Today’s thought – The Word of God

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Good Morning

Matthew 24:35
Heaven and earth shall pass away,
but my words shall not pass away.

Priscilla Howe once described the Word of God as the Book that contains

the mind of God,
the state of man,
the way of salvation
the doom of sinners,
and the happiness of believers.
Its doctrines are holy,
its precepts are binding,
its histories are true,
and its decisions are immutable.

how can it ever fade from the grasp of man?
Read it to be wise,
believe it to be safe,
and practice it to be holy.
It contains
light to direct you,
food to support you,
and comfort to cheer you.
It is the traveler’s map,
the pilgrim’s staff,
the soldier’s sword,
and the Christian’s charter.
Here paradise is restored,
heaven opened,
and the gates of hell disclosed.
Christ is its grand object,
our good its design,
and the glory of God its end.
It should fill the memory,
rule the heart,
and guide the feet.
Read it slowly,
and prayerfully.
It is a mine of wealth,
a paradise of glory,
and a river of pleasure.
It is given you in life,
will be opened in the judgment,
and be remembered forever.
It involves the highest responsibility,
will reward the greatest labor,
and will condemn all who trifle
with its sacred content.

Trust God’s Word . . .Today
With my prayers, desiring yours, Leslie

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Ten on Tuesday – Blessings


On Tuesday’s Carole hosts ‘Ten on Tuesdays’.
She chooses a topic – we list ten items.

10 Times You Felt Grateful Last Week.

My ten ‘thankfuls’ as our family calls them are not in any order of importance.

1. My home and my stash shed on Cozy Acres,
why I call it Cozy Acres.
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2. I strolled around our yard last week — I’m thankful for the Farmer’s hard work and the reward of flowers.

June 4 030 Coneflowers
June 4 041Hydrangeas
June 4 043Hydrangeas
June 4 030Coneflowers
My picture of red roses only wanted to load sideways,
boo wordpress.

3. the Farmer’s Garden
June 4 010Corn
June 4 008Squash with Sunflowers

June 4 012Cucumbers
June 4 013a Variety of Peppers
June 4 016Tomatoes

4.Grapes and Berries
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5. A Mother’s day gift that enabled me to get needed clothes (underwear) and yarn I desired for me.

6. The Bible

7. Questions that caused me to search and answers that drew me nearer to God.

8. Grandsons rushing in asking for caramel apple suckers.

9. My dear Friend

10. Sunflowers
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More things come to mind,  my family, my cats, cooler weather, homemade meatloaf, and an air-conditioned car.
I am so blest.

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March 21, Today’s thought – The Bible

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Good Morning,

Now these are the commandments, the statutes,
and the judgments,
which the LORD your God commanded to teach you,
that ye might do them in the land whither ye go to possess it:
That thou mightest fear the LORD thy God,
to keep all his statutes and his commandments,
which I command thee, thou, and thy son, and thy son’s son,
all the days of thy life;
and that thy days may be prolonged.
Deuteronomy 6:1-2

The Bible is a beautiful palace,
built up out of sixty-six blocks of marble–its separate books.
In the first chapter of Genesis we enter the vestibule,
which is filled with the mighty acts of creation.
The vestibule gives access to the law courts,
the five books of Moses.
Passing through these we come to the picture gallery
of the historical books.
Here we find hung upon the walls scenes of battle fields,
representations of heroic deeds, and portraits of eminent men
belonging to the early days of the world’s history.
Beyond the picture gallery we find the philosopher’s chamber,
the Book of Job.
Passing on we enter the music room, the Book of Psalms,
where we listen to the grandest strains
that ever fell on human ears.
Then we come to business office, the Book of Proverbs,
where right in the center of the room stands facing us the motto:

“Righteousness exalteth a nation:
but sin is a reproach to any people.” Proverbs 14:34

From the business office we pass into the chapel of Ecclesiastes,
or the preacher in his pulpit,
and thence into the conservatory, the Song of Solomon,
with the rose of Sharon, the lily of the valley,
and all manner of fine perfumes, fruits, and flowers.
Finally we reach the observatory, the prophets,
with their telescopes fixed on near and distant stars,
and all directed toward the bright and morning star
that was soon to arise.

