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Betty Louise
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May 21, 2018
Good Morning and Happy Monday,

Show Grace and Kindness to All


Psalm 116:5-9 King James Version (KJV)
5 Gracious is the Lord, and righteous; yea, our God is merciful.
6 The Lord preserveth the simple: I was brought low, and he helped me.
7 Return unto thy rest, O my soul; for the Lord hath dealt bountifully with thee.
8 For thou hast delivered my soul from death, mine eyes from tears, and my feet from falling.
9 I will walk before the Lord in the land of the living.

Have you ever known a Christian who was obnoxious in the way that they treated people? I worked in a doughnut shop one summer when I was in High School. Two ladies came in with their hair up in a bun. They treated me rudely and were unkind. I never seen these people before. I also have a cousin who walks away without speaking, from anyone in our family because we do not go to the same denomination as they do. It turned out these ladies and my cousin were members of the same denomination. If you were not a member of their denomination, they did not speak to you, unless forced to.

How sad this must make God! To see His children act so unkindly to others.
God called us to spread the Gospel to others. I remember telling my mom that I wondered how they could share Jesus and expect anyone would want to be a part of a Church where people were so unkind.

In today’s world kindness is often rare. What a great opportunity for Christians to share God’s love by treating others kindly and with respect. When we have a hopeful and kind attitude it will rub off on others. Remember from yesterday, we are not children without hope. Even on our bad days, we can remind ourselves that we are looking forward to the Blessed Hope, the day Jesus comes for His Own.

As we go about our business today, pray that God will help us to be gracious. My dear friends, I understand that some of us suffer pain and discomfort every day. At times, we can allow our health issues to make us speak rudely and abrupt, especially when others are rude to us. When we do ask for forgiveness from the person we were rude to and from God. It does not matter whether the person accepts your apology. We seek to live and speak graciously for the cause of Christ and not to be a people pleaser.

Have a blessed day. Keep your eyes on Jesus.

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

Betty
Listening to the birds chatter. Thankful for my little diamonds of joy.

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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,

The pets fed, the birds and squirrels fed, and me bathed and dressed for today. I have a Doctor’s appointment this afternoon, but do I know how this day will end? Of course not. We sometimes hear people say that they cannot believe there is a God. Yet everyday people get up and get dressed and have faith that they will come home at the end of the day. Christians and non Christians use faith every day. We flip a light switch and we expect the light to come on. We turn a key in the car and expect the engine to roar. Mankind was made with the ability to have faith. God made us to have faith in Him and His plan of salvation.

Why is it that more are not saved? Some people know the truth but refuse salvation because of pride. To accept salvation is to admit that we are sinners. Sadly some people refuse to admit they are sinners. Some people put off salvation because they want to accomplish high goals that require committing sins to achieve. They assume that when they are old and have accomplished their dreams, salvation will be available. Not knowing that the longer they put off salvation the harder their heart grows, until their conscience and the voice of the Holy Spirit is too faint to even hear. Then there are those who just flat out refuse to believe that there is a God. They choose to believe in humanism.

So many reasons to miss out on salvation and yet the cost of doing so, is eternity in hell. God calls out to the lost but they turn their heads against His call. When conviction comes, they drown it in pills and alcohol. They choose to live in their pride of needing no one and die without the one thing they truly needed; salvation.

As Christians, do not look down on people like these. Instead, pray that God will pierce their heart with the knowledge that today is the day for salvation.
Salvation is a gift and the only pride involved in this is pride in our Lord and Savior. May God give us a heart if compassion for lost and hurting people.
Betty

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May 23, 2018
Good Morning and Happy Wednesday,

Have you ever felt that the person you are talking to you has left the conversation? They are still standing there or still on the phone with you, but it becomes obvious they have left the conversation. This feeling is frustrating. It makes you want to just stop talking and walk away or hang up the phone. We do that to God sometimes. Someone is giving the closing prayer and our mind wanders to what we are going to eat for lunch and any number of places our mind can go.

God does not do this, to us. When we are praying, He is not thinking of someone who is higher up on the spiritual ladder. Nor does God ask Himself: how many times is she going to ask for the same thing? God in His divine love, listens to our prayer. In His kindness, He hears every word. Yes, it is true we often ask for the same thing more then once. Simply because the more we need an answer, the more the need is pressing on our hearts. Remember the story Jesus told of the woman who kept knocking, until the man came down from his bed and gave her the bread she needed. Jesus said: the man did not care about the woman’s needs but gave her the bread, to shut her up.

Jesus does care about our needs. What is important to us, is important to Him.
Of course, what we see as needs, is sometimes just wants. There are times that that God says:”No”. Simply because if we had what we wanted, it would lead us away from our relationship with God, or could even be dangerous for us. It is through our daily walking with Him that our trust in Him grows to the point that we can trust Him to do what is best for us.

Never accuse God of not caring. He sent His Son to die for us. Yet, He still cares and loves us enough to listen to our prayers, even when are prayers are selfish and rambling. Sometimes we need to stop a minute and just thank God for His goodness and love for us.
Betty
Bird seed out and waiting for the rascals.

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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 24, 2018
Good Afternoon and Happy Thursday,

I am locked out of two different emails. I wrote down what I thought was the password but, they seem to be wrong. We live in a world where ID’s are required to get in at many places. When we come to God, we do not have to explain who we are. God knows us. He has knows us since before we were even in the womb.

God not only knows us but He knows our past, present, and future. He knows what makes us tick. We can be married many years and still hear our mate say: “I did not know you did not like that”. This is not true of God. The Bible says that He knows how many hairs are on our head.

What a blessing to know that God knows us so well! The question then is “How well do we know God?”. The answer determines our relationship with God. How much time do we spend with God? How much time do we spend in His Word? My answer would be: “not enough”. We can easily get distracted by things around us and neglect our relationship with God. Guilty! When we realize that we are not spending enough time with God, we start working on that. Knowing about an issue and not addressing the issue, will not fix the problem. Yes we can be busy, but taking the time to spend with God is worth it in this life and in Heaven.
Betty

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

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May 25, 2018
Good Morning and Happy,

Yesterday I fretted all day about my forgetfulness. It is easy to become caught up in something that frustrates us. We can waste hours on things we cannot change. I would have been better off putting my fears and frustrations in God’s hands and let them go.

We can waste so much time concentrating on things we cannot change. God wants us to be a peace. We cannot be at peace if we are caught up in these kind of things. God wants us to remember that He is in control. I understand it is hard to let things go that overwhelm us, but there is peace when we give it to God.

