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Betty Louise
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February, 5, 2018
Good Morning and Happy Monday,

It is early in the morning and I am awake. It is peaceful lying in bed and quietly talking to God. God wants to meet us where are. Whether it is lying in bed, driving our car, or sitting in our office, God wants to whisper His love for us. God’s love is not fickle like mankind. Loving us when we are good and then disappearing when we are not. God’s love is consistent. Just as God made the sun to rise in the morning and the moon to shine in the evening. We can depend on God’s love.

God wants our love in return. He wants us to love Him, in good and bad times. Our spiritual health will be stronger when we do not fall in and out of love for God. In a marriage if one partner only loves the other, when they get what they want, the relationship will soon wither like a dying rose. Marriage takes effort to survive. We do not accidentally have a strong relationship with our mate. Neither do we accidentally have a strong relationship with God. It takes time and effort.

Our relationship with God should be closer then any relationship, even our marriage. In marriage we can be selfish and self centered. God Loves us with a pure heart. God does not want a part time relationship with us. He wants a full time and full heart relationship with us. The Bible makes it clear we can only serve one master. We cannot serve God on Church days and live for the devil the rest of the week.

Let us choose to serve God with all of our heart and souls. When we do this, we will have a joyful and peaceful attitude. When we put God first, everything will fall in place.
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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February 6, 2018
Good Afternoon and Happy Tuesday,

Psalm 121:1 King James Version (KJV) I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.

When those little things like, car battery is dead, not being able to find your keys, etc. What is our reaction? Is it: Why me? Why God? You know I don’t need this today?

If we admit it to ourselves, we have used all of those. Mind you, your more likely to have these things happen when you are already late. The devil, knows just what will set us off. The best thing to do is call the person we are meeting with and tell and tell them we are running late. Sit down and ask God to help you.
Then you can calmly look for answers to the issues. Acting when we are frizzled and upset will not bring good results.

Beginning the day toking to God will make things easier, not perfect, we do not live in a perfect world. When we have already open communication with God, then it is easier to talk to Him about these issues. God wants to hear from us every day and not just when we have a problem. Remember the old Hymn: Tis so Sweet to talk to Jesus. Even a quick prayer can bring peace to our day.

Let us not neglect time alone with God. We can talk to God, even when we are driving, bathing, and even while working. With God we will never get a busy signal or and answer from and answer machine. He is always available for us.
We should be grateful for good days and seek God’s help on the bad days.

May God bless you and your families.
Betty
I have some tiny birds at the feeder and a squirrel.

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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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February 7, 2018
Good Evening and Happy Wednesday,

This afternoon, I went to the doctor. The Doctor did blood test and is scheduling a cath scan. I am just as sick as I went in this afternoon. The Doctor has to find out why I am so sick. Just like waiting for the test and results, we often have to wait on an answer to our prayers. It is hard waiting for answers to prayer, but by doing so we grow in spiritual health and patience.

God has a good reason for us to wait on answers. His timing is always best.
While we are waiting for answers, remember God still has us in His hands. He is not neglecting us. While we wait we can pray for our President and one another.
The more we talk to God, the more at peace we will be. Our Heavenly Father gives us joy, even when we are going through a battle. The knowledge that we are not fighting alone, should build up our spirit and soul.

If you have an prayer request, please me know in the comment section. I would love to pray for you.
Betty

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

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February 8, 2018
Good Afternoon and Happy Thursday,

Watching a squirrel at the feeder outside my living room window. I have learned limiting my movement, makes the squirrel feel more secure. Many lessons we learn from God, when we are quiet and still, in His presence. I find being quiet when in God’s presence especially hard when I am going through a rough time. Instead of staying still and quiet, I find myself repeating my problem over and over to God. Surely, He must want to tell me to shut-up and listen. God in His kindness allows my to keep right on talking till I am exhausted. Then when I am too tired to speak, He speaks to me.

God is so kind to us in so many ways that we often do not realize them. Think about the nicest person you know and realize that God is still better then them. Not because your love one or friend isn’t generous and kind, but we all still live in a sinful body. God is completely righteous and Holy. We do not know what Holy and righteous truly means and will not, until we face God. He is the only true and righteous, One.

Look today for the little things God does for us. Just as the squirrels and birds bring me joy, find things through out the day to find joy. True joy doesn’t come from money and material things. It comes with a right relationship with Jesus and little things that bring a smile to our face.
Betty

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February 9, 2018
Good Morning and Happy Friday,

This morning did not start out well. I woke up with Colitis issues. I dropped my tablet on my lip and busted it. Then I had a pity party for about 10 minutes. God helped me to realize how blessed I am. I am not a morning person and waking up sick is not my favorite thing, but I woke up. I have a new day to do God’s will. I am blessed to be retired so I can take nap later.

When we have bad times, take some time to feel sorrow. We are human beings and physical and emotional pain, hurts. Then step back and remember our blessings. We can choose to dwell on the bad, or we can remember the so many good things we have in our lives.

The beginning of our day does not have to define the whole day. When we step back and our grateful, when we praise God in the midst of embarrassment over our physical and emotional issues, we can be at peace in the midst of the storm.
It is so tempting to say no one understand our issues. That is a lie from the devil. The Bible says there is noting new under the sun. No matter our health issues, others are walking the same road and suffering the same pain and discomfort.
We decide whether to become bitter or if we praise God in the midst of the storm, is when we can suffer in peace.

I share my issues not for pity but to encourage others who are suffering variety of physical and emotional issues. You do not have to walk through your dark valley alone. God tells is to call out to Him and He will come and walk with us. We can choose to think we have it made or we can admit our weakness and seek God’s help. Trying to stand on our own strength does not make us a strong person. Admitting when we need help is a sign of strength.

Be blessed and remember whatever you are going through at the moment God wants to walk by our side, encouraging us with each step. Lay aside pride and admit we need God’s help and call out to Him. He will answer and He will come to be with us, every step.
Betty

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February 10, 2018
Good Morning and Happy Saturday,

It is 4:36 a.m. and my body is keeping me awake. There is something peaceful about being awake through the night. In the midst of the physical pain I am at peace. I lay here listening to the gentle rainfall and I think of my many blessings. At this moment I choose not to dwell on the discomfort and pain, but instead think of the goodness of our Heavenly Father.

I am reminded of the old Hymn: “Count your blessings”. When we start naming our many blessings, our hearts can be joyful. When we reject the temptation to dwell on our losses and our burdens, we can relaxed in the peacefulness of the moment.

There is no point of agonizing over why we are suffering. The answer will probably not be know into we get to Heaven. Then we will be so overwhelmed with the majesty of God that our earthly problems will disappear like the mist when the sun shines through the clouds.

In these times if we grow closer to God, we will feel His love overcome the doubts and fears we have. As we lean into His love our burdens lighten, because our focus becomes on our Savior and not our present situation. As we begin to pray for others, our steps become lighter and hope like a little sprig grows out of the darkness and despair of our lives. We can stop cursing the darkness and rejoice in new life coming up in our spiritual walk with our God and Father.

As the sprig grows we can begin to silent singing praises to God, even from our sick bed. “What a Mighty God We Serve” is not just words but a love letter from our heart to God. From the midst of our suffering we can offer up a song of praise to Jesus, who lived and died for our sins.

Although we pray for healing, our faith is not based on whether God chooses to bless us with healing in this world or in Heaven. We know no matter what we are growing through, we are not walking alone. When everyone else is asleep, we can have a quiet praise and prayer time, to the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. We can lay aside the question of why and honestly pray for God’s Will in our lives.

Whatever His will is, we can bear it in peace. Of course there will be times of doubts and despair, but we take our burdens to God and seek His help so that we can walk worthy of the Mission God has given us. Oh that God may say to us: “Well done my servant”. Every day let us pray that God will teach us how to be faithful to His Mission and to His Will.
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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February 11, 2018
Good Morning and Blessed Sunday,

It is 3 a.m. and awake with health issues. As I have begin to stop fretting and pushing back against sleep issues, I am finding these early hours, peaceful. I enjoy talking to God and praying for others. Then I play a few computers games. What a joy it is to relax in the presence of my Heavenly Father!

So many of us with health issues have trouble sleeping. I am blessed that when I do manage to sleep, I can sleep into the afternoon. This may be my new normal. As long as God is with me, I am at peace. I don’t remember words of songs, so I sing snippets of several hymns and praise and worship songs. I feel God’s presence in the midst of my singing.

Poor Hubby is falling several times a day, lately. He could use your prayers.
As we age we are both growing physically weaker. We depend more on each other and more on God. There is no one better One to lean on than Jesus our Savior.
Maybe health issues are away of God, getting us to rest more.

There is an old joke that says: “I am surprised how old my friends are getting to be who are the age I am”. Growing older is a gift from God. Instead fighting against growing older, let us grow older with grace and dignity. Keeping God ad our leader and protector.

Have a blessed Sunday and rejoice in His amazing love for us. We do serve a mighty God
Betty

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

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February 12, 2018
Good Morning and Happy Monday,

There is so many tiny birds in the tree in my neighbor’s yard, they look like flowers. At one feeder is a female Cardinal and the male Cardinal waiting. Such a pleasure for me to see God’s handy work right in front of my living room window.

