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 91 
 on: June 09, 2017, 12:31:19 PM 
Started by BettyLouise - Last post by BettyLouise
June 9, 2017
Good Afternoon and Happy Friday,


                             " God Does Not Called The Qualified, He Qualifies, Whom He Calls"


               When we step out in faith to do God's work, we can be assured that satan will attempt to discourage us.  He uses many ways to discourage us, but one way we can count on is satan questioning our abilities.   He will bring up our past and tempt us to sin in our present.  When we do sin, satan will tell us we can no longer work for God.  Yet, we can remind ourselves how many people in the Bible, sinned and yet God forgave them and went on to use them.  When we do sin, let us not hide in the bushes like Adam and Eve but seek forgiveness from our Heavenly Father.  God has and still uses broken people.  Just as there is beauty in a mosaic glass ware, God can turn our brokenness into beauty if we allow Him to.

            God may not call us to attend Bible Collage, but He is calling all His children to study His Holy Word.  I have heard it said that the Bible is God's love letter to mankind.  For sure the Bible is our instructions not only on how to get to Heaven, but how to live daily for our God.  We study the Word to learn how to live, but also to learn that we are saved by grace.   We cannot earn salvation nor can we earn the right to be used by God.  God using people to do His work is a gift from God.
 
           
Galatians 3:24King James Version (KJV)24 Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.


         The devil will seek to discourage all of God's children from doing the work, God is calling us to do.
He will seek to belittle us and remind us of our weakness.  Turn away from satan lies and seek the face of God.  He will guide us in His truths.

               
2 Corinthians 12:9King James Version (KJV)9 And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.


        As you go about your day, pray that will open doors for you to share God's love with others.   There are many hurting people in the world today.  A kind word, a smile, a word of encouragement can change a person's outlook.  We are qualified to do God's work, not because we are smart or courageous but because God has called us and He will equip us.  There will be times when our words are rejected.  Do not let that discourage you.

         
1 Corinthians 3:6King James Version (KJV)6 I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase.


       Every seed you sow, may not show growth immediately, but God may send someone else to water what you have sowed.  We are not responsible for changing people.  Only God can change the heart of mankind, but we may be used to open their eyes to accept God's truth.   Let us be willing vessels.  Trust in God to bring the outcome that He desires.
Betty

Enjoying the birds and squirrels.

 92 
 on: June 08, 2017, 11:17:04 AM 
Started by BettyLouise - Last post by BettyLouise
June 8, 2017
Good Morning and Happy Thursday,

         As I took care of the birds and squirrels, I noticed the yard needs mowing.  It seems like it can slip upon you, how tall the grass is growing.  It is a little yard, thankfully but I need to make an effort to get to it.   Just as the yard needs maintenance, so does our body, soul, and spirit.  We take care of our body most of the time, but we can be neglectful of our soul and spirit.   We take care of our spirit by some "me" time.  Taking a short walk and reflecting on our life, a cup of coffee sitting on the patio, or just taking time to talk on the phone with a friend.

   Our soul we can also take care of many ways.  Personal Bible reading and prayer, meting with other Christians for fellowship, and listening and singing praise and worship songs, just to name a few. 
When we neglect our physical health, we can become sick.  We neglect our spirit health, we are open to become discouraged, when we neglect our spiritual health, we can become weak in our faith and if this persists, we can become backslidden.   

      God made us, body, soul, and spirit.  We are a trinity just as God is the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.
God wants us to take care of ourselves in all parts of our trinity.   We live in a sinful world that has sickness. As we get older our bodies grow weaker and we are prone to disease.  Some things, we can prevent by precaution but others things happen because of our family history and environment.   Having a disease does not mean we are not right with God, nor does it mean we are not loved, by God.  Even us who have medical issues can take precaution.  I have COPD, among other issues.  I get my preventive shots to protect me from getting sicker.  I try to get enough rest.  We do things to protect our body, soul, and spirit.

      Begin each day and end each day in prayer.  Keep an open line to God through out the day.   I often joke that I talk to God throughout the day, so that if an emergency happens, I do not have to introduce myself to God. Of course God knows who I am,  but it so much easier to seek His intervention for help, when we have been communicating with Him throughout the day.  When we have a living, thriving relationship with God, we are more at peace with ourselves, others, and God.
Betty

 93 
 on: June 07, 2017, 11:37:21 AM 
Started by BettyLouise - Last post by BettyLouise
Barry
 The stress test came out okay.  I have the ultra sound on my heart today.  We saw more birds at my son's place, because there where woods around his place.  There was a baby woodpecker pecked on aluminum siding.
Betty

 94 
 on: June 07, 2017, 11:33:01 AM 
Started by BettyLouise - Last post by Barry
Hi Betty!

