A Review–Frontier Preacher

Author: David Millican

This is a moving story for those who have never been introduced to Christ, but for the Believing, it might be lacking in the obvious use of scripture references that appear to be a bit awkward. I can imagine if the references were inserted as analogy they would appear more beneficial in the telling of a fictional story. However, if this was meant to be a testimony of God’s goodness, an omniscient point of view would have worked better so the reader would have some insight as to the thoughts of all involved—particularly—Minnie.

I could not find myself empathetic to Hollis at all. He seemed to be a weak-minded individual who found it difficult to trust God. I also think had he moved to Gillette after seeking God’s Wisdom, rather than as a tribute to his uncle, he may have come off as a stronger character—having made a difficult decision to be obedient. His lack of worldliness did not inspire any trust in him at all. So what happens in the end to rid the town of evil—lacks credibility. Had John and Ben been stronger characters, they may have motivated Hollis, but since that was not the case, the weaknesses of the story epitomize the weaknesses of the man.

The most believable character is Minnie and I had no doubt from the beginning what her role would be.

The Sheriff and Mayor depicted as dastardly villains works in the space they’re given, but they would be more credible if the reader had more information about them and their involvement in the prostitution ring before it’s revealed the way it is.

On the mechanics side—the story needs editing and proofreading. There were several areas in which stone—is written as story and vice-versa. The author’s grasp of grammar mechanics is good.

The writer’s style is different–at least it is not a style I’ve read. Written in limited third person point of view, I found myself working diligently to stay focused on the storyline. There were segments of the story that appeared to lack connection to some of the rest, but overall, I got the gist of it—salvation and redemption—for all sinners.

I’d give this four out of five stars for a rating on Amazon or other communities.

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About the Book

Hollis feared the loneliness would swallow him whole. He had arrived in Wyoming to fulfill his uncle’s dying wish – that he save the people of Gillette – but his education and faith had not prepared him for the bitter cold and hardened hearts of the west. A dark secret in his new home threatens to destroy his very soul. Will Hollis be strong enough to stand against the tide of evil? Can he overcome where stronger men failed, before the west claims another victim?

 

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About the Author

 

David was born and raised in Wyoming then spent his twenties traveling the world. He now spends his time in McKeesport Pennsylvania with his wife Emily. He has been writing since he was a child, enjoying success in the young authors program, local literary magazines, and blogging. You can follow David’s new projects and release dates on his Facebook author page.

 

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“Definitely worth reading.“-Amazon Reviewer

The author makes great use of his setting offering many rich details”-Amazon Reviewer

“I loved the writing and the story. Then [sic] ending is unexpected and inevitable at the same time. “-Goodreads Reviewer

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Is Everything Meaningless?

Is Everything Meaningless?

“Meaningless! Meaningless!” says the Teacher. “Utterly meaningless! Everything is meaningless.”What do people gain from all their labors at which they toil under the sun? Generations come and generations go, but the earth remains forever.The sun rises and the sun sets, and hurries back to where it rises. The wind blows to the south and turns to the north; round and round it goes, ever returning on its course.All streams flow into the sea, yet the sea is never full. To the place the streams come from, there they return again. All things are wearisome, more than one can say. The eye never has enough of seeing, nor the ear its fill of hearing.  What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun. Ecclesiastes 1:2-9 NIV 

Unless a person understands the stage of life Solomon was in, one could think that Solomon was decreeing that life was not worth living. But that is far from the case and since his proclamation came before Christ arrived, we know that every moment of life is precious in His sight and when we accept His gift of salvation–everything has meaning.

Having received the gift of wisdom–beyond measure of any other mortal–Solomon lived according to God’s Word until he connected with many women who did not know God and in fact worshiped other gods. Gradually, he began practicing some of the forbidden rituals (the danger of being unequally yoked in faith and beliefs) and by the time he realized he fallen far from where God desired him to be, he realized he had wasted the gift given to him. Wisdom without knowledge produces disasters. Knowledge without wisdom is just as catastrophic. This is why we’re told, “Wisdom is the principle thing, and in all our getting, get understanding.”

