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Betty Louise
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August 19, 2018
Good Morning and Blessed Sunday,

How Marvelous Are Thy Works


Psalm 104:24 King James Version (KJV)24 O Lord, how manifold are thy works! in wisdom hast thou made them all: the earth is full of thy riches.

Many have rejected the idea of a Creator. They think that those who believe the Genesis story are ignorant or naive, but the story of evolution takes much more faith. To believe that organism just came together in a Big Bang and produce the earth and all of its creatures is absurd. If evolution was true how come mankind have not evolved to no longer get cancer and other diseases? How come mankind not evolved into a different form by now?

Evolution is not believing in a better way it is just rejecting the Creator. If we reject the notion that a Creator gave us life for a reason then we would have to seek what His plan for our lives. We would have to realize realize our life is more than living our appointed time for any reason besides self interest. We would have to admit that we were meant to live for the glory of God and not for our own selfish desires.

The teaching of the theory of evolution has taken away the value of human lives. Teaching children that we are an accident devalues the lives of babies and allowed abortion to become the normal and not a sick act done in hiding. Women and men say abortion is necessary to keep women from doing it themselves. If children were taught that every life is precious then we would have less abortion. Abortion should be called what it is murder of unborn children. As of now, we have not glorified murder except sadly the murder of the most innocent among us: unborn children.

The devalue of life has also increased murder. Road rage, sadly has taken lives simply because we no longer value the lives of others. Someone accidentally cuts someone off on the freeway and quickly escalates into someone killing someone they do not even know.

How can people look at the beauty in nature and think that it was created by accident? If mankind evolved from fish, why are there still fish who do not leave the oceans to walk on land? Should not all fish have evolved by now? We reject the idea that a loving God created us so that He could commune with us and embrace the idea that we are just an accident. How sad it is for us! Truth is we were created for a purpose. God has a purpose for every person. We could all make a difference if we sought the God who made us for His Will, in our lives. Instead, we choose to live selfish lives intent on getting everything we think we deserve. This kind of life is meaningless. Money does not bring happiness. Having all the toys and to best of everything doesn’t make us happy. Living the opposite, a life of sacrifice is meaningless if we are not doing it for the glory of God.

Take joyful pleasure in the works of nature that God has created. When you see a gorgeous sunset, thank the Creator for His handiwork. When you watch nature and the birds dance and sing to impress a mate, you can see that God has a sense of humor. How marvelous indeed is the work of God! He put so much effort in the flowers and birds and yet you are more important to God. Praise His Name and seek His will for your life. Let us not live like life is meaningless for God has a plan for each 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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August 20, 2018
Good Afternoon and Happy Monday,

Depression

There is two kinds of depression. There is the depression that comes from seeing or hearing something sad. There is the other kind that is an illness. This type of depression comes and goes but when it does come back, it can knock you off of your feet. As a Christian it is hard to deal with the illness of depression. There is the shame of admitting that there is something that you have not over come. So we tend to close ourselves off and hide our depression from others. This often leads to withdrawing from Church, friends, and family. The more we hide from others the worse our depression gets.

Why am I talking about depression? I am suffering from an attack of depression. I have ignored it and pretended it is not there. I have tried to hide it from others. Today, I am speaking to you my friends, to share this part of me, with you. How can I encourage you in your walk with Christ, if I hide my own struggle? We have been on a journey together for a couple of years. I have shared many things with you so that together we can grow in the Lord.

I can tell you this, God has used my son and my Preacher’s wife to reach out to me this weekend. When we are in despair and our world seems to be covered by darkness, God will not only be there for us but He will send someone to reach out to us in love. As you can see it is like I always say, God does not call perfect people but people who are willing. He uses the weak, the feeble and even older people for His Glory.

Friends, do not carry your load alone. God gave us A Church family and friends so that we can walk the Christian walk together. We too often allow the devil to shame us into hiding our pain. Let us continue to grow in faith and in the joy of the Lord.
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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August 21, 2018
Good Afternoon and Happy Tuesday,

Our Redemption Is Just In Sight

It is almost August and we here in South Texas are happy to see fall coming. We who have issues with our lungs dread those heat advisory days. Knowing that fall is so close makes it easier. We can see as Christians that it is getting harder to be a Christian. Television and the media seems to think we are all radical, ignorant, and intolerant people. Yet, my friends we need not become depressed or fearful about the days we are living in. We are living in the last days and the soon coming Judgement is closer then it has ever been. This also means we are closer to the rapture then we have ever been.

Jesus told us when we see these days to look up. Of course we need to know what is going on around us, but remember this world is not our home. If we look to Jesus we see hope and peace. Do we put on the armor of God when we awaken? If you are like me, you stumble to the bathroom and then to the coffee pot, forgetting sometimes to pray. This morning I poured my coffee, put some sugar in it and then spilled the whole cup on the counter top. My first reaction was not anger, but amusement, and then I thanked God that He is helping me to not jump to an anger reaction.

The more we begin our days with conversations with God, the less upset we are going to get over spilt coffee, lost keys and other things that stop our morning routine. God helps us see that spilled coffee is nothing but a moment issue. We can say a prayer and move on with our day.

When we remind ourselves of the times, that we are living in, we can get our priorities right. What is important is whether we are living each day for God. Do we make ourselves available to God. Are we willing to be a vessel used by God for His Kingdom. Our suffering will come to an end soon. Soon we will be in the presence of our Heavenly Father. The more we remind ourselves of this, the less our situation will drag us down. Yes, many of are suffering with illness and depression, but we are not suffering alone and the more we reach out to God the less we focus on our situations and the more we can feel the love of a God surrounding us.

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

In the midst of our suffering, God will put a song in our heart. When we praise God we can stop looking down and begin to look up.
Betty

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August 22, 2018

“Wonderful Words Of Live”

Where do we go when need words of encouragement, truth, and salvation? If we are wise, we go to the Bible. The Bible lets us know that we are born into sin and deserving of death, but it does not leave us there. The Bible shows us how God in His great love for us, has provided a way of salvation and how to be reconciled to our Heavenly Father. The Bible gives us faith, for faith comes from hearing the Words of God.

