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As we prepare to sell our home in Tennessee and move to Ohio to plant Bethel Cincinnati, I’ve been doing LOTS of DIY repairs, sprucing up and much-needed painting. For the longest time, and I have no idea why, I’ve continued to use hand tools- screw drivers, hammers, etc. we have a power drill and other power tools, but in my mind, those are what my husband uses, not me. Well, in painting the LAST room of the house, I decided to use the power drill to take down curtain rods. Wow! What a difference! My hand didn’t ache after removing all 6 rods and mounts and it took about a third of the time. Why hadn’t I turned to power tools earlier in this process? Now I was regretting my stubborn adherence to hand tools,
It is similar in our faith journey with God. God has “power tools” ready for us to use, as we live our daily lives. All it takes is our asking Him for help. Just like I had to walk out to the garage and find the power drill, we have to stop what we are doing and talk to Him about our circumstances and what we need. In that moment, His grace is available to us in overflowing measure. Remember, He is powerful enough to raise Christ from the dead. He has great power ready for us. The question is, “Will we choose to use it?”

Ephesians 3: 18-21
I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is like the working of his might strength, which he exerted in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, far above all rule and authority, power and dominion and every title that can be given, not only in the present age but also in the one to come.

I’ve been on the mission field with many powerful preachers, evangelists and prophets.  Some keep me laughing the entire trip, others keep me pondering deep spiritual questions long after we return.  But I think the trip that will forever be emblazoned in my memory was when I went to Sierra Leone with Franco Genarro and …

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