The Fountain Day 141: Habitation

I closed my eyes and asked God, “What do You want to say?”  Immediately, I heard the word “Habitation”.

Habitation: the state or process of living in a particular place.

We are His habitation.  We carry His Presence.  Jesus is in our hearts.  What does it mean to you that we carry the Holy Spirit within us at all times? 

I believe it’s time for us to truly flip the script.  The enemy roars and gnashes his teeth.  He’s loud and intimidating.  He demands.  He accuses.  But friend, we literally carry the God of the Universe inside.  What do we have to fear?  What should be able to intimidate us?  Nothing.  Absolutely nothing.

When we walk in the righteousness and habitation of God, we are assured that we will always be provided for, have a safe home and peace.  This is a beautiful promise.

And the effect of righteousness will be peace, and the result of righteousness, quietness and trust forever.  My people will abide in a peaceful habitation, in secure dwelling, and in quiet resting places.  And it will hail when the forest falls down, and the city will be utterly laid low.  Happy are you who sow beside all waters, who let feet of the ox and the donkey range free.  Isaiah 32:17-20

When we truly know the Word of the Lord, then we will live different.  We become bolder, more certain, unshakeable, a force to be reckoned with…we become brave.

The world needs believers who are truly convinced of their position in the kingdom.  Believers who are secure in their Hope.  The world needs believers to live out their identity.

Blessed are all who fear the Lord, who walk in His ways.  You will eat the fruit of your labor; blessings and prosperity will be yours.  Psalm 128:1-2

Over and over in scripture we are assured that we are blessed, yet so many of us act like we’re not.  Believe me, I understand that our thoughts on this are always being challenged.  Listen, this month has been hard regarding work and finances…and several times I’ve wondered where this blessing is…but when I return to the truth, I am fully confident that no matter what things look like, God is making our way.  He is not behind.  He is not short on cash.  He hasn’t stopped loving us, knowing us, or caring for us.  No.  It’s just the enemy roaring at us in an attempt to turn us away from our promised land.  We are taking strides to move forward, and the gnashing of teeth has been severe, but we refuse to relent.  We will see the goodness of God in the land of the living.  We will not stop.

This is when it’s important to know and believe that you are a habitation of Holy Spirit. 

If God is in me then I cannot fail.

What then shall we say to these things?  If God is for us, who can be against us?  Romans 8:31

Let’s live like we believe this!

The Fountain Day 140: Changing of the guard

Where is the Lord right now?  How could the wicked be ruling and the righteous be called evil?

The Bible makes it clear that in the last days they will call good evil and evil good.  It also talks about wars and rumors of wars…all things we are currently experiencing.  It should be clear to every believer that the current rule of the land is not godly…yet, somehow, many seem to be falling for it. 

Jesus traveled through all the towns and villages of that area, teaching in the synagogues and announcing the Good News about the Kingdom.  And He healed every kind of disease and illness.  When He saw the crowds, He had compassion on them because they were confused and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.  He said to His disciples, “The harvest is great, but the workers are few.  So, pray to the Lord Who is in charge of the harvest; ask Him to send more workers into His fields.  Matthew 9:35-38

Now is the time to dive deeper into God’s word, be steeped in His Presence, share the full gospel of truth…this is the harvest season.  I certainly don’t want to be found lounging in the shade when the sun of the harvest is shining bright. 

I feel myself in a constant state of urgency.  It’s deep within my spirit.  An urge to make the most of my time, doing things that are real.  To walk away from every worthless task and focus in on what is eternal. 

The Lord’s hand is on America.  He established our nation for the advancing of His kingdom on earth.  Whether people want to admit it or not, it benefits all godly, in every nation when America is strong.  America.  One nation under God.

This is where the Lord led me this morning…

The scepter of the wicked will not remain over the land allotted to the righteous, for then the righteous might use their hands to do evil.  Psalm 125:3

I believe the time of the wicked ruler will be cut short and the transfer to the righteous is eminent.  The Lord is calling on His people to rise up in prayer.  To agree with His Spirit.  To enter into a deeper walk with Him and learn to hear and obey His voice.  All of the things being done to sabotage and squeeze the American people, are just serving to strengthen our resolve. 

One thing I know about the American people, is that we are an industrious people.  We are not only survivors, but thrivers.  We adjust, adapt and are not easily defeated.  We are wise.  We are stable.  We see.