How was your heart test?

I know you like birds. So do I. I see lots of jays, cardinals, and robins this time of the year. Soon there will be goldfinch and a few orioles.

We see chickadees and woodpeckers almost year round. Smiley

God bless,

Barry

 95 
 on: June 07, 2017, 11:07:49 AM 
Started by BettyLouise - Last post by BettyLouise
June 7, 2017
Good Morning and Happy Wednesday,

          There is a song bird on the feeder, at the moment.  I haven't seen that bird before.   In a Church family there are many different members.   Some baby Christians and some Christians, who have saved for 50 plus years.  There are young people who are at the top of their game and there are those who are at the end of their lives.  God loves every one.  It is wonderful to see a Christian young person on fire for the Lord.  It is encouraging to see the love of God in the eyes of the elderly who is no longer strong physically but the fire of God is in their eyes. 

      The Church family needs all ages, from newborn to the oldest member.  The young adults who teach the young to the older people who encourage the young adults, they are all needed.  God loves each one and they are all precious to God.   Whatever stage you are at in your life, do your best for God.  The devil will seek to discourage you with doubts and fears.  To the young he will seek to make them feel they are not smart enough to do the job assigned to them.  Remind the young that God equips those who He calls for service.  To the elderly the devil will seek to make the feel no longer useful.  Remind the elderly that they can encourage and pray for those younger in the Church.  God has a job for all His children; young -to-old and in between.


      Let us all seek to be the best we can be for God in whatever stage we are in.  Serve God, cheerfully with grace and kindness.  Let us love one another and seek to be less judgmental to fellow brothers and sisters in Christ.

Have a blessed day,
Betty

The blue jay came for visit.


 96 
 on: June 06, 2017, 01:01:50 PM 
Started by BettyLouise - Last post by BettyLouise
June 6, 2017
Good Afternoon and Happy Tuesday,

         All of us have our own daily battles.  Battles that consume us and discourage us.  If we are not careful we can become more focused on our issues and less focused on God.  While we tell others, everything is under control, there are days where our situation is anything but controlled.  These are the times we need to grow closer to God and spend more time talking to God.  When an illness wakes me up at three in the morning, talking to God is not always the first thought in my mind.  I must be careful and not open the door of my heart to bitterness. 

     The devil know the weakness of every Christian.  He knows which button to push to discourage us or make us angry at God.  When he pushes our buttons, we need to stop, even if it is just in our head and begin to talk with God.  We can be honest and still be respectful of God and His Holiness.  It is okay to hate the disease that our body carries.  It is okay to hate the sin that the devil tempts us with.   The Bible tells us the things that God hates.

       
Proverbs 6:16-20King James Version (KJV)16 These six things doth the Lord hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him:17 A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood,18 An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief,19 A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.20 My son, keep thy father's commandment, and forsake not the law of thy mother:


   Whatever burden that is your life today, if you are a child of God, you do not have to carry that burden alone.  Ask God to be with you and to hold your hand.  Trust God to be with you even through embarrassing diseases and a broken past.  Walk with hope in your heart and complete trust in the God that loves you so much that He sent His son to die for your sins.  When we allow sin in our lives, seek forgiveness.  When we lose hope, ask God to give us hope.  When we are tempted to give up, ask God to give us the courage  and strength to preserve to the end.  There is victory at the end.   There is rejoicing at the end.  Our God spoke the world into existence.  He can and He will keep us until the end.  Don't give up my friends, encourage yourself every day in the Lord.

Betty


1 Samuel 30:6 ESV

And David was greatly distressed, for the people spoke of stoning him, because all the people were bitter in soul, each for his sons and daughters. But David strengthened himself in the Lord his God.

Philippians 4:6 ESV

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.

Hebrews 12:1-3 ESV

Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted.

1 Peter 5:7 ESV

Casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.

Philippians 4:13 ESV

I can do all things through him who strengthens me.

Jeremiah 29:11-13 ESV

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you. You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart.

Romans 8:28

And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.

Proverbs 19:20

Listen to advice and accept instruction, that you may gain wisdom in the future.

Proverbs 3:5-6 ESV

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.

Blessed to have several dove couples eating

 97 
 on: June 05, 2017, 12:56:26 PM 
Started by BettyLouise - Last post by BettyLouise
June 5, 2017
Good Afternoon and Happy Monday,

          As I was walking around the yard feeding the animals, I looked up to the sky.  I realized that I could not see any blue, only white clouds.  The sky is still blue but the clouds hid the blue from me.   Sometimes, it seems in our personal life that God has left us, to take a vacation.   While we may feel alone, God has not left us.  Just as the clouds hid the sky from view, our circumstances can prevent us from seeing God working in our lives. 

