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Betty Louise
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Good Morning and Happy Monday,

I had a long night dealing with issues from colitis. I got up and fed the pets and I have come back to bed, with two of my pets. We all have those nights when we cannot sleep. Sometimes it is because we are ill and other times it is stress. It is so sweet to talk to Jesus and tell Him our concerns and know without a doubt that He is listening. There such a peace that fills our hearts even in the midst of pain and fears. We know we can trust God in all circumstances. We can use those times we cannot sleep, to pray for others. Today as you go about your day pray for your lost loved ones. Seek the guidance of God in your life.
Betty
I was blessed by having four birds and two squirrels in my yard, yesterday. I pray that God little diamonds of joy today.

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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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‎Tuesday, ‎November ‎29, ‎2016 10:32:29 AM

Good Morning and Happy Tuesday,

grat·i·tude
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1. the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness:
2. "she expressed her gratitude to the committee for their support"
3. synonyms: 3. gratefulness · 3. thankfulness · 3. thanks · 3. appreciation ·
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Gratitude is an attitude and a choice. We can choose to be grateful for what we have. We can choose to dwell on what we have instead of grieving over what we do not have. For even the very rich can look around and see someone with something that do not have. The most precious gifts cannot be bought with money. You cannot buy a family to love you. You cannot buy the respect of others. Most of all, all the riches on this world cannot buy eternity in Heaven. True joy comes from loving our Heavenly Father and having an attitude of gratefulness for what we have. As we look forward to Christmas, let us have an attitude of gratitude for our Savior who chose to come to this earth to live as a man and die for our sins. Salvation is not cheap. God paid an enormous gift to buy salvation for us. Let us not be guilty of taking such a precious gift for granted. Instead each day lift up praises to our Savior and Lord for His great love for us.

Live your life in gratefulness and a spirit of appreciation for what you have. Pray for others that you come in contact through out your day.
Betty

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November 30, 2016 10:28

Good Morning and Happy Wednesday,

I have heard Preachers and Teachers talk about the dash on a gravestone. How we have a day we are born and a day we will die. The dash in between being our life. Yet it seems that dash should be a circle to me. Time time again, we find ourselves going back through a trial that we thought we had beaten years before. We find ourselves asking God, " why am I here again". I do not know the answer. We can feel like we have been hit by a ball that came from out of nowhere. The shock of it can knock us off our feet and make us feel shaken. This is the time to remind us that we still have God. He has not left us nor forsaken us. He will see us through this trial. There is a peace from letting go of our stress and keeping our trust in God. Reminding ourselves that God has a reason to have us revisit a trial, helps. Maybe we were unable to come to a complete conclusion last time but now we are spiritually stronger and God is giving us a chance to finish and complete what was started years ago. Letting go of our fears and trusting in God can bring a victory and we can then move on.

I saw my GI doctor yesterday and he has me starting a new group of medication to get the colitis under control. We are all fighting battles in our lives: some physical, some emotional, and some spiritual. Remembering that we are not on the battlefield alone can being us comfort. It will not be long until all of our battles are over and God will tell Jesus to go and get His children. This life is temporary and when we remind ourselves of that we can be of good cheer, knowing this soon will pass. Live each day seeking to serve God and to reach out to others with love and compassion. Be a willing servant of God. There will be tears and frustration in this life but one day we will be rejoicing in Heaven and no one can take that victory away from us.
Betty
Getting a few more birds at the feeder each day. I enjoy watching them.

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December 2, 2016 11:34 AM

Good Morning and Happy Friday,

We do not always wake up perky and sharp. There are days we drag out of bed and feel like we are thinking with a half of a brain. When this happens we can know with a certainty that God is with us even though we may not feel His presence. We all have our bad days but God is always the one who will guide us and lead us into overcoming trials and obstacles in our lives. Many of us deal with chronic illnesses and with that comes bad days, but do not allow your faith in God to lesson. Remember God never changes. He is the same powerful God everyday. When we feel weak, we can ask for strength. When we are in pain, we can ask God to comfort and sustain us. Talk to yourself and remind yourself that you are indwelled with the Holy Spirit. The song says "Where does my help come from? And answers "My help comes from the Lord, maker of Heaven and earth!" Rejoice my friend, in the knowledge that our Heavenly Father is with you and we can seek His help anytime and anywhere.


We are entering in the busy season. Try to remember to eat, drink, and rest regularly. Sometimes we can forget to take care of ourselves when we are so busy. Have a blessed day.
Betty

More birds are coming. For the first time since our move, I had to refill the bird feeders.

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December 3, 2016. 11:42
Good Morning and Happy Saturday,

We got much needed rain last night. Unfortunately I did not realize that SweetPea, one of my cats, had slipped out when the dog went out. She had a miserable night, I am sure. We as Christians can get ourselves in trouble by getting into places that we don't belong, spending to much time with people who are a bad influence on us and not enough time with fellow believers. While we need to share Christ with unbelievers, if we spend too much time with unbelievers, we began to take on their habits, attitudes, and can even pick up their way of talking. My cat is sleeping with her daughter under the Christmas tree. When we do get in trouble, our Heavenly Father welcomes us back with open arms and He comforts us. There are consequences to getting in to trouble but even God's discipline is done out of love.

