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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

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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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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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April 25, 2017
Good Morning and Happy Monday,

My dear friends, we are on the job for God. We are not in Heaven, yet. Until that day we will have problems. We live in imperfect bodies, that wear out and develop sickness as they age. We will sin from time to time and we will be sinned against. We seek forgiveness from those we hurt and from God. We forgive those who sin against us. While we are marching to Zion, we have not arrived. Until that day, let us strife to live for God in a way that is pleasing to Him. Lay aside strife and bitterness. Do not seek to outdo anyone, but seek to live in a loving and gentle way, for this is pleasing to God. Seek the will of the Lord in all things. Let our tongues be an instrument that spreads joy and love and not gossip and destruction. As much as it is humanly possible live in peace with your neighbors.

Only God knows the future. Only He knows how much time we have on earth. Live every day for Jesus. Every day allow the Holy Spirit to shine forth from you to a world that has much need of the love of Christ. Seek ways to be a comforter to the broken hearted and a encourager to the down trodden. Allow God's love to shine from your face with a smile and kindness to those you come in contact with. Let others see Jesus in you. Talk to God daily and ask God to refill you daily with His Holy Spirit so your cup overflows and touches everyone you meet. Pray that God will use you for His glory. Let your mission be to please God and not to impress others.


When you fail God either in deed or attitude, do not run from God, but run to God for forgives and reconciliation. Talk to God honestly but respectfully. The closer we walk next to God, the further we walk away from sin and temptations. We are living in the last days. This is not time to straddle the fence. Determine to choose Jesus and do not be ashamed or afraid to stand up for Jesus in a world that is corrupt and filled with the evil of Satan. Satan is no shrinking violet and he is striking to corrupt from the top to the lowly man and woman working in the background. Even though it is no longer politically correct, live for Jesus. Stand for the truth of God's Word in a world where God's Word is considered hate speech. God's Word is true. One day every woman and every man will stand before the judgment seat, unless that have sought forgiveness from God and accepted His gift of salvation. Do not wait until it is too late. Jesus said that those who deny Himself on earth, Jesus will deny to the Father.



Matthew 7:15-27King James Version (KJV)

15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.

16 Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?

17 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.

18 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.

19 Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.

20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.

21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.

22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?

23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

24 Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:

25 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.

26 And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand:

27 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.

King James Version (KJV)

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 25, 2017
Good Morning Happy Tuesday,


The cats, the dog, and hubby are taking a morning nap and I am sitting in bed drinking coffee, watching a gentle breeze tickle the grass. Sometimes we need moments like this to reflect and allow our mind to relax. There are so many times that our brains are tormented by circumstances and Satan. The human brain is a favorite place for Satan to play. He can put in a simple thought and then "watch what happens. Have you ever been listening intently to the Pastor and all of a sudden you wonder if you turned off the stove or unplugged the curling iron? Sometimes the thought isn't so innocent. We notice a lady with a new hat and we become jealous. We would not say jealous, of course, but our thoughts go to things like: "She sure thinks she is something else?" Or "I wonder how much money she blew on that hat?" The devil has taken us from listening to the Pastor to judging. We may have not chosen that journey but we seem to be enjoying the trip. What do we do? We tell Satan that it is written "Get behind me, Satan!' Then we listen to the Pastor again.

Satan loves to sow seeds of doubt in our minds. "Surely if God loved you, you would be healed by now?"
"Did you see that brand new car, Jane is driving? How old is your car? If God loved you as much as He loves Jane, you would have a new car in your driveway, too!" Sowing seeds of doubt, envy and discouragement is one of Satan's specialities. What do we do? We talk to God. You remind yourself that you will be healed. Sometimes God heals us in this life and sometimes in Heaven, but healing is coming.
A new car means a car payment. That person who looks like all their ducks are in a row, may live with a mate who is never happy or rebellious kids. We all have burdens, let us bare our burdens with grace and not be envious of others.

We can also use our brains for good. Pray for others. Do like David and encourage ourselves in the Lord. Praise God throughout the day. When Satan brings up thoughts, remember Satan is a liar and he only seeks to destroy. Allow the Holy Spirit to build you up and help you grow spiritually. Take time for those moments when you enjoy the beauties of nature. Be joyful in the Lord and the world He created.

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 26, 2017
Good Morning and Happy Wednesday,

There are two rose bushes that where here when we moved here. I did not buy them nor plant them, but I enjoy them, anyway. The Bible says, some plant the seeds, some nourish the seeds, and some reap the harvest. We plant seeds every day in people's lives, often strangers we never see again. We plant good and bad seed. When we have a Christian sticker on our car and we cut someone off or refuse to allow them in our lane, even when they have their blinker on, we are setting a bad example for Christians. Has anyone ever witness our bad behavior and thought to themselves, that is why I do not go to Church? If we are honest with our selves, we will admit it has probably happened. At the grocery store if the clerk or the customer is having issues, do we murmur under our breath, stand with our arms folded and a scrawl on our face? Our behavior often makes it take longer because the clerk gets upset. What a loving example we make of Christ's love? When we are the one having the issues do we apologize to the one waiting behind us?

We can often feel that we cannot do anything for God, because we are not a Pastor, Teacher, or musically talented. Everyday when we are out in the world, we can represent Christ by having a loving, patient attitude. We can be merciful to those who need mercy. Only God knows the needs of people we come in contact with, but we can pray before we leave our house that God will use us to encourage and be a blessing to others. We can pray and ask God to be more patient behind the will and a kinder driver. Of course we pray that God will protect us on the road and we should but let us also pray for the drivers we will come in contact with.


Every day pray that God will use you, for the Glory of God. Be safe and be blessed.

Betty

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April 27, 2017
Good Afternoon and Happy Thursday,

When we seek for ways to share Christ with others, do we do it out of genuine love for the lost? Or do we do it out of our responsibility of being Christian? God forgive me, because often I do not have the love for the lost as I should. I would tell you I love everybody and on some level I do, but I do not love the lost to the point that I grieve over their lost souls. Jeremiah was known as the weeping prophet because he Cried over the future of Israel. Yet we know the future of the lost and yet how many Christians today in America weep over lost souls? Do we just consider that the job of the Preachers? How many people we come in contact actually have conversations with Preachers? Is our love for the lost a superficial love? This is not to make you feel bad about yourself, but we can begin to day praying that God will give us a heart of love and compassion for the lost souls. Pray that God will open doors for you to share Him and His plan of salvation with others. Ask God to help us be open to opportunities to share God's love with others.

Sharing God's love is more then a bumper sticker on your car that says that you listen to a Christian radio station or a sign that says you love Jesus. Sharing God's love is using opportunities to tell others that God loves them. Praying for others is so important. Pray for your families, your neighbors, and people God brings you in contact 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 28, 2017
Good Morning and Happy Friday,


Proverbs 20:3. Keeping away from strife is an honor for a man, But any fool will quarrel.


