Can’t Beat them Join Them……

Let’s Celebrate Winter instead of complaining about it…….come on folks.

Some ideas to get you and keep you busy in the Winter, Snacks, why not make from scratch with family (Just like they did years ago) Get some Inspiration from online….Plenty of Healthy homemade snack sites such as http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/collection/top-20-winter

Challenge a family member to make a Snow Angel………snow2520angel

Catch snowflakes on dark fabric and place in the freezer for 10 minutes and analyze with a magnifying glass.

Learn a new snow activity that starts with the letter S but it cant be skating, sledding, snowboarding, or skiing…..good luck!!!!!!

Search or animal tracks in the snow and see where they lead you but be careful of the Polar Bears lol

Have a Cookie decorating party with all white cookies just like snow….

Celebrate Winter Solstice –the darkest day of the year on the 22nd of January and maybe have dinner over candlelight.

Can’t forget the Ultimate Snowball Fights, they should keep you busy for a while!!!!! Have a Blast with that.

Donate old coats that no one wears anymore to kids or adults who don’t have any coats to keep them warm this winter, what a great idea and it teaches your kids about giving to others in need….Win Win!!!!

Join NetFlix, since you may be in the house more then usual, try it out…..check it out at Netflix.com

The Ultimate Snow days off from school, Stay in your PJ’s all day and just hang out at home and do whatever ……play board games, drink hot cocoa, watch movies, just relax!!!!!

When snow days are over—get back out there and take a walk with your family and enjoy that cold crisp air on your faces. Great way to hang out together and just catch up.

Experiment in the kitchen and try a new soup or chili recipe…that should be good!!!!!

The Ultimate make a Snow Fort!!!!! That is a Winter Must.snow-fort-21

snow fort

and of course how could we get thru the Winter Snow without building the Ultimate Snowman!!!!!! snowman-top630

I hope that you enjoy your Winter Snow days, don’t complain about it being cold, just enjoy it because before you know it, it will be spring then summer and we will be complaining its too hot out…..are you seeing a pattern here. WE are always complaining instead of just enjoying the season and time we are in right now in the present moments of our lives. Live them, Enjoy them, take tons of pictures and remember them.

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Seasons Change for Stress Less with Lisa

Have you ever stopped in the middle of a hectic day just to think for a moment, as you feel your stress creeping up on you? We all day dream once in a while, of treating ourselves to a special indulgence. For some of us, all it would take to rid ourselves of the day to day stress is a nice hot bath or good book and a few spare moments to read a few chapters. Some dream of relaxing by a pool or having your back rubbed with oils, treating your thirsty skin to a good hydrating scrub.

We don’t always have the luxury of taking off for the day to a spa or a week-end get-away. But there are ways of enjoying the luxury of a relaxing spa treatment in your own home and at very low costs and that is what Stress Less with Lisa is all about. Get ready for some DIY Spa Products along with some great ways of relieving your financial stress by making your own Cleaning Products, Laundry Products so you will see a huge savings in the pocketbook along with some great relieving of stress by making your own products…..I find it very Stress Relieving to be making my own creations.

Along with the DIY Products, Stress Less with Lisa is also going to be getting into Essential Oils and Herbs. We will be getting into how to make some of are very own Herbal Remedies. Learning how the Oils can do for you what the pharmacy charges you for. I am very excited to be getting into a whole new Season of my Life , and I am more then looking forward to sharing with you all the great Healthy and Less Expensive ways of Living. I will be bringing my Life back to the Simple Way of Living and will be sharing with you my Journey as I go through my Blog and website.

So get yourself ready for whole new Stress Less with Lisa coming soon along with Stress Less Products, Herbs, Articles and Great and Fun Ways of Living a Life with Less Stress via Mediation , Mindfulness, Healthier Eating, Time-management, Learning to Balance your Life through your Mind, Body and Soul. Going back to the Simple ways of Living in this day and age. I am so looking forward to getting to know everyone better, Forming some new and strengthening some old relationships , I hope to give everyone some great tips on how to save money, learn new ways of making your own Healthy products. There is going to be alittle bit of everything from Stress Less with Lisa but of course the core foundation of everything I do is going to be to Glorify the Lord Jesus Christ for without him, I would not even have been able to do this. I am very excited for this new Venture in my Life and I do hope that you enjoy as much as I am going too…….

