Friends,
This last Friday, while downtown evangelizing at the train and bus stops with my signs and tracts, I had many good conversations again about God’s Word. Of course there also often seems to be one or two (or more) who want to express their “knowledge” of why the Bible is full of errors or pontificate about the evil actions, throughout history, perpetrated by certain others. I encountered one such young man Friday, and realizing quickly that he had rewritten some history to suit his angry emotions and was looking for a scapegoat to persecute, I just walked on.

Later I met another angry man who raved on about corrupt Bible versions, but somehow I was able to disarm him enough to leave him with a smile on his face. However, less than a block on, I met another upset man who vented to me his angry disappointment in friends whose aim it was to just use him. I listened empathetically, also noticing a much younger man nearby who paced slowly up and down that half of the block, saying absolutely nothing, and with one pant leg rolled up. I think he had been trying to figure out what to do about needing a bathroom, for after coming up to stand a few feet from us, this man urinated down his leg and all over the concrete. I looked at him with pity, but he just kept staring off into space and said nothing. I prayed for him as I walked away, and I still have been praying that the Lord will deliver this particular guy from his desperately messed-up life.

One enjoyable conversation I had was with a believer in Jesus who was born, he said, in Haiti, but raised in the Dominican Republic. He was very excited to met me and thanked me for my evangelism efforts. He was sitting with a woman who knew only Spanish and he kept translating for her what I was saying. He also said that she said about me, “She is so joyful!” I immediately quoted Neh. 8:10 –“The joy of the Lord is our strength”, and I took the opportunity to explain that no matter what we are going through, if we have Christ the Lord in us, we can live in His joy, which becomes our own joy and strength. The woman, having been looking so sad, brightened greatly, her face visibly filling up with faith and hope and encouragement.

Later, as I crossed the street to another bus stop, I noticed a big homeless man smiling shyly at me before he blurted out, “Hi! Do you remember me?” I told him I did, though I think I’d not seem him for about five years. He asked me if I remembered his name and I took a guess. “Close,” he said. Then I guessed again and was right and it made him so happy. (I have prayed that I would remember people’s names, so it’s always great when the Lord helps me somehow match up the thousands of names and faces I have in my brain.) This guy told me about how last month he had told God he was rededicating his commitment to following Him and how the Lord was helping him, and that even though he was living in a tent, he was thanking God that it was near to the church he was going to.

Well, I could go on about the numerous conversations, some in-depth, some brief, I have had with people while spreading the Good News of Jesus. In fact, two different people, the last two times I’ve been down at the bus stops, have said, “You’ve been doing this down here for years!” I just answered, “Yeah,” but I could say that it has been 22 years, because it has been, and for 3-10 hours per week most weeks, weather permitting. And not only have I been holding up The Truth to the people of Dallas, I have talked to countless people from other cities, states, and countries, some who are here on business, some who are here on vacation or sightseeing.

In saying this, I’d like to let those who are reading my blog, or just this post, know that I receive virtually no financial support, except from my husband, for my ministries. Besides my evangelism ministry, I also have a prayer ministry, a nursing home ministry, and this blog, all which becomes at least 50 hours a week in ministry-related work. There have been a handful of people over the years who have given me some love gifts, but in all the 22 years, that has amounted to less than $1,000 in all. I have not received any financial gift through my blog’s “Donate” page, even though I put that up two years ago.

I don’t like to ask for a donation, and actually, if anyone offers me a few dollars downtown, I don’t take it, because I do not want people to think I’m doing ministry for any wrong motives. Instead, I give them a grateful hug for their offer and tell them I pray God blesses them 100-fold for their generosity. However, I would like to mention now, here, that I would very much appreciate if some reader out there would feel God’s leading to donate to me to help me. (I have a small elderly-care job, but it doesn’t bring in much, and to add hours means less time I have to be writing my tracts and posts, making evangelism signs, memorizing Scripture, praying for and with others, evangelizing, visiting at the nursing home, etc.)

Again, I do not like to ask for money, but I am sad concerning the burden on my husband when I believe there are people out there who could commit a small amount monthly to my ministries, or even a one-time gift. I believe my ministries are just as worthy as other ministries, and my downtown evangelism ministry is especially so being that few people are willing to go to the streets. The Lord impressed 1 Cor. ch. 9 on me some time ago, particularly verse 14 which says, “In the same way, the Lord has commanded that those who preach the Gospel should receive their living from the Gospel.” I have preached the Gospel boldly on the streets for 22 years (and before that also everywhere I went) and so I am taking the liberty to make known my need.

