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Betty Louise
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July, 17, 2017
Good Afternoon and Happy Monday,

I was thinking of the old Everly Brothers Song: Problems: "Problems, problems, problems all day long
Will my problems work out right or wrong?" Truth is everybody has problems, both sinners and Christians.
As soon as we get one think fixed, another breaks. As soon as we think we got it together, we fall apart.
The Apostle Paul knew about troubles , he wrote:


2 Corinthians 4:8King James Version (KJV)8 We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair;


It is not about having problems, it is about our reaction. Do we run to God for help, or do we have a melt down? Do we stand strong or snap like a thin tree limb? Truth is we don't always have a support group to help us stand, but we all have Jesus. Is the first person we call out to Jesus? Or do we wait to call on Him as a last result?

The world thinks highly of those who do it on their own. The hit song: "I Did It My Way" was a huge hit many years ago and still people are proud when they accomplish things in their own power. God tells His Children, to do things His Way. To seek His Help. To walk in His truths.

There will be no crown given for doing things on our own. Being so independent that we never call on God, is, not a spiritual gift. If we depend less and less on God, we do not grow spiritually, instead we grow prideful. Remember pride goes before a fall.

Yes we will have problems, but we have our Heavenly Father who will make a way for us to walk through the darkness and give us a way to come out of our problem, victorious. Trust Him in the good times and the bad times. Pray every day for help and guidance.

Betty
I seen the blue bird this morning. I wonder where his mate is.

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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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Good Morning and Happy Tuesday,

Since you are in Christ, I have made you an heir of all My promises.(Gal 3:29)

Because, we are redeemed by Christ, through His precious blood, we are not only victorious but heirs of Heaven. This is our promise, but let us admit it, most mornings, when we stubble out of bed, feelings of victorious is the last thing we think of. We do not feel like heirs of all the promises of God. In fact, if we can stumble through the day, without having a wreck, losing our job, or having a major argument with someone we will feel we have made the day.

We do not live as heirs of God but as another number stumbling through the problems of life, until we can fall exhausted into our bed, grateful to just be alive. Of course it is good to be alive at the end of the day, but instead of living in victory we live like mice in a maze. Too often we travel the day with doom and gloom as our companions. These two, are happy to be our companions and will turn every victory and good moment into depression and despair. Instead of praising God throughout the day we mutter and complain about the least thing that doesn't go our way. The elevator is to slow, the lady or man who sales us our coffee is rude. Our boss is a jerk. The devil is so happy to have his workers gloom and doom turn us into miserable Christians. Who pass our misery on to everyone we meet, like a plaque.

Soon, no one wants to be around us and we then feel abandoned and unworthy of salvation. Hello!!! No one is worthy of salvation. If we are trying to earn salvation through works or being Mr or Mrs. Sunshine, that battle was lost in the Garden of Eden. We do not walk in our victories or our marvelous works, we walk in the grace of our Lord Jesus. There is not a Christian on earth or in Heaven who was saved by their works or their on greatness. We are all dirty rotten sinners saved by the precious blood of Jesus shed because He loved us when we were unlovable.

When we lay aside this notion that we are somehow better then someone else, or that God saved us because we are so special, then we can live in the knowledge we were saved by Grace.


Ephesians 2:8“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:”

When we accept the fact that salvation is a gift of God and that we do not have to live in perfection to be saved, we awaken the freedom to live in victory, not through our own victories but through the victories of Christ. Then we are free to live in gratefulness and thanksgiving for the mighty works of God. We are important not because we are perfect, but because we are living with Jesus in our heart and we live in His calling as Ambassadors of Christ. We walk in truths and in His footsteps. Lay aside the lie that God called you to be perfect, this is lie from the devil. God called us to be trusting and willing children. God knows we will fall down, but it is what we do when we fall that shows our faith. Do we crawl into a ball crying "woe is me"? Or do we get right back up and tell the devil we are standing not in our own strength but in the strength of the Lord our God. We are not victorious, because we are giants of strength, but we are men and women of faith who live in the victory of Jesus our Lord and Savior.

We are heirs of Christ and Heaven. We do not have to walk with our hands hung down and hearts of defeat. We walk in the knowledge that we are saved by the Grace of God, knowing we hold the ticket to eternity in Heaven. Yes life will have defeats and problems but we praise God in the midst of these knowing God will win in the end and so will we if we stand true to God until the end. We have come too far to lay down our helmet of Salvation for anything this world has to offer. Press on to the prize and live every day in victory and not allow gloom and doom to turn us into miserable Christians.

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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July 19, 2017
Good Afternoon and Happy Wednesday,

Hump day is what we call Wednesday. When you have finished Wednesday, you only have two days of work to go. It would be so wonderful if God will tell us how many days to the rapture. We would think that we would be marking off the calendar day by day with anticipation, living every day to the fullest. Or would we wait until the last week and work like a dog for God, coasting until then?

Only God knows how we would react. God wants us to live for Him every day and live in hope for His return for us. He wants us to work for Him, not because of the soon rapture and we want to get a good grade. He wants us to work for Him, because our hearts are overflowing with love for Him.

Have you every had a family member or friend do a favor for you, they really did not want to do? They grumble under their breath and you can feel resentment flowing out through their pores. When the chore is over, you feel sick of your stomach and vow to never ask for their help again.

God forbid that we ever work for God with that attitude. We may as well not do it because we will get no reward for any act done under those circumstances. God says that He wants a cheerful giver. That is not just about money. Of course there will be times we do things for God when we are tired and feel bad. If we pray for strength, God will indeed strengthen us to do His work.

Of course God wants us to get proper rest and we do not have to say yes to every person who ask for our help. When we do feel God leading us to do something, we should pray for physical and emotional strength to please God in our work for Him.

One work we can do even from our sick bed, and that is to pray. Pray for ourselves, our families, our friends, our Church, our Church families, our Country, and lost souls. We do not need to pray elaborate prayers, but simple prayers from our Heart. God is not so impressed with long winded, wordy prayers. He is impressed with simple prayers of thanksgiving and petitions from the heart.

As the old Hymn says: "We'll work to Jesus comes, and soon we will be going Home. May you be blessed today in a special way.

Betty
Still being blessed by birds and squirrels. Thank you, Jesus.

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July 20, 2017
Good Afternoon and Happy Thursday,

We all face loss in our lives. Loss of a family member and friends, loss of job, even loss of self esteem. The devil likes to use these losses to cause us to doubt God's love for us. He wants to drive us into despair and depression. God says for us to come to Him for renewal and comfort. It is during these times when we depend more on God just to make it every day, that trust grows.

Instead of turning away from God, like the devil tempts us to do, let us grow even closer to God. Pray that God will use the losses in our lives to help us to grow spiritually. Just as flowers and trees need to be pruned to grow taller and stronger, we to have to be pruned. Pruning hurts and we grieve. That is okay. There is a time to grieve for everyone. Even Scientist say that crying is good for releasing toxins from our bodies.

We can trust God through everything, through good and bad times. His love for us is ever strong, never weakening, even when we doubt Him. In the midst of life's storms, we need to reach out for the One who can see us through to the end of the storm, and that is Jesus. When we trust God, we can sing songs of praise to God even though the wind is blowing and the seas feels like it is going to over take us. With Jesus, we will be victorious.

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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July 21, 2017
Good Afternoon and Happy Friday,

Just as hump day, tells us workers that the week is almost over. For most workers, Friday is a day of relief, signaling the end of the work week. My dear brothers and sisters, the times we are living in are telling us that Jesus is coming soon. Be warned my friends, we will not be able to coast until the trumpet blows. The devil will fight us until the very moment that God tells Jesus to go get His children. The devil will tempt us to sin, to be discourage and if he could, he would even convince us to give up on God. He will pile problems, sickness, and troubles upon our shoulders. He will tell us to look at the state of the world and tempt us to question why a loving God will allow evil to abound.



JudeKing James Version (KJV)

1 Jude, the servant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James, to them that are sanctified by God the Father, and preserved in Jesus Christ, and called:

2 Mercy unto you, and peace, and love, be multiplied.

3 Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.

4 For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.

5 I will therefore put you in remembrance, though ye once knew this, how that the Lord, having saved the people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed them that believed not.

6 And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day.

7 Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.

