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Betty Louise
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Good Morning and Happy Friday,

This morning my dog woke me licking my hand. She had decided I had slept enough. When I opened my eyes I saw two cats and the dog. I began to pet their heads one by one making sure each was given the same attention, as a good mommy does (hehe). But then I began to think isn't it wonderful that when we pray each of us has God's immediate attention all at the same time. It is hard for our brains to wrap our heads around that. All of us have been in a situation when more then one people are talking to us at the same time and we cannot digest what each person is saying and we have to interrupt and say one at a time, please. God does not have that restriction. He can hear us a all at the same time.

Another thing God is always available to all of us. Can you imagine saying your prayers and getting a recording saying:"You are number 1 million. Please stay on the line calls will be answered in order"?
Or hearing a recorder saying:"God is not available at this time, He will call you back in the next 24 hours or 3 months"? We can pray with assurance that God is available all the time and anytime we want to talk to him. In fact the more we talk to Him the better. He never complains that is that person who calls and complains about the same thing day after day. No! God is patient and kind to us. Our prayers are never to huge or to insignificant to Him

We as children of God take for granted the miracle of prayer. God in His Heaven , hears every person's prayer and every prayer is important to Him. His grace and mercy extends to all His children and He offers salvation to anyone who will come humbling to Him asking forgiveness and accepting Jesus as their Lord and Savior.

Have a blessed day and think about the wonderful blessing prayer is to us not only at the moment of our salvation but from that day and every day until Jesus calls us home
Betty

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

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Good Morning and Happy Saturday,

I woke up with moderat pain this morning but with the help of God, I will not let that get me down.
As everyone in the World, my heart is hurt by the events in France. It is so sad when evil kills and destroys. Unfortunately to many Americans in power want to make excuses for these evil powers. Blaming global warming and no jobs for their anger and hate. They don't want to see this is a Spiritual battle. These Muslims want to take over the World and force people to become Muslim or die.
Liberals refuse to see that these people were welcomed into Europe, given housing and welfare and yet they are not happy. The World doesn't see that they are fighting against the devil, himself. The devil likes to stir up haterd and strife. The devil knows his time is coming to an end. He wants to rain havoc on the World to the point that the World will gladly with open arms accept a One World Government, which the Bible says will be led by Antichrist. As Christan's we need to react not with fear but with prayer. Our hope is not in our President but in God Himself. That Bible says these things must be in the end times and as the birth pains become stronger the violence will grow and be more regularly. The Bible doesn't say for a Christian to hide and tremble:
Luke 21:28King 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

Today let us prayer for the victims and their families as we should. Let us pray that God will examine our hearts and convict us of what we need to confess and seek forgiveness and let us pray for our lost loved ones. Jesus is coming for His children, let us make ourselves ready, like a proper Bride should.
Betty

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Good Morning and Have a blessed Sunday,

I think I took enough medication that I am going to be able to go to Church this morning. Life is filled with challenges and the truth is none of us know what the day will hold. Yet we can begin our day with assurance that we are not going alone. God knows what the day will hold for us and He will be there with us every step. As we learn to rely on Him, our faith grows and so does our peace. I am listening to the birds talk with one another and enjoying them. Birds do not worry or fret. Like us they do not know what the day will bring but they do not concern themselves with that. Of course humans have to make preparations for meals and have each day's clothing ready, but we do not have to live in a state of fear or confusion. We can trust God to always be with us and guide us if we are open to His will. If we are living contrary to His will, we cannot expect Him to bless us. Seek His will and by faith walk in it and fear not for God will be with you. Have a blessed day and seek God with all your heart.

Jeremiah 29:13 And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.

Betty

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Good Evening,

Spent a lot of the day at the VA. I met a gentleman who had been in a gang in Los Angles for 10 years before going into the Military. He is now a Christian. He freely shared his testimony and it was a pleasure to hear it. It does not matter our background it is our finish that matters. It is wonderful when two strangers can share their love for Jesus with one another. Today was an encouraging day for me and I thank God that our paths crossed. Would appreciate your prayers for Texas and Kansas. Kansas and Upper Texas had tornadoes today and this storm is suppose to be here in the Houston area at five a.m.
Have a blessed evening,
Betty

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Good Morning and Happy Tuesday,

This morning some memories from years ago came to my mind, and I realized that in so many ways I am not the person I was. While there were many joyful moment along the way there were also many tears, betrayal, and pain. I don't think anyone prays that God will bring suffering and pain into their lives, but they serve a purpose. Of course I am grateful for every joyful moment but it is often the suffering and the pain that brings spiritual growth. The Lord Jesus sustains us during those painful growing processes and though at times we feel alone and God has deserted us. He never leaves or forsakes us. When trouble comes and it will, we need to lean closer to Jesus but we often find ourselves pulling away. We often pull away from fellow Christians who could encourage us when we are suffering. We want to be like a dog hiding under a porch running away from the God who wants to be there for us and running away from the very people who could encourage us. At the same time let us seek to encourage those we know who are going through a bad time. Always be praying for one another. Trust in God through the bad and the good. Remind yourself of all the times that God worked miracles in your life. Remember God has not changed and His willingness to be there for His children has not grow weak. God bless you today and seek the Lord and His will.
Betty

It is pouring rain today so I did not put any bird feed out. Even the cats are content to sleep in the house today.

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Good Morning and Happy Wednesday,

I woke up much earlier this morning but was hurting so I went back to sleep. The last two days have been spent at the VA and since I am still recovering from bronchitis, I decided to get some extra rest this morning. Even as Christians we need to take care of our bodies. It is possible as Christians to over do even with God's Work. Sometimes we have to say no to projects simply because we can't do everything and stay healthy. Always pray before accepting extra work even for the Church. We cannot give our best if we are over extended and not getting proper rest. I have some squirrels eating this morning and one is alitle plump.😀 This morning my brain was filled with many thoughts and as I was trying to work out problems in my head about the future. I reminded myself that while I do not know what is ahead, God does. As Christians we spend so much time worrying and planing on what could or could not come to pass. We need to remind ourselves that the Great All Knowing One is on His throne and our futures are safe in His hands. Of course we have to make plans but let us make plans with the guidance of God and not moved by fear and anxiousness. Let us live with peace in our hearts knowing that if we seek God's Will, we do not have to live in fear and dread of the future. May God bless you today and may you seek to walk in His Will and allow Him to guide you.
Betty

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Good Morning and Happy Thursday,


Ephesians 6:10-20New 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.


This morning I was listening to a Pastor on the radio talking about the days we live in. There is no doubt we are living in perilous times. Terrorism on the rise, college students who have no regard for authority, people who will protest for the right to kill the unborn, and people protesting for the right to indulge in deivient behavior and Schools teaching this behavior to elementary students. This can be discouraging to Christians, but we must remember God said it would be this way in the last days. This is not a time for Christians to cower and be afraid. We must be prepared for spirtual battles. For these things we face are in the physical realm, they are being fed and brought on by the devil, himself.
This is not a time to coast in our past victories but to stay strong in our faith and in God's Word. God has not left His throne, He is still with us and we can depend on Him, no matter what the devil throws at us . Pray throughout your day for yourself, your loved ones, fellow Christians, and for lost souls. If we allow fear to overtake us our hearts and minds will be filled with thoughts the devil wants to derail us with, but if we began to pray we will find peace even in the circumstances around us.
1 John 4:18There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love.
Seek God's will each day and pray for Him to guide you through out the day.
Have a blessed day. I saw a woodpecker this morning and a few squirrels. I can hear some birds talking to one another and I am thankful for another day.
Betty

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Good Morning and Happy Friday,

I woke up sick at 3:15 this morning and it took a bit to go back to sleep. I woke up at nine with a whopping headache so I just laid in bed thinking till 10:40. When I finally dragged myself out of bed I was fretful and worrying about things, but when I walked in to the breakfast nook, I saw through the window a tiny bird at the feeder. The first words out of mouth was:"Thank you, Jesus!". I knew instantly that was a gift from God. He could have knocked me on my aching head and asked me why do I take my concerns to Him and then pick them back up and fret over them. Yet, He treated me gently and with kindness. So many times we pray about our concerns and yet we not only fret over them still but we come up with plans just in case our prayers are not answered. Shame on me and shame on us for not fully trusting God to answer our prayers. We can make excuses and I think all of us have been hurt by people we put our trust in, but God deserves our trust and we honor Him when we trust Him. God is not going to gossip about us. God is not going to build Himself up by putting us down. We can trust Him wholly with out fear and reservations. We live in a time when we need to be able to put our concerns more then ever in God. The more we trust in God, the less fear and despair we will carry. The devil will tempt us to fear, there is no doubt about that, but when He does, go back to the cross and lay your burdens down. God loves us and He does not want us to live in a state of fear and doubt. Have a blessed day!
Betty

I took more bird feed out and I have a red bird feeding at the moment. There is a gentle breeze and leaves are falling from the trees.