In life there are times that our troubles, seem to hide God from us. God has not moved. What has happened is we have turned our focus from God to our troubles. The longer time we focus on our troubles, the bigger they will grow, and the smaller God will shrink, in our eyes.

There are no doubts that there are huge troubles we grow through. I would never belittle anyone’s troubles. Remember then, that God spoke the universe into existence, He can walk us through our troubles. Of course we would like for God to remove our troubles immediately. There are rare times that He does this. Most of the time, God wants us to be with us daily as we walk through our troubles.

Think about this. After we have gone through a long hard battle, when we look back before the trouble, we will find that we have grown spiritually. That we have grown kinder and sweeter because of the battle. If we are the same after the battle then before, that is a terrible shame. Maybe it is because we were determined to go through the battle alone. God calls out to us, to depend on Him, to seek His help. Or worse, we have become bitter and angry. At this point we must seek forgiveness and ask God to guide us in His way. How sad it would be to go through a battle and become not a better person through it! May God help us not to be so self reliant.

No matter where God has you walking today, singing praises to our Heavenly Father. Show reverence and respect to the God who created all things.
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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February 13, 2018
Good Morning and Happy Tuesday,

Awake and listening to the train whistle. Hubby retired from the railroad, except for the long hours, he loved his job. My mama lived closed to a railroad track and she said the train whistle made her sad. Hubby loved train sound. We all have different personalities and different thing make us sad or happy.

One thing we all had in common was that Jesus died to save all from sin. He died to safe us from eternity in hell. Sadly all will not accept His precious gift.

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


1 John 1:9 King James Version (KJV)9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Salvation is not free. Jesus paid for salvation with His old blood poured out on the altar for all mankind. Yet some turn away from this gift. There is so many reasons that people give for refusing this gift. Pride is often the reason. Men and women want to live life on their own with no help and no one telling them what to.

The reality salvation doesn’t take away our freedom. It adds freedom in Christ.

Galatians 5:1 King James Version (KJV)5 Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.

The biggest mistake we can ever make is to keep putting off salvation. No one know what tomorrow holds. The future can be gone like a leave floating in the wind. When it is your time to face God, are you ready to stand before Him to defend your self? When we accept Jesus, He is an advocate for us to the Father.

And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.
1 John 2:1

Our salvation is just too important to delay and neglect. Today is the day of salvation.
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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February 14, 2018
Good Afternoon and Happy Wednesday,

HAPPY VALENTINES DAY


Ephesians 5:22-33 New International Version (NIV)
22 Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands as you do to the Lord. 23 For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior. 24 Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything.
25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her 26 to make her holy, cleansing[a] her by the washing with water through the word, 27 and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless. 28 In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. 29 After all, no one ever hated their own body, but they feed and care for their body, just as Christ does the church— 30 for we are members of his body. 31 “For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.”[b] 32 This is a profound mystery—but I am talking about Christ and the church. 33 However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.

Before God created the Church. He created marriage. Marriage is the closest thing there is to the love between God and His Children. Marriage is not the end to courtship, but the beginning of a lifetime commitment to one another. No marriage is perfect,and we learn how to be a good mate through trials and hardship. To have a successful marriage we must go into marriage with a life time commitment.

We honor our commitment to one another, by not putting ourselves in a position where an outsider can break our bond between one another. Protecting and honoring should be the second most important job we have, followed only after our commitment to God.

God wants us to have a healthy and successful marriage. We do this when we seek the guidance of God. We will have bad patches in our marriage. There will be times that our mate will say stupid stuff, forget important dates, leave a room a mess. Just as God is patient with us let us be patient with our mate.

Hope you and your mate have something special planned for today. We have had to reschedule ourselves because my tummy is being ornery. I have homemade chicken noodle soup cooking and we can watch a movie at home.

For those of you whose mate has passed on to Heaven, do something nice for yourself, in their memory. Go out to eat and go see a movie.
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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February 15, 2018
Good Afternoon and Happy Thursday,

The bird feeders are ready but no birds yet. Sitting and waiting on them. How often my friend, does God have to wait for us to call for help? We think why doesn’t God just step in and change things. God has given us freedom to choose our own decisions. Is it not our own fault, if we allow stubbornness and pride, keep us from seeking help? Do we want to live our whole spiritual life, as a bottle fed believers?

God want to help us. We just need to seek His help and guidance. There is a big difference between seeking guidance and help from God and us refusing to do anything. Do not wait until you have painted yourself into a corner to seek God’s help.

As we walk daily with God, we form a close companionship with Almighty God. What is more marvelous then a friendship with our Heavenly Father! God knows everything about us. We do not have to pretend around God. He knows all the good and the bad, and yet He loves us enough, to die for our sins. Let us not cheat ourselves out of a great relationship with God by not seeking His face and His companionship every day. Before we get out bed each day, talk to God.
Betty

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

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February 16, 2018
Good Morning and Happy Friday,


It is almost 7:30 a.m. and I have been awake since before 6 hurting. So many of my friends and loved ones suffer from chronic pain. Pain becomes such a part of our daily lives, that pain is almost like an extra body part. Do we ever get used to it? In a way, yes. We reach a point that pain at the moment we wake up is a reminder we are still alive.

Is there anything positive about pain that wakes you and keeps you awake? Yes, it can be. Time awake can be used to talk to God and meditate on His great love for us. “Here I am, God, awake and hurting, so let’s talk.” We talk and then we silently listen to God. As we silently wait, God brings those to our minds to pray for. Praying for others when our bodies are suffering: What a concept?”

Yet, as we pray for others, our focus goes to God and others as we release our needs to Jesus. When our faith for our own healing is weak, our faith in God healing others, grows stronger. This is a good thing. As we communicate with
Our Heavenly Father, we begin to ease into peace of mind and heart.

Pain is apart of our lives, but it does not define us as a person. Nor does pain mean our faith and spiritual life is in danger. Strong Christians do suffer pain. We do not gage our spiritual health, by whether our bodies are healthy are not. It is our reaction to pain, that can showcase our spiritual health. Are we bitter and angry. God forbid! Never judge another Christian by their physical health. Even sinners can have perfect bodies and health. This body is a temporary house, that with age, often acquires illnesses and diseases. We run this race in pain and with sorrows, looking forward to our glorified bodies, which no disease, illness, or death, will ever touch.

As we await the day we see Jesus, face to face, we live in faith for our new bodies, and our new home in Heaven. Stay focused on our future in Heaven and trust God to be with us today.
Betty

Listening to the birds sing. I love it

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February 17, 2018
Good Morning and Happy Saturday,

This week some of the ladies on the View, compared Christianity, to mental illness. Joy Behar, considers herself a staunch democrat and a practicing Catholic. Catholic people believe that the Pope is God’s spokesperson on earth and that he literally speaks for God has the power to forgive sins. We know only God can forgive sins and not men or women. When our Vice President said that God speaks to him, she lashed out at him publicly like a rabid dog. God does speak to His children in many ways: through nature, through words from others, and through a quiet voice in our hearts.

Maybe it is because to admit that God is talking to mankind, she would have to admit that when God whispers in our ears that something is a sin, He means it.
To run under the podium of Democrats, you have to support that abortion should not only be legal but it is a righteous deed. She said in a speech last year when she spoke at a Planned Parent Center, that she was doing God’s work.

The God of the Bible would never support the killing of an unborn baby. I do believe that she no longer hears the voice of God.

Matthew 13:15 King James Version (KJV) 15 For this people's heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.

When a person refuses to hear the voice of God, because they do not want to be convicted, the Holy Spirit will reach a place that, He walks away from a person, for good. A person who grew up being taught right from wrong but refuses to listen to God, because their desire for power and popularity of mankind, has given their heart over to a depraved mind.

Romans 1:26-32 King James Version (KJV)
26 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:
27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.
28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;
29 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,
30 Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,
31 Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:
32 Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.


Publicly supporting abortion, is supporting murder of the unborn. Calling working for Planned Parenthood, God’s work, is a lie from the pit of hell. All over the world unborn babies are sacrificed at the altar of inconvenience.

Calling Christianity a mental illness is just the first step towards persecution of Christians. Some politicians already have asked the question, if Christians should be allowed to run for office. You cannot run for office or seek a new job and hide your faith and be right with God.

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

You cannot live a Christian live privately and publicly proclaim sin as a righteous deed.

Joshua 24:15. And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.

We cannot run around with sinful people all week and go to Church on Sunday and be righteous.

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

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


If the Lord tarries, there is coming a day that we may have to publicly declare Jesus as our Savior. There will come a day that there is no going back for denying our faith in Jesus. Just remember there is nothing to be gained on earth that is worth an eternity in hell.
Betty

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

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February 18, 2018
Good Afternoon and Blessed Sunday,

Guilt

Guilt, past or present can derail us from the work God wants to do through us. Have you ever been laying in bed at night and out of the blue, the devil reminds you of something you did 25 plus years ago? You have sought forgiveness and obtained forgiveness years ago, too. The devil wants to have you fretting and worrying to the point that you cannot sleep. You spend half the night wondering what you could have done differently to prevented the sin and the other half, begging for forgiveness for a sin that has already been forgiven. Then you start to worry that you are not ‘good’ enough to work for God.

The devil has accomplished his mission. First of all, no one is good enough for God. He saves and redeems us so that He can welcome us into His family. His blood brings salvation to us, so that we can work for God. Second, we cannot go back in time and undo what is done. Think of this, while God wants none of us to sin, God often uses our past to help others. God never causes us to sin, EVER.
But, instead of throwing us away like a broken toy, He takes our brokenness and uses it to help us grow spiritually.

