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 91 
 on: May 16, 2016, 10:43:45 AM 
Started by BettyLouise - Last post by BettyLouise
Good Morning and Happy Monday,

                                        Psalm 56:3-4Living Bible (TLB)

3-4 But when I am afraid, I will put my confidence in you. Yes, I will trust the promises of God. And since I am trusting him, what can mere man do to me?

    When we give our hearts and lives to Jesus, God does not take us on to Heaven.  He leaves us here to live and work for His Glory.  We are left to start a journey through Christ.  When we are saved as a young child our journey most of the time means growning  up and raising a family.  God trust us with little souls to raise them to be Christian adults.  We are blessed to raise our Children in a Church family, where they learn God's Ways and we are trusted by God to ourselves teach them the ways of God through family Bible readings and prayer.  This is why Christians are told by God not to be yoked to a unbeliever.  Some of us like me failed in that area and ended up raising our kids in Church alone.  Yet God is faithful and if we continue to pray for our unsaved mate, God does often brings salvation to the lives of our mate.  This does not mean there will not be problems along the way.  So much better for young people to date only those who are not only regular Church goers but actually have a relationship with Jesus.  When both partners in a marriage are Christians, does not mean their marriage will be perfect but through the good and bad they can pray and trust God together, yoked as one.  When children see their parents serving God as a unit they are more likely to become Christians and seek to carry on their heritage with a Christian mate themselves.
When a child grows up with only one parent in Church, they are likely to underrate the importance of both parents being in Church and repeat their parent's mistake.  We cannot as parents over emphasize the importance of our children being a Christian and only dating other Christians.  As parents God has trusted us with children and raising them in God's house is something that He expects His children to do.  Parents of children who are unmarried should be praying for them daily that God will not only strengthen their faith in God but that they will make the right decision in choosing a mate.  This is more important than most of us give credit to.  Not only will your child be affected by their choice in mates, but so will the lives of your grandchildren.  Whatever your situation as a parent, pray for your children, grand children, and even great grand children, daily.  God will hear your prayers.  We may not see results in our life time but your prayers are not going in vain. 
Betty
The chicken was in my front yard, this morning.  I wish we could catch her so that she would have a chicken hut to be in, instead of hiding in the trees in the rain.

 92 
 on: May 15, 2016, 08:22:40 AM 
Started by BettyLouise - Last post by BettyLouise
Good Morning and Blessed Sunday,

 As I got ready for Church and fed the birds and animals, I talked to God.  I was reminded of the song "Tis' So Sweet to Trust in Jesus".  When begin our morning talking to Jesus, He fills our hearts and minds with peace.  Not the peace the world gives that can disappear like a vapor in the wind, but a peace that is there even when you are in pain, you spill the dog food or whatever life throws at you.  There is a Heavenly joy that fills your souls when you spend time talking to our Heavenly Father.  We cannot control what happens through out the day but we can choose to spend time with God as we begin the day. Talking to Him as you get ready to face the day and you fix your coffee.  Making time to talk to God is a privilege that God has blessed us with, but too often we neglect to do.  Our relationship with our spouse and loved ones grows by spending time with them, it is the same with God our Father.  Let us not neglect to spend time with God.  We can talk to God through out the day, even at work.  A quiet prayer as we work or drive is time well spent.  This time will built up our souls and help us to grow spiritually.  This time will also help us keep us from getting angry on the job and mouthing off, which causes our testimony of God's love to be called into question, by those who work with us.  Let us as children of God, take time to spend time with our Heavenly Father as we begin our day.  He wants to hear from us and we can talk to Him as we get ready each morning and as we do our morning chores, and even as we drive to where ever we go each day.
God bless you,
Betty
I can see a couple of squirrels this morning.  They are enjoying their morning, too !


Words: Lou­i­sa M. R. Stead, 1882. These words are said to have written been after Stead witnessed her husband drown.
Music: Will­iam J. Kirk­pat­rick (MI­DI, score).