Have a blessed day and be safe.
Betty
One squirrel eating on the fence in the rain.

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December 4, 2016. Noon
Good Morning and Blessed Sunday,


2 Corinthians 12:8-10English Standard Version (ESV)

8 Three times I pleaded with the Lord about this, that it should leave me. 9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.10 For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.


There are burdens that God assigns to carry that are for a short time and there are those we carry for many years. Those we carry for many years can wear us down and if we do not careful we can lose hope. Imagine every morning waking up to having to pick up and carry a backpack with 50 lbs of weight all day. Each night when you lay the bag down there is a sinking in our heart, knowing the next morning we have to carry it again. We know that God is capable of removing this weight from us, yet God chooses not to. More then that we do not even have a date when to look forward to when this weight will be gone. We know we will find relief in Heaven, but the day to day struggle is still with us. Yet just as God assured Paul that God's grace was sufficient for him, God is telling us the same. He will make us strong through our weaknesses. We may not have a date when the struggle will be over, but we can rejoice in knowing that victory will come to pass. The answer is not denying the struggle. The answer is taking our struggle and our questions to God. When we are overcome with fatigue, cry out to God for strength. When the pain becomes unbearable, seek relief from God. Begin to praise God and rejoice in the victory ahead! Praise His Holy Name! We can be revived by praising God in the midst of the struggle and pain.


Have a blessed day and seek God for comfort and peace of heart and mind.

Betty


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December 5, 2016
Good Morning and Happy Monday,

This time of year we begin to see Christmas lights everywhere. I love Christmas and enjoy the beautiful lights. We must remind ourselves that Christmas is more the Christmas trees and twinkled lights. Christmas is the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ. It is correct to celebrate His birth, because His birth into a sinful world opened the door for Jesus to live and walk among men of sin, so that He could give His life a ransom for our sins. Even His birth was a sacrifice. He gave up His throne to live and walk among mankind for 33 years. This is a great time of the year to appreciate God's sacrifice and to praise God for the sacrifice of the blood of Jesus.

As we give gifts to one another let us not forget the homeless and the orphans. We can pray that God will open our eyes to be a finical blessing to someone in need. We cannot help everyone but if we help one person in need, we have made a difference in the Name of Christ.

Betty

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December 6, 2016 11:09 AM
Good Morning and Happy Tuesday

"Forgive me, Lord, when I bring anger into a situation. Soften my heart and help me use my words to encourage others." (David Roper)


Have you ever forgiven someone and then felt a measure of satisfaction when it looked like to us that God was chastising them for sinning against us? Is it true forgiveness if we can take pleasure for their pain? Is our heart not hardened when we feel this way? What is the answer to our this? First of all seek forgiveness from God. Then ask God to soften our hearts. We should never take pleasure in the suffering of others. We can all be guilty of this. There are even videos on YouTube, where we see someone do something wrong and then immediately get paid back and I admit I have laughed at a few. One was a man who was upset because the cat was in his place and grabbed the cat and threw him to the floor and kicked him. The man is sitting on a love seat in front of the stairwell. On the stairs is potted plants. The cat goes to one above his head and knocks the pot on the man's head. I admit my response was "served him right". Yet as Christians, we are to have compassionate hearts towards others. It is not much compassion if we are laughing at others misfortune. Let us avoid the attitude of 'serves him right" and pray more for others who are hurting. How wonderful if the world could come to see us as compassionate people!

Have a blessed day and look for your little diamonds of joy through out your day. Share the sunshine of God's love with everyone you come in contact with. One of mine was watching a tiny bird eat, yesterday.
Betty

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December 7, 2016 12:09 PM
Good Morning and Happy Wednesday,


"Heavenly Father, help me to grow in gentleness and patience toward others. Show me how to love others, even when we may have differences." Marvin Williams.

These days patience and gentleness is rare, sadly, even among, Christians. I do not believe we set out in the morning with the intention of treating people harshly and unkind, but as we like to say "life happens". This is not how our Heavenly Father wants His children to treat others. We want to be a witness for Christ, but sadly our witness is opposite of what want it to be. Instead of sharing the love of Jesus with those we meet during our day, we make people think that Christians are mean and unkind by our actions and sharp words. When we do react unkindly, make a point of going back to that person and apologize. I have had to do so at Walmart when I reacted to the checker unkindly. Not only will you make the person feel better but you humble yourself. Pray each day that God will help you treat others through out the day with gentleness and kindness. When someone snaps at you or is rude take a moment before you react. Say a little pray and then react in the love of Jesus. Let us live our lives in a way that brings honor to our Lord and Savior.


Galatians 5:22But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,


Colossians 3:12Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering;


Have a blessed day 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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December 9, 2016. 10:50 AM
Good Morning and Happy Friday,

Deuteronomy 3:28
But charge Joshua, and encourage him, and strengthen him: for he shall go over before this people, and he shall cause them to inherit the land which thou shalt see.

