The power of a woman under the influence of the Holy Ghost
Women and their place in the Ministry
Every woman at one time or another has had the question about her place and where she stands in the kingdom of God. Where DO we stand? And what is our place in the kingdom of God?
In the Bible it mostly speaks about men, so where do we as women stand today? Finding our identity…
When looking in the Bible, we see it mostly mentioning the man, which again gives rise to the question: What is our place as women in these modern times who are sold-out believers in the Kingdom of God?
Let’s start with an important verse that captures the essence of my message today. “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male or female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.’’ (Galatians 3:28)
The Lord loves you no matter what race or gender you are. He created your race and gender and He loves his creation – you!
We all know that the Lord doesn’t look at what race we are when choosing someone to do His bidding. All He’s looking for are yielded and surrendered hearts and people who are willing to do the job. If this is true then why would He care about what gender we are? When praying about why this issue even comes up, the Lord showed me that it is just a spirit of old-school religion that is oppressing the people, and because of it many women live in bondage. I believe that it’s a huge part of my calling to set women free to be who Jesus meant for them to be. There is a reason that He has given each one of us/you different talents and different personalities. He created us the way He has because He knows what makes us beautiful and unique. Those very features that we often complain about are some of the features that He’s most proud of! Just think, if you had to create something—dolls for instance—you wouldn’t create them all the same, would you? That’s what Jesus thinks too! Our idea of beauty is probably too stereotypical for Him to make us all the same way. He’s a God of ideas and variety and He comes up with so many diverse shapes and colors, etc—all beautiful in their unique way—and that’s why we’re all so different!:)
The army of the Lord is full of women and children
There’s this awesome book called ‘’The Final Quest’’ where this guy name Rick Joyner has a series of open visions in the Spirit. He saw the Army of the Lord and he said that he was surprised when he saw the Lord’s army because it was FULL of WOMEN and CHILDREN! How awesome is that? So if you’re feeling down and discouraged about being a girl, just remember that God’s army is full of women! On the whole we’re definitely doing something right! Praise God!
The Lord is searching the whole earth searching for those who
“The eyes of the LORD search the whole earth in order to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him.” (2Chr 16:9)
The Lord is searching the whole earth for those, male or female, black or white, who are willing to do His bidding! Let’s answer His call and say ‘’YES’’ to HIM. LET’S CHOOSE HIS WAY AND GIVE HIM ALL WE’VE GOT!
Don’t live your life looking at others, just follow Jesus and you’ll do great
“Peter seeing him saith to Jesus, Lord, and what shall this man do? Jesus saith unto him, If I will that he tarry till I come, what is that to thee? follow thou me. (Jn 21:21, 22)
Personally speaking, I never got anywhere by looking around at others. In times in my life when the Lord used me, it usually happened after I had stepped out. My advice, and what I have personally lived by in my calling for the Lord, is just to walk that straight path with HIM. Don’t look to the right or left to see who’s following, or if anyone is leading the way, or to see what others are doing to make sure you’re doing the right thing. What others do has nothing to do with what you do, so don’t worry about what everyone else is doing. Just live to follow Jesus; live to make Him proud and you’ll do wonderfully. Don’t be afraid to step out—that’s when miracles happen!
Everyone is waiting for someone else to start before they do something – don’t be afraid to be the first
Oftentimes people are afraid to be the first to try something new. Usually in life we look around to see if anyone else is doing it and if so then we figure it’s alright to go ahead. No one wants to look silly in case an idea is disregarded, laughed at, or doesn’t work. But that’s not how it should be in the kingdom of God. We shouldn’t be afraid to stand up or stand out or we’ll never get anywhere. All I know is, I’ve never gotten anywhere in my life by waiting. Don’t be afraid; step forward into the light of all Jesus has for you! I know His plans for you are amazing!
Why are women standing behind their husbands or in the background?
I’ve often met famous pastors whose wives were standing behind them—hiding behind them, in a way. Not that it’s wrong to be a support to your husband—it’s important to support them as well—but it’s just as important to understand that Jesus has a great calling for YOU TOO! Just think about it: if God is a just God, would He be gender-conscious and disregard and belittle someone just because of their gender? After all, He did create us, ladies! So, no, He wouldn’t! Our God is a just God! He made men AND women and He made each of us for a reason and a purpose and our purpose is FAR GREATER than just standing behind a man. I think that many women just need to come to a deeper revelation of the Lord’s love for them personally, because once you do you will begin to understand and realize that He has a call on YOUR LIFE TOO!
