Divine Turn Arounds

Hahaha!!! This Sam Samy video here has me beginning my day with a chuckle and all inspired!!!

Even though this video shows a guy in supernatural action, we, too, ladies!!! Through faith in Christ Jesus, His Holy Spirit working in us can give us supernatural wisdom, power, gifts, skills and talents that may not only save our own life but make a huge turn around in the lives of others around us in life!!! Jesus is the energy at work in us as His people of faith as this song says here.

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How is Jesus’s energy moving your heart today to be a vessel through whom He works to bring a heavenly turn about??? Oh Jesus paid the price of admission into His forever kingdom life for all who believe in Him and all that we do, even breathing is by the free gift of His grace!!! Oh sooo thankful we don’t have to pay the price ourselves to have admission to heaven!!! For it is by grace we are saved and not of ourselves so that nobody can boast!!! Praising Jesus with you this day as every good and perfect gift is coming down from Him, the Father of heavenly lights who does not change like shifting shadows!!! All the time Jesus is good and He has paid the price for our forever life victory that is sooo beyond this world around us!!! Be the supernatural creative one you are with Godfidence today!!! It brings divine life in many ways!!! Happy and smiling with Jesus, too!!! 🙂 It’s gonna be a good day with Jesus!!!

The Strong Hold

Powerful new day greetings to you His precious royal of faith in Christ Jesus!!! As I begin this new gift of life today, I am powerfully encouraged and strengthened in our Father’s promises to us from the Lord towards His people as He shared His heart thru His leader Moses towards the Israelites in their war with the enemy:

“And Moses said to the people, ‘Do not be afraid. Stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord, which He will accomplish for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall see again no more forever. The Lord will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace.'”

Exodus 14:13-14

Faith is Having COurage

As I reflect upon this passage in the Bible today, these thoughts stand out to me:

  • God appoints leaders to lead people
  • God speaks to His leaders as to what to speak and do for the people
  • God desires that His people be at peace in heart in trusting in Him and His victory for them.
  • God desires that His people cease from all activity at times to hear His heart for them.
  • God desires that His people trust that He will save His people.
  • God is able to accomplish what He promises His people.
  • In spite of enemy tactics that flare up, God desires that His people realize He has authority over the enemy and forever victory over the enemy for His people.
  • God fights for His people in ways that are beyond anything that His people can do.
  • There are times when God calls His people to be still and know that He is God and that He will be exalted among the nations, He will be exalted in the earth. (Psalm 46:10)
  • God is able to preserve our peace in Him thru His power at work for us!!!

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We can trust God and His whole angel army are in our midst working in supernatural ways for us as His of faith!!! Ruh, Ruh, Ruh!!! Power on JESUS!!! WE ARE CHEERING YOU ON THRU OUR PRAYERS AND FAITH IN YOU AND FOR YOUR LEADERS YOU PERSONALLY PUT IN OUR LIVES TO GOVERN US IN ACCORDANCE WITH YOUR GUIDANCE FOR THEM FOR THEM AND FOR US FOR YOU FOR YOUR VICTORY FOR THE WORLD!!! YYYEEESSS BRING IT FATHER!!! YYYEEESSS YOU CAN!!!

Our Father tells us in His Word:

“The Lord is good, a STRONGHOLD in the day of trouble; and He knows those who trust in Him.” Nahum 1:7

Whenever we see the enemy seeking to put a stronghold upon us as people, we can know that our Father has THE STRONGHOLD upon us as His people from the love of God and this His powerful promise:

“…in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Romans 8:37-39

Here is a powerful song that speaks of Jesus as our strong tower, shelter over us as His beloved of faith!!! Oh I am sooo thankful that our Father fights for us as His people and gives us powerful leaders to guide us all in unity of His will, His plan and His purpose for us!!! Who is Father calling you to hear as His leader??? Are you a leader??? You can know our Father will give you what you need to lead His people divinely!!! Where is Father calling you to be still and know that He is your God fighting for your rescue??? Have peace that you are STRONGLY HELD by the power of the universe held in our Father’s righteous right hand!!! HOOORRRAAAHHH!!! God’s forever got us victorious as we trust in Him!!! We are sooo blessed as His people!!! Oh that gives my heart such peace knowing that our Father knows how to communicate with us as His people and work beyond us to do more than we can ever ask or imagine!!! We can’t even breathe without Him and because of His promises to us and His record of faithfulness and love to His people, we can rest knowing we shall experience His ongoing rescue that results in our singing songs of His deliverance!!! Much love to you His beloved!!! Let us keep the faith in our faithful Father!!!

