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Week Eighteen – 2023 DFMD Scripture Meditation Challenge

September 17, 2023
Scripture Meditation & Memory at DFMD 2023

Hello sweet friends! I’m a little late with today’s scripture for our 2023 DFMD Scripture Meditation and Memory Challenge because we’ve been out of town this weekend. Plus, I have to confess, it has actually taken me this long to settle on my verse for these next two weeks. I’m keeping it short and simple this time, but I think this little verse packs a powerful punch.

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In my reading for today in the Charles Stanley Life Principles Daily Bible, he shared Life Principle 23, which is, “You can never outgive God.” At the end of that essay, Dr. Stanley mentioned Psalm 116:12…and it stuck like glue to me.

What shall I return to the Lord     for all his goodness to me? ~ Psalm 116:12 (NIV)

Dr. Stanley wrote:

The psalmist asked, “What shall I render to the Lord for all His benefits toward me? (Ps. 116:12). The question could be translated, “How can I repay the Lord for all His goodness toward me?” The answer is, we can’t. No one can because no man or woman can outgive the Lord.

Dr. Charles Stanley

I have spent no small amount of time lately reflecting on how very blessed I am. God has been so good to me, and none of it has been deserved. I am daily amazed by His benefits and the grace through which He has gifted me so much.

What shall I return to the Lord     for all his goodness to me? ~ Psalm 116:12 (NIV)

So while it is true that I cannot possibly repay our good and gracious God, I don’t ever want to take His blessings for granted. And I definitely want to give Him my heart, my hands, my feet and my voice every day as I strive to follow and obey Him. Especially for the next two weeks, and then for the remainder of the year, I will ask myself this profound question as I begin my day and even as I meditate on this scripture later in the day. “What shall I return to the Lord for all his goodness to me?” And I trust that as my heart ponders these words, He’ll show me how I can better serve and love Him that day with what I have to offer.

I look forward to hearing about your scripture choices today. Thank you so much for joining me in this endeavor. God bless you!

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134 thoughts on “Week Eighteen – 2023 DFMD Scripture Meditation Challenge

  1. I am continuing to memorize the first 3 verses of 1 John 1……

    “That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we looked upon and have touched with our hands, concerning the word of life— the life was made manifest, and we have seen it, and testify to it and proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and was made manifest to us— that which we have seen and heard we proclaim also to you, so that you too may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ.”
    ‭‭1 John‬ ‭1‬:‭1‬-‭3‬ ‭ESV‬‬

  2. I like the verse you chose because lately I an too focused on trials instead of blessings. Watching my husbands parkinson’s disease progression and having to put him a care facility and hoping the insurance will pay for it.

    What shall I return to the Lord
    for all his goodness to me? Psalm 116:12

    1. Oh Beth , I am so sorry for the trials you’re going through with your husband. You will be in our prayers. Sometimes we forget to thank the Lord for all that he does for us. I love this verse Kay I will use the Bible versus this week of John 316 For God, so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life NASB

    2. Bless you, Beth. Let’s cling to the promise that indeed we cannot out give God. I’m trusting He will provide everything you need to endure – financially, physically and emotionally.

    3. My heart breaks for what you are enduring. Beth. Know that my prayers are with you both and take comfort that God always stays nearby.

    4. Beth, I pray that God will strengthen both you and your husband during this difficult journey. I pray He will give you precious moments to fill your hearts and minds.

  3. “The Lord bless you, and keep you; The Lord make His face shine on you, And be gracious to you; The Lord lift up His countenance on you, And give you peace.’”
    ‭‭Numbers‬ ‭6‬:‭24‬-‭26‬ ‭NASB1995‬‬

  4. Hi ladies,
    Kay, it was fun to see your IG reel from your trip.

    My scripture was on the wall in a coffee shop, when my hubs and I were in Montreal last week, visiting our daughter/husband. Then the same scripture came up in two different devotionals I received. I’m taking it as a sign to ponder.

    “Taste and see what the Lord is good. Blessed is the one that trusts in Him.”. Psalm 34:8

  5. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (ESV): “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”

  6. I will also choose the verse you have posted:
    What shall I return to the Lord for all his goodness to me?
    Psalm 116:12

  7. “as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.”
    ‭‭Psalms‬ ‭103‬:‭12‬ ‭NIV‬‬

    Whenever I feel guilty about past sins, this verse helps me to remember that I am indeed forgiven through the blood of Jesus Christ.

