Passion



Passion is a gritty kind of love, tough and

optimistic enthusiasm that overcomes negativity and inconvenience to make it

through to the end. (10,000 Reasons Overflow)


Tuesday, December 31, 2013

From brokenness

Did you always know Jesus?

I have known about this man Jesus for most of my life. Growing up in a family with a nun for an aunt, a great uncle who was a priest. I knew Jesus. 

I could recite prayers just like everyone else.  And yet I walked away anyway. I heard of His grace but never accepted.

I was broken, hurt, and didn't want to be noticed and wanted to be noticed all at the same time.

And one day, even though lots of people didn't see my brokenness held together by the worlds Arlene's tacky glue, it all fell apart.

I wanted to know Jesus and love Jesus and tell people about Him.

I know that people looked at me like they look at the city of Detroit. There are beautiful parts but also parts so broken that they don't seem like they can be helped or even want to be helped.

But deep down, they know they want it. 

I looked at a building today, it's a beautiful building that someone put new windows on and is fixing up on the inside too so that life will soon be in that building, laughter and tears, and I thought about how so many prayed for me. And how one day, someone, Someone, came into my life and brought a love and a life I never knew could exist. 

I pray that today, the end of 2013, for the city of Detroit that it will have love and life like it never knew possible, that it will flourish and praise Him who brings life to all things.

Just like those who prayed for me, I'll pray for Detroit and may it shine like the sun. Better for it's brokenness because then and only then will it know Who healed it.

The Lord replied to them: “I am sending you grain, new wine and olive oil, enough to satisfy you fully; never again will I make you an object of scorn to the nations. “I will drive the northern horde far from you, pushing it into a parched and barren land; its eastern ranks will drown in the Dead Sea and its western ranks in the Mediterranean Sea. And its stench will go up; its smell will rise.” Surely he has done great things! Do not be afraid, land of Judah; be glad and rejoice. Surely the Lord has done great things! Do not be afraid, you wild animals, for the pastures in the wilderness are becoming green. The trees are bearing their fruit; the fig tree and the vine yield their riches. Be glad, people of Zion, rejoice in the Lord your God, for he has given you the autumn rains because he is faithful. He sends you abundant showers, both autumn and spring rains, as before. The threshing floors will be filled with grain; the vats will overflow with new wine and oil. “I will repay you for the years the locusts have eaten— the great locust and the young locust, the other locusts and the locust swarm — my great army that I sent among you. You will have plenty to eat, until you are full, and you will praise the name of the Lord your God, who has worked wonders for you; never again will my people be shamed. Then you will know that I am in Israel, that I am the Lord your God, and that there is no other; never again will my people be shamed. (Joel 2:19-27 NIV)

Sunday, December 29, 2013

What should I do?

Yesterday during the music part of worship I just opened my heart and told God that whatever He wanted in my life for 2014 I was all in.

When I do the Beth Moore study "whispers of hope" there is an acronym for PRAISE to pray.

Praise
Repent
Acknowledge 
Intercession 
Supplication for self
Equip

This book is rocking my world! Taking it (my relationship with Jesus) to the next deeper level. (Man I sound like one of those crazy God loving God fearing ladies - oh wait! I am!!)

To acknowledge God over all of my life seems kind of crazy but it's awesome! 

Yesterday as I said "whatever You want Lord" I also prayed for Him to tell me what to do. I'm just not always the smartest. So it's just easier to let God boss me. 

What should I do?

Yesterday I was lead to John 15

Remain in Me

“I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples. “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love. I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. (John 15:1-11 NIV)

And then this morning after listening to Shake Yourself Loose by Vivian Winans I felt like I should read John 8

Hold to My teachings

To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” They answered him, “We are Abraham’s descendants and have never been slaves of anyone. How can you say that we shall be set free?” Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, everyone who sins is a slave to sin. Now a slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it forever. So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. (John 8:31-36 NIV)

Got it!

Now you see I'm not that dumb. 

Remain in me, hold to my teachings...

Obedience.

Big things.

Little things.

Wow!!

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Broken chains

I was watching Charlie's Angels today. Don't judge me.

