The Prayer Project Challenge #8 Sign-Up: Praying With A Childlike Heart

“I’m telling you, once and for all, that unless you return to square one and start over like children, you’re not even going to get a look at the kingdom, let alone get in. Whoever becomes simple and elemental again, like this child, will rank high in God’s kingdom.” - Matthew 18:3 (MSG)




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Remember how intently and persistently you prayed when you first began your journey as a Christian? I would say it’s comparable to the purity and honesty of a child - full hearted and innocent; unaware of God’s great love for him/her but knowing without a shadow of a doubt that He is listening.

I remember first being introduced to Jesus. My parents taught me about God’s love very young. When I was old enough to understand what it meant to be saved and become a child of God, every single night before bed I would drop to my knees and pray. 

With my head buried into my covers, and my little hands clasped so tight, I would tell God how much I loved Him, how much I wanted to go to heaven to be with Him and that I didn’t want to go with the devil in hell. Lol! As a little girl, this was my routine every single night. 

As innocent and simple as that prayer was, God listened. 

I can imagine how much pleasure He felt knowing that His little one loved and believed in Him at such a young age. At 5 years old, there were no hidden motives or selfish pursuits. There was only pure adoration toward God.

This pure and humble state of prayer is what God searches and longs for in us also as adults.

“God is always on the alert, constantly on the lookout for people who are totally committed to him.” - 2 Chronicles 16:9 (MSG)

This is what I try my best to remember when communing with God. To be honest, naked and true before Him, leaving all hidden agendas and selfish motives aside and just being. Especially since God already knows what’s in my heart. It is important to me that I am sincere. 

This is what I want to challenge each of you for the month of June. To be as sincere and as honest with God in your prayers as you were when you first accepted Him.

Prayer doesn’t need to be pretentious in any way. God desires candor. He can handle it. It’s what He wants from us. 

For the month of June I am challenging you to pray for those who you first learned to pray for as a little child: your family.

I remember going down the line of family members when I first learned how to pray as a child, I would pray, “Please bless Mommy, and Daddy, and Auntie and Uncle, my sister and brother etc…” These were the most important people in my life at the time. These were the people that knew me, raised me and loved me. 

As we get older, our prayers tend to become more selfish. We never stop praying for members of our family, but our prayers tend to consist mostly of petitions for ourselves. 

So here is the challenge: 

Theme for June: Pray for a member of your family. 
(Be it a spouse, a child, a parent, cousin, grandparent or sibling)

How to Participate:

  • Choose a member of your family that God places on your heart to dedicate 30 days of prayer to. Do not inform them that you are doing this.
  • For 30 days, write one prayer a day as a journal entry. Keep them in a handwritten journal or type them and keep them in a folder on your computer.
  • At the end of the 30 days, if you choose or when you choose, present the family member that you were praying for with the prayer journal as a gift. Let them know that God placed them on your heart to lift them up in prayer and that you decided to pray for them with no hidden agenda or intent to receive anything in return. Make sure you are doing this as a pure and genuine act of love.

(Note: Each challenge theme changes, if however you already have someone in mind that you would like to pray for that doesn't fit the theme, please go ahead and pray for that person. If God places it on your heart to pray for your family as a unit, please feel free to do that.)

Challenge #8 of The Prayer Project 30 Day Written Prayer Challenge will begin 
June 1, 2015. Emails will be sent weekly starting at this date.
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Satan is After Me

Stop waiting for things to be perfect. 

 

It’ll never happen. 

 

Stop waiting around for a time when you won’t have troubles or difficulties… when everything is peachy and bright, lovely and just right. It doesn’t exist. Not in this life.

 

You may be thinking…”man, this girl is a pessimist.” 

 

Not at all. I’m a firm believer in better days. I also believe in perfect moments. I believe in peace, contentment and joy. However, I am learning that these things are obtainable only in the midst of turmoil. Because in this life, there will always be turmoil. 

 

The wiser I become, the more I understand this battle I'm in. This war I’m fighting. 