The Bible lets us know that we do not get saved, only to be abandoned by God. God formed us in our Mother’s womb and He is with as we grow up. As we age, God beings to work on our heart leading us to His plan of salvation. From the day we invite Jesus into our heart to the day we take our last breath, God is with us. As we begin to read His Word and prayer our relationship with God grows sweeter every day.

Psalm 4:8 New King James Version (NKJV)

I will both lie down in peace, and sleep;
For You alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.

The Lord gives us peace of heart and mind so that we can rest and sleep, without fear. We know that while we slummer, He is alert and watching over us.
We bring our concerns and our prayer request to Him and then in faith we sleep.
God’s Holy Words are indeed Words of life. It is through faith in Jesus that we are saved from Hell and can trust that one day we will walk the streets of good.

His Holy Words are not just for eternity, all though that would be enough of a gift, but His Words show us how to live righteously. His Words guide us into making wise decisions. His Holy Words teaches us how to have a healthy marriage, how to be wise parents, and how to relate to one another. His Word provides what we need to know how to live today and hope for tomorrow.

There are a lot of self help books around, but we do not need self help. We cannot safe ourselves. We need God’s help. Our relationship with God, is not about us trying to be a better person. We try, but we fail. Self made man is flawed and sinful.

2 Corinthians 5:16-21 New King James Version (NKJV)
16 Therefore, from now on, we regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we have known Christ according to the flesh, yet now we know Him thus no longer. 17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. 18 Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, 19 that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not [a]imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation.
20 Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God. 21 For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.

True change comes in us when we seek change from God. When we allow Him to work through us and in us. When we remember He is the Potter and we are the clay.
Betty

1 Sing them over again to me,
wonderful words of life;
let me more of their beauty see,
wonderful words of life;
words of life and beauty,
teach me faith and duty:
Refrain:
Beautiful words, wonderful words,
wonderful words of life;
Beautiful words, wonderful words,
wonderful words of life.
2 Christ, the blessed One, gives to all
wonderful words of life;
sinner, list to the laving call,
wonderful words of life;
all so freely given,
wooing us to heaven: [Refrain]
3 Sweetly echo the gospel call,
wonderful words of life;
offer pardon and peace to all,
wonderful words of life;
Jesus, only Savior,
sanctify forever, [Refrain]

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August 23, 2018
Good Afternoon and Happy Thursday,

How Well, Do I Know God?

How well, do I know God? Should the question be: How much of an effort do I make to know God? Is knowing God first or last on my list? Do I look at Bible Study as a chore or as a blessing? Each of us must answer the question for ourselves. The truth is there are times when we are physically ill and exhausted. When we take time for God, it is a personal sacrifice and God will reward us. Sadly, there are too many times that we just get so busy that we end up just throwing a prayer at God before we go to bed. When we do this we are showing contempt on our relationship with God. A quick prayer with no heart in it is like when your mom made your sibling apologize and they mumbled “I’m Sorry” with no feeling and no love behind it.

We decide what kind of relationship we will have with God. God will not force a relationship with us. We must want a relationship with God, with our whole heart. We do not want to become a person who only prays when they are scared and in trouble. When we are physically challenged, lean on Jesus. Do not avoid Him, but spend more quality time with God. In our weakness, God does great work. We take our whole selves: sickness, frustration, depression, and tiredness to God and lay them at His feet, He will meet us there. He will refresh us. He will calm our fears. He will ease our pains.

How well do I know God? Let us seek to know God intimately. Just as the more time you spend with your mate, the more you know them, so does spending time with God, helps us to know Him. Seek His face when we first awake, talk to Him through our the day, and playfully lay your petitions at His feet when we go to bed.
Betty

Psalm 25:4 King James Version (KJV)
4 Shew me thy ways, O Lord; teach me thy paths.

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August 25, 2018
Good Morning and Happy Friday,

“Tell It To Jesus”

There are many songs about talking to Jesus about our troubles. This is just not an mental exercise. When we talk to Jesus about our problems, He listens and He will answer our prayers. Some times our troubles are a path God chose for us. A path that will lead us into the valley so that we can grow spiritually. It is not a waste of time to talk to God when we are overwhelmed with problems. He will comfort us and lead us out of the valley.

We talk to Jesus when our hearts our burdened by lost loved ones. It is right to pray for lost souls. We have no idea how many prayers have been said over our lifetime, on our behalf. We should consider it an honor to pray for others. When we hear on the news about someone dying, pray for comfort for that family. We do not have to know them, God does.

Talking to Jesus is not a chore we do before we fall asleep at night. It should be a privilege to talk to Jesus throughout our day. People brag about having the ear of the President. My dear friends, we have the ear of our Heavenly Father, the God who spoke the existence of our world. Praying is not just for Church. We pray when we wake up, throughout the day, and before we go to sleep at night.

We can tell Jesus everything; little and big. Pray for ourselves and others. Praise God throughout the day for little blessings and big blessings. Pray that our lives will bring honor to God.
Betty

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

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August 26, 2018
Good Afternoon and Happy Saturday,

Coffee and God


Sitting and talking to God in the morning, is a great way to start your day. Taking the time to spend time with our Heavenly Father will strengthen our soul and spirit. Opening our ears and hearts to listen to what He has to say to us, will give us a chance to be overflowing with God’s love and joy. Even if we are in physical pain, take the time to sit in the presence of God. Seek His comfort and love not only for ourselves but seek to be overflowing so that we can share the love of God. Pray for healing for ourselves and others. Pray for understanding of God’s Holy Word, not only for ourselves but loved ones and friends.

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

We will be blessed when our strongest desire is to be a willing vessel for God to use for His Kingdom. When we lay aside selfish desires and seek God’s will, we will be blessed.

James 1:5 King James Version (KJV)5 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.

Seek wisdom from God, not so we can be puffed up and feel we are better then others. Seek wisdom so we can be a vessel for the glory of God, our Father. The world is changing just like God said it was. What was considered wise in the past, is consider ignorance today. Do not seek to be wise in the ways of the world but seek Godly wisdom.

The world now considers what was evil to be good. Let us not seek to be good in the eyes of the world but good in the eyes of God. We seek to please Him and not people of this world. Remember, this world is not our home. One day we will walk and talk with Jesus on streets of gold. The troubles of this world would have disappeared.

