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Betty Louise
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December 19, 2017
Good Afternoon and Happy Tuesday,

My cats are well fed and content to watch the birds through the window. My dog on the other hand, gets a notion to want to go outside and chase them out of the yard. The birds have learned that this last for a minute and she wants to come back inside. They wait for the dog to have her fun and resume eating. I guess the dog wants to show off her protection of the yard ability, occasionally.

Satan will occasionally tempt us with a sin more then once. If every time he does, we get closer to sinning, he will continue to do so. Especially, if we find ourselves moving closer and closer to the sin. The devil can make sin seem so attractive and yet while looking pretty as ripen fruit, it is as nasty as a waxed fruit, to the taste buds. We see people all the time who started out playing with sin and ended up enslaved to that sin. In the end the sin destroys them and leads them to hell. As God’s children let us run away from sin. The true beauty of a fruitful life is living for Jesus and adopting His ways as our agenda.

I hope you are enjoying your Christmas decorations and the happiness this time of the year brings. May every twinkle of your lights remind you of the true light of our Savior, Jesus, who came to a dark world to bring His light of salvation to all who would accept His wondrous gift. True and lasting joy comes from walking with the Lord and trusting in Him, every day.
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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God gave me the following in December 2014


10 The thief cometh not, but that he may steal, and kill, and destroy: I came that they may have life, and may have [it] abundantly.

Recently a friend posted that the devil did not seek to steal from us. I disagree. I believe the Bible shows that he does seek to steal. It is not that the devil needs our stuff, our even our joy. But he steals from us to weaken our faith in God. But even when the devil steals from us we can find healing in Jesus Christ. Never allow pride to think you are above getting knocked down by the devil. The Bible makes it clear that pride goeth before a fall. But be watchful lest, the devil find you unaware and knocks you down unprepared. You don't have to live in fear but be aware and stay close to God and in His Holy Word.

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December 21, 2017
Good Morning and Happy Thursday,


“Jesus is The gift, that keeps on giving.”


John 3:16-17King James Version (KJV)16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

If the only thing God did for us was to save our souls, it would still be the greatest gift we have and ever will receive. A ticket to Heaven is worth more then all the gold, diamonds, and money on all of this earth. Yet God’s plan was not to just save us from hell, although that was and is extremely important to Him and us. No God wanted to give us much more than that. He wanted to give us a personal relationship with, Himself.

He wants to walk and talk with us everyday. God doesn’t just want a Sunday relationship with us. He wants to be a part of our daily lives. He wants to know us and He wants us to know Him. The more we know God, the more we can know His will for our lives. This provides us with a bond of trust that helps us allow God to work in us and through us, for our own good and for His glory.

Over a lifetime we have received many Christmas gifts. God’s gift to us will never decay or wear out. It will see us through this life and right into Heaven’s Glory. God’s gift is so wondrous, that we can share this gift with others every day and still lose no portion of the gift itself, in our hearts and lives. Our finite minds cannot comprehend the magnificent wonders of the gift God gave mankind.

So why is evil growing in this world? God sent His Son to die for our sins and yet, every day people are dying and going to hell. God gave mankind a precious gift, yet so many have rejected this precious irreplaceable gift. The best gifts are giving by a cheerful giver, but if the recipient, refuses the gift, the fault is not with the giver, but the one who refused the gift. Every day people reject the precious gift of salvation. The more a person refuses salvation, the harder their hearts grow. Time will come when the Holy Spirit will no longer call out for repentance from a person. When the call for repentance no longer rings, the gift of salvation is withdrawn from that person. This is why the Bible says that today is the day for repentance and acceptance of the precious gift of salvation.

Never give up praying for your lost loved ones and friends. Pray that God will soften their hearts so that they are willing to accept the greatest gift: Salvation.
Let us as Christians never under value the precious gift of salvation. May we be truly grateful not only at Christmas but every day for the sacrifice Jesus made for us to repair our relationship with Him.
Betty

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December 22, 2017
Good Afternoon and Happy Saturday,

It’s Christmas time. Happy time for so many of us. We will see many Nativity Scenes, some even with living characters. It is wonderful to be reminded of the sacrifice that Jesus made, to leave Heaven’s Glory were He was God and become a helpless baby. It is right that we remember this sacrifice and pay homage to it.

We must remember though, that Jesus is no longer a baby in a manger. Jesus is sitting in Heaven on the throne of glory. It bothers me greatly, when someone says I am going to pray to the baby Jesus. When we pray we are not praying to a baby. We are praying to God Almighty, King of Kings, and Lord of Lords.

My theory and I am willing to admit that I could in fact be wrong on this, is that there are some who prefer to see Jesus as a sweet baby. A baby that can answer prayers but incapable of judging sin. A baby that will answer all of our prayers, but expect nothing from us. We can live in our sins and take comfort that a baby Jesus will accept us right into Heaven sins and all.

This is not Biblical. God can not and will not allow sin into Heaven.

Habakkuk 1:13King James Version (KJV)13 Thou art of purer eyes than to behold evil, and canst not look on iniquity: wherefore lookest thou upon them that deal treacherously, and holdest thy tongue when the wicked devoureth the man that is more righteous than he?

If Jesus had never gotten out of the manger and lived as a man, He would not understand our suffering and how hard it is to resist temptation.

Luke 24:25-26

And He said to them, "O foolish men and slow of heart to believe in all that the prophets have spoken! "Was it not necessary for the Christ to suffer these things and to enter into His glory?"

Luke 24:46

and He said to them, "Thus it is written, that the Christ would suffer and rise again from the dead the third day,

Jesus lived and died so that we who are born in sin can be redeemed and be given the precious gift of salvation.

When Jesus returns, in the Second Coming, He will not be a baby. He will be God Almighty coming back to judge the world who rejected His precious gift and chose to live in sin.

Revelation 19:11-21King James Version (KJV)
11 And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.
12 His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself.
13 And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.
14 And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.
15 And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.
16 And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, King Of Kings, And Lord Of Lords.
17 And I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the fowls that fly in the midst of heaven, Come and gather yourselves together unto the supper of the great God;
18 That ye may eat the flesh of kings, and the flesh of captains, and the flesh of mighty men, and the flesh of horses, and of them that sit on them, and the flesh of all men, both free and bond, both small and great.
19 And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army.
20 And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone.
21 And the remnant were slain with the sword of him that sat upon the horse, which sword proceeded out of his mouth: and all the fowls were filled with their flesh.
King James Version (KJV)

We honor Christmas because if Jesus had not humbled Himself and came to earth, there would be no salvation and every man and woman would be born in sin and die in sin. We all are born in sin, but because of the greatest sacrifice of all, we do not have to die in our sins. Praise God for this! What a wonderful sacrifice Jesus made to become a baby, but remember always, He is no longer a baby in the manger but God sitting on the Throne in Heaven. It is not a baby that answers our prayers but God. Jesus is no longer clothe in baby clothes but clothes in righteousness and glory.
Betty

I pray that God will comfort those who are suffering their first Christmas without a loved one. I have been there and understand how hard it is.

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December 23, 2017
Good Afternoon and Happy Saturday,

The hardest Christmas for me, was the year, my youngest sister passed away. She died in November that year and the Christmas from that year, in many ways, was like living in a fog. This happens when someone dies. I believe that God made our brain that way so that we can get through tragedies. Her death changed our whole family and in many ways for the good. We learned that God was with us through those dark hard days. We learned what was truly important and learned to let go of things that did not matter.

This Christmas there are those who will be celebrating their first Christmas with out a loved one. This will be a hard Christmas. They will want to be strong for their loved ones but they will be hiding their sorrow. This is a good time to pray for these who grieving. Try to be understanding of their moods.

Christmas is a time of reflections. We who are adults, remember our childhood Christmases with fondness. Christmas changes when we become adults but then when we have kids, Christmas is once again magical and joyful. Christmas is truly a gift from God.

Let us, this Christmas take time and effort to remember the true meaning of Christmas. The very first gift given to give us, Christmas, is the very best gift of all: Jesus. Jesus is the reason for the season, is more then a saying. It is the truth. There would be no celebration of Christmas if Jesus had not left Heaven to come to earth.

In the days head we need to be grateful for God, our families, and our friends. We should cherish these moments and make memories to bless us through hard times ahead. God is great my dear friends and worthy of all our praise. Let us not in the rush and hurray of the time, neglect to think the giver of Christmas and the greatest gift of all time. God gave of Himself. What a wondrous gift! In a dark gloomy world, He brought light and the gift of salvation, if we will only humble ourself and accept.
Betty

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Good Morning and Blessed Christmas Eve,
December 24, 2017

There is a commercial on TV, I believe it is from Toy-r-Us. The children are falling all over themselves to volunteer to do chores. The voice over says the naughty list is not an option. What would we change about our plans for today, if we knew for a certain that Jesus was returning for His Children today? What would we add to our plans?