    1. Debbie, I am late responding because my daughter was in a car accident over the weekend but Praise God, she is okay! So not only does Kay’s scripture speak to me today but yours does as well. I will therefore try to memorize both🙏 Blessings to you all this day, Sweet ladies!

  8. Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. Be he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. (NIV) 2 Corinthians 12:8-9

  9. Romans 15:13 (NKJV)

    “Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace
    In believing that you may abound in hope by the power
    Of the Holy Sporit”

  10. Psalm 92:1-2 It is good to give thanks to the Lord,to sing praises to your name, O Most High;
    to declare your steadfast love in the morning, and your faithfulness by night.

  11. Psalm 86:5 For your Lord, are good, and ready to forgive, and abundant in mercy to all who call upon You.

    I will work to memorize and live Psalm 116:12

  12. Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Deuteronomy 31:6

  13. Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groaning which cannot be uttered. Romans 8:26 KJV

  14. Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I came not to call the righteous, but sinners. Mark 2:17

  15. That is such a good verse! I’m going to learn that instead of what I had planned.
    Ps 116:12
    What shall I return to the Lord for all his goodness to me?

  16. Kay, I will adopt your chosen scripture as it spoke to me.
    Psalm 116:12 NLT: What can I offer to Lord for all he has done for me?

  17. Matthew 6:34
    The Message
    34 “Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes.

    I have a lot of anxiety.

  18. Kay, your scripture choice really resonates with me. I choose to meditate on it for the next two weeks.

    Psalm 116:12
    What shall I render unto the Lord for all His benefits toward me? (KJV)

  19. Hello from WV ladies. I’ll be focusing my attention on the following scripture:

    “Set a guard over my mouth Lord; Keep watch over the door of my lips.” – Psalms 141:3 (NIV)

  20. Last time I memorized 1 Cor 13:1. I would like to continue with the second verse:
    And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing.

  21. And he passed in front of Moses, proclaiming,
    “The LORD, the LORD, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness, maintaining love to thousands, and forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin.
    Yet he does not leave the guilty unpunished; he punishes the children and their children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation.”
    Exodus 34:6 & 7

  22. I too will take on your verse from the Psalms to focus on the blessings as the trials try to distract us. Praying for Beth and all the other readers facing new circumstances and trials and asking God to guide them.

  23. “Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;” Titus 2:12 KJV

  24. “And behold, I am coming quickly. Blessed is he who heeds the words of the prophecy of this book.” Revelation 22:7

    Thank you, Lord, for providing a Bible Study for me to study the Book of Revelation so that I might read and heed the words that are in this wonderful Book of the Bible.

  25. I love the verse you have chosen this time, Kay. I will use it to remind me of how many blessing I have received and how thankful I should be.

  26. Isaiah 55:8-9 NKJV
    “For my thought are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord.
    For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.

  27. I chose “Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails” Proverbs 19:21

    I am so thankful for God’s will in out lives and that He guides us in to His plans and purpose for our lives, time, talents and possessions.

    He is so loving and caring to show me His path.


  28. 2 Timothy 1:7
    For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline. NIV

    As I am going through many life changes, some quite difficult, I find this verse comforting. I am finding that God is giving me strength that I didn’t know I possessed. God is so good

    1. Barb, with God, you are so much stronger than you know. And please take comfort that prayers are with you to endure all of life’s challenges. 🙏❤

  29. I am going to choose the same verse as Kay this time. What shall I render to the Lord for all His benefits toward me? (Ps. 116:12).

  30. I have chosen a couple of verses from Ephesians this time. Ephesians 5: 15-16 (NIV) – “Be very careful, then, how you live – not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.”

  31. Hello! Kay, your verse this week brought tears to my eyes.

    My verse this week to share is Psalm 35:27 Let the Lord be magnified, who has pleasure in the prosperity of his servant.

  32. This verse reminds me to continually be aware of abiding in the Lord before I attempt to act in thought, word, or deed.

