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 91 
 on: August 18, 2017, 12:15:41 PM 
Started by BettyLouise - Last post by BettyLouise
August 18, 2017
Good Afternoon and Happy Friday,

                When we love someone, we hurt when they are are hurt.  When a memory of someone being cruel to the person we love comes into our mind,  we still hurt for them.   The devil would love to stir up bitterness in our hearts.   If we are not bitter from our past hurts, he will try to make us bitter over our loved ones, past hurts.  The devil will even try to make it seem righteous.   Reminding us of the times, that some one was cruel to someone we love.  While there is a righteous anger, there is no righteous bitterness.  Bitterness is a cancer that devours the soul. 

           So what we do, when the devil reminds of past hurts our loved ones suffered?   We pray for both parties.   Why should we pray for someone who hurt our loved ones?   It is the right thing to do.  When we pray for both parties, we prevent bitterness from growing  in our heart and we please God.  Think of memories of past hurts for ourselves and others as a little reminder to pray for all parties involved.  Pray brings healing and healing brings peace of heart and mind. 

            As children of God let us seek to grow spiritually every day.  Ask God for spiritual strength so we are not blown away by the trials of this earth.  Study the Word of God, so we are not corrupted by false Preachers, who have left the truth of the Gospel to preach a new Gospel that is more politically correct and more pleasing to the ears.  Lest, we be led astray.  May we be working every day to share God's love with others.  Let us pray that our hearts be filled with God's Holy Spirit.  Let us be good watchmen aware of the times we are living in and looking for the return of Jesus.

         Remember, friends, no where in the Bible does God tell us to be looking for the anti-Christ, nor stocking up food and water for the tribulation.  While it is good to stay prepared for storms,  God did not call us to spend time and money stocking  up bunkers for the tribulation.   We are to be spending time working for God, studying His Word, and praying.

Betty
Saw a humming bird in my yard.

 92 
 on: August 17, 2017, 12:00:17 PM 
Started by BettyLouise - Last post by BettyLouise
August 17, 2017
Good Afternoon and Happy Thursday,

                                   I am a Christian.  Why am I suffering?


       
1 Peter 1:6-9New King James Version (NKJV)6 In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, 7 that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ, 8 whom having not seen[a] you love. Though now you do not see Him, yet believing, you rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory, 9 receiving the end of your faith—the salvation of your souls.


          I do not know a Christian who is not under a attack from the devil.   Does this mean that God has forgotten us?   Has His love for us grow faint?   Is He so preoccupied by the evil in the world, that individuals are not as important to Him?   The answer for every question would be- No. 

        Of course we know the devil knows his time is growing shorter and he is attacking Christians on every side.  Why does God allow him to do that?  Could it be so we are more refined and have less things we will have to give account of at the Judgement Seat of Christ?  Could it be that God is allowing these to happen to us, out of His love for us.   Remember when Paul had to discipline the Churches, he often did it by letter, even though he had plans of visiting the Churches,  soon.  He would say to his brothers and sisters in Christ, I would rather discipline you in letters, so that I can love on you in person.  In other words let me correct you now so when we meet face to face we will only have joyful things to talk about.  Could this be one of the reasons that God is allowing us to suffer? 

      Maybe God is allowing us to be refined so we are spiritually stronger for this world and refined gold when we see him face to face.  In this time of testing, let us resist the devil's temptation to grow angry and bitter towards God.  Remember Job's wife said for him to curse God and die.  Job's wife had given up on God.  Job was willing to suffer here for his future in Heaven.  Of course he had questions and so do we.  As long as we talk respectfully to God we can tell Him that we are not happy with our circumstances.  A friend quoted the verse yesterday, "Though God slay me, yet I will serve Him".   May God bless Him with answers for his needs.

     Life is not easy now, my friends.  If the Lord delays His coming, we may even suffer persecution for our faith.   Do not fear the future.  What ever God allows us to suffer, He will give us the grace to sustain us.
Our suffering here will pale into mist when we step into Heaven.  We hope not in the present but our hope is invested in a God who holds the future in His hands.  Heaven is our future brothers and sisters in Christ.  We work now not just for our reward in Heaven,  but because we love God with all of our heart and soul.
Pray for our lost family, friends, and the lost of the world.

      If you have not accepted Jesus as your Savior.  Come today, to the one who died for your sins.  He is waiting to save you.  You cannot process a gift, until you accept it.  To be saved, you must ask for forgives and turn from your sins.  We cannot be saved and continue to live in sin.  Just as you cannot be clean and stay in a mud pit.  If you reject salvation, eternity in hell is your future.  Decide  today, where you will spend your eternity.   Do not say that a loving God would not send any one to hell.  God sent His only Son to die for us so we could go to Heaven.  If we reject the gift of salvation, then we ourselves have chosen hell.