If we asked people on the street what they would do, you might hear, things like: donate money to the Church, light a candle at Church, try not to use profanity today, etc.........


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

Romans 10:17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

While there are things that we do that do that pleases, God, pleasing God is more then one action. Pleasing God is having a personal relationship with Him and spending time in His Word. When we acknowledge God in our hearts and worship Him in spirit and truth then we are honoring Him.

In a marriage it takes both parties spending time together and learning about each other and what makes the other happy. The more time we spend with God, the more time we know Him. The more time we spend with God, the more we trust in Him.

Unlike, Santa, who’s timing is controlled by mankind, Jesus’ return is known only to God. This means we need to live every day in a way that is pleasing to God. The Bible says many will grow weary in waiting for His return and that some will even lose their way. We don’t have to do that. We can spend time ever day with God, we trust in Him to have perfect time, and we live every day, like today is the day Jesus comes back.

I pray that God will bless you, this Christmas Eve and your family. May we be truly thankful for what Christmas means to every Christian. May we rejoice in the gift of Christmas: Jesus.
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 26, 2017
Good Afternoon and Happy Tuesday,

The presents are open and the wrapping paper in the trash and we begin a another year before the next Christmas. Presents over time lose their luster. Toys break and clothing wears out. God is the only one who gave a gift that will last through eternity: Jesus.

Of course we should and do appreciate, when someone takes the time to give us a gift. We know behind the gift is love. God loved mankind so much, that He sent His Only Son to live and die for our sins. This was not to make us feel better about ourselves but to reconcile us to Himself. God not only wants a personal relationship with us, not only through our lifetime, but through eternity.

Sadly so many feel so proud, that they reject the only gift that will give them eternity in Heaven. In their arrogance they refuse to see their sins. Others think that good deeds will overcome their sins, as if they do more good then bad the scales will tip in their favor. They do not realize that God in His Holiness, cannot look on any sin. If a person rejects Christ and only commits one sin in their lifetime, that would be enough to send them to hell. Still, others think that God is too loving to send anyone to hell. Yes, God’s love is stronger then any human, but He provided a solution to sin. It is our choice to accept this precious gift or reject it.
Betty

Blessed this afternoon to have tiny birds at the feeders.

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December 28. 2017
Good Afternoon and Happy Thursday,

Happiness

Happiness means different things to people in this world. Happiness can be getting that job that you wanted so badly. Happiness can mean getting a new car or house. Happiness is falling in love with that special person, who loves you back.

God has different views on happiness and what gives lasting happiness.

1 Kings 10:8 Happy are thy men, happy are these thy servants, which stand continually before thee, and that hear thy wisdom.

Job 5:17 Behold, happy is the man whom God correcteth: therefore despise not thou the chastening of the Almighty:

Psalm 144:15 Happy is that people, that is in such a case: yea, happy is that people, whose God is the Lord.

Proverbs 3:13 Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding.


Proverbs 28:14 Happy is the man that feareth alway: but he that hardeneth his heart shall fall into mischief.

James 5:11Behold, we count them happy which endure. Ye have heard of the patience of Job, and have seen the end of the Lord; that the Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy.

1 Peter 4:14 If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified.

God wants us to be happy. He wants us to be able to get nice things. He also wants us to understand how fleeting happiness can be in things. On the other hand, being happy in doing the right things brings lasting happiness. It is okay to seek happiness in material things but let us never forget that we need to seek spiritual things first.

We can share our happiness with others by a smile or a word of kindness. We can be happy when others receive a blessing.
Betty

Blessed by tiny birds and squirrels at the feeders.

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December 29, 2017
Good Afternoon and Happy Friday,

“In My Distress”


Psalm 18:6 In my distress I called upon the Lord, and cried unto my God: he heard my voice out of his temple, and my cry came before him, even into his ears.

Many things can bring us stress. Finical issues, health problems, marriage problems, and work issues, are just a few. The devil would like to convince us that we are suffering on an island, where no one sees. We MUST remind ourselves the devil is the father of liars. God says for us to call unto Him in these times.

Jeremiah 33:3 Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.

God wants us to call upon Him in our times of worry and stress. He wants to help us and encourage us. Resist the urge to hide on your dark days, and call on your Creator and your God. Seek His face and He will respond to you.

1 John 5:14 And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us:15 And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.

God does not want us to live in fear that He will not always be there. He wants us to have confidence in His love for us. He wants us to lie down at night and rise in the morning, knowing He is always with us.

Yes, we will have times of distress. This is a part of living. The question is not if we will be affected by stress, but what will be our reaction. Will we go to God and talk to Him about our issues or will we ignore our issues until we feel like a mountain has fallen on us? Lay aside our pride and come to Jesus at the beginning of trouble and not wait until to we are desperate.

God does not want His children overcome by stress. He wants us to come with confidence to His Throne and seek His help in all things.
Betty

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December 30, 2017
Good Afternoon and Happy Saturday,

Called of God

Ephesians 4:11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;

I believe that God has called me as a modern day Prophet, to share the need for salvation and to remind people that judgment is coming to this earth, soon.
We purchase fire insurance not because we know we will have a fire at our house on a given day and time, but to be prepared, just in case. We know that Jesus is coming back for us, for sure. We do not know the date or time, but God has promised to send His Son to come and get us. How can we live in peace and not warn people?

How can be people know they need a Savior, if they do not know they are sinners? God is calling all His children to be the voice in today’s wilderness, warning people of their need of salvation. The question is not, if we think we are called, but whether we are willing to speak the truth in a politically correct world.
People who consider themselves complete and need of no correction, are harder to reach for Christ. If we do not share the truth that we are born in sin and will die in our sins, we are dooming those we love and care about to hell.

Romans 3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

Sharing the truth about eternity in hell for those who reject Christ, is not an act of cruelty. Sharing the truth is an act of love. Will some reject the truth? Yes, the Bible says so.

Matthew 7:13 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:

The Gospel of Christ is not all gloom and doom. Those who accept this wondrous gift of salvation, have an eternity in Heaven to look forward too. People need to know that we all have a choice. We can choose to accept the gift of salvation or refuse. Along with sharing the love of Christ, we must warn sinners the consequences of refusing the gift of salvation. Is there any crueler act then to watch those we love and care about, go blindly into hell? Of course there comes a time, when God will let you know that you have said your part and then stop talking about it. Never stop praying about it. God often uses others to reach our loved ones and friends.

Let us pray that God will help us to know when to speak and when to just pray. May God help us to be bold in a politically correct world where good is considered evil and evil is considered good.

Betty
God has given me my little diamonds of joy today. Dozens of tiny birds at the feeders.

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December 31, 2017
Good Afternoon and Blessed Sunday,

Tomorrow brings another year. At this time of the year, people often make resolutions to do better and improve ourselves in the New Year. The best resolution we can make is to spend more time with God. Time spent with our Heavenly Father, is never wasted.

Many of us will resolve to eat better and work for a healthier body. There is nothing wrong with improving our bodies. Sadly this resolution is often forgotten by April. Let us, not forget our resolution to improve spiritually. We will one day have new bodies, but we want to be the best we can be, when we face Jesus. It is not that we are working our way to Heaven. Works will not get us into Heaven, but we want Jesus to be proud of us.

None of us know what the New Year, will bring. We do know that we can walk into the New Year, with confidence that Jesus will be with us, every step. We can live without fear, if we put our trust in God. Let us lay aside self pride and admit when we need people that care about us, to pray for us. There is no shame in admitting that we need help.

God bless you and fill your heart and family with His amazing love.
Betty

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January 1, 2018
Good Afternoon and Happy Monday,


Beginning Again

January first, is know as a day to begin again. We choose to start over with being healthy, being nicer, becoming a better Christian and being a better person. To begin again, means we have to throw off some baggages from last year. Throw off bitterness. Choose to stop dwelling on past pain and choose to let go of resentment.

Give your mate, your family, your friends, and your co-workers a new slate. The devil of course will remind you of the hurts of last year, but remind the old devil, that this is a new year and last year’s mistakes against you, you have chosen to forgive. Forgive yourself and seek God’s forgiveness and then when the devil reminds you of past mistakes, remind the devil that God’s precious blood has redeemed you of those sins.

