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Betty Louise
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October 25, 2017
Good Afternoon and Happy Wednesday,

“THE HOLY SPIRIT”

My thoughts today are not to argue the Trinity, although I believe in the Trinity. I am thinking about how Jesus and the Holy Spirit have existed forever just as God has. They are all apart of the Godhead and have always existed. This is hard for our feeble minds to grasp. We have a beginning and we have an end, but because of Christ’s sacrifice we will not end. Only our corruptible body will die. Our souls will either go to Heaven or hades.


Genesis 1:26King James Version (KJV)26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.

Of the Godhead, the Holy Spirit is the least understood. Yet without the Holy Spirit, we would not get saved. The Holy Spirit is the person who convicts us of our sin. The Holy Spirit makes known to us our need of a Savior and then leads us to Christ. The Holy Spirit does not promote Himself but only speaks of Jesus.

John 16:13King James Version (KJV)
13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.

The Holy Spirit plays a major part in our second birth of salvation.


John 3:5King James Version (KJV)5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.

Though it was rare, God did fill people in the Old Testament with His Holy Spirit:


Exodus 31:1-3King James Version (KJV)And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying,2 See, I have called by name Bezaleel the son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah:3 And I have filled him with the spirit of God, in wisdom, and in understanding, and in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship,

Jesus instructed the disciples to wait to be filled with the Holy Spirit.


Acts 1:1-9King James Version (KJV)
1 The former treatise have I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began both to do and teach,
2 Until the day in which he was taken up, after that he through the Holy Ghost had given commandments unto the apostles whom he had chosen:
3 To whom also he shewed himself alive after his passion by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God:
4 And, being assembled together with them, commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, saith he, ye have heard of me.
5 For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence.
6 When they therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel?
7 And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power.
8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.
9 And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight.

Jesus knew that the Disciples would need the infilling of the Holy Spirit to give the, courage and power to speak the Gospel, knowing that they would die for the cause of Christ.


Acts 2:4King James Version (KJV)4 And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

The Holy seals our souls to the day of redemption, when we enter the Gates of Heaven.


Ephesians 1:9-14King James Version (KJV)9 Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself:10 That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him:11 In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will:12 That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ.13 In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom als0 after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,14 Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory

The Holy Spirit brings us into the understanding of our need of salvation. The Holy Spirit bears witness of our conversion. The Holy Spirit keeps us until the day of our redemption. The Holy Spirit will change us from our corruptible bodies to our glorified bodies.


Romans 8:1-18King James Version (KJV)
8 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.
3 For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:
4 That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
5 For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.
6 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.
7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.
8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.
9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.
10 And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness.
11 But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.
12 Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh.
13 For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.
14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.
15 For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.
16 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:
17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.
18 For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.
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Holy, Holy, Holy! Lord God Almighty

The United Methodist Hymnal Number 064
Text: Reginald Heber
Music: John B. Dykes
Tune: NICAEA, Meter: 11 12.12 10
1. Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty!
Early in the morning our song shall rise to thee.
Holy, holy, holy! Merciful and mighty,
God in three persons, blessed Trinity!

2. Holy, holy, holy! All the saints adore thee,
casting down their golden crowns around the glassy sea;
cherubim and seraphim falling down before thee,
which wert, and art, and evermore shalt be.

3. Holy, holy, holy! Though the darkness hide thee,
though the eye of sinful man thy glory may not see,
only thou art holy; there is none beside thee,
perfect in power, in love and purity.

4. Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty!
All thy works shall praise thy name, in earth and sky and sea.
Holy, holy, holy! Merciful and mighty,
God in three persons, blessed Trinity

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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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October 26, 2017
Good Afternoon and Happy Thursday,

I have a navigation system on my car. It is a must for me. I can barely read a map and my sense of direction is nil. My favorite thing of the system is no matter how lost I get, I can push the button that says home and it will lead me home. The Holy Bible is our navigation system. Many times when we lose our way spiritually, it is because we have neglected reading the Bible.

My car is older so the navigation system does not recognize new roads. On the other hand, the Bible is always relevant . It’s truths are the same yesterday, today, and forever. It will not change nor does it need to change.. I read about a popular singer who said that she used to like Jesus, but she doesn’t consider Him relevant to today’s world. She went on to say if Jesus wanted to impress the youth of the day, He would repent of His belief that homosexuality is a sin. She wants Jesus to embrace the beliefs of today.

The Bible says God made man in His image. Many people today want to remake God in their own image. They want a God who changes His beliefs to fit the times. How could we trust a God, whose belief system was determined by mankind? Man was born in sin and we are not Holy. Why would a Holy God want to lay aside His righteousness and put on a coat made my mankind, sewed with the threads of sin. A God who crawled into the pit of sin, would not be able to save sinners. A God who embraced sin could not cure mankind of his sinful nature.

Sadly people like this young lady do not embrace God’s Holy Word. They refuse to read the only book that can show them the say to salvation. Seeking not the truth they embrace teachings that lead people to hell.



2 Timothy 4:1-5King James Version (KJV)
4 I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom;
2 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long suffering and doctrine.
3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;
4 And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.
5 But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry.

When we refuse to listen to sound Gospel and listen only to those who tickle our ears, we are missing out on the truth of the Gospel. If we begin to allow Preachers and teachers to preach to us a different Gospel then taught in God’s Holy Word, we are endanger of losing our way. We take the risk of becoming backslidden.

In these last days do not open your heart to false teaching nor stray from the truth of the Gospel.
The ticket into Heaven’s gate is given only to those who accept salvation through Jesus Christ. This is not a popular believe today. People want to believe we all worship the same God and that there are many roads to Heaven. This belief that many embrace is saying that Jesus died for nothing. That His sacrifice was offered up by a man who meant well but was confused. Jesus is God. He is not capable of being confused. His precious sacrifice is the ONLY WAY to Heaven.


John 10:1King James Version (KJV)
10 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber.


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

These verses teach us the truth that Jesus is the only way to Heaven.
Betty

The possum came back last night. It likes to stand on the fence and drive the dogs nuts.

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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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October 27, 2017
Good Afternoon and Happy Friday,

Watching the news, we can get the impression that there is no good people in the world, yet Hubby and I heard a story that warmed our hearts on the news. A elderly man’s electric scooter was ruined during Hurricane Harvey. The man has been restricted to his home and Red Cross refused to help him. When this story aired a lady and Son donated their husband and father’s electric cart to this man. Their husband and father had passed recently. As most who seen the second news segment, we were blessed to hear people still care.

It is not uncommon for God’s people to feel that we are in the minority and the world has gone to hell in a hand basket. Elijah was used by God to preform wonders and miracles. Yet, Elijah had a lapse in His faith.


1 Kings 19:14-18King James Version (KJV)
14 And he said, I have been very jealous for the Lord God of hosts: because the children of Israel have forsaken thy covenant, thrown down thine altars, and slain thy prophets with the sword; and I, even I only, am left; and they seek my life, to take it away.
15 And the Lord said unto him, Go, return on thy way to the wilderness of Damascus: and when thou comest, anoint Hazael to be king over Syria:
16 And Jehu the son of Nimshi shalt thou anoint to be king over Israel: and Elisha the son of Shaphat of Abelmeholah shalt thou anoint to be prophet in thy room.
17 And it shall come to pass, that him that escapeth the sword of Hazael shall Jehu slay: and him that escapeth from the sword of Jehu shall Elisha slay.
18 Yet I have left me seven thousand in Israel, all the knees which have not bowed unto Baal, and every mouth which hath not kissed him.

Elijah did not know the seven thousand faithful people, but God did. There are many Christians today who work behind the scenes for the Kingdom of God. We may not know them, but God does. He sees the deeds we do for Him and our sacrifice is not lost on Him. We may feel the little bit we donate to orphans and widows is too small to have any effect. God takes every donation and adds them up to feed the hungry and clothe those in need. When we give to God out of a cheerful heart, we bless not only others but ourselves.

God’s work is still going on today. Evil gets the media’s attention for the most part, but work done for God has value that will last eternity. There is so many needs and your mail box may be like mine filled with request for donations. I have to donate to different ones every month because there are too many request to do each one every month. I say this not to brag about my little bit that is donated, but to say every bit given in the Name of Jesus will be blessed and God will help each little bit to multiply for His Glory.

Don’t lose heart my brother and sister in the Lord, when the news fills you with fear and dread. Instead go to God and seek His refreshing grace and love to shower down on you and revise your spirit. Let us pray that we can bless others every day, even if it is just a smile or a hug. God is good! His light will shine for ever and no evil nor Satan can dim the light of our Heavenly Father.
Betty

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October 28, 2017
Good Afternoon and Happy Saturday,

The cold font that came in to Houston, is a blessing. The air smells fresh and clean. A simple thing like a change in the weather can lift our spirits. Another good way to lift your spirit when you feel down is to sing praises to God.


Psalm 22:3King James Version (KJV)3 But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel


Although that promise was written for Israel, there is no reason why we can’t believe that God inhabits the praise of Christians. I don’t think God even cares if we get the words wrong, when our praise for Him comes from our heart. A little old lady who sings from the heart is more precious to God then those who sing out of obligation. God forbid, that we pray or sing out of obligation. Let us always seek to praise God out of our love for Him.

If you are over burden or you heart is filled with sadness and praise at that moment does not feel real-PRAY. Seek comfort, seek compassion, seek joy from God. Be honest with God tell Him respectfully how you feel. If you are mad at God tell Him. He can take it and then pray that God will forgive you and have compassion on you. Remember God is the one person we can talk about anything with.


2 Samuel 22:7King James Version (KJV)7 In my distress I called upon the Lord, and cried to my God: and he did hear my voice out of his temple, and my cry did enter into his ears.

Psalm 4:1King James Version (KJV)4 Hear me when I call, O God of my righteousness: thou hast enlarged me when I was in distress; have mercy upon me, and hear my prayer.

We can go to God with all our feelings. When we are angry, hurt, scared, or sad. He will never tell us to come back when we are in a better mood. No! He calls us to come to Him and be blessed.
People can change. They can be our best friend today and the next day that have moved on to a new friend who meets their new plans and desires. God is faithful. We can always depend on God.
Seek His face every day and trust in Him more and more.

May it not be long, I pray that Jesus comes for His own and we can see Him face to face.
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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October 28, 2917
Good Afternoon and Blessed Sunday,

An series of errors, made me miss Church today. I thought this was the week of the time change. I set the alarm wrong. Then I fell asleep to wake up in a Colitis flare. I meant well but did not accomplish my intent. Have you noticed that sometimes when you are intending to study God’s Word, the devil plays havoc with your intentions? The phone rings. If you have little ones that fuss and fight with each other. Your pets make a mess or knock something down and make a mess or even break something. It seems that everything is against you studying God’s Word.

The devil is against us going to God’s Word. He will bring distractions. He will even start a fuss to keep you from studying God’s Word. Even when you do study, there are times you are reading and your mind will slip off to something else. Yesterday, when Ronnie and I read the Bible together. It seemed like everything went wrong. The program we used on His computer shut down three times. He got a hard copy of the Bible and then went to the wrong Book in the Bible. He remarked God was tempting him not to read the Bible. I reminded Hubby that God does not tempt us. The devil is the one that tempts us.

