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« Reply #820 on: November 27, 2017, 01:46:56 PM »

November 27, 2017
Good Afternoon and Happy Monday,

     Do We Grieve For Our Sins?

         Some people believe that we can get to the place, Spirituality,  that we stop sinning.  I do not believe this is possible.  We are still living in sinful bodies.  We have not been given our glorified bodies, yet.  We all have our weaknesses and trust me the devil and his demons know what they are.  I will share one of mine with you.  If I open the car door and something falls out to the ground, or if I spill coffee, or stump my toe, the word, crap pops out of my mouth so fast, that I don’t have time to think about it.  Immediately my heart hurts.  Why?   Because time after time I promise God I will get my mouth under control, and yet yesterday, it happened again, to my shame.

        To be honest, I have sought forgiveness every time this happens and yet, still I do not seem to have any control over this sin.  My heart breaks over my lack of control in this area.  I think my biggest sin in this area is making the promise to quit.  I would be better to seek forgiveness and ask for help in this area.  When I promise to fix this on my own, I am opening myself up for failure.  The devil knows I can’t fix this myself.  The first step in working on our reoccurring sins, is to admit that we are not qualified to fix sin.  Our temptation happens when we are feeling bad, tired and over extended for a reason.  satan chooses to battle us at times when we are physically and emotionally drained. 

          This does not give us a license to sin.  This is why we ask for forgiveness for sin, daily.  At the same time do not set yourself up for failure by making promises to God and yourself that you cannot keep.  We should pray every morning for guidance from God and seek His help in avoiding sin.  When we do sin don’t attempt to wave it off, but take responsibility for our sin and seek forgiveness. After we have done this, let it go.  God does not want us to make ourselves miserable over sin that He has forgiven us for.  Move on and let it go.  We cannot go back in time, even for a second and undo what we said or did. 

           What a wondrous Savior we serve.  He died to save us and He forgives us of our sins anytime we ask.    Serve God with a happy heart and if  we have sought forgiveness that leave our sins at the cross and stop punishing ourselves.  There is nothing to gain by that.
Betty

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« Reply #821 on: November 28, 2017, 01:31:25 PM »

November 28, 2017
Good Afternoon and  Happy Tuesday,

                                    “Having A Calm Spirit”

           A calm spirit is not listed as a Spiritual gift, but it is something that is needed in this world.  Being born with ADD, I was not a child that could sit still for long.  I did not talk a lot but I moved about a lot to my first grade teacher’s frustration.  I went through many battles spiritual and emotional ones over many years before I became more calm. I can still become hyper if my bank balance is different then what my check book says😜.  Even then, after going spastic, God brings me, to my calm space.

        The God who told the wind and sea to be calm can help us calm down in the midst of the storm.
The closer we walk to God the calmer our spirit and emotions become.  We begin to find ourselves relying on God to help us, rather then pacing the floor and fussing.  We should pray for a calm and peaceful spirit.  When we are a bundle of nerves, we look and feel to others, like we are going to explode at any moment.  Instead of drawing people to Christ, we make people want to move away from us.

    We are not reflecting a spirit that is relying on God when we make people nervous, just to be around us.  We reflect fear, confusion  and doubts.  A calm and peaceful spirit comes from trusting God.  The more time we spend with God, the calmer we will be.  When we spend less time with God and in His Word, the easier it is for satan to fill our hearts with confusion, doubts and fears.  The more these attitudes grow in us, the weaker our testimony for God becomes.

   There will be times when we become overwhelmed and we are agitated.  When this happens, stop what you are doing and pray.  Even if you are driving, you can pray.  Turn your frustrations and fears over to God and begin to praise Him. You will begin to calm down and peace will replace your frustrations and fears.  Let us try to be a walking and talking testimony of God’s peace in a troubled world.

