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Coconut Madras Curry Soup Recipe

Hello blog readers! I made the simplest, most wonderful soup yesterday. It has to be the easiest soup I’ve ever made. It has a creamy texture, almost like a bisque. If you really want to impress your friends & family, try it! It takes 10 minutes to make. And, you can have it on a Daniel fast, so I want to share it. I call it Coconut Madras Curry Soup.

Here’s what you need:

  • 1 (13.5oz) can coconut milk (regular or lite)
  • 2 cups unsweetened almond milk (regular or vanilla) (I used vanilla)
  • 1 12.5oz jar of Madras Curry
  • 1/2 cup mushrooms (I used oriental, but portabella or any will work)
  • 1/2 cup raw spinach
  • sea salt

**You can find Madras Curry on the aisle where Asian and Indian foods are sold. Specialty stores like Publix and Whole Foods are your best bet. I got it from Rouses. If you’re doing the Daniel fast recipe, choose one without sugar. I used the sauce by Maya Kaimal pictured below.

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***I used dried oriental mushrooms (bought from Rouses). If you use dried mushrooms (any kind), you’ll need to let them sit in hot (not boiling) water for 20 minutes before adding them to the soup.

STEPS:

Combine coconut milk, almond milk, and Madras Curry in pot over medium high heat.
Add spinach and mushrooms after soup warms
Add sea salt to taste (you won’t need much salt because the curry has good flavor)

You can eat the soup by itself, or over whole grain brown rice. Or with boiled red potatoes!

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I post these recipes for those doing the Daniel fast — but mainly for those who are afraid to give fasting a try. Fear of not knowing what we’re able to eat can cause us to avoid fasting. If your goal is to grow deeper in relationship with God, fasting is a way that can help you. And there are foods and meals that taste great that you are allowed to have. Read up on spiritual fasting before you start a fast. Prepare your meals, or have a list of recipes ready for each day before you start. That might help you. And, don’t harm your body by not taking in any nutrients. He’s a good Father, and will never require you to starve yourself in a harmful way to be closer to Him.

I pray these recipes help you!

As you move forward fasting to God, I encourage you to meditate on His word daily.

I found a very cool app that reads the bible to you. It’s great to listen to after you read a passage to really meditate on it. I play it in the car too. It’s the Redemption app. There are lots of Redemption Church apps. The one I use is pictured below:

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Just click on the Bible tab. It pulls up passages for each day, or you can choose which chapters you want to read or listen to.

 

Purple Hull Peas Daniel Fast Recipe

Hello blog readers! I have a delicious recipe for purple hull peas that works if you’re doing a Daniel fast. You can use the same recipe for black eyed peas too. It takes about 45 minutes to make, or you can put them in a slow cooker in the morning, and let them simmer until dinner.

Here’s what you need:

  • 2 cups purple hull peas (frozen or fresh)
  • 1/2 onion chopped
  • 2 tablespoons chopped or minced garlic
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro chopped
  • 3 tablespoons cumin
  • 1 tablespoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • juice from 1 lime
  • 1 cup brown rice

(I put onion, cilantro and garlic in food processor together to chop them quickly and easily)

Prepare brown rice separately. Brown rice takes longer to cook than white rice. Put brown rice in pot. Add 2 1/2 cups water. Bring to boil. Put heat on low and cover for 45 minutes.

Put beans in separate pot. Cover with water. (not too much water, just enough to cover beans) Bring to boil. Lower heat to low. Add chopped onion, garlic, cilantro, cumin, salt, cayenne, and lime. Cover beans and cook on low for 45 minutes. Taste. Add sea salt if you like.

Pour beans over rice. Garnish with fresh cilantro (optional). Enjoy!

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You can also put fresh guacamole on top of your beans and rice too. It tastes amazing. You can get the recipe for that here. (leave out the peppers if you don’t like spicy!)