Giving a teenager a car when they don’t know how to drive usually has negative consequences. They know what the car is, but they do not know the details of how the car functions and without instruction, the car may never move and doesn’t benefit them. However, with instruction and knowledge of not just how the car functions, but also the laws pertaining to legally driving, and understanding consideration on the roads, the car benefits them.

We have been given a great gift–salvation–and until we know what it means and begin to practice the instructions in The Word–we may never benefit from the gift. If we never understand the benefit of salvation, life really is meaningless.

With the abundance of grace we’ve also been given, we learn from our mistakes and commit to doing better and as we continue in life, we’ll see just how great our God is and how wonderful life can be–even when we miss the mark–as long as we get back on the path.

There are valuable lessons living provides for us, so let’s live to the glory of God and learn how we please Him and be a blessing to others. Living for Him, gives life meaning that is sometimes difficult to understand and express, but so worthwhile.

What Holy Spirit Fruit Produces!

What Holy Spirit Fruit Produces!

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith, gentleness, self-control. Against such things there is no law. Now those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, we must also follow the Spirit. We must not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another. Galatians 5:22-26 (HCSB).

Yesterday, it was pointed out to me that I should not say, “Trump is not a Christian because I don’t know his heart” (which is true)  and my response was, “I see no evidence of him being one.” For the bible I read (and I read many translations) states, “A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.” Luke 6:45 NIV. Therefore, if I judge (righteously) what I hear someone say, there are some conclusions I can draw from what I hear.

But let’s analyze the heart of the man based upon what the fruit we see as Paul outlines in the focus passage of scripture.

Do we see love for all mankind exhibited–without references to any type of hatred for what people do? God loves us unconditionally, even when we mess up and He waits with patience and open arms to get living right for Him. No wall-building with Him simply because we mere mortals don’t exercise His wisdom at all times.

Do we see joy exhibited in Trump–the joy of the Lord–not the elation he feels when he thinks he has emasculated others?

Do we see tenants of peace exhibited in Trump–or do we hear the sounds of war–threats against anyone who dares to disagree with him and promises to make others miserable?

Do we see patience exhibited in Trump–watch him gathering all the information he needs before making a wild, random accusation as we just recently saw regarding a plane going down? Do we really want someone sitting in the White House who reacts to situations rather than patiently respond to them?

Do we see kindness exhibited in Trump–towards all people, not just insipid blondes, rich white men, and those who support racist hatred?

Do we see goodness exhibited in Trump–the kind of good that obeys the tax laws and does not try to skirt them with loop holes, bankruptcies and creative accounting to make sure he pays the least amount of taxes possible (changing the value of what he owns)?

Do we see faith exhibited in Trump–in God–not himself–especially since it’s difficult, it not impossible to see any Godly qualities in the man?

Do we see gentleness exhibited in Trump–when he has a hair-trigger temper and will lash out at anyone for any reason because he doesn’t like it when people speak truth about him?

Do we see self-control exhibited in Trump–when he is quick to use Twitter to react to anything and then he attempts to backpedal everything he says?

Please don’t misunderstand my intent here–it is not to bash Trump, but to simply point out the “lack of evidence” I see of him being a follower of Jesus Christ. Now, if other people see this evidence, I would have to wonder if their eyes have been blinded by bias against Hillary or all who are Democrats.

This post was not intended to be a political assertion of any kind, but to show how those of us who know The Lord and have a relationship with Him should analyze a situation before we vote for someone for the highest office in this country. I concede it might be perceived as purely political by those who read it with bias shielding their eyes and hearts.

I have yet to decide who gets my vote and I’m still lingering over the possibility of simply writing in my own name, since neither of the front-running candidates impress me as the right person to run this country. Whatever I’m impressed of The Lord to do, I shall do because I know He will not lead me in the wrong direction as my feelings certainly could.

Let’s look to The Word, seeking God for direction and put our personal biases aside so that everyone in this country will benefit from the leading of Holy Spirit.

 

 

Wisdom Is Needed To Lead!

Wisdom Is Needed To Lead!

