Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Everything Matters!

Colossians 3:23 "Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for The Lord...." 

Every morning I wake up, get myself ready, get two kids ready, go to work, come home, cook supper, do homework & give baths, go to sleep, & repeat. The weekends have a slightly different pattern but for the most part everyday is the same. We are almost always on the go. 

Some days I think, does this even matter? Do the things I do even get noticed? I think we all have days that we feel this way. Then I slap myself back into reality & out of my "cry baby mode" & I think, YES!! Everything I do matters. One of the main reasons is because I put my whole heart into it & I always make God the center of everything I do. 

Put your whole heart into everything you do!! No matter what it may be! Always make God the center of every situation & there should be no question if it matters or not! 

This devo was written by Kasey Brown 

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Stop Hiding in the Cellar

He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with his pinions, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness is a shield and buckler. You will not fear the terror of the night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in darkness,
nor the destruction that wastes at noonday.
Psalm 91:1-6

     As I sit and listen to the storm rolling across the skies, thunder rumbling and rain dripping right outside my window, I find myself in awe of my incredibly majestic God. I know not many share my sentiment, but there is nothing on Earth that reminds me of the beauty and the power of the King of Kings more than a thunderstorm. When the first droves of rain come pounding down and the rich  smell of wet earth rises in the air, I breathe in the freshness of my Lord. When the winds begin to whip through the tree branches swirling the leaves and and bending the limbs, I love to stand with arms outstretched feeling the force pressing against my skin, knowing that I am experiencing the power of the Almighty. As lightning ripples through the clouds, illuminating the darkness as it etches its streaked patterns across the sky, I am reminded of the dazzling brilliance in my Creator, and I feel that very brilliance coursing through my veins. In the face of a storm, I cannot help but take a step back, examine the frailty of my life, and realize I am so overwhelmed by the might of my Heavenly Father.

     In life, we often find that we are caught up in storms. Sometimes, the raging winds arrive suddenly, sweeping us off our feet and knocking the breath out of us. Other times, we see the storm while it is still far off and watch it as it slowly rolls in until eventually, it is right on top of us, overtaking us. Regardless of how our storms are ushered in, most of us find ourselves in a sudden panic, grappling for a few supplies and family members before running for cover. We hide in the lowest, darkest, smallest, most empty places we can find, shut our eyes tightly, and wait for it to be over. When we finally emerge, we've missed the beauty and the brilliance of God, and we are still, sadly, the same people we were before the storm ever began: powerless and afraid.

     While God may not be calling you out of your basement during a physical storm (after all, not every person enjoys the thunder and lightning as much as I do,) I do believe He is calling all of us out of our spiritual basements. Yes, our storms can make us feel frail, weak, and sometimes even afraid, but when we duck and run every time a life-storm approaches, we are never allowing God the opportunity to show us His pure brilliance. He wants to prove to us that because He is Creator, He has the ability to calm the storm. When we retreat from a spiritual storm front, we aren't trusting in the truths of God, and we won't ever come face to face with His power, His life, or His freshness if we continue to hide. 

     When trials interrupt our sunny days, our Father doesn't ask us to run away out of fear. He asks us to stand in our faith in Him, trust that He will take care of all our needs, and allow ourselves to receive the fresh power and life that He has to offer. Remember, despite how cloudy the horizon looks, our God is the Creator, and He calms the storms, and when we put our whole trust in Him, He will most definitely overwhelm us with His brilliance. 

Don't miss out on the pure beauty and power of God! He wants us to experience Him in His fullness! -Megan F. Bolton

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Monday, April 28, 2014

The Good Girl

For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, (Titus 2:11-13 ESV)

Everyone knows that one girl who seems to have it all together: that goody-two- shoes that loves Jesus and tries to live as righteous and as holy as she can possibly (and humanly) be. She isn't perfect but you never ever hear of her doing anything bad and people even resent her for the relationship she has with God. Her desires are only to please God and the thought of sinning and breaking God's heart breaks hers. How does she do it?? How does she keep it all together??? According to Titus 2, she is living under grace! 

People tend to think that living under grace means that you can live how ever you want and still live in sin because God's grace is big enough to cover it. They think that grace is a license to sin. Romans 6 says this is not the case! 

What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it? Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life. For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his. We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin. For one who has died has been set free from sin. Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him. For the death he died he died to sin, once for all, but the life he lives he lives to God. So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus. Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, to make you obey its passions. (Romans 6:1-12 ESV)

It says that we shouldn't keep on sinning just so God can show us more and more grace! When we receive Jesus, we die to sin! Therefore, we don't keep sinning!!!  

The thing is, grace teaches us how to NOT sin!! It teaches is how live a holy and sinless life! It teaches us how to live a life that is truly pleasing to God!!

This devo was written from the heart of Maggi Sellers! I would love to connect with you, minister with you and pray with you!!!  Email me at or follow me on Insta (maggisellers) and Twitter (maggisellers86) 

Sunday, April 27, 2014

The Process of the Dry Bones

The process of the dry bones

God grabbed me. God ’s Spirit took me up and set me down in the middle of an open plain strewn with bones. He led me around and among them—a lot of bones! There were bones all over the plain—dry bones, bleached by the sun. He said to me, “Son of man, can these bones live?” I said, “Master God, only you know that.” He said to me, “Prophesy over these bones: ‘Dry bones, listen to the Message of God !’” God, the Master, told the dry bones, “Watch this: I’m bringing the breath of life to you and you’ll come to life. I’ll attach sinews to you, put meat on your bones, cover you with skin, and breathe life into you. You’ll come alive and you’ll realize that I am God !” (Ezekiel 37:1-6 MSG)

God is a God of processes if you think about. Everything has a process.

Abraham - what a process for the fulfillment if the promise for his descendants.

Jesus - what a process waiting for him to be born.


The coming again of Jesus - what a long process of us waiting for Him to come again.

Pregnancy - a very long 9 full months process.

Crops - what a tedious process of waiting for the harvest.

Sanctification - what a process we go through from the point of salvation to the time if glorification.

