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« Reply #800 on: November 05, 2017, 02:34:52 PM »

November 5, 2017
Good Afternoon and Blessed Sunday,

          Another Church Shooting,

               A shooting during a Church Service, should break the heart of every Christian.  Church is our time to praise our Savior and be refreshed by the Word of God.  If we are honest, a Church shooting chills us to the bone.  How can we have our mind on God, if we jump at every sound?  We remind ourselves that God is with us in our present bodies and He will be with us in death.   When this shooter walked into the Church, God did not go back to Heaven and leave His people.  He was there to Welcome the souls that died into Heaven’s gate and He is there with the wounded to comfort and heal them.    Why did some die and some live?  This is a question we will not know the answer to, till we get to Heaven.  Fear not my friends!  God is still in control.  When it is our time to die God will be with us till we take our last breath and until He welcomes us into Heaven.

      What should the Church do now?  We pray for that Little Church in South Texas.  Pastors around that area should offer comfort and aid to this Church.   We remind ourselves that one day, we will pass from this life into Heaven.  Yes, we cry for this Church Family, our brothers and sisters in Christ.
Then we press on for the cause of Christ.  We work for the Glory of God’s Kingdom.   We lay our pain and fears at Jesus’ feet and we press on.  This should remind us that evil is abounding, but we know the ending of earth’s story.  Jesus will win and reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords on this planet.

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« Reply #801 on: November 06, 2017, 01:27:54 PM »

November 6. 2017
Good Afternoon and Happy Monday,


                    Broken Pieces


'Most of our church family is gone': Pastor's wife mourns shooting victims in emotional statement.

      Today we continue to grieve with the people of Sutherland Springs, Texas, a community 30 miles southeast of San Antonio.  Thankfully most of us can not relate to losing a member of your family and most of your  Church Family.    We often feel that saying “I am praying for you” sounds empty.  It is only empty if you do not keep your promise to pray.  When our area was effected by Hurricane Harvey,  people were encouraged by a visit from the President.  The truth was, even the President was limited in how much his position allowed him to help.  When we pray for someone, we are talking to our God who spoke everything into existence.  There is nothing beyond His ability.  He can comfort hearts like no other.

Psalm 34:18 ESV The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.


Psalm 147:3 ESV /He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.

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.

Isaiah 57:15 ESV / For thus says the One who is high and lifted up, who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy: “I dwell in the high and holy place, and also with him who is of a contrite and lowly spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly, and to revive the heart of the contrite.

   The comfort that God gives reaches into the depths of our heart and soul.  He , who calmed the storms can calm the storms in our hearts.  God will bring peace into hearts that satan can not touch.  You may need a special touch from God today.  Maybe you need peace to overcome the storms of your life.  Call on God.  He is never to busy to hear your prayers.  It may take swallowing your pride, but what good is pride, if you are miserable. 

    Today as we pray for that Church Family, let us pray that God will search our hearts and make us clean of all sins.  Pray that God will guide you and protect you.  There is nothing that is going to happen to you, that will take God by surprised.  We can put all of our trust in God without fear.

Betty

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« Reply #802 on: November 07, 2017, 01:26:50 PM »

November 7, 2017
Good Afternoon and Happy Tuesday,


               
Psalm 23King James Version (KJV)
23 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.
3 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.
4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.

    God is with us throughout our whole life.  He is with us when we are born and if we allow, He will continue to be with us till the day we die.  Only we can hardened our hearts to the point that we no longer hear the Holy Spirit speaking to us.  It is only at this point that the Holy Spirit will leave us.

Jeremiah 18:12 “But they will say, 'It's hopeless! For we are going to follow our own plans, and each of us will act according to the stubbornness of his evil heart.'

Matthew 13:15  FOR THE HEART OF THIS PEOPLE HAS BECOME DULL, WITH THEIR EARS THEY SCARCELY HEAR, AND THEY HAVE CLOSED THEIR EYES, OTHERWISE THEY WOULD SEE WITH THEIR EYES, HEAR WITH THEIR EARS, AND UNDERSTAND WITH THEIR HEART AND RETURN, AND I WOULD HEAL THEM.'