 

Satan is after me. Every single day. He’s looking to distract me from what’s important. He’s after my mind and my heart. And every day, I have to fight to guard my heart and my mind from his evil doings and evil ways. 

 

He’s slick you know. He’ll have you down in the dumps, losing hope and believing that where you are now, is all that there will ever be. 

 

He kicks you the hardest when you’re in your worst state. Whether you’re sad, or hurt or angry, he waits until you’re most vulnerable and impressionable to pounce on your weakened spirit. 

 

Funny that many times I don’t even notice it. Not initially at least. I end up wallowing in self doubt and self pity while satan sits back with a bucket full of popcorn (figuratively speaking of course) enjoying my hurt and enjoying my pain.

 

It sucks. 


It doesn’t feel good at all. But as a Christian, I always have the upper hand because I know that when I begin to feel this way, God is right there waiting. Waiting for me to reach for Him so He can grab me right out of it. 

 

But here’s the problem, sometimes I allow myself to get stuck in this pool of helplessness that I don’t reach for Him. I wallow…and I swim…and I sulk in what seems will never get better.

 

This battle is not everlasting, but it is lifelong. It will only last as long as I am living on this earth. 

 

“For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever! So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.” - 2Corinthians 4:17-18

 

I realize that this battle is constant. Satan will forever be after my heart as long as I am living. The more I understand that, the less angry I become with my life when it happens.

 

The only “perfect” days that are ahead of me will happen when I walk those streets of gold to meet my Heavenly Father face to face. But until then I must endure.

 

I must never forget to reach for God when I’m in trouble. I have to remember that I am never too deep in despair that I can’t cry out to God to rescue me. Because the truth is, this battle can’t be won on my own. I don’t have the capability or the strength to outsmart the wiles of the devil. 

 

But God does.

 

And if I don’t reach for Him, I’ll sink. 

 

I’ll drown in hopelessness and wallow in pain that is already overcome by God’s power. 
This power is also mine, if only I reach for Him.

 

Love.

 

“Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing.” - John 15:5

"Just Write Saunya"


I have a folder in my computer named "Just Write". It's my constant reminder to exercise one of my strongest muscles...my ability to express myself in my writing.

Writing is my release. Even if I write about absolutely nothing, I find comfort in pouring my thoughts out on paper.

Lately I have been finding it hard to find time to write for myself. You know, journaling or "brain drain" as I like to call it. I don't do it as often as I should. I would like to write more blog posts. But I find myself wanting to make sure that my words are absolutely perfect before I publish anything. The strain of wanting my words to be perfection keeps me from writing here as often as I would like.

So let's make a deal okay?

I'll try reaaally hard to write more blog posts if you all don't mind me being 100% Saunya when I post. That means that sometimes my posts may be just random streams of consciousness, or they just may be my thoughts from the past day. I want to be as honest as I can in my posts. Y'all cool with that?

This will be fun. It will force me to put my phone down for a change, unplug from the million and one messages of this world and just write.

Just write Saunya. Just write.

The Prayer Project Challenge #7 Sign Up: "Having The Attitude of Christ"




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Can you believe that we have made it to the 7th The Prayer Project 30 Day Written Prayer Challenge? Unbelievable! I am gushing! For me, it's like watching a baby grow and blossom. Watching this project develop over this past year has been humbling. I am beyond delighted in the work that God is doing through all of you are are participating in these challenges with me. It truly warms my heart to see God's love being stretched far and wide through you all. It brings tears to my eyes when I think of the privilege we have to be God's hands and feet. I can imagine our Heavenly Father looking down at you right now beaming with pride.

Well before I start crying a river lol, let's jump into challenge 7 details!!!

Now I know you are wondering what those 6 beautiful ladies are doing up there on The Prayer Project flyer. I'll get to that in juuust a minute :).

First I just have to say it's amazing how God connects people together. In just a couple of years I've crossed paths with each of the ladies above via social media. Not sure how exactly lol...but God places people in our lives for reasons sometimes we don't know until further down the line. Each of these women pictured above have such heart warming amazing spirits. They each genuinely love the Lord and are serving Him in the way that He created them to.

