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Cabin: Scribble Picnic

Cabin: Scribble Picnic

This week the word for Scribble Picnic is CABIN. I thought of the cottages we have in Haliburton and I think in the US they would be called cabins. In our small Haliburton county of about 17,000 we grow in the summer into 40 000 or more. That’s because of cottages, or cabins.

cabin

 

But I didn’t want to draw a cottage. I wanted to draw a rustic cabin. Then I thought about Uncle Tom’s Cabin and that fascinated me. Since my heart has been to get the word out about the abuse from human trafficking, this cabin stands as a reminder of the abuse of slavery in the 1800s. Now we suffer the same thing in human trafficking, which is a form of slavery.

Uncle Tom’s Cabin Historic Site is an open-air museum and African American history centre near Dresden, Ontario, Canada, that includes the home of Josiah Henson, a former slave, author, abolitionist, and minister, who, through his 1849 autobiography The Life of Josiah Henson, Formerly a Slave, Now an Inhabitant of Canada, as Narrated by Himself, was the inspiration for Harriet Beecher Stowe‘s title character in her novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin.[1] (Wikipedia)

So here is my rendition of Uncle Tom’s cabin done using only one watercolour pencil. The book Uncle Tom’s Cabin, written by Harriet Beecher Stowe, published in 1852, was credited in helping the abolitionist cause.

I did this sketch at 2 am when I couldn’t sleep.

I couldn’t find my blender to soften edges. Don’t know where it walked to. I tried another brush but it worked like a real brush and isn’t what I had in mind. And then I couldn’t even find the same pencil crayon I had used. So here it is. CABIN.

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I Crave Dignity for all

I Crave Dignity for all – Five Minute Friday

Can’t resist – I found 5 minutes and the word is CRAVE.

Oh that word used to mean that I wanted something myself. I would crave recognition. I would crave friends.

Thankfully that all changed when I met Jesus – He really showed me that all I needed was to crave a relationship with God and everything else would fall into place. I have more energy, more joy, more peace and more friends. I enjoy every moment of every day wondering where He will lead me, what door He will open up. And if He doesn’t open doors I rest in waiting for that to happen.

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This year my craving has turned to love of others. I support two groups, Save the Mothers, with my stuffed dolls to go with my children’s book. And I have been wearing a dress – started yesterday – every day in December to raise awareness and fundraise against #humantrafficking. It is called Dress for Dunamis – Dress for Dignity.

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I crave for God to arise and bring justice. I cry out the Psalm 9:18-19.

No longer will the poor be nameless—
    no more humiliation for the humble.
Up, God! Aren’t you fed up with their empty strutting?
    Expose these grand pretensions!
Shake them up, God! (from the Message)

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I am shouting “Up, God! Expose these perpetrators. Shake them up, God.”

I am praying every day against human trafficking. I am using the 31 day prayer verses from Street Hope. Here is the page.

Here is a video about The Dunamis Foundation. We are fundraising for a shelter and a van. We are wearing a dress every day. Or men are sporting a bow tie. Let’s talk about this.

This is what I CRAVE – justice, safety and dignity for all women. (and men) (tweet this)

Time’s up.

Here is the FAcebook link. 

Your turn to write for 5 minutes without editing. Or read wonderful posts about the word “crave”.Surrender

Today I joined Kate Motaung at Five Minute Fridays. 

Dress for Dunamis – Heart 4

Wear a Dress – Dress for Dunamis – Dress for Dignity

 

NOTE: Although the wearing a dress for a month to advocate against “human trafficking” has ended for this year, we continue to fundraise for the shelter in Ecuador. A mission team is leaving in February 2017.


It’s been an interesting week to say the least. My heart this week heads to compassion – compassion for the hurting, the lost, and the lonely. It hurts for those abused – and particularly those abused by human trafficking. My goal is to get the word out – to tell the world to stop this travesty. We want to dress for Dunamis (or men can wear a bow tie). A symbol of the dignity of women.