1 Samuel 30:6
And David was greatly distressed; for the people spake of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and for his daughters: but David encouraged himself in the LORD his God.

Encouragement is a gift from God that is needed at this time. Not only do we need to encourage ourselves in the Lord, as David did, but we need to go about encouraging fellow believers. This time of year the Christmas lights are out and everything looks so joyful. Behind smiling faces, can be a heavy heart. There are many things that can cause sadness this season. Estrangement between children and parents makes Christmas harder. The first Christmas after the death of a loved one is filled sadness and depression. Wife's and husbands who have a mate fighting for our Country not only have the stress of doing all the work themselves but of trying to comfort their children while their own hearts are broken. We can help by offering a word of hope and asking if we can pray for them. We can be the light that shines in their time of darkness.

It is easy to be so rushed and busy that we fail to really notice people. Let us make the effort to see hurting people and be that gift of compassion that they need. Pray that we do not react in anger when someone is sharp with us. Instead be compassionate and encourage them. When we ourselves feel down let us encourage ourselves, in the Lord.

Taking a walk outside or if it is too cold, walk around inside a mall where you can enjoy the pretty decorations and get into the spirit of Christmas. Remember that this time of the year we rejoice in the birth of our Lord Jesus and praise His Name of the greatest gift of all our Lord and Savior.

Betty
We had some little birds eating this morning outside the patio door.

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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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December 10, 2016 11:00 AM
Good Morning and Happy Saturday,

Every where we go, we are seeing Christmas decorations. We are getting in that season when people are nicer to one another. The last couple of days I have been several cars behind at a red light and when the light turned green and the driver did not move, no one blared their horns. Christmas does seem to bring out the best in people. Sadly, come next year the feeling of kindness will soon past. Impatience and anger seems to be an accessory that comes with the car. I admit I am guilty myself. I hate it when I am on the freeway and the driver in front of me goes from 10 over to 10 under. This makes it impossible to set my cruise control. I quickly find self fussing and mumbling unkind things to the driver of the other car. Yet the other driver doesn't hear me and all I do is upset my passenger my hubby. Even if we don't say a word, we can be smarting off in our head. We know it's wrong and yet we can easily fall into this habit of being critical and unkind when we are on the road. Of course we tell ourselves that we are not the worse and that is true. We live in a time that road rage is well know. Sadly, people have been injured and killed over road rage. There is not a quick fix for this. As Christians we need to pray before we get in the car and rebuke ourselves when we allow our temper to rule our actions and thoughts.


As we enjoy the Christmas decorations, songs and goodies, let us remember that we can rejoice at the gift of Christmas all year long. Christ birth open the door for Him to take on a human body to live among mankind and to die for salvation to all who would willing accept Him. His gift is available to all who are willing to accept His gift. Sadly, some out of self pride, will not humble themselves to accept this precious gift. Those who humble themselves as a little child and bow before our Lord and Savior will spend eternity in Heaven. What a wonderful gift we can receive because of God's great love for us. As we enjoy this beautiful season, let us to remember to pray for salvation for our loved ones and friends.
Betty
The squirrel was having fun yesterday and I enjoyed watching.

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December 11,2016 9:50 AM
Good Morning and Blessed Sunday,

"Joy to the World the Lord Has Come"

A simple statement and and a simple song and yet the truth of the song has opened the door of Heaven to all who would accept. How often do we rejoice in this knowledge? How often do we praise God for such a precious gift that no amount of Gold or silver could purchase? The longer we have been a Christian the easier it is to become complacent and take for granted the gift that cost God so very much. How sad! Let us take this Christmas time to remember we were bought with a price. Our salvation is more precious than we can understand as mortals.

Have a blessed day and share the love of Christ with those you come in contact today.
Betty

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December 13, 2016 12:30

Good Morning and Happy Monday,


Luke 2:8-19King James Version (KJV)

8 And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.

9 And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.

10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.

11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.

12 And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.

13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,

14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

15 And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us.

16 And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger.

17 And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child.

18 And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds.

19 But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart.

King James Version (KJV)


In those days, Shepherds were considered the lowly of people. Yet the angels did not announce the birth of Jesus to the elite, but to shepherds. Just as Jesus was born in a stable and not in the home of a King or rich Nobleman, God chose to announce the birth of His Son to simple Shepherds. In the same way the Gospel is simple so that even young children can be saved, yet often the highly intelligent, reject the Gospel because their pride does not allowed them to believe in the simple faith of Salvation. It is not that God does not love highly educated people, He does. Salvation is given to us when we accept Jesus in simple faith as a young child.




