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A Gentle Reminder

The harvest is plentiful and the laborers are under attack. But do not shrink back in fear, for the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, they are Mighty In God. 2 Corinthians 10:4.

This sounds like 10-4, over and out. meaning the message has been received and understood.

 

Have you ever desired His Touch?

Gentle reminder that He is near

Not that you have forgotten

Yet longing for His soft touch to calm the fear

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Have you ever cried aloud

Oh God the fear has crept back

Only to be reminded

Persecution comes by attack

 

The words of James to count it all joy

With these diverse fiery trials

Yes breakthrough is very near

Ready our feet to dance for miles

 

For when we have harvested

Like a woman travailing in labor

Oh what joy and celebration

As we gather at The Master’s table

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So as the fiery trials rage

Seven times hotter are the afflictions

Keep our eyes focused on Jesus

Hold fast our godly convictions

 

For the promise is sure and true

We shall reap if we do not faint

Satan desires to wear out

The people of God His precious saints

 

We shall rest when we must

Not forget to drink in plenty of liquid

Living water from the wells of salvation

Certain to extinguish the lies and contradiction

 

I hear the sound of abundance

It is coming over the mountain

For our God is sending revival

Salvations well the flowing fountain

 

laurette laster © August 2019

Recently I have gone through some difficult times and I have had to remind myself how to fight. Not to prepare physically to fight, but fight spiritually. You know the fight we fight as Christians? We fight fiery darts with by soaking our shields of faith in water. Today I find myself wondering,  is this why we need the opposition. Is it to remind us to sharpen or swords, load our cannons, sharpen our axes, (not grind them), and make ready our weapons?

 

Last night out of my mouth came the words, “The weapons of our warfare are not carnal, they are mighty in God, to the pulling down of strongholds. Then I knew I had unleashed and unlocked my arsenal.

 

The old fear left when I opened the door of my arsenal. I saw and immediately grabbed every weapon I needed. This arsenal is full of swords. Which believers know is the the word of God.  My soul quieted and I had His peace.

 

So as I submitted to God, the enemy surely did flee. When he saw the arsenal and he knew it was over for him.

 

Stand still and see the salvation of God. Exodus 14:13

 

Drink plenty of liquids this heat is fierce.

 

1      “And in that day you will say:

Oh LORD, I will praise You;

Though You were angry with me,

Your anger is turned away and You comfort me,

  1. Behold, God, my salvation! I will trust and not be afraid, For the LORD GOD is my strength and song; Yes, He has become my salvation.”
  2. Therefore with joy you will draw water From the springs of salvation.
  3. And in that day you will say, “Give thanks to the LORD, call on His name [in prayer]. Make His deeds known among the peoples [of the earth]; Proclaim [to them] that His name is exalted!”
  4. Sing praises to the LORD, for He has done excellent and glorious things;
  5. Let this be known throughout the earth. Rejoice and shout for joy, O inhabitant of Zion, For great in your midst is the Holy One of Israel.”

 

ISAIAH 12:2-6 AMP

Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation. (KJV)

You will joyfully draw water from the springs of salvation, (CSB

With great joy, you people will get water from the well of victory. (CEV)

God bless you and keep you and make His face shine upon and be gracious to you. The Lord cause His countenance to rise upon and give you Shalom.

Until next time, thank you for listening with me. Laurette

 

 

 

 

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The Sacred Place

The Sacred Place
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I love those who love Me, and those who seek Me diligently find Me. Proverbs 8:17

The Sacred Place

I knelt down in that familiar place
I bowed my head in prayer
Folding my hands that feeling
Our sacred time alone to share

“I remember so many times”, I said
Our special sacred place
This is where it all got real
You listened and I felt completely safe

To say what needed to be said
I didn’t have to pretend
I knew we were going to meet
Your heart and mine did blend

Sometimes a word of truth
Sensing Your gentle soothing hush
The love exchanged during our encounters
I never wanted to hurry or to rush

So often I came to meet with You
Evidenced by the ridge worn in the carpet
The change not seen immediately
I realize oneness was Your goal and target