There will be times that you have to put off studying God’s Word till later in the day. When you are studying and you mind starts wondering about something else, stop and pray. Pray that God will help you stay focused. The devil fights us so much to prevent us from studying God’s Word because it is so important.

The Word of God provides us with the equipment to stay on the right path. The Word of God equips us to fight temptations. The Word of God prevents from being led astray by false prophets. Always remember a Pastor or teacher who is preaching the truth will encourage you to verify what they say with the Bible. If anyone says God told them personally something different from God’s Word- run from that person. God never changes. He did not give us His Word, to only give a different Gospel today.


Galatians 1:6-12King James Version (KJV)
6 I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel:
7 Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ.
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.
9 As we said before, so say I now again, if any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.
10 For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ.
11 But I certify you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached of me is not after man.
12 For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ.

We will not always accomplish what we intend. God knows us and He understands when we make mistakes. When we fall, we get up, dust ourselves off, and continue you to live for God. Pray for courage to speak the Word in season and out of season. The truth is not welcomed as much as it used to be. Pray that God will keep you strong, give you faith and courage. Press on to the finish line, my dear friends.
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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October 31, 2017
Good Afternoon and Happy Monday,

Guide Me O’God In Thy Pathway


Psalm 32:8King James Version (KJV)8 I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye.

Do you every worry that you have wandered from the path, that God wants you on? I have. I think we all at one time wonder if we are on the right path. There are also times that we fear that God has mistakenly put us on the wrong path. After all, God could not possibly want us to be suffering so much!

Yet, we can be assured that God has not forgotten where we are or put us on the wrong path. We pray for guidance from God and we trust Him to guide us. If we have go off the path of God’s will, the Holy Spirit will convict us. When we are on a path that is frightening and painful, seek help from God. Do not allow pride to keep you from seeking help from God. Remember, God is not giving out awards for those “who do everything on their own”.

This should be a prayer we say daily:


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.
If we keep our trust in God and pray for guidance, He will keep us on the right path. There are many Scriptures in the Bible about guidance from God.

Psalm 25:4-5
Make me know Your ways, O LORD; Teach me Your paths. Lead me in Your truth and teach me, For You are the God of my salvation; For You I wait all the day.
God wants to guide us. He wants to lead us in His ways. His ways are truth and sure. His ways will keep us from falling into pits of sins. His ways will protect us from false teaching. We do not always understand the path we are on and there are many questions that come up in our lives that we need answers. God has given us the answer to this:

James 1:5

But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him.

We can go to God for answers. As the verse says, He will not belittle us for our lack of knowledge.
God wants to teach us His ways. We just need a willing heart open to God. There is no shame or reproach when we come to God and open up to Him about our concerns, fears and confusion.
Shame is not lack of knowledge. Shame is being to prideful to seek help from God.


Psalms 19:8
“The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes.”

God is not going to tell you every thing in advance. Growing in the Lord, requires trust. We must trust that the paths He puts on is for a purpose and for the Glory of the Kingdom of God. We remind ourselves that our suffering is for a short time and eternity is forever.


Psalms 73:28 | View whole chapter | See verse in context
But it is good for me to draw near to God: I have put my trust in the Lord GOD, that I may declare all thy works.


Psalms 115:11 | View whole chapter | See verse in context
Ye that fear the LORD, trust in the LORD: he is their help and their shield.


Psalms 40:3 | View whole chapter | See verse in context
And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the LORD.


Psalms 64:10 | View whole chapter | See verse in context
The righteous shall be glad in the LORD, and shall trust in him; and all the upright in heart shall glory.


Nahum 1:7 | View whole chapter | See verse in context
The LORD is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble; and he knoweth them that trust in him.


Psalms 40:4 | View whole chapter | See verse in context
Blessed is that man that maketh the LORD his trust, and respecteth not the proud, nor such as turn aside to lies.


Our trust, our hope, our present, our future is safely in the hands of the Almighty God. Turn your fears and concerns over to our Heavenly Father and walk in peace and trust. If we stumble He will guide us, if we fall, He will pick us up and if we stray, He will guide us back to the right path. Walk daily with Jesus with hope and trust and a song of praise on your lips.


Maranatha,
Betty

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October 31, 2017
Good Morning and Happy Tuesday,

Be Ye Thankful

1 Thessalonians 5:18New King James Version (NKJV)18 in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.


Tonight children will be going door to door dressed in costumes. Not only will you see a variety of costumes, but a variety of attitudes. Some children will thank you and others will only grumble a thank you, if prodded by a parent. It is easy as adults to complain about ungrateful kids, but are we always grateful adults. When someone does something nice for us to we thank them and honestly appreciate their efforts? Are we thankful to God for His many mercies? Do we forget the past things God has done in our lives and question whether God is doing ‘enough’ for us now? Do we have a bad attitude towards God?

Respecting and honoring God, is praising Him before we ask for stuff. Of course there are times we need jump in with our request. If you were to see a car coming around the corner and children playing in the street, you would cry out to God to save them. This would indeed be appropriate. In our daily prayers, though we should start out with praise and thanksgiving. We thank God even if we are going through trials. Today’s present trials does not do away with all the wonderful work God has done in our lives. Even in our trials , God is with us. We praise God for giving us the faith and trust we need to endear the struggles in our lives.


Colossians 3:15“And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.”


A thankful heart brings peace into our hearts and lives. A thankful person is a joy to be around. An ungrateful and self centered person can drag you down with their poor attitude. Of course there are times that we are down and we need encouragement from loved ones and friends, but we don’t want to make a home in pity valley. Let us also be an encouragement to others.


Colossians 3:17King James Version (KJV)17 And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.


Be thankful people. Be thankful to God and to others. Appreciate what you have and do not envy others. When we live like this we can be at peace with God and man.

Betty

Yesterday evening I had a mama and baby squirrel eating in my back yard. Made me happy.

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November 1, 2017
Good Afternoon and Happy Wednesday,

Fears

Matthew 24:


The Signs of the Times and the End of the Age
3 Now as He sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things be? And what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?”
4 And Jesus answered and said to them: “Take heed that no one deceives you.5 For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many.6 And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all[a] these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. 7 For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences,[b] and earthquakes in various places. 8 All these are the beginning of sorrows.
9 “Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake. 10 And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another. 11 Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many. 12 And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. 13 But he who endures to the end shall be saved. 14 And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come.

We are living in this age, my friend and have been for awhile. Iran has been a thorn in the side of the world for years and North Koran is getting more bold then ever. We know all it would take, is for one person to push the button and send this world into World War III. Many people are fearful and we can all understand this. If we know Jesus and we trust Him, we can lay aside fear and pick up trust. We know that the world will not be destroyed for at least 1007 years. After the rapture there will be 7 year tribulation. The Second Coming will usher in 1000 year reign by Christ Himself. Yet, if something happens and causes our demise, we would go be with Jesus, immediately.

Paul said:
Philippians 1:20-21King James Version (KJV)20 According to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life, or by death.21 For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.

So see, my dear friends, we can lay our fears at Jesus and have complete trust in God. This world may look like it is off its track and it is, but God is in control. Why is God allowing these things to happen? God is allowing the devil his period to rule the world. The world as a whole, including, America, has turned from God. The tribulation will be a time of judgement for this world. This is why God is sending Jesus soon for His Bride (the Church). Sadly the Church is not everyone who attends Church or is a member of a Church. The true Church is those who who have trusted and serve Jesus as the God of their life. We must make up our mind to serve God completely. This is not the time to be a “Christian” on Sunday and live for the devil all week.


Matthew 7:21-23New King James Version (NKJV)
I Never Knew You
21 “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. 22 Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ 23 And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’

Sadly there will be those left behind who looked like Christians but were not. There will also be those who preach the Word, but do not believe the Word. Already we see preachers who preach from the pulpit that what God declares sin is not sin. Preachers who preach there is no hell, may sadly end up there. This is not the time to be a fake Christian. This is not the time to care more about what your friends think of you, then God.

2 Cor. 6:


Be Holy
11 O Corinthians! We have spoken openly to you, our heart is wide open. 12 You are not restricted by us, but you are restricted by your own affections. 13 Now in return for the same (I speak as to children), you also be open.
14 Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness? 15 And what accord has Christ with Belial? Or what part has a believer with an unbeliever? 16 And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For you[b]are the temple of the living God. As God has said:
“I will dwell in them
And walk among them.
I will be their God,
And they shall be My people.”[c]
17 Therefore
“Come out from among them
And be separate, says the Lord.
Do not touch what is unclean,
And I will receive you.”[d]
18 “I will be a Father to you,
And you shall be My sons and daughters,
Says the Lord Almighty.”[e]


My words are harsh and trust me they often hurt my own feelings, yet this is not the time to coddle those who want to live in two world. You can’t be a Christian only on certain days. I like that song “Walking in Memphis”. I don’t know if it is the words are the beat. There is a line “Sir, are you a Christian? he says “M’am I am tonight”. As soon as I heard those words yesterday, it came to me that you are either a Christian or you are not. There is NO being a Christian at Church and being a sinner at work. Judgement is coming soon. We are in a war. We must declare whether we are going to be a Christian or serve the devil.


Joshua 24:15New King James Version (NKJV)
15 And if it seems evil to you to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”

We can trust God with our present and our future. What ever happens, we will be Christ. He is with us in life and death.

Betty

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October, 2, 2017
Good Afternoon and Happy Thursday,

The Cost of Pride


Proverbs 16:18King James Version (KJV)18 Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.

We were watching the World Series, Tuesday night, because we are Astro fans. After the game, the Coach for the Dodgers, told the reporter that they had the World Series wrapped up, by the way the Astros played that night. Immediately, I told my husband that he had just messed himself up, big time.

In 47 years of marriage, we have learned the hard way, that Proverbs 16:18, is indeed true. When we think that we are in control and everything is coming up roses in our life, God has a way of allowing us to see the thorns and thistles in our lives. Pride is a thorn that can grow below the surface, unobserved by us, for a long time. Then this ugly thorn pops up and we have a quick reality check. We find out that we are not as great as we thought we were. We find out that God has been helping us along while we boasted in our selves.

I love America, but she is in the verge of implosion. From Her very beginning America realized that Her birth was a gift of God. God watched over America and nurtured Her. Then in the 60’s, American voted to take God out of School and to make killing unborn babies, legal. I believe September 11th, was a wake up call. This was our chance to turn back to God and follow His Ways. Unfortunately, America was too proud. Instead of crying to God, confessing our sins as a Nation, and turning from our sins, we grew boastful. I believe it was President Bush who read these verses before Congress.

Isaiah 9:8-11King James Version (KJV)
8 The Lord sent a word into Jacob, and it hath lighted upon Israel.
9 And all the people shall know, even Ephraim and the inhabitant of Samaria, that say in the pride and stoutness of heart,
10 The bricks are fallen down, but we will build with hewn stones: the sycomores are cut down, but we will change them into cedars.
11 Therefore the Lord shall set up the adversaries of Rezin against him, and join his enemies together;

This was read out of pride and just as God was upset with Israel at the time this Scripture was penned, God was not happy with our President. He thought he was talking to the enemy when he spoke of us building up stronger and better, but it was a slap in the face of God. Instead of our Country asking God to help us, we decided we could rebuild on our own and build stronger then ever. Since that time, as a Country we have lost the respect of our allies. We have weaken as a Country because of our pride and love of sin.