This world has always had strife, but it worse today. Strife effects families and work places. On Collage campuses, strife runs unchecked through students and faculty. Americans are more divided then ever across party lines. The devil is priming the world to accept peace at any cost, making way for a One World Government. Many Christians believe the election of President Trump was God working to give Sinners more time to accept salvation before the rapture.

Satan loves to attack families. Families are our first line of defense during times of troubles. A death in the family should bring families together. It does most of the time, long enough for the funeral and then turmoil, stress, and strife take over. One of the problems, is that anger is easier to deal with then the pain of losing a loved one. We can push the pain and grief aside if we stack focused on a grievance real or imagined against another family member, the Doctors, or even God.

Satan likes to divide families with strife. A family that stands together is stronger then a divided family. When we are weak we are more apt to give into temptations. Where there are children family strife can effect their future. Choosing a mate that is not a Christian or a mate that is unsuitable because of alcohol or abuse.

Stress in the work place can make a person sick. Dealing every day with a boss or coworkers who seem to strive on drama can cause ulcers, high blood pressure, and anxiety. What can we do about stress and strife? Talk to God. Instead of being quick with a smart remark, pause and silently pray. Wouldn't it be nice in family situations, when anger and arguments are going on, if someone spoke up and said?: " Let us pray together that God will heal our family, give us peace, and show us the way?"


The desire for peace will one day make the World accept a ruler who will be the anti-Christ. The Bible says that this man will come in peace but he will be pure evil and will force men and women to accept his mark on their body and their allegiance to worship himself. True peace comes from the God of Heaven, Jehovah and not Satan.




More Verses on Strife
Proverbs 27:15
Verse Concepts
A constant dripping on a day of steady rain And a contentious woman are alike;

Proverbs 20:3

Keeping away from strife is an honor for a man, But any fool will quarrel.

2 Corinthians 12:20

For I am afraid that perhaps when I come I may find you to be not what I wish and may be found by you to be not what you wish; that perhaps there will be strife, jealousy, angry tempers, disputes, slanders, gossip, arrogance, disturbances;

Philippians 2:14
Do all things without grumbling or disputing;

1 Timothy 2:8

Therefore I want the men in every place to pray, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and dissension.

1 Corinthians 1:10

Now I exhort you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all agree and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be made complete in the same mind and in the same judgment.


We will have problems. People will get hurt emotionally and the World will continue to run from God. Let us God's children run to God and talk to Him daily.


Matthew 11:28-30King James Version (KJV)

28 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.

30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

Betty


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April 29, 2017
Good Afternoon and Happy Saturday,


I am seeing a Specialist in May about my feeling weak and dizzy at times. Just as our bodies grow weak with sickness and age so can our Spiritual health. We can actually be so busy doing God's Work, that we do not spend any quality time with God. God sent His Son to die for us so we could be reconciled to Himself. God wants a personal relationship with us. If we say a quick morning prayer and a quick prayer at bedtime and no other time with God, we are shortchanging God and ourselves.


When our relationship with God begins to wane, we are more open to temptation, discouragement, and loss of faith. It is vital that we have a strong relationship with God. When we walk close to God, we are not easily led astray by false teaching. The Bible says in the last days that false teachers would be leading the weak minded astray. I read yesterday of ordained transgender Preacher who claims an Angel came to Him and told him that the Bible is wrong. The Bible has not changed but the devil is working over time to spread that lie.



Galatians 1:8King James Version (KJV)8 But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.



2 Corinthians 11:4King James Version (KJV)4 For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him.


God used Paul to warn us to be prepared for false teaching and satan's demons appearing as angel to persuade people to leave the truth of God's Word for false teachings and lies from the devil, himself. The devil wants to open the door for us to stop believing in the truth of the Gospel. He wants to weaken our faith. Hang on tight to the truth of the Gospel. Do not allow Satan or any one convince you that God has made mistakes or decided to change His mind on what sin is. God is and always has been truth. He is not going to change to accepting a LIE ever. When people come to you with questionable teaching, search the Word of God for the TRUTH.

Betty


John 14:6King James Version (KJV)Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

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April 3p, 2017
Good Afternoon and Blessed Sunday,

There is definitely a humbling experience to fall on your face in the front yard. I was working with a solar angel and was on my knees and lost my balance and fell on to my face. After accessing that I was okay then I quickly looked around to see if any one saw me in such a state with my face to the ground and my rump in the air. We want to be seen with dignity and poise. The position was anything but that.

Sadly we can be guilty of spending much more time on our outside appearance then our spiritual appearance. We like to think that our spiritual health is not seen, but in times of stress, anger, and pain, our spiritual health goes on display. Sometimes we are shocked ourselves by unkind words that pass our lips. Other times, words that are not our normal conversation can pop right out of our mouths when we almost have a wreck or stump our toe. Of course, we ask for forgiveness and God is kind and forgiving, but let us work our spiritual health and prayed that less unkind and cuss words come out of our mouths.

Pray that God will give us a spirit of love and compassion for others. Pray that in scary situations that we will thank God for protecting us. May we be willing to pray for that person who cuts us off on the road.

There is nothing wrong for wanting to look our best. Let us also ask God to help our spirit and soul to be pleasing to Him. Pray that we will be a walking testimony of God's love and not an embarrassment to God.

Betty

The blue jay has been around a lot and the new seed is attracting colorful birds. Even those times when I am struggling with my breaths, I am blessed to be able to sit in my chair and enjoy the birds and the two squirrels that visit me.

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May 1, 2017
Good Afternoon and Happy Monday,

I feed my dog outside so that our two cats can eat in peace. The dog did not want her food and left it. Now that she is in the house a neighbor's cat came to eat some and the dog went wild. Like a child, even if she doesn't want the food she doesn't want anyone else to have it.


Just like children we can be jealous of the spiritual gifts of others. Some spiritual gifts are more public then others, and some receive more attention then other gifts. My father for years worked on the Church's busses. It was not uncommon to visit my parents and see a buss with the motor pulled out. He did all this while working a 40 hour week. This was hard labor and few in the Church knew and even less knew how physically challenging it was. Too many, dad's work went unseen, but God knew. Even after the Church no longer had buses, dad would be the one that fixed toilets and checked to see why the burglar alarm at the Church went off at 2:30 in the morning. Dad was not the only one. There were several men at the Church at the time who worked behind the scenes.


Whatever spiritual gift you have, use it for the glory of God. Seek God's will for what He wants you to do and then do that job to your very best. If you are called to teach Sunday School, pray over each student, study so that you can share the truths that God gives you with your class. If God calls you to clean the Church, pray as you clean. Pray that God would save the loss, heal the hurting, and give peace to the fearful. Whatever your gift, pray that God will help you use your gift for His glory. Do not envy the gifts of others but pray that God will use your gift for His Kingdom. Whatever tool God has put in our hands, let us use it to the best of our ability and that our gift will have the blessings of God upon it.

