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The Apostle Paul tells us that all scripture is given to us for our edification; the book of Daniel in the Old Testament, gives us a glimpse into what has been, what is now, and what is to come.

Daniel was a Jewish lad who was only a teenager when he was taken prisoner and carried off to Babylon by king Nebuchadnezzar. (Certainly a cruel and formidable ruler, by anyone’s standards.) This king wanted the best that Israel had to offer, the most intelligent…in order to raise them up to be Babylon’s finest.

Now, in reading Daniel’s words most carefully; it is revealed that this ambitious  earthly king was God’s appointed servant. (Jeremiah confirms this.) Israel had been told that if they did not change their ways, if they did not stop worshiping idols…(just one of their fails, along with the big one of unbelief) that they, as a Nation, would be severely punished. Their land made barren.

And so they were, and it…was. The Lord does nothing without first informing the involved persons of His intention.

In any case, despite Daniel’s young age, he was true to His God. Having a death sentence over his head because of a dream which Nebuchadnezzar’s wise men were unable to translate or explain…, he prayed to The Lord about it, and then fearlessly interpreted the dream for Babylon’s ruler.

(In the verses of this book, it seems that a mutual respect develops between Nebuchadnezzar and Daniel. It is even rumored, via tradition, that it was Daniel who took care of the despot when he spent seven years eating grass like an oxen…in punishment for his sin of pride. Somehow, if this tradition is true, it is comforting, because it speaks of two such disparate personalities, both doing what was asked of them while performing the duties that The Lord had assigned them. Daniel’s attitude and perspective remained focused on God, despite being a captive; a stranger in a strange land.)
Daniel never cursed his situation, nor is it written that he moaned about his circumstances. He stood firm, without fear, all the while trusting in God to protect him. And lead him. And guide his words. He spoke to the king with utmost respect while daring to tell him words that could possibly have meant his immediate death when the last word was uttered.

The king listened, taking the interpretation to heart.

Then we come to the fourth chapter of this book within The Book. It is a proclamation sent out to the entire world of that day…penned by Nebuchadnezzar himself, in which he personally tells of his humiliation before the “King of Heaven” whose word is truth and who is able to abase those who walk in pride. (And in whom he now believes.)

Seems that the king, despite being forewarned, praised himself about all his achievements…givng no praise to The Lord above. However, that cruel by-the-world’s standards ruler came to understand, after it was explained again, in God’s manner….that he was only in his position because it was pre-ordained by The Lord.

Babylon’s king then wrote that chapter in the Bible.

(Do you think we will meet him in some future day? All scripture is God inspired and The Word within breathed by the Holy Ghost, through the pens of each scribe. Nebuchadnezzar was a servant of God…and after the end of his grass eating days, returned to greater power than he had before his humbling by The Lord. He …was the scribe of Daniel: verse 4.)
Do you have a Nebuchadnezzar in your life? This writer has several. Do you pray for the forgiveness of that person who is acting out against you? Have you forgiven him or her? (Often a daily duty.) Is it a family member? A neighbor? Your boss? (Just think about who Daniel’s earthly “boss” was, and how he dealt with it.)
And while doing that, think about this story if Daniel had acted out against his captor: had felt sorry for himself when taken from his own land; had retreated into a world of recrimination and blame casting, or had turned his back on God because his world was turned upside down…certainly not going the way a noble son of Israel would have planned.
The Apostle Paul tells us to pray for our enemies. To forgive those who abase us. To love them. Which can only happen when we tap into our abundant supply of Spirit provided agape love. No emotion involved. Observing our “set apartness” which allows us to compassionately deal with those who are sent into our lives.

How do we know if that “little Nebuchadnezzar ” in our lives is not a saved individual and so, anointed/appointed of God.

We don’t.

Actions speak louder than words, it is true…but we do not know what each persons heart holds. Nor can our eyes see past that dark mirror which shows us a partial story…our ears hear only the surface noise and words…so, we must trust in The Lord and follow his instruction whether we understand or not.

Pray for your enemies; if they are not of The Lord it is as if heaping coals are thrown on them. (Although this thought might not be the best one to be mindful of, when we are speaking with The Lord and asking him to have mercy upon our worldly enemies…it bespeaks of duplicity. If they are HIS, then they too, are a part of the Body of Christ which means we are joined to them as solidly as we are joined to Jesus Christ, who is our Head. And so, a joint blessing is received.)
Best to treat all those in our personal circles as fellows in Christ.
We have good examples set before us in HIS manual…HE gives us “case studies” for our study… HE commands us to respect no person above another.

So, despite how we perceive our foes, or accept our friends, everyone should be on equal footing, as far as how we treat them or pray for them or interact with them each day,

Who knows? When the Harphazo occurs, some of them might be right next to us on the big “fly-up.”
Who would have thought that king Nebuchadnezzar would be selected by The Lord to pen a chapter in HIS Book of the Living Word?

May The Holy Spirit lead, guide and comfort us all as He increases our learning; The Lord smile upon us as we grow in Him, and His mercy and peace fill our hearts.
Louise Hudson


Consider Paul

Where are you today, as you “walk the walk” and “talk the talk” and act accordingly…living the life of one who has given themselves to The Lord?

Where are your thoughts while you take heed to the Holy Ghost…following His guidance….playing out the role decided for you by The Lord….which was determined before the world was even created?

Do you feel physically alone as you study the scriptures….doing the bidding of God as you observe your friends, family, “church” affiliates dropping like flies in their haste to get away from you? (Often with hateful words accompanying their departure from your life…)

Are you living in an area where there is not one Christian with whom you can meet face to face…maybe understanding how Elijah felt when sitting in his cave, fearing that he was the only one left on earth who trusted in God? **1Kings 19**

Consider our Apostle, Paul. Think about his life after the fateful moment on the road to Damascus, when he ….saw The Light. Up close and personal.

