conspired against me because I never had any heart problems before…

Fast forward 11 years: It’s April Fools Day, I’m at work, and John invites me to sit down for lunch with the family. We are all sitting there eating and for some reason I blurt out… “So, while I have you all here, there is something I need to tell you.” Everyone gets quiet and I say, “I’m pregnant!”. John screams, “WHAT?!”, Darcy’s jaw drops to the floor and just about falls out of her chair, and the girls quickly say “Oh my gosh, Congratulations!”. Then I say, “JUST KIDDING- APRIL FOOLS!” I got them good! (or so I thought). We all had a good laugh, finished up our lunch, and went on about our day.

One week later, some unexpected events happened that caused the father of my 3 beautiful children and I to rush a wedding in 2 weeks. So on April 20th, 2013, after being together for over 18 years, we were finally married. The wedding came together beautifully. As the pastor said “God, bless this covenant between Brandon and Trish…” The wind blew so perfectly, as if he was kissing us on the foreheads himself to bless us. And one month later, we found out I was pregnant with our sweet Arianna.

Looking back it’s clear…
* It was God trying to get me to change my mind at all those OB appointments
* It was God who wouldn’t let that surgeon touch me, when I wouldn’t listen.
* It was God who had me speak her into existence at lunch that day. I had no intention of fooling the Hoffman’s, those words came flying out of my mouth without any control from me.

God loved our sweet Arianna before she was even a thought in my mind! He created her perfectly, with love, and He has an amazing plan for her life!

He created YOU, perfectly, and with love, and He has an amazing plan for your life. He loves you so much, and has loved you since before you were even a thought on this earth! Why is this so hard for us to believe it at times? It says it right in His word…

Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

Psalms 139:14-18 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. How precious to me are your thoughts, God! How vast is the sum of them! Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand—when I awake, I am still with you.

I love you Lord, with all my heart! Thank you for loving me. And thank you for allowing me to be the mother of your sweet Arianna, your precious Joshua, your adoring Iva, and your beloved Brent!
Trish Kumse
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DAY 14: A Life Built on God’s Word

(Matthew 7:24 MSG) “These words I speak to you are not incidental additions to your life, homeowner improvements to your standard of living. They are foundational words, words to build a life on. If you work these words into your life, you are like a smart carpenter who built his house on solid rock.”

Today join us in learning how the power of God’s Word and applying its principles will change your life forever!

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DAY 13: Releasing Your Inner Roar

Dr Myles Munroe taught us that discovering the leader within is the key. When people are trying to change, but nothing is happening, he explained that they need an internal revelation concerning the truth about themselves.

I want to tell you a true story about this very thing. Dr. Myles Munroe was invited to speak at a leadership conference in Zimbabwe to 5000 people. After the event, the host asked him to speak to a village four hours away in the bush.

Dr. Munroe met the chief of the village and the chief took him to a thatch roof house to speak to a group of 400 people. Afterwards, the chief told him a story, a story that teaches what is keeping us from reaching the potential that we really possess.

One beautiful morning, there was a farmer of goats and sheep that took the sheep out to graze in the hills of Zimbabwe, when he heard a sound in the bush. It was like a little kitten. He walked towards the sound and saw a baby kitten creature, all wet and shivering from the wet damp of the morning. Suddenly he realized what it was, it was a lion cub. He quickly turned and ran to the highest rock because he knew if he was recognized by the mother or the father of this creature, he would be killed. He stayed there for hours, waiting, shivering, but no lion came for the baby cub.

As the sun began to set, he wondered what to do. If he left the lion cub, it would die. So he took the chance, walked out from behind the rock , looked to the left and to the right to make sure he was safe, then he scooped up the little cub, nestled it to his bosom and ran back to his farmhouse.