The proof of loving sin is, men and women taking pride in abortion. There was a time that women did not talk about having an abortion. Now celebrities brag about how many abortions they have had. Women who are celebrities and not, wearing T-Shirts, that have written on them about their pride in abortion. Women wearing hats and costumes, in public, that bring shame to themselves. The Women’s voice has become stronger in my generation. This could have been a good thing, if we had led our families back to God and taught our children to flee sin. Instead it seems many women are so full of pride that they do not want instruction from God .. Men have given up their place as head of the family, and following women into sinful lives.

Romans 12:
Serve God with Spiritual Gifts
3 For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith. 4 For as we have many members in one body, but all the members do not have the same function, 5 so we, being many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another. 6 Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, let us prophesy in proportion to our faith; 7 or ministry, let us use it in ourministering; he who teaches, in teaching; 8 he who exhorts, in exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness.

We should still pray for our Country. Pray that She will turn back to God. Pray daily that God will remove any self pride from our heart. Remember it is God who gives us our talents and pray that He will help us to use them for His Glory.

Betty

Reba Macintyre has a new song called “Back To God”. Also I admit I prayed last night the Astros would win. I am happy that we won.

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November 3, 2017
Good Afternoon and Happy Friday,

A Man After God’s Own Heart,


Acts 13:22King James Version (KJV)22 And when he had removed him, he raised up unto them David to be their king; to whom also he gave their testimony, and said, I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after mine own heart, which shall fulfil all my will.

David was what would have been considered runt of the litter. The youngest child. He was given the lowly job of the family, tending the sheep. Shepherds were looked down on in those days. If there was going to be a family discussion on a major family problem, chances are no one brought David into the meeting. His opinion did not carry much weight in the family. When Samuel came to evaluate Jessie’s kids to see which one merited being King. David was not brought in. After Samuel looked at every kid, and God rejected each one Samuel questioned whether there was another Son. Jessie’s admitted but had dismissed him as the shepherd boy.

Samuel looked at the strong and handsome brothers. God looked into the heart and it was David’s heart that pleased God. David was not perfect, he sinned, but when he sinned, he went to God for forgiveness. God can do His work better through an imperfect person who is willing, then a highly intelligent person who demands their own way. Have you ever met someone who is so arrogant that they would prefer to die then admit that they had faults? The world looks at a person like that and sees a self made man with the world at their feet. God sees the heart and sees an arrogant heart, who denies the work God has done in their life and instead takes all the credit.

Unless a person humbles them self before God and admits they are a sinner, they cannot be saved. Arrogant and stiff-necked people are hard to reach for Christ. They do not see their need of a Savior.

Rejoice in your salvation and be thankful for the sacrifice that Jesus made for you. Lay down self pride and only boast in the goodness of God.

Colossians 3:12Good News Translation (GNT)
12 You are the people of God; he loved you and chose you for his own. So then, you must clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.


Betty

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November 4, 2017,

When I wake up, each day I walk outside and feed the squirrels and birds. As I walk around the yard, I pray that God will give me the words to say. Sometimes He will bring a scripture to my mind, or an event that has happened to me personally. Today,I have a brain with blank spaces and jumbled thoughts.

Times like this when our minds seem overwhelm or underwhelm. We can go to God and share with Him our concerns. As we pray to God, we will feel a peace that fills our heart and mind. A song of praise might enter our brain and if we sing praises to God, we began to relax in His presence.
The Bible says that when we do not know what we should pray for, the Holy Spirit will intervene for us.


Romans 8:26King James Version (KJV)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.

What a wonderful God we serve! He doesn’t tell us to come back, when we can make our petitions understandable. No! The Spirit of God will intercede for us. How blessed we are to be a Child of God! We can always come to God. Because He loves us, He listens and provides answers for us. We come to Go in our distress and our needs. Let us also come to God with our praises and thankfulness. Rejoice in the Lord and then spread this joy to others.
Betty

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November 5, 2017
Good Afternoon and Blessed Sunday,

Another Church Shooting,

A shooting during a Church Service, should break the heart of every Christian. Church is our time to praise our Savior and be refreshed by the Word of God. If we are honest, a Church shooting chills us to the bone. How can we have our mind on God, if we jump at every sound? We remind ourselves that God is with us in our present bodies and He will be with us in death. When this shooter walked into the Church, God did not go back to Heaven and leave His people. He was there to Welcome the souls that died into Heaven’s gate and He is there with the wounded to comfort and heal them. Why did some die and some live? This is a question we will not know the answer to, till we get to Heaven. Fear not my friends! God is still in control. When it is our time to die God will be with us till we take our last breath and until He welcomes us into Heaven.

What should the Church do now? We pray for that Little Church in South Texas. Pastors around that area should offer comfort and aid to this Church. We remind ourselves that one day, we will pass from this life into Heaven. Yes, we cry for this Church Family, our brothers and sisters in Christ.
Then we press on for the cause of Christ. We work for the Glory of God’s Kingdom. We lay our pain and fears at Jesus’ feet and we press on. This should remind us that evil is abounding, but we know the ending of earth’s story. Jesus will win and reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords on this planet.

Betty

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November 6. 2017
Good Afternoon and Happy Monday,


Broken Pieces


'Most of our church family is gone': Pastor's wife mourns shooting victims in emotional statement.

Today we continue to grieve with the people of Sutherland Springs, Texas, a community 30 miles southeast of San Antonio. Thankfully most of us can not relate to losing a member of your family and most of your Church Family. We often feel that saying “I am praying for you” sounds empty. It is only empty if you do not keep your promise to pray. When our area was effected by Hurricane Harvey, people were encouraged by a visit from the President. The truth was, even the President was limited in how much his position allowed him to help. When we pray for someone, we are talking to our God who spoke everything into existence. There is nothing beyond His ability. He can comfort hearts like no other.

Psalm 34:18 ESV The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.


Psalm 147:3 ESV /He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.

Proverbs 3:5-6 ESV / Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.

Isaiah 57:15 ESV / For thus says the One who is high and lifted up, who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy: “I dwell in the high and holy place, and also with him who is of a contrite and lowly spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly, and to revive the heart of the contrite.

The comfort that God gives reaches into the depths of our heart and soul. He , who calmed the storms can calm the storms in our hearts. God will bring peace into hearts that Satan can not touch. You may need a special touch from God today. Maybe you need peace to overcome the storms of your life. Call on God. He is never to busy to hear your prayers. It may take swallowing your pride, but what good is pride, if you are miserable.

Today as we pray for that Church Family, let us pray that God will search our hearts and make us clean of all sins. Pray that God will guide you and protect you. There is nothing that is going to happen to you, that will take God by surprised. We can put all of our trust in God without fear.

Betty

Been seeing some tiny birds feeding. Always a blessing for me to see the birds and squirrels.

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November 7, 2017
Good Afternoon and Happy Tuesday,



Psalm 23King James Version (KJV)
23 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.
3 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.
4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.

God is with us throughout our whole life. He is with us when we are born and if we allow, He will continue to be with us till the day we die. Only we can hardened our hearts to the point that we no longer hear the Holy Spirit speaking to us. It is only at this point that the Holy Spirit will leave us.

Jeremiah 18:12 “But they will say, 'It's hopeless! For we are going to follow our own plans, and each of us will act according to the stubbornness of his evil heart.'

Matthew 13:15 FOR THE HEART OF THIS PEOPLE HAS BECOME DULL, WITH THEIR EARS THEY SCARCELY HEAR, AND THEY HAVE CLOSED THEIR EYES, OTHERWISE THEY WOULD SEE WITH THEIR EYES, HEAR WITH THEIR EARS, AND UNDERSTAND WITH THEIR HEART AND RETURN, AND I WOULD HEAL THEM.'

Romans 2:5. But because of your stubbornness and unrepentant heart you are storing up wrath for yourself in the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God,

Revelation 16:9. Men were scorched with fierce heat; and they blasphemed the name of God who has the power over these plagues, and they did not repent so as to give Him glory.

Revelation 16:11......and they blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores; and they did not repent of their deeds.

Matthew 12:31. Therefore I say to you, any sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven men, but blasphemy against the Spirit shall not be forgiven.
32 And whoever shall speak a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him; but whoever shall speak against the Holy Spirit, it shall not be forgiven him, either in this age, or in the age to come.

God wants His children to be humble and soft hearted. He wants us to keep our ears and eyes opened so that we are able to hear the soft voice of the Holy Spirit. Keep our heart open to the truth of the Gospel of Christ. Read the Word of God so that we can learn the truth of the Gospel. I have heard it said that the Bible is a Love Story Between God and Mankind.

We do not have to harden out hearts to God’s truth. When we sin, instead of becoming angry, let us seek forgiveness and bear the discipline with humble hearts. Just as a parent disciplines a child so they do not get hurt, the Heavenly Father disciplines His Children so we will stay on His path and not wander off like a stubborn lamb. Do not become puffed up by your successes, but stay humble and aware of the great sacrifice that Jesus paid for your salvation.

We are aware of the times we are living, bear in mind that so is the devil. He will seek to destroy you. Remember that your Heavenly Father has defeated the devil once and He will be the one that throws the devil in the lake of fire for eternity. Take your fears and concerns to God. Trust in Him, completely.

Betty

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November 8,2017
Good Morning and Happy Wednesday,

I keep a calendar on the kitchen cabinet to post appointments. I have this fear of missing one so the night before, I also put a note beside the coffee pot. As we get older, remembering day to day activities, is harder to do. I used to wonder why old people could talk about years past and what happened but could not always remember what they did yesterday. I am there, now. Trust me is it is quiet easy.

One thing we should never have to work to remember, is the we are a child of God. This should be so intwined within our being that the very presence of God leaks out into every thing we say and do. We should wake up with thoughts of our Heavenly Father and go to bed the same way. If we make a point of getting up with praise on our lips for Jesus and do the same before we fall asleep, we will not forget.

Of course life can side track us. Someone cuts us off on the road and let’s face it, what we are thinking about at that moment would not always be something we want to share in Church. What do we do in these moments. We ask forgiveness and then we pray for that driver. Of course we don’t always think the wrong thing. Sometimes we remember to do the right thing. When I took Hubby to the VA, the last time, an eighteen wheeler started over in my lane. I honked to get his attention and he moved back in his lane, quickly. I prayed for him, because I felt the man was tired.
In these times that people act unkindly or just make a human error, let us try to remember to pray for them. Only God knows what they are going through.

Our relationship with Christ is the most important one we have. Our love ones die and so do we and only the relationship with Jesus will last through eternity. Once we leave this life, there is not a do-over. What we did in this lifetime for Christ will be all that matters. Do not grief over your past. Yes, we all have wasted years that we thought only of our own needs. While there is no do-over there is a begin again. Start this day and every day going forward to put God first in your life. God should come before, family, jobs, and Church. Family members pass away. When you retire or move to a new job, they soon forget you. Sometimes we move and change Churches. The relationship that we can count on to last forever is our relationship with God.

Of course we should do right by people. Love others, family and strangers, but make sure our priorities are in the right order. There is no person on earth, worth going to hell for. When we put God first and love Him, He will help us arrange the rest of our lives. When asked if you are a Christian, there should never be an hesitation in our answer. We should proclaim our salvation with pride, not in ourselves, but the God whose mercy allowed His Son to die in our place to pay for our salvation.


