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Betty Louise
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April 1, 2018
Good Evening and Blessed Sunday,

Along with Easter, today was April Fool’s Day. So many people look at Christians and think we are foolish.

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

The Gospel made so simple that a young child of 7 can or younger can get saved and yet often the highly intelligent and wealthy people trip themselves up over the Gospel. They feel it is too simple to be believed.

2 Kings 5:9-14 King James Version (KJV)9 So Naaman came with his horses and with his chariot, and stood at the door of the house of Elisha.
10 And Elisha sent a messenger unto him, saying, Go and wash in Jordan seven times, and thy flesh shall come again to thee, and thou shalt be clean.
11 But Naaman was wroth, and went away, and said, Behold, I thought, He will surely come out to me, and stand, and call on the name of the Lord his God, and strike his hand over the place, and recover the leper.
12 Are not Abana and Pharpar, rivers of Damascus, better than all the waters of Israel? may I not wash in them, and be clean? So he turned and went away in a rage.
13 And his servants came near, and spake unto him, and said, My father, if the prophet had bid thee do some great thing, wouldest thou not have done it? how much rather then, when he saith to thee, Wash, and be clean?
14 Then went he down, and dipped himself seven times in Jordan, according to the saying of the man of God: and his flesh came again like unto the flesh of a little child, and he was clean.

Naaman was not pleased at the prospect of dipping himself in the Jordan River, yet if Elisha had asked for a large amount of money, Naaman would have paid it to be heal. He almost lost his chance for healing because of the simpleness of the request.

When we give ourselves to God and allow Him to be our King, we find peace and joy. Yes we will have dark days but God will be with us, even then. It is so sad that so many, many people will day stand before the White Throne of Heaven and be condemned to hell because they rejected salvation.

Today, let us pray for lost souls, especially those who think Easter is just chocolate bunnies and Easter eggs. No, I do not have a problem with your young ones and grand kids getting a Easter basket. Just make sure they know the true reason for Easter.
Betty

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

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April 2, 2018
Good Afternoon and Happy Monday,

A another new month and still God has not sent Jesus to get us. We can become depressed waiting for Jesus, but that is not God’s plan for us. While He wants us to look towards His return as a day of great joy, He still wants us to be grateful for every day of life we have. Every new day represents another day with our loved ones. Another day to pray and seek ways to reach the loss. Another day to live for Jesus. In other words live every day to the fullest while glancing at the sky with anticipation of Jesus’ return.

As we live each day, seek to be an encourager to fellow brethren. We are all under attack from the devil. A kind word, a hug, and a card in the mail can help another to keep going through the devil’s attack. Let us seek ways to work for God and for others.

I hope you had a wonderful day, yesterday, with family and friends. We were blessed to have a lovely Easter dinner with our Son’s inlaws, who are family to us. Our daughter and husband came too. We had a blessed day.
Betty

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.

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April 3, 2018
Good Afternoon and Happy Tuesday,

Hubby found out he is diabetic. We gave away the marshmallow eggs and sugared tea. We picked up salad stuff and fresh fruit, today. Being a diabetic, requires changes in your life style. Sometimes, we have to make changes in our lives, to grow spiritually. I have watched a show for 10 years and liked it, until this year they started using the Lord’s Name in vain.

There are times that our spirit is grieved by something we watch. The world is becoming more and more unfriendly for Christianity. Jesus said it would. Television is pushing transgenders down our throats. It seems almost every show has a transgender. They did the same thing with gays a few years ago. We might think it is no big deal, but they are slowly making sexual sins, seem normal. Things that where once hidden on back roads are put on Main Street, now.

As we see these things happen, Jesus tells us to look up for our redemption, is coming soon. He does not want His children to live in fear. We are not without hope for soon Jesus will come for us. For now we live for Jesus and place our fears, anxiety, and confusion in His hands.
Betty
I got some flower seeds in the mail today. That was a nice surprise.

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April 4, 2018
Good Afternoon and Happy Wednesday,

Today I turned 66, old lady, I am😀. If my 25 year old self, could see me now,she would not recognize me. Not just physically but I am a different person emotionally and spiritually. My priorities are different today and they were at 25, which is a good thing. The paths that I walked were often hard and I was often fearful, BUT, God saw me to the other side.

As we get older, we look in the mirror and see wrinkles and other marks of aging, with me it is wrinkles and white hair. Let us pray for spiritual changes as we grow older. What a shame it would be , if as we grow older we have become stagnant or even worse taken steps backwards in our faith.

God is patient with us as we grow through trials and setbacks. He is with us every step, good times and bad. He rejoices with us when we bring a new life into the world and he griefs with us when we have to say goodbye to a loved one. We really don’t realize how patient, He is with us. I can imagine how stressed I would be if I had to spend 30 minutes with a room full of toddlers. I love kids but as I get older I get more stressed and nervous around loud noises.

God is with us when we are baby Christians and as we grow in our faith and trust in Him. Every Christian, has probably prayed, “Lord, please help to learn what you are teaching me so I don’t have to go through this trial again!”. The truth is we often have to go through things more then once. Sometimes we fight against the trial and moan and groan thought the process, learning nothing, but now stubborn we really are. God is patient with us even in those times.

Have a blessed day. I pray that God brings you little diamonds of joy throughout your day.
Betty

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April 5, 2018
Good Afternoon and Happy Thursday,

I am seeing no improvement with this viral infection. In fact my voice is getting rough and weak. The Doctor comes back from vacation Monday. So I will go see him. Do you remember the old prayer: “Lord give me patience, and give it to me yesterday” . Spiritual growth does not happen over night. If we are not careful, we can become impatient with our selves. God is patient with us and we need to show ourselves some patience.

Growing in our faith is important. There will be times that we are stuck in a wheel grinding out the same work, day by day. Even this can helps us grow spiritually. Our process of working steadily, grows character. Part of working for God diligently and wiling. A employer does not want an employee that does great work on Monday, Tuesday works as little as they can get away with, and Wednesday, doesn’t even show up for work.

Let us be steady workers for God. There will be times because of sickness, you might be unable to be at your usual post, then pray. Be a prayer warrior for God.
When we get older and health issues pop up, let us take up prayer as a steady worker for God. Sending a card to someone who is struggling, is a work for Christ. Ask God where He wants you to be.

Betty
Haven’t seen a bird today. I need to trim the shrubs so I can see them.

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April 6, 2018
Good Evening and Happy Friday,

This the time of day, that workers begin to wind down from their busy day. It is also a good time to thank God that you made it home safely. A prayer of gratitude for your job, is also good. Let us begin this weekend with a heart of appreciation and praise for God, Our Heavenly Father. I pray that God will bless your weekend with rest for your body and your spirit.

Take time to do something you enjoy this weekend and if you can, spend some
time with your family. I pray that God will bless you and your family.
Bett

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April 7, 2018
Good Afternoon and Happy Saturday,

Let Others See Jesus, In Us!

When we are out in the world, do others look at our behavior and see Jesus? When we are driving, does our actions reflect our Christian bummer sticker, or do people call us a hypocrite because our behavior is unChrist like. We live in a rush, rush world. Drivers cut each other without a thought. Do we react in a Christian way or do we allow our temper to control our reaction ? I admit I have a tendency to become a grumpy old grandma behind the wheel. Many times I have had to ask God for forgiveness. It is best to pray before we get behind the wheel. Pray for protection and that God will help us have a good attitude and to be kind.