Our future is secure in God. While it is true we do not know what tomorrow holds for us; God does. When we put complete trust in Him, then we can live in peace. Remember our hope is in God and not our surroundings. The world today is full of troubles. We cannot change that. We can rest under God’s wings. We can pray for those affected by troubles and we can trust God to see us through to another day.

Remind yourselves of the song “My Hope is Built” and rest in the righteousness of God.
Betty

Full Text
1 My hope is built on nothing less
than Jesus' blood and righteousness;
I dare not trust the sweetest frame,
but wholly lean on Jesus' name.
On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand;
all other ground is sinking sand.
2 When darkness veils His lovely face,
I rest on His unchanging grace;
in ev'ry high and stormy gale
my anchor holds within the veil.
On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand;
all other ground is sinking sand.
3 His oath, His covenant, His blood
support me in the 'whelming flood;
when all around my soul gives way
He then is all my hope and stay.
On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand;
all other ground is sinking sand.
4 When He shall come with trumpet sound,
O may I then in Him be found,
dressed in His righteousness alone,
faultless to stand before the throne.
On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand;
all other ground is sinking sand.


Source: Hymns to the Living God #216


https://youtu.be/rkMapZB8qMk

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May 26, 2018
Good Morning and Happy Saturday,

“In My Distress”


Psalm 18:6 Living Bible (TLB)6 In my distress I screamed to the Lord for his help. And he heard me from heaven;[a] my cry reached his ears.

Everybody has times of distress. In times of distress, we feel abandoned and alone. The devil will tell us, that even God has forsaken us. Yet, the Bible tells us many times that God will never forsake or abandoned us. So, why do we feel that way? When a storm comes in the middle of the day, it can seem as if the sun has stopped doing its job. The sun is still working, even if we cannot see the sun. When storm clouds of troubles surrounds us, we can feel that God is not working in our lives anymore.

God is still working in your life, even when you cannot see Him. He is still right here with us and guiding us. Are we listening to Him? Have we begin to listen to the lies of Satan more then listening to God. If so stop and seek God’s forgiveness. The only thing people are to Satan is another soul to steal from God. Satan is the father of lies. God is truth. Choose to listen to truth and not to lies.

You may be surrounded today by the storms of life, but keep your trust in God. He will see you safely out of the storms. It is during those dark days that our trust in God grows. Trust in God brings about spiritual growth. Paul said to rejoice in our suffering for it brings about perseverance.

Romans 5:3-5 English Standard Version (ESV)
3 Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, 4 and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, 5 and hope does not put us to shame, because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.

Pray for one another that God will guide us and protect us. Pray that we will stand strong in our faith and not waver.

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

Betty

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May 27, 2018

I did not make it to Church. I woke up hurting. Even when we cannot make it to Church, we can pray and worship God. We all have days when we do not feel well. Yet, even on those days, God is with us. Even in sickness we are blessed by God. Let us be grateful for the many blessings we have. Like the old song says “Count your blessings”. The devil would have you to count your troubles, but he only wants to discourage us. God on the other hand, wants to encourage us and lift up our spirits.

Live each day with a song of praise to God, in your heart. When we praise God With our whole heart, we will find peace of mind and spirit. Even in our own suffering, we can pray for the needs of others. May our hearts always be filled with compassion for others. We do not want to get so wrapped up in our own needs that we cannot see the suffering of others. There are so many suffering in this world. The numbers alone, are enough to tempt us to shut off our hearts to feeling compassion on others. Instead let us pray for those we know and those we do not know. God knows them.

Tomorrow we honor those who gave their lives in service to our Country. Let us pray for their families. Pray that God will comfort them and show them His grace. Praise God for men and women who stepped out of their comfort zone to fight for what is right and honorable.
Betty

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May 28, 2018
Memorial Day,

This is the day set aside to honor those who died protecting our Country. Today is more then a Holiday from work. It is a day that is set aside for those who gave all to pay the price for America’s freedom. Freedom comes with a cost.
The cost was everything to those who did not come back alive.

Sadly, there are those today, that do not recognize the importance of freedom. They are willing to give our freedom away a little bit at a time for free health care and free college. Not realizing that loss of freedom, could take away your ability to even pick our your own major in College. Free health care comes with a cost. Government will be able one day to decided who lives and who dies.

Jesus died for our freedom, too. He died to free us from sin. It must break His heart when He sees us willing go back in to the same sin pit time after time. When we choose to be entangled in sin, rather then freedom in Christ, we are choosing trouble for ourselves. It must break His heart to see millions reject the gift of His Son, so that all could be saved.

Today let us pray for the those who lost their loved ones to battle to keep America free. Pray for those who have bought into the devil’s lies that rejecting salvation is being free. Sinners are in bondage to sin but they sadly think they are free. True freedom comes from serving our Lord and Savior.

I hope you have a blessed day and get to eat some Barbecue today. We cheated and bought a package of pre cooked ribs. Just going to be the two of us.
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 29, 2018
Good Afternoon and Happy Tuesday,

“I have lost the battle, and I am just waiting to die”

Is this our attitude? Do we live our life, like we are on the losing side? God forbid!. In His great mercy He gave the Apostle John the ending of the story to share with all Christians. We do not have to live our lives in despair. We do not have to worry whether God will defeat Satan. God defeated Satan on the cross. Since the day, Jesus took the keys of death from Satan, He has secured the win in the battle.

Yes, we have hard times. Yes, we suffer losses in our lives, yet there is victory ahead. If we stay true to Jesus and not allow ourselves to be lead astray, we will inherit our rewards in Heaven. Victory belongs to those who serve God to the end.

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.

There are so many troubles in the world today. Disasters, murder, and all kinds of evil that the devil, draw our minds towards. If we are not careful, we can feel defeated. If we do not put our trust completely in God, we can be tempted to live in a state of defeat, all the time. The devil would love to convince us that we have lost the battle.

Yet , when we read the book of The Revelations, we see that victory is indeed ahead. We may be going through a trial today, but we can rejoice in our victorious hope in Glory. Lay aside our defeated attitude and begin to rejoice in our Heavenly Hope.

Psalm 16:9
Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoiceth: my flesh also shall rest in hope.

Ephesians 1:18
The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,

Colossians 1:27
To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:


Remind yourself the victory has been won by Jesus. We have noting to fear. We can live in hope and victory.