Each of them have inspired me and/or encouraged me in some way shape or form.

So why are they on the flyer??

These ladies each have a story they would like to share with you. I wanted to do something different for the 7th challenge (the number 7 is special to me) and introduce you other like-hearted individuals who are also passionate about prayer. God has given us ALL a story to tell and God laid it on my heart to ask these women to share theirs with you.

 It is my hope that what they share encourages you during this challenge and inspires you to continue in your commitment to praying for others.

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"Is there any encouragement from belonging to Christ? Any comfort from his love? Any fellowship together in the Spirit? Are your hearts tender and compassionate? Then make me truly happy by agreeing wholeheartedly with each other, loving one another, and working together with one mind and purpose. Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too. You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had." - Philippians 2:1-5

For the month of March, we are opening it back up to writing prayers for whomever you choose. 

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How to Participate:
  • Choose a person that is on your heart to dedicate 30 days of prayer to. Do not inform the person you are praying for that you are doing this.
  • For 30 days, write one prayer a day as a journal entry. Keep them in a handwritten journal or type them and keep them in a folder on your computer.
  • At the end of the 30 days, if you choose, present the person you were praying for with the prayer journal as a gift. Let them know that God placed them on your heart to lift them up in prayer and that you decided to pray for them with no hidden agenda or intent to receive anything in return. Make sure you are doing this as a pure and genuine act of love.
Challenge #7 of The Prayer Project 30 Day Written Prayer Challenge will begin
March 1, 2015.

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Losing Momentum

You know, sometimes life happens.

Changes occur and throws me totally off center. I at times get so wrapped up in my current circumstance that I allow everything else to fall by the wayside. I know I'm being vague lol, but in the last few months I have really been feeling like I've lost my momentum. I've become very busy with life that those things that are most important to me have taken a backseat while I rip and run frivolously being busy with that that doesn't fulfill me. And honestly, even this blog has suffered because of it.

I recently read a scripture that has been on my mind for the last few days...weeks actually. It says,

"We are merely moving shadows, and all our busy rushing ends in nothing." -

Psalm 39:6

Wow. What a wake up call. I found myself being so busy with work and home responsibilities and everything else that I began to complain. Complaining about being busy, complaining about being tired all the time, and even complaining about the very things that I asked God for. How did I allow myself to become a big ball of complaints? What changed? 

*sighs*

When I finally took a moment to reflect on the change in my attitude and behavior I realized what was happening. The more that was added to my plate, the fuller my plate became and I, without even realizing it, started kicking some things out. I began to neglect what's most important. 

That being...my quiet time with God. I allowed myself to get so busy that I neglected spending time with Him.

Now even though that was not my intent. I realized that this is why my attitude was changing. My life was becoming so full of 

stuff

that instead of going to the Lord to ask for help managing everything, I was becoming " a mere moving shadow...busy rushing" not knowing that I was becoming more and more depleted. I pushed what was most important right off of my plate because I just "didn't have the time."

I was still going to church, still going to bible study, writing for The Prayer Project and trying my best to continue to encourage others but everything was beginning to feel like a chore. I just couldn't understand why I was feeling this way.

I'm realizing more and more that the time I spend with God is my

food

. Busying myself and not refilling my spirit with His Word or spending time with Him in prayer daily literally starves me spiritually. And because of it, I'm not equipped to handle life's changes. I can't handle the curve balls that are thrown my way, my emotions'll be all out of whack...and I basically become a walking target, open for satan to attack me at any time.

The older and more spiritually wise I become, the easier it is for me to notice when this happens. When I sense myself feeling out of sorts, the quicker I run to God's Word for peace. And that is exactly the space I am in right now. I just need Him. That's it. My life makes no sense without Him in it and I am realizing that more each day.

The blessing is that God doesn't move. Whenever I am ready to spend time with Him, He's there. With the biggest heart, warm and ready to comfort me. And for this, I love Him.