Replace bad habits with good habits. Pray for others and yourself. You can be assured that things will happen this year that will throw us a curve. When this happens let us run to Jesus first, and not as our last action. Whatever happens this year, will not take God, unaware.

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

Choose today to live closer to God to talk to Him more. Trust in His truths and His ways. Ignore the devil and his lies. Pray that we can work for God, in the midst of criticism and harsh words. Let us remind ourselves while we seek not to offend, doing the work of God, should be first on our list. God did call His children to be people pleasers, but to work for the Glory of His Kingdom.

Every day we live is one more day closer to the rapture. Let us pray that God will help us to be bold in sharing the Gospel with lost souls. While we pray in our prayer closets we were not called to hide the Gospel in a closet. If those we work with, cannot see Jesus in us, we need to ask God to examine our hearts and show us where we need to seek forgiveness and seek courage from God. Pray that we will be a lighthouse shining the hope of Christ in a world where sin is accepted as good and right living is considered wrong.

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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January 2, 2018
Good Afternoon and Happy Tuesday,

Philippians 3:14King James Version (KJV)14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

We can feel like a cog in a wheel, pressing on day by day, wondering if we are accomplishing anything, but biding time. Whether we work out of the home or not, we feel as if we are doing the same job we did yesterday. If we are not careful we can be complacent and clueless to the devil’s snares. He seeks to destroy us and if he can’t, he will seek to destroy our testimony.

The devil will try to get us to sin so that feel others will not take us seriously.
He will work on convincing us that we are not worthy to share the Gospel. The truth is we are not worthy in our own righteousness. When Jesus saves us, He clothes us in His righteousness. Our job is not to worry that others will take us seriously, we are to spread the Gospel seed and allow God to do the work in people’s hearts.

Every day we have opportunities to pray. Pray for our Families, our Country, and for persecuted Christians around the World. Pray for ourselves, that we grow spiritually every day and do not become stagnant. Pray for guidance from God, so that we know when we need to speak and when we need to be quiet.
Pray is such a simple job and yet we often neglect our prayer life.

We do not see what we are accomplishing, but rest assured God does. Our work for God is not wasted. God uses our prayers and our deeds for Him for the Glory of His Kingdom. Do not allow the devil to belittle or down grade your work for Christ. Trust in God to bring your work to fulfillment for His Glory. Remember planting seeds, does not bear fruit immediately. Much growth goes on below the surface.
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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January 3, 2018
Good Morning and Happy Wednesday,

Mankind can not understand the greatness of God. So many ignore God as if He doesn’t exist and many others spend years trying disprove the existence of God. God seats in His Heaven and laughs at the futility, of men the size of ants compared to the glory of Heaven, and their quest to dispute the existence of the very God that created mankind. It is futile as if a machine created by mankind begin to think of itself as better then the created, until it reaches the point that it denies that there ever was a creator. We would laugh at a machine that said it’s existence came about because of some big band effect happened in the universe. Yet, many people believe in the lies of evolution.

Mankind takes God’s patience as weakness. In His love, He gives men and women many chances to come to repentance. It is only His love for mankind that keeps Him from destroying the planet and starting over. As His children, let us not, take His love for granted. Let us appreciate His patience with us and praise Him for loving us through out our good and bad. The more we strive to live according to the guidance of God, the more content and peaceful we will live. When we seek to walk closer to Him, the less sin will be attractive to us.

Though so many scoff at the thought, Jesus is coming back for His Own. Let us seek to be working for the Kingdom of God, when He calls His children home, to Glory. Let us be grateful and appreciative children.
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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January 4, 2018
Good Morning and Happy Thursday,

“Come To Jesus”

We live in a world, where self-reliance is praised and seeking help is considered a weakness. We were not made to be loners. God made us to seek His face and depend on Him. Before Adam sinned, He walked and talked with God, every day. Sin drove a wedge between man and God. Jesus came to earth to live and die so that He could be the bridge between mankind and God.

God has provided the bridge, but so many refuse to go to the bridge. One of the biggest reasons, is pride. Mankind often refuses to admit they are sinners. Without acceptance of our sinful nature, we do not see the need to be saved. Others feel they can fix themselves. An atheist group once had put on a billboard that you do not need a God to be good people. True there are good sinners. Working hard to be good looks fine on the outside, but it only hides our sins. The Bible says we were all born in sin.

No matter how good we try to be, we can not save ourselves. God sent His Son Jesus to purchase our salvation with His precious blood. God has given every person, the freedom to choose for themselves. We can either choose Jesus or we can choose to die in our sins.

1 John 1:8-10King James Version (KJV)
8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.


Jesus is still calling the lost to come to Him for redemption. There is still time to come to Jesus and seek His gift of salvation. The invitation still is open, but one day the invitation for salvation will be closed and then will come the judgment of God. The Bible warns us that if we keep rebuffing His invitation, there will come a time the offer will be withdrawn. The time to come to Jesus is now.
Betty


Isaiah 55:6-7King James Version (KJV)

6 Seek ye the Lord while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near:

7 Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the Lord, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.

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January 5, 2017
Good Afternoon and Happy Friday,

When we are sick, we go to the Doctor, to find out what is wrong, so that we can be treated. Most of the time, we can feel, when we are not where we should be spiritually. There are also times that we are so busy, that we do not notice when we have neglected our spiritual health. This is why we should do like David, and regularly ask God to examine our hearts. When we open ourselves up to regular inspection by God, we can sidestep, developing serious spiritual health issues.

God in His love for us, wants to help us stay on track. He wants to help us to grow spiritually stronger. When we spend time with God, He can guide us. Not everything you do for God, will be appreciated by others. We can be at peace, when we strife to please God before others. When we work for God out of our love for Him and not to impress others, our work will be blessed by God. Remember our work for God is for the Kingdom of God and His Glory. When we realize that, we can ignore criticism and pray for those who do not understand, the work God is doing through us.

In these trying times we see and read things that are going in the world, that shock us to our core. When we do takes this to God. Pray for those who have allowed the devil to work his evil through them. We need to pity them instead of feeling anger towards them. They are trapped by the devil’s lies and influence.
Sadly the devil uses people in positions of power to make horrible sins, seem not only acceptable but pleasing to them and others. It is easy to feel anger towards the people who are destroying our Country. It breaks our heart to see our Country that once was based on the laws of God, live out sin in pride.

These who have chosen powerful positions over God, will face God, Himself, one day. Until, then let us pray for them, that their hearts might soften towards God.

Fear not the future, but trust in the God who holds the future in His hands. God has not lost control and His ways are beyond our understanding. We can live in peace when we trust in Him.
Betty

Went out to day and found the bird feeders empty. Shame on me😛

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January 6, 2018
Good Afternoon and Happy Saturday,

“Where your treasure is, is where your heart is”

Matthew 6:20-21King James Version (KJV)
20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:
21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

January is a good time to take access of your heart, to see what is important to you. To see where God stands in your list of important things. Is God on your mind, when you wake up? Or is God an afterthought or just someone you think of when something or someone scares you? Do we treat God like a first aid kit, that we only bring out when we have a need?

I know can be guilty of putting God on the back burner as I get busy with life. God deserves more then just being an after thought in our life. Our relationship with God should be more then a safety jacket we only use when we need Him.
We need God all the time, but sometimes we forget this.

We should take joy that the God of Heaven, wants a personal relationship with us. He wants to commune daily with us and not just a quick prayer before we fall asleep. He wants us to talk to Him about our desires, plans, and needs. The more we communicate with God, the easier it will be to pray and the stronger our prayer life will be. When we have a strong relationship with God, the easier it will be to avoid sin and stay on the right path.

Let us take time today to search our hearts. Seek to see where we stand in our relationship with God. Pray that He will help us grow closer and for our spiritual health to improve and grow strong. We want to be men and women strong in our faith and strong warriors for the Kingdom of God. To this we need to know God more then just as an after thought.

Betty

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January 7, 2017
Good Morning and Blessed Sunday,

Happy Birthday, Mom


Today would have been my mom’s Birthday. Although my heart still grieves for her, I would not bring her back, in the same condition that she left this world. The last two years, she suffered so and now she is completely healed and in the perfect place that Heaven is. Grief is painful and even many years later a thought can send us back into that dark place.

What do we do when our heart is heavy and our spirit is low? We cry out to Jesus. Today, I asked God to tell mom, Happy Birthday for me. It comforts me that God can let mom know that we still love and miss her. All of us grieve and God wants to comfort and lift us up.