Let us not grief and torture ourselves over sins of the past, that have been covered by the blood of Christ. When the devil brings things up from the past, remind the old devil, God has forgiven and redeemed us and then refuse to think about it.

What about present sins? We seek forgiveness and make amends, where possible and move on. What if a loved one had committed a sin against you and asked your forgiveness, came and told you that they had not eaten in a week because of guilt? Would you not want to shake them like a doll and reminded them that you had already forgave them? You would be heartbroken that someone you loved was suffering over something that you had already forgiven and had moved on. We do this with God. God forgives us and we allow guilt take away our peace.

Seek forgiveness for your sins. Make amends when you can and move on. Let’s face it, we make enough mistakes and commit sins in our present so we do not need to make ourselves sick over past sins. There is no need to make our selves sick over any sin. We seek forgiveness and lay our sins and our guilt at Jesus feet.

There will be times that we sow fruit from past sins. Instead of allowing guilt to cripple us, we pray every day for those we hurt by our sins. We pray that God will keep us on the right path and we seek His perfect peace. Every person on earth has been affected in some way by the sins of others. We must not allow hurt and bitterness to grow in our hearts because of this. We forgive others, we forgive ourselves, and we pray for peace for them and us.

Guilt is not always bad. Guilt convicts us when we have committed a sin and have walked off the path we walk with God. Guilt is not meant to be used to beat us half to death. It is meant to stop us in our tracks. We seek God for where we have sinned and turned away from Him. We seek God’s forgiveness and then we turn away from our sins. Asking forgiveness and then going back to the sin does not bring repentance nor forgiveness. We MUST turn away from the sin. Walk away and leave it behind.

Guilt is useful but true repentance and forgiveness is where we want to be. Do not ask God to bless you in your sins. Leave your sins and walk in the righteousness of God.
Betty

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

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February 19, 2018
Good Afternoon and Happy Monday,

This last week, when Joy Beher, on the view, accused Christianity of being a mental illness, I was upset, as was many. When I got up today and started my chores, I begin to think about this. I felt God speak into my heart that this was no accident that led Joy to her conclusions.

The devil is working hard to prepare the world to think of Christianity as a mental illness that people must be cured of are be put down. You might say that is extreme. The Bible makes it clear that people will be executed for their faith in God,during the tribulation. If the rapture happened today, the world not accept the killing of thousands and thousands. The devil will use people like Joy to exclaim that Christians are mentally ill and they must be hospitalized against their will to be cured. When they are not cured from their faith they will slowly be euthanized. At the mid of the tribulation the Bible says the anti Christ will demand that all people worship him. Anyone who refuses will be publicly executed. This way, people will be terrified of not worshipping the anti Christ.

Christians, we need to realize that the world is preparing itself for this one world evil leader. Just as Hitler convinced Germany that all their problems were caused by the Jews, the anti Christ will convince people that the earth will turn into Heaven, when all those who refuse to worship him, are murdered.

What do we do now? We keep going about our jobs but we pray more for the lost. We ask God to prepare our hearts and help us grow spiritually. When people like Joy seeks to demonize Christianity, we remember she is being controlled by Satan. We should pray for her eyes to be opened to the truth.

Only God knows when the rapture will happen so we prepare for tomorrow but we live our life in a way that is pleasing to God. We daily ask forgiveness for our sins. Some people say don't think about the rapture, they say, it will happen when it does. Yes that is true but Jesus told the Church, when these things happen look up, because your redemption is coming soon.

Luke 21:28 King James Version (KJV)
28 And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.

For now, let us pray that God will guide us in the work that He wants us to accomplish. With the Holy Spirit living us, we can be that beacon of light that points the lost souls to Jesus.
Betty

Blessed to have a pair of doves at one of the feeders.

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February 20, 2018
Good Afternoon and Happy Tuesday,

“No One Understands Me, Like Jesus”


I grew up in a loving home and both mom and dad worked hard to meet our needs. Feelings though were never actually addressed. I never remember a time either parent, told us not to talk about our feelings, yet feelings were not the normal discussion. Our physical needs were taking care of and we went to Church, regularly for our Spiritual needs.

The year, before my dad,he often told me his favorite song was: “No one understands me like Jesus. Dad and Mom were raised to be strong and stand on their own two feet. As dad grew frail, he begin to grow tired and weary. He needed Jesus to hold on to him. If I could go back to one of those days, I would wrap my arms around my dad and tell him that it was okay, not to always be strong. I would offer to listen to his needs and help him carry his burdens.
I never heard dad pray out loud, but just as the song says, I believe dad found comfort in quiet prayer.

I am like my parents. I hate to be a bother. Even at a restaurant, when the waitperson ask if I need anything, I have often said no, when my drink is empty.
I have eaten food that was cold or taste odd, rather then bring it to anyone’s attention.

We can be that way with God. We can be stumbling and feel as if we are over come by our needs and yet not seek God’s help. What does the Bible say about that?


(Jam 4:2) Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not.

(Luk 11:9) And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.

1Jo 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:
(Psa 37:4-5) Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.

1Jo 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:
(Psa 37:4-5) Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.

There is no reward in Heaven for trying to live out our lives, without ever asking God for help. This doesn’t meant we sit at home asking God to meet our needs without us working. It means asking God to bless the work that we do with our hands. We pray for God to open doors for us to work and prosper.
We just do not want to allow pride to keep us from sharing our needs with God. A good Christians friendship, is one where we pray for one another. It is okay to say we are struggling and seek prayer. Do not allow self pride or the fear of embarrassment to allow us to hide our needs and our pain.

While it is true that no one can ever understand us like God, it is also okay to ask for help from God and others.
Betty

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No blog today. I am in pain. Will have medical test tomorrow.
Betty

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February 22, 2018
Good Morning and Happy Thursday,

In a little bit I leave to go have a medical test. This test requires no food or drink this morning. I am being checked to see among many other things, why I wake up sick of my stomach. Between the queasiness and the knowledge I can’t drink anything, a coke is calling my name. It is almost like I am desperate for a Coke. Funny,isn’t it? But, as Christians we can find ourselves tempted to sin and the urge just as strong.

One thing we can know, without a doubt is, God never tempts us. It is our own lust and Satan’s urging. Hanging around the wrong crowd can also influence us to do what we would not normally do. People who work with kids, see that groups are more apt to do something wrong together then by themselves. One mentions the deed and then they encourage one another to commit the action. There is nothing wrong with having friends. The Bible encourages us to pick Christian, Godly friends who will encourage us to do right and now wrong.

God is not waiting for any excuse to slap our hands. He wants us to do good for His sake as well as our own. Sins can lead to problems and too much time in sin can lead to our destruction. Being a Christian does not mean we cannot laugh and have fun. We just avoid fun in unrighteousness.

Matthew 7:13 King James Version (KJV)
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 world often embraces sin and encourages others to participate. Yet, when sin brings embarrassment, the world will flee and leave you to bear it alone. When we sin and seek forgiveness, even though we will bear the consequences, God will be with us.

It is so much better to avoid sin. Righteousness is it’s own reward and yet,God will reward us for our faithfulness. The closer we walk with God, the further we will be from the road that leads to destruction.

Betty

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February 23, 2018
Good Morning and Happy Friday,

Mercy


Last night on the news, the story was about a man who was due to be put to death last night for crimes he had committed. He had paid someone to kill his whole family, so he could inherit family money. Only his father survived. At first like others I thought he deserved no mercy. The appeal board recommended mercy and the Governor agreed, not for the man’s sake but for his father. If the man had been executed, the father would have lost all his family.

We are like that man. We deserve death, but God in His great mercy for us, sent His Son to die to save us from our sins and reconcile us to the Father. We have been granted great mercy, yet we are guilty of having a lack of mercy and kindness for others.

So many crimes are committed because of a lack of caring and mercy towards others. Even acts of road rage, start from an offense real or unreal that a person will not let go of. In anger they demand their justice and before you know it, one person is in the hospital or dead and the other is going to prison. How said that being cut off on the highway can lead to such dire consequences!

Should we not deal with people in the same mercy that we wish for ourselves?
This world would be so much better off if people did not allow petty things to accelerate to violence. There are causes worth fighting for. Freedom for ourselves and others, Religious freedoms, and justice for the poor and mistreated. A fist fight in the store for someone taking a cut in line is not it.

As Christians, let us pray that we will treat others with mercy and kindness.
Betty

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

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February 24, 2018
Good Afternoon and Happy Saturday,

The Encourager

Today’s Daily Bread devotion was about Saul’s son, Jonathan. Jonathan was inline for the throne and not David, but God chose: David. Jonathan could have fought against David with his father, Saul. Or he could have stepped back and just allowed fate to happen. Choosing the attitude if David lives or dies, it is not my problem. But not only did he seek to protect David, he encouraged him.

In the family of God, there are those who are given the duty as Encourager. These people often do their job quietly in the background. Rev. Billy Graham could have not accomplished what he did without a person who was encouraging him through thick and thin. Anyone working in any form of Ministry, gets discouraged. There are times that quitting and stepping aside seems like the answer.