Matthew 18:3King James Version (KJV)

3 And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.


This time of year often brings out the child in adults, as they enjoy the Christmas spirit at work, in the market place and in their own home. This is a good time of the year to share the love of Christ when people are in a more accepting and childlike attitude. It is also a good time of year for us to humble ourselves and in childlike faith seek God's guidance for our lives.


https://youtu.be/XQjpDKKPDK4


Betty

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December 14, 2016 11:27AM
Good Morning and Happy Wednesday


"Little Baby, pa rum pum pum pum
I am a poor boy too, pa rum pum pum pum
I have no gift to bring, pa rum pum pum pum
That's fit to give a king, pa rum pum pum
rum pum pum pum, rum pum pum pum,"

Read more: Christmas Song - Little Drummer Boy Lyrics | MetroLyrics

When we look at what Jesus did for us, we realize that we have nothing to give Jesus that is worthy of His majesty and glory. Yet, God is not asking for riches but a gift from our heart that is cheerfully and freely given. When give a gift begrudgingly, the gift is tainted. If your child walk in and said with an angry tone:
"Here is your Christmas gift". The gift would mean nothing to us but the simplest gift made from a young child in love, we cherish. When our adult children take the time to know what we need or what is important to us that gift value is priceless. Let us give of our selves to God out of love and with a cheerful heart.

When we go the mall we will see many Christmas trees. Trees with perfect ornaments and perfectly coronated, yet these trees do not compete with our tree that we put together with ornaments we have saved for years. We can look at our tree and see memories with our ornaments. Like our tree, we are special to God. He can look at us and remember the times we fell, but got back up to fight another day. He sees our heart that is filled with love for God. Our lives are filled with imperfection and yet it is the imperfections that make us special to God.

Betty

The little birds are getting used to the dog. They are eating, even when the dog is in the back yard.


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December 15, 2016
Good Afternoon and Happy Thursday,

Oh little town of Bethlehem, how still we see thee lie
Above thy deep and dreamless sleep the silent stars go by
Yet in thy dark streets shineth, the everlasting light
The hopes and fears of all the years are met in thee tonight.


For Christ is born of Mary, and gathered all above
While mortals sleep the angels keep their watch of wondering love
Oh morning stars together, proclaim thy holy birth.
And praises sing to God the king, and peace to men on earth.
Oh little town of Bethlehem, how still we see thee lie
Above thy deep and dreamless sleep the silent stars go by
Yet in thy dark streets shineth, the everlasting light
The hopes and fears of all the years are met in thee tonight.


Read more: Christmas Carols - O Little Town Of Bethlehem Lyrics | MetroLyrics

Just as Jesus was born through a young unassuming young lady, God chose a quint little town. Bethlehem was probably known by the people of Israel at that time but not likely the place to travel to for vacation. Yet, God chose this town to be the birthplace for the greatest gift of all. God often places His children in small unassuming places. If the Pastor of a small Church only sees the Church as a steeping stone to a bigger Church, chances are he will not invest his heart into the people of the Church. This goes for secular jobs, too. If you think the people you work with are beneath you, you will not learn to love and care for them and your testimony will be worthless. There is a saying that says bloom in whatever garden, the Lord places you in. In others words, be loving and kind toward the people in the garden with you. You may not be working at your "dream" job, but allow God to use you in the joy you are in. Shine for Jesus where ever you are.

I hope you are enjoying the Christmas decorations around your town and in your home. Christmas is such a wonderful time of the year. Troubles still come this time of year but it does seem that this time of the year we feel a little less encumbered by them. Be blessed my friend and may God bless you and your family.
Betty
Two squirrels playing and two tiny birds blessed me yesterday.

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December 17, 2016 21:16 PM
Good Morning and Happy Saturday,

Yesterday, was a blessed day for our family. We got to see our son marry a Christian young lady. We are so happy to welcome Sarah into our family. Before this wonderful day was years of frustration for our son. We seen him suffer and often doubtful that he would ever meet the young lady for him. He often wondered why God did not answer his prayer. The truth is, through those years God was answering his prayers. The time waiting was not wasted at all. God was preparing Jeff spiritually for Sarah and God was preparing Sarah for him.

This can be true for many request we have for God. We made not see the work in process, as we live those moments, but when we look back on our lives we realize that God has been working all alone. Those times of waiting are often frustrating and we can become angry or sad that our prayers do not seem to be answered. God wants us to wait for our answer in patience and praising Him as we wait. Faith allows us to believe in the answer long before the answer comes. Remember God's perfect plan is always so much better then our plans.

The greatest gift mankind ever received, was many many years in coming. Many Jewish people lost faith that their Savior would ever come. It maybe the lost in faith is what caused them not to recognize Jesus when He came. As Christians, let us always be ready for Jesus return for us with hope and trust in God. Sadly like the Jewish people, some Christians have lost faith that Jesus is coming back for His people. It pleases God for us to be longing for His return.


2 Timothy 4:8King James Version (KJV)

8 Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.


Have a blessed day!

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December 21, 2016
Good Morning and Happy Wednesday,

All of us have mornings when we seem to be hit on the head by something as soon we get out of the bed. What do we do in those times? We pray to our Heavenly Father for relief and then we begin to sing praises to God. This morning I did that and I was blessed to see a tiny bird at the feeder. This was indeed a blessing to me. God knows what gives you joy and your moments of joy will come in what pleases you. God is our Heavenly Father and He cares about our needs and He is sorrowful about what makes us sad.