Crossing the court
we come to the audience chamber of the King, the Gospels,
where we find four lifelike portraits of the King Himself.
Next we enter the workroom of the Holy Spirit,
the Acts of the Apostles,
and beyond that the correspondence room, the Epistles,
where we see Paul and Peter and James and Jude
busy at their desks.
If you would know what they are writing about
their Epistles are open for all to study.

Before leaving we stand for a moment in the outside gallery,
the Revelation, where we look upon some striking pictures
of the judgment to come and the glories to be revealed,
concluding with an awe-inspiring picture
of the throne room of the King. W. Duns

Enter His palace. . . Today
With my prayers, desiring yours, Leslie

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Five Minute Friday on Monday April 9, 2012

On Friday I read the prompt ‘Light’ and couldn’t put my thoughts together. This scripture was read Sunday morning and my thoughts jelled.




But Mary stood without at the sepulchre weeping: and as she wept, she stooped down, and looked into the sepulchre, And seeth two angels in white sitting, the one at the head, and the other at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain. And they say unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? She saith unto them, Because they have taken away my Lord, and I know not where they have laid him. And when she had thus said, she turned herself back, and saw Jesus standing, and knew not that it was Jesus. Jesus saith unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? whom seekest thou? She, supposing him to be the gardener, saith unto him, Sir, if thou have borne him hence, tell me where thou hast laid him, and I will take him away. Jesus saith unto her, Mary. She turned herself, and saith unto him, Rabboni; which is to say, Master    John 20:11-16


how many times in my grief
in my busyness
in my discouragement

am I so involved in what I assume to be true
so sure of what I feel
so unbelieving in the power of the Father

that even when Jesus is standing right in front of me, saying
can I help? — I am blind and stumble along in my own weak way;
until He says my name

and my eyes are opened like Mary’s
and I can honor, accept and submit to Him.


Matthew 6:22-23 The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light. But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!

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Scavenger Hunt Sunday — April 8, 2012

This week I hunted, searched and looked until I found every item.


This blossom of wild strawberry and ladybug are new to Spring.


  In the beginning was the Word,and the Word was with God,
and the Word was God.
In him was life; and the life was the light of men.
John 1:1, 4


We have Chickens.                We have fresh Eggs.          We have Fragrance.

Nosy Grissabell!  All the chicks left their nests.
What a noisy disturbance occurred.


I took my camera to church this morning, thinking surely some little girl will be wearing Easter pink.  What I found was our pastor’s wife’s shoes!


I collect Tom Clark figurines. Wilkes and Molly are my favorites.
It is obvious they are in love and have loved for a long time.
When the Farmer and I were going together, he would often play and sing while I finished my chores.  These hold a special place in my heart.  The Farmer hasn’t played in a long time.
Our love continues;  in June will be our 45th anniversary.

You’ll find more hunters and their photos here:

Scavenger Hunt Sunday items: New, Life, Fragrant, Pink and Obvious

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March Joy Dare — Part 1

One Thousand Gifts in 2012

March Joy Dare–capturing these gifts and joining Ann Voskamp at A Holy Experience.

“Joy is always a function of gratitude — and gratitude is always a function of perspective. If we are going to change our lives, what we’re going to have to change is the way we see.”

March 1 — 3 gifts at 3pm

Watching the chickens run out of their pen for free-range eating
The quiet of nap time
Gathering fresh laid eggs

March 2   — 3 gifts green

I have started two knitting projects of the same pattern
both in green different size yarn

but oh how different

New Spring green growth

March 3  —  3 gifts wore

A hair net to keep the bun in place
Tights, I love tights.
My shawls, knit, ripped, re knit by me, until I got it right.

