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« Reply #900 on: February 12, 2018, 02:25:08 PM »

Thank you, Barry.
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February 12, 2018
Good Morning and Happy Monday,

           There is so many tiny birds in the tree in my neighbor’s yard, they look like flowers.  At one feeder is a female Cardinal and the male Cardinal waiting.   Such a pleasure for me to see God’s handy work right in front of my living room window. 

   In life there are times that our troubles,  seem to hide God from us.  God has not moved.  What has happened is we have turned our focus from God to our troubles.  The longer time we focus on our troubles, the bigger they  will grow, and the smaller God will shrink, in our eyes. 

   There are no doubts that there are huge troubles we grow through.  I would never belittle anyone’s troubles.  Remember then, that God spoke the universe into existence,  He can walk us through our troubles.  Of course we would like for God to remove our troubles immediately. There are rare times that He does this.  Most of the time, God wants us to be with us daily as we walk through our troubles. 

  Think about this.  After we have gone through a long hard battle, when we look back before the trouble, we will find that we have grown spiritually.  That we have grown kinder and sweeter because of the battle.  If we are the same after the battle then before,  that is a terrible shame.  Maybe it is because we were determined to go through the battle alone.  God calls out to us, to depend on Him, to seek His help.  Or worse, we have become bitter and angry.  At this point we must seek forgiveness and ask God to guide us in His way.  How sad it would be to go through a battle and become not a better person through it! May God help us not to be so self reliant. 

      No matter where God has you walking today, singing praises to our Heavenly Father.  Show reverence and respect to the God who created all things.
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« Reply #901 on: February 13, 2018, 05:01:11 AM »

February 13, 2018
Good Morning and Happy Tuesday,

     Awake and listening to the train whistle.  Hubby retired from the railroad, except for the long hours, he loved his job.  My mama lived closed to a railroad track and she said the train whistle made her sad.  Hubby loved train sound.  We all have different personalities and different thing make us sad or happy.

   One thing we all had in common was that Jesus died to save all from sin.  He died to safe us from eternity in hell.  Sadly all will not accept His precious gift.

Romans 3:23 King James Version (KJV) 23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;


1 John 1:9 King James Version (KJV)9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Salvation is not free.  Jesus paid for salvation with His old blood poured out on the altar for all mankind.  Yet some turn away from this gift.    There is so many reasons that people give for refusing this gift.  Pride is often the reason.  Men and women want to live life on their own with no help and no one telling them what to.

  The reality salvation doesn’t take away our freedom.  It adds freedom in Christ.

Galatians 5:1 King James Version (KJV)5 Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.

  The biggest mistake we can ever make is to keep putting off salvation.  No one know what tomorrow holds.  The future can be gone like a leave floating in the wind.  When it is your time to face God, are you ready to stand before Him to defend your self?  When we accept Jesus, He is an advocate for us to the Father.

And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.
1 John 2:1

   Our salvation is just too important to delay and neglect.  Today is the day of salvation.
Betty

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« Reply #902 on: February 14, 2018, 02:21:47 PM »

February 14, 2018
Good Afternoon and Happy Wednesday,

                      HAPPY VALENTINES DAY


Ephesians 5:22-33 New International Version (NIV)
22 Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands as you do to the Lord. 23 For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior. 24 Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything.
25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her 26 to make her holy, cleansing[a] her by the washing with water through the word, 27 and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless. 28 In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. 29 After all, no one ever hated their own body, but they feed and care for their body, just as Christ does the church— 30 for we are members of his body. 31 “For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.” 32 This is a profound mystery—but I am talking about Christ and the church. 33 However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.

                         Before God created the Church.  He created marriage.  Marriage is the closest thing there is to the love between God and His Children.  Marriage is not the end to courtship, but the beginning of a lifetime commitment to one another.  No marriage is perfect,and we learn how to be a good mate through trials and hardship.  To have a successful marriage we must go into marriage with a life time commitment.

                      We honor our commitment to one another, by not putting ourselves in a position where an outsider can break our bond between one another.   Protecting and honoring should be the second most important job we have, followed only after our commitment to God. 

  God wants us to have a healthy and successful marriage.  We do this when we seek the guidance of God.  We will have bad patches in our marriage.  There will be times that our mate will say stupid stuff, forget important dates, leave a room a mess.   Just as God is patient with us let us be patient with our mate.