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’Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus,
And to take Him at His Word;
Just to rest upon His promise,
And to know, “Thus says the Lord!”

Refrain

Jesus, Jesus, how I trust Him!
How I’ve proved Him o’er and o’er
Jesus, Jesus, precious Jesus!
O for grace to trust Him more!

O how sweet to trust in Jesus,
Just to trust His cleansing blood;
And in simple faith to plunge me
’Neath the healing, cleansing flood!

Refrain

Yes, ’tis sweet to trust in Jesus,
Just from sin and self to cease;
Just from Jesus simply taking
Life and rest, and joy and peace.

Refrain

I’m so glad I learned to trust Thee,
Precious Jesus, Savior, Friend;
And I know that Thou art with me,
Wilt be with me to the end.

Refrain

 93 
 on: May 14, 2016, 09:33:34 AM 
Started by BettyLouise - Last post by BettyLouise
Good Morning and Happy Saturday,


   I was reminded of a song I hadn't thought about in years, called "In Times Like These".  It says in times like these you need a Savor.  We are living in a time that your faith can and will be tested.  A time when your idea of what is moral will be tested.  Who would have thought that our own President would be blackmailing Americans, by with holding federal funds to Schools, who refuse to allow boys in the girls bathroom?
Who would have thought that America would have a President who cared more about the 3% gay, lesbian, and transgenders, then our children.  We live in a time when Schools are indoctrinating our children with sexual confusion at a young age.  When children are encouraged to doubt their own sexuality in early grades of School.  Instead of children being taught to obey their parents, they are taught to doubt their parents ability to reason and understand this new age teaching, taught by many liberal Schools.

  We have Iran, North Korea, and now Russia testing the waters to see how really secure America is.  The world doubts that our President will defend us in conflict and sadly many of us Americans feel the same.
We are living in times that our only security is in God.  That is not a bad thing, don't get me wrong, but it is a new feeling as Americans for us.  For all of our lives we have felt safe on American soil from invasion, until Set 11,2001.  We have Collage students demanding "safe zones" at School to protect them from words.  Are we going to be able to depend on them to fight for our Country if we are attacked?

  America is in danger of defeating our selves.  Many Collage students are willing to forgo the Constitution in favor of Socialism.  They believe this will give them a free ride.  As older adults we wonder what they are teaching them at Collage.  Do they realize nothing is free?  They do not realize that giving up freedoms is not just shutting up those who speech they do like, but giving up their freedom of speech as well.  We sit back and watch and if not for our faith in God, our hearts would fail us.  As the song says in times like these we need a Savior, that is Jesus. There are other religions but only Jesus left His Throne in Heaven to live and die so that He could redeem us and give us fellowship with Him.   Things are happening that can cause us to tremble but as long as our faith is in Jesus, we can lay aside fear and trust in Him.
Betty

In Times Like These Lyrics
 
In times like these you need a Savior,
In times like these you need an anchor;
Be very sure, be very sure,
Your anchor holds and grips the Solid Rock!
 
This Rock is Jesus, Yes He's the One,
This Rock is Jesus, the only One;
Be very sure, be very sure,
Your anchor holds and grips the Solid Rock!
 
In times like these you need the Bible,
In times like these, O be not idle;
Be very sure, be very sure,
Your anchor holds and grips the Solid Rock!
 
This Rock is Jesus, Yes He's the One,
This Rock is Jesus, the only One;
Be very sure, be very sure,
Your anchor holds and grips the Solid Rock!
 
In times like these I have a Savior,
In times like these I have an anchor;
I'm very sure, I'm very sure
My anchor holds and grips the Solid Rock!
 
This Rock is Jesus, Yes He's the One,
This Rock is Jesus, the only One;
Be very sure, be very sure,
Your anchor holds and grips the Solid Rock!