    “Abide in me as I abide in you. Just as the branch cannot bear fruit by itself unless it abides in the vine, neither can you unless you abide in me….As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you; abide in my love.”
    John 15:4, 9

  33. I select your verse,Kay. Psalms 116:12. What shall I return to the Lord for all his goodness to me? Truly the book of Psalms is full of beautiful poetry with which to worship our Lord!

  34. I have been so remiss in choosing verses and memorizing. Started off with a bang, and then just whimpered to a dead stop by March. But today’s a new day. And I have chosen the following verse.

    . John, 16:33 “and I have said these things to you, that in me, you may have peace. In the world, you will have tribulation, but take heart I have overcome the world.”

  35. Ephesians 5:9 “The fruit of the Spirit consists in every form of kindly goodness, uprightness of heart, and trueness of life.”

  36. This week my partner and I are doing some maintanence work on my therapy pool. This passage sums up how loved, cared for, and comforted I feel by my love and my Lord.

    “Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and give himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water throught the word, and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless.” Ephesians 5:25-27 NIV

  37. O Lord, You are my God;I will exalt You, I will give thanks to Your name; For You have worked wonders, Plans formed long ago, with perfect faithfulness. Isaiah 25:1

  38. Linda from Georgia
    Matthew 7:1 Judge not that you be not judged. For with what judgement you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you.

  39. My scripture is a help to me in my continuing journey to draw closer to God.

    I pray that our of his glorious riches, he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being so that Christ may dwell in your heart through faith.

    This is part of a prayer Paul prayed for the Ephesians in chapter 3:16-17a in the book of Ephesians.

  40. Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness. I Colossians 1:11

  41. Kay,
    I can’t get the song “This Is The Day The Lord Hath Made” off my mind, so I am using it for my scripture this week.

    Psalms 118:24

    24 This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.

    1. I will meditate on Evelyn’s verse too!
      Psalm 118:24 “This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.”

  42. Psalms 30:12,13
    You changed my mourning into dancing; you took off my sackcloth and clothed me with gladness,
    That my soul might sing praise to you without ceasing.
    O Lord, my God, forever will I give you thanks.

  43. Thank you Kay. I will claim your verse for my own this week.
    What shall I render to the Lord for all His benefits toward me? (Ps. 116:12)

  44. I have been spending some time in 1 John and really appreciate the writings of John: the Gospel, 1,2, and 3 John, and Revelation. (We are studying the Gospel of John in my BSF class this year, so I wanted to read other of his writings too for myself.)
    Anyway, today I am begining my meditation on another in 1 John:
    I we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us. 1 John 1: 9 & 10 (ESV)
    Thanks Kay for encouraging us to be actively reading and memorizing God’s word.

    1. Jane, I love BIble Study Fellowship (BSF) and I’m looking forward to our study in John. In July I chose John 1:7 as my memory verse:
      “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.”
      I’m still considering the scripture for the next two weeks. Maybe John 1:29.

  45. Hi Kay and Ladies ,
    Happy Blessings from the UK.
    Kay I love your Scripture today its beautiful ❤️And yes we are always asking God for something and what do ‘we’ give back ? I only hope I can repay by showing love and kindness when I can and by the hard work I chose to do at the Hospital and Hospice before I Retired . If I hadn’t have already chosen my Scripture which presented itself to me I would have chosen yours Kay , which I think I will use next time if you don’t mind . So pleased you both enjoyed yourselves and that photo is Wonderful ! Did you or James take it?.

    My Scripture today is :
    29 Then he touched their eyes and said “Because of your Faith , it will happen”.
    Matthew 9:29 ( NLT)

    1. Love this Scripture, Kym. I will share it with my sister. Her husband is going thru chemo and I keep reminding her to ” Keep the Faith”.
      I hope the weather in the UK is as beautiful as it is here in Wisconsin today🍃🍁🍂. Blessings your way!

      1. Oh Helena , Bless your sisters husband , I hope his Chemo Therapy progresses well 🙏🏻. And Bless your sister and you too , at times like this it affects everyone ❤️.
        P.s Nope here in good old UK our Heatwave is over and we are back to cold and rain 🌨💦☔️and getting dark at 7pm , but on the Positive side it means cosy days/evenings in curled up with a book and a hot chocolate with little twinkly lights on my new cosy settee/chair 💝

  46. Your verse resonates with me. My husband and I are making our way back home after a wonderful week Long Beach vacation in Florida. God’s love for us speaks loudly from the beauty of his creation. He has made such a beautiful, wondrous world for us to live in. How could we ever repay Him for all he has given us! Thank you Kay.