Humility doesn’t mean standing behind; sometimes it means standing up and speaking up!
HUMILITY doesn’t necessarily mean standing behind someone; sometimes it takes humility to stand up.
I think sometimes we women have this misconception that we’re being humble when we stand in the background. We think we’re doing the right thing because we’re being humble. But I truly believe that God would much rather that we come to a realization of His deep and personal love for us and an awakening to the fact that WE (PERSONALLY) HAVE A CALLING TOO and an IDENTITY and a PURPOSE and we should be ACTIVELY seeking Him about what IT IS! We are called to be a light to those who are in darkness! Light the way so that others will SEE the way ahead!
“Do not say, ‘I am a youth,’
For you shall go to all to whom I send you,
And whatever I command you, you shall speak.
Do not be afraid of their faces,
For I am with you to deliver you,” says the LORD.” (Jer 1:7-8); (Luke 12:12)
Sometimes it’s hard to stand up and speak in public. The enemy fights it hard, that’s why public speaking is ranked, worldwide, as the number one biggest fear.
Why is that? The Devil is trying to shut our mouths as he doesn’t want us to speak the TRUTH!
Not that you have to speak in public to be used of the Lord, but the Lord can really use you if you do. But at least speak up and speak out to those around you! Don’t be afraid to open your mouth and speak the truth! How else can we change the world? God’s Words created the world and words, our words, can CHANGE OUR FUTURE AND THE FUTURE OF THIS WORLD!
If we want to change nations we must be willing to do something to cause or bring about that change
If we as women want to change nations we have to be willing to stand up and speak up. We need to fill our minds and hearts full with the Word of God so that every time our mouths open up the Word comes out. When we do we will be the Daniels and Josephs of our generation. It was only the Lord that gave those men the wisdom, and just like He gave it to them He can and wants to give it to us too. But we need to take that time for Him so that He can speak to us and teach us those hidden mysteries of His spirit.
You can also ask the Lord for help if you feel shy or like it’s hard for you to speak, but in the end it’s important that you face your fears and just get up and DO IT.
“Open thy mouth wide and I will fill it.” (Psa 81:10b)
Yeaching seminars around the world: my fears and overcoming them
When I first got invited to teach healing seminars in Thailand, I said yes right away. But then later when thinking about it all, the 5-star-hotels and all the people that would be attending the conferences, the pressure began mounting and I started wondering what I would say. I began to freak out a bit inside and cried. When I asked the Lord about it He said not to worry because we would do better than we expected. After that, I felt better and began to feel more courage. I knew that I had to get started, so I dried my tears and started preparing for the classes that I would teach. And sure enough, the Lord really came through and did it, and just like He said, the seminars were much better than I expected!
Even if you’re afraid – do it afraid! As that famous saying by Nike says “just do it”
Don’t let your fears control what you do. The Word says, “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear but of POWER AND OF LOVE AND OF A SOUND MIND’’— (2Tim 1:7); (1Jn 4:18)
So my point is: It’s ok to be scared. Sometimes taking a big step is scary, but what matters most is NOT that you’re not scared but instead that you’re willing to do it anyway and go through with it (even if you have to force yourself).
Often as women, we let our fears control us and if we’re scared we often just take the fear to mean that we should back out, when what we really need to do is exactly the opposite. We need to face our fears, and as we do it, each time it’ll get easier and easier for us and eventually that thing that scared us won’t be that scary after all.
Come out of the shadows and into the light
“But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for His own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.”— (1Peter 2:9) If we have a light (and we do because we have Jesus) we shouldn’t put it under a table, but on a candlestick so that we can bring light to the whole house. (Mat 5:16-17)
The oppression of the spirit of religion can sometimes squash us women and at times we feel we were only created for the background. One good little pointer to remember is that if you feel squashed it probably isn’t from the Lord. Well, let me tell you this much: God wants much more for your life than for you to be a wallflower! He has a divine purpose for you! So, ladies, it’s time for us to get out of the shadows and come into the light of all that Jesus has created us to be. Adoniram Judson(an American missionary to Burma) once said, ‘’The future is as bright as the promises of God!’’