Everything is a process.

When I was reading Ezekiel the other night I couldn't get my mind off of the story of dry bones. First of all I just love the book of Ezekiel! You need to study it! Powerful insight to the spiritual realm!

God came to Ezekiel. Literally transported him to a land of bones. The bones were very dry. Everything taken out of them. All the nutrients, all the substance just dry bones. Have you ever been there? Just life sucked out of you? If you have you know there is a process for God to get you back where you need to be. If you are there now He wants to take you in this process! He wants to restore your dry bones!

God told Ezekiel to prophecy over the bones. This is what he told them.

Watch this, I'm bringing the breath of life to you. {once you receive salvation Jesus is a breath of life to your spirit. It becomes alive! Jesus lives inside of you}

I'll attach sinews to you {sinews is like tendons or ligaments it what holds your bones to other bones} {see he is forming you back it's the first part of the process}

I'll put meat on your bones {muscle} {He isn't just going to stop once he puts your bones back together he is going to put your muscle back on next, giving you strength back, giving you substance back}

Cover you with skin {putting every final thing together, every last detail, restoring everything}

And breathe life into you {final restoration, and I believe this to be the second breath of life which would be referring to the in filling of the Holy Spirit}

You'll come alive and realize that I am God!

Complete restoration! If you really start thinking about this process and all the things mentioned in this scripture it's a beautiful thing. You see God has the power to instantaneously do anything in a blink of eye. But it is His processes that make Him so honorable. The time and intricate detail that he demonstrates in the process. He is truly an awe inspiring God!

Is He in the middle of working a process in you life? If He is take time to be thankful for the process and realize the beauty and love. Honor Him for it! Because even though He could do it in a blink of an eye, He is taking you through a process.

Thank you so much for reading this! I would love to minister to you on this subject of processes that the Holy Spirit has Kate's on my heart! You can contact me at

God Bless you today! You are victorious through Him!

Saturday, April 26, 2014

The Battle Royale

         Living in the middle of the Bible Belt can be a difficult thing sometimes. A lot of tradition and doctrine come into play resulting in a very religious demographic of people. THIS DOES NOT INCLUDE EVERY SINGLE PERSON IN SAID DEMOGRAPHIC. I want you guys to know that  I'm not making any accusations or "throwing daggers at the church," if you will. However, religious activity is still a very real thing. People are still being chastised in our churches for dating/marrying people of opposite races. People aren't reaching out to the addicted. People are shunning homosexuals. People are going crazy with judgement because a Church of God person married a Baptist person and "justifying" their case because the Bible says to not be unequally yoked. (I encourage you to read 2 Corinthians 6:14-18 in the KJV and see what is actually being said about that particular subject.) Denomination and denominational doctrine was never in God's plan for His children. That was man-made my friends.

       It's this kind of religious activity that is endangering the children of God. It has become literally a Battle Royale between the truth of God's word and man-made misconceptions of God's word. If religion and all the things therein were ordained by God, then why has it caused so much division? The Bible specifically says in 1 Corinthians 14:33, "For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in ALL the churches of the saints." It's not just these things though. These are but mere examples. The enemy is at work in marriages, finances, and anything else he can get his hands on. It's also addiction, abuse, neglect, atheism, agnosticism, generational curses, oppression, depression, and many more. The traditionalism in the church is a ripple in the water, but they also go hand in hand. It's a package deal of everything. If the enemy can maintain the religious deception he's put in the minds of believers, then the unbelievers just stay where they are because they either don't want to get hurt or don't want to get judged by the believer, and the believer doesn't reach out to the unbeliever. It's a perfect stalemate of inactivity at both ends of the spectrum which is exactly what the enemy wants. 

         The fact is, my friends, that we are in a war. The root of everything that I've talked about is as simple as the enemy doing his best to divide ALL of God's children, both believer and non-believer. The enemy is powerless, so he uses the only tool he can, deception. If the enemy can divide the children of God, then nothing happens. That's his goal. He can't do anything about who has been saved, but he can try his hardest to prevent it from happening again. 

       My goal with this blog was not to "ruffle feathers." However, there is an issue, and we must be aware of what the enemy is trying to do on both sides because our fleshly minds are not exempt from the enemy's attempt to deceive us. So how do we combat this Unholy War of the enemy? We combat it the only way we can, in spirit. I encourage all of us to read like we've never read before, pray like we've never prayed before, worship like we've never worshipped before, and love like we've never loved before because just as I said earlier, the enemy is powerless! We are victorious! 

      Father, I rebuke the attack of the enemy on the mind of both believer and non-believer. I command traditionalism to stop and an overwhelming pouring out of your Holy Spirit come in its place. I declare and decree that oppression must stop, depression must leave, and the bonds of marriage be made stronger in the lives of those nearing divorce. I pray that the cloud that hovers over our county is penetrated by Your light. I declare that the contracts the enemy has deceptively made in the minds of the people are null and void, and I speak freedom and joy into the lives of Your children, Father. Deceiver you must leave! In Your holy name Father, Amen!

Thanks for reading guys!
I love y'all!

-Kyle Bolton-

Friday, April 25, 2014



Romans 12:16

Live in harmony with one another; do not be haughty (snobbish, high-minded, exclusive), but readily adjust yourself to [people, things] and give yourselves to humble tasks. Never overestimate yourself or be wise in your own conceits.

Have you ever thought about adapting yourself to make room for someone else's needs? In Romans Paul tells us to readily adjust ourselves to people. I think He was well aware of the importance of winning a soul for Christ over his own selfish ambitions.

We live in an age and time where personalities are put in high regard. Our children are taught to be themselves. Don't change for anyone. And while there can be a good Godly lesson learned from that advice on the other hand a selfish hard headed stubborn lesson can also be learned. One of my sons favorite movies sings a song in it that say, "how bad, how bad can it be I'm just doing what comes naturally." While this may seem trivial to some people my spirit quickens every time I hear it. I don't like the message it sends. We don't need to do what comes naturally. That is sin. Sin comes naturally. We were born into sin. We need to do what the word of God says. We need to not be carnal, worldly, minded. We need to walk in the spirit.