Matthew 10:32-33King James Version (KJV)
32 Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven.
33 But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven.

Betty

Revelation 22:20King James Version (KJV)20 He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.

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November 9, 2017
Good Afternoon and Happy Thursday,

I am sure it is the same with you as it is with me. The tragedy of the Church shooting last Sunday, still saddens me. Yes, we know they are with God now, but the senseless killing of babies, children, and adults makes us angry and we grieve. We look around and we see evil and we wonder where was God, Sunday? God was with those people as He led them into Heaven.

Life is hard and sometimes we feel as we have been slammed to the floor by tragedies and violence that is prevalent in our world today. The Bible warned us of the birth pains of this age and how they would come faster and harder as time comes to a close. Yet, it is one thing to read about it and one thing to live it. Fear can over take us and if we are not careful depression can send us to our beds. Remember God did not tell us to hide in this times or to just give up. We are warriors for God and it is time to make sure we are equipped with the amour that God has provided. Do not attempt to fight the devil in our flesh.



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;

There is no shame in grieving over lost of lives. There is no shame in grieving over loss of our health. We need though to guard our hearts so the devil does not use our despair to cause us to question our faith in God. Take your pain and your fears to Jesus. He may not give us the answers to our questions today, but He will hold us and comfort us through our pains and our despair. Instead of allowing the devil to influence us to run from God let us run to God. When we go to Him, He will comfort us and give us the strength to carry on until He comes for us.

The people who passed away last Sunday have gone to Heaven and in time we will join them, where the devil and His demons can never touch or harm us again. Rejoice in this knowledge and pray for the wounded and the families that have lost loved ones.
Betty

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November 10, 2017
Good Afternoon and Happy Friday,


Is my Ministry for God, more important then God?


Does that seem like a trick question? Can we become more involved in serving God then knowing God? Can we become more worried about impressing others with our Ministry then caring about God’s opinion of our work? There was a time that Israel just did the sacrifices to God as just a routine, while they lived in sin. This is what God told them, through Isaiah:


Isaiah 1:11King James Version (KJV)11 To what purpose is the multitude of your sacrifices unto me? saith the Lord: I am full of the burnt offerings of rams, and the fat of fed beasts; and I delight not in the blood of bullocks, or of lambs, or of he goats.

Yes, they were doing the sacrifices that God told them to do, but their hearts were not in it. Our work for God and our financial offerings can become meaningless to God, if we are doing them only as a routine and not out of a heart of love. When what we do for God becomes more about appearance and ritual routines, our sacrifices, become meaningless to God.

How precious is our salvation to us? Do we rejoice in the knowledge that God sent His Son to die for us? As we become seasoned Christians, are we taking our salvation for granted? God forbid, but as we do more for God, do we become guilty of glorification of ourselves?


Luke 18:9-14King James Version (KJV)9 And he spake this parable unto certain which trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others:10 Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican.11 The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican.12 I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess.13 And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner.14 I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.

Of course we would never say the prayer that the proud man said, but is that our attitude? In our daily lives are we becoming more drawn to God? Do we love God more today then the day we got saved?


Revelation 2:4-5King James Version (KJV)4 Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love.5 Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.

Those are serious words. This should wake us up and cause to do some soul searching. There is no doubt that the work that God has called us to do, is important. God wants to reach others through our work for Him. Let us make sure we are doing our work for Him and not for acclimation from other people. This doesn’t mean we cannot accept a compliment. Just make sure your motivation for your work is pleasing God and not other people. In the end His opinion is what counts.

As we draw closer to the end of grace, we see evil abound. Let us not become slothful and less interested in pleasing God. Instead let us pray more and seek God’s Will more and more. Pray more for lost souls and share God’s love more with others as our time on earth, draws to an end. Work for the night is coming.
Betty

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November 11, 2017
Good Afternoon and A Big Thank You! To Every Veteran,


A veteran is known for their faithfulness to this Country. We live in an age when faithfulness is not admired as it once was and is not practiced as often. I read of a Hollywood couple that have been married over 50 years. The wife said what made their marriage last was that it was an open marriage. They did not believe a couple could be faithful through out marriage so they acted on their lust for others. This made me very sad. They saw sex as an activity that was not based on love. They felt they could love one another and yet be intimidate with other people.
God says that when we are intimidate with a person we become one with that person. When you are intimate with other people out side the marriage, you are cheating your mate of a special part of yourself.

Faithfulness is still a great trait. Whether it is faithfulness to your Country or your mate. The most important relationship we can have is with God. Faithfulness to God should be the backbone of our relationship. God does not want a Sunday only relationship with us. Sadly, we can treat God like a stray dog, just throwing Him bits of what is left of us, at the end of the day. A quick prayer before we fall asleep. We all have done this. We get so caught up in activities that we do not even think of God, until we fall into bed at the end of an exhausting day. A mumbled prayer being all we can even stay awake for. May God forgive us.

God wants us to communicate with Him through out the day. No! He doesn’t want us to quit our jobs and move out to the woods and pray all the time. But, we can communicate through out the day. Thank Him in the morning for waking us up to a new day. We can talk to Him as we drive to work or to the store. We can pray for those we come in contact with throughout the day. When we communicate through out the day, even the quick prayer at bedtime has more meaning.

God is faithful to us, let us strive to be faithful to Him. The more we talk to God the closer our relationship with Him grows. The closer our relationship is, the more at peace we will be. The more at peace we are the more our hearts our filled with joy. Joy not based on our circumstances but based on our relationship with Christ.

Let us live our lives so that when we enter the gates of Heaven, Jesus will say to us:

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.

Betty
Been getting more little birds at the feeder. I like that

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November 12, 2017
Good Morning and Blessed Sunday,

This morning at 11:30, Churches are having a minute of silence for the people to pray for the Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas. I believe this is a good thing. People coming together in prayer for people here in Texas who are suffering so. Prayer is such a simple thing to do yet, prayer is powerful enough to move mountains. We have a tendency to say “all I can do is Pray”. This should be the first thing we do.

Of course following prayer we should do whatever we can do help. The Bible says:

James 2:15-18King James Version (KJV)
15 If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food,
16 And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit?
17 Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.
18 Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.

We are God’s hands and feet on earth. If you know of a person who is hungry and you can take them some food, then prayer alone is not enough. Of course we cannot feed every person on earth. That is why we pray that God will supply to the hungry around the world. But if your neighbor is in need, God wants to use you, to feed your neighbor. As James said, works do not save us, but works is prove of our salvation.

God is working in providing for the Church in Sutherland Springs. The Baptist Convention is paying for the funerals and a man who makes coffins drove 100 miles to donate coffins. Of course when the physical needs are provided continued prayer is a important need. Anyone who has lost a loved one knows that the suffering of that lost does not end at the funeral. This kind of pain last a long time we as their brothers and sisters in Christ should pray for them often that God will comfort them.

Let us share God’s mercy with others by acts of kindness and a tender word to those who are suffering in so many ways today. Let us be a walking blessing to others. May God bless you and keep you close to Him, always.
Betty

P.S. please pray for my Hubby. He has eye surgery tomorrow. He has had a mild stroke so I am always nervous when he has surgery. God is good and I trust Him.

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November 14, 2017
Good Morning and Happy Tuesday,

It seems like in life that things seem to go wrong in bunches. My hubby had eye surgery yesterday, which means visits yesterday and today. He has an appointment Friday and two next week. My son is on vacation and my daughter is having health issues and now I need to fit in a doctor’s visit for me. I could not sleep very well last night because I was worried how I would fit all things in. I kept telling myself to leave it to God and go to sleep, but my mind just kept on turning.

Truth is we all have times like this. It seems there is more things there on are to do list and not enough time to do it. We try to relax, but telling ourselves to relax, rarely works. Sometimes trying to leave it in God’s hands doesn’t seem possible. After a restless night though comes the morning. With the morning we often find peace. Our brain that was so tired the night before is more relax and as we begin to relax, we find that we can leave our needs in Christ. The more we begin to rest in God the more at peace our mind becomes.

We will have times that we are overwhelmed. This is a part of life. The more times we take this issues to Jesus, the less time we will fret and worry. God sees our situation and He knows our concerns. He even understands our tendency to worry. Some people see worrying as a sin. I don’t really think it is a sin, unless we decide to camp in worry land. When we do begin to worry, we take it to Jesus. We trust Him to find away for us to accomplish what needs to be done. There will be times like with me last night that it takes a little while for our mind to be at peace. In times like that just talk to Jesus.

Have a blessed day. Talk to the Lord about your issues and take some time to rest your body and mind. God bless and keep you.
Betty

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November 15, 2017
Good Morning and Happy Wednesday,


Walking One With God


3 John 4King James Version (KJV)4 I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.

God wants us to live our life walking in His truth and on His paths. In the 50’s and early 60’s someone was admired for living a Godly life. Today things have changed, just as the Bible said it would. Living in a way that pleases God, no longer is admired. People either look at you as being naive or ignorant to the World’s idea of good. Having set morals is being closed minded, while being okay with whatever makes people happy is considered open minded. Instead of being respected for having principals, you are libeled to be pitied or hated.

God’s truth has not changed. We cannot please God and the world at the same time. God does not want us living our lives on the fence trying to please God and mankind. The closer you get to the fence the bigger your risk to backsliding.


Matthew 6:24King James Version (KJV)24 No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.

Today’s motto “I do my own thing and I am okay with people living the way that makes them happy” is not an admirable attitude, in the eyes of God. Our hearts should be broken as we see people living Godless lives on their way to hell. Abortion should break our hearts. The idea of innocent unborn babies being murdered in the womb should not be accepted, nonchalantly by Christians. While we can only do so much about it, like voting for people who are against abortion, we should not accept it as the way things are. We should pray for the people who no longer see babies as a gift from God, but as a inconvenience to be gotten rid of.

I am not saying go around with a frown and let others see how “godly” we are by looking down on others. This attitude of I am better then others is prideful and a sin. We should be walking so close to God that others will realize that there is something different about us without us saying a word. The way we live our lives should bring sinners under conviction. Even if we find some people avoiding us because we make them uncomfortable, on some level that see God in us. In their times of need, they will know that they can trust us to pray for them and help them as best we can.

If the love of God does not shine through us and people around us can not tell that we are different, then there may be something wrong with us spiritually. If we are trying to fit into the world, we may have stepped off God’s path for us.

John 17:16King James Version (KJV)16 They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.

For a Christian, it is no compliment for someone we are around a lot to say: “I did not know you were a Christian”. If our lifestyle is no different then the world, we are not living righteous, Godly lives. If we tell crude jokes and curse, we are not being faithful to God. God did not save us from sin for us to live just like the world. God did not call us to impress the world by living in a way that the World approves of. We are to live our lives in a way that is pleasing to God.

2 Corinthians 6:17King James Version (KJV)17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you.

We are coming to a point that we will have to choose God or man. Are we prepared to step up for Christ, or are we content to hide in the shadows so that people cannot see Jesus in us? If forced to declare in public our faith, can we do so without fear? The time to prepare ourselves to not be ashamed of our faith is now and not when being a Christian is illegal. Stop hiding your relationship with Christ. It is not about walking around thinking we are better then others. It is about living so close to Jesus that others can see Jesus in us. We are to be a walking testimony of the love of Christ. Our spiritual health should be so strong that our lives reflect God’s love to others. If we are hiding our faith to impress others, we are in danger of backsliding.

