Rest

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by Angela

Rest is kind of a foreign concept in our culture now-a-days! Instead I find many people, and especially women, are in a constant place between too busy and never enough. Too busy to even “think about doing this or that”, too busy at work or with the kids. Yet I have sensed that on the other side, they have found that they are never enough. Not a good enough wife or a good enough Mom. Don’t have enough time to clean the house or do what needs doing. Both sides of the too busy yet not enough is stealing our place of rest. We look around to try to measure ourselves. Are we doing more than this person? Are we staying busy enough to prove that I am productive enough to stay home with my kids instead of work? Are we doing as much, or more, with our kids so they get all the same opportunities their friends get? Are we keeping up with the others at work so we can justify our vacation time coming up? It is leaving us in a place of shame and guilt and a constant state of striving. Even when we might have a day off to “rest” we are wondering if we should be doing more work? Or we are catching up from the activities we have chosen to do so that we can keep up with what every one is doing!

Sabatical Pics rezized

The first part of our first sabbatical we spent some time in Hawaii, just the two of us! We had some professional pics taken since we hadn’t had any of just the two of us since our wedding!

Is that just what life is going to look like? Do I just need to get away? Vacation or a trip will solve it? I don’t think so because the time off can’t come often enough. So if you find you are in the place of strife. How can you find rest? I think this story of two sisters will help.

In Luke 10 38-42, Martha invites Jesus into her home. And we find Martha’s sister Mary sitting at the feet of Jesus. Martha was fretting about all that needed doing and grumbled to Jesus that her sister wasn’t helping her.  Jesus told Martha that Mary had chosen the best thing.  The only place to find you are enough in your busiest days is at the feet of Jesus. Because without Christ we are not enough. I don’t think that Jesus was telling Mary that she should never do anything but sit at His feet. And scripture shows Mary serving with Martha in other places.  Mary had chosen to find her identity and worth at that moment sitting with Jesus. Oh, Jesus loved Mary and Martha too, not for what they do. But because they were His. Because they were enough.

sabatical kids pic resized

Our second half of our sabbatical, we spent having some fun and be encouraged by some extended family in PA.

Do you ever wonder about the in-between of scripture? Do you think Mary was talking to Jesus too. It says in Luke 10:39 that Mary was sitting and listening to Jesus teach. Do you think she could have said to Jesus when she sat down, “Jesus, it’s so good to see you. Martha and I have so much to do today. We have to prepare all the food and carry in all the water.  We will be washing the feet of all our visitors and I am feeling tired today. I am wondering if I can get it all done.” Or did she plead a heart’s prayer to Jesus, “With all of what we have to do, help to keep my focus on you Jesus. Show me all that I need to do. I don’t want to do anything more than you are asking, as that leads me to be prideful of all that I CAN do. And help me to nothing less that what you are asking, so that I don’t miss even one opportunity you give for me to do. I can be so selfish.” Did Jesus respond to Mary and teach her, guiding her and showing her that in Him she would find strength for the day and an inner rest and peace that only comes from Him?

Physical rest is a humbling place. It’s vulnerable. It’s a time to be still. Unplug. Not prove anything to anyone. It’s a place that is still and when you can self reflect and examine your heart. Unpack some choices or look to see where you are at in the roads of life. That can make rest a place that at first can feel uncomfortable. Yet, as you begin to sit in and relax at the feet of Jesus, it’s a place where you can share your fears, concerns, joys and failures. And then give a place for Jesus to speak, to guide to teach. Not in an audible voice liked Mary heard. But in a still and quiet voice in your heart, in His Word, through prayers and things He brings to your thoughts.

Newport Sabbatical Resized

Our second sabbatical was at Newport Beach, CA.

In a daily prayer of God show me what you purpose for today, “nothing more than what you are asking” and “nothing less than what you have for me”. 

My family has received a gift of rest this June in the form of a sabbatical. So thankful for our church leaders who value rest!! It is scheduled in for every three years and we will be going on our third sabbatical- coming at just the right time.  June is a time for my hubby especially to get away, to recharge, to plan and prayer and sit at Jesus’s feet. The kids and I get to enjoy that rest as well. I have some books loaded up on my kindle- a couple fun reads, some practical reads. And books that shape and grow me in my business. Bible Studies too- Psalms and Proverbs.  I have my journal and my Bible. I  have my walking shoes packed for some nice long walks.  And we have piled up some favorite family games. We are going to place where we don’t know anyone and have never been.