  47. Isaiah 61:10
    “I will Greatly rejoice in the Lord my soul shall be joyful in my God for he hath clothed me, with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, and as a bride, adorneth herself with jewels.”
    I need to work this verse more. I didn’t finish it.

  48. I was surprised that a fortnight had gone by so quickly!

    I was really taken with Kay’s Blessed for my Day last Friday so I will be memorising and looking to apply her verse from that:

    “If you find honey, eat just enough – too much of it, and you will vomit.”

    Proverbs 25:16 NIV.

  49. “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places.” Ephesians 1:3 ESV

  50. Praise God from whom all blessings flow.
    I too will put Kay’s selected verse in my memorization book.
    What shall I return to the Lord for all His goodness to me? Ps 116 v 12 NIV

  51. I chose Psalm 27:1 (NIV) as my verse:

    “The Lord is my light and my salvation – whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strong hold of my life – of whom shall I be afraid?”

  52. Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. James 1:2-3

    God has been so faithful in our trials to keep our eyes on him and our hands ready to help. Our grandson, Chase, has severe autism and encephalitis and we recently moved back to CA to be closer to Chase and the family. THIS is not a trial – it is a blessing to us. However it is not without stress or difficulty. So thankful for God’s presence and his promises to never leave or forsake us.

  53. He has shown you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you but to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God? Micah 6:8

  54. Peter, seeing him, said to Jesus, “But Lord, what about this man?” Jesus said to him, “If I will that he remain till I come, what is that to you? You follow Me.”

    John 21:21-22

  55. Romans 10:13 For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.

    Romans 5:1 Therefore since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.

  56. Your scripture lead me to think of gratefulness.
    When I saw this scripture it reminds me to listen to more Christian music.

    Psalm 69:30 NIV
    I will praise God’s name in song and glorify him with Thanksgiving.

  57. But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at his physical stature, because I have refused him. For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”

    1 Samuel 16:7

    The Lord sent Samuel to Jesse’s house to anoint the next King of Israel, Samuel assumed Jesse’s older and physically fit sons were the next king as they passed one by one. But the Lord told Samuel that He looks at the heart, not what’s on the outside. After the 7 older sons were rejected by God, Jesse’s youngest son, David the sheep herder, was brought and the Lord said, “Arise, anoint him; for this is the one!”

    It is nice to have a stylish wardrobe and the latest hairstyle. I enjoy my pedicures. However, I always want to remember that I need to work harder on my heart than on my outside appearance. More importantly, I ask God to remind me to focus on others’ hearts rather than their appearance.

  58. Hi! I heard a sermon a couple of weeks ago on James 1. I’ve continued to ponder the message. I’ve decided to meditate on James 1:22. It says, “Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.” (NIV) It’s good to listen or read his word but we also need to apply these words to our lives. Sometimes that asks for us to do something. This is my prayer that the Holy Spirit would make clear to me the “doing” part. Then I’d follow through and “do.”

  59. I’m so thankful for the power of Gods Word – alive in our hearts!
    James 3:5
    Likewise, the tongue is a small part of the body but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great Forrest is set on fire by a small spark.

  60. My verse for mediation is from Psalms 34:4-5 New Living Translation

    “I prayed to the Lord, and he answered me. He freed me from all my fears.
    Those who look to him for help will be radiant with joy;
    no shadow of shame will darken their faces.”

    1. Thanks for this post, Heather. I am just now posting my verse for these weeks (its Wednesday), but THIS is exactly what I need for the next few days. Blessings to you.

  61. James 1:19-20 NKJV
    So then, my brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath; for the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God.

  62. I always thank the Lord for his all the many blessings I have received from him. Therefore, this week I am going to choose the same verse as you have::

    “What shall I return to the Lord
    for all his goodness to me?”