We can grieve over many things. A divorce, a lost of a job, and of course death. God knows our grief. He saw His Own Son die on the cross, for our sins. God can and does relate to our pain. Knowing this makes it easier to go to Him for comfort. In the early stages of grief, the only one that can bring peace to our hearts is God. When we take comfort that God is with us and one day we will understand why we went through devastating trials and circumstances, we can put our trust in God.

God does bring us out on the other side and we do begin to feel joy again. We are able to laugh again. Many good things have happened to me since mom died, the best of all was my son’s marriage to Sarah, last year. Her and her family brings my family joy and peace.

If you are suffering grief, remember God will bring you through. The world will never be quiet the same but God will bring you joy and new adventures that His love will shine through. Do not give up on God. He has not given up on you. As His children, we look forward to the greatest family reunion of all time, when we are called to Heaven, in the rapture. We will have eternity with our loved ones and friends. We will make new friends with people from Abraham all the way to the last person saved before the rapture. What glorious days, we have to look forward to!

Betty
My cats are looking out the window, enjoying the birds at the feeders.

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January 8, 2018
Good Afternoon and Happy Monday,

After not sleeping well for several nights, I ended up sleeping till 12:30 after falling asleep after 1 this morning. Then I woke up hurting, took a pain pill and have come back to bed. I said all this to say, things do not always go smoothly in our lives. Batteries in cars, go dead. We over sleep. We are late to Church even though we got up early. Life just doesn’t always run smoothly.

We live in an imperfect world, inside the skin of an imperfect body. God has never required us to be perfect. While we try not to sin, we will not reach perfection in this life. God wants our love and our trust. King David was a man after God’s own heart, yet he sinned many times. When through prophets, God called David out on sin, he did not make excuses, nor blame anyone else. He accepted the blame and repented. This what God wants us to do. Repenting is more then saying you are sorry, it is to turn away from your sin.

We may find our self repeating a specific sin more then once, because the devil knows our weaknesses and will tempt us in that area more then once. When we repeat a sin, repent immediately and ask God to help us in that area. The more we trust God the less we will find ourselves giving in to that sin.

As God’s children, we want to live in a way that is pleasing to Him. When we seek to please God, we can live with peace of mind and heart. When we fail we seek forgiveness and then we move on. Do not let the devil keep you meditating
on your sin, but repent and praise God. Instead meditate on Scriptures and God’s goodness.
Betty
Blessed to have many tiny birds yesterday a female cardinal, and several squirrels at the feeders.

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January 9, 2018
Good Afternoon and Happy Tuesday,

“Psalm 27:8Living Bible (TLB)8 My heart has heard you say, “Come and talk with me, O my people.” And my heart responds, “Lord, I am coming.”

There are times , that our hearts are heavy with doubts, sadness and confusion. God calls to us to come to Him and bring our burdens to Him. God is not hiding from us in His Heaven. He wants us to come to Him with our problems, burdens, and issues. The hard part is letting go of this baggage’s. Too often we pray for help and then we take our burdens with us when stop praying. The problem is trust. I, too find myself after praying, worrying though the night about an issue, even though I prayed about it.

It would be so nice if God would lay out a work sheet and what He was going to do and the time table. Then we could look at the list and be at peace. God wants us to trust that He does have a plan and He will work it out. He wants us to walk away from the prayer saying: “I do not know what God is going to do, but I am confidante that He will work things out”. Truth is there are those times, that trusting is very hard for us.

We can be at peace if we seek God and then trust Him for the right answer. Most of us have not reached the place that we do never fret and worry. The more we do trust in God the stronger our trust in God will grow. Admitting our need for others to pray for us, is the first step in getting help. Remember we are not the only one who struggles with trust issues. This is a universal problem for Christians. God is not going to forsake us because we struggle with this.

Let us go to Jesus with our struggles and reach out to others to pray for us. We need God and we need fellow Christians to help us.
Betty

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January 10, 2018
Good Morning and Happy Wednesday,

The cat and I are watching through the window at tiny little birds eating at a bird feeder on the ground. Both of us quietly enjoying the view. There are many things we can enjoy during the day, that can be our moments of joy. The first cup of coffee, when you crawl out of bed is taken for granted until, your doctor says no coffee the day of a medical test of the coffee pot dies. When we open our heart to see these moments of joy, we can find peace in an often troubled world.

We all have days that drag us down and wipe away our energy. On days like this, let us ask Jesus to bring a moment of joy into our day to raise up our spirits. We should also pray that God can use us to bring a moment of joy to others. None of us know what people we know and strangers are going through. What joy it would be to be a blessing to someone else!

Let us seek to be more like Jesus in a world that has been darkened by sin. We can be the light that shows in the darkness. Pray that we can live in a way that is pleasing to God and that God will protect us from the devil’s snares.
Betty

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January 11, 2018
Good Afternoon and Thursday,

Hubby and I got up early enough this morning to eat breakfast and take a small walk. Bertha was excited. You just mention the word walk and she lays on her back so you can hook her up to the leash. Today it is gloomy and damp but it is good to get out and walk.

There are things we can do that refreshes our spirit. Taking a walk, singing praises to God, reading His Holy Word, and talking to God. A strong relationship with God prepares us for spiritual battles. The closer we are to God, the more our trust in Him will be. There will be times that something comes out of left field and knocks us off our feet. When this happens, go first to God. Seek His help and guidance. Remind yourself, that you are not alone.

There is no perfect life. Bad things happen to everyone, Christians and non Christians, have problems. The difference we have our Heavenly Father to go to for help and encouragement. God never promised us a perfect life, but He promised never to forsake us.

I have a bird feeder in front of my window and there are a dozen birds in the tree above waiting patiently for their turn at their feeder. Also a squirrel in another feeder. This is especially nice for me at this moment because I am in a lot of pain. Even in my pain, God sends me diamonds of joy. I am also thankful for pain pills.

Have a blessed day.
Betty

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January 12, 2018
Good Afternoon and Happy Friday,

The Faithfulness of God


Psalm 89:1King James Version (KJV)89 I will sing of the mercies of the Lord for ever: with my mouth will I make known thy faithfulness to all generations.

Even though I write this blog, nearly every day, this does not mean I do not suffer discouragement. I know my pain is not as bad as others. I do not feel sorry for myself, but there are times that I grow tired and weary of being in pain every day. These are the days, that I must remind myself of the faithfulness of our Heavenly Father. I need to remember that suffering does not mean that God has forsaken His children.

Encouraging ourselves in the Lord just as King David, said we should do will bring us peace of mind. Our suffering in this world is just a second when we consider an eternity of perfect bodies and perfect peace and joy. The devil would seek to discourage us and to weaken our faith in God. This is why it is so important to encourage ourselves in the Lord.

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

Romans 5:2King James Version (KJV)2 By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.

While we trust for healing in this world, we live in the precious hope of a new day in Heaven when there will be no more disease, suffering or pain. For God, Himself shall wipe away all of our tears.

I know of so many Christians who are suffering today. We suffer together and we rejoice together for the glory that awaits us, if we remain faithful. Our love for each other and for God, will sustain us as we wait for His return for us. Let our struggles and pain be our sacrifice to Jesus, who gave it all so that we can be reconciled to God. Hold on to God and hold on to your faith. Look forward to the prize that awaits us in Heaven.


Romans 8:18-23King James Version (KJV)
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.
19 For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God.
20 For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope,
21 Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.
22 For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now.
23 And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.

To those who wonder why Christians, can hardly await the rapture, remember even nature groans, waiting for her redemption.
Betty

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January 13,2018
Good Afternoon and Happy Saturday,

Consistency


We live in a world where things are changing faster, then we can often keep up. The laws of mankind change at the whim of mankind. Sin by thoughts of mankind changes with the popularity of the times. A friend of almost 50 years said that she was offended about my posts about sin and hell. She told me at the end of her father’s life, he rarely preached about sin, because mankind already knew about sin.

I respectfully disagree. In the eyes of mankind, sin has changed. Many things that the Bible proclaimed to be sin, are not considered sin. Oprah has a large following who takes Religious advice from her. She proclaims that sin and hell doesn’t exist. She proclaims that there are many roads to Heaven. That everyone is a part of God. How will people know the truth unless we proclaim the truth?

Romans 3:23King James Version (KJV)23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

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.

Proverbs 6:16-19King James Version (KJV)
16 These six things doth the Lord hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him:
17 A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood,
18 An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief,
19 A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.

The Bible makes it clear what is sin. With world view changing on sin, Christians must speak up about the truth. We cannot afford to be silent in a world, where sins once hidden from view or now celebrated in the streets and on prime time television. Mankind’s popularity of sin or their belief that sin doesn’t exist, doesn’t change the heart of God.