Hebrews 12:1 King James Version (KJV)
12 Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,

The Battle has been WON and I am living for God to the day, I enter into My Heavenly Hope. Let this be our motto.
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 30, 2018
Good Afternoon and Happy Wednesday,

Finding the right words


Have you ever came to your prayer time and your mind goes blank? You have no clue what to pray about. It is not that there are no issues in your life. There is certainly enough problems in the world to pray about, yet your mind seems to be standing still.

Other times we are so overwhelmed with our problems that we are so upset we cannot get a rational sentence out. Again, with all the world’s problems, where do we begin? Paul tells us that in these times the Holy Spirit knows what to say for us.

Romans 8:26-27 New King James Version (NKJV)
26 Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession [a]for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. 27 Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God.

The Holy Spirit talks to God through us in groaning that God understands. God is not impressed with prayers that are written to impress others when we pray out loud. God wants to hear prayers from our heart. A simplistic prayer from the heart touches God much more then prayers that are said to impress others with our intelligence.

What do I pray for today? A good way to start is with praises to our Heavenly Father. We have so much to be thankful for. Then let us pray for others. Pray for the sick and lost souls. After that we can then pray for our own needs.

The important thing is to pray every day and through out the day. Keep the communication with God open. We bless God with our praises and He blesses us throughout our day. Look for opportunities to pray for others. Driving down the road when we see someone changing back in forth from one lane to another, cutting people off, our response is usually: “look at that idiot”. How about praying for that person. Pray that they will find peace in God and if not saved, that God will reveal Himself to that person. Has this been my habit? Honestly: No! I am quick to fuss and call the person and idiot. I am going to work more on praying for people. Let us make a challenge of seeking God’s help for others instead of jumping into anger.
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 31, 2018
Good Afternoon and Happy Thursday,

This morning I saw a red wasp drinking at the bird bath. The simple little red wasp, knew where to quench his thirst. Yet, we as Christians, often live like we do not know where to go when we are tired, sick, of just overwhelmed. We wallow in our troubles like we do not have a Heavenly Father who is waiting for us to call out to Him. Instead of calling out to God, we wallow in our troubles, like a young child playing in muddy water.

What keeps us from calling on God? Is it self pride? Is it fear? Is it shame? Is it stubbornness? How often do we suffer because we do not go to the source of help and peace? Jesus says “Come”.

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

Jesus encourages us to ask of Him when we are in need.

Matthew 7:7-11 King James Version (KJV)
7 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:
8 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.
9 Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone?
10 Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent?
11 If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?

Nowhere does Jesus say for us to suffer and when we have suffered enough come to Him. Nor does God say when you improve yourself come to me. He invites us to come.

Rev 22:17 The Spirit and the Bride say, “Come.” And let the one who hears say, “Come.” And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who desires take the water of life without price.

God has not promised us a life of ease, but He has promised to be with us, through our journey. We choose whether to lean on Jesus or to choose to walk in self pride. Lay aside pride and doubts and call out to God. Make the choice to walk with God.

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

God understands you, like no other. He knows you better then you know yourself. Seek His face every day. Trust in Him and He will not fail or forsake you.
Betty

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June 1,2018
Good Morning and Happy Friday,

15 Minutes Of Fame

We live in a world, where people are apt to do anything to get their face and name on the news. They are willing to humiliate themselves and their families, to achieve their 15 minutes of fame. There seems to be no act so derogatory, crude, or evil that, that will not do, to accomplish this.

Sadly if the masses agree with your political stand, especially if you hate President Trump, you can do evil right in the streets, down town in your city. Gay parades have men and women nearly nude wearing bondage costumes, walking down the street with children by their side. Women protesting Trump going topless with crude hats walking the street with their children is consider acceptable.

Singers for years have pushed the bar on how crude the words of their songs are and how little they have on, to increase their music sales. Now the liberals have joined them in the gutter. If you hate the President, almost anything is acceptable.

Christians on the other hand know that 15 minutes of fame is nothing compared to eternity with God in Heaven. We rejoice in having our name written in the Book of Life, rather then seeing ourselves on the nightly news. We choose to live Godly lives rather then crawl into the gutter. We choose to stand for the unborn babies rather then go with the popular crowd of today.

Sadly those who choose to go with what is popular and reject salvation, will one day, know the cost of fame on earth. Eternity in hell is not worth a life time of being popular on earth.

Fame- we do not need. A relationship with Jesus, we do need! Let us choose to live Godly and Holy lives for the cause of Christ.
Betty

Time to buy more bird seed. [Big Grin]

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June 2, 2018
Good Afternoon and Happy Saturday,

Stressed and Distressed

We live in a world that it is impossible not to have stress occasionally pop up in our lives. I like the saying “Too Blessed to be Stressed”, but the truth is even Christians become stressed. Even when we have all our ducks in a row, we are stressed by outside sources. Fears of the future can effect everyone. Just when you feel like you got the trust in God going on, out of blue you are hit with something, and stress broad sides you like 2X6 board.

It is not that you have lost faith in God or that you have backslidden. It’s the way the devil hits us with something new that overwhelms us. We will be stressed. The question becomes: “Do we wallow in our stress?”, or do we call out to God for help? We do not choose to be stressed but we can choose to allow it to rule us. Let us choose to call on God for help.

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

None of us knows what the future holds, but God does. When we realize that God knowing the future is enough, then when we can find peace in Him. Find rest in God.

Psalm 62:5-12 New International Version (NIV)

Yes, my soul, find rest in God;
    my hope comes from him.

Truly he is my rock and my salvation;
    he is my fortress, I will not be shaken.

My salvation and my honor depend on God[a];
    he is my mighty rock, my refuge.

Trust in him at all times, you people;
    pour out your hearts to him,
    for God is our refuge.

The same God who got us through yesterday, will be with us today and tomorrow. Let us lay our fears at Jesus feet and walk in trust in Him. When we do that we can stop stressing about the future and walk in faith in God, our Father.

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

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June 3, 2018
Good Morning and Blessed Sunday,

Sunday Memories

There were three of us girls in our family. On Saturday, mamma put our hair up in rollers, polished our shoes, and ironed our dresses for Sunday. We would get up early for a nice breakfast and then get ready to go to Sunday School. I must admit I took for granted all the work my mama did to get us ready for Sunday’s . After Church we usually had fried chicken. We were blessed to have a mama who loved God and saw the importance of raising her children in Church.

When you grow up with things being a certain way, it is easy to take the work involved for granted, especially if someone else is doing to work. I gave my heart to Jesus when I was seven years old. I have been through many things since then, but like with my mama, I have often taken God for granted. I have never know what it is like, not to have God with me. Of course there have been times that my relationship with God was strained. This was always my fault. I moved further from God. He never moved away from me.