    –Psalm 116:12

  63. Your choice this week is what I needed to hear. Thank you Kay.

    Psalm 116:12
    What shall I return to the Lord for all His goodness to me?

  64. In keeping with the (BSF) Bible study in John I chose:

    “The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look! (behold) The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!”
    ‭‭John‬ ‭1‬:‭29‬ ‭NLT (parentheses mine)

  65. I too, would like to work on the profound question of Kay’s chosen verse:

    “What should I return to the Lord for all his goodness to me?”
    Psalm 116:12 NIV


  66. Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. Psalm 139:23-24 NIV

  67. James 1:18

    18 Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.

  68. Completing the armor of God in the NLT Version:
    Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere.
    Ephesians 6:18 NLT

  69. Ephesians 3:17-19
    “so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God”

  70. Yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior. The sovereign Lord is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to go on the heights. Habakkuk 3:18-19

  71. 2 Chronicles 15:4-7 (NIV)
    But in their distress, they turn to the Lord, the God of Israel, and saw him, and he was found by them. And those days it was not safe to travel about, for all the inhabitants of the Lance were in great turmoil. One nation was being crushed by another, one city by another, because God was traveling them with every kind of distress. But as for you, be strong, and do not give up, for your work will be rewarded..

  72. Search me, God, and know my heart;
 test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me,
 and lead me in the way everlasting. Psalm 139:23-24 (NIV)

  73. I am joining in a little late this time. But honestly, it is a blessing at this point to be able to read what everyone else has posted! I have decided to wait on the verse I had chosen because Heather D’s verses are exactly what I need today and the next few days. I will be taking care of 4 of my grandchildren while my daughter-in-law has a third surgery for her stage 4 brain cancer (glioblastoma). My son will be with her at the hospital the next few days. The doctors are trying to buy her more time by continuing to remove tumor as it spreads, but she will not survive this aggressive cancer. So I have fears on every side — the immediate fear of taking care of her and ultimately losing her, the fear of how my son will ever manage with 4 children by himself, the fears for each of these precious children who will lose their mother at a young age, and a selfish fear because I want to do so much for them but my own health is often limiting. So I believe thru this blog I was divinely directed to the immediate help I need today:

    I sought the Lord, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears.
    Those who look to him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame.
    Psalm 34:4 & 5 NIV
    (I will probably be reading and pondering this entire Psalm on repeat …)

    1. Dear Diane, what a beautiful and powerful word from the Lord that is for this period of time! God bless, my prayers are with you all, all the way from Melbourne, Australia. X

    2. Diane , Lots of Love , Prayers and Blessings for your Daughter in law’s surgery . And for your son and those four children , and for you too , trying to hold it all together for all of you 🙏♥️Xx

  74. For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. Ephesians 2:10 NIV

  75. “The eternal God is your dwelling place, and underneath are the everlasting arms.”
    ‭‭Deuteronomy‬ ‭33‬:‭27‬a ESV‬‬

  76. Psalm 62:5-6 (NIV)
    Find rest, O my soul, in God alone; my hope comes from him. He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will not be shaken.

  77. A day late to the party, but better late than never 🙂
    I’m keeping on in Psalm 40. I like to memorize whole Psalms, then I have all the context and complete thoughts the psalmist was aiming for. Not that I understand it all, surely not all at once. I memorized Psalm 19 once and kept asking the Lord for some clarification on how part one and part two fit together. About a year and a half later the Spirit spoke to me and opened my eyes to capture how they were connected. And soo…I continue with psalm 40:16 (a repeat as I don’t have it quite yet memorized) “But may all who seek thee rejoice and be glad in thee; may those who love thy salvation say continually, “Great is the Lord!””
    ‭‭Psalms‬ ‭40:16‬ ‭RSV‬‬

  78. Chris’s verse really resonated with me. After a wonderful vacation with my children and grandchildren, I was the fourth in our group to come down with Covid. For the past couple of weeks I have been very sick. Covid also unleashed an autoimmune disease that had been kept somewhat at bay. I am claiming this verse now:

    “Oh, Lord, my God, I cried unto you for help and you have healed me.”
    Ps. 30:2 ESV

  79. I am a bit late for week 18, but nevertheless I wanted to share my quote:
    “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” (Philippians 4:6)
    Love and angel blessings