Baby, Get Your Shine On!!!

The Lord gave us a great idea: carve some pumpkins with the kids in The ‘Burg.  These are kids that we have been ministering to for almost a year now.  They come to life group, we take them to church [driving 70 miles to Katy every week to get to a Spirit filled church].

Now, we don’t “celebrate” Halloween at our house however He wanted us to use the foolish things of the world as a teaching moment.

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We gathered. 

PunkinsWe purchased 14 pumpkins.  Truthfully, not enough!!!Ladies

Denver and Cassidy commenced to picking out theirs FIRST!

There were about 20 of us in my little casa, eating chili, cheese, fritos and cornbread, drinking KoolAid and Dr. Pepper.  The kids were brimming with anticipation. They ranged in age from 5 to 18.  NONE of them [except my kids] had ever carved a pumpkin.

I explained that we were not going to carve a ghost or goblin into them, but we were going to share a message through these pumpkins.   We sat the kids down on the steps and I shared with them what God asked me to share:

How many of you know Jesus?  How many of you have asked Him to be Lord of your life? [they all raised their little hands :)]  I want to talk to you for a minute about why we are carving these pumpkins. These pumpkins are like us right now, before we knew Jesus.  They are hard on the outside and have a bunch of gooey junk on the inside that kind of stinks!  But just like what Jesus did for us, we are going to open up this pumpkin and scrape out the mess on the inside.  The only way that mess can get back in there is if we put it in there. And once we carve it into what we want it to be, if we put that mess back in there, everyone will see it! It will be obvious that it does not belong. We are going to carve something beautiful and positive into the pumpkin, making it into what we want it to be and then a light can shine through it sharing the message that we intend to be shared!  But we have to clean out the inside in order to poke through the flesh, the outside part, to make the picture.  Once we are finished poking and cutting and making a mess, we will have something beautiful to share with everyone who passes by!

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MIRACLE: Restoration of a family! Much prayer and tears went into this!
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I think they all turned out beautiful! What do you think?
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I love the Jonah in the Whale one! I was able to share this story with the kids as well.
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Who wouldn’t smile when they saw this…except for my FB friend Chad Aldridge [he’s an athiest and proud of it 😦 ]
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My tribute to Love Lets Live 🙂

I encourage you to listen to the Holy Spirit and be creative.  God can use ANYTHING to share His love, hope and light.  Be blessed! And Get your SHINE on!!!

OH YEAH!!!  And if you would like the templates for some of these pumpkins, here they are 🙂 Footprints GuildcraftChristianpumpkintemplates JonahAndTheWhale PeaceDove Saviour jesus-blood Jesus-Heart-Pumpkin-Stencil John-3-16-Pumpkin-Stencil

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Baby Saved from Abortion!!!! Love Lets Live at Planned Parenthood Houston

Planned Parenthood, the abortion giant of America, would like for the public to believe that their primary goal and purpose is to

CARE…No Matter What.

They would like for us to believe that their focus is the family.  They would have us believe that they want abortion to be rare, yet safe and legal.  They would have us believe that most of their counselors and staff are ANTI-ABORTION and PRO-WOMAN.  Planned Parenthood wants you to know that facilities and doctors like Kermit Gosnell are NOT the norm, but a grisly exception, and that pro-life advocates are the reason that women are reduced to going to the “Philly House of Horrors”.

Gosnell_clinic2_405_260_55Despite all of the advocacy from the pro-life camp, one thing still remains: Planned Parenthood abortion numbers have not swayed, nor have their profits from the killing of children.  The claims that they “Care. No Matter What.” are false.

The TRUTH is…they SCARE no matter what.  Let’s deconstruct some of this deception.