He fed the little cub and took care of it. After a few months, the little lion cub became very strong, and he began to become familiar with the sheep and the sheep became familiar with him. He grew up in this environment, with the sheep. Every time the sheep would go out to graze, he would go with the sheep. He spent all day with the sheep, he began to think like the sheep, act like the sheep, he even smelled like the sheep. He thought like the sheep, he thought he WAS a sheep. He eventually became a stately young lion, and the sheep were comfortable with him and he was comfortable with them. He thought he was a sheep. This is all he knew, because this was his life. After a year, he became a beautiful, fantastic looking creature.

One day when he went out to graze with the sheep, while they were grazing, suddenly the sheep took off running back to the farm. Well, the little lion that that became a big lion, that thought he was a sheep, acted like a sheep, and smelled like a sheep, he figured if the sheep ran, I better run too, because I am a sheep. So he ran with the sheep back to the farm where they hid behind the fence. Curious, he peeked over the fence, heard a sound he had never heard before. It was the most frightening sound he had ever heard. It shook the jungle, everything trembled, and animals fled when this sound was made. The little lion that became a big lion, that thought he was a sheep, had never heard this sound before. He shook, like all the other sheep.

Then he saw where the sound was coming from. A beast appeared out of the jungle, one that he had never seen before. The beast did something strange, he made the sound that shook the jungle and then he bent his head down into the shrub, and when he lifted his head up, in his jaw was one of the little lambs. It was all bloody and he shook his head as if to say, “Its mine.” He made that sound one more time and then he vanished to the jungle.

Well the little lion that thought he was a sheep, acted like a sheep, had never seen such a crazy beast before. It was an awesome frightening monster and it filled him with terror. He never went out for the rest of the day, the sheep were afraid, the farmer was afraid, he was afraid. A couple of days later, they went back out to graze down by the river. Again, the horrible sound came from the jungle. Everything scattered, the birds flew and the little lion that thought he was a sheep, acted like a sheep, looked across the river and there was the beast appearing again. The beast came trampling through the water and the little lion and the sheep all took off running, jumped over the fence and hid in the safety of the farm. Everybody was afraid of such an ugly beast, the beast put his head down and came up again with another sheep in his jaws. Oh the little lion that though he was a sheep, acted like a sheep, had never seen such a monster. He shook. He was so afraid. And they never went out anymore that day.

Three days later, they were out grazing on the other side where the river was very narrow, and he went down to drink. When he leaned over to drink, he jumped back because he saw the beast. So he ran, jumped over the fence and went to hide in the safety of the farm. He wondered why the sheep didn’t follow him. Didn’t they see the beast? He was so afraid. He was confused. The sheep were fine. They were not afraid, so he started to think he had made a mistake. He ventured back to take a drink and leaned over, saw the beast, jumped back, ran all the way back to the farm, hid behind the wall again. He was shaking, but still he was all by himself. Why didn’t his sheep friends, follow him? Didn’t they see the beast; didn’t they see the monster come from the jungle? He had seen it. He knew he was not dreaming. Then suddenly he became confused. He went back wondering again, why hadn’t they run?

The next day, they were all out grazing again, when they heard the rumbling sound coming from the jungle and the sheep took off. But the little lion that thought like a sheep, acted like a sheep, was standing near the river, when he looked up and saw the beast coming out of the jungle. He knew if he ran it would be too late and he would end up like the lamb. So he froze in fear. He looked back and saw the sheep running back to the farm. He knew he was in trouble. The beast was right across the river, just a few feet from him. He shook. His muscles began to ripple in fear pulsing through every vein. He knew he was finished. Then the beast made that sound across the river, straight to his face. This is the end he thought. I am going to be eaten alive. Then the beast took one step into the water towards him, starred at him and made the sound again. His whole body felt the sound. He knew it was over. He shut his eyes. He expected there to be death.

Then the beast moves closer, they are just feet apart, he can smell his breathe, and the beast makes that sound again. He is shaking with fear and the beast lets out the terrifying sound again. The beast was totally committed to the sound as if to say to him, you can make it also.