March 4  –3 gifts HARD to give thanks for

Leaving our home
The illness of a daughter-in-law
The learning in this season of my life

March 5  — 3 gifts found

Primroses pushing up out of the barren looking soil
Knitting needles hiding in yarn dens being organized
A place for a dresser returned

March 6  —  gift bent, gift broken, gift beautiful

Our deck furniture is wrought iron –bent
My idea for my future is broken
God’ perfect plan for me is beautiful,
Psalm 18:30  As for God, his way is perfect:

March 7  –3 gifts in the kitchen

New pans from Brother Bob
Just enough storage space
A window over the sink

March 8 —  3 gifts  loud

This littlie is very loud

the Farmer’s tractor (sometimes the loud is a bit too much)
The singing at family night

March 9 — 3 gifts carved

A pair of knitting needles made from the walnut trees grown
at the farm where I purchased them
White washed wooden candlesticks
A bear from my Mom and Brother

March 10  3 gifts in Christ

Every need supplied
Job 23:10  But He knoweth the way that I take:
2Corinthians 1:3 -4 Blessed be God, . . . the God of all comfort; Who comforteth us in all our tribulation,

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One Thousand Gifts — February Joy Dare part 3

One Thousand Gifts in 2012

February Joy Dare–capturing these gifts and joining Ann Voskamp at A Holy Experience.

“Joy is always a function of gratitude — and gratitude is always a function of perspective. If we are going to change our lives, what we’re going to have to change is the way we see.”

February 21  —   3 gifts white

White violets arriving every spring,
White clouds turning pink after the rain,

Clean white sheets of paper waiting to receive

February 22  — 3 gifts that changed today

Solid veggies that change into juice,
Water that changed into hot coffee from Bro Bob via the Farmer,
A cool morning changed into a warm afternoon then back cool in the evening

February 23 —  a gift of tin, a gift of  glass, a gift of  wood

My tuna from a tin can,
Many glass windows so I don’t have to live in a cave,
Wood doors for privacy

February 24 —  3 gifts before 11am
A hug from the Farmer,

Devotions with my Father,
Smiles from the littlies

February 25  — a gift nearly worn out, a gift new, a gift made do

Worn out – my favorite jean skirt
New – every day is a new gift
Made do  –  a sea crate instead of a garage

February 26 –3 gifts seen as reflections

Watching a little girl make faces art herself in a mirror,
The love seen in the faces of a senior couple as they smile at a secret thought,
The distorted view of my kitchen in the crome sides of the coffee pot

February 27 — 3 ugly-beautiful gifts (see beauty in ugly)   My brain just couldn’t put this one together, I see a kind of beauty in everything.

February 28 — 3 gifts from the past that help you trust the future
The book “Streams in the Desert’ a devotional given to me June, 1983  by my sister in law  –  each day seems to fit my need.
The Bible I bought for myself, December, 1975, reading it every day

The vows I exchanged on June 16, 1967 “until death do us part” are constant in an ever-changing world.

February 29  — a gift dull, a gift shimmering, a gift cleaned

Dull – The rusty antic iron tractor from my father

Glimmering – Light shining on my knitting needle collection

Cleaned – Fresh washed sheets dried in the sun and wind

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One Thousand Gifts — January Joy Dare


January Joy Dare–capturing these gifts and joining Ann Voskamp at A Holy Experience.

“Joy is always a function of gratitude — and gratitude is always a function of perspective. If we are going to change our lives, what we’re going to have to change is the way we see.”