When we look back on our lives we will see the many times God protected us from danger. When we did step in danger it was because we chose to ignore the Holy Spirit warning us. No matter how old we get, Satan is going to tempt us to doubt God. He will try to get us to stand in our own strength. He will tempt us to stray a little further from the path God has chosen for us.

We must have our mind set on the truth of God. As long as we live in these earthly bodies we will not be above sinning. We will not reach a point that Satan cannot lead us to doubt. What do we do? We stay true to God. We walk in the principles the Bible has laid out for us. We choose to walk close to God and in His will. The closer we walk to God the further we walk from the sinful path that Satan would choose for us. When doubts come, we take them to Jesus. When we fall, we get up, seek forgiveness from God and carry on doing His will.
Betty

I can hear the squirrels running across the roof of the house.

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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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Looking for truth,

Thank you. May God bless you for your kindness.
Betty

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June 4, 2018
Good Afternoon and Happy Monday,

There will be days that we do not feel on fire for God and ready to share the love of God. Sometimes it is because we are tired and our bodies are in need of special touch from God. Our relationship with God is still the same. We have not lost our way. Contrary to the lies of the devil, God has not forsake us. It is just that we need to take some time to be filled and refreshed by the Holy Spirit.

There is nothing wrong with taking time to rest and refresh ourselves in the presence of God. We cannot give if our cup is empty. In times like these, seek God’s face. Ask the Holy Spirit to refresh your soul. Take time to rest our bodies so that we can begin again tomorrow sharing the love of God with others. Resting your soul and body is not selfish. It is during these times that we grow closer to God while we share with Him our needs and our weaknesses. Do not fear that God will be appalled by our needs. He knows our needs and weaknesses better then we do. We can always be honest with God.

May today you find rest and peace in the presence of our Heavenly Father. May He fill your heart with His love, perfect peace, and joy. Rejoice in the knowledge that we can go to God in all situations. We can trust Him, no matter how we feel emotionally or physically.
Betty

Matthew 11:28-30 New International Version (NIV)
28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

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June 5, 2018
Good Morning and Happy Tuesday,

Spiritual Darkness

We live in a world where some Pastors have left the truth of the Gospel to increase their Church attendance. Pastors who embrace sin, instead of preaching against sin. Pastors who preach that the Bible is not the inspired Word of God. Some even going as far as to say that God’s has changed His mind, about some sins. They over look the Scripture that says Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow. Preachers who find preaching about sin and hell uncomfortable, so they no longer preach the truth.

2 Timothy 4:3 King James Version (KJV)
3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;

While it is true there are people who do not want to hear preaching about sin and hell, preaching that sin is no longer an issue is a lie from Satan. Changing the truth is not helping the lost. Preaching there is no sin, is giving false hope to sinners. Remember God could not even look at Jesus when He was bearing our sins on the cross. Yet, there are Preachers who are preaching that we can stay in our sins and enter Heaven.

God is a Holy God. He cannot allow sin to be in His presence. He saved our souls to turn us from a sinful life to a Holy life. If we went to the Doctor with an illness that there is medication to cure it, we would not want the Doctor to help us learn to live with the illness. We would want the medication to cure us from the illness. Salvation is not learning to live peacefully in sin. Salvation is seeking forgiveness from God and turning away from sin.

2 Corinthians 5:17 King James Version (KJV)Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

We come to Jesus to be changed from our sinful ways into one who is living for God and in the truths of God. God wants to take us out of the filth of sin and make us a new creature in Him. We are not going to bring God down to our level. God wants to bring us up to His level, a Holy relationship with Him.

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

2 Chronicles 7:14 King James Version (KJV. If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

1 Peter 1:16 New International Version (NIV)
16 for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.”[a]

Let us guard our hearts, from the lies of the devil. Let us reject falsehoods and cling to the Gospel of Christ. Warn others who have bought into the lies of Satan. The Gospel is not what we want it to be. It is the Good News of Jesus Christ.
Betty

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June 6, 2018
Good Morning and Happy Wednesday.

A Rebellious People


Isaiah 1:4 King James Version (KJV)
4 Ah sinful nation, a people laden with iniquity, a seed of evildoers, children that are corrupters: they have forsaken the Lord, they have provoked the Holy One of Israel unto anger, they are gone away backward.

We live in a world surrounded by rebellious people. Young people who have no respect for their elders. Leaders of Counties, who have no respect for God, the Constitution, or the people they represent. They want power at any cost. They are content to destroy America, to be able to destroy President Trump. There is no respect anymore for the Presidency and people want to be in control, even if it means, to tear America down.

These actions are not accidental. The devil is destroying Countries, so that he can put his One World Government in charge. The devil wants to be worshipped and adored. He will take millions to hell with him, just to destroy what God created; mankind. By the time people realize that they have put a dictator in charge of the world, it will be too late to save them.

Government leaders are so filled with hate that they cannot see that they are destroying themselves for what they think will be power. In essence they will be giving the power they thought they won, over to Satan, Himself. Young people from Kindergarten to High School are being taught to have no Patriotism. They have no love or respect for their Country. The children are even taught to doubt their own bodies. They are convinced that the sex they were born into, is wrong. They are going to be so confused about their sexuality, that they will not have the fortitude to fight for freedoms for their own Country. They will lay down their individual rights to people whom have convinced them that life is not precious and that many must be sacrificed to turn earth into Heaven. The Bible says that children will betray their parents and parents their children. The world will fall like sacrificed lambs at the feet of the anti-Christ.

Those who have rejected the God of Heaven will worship the devil. Those who did not want God telling them how to live their lives will give themselves and their freedoms to the devil. Everything that will happen can be contributed to the first sin, rebellion to God. They will reject the God who sent His Son as a sacrifice to die for the sins of the world. Instead they will worship the father of lies, who uses people for His selfish desires and then throws them away like trash.

It is not too late for individuals to turn from their evil ways and accept the precious gift of salvation that Jesus purchased with His Own blood. Let us turn from our rebellious ways and worship the God of Heaven. Let us lay aside our self-indulgent and selfishness to live for God and His righteousness.
Betty

P.S. please pray for Ronnie. He fell at 6 this morning and it took about twenty minutes to get him off the floor.

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June 7, 2018
Good Afternoon and Happy Thursday,

A New Heaven and a New Earth

Revelation 21:1-7 King James Version (KJV)
21 And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.
2 And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
3 And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.
4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.
5 And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.
6 And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.
7 He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.