Being an encourager is not a job of glamor and prestige. There is no retirement award on earth for a life time encourager. Yet, while this spiritual gift is under rated on earth, its value is known in Heaven. We can all be encouragers. We can all seek from God open eyes, ears, and hearts for a fellow Christian who is in need of encouragement. Think of the times, you felt like quitting a job, and someone encouraged you. Their quiet sweet words and maybe a calming hug kept you fighting a war that you feared you would lose. Look around you and see if today you can encourage someone in their walk with Jesus. Step up and be an encourager.
Betty

1 Thessalonians 5:11 King James Version (KJV)
11 Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do

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February 25, 2018
Good Morning and Blessed Sunday,

Another night with out sleep. I prayed for myself and others. Sleep did not come to a little this morning and yet I stopped fretting about not sleeping and rested in the presence of the Lord. I alternated between singing songs of praise in my mind and praying for others. When I let go of my frustration and accepted my circumstances, I relaxed. God did not want me to beg all night for sleep, but to be submissive to His will.

We can often find ourselves fighting against the will of God. A struggle and a battle that will bring nothing good. When we accept His will, we step out of the struggle and into peace. This morning I am lying in bed. There is a reason why God chose to allow me to have a sleepless night. I don’t know why but maybe it is not meant for me to know at this time. Maybe God wanted me to be willing to accept His will.

I had pain through out the night and even now as I lie here in bed. Pain is often a reason we cannot sleep. Even in pain we can relax in the arms of God. I have read on Facebook of so many friends who are suffering physically and emotionally at this time. So many hanging on to God’s hands and in spite of their suffering they know that God has not abandoned them.

I often talk about my pain and struggles not to acquire pity, but so that I can encourage fellow believers that though we are suffering, we are still in the hands of our Heavenly Father. When we share our struggles with our another, it gives us a chance to pray for one another and encourage each other in Christ, our Lord and Savior.

My dear friends, there is coming soon a day when our struggles and pain will cease. Until that day let us bear our cross with dignity and courage. We can allow God to work His plans in the midst of our suffering. There is a difference in sharing with one another our struggles and pain and being a complainer. Sharing is seeking another’s hand and offering to pray for them as they struggle just as we seek their prayers for our struggles. It is profitable to share and walk along side of fellow believers sharing words of comfort and reminded them that we are praying for them.


James 5:16 King James Version (KJV)
16 Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.

Friends there is coming a day when all of God’s children will be healed. Our faith goes stronger when we are willing to accept God’s will on whether the healing will take place in this lifetime or in Heaven.
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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February 26, 2018
Good Morning and Happy Monday,

Levels Of Trust

We are all individuals with different levels of trust. There are those who have that special friend that knows more about them, then their own mates. Than there are those whose special friend never gets based the first skin of intimacy. Most of us are at varying levels intimacy. Every level removes another level of skin. Depending on our levels of trust is how much skin we are willing to remove.

Along with the trust issue there are those of us who fear that even our very best friend, would be bored hearing about the intimate details of our lives. We would rather smile and say everything is fine in our lives then take a change on running off our friend with messy things like the truth. So we smile and we hide the painful details of our lives and pretend that we never have bad times.

Truth is, we all have bad times. We all have times that we feel we are drowning in a sea of troubles and despair. Trouble is our lack of trust doesn’t just extend to other people but even to God. We can find ourselves talking to God like He is an old family friend that we do not want to worry with our personal issues. God is not some family friend who lives far away and really doesn’t know us or involve Himself in our lives.

God knows everything. It is our choice how much we want God to be personally involved in our lives. Do we want to treat God like that relative that the only contact we have is a yearly Christmas card? Are we willing to open our hearts and be vulnerable in our relationship with God? In our conversations with God are we willing to go passed the pleasant conversations we have with strangers and discuss with God our daily intimate struggles.

If we remind ourselves that God knows all the dirty details and yet still wants an intimate daily relationship with us, then we can open our hearts to God and speak the truth. We can discuss our sins, our heartbreaks, and even those dreams we have for the future that we have never shared with anyone.

Let us tear down those walls and open the windows and doors and invite God into our hearts. Talk to God and lay everything on the table. Stop trying to hide anything from God. Stop pretending that we are better then we are. Have an honest relationship with God. He knows the truth so stop pretending that He doesn’t.

We are living in times that if we are going to make it, we need an honest relationship with God. It is time to stop living life on the surface and begin an intimate open relationship with our Heavenly Father. It is time to no longer want to enter Heaven by the skin our teeth so to speak and seek a personal and intimate relationship with God. Put aside this desire for a Sunday only relationship with God and instead, let us seek a daily, growing spiritual relationship with God. No longer should we seek to just be saved, but to be a tree sowed into the Holy Spirit growing with new fruits and new leaves spouting every day. God forbid that we live our lives content to be the same person we were on the first day of our salvation. Let us to seek to be growing and willing to take on the growing pains that allows us to blossom and grow tall and strong in our faith. To do this we have to stop being content to be newborn babies in the Lord and be willing to eat the meats of struggles from the Lord’s Table.

Yes, God will ask you to step out of your comfort zone, but when we take that first step and do so, we will find that we did not do this alone. God will be with us every step. There is a new level of joy when we seek to take our relationship with God to a new and intimate personal relationship. Stop living a Sunday only relationship with God and seek to know Him every day of the week.
Betty

Listening to the birds chatter, I am reminded that even in life’s struggles, God will shine a light of joy and wonder into our lives.

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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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February 28, 2018
Good Afternoon and Happy Wednesday,

“Put On A Happy Face”

How many times have we used or had told to us this phrase: “Stop frowning and put on A Smile!”. The reality we live in a world where happiness is hard to find. It seems every couple of months there is a mass shooting at Schools or at a work place. If the area we live in is not affected by a natural disaster, we hear on the news about another place that is. Horrific murders happening everywhere. We need a box of Kleenex to read the paper or watch the news.

This world is suffering the birth pains of the end times. As the birth pains grow closer the pain level increases. Jesus, Himself warned the Church of these days. He did not tell us to hide under the bed, stop listening to the news, or pretend to be happy.

God has told us many times to come to Him for joy and peace of heart and mind. This is not a joy that makes us callous and unfeeling to the suffering around us. It is profitable for us to cry with the suffering and then we go to our Heavenly Father and seek His Face to bring comfort to the suffering around us.
Even in the midst of these times God does not want us eaten up with sadness and grief so that we end up depressed and physically ill. He wants us to remember that He is in control.

God wants us to be joyful, if only for the reason a Christian who goes around with a constant sorrowful or frown face is not only a bad way to share the Good News of Jesus, but what sinner would want what we have, if we are just as miserable as they feel. God’s joy sustains us in the bad times. His joy keeps us going when we are tempted to give up.

Remember the song: “The Joy of the Lord is Our Strength”? It is the joy of the Lord that keeps us moving when our feet are so heavy with sorrow that they want to stop moving. In these days we need to go to God, daily for a refilling of the Holy Spirit and refilling of our hearts with joy. Then let us finish our prayer, by asking God to help us spread His love and joy to others.

Another line of a song comes to my mind: “Let Others See Jesus In Me”. My brothers and sisters in Christ, we do live in a world that is filled with sadness. Look how hard the ungodly try to fill their lives with fake joy and loud indecent parties. Sinners sadly hiding their broken hearts with alcohol, drugs, and entertainment. When the party is over and they have drank themselves into slumber they still wake up the next day with a hangover and the same empty hearts that they had the day before. So sad they reject Jesus, the only one that can heal their hearts and bring them real joy.
Betty

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March 1, 2018
Good Morning and Happy Thursday,

Looking out the window, I see two trees, dressed in white flowers. Just a week or so ago they were without and foliage, looking withered and naked. They were not pleasing to the eyes and they looked so sad. Today the same trees are glowing with life as the sun shines down on them.

We as human beings go through winter storms of life that if we allow it can tear away any signs of spiritual life. We can become standoffish and have an aura about us that makes other people want to avoid us. This can lead to bitterness and anger towards God and other people.

The trees in front may have looked sad, but they were patiently waiting to spring forth with new life. When troubles come our way if we stay tapped into Jesus and seek to strength our resolve through prayer and Bible Study, we can have a glow of Jesus about us even if our life doesn’t seem to be over flowing with new life. Remember the seed starts off in the dark ground and then burst through the soil with life.

Why do we who have served God for decades, go through these dark times? Of course only God knows for sure. Could it be that God wants to bring forth new fruit in a different area of our spirits? Could the dark days and struggles be a time that not only tests our resolve to serve God in the bad times, but to bring us to another level of spiritual growth?

It is easy to fight against the growth to seek a way of escaping the growth pains. Maybe God wants us to stop resisting the pains of growth and to seek Him more. Instead of pulling away from God, seek to walk closer to Him. Instead of fighting against the work God is doing in our lives, surrender to God. Ask God to help you. Do not struggle alone. Talk to God and ask Him to cover you with His love and to give you His strength.

All of us want to be spiritually beautiful with Godly fruit and gorgeous flowers. To have this kind of spiritual growth takes sacrifice. This sacrifice may include physical struggles. Our bodies and our spirit may suffer the pains of spiritual growth. Is it not worth the struggle, to be the person God wants you to be? To stay true to God in the midst of physical and emotional struggles requires faith in God. Faith comes from hearing the Word of God.