We need to choose who we are more concerned with pleasing, God or mankind.

Betty

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November 16, 2017
Good Afternoon and Happy Thursday,

The Daily Bread Devotional talked about using all that wasted time of waiting, for prayer and meditating on God. We seem to be living in a hurry up and wait World. Where ever your appointment is, they will insist that you be there at a certain time, only to make you wait 30 minutes are more. It is so tempting to sit there and fret and fuss in our heads and with others waiting. By the time we are seen, we are not in the best of moods, for sure. Of course we all spend a lot of time waiting in traffic.

Yet, there is a better use of our time. Look around the waiting room, and watch people. You are sure to see someone you feel led to pray for. When On the road, you can pray for other drivers. Talk to God about your feelings and ask Him to calm your spirit. Pray for your loved ones and friends. Praise God for your blessings. Spending time with God will give you peace of heart and mind. While allowing your mind to grow more angry by the moment will only agitate yourself and make you feel bad.

In the scheme of things, waiting while frustrating, is not the worse thing to happen in the world. There are so many tragedies and acts of violence that break our heart. We can not fix those personally affected by those things but we can pray for them. We need to remind ourselves frequently that prayer is not the last thing we can do, it is the first thing we should do. As Christians, we underestimate the value of prayer. Prayer is a miracle in its self. Talking to All Mighty God is a miracle and Him actually listening and reacting to our prayers is even a bigger miracle. So what do we do when something unsettling or a tragedy happens? We pray!

Betty

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November 17, 2017
Good Afternoon and Happy Friday,

Uncertainty


We live in a time of uncertainty. Random violence has happened so often, that if we are not careful we can become desensitized to these events. Wars and rumors of new wars are spoken so often that is tempting to just blow them off. God warned us the last days would be like this. He called these happenings: birth pains. The closer we get to ‘The Day of the Lord’, the closer and harder the birth pains will become.

God did not warn us so that we become fearful, but for us to know the times we are living in. Just as a farmer knows when to plant seeds, a Christian needs to be aware of the times they are living in. Knowing the we are living in the last days, should cause us to work harder for God, but also to stay close to God. These is not the time to allow our faith in God to weaken and our work for Him to cease.

When we leave the house each day, we do not know everything that will happen to us that day. We do know who are guide is and who are traveling companion is, and that is our Heavenly Father. There is no need for us to live our day in fear and apprehensive. We put our complete trust in God. God has already been in the future and the past and He is making a way for us. Of course we would love for God to give us an break down of what is going to happen, but that is not trusting in God.

We might think we can not live like that. Yet when we get on a plane and we trust the pilot to get us to our destination. How much more should we relax and put our trust in God! Even the pilot doesn’t know for certain how the flight will go. On the other hand God knows how today will go and how a thousand years from today will go. Our trust in God is in safe hands.

When tragedy happens pray for those involved and every day put your trust in God. He is coming for us soon and we can trust Him while we wait for His return for us.

Betty

I saw a video on Facebook yesterday that showed a cat, gently petting a bird. That was so sweet.

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November 18, 2017
Good Afternoon and Happy Saturday,

This has been a long week for me. Driving almost and hour and half each way three times this week and back to the VA. Squeezing in a Doctor’s visit for me and dealing with my health issues. Monday was an extremely long day at the VA and as I drove home, I prayed that God would protect me.

We all have long days that we struggle. It is tempting to become irritable and frustrated. When we begin to talk to God, He will calm our spirit and bring us peace of heart and mind. Instead of feeling sorry for ourselves, let us turn our situation over to God. One day I prayed most of the way home. Time, well invested.

This is not a peaceful world we live in. Even though we go about our business the same way in most circumstances as we did years ago. The fact is the world is changing and not for good. Random shooting and murder has come almost like the norm. Storms strength and damages grow stronger each year.

The world is growing closer to accepting the anti-Christ as a One world leader. Not only is the Pope calling for a One World Government and Religion but so are leaders of our Country and other Countries. This is why President Trump is under constant fire from Democrats as well as Republicans. He does not play into the hands of the agenda of those who agenda is a One World Government.

It was shocking to hear the Bush family talk publicly about voting for Hillary, but then pieces fell in place for me. The Bush Family is for a One World Government and have been working towards this goal for decades. They knew Hillary’s lust for power would cause her to do exactly what they told her to do. During the election period, George Soras ( One who is pulling the strings for a One World Government) bragged about owning Hillary.

Everything is not falling apart, my friends, as it seems. Things are falling into place for the One World Government. People know longer respect the flag, the National Anthem or our Country. 40% of Americans are now against democracy and welcome Socialism for our Country. These people who feel enlighten in their movement are working, unknowingly for Satan and they are helping him put his plans for this world into operation.

The answer for Christians is not to close our eyes and pretend we are living in the 50’s. It is to acknowledge that we are living in the last days and prepare our hearts for the soon return of Jesus for His Own. Do not allow any sin hidden or not to go uncovered by Jesus’s blood. Seek forgiveness of sin and turn away from sin. This is also not the time to become fearful. The times we are living in did not take God unaware. He warned us about these times in His Holy Word. Trust God live in His righteousness and look up for our redemption draws neigh.
Betty

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November 19, 2017
Good Morning and Blessed Sunday,

Every day it seems as if a new celebrity has been revealed to be guilty of sexual misconduct. This kind of thing has been going on since Hollywood opened its door so why are we now hearing about these things? The Bible says our sins will find us out. For the guilty, this may be a good thing. They are forced to account for what they did. This exposure could also allow their heart to see their need not only for public forgiveness but most important forgiveness from God.

Do I see a mass of sinners calling out to God? Sadly, some have hardened their hearts to the point that their public apology is no more then a publicity stunt. Yet, at the same time, God is giving sinners a chance to admit their need for forgiveness from God. Whether we are the local garbage collector or a well known celebrity, our need for God and His forgiving blood is the same. God sent His only Son to die for all. God gives everyone a chance to see their sins and repent and turn away from sin.

As we look on from the outside, let us not be so quick to judge but quick to pray for these lost souls. Pray that their hearts would soften and their ears be quickened to the call of the Holy Spirit to seek forgiveness from God. As we see the age of grace come to a close, our hearts should yearn to see salvation come to men and women and their families. It does not matter how rich you are or how powerful you are, or how big a celebrity you are, eternity in hell will be hell.

Betty

Saw little birds at the feeder this morning. This brightened my day.

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November 20, 2017
Good Afternoon and Happy Monday,



Psalm 31:3King James Version (KJV)3 For thou art my rock and my fortress; therefore for thy name's sake lead me, and guide me.

Let us be honest with ourselves. We seek for God to guide us every day, but there are times we are tempted to go our own pathway and expect God to follow and protect us. We still want His protection, but for that period of time, we want to do our thing. We can even boast in our selves that God will see the wisdom of our decision that surely our way is much better. Again let us be honest with ourselves, has this ever worked out for our good? While our plans may seem the best. The path we have chosen may seem less dark and dreary and filled with flowers and nature’s beauty, but it doesn’t work out that way.

The path that God has chosen for us, may be dark and dreary. There may be hills to fall off of and valleys to fall into. So why would a God who loves so much choose the bitter path over the straight beautiful path? God wants us to grow spiritually. If we never go through the darkness we will miss out on the spiritual growth that comes from walking through the darkness with God. If our paths are always straight and wide we will continue to be baby Christians. We can remain baby Christians from the day of salvation until we die, yet there is a cost for that decision. When something bad happens we have no faith and no spiritual strength to sustain our faith and may be like the seed planted in rocky ground that blows away and forsakes God. Even if we manage to stay a baby Christian to the end, there will be much shame and tears for us, when we stand before Christ at the Judgement Seat of Christ.

If we truly love God we will want to obey Him. Obedience will cause us to choose to walk on the paths that God chooses for us. When we refuse to walk God’s path then we have become rebellious children.


Isaiah 30:1King James Version (KJV)30 Woe to the rebellious children, saith the Lord, that take counsel, but not of me; and that cover with a covering, but not of my spirit, that they may add sin to sin:

Isaiah 30:9King James Version (KJV)9 That this is a rebellious people, lying children, children that will not hear the law of the Lord:

We do not have to walk in rebellion but we can be obedient children with hearts open to the call of God, willing to submit to His Ways and His Guidance.


1 Peter 1:14New King James Version (NKJV)14 as obedient children, not conforming yourselves to the former lusts, as in your ignorance;

Do we trust God? Do we trust God to take us down the path that is good not only for the Kingdom of God but good for our own spiritual health?
Betty

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November 21, 2017
Good Morning and Happy Tuesday,

We don’t always wake up bright-eyed and bushy tailed. Some days we crawl out of our bed feeling like energy level is close to zero and our mind is still in sleepy land. As much as we need our sleep, we do not always sleep well. Worries can keep you awake. Pain can keep us awake.

Life doesn’t stop because we are tired and appointments still must be kept. On days like these we can pray for a special touch from God. Pray for added protection. Pray for His guidance to keep us from making a mis-step. I believe God is pleased when we see our need and we ask for it.

John 15:7 If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.8 Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.


James 4:3King James Version (KJV)3 Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.

God wants us to talk to Him. To share not only our needs with Him, but to share our feelings and desires. When we praise God, Jesus will shower us with his love and blessings. We can share our hidden needs and desires with Jesus. We can open up to Him about fears and our worries. A relationship with God is the most important relationship we have. Our we putting an effort into this relationship? Are we seeking ways in which this relationship can grow? Are protecting and guarding this relationship?

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

Philippians 4:7King James Version (KJV)7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

There are many important things we do but working on our relationship with God, should be #1.
We need to stop treating our relationship with God, like it is an afterthought, but guard it as the true gem it is.
Betty

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November 22, 2017
Good Afternoon and Blessed Wednesday,



When I got up this morning and started doing my morning chores, thankfulness was not my guiding thought. My body started hurting in several areas. It hurt to walk, but I was reminded that I can still walk. Other areas hurt, but I can still take care of myself. Being thankful through pain is not always easy, but it is the right thing to do. No! This does not give us the license to tell someone that is in pain “it could be worse”. This does not help and will only cause hurt feelings.

What do we do when we and others are suffering? We pray. We pray for comfort and we pain for relief. We thank God for what we still can do and the many blessings we have in Christ. When we talk to God about our situation, we learn to be content and at peace. All of us deal with different issues and these issues are important to us. Remember if they are important to us, then they are important to God. When my hubby saw his eye doctor the next day after the surgery. Hubby reminded the doctor that he had said there would be no pain, but that night the pain level was high. The Doctor replied “I could care less about your pain, as long as the eye is fixed. Of course we wanted his eye fixed but that night he was real concerned about the pain. His surgeon has no bed side manner but he did his job.

God does care about our pain and needs and He can do all things. So why does God allow people like me to hurt every day? Just as Paul prayed for the thorn to be removed and God said no:

2 Corinthians 12:8-10Good News Translation (GNT)
8 Three times I prayed to the Lord about this and asked him to take it away. 9 But his answer was: “My grace is all you need, for my power is greatest when you are weak.” I am most happy, then, to be proud of my weaknesses, in order to feel the protection of Christ's power over me. 10 I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and difficulties for Christ's sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

There are many answers to questions we have, that we will not receive until we walk through the gates of Heaven. It must be enough that God’s grace will carry us through every storm and He will be with us until we join Him in Heaven.