And Jesus said to him, “‘If you can’! All things are possible for one who believes.” MARK 9:23

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Stress Less by Keeping Your Life Balanced …..Pt 2

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A very Important aspect of a Balanced Life is Faith, Now I am not here to debate over who’s Faith is right or Wrong, I happen to be Christian , You may be another religion but I do believe that for everyone there is a something bigger looking out for us. For me , It is the the Lord. My Spiritual Faith is very important in keeping my Life balanced in many ways, If I am not spiritually balanced I loose balance in my body and mind, so to me having my Faith fully nourished on a day to day, moment by moment renewing I would loose my whole balance in Life. Without Faith , I would not be able to function at all.

The Lord helps relieve Stress in so many ways that I had no idea of , but as I have learned through the years has helped me become the person I am today, and I am growing more and more each day into the person God wants me to be for him. It is all about the Lord, for I live for him, I live to Glorify his name and to speak his word to the next generations, that is what it is all about to me, Life has never been the same , it has become a beautiful Journey. I am not saying there isn’t struggles, I fully believe that God puts me into certain struggles so that I can keep my Faith growing and learn from each one, so that I can then help others. That is what struggles are all about, but you have to keep the Faith and Trust in the Lord during those struggles and issues in your Life and always remain Grateful and Thankful to the Lord no matter what is going on, for he always gives you a way out, he never leaves me, and I learn and go on to teach my mess into a message for someone else who may be experiencing the same struggle I may have experienced a year ago.

Sometimes I hear the Lord in different ways, I may not hear him in a audiable voice but I may hear him through his word and the peace I feel in my heart is when I know that is the answer for me, It is just a “Knowing ” in my spirit that the direction I am going is the right one. Sometimes the answers may come by a door closing but a window opening instead, there are many ways I hear the Lord but I have to have the communication in prayer open all the time to be able to hear from him and learn.

Learning through the Word of God to me, has relieved so much Stress in my life over the years, I used to be so overwhelmed every day of my Life, I did not understand that God was in control, I was the strong willed one and was going to be the one to fix my Life without God’s help and that just led to confusion and stress all day long. It have become so bad that I had to see a doctor for my anxiety and then I wasn’t eating properly and I felt horrible, I couldn’t concentrate, I couldn’t think properly , I was a mess. It was the Lord, and his Living Word that has become my strength to finally rely on him, not on my own understanding . I had to go to the Lord and just surrender it all to him, I had to submit myself and give it all to him, cast my cares as they say!!!! and that I did. It was not easy for I had grown up to rely on myself, for I had a very disfunctial life for a long time and I only had myself to rely on, and get through things, Oh, if I had only known about Jesus so much earlier in my Life but that is not how he wanted it, he called me by name when He was ready for me, and I answered and I accepted him into my heart and asked for forgiveness of my sins ….Wow, what a breaking point in my life that day, the Lord was now living within me. I didn’t realize at first what a powerful and amazing thing that was to have the Lord within me.

But you are not living the life of the flesh, you are living the life of the Spirit, if the [Holy] Spirit of God [really] dwells within you [directs and controls you]. But if anyone does not possess the [Holy] Spirit of Christ, he is none of His [he does not belong to Christ, is not truly a child of God].  Romans 8:9

That is one powerful Scripture, I am a child of God!!!!!  That right there just brings me relief , for I no longer have to go through anything by myself, I have the Lord with me and his Promises all the time, and that is one of the biggest stress relievers there is …..

Psalm 23 is packed with Stress Relief, and remember now, that you don’t just have to pray to be able to talk with God, you can talk to God just like your talking with a friend, I talk to God all day long. I ask him for Wisdom every moment for almost everything I do. It has become a norm for me now, and It feels good to be able to feel that Peace in my heart when I know that I have made the right decision on something , it may be something small or it may be a huge issue, but I always talk to him and ask for Wisdom.

God has taught me so much  in the renewing of my Mind daily. I now trust God with all my needs, I obey God’s instruction on Rest, I let God be my defender , I have learned to Grieve to Heal, I trust God to guide me, etc…..

The Lord has given me such Peace that the Joy has been risen in my life again, Stress had gone down….

psalm 23

Psalm 23

The Lord is my Shepard, I lack nothing.

He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my Soul.