God is now stirring up this within us.  Don’t fight it.  Turn toward it.  Is He calling you off the beaten path?  Follow.  Is He directing you to create something or start a new business?  Don’t fear, start it.  Is He pulling you into discipleship or evangelism?  Don’t doubt, start walking it out.  This is the hour of stirring.  This is the hour to see and hear the One.  The Voice that knows all things.  Ignore the screeching of the earth and tune your ear toward heaven and embark.  Embark on the journey of your harvest.

This is the season when we the people will rise.

The Fountain Day 139: Enthralled

Recently, while spending time with God, He spoke to me that He was enthralled with me.  I knew the word, but really didn’t know the specific definition, so I looked it up.

Enthrall:  Capture the fascinated attention of.

Then I searched the Bible to see if the word “enthralled” was contained within it…

Let the king be enthralled by your beauty; honor him, for he is your lord.  Psalm 45:11

This Psalm is listed as a wedding song…

What a beautiful picture.

Isn’t it just like the Lord to lavish upon us such a beautiful word?  He is gracious.  When I consider it, I realize that we do choose whether or not to allow Him to be enthralled with us…just like the Psalm says, “Let the king be enthralled…”.  I believe, even though I don’t fully understand, that we can hide ourselves from God.  Being seen is a choice. 

Now, don’t get me wrong…God is Sovereign.  He knows all things, can see all things…but as we saw in the garden with Adam and Eve they hid from Him.  Now, I am very certain He knew exactly where they were, but He also knew they were hiding from Him.  He calls us out.  He invites us into His Presence, to be seen. 

Are you willing to be seen?  Will you also allow the Lord to be enthralled with you? 

I became enthralled with God years ago.  I have since been desperate to stay in His Presence.  I ask Him to be in every day.  I sit with Him every morning.  He is my first choice.  My most certain choice.  Walking intimately with Him for this long, has led me to feel comfortable in His gaze.  I invite Him to see all of me.  I never hide from Him.  Even on my darkest day, I come fully to Him, and invite His gaze.  I stand naked and unafraid before His Presence. 

His gaze is alarmingly assuring.  His gaze is never something that causes me to feel insecure.  Quite the contrary, when I feel Him looking upon me, I only feel loved and accepted.  The King of the Universe…when His attention is on me, it’s an honor.

The Lord is gracious and righteous, our God is full of compassion.  The Lord protects the simplehearted, when I was in great need, He saved me.  Be at rest once more, O my soul for the Lord has been good to you.  Psalm 116:5-7

The Fountain Day 138: All the way

When God speaks to us, and gives direction, He desires for us to obey all the way.  He doesn’t want our interpretation of it, He wants our obedience.  We’ve read the scripture…

But Samuel replied, “What is more pleasing to the Lord:  your burnt offerings and sacrifices or your obedience to His voice?  Listen!  Obedience is better than sacrifice, and submission is better than offering the fat of rams.”  1 Samuel 15:22

But have you continued reading…

Rebellion is as sinful as witchcraft, and stubbornness is as bad as worshiping idols.  So because you have rejected the command of the Lord, He has rejected you as king.”  1 Samuel 15:23

I’d say that disobedience has a high price.  Disobedience took Saul from being God’s anointed king, to having God’s Spirit leave him and God releasing a tormenting spirit over him…and what did the spirit of torment look like?  Depression and fear.  Read it here…

Now the Spirit of the Lord had left Saul, and the Lord sent a tormenting spirit that filled him with depression and fear.  1 Samuel 16:14

Once again, I am convinced that depression and fear are spirits.  This fact seems to be supported several times in scripture.  I am more certain than ever that when we take our eyes off of God (The Spirit of the Lord) then we are much more likely to experience the torment…of depression and fear.

When we obey God all the way, even if the odds seem to be stacked against us, we have assurance.  Assurance of things hoped for…we have faith…

Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.  Hebrews 11:1

We don’t need to see tomorrow, to follow God there.  We only need to see God.  We need to know where He is and stay close.

How do we know where He is? 

Where the Spirit of the Lord is there is freedom.  For the Lord is the Spirit, and wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.  2 Corinthians 3:17

There is a special kind of freedom we feel when we obey God.  It’s unlike any other thing I’ve ever experienced…and once you’ve tasted that freedom, you would rather die than do anything to block it or fall out of sync with it.  The joy I’ve found in following Jesus is so far beyond anything of this earth, that I will not tell Him, “No”. 