Romans 10:17 King James Version (KJV)17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

When these troubles come, find ways like Church attendance, listening to preaching online or the radio, so that God can increase our faith in Him. When doubt comes, give the doubt to Jesus and stop listening to the lies of Satan.
God is our refuge. He is our strength. Come to Him and as Him to cover you with His love and grace.
Betty

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March 2, 2018
Good Afternoon and Happy Friday,


Have you ever know someone who would make their life harder out of spite against someone else? I worked with a lady many years ago, whose Doctor, insisted she eat oatmeal every morning. She hated oatmeal. We, her fellow workers offered ideas, like adding fruit and nuts to her oatmeal to make it taste less bland. She said in anger that if her Doctor was going to make her eat it, she was going to eat it with out adding anything.

Sadly, she, in her anger, did not see that she was only punishing herself. We can do that in many ways. Someone complains about one thing out of place in our work and we work ourselves to exhaustion in our attempt “to show them”. This kind of anger can also affect our spiritual life. Someone implies that they think we are not working hard enough at Church and we can begin to do the work out of spite and not out of our love for Christ. Or worse, we get mad and quit the job we do at Church.

The work we do for the Lord should be done out of our love for Christ. Of course , work can make us tired, even work for God. We pray that God will make us efficient in our work and help us to do our job well without over doing to the point that we can’t rest properly. When we work for God with praise in our hearts and a song on our lips, the work usually goes faster and we are more relaxed. God forbid, that we ever do work for Him with the attitude to spite others.

If we teach a class,teach a class, in a way that the audience understands. Do not teach the class to show off your higher education. If you speak over the heads, on purpose, to your class, the the only reward that you will receive will be from the class thinking how smart you are. If the class doesn’t understand what you said then no spiritual growth will occur from your lesson. You might as well teach your lesson in the woods to wildlife.

Let us work for God with a humble spirit and with the purpose of sharing God’s love and helping fellow Christians to grow in the grace of the Lord. A simple person who gives his or her testimony out of love for God, can touch the heart of the listener, more then a highly educated person who is speaking only to impress others. Do all your work for the Kingdom of God with the right attitude and your work will be blessed by God.

When we begin to feel like our work for Christ, is something we have to do and we can begin to resent the job we do. When this happens talk to God. Maybe, God is leading you to a new job for Him. Probably, though we just need to spend more time in prayer and ask God to help us be more joyful in our work for Him. While we appreciate kind words of appreciation from others for our works, our goal should be to always please God.

John 9:4 King James Version (KJV)
4 I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work.

Yesterday we were blessed with a blue jay, cardinals, doves, and squirrels.
Betty

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March 3, 2018
Good Morning and Happy Saturday,

Do We Really Love One Another?

1 John 4:11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.

We are told by God to love one another. This extends beyond our family and friends. It is so easy to see the evil going around us, that we lose that love for the people of this world who are involved with sin and crimes. When we hear of someone arrested for murder, is our first thought “God is going to send him or her to hell”? Or do we pray that this person will find salvation before they die?

Sadly, I would have to raise my hand. The more serious the crime, the more we are attempted to want revenge for the victim. Of course we should pray for victims of crimes who survive and for the families for the victims who do not survive. I do believe the death penalty is Biblical and I believe killers should be punished. Yet, we can still find it in our hearts to pray that God would reach them spiritually before they die.

God has never given us the job of deciding who deserves salvation and who doesn’t. We should pray for all to be saved. Let God be the judge of where people spend eternity. As the Church Age grows to a close, let us be a loving and praying Church. This does not mean we excuse sinful behavior. We love the sinner and hate the sin that has over taken people.


Jude 20-23 New King James Version (NKJV)
Maintain Your Life with God
20 But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit, 21 keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.
22 And on some have compassion, making a distinction;[a] 23 but others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire,[b] hating even the garment defiled by the flesh.


Have compassion and love for the sinner but hate the sin that binds them. Pray for sinners. Treat one another with love and respect. Pray for the soon return of Jesus.

Jude 24-25 New King James Version (NKJV)
Glory to God
24 
Now to Him who is able to keep you[a] from stumbling,
And to present you faultless
Before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy,
25 
To God our Savior,[b]
Who alone is wise,[c]
Be glory and majesty,
Dominion and power,[d]
Both now and forever.
Amen.
Betty

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March 4, 2018
Good Afternoon and Blessed Sunday,


Many, many years ago, I had a job that required me to work on Sunday mornings. Even though the job was needed at the time to provide much needed finances, there was a lot of guilt on my part. Looking back I do not believe the guilt was from God. The devil had put in the position of needed this job and then he used the job to try to make me feel that God was mad at me and to make me distance myself from God. At first it worked, but as I begin to cry out to God, He showed me how I could use my job, for Him.

I was working as aide in the hospital. I begin to seek ways of giving comfort to patients in the hospital and look for ways to talk about God’s love. After a year I was transferred to a different department and had Sunday’s off. As I look back, I realize that I was not in the wrong place at the time, but in a place that God could use me for His Glory.

What ever job we have and what ever days we work we can use our situation for the Glory of God. When we have the joy of the Lord in our hearts we can reflect God’s love to others. We can always pray for others. If we deal with the public, we can say a quick prayer for our customers. If we do not work for customers we can pray that we do the job well so we as an employee, we reflect well on Christ. Of course we can always pray for our fellow workers.

We can be a shinning beacon of God’s love whatever position in life. When we see someone on the new news, who has been hurt or lost a loved one, pray for him or her. Our prayers are not just something we mumble to make us feel good, our prayer for others should come from a place of compassion for others. Pray that we never become jaded and unfeeling towards one another.

I once had someone say to me in anger : “I am going to Heaven and I don’t care about the rest of you”. Of course I knew this person did not mean it. They were hurt at the time, and reacted out of pain. Let us pray that God will,give us a heart of compassion and true concern for one another.
Betty

Looked out the window and saw a squirrel on the feeder. I feel blessed. Thank you, Jesus.
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March 5, 2018
Good Afternoon and Happy Monday,

“I Want To Go Home”

There is a Country song where the man talks about his desire to go back home. The closer we get to the rapture, the more people I talk to who are longing to go Home to Heaven. To look in the eyes of Jesus, to fall at His feet and thank Him, to have Him hug us.

This is my opinion and not from the Bible but I believe this longing we have is from the Holy Spirit. He too, must long to leave this sinful world behind. Along with this longing to see Jesus, there is also a longing to leave this sinful world behind. Every time we think the world has sunk as low in sin as it can, it digs another foot into sin. Some things we see going on today, makes us turn our head in disgust and horror. Our heart cries out: “How long, Heavenly Father will you let this world get away with such horrendous sins”?

This doesn’t mean we have stopped working for God. When you work on a job, you do your work, until it is time to go home. You also watch the clock, looking forward to the time, that work is over. Soon, my dear friends, our work will be over. We will check out of this world and be welcomed into Heaven. Let us pray and praise God more as we wait for His return. Pray for one another. So many Christians are under spiritual attack. Pray that God will comfort them and encourage them. Pray that God will bring healing to Christian families that are under attack by Satan.
Betty

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March 7, 2018
Good Afternoon and Happy Wednesday,

This morning, Hubby was suppose to go the VA for a fasting test. When he got up, without thinking, he took a small drink of Mountain Dew. This tiny bit would make the fasting test off. So we have to the test another day.

All it takes is a little unchecked sin to begin corruption in our lives. When we sin and ignore it, instead of going to God for forgiveness, we allow sin to take root in our life. A mustard seed is tiny but the plant grows up to 20 feet. It only takes a tiny sin to start us to the way to a life of shame.

Of course, I am not saying we are going to be perfect in our corruptible bodies.
This said, God’s grace and forgiveness is not a license to live a sinful life.

Romans 6 What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? 2 By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it?

Sin brings discord and trouble to our lives. When we sow sin, then we reap the products of sin. Therefore we should strife to live a life that is pleasing to God.
The closer we get to the rapture, the more we should seek to abide in the presence of the Lord and walk as closely to Him as we can. We should be seeking His advice and guidance in our daily lives.

Our hope is in Jesus and let us live expectantly for His return. Be gracious and loving to others. Pray for one another. Pray for Israel. Pray for the lost. The closer we get to the Wedding, let us be talking to the Groom more and more.
Betty

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March 8, 2018
Good Afternoon and Happy Thursday,

TEST THE SPIRITS

1 John 4:1 New King James Version (NKJV)
4 Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God;
because many false prophets have gone out into the world

Every thought that enters our minds is not from God. We are to test the thoughts against
the Bible. If the thought does not line up with the Bible, kick it out of our minds. Be
prepared, to do this, because some thoughts from the devil, are pleasing to the ears. Yet if
we take advice from the devil, he will lead us into sin. The devil takes pleasure in causing
Christians to sin.
The devil also uses thoughts to get us off the right path in spiritual matters. How
many politians have conviced themselves that abortion is wrong so they can get votes? When
someone tells us something is not a sin, test it against the Bible. If the Bible says it is
a sin, it is a sin. At the end of our days it will be God that judges and not people.
People can lead us wrong. God will NEVER do that.
Be blessed my friend. Keep your ears and heart open to hear the Lord Jesus talk to you.
Study the Bible so you know what God calls a sin. Keep watching for the retun of Jesus.
Betty

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March 9, 2018
Good Afternoon and Happy Friday,

The Plans of God

Isaiah 55:9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.