 94 
 on: May 13, 2016, 10:56:21 AM 
Started by BettyLouise - Last post by BettyLouise
Good Morning and Happy Friday,

                                          1 Thessalonians 5:8
“But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation

   Today is Friday and I imagine those who have the weekend off are happy about that.  We dread Monday and look forward to Friday,  which  is understandable.  As Christians we look forward to the day when the Father sends His Son to get His children.  Of course we have to live each day until that glorious day.  The old hymn says:" We'll work till Jesus comes, we'll work till Jesus comes and then we'll be going home". We do not know the day or time the rapture will happen but we can trust God that it will happen.  For now we journey in a world that is coming more anti- Jesus every day.  The evil mankind does to each other seems to grow with each day and things that would have shocked us even a couple of years ago seems to be met with a sigh and a yawn.  As sin becomes acceptable among non-Christians, sadly it is growing acceptable among Christians and Christian Churches.  Main stream Churches are ordaining Pastors who are in a gay marriage and are transgenders as Pastors.  How can a Church member hear the truth when their own Pastor has given into the  devil and is living in sin themselves?   The Bible says that in the last days, mankind will no longer what to hear the truth but will yearn for a Pastor or teacher that speaks what they want to hear.  Sadly many Churches are giving them what they want.  The Bible makes it clear that these  people know the truth, but would rather hear a lie, because it makes them feel comfortable in their sin.  They know the truth because the Holy Spirit convicts them of their sins.  There comes a time when you have ignore the Holy Spirit long enough, that He will no longer strife with you.  He will allow you to live comfortably in your sins, because you choose to.  Comfortable now, but not so comfortable when you face Jesus, face to face.  The Pastor who allowed you to be comfortable in your sin will be no help to you.  He, himself will have to face Jesus with his own sins.  So much better to cry out for Jesus to save you now  and change from your sinful ways now, rather then spend eternity paying for your comfort you are enjoying now in your sins.  Sadly too many are not concern about eternity and today is the only thing that matters to them.  We can pray for the lost but we cannot force salvation on anyone.  It is a personal choice.  The devil may look like he is winning and he will spend 7 years during the tabulation convincing the world that not only has he won but that they can join together in battle and beat the God of Heaven.  In the book of The Revelations, God tells us who will win and it is the God of Heaven.   Those who have joined forces with the devil will learn that too late.  As long as we have breath, let us pray for those we love and care about to accept Jesus as their Savior before it is too late.  May God bless you and your family.
Betty

 95 
 on: May 12, 2016, 11:34:37 AM 
Started by BettyLouise - Last post by BettyLouise
Good Afternoon and Happy Thursday,

Matt 11:28“Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”

John 14:6   Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
John 14:18   I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.

John 16:33   These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world

2 Corinthians 5:17   | View whole chapter   | See verse in context
Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

      Jesus wants us to come to Him when we are stressed, depressed, or overwhelmed with the circumstances in our lives.  Jesus doesn't want us to wait and come to Him as a last resort but to go to Him first.  Not only going to Jesus helps to clear our minds of clutter but Jesus wants to help us make correct decisions and to deal with our circumstances with a peaceful mind.  When we choose to do things on our own with out God's help, we often make rash decisions that we come to regret. God is not just interested in our Spiritual health, while that is very important, but He cares about all aspects of our lives.
The devil will try to convince us that our problems are too small to take to Jesus.  The devil will tell us that
our needs are insignificant and God doesn't care.  Remember the devil is the father of lies.   He is not capable of knowing the truth.  God is truth so take your cares and concerns to God first.  Then trust God to lead you in making the right decision. When we allow Him to guide us, we can let go of stress and work in the peace of Jesus.  When God has guided you into making a decision then put all your trust in Jesus.  Do not allow the devil to cause you to doubt your decision or to lose your faith in God.  The devil will whisper doubts in your mind and you remind him that you are trusting in God and with trust in God there is no fear.
When you do this, you can walk away with your mind and soul at peace.  Whatever decision you are your family is facing, remember noting is too difficult for God.
Betty