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I post these recipes for those doing the Daniel fast — but mainly for those who are afraid to give fasting a try. Fear of not knowing what we’re able to eat can cause us to avoid fasting. If your goal is to grow deeper in relationship with God, fasting is a way that can help you. And there are foods and meals that taste great that you are allowed to have. Read up on spiritual fasting before you start a fast. Prepare your meals, or have a list of recipes ready for each day before you start. That might help you. And, don’t harm your body by not taking in any nutrients. He’s a good Father, and will never require you to starve yourself in a harmful way to be closer to Him.

I pray these recipes help you!

As you move forward fasting to God, I encourage you to meditate on His word daily.

I found a very cool app that reads the bible to you. It’s great to listen to after you read a passage to really meditate on it. I play it in the car too. It’s the Redemption app. There are lots of Redemption Church apps. The one I use is pictured below:

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Just click on the Bible tab. It pulls up passages for each day, or you can choose which chapters you want to read or listen to.

 

Cucumber Grapefruit Salad Daniel Fast recipe

Hello blog readers! I have a very simple & delicious recipe to share that works if you’re doing a Daniel fast. You can throw it together in 5 minutes, and it’s great for breakfast, lunch, dinner  or a snack. It’s a cucumber grapefruit salad.

 

Here’s what you need:

  • 1 cucumber
  • 1 grapefruit
  • 1/4 cup fresh chopped cilantro
  • juice of 1/2 lime
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Wash cucumber and slice. Peel grapefruit and separate pieces. Mix all ingredients together. Enjoy!

If you’re rushing out the door, put everything in plastic container, shake and go!

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If you make it the night before, the flavors will fuse more into the fruit and cucumbers.

I post these recipes for those doing the Daniel fast — but mainly for those who are afraid to give fasting a try. Fear of not knowing what we’re able to eat can cause us to avoid fasting. If your goal is to grow deeper in relationship with God, fasting is a way that can help you. And there are foods and meals that taste great that you are allowed to have. Read up on spiritual fasting before you start a fast. Prepare your meals, or have a list of recipes ready for each day before you start. That might help you. And, don’t harm your body by not taking in any nutrients. He’s a good Father, and will never require you to starve yourself in a harmful way to be closer to Him.

I pray these recipes help you!

As you move forward fasting to God, I encourage you to meditate on His word daily.

I found a very cool app that reads the bible to you. It’s great to listen to after you read a passage to really meditate on it. I play it in the car too. It’s the Redemption app. There are lots of Redemption Church apps. The one I use is pictured below:

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Just click on the Bible tab. It pulls up passages for each day, or you can choose which chapters you want to read or listen to.

Coconut Curry Soup Daniel Fast Recipe

Hello blog readers! I hope your 2016 is off to an amazing start. If you started the year doing a Daniel fast, I have a recipe that you might like. It’s a little spicy, but if you don’t like heat, you can leave out the red pepper. It’s coconut curry soup, and very easy to make.

Here’s what you need:

  • tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 (13.5oz) can coconut milk (regular or lite)
  • chopped fresh basil leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon curry powder
  • 2tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt

STEPS:

Mix coconut milk, soy sauce and salt in a small bowl.

Place a different pot over medium heat.
Add olive oil, crushed red pepper,  curry powder, and garlic.
Cook until it makes a nice fragrance (about 20 seconds)
Add coconut milk mixture, and lemon zest
Bring to a boil
Reduce heat to low
Add fresh chopped basil leaves
Let flavors simmer for 5 minutes

You can eat the soup by itself, or over whole grain brown rice!

I post these recipes for those doing the Daniel fast — but mainly for those who are afraid to give fasting a try. Fear of not knowing what we’re able to eat can cause us to avoid fasting. If your goal is to grow deeper in relationship with God, fasting is a way that can help you. And there are foods and meals that taste great that you are allowed to have. Read up on spiritual fasting before you start a fast. Prepare your meals, or have a list of recipes ready for each day before you start. That might help you. And, don’t harm your body by not taking in any nutrients. He’s a good Father, and will never require you to starve yourself in a harmful way to be closer to Him.

I pray these recipes help you!

As you move forward fasting to God, I encourage you to meditate on His word daily.