Romans 2:5. But because of your stubbornness and unrepentant heart you are storing up wrath for yourself in the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God,

Revelation 16:9. Men were scorched with fierce heat; and they blasphemed the name of God who has the power over these plagues, and they did not repent so as to give Him glory.

Revelation 16:11......and they blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores; and they did not repent of their deeds.

Matthew 12:31. Therefore I say to you, any sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven men, but blasphemy against the Spirit shall not be forgiven.
32 And whoever shall speak a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him; but whoever shall speak against the Holy Spirit, it shall not be forgiven him, either in this age, or in the age to come.
 
     God wants His children to be humble and soft hearted.  He wants us to keep our ears and eyes opened so that we are able to hear the soft voice of the Holy Spirit.  Keep our heart open to the truth of the Gospel of Christ.  Read the Word of God so that we can learn the truth of the Gospel.  I have heard it said that the Bible is a Love Story Between God and Mankind.

    We do not have to harden out hearts to God’s truth.  When we sin,  instead of becoming angry, let us seek forgiveness and bear the discipline with humble hearts.  Just as a parent disciplines a child so they do not get hurt, the Heavenly Father disciplines His Children so we will stay on His path and not wander off like a stubborn lamb.  Do not become puffed up by your successes, but stay humble and aware of the great sacrifice that Jesus paid for your salvation.

   We are aware of the times we are living, bear in mind that so is the devil.  He will seek to destroy you.  Remember that your Heavenly Father has defeated the devil once and He will be the one that throws the devil in the lake of fire for eternity.  Take your fears and concerns to God.  Trust in Him, completely.

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« Reply #803 on: November 08, 2017, 12:20:16 PM »

November 8,2017
Good Morning and Happy Wednesday,

         I keep a calendar on the kitchen cabinet to post appointments.   I have this fear of missing one so the night before, I also put a note beside the coffee pot.  As we get older, remembering day to day activities, is harder to do.    I used to wonder why old people could talk about years past and what happened but could not always remember what they did yesterday.  I am there, now.  Trust me is it is quiet easy.

    One thing we should never have to work to remember, is the we are a child of God.  This should be so intwined within our being that the very presence of God leaks out into every thing we say and do. We should wake up with thoughts of our Heavenly Father and go to bed the same way.  If we make a point of getting up with praise on our lips for Jesus and do the same before we fall asleep, we will not forget. 

       Of course life can side track us.  Someone cuts us off on the road and let’s face it, what we are thinking about at that moment would not always be something we want to share in Church.  What do we do in these moments.  We ask forgiveness and then we pray for that driver.  Of course we don’t always think the wrong thing.  Sometimes we remember to do the right thing.  When I took Hubby to the VA, the last time, an eighteen wheeler started over in my lane.  I honked to get his attention and he moved back in his lane, quickly.  I prayed for him, because I felt the man was tired. 
In these times that people act unkindly or just make a human error, let us try to remember to pray for them.  Only God knows what they are going through.

    Our relationship with Christ is the most important one we have.  Our love ones die and so do we and only the relationship with Jesus will last through eternity.  Once we leave this life, there is not a do-over.  What we did in this lifetime for Christ will be all that matters.  Do not grief over your past.  Yes, we all have wasted years that we thought only of our own needs.  While there is no do-over there is a begin again.  Start this day and every day going forward to put God first in your life.  God should come before, family, jobs, and Church.  Family members pass away.  When you retire or move to a new job, they soon forget you.  Sometimes we move and change Churches.  The relationship that we can count on to last forever is our relationship with God. 

   Of course we should do right by people.  Love others,  family and strangers, but make sure our priorities are in the right order.  There is no person on earth, worth going to hell for.   When we put God first and love Him, He will help us arrange the rest of our lives.  When asked if you are a Christian, there should never be an hesitation in our answer.  We should proclaim our salvation with  pride, not in ourselves, but the God whose mercy allowed His Son to die in our place to pay for our salvation.


Matthew 10:32-33King James Version (KJV)
32 Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven.
33 But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven.