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You see this beautiful journal in the picture above? These are the new #ThePrayerProject journals! I have been working on getting these made since late last year and they are finally here and available for purchase! Ahhh! I am so excited! :))

I designed these myself just for you! I wanted to create a simple journal that you can use to write your prayers in for the upcoming challenges. I'm in love with them. These are 5x7 soft cover journals with 40 blank pages inside. Each journal comes with a scripture on the inside cover and a special message from me on the inside back cover. 

I hope this makes your journal search easier! I know it can be a hassle finding new journals to do the challenges. Now you can get them right from The Prayer Project store!

They are currently available in two color combos and can be purchased at 

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If you are participating in March's

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I hope you love them! Let me know what you think. More goodies coming soon.

Love.

The Prayer Project Challenge #6 Sign Up: "Showing Love When Hate Seems Easier"



It's easy to be angry. It's easy to feel rage and frustration when we are constantly seeing injustices take place. It's easy to judge situations when we are viewing from a limited perspective. It's easy to be enraged. But with these emotions we feel, we have a choice.

We can choose to let hate and bitterness fill our hearts as a result of the injustice we constantly see, we can yell, riot, and create chaos because of the hurt we feel, or we can take a more difficult yet productive route. We can channel all of that negative and hurtful energy, release it to God, who is in control of everything, let Him take vengeance and simply do what He asks of us. Love. Looking beyond the faults of our enemies and loving in spite of.

"Stop being angry and don’t try to take revenge. I am the Lord, and I command you to love others as much as you love yourself." - Leviticus 19:18 CEV

There it is right there. If we say we trust God, we should listen to what He says no matter how difficult it may seem. No matter how much we don't understand, we still have a responsibility to be obedient. Our Heavenly Father is all knowing and all powerful. He made us. Don't you think He knows what is happening down here on earth? Don't you know that He has a plan in all of this? Of course it hurts and of course we, with our limited perspectives and finite minds, can't fully understand, but God has a plan. Trust that.

In the year of 2015, let us to go into the new year with clean, pure hearts free of hate and rage and allow God to fulfill His promise to us - "Dear friends, never take revenge. Leave that to the righteous anger of God. For the Scriptures say,“I will take revenge; I will pay them back,” says the Lord." - Romans 12:19 NLT

Join me in praying for our police officers, sheriffs, fire marshals, prosecutorial officers and judicial officers. With the world questioning their authority and decision making let us do what God asks of us and love them by placing them in His hands and lifting them up in prayer.

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Theme for January: Pray for a law enforcement officer.

How to Participate:

  • Choose a law enforcement officer (that you may or may not know personally) that God places on your heart to dedicate 30 days of prayer to. Do not inform the person you are praying for that you are doing this.
  • For 30 days, write one prayer a day as a journal entry. Keep them in a handwritten journal or type them and keep them in a folder on your computer.
  • At the end of the 30 days, if you choose, present the person you were praying for with the prayer journal as a gift. Let them know that God placed them on your heart to lift them up in prayer and that you decided to pray for them with no hidden agenda or intent to receive anything in return. Make sure you are doing this as a pure and genuine act of love.
(Note: Each challenge theme changes, if however you already have someone in mind that you would like to pray for that doesn't fit the theme, please go ahead and pray for that person.)

Challenge #6 of The Prayer Project 30 Day Written Prayer Challenge will begin January 1, 2015.
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T is for Touch...

"Hug me.

With your words

reaching my innermost

where your arms just can't." 

- Saunya

Intimacy is subjective. 

You know that warm, fiery rush you get in the deep of your chest when something resonates with you? That familiar feeling that makes your eyes widen and your heart feel like it just grew an inch?

When I finally realized what had the ability to give me this feeling, I wanted more and more of it. I wanted it all the time. I couldn't get enough of it. I needed it.

I needed words.

Soul words. Heart words. Uplifting words. Honest, true and genuine words. Affirming, positive, life giving words. I needed meaningful exchanges and honest interactions.