Betty,

Have a blessed day and look for ways to share God's love with others.

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May 2, 2017
Good Morning and Happy Tuesday,

There are some mornings that we just do not feel motivated to do anything. We feel sluggish and not quite with it. Our morning devotion can be done out of habit more then wanting to spend time with God. Our love for God is still strong and we still want to please Him but our mind seems to be in a fog. This happens to all of us and God understands. When we do our devotion and pray, He knows it is an act of obedience and He appreciates that we have made an effort. The devil will seek to get us to avoid our devotion and just move on to something else, but when we spend time with God, we will be refreshed and we will leave our devotion feeling better.


Similarly, there have been many times I have left Church feeling better then when I had arrived. The devil will use any excuse to make us stay home. Of course there are times we are sick and can't go, but when we are able, we will find the time spent in the House of the Lord, worth our time and effort. God wants to spend time with us everyday and we can talk to Him through out the day. God is worth the effort we make to spend time praying, reading His Word, and praising Him. In these days it is more important then ever to spend time with our Heavenly Father.


Today let us take the time to talk to God throughout the day. We are going in to Houston for Ronnie to see his cardiologist. He is falling a lot and we bought him a walker yesterday. Please pray that his heart doesn't have anymore damage. Have a blessed day and may God protect you and your family.

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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May 3, 2017
Good Afternoon and Happy Wednesday,


Today as I fed the animals, birds, and squirrels there was a cool breeze in the air. It was so refreshing and pleasant. When we are feeling run down and spiritually low, we can spend time with God and ask for a refreshing breeze from the Holy Spirit to pass through our soul. The power of the Holy Spirit can awaken our desire for service to God that has been put aside because of our discouragement and tiredness in spirit and in body. Jesus said that we have not because we ask not. Our we more likely to ask for physical strength and forget our spiritual health? I would have to say for myself the answer is sadly, yes. Truth is we can become so overwhelmed with our physical issues that we lose complete sight of our spiritual needs. I know this simply because I am guilty. Most of us wake up sometimes and feel more tired then when we went to sleep. This causes a cycle of anxiety, depression, and just an overall feeling of unwellness. When we are in this cycle we can lose sight of God and feel that He has left us alone in our suffering. The more this goes on the further from God we feel and the more discouraged we become.


Jesus is telling us, my dear friends; He has never left us. Even when a cloud of discouragement covers our ability to see Him, He is there. Remind yourself that the devil wants to isolate your from God and other believers. When you overwhelmed by circumstances run to God and NOT AWAY from God. When the devil talks trash to you, remind him that he is a liar and God alone is real truth. It is in those times that we are most vulnerable that we need to spend more time with God. Even when you have no words to speak, turn on praise music and just spend time listening for God to speak. Ask the Holy Spirit to pray through you for the needs that you can not articulate. And as words come thank God for His Majestic Glory. Ask God to help you honor Him through your prayers, praises, and your life itself. Ask God to fill you to overflowing with His joy. His joy will bring an end to the depression and as we are able to help others we will see healing in our minds and hearts.


May God guide your path today and along the way bring tiny diamonds of joy and peace into your lives.
As the old song says "Count your Blessings"

Betty

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May 4, 2017
Good Afternoon and Happy Thursday,


Philippians 4:6King James Version (KJV)Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.


Today is a day of prayer set aside for Americans. God wants to hear our prayers and He has said for us to lay our needs before Him. Pray for your individual needs, the needs of your families, lost loved ones and friends, Our Country and our President. Open your heart to God and share your needs, fears, and concerns.

After you lay your petitions before the Lord remember to praise God for His majestic glory.


Psalm 19:1King James Version (KJV)19 The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.



Psalm 66:2King James Version (KJV)Sing forth the honour of his name: make his praise glorious.



Psalm 29:4King James Version (KJV)4 The voice of the Lord is powerful; the voice of the Lord is full of majesty.



Psalm 69:30King James Version (KJV)30 I will praise the name of God with a song, and will magnify him with thanksgiving.


Let our mouths be filled with praises to God. Let our hearts over flow with sincere gratefulness for the gift of our salvation. My we never be guilty of taking our salvation and the cost of such a precious Gift for granted. Magnify the Lord with me and praise His Name forever!

Betty

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May 5, 2017
Good Afternoon and Happy Friday,

Have you ever begin reading your devotion and have so much interference that you just have to stop for the time being? Your mate ask you several questions. Your pets crawl all over your reading material and instead of feeling blessed, you feel frustrated. This is the time to take a deep breath and move on, for the moment.


I am not saying our devotion is not important but sometimes we need to take a small break and just talk to God. Tell Him about our frustrations, our physical pain, and our spiritual needs. Take time to pray for the sick, the lost and the depressed. Pray that God will give you a heart of compassion for others. Rejoice in the goodness of the Lord. It is so wonderful to spend time just talking to God. We are blessed that not only does God hears us but, He takes the time to listen with His heart as well as His ears.

We are meeting our son and His wife (Sarah) for Mexican food tonight. I am blessed when ever I am able to spend time with family.

Betty

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May 6, 2017
Good Afternoon and Happy Saturday,


  Psalm 25:4-10King James Version (KJV)
4 Shew me thy ways, O Lord; teach me thy paths.

5 Lead me in thy truth, and teach me: for thou art the God of my salvation; on thee do I wait all the day.

6 Remember, O Lord, thy tender mercies and thy lovingkindnesses; for they have been ever of old.

7 Remember not the sins of my youth, nor my transgressions: according to thy mercy remember thou me for thy goodness' sake, O Lord.

8 Good and upright is the Lord: therefore will he teach sinners in the way.

9 The meek will he guide in judgment: and the meek will he teach his way.

10 All the paths of the Lord are mercy and truth unto such as keep his covenant and his testimonies.


     As human beings our nature does not lead us to live in righteousness and walk in truth.   We were born sinners.  Jesus paid the price so that we can choose to live in righteousness and walk in truth.  The world will say:  "I know this is not wrong for my heart does not convict me. 

     

                 

Jeremiah 17:9King James Version (KJV)9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?


      The truth is, if we commit a sin enough times, we will no longer be convicted.  Our hearts can become blinded by sin and we can live in sin and no longer be convicted.

               
         
Romans 1:21-32King James Version (KJV)

21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.

22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,

23 And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.

24 Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:

25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.

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.


        We do not have to give into the devil's ways.  We can turn away from his temptations and call out to God.


       

James 4:7King James Version (KJV)7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.


     David did not trust himself to search his own heart.  He knew the heart can be deceitful. 


       
Psalm 139:23-24King James Version (KJV)23 Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts:24 And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.