That night God appeared to Solomon and said to him, “Ask for whatever you want me to give you.” Solomon answered God, “You have shown great kindness to David my father and have made me king in his place. Now, LORD God, let your promise to my father David be confirmed, for you have made me king over a people who are as numerous as the dust of the earth. Give me wisdom and knowledge, that I may lead this people, for who is able to govern this great people of yours?” God said to Solomon, “Since this is your heart’s desire and you have not asked for wealth, possessions or honor, nor for the death of your enemies, and since you have not asked for a long life but for wisdom and knowledge to govern my people over whom I have made you king, therefore wisdom and knowledge will be given you. And I will also give you wealth, possessions and honor, such as no king who was before you ever had and none after you will have.” 2 Chronicles 1:7-12 NIV

Believers know the story about Solomon and how he asked God for wisdom instead of riches and God gave Him the riches and honor, too. Amazing! The king humbled himself before God and acknowledged he didn’t have what it would take to lead God’s people!

There are so many lessons that can be learned from Solomon’s life. First of all, his ascension to his father’s throne was fulfillment of prophecy.  There are some things that are going to happen in our lives that are simply fulfillment of God’s plans. What we do with those plans are on us.

Then, we need to know within ourselves when we need help. Thinking we know everything when we don’t is probably the detonator that will trigger disaster in our lives. None of us knows everything and we all need people in our lives to help us to accomplish anything worthwhile.  We own what we do not know and ask for help before either cause an implosion or an explosion that destroys us and others.

When we understand God, through our relationship with Him, we know there is no wisdom like His and we go to Him to ask for wisdom and direction in all area of our lives. And get this–He won’t think badly of us when we come to Him for help. What He will do, is to honor our request. He will give us more wisdom than we can handle at one time, but He will also guide us in using the wisdom He gives.

Another lesson we obtain from learning about Solomon is to not get so full of ourselves that we forget how God expects all of His people to live. Solomon allowed his wealth–the material things to mean far too much to him to the point that he boasted–to the wrong people–of all he had. And to make matters worse–he married all sorts of women and had concubines and lived long enough to understand–he had gone astray and what befell him was because of his disobedience to God.

I have heard and seen many people proclaiming that even though Trump is not qualified to be the president of this country that we should just pray for him. Here’s the challenge with that approach–all the prayer in the world will not make him fit to be president if he is not willing to hear God. Presently, I see no evidence of him ever listening to God because he’s too busy listening to himself. We must remember that God allows all of us freewill choice-He does not make anyone do anything and He won’t change who He is because of Donald Trump or anyone else.

Therefore, my prayer is for the nation–that as Americans we will stand firm on God’s Word and seek Him in all things–including who we put into office. When we are willing to listen to God, He will speak to us and we will hear what He says–even over the barrage of insults and media sensationalism.

Lord, give us a heart to hear You and then give us the desire, the will, and the courage to obey what we hear.

 

When The Vision Is Revealed!

I will stand at my watch and station myself on the ramparts; I will look to see what he will say to me, and what answer I am to give to this complaint. Then the LORD replied: “Write down the revelation and make it plain on tablets so that a herald may run with it. For the revelation awaits an appointed time; it speaks of the end and will not prove false. Though it linger, wait for it; it will certainly come and will not delay.” Habakkuk 2:1-3 NIV

Be encouraged! When God gives us a vision–even when we don’t understand how it will all play out in our lives, we simply need to write it down–keeping it before us–until it comes to pass.

What is the vision given to you?

Some have been given visions of traveling to faraway places to promote the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Write it down and plan the journey even when the resources are not known–keep it in front of you and remain stedfast in faith that God will bring it to pass. He is faithful to complete everything He starts in us.

Some have been given visions to start non-profit organizations to help those who have been unfortunate in life–to keep them from giving up hope and to promote their well-being–providing them the means to be self-sufficient in life.

Some have been given visions to start for-profit businesses that will be valuable in the kingdom as the Gospel is promoted within and without these businesses.

Some have been given visions to serve in government positions to keep those in leadership mindful of their purposes–according to God’s plans.

Some have been given visions to teach--educate others both in secular environments and within The Body of Christ–so growth, character, and integrity remain a vital part of our society.

Some have been given visions to write–all that Holy Spirit inspires them to write and publish so all will access to what God is speaking to the hearts of all who are willing to listen.

Whatever God has shown us–through visions–we should write it down and prepare to receive all that He has planned for us–and when the plans are complete–we wait for Him to implement each step of the way so we’ll get His results and not our own.