Betty


                           
John 14:27
“Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”
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« Reply #822 on: November 29, 2017, 02:17:50 PM »

November 29, 2017
Good Afternoon and Happy Wednesday,

            Do you ever feel deserted?   Truth is we can be in a crowd  and feel alone.  If we are a Christian, we are not immune to feeling abandoned.  These are times that allows us to walk by faith and not by feelings.  He has not left us, nor has He abandoned us.  He is still right beside us, but during these times we may not feel His presence.  These are the times that the truth of our faith is tried and proven.   This is for our benefit, not God’s.  God knows exactly the status of our faith.  These times allow us to do a self-check and work on what needs to be done.

          I know very little about cars.  You turn the key and it comes on and everything is fine.  Or is it?  We can be driving with low oil, low tires, and even worse things and be unaware.  The same thing way we can be with our relationship with God.  We may think we are just fine spirituality, but what if God was to shown us a guide of where we were a year ago and where we are today, would we find we are closer to God or further away from God?   Has our heart become more focused on fitting in with the world or more focused on pleasing God?  Are we allowing little foxes of sin into our hearts, unaware of the damages they are causing?  Have we lowered our standards so we do not offend the people we hang out with?  Has our language become filled with colorful words that used to make us blush?

        Just as we take our vehicles into be checked out and we have our bodies checked out for any hidden problems, should we not seek God’s help in finding out what problem areas we have spiritually that need a tune up or adjustment.  If God convicts us of sin in our life and we make excuses instead of seeking forgiveness, we are living in rebellion.  What does the Bible say about rebellion.


1 Samuel 15:23King James Version (KJV)23 For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the Lord, he hath also rejected thee from being king.

Isaiah 63:10King James Version (KJV)10 But they rebelled, and vexed his holy Spirit: therefore he was turned to be their enemy, and he fought against them.




2 Timothy 4:3-4King James Version (KJV)3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;4 And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.


Matthew 7:21-23King James Version (KJV)21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

    We may feel that while we are not walking with God like we used to, we are still not ‘sinning’, but purposely walking far from God so we are not having to feel conviction, can lead us to very dangerous ground.  If we have closed our ears to calling of the Holy Spirit, how will we know when we have gone pass the mark of being able to be convicted of sins.  When will we know that God has given us up to a reprobate mind?

Romans 1:28King James Version (KJV)28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;


2 Timothy 3:8King James Version (KJV)Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith.

        As children of God, we are not like the world, not understanding the times we are living in.  We see the days and we know that we are indeed living in the last days.  This is not the time my friends, to see how close to the edge we can walk and still be a child of God.   This is not the time to test God and risk falling out of grace.  Salvation is such a precious gift from God.  How dare we as Christians treat this precious gift with distain, contempt, and irreverence!   Harsh words these are and yes even painful, yet is it not better to bear the pain now and repent, then to stand before God when it is too late to seek forgiveness!

     My friends let me not end on a note of condemnation but let me remind you of how loving and kind our God is to His children.  Let us seek every day to walk so close to God that we can almost feel His breath on our cheeks.  Let us seek to live in a way that is pleasing to our Heavenly Father, not our of fear but of our love for Him!

Betty

As I wrote this my feeder had 6 little birds.  Thank you Jesus for my diamonds of grace that you provide me.
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« Reply #823 on: November 30, 2017, 11:34:46 AM »

November 30, 2017
Good Afternoon and Happy Thursday,

             God Loves Broken People


      satan would have us believe, that to be accepted by God, we must fix ourselves and clean our selves up.  He tells us this not because he is concerned about the state we are in.  He knows that if we try to fix ourselves up, on our own, we will never accomplish our goals.  We then will never go to Christ for forgiveness because we will never see ourselves as worthy enough.  God came to fix the broken.  He came not, to tell us to clean ourselves up and fix our broken pieces so we could be saved.  Jesus came to save the unworthy.  He never ask sinners to become worthy before coming to Him.  Even if it were possible to stop sinning and for us to move into a convent and take a vow of silence, we will still be sinners in the eyes of a righteous God. 