The Fullness of Heaven

Over the past several weeks, I have been sharing from the writings in my soon to be published book “Running Your Road of Purpose.” I will continue to write and share here in the future, but in closing out this book study, I want to encourage each of your hearts in persevering in the running of your very own unique purpose in this life!!!

At your life’s end, may it be said of you that your faith was found in Christ for your eternal salvation (His gift to you), and out of your love for Him as a gift back to Him, that you successfully ran the road of God’s purpose for your life – you persevered!!! WOOOHOOO!!! AWESOME!!! ATTA SAINT!!! Your life was not wasted energy!!! You looked for and used your potential fully – you chose the best!!! As you continue running on your “homeward bound” road, my friend, may the grace of our Lord Jesus be with you.   Remember what we have talked about in this study. An expression from a Hallmark card reads “Be who you are. Do what you love. Make a difference. Change the world.” I echo these thoughts in the context of the following additional thoughts:

Be the special, unique athlete you were created to be – You were created wonderfully and equipped for a beautiful purpose!!!

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Do what you love and are good at – God has a plan for your life and He has given you a special passion for the work He prepared in advance for you to do. When you are working in your area of giftedness, you will love what you do, but remember that sometimes in life there will be those diaper changes! 🙂

Make a difference in the lives of people – Often people have improper mindsets about what it takes to make a difference in the world and if they can’t live up to the standard they have set in their own minds, they feel they are ineffective. We should never underestimate the power of a simply spoken word of love or a small, kind gesture, perhaps it will be the very thing that enables someone to see the glimmer of God’s love for them and that love is what they need to give them renewed hope and courage to continue on in their life. We will not know until eternity the full impact that our lives have had on others.   Jesus said in John 5:35 that John the Baptist was a lamp that burned and gave light (he testified to the truth of Jesus – THE light of the world). In Matthew 5:14-16, Jesus says that we are the “light of the world.” He tells us to “let our lights shine before men/women, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.” Perhaps the people around you will see some small thing (a flicker of light) about you in the way you live out your life that makes them hunger for Christ in their own life. Little things mean a lot! YOU CAN make a difference in someone’s life.

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Change the world for Christ! There is only one YOU! Nobody can impact the world the way you can. If you do not share the gift of YOU with the world, the world will forever miss out!

Worthy Calling

I’m praying and cheering for you!!! I may not have the opportunity to meet you until we get “home” to the place that will be grander than any place we have been before and I want you to know that I look forward to that day.   It will be our “home sweet home” with God and each other!!! How exciting it will be!!! Psalm 16:11 says “You (God) have made known to me the path of life; you fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at Your right hand.” Knowing God and His history of blessing His people, I have no doubt that we will all be filled with joy in His presence and partakers in the eternal pleasures that He has planned for us at the end of our path of life. “He will wipe every tear from our eyes. There will be no more death or crying or mourning or pain, for the old order of things will have passed away” (Revelation 21:4).   Psalm 84:10 says “Better is one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere.”  An excellent book that has me excited about our life after this life is called “Heaven” by Randy Alcorn.   With Randy’s reflection and what God has told us in His Word about heaven, I am sure when we all cross over the finish line into eternity, all of us will be in agreement that “there is no place like our eternal home!”

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Kingdom of Heaven in You

The Spirit and the bride say “Come!” And let him/her who hears say “Come!” Whoever is thirsty, let him/her come; and whoever wishes, let him/her take the free gift of the water of life” (Revelation 22:17).  