Take time, my dear friends to refresh your souls and your bodies this weekend. Allow yourself to rest in the presence of the Lord and then have fun with your family. Hubby and I will be watching the Texans for our fun today. God bless and keep you and your family safe.
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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August 26, 2018
Good Afternoon and Blessed Sunday,

Revivals

I miss the good old days when revival would fill the Church and the alters would be filled with people worshipping and praising God. When people did not worry about rushing home. What changed? It was not God. We have become a rushed people, rushing here and there, with no time for prayer. God is still the same, we have changed.

You rarely hear about a Church having a revival anymore. I remember an Evangelist coming to our Church for a week and when He did another revival at another Church in town, mom took us kids to that one, too. Us kids did not complain, we thought that was normal. I remember mom taking us to tent revivals, where sand covered the ground and a tent above. We all had paper fans because it was hot but no one complained.

Sadly we have become a people, who complain. It’s either too hot or cold. The Pastor needs to finish the sermon on time because we need to get home for lunch. We set a time table for God to do His work and bye bye. This generation is living in a time when we need prayer more then ever and it is often to busy for effective prayer. Too often we are guilty of quick prayers and then we are on to something else. We wonder where revival is in our Country, when the truth is we do not make time for revival.

What can we do? Make time for God. We can have a revival in our own home when we take time to pray. Take time for prayer and give time for God to talk to us. Too often it is asking for things and then amen. I know I am guilty of that. Are we spiritually weak? Do we feel God has moved further away? Let us seek God with all our hearts. Take time to meditate on His Word. Studying God’s Word is not about seeing how fast we can read a chapter. Better to read less and concentrate on what we read then to read a long passage but not comprehend any of it.

Jesus wants communion with us. He wants quality time with us. Are we willing to give Him the time? We we make time for God, He will be there. This week, let us seek to spend time with the One who died for our sins.
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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August 27, 2018
Good Afternoon and Happy Monday,

We joined our son and daughter-in-law at a local Church to hear the group Triumphant. It was more then listening, but worshipping with the group. We could feel the presence of the Holy Spirit in that place. Worshipping together with others not only revives our soul but it is a gift that we give God. A chance for us to give back to our Heavenly Father, who does so much for His children. We, ourselves are then blessed by God.

We serve God in our service, Church attendance, and singing praises to Him. It is a honor to serve the One who has done so many things for us. We serve God when we do for others, in the Name of Jesus. There is a lot of negativity in this world. We cannot hide from the evil that is going on today, but we can be refreshed when we worship God.

John 4:24 King James Version (KJV)
24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.

God doesn’t want empty words. He wants us to worship Him with our hearts and our minds. I love you, doesn’t mean anything if there is no truth in it. This is why God does not honor prayers of repetitions.

Matthew 6:7 King James Version (KJV)
7 But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.

This is where the Catholics err. Repeating the Lord’s Prayer over and over does not bring about forgiveness of sin. A simple prayer from the heart seeking forgiveness, pleases God more then just repeating words over and over. A heartfelt prayer of simple words from a genuine broken heart does much more then a prayer said with elegant words. It is nice to ask people to pray for ourselves, but the sinners prayer of salvation must come from their heart. I cannot pray any one into salvation. A sinner must seek salvation on their own.
Spiritual growth will only happen in my life, if I personally seek it.

When we take the time to speak to God from our heart, we will not only become closer to God, but our soul and spirit will be revived by being in the presence of God.
Betty

Thank you, Jeff and Sarah for inviting us to the concert.

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August 28, 2018
Good Afternoon and Happy Tuesday,

“Come to Jesus, and Live”

For most of us leaning on anyone is a sign of weakness. Especially us baby boomers who were taught to stand on our own two feet and do everything ourselves. This is why we will often hurt ourselves picking up and carrying things that are too heavy for us. Only seeking help after we injury ourselves. We are the generation that honors the self-made man. The man and woman who often stomps on others as they climbs the ladder of success, leaves wounded and injured people behind.

As we age, we lose the strength we once had and that is humbling and embarrassing. This is why some older individuals become bitter and angry. We feel like we are failures because we cannot do what we once could do with ease.
Age slows us down and gives us more time to think about spiritual matters. Unfortunately, self pride can still keep us from admitting we need help. Asking for help is humbling and we often cringe at the thought of admitting we are not the same person we once were.

Salvation is hard for people who take pride in being self sufficient. We must humble ourselves to be saved. We can not obtain salvation when we do not admit that we are sinners and in need of salvation. Salvation is not something we can order off of Amazon or EBay. Our loved ones cannot buy salvation, for us. In fact salvation cannot be purchased or earned by good works. We must seek God, humble ourselves before God, and ask for salvation. God sent His Son to die for mankind, but He will not force salvation on anyone. Salvation is not shaking the Pastor’s hand. We cannot ask to be saved and then continue on living in sin. Salvation is admitting we are sinners, seeking the gift of salvation, and then turning away from sin and living differently. We can live Holy lives if we study God’s Word and allow the Holy Spirit to work through us. We must choose to refrain from sin. Our actions are our own. We cannot blame others when we commit a sin. God is willing to forgive us of our sins if we will humble ourselves at His feet. One who approaches God with self pride will leave still being a sinner.

Jesus is still calling lost sinners to come to Him. The door is still open to be saved. One day that door will close. The rapture will happen and then those who are left behind will be allowed to fall under the spell of Satan. A great delusion will cover this world and people will accept the devil and come to worship him. Those whose pride kept them from bowing down to the true God, will find themselves worshipping Satan. He will not come as a red evil man with horns. He will show himself as a handsome and loving being, but he will lead millions and millions of souls to hell. The world will believe him to be loving and caring but he will love only himself. Every person who he deceives will just be another number on his chain of sinners that wind up in the lake of fire. Seek salvation while you can. Humble yourself while you are still able to seek the face of God. Tomorrow may be too late.
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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August 29,2018
Good Afternoon andHappy Wednesday

Love

Jeremiah 31:3 King James Version (KJV)
3 The Lord hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee.

With people, love can fade away. We can have friends that we are close to then our own relationship and circumstances can change, they move on, or we have a falling out, and love dies. Sadly married couples can lose their love for each other. One love we can depend on, is the love that God has for us. God’s love is not depended on what we have or doing for Him at the moment. Our heart is secure in His hands.