     Remember that commercial for laundry detergent that showed a white shirt that looked white but when they put it next to a shirt that is cleaned with their product, the white shirt look dirty.  God’s righteousness is so pure that even at our best, we look like filthy rags standing next to Him.  This is why He sent His Son to live  and die for us.  When we accept salvation through Christ, His blood covers our sins.  Only His blood can clean the filthiness of sin.

     We are to come to Jesus in our sin and brokenness.  When we are willing to give ourselves humbly to God,  admitting our sins and our need for salvation, God is more then willing to save us.  If we come to Jesus in our pride, boasting in ourselves, we are wasting our time.  We must humble ourselves to be saved.  Those who see no need in being saved,  will not find salvation and will die in their sins. 
Betty

Blessed this morning by little birds.  God is good!
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« Reply #824 on: December 01, 2017, 02:56:15 PM »

December 1, 2017
Good Afternoon and Happy Friday,

                                               
                              Psalm 23:5King James Version (KJV)5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies:


    All my life, I have wondered about that verse.  Why did God not, remove us from the presence of our enemies?  Why did God not, remove our enemies from us? I always thought we were still in danger at the table that God set.  This morning as I cleaned out the car and fed my animals, it came to be.  If we are sitting at the table eating,  God has subdued our enemies.  No one would sit peacefully eating, if their enemies are pointing weapons at them.   Not only has God subdued our enemies, but He is forcing them to watch us eat from a table that God Almighty, Himself has set for us.  Can you imagine the humiliation the enemy must feel?  God has defeated them and then He forces them to watch as we eat peacefully in front of them.

    What a marvelous God we serve!  People who have set out to destroy us or less likely to come back for a second battle when they see God provide for our safety and our physical needs.  This verse is a reminder that as Christians, we should not live in fear.  God is with us.  He is protecting us all the time.

   Remember, my friends, we feel surrounded by our enemies, our Heavenly Father is above all and is watching over us and protecting us, in all ways.
Betty

A squirrel is visiting the feeder at the moment.  Happy about that.



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.



     
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« Reply #825 on: December 02, 2017, 11:19:36 AM »

December 2,2017
Good Morning And Happy Saturday,

                    Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path” (Psalm 119:105).

        How much time do we spend in God’s Holy Word?  I can tell you, that I do not spend as much as I should.  My prayer throughout the day is for God to guide me in His perfect will and to keep me on His path.  I seek a His face and that is great, but I need to seek His Word more than I do.

     There used to be a joke about why older people read the Bible more.  The answer was they were preparing for their final exam.  The truth is studying God’s Word does prepare our hearts for battles and does guide us in the will of God.  As we study we begin to see our hearts open up to God’s truths.  We begin to understand God better.  We do find answers to our questions.

   When we leave this earth, I do not believe we will ever regret the amount of time we spend praying and reading God’d Word.  The family of David Partridge said his last words were “so much wasted time”. This could be said of us all.  Some people seem to be busy for God but we all need to spend quality time in prayer and in Bible Study.

Betty

           


                       

     
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« Reply #826 on: December 03, 2017, 09:24:50 AM »


December 3, 2017
Good Morning and Blessed Sunday,

                            The Proud Man’s Prayer


Luke 18:9-18King 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.

          We would never pray the prayer of the proud one, yet there is a way that the devil can tempt us to be just as bad.  The Holy Spirit convicts of a sin in our life and we ask forgiveness, but we are hardly finished with our prayer before the thought comes at least my sin wasn’t as bad as so-and-so.  What has happened here?  The devil has replaced our humbleness with pride.  Yes we have sinned but we try to justify ourselves by comparing our sin with others.  When we stand before God we will be responsible for what we do and not others.  There will be no justifying ourselves by comparing our sin and deeds with others.  God will only be interested at the moment on what we did in our bodies.

      What do we do?  First of all if we have humbly asked for forgiveness, there is no need to justify ourselves.  We can’t anyway.  So when satan whispers in our ear about someone else’s sin, we say:  “Get behind me satan, for God has forgiven me of my sins and I am not responsible for someone else sins”.  Then we ask God to forgive us for judging someone else, because that is what we are doing.    Then we seek forgiveness for allowing self pride to enter our hearts.

