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Betty Louise
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April 11, 2017
Good Afternoon and Happy Tuesday,

Early this morning I heard thunder and I prayed for "my" birds. I am definitely bird crazy. Nature is wonderful and we can be blessed just by observing nature. The birds singing blesses my heart and I believe their singing brings joy to God. God's children, singing praises to Him, brings joy to the heart of God. Singing from our very heart touches God. Sometimes we go to Church after a hectic morning and our songs are just doing what is expected of us but when we open our hearts and sing from the heart not only are we blessed but we are a blessing to God, Himself. Through singing we can express from our heart with our words cannot express. Let us try to allow our singing always be from our heart and not out of obligation.

Pray for the Christians in Iraq and Syria. They are under attack of evil from Satan. Pray not only for their safety but that they will be courageous in the face of death. Pray for the soon return of Jesus to take all of His children to Heaven.

God bless you,
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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April 12, 2017
Good Morning and Happy Wednesday,


In these last days, do we have an overwhelming desire to know God more and more or we so caught up by day to day struggles that we are just gliding by? The last couple of weeks of School for the year there seems to be three times of students. One group that wants to try to make up for a year of not caring by making their best grades, the final couple of weeks and the other that finds themselves staring out the window just wanting to do well enough to pass on to the next grade. Both attitudes are wrong. The third is the student that studies hard all year and wants to learn.

As adults we can look back and see years wasted by an attitude of not caring. This attitude, unfortunately can carry on into our spiritual lives. There are those who just happy to be saved and who do not want to put any effort to actually knowing God. This attitude can be a disaster when troubles come and we do not have the faith to sustain us and are prone to backsliding.

When we seek to know God and His character then our faith is strong and when disasters come we can stand strong in our faith. This doesn't mean that our faith will never waver. Satan knows our weakness and he is willing to use them against us. When we walk with God daily then our prayer line is open and we are prepared to go to Him, when Satan attacks. When we have stood on our own and our faith is weak, we are more apt to fall apart when disasters come.


None of us know what tomorrow holds for us personally or the world, but we can know with out a doubt that God is in control. The time to build up our faith is not when we are hanging by a thread but every day even when things are going great. Seek God daily, drink from His cup of knowledge and seek His will every day. Trust God for the little things so that we are prepared for the giant things. When things in the world bother you, remind yourself that we have read the last chapter of the Book, and God WINS.

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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April 13, 2017
Good Morning and Happy Thursday,


Sometimes we confuse happiness with joy. Happiness is a fleeting emotion that reflects what is happening at the moment. Joy is a lifestyle of living a life that is grateful for what you have and those around you (family and friends). We choose to be joyful in the dark days. We choose to be joyful when we are ill. We choose to be joyful in the midst of our circumstances. How do we have a spirit of joy? Through God, our father our hearts and spirits are filled with joy.




Psalm 28:7King James Version (KJV)7 The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him.


When we sing praises to God our hearts overflow with God giving joy. Joy is not pretending that we are not sick or we do not have problems. Joy is knowing that we are not alone even in the midst of the storms of life. We can ask God to fill our hearts with joy.



Ecclesiastes 2:26King James Version (KJV)26 For God giveth to a man that is good in his sight wisdom, and knowledge, and joy: but to the sinner he giveth travail, to gather and to heap up, that he may give to him that is good before God. This also is vanity and vexation of spirit.


It is not wrong to ask God for wisdom, knowledge, and joy. When Solomon asked God for wisdom, God was pleased. As the days wind down let our heart long for the spiritual equipment to be a good and faithful worker for Christ. Seek to live in a way that is pleasing to God. Pray that God will give you a joy abundantly so that your joy will overflow to others. Be a ray of sunshine to those you interact with.