As you go about your day, you will come across others who need a friendly smile or a word of encouragement. There is no better time then the Christmas season to spread joy to others. It is also a hard season to do so, because we ourselves can be over burden with chores for the Holidays. If we take the time to offer moments of joy to others, then God will reward us with more joy. It is like a fountain that's constantly refilling itself. If we do not share joy with others our fountain becomes cloudy and smelly. If we have to give from the fountain to make room for the new fresh water. Be blessed my friend and then share your blessing with others.

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December 22, 2016
Good Afternoon and Happy Thursday,

As we get closer to Sunday, Christmas Day are your thoughts becoming more about Jesus? If not do not feel alone. Christmas brings sad and happy thoughts. Sadness for our loved ones who have left this world and happy thoughts about family we are looking forward to seeing. Yet, we should take the time to praise our Lord and Savior, Jesus for the greatest gift ever given to mankind: salvation. A thankful heart is the best gift we can give God.

During this busy time of the year, take time to praise and worship God, to eat regularly, and to get proper rest. Too often we light the candle at both ends and by Christmas Day we are over tired and feel sickly. Enjoy the family you have with you and thank God for them. Families are a blessing from God.

Have a blessed day today and rejoice in this wonderful time of the year.
Betty

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CLOVERTON LYRICS


(originally by Leonard Cohen)

I've heard about this baby boy
Who's come to earth to bring us joy
And I just want to sing this song to you
It goes like this, the fourth, the fifth
The minor fall, the major lift
With every breath I'm singing Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah

A couple came to Bethlehem
Expecting child, they searched the inn
To find a place for You were coming soon
There was no room for them to stay
So in a manger filled with hay
God's only Son was born, oh Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah

The shepherds left their flocks by night
To see this baby wrapped in light
A host of angels led them all to You
It was just as the angels said
You'll find Him in a manger bed
Immanuel and Savior, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah

A star shown bright up in the east
To Bethlehem, the wisemen three
Came many miles and journeyed long for You
And to the place at which You were
Their frankincense and gold and myrrh
They gave to You and cried out Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah

I know You came to rescue me
This baby boy would grow to be
A man and one day die for me and you
My sins would drive the nails in You
That rugged cross was my cross, too
Still every breath You drew was Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah

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December 23, 2016. 1:30 PM
Good Afternoon and Happy Friday


Today would have been mom and dad's Wedding Anniversary. As human we mark days for observing, Birthdays, Weddings, time at work, etc. We also have spiritual milestones, when we got saved, baptized, and others that we do not even realize, like growing spiritually. Our spiritual health is not a straight line but we have times we have lost progress and then times of progress. On our spiritual journey all steps and loses are important. Through times where we have fallen back steps, we learn from them. When we trust in God, nothing is wasted. When we learn to keep our eyes on Jesus and our trust in God, we can take the bad and the good and still praise the Name of Jesus.

This is the time of the year when we appreciate family and often blessed to see family we only see occasionally. We remember family who have gone on to Heaven and rejoice knowing they are free from troubles and pain. We look forward to our family reunion in Heaven. Hold tight those you still have with you. None of us know what the New Year will bring but we know that God is still on His throne and we can lay all of our fears at His feet.

Betty

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December 24, 2016 11:26 AM
Good Morning and Blessed Christmas Eve,
Today is a good day to reflect on what Christ meant to mankind. When Adam and Eve sinned, mankind was separated from God. Before sin entered the world God walked with Adam every day. Once sin entered the world the walks ended. Jesus birth, death, and resurrection breached the gap between man and God. When The Holy Spirit convicts us of sin, we can choose to accept salvation or reject salvation. If we accept God comes to live In our hearts. If we reject, we stay in our sinful stare. We are usually invited by the Holy Spirit many times, but there comes a time when the invitation will be withdrawn and we will left in our sins.

Therefore God gave them over in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, so that their bodies would be dishonored among them.
For they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen. (Romans 1:24-25).

If you still feel a tug in your heart, to come to God, go to Him in prayer. The Holy Spirit calling you to repentance is a sign that it is not too late.


What a wonderful time to accept Jesus as your Savior and Lord. If you have been estranged from God, I invite you to come back and ask God to forgive you and heal your relationship with Himself. God bless you and Merry Christmas.
Betty



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WHAT CHILD IS THIS?

Version 1

Words: William Chatterton Dix, 1865.
These modified stanzas are from Dix' poem The Manger Throne.
There is also a Dix carol called The Manger Throne (Alternate Title: Like Silver Lamps In A Distant Shrine)

Music: "Greensleeves," 16th Century English melody
Arranged by Sir John Stainer
MIDI / Noteworthy Composer / PDF
Meter: 8 7 8 7

Source: Henry Ramsden Bramley and John Stainer, Christmas Carols New and Old, First Series (London: Novello, Ewer & Co., 1871), Carol #14

1. What Child is this who, laid to rest
On Mary's lap is sleeping?
Whom Angels greet with anthems sweet,
While shepherds watch are keeping?

This, this is Christ the King,
Whom shepherds guard and Angels sing;
Haste, haste, to bring Him laud,
The Babe, the Son of Mary.

2. Why lies He in such mean estate,
Where ox and *** are feeding?
Good Christians, fear, for sinners here
The silent Word is pleading.