Through our day at work and taking care of business, we can pray that God will guide and to help us to be kind and gentle in dealing with other people. We want the love of God to shine through us so that they can see Jesus in us. Our reactions and actions can be used by God to share His love with the world. On the other hand our actions and reactions can be a bad reflection on our faith in Christ. Try not to go out in the world with a poor attitude. If your day starts badly, pray for grace from God so He can use us for His glory. Always be a willing vessel for the Lord to use. When we lose our temper with others, apologize. Even if they refuse to accept your apology, you have done the right thing.

Have a blessed weekend.
Betty

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This song comforts me

https://youtu.be/RCTl4tUYIAg

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April 8, 2018
Good Afternoon and Blessed Sunday,

Have you ever had a prayer that seemed to go unanswered? All of us have. Today I prayed that health issue would not occur at Church. I did have issues and I know it could have been worse. For once I chose to not get upset but to trust that God, had a reason. Truth is, there are occurrences that will and have happened to us that we do not understand. Having faith in God is accepting His will even when we do not understand the reasoning behind God’s decisions. Jut trust and believe in Him in all things.

Trusting in God in good and bad times, will cause us to grow spirituality. This is important in our walk with our Heavenly Father. When we are willing to accept the will of God in our lives, we will be blessed by God. Our goal should be to be obedient children of God.

I pray that you have a good day with family and friends.
Betty

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

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April 9, 2018
Good Afternoon and Happy Monday,

The bird feeders and squirrel feeders have been filled. All ready for the birds to come. Have we ever thought about how hard our Pastors works to deliver the message on Sunday morning?They study and study, pray and pray, and meditate and mediate to be able to deliver what God has given Him for us.

It must be so frustrating to be doing God’s Work, while people are talking to one another, reading the Church bulletin, and going in and out of the service. The Minister is often taken for granted and so is his wife. My sister was a Minister’s wife. It would make me so sick when people complained that Pastor’s are getting rich off of tithes.

True there are Pastors on TV who live in mansions. They are few and far between. Most Pastors just barely make it from check to check just like the rest of us. Unlike us, they never really have a day off unless they leave town for vacation. Deaths and disasters happen 24 hours a day. Pastors often, leave their beds to Go minister to sick people and hurting people.

What does a lay person do? They encourage their Pastors. They don’t nick pick every message, pointing out to the Pastor any so called errors made. We pray for our Pastor. We ask Him for ideas on for ways we can bless him. Above all let us be attentive when he preaches. Pray for hearts to be open to the truth. After Church, if you can get to him, shake his hands and thank him for delivering the message.

The Pastor delivers the Word and God begins working in hearts. Sometimes to our dismay, the message steps on our toes. That is a good thing, for it gives us a chance to seek forgiveness from God and anyone we have hurt. We may not know we are sinning in a certain area, without a Preacher to share the truth.

Romans 10:14 King James Version (KJV)
14 How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?

Pray this week for your Pastor.
Betty

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April 10, 2018
Good Afternoon and Happy Tuesday,

We were born in to a world with turmoil and stress. It has only gotten worse through time. There was a short time as young children when there were no demands and no stress, but by the time we entered School, we took on the stress of learning and passing test. As human beings we cannot comprehend the peace of Heaven. Complete peace is an emotion that is foreign to this world.

As children of God, we can have peace even in the midst of turmoil and stress. As we begin to turn over everything to Jesus, He begins to fill our hearts and minds with peace. Even in times of physical struggles, we can lean into Jesus and read His Holy Word for comfort and peace. The devil will return time after time to fill our hearts and minds with fears, each time remind the devil that he is the father of liars and return to Jesus and find peace under His wings.

One day we will live in Heaven, where there is perfect peace, but for now we can lean on Jesus, trust in Him completely, and go to sleep at night knowing that Jesus is in control.
Betty

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

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April 11, 2018
Good Afternoon and Happy Wednesday,

Are Our Fruits of the Spirit Showing?

Galatians 5:22-23 King James Version (KJV)
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, 23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.

When we go out in the world do people see the fruits of the Holy Spirit shining through us, so other can see? Do we bless others with the fruits of the Holy Spirit? Or do we act and look like grumpy and angry people? Do we look like one cross word and we are going to explode? Am I the only one that has attitude
issues?

We are a testimony to the world, whether we want to be or not. We want people to see Jesus in us, but there are times, that Jesus must want to carry a sign saying that He has no idea who we are. Yes, we as Christians bring shame to the Name of Christ, when we lose our tempers, curse or be impatient with others.
Sadly as we get older, we have a tendency to become more impatient and grumpy. Between not being able to do as much as we used to and constant pain, if we allow it we can become one of those people that no one wants to be around.

My dear friends, it doesn’t have to be this way. We can pray and ask God to give us a sweet spirit even in the middle of our difficulties. Yes there will be times we are overwhelmed, but take a minute and talk to God. Tell Him about our frustrations and then ask Him to give us a sweet and kind spirit. Be willing to be used by God, even if it is just being a willing hand to another and prayers said for one another. Let us be about allowing others to see Jesus working through us.
Betty
Two dove couples eating this morning. Made me happy.

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

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April 12, 2018
Good Morning and Happy Thursday,

I have barely slept and the few times, were catnaps, but when I awoke, there were songs of praise on my lips. We can find reasons to rejoice, even when symptoms of illnesses and diseases keep us awake. When we do this instead of struggling to sleep, we are at peace. The good news for me is when I do go to sleep, I can sleep as late as I want. The key to dealing with troubles, is to be at peace with God. I used to beg God to help Hubby and I to sleep. Now I relax, when I am awake. I read and play computer games on my tablet in bed.

Many of us have sleepless nights because of pain and other symptoms of disease in our body. When we learn to accept that this is God’s will for us, we can stop resisting and submit to the will of God. Sometimes the sweetest time with God, is talking to Him and praising His Name in the middle of the night. This quiet time with God can be peaceful and good for our spiritual growth. As we talk to God we begin to feel His love for us. Many times God will lay on our hearts someone to pray for. When we do this, we can work for God, even from bed. Remember, one day we will walk the streets of Heaven with no pain, no disease, and no tears.

Let us press on, knowing everything we do for God is a privilege. One day we will be rewarded for serving God even though we are ill. When discouragement comes, talk it over with Jesus. Remember the old Hymn:

Have a Little Talk With Jesus

I once was lost in sin but Jesus took me in
And then a little light from heaven filled my soul
It bathed my heart in love and it wrote my name above
And just a little talk with my Jesus made me whole.
Have a little talk with Jesus
Tell him all about our troubles
Hear our fainted cry, answer by and by
Feel a little prayer wheel turning
Know a little fire is burning
Find a little talk with Jesus makes it right.
Lyrics continue below


Read more: Brenda Lee - Have A Little Talk With Jesus Lyrics | MetroLyrics

Betty.

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

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April 13, 2018
Good Morning and Happy Friday,

I woke up this morning with Jesus on my mind and a song of praise in my heart. No better way to wake up. I took Bertha to get her nails trimmed I have come back to bed. I don’t know if the medication is started to work, but I feel so bad I thought I would cry. Yet even in my misery, I felt the presence of God.

Sometimes we think that every thing has to be perfect in our lives to show God is with us. This is a lie. It is often in our most troubled times that we feel God more closely. In our misery we tend to draw closer to God. In troubled times we lay aside the fake us and come to God open and vulnerable. It is in these times, that God can work wonders in our life. God is not wanting a relationship with the fake us. The ‘us’ we show the world. He wants the real us, the one with doubts. The one with worries. The honest us, to come to Him, open and willing to accept His will for our lives.