Thank you so much, dear Reader, for considering these things.

Sincerely,
with love,
Rachel

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Friends,
There are so many of God’s people going through heartaches. Below are some encouragements I wrote to a friend earlier this week on a day she was very low. She kept pressing through her pain with faith and praises to God and texted me this morning that she is doing great. Yes, God honors His Word, “For no matter how many promises God has made, they are ‘Yes’ in Christ. And so through Him the ‘Amen’ is spoken by us to the glory of God.” (2 Cor. 1:20) Here is what I wrote to her:

Take great hope in Isaiah 55:8,9 where God says: “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways, declares the Lord. As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts.” Turn to this in your Bible and let the Lord minister hope and peace and strength through these two verses, maybe even writing next to it, “I am trusting you, God, in my sadness.” Keep casting the problems to Him for He knows what He is doing, in whom He is working out His perfect will, and how He is protecting, comforting, encouraging, and caring for you. Truly the faith walk is about waiting, and waiting in trust. Complete trust. When we sing and praise we show Him we are truly trusting Him, in spite of the wind and the waves howling and crashing around us.

How can you say that you feel forsaken by our God when He is confirming His loving words to you? Don’t listen to the enemy. Ask the Lord to put a hedge of protection around you and remember His loving hand cupped all around you and listen to His voice only.

Remember Isaiah 54:5: “For your Maker is your Husband, the Lord Almighty is His name.” Verse 7 says, “For a brief moment I abandoned you, but with deep compassion I will bring you back…” And verse 4: “Do not be afraid, you will not suffer shame… And will remember no more the reproach of your widowhood.” Verse 6: “The Lord will call you back as if you were a wife deserted and distressed in spirit, who married young, only to be rejected, says your God.” Verse eight: “But with everlasting kindness I will have compassion on you, says the Lord your Redeemer.” Then, “Oh afflicted one, lashed by storms and not comforted, I will build you with beauty and strength.” (That’s paraphrased from verses 11 and 12.) I encourage you to read for yourself verse 4 to the end of the chapter and listen to the Lord there.

May the Lord comfort you, put His arms around you and breathe healing into you. His Word heals us. (Ps. 107:20) Thank Him for hot water and funny animals and sunshine. When we lose good things, we see what good things they were! Like being able to walk and talk and sing and see and hear. They are all blessings.

This is Lamentations 3:55-59: “I called on Your Name, oh Lord, from the depths of the pit. You heard my plea: ‘Do not close Your ears to my cry for relief.’ You came near when I called You, and You said, ‘Do not fear.’ Oh Lord, You took up my case, You redeemed my life. You have seen, O Lord, the wrong done to me. Uphold my cause!”

The Almighty has taken up your case! That is fantastic news! Tell Him you believe it and are waiting in expectation.

May the Lord speak to you also through Lamentations 3:25, 26 which say,”The Lord is good to those whose hope is in Him, to the one who seeks Him. It is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord.” Verses 13-24 say: “The Lord pierced my heart… I have been deprived of peace… So I say, ‘My splendor is gone and all that I had hoped from the Lord.’ YET this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: Because of the Lord’s great love and compassions and faithfulness I say to myself, ‘The Lord is my portion, therefore I will wait for Him.’

Stay focused: The Lord gives us many wonderful things to be thankful for, even in our sorrows. “Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is our strength!” (Neh. 8:10) And remember that the Lord is the God Who performs miracles. (Ps 77:14)

Love and prayers,
Rachel

Friend,
[Edited for privacy.]
Yes, God is working.

I agree with you and I believe you have tried very hard to do what God wants you to do, particularly with your husband who you did covenant with (marriage). We know God considers covenants made before Him to be binding, unless He gives us a clear word to get out (because the other has broken it in some way).

I believe it is pride that makes someone think they are allowed to intervene in someone else’s covenant / marriage and try to make them divorce. To think one has the right to do that and control the situation and outcome is presumptuous. We can give advice, even strong advice, but to try to force a separation (and especially if one feels justified to lie to make it happen) is not anyone’s right. Jesus has told us that marriage is two becoming one in God’s eyes (Mt. 19:6) and “Therefore what God has joined together, let man [no person] separate.” (Same verse) It is incredulous that someone would work in taking another’s marriage into one’s own hands, when God is the only One who has that right.