He was known as Saul, and was a masterful, zealous, driven prosecutor of the Christians, as well as a hater of Christ Jesus. He was well supported by the Sanhedrin, well funded in his activities, well thought of for his mental capabilities because his education was received at the feet of the best Rabbi known at that time…he was honored for his dedication to his goal of wiping out the Christians and caused many to perish in that he testified against them. He held the coats of those who stoned Phillip to death. He was a man who was moving ahead in the world of Jewish Orthodoxy…a mover and a shaker. A driven man.

Then, he met the living Savior whom he had been persecuting with such a passion. Who asked him point blank just “why” was he doing this? Saul responded by finally recognizing Him and calling him “my Lord”….his life as he knew it was gone. His name as he knew it was gone.

He was now Paul. His powerful friends as he knew them…were gone, and were now his avowed enemies, once he began preaching the gospel to anyone who would listen.

They tried to kill him. They no longer trusted him. The Christian flock did not trust him….after all, he had been their sworn enemy. The Christian leaders did not know him, for he did not go to them in order to learn about his new Master. He instead, went off into the desert wilderness for three years where he was personally taught by The Lord Himself. Not only learning…but “un-learning” what he thought he knew about the bible. (Am wondering if his tale of visiting the third heaven **2 Corinthians 12** doesn’t describe that time, or part of that three year period….when he absorbed the truth…studying The Word….with The Word, who is Jesus Christ.)  **John 1:1**

Paul was set apart. He was anointed. He had been selected for his “job” before the foundation of the earth. He received the gospel message after he left Judaism. Of all the Apostles, his title was given him AFTER Jesus’ death and resurrection. Where there were 12 original Apostles reaching out to the Jews…working together and comparing notes, so to speak….Paul was alone as he reached out to the heathen. To us. To those who were far away from God, and to whom God was reaching out through Paul. (We did not find Him…He found us.)

Consider his afflictions. Having to watch over his shoulder in order to avoid the latest attempt on his life. (Often orchestrated by his fellow Jews, who followed him everywhere in order to stir up the people and have them turn on him.)
“Are they Israelites? so am I. Are they the seed of Abraham? so am I. Are they ministers of Christ? (I speak as a fool) I am more; in labours more abundant, in stripes above measure, in prisons more frequent, in deaths oft. Of the Jews five times received I forty stripes save one. Thrice was I beaten with rods, once was I stoned, thrice I suffered shipwreck, a night and a day I have been in the deep; in journeyings often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils by mine own countrymen, in perils by the heathen, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren; in weariness and painfulness, in watchings often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness. Besides those things that are without, that which cometh upon me daily, the care of all the churches. Who is weak, and I am not weak? who is offended, and I burn not?” **2 Corinthians 11**

He was stoned and carried out of the city, considered dead. He was flayed and beaten often. He was without food; without water, without rest. He was in “the deep” for a night and a day. His “flesh had no rest” being troubled on all sides …”without were fightings, within were fears.” **2 Corinthians 7:5**

This man Paul was alone when he was appointed as our Apostle. Our guide in this age. The man who wrote a Spirit -breathed manual for us in his Epistles…often in prison, shackled to a guard….yet never giving up no matter how isolated and separated from any other believer he was. (How many of those guards also become part of the Church as they spent their days, chained to the Apostle…hearing his every word. Four different men each day…)

He teaches us that The Lord is always with us. To never let our hope slip away. To study and be wise with God’s wisdom as we learn and grow and fit into the place in which we are destined to function along with every single other member of the August Body…whose Head is the Living Son of God; our Saviour…Christ Jesus.

Just as was Paul….we too, are neither here nor there. Strangers in a strange land; already positioned spiritually in our home above. Bound to earth by our mortal bodies. Supernaturally surviving in an alien and often hostile place.

Consider Paul. His circumstances, endured with thanksgiving and joy as he so zealously carried out God’s plan for his life. We are commanded to follow Paul’s example, even as he himself followed Christ. It is not merely a suggestion, for we will be judged at the Bema seat by how well we followed our command. How well we read our manual, as set down in Paul’s inspired Epistles. God’s words by way of the Holy Spirit, through Paul’s pen.

Know that you…that we….are never alone. Every face surrounding us may be against us, but The Lord is with us. Of whom should we be afraid? We must exhort each other. Provide support for each other. Our fellows in Christ might never be seen by us until the day we are called up. They may be miles away from us. Reached by email and prayers and invisible to us, yet  joined together because we have the same calling. From the same Father.

Keep the faith. Keep the inner joy and love for one another. Keep studying and growing as you become more like our Savior every day. Never alone…already a part of the real church. “The Church, the Body of Christ.” The one that isn’t visible. The one mandated before the world was created. The one that you and I were singled out to be part of in HIM. (Through no merit of our own.)

Stand firm. Rest in His strength and the hope of His soon arrival for us in the clouds. Our armor is defensive armor. To protect us as we battle the spiritual fight…standing in place. Holding fast. No retreating. The Word….is our strength and our singular offense when the adversary strikes. Our…weapon of choice. Sharpened by the Holy Spirit. Honed by The Lord Himself, who is waiting for the “all clear” from His Father…the moment when He steps into the clouds and claims His own.


(When the hope of our salvation is realized…I wonder if we will hear our names called out, or if we will hear just…”Come up here!”)

Either way, am waiting, eager and ready for the big fly-up. Hope that you are too; I think we will know each other, just as we will know Him…for we will see Him as He is.



“Wherein I suffer trouble, as an evildoer, even unto bonds; but the Word of God is not bound. Therefore I endure all things for the elect’s sake ; that they also may obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory.” **2 Timothy 9, 10**



In Romans13:1, we are commanded to be “subject unto the higher powers, for there is no power but of God; the powers that be are ordained by God.”

Every single leader of every single Nation today….is a leader because he or she is placed there by The LORD. He…appointed, appoints and will appoint… ALL those who are in authority.

Scripture shows us not only what has happened in the past: it (or rather He) highlights current events; and then tells us what is going to happen in the future. Often within the same verse, as revealed by the Holy Spirit within us.