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Good Morning and Happy Saturday,

Mornings are hard for me physically. Because I wake up sick, I am usually weak and lightheaded when I do my morning chores. Every morning God brings me little blessings to encourage me and lift my spirit.
Today's blessing was not little and was unexpected. I came to the kitchen to find a candy jar with a flower top with pumpkin kisses and a note from my son saying that his girlfriend, Sarah, had got that for me and had made me a butterscotch pie in a heart shape. I am so blessed that God has brought such a sweet Christian girl into our family.

I share my journey and struggles, not to seek pity. I want God to use what I am going though to bless others and to remind people no matter what God is allowing in your life, you can trust Him with all your heart. Of course there are times that we give in to pity, we are human and frail. When I am having a bad day, I allow myself a 10-15 minute pity party. Then I bring it to a halt. I begin to encourage myself in the Lord, just as King David often did in the Psalms. When we remember that David was a man after God's own heart we can forgive ourselves for being discouraged and then like David we can overcome by reminding ourselves who we serve and who is walking with is. There is no burden that God can't help us carry and there is no enemy too strong for God. Like Paul we must keep our eyes on the prize and remind ourselves of our future, eternity in Heaven. It really will be worth it all when we see Jesus. May God bless you and your families.
Betty

I bought two bird feeders that squirrels can't get to. I have enough feeders for the squirrels. When I turned out the front yard lights this morning, I saw some tiny birds at the feeder. In the back yard has been a blue jay, red birds, and a woodpecker. They make me happy

How Great Thou Art Hymn

Lord my God! When I in awesome wonder
Consider all the works thy hand hath made,
I see the stars, I hear the mighty thunder,
Thy power throughout the universe displayed;

Refrain:
Then sings my soul, my Saviour God, to Thee,
How great Thou art, how great Thou art!
Then sings my soul, my Saviour God, to Thee,
How great Thou art, how great Thou art!

When through the woods and forest glades I wander
and hear the birds sing sweetly in the trees;
when I look down from lofty mountain grandeur,
and hear the brook, and feel he gentle breeze;

Refrain

And when I think that God his son not sparing,
Sent him to die - I scarce can take it in,
That on the cross my burden gladly bearing,
He bled and died to take away my sin:

Refrain

When Christ shall come with shout of acclamation
And take me home- what joy shall fill my heart!
Then I shall bow in humble adoration
And there proclaim, my God, how great thou art!

Then sings my soul, my Saviour God, to Thee,
How great Thou art, how great Thou art!
Then sings my soul, my Saviour God, to Thee,
How great Thou art, how great Thou art!

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

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Good Morning and have a Blessed Sunday,

Waiting for time to go to Church and afterwards lunch with Jeff's girlfriend's parents. Took extra medication as I always do on Sunday, but can't take anything for the pain because I am driving. That is okay. Worshipping in God's House is what is important. Hubby going this morning and I am thankful for that.

He Keeps Me Singing
Verse 1
There’s within my heart a melody
Jesus whispers sweet and low,
Fear not, I am with thee, peace, be still
In all of life’s ebb and flow.

Chorus
Jesus, Jesus, Jesus
Sweetest Name I know
Fills my every longing
Keeps me singing as I go.

Verse 2
All my life was wrecked by sin and strife
Discord filled my heart with pain
Jesus swept across the broken strings
Stirred the slumb’ring chords again

Verse 3
Feasting on the riches of His grace
Resting ’neath His shelt’ring wing
Always looking on His smiling face
That is why I shout and sing

Verse 4
Tho’ sometimes He leads thro’ waters deep
Trials fall across the way
Tho’ sometimes the path seems rough and steep
See His footprints all the way

Verse 5
Soon He’s coming back to welcome me
Far beyond the starry sky
I shall wing my flight to worlds unknown
I shall reign with Him on high

This song is how I feel today. We are not promised a life without problems, but we know Jesus is with us every step and we know He is coming soon to take us to a place where there will be no pain, no suffering, and no death. Let us worship the God who loved us enough to leave Heaven, live as a man, and die and rise again, just to redeem sinners like us. Let us not take God's sacrifice for granted but to be grateful and live our life in a way that is pleasing to Him. Have a blessed day and seek to be a blessing to others.
Do not lose heart, for our redemption is closer then ever.
Betty

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

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Good Evening and Happy Monday,

I woke up with less pain then I had last night and that is a blessing. This morning I have send birds and squirrels at the feeder and that made me happy. This is the time of the year when Americans turn to an attitude of thankfulness, as we should. Truth is there are so many things we take for granted. We take for granted that water will flow out of our pipes and with a click of a light switch we will have lights. If there is a issue with anyone of those we get upset. Yet in many parts of their world that is not an option. We should begin every day thanking God for our blessings . Of course our lives are not perfect and we all have problems. Some of us deal with health issues every day. Some of us have family problems. But we can remind ourselves that we have a Heavenly Father who walks with us every day.
My girlfriend from Amarillo came to visit so I laid this aside. Ruthie and I had a lovely visit. Then hubby and I went and got the stuff for the sweet potato casserole for Thanksgiving. At the moment in moderate pain but I am blessed that I have medication that helps.
I hope everyone has a blessed evening. Remember to pray for one another and rejoice in our walk with Jesus.

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Good Morning and Happy Tuesday,

I woke up at nine this morning but I had a whopper of a headache, so I turned over and slept another hour. That was fine with the dog but when I got up my cat, Sassy Girl, let me know her displeasure. When I think about it, it is often the little things that can get our goat. We spill our coffee, we can't find our glasses, or we forgot to defrost the meat for supper. If we are not careful we can little things ruin our attitude for the day. There is a saying I remind myself when little problems change my plans. I say to myself "little problems make life interesting. We can take it a step further and when spill the coffee, we can be thankful that we have hot coffee. We can turn those bumps into gratefulness.
As we continue the spirit of thankfulness, remember to be thankful for our families.
I pray that God will bless you today and your families.
Betty

A few squirrels this morning. No birds around yet, that I can see.

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Good Morning and Happy Wednesday,

I was singing this Morning "There's within my heart a melody, Jesus whispers sweet and low, fear not I am with you, Peace be still" all I could remember . Every day Jesus brings me little reminders that He is with me on my journey. Every encouragement keeps me going and keeps me from falling into depression. Everyday all of us start our morning not knowing what path the day will bring and yet we do not need to fear, for if we begin our day with trusting in Jesus we know we will not be alone. As we begin our day we need to pray that God will give us eyes to see the opportunities He brings our way to share His love with others. We need to pray that God will give us a sweet spirit to deal with others with love and kindness.
We do not want to miss opportunities that God sends our way. I have been guilty of missing an opportunity only to see what I missed after I have left the person. Even when this happens we can still be used by God. Pray for forgiveness and then pray that God will send someone else into that persons life to share the Gospel of Christ. Pray for your lost loved ones and friends. Pray for protection for your family. Pray for yourself, God wants you to. I pray that God will bring opportunities in your life to be a beacon of God's goodness to others. God bless you.
Betty

I had a red bird this morning but all is quiet at the moment.


