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 91 
 on: November 17, 2016, 12:03:56 PM 
Started by Mikey - Last post by Mikey
Mark 10:14-16, “When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. I tell you the truth; anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” And he took the children in his arms, put his hands on them and blessed them”
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We were the only family with children in the crowded restaurant. I sat David in a high chair and noticed everyone was quietly sitting and talking. Suddenly, David squealed with glee and said, 'Hi' as he pounded his fat baby hands on the high chair tray. His eyes were crinkled in laughter and his mouth was bared in a toothless grin, as he wriggled and giggled with happiness. I looked around and saw the source of his happiness. It was a man whose pants were baggy with a zipper at half-mast and his toes poked out of would-be shoes. His shirt was dirty and his hair was uncombed and unwashed. His whiskers were too short to be called a beard and his nose was so varicose it looked like a road map.

We were too far from him to smell, but I was sure he smelled. His hands waved and flapped on loose wrists. 'Hi there, baby, hi there, big boy. I see ya, buster,' the man said to David. My husband and I exchanged looks, 'What do we do?' David continued to laugh and answer, 'Hi.'  Everyone in the restaurant noticed and looked at us and then at the man. The old geezer was creating a nuisance with my beautiful baby. Our meal came and the man began shouting from across the room, 'Do ya patty cake? Do you know peek-a-boo? Hey, look, he knows peek-a-boo.' Nobody thought the old man was cute. He was obviously drunk. My husband and I were embarrassed. We ate in silence; all except for David, who was running through his repertoire for the admiring skid-row bum, who in turn, reciprocated with his cute comments.

We finally got through the meal and headed for the door. My husband went to pay the check and told me to meet him in the parking lot. The old man sat poised between the door and me. 'Lord, just let me out of here before he speaks to me or David,' I prayed. As I drew closer to the man, I turned my back trying to sidestep him and avoid any air he might be breathing. As I did, David leaned over my arm, reaching with both arms in a baby's 'pick-me-up' position. Before I could stop him, David had propelled himself from my arms to the man.  Suddenly a very old smelly man and a very young baby consummated their love and kinship. David in an act of total trust, love, and submission laid his tiny head upon the man's ragged shoulder. The man's eyes closed, and I saw tears hover beneath his lashes. His aged hands full of grime, pain, and hard labor, cradled my baby's bottom and stroked his back. No two beings have ever loved so deeply for so short a time. I stood awestruck. The old man rocked and cradled David in his arms and his eyes opened and set squarely on mine.

He said in a firm commanding voice, 'You take care of this baby.' Somehow, I managed, 'I will'. He pried David from his chest, lovingly and longingly, as though he were in pain. I received my baby, and the man said, 'God bless you, ma'am, you've given me my Christmas gift.' I said nothing more than a muttered thanks. With David in my arms, I ran for the car. My husband was wondering why I was crying and holding David so tightly, and why I was saying, 'My God, my God, forgive me.' I had just witnessed Christ's love shown through the innocence of a tiny child who saw no sin, who made no judgment, a child who saw a soul, and a mother who saw a suit of clothes. I was a Christian who was blind, holding a child who was not. I felt it was God asking, 'Are you willing to share your son for a moment?' when He shared His for all eternity. The ragged old man, unwittingly, had reminded me, 'To enter the Kingdom of God, we must become as little children.'   
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Personal reflection:

Sometimes it takes a child to remind us of what is really important. We must always remember who we are, where we came from and, most importantly, how we feel about others. The clothes on your back or the car that you drive or the house that you live in does not define you at all; it is how you treat your fellow man that identifies who you really are. 1 Peter 2:17 tell us to honor all people. We do that by recognizing that each human life is a creation of God, a person whom He highly values (Genesis 1:27; 9:6). To despise others offends not only the person but also the Lord. So, my brethren as we go through this day and the days to follow, let’s reflect God’s love by showing honor to all we meet.
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People with a heart for God have a heart for people.
 dove

 92 
 on: November 17, 2016, 10:43:21 AM 
Started by BettyLouise - Last post by BettyLouise
November 17, 2016. 11:24 AM
Good Morning and Happy Thanksgiving,

  Next week is Thanksgiving.  During the Holidays we can become depressed, missing our loved ones who have gone on before us.   I wonder if they are not asking God:  How long is it, Lord to you go and get my Family?"  Surely He reassures them, just as He reassures us, that it won't be long until He comes for His children.  Let us be thankful this year for the family still with us and our many blessings.  Give thanks to God that your loved ones in Heaven are free from pain and sickness and are in the very presence of our Heavenly Father.