    Hope you and your mate have something special planned for today.  We have had to reschedule ourselves because my  tummy is being ornery.      I have homemade chicken noodle soup cooking and we can watch a movie at home.

For those of you whose mate has passed on to Heaven, do something nice for yourself, in their memory.  Go out to eat and go see a movie. 
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« Reply #903 on: February 15, 2018, 05:06:57 PM »

February 15, 2018
Good Afternoon and Happy Thursday,

          The bird feeders are ready but no birds yet.  Sitting and waiting on them.  How often my friend, does God have to wait for us to call for help?  We think why doesn’t God just step in and change things.  God has given us freedom to choose our own decisions.  Is it not our own fault,  if we allow stubbornness and pride, keep us from seeking help?  Do we want to live our whole spiritual life, as a bottle fed believers?   

  God want to help us.  We just need to seek His help and guidance.  There is a big difference between seeking guidance and help from God and us refusing to do anything.   Do not wait until you have painted yourself into a corner to seek God’s help.   

  As we walk daily with God, we form a close companionship with Almighty God.   What is more marvelous then a friendship with our Heavenly Father!   God knows everything about us.  We do not have to pretend around God.  He knows all the good and the bad, and yet He loves us enough, to die for our sins.  Let us not cheat ourselves out of a great relationship with God by not seeking His face and His companionship every day.  Before we get out bed each day, talk to God.
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« Reply #904 on: February 16, 2018, 06:49:45 AM »

February 16, 2018
Good Morning and Happy Friday,


It is almost 7:30 a.m. and I have been awake since before 6 hurting. So many of my friends and loved ones suffer from chronic pain. Pain becomes such a part of our daily lives, that pain is almost like an extra body part. Do we ever get used to it? In a way, yes. We reach a point that pain at the moment we wake up is a reminder we are still alive.

Is there anything positive about pain that wakes you and keeps you awake? Yes, it can be. Time awake can be used to talk to God and meditate on His great love for us. “Here I am, God, awake and hurting, so let’s talk.” We talk and then we silently listen to God. As we silently wait, God brings those to our minds to pray for. Praying for others when our bodies are suffering: What a concept?”

Yet, as we pray for others, our focus goes to God and others as we release our needs to Jesus. When our faith for our own healing is weak, our faith in God healing others, grows stronger. This is a good thing. As we communicate with
Our Heavenly Father, we begin to ease into peace of mind and heart.

Pain is apart of our lives, but it does not define us as a person. Nor does pain mean our faith and spiritual life is in danger. Strong Christians do suffer pain. We do not gage our spiritual health, by whether our bodies are healthy are not. It is our reaction to pain, that can showcase our spiritual health. Are we bitter and angry. God forbid! Never judge another Christian by their physical health. Even sinners can have perfect bodies and health. This body is a temporary house, that with age, often acquires illnesses and diseases. We run this race in pain and with sorrows, looking forward to our glorified bodies, which no disease, illness, or death, will ever touch.

As we await the day we see Jesus, face to face, we live in faith for our new bodies, and our new home in Heaven. Stay focused on our future in Heaven and trust God to be with us today.
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 #905 on: February 17, 2018, 08:07:10 AM »

February 17, 2018
Good Morning and Happy Saturday,

              This week some of the ladies on the View, compared  Christianity, to mental illness.   Joy Behar, considers herself a staunch democrat and a practicing Catholic.  Catholic people believe that the Pope is God’s spokesperson on earth and that he literally speaks for God has the power to  forgive sins.  We know only God can forgive sins and not men or women.  When our Vice President said that God speaks to him, she lashed out at him publicly like a rabid dog.  God does speak to His children in many ways:  through nature, through words from others, and through a quiet voice in our hearts.

    Maybe it is because to admit that God is talking to mankind, she would have to admit that when God whispers in our ears that something is a sin, He means it.
To run under the podium of Democrats, you have to support that abortion should not only be legal but it is a righteous deed.  She said in a speech last year when she spoke at a Planned Parent Center, that she was doing God’s work.

  The God of the Bible would never support the killing of an unborn baby.  I do believe that she no longer hears the voice of God.