He guides me along the right paths for his names sake

Even though I walk through the darkest valley

I will fear no Evil,

for you are with me.

your rod and your staff, they comfort me.

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies.

You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.

Surely your goodness and love will follow me, all the days of my Life.

and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

That scripture is packed with words and Affirmations of Trust and Stress Relief from the One and Only Savior.

Finding and deepening your Faith can help in balancing your Life, without a deep Spiritual Connection then how are you supposed to Balance the other aspects of your life? Talk to God, and He will Listen, then you go on, and Trust and Feel that Peace come over you even in the hardest times of Life, You can feel the Peace from the Lord.  Just be…….and Listen!!!!!

Life Today is Stressful but with the Living Word in your Heart, You can Stress Less

Face it, in today’s time as I hear all the time, Today’s kids are just so….., In today’s World we have too much …….In today’s word there is to much technology…….etc!!!!  Really in today’s World it is virtually impossible to avoid STRESS!!!!  Everyone is carrying Stress to some degree or another, some are so over-stressed they can’t even survive in today’s World, that saddens me!!!  Today there are more remedies to reducing Stress, it has become a whole new Business in itself….Really, think about it, there is Self-Help Books, Massage Therapy geared and aimed for Stress, there is Stress Reduction through Meditation, there is e-courses, there are regular courses on how to deal with stress, and the list goes on and on!!!!!!  It is absolutely unbelievable how much is out there for people to try and reduce their STRESS and go back to what you would call the “Simple Life” What is the Simple Life?  Does anyone even know what the Simple Life is , what are you aiming for when you say “I just want to live the simple life with no stress?? but no one can seem to attain it. Many of us cry out like Job:…..” The Church inside me never stops ; days of suffering confront me. ( Job 30:27) The answer to is that you will never have a life that doesn’t come with trials and circumstances it it…….We have to go back to the Bible!!!  That is the Key to STRESS my friends.

I am one to say that I lived almost 20 years under huge amounts of stress, sometimes the stress got so bad I had actually thought about ending it all. That is sad , I had lost my Hope!!!  I had lived in what you would and my therapist called a Victim Mentality for almost 20 years , that is a long time, so my Changing of my mindset was not going to happen overnight. I stil feel I am a work in progress but I am very happy to say today , that I live a much happier, Stress Free life then I have ever lived before and it is only going to get better and do you know how and why……..How, because I am going to continue to read the word daily and impiment each of his words into my life, I am going to live for Jesus, be more Godly!!!! and Why, Simple …….because I love him and I want my relationship with God to grow more and more each day. There is a way to relieve, reduce and deal with your stress without having to spend tons of money with all this New Business of apparently helping people deal with their stress when all you have to do is open your Bible and start buidling that foundation with Christ now, read his Word, create your own personal relationship with him and see how much life becomes much easier to deal with, how much stress you will loose. If we only stressed and worried about the things that we have direct control over , we would reduce our stress and worrying by 90% ——that is Amazing, by going to the Lord , You can reduce the stress and maybe find that Simple Life you have been looking to attain.

Come to me all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take the yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart and you will find rest for you souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light. Matthew 11:28-30   I know so many people have heard and listened to that scripture but so many do not know how they can receive rest for their souls……First and Foremost, You need to Come to the Lord, It is the first thing you must do to be free of your stress and worry , for without him, your life has no real purpose!!!  We simply run from one activity to another seeking to fill our lives with Purpose, Peace and Happiness , and it doesn’t work, We work ourselves into a tizzy of stress for the things we desire , only to crave more.

If we do not know our Purpose in Life , our true meaning of existence , Life is very meaningless, Yet God created each of us with a special purpose that only your one unique self can do. Much of the Stress comes from not knowing who we are or where we are going. We are all going to go through tribulations in Life, it is unavoidable, but how we react to our trials is the real issue here ….that is where Stress is born, The trials will either break us or make us stronger!!!  Which way would you like to go?

Are you building your relationship ( the foundation of your Life ) are you going to the Lord daily? Is your Salvation based on a prayer you prayed once or is it growing out of a committed relationship to Him?  You need to NOT conform to the World and its pattern, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind , then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is -His good, pleasing and perfect Will.