     The devil is a busy bee, as the Bible says running here and fro to cause trouble.  We as Christians must be alert in all ways.  Let us seek to be prayed up and prepared for battle at all times.  The devil is sneaky but the Holy Spirit will warn us when the devil tempts us and we will hear, if we are listening.
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« Reply #827 on: December 04, 2017, 11:22:42 AM »

December 4, 2017
Good Afternoon and Happy Monday,

                         The Perfect World

   
    The reason the world is crying for one Leader to govern the world, is they are looking for a perfect world.  What they do not know, is there will be no perfect world until the devil is defeated.  As long there is sin in this world the world cannot be perfect.  Instead of people crying out the God for help, they are going to seek help from the devil.  The anti-Christ will be the representative of the devil.

      More and more this world is becoming more and more sinful.  The world is not only embracing sin, but they are honoring sin, such as wearing T-Shirts that proclaim their pride in abortions.   So many sins are considered to be not only acceptable but honored.  If you do not embrace these sins that your are a radical racist conservative. 

    If you do not believe there is a war against conservatives then do your research.  More and more liberals believe that the world will become perfect when all conservatives are dead.  I am not saying every conservatives are Christians, but the conservative view is hated by the liberals.

    There will be a perfect world, but satan will not usher this world into place.  It will come after the tribulation, when Jesus will defeat satan and bring judgment on those who serve satan.  Then God will heal the earth and there will be a perfect world for 1,000 years.

     Contrary to the belief of some Christians, God did not call His children to fix this world.  This is not our job.  Our job is to share the love of Jesus so that many can find salvation. 
Betty
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« Reply #828 on: December 06, 2017, 06:32:00 PM »

December 6, 2017
Good Evening and Happy Wednesday,

         “Promise #339: I am your God and you are the sheep of My pasture.”

     We do not always feel we matter to God.  We can have bad days and the devil will try to make us think that God has forgotten us.  The devil wants to add to our misery.  God calls us to come to Him for protection and comfort.  He wants to wrap His arms around us and give us peace.

    Remember that God never promised us that we would never have troubles.  Nor did He promise us we would never have a reason to cry.   We live in a sinful world and problems come to all people.

Matthew 5:45King James Version (KJV)45 That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.

God Loves us and He wants us to remember that.  Take courage my friends, for we are not alone.  God is always with us.  We can trust in Him with our lives and our souls.  We can live in peace in spite of our circumstances. 

   We can help one another, by praying for one another.   

Maranatha,
Betty

 

           
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« Reply #829 on: December 07, 2017, 07:37:36 AM »

December 7,2017
Good Morning and Happy Thursday,

     Psalm 33:18Behold, the eye of the Lord is on those who fear Him,  On those who [a]hope for His lovingkindness,

  Remember the lines in the children’s Christmas song:
                 
Santa Claus is coming to town
He sees you when you're sleeping
He knows when you're awake
He knows if you've been bad or good
So be good for goodness sake!

    As a child these lines were used by parents to encourage good behavior by their children.  Not that it was so bad. As adults we see the stress of Holidays and rowdy misbehaving children make parents more stressed.  This song encouraged good behavior because ‘Santa was watching children all the time’.

    Yet, when we become a child of God, we find the knowledge that God really does know all, comforting in many ways.  Yes, God sees when we sins.  Knowing that He knows all about it, makes it easier to come clean and seek forgiveness. 
Knowing God is watching over us at all times, takes away fears. 

   Yes, God sees when we sin, when we fall down, and when someone hurts us.  We can go to Him with our broken bodies and broken spirits, knowing that He not only knows all about it, but He is the only one capable of making us whole again.
Sometimes we are left with a physical reminder of our fall.  We may have a limp, a scar, or just a part of our body that doesn’t work as well as it used to.  God can use these for His glory.  Sometimes we have emotional scars. These battle wounds remind us that while we went through the battle, God brought us out to the other side.  When a new battle comes and trust me, satan will send new battles, our scars remind us that God brought us through the last one and He will be with us through the new battles.