How long did man last without a woman?
(Genesis 2:7, 8, 18, 20-23)
The answer is: not very long–God knew we needed each other.
The differences between men and women
Men were created different then women. What are some of our differences?
Men are generally: Physically stronger, better at sports, less emotional, etc.
Women are generally: More emotional, nurturing, motherly, can relate much better to people, etc.
Our differences are what make us special and they help us to get our job for the Lord done
What I find with Chris and myself is that he has lots of enthusiasm and fire and, although I’m also very passionate about the Lord, He uses us both in a very different way. I can relate to people much better and help them through their issues, whereas he is full of life and has lots of zeal for the Lord which really inspires others and is contagious. So the fact of the matter is that the Lord uses both of us in different ways, and we should appreciate those things that make us different. Just as Jesus had a thought and special purpose behind each of our defining character traits, He also has a plan for using all that He’s given you to glorify His name and spread the gospel.
Battle of the sexes?
How many times have you heard a guy say “Men are the best in the world at everything!”? On hearing that fairly often while growing up it sometimes made me wonder about us women and where we fit and what we’re good at. Slowly, as I passed those years of trying to figure things out, I learned instead to embrace those things which made me different instead of comparing.
I found that it helps to take a step back and start to look at the bigger picture. In the long run, it really doesn’t matter much if some guy you don’t even know is better than some girl you don’t even know at something you may not even be interested in yourself. Instead of getting into petty arguments or starting to get down on yourself, just remember that in God’s eyes you’re perfect! You are God’s masterpiece, and He is SO PROUD of everything about you because you are His creation! Maybe you’re not the best cook in the world but you’re a great mom! Or maybe you’re not a mommy yet but you have a passion for art or music! I believe that Jesus gave each one of us our talents for a reason and that we need to really use our gifts in our lives to glorify Him and NOT BURY OUR TALENTS!
Story of the buried talents (Mat 25:14-28)
Who in the end of the story did the Lord give the most talents to? That should give you enough motivation to dust off your dancing shoes and dance, or write that book, or enter that marathon!
Maybe you don’t feel that gifted or talented or perhaps you feel that you got the raw end of the deal and don’t feel like you’re good at anything. If that’s the case, then don’t despair just remember that you can learn something new and become good at it with practice. Each new day is a fresh start and another chance to learn something new and become all that God wants you to be, whether it’s physically, emotionally, spiritually, or practically. Each person changes dramatically every 5 years. Just think about how different you’ll be in the next 5 years if you do all you can to stretch and grow and take the time to learn something new.
It is NOT a battle of the sexes! We have to remember that we’re on the same team and fight together and not against each other.
It’s not a competition between guys and girls or girls and other girls.
I feel this is one of the most important points: life doesn’t have to be a competition! The Word says, ‘’Behold how good and how pleasant it is for the brethren to dwell together in unity.’’ (Psa 133:1) Let’s not let these little issues get between us and divide us, or cause us to not live up to our full potential, instead let’s all decide to move forward together!
Lessons on comparing while growing up
When you grow up with 5 sisters, things naturally came up now and then. One sister would feel the other had it better and vice versa. One has straight hair and the curly heads wish they had straight hair; one is thinner and others more bold; one thinks the other is more beautiful or outgoing or has it easier or better somehow in life, or whatever. However, the truth is that no amount of wishing can change anything, so we might as well just be thankful for being who we are! After all, we are Jesus’ masterpiece! He designed every feature and every character trait that each of us has and think of how sad it must make Him that we complain the way we do about ourselves!
It’s a downward spiral to get into comparing. No amount of wishing can change a thing, so we might as well just be content with what Jesus has given us and try to do the best we can. You will find that as you begin to accept yourself, others will begin to like you more and you will start to be more comfortable and happy as you learn to accept yourself JUST AS YOU ARE.
All we can ever be is us so we might as well be the best “us” that we can be!
Let’s look at a famous woman in the Bible that God used: the story of Esther
The most recognized famous woman in the Bible – whom God used to save a nation – is Esther.
Esther was an amazing woman. She stood up for her people and saved her nation. She had to risk her life to do it, but it brought great rewards. Stepping out in life won’t always be easy, but the rewards will be well worth the effort.