Obedience.  The key to freedom.

The Fountain Day 137: Through You

As we all face daily challenges and push back from the enemy, as we see things in the world that just don’t make sense, as our own government has betrayed us, as we wonder where this is all going…I find my peace in scripture.  God breathed scripture.

Keep it simple today, lay aside the worries and uncertainties of the earth and look into heaven through scripture, to find His perspective…

Through You, we push back our enemies; through Your name we trample our foes.  I do not trust in my bow, my sword does not bring me victory; but You give us victory over our enemies, You put our adversaries to shame.  In God we make our boast all day long, and we will praise Your name forever.  Psalm 44:5-8

It is through Him that we do all things.  It’s His power that wins wars.  It’s His voice that gives us wisdom.  He alone brings victory or defeat.  We have no right to take the credit.  In Him we boast.  He alone is capable.  He alone is worthy.

We must return to this simple truth.

As I read through scripture and observe the faith of those long past, I notice how important it was for each to consult the Lord on their decisions…and how there were always consequences when they didn’t.  All throughout the Old Testament, we read of prophets leading the way with their words from the Lord, and kings rising or falling based on their willingness to consult God before going to wage war, etc.  This need has not changed.  We need to consult the Lord every day.

You should know this, Timothy, that in the last days there will be very difficult times.  For people will love only themselves and their money.  They will be boastful and proud, scoffing at God, disobedient to their parents, and ungrateful.  They will consider nothing sacred.  They will be unloving and unforgiving; they will slander others and have no self-control.  They will be cruel and hate what is good.  They will betray their friends, be reckless, be puffed up with pride, and love pleasure rather than God.  They will act religious, but they will reject the power that could make them godly.  Stay away from people like that!  They are the kind who work their way into people’s homes and win the confidence of vulnerable women who are burdened with the guilt of sin and controlled by various desires.  (Such women are forever following new teachings, but they are never able to understand the truth.)  These teachers oppose the truth just as Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses.  They have depraved minds and a counterfeit faith.  But they won’t get away with this for long.  Someday everyone will recognize what fools they are, just as with Jannes and Jambres.  2 Timothy 3:1-9

I don’t know how anyone could read the above scripture and not see clearly that these are the very times we are living right now.  I know the “church” is coming out with so much wokeness, but we must remain steadfast and hold only to the Truth.  The Truth doesn’t change on a whim.  The Truth is a Spirit from Heaven.  The Holy Spirit.

“When the Spirit of Truth comes, He will guide you into all truth.  He will not speak on His own but will tell you what He has heard.  He will tell you about the future.  He will bring me glory by telling you whatever He receives from Me.  All that belongs to the Father is mine; this is why I said, ‘The Spirit will tell you whatever He receives from Me.'”  John 16:13-15

This is what we all need to lean into now.  The voice of Holy Spirit.  The voice of Truth.  It is through Him, we will know what is right and wrong, what is true and a lie.  We must cling to Holy Spirit as if our very lives depend upon it…because they do.

The Fountain Day 136: Nectar

For as long as I can remember, the Holy Spirit’s presence has been described to me as honey.  I felt that honey pour over me during one of the life changing encounters that I had with God…and a few times since then.  It’s the honey that brought revelation to me that God’s Spirit is within me.  Holy Spirit.  Holy Spirit honey…is what I call it. This morning as I was sitting in the Presence of God, I heard the word, “nectar”. 

Nectar: a sugary fluid secreted by plants, especially within flowers to encourage pollination by insects and other animals.  It is collected by bees to make honey. In Greek and Roman mythology; the drink of the gods. 

When we receive the gift of salvation, we also receive the gift of Holy Spirit.  It’s your decision what you do with that gift.  Holy Spirit is inside of all the saved ones.  When Jesus left the earth and ascended to Heaven, He did so that the Holy Spirit could be released over the earth…over every one of us.  Up until that moment, Holy Spirit only moved in certain ones and at certain times, now we all have access to Holy Spirit, at all times. 

