The Prince is Giving a Ball!

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My favorite fairytale growing up was always Cinderella. Maybe it was because I had blonde hair and blue eyes (like Disney’s version) and liked to sing. Maybe it was because as I grew up, it seemed like there were more and more chores to be done! Maybe I could relate to the feeling of dreaming for more than what my reality looked like. Maybe it was because it was a story of overcoming great adversity and unjust treatment. But, I believe, mostly, it was because Cinderella, the seemingly most unlikely of women, was chosen by a Prince to be his Princess.

Every little girl dreams of being rescued by a Prince and cherished as his one-and-only. A woman wants to be desired and seen as a rare beauty. We want to feel that to someone else we are without compare and worth sacrificing everything to possess.

I have been in many relationships where I was not cherished. You know when someone cherishes you. Their actions truly do speak louder than words ever could. I have been used, taken advantage of; and at a certain point you, sadly, can actually start believing “Maybe I’m not precious.” “Maybe I’m not worth sacrifice.” “Maybe Cinderella doesn’t go to the ball.”


Jesus is the Prince. He is the Son of the Living God. And guess what? He is seeking His Bride!! The invitation to the Wedding Feast has been sent out! (Matthew 22:1-14) Jesus has paid the ultimate price to buy His Bride – with His own blood! Anyone who accepts His proposal, the covenant of His blood, has become His Bride. Jesus would have died just for the opportunity to win your heart if you had been the only person on earth, or if you were the only one to accept His invitation! His engagement ring is His Spirit that He puts within you. The Spirit is the deposit of the fulfillment of the promise, our wedding day with the Prince!

My sister Ashley and I have always loved Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella, starring Lesley Ann Warren. We have rediscovered it recently, and even went to see an updated version of it on stage. In the film, there is a long moment of silence, 45 seconds even, when Cinderella walks down the staircase to the ballroom. The Prince just stands there, captivated! Song of Solomon 4:9 says, “You have stolen my heart, my sister, my bride; you have stolen my heart with one glance of your eyes, with one jewel of your necklace.” That’s how Jesus looks at His Bride!

But what also impacted me was how Cinderella (Lesley) stared back at the Prince. As they danced and sang she looked at him with doe eyes! She was so overwhelmed that he loved her! Her heart burst with joy for his love! Song of Solomon 6:3 says, “I am my beloved’s and my beloved is mine.” That is the Bride’s response to Christ – complete adoration and joy! I want to look upon Christ with those same doe eyes; I know with one glance of them His heart palpitates!

So, you have been invited to the ball! Jesus loves you with an everlasting love (Jeremiah 31:3) and He has proven your worth through His sacrifice and payment on the Cross! Will you say “YES!” to the invitation? Your fairytale awaits! I know now that the reason I have always loved Cinderella is because I am her…desired, chosen, and adored by the Prince!



The Food That Remains

Well, this “Britterfly” currently writes you from the lovely city of Santa Barbara, Brasil! I flew here 5 days ago from Atlanta, GA to help out with the feeding program that Rick Bonfim Ministries has going in this hilly city. We provide 500 meals a week to the surrounding community. Andréa, Silvana, and Célio are the Brazilian trio down here: Célio manages, and Silvana and Andréa do all of the cooking and cleaning around the Missao (Mission). I love them all.

A couple of days ago, Kathy (my American roommate who is currently staying with me here) and I went to a local pet supplies store to purchase a couple hummingbird feeders for the mission. We just completed a gardening project that Kathy has been working on for 5 months, and I had the pleasure of planting the final few flowers and herbs. We thought it would be lovely to attract some hummingbirds to the area.

As I type, I am alone out in the courtyard of the mission that overlooks the garden. With nowhere else to hang my hummingbird feeder, I suspended it on one of the many air-drying lines we have outside. For about 30 minutes I have been waiting, praying that the local hummingbirds find out about the new food source. And as I wait, as so often happens, God speaks to me.