   Battles are necessary because they improve our spiritual health.  It is through these battles we grow spiritually.  A person who never goes through battles would be spiritually inadequate.  When we fail a battle we will repeat it.  Just as when you fail a grade in School.  If you cannot pass the subjects of first grade, then you would not be equipped for second grade subjects.  Repeating first grade makes it possible for you to pass second grade.

  When we fail spiritually battles, we will repeat them at a later date.  What is our responsibility to do when this happens?  We prepare for the battle by spending more time in prayer and Bible study.  Just as you would have to work harder the second time you do a class.

   The good news is God does not leave us when we fail a spiritual test.  Just as He was with us during the first time, He will be with us through the second time.  While it is better for us to pass spiritual test the first time, we can be assured that God will not love us less, because we fail. 

The words of the little children’s Christmas song brings happy childhood memories.  Knowing God is with us does so much more.  We do not go into spiritual battles alone.  As children of God, the Holy Spirit lives in us.  If we listen, He will guide us during the battle to make wise choices.

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« Reply #830 on: December 08, 2017, 06:50:54 PM »

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« Reply #831 on: December 11, 2017, 09:48:02 AM »

Good Morning and Happy Monday
December 11, 2017,

        Our Son and his wife took us on a vacation for Christmas.  We spent the weekend exploring the river walk in San Antonia.  It was a lovely weekend exploring and singing Christmas songs.  This can be the same with Jesus.

    The more time we spend getting to know Jesus, the sweeter our relationship grows.  We all have family members that because of circumstances we rarely see.   While we may love them because they are apart of our family, we do not know them.  We do not know how they think or their likes and dislikes.  To really have a strong relationship we someone we need to spend quality time with them.
Jesus desires that we not only spend quality time with Him, but that we truly want to.

  When you were a child there was probably that relative that acted like they did not like to be around kids.  You did not like visiting them, but your parents made you  go with them to visit this person occasionally.  You went with them, but your heart was not into it.  Let us never treat our relationship with Christ this way.

   When we spend time with God because this is our heart’s desire, God will reward us.  This reward is not about another diamond in our crown but a warm loving relationship with God that grows both ways.  We become a blessing to God and He blesses us.

  Be blessed and rejoice in the knowledge that Jesus loves you and desires to spend time with you.

Betty
Seen a squirrel this morning .  A nice welcome home from our trip.
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« Reply #832 on: December 12, 2017, 12:22:39 PM »

Good Afternoon and Happy Tuesday,
December 12, 2017

                I love driving around looking at Christmas decorations and Christmas trees.  Everything is so pretty.  Have you ever wondered how beautiful, Heaven  must be?  John saw Heaven, either in a vision or in person, and yet, he could not adequately describe the beauty of Heaven. 

              The Lord has blessed us with beauty on this earth.  There are so many natural attractions that God created for us to enjoy.  Even with a sinful earth there is still beauty.  One day, God will heal this earth and she will have her original beauty.  Until then we can enjoy the beauty that God has blessed the earth with.

        Just as seek out beauty in nature, we can find beauty in people.  I am not talking about physical beauty.  Physical beauty can be purchased by plastic surgery.  True beauty comes from the heart.  A heart filled with love, kindness, and generosity.    A Christian should seek to show God’s love by exhibiting an attitude of love and compassion towards others.  When we do act snarly, we should always humble ourselves and apologize. 

   We can enjoy beauty around us and be carriers of the beauty of God.
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« Reply #833 on: December 13, 2017, 11:36:03 AM »

Good Afternoon and Happy Wednesday,
December 13, 2017

                 Thoughts That Are Not My Own


     Have you ever had a thought come in your head, that absolutely shocked you?  Maybe it is a thought of revenge?  Maybe it is a thought about taking an action that is completely outside your character?    The devil likes to test the waters.  He will try to see if your are angry or upset enough  to take an action that in the past would have never even been a blimp on your radar.