   We ask God to search our hearts and to convict us of our sins and then we repent and turn from our sins.  It is not enough to weep because of our sins but we must seek forgiveness and turn away from our sins.  We cannot be a "Christian" bank robber.  We cannot stay in a adultery relationship and be right with God.
We cannot be a "Christian" living in sin and refusing to leave the sin behind and be right with God.  Getting right with God can demand a life style change, but eternity in Heaven with God will so be worth it.

Betty


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May 7, 2017
Good Afternoon and Blessed Sunday,

Hubby went to Church with me. We picked up stuff for tacos for supper and fast food for lunch. I got my Church clothes off and put my gown on. Both hubby and I are having issues with being tired and not sleeping well, so we are in bed. I told my hubby that having him go to Church with me was a blessing. God is good to me and the Sermon by Pastor Wayne encouraged and blessed me.

God is so kind and good to us. When we give out of our need, God blesses us. Whether it is a financial gift or attending the House of God, God will bless us. In our weakness, we are made strong.
We can trust God to work in our financial needs and our health. Even if God has chosen to heal us in Heaven, He still helps us bear our afflictions in grace and humility.

May God richly bless you and your families.



Ephesians 3:20-21King James Version (KJV)20 Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,21 Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.


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May 8, 2017
Good Afternoon and Happy Monday,

This morning, I nearly fell in the kitchen, only grabbing the counter stopped my fall, from simply getting my feet crossed up. As we age, we find that we cannot do as much as used to and we have many more of those "senior" moments. As we become weaker, it is easy to become discouraged. We need to remind ourselves that even in our weaker state, God still loves us. We are still important to God and He will not abandon us just because we are older and our health declines. As we get older we will find less energy to shop and run the roads but we can spend more time talking to God and praying for one another. Rejoicing in the glory of God and praising Him for His Majestic goodness and faithfulness, to His children.

This morning after I put the bird seed out, I was blessed to see "my" squirrel at the feeder. I consider her mine because I feed her every day, although I have no clue if the squirrel is male or female. The blue jay and male cardinal should be coming soon to eat. On those days that I am not able to leave the house, I can rejoice in the blessings of nature.


As we age the devil will attempt to chop away at our self worth and try to convince us that we are less worthy of God's love. Remember God loved you when you were an infant and totally depended on others. His love for us does not diminish, nor our value to Him diminish because our health declines. Trust in God and be faithful to the end. Fight to the end with dignity and grace and allow God's love to shine forth from you to others. Look forward to the prize before us and love one another just as Christ loves His children.

Betty

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May 9. 2017
Good Afternoon and Happy Tuesday,



John 1:14King James Version (KJV)14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.



So much truth is wrapped up in one verse. God gave up His home in glory, to live among man as man so that He could live and die for our sins. He left Heaven where He was given His rightful praise continuously, to come to earth where He was ridiculed, spat on, tortured and killed. He knew what awaited Him on earth but He chose to come anyway out of His great love for mankind.

May God forgive us when we neglect to praise Him. When we take for granted His precious sacrifice and when we act like spoilt children. Let us praise the God of Heaven every day and rejoice in the gift of salvation. "How Great is Our God!" Human words can not express the value of God. Yet, He takes pleasure in His children and rejoices in our achievements. The more we realize the sacrifices God made, not just on the cross but leaving Heaven to live with us, the more our hearts should sing songs of praise to God our father. Our love for God should over flow our cups and we should be walking and talking examples of God's marvelous love.


Just as God left Heaven to walk with man, one day we will leave earth to walk the streets of gold with Him. This ticket to Heaven was bought by Jesus, but we must accept the ticket and turn away from our sinful ways and choose to walk with God and do His will. We cannot do the will of Satan and walk with God at the same time. We must choose for ourselves, who we will serve. This decision is the most important decision we will ever make. Choose wisely!

Betty

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May 10, 2017
Good Afternoon and Happy Wednesday,



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


As I fed the pets, birds, and squirrels, my prayer was that today I would be a faithful servant for God today. I have found sadly, that it is easy to have the good intention of serving God with a cheerful heart, when we wake up. Only to find that the we get laid astray by dealing with other people and circumstances. Sometimes their actions can cause our attitude to sour. Sadly we can get angry because of circumstances or people and our desire to serve God, goes right out the window. If we can step back and ask for forgiveness from God we can step back into a cheerful and giving frame of mind. Too often, though our reaction is anger and bitterness. We can even resort to blaming God. Thinking that if He had not allowed those circumstances and those mean people mess up or day, we would have been a good and faithful servant. Where as if we had faithfully serve in kindness in-spite of people and circumstances, not only would have given a gift of sacrifice to God, but we would have grown spiritually.

God did not ask us to serve Him only on good days. God did not ask us to love others only when they deserve love. God desires our obedience in good and bad times. Where would we ourselves be if God only saved those worthy? Heaven would not be our designation. Let us not grow weary in serving God. Remind ourselves that we can trust and depend on God when the sun is shining as well as the days when the sky is dark and clouds rumble and snap. In the bad days, draw closer to God and talk to Him more often. Remind yourself that God had not abandoned us.

Today look for those little diamonds in your path. Speak kindness to others and be cheerful and not grumpy. Yesterday I took pleasure in the blue jay that has joined my birds at the feeder. He is beautiful and so big. I saw a squirrel at the feeder when I woke up as I laid in bed. Made me smile.

Betty

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May 11, 2017
Good Afternoon and Happy Thursday,

As I walked around the yard I prayed that God would inspire me with what I should write today. When I brought the garbage cans up to the yard, I walked under a tree, where a little bird was singing. After I brought the second one up, I looked up in the tree and thanked the bird for its song. It stopped singing and started talking. I would like to think the bird was saying "Thank you. I am glad you enjoyed my song ". Of course the bird could have been saying " Move on, you are disturbing me". I do know the One that who always enjoys our songs to Him. It doesn't matter if we have a beautiful voice or tone death. God loves to hear our praises. Of course we must be singing out of our love for Christ and not obligation.

Sometimes we will find ourselves doing things out of obligation. While it is good to be faithful and do things for others, it is better if we do it for the glory of God. When the devil whispers in your ear "you really do not want to do this", we answer back that we are doing this for the glory of our Lord and Savior. Do not do your work to impress other people. The praises of mankind are fleeting and tomorrow someone else will be their 'little darling' . What we do for God will last throughout eternity.

I love to sit and look out the window at the trees. I saw the squirrel climbing the fence a few minutes ago. Nature can bring peace into your heart. The trees gently moving in the breeze. Watching waves of water moving up to the bank and back again has a calming effect. True peace and joy comes from God. He wants to give both to us. Sometimes we have to ask God to forgive us from sin and sometimes we must to take the time to sit with God awhile. God wants to give us peace and joy, take some time every day to spend with God, even if it is 10 minutes at a time.