Matthew 13:15 King James Version (KJV) 15 For this people's heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.

When a person refuses to hear the voice of God, because they do not want to be convicted,  the Holy Spirit will reach a place that, He walks away from a person, for good.  A person who grew up being taught right from wrong but refuses to listen to God, because their desire for power and popularity of mankind, has given their heart over to a depraved mind.

Romans 1:26-32 King James Version (KJV)
26 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:
27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.
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;
29 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,
30 Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,
31 Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:
32 Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.


  Publicly supporting abortion, is supporting murder of the unborn.  Calling working for Planned Parenthood, God’s work, is a lie from the pit of hell.  All over the world unborn babies are sacrificed at the altar of inconvenience. 

   Calling Christianity a mental illness is just the first step towards persecution of Christians.   Some politicians already have asked the question, if Christians should be allowed to run for office.  You cannot run for office or seek a new job and hide your faith and be right with God.

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

You cannot live a Christian live privately and publicly proclaim sin as a righteous deed.

Joshua 24:15.  And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.

  We cannot run around with sinful people all week and go to Church on Sunday and be righteous.

Matthew 6:24 King 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.

2 Corinthians 6:17 King 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.


If the Lord tarries, there is coming a day that we may have to publicly declare Jesus as our Savior.  There will come a day that there is no going back for denying our faith in Jesus.  Just remember there is nothing to be gained on earth that is worth an eternity in hell.
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« Reply #906 on: February 18, 2018, 02:25:25 PM »

February 18, 2018
Good Afternoon and Blessed Sunday,

                              Guilt

Guilt, past or present can derail us from the work God wants to do through us.   Have you ever been laying in bed at night and out of the blue, the devil reminds you of something you did 25 plus years ago?   You have sought forgiveness and obtained forgiveness years ago, too.   The devil wants to have you  fretting and worrying to the point that you cannot sleep.    You spend half the night wondering  what you could have done differently to prevented the sin and the other half, begging for  forgiveness for a sin that has already been forgiven.  Then you start to worry that you are not ‘good’ enough to work for God.

  The devil has accomplished his mission.  First of all,  no one is good enough for God.  He saves and redeems us so that He can  welcome us into His family.  His blood brings salvation to us, so that we can work for God.    Second, we cannot go back in time and undo what is done.  Think of this, while God wants none of us to sin, God often uses our past to help others.    God never causes us to sin, EVER. 
But, instead of  throwing us away like a broken toy,  He takes our brokenness and uses it to help us grow spiritually. 

    Let us not grief and torture ourselves over sins of the past, that have been covered by the blood of Christ.  When the devil brings things up from the past, remind the old devil, God has forgiven and redeemed us and then refuse to think about it.

  What about present sins?  We seek forgiveness and make amends, where possible and move on.  What if a loved one had committed a sin against you and asked your forgiveness,  came and told you that they had not eaten in a week because of guilt?  Would you not want to shake them like a doll and reminded them that you had already forgave them? You would be heartbroken that someone you loved was suffering over something that you had already forgiven and had moved on.  We do this with God.  God forgives us and we allow guilt take away our peace. 

   Seek forgiveness  for your sins.  Make amends when you can and move on.  Let’s face it, we make enough mistakes and commit sins in our present so we do not need to make ourselves sick over past sins.  There is no need to make our selves sick over any sin.  We seek forgiveness and lay our sins and our guilt at Jesus feet.

   There will be times that we sow fruit from past sins.  Instead of allowing guilt to cripple us, we pray every day for those we hurt by our sins.  We pray that God will keep us on the right path and we seek His perfect peace.  Every person on earth has been affected in some way by the sins of others.  We must not allow hurt and bitterness to grow in our hearts because of this.   We forgive others, we forgive ourselves, and we pray for peace for them and us. 

  Guilt is not always bad.  Guilt convicts us when we have committed a sin and have walked off the path we walk with God.  Guilt is not meant to be used to beat us half to death.  It is meant to stop us in our tracks.  We seek God for where we have sinned and turned away from Him.  We seek God’s forgiveness and then we turn away from our sins.   Asking forgiveness and then going back to the sin does not bring repentance nor forgiveness.  We MUST turn away from the sin.  Walk away and leave it behind.