  • If women are “reduced” to going to slaughter houses like the Gosnell clinic because they had “no other choice”, why is it that there are 17 abortion or abortion referral centers in a 4 county area surrounding the Gosnell clinic? PP committed almost 60% of the abortions in this area, an UPWARD trend. Rare?  I think not. Safe?  Let’s reconsider. There is even proof that PP knew about the Gosnell clinic and conditions here:

Dayle Steinberg, PPSP’s President, boasted at a recent Planned Parenthood Spring Gathering (which featured Steinem) that some of their “clients” would “complain to staff about the conditions” at Gosnell’s abortion mill. “We would always encourage them to report it to the Department of Health,” Steinberg explained. Wow! She really admitted that Planned Parenthood knew about Gosnell! And they did nothing…absolutely nothing.

[Ryan Bomberger, LifeSiteNews, April 23, 2013]

  • Family is NOT the focus.  There is no PLAN for PARENTHOOD.  Planned Parenthood performs more than 25% of abortions in America.  They do not make their money providing prenatal care, adoption referrals or teaching parenting classes.  They make their $$$ killing the unborn.
  • Why is #Abortion NOT the focus of their ad campaigns?  Because they know that THIS generation REJECTS abortion.  They keep their “positive” image going by focusing on sex education, STD screenings and contraception. 7 out of 10 women that I speak to outside of Planned Parenthood in Houston have no idea that
  • They do not want abortion to be safe and rare.  LEGAL, yes.  Safe and rare, NO.  In 2013 in the great state of Texas, we [pro-lifers] descended on the capital to advocate for the passage of House Bill 2 which tightened the standards on abortion clinics and doctors in the second most populated state in America.  Who was the greatest opponent to this legislation?  You got it!  Planned Parenthood!  The bill will change TX abortion laws dramatically in that
    • Doctors are required to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of the abortion clinics.  This helps with continuity of care in the event of an emergency or complication.
    • Bans abortion after 20 weeks gestation except in the case of severe fetal abnormality
    • RU486 must be administered according to FDA regulations, requiring a physician to be present for the two doses.  This requirement is crucial in that the physician now has to be present at least 3 days out of the week for each abortion.  1.  the ultrasound [required 24 hours before an abortion] 2.  the administration of first dose of RU 486 and 3.  the second dose of RU 486.  This cuts in on abortion profits for these physicians.  Also, any patient taking RU486 MUST have a follow up appointment within 14 days, bringing the total to 4 appointments for each abortion.  BUT, Planned Parenthood opposes this stating this poses a “hardship”.  THIS provision keeps women safe and healthy.
    • Abortion clinics must comply with ambulatory surgical center standards by 2014.  This would make it easier to access patients in the event of an emergency or complication.
  • The staff at Planned Parenthood is trained to sell an abortion.  They cover up sexual abuse and sex trafficking to sell their “product” whether it is an abortion or contraception.  Watch this video:

Our Love Lets Live ministry held an outreach at Planned Parenthood in Houston on Monday, October 13, 2014.  We go at least twice a month to pray and counsel women and men who are going into the clinic and coming out.

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On this day, I encountered a woman named N. who was exiting the clinic.  I went up to her car window and asked her if I could pray with her about anything.  She paused for a long while, looked down at her lap, and then said, “Yes.  About this decision I am making to have an abortion.”  I asked her to pull over out of the driveway so that I could pray with her.  [There is a statute in Houston that states that we can not block the driveway for other clients coming in or going out.  We try our best to comply] 

N. pulled her truck over.  I asked her if she is Catholic [why?  Catholics are statistically pro-life].  N. was baptized Catholic but says that she is now Christian. [Did you know: 70% of women who procure abortions claim to be Christians???] I asked, “What do you know about abortion?  What do you think about it?”  She said, “I don’t know.”  I asked, “Do you believe that abortion is sin?”  She said, “YES.”  I told her that Psalm 127:3 says that children are a heritage from the Lord, they are a gift from Him and that He gives gifts because He loves us.  I told her that God loves her and loves her baby.  I asked if she is married and she said YES.  [at least 20% of abortions are performed on married women]  The Lord had pressed upon my heart Psalm 91 that morning.  I had been reading it aloud on the sidewalk and I knew in this moment that the Word was for N., so I asked her if I could read it aloud, that God has something to say to her.  She said YES.