Let us be thankful and trusting Children of God. Let us walk in the path that God has chosen for us without grumbling. We have not reach our destination nor have we entered Heaven. This suffering we partake in, is just a temporary hardship when we consider the length of eternity.

Betty
Still have a few tiny birds, visiting.

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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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November 24, 2017
Good Afternoon and Happy Friday,

Had the best Thanksgiving yesterday at my Daughter’s house. Her husband, daughter, and herself worked hard to produce a lovely meal. Our Son and his new Wife was there. It was a lovely meal with lovely people. I enjoyed it very much. I feel so blessed. We had fried turkey, baked turkey a fancy mashed potato dish, dressing and homemade cranberry sauce. Out daughter-in-law brought a delicious sweet potato casserole and a Swedish dessert. My daughter had made 4 kinds of pies. It was a wonderful time with our family.

Later we spend time with my sister, her husband, her son and her granddaughter. We had such a sweet day with family yesterday. I feel doubly blessed.

Last night I woke up twice and was awake for 2 hours each time. Fibro is acting up and I haven’t even gotten out of bed, except to get something for pain. Resting is okay and I do not even feel guilty. Our Son-in-law prayed before the meal and he thanked God for family time and I too am thankful to God for family time. Noting beats being with family.

Yesterday, was Thanksgiving Day, but we should be thankful every day. God supply’s so many blessings in each of our lives. Knowing how much Our Heavenly Father love us is the biggest blessing of all. God gives us peace and He fills our hearts with hope. What a wonderful blessing it is talk to God every day! To seek His guidance daily! Knowing that He never takes a day off nor does He every forget us.

I pray for everyone who reads this. That God will provide your needs. That He will fill your hearts with peace and joy.
Betty

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November 25, 2017
Good Afternoon and Happy Saturday,

As The Deer
As the deer panteth for the water
So my soul longeth after thee
Thou alone are my heart's desire
And I long to worship thee
Thou alone are my strength, my shield
To Thee alone may my spirit yield
Thou alone are my heart's desire
And I long to worship thee
Thou art my friend and you are my brother
Even though Thou are a king
I love Thee more than any other
So much more than anything
Thou alone are my strength, my shield
To Thee alone may my spirit yield
Thou alone are my heart's desire
And I long to worship thee
I love Thee more than gold or silver,
only Thou can satisfy.
Thou alone are the real joy giver
and the apple of my eye.
Read more: The Cadets - As The Deer Lyrics | MetroLyrics


Do we long to spend more time with God? Do we long to know God better? If we are honest with ourselves, there are times that we do and other times that we do not. As human beings we are fickle and our attention span is not very long. Even in Church our mind can wander to chores we have to do that day and what are going to have for lunch. This does not mean we are bad people. God knows our weakness, yet He saved us while we were yet sinners. He loved us when we were unlovable.

We should seek to spend more time with God and more time talking to God. Let us do as the song says and long for God as we would water to live and bread to fill our tummies. God is our joy, He is our Savior, He is our protector. Let us trust His will for our lives and trust Him to guide us every day.
Let all God’s children rejoice that God considers us His children.

Betty

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November 26, 2017
Good Afternoon and Blessed Sunday,


1 Corinthians 1:18King James Version (KJV)18 For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.

People, even some who say they are Christians, are offended by the Cross. Atheist want the Cross removed from all public places. Why are atheist and agnostics offended by the cross? Because even in their denial of God, they sense that cross has power.

Many years ago, Rev.Billy Graham was allowed to go into the prayer room in the UN building. He said that he noticed immediately that there was no cross in the room. The Cross was not left out of the room because people did not think the Cross was real, but the power of the Cross is offensive to many. People can live comfortably in their sins as long as they feel no conviction. They want to avoid anything that convicts them of sin.

I have heard people say that a loving God would not send anyone to hell. Yet, God not only sent His only Son to live and die for our sins, but he provided away to escape hell’s fires by accepting Jesus as their Redeemer and Savior. If we refuse the gift of salvation, then we have chosen to die in our sins. There is no sin in Heaven and no one who dies in their sins can enter the gates of Heaven.
We cannot become a Christian and deny the Cross. Without the shedding of blood there is no salvation. We all deserve to die on that Cross, but Jesus chose to die in our place. This is an act of a loving God.


Romans 5:8New King James Version (NKJV)But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Do not be offended by the Cross but embrace the Cross and the power within. We praise God for what the cross did for us, provided salvation for all who will believe and accept.


Hebrews 12:2King James Version (KJV)2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

We lift our hands and hearts in Thanksgiving for the greatest gift ever given to mankind.
Betty


MICHAEL W. SMITH – THE WONDERFUL CROSS LYRICS
When I survey the wondrous cross
On which the Prince of Glory died
My Richest gain I count but loss
And pour contempt on all my pride

See from His head His hands His feet
Sorrow and love flow mingled down
Did e'er such love and sorrow meet
Or thorns compose so rich a crown

Oh the wonderful cross (2x)
Bids me come and die and find
That I may truly live

Oh the wonderful cross (2x)
All who gather here by grace
Draw near and bless your name

Were the whole realm of nature mine
That were an off'ring far too small
Love so amazing so divine
Demands my soul, my life, my all

Oh the wonderful cross (2x)
Bids me come and die and find
That I may truly live

Oh the wonderful cross (2x)
All who gather here by grace
Draw near and bless your name

Love so amazing, so divine
Demands my soul, my life, my all

And the beauty and the shame
In the glory of His name
Oh the wonderful cross

Oh the wonderful cross (2x)
Bids me come and die and find
That I may truly live

Oh the wonderful cross (2x)
All who gather here by grace
Draw near and bless your name

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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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November 27, 2017
Good Afternoon and Happy Monday,

Do We Grieve For Our Sins?

Some people believe that we can get to the place, Spirituality, that we stop sinning. I do not believe this is possible. We are still living in sinful bodies. We have not been given our glorified bodies, yet. We all have our weaknesses and trust me the devil and his demons know what they are. I will share one of mine with you. If I open the car door and something falls out to the ground, or if I spill coffee, or stump my toe, the word, **** pops out of my mouth so fast, that I don’t have time to think about it. Immediately my heart hurts. Why? Because time after time I promise God I will get my mouth under control, and yet yesterday, it happened again, to my shame.

To be honest, I have sought forgiveness every time this happens and yet, still I do not seem to have any control over this sin. My heart breaks over my lack of control in this area. I think my biggest sin in this area is making the promise to quit. I would be better to seek forgiveness and ask for help in this area. When I promise to fix this on my own, I am opening myself up for failure. The devil knows I can’t fix this myself. The first step in working on our reoccurring sins, is to admit that we are not qualified to fix sin. Our temptation happens when we are feeling bad, tired and over extended for a reason. Satan chooses to battle us at times when we are physically and emotionally drained.

This does not give us a license to sin. This is why we ask for forgiveness for sin, daily. At the same time do not set yourself up for failure by making promises to God and yourself that you cannot keep. We should pray every morning for guidance from God and seek His help in avoiding sin. When we do sin don’t attempt to wave it off, but take responsibility for our sin and seek forgiveness. After we have done this, let it go. God does not want us to make ourselves miserable over sin that He has forgiven us for. Move on and let it go. We cannot go back in time, even for a second and undo what we said or did.

What a wondrous Savior we serve. He died to save us and He forgives us of our sins anytime we ask. Serve God with a happy heart and if we have sought forgiveness that leave our sins at the cross and stop punishing ourselves. There is nothing to gain by that.
Betty

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November 28, 2017
Good Afternoon and Happy Tuesday,

“Having A Calm Spirit”

A calm spirit is not listed as a Spiritual gift, but it is something that is needed in this world. Being born with ADD, I was not a child that could sit still for long. I did not talk a lot but I moved about a lot to my first grade teacher’s frustration. I went through many battles spiritual and emotional ones over many years before I became more calm. I can still become hyper if my bank balance is different then what my check book says😜. Even then, after going spastic, God brings me, to my calm space.

The God who told the wind and sea to be calm can help us calm down in the midst of the storm.
The closer we walk to God the calmer our spirit and emotions become. We begin to find ourselves relying on God to help us, rather then pacing the floor and fussing. We should pray for a calm and peaceful spirit. When we are a bundle of nerves, we look and feel to others, like we are going to explode at any moment. Instead of drawing people to Christ, we make people want to move away from us.

We are not reflecting a spirit that is relying on God when we make people nervous, just to be around us. We reflect fear, confusion and doubts. A calm and peaceful spirit comes from trusting God. The more time we spend with God, the calmer we will be. When we spend less time with God and in His Word, the easier it is for Satan to fill our hearts with confusion, doubts and fears. The more these attitudes grow in us, the weaker our testimony for God becomes.

There will be times when we become overwhelmed and we are agitated. When this happens, stop what you are doing and pray. Even if you are driving, you can pray. Turn your frustrations and fears over to God and begin to praise Him. You will begin to calm down and peace will replace your frustrations and fears. Let us try to be a walking and talking testimony of God’s peace in a troubled world.

Betty



John 14:27
“Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”

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November 29, 2017
Good Afternoon and Happy Wednesday,

Do you ever feel deserted? Truth is we can be in a crowd and feel alone. If we are a Christian, we are not immune to feeling abandoned. These are times that allows us to walk by faith and not by feelings. He has not left us, nor has He abandoned us. He is still right beside us, but during these times we may not feel His presence. These are the times that the truth of our faith is tried and proven. This is for our benefit, not God’s. God knows exactly the status of our faith. These times allow us to do a self-check and work on what needs to be done.

I know very little about cars. You turn the key and it comes on and everything is fine. Or is it? We can be driving with low oil, low tires, and even worse things and be unaware. The same thing way we can be with our relationship with God. We may think we are just fine spirituality, but what if God was to shown us a guide of where we were a year ago and where we are today, would we find we are closer to God or further away from God? Has our heart become more focused on fitting in with the world or more focused on pleasing God? Are we allowing little foxes of sin into our hearts, unaware of the damages they are causing? Have we lowered our standards so we do not offend the people we hang out with? Has our language become filled with colorful words that used to make us blush?

Just as we take our vehicles into be checked out and we have our bodies checked out for any hidden problems, should we not seek God’s help in finding out what problem areas we have spiritually that need a tune up or adjustment. If God convicts us of sin in our life and we make excuses instead of seeking forgiveness, we are living in rebellion. What does the Bible say about rebellion.


1 Samuel 15:23King James Version (KJV)23 For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the Lord, he hath also rejected thee from being king.

Isaiah 63:10King James Version (KJV)10 But they rebelled, and vexed his holy Spirit: therefore he was turned to be their enemy, and he fought against them.


2 Timothy 4:3-4King James Version (KJV)3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;4 And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.


Matthew 7:21-23King James Version (KJV)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.

We may feel that while we are not walking with God like we used to, we are still not ‘sinning’, but purposely walking far from God so we are not having to feel conviction, can lead us to very dangerous ground. If we have closed our ears to calling of the Holy Spirit, how will we know when we have gone pass the mark of being able to be convicted of sins. When will we know that God has given us up to a reprobate mind?