Why then are we surprised when we see how National borders are being ignored…how the Creation is erupting all around us…how…the “good old days” are gone forever? We see the carnage, the abuse, the afflicted surrounding us, the sad state of affairs in knowing that our children…our grandchildren…will never experience the freedoms we had…NOT all that long ago.

Then we read the articles which expound on the events of the day…those same articles often using strong language which is directed against our heads of State. Now, if we are told to pray for our leaders…how can we, with the same breath…curse them for their actions?

Rom 13:3 For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same: 4 For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil. 5 Wherefore ye must needs be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake. 6 For for this cause pay ye tribute also: for they are God’s ministers, attending continually upon this very thing. 7 Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honour to whom honour.

Our dues MUST be paid, without resistance to God’s command.

In the book of Jude, it says…when speaking of false teachers…

Jud 1:8 Likewise also these filthy dreamers defile the flesh, despise dominion, and speak evil of dignities. 9 Yet Michael the archangel, when contending with the devil he disputed about the body of Moses, durst not bring against him a railing accusation, but said, The Lord rebuke thee.

If the Archangel Michael did not make accusations against Satan, but instead called upon the Lord to “rebuke” him….if Jesus Christ Himself did not rail against Satan, but instead referred back to the scriptures when being offered the world (in Matthew 4…HE says “it is written” as He uses scripture in response to His temptation)….if the Apostle Paul apologized when he unknowingly lashed out against the “high Priest”….

Act 23:3 Then said Paul unto him, God shall smite thee, thou whited wall: for sittest thou to judge me after the law, and commandest me to be smitten contrary to the law? 4 And they that stood by said, Revilest thou God’s high priest? 5 Then said Paul, I wist not, brethren, that he was the high priest: for it is written, Thou shalt not speak evil of the ruler of thy people.

Who then are we then…to use our words against those who have been appointed by God to fulfill His will? We have excellent examples placed in front of us for our edification and learning…in the OT and in the NT…where men, and even the man-God Jesus… were being attacked personally by “dignitaries” ….and refused to use their tongues to retaliate, instead relying on the Word to take care of the business at hand.

Jas 3:8 But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. 9 Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we men, which are made after the similitude of God. 10 Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be.
God says that vengeance is His. Words can kill. (Look at how His Word is…. a Sword…in the big battle to come!)

Can you imagine what lies ahead….for those who choose to “speak evil of the ruler of thy people?”

Please….pray for our leaders. We are commanded to do so. Our Christian maturity is displayed…in how we carry out His will in this Age of Grace.

What we do..the word we choose….is a reflection upon OUR appointment here… our ambassadorship…our assignment from above. That assignment, which signifies just how we are to magnify HIM in all our actions. Even in the private moments of prayer.




From who do we receive our knowledge about how The Lord wishes to be reached in this Age of Grace? Do we care? Are we concerned?

In the Old Testament, there were extremely strict laws about how one was to worship in the Temple. Those laws were disclosed to the prophets; the leaders of the Jews, to Moses….with those who chose to disobey the rules immediately being put to death by God Himself.

Today, our bodies are the Temple of God. The old Temple has been destroyed, as it was prophesied.

And ..there is a way that He wants us to approach Him, just as He had guidelines for those in the past.

The rules are not set out in the same manner…but through a chosen minister set apart for us today.

An example given us so that we do not err as we follow His path… while our bodies are here on earth. The example is… of Paul’s life, while he followed Christ.

(The religion I followed, until “seeing the light”…taught me to “try” and walk as Jesus did.
I cannot walk as Jesus did…no matter how hard I work at it, for Jesus was an Orthodox Jewish Man-God while here on earth. He was sent to Israel. He followed the Law, as His Father told Him to do. Yet my religion overlooked this important fact, and I blindly tried to follow the instruction…which leads to deep sorrow, failure, guilt, constantly seeking forgiveness….all the things that Christ Jesus died on the cross for….as He gives this gift of grace to us Gentiles….only AFTER Israel spurned Him…rejected Him….crucified Him….not recognizing their Savior at His manifestation. We have salvation…the moment we believe. Belief plus nothing. We have been given everything we need. God lives within us! How many others have been in, are in… this same predicament each and every day? Not recognizing these basic truths?)

Matthew, Mark, Luke and John relate His story while He was on earth. While He was reaching out to His chosen people, Israel. While He was offering them the kingdom, if only they would know who He was.

They do not teach us about The Secret…The Mystery…that Gentiles would be brought into the Royal Family. They did not know about it. (This plan was kept secret by God through the ages….and finally revealed in ONE Apostle. Paul. Who describes himself as the biggest sinner who ever lived.)

We cannot follow their instruction. Gentiles…are not…Orthodox Jews.

And so we see Paul.

One man.
(Israel benefited from having not only Christ Jesus in person, but also the 12 Apostles.)

After Jesus’ death and resurrection…God anointed one man to go to the Gentiles. To ALL men, and preach the Good News of His Gospel. (Never forget that the original 12 were forbidden to go to anyone BUT Israel.)

The Apostle Paul.

In Acts 22:14-15, Paul is chosen by God to “know His will.” He was chosen to “see the Just One.” (Thus satisfying the decree that an Apostle MUST have actually seen Jesus Christ.

Paul…is chosen “to hear the voice of His mouth.” (Imagination fails,when contemplating the three years that Paul spent in the desert…unlearning all he knew of Jewish tradition and religion…learning the precepts of The One that he previously denied!

He learned the Gospel from the very Mouth of God.

And then…he was appointed “to be a witness unto ALL men of what you have seen and heard.”

His former religious zeal…was transformed into a passion for Christ Jesus, about whom he immediately stepped out and preached. (Through “the simplicity that is in Christ.”)

Paul was told then to “depart for I will send thee far hence into the Gentiles.”

How very plain. Yet, how complicated man makes this gospel.