Walking in the spirit may mean adapting. Everyone is born with different personalities, wants, and needs. Some people need more attention, some people need to be surrounded by lots of people at all times, some people need more guidance, some people need more alone time. Everyone is different. You need to adapt to meet the needs of other people. It's tough, but it's what is needed.

Put all selfish ambitions aside and see how you can adapt today for someone else's needs. You might be surprised how rewarding it is, and how much harmony it brings to your own life!

Thanks for reading!

God Bless!

Mary Sellers

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Is Your Isaac On The Altar?

Scripture reference - Gen. 22:1-19

I believe everyone of us has something that we are believing God for. That one prayer that we lift up to Him everyday. For Abraham and Sarah that desire was for a child. The Lord had promised them that their descendants would be as many as the stars in the sky. (Gen. 15:5) Many years went by before The Lord blessed them with Isaac. Finally that prayer was answered! That promise fulfilled!

Abraham had no idea what The Lord would ask of him a few years later. In Genesis 22:2, we see that The Lord instructed him to take Isaac and offer him as a sacrifice. Can you imagine?? The Lord was asking him to give back to Him that which he and Sarah had longed for. What did Abraham do? He obeyed The Lord!!

We see many times in scripture Abraham's faith and obedience. But may favorite is what we see in Genesis 22:5. I have read this scripture many times but one day just one word of it jumped out at me.

"And Abraham said to his young men, “Stay here with the donkey; the lad and I will go yonder and worship, and we will  come back to you.”

Do you see it? That one word is WE. Abraham had so much faith that he knew that both he and Isaac would be coming down from that mountain!! Because Abraham obeyed and showed The Lord how much faith he had, The Lord provided a ram. He promised Abraham that he would be blessed and his descendants multiplied.

Is there someone or something The Lord is asking you to sacrifice back to Him? Is there a dream that He is asking you to totally give to Him? Have you done it? Have YOU put your Isaac on the altar of The Lord?

This devotion was written from the heart of Beth Reed. I pray that each and every one of us that has an "Isaac" that we are holding on to will finally do as Abraham and place it on the altar of our Father. When we obey, we will receive more than we could have ever dreamed or imagined.

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Having A Positive Attitude

"It is not what goes into the mouth that defiles a person, but what comes out of the mouth; this defiles a person." Matthew 15:11 

My bible says "A merry heart doeth good like medicine, but a broken spirit drieth the bones.(Proverbs 17:22)" To me, that means ATTITUDE! Do you think God is pleased with a bad attitude or a negative attitude? Personally, I don't think He is. Yes, we all have bad days & we all have days we would rather be alone & cry, but when those days turn into everyday, then there may be a problem. Seek God to turn your heart around & change your sorrow to joy. Count your blessings! Change your negative attitude into a positive attitude for The Lord. You may be the only "Jesus" that someone sees today. They definitely will not care about following Him if you make your life as a Christian seem worse than their life as a sinner.  

This devo was written by Kasey Brown 

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Shifting Perspective on Psalm 23

          Recently, the Lord has brought to my attention the truth of His promises in life. Last week, I shared verses that reminded us of the power Jesus's death has in our lives, not just in our deaths. While our faith in the Word of God does give us a security in eternal life when our time on Earth is over, our faith in the Word of God also gives us empowerment to live abundantly now. 

     Today, I want to share with you the truths of life found in Psalm 23. This chapter of the Bible is often used as comfort for those whose physical lives are ending or as solace for people experiencing the death of a loved one. To be honest, before last week, I didn't even understand the promises theses scriptures hold in death, much less what they mean for me in life, but God opened my eyes to an understanding I would now like to pass along.

The Lord is my Shepherd; I shall not want. (v.1)   
What do shepherds do? They take care of sheep. They see to it that they are protected, fed, watered, and sheltered. In the same way, when we allow the Lord to shepherd us, we will have everything we need. He will protect us. He will shelter us. He will feed us. With God, all of our provisions are met. 

He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters. (v.2)
When we need rest, we can find it in Him. He shows us where we can lay our weary heads, and He gives us the cool refreshment we need to begin the journey of life again.

He restores my soul; He leads me in paths of righteousness for His name's sake. (v.3)
When we choose to serve God, we are declaring that our lives will be a witness to His goodness and righteousness. Because of this, God will not let us down. He does not want us to fail, and He will give us what we need to succeed. He will make new our minds, our wills, and even our emotions. He cares about every part of our being and wants to reconcile every piece of us to Him, so every choice we make will reflect the truth of who He is.

Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. (v.4)
In every situation and in every person where the life of Christ does not reign, the death of flesh does. This means that we are probably walking in a shadow of death every day; however, keep this in mind: there cannot be a shadow where there is no light. When you accept Christ, you receive His light in your life. This spiritual light casts spiritual shadows, revealing to you what areas of your life need to be surrendered, what worldly situations you need to avoid, and who in your life you have the opportunity to show the love of Christ to. Christ's light also reminds us that we need not fear evil because the One who defeated all evil on the cross is continually with us to guide us and comfort us. 

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; My cup runs over. (v.5)
God will not let our enemies harm us. When we trust in Him and obey His commandment to love our enemies and pray for them, we are ensuring that He will stand in front of us, guard us, take up for us, and be our righteous vengeance. Despite what others do to us, His favor and anointing will remain on our lives, and He will cause us to prosper. 

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever. (v.6)
Every single day, we can live in the house of the Lord. Every single day, we can experience His goodness and mercy. This scripture doesn't say, "When I die, I will see God's goodness, and when I die, I will live in His house forever." It says just the opposite: ALL THE DAYS OF MY LIFE.