January 15

one thing you wore  —  a scarf/shawl knitted for me by my daughter
one thing you gave away  —   fabric waiting to be made into a quilt, and a
daughter doing just that

one thing you share  —  my love of quilting

January 16

three ways you witnessed happiness

a little girl’s “Thank you, Grannie!”
a grandson’s telling a feat accomplished

a special young lady sharing the doll she’d made all by herself for a younger sister

January 17

one gift that made you laugh  —  a grandson’s  grin

one gift that made you pray  —  a daughter far away and near again
one gift that made you quiet  —  acknowledging God’s all encompassing control of every situation

January 18

three gifts from God’s word

The gift of Salvation
The gift of Hope
The gift of an Unchanging God

January 19

a grace in the kitchen  —   the Farmer cleaning up after juicing
a grace in the weather — warm enough to let the doors be open to blow fresh air through the house
a grace that might never have been  —  a long life being lived after the doctor’s predicted less than a week to live

January 20

three gifts you saw only when you got close up

the beautiful quilting my daughter does on my quilts
dew drops on the poinsettias

color variations in last summer’s zinnias

January 21

one thing in the sky — a full rainbow
one thing in your memory — my daddy’s smile
one thing that’s ugly-beautiful  —  the gnarly oaks many years old

January 22

one grace wrinkled  —  a picture of the Farmer and me one week before we were married
one grace smooth  —  the way my knitting needles feel in my fingers
one grace unfolded —   God’s word, it’s new every morning

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The Law of Kindness

The law of kindness is that a rule, a commandment, a guideline not to be broken?

Should all my words stand before this law?

Do my words comply with this law?

Do my words measure up?

Are my words adorned with kindness?

And not just the words but how does the tone of my voice sound: cutting, sarcastic, belittling.. . ?

Kind   —  Of a friendly, generous, or warm-hearted nature.   Showing sympathy or understanding; charitable:

Kindness  acting out being kind

“In her tongue is the law of kindness – This is the most distinguishing excellence of this woman. There are very few of those who are called managing women who are not lords over their husbands, tyrants over their servants, and insolent among their neighbors. But this woman, with all her eminence and excellence, was of a meek and quiet spirit. Blessed woman!”  ~Clarke’s Commentary

Whose adorning . . .let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price. 1Peter 3:3-4

“A meek and quiet spirit – That is, a mind that will not give provocation to others, nor receive irritation by the provocation of others. Meekness will prevent the first; quietness will guard against the last”.  ~Clarke’s Commentary

The Proverb’s 31 Woman has been lifted up as our example. At times I feel I’ll never reach those heights, but kindness, I think that is doable if I pause before I speak and ask for Christ’s words, Christ’s love , Christ’s compassion to be the motivation of my words.

This is my prayer today.
Okay, keep the shield up……… an attack/test is coming.

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Five Minute Friday on Sunday — Relevant

On Fridays around these parts we stop, drop, and write.

For fun, for love of the sound of words, for play, for delight, for joy and celebration at the art of communication.

For only five short, bold, beautiful minutes. Unscripted and unedited. We just write without worrying if it’s just right or not.


go . . .

And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices. . . Hebrews 10:11

daily ministering
daily offering
the same sacrifices

of time. . . of dreams. . . of selfishness

daily being relevant
daily being real
daily being in the right now

not missing anything
because everything is relevant

Relevant to the whole
relevant to my home
relevant to my family
relevant to my tomorrow

If I am not here today; I won’t be prepared for tomorrow!

So will I sing praise (give thanks). . ., that I may daily perform my vows.   Psalms 61:8

What I do is relevant,   it is necessary,  and it is blessed.


Pictures ,scriptures and indenting for emphasis added later,

now it is time to do those dishes!

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A to Z about Me

I have read several lists of ‘100 things about me’; this is the first A to Z I’ve seen. Filling this out was fun, and I learned a little and remembered more.