(This writer never, never discussed religion. Perhaps minimally, the scriptures.
Yet, after a series of complex surgeries…I awoke in recovery and could only say to every person who entered my space..”did you know that the Apostle Paul is our apostle in this Age of Grace?”
Can you imagine the looks I received? The reactions noted? I could not stop saying these words. Some docs, some nurses agreed and said so. Several nurses took their breaks sitting with me, their bibles in their hands. They carried their bibles to work with them! Who would have known!

Others …ran for the hills. A person came in from the chapel services, and told me that “it is only your opinion” about Paul. This, in self righteous tones…advising me to enroll in a bible study course at the University so that I could learn the truth.
Good advice for one in very poor condition, lying in a hospital bed…trying to recover from major surgery…and who asked for a chaplain. I pray that she will have a change of heart…)

But from that day onward, this aging woman is directed to continue saying those words. Only the Holy Spirit could cause this action, for it comes from..my very core.

We are not bound by those strict laws of the past. Our inner love for our neighbor…has supplanted external fences and boundaries, for we are bound by love. Charity. This love covers the Law. So says Jesus.

Read the Epistles… asking for your/our in-dwelling Holy Spirit’s wisdom and lead. (We are in this together.)

Prepare to “delete” many past understandings from your memory bank.

Let the Apostle Paul show you how to walk…how to follow, even as he “follows Christ Jesus.”

We are commanded to do so.

And will be judged at the Bema Seat…not for our sins, for they have been/are/will be forgiven…but for our acts on earth.

Were they carried out for God’s glory? Or…for our own prestige and rewards on earth?

Prepare yourself. There will be some who receive rewards, and others who watch their mis-directed deeds disappear, in the flames of judgement. When the truth of our actions is exposed for what it was.

We all fall short of His Glory. But there is still time to follow the example that God gives us, through Paul.

Use that time wisely.

Louise Hudson

Vipers in the Woodpile

image “And when Paul had gathered a bundle of sticks, and laid them on the fire, there came a viper out of the heat, and fastened on his hand.” Acts 28:3 Just as we go through our daily lives….stoking the fires that keep us warm, tending to daily tasks, fueling the strength needed in order to meet the demands of each day….out comes the viper to strike us when we are the most vulnerable. Reaching out, unthinkingly, to perform an act that provides comfort for us and for those in our care…we get bitten.

What has “bitten” you, fellow in Christ? Is it Cancer? Or perhaps an even more debilitating illness? (Yes, there are diagnoses that are more catastrophic than Cancer. But they are not as well known, and so, not in public awareness.)

Have you been struck with the loss of a job? The loss of a loved one? (The loss of a loved one does not have to be through death…many of us have watched our families leave us because of our belief in the Living God.)

The list goes on and on, for the viper takes many forms. It afflicts us. It assails us. It attacks our already decaying physical bodies. It sinks it’s teeth into our thinking, and injects the poison which produces evil thoughts…when our guard is down. (Are you “addicted?” No…you are…”afflicted!”)

2 Corinthians 4:7 But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us. 4:8 We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; 4:9 Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed; 4:10 Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body.

Only by leaning fully upon the strong arm of our Lord can we manifest the strength to “shake it off” just like Paul did…(as an aside…this is yet another euphemism that comes from the scriptures!) … as we read about this telling example written down for us.

By remaining steadfast (in Paul’s case; continuing to tend to the fire, in the midst of the rain, the cold, being a prisoner, enduring a ship-wreck, being surrounded by “barbarians” ) as he resolutely feeds the fire despite the “discomfort” of being….”snake-bit” he shows us that we too, can serve as a witness to those who surround us.

Act 28:4 And when the barbarians saw the venomous beast hang on his hand, they said among themselves, No doubt this man is a murderer, whom, though he hath escaped the sea, yet vengeance suffereth not to live. 28:5 And he shook off the beast into the fire, and felt no harm.

He went on to heal many who were ill on that Island of Malta as he spread the good news of The Gospel…fulfilling God’s purpose for him in those less-than-ideal circumstances.

There is never….a perfect scenario for carrying out the plan which is in place for those of us who have elected to move closer to our Lord and Savior. As our bodies become more debilitated, so do our spirits grow stronger in Him. They are in the process of becoming “like Him” as we walk….The Walk.

The world sees our illnesses as “punishment” but we who are in Christ know…that the obvious visible physical decay is but the sign that our Potter is busy with molding a stronger, invisible part of us which will endure forever…when we see our heritage come to fruition in living eternally with The Living God. His purpose is being carried out while our bodies diminish…our example, like that of Paul…providing the unbelieving world with a glimpse of the Very God Who lives within us.

Never give up.

Yield..only to Him.

Keep your focus on Christ Jesus. Let His arms carry you. He is carrying all of us with awesome power that will result in… His glory! And that, dear friend…is what we were originally made for, way back in the Garden of Eden.


(This is written by a woman who has experienced the “Big C” firsthand; and who cared for her husband, in their home…until he was claimed by the ravages of the same disease. Brave…she is not. Every little strength comes from above…straight from The Source…of all life.)


In Acts 27, the Apostle Paul starts out on a perilous journey by sea.

He first warns the men surrounding him that the voyage will be beset with danger and “much damage” mainly because of the time of year that they are starting out. (Verse 10)

A soft Southerly wind lulls them into feeling safe; and so they set out, ignoring Paul’s admonition.

A tempest arises…the ship must be “lightened” by throwing their goods overboard. Hope is soon dashed as the storm worsens.

After two weeks of being thrown about by the wind and high seas, Paul addresses the crew and tells them to “be of good cheer” for “the Angel of The Lord” told him that no man would lose his life. That “God hath given thee (Paul) all them that sail with thee.” ***Notice the verb tense.***
All that sail with thee. Not all that **did** sail with thee, or all that **sailed** with thee..but all that SAIL with thee. ***Present tense.*** Now.