     Each of the promises in Psalm 23 belong to us every single day. Every single day, we can find rest, peace, protection, and provision in God. Every single day, we can live in God's fullness and goodness. Don't take for granted what He has given to us for our present lives. Yes, there is so much more to come when we find ourselves in Heaven confronted with the fullness of His glory, but that doesn't mean God expects our lives on Earth to be filled with angst, terror, or poverty. The God we serve is a Father who takes care of His children today.

I pray that as you study the Word this week, God would reveal to you other promises He has for your life now.

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Monday, April 21, 2014

Christians are Human Too

For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; (Romans 3:23 KJV)

Do you want to know a secret?? This is probably going to blow your mind... 

Christians are human too! Christians make mistakes! Christians have bad days! Christians can even have a bad attitude every once in a while! 

The thing is, though it may seem like it on the out side, most Christians don't have it all together, but they have the joy of The Lord to help them cope with life's unexpected happenings!! And even though we try our best, to show Jesus to the world, we still have slip ups!! People need to remember that we are a work in progress!!! Remember the song we all sang as children?? "He's still working on me..." Well, He is!!! We are still going through a process of being molded and shaped into what God wants is to be!

People who have been hurt by Christians or in churches always forget this!! They expect God to show them grace for their short comings but if a Christian has a slip up they never even consider showing that same grace towards them! They automatically start throwing around that stupid "hypocrite" title which is so uncalled for! 

As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: (Romans 3:10 KJV)

So if you get your feelings hurt in church or get offended by something a Christian friend or family member has said or done, try to remember this, no one is perfect! We are only made right through Jesus!!! Yes, we should strive to be as much like Him as possible, but we still have a flesh that tries to creep up every now and then! God knows this! In fact, He fully expects it! But His amazing grace is completely sufficient to cover everything we do! 

So, since he makes allowances for us and our fleshy outbreaks, let's try our best to offer the same grace towards our brothers and sisters in Christ! 

This devo was written from the heart of Maggi Sellers!  You can follow me on Insta (maggisellers) and Twitter (maggisellers86)

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Silly rabbit, this Sunday is for Jesus!

I'm sure I'm fixing to upset several people here. However that is not my intent. My intent is to educate and inform with the truth! Listen with an open mind. Be slow to offend. Here we go:

Here at the Hester household, we do not "do" the "easter bunny".  As a matter of fact, we do not even call it "Easter". We call it Resurrection Sunday. "Gasp!" I know. As you catch your breath and compose yourself I'll explain our reasoning. 

Have you ever wondered why the mascot, for the day that we celebrate the resurrection of our Lord and Savior, is a rabbit? What does a rabbit have to do with Jesus?  Nothing. Ever wondered why the rabbit brings baskets with eggs in them? Rabbits don't even lay eggs. Ever wondered where the word "easter" came from? It's not even in the Bible. 

Now let me blow your mind. Easter comes from the Greek root word eostre that is actually the name of a pagan goddess. She was said to be the goddess of FERTILITY. Uhmmm, interesting. Now, what are rabbits notorious for? Multiplying quickly; rapid reproduction; having countless offspring; or, to put it simply, being FERTILE. What is another symbol of fertility? Oh, yes....eggs! Of course! Even the baskets have a tie to fertility. What was the stork said to bring babies in? Exactly, baskets. 

Now, If you don't believe me, research it. Please. I did. 3 years ago my husband and I research all the major holidays that we've always celebrated. The three most popular ones all had very heavy pagan roots. The most disturbing part was that the pagan parts have become the most celebrated parts of Christian holidays. Christmas and Easter are all about a fat guy with a sack of toys and an overgrown bunny with a basket of candy and eggs. 

A very precious and biblically wise lady I know, teaches that for everything God has an original for, satan has a counterfeit. Satan has these counterfeits to take the focus off of what is good and true and of God. He is, after all, the great deceiver. And let me say, he has been successful thus far. For many years, I fed into it. My husband and I "did" santa for our kids, we took them trick or treating, and we "did" the easter bunny. Never questioning any of it. Blindly being led as sheep to a slaughter. Until one day, that precious little lady, Mavalean Britt, shook up my world and pulled the wool out from over my eyes with a Sunday school lesson about the evils and the history of halloween. After that we began to question them all and did our own research. As a result we no longer do santa clause, halloween, or the easter bunny. 

If it doesn't glorify God and the sacrifice that Jesus made for us, why do it? And even more so, if it glorifies a false god, why would you, as a Christian, participate in it? What you did before, when you were ignorant of the truth, you won't be judged for. But to continue when you have been made aware, you will be made accountable for it. Don't glorify this false pagan goddess any longer! Only glorify the one true God and the son He sacrificed in your place so that you could be saved from eternal damnation! Praise God! He is good! Hallelujah! Amen! 

Saturday, April 19, 2014

The Word of God will save your Soul

So get rid of all uncleanness and the rampant outgrowth of wickedness, and in a humble (gentle, modest) spirit receive and welcome the Word which implanted and rooted [in your hearts] contains the power to save your souls. (James 1:21 AMP)

There is a difference between your soul and spirit. Some people don't realize this. When the Bible talks about your Spirit it is referring to what was filled with Jesus and the Holy Spirit when you accepted Christ and when you received the power (in filling) of the Holy Spirit. It is the part of you that is born again. When the bible talks about your heart or your soul it is referring to you mind, will, and emotions. Your flesh is another term for it. Jesus saves your Spirit when you are born again. It's the Word of God that will save your soul if you will let it. The only way to change your soul is the Word of God. It has to be implanted and rooted. Then your harvest, the cleansing of your soul, will come.

Everyone gets tempted and tried in the area of the soul. It's where the devil can find the quickest access. When there is an open door he will slither in. When I say open door, I'm referring to a foot hole, an access point. Anger, unforgiveness, fear, jealousy, letting something demonic feed into you (scary movies, vulgar shows, music uplifting the devil), putting more world in you than Christ in you. 

Everyone gets tempted. Never be confused though about who is doing the tempting.

Let no one say when he is tempted, I am tempted from God; for God is incapable of being tempted by [what is] evil and He Himself tempts no one. (James 1:13 AMP)

But every person is tempted when he is drawn away, enticed and baited by his own evil desire (lust, passions). (James 1:14 AMP)

Even Jesus was tempted.  