Betty

Revelation 22:20King James Version (KJV)20 He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.
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« Reply #804 on: November 09, 2017, 02:41:28 PM »

November 9, 2017
Good Afternoon and Happy Thursday,

             I am sure it is the same with you as it is with me.  The tragedy of the Church shooting last Sunday, still saddens me.  Yes, we know they are with God now, but the senseless killing of babies, children, and adults makes us angry and we grieve.  We look around and we see evil and we wonder where was God, Sunday?  God was with those people as He led them into Heaven. 

           Life is hard and sometimes we feel as we have been slammed to the floor by tragedies and violence that is prevalent in our world today.  The Bible warned us of the birth pains of this age and how they would come faster and harder as time comes to a close.  Yet, it is one thing to read about it and one thing to live it.  Fear can over take us and if we are not careful depression can send us to our beds.  Remember God did not tell us to hide in this times or  to just give up.   We are warriors for God and it is time to make sure we are equipped with the amour that God has provided.  Do not attempt to fight the devil in our flesh.


 
Ephesians 6:10-18King James Version (KJV)
10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.
11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:
18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;

      There is no shame in grieving over lost of lives.   There is no shame in grieving over loss of our health.   We need though to guard our hearts so the devil does not use our despair to cause us to question our faith in God.  Take your pain and your fears to Jesus.  He may not give us the answers to our questions today, but He will hold us and comfort us through our pains and our despair.   Instead of allowing the devil to influence us to run from God let us run to God.  When we go to Him, He will comfort us and give us the strength to carry on until He comes for us.

       The people who passed away last Sunday have gone to Heaven and in time we will join them, where the devil and His demons can never touch or harm us again.  Rejoice in this knowledge and pray for the wounded and the families that have lost loved ones.
Betty

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« Reply #805 on: November 10, 2017, 01:52:51 PM »

November 10, 2017
Good Afternoon and Happy Friday,


                    Is my Ministry for God, more important then God?



             Does that seem like a trick question?  Can we become more involved in serving God then knowing  God?  Can we become more worried about impressing others with our Ministry then caring about God’s opinion of our work? There was a time that Israel just did the sacrifices to God as just a routine, while they lived in sin.  This is what God told them, through Isaiah:


Isaiah 1:11King James Version (KJV)11 To what purpose is the multitude of your sacrifices unto me? saith the Lord: I am full of the burnt offerings of rams, and the fat of fed beasts; and I delight not in the blood of bullocks, or of lambs, or of he goats.

        Yes, they were doing the sacrifices that God told them to do, but their hearts were not in it.  Our work for God and our financial  offerings can become meaningless to God, if we are doing them only as a routine and not out of a heart of love.  When what we do for God becomes more about appearance and ritual routines, our sacrifices, become meaningless to God.

              How precious is our salvation to us?  Do we rejoice in the knowledge that God sent His Son to die for us?  As we become seasoned Christians, are we taking our salvation for granted?  God forbid, but as we do more for God, do we become guilty of glorification of ourselves?   


Luke 18:9-14King James Version (KJV)9 And he spake this parable unto certain which trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others:10 Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican.11 The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican.12 I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess.13 And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner.14 I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.

   Of course we would never say the prayer that the proud man said, but is that our attitude?  In our daily lives are we becoming  more drawn to God?   Do we love God more today then the day we got saved?


Revelation 2:4-5King James Version (KJV)4 Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love.5 Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.

Those are serious words.  This should wake us up and cause to do some soul searching.  There is no doubt that the work that God has called us to do, is important.  God wants to reach others through our work for Him.  Let us make sure we are doing our work for Him and not for acclimation from other people.  This doesn't mean we cannot accept a compliment.  Just make sure your motivation for your work is pleasing God and not other people.  In the end His opinion is what counts.

     As we draw closer to the end of grace, we see evil abound.  Let us not become slothful and less interested in pleasing God.  Instead let us pray more and seek God’s Will more and more.  Pray more for lost souls and share God’s love more with others as our time on earth, draws to an end.  Work for the night is coming.
Betty



 
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« Reply #806 on: November 11, 2017, 02:07:58 PM »

November 11, 2017
Good Afternoon and A Big Thank You! To Every Veteran,


A veteran is known for their faithfulness to this Country. We live in an age when faithfulness is not admired as it once was and is not practiced as often. I read of a Hollywood couple that have been married over 50 years. The wife said what made their marriage last was that it was an open marriage. They did not believe a couple could be faithful through out marriage so they acted on their lust for others. This made me very sad. They saw sex as an activity that was not based on love. They felt they could love one another and yet be intimidate with other people.
God says that when we are intimidate with a person we become one with that person. When you are intimate with other people out side the marriage, you are cheating your mate of a special part of yourself.