It is impossible for us to completely understand the plans of God. We make plans for today and even work on plans for the far future. If we lived to be ninety or more it is nothing like God who sees time like a ring, no beginning and no end. Our minds do not fathom that. It is impossible to grasp.

For this reason, we often wonder why God says no to our desires. Why were we not able to buy a new car? Why did we not get the house that we liked so much? Why did God move me from my job I liked to another job. It is in faith that we realize that we must trust God, without knowing the reason in this lifetime.

Yes, there are times that it is hard to trust God. Sometimes His plans for us even taste bitter in our mouths, but if we keep our faith in Him and trust Him, even when we do not understand. We will be rewarded in this life and in Heaven.

When God takes us through the waters, through the floods and through the fire, hang on to His hand. Keep your trust planted in Him. He will protect you. You may even feel like your spirit was singed by the fire, but when the trial is over God will take away the pain. He will wash you and you will be cleaned indeed.
Betty
Yesterday, blessed by several squirrels and a variety of birds.

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March 10,2018
Good Evening and Happy Saturday,

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


There are so many voices we hear today, other people, TV, Radio, Books etc. if we are not careful we can allow voices who speak the opposite of God’s Truth, to influence us. These voices can make us question what God says. These days more then in the past, we need to make sure that we know God’s Truth, very well.
The devil’s lies often contain just enough truth to make us consider what he says. We must pray that we will recognize the devil’s lies as what they are; lies.

The best thing we can do is be in a Bible believing Church where the truth of the Gospel is preached. If we are not able to go to Church, pray that God will direct you to a trust worthy Pastor on TV or online. My favorite Pastor always told us, check out everything I say against the Bible. He wanted us to have the habit of verifying what we read or heart with the Holy Bible.

May God richly bless you and your families.
Betty

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March 11, 2018
Good Afternoon Blessed Sunday,

Thankfulness

Psalm 140:13 Surely the righteous shall give thanks unto thy name: the upright shall dwell in thy presence.

People today are not as appreciative and thankful as they should be. Unfortunately, this attitude can be picked up by us, Christians. Not only we not always appreciative of what others do for us, but often we take the goodness of Our Heavenly Father, for granted.

The Bible has many reminders in it, to remind us to be grateful and thankful children.

Psalm 100:4 Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name

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

A good habit to have is beginning and ending our prayers with thanksgiving and praise to our Heavenly Father. Of course we need to adjust our attitude to be thankful and appreciative of the many wonderful things God has done for us, especially salvation. We do not want to offer words that are just empty words with no heart sentiments behind them. Our salvation was purchased with the precious blood of Jesus. How could we offer up praise and thankfulness to God, with just words with no thought behind them?

Let us come to God always with a grateful and thankful heart. Pray that we can treat others with kindness and gentleness.

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

Betty

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March 12, 2018
Good Afternoon and Happy Monday,

Wildflowers, trees and plants, are totally depending on God for their needs.
While a flower may make itself grow towards the sun, it cannot move itself to better ground. Nor can it relocate itself when the area it is in goes through a storm or drought.

Truth is sometimes God allows a spiritual drought to come to us, to remind us that we need to spend more time in prayer and Bible Study. We may go through a storm to remind us we can depend on God. Unfortunately, we have a tendency to run from God instead of to His arms. How often do we seek our non Christians advice instead of our fellow believers? Could it be we are afraid they may correct us in love and we do not want to hear it?

Do not shut your eyes and block your ears to God’s Truth. Correction from God, though painful for a time, is less painful then standing before God in Heaven with unrepentant sin. God forbid that we are endanger of having our lamp put out by God.

Revelation 2:4-7 New King James Version (NKJV)
4 Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love. 5 Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works, or else I will come to you quickly and remove your lampstand from its place—unless you repent. 6 But this you have, that you hate the deeds of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate.
7 “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes I will give to eat from the tree of life, which is in the midst of the Paradise of God.”’

Let us return to God completely, leaving behind our wandering ways. Putting our complete trust in God, our Father.
Betty

Still enjoying the birds and squirrels.

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March 13, 2018
Good Afternoon and Happy Tuesday,

Heavenly Father

Know my humanity
See my frailties
Touch my pain
Feel my weaknesses
Save my sinful heart
Love me with an everlasting love
Never forsake or abandon me
Teach me, Your Ways, God of Heaven and earth
When I walk through the waters of death, hold my hand
Welcome me into Heaven to be with You, throughout eternity
Betty

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March 14, 2018
Good Afternoon and Happy Wednesday,

Have you ever just taking the time to sit and look out the window at the trees, plants and birds. Nature is going about her business, like clockwork. God doesn’t need to remind the tree to grow leafs. Flowers bud and open without a reminder. Human beings on the other hand, need reminders, even with spiritual matters.

We get busy and we forget to read The Bible. We can even forget to pray. Life at times becomes overwhelming and our stress levels rise and lower with what is going on around us. Sadly the more hectic things become in our lives, the less likely we are to pray and seek God’s help.

Try to take time every day to enjoy nature and be reminded that God, no matter what we are going through, God has not forsaken us. Just sitting here my mind wondered off on other things. This happens to all of us. This doesn’t mean we do not love and appreciate God enough. It means we are human and with human frailties. God knows our weakness and He wants to help us. Are we willing to listen?
Betty

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March 15, 2018
Good Afternoon and Happy Thursday.

Two Kinds of Healing

Everyone who suffers chronic and incurable illness and disease, wants healing. To get up one day and not have pain slap you across the face, sounds wonderful. Yet there is another healing that is more important than the physical healing and that is the spiritual healing.

You might think because you have been saved for many years, that you are okay spiritually, but when we truly seek God to search our heart, He will lay open nasty attitudes and other things that make us want to hide in shame. This not why God reveals these to us. He wants us to confess our sins and ask Him to guide us away from these sins. Often these are sins of habit. Just like I would like to wake up without pain, we want to wake up with that sin behind us. It does not work like that. Sins of habit take week, months, and even years to break away from.

The biggest thing is when you find your self back in the habit, is not to give up. If you give up the devil wins. I am not saying this sin will send you to hell. If you are like me, you ask Jesus every day to forgive your sins. Do we really want to face God in Heaven still bound by this sinful habit? How sad it would be hear him say that if we had just kept fighting with God’s help, we would have defeated this habit.

By the way I am not talking about smoking. I am talking of bad attitudes, fits of temper, cursing and other sins that creep into our lives like little snakes. Their bite is poison. It’s poison doesn’t kill immediately. It eats at our spirit, destroys our testimony and causes our faith in God to weaken.

Have you ever talked to someone who had symptoms of a disease but refuse to
go, to the Doctor because they did not want to hear? We laugh but their decision could kill them. It is so much more dangerous to hide from out sin. Be brave like David and ask God to search your heart. Let us be willing to work through our salvation with the pain that comes with knowing the truth about our spiritual health, now while we can still changes our ways with the help of Jesus and the Holy Spirit.


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

I heard a bird singing and my spirit took joy in its song.

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March 16, 2018
Good Morning and Happy Friday,

Up early to go the hospital for a procedure. I must admit not knowing what the results will be makes me apprehensive. I have had people say that will pray that nothing is wrong. I am not praying that. I am praying that they can find the problem so it can be fixed. I have been hurting every day for a year as soon as I start walking around in the morning. I admit I am tired of that.

Just as knowing the truth about our physical health is important so is knowing the truth about our spiritual health is important. How many times do we make the mistake of blaming our parents for our own sins? Yes, I have a temper but so did my mom or dad? Yes, I don’t say I am sorry when I hurt someone, neither did my parents? Some of us have been making excuses for sins for over 50 years or more.

When are we going to acknowledge that it is our sin and not our parents? Excusing our sins and sweeping them under the rug is not the answer to having a healthy spiritual life. We have to step us to the plate and admit our sins and bow our heads in submission to God and seek forgiveness. Then ask Him to help us every day to stop repeating that sin every day. Just as I talked about yesterday when we lose our temper, make crude comments, or insult others, say a silent prayer for forgives from God. Then seeking forgives from those we have harm.

Let us make the decision to leave pride behind. Acknowledge our sins and seek help from God and other Christians friends.
Betty

Awake before the birds this morning.

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March 17, 2018
Good Afternoon and Happy Saturday,

Today, I went to get my prescriptions the Doctor ordered after my procedure, yesterday. One I had to leave at the store. It was $1,000 and my insurance did not pay anything on it. It is frustrating to pay for insurance and not be able to get the medication that could make you well. I was frustrated at the makers of the medication and my insurance company. I went to the car only to have my husband complain about me taking too long In the store. It does seem life is not happy to hit just once but to try to knock you down sometimes.

Do we ever feel frustrated with God? Do we feel that He isn’t hearing our prayers? Maybe it seems that He doesn’t see our pain. Truth is our feelings can mislead us. God does care about us. When I came home, there was a large bluejay at the feeder. Even in my current mood, I felt blessed by God to see the bird. The devil takes day to day problems and tries to get us to blame God for our situation. We all have problems but as God’s children we can go to Him and seek comfort.