Until you have fully committed yourself to the Lord, until your foundation is deep into the Lord , you will never be able to discern what his His Perfect will is for your Life. Who we are under pressure reveals who we really are, the Storms of life wash away the what is really around us and we present to the world and expose what lies in our Hearts. God allows the storms to hit us, so we will turn to him in our times of trouble and be cleansed of the sin that we never able to perceive in times of ease. Again, the times and trials in our Life will either soften our hearts and make us full of faith or make us angry and brittle , full of doubt and unbelief…..Causing Stress to come alive.

When it comes right down to the nitty-gritty …..there are two motivating factors in life;…Fear or Faith!!!  All Fear and Stress/Worry is a form of Fear which stems in a lack of Faith in God. Stress arises when we try to serve Fear and God at the same time, ( which is Impossible) “Unless the Lord builds the house, it’s builders labor in vain…..In vain you rise early and stay up late , toiling for food to eat. Psalm 27; 1-2

The only way to rid our anxieties (stress/worry) is to look them right in the eye and deal with them right at the root. We may not want to face some of those things that are in us, but we must if we are to ever be free of them. If we are not merciless with our sins it will be merciless on us. It will keep us from an intimate relationship with the Lord. It is extraordinary what tremendous power there is in even the littlest of things to distract us from God, We must stand our ground , and refuse to to let the thorns of this world ruin us and take the Word of the Lord from us. The devil know what distracts us with all the cares of this world and we will never be a threat to him or fulfill the call that is on each of our lives if we keep letting the devil distract us from God.  We will never bear any fruit for the Kingdom of God.

Isn’t it wonderful that the only thing that cannot ever be taken from us , is the only  thing we really need anyway?  Chose to sit at the Lord’s feet and listen to his words and learn from him. “ You are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed . Choose what is better and it will not be taken from you. Luke 10 41-42  Take the Lords word and put them into daily practice, spend everyday with the Lord putting a deposit of true riches into your heart.

God has blessed us with a most powerful tool; his living Word, the Bible. It can be your spiritual sword, separating our faith from our fear……Stress merely indicates an area of our life where our flesh is still on the throne. The Life that is totally submitted to God is marked by the trust born out of a thankful and grateful Heart.

Proven that your Attitude Can Change your World

Keeping Your Attitude a Grateful One In the early phase of recovering from cancer, I did a lot of feeling sorry for myself. I also would say out loud several times a day how tired I was or how miserable I felt etc. I sulked and would say to my husband, why me?! Then I started learning more and more about the battlefield of the mind and how I was prophesying my ill-health instead of my recovery and future robust health. The devil had me right where he wanted me. Down in the dumps, miserable and defeated. I made a commitment to turn it around. Instead of being negative, I rephrased my self-talk into positive proclamations. For example, even if I felt crappy, I would say, “tomorrow is going to be a good day” or “I will feel better after a nap”. I also never called the Cancer “mine”. I am very cognizant of this, even to this day. In writing about it on my blog or talking about it to a friend, I never say “my CancerImage”. I don’t own it nor does it own me. If your health is being challenged, I encourage you to examine your mindset and attitude. We do have power over our thoughts and attitudes and they do impact our health outcomes!

How 2013 has Changed me Forever for 2014 and Beyond!!!!

live life to theFirst and Foremost, Happy New Year to Everyone!!!! 

I did not sit and write this out, I am just for the first post of the year, going to write it as I feel it!!!!  Taking that Jump of Faith  I guess you could say……Wow, 2013 was one of the hardest years I have ever had. I went through so much, and there is no need to get into all the details of what I went through because it is the Outcome of what happened that is what is so important. I was living in the most toxic , negative world anyone could have ever been living in, and maybe living isn’t the proper word, I was existing ….I was so stressed out, I let everything that was going on, and yes there were some serious issues going on but I let them all get to me that I ended up having a few Anxiety attacks, but now I look back and even though they were tough to go through, I am so glad I did or I would not be here with such High Hopes for the year of 2014 and how much I have changed and what I have in store not just for myself but for so many other people who may be going thru just a smidgen of what I went through last year, I am here to help. My blog is going to be turned into  a full-blown website with courses, e-books , Facebook Support groups, and so much more. My main topic of course is going to be helping people deal with Stress, and that Yes, you can still live a peaceful life even with the worst issues going on around you, Who Knew???  Guess what?  God Knew!!!!  That is one aspect of 2013 that I am going to really be reflecting on this year and that is learning how to get out of anything as long as you have the Lord by your side. The Lord saved me and Blessed me in so many ways this past year and now it is my turn to give back to those who are suffering and think there is no Hope!!!! There is always Hope!!!!