There's Within My Heart a Melody

The United Methodist Hymnal Number 380
Text: Luther B. Bridgers
Music: Luther B. Bridgers
Tune: SWEETEST NAME, Meter: 97.97 with Refrain
1. There's within my heart a melody
Jesus whispers sweet and low:
Fear not, I am with thee, peace, be still,
in all of life's ebb and flow.
Refrain:
Jesus, Jesus, Jesus,
sweetest name I know,
fills my every longing,
keeps me singing as I go.

2. All my life was wrecked by sin and strife,
discord filled my heart with pain;
Jesus swept across the broken strings,
stirred the slumbering chords again.
(Refrain)

3. Though sometimes he leads through waters deep,
trials fall across the way,
though sometimes the path seems rough and steep,
see his footprints all the way.
(Refrain)

4. Feasting on the riches of his grace,
resting neath his sheltering wing,
always looking on his smiling face,
that is why I shout and sing.
(Refrain)

5. Soon he's coming back to welcome me
far beyond the starry sky;
I shall wing my flight to worlds unknown;
I shall reign with him on high.
(Refrain)

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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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Happy Thanksgiving,

Today is a day we set aside for a special thanksgiving gift to God, our Father. Remind yourself of the times since last Thanksgiving God has protected you and your family. Thank God for the new blessings in your life. Great is the faithfulness of God to His children. As you sit around your table with family be thankful for each person and remember to pray for one another.
Sending everyone a hug and best wishes for a lovely day with loved ones.
Betty


Great is Thy Faithfulness
“Great is Thy faithfulness,” O God my Father,
There is no shadow of turning with Thee;
Thou changest not, Thy compassions, they fail not
As Thou hast been Thou forever wilt be.
“Great is Thy faithfulness!” “Great is Thy faithfulness!”
Morning by morning new mercies I see;
All I have needed Thy hand hath provided—
“Great is Thy faithfulness,” Lord, unto me!
2
Summer and winter, and springtime and harvest,
Sun, moon and stars in their courses above,
Join with all nature in manifold witness
To Thy great faithfulness, mercy and love.
3
Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth,
Thine own dear presence to cheer and to guide;
Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow,
Blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside!
© 1923. Ren. 1951 Hope Publishing Co., Carol Stream, IL 60188
www.hopepublishing.com
All rights reserved. Used by permission.

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Good Morning and Happy Friday,

We did not get up to go to any Black Friday sales. My days of fighting crowds are over. This morning my devotion had this: "God helps those who know they are helpless". Most of my life I have heard people say that: "God helps those who help themselves". People say it is in the Bible, but it is not. Truth is God helps those who admit they need help. We cannot save our selves. Without the intervention of the Holy Spirit speaking to our hearts, we would not even know we were sinners. There is no amount of good deeds we can do to save our selves. Salvation is a gift. The only action is for us to admits we are sinners, accept the gift of our salvation, and turn from our sinful ways. As Christians, we must not allow the sin of pride keep us from seeking God's help and guidance in our lives. God doesn't want a bunch of self-righteous Christians. He wants children who are willing to be molded by God and to admit our weakness. As Paul said it is though our weakness that we become strong in Christ.
Have a blessed day and be a blessing to others.
Betty

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Good Morning and Happy Saturday,

I was singing a song to myself this morning while I feed the animals and birds and squirrels, "Without Him". When I think of that song I think of Ruth, who sang that song as a solo at the Church we grew up in. Not only do I love the song but I love Ruth. Ruth has always been such a compassionate, sweet girl who loved the Lord. She was an example of what we younger girls wanted to be. Songs not only inspire us but they bring up memories. When we sing songs of praise and worship we not only honor God but we lift up our spirits and encourage ourselves in the Lord. I heard a Pastor said that the singing was us giving to God and the preaching was God giving to us. God is not looking for those who have great voices but for all of us to join in worship to our Lord and King. I often remind my family who the men are not much into singing in public that the Bible says to make a joyful noise to the Lord. It does not say those who have great voices sing. Because of my health I usually can only sing one verse and one chorus and then my voice leaves but I keep mouthing the words and sing in my heart. I love singing. Let us worship God as go about our day and remind ourselves of His love for us.

In the light rain I have several squirrels this morning.
Betty


Jesus, oh Jesus
Do you know Him today
Please don’t turn Him away
Oh Jesus, my Jesus
Without Him how lost would I be

Without Him I could do nothing
Without Him I’d surely fail
Oh, Without Him I would be drifting
Like a ship without a sail

Jesus, oh Jesus
Do you know Him today
Please don’t turn Him away
Oh Jesus, my Jesus
Without Him how lost would I be

Without Him I would be dying
Without Him I’d be enslaved
And without Him my life would be worthless
But with Jesus, thank God I am saved

That’s why I cry Jesus, oh Jesus
Do you know Him today
Please don’t turn Him away
Oh Jesus, my Jesus
Without Him how lost would I be

That’s why I sing Jesus, oh Jesus
Do you know Him today
Please don’t turn Him away
Oh Jesus, my Jesus
Without Him how lost would I be

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

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Good Morning and Blessed Sunday,

I am dressed and ready for Church and if the dizziness passes I am going. This morning the backyard and trees are filled with squirrels chasing each other and playing. I believe this one of many things that show the sense of humor of God. Even squirrels like to play. We often look as God being always stern and just waiting for us to make a mistake. I believe this is a lie from the devil. I believe God and the Angels are sad when we fail and rejoice when we succeed. Should we not strive to be like God and weep when people fail and rejoice with them when they succeed. Let us have a loving spirit and a heart of kindness toward one another. I have heard said and I have said myself that Christians often kick each other when one is down. Let us strife to lift up each other in prayer. We do not want to be a tool used by the devil against fellow believers. God bless you today and through out the coming week.
Betty

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Good Morning and Happy Monday,

As I was sitting here, I must admit I was feeling sorry for myself. I woke up with pain as usual and stayed in bed for another 30 minutes knowing the pain would get worse when I started walking around and it did. So I was having a little pitty party, but then I looked outside and saw two squirrels chasing each other around the tree trunk. The pain did not go away but my focused changed to the squirrels instead of my pain. That is like our spiritual struggles. If we focus on the struggle instead of focusing on God then we can lose heart and become fearful. If we keep our eyes on Jesus we can not only overcome with God but we can be joyful throughout the battle. I purchased a couple weeks ago a feeder that is suppose to keep the squirrels out. Those squirrels with much time and effort have figured out how to get the feed out. Just think of the battles we can win if we keep our focus on God and not give into defeat. The devil wants us to focus on the moment, but we have been promised eternity with God our Father. As Paul said keep your eyes on the prize and not on your circumstances. Our suffering is for such a short time when you consider an eternity in Heaven. I believe Jesus is coming back soon and one day we will look from the glories of Heaven and know that every struggle, every pain, and every disappointment was so worth it all! As a runner in a race, let us keep our eyes on the prize and not let our present troubles overwhelm us. May God bless you and your family.
Betty

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Good Morning and Happy Tuesay,

I woke up sick very early this morning and was awake awhile. This morning I feel weak, with a whopper of headache, but not discouraged. The Doctors are clueless about what is going on but I know God is in control. It is not important that I understand why this is happening but to remind myself that God is with me. I admit that I am praying that the Doctors find out what is going on so they can treat me better, but I must not allow myself to be overwhelmed with fear and doubt. It is easy to praise God when our health is good and everything else is lined up like it should be. But true faith is worked by not knowing and yet still trusting. Everyone of us have problems and I am not thinking I am the only one with struggles. I pray that God will be with you today and give you strength and peace of mind as your carry your load. I pray that I will be an encouragement to you as you walk your journey and to remind you that in the midst of the storm there is peace.