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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April 14, 2017
Good Afternoon and Blessed Good Friday,

Today is a good day to reflect on the crucifixion and what it cost God. Our salvation was bought with a price, the precious blood of Jesus. Too often we take that sacrifice for granted. We treat Jesus as a glorified "Santa", wanting our needs and desire granted and offering up a half hearted praise to our Savior and Lord. Our prayers are often an after thought at the end of the day. We can be so self centered that we have no concern about a world of people going to hell. Our prayers centered around ourselves and our families. Of course we should pray for our needs and those of our family, but how often do we pray for the salvation of those outside our circle? I know I am guilty of this and I doubt I am the only one. God wants no one to perish. He died for all but not all except His gift. This should break our hearts. The Prophets of all cried over their people when they forsook God. Do we not have a few tears for the people around us going to hell? Pray that God will give you a heart for the loss. Pray for those you come in contact with. You can pray silently in your heart and mind for others throughout the day.


Today we honor the Sacrifice of Jesus but we do not have to grieve, for Jesus was laid in the tomb, but He did not stay in the tomb. Praise God! We serve a living Savior and not bones in a tomb. One day we will walk the streets of gold with Jesus by our side. Until then, He is in our hearts and a living part of us. How glorious that the God of Heaven calls us His children and His friends. As we reflect today, let us have a heart of worship for the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.

Betty

Hearing birds singing, how sweet the sound.

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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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April 15, 2017
Good Afternoon and Happy Saturday,

The Saturday after the crucifixion, was a day of deep sorrow for His followers. They thought that Jesus was their Salvation, but they had seen Him die. They thought He was their Victory but they saw what they thought was the defeat of Jesus. They were fearful thinking that at any minute the Romans would come for them and kill them. Instead the next day would bring Victory when Jesus rose from the dead. Because Jesus died and rose again the rift between man and God was healed and all who accept Jesus are saved.


Waiting is hard for me, along with not knowing what is going to happen. God often uses time of waiting for us to grow spiritually and in character. If we are not careful, the devil can use this time of waiting to cause us to lose faith and become discouraged. Often in the times of waiting it seems that God is silent. We must not give in to doubts and fears but trust in God in the midst of this dark and silent time. Just as God knew what was going to happen on Resurrection Day, He also knows what lies around the corner for us. We can trust God in the darkness and the quiet times. If we are faithful through these times, we will come out on the other side stronger in our faith.


We are so blessed, while we do not know our immediate future we know where we are going to go after this life if we have trusted in Jesus and accepted Him as our Lord and Savior. We do not know the immediate future of the world but we know the ending and we can be secure in the arms of God. Today let us remember to praise God for our salvation and rejoice in our personal relationship with God.

Betty

Has a male cardinal on my feeder and a squirrel running around on the tree by the window. Thank you, Jesus for my little diamonds of blessings.

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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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April 16, 2017
Good Morning and Happy Easter,


Glory to God in the Highest. We serve a living Savior who reigns over Heaven and one day He will rule this earth as King of Kings and Lord of Lords. What a wondrous morning to praise the one who died and rose again so that we could be reconciled with God and one day live in Heaven with Him!

Today reminds us that our loved ones who have passed on and has accepted Jesus as their Savior, we will one day walk streets of Gold with them, by our side. Though we miss them, we look forward to the day when death will be no more and will talk with them again. As Paul said, today we see in part but one day everything will be clear to us. We will know why God allowed us to go through dark valleys and why His plans often differed from ours. We will be able to kiss the scars on His body that He bores for the redemption of lost souls, including ours.

Today, let us rejoice in what this day means and let us praise His Name.

Betty

https://youtu.be/G-hLSR5F4Y0


Keith Green – Easter Song Lyrics
Hear the bells ringing
They're singing that you can be born again
Hear the bells ringing
They're singing Christ is risen from the dead

The angel up on the tombstone
Said He has risen, just as He said
Quickly now, go tell his disciples
That Jesus Christ is no longer dead

Joy to the word, He has risen, hallelujah
He's risen, hallelujah
He's risen, hallelujah

Hear the bells ringing
They're singing that you can be healed right now
Hear the bells ringing, they're singing
Christ, He will reveal it now

The angels, they all surround us
And they are ministering Jesus' power
Quickly now, reach out and receive it
For this could be your glorious hour

Joy to the world, He has risen, hallelujah
He's risen, hallelujah
He's risen, hallelujah, hallelujah