Now I was watching season 2 episode 1. The three angels were shackled up in chains for something they didn't do... In order to save others. Don't worry I'm not going to compare Jesus to the Angels. Lol

The three angels were running chained up. They fell, slipped, and let's face it it just isn't easy to run chained up. 

Want to know what my favorite gift was this year? A freedom that I never thought I could ever attain or even deserved. 

Freedom.

I walked into church today thinking that there is nothing, NOTHING is better than the freedom I now I have.

We sang "redeemed" and I could barely contain myself with all the joy that was bundled up inside of me with crazy thankfulness. You see I was bound up by chains I put on myself, chains that others put on me. But mostly it was my own mess that bound me up. 

Make no mistake about something, the key to freedom was held by One.  Jesus.

But it meant I had to do some hard work because I've got a lot of my own mess that I had to let go of. A whole lotta pride. The first shall be last. I had to walk, crawl to the back of the line.

In the episode, Kelly got the bolt cutters and the angels were able to run! I have to tell you, I was seeking God before I had this kind of freedom, I knew in the depths of my heart there was a freedom to be had and Jesus could give it to me.

You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. (Jeremiah 29:13 NIV)

I knew. And finally, I put down me, and got before Him. I had to give up a lot of the things that I didn't want to give up. 

It was worth EVERY SINGLE thing I gave up. There were moments I was lonely and sometimes angry, and annoyed. But it was worth it!! Even when people were super big jerks to me, and I quieted my soul. One time God told me to do something for someone who yelled at me! Are you kidding me??? I did it. Humbling. But worth it.

It's a new year. A year of walking in freedom. Seeking Him, going deeper and living my life as a living sacrifice. Whatever it is God. Use me. Let Your love be poured out of me onto others.

This is my prayer in the harvest
When favor and providence flow
I know I'm filled to be emptied again
The seed I've received I will sow

~Desert Song by hillsong united

I'm so thankful for this freedom! I hope If you have not already accepted this freedom, if you haven't done the work, it is my prayer that you work through by the hurt, the pain, the sadness, and one day you stand before God in crazy joyful thanksgiving jumping out of your skin fully and deeply in love with Him. 



Friday, December 27, 2013

A masterpiece isn't made in one stroke


I posted yesterday about being a better version of myself. 

Can I just tell you? That doesn't come easy for me. I love the word but sometimes I'm busy. Sometimes I'd rather listen to eminem than hillsong. Sometimes I don't want to do the hard thing or... Whatever.

Sometimes the thought of just staying stuck in the same place seems better than doing hard work. But I don't like to stay in the same place. Good gravy I can barely sit still for 2 minutes. 

But that's not me. I always want to be a better version of me, and that means being obedient. I don't always want to do it, and I'm sure sometimes God Himself would like to slap the stupid right out of me. Especially when He says don't and I do anyway. Ugh 

My foot really really hurts but I'm going to the gym tomorrow. Going to use the bike instead of the treadmill. Not my choice in exercise but it's easy on my foot!

I want to be a better me. One that looks more like Jesus and less like me. I want to be the masterpiece that He created me to be and I know masterpieces are not created in one paint stroke, but in many.

Michaelangelo when carving his masterpiece David said that he carved away anything that didn't look like David. I want to be carved and chiseled in such a way that all that is left is Jesus.

Dear Jesus, Let me be more like You. Let me always be focused on You. Let nothing distract me. Amen.

This is not a judgement free zone

I'm talking about how I judge myself... Everyone else is safe...

So the last two to three weeks have been incredibly stressful for me. I wish I could tell you that it was Christmas but it wasn't. 

It's no surprise that I have struggled with my weight for most of my life.  the extra stress surely hasn't helped any... 
I went to jcpenney today to get some new pants and not the size I wanted. I'm not taking the tags off until I go to work and need to.

I'm made at myself. For the last three weeks I did not take care of myself. I didn't take the time I needed I fit it in when I could.