Those who live in the shelter of the Most High
    will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
2 This I declare about the Lord:
He alone is my refuge, my place of safety;
    he is my God, and I trust him.
For he will rescue you from every trap
    and protect you from deadly disease.
He will cover you with his feathers.
    He will shelter you with his wings.
    His faithful promises are your armor and protection.
Do not be afraid of the terrors of the night,
    nor the arrow that flies in the day.
Do not dread the disease that stalks in darkness,
    nor the disaster that strikes at midday.
Though a thousand fall at your side,
    though ten thousand are dying around you,
    these evils will not touch you.
Just open your eyes,
    and see how the wicked are punished.

If you make the Lord your refuge,
    if you make the Most High your shelter,
10 no evil will conquer you;
    no plague will come near your home.
11 For he will order his angels
    to protect you wherever you go.
12 They will hold you up with their hands
    so you won’t even hurt your foot on a stone.
13 You will trample upon lions and cobras;
    you will crush fierce lions and serpents under your feet!

14 The Lord says, “I will rescue those who love me.
    I will protect those who trust in my name.
15 When they call on me, I will answer;
    I will be with them in trouble.
    I will rescue and honor them.
16 I will reward them with a long life
    and give them my salvation.”

At verses 9-11…she began to cry. She was afraid because she has 2 children and she and her husband are not getting along. I asked her to please go into the Mobile Crisis Pregnancy Center bus run by the Houston Coalition for Life. I told her their services are offered at no cost.  She then told me that she gave Planned Parenthood her last $100 for the ultrasound that they just performed on her, the last picture of her baby that she would ever have if they had their way.  If they care no matter what, then WHY would they take this mother’s last $100, knowing she is fearful, anxious and unsure of her future??? They offered her no other resource, rescue, or course of action.  They just sold her the abortion.

Well, thank God for His grace and divine intervention! Though the skies were billowing and pregnant with rain, we were on the sidewalk this day for N.  I promised her that we would do whatever needed to help her.  She went in the bus on Monday and she chose life for her baby.  N. has a newfound hope because Love Lets Live and Houston Coalition for Life TRULY care no matter what.

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Theresa, Jane and I praised Jesus for a long while afterward as the rain pelted the top of the bus.  We shared our faith [they’re Catholic and I’m Christian] and our passions for Life.  I was also privileged to be able to pray with A. as she came into the bus for an appointment while I was there.  She looked fearful and anxious and I prayed peace and order upon her life.

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To care means

care

noun \ˈka(ə)r, ˈke(ə)r\(Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of CARE

: responsibility for or attention to health, well-being, and safety

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Abortion Free in the USA

Being on the frontlines of the effort to abolish abortion in my city, state, nation and eventually the world has thrust me head on into research and I have made it my business to know the current and most up to date information regarding the issues, ethics, laws, and legislation on this injustice. I came across this today and I thought I would share:

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In “Abortion Free,” Troy Newman and Cheryl Sullenger recount many stories from the front lines in the battle for life and the successes they have had in closing these houses of horror. It is possible to shut down these repugnant establishments. They walk you through the steps they took to closing down the clinic of one of the nation’s most notorious late-term abortionist, Kansas’s own George Tiller. Emergency hospitalizations, negative public opinion, health and professional complaints and more brought the heat upon Dr. Tiller’s practice. But it was the unwavering pressure by the tenacious pro-life group Operation Rescue, founded by Newman and Sullenger, that finally sealed the deal.

Newman and Sullenger share their more than 50 years of combined experience in shuttering dirty, life-threatening clinics. In this practical manual you will learn how to:

  • Find out who the abortion doctors are in your community
  • Know if abortionists in your community have a record or are even licensed in your state
  • Get clinic workers to help you acquire evidence
  • Alert the press of criminal activities
  • Expose dirty and sundry clinic conditions, Inform the public and our community leaders of what is taking place
  • Help the women in need.