By the way I can be a woman in a pair of pants or a house coat. But a dress starts a conversation and that’s what we need – conversations about human trafficking. It’s an evil that is hidden.

Dunamis

Watercolour by Janis Cox

In the New Testament dumanis is used 120 times. It is mostly used for God’s power.

And it will be God’s power (dunamis) that can bring about change. (tweet this)

So prayer is the most important thing that I ask of you. Pray and pray some more. (Tweet this)

The Dunamis Foundation in Quito, Ecuador, founded by Boris Salinas and his wife Fernanda has become the object of my heart this year. Check out their website here. My friend, Sandy Stevens, has met these two national missionaries and they came to the Lighthouse Church in our little town of Haliburton this fall. Knowing what I do about the sex trade and trafficking from my research last year, I knew God had called me this year to reach out and help this group.

In Ecuador 25 000 women are involved in prostitution, of which 5200 are girls and teenagers. (tweet this)

That statement hurts. It really hurts. My soul cries out to God – Stop this!!!

I am happy that God put it on the hearts of these Ecuadorian missionaries to start this foundation.

Mission Statement for the Dunamis Foundation

Dress For Dunamis

Vision for the Dunamis Foundation

Dress for Dunamis

Will you join me? Start a group in your town or city. Wear a dress. Talk about human trafficking. Make people aware. Email me for further information. Janis Cox (tweet this)

The missionaries work with the girls to build their self-esteem. One way is to create bracelets and sell them. The girls get to keep the money.

Dunamis

The Toronto Star last year wrote an excellent article about local Canadian girls in Toronto snared into the sex trade. You can find it here – Beaten, Bought and Sold.

Canadians:

For our grass roots organization. Please make cheque payable to The Lighthouse Pentecostal Church in Haliburton. Send your cheques to:

The Lighthouse Pentecostal Church
12 Dysart Street
PO Box 287
Haliburton, ON, Canada K0M 1S0

Please mark your cheque in the memo line as The Dunamis Foundation. Tax Receipts will be given for over $10.00.

Americans:

You can find a donation page here.  We welcome your support.

Please find us at Dress for Dunamis Page on Facebook and the Dress for Dunamis Facebook Event page.

Even if you can’t wear a dress – please join us in support and prayer. Enjoy the pictures on our pages that others give and be our cheerleaders.

Other Articles to Read

Man posed as talent agent to lure girls into prostitution.
Escorts met by police.
Fighting Human Trafficking in Ecuador

Join Sandy at her Facebook page Freedom Call to let her go.

A few pictures from last year – my wearing a dress. Any activity – no problem in a dress. Last year I fundraised for Ratanak International. Thanks to those who helped me.

Dunamis

Yes – a dress for pickle ball. Of course shorts underneath.

Dunamis

It does get cold in Arizona – the layered look.

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Back in Canada for Christmas – yes playing with the grandkids.

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Let us remember to keep our hearts warm and listen to God’s Word so we can act when He calls.

Psalm 82:2-4 in The Message

“Enough! You’ve corrupted justice long enough,
    you’ve let the wicked get away with murder.
You’re here to defend the defenseless,
    to make sure that underdogs get a fair break;
Your job is to stand up for the powerless,
    and prosecute all those who exploit them.”

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While reading the 4th lesson in Lent my eye caught, “put in everything”. I am trying to remember that. I want to watch that I am ready to put in everything every day.

S – Say the passage out loud: Check other versions.

“I will tell you the truth, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. They gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything – all she had to live on  (Mark 12:43-44, NIV).” 

I – Interpretation – Check footnotes, references and commentaries. Find out all you can about the passage. When? Where? Why?

Jesus is speaking. This passage follows Jesus’ speaking to the people and telling them to beware of the teachers of the law that they devour widows’ houses and make a show of lengthy prayers.

The temple treasury – was in a court of women. Men and women were allowed in this court but women could go no farther. There were 13 trumpet-shaped receptacles for contributions.