When we are willing to allow God to work through us, we will begin to see results. This does not mean we will then get a perfect life, free of pain and troubles. We will have a real relationship with God and a deep relationship with Him. When we are willing to walk with God daily, we will begin to grow spiritually.

We can learn to trust God in sickness and in health, in need and in prosperity.
We can learn to trust God in all things. This does not mean that there won’t come new troubles that knock us down. When this happens instead of crying: “Why me, God!” We ask Him to help us up and to sustain us through this trying time.

As we walk close to God, He will show us why things are happening the way they are in this world. We will see God bringing the pieces together for the tribulation. Do not fear, my friend, God will soon send Jesus to bring His children, home to Heaven. Instead rejoice in the knowledge that it won’t be long until we go home.
Betty

Yesterday we had 2 dove couples, a couple of blue jays and couple of cardinals.
I praise God for Him blessing me.

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No blog, today. Spending the night hospital with pneumonia.
Betty

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April, 16, 2018
Good Morning and Happy Monday,

Looks like I will be going home from the hospital today. I will have to remind myself to take care of myself and rest when I get home. Just as we often do not take care of our bodies, we can neglect our spiritual health. Even Pastors can become so focused on others and neglect themselves. In fact any worker in the Church can neglect their health and their own spiritual food. If we are running on empty, we doo not have a source to help others.

It is important to get rest for our bodies and spend time alone with God. We also need quality time with family. When we do these things we are better equipped to share God’s love with others. Do not be afraid to admit when you need help. It is not a lack of faith or weakness on your part to realize you cannot do everything. What we do is pray and ask God what should be are priorities both in our family and our Christin walk.

When we are in balanced with God, family and Church, we will be more at peace. As always we can pray even when we are resting our bodies. We can pray as we go about our chores in the house and in the world. May we rejoice in the goodness of God’s love for us. Do not allow the situation in the Middle East. God did call His children to fear what is happening, but to keep our trust in Him. As always stayed prayed up and avoid sin. May we live in a way that is pleasing to to our Heavenly Father.
Betty

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

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April 17, 2018
Good Afternoon and Happy Tuesday,

I am more miserable today. I called my Doctor and they said that is common when antibiotics start to work. When we grow through trials spiritually, you will often feel miserable. If I stopped taking my antibiotics, I will get worse and most likely end up back in the hospital. If we stomp our feet and refuse to allow God to take us through those growing pains, we can be assured that we will revisit them again.

It is so much easier to stay the course and trust God. He will not abandon you. Instead of struggling, draw closer to God. When we put complete trust in God, knowing His ways are the best.

I would appreciate your 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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April 18, 2018
Good Evening and Happy Wednesday.


What a mighty God we serve.
What a mighty God we serve.
Angels bow before him.
Heaven and earth adore him.
What a mighty God we serve.
I command you, Satan,
in the name of the Lord
to take up your weapons and flee,
for the Lord has given me authority
to walk all over thee.


This song was, in my head when I when I woke up. I am blessed to wake up with a praise and worship song on my lips. What a wonderful way to reminded of the greatness of God! Let us seek ways to praise God through out our days. True joy comes from being at peace with God.

Whether we are sick or well, we can rejoice in the goodness of God to His children. When troubles come, we still have our Heavenly Father walking besides us. Fear not, for our Heavenly Father, controls the universe. We my be walking a little slower, but we can find rest in the bosom of God.
Betty

I saw a young dove couple today.


Psalm 24:8-9 King James Version (KJV)
8 Who is this King of glory? The Lord strong and mighty, the Lord mighty in battle.
9 Lift up your heads, O ye gates; even lift them up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in.

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April 19. 2018
Good Afternoon and Happy Thursday,

Why did you say that?

Into days world, many of us communicate by texting. It is quick and convenient. Texting though does not allow us to see each other’s facial expression. This sometimes allows for misunderstanding and can lead to hurt feelings.

Sometimes our motives are questioned by others. We do something out of love and people wonder if we are just doing them for extra brownie points. One thing that God has been dealing we me about is questioning someone’s motives.
Only God knows the heart. For me to question the motives of others is conjecture on my part and judging others in the worse way. We should not judge others on the motives of the heart.

As Christians we can be quick to judge fellow believers. On the other hand, God may have you gently warn a fellow believer who has gone off path. This is only done when we pray first that our intentions are pure. Dealing with a fellow Christian who has wondered off the path of righteousness is different then a teacher or preacher who is teaching false Gospel. People should be warned about false teachers and preachers.

Those who teach things that are contrary to the Bible are evil. With a smile on their faces they are leading people to hell. Fellow believer should be warned about these people. Those leaders who have left the truth of the Gospel and taking on teachings that are more pleasant to the ears should be judged and avoided.

In all things seek God’s help. Seek His guidance and share His love with others.
Betty

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

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April 20, 2018
Good Afternoon and Happy Friday,

There are days when you have no motivation to do anything. Even working for God can seem like a chore, even though you love God with all your heart. Some times you need to take a walk and just talk to God. Some times you need physical rest. We can find peace in our relationship with God. Meditating on God’s Word can blow out the spider webs from our heads. We can ask God for a spiritual tune up.

As Americans, we mourn the loss of Barbara Bush, as we should. We are also reminded of the day we too will face God. It is not as much as getting our p’s and q’s in a row, but of strengthening our relationship with God. Seek forgiveness of unforgiven sins and seek to live in a way that is pleasing to God. If we do that we do not have to fear death.

When we are right with God, death will just be closing the door to this life and opening the door to eternity with our Heavenly Father. We look forward to that with a fierce yearning. Until it is God’s time we work for God not out obedience but out of our love for Him.

Have a blessed day. Take time for fun and relaxing, do a little work, and do much prayer, to end the day with things as they should be.
Betty
Been visited by a male Cardinal and a finch.

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

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April 21, 2018
Good Afternoon and Happy Saturday,

Watching a squirrel climb up and down a pole to get to the feeders. The squirrel is having fun and I am being amused. One of my little diamonds of joy. Hubby and I are still sick, suffering together. God in His mercy sent me encouragement.

Today, I read that some Collages are teaching a class that is teaching against Christianity. I never dreamed this would happen in America. Feelings of anger, fear, and hurt that my Country has become so anti-God. Then I reminded myself that this is what the Bible said would happen. Things are falling in place for the world to accept the anti-Christ. There are very scary times ahead for this world.

If we keep our faith in Jesus and trust in Him, we will be taken out of this world before the tribulation starts. This does not mean we will not face hard times but we will not be alone. Knowing Jesus is with us all the time can bring hope and peace into our hearts and minds.

Like Paul reminded us, we are not a people without hope. There is coming a day when Jesus will indeed step out on a cloud and welcome us home to Heaven. Do not live in fear, but you keep your trust in God. He will never fail us.
Betty

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April 22, 2018
Good Afternoon and Blessed Sunday,

Are we willing to step out of my comfort zone?

We all have an invisible line that marks the area that we feel save. What do we do if God asks us to step over the line? Do we pretend not to hear? Do we make excuses for not moving? It is not easy to take that leap of faith. We should know God will catch us if we fall, but we sometimes doubt.

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

The more we study God’s Word, the more faith we will have. We exercise our faith in God by our obedience to Him. God can not trust us with big things if we refuse to trust Him in the small things. Daily growing in the Lord is essential to our spiritual growth. Trust and obedience brings about spiritual growth. We should pray each day that God will help us to be obedient to His call.