Proverbs 26:17 says, “Like one who seizes a dog by the ears is a passer-by who meddles in a quarrel not his own.” In other words, it could very likely make things way worse and we better consider the consequences if we feel inclined to enter into a quarrel others are in. The one judging you should look at her own foolishness in the whole fiasco.

Not only can it escalate and/or increase problems, but interventions often brings in confusion for the person considering leaving the person she is quarreling with, especially if she feels bound by God in commitment / responsibility (whether it is leaving a job, church, or spouse). First of all, that person had no right to make you promise something that was not her right to make you promise. Does she not realize that you have the right to change your mind when you are in an abusive situation and thus a confusing situation? Any normal person would be confused as to what to do and it is normal that abused individuals feel one way one hour and one way another hour.

That person is being unjust and unfair to hold you to a promise you made while under duress. Therefore, it really wasn’t a true, or at least, deliberate lie, as she asserts. She apparently forced you to make the promise to her because she was scared herself, but even if you made it by your own will, that is how you felt (believed) at the time –that you wouldn’t go back. Abused people’s thinking is of course not calm and rational at all times. Do not let others put guilt on you when it is not from the Lord! You can accept that those are her feelings about it, but that she is nevertheless remaining in an inappropriate, unfair mindset. Accept that she is still angry, but that that is her choice, not an emotion you will allow to seep from her spirit into your spirit.

To treat you as she has and say the judging things she has said is abusive in itself. For victims to weigh pros and cons and choose to stay is anyone’s right –yours and also the others they include in their judging. (That man loves and appreciates his wife for many reasons in spite of his dismay that she is abusive too.) MANY people are abusive, and abuse comes in many ways, and most people put up with it if they can tolerate it –like on the job, on the highway or at the checkout (even from strangers), and in relationships of all sorts. It doesn’t help things to talk about others (especially those who are trying to do and think rightly) in a judging way. Everyone can, if they look hard enough, find something in anyone to judge them about. Why don’t we all see our responsibility to love, and after we’ve prayed –and if necessary, stated our opinion– just remain quiet after that and keep praying? We can say to these judges, “If you don’t agree with the relationship dynamics, then avoid involvement, but don’t think it is your right to intervene in someone else’s choices, and especially in one’s marriage covenant.”

I see you as a very strong person and I’ve told you that. I solidly believe that the Lord sees you as this also. Don’t let the words of those who do not know the Lord or walk close to Him speak anything into your life and spirit. You know and walk with the Lord, so listen only to His Holy Spirit and Word.

I feel very sad that you sometimes feel so beaten down, judged, and shamed. But may the Lord show you His great love and favor daily. I remind you to step into His Word’s promises, such as, “May the Lord bless and protect you. May His face shine upon you and be gracious to you. May the Lord turn His face toward you and give you peace.” (Num. 6:24-26) Say these verses to the Lord, personalized. And this too: “For the LORD God is a sun and shield. The LORD bestows favor and honor. No good thing does He withhold from those who walk uprightly. O LORD Almighty, blessed is the person who trusts in You.” (Ps. 84:11,12) Say these verses to the Lord in faith, and I also will be praying these for you.

And this one: “‘The days are coming,’ declares the LORD, ‘when I will fulfill the gracious promise I made to… [you].'” (Jer. 33:14) Look in the Word for all the numerous promises, grab ahold of the ones He leads you to, and remind Him that you will be waiting on Him to fulfill these for you personally. “For no matter how many promises God has made, they are ‘Yes’ in Christ. And so through Him the ‘Amen’ [‘So be it’] is spoken by us to the glory of God.” (2 Cor. 1:20) Do you understand the privilege this last verse is explaining to us?!

And yes, our Reward is Jesus Himself (John 17:3) –“our Shield and very great Reward” (see Gen. 15:1), as well as rulership in the next age. As Jesus has promised, “To him who overcomes, I will give the right to sit with Me on My throne.” (Rev. 3:21) And, “To him who overcomes and does My will to the end, I will give authority over the nations… [and] I will also give him the Morning Star.” (Rev. 2:26,28)

There is definitely such great hope and joy and blessings for those who seek 24/7 to walk in obedience to the Lord!