8 Likewise also these filthy dreamers defile the flesh, despise dominion, and speak evil of dignities.


This evil is among us today. Children taught how to have gay sex in Schools. People who deny their own bodies and claim to be something that they are not. People defiling themselves in order to humiliate our President.


These are not the days to give up. These are the days to fall on our knees and pray for lost souls. Evil is growing, people are restless. The world is waiting in anticipation. Even the Pope is calling for a One World Government and One World Religion. The devil is chomping at the bits for the Church to be gone and with them the restrainer. The restrainer is the Holy Spirit which lives in every believer. When the trumpet is blown and Christians meet Jesus in the air, the Holy Spirit will go with us. Then the devil will no longer be restrained and the anti-Christ will be revealed, for his time. Then judgment from God will reign down on earth to those who refused salvation through Christ Jesus.






The Man of Lawlessness
2 Now concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered together to him, we ask you, brothers,[a] 2 not to be quickly shaken in mind or alarmed, either by a spirit or a spoken word, or a letter seeming to be from us, to the effect that the day of the Lord has come. 3 Let no one deceive you in any way. For that day will not come, unless the rebellion comes first, and the man of lawlessness[b] is revealed, the son of destruction,[c] 4 who opposes and exalts himself against every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, proclaiming himself to be God. 5 Do you not remember that when I was still with you I told you these things? 6 And you know what is restraining him now so that he may be revealed in his time. 7 For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work. Only he who now restrains it will do so until he is out of the way. 8 And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus will kill with the breath of his mouth and bring to nothing by the appearance of his coming. 9 The coming of the lawless one is by the activity of Satan with all power and false signs and wonders, 10 and with all wicked deception for those who are perishing, because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. 11 Therefore God sends them a strong delusion, so that they may believe what is false, 12 in order that all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.


My dear friends, do not allow the devil to discourage you. Yes we will have days of discouragement. I felt that way last night because of my health getting worse. Have a few moments to grieve them stand up in the victory of Jesus and remind the devil, though his day of victory is coming, it will not last forever. God, Himself will defeat the devil and his demons. We are soldiers of Christ and do not forget we are in a battle. But, remember we have the Armor of God and we are fighting this battle with the Holy Spirit in us.


The Groom, Himself is coming for His Bride. We will be wed to our Lord Jesus in the Marriage of the Lamb. Rejoice in this knowledge. We will be victorious and we will reign with God forever. Glorify the Name of the Lord. Ask Jesus to fill your hearts with peace and to remind you daily that He is coming for us soon.


Betty
[rapture] [Smile] [clap2]

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July 22, 2017
Good Morning and Happy Saturday,

Wouldn't it be nice if God placed a bubble of protection around us the moment we got saved, so nothing good hurt us? Sounds dreamy, doesn't it? Or does it? Nothing would include love and friendship.
Sadly, even if the devil could not touch us, we would still have sinful thoughts and ideas.


Psalms 51:5“Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.” King James Version (KJV)

This does not mean the act of conception was a sin, but that we carried the sin gene from Adam and Eve. Adam and Eve's sin contaminated the whole human race. Every person born came into this world a sinner. Yet, God loved us so much, He had a plan for our redemption, before Adam and Eve were created. God knew mankind would fail Him, yet He created Adam and Eve out is His love for mankind.


1 Corinthians 15:45“And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit.”

The last Adam was Christ, who paid for the salvation of mankind with His own blood. So why is not every man and woman saved? Salvation is a personal decision. Every person must choose Jesus for themselves. I believe God reveals salvation to every person.

So, as Christians we are not in a bubble, but we can trust God that every thing that happens, He will work out for our good. God often uses illnesses, financial difficulty, and accidents to turn a heart that has fled from God back to God. Sometimes bad things happen to us because of someone else. Just as we have freedom of choice, so does every human being. God may allow another's freedom of choice to effect us. Remember Joseph's brothers sold him into slavery and then the man's wife, lied on Joseph so he ended up in prison. If his brothers had not sold him, he would not have been in Egypt. If the woman had not lied, he would not have been in the prison to catch the ear of the man who would tell Pharaoh of Joseph's gifts of interpreting dreams. All of these things were allowed to happen so that Joseph could save his father and brothers from dying of hunger, so that one day Jesus would be born into this family.
God saw the big picture but all Joseph could see was the day he was living in.

This does not give one the license to sin against another and Jospeh brothers suffered for their sin. The Bible does not say so but surely that woman lived in fear when Joseph was made the second in command over Egypt, that he would demand her execution.

So we are not in a bubble for protection from outside forces, we do serve a God who is with us always. His love for us cannot be compared to anyone. If we allow Him to, He will guide us on paths that will cause us to grow spiritually. When we do stray from the right path, in His love He will bring us back to the right path, if we allow Him to. Our relationship with Jesus is more precious then any relationship we have. Guard it well and do not allow the devil to persuade you to stray from it.

The days are growing shorter and soon we will be with Jesus. Work every day, in a way that is pleasing to our Heavenly Father. Every day, seek His guidance and His protection.
Betty

Numbers 6:24-26
May the LORD bless you and protect you.
May the LORD smile on you
and be gracious to you.
May the LORD show you his favor
and give you his peace.

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July 23, 2017
Good Morning and Blessed Sunday,

There are times that we feel that we walk alone. During trials, God is sometimes silent, but He has not left us. Often it is in His silence, that our faith and trust grow. God's plan for us is that we grow into mature Christians. In the midst of these struggles, we may become overwhelmed with fears and despair. There is no shame in calling out for Jesus to make Himself, known to us. It is always better to call out for Jesus to help you, rather to give in to fear and doubts, and turn away from God.

Our willingness to call out to Jesus, is a sign of some faith, because we believe He will come to us and He will. God knows us better then we know our selves. His knowledge of us, doesn't turn Him away from us. Even in our deepest faults and sins, Jesus loves us. When we make the same mistakes over and over, He does not give up on us. Family and friends, may think at times that there is no hope for us to change, but God in His great mercy, still calls out for us, even in the midst of a storm, His soft voice is calling us to come home to Him/

Jesus is still calling His wandering children and sinners to come to Him for redemption. Soon the age of grace will end. It is time for backslidden children and sinners to seek forgiveness from our Heavenly Father.

For those of us who struggle with health issues or other problems, remember God is willing to walk with us through these storms. Victory is ahead and one day, we will be running on streets of Gold, with no pain and no sadness. Trust in God's plans and know His reasons are perfect and true. Praise His Name here on earth and look forward with anticipation to the day that we sing praises to God in person.

Be blessed and keep your eyes on Jesus. He is coming for us soon.
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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July 24, 2017
Good Morning and Happy Monday,

I have been told that I only write gloom and doom. First of all, I pray every day that God will give me the right words to say. Second it is obvious we are living in the last days.




2 Timothy 3:1-4King James Version (KJV)3 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;King James Version (KJV)Public Domain



In my 65 years of life, I have never seen such hatred, after a Presidential elections. We have seen Congressman at a public meeting shooting the finger at President Trump. We have see women wearing hats and costumes that resemble private body parts. We have seen Actors call for the execution of our President. A female politician said that if American women need to be raped to pacify the Muslims, so be it.

Muslim refugees we brought over here to America for their protection are now protesting in the streets against the Country, who did so much for them. Muslims who left their own Countries out of fear or now demanding America, become a Muslim Nation.

Teenagers watching a disabled man drown and doing nothing about it. Teenagers attacking the elderly for fun and even killing many. Are we living in the last days? Yes, indeed we are! Mothers and Dads murdering their own children. Children killing parents. People have no respect for our flag or our President.

This does not mean we crawl in our beds and wait for the rapture. We live every day at the fullest that we can. We work for God at the best of our abilities. We enjoy our families and share God's love with those we meet.

Yes, we feel sorrowful at the way the world is going and the way people are becoming more Godless every day, so we pray for lost souls. We take joy in the soon return of Jesus, as we should, but that doesn't mean we can not find pleasure in our life. We enjoy our families and our friends. We take pleasure in the beauty of nature. Sunsets, flowers, animals and birds are all put here by God for His children to enjoy. We look forward every day for the rapture but we still enjoy the wonderful things God has given us. We press on toward the prize of Heaven and live every day the way God guides us to do. We live in the joy of the Lord.

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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July 25, 2017
Good Afternoon and Happy Tuesday,


Hebrews 4:16King James Version (KJV)16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.