What a wondrous thought to realize that we will be with God in a New Heaven and Earth. All things will be new and there will be no more tears,sorrow, or death. Yet, we get so caught up in the present that we cannot see that there is a future where nothing can harm us, where Satan will have no part in it.

Romans 8:18 King James Version (KJV)
18 For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.

Yes, my dear friends, today’s troubles can overwhelm us. Let us take it to God. Do not allow Satan to defeat you. There is victory in our Heavenly Father.
Even when you are so beaten down that you cannot put your needs and fears into word, cry out to God. He will hear your cries and He will understand the cry from your heart.

Out of our discouragement, joy will pour out of our hearts if we trust in God and lean into Him for Heavenly strength. Hopelessness can turn into testimony, if we trust God to provide comfort and encouragement in the midst of our battles. We know what the ending for Satan is. We need not fear him, if we keep our eyes on Jesus and our trust in Jesus.
Betty
Tiny little birds at the feeders.

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June 8, 2018
Good Afternoon and Happy Friday,

Whose Voice Will I Choose to Listen To?

There are many voices crying out in the world today. We make the choice of whom will listen to and if we are not careful, we can hang our faith on the wrong person. Voices calling for Christians to be financially successful and have what we want. Sounds good to me, but God said He would meet our needs, not make us rich. What did God say the last days will be like?


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.

On the other side we have a Pastor, selling products to get us through the tribulation. God never gave instructions for the Church to help them get through the tribulation. Why?

Luke 21:36 King James Version (KJV)
36 Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.

The wrath to come is not for the Church. It is for those who will choose to accept the anti-Christ after refusing Christ the Savior. They will choose to believe that the anti-Christ is the savior of the world.

My friends, God is not shocked by Pastors who are preaching and teaching the wrong things. He knew it would happen and He warned us through the writings of Paul.

1 John 4:1 King James Version (KJV)
4 Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.

How to we test what Preachers are saying? We compare what they say to the Word of God. While we all want to be successful, the most pressing problem we should be addressing is : our relationship with Christ. It is not about how much money we have but how rich our relationship with Jesus is. The task God has given us is not to accumulate food for the tribulation, but to share the Gospel with the lost and pray for lost souls.

We should be going about the task of preparing our hearts for the return Of Jesus for His Church.


1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 New King James Version (NKJV)
16 For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord.


Ephesians 1:11-14 King James Version (KJV)
11 In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will:
12 That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ.
13 In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,
14 Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.


We must choose to listen to the voices of those who speak the truth. The truth about sin. The truth about hell. Praise God the truth about our hope in Glory.

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

Ephesians 1:18 King James Version (KJV)
18 The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,

Colossians 1:27 King James Version (KJV)
27 To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:

We are not a people without hope. Our hope is in the God of Heaven. Our future is with God. Hold on to the truth of the Gospel and be not led astray by those who preaching what people want to hear.

2 Timothy 4:3-4 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires, 4 and will turn away their ears from the truth and will turn aside to myths.

Our spiritual condition is way too important to relay on those who have abandoned the truth of the Gospel to preach and teach what people want to hear. Turn off the voices of lies and surround yourself with people who are not afraid to preach the truth of the Gospel. Yes the truth, sometimes hurts but the truth will set you free. Find truth in the Word of God.

John 8:32 “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”

Betty

It is fun listening to the squirrels running across the roof.

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June 9. 2018
GoodAfternoon and Happy Saturday,

Tender Mercies

Psalms 51:1
“To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David, when Nathan the prophet came unto him, after he had gone in to Bathsheba.) Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions.”

There are times that we feel wounded, forgotten, or stressed. In these times, it is good for us to go to God and cry out for His tender mercy to rain down on us.
God can cover us with His love and gentle mercy and bring us out of our distress in to His joy.

Sometimes we cannot even put into words how we feel. We just know that we are unsettled and distressed. No worries. God knows our hearts. He knows what we need. We call out to God and He hears our cries. God can bring us peace, when we feel unsettled. God can bring comfort, when we feel despair. God can bring help, when we feel helpless. God can bring joy, when we are overwhelmed with sadness. How often do we suffer in vain, because we do not call out to God? How often do we suffer trying to prove we are self sufficient?
Lay aside your pride and go to Jesus first and not wait until you are at the end of your rope.

As we welcome the mercies of God, let us be merciful to others. Lay aside grudges against other people. Treat others gently and in kindness. Do not be swift, to use our tongues to destroy others but offer words of encouragement to one other. Let God’s love shine out to others through us. Do not be used by Satan to crush one another with our words and poor attitudes. Pause before returning angry words to those who treat us poorly. Take a minute and pray for the right words to say. May it be said by others that we are gentle and kind and not swift to anger.

God is so merciful to us. Let us treat others with mercy and kindness. Let our hearts over flow with the love of God. Have a blessed day.
Betty

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June 10, 2018
Good Morning and Blessed Sunday,

The squirrel is sitting on top of the bird house, enjoying breakfast. Now there is a tiny squirrel on the other feeder. I woke up this morning hurting before I even got out of bed. It was so tempting to just stay in the bed, but seeing those squirrels helps me to smile, through the pain. Pain is such a personal thing and we can easily be side stepped by pain. Yet, God in His wondrous love, knows just how to encourage us. We should never take those encouraging moments for granted. Let them increase our faith and give us moments of joy.

Psalm 28:7 King James Version (KJV) The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him.

We can find peace and joy when we turn our problems over to God. We can ask Him to walk with us, through our difficulties. When God walks with us we will feel safe, just as a child when walking with mom or dad. The child knows if they fall, their parent will lovingly pick them up. When we fall God in His love for us, picks us up.

We walk in perilous times. Corruption is so normal among leaders both in the world but sadly even in some Churches, that we are no longer shocked by the news of it. If we focus on ungodly things and attitudes we can become hard hearted and discouraged. Let us instead, focus on God. There is no corruption in God. Pray for those who have allowed the addiction of money or power to turn them from living a righteous life. Pray for those who have bought into a sinful lifestyle being correct for political gain. Pray for Pastors who have abandoned preaching the truth of the Gospel for a sugar coated religion that has abandoned the truth of the Gospel. Verify every Preacher or Teacher you hear against the Word of God. If it doesn’t match up to God’s Word, stop listening to them.
God’s Word never changes nor is He choosing to enlighten Preachers and Teachers with a ‘new’ Gospel.
Betty

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June 11, 2018
Good Afternoon and Happy Monday,

Today’s world is a world that calls for compromise and acceptance of evil. Acceptance of sin, is the normal, while believing what the Bible says, makes you a radical. If we were forced to answer a question about a sin that is popular, would we hem around and avoid answering? Would we be able to speak the truth in love?