Next Jesus was taken into the wild by the Spirit for the Test. The Devil was ready to give it. Jesus prepared for the Test by fasting forty days and forty nights. (Matthew 4:1-3)

He prepared for the tests. He fasted. He also combated the tests with the Word of God. Every temptation he quoted back scripture. The Devil kept going though. He always does. On the third time Jesus rebuked him, quoted scripture, and he left.

The Test was over. The Devil left. And in his place, angels! Angels came and took care of Jesus’ needs. (Matthew 4:11)

It was over. Angels came and took care of Jesus' needs. 

Jesus saves your Spirit but it's the written Word of God that will save your soul. Your mind, will, and emotions. They need work. They need saving. They need discipline. They need the Word. 

If you have never thought about the soul vs your spirit I encourage you to study this in the Word of God. If you struggle in this area I would love to minister with you! You can always email me at 

Thanks for reading!

Mary Sellers

Friday, April 18, 2014

On this Good Friday, may it be ever present in our mind and in our hearts the love that Jesus has for us.
May we remember that He laid down His life freely, so that we could be free.
May we remember our sins nailed Him to the cross, and the cross was His destiny.
May we remember the suffering He endured because He knew this was the way it had to be.

As you go about your day, remember the humiliation, the pain, the loneliness and the darkness He went through, the Son of God, who could have called the angels, but He took it all so we could be sons and daughters of God. So we could become co-heirs with Him in the kingdom.

Somberly remember Him today, as we should everyday, giving thanks to Him for His grace.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Wait and Seek

Lam. 3:25 The  Lord  is good unto them that wait for him, to the soul that seeketh him.

From the very start the purpose of AwakeningYourDay has been to share the love of Jesus and encourage and uplift the reader. Everyday someone from our church family or community shares what is on their heart in hope that at least one person will find that love and encouragement.

But the truth is that sometimes this writer needs some encouragement herself. Doubt and unbelief try to make their way into my head. This has been the case over the last several weeks. I struggle to come up with a devotion for the week and feel like one will never come. However,it seems like God always comes through just in time!!

While I have been thinking over why I'm still in a season of waiting, I am reminded of this scripture from Lamentations. When satan tries to fill my head with doubt and unbelief I remember that The Lord will be good to me because I wait on Him and seek Him with my whole soul!!

Today if you, like me, find yourself in a season of waiting on your most heartfelt desire, let me encourage you to WAIT on Him and to SEEK Him with your whole soul!! Our Father longs to be good to His children. And remember "The  Lord  is close to the brokenhearted  and saves those who are crushed in spirit." (Psalm 34:18)

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Don't Give the Devil Satisfaction!!

"The thief comes only to steal, kill, & destroy; I have come that they may have life, & have it to the full." John 10:10 

The devil does nothing but steal the joy & happiness from our life. Don't let him! Let God fill your life with the way HE sees fit. Trust God that He knows exactly what He's doing. Even if you doesn't know where He's taking you, His way is always a better choice than the devil's. Don't give the devil the satisfaction of knowing he stole what God has given you. 

This devotion was written by Kasey Brown 

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

There's More to the Cross Than Death

I am come that they may have life, and have it more abundantly.
John 10:10

     With the approach of Good Friday, it seems only fitting to draw your attention to the cross. It was here, in a brutal death, that Christ our Lord died for our sins. It was here that He traded His life for ours, so we could spend eternity with God the Father. The magnitude of the cross in our lives is amazingly consuming; without the cross, we are nothing, we have nothing, and we can hope for nothing. Everything we know and understand about the promises that accompany our faith in God is founded in the cross. The question is, how much do we know about those promises?
     We know because of Christ's death, we can be forgiven of our sins (Romans 4:25.) We know that through our faith in Christ, we can be found righteous before the Lord (Philippians 3:9.) We know that when Christ was resurrected, we, too, gained the promise of eternal life (1 John 2:25.) We know that when Christ left Earth, it was to prepare a place for us in Heaven (John 14:3.) Each of the promises is a beautiful demonstration of the love of our Heavenly Father, but they are all contained in one place: our physical death.

     Please know I am not degrading or devaluing the gift of eternal life we have received; I have simply come to understand there is more to the promises of the cross than what benefits us in death. When we accept Christ as our Savior by accepting His work on the cross, we become His family, His siblings, heirs to the King of Kings. We are welcomed to bask in the presence of the Almighty; God's throne room becomes our living room. 

     Because of the cross, we have access to God in a new way: He is no longer just Ruler; He becomes Father. He supplies our every need according to His riches (Philippians 4:19.) He comforts us when we are distressed (2 Corinthians 1:4.) He heals all our diseases (Psalm 103:3.) He works things out for our good (Romans 8:28.) He protects us (Psalm 91:1-3.) He makes plans for us (Jeremiah 29:11.) He loves us steadfastly (Psalm 103:8.) These promises are not only traits of a caring father, they are also truths we can experience in this life.

     The power of the cross is not limited by our physical death. Yes, when our time here on Earth is complete, God will welcome us into His arms and into our new home in Heaven, but we don't have to wait to die to experience the fullness and the beauty of the promises of the cross. When Christ knowingly and willingly gave His life up for us, when the Spotless Lamb was slaughtered, God gave us more than hope for tomorrow. He gave us the opportunity to live abundantly today. 

My prayer for you today is that you realize all the cross has to offer. Jesus' death was more than a sacrifice. It was absolutely everything we ever needed, and it is every hope we will ever have. Take the time to study the scriptures provided to learn for yourself all Jesus gave us when He gave us His all. - Megan 

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Monday, April 14, 2014

Where is Your Faith?