Nails, spear shall pierce Him through,
The cross be borne for me, for you.
Hail, hail the Word made flesh,
The Babe, the Son of Mary.

3. So bring Him incense, gold and myrrh,
Come peasant, king to own Him;
The King of kings salvation brings,
Let loving hearts enthrone Him.

Raise, raise a song on high,
The virgin sings her lullaby.
Joy, joy for Christ is born,
The Babe, the Son of Mary.

Sheet Music by Dix from Henry Ramsden Bramley and John Stainer, Christmas Carols New and Old (London: Novello, Ewer & Co., ca 1871)

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December 26, 2016 12:09 PM
Good Afternoon and Happy Monday,

The day after Christmas, is a day when parents of young ones are exhausted and hoping to sneak in a little rest time. Us oldies look for any opportunity to rest.😉. Yesterday was an emotional high and today can seem like a let down. This is a good time to remind ourselves that the reason for yesterday's celebration still exist. While family members are most likely on their way home and we so enjoyed their company, the reason for Christmas Joy is still here. Jesus is still on His throne in Heaven. Eternal salvation is still available for sinners. Eternal bliss still awaits those who follow Christ. Even though we are physically tired we can rejoice in our hearts knowing that the price of our salvation was paid. Let us start today and everyday praying for our lost friends and loved ones.

This season our family and extended family has health issues. 2016 has been a year when many families have had attacks from the devil. Yet we have seen answers to prayers. The Moss family is a shining example of a family under attacks from every side and yet through the help of Jesus, they came out of the fire shining their light for Jesus. The devil attacks are not a sign that we are not living right, but an attack because the devil wants to kill our testimony. When we stay focused on Jesus we can come out of these trials with our spiritual lights shining brighter then ever. If you have come through attacks, praise God for your victories. If you are in the midst of an attack tell the devil that he will lose because God is in control.

As we look forward to the New Year let us prepare our hearts for God's work in our lives. Be like David and ask God to search your heart for any hidden sins and seek forgiveness. Spend time reading the Bible in prayer so that you are prepared for next year's battles. Do not fear the coming year but trust in the Lord with all your heart.
Betty

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December 27, 2016. 11:30 AM
Good Morning and Happy Tuesday,

The animals have been fed and the squirrels and birds have been fed and now I have settle down with my cup of coffee. As I was walking with the bird seed and the cup of dry cat food I spilled the cat food. As I bent down to pick it up, I reminded myself that it was a blessing the cat food spilled and not the bird seed. It would take for ever to pick up tiny bird seed out of the carpet. There are times we need to remind ourselves that it could be worse. Hitting a small pole with your car is better then hitting another car. In life there will be inconvenience things that happen to us and then there will me major events that happen to us. Yet through the small and the huge things that happen, God is walking with us. We are not alone. Even in the middle of the night in a hospital room, when our family has gone home, God is with us. He is there to comfort us and encourage us. Whatever we are going through, God is with us and He is still in control.

As children of God, let us be the one who comforts those who are going through a bad patch. Let them know we are praying for them. Hold their hand and speak words of comfort and there are those times when those we love just need someone to cry with them. The worse thing we can do is pretend everything is fine. Hurting people need us to acknowledge that there are hurting and then offer them our love and a shoulder to cry on. Do not tell them about all your problems but prayerfully listen to their needs. Sometimes a shut mouth and listening ears is the best gift we can give someone. Be there for them; in body and emotionally. Let them speak their mind without interrupting and then pray before you speak, so that God will help you say the right words.

Betty

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December 28, 2016 2:01 PM
Good Afternoon and Happy Thursday,

By this time things are getting back to normal. Workers are back to work and some have even taking down their Christmas trees. Even though the Christmas season is almost to an end, we can carry the love of Christmas all year long in our hearts. We can still be kind to strangers and we can and should share God's love with others.

Next week we begin a New Year. Many folks make resolutions to do better in the coming year. Most resolutions are forgotten by March. The problem is not that people do not want to change but true change can only come through help from Jesus. Jesus changes us from the inside out. Along with our resolutions to do physical changes in our lives, let us seek with the help of God's help to make spiritual changes.

Betty

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December 29,2016 12:20PM
Good Afternoon and Happy Thursday,

There are days when we feel as if we are running on empty. Maybe it was a restless night. Maybe we are in pain. Maybe we have been under spiritual attack for so long we are physically and emotionally drained. It is tempting to give up and to throw in the towel. Giving up is not the answer. Going to God and asking for help is the answer. Praying for a physical touch and praying for proper rest is the answer. Calling on others to pray for us, is also a good idea. There is no shame in admitting we need help. Only God and you know your circumstances. God not only has knowledge of your situation, but He will never abandon you.

Deu. 31: 6Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the LORD thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.

I pray that God will make Himself real to you, today in a very personal way.
Betty

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January 2, 2017, 1:14 PM
Good Afternoon and Happy Monday,

Wednesday morning my brother -in-law, AG and his wife, Beverly (my sister), will lay to rest AG's youngest daughter, (Hilda). When one of the hardest things that a person has to do is to bury their child. It is a pain that cuts to the very heart. Only God can heal that kind of hurt. The saving grace in this is both AG and Beverly and her husband and her sisters know with out a doubt, Hilda is in Heaven with Jesus.