Love you lots,
Rachel

Surprise Blessings

December 4, 2017

Friends,
I had the sweetest surprise blessing last Friday. On a whim, on my way home from my parents’ house, I decided to run into Aldi to get a few groceries and when I was standing in line with my cart of at least 20 items, a lovely-looking blonde woman about my age came up and got in line behind me. Since she only had milk in her hand, I invited her to go ahead of me. She declined, but I insisted, so she took me up on it. I asked her if she’d had a good day and she said she had. She then said I’d see why she had hesitated to go ahead of me. I didn’t know what she was talking about so I just smiled confused-like and said “Oh” and continued putting my groceries from my cart onto the belt. I didn’t notice anything more about her or even when she left, maybe because I’d turned my attention to a young man in line behind me who was buying only one item also —some kind of salsa.

“You have only one item,” I said to him. “So go ahead of me.”

“No thanks,” the guy said.

“Please do,” I insisted, but he absolutely would not, said that he was in no hurry, and went to viewing his iPhone.

So, the cashier rang up my items. But when I was about to pay, she said, “Wait a minute. I have to deduct $18.50 from your cost because the woman ahead of you paid that toward your bill.”

I was shocked and deeply moved, for I realized it was the Lord who had determined to bless me, and this in spite of the fact that the odds were against me being the recipient. I mean, the woman’s hesitation to go ahead of me must have meant I didn’t look the part of who she had planned to bless, and then, on my part, I’d tried to get the young man to go ahead of me also.

“Wow, that was a sweet blessing!” I said aloud. Then pointing at the young man, I said, “If you’d gone ahead of me, you’d have received that $18.50!” The guy just shrugged like he could care less, which seemed weird in itself. But I was happy. “I sure wish I could have thanked her,” I said to the cashier.

The cashier told me that the woman had told her that she planned to do the same thing for a stranger every day this month and hoped the spirit of giving would transfer and multiply. I told the cashier that I would definitely help spread the giving spirit and that my mom and I had actually bought some things earlier that day for the treat bags we hand out downtown at the bus stops.

Speaking of the bus stops, I had another very special blessing the day before (on Thursday) while evangelizing with my signs and tracts. Truly, I had many very wonderful conversations and encounters, but one was truly an extra, extra special one directly from the Lord. I’d been down there about four hours and figured it was about time to go, and I happened to see a guy talking to another guy (Matthew) who I’d spoken with earlier. “That sure looks like Darrell,” I thought. Right then he looked at me, but then, surprisingly, he just went back to talking to Matthew, so I decided it couldn’t be Darrell or he’d have recognized me.

After a bit I went across the tracks to check the street clock, but deciding I had a bit more time, I came back. A few minutes later I suddenly saw Darrell approaching me. “Darrell, is that you?” I asked. It was him and he came over and gave me a hug and we were so excited to see each other. He said he thought that might be me, but then I’d disappeared from the corner and then reappeared. We laughed and we were so glad that the Lord hadn’t let us miss talking with each other, since it’d been about five years or more since we’d last seen each other.

“It is always such an extra special blessing to see you,” I told Darrell. “I mean you being the very first person I ever witnessed to down here.”

“Yeah, when was that?” Darrell asked.

“January of 1996,” I answered. “And I didn’t use anything —no signs, or tracts, or even a Bible.”

Darrell and I talked for a while about that day we first met, trying to figure out if it’d been two or three or four other times that we’d seen each other since, and about the Lord and His Word. I encouraged him with several Scripture verses and one thing he said that gave me a surprise blessing was his words, “You seem much stronger in the Lord now. And you’re quoting all these Bible verses.”

I took it as a compliment. I don’t feel any stronger than in January of 1996, but I hope I am, because we should, definitely, always be progressing. I took the compliment as coming from the Lord, and I took the blessing of seeing Darrell as God affirming that my ministry work has indeed been His will, that it’s been for His glory, and that it is a privilege to partner with God in what He is doing in people to bring them deliverance and salvation.

In fact, my husband and I had the privilege today to help another downtown friend. He is living in a tent in someone’s back yard and we brought him blankets and a week bus pass to help him launch his rededication to walking victorious in Christ’s will. We are interceding for him as he begins this new chapter and I ask others to please, please pray for him as well.

So, God has given me many sweet surprise blessings just in the last week, but I can’t go on and on right now. Suffice it to say, when we work for the Lord, He is never lax in sending us all sorts of things to bless and amaze us.