The angel up on the tombstone
Said He has risen, just as He said
Quickly now, go tell his disciples
That Jesus Christ is no longer dead

Joy to the world, He has risen, hallelujah
He's risen, hallelujah
He's risen, hallelujah
Hallelujah

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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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April 17, 2017
Good Afternoon and Happy Monday,


My friends, there will be days that you feel like you are hanging on the end of the rope of sanity. There will be times that you are so tired and stressed that your prayer is for God to come and get His children. When this happens, do not give into despair or allow fear to overwhelm you. Call out to Jesus in the midst of your dark days and place your trust in Him. God will never fail you nor forsake you. Your trust in Jesus is secure and safe. My dear friends, there is indeed victory ahead in Jesus Christ. Do not lose heart and do not give up.

Betty

https://youtu.be/7DG052rsP3Y

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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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April 18, 2017
Good Morning and Happy Tuesday,



Hebrews 11:6King James Version (KJV)6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.


It takes faith to believe in salvation in Jesus. Jesus gives us the faith to accept Him as our Savior. We can choose or we can reject Him. When we choose Him, it takes faith to walk every day with the Lord until the end of our journey. God never promised us a journey through a field of flowers where the days are always sunny and troubles are far away. We will have troubles. We will have problems. Our bodies will fail us. Circumstances will not always be pleasing and life will not always be pleasant. We will not always be able to control what goes in our own lives, but we can be determined to serve God in all circumstances.

We can choose what attitude we will have. We can have a pleasing attitude that makes people want to be around us or we can choose to become bitter and angry. No one wants to spend much time around a bitter and angry person. It is disappointing to God when we choose to be bitter and angry. Like I said we cannot always control our circumstances but we can choose our attitudes. The best way to have a pleasing attitude is to stay close to God. The harder and more complex live gets the closer to God, we need to walk. The more we submit to the will of God the more can be relaxed in the worst of circumstances. Sometimes we need to cease fighting and accept God's will for our lives with a heart trusting in the path that God chose for us.

We have no control of what is going on in the world. The devil would love for us to begin to allow fear overtake us and to lose faith and hope in God. Remind that old devil that while we cannot see what tomorrow holds, God knows the future. We can have full trust that God not only knows what tomorrow will bring but He will give us what we need to sustain us from day to day. There is victory ahead, Saints of God.
He has all the answers so place your complete trust in Him. Walk with God daily in faith and trust. Let us be faithful servants of God. Do we need an attitude adjustment? If so ask God to give you a loving and sweet fragrant attitude .

https://youtu.be/rzlvjavDPMI
Dottie Rambo - Too Much To Gain To Lose Lyrics
1. Too many miles behind me
Too many trials my feet have walked through
Too many tears help me remember
There's too much to gain to lose.

Chorus
Too many sunsets lie behind the mountain
Too many rivers my feet have walked through
Too many treasures are waiting over yonder
There's too much to gain to lose.

2. I've crossed the hot burning desert
I was struggling the right road to choose
But somewhere up ahead there's cool clear water
And defeat is one word i'll never use.

Chorus
Too many sunsets lie behind the mountain
Too many rivers my feet have walked through
Too many treasures are waiting over yonder
There's too much to gain to lose.

Tag
Oh, too many treasures are waiting over yonder
There's too much to gain to lose!

Thanks to Dottie Rambo for these lyrics

Thanks to Old Tom Grump for correcting these lyrics

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April 19, 2017
Good Morning and Happy Wednesday.



2Cor. 2:14But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and manifests through us the sweet aroma of the knowledge of Him in every place. 15For we are a fragrance of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing; 16to the one an aroma from death to death, to the other an aroma from life to life. And who is adequate for these things? 17For we are not like many, peddling the word of God, but as from sincerity, but as from God, we speak in Christ in the sight of God.


Many years ago I took a test that told what your spiritual gift is. My gift came up compassion. My heart needs to be filled with compassion for the lost and seek to reach them out of love. Unfortunately, like Moses, I have sought to reach people at times out of anger. Not anger so much against the person but against the sin that stands between and God. There have been times that I was also angry at the person because they refused to see the truth.