Have a blessed day. Sunday’s are good day to worship God and to rest.
Betty

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April 23, 2018
Good Afternoon and Happy Monday,

Hope you weekend was enjoyable and that you found times for rest and times for searching for your little diamonds of joy. Hope you feel refreshed physically, emotionally, and spiritually.

Our spiritual journey is not a street straight up a hill. Although at times we feel like we are embarking on a journey up Mt Everest. Our journey is like climbing around a mountain. There are times that we feel we are making headway only to fall many feet below in a valley. These valleys are hard and the devil uses them to his advantage. He will try to get us to give up. Telling us that we are a better Christian then some, so let us just build a little hut and stay in the valley. Or he will convince us that we do not have the right tools to climb back up. If we put on the armor of Christ, we do have the right tools. The reality is we cannot stop our journey and just live there in peace.

We are like water, if we stop moving we become stagnant and we will stink. We are either moving forward or we are sliding back. We can lose years of growth by allowing the devil to convince us to stop. I am not talking about you, I am talking about us. We all grow tired and we all are tempted to say to God that we are content to stay where we are.

We can allow pride get in our way. We can say in our hearts that we do not want to become one of those “Jesus people”, always talking about God. We can be afraid our friends will abandoned us, if we talk about Jesus too much. Sadly, we can miss out on a wonderful relationship here and now with Jesus, when we want to keep Him on Sunday and put Him away on Monday. Our prayer should be: “if I must error let it be because I am too close to God rather than to far away”

There is a group of people in California that wants to outlaw the selling of Bibles because of God’s stand on homosexual. This should scare us pale. Our Country is slowly becoming anti-God. High School and College students have failed a class because they wrote about God. These things are happening because the tribulation is around the corner. These things should scare us toward God and not seek ways to hide our faith.

My dear friends, this is not the time to be a “Sunday only” Christians. We need to make up our minds, we are going to serve God to the end or be more concerned about pleasing those of this world. God is calling us to choose. The world will soon demand we choose God our the political correctness of the world. If we are a Sunday only Christian, will our faith be strong enough to choose God in public?
Betty

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

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April 24, 2018
Good Afternoon and Happy Tuesday,

Today, I express to my sister, Beverly, how I am so tired; physically and emotionally. Truth is I am tired. Then I think of the squirrels who come every day to the feeders. The squirrels nor the birds, lose any sleep wondering if I will fill the feeders. Even when I forget, their maker provides for them.

Just as our Heavenly Father provides for the birds and little creatures, He provides for us. Why do we stress over what we cannot fix? Why do we not go to God for answers. Why do we wait until we are physically exhausted to call on God? Are we trying to prove we can stand in our own strength? Are we afraid of bothering God. Jesus says for us to come to Him.

Matthew 11:28-29 King James Version (KJV)
28 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.

Jesus wants to give us rest, physically, emotionally, and mentally. We must take that first step and ask for help. Lay aside our pride and admit our needs. When we do we will find rest. When we trust in God we will find peace. I talk a lot about trust but without trust we cannot receive what God has for us. We must open our arms and our hearts to accept His gifts for us. Let us not close ourselves off from God working in us and through us. Allow God to love us and allow others to love us. People who live lives where they need no one including God, are missing out on many blessings.
Betty


James 4:2 King James Version (KJV)
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.

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April 25, 2018
Good Afternoon and Happy Monday,

Our dog, Bertha is a large dog in a small body. When we let her out in the morning she runs to the fence to bark at the neighbors three big dogs. Bertha carries on like she can take all three dogs. Hubby tapped on the office window and she almost flew to the back door to get inside. She thought the dogs had jumped the fence.

When we try to take on the devil or resist his temptations on our own we are like Bertha up against a huge dog. God never told us to go take on the devil. He did say the devil will come at us and attempt to turn us away from God. God reminded us that He has already defeated the devil. When the devil comes at us we do not stand there in a super man costume, ready for battle. We stand in the armor of God. It does not matter how many years we have been saved or how strong in our faith we are. We will be defeated if we attempt to fight the devil on our own.

God does not want us to live in fear. We can live securely when we realize that God is with us. We will have our defeats, that is a given. We lick our wounds and run to Jesus. He will heal us and strengthen us. Even defeats can help us grow in our faith in Jesus, if we run to Him instead of giving up.

My brothers and sisters we are so close to the prize. It would be a tragedy to give up on God now. Let us hold on to the truth of God so we are not swayed by new ‘gospels’ of the world. If what you hear something contrary to the Bible, run from it. God has not changed His mind on sin. If it was a sin when the Bible was written, then it is a sin today. God is all knowing, He does not need enlightenment.

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

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April 26, 2018
Good Evening and Happy Thursday,

The song “Joy Unspeakable”, is in my head. Our Lord God does indeed fill our heart with joy. None of us live trouble free lives, but God in His mercy, encourages and comforts us. As Christians we can be an instrument used by God to encourage our fellow believers. We should seek ways that we can work for God. Let us be open to His calling and willing vessels to do His work.

If you do not feel joyful today, that does not make you a bad Christians. We all have days when we feel blue. God understands this. We can talk to Him about what is bothering us. We can always be honest with God. We can trust Him to guide us on good and bad days.

I pray that God will bless you. Reach out to one another when we need a helping hand. Do not allow pride keep you from seeking help from God and others.
Betty

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April 27, 2018
Good Afternoon and Happy Friday,

We used to buy lottery tickets twice a week. We wanted to buy a house on some land and help our kids and our Church. As I have gotten older, I rarely buy tickets. Simply because I have become more content with my life. We live in a two bedroom duplex. It just right for the two of us. I no longer worry about the kids so much for I know God is taking care of them.

I do not believe it is wrong to want to own a house and help your children. I just think as you get older you need for material things grows less. At this point I want my children to be happy and live close to Jesus. As we grow closer to God we can trust Him to provide our needs.

As Christians we should be aware though of those suffering. Pray that God will let you know if your neighbor needs a helping hand. Pray that God will open your heart to know when to give and when not to. Pray for one another. Seek to have a closer relationship with God. Pray for your children and grandchildren that God will bless them and protect them.
Betty
P.S. Please do not turn this into an argument about lottery tickets. Each person should decide for themselves with prayer.

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April 28, 2018
Good Afternoon and Happy Saturday

“Those whom God calls, He equips.”

When we have been called by God, He will equip us. It is easy to allow the devil to convince us that we are not qualified for the task. He is willing to offer us all kinds of excuses to prove our inabilities. God will help us and give us the necessary tools to do the job. We must choose to listen to God. You are in a position to reach people that I could not. We all have our little circle we live in and God wants us working in our place. Do not worry about someone else’s position or be concerned that others may have a bigger piece of the pie. Work where God has placed you.

I have found the more we allow God to use us, the stronger our faith will be and the more we will grow in the confidence of God. Never think better of yourself than others because God is using us. Remember God could make a stick in the back yard do the same jobs we are called to do. Whatever praise or glory we receive, give it to Jesus. It is He that is working through us, that accomplishes His work for His Kingdom. Work for God in humility and praise His Name for allowing us to be used by Him.

My friends, the time is coming that God will call us home. Our work on earth will be finished. That is why we need to work for God now. Do not put off working for God. We do not want to stand before God with empty hands because we never found the ‘right’ time to work. This is the time to work for God. Pray for guidance so that we know what God wants us to do. Pray for courage that we can still work for God, even as our work becomes less and less popular in this evil world.