How do you close abortion clinics? Newman and Sullenger tell you how in plain language in “Abortion Free.” You will learn what you can do to help close your local abortion clinic and make America “Abortion Free.”

[excerpt from http://superstore.wnd.com/books/Abortion-Free-Your-Manual-for-Building-a-Pro-Life-America-One-Community-at-a-Time-Autographed%5D

Born Takers BUT Born Again Givers



We are learning about giving at Powerhouse Church this season.  This teaching always manages to ruffle the feathers of the roosters and hens in the coop.  They’ve been nesting, keeping their eggs warm and they feel like the snake is coming in to steal it.  People have been known to WALK OUT of the church during this message.  Yep…that’s all it takes to send them packing down the wide road.

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Seriously, let’s consider some of the reasons that people don’t tithe.  Let’s correct some wrong thinking with sound and biblical truth.  Ready?  Here we go…

1.  No faith in God. ~ Where do we put our faith?  The answer to that can be found on our bank statement.  When we get paid, where does the first penny go?  Is our money redeemed or cursed?  God redeems…we are already under a curse because of Adam [yeah…thank HIM when you get to heaven!].  Check out this nugget of biblical wisdom:

Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be. ~ Matthew 6:20

2. Lack of Knowledge. ~ We are responsible for what we know.  That being said, we cannot be responsible for what we DON’T know.  And yes, there is a verse for that…

My people are being destroyed
    because they don’t know me.
Since you priests refuse to know me,
    I refuse to recognize you as my priests.
Since you have forgotten the laws of your God,
    I will forget to bless your children.

~ Hosea 4:6

3.  Rebellion ~ A pattern of disobedience comes from a root of rebellion.  We are innately rebellious.  WE don’t have to be taught to do wrong, we must be taught to do RIGHT.  Believing that we don’t have to submit to anyone or answer to authority is rebellion. Wrong thinking leads to wrong behavior.  Read this story in Ezra 4 and let me know what you receive:

The enemies of Judah and Benjamin heard that the exiles were rebuilding a Temple to the Lord, the God of Israel. So they approached Zerubbabel and the other leaders and said, “Let us build with you, for we worship your God just as you do. We have sacrificed to him ever since King Esarhaddon of Assyria brought us here.”

But Zerubbabel, Jeshua, and the other leaders of Israel replied, “You may have no part in this work. We alone will build the Temple for the Lord, the God of Israel, just as King Cyrus of Persia commanded us.”

Then the local residents tried to discourage and frighten the people of Judah to keep them from their work. They bribed agents to work against them and to frustrate their plans. This went on during the entire reign of King Cyrus of Persia and lasted until King Darius of Persia took the throne.

Years later when Xerxes began his reign, the enemies of Judah wrote a letter of accusation against the people of Judah and Jerusalem.

Even later, during the reign of King Artaxerxes of Persia, the enemies of Judah, led by Bishlam, Mithredath, and Tabeel, sent a letter to Artaxerxes in the Aramaic language, and it was translated for the king.

8 Rehum the governor and Shimshai the court secretary wrote the letter, telling King Artaxerxes about the situation in Jerusalem. They greeted the king for all their colleagues—the judges and local leaders, the people of Tarpel, the Persians, the Babylonians, and the people of Erech and Susa (that is, Elam). 10 They also sent greetings from the rest of the people whom the great and noble Ashurbanipal had deported and relocated in Samaria and throughout the neighboring lands of the province west of the Euphrates River. 11 This is a copy of their letter:

“To King Artaxerxes, from your loyal subjects in the province west of the Euphrates River.

12 “The king should know that the Jews who came here to Jerusalem from Babylon are rebuilding this rebellious and evil city. They have already laid the foundation and will soon finish its walls. 13 And the king should know that if this city is rebuilt and its walls are completed, it will be much to your disadvantage, for the Jews will then refuse to pay their tribute, customs, and tolls to you.