Did you notice that this does not say ask the Pastor to pray or someone who is really respected in the Church to pray? Of course there is nothing wrong with asking the Pastor and Prayer Warriors to pray for us. We just need to remember that God hears our prayers the same way He hears Rev. Billy Graham. He does not sit in an office only hearing prayers of those who are famous or seem to us as cream of the crop.
He hears all of our prayers. He sent His Son to die for everyone, not just the famous and the popular. The man and woman who clean the Church or just as important to God as the one who Preaches from the pulpit. We come come boldly to the Throne, not because of our special gifts or our role in the Church, but because we are saved and redeemed by the precious blood of Jesus. We should share our prayer request with one another and it is a privilege to pray for each other. We are blessed when someone ask us to say a prayer for them and doubly blessed when we actually pray on their behalf.

There will be times that we feel as if our prayers are hitting the ceiling and going no further. It is often when we are in severe need that Satan torments us the most. It is then, more then ever, that we should call on one another to ask them to pray. Knowing others are praying for us, strengthens our faith and fills our heart with love, knowing that others care about us. Never feel ashamed for asking for prayers. There is joy in knowing God hears our prayers and at the same time many others are praying for us. The knowledge that God loves us and hears our prayers as much as others is icing on the cake.

Rejoice in the knowledge that all God's children are loved by God. We are all special to Him. We can find peace in the midst of our storm and know that not only is God making away of escape, but that He is using the storm for our own good. If we trust in God we will come out of the storm spiritually stronger and Blessed from having been through the storm. We are victorious in Jesus. Never forget that! When the devil makes us feel so worthless, remind him of his reward for his evil, in the lake of fire. Also remind him, that our worth is not in self but in our redemption through Jesus Christ.

Betty
Fed the birds late this morning there were sure chirping. Don't know if they were excited that I was finally feeding them or fussing because I was late 😜

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Good Afternoon and Happy Wednesday,


Psalm 37:4King James Version (KJV)4 Delight thyself also in the Lord: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.

Parents remember the times that their children were little and leaning to walk and talk. We found delight in watching them taking their first steps and saying mama and daddy. Watching them grow and learn was a great pleasure for us. We can find delight in the Lord, by studying His Word and talking to Him daily. It is not a giant leap to think that just as parents find delight in their children, that God seeing us grow in Him is delighted, too.

Growing spiritually is excited for us and God. Spiritual growth comes with danger. The more we grow, the more we are under attack from Satan and his demons. Just as a toddler takes a few steps and falls, we often take a few steps spiritually and fall. Like the toddler we shed a few tears. The toddler doesn't give up on walking because they fall. We should not give up in spiritual growth because we fall.

There may be a temptation to stay a baby Christian all of our life, thinking we are out of the devil sights, that way. Staying a baby Christian makes us more vulnerable to every false Gospel that comes our way. We are more apt to believe in any popular lie the devil is serving on his table of treats. Yes, spiritual growth comes at a cost, but when we grow we are less likely to be sidetracked by every "new" teaching the devil is promoting. The more we grow, the more God can use us for His Glory. The more we allow God to use us, the more our hearts fill us with God's joy. When we meet Jesus we want to hear Jesus say that we were good and faithful. We do not want Him to look at us sadly and say that we were spiritually the same as we were the day we got saved 20 plus years ago. What a heartbreaking thought!

Spiritual growth comes from obedience to God, allowing Him to work through us, and trusting in Him. Just as it takes years to grow from a baby to an adult, spiritual growth doesn't happen over night. Let us, God's Children stay committed to God in all things. Let prayers and praise be on our lips. When fears come our way and they will, call out to Jesus. There is victory in Jesus. Rejoice in His love for us.
Betty

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July 27, 2017
Good Morning and Happy Thursday,

This afternoon we drive in to Houston to the VA for a four hour appointment. It is going to be a long day and drive there and back and I am not looking forward to it. I found myself grumbling to myself, about it and then felt a tug at my heart that I should be grateful that hubby is getting his eyes fixed. I am not always grateful for the many things God does in my life. We can be guilty of taking for granted our blessings , kinda of like not appreciate the water out of the tap, until the water company has to turn it off for a couple of hours for work issues. We are blessed in America to have many things that people in foreign Countries do not have. We should praise God for our many blessings and pray for those who do not have them.

As we get older we begin to have health issues, but we must remind ourselves of the many years that we were healthy. Old age is just a time that we slow down a little and enjoy nature more, it is not a curse.
Our blessings do not end because we turn 65. We are just in a new phase of our lives. God is still with is and He can still use for His Glory. We can rejoice in more time to pray and more time to travel if we are healthy enough.

What ever phase we are in life, we can find things to be grateful for and enjoy. God is good to us and He does want us to have joy in our lives. Even as time grows shorter we can praise God and rejoice in His love and kindness. We look forward to Heaven with great anticipation but we can still find grace and joy in every day we live here. God still has work for us to do so don't give up on life.

Betty

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July 28, 2017
Good Afternoon and Happy Friday,

I was still awake until 6 this morning and so was hubby. My sleep cycle seems to be upside down. Sometimes our spiritual health can be off center. We can be influenced by TV and radio Preachers who, themselves have lost their way. Other times, depression or illness can influence us into thinking God doesn't care for us as much as He used to. God's love for us is steady and strong. He doesn't have a bad day where He just decides to take a day off and forget about His children. His love for us is not measured by our goodness or how much we do for Him that day. If we needed to be good to be saved, Heaven would just have Angels and God living there.


We know we are saved by grace, but sometimes the devil convinces us that God only cares about us when we reach a level of acceptability. No one will be in Heaven because they were acceptable more days then bad. We are all saved by grace and it is God's grace that keeps us saved. We can never earn our way to Heaven. Lay aside the notion that if we work hard enough we can enter Heaven. Only the blood of Jesus opens the gates of Heaven. It is God's grace that saves us and it is God's grace that keeps us saved.

We work for God not to make Him love us more, but because we love Him. When you are at the store, you often pick up that goodie that your kids or mate loves. Not because they have been extra nice but because of your love for them. Jesus love for us, caused Him to leave Heaven and live on earth and die for us. Now that He is back in Heaven, His love for us is what makes Him willing to forgive our sins and love us even on days when we are unlovely.

We will never earn entrance into Heaven but working for God does earn us crowns that we can lay at the feet of Jesus. As James the Apostle says faith with out works is dead. It is privilege to work for God.
Be blessed and remember salvation is not about being perfect but doing your best for the God that loved you enough to send His Son to die for you.

Betty
It has been so hot that the birds are hiding in the trees from the heat.

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July 29, 2017

Good Afternoon and Happy Saturday,

As I look at this page and my mind is a blank wondering what would God would have me to say, and one word stands out: mercy. God's mercy has been shining on mankind since He created Adam. He knew Adam and Eve would sin and yet in His love and mercy, He still created them. Even when He judged the earth in the flood, He had Noah share the warning to the people for 100 years that it took to build the ark. Even in mankind's horrible sin, He provided away of escape for the people. Instead of heeding the warning, they made fun of Noah.

We are living in the last days of grace and in the days of Noah that Jesus talked about. People have more access to the Word of God and preaching then ever. The internet and TV has many Preachers. In Countries where the internet is controlled by the government, reports have come out, how God is giving visions to people showing them the way of salvation. Sin is as just as bad as in the days of Noah and Sodom and yet God is still calling out to people to come to Jesus for salvation. His mercy is going forth around the globe giving people a chance to be saved. God's great mercy is still going forth and He is still calling sinners to salvation.

The days of grace are coming to an end. This is not to depress you, but a fact. This is a call to pray more for the lost and take comfort that God will soon send Jesus to come and get His children. Rejoice my friend that we serve a God whose abundant mercy is shine on mankind every day. This is not the time to give up or feel sorry for ourselves but to work hard to do our best for our Heavenly Father and to praise Him daily for His great mercy and tender love towards His children.

Betty


Luke 21:28New King James Version (NKJV)28 Now when these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near.”

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July 30, 2017
Good Morning and Blessed Sunday,

At my age, it can be tempting to wonder why it has taken so long for Jesus to come back. I studied about end times, the first time in 1974 and here it is 2017. This does not mean Jesus has forgotten His promise to come back for us. The song Midnight Cry talks about the rapture being closer then it has ever been and that is the truth. Whether Jesus comes back this year or a 100 years from now, it is still closer to the rapture then it was in 1974.