Betty

 93 
 on: August 16, 2017, 10:55:15 AM 
Started by BettyLouise - Last post by BettyLouise
August 16, 2017
Good Morning and Happy Wednesday,

                                               "Where is God?"

                   
John 1:1-5King James Version (KJV)1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.2 The same was in the beginning with God.3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men.5 And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.

                God has always existed; He has no beginning and He has no end.  God is bigger the universe. Yet in His grace and love for mankind is so great, that in His great marvelous wonder, He hears the whispered prayers of mankind.    We find God with just a prayer.   We learn about God and His great love for us, by studying the Bible.  God wrote the Bible, using men, to pen a love letter to mankind.  If the Bible is new to you, begin in John in the New Testament and if you ask God to make His Word to real to you.  God wants you to know Him.  He is not hiding from you.  If we come to Him and ask Him to make Himself real to us in a way we can understand, He will do so.  How to we become a child of God?

                             
Romans 10:9King James Version (KJV)9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.


           Being a child of God will not make your life perfect.  In fact, in some ways your life may become harder?   Why?  We are living in the last days.  There will be a day, when an angel will blow a trumpet and Jesus will call his children to Heaven.   The devil knows his time is short so he fights hard to discourage Christians and fights to put doubts in their hearts.  Remember, my friend,  Heaven will be worth all the pain and suffering we have here on earth, just to walk into Heaven's gate.  Jesus is with us everyday and He will never forsake us.  We pray to Jesus every day.   We praise Him for our salvation and His greatness.  We tell Him our needs and ask Him to intervene for us.   We pray for our lost loved ones and the lost souls in the world.  The most important decision you will ever make, is whether to accept Jesus as your Savior and Lord or to reject Him.  Your own decision will determine where you go when you die. 

          As fellow Christians, we rejoice when a new soul comes to salvation.  Just as God said, we wish no one would go to hell.  Why does God just save everybody?  He gives everyone a choice.  Look at it this way.  What if the government arranged marriage?  What is they put two people together as a married couple?  No one would like that.   We want to know the person we marry not only wants to be with us, but they love us and chose us for themselves.   God wants Heaven to be filled with people to be with Him throughout eternity who chose to love God and to accept His wonderful gift of salvation.   It is more then that though,  nothing  unholy can enter into the presence of God.  When we accept Jesus a our Savior, He covers our sins with His own precious blood.   We become Holy, not because we are perfect, but because Jesus was perfect and made the perfect sacrifice for our sins.
 
         Where do we find God?   We find God with an sincere prayer.

Betty

 94 
 on: August 15, 2017, 11:21:12 AM 
Started by BettyLouise - Last post by BettyLouise
August 15, 2018
Good Morning and Happy Tuesday,

           As I walked around doing my chores this morning, I was overwhelmed by physical weakness and a feeling of helplessness.   As the devil, sought to overcome me, God reminded me of the words  to "Just a Closer Walk to Thee".  My mind was so tired I did not remember the name of the song, but the first verse played in my head over and over.   God was gently reminding me that even though by body grows so weak and my mind is tired, He is with me.   I can walk in His Strength.   He will sustain me.  Yes, when I am weak, He is strong. 
 
                    1 I am weak but Thou art strong;
Jesus, keep me from all wrong;
I'll be satisfied as long
As I walk, let me walk close to thee.

           Why do the words say "Jesus, keep me from all wrong ?", because when we are weak physically, emotionally, or spiritually, we are susceptible to the devil's tares.  The devil will try to get us to give up.  He will tell us that God has lost interest in us or just doesn't care about us anymore.  Just as God reminded me this morning, He will reach out to us in our weakness.   Do not allow the devil to fill your heart with anger at God, so instead of embracing His love, we walk away from Him.  It would be a tragedy to live for God for so long and turn away from Him and reject Him, when we are so close to the finish line.

           I read post everyday on Facebook of Christians who are under attack from the devil.   As His time to torment the children of God, comes to an end,  the devil fights hard against them.  He seeks to cause some to walk away from their faith in God.  He seeks to cause God's children to sin and soil their testimony.  When he cannot cause God's children to turn from their faith, or to sin, he think seeks to get the children to just give up working for God.   There is no retirement for the workers of Jesus on this side of Heaven.   We work for Jesus, even when we get so sick that are work is limited to praying for others. 