Romans 1:28King James Version (KJV)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;


2 Timothy 3:8King James Version (KJV)Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith.

As children of God, we are not like the world, not understanding the times we are living in. We see the days and we know that we are indeed living in the last days. This is not the time my friends, to see how close to the edge we can walk and still be a child of God. This is not the time to test God and risk falling out of grace. Salvation is such a precious gift from God. How dare we as Christians treat this precious gift with distain, contempt, and irreverence! Harsh words these are and yes even painful, yet is it not better to bear the pain now and repent, then to stand before God when it is too late to seek forgiveness!

My friends let me not end on a note of condemnation but let me remind you of how loving and kind our God is to His children. Let us seek every day to walk so close to God that we can almost feel His breath on our cheeks. Let us seek to live in a way that is pleasing to our Heavenly Father, not our of fear but of our love for Him!

Betty

As I wrote this my feeder had 6 little birds. Thank you Jesus for my diamonds of grace that you provide me.

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November 30, 2017
Good Afternoon and Happy Thursday,

God Loves Broken People


Satan would have us believe, that to be accepted by God, we must fix ourselves and clean our selves up. He tells us this not because he is concerned about the state we are in. He knows that if we try to fix ourselves up, on our own, we will never accomplish our goals. We then will never go to Christ for forgiveness because we will never see ourselves as worthy enough. God came to fix the broken. He came not, to tell us to clean ourselves up and fix our broken pieces so we could be saved. Jesus came to save the unworthy. He never ask sinners to become worthy before coming to Him. Even if it were possible to stop sinning and for us to move into a convent and take a vow of silence, we will still be sinners in the eyes of a righteous God.

Remember that commercial for laundry detergent that showed a white shirt that looked white but when they put it next to a shirt that is cleaned with their product, the white shirt look dirty. God’s righteousness is so pure that even at our best, we look like filthy rags standing next to Him. This is why He sent His Son to live and die for us. When we accept salvation through Christ, His blood covers our sins. Only His blood can clean the filthiness of sin.

We are to come to Jesus in our sin and brokenness. When we are willing to give ourselves humbly to God, admitting our sins and our need for salvation, God is more then willing to save us. If we come to Jesus in our pride, boasting in ourselves, we are wasting our time. We must humble ourselves to be saved. Those who see no need in being saved, will not find salvation and will die in their sins.
Betty

Blessed this morning by little birds. God is good!

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December 1, 2017
Good Afternoon and Happy Friday,


Psalm 23:5King James Version (KJV)5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies:


All my life, I have wondered about that verse. Why did God not, remove us from the presence of our enemies? Why did God not, remove our enemies from us? I always thought we were still in danger at the table that God set. This morning as I cleaned out the car and fed my animals, it came to be. If we are sitting at the table eating, God has subdued our enemies. No one would sit peacefully eating, if their enemies are pointing weapons at them. Not only has God subdued our enemies, but He is forcing them to watch us eat from a table that God Almighty, Himself has set for us. Can you imagine the humiliation the enemy must feel? God has defeated them and then He forces them to watch as we eat peacefully in front of them.

What a marvelous God we serve! People who have set out to destroy us or less likely to come back for a second battle when they see God provide for our safety and our physical needs. This verse is a reminder that as Christians, we should not live in fear. God is with us. He is protecting us all the time.

Remember, my friends, we feel surrounded by our enemies, our Heavenly Father is above all and is watching over us and protecting us, in all ways.
Betty

A squirrel is visiting the feeder at the moment. Happy about that.


Psalm 23King James Version (KJV)
23 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.
3 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.
4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.

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December 2,2017
Good Morning And Happy Saturday,

Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path” (Psalm 119:105).

How much time do we spend in God’s Holy Word? I can tell you, that I do not spend as much as I should. My prayer throughout the day is for God to guide me in His perfect will and to keep me on His path. I seek a His face and that is great, but I need to seek His Word more than I do.

There used to be a joke about why older people read the Bible more. The answer was they were preparing for their final exam. The truth is studying God’s Word does prepare our hearts for battles and does guide us in the will of God. As we study we begin to see our hearts open up to God’s truths. We begin to understand God better. We do find answers to our questions.

When we leave this earth, I do not believe we will ever regret the amount of time we spend praying and reading God’d Word. The family of David Partridge said his last words were “so much wasted time”. This could be said of us all. Some people seem to be busy for God but we all need to spend quality time in prayer and in Bible Study.

Betty

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December 3, 2017
Good Morning and Blessed Sunday,

The Proud Man’s Prayer


Luke 18:9-18King James Version (KJV)
9 And he spake this parable unto certain which trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others:
10 Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican.
11 The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican.
12 I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess.
13 And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner.
14 I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.

We would never pray the prayer of the proud one, yet there is a way that the devil can tempt us to be just as bad. The Holy Spirit convicts of a sin in our life and we ask forgiveness, but we are hardly finished with our prayer before the thought comes at least my sin wasn’t as bad as so-and-so. What has happened here? The devil has replaced our humbleness with pride. Yes we have sinned but we try to justify ourselves by comparing our sin with others. When we stand before God we will be responsible for what we do and not others. There will be no justifying ourselves by comparing our sin and deeds with others. God will only be interested at the moment on what we did in our bodies.

What do we do? First of all if we have humbly asked for forgiveness, there is no need to justify ourselves. We can’t anyway. So when Satan whispers in our ear about someone else’s sin, we say: “Get behind me Satan, for God has forgiven me of my sins and I am not responsible for someone else sins”. Then we ask God to forgive us for judging someone else, because that is what we are doing. Then we seek forgiveness for allowing self pride to enter our hearts.

The devil is a busy bee, as the Bible says running here and fro to cause trouble. We as Christians must be alert in all ways. Let us seek to be prayed up and prepared for battle at all times. The devil is sneaky but the Holy Spirit will warn us when the devil tempts us and we will hear, if we are listening.
Betty

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December 4, 2017
Good Afternoon and Happy Monday,

The Perfect World


The reason the world is crying for one Leader to govern the world, is they are looking for a perfect world. What they do not know, is there will be no perfect world until the devil is defeated. As long there is sin in this world the world cannot be perfect. Instead of people crying out the God for help, they are going to seek help from the devil. The anti-Christ will be the representative of the devil.

More and more this world is becoming more and more sinful. The world is not only embracing sin, but they are honoring sin, such as wearing T-Shirts that proclaim their pride in abortions. So many sins are considered to be not only acceptable but honored. If you do not embrace these sins that your are a radical racist conservative.

If you do not believe there is a war against conservatives then do your research. More and more liberals believe that the world will become perfect when all conservatives are dead. I am not saying every conservatives are Christians, but the conservative view is hated by the liberals.

There will be a perfect world, but Satan will not usher this world into place. It will come after the tribulation, when Jesus will defeat Satan and bring judgment on those who serve Satan. Then God will heal the earth and there will be a perfect world for 1,000 years.

Contrary to the belief of some Christians, God did not call His children to fix this world. This is not our job. Our job is to share the love of Jesus so that many can find salvation.
Betty
Tiny birds at the feeder this morning.

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December 6, 2017
Good Evening and Happy Wednesday,

“Promise #339: I am your God and you are the sheep of My pasture.”

We do not always feel we matter to God. We can have bad days and the devil will try to make us think that God has forgotten us. The devil wants to add to our misery. God calls us to come to Him for protection and comfort. He wants to wrap His arms around us and give us peace.

Remember that God never promised us that we would never have troubles. Nor did He promise us we would never have a reason to cry. We live in a sinful world and problems come to all people.

Matthew 5:45King James Version (KJV)45 That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.

God Loves us and He wants us to remember that. Take courage my friends, for we are not alone. God is always with us. We can trust in Him with our lives and our souls. We can live in peace in spite of our circumstances.

We can help one another, by praying for one another.

Maranatha,
Betty

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December 7,2017
Good Morning and Happy Thursday,

Psalm 33:18Behold, the eye of the Lord is on those who fear Him, On those who [a]hope for His lovingkindness,

Remember the lines in the children’s Christmas song:

Santa Claus is coming to town
He sees you when you're sleeping
He knows when you're awake
He knows if you've been bad or good
So be good for goodness sake!

As a child these lines were used by parents to encourage good behavior by their children. Not that it was so bad. As adults we see the stress of Holidays and rowdy misbehaving children make parents more stressed. This song encouraged good behavior because ‘Santa was watching children all the time’.

Yet, when we become a child of God, we find the knowledge that God really does know all, comforting in many ways. Yes, God sees when we sins. Knowing that He knows all about it, makes it easier to come clean and seek forgiveness.
Knowing God is watching over us at all times, takes away fears.

Yes, God sees when we sin, when we fall down, and when someone hurts us. We can go to Him with our broken bodies and broken spirits, knowing that He not only knows all about it, but He is the only one capable of making us whole again.
Sometimes we are left with a physical reminder of our fall. We may have a limp, a scar, or just a part of our body that doesn’t work as well as it used to. God can use these for His glory. Sometimes we have emotional scars. These battle wounds remind us that while we went through the battle, God brought us out to the other side. When a new battle comes and trust me, Satan will send new battles, our scars remind us that God brought us through the last one and He will be with us through the new battles.

Battles are necessary because they improve our spiritual health. It is through these battles we grow spiritually. A person who never goes through battles would be spiritually inadequate. When we fail a battle we will repeat it. Just as when you fail a grade in School. If you cannot pass the subjects of first grade, then you would not be equipped for second grade subjects. Repeating first grade makes it possible for you to pass second grade.

When we fail spiritually battles, we will repeat them at a later date. What is our responsibility to do when this happens? We prepare for the battle by spending more time in prayer and Bible study. Just as you would have to work harder the second time you do a class.

The good news is God does not leave us when we fail a spiritual test. Just as He was with us during the first time, He will be with us through the second time. While it is better for us to pass spiritual test the first time, we can be assured that God will not love us less, because we fail.

The words of the little children’s Christmas song brings happy childhood memories. Knowing God is with us does so much more. We do not go into spiritual battles alone. As children of God, the Holy Spirit lives in us. If we listen, He will guide us during the battle to make wise choices.

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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Will be gone for on vacation for three days.
Betty

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Good Morning and Happy Monday
December 11, 2017,

Our Son and his wife took us on a vacation for Christmas. We spent the weekend exploring the river walk in San Antonia. It was a lovely weekend exploring and singing Christmas songs. This can be the same with Jesus.

The more time we spend getting to know Jesus, the sweeter our relationship grows. We all have family members that because of circumstances we rarely see. While we may love them because they are apart of our family, we do not know them. We do not know how they think or their likes and dislikes. To really have a strong relationship we someone we need to spend quality time with them.
Jesus desires that we not only spend quality time with Him, but that we truly want to.

When you were a child there was probably that relative that acted like they did not like to be around kids. You did not like visiting them, but your parents made you go with them to visit this person occasionally. You went with them, but your heart was not into it. Let us never treat our relationship with Christ this way.

When we spend time with God because this is our heart’s desire, God will reward us. This reward is not about another diamond in our crown but a warm loving relationship with God that grows both ways. We become a blessing to God and He blesses us.