Oh those early years
You taught me how to stay
Was from my state of desperation
That You taught me to earnestly pray

How I need Your guidance
It is Your voice that I must hear
Are You sure I’m where I should be
Oh my Father show me You are near

My heart is drawn back yet again
To the place it all began
I kneel down and bow my head
I whisper I’m here again

The desperate cries and groaning
From deep within my heart
This morning I bowed down again
Hungry enough to wait is where I’ll start

I can pray from wherever
Yes I can pray at any time
But when I need an encounter
You draw me to our sacred place to remind

I’m drawn here in desperation
Back to our place sacred and familiar
I feel Your soothing hush-do not fear
Why my child are you so bewildered

I knelt down in our sacred place
I folded my hands in prayer
I need to hear Your Voice again
I’ve come to listen as You share

© laurette laster

 

“But from there you will seek The Lord your God and you will find Him, if you search after Him with all your heart and with all your soul.” (Deuteronomy 4:29)
Jesus said love The Lord you God with all your heart, all your soul, all of your mind, and all your strength. And the second is like this: you shall love your neighbor as yourself Mark 12:30-31

Recently I was going through a dry spell. Some of the younger crowd might say, “just not feelin it.”

Nothing was wrong, but my soul had a deep hunger for more of Him and His touch. My prayers were powerful and I could feel His presence but I wanted more. I’m sure you can identify with what I am describing. Times when you want to know, and need to know that it is more than words you are praying. Like a face to face encounter with our Savior.

One morning while praying about this I was prompted to go kneel by the side of my bed and pray. This place is very sacred to me. This was my altar for many years, after purchasing my first home, following a divorce, years ago. My address has changed, my singleness has changed, along with many other things, but one thing hasn’t changed, my Savior who appeared to me during times prior in a lawn chair on a porch, and again at this place.

He is the One who brought me out. I grew to love my Savior Jesus, the One who paid my price for redemption and Holy Spirit who speaks to me about what my God desires for me. Prior to the purchase of this house I had encountered the very real Jesus, and was baptized with the baptism of His Holy Spirit and fire, while sitting in a lawn chair, on the front porch of my mother’s house. I had been seeking God with all my heart. I was living with my mom having left at His prompting.

I’m sure each of us has that time in life with our Father and Savior and His Spirit, where it got raw and it got real. That place where we decided I am going to make it or die trying. “I need You Lord” was the cry of my heart. I knew He had brought me to this place so how else could I continue forward, but by His word.

Years ago I wore a huge ridge in my carpet kneeling beside my bed. A fitting description of what it means by “pressing into the things of God.” My pressing into Him while praying caused a ridge in the carpet. I didn’t realize I was even doing this until seeing the ridge. I noticed it got bigger overtime. At first I didn’t realize where it was coming from. I didn’t give it much thought in the beginning stages  and I’m not exactly sure when I noticed and realized what caused it.

Starting over was frightening and exciting for this woman. I was starting over and this time it was with Him. Jesus and I were partners. He had manifested Himself to me and I wanted Him more than I wanted any manmade ideas or quick fixes. I would pray and believe to hear from Him. I would tell The Lord, “according to Your word, if I diligently seek You, I can hear from You. I would say, I need to hear from you and I expect to hear from YOU.”

Today looking back reminds me these times were among the hardest days and moments of my life, but the sweetest times of tender union with Him. Yes, He spoke to me. He spoke through dreams, through reading my bible, through stumbling forward, through tested preachers and teachers, and yes I have been gifted to hear His audible voice more than once.

When I couldn’t see anything happening He continued to draw me, and I kept believing and calling out. I couldn’t see what was happening but the momentum was building. Just like the pushed back carpet that created that ridge hadn’t appeared overnight, neither did the changes I was praying for. But after many heartfelt prayers through tears with snot running, through the screams, the absolute begging, and pleading and yes praising, things were changing and did change.