    The devil wants to see if you will take that thought and play around with it.    If you spend too much time on the devil’s idea, it will seem less and less foreign to you.  The more time you spend thinking on this action the less it will seem wrong to you.  The first thing to do when this thought comes in your head is to tell the devil:  “Get behind me, satan!  This is not an action a child of God  should ever consider.”  The second thing the devil will try is to make you feel guilty for having the thought.  We are not responsible for every thought that comes into our heads.  It is what we do with those thoughts.  If we send the thought on it’s way we are reacting as we should.  If we allow the thought to take root in our hearts, we put ourselves in danger.

     We must stay on our toes.  We must stay well connected to God.  We do this by having fellowship with God.  The closer we walk with God, the less the devil will be able to persuade us to act on his temptation he sends our way.

   Sadly, many in the world think that the devil is their friend.  Celebrities bragging about even praying to satan.  The devil doesn’t care about anyone but himself.  He takes pride in stealing souls from God.  Contrary to the belief of some, Hell is not going to be one big party of sex and booze.  The devil will have no control of hell.  Hell is a eternal punishment.  Hell will be a place where no good exist.  No love, kindness, nor compassion; only pure evil.

     As Christians the more we walk and talk with God, the more salvation is less about escaping hell but more about the joy of spending eternity in the presence of Almighty God.  Where the devil is made of pure evil, God is Love.  God is compassion, gentleness, and kindness.
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« Reply #834 on: December 14, 2017, 11:32:30 AM »

December 14, 2017
Good Morning and Happy Thursday,

        “Men Makes Plans In Pencil And God Makes Plans in Ink”

    I read the title somewhere and I liked it.  Our plans can change in an instant and with out prior notice.  We have a long to do list and set out, only to find out the car won’t start.   The reality is that things can happen out of nowhere and stop our Plans.   God on the other hand, knows all.  Nothing happens that surprises Him.

     We can trust God to get us through those unexpected bumps in the road.  He will see us through anything that comes our way.   When we realize that God is in control, then we can relax and trust Him.  We can know there is a reason for why things happen.  When we learn to trust in God in all circumstances, then we can lay aside fears and anger.  Fears can cripple us and anger can lead to bitterness.
Trusting in God in spite of what happens will give us a calm spirit. 

    When we do question why something happens, talk to God about it. Tell Him your concerns and then ask Him to help you accept His plans for your life. 
Sometimes hearing someone say that we will understand when we get to Heaven, seems like an easy answer without substance.  The truth is when we are in Heaven, we will understand why so many things happened to us and the results  that God was able to make out of the circumstances of our lives.

  Of course we still need to make plans.  We do not want to be a leaf flowing through the air, accomplishing nothing.  We make our plans and seek God’s help accomplishing what we need to do.  When the unexpected happens we stop and ask God what He wants us to do and what is important to Him for us to accomplish that day.  We can trust God in everything.
Betty

The bigger birds have moved on, but enjoying the tiny birds at my feeders.
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« Reply #835 on: December 15, 2017, 11:31:29 AM »

Good Morning and Happy Friday
December 15, 2017

                   Proverbs 4:23 Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.

      Our mind can be the devil’s playground, if we allow it.  While we cannot control what thoughts the devil puts in our heads, we do have to choose what we do with these  thoughts.  When we allow these thoughts to take root they can destroy our relationship with God and people. 

    When someone wounds us, we can began a campaign against them in our minds.  The more we dwell on this wound and the person who caused it, the more we allow anger and bitterness grow in our heart.  This can lead to actions that we never dreamed we would do.   Sometimes we become so caught up in hate and anger that we find ourselves saying and doing something that is not so easily erased.  Yes there is forgiveness available but the roots we have sowed will effect ourselves and others for years to come.

   When people we know have committed a sin that we find quite offensive, the devil can use this sin to allow pride to take root in our own hearts.  We may say and do all the right things but in our hearts, but we are thinking about how so much better we are then the person who sinned.   If we do not send these thoughts on their way and ask forgiveness from God these thoughts will take root and pride will prevent us from seeing our own sins.   We may also find ourselves years later committing the same sin or worse. When this happens we feel so much shame that it makes it hard for us to accept God’s forgiveness.