Contrary to Oprah and her followers view, hell exist. Pretending differently, does not change the fate of sinners.

Matthew 18:8King James Version (KJV)
8 Wherefore if thy hand or thy foot offend thee, cut them off, and cast them from thee: it is better for thee to enter into life halt or maimed, rather than having two hands or two feet to be cast into everlasting fire.

Revelation 20:12-15King James Version (KJV)
12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.
13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.
14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.
15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.

Preaching and teaching about sin and hell is an act of love. It is so much better to be used by God to share the truth, then be witnesses to those we love and care about being tossed into the lake of fire for eternity. Everyone will not be saved, but we can make sure those people we care about, know the truth.
God is consistent. The political correct people and Oprah will not change Him.
Betty

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I titled my blog today: “Consistency”. My intention was to write about the love and faithfulness of God. God lead me in a different direction. It is important to know that not only is God true to His promises to His Children, He is also true to His promises to sinners. We are all born sinners but God made a Bridge to Heaven in Jesus, covered by the precious blood of Jesus. Those who reject this Bridge will not be saved from sin. Sin and sinners can never enter Heaven. Yes, God is loving and faithful to those who have accepted Jesus as their Savior and Lord. Those who reject Jesus have chosen hell for themselves. We cannot express enough the reality of eternity in a lake of fire where there will be no end to the misery and suffering. Now is the day to come to Jesus and be saved: as the song says: “Come to Jesus, and live”
Betty

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January 14, 2018
Good Morning and Blessed Sunday,

My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. John 10:27

We can know someone all of our life and not know what comforts them, what upsets them, and what makes them tick. This is not the relationship God wants us to have with Him. He wants us to really know Him. He wants us to know Him so that we know His voice. This keeps us from being led astray by False shepherds who have taken the Gospel and watered it down so that it is more pleasing to the ears. He wants us to grow strong in Him so that we can offer correction, in love, to those who have bought into another Gospel.

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.

Just because something is pleasing to the ears doesn’t make it good for us. Everyone knows health insurance is very high. What if a friend said they could sell you and insurance policy for $50.00 a month. Sounds great doesn’t it! But, when you read the policy and found there was a $10,000 deductible to go to the hospital. You paid the first $5,000 on office visits and the first $10,000 on medication. Policy would not seem so great!

There those who do that with the Gospel. Water down what God expects from us. Water down the consequences of sin. Say all roads lead to Heaven. This my friend, is much worse then being stuck with a bad insurance plan. This can take us right to hell.

God wants us to know Him for ourselves, so that we are not led astray by a partial and inadequate Gospel. When we really know God, our eyes and ears will recognize when we are presented with a false Gospel. Eternity is too long to be persuaded to leave the truth of the Gospel for one that only sounds pleasant but offers no forgiveness from sin.

Let us seek to know God, the God of the Bible and not fall victim to what is politically correct. Let us pray for guidance to stay on the right path with God and not be sheep who wander off to listen to every new “Gospel”, Religion, or fad that comes into town or on television. “My sheep know my Voice”. Let us make sure we do.
Betty

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January 15, 2018
Good Afternoon and Happy Monday,

If you go to the same Church long enough, you may come across someone who only comes to Church during hard times. When things are too hard, they come to Church, seeking help from God. There is also the opposite person who only goes to Church when things are going well, but abandon God when things go bad.

This is not the kind of relationship God wants with His people. He wants our worship and love through all times, good and bad. Christians who are not faithful to God, through all times, are cheating themselves as well as God. A spiritually strong person stays in communication with God every day. I am not putting anyone down who isn’t able to make it to Church. This last 6 months my health has kept me home many Sundays. While I am always glad when I am able to attend and blessed to do so, having a relationship with God is not a Sunday, only thing. We need to communicate with God, daily.

The issue is, do we only pray when we are in trouble? Do we only serve God when things are going well for us? This is a question only we can answer. One of my New Years resolution is to have spiritual growth. This will not happen if I avoid prayer and Bible Study. Be assured when we seek spiritual growth the devil will try to discourage growth and send us thoughts and tempt us to commit actions that will make us feel unworthy of spiritual growth.

God did not call worthy people. There is none that is righteous in their own ways. Only the blood of Jesus can make us righteous in the eyes of God. Pray that we do not sin, but when we do admit our sins and seek forgiveness immediately. Do not allow Satan to torment us.

Be blessed my friends and seek God’s will as we wait with joyful anticipation for His soon return to call His children into the clouds to enter Heaven with Him.
Betty

1 Thessalonians 4:13-18King James Version (KJV)
13 But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.
14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.
15 For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.
16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
18 Wherefore comfort one another with these words.
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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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January 16, 2018
Good Afternoon and Happy Tuesday,

We have ice and snow on the ground, which is unusual for the Houston area. I have been watching a male cardinal at the feeder. While other birds eat together, the male cardinal is selfish and greedy. He chases off all the other birds including his mate. Are we as Christians, guilty of being selfish and greedy? Even though we are God’s children we can be guilty of bad behavior. We are not always shinning examples of God’s love. We can lose our temper and get ugly. Surely, we are an embarrassment to God sometimes. When the devil comes to God and points out how badly His children are acting, God will tell him, that we are His children, covered by the blood of Jesus.

As parents, there were times that we were embarrassed by our children’s behavior. Our love for them did not diminish nor did we return them to the hospital where they were born. God’s love for us doesn’t diminish because of our bad behavior. We will sow the consequences of our wild seeds, but God’s love for us never fades. In His great love for us, He will comfort us even as we deal with the results of our sin.

Of course we seek to sin less and to live in a way that is pleasing to God. Never be guilty of thinking we are above sin. When we do, we open ourselves up to temptation. The sin of pride can get us in major trouble.

Proverbs 16:18 Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.

Have a blessed day. This old couple is staying in today. I have only driven on ice once and the truck and I ended up in the ditch. Talking about pride I was embarrassed to have to call for help. Thank you, Daddy and Hubby. This was many years ago and Daddy is with God, now. I learned by lesson and it stuck.
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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January 17, 2018
Good Morning and Happy Wednesday,

Have you every woke up to a problem: a car that won’t start, an appliance that is leaking, or just pain in your body? There are many things that can go wrong in life and those that take us off guard or the ones that seem to make us lose focus. It is these things that we forget to go to God for help with. Instead we find ourselves grumbling and complaining.

Seeking God in the minor things can be harder to do then the major things. We think we got this, but many times we get frustrated and if we are not careful, we can take our frustration out on others. Not only do we deal with our own frustrations but we deal with mates and coworkers frustrations . In these times, the best thing we can do is talk to God. Tell Him how you feel. Tell Him about your frustrations and pains.

Then look for those moments of diamonds of joy. Look for things in nature that perk your spirits. Take time to read about Heaven, that awaits us. Take time to remember how those loved ones, we miss so much are able to sit and talk to Jesus in person. All their pain and suffering on earth is just a distant memory if they even think of them. Rejoice in the knowledge that one day our suffering will be a distant memory.

When we dwell on God and remind ourselves of our future in Heaven we can hold on through the struggles we have on earth.
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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January 18, 2018
Good Morning and Happy Thursday,

I still haven’t been to sleep, yet I feel at peace. I have spent some talking to God. Still waiting for an answer to my prayer, yet God has brought me to a quiet time of reflection. We can have peace of heart and mind, when we give it to Jesus. For two nights I struggled but God has brought me to His peace. His peace is a quiet relaxing peace. Sometimes we have to fight a battle to arrive at peace. We do not have to know how God is going to answer our prayers. We just need to relax in the knowledge that He will answer. He does have a plan.

Don’t give up, even it takes you days to submit to God’s will and find His peace. The struggle can be used by God to help us grow spiritually. Remind yourself that God is still on the throne and He is aware of our needs and our fears. Growth can be painful and the struggle is exhausting, but the peace God gives, is as sweet as honey.

We can safely put all of our trust in Jesus. He will not fail us. Talk to God. Tell Him your concerns, needs, and fears. He is never too busy to hear your prayers. Sometimes like me, you have to wait on the answer but, keep your faith in God.
Betty

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Have you ever seen a animal being treated by a vet or rescue worker. The animal fights against the one who is trying to save them. It is often not until the animal is subdued by equipment or medication that the animal can be given the treatment for its injury. We can do the same some thing. We pray for an answer to a prayer but we struggle and fight trying to work it out by ourselves. Sometimes we do not give it up to God, until we are exhausted and truly at the end of our rope. This is the struggle I was in up for days. Literally sick from worry. When I let go that is when the peace came. Peace that just did not last long enough for me to get some sleep at 7:30 this morning, but peace that has warmed my heart all day.