Is this how the truth of God appears? I believe the answer is a resounding yes. Greg and I were talking recently; how you cannot draw the exact line between the hour, or the exact minute, or day, when it is in God’s timing. God’s timing is supernatural and a mystery.

Ephesians 1:4 tells us that He chose us in Him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in His sight, in love. The NLT says He chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in His eyes. Weymouth says, He chose us as His own.

Greg said, “I believe it is like the colors in the rainbow.” You know they are different because you see all the colors, but to divide the colors for the human eye is impossible. We cannot find the exact line of demarcation in events He has planned; but, like the rainbow is a symbol of promise and His covenant, how much more the covenant of salvation, and His faithful love for us, His people.

There are times, seasons, and appointments with God that have eternal meaning. When we do not understand what is happening, something great is being ushered in for His people.

If you can’t see the change you need today I encourage you to seek The Lord with all your heart. When our minds, our wills, our hearts, and our spirits mesh with His we lose all pretense and we get real. When He knows we are desperate for Him, He appears. And sometimes He just appears to encourage us and let us know He is with us.

God has never denied a desperate prayer. He may change the circumstance, He may change the other person, but He may not. I promise He does change us, and we can trust His process to be better than we could think or imagine.

If you have gotten too deep, too mature, overly obligated or just so busy, I have a suggestion for you and for me. Let’s go back to where it all began and with childlike faith just spend time with Him. We will find Him when we diligently seek Him. Oh what a promise.

As I look back to the times reminisced in the poem above, it seems like it was only a couple of years ago but it all began two decades ago.

He is faithful!

God bless you and keep you and make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you. The Lord cause His countenance to rise upon you and give you Shalom.
Until next time, thank you for listening with me. Laurette
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I Slew a Giant

Go be a Giant Slayer!

Take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit which is the word of God. (Ephesians 6:12-18)

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I Slew a Giant

 

I slew a Giant

First thing this morning

With eyes as big as saucers

His head was GINORMOUS

 

Catching a ride

Inside the house

Silently lurking

Quiet like a church mouse

 

Startled I was

When he looked up at me

My initial reaction; shock

Oh how can this be

 

I slew a giant

My early morning task

Before first cup of coffee

I grabbed a weapon before you ask

 

Saying very loudly

Well HOW DARE YOU!

Yes this hideous giant

Now in my eyes view

 

Taking a fighting stance

He was as shocked as I but one must die

He was hiding on the feeder

Waiting on victims to drop by

 

Waiting in close range

Hoping to slay

My innocent tiny birds

Oh no you don’t, not today

 

But I slew a giant

Yes I took off his head

Now my little hummers

Have nothing to dread

 

What if we said

To the enemy of our soul

WELL HOW DARE YOU

I’d like to let you to KNOW

 

I have weapons in my arsenal

A sword and shield

The truth and shoes

Belt with instructions a faithful guild

 

Coming together in the unity of the faith

In the Name of Jesus our Lord

We can slay our giants

With a double edged sword!

 

Copyright © laurette laster August 2019

 

This morning, as part of my usual routine, I started my coffee and then went out to scatter bird seed for my soon coming visitors.

When coming in the house, I grabbed one of my hummingbird feeders to give them fresh sugar water.

 

While washing the feeder something grabbed my attention. I caught a glimpse of this giant in my sink, just as he was turning and looking at me I saw him also. We locked eyes. I was startled, but what I did next really spoke to me.

It all happened so quickly. Looking back was the afterthought that sparked the poem. Using eleven stanzas I describe what happened in a mere two or three seconds.

As we locked eyes I said loudly, How Dare You! How Dare You! I then grabbed a plastic glass and began to crush him.

 

A praying mantises head is shaped like a sledge hammer or a mallet, and yes his eyes were as big as saucers. (Remember I was the eye witness of the entire encounter).

Well at least before I was wide awake that how it seemed.

What startled me was my reaction. I very loudly said, “How dare you, How Dare You.” I was immediately outraged that he was after my hummers and now in my sink.