We, on the other hand can be fickle. Our love for God can diminish, simply because we become too busy to think about God. Bill Cosby did an album with a joke about Noah. Noah gets frustrating with the mockers. He gets frustrated with God and he starts grumbling about God and he wonders out loud why he is even building the ark. Then God roars from Heaven “Noah! Can you tread water?” Noah then tells God that it is him and God and he was always on God’s side. I remember laughing at that every time I heard it. Sadly, the truth is our love can cool under good times and bad. Some times we get so content that we forget who provides us with needs and extras. Other times when we are in the valley of troubles we begin to believe that God has forgotten us.

What ever our circumstances we can trust God to be with us and to provide our needs. His love is eternal and divine. As His children let us walk more steadily with God and seek not to wander off at the first thing that catches our attention. Listen to Teachers and Preachers with discernment so we are not led astray by false teaching. Test every word by the Bible. If it is not Bible based it is not true. Let us be like Paul and be content in our circumstances.
Betty
Mostly wasps and bees at the humming bird feeder this morning. I refilled the bird feeders today.

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August 30, 2018
Good Morning and Happy Thursday,

The Days We Are Living In

Yesterday, I wrote that the day was Monday. For some reason my mind thought it was Monday. We do that sometimes. We are convinced that the day is a different day then it actually is. We laugh about our mistake and we move on. It is a more serious situation today that Christians are blinded to the days we are living in. So many do not recognize that we are living in the last days.

While it is true sin has always been rapport in the world, today people are proud of sins that were once done in secret. This is not just in America, it is all the world. Oprah is promoting “Shout out your abortion” movement where women who have had an abortion high five each other. Women celebrating and taking pride in the killing of their unborn babies. Women marching, some half necked for the right to kill the unborn is not just an American sin. It is happening all over the world. People marching in many countries for gay pride and other sexual sins. Yet, there are still some Christians who bury their head in the sand and refuse to believe that we are in the days Jesus warned us about the days like Noah.

The times we are living in are troubling and we can become discouraged. Jesus did not tell us to fear these days. He told us to look up for redemption is coming soon. We are instructed to know the times we are living in.

1 Thessalonians 5:4-11 King James Version (KJV)
4 But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief.
5 Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness.
6 Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober.
7 For they that sleep sleep in the night; and they that be drunken are drunken in the night.
8 But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation.
9 For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,
10 Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him.
11 Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do.

These are exciting days we are living in. We are living in the days of the soon coming of Jesus to take His children home. Knowing the days we are living should not lead us to fear but give us hope in a world where what once was good is considered bad. We are not the children of darkness, we are children of hope and we should live like it. Why should we live in fear, when God has prepared us for these days?

1 John 4:18 King James Version (KJV)
18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.

Take our fears to God. Proclaim our love to our Heavenly Father and put our trust in Him. Look not at the circumstances around us in fear and trembling but put on the whole armor of God and stand firm in our faith in God. Read the Bible and pray everyday so that our faith will grow and our fears fall by the wayside.
God has already won the battle. We are secure in His hands and heart. We need not fear when we trust in Almighty God. Yes, sin is exploding around the globe but the God of Heaven has won this battle, so rest in Him.
Betty
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August 31, 2018
Good Afternoon and Happy Friday,

Is God Late In His Coming?


2 Peter 3:4 King James Version (KJV)
4 And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.

The Bible says men would scoff at the idea of the return of Jesus. Sadly, even some Christians reject the event that we call the rapture. This is the work of Satan. The rapture will not depend on the beliefs of mankind, but on the promise of God. Knowing that the rapture will happen without warning, should remind the children of God to stay ready and prepare our hearts. When Jesus comes for us, will He find us in a place we should not be in? Will we be participating in an activity that we should not be taking part in?

We know we are in the season of the rapture, so as children of God we have no excuse for not being spiritually prepared. Heaven forbid that we are neglecting God’s Word and not making time for God in our lives when He calls us home. If we hear the trumpet sound today, would our heart rejoice in glorious praise to God or would we be like Adam and Eve seeking something to cover ourselves? Are we asking God to search our hearts for hidden sin so that we can seek forgiveness before the trumpet sounds?

Remember my friends, the rapture is our Blessed Hope. The rapture is not a punishment for believers. God is not acting like a parent who sneaks into a room to catch a child doing wrong. He knows what we do every day. The rapture is not a sneak attack on the children of God. It is a gift of God sparing His children from the His wrath.

Luke 21:36 “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.”

It is God’s will that all would come to repentance, but the day will come when Jesus calls His children home. Do not allow the devil to convince you the rapture is not true. As a Bride longs with great anticipation for her Wedding Day, let our hearts burn with anticipation of the day Jesus will step out on the clouds and call us up to Heaven.

1 Corinthians 15:52 King James Version (KJV)
52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.

Betty

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September 1, 2018
Good Morning and Happy Saturday,

“Beulah Land”


There is a song called “Beulah Land” that talks about the longing of a city we have never seen. This longing in our heart was placed there by God. God has placed in every man and woman the desire to know God. Sadly most of mankind fills the longing with other things and rejects God. Some people are influenced by Satan to serve a false God. Some attempt to recreate God in their own image with their own beliefs. Then there are those who have replaced God with the religion of atheism.

God created this space in the human heart for Himself. Before mankind was even made by God, God wanted a relationship with mankind. Mankind was created to communion with God and He with us. The sin of Adam and Eve broke the connection between God and mankind. God in His great love sent His Son to die for our sins so that through Christ, mankind could be reconciled with God. He also gave us a choice to choose to be saved or not to be saved.

As the Age of the Gentles comes closer to the end, the children of God should have a deeper longing to see Beulah Land, know as Heaven. Our desire to walk the streets of God with Jesus, should grow with wonderful expectation of the glorious time we will have. Heaven is more beautiful and glorious then the human brain can fathom, but the most beautiful part of Heaven will be God, Himself.