Where is Your Faith?
The disciples went and woke him up, shouting, “Master, Master, we’re going to drown!” When Jesus woke up, he rebuked the wind and the raging waves. Suddenly the storm stopped and all was calm. Then he asked them, “Where is your faith?” The disciples were terrified and amazed. “Who is this man?” they asked each other. “When he gives a command, even the wind and waves obey him!” (Luke 8:24, 25 NLT)
I can just see His expression as Jesus asked His disciples this question. I think he would have a look that said, "Are you kidding me??? Do you really think I am going to just let us drown?? After all you have watched me do, you really think I can't handle this??" It's probably the same face he gives us every time we doubt him! 
How many storms has he brought us through? Probably more than we can even remember, yet we still doubt him everytime something different comes up! We forget that he has saved us before! We think that he is in the back of the oat sleeping away without a care in the world about what's going on around us. But that's not true! He just wants us to have faith in him! He wants us to trust him, to know he's got it under control! I mean really, do you really think that he can calm  an actual storm, like wind and waves and  thunder and lightening and crazy rain, but he can't take care of whatever you have going on?? Where is you faith??

So, whatever it is that you are praying for, seeking His face and believing for, trusting him for... Don't give up! Don't loose your faith! Don't let the storm overtake you!!

This devo was written from the heart of Maggi Sellers. I know many of you are going through some pretty tough storms right now, but if God promised it to you, you will receive it! His word will not return void!!! Just don't loose faith in HIM!!! 

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Sunday, April 13, 2014

To Catch a Theif

  "Do you not know that your body is the temple (the very sanctuary) of the Holy Spirit Who lives within you, Whom you have received (as A Gift) from God? You are not your own.  You were bought with a price (purchased with a preciousness and paid for, made His own). So then, honor God and bring glory to Him in your body." I Corinthians 6:19,20 AMP

Christ paid the ultimate price to inter our body and make it His temple dwelling place.

 "I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, he who does not enter by the door into the sheepfold, but climbs up some other way (elsewhere, from some other quarter) is a thief and a robber." John 1:10 AMP

 The thief has not paid the price to enter our bodies, Christ did, and if a man truly loves you he will pay the price with his life in Holy Matrimony, giving his life for her as Christ has done.

 "Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave Himself up for her." Ephesians 5:25

 A thief is out to steal your salt. Don't let a man talk you into bed unless he pays the price to be there. If he doesn't, he is just a thief.

 Ladies don't let a man sweet talk you into bed unless he has paid the price to be there.

 "I am the Good Shepherd, The Good Shepherd risks and lays down His (own) life for the sheep. But the hired servant (he who merely services for wages and is not himself concerned about the sheep (cares nothing for them). I am the Good Shepherd; and I know and recognize My own, and My own know and recognize Me- Even as (truly as) the Father knows Me and I also know the Father-and am giving My (very own) life and laying it down on behalf of the sheep." John 10:11-15

Praises be to our Glorious Master and Savior, Christ our Lord!

In His service,
Cheryl Patton

Saturday, April 12, 2014


    How many of us have ever been through dry places in our lives, valleys if you will. How many times has our hearts been overwhelmed to the point where we couldn't hear Holy Spirit speak if he had the celebrate love megaphone held to our ear? How many times have we just been angry and bitter because we don't know what God is doing? How many times have we been afraid of the unknown? I believe everyone reading this can account for at least one, probably several, times we've felt at least one of the ways above.
    The thing is, we have all been there. We have all had trials. We have all had hard times. We feel so alone even though we have the knowledge that our Father is right there. It's funny isn't it? We know that we have access to the throne room and we can boldy approach the throne of God to receive the grace and mercy we need to make it through. We know we have access to the Holy Spirit to comfort us, guide us, and heal whatever wounds we have. Yet our flesh overtakes us because the physical circumstance is so overwhelming. In these times what can we do? How do we apply what we know? 
    The answer is simple. We stand. Donnie McKlurkin wrote a song one time and the lyrics are wonderful. They say, "What do you do when you've done all you can and it seems like it's never enough". He goes on to say, "you just stand when there's nothing left to do. You just stand and watch The Lord see you through. Yes after you've done all you can, you just stand". You see sometimes we look for answers from people, whether it be a friend or a pastor that's been there before. We may even look for answers in a book by Joyce Meyer or Edith Ham or even C.S. Lewis, just to name a few. I'm all about reading and encouragement and I'm not discrediting those books or CDs or pastors at all. We find wisdom sometimes that we didn't have before by utilizing all of those outlets. At the end of the day, however, we still have to make a choice to stand. We still have to lay all of our burdens down at the foot of the cross and say "do what you will God". We still have to pray the same prayer Jesus prayed in the garden, "not my will but your will be done father". The bible says, Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong. (1 Corinthians 16:13 NIV). It also said that we are made overcomers by the blood of the Lamb and the word of our testimony. So even if you can't see the testimony in your situation, proclaim out loud in prayer that you are an overcomer! Declare what God has brought you through and stand firm and be courageous that he will do it again because he will! 
    If you are going through a trial in your life right now I want you to know two things. Number one, you are not alone! Somewhere somebody is going through a rough patch as well. It could be the person sitting on the same exact pew as you or it could be someone across the country. Whatever the case, you are not alone. Number two, after you've done all you can, child of God just stand. Stand in confidence, stand in courage, stand knowing that you serve a God who is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow. Stand even though you can't see. Stand even though you can't understand. Yes after you've done all you can, just stand. Don't lose faith. Don't give up and don't back down. 
    Father, I pray for anyone who may be going through a trial in there life. I pray that Holy Spirit reveals himself to them in a mighty way. I pray the peace that passes all understanding over them right now and I come against the forces of evil that are trying to break that person down. Father you have made us holy and see us worthy. It's not by our actions but by the blood of your Son Jesus. He paid the price through his gruesome death. Satan you cannot take what you haven't given and you cannot kill what you didn't create! Deceiver I bind you and cast you away. You have no power here because our victory is already won! You are already defeated! You have no rightful place among Gods children. Father I pray that Holy Spirit confirms this prayer in the heart of this reader and I declare that Your Kingdom come and Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven! In your wonderful name I pray. Amen!
    I encourage you to consult your pastor or find a good spirit filled friend that will agree with you in prayer over your situation. 