This morning a male Cardinal and some squirrels. God has blessed me today by sharing nature with me.
Betty

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Good Morning and Happy Wednesday,

Life has away of throwing curves in the road. Your traveling on a straight path and out of nowhere you have a sharp curve that nearly throws you off course. Let's face it, our first response is usually fear and anger. Sometimes these curves are to take us in a different direction. Life is not like a map that we can plan our journey, knowing every step of the way in advance. Life can change on a dime. I am a planner and like to know in advance what is going to happen from day to day. Change is hard for me, and yet change while bringing challenges can bring happy surprises our way. The hard part is letting go, and letting God do His work. When we stop trying to control our situation and willingly give it to God, we can let go of the anger and fear. If we are wholly trust in God, we will let go of the fear. The more we learn to trust in God the less these curves and valleys in the road will throw us into a tenses. Trust God to guide you today and have your listening ears open to hear what He has to say to you. Have a teachable spirit so we can learn what God is trying to teach us.

This morning I have had about a dozen squirrels and a few birds. I am always to see the rare red squirrel enjoying the seeds I put out. May you be blessed today.
Betty

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Good Morning and Happy Thursday,

Hubby has a heart procedure this morning so we are up very early for us. This just came up yesterday and was unexpected. Life has a way of throwing a curve ball. While I wish this wasn't happening to hubby, I am grateful that God has allowed Doctors to know how to do this procedures. I am trusting God to be with us today and bring hubby and I home safely this afternoon. Some people believe that a person's physical health is regulated by their spiritual health. God bless people who are born with healthy genes. But the truth is some of the most spiritually close to God people I have known have had physical struggles. We are all called to carry our cross for the Lord. For some people their cross is physical disease and handicaps. This does not mean that they are less important to God. It is not what our cross is but what our attitude is as we carry our cross. Paul, himself had a thorn in his side that he prayed three times for God to remove it. God chose not to remove it but told Paul that He would give Paul the grace to carry it. Let us be careful not to judge one another or compare our cross with one another. Let us carry our own cross with dignity and grace and pray for one another.

I think the squirrels are still asleep, but I do see a male Cardinal. Be blessed and let is aim to hold one another up in prayer. God bless you.
Betty

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Good Morning and Happy Friday,

"Lord, we see danger and trouble all around us. Help us not to worry but instead to trust and rest in You. Show us the peace that comes from waiting patiently on You."

This was the prayer for the day in my Daily Bread. This prayer is definitely for the times that we live in.
When I find myself overwhelmed by personal and world problems I find myself doing one of two things. One is to doubt and question God and the other is to flee. I have this overwhelming desire to get in the car and just go. Thankfully reason sets in and I do not flee and the Holy Spirit convicts me of my doubts.
We are living in times that our faith will be tested and our security will be challenged. But we must remember the old hymn that says "I have come to far to give up now". How sad it would be to give up when we may be just feet from the finish line. If we keep our eyes on this world and our personal problems, we will be overcomed and we take a chance of failing not just ourselves but our Heavenly Father.
Not only do we live in a world where every day brings violence and fears but people we know will disappoint us. Sometimes people we love will fail us but we must remind ourselves that God will never fail us. Yes the violence is increasing but Jesus, Himself warned us that in the last days it would be like this. This is the time to pray more, live by faith more, and encourage ourselves in the Lord. While we need to stay informed about what is going on, let the news drive us to our knees and not to doubts and fears.
There is indeed victory in Jesus. Even in the midst of storms we can have peace in our minds and hearts.
God bless you today.
Betty

I have a couple of squirrels this morning. I moved the bird feeder to a pole. The squirrels were hanging from the tree eating out of the bird feeder. The squirrel can eat out of their own feeders.

Dottie Rambo - Too Much To Gain To Lose Lyrics
1. Too many miles behind me
Too many trials my feet have walked through
Too many tears help me remember
There's too much to gain to lose.

Chorus
Too many sunsets lie behind the mountain
Too many rivers my feet have walked through
Too many treasures are waiting over yonder
There's too much to gain to lose.

2. I've crossed the hot burning desert
I was struggling the right road to choose
But somewhere up ahead there's cool clear water
And defeat is one word i'll never use.

Chorus
Too many sunsets lie behind the mountain
Too many rivers my feet have walked through
Too many treasures are waiting over yonder
There's too much to gain to lose.

Tag
Oh, too many treasures are waiting over yonder
There's too much to gain to lose!

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Good Morning and Happy Saturday,


This morning I have a few birds and squirrels in the back. I don't know what is in the front. Yesterday, I accidentally ran over a squirrel. It broke my heart. This has been an exhausting week but I am thankful that God brought hubby through his procedure and though there is a blockage in a bad place, they believe medication will fix that. Watching a squirrel run across a small branch that moves with every step he takes. The squirrel is not afraid and is trusting the branch to hold him or her. Us humans could learn from nature. When God puts a on a path, instead of trusting God, we often question God. We want to be reminded by God over and over if He is going to be with us or is He going to let us fall. How much better if we would trust God to protect us. Even when bad things happen, God is with, He doesn't run away. Let us learn from nature and trust our Creator and our Heavenly Father. May your day be blessed and may you be a blessing to others.
Betty

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Good Morning and Happy Sunday,

    Feeling sad because I was too sick to drive to Church this morning.  See two Doctors this week and praying they can find a solution.  I miss not being in Church.  But  I do have something that makes me happy.  My son and his girlfriend, Sarah got a Christmas tree yesterday and decorated it for the house.  I love Christmas and really enjoy the tree.  Thank you, Jeff and Sarah.  My daughter, Jennifer and my grand daughter, Brittany came to see us, yesterday.  Their  visit encouraged me.  Thank you Jenn and Britt.

   The Bible say that to praise God in everything.  I used to think that meant you had to praise and thank God  for the bad things that happen to us, but I have realize that is not the case.  We praise God in the middle of bad situations and in spite of our circumstances.  Like the song that says "We bring the sacrifice of praise" we praise God through the good and bad times.  God's love for us is steady and strong.  Our circumstances doesn't determine our standing with God.  Let us serve God with a cheerful heart no matter what our circumstances are.   May God cover you and your family with His love and His protection.

Betty
Hebrews 13:15By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name. 16But to do good and to communicate forget not: for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.

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Good Morning and Happy Monday,

We live in a world where the word love" has been watered down. We say I love chocolate ice cream or fancy chocolates. Compassion is something that the world has too little of today. We can walk by a homeless man and while we may feel a moment of sadness we often do not have true compassion for him. Let's face it we are more often to feel discomfort at seeing him rather then feel genuine compassion. Sometimes it is because we honestly don't know what to do to help people. It could be we fear being in the same position that he is. I am not saying it is our job to feed every homeless person. The truth is some people begging for money are not homeless but their "job" is begging for money. We can pray for decrement. I think most of us have at times heard a voice in our heart to help someone and sometimes we feel that we should pass another person by. I think it is never wrong to pray for both types. I saw a man with a sign that said: "I am begging for money instead of robbing you". He seemed to be getting more people to give, simply became people thought his sign had imagination .

It is not just the homeless person that we need to show compassion to. Do we feel compassion when we see a handicapped person struggling to get to their car? Do we say a prayer that God will give that person strength to make the day? When we hear that a person has lost their job do we feel only relief that it wasn't us or do we stop and pray for that person? Let us seek to have a compassionate heart towards others. Even when someone we know has fallen into sin, let us love them and be compassionate towards them. Pray for one another and have a compassionate heart for one another.