Sincerely,
With love,
Rachel

Friends,
The Lord has counseled us and equipped us in how to stay calm and strong, including in the storm. If we heed Him, then when the torpedoes come, we are already shielded and they have minimal, if any, negative impact on us.

Here are some specifics we should be practicing daily:

~~taking every thought captive to be obedient to Christ. This comes from 2 Cor. 10:5. Upon waking, before even getting out of bed, we should do this, for where our thoughts go, there go we. Verses 3 and 4 tell us that we have available to us, for waging war against evil, weapons that have divine power to demolish strongholds. That would include the stronghold of anxiety which many seem to be bearing lately.

More of these weapons are:

~~quoting the Scripture (Mt. 4:4 // Heb. 4:12)

~~putting on the armor of God. (Eph. 6:12-17) I do this by just stating, “I put on the… [I mention each piece], all in the name of Jesus.” These are excellent for victory in the war.

~~focusing on the Lord and His love and faithfulness (Isa. 26:3,4) and setting our hearts and minds on things above where Christ, who is our life, is seated in power. (Col. 3:1-4) Thus we have power –and victory!

~~praising the Lord (we can read a praise psalm aloud or read a verse like Rev. 7:12 aloud). The evil realm hates to hear praise (worship and thanksgiving) to God, so they leave. If they return, we should immediately begin praising God again, yes, staying in a mode of praise all day, but increasing it any time they attempt to return until they give up trying to bother us at all. Praise to God defeats the work of the enemy in our lives (Ps. 50:14,15,23) and in those we are interceding for.

~~submitting our whole selves to the Lord –our heart, mind, will, emotions, decisions, affections, etc. –all our thoughts, words, and actions.

~~praying in the Spirit. (Eph. 6:18 // Jude 1:20) This is praying prayers led by the Spirit of God, through a heart and mind and life that is in submission to Him.

~~singing in the Spirit. (2 Chron. 20:21,22 // Eph. 5:18-20) Singing spontaneous new songs to the Lord (Ps. 96:1-4), which will come from Him (40:3) if we open our mouths to do it. (81:10)

~~eating (meditating on) the Word of God so that Christ’s Spirit is filling our spirit and giving us Life. (John 6:53-57) This is necessary for abiding in Christ (v. 56) and for walking in Life (v. 53), meaning in eternal life and abundant (peaceful, joyful, purpose-filled, etc.) life (v. 54,63 & 10:10) and blessing. (Ps. 1:1-3)

~~applying the Word of God / putting the Word into practice. We can’t just know what it says, we have to believe it and do what it says. (Mt. 7:24-27 // Ja. 1:21,22)

~~rejecting being influenced by human philosophies, worldly wisdom, unbiblical doctrines, and ungodly people. (Ps. 1:1 // 1 Cor. 1:19,20 & 3:18-20 & 15:33)

~~being very careful about getting help from anyone other than the Lord and who He, Himself, sends to us to help us. (Ps. 118:8,9 // Isa. 31:1)

~~believing we have the mind of Christ (1 Cor. 2:16) and believing we have Christ’s divine power for everything we need to live victorious and godly every day. (Eph. 3:20 // 2 Pe. 1:3,4)

~~continuing to have faith in the Lord and His Word (2 Chron. 20:20), waiting in patience and expectation for His perfect timing (Ps. 130:5,6), and remembering that we need not be afraid with God as our Helper and Refuge. (71:3)

Doing any of these things daily will set us on the road of strength. But certainly putting all of them into practice daily will make us spiritual Olympians –strong servants of God, who, in spite of the crooked and depraved generation in which we live (Phil. 2:15), “shine like stars in the universe” (same verse) with joy, gentleness, and blamelessness. (Same verse & 4:4,5)

May we utilize all that God has made available to us to make it so. –For our own benefit, for the benefit of others, and for the honor of Christ Jesus and His Gospel, in front of a watching world.

Sincerely,
with love,
Rachel

God’s Tender Voice

April 12, 2016

Friends,
The Lord does so many things to let us know He is thinking about us, caring for us, assuring us that He is right there with us. Yes, many things. It may be a kind word from a loved one, an encouragement from someone we encouraged, a warm smile from a stranger, or an extra-special brilliance from something in His incredible creation.