I found a very cool app that reads the bible to you. It’s great to listen to after you read a passage to really meditate on it. I play it in the car too. It’s the Redemption app. There are lots of Redemption Church apps. The one I use is pictured below:

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Just click on the Bible tab. It pulls up passages for each day, or you can choose which chapters you want to read or listen to.

Dill Fries Daniel Fast Recipe (with homemade ketchup)

Hello blog readers! I have another recipe to share if you or your church started 2016 doing a Daniel fast. I like to share these recipes to encourage you and others who may be on the fence about fasting. Worrying about what to eat on a fast might discourage someone from committing to giving it a try. The rewards are too great to pass it up because of worry. I want you to know you can have (and enjoy) delicious foods. Knowing this allows you to focus more on eating spiritual food while fasting.

Today, I have a recipe for dill fries with homemade ketchup.

Here’s what you need for the fries:

  • 2 Russet Potatoes (if you’re cooking for more than one, cook 2 potatoes for each person)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon dill weed

STEPS:
Put potatoes in a pot, cover with water and bring to a boil.
Only boil for 5 minutes!
Drain..let cool for 5 minutes.

Preheat oven at 400

Cut each potato in half (the long way)
Cut each half into 1/4 – 1/2 inch fries (the long way) — this depends on how thick you like them

Spread fries on baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil.
Flip them or toss them around to make sure they’re covered  on both sides.

Mix salt, garlic powder, onion powder and paprika in a bowl.
Sprinkle spices on top of fries (both sides).

Bake in oven for 10 minutes or until golden brown. Sprinkle with dill weed.
Add sea salt if you like.

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If you want some ketchup with these, you can make your own very easily. Store-bought brands have added sugars and preservatives that don’t work on a Daniel fast. This ketchup is 8-year-old kid and picky eater approved. 🙂

Here’s what you need for the ketchup:

 

  • 1 6 oz can tomato paste
  • ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
  • ½ cup water
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • ⅛ teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon mustard powder

STEPS: 

Mix everything together!
Refrigerate if you like it chilled, or enjoy right away.

I also posted a recipe for hummus that tastes great with these fries. You can find that recipe by clicking here.

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As you move forward fasting to God, I encourage you to meditate on His word daily.

I found a very cool app that reads the bible to you. It’s great to listen to after you read a passage to really meditate on it. I play it in the car too. It’s the Redemption app. There are lots of Redemption Church apps. The one I use is pictured below:

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Just click on the Bible tab. It pulls up passages for each day, or you can choose which chapters you want to read or listen to.

 

 

 

Guacamole Daniel Fast Recipe

Hello blog readers! When I first started posting recipes, I thought it would be a one-time thing. I know a lot of people and church groups started 2016 doing a spiritual fast. Each day, my heart leans toward sharing these recipes that can be eaten on a Daniel fast.

I’m a firm believer in the power of fasting. I’ve seen God move in ways that I know are a result of my heartfelt fasting. Knowing what you can eat helps to mentally prepare you for the fast. And, knowing that you can eat delicious foods might help someone who’s on the fence about giving it a try. Our fasting shouldn’t be about “What am I going to eat today???” Your time should be spent meditating on spiritual food! But when it’s time to have a meal, I want you to know there are some tasty meals that take very little time to make that you can enjoy. They’re so delicious that you’ll thank God for making these wonderful foods with every bite.

Today, I have a yummy guacamole recipe for you. It’s a little spicy (not too much).. but if you like it mild, just leave out the pepper! It helps if you have a food processor, but if not, you can still make it — you’ll just have to manually dice your ingredients!

Here’s what you need:

3 avocados
1 lime juiced
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon cayenne
1/2 small onion, diced
1/2 jalapeno pepper, seeded
2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
2 tablespoons minced or chopped garlic
**optional 2 tomatoes, seeded and diced

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STEPS:

Scoop all of the avocado into a large bowl.
Add lime juice,  salt, cumin, and cayenne.
Mash with a potato masher or a fork.
Set aside.
Put  onions, jalapeno, cilantro, and garlic into food processor.
Blend until finely minced.
Fold mixture into your avocado bowl.
**Optional – fold tomatoes into mixture too.

Enjoy!