Guilt is useful but true repentance and forgiveness is where we want to be.  Do not ask God to bless you in your sins.  Leave your sins and walk in the righteousness of God.
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« Reply #907 on: February 19, 2018, 02:25:33 PM »

February 19, 2018
Good Afternoon and Happy Monday,

            This last week, when Joy Beher, on the view, accused Christianity of being a mental illness, I was upset, as was many.  When I got up today and started my chores, I begin to think about this.  I felt God speak into my heart that this was no accident that led Joy to her conclusions.   

    The devil is working hard to prepare the world to think of Christianity as a mental illness that people must be cured of are be put down.  You might say that is extreme.  The Bible makes it clear that people will be executed for their faith in God,during the tribulation.  If the rapture happened today, the world not accept the killing of thousands and thousands.  The devil will use people like Joy to exclaim  that Christians are mentally ill and they must be hospitalized against their will to be cured.  When they are not cured from their faith they will slowly be euthanized.  At the mid of the tribulation the Bible says the anti Christ will demand that all people worship him.  Anyone who refuses will be publicly executed.  This way, people will be terrified of not worshipping the anti Christ.

    Christians, we need to realize that the world is preparing itself for this one world evil leader.  Just as Hitler convinced Germany that all their problems were caused by the Jews, the anti Christ will convince people that the earth will turn into Heaven,  when all those who refuse to worship him, are murdered.

  What do we do now?  We keep going about our jobs but we pray more for the lost.  We ask God to prepare our hearts and help us grow spiritually.  When people like Joy seeks to demonize Christianity, we remember she is being controlled by satan.  We should pray for her eyes to be opened to the truth.

   Only God knows when the rapture will happen so we prepare for tomorrow but we live our life in a way that is pleasing to God.  We daily ask forgiveness for our sins.  Some people say don't think about the rapture, they say, it will happen when it does.  Yes that is true but Jesus told the Church, when these things happen look up, because your redemption is coming soon.

Luke 21:28 King James Version (KJV)
28 And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.

For now, let us pray that God will guide us in the work that He wants us to accomplish.  With the Holy Spirit living us, we can be that beacon of light that points the lost souls to Jesus.
Betty

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« Reply #908 on: Yesterday at 02:47:53 PM »

February 20, 2018
Good Afternoon and Happy Tuesday,

                   “No One Understands Me, Like Jesus”


         I grew up in a loving home and both mom and dad worked hard to meet our needs.   Feelings though were never actually addressed.  I never remember a time either parent, told us not to talk about our feelings, yet feelings were not the normal discussion.    Our physical needs were taking care of and we went to Church, regularly for our Spiritual needs.   

       The year, before my dad,he often told me his favorite song was: “No one understands me like Jesus.   Dad and Mom were raised to be strong and stand on their own two feet.  As dad grew frail, he begin to grow tired and weary. He needed Jesus to hold on to him.  If I could go back to one of those days, I would wrap my arms around my dad and tell him that it was okay, not to always be strong.  I would offer to listen to his needs and help him carry his burdens. 
I never heard dad pray out loud, but just as the song says, I believe dad found comfort in quiet prayer.

    I am like my parents.  I hate to be a bother.  Even at a restaurant, when the waitperson ask if I need anything, I have often said no, when my drink is empty.
I have eaten food that was cold or taste odd, rather then bring it to anyone’s attention.

    We can be that way with God.  We can be stumbling and feel as if we are over come by our needs and yet not seek God’s help.  What does the Bible say about that?


(Jam 4:2) Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not.

(Luk 11:9) And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.

1Jo 5:14) And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us:
(Psa 37:4-5) Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.

1Jo 5:14) And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us:
(Psa 37:4-5) Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.

       There is no reward in Heaven for trying to live out  our lives, without ever asking God for help.  This doesn’t meant we sit at home asking God to meet our needs without us working.  It means asking God to bless the work that we do with our hands.  We pray for God to open doors for us to work and prosper.
We just do not want to allow pride to keep us from sharing our needs with God.  A good Christians friendship, is one where we pray for one another.  It is okay to say we are struggling and seek prayer.  Do not allow self pride or the fear of embarrassment  to allow us to hide our needs and our pain.

  While it is true that no one can ever understand us like God, it is also okay to ask for help from God and others.
Betty
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