Here is my Bible Journalling for this week.

Put in Everything

The coins the old woman donated were very small, the smallest of currency in circulations.

Here are a couple of good references about the coinage:

https://www.ngccoin.com/news/viewarticle.aspx?

NewsletterNewsArticleID=2857http://www.forumancientcoins.com/numiswiki/view.asp?key=widows%20mite

Two mites? Prutah? I found the articles fascinating.

Reference: 2 Corinthians 8:12

“I tell you the truth” is spoken by Jesus in many places. He used it to strengthen His assertions.

M- Make a list of thoughts, questions and ideas. 

When I  saw the part about the widows I thought of all those people who are exploited by others – human trafficking as well as the aged, including widows.

Then the words “put everything in” really grabbed me. That doesn’t have to mean only money. I believe it means to put in your whole self – to give over everything to follow Jesus. It reminded me of my blog post about  Kyle Idleman’s book, Not a Fan.

All of my life is yours, Lord. Thinking beyond the dollars.

I ask: What do I put into His treasury?

  • my time
  • my thoughts
  • my ideas
  • prayer
  • study
  • writing to expand my knowledge

God wants us to be prudent with our time, talents and givings. But He also wants us to trust HIm. He watches how we spend His money. He watches if we are wise or foolish.

This is where the exploitation of widows comes in.

There are those who prey on the elderly, particularly those who are alone. This is wrong. This is abuse. (click to tweet)

God does tell us to be cheerful givers. I think when the Holy Spirit prompts us we need to be ready to give of our time, talents or finances. He will tell you even when to give beyond.

He asks for total submission. Jesus said that, “she gave everything”. (click to tweet)

What are your thoughts?

 

P- Pray for God’s Guidance This is a silent time of prayer, listening to God Speak. When you have finished writing all your thoughts, questions and ideas then take time for prayer.

L- Life Application – Write down what you heard God speak (no matter how different from your own thoughts previously).

I heard, “give without expecting to get anything back”. I thought of the pay it forward movement – a way to give anonymously.

So in all things that I do this week, I will look for ways to give – without expecting anything in return.

E- Exit with a prayer of confirmation, forgiveness, praise or acceptance.

Oh Father, once again Your Word has opened up some thinking for me. In what ways would You have me give? Give me a clear sense of what You want me to do. I promise to be watching and waiting for Your call. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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Word of God Speak – What does it mean that God came down?

Word of God Speak – What does it mean that God came down?

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My husband made the figures of exotic wood. Simple but meaningful.

I bought a Bible journal this week. It is a double column English Standard Version. I have always wanted that version and this one seems perfect. Now I will have space to paint, practice some lettering and learn my verses even more.

Using the SIMPLE Method of Study I will be looking at our Scripture for this week.

S – Say the verse out loud.

The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth (John 1:14, NIV).

I – Using study notes, references, footnotes, delve into the passage.

The Greek for “made His dwelling” is tent/tabernacle. In Exodus 40:34-35 we see that God’s glory filled the tabernacle.

Then the cloud covered the tent of meeting, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle. And Moses was not able to enter the tent of meeting because the cloud settled on it, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle.

Jesus revealed Himself to us as God through his miracles, His death and His resurrection.

We have seen His glory.

Grace/truth reminds us of the unfailing love and faithfulness of God.

Psalm 26:3 – For your steadfast love is before my eyes,
    and I walk in your faithfulness

A beautiful post by Beth Willis Miller also looks at John 1:14. 

There are so many references in my Bible for this verse. But I like the one in Hebrews the best.

Since therefore the children share in flesh and blood, he himself likewise partook of the same things, that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil, and deliver all those who through fear of death were subject to lifelong slavery .(Hebrews 2: 14-15, ESV).

Once again God has brought me back to the topic of slavery – human trafficking being the latest of this world’s evil – through Satan. See more on my Monday Musings how I am trying to bring attention to this travesty. Can A Dress Change the World?