   We do have so many things to be grateful for.  Let us start thanking God now and seek to be in a state of gratefulness and appreciation for God through out the Holiday season.  Even in the Old Testament, our Heavenly Father was blessed by the praise of His people.

2 Chronicles 20:21King James Version (KJV)21 And when he had consulted with the people, he appointed singers unto the Lord, and that should praise the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army, and to say, Praise the Lord; for his mercy endureth for ever.


  Sin nging praises by yourself as you drive in the car and doing your work can be a blessing to God and to yourself a your heart is blessed  by the goodness of our Lord and Savior.
Be blessed my friend.
Betty
I saw a tiny bird in the squirrel feeder this morning.  It warmed my heart.  Pray for my nephew (Ray).  He is in the hospital with infected foot and he has diabetes. 

 93 
 on: November 16, 2016, 12:07:05 PM 
Started by BettyLouise - Last post by BettyLouise
November 16, 2016. 12:41. 12:41 PM

   Good Afternoon and Happy Wednesday,


       
Psalm 29:11King James Version (KJV)11 The Lord will give strength unto his people; the Lord will bless his people with peace.


     There are times that we feel anything but peaceful.  The world seems to be in turmoil and can affect our peace of mind.  Some times stress can come from family members and those we love.  Even lack of restful sleep can make us feel tense.  Yet in the midst of these situations we can find peace for our minds and hearts by walking with Jesus.  When we begin to talk to Jesus about our problems, we can find sweet release from stress and aggravation.   When we began to pray for others we find ourselves less focused on our problems.  Jesus is not a anti-stress pill that we take when we need Him and put Him back in the bottle when we are finished.  He our God, our friend, and Savior.  He wants to walk with us every day.    He wants us to communicate with Him through out the day and not just when we have reached the end of our rope.
Take time to sit and talk with Jesus. 

  Sitting here petting one of my cats.  She loves attention.  Animals can be relaxing and can be good for your blood pressure.  Of course they can also be entertaining watching the situations they get themselves in.  There are people who think that they have not only gotten away with sin but they have somehow gotten the upper hand on God.  The Bible says God laughs at these people.  They seek to anger God because they are mad at Him, and He is amused just as we would be at a puppy who is trying to scare us. They refuse to admit their sins and repent.  They turn away the gift of salvation.  This should make us pray more for the lost.  As tempting as it is, we should not take joy in knowing that they are on the way to hell.  I am not talking about the one who cuts you off on the road.  I am talking about evil people who brag about how many abortions they have had.   Evil people who take pleasure in torturing and killing others.  Even them we should pray for their salvation.




Psalm 2:4King James Version (KJV)4 He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision.


Be blessed and at peace, my friend.  Jesus is coming soon.  I saw a red bird at Jeff's house yesterday.
Betty

 94 
 on: November 15, 2016, 11:08:23 AM 
Started by Mikey - Last post by Mikey
Psalm 30:12, “O LORD my God, I will give thanks to you forever”

Hebrews 13:15, “Let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name”
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If you haven’t read the book of Habakkuk in awhile, I would urge you to read the words contain in the three short chapters from this Prophet. As we prepare to set down to a traditional feast of turkey on Thanksgiving Day with all the trimmings , I was reminded of this book.  Compared with the poverty of many of the world’s people today, as Americans we are very wealthy. The prophet Habakkuk was awaiting the destruction of his country by the ruthless Chaldeans, whose army was called by God to punish His people for their disobedient and evil ways (Habakkuk 1:5-6).

He said, “Though the fig tree may not blossom, nor fruit be on the vines; though the labor of the olive may fail, and the fields yield no food; though the flock may be cut off from the fold, and there be no herd in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the LORD (Habakkuk 3:17-18). These words my beloved should make us stop and ask, “Are we thankful to God regardless of what He gives or withholds from us?”

Here Habakkuk pondered how he would respond to the loss of every material blessing. He concluded, “I will joy in the God of my salvation” (v. 18). Our circumstances may change, but God remains the same because He is unchangeable. There are always reasons for thanksgiving and being thankful.  So, I would urge you to take a few moments to reflect on:

His SOVEREIGN control over our circumstances;
His HOLY character in spite of our sinfulness;
His COMMITMENT to us even when we wander astray;

His ETERNAL and Precious Word that gives us direction and purpose;
His LOVE that holds us close;
His GENTLE compassion in our sorrows;

His CONSISTENT faithfulness through our highs and lows;
His STRONG “no” when we need to hear it;
His SURPRISING “yes” when we lack the faith to believe it;

His WISE “wait” when we are impatient and rash;
His UNDERSTANDING when we are confused;
His SPIRIT that enlightens our eyes;

His GRACE that removes our guilt.
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Further thoughts:

True thankfulness is more than being grateful for what we possess. It’s an attitude that permeates our relationship with the Lord so that we may serve Him with gladness and joy. Thank You, Lord, for all You are, all You do, all You say. If we were unable to look up into Your face, Thanksgiving would be just another day.
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For the Christian, Thanksgiving is not just a day but a way of life.
 dove

 95 
 on: November 15, 2016, 09:55:46 AM 
Started by BettyLouise - Last post by BettyLouise
November 15, 2016 10:39

    We live in a world with so many gadgets that are supposed to make our lives easier.  I heard the other day they are coming out with a dishwasher with wifi.  Yet, we are probably the most stressed out generation ever.  Even us Christians are constantly bombarded with stress.   We go to sleep giving our problems, but we wake up to devil tempting us to pick them back up again.   Even when we attempt to give them back to God they are still right in our face, troubling our hearts and spirits.   If the world didn't have enough issues to concern us, the devil adds health and family problems to our daily concerns.  Maybe the hardest concerns are those affecting our loved ones.  We often mistakenly think that making ourselves ill worrying about our family is a sign of love.  Yes, we should be concerned about the needs of those we love, but we need to take these concerns to Jesus.  No amount of stress and worrying on our part will every fix anything.  Take your concerns to Jesus and lay them at His feet.  When the devil brings them to your mind and he will, pray.

    Today is another day for us to be used by God for His glory.  A new day to allow the love of Jesus shine through us to others.  Pray that God will remove any bitterness from your hearts.  Ask God to help you lay aside your worries and shine through you so that you will a bright light shining forth touching everyone you come across today.

Betty

I scared the squirrel this morning when I took the food out for him/her.  I didn't see the squirrel to I saw it running as fast as its little legs could move.

 96 
 on: November 14, 2016, 02:24:02 AM 
Started by BettyLouise - Last post by BettyLouise
November 14, 2016.  2:57 A.M.
Good Morning and Happy Monday,

      It's not quite three a.m. , and  I am awake and hurting.  Not exactly how I wanted be passing the time, this early.  Yet, I am blessed.   I have medication to ease the pain (hopefully soon).  I have a nice cozy place to lay my head.  I was also blessed to get colitis at a older age so I am not struggling to take care of young ones or working a job with this disease.   It is not a question of looking for the bright side but knowing in the midst of a trial, I still have a lot to be thankful for.  Many people think of the show called Pollyanna, who, in the movie always looked for the bright side and the good in everybody.  While, the movie was sweet as children of God we do not have to stretch our mind to find something to be thankful for, or get a magnifying glass out to search for the good in people.  As Christians, we are indeed blessed every day because Jesus calls us family and His friend.  We can remind ourselves that even the most evil person, Jesus died to save their souls.  Praying for lost souls, is a privilege and not a chore.  Even people we do not know.

    Yesterday, I was able to bless someone in need that I did not know.  I do not know if he was truly in need or looking for a hand out.  We sometimes get the idea that we have to work out the details before we react to need, but Jesus said a cup of water given in His Name will be rewarded.  Of course we cannot help everyone and there are times that we feel in our spirit that we should not give to someone.  When we do feel in our spirit a tug from God to help a stranger, do so with a cheerful heart.  Remember the times that God blessed us in the past by using others. 

  My friend, I hope at the time that you are sleeping peacefully, but when you have a night where pain keeps you awake, remember that this our temporary home and soon we will going home to Heaven.  There will be no pain, no struggles, and no temptations.  Along with praising God every day and praying every day, let us keeping looking up for the blessed hope.
Betty
Did not see the squirrel yesterday but the neighbor who shares this duplex bought one of those strobe type lights that shines on trees and on the house and makes it sparkle like tiny Christmas lights outside.  It was so pretty.

 97 
 on: November 12, 2016, 09:04:58 AM 
Started by BettyLouise - Last post by BettyLouise
Good Morning and Happy Saturday,

     This morning, I woke up and begin to hurt so I laid back down.  Living in this world pain comes with living.  Whether it is physical or emotionally.  We can even have spiritual pain when God is pruning us.  I read a devotion, this morning that  talks about how God removes the branches in our lives that are dead and those that are bearing fruits, He prunes.  I must admit that to my heart that does not make sense.  Yet in my mind it does.  At Jeff's house is a beautiful yellow rose.  I pruned it one year and in spring it grew much bigger with more roses.  The rose bush did not know why I was trimming it.  Yet my work on the plant increased her beauty.  I am an old lady that doesn't have a green thumb and often kills plants by over or under watering them.  Surely we can trust our God to know how to prune us with out killing us.  He spoke the world and her contents into existence.  I believe it is correct to pray during the pruning process to pray that God will show us mercy and comfort us.  When I pruned the rose bush, I talked to her through out the process.  We often need reassurance from God when we are being pruned.