Well, I'm not one of those kind of people who wait until the 1st to get motivated. My time is now. And so I started eating the way God intended and got to the gym. Yes. I have an elliptical at home, well I got on that too but I've been itching to run. And I have a membership to the powerhouse by my house. So after I served & delivered cupcakes and pizza to two soup kitchens off I headed. I even served in work out pants. No excuses. 

I fell asleep at 10pm and slept until almost 8am. Yes, I must have been tired. My body is weary and I will feed it and give I exercise to get it where it needs to be. 

Here's the deal about the pants. I can't go to work cutting my circulation off. And miss-fitting pants don't look good. If I have to wear them, I will. Even if I don't want to. But I will tell you, I don't plan on wearing them for long. 

I'm back on my nutritional supplements, eating right, and exercising. It's never too late to be a better version of yourself. I'll be listening to books on cd and probably music. 

I'm going to a wine tasting tonight with friends (and if you're reading this you'll know in advance), I just want to spend time with them, I won't be drinking any. Too much sugar. I'm on track and focused. I know that my birthday is coming up and that will be my cheat day. 

I'm gonna do all I can to not have to wear those pants, and make a plan to work out once I get back to work.

It's important to take care of myself!!! 

(I am in desperate need of a new pair of running shoes... That will be something I get after the first of the year)

Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 3:13, 14 NIV)

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Value

Sticks and stones may break my bones but names will never hurt me.

I don't swear (or at least I try not to) but  I'd like to call a giant bs on this saying.

I'll tell you that I've been hit and punched and I promise you, nothing had ever hurt me the way a mean word can.

The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit. (Proverbs 18:21 NIV)

Sometimes people say completely mean things even if they don't mean to. And if you say something that hurts my feelings I promise you, I'll cry. And I  will forgive.

But I'll tell you what I won't do. I won't put stock Into things that hurt me. That is not from Jesus. It took a lot of hard work to believe that I have value, that I'm beautiful (no matter my size), and that I'm chosen by God.

I might be hurt, but I am free. Free to be loved and love.

And God knows my heart. And He loves me.

What greater gift is there?

But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” (1 Samuel 16:7 NIV)

Monday, December 23, 2013

A lesson in communion

Communion is a big deal to me.

It might seem like it's just bread and juice to some people but to me it's a big deal. I've never been officially asked to ever set up communion at our church. It's probably a good idea. I'm not really the decorating type. But I have to tell you, I was absolutely sooooo honored to be asked!

So seriously I got a little stressed out over this. Crazy right? Well, let me explain a little. 

When I cook for events I don't cook for people, I cook for Jesus. I don't think that they won't care about this or that, I think "Jesus will love this" and that's why I don't have to taste what I cook all the time. And after many years Of experience, I know what it's supposed to smell like. 

I went and bought the bread and juice and prayed over it.  And thankfully our church has an amazing decorating team who has all the stuff to make things pretty. So... I just kept praying and at one point I asked God "why me?" Because there lots of people in our ministry who could have done it... Why did Quin ask me? You could have spoken anyone's name on his heart.

"because it's a beautiful thing for you to surrender all the things you're not good at to Me"

I almost wept ( I did choke back some tears).

It's easy for me to surrender my life to Him to let Him choose my path. My money (it's His anyway), cooking, whatever. And honestly I do a lot of hard things to get closer to Him, to be more like Him. But to do an action like putting my decorating (or lack there of) skills on display for others to see, was a stretch. But God uses that, and makes it beautiful. And He gives is everything we need to complete it. 

What a beautiful lesson. Thank You Jesus for communion and all the ways my heart is changed by it.

For I received from the Lord what I also passed on to you: The Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, “This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way, after supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.” For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes. So then, whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of sinning against the body and blood of the Lord. Everyone ought to examine themselves before they eat of the bread and drink from the cup. For those who eat and drink without discerning the body of Christ eat and drink judgment on themselves. That is why many among you are weak and sick, and a number of you have fallen asleep. But if we were more discerning with regard to ourselves, we would not come under such judgment. Nevertheless, when we are judged in this way by the Lord, we are being disciplined so that we will not be finally condemned with the world. So then, my brothers and sisters, when you gather to eat, you should all eat together. Anyone who is hungry should eat something at home, so that when you meet together it may not result in judgment. And when I come I will give further directions. (1 Corinthians 11:23-34 NIV)

This was my four stations set before Him


Thursday, December 19, 2013

Crazy Rambling...