(There were 266 souls on board that ship. That number is equivalent to the number 5. ***2 + 6 = 8 + 6 = 14 = 1 + 4 = 5.*** The number 5 is the number of grace, as set forth in the scriptures.) Grace is given all who stay with Paul. Who do not jump ship. Paul tells the men who try to lower a life boat that if they DO leave that tempest tossed ship, that they will die. The men then cut the life boat ropes and stay with Paul.

He then advises them to “eat meat” for they have not eaten for two weeks at that point in time. And so, in the midst of the storm, the men receive meat and their strength is restored, as well as their hope of survival. (We, too are told that we need meat when struggling with the storms in our lives..that meat being provided to us as we read the Word of God and think upon it. Mull it over. Digest it. “Eat the book” as Daniel is told…it will be sweet on the tongue, and bitter in the stomach, as we begin to draw our sustenance from Him. As He gives us His strength while we face each trial and tribulation. As we apply those words to our very lives. The often…bitter truth.)

The crew rallies as their attitudes become changed and refreshed. They are “of good cheer” as they rid the ship of it’s baggage. After taking in this meat, their food…they “committed themselves to the sea” upping the sails and making for shore. They run aground. The fore- part of the ship is held fast. Stuck. The rear part is broken up. All who could swim are instructed to cast themselves into the sea and swim for it. The remaining grab boards, broken pieces of the ship…anything that would keep them afloat as they float towards land.

Paul tells them that no life will be lost of those who sail with him. All 266 aboard bear witness to his words; living to tell the tale. “They escaped all safe to land.”

Isn’t this Paul’s message even today, told us in his Epistles; when he says we will be judged by “his gospel” at the Bema Seat of Christ? That if we stay with him our lives will be saved?

Jesus Christ Himself told Paul “I have appeared unto thee for this purpose, to make thee a minister and a witness BOTH of these things which thou hast seen and of those things in the which I will appear unto thee. Delivering thee from the people and from the Gentiles UNTO whom now I send thee.” Acts 20: 16-17 (Caps mine.)

His appointment was made after Christ arose. His instruction was different than that taught to Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, who knew The Lord while He walked upon the earth. Only Paul teaches us who were once Gentiles, to follow him even as he follows Jesus Christ. Of course, this message also applies to the Jewish followers; as well as all believers in this age of grace. But Paul was sent specifically to the Gentiles, while Peter and his crew ministered to the believers in Jerusalem.

We can apply the lesson in Acts 27 to our situation in today’s world. Grace is given to those who believe and “stay” with Paul. Who follow Paul’s gospel. There are more than two or three witnesses found in scripture that attest to these words; this grace, this example which relates to the 266 saved and refers to the number 5 which pertains to grace.

There are 5 offerings in the Tabernacle in Leviticus. (These were fulfilled in Jesus Christ.)
5 women in Christ’s genealogy.
Romans 11: 5 and 6…grace is mentioned 5 times. Works…4 times. (4 is the number of the world.)
5 names of Jesus (Isaiah 9: 6)
5 “works of grace” (Romans )
5 senses in our bodies
5… Is also connected to death. There is no grace without a substitutionary death.

Oh…and those 14 days that the ship’s crew had fasted, until Paul told them to “be of good cheer” and to “eat meat”…equals 1+ 4 or….5.

It’s all about grace….and also…
Something for us…to “chew” upon, while He sets our faith-driven sails to follow the coordinates that will take us to the destination known only to Him.

Louise Hudson


You are an athlete. Perhaps a runner. Every day, you must practice in some way in order to maintain your body for the rigors particular to your sport. Stretching. Running. Mental focusing…in order to reach the goal of earning a gold medal or blue ribbon.
Your friend…is a scientist. Every day, he must perform certain tasks in order to maintain his keenness, his edge…in the laboratory. (More likely mental challenges as opposed to physical tasks.) Yet…he also has a goal. Perhaps it is to become a Nobel prize winner. Or to find the cure for a specific disease. Maybe it is to be the very best that he can be in his chosen field.
Both have goals in sight. Goals that will be reached by taking vastly different paths, by very committed people who share a commitment …to growing in their fields as they continually stretch themselves…reaching beyond their present level of function.
Now…consider the Body of Christ. If you are a believer in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ; have confessed this belief to God the Father, you are now a member of that August Body of which Jesus Christ is the Head.
(1Corinthians 15:1-4)
A body is made up of many working parts. At the moment of our belief…we are assigned a working part of His Body. One of us is a hand. One of us is a cell. One is a visible part of the Body. Another…an invisible yet equally vital part of the Body.
An arm….must be trained and prepared to take on the responsibilities of this position. The Holy Ghost steps in…the part of the Holy Triad that occupies us in His temple on earth, while we rest in the hope of His coming for us.
The Holy Spirit…who seals us and marks us as belonging to The Lord. He begins to teach that arm how to move. How to lift. How to carry out every task required of an arm…perfectly. This learning does not happen overnight. It is a process.
A kidney…has a less visible role in the Body. It filters. Perhaps discards poisons that would contaminate the Body. Not an overt role, but a hidden, vital part of His Body. Again, the Holy Spirit steps in and reveals what is necessary for a kidney to know. The revelations will of necessity be different from the knowledge that an arm would need in order to carry out its level of function.
Yet; they need to work together in the confines of that growing Body, so that it achieves the purpose intended by the Lord above. In order to fulfill His Plan. To carry out His goals.
And so…if you, as an arm…meet me, as a kidney…will we be able to consider this difference in our spiritual knowledge? That it will be…disparate?
But that even if we do not or cannot see the end result right now, we must work to get along with each other? To function together? To put aside the silly denominational differences of religion that have been taught to us throughout our lives…stepping back to realize the bigger picture that is before us…the picture set forth by the Lord, and not the picture set forth by a man…whose Adamic ideas of scripture have led us this far, if we are part of an earthly congregation?
Are we in fact worshipping our denominations instead of our God? Are we allowing these earthly divisions to separate us from one another in the name of “religion” ie: one says Appollo taught me, one says Paul taught me” loosely translated from ……

1Co 1:12    Now this I say, that every one of you saith, I am of Paul; and I of Apollos; and I of Cephas; and I of Christ.