    There is a lot of strife in the world.  Protest and people trying to change the election.  When President Obama was elected twice, Republicans were not burning cars and destroying business.  It is easy for us to become bitter ourselves at the liberal response.  We need to remember that these protester are being influenced by people who are driven by the devil.  Politicians and others who have sold their souls to the devil for a little power on earth.  We should feel sorry for them for they do not yet realize the price they will pay one day for a  little power, for a short time on earth.  There are those who are being arrested but it is doubtful the people  pulling the strings of the puppets will face justice on earth, but they will one day in eternity.
   
     My brother in-law, AG is in a lot of pain and needs prayer and pray for protection for Steve who is traveling for his job.  Of course pray for America and Israel.   Always pray for your lost loved ones as this is pleasing to God.  Be blessed today, my friend and be prayerful and grateful for your blessings through out the day.
Betty
Seen the squirrel this morning unfortunately so did the dog, who felt it necessary to chase her.


John 15:2King James Version (KJV)

2 Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.

 98 
 on: November 09, 2016, 09:55:39 AM 
Started by BettyLouise - Last post by BettyLouise
November 9, 2016. 10;46
Good Morning and Happy Wednesday,


    The election is over.  Time for healing in our Nation.  I pray that people who have threatened violence if their Candidate lost, will be convicted.  This Nation cannot heal if their are race wars.  I did not vote against Hillary because of a dislike of people who look different then me, but because of her stand on abortion.  Babies of all races are murdered in the womb.   Let us come together as America and strife for peace.  I pray that in this time, many will come to Jesus for salvation.  Jesus is the only one who can bring peace.

  A lot of us stayed up very late last night to watch the election, so be careful at working and driving.  May God protect all of you.
Betty

 99 
 on: November 08, 2016, 10:09:40 AM 
Started by BettyLouise - Last post by BettyLouise
November 8,2016.    10:48 a.m.
Good Morning and Happy Tuesday

  Did you vote?  We have no right to complain about the election, if we chose not to vote.  Now pray for the election.  What if our choice doesn't win?  We prayerfully accept God's plan.  I believe the winner will reflect God's present plan for America.  Is God's plan to give America more time to repent or is His plan to judge America?  Whatever God's plan, we are living in a time when Christians need to pray more. Whoever wins our Country needs repentance and prayer.

   Our hope is in Jesus and not in any person.  What ever the outcome of the election, our salvation is secure in Jesus.  I read of two people one from each side of the election voicing a desire to commit suicide if their candidate loses the election.  No matter who wins, suicide is not the answer. Both of these people need salvation through a Jesus Christ.  Keep your head up with your eyes on Jesus.  Our future is in Heaven.
 
    My friend remember eternity and while it is proper to cry for America, if Hillary wins, don't give in to depression.  Our hope is not in any person, but God.


https://youtu.be/DWdNgXSd46Y

Be blessed and know we are not alone.  Jesus is still with us and has not forsaken His children.
Betty

 100 
 on: November 07, 2016, 09:33:15 AM 
Started by BettyLouise - Last post by BettyLouise
‎Monday, ‎November ‎7, ‎2016             10:20:43 AM
Good Morning and Happy Monday,
   
  Huh  I am having one of those mornings.   I couldn't get my Daily Bread prodcast to work this morning.   The Dentist doesn't want to make me a temporary flapper unless I have almost 3,000 dollars of dental work done and I am not looking forward to a 1 and 1/2 hour drive to the Houston VA for one way.  Yet, I am surprisingly calm.  It is not because I am normally a calm person.  I am a person who tends to go spastic over small things.  Yet, I feel relatively peaceful.  God is in control and I can put everything in His hands.  I can always smile with my mouth closed and God will get us to Houston and back, safely.  When we realize that pacing the floor and allowing our emotions to get out of our control doesn't accomplish a thing, we can put our issues in God's hands.

   Tomorrow is the election.  Please get out and vote for a candidate that does not want to have abortion on demand paid my every tax payer.  After you vote, pray for our Country, and pray that God will give you peace of mind and hearts.  The reality is, no matter who wins there are rough days ahead for our Country.   We can be at peace because we know God has everything under control.  Praise His Name and seek His Heavenly peace for yourself and this Country.

  Have a wonderful day and pray for yourself and your family.  Look for those little diamonds of joy that God brings your way every day.  Remind yourself that our future is in Heaven where there is no sin nor corrupt politicans.

Betty
Saw the squirrel yesterday after Church.

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