Pray for others and pray for yourselves. Communication with our Heavenly Father is a must in the times we live in is essential to our spiritual well being. None of us knows what the near future holds. Let us not live in fear but trust God, who knows all things. We can be calm and at peace when we place all of our fears in Him.
Betty

2 Timothy 1:6-14 New King James Version (NKJV)
6 Therefore I remind you to stir up the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands. 7 For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.
Not Ashamed of the Gospel
8 Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me His prisoner, but share with me in the sufferings for the gospel according to the power of God, 9 who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was given to us in Christ Jesus before time began, 10 but has now been revealed by the appearing of our Savior Jesus Christ, who has abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel, 11 to which I was appointed a preacher, an apostle, and a teacher of the Gentiles.[a] 12 For this reason I also suffer these things; nevertheless I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep what I have committed to Him until that Day.
Be Loyal to the Faith
13 Hold fast the pattern of sound words which you have heard from me, in faith and love which are in Christ Jesus. 14 That good thing which was committed to you, keep by the Holy Spirit who dwells in us.

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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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2 Timothy 3 King James Version (KJV)

3 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.

2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,

3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,

4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;

5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.

6 For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts,

7 Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.

8 Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith.

9 But they shall proceed no further: for their folly shall be manifest unto all men, as their's also was.

10 But thou hast fully known my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, longsuffering, charity, patience,

11 Persecutions, afflictions, which came unto me at Antioch, at Iconium, at Lystra; what persecutions I endured: but out of them all the Lord delivered me.

12 Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.

13 But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.

14 But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them;

15 And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.

16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:

17 That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.

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

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April 29, 2018
Good Afternoon and Blessed Sunday,

Day by day, night by night time goes by. It is so easy to begin to believe that God is not coming for His Church any time soon. Just as the people grew weary listening to Noah’s warning of the flood and made fun of him, people today refuse to recognize, the times we are living in. As Christians we should live every day as if this was the day of His return. When the floods came it was too late to make it right with God. Just as when the rapture happens it will be too late to go up in the rapture if we are not saved.

Pray for the lost. Tell them the truth about Heaven and Hell. How can we be saved if we do not know what we are being saved from? If the occupants of a house that is on fire do not know there is a fire, they will not flee. People need to know there is consequences of rejected salvation. Do not allow political correctness keep you from sharing the truth of the Gospel.

Philippians 3:20But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ,
2 Peter 3:9  The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.


If we keep our hope in Jesus we can rest in Him, knowing He is coming for us.
We suffer now, but our deliverance is coming, soon.

1 Peter 5:10 King James Version (KJV)
10 But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.

Hold on to your faith in Christ. Ask God to help your faith to be strong in Him and for God to remove your doubts. We know our future will be in Heaven. Let us not turn away from our faith, this close to the prize.
Betty

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

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April 30,2018
Good Afternoon and Happy Monday,

I was talking yesterday to a man who is a proud atheist and proud that he raised his kids to be atheist. This broke my heart. He has raised his children to go to hell. He has taught them that being an atheist is to be superior mentally.
He said people like me are holding the world back from greatness. He has already bought in to the lie that the anti-Christ will use. When the rapture happens the world will believe those who were hindering the world from greatest were thrown off the world to bring in a new and greater age.

Look around you and you will see that the liberals have bought into the lie that those with conservative views are mentally challenged and a hinderance to the world reaching her full potential. The world is ready to accept the anti-Christ with open arms.

We as Christians need to get our house in order. Pray for forgiveness for sins that we have not repented of. Pray for lost loved ones. Pray for Preachers who are not afraid to preach the truth of the Gospel. When the rapture happens pray that we will be working for God and praying more. Let us not grow cold this close to our deliverance. May God find us working for Him and praying more and more. Pray that we do not grow weary in our work for Jesus.
Betty

The squirrel came to visit. Hubby and I enjoyed watching him play.

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

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May 1, 2018
Good Afternoon and Happy Tuesday,

Today while I was getting dressed a song played on the radio that talked about allowing God to be more in your life. I am embarrassed to say that my first thought was: “Will I still be me?” Then I wondered to myself, why don’t I want to be more like God? The answer is I do want to be more like God. I want to be more loving, kinder and sin less. God doesn’t want to change us into a robot. He wants us to be the best we can be. He wants me to still be Betty but be the best Betty I can be, by allowing Him to work through me. This is not about becoming rich and having no problems in your life. It is about being the best you can be even though you are not rich and you do have health issues. Allowing God to work through you as you are with your issues is living in obedience to God.

One day I will be healthy. I truly believe it. It will most likely be when I walk through Heaven’s Gates. I can live with that. It is through my broken body that God uses me. Through my suffering God guides me into His will. Do I think I am a better Christian than anyone else? God forbid! I know my faults all to well. I am not content to stay in my situation. I pray that God will help me grow each day.
I said all this to remind us, that we can work for God through trials and health issues. Let us not put off working for God because we are not where we want to be in our spiritual life. Not only does God work with us where we are at, He will help us grow spiritually.

Let our prayer be that we grow more and more like Jesus. That when we react with people, that they see the love of Jesus flowing through us. Let us be lamppost pointing lost souls to Christ.
Betty
Birds are going through the seed fast. I will have to get another 30 or 40 pound bag this week.

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

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May 2, 2018
Happy Tuesday,

This would have been my Aunt Alice’s Birthday. She was a simple woman with learning disabilities, but she loved God and she loved going to Church. God in His love for mankind reaches people where they are are. Away from the house, Aunt Alice rarely spoke,but she prayed for people.

We do not have to be a genius to work for God. God can use us with the abilities we have. Also God often increases our ability as we work for Him. We must not sit back with the attitude that if God ever gives us a talent, we will work for Him. God wants us to work for Him with willing heart and out of our love for Him. We cannot all be singers, musicians and Preachers. Be willing to work where God leads you.

When we had teenagers and and we asked them to vacuum the floor, there were times that they did a terrible job, fussing the whole time. This made for an unpleasantness for the both of us. God does not want us to work with that attitude for Him. He wants us to work out of love and respect for Him.

Every day the news events shows us how close we are to the return of Jesus for us. While we may have some concerns, we need to place them in the hands of God and rejoice at the knowledge of His soon return to take us home to Heaven.
Betty

I cleaned the bird bath today, and it was in desperate need of cleaning. I was rewarded with a blue jay visiting.

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May 3, 2018
Happy Thursday and Good Afternoon,

The last four weeks when Hubby and I go to bed, we watch a devotion on Bible.com. This brings us close to God and each other as we meditate on God’s Word together. When we have someone to talk to about God, it increases our faith. As Christians we need this, but we do not always have this. The internet has helped with this. We can talk to others about God on Facebook and other Christian sites . We can post our prayer needs and read other’s and pray for them. God made us to be social. Introverts like me find comfort in these ways of sharing the goodness of God and being encouraged by others.

I watched a prophecy video the other day on YouTube. It was recorded this week and the man talked about the things going on in the world and how things in the world are playing out just like the Bible said it would in the end times. The man reminded the watcher that this is not a time for fear for Christians, it is a time for rejoicing for our redemption is coming soon.