How do we live with the uncertainty? We make plans, like we have twenty years to live but we keep our spiritual health, like He is coming today. There is no going off and sowing wild oats, thinking we have plenty of time. We honestly do not know how much time we have. We are not promised tomorrow. There were many people who got up yesterday with plans for today, that did not live to see this morning's sunrise.
That is not mean we are to live in fear. We live trusting God and we serve Him every day, faithfully and cheerfully. We are grateful for every day and we stay spiritually ready to face Jesus every day.

One day the clouds will part and Jesus will call His children home. Until then we live in a way that makes Him proud of us. We share His love to those around us and those we come in contact with. We rejoice in every day that is giving to us, for it is a gift from God. We make every day count for God and for our family. We make a point to let those we love know that we love them. We forgive those who have offended us and we seek forgiveness from God daily for our sins. In other words we live every day ready to face Jesus.
Be blessed and bless others.
Betty

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July 31, 2017
Good Morning and Happy Monday,

My dog is laying on the back of the couch, peacefully. She doesn't know that in a little while, she will be taken to the veterinary clinic for her rabies shot, heart worm test, and nails clipped. If she did, she would not be so calm. God did not leave His children, unaware of our future and the future of this world.
We are told that the last days will be like the days of Noah and Sodom. That people will laugh and ridicule the idea that Jesus is coming back for His Bride.


2 Peter 3:3“Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts,”

The people of today, have more knowledge then the people of Noah's day. They had never seen rain before. The plants were watered by the morning dew. Yet, God did give them a warning. For a 100 years as Noah built the ark, he preached to the people of the coming flood. Noah was ridiculed and laughed at, but laughing stopped, when the rain started.

The Bible tells us that when Jesus returned to Heaven that, He was caught up in the clouds in the air.
The angels spoke to the disciples:


Acts 1:11King James Version (KJV)11 Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.


They were told that one day Jesus would come back on a cloud and call for His Church to join, Him in the clouds. Just as in Noah's day, most people will not believe until the rapture and the Bride of Christ is gone.Their belief will be short, because God says because mankind refuse to believe in Jesus, they will be allowed to believe a lie from Satan.



2 Thessalonians 2:10-12King James Version (KJV)10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:12 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.


We are still living in the Age of Grace. We are still filled with hope. We still continue to share the love of Christ and we pray earnestly for the loss to come to the Ark of Salvation. We do not have to be like my dog, blinded by what is happening in a bit. We can study God's Word and know the truth for ourselves. Jesus is still tenderly calling the lost souls to come to Him for salvation and redemption. We are not suppose to live in fear of the future. Jesus says come to Him for salvation and when the terrible day of judgment comes on this earth, we will be safe in His presence in Heaven's Gates. We who are children of God are not to live in fear but to know without a doubt, that Jesus is coming soon, for His Own.

When we think of the joys of Heaven, our hearts should overflow with victory. Every day live for God and pray for the lost souls, that more will come to know Jesus as their Lord and Savior.
Betty

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August 1, 2017
Good Morning and Happy Tuesday,

I woke up to the dog barking at the man doing our little yard. The heat is making it impossible for me to mow with this COPD. As I was waiting on him to pay him, I saw a male a little older then me walking three dogs. Two men pulled over in a truck right in front of him. I could feel the fear in him from a distance and I watch those two men like a hawk. The men turned out to be measuring out the lot and the man with the dog went on his way.

This reminded me that God knows everything. He doesn't have to guess when a person comes up to us if the person has bad or good intentions. He knows the heart of every man, woman, and child. So why does God allow bad things to happen to us. He allows every body freedom of choice but sometimes He steps in and stops the evil from happening and sometimes He allows the evil to happen. This is one of many questions we will only find out in Heaven. Remember our relationship is based on faith.

This does not give us a right to judge others on why bad things happen to people. A friend of mine, had a friend who must have be an ancestor of Job's friends. Her friend told her that she is very ill because she is not close enough to God. Outrageous! How dare we ever judge another's closeness to God! Are any of us close enough to God? Are any us at a perfect place spiritually? Do we really know why some people get bad illness and others do not?

I have mentioned that I would have never starting writing a blog if I had not been so sick with colitis for almost 2 years. I am blessed that people read my blog and write positive things which encourage me, but I am not tempted to think better of myself because the side effects of colitis are quite humbling. They are also a reminder that God is working through me and I am not any thing special. Yes, it would be great if God healed me and I have prayed for that, but by faith I can work through this disease for the Kingdom of God.

We pray for one another and it is right to pray for healing for ourselves and others. We should also pray that if God chooses to heal us in Heaven rather then on earth that He will sustain us so that we can bear our burdens with grace and faith. We do not judge another person's spirituality for any reason. If we see someone weak in the faith, we only talk to God about that person. We do not condemn them nor do we gossip about them.

Let us encourage our brothers and sisters in Christ and love and pray for them. Our job is not to heap judgement or discouragement on one another. Yes we should warn of Preachers or Teachers who are teaching falsely. This is for the protection of the flock. Even then, we speak in love and if our warning is refused, we walk away from the situation and we pray that God will open their eyes. Remember they are rejecting God's truth and not us personally.

We all have our burdens. Some of us are afflicted with more then one diseases. Others deal with financial or martial stress. Some people deal with depression and loneliness. We are all suffering. We are not living in Heaven. We are living in a sinful world, because we are God's Children, the devil will fight us and afflict us, but we find comfort in our Savior, Jesus Christ. He will walk the roads of sickness with us. Whatever our burdens we bear, we are not alone. Everything we bear now will be worth it all when we see Jesus face. When the devil uses people to judge us based on our health or circumstances, go to God and seek His comfort and grace.

We can stay positive throughout anything because we know the future. We do not know tomorrow but we know as saved and redeemed through the precious blood of Jesus, we know our salvation is bought and paid for and with that a ticket in to Heaven's Gates. We can live in peace in the midst of pain and affliction, because we can look ahead to an eternity with Jesus, where there will be no sickness and no death. We live in the Hope of Glory.

Betty

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August 2, 2017
Good Morning and Happy Wednesday,


Luke 15:10King James Version (KJV)10 Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth.


I was sharing with someone that a young man who had been a crack head, as he referred to himself, had become a Christian and clean from drug use, had purchased an old abandoned crack house. He now used it as an outreach to reach those who are addicted to crack, for Jesus. I cannot remember the exact response I got from this person, but their attitude was "what does that have to do with me?".

We may shake our head at this response, but are we at times guilty of this same attitude? When someone tells us that one or two people got saved, at their Church last Sunday, what is our attitude ?
Do we say :"praise the Lord from our heart" or do we say: "that's nice"? When a Missionary comes to our Church and shares His praise in the work God has done through his Ministry, do we yawn casually and dismiss what he shared? The Bible says angels rejoice at a lost soul coming to Jesus for redemption?

I shared before how we can be guilty of not grieving over lost souls. We can also be guilty of not rejoicing over those who turn from their sins and accept Jesus as their Savior. God forbid that we have the attitude of when someone we know either in real life or who is a public person, professes their faith in Christ, that we wonder "How long will that conversion will last?" Yes sadly it is true that there are those who pretend to being a Christian because it is helpful in their line of work to be so. It is not our job to second guess another person's heart.

I heard a joke about a woman who went to Heaven, as she walked the streets of gold with Jesus, she would point out people and tell Jesus that she was surprised that different ones were in Heaven. Then she ask Jesus why everyone was so quiet. Jesus answered her "Hush, child, they are all in shock that you are here." Truth is we will be shocked to see that some who had what we thought were huge Ministries on earth will not be in Heaven. They became rich off of sharing the Gospel with others but had rejected it personally. On the other hand their will be those we did not know that they were saved, that will be there.

We should pray for Ministries big and small. We should pray for Ministries all over the earth, especially those in areas of conflict and areas where it is dangerous to share the Gospel of Christ. My we rejoice at the news of a soul coming to Jesus for redemption!

What does it mean to us when one soul comes to Christ? It means that God is still saving lost souls and our family of God has grown one new family member.

Betty

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August 3, 2017
Good Afternoon and Happy Thursday

THE DOWNFALL OF LOT

How did Lot go from a man who walked with Abraham a faithful man of God, who became the Father of Israel, into a man who offered up his virgin daughters for sacrifice to save, himself? His dissent into sin did not happen over night.