As a result of seeing the vision He has for me–I’m in the process of developing another site designed to discuss my books and those I review for others. I’m excited and receptive to hearing what others think as I begin this new phase and would appreciate whatever insight and feedback others are willing to give. Here’s the link http://www.mhrlifewriter.com/

May God continue to give you vision and desire to see it through until the end. Write the vision, prepare to see it, and then wait for it!

Focused On What Matters!

Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. All of us, then, who are mature should take such a view of things. And if on some point you think differently, that too God will make clear to you. Only let us live up to what we have already attained. Join together in following my example, brothers and sisters, and just as you have us as a model, keep your eyes on those who live as we do. Philippians 3:13-17 NIV

Lately, I’ve been feeling a little bombarded with the weight of all the negative things that are reported in the news. Part of the problem is–I’m listening to far more newscasts than I should. Normally, I see the early morning newscasts because I need to be aware of weather and traffic and in listening to this–I can’t ignore the sad events that are repeatedly reported.

Knowing as I do, how the enemy deceives people and confuses their minds, I should not be surprised at the number of people who commit random crimes and kill others with no thought as to how their acts will affect others. I don’t just mean how the killings affect immediate family and friends–I mean everyone who has a heart. And the killers–people who kill older people in their homes–are heartless; people who hit people with their cars and then dump the body–heartless; people who randomly shoot at others not caring who gets hit in the crossfire–heartless.

Sensitivity to all the negativity reminds me that I do indeed have a heart, but if I focus on all the negative stuff, my heart will too heavy to continue doing what may make a difference in the lives of others.

At some point, I’m sure others have felt the same way. How do we keep moving forward with all the tragedy that is constantly bombarding us? We stay focused on the things that matter. We cannot control people any more than God will–He gives us all freewill to make our own choices. Some choices people make are not good and some are even worse, but the choices we make–keeping our focus on hearing God and being obedient, can and will make a difference.

We must continue to encourage all to live according to God’s Word. We must continue spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ–no matter how heavy our hearts are and we must continue to love–even those who hate us because of our obedience to God. Our focus on doing the will of God is what matters and for that reason, we have to filter what we hear and deliberately choose to ignore all that will distract us from our purposes.

There is absolutely nothing we can do to change those things which have already happened, but we may make a difference in our present and future–for us and others. Let’s focus on the things of God and encourage others to live for Him.

When The Greedy Have Oversight!

As Paul talked about righteousness, self-control and the judgment to come, Felix was afraid and said, “That’s enough for now! You may leave. When I find it convenient, I will send for you.” At the same time he was hoping that Paul would offer him a bribe, so he sent for him frequently and talked with him. When two years had passed, Felix was succeeded by Porcius Festus, but because Felix wanted to grant a favor to the Jews, he left Paul in prison. Acts 24:25-27 NIV

Since we know human nature does not change, we can understand that any time someone starts talking about righteousness, self-control and the judgment to come--the conversation instills fear in the unrighteous and they change the conversation so they won’t feel condemned.

When faced with situations that Paul faced, we who know God and His intent for mankind, must continue to say what God says–no matter what the intent of those who have authority over us–in the natural. For no mere mortal can ever have authority over God or those who obey Him.

But in this passage we see Felix as a pretender–someone who pretended to want to know more about Paul was teaching, but in essence was really hoping that his imprisonment would keep him quiet (as far as the Jews were concerned) and would eventually end up with Felix lining his pockets in order for Paul to know freedom.

There are people who are imprisoned–in both buildings and mindsets–waiting for release and will not be bribed to go against the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Though I am not a prisoner in a building, like Paul, I count it all joy to be bound with the Good News and I will not keep silent and will not accept a bribe to be silent. I cannot be bullied into compromising my faith in God and I will not allow any authority on earth to persuade me to rebel against God.

But we know–from all we see–that has occurred with some people. Though the bribe may not have been money–instead it was support and promises of greater things to come, but the greater things will never eradicate the judgment that is sure to come–when those who live a life in opposition to God’s Word and promote others in doing the same.

We shall all stand before God and give an account of what we’ve done with our time here on earth. I hope never to be ashamed of promoting the Gospel of Jesus and the power of forgiveness and love. I have been forgiven for those things which I did without understanding of Truth. I am loved beyond measure by my heavenly Father–who willingly died for me that I would have another chance to get living right for Him.