"Compassion is the response to the suffering of others that motivates a desire to help.[1
Compassion motivates people to go out of their way to help physical, spiritual, or emotional hurts or pains of another. Compassion is often regarded as having an emotional aspect to it, though when based on cerebral notions such as fairness, justice and interdependence, it may be considered rational in nature and its application understood as an activity based on sound judgment. There is also an aspect of compassion which regards a quantitative dimension, such that individual's compassion is often given a property of "depth," "vigour," or "passion." The etymology of "compassion" is Latin, meaning "co-suffering." More involved than simple empathy, compassion commonly gives rise to an active desire to alleviate another's suffering.[2]

Compassion is often, though not inevitably, the key component in what manifests in the social context as altruism.[citation needed] In ethical terms, the expressions down the ages of the so-called Golden Rule often embodies by implication the principle of compassion: Do to others what you would have them do to you.[3][original research?]

The English noun compassion, meaning to love together with, comes from Latin. Its prefix com- comes directly from com, an archaic version of the Latin preposition and affix cum (= with); the -passion segment is derived from passus, past participle of the deponent verb patior, patī, passus sum. Compassion is thus related in origin, form and meaning to the English noun patient (= one who suffers), from patiens, present participle of the same patior, and is akin to the Greek verb πάσχειν (= paskhein, to suffer) and to its cognate noun πάθος (= pathos).[4][5] Ranked a great virtue in numerous philosophies, compassion is considered in almost all the major religious traditions as among the greatest of virtues.w m". Wikipedia thank you .

This morning I saw the tiniest woodpecker. It was trying to figure out what so do with the tree. It was so focused on the tree that I was able to get close and watch for awhile. Have a blessed day! Pray that God will give you a compassionate heart towards others.
Betty

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Good Morning and Happy Tuesday,

I woke singing songs about Heaven in my mind. What a way to wake up, rejoicing in knowing the joys and the happiness that awaits us some day in Heaven. Yet we don't have to wait till Heaven to experience the joy and peace that only God can give us. As we live out our life for Jesus, we will find our hearts filled with joy and peace. This morning I have had the privilege of watching birds of various sizes eating at the bird feeders and two squirrels feasting at their feeders. I have found since I got sick that it is the little things that make me joyful. When we walk with God, He often brings small things throughout the day that makes us smile, little dew drops of joy. We live in a world that seems to drain us of joy. From the person in front of us going 30 miles an hour in 50 zone to the person behind us riding our car's rear end, who eventually cuts us off even if we are 5 over the speed limit. These are small things and when you add in the big things like terrorism, war, and murder, we are apt to have our joy completely drained. This is why we need to talk to God throughout the day, getting refills of peace and joy. When we neglect our time with God we will become discouraged and overwhelmed. So let us remember to keep our heart steadfast on Jesus and remind ourselves no matter what chaos the devil is creating in the world today, God is in control. Have a blessed day and find moments throughout the day to talk to Jesus.
Betty

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Good Morning and Happy Wednesday,

The Doctor is going to run more test to see what is going on so I am thankful for that. Today my mind feels like a hamster going around and around on one of those wheels and my thoughts are scattered. Have a few squirrels at the feeders and a couple of red wasps at the humming bird feeder. Sometimes we have to calm ourselves, especially those of us with ADD. The same with our spirit. The devil can tie us up in a state of confusion and get our eyes off Jesus. We have to reign in our thoughts and put our focus on God. When our focus is on God, we stop seeing mountains we cannot cross and see our Heavenly Father who can get us through anything. May today we stay more focused on our Heavenly Father and less on our struggles and problems. God bless you.
Betty

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Good Morning and Happy Thursday,

This morning I am overwhelmed with my inadequates. I want to be used by God but I am frail and weak over whelmed with 11 months of being ill with a disease that drains your strength and often leads to depression. This morning if it wasn't for the pain keeping me from falling back to sleep I could have just covered my head and stayed in bed all day. I say this not for pity but because I know there are others like me who are suffering either from disease or the illness of depression. I sympathize with you who are there and understand the overwhelming temptation to give up. My dear friends, do not give up and keep fighting until Jesus comes for us or calls you home. Our work for Christ is not in vain. Maybe you are at the point that you cannot do physical things for God but you can use the gift of prayer, to pray for the lost, Missionaries, and fellow Christians. I have found over an over as you step out in faith and do what God calls you to do, you will find that God will strengthen you and lift your spirit. Listening to and singing praises to God will also not only be your gift to God your Father, but it is a gift that goes both ways. As you sing you will lift yourself up and bring joy to God and yourself.
Let us all seek to work for God and let us encourage one another. At the moment the only nature outside I have seen was a red wasp. Inside one of my cats and my baby (my dog) have feasted.
I pray that God will bless you today and bring sunshine in your life.
Betty


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Take My Hand, Precious Lord lyrics

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Take My Hand Precious Lord

Precious Lord, take my hand
Lead me on,
Let me stand
I'm tired, I am weak I am worn
Through the storm, through the night
Lead me on to the light
Take my hand precious Lord, lead me home

When my way grows drear precious Lord linger near
When my life is almost gone
Hear my cry,
Hear my call
Hold my hand lest I fall
Take my hand precious Lord, lead me home

When the darkness appears and the night draws near
And the day is past and gone
At the river I stand
Guide my feet,
Hold my hand
Take my hand precious Lord, lead me home

Precious Lord, take my hand
Lead me on,
Let me stand
I am tired, I am weak, I am worn
Through the storm, through the night
Lead me on to the light
Take my hand precious Lord, lead me home

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Good Morning and Happy Friday,

This morning I have had about half dozen squirrels. Three of them chasing each other around a tree. At times so many leaves are falling it looks like it is raining leaves. I saw one red bird, earlier. Looking out this bay window at nature lifts my spirit and makes me feel closer to God. I think everyone has little things in their life that makes them smile. We live in a time where there are so many bad things going on around us. We need to remember that Jesus warned us in the last days that there would be tribulation and war. Sadly though the world is perplexed about terrorism and other things that are happening, they are not for the most part turning to God for the answers. At the Houston VA, and the Tomball VA, I have talked to a handful of men who recognize that we are living in the last days. Sadly many Pastors will not preach on end times. Which leaves their congregations totally in prepared for not only what is happening but what could be in the future. A feel good all is right with the world Preacher is great if you are living in the Garden of Eden, but not if you live in a world where terrorism and mass shootings is happening so much that we are no longer shocked. In today's world a sports figure can be penalized for taking a knee to the ground for God, yet a Bruce Jenner is consider brave for deciding that he is a woman. Abortion is considered a woman's right and yet the same people protest to save baby animals. We have young people so confused about the sexual orientation that it is considered hip that a young female pop singer considers herself a guy one day and a female The next. We have college students who feel they are entitled to everything free and are so unprepared for the real world that thing they need a safe zone on campus to protect them from words. The Attorney General wants jail time for those who say anything against Islam. We are in the perfect position for the Antichrist to come on the scene. I believe Jesus is coming soon. We need to keep our hearts and minds on Jesus.
Betty

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Good Morning and Happy Saturday,

The red squirrel is at the feeder this morning . He or she has put on Little weight, which is great because winter is coming soon. This morning as I wait for guidance from God on what He would have me to say, I feel bless to able to enjoy the beauties of nature. Like many others who suffer from diseases, the mornings can be hard. With me I wake with pain in my body and have to talk myself into getting up. Yet we all have a lot to be grateful for: another day to live for God, another day with family, another day to pursue our dreams. Every day is a blessing from God; 24 hours to accomplish goals and to work for God. We should seek to see the moments that God sends our way to show His love to others. After thanking God for another day, we should pray for opportunities to share God's love and for our eyes to be open to the opportunities that God sends our way. While we live in a time that can depress us let is remember the joy of having a relationship with God. Let us take God's love with us everywhere go and share this love with others. Let us pray that God will overflow our hearts with love for others so that others can see Jesus in us. As the old saying goes: "Let others see Jesus in us". Pray that God will make you a blessing to others. May God bless you today as you go about your business.
Betty


Artist: Hymns
Album: Unknown
Title: Make Me a Blessing


1 Out in the highways and byways of life,
many are weary and sad;
are weary and sad
Carry the sunshine where darkness is rife
making the sorrowing glad.