A- Age:  62 and I get my first social security check the third Wednesday in October, 2011
B- Bed size:  Full, remember we live in an eight ft wide trailer
C- Chore you hate: bathrooms, enuf said
D- Dog’s name: no dog now, I was real fond of Rosie the wandering basset
E- Essential food/item: catsup
F- Favorite color: I’m drawn to all shades of yellow in nature, but seldom wear it
G- Gold or silver: not into jewelry, my favorite watch had a woven gold and silver band
H- Height: 5′4 3/4
I- I am:  thankful
J- Job: learning to live in the now
K- Kids: 5 – 3 girls and 2 boys, all adults somewith families of their own. I have 12 grandchildren, 1 son-in-law, 2 daughters-in-law
L- Living arrangements: We live very contentedly in a 8×27 ft RV as assistant caretakers of the 7 acres on which the church we attend is located.  We share the grounds with the head caretaker and 27 chickens and three stray cats who think they belong here (coz they get fed, tender hearted head caretaker).
M-Mom’s name: Frances, she is absolutely MOM #1
N- Nickname: When I was young, Mom called me Lessie, the Farmer calls me Hon, the kids call me mom, the grands call me, grannie
O- Overnight hospital stay: 5 babies, twice for a ruptured bowel (one illness), multiple times for complicated gall bladder/pancreas episode
P- Pet peeve: Having a car hurry to pull out in front of me causing me to break for it when there is a mile of empty road behind me
Q- Quote from a movie: …my very favorite quote is the scripture in the Old Testament in  Malachi 3:6  ” For I am the LORD, I change not; . . .”
R- Right or left handed: I’m a right handed
S- Siblings: I am the oldest and only girl with 4 brothers
T- Time you wake up: no sooner than I have to
U- Unique thing about your car: it always has sunflower seed shells on the floor
V- Vegetable you hate: bok coy at least in the recipe I used
W- Ways you run late: I  always think it will take less time to get somewhere than it does, so I leave later than I should
X- X-rays you’ve had: teeth, knees, abdominal, neck, back, chest,
Y- Yummy food you make: no one has turned away from my Chicken and Rice and I make a killer meatloaf, both original recipes from my Mom
Z- Zoo favorite: giraffes, and I could spend a lot of time watching farmyard fowl, chickens, ducks, geese, turkeys…and I have.

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Five Minute Friday — Beauty

August 12, 2011


We agreed to write it down – write down the only definition of beauty that matters:

I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Psalm 139:14.

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I’ve never thought of myself as beautiful. I never heard myself described as beautiful. I’ve heard ‘pretty’. In my twenties, I heard my mother say “I’ve always thought you had pretty legs’, but I don’t remember any words before that from her. As I have aged, I’m almost 62, next week, and overweight, I know that I don’t appear beautiful in my eyes at all.

I do know one day He said   “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. ” Mat 11:28 KJV  He didn’t care about the outward woman, and He died to change the inward woman into a new woman. He gave beauty for ashes and put hope in the heart.

I know inside this house of flesh is a heart whose main desire is to encourage others to keep on trusting Jesus, to take one step at a time even though it is dark, to hold on to the Hand that is . . .

Isa 61:1  THE SPIRIT of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed and qualified me to preach the Gospel of good tidings to the meek, the poor, and afflicted; He has sent me to bind up and heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the [physical and spiritual] captives and the opening of the prison and of the eyes to those who are bound, (3) To grant [consolation and joy] to those who mourn in Zion–to give them an ornament (a garland or diadem) of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, the garment [expressive] of praise instead of a heavy, burdened, and failing spirit–that they may be called oaks of righteousness [lofty, strong, and magnificent, distinguished for uprightness, justice, and right standing with God], the planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified.  Amplified Bible

Scriptures were added after the ding.

I need to make something very clear. My Mother is not a mean person. She is perfect.  In the era I was raised, you didn’t tell your children they were pretty or they did a good job. You didn’t want them to get a big head or be spoiled. We were all raised the same.  I’ll never forget the day Mom called and said guess what I just heard on the radio…’It is okay to tell your children they have done a job well!’ It was if she were liberated, as if this is what she wanted to do all the time but didn’t have permission to do! She immediately started telling the grand children that they were’ good workers’,’ thank you for doing such a good job’. She told her children also, ‘your house looks really nice’, ‘I like that shirt on you.’