Faithfulness is still a great trait. Whether it is faithfulness to your Country or your mate. The most important relationship we can have is with God. Faithfulness to God should be the backbone of our relationship. God does not want a Sunday only relationship with us. Sadly, we can treat God like a stray dog, just throwing Him bits of what is left of us, at the end of the day. A quick prayer before we fall asleep. We all have done this. We get so caught up in activities that we do not even think of God, until we fall into bed at the end of an exhausting day. A mumbled prayer being all we can even stay awake for. May God forgive us.

God wants us to communicate with Him through out the day. No! He doesn’t want us to quit our jobs and move out to the woods and pray all the time. But, we can communicate through out the day. Thank Him in the morning for waking us up to a new day. We can talk to Him as we drive to work or to the store. We can pray for those we come in contact with throughout the day. When we communicate through out the day, even the quick prayer at bedtime has more meaning.

God is faithful to us, let us strive to be faithful to Him. The more we talk to God the closer our relationship with Him grows. The closer our relationship is, the more at peace we will be. The more at peace we are the more our hearts our filled with joy. Joy not based on our circumstances but based on our relationship with Christ.

Let us live our lives so that when we enter the gates of Heaven, Jesus will say to us:

Matthew 25:23King James Version (KJV)23 His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.

Betty
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Luk 21:28 And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.
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« Reply #807 on: November 12, 2017, 08:38:59 AM »

November 12, 2017
Good Morning and Blessed Sunday,

              This morning at 11:30, Churches are having a minute of silence for the people to pray for the Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas.  I believe this is a good thing.  People coming together in prayer for people here in Texas who are suffering so.  Prayer is such a simple thing to do yet, prayer is powerful enough to move mountains.  We have a tendency to say “all I can do is Pray”.  This should be the first thing we do. 

          Of course following prayer we should do whatever we can do help.  The Bible says:

James 2:15-18King James Version (KJV)
15 If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food,
16 And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit?
17 Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.
18 Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.

We are God’s hands and feet on earth.  If you know of a person who is hungry and you can take them some food, then prayer alone is not enough.  Of course we cannot feed every person on earth.  That is why we pray that God will supply to the hungry around the world.  But if your neighbor is in need, God wants to use you, to feed your neighbor.  As James said, works do not save us, but works is prove of our salvation. 

   God is working in providing for the Church in Sutherland Springs.  The Baptist Convention is paying for the funerals and a man who makes coffins drove 100 miles to donate coffins.  Of course when the physical needs are provided continued prayer is a important need.  Anyone who has lost a loved one knows that the suffering of that lost does not end at the funeral.  This kind of pain last a long time we as their brothers and sisters in Christ should pray for them often that God will comfort them.

         Let us share God’s mercy with others by acts of kindness and a tender word to those who are suffering in so many ways today.  Let us be a walking blessing to others.  May God bless you and keep you close to Him, always.
Betty
 P.S.  please pray for my Hubby.  He has eye surgery tomorrow.  He has had a mild stroke so I am always nervous when he has surgery.  God is good and I trust Him.

       
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« Reply #808 on: November 14, 2017, 10:35:46 AM »

November 14, 2017
Good Morning and Happy Tuesday,

            It seems like in life that things seem to go wrong in bunches.  My hubby had eye surgery yesterday, which means visits yesterday and today.  He has an appointment Friday and two next week.  My son is on vacation and my daughter is having health issues and now I need to fit in a doctor’s visit for me.  I could not sleep very well last night because I was worried how I would fit all things in.   I kept telling myself to leave it to God and go to sleep, but my mind just kept on turning.

        Truth is we all have times like this.  It seems there is more things there on are to do list and not enough time to do it.  We try to relax, but telling ourselves to relax, rarely works.  Sometimes trying to leave it in God’s hands doesn’t seem possible.  After a restless night though comes the morning.  With the morning we often find peace.  Our brain that was so tired the night before is more relax and as we begin to relax, we find that we can leave our needs in Christ.  The more we begin to rest in God the more at peace our mind becomes.