        If we keep our trust in God we can make it through our circumstances.  On the other hand if we listen to the devil's lies, we can be come convinced that God has abandoned us.  God wants us to trust in Him, in all circumstances.  When Jesus invited Peter to walk out on the water it was for Peter to see for himself, his lack of faith.  God knew that Peter's faith would only go so far.  Unfortunately, Peter's faith was still weak, the night before the  death of Jesus.  Peter in his pride, promised to face death for Christ and instead he denied Jesus three times.  Later on, Peter did die for Christ.   What happened between the denial and Peter's death?   Peter was filled with the Holy Spirit.   As Christians we can have the best intentions but with out the Holy Spirit, we will fall on our face.   Even with the Holy Spirit we can fail God.  What determines failure or victory is where our  trust is.  If we are trusting completely in God, we can pass the test, but if we are trying to succeed on our own, we will fail.

   These little trials, that frustrate us, are actually God helping our trust to grow in Him.  We cannot climb the mountains, until we face the challenge of walking over little hills.  Praise the Lord through the valleys and little hills so we can stand on top of the mountains with our faith healthy and strong in Christ.

Have a blessed day.
Betty

 98 
 on: June 04, 2017, 01:21:19 PM 
Started by BettyLouise - Last post by BettyLouise
June 4, 2017
Good Afternoon and Blessed Sunday.

       Have you ever done something for the right reason and still had a bad outcome?   I am still working around my new food allergies.   I love Sonic Slushes, especially banana and peach, but I am allergic to bananas now.   So I decided to get a pineapple peach slushee.   As the night went on my throat got tighter and being to hurt.  It finally came to me, that along with bananas, I am allergic to pineapple. It was on the food allergy list, but I had forgotten.  The slushee, was filled with pineapple and was delicious, but the outcome was less then pleasant.   I took a bendyral and the only side effect is throats that feels raw today.

     We do things often that we had the best intentions but the outcome was less then golden.   Most of the time when we do something for someone else that bombs, they understand our decision came from the heart and they appreciate the gesture.  As children of God, sometimes we step up and do something out of love for God, that bombs.   God in His loving kindness, understands our hearts.  When things go wrong if we go to God for forgiveness and comfort,  He will step in the situation and help and give us peace and comfort.   Most of the time if we go to God in advance and seek His guidance.

      Let us never stop working for God, out of fear of failure.  Remember the parable of the Stewart who gave three men, different amount of talents.  The first two did well and doubled their talents.  The third did nothing with his talent, because of that his master punished him.  Work for God with a cheerful, grateful, and gracious heart.

     Be blessed today,
Betty 


Matthew 25:14-30English Standard Version (ESV)

The Parable of the Talents
14 “For it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants[a] and entrusted to them his property. 15 To one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away. 16 He who had received the five talents went at once and traded with them, and he made five talents more. 17 So also he who had the two talents made two talents more. 18 But he who had received the one talent went and dug in the ground and hid his master's money. 19 Now after a long time the master of those servants came and settled accounts with them. 20 And he who had received the five talents came forward, bringing five talents more, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me five talents; here, I have made five talents more.’ 21 His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant.[c] You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’ 22 And he also who had the two talents came forward, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me two talents; here, I have made two talents more.’ 23 His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’ 24 He also who had received the one talent came forward, saying, ‘Master, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you scattered no seed, 25 so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. Here, you have what is yours.’ 26 But his master answered him, ‘You wicked and slothful servant! You knew that I reap where I have not sown and gather where I scattered no seed? 27 Then you ought to have invested my money with the bankers, and at my coming I should have received what was my own with interest. 28 So take the talent from him and give it to him who has the ten talents. 29 For to everyone who has will more be given, and he will have an abundance. But from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away. 30 And cast the worthless servant into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’

 99 
 on: June 04, 2017, 01:11:38 PM 
Started by BettyLouise - Last post by BettyLouise
Daisy,

Thank you so much for your prayers and encouragement.  May God bless you and your family.
Betty

 100 
 on: June 03, 2017, 04:25:27 PM 
Started by BettyLouise - Last post by Daisy
Thank you for your words of encouragement, Betty!

I pray that our Father will guide your healthcare providers to the source of your ailments
and, that if it is a part of his plan, he will heal you.

God bless,

Amen. Holding you in heart and prayer sis!

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