I now believe grabbing the feeder and bringing it inside to clean it, at the time I did, was divine timing. God knew the danger lurking about to the hummers. I believe I brought the feeder in and captured a predator, killing him and protecting my birds.

In my spirit I started hearing, “I slew a giant”. Did I slay a giant? Am I a giant slayer?

What is a giant? What determines the definition of a giant? Is it determined by size? Is it determined by a unanimous vote and agreement? Is it determined by venom or toxins?

Is it determined by color, mixture, or location, or breed?

A giant is whatever has the ability to capture, conquer, and destroy or kill our self or those we are responsible to, and responsible for.

 

I was not afraid that the mantis would kill me. He is not my giant, but he is a giant and a very real predator to my hummingbirds.

 

Mantis closest relatives are cockroaches and the termite.

 

How fitting, cockroaches often are attracted to filth but can live by eating the glue from cardboard boxes.

We all know termites eat wood, destroying structures, thus weakening our support system and covering. Termites come from underneath, the places we can’t see in to. But we have wisdom and the counsel of others (guild) to help us prepare and give us instructions on how to protect our dwellings. We have our bibles and the incorruptible seed of God, as believers.

 

Isn’t this interesting? I found this quite didactic. What a lesson this morning, I just had to share it with you my fellow giant slayers.

Pay attention to what The Lord is speaking to you. He speaks to each of us using very practical situations.

 

Go slay your giants and someone else’s also. As leaders and shepherds we are responsible for those God has put in our care.

For we know the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but they are mighty in God pulling down strongholds.

(For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)  (2 Corinthians 10:4 KJV)

The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. (2 Corinthians 10:4 NIV)

 

God bless you and keep you and make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you. The Lord lift His countenance upon you and give Shalom.

 

Until next time, thank you for listening with me. Laurette

 

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2020/5780 and Faithful Over The Few Things

Recently I heard Dutch Sheets sharing his vision of the skeleton key. In a vision, Dutch Sheets was given a skeleton key and then a keyhole appeared, and the Spirit told him it was for the unlocking of the ancient. I immediately thought about the 7 feasts of The Lord.

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An eye chart is written very similar to the picture above. Eye charts measure and diagnose normal sight. Do you see what this says?

Today I noticed something while I was reading about the Hebrew year of 5780 that is fast upon us. This Jewish New Year will begin with Rosh Hashanah or Feast of Trumpets on the evening of September 29th.  When my eyes fell on 2020/5780 my mind immediately calculated the addition of 5+7+8+0 before I knew what happened I saw

5+7=12

12+8=20

5 we know is the number for grace, 7 the number for God’s perfection, 12 the number of government, and 8 being the number of new beginnings. (Yes I love numbers and believe they speak. As Troy Brewer says they preach).

So we still have the Hebrew Calendar and the Gregorian calendar aligning. And we have 20/20/20. Both calendars are turning over and ushering in a new decade

Earth and the body of believers are about to collide with heavens agenda.  And this sounds like alignment for assignments to me.

The whole earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the Glory of God!

In September 2016 The Lord gave me a word. Early on a Saturday morning, my husband and I were driving down the interstate. The moon and sun were directly aligned in the heavens above. It was as if they were staring at each other face to face. The full moon in the sky to the West, and the Sun rising in the East were facing each other. I felt a quickening from The Lord, as  I was looking at this sight. I heard The Spirit of the Lord say: “Alignment for your assignment.” It is time to come into alignment with the theme of God.

Then this morning while reading a prophetic word for 2020/5780 I had the knowledge of the 20/20/20.

But today I see even deeper into this image and I feel prompted to share. I am so excited and I pray you will be also.

The sun facing the moon and the two being face to face has a more profound meaning to me this morning.

On that morning in September 2016, I had a sense that I was present and being shown something. It was if I was being wooed, and was supposed to discern a deeper truth and an encounter. I definitely had one and heard the Spirit of the Lord speak to me.

During the month of Elul, our rich Hebrew culture has a saying and believes the King is in the Field. It is the time when The King, Jesus is walking among His people and checking on them. It is also a time to be face to face with Him and make our petitions known.