“For we know that if our earthly house, this tent, is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed with our habitation which is from heaven, if indeed, having been clothed, we shall not be found naked. For we who are in this tent groan, being burdened, not because we want to be unclothed, but further clothed, that mortality may be swallowed up by life. Now He who has prepared us for this very thing is God, who also has given us the Spirit as a guarantee. So we are always confident, knowing that while we are at home in the body we are absent from the Lord. For we walk by faith, not by sight. We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord” (2 Corinthians 5:1–8).


The best thing we can leave our loved ones is not money, homes, and cars. It is the knowledge that we are saved by the blood of Christ. Of course our loved ones will grieve. There is no one that can take your place in your loved ones heart, but when they close their eyes in sleep, they can whisper a prayer of thanksgiving for the knowledge that we are secure and completely healed and with our Heavenly Father.


The best gift we can give our loved ones is open your heart to Jesus. Confess your sins and ask Jesus to be your Savior and Lord. In reality this is the best gift we can give ourselves. When you have admitted your sins and accepted Jesus as your Savior you are at peace. Hilda knew she was dying, yet she was not afraid. Of course she was sad to leave her dear husband and her family. She knew that she would see them again in Heaven. Salvation does not prevent earthly death, but it does prevent eternal death in hell.
What better gift can you can give your loved ones then the knowledge that your are secure in your relationship with God.

1 John 1:9
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Betty

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January 7, 2017 12:07
Good Afternoon and Happy Saturday,

   After a funeral, when everyone has gone home, we are left with our loss.  Those who came and prayed with us, have given us all they can give, yet we are still left with the emptiness that death brings into our heart.  Even when we are blessed to know our loved one is in Heaven, we are left with the lost of their presence in our lives.  So many times we want to talk to them, to see their face, to hug them, but we can do none of these things.  Of course this lost hurts and hurts deep.  Where do we find peace in these times?  When we reach out to God and seek His help is where we find peace.  Sometimes we are comforted as we pray for those around us who like us, have suffered loss.  When we comfort others we open our heart to receive comfort. 

   After a loss, we are vulnerable to satan's tools.  Remember he seeks to kill and destroy.  If we allow him, he will drag us into depression.   There is a difference between sadness and depression.  Of course we are sad.  We would be heartless if we felt no sadness at our loss of our loved one.  Depression is an illness that saps our strength and our peace.  We can call on God and pray for the strength and resolve to resist the devil.  Remind the devil that you are not a soul with out hope.  You will see your loved one again.  Victory has been won by God and we will soon be rejoicing in Heaven with Jesus and all of our saved loved ones.
Seek comfort every day from God and remind yourself that this pain is temporary but Heaven is eternal.

   Be at peace with God and man.  Sing songs of praise to God and rejoice in the many victories, God has brought forth in your life.

Betty

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January 9, 2017 11:34 AM
Good Morning and Happy Monday,

After Church yesterday, I was able to visit with my childhood friend, Ruth. It was wonderful talk with someone who knew me for so many years. In life we have many relationships. We have the treasured old relationships and we make new relationships as we go through life. There are some relationship, like my one with Ruth, that last for our life time. There are relationships that only last until one of the parties moves away.

There is one relationship we can always count on and that is our relationship with Jesus. No matter where we physically move to, God goes with us. Sadly there are times we move away from God spiritually. God will not chase us down and drag us back. He waits patiently for us to remember our need for Him and our love for Him. Sometimes He allows things to happen in our lives to remind us of our need for Him. This is done out of love for us. It is in His mercy that He seeks to bring us back.

As children of God we need to work on our relationship with God and not take it for granted. As much as God loves us, He will not settle for a relationship where we treat Him like a ATM machine. We cannot ask God to stay out of our business and then run to Him every time something bad happens only to push Him aside when our life is back on track. We need to be all in with God. God wants to be a part of all of our life.
God is not a statue that we leave in the car when we are at work or out with friends. This year let us seek a growing , healthy, and productive relationship ship with our Heavenly Father. A daily relationship with God is what our soul needs.
Betty

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January 11, 2017
Good Afternoon and Happy Wednesday,

I am taking down my Christmas tree today. This morning I find myself staring at the tree, looking at the different ornaments. There are ornaments that are 37 years old, made by my son. There are ornaments my daughter bought me with her Christmas money, as a child. Memories are tied to so many ornaments and along with their beauty is precious memories. There is and old Hymn called "Precious Memories". This song acknowledges how precious memories can be. We cannot go back to our childhood, but we can take a trip down memory lane. This is especially comforting to us whom we remember the sweet memories we had with those who have left us. Cherish the memories you have of good times with your loved ones who have passed out of this world into Heaven.

Not all memories are comforting to us. Everyone has memories of when we have sinned or been sinned against. These are the memories the devil likes to use to haunt us. Remind the devil that your sins have been forgiven and you have forgiven those who sinned against you. Then take it a step further and pray for those the devil brings to mind. Take what the devil is using to discourage you and turn it into a ministry of prayer.

