I used to think the Lord’s Prayer was a short prayer; but as I live longer, and see more of life, I begin to believe there is no such thing as getting through it. If a man, in praying that prayer, were to be stopped by every word until he had thoroughly prayed it, it would take him a lifetime. 
     ~ Henry Ward Beecher
 
So don’t lose a minute in building on what you’ve been given, complementing your basic faith with good character, spiritual understanding, alert discipline, passionate patience, reverent wonder, warm friendliness, and generous love, each dimension fitting into and developing the others. With these qualities active and growing in your lives, no grass will grow under your feet, no day will pass without its reward as you mature in your experience of our Master Jesus. Without these qualities you can’t see what’s right before you, oblivious that your old sinful life has been wiped off the books.
     ~ 2 Peter 1:5-8
     God gives us so many opportunities to rise to the challenge of our faith.  Small, medium and large.  And they test us as gladiators were tested in battle.  
     I am facing a challenge this week.  The Lord has given me perfect peace in the face of the unknown.  The prayers I have prayed for others in this situation are my pattern.  And, I have a challenge that has come on the heels of a victory.  From the person I won the victory from.  Timing is everything and I will take this challenge by faith and in good spirits.  Pray the prayer.  Slowly.  And rise.
     Whatever you face this week, take the time to respond before you react.  It will do your heart good, and those around you.  And it will strengthen your faith muscle.
Please pray for an unspoken prayer request.  It is so close to home.
I will rise – Shawn McDonald
     Because of Him,
     Linda
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