Sometimes I just wonder… if George had it right as he was yelling “Jane stop this crazy thing”.

I sat a table last night thinking about how lucky I am to have the friends I have, and as I sat at the table listening to our little Jackie read, I thought “I have no right to sit at this table”.  They all bring so much to the table, they are kinder, sweeter, more generous, thoughtfuller, and probably more fun than me too.  I’m so incredibly blessed by each and every one of them… it’s ridiculous…

After the long days I have had, I am ready for some vacation, and I am ready for some time to take care of me.  I don’t care if you think its selfish, I need a minute or 300 to relax, read, clean, sleep, whatever.

I’m so thankful to just be home to write this crazy rambling post… 

I have to say that I listened to the song “Cinderella” and started crying…  Time goes by so quickly…

 
And… I bought Dolvett’s new book… I’m reading it, and loving it so far… I haven’t gotten to the part where he tells me I can’t eat cheese yet… I mean I don’t even know if he’s gonna tell me that, I can only assume…  if he tells me I can’t have iced tea… well, forget the whole thing… but so far I like it…

And please pray I can fix my dishwasher… washing them by hand is seriously wearing me out…
And there is some kind of animal in my garage.  He’s trapped and probably gonna be mad when he gets out…  I have to go get a battery for the remote for the garage door opener so I can open the garage door from the safe place of my car.

So I am tired. Please pray for me. I am in some desperate need of time off!  It sounds nuts but I need to get some stuff done around my house… and while I am off, I need to call the sewer peeps for a clean out…  (Jessica if you’re reading this… please remind me!!)

Ok, that’s all I got… I hope my family is good with one kind of cookie… maybe 2 or 3 and just us showing up…  if not, well, they love me it will be ok…

Good night people.  

God didn't call me to this craziness...
 
Now this is some truth… I'm going to bed to rest in this truth...

Isaiah 9:1-7
Nevertheless, there will be no more gloom for those who were in distress. In the past he humbled the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, but in the future he will honor Galilee of the nations, by the Way of the Sea, beyond the Jordan—
The people walking in darkness
    have seen a great light;
on those living in the land of deep darkness
    a light has dawned.
You have enlarged the nation
    and increased their joy;
they rejoice before you
    as people rejoice at the harvest,
as warriors rejoice
    when dividing the plunder.
For as in the day of Midian’s defeat,
    you have shattered
the yoke that burdens them,
    the bar across their shoulders,
    the rod of their oppressor.
Every warrior’s boot used in battle
    and every garment rolled in blood
will be destined for burning,
    will be fuel for the fire.
For to us a child is born,
    to us a son is given,
    and the government will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called
    Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
    Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Of the greatness of his government and peace
    there will be no end.
He will reign on David’s throne
    and over his kingdom,
establishing and upholding it
    with justice and righteousness
    from that time on and forever.
The zeal of the Lord Almighty
    will accomplish this.

Sunday, December 15, 2013

A day in the crazy life...

So the truth is I am sure I had lots planned to do today. But lo and behold I can't really remember.

I mean I know i planned on making a couple casseroles and I did that. And I planned on going to alive... And I did that. Oh I planned on wrapping presents... Whoops!

But this is my life. It's crazy and busy and full of love and laughter.

My daughter got stuck in the snow. Apparently she needed new tires. This could have turned out so differently people. And I know that. 

She has new tires. safety is important.

We had so much fun and I taught her about checking tire tread by putting Abe Lincoln on his head :) she cracked up the whole time :)

So it was a crazy busy day!!! And I'm thankful! Wrapping can wait!



This was my fb post :)

Oh Christmas tree!

We had a tree... It got ruined in the flood of our basement.


Then some friends gave us a tree and it was beauty and it's huge!!  So in order to just make things easier I purchased a really cheap little tree last year. The problem with small houses is that there isn't a lot of room. The problem with small trees is that there isn't a lot of room for ornaments...
Our little tree

But I'm thankful! So this year we finally got our tree up! The small one. Here are some pictures.