Acceptance of sin is not kind. Speaking the truth is kindness. Does God want us to be standing on the corner with a sign that says “God hates gays”? Of course not! God does not hate gays. God hates sin. Would we stand on the street with a sign that says “God hates liars” or “God hates adulterers”? Most likely not. God hates sin and not people. We pray for sinners.

At the same time we do not promote the false belief that everyone is going to Heaven. Sinners must turn from their sin and seek forgives from God and obey Him. Preachers and teachers that preach that God is now accepting sin are preaching a false Gospel.

John 8:11 King James Version (KJV)
11 She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.

Jesus forgave her but He told her to sin no more. He did not give her a pass, to stay in the sinful relationship. God calls His children out of sin. He accepts sinners as they are and then they repent and turn away from wickedness.

The closer we get to Jesus coming back, the more my heart years to warn those, who are sitting in a Church where the Pastor no longer talks about sin. We must warn Christians to stop trying to live like sinners and to warn sinners to accept salvation while it is still time. This is no longer the time for the Church to be fed sugar cookies but for the Pastor to be feeding the Church the meat of the Gospel.

We do not need our ears tickled. We often need our toes stepped on by our Pastors and Teachers. If we leave the Church content in our sins, either the Pastor failed to preach the truth, are God forbid!, our hearts are hardened to the truth. Be like David and ask God to search your heart and see if there is any sin in there. When we open our heart to God we can confess our sins and be free. The truth will set us free. Heaven forbid!, that we are comfortable hiding from our sins. I know from experience that it hurts when we are brought to conviction. When we repent, God forgives us and heals the wounds sin brings in our lives.

Knowing the truth is not gloom and doom. Knowing the truth, gives us the option of getting our souls right with God. Heaven for eternity is so worth feeling uncomfortable now. Do not be afraid of living for God. Do not hide your faith from the world. God says if we are ashamed of Him on earth, He will be ashamed of us in Heaven.

Luke 9:26 King James Version (KJV)
26 For whosoever shall be ashamed of me and of my words, of him shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he shall come in his own glory, and in his Father's, and of the holy angels.

Jesus is the Word of God. Let us not be ashamed of the Bible.

John 1:1 King James Version (KJV)
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

Pray for sinners and pray that God will search our hearts and keep us well grounded in His Word.
Betty

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June 12, 2018
Good Afternoon and Happy Tuesday,

How Many People Knows Us?

I am not talking about knowing our name and a few things about us, but how many people actually know our intimate thoughts? Would the answer be a half-dozen, a couple, or no one? Have we been hurt so much in the past that we do not share our fears and desires with anyone? We all have relationships with people that are surface relationships. It is easy to hide our most intimate thoughts and fears. We cannot hide them from God? This is a relief. God knows our deepest fears, our hidden shames over past sins, and our desires for our future. Yet, in spite of all this, He loves us. We can come to our Heavenly Father with our heart open and hiding nothing, knowing that He loves us.

Some of us may never be able to be completely open with people, but let us always be open to God. Let us never try to hide sins from God. Always be honest with God. When we are upset with God, do not hide from God, but talk to God about why we are upset. Yes, He already knows, but when we open communication with God and discuss our disappointment with God to Him, we open the door to spiritually healing. When we are upset with our mate, go to God with it, instead of gossiping to others about our mate. While we see the many ways our mates need to change, God sees where we need to change.
Yes there are times that we need to pour out our hearts to a person. Just make sure we talk to God, first.

God knows us. He knows how many hairs we have on our heads. He has know us since before we took our first breath. When we became a Christian we opened up a new door of communication with God. Now we have the chance to know God intimately. We do this with reading the Bible and daily talking to God.
Let us not become too busy, to take time to spend with our Heavenly Father.
Betty


Isaiah 40:26-31 King James Version (KJV)
26 Lift up your eyes on high, and behold who hath created these things, that bringeth out their host by number: he calleth them all by names by the greatness of his might, for that he is strong in power; not one faileth.
27 Why sayest thou, O Jacob, and speakest, O Israel, My way is hid from the Lord, and my judgment is passed over from my God?
28 Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding.
29 He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength.
30 Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall:
31 But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.


2 Timothy 2:19 King James Version (KJV)
19 Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity.

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June 13, 2018
Good Afternoon and Happy Wednesday,

Spirit of Gentleness

If we were to do a survey of young people today, how many would choose the desire to be gentle? Before we think better of ourselves that are older, would we have said being gentle, when we were asked what we would want to be when we grew up? Even in my time, as a child we wanted to grow up to be strong. With super heroes cartoons and movies, it is not uncommon for children to want to grow up to be fierce. I understand. Being gentle is consider weakness. Even kindness is no longer considered a virtue.

If you want to make it in today’s world, you often have to fight fiercely and step on a few people to get to the top of your game. People are admired for their bravery and strength in accomplishing something no matter how many people you have to hurt on the way up. Praying that we are gentle and that we abuse no one in our way up in our ambition, would make others say that we just do not want to win that bad. “It’s not how you play the game as long as you win!”

This is not how God meant for men and women to live. We are to do our best at our job and not be lazy. Yet, God doesn’t want us to step on people to get promoted. Heaven forbid!, that we would lie on others so that we can get promoted about them. Most every one wants to get promoted. Doing your best and working hard is not a sin. Let us not abuse others in our quest to make it to the top of our game. A good boss knows that treating your employees with respect will usually produce workers that do their best for him or her. Much better to be known as a boss with a kind heart then as a cruel hateful boss.

Ephesians 4:1-2. .....with all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing tolerance for one another in love, Therefore I, the prisoner of the Lord, implore you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called,


Let us pray that we treat those we come in contact with every day, gently and with kindness. We cannot share God’s love with others if we walk around with pride and treat others like we feel they are beneath us.
Betty

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June 14, 2018
Good Afternoon and Happy Thursday,

I got a notice on Facebook that a post from 2012 had been removed because of content. It was:

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

The Bible warns of our sinful nature so that we can go to God to be saved.

Romans 10:9-10 King James Version (KJV)
9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

Knowing the truth is not a bad thing. It is like finding out you have a physical condition that can be corrected with medication and lifestyle change. Knowing we are sinners, gives us a chance to get right with God. We need not hide from our sinful nature but see our need of help and go to God for help. God is calling lost sinners even today, to come to Him and be saved. He loves us so much that He sent His Son to die for us, to redeem us from our sins and reconcile us, to Himself.