So as I prepare for this time away, I have been sticking close to my ever growing to do list! And feeling at times like Martha- am I going to get it all ready to go?  It is my prayer for the days during our sabbatical that I will peacefully enjoy the  longer extended time sitting at Jesus’s feet and less hurrying in the day.  Make it your prayer today! No matter where you are and if you have a full schedule or a quiet afternoon. Be enough and find your rest in Jesus!

 

 

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Getting Ready with Angela and Laura: Our Current Favorites

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by Angela and Laura

Hey Friends!  Time to do another top 10 favorites!  In no particular order here we go.

ONE: Mary Kay Lash Intensity Mascara

Mary Kay Msacara

Angela: Just started using this Brand New Mascara and it didn’t disappoint. It has two parts on the brush. A shorter brush to get the base of the upper lashes that I also use that part on my lower lash line. And a longer part of the brush to give length to lashes. The mascara itself is a nice thickness and I have had no clumping when applying. For everyday wear I am happy with one application.

Mascara before and after 3

If I need to touch up later in the day or want a thicker, fuller lash look several applications easily achieve that look. If you need a Mary Kay Lady, comment on our blog and we will get your in touch with one of our Delightful Mary Kay friends!

TWO: Mary Kay Eye Primer

eye primer

Laura: No, we aren’t a Mary Kay commercial, but these first two products have us emoji fist-pounding our favorite Mary Kay ladies.  This eye primer has been an awesome addition to my morning routine.  A rainbow sprinkle amount will cover both eye lids, and your eye shadow will not crease at all that day.  

THREE: Dry Shampoo

Dry Shampoo

Angela: My daughter Rachel introduced me to this dry shampoo and it’s the best I have ever used! It is a light spray and gives my second day or sometimes third day from washing, just the update I need to get me through.  If I need some texture on the day I wash my hair this does the job. It has a good scent, (several options to choose from). There is also a spray that is a darker color for dark brown hair. The best price we have seen to buy it is TJ Maxx, (who knew?) or you can find it here.

FOUR: Maskcara Cream Blush

liquid blush

Laura: Cream blush?  Who knew.  I am loving this blush.  The color looked SO intimidating on my Casper the Friendly Ghost skin, but one quick dot on each cheek and a quick stipple with my brush gave me some sweet cheeks. It is super pigmented so it is going to last me a very.long.time. Now sold in tins, and with six different colors to choose from so I don’t think you can go wrong here.  

FIVE: Maskcara Cosmetics Pallet

Maskcara pallet

Angela: Laura introduced me to Maskara because appearantly I need referrals for all my beauty products. I am one who finds something and then just uses the products as I am a bit scared to try something new. Right around my 40th birthday, Laura sent me links to Masckara Website and her how to video’s. It was just the new update that I needed with turning 40.   I started drawing in my eyebrows and shading under neath my lower lip and this whole contour and highlight- it was all new for me. I was at a weekend training with my Premier Designs Business and my roommates were asking me what I was doing for my make- up routine! That is a FIRST!!!  So I highly recommend the contour and highlight pallet. My favorite might be the Illuminator, (2nd one over next to blush). I use it in the inner corner of my eyes, just above my check bone and right under my brow. I feel like it just really makes me look more awake and refreshed. And when I need to touch up in the day the Illuminator is my go to!

SIX: NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk

eye pencil

Laura: I haven’t ever used anything NYX before, but these next two products have been a home run hit!  I can find them quick, and on amazon because I don’t have a lot of shopping time these days.  This pencil looks SO strange, and believe me, I thought so too.  This is not an every day use product for me, but definitely on date nights, and for pictures I am LOVING this.  I use it in my tear line to make my eyes appear bigger and brighter, and I use it right under my eyebrows to highlight that area and increase separation from eyebrow to skin.  