          We will have times that we are overwhelmed.  This is a part of life.  The more times we take this issues to Jesus, the less time we will fret and worry. God sees our situation and He knows our concerns.  He even understands our tendency to worry.  Some people see worrying as a sin.  I don’t really think  it is a sin, unless we decide to camp in worry land.   When we do begin to worry, we take it to Jesus.  We trust Him to find away for us to accomplish what needs to be done.  There will be times like with me last night that it takes a little while for our mind to be at peace.  In times like that just talk to Jesus.

         Have a blessed day. Talk to the Lord about your issues and take some time to rest your body and mind. God bless and keep you.
Betty

     
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« Reply #809 on: November 15, 2017, 10:23:43 AM »

November 15, 2017
Good Morning and Happy Wednesday,

             
         Walking One With God



3 John 4King James Version (KJV)4 I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.

           God wants us to live our life walking in His truth and on His paths.  In the 50’s and early 60’s someone was admired for living a Godly life.  Today things have changed, just as the Bible said it would.  Living in a way that pleases God, no longer is admired.  People either look at you as being naive or ignorant to the World’s idea of good.  Having set morals is being closed minded, while being okay with whatever makes people happy is considered open minded.   Instead of being respected for having principals, you are libeled to be pitied or hated. 
 
            God’s truth has not changed.  We cannot please God and the world at the same time.  God does not want us living our lives on the fence trying to please God and mankind.  The closer you get to the fence the bigger your risk to backsliding.


Matthew 6:24King James Version (KJV)24 No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.

    Today’s  motto “I do my own thing and I am okay with people living the way that makes them happy” is not an admirable attitude, in the eyes of God.  Our hearts should be broken as we see people living Godless lives on their way to hell.  Abortion should break our hearts.  The idea of innocent unborn babies being murdered in the womb should not be accepted, nonchalantly by Christians.  While we can only do so much about it, like voting for people who are against abortion, we should not accept it as the way things are.  We should pray for the people who no longer see babies as a gift from God, but as a inconvenience to be gotten rid of. 

    I am not saying go around with a frown and let others see how “godly” we are by looking down on others.   This attitude of I am better then others is prideful and a sin.  We should be walking so close to God that others will realize that there is something different about us without us saying a word.  The way we live our lives should bring sinners under conviction.   Even if we find some people avoiding us because we make them uncomfortable, on some level that see God in us.  In their times of need, they will know that they can trust us to pray for them and help them as best we can.

    If the love of God does not shine through us and people around us can not tell that we are different, then there may be something wrong with us spiritually.  If we are trying to fit into the world, we may have stepped off God’s path for us.   

John 17:16King James Version (KJV)16 They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.

     For a Christian, it is no compliment for someone we are around a lot to say: “I did not know you were a Christian”.  If our lifestyle is no different then the world, we are not living righteous, Godly lives.  If we tell crude jokes and curse, we are not being faithful to God.  God did not save us from sin for us to live just like the world.  God did not call us to impress the world by living in a way that the World approves of.  We are to live our lives in a way that is pleasing to God.

2 Corinthians 6:17King James Version (KJV)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.

        We are coming to a point that we will have to choose God or man.  Are we prepared to step up for Christ, or are we content to hide in the shadows so that people cannot see Jesus in us?  If forced to declare in public our faith, can we do so without fear?  The time to prepare ourselves to not be ashamed of our faith is now and not when being a Christian is illegal.    Stop hiding your relationship with Christ.  It is not about walking around thinking we are better then others.  It is about living so close to Jesus that others can see Jesus in us.  We are to be a walking testimony of the love of Christ.  Our spiritual health should be so strong that our lives reflect God’s love to others.  If we are hiding our faith to impress others, we are in danger of backsliding. 

   We need to choose who we are more concerned with pleasing, God or mankind. 