Genesis 19:8King James Version (KJV)8 Behold now, I have
two daughters which have not known man; let
me, I pray you, bring them out unto you, and do
ye to them as is good in your eyes: only unto
these men do nothing; for therefore came they
under the shadow of my roof.


Abraham and Lot and their families and live stock traveled awhile together. Lot had the
example of Abraham who walked and talked with God and yet, Lot did not choose to seek the
face of God or the righteousness of God. When the land became to small for the blessings that
God had given both Lot and Abraham, they agreed to go their separate ways.




Genesis 13:8-138 And Abram said unto Lot, Let there

be no strife, I pray thee, between me and

thee, and between my herdmen and thy

herdmen; for we be brethren.9 Is not the

whole land before thee? separate thyself, I

pray thee, from me: if thou wilt take the left

hand, then I will go to the right; or if thou

depart to the right hand, then I will go to the

left.10 And Lot lifted up his eyes, and beheld all the plain of Jordan, that it was well watered

every where, before the Lord destroyed

Sodom and Gomorrah, even as the garden of the Lord, like the land of Egypt, as thou comest

unto Zoar.11 Then Lot chose him all the plain of Jordan; and Lot journeyed east: and they separated themselves the one from the

other.12 Abram dwelled in the land of

Canaan, and Lot dwelled in the cities of the

plain, and pitched his tent toward Sodom.13 But the men of Sodom were wicked and sinners

before the Lord exceedingly.

We see here Lot was greedy and chose the best land for himself. He did not think
about that he would not even be on the journey, if Abraham had not invited him. Nor
did he remind himself that the blessings from God came because of Abraham. He
chose the best land for himself.
In verse 12, we see that he pitched his tent toward Sodom and not in the midst of
Sodom. How did he end up living in the sinful city? Was it greed? Did he become
even richer living in the city of sin?

Genesis 14: 9 With Chedorlaomer the king of Elam, and with Tidal king of nations,
and Amraphel king of Shinar, and Arioch king of Ellasar; four kings with five.10 And
the vale of Siddim was full of slimepits; and the kings of Sodom and Gomorrah fled,
and fell there; and they that remained fled to the mountain.11 And they took all the
goods of Sodom and Gomorrah, and all their victuals, and went their way.12 And they
took Lot, Abram's brother's son, who dwelt in Sodom, and his goods, and departed.
13 And there came one that had escaped, and told Abram the Hebrew; for he dwelt
in the plain of Mamre the Amorite, brother of Eshcol, and brother of Aner: and these
were confederate with Abram.14 And when Abram heard that his brother was taken
captive, he armed his trained servants, born in his own house, three hundred and
eighteen, and pursued them unto Dan.15 And he divided himself against them, he
and his servants, by night, and smote them, and pursued them unto Hobah, which
is on the left hand of Damascus.16 And he brought back all the goods, and also
brought again his brother Lot, and his goods, and the women also, and the people.


Even when Lot and his family were taken captive and had to be rescued by

Abraham, he did not come to his senses and take his family and flee the evil city.

Choosing to stay in the city. We do not know why but it is safe guess that he loved

the wealth the city offered and maybe even the party nature of the city. Sodom was

evil and homosexuality was great in that city and as the Bible shows, even men

raping men was a regular happening. Why do I say that? When the men stormed

Lot's door to drag out the angels to rape them, Lot was not surprised by their actions. He knew their appetite for sin was great and Lot would not be able to stop them. In his selfishness

he offered up his own virgin daughters as a sacrifice. Through his years in Sodom,

Lot had become evil and more greedy.


It was only God's love for Abraham, that God saved Lot and his family, though

Lot's wife's love for the lifestyle of Sodom was so great that she lost her life turning

back for the city. The story ends with Lot when his own daughters got him drunk

and has sex with him so they could have children. They had not been taught by Lot

to love and trust in God. So they did not trust in God to bring them righteous men

for husbands.


We can learn from Lot. Do not pitch your tent to close to sin. Do not take

yourself and your family into the midst of sin. Do not be seduced by the glamor of

sin. You cannot pick and choose your fellow employees, but you can choose who

you bring in to your own home. If you have parties in your home with people who

use God's Name in vain, your children will grow up thinking that is acceptable. If your friends use drugs in front of your kids, your kids will think drug use is acceptable.


Choose to walk and talk with those who love the Lord. Run from sin and do not allow your heart to begin to accept sin as normal behavior. We do not have to be remembered as a person like Lot, whose greed and acceptance of sin, destroyed
his family.


Let us choose to walk as close to God a we can and stay away from sin

as much as we can. Pray for those caught up in sin.

Betty

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August 4, 2017
Good Afternoon and Happy Friday,

A bad night last night, with stomach cramps and fever. This morning sick so I went back to bed. Just because we are God's children does not mean we do not get sick. It is when we trust God even through sickness and disease, that we have peace. Often we have to stop asking why, and say to God for Him to have His will in our lives. Even in the midst of the night when one is too sick to sleep, we can still praise God, if we submit to His authority. There is joy in the midst of the storm when we go with God's plan and stop fighting against Him.

God has a reason for everything. Contrary to the world's view, God did not create mankind and then leave them to go on an extended vacation. Nor are we chess pieces that God throws into situations for the pleasure of watching mankind suffer. There is a reason for our suffering. In the midst of our suffering, the Holy Spirit living in us, will comfort us, if ask Jesus for comfort. The stronger the waves and rain beats against us, the more we need to seek God's face. Do not give into the temptation to move away from God when we are in a storm but draw closer to our Heavenly Father. When it seems like the storms of life will overcome us, cry out to Jesus. Praise His Name in the storm, pray for others in the midst of your own suffering, and remind yourself of the prize before us. In Heaven there will be no disease and no suffering.
Betty

I saw a black bird yesterday standing on the patio table.

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August, 5, 2017
Good Afternoon and Happy Saturday,


Colossians 4:5-6King James Version (KJV)5 Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time.6 Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.


Ever since the first day I started my blog, God has guided me to speak from my heart and revealing myself through these pages. God has allowed me to be open about what is going on through my life and yet at the same time, He has protected me from feeling shame. There are some side effects of colitis I do not share here for the reader and the writers sake. To do so would cause me humiliation and disgust the reader. I have learned to accept my situation and God in His grace to me has always limited these situations to my home and not allowed me to be humiliated in public. Even in the throes of a humiliating and humbling disease God has protected me.

While I try very hard to be discreet here, in the real world, I have sinned on more then one occasion by allowing my enthusiasm in reaching lost souls to cause me to speak harshly and speak publicly what I ought not to. It is one thing to share one's own struggle but we must be careful not to expose another person's sin and their private struggle, publicly. We can apologize, but only God can heal relationships that we have ripped the fabric with our very words. I have suffered and I should have as a daily reminder to know when to hold my tongue.

There are times that we cannot reach a lost soul personally, because we are too close to them. Anything we say will come out as criticism and harsh. This does not mean that we give up on them. We go to God daily, and we pray for our lost loved ones. We place them in God's hands and we pray that God will send their way someone they will listen to.

We must be very careful in our speech. The devil likes to take our enthusiasm to reach lost souls and cause us to speak harshly and our words to be filled with judgement. We are not called to judge others and we must step back when we feel the emotion of anger coming into our words. When God does call us to speak the truth, pray diligently that we will speak the truth in love. There will be other times that God will instruct us to be silent. Never stop praying for our lost loved ones and friends, but be careful so that you do not push them further from God.

The closer we get to the end of the Age of Grace, it will become more tempting to want to grab sinners and drag them to the altar. We must resist for a person drug to the altar against their will, will not experience salvation. Every one must come to Christ freely and willingly. Never stop praying but ask God to help you season your words with grace and to know when to speak and when to keep silent. This lesson was a painful lesson for me. Please allow my experience to help you learn without the pain. We must remember we CAN trust God to do the right thing. When we put our loved ones and friends in God's hands we can pray without fear. We can put complete trust in our Heavenly Father who loves us so much.