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-Kyle Bolton-

Friday, April 11, 2014

Even to the End of Age

"And remember, I am with you always, even to the end of age."
Matthew 28:20

For me, these are the most comforting words Jesus spoke.How many times have you felt alone in life? I have felt alone, even surrounded by people who love me. Yes, even as a Christian, I have felt very alone. Sometimes, because I was Christian. Can you imagine how the disciples felt when the time came for the Messiah to leave them physically? They had been with Him throughout His ministry. They had broke bread with Him, witnessed His miracles first-hand, walked their country with Him, felt His love, watched Him crucified, and beheld His empty tomb. He appeared to them afterwards and for 40 days He stayed after His resurrection. And when it was time for Him to ascend into heaven, don't you imagine how their hearts must have ached? But He said to them, to reassure them...
 I am with you always...remember...even to the end of age.
And when you're down, when your spirit is feeling crushed, when you feel all alone, He wants you to remember this too. He is with you. 

He is with you when your heart is breaking over a broken relationship.

He is with you when you're grieving the lost baby you never got to watch grow.
He is with you as you look at yourself in the mirror, doubting your self-worth.

He is with you as you struggle with the addiction that you so painfully want to be rid of, but you tell yourself one more time.

He is with you as you sit in the church pew, comparing yourself and never feeling good enough.

He is with you as you walk the school halls feeling like you will never fit in.

He is with you when anxiety comes upon you in the crowded store.
He is with you as you read His words in your prison cell.
He is with you through every single moment in your life. He is with you through every despair, every laughter, every happy moment, and every darkest moment.
Our hope is that through our faith in Jesus, when we've accepted Him as our Savior, we are never alone.  The antidote to feeling alone? Prayer! When you're feeling alone, remember who you are. You are a child of God, reconciled to him through the shed blood of Jesus Christ. And Jesus said to remember! Remember He is always with you!

Even to the end of the world.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

A Time to Weep

Ecc. 3:1; 4
There is a time for everything,
and a season for every purpose under the heavens

A time to weep and a time to laugh,
 time to mourn and a time to dance

So, here’s the truth……………….. I am a crier! Some people that know me know this while others may find it shocking. I cry when my heart is broken. I cry when I get really tickled and can’t stop laughing. I cry at sappy commercials, movies and TV shows. I MUST turn the channel when the Sarah McLachlan abused and neglected animal commercial comes on or I will be crying for days!! 

Over the last several days and weeks I have cried a lot. I have cried for me and my unanswered prayer. I have cried for and with my friends about the trials and struggles they are facing. I have cried for people I know that are choosing to live a life alone and miserable and refuse to see what God has put right in their path. I have cried for people who are refusing to see warning signs all around them.

I have learned in certain cases and around certain people crying is not appropriate or allowed. Many people look at crying as a sign of weakness and even as a sign of a lack of faith. You know those people, the ones that will tell you to “dry it up” or “get over it”. But, in Ecclesiastes we see that there IS a time to weep!! If you like me are a crier do not be ashamed. The Word tells us there will be weeping. BUT, the best part is what we read in Ps.30:5b “Weeping may endure for a night, But joy comes in the morning”. Yes there will be tears but only for a time!! Joy will come!!!

So, today if you are like me and find yourself in a season of tears let me encourage you with words from Psalm 126:5 “Those who sow in tears shall reap in joy.”

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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

"Living the Life God Intended"

Hebrews 11:6 
"And without faith it is impossible to please Him. For whoever would draw near to God must believe & He will reward those who seek Him." 

Have you ever been at a point in your life that you wanted to just start over? That maybe you weren't living the life God intended for you? In (as short as possible) detail I would like to give my testimony. 

I was with a man for six years who turned out to be the total opposite of the person I once knew. Drugs overtook his life & he became a horrible person. We had a child together & I dealt with everything that was thrown at our relationship because I didn't want my son living without his father. Through the drugs, the stealing, cheating, lying, verbal & physical abuse I kept praying to God to change him. Little did I know, God had bigger & better plans. As I was praying for God to change his heart, He was actually changing mine. He was giving me the strength to move forward with the life He intended for me & my son. Eventually, a few months after my son's first birthday we separated. I continued to pray that God's will be done in our life. I needed His guidance to get me where He knew I needed to be. Six months later a police officer filed a report for me, who happens to be the man God sent straight to us! He is the man GOD intended for me to spend the rest of my life with. He became my husband & a year later became Jay's "legal" father. We now have a precious daughter who has completed our family. 

It is never to late to start over. God does not intend on us to live an unfit life. He wants us to rejoice in the life He has given us. If you are praying for God's will to be done in your life, don't ignore the prayers He may be answering because it's not what you had in mind. He may be answering them the way He sees for & His way is always the best way!! 

This devo was written by Kasey Brown 

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

The Truth Satisfies

You played the harlot, giving yourself away, because you were insatiable; yes, you played the harlot, yet you were not satisfied. 
Ezekiel 16:28

     As I was reading through chapter 16 of Ezekiel for the fifth or so time this week, God stopped me on verse 28 and dropped in my heart that this was to be the subject of my devotional. Immediately, I started protesting. "Write about a verse using such brash description? Lord, You know that may not go over well." Yet, as I continued to ponder this word, it became evidently clear that the Word of God bringing light to our spiritual prostitution may in fact be what so many of us need to experience.

     As 21st century Americans, we have the insatiable appetite God describes in Ezekiel. We are always thinking about what the next step is. How can we get more money? When will we upgrade to a bigger/better/newer house? Where is the next place we will go? How can we get more attention? Who will recognize us if we do this or that or the other? Can we look better than everyone else? Do you have the right car/jewelry/clothes/friends? We get our hands on one thing and immediately want the next step, hardly stopping to enjoy what we've obtained or showing gratitude to God who provides.