Refrain:
Make me a blessing,
Make me a blessing,
Out of my life
out of my life
May Jesus shine;
Make me a blessing, O savior, I pray,
I pray Thee, my Savior,
Make me a blessing to someone today.

2 Tell the sweet story of Christ and His love;
Tell of His pow'r to forgive;
His pow'r to forgive.
Others will trust Him if only you prove
true ev'ry moment you live.

Refrain:

3 Give as 'twas given to you in your need;
Love as the Master loved you;
Be to the helpless a helper indeed;
Unto your mission be true.

Refrain

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Good Morning and Blessed Sunday,

I still felt weak this morning, but instead of staying home, I visited an Assembly of God Church that is close to the house. It was a good service and I am blessed to be able to be in God's house. As those in the Houston area know, the weather is icky this morning. Thankful to God that He protected us through the storm last night. I see two red birds in the back yard so of course that makes me happy. Last night we had my side of the family Christmas party. God blessed us with a great time with family. This is the season that we often get with family members. It is a joyful time of the year with family but more important the remembrance of the great sacrifice that Jesus made in leaving Heaven to be born a baby and to live and die for our sins. May God bless you and you celebrate the miracle of Jesus birth, death, and resurrection. It is easy to get caught up in the bustle and often stress of Christmas, but let us not forget that Jesus is the reason we celebrate. Take time every day to spend with God and you will find your hours will go better. May God make Himself known to you today in a special way.
Betty

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

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Good Morning and Happy Monday,

I slept later this morning and I feel better then I did yesterday morning. Praise God! This morning I have been blessed with many birds and two squirrels at the feeders. The Bible says that the earth groans with anticipation for the time that God will heal the earth and restore her to her former glory. We as Christians also look with great anticipation to when Jesus calls the Church to meet Him in the air. A revival that the earth has never know or experienced. Until Jesus' glorious appearing we can be shining lights that show God's love in a dark world over taken by sin. The devil seeks to dim our lights by discouraging us and overwhelming us with trials and tribulations. If we constantly refill our spirit at the feet of Jesus and in His Holy Word then our light will continue to burn with the intensity that God designed us for. Let us live every day with purpose and promise, that being to be what God wants us to be. While we need to be aware of what is happening around us, make sure we spend enough time in prayer and studying the Word of God, so that we are beacons of truth and not discouraged and frightened rag dolls. If we put our complete trust in God, we need not fear. God bless 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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Good Morning and Happy Tuesday

Up way to early for me and no coffee. Ugh! I am having a CT Scan this morning to find out why my body is rejecting food, I pray that they find the cause and that it is fixable. Quite nippy this morning and had to wear a sweater to work outside but it feels more like Christmas time. It is funny how you really want something you can't have. I can just imagine warm coffee easing down my throat. That is often how it is with sin. The devil makes it seem so inviting and the taste so pleasurable. But the reality is sin only taste good for a short period, but the results of sin can plaque a person for years. The devil from the time of Adam and Eve has made it seem that when God says no that He is cheating us out of something. The truth is God is trying to protect us not withhold pleasure. That little bit of fruit changed the earth from a perfect garden to a sin plagued world. But don't be so quick to blame Adam and Eve. We are also prone to be rebellious and seek that what is harmful to ourselves and our families. Have a blessed day and may we seek to be more obedient to God's will and less rebellious. God bless you.
Betty

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Praise the Lord, my soul,
and forget not all his benefits—
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who forgives all your sins
and heals all your diseases,
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who redeems your life from the pit
and crowns you with love and compassion,
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who satisfies your desires with good things
so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s. Psalm 103:1-5

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Gismy,
Thank you for sharing. I am trying hard to have a spirit of praise and thanksgiving even in the midst of my illness. There are times I become discouraged. Because my disease has some unpleasant and embarrassing symptoms but God always gives me strength to carry on.
Betty

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Good Morning and Happy Wednesday,

I am blessed to have several birds at my feeders this morning. Yesterday was a hard day. The medication for the test made me sick, but I feel better and happy to have my morning coffee. Now is the waiting time for the results. We spend a lot of time of our lives waiting for the answers. Will we get that promotion? Will the girl I love say yes to my proposal? Where will we live when we move? How do I know if I am living in God's will? Often we spend wasted hours trying to find the answers on our own. Of course God wants us to make intelligent decisions, but if we seek God's will in everything we do, we will not have to worry and fret over every decision. Some people, think that God's will, means that everything will turn out perfect. While that sounds wonderful, the reality is that is not always true. Sometimes God leads us through dark valleys so that we can come out of them having grown spiritually and our faith increased. This time are often made worse by those who are quick to point out the errors they think we made that got us in the valley. Remember Job, he went through some very dark times, not because of his own sin but because of a disagreement between God and Satan. Job's friends were quick to: help Job find some hidden sin in his life. Poor Job was perplexed and overwhelmed by everything and yet his faith and trust in God never wavered. While the Bible said that God increased everything that Job lost, the Bible did not say how all of this changed Job in the end. There is reason to believe that his faith was stronger. We will have trouble and tribulation in this life. Let is seek to come through everyone with a sweeter attitude, stronger faith in God, and a brighter light in our spirit to shine the glory of God on everyone we see and touch. If we trust God we do not have to fear the waiting. We can live in peace even when we do not know the answer. Live so close to God that when we go though trial and tribulation we do not have to be afraid. Of course Satan will be there to whisper words of doubt in our ears, but remind Satan that he is the father of liars. Even if God should choose to let us die, our future in Heaven is worth the pain we suffer here. Glory be to God, the creator of Heaven and earth.
Betty


Looking at a beautiful male Cardinal. He sure is acting like he knows how beautiful he is. [youpi] He just got bumped by a woodpecker. God is good to me, by allowing me to enjoy nature so much.

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Satan! God's Word says you are a liar and you are on earth to kill and destroy but God rebuke you and as a child of God I resist you and bind your power in Jesus's name and declare to you that you are a defeated foe and have no right to attact my health. God's Word says when I resist evil,evil must flee,so you are defeated and I command you to be gone in JESUS'S NAME!!! PTL. I choose to believe God's Word and accept God's blessings and healing. PTL.
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Good Morning and Happy Thursday,

I feel like a zombie being up this early. I found myself moaning about it, but then God reminded me how the Doctor is seeing me before his regular appointments and is in fact doing me a favor. He is checking to see how my osteoarthritis is progressing in my hips. Which got me to wondering how many times do we have something happen to us that at the time at best seems likes an inconvenience and worse trouble only to find out in the next day or so that their was a Godly purpose for what God has brought out way. We do not see the big picture but one day we will find out that many times when God sidetracked us it was not to inconvenience us but to protect us from something that was around the bend, so to speak. I am a planner and I like things to go in an orderly way and easily upset when my day is sidetracked. Yet I am learning to trust God, when he allows things to pop up that delays or even changes my plans. His ways are better and we learn to trust Him, wholly with all our being we can live more peacefully. So what ever comes your way today, trust God. His purpose and His ways are way beyond us.
At least I can have coffee this morning. Way to dark to see any nature. God bless you!
Betty

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Good Morning and Happy Friday,