          Yes we are tired and some of us in bad health, but we press on to the prize.  When we are overwhelmed, we cry out to Jesus for help.  We have walked too many miles in the faith of Jesus, to turn back, now as the old song teaches us.  Our hope is not in the physical things of these earth.   Our hope is in the God of Heaven.  When the devil attacks, remind him of his future.  Remind yourself that we know the ending.  God is going to win.  We are on the winning side, though it may not seem like it now.   The world is overwhelmed with evil.  The devil looks like he has won the game, but we know the game is not over until Jesus comes back in the Second Coming and defeats the devil, the demons, and people who have chosen to fight for the devil.


https://youtu.be/Y6Ks49apflE

Betty

There is a breeze outside my window and I am finding comfort in watching the leaves move.  I pray that you find little diamonds or blessings today to encourage you in your faith in Jesus.
                   

 95 
 on: August 14, 2017, 10:48:01 AM 
Started by BettyLouise - Last post by BettyLouise
August 14, 2017
Good Afternoon and Happy Monday,

                 We live in a world, were many have no hope or have lost hope.  Some children are born in this Country, in poverty,  to parents who have lost hope and the children themselves are growing up believing there is no hope for them.  This is producing a generation of children who are angry with their circumstances and at the Country they think has failed them.  In Chicago we see a city where politicians  are elected on their promises and who get rich themselves while their city and people grow poorer.  The politicians place the blame on others while they do nothing to rebuild the city, care for the children, and revive hope in the hearts of the people.  Instead of building up the people and encouraging hope, they are encouraging anger and bitterness in the people. At the bottom of this is the real problem and that is sin.

        Chicago is not alone with the sin of anger and bitterness.   People of all races are frustrated and angry that politicians are not fixing America.   The truth there is no political party or person who can fix America.
Only our Country's leaders and the people falling on our knees and seeking forgiveness of our sins, would fix America.  This does not mean we as Christians are to give up.   We pray for Christian leaders in troubled cities that are working to reach the loss.  We pray for politicians to open their eyes to the truth of this Country's great need of  God. 

             As children of God, we know our hope is in Him.  This world will one day have their "savior" who will have the power to do great things.  He will come in peace, but he will not be a man of peace.  He will claim to be able to save the world, but he will bring great evil to this world.  This man will be controlled by the devil and will hate Israel and Christians.  The Bible says because the world rejected Jesus, they will be given a strong delusion and will welcome this person and love him.  He will steal the souls of everyone around the globe who receives the mark of the beast.  God in His mercy gave the Apostle John what is going to happen in the tribulation.   God even told John when you see Israel sign a 7 year peace agreement with this person, you will know the tribulation has began.  Read The Book Of The Revelations in The Bible and you will know the truth of what is coming to this world of sin.

    We do not have to be here for the tribulation.  If we have accepted Jesus as our Savior and Lord and have turned from our sins we will be saved.  Those who are saved, will escape the tribulation and be taken up to Heaven in the rapture.   We as God's children have the blessed hope which is the rapture.

    As we wait for the time of grace to end, we live every day for Jesus.   We pray for the lost and as much as it is in our power we help those in need.  We do not need to live in fear.  We trust God to take care of us.  Whether we live to see the rapture or taken to God, in death, we need not fear.   We serve a God that spoke the universe into existence and yet He takes note when a little sparrow falls.  God is not going to forget His children nor lose tract of them.  He is with us all the time.   Our hope in not in feeble men and women who are often driven by selfish desires, but a God who sent His Son to die for our sins.

Betty

     

 96 
 on: August 13, 2017, 09:21:44 AM 
Started by BettyLouise - Last post by BettyLouise
August 13, 2017
Good Morning and Blessed Sunday,

                                           
Matthew 24:37-39King James Version (KJV)37 But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.38 For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark,39 And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.

   
                       If you are afflicted with a chronic disease or disability, you are hit with it as soon as you wake up.  You do not have to leave a note to remind yourself of the issues with your body.    Unlike your symptoms that remind us that are body has problems, we do not have an alarm clock that tells us the day that Jesus is coming back for His children.   The verse above reminds us that when Jesus comes back every day will seem to be the same ordinary day.  On the other hand, Jesus tells us that we can know the season.  Just as a farmer knows when to plant and when to harvest, we can know by the signs of time when Jesus is coming back.

                      Ten years ago, Schools had no need to prepare for students who considered themselves transgender or gender fluid.   These are the signs that the devil has stepped up his game.  These things should remind Christians that we are living in the last days.   This does not mean we quit our jobs and take our families out to the dessert to wait for Jesus to return.  We prepare for a future on our earth but we live for Jesus every day as if it was our last day on earth.