Is it that only after the rapture we can come together in truth, or can we grow enough in Him while living on earth (yet growing invisibly…spiritually…in the heavens…) to recognize and embrace our differences in Him…using the scripture as our base of adhesion instead of our “religion” as a separating force?
We are commanded to “come out of her, my people.”

Rev 18:4    And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.

Col 2:8    Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.

We do not have much time to reach the limits of our prescribed growth…to ingest the Holy Spirit’s revelations…to yield completely to Him….to honor Him by acknowledging the terrible price He paid for our salvation through grace…to allow the world to see His brand…His “mark” upon our very soul. Our “mark” is Him in us.

Eph 4:30    And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.

Eph 1:13    In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,
Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.

And by doing this, we can come together as a true congregation of believers…secure in Him….following in faith…becoming who we are in Him….achieving His goals for us…growing consistently as we grow closer and more intimate with Him every moment of every day.
He has not left us here on our own…blindly following our own interpretation of His will for us….He has given us an example to follow. He designated an Apostle specifically for us, in this age of grace, in these end times.
This Apostle is the man who was grown from a high horse as Jesus Christ Himself, AFTER He rose from the dead….told him..Paul…just what he would have to endure as he gave his life over to becoming a new creature in Christ.
We are commanded to follow Paul “even as he follows Christ!”

1Co 11:1    Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ.
Now I praise you, brethren, that ye remember me in all things, and keep the ordinances, as I delivered them to you.

The Epistles tell us how to put aside things that separate us from one another, even as we separate ourselves from the world while we grow in Him.
We are to be “in the world” and not “of the world” …seeking each other out so that we can support each other while first glorifying The Lord Jesus Christ.

Rom 12:2    And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

I am convinced that the Holy Spirit brings people into our lives in order to test us. Some…believers. Some…not. How do we treat them? With love…with charity…like the Good Samaritan who truly loved his neighbor as himself?
Sometimes…this is the hardest part of faith. Loving those neighbors, despite how they present to us. Yet, beneath that outer crust…may just be lurking a “gland” who has not yet learned how to communicate with an “arm” in this time and space, in His Body.
Not every Christian has learned that his or her outward appearance should reflect his or her inward belief.
Remember. It is a process. This coming together. This humbling of our nature as we, who are new creatures in Him, learn how to see each other through the truth of His Word…through Him, who is…The Word!
Think about it. We were saved for a purpose. Pray that our diligent attention to scripture and to the “gentle as a dove” Spirit leading..will take us to the level of function demanded by the God who saved us. To our being part of that perfect Body which will mesh forever with it’s Perfect Head.
Maranatha …
Louise Hudson


Were you “raised” in the church?
Did you faithfully attend services each Sunday…perhaps several on that day, with an added bible study during the week?
If so, did you check out the facts of each sermon or lesson that you heard being expounded from the pulpit? Did your prayers go directly to God, by way of The Lord Jesus’ intermediary intervention? Whom were you worshipping? Was it Calvin….Luther….Manno….to name just a few, or were you truly bowing and praying to the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob?
Or…were/are you like this writer was; enmeshed in a hodge-podge of mixed messages some of which are meant for Israel, some meant for the church, the Body of Christ…all jumbled and blenderized together? Truly…”mixed messages!?!” (And we know that God hates mixtures.)

***Lev 19:19    Ye shall keep my statutes. Thou shalt not let thy cattle gender with a diverse kind: thou shalt not sow thy field with mingled seed: neither shall a garment mingled of linen and woollen come upon thee.

Your foundational work is askew, if the above words apply to you.
There is one foundation. Jesus Christ. And the good news of His gospel is written in the Epistles of Paul. The gospel that applies to us, now. (For there is more than one gospel. Each one applicable to the time and people for which it is meant.)

***1Co 15:1    Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand;
2    By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.
3    For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;
4    And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:

Now, this is not a plea to place Paul on a pedestal, nor a call to worship him…but a plea to honor the role given him by Jesus Himself…the role of being OUR role model!
Paul. Our apostle in this age. Our example of just how we are to walk in order to please God. If you are “working” in your own strength to please Him….you are failing to achieve your professed goal, for only in the strength of the Holy Spirit is anything possible. We are to follow Paul as he follows Christ.

***1Co 11:1    Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ.

This is a biblical command. Not a suggestion.
And to do that, we must rest in Him. Our own strength must be laid aside and taken to the cross and crucified. There is a constant spiritual warfare going on in our minds, for old Adam still lives in our bodies, even though we have been reborn spiritually and can now claim membership in the family of God. That warfare will continue as long as we draw breath.
Upon the revelation that the map for living our lives in Christ is revealed in the words of Paul…who tells us that we must imitate him even as he imitates Christ..this writer undertook the task of allowing the Holy Spirit to lead and teach and inspire.
That task…is to “rest” in Him. (Only achieved through prayer.) To control those impulses that tell us to “get out there and DO something for Him!” To not “get involved” with any current causes meant to “help” The Lord with His plans for the world, or…for us. A daily work. (This “work” is not for salvation, for we have that the moment we believe. A free gift.)
He needs no help. If He wished, He could step in and resolve all problems in the blink of an eye…just by speaking His intent. But that is not His way, for He gives us all a choice.
One of these choices is to read the scriptures with understanding: properly dividing the Word, and letting it sink in that not all of the bible is written to us…even as all is written and recorded for our edification and learning.

***2Ti 2:15    Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

Only Paul was given direct teachings from Jesus Himself. Only Paul says that we will be judged by “my gospel.” Only Paul says that anyone who teaches another gospel must be accursed. Damned. Which says what…about those who follow these people?

***Rom 16:25    Now to him that is of power to stablish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began,

***Gal 1:8    But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.
9    As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.

Said twice. For emphasis. We need to pay attention.