That is when he knew the beast was not going to attack him. He realized that the beast was trying to get him to make the sound; he felt that if he didn’t try to make the sound, he was going die. So the little lion that thought he was a sheep, that became a big lion, that thought like a sheep, acted like a sheep, built up all this courage and let out the best sound he knew to make, “baaaaaaaa”. When that sound came out, because that is all he knew, the beast came forward a few more steps as if to say, I ‘m not leaving until you do it right. So, the beast made the sound right to his face, GRRRRRRRRRR. Every thing shook, fear trembled through his body. He was thinking it is over, but I’m going to try one more time, so he built it up from his belly, from deep within and he let go a strong, “baaaaaaaaa.”

And the beast became angry, he moved forward two more steps, he could feel his breath, the heat of his nostrils and he thought it is over. The beast looked at him again and the sound came out, GRRRRRRRRRRR, and it shook his whole body, and for sure he knew he would die. Fear gripped him and he became completely immobilized. It’s over and I can’t make the sound but the beast kept making the sound as if to say, “I’m not leaving until you do it.”

The little lion that though he was a sheep, acted like a sheep, smelled like a sheep, suddenly he realized, he’s not going to leave so I have to try one more time. Then he became angry because the beast believed in him more than he believed in himself. And the anger, turned into passion, and the passion gave him the strength to reach deep inside, he began to build up the spirit of anger, saying to himself, if he believes I can do this, I can do this! And he dug down deep on the inside and suddenly he connected with something he never felt before. His whole body was coming alive. He felt things he had never felt before. All of the sounds in his belly, in his stomach, all of the sounds in his throat, everything changed. His face took on a different look and out of his belly came a sound he never knew he had and he went GRRRRRRRR. His whole body changed with the sound and he knew he sounded like the beast. And the beast got excited and the beast said GRRRRRRR. And he went GRRRRRR and the beast went GRRRRRRR. And this went on and on. And for 15 minutes the story goes that the two lions stood in the middle of the water growling at each other until the beast was convinced, YOU’VE GOT IT!

Then the beast did something strange, he started to walk backward, into the jungle. He got close to the jungle and he stopped. He looked at the big lion that thought he was a sheep, acted like a sheep, smelled like a sheep, as if to say, “Are you coming?”

Suddenly, the little lion that became a big lion, that thought like a sheep, acted like a sheep, smelled like a sheep, knew he had a decision to make. He looked at the beast and knew that was unknown territory. He looked back at the farm and saw his sheep family. He saw the safety of the house, the comfort of a world he knew, the protection of the farm. He looked back at the beast and saw nothing but jungle and unknown, and then he looked back at the sheep and saw nothing but safety and protection. Then one more time he looked at the beast, he saw the jungle, then at the farm, and knew if he went back, he would have protection, food provided, housing provided, comfort provided.

If I go forward, there is no guarantee. One more time he looked at the beast, he looked at the farm, he looked at the water and saw his reflection as a beast, then looked again at the beast. It was there that he knew he had found himself. He turned his back on the farm, walked into the jungle and vanished.

The farmer said the next time he saw him, he had a lamb in his mouth.

This shows that you become like whom you run with! If you want to know who I am today, I am a lion, GRRRRRR. What sound is coming out of you? Do you say, “baaaaaaa” when the lion of opportunity shows up at your cozy farm of a life? Or do you reach down and let the roar out that you were born to produce?

Ephesians 3:20 – Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us.
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DAY 12: Is it really better to give than to receive?

I heard that saying so many times in my life but never gave it much thought until recently. Yes, now I am older and wiser and I have had time to think about that statement, research that statement and have many personal experiences relating to that statement.

It was 2007 when my wife, Tonya, and I exited the Cox Convention Center in OKC after the Executive Director Gala. I was in my tux and Tonya was stunning in her beautiful evening gown. As we walked, a man approached us and asked for $1.35 so he could catch the bus home. I went to my wallet as usual in these situations to give the man a buck or two. Tonya said, “Give him the twenty.” I asked, “You want me to give him twenty dollars?” “Yes.”