Betty

Seen less birds and squirrels because it is so hot. They feed much earlier then I get up. Ironically, I see a lot of birds in the Walmart parking lot. [Big Grin]

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August 6, 2017
Good Afternoon and Blessed Sunday,

I did not feel well this morning, so I did not make it to Church. Yet I still feel His presence. Where ever we are, we can feel God's presence. What a blessing to know that God will come to us in our need!
In the midst of our needs we can rejoice because our Heavenly Father makes Himself, real to us. When you have a relationship with Jesus, you do not have to hope that God is with you. You feel His presence as close to you as your next breath.

Whether we are ill or going through a variety of different trials, we can rejoice in the love of Jesus. The more we rejoice and praise our Savior and Lord, the more at peace, we feel. God has not promised a life lying in a bed of roses and yet we can be joyful and at peace , when we keep our faith in Jesus. We have to choose to live in contentment . The devil loves to convince us we need more things to be happy. Things bring only temporary happiness, until the next new thing comes around.

The more God blesses us, the more we should praise God. When we go through a dry spell stay committed to Christ. Do not be a child of God who only serves God when we get what we want. Trust Him in lean and fat times. Be faithful and grateful children of God. When you overwhelmed pray and ask God to help you. Ask your friends and Church family to pray for you. Remind yourself of the many times God has been there for you. Praise God for being there for you in the past and ask Him to be with you in the present. Remind yourself of your future in Heaven.

May God bless you and your family.

Betty

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August 7, 2017
Good Morning and Happy Monday,


Have you ever attempted to read God's Holy Word and your mind doesn't seem to stay focused? Or start to pray and the next thing you know you draw a blank. Sometimes our prayer is quiet time sitting before the Father. When our mind and mouth won't function as it should, we can ask God to read our hearts and we can allow the Holy Spirit to pray through us. Sometime we can pray with out saying a word. Allowing God to search our hearts as we wait upon Him in silence.

The Holy Spirit lives in us and He knows us better then we do ourselves. Not only does He know our sins, but He knows of our needs. We can safely put our trust in the Holy Spirit speaking to God of our needs. The communication between the Holy Spirit and Father God is perfect for they are part of the same Godhead.

There are times that our need is rest. Our minds can be overwhelmed with fear of the known and the unknown. We find perfect peace just resting before God. When we surrender and be silent we can allow the Holy Spirit to speak for us, we can find that peace. There are times that we need to stop trying to fix things and allow God to work through us. Other times we need to lay our lost loved ones and friends at Jesus feet. While God has instructed us to share the Gospel, He did not call us to save people. When we stop worrying about the lost and allow God to work, we will find peace. While we should pray for one another and often, we need not beg God for answers to our petitions. Lay your petitions at Jesus feet and trust Him to work in His perfect timing.


We see things going on in the world that does cause us distress. We see sinful things that cause our heart to tremble. These are the days when we need more time in the presence of Jesus. These are the days that we need pray for oil in our lamps enough for today and tomorrow. Let us be like the wise virgins prepared and waiting for the trumpet to sound.

Keep your eyes on the skies. Jesus is coming soon!
Betty

Romans 8:26“Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.”

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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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August 8, 2017
Good Morning and Happy Tuesday,

I had trouble sleeping last night because of pain. This morning though when I woke up, I found myself singing to my self the Choruses "Joy Unspeakable" and "Give me oil in my Lamp". Even though I feel weak and tired this morning, my heart is over filled with joy. The Bible says that the joy of the Lord is our strength. This is true. Singing praises to God even it is just a whisper like I had to do this morning because of the COPD, sustains us and gives us physical, emotional, and spiritual strength. When we praise God from our hearts, He meets us in our needs.

We need not find motivation for a grateful heart. All we have to do is remember the great price Jesus paid for our salvation. As we walk and talk with Jesus, our hearts will burn with the desire to give praises to our God and King. We can shout out: "What A Mighty God, We Serve!" from the innermost part of our spirit. Our joy will overflow as we praise His Holy Name.

Paul and Silas sang songs of praise to God, shackled in prison. We can surely praise God in the midst of our circumstances. As I often say, happiness is a emotion that comes and go, but joy is a deep expression of our love for Jesus. We can be joyful in sickness and in pain. We can be joyful when we are walking in the valley. The "God of the Mountain", is indeed God of the valleys. We do not walk the dark valleys of life alone. Jesus is always with us and in those moments when we are overwhelmed, we can can call out to Jesus.

In the midst of your situation, pray for others. Comfort yourself in the Lord. Pray for guidance and peace for yourself and 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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August 9, 2017
Good Morning and Happy Wednesday,

It's 6:35 and hubby and I have not been able to go to sleep. He is totally frustrated but I am at peace. I have come to the conclusion that God has a reason for everything, even sleepless nights. Even when sleep evades us, we can rest peaceful, knowing that God is in control. I can count my blessings. I have a comfortable bed, hubby and a dog and two cats to keep me company. I have family that I love dearly. I am blessed. When we concentrate on what we have and not what we wish we have, we will be in contentment .

Someone posted a Chinese fortune cookie that had a saying that God will give you everything that you want. Well meaning, but a lie. God never promised everything we want. We do not even need everything we think we want. God does provide our needs. Rich people are rarely happy. They are always striving to get richer. Sadly many times, they spend so much time getting richer that they hardly know their own kids, nor there mate. Children need two parents who are there for them. Children don't need rooms full of stuff.

To often people cross over a moral if not legal line to get richer. People step on top of others to get up another rung on the so called ladder of success. I saw a car commercial talking about how bad it is to just to have a good life and a good mate. Of course they were pushing a luxury car. It is nice to have a nice car to get us back and forth, but an expensive car is not an necessity. When we are our death bed, it will be our relationship with God, family, and friends that is important. An expensive car and a house will be meaningless, then.

Look around at what you have and thank your loving Heavenly Father who loves you so much. We are indeed blessed children of God. Be grateful and appreciative children. Love God and share His love with others.
Betty

Blessed to see a family of doves and a squirrel in back yard, today.

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August 10, 2017
Good Afternoon and Happy Thursday,


1Corinthians 15:52New King James Version (NKJV)52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.


When the rapture takes place, there will be no fear for the children of God. Immediately our bodies will change into glorified bodies. In our glorified bodies we will know no fear, pain, or sadness. Our new bodies will experience joy that our old bodies would not have been able to comprehend. When Moses spent 40 days with God in the mountain, his face changed so much that the people were afraid to look upon him.



Exodus 34:35New King James Version (NKJV)35 And whenever the children of Israel saw the face of Moses, that the skin of Moses’ face shone, then Moses would put the veil on his face again, until he went in to speak with Him.


Being with God changes us. I have known great ladies that have spent so much time with God that their faces were radiant with God's love. Being with them warmed your heart and convicted you of sin. There should be a change in us, when our relationship with God, is where we should be. We should be angry when we are with someone who uses God's Name as a cuss word.
Our hearts should burn with righteous anger that someone would treat the God of Heaven and our closest friend in such a undignified manner. Are we too comfortable with profanity? Do we find crude tasteless jokes to be amusing? An answer of yes, should make us step back and do a self examination of our self . Does the Holy Spirit glow come through our face? Are we one person in front of fellow Christians and another person with our friends? If any of these are true in your life pray David's prayer:


Psalm 139:23-24New King James Version (NKJV)23 Search me, O God, and know my heart;Try me, and know my anxieties;24 And see if there is any wicked way in me,And lead me in the way everlasting.


I am not saying we will ever be sinless, in our corruptible bodies. That is impossible. Yet, there is heart problems, if we become too comfortable being around those who belittle our Savior, use His Name in vain, tell jokes that should embarrass us. There is an old saying that if they arrested Christians, would there be enough evidence to convict us? If the answer is no, we should be ashamed. As God's children we should be different. Our language, our manner, and yes even our jokes should be different. Laughing is not a sin but laughing at jokes that are counterproductive to the principles of Christ is a sin.


Romans 12:2New King James Version (NKJV)2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.


Let us not be be the type of person that sinners say: She goes to Church, BUT.............
she doesn't act like a Christian. (God forbid). Or she talks just like us (oH My!!) or her jokes are as bad as ours (WOW). We do not want to fit right in with sinners.




2 Corinthians 6:14-18King James Version (KJV)14 Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?15 And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?16 And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you.18 And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.