M – Make a list of thoughts and questions to ask God

It is so amazing to me that we have now the ability to talk to the Father through Jesus. Back before the birth of Christ, the Lord rested in the Tabernacle and could not be seen. And even though we cannot SEE Him we know Him. I love that passage we studied. We can connect to Him.

What new ideas will I learn from studying His word in 2016? What new connections will He bring to me? Our community has become one of encouragement and joy. I hope to meet and talk to more of you in the coming year.

P – Pray. Talk to God and most importantly listen to Him. What is He telling you today?

L- Life Application – What did I hear today?

This entire month of December I have been hurting – hurting inside about those who are hurting – all those who are abused by others. I keep praying for God to show me how to help. I started with wearing a dress through December to show support for Ratanak International. I showed videos, I put my plea out on social media. I connected. Even my local paper in Haliburton is running a story about this. I am excited to see what happens.

I know God is leading me somewhere. I will continue and watch where He leads.

We are called to look after those who cannot look after themselves. That is many people.

Can a Dress Change the World?

I played with my grandkids in a dress.

Janis Playing in a dress

I played pickle-ball

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and tap danced in a dress.

tap dance dress

 

It is a simple thing, wearing a dress, but it made me think – feel, and understand. Wearing a dress every day in December – it’s been mind-changing.

A great article written by Sue Carr Tiffin in The Highander. Check out page 18. Talking about Violence Against Women.

E – Exit with a Prayer

Heavenly Father, thank You for leading me to wear a dress this month of December. You have opened my eyes to see, my heart to melt, and my mind to process more than I ever had before. I have been broken. I have been surprised. I have been blessed. As I head into 2016 please continue to open doors where You want me to go. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Tweetable:

God came down. He dwelt among us. The Word became flesh. (click to Tweet)

Except for Tuesday when I join Creative Tuesdays (stained glass)  I am taking next week to study His Word, pray for direction, and pray for a word for 2016. Happy New Year everyone. See you on December 30 for Creative Tuesdays and January 2 for Word of God Speak. Of course, Monday Musings too.

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Monday Musings – Can a dress change the world?

Monday Musings – Can a dress change the world?

Janis Playing in a dress

What a unique December! When we went home to visit our family for an early Christmas celebration I continued to wear a dress every day –

because I believe “A Dress Can Change the World”.

Yes even in winter with a dress, with pants underneath or tights, boots, hats and coat I was able to walk around the neighbourhood.

It can be done! Wear a dress even in winter.

Has anyone decided to join me in wearing a dress for the last week of December? Please add your name in the comments. Or if you know of others doing this, tell me.

I am pleased to say that I have started to see some donations come in. Thank you. Thank you. I am matching up to $500 all donations to Ratanak International. You can pay online or send a cheque – just click on Ratanak Janis Cox to access the information.

This has been an interesting exercise. I have met people, talked to them and discussed human trafficking.

I want to spread the word.

Let’s be aware. Let’s not judge. There is more here than we can know. The Star has an excellent article. Check it out.

Watch this interview with the founder, Brian McConaghy, of Ratanak International. Cambodia cries out.

Tweetable:

Donate to Ratanak International to stop sex trafficking in Cambodia. Help stamp out human trafficking. (click to tweet)

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Scripture and a Picture – How to be Free

Scripture and a Picture – How to be Free

John 3:5

I have been painting into my Bible for the past few weeks. I am finding that as I do that I really remember the scripture I am studying. I bought some Bibles at the local thrift store, so I have many to choose from.

Now I am trying to frame the verse before I paint, in order to be able to check the verse for the picture.

As I started to paint John 3:5 it felt like the Lord was pressing upon me the availability of His Spirit. Every week we seem to be focusing either on the UNSEEN, or the Spirit of God.

Jesus answered, “I tell you the truth, no-one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit.

The first thing I noted are the words from Jesus, ” I tell you the truth”. Jesus says that phrase may times in His Word. The truth is what He came to teach us because

The truth will set us free. 

Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free (John 8:32, NIVUK).

I listened to a program on Huntley Street the other day. They were interviewing Brian McConaghy. He said that when they found these young girls in Cambodia, some as young as 5 years of age who had suffered in the sex trade, that he did not hold out much hope for their rehabilitation.

However, through the power of Christ these young girls are now confident faith-filled women.

Here is the page with the interview. I urge to watch it.

  Cambodia Cries Out

That’s amazing to me – that they could endure such abuse, and still be able to put it behind them and live joyful lives.

That’s what Christ can give us – an inexpressible and glorious joy, for we are receiving the goal of our faith, the salvation of our souls. (based on 1 Peter 1:8-9).

Peace, contentment, and joy through ALL situations.

That is something to remember.

We are born of water and the Spirit.

Now we are free.

Prayer:

Oh Heavenly Father, I struggle to understand what happens to these girls. I struggle to understand how anyone could do what they do to abuse them. I just plain struggle. I feel overwhelmed and very insignificant. Please help me to help them. In Jesus’ name. Amen

Tweetable:

Freedom in Christ. Find out just how the Holy Spirit can work in our lives. (click to tweet)

Monday Musings – Can a Dress Change the World?

Monday Musings – Can a Dress Change the World?

tap dance dress

It’s been quite the two weeks – I love to talk to people as I walk around the lake. Our dog, Snowball, makes it easy to start to chat. Lately I have been asking them, “Do you want to know why I am wearing a dress?” It is most interesting that very few have ever thought about human trafficking.

I am advocating for Ratanak International by wearing a dress every day in December.

Let’s Make Double Double!

Can you help? I will match every dollar up to $500. And for the month of December Ratanak also has a sponsor that will double all gifts up to $45 000. Check out their Facebook Page. This is double double.

I do believe we can change the world if we may more people aware of this travesty. Will you help me? Will you spread the word? On Twitter, on Facebook – through word of mouth?

Let’s get the word out – this is happening! How can we help? It seems like an insurmountable task. But it is possible. Let’s make this a world-wide movement.

Let’s spread LOVE not hate.

Let’s spread DIGNITY and not abuse.

Let’s spread FREEDOM and not slavery.

My dress for tap dance came from a friend. What a welcome present!.

I also am offering to give to Ratanak $5.00 for every Tadeo Turtle that I sell in December.

Tweetable:

Join me in the fight against human trafficking. Support @RatanakIntl. Wear a dress in December.  (click to tweet)

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Monday Musings – Breaking My Heart

Monday Musings – Breaking My Heart

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I am actually wearing a black skirt over my capris. This month a dress a day for honouring those caught in the evils of human trafficking.

Yes, my heart broke this week. As I put on a dress every day I remember why I am advocating against human trafficking. As I put on the dress, I pray for the Lord to show me how to get the word out. How do I tell others? How can I help?

I emailed friends.

I Facebooked.

I tweeted.

And I prayed. And I prayed. and I prayed.

Please watch this video by Cheryl Weber from 100 Huntley Street who is on the Board for Ratanak International.

Giving Life to Rescued Girls

Here are my two decisions:

  1. I am partnering to fund raise for Ratanak International 
  2. I am donating $5 from every Tadeo Turtle book sold in the month of December.

Prayer:

Father, I pray that in all I do I honour you. May you help me to get out the news that yes there is human trafficking in our world – slavery is alive and well. Help me to help stop this. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Tweetable:

 As I put on a dress every day I remember why I am advocating against #humantrafficking. (click to tweet).

Word of God Speak – How can we find Freedom?

Word of God Speak – How can we find Freedom?

Can you believe this is the 6th week since I started Word of God Speak? We have looked at 6 different verses – prayed, studied, memorized and hopefully put them into our hearts.