I pray this will help you in your struggles and help you realize too, that we are not trusting God, if we are still making ourselves sick from worry.
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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January 19, 2018
Good Afternoon and Happy Friday


Zechariah 4:1-7New King James Version (NKJV)
Vision of the Lampstand and Olive Trees
4 Now the angel who talked with me came back and wakened me, as a man who is wakened out of his sleep. 2 And he said to me, “What do you see?”
So I said, “I am looking, and there is a lampstand of solid gold with a bowl on top of it, and on the stand seven lamps with seven pipes to the seven lamps. 3 Two olive trees are by it, one at the right of the bowl and the other at its left.” 4 So I answered and spoke to the angel who talked with me, saying, “What are these, my lord?”
5 Then the angel who talked with me answered and said to me, “Do you not know what these are?”
And I said, “No, my lord.”
6 So he answered and said to me:
“This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel:
‘Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’
Says the Lord of hosts.

‘Who are you, O great mountain?
Before Zerubbabel you shall become a plain!
And he shall bring forth the capstone
With shouts of “Grace, grace to it!”’”

I have talked about troubles this week. Troubles from our standpoint, can be huge mountains or seas that we cannot cross. Nothing is too big for us when God opens doors. Whether He chooses to take us around the mountain or give us the strength to climb the mountain, He will provide away.

Today it is back up to 58 and the birds are singing and the dog even enjoyed a romp in the back yard. When we go through a trial, God will often give us a day like that. A day that we can just take a deep breath and enjoy nature. This quiet days renew our minds and spirit. We can take time to enjoy some time just having a pleasant talk with God. God’s grace is sufficient and He is with us during the rough times, but in His love for us, He gives us these days of peace.
Let us not take for granted these days.

When we are having a good day, let us remember to pray for one another. Of course we should pray for one another every day. But, let us not get caught up in reflection that we forget to pray for those whose day may be rough and challenging. What a joy it is to know that other people pray for us!
Betty

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January 20, 2018
Good Afternoon and Happy Saturday

“Where Does My Help Come From?”


Psalm 121King James Version (KJV)
121 I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.
2 My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth.
3 He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber.
4 Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.
5 The Lord is thy keeper: the Lord is thy shade upon thy right hand.
6 The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night.
7 The Lord shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul.
8 The Lord shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore.

When things go bad for awhile, I tend to forget that my help comes from God. We can get so tied up in our problems, that we forget that God of Heaven is the One who will help us get untied. Our problems can become so big in our mind, that we diminish God in our minds and see our problems as larger then God. It is when we step back and remind ourselves that we serve Almighty God, that we can see things as they truly are. Remember the old sing: “Turn Your Eyes Open Jesus”. When we stop staring at our problems and put our focus on God, then, we can lay aside worry, stress, and fear.

God doesn’t want His children to live day after day in fear and despair. He wants us to trust in Him. To trust in His love for us. To trust that He does have us safely in His hands. Whether we live or die we are and will be with God. We are not defined by our problems. We are not defined by our health. We are God’s children. This is who we are. The trials of this life will one day fade away, but our relationship with God will last eternity. Men and women will fail us, but God will never fail us. When we walk in this truth, we will be at peace.
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 Morning and Blessed Sunday,
January 21, 2018


Lamentations 3:22-23King James Version (KJV)
22 It is of the Lord's mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. 23 They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.


God is always faithful to His Children


Mankind looks often at relationship with others with the thoughts”what have you done for me lately?” Mankind though over looks the many wondrous things God does for everyone His Children and sinners. As the Bible say: the rain falls on the just and the unjust. God blesses sinners as well as Christians. Often it is in answer to another’s prayers in behalf of the sinner. It is God’s mercy that sinners are not consumed. In God’s love for mankind, he waits patiently for sinners to come to Him for salvation.

2 Peter 3:9King James Version (KJV)9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

Sadly many sinners believe because God has given them time to repent that they will get away forever for their rejection of salvation. There will come a day of facing God, where we will give account of our actions. Sinners will be judged on their sins and Christians will be judged on their works and motivation for the work.

Hebrews 9:27King James Version (KJV)27 And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:

Judgment does not cross out the faithfulness of God. Sadly, there is reason to believe the people in hell will relive every time that God sent His Holy Spirit to them to call them to repentance. Some refuse out of pride. Some think they will get saved when they are old and have sown their wild oats. Some just refuse to believe in the existence of God. Our lack of faith does not change that God does exist and every person will stand before God One day. People will try to repent but it will be too late for forgiveness.

Romans 14:11King James Version (KJV) 11 For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God.

Salvation will not always be available. God is calling lost sinners to come to Him for redemption and restoration. Do not wait until time runs out.
Betty

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January 22, 2018
Good Evening and Happy Monday,

2 Corinthians 4:8 [Full Chapter]. We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair;


Pain and breathing issues today, yet even as I struggle I feel God holding me up and protecting me. In our distress, our Heavenly Father, will keep us from falling. In pain, He will wrap His arms around us. We do not have to have every thing going right in our lives, to feel presence of God over flowing us with His love.

Psalm 91:4King James Version (KJV) 4 He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.

Even if we were to fall God will catch us in His wings.

Deuteronomy 32:11Like an eagle that stirs up its nest, That hovers over its young, He spread His wings and caught them, He carried them on His pinions.

Psalm 17:8
Verse Concepts
Keep me as the apple of the eye; Hide me in the shadow of Your wings
Psalm 36:7
Verse Concepts
How precious is Your lovingkindness, O God! And the children of men take refuge in the shadow of Your wings.
Psalm 57:1
Verse Concepts
Be gracious to me, O God, be gracious to me, For my soul takes refuge in You; And in the shadow of Your wings I will take refuge Until destruction passes by.
Psalm 61:4
Verse Concepts
Let me dwell in Your tent forever; Let me take refuge in the shelter of Your wings. Selah.
Psalm 63:7
Verse Concepts
For You have been my help, And in the shadow of Your wings I sing for joy.
Jeremiah 49:22
Verse Concepts
Behold, He will mount up and swoop like an eagle and spread out His wings against Bozrah; and the hearts of the mighty men of Edom in that day will be like the heart of a woman in labor.

We can be still and at peace even when we are facing difficulties. God has not forsaken us. He stays with us, even in the midst of our suffering. Our hope is in God our Heavenly Father. He will settle our spirit and bring peace to our hearts whether we are suffering physically, emotionally, or financially.

Come let us worship our God and our Savior. May we find comfort knowing that others love us and are praying for us.
Betty

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January 23, 2018
Good Morning and Happy Tuesday,

The birds this morning are happy and excited to be fed. Yes, the birds would survive with out the seed, but they love the little extras that come in the seeds, raisins and nuts. God gives us extras through out our day, because of His love for us. God does more for us then provide the basics of life, He provides those things that encourage us and makes us smile.

God sometimes, uses us, to bring that smile to others. When we begin our day, we ask God for His will in our lives and to use us for His glory. When our heart is open to the calling of God, God can use us to bring a moment of joy to others. Sharing the love of God is done many ways, but remember the Bible says that even a cup of water given in the Name of the Lord, will be blessed.

Sadly, the devil sometimes uses us to bring discouragement to others. A word said in judgment and not in love can crush a fellow believer. People who judge our motivation and intentions can cause us to doubt our ministry. We should pray every day that God will keep us from causing a fellow believer to stumble. We should also remind ourselves that it is impossible to know someone’s else’s heart’s motivation. Only God sees into the heart.

When we fail others, seek their forgiveness and God’s forgiveness. When other’s fail us forgive them, even if they do not seek forgiveness. Unforgiveness leads to bitterness and much bigger sins. Let us serve God and others out of a heart of love.
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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January 24, 2018
Good Afternoon and Happy Wednesday,


Matthew 11:28King James Version (KJV) 28 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

Not only physical labor can make us feel weary, suffering, pain, strife, and discouragement can do that as well. God calls for us to come to Him, when we are weary. Come to Him to find refreshment.

Jeremiah 31:25King James Version (KJV) 25 For I have satiated the weary soul, and I have replenished every sorrowful soul.

Commune with God and He will encourage and refresh your soul and spirit. In His presence we will be revived and we will find joy. The peace that God gives is not like the peace of mankind.

John 14:27New International Version (NIV)27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

We live in a troubled world. Another School shooting, more and more rumors of war, are some of the indications of a sinful world on the wrong path. Though God has not called us out of this world yet, in the midst of the confusion, God wants to give us peace. We live in a confused and sinful world, but we can be at peace and not sin, if we are willing to accept God’s Will for our lives. When we turn our eyes off of the things around us and focus instead, on our Holy Father.