             An angel is not going to come to you and whisper that today is the last day that you can do anything for the Kingdom of God.  This said, we work every day as if it is the last day to work for Jesus.  Whether Jesus comes tomorrow or twenty years from now, every day that we work for Jesus is not only a plus for  now, but we are earning rewards for eternity in Heaven.  This does not mean our motives are to be rewards.   Our motives should be to shine for the God who sent His Son to live, die, and rise again, for our salvation.
We should work for God because we love Him.

                As we draw closer to Jesus, our hearts long for His return.  This does not mean our loved for our families has began to fade, no it is, as our love for our families grows, that our desire for them to be saved grows stronger.  When we wake up each morning, we should pray that God will use us for His glory.  We should pray every day for our lost loved one, friends, and lost souls around the world.  Jesus is coming for His own, may He find us working and looking up for His return and not caught up in the tares of the world.

Betty

 97 
 on: August 12, 2017, 10:59:25 AM 
Started by BettyLouise - Last post by BettyLouise
August 12, 2017
Good Morning and Happy Saturday,

                 Every day the family of God is increasing.  Souls from every Nation are being saved.   God is reaching souls with visions, internet,  Christian radio, and TV.   There are revivals all over this world in the hearts of men and women.  The news media talks about all the world conflicts and there is no doubt that we are living in an age that the wrong move could start WWIII,  yet it is in these times that Jesus is saving souls in every Nation.

                  We still live in a Country with Religious freedom, not as much as in the past,  but we can still choose where to worship.   We should be praying every day for lost souls around the world.   We should support missions and organizations that are sending people at their own peril,  to share the Gospel.  We should prayer for those in harm's way for the sake of the cross.  We should pray for these new baby Christians.  Of course we should be rejoicing as the family of God grows.  Every new soul saved is important and our hearts should glow with love for them.

             While it is right to love our Country, stand up for the National Anthem, and give respect and love to our present and former military; our hope is in God.   We pray that God will guide our leaders to make the right decisions, but we remember God has a plan.  We trust Him to protect us while He works out His plans for this world.  There is a lot of uncertainty and no one knows what is going to happen, but God, we should not fear but trust in the God who loves us.  Whether we live our die, if we have repented and accepted Jesus' gift of salvation, God is with us.  Our hope is in the God of Heaven.

Betty

 98 
 on: August 11, 2017, 11:15:17 AM 
Started by BettyLouise - Last post by BettyLouise
August 11, 2017
Good Morning and Happy Friday,

              This morning as I went to clean the birdbath , I could not find the rag I keep outside, just for that purpose.   After I gave the birdbath a good power washer and went to turn off the water, I found the rag.  At that point I found the rag, I even remember the circumstances of why I put it where I did.  God knew mankind was prone to forget before He even made him.   

     There are many times in the Bible that prophets made a small mountain out of rocks to remind themselves and the people of the work God did for them.   These rocks were to remind their ancestors also of the miracles God had done for God's people.  We no longer build rock piles to remind ourselves but we can do as David said and encourage our self in the Lord.  We do this when we remind ourselves of the hard roads that God got us through.  The miracles that God brought about in our lives. 

     When we remind ourselves of past victories, we build up faith in our hearts so that we can trust God today.   When the devil tells us that God doesn't care about us, we remind him of all the times God has shown His love for us.  God was with us in the past and He is with us today.  God has not lost any of His power and He still knows all.  The trials of the past are what made us be what we are today.  Just as it takes physical exercise to grow a strong body, it takes spiritual exercise to grow, spiritually. 

           We have an advantage over the people of Moses.  We have a copy of the Bible that shows us the miracles of the past including the birth of Israel.  We have the Bible, that teaches us why Jesus chose to die for our sins.  We have the future of the world as told by God to John of what the future holds for this world, Christians and sinners.

        We can rest easily, knowing that if God was to call us home today, whether by accident or the rapture, we would be welcomed into Heaven by the God, who loves us more then anybody.  We can live each day at peace.  The troubles we have and the worries we have we can take to Jesus every day.   We ask each day for God to give us a measure of hope and peace to get us through each day.

    We may have to hunt for our keys and cell phone when we leave the house, but we do not have to search for God.  When we accepted Jesus as our Lord and Savior, He put His Holy Spirit in our hearts so that we have God with us all the time.  The question is not : "Is God going to be with me today?"   The question is: "will I take time to talk with God and praise Him?"  We should pray everyday that we will live in a way that is pleasing to our Heavenly Father.   When we fall down and we will, we are not to blame others for our sins but, ask God for forgiveness. 

Betty
Saw a dove yesterday, drinking out of the bird bath.