Betty

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Hi Betty (and all),

Betty, at the end of your post you exhorted us to take some time each day to talk with God. I must confess that lately, I have just been praying to God with prayer needs, and not really spending "quality time" talking with Him.

I think that you had a good idea here... (spending some "quality time" with God each day). Would you please pray that I (and that others here) would take the time to talk with God each day - and not just to ask him our prayer requests, and then to let it go at that. Thanks. [Smile]

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Lar,

Great ideas. We should pray for one another.
Betty

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Good Afternoon and Blessed Saturday,


When we take the time to enjoy nature, we are reminded how great the God we serve, truly is. We can see handiwork in the smallest flower and in the tallest mountain. He spoke the creation of all things with just a word. How marvelous it truly is that He would take the time to care about our physical issues and our emotional pain! Yet we live in a world where people influenced by Satan, talk trash to God and think that on judgement day, that will tell God, how it is. As His children let us not be guilty of treating and speaking to God with disrespect.

It is okay to talk to God about how disappointed we are about things. We can even tell Him when we are angry with Him. Speak to God even in the midst of your anger with respect and love. When we were teens, we learned quickly that there was a limit to what we could mouth off to our parents and a disrespectful tone in our voice was not tolerated. We should treat God with respect out of our love for Him. When we were angry with our parents, we still loved them, in the midst of our anger. It should be the same with God. Sometimes God takes us down paths we do not want to be on. Sometimes He allows things in our lives that do not make us happy. When we submit to God's plans He will give us peace in our hearts and mind.

In the midst of trails and pain, remind yourself of your future. There is a reason for the choices God makes in our lives. Trust Him even when the path is painful and scary. One day we will be in Heaven and all we went through will just be a distant memory. God does work out every thing for our good. Everyone will have trials in your life. You may feel overwhelmed today. If so, cry out to God about your pain. Ask Him to encourage and give you the strength you need today.

Betty

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May 15, 2017
Good Morning and Happy Monday,


2 Corinthians 12:9King James Version (KJV)9 And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.


Many of us deal with one of more diseases. Many of the the diseases, have symptoms, that try to knock you down, as soon as you stand up in the morning. It can become tempted to dread each morning or to refuse to get up at all. Jesus knew His children would have battles. Some battles will not be won, until we pass through the river of death. This is why He spoke through Paul, to remind us that His grace is sufficient. God may allow us to deal with these issues until the day we die, but His grace and mercy will sustain us through them. The less we kick against the wheel and accept His will with trust in Him, the
more we will feel His presence. This doesn't meant that there will not be days that we are overwhelmed, but these are the times to draw closer to God and resist the temptation to pull away from God. God has given us a body armor to fight against Satan.





Ephesians 6:10-18King James Version (KJV)

10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.

11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;

15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;

16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.

17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:

18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;

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Maybe your battle is not physical. There are many battles we face as children of God, but whatever your battle is remind yourself that God has not set us in the battlefield, unarmed. Seek to be armored, by studying the Word of God and by prayer. One day your battle will be over, whether by passing from this life to Heaven or by the glorious rapture. Rejoice in your salvation and the knowledge of what awaits you in Heaven. In the midst of the fight, encourage yourself in the Lord. Some spiritual growth only comes by pain and suffering. It is not God desire that we suffer in vain. It is His desire that we grow spiritually strong through the battles. If we cannot stand though these battles, how we stand if we had to die for our faith? Today, in this world there will be those who will be put in prison for their faith in Jesus. Yes, there will be those executed for their belief in Jesus. Whatever battlefield that God has put you in, let us strife to fight with faith and trust in God.

Betty

Listening to the birds call out to each other, is my morning jewel, today.

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May 16, 2017
Good Afternoon and Happy Tuesday


ANDRAE CROUCH - It Won't Be Long Lyrics
It won't be long
Till we'll be leavin' here
It won't be long
We'll be goin' home

It won't be long
Till we'll be leavin' here
It won't be long
We'll be goin' home

Count the years as months
Count the months as weeks
Count the weeks as days
Any day now
We'll be goin' home

It won't be long
Till we'll be leavin' here
It won't be long
We'll be goin' home

It won't be long
Till we'll be leavin' here
It won't be long
We'll be goin' home

Count the years as months
Count the months as weeks
Count the weeks as days
Any day now
We'll be goin' home

We shall be like Him
We shall be like Him
We shall be like Him
Any day now
We'll be goin' home

We shall be like Him
We shall be like Him
We shall be like Him
Any day now
We'll be goin' home

It won't be long
It won't be long
It won't be long
We'll be goin' home

It won't be long
It won't be long
It won't be long
We'll be goin' home


I was singing this chorus this morning as I took care of the pets, birds and squirrels. When I think of Heaven, there is a longing for God to come and get us. While I must admit, having a healthy body is part of it, there is also a deep longing in my soul to be in the presence of Jesus Christ. To kiss the scars that He bears for the cost of my salvation and to sit with Him awhile and just talk to Him- face to face. What a glorious thought! My soul moans with anticipation of being in Heaven with Jesus. This doesn't mean I have laid down my cross. I want to work for God until my last breath, even if it is just praying for others. May I never become so self minded that I neglect praying for the hurts and needs of others, because I am so self obsessed with my own needs and pain. May God grant me the mercy and strength to pray for others through my own pain. In my own sickness may I always be mindful and pray for others who also suffer, daily.


May God remind me daily to pray for those who are persecuted for their faith in Jesus. May I remember to lift up those in prison, for their belief in Jesus. Help me God, to lay aside my own needs and pray for those who suffer for thy sake. May your children, remember to pray for one another and remind ourselves and each other that the prize that awaits us, is worth the pain we suffer today. The closer we get to the end of grace may we be willing to share thy grace and salvation with others. The devil wants us to be so focused on our own needs that we are blinded of the suffering of others. Let our eyes and ears be open to the doors you open for us to share the light of your Gospel to those who are searching for Your Truths. May we each be open to do your will not out of obligation but out of our love for you.

I pray that you will come get your Church soon but until that moment, help us, your children to be a shining light in a world that is growing darker every day.