As we begin to study and learn in accordance with His will, we find so much that must be relearned…throwing away many things that were blithely accepted in the past. (It will be a new beginning for you, as it was for this writer. You will be amazed at the misinformation that has been fed you over the years…either through lack of knowledge on the part of the preacher/teacher, or by a willful act of leading you down the wrong path.) Or…by our own failures in verifying the truthfulness of what we have heard about the gospel message. How do we verify? By searching the scriptures as did those Bereans of old.
Make certain that you are worshipping God. The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. (Our faith makes us adopted children of Abraham!) The Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. And not….the founder of the denomination of which you are, or were…a part.
Always ask for the Spirit to lead you in study. It is ONLY through Him that knowledge can increase. And only through His never ending filling of you every day…can you grow closer to Jesus Christ in an intimate and abiding relationship.

***Eph 4:22    That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts;
23    And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;
24    And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.

***2Pe 3:18    But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.

Test every message that you hear. Allow the Master Interpreter living in your very body to do His work…after all, He occupies His temple on earth (our bodies) during this soon-to-be ended age of the Church. Yield to Him.
Remove the blender from your spiritual kitchen. There is no need for it now; because you are ingesting only the purest of foods necessary for spiritual growth. Taken directly from His Word. The hodge-podge is..or should be…a thing of the past. Our foundation in Christ…successfully reformed and now we can move on to adding structurally sound additions to our firm and solid base.

May….”The peace of God, which passes all human understanding, keep your heart and your mind in Christ Jesus.”

Louise Hudson



Do you pray for the “Peace of Jerusalem” as we are commanded to do, knowing that by mouthing these words we are asking The Lord to hasten His return for us? And that the “hastened return” will, in fact..bring the coming Tribulation upon Israel and those who are not “taken up”…that God’s attention will once again be focused on His people, and on the final 7 years of their judgement?
For…peace will come to that city beloved of God only after their judgement is complete…after the Great Tribulation is ended. The bible tells us so.
And so..part of that prayer is asking Him to Rapture us and get those final scenes into play.
Thinking upon this…there are some of us who are perhaps just on the edge of becoming “more” than just a believer; that the decisive step will be ultimately denied them because the age of the church…of the mystery…will have come to an end.
These thoughts spring from selfish thoughts on the part of this writer…who was basically a baby in Christ for all of 70 years…at which time The Lord firmly stepped in and presented the topic of **Discipleship** to her consciousness. He did this by way of many and varied medical crises resulting in infirmities that demanded immediate and crucial surgeries…which in turn demanded increasing dependency upon HIM as each recovery stage was completed.
Up to that time, she thought she was quite fine, thank you…following all the religious requirements and being very satisfied with herself. Having been a strong person and able to take care of business throughout her life, what more could there be? A bible reading here and there; prayers offered irregularly…truly a dormant figure. Saved, yes. But that was it.
As the Holy Spirit revealed what had been previously hidden from her eyes..that a more intimate relationship with Christ is HIS desire…that a growing love should be taking place, much like in a developing courtship relationship; a deepening, richer commitment which then would create a need to switch from “milk” to “meat” in order to support this “growth spurt” in this person who had been spiritually stunted up to this point in time…a new way of life was entered into where self had to be put aside and the ability to totally rely on HIM for all things became the right thing to do. Looking only at HIM…talking to HIM…(prayer now is a constant conversation with Abba….our “Daddy”….someone once wrote that each morning begins by his making that first phone call to God…then placing the phone on his shoulder in order to keep the conversation going as he goes about the business of each day.)
That growing, deepening relationship with HIM demands a leaving behind of family, friends and perhaps even location…for God does “separate” us into HIM so that HIS will is accomplished. We are called out of religion. There is a price to pay. Our salvation…is free. A gift.
Our discipleship…costs us. In many ways. But we must abide in HIM.

Joh 8:31    Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;

2Co 5:17    Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

We grapple with the fact that even those who were closest to us…when we were mere “babes” in the Body of Christ..now have turned their backs. And this…without our even uttering one word. (In this writer’s experience…she was told that she now is different. And when she took that “opening” to try and explain what caused the difference that they perceived..the scorn and derision began. We must expect this, and ask the Holy Spirit for the strength to stand firm.)
So be it. The bible tells us that this will happen, so all we can do is pray pray pray pray for those misled, unbelieving friends and relatives who are now in our past.
(As an aside; after one of many surgeries and with a successful rehab at home under way..while all these new revelations were spinning around in my mind….a dream occurred. In it, I was attending a christening. Cannot remember who was there…but it was crowded. A happy affair. The baby was dressed all in white, with a white frilly cap on her head. Someone handed this little one to me…I looked down at her: that little baby in the white frilly cap had an old, wrinkled face! What a shock! The face in that bonnet was mine! Truly…not a pretty baby! Awakening, I was puzzled. Then I began to laugh, for that aged baby in the dream represented a beginning to me. What a vivid picture! It was time to start all over again and devour the scriptures with newly found passion and delight. Getting the “meat” required now. It was time for that 70 year old baby to acknowledge her “Christening” and begin to grow into the next stage of spiritual life!)
Now, had the Rapture taken place prior to the above described events…this writer would have been taken up with no “rewards” to offer her Lord. Saved, but “by the skin of her teeth!” As if by fire!

1Co 3:15    If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.

And so…now, along with the prayer for the Peace of Jerusalem another prayer is also sent up. That those who are waiting for whatever reason to take that next step…from infant to mature adult in Christ…that they will get a move on! That they will sense the urgency surrounding this move. For… “Today is the day of Salvation.”

2Co 6:2    (For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.)

Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem.

Psa 122:6    Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee.

Pray that those who need to begin to partake in the enriched spiritual life that is theirs in Christ….will “get the lead out” and move ahead…trusting in The Lord….prepared for all consequences….finding their strength in HIM…reaching the end of themselves..relying on HIM for ALL things!
And at the same time…looking for our Blessed Hope.
Submit yourself to the rule of that “Royal House Guest” who dwells within you. Willingly allow HIM to expand HIS living space in HIS temple on earth…which just happens to be you and your body.
Follow our LORD….as a disciple. It can only be done in HIS strength. Submit yourself!
Louise Hudson

Below are a few notes that might prove to be interesting as we travel along together…. each with slightly different gifts and experiences and placement in Christ’s own Body…of which HE is the Head!