“But in fact, it is best for you that I go away, because if I don’t the Advocate (Comforter, Encourager, Counselor) won’t come.  If I do go away, then I will send Him to you.  And when He comes, He will convict the world of its sin, and of God’s righteousness, and of the coming judgment.  The world’s sin is that it refuses to believe in Me.  Righteousness is available because I go to the Father, and you will see Me no more.”  John 16:7-10

Now we are like flowers with nectar within us.  When we are filled with Holy Spirit, we become conduits of the heavenly nectar of Holy Spirit.  Everywhere we go, we should be leaving deposits of nectar to encourage hearts to pollinate…we carry within us the nectar that bees need to make honey.  When we carry Holy Spirit within us, we carry the source of the honey.  The drink of the only God.  God’s honey…God’s nectar.  God’s Spirit.

In scripture there were multiple instances when it was described that warriors were out in battle and they took honeycomb and ate it and were refreshed.  People should be refreshed by time spent with us, not depleted.  That’s something to really ponder…are you giving or taking?  Don’t get me wrong, we all need to take sometimes, but a majority of our time is best spent giving of the Holy Spirit inside of us. 

In this hour, we must avail ourselves of the Holy Spirit like never before.  The world is swirling and there is an opportunity to return to righteousness and truth.  Things are moving.  Shifting.  Many only see the negative, but I see a powerful explosion of Holy Spirit taking over the earth and reforming righteousness in and through each one of us.  God is on the move.

In the morning, O Lord, You hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before You and wait in expectation.  Psalm 4:3

But let all who take refuge in You be glad; let them ever sing for joy.  Spread Your protection over them, that those who love Your name may rejoice in You.  For surely, O Lord, You bless the righteous; You surround them with Your favor as a shield.  Psalm 5:11-12

The Fountain Day 135: They Grow Up

Our kids grow up.  I know it’s obvious, but it still needs to be said.  When you’re in the dregs of diaper changes, nursing, sleepless nights, and constant caretaking…that’s when you need to remember this the most.  They are going to grow up.

One day you’ll turn around and those kids you used to slave over, will be walking alongside you.  As we have been joyfully embracing the teen life for many years now, I testify that it is so sweet. 

I remember people telling me that I would hate teen years, and each time they spoke this curse, I would silently disagree in my heart.  Since I can remember, I’ve been speaking, out loud, how much we’re going to love raising teenagers…and we do.  This time is beautiful.  If you raise your kids to communicate and come to you because you are a calm place for them to confide, these times are great times. 

I’m not saying you won’t face challenges, but when you deal with people of any age, you face challenges.  But these times are so sweet as we watch them develop even more into who they will be when they grow up.  Parenting is a privilege…but it’s also a process.

Our walk with God is the same.  None of us is meant to stop growing.  We are all meant to grow every day until that glorious one when we will stand before Him face to Face. 

Just like our kids grow up, we too should grow up in the faith.

This means, sometimes the way we see or hear him will change.  At first, He often makes things very obvious.  During that time, He’s teaching us like we are babies.  Showing us every extension of loving kindness and teaching us basics…over time however, things shift.  Some think it means that they’ve grown apart from Him.  While sometimes that is true, other times it just means that He’s trying to teach you another facet of Himself.  When it’s harder to hear a word or see a vision, just lean in and make some small changes.  Ask Him if He’s trying to develop you in a certain place.  Seek His face relentlessly.  Never give up. 

I believe the worst thing we can do is to revert to toddler behavior and pout because He’s not doing everything the exact way He was before.  We are made to grow. 

If you find yourself suddenly feeling separated, ask if you are or if it’s a season of growth.  It’s become my practice to do this and more often than not, the answer is growth.  What a wonderful God we serve!

We are being trained for war, and warriors must be mature. 

To the faithful You show Yourself faithful, to the blameless You show Yourself blameless, to the pure You show Yourself pure, but to the crooked You show Yourself shrewd.  You save the humble but bring low those whose eyes are haughty.  You, O Lord, keep my lamp burning; my God turns my darkness into light.  With Your help I can advance against a troop with my God I can scale a wall.  As for God, His way is perfect; the word of the Lord is flawless.  He is a shield for all who take refuge in Him.  For Who is God besides the Lord?  And Who is the Rock except our God?  It is God Who arms me with strength and makes my way perfect.  He makes my feet like the feet of a deer; He enables me to stand on the heights.  He trains my hands for battle; my arms can bend a bow of bronze.  You give me Your shield of victory, and Your right hand sustains me; You stoop down to make me great.  You broaden the path beneath me, so that my ankles do not turn.  I pursued my enemies and overtook them; I did not turn back till they were destroyed.  Psalm 18:25-37

The Fountain Day 134: Gratitude

With a heart brimming with gratitude, my feet hit the ground each morning.  I wake with the aroma of possibility stirring the air.  I see more than the human eye can see, as I lean into the promise of each day.  I am ready. 