There is not enough money on the planet to convince me to move from my stance–total faith in the resurrection power of Jesus and the embodiment of power from Holy Spirit who dwells within me. Unfortunately, not all can say with confidence they feel the same. We see this in politicians who are willing to compromise themselves in order to gain status. We see this in people whose principles are determined by a dollar value. We see this in the church–when the leadership is more concerned about the numbers in the building that souls being saved when Truth is heard and they compromise the Gospel–to be politically correct.

Lord, help us all when we allow greed to reign over the needs of the people to know the Truth.

Dear Mr. President!

For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse. Although they know God’s righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them. Romans 1:20, 32 NIV

As I prayed last night, I couldn’t help but feel the urge by Holy Spirit to address our nation’s situation with regard to legalizing sin. Therefore, I write this as an open letter to our president.

President Obama:

You have managed to accomplish much–even with an obstructionist Congress–and everything encompassed with your terms in office will be interred in history books. Some things for the good and some–a very slap in God’s face.

I am not your judge and certainly not your jury, but your actions have demonstrated for many that though you may “know about God” you do not know Him. For to “know Him is to know His Word” and legalizing sin reveals lack of knowledge or “ignorance” as you stated in your address to college graduates on yesterday–about His Word. Of course, that ignorance lies in not knowing what you’re talking about–as you clearly explained and regarding your position on same-sex marriage–you clearly do not know what you’re talking about. I understand you “think” people should be able to love anyone they want to love, but loving is not just about lust and it is the lust of the flesh that has instigated the misguided notion by the LGBT community in their pursuits.

Let me be clear. We are told in God’s Word to love all–unconditionally–but that love–is not a reference to pacifying a sexual need. I could spend an entire day writing about this, but if your heart is not in a position to receive from God, what I say won’t matter. We are also told in The Word that marriage is between a man and a woman–for God’s purposes, not our own. Since the enemy loves to hate what God loves, he has confused the minds of many into believing that God doesn’t have a problem with sin–when He does.

In the interest of being politically correct and gaining the support of the LGBT community, you have allowed the Pandora’s Box of “self-destruction” to spill over into a society that is demoralizing and rotting. The “anything goes” concept to living is wreaking havoc in the minds of children who are further confused by the notion that God makes mistakes--with their biological genders–and they have a right to change and expect the rest of us to simply accept their fickleness and confusion. God doesn’t make mistakes, human beings make mistakes.

Your positions regarding the above-mentioned issues–becomes even more injurious to those who hold fast to their relationship with God when their rights are violated when they won’t obey the laws of the land that are contrary to God’s Word.

Before I ever knew who you were, God had inspired me to write two books pertaining to the end result of what has now occurred. I didn’t understand why He wanted me to write the books, but I wrote them. Now, I understand. I’m sure you won’t take the time to read them, but I’ll provide you with the links anyway and the link for the one that was written after the Supreme Court decision to rebel against God. Those books are myBook.to/Normal, myBook.to/TurningForce and myBook.to/WhatJesusSaid. It’s Not Normal and Turning Force were written a number of years ago, but are prophetic in nature as we can clearly see how events have unfolded. To tell people what Jesus said about “loving others” without understanding why He said anything is promoting lies. And we know that God hates liars, which is why I wrote, What Jesus Said and Why He Said It.

In the beginning, I had a great deal of respect for you and your accomplishment in being the first Black president. Now, I pray that someone will be able to water The Word in your life and eventually, you’ll hear from God and ignore the tricks of the enemy. I cannot imagine how you would feel if one of your daughters was molested in a bathroom by a “pretender” who claimed to be “feeling like a woman” in order to gain access to their prey. Bullying school districts to put kids in danger is not what someone who knows God would do. And your decree about the bathrooms is a bullying tactic when you threaten to withhold federal funding from those districts.

I, like so many others, are wondering if common sense will ever make a comeback in the minds of those who lead others. So far, we have not seen much evidence of that.