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« Reply #810 on: November 16, 2017, 11:59:16 AM »

November 16, 2017
Good Afternoon and Happy Thursday,

                   The Daily Bread Devotional talked about using all that wasted time of waiting, for prayer and meditating on God.  We seem to be living in a hurry up and wait World.   Where ever your appointment is, they will insist that you be there at a certain time, only to make you wait 30 minutes are more.  It is so tempting to sit there and fret and fuss in our heads and with others waiting.  By the time we are seen,  we are not in the best of moods, for sure.   Of course we all spend a lot of time waiting in traffic.

         Yet, there is a better use of our time.  Look around the waiting room, and watch people.  You are sure to see someone you feel led to pray for.  When On the road, you can pray for other drivers.  Talk to God about your feelings and ask Him to calm your spirit.  Pray for your loved ones and friends.  Praise God for your blessings.  Spending time with God will give you peace of heart and mind.  While allowing your mind to grow more angry by the moment will only agitate yourself and make you feel bad.

       In the scheme of things, waiting while frustrating, is not the worse thing to happen in the world. There are so many tragedies and acts of violence that break our heart.  We can not fix those personally affected by those things but we can pray for them.  We need to remind ourselves frequently that prayer is not the last thing we can do, it is the first thing we should do.  As Christians, we underestimate the value of prayer.  Prayer is a miracle in its self.  Talking to All Mighty God is a miracle and Him actually listening and reacting to our prayers is even a bigger miracle.  So what do we do when something unsettling or a tragedy happens?  We pray!

Betty
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« Reply #811 on: November 17, 2017, 11:31:10 AM »

November 17, 2017
Good Afternoon and Happy Friday,

                                Uncertainty


       We live in a time of uncertainty.   Random violence has happened so often, that if we are not careful we can become desensitized to these events.  Wars and rumors of new wars are spoken so often that is tempting to just blow them off.  God warned us the last days would be like this.  He called these happenings: birth pains.  The closer we get to ‘The Day of the Lord’, the closer and harder the birth pains will become.   

    God did not warn us so that we become fearful, but for us to know the times we are living in.  Just as a farmer knows when to plant seeds, a Christian needs to be aware of the times they are living in. Knowing the we are living in the last days, should cause us to work harder for God, but also to stay close to God.  These is not the time to allow our faith in God to weaken and our work for Him to cease. 

    When we leave the house each day, we do not know everything that will happen to us that day.  We do know who are guide is and who are traveling companion is, and that is our Heavenly Father.  There is no need for us to live our day in fear and apprehensive.  We put our complete trust in God.  God has already been in the future and the past and He is making a way for us.  Of course we would love for God to give us an break down of what is going to happen, but that is not trusting in God. 

   We might think we can not live like that.  Yet when we get on a plane and we trust the pilot to get us to our destination.  How much more should we relax and put our trust in God!   Even the pilot doesn’t know for certain how the flight will go.  On the other hand God knows how today will go and how a thousand years from today will go.  Our trust in God is in safe hands. 

        When tragedy happens pray for those involved and every day put your trust in God.  He is coming for us soon and we can trust Him while we wait for His return for us.

Betty

I saw a video on Facebook yesterday that showed a cat, gently petting a bird.  That was so sweet.
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« Reply #812 on: November 18, 2017, 11:43:29 AM »

November 18, 2017
Good Afternoon and Happy Saturday,

           This has been a long week for me.  Driving almost and hour and half each way three times this week and back to the VA.  Squeezing in a Doctor's visit for me and dealing with my health issues.   Monday was an extremely long day at the VA and as I drove home, I prayed that God would protect me. 

       We all have long days that we struggle.  It is tempting to become irritable and frustrated.  When we begin to talk to God, He will calm our spirit and bring us peace of heart and mind.  Instead of feeling sorry for ourselves, let us turn our situation over to God.  One day I prayed most of the way home.  Time, well invested.

      This is not a peaceful world we live in.  Even though we go about our business the same way in most circumstances as we did years ago.  The fact is the world is changing and not for good.  Random shooting and murder has come almost like the norm.  Storms strength and damages grow stronger each year. 

         The world is growing closer to accepting the anti-Christ as a One world leader.  Not only is the Pope calling for a One World Government and Religion but so are leaders of our Country and other Countries.  This is why President Trump is under constant fire from Democrats as well as Republicans.  He does not play into the hands of the agenda of those who agenda is a One World Government. 