When troubles come let us remind ourselves of our future in Heaven, where there will be no sickness, sin, nor death. We can only see in our minds a little of what Heaven will be, but one day we will walk the streets of gold. One day we will be able to talk to the Prophets of old and the Disciples. When life gets hard, comfort ourselves with the knowledge of the future that awaits us. Life on earth is just a vapor but we have an eternity to look forward to with God.
Betty

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September 3, 2018
Good Afternoon and Blessed Sunday,

“Praise The Lord”


Praise the Lord, praise the Lord,
  Let the earth hear His voice;
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord,
  Let the people rejoice;
Oh, come to the Father, through Jesus the Son,
  And give Him the glory; great things He hath done.

I was singing this chorus today while getting dressed. It is a privilege to Praise God. How much of a privilege it is will not be known to us until we see Jesus face to face and are surrounded by the Glory of God, Heaven. Even now, when we sing praises to God from our heart, our spirit and souls rejoices.

God’s love for His children is perfect love. His love for us does not depend upon our behavior. His love is not fickle, changing with the wind. If we are honest, we cannot say the same. Our love can cool with problems that occur in our lives. When we need God the most, we seek Him less. We need to run to God when we are under attack from the devil. Do not listen to the devil when he tells us that God has forsaken us. Troubles happen to every one in this world, Christians and non Christians. The difference is, we have a God that walks through the dark shadows with us. So let us grateful children, praise God everyday, no matter the circumstances.
Betty

To God be the glory, great things He hath done
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1 To God be the glory, great things He hath done,
So loved He the world that He gave us His Son,
Who yielded His life our redemption to win,
And opened the life-gate that all may go in.
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord,
  Let the earth hear His voice;
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord,
  Let the people rejoice;
Oh, come to the Father, through Jesus the Son,
  And give Him the glory; great things He hath done.
2 Oh, perfect redemption, the purchase of blood,
To every believer the promise of God;
The vilest offender who truly believes,
That moment from Jesus a pardon receives.
3 Great things He hath taught us, great things He hath done,
And great our rejoicing through Jesus the Son;
But purer, and higher, and greater will be
Our wonder, our transport when Jesus we see.

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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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September 3, 2018

Confused

With brain fog from Fibro and breathing issue, I am sometimes confused. I put the wrong date yesterday. I am not feeling sorry for myself, just embarrassed. A lot of us, who are getting older have health issues. Health issues do not mean that God has forsaken us. Sometimes it is God’s way of slowing us down. Sometimes health issues force us to dwell more on God’s Will and less on our own will.

What we do not want to be confused about is our standing with God. This is why we pray daily for God to search our hearts. We want God to point out what sin we need to seek forgiveness for. We want God to point out to us if our priorities are out of place. Is God first on our list or last? Having God do a checkup up of our spiritual health keeps us from losing our way.

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

When we seek the Lord daily, we can live at peace that our souls is secure in His hands. No Christians should ever have to worry about whether we are going to Heaven. We stay close to God and we commune with Him daily then we can live our lives with assurance that are future is indeed in Heaven with our Heavenly Father.
Betty

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September 4, 2018
Good Afternoon and Happy Tuesday,

“Praise The Lord”

Come all who love the Lord, and come together as one.
Let us together raise our heads and hands, to our Almighty God
Let us praise Him for His gifts and answered prayer.
For God is always faithful to us, and our hearts should be filled with praise.

Bring our needs both big and small and lay them at His feet.
And praise Him for answered prayers and answers on the way.
Lay aside our frustrations and complaints and honor our God with praise.
For God alone is worthy of all praise.

These words came to me as I fixed my coffee today. Praising God not only honors our Heavenly Father, but it fills our hearts with joy. If we are praising God from our heart then our eyes are not focused on problems, but on our Savior and Lord. When we lift our hearts and hands we are submitting ourselves to God, a Holy Sacrifice to Him. We need to remind ourselves, often of the greatness of our God. Too often we are so focused on our troubles that in our own eyes the troubles are bigger then God. If we focus on God we realize that there is no trouble that is bigger or outside the reach of God.

Praising God is a great reminder of what awaits us in Heaven. We do not have to wait to we arrive in Heaven to be joyful. Praising God fills our heart with joy now. Many of us are suffering. This suffering will not last forever. Either God will heal this body on earth or we will receive a new body at the rapture. Either way, there is no suffering in Heaven. If we go to Heaven before the rapture we will leave our diseased bodies behind. We can live in joy now, rejoicing in what awaits us. We are not children with out hope. Jesus is coming for His children, and I believe we are so close, that we can almost hear the trumpet.
Betty

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

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September 5, 2018
Good Afternoon and Happy Wednesday,

Seek the Lord, Daily

When I woke up and started walking around feeding the animals, the pain was so bad that I am back in bed. I was reminded of this verse:

Psalm 34:4 King James Version (KJV)4 I sought the Lord, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.

Whether we are in pain or fears, we can call upon the name of God. We never have to wonder if He hears our prayers. He is our Heavenly Father and He always hears our prayers. He gives us strength. He eases our pains and gives us rest. Yesterday we talked about praises to God. As children of God, we should praise God even in the valley of tears. Just as God doesn’t leave us just because we sin, we should not forsake Him because of our circumstances. We do wonder why God allows us to suffer, why is it some people are healed and others not. I do not believe it is a lack of faith. God has different paths for us to take. Our job is not to compare our situation with others.

John 21:20-22 King James Version (KJV)
20 Then Peter, turning about, seeth the disciple whom Jesus loved following; which also leaned on his breast at supper, and said, Lord, which is he that betrayeth thee?
21 Peter seeing him saith to Jesus, Lord, and what shall this man do?
22 Jesus saith unto him, If I will that he tarry till I come, what is that to thee? follow thou me.

Jesus told Peter not to worry about what will happened to John but to mind his own business. It is not our job to question why some Christians have more money then us. Nor wonder why some are healed on earth and some in Heaven. Our job is to trust God through our own circumstances. We are called to walk the path God gives us with grace and love for one another. We are not to envy one another nor judge fellow Christians about why there path is different from ours. God is a perfect and His reasons are perfect. God will judge us on our works and not the works or others. We will be blessed on how we reacted and acted during our time on earth and not others. When we seek to trust God no matter our circumstances we will be at peace. When we are willing to accept the will of God in our lives we will live in peace.
Betty

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September 6, 2018
Good Morning and Happy Thursday,

How Much Do We Want To Please God?