When days like this come, let us remember our source of comfort and joy. Let us go to Jesus. We can lay our frustrations, our confusions, and our pain at His feet. We can tell things to God that we dare not share with anyone else. Today, let us pray for one another. We must not give up this close to going home.
Betty

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March 18, 2018
Good Afternoon and Blessed Sunday,

Rest in the Lord

There are times that we are overwhelmed by our circumstances. We go through a trial that drains us physically, emotionally and even spiritually.
The next day we will find ourselves as weak as a kitten and often even trying to pick up the pieces that shattered in our hands. What do we do? Do we quit? It is easy to wonder if God even saw what we went through.

First of all rest your body. Spiritual and emotional stress takes a toll on the body. Rest your emotions. Take a walk if you can or just sit outside and enjoy nature. Even if it is just watching ants wander around and listening to the birds.
Let your emotions heal in the simple things like a birds singing. Rest spiritually. This is not the time to take on a challenging Bible Study. This is time to go back to the basics of the Gospel. Fill your soul with verses that remind us of God’s love for us.

As we rest in the Lord, talk to Him. Telling how you are feeling. Lay out your concerns and be honest with God. If your hurt at God, talk to Him about it. Lay out the confusion you feel at His feet. Sometimes just lying on your bed and talking to God about your concerns will release tensions that overwhelm all of your senses. Remind yourself that the you survived the battle. Yes you have battle wounds but God is still in the healing business.

It may take days or even weeks before you feel strong again, but take each day walking with Jesus. As doubts come to your mind and the devil is happy to provide them, talk to God about them. Release your fears and doubts into His hands. Working our way ,with God, after a mighty storm will help us grow spiritually. This storm was not for nothing and with God’s help it will bring spiritual growth. Trust God to see us through to a new day. Keep your hope in Him.
Betty

I pray that God will fill your hearts with His love and His peace.

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March 19, 2018
Good Afternoon and Happy Monday,

I am watching the leaves on the tree, moving with the wind. We can not see the wind, but we see the results. It is the same with our spiritual growth. We do not see the changes taking place in our faith and trust in God growing. Sadly we cannot see when we are sliding back, either. This is why we must talk to God daily. Asking Him to teach us daily and guide us back into His path when our steps are wandering off the path.

It is easy to be influenced by the world. What the world sees as living as a good person is different then living a righteous life. We can allow the world to influence us in making excuses for our bad behavior. Even a killer can find someone who is worse then him, so comparing ourselves to people in the world is a mistake. Our goal is to be like Jesus and not better then someone else. To be more like Jesus, requires us to walk close to Jesus. To know Him better, we need to spend more time in His Word.

The more time we spend working to know God better, the less we will be influenced by false Preachers and Teachers. If we know God well, we will recognize a counterfeit, when we see one. Remember the devil makes these people pleasing to the eyes and they often speak quietly and with kindness. These people are more dangerous than a cobra. Their teaching can cause you to lose your spiritual way and can cause you to backslide. If you know the truth of the Gospel well, you will,recognize false Gospel. Let us stay sharp and prepared for the devil is fighting hard to defeat God’s children. We do not have to fall by the wayside. Stay prayed up and seek to know God better every day.
Betty

Are you looking for your little diamonds of joy, every day? Look for the simple things that make you smile and put a jump to your steps.

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March 20, 2018
Good Afternoon and Happy Tuesday,

Where are my eyes focused?

When I was a kid, there was a cartoon where a horse or mule, not sure which,was running. They had a fishing pole clipped to his head with a rabbit hanging, just close enough for the animal to smell it. He ran fast to catch the prize. This morning as I laid in bed, I was convicted. I have become more focused on the prize before me and less on my surroundings.

There is nothing wrong with looking forward to our eternity in Heaven. It is when we lose focus on what is happening around us that we begin to lose our way. Sadly we can get the attitude that people in the world are going to hell and all we want to do is get out of this world as soon as possible. The question came to my heart about how often do I pray for the lost souls of this world. My prayer at bedtime is often for God to save my lost loved ones and come back quickly.

It is right that we want Jesus to come back soon. We are the Bride waiting for our Groom to come get us for our Marriage in Heaven. There would be something wrong in a relationship if the Bride did not wait with anticipation and hope for her Wedding Day. Yet, our love for God should push us to love sinners and pray for them. The more we long for God, the more our hearts should yearn for souls to be saved. The closer our relationship with God becomes, the more our hearts should burn with desire to see more lost souls get saved. Wanting the rapture to happen today doesn’t mean we do not pray for lost souls today.

Where is our focus? We should search our heart and ask God to help us to long as much for lost souls to be saved as we do for His return. May God find us working for Him, when He returns and not just sitting in a spiritual rocking chair, waiting and caring not for lost souls.

Every day pray for opportunities to share the love of God and every day be looking for His return. We can do both.
Betty
Saw a tiny little bird at the feeder. I love it when tiny birds are eating.

Psalm 121:1 (KJV) I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.

2 Thessalonians 3 King James Version (KJV)
3 Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified, even as it is with you:
2 And that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men: for all men have not faith.
3 But the Lord is faithful, who shall stablish you, and keep you from evil.
4 And we have confidence in the Lord touching you, that ye both do and will do the things which we command you.
5 And the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God, and into the patient waiting for Christ.


2 Thessalonians 2:15-17 King James Version (KJV)
15 Therefore, brethren, stand fast, and hold the traditions which ye have been taught, whether by word, or our epistle.
16 Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God, even our Father, which hath loved us, and hath given us everlasting consolation and good hope through grace,
17 Comfort your hearts, and stablish you in every good word and work.

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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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March 21, 2018
Good Afternoon and Happy Wednesday,

I am watching a slight breeze, moving the neighbors American Flag. Circumstances can be like the wind. They can move us around emotionally and mentally. It is right, that when we see on the news that a young child has been murdered that we feel grief and anger. When we remember that we should be angry at evil and the devil and not God.

In our logic, we would like God to kill a person before he or she commits murder. Can you imagine the fear we would have every day, if people all over the world would drop dead for no reason. We would live in fear that it would happen to us. Even if God would make an announcement of what He was doing, life would not be the same. We would still live in fear that God would strike us dead.
What if God started to make our decisions for us? Telling us where to work and who to marry. We would live our life in bondage.

The truth is God could easily do this. He can scare people into worshipping Him. Would we want this? What if your boss told you that you could get a promotion if you married a co-worker or a relative of his or hers? We like our freedom to choose for ourselves. With this freedom, unfortunately comes the freedom to allow evil to over take us.

If we commit sin, it is our choice. The devil can influence us, but we choose to either run from the sin or give into sin. It all goes back to the devil’s influence. It is okay to despise the devil and his evil ways. He is an enemy of God. When bad things happen, remember the true creator of evil and that is devil. In our limited knowledge we are not capable of understanding the ways of God. Our job is to trust Him, to know His ways are better then ours.

Pray for the families that lose loved ones, especially to murder. Trust God. He will bring about His perfect justice.
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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March 22, 2018
Good Afternoon and Happy Thursday,

Precious, Lovely, and It’s Worth is Beyond Anything

Do you ever watch those shows where people take something handed down to them or even bought at a garage sale to be valued? Our salvation can not be measured in monetary value. If we owned the whole world we still could not purchase our salvation.

Do we understand the value of our salvation? Do we take our salvation for granted? Do we walk too close to sin? Heaven forbid us, to hide our salvation from some people we want to impress. How said it will be when we get to Heaven if we realize that we underrated our salvation and took to many chances that could have caused us to backslide.

Philippians 2:12 King James Version (KJV)
12 Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.

Our salvation is a serious issue. Too often we treat it carelessly and take it’s true value for granted. If we really understood how long eternity will be for sinners and Christians, our hearts would weep when we hear people mock God. We should weep for the person who has turned God into a comedy routine. Their eyes are blind to the truth and their ears no longer hear the call of God. God forbid us to harden our hearts to the point we no longer grieve for lost souls. I understand it is easy to write people off who are zealous in their hatred for God.
Been there myself. Let us pray for the lost. Only God knows who has been given over to a reprobate mind.

1 Samuel 12:23-24 ‘Moreover as for me, God forbid that I should sin against the LORD in ceasing to pray for you: but I will teach you the good and the right way: Only fear the LORD, and serve him in truth with all your heart; for consider how great things he hath done for you.”

1 Corinthians 15:1-2 King James Version (KJV)
15 Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand;
2 By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.

2 Peter 2:20-22 King James Version (KJV)
20 For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning.
21 For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them.
22 But it is happened unto them according to the true proverb, The dog is turned to his own vomit again; and the sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire.

1 Corinthians 9:27 King James Version (KJV)
27 But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.

Revelation 3:5 King James Version (KJV)
5 He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels.

Salvation is not a precious stone that we can lose. Can we walk away from our salvation? Can we choose popularity over God? Can we choose power and promotions over God?

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

My blog today is not to scare anyone or to make you worry. We do not have to live in worry about losing our salvation. It is a good idea to guard our heart and stay so close to God so we are in no danger of walking away from God. When we meet Jesus we want Him to tell us that we were faithful and not that we just barely made into Heaven’s door.
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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March 23, 2018
Good Afternoon and Happy Friday,

Do We Take Pride in Ourselves Because We Are Saved?


Matthew 26:34 King James Version (KJV)
34 Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, That this night, before the **** crow, thou shalt deny me thrice.