Betty


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Sept, 19, 2015 is the date I started this blog. My failures and lack of education was foremost in my mind. I feared embarrassing God and even to this day, I read and reread to see if there are any misspelled words, usually are. I was a bad speller in elementary, and still, am. I have learned that God wants me to write from my heart. He is not going to turn me in to my favorite Sunday School teacher or my favorite Precher. God wants to use us in our skin and through our own experiences. I believe God has a job for all of us and if we are willing, He will use us for His glory. I have found that if I write what God lays on my heart, I do not have to worry that others will not like what I say. My job is not to keep from hurting feelings but to write for the glory of God. There are times, the things I write, fill me with conviction and I have to stop and ask forgiveness from God. Yes, I am pleased as punch when God uses me to touch the heart of others. There is a joy nothing can replace, when we know that God is using us to help others. I, too have been encouraged and blessed by others. God's mercy abounds and is like no other. I pray that God will use me for His glory, till the day I die.
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May 17, 2017
Good Morning and Happy Wednesday,


This morning as I walked around the yard, I sang to God. Since I don't know all the words to songs, it was a song with little bits from many songs. Thankfully God did not call me to be a singer. It doesn't matter if we know all the words to songs or have a beautiful voice, when we sing to God from our heart. One sentence that came to me was "I traveled many miles to get to here". Any of us who have lived to be over 60, has traveled through the flood, fire, valleys and atop mountains, spiritually and emotionally. There have been times that God has dragged me to where He wanted to be because I was not going willingly. There have been times that I stood on the mountain of His grace and rejoiced at the knowledge that God was with me. God has always been with me, but sometimes I could not see Him through my tears and doubts.

All of us have been through bad times. Times that we do not even like to think about because years later, the pain of it, still cuts. There were times, that it seemed God did not answer our prayers. Even now as our trust in Him has grown, we can look back and still wonder why a prayer was not answered. For now, it must be enough that God always had our best interest at heart. One day we will understand why. The more we trust in God the less the past hurts us. The person we are today is because of the good and the bad things in our past. Rejoice in what you have become through the grace of Jesus and wait with patience, until the time all will be revealed.

Looking out the window, there is a slight breeze and the birds are quiet. Take time today for quiet reflection with your God and Savior, Jesus Christ. May God bless and keep you safe.

Betty

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May 18, 2017
Good Morning and Happy Thursday,

Ronnie and I were both awake most of the night. Him insomnia and me in pain. This morning put the dog out to do her business and fed the cats and the dog went back to bed to join, Ronnie. It is okay for us to get extra rest when are sleep depraved. In times of distress we are told to rest in the Lord.


Psalm 37:7King James Version (KJV)7 Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass.


How do we rest in the Lord? Sometimes we lie our bed and pray and then rest in His presence, for His response. Other times even if we are moving around doing chores or at work, we can allow our spirit to rest in God. This is the time to stop making plans about how we are going to do things, but prayerfully wait for God to give us His answers.


Psalm 73:26 “My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.”

Psalm 61:1-4b “Hear my cry, O God; listen to my prayer. From the ends of the earth I call to you, I call as my heart grows faint; lead me to the rock that is higher than I. For you have been my refuge, a strong tower against the foe. I long to dwell in your tent forever and take refuge in the shelter of your wings.”

Psalm 62:1-2 “My soul finds rest in God alone; my salvation comes from him. He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will never be shaken.”

Isaiah 40:28-31 “Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”

Hebrews 4: 9-11 “Let us therefore strive to enter that rest, so that no one may fall by the same sort of disobedience.”


Matthew 11:28-29 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”

Psalm 127:1-2 “Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. Unless the Lord guards the city, the guard keeps watch in vain. It is in vain that you rise up early and go late to rest, eating the bread of anxious toil; for he gives sleep to his beloved.”

1 Peter 5:7 “Casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.”

Psalm 62:5 “Yes, my soul, find rest in God: my hope comes from him.”

Psalm 116:7 “Return to your rest, my soul, for the Lord has been good to you.”


We live in a world that if full of stress. The devil runs from one corner to another corner to cause devastation. His demons are causing chaos and sin is running rampant. Satan is filling hearts with hate and evil towards others. I have never seen a President, that is hated as much as President Trump. Literally, entertainers are ramping up their careers just on trashing President Trump. I read where Jimmy Fallen apologized for making Trump look human on his show. There was a young man arrested for beating up people in their 80's and 90's for fun. It's enough to make us fearful, if we had not read the Bible. The Lord has told us the world will get worse and worse as the days of grace come to an end and then the anti-Christ will come on the scene. I believe the rapture will come before he is revealed but I believe he is quietly putting things in place for his reign, even today.


As we wait for the rapture, let us work for God, but also take time to rest in the Lord Jesus. Pray that the Holy Spirit will refresh your spirit and soul. Fear not what is coming in the world, but hold on to the knowledge that we will soon be leaving this world for Heaven. Rejoice and keep your eyes upon the prize; eternity with God. Everyday, ask God to give you courage, peace of mind and heart and joy.

Betty

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May 19, 2017
Good Afternoon and Happy Friday,


"Best Intentions"


This morning I moved the bird bath from the front yard, to the back. I had moved it there months ago, because I thought it would look neat in the front yard. My water hose is in the back yard. I convinced myself that I would open the gate and drag the hose to the front yard to refill the water daily. I did it once.
I had not realized how much trouble it would be to drag the hose to the front yard or how out of breath I would get doing so.

Our best intentions can get us in trouble. Sometimes we underestimate how much trouble a job is going to be when we volunteer for the job. When the job turns out to be too big for us, we either halfway do it or just don't do it all. In times like this, when we find we can not do a job correctly, let us be honest with those involved. Tell them the job turned out to be beyond our abilities or we misjudged how much free time we actually have to work on the job.

Other times our intentions are misunderstood by others. I am sure we have all been witness to a conversation, where someone says something nice about an extra job a person took on only to hear someone say "they only did it to impress others". This is one area where God has convicted me. We have no right to judge someone's motives. Unless the person tells you that they did the job for wrong motivations we should always think they did the job out of the best intentions. We cannot see into the heart or mind of others. We do not know what the motivation was for why someone did something. Only God knows the motivation of why someone does something. Sometimes we do not even know why we do things. When Satan puts judgments thought in your head about the motivation of others remind Satan and yourself that it is not your job to judge the motivations of others.

Sometimes we fail God in our best intentions. We promise things we cannot fulfill. It is best not to promise God that we are going to spend X-number of minutes every day in devotions. We are better off committing to spend time with God every day. There will be days that we can spend more time then others in prayer and meditation, then other days. The important thing is to spend some time with God every day.
When we do spend time with God, whether it is 5 minutes or 30 minutes let us give God our full attention. You cannot study God's Word, while doing two other chores at the same time. Through out the day we can talk to God while doing other things. We can pray and sing praises while we are driving. We can talk to God while working at the office or home, but always take time for some quality time with God, alone.

Have a blessed weekend. I am happy to say that the blue jay has been making my feeder a regular stop.

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May 20, 2017
Good Afternoon and Happy Saturday,


As I sit here, I see the American Flag and the leaves gently moved by the wind. There are times that God moves us gently to a new path, new job, and even a new town, even a new State. There are other times that we feel as if we are moved by a hurricane. There are some trials we go through that literally bring us to our knees. I read recently somewhere where someone wrote "if circumstances bring you to your knees- pray, after all you are in the perfect position to pray. Sadly in those times, prayer is the last thing on our minds. Sometimes, we want to scream to the heavens and kick anything in our path. Other times, we want to just lie there and just die .

