I hail from an extremely large family. I have relatives that are young and old, and even ancient. My grandmothers have gray hair and red hair, brown, blonde, blue, and even shades of pastels. I have kin who live on every continent of our world. I am blessed with brothers and sisters who are tall and skinny, short and stout, loud and quiet and everywhere in between.
I am sure you have figured out that my large family has one Father. We are united in a common bond of love and friendship I am unable to explain to “outsiders.”
There is an instant trust among us. A kindred spirit of hope. A heart filled with concern over one another. I am amazed at how the family bond extends through out our church. It expands in our online community.
Today I received an email from one of my sisters who lives in China. We met through this blog and have been friends now for almost a year. I have prayed for her and she has prayed for me. We share a genuine love and concern for one another and each other’s family. Yet, we have never met face to face.
The email today was filled with notes about her job and her future husband whom she has yet to meet. She told me about a new Christian friend she met and shared fellowship. She also told me that she is unable to log on to this website anymore because the government has blocked her access in China. She said it is likely due to the approaching Olympics.
Politics aside here. I am fascinated by this friendship, this gift, of meeting one of God’s precious children who lives on the other side of the world.
I am delighted each time I am able to interact with each of you. You are a gift and family to me. I am thrilled to share the hope we have in Jesus when you visit here or when I stop at your place.
I have shared coffee (virtual) with many of you. I pray for so many and so many of you pray for me. You would not find this kind of selflessness, encouragement, support or love in any other place but the family of God.
O Lord, I give you thanks for this amazing family. Each and every one of them. Lord, there are times I can look across the isle of the grocery store and know the woman standing on the other side is a Christian. Thank you for the unique connection we share, Your Holy Spirit. It unites us as one. Lord, what a fantastic family you have. I am humbled to be called your child. In Jesus name, Amen.
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Marching Around Jericho is a spiritual guide. As you read through the pages, powerful and transformative instruction and equipping takes place. We follow Jesus as he leads us around the walls, imparting kingdom truths with each passing, finally arriving at the gates of the walled-off city, our spouse’s unbelieving heart. After the circles in prayer are complete, we arrive fully prepared to command the walls to crumble and be removed, making a way for our spouse to step from the rubble of lies and captivity, into faith and freedom!