I am thinking about how food attracts living things; I mean, every living thing needs food to survive. People gather around a dinner table, ants gather supplies from compost piles, and hummingbirds drink from flowers and feeders. Food draws, attracts, and sustains life.

Jesus used many food illustrations when explaining the Kingdom of God. He said, “I am the Bread of Life: He who comes to Me shall never hunger; and he who believes on me shall never thirst.” (John 6:35) He responded to Satan’s temptation in the wilderness by quoting a Scripture from Deuteronomy 8, saying, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every Word that proceeds out of the Mouth of God.” (Matthew 4:4) When he broke bread on the night He was betrayed He said, “Take, eat; This is My body.” And then He took the cup, gave thanks, and gave it to them saying, “Drink ye all of it; For this is My Blood of the New Testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.” (Matthew 26:26-28)

Jesus always attracted people, and still does. Just like the hummingbirds drawn to the new feeder filled with nectar, Jesus draws people to Himself. As Simon Peter said in John 6:68, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of Eternal Life!” Jesus speaks, and in reality IS the Living Word of God! (John 1) Jesus says, “Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after Righteousness: for they shall be filled. (Matthew 5:6) Hungry people are drawn, attracted to, and sustained by Jesus. Wow! This is why churches are filled with people who desire God. This why I sit in Brasil and hear, at 10:00 am, a woman singing at the top of her lungs, “The Battle Hymn of the Republic”, also called “Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory”. (As an Athens-dweller and a Georgia Bulldog, this brings a smile to my face for a couple of reasons.) She is singing gloria a Deus.

People are hungry all around us – and not just for physical food, but the more important spiritual food, the very Word of God! Jesus said in Matthew 25:34-40, “Then shall the King say unto them on His right hand, Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: For I was hungry and you gave me food: I was thirsty and you gave me drink: I was a stranger, and you took me in: Naked, and you clothed Me: I was sick, and you visited Me: I was in prison, and you came unto Me. Then shall the righteous answer Him, saying, Lord, when did we see You hungry, and feed You? or thirsty and gave You a drink? When saw we You a stranger, and took You in? or naked and clothed You? Or when did we see You sick, or in prison and came unto You? And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as you have done it unto one of the least of these My brethren, you have done it unto Me.”

Jesus instructed Simon Peter to feed His sheep. (John 21:15-17) And so must we. We must do more than merely give people food – we must give them Jesus. Every time I hand food to these hungry people in Santa Barbara, I feed them the Word, saying, “Jesus te ama!” (Jesus loves you!) I plan to learn more Portuguese Scriptures to encourage the people here.

Who is hungry around you? Do not pass them by. Feed them the Living Word of God, for they will never be hungry again if they have Him Who supplies all in all.

The King of the Heart

A “Messiah” is a leader or savior of a particular group or cause. Superman is a type of Messiah, along with Batman, Robin Hood, William Wallace. These are all characters or people who fought to bring about change for a people group, city, or country. The Bat Signal was shot into the sky to tell Bruce Wayne that the city he defended needed a rescuer.

The Messiah of Israel was prophesied, hundreds of years before Jesus’ birth, to be a man Who would bring good news to the poor, bind up the broken-hearted, proclaim liberty to the captives and the opening of the prison to those who were bound. He would proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor, and the day of vengeance of God. He would comfort all who mourn. (Isaiah 61:1-2)

When Jesus arrived on the scene, though, He didn’t look like the Messiah His people expected. Each group had their different expectations. The Zealots wanted a political revolutionary – someone who would overthrow the rule of the Romans. The Sadducees were “in bed” with the Romans. They didn’t believe in a Messianic Age. The Pharisees wanted someone who would uphold the Law and impose the Law upon Israel. The Essenes were politically uninvolved, and were the religious monks of the day. They didn’t concern themselves with Messiah.

But Jesus came, as prophesied, despite the Sadducees’ and the Essenes’ disinterest. In response to the Pharisees He said, “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.(Matthew 5:17) And yet, a few verses later He says that “unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, you will certainly not enter the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 5:20) In contrast to the Zealot’s ideas for the Messiah, Jesus did not come to overthrow the Roman government. He came to overthrow the rule of man on the throne of his own heart. He came to be King of our hearts.