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“Amen.” “Come, Lord Jesus.” I close with this song here that welcomes Jesus’ full big picture presence and kingdom ushered in – in all it’s full glorious reality with us where the lion will be at peace with the lamb!!!

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Experience Reveals Sweet Life

Everyday there is something new to learn in life!!! It seems that is life – people grow, grass grows, weeds grow, animals grow, technology, science and know how grows and on and on and on and  more and more as time goes on.

Seed Growing

Experience is a good teacher for helping us learn, provided we evaluate it.. Each day is jammed packed with experiences from which we gain understanding and knowledge. Some experiences are shared by others and some are unique only to us personally. Some people may attend schools to learn or gain knowledge while others may learn through evaluated experience.  

Back to the Future

Sometimes people can have the attitude that the experiences they have had in life that were bad as a result of personal sin was something that needed to always keep hidden away in a closet of secret. However, I have learned a lot from my experiences in life and God has often moved my heart to share these experiences at times in order to warn, encourage, help or strengthen others. It is important though to listen to the Lord in terms of proper timing for sharing because there could be times where sharing could have the opposite effect. Sharing too much with your children could be one example. Your sharing could detour a child from sin, but it could also justify sin in their mind as they may think “Well, if mom or dad did it, he or she would understand if I did it!” YIKES!!! This could be especially true if you shared your sin with a smile or a light-hearted attitude that implies that it was cool or fun at the time. Our Father tells us to hate sin, therefore to explain the down side of it is good if you are led to share it!!!

Jesus, in Luke 22:31, told Peter (Simon) that Satan wanted to sift him as wheat, but that He was praying for him that his faith would not fail. This was right before Peter was to publicly deny Christ three times out of fear of persecution. Jesus then told Peter (Simon) “after you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.” In other words He was saying, “after you have gone through your experience, use it to strengthen others.”

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Our own experiences can definitely be a resource to us to grow our faith and to help us minister to other people as they encounter experiences that we have already gone through ourselves. 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 says:

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.”

Build One Another Up

I have found experiences greatly confirm to me the truth of what God tells us in His word as truth and experiences make the lasting impressions upon my heart that stick with me and surface when I see other people struggling with the things that I have already been through. With these experiences, I can understand or relate better to people and can warn, help or encourage others with proven validity because I have gone through it. The same can be true for you!!! God can certainly burden our hearts to minister to people by sharing our personal experiences with them. Some people dedicate their whole lives to sharing from their past experience in order to make a difference for Christ.

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As it relates to our seeking to understand our areas of giftedness, experience at trying different things is very valuable as a teacher of what we are good at. When we think back over times in our past and observe the different activities that we have really enjoyed and activities in which we feel we have done well, it reveals to us our “sweet spot.” Our “sweet spot” or giftedness is so natural and so instinctive that when we are using it, it happens very easily and you can find yourself carrying it out without much thought!!!

Going through the small group study exercise entitled “Cure for the Common Life” provided by Max Lucado with People Management International helps to identify our area of giftedness that is sweet to us. In this book, Max explains a “sweet spot,” as being the place on a golf club (or baseball bat or tennis racket) where you get the most power and control out of your swing. People have sweet spots, too.  It’s about using our God-given strengths to achieve an outcome we are divinely motivated to pursue. Giftedness is not about satisfaction – it’s about motivation stirred up by the Holy Spirit at work in us as this song says here. 

Flying Heart

Satisfaction is an end result of doing what we are motivated and able to do. I encourage you to work through the process in the workbook and/or ask Jesus to help you to discover your “sweet spot.” When you find it, you will want to run there.  What is your area of giftedness that when working there, it is sweet to your soul??? Oh it is my heart that you will enjoy the divine adventures of life with Jesus right where it is meant for you to be and doing what you are divinely gifted to do!!! It’s the divine best life for you!!! Me, too!!!