SEVEN: NYX Finishing Powder 

finishing powder

Laura: Can we talk about setting powders?  Maybe I’m the last person on the planet to have tried them, but this powder is SO good.  For the last 10 years I’ve been a die hard Clinique powder girl, and then my old Clinique ran out and I kept seeing people talk about setting powders- I was skeptical, WHITE POWDER on my WHITE SKIN???!!!  But, I was allowing myself a Target run, (which I don’t often do because I spend too much when I go), and I wrote down some recommendations.  I found this one for 10.00.  I love it, it goes on translucent, not white, which-here’s a thought; Why would I spend all my time putting on makeup only to throw a different color powder over the top of the whole thing and mess it all up?  Why did I do that?  I use my beauty blender or a powder brush to put it on and it makes my skin a matte, baby soft, makeup locked jail of beauty.  

EIGHT: Mary Kay Eye Brow Pencil 

eyebrow pencil

Laura: Ever since I started doing my eyebrows four years ago it has been a part of my daily routine.  Even if I’m keeping it simple, eyebrows are a must for me now.  I love this brow pencil.  I don’t need to worry about it smudging off, it is a great shade for me as a red head, and my blonde sister looks great in it too!  

NINE: Hairspray 

Hair Spray

Angela: LOVE my Tresemme hairspray and really like that I can find it at whatever store I am at! I don’t buy a lot of drugstore beauty supplies, but this is one that I have found just as good as the more expensive brands. Why pay more if you don’t have to? I have VERY straight hair with not very much body. So the days that I add some curls into my hair, I have to have a strong hold hair spray. Tresemme #4 does the trick! I have tried the other numbers, but have returned to #4 extra hold.

TEN: NORWEX Makeup Remover Body Cloth 

Norwex Makeup returner

Angela: I am new to the Norwex world of products. Again, Laura first told me about them. I went to visit her and she had a Norwex Make-up Remover cloth for me to use. She is a great hostess like that!!!  I rarely ok actually never took off my make up at night! I know all my Mary Kay friends are gasping!!!! I felt like I really didn’t need to as my makeup all kind of worked its way off through out my day anyway. (Until I started using Maskara Cosmetic Pallet and the Mary Kay Lash Intensity Mascara!!) So I immediately liked the Norwex Makeup Remover. It was easy, even took off heavy duty mascara with a few swipes! I like that I just had to use water and that I could throw it in the washing machine for repeated use. I can use it for several days with just a little Norwex dish soap rinse between uses. (It dries quick and without smell). The cloth holds in the moisture, so when you raise it up to remove your eye makeup the water doesn’t run down my arms. It is soft and gentle on my eyes and face too.

We love sharing these products with you guys because they have been tried and tested and have come out on top!  Have a Delightful Monday! 

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Sneaky little Half Tee

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Let me see if this has happened to you.  You bought a cute shirt or dress, get up the next morning ready to wear it and you realize, the garment can’t stand alone.  

Here are some potential reasons why:

  1. Fabric is too thin.  Your bra lines are going to show through. 
  2. The fabric is too see-through.  Whether you’re wearing a white shirt or the cloth shows skin or undergarment color you aren’t comfortable just wearing the top shirt. 
  3. The garment is going to instantly show sweat or sweat stains.
  4. The neckline is low, or when you bend over you expose skin from your neck to your belly!  
Demi Tee Before and after

Angela and I both bought these baseball tees but they are SO thin that our bra’s are just waving HELLO! Love that the demi tee removes those lines!

I have definitely had these issues and usually a tank top or cami has been a quick fix, but then I have tank top lines to replace bra lines, I can’t save my white button down shirt from sweat stains, the tank has to be tucked in or it comes out the bottom of the shirt, not to mention, it’s too hot to wear a tank top under a shirt in the summer! 

SO, when I was at DownEast I found a white, but thin shirt that I loved. I needed something under it when I tried it on, and here’s what I found!  The Demi Tee.  

The Half Tee 

This half tee helps take my thin grey shirt to a more comfortable coverage level for me!

This half tee helps take my thin grey shirt to a more comfortable coverage level for me!

The Demi Tee from DownEast is made from 95% cotton and 5 % spandex.  I love how super thin, light, and breathable it is, yet offers great coverage at the same time.  This half tee can also be ordered in black, or nude, and they occasionally have colorful options too!  At just over 10.00, this is an easy yes.  And for my Amazon shoppers, I found one for you here , for less than 10.00!  I have worn mine at least once a week since I bought it last month.  

What are the Benefits of a Half Tee? 