Moses lost His chance to go into the promise land because he allowed his anger to cause him to disobey God.





Numbers 20:7-13King James Version (KJV)

7 And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying,

8 Take the rod, and gather thou the assembly together, thou, and Aaron thy brother, and speak ye unto the rock before their eyes; and it shall give forth his water, and thou shalt bring forth to them water out of the rock: so thou shalt give the congregation and their beasts drink.

9 And Moses took the rod from before the Lord, as he commanded him.

10 And Moses and Aaron gathered the congregation together before the rock, and he said unto them, Hear now, ye rebels; must we fetch you water out of this rock?

11 And Moses lifted up his hand, and with his rod he smote the rock twice: and the water came out abundantly, and the congregation drank, and their beasts also.

12 And the Lord spake unto Moses and Aaron, Because ye believed me not, to sanctify me in the eyes of the children of Israel, therefore ye shall not bring this congregation into the land which I have given them.

13 This is the water of Meribah; because the children of Israel strove with the Lord, and he was sanctified in them.

King James Version (KJV)
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We can see Moses side on this. How many times had God provided fresh water and food for the people? In their anger against God, they blamed Moses and Arron. God wanted to be obeyed and for them not to give into the sin of anger. Plus they were hurt that the people that led like little children, were so quick to turn on them.





Numbers 20:1-6Living Bible (TLB)

20 The people of Israel arrived in the wilderness of Zin in April[a] and camped at Kadesh, where Miriam died and was buried. 2 There was not enough water to drink at that place, so the people again rebelled against Moses and Aaron. A great mob formed, 3 and they held a protest meeting.

“Would that we too had died with our dear brothers the Lord killed!” they shouted at Moses. 4 “You have deliberately brought us into this wilderness to get rid of us, along with our flocks and herds. 5 Why did you ever make us leave Egypt and bring us here to this evil place? Where is the fertile land of wonderful crops—the figs, vines, and pomegranates you told us about? Why, there isn’t even water enough to drink!”

6 Moses and Aaron turned away and went to the entrance of the Tabernacle, where they fell face downward before the Lord; and the glory of Jehovah appeared to them.

Footnotes:

Numbers 20:1 in April, literally, “the first month.”

Anger can cause us to sin. We can lose patience with people. Sometimes it is hard for us to understand how someone who was taught the truth can reject the truth after believing the truth for so long. Remember the devil is tricky and clever. He knows what buttons to push for all of us. When the devil fills our heads and hearts with lies, if we do not run to the Bible and read the truth for ourselves, he can lead us astray. Remember that none of us have it made and sin can be dressed up by Satan to look pleasing to the eyes. Do not forget what the Bible says:


Jude 1:A Call to Persevere
17But, dear friends, remember what the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ foretold. 18They said to you, “In the last times there will be scoffers who will follow their own ungodly desires.” 19These are the people who divide you, who follow mere natural instincts and do not have the Spirit.

20But you, dear friends, by building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit, 21keep yourselves in God’s love as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life.

22Be merciful to those who doubt; 23save others by snatching them from the fire; to others show mercy, mixed with fear—hating even the clothing stained by corrupted flesh.f


We are to hate the sin and not the sinner. Be angry against Satan and not those who have been led astray by the lies of the devil. Pray for a spirit of compassion. Deal tenderly with those led astray. Apologize when Satan has turn your feelings into anger against a person instead of compassion.What ever your gift that God has given to you, use it for the Glory of the Lord. Seek the face of God daily and pray that you are open to see the situations that God puts you in for the purpose of sharing the Gospel with others.


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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Hi Betty,

I was impressed with your post of Wednesday, April 19th. As best as I can tell, you seem to have the gift of exhortation - as well as having the gift of compassion. I will pray that the Lord leads you into using your gift(s) wisely and well, and with genuine compassion and godly love.

May the Lord bless you and uphold you in your spiritual ministry, and also, may He uphold you in the many trials that you are going through. By the way, please keep on enjoying the little creatures that God has created -- so that you will be able to enjoy and to savor the "little blessings" that the Lord sends to you.