Let others see Jesus in us. How can they see Jesus in us if we are trying to hard to fit in with the devil and his crew? God forbid!, that it be said of us, that she acts and talks like us! by people who do not have a relationship with Jesus. Let us pray that God will search our heart and make known to us our sins so that we can repent and turn away from sin.
Betty

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August 11, 2017
Good Morning and Happy Friday,

This morning as I went to clean the birdbath , I could not find the rag I keep outside, just for that purpose. After I gave the birdbath a good power washer and went to turn off the water, I found the rag. At that point I found the rag, I even remember the circumstances of why I put it where I did. God knew mankind was prone to forget before He even made him.

There are many times in the Bible that prophets made a small mountain out of rocks to remind themselves and the people of the work God did for them. These rocks were to remind their ancestors also of the miracles God had done for God's people. We no longer build rock piles to remind ourselves but we can do as David said and encourage our self in the Lord. We do this when we remind ourselves of the hard roads that God got us through. The miracles that God brought about in our lives.

When we remind ourselves of past victories, we build up faith in our hearts so that we can trust God today. When the devil tells us that God doesn't care about us, we remind him of all the times God has shown His love for us. God was with us in the past and He is with us today. God has not lost any of His power and He still knows all. The trials of the past are what made us be what we are today. Just as it takes physical exercise to grow a strong body, it takes spiritual exercise to grow, spiritually.

We have an advantage over the people of Moses. We have a copy of the Bible that shows us the miracles of the past including the birth of Israel. We have the Bible, that teaches us why Jesus chose to die for our sins. We have the future of the world as told by God to John of what the future holds for this world, Christians and sinners.

We can rest easily, knowing that if God was to call us home today, whether by accident or the rapture, we would be welcomed into Heaven by the God, who loves us more then anybody. We can live each day at peace. The troubles we have and the worries we have we can take to Jesus every day. We ask each day for God to give us a measure of hope and peace to get us through each day.

We may have to hunt for our keys and cell phone when we leave the house, but we do not have to search for God. When we accepted Jesus as our Lord and Savior, He put His Holy Spirit in our hearts so that we have God with us all the time. The question is not : "Is God going to be with me today?" The question is: "will I take time to talk with God and praise Him?" We should pray everyday that we will live in a way that is pleasing to our Heavenly Father. When we fall down and we will, we are not to blame others for our sins but, ask God for forgiveness.

Betty
Saw a dove yesterday, drinking out of the bird bath.

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August 12, 2017
Good Morning and Happy Saturday,

Every day the family of God is increasing. Souls from every Nation are being saved. God is reaching souls with visions, internet, Christian radio, and TV. There are revivals all over this world in the hearts of men and women. The news media talks about all the world conflicts and there is no doubt that we are living in an age that the wrong move could start WWIII, yet it is in these times that Jesus is saving souls in every Nation.

We still live in a Country with Religious freedom, not as much as in the past, but we can still choose where to worship. We should be praying every day for lost souls around the world. We should support missions and organizations that are sending people at their own peril, to share the Gospel. We should prayer for those in harm's way for the sake of the cross. We should pray for these new baby Christians. Of course we should be rejoicing as the family of God grows. Every new soul saved is important and our hearts should glow with love for them.

While it is right to love our Country, stand up for the National Anthem, and give respect and love to our present and former military; our hope is in God. We pray that God will guide our leaders to make the right decisions, but we remember God has a plan. We trust Him to protect us while He works out His plans for this world. There is a lot of uncertainty and no one knows what is going to happen, but God, we should not fear but trust in the God who loves us. Whether we live our die, if we have repented and accepted Jesus' gift of salvation, God is with us. Our hope is in the God of Heaven.

Betty

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August 13, 2017
Good Morning and Blessed Sunday,


Matthew 24:37-39King James Version (KJV)37 But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.38 For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark,39 And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.


If you are afflicted with a chronic disease or disability, you are hit with it as soon as you wake up. You do not have to leave a note to remind yourself of the issues with your body. Unlike your symptoms that remind us that are body has problems, we do not have an alarm clock that tells us the day that Jesus is coming back for His children. The verse above reminds us that when Jesus comes back every day will seem to be the same ordinary day. On the other hand, Jesus tells us that we can know the season. Just as a farmer knows when to plant and when to harvest, we can know by the signs of time when Jesus is coming back.

Ten years ago, Schools had no need to prepare for students who considered themselves transgender or gender fluid. These are the signs that the devil has stepped up his game. These things should remind Christians that we are living in the last days. This does not mean we quit our jobs and take our families out to the dessert to wait for Jesus to return. We prepare for a future on our earth but we live for Jesus every day as if it was our last day on earth.

An angel is not going to come to you and whisper that today is the last day that you can do anything for the Kingdom of God. This said, we work every day as if it is the last day to work for Jesus. Whether Jesus comes tomorrow or twenty years from now, every day that we work for Jesus is not only a plus for now, but we are earning rewards for eternity in Heaven. This does not mean our motives are to be rewards. Our motives should be to shine for the God who sent His Son to live, die, and rise again, for our salvation.
We should work for God because we love Him.

As we draw closer to Jesus, our hearts long for His return. This does not mean our loved for our families has began to fade, no it is, as our love for our families grows, that our desire for them to be saved grows stronger. When we wake up each morning, we should pray that God will use us for His glory. We should pray every day for our lost loved one, friends, and lost souls around the world. Jesus is coming for His own, may He find us working and looking up for His return and not caught up in the tares of the world.

Betty

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August 14, 2017
Good Afternoon and Happy Monday,

We live in a world, were many have no hope or have lost hope. Some children are born in this Country, in poverty, to parents who have lost hope and the children themselves are growing up believing there is no hope for them. This is producing a generation of children who are angry with their circumstances and at the Country they think has failed them. In Chicago we see a city where politicians are elected on their promises and who get rich themselves while their city and people grow poorer. The politicians place the blame on others while they do nothing to rebuild the city, care for the children, and revive hope in the hearts of the people. Instead of building up the people and encouraging hope, they are encouraging anger and bitterness in the people. At the bottom of this is the real problem and that is sin.

Chicago is not alone with the sin of anger and bitterness. People of all races are frustrated and angry that politicians are not fixing America. The truth there is no political party or person who can fix America.
Only our Country's leaders and the people falling on our knees and seeking forgiveness of our sins, would fix America. This does not mean we as Christians are to give up. We pray for Christian leaders in troubled cities that are working to reach the loss. We pray for politicians to open their eyes to the truth of this Country's great need of God.

As children of God, we know our hope is in Him. This world will one day have their "savior" who will have the power to do great things. He will come in peace, but he will not be a man of peace. He will claim to be able to save the world, but he will bring great evil to this world. This man will be controlled by the devil and will hate Israel and Christians. The Bible says because the world rejected Jesus, they will be given a strong delusion and will welcome this person and love him. He will steal the souls of everyone around the globe who receives the mark of the beast. God in His mercy gave the Apostle John what is going to happen in the tribulation. God even told John when you see Israel sign a 7 year peace agreement with this person, you will know the tribulation has began. Read The Book Of The Revelations in The Bible and you will know the truth of what is coming to this world of sin.

We do not have to be here for the tribulation. If we have accepted Jesus as our Savior and Lord and have turned from our sins we will be saved. Those who are saved, will escape the tribulation and be taken up to Heaven in the rapture. We as God's children have the blessed hope which is the rapture.

As we wait for the time of grace to end, we live every day for Jesus. We pray for the lost and as much as it is in our power we help those in need. We do not need to live in fear. We trust God to take care of us. Whether we live to see the rapture or taken to God, in death, we need not fear. We serve a God that spoke the universe into existence and yet He takes note when a little sparrow falls. God is not going to forget His children nor lose tract of them. He is with us all the time. Our hope in not in feeble men and women who are often driven by selfish desires, but a God who sent His Son to die for our sins.

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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August 15, 2018
Good Morning and Happy Tuesday,

As I walked around doing my chores this morning, I was overwhelmed by physical weakness and a feeling of helplessness. As the devil, sought to overcome me, God reminded me of the words to "Just a Closer Walk to Thee". My mind was so tired I did not remember the name of the song, but the first verse played in my head over and over. God was gently reminding me that even though by body grows so weak and my mind is tired, He is with me. I can walk in His Strength. He will sustain me. Yes, when I am weak, He is strong.

1 I am weak but Thou art strong;
Jesus, keep me from all wrong;
I'll be satisfied as long
As I walk, let me walk close to thee.