When our hearts are trained toward gratefulness, then nothing can stand in our way.  When we decide to look for the good in each day, and find the blessing in all circumstances, we will always be successful. 

It is from a position of thankfulness that we present our requests to God…and He hears.  No parent enjoys an ungrateful child. 

When we are thankful for the small, it opens the door for the large.  When we are thankful even in the midst of trials, we are positioning ourselves to receive miraculous breakthrough.

Over the last 5 years, I have learned what it is to be grateful in the middle of trouble.  There have been multiple occasions when I find myself sitting in the middle of a huge storm and finding gratitude.  It’s a wonderful thing.

If you look around at your friend circle and discover you are in the midst of a lot of complaining and ungrateful people, it’s time to seek out better friends.  It’s also the time to examine your own heart and ask if you are a grouch.  Like speaks to like, so if you attract grumbling complainers, then it just may be that your own heart needs a shift. 

I am constantly shocked as I watch people walk through challenging seasons and when they reach the end…they don’t praise God because they feel it just worked out.  Or they don’t see the answer as truly miraculous because it didn’t fit into some sort of box they believed miracles fit into.  They think they got through because of a variety of other reasons that have to do with earthly circumstances and relationships…when nothing could be further from the truth.  God delivers.  We should be programmed in our hearts to always seek to thank Him first.

I don’t ever want to be like nine of the lepers…

As He entered a village there, ten men with leprosy stood at a distance, crying out, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!”  He looked at them and said, “Go show yourselves to the priests.”  And as they went, they were cleansed of their leprosy.  One of them, when he saw that he was healed, came back to Jesus, shouting, “Praise God!”  He fell to the ground at Jesus’ feet, thanking Him for what He had done.  This man was a Samaritan.  Jesus asked, “Didn’t I heal ten men?  Where are the other nine?  Has no one returned to give glory to God except this foreigner?”  And Jesus said to the man, “Stand up and go.  Your faith has healed you.”  Luke 17:11-19

I want to be the one.  The one who always acknowledges that God alone is my Deliverer.  Don’t you?  Let’s make it a practice to always praise God when we see a situation working out.  We don’t have to prove to anyone that God did it, because we know He is the only One capable of doing good things.  There is always a reason to praise Him.  Let’s be people who look for that reason in all seasons.

If the Lord had not been on our side- let Israel say- if the Lord had not been on our side when men attacked us, when their anger flared against us, they would have swallowed us alive; the flood would have engulfed us, the torrent would have swept over us, the raging waters would have swept us away.  Praise be to the Lord, Who has not let us be torn by their teeth.  We have escaped like a bird out of the fowler’s snare; the snare has been broken, and we have escaped.  Our help is in the name of the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.  Psalm 124

The Fountain Day 133: Found

Not all who wander are lost.  That’s a famous saying, and I believe that sometimes it’s true…because what we’re really doing is looking for the place we fit.  We’re searching for our place in the puzzle of life.  Each piece fits in one location of a giant jigsaw, and some of us take longer than others to discover our place.

I have had many wandering seasons…but lately even in the wandering, I feel very…found.

In a time when many would say we are in transition, and they may wonder where this is all leading.  Some may question our relationship with God as we pull back from church as normal.  Others likely gossip about how long it’s taking for us to move and may think we were being dishonest about doing so in the first place.

All of that is just noise.  It doesn’t matter.

What does matter is that we are deep in a season of listening and obeying.  At every juncture, God has given specific instruction for us to follow, and has not afforded us the luxury of explanation or foreseen outcome.  We’ve been knee deep in a simple obedience.

When my kids were young, we taught them the “all the way, right away, with a good attitude” method.  Some parental instruction doesn’t require explanation.  It’s important for children to learn to simply obey sometimes.  This can be life saving training…because when you’re out and see eminent danger before your child…if you wait to explain it could be too late.  Some moments require simple trust.  Trusting that, as a parent, you have their best in mind.  Trusting that you are protecting them.