Love the layering and modesty the half tee adds to this low cut mint shirt . I also love that I can look put together with out came or tank top lines under this white shirt, and there's a layer of protection from armpit stains!

Love the layering and modesty the half tee adds to this low cut mint shirt . I also love that I can look put together without cami or tank top lines under this white shirt, and there’s a layer of protection from potential armpit stains!

  1. Creates layers without the bulk
  2. Protects white shirts from arm pit stains
  3. Makes layering cooler during the summer
  4. Reduces lines under clothing from bras or tank tops
  5. Makes strappy tank top and dresses more versatile
This dress is SO cute but I've never worn it without a jacket or cardigan on top. This will be a perfect way for me to wear it this summer but stay modest.

This dress is SO cute but I’ve never worn it without a jacket or cardigan on top. This will be a perfect way for me to wear it this summer but stay modest.

Whether it’s modesty, comfortability, or clothing durability this simple wardrobe addition is a great piece to add in at around 10.00! 

This post is not sponsored by DownEast, we just love their stuff.  However if you do purchase from amazon, we may receive commission from that purchase.  

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Our Speech Story: from delays to intervention

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by Angela

Parenting is a role that is full of decisions. And sometimes we as parents can second guess those decisions. There were many a nights when our kids were sick, that my husband and I would lay awake trying to decide if our kids needed to go to the doctor the next day, or wait it out to see if they will get better.  We would wonder, do we intentionally deal with that behavior or recognize it as a passing stage. When you have a child that has a delay or special needs there is added concern, worry and doubt in what to do. We found ourselves in this place with our youngest son Josiah’s Speech and Language Delay. Every story is different and unique. I wanted to share our speech story in case there was a mother in a similar place to find encouragement that you are not alone if you wondering about intervention.

Josiah smile

So smiley!

Josiah was a super smiley baby and toddler. He was easy going and went with the flow of the day to day activities.  He was all boy and was more on the quiet side. We didn’t think much of it. His regular smile communicated that he was good to go and he was enjoying his little toddler life!

At Josiah’s 18 month check up his pediatrician was concerned that he wasn’t speaking very many words. The pediatrician told me quickly as she was leaving the room that she felt like Josiah had a speech delay and that he would need further testing. I initially felt confused as my reference to speech delays was in mispronouncing sounds. I was thinking that since Josiah didn’t say many words it was hard to deduct if he was making the sounds correctly or not. Shortly after this appointment our insurance changed and we had to find a new pediatrician. I was glad to get a second opinion from our new pediatrician. At Josiah’s 2 year well check I mentioned our concern, and yet at that point he was saying a few more words. Our new pediatrician didn’t think Josiah had a delay. He assured us that some kids speak later than others and that he wanted to watch him. I agreed. Hindsight showed that Josiah did indeed have a speech delay and I wondered what that original pediatrician saw. I often wished she had explained more to me how the lower word count at that age showed a delay.

Rachel and Josiah

Sweet brother and sister!

Communication with Josiah was fine around the family and especially if I was with him through out the day. I would have context to his day and knew most of the time what he was saying to us. My daughter Rachel, a few years older then Josiah had an easier time understanding him as well. And at times when Josiah would get frustrated when we were not grasping what he was saying, Rachel would tell us and we would carry on! (We did find it so interesting and cute 🙂 that Rachel could always understand him!) My husband and I would try at times to just pretend we understood. We would listen, smile and nod our heads. But we could never fool him and Josiah would know we didn’t understand and would repeat himself until we got it. We were noticing that he was getting more frustrated if we didn’t understand what he was trying to communicate.

Josiah on the bus

Josiah on the bus to preschool.

When Josiah was 3 1/2 we had some friends come and stay with us for a week. They had a little boy who was a bit younger than Josiah. This friend spoke so clear and it was becoming all the more evident that Josiah’s speech was a struggle. Josiah was beginning to not respond much to people when they spoke to him or looking to us to answer for him. Even answering his name was a struggle. Josiah was not an easy name to say and not a familiar name to some- so that was making things doubly hard.