Jesus says later in that same chapter: You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart.” (Matthew 5:27-28) Jesus goes further than what the Law instructs. He says in this scripture that if we think an evil deed in our hearts then we are guilty of it. Wow. He’s showing that from the overflow of the heart a man acts. So the heart of man is where the sickness lies. Jesus said in Mark 2:17, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.

So all men have sinned – all have fallen short of the glory of God. (Romans 3:23) All are guilty. Jesus came to heal the sickness in the heart of mankind. The question is this: “Do you know that you are sick?” 

 “All are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, through the shedding of his blood—to be received by faith.” (Romans 3:24-25) When we receive Christ He gives us His righteousness in exchange for our unrighteousness. He becomes the righteous King of our heart. 

So Jesus came to fulfill something much greater than overthrowing a government. He came to heal the sick human heart. Does He look like the Messiah you expected? Even if the answer is “no”, He is the Messiah you need. There is no one Who cares more deeply for you. There is no greater friend than this Messiah. There is no greater life than the one found submitted to His rule.


Background Tasks

Good day to you, Beloved of God!

Based upon the title, you may think this will be a post about serving in the “background”, out of sight from others where you might receive glory. But, it’s not.

This is a post about God working in the background, where we don’t see.

For the past few days (at least) I have been given the task of burning DVDs for an AMAZING teaching series by Rick Bonfim, “Gifts of the Holy Spirit Revisited”. To say I’ve experienced a few roadblocks during the process would be an understatement. Day after day has passed and at the end of each day I marvel at the fact that I have no physical evidence to show for my work.

Yesterday, Johnathan, the office manager, came to help me. We tried time after time to “share” the videos to a DVD format. We sat there, heard nothing, saw nothing, and kept sending the same “share project to DVD” task for my computer to complete. We guessed that something was wrong with the DVD writer, so I went to Best Buy to get a new one for my desktop. At the end of the day yesterday, once again, I felt like I’d been through war but had nothing to show for it. One last time, I exported the project.

This morning, I come and see “Project successfully shared!” Great! Well, then “Project successfully shared” pops up again. And again. And again.

Hold up.

So EVERY time I, in my impatience and eagerness to resolve the problem, sent the project to “share to a DVD”, my computer was already working on doing that very thing. And I was bogging it down with the same request.

I then, through Johnathan’s encouragement to research the problem, discover this thing called the “Background Tasks” button. Come to find out that if I click it, I can monitor the progress of the task I have asked the computer to complete. The article I read that informed me about said button stated, “When you click the Share button, the DVD menu dialog will go away. That doesn’t mean your disc is finished burning! Have patience!

Wow. Once I could see that my computer was in the process of completing the task I had requested I had no reason to worry, fret, or be impatient. I just needed to wait. In fact, the more I tried to hurry the process along, the longer it took.

Isn’t that like us? We ask God to do something on our behalf or another’s behalf, and then when we don’t see or hear any immediate results, we try to take things into our own hands. We try to force the request to happen, and we end up making the whole process a lot more painful than it had to be.

God is working. We may not see what He is doing; we may not have an indicator like a “Background Tasks” button to track His progress, but He is working. Does Scripture not say, “being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus” (Philippians 1:6)? When we invite Him into our lives, He is committed to finishing the good work that He began in us!

And think of all of the many promises we have regarding prayer: “The righteous cry out, and the LORD hears them; He delivers them from all their troubles” (Psalm 34:17). “‘Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know'” (Jeremiah 33:3). Or, “The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective” (James 5:16). Just because the “dialog” has finished at the end of a prayer, doesn’t mean you will see the finished work then and there. Be patient! 🙂

To sum it up: “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight” (Proverbs 3:5-6). Trust Him. Trust Him. Trust Him. He’s working.IMG_4795.jpeg


The Diamond Cutter

On November 2, 2011 I had a revelation of Jesus and committed my life to Him. I prayed a prayer in my little white Toyota Yaris, and I prayed with a faith KNOWING that God heard my cry. My words were simple: “Okay, I believe in You! Now change me!” I was desperate. I came to Him in a spiritually battered and abused state. In my own eyes, I was a mess.