When we see the things that are happening in the world today, remember that they are just the birth pains. God has not lost control. When the devil seeks to trouble your spirit with these happenings, run to God.

Have a blessed evening. Find some time to refresh your spirit and your body.
Betty

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January 25, 2018
Good Afternoon and Happy Thursday,

“Serve the Lord with Gladness”

Psalm 100:2Authorized (King James) Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing.

God wants to serve Him with gladness and with a song in our hearts. No! I don’t mean the song: “Working on a Chain Gang”. Just kidding, but at the same God does not want us to work for Him out of bitterness and a sense of obligation.
When we do something for God because we feel we have to and with an attitude that we would rather be anywhere then where we are, we have lost our reward for our service.

There are times that we are asked to do something that we do not want to do. If we feel God is calling us to do it, pray. Pray that God will, soften our hearts so that we can do the job out of a joyful heart. Cleaning the Church bathroom is working for God and there will be a reward, if we do the job in love.

Service to God is a privilege, but there will be times that we do not feel our best and we need God to encourage us in His Work. It is acceptable to pray for a joyful heart and that God will put a song of praise into our hearts. When He does this, we will find ourselves working for God with a song on our lips and a spring in our steps.

Nehemiah 8:10 Then he said unto them, Go your way, eat the fat, and drink the sweet, and send portions unto them for whom nothing is prepared: for this day is holy unto our Lord: neither be ye sorry; for the joy of the Lord is your strength.

Praise the Lord and sing His praises as we work for God and our hearts will be overflowing with God’s peace and Joy.
Betty

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January 26, 2018
Good Evening and Happy Friday,

I saw my Doctor and got something to help me sleep and something to help prevent the pain. The pill for the pain has not worked but giving it time to take affect, taking the first pill for sleep tonight.

Lots of things take time. Getting healthy and spiritual growth doesn’t happen over night. God doesn’t give up on us even if we think our spiritual health is improving so slowly. When we pray for His will and His guidance, we can trust Him to work through us for our good. Be patient with yourself and don’t judge yourself so harshly. Take comfort knowing that God Loves you and is doing what is best for you.
Betty

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January 27, 2018
Good Afternoon and Happy Saturday,

How Do We Find Out God’s Will?

I believe one of the biggest question Christians have is “What is God’s Will In My Life?” This is something we all struggle with. When we do something and it falls apart the first question we ask is: did I miss God’s will? Sometimes we did miss God’s Will and other times we are doing God’s will but under attack from the devil.

Many years ago, we bought a new house and three months later, Hubby lost his job. Many told me that we had missed God’s will. My youngest sister, Brenda, said she disagreed. She believed it was God’s will for us to go through that valley. Years later after so much took place, I realize that she was right. This hard valley produced spiritual changes in both of us that would not have happened, if we had not suffered losses and testing.

Everything can go right and yet we can be out of God’s will. Everything can go wrong and we can be in the will of God. We may not always see in this life why we go through a valley of tears, but we can choose how to react. When we go through the valley we can either run from God or grow closer to God. Our reactions in the valley determines if the valley will help us grow spiritually or kill our growth. We have to choose.

The closer we walk with God, the more secure we can be in our walk. Whether we are walking on the mountain top or barely moving through the dark valley, we can walk securely in the arms of God, when we put our complete trust in God.
When we seek to do what is pleasing to God, we will be more secure in our faith and our trust will grow.


Matthew 6:33King James Version (KJV)33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

Putting God first in your life, and then allowing God to work things out is our best way. Of course when we are making decisions, we should pray that God will guide us in His will. We pray and then we trust Him to show us the way.
Betty

I slept good last night. Praise the Lord. It is raining but there is a tiny bird at the feeder.

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January 28, 2018
Good Afternoon and Blessed Sunday,

God Our Provider

Luke 12:27King James Version (KJV)27 Consider the lilies how they grow: they toil not, they spin not; and yet I say unto you, that Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.

Watching the little birds eating at the feeders, reminds me of how God provides for us. In His love He gives us jobs where we can make a difference and feel satisfied. Sometimes our job doesn’t make very much money but we gain satisfaction from helping others and sharing God’s love with others. In today’s world I imagine that it is harder to find a job that you can speak of God to others.
Yet, we can always pray for others.

I worked in a hospital taking patience to surgery and I never had an angry patient. In today’s world people who work in the service world, are often greeted with arrogant and angry people. These people need prayer. If you have to deal with these kind of people smile and pray silently. If you are inline behind someone like that, then pray for both of them. When it is your turn be gentle and kind with the worker and encourage them. All of us need encouragement at times.

Let us remember that God is our provider and have a grateful and thankful heart. It is so easy for us to take for granted the little things we have that make our lives so much easier. It is good for us to remember not everyone in the world can go to a faucet and get clean water. Praise God for what He has provide for us. We should not be consumed with what we think we want but have a grateful heart for what we have.

Our lives are not perfect. We all have our battles. As I sit here hurting, it is easy to feel sorry for myself. Then I remembered, I walked to my chair. I still have my 5 senses. In other words, pain aside, I have so much to be thankful for. I can have a pity party for all my health issues, which will only make me depressed, or I can have a praise time for all the things I can still do. We must choose whether we dwell on what we can no longer do, or whether we dwell on the many things we can do.

Be thankful ,children, in what ever Season we are living in. Whether we are young or senior citizens, we can be used by God, for His Glory. Our life does matter and we are NOT useless.
Betty

Luke 12:22-31King James Version (KJV)
22 And he said unto his disciples, Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat; neither for the body, what ye shall put on.
23 The life is more than meat, and the body is more than raiment.
24 Consider the ravens: for they neither sow nor reap; which neither have storehouse nor barn; and God feedeth them: how much more are ye better than the fowls?
25 And which of you with taking thought can add to his stature one cubit?
26 If ye then be not able to do that thing which is least, why take ye thought for the rest?
27 Consider the lilies how they grow: they toil not, they spin not; and yet I say unto you, that Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
28 If then God so clothe the grass, which is to day in the field, and to morrow is cast into the oven; how much more will he clothe you, O ye of little faith?
29 And seek not ye what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink, neither be ye of doubtful mind.
30 For all these things do the nations of the world seek after: and your Father knoweth that ye have need of these things.
31 But rather seek ye the kingdom of God; and all these things shall be added unto you.

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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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Revelation 19:12-15King James Version (KJV)
12 His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself.
13 And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.
14 And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.
15 And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.

As I was taking a bathe, this evening, I thought of these verses. I wondered why Jesus brought an army from Heaven, when He will defeat Satan and his armies with the Words that come out of His mouth.

I believe there are two reasons. In His love for His children, He is allowing us to be a part of the defeat of Satan, who worked so hard to destroy us when we lived on this world. The second is I believe, He wants to show off His children , to Satan and his armies.

During the tribulation, I believe Satan will work hard to convince those left on earth after the rapture that they are the good people. That the world threw off the evil people when millions disappeared. When we come back with Jesus, we will be clothe in the Lord God’s robes of white and His righteousness. The world will see with their own eyes the truth. The rapture was not about getting rid of bad people but of God calling His children home to Heaven. What a glorious day that will be for the redeemed.
Betty

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January 29, 2018
Good Morning and Happy Monday,

Facing The Unknown


One of the hardest things to do is facing a situation where we do not know the outcome. We trust God, and yet if we admit it, it would be so much easier if we could sit and talk to God and ask Him what the outcome will be for our situation .
Whether it is a health scare, a job change, or moving, we feel helpless not knowing what the outcome will be in advance.

Waiting patiently is not easy. If we are not afraid enough on our own, the devil will scare us with video of bad outcomes in our minds. As soon as we feel we have peace, a new thought from the devil, pops into our heads. We find ourselves praying for peace of mind and seeking forgiveness for doubting God. If you are like me you will find yourself going back forth between the two prayers.
It is only when we are exhausted that we peacefully submit to God’s Will. Even then we can find ourselves in the same position, days later.

The devil doesn't just tempt us to doubt but comes time after time, wearing us down physically, emotionally, and spiritually. We can become sick with worry.
The more we come back to God for our help, the stronger we will grow. God does not grow tired and weary from us coming back time and time again with the same need. Never allow the devil to tempt you into not coming back to God when the same issue happens . We only lose, when we give up on God helping us.