14 “Since we are your loyal subjects and do not want to see the king dishonored in this way, we have sent the king this information. 15 We suggest that a search be made in your ancestors’ records, where you will discover what a rebellious city this has been in the past. In fact, it was destroyed because of its long and troublesome history of revolt against the kings and countries who controlled it. 16 We declare to the king that if this city is rebuilt and its walls are completed, the province west of the Euphrates River will be lost to you.”

17 Then King Artaxerxes sent this reply:

“To Rehum the governor, Shimshai the court secretary, and their colleagues living in Samaria and throughout the province west of the Euphrates River. Greetings.

18 “The letter you sent has been translated and read to me. 19 I ordered a search of the records and have found that Jerusalem has indeed been a hotbed of insurrection against many kings. In fact, rebellion and revolt are normal there! 20 Powerful kings have ruled over Jerusalem and the entire province west of the Euphrates River, receiving tribute, customs, and tolls. 21 Therefore, issue orders to have these men stop their work. That city must not be rebuilt except at my express command. 22 Be diligent, and don’t neglect this matter, for we must not permit the situation to harm the king’s interests.”

23 When this letter from King Artaxerxes was read to Rehum, Shimshai, and their colleagues, they hurried to Jerusalem. Then, with a show of strength, they forced the Jews to stop building.

24 So the work on the Temple of God in Jerusalem had stopped, and it remained at a standstill until the second year of the reign of King Darius of Persia.

4.  “That’s OLD Testament, girl!  We are under the NEW covenant!” ~ I want to show you something that was revealed to me.  The Lord says in Malachi 3:8

“Will a man rob God?
Yet you have robbed Me!
But you say,
‘In what way have we robbed You?’
In tithes and offerings.

We are robbers, according to the OLD testament, if we do not tithe and offer.  Now read THIS Scripture:

“For I am the Lord, I do not change;
Therefore you are not consumed, O sons of Jacob.

~ Malachi 3:6

He is the Lord.  He does not change.  He does not change means He does not change.  Doesn’t matter if it is written in the OT or in the NT.  But, if you still need a little more understanding, let’s go to the NT.  Jesus came to save sinners, yes?  We can agree on that?  Save us from what?  Short version, the wrath of God…eternity in hell.  For those who make Jesus Lord of their life, the gift of salvation promises eternity in heaven or everlasting life.

“He who believes in the Son has everlasting life; and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.” ~ John 3:36 [NKJV]

The New Living Translation reads a little differently:

“And anyone who believes in God’s Son has eternal life. Anyone who doesn’t obey the Son will never experience eternal life but remains under God’s angry judgment.” ~ John 3:36 [NLT]

Did YOU know this?  Really?  Now read what Jesus said about our treasure and our heart, in context:

19 “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; 20 but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” ~ Matthew 6:19-21

There are no thieves in heaven.  God does not change and He says that if we don’t tithe, we are a thief…a robber.  Jesus said that whoever obeys Him receives everlasting life but those who do not will remain under God’s wrath.  Jesus told me to lay up my treasures in heaven.  A treasure in heaven is not money…it is SOULS.  The currency of heaven is souls. It takes money to do outreach, to feed the homeless, to keep the lights on at the church, to bus in people who don’t have rides, to pay a preacher so he can dedicate his time to prayer and study so there will be meat in the house.  Don’t be coy.  This is obvous.  Someone has to pay the way for others to hear the Gospel.  Cutting off finances to the local church is robbing God of souls in heaven.

 For “whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

14 How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? 15 And how shall they preach unless they are sent? ~ Romans 10:13-15

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Who does He say I am?

 I am supposed to be a statistic:

 

• A report of child abuse is made every ten seconds.
• Almost five children die every day as a result of child abuse. More than three out of four are under the age of 4. 