Hearing the words, “I love you” meant the world to me. And hearing the reasons why sent my spirits spiraling.

And amazingly, for the longest time, I hadn't a clue that this was part of me. It wasn't until I began to take the time to learn my incredibly complex makeup that I understood why this was important to me.

Growing up a timid and quiet child, I found it hard to make connections with my peers. Very little moved me. I had no idea why I didn't have many friends or couldn't connect with others like I wanted. I was longing for meaning and didn't know it at the time. I was afraid to truly open up and expose a part of me that I hadn't even accepted yet. I was afraid to pour out of me what I possibly couldn't get back in return. So I remained quiet and bothered. Not living my truth. Not being who I was created to be. Not allowing myself to touch or be touched. I was numb…for years.

So I lived, battling with my true self, trying to understand why so much and so little affected me. I brushed off a lot and labeled it as me being “too sensitive” or “caring too much” and even as me being “too emotional”, not realizing that I was dismissing what God specifically placed right in the core of me.

How could I dismiss what God purposely placed inside of me? How could I fight with myself, with my being… a battle I could never win?

It wasn't until recently…like last year recently…that I learned that “words of affirmation” was my love language. Sincere, transparent words and expression had the ability to stir up in me what physical touch just couldn't come close.

It took me years to understand the power that words had on me. It's like they had hands. Each word formulated out of the mouth of the speaker somehow had the power to hit me right in the heart. 

As a child, my parents would scold me for something I did wrong and I would crumble. A peer would express displeasure in me and I would shrink. I couldn't comprehend how others could brush off slanders and I just couldn't. Each word stuck, sometimes leaving me shattered. 

Stick and stones may break my bones but words...COULD hurt me. Just as much, if not more. 

How is it that the one thing that lifted me the most could also hurt me the most?

It all began to make sense.

This is why I have found a safe haven in writing. Maybe this is why words have become the ultimate form of my heart's expression. The very thing that had the power to hurt me has become my gift to this world. It has become my link, my connection. It became what God placed in me to touch the hearts of others.

Wow.

Intimacy is subjective. What God carefully placed inside of me to connect with others is different from anyone else. When I realized that my need to express myself and share my feelings didn't make me weak and that I needed to have those close to me do the same, I was finally honest with myself. I accepted that this is just what I need. It’s who I am.

You know what sets your soul on fire. That one thing that leaves you longing for more. That one thing that fuels you. That one thing that feeds that desire in your heart. That wasn't placed in you merely for your pleasure. It was placed inside of you to share; to create a ripple effect. It was divinely planned that the very thing that sets your soul ablaze would be the sure way you would be able to reach others.

Don’t ignore it. Listen to it.

Your heart is quietly yelling at you, begging for attention. If you are like me, I know you can feel that gentle tug in your soul when it's rising up. And you often exhale that deep sigh of exhaustion from constantly suppressing what matters most to you.

Explore it. Ask God to open your eyes and connect the dots.That is your gift. Someone needs what you have. Share it. You could touch the world.

Love.

 

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One of my first loves...Poetry


soul cries

no one listens

heart repaired

like gold sitting on a mine

not seen

not searched for

trying to maintain its glisten

soul cries

won't you listen

 

"soul cries" 

- Saunya



I write poetry often. I swear I have poems scattered everywhere...in my phone, in my journals, in my desktop, on my tumblr, on my instagram...

Poetry was one of the first creative outlets that I was introduced to early in my childhood. I was an innocent 11 years old when I was introduced to poetry. I instantly fell in love with it. As a shy and quiet child who had trouble expressing herself, poetry became my favorite form of expression. It really saved me. It gave me a way to put what I couldn't quite articulate verbally into written form. I surprisingly still have every poem I have ever written since I was 11 years old in my possession. I treasure each one of them. They each vividly paint pictures of where I was emotionally and mentally in my life. It captures my journey beautifully.