The more we talk to God, we will be strengthen. The devil will come at us with varies temptations, until we die or the rapture happens. Until then keeping going to God with your needs and petitions.
Betty

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January 30, 2018
Good Morning and Happy Tuesday,

I Don’t Know What Tomorrow Holds

I don't know about tomorrow;
I just live from day to day.
I don't borrow from its sunshine
For its skies may turn to grey.

I don't worry o'er the future,
For I know what Jesus said.
And today I'll walk beside Him,
For He knows what is ahead.


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We have often stood at the end of the road, wondering, if we should go to the left or the right. Whatever the path we choose, will bring peace or joy, through Jesus our Savior and Guide. Unfortunately, we have to choose a path. Choices have to be made. Staying at the cross roads, permanently, is not an option. We have to choose.

Choices will always come with stress, but we can find peace when we put our trust in God. Tears may flow many times as we search for what choices, need to be made. But God brings us comfort and helps us make the right decision. Life is a journey and we come to many cross roads, but we are never alone. God is with us. When we step out in faith, He is still with us. We can lay aside our fears and put our trust in God.

We are not hopeless, We are not a paper boat being driven here and there by the wind and rain. We are God’s children and He does have plans for us and the right path for us. In faith, we willingly accept His ways.

We can step boldly into new directions, knowing God will not leave us or forsake us.
Betty


I don't know about tomorrow;
I just live from day to day.
I don't borrow from its sunshine
For its skies may turn to grey.

I don't worry o'er the future,
For I know what Jesus said.
And today I'll walk beside Him,
For He knows what is ahead.

Many things about tomorrow
I don't seem to understand
But I know who holds tomorrow
And I know who holds my hand.

Every step is getting brighter
As the golden stairs I climb;
Every burden's getting lighter,
Every cloud is silver-lined.

There the sun is always shining,
There no tear will dim the eye;
At the ending of the rainbow
Where the mountains touch the sky.

Many things about tomorrow
I don't seem to understand
But I know who holds tomorrow
And I know who holds my hand.

I don't know about tomorrow;
It may bring me poverty.
But the one who feeds the sparrow,
Is the one who stands by me.

And the path that is my portion
May be through the flame or flood;
But His presence goes before me
And I'm covered with His blood.

Many things about tomorrow
I don't seem to understand
But I know who holds tomorrow
And I know who holds my hand...
Play "I Know Who Holds …"
on Apple Music
 


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January 31, 2018
Good Afternoon and Happy Wednesday,

“God will not give you more then you can bear.”


How many times have we said this? How many times have we heard this? Sounds good but untrue. Why? God never intended for us to walk this road of life, alone. Our Christian journey was always supposed to be a joint journey: us and God. God never said to us: “try doing this on your own and if you run into trouble, call on me”. God wants us to depend on God’s help every day.

What do we do when we see our friend or loved one going through a hard rough patch? If possible, we pray with them, that God will provide what they need to get through the situation with God’s help. Of course we pray for them, on our own. Praying for one another is a precious gift, that is often under rated and under used. Of course there are times that we can help. If your friend has no food, God says for us to provide food. If you see a person that hasn’t got a coat, and you have two, you should consider giving them one.

The devil will always give us troubles that are over our heads, but remember nothing is too hard, or too big for God to handle. When the devil whispers in your ear: “You can’t handle this!” Answer back: “You are right, but God can. God has your back. You may go through trying times. There will be times that the suffering is so hard you cry, but remember you are not alone. As the song says: “Cry out to Jesus!”. You may be in over your head, but God is with you.
Betty

Blessed by tiny birds at the feeder. Squirrels come every day and a dove, couple.

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February 1, 2018
Good Evening and Happy Thursday,

Suffering

There are many people like me who have conditions that are not curable and who suffer daily. Suffering is not a punishment from God. We will not know why we suffer so much, in this life. Someday we can sit with Jesus and talk about it, This said, God can take us, that do suffer, daily, and use us for His Glory.

Our condition of our body is not the condition of our souls. I have know sweet women and men who have had conditions where they suffer every day, but their hearts are over flowing with their love for God. We have a choice whether to become bitter or to have a sweet spirit. Bitterness will eat you alive. A kind spirit and gentle spirit will give you inner peace. We can then share this gentle and kind spirit with others.

When someone says to us that we do not understand how bad they suffer, we can let them know in a loving way that we know suffering personally. We wake up every day suffering, but we know that God is with us and in His hands we can relax and trust Him. We can find joy in our suffering.

When we submit to the will of God, we can praise God, in the midst of suffering.
We can know that God has reasons why we go through our suffering, makes it easier to cope,

Have a blessed evening.
Good Night,
Betty

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February 2, 2018

I was really sick with the colitis, last night. I was awake till 3:30, but when I woke up this afternoon, I woke up feeling happy. My spirit felt refresh and I am ready to face what is left of the day. God is good to us, even if we suffer pain every day, there are days that we feel uplifted and happy.

Everyone has bad days. That is a part of life. We need to relish the good days and remember them when our day is bad. Even though I was so sick last night, I did not feel depressed or sorry for my self. Not because I am above being depressed or feeling sorry for myself. Believe me! God gave me peace in the midst of my suffering. In this life we will suffer, but Go is with us. We can talk to God during those times and seek peace of mind.

We watched the President’s speech. I was so disappointed when the Democrats refuse to stand for the families that lost their children to gang violence. They refused to stand when the President talked about improving our Country and they refused to stand for the 12 year old boy who started a drive to put wreaths on Veterans graves for Christmas. It broke my heart.

The sad thing, is the Democrat leader haves have become so bitter, that they would rather see America fall, then see something good happen under Trumps’s leadership. When the rapture happens, they will gladly give America to the anti-Christ, as long as He pushes their agenda. God did not make these people bitter and evil, they chose it because it helped in them obtaining power. They will be used for the anti-Christ’s agenda. If they realize their mistake, he will just have them killed.

One day these people will know the truth, but it will most likely be too late for them to obtain salvation. As children of God, we hurt to see what these people are doing, but we must remember these days are playing out as it is meant to be.
Of course we should pray for our Country and our Military.
Betty

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Psalm 18:3 King James Version (KJV) 3 I will call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from mine enemies.

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February 3, 2018
Good Morning and Happy Saturday,

I found out this morning that three people un-friended me on Facebook. I don’t know if it was my political post or my Christian post. Sad to see them go, but probably best for them. In my younger days I tried to be something I wasn’t to impress people. It was a disaster. No one was impressed and I felt like a fraud. It is better to be myself and let the chips fall.

In our Christian walk we can at times try to act like we are further along then we are. We may fool people for a short time but, the truth will come out. Why should we try to act like we are something we are not? The One whose opinion matters is Jesus and He knows us better than we know ourselves. Instead of pretended that we are further along in our Christian walk, let us work toward being what God wants us to be.

Knowing how well God knows us, should not scare us. It is so much easier to go to God knowing that He knows the worse about us and yet, He still loves us.
Of course we want to grow in the Lord so when we seek His face we ask Him to help us grow. Growing physically or spiritually causes birth pains. Remember than that Jesus is with you and He will sustain us.

In this world our spiritual opinions may cause us to lose friends, but we do not want to be one person for our Christian friends and another person for our worldly friends.


James 1:8 King James Version (KJV)8 A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.

James 4:8 King James Version (KJV)Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.

Galatians 1:10 King James Version (KJV)
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.

Colossians 1:10 King James Version (KJV)10 That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God;


It is wise to want to be good to one another and treat each other kindly, but God must come first. If the ministry God gives you, causes you to lose friends, continue with your ministry, anyway. Pleasing God must be first our agenda.
A strong growing relationship with God should be our main priority.


Have a blessed day.
Betty

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February 4, 2018
Good Morning and Blessed Sunday,

It is 2:30 a.m. and I am awake. I had slept some. Unfortunately, I will probably miss Sunday Morning Service. but I have read Sunday’s devotion. I may not be able to sleep, but I can talk to God. With God’s help we can take a negative and make it a positive.

We can have the joy of the Lord, when we are hurting. We can have peace of mind and heart when we are grateful for what we have. It is good for us to be gentle and kind children of God, grateful for all God has done for us. When we are at peace, people want to be around us. Let’s face it angry and greedy people can **** the life out of you. The Lord knows our needs and if we ask, He will provide.

When we have one of those sleepless nights, let us use that time for prayer and meditation on God’s Holy Word. We are indeed blessed to be adopted into the Family of God. Rejoice in His kindness and many mercies, toward us. Listen to the voice of God who helps us remember, those who needs our prayers.

Think of sleepless nights as a time we can spend quietly with God. Time spent with God is never, wasted. Pray that God will open your hearts, to His calling and to His truths.
Betty

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