   How do we protect our minds?  We guard our hearts with prayer and diligence.
We can choose on what our mind will dwell on.

Philippians 4:8King James Version (KJV)8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

We can choose to send bad thoughts on their way and focus are minds on good thoughts.  When the devil brings thoughts of other’s sin, we can choose to pray for them.  When the devil brings up our past to condemn us, remind him that we are forgiven through the precious blood of Jesus.

       Romans 8:1King James Version (KJV) 8 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.?

    Choose to use your mind to pray and have compassion on others.  Guard our hearts from the devil and seek God everyday to help you stay on His path.  God has blessed us in so many ways and we can and should share His love and compassion on others.  Pray for lost souls.  Pray for Christians when they stumble.  Pray that God will use us to light the way to Christ in a world that is growing darker and more sinful every day.
Betty

We had several squirrels at the feeders yesterday.  Brought joy to my heart, watching them play and chase each other.
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« Reply #836 on: December 16, 2017, 10:40:59 AM »

December 16, 2017
Good Morning and Happy Saturday,

Birth Pains

When a mother goes into labor, the pains are not constant; there is a span of time between them. Jesus referred to the last days with birth. Even the world is conscious of the birth pains, this world is having. The world blames everything on ‘global warming’. Recently someone even blamed terrorism on global warming.

We who are children of God and study what the Bible tells us recognize the birth pains leading into the judgment that God, Himself will pour out on this earth. This is why among many reasons I believe in a pre-trib rapture. The Bible makes it clear that the tribulation is a time of judgement on those who rejected the precious blood of Jesus.

You might wonder if it is judgement from God on the lost, why doesn’t He just come back and and divide the saved from the lost and pour out His final judgment? It is hard for us to comprehend, but this judgement is also a time of mercy. After the rapture, God in His great love for mankind, is giving us one more time to make it right with God. Even in the tribulation some will get saved.

This does not mean anyone would want to wait till then to make a decision for Christ. It is so much better to avoid the fire then to be saved from the fire. Life during the tribulation will be worse then anything that has ever happened on this earth. God is stilling calling the lost to come to Him for eternal salvation.

At one point during the tribulation, the devil using the anti-Christ will require everyone, rich or poor, to proclaim their loyalty to Himself and take a mark representing himself on their right hand or forehead. When anyone agrees to this they will have pass the point of salvation. The Bible makes it clear that anyone who takes the mark will spend eternity in hell. Why? They refused to acknowledge Jesus as God and instead will acknowledge the devil as God. There will be no hope for those who take the mark. Those who refuse will not be able to buy food and will be hunted down and killed.

The knowledge of this should make us realize the time of salvation is now, before the rapture. It is longer the time to put off salvation until we have sowed our wild oats. I realize that so many will ignore this advice. The Bible makes it clear that life will go on as it is and has been just as it was in the days of Noah. People going about their daily life until the floods came. Then it was too late.

Noah warned the people and preached to them for a hundred years. Everyone who ignored his warning drowned. Today we are being warned by God. The birth pains this world is suffering is God warning us that the time of judgement is coming. It is up to us whether we listen or ignore the warnings. Salvation of our souls is so very important, that it is too precious to put off to the last moment. While the birth pains are growing closer, God is not going to tell us when the exact moment the Gabriel will blow the trumpet and God will call the Church to Heaven. So waiting to get saved is very dangerous.

2 Corinthians 6:2King James Version (KJV)2 (For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.)

We, who are saved, should pray more for the lost and live our lives Holy and ready for the soon coming Wedding of the Church (the Bride) to Jesus (the Groom). Do our best to live Godly lives and when we do sin, seek forgiveness and turn from our sin. Walk closely to God and seek His favor in all we do and say.