 99 
 on: August 10, 2017, 12:54:05 PM 
Started by BettyLouise - Last post by BettyLouise
August 10, 2017
Good Afternoon and Happy Thursday,

             
 1Corinthians 15:52New King James Version (NKJV)52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.


             When the rapture takes place, there will be no fear for the children of God.  Immediately our bodies will change into glorified bodies.  In our glorified bodies we will know no fear, pain, or sadness.  Our new bodies will experience joy that our old bodies would not have been able to comprehend.  When Moses spent 40 days with God in the mountain, his face changed so much that the people were afraid to look upon him.

                   

Exodus 34:35New King James Version (NKJV)35 And whenever the children of Israel saw the face of Moses, that the skin of Moses’ face shone, then Moses would put the veil on his face again, until he went in to speak with Him.


                Being with God changes us.   I have known great ladies that have spent so much time with God that their faces were radiant with God's love.    Being with them warmed your heart and convicted you of sin.   There should be a change in us, when our relationship with God, is where we should be.  We should be angry when we are with someone who uses God's Name as a cuss word.
Our hearts should burn with righteous anger that someone would treat the God of Heaven and our closest friend in such a undignified manner.  Are we too comfortable with profanity?  Do we find crude tasteless jokes to be amusing?    An answer of yes, should make us step back and do a self examination of our self .   Does the Holy Spirit glow come through our face?  Are we one person in front of fellow Christians and another person with our friends?   If any of these are true in your life pray David's prayer:

                                       
                                 Psalm 139:23-24New King James Version (NKJV)23 Search me, O God, and know my heart;Try me, and know my anxieties;24 And see if there is any wicked way in me,And lead me in the way everlasting.


   I am not saying we will ever be sinless, in our corruptible bodies.  That is impossible.  Yet, there is heart problems, if we become too comfortable being around those who belittle our Savior, use His Name in vain, tell jokes that should embarrass us.  There is an old saying that if they arrested Christians, would there be enough evidence to convict us?  If the answer is no, we should be ashamed.  As God's children we should be different.  Our language, our manner, and yes even our jokes should be different.  Laughing is not a sin but laughing at jokes that are counterproductive to the principles of Christ is a sin.   

                                         
Romans 12:2New King James Version (NKJV)2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.


     Let us not be be the type of person that sinners say:  She goes to Church, BUT.............
she doesn't act like a Christian.  (God forbid). Or she talks just like us (OH My!!)  or her jokes are as bad as ours (WOW).   We do not want to fit right in with sinners.

 

                     
2 Corinthians 6:14-18King James Version (KJV)14 Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?15 And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?16 And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you.18 And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.



           Let others see Jesus in us.   How can they see Jesus in us if we are trying to hard to fit in with the devil and his crew?   God forbid!, that  it be said of us, that she acts and talks like us!  by people who do not have a relationship with Jesus.  Let us pray that God will search our heart and make known to us our sins so that we can repent and turn away from sin.
Betty

 100 
 on: August 09, 2017, 06:03:10 AM 
Started by BettyLouise - Last post by BettyLouise
August 9, 2017
Good Morning and Happy Wednesday,

                    It's 6:35 and hubby and I have not been able to go to sleep.   He is totally frustrated but I am at peace.  I have come to the conclusion that God has a reason for everything, even sleepless nights.  Even when sleep evades us, we can rest peaceful, knowing that God is in control.  I can count my blessings.   I have a comfortable bed, hubby and a dog and two cats to keep me company.  I have family that I love dearly.   I am blessed.      When we concentrate on what we have and not what we wish we have, we will be in contentment .     

           Someone posted a Chinese fortune cookie that had a saying that God will give you everything that you want.   Well meaning, but a lie.   God never promised everything we want.  We do not even need everything we think we want.   God does provide our needs.  Rich people are rarely happy.  They are always striving to get richer.  Sadly many times,  they spend so much time getting richer that they hardly know their own kids, nor there mate.   Children need two parents who are there for them.  Children don't need rooms full of stuff. 

         To often people cross over a moral if not legal line to get richer.  People step on top of others to get up another rung on the so called ladder of success.   I saw a car commercial talking about how bad it is to just to have a good life and a good mate.   Of course they were pushing a luxury car.  It is nice to have a nice car to get us back and forth, but an expensive car is not an necessity.  When we are our death bed, it will be our relationship with God, family, and friends that is important.  An expensive car and a house will be meaningless, then.

          Look around at what you have and thank your loving Heavenly Father who loves you so much. We are indeed blessed children of God.  Be grateful and appreciative children.   Love God and share His love with others.
Betty

 Blessed to see a family of doves and a squirrel in back yard, today.

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