Remember Bob Rogers and his dream? His dad said remember Bob, August is the month of answered prayers. We know prayers are answered all the time but is there something supernatural about the Fall Feasts? I certainly believe there is.

The month of Elul is the beginning of the forty days of Teshuvah, and those who know me know this is my favorite time of the year.

The acronym of this holy season is from Song of Songs 6:3, I am my beloveds and my beloved is mine. This is another face to face encounter.

As I thought about this again this morning; about the sun facing the moon these scriptures came to me.

Psalm 19:4-6 their line is gone out through all the earth and their words to the end of the world. In them has he set a tabernacle for the sun, which is as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, and rejoices as a strong man to run a race. Its going forth is from the end of the heaven, and its circuit unto the ends of it: and there is nothing hid from the heat thereof.

Psalm 104:19 CEV You created the moon to tell us the seasons. The sun knows when to set,

1 Corinthians 15:41There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars:

Psalm 8:3 KJV When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have ordained;

 

I delivered this word above, even having it inscribed on book markers given to those in attendance, while teaching at a women’s conference at our church in October 2016.

Alignment for assignment is still being preached and prophetically established. 20/20/20

I recently wrote in a blog that 20/20 is a vision diagnostic term for having average or normal sight. So what about 20/20/20? Well 60 is a very supernatural bible number. The number 60 is the product of three consecutive digits

The number 60 is the value of the Fifteenth Letter in the Hebrew Alphabet, Samek, which literally denotes to uphold, help, or support. Samek is the central and most active letter in the word yesod (foundation). yesod is # 3247 in Strong’s Concordance meaning base or foundation.

Ezra 6:3 which happens to be the Fifteenth book in the bible says; In the first year of King Cyrus, King Cyrus issued a decree concerning the house of God at Jerusalem: “Let the house be rebuilt, the place where they offered sacrifices; and let the foundations of it be firmly laid, its height sixty cubits and its width sixty cubits.

(This is significant because the number 120 is the value of the name of the Fifteenth Letter as well as the world amud (pillar). information shared from © biblewheel.com check them out)

If you are faithful over the little God will make you rulers over much

Matthew 25:23 come and share in your Master’s happiness

Faithful Over The Few Things

I don’t want to struggle for a little venue
The Lord wants me to serve the world
Why do we fight to stay on a small stage
When it is destinies He longs to unfurl

The little mindedness and traps
Holds and bars on every window
Why oh why do we limit His power
Living with what if’s, unfounded innuendoes

Oh to be bold and reach out
Take hold with all our heart
Exactly what there is for us
Discovery of our faithful part

No matter the struggle
In spite of the pain
In the end all that counts
Is we will not be ashamed

I pray we never hold back
For fear of petty rejection
Because simply my dear
How unlimited is God’s correction
He told Abraham to count the stars
Joshua and Caleb to spy out the land
David was just delivering lunch
Goliath dead stone and a sling in his hand

What exactly is He revealing to us
To point out the small mindedness in our head
God said to Moses what is in your hand
Prophet sent to the widow asking for bread

Naomi well she became bitter
Elizabeth felt she had to hide
Hannah they thought was drunk
But in the end to all God did oblige

Ruth, we know she was a follower
Esther you know became queen
Rahab, remember the harlot
Yeah those are God’s team

What is in our homes
What is in our hearts
You may think it insignificant
But remember The Big is His part

© laurette laster June 14th 2019

Wow are we actually seeing into the things and the theme of God?  The supernatural is coming and is already upon us.

Open our eyes Father, that we may behold Your supernatural call.

God bless you and keep you and make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you. The Lord lift up His countenance on you and give you Shalom.

Until next time, thank you for listening with me. Laurette

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Fragrance Like the Rain

You heavens above, rain down righteousness; let the clouds shower it down. Let the earth open wide let salvation spring up, let righteousness grow with it; I, The LORD,  have created it. 