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

I cannot emphasize enough the importance of committing ourselves wholly to the Lord Jesus. It is indeed time to get off the fence and proclaim your faith in Jesus. Let us not be ashamed of our faith in Jesus, lest He will be ashamed of us in Heaven. We must decided whether we want to be a people pleaser or a God pleaser. There is a coming a day when we will be forced to choose. Even fellow Christians will be critical of you, if you talk about sin or hell.
If you have been trying to love a person into Heaven for 5 plus years, it is obvious it is not going to work.

Speak the truth in love. God sent His Son to die for our sins so that we can be saved. Speak the truth, that if we reject that precious gift we will be punished in hell for eternity. Salvation is too important to allow fear of offending someone stop us for speaking the truth. If your friend goes to hell do you think they will thank you for not telling the truth. The truth is there is consequences for rejecting salvation. The punishment will be harsh and be eternal. Do we love our friends and loved ones enough to speak the truth? Are we willing to be made fun of and be criticized for speaking the truth?

Get off the fence my dear friends and proclaim the truth in love but proclaim it. Hell is real. Eternity is real. Heaven is also real and God has prepared for His children. He wants to save us. The question are willing to turn from our sins and except His precious gift? As His children are we willing to speak the truth of the Gospel? Every person must decide for themselves.
Betty

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May 4, 2018
Good Afternoon and Happy Friday,

We all have days that start out fine and end on a bad note. It’s what we do with it that counts? We do not blame God instead we ask Him to help us get a good nights sleep so we can start out the next day we what we need to fight the battles left over the day before. Most of the time, we can just leave in in God’s hands. There are times that we need to take some kind of action. It is best to seek guidance from God before we take action. We do not want to react in anger. Nor do we want to make the wrong decision because we are hurt and upset. Also we do not want to say things that wound others. Wounds of the heart take a long time to heal.

Living in this sinful world, opens us up to being wounded by others. Just as we are subject to saying the wrong, things so are others. Just as we lose our temper and speak in anger so do others. Unfortunately, we can have a tendency to react in anger causing a blow up. While we can apologize for our part, it takes time to heal wounds caused by words spoken in anger. As Christians let us pray every day that God will help us to have a kind heart and speak to others out of love. When we wound others we should apologize. When others wound us, go to God for emotional healing.

Have a blessed day, my friends and keep your trust and hope in Jesus. He is the only one who will never fail or forsake you.
Betty
Blue jay and male Cardinal visiting. I gave them clean water today and bought 40 pounds of bird feed yesterday.

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May 5, 2018
Good Morning and Happy Saturday,

Again this morning I woke up with a Hymn in my head. I must say I love waking up to worship songs. It is a good way to start the day, praising God in your heart. There is joy in our hearts when we praise God. Even when we are dealing with issues, praising God brings peace.

Let us not just praise God when things are great in our lives. We should praise God through good and bad times. Our bad times does not dismiss the greatness of God or His Holiness. God is working in our lives even when we do not see it. Knowing He loves us so much should promote us to praise Him. Our trials and our situations does not diminish the greatness of God.

Whether it’s health problems, financial issues, or problems with other people, we can take our concerns to Jesus. He does care about our situation. When we trust God in spite of our situations, God gives us peace of mind. Yes, we often struggle, but when give our concerns to God, we find peace. When God gives us peace of heart and mind, we can handle what God has allowed in our lives. Don’t struggle against your situation but pray for God to sustain and give you peace to walk through the valleys with Him.

We are not in Heaven, yet. We are living in a sinful world. We will suffer in this world, but remember we are not alone. This life is just minutes compared to eternity with God. Keep pressing onwards to the prize. Have a blessed day and rejoice in your relationship with our Heavenly Father.
Betty

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May 6, 2018
Good Afternoon and Blessed Sunday,

I refilled 4 bird feeders this morning. I could hear the birds spreading the news. Jesus called us to spread the Gospel. I must admit that I am a introvert and talking to strangers is hard for me. I am working on looking for opportunities where the door is open for me to talk. One good place is at the pharmacy at Walmart. People when they are sick are often more open. I spend a lot of time at Walmart pharmacy so am going to pray for God to open doors for me to share Christ.

Those who work can also pray for opportunities to share Jesus. Coworkers bring up issues, at least they did when I worked. Pray that God will give you the words to say, not only to encourage your coworkers but to let them know that God cares about them.

Before you can share the Gospel, we must remind ourselves that God Loves us and cares about us. Yes there are problems in our lives, but that does not diminish the love God for us. We with physical issues suffer, but God is with us. Our physical health and emotional health does not reflect where we are with our relationship with God. Our spiritual health does reflect our relationship with God.
Do not allow your physical issues discourage your spiritual health. I understand how easy it is to get discourage. My health has gotten worse since my bout with
pneumonia. The devil is quick to try to discourage me, but when I remind myself to trust God, I find peace. If you have a prayer request, please let me know so I can pray for you.
Betty

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May 7, 2018
Good Afternoon and Happy Monday,

I pray that your day began in a sunny note. Today was a good wake up, for me. What do we do when we wake up less the stellar? We talk to God about it. We tell Him our concerns. Even our smallest concerns are important to God. Why? Because they concern us. My dad fixed things. I never had him say that my problem was too small for him to deal with it. Why? Because he loved me. God Loves us even more. Do not be afraid to take your concerns little and big, to God.

Looking out my living room window, I see the trees moving in the breeze, blue sky, and white fluffy clouds. It looks so peaceful. I am experiencing an relaxing moment. Every moment for us is not peaceful and relaxing for us. There are times we feel we are in the midst of a storm. We should not hide and we should not blame God. We take it to God and pray for His perfect peace. Remember Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, God gave them protection and peace in the middle of the fire. God has shown His protecting power. Why do we doubt so? Why do we live in fear? Do we think that our Heavenly Father has lost some of His power? Do we fear that He no longer cares for His children. God forbid, that we lose hope and make the choice to doubt God, instead of trusting with our whole heart.

Daniel 3:22-25 King James Version (KJV)
22 Therefore because the king's commandment was urgent, and the furnace exceeding hot, the flames of the fire slew those men that took up Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego.
23 And these three men, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, fell down bound into the midst of the burning fiery furnace.
24 Then Nebuchadnezzar the king was astonished, and rose up in haste, and spake, and said unto his counsellors, Did not we cast three men bound into the midst of the fire? They answered and said unto the king, True, O king.
25 He answered and said, Lo, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they have no hurt; and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God.

Let us rejoice knowing the same God that was with the three men in the fire, will be with us through any troubles we have. Trust in God and in His powers. When we trust in God, He will,bring His peace. Like the song says: “I know whom I have believed”. He is the same God today, that breathed life into Adam. He wants to hold our hands and to comfort us. May we open our hearts and allow Him access.
Betty

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May 8, 2018
Good Afternoon and Happy Tuesday,

Obedience to God

Today’s daily bread was about how the disciples were called to follow Jesus and they obeyed, while Moses made excuses at first. When Jesus called Moses, He did not know God. When Jesus called the disciples they may of heard about Him but they did not know Him. In both instances those involved did not really know the One who called them. One group choice to obey without questions and the other one tried to excuse himself from the calling.

Before we look down on Moses, let us remember there were times God called us to a job and we did not want to do the job. Could it be possible that there are people who were meant for greatness for God but settled for mediocre? Have we allowed opportunities go by out of fear? For myself, I would say yes. What do we do at this point? We ask God for forgiveness and then we put our trust in Him. We seek to obey Him in the present.