   It was shocking to hear the Bush family talk publicly about voting for Hillary, but then pieces fell in place for me.  The Bush Family is for a One World Government and have been working towards this goal for decades.  They knew Hillary's lust for power would cause her to do exactly what they told her to do.  During the election period, George Soras ( One who is pulling the strings for a One World Government) bragged about owning Hillary.

   Everything is not falling apart, my friends, as it seems.  Things are falling into place for the One World Government.  People know longer respect the flag, the National Anthem or our Country.   40% of Americans are now against democracy and welcome Socialism for our Country.  These people who feel enlighten in their movement are working, unknowingly for satan and they are helping him put his plans for this world into operation.

     The answer for Christians is not to close our eyes and pretend we are living in the 50’s.  It is to acknowledge that we are living in the last days and prepare our hearts for the soon return of Jesus for His Own.  Do not allow any sin hidden or not to go uncovered by Jesus’s blood.  Seek forgiveness of sin and turn away from sin.   This is also not the time to become fearful.  The times we are living in did not take God unaware.   He warned us about these times in His Holy Word.  Trust God live in His righteousness and look up for our redemption draws neigh.
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« Reply #813 on: November 19, 2017, 10:05:49 AM »

November 19, 2017
Good Morning and Blessed Sunday,

                     Every day it seems as if a new celebrity has been revealed to be guilty of sexual misconduct.  This kind of thing has been going on since Hollywood opened its door so why are we now hearing about these things?    The Bible says our sins will find us out.  For the guilty, this may be a good thing.  They are forced to account for what they did.  This exposure could also allow their heart to see their need not only for public forgiveness but most important forgiveness from God.

       Do I see a mass of sinners calling out to God?  Sadly, some have hardened their hearts to the point that their public apology is no more then a publicity stunt.  Yet, at the same time, God is giving sinners a chance to admit their need for forgiveness from God.  Whether we are the local garbage collector or a well known celebrity, our need for God and His forgiving blood is the same.  God sent His only Son to die for all.  God gives everyone a chance to see their sins and repent and turn away from sin. 

     As we look on from the outside,  let us not be so quick to judge but quick to pray for these lost souls.  Pray that their hearts would soften and their ears be quickened to the call of the Holy Spirit to seek forgiveness from God.  As we see the age of grace come to a close, our hearts should yearn to see salvation come to men and women and their families.  It does not matter how rich you are or how powerful you are, or how big a celebrity you are,  eternity in hell will be hell.

Betty

   Saw little birds at the feeder this morning.  This brightened my day.

 
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« Reply #814 on: November 20, 2017, 12:54:40 PM »

November 20, 2017
Good Afternoon and Happy Monday,



         
Psalm 31:3King James Version (KJV)3 For thou art my rock and my fortress; therefore for thy name's sake lead me, and guide me.

        Let us be honest with ourselves.  We seek for God to guide us every day, but there are times we are tempted to go our own pathway and expect God to follow and protect us.  We still want His protection, but for that period of time, we want to do our thing.  We can even boast in our selves that God will see the wisdom of our decision that surely our way is much better.  Again let us be honest with ourselves,  has this ever worked out for our good?  While our plans may seem the best.  The path we have chosen may seem less dark and dreary and filled with flowers and nature’s beauty, but it doesn’t work out that way.

      The path that God has chosen for us, may be dark and dreary.  There may be hills to fall off of and valleys to fall into.  So why would a God who loves so much choose the bitter path over the straight beautiful path?  God wants us to grow spiritually.  If we never go through the darkness we will miss out on the spiritual growth that comes from walking through the darkness with God.  If our paths are always straight and wide we will continue to be baby Christians.  We can remain baby Christians from the day of salvation until we die, yet there is a cost for that decision.  When something bad happens we have no faith and no spiritual strength to sustain our faith and may be like the seed planted in rocky ground that blows away and forsakes God.  Even if we manage to stay a baby Christian to the end, there will be much shame and tears for us, when we stand before Christ at the Judgement Seat of Christ.

        If we truly love God we will want to obey Him.  Obedience will cause us to choose to walk on the paths that God chooses for us.  When we refuse to walk God’s path then we have become rebellious children. 