Change is hard. The older we get the more we resist change. I am of the mind that change is for the young. God does know best. There are times that God moves us out of a situation, because we have become too comfortable. There are times God moves us, because He sees we are in a situation, that can lead us into sin. Contrary to the world view, God is not playing chess with people's lives, moving people around like chess pieces out of boredom or just for fun. God has a purpose for His children. When He moves us, it is for a Godly purpose.


Change can come in our jobs, our homes, in our families. Some people thrive on change and hate to even be in the same place for very long. Most of us resist change. When we feel that we are being led in a new situation begin to pray. Pray that God will provide what you need in your new situation. When we moved to Washington, I prayed for 6 months that God would provide a Bible preaching Church. He did. When we feel God is brining us to a new job, pray for God to provide a job where He can use you in your job for His Glory. Sometimes God moves us to a different Church. Pray that you can find a Church where the Pastor is not afraid to preach the truth of God's Word.


When you feel that God is bringing change in your life, pray for guidance and direction from God. Trust in Him to have your best interest at heart. Pray that you will be open to the will of God in your life.


Betty

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May 21, 2017
Good Morning and Blessed Sunday,

Do you remember what you were thinking when you gave your heart to Jesus? Some accept out of fear of hell and others out of love for Jesus. I do not believe either way is wrong. But as we grow in grace, we need to realize that God is love and God is the God of judgment. How can He be both? The same way a parent loves on their children when they are hurt and punishes them when they are rebellious. Discipling children does not mean that we do not love them, nor does God's discipline for His children means He has lost His love for them.



Hebrews 12:6-11New King James Version (NKJV)

6 For whom the Lord loves He chastens,
And scourges every son whom He receives.”[a]
7 If[b] you endure chastening, God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom a father does not chasten? 8 But if you are without chastening, of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate and not sons. 9 Furthermore, we have had human fathers who corrected us, and we paid them respect. Shall we not much more readily be in subjection to the Father of spirits and live? 10 For they indeed for a few days chastened us as seemed best to them, but He for our profit, that we may be partakers of His holiness. 11 Now no chastening seems to be joyful for the present, but painful; nevertheless, afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.


It is a dangerous situation to be in, when we can live in sin and not be convicted. When you feel no conviction for sin, it means your heart has hardened against the Holy Spirit's call. There is a time when God will no longer call but in essence walk away from you.




Romans 1:21-32King James Version (KJV)

21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.

22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,

23 And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.

24 Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:

25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.

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.


Why does God give up on people? When people who know the truth and yet, hardened their hearts to the truth, they have in their own heart and mind knocked God off His throne and put themselves on the throne. They have rejected the teachings of God and decided to make their own truths. The more they reject God's truth the harder their heart becomes and they will reach a point that God will give them over to sin.


The more we love God, the more we accept His will. The more we reject His will, the colder our faith is until our flames goes out and with our flame our salvation. If we choose sin over God, we cannot enter Heaven. There is a difference in occasionally sinning and asking for forgiveness and living in sin. Living in sin, one has the attitude that they are going to do things their way, no matter the cost. Sadly they underestimate the cost. Is there any lifestyle of sin that is worth hell? No! Jesus paid the cost for our salvation. We must pay the cost of rejecting sin and living in the will of God. Every day we live, is one less day we have to make it right. Soon all our days will disappear like dust in the wind. Then it will be too late to choose, our choice will be set in stone.




Revelation 22:11King James Version (KJV)11 He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still.


Once we die it is too late to get saved. When Jesus comes back for His Church, those who are not saved will be left behind, to face the tribulation. Some people will get saved during the tribulation, but the Bible makes it clear you will be-headed for your faith in Christ. Many will die in the plaques and never get saved. Those who take the mark of the beast cannot get saved and will spend eternity in hell.

The time to turn away from sin is now. Accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior. Pray for your lost family and friends. Speak the truth in love, while you still have a chance to do so.

Betty

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May 22, 2017
Good Afternoon and Happy Monday,


When we fall asleep at night and awake the next morning, do we take a moment to praise God for another day? The answer most likely is sometimes. Sometimes we do begin the day and end the day with a prayer. Other times, we go to bed worried about tomorrow and wake up with a mind congested with the things we need to accomplish that day. Our day can begin with frustration, fear, and concern for the day. Yes, there are days that the events scheduled, can overwhelm us. Sadly, on those days we neglect the One who can give us peace and help us through the day. Even if you do not have time to sit and pray, you can pray as you shower and dress. Talk to God about your needs for the day and ask Him to give you peace of mind. When we trust God to help us, He will guide us and settled our minds. As we go throughout the day remind yourself of the many blessings that God has bestowed on you and your family and praise Him for it.

When we talk to God as we begin the day, we are less likely to be snappy and irritated with ourselves and others. When God replaces the anger with peace, things will be better for us and the people we deal with throughout the day.


Psalm 29:11King James Version (KJV)11 The Lord will give strength unto his people; the Lord will bless his people with peace.


As we walk through our day, take time to talk to God. Tell Him your needs and praise His Holy Name.

Betty

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May 23, 2017
Good Morning and Happy Tuesday,


Where we live we have the choice of one internet company. It seems at least once a day or many times a day we have to unplug the modem and plug it back it in to get connected to the internet. Does it seem like there are times that we have trouble connecting to God? There are times that it is guilt over sin in our life, but it can also because because we are physically and spiritually tired. To keep sharing the Gospel with others, we need to get refueled ourselves. We need time alone with God. We cannot run on a empty tank.

In our busy often hectic life, we can begin to think spending time with God is a chore, yet spending time with God is a privilege. It our President was to visit us, we would cancel everything on our schedule to visit with him. How much more is important God is! I am not saying we need to quit our job and not do our daily errands, but make time for God. Take time every day to spend with your Heavenly Father. He is worth the effort. Remember to pray for your family, friends, and others that you hear are in need.

Betty

The dove couple came this morning to the feeders.

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May 24, 2017
Good Afternoon and Happy Wednesday,

Yesterday, I found out a family member is being mistreated. This broke my heart. This morning when I woke up and I laid in bed awhile, I begin to feel convicted. It is natural for us to hurt when our loved ones and friends are hurt. As children of God we should also hurt when God's children are being persecuted and killed for their faith. It is a little harder to stay informed because American media has no pity on Christians. Imagine if it came out that in another Country, Muslims were being persecuted and killed for their faith. There would be an outrage all over the world. The media stays quiet because it is not politically correct to say that Muslims are killing Christians for their faith. Men, women and children are being tortured and murdered simply because they are Christians.

http://www.persecution.com/. Is a site you can go to, that tells us about the suffering of Christians all over the world. Not only should we hurt at the knowledge of this but we should pray for those affected.
The Bible tells us there is coming a day when all religions will come together as One. This will be done another the mistaken belief that it will bring peace. This One World Religion, will deny the deity of Jesus. When the One World Government comes into power people who trust in Jesus as their Savior will be put in prison and if they refuse to deny Jesus they will be killed. This will happen in ever Country. What do we do? We draw neigh to Jesus and pray that our faith will be strengthen.