My friends, if Jesus does not come very soon, working for God could be dangerous even in America. A bill has passed in California that if a man or woman has feelings of homosexuality and went to a Doctor for help, unless that Doctor told the patient these feelings were normal, the Doctor will be breaking the law. Already, Christians who allowed people to marry on the beautiful property have stopped, because if they refused a gay couple, they would be sued.

My friends this is not the time to fear. God forbid, that we should hide our faith in the closet. No no! This is the time to pray for God to give us courage and trust.
God does not want us to live in fear, but to wholly trust in Him. Put on the armor of God and put our trust completely in God. Pray that God will give us courage to say yes to what He calls us to do. Remember too, that it is often the little things that make us lose trust in God. Like I have said before God is concerned about our little and big issues.
Betty

Yesterday, we were blessed to see several tiny squirrels playing in our tree and of course enjoying the feed.

Ephesians 6:10-20 New King James Version (NKJV)
The Whole Armor of God
10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age,[a] against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
14 Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; 18 praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints— 19 and for me, that utterance may be given to me, that I may open my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.

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May 9, 2017
Good Afternoon and Happy Wednesday,

Whose Mind is Stayed on Thee

Such a simple statement, so hard to do. I opened my browser to look up a verse, and got distracted by a title of an article and forgot what chapter of James I was looking up. The devil can even distract us while we are praying. We can be praying and our mind wanders out to left field and we have to remind ourselves that we are praying.

I do not think this is a sin. As humans our attention is easily strayed from subject to subject and if you have an attention disorder like me it is worse. Last night I was praying for someone and I started thinking about the person and memories with them. I realized what happened and apologized to God and continued praying.


Isaiah 26:3 King James Version (KJV)
3 Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.

This verse is talking about more serious situations then our mind wandering off. We can become so focused on our problems that we forget that God is able and willing to help us. We can also become more focused on worldly desires and leave God behind. If we have more worldly friends then Christian friends , we can persuaded to participate in things that does not please God. We can also pick up words and habits that are unbecoming to a Christian. When this happens we still love our worldly friends but we begin to spend less time with them and more time praying for their salvation.

Living in these last days we need to keep our mind on God more then ever. This doesn’t mean we cannot fellowship with our friends and enjoy a walk on the beach. It just means we want to talk to God more. Pray that we fall more and more in love with God. Pray that we have compassion on one another.
God bless and keep you safe.
Betty
Refilling the bird bath more often so they can drink and bathe.

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Just got home from a two day Mother’s Day vacation in Galveston with my daughter, daughter-in-law, and her mom. Had a marvelous time on the beach.
Betty

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May 12, 2018
Good Morning and Happy Saturday,

Our Time

One of the best gifts we can be given from another, is their time. Thursday and Friday, my daughter and my daughter-in- law took me and her mother on a mini vacation to Galveston. We walked the strand and we walked the beach together and we laughed and talked. We had a marvelous time. Our children sharing the time with us was so special. We made precious memories together.

I know, I often do not realize how valuable time is. Time is a tricky thing. Sitting in traffic or in the Doctor’s waiting room, it can seem time runs as slow as honey. Looking at our children and remembering when they were babes in our arms, it seems like time is a race against the clock. Those precious memories of our children learning to sit up, walk, and talk are gifts that can bring us comfort even 40 years later. As we grow older we find more peace if we meditate on good memories and give God the bad memories.

Let us make sure we spend quality time with God every day. Not only are we blessed but we bless God when we make a point to spend time with Him. The time we spend with God is never wasted. We reap the benefits today, and tomorrow, and through out eternity.

Let us as moms and grandmas, thank God for our children and grandchildren. Children are indeed a gift from God.
Betty
One of the many blessings I received on this trip, was sitting on the beach and watching all the many birds. The site of them was so fun for me,

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May 17, 2018
Good Morning and Happy Monday,

I hope everyone had a wonderful Mother’s Day with family. We went to lunch with my son and his sweet wife and her lovely parents after Church. We had a blessed time. God is good to us.

It is wonderful to spend time with our family. We are also part of a bigger family. We are part of the family of God. Contrary to the world’s view every person is not God’s child. God invited everyone through the precious blood of Jesus, to become His child. Far too many people reject the invitation. Just as we make the choice whether to attend a party or not. We make the choice whether to join the family of God or not. Once the party is over the invitation is cancelled. You can’t show up the next day for dinner if the dinner party was yesterday.

When we die, we cannot go back and accept the invitation to salvation. The Bible says accept today.

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

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

Jesus died to save our souls but if we choose to refuse the invitation, then we have chosen hell our our eternity.

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

If we end up in hell it will by our own choice. God send out the invitations. We must personally decide to accept the invitation for ourselves. I cannot save my loved ones. God will not save anyone against their will.


Joshua 24:15 King James Version (KJV)
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.

Every one has a time to die. That is why God says accept His invitation today. If we choose to wait until we are old, our heart may hardened so much, we will not hear the call. This is why God says that today is the day to accept His precious gift of salvation.
Betty

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I have been talking about getting off the fence for awhile. The Preacher’s wife talked about that, yesterday. It affirms that God is leading me to speak on coming off the fence and making a full commitment to God.

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May 15, 2018
Good Morning and Happy Tuesday,

When is the last time you heard someone say: “ I got it all together! I am just going to live my life and sail right into Heaven ?” . The truth is this is only said by those who are dying and know that they are at the end of their journey.
They have finished their work for Christ and can rest in His love. The rest of us struggle every day. We do not know what the day is going to throw at us, whether it be good or bad. Yet, not knowing what will happen today or tomorrow, we know who does know. Nothing will take God by surprise. If we trust in Him we can get up each morning without fear.

Watching the squirrel at the bird feeder, I am again reminded that just as Jesus takes care of nature, He will take care of His children. Yet we as His children walk in fear and dread. This is not how God wants us to live. We should not dread the coming day but look forward to another day to work for God. When we begin the day with fear, meditate on God’ s Word and pray for God to help you to trust Him more each day.

Psalm 27:1 King James Version (KJV)
27 The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?

2 Timothy 1:7 King James Version (KJV)
7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

I do not know what burdens you are facing in your life, but God knows. Take your burdens to God. Walk in His path and ask God to speak life into your words so that you can be a blessing and encouragement to others. He holds the world in His hands can sustain you through the trials of life and the arrows Satan throws at you. There have been times that in a day, I have prayed throughout the day at least 30 times. Each time, my trust in God strengthen and the trial that started out the day so huge begin to shrink before my eyes. Not because I was a giant warrior but I begin to see that God was bigger and stronger then the enemy.

Hebrews 13:20-21 King James Version (KJV)
20 Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant,
21 Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is wellpleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
Betty
As we walk each day in God’s Will, let us keep looking for our diamonds of joy.

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May 16, 2018
Good Morning and Happy Wednesday,

We had two little squirrels at the feeder yesterday. They were a delight to watch, play. You might feel that you are overtired, overwhelmed, and just overlooked by God. This is when we seek God, more then ever. When we do this God will send your way little diamonds of joy. Open your heart to God so that you do not over look those little diamonds.

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

Satan likes to convinces us that no one is suffering like we do. This is a lie. Everyone suffers. All of us have days, when we feel like pulling the cover up over our heads and hiding in bed. Don’t wait till desperation overcomes is to call on God. Talk to God every day.

The world seems to be spinning out of control. Satan would like us to think that just as many of us where caught unaware, so was God. What did The Bible say would the last days would be like?