This question would have different answers, depending on our present circumstances. Truth is, we can get caught up in live’s situations and before you know it, God is last on our to do list. Sometimes even just a quick prayer before we fall asleep is all the time we give God that day. It’s not always because our love for Him has cooled. It is just there are some days that it seems we get out of bed running and fall asleep too exhausted to say more then a child’s prayer.

God does understand. Our situations are not lost on Him. Yet, when we stop a few minutes in all our rushing around and talk to God, He will give us strength to carry on and peace of heart and mind. We bless God when we take time to communicate with God and He in turn blesses us. It is a win-win deal, all around. We need to take time to study His Word, because this world has done just like God warned us about for the last days. People use pleasant words for murder. “Freedom of choice” for the murder of unborn. In some Countries, they are not murdering children born with Down syndrome. Children who can be taught to take care of themselves. Elderly are being put to sleep when they are considered a burden to their families. Parents teaching children there are more then one genders, even though Science proofs that teaching wrong.

We need to know God’s Word so that we are not influenced to believe evil by the world’s low standards. The world’s view should never take priority over what God has said. His Word is firm and true and holds fast to the truth and not influenced by changes in the ideas of mankind. We do not have to live as we do, and not know the truth. God has made His truths known to mankind through His Holy Word.
Betty

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Amen Betty [Smile]
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Jdu,
Thank you.
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September 7, 2017
Happy Thursday and Good Afternoon

Fruits of the Spirit

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

When we walk out in an orchard during harvest time, it is easy to recognize what tree we are looking at. An apple tree will be filled with apples. Are we allowing the Holy Spirit to work the fruits of the Spirit through us. Are we know by others by the fruit of the Spirit, or are we known for our temper? Do people have to walk on egg shells around us, because we are known for having a short fuse?

Our lack of patience in the workforce can destroy our testimony. When troubles come into our lives, does our faith shine forth or does our lack of faith come sneaking out? We lose our testimony to our own family, when they see us fall apart at the first sign of trouble. Have we become so busy that our prayer life has suffered. Have the fruits of the Spirit been pushed to the back ground and doubts and fears been allowed to grow in our hearts? We cannot choose our coworkers, but we must be careful that we do not allow them to fill our hearts with worldly ideas.

Matthew 7:16 King James Version (KJV)
16 Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?

Living for Jesus is not trying to be better then others. The world is filled with people stepping on one another trying to prove their own self worth. We as Christians, should not be trying to prove our self worth or our own righteousness. Any righteousness we have is Jesus living in us. Take no pride in living a Holy life. We strife to live a Holy life because we love God and not to show off to others. When we seek to prove that we are better then others,by a list of rules, we have added works to salvation. Salvation is a gift from God. Our works are to be done out of love for God and not to impress others.

We seek to filled with the Holy Spirit. We stay close to God so that He fills us daily with the Holy Spirit so our faith does not become weaken and the fruits of the Spirit are hidden behind sins of entitlement and pride. When we allow the Holy Spirit to work through us we will indeed be known, by our fruits of the Spirit.
Betty

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September 8, 2018
Good Afternoon and Happy Saturday,

Will I Ever Arrive?

I drove to the bank and on the way home, I seem to be stuck around clueless drivers. A man pulled up for me to let out of the parking lot, but the guy behind Him was too busy playing with his phone to notice he could pull up and let me out. The next person sped up when the light changed to keep me from getting out. I was just a fussing in my car. The only one who could hear me was God, thankfully. Yet I wondered will I ever get to the place, that little things like that do not frustrate me? The answer is probably not.

We are still living in a sinful body. We will not reach perfection in this world This does not mean we should not seek forgives from God when we lose our temper or commit other sins. As God’s children, we seek to not commit sins, but at the same time we remember that God wants to and will forgive us when we seek forgiveness. God’s love does not give us a license to sin, but is a safety net when we do sin.

We all have our triggers to anger or other sins. The devils knows us well enough to know what they are. Do not be surprised when, out of no where, he hits us in the face with one. On the other hand, we should know God so well, that we can stop and seek forgiveness. When we are in the habit of talking to God regularly each day, it is an easy step to seek His face when we find ourself sinning.
Betty
I have been blessed with several humming birds this week. One appears to be a baby, very small. I am thankful for these moments of diamonds in my life.


1 John 2:1 King James Version (KJV)
2 My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:

Romans 6 King James Version (KJV)
6 What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?
2 God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?
3 Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?

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September 9, 2018
Good Morning and Blessed Sunday,

Hatred Running Amuck

Facebook brought back up the blog from September 9,2016. I wrote how hostile the world was getting to Christians. In the last two years it has gotten much worse. We had no idea how much hate the Democrats had in them, until they lost the 2016 election. Several celebrities and a Congresswoman from Houston has placed most of their hate on white senior citizens. Saying that America will not be great again until we are dead.

Abortion changed America and not for the better. When it become acceptable to kill unborn babies because they were an inconvenience, the value of human lives was lowered. We now have Countries in the world that are killing babies because they are born handicapped. Killing elderly parents because they are becoming inconvenient to their children. De-valuing life has led to hearts filled with hate. Politicians who run on the platform of abortions have allowed the devil to take over their hearts. They spew hate out of their mouths as if they were processed by demons and maybe they are.

Congress has become so weak that they allowed one another at a session to be overwhelmed with people screaming hate. People screaming such hate that Mr. Kavanaugh’s parents were crying and his young children traumatized. People who acted like wild animals. These people were not fighting for freedom or life, they were fighting for the right to kill. Men and women who humiliated themselves in the fight for the right to kill the unborn.

As I watched this, my heart could only pray for the soon return of Jesus. I believe we are so close to the gates of Heaven being opened and Jesus calling us home. We are only see a small portion of the evil that mankind is capable of. When the Church is gone, the word will indeed look like Hell has taken over earth. My dear friends, it is time now to make sure we are right with God. Make sure we are saved and if not ask Jesus to be our Lord and Saviour , before it is to late. If we have any hidden sins, seek forgiveness today. Do not fear but keep your trust in Jesus and your eyes looking up for His return.
Betty

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September 10, 2018
Good Morning and Happy Monday,

Safe in The Hands of God

Jude 24-25 New International Version (NIV)Doxology
24 To him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy— 25 to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen.