That’s our season with God right now.  Trust.  Trusting that He has a good plan for us.  Trusting that when He gives direction that requires immediate course correction, we don’t worry about others’ feelings, but we simply follow Him. 

I have seen in retrospect, multiple ways that God has protected us in this current season, by acts of immediate and unexplained obedience.  He’s been guarding and protecting our hearts and our family unit/unity.  He’s been moving like a Father bear to guard us.  Like a roaring Lion, He has corralled us in one specific direction and out of the grasp of the wrong way.  It’s humbling and exciting.

He has a plan. 

This is why in the midst of so much change, I’ve never felt more found. 

Are you found?  Are you wandering?  Are you willing?

God, thank You for taking us on adventures.  Thank You for loving us enough to lead us into the best You have for us.  Thank You for choosing us.  Draw us, Lord.  Never let the voice of the earth resonate in our hearts.  Let us always and forever be led by You.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Lord, You alone are my inheritance, my cup of blessing.  You guard all that is mine.  The land you have given me is a pleasant land.  What a wonderful inheritance!  I will bless the Lord Who guides me; even at night my heart instructs me.  I know the Lord is always with me.  I will not be shaken, for He is right beside me.  No wonder my heart is glad, and I rejoice.  My body rests in safety.  For You will not leave my soul among the dead or allow your holy one to rot in the grave.  You will show me the way of life, granting me the joy of Your presence and the pleasures of living with You forever.  Psalm 16:8-11

The Fountain Day 132: Reaching Deeper

It is so easy to get into the rhythm of life and just begin to do all the same things, over and over.  It’s so normal to get into routine of church, quiet time, and standard worship and just live in that place.  It’s a normal thing to begin working a job and just stay there because it’s where you’ve always worked, whether you love it or not.  These things above are all the normal standard of things…but are they God’s standard?  Are they God’s best for you?

In this season of the earth…I believe our only way to successfully move forward is to make changes…be open to change…look for areas of change…press into change…

Be different.

This is the way…the only way, as far as I can see it.

Every vision placed before me from God looks increasingly different from what I’ve known.

It’s time to allow God to remove the veil so we can see the sunrise…see the horizon…look for the opportunities rising from the ashes of all we’ve known before.  There is a phoenix rising from the ashes…it’s newness.  It’s a place to grow and stretch and awaken.  It’s time for new life to be borne.

New life, as in trying new things, learning new talents, discovering a new way forward.

I see myself standing in a large field covered with snow.  In this field I am looking around and feeling the cold, crisp air blowing around me.  I see a giant circle marked around me.  This circle is all the known area.  God comes in and in a powerful motion…like an explosion or giant stamping machine, and my circle increases.  This powerful vision is a reflection of all that God is working in me right now.

The moves out of normal life, into a home focused life were not just for me and my family, they are also for our life as a ministry…to draw others in and represent a way forward.  We are pioneers…we always will be and coming to terms with that has been the most life altering moment. 

We are all created for something…I have known for many years that I’m a pioneer.  A waymaker following the Waymaker.  I see.  I see into the distance with a sight given to me from God.  I understand that now.  It’s the thing about me that some people really love, and others can’t stand…because those with something to hide, hate to be seen.

As I dig deeper into the dirt to discover the new way forward, I am fully aware that reaching deeper is the way for everyone now.  We will stand or fall based on our willingness to go where we’ve never gone before.  Are you ready?  The seasons have shifted, there’s no denying it or avoiding it.  It’s a season of change.

God, help me to embrace the changes that are happening.  Open my eyes to see beyond all that I have previously known.  Help me to lay aside the previous way of doing things and be open to Your Way.  I want to be with You.  I want You more than I want any earthly thing.  I desire to know You better.  To walk with You more honestly and freely.  I choose You.  In Jesus’ name, amen.

For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven.  A time to be born and a time to die.  A time to plant and a time to harvest.  A time to kill and a time to heal.  A time to tear down and a time to build up.  A time to cry and a time to laugh.  A time to grieve and a time to dance.  A time to scatter stones and a time to gather stones.  A time to embrace and a time to turn away.  A time to search and a time to quit searching.  A time to keep and a time to throw away.  A time to tear and a time to mend.  A time to be quiet and a time to speak.  A time to love and a time to hate.  A time for war and a time for peace.  Ecclesiastes 3:1-8