The man gladly accepted the $20, RAN across the street and promptly handed the money to a man in a beat up van who gave him a little zip lock bag. Needless to say, I was mad but not surprised. I made sure that Tonya realized what had just happened. Then Tonya said something I will never forget, “We are called to give, not to worry about what happens when we give.” How could I argue that?

Well, that night, I could barely sleep as The Lord was “working on me”. When I woke, I told Tonya that The Lord had put it on my heart to give more that year and to give unconditionally. Actually, the plan was to give EVERY time we were asked to give. When we got home, a letter from the American Cancer Society showed up so we wrote a check. A student looking for sponsorship for a walk-a-thon was next. A missions trip at church, Heart Association, Girl Scouts, raffles, fund raisers, charities…you name it and we gave it away. After a while, it became FUN!

As you can probably guess, that year we had a spike in our recruiting, membership production and income. We achieved the $250,000 Ring within 12 months of that encounter in OKC. What a humbling experience to watch God use us in and out of LegalShield to help more people than we had ever done before.

When someone asks for money, their hand is “palm up”. When you give someone money your hand is “palm down”. Most of you know what it is like to ask for help and it is not fun. But when you work hard and help someone, doesn’t it feel good? And if you’ve never needed a helping hand before, trust me, palm down is way better than palm up.

Ever wonder who said that part about better to give than receive? My research brought me to this bible verse:

In Acts 20:35, the Apostle Paul said, “In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’ “

Can I be honest? Giving to others felt better than receiving that ring. I believe it is in our DNA. The Lord has designed you to feel better giving than receiving!

Tony Petrill
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DAY 11: Grateful to be Alive!

GRATEFUL to be alive! “In a moment’s notice your life can change forever,” is exactly what I had just finished saying to a friend regarding her nieces skiing accident when I found myself screaming out for God to help me.

While driving home today, the weather was great, roads dry, cruise set at 82 when in a matter of seconds, I looked away only to hear the rumble strips. When I looked back, I was driving off the road into the median at 82 mph! I continued through the median missing the reflectors on the opposite side of the road, landing back on the highway driving west on the east bound highway facing oncoming cars.

I hit my brake to take off the cruise control going from 82 down to about 65 now facing a car for a potential head on collision. Crying out to Jesus to save me and help me, I crossed back through the median again to the west bound lane to get on the right side of the highway heading the right way.

Your life flashes before you. You’re crying and thanking God that you are alive. Shaking uncontrollably, I was praying and hugging my dog, thanking God we were both are alive and grateful the car didn’t have anything wrong with it so I could get home. Then I relived the accident over in my head…it is a MIRACLE I did not roll the car at 82 mph in the median, it is a MIRACLE that I didn’t wreck in the median, it is a MIRACLE I didn’t have a blow out, it is a MIRACLE I didn’t have a head on collision, and it is a MIRACLE I am here to share how in a blink of an eye my life could be over.

LIFE IS SO PRECIOUS and SO SHORT! I have no doubt that God had me in the palm of HIS hand, that his arms were wrapped around me AND That God is not done with me here on earth. I have never been more scared in my life. So here is what I pray for you:

tell the people you love that you love them
• don’t sweat the small things
• recognize what is important
• live life now and
• know God will never leave you or forsake you!

HE is our protector and provider, our refuge and shield. I want all my FB friends and family to know how grateful I am to have you in my life and I love you!

Katie Huff

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DAY 10: What determines your value?

If I had a $100 bill, what would it be worth? $100 of course, but why? Who determines its value? Do the people that the $100 bill hangs around, determine its worth? No, the creator of the bill, the Federal Reserve does. The Federal Reserve decides they want a $100 bill, so they create it.

What if that $100 bill was found in the middle of a 3rd world country by people that had never seen money. Would they value the money? Absolutely not, they are completely ignorant of its worth. They would not understand the value of the $100 right before their eyes. So would their ignorance of its value, change its worth?

What if that $100 bill was torn, tattered, and stepped on? Does its value change? No!