My mothers intuition began to confirm that something was not right. And so I began to pray that God would show us just what to do. One of Josiah’s Sunday School teachers was a speech therapist with the school district. (I didn’t know that she was a Speech Therapist until she said something.) One weekend after service she approached me and told me she was concerned that Josiah was struggling with his speech and that she could help.  With a teary hug in response I listened feeling so relieved! Josiah’s Sunday School Teacher was hesitant to say something because she often found it hard for parents to hear that there might be a problem with their child. I was sooo relieved she took the risk to tell us! Our friend from church got the ball rolling and we had an appointment within the week to have Josiah tested. We learned that he indeed had a delay and that he would qualify for help at the School District Developmental Preschool. We got him enrolled and he started the next month. God’s timing is always perfect!! Josiah enjoyed going to preschool. The highlight for him- he was picked up and dropped up everyday by the school bus. (I was hesitant about putting my 4 yr old on a bus!!!) But Mr. Richard, his bus driver, and Josiah became fast friends. It came right to the driveway. He loved his first speech therapist named Miss Rose. She was sweet, patient, and would tell Josiah that his words were music to her ears!

Josiah at preschool

Josiah’s first speech therapist, Miss Rose.

That was just the beginning on the speech journey. Once he moved on from the Preschool and into Kindergarten the school Speech Therapist had a family emergency in September and had to quit her job a month after school started. There was not an immediate replacement so we found a private speech clinic. We went there for a while, and found it was expensive as our insurance didn’t cover much of the weekly visits. We heard about Arizona State University Speech and Hearing Clinic. At many colleges the graduate students will see clients for their last semester of practice before they graduate.  We looked into it and qualified to go!

So every Monday afternoon for that school year we made the hour drive there and back. The graduate students were some of our favorite at ASU. They were so eager to be practicing and it was so evident they enjoyed working with Josiah. He enjoyed being a Kindergarten College Attender 🙂 We especially liked how the ASU clinic worked in that we would go for several weeks- on their semester schedule and then have a break to return to a new student. It allowed for some break time in between working hard each week and it was in those breaks that we often saw the most improvement in Josiah pronunciation and understanding and use of words.  I also liked being able to observe Josiah and the graduate student through a one way mirror, it was how the students were evaluated by their professors, and it allowed me to learn how they would guide Josiah in using the right sounds so that I could use the same techniques at home. The regular practice helped! We were seeing slow but steady improvement in Josiah’s Speech.

Josiah ASU

The Kindergarten College Attender with his ASU Sweatshirt on!

Once Josiah’s elementary school got a new therapist, he  was able to return to speech there at his school the following year.  Because he developed some bad habits with his speech early on as a toddler, when there is so much language development, he had a language delay as well and therefore his reading was a struggle too. Many of his teachers worked hard with him and he was placed in some special reading classes for early intervention. At this point, we had to make the hard decision to have Josiah repeat Kindergarten. He was blessed to have the same teacher for both years in Kindergarten.  Mrs. Westerfield, who advocated and cared for Josiah as I saw no other teacher do for him is a very special teacher in our book. Josiah continued going to speech at school until the 3rd Grade. Then one day we had a meeting and he graduated from speech! The process was steady. Sometimes seemed slow. And then just one day was better.

Josiah and Mrs. Westerfield

Special Kindergarten Teacher, Mrs. Westerfield

I am so thankful for how Josiah’s teachers recognized the areas that he needed some intervention in. I also saw the importance of staying involved and being an advocate for him. As parents, my husband and I had to take charge of Josiah’s Speech Therapy. We relied heavily on those who came alongside as experts but we had to do lots of research ourselves. We had to familiarize ourselves with the IEP (Individualized Education Plan) and how they worked. We had to find out how our insurance would work. When the district wasn’t replacing the therapist, the insurance wasn’t going to pay anymore for the weekly speech that was needed and Josiah still needed regular help it felt like things came to a screeching halt! It was in those moment as a parent you become the main advocate. Thankfully God guided through every process, doubt, and change to work in Josiah’s life. We had to do some extra practice and reading at home. We had to be patient and allow for some of the improvement to come as he developed and grew.

Josiah and Mr Richard

Bus driver- Mr. Richard

And I am happy to report, as I write out his Speech Story today, Josiah is a month shy of turning 17 and will be a Senior in highschool next year. He is a strong student and has no lingering speech or language delay.

Josiah current

Josiah at 16. Photo cred: Terra Stopher @ terrasphoto.com

My heart prayer is for you, our delightful readers to be encouraged. To be moved to prayer if you need to come alongside of your child to help them over a delay. God will guide you! He cares about the smallest of concerns to the biggest struggles. Please share your stories and experiences with us so we can pray for you!