Be blessed and rejoice in the knowledge that Jesus loves you and desires to spend time with you.

Betty
Seen a squirrel this morning . A nice welcome home from our trip.

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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 Afternoon and Happy Tuesday,
December 12, 2017

I love driving around looking at Christmas decorations and Christmas trees. Everything is so pretty. Have you ever wondered how beautiful, Heaven must be? John saw Heaven, either in a vision or in person, and yet, he could not adequately describe the beauty of Heaven.

The Lord has blessed us with beauty on this earth. There are so many natural attractions that God created for us to enjoy. Even with a sinful earth there is still beauty. One day, God will heal this earth and she will have her original beauty. Until then we can enjoy the beauty that God has blessed the earth with.

Just as seek out beauty in nature, we can find beauty in people. I am not talking about physical beauty. Physical beauty can be purchased by plastic surgery. True beauty comes from the heart. A heart filled with love, kindness, and generosity. A Christian should seek to show God’s love by exhibiting an attitude of love and compassion towards others. When we do act snarly, we should always humble ourselves and apologize.

We can enjoy beauty around us and be carriers of the beauty of God.
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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Good Afternoon and Happy Wednesday,
December 13, 2017

Thoughts That Are Not My Own


Have you ever had a thought come in your head, that absolutely shocked you? Maybe it is a thought of revenge? Maybe it is a thought about taking an action that is completely outside your character? The devil likes to test the waters. He will try to see if your are angry or upset enough to take an action that in the past would have never even been a blimp on your radar.

The devil wants to see if you will take that thought and play around with it. If you spend too much time on the devil’s idea, it will seem less and less foreign to you. The more time you spend thinking on this action the less it will seem wrong to you. The first thing to do when this thought comes in your head is to tell the devil: “Get behind me, Satan! This is not an action a child of God should ever consider.” The second thing the devil will try is to make you feel guilty for having the thought. We are not responsible for every thought that comes into our heads. It is what we do with those thoughts. If we send the thought on it’s way we are reacting as we should. If we allow the thought to take root in our hearts, we put ourselves in danger.

We must stay on our toes. We must stay well connected to God. We do this by having fellowship with God. The closer we walk with God, the less the devil will be able to persuade us to act on his temptation he sends our way.

Sadly, many in the world think that the devil is their friend. Celebrities bragging about even praying to Satan. The devil doesn’t care about anyone but himself. He takes pride in stealing souls from God. Contrary to the belief of some, Hell is not going to be one big party of sex and booze. The devil will have no control of hell. Hell is a eternal punishment. Hell will be a place where no good exist. No love, kindness, nor compassion; only pure evil.

As Christians the more we walk and talk with God, the more salvation is less about escaping hell but more about the joy of spending eternity in the presence of Almighty God. Where the devil is made of pure evil, God is Love. God is compassion, gentleness, and kindness.
Betty

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

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December 14, 2017
Good Morning and Happy Thursday,

“Men Makes Plans In Pencil And God Makes Plans in Ink”

I read the title somewhere and I liked it. Our plans can change in an instant and with out prior notice. We have a long to do list and set out, only to find out the car won’t start. The reality is that things can happen out of nowhere and stop our Plans. God on the other hand, knows all. Nothing happens that surprises Him.

We can trust God to get us through those unexpected bumps in the road. He will see us through anything that comes our way. When we realize that God is in control, then we can relax and trust Him. We can know there is a reason for why things happen. When we learn to trust in God in all circumstances, then we can lay aside fears and anger. Fears can cripple us and anger can lead to bitterness.
Trusting in God in spite of what happens will give us a calm spirit.

When we do question why something happens, talk to God about it. Tell Him your concerns and then ask Him to help you accept His plans for your life.
Sometimes hearing someone say that we will understand when we get to Heaven, seems like an easy answer without substance. The truth is when we are in Heaven, we will understand why so many things happened to us and the results that God was able to make out of the circumstances of our lives.

Of course we still need to make plans. We do not want to be a leaf flowing through the air, accomplishing nothing. We make our plans and seek God’s help accomplishing what we need to do. When the unexpected happens we stop and ask God what He wants us to do and what is important to Him for us to accomplish that day. We can trust God in everything.
Betty

The bigger birds have moved on, but enjoying the tiny birds at my feeders.

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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 Friday
December 15, 2017

Proverbs 4:23 Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.

Our mind can be the devil’s playground, if we allow it. While we cannot control what thoughts the devil puts in our heads, we do have to choose what we do with these thoughts. When we allow these thoughts to take root they can destroy our relationship with God and people.

When someone wounds us, we can began a campaign against them in our minds. The more we dwell on this wound and the person who caused it, the more we allow anger and bitterness grow in our heart. This can lead to actions that we never dreamed we would do. Sometimes we become so caught up in hate and anger that we find ourselves saying and doing something that is not so easily erased. Yes there is forgiveness available but the roots we have sowed will effect ourselves and others for years to come.

When people we know have committed a sin that we find quite offensive, the devil can use this sin to allow pride to take root in our own hearts. We may say and do all the right things but in our hearts, but we are thinking about how so much better we are then the person who sinned. If we do not send these thoughts on their way and ask forgiveness from God these thoughts will take root and pride will prevent us from seeing our own sins. We may also find ourselves years later committing the same sin or worse. When this happens we feel so much shame that it makes it hard for us to accept God’s forgiveness.

How do we protect our minds? We guard our hearts with prayer and diligence.
We can choose on what our mind will dwell on.

Philippians 4:8King James Version (KJV)8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

We can choose to send bad thoughts on their way and focus are minds on good thoughts. When the devil brings thoughts of other’s sin, we can choose to pray for them. When the devil brings up our past to condemn us, remind him that we are forgiven through the precious blood of Jesus.

Romans 8:1King James Version (KJV) 8 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.?

Choose to use your mind to pray and have compassion on others. Guard our hearts from the devil and seek God everyday to help you stay on His path. God has blessed us in so many ways and we can and should share His love and compassion on others. Pray for lost souls. Pray for Christians when they stumble. Pray that God will use us to light the way to Christ in a world that is growing darker and more sinful every day.
Betty

We had several squirrels at the feeders yesterday. Brought joy to my heart, watching them play and chase each other.

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December 16, 2017
Good Morning and Happy Saturday,

Birth Pains

When a mother goes into labor, the pains are not constant; there is a span of time between them. Jesus referred to the last days with birth. Even the world is conscious of the birth pains, this world is having. The world blames everything on ‘global warming’. Recently someone even blamed terrorism on global warming.

We who are children of God and study what the Bible tells us recognize the birth pains leading into the judgment that God, Himself will pour out on this earth. This is why among many reasons I believe in a pre-trib rapture. The Bible makes it clear that the tribulation is a time of judgement on those who rejected the precious blood of Jesus.

You might wonder if it is judgement from God on the lost, why doesn’t He just come back and and divide the saved from the lost and pour out His final judgment? It is hard for us to comprehend, but this judgement is also a time of mercy. After the rapture, God in His great love for mankind, is giving us one more time to make it right with God. Even in the tribulation some will get saved.

This does not mean anyone would want to wait till then to make a decision for Christ. It is so much better to avoid the fire then to be saved from the fire. Life during the tribulation will be worse then anything that has ever happened on this earth. God is stilling calling the lost to come to Him for eternal salvation.

At one point during the tribulation, the devil using the anti-Christ will require everyone, rich or poor, to proclaim their loyalty to Himself and take a mark representing himself on their right hand or forehead. When anyone agrees to this they will have pass the point of salvation. The Bible makes it clear that anyone who takes the mark will spend eternity in hell. Why? They refused to acknowledge Jesus as God and instead will acknowledge the devil as God. There will be no hope for those who take the mark. Those who refuse will not be able to buy food and will be hunted down and killed.

The knowledge of this should make us realize the time of salvation is now, before the rapture. It is longer the time to put off salvation until we have sowed our wild oats. I realize that so many will ignore this advice. The Bible makes it clear that life will go on as it is and has been just as it was in the days of Noah. People going about their daily life until the floods came. Then it was too late.

Noah warned the people and preached to them for a hundred years. Everyone who ignored his warning drowned. Today we are being warned by God. The birth pains this world is suffering is God warning us that the time of judgement is coming. It is up to us whether we listen or ignore the warnings. Salvation of our souls is so very important, that it is too precious to put off to the last moment. While the birth pains are growing closer, God is not going to tell us when the exact moment the Gabriel will blow the trumpet and God will call the Church to Heaven. So waiting to get saved is very dangerous.

2 Corinthians 6:2King James Version (KJV)2 (For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.)

We, who are saved, should pray more for the lost and live our lives Holy and ready for the soon coming Wedding of the Church (the Bride) to Jesus (the Groom). Do our best to live Godly lives and when we do sin, seek forgiveness and turn from our sin. Walk closely to God and seek His favor in all we do and say.

Betty

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

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December 17, 2017
Good Evening and Happy Sunday,

As we get closer to Christmas Day, let us spend our time sharing the love of Christ with others. Pray for those who have recently lost ones. The first Christmas with out a loved on is very hard. Christmas brings out the best in most people. We get to enjoy the benefits of being around happier people.

It is wonderful that Christmas is the time we see relatives we haven’t seen in a while. We enjoy the Christmas trees and decorations at our home and other’s homes. Celebrating Christmas is a wonderful time, it let us not forget the reason for the Season. As we reflect on this year, let us take time to be thankful for what Christmas represents. There would be no Christmas Holiday with out the birth of Jesus Christ.

When we share a smile and simple acts of kindness with family and strangers, God can use us to be a blessing to those we come in contact with. Enjoy Christmas and the wonderful things that happen around Christmas. Be thankful for the blessings we have. This is a lovely time of the year that we can use to share God’s love with everyone we see and talk to.
Betty

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

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December 18, 2017
Good Morning and Happy Monday,

Saturday was the first Wedding Anniversary for my Son and His Wife. They had prayed for so long for a Christian mate. At times, they both had their doubts, but celebrating this weekend, the family is reminded that God’s timing is perfect.
Waiting for answers to prayers can be a stressful time. If we stay focused on God, this time can be used for spiritual growth.

As a child, we were excited this time of year, as we waited for Santa to visit our homes. In my day it was not about greed and wanting expensive gifts. Boys wanted base balls and bats, skates or a toy train. Girls wanted dolls, toy tea sets, or skates.

Many of us attended Church and even in School the Christmas play was about the birth of Christ. Seems I always played an angel, never a speaking part. Good thing, because speaking in front of people terrified me. Children were made aware that Christmas was centered around the birth of Jesus.

Santa was just the icing on the cake, sweet and tasty, but the substance of Christmas was the birth of Jesus. We knew that His birth was important to us and the world.

Today the world is more centered around Santa and less around Jesus. This doesn’t mean it is bad to celebrate Christmas. Our job as Christians is to raise our children to know and to remind our grandchildren that Jesus is the reason for the season. As we get older we no longer are excited about a midnight visit from Santa. Instead we wait, (as excited as a young child for Santa), for the return of Christ to call us home to Heaven.

When we enter Heaven’s gates, this will be like a million Christmas morning’s all tied together with a bow. Our joy will literally be unspeakable. Enjoy your Christmas with your family. Pray for one another and ask God to prepare our hearts for His soon return.

Betty
A dove family came back to the feeder yesterday.

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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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