 
Isaiah 30:1King James Version (KJV)30 Woe to the rebellious children, saith the Lord, that take counsel, but not of me; and that cover with a covering, but not of my spirit, that they may add sin to sin:

Isaiah 30:9King James Version (KJV)9 That this is a rebellious people, lying children, children that will not hear the law of the Lord:

   We do not have to walk in rebellion but we can be obedient children with hearts open to the call of God, willing to submit to His Ways and His Guidance.


1 Peter 1:14New King James Version (NKJV)14 as obedient children, not conforming yourselves to the former lusts, as in your ignorance;

  Do we trust God?  Do we trust God to take us down the path that is good not only for the Kingdom of God but good for our own spiritual health?
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« Reply #815 on: November 21, 2017, 11:22:01 AM »

November 21, 2017
Good Morning and Happy Tuesday,

       We don’t always wake up bright-eyed and bushy tailed.  Some days we crawl out of our bed feeling like energy level is close to zero and our mind is still in sleepy land.  As much as we need our sleep, we do not always sleep well.  Worries can keep you awake.  Pain can keep us awake. 

    Life doesn’t stop because we are tired and appointments still must be kept.  On days like these we can pray for a special touch from God.  Pray for added protection.  Pray for His guidance to keep us from making a mis-step. I believe God is pleased when we see our need and we ask for it.

John 15:7 If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.8 Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.

           
James 4:3King James Version (KJV)3 Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.

     God wants us to talk to Him.  To share not only our needs with Him, but to share our feelings and desires.  When we praise God, Jesus will shower us with his love and blessings. We can share our hidden needs and desires with Jesus.   We can open up to Him about fears and our worries.  A relationship with God is the most important relationship we have.  Our we putting an effort into this relationship?  Are we seeking ways in which this relationship can grow?  Are protecting and guarding this relationship?

Proverbs 4:23King James Version (KJV)23 Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life

Philippians 4:7King James Version (KJV)7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

       There are many important things we do but working on our relationship with God, should be #1.
We need to stop treating our relationship with God, like it is an afterthought, but guard it as the true gem it is.
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« Reply #816 on: November 22, 2017, 12:18:24 PM »

November 22, 2017
Good Afternoon and Blessed Wednesday,

             

           When I got up this morning and started doing my morning chores, thankfulness was not my guiding thought.  My body started hurting in several areas.  It hurt to walk, but I was reminded that I can still walk.   Other areas hurt, but I can still take care of myself.   Being thankful through pain is not always easy,  but it is the right thing to do.  No!  This does not give us the license to tell someone that is in pain “it could be worse”.  This does not help and will only cause hurt feelings. 

    What do we do when we and others are suffering?    We pray.  We pray for comfort and we pain for relief.  We thank God for what we still can do and the many blessings we have in Christ.  When we talk to God about our situation, we learn to be content and at peace.  All of us deal with different issues and these issues are important to us.  Remember if they are important to us, then they are important to God.  When my hubby saw his eye doctor the next day after the surgery.  Hubby reminded the doctor that he had said there would be no pain,  but that night the pain level was high.  The Doctor replied “I could care less about your pain, as long as the eye is fixed.  Of course we wanted his eye fixed but that night he was real concerned about the pain. His surgeon has no bed side manner but he did his job.

   God does care about our pain and needs and He can do all things.  So why does God allow people like me to hurt every day?  Just as Paul prayed for the thorn to be removed and God said no:

2 Corinthians 12:8-10Good News Translation (GNT)
8 Three times I prayed to the Lord about this and asked him to take it away. 9 But his answer was: “My grace is all you need, for my power is greatest when you are weak.” I am most happy, then, to be proud of my weaknesses, in order to feel the protection of Christ's power over me. 10 I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and difficulties for Christ's sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

     There are many answers to questions we have, that we will not receive until we walk through the gates of Heaven.  It must be enough that God’s grace will carry us through every storm and He will be with us until we join Him in Heaven.
   
Let us be thankful and trusting Children of God.  Let us walk in the path that God has chosen for us without grumbling.  We have not reach our destination nor have we entered Heaven.  This suffering we partake in, is just a temporary hardship when we consider the length of eternity.

Betty
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