It’s now 6 years later and I work at Rick Bonfim Ministries, the very ministry that God used to reach my heart. A LOT has happened between then and now. One day, I looked down at the carpet in my office and saw a little stone that looked like a diamond. It wasn’t a real diamond (although that would’ve been awesome). But as I looked at it I remembered that around the time I gave my life to Christ, a man had given me a word from God saying, “You are precious to God. Your heart is like a diamond to Him.” At the time I could not understand how this could be true. How could I be that special? But my heart believed and something broke inside me that day. God is so kind. (Romans 2:4) As I looked at this little rhinestone from my office floor I heard God say, “You’re still my diamond, precious to my heart.

I then thought about the process it takes for a diamond crystal to become a radiant beauty of great worth. Diamond is formed from carbon-containing minerals beneath the earth under high temperatures and intense pressure. “Heat” and “pressure” are words that we associate with the Lord’s refining process within us. (Job 23:10, Romans 8:29) But when a raw diamond crystal is harvested, it takes a diamond cutter to bring forth the “diamond in the rough”.

Diamond is the hardest natural substance on Earth! Wow! It’s both beautiful and strong. But the process of yielding the diamond is both delicate and time consuming. A diamond cutter must be patient. And, I’d argue, so must the diamond! The diamond cutter is committed to seeking out and yielding the largest diamond with the highest clarity from within the rough crystal. And every diamond is completely unique and must be approached by the cutter as such. At the end of the process, which can take several hours or even weeks, the worth of the stone is determined by size, clarity, color, brilliance, and several other factors.

So God sees within us a worth that is measured by the price He paid to purchase us back: His very Son. (John 3:16) When we come to The Diamond Cutter, we come as rough stones with many rough edges. And day-by-day He is conforming us to the image of His Son, Who is perfection. There are going to be many instruments that God uses to yield the diamond within us. And each one of His children will be pursued and worked on by God in a unique way, according to what He determines necessary. (As a side note, only diamond can cut diamond, which reminds me of iron sharpening iron in Proverbs 27:17.) The process may be downright painful. And as The Diamond Cutter is committed to finish the process as it says in Philippians 1:6, “being confident of this, that He Who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus“, so we, as the diamonds being cut and polished, must be committed to allowing The Cutter to finish His work (which will be good: Romans 8:28 and Jeremiah 29:11). Matthew 24:13 states, “But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.” And James 1:12 says, “Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.” Guess what? The top of a diamond is called the “crown”! When the diamond endures until the end it receives a crown! And that is what we will receive.

But on that glorious day, we will cast every crown before the feet of Jesus and along with the four and twenty elders in Revelation 4 we will say, “You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being.”

Endure, and let The Diamond Cutter remove the rough edges, the things that aren’t of Him. Then you will truly reflect His light and His glory! (Matthew 13:43) The process may take a lifetime, but our great reward will be Him, and we will be like Him. “But we know that when Christ appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is.” 1 John 3:2IMG_4600.jpeg

A Controlled Environment


A couple weeks ago I had a delightful reunion with my college roommates just outside of Charlotte, NC. I love these ladies, and I remember that especially when we come together after being apart for a length of time. We spent the weekend eating, laughing, crying, adventuring and praying. As I was about to leave my friend Emily’s house, I saw a cute green caterpillar hanging outside her kitchen window. I exclaimed, “Aw!! You’re going to get to watch that caterpillar become a BUTTERFLY!” Emily, very nonchalantly remarked, “Actually, I think he’s stuck in a spider’s web.

*Blink blink*… Hold up. He IS in a web!