Every person is born into sin, but all who would seek God’s face, can be forgiven and become a new creature in Christ.

2 Corinthians 5:17 King James Version (KJV)
17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

Hiding from the truth will not save us. Accepting the truth and seeking forgiveness will bring freedom. The Bible says the truth will set us free. Today’s world has not only accepted sin as normal but they have relished in their sins, as if their sins are behaviors to be proud of. The media makes sin seem normal and the love of sin as kindness. This is no kindness.

One day there will be a reckoning for those who chose to embrace sin as a badge of honor. Until then we pray for sinners that their hearts will be pricked by conviction and that they go to Jesus for forgiveness. The knowledge that we were all born into sin, is not a death sentence if we lay aside our pride and seek forgiveness. Jesus is still calling lost sinners to come home to Him and allow God to change them from sinners to His children. Contrary to the world view we are not all God’s children. We must accept salvation and live for Jesus to be a child of God.

Sin is not our friend. Sin is from the devil and it is our enemy. Do not wait to late to turn from your sins and accept salvation and grace from Jesus. There will come a time when it will be to late to accept salvation. Today is the day for salvation. Do not put off, what can be fixed 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.)
Betty

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June 15, 2018
Good Afternoon and Happy Friday,

I was awake until almost 5 this morning. I just went with the flow got me a bag of pre-made popcorn and read. We cannot always control what happens in our lives but we can choose how we react. I am blessed that I was able to sleep late when I did fall asleep.

I admit I have spent many hours, stressing about what worried me. Fretting and worrying doesn’t solve anything. It is only when we place our concerns into the hands of God, that He brings us peace. Sometimes God does allow things to happen in our lives that we do not like. God wants us to trust in Him, even when we go through something that is unpleasant. People like me who live with physical conditions that are unpleasant can find relief from the stress of the disease, when we have a since of humor about our situation.

God wants us to trust Him to know what He is doing. I have stated before I would have not every started writing my blog if I had not had 10 months of uncontrolled colitis. I admit at first I did a lot of complaining to family members and especially God. I could not understand why God allowed me to get colitis at 61 when I already was dealing with COPD, FIBRO, and OA. It was only when I surrendered to God’s will that I got peace.

There are still days that I struggle with symptoms of all the diseases attacking at once, but I have learned to call out to God. When we call out to God, He in His great mercy brings joy into our hearts even in the midst of pain and other physical struggles. The devil will try to convince us that we are beaten down and forgotten by God. God says to us that He wants us to grow spiritually. He cannot use us for His glory, if we never grow into His love and grace. What a wondrous honor to be used by God to reach lost souls! When we go to Heaven and we see how many people we helped through the help of God and work of God, our suffering will seem like a faded dream and we will rejoice.

Let us trust God and seek His will, knowing that His will may differ from ours at times. We learn complete trust when we can say honestly “Not my will, but Yours God”.
Betty

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June 16, 2018
Good Evening and Happy Saturday,

Tomorrow is Father’s Day. If your are blessed to still have your Fathers, spend time with him, if you are able. Some of us have Fathers in Heaven and sadly some never knew their father. Remember, as Christians, we have a Heavenly Father who loves and cares for us.

The world feels that becoming a Christians makes for a miserable life. Truth is we find joy in serving the Lord. Everybody in the world has troubles, but when you are a Christian, you can go to God for comfort and encouragement. We are privileged to walk daily with God. Serving God is a privilege.

Have a blessed Sunday. Look for your diamonds of joy.
Betty

Matthew 7:21 King James Version (KJV)
21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.


Luke 11:2 King James Version (KJV)
2 And he said unto them, When ye pray, say, Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth.

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June 17, 2018
Happy Father’s Day,

After smoking the meat, 5 hours yesterday, it is back in the smoker this morning. To make good smoke meat takes time and heat. Just like it takes time and heat to help us grow spiritually and it doesn’t happen over night. We don’t go to sleep one day wake up the next day, super Christian.

What is God desiring of His children? He wants us to be children of faith. Children who trust their Heavenly Father, with all their hearts. Children who are willing to walk with Him on the mountain top, as well in the valley. Children that God can depend on, no matter what they are going through.

God wants us to be loving and kind. He wants us to treat others with respect. This doesn’t mean we lie to people about sin. We speak the truth in love and gentleness. On the other hand we do not beg people to get saved. Salvation is not something that people can be tricked or forced into. You speak the truth and if the truth is rejected, you drop it. You should keep praying for them but you cannot force anyone to be saved. Salvation is a personal choice, that everyone has to make. We must be prepared that many will not accept the truth, but we keep praying for them.

Have a blessed day and take a moment to pray for the lost and Christians who are in prison for their faith all around the world.
Betty

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June 18, 2018
Good Afternoon and Happy Monday,

Do you remember me the little children’s song “He’s still working on me”?

He's still working on me
To make me what I need to be
It took him just a week to make the moon and stars
The sun and the earth and Jupiter and Mars
How loving and patient He must be
'Cause He's still workin' on me

If you are like me, you often wonder why it is taking so long to turn us into the person God wants us to be. We seem to make one step forward and two back. Sometimes we will even commit a sin that we thought we were delivered years ago from. Often we find ourselves being childish in our behavior. When we realize what we did, we are ashamed and discouraged. How can we be so petty?
We can be selfish and demand our way with God.

When we realize what we have done, the devil often uses our sin to attempt to discourage us and to depress us. He may even try to convince us that God has given up on us. This is a lie. If we feel guilty and uncomfortable in our situation, then the Holy Spirit is still wooing us back to seek forgives from God and to ask God to heal our relationship, with Himself.

Spiritual growth is a lifetime process. God will be working on us until we take our last breath. We will not arrive to perfection, until we take our last breath on earth and we enter the glories of Heaven. God working on us is a gift from God. His constant work on us, is a shinning example of His love for us. Let us never stop seeking spiritual growth. Let us daily prayer be that God will guide us through spiritual growth and that every day we will become closer to being the person that He wants us to be.

Betty

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1 John 2:1 New King James Version (NKJV)

The Test of Knowing Christ
2 My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.

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June 19, 2018
Good Afternoon and Happy Tuesday,

Passing Down Anger And Pain

John has a fight with his wife before leaving work. He snaps at his Secretary. She goes home and her husband asks her if she knows where his blue shirt is and she snaps back that it is not her job to keep up with his clothes. Their little girl dances into the room and both parents snap at her that they are not in the mood to see her dance. The little girl goes to her room and cries.