It's cute. 

Ornament from 1994 when Phyllis
was diagnosed w/JRA
From The Groves


from my cuz Kathy, she calls me Mugs
Cookie Time
Mom & daughter ornament

My Aunt Dee painted



Friday, December 13, 2013

It's Christmas time!

Something you want
Something you need
Something to wear
Something to read

My friends decided to do this with their boys.  Two sets of friends, each has one son.

My other friend did

Something you want
Something you need
Something to wear
Something to share

I love this.  But here is the thing… I love giving presents. I love giving them to Phyllis, I love giving them to pretty much everyone I know, only if I find that perfect gift.  Now, if you are my friend Sheila, she makes amazing things or my friend Becky, she makes woobies (quilts) or my daughter who knits.

Me. I got nothing. 

No one wants a casserole for Christmas.  

I did make my friend a jar full of Truth for her birthday.  

Last year going to Haiti changed a lot in my heart but honestly not much with my wallet. But this year… My heart really changed about spending money on Christmas.  I’ve really had to get creative… because when God tells me to cut back, He’s not kidding.

There are people who really are in need…  and so it’s time to love them! 
It’s kind of crazy too, because honestly, my Pean has never been much of “wanter” she asked for a few things this year…  I mean, even when asked her amazon wish list isn’t even very long… she doesn’t want for much.  I mean… I’m her momma what else is there?!? Hahahahaha

She asked for pajama pants…  a TV series on DVD… and Suubi beads. I got her something else she wanted…  but nothing too exciting around here.

My cousin and I are going to Holiday Nights as my Christmas present to her, and her spending time with me is her present to me ;)  I really love that we are going to do that this year.

I ordered my favorite CD for a few of my family members, I hope they love it as much as I do!!

A few homemade gifts…  taco seasoning ;) and hot chocolate… I told you… I got nothing…

The truth is… Christmas isn’t about presents… but I love them just the same. And I also like giving them way more than I like getting them.

Tomorrow I will put the ornaments on my tree, and take back the pj’s that my daughter doesn’t like (yes, I am letting her pick them out).

The truth is that this post seems kind of depressing, but the truth is that life is a lot easier… less crazy… and maybe I won’t be so sick of Christmas by the time the day comes… I won’t take my tree down on Christmas day.

I’m thankful for getting to know God more in this season.  I’m thankful for this time of preparing for His coming. 



Thursday, December 12, 2013

God speaks, in whispers of hope


I am a prayer from way back… and when I say “way back” I mean before I was really fully sold out to Jesus.  I received the book “Whispers of Hope” by Beth Moore and honestly, I nearly squealed with delight!  Seriously though.  I don’t squeal, so you know it was a big hug to my heart the day I received it. I was looking for a good devotional, and I just couldn’t seem to find one that really hit my heart… until this one arrived in my mailbox.  Now, isn’t that like God, we are searching and searching… and there He is on time and delivers us just what we need.  Praise Him.


And don’t think for one minute that I don’t think that I’m a big weirdo that I can’t help but want to get closer to God.  But I really can’t.  When I struggle, and I do, with TONS of things… I just can’t help but do the thing that His word says to do.  Now, I don’t always do it right away… but I do, because I always pray that if I am not in line with Him, I pray it is painful like too tight shoes.  I know that His way is the best way, and left to my own way… I will surely be like Pig Pen with a big cloud of dirt.


I have to say that sometimes I just open the pages and get lost in them.  The daily devotion is one that just really gets to the heart of the scripture and to the heart of my heart. 
I love her PRAISE way of praying…
Praise
Repent
Acknowledge
Intercession
Supplication for Self
Equip


That seems pretty simple doesn’t it.  But let me tell you. This has really changed my heart when I pray.  It has taken me to an even deeper level.  One day, I just cried and cried as I did the “repent” portion.  I must say that these are not some box that I check.   I take each one very seriously.  