Not by might

 

 

YOU Are YOU

Hi, there YOU from ME!!! 🙂 Oh isn’t it sooo interesting how we are each sooo personally unique and different?!! It just makes life interesting and fun that we are each one different!!! Have you ever p0ndered that??? How we are unique and different makes a difference in finding our best niche in life. For example:

Nobody has your exact personality. You are definitely YOU and despite what anyone might tell you, YOU and I do have a personality! We all have our own personality strengths and weaknesses. Personality is defined as the distinction of personal and social traits. There are many types of personalities. God gave the world variety, which is a good thing. Can you imagine what it would be like if we were all the same personality.

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What would life be like if we were all “quiet as a mouse?” or what if we were all “monotone, non-stop talkers?” It would be hard to find a listening ear! God is so wise! The type of personality that we have can make a difference in how we minister to people. For example, a quiet and reserved person would choose a different approach to evangelism compared to a very hyper, talkative person. A quiet and reserved person would probably not excel as a street-corner sales person and a hyper, talkative person would probably not be your best candidate for a deer-hunting guide.  Our personalities suit us for the way God wants to use us in the world and God wants to use all of us! If you are not sure how our Father wants to work thru you, you can talk to a ministry leader to see where your personality would best fit in the area of your interest within a particular ministry (example: working with children).

It is interesting that for people seeking to find a place to fit in, that they may want to consider taking the personality test available on the Internet through the Church Growth Institute that provides personalized results that can be printed instantly. This test is offered after you finish the Spiritual Gifts Analysis website that I mentioned in my previous blog about “Spiritual Gifts.”

If access to the Internet is not available,  a booklet test can be ordered for a small fee from the Church Growth Institute by calling 1-800-553-GROW (4769).

Another test that the Church Growth Institute offers is a Leadership/Management Inventory that helps a person to understand their leadership/management style. It can be found through the same website.

Once a person has taken the Spiritual Gifts Analysis, Personality Inventory, and Leadership/Management Style evaluations, a “Personal Ministry Finder” can be generated for a small fee that is personalized for you as an individual. It provides suggestions for ministry areas you may want to consider given the unique gift of you! It is automatically offered through the website you utilize for the Spiritual Gifts Analysis. A Summary of Results personalized for you can then be generated if you so desire. Again, these are things to consider in addition to trying other things and asking God to reveal your uniqueness through evaluated experience. 

Oh it is just sooo interesting pondering the uniqueness of YOU, precious one!!! Father has a special place for each one of us in this world where the real YOU and ME can shine thru in divine ways!!! That thought all just makes me smile!!! 🙂 This is true of each one of us – our Father made us to celebrate life with Him as this song says here, so celebrate life just as Father has created YOU to do in your own special way to shine heaven on earth thru YOU!!! I’m a gal seeking to do so with ya’s!!! 🙂

 

 

The Sparkle of YOU

God gives every believer spiritual gifts to be used in ministry to gift others (Romans 12:6-8). There are different gifts for different believers (1 Corinthians 12:4-6). They are gifted by the Holy Spirit, thus only to believers (1 Corinthians 12:7). Each one of us is a different part of the church body. It is important that we not expect all believers to be the same part as us. However, just because we do not have a particular gift does not mean that there will not be times when God does desire you to carry out a particular task, for example: you may not have the gift of evangelism, but we all have the responsibility for the Great Commission. It may not be your gift, or an activity that you love, but somebody has to change the diapers on the babies in the nursery! It is important that we remember that none of us are the complete body by ourselves. It is also important that we not think more of ourselves than we ought to (Romans 12:3). Spiritual gifts are chosen by God (1 Corinthians 12:14-20). They are equally important so jealousy towards another person’s gifts is foolish (1 Corinthians 12:21-27). You can have more than one gift and they can change or be flamed into action more at one time than another. God is our enabler who gives us what we need to accomplish what He wants to accomplish through us and when (1 Corinthians 12:6, Philippians 2:13). HOOORRRAAAHHH!!! Powerful saints we are with Him at work in us!!!