I talked to someone the other day that thought we had to be perfect to enter Heaven. Although, he did not say so, I imagine this dear one was living in constant fear of sinning. We cannot share the love of Christ with others if we are ourselves are living in fear. While we should avoid sin at all cost, we do so with the help of the Holy Spirit and not under our own power.

Psalm 103:10-14 King James Version (KJV)
10 He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities.
11 For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him.
12 As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.
13 Like as a father pitieth his children, so the Lord pitieth them that fear him.
14 For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust.

When we seek forgiveness from God and turn from our sin, we are forgiven. We can live in security, knowing that the blood of Jesus covers our sins. We do not have to live in fear, worrying that we will sin if we trust Jesus and choose to walk in His paths. We must choose to walk in the truths of God. We want to please God because we love, Him. When we are raising our children, we do not want them to live in fear that our love for them, could die at anytime. God also wants us to live for Him, secure in our faith.

Just as we trust in God to save us, we can trust God to keep us until the day He comes from. We choose not to sin out of fear, but out of our love for God. We want to please God, because we love Him. When we do sin, we seek forgiveness from God.

1 John 4:18 King James Version (KJV)
18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.

John 17:23 King James Version (KJV)
23 I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.

God has saved our souls and we now live for Him through guidance of the Holy Spirit. We seek to please God, because we love Him. We want to walk in His truths and shun false Gospels who have wandered from the truth of the Gospel.
Be blessed my friends and keep looking up for the return of Jesus.
Betty
The tiny humming bird comes daily and I saw a dove at my window yesterday. Lots of tiny birds at the feeder making me smile. Do not forget to look for the diamonds of joy God puts in your life daily.

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September 11, 2018
Good Afternoon and Happy Tuesday,

In The Darkest Days, You Are With Us

Today,seventeen years ago, America was attacked on our own soil. This sent a wave of shock, throughout the Country. We will never forget what we were doing the moment we heard what was happening. For days we walked around just barely functioning. We felt hopeless and confused. Our Country saw first hand what a few people who were obsessed with hatred could do against a giant of a Country.

Hatred not only destroys the person who possess her, but people they choose to inflict their hate on to. Today the world is filled with people who hate others. People hate people because of their race, Religion, and their success. Jealously can lead to hate. As Christians we are not to hate anyone. To return hate to those who hate us, only brings bitterness. Bitterness is like cancer that eats a person from the inside. There is freedom in forgiveness. We must choose not to hate.

I believe that God allowed September 11th to happen to wake America up to her need of God. Unfortunately, America, in her pride refused to acknowledge her need of God. Her pride has led to her become weak. We have a new generation, who are willing to give up freedoms for free stuff. They are willing to give up what American stands for to become another Communist Country. People refused to see what socialism has done to Venezuela. We have an example of a Country that gave up freedom for socialism and are now in danger of disappearing as a Country. Yet we hide our eyes to the truth and listen to the rhetoric of those who are pushing socialism.

When a former President gives a speech saying America does not need a Saviour or a Messiah, we can see how low American has fallen. Jesus died for the people of this world. He wanted to reconcile Himself to mankind. When a President Obama said that, He threw the blood of Jesus, in His face. Telling God, we do not need or want You. My heart aches for America. I grew up being taught to love my Country. Now I see young people who would willingly give our Country up to a One World Government without a care, if they were given free college and free abortions. I know the Bible says in the last days there will be a One World Government but it hurts to see our grandchildren throwing our Country away for freebies. All I can say is:”Come quickly, Lord Jesus.
Maranatha,
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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September 12, 2018
Good Afternoon and Happy Wednesday,

Prayer and Praise

There are times that we do not know where to start with our prayer. Our minds can draw a blank. When this happens began with praise. It is even good to start out our prayer singing a praise song to God. This is a great way to thank God. As we sing, our mind because quiet and then we can lay our petitions at the feet of Jesus.

2 Samuel 22:4 King James Version (KJV)
4 I will call on the Lord, who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from mine enemies.

Praising God is not only our responsibility but praising God lifts our spirits and minds. As we rejoice in the goodness of the Lord, we find ourselves feeling at peace and joyful. This life will bring disappointments and troubles. There will be days that we do not feel like praising God. These are the times we need to praise God the most. All our troubles will one day pass and we will be in Heaven where no troubles will be.

Let us not forget to prayer for others. Pray for those who suffer pain every day. There are so many Countries where Christians are being tortured and killed for their faith. Let us remember to pray for them daily. Pray for the soon return of Jesus when children of God around the world will be caught up to be with Jesus for ever. Pray for our President. He is not perfect but the reason he is hated is he is a Republican. The Democrats are filled with hate against anyone who does not support the killing of the unborn. Pray for this coming election. There are those who hate the Religious right so much that they would cheat to fill the government with Democrats. This would put our President in danger.

Remember we are not alone. God is still on His Throne. He has not forsaken His children. Out trust in God is not in vain. Hang on to your faith, dear ones. Victory is ahead!
Betty
See two baby humming birds, but a noise out side scared them away.

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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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September 13, 2018
Good Morning and Happy Thursday,

Hope In A Hopeless World

If we keep our eyes on the circumstances of the world we will lose hope. Violence is happening so often that we are hardened by hearing about it day after day in the news. Hearing that someone was killed for pocket change doesn’t shock us anymore. Day after day we hear politicians and entertainers threaten the life of the President and it is like old news. God does not want us to have hard hearts. At the same time, God does not want us to live in fear. God wants to give us hope.

Psalm 42:11 King James Version (KJV)
11 Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God.

As Christians, our hope should be in God. Yes, it is our duty to vote for people who are against abortion, but we should not place our hope in mankind. People fail, people lie, and our hope can be abused by others. When we put our hope in God, our hope is secure. He does not fail. He will not lie. He cannot be bought or threaten. There is security when we place our hope in God. Let us not hardened our hearts to the truth but pray for the victims of crime. When we see people embarrass themselves in the way they act when they protest, seek not to hate them, but pray for them. They have given themselves over to evil and only God can save them.