By now all the kids are excited and counting down the days to Christmas morning. I remember that time as a child when it seemed time moved slower then normal. Even as adults we can smell the Holiday smells in the air: cinnamon, Christmas trees, and cranberries. Waiting is fun when you are waiting for happy things, but stressful when you are waiting on news that could bring good or bad results. The not knowing can open our hearts and minds to doubts. The devil is more then willing to supply any doubts we haven't thought of. If we allow our mind to play in the play pen of doubts we can overwhelm ourselves with stress and our focus in no longer on God. In the play pen our doubts make our problems grow into giants and if we are not careful we can shrink God in our minds and become overwhelmed by fear. When we take our eyes off our troubles and through prayer and Bible Study, we see that nothing or anyone is bigger then our Heavenly Father. The more our trust grows the more our doubts shrink. Waiting for answers don't mean we pull the cover over our heads and hide. We continue to work for God and leave the questions in His Hands. Waiting can be a time of spiritual growth and maturity. We can remind ourselves that although we do not know the answers to our situation, there is nothing that God doesn't know and when the answers do come, He will be there to walk us through what ever the path we will walk through. Those of you with young children and grandchildren, enjoy this time of innocence. Take pleasure as you see Christmas in their young eyes. All of should rejoice in the marvelous gift of Jesus that God in His love for mankind gave us. Have a blessed day and take time to do something for yourself. Whether it is a fancy coffee, or listening to Christmas music while soaking in a bubble bath. This time of year can be stressful so take the time to refresh your body, mind, and soul.
Betty

Waiting on the Lord/ Charles F. Weigle


Waiting on the Lord, for the promise given;
Waiting on the Lord, to send from Heaven;
Waiting on the Lord, by our faith receiving;
Waiting in the upper room.
Refrain:
The power! the power!
Gives vict’ry over sin, and purity within;
The power! the power!
The pow’r they had at Pentecost.
Waiting on the Lord, giving all to Jesus;
Waiting on the Lord, till from sin He frees us;
Waiting on the Lord for the heav’nly breezes;
Waiting in the upper room.
Waiting on the Lord, longing to mount higher;
Waiting on the Lord, having great desire;
Waiting on the Lord, for the heav’nly fire;
Waiting in the upper room.

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Good Morning and Happy Saturday,

"I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day" lyrics
(Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882), 1867)

Play "I Heard The Bells…"

I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day
Their old familiar carols play,
And wild and sweet the words repeat
Of peace on earth, good will to men.

I thought how, as the day had come,
The belfries of all Christendom
Had rolled along the unbroken song
Of peace on earth, good will to men.

And in despair I bowed my head:
"There is no peace on earth," I said,
"For hate is strong and mocks the song
Of peace on earth, good will to men."

Then pealed the bells more loud and deep:
"God is not dead, nor doth he sleep;
The wrong shall fail, the right prevail,
With peace on earth, good will to men."

Till, ringing singing, on its way,
The world revolved from night to day,
A voice, a chime, a chant sublime,
Of peace on earth, good will to men!


Like the author of this song, we live in a world that there is no peace. Our war is different than the civil war that was going on when Mr Longfellow wrote this song. Yet we all know that just in California, a act of terrorism could happen anywhere at anytime. Just as the writer we are primed to cry out there is no peace. But just as the author penned in the last verse, God is not dead nor has He resigned His position.
We are warned by Jesus Himself that these things must be. Yet that doesn't mean that we should not rejoice in this time of celebrating Jesus' birth. Draw your family around you and thank God for the gift of family that He has given you. Most everyone like myself have family in Heaven and I believe they are also rejoicing at this time with us. We do not have to be overcome with despair. We can rejoice in the family we still have with us, we can enjoy the festivities that are all around us, and most important we can rejoice in the precious gift of Jesus. Take time and drive around looking at Christmas lights with Christmas songs playing in your car and feel your spirit lift. Keep your eyes on Jesus and look for His soon coming. Paul would remind us that this time of suffering is for a short period, while our rejoicing in Heaven will be for eternity. Be blessed and look for ways to be a blessing to others.
Betty

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Thanks for the post. It sure brightened my day.

Praise to our King Jesus!


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Plow on, plow on...
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David,

Thank you so much. I pray each day that God will give me the right words to say. It has been almost a year since I got sick. They still do not know the cause or solution, but I believe God is allowing me to go though this time so that I can grow in Him and be used by. Him.
Betty

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Good Morning and Happy Sunday,

I am still having health issues so going to go to the Church close to me. I miss my home Church, but must deal with what is. I have not heard from Doctor but trusting God they will find the cause and solution.
This morning 2 squirrels and assorted birds. I woke up early this morning so no rushing to make Church which is good. Almost all the leaves are gone from my trees and they look dreary and depressing. Often in our life we go through periods where we feel like those trees. We can see nothing beautiful in our life and we feel defeated and ugly. But just like in the spring when the trees began to grow new leaves and our yard is bursting with new life, our own lives will begin to burst open with fruit and we will glow with the growth of our soul. Winter is a time or rest for most of nature. We to need times of spiritual rest in Jesus. Where we can grow in the Lord and become refueled. If our cup is empty we cannot share with others the Good News of Christ. Let us not grumble and complain when we are going through the dark times but praise God and rest on Him. Spring is coming, but for now we must got through the winter. There is a reason God made 4 seasons and there is a reason why we go through valleys and climb mountains. Which ever stage God has us going through, let us go through it with grace and gratitude to God.
This is the last Sunday before Christmas Day. Let us take time today to reflect on The beauty and the promise fulfilled with the birth of Jesus. God bless and keep you.
Betty


Silent night, holy night
All is calm and all is bright
Round young virgin mother and child
Holy infant so tender and mild
Sleep in heavenly peace
Sleep in heavenly peace

Silent night, holy night
Shepherds quake at the sight
Glories stream from heaven afar
Heavenly hosts sing hallelujah
Christ the savior is born
Christ our savior is born

Silent night, holy night
Son of God
Love's pure light
Radiant beams from thy holy face
With the dawn of redeeming grace
Jesus Lord at thy birth
Jesus Lord at thy birth

Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah

Christ the savior is born

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Good Morning and Happy Monday,

I pray that you are feeling blessed today and feel God's breath near you like a sweet smelling rose.
Yesterday, the little children did a little Chrismas pagent at Church and they were so sweet. What made it so lovely was not perfection but the mistakes of the young ones who were so precious. Many years ago I took a painting classes for 6 months. The teacher often stressed that when we tried to make our scenes of nature perfect, we lost the glory of nature. She told us to study nature and we would see that not every leave was hanging in a perfect position and every flower was not picture perfect, and yet when we painted nature in its true form it came together perfectly. We too often spend so much time seeking perfection in our lives that we miss the big picture. This does not mean we should not do our best but don't get so caught up in the little things that you miss what God is trying to show you. If God wanted perfect Christians who could have mankind with no freedom of choice and like robots who just did God's will on command. But God chose mankind, weak easily led astray, and often stubborn, to be His vessels. When we choose to be obedient to God and willing to be led by Him, I believe God rejoices. When we decide to go our own way, act out, and just be plan contrary, God doesn't say:"Throw that one away, they are broken". No! God brings us back often with a spanking but as I believe King David said: God doesn't chastise for us forever and afterwards, He heals our wounds and comforts us. This Christmas season do not try to have the perfect Christmas. Don't stress over everything going perfectly that you miss out on enjoying your family.
So much of my family is in Heaven and though I often long to relive those days they are gone. But if I allow myself to grieve over loss, I would miss out over the wonderful family that I am blessed to have around me, my hubby, my precious children, grandchildren, and great grandson. Take time this season to thank God for lovely, precious memories of the past and rejoice in what you have in the present. If the turkey isn't like you see on TV, don't stress. Your family loves you and wants to spend time with you, not with the turkey. God bless you.
Betty

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Good Morning and Happy Tueday,