Why do the words say "Jesus, keep me from all wrong ?", because when we are weak physically, emotionally, or spiritually, we are susceptible to the devil's tares. The devil will try to get us to give up. He will tell us that God has lost interest in us or just doesn't care about us anymore. Just as God reminded me this morning, He will reach out to us in our weakness. Do not allow the devil to fill your heart with anger at God, so instead of embracing His love, we walk away from Him. It would be a tragedy to live for God for so long and turn away from Him and reject Him, when we are so close to the finish line.

I read post everyday on Facebook of Christians who are under attack from the devil. As His time to torment the children of God, comes to an end, the devil fights hard against them. He seeks to cause some to walk away from their faith in God. He seeks to cause God's children to sin and soil their testimony. When he cannot cause God's children to turn from their faith, or to sin, he think seeks to get the children to just give up working for God. There is no retirement for the workers of Jesus on this side of Heaven. We work for Jesus, even when we get so sick that are work is limited to praying for others.

Yes we are tired and some of us in bad health, but we press on to the prize. When we are overwhelmed, we cry out to Jesus for help. We have walked too many miles in the faith of Jesus, to turn back, now as the old song teaches us. Our hope is not in the physical things of these earth. Our hope is in the God of Heaven. When the devil attacks, remind him of his future. Remind yourself that we know the ending. God is going to win. We are on the winning side, though it may not seem like it now. The world is overwhelmed with evil. The devil looks like he has won the game, but we know the game is not over until Jesus comes back in the Second Coming and defeats the devil, the demons, and people who have chosen to fight for the devil.


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Betty

There is a breeze outside my window and I am finding comfort in watching the leaves move. I pray that you find little diamonds or blessings today to encourage you in your faith in Jesus.

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August 16, 2017
Good Morning and Happy Wednesday,

"Where is God?"


John 1:1-5King James Version (KJV)1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.2 The same was in the beginning with God.3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men.5 And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.

God has always existed; He has no beginning and He has no end. God is bigger the universe. Yet in His grace and love for mankind is so great, that in His great marvelous wonder, He hears the whispered prayers of mankind. We find God with just a prayer. We learn about God and His great love for us, by studying the Bible. God wrote the Bible, using men, to pen a love letter to mankind. If the Bible is new to you, begin in John in the New Testament and if you ask God to make His Word to real to you. God wants you to know Him. He is not hiding from you. If we come to Him and ask Him to make Himself real to us in a way we can understand, He will do so. How to we become a child of God?


Romans 10:9King James Version (KJV)9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.


Being a child of God will not make your life perfect. In fact, in some ways your life may become harder? Why? We are living in the last days. There will be a day, when an angel will blow a trumpet and Jesus will call his children to Heaven. The devil knows his time is short so he fights hard to discourage Christians and fights to put doubts in their hearts. Remember, my friend, Heaven will be worth all the pain and suffering we have here on earth, just to walk into Heaven's gate. Jesus is with us everyday and He will never forsake us. We pray to Jesus every day. We praise Him for our salvation and His greatness. We tell Him our needs and ask Him to intervene for us. We pray for our lost loved ones and the lost souls in the world. The most important decision you will ever make, is whether to accept Jesus as your Savior and Lord or to reject Him. Your own decision will determine where you go when you die.

As fellow Christians, we rejoice when a new soul comes to salvation. Just as God said, we wish no one would go to hell. Why does God just save everybody? He gives everyone a choice. Look at it this way. What if the government arranged marriage? What is they put two people together as a married couple? No one would like that. We want to know the person we marry not only wants to be with us, but they love us and chose us for themselves. God wants Heaven to be filled with people to be with Him throughout eternity who chose to love God and to accept His wonderful gift of salvation. It is more then that though, nothing unholy can enter into the presence of God. When we accept Jesus a our Savior, He covers our sins with His own precious blood. We become Holy, not because we are perfect, but because Jesus was perfect and made the perfect sacrifice for our sins.

Where do we find God? We find God with an sincere prayer.

Betty

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August 17, 2017
Good Afternoon and Happy Thursday,

I am a Christian. Why am I suffering?



1 Peter 1:6-9New King James Version (NKJV)6 In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, 7 that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ, 8 whom having not seen[a] you love. Though now you do not see Him, yet believing, you rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory, 9 receiving the end of your faith—the salvation of your souls.


I do not know a Christian who is not under a attack from the devil. Does this mean that God has forgotten us? Has His love for us grow faint? Is He so preoccupied by the evil in the world, that individuals are not as important to Him? The answer for every question would be- No.

Of course we know the devil knows his time is growing shorter and he is attacking Christians on every side. Why does God allow him to do that? Could it be so we are more refined and have less things we will have to give account of at the Judgement Seat of Christ? Could it be that God is allowing these to happen to us, out of His love for us. Remember when Paul had to discipline the Churches, he often did it by letter, even though he had plans of visiting the Churches, soon. He would say to his brothers and sisters in Christ, I would rather discipline you in letters, so that I can love on you in person. In other words let me correct you now so when we meet face to face we will only have joyful things to talk about. Could this be one of the reasons that God is allowing us to suffer?

Maybe God is allowing us to be refined so we are spiritually stronger for this world and refined gold when we see him face to face. In this time of testing, let us resist the devil's temptation to grow angry and bitter towards God. Remember Job's wife said for him to curse God and die. Job's wife had given up on God. Job was willing to suffer here for his future in Heaven. Of course he had questions and so do we. As long as we talk respectfully to God we can tell Him that we are not happy with our circumstances. A friend quoted the verse yesterday, "Though God slay me, yet I will serve Him". May God bless Him with answers for his needs.

Life is not easy now, my friends. If the Lord delays His coming, we may even suffer persecution for our faith. Do not fear the future. What ever God allows us to suffer, He will give us the grace to sustain us.
Our suffering here will pale into mist when we step into Heaven. We hope not in the present but our hope is invested in a God who holds the future in His hands. Heaven is our future brothers and sisters in Christ. We work now not just for our reward in Heaven, but because we love God with all of our heart and soul.
Pray for our lost family, friends, and the lost of the world.

If you have not accepted Jesus as your Savior. Come today, to the one who died for your sins. He is waiting to save you. You cannot process a gift, until you accept it. To be saved, you must ask for forgives and turn from your sins. We cannot be saved and continue to live in sin. Just as you cannot be clean and stay in a mud pit. If you reject salvation, eternity in hell is your future. Decide today, where you will spend your eternity. Do not say that a loving God would not send any one to hell. God sent His only Son to die for us so we could go to Heaven. If we reject the gift of salvation, then we ourselves have chosen hell.

Betty

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Luk 21:28 And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.

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Betty Louise
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August 18, 2017
Good Afternoon and Happy Friday,

When we love someone, we hurt when they are are hurt. When a memory of someone being cruel to the person we love comes into our mind, we still hurt for them. The devil would love to stir up bitterness in our hearts. If we are not bitter from our past hurts, he will try to make us bitter over our loved ones, past hurts. The devil will even try to make it seem righteous. Reminding us of the times, that some one was cruel to someone we love. While there is a righteous anger, there is no righteous bitterness. Bitterness is a cancer that devours the soul.

So what we do, when the devil reminds of past hurts our loved ones suffered? We pray for both parties. Why should we pray for someone who hurt our loved ones? It is the right thing to do. When we pray for both parties, we prevent bitterness from growing in our heart and we please God. Think of memories of past hurts for ourselves and others as a little reminder to pray for all parties involved. Pray brings healing and healing brings peace of heart and mind.

As children of God let us seek to grow spiritually every day. Ask God for spiritual strength so we are not blown away by the trials of this earth. Study the Word of God, so we are not corrupted by false Preachers, who have left the truth of the Gospel to preach a new Gospel that is more politically correct and more pleasing to the ears. Lest, we be led astray. May we be working every day to share God's love with others. Let us pray that our hearts be filled with God's Holy Spirit. Let us be good watchmen aware of the times we are living in and looking for the return of Jesus.

Remember, friends, no where in the Bible does God tell us to be looking for the anti-Christ, nor stocking up food and water for the tribulation. While it is good to stay prepared for storms, God did not call us to spend time and money stocking up bunkers for the tribulation. We are to be spending time working for God, studying His Word, and praying.

Betty
Saw a humming bird in my yard.

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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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