This tastes great on top of a baked potato, or with veggies like lettuce wedges, cucumber slices, sweet peppers, and carrots. You can put it on top of brown rice or quinoa too. Try grapefruit, with side of guacamole for breakfast! The flavors will seep in overnight in the fridge.
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As you move forward, fasting to God, remember one of Paul’s prayers for the children of God.

 

Ephesians 3:14-19  For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 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.

Paul is one of my favorite writers of the Bible. He understood what Christ did for us better than the disciples who walked with Jesus! That’s because he had teaching through power of the Holy Spirit. Jesus told his disciples that if he didn’t go, the Helper wouldn’t come.

John 16:7 But very truly I tell you, it is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Advocate will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you.

The same powerful Holy Spirit that raised Christ from the dead can strengthen your inner spirit so that Christ can dwell in your hearts through faith!

I pray for a more intimate relationship with Jesus and His Father for each of us.

PS – I found a very cool app that reads the bible to you. It’s great to listen to after you read a passage to really meditate on it. I play it in the car too. It’s the Redemption app. There are lots of Redemption Church apps. The one I use is pictured below:

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Just click on the Bible tab. It pulls up passages for each day, or you can choose which chapters you want to read or listen to.

 

Hummus Daniel Fast Recipe

Hello blog readers! I found another recipe that works if you’re doing a Daniel fast. I cant believe I never knew how super-easy it is to make! It’s homemade hummus — and it tastes so much better than store-bought hummus! Once you gather all your ingredients, you can make it in 10 minutes.

Here’s what you need:

2 tablespoons chopped or minced garlic
2 (15oz) cans of chickpeas  drained, liquid reserved
1 1/2 teaspoons sea salt
1/3 cup tahini (sesame paste)
freshly squeezed lemon juice (2 lemons)
4 tablespoons water or liquid from the chickpeas
1/4 cup olive oil
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional if you like a little spice)

You’ll also need a food processor.

{you might have to get tahini from a specialty store. Walmart didn’t have it, but Publix, Whole Foods, or any Fresh Market type of store probably does. I got it from Rouses}

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STEPS:

Put everything into the food processor and process until the hummus is coarsely pureed. Taste for seasoning. Add more salt and/or olive oil depending on your tastes. Serve chilled or at room temperature.

**Optional -Drizzle with olive oil, and garnish with olives, fresh herbs (rosemary is delicious with this!), or red pepper flakes**

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This tastes amazing on top of a baked potato! Put a little olive oil, salt, pepper, herbs (rosemary and cilantro are my favorites on this) and hummus on the potato, and enjoy! Breakfast, lunch or dinner!

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or have it over spinach!

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As you move forward, fasting to God, thank Him for the blessed opportunity to have an intimate relationship with Him — the overseer of your soul!

Remember Paul’s words to the children of God:

Colossians 1:9-12 For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light.

PS – I found a very cool app that reads the bible to you. It’s great to listen to after you read a passage to really meditate on it. I play it in the car too. It’s the Redemption app. There are lots of Redemption Church apps. The one I use is pictured below:

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Just click on the Bible tab. It pulls up passages for each day, or you can choose which chapters you want to read or listen to.

I pray for a more intimate relationship with Jesus and His Father for each of us!

Ephesians 3:16-19 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 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.

Mexican Quinoa Daniel Fast Recipe

Hello blog readers! I came across another recipe today that will work if you started the new year on a Daniel fast. This isn’t my recipe! (I’d like to claim it) When I got to work today, a guest had made this dish for healthy eaters. But when I saw the ingredients, I noticed it can be eaten on a Daniel fast — and I want to share it with you.

The only thing you might want to do differently is make your own vegetable broth, which is really easy. I’ll post how to do that, because store-bought vegetable broths have sugar and yeast! It’s good to make a pot of broth, and freeze what you don’t use. That way, you’ll have it whenever you come across a Daniel fast recipe.

So, use your own broth, and this Mexican Quinoa recipe will be perfect!