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Discovering your spiritual gifts takes time. Experience that comes from stepping out and trying some different areas of ministry is necessary to affirm our true gifts. When you are using your gift(s), you will enjoy it and when people are saying or showing that what you are doing is bearing fruit in their lives or saying that you are good at doing something in particular, these are indicators that you are working in your area(s) of giftedness. You will not learn this apart from trying. Try your hand at doing some things where you think you might be gifted and ask God to reveal the reality of your giftedness in that area. Try serving in several different ways, not just in the areas that assessment tests suggest (I’ll talk more about that later). Don’t worry about finding the perfect fit right away. Allow yourself to learn as you experiment. Consider one-time serving to try out different ministry areas. After each serving, ask yourself:

1) Was the work meaningful to you?

2) Was your emotional energy higher or lower after you served? Were you energized or drained?   Connecting your spiritual gift with an area of passion is the key to ultimate effectiveness and fulfillment in serving. It is also one of the keys to maintaining energy in serving.

3) Do you enjoy serving with the people involved?

4) Does it fit well with your schedule and time frame for the serving opportunity? You may discover that one part of a serving opportunity feels great while another part doesn’t, so use what you learn, both positive and negative to inform your next experiment. Don’t wait to be asked. Just step out! Whether your first step reveals your ideal serving spot or begins a slow process of self-discovery, it will provide invaluable opportunity to invite God to reveal your calling, your gifts and your passion.

 Run For the Vision

There are assessment tools available to help give you a hint at what you may be gifted at doing, but do not consider the results all-inclusive or an absolute indicator. As I just mentioned, experience will be the true test. DO NOT BE PIGEONHOLED BY TESTS! Assessment tools can give you some areas to think about and pray about. If you take the tests, it is important to be honest in your answers as to how you really are and not how you think you should be. The only should is that you should be yourself – how God made you!   A Spiritual Gifts Analysis that you can consider that offers personalized and instant results is available through the Internet by typing into the search engine:

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You need to select FREE Spiritual Gifts Analysis – Church Growth.

If you do not have access to the Internet, you can also order a booklet test by calling the Church Growth Institute at 1-800-553-GROW (4769).

There are many assessment tools available through the internet and in book form to assist you in determining “Spiritual Gifts.” They vary in what they include, in that they may test for some or all of the “Spiritual Gifts” that the Bible refers to in Romans 12:6-8, Ephesians 4:11 and 1 Corinthians 12:1-14, but they may add other abilities and talents found throughout the Bible as well.

There are also different opinions as to what a “Spiritual Gift” is – some will say that they are limited to select gifts while others say a spiritual gift is anything that a person can do supernaturally well.

The “Spiritual Gifts” referred to in the “Running Your Road of Purpose” Bible study are the “gifts” referred to in Romans 12:6-8, Ephesians 4:11 and 1 Corinthians 12:1-14. They are listed below:

Romans 12:6-8                                  Ephesians 4:11                       1 Corinthians 12:1-14

Prophecy                                           Apostleship                             Wisdom

Serving                                              Prophecy                                 Knowledge

Teaching                                           Evangelism                             Distinguishing spirits

Exhortation/Encouraging                 Pastoring                                Speaking in tongues

Giving                                               Teaching                                 Interpretation of

                                                                                                                   Tongues

Leading                                                                                               Prophecy

Showing mercy                                                                                   Faith

                                                                                                            Miraculous Powers

                                                                                                             Healing

Some believe that the operation of some of these gifts is limited to early Christianity – a time when people did not have the written Bible and they looked for miracles to determine if someone was truly of God. According to some Protestant denominations, some of the spiritual gifts, for example: speaking in tongues and interpretation of tongues were enjoyed only for a short time and were suited to the Church’s infancy, not to later times. This view is known as “cessationism.” While many churches hold to this view, others do not. One opinion is sure, God cannot be put into a box and have it be said of Him that He would not equip a believer to utilize a particular gift to carry out a purpose if that was His desire for that person to do so.