2 Timothy 3:1 King James Version (KJV)
3 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.

This does not mean God has been defeated and evil has run amuck without the knowledge of God. Yes evil is growing more and more. Did not the Bible warm is that in the last days good would be considered evil and evil good? People scoff at these being the last days. Look around my friend, it is obvious.
Children are being taught as young as three that they are transgender. Three year olds don’t know about this unless their parents teach them. There was a time the parents would be charged with endangering a child but now they are considered enlightened.

Wake up and realize we are living in the last day. Realizing the truth should not cause us to fear, but we need to keep our trust in God. Keep in mind that this is just the evil that is put out into the open. Only God knows the evil that it is hidden from the general public. Staying close to God will not only provide us comfort but will strengthen our resolve to stay committed to God and help us realize we have nothing to fear.
Betty

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Good Morning and Happy Thursday

As in the Days of Noah

Have you grown weary of waiting for the rapture? Have in the secret places in your heart, have you given up on the rapture happening anytime soon?

Matthew 24:37-38 King James Version (KJV)
37 But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
38 For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark,

Everything the Bible says has happened that must happened for the rapture to come. We do not know God’s timing. Jesus could come for His Own today or next year. This does not mean we do not live every day waiting with fervent hope for the rapture.

If you were pregnant, and the Doctor said your due date was today, and you did not go into labor would you give up on your baby? Would you pack up everything in the nursery, proclaiming that the baby was never going to come? Sounds silly but we do that. We become weary of waiting for the rapture and we give up.

Just as the mom keeps waiting with joyful expectation, we too should wait with joyful expectation. My dear friends, our hope is not in vain. Jesus is coming back. Just as moms do not always know the exact day her baby will arrive, so we do not know the exact day that Jesus will come. Let your heart not become impatient, but remind yourself daily that our hope is a living think and God will fulfill His promise.

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

Encourage your self in the Lord. Work for the Lord, while you can. Remember Jesus is coming soon.
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May 18, 2018
Good Afternoon and Happy Friday,

Faithfully Walking With God

In today’s world, faithfulness is underrated. Being faithful in your exercise routine is admired more then, faithfulness in one’s marriage. My heart was sadden to read of Hollywood couple that has been married 50 plus years, say that what has kept them together has been them having an open marriage. God did not intend for this.

Christians can also be unfaithful to God. God accused Israel of adultery when she worshipped other Gods. When she refused to listen to the Prophets of the day, she was punished. Sadly we as Christians are not immune to the sin of spiritual adultery. Our idols may not be made of wood but they are still idols. Many things can become idols: our jobs, our boat, golfing, any kind of sports.
Having a job is great and we should be thankful for it. When we become so obsessed with making money that we have no time for God, the job has replaced God on His rightful throne in our hearts. When we would rather be taking a ride on our boat then being in the house of God, then God has been bumped from His rightful place. When we miss Church to watch a game on TV, you get the picture.

There is nothing wrong with having a job or having nice things. As long as we know their place. A nice ride after Church on a boat can be relaxing. Watching a game after Church is fun for many of us. God wants us to have fun and relax. Just make sure we honor God first.

Walking with God every day, steady as a clock is faithfulness. Serving God is not a sprint. I knew a man who would come to Church and he would be on fire for God, three months later he was out of Church. This habit of his, was repeated for over 6 years until he left Church all together. He never knew the joy of walking with God daily for years. He allowed the cares of this world time after time pull him away from God. Or maybe he only served God when he had difficulty and went his own way when things were normal, only God knows.

True joy comes when we serve God every day, year after year. Steadily walking with God, day after day, brings spiritual growth. We must choose to walk with God on a daily basses. God is not going to drag us into a daily relationship with Him. The Bible says in the end times God will allow a spiritual delusion to come on the people who have rejected Jesus. How sad it will be for those who knew God, walked with Him for a time, only to be deluded in to accepting the anti-Christ as their spiritual leader. Could we as a people who chose to allow the world’s idols, be one of those people who is deluded into worshipping the anti-Christ?

It is not too late my friend to turn from your wandering ways and decided to cling to Jesus, come what may. Let us determine in our hearts to walk with Jesus daily. Do not grow weary in serving God, dear ones, but keep our eyes on the prize of Heaven and our hearts filled with thankfulness for our gift of eternal life with God. We have come so far, God forbid that we turn away from God this close to being with God face to face. Let us not be the runner who falls down and gives up, inches to the finish line.
Betty

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

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May 19, 2018
Good Morning and Happy Saturday,

A Royal Wedding


Early this morning there was a Royal Wedding. Many people (not me) got up to watch this Wedding. There is nothing wrong with watching the Royal Wedding. Keep in mind, my brothers and sisters in Christ, we will soon be a part of a Wedding that makes all Weddings on earth pale in comparison. We will not be watching this Wedding on TV nor will be watching from the audience. We will be the Bride in this Wedding.

This Wedding will take place in the glories of Heaven. We will be marrying Jesus. There will be no danger of divorce, because we will be the Bride of Christ for eternity. Praise the Lord! The glories of that day, we are not yet capable of understanding.

1 Corinthians 13:12 New King James Version (NKJV)
12 For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known.

What a glorious day that will be, when we officially become the Bride of Christ. All the trials that we went through on earth will just be a dim memory if we remember them at all. The joy we will feel will be a joy our hearts and mind cannot comprehend now, but then! Praise God for eternity!

We need to remind ourselves of the Glories to come. When we hear politicians and entertainers say that Christianity is for the weak and feeble minded remind ourselves we are not alone. What they do not understand is that at times we are weak and our mind may grow feeble with age, but the Holy Spirit that lives within us, knows no weakness. The God of Heaven whom we walk and talk with, will never grow weak and feeble. God knows all things!

For now fellow Christians, ignore the taunts. Pray for them, who do not know the truth. They are popular now but popularity will not get them an entrance to Heaven. Yes they mock Christians, but remember they are mocking the God of Heaven, the God who is holding the earth in His hands. Take no pride in your position with God. Remember we are saved by grace and the only boasting should be done in Christ.

Ephesians 2:8 New King James Version (NKJV)
8 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God,

Ephesians 2:8-9 New King James Version (NKJV)
8 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, 9 not of works, lest anyone should boast.

Betty

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May 20, 2018
Good Evening and Blessed Sunday,

Hubby and I made it to Church and then took a nap. Going to Church was a blessing. Being with God’s people was comforting. Like a lot of others, there are Sundays that my health does not allow me to go to Church. Today I was blessed not to have a Colitis issue until about 5 p.m. It is only when we are not able to do things that we had in the past taken for granted, that we see their true value.

God forbid, that we take His sacrifice for granted. God gave His only Son to live and die for our sins. I grew up in church, learning from an early age the precious gift of salvation. At times I did not value this gift as much as I should have. As I grow older and see sin in the world rising to new levels and slumping lower and lower into the gutter, I am reminded of the value of salvation. Salvation does not make us better than others. It makes us redeemed by God. Salvation is a precious gift that we should thank God every day for.

Sin is becoming more and more respectable in the world and politically correct.
Knowing this, we are reminded that we are indeed living in the last days. God tells us not to fear, these times. God is still in control. More and more I am reminded that God wants us children on fire for Him. This is not the time to grow lukewarm. Being lukewarm is a terrible state for a Christian to be in.

Revelation 3:16 King James Version (KJV). 16 So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.

When we feel that our relationship with God is growing cooler, go back to the source, God Himself. Pray that the Holy Spirit will grow the spark in you to a greater fire for the Lord in your heart. Seek the face of God and seek to be more like Him.
Betty

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