I think the most famous verse in the book of Esther is: ‘’Who knows if you have come to the Kingdom for such a time as this?’’ (Esther 4:14b)
And it was true! The Lord brought her into the kingdom for that time, and because of her bravery she saved the lives of her people!
The Lord is looking for more Esthers. Stop thinking that you can’t do it because of this or that; if you keep making excuses for yourself you’ll be the only person that suffers for it. Instead of making excuses, embrace your womanhood, recognize and come to the understanding that you have your own personal calling! Embrace those things that make you different and know that those things are very likely the exact ways the Lord intends to use you.
Prominent women in the Bible
ACTS 17:4b, 12
While reading through Acts the other day, I came across this verse which I’d never read before. I thought it was interesting so I’m sharing it here with you.
”And some of them were persuaded; and a great multitude of the devout Greeks, and not a few of the leading women, joined Paul and Silas.” (Acts 17:4)
And verse 12 says, “Therefore many of them believed, and also not a few of the Greeks, prominent women as well as men.” (I love how they put the women here before the man, ha! Very unusual in the Bible, but interesting to note.)
Sometimes we figure that in times past there weren’t many women of authority. Well in the above verses we see a few examples about prominent women and ladies that were really inspired by the truths that Paul the Apostle shared. Many of them came to Christ and some even joined the Apostles in the spreading of the gospel.
This verse shows clearly that there were prominent women of that time too. All throughout history there have been women of importance and YOU CAN BE ONE TOO! CHOOSE TO BE USED OF THE LORD BY CHOOSING HIS WAYS AND SEPARATING YOURSELF FOR HIS WORK AND KINGDOM.
The truth is that all throughout time there have many special women that God used mightily. I will mention a few below and I would highly recommend that you read up on these women and study their lives. But don’t just think that this calling on their lives was something only reserved for them, but understand that it’s for YOU TOO! The EXACT SAME PRINCIPLES APPLY TO YOU! If you just shrug this off and continue your life just as you’ve always been, then you’ll never change your life or the world! But if you take these principles to heart and begin to use them in your own life (just like you can and should with the Scriptures), then you will begin to see change!
I believe it’s my destiny to catapult people into their destinies; primarily women. I have such a strong call in my heart for women. I feel a compassion for them and I’m automatically drawn to help women through their issues and struggles.
Here are some of the awesome women of power and destiny that God used: (The first two are the ones that I would suggest you study)
You can read about them in an amazing book called “God’s Generals“
Aimee Semple Macpherson (1940’s)
Maria Woodworth Etter (Late 1800’s)
Other women that were used by the Lord to change and help their nation:
Joan of Arc
The purpose of this meeting:
I want you to leave from this meeting feeling inspired, having your eyes opened to all that Jesus has planned for your future, and knowing that your future in Him is safe and secure. He has a wonderful future planned for you, so come out from the shadows and open your eyes to all that Jesus has for you!
Finding that special someone: Jesus has someone special for you too!
If anyone would like prayer for you to meet that special guy that Jesus has reserved for you; I would be happy to pray for that as well. I’ll include this prayer request in the ending prayer at the end of this file.
Being a virtuous woman – what does it mean for me? (My comments are in brackets)
We all know that the Bible talks about the importance of us being a virtuous woman, but what does it mean exactly? I looked it up and found some interesting verses and compiled them just below. I also put my comments at the end to help you apply it practically to living in the world today.
( NKJV) PROVERBS 31: 10 says: ‘’Who can find a virtuous wife? (or woman) For her worth is far above RUBIES! (Look how Solomon describes a good woman. Look how desired and what a priceless treasure a good woman truly is? He says that when we are virtuous we are a treasure and our worth is ABOVE RUBIES! Think of all those times you felt devalued or unappreciated. When we come to the realization of who we are truly meant to be; we will come to understand our true value in life and as women.)
(11) “The heart of her husband safely trusts her; so he will have no lack of gain.” [It’s important to be trustworthy and it brings blessings to your family and husband.]