My Mom is beautiful!

Five Minute Friday — Full

July 22, 2011

On Fridays around these parts we like to write. Not for comments or traffic or anyone else’s agenda. But for pure love of the written word. For joy at the sound of syllables, sentences and paragraphs all strung together by the voice of the speaker.

We love to  just write without worrying if it’s just right or not. For five minutes flat.



almost full… half full… stomach full… glass full

grate full… thank full…. vessel full…. heart full

sorrow full,

prayer full…, wonder full…, awe full

force full…, fancy full…, forget  full

cup full…, hope full…, care full…, arms full

so many full ways

so many ways to be full

so much fullness to be weighed

I don’t want to be weighed in the balance and be found wanting.

UN grate.full or UN thank full or UN prayer full or UN care full.

but as in  Luke 6:38  Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.


This one is kinda of funky, but that’s what came out. (I cheat-I have to correct spelling mistakes)

Funniest thing, I wanted a cup full picture, googled  ‘cup full picture’ —  half of the pictures were of bras with their cups full!  i guess I should have known.

Opps,  clicked on wrong picture as thumbnail, in this one I’m on the left, baby bro in middle and Mom on the right.

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Example of a True Saint of God

Sunday morning, Sister Elina Gonzales, from Cuba, walking with an aluminum crutch was escorted by her son, Carlos, to the pulpit. As she settled herself and prepared to speak, something in my heart responded to this fragile woman. My heart cried, Lord, this is my ‘mama’ (said with a Spanish accent). Never before had I wanted to be able to speak Spanish, I wanted to be able to sit at her feet and listen to her life’s stories.

Born in October, 1930, and saved to serve God at the age of 12 years, the preciousness of the fruit of the spirit like a fragrant garden wafted out to my soul. She has been a pastor since her 20’s and for many years the elected representative for the Churches of God in Cuba.  She worked with Sister Faith Stewart, missionary to Cuba and founder of the Children’s Home in Havana, Cuba.

To say she is an inspiration is an understatement. She is the perfect example of serenity and confidence in God’s power of grace. She could say as Paul,  I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. Philippians 4:12.  I feel very blessed to have been privileged to hear her speak.


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Five Minute Friday, July 15, 2011

Friday, July 15, 2011

Writing the date I thought, this is the birthday of the so desired daughter who was once lost but now is found, Happy Birthday, I love you even more.

This exercise is Lisa’s idea, write for 5 minutes, don’t fix or pretty it up. I’ve already fixed two spelling errors, my mom just won’t let me pass them by….

Today’s prompt   —   LOSS

How to start without sounding like pity me.

I am intimately aware of the domino effect of loss. Remembering our losses of the past year, a successful business, comfortable income, beautiful home, years of collections, life style, and then health–the Farmer’s aggressive prostate cancer; I find it didn’t hurt as much as before because the Lord has truly helped me to say as Job, ‘the Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away, blessed be the name of the Lord’.

You see, most of the losses were physical things and I remembered the words of Christ:

Matthew 16:26  For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his life [his blessed life in the kingdom of God]? Or what would a man give as an exchange for his [blessed] life [in the kingdom of God]?

and the words of Paul:

Philippians 3:7-8  But whatever former things I had that might have been gains to me, I have come to consider as [one combined] loss for Christ’s sake.  Yes, furthermore, I count everything as loss compared to the possession of the priceless privilege (the overwhelming preciousness, the surpassing worth, and supreme advantage) of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord and of progressively becoming more deeply and intimately acquainted with Him [of perceiving and recognizing and understanding Him more fully and clearly]. For His sake I have lost everything and consider it all to be mere rubbish (refuse, dregs), in order that I may win (gain) Christ (the Anointed One),

(copied and pasted from the Amplified version of the Bible)

and I realized again,

I still have everything I need

and whether the losses were demanded or voluntary

God will never leave me or forsake me.

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