Don’t get hung up in these issues. The point to remember is that all believers are gifted by the Holy Spirit to serve in a way(s) that builds the church. Assessment tools can be used to give you a hint at how you may be gifted, but they are not absolute or all inclusive as God gives us other abilities and talents as well through which He works His purpose for our lives. Experience is the key to truly understanding our uniqueness that God has given to each one of us for serving Him. Each one of us is specially equipped and none of us are indispensable to the body. To that I say, WOOOHOOO!!! LET’S GO IN THE GIFTING OF THE HOLY SPIRIT TO SHINE FORTH THE LOVE AND LIGHT AND VICTORY OF JESUS INTO THE WORLD WHEREVER HE HAS US AS HIS ENERGY WORKS SOOO POWERFULLY IN US AS THIS SONG SAYS HERE. I AM PROUD OF YOU FOR DOING SO, DEAR ONES!!!

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A “Younique” Athlete

Psalm 139:14 says that we are fearfully and wonderfully made. Marvel at yourself, darlin!  God’s work in you is wonderful! Beyond the physical miracle that you are, the God of the universe lives in us who have placed our trust in Christ Jesus (1 Corinthians 6:19). Now what an honor is that to carry Him within us!!! I love that thought that He is always so close to us!!! God has given each of us a special “youniquensss” that sets us apart from any other individual (Romans 12:6, 1 Corinthians 7:7).

Shine Your Light

Not Dulled Sparkle

Each of us has been custom designed – downright special we are!!! Ephesians 4:7 says “But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it. We are God’s workmanship created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do (Ephesians 2:10).   The Greek root for the word “workmanship” sometimes has the connotation of a “work of art” as noted in the NIV Bible. God did do a great work of art in each of us! It is important to remember that we are saved through our faith in Christ’s sacrifice on the cross and not by good works, but God does have a divine purpose for each one of our lives individually and He desires us to join Him in accomplishing that work or plan. We are here for a reason and nobody can run in your space or impact the world like you can!!! You could say that God broke the mold when He created you!!! Me, too!!! J This is what makes you different from all the other runners on the “cross” road. If you do not allow God to use you in the world or the church body, people will forever miss out on the gift of YOU because there is no one like YOU, but YOU!

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Father’s Word says this to us as we step into life with willing hearts to shine YOU and JESUS WITH YOU. ME, TOO!!! 🙂

“Do everything without grumbling or arguing so that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.” Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky.”

Philippians 2:15

Oh going for Jesus just makes me smile and sooo happy to have such a privilege to point out the awesome JESUS we have who loves us with unfailing, unconditional love thru His sacrifice of love for us on the cross to robe us in righteousness and rescue us from the evil one who once held God’s people captive!!! Jesus delights in us as His royal kingdom family and sees us in this way:

“And although you were formerly alienated and hostile in mind, engaged in evil deeds, yet He has now reconciled you in His fleshly body through death, in order to present you before Him holy and blameless and beyond reproach–if indeed you continue in the faith firmly established and steadfast, and not moved away from the hope of the gospel that you have heard, which was proclaimed in all creation under heaven, and of which (YOU AND I LIKE THE APOSTLE PAUL) are made a minister.”

Colossians 1:21-23

We can each one shine divinely with good purpose unlike any other as Father’s Holy Spirit moves us with His sufficient grace and that just make a forever difference in the lives of many and blesses our Father’s big ole heart of love!!! Father sees YOU as YOU step out to share the incredible story of our Father’s heart that we have been entrusted with as His royal family of faith!!! He tells us that “He will not forget your hard work and the love that you show Him as you help His people and continue to help them.” SO SHINE LIKE THE STAR ATHLETE YOU ARE, RUNNING YOUR ROAD OF PURPOSE IN LIFE, DEAR ONES AS THIS SONG SAYS HERE!!! PROUD OF YOU FOR DOING SO!!! DIVINE SISTERLY LOVE TO YOU ALL WHEREVER YOU ARE AT TWINKLING JESUS INTO THE WORLD!!! 🙂