Anyway, I recently have been trying to decide if I wanted to share my poetry here on my blog. Since a lot of my poems reflect my hidden and revealed trues, I had a hard time deciding if I wanted to do this. I decided that this gift that God gave me was meant to be shared so... this will be a new section on my blog! All of my poems that I post will be original pieces of mine. I also will occasionally post poetry from other writers that have inspired me.

I'm so excited to be adding this to my blog! You all will get to see another facet of me and my love for creative expression in written form.

 


Love.

 

Clean It Up!

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Early one Saturday morning before having his breakfast, little Bobby snuck in the kitchen grabbed three chocolate chip cookies and ate them in his bed leaving chocolate stains and crumbs all over his sheets.


Later that day, he taunted his little sister and shoved her, making her cry.

A little later on, he grabbed an egg from the refrigerator and threw it at the neighbor’s window.

When his parents found out all these things he had done, they were so disappointed in Bobby. Unapologetic, Bobby rolled his eyes and sneered not feeling any remorse or guilt for what he had done.

Later that evening, Bobby, his little sister and parents went to the store to pick up dinner. Not having yet dealt with Bobby, his parents allowed him to tag along.

Bobby sees a toy race car that he really wants.

“Mom!” Bobby screams.

“I want this! I REALLY want this! Please, please, please!!”

Bobby’s Mother glanced at Bobby knowing that she wasn't buying him anything because of his recent behavior.

“Please Mom! Pleeeeeaaase!”

Bobby got louder and louder and began to make a scene. Bobby’s Dad grabbed him and started walking him toward the exit. Bobby was consistent in asking for the toy car until they walked out of the store. He pouted all the way home because he didn't get what he wanted.
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This is exactly what we do to God. ALL the time.

We, a lot of times, are oblivious to our sin, not realizing that God wants to deal with the sin in our hearts before he grants us our desires. Yet we beg and plead, fuss and complain because we are not getting the things we want, not even realizing that there is a bigger issue at hand. Our hearts.

Can you imagine God shaking His head at us as we beg for what we want when He can clearly see what’s truly in our hearts? Can you imagine how much more God wants to clean our hearts than merely giving us with the things we are begging for?

We forget that just like Bobby’s parents, God sees our hearts. He knows our motive. Not only does He hear us when we ask Him, but He knows WHY we are asking Him. And just like a loving parent, He knows that correcting and shaping our character is much more important than giving us everything we want.

God is not in the business of making sure we have pleasurable lives, He is in the business of our hearts. He is in the business of shaping and molding our hearts to be a reflection of His. He is in the business of breaking us until we realize our dire need for Him. And because He loves us, He works endlessly on transforming our desires into His desires for us.

This past month, God showed this to me clearly. And once I realized that I was acting just like Bobby, begging and pleading with God for my selfish desires without acknowledging the sin in my heart, I felt so convicted. I realized what I was doing was wrong, and I began to notice that God wanted so much more for me than what I was asking Him for.

This realization pierced my heart so much that I actually prayed and asked God not to grant me my desires until my heart is clean and clear of any mess that will get in the way of the joy I will have when He lovingly grants me what He has in store for me.

Now that is definitely a risky and scary prayer to pray, but I want God to know how serious I am. I no longer want to walk in oblivion to my sinful actions. I no longer want to hurt people in the process. My heart is a construction zone and only God alone can help me clean it up.

So when the time comes and God begins to pour out blessings on me, I want my heart to be free and clear, open and ready to receive all that He has in store for me. Until then, “clean up on aisle 9!”

 

 


Love.


Reference Scriptures:

"Purify me from my sins, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow. Oh, give me back my joy again; you have broken me -- now let me rejoice. Don't keep looking at my sins. Remove the stain of my guilt. Create in me a clean heart, O God. Renew a right spirit within me." - Psalm 51:7-10 (NLT)

"Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you your heart’s desires." - Psalm 37:4 (NLT)

"I will open the windows of heaven for you. I will pour out a blessing so great you won’t have enough room to take it in! Try it! Put me to the test!"Malachi 3:10 (NLT)