GospelSongLyrics.org: Where Could I Go But To The Lord lyrics

Living below in this old sinful world
Hardly a comfort can afford
Striving alone to face temptations sore
Where could I go but to the Lord?
Where could I go? oh, where could I go>
Seeking a refuge for my soul
Needing a friend to save me in the end
Where could I go but to the Lord?
Neighbors are kind, I love them everyone
We get along in sweet accord 
But when my soul needs manna from above
Where could I go but to the lord?
Where could I go> oh, where could I go?
Seeking a refuge for my soul
Needing a friend to save me in the end
Where could I go but to the Lord?
Life here is grand with friends I love so dear
Comfort I get from God's own Word
Yet when I face the chilling hand of death
Where could I go but to the Lord?
Where could I go? oh, where could I go?
Seeking a refuge for my soul
Needing a friend to save me in the end
Where could I go but to the Lord?
The words and music to "Where Could I Go But To The Lord?" are by J.B Coats. This gospel songs has been performed by Elvis Presley

 96 
 on: May 11, 2016, 02:43:00 PM 
Started by BettyLouise - Last post by BettyLouise
Good Afternoon and Happy Wednesday,


Psalms 37:The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way.
24 Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the LORD upholdeth him with his hand.

   There are those days that we are hit with something unexpected out of left field, before we have had time to get our eyes upon.  We become overwhelmed and blood pressure rises and if we are not careful out temper gets us in trouble.  We cannot control everything that happens to us, but we can control our reaction.  Instead of first reaction being anger our first reaction should be to stop and pray.  Pray for peace of mind, pray for guidance, pray for intervention from God.  If you are like me, you get all upset about something only to find out it wa nothing.  But even when we do have problems, God has our back.  There is so much peace when we remind ourselves, that God has it.  Like the old song says:"Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus".  I pray that God will give you peace of mind and peace in your heart.
God bless you,
Betty

 97 
 on: May 10, 2016, 10:24:16 AM 
Started by BettyLouise - Last post by BettyLouise
Good Morning and Happy Tuesday,

           John 15:5 “I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.”