INGREDIENTS:

1 tablespoon olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 jalapeno, minced
1 cup quinoa
1 cup homemade vegetable broth (recipe posted below)
1 (15-ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 (14.5 oz) can fire-roasted diced tomatoes
1 cup corn kernels
1 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon cumin
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1 avocado, halved, seeded, peeled and diced
Juice of 1 lime
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro leaves

STEPS:
Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add garlic and jalapeno, and cook, stirring frequently, until fragrant, about 1 minute.

Stir in quinoa, vegetable broth, beans, tomatoes, corn, chili powder and cumin; season with salt and pepper, to taste. Bring to a boil; cover, reduce heat and simmer until quinoa is cooked through, about 20 minutes. Stir in avocado, lime juice and cilantro.

Serve immediately.

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You can watch videos on how to make the dish by clicking here.

 

HOMEMADE VEGETABLE BROTH INGREDIENTS:

  1. Chop scrubbed vegetables into 1-inch chunks. Remember, the greater the surface area, the more quickly vegetables will yield their flavor.
  2. Heat oil in a soup pot. Add onion, celery, carrots, scallions, garlic, parsley, thyme, and bay leaves. Cook over high heat for 5 to 10 minutes, stirring frequently.
  3. Add salt and water and bring to a boil. Lower heat and simmer, uncovered, for 30 minutes. Strain. Discard vegetables.

***Other ingredients to consider: mushrooms, eggplant, asparagus (butt ends), corn cobs, fennel (stalks and trimmings), bell peppers, pea pods, chard (stems and leaves), celery root parings, marjoram (stems and leaves), basil, potato paring

(you can make a broth out of whatever veggies you have)

As you move forward, fasting to God, remember Paul’s words:

Philippians 4:1 Therefore, my brothers and sisters, you whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, stand firm in the Lord in this way, dear friends!

PS – I found a very cool app that reads the bible to you. It’s great to listen to after you read a passage to really meditate on it. I play it in the car too. It’s the Redemption app. There are lots of Redemption Church apps. The one I use is pictured below:

PicsArt_1451961245697

Just click on the Bible tab. It pulls up passages for each day, or you can choose which chapters you want to read or listen to.

I pray for a more intimate relationship with Jesus and His Father for each of us!

Ephesians 3:16-19 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 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.

Pesto Pasta Daniel Fast Recipe

Hello blog readers! If you’re one of the people who decided to start 2016 with a spiritual fast, you might like this article.

Tonight for dinner, I made a dish that turned out to be really good (8-year-old picky eater approved!) … and I want to share it with you. If you’re doing a Daniel fast, you might like it. I call it pesto pasta! ..and it’s easy to make.

Ingredients:

  • whole wheat pasta
  • 2 avocados
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 6-8 leaves of fresh basil
  • chopped or minced garlic
  • 1/2 cup any nut seeds (pumkpin, sunflower, pine, etc)
  • juice from 1/2 lime
  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • sea salt
  • black pepper
  • {fresh cilantro optional}

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You’ll need a blender {and a food processor is optional}

Steps:
Boil whole wheat pasta until tender. Drain. Set aside until sauce is ready.

Sauce:
Put basil, 2 tbs minced garlic, olive oil, 1/2 seeds, 1/2 tsp sea salt {handful of cilantro optional} into food processor until finely chopped.  This is your pesto.

Scoop out the insides of your avocado and put in blender. Add coconut milk. Add the pesto that you made. Add lime juice. Blend until creamy. Add salt and pepper to taste.

(If you don’t have a food processor, just put all ingredients in the blender!)

Add sauce to drained noodles. Warm over medium heat until it’s as warm as you like.

{optional: Garnish with nut seeds, fresh herbs}

Enjoy!

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PS – I found a very cool app that reads the bible to you. It’s great to listen to after you read a passage to really meditate on it. I play it in the car too. It’s the Redemption app. There are lots of Redemption Church apps. The one I use is pictured below:

PicsArt_1451961245697

Just click on the Bible tab. It pulls up passages for each day, or you can choose which chapters you want to read or listen to.

I pray for a more intimate relationship with Jesus and His Father for each of us!

Ephesians 3:16-19 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 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.

 

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