I ran outside onto her deck and yelled, “NOT TODAY, SATAN!!!!!!!” I removed the victim from the source of entrapment…snatched safely away from the jaws of destruction! Just to the right of where I had rescued him I saw another web; in this one was another caterpillar, already dead. I was sad. I couldn’t save that one, but I DID save this one! I put my new little pet on the deck table while I swiftly took down any and all spiders and their associated webs. They wouldn’t be killing any more caterpillars on my watch!

I put my little buddy in an empty water bottle with leaves and a stone. My friends laughed and said, “Only YOU, Britt.” Haha, probably true. But this was MY caterpillar. I had saved him and I would keep him safe through the process of becoming a BUTTERFLY! He made the 3.5 hour trip back home to Athens, GA. I made him a special sanctuary out of a former Animal Cracker box at our office. I filled it with a plethora of leaves, rocks, sticks, and acorns. (Thanks goes to my friend and co-worker Taylor, aka Tay Tay, for offering his vast terrarium-creating wisdom!)

I named my caterpillar “Renato”, which is Portuguese for Renée (my middle name), meaning “rebirth” or “born again”. (I had met a Brazilian waiter at a French restaurant a couple month back with this name. The restaurant’s name you ask? Bread and Butterfly. Can’t make this stuff up, folks.) My hopes were soaring high for my little Renato.

As time passed, I started noticing something strange. He looked less green, smaller, thinner, and he had FAR less energy. I had done my research, watching every YouTube  video on the process of metamorphosis, and I knew that it would be no more than a couple of weeks from the time I had found him until he entered the chrysalis stage. Maybe his lethargic behavior was normal, like a bear preparing for hibernation.

One morning I looked into his habitat and I couldn’t see him. I could not do anything until I knew his whereabouts and his state of being. I took EVERYTHING out of the container. Finally I found him…wriggling in the dirt with some kind of sticky mass on his back. I panicked…Something’s wrong with my caterpillar!!! This isn’t normal. This is not the way it was supposed to go. I took him out and poured water on him to wash off the dirt. Then I began trying to help with the sticky mass on his back…only to find that it was most likely him beginning to wriggle out of his skin to form the chrysalis. I had been trying to pick off, not a parasite, but his true self trying to be birthed!

I immediately began searching YouTube again, but this time for what to do when your caterpillar is metamorphosing on the ground. I found that he could make the change on the ground and that I could suspend him after the fact. So, I waited. He was on a leaf on my desk. I kept looking at him, prodding him when he seemed weak…I wasn’t sure what was happening, but something didn’t seen right. He was supposed to keep trying to change, make the effort, ya know? But he seemed like he was giving up….No. NO. NO!!!!

My friend Raymond came into my office as I was borderline crying at the situation. He said, “Brittany, put him back in the container and let nature take it’s course. You can’t MAKE him change, he has to make that choice. No one can make it except for him. He’s just like us; he’s at a crossroads and he must choose life or death.” I listened, stunned. I felt utterly helpless. But I knew he was right. I couldn’t make Renato change. I had saved him. I had given him a home. I had great plans for him and his future life as a BUTTERFLY. I put him back in the container and took him home with me for the weekend.

I prayed for him. I begged God to heal him and give him the energy to change. I said, “I know you’re able God! Please. Please. Please, don’t let him die.

The next morning I found him virtually lifeless, with a chunk of black-what-would-have-been-cocoon hanging out of his back. In a couple more hours, he died. I knew God could have healed him, but I also knew I needed to trust that God had a lesson in this. I brought him, on a leaf, to a park where I sent him down a stream and gave him back to God…and, let’s be real, probably to a bird for food.

I know this is a long story about a caterpillar. But let me explain. I fight for life with all that is within me. I fight for the best…to a fault I see the best in people. I BELIEVE God for the miraculous. 2 Samuel 14:14 has become one of my favorite Scriptures, thanks to my roommate and friend, Kathy, for highlighting it for me. But what do I do when things don’t work out happily like I want them to? What if the people I love never turn to Jesus, no matter how hard I share with them about His goodness and His love? What if I do everything in my power to influence them for good…to no avail? What happens when my brother in Christ (whom I’ve been praying and fasting for for the past year) dies from the cancer I believed God to heal him of?