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 #837 on: December 17, 2017, 04:36:53 PM »

December 17, 2017
Good Evening and Happy Sunday,

                    As we get closer to Christmas Day, let us spend our time sharing the love of Christ with others.  Pray for those who have recently lost ones.  The first Christmas with out a loved on is very hard.  Christmas brings out the best in most people.  We get to enjoy the benefits of being around happier people.

      It is wonderful that Christmas is the time we see relatives we haven’t seen in a while.  We enjoy the Christmas trees and decorations at our home and other’s homes.  Celebrating Christmas is a wonderful time,  it let us not forget the reason for the Season.  As we reflect on this year, let us take time to be thankful for what Christmas represents.  There would be no Christmas Holiday with out the birth of Jesus Christ.

      When we share a smile and simple acts of kindness with family and strangers, God can use us to be a blessing to those we come in contact with.  Enjoy Christmas and the wonderful things that happen around Christmas.  Be thankful for the blessings we have.  This is a lovely time of the year that we can use to share God’s love with everyone we see and talk to.
Betty
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« Reply #838 on: December 18, 2017, 10:56:43 AM »

December 18, 2017
Good Morning and Happy Monday,

            Saturday was the first Wedding Anniversary for my Son and His Wife.  They had prayed for so long for a Christian mate.  At times, they both had their doubts, but celebrating this weekend, the family is reminded that God’s timing is perfect.
Waiting for answers to prayers can be a stressful time.  If we stay focused on God, this time can be used for spiritual growth.

           As a child, we were excited this time of year, as we waited for Santa to visit our homes.  In my day it was not about greed and wanting expensive gifts.  Boys wanted base balls and bats, skates or a toy train.  Girls wanted dolls, toy tea sets, or skates. 

        Many of us attended Church and even in School the Christmas play was about the birth of Christ.  Seems I always played an angel, never a speaking part.  Good thing, because speaking in front of people terrified me.  Children were made aware that Christmas was centered around the birth of Jesus.

     Santa was just the icing on the cake, sweet and tasty, but the substance of Christmas was the birth of Jesus.  We knew that His birth was important to us and the world.

    Today the world is more centered around Santa and less around Jesus.  This doesn’t mean it is bad to celebrate Christmas.  Our job as Christians is to raise our children to know and to remind our grandchildren that Jesus is the reason for the season.  As we get older we no longer are excited about a midnight visit from Santa.   Instead we wait, (as excited as a young child for Santa), for the return of Christ to call us home to Heaven. 

   When we enter Heaven’s gates, this will be like a million Christmas morning’s all tied together with a bow.  Our joy will literally be unspeakable.  Enjoy your Christmas with your family.  Pray for one another and ask God to prepare our hearts for His soon return.

Betty
  A dove family came back to the feeder yesterday.
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« Reply #839 on: December 19, 2017, 03:46:49 PM »

December 19, 2017
Good Afternoon and Happy Tuesday,

                   My cats are well fed and content to watch the birds through the window.  My dog on the other hand, gets a notion to want to go outside and chase them out of the yard.  The birds have learned that this  last for a minute and she wants to come back inside.  They wait for the dog to have her fun and resume eating.  I guess the dog wants to show off her protection of the yard ability, occasionally.

    satan will occasionally tempt us with a sin more then once.  If every time he does,  we get closer to sinning, he will continue to do so.  Especially, if we  find ourselves moving closer and closer to the sin.  The devil can make sin seem so attractive and yet while looking pretty as ripen fruit, it is as nasty as a waxed fruit, to the taste buds.  We see people all the time who started out playing with sin and ended up enslaved to that sin.  In the end the sin destroys them and leads them to hell.  As God’s children let us run away from sin. The true beauty of a fruitful life is living for Jesus and adopting His ways as our agenda.

  I hope you are enjoying your Christmas decorations and the happiness this time of the year brings.  May every twinkle of your lights remind you of the true light of our Savior, Jesus, who came to a dark world to bring His light of salvation to all who would accept His wondrous gift.  True and lasting joy comes from walking with the Lord and trusting in Him, every day.
Betty 
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