If you’ve ever done a Beth Moore study or checked out her blog, you know that she is gifted in the way she takes scripture and breaks it down into bite size pieces that your heart can devour.  This book is no different! It’s beautifully written as if Beth Moore is your best friend sitting down with you pouring God’s word right out to you!

Would I recommend this book?  With my whole heart

Would I do a giveaway and let you win a copy of this book?  Oh sister… You know it!  Please leave a comment on the blog along with a praise to God and you will be entered.  The contest ends Sunday, December 15, 2013 at 11:59PM, winner announced Monday morning and i will get the winner a copy of this amazing book!

Listen...

Those are whispers of hope...  They are speaking to you.

Monday, December 09, 2013

It's just one if those days

Oh there are days... And they sometimes seem to go on for weeks when honestly I just would like to pick up a towel just so I can throw it in.

Today was one of those days...

Figuring out fundraiser stuff... (I didnt need to do the fundraiser) I just wanted to help the kids and it was a lot of work 
But really well worth it.
And lots of other stuff that is bothering me... And it will be ok, I'll get over it or I  won't...

Either way it will be a-ok. 

So today as I go to bed, I'm going to be thankful for people who love me right where I am at, who see the good in me, always... Who don't lie. I'm going to be thankful for hugs and smiles and prayers. I'm thankful for ice cream and beautiful daughters. Thankful for clean clothes and clean water. Dinners with family and lunches already packed.

Thank You Jesus for days like today and my ability to see You through it all.

Saturday, December 07, 2013

Repentance is a 'whisper of hope' for me!

REPENT!

REPENT!

REPENT!!!!

Does the word repent scare you?  It’s kind of an intimidating word for something that’s not that big of a word but it seems that often people are screaming it… and really… we only have to repent when we are not in line with Christ, which is scary enough, wouldn’t you agree?

I’ve been doing this devotional “Whispers of Hope” by Beth Moore, which I will be telling you more about later… 

One of the journaling items is that when we pray, we must repent when we pray.  I will tell you, that even though I know that this brings me closer to God, I don’t always do it when I sit down during my alone time with God, I mean often I talk to God, repent, but I don’t always take this reverent approach.  I will tell you that since I’ve been doing it, it’s really brought me closer to God. 
It’s been so amazing, to see my prayers just go deeper with Him.  To get to the core of my own heart, to break down any barriers that is between Him and me.  Sometimes in the quiet time I have found and destroyed barriers that I didn’t even know were there.  It is my sin that gets in the way of Christ working in my life.  Last night during a teaching it was said “the way we make a way for Christ is repentance”.  That really struck a chord with me because God had been rocking my world with coming before with a repentant heart.

It’s been absolutely beautiful, and I will also say that I have seen the answers to my prayers right away.  Not because He was faster in answering them but because I am faster at recognizing them (and His work in my life).  

I’m so very thankful for this devotional and the way God is using it to bring me closer to Him.  In the big stack of books I received to review, this one really was the one I was most excited about because I knew that God works so much in prayers, not just in the answers, but the way He moves in our hearts and brings us closer to Him.  

Matthew 3:1-12
In those days John the Baptist came, preaching in the wilderness of Judea 2 and saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.” 3 This is he who was spoken of through the prophet Isaiah:
“A voice of one calling in the wilderness,
‘Prepare the way for the Lord,
    make straight paths for him.’”
4 John’s clothes were made of camel’s hair, and he had a leather belt around his waist. His food was locusts and wild honey. 5 People went out to him from Jerusalem and all Judea and the whole region of the Jordan. 6 Confessing their sins, they were baptized by him in the Jordan River.
7 But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to where he was baptizing, he said to them: “You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the coming wrath? 8 Produce fruit in keeping with repentance. 9 And do not think you can say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ I tell you that out of these stones God can raise up children for Abraham. 10 The ax is already at the root of the trees, and every tree that does not produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire.
11 “I baptize you with[b] water for repentance. But after me comes one who is more powerful than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with[c] the Holy Spirit and fire. 12 His winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will clear his threshing floor, gathering his wheat into the barn and burning up the chaff with unquenchable fire.”