May we take the spirit of generosity and kindness that the season of Christmas brings, throughout this year. May Hod bless you and your family.
Betty

Yesterday we had many tiny birds, made me happy.


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January 13, 2017
Good Afternoon,

Have you ever felt people where not taking you seriously? The Doctor seems to dismiss your concerns. Your boss blows off your suggestions why things are are going slow at work. Your mate doesn't seem to be listening when you try to tell them your hurts and concerns. There is one who always listens to our concerns and that is our Heavenly Father. He doesn't halfway listen to our prayers. His heart hurts with our grief. He is working things out our benefit. We may not see results today but He is working behind the scenes. There is victory ahead if we do not lose heart. His answers are always best and the results will be more then you dreamed of. You may be in the midst of a storm, but do not lose heart. You can trust God with all your heart and soul. Praise God in the storm and look forward to the answers He will surely bring.

It is tempting to be come discouraged and fearful but encourage yourself in the Lord and remind yourself that God is in control. The victories He brings will be worth the storms.

Betty

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January 18, 2017
Good Early Morning and Happy Wednesday,

I went to sleep at midnight and here I am awake at 2:30 am. There is no one to talk to but, God. Who better to talk to then our Heavenly Father? We can tell Him anything with out Him judging us. We can talk about our fears, our worries, and our health issues. He isn't going to tell us that He is sick of hearing us talk about the same thing all the time. We can express our dreams of the future and no matter how far fetch our dreams are, He will listen with love and patience. There is a peace and calm as we share our heart to God in the early morning hours. No one but God knows what this day holds for us but we can go back to sleep with assurance God is still on His throne and still is in control.

As we lie awake in the silence, if we listen, God will bring people to our minds who have various needs. This is a good time to pray for one another. Pray for our Country and our soon to be leader. Pray that God will heal the great divide among Americans. Pray for our loved ones who are ill and for salvation for our unsaved loved one. Pray for those who grieving lost loved ones and lost health. What better way to spend early morning time then having a talk with Jesus.
Betty

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Hi Betty Louise,

I haven't been to this Christian bulletin board for some now, but I just wanted to tell you that I was blessed by this most recent post of yours. I too tend to wake up early in the morning at times, and your thought here is an inspiration (and a reminder) to me of what to do (and what to pray for) when I wake up. Thank you for sharing your thoughts here. [Smile]

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Lar,

Thank you for encouraging me. Have a blessed day and I pray you will sleep better.
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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Betty Louise
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January 19, 2017
Good Afternoon and Happy Thursday,

Tomorrow our Country faces a great change. Sadly our Country is divided over this. Six months ago the liberals were convinced that they would win, but to their shock they did not. There are some who are so angry that they hope to see Trump killed, rather then see him as our President . This is a sin problem. The devil has filled mankind's hearts with hate. Only God knows what tomorrow will bring. Instead of being fearful, we should pray that people will turn to God for their hearts to be healed. Hate is a tool of the devil and it can lead to all kinds of sin. People do not wake up one day and commit murder. It is hate that grows from a seed into a tree of bitterness and malice. Only God can heal hatred and bitterness.

The reality is we do not know what kind of President Mr. Trump will be. As Christians, let us pray that he will keep his promises and do good for our Country. Whatever the future, God is in control. Have a blessed day.
Betty

Isaiah 41:10New International Version (NIV)

10 So do not fear, for I am with you;
do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

Enjoying lots of little birds and my faithful squirrel. [youpi]

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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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Hi Betty Louise,

On Thursday Jan. 19th you wrote:

"Lar,

Thank you for encouraging me. Have a blessed day and I pray you will sleep better.
Betty"

Betty Louise, you're welcome [Smile] Thank you for praying for my sleep. I will pray that you will be able to sleep better too.

Lar

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January 21,2017
Good Morning and Happy Saturday,

Yesterday, President Trump was sworn into the office of President. I am sure he and his staff were pleased to have a good outcome, after all their work. Everyday, Christians work for the Lord. Some Christians like Preachers, Teachers, and Public Speakers are in a position to hear quickly whether their work was accepted. Others work in the background. For awhile my sister cleaned the Church. Church members take for granted that the Church will be cleaned for each service. People are not likely to praise the cleaning crew for a job well done, but if something is missed accidentally, there is sure to be someone to complain.

As we go through life in our Christian walk and our jobs, we will not always be given validation from others. There will be times that we feel we are taking for granted. We can become discouraged and feel unappreciated. When we do all our work unto the Lord, we are not working for nothing. Whether it is reading stories to your young children or grandchildren or emptying the garbage cans at Church or a business, if we do unto the Lord we will reap awards in Heaven.

Our attitude towards work can affect our mood. If we do our work angrily and with resentment, we have lost any rewards. If we do our work prayerfully we will see a difference. If you work with people, pray that God will open doors for you to share the love of Christ to others. If you do your work behind the scenes, pray for those who will come in contact with what your have touched. In all things we do pray that our work will be found acceptable to Christ.

Matthew 25:21King James Version (KJV)21 His lord said unto him, Well done, thou 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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