There are so many avenues of Stress that I will be covering this year on my site and blogs, and I am working with some awesome people now getting it all together so I can have this up and running this month, I thought it would have been up by now but all good things come in their own good time, In the meantime, I will be blogging away at least 2 days a week, maybe even more, and it all wont be just Stress and how to deal with it, there are so many great ways of dealing with Stress and I will cover as many that were taught to me, and I even have some Meditation coming in as well. We all now that when our bodies are full of stress, that they are completely unbalanced,so I had to make a lot of changes there as well too, I have changed it all, my eating, my thinking, my spirit, it all has to balance together to make you  feel whole, and that is what is going to be so wonderful this year as I grow my website, I will be discussing how I learned how to eat better, or Healthier, I went All Natural, and yes, I went to Oils, how exciting was that for me, I still am learning so much about Oils but they also played a Huge part in helping me with my stress and so many other issues pertaining to my Health.

I have gone from buying soap, toothpaste, laundry detergent to making it all myself, and Yes, I will be incorporating all of that wonderful DIY into my site as well.

So you can see why I am so excited for the 2014!!!  I have so much to share with so many people, and I am planning on growing bigger and bigger , I am being taught Reiki, Herbs, taking , took courses on Coaching,Mindful Stress Reduction, and so much more…….. Wow, are you getting as excited as I am.

The bottom line here, is that I went from the bottom of the pit, and I FINALLY SURRENDED MY LIFE AND ITS TROUBLES TO THE LORD, and with that came so many Blessings. I am so Hopeful, and I still have so much to do when it comes to the site and what I am exactly going to be doing, but I have the Lord right next to me, and this is my Year, 2014 is the Year that I give back. There was a reason why I went through so much , and yes, I could be sitting here crying over it and having a huge pity party but that would be the most selfish thing I could ever do, I am changing my mindset from Victim to Winner!!! The Lord has Graced me with his Mercy and Salvation and I am here now to show others that they too can get through anything for the Lord is our Rock, He never changes and he is always there for us.

The Lord is my fort where I can enter and be safe; no one can follow me in and slay me. He is a rugged mountain where I hide; he is my Savior, a rock where none can reach me, and a tower of safety. He is my shield. He is like the strong horn of a mighty fighting bull.  Psalm 18:2

So , I know this was not the best post I have ever written but this one comes from the Heart, In 2013 I found out that What I  think determines the way I feel, and What I feel determines the way I act. I no longer hold that victim mentality , I know learn from all I have been thru for the Lord takes the Bad and turns it into Good for those who Believe. Do you Believe?  Do you have Faith and Trust in the Lord? Well, I know I have complete 100% Faith and Trust in the Lord, for I  have seen what he has done within me, I am a new person, and this New Person is ready for the New Year of 2014 and I am going to make it one of the Best Years ever, and the only way I can see it being one of the best Years ever is by sharing with everyone , serving, and Helping as many people as I can.

 I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord. They are plans for good and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11

That is what he has told me, I went from feeling like I had no future at all, to hope and excitement that is just beaming from my heart, and I can’t wait to see what the Lord has planned for me to share with the World!!!!

I have learned how to live a Balanced Life through my Mind, Body and Spirit and I have full intentions of sharing everything I was taught with everyone who wants to learn how to go from existing to Living a Life of full of Hope and Love, there isn’t a day that goes by that I am not grateful for another day to learn and serve the Lord in anyway he leads me too.

 

life is to short to be at war

his is the day the Lord has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it.  Psalm 118:24

 

Faith in Action, Keeping my Trust!!!!

Faith in Action, I am dealing with a Horrible situation for which I have no control over what so ever, so I am counting on the Lord to take care of this, I am surrendering this to the Lord. I pray that my son gets the help he needs and finds the Lord for himself and gets to live a Life , one that the Lord  would be proud of .

faith spelled out

11 Now faith is confidence in what we hope for(A) and assurance about what we do not see.(B) This is what the ancients were commended for.(C)

By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command,(D) so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.