John’s troubles have affected two families. Anger can be good and bad. There is a righteous anger and there is an evil anger. It is not a sin to get angry. It is a normal emotion. It is what we do with the anger. If our mate or boss is angry for a good cause, we work on fixing the issue. If they are just taking their issues out on us. We seek the help of God instead of passing the anger to others.

When we take our anger at being hurt ourselves, on others, we do not know what they are going through. They could have their own family issues. They could be in physical pain and feel like they are at their limit on what they can take for the day. We are so much better off going to God and telling Him about our hurt and pain. When we do this, God will give us peace.

Let us pass around God’s love and not hurt and anger. Let us be candle in a sinful dark world and not a bear in a bad mood, just waiting to pounce on someone.
Betty

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June 20, 2018
Good Afternoon and Happy Wednesday,


A raining week, here in the Houston area. We had been behind on rain, so the rain is a blessing. The rain often causes problems, too. Street flooding is often an issue here. Rain can change your plans for the day, if the plans included a walk at the local park.

The blessings that God gives us, can sometimes feel like a curse. God may use sickness to help you stop from your busy life and take time to pray. There could be times that God allows something to put you in the hospital so that you can witness the love of Christ to others. This is why Paul tells us to praise God through every situation. Paul should know, he used his time in prison to share the news of salvation with the guards. Paul was willing to use what ever his circumstances were, to serve God with a glad heart.

When we praise God in the midst of our circumstances, our hearts will be filled with the joy of the Lord. Let us lay aside our complaining and frustrations at our circumstances and open our hearts to accept the will of the Lord in our lives. What ever circumstance God allows in our lives, we are not walking alone. God is with us every step. Let us stop looking at our circumstances and look to Jesus. He will never leave us nor forsake us. Fight not against the will of God, but embrace His will with a obedient heart. Our suffering is only for a short time. Soon Jesus will come for His children. Stay steady at the plow and work for God with a glad heart knowing victory is ahead for us.
Betty
A squirrel is at the feeder in-spite of the rain.

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June 21, 2018
Good Afternoon and Happy Thursday,

Where do I stand?

Where do I stand with my employer? This is a question, we wonder about when we are working. Is he or she satisfied with my work? Often, the question should be what kind of employee, am I? Am I just doing enough to get by? Do I do my best at my job or am I just sweeping my mistakes under the rug?

Where do I stand in my relationship with God? Am I doing my best work for God, or am I giving Him second best? Is my relationship with God more like “Good Morning, God!” and “Good Night God!”, at the end of the day? Do I even think of God during the day, if there are no problems? Do I have a Sunday only relationship with God? Heaven forbid!

We can be under the mistaken impression that God chooses what kind of relationship we will have with Him. This decision is ours. What kind of relationship do we want with God? Do we want to walk at a distance, doing our own thing and praying when we need something? Do we want to have a daily walking relationship with God? We can! We just need to choose to walk with God daily, read His Word, and pray often.

When we choose a daily relationship with God, the relationship is sweeter.

Psalm 34:8 King James Version (KJV) O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.

The more we walk with God and read His Word, the more our trust in Him grows. The stronger our trust in God is, the sweeter our relationship with God is. When we are in daily conversation with God, the more the joy of the Lord fills our being.

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

The joy of the Lord strengthens us for the task God has for us. When we work for God out of a loving heart we will be at peace.

So my friend, let us ask ourselves “Where do I stand, with God?” “Where do I need to improve?” “What kind of relationship, do I want with God?”
Betty

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June 22, 2018
Good Afternoon and Happy Friday,

Hearing the Voice of God

We are so overwhelmed with troubles that we do not hear the voice of God. When things are going great, we may not even be listening for the voice of God. We can get caught up in false preaching and teaching, and not hear the voice of God. Are we seeking the voice of God or are we just content to stumble through our relationship with God, without spiritual guidance.? Do we want to grow are or we content to stay the same until He comes to get us?

Only we know the answers to these questions. With me the answers can vary from day to day. How many times have we heard people say “if I can just make into Heaven”? Of course barely getting into Heaven by the skin of our teeth is better then hell. Our salvation is not based on works. Thank God.

Ephesians 2:8 “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:”

When we are content to get saved and then coast into Heaven, we are cheating ourselves and God, from having a close relationship. A growing relationship that gets sweeter every day. Heaven forbid if a tragedy affects our lives, because we do not have the relationship where we can go to God for help and comfort at a moment’ s notice.

2 Corinthians 5:10 King James Version (KJV)
10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.

In Heaven one day, we will stand before the Judgement Seat of Christ. This is not about sins. If we have sought forgiveness for our sin, this will not be a time of Jesus punishing us for forgiven sin. Though works do not earn our salvation, our works will be judged. This is when our motivation is judged. Of course if we did nothing for Christ, this will be a time of great embarrassment for us. Where our works for earthly fame? Are there works we did not to please God but to get recognized in front of the Church as a great person? If the job we are asked to do is one that doesn’t bring about public praise, do we still do our best for God?

Only we know our motivation and sometimes we are not clear on that. Just like we should pray for God to search our hearts for hidden sin, we should pray that God would search our hearts and check our motivation. Pray that our motivation for our works will be our love for Christ. Pray that God will use us for His Glory. After a dinner at Church, our we willing to stay and help clean up? Are we willing to do work for God, that no one knows about?

Let us start each day praying that God will guide us into what He wants us to do. Seek God’s face for guidance, for every day. As always pray for those being persecuted for their faith and pray for lost souls.
Betty

No humming bird at the feeder at the moment, but a red wasp loves the sugared water. [Smile]

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June 23, 2018
Good Evening and Happy Saturday,

As an older person, I love the way we can look up on goggle map or our navigation system to see how to get where we want to go. So much easier then trying to read a map. God gave mankind a map so we would know how we could live in a way to please Him, the Bible. The Bible shows us our sinful nature and then shows the way to be saved. The Bible gives us instructions on how to live in a way that is pleasing to Himself. We have no excuse that we do not know what is a sin.

The more we love God, the more we want to please Him. The closer we walk with God and the more we communicate with God, the more we will love Him.
Each day can bring us closer to fulfilling the plans that God has for us. All He ask is for us to be willing vessels. He does not expect perfection. He wants us to listen for His voice. Study His Word. Pray Often and be willing. Seek ways to share God’s love with others. Be kind to one another and pray for others.
Betty

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