Breathe on me, Breath of God,                                                                                           fill me with life anew,                                                                                              that I may love what thou dost love,                                                                                 and do what thou wouldst do.
Breathe on me , Breath of God,                                                                                           until my heart is pure,                                                                                             until my will is one with thine,                                                                                             to do and to endure.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Breathe on me, Breath of God,                                                                                             till I am wholly thine,                                                                                               until this earthly part of me                                                                                                 glows with thy fire divine.
Breathe on me, Breathe of God,                                                                                           so shall I never die,                                                                                                 but live with thee the perfect life                                                                                         of thine eternity. 

Paul explains in Ephesians what it means to be “In Christ”. It’s all there… in Him. Everything you need for victorious living is in Jesus.

Colossians 1:13 tells us God”has rescued us from the domain of darkness and transferred us into the kingdom of the Son He loves.” If you are a believer in Jesus Christ, you used to belong to Satan’s kingdom, but now you are part of a new kingdom, and Jesus is the King. Satan can do nothing to remove you from God’s kingdom, but he will do his best to get you to ignore the kingdom rule of Jesus Christ!

My husband and I were both new on our Christian walk when we married. God awed us with the lighted way He directed us on. He immediately pushed us into strong teaching and in depth Bible study. He gave us loving Christian couples to be examples and mentors for us.

My heart swells going over the memory of my husbands battle with the world. He was so candid, much more than I was. God would find ways to use his struggles immediately, thus validating his actions.

Our first argument was before we married. My husband used to look at women on the street. He didn’t see it as pornography. He spoke the worlds view that “God gave beautiful women to men to appreciate”. I know that it took alot of prayer and help from other Christian men to help him in that battle. I also heard him speak to other men of his ongoing battle. It’s horrible to me how the world blasts men with pornography everywhere , from every direction. By the end of his life we had changed completely our forms of entertainment.

We where married only one month when my husband had to use oxygen, a consequence of smoking. He retired soon after and we went to the Sierra’s where God used him as an Ombudsman. 

My husband had been clean and sober, and had “run the AA program” in his life for over 30yrs. by the time we married. God used him to teach Celebrate Recovery in our church and in the Placerville jail.  His choices were validated over and over. It never ceases to amaze me how God can use our experiences, good and bad, to further His kingdom. 

My husband did not retire until the last year of his life. The doctors didn’t seem to think he was that close, but he knew. He was ready, without fear. I can imagine him hearing,”Well done my faithful one”.