By faith Abel brought God a better offering than Cain did. By faith he was commended(E) as righteous, when God spoke well of his offerings.(F) And by faith Abel still speaks, even though he is dead.(G)

By faith Enoch was taken from this life, so that he did not experience death: “He could not be found, because God had taken him away.”[a](H) For before he was taken, he was commended as one who pleased God. And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him(I) must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.

By faith Noah, when warned about things not yet seen,(J) in holy fear built an ark(K) to save his family.(L) By his faith he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness that is in keeping with faith.(M)

By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance,(N) obeyed and went,(O) even though he did not know where he was going. By faith he made his home in the promised land(P) like a stranger in a foreign country; he lived in tents,(Q) as did Isaac and Jacob, who were heirs with him of the same promise.(R) 10 For he was looking forward to the city(S) with foundations,(T) whose architect and builder is God.(U) 11 And by faith even Sarah, who was past childbearing age,(V) was enabled to bear children(W) because she[b] considered him faithful(X) who had made the promise. 12 And so from this one man, and he as good as dead,(Y) came descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as countless as the sand on the seashore.(Z)

13 All these people were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised;(AA) they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance,(AB) admitting that they were foreigners and strangers on earth.(AC) 14 People who say such things show that they are looking for a country of their own. 15 If they had been thinking of the country they had left, they would have had opportunity to return.(AD) 16 Instead, they were longing for a better country—a heavenly one.(AE) Therefore God is not ashamed(AF) to be called their God,(AG) for he has prepared a city(AH) for them.

17 By faith Abraham, when God tested him, offered Isaac as a sacrifice.(AI) He who had embraced the promises was about to sacrifice his one and only son, 18 even though God had said to him, “It is through Isaac that your offspring will be reckoned.”[c](AJ) 19 Abraham reasoned that God could even raise the dead,(AK) and so in a manner of speaking he did receive Isaac back from death.

20 By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau in regard to their future.(AL)

21 By faith Jacob, when he was dying, blessed each of Joseph’s sons,(AM) and worshiped as he leaned on the top of his staff.

22 By faith Joseph, when his end was near, spoke about the exodus of the Israelites from Egypt and gave instructions concerning the burial of his bones.(AN)

23 By faith Moses’ parents hid him for three months after he was born,(AO) because they saw he was no ordinary child, and they were not afraid of the king’s edict.(AP)

24 By faith Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be known as the son of Pharaoh’s daughter.(AQ) 25 He chose to be mistreated(AR) along with the people of God rather than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin. 26 He regarded disgrace(AS) for the sake of Christ(AT) as of greater value than the treasures of Egypt, because he was looking ahead to his reward.(AU) 27 By faith he left Egypt,(AV) not fearing the king’s anger; he persevered because he saw him who is invisible. 28 By faith he kept the Passover and the application of blood, so that the destroyer(AW) of the firstborn would not touch the firstborn of Israel.(AX)

29 By faith the people passed through the Red Sea as on dry land; but when the Egyptians tried to do so, they were drowned.(AY)

30 By faith the walls of Jericho fell, after the army had marched around them for seven days.(AZ)

31 By faith the prostitute Rahab, because she welcomed the spies, was not killed with those who were disobedient.[d](BA)

32 And what more shall I say? I do not have time to tell about Gideon,(BB) Barak,(BC) Samson(BD) and Jephthah,(BE) about David(BF) and Samuel(BG) and the prophets, 33 who through faith conquered kingdoms,(BH) administered justice, and gained what was promised; who shut the mouths of lions,(BI) 34 quenched the fury of the flames,(BJ) and escaped the edge of the sword;(BK) whose weakness was turned to strength;(BL) and who became powerful in battle and routed foreign armies.(BM) 35 Women received back their dead, raised to life again.(BN) There were others who were tortured, refusing to be released so that they might gain an even better resurrection. 36 Some faced jeers and flogging,(BO) and even chains and imprisonment.(BP) 37 They were put to death by stoning;[e](BQ) they were sawed in two; they were killed by the sword.(BR) They went about in sheepskins and goatskins,(BS) destitute, persecuted and mistreated— 38 the world was not worthy of them. They wandered in deserts and mountains, living in caves(BT) and in holes in the ground.

39 These were all commended(BU) for their faith, yet none of them received what had been promised,(BV) 40 since God had planned something better for us so that only together with us(BW) would they be made perfect.(BX)

Hebrew 11  (NIV)