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Sow righteousness for yourselves, reap the fruit of unfailing love, and break up your unplowed ground; for it is time seek The LORD, until he comes and showers His righteousness on you. (Hosea 10:12)

I sense Your covering  in the clouds
Your fragrance fresh like rain
But Oh my Precious Lord
I became one with You through the pain

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I’m reminded In good times
Yes comforted during fear
That You are always close
In tenderness drawing near

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Your word did calm the sea
The voice others didn’t hear
Is always just what I needed
You are my help and constant cheer

Indeed my Living Savior
With excitement I shall give an account
For this hope that is in my soul
Just one drop an immeasurable amount

More than enough to span galaxies
More than our minds can imagine
Yes too vast and numerous to count
Cannot be contained by earthly chasms

I sense Your covering with the clouds
My skin glistens in the rain
But I’ve come to understand Your ways
In the trials and the pain

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To wish a life free from pain
Meant I had to lose one ounce
Of how I’ve come to ‘Know You’
I wouldn’t wipe away the smallest drop or amount

© laurette laster May 2019

Todays rain is such a welcomed blessing. With our Texas heat blazing and the humidity, it has been unbearable to those who work outside.

I am reminded that the work of renewing our mind isn’t easy, and it isn’t for the faint of heart. For myself and others, it was often accompanied with a lack of understanding. Not understanding what The Lord is doing in our lives can leave us asking (well maybe begging); why God why, when God when, how God how, but we remember that we have this promise: in due season we shall reap if we faint not.

Let us not grow weary in well doing, in doing good, for in due time, due season, at the appointed time, the proper time, the right time, we shall reap a harvest if we do not faint. Galatians 6:9

The leaves glistening in the much need moisture this morning gives me hope and I am reminded, there is an appointed time.

Due season always comes, faint not.

The Lord told Habakkuk, write the vision or revelation and make it plain, so that a herald may run with it. For the revelation awaits an appointed time though it lingers wait for it, it will certainly come and will not delay.

Development, tilling the ground and planting takes time, and delay is not denial of His promises.

God bless you and keep you and make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you. The Lord cause His countenance to rise upon you and give you Shalom.

Until next time, thank you for listening with me. Laurette

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The Stars Shall Dance Through the Heavens

Meteor Shower Calendar

Isaiah 40:26

Lift up your eyes on high: Who created all these? He leads forth the starry host by number; He calls each one by name. Because of His great power and mighty strength, not one of them is missing.

 

The Stars Shall Dance Through the Heavens

As stars dance through the heavens

The Lord sits enthroned above

You and I look up enamored

Motions of His remarkable love

 

Who but a God like ours

Choreographs the heavens to so perform

As the stars dance and sway gaily

No fear of collision, majestic, precise, uniform

 

Yes! The stars will dance through the heavens

Rejoicing singing and shouting loudly

We however sit quietly engulfed

As our Lord’s creations performs proudly

 

What does this mean

Could there be a Devine purpose

I believe He is simply assuring (to all but especially Israel)

I am Your God no need to be nervous

 

For I created the heavens

I have called each star by name

Yes! The stars shall dance through the heavens

What a spectacular Heavenly Exchange

 

 

© laurette laster

 

Psalm 147:1-6 NIV

“Praise the Lord. How good it is to sing praises to our God, how pleasant and fitting to praise him! The Lord builds up Jerusalem; he gathers the exiles of Israel. He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. He determines the number of the stars and calls them each by name. Great is our Lord and mighty in power; his understanding has no limit. The Lord sustains the humble but casts the wicked to the ground.”

 

 

Genesis 15:5

And the LORD took him outside and said, “Now look to the heavens and count the stars, if you are able.” Then He declared, “So shall your offspring be.”

 

 

The Perseids are the most popular meteor shower as they peak on warm August nights as seen from the northern hemisphere. The Perseids are active from July 17 to August 24. They reach a strong maximum on August 12 or 13, depending on the year.

 

God bless you and keep you and make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you. The Lord cause His countenance to rise upon you and give you Shalom.

Until next time, thank you for listening with me. Laurette