(12) “She does him good and not evil all the days of her life.” (Sometimes I feel that the media portrays such negative mindsets where the more rude and proud you act, the better and cooler you are. Often the wrong motives are being taught and sometimes we can even get sucked up into the wrong behavior, living and treating each other badly to make ourselves feel better. Instead of being an example of Jesus’ love like we should. I think it’s good to address these issues and make sure that we are not promoting wrong behavior as we live our lives and discover who we are. There are areas in each of our lives for growth and learning and there is grace for mistakes made, but eventually we should grow up and desire that change in our character that the Lord wants for us and that even we know we must have in order to make progress and grow up into Christ.)
(20) She extends her hands to the poor, Yes, she reaches out her hands to the needy. (It’s important to give to those in need. The Lord blesses us so much! Why would we not want to give?)
(25) Strength and HONOR are her clothing. She will rejoice in time to come. (No MATTER WHAT YOU ARE FACING, JESUS IS SAYING THAT IN BECOMING A WOMAN OF VIRTUE YOU WILL REJOICE IN TIME TO COME! Now that’s something to get excited about!
(26) SHE OPENS HER MOUTH WITH WISDOM, and on her tongue is the law of KINDNESS. (I love this verse. When we open our mouth it should be filled with wisdom. If you feel that your words have not been filled with wisdom, then it’s time to reconnect with the source (JESUS) and get filled up with the Word. Let’s let our actions reveal kindness as we reflect the light of His love.
(28) Her children rise up and call her blessed: her husband also and he praises her. (You know you’re doing well when your children and husband say beautiful things about you spoken from a heart full of love and thankfulness, and it means you’re learning about what it truly means to be a virtuous woman.)
(29) Many daughters have done well, but you excel them all. (This verse just boosts us up. AMEN, I agree! You WILL do well!)
(30) Charm is deceitful and beauty is passing, but a woman who fears the Lord she shall be praised. (It’s true, all these things do pass, but when we base all that we do and say on the foundation of the Word we are building our lives upon a solid substance which, in fact, is the Lord because He IS THE WORD (JOHN 1:1) and HE never passes away. Let’s not focus too much on frivolous things but instead on the things that really matter!
On your search for Mr. Right?
I see many girls that are on that search for the right guy. They spend all their time on their outer appearance and none of their time working on what lies within, (their character) which, by the way, happens naturally as you’re living in the Word. They’re looking for love in all the wrong places which, in the end, doesn’t usually work out; because if you’re only beautiful on the outside with nothing on the inside, most guys will get bored of you. Most people I know want someone with depth and quality of character, which is something I believe only the Lord can bring. If I can give you one piece of advice, it would be this: You’re never as attractive to that man in your life as you are when you’re not focusing on him, but are rather focusing on your love and passion for Jesus; because, as you do, the Lord begins molding your character to look like Him and HE just shines with beauty. And as you spend time with Him you begin to radiate without even trying! This is true, ladies–I used to be that first girl I described before Jesus changed me, but then, as I began to focus on Jesus, He changed me from the inside out and gave me all that my heart could ever hope for. (This is a true story I promise!) And He wants to do the same for YOU TOO! Focus on Jesus and watch everything in your life change in a beautiful way.
Before we end I would like to pray for you all and release each one of you into the life and ministry that Jesus has for you.
In the name of Jesus, I speak life over each woman reading this. Lord, I know what an awesome plan You have for each life! Thank You for catapulting this beautiful woman into her destiny! Thank you that Your plans for her are good plans. Thank You that HER FUTURE is as BRIGHT as ANY of Your promises!
I speak over this woman’s life and declare that she will be MIGHTILY USED OF YOU! She will be a teacher, a leader, a healer, and a shepherd. RAISE HER UP TO BE A MIGHTY WOMAN OF GOD!
She will be the head and not the tail! In Jesus name, she WILL HEALTHE SICK, RAISE THE DEAD, and TAKE FULL CONTROL AND AUTHORITY IN THE SPIRIT! SHE WILL BE A DEMON CHASER! THEY WILL RUN WHEN THEY SEE HER COMING!
FILL HER MOUTH WITH PROPHETIC WORDS AND GIVE HER WISDOM BEYOND HER YEARS! SHE WILL BE A WOMAN OF UNDERSTANDING BECAUSE YOUR WORDS SAYS THAT THOSE WITH UNDERSTANDING WILL INSTRUCT MANY! (Dan 11:33a)
USE THIS WOMAN BEYOND HER GREATEST EXPECTATIONS! RAISE HER UP IN HER HOUSHOLD, HER WORK, HER CITY, AND IN HER COUNTRY AND AROUND THE WORLD TO BE A VOICE TO THE NATIONS!