Firstly, I would say no good goes unseen by God. But people must choose their response to Christ’s love for themselves. We are to share and show the love of Christ, and we do not get to control the response. Love doesn’t control. It sets free. I think of our Savior as He looked over the land of His people saying, “Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were not willing.” (Matthew 23:37) Jesus was heartbroken over the people who rejected His love, and He still is today. But sometimes we can do more harm than good if we prod people too hard. The Agape Love of Christ then becomes twisted into a conditional, earthly love. That’s no good. Sometimes sad things happen and we don’t know what went wrong. But we look to God, where our help comes from. And we trust He is moving and His character has never changed.

So little Renato, I’m sorry. But your life was not in vain. Your short-lived life taught me these lessons. I want to be used to save many more lives from the web of lies that the enemy spins to capture those created in the image of God. But then, I want to love the ones God uses me to liberate (and the ones He doesn’t) with a heavenly love; a love that sets them free to serve Christ out of reciprocated love, not out of fear or control. I will always encourage people to be what God has created them to be, but I will not push and prod. God, thank you for this lesson, and help me to put this into practice. Amen.

Protect the Pollinators

A couple of weeks ago, Betty McKinney (aka “Bible Betty”) shared her heart for persecuted Christians during our Morning Bible Study here at RBM (watch here!). She told us that Christians are the most persecuted people group in the world. There are Christians fearing for their very lives, even in their own families, in Yemen and the Arabian peninsula. In North Korea there is a Christian Holocaust. There is more persecution of Christians in 2017 than there has ever been in the history of the world.

We were challenged by Betty to create Voice of the Martyrs’ “Action Packs”: packages filled with goods such as sweaters, jackets, soap, mittens, socks, etc. for persecuted believers around the world who live in hiding and are in desperate need. (Learn how to give one here!) I made an Action Pack, put it in a copier paper box, wrapped it up with packing tape, and headed to the Post Office.

I brought my package up to the woman at the counter and told her how excited I was to be sending it to a Christian in need. I shared with her about this brutality that is a reality around the world. She smiled and nodded politely. Then I exclaimed, “Oh! I need a book of stamps while I am here!” She asked, “What’s your flavor?” I laughed, “Something girly. Flowers, I guess.

She pointed to a couple different designs and neither interested me. The she said, “Oh, you might like the Pollinator ones.” I thought, “Huh? What does that mean?” Then she pulled out the most beautiful book of stamps, covered with flowers and…you guessed it…BUTTERFLIES! My eyes lit up and I said, “Yes! Those are the ones!” I then shared with her my testimony and 2 Corinthians 5:17. She smiled, bigger this time! I paid and we said our goodbyes.

I got into my car and looked at the stamps. The book said on the top, “Protect Pollinators”. Then, God gave me a revelation as He so often does. PROTECT POLLINATORS. Butterflies are pollinators. Butterflies carry pollen from flower to flower which helps to proliferate them. In short, BUTTERFLIES ARE CARRIERS OF LIFE.

In Genesis 1:28 and 9:7, God commands His creation to “be fruitful and multiply“! In my first post (read here) I showed how Christians are like butterflies. So just as the butterflies carry the seed of life, Christians carry the Gospel of Life in Christ! Jesus’ last command to His disciples was similar to God’s first command to mankind: “Therefore GO and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you“, Matthew 28:19-20. Jesus commanded us to multiply!

Our assignment by God is to reproduce. We must reproduce, creating children of God in all nations! We must carry the Gospel everywhere! But we will meet obstacles and enemies throughout that assignment. We must protect and care for fellow Christians around the world, the pollinators of the Gospel! This is the only way life will be reproduced. My Action Pack was doing the very thing my book of stamps was urging me to do: Protect Pollinators.

Look at God. He is AMAZING. He is in the little things…even a stamp, a package…as well as the big…the protection of His Church and the proliferation of the Gospel. I stand in awe once again. Look for Him. He is in everything!