Just so you know–I do not hate anyone–not those who choose to be gay or transgender–I love them enough to pray for them, but I also love God and with all I do and write, I try to please Him, more than man. That’s what He has called me to do–please Him. Sometimes, pleasing God means people get angry with me and I can handle that. They don’t have a heaven or hell for me so their opinions don’t matter much. What does matter to me is my obedience–to teach God’s Word whether it’s convenient or not, whether it’s received or not. He won’t hold me accountable for what others do or don’t do, but He will hold me accountable for what I do or don’t do. All I can do is to say what He says.

We–at least some of us–as a nation will continue to pray for our country and all who lead it–that hearts will be receptive to hearing God and they will exercise Godly wisdom in all they do.

Sincerely,

Mary M. Hall-Rayford

When Our God Reigns!

When Our God Reigns!

For the director of music. Of David. A psalm. A song. May God arise, may his enemies be scattered; may his foes flee before him. May you blow them away like smoke— as wax melts before the fire, may the wicked perish before God. But may the righteous be glad and rejoice before God; may they be happy and joyful. Sing to God, sing in praise of his name, extol him who rides on the clouds; rejoice before him—his name is the LORD.A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling.  Psalm 68:1-5 NIV

Though the world seems to be spinning out of control–Our God still reigns and when He reigns in the heart of His people–His enemies will be scattered.

In a home where roaches are planning a take-over–they creep everywhere in darkness, leaving their trail of germs wherever they go, but the moment a light switch is turned on, they scatter–fleeing in every direction–trying to escape the light and certain death by those who are determined to keep them at bay. Whether they are squashed or sprayed, some know there is certain death if they don’t scatter and hide in the crevices of cracked plaster and peeling paint and warped floor boards.

The enemy–all those demonic forces–will scatter when we allow God to reign in our hearts because when we allow His righteousness to shine in the dark places–the enemy knows certain death is imminent. Death to addictions and temptations to sin. Death to sickness and disease that attempt to take lives before our appointed time. Death to rebellion and witchcraft exercised by those who refuse to wake up and acknowledge they are living in darkness.

In the natural, we seize the moment to rid ourselves of those things–the pests that destroy our food supplies and carry bacteria and germs–and most of us don’t stop until they are all dead and gone. Our determination to rid ourselves of the pests that annoy and irritate should be as strong in the spiritual realm of our lives so we can rid ourselves of the temptations to sin against God and keep us receiving God’s best.

When He reigns–in our hearts–the outcome will result in His reign over the land and when He reigns over the land, the enemy will scatter–his demonic forces–powerless as smoke in the wind and wax that melts in the heat of God’s wrath. When Our God reigns there will be peace in the land and no one will suffer from lack of anything needed because the love of God, will rise in us and we take of the fatherless, the needy, vulnerable and poor.

When our God reigns we will rejoice in the victory of obedience!

His Faithfulness and Our Determination!

His Faithfulness and Our Determination!

Be of good courage,
And He shall strengthen your heart,
All you who hope in the LORD. Psalm 31:23 NKJV

Instead of being fearful, we need to be wise and courageous, knowing our God is faithful to all who love Him.

This applies to anything we do–whether in the church or anywhere else–we must know–not believe–we serve a faithful God. And when we know, we can proceed with courage to do all we need to do–knowing we will accomplish the goal.

Yesterday, as I was walking around our high school track, in the midst of a sprinkle, strong winds, and chilly temperatures, I thanked God for being faithful to us. Though the sprinkles continued, I said to Him, “Daddy, I know You love me and I thank You for moving the clouds and warming our bodies as we do this for the kids.

Within minutes, the sprinkles stopped and before long, the clouds moved and the sun shone brightly and more kids came out to participate. Although the temperature rose slightly, so did the wind, but through it all–we were determined and we stayed the course. My personal goal was to walk 20 laps (5 miles) and I walked 26 laps (6.5 miles), not because of who I am, but because of Whose I am. His faithfulness and my determination made it all possible.

God’s faithfulness to us–His children–is never-ending, but what makes the difference between our experiencing victory or defeat is a matter of our own determination. It is our determination that wavers–not God’s faithfulness. So if we want to see victory–in all areas of our lives–let’s work on our determination to endure until the end–because His faithfulness–never wavers.

Be courageous and brave and determined in all you do and His faithfulness will bring it to pass!