   This morning the sky is covers with fluffy white clouds with a little blue sticking out.  These clouds remind me of a favorite past time as a child, laying on the ground and imagining what animal the clouds resembled.  We can look back in our childhood of innocence, when the biggest sin we could think of was lying to our parents.  We dared not to do so, because we were convinced that moms especially had eyes in the back of her head.  Now as a adults we see a different world, where sin runs amok.  Sin has always been around since the garden, but today sin is considered good and those who oppose  many kinds of sin are considered ignorant, racist, and illiterate .  Young celebrities, are considered smart and successfull for pushing the envelope for radical and sinful behavior.  Young people look up to these celebrities as role models.  Even fellow celebrities admire behavior that pushes racist and violence against police officers.  Adele called Beyoncé, Jesus Christ in her concert recently. All we can do is look up and ask God to send His Son,  for the Church, soon.    Churches have abandon the truth of the Gospel for social issues. While Churches should do their part to help the poor, Churches main goal should be reaching the lost for Jesus.
God is calling people to recognize they are sinners and repent and be saved.  God is not calling people for a successful purposeful life.    God wants His children to succeed, but He died to save the lost and not to make  people rich and be successful.  The world and God's idea of success is not the same.  Look at the disciples, they did not live lives of success by the world's standard, and all but one died a martyr for the cause of Christ.  Yet, in Heaven they will be rewarded for living a successful life for Christ.  Money in the bank does not mean you are living for Jesus, nor does being poor, mean you are successful in the eyes of God.  The question is have we found salvation in Jesus?  Are we living our lives to the standards of God?
Are we living to please God or man?  The biggest question we will face God will be: " Is your name in the Book of Life?  If it is not, it will not matter how rich you were, how popular you were, nor how much power you had in this life?  Eternity in hell will be your future and no amount of money or prayers from others can save you. Salvation is only achieve able in your life on earth.  Once you die or once you face God it is too late to accept salvation.   Sinners and Christians need to set aside our desire to impress others in the world and be concerned only with pleasing God. Christians need to realize that if you believe the Bible is true, if you believe that marriage is between a man and a woman and abortion is wrong,  the world considers you a radical Christian.  Many people of this government including the White House considers this type of Christian a terrorist threat.  It does not matter to them that Christians do not behead sinners, we are considered worse then radical Muslims.  Why?  Because the devil feels no threat from the Muslims, but Christians who believe the Bible are a threat to his agenda.  If the rapture does not happen soon, Christians in America will face the same threats from our government that Christians face in communist countries.  Pastors will be breaking the law for preaching the truth of the Gospel.  You might say this can never happen in America, but college kids in a poll, said that freedom of speech should be taken away.  The young people of today for the most part embrace communist view.  Read up on the history of socialist and communist Countries and you will see that freedom of religion was one of the first things lost.  We need as Christians to make sure our faith is strong in the Lord.  If we are only feeding on sermons that promise success and financial gain, how will we stand for God, when your faith could cost you,  your job, your home, or even your freedom?  Will we deny Jesus in order to keep what makes us comfortable?
These are questions we need to ask ourselves.  If we wonder if we can stand for Christ in such circumstances, we need to pray for God to make us warriors for Him.  I know I am not there yet, myself and I do not think I am alone on this.   We need to grow so close to God that if we are in danger for our faith we can stand firm in Christ.  It hasn't been too long ago when children were killed for their faith at a School.  Someone said the strongest of the  Christian young people were those killed after the first.  Even though they saw the first young man shot and killed for his faith, they still proclaimed their faith in Christ with a gun pointed at their head.  What strong faith and resolve these Christian young people had.  Where did this faith come from?   It came from God and now they are with God and suffer no morge.  No one wants to be put in that position but let us grow so strong in the Lord so that whatever circumstances we may face we can say strongly that our faith is in Jesus Christ and our confidence in Him never wavers.
I prayed as I walked the yard this morning that God would lay on my heart what He wanted me to say and though I have strayed for from the beginning, I believe this is what God gave me to share. 
Betty

 98 
 on: May 09, 2016, 11:12:13 AM 
Started by BettyLouise - Last post by BettyLouise
Good Afternoon and Happy Monday,

    Psalm 29:11  Keep not thou silence, O God: hold not thy peace, and be not still, O God.

    Have you ever set out to spend some time with God and you just can't sit still and your mind is racing back and forth like a hamster in one of those wheels?  Maybe it is just a problem for us with ADD?  Yet, I believe we all feel that way sometimes.   Maybe you are in Church and you want to be listening intently to the Sermon,  yet mind takes you on a road trip?  You are present in Church but, your mind has left the building.  Sometimes our mind is in any situation but at peace.  It is not always because we have problems, although problems can steal our peace.  Sometimes it is our desire to please God, but we are unsure of how to do that in our present situation, that makes us feel fretful.  Sometimes it is worrying over problems or our families problems that gives our spirit unrest.  We try to pray and even in our prayer we cannot stay focused.  Our minds wandering,  even in the midst of our prayers.  This can discourage us and even make us question God.  God is a God of peace,  yet in this moment we feel no peace.  We feel no assurance from God that He is even listening.  Maybe the problem is not God not listening to us.  Maybe the problem is us not listening to Him.  Could it be that we need some quiet time with God where we are listening to Him?
We need to remind ourselves in those moments that we can't listen as well as we want to, to God, that He is not going to abandon us?  In those moments our mind strays and we bring it back, God is still going to be there.  Often we think God is like mankind in that on a whim, He will desert us for small things in our lives and minds that we cannot control.  God knows your heart and He knows your weakness.  He wants to meet us in our weakness.  Never in the Bible does it say: "Come back when you have your mind under control".  God wants us to come to Him in our weakness, in the midst of our struggles, and with our fears.
As we sit at Jesus' feet slowly our minds will calm down, our hearts will begin to fill up with the peace of God.  Let us not allow our fears, struggles, and even ADD to rob us of our time with God.  Our time with Jesus is precious and the devil will seek to rob us of this precious time.  We can choose to refuse to give the devil victory.  And when our mind wanders off we gently bring our mind back to God.  Getting mad at yourself will only destroy your peace.   I do not believe God gets angry with us for things we cannot control, but always come back to Jesus so the devil will not steal your peaceful time in the presence of God.
Betty
Haven't seen the chicken this morning but I did yesterday.  A couple of squirrels are enjoying their food.