Week One – Luke 11:28Blessed rather are those.
Week Two – Hebrews 4:12
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Week Three – Isaiah 40:8Isaiah-40-8
Week Four – 2 Corinthians 4:17-18

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Last week we looked at 1 Peter 1:8-9. Can I Catch the Spirit and Run for the Goal?Can-I-catch-the-Holy-Spirit-and-Run-for-the-Goal-

Here is my attempt at memory work without prompts for 1 Peter 1:8-9.

Though we you have not seen Him, we you love Him; and even though we you do not see Him NOW, we you believe in Him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for we you are receiving the goal of our your faith, the salvation of our your souls.

As you can see I need to remember “you” and the word NOW. But otherwise I am getting the grasp of it.

On to today’s verse:

Are-You-Unleashing-the-Power-of-the-Holy-Spirit

This picture painted in December 2013.

S – Say the Scripture out loud:

Today we are looking at 2 Corinthians 3:17

Now the Lord is Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.

And a quick look at The Message:

And when God is personally present, a living Spirit, that old, constricting legislation is recognized as obsolete. We’re free of it! All of us! Nothing between us and God, our faces shining with the brightness of his face.

I – Interpretations, footnotes, history:

Paul has been discussing the old covenant versus the new covenant in Christ. The old covenant relied on rules; the new covenant relies on the heart.

Look at 2 Corinthians 3:3-6 HCSB

 It is clear that you are Christ’s letter, produced by us, not written with ink but with the Spirit of the living God—not on stone tablets but on tablets that are hearts of flesh.

 We have this kind of confidence toward God through Christ.  It is not that we are competent in ourselves to consider anything as coming from ourselves, but our competence is from God.  He has made us competent to be ministers of a new covenant,not of the letter, but of the Spirit. For the letter kills, but the Spirit produces life.

In my study Bible NIV, it says that the old covenant was temporary and inadequate and the new covenant was permanent and effective.

John 8:32 says:

Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.

M – Make a list of thoughts, ideas, questions:

Freedom! I love the praise songs about the freedom in Christ. It reminded me of one of my favourite songs from Canada.

Robin Mark singing Take us to the River – The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is upon us.

It is such a privilege to be in Christ and be FREE. There is nothing holding us back from doing His Will except us. We are our own problem. Each of us has something that could hold us back. But we are in a community where we can help each other.

I remember the shampoo commercial that says you tell one friend and she tells one friend and you can see the multiplication factor.

Let’s be a community that helps one another. Let’s back each other as much as we can through every method we can use.

All tides rise when we see a believer making this world a better place with their gifts. – Lysa Terkeurst.

P – Prayer: Take time to listen to what God says after pouring out your thoughts and questions

When you do this part – please take time to listen to God. Stop thinking, planning. Let your mind rest on Jesus. Focus on Him.

L – Life Application – What did I learn from this quiet time with God?

This past week and during this quiet time of reflection God spoke to me about something I had read about in Facebook about wearing a dress in December. It is a unique initiative to bring awareness of the huge problem of human trafficking in this world. As I prayed I thought of the freedom of Christ and those others who have gone before us to banish slavery.

I wrote about how I wanted to get involved and wear a dress.in December. I now have a fundraising page at Ratanak International Janis Cox.

And I have started a promotion for giving $5.00 of every Tadeo Turtle book sold, to Ratanak International who works with victims of sex trafficking in Cambodia.

There is a small town near our small town of Haliburton called Wilberforce. It is named after William Wilberforce, who had an integral part in helping to pull down the chains of slavery.

I saw revival. I felt revival. I sensed revival.

Yes let’s look to the UNSEEN.

Let’s find INEXPRESSIBLE and GLORIOUS joy.

Let’s shine so others will question us to learn why we feel such joy.

E – Exit with a prayer

Heavenly Father, thanks for Your Presence with us and in us. Thanks for Your Word that says we can have the Spirit of God in us and be in freedom. Help us to “shine with the brightness of [your] face.” In Jesus’ name. Amen

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Freedom reigns in Christ. Where the Spirit of the Lord is there is freedom. (click to Tweet)

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