SHE WILL BE A WOMAN OF AUTHORITY! SHE WILL BE FILLED WITH VIRTUE AND TRUE HUMILITY AND HAVE THE WISDOM TO SPEAK WHEN IT COMES TIME FOR HER TO STAND UP, but also to know when to be quiet when it’s wise to do so. SHE WILL BE A WOMAN FILLED WITH YOUR SPIRIT AND MANY WILL BE AFFECTED POSITIVELY FROM MERELY AN ENCOUNTER WITH HER.
THANK YOU JESUS FOR THE GREAT DESTINY SHE HAS IN YOU! WE ARE EXCITED FOR WHAT YOU HAVE IN STORE FOR HER! THANK YOU FOR LIGHTING HER WAY AND FOR REVEALING TO HER TODAY WHAT IS TRULY OF IMPORTANCE. THANK YOU FOR A NEW BOLDNESS IN THIS WOMAN TODAY SUCH AS SHE HAS NEVER EXPERIENCED BEFORE. AND IF HER MIND BODY OR HEART NEEDS HEALING, I THANK YOU THAT YOU ARE HEALING EVERY PART OF HER BEING NOW!
THANK YOU that you care about THE BIG THINGS and the small things. THANK YOU FOR BRINGING THIS SPECIAL WOMAN HER HEARTS DESIRES AND FOR BRINGING THAT AMAZING GUY ALONG THAT IS MEANT TO BE WITH HER ON HER PATH. THANK YOU THAT THEY WILL BE ONE IN YOU, BOTH WALKING THAT SAME PATH WITH AND FOR YOU, JESUS.
AND IF SHE IS WITH SOMEONE THAT ISN’T RIGHT FOR HER, THEN REVEAL IT TO HER SO THAT SHE WILL BE ABLE MAKE THE RIGHT DECISIONS TO CHANGE DIRECTION. THEN SHE WILL BE FREE TO COME INTO HER DESTINY WITH THE RIGHT GUY, ONE THAT WILL CONSECRATE HIMSELF FULLY TO YOU, JUST AS SHE IS CHOOSING TO DO. In Jesus name, Amen.
Now that we’ve prayed, the old you is being washed away and Jesus has indeed made you a new creation.
”Therefore if anyone is in Christ he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come” –(2 Cor 5:17). It’s just like starting a new life. Now that you know all that is in store for you–which is A LOT–you can be excited about what is about to happen! Life with Jesus is a constant adventure and should never be boring. If you feel that your life for the Lord is boring, then you’re probably not stepping out into all that Jesus has for you and may be hiding in the background. Or you perhaps you’re living in the dullness and boredom of monotony and lack of change. The Bible says, “Because they have no changes, therefore they fear not God’’ – (Psa 55:19b). That’s how important change is to HIM. Therefore, it should be important to YOU TOO! So get out there and jump into the deep end of every opportunity that comes your way! Jump in and see all the adventure that Jesus has for you. Consider each new day as a new challenge. What can you do for Jesus and others today?
I have one homework project for you. Watch an awesome and very inspiring Jim Carrey Movie called YES MAN and read my favorite book called THE WILD GOOSE CHASE. These things will definitely get you started on your journey for the Lord, and you will discover your destiny along the way as you see life as the adventure that it’s meant to be. Your eyes will be opened as you begin to take every opportunity that you can and begin saying ‘’YES’’ to JESUS and to LIFE! GET READY AND HOLD ON TO YOUR HAT as everything in and about your life is about to change in a good way!
If you are a woman who is struggling or if you feel that you need emotional and spiritual support, please don’t hesitate to write me and I will pray for you and give you Godly advice and counsel. I have great faith for each one of you. I have no doubt that Jesus does, in fact, want to USE YOU! If only you would OPEN YOUR EYES AND SEE JUST HOW MUCH!
If this has inspired you or if you would like prayer for anything or have any questions please feel free to write me at my email which is email@example.com
Looking forward to hearing about your wonderful adventures with Jesus!