-- Lar

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Lar,

Thank you for your encouragement. May God bless you and your wife, greatly.
Betty

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April 20, 2017
Good Morning and Happy Thursday,

Do you ever feel like your cross is bigger then others, that the load your bare is heavier then those around us? I read on Facebook, yesterday a story about Christians coming to a meeting with God. As they came in they all put their crosses against the wall. When it was time to leave a lady said to God that she wanted to trade her cross for the smallest one there. God gently told her: " Child, that is the cross that you came in with".

The truth is that we do not always know what others are baring for Christ. Sometimes those with the biggest cross to bear, complain the least. It is not our job to compare our cross with others. Our job is to carry our cross without complaining. I know that is hard to do sometimes. When you feel overwhelmed ask God to give you strength. There will be times that our cross seems heavier due to our circumstances. This is the time to draw closer to God and communicate with God more then ever. Take joy in knowing that God trust you to carry your cross and there will be a time that you will trade your cross for a crown.

Pray not only for yourself but those around you. Do not give up. We are getting closer to the day we will see Jesus face to face. Let us work for Jesus out of heart of love for God and not out of obligation. The joy of the Lord is our shield and our strength.

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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April 21, 2017
Good Morning and Happy Friday,

We honestly do not know what the day will bring when we get up. As the old sayings goes: " Man writes his plans in pencil and God writes His plans with a permanent marker". Whatever the plans of God, we can trust Him. We do not have to live in fear, but can put complete trust in Him. God know our past, present, and future. Trust in God to guide you, throughout the day. Rejoice in each day that God gives you and seek to live each day in a way that is pleasing to God. Seek ways that you can be a blessing with those you come in contact with.

May God bless you and your families today. May His angels watch over you and your families, protecting them from harm.

Betty

Several female carnivals yesterday and a blue jay has been coming for bird food. They brightened my day. [thumbsup2]

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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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April 22,2017
Good Morning and Blessed Saturday,



AMY GRANT LYRICS

Play "Marching To Zion"
on Amazon Music

"Marching To Zion"

Come ye that love the Lord, and let your joys be known,
Join in a song with sweet accord, Join in a song with sweet accord.
And thus surround the throne, and thus surround the throne.

We're marching to Zion, beautiful, beautiful Zion;
We're marching upward to Zion; the beautiful city of God

Then let our songs a bound and every tear be dry;
We're marching through Immanuel's ground; we're marching through Immanuel's ground,
To fairer worlds on high, to fairer worlds on high.

We're marching to Zion, beautiful, beautiful Zion;
We're marching upward to Zion; the beautiful city of God

We're marching to Zion, beautiful, beautiful Zion;
We're marching upward to Zion; the beautiful city of God


The road from the moment of our salvation through Christ our Savior, is a journey. Some get saved as a young child, some as a young adult, and others in our senior years. Yet whatever the age of salvation, we begin a journey. Is it possible to be a Christian for 60 plus years and never get passed the baby years? I believe it is. There are those who want just enough salvation to get through the gate of Heaven and no more. Sadly not only are they cheating themselves of a strong relationship with God, but they are cheating God.

A relationship takes work on both sides. We have human relationships like that. We know each other enough to say hello but no more. Often it is because we do not want to invest time and effort in that relationship. Other times we do not want to be vulnerable to another person, so we only allow them to know just a little bit about us and no more. Sadly we can have that kind of relationship with God. We think we are hiding things from God, when the reality is, He knows more about us then we know ourselves. Our relationship with Jesus, should be our most honest relationship because we can tell Him everything about our lives. We can tell Him our deepest concerns and fears. He will not be shocked. The question becomes "Do I want to have a genuine relationship with Jesus, or a superficial relationship?". Do I want a journey where I am maturing spiritually, or do I want to enter Heaven a bottle fed Christian? We have to decide for ourselves. While salvation is free a mature growing relationship with God, cost time and effort. Am I ready and willing to bear the cost of a spiritually growing relationship with God? What is my answer?

https://youtu.be/p6Khmw1ncB0

Betty

Even on my bad days, I am blessed by God to have beautiful birds at my feeders.


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