Have you ever had something bother you and every time you think you have put it out of your mind the devil pops it back in your head? You tell yourself you are over it, here the thought comes like a runaway train. Let's face it the devil likes to use our minds like a play ground. The question becomes not if he is going to put thoughts that are contrary to what God wants us to dwell on, because he will. The question becomes whether we will refrain from playing with the thoughts are stop and give them to Jesus. This is a process that we have to do over and over for the devil will not tempt us once but many, many times. But I believe each time we do not allow the devil to have his way we become spiritually stronger. This time of year we are prone to remember past experiences. While most may be good there are those thoughts that only depress us and make us feel dishearted, we must remember that God got us through those painful times and He is with us in the present. Let us concentrate this Christmas Season to make new memories and be a blessing to others making happy memories for others. God bless you and may your step be lighter as you remind yourself how much the Heavenly Father loves you.
Several squirrels this morning and a couple of birds. Yesterday a tree had so many red birds that it looked like red flowers. That made me happy.
Betty

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Good Morning and Happy Wednesday,

The last two days have been exhausting. Between Christmas shopping for Christmas dinner, last minute gifts, and a visit for hubby at the VA, we have ran the roads. Don't get met wrong I am so grateful that we were able to take care of the needs for Christmas. But today is the first day it is safe for me to eat breakfast since Saturday. My plan is to stay off the roads today. I really am appreciative of all the work my mom did for us kids. She baked every day the week of Christmas. And that is not counting the baking she did for the Church events and making sure we kiddos got to all the Christmas play practices. I sure miss her and dad and my little sister. Christmas seems a little less not being at my mother-in- laws house on Christmas Eve. I know there are many that miss loved ones. While it is so important to us knowing that they are having Christmas with Jesus, it doesn't take away the loss of their presence at our table. We need to remind ourselves that God gave up the presence of His Son for 33 years so that He could bring salvation to mankind.
Christmas brings still brings out the good in people . It was refreshing to see people go the extra way to help people negotiate a 5 lane highway yesterday to turn left against the traffic. No one honking at the people who stopped to allow this. Of course there are those who are always going to be impatient and cranky but there seems to be more nice people at Christmas time. Maybe it is the remembrance of the joy of Christmas when they were children. As we spend the last few days before Christmas let us share the love of Jesus with others and let us take time to thank God our Father for the best gift of all: Jesus.
God bless you and your family today.
A few squirrels are gathering now that they realize that their food is out. I see a bird so they should start gathering soon. I hope that God will use my feeble words to bless you . When I sat down after my morning chores I was hurting and feeling a little blue, but God has encouraged me and watching nature has made me smile. Thank you, Jesus for allowing me to enjoy the birds and squirrels every morning.
Betty

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Good Morning and a Blessed Christmas Eve,

"God made His home with us so that we might make our home with Him." This was in my Daily Bread. If God had not become man, lived and died among us, and rose again, mankind would still be living with out hope. Just living out our time until we died and went to hell. I can not imagine a more miserable life and yet there are those who choose the path to hell. They know the truth and yet they reject the truth because of pride, unwillingness to give up their sin and just not wanting to have anyone including God to tell them how to live. Even if they live a prosperous life of fame, power, and riches, what is that compared to an eternity in hell? This is the time many of us exchange gifts and yet so many people reject the most precious gift of all: Jesus. Sadly we live in a time when Christians are considered weak and feeble minded at best and at worse mentally challenged for needing a God to make us feel accepted. Those who look down on us are accepted as inlighted and intelligent. Sadly, they have rejected the truth. The Bible says in the last days bad will be considered good and good considered bad. If you speak out for unborn babies, you are for taking away the rights of women to kill their unborn children. I read about a Methodist Preacher who said that driving women to have their abortion is God's work. How sad that don't only is she is participating in killing of babies she is an example in her Church of teaching sin as acceptable.
As we celebrate Christmas this season, let us take time to pray for those blinded by sin that their eyes be open to the truth of God's Word. May they see that just because the world has chosen to make sinful things acceptable does not mean that God has changed His mind. Pray that their hearts will be open to accept the greatest Christmas Gift of all: Jesus our Savior.

This morning I took pleasure in two beautiful yellow roses in my front yard. I stopped an told them how beautiful they are. I have several squirrels eating this morning and my heart is filled with joy. I pray that you too find joy and peace today.
Betty

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Merry Christmas to everyone!

The Christmas Dinner is at 5 today so it is quiet around here. We had a lovely Christmas morning before Jeff left to have lunch with Sarah's family. God was good to us and we were able to get each other a few things we needed. I was pleased as punch that Ronnie asked for a Bible this year. We are going to try starting reading the Bible together tomorrow. We went to Church with Jeff and Sarah last night and had supper at Sarah's house with her family, and then went and looked at Christmas lights. This has been a great Christmas. I am so thankful for what Christmas means and the gift of Jesus and through Him the gift of salvation. I hope you have a lovely day with your family. We are blessed to have Sarah in our lives. She is a great addition to our family. Ronnie and are blessed with having our two children and two grandchildren and one great grandchild. Like Sarah our son inlaw , Mark, is a great blessing to our family and we our grateful for him. I pray that God will bless you and all your family today and your home be filled with wonderful smells of Christmas Dinner and your hearts filled with thanksgiving to our Heavenly Father for the blessings that He has bestowed on you and your household.
Betty
We had several squirrels, a blue bird and a red male Cardinal this morning .

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Good Morning and Happy Saturday,

We were blessed to have our kids and their families with us yesterday. A blessing I do not take for granted. We had a lovely dinner and wonderful fellowship. My son's fiancee got to see the Harlow family as it is, loud and fun loving. Jesus was so good to us. I pray that everyone had a blessed Christmas Day with their loved ones. This morning I have been blessed to enjoy a male red Cardnail and a female Cardnail and several squirrels. The days after Christmas we are usually tired and weary, especially those of us in bad health, but let us not forget to keep a thankful heart for every blessing God has given us. I am going to rest today and allow my body to recover, but this doesn't mean I cannot take the time throughout the day to offer prayers of thanksgiving to God my Father. In a week it will be a New Year, let us finish out this year, with a spirit of thankfulness and appreciation for God and our loved ones. Be blessed and be thankful for our salvation through Christ our Savior. Let us pray for our lost loved ones and those we run into that God will save their souls. Remember to pray for our Missioners, our Military, our Police Officers, and Firemen. God bless and keep you and you families safe.

Thank you Jenn, Beverly, and Sarah's mom for the Christmas goodies. I enjoyed a few for my breakfast this morning .

Betty

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

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Good Morning and a Blessed Sunday,

I felt so bad yesterday and last night that I did not set an alarm for Church. I am in more pain then usual but that is okay I took something for it and I am going to rest this morning and try to make it to the evening service. The bare trees outside or glistening with rain drops which adds a beauty to the otherwise sad looking trees. In our growth in our faith and walk with Jesus, we often go through barren times. Times when we feel so forlorn that we have little faith for ourselves and nothing to share with others. We often feel that God has forgotten us and we are just going to fade away. But it could be through these barren times that not only do we rest our bodies but we grow deeper and stronger in faith if we will not give up but seek the face of God and lean on Him more and more. We can look at barren trees and remind ourselves that in the spring those trees will be majestic in their beauty and grace. Let us not forget to remind ourselves that after our time of barrenness we will be like those trees, bursting forth with spiritual fruit and glowing with the Holy Spirit which lives in us. The earth has seasons for a purpose and spiritually and physically we have seasons for a purpose. Embrace the season you are in and seek God's face and seek for ways to be a light to a dark and sinful world. God is with you every season and He has a purpose for your life. He hasn't given up on you, so don't give up on Him. As we look forward to our eternity in Heaven let us not put our motors on coast but work diligently for God until God calls us home.
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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