 

 

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Revelations from Revelation

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by Angela and Laura

Revelation 1:3 promised,
“Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear, and who keep what is written in it, for the time is near”. 

We were ready, way back in September, when we started this study with Bible Study Fellowship to experience that blessing! To see what this book had in store. The book of Revelation did not let us down.

what a sweet card we received at the end of this year

what a sweet card we received at the end of this year

1. After 20 years I (Angela) returned to teaching the Children in the Preschool Children’s Programs- some of my favorite main truths that the preschoolers learned this year in the Revelation Study :

What God decides is ALWAYS right. God uses hard times to make His people strong. God is Perfect! God calls His people away from sin. God’s Plans always show God’s Glory! And an excerpt from one of the Children Stories states this beautifully “That means when God does something God’s beauty, tenderness, goodness and love are clearly seen in what he He does”

2. Revelation 2:17 states that we will get a new name when we conquer. And Revelation 22:4 says that we will have God’s name on our foreheads. One of the hymns we sang with the children ends with, “Loves me every day the same, even calls me by my name”. Names are personal and intimate and special when called by loved ones.Revelation Hymm and Lesson

3. Jesus knows, intimately knows about me and all that I do for Him even when no one else does. Revelation 2:1 “I know your words, your toil, your patient endurance”, Revelation 2:13, “I know where you dwell”. Revelation 2:19, “I know your works, your love and faith and service and patient endurance”. Revelation 3:8, “I know that you have but little power and yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name.”

4. Jesus is the enthroned King of the Universe, with a mighty sword and power to throw all evil away forever.  I, (Laura) don’t believe I’ve ever seen Jesus as he truly is.  Whenever I read about him in scripture I must have been so accustomed to his humanely form.  

But, he was so confined in that body!  Jesus was riding on a donkey on earth and then he rides a white horse down from heaven.  Jesus tells Satan to get behind him on earth, and Jesus throws Satan into the lake of burning suffer in Revelation. Jesus has a crown of thorns pressed down upon him on earth and now he is crowned the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. 

BSF lessons are broken up into six days of at home study for us to bring to talk about in small groups on our Class Days.

BSF lessons are broken up into six days of at home study for us to bring to talk about in small groups on our Class Days.

5.Revelation was also a comfort to me and THAT was unexpected.  There are beasts with numerous heads, a great prostitute, and huge catastrophes that kill masses of people.  But, through all of those warnings, judgements, and evil, we saw God was never absent and never uncaring.  

This was a timely lesson for me as I watched the uncertainty surrounding the presidential candidacy this year.  But, through Revelation I watched as Christians were not allowed to worship, not allowed to shop, not allowed freedoms as the world prepares for the final judgement.  This occurs today-I just happen to live in a country where I can be a comfortable Christian.  

So, with the election year in mind, I am still very concerned about America’s future, but I am no longer in fear.  I know that the ushering in of evil is also the quickening of Jesus. 

Heaven Necklace in hand Resized

The Premier Designs Heaven Necklace showcased the verses in Revelation 21:18-22 perfectly

And in case we had forgotten, at the end of Revelation, Jesus words remind us “Blessed is the one who keeps the words of the prophecy of this book” Revelation 22:7.

Ah yes! Blessed many times over! There were many speculations leading into the study. It might be scary. It wasn’t. But the judgement was serious and sin is not to be taken lightly. We thought the study would give time lines and answers on End Times. Nope, no dates. It gave lots to think on and ponder.

The spot light focus was always on Jesus, the King of Kings. There might be a depressing study about the beast, hell, and the devil, but the Hope of Heaven shined even brighter!! Did you know, “We will need no light of lamp or sun, for the Lord God will be their light” (Revelation 22:5)

Ephesians 6:17 says that the word of God is the Sword of the Spirit. It takes hours of practice to learn how to handle a sword. We have been blessed in this study to have learned how to better handle this part of the sword. It will give us new technique and knowledge in our handling of other parts of His Word.

So, take up your sword this summer.  Plan out a book of the Bible, a study book, or a bible reading app on your phone so that your sword will not get rusty this summer.  If you have never read Revelation, we promise, God promises, the reader will be blessed.  

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