 • Child abuse occurs at every socioeconomic level, across ethnic and cultural lines, within all religions and at all levels of education.
31 percent of women in prison in the United States were abused as children.

• Over 60 percent of people in drug rehabilitation centers report bei
ng abused or neglected as a child.
• About 30 percent of abused and neglected children will later abuse their own children, continuing the horrible cycle of abuse.

• About 80 percent of 21 year olds that were abused as children met criteria for at least one psychological disorder. 

• Abused children are 25 percent more likely to experience teen pregnancy.
• Abused teens are 3 times less likely to practice safe sex, putting them at greater risk for STDs. 

  • Child abuse victims placed in foster or kinship care because of abuse or neglect were found to score lower than other students in tests of cognitive capacity, language development, and academic achievement.
  •  Adults who suffered child abuse and neglect can develop allergies, arthritis, asthma, bronchitis, high blood pressure, and ulcers, in addition to other physical disabilities because of poor health caused by the abuse.

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If I listened to what the world tells me (the highlighted text above), I would be dead.  If I sought the world’s answers, I would be insane.  I was abused from a very young age and throughout my adolescence. I am supposed to be a statistic…

The Bible tells me that if I seek, then I will find.  I believe that to be true.  I must consider where I am seeking and what I am looking for.  If I am seeking sympathy, then I will continue to carry the source of the sympathy…the illness, the trauma, the pain, etc.  If I am seeking a diagnosis, then I am sure to receive a diagnosis and remain sick.  See, where am I looking for my answers?   Here are the answers that I eventually sought out:

He said, “If you will listen carefully to the voice of the Lord your God and do what is right in his sight, obeying his commands and keeping all his decrees, then I will not make you suffer any of the diseases I sent on the Egyptians; for I am the Lord who heals you.” ~ Exodus 15:26

 

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. ~ Jeremiah 29:11


You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. ~ 1 John 4:4

  

 For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. ~ 2 Timothy 1:7
 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. ~ Romans 12:2
 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


These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world. ~ John 16:33

You were dead because of your sins and because your sinful nature was not yet cut away. Then God made you alive with Christ, for he forgave all our sins.  He canceled the record of the charges against us and took it away by nailing it to the cross.  In this way, he disarmed the spiritual rulers and authorities. He shamed them publicly by his victory over them on the cross.. ~ Colossians 2:13-15
Now, what’s that you say about me?  HA! I am a child of the Most High!  He tells me who I am and what I am to do!  The world is ruled by the evil one and he is defeated by the Blood of the Lamb and the word of my testimony! I shout it from the rooftops that though you meant it for evil, God has used it for good! [Genesis 50:20]  I know today that my past can give someone a future.  

And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.” ~ Romans 8:28
Say this with me: I REFUSE TO BELIEVE WHAT THE WORLD SAYS ABOUT ME.  I WILL NOT SUCCUMB TO THE SAYINGS OF THE ENEMY.  I AM A WARRIOR AND I HOLD UP MY SHIELD OF FAITH AND CAST DOWN THE FIERY ARROWS OF THE DEVIL.  I DESTROY EVERY PROUD OBSTACLE THAT TRIES TO KEEP ME FROM KNOWING GOD. I CAPTURE THOSE REBELLIOUS THOUGHTS AND GAIN THE MIND OF CHRIST USING MY WEAPONS OF WARFARE, MY SWORD, THE WORD OF GOD.   

Prophesy over yourself today.  If you are sick in your body or your mind: depression, anxiety, fear, doubt, worry, any illness or disease…know that Christ took stripes upon His back and shed Blood that we may be healed and overcome.  Your testimony today, if you are a believer, is that you are more than a conquerer.  If you do not know Christ, today is the day of salvation.  Ask Him to come into your heart and make Him Lord of your life.  Read the Word of God which reveals His heart so you can get to know Him.  Begin to attend a Bible based, spirit filled church and be edified and equipped, strengthened and encouraged.