But what about His Word? Does God’s voice and attention not come through to us with special potency when we read His Word? And what about when He confirms the same exact words the same day?

This last Saturday I got up very early so I could head out to the country town where my husband and I had lived for 14 years. A friend’s son, having been sickly for most of his 36 years, had, sadly, died, and I was going to the funeral. However, since I make it a point to spend time with the Lord in His Word before I eat breakfast, do chores, or go anywhere, I opened my Bible and read a few psalms. I came across Ps. 121:7,8 and I was comforted in doing so since these verses are excellent in dispelling fear while traveling. In fact, they are so consoling, that I memorized them several years ago and quote them frequently whenever I feel any uneasiness concerning safety for myself or another.

But, besides these two verses, I felt the Lord prod me to meditate on the whole chapter (the other six verses, as well). They are all about the Lord being our help and care-taker; and being that it’d been almost a year ago to the day that an unlicensed 20 year old girl had rear-ended me (from which I suffered a severe concussion and have had to be on preventative seizure medicine since), I was thankful for the Lord’s special assurance through this chapter.

Well, I had a lovely drive out there, saw a few friends briefly, and then went to the funeral. It was a very nice service, but when someone got up and read Ps. 121, and all its eight verses, I got tears in my eyes and shook my head in wonder at God’s sweetness to me. I certainly had not known anything about the content of the funeral I’d be attending when I’d read the chapter several hours earlier. But God knew; and He wanted me to remember that He always has His mind on me. –Just as He has His mind on everyone, particularly those who seek His help. Yet how often do people miss those assurances He gives? We miss them if we’re not listening, and if we don’t follow His lead. His lead is good. He walks a peace-filled path. Even if there is pain, or sorrow, or uncertainty, with Christ being the Shepherd, deep inner peace is still ours. Because we have His fellowship. Fellowship with the God of the universe, the Almighty, our Rock and our Comforter.

It may seem a small thing to some –hearing God’s voice of assurance through the Ps. 121 confirmation on Saturday. But it wasn’t to me. And it never is. It is always amazing, always special, always a wonderment and joy to me when God speaks, and when He speaks directly to me through His Spirit. –His Spirit who speaks through Creation and circumstances, and definitely when confirming His Word.

The Lord is truly a kind and caring God. And, to those who seek His voice and listen, a very tender God.

Sincerely,
with love,
Rachel

Friends,
For many years now, the Lord has, through different circumstances and conversations, shown me just how true Ps. ch. 133 is. It has only three verses, and this is the part I have memorized: “How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in unity! For there the LORD bestows His blessing, even life forevermore.”

Truly it is interesting how it works that “the living together in unity” comes ahead of “the blessing of the Lord”. Indeed, when someone approaches another person with hostility, jealousy, or a lie, the stage is set for disunity.  Even a complaint, a criticism, or a disagreement can do the same, unless, of course, both people are being led by the Spirit to help one another come into full Truth.

But what happens when someone approaches another person with agreement, encouragement, aid, or thankfulness? There is unity. And once that stage is set, and especially if both people are in-dwelt by the Holy Spirit, there is even greater good that comes flooding in so that kindness and peace, being nurtured, bloom and grow. The Lord, seeing the individuals choosing to walk in what is good and right and true, what is Christ-like and Christ-honoring, then brings His presence down in an even greater degree, thus causing the blessings of Life (such as peace, wisdom, love, self-control, and joy) to fill the whole area and situation.

Today a woman came up to me, a sweet smile on her face. I greeted her and said it was good to see her again, though I actually didn’t remember the details of our last meeting. She reminded me about it and told me that she and her niece had been so blessed that I had hugged them and prayed for them when they had told me about the grief they’d been experiencing. As I talked with this woman today and tried to encourage her some more by using God’s Word and His Truth, she was in complete agreement with me, adding Scriptures herself. I noticed that the more we talked about the goodness of the Lord, the more the presence of the Lord filled us, our words, and even the vicinity around us, made more apparent as someone nearby joined us in giving God honor.

Those who fear, love, and honor the Lord do speak often of Him to each other. (Mal. 3:16) And when we do, doing so in order to honor and thank the Lord, and in order to edify one another, the Lord will listen, be pleased, and grant Holy Spirit unity. This is exceedingly good and pleasant, and in this place the Lord is able to bestow on us His Life, which means all the blessings involved with abiding in His Life.

Sincerely,
with love,
Rachel