That is the message God wants you to hear today. How you have been valued by OTHERS, treated by OTHERS, or loved by OTHERS, does not determine your value! The creator of you does, and that is God. When my kids were little, I would always say to them, “Girls, do you know what God was thinking when He made you? Wow! It must be amazing because you were made for His purpose.” Psalm 139:13,14 says, “For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.

I remember what Dr. Myles Munroe shared with John and I once. He said that when people treated him wrongly because they were prejudiced, he would just shrug his shoulders and say, “Hmm, they do not know who they just met. I am a child of the King. They must be ignorant people. That is sad.” The key is that Dr. Munroe believed the report of the Lord, He studied God’s Word and what His maker said he was and that is how he formed the inner picture of how he saw himself. What is the picture you have on the inside about your value, your worth? Let the power of the living Word show you the truth about you!

Believing God’s best for you,
Darcy Hoffman

ACTION STEP:
Make these scriptures you new identity and build your worth on God’s truth, not your life’s past or how people treat you.
What is my worth according to my maker? He says…

I am loved. 1 John 3:3
I am accepted. Ephesians 1:6
I am a child of God. John 1:12
I am Jesus’ friend. John 15:14
I am a joint heir with Jesus, sharing His inheritance with Him. Romans 8:17
I am united with God and one spirit with Him. 1 Corinthians 6:17
I am a temple of God. His Spirit and his life lives in me. 1 Corinthians 6:19
I am a member of Christ’s body. 1 Corinthians 12:27
I am a Saint. Ephesians 1:1
I am redeemed and forgiven. Colossians 1:14
I am complete in Jesus Christ. Colossians 2:10
I am free from condemnation. Romans 8:1
I am a new creation because I am in Christ. 2 Corinthians 5:17
I am chosen of God, holy and dearly loved. Colossians 3:12
I am established, anointed, and sealed by God. 2 Corinthians 1:21
I do not have a spirit of fear, but of love, power, and a sound mind. 2 Timothy 1:7
I am God’s co-worker. 2 Corinthians 6:1
I am seated in heavenly places with Christ. Eph 2:6
I have direct access to God Ephesians. 2:18
I am chosen to bear fruit John. 15:16
I am one of God’s living stones, being built up in Christ as a spiritual house. 1 Peter 2:5
I have been given exceedingly great and precious promises by God by which I share His nature. 2 Peter 1:4
I can always know the presence of God because He never leaves me Hebrews. 13:5
God works in me to help me do the things He wants me to do Philippians 2:13
I can ask God for wisdom and He will give me what I need. James 1:5

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DAY 9: Eyes of Faith

Darcy asked me to write a post for the 21 Days of Prayer, to share “my story”. I immediately said YES! Then, I kind of freaked out. What was “my story”? I thought long and hard about which of my life stories would be the best to share. As I got quiet, I immediately knew the answer. So, here it is.

Some people say that I am sick. I am not one of those people. I do have “medical” issues. I have always thought of this illness as a job. I was “transferred” to this job in 2000. I had been practicing law. I was living my dream when the transfer notice came (i.e. taken from my office to the emergency room). Then, the dream was gone. I was never able to return to the practice of law. In fact, my medical “job” was the only one I could manage until Legal Shield came into my life. We all have jobs of one sort or another. We all have meetings we would rather skip. My “meetings” happen to be at a doctor’s office or going for chemotherapy. Those same people who say I am sick also say I have rose-colored glasses that hide reality. I have been told this my whole life. I have finally learned what those glasses actually are – they are my eyes of faith. This is where my story really begins.

It is because of those spectacular spectacles that I was able to receive the miracle of baptism by the Holy Spirit. I have believed in God all my life. However, I did not live with God IN my life until October 2010. My husband and I were on a once in a lifetime trip to Europe. Even being able to go on the trip was a miracle. You see, in the natural, I was very sick. I couldn’t breathe on my own. I couldn’t walk up or down a flight of stairs on my own. I had to take more medical equipment than regular luggage. And, my husband had to do everything for me. I had been receiving chemotherapy every 4 weeks for 10 years. The treatments and the medication had caused me to blow up like a balloon! I could go on with the challenges this trip presented but I think you get the picture.