Peter was guilty of self pride. He boasted that no matter what the other disciples did, he would stand with Jesus even in the face of death. In the garden he was the only one who struck out at the soldiers who came for Jesus. He most likely believed that Jesus would fight the soldiers and then defeat Rome. Peter did not understand Jesus’ mission. Jesus came to die for the sins of the world and not to defeat Rome. Peter could not see the bigger picture.

When Jesus went with the soldiers, Peter did not see that Jesus was turning Himself as a Lamb for slaughter for the sins of the world. Peter became defeated and maybe even questioning Jesus and His position in the Godhead. This defeat led Peter to sin. Before we judge Peter, remember only John and Peter followed Jesus. The rest of the disciples ran home. It did not take long for Peter’s pride in His position with Jesus to fail Him. The pride turned to fear. When he was asked if he knew Jesus, he denied Jesus three times.

Before we judge Peter, think about whether we have ever denied being a Christian or tried to down play our relationship with Jesus in front of people we were trying to impress. If we are with a group at a party and someone makes fun of someone who is not there, calling them a Jesus freak, do we speak up and admit we are willing to be a freak for Jesus? Or do we laugh with the group, pretending that we are not a Christian? God forbid!

John 21:15-17 King James Version (KJV)
15 So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my lambs.
16 He saith to him again the second time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my sheep.
17 He saith unto him the third time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, Lovest thou me? And he said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep.

Could it be the reason that God asked Peter three times, is that he wanted Peter to understand how big a sin it was for him to deny Jesus. May we learn from this, that our pride should not be in the fact that we accepted Jesus but our pride should be in our Lord and Savior, who died for our sins. Peter learned from his mistake. With the infilling of the Holy Spirit, he became a strong leader for Jesus and was willing die for his faith.
Betty

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March 24, 2018
Good Afternoon and Happy Saturday

What Kind of Relationship Do I Want With God?

Am I content to just know God like a friend I talk to occasionally? Do my prayers consist of quick prayer in the morning for protection and a quick prayer before I fall asleep? I woke up this morning with David’s words about wanting to know God’s truths and God’s Ways. These desire was strong in my heart. I do not want a casual relationship with God. I want Him to know me and I want to know Him. This knowledge will not come with two quick prayers a day or even several quick prayers. This knowledge comes by spending quality time in the presence of God.


Psalm 63 King James Version (KJV)
63 O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is;
2 To see thy power and thy glory, so as I have seen thee in the sanctuary.
3 Because thy lovingkindness is better than life, my lips shall praise thee.
4 Thus will I bless thee while I live: I will lift up my hands in thy name.
5 My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness; and my mouth shall praise thee with joyful lips:
6 When I remember thee upon my bed, and meditate on thee in the night watches.
7 Because thou hast been my help, therefore in the shadow of thy wings will I rejoice.
8 My soul followeth hard after thee: thy right hand upholdeth me.
9 But those that seek my soul, to destroy it, shall go into the lower parts of the earth.
10 They shall fall by the sword: they shall be a portion for foxes.
11 But the king shall rejoice in God; every one that sweareth by him shall glory: but the mouth of them that speak lies shall be stopped.

We can pray for God to put in our hearts, a desire to know Him better, that burns within our hearts. We can pray for God to teach us His ways. God wants us to know Him. He is waiting for us to seek Him.

Psalm 86:11-13 King James Version (KJV)
11 Teach me thy way, O Lord; I will walk in thy truth: unite my heart to fear thy name.
12 I will praise thee, O Lord my God, with all my heart: and I will glorify thy name for evermore.
13 For great is thy mercy toward me: and thou hast delivered my soul from the lowest hell.

Let us seek God to know Him, because we love Him and not so we know more then others. What ever knowledge God gives let us boast not in our knowledge but the greatness of the God we serve.

Isaiah 55 King James Version (KJV)
55 Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price.
2 Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread? and your labour for that which satisfieth not? hearken diligently unto me, and eat ye that which is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness.
3 Incline your ear, and come unto me: hear, and your soul shall live; and I will make an everlasting covenant with you, even the sure mercies of David.
4 Behold, I have given him for a witness to the people, a leader and commander to the people.
5 Behold, thou shalt call a nation that thou knowest not, and nations that knew not thee shall run unto thee because of the Lord thy God, and for the Holy One of Israel; for he hath glorified thee.
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.
8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord.
9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.
10 For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater:
11 So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.
12 For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.
13 Instead of the thorn shall come up the fir tree, and instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle tree: and it shall be to the Lord for a name, for an everlasting sign that shall not be cut off.


God is calling His children to come to His table and to know Him better. Seek to know Him, with all your heart. The closer our relationship to God is the less chance of us falling away from the truth. The more we know God’s truths, the easier for us to recognize a wolf in sheep’s clothing.

Isaiah 1:18 King James Version (KJV)
18 Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.

Let us pray one for another that our heart’s desire for knowing God will be as strong as our desire for food and drink.
Betty
Thank God for the birds that are singing for me this morning.

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March 25, 2018
Good Morning and Blessed Sunday,

In 1976, this day, my son was born. The day he was born my husband’ s blood pressure went up so high that he nearly died that day and was put in the ICU. So many things have happened since that day, but one think is sure, God never left me. I honestly do not think I would have made it through all the many attacks the devil used against me and my family with out the guidance of protection of God on my live.

I am sure you also have had times like that, when only your faith in God kept you getting out of bed and kept you going each day. We look back at these times and realize how we have grown spiritually and how much closer,to,God we are now compared to those days. We could not see the work going on at the time, but we did felt the Spirit of God keeping us standing in the midst of the wind and rain, storming on our lives.

It is good to remember the past so that when storms come our way we can remember the same God who saw us through the storms of the past, will see us through the storms of today and tomorrow. In the midst of that terrible day in 1976, a miracle occurred, the birth of my son. I have watched him grow. He went through years when he, himself questioned, whether God cared about him. Today him and his wife serve God. I am blessed that both my son and his sister and their mates love and serve God.

Life has its troubles but God brings us through to the other side. We must not give up. God is going to see us through to the day we walk through Heaven’s Gates. Don’t miss out on a victory, because we stop and quit in the midst of the battle. When things look bad, look up to Jesus, our Savior and Redeemer.
Betty

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March 26, 2018
Good Afternoon and Happy Monday,

This morning Hubby and I gave Bertha a bath, to her horror. She is still not happy. This takes me to the times that God allows something to happen to us or for us to go through something unpleasant. If you are like me, you find yourself struggling and fighting just as my dog did. Just as Bertha thought the bath would kill her, we can be convinced that we are going to drown in our troubles. We must be careful that we do not allow our dismay to turn to anger and bitterness, towards God. God wants us to accept His will in a gentle spirit.
When we stop fighting and trust God, we will find peace.

We can take this to another step up. We can pray for those that we see are struggling. Even if we can’t change their circumstances, we can give them a hug and let them know that we care. Knowing someone cares, carries more weight then we realize. Take the time and effort to be there for those in times of trouble.

As we live day by day, let us be available to care for those in need. Strive to be used by God. Let us seek His will, in all things. Rejoice in the many wonderful things God has done and does for us. Praise His Name always in our prayers.
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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March 27, 2018
Good Evening and Happy Tuesday,

We got a light rain today. Even though I was driving, it was a pleasant surprise. Have you ever been at Church and it seemed like the Holy Spirit was over the people? You felt so close to God it was almost being closer to Heaven.
When you left Church, your feet felt lighter. We all want to be on the mountain. We love those mountain top experiences.

It is the valley experiences that get us down. It can even seem like God is harder to find down in that valley. Yet, God is still with us. He has not left us nor will He ever leave us. If we keep our faith is steady and in our Heavenly Father, we will come out of the valley a stronger Christian. It is in the valley experience, where our spiritual muscles are formed.

Whatever experience you are going through at the moment, know that you are not alone. People care about you and more important God cares about you. When you feel unloved, remember, God Loves you. The devil will lie to you. He wants to defeat you. God says “I am with you, child!. Keep your hope in Jesus and not on mankind. Even those who love you, will fail you, at times, but God never will.

God bless you with a peaceful evening.
Betty

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March. 31, 2018
Good Afternoon and Happy Saturday,

We remembered to thank God today, for what this weekend means to us and every Christian. The sacrifice Jesus made to reconcile us to the Father, cannot me measured in human terms. Only in Heaven will we understand the complete value of the precious gift that Jesus purchased for our salvation.

Of course we should thank God every day for our gift of salvation, but it is special to have a weekend that we take time to process the suffering that Jesus endured not only on the cross but the hours before. The willingness of Him to walk quietly as a lamb to be slaughter for the sinners of this world. We need to be remember that salvation is too precious to be taken for granted.

People often say that if God was really a loving God, everyone would go to Heaven. They refuse to take in consideration that Jesus paid a price to bring salvation to mankind. All He ask us for us is to seek forgiveness and turn from our sins. People want God to take them as they are. God cannot do this. God cannot live with sin. No one whose sin has not been covered by the precious blood of Jesus can enter the gates of Heaven.

In so many people it is the sin of pride and stubbornness. They think they are too good to repent or they do not want anyone telling them what to do. To many people take pride in a life that is lived their way. They do not realize that their pride is going to lead them to a eternity in hell.

I pray that you have a great Easter Sunday with family and friends and that the you take time during the day to reflect on the miracle of the resurrection.
Betty
The blue jay hung around yesterday, bringing me joy.

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