     When we spend all our time seeking what the world has to offer, we give away our peace of mind, our gratitude, our contentment, our joy, our hope, and our comfort. We take all the things God gives us, look at them, and declare His gifts aren't good enough. We toss them out, letting anyone and everyone take them from us, thinking that in this exchange, we are going to finally get that missing piece that will make us eternally happy. Still, the agonizing truth remains: we are left feeling even more empty and alone and devalued than we did before.

     Did you know your life doesn't have to be like this? You don't have to prostitute yourself out mentally, emotionally, spiritually, or physically? You don't have to offer up the gifts God gives of peace, joy, and prosperity. You don't have to give those away to get more. 

     We must understand the truth of Matthew 4:4, "Man does not live by bread alone but by every word that comes from the mouth of God." We cannot survive on what the physical world has to offer. The more we seek out what man can give us, the less we will be satisfied. We can obtain all the world has to offer, but we will still want more. There is only One who can satisfy: Jehovah Jireh, God who Provides. It is in Him and Him alone that the voids of our spirit can be filled. 

To read more on the promises of God to satisfy us, check out these verses: 
  • Psalm 16:11
  • Matthew 6:33
  • Romans 15:13
  • John 6:55-59
  • Psalm 103:1-5
  • Isaiah 55:1
  • John 6:50-71
  • Matthew 5:6
  • Isaiah 58:11
  • Jeremiah 15:16
My prayer today is that your heart will connect with God's truth: He is the only true satisfaction. He is the God who provides all our needs and causes us to live in the abundance of the riches of His Kingdom. 

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Monday, April 7, 2014

The Forgotten God

Acts 1:8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

Frances Chan wrote an amazing book a few years ago called The Forgotten God. This book happens to be one of the best books on the Holy Spirit that I have ever read.  I encourage all believers to read it.  One of the most astounding ideas Chan points out is what a believer is like without the power of the Holy Spirit in their life. The illustration is amazing yet simple.  He says that a believer without the Holy Spirit in their life is like a butterfly that refuses to fly.  Take the time to actually think about this scenario...The Butterfly was once restricted to crawling when it was a caterpillar, and then one day a change begin to take place - a metamorphosis if you will.  In this change, what once was restricted would now have the limits it was use to removed.

That is exactly what happens when a believer is baptized with the power of the Holy Spirit. The natural limits that a person has leaves, and they become something so much more powerful and limitless.  With the Holy Spirit in our lives and His power manifested in us, amazing things happen in your life. The first thing you will notice is a boldness to proclaim the Gospel like never before, (This is the first thing that happened to Peter.) and many more wonderful things that we can even think.

So I urge you butterfly, don't resort to your old restricted, limited ways when there is something so limitless, so great, and so powerful available to you. BE Filled with the Power of the HOLY SPIRIT.

To Be Continued...

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Sunday, April 6, 2014

Throw Off Your Old Sinful Nature

Since you have heard about Jesus and have learned the truth that comes from him, throw off your old sinful nature and your former way of life, which is corrupted by lust and deception. (Ephesians 4:21, 22 NLT)

Biblically, the word repentance  means a sincere turning away, in both the mind and heart , from self to God. This is what God requires us to do when we learn of Christ and who He is and what He has done for us.

I think one of the biggest mistakes or misunderstandings we Christians have is that we believe that God will miraculously take our sins and desire a away from us when we except Jesus as our Lord and savior! But this us a deception! God will help us. He will always give us a way out of our temptations but we must to choose to take the out. We must turn away from the sin. Salvation is a choice. It is a choice we must make consciously every day.

It is not easy but nothing worthwhile
ever is. We know who Christ is. We know we must make a choice between Him and "self". And the way we do that is sacrificing the desires of our sinful flesh. The best part of this is when we do, we find a freedom that we had no idea was even possible! Another awesome thing about true repentance is that when we refuse the temptations, the tempt-er has to flee from us for a season. That means He'll be back. However, if you spend that season building up your spirit with the Word of God, you will be even stronger and able to resist him that much quicker next time! The out God provides will seem so much sweeter than the temptation!

God is a good God! He is pure and holy! And He has given us the immeasurable gift of Grace! We simply have to choose it!

Thank you! I hope this devotion has blessed you in some way. If you need prayer please contact me

Friday, April 4, 2014

Love.....The Epitome of AwakeningLIFE

Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance. Prophecy and speaking in unknown languages and special knowledge will become useless. But love will last forever! (1 Corinthians 13:4-8 NLT)

    Love is the key to showing Christ to the nations. Western civilization church has turned the gospel into a condemning, perfection demanding word. Does God demand such perfection from us? If he did, we are all in trouble my friends. The good news is that he does not. So why do we turn the word into a religious judge fest? I say WE because I am not exempt from that either. We get caught up in different stereotypes and mindsets especially given the area we live in. A solid 75% of the lost say, "I'll go to church when I get cleaned up". Why do they have that mindset? Because someone in the church planted that seed in them instead of loving them where they are. That religion is something that needs to change in Walker County. We can be that change. We can be the TRUE reflection of Christ. We ARE that change and that TRUE reflection of Christ. 
     I am so proud to be a part of a church that meets people where they are. A church that loves so purely and so unbiased. A church that is free from religion and all about reaching the lost. A church that is truly a church for the unchurched. You guys are awesome. From celebrate love, to the Sunday morning welcome of a visitor, AwakeningLIFE is an alive and legitimate example of the truth of Jesus. So my point is this my friends, let's remember every single day what the characteristics of love are. Let's continue to be a church that loves so deeply. Peoples lives are being changed. Whether it's from the heart of Mary Colburns willingness to serve or the joyous big smile/hug from miss Pammie and Tanya, or it be the heart of Pastor Anthony and Pastor Tim as our shepherd and protectors. Lives are being changed in every area, chains are being broken, and people are seeing the true love of Christ. So I just want to brag on you guys today and lift you guys up because you all absolutely rock!!! How do I know? I am one of the lives that has been changed by you guys being every characteristic of love shown above. I deeply and truly love each an every one of you!!!

Thanks for reading!!!!
-Kyle Bolton-