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.


For now we pray for those who are already in this situation. We pray for their safety and that their faith will be strong. I read about several people who denied Jesus when faced with death. Sadly they were still killed. So their denial was fruitless. If we stay strong even until death, Jesus will welcome us in to Heaven where we will never be hurt again.

Of course, we should pray for our loved ones when others hurt them, but let us also remember to pray for Christians who are under physical and emotional attack from Satan, himself.
Betty

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May 25, 2017
Good Afternoon and Happy Thursday,

My morning devotion was about how King Saul was jealous of David, because David was blessed by God. If Saul had repented and sought to live a life pleasing to God, he could have became content in his circumstances. Instead he allowed hate to grow in his heart, to the degree that he wanted to kill David. He tried to kill David, many times, but God did allow him to succeed.

We, too can become jealous of others. While we do not acknowledge that we are jealous, we begin to resent others who have something we do not have. Everyone on this earth doesn't always get what they deserve. It is not uncommon for the laziest employee to get the promotion because they look busy around the boss. It is not uncommon for people to be content with their home, until they visit a friend, who has a home they like better. We can also become discontented with our mate, when we hear our great and attentive someone else's mate is.

We need to learn to be content in our circumstances. Instead of focusing on what others have, let us be thankful of what we have. Instead of letting our minds dwell on what we do not have, count out our own blessings. When we spend less times thinking of what others have and more time thanking God for what we have, we will find more peace. I have lived in 17 different places, since I got married. Every place had its good points and its bad. It's easy when we are not content to dwell on the things we do not like, but when we instead remind ourselves of the good things we can be happy.

Jealous is one of the little foxes that Jesus reminds us, that can kill the vine. The fox starts little but the more we feed that fox with our thoughts the bigger it gets and the more destructive it becomes. When we see the first sign of jealous, ask for forgiveness and send that little fox away before it becomes bigger then we can control. Often times murder is committed by someone who started out angry at someone and allowed that anger to grow into bitterness that literally took over their lives. There are many in prison for murder or attempted murder, who must wonder how they go there. They let anger go unchecked until the anger and bitterness controlled them.


Ephesians 4:31King James Version (KJV)31 Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice:

Betty

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May 26, 2017
Good Afternoon and Happy Friday,



Proverbs 29:11King James Version (KJV)11 A fool uttereth all his mind: but a wise man keepeth it in till afterwards.


This morning as I was taking of my pets and the squirrels and birds, a thought came in my head. I do not remember who the thought was about or what the thought was. Only the words: "I bet". Immediately, I was convicted. God reminded me that I did not know the facts, nor was I in any position to judge. I stopped and I asked forgiveness from God. God also reminded me of something a Pastor in Washington State, told me. We cannot stop the birds from landing in our head but we can stop them from making a nest.

We cannot stop Satan from putting a thought in our head, but we do not have to dwell on the thought and give it a resting place in our hearts and heads. The Bible says guard our hearts. Sin often begins in our head before sin is put into action. Even adultery starts out as just thoughts. The devil whispers in our ear how unappreciative our mate is of us. The more a person dwells on the ideas of Satan, the more sin can take hold of us. As soon as Satan, puts an evil tonight in our heads, stop and ask God to help you be an overcomer.


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


The Radio, TV, and Internet are filled with ideas that sound good but are sinful. In this day and age, almost all sins, there is an article about why that sin is a good idea and will make you happy. God knows different and He will guide us away from the sin, if we listen to Him. Just as the fruit of the tree, Adam and
Eve ate, brought them shame and pain, there is a good reason God warns us to flee from Satan and sin.

When Satan puts a sinful thought in your head, chase it out with prayer and praise to God. God's ways are always best.

Betty

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May, 27, 2017
Good Morning and Happy Saturday,

Our American Flag is waving in the wind. We have our flag to show our allegiance to our Country.
Being a loyal American is expected for people who live in this Country and participate in Her bounty.
It is frustrating to Americans, when people immigrate to our Country, and then disrespect our laws and our way of life. As important as being appreciative of what America offers, we as Christians should be appreciative of God's laws and the many gifts that He gives us.

Sadly, there are those who say they are Christians, who want to pick and choose out of the Bible, as to what they believe. Many years ago, after it came out about President Clinton's relationship with an intern, there was a sketch on Saturday Night Live, that showed the Pastor crossing out the Ten Commandments the ones he did not like. I admit I laughed when I saw it, but it really is not a laughing matter. Too many people treat God's Word like trail mix. They think they can go through the Bible and take out the parts they do not like or do not want to obey. It is dangerous position to put yourself above God. God's laws have a purpose.

As Christians let us honor our God. Let us pay honor to our Savior and Lord. Treat His laws with respect. Our life on this earth is temporary but our next life is eternal. May we life in a way that makes our Savior proud of us.

This weekend be mindful of the sacrifices made by men and women who have fought for the freedom of our Country. Pray for those who still bare the scars on their bodies from war. Pray for the families whose children and mates did not come home. Pray for our Country and her leaders. Our Country has her issues, but we are still blessed to be able to worship safely in our homes and in our Churches.

Betty

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May 28, 2017

Good Afternoon and Blessed Sunday,

This morning as I did my morning chores, the word, grace, was rolling around in my head, like a grape on a table. Grace is not a word used often anymore. Sadly it is not put into action as much as it used to be. We have tendency to handle things in an ungraceful way. The more angry a person is at the moment the more their actions are rude and crude.

God's grace to mankind, brought into the world and fulfilled by Christ has bought the best gift of grace ever given in the history of the world. Sadly so many refuse His gift of grace, salvation, a ticket to Heaven, paid for by the precious blood of Jesus shed for our sins.

Not only has God in His grace offered His gift of Salvation, but through His grace, He loves His Children and through His grace He walks with us every day and guides us as we travel life's journey. It is easy to get
caught up in living that we forget to be thankful for the grace of God. We can be overwhelmed by life that we live our lives less graceful and more like a bull in a glass factory. Pushing and shoving as we go our way. Snippy and snappy with our words, if we feel someone is taking to long and delaying us.


Romans 3:24King James Version (KJV)24 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:

John 1:17King James Version (KJV)17 For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.


Ephesians 2:8King James Version (KJV)8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:


Let us remember to be grateful and thankful for the grace of God and work hard to treat others with grace and respect.

Betty [Bible]

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