******It might be good to stress several points just here. (1) Never was a believer brought into healthy spiritual maturity by means of pressure meetings and constant exhortation nor before he was prepared by the Spirit. (2) Healthy progress is based on the apprehension, understanding and appropriation of the truths in Christ that make for real growth. (3) The experiential aspect of all truth, and especially these so-called deeper truths, is closed to all but the needy heart. Until one is aware of his need to progress spiritually, he will never be brought beyond the birth truths—a mere babe in Christ. “Therefore let us go on and get past the elementary stage in the teachings and doctrine of Christ, the Messiah, advancing steadily toward the completeness and perfection that belongs to spiritual maturity. Let us not again be laying the foundation of repentance and abandonment of dead works [dead formalism], and of the faith [by which you turned] to God” (Heb. 6:1, Amplified).
(“Principles of Spiritual Growth” by Miles Stanford)*****

****”God asks us to present our bodies as living sacrifices to Him (Rom. 12:1). Until we have done this there is nothing else we can do. Notice this exhortation comes after Romans six. There is a reason for this order—crucifixion comes before consecration Uncrucified self refuses to be consecrated. This is why so many people with all sincerity walk down the aisles again and again, consecrating uncrucified self to God” (H. Duncan).****

The Form of the Trial

(This writer had just come to the realization that she was holding onto bits and pieces of her past life “talents”: those that were hers prior to becoming a Disciple of Yeshua. The ensuing discussion had centered around the fact that surrendering these things will certainly lead to more surveillance from the adversary because the Holy Spirit will be acquiring more “space” in her mortal envelope! Satan notices these things. And so…the article below is written in response to that discussion about the trials and tribulations endured by those of us in the Faith; how the trials, testing will increase as we draw closer to The Lord and our relationship with Him deepens and matures.)

As Paul says in 1 Timothy……..
12 Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.

It’s the anticipation of awaiting the form that the trial will take…but then, perhaps this too is a trial…for even anticipation removes one’s eyes from the eternal.

You see… In my own experience, I had given up all my overt old habits…with just a few “little” slips into the creative world. (There was a dream. In it, I was told that I could either be “wise In the word” or…really good in my craftsmanship. That they could not mix. I chose “wisdom.” And then was told that a lot of sorrow would accompany the “wisdom” selection. I kept that choice anyway. The dream ended abruptly.)

I have/had a passion for baking and cooking…I love the chemistry of it all…and it took up a large part of my time. “But God”… really gave me the message that this should all be in the past. Not just this cooking thing…but all past passions, talents…for, when I start to do anything, it becomes all-absorbing. I completely lose track of time. And then…I am not focused on Him!!!

This all hit me only last week. Listening to a teaching, the Holy Spirit made some of the words dance in front of my eyes. It only took three years to completely get through to me, for I am a slow study. He is now providing all my food. (The cooking and baking and eating time has already been taken from me. That was the first…)

He is making circumstances such that I must lean on Him for everything. Had a nifty idea for a bracelet for my granddaughter…started with the beads and the jewelry tools…and yet another “message” hit me between the eyes. I could not finish it, and must also put that in the past. I had a week of mourning.

Yet, I dabbled here and there in various projects…small ones….and The Lord had patience…but showed me that I am wrong. Like…well, just reading about the newest recipes isn’t really bad…but it is, for my eyes have taken in my old nemesis and a yearning begins to grow and to just “try” that recipe…and old Satan has successfully convinced me that it is just a “little” time I am giving that recipe. Satan 1, Louise 0.

The touchdown still to be determined, for words are cheap and actions must now be the determining factor. The leaven has to go. That yarn is leaven. The card stock is leaven. The beads and the tools..the reading of recipes…all leaven, for they draw me back to doing “small” projects. And I have “winked” at the small diversions.

I know that we have already won the battle. Satan has already been condemned…he is just awaiting his formal imprisonment. The war was won at the resurrection. And we are on the winning side for our faith is strong in our Saviour. And yet, every day old Adam creeps in…for the things I do not want to do…I do.

Our walk is blameless, for God looks down on us and sees only His Son. But I want to be a friend of God. Which means a closer walk. Which points to Enoch who walked with Him in the evenings and then was taken up…much like we will be in the soon Rapture. We are in the evening now…the walk must be tighter, closer, and more submissive and that; only through the Spirit’s strength…not our own.

It is funny…many who I have admired in the past…we would get together in the evenings and talk. When I worked. We would stay after hours and just talk. The evenings have always been very special to me. And those other people seemed to fit into the mold. End of the day. Cool of the evening. Put the tasks of the day to rest. Clean up. Physically and mentally.

THIS evening…the one in which we now live…is the most special. Which means every day we who share various portions of His body should also share these moments of revelation…for it often seems that writers have it all under control, and are not affected by the daily poisonous barbs thrown at them by the adversary.

HE does not just change one’s life completely…but still gives many choices and options while the growing process continues.

Maybe this will help a fellow believer who wonders why his or her fellowship with Christ is not progressing…the the Spirit will latch those eyes of that person onto this article. Much as HE took hold of me over the past several weeks.

Doesn’t all of this sound silly? Candy eggs and knitting yarn and making jewelry. Printing and developing themes and using many different color techniques to achieve the design. Molding and working clay. All of it…goes. A sense of relief is building in me, for the “cleaning out” makes room for incoming tools of the new trades. The new talents. Some as yet unknown.

How thankful we are to know Him, yet more thankful to know He knows us.

Louise Hudson

2 Corinthians 12:9, 10
**And He said unto me, “MY grace is sufficient for thee; for MY strength is made perfect in weakness.” Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak…then I am strong.**