As we were taking off from the airport, I let go – of everything! I just heard myself saying, “This is the only
chance I have to see Europe. I WILL NOT be limited by rules of doctors, of dieticians, physical therapists – ENOUGH!” I determined to follow my “instincts”. The trip turned out to be miraculous from that moment onward. Our first stop was Amsterdam. As we walked out of the hotel and into the city, I started to put my breathing tubes in my nostrils. Something stopped my hands and told me to breathe, to really breathe. And breathe I did! I have not needed canned oxygen from that day on.

The miracles I experienced on this trip were so many that I can’t begin to share them all. I will share the most important one. We were in Paris. It was 2:00 in the morning after a long day of sight-seeing. My husband had been asleep for over an hour, maybe two. I was finally ready to get into bed. As I sat on the side of the bed, God spoke to me. I heard the words, “Take a bath”. I sat there in disbelief, you see, because I wasn’t physically capable of even getting into a bathtub without help. Not to mention that it was 2:00 in the morning! I heard those words several times before I acquiesced. I suddenly found myself in the bathtub, running the water.

What I experienced that night was a visit from the Holy Spirit and love of God directly. I was healed. Period. I spent the next 6 hours in the presence of God. I was baptized and cleansed by the water in every cell of my body. I could feel them becoming new cells. In the morning, my awareness returned to the bathtub, in the natural again. The water was still comfortably warm. My fingers weren’t all pruned up. I looked the same as I did when I had gotten into that bathtub 6 hours earlier. However, I was not the same. I got out of the tub on my own for the first time in over 10 years! I knew my body was changed.

From that day on, I was able to bound up and down stairs. I could help my husband carry things. By the time we returned home, I had lost over 30 pounds! My blood-work was even changed! I was no longer anemic after being anemic from the treatments for over 10 years!

Fast forward to present day – some people still say I am sick. Now, I KNOW I am no longer sick. Yes, I still have to go some “meetings”. In the natural, I may still look sick to you. However, I am not this body. I am a child of the most high God – and, so are you! No matter what you are facing in the natural, it is not real. It is not you.

ACTION STEP: I urge you to try on a pair of those rose-colored glasses. You might just find that they fit perfectly.

Thank the Lord for my eyes of faith and all of His mercy and grace and perfect love,
Laura Barker
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DAY 8: A True Story: Overcoming Racism

In the guest area of our home, we had an artist paint inspirational quotes on our wall. One says – If you could only see you, as I see you- GOD. Imagine if everyone saw themselves and others through the eyes of a loving creator! God says in Genesis 1:26, He made man in His image, to be like Him.” So, if you have ever been treated “less than” for any reason, you have met an ignorant person, unaware of your awesome worth as a child of God!

On Martin Luther King day, I would like to proclaim God’s truth, In 1 John 2:11, God says, “But the one who hates his brother is in the darkness and walks in the darkness, and does not know where he is going because the darkness has blinded his eyes.” And in Galatians 3:8, God says, “There is no longer Jew or Gentile, slave or free, male and female. For you are all one in Christ Jesus.” One in Christ Jesus means ONE. But there is a spirit of division that speaks through pain and hurt, through bitterness and hate, to keep us from being ONE. a people united and walking in peace. Please watch this incredible recap of the movie Woodlawn, a true story about how the worst city at that time for racism, became ONE, a people united!

https://www.churchofthehighlands.com/media/message/woodlawn

You are dearly loved and divinely created,
The Hoffmans
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DAY 7: Joining Arms

Happy Sunday Shield Nation family! We hope you have had an amazing week. Today for our devotional, we are joining Church of the Highlands in Birmingham, AL live for their Sunday service.

As you tune in, we are believing with you for your life to be changed by the love of Jesus and His word.

http://live.churchofthehighlands.com

Can’t wait to see what God does in week two!    #‎SNL21daysofprayer‬ ‪#‎getready‬