 99 
 on: May 08, 2016, 08:42:08 AM 
Started by BettyLouise - Last post by BettyLouise
Good Morning and Happy Mother's Day,
 
     Mother's Day for many is a mix of emotions.  If your mom is in Heaven you feel the loss deeper on Mother's Day, yet for those of us with kids we feel blessed to be a mom ourselves. Today can be like an open wound for those who have children in Heaven.  Yet, even in the pain of the loss we can find comfort in Jesus.  I have been blessed not to have lost a child, but my heart goes out to those who have.  Today if you are in that situation ask God to tell your loved one that you love them.  For those of us who have moms in Heaven we can ask God to tell her that we love her.  Whatever our circumstances let us be grateful to God today.  We have so many blessings in our lives.  Take time today to love on your family.  Take time to express your love to God.  May God bless you and your family, today and. Everyday.
Betty

 100 
 on: May 07, 2016, 08:32:46 AM 
Started by BettyLouise - Last post by BettyLouise
Good Morning and Happy Saturday,

  Have you ever woken up in a bad mood before you even got out of bed.  That happened to me this morning. I was sleeping like a log and two different salesmen called at 8:A.M.  Who calls people that early on a Saturday?  I was so startled by chest hurts.  The reality is our moods can change on a dime. As Christians we can be tempted to judge our spiritual health by our moods.  Moods are fickle.  They can and do change with the wind.  Our walk with God is not about our mood.  God is with us whether we are in a good mood or not.  If we judge our spiritual health by our moods we can be deceived.  We can be living far from God and be in a good mood because of circumstances in our lives.   On the other hand we may be in a bad mood, because of lack of sleep, illness, or just troubles in our lives, but that does not mean we are spiritually inadequate.  Feelings do not determine our Spiritual health.   While it is true we can allow a foul mood to make us act in a way that it inappropriate for a Christian,  the mood itself does not determine where we stand with God.  Moods come and go but Jesus is the same every day.  When our feelings are out of joint we can go to God and talk to Him.  We can tell Him how we feel and ask Him to help us control our actions so they are pleasing to God.  But, our spiritual health should not be gauged by our moods.  It is how we react in our moods that is the judge.  I for instant was rude to the second person who called at 8 and hung up on him.  This does not mean I have failed as a Christian.  It means I am human, but this also means I needs to ask Jesus for forgiveness and not allow a stranger to dictate my behavior for the rest of the day. 

    If we cannot gauge our spiritual health by moods, then what do we judge our spiritual health on?  We judge it on God's Word and in prayer.   Are we living in a way that is pleasing to God?  Are we praying daily and seeking God to refuel us so that our cup does not become empty?  We gauge our spiritual health on God's Word and by asking like David, for God to search our hearts.  We ask God to tell us if we have any unforgiven sin in our life?  We ask God to tell us if we need a change in attitude and then we ask God to help us change in ourselves what needs to be changed.  Frustrations and actions by others can change our moods but they cannot change our spiritual health as long as we stay tuned into the Holy Spirit.  Let us seek to grow and thrive spiritually as we walk with Jesus.  May you be blessed today.
Betty
Just squirrels today.  A new baby possum came on the back porch yesterday.  I put out some cat food so he or she will eat and be satisfied with our hurting my pets.

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