Do not lose hope, my friends, God has not lost the battle. God has not forgotten us. We can trust Him always. He will be with us even after we take our last breath on earth and awaken in Heaven. Keep working for Jesus. Our work and all our pain will be worth it all. Continue to seek God’s will for your life. Trust Him to guide you in His truths and keep looking up. We trust in God, because He is our hope. He is our reason for living. He is the reason we keep going even when we are tired and hurting. Our future is secure in Jesus, so let us live like children of hope and not despair.
Betty

Deuteronomy 33:26 There is none like the God of Jeshurun, Who rides the heavens to your help, And through the skies in His majesty.

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September 14, 2018
Good Afternoon and Happy Friday,

50% Relationship


A relationship takes work on both sides. I am not saying 50% work from each, all the time. There are times that one party cannot give 50%, due to health or other problems in their life. When one person gives all the time and the other does not give, the relationship suffers. Just as marriage takes two so does our relationship with God. Unlike human beings whose moods can change in a second, God is always faithful.

When our relationship with God suffers, the fault is on us. We often get too busy to spend time with God. We allow our priorities to become a skewed. Having a relationship with God does not stop the moment we get saved. God wants a daily, thriving relationship with us. We must choose to contribute our time to our relationship with God. We have to be careful who we spend most of our time with. There is nothing wrong with having non Christians friends, but if we spend all our time with non Christians, we can be influenced in a bad way. We may change our minds on what is sin. We may find ourselves doing things that are not pleasing to God. We like to think that hanging out with unsaved people will influenced them to become Christians, sadly that is rarely the case. Usually the person who changes is the Christian. We must be careful that our love for God does not become lukewarm.

We will live at peace when we make sure we are secure in our relationship with God. Of course, we will have trials and problems, but God’s presence is easer to feel if we are walking close to Him. A good marriage requires both parties to decided to work at their marriage. Good marriages do not just happen, they take work. A good working relationship with God, requires effort on our part. The question is: are we willing to work at our relationship with our Heavenly Father?
Betty

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September 15, 2018
Good Morning and Happy Saturday,

Can Affliction Be Good For Us?

No one wants to be afflicted. No one wants to suffer from disease and pain. Yet there are times that our suffering leads to spiritual growth. The writer of Psalms 119, wrote how becoming afflicted caused Him to keep the word of God, where as in the past, he was prone to stray.

Psalm 119:67 King James Version (KJV)
67 Before I was afflicted I went astray: but now have I kept thy word.

God in His Holy wisdom knew that the writer needed something that would help him stay on the right path. Most likely the affliction limited his body in some way so that he was not prone to wander into areas of sin that had tempted him in the past. This affliction caused him to spend more time learning the Word of God and less time wandering into trouble. The writer began to see that the affliction had a good side to it, because it allowed him time to study God’s Word.

71 It was good for me to be afflicted
    so that I might learn your decrees.

We can be assured that when God allows suffering, it is for our own good. When we look at the suffering as the will of God, we can look for what God is showing us. The Apostle Paul suffered affliction. He came to the conclusion that his affliction was to keep him from becoming proud.

2 Corinthians 12:7-10 King James Version (KJV)
7 And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure.
8 For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me.
9 And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.

When God allows our health to fail, we should pray for God to show us what He wants us to see. Sometimes it is a short illness and God is showing us that we need to take care of our bodies. We can get so busy, that we forget to eat right and get proper rest. In these times, a time of rest and learning to take care of our bodies properly, will lead to healing. Other times God allows a chronic illness to afflict us. As one who has several chronic illness, I have learned to praise God in the midst of the storm. To trust God daily. To have a since of humor about side effects that can be embarrassing. Suffering does not mean God loves us less. God allows in our lives what we need to grow spiritually. Loving God with a pure heart means trusting God, through our circumstances. When we stop asking :”why me?” and seek to trust God in spite of our circumstances, we will be at peace.
Betty
My friends are we still looking each day for the diamonds of joy? I have been blessed with several baby humming birds at the feeder. Let us remember to pray for one another. Pray for those being persecuted around the world for their stand for Christ.

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September 16, 2018
Good Morning and Blessed Sunday,

Growing In Grace

Our faith can be shaken. Even the strongest Christians have times that their faith is weakened. Satan knows each person’s vulnerability and that is where he will strike, like the snake that he is. We must never get complacent or allow ourselves to think we are above being vulnerable. We are not to live in fear but to aware of circumstances and vulnerability. When we understand our areas in our lives that Satan is prone to strike us, we can be prepared. We prepare by prayer and studying God’s Holy Word.

Everyone is different and we are vulnerable in different areas. The answer for all is to stay strong in our faith. Remember our faith grows by hearing the Word of God. Our faith is established by having open communication with God on a daily bases. It is in our weakness that God shows through with His strength. When we open our heart to the Holy Spirit, He in His mercy will show us where hidden sin lies. When we know where there is sin, then we can seek forgiveness.
We must never become complacent, thinking we have arrived where we are above sin. This is a sin itself, the sin of pride. We can become prideful because of our works for Christ. We can become prideful when we compare ourselves to others.

When we seek the face of God daily and pray for God to search our hearts, we will be open to correction from God. Correction may be painful but being forgiven of our sins gives us peace. When we make peace with God we will feel His love engulfing our soul with joy. Then we can pray for others. Let us not forget to pray for those in the areas effected by the hurricane. Pray for those who are being persecuted for their faith in Christ. Pray for our Country and our President.

Have a blessed day and take time to rest your body, soul, and spirit. May God bless and keep you.
Betty

My faith looks up to Thee

1 My faith looks up to Thee,
Thou Lamb of Calvary,
  Savior Divine;
Now hear me while I pray;
Take all my guilt away;
Oh, let me from this day
  Be wholly Thine.
2 May Thy rich grace impart
Strength to my fainting heart,
  My zeal inspire;
As Thou hast died for me,
Oh, may my love to Thee
Pure, warm, and changeless be,
  A living fire.
3 While life’s dark maze I tread,
And griefs around me spread,
  Be Thou my Guide;
Bid darkness turn to day,
Wipe sorrow’s tears away,
Nor let me ever stray
  From Thee aside.
4 All thru life’s transient dream,
Until death’s sullen stream
  Shall o’er me roll,
Blest Savior, with Thy love,
Fear and distrust remove;
Make me Thy grace to prove
  Transform my soul.

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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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September 17, 2018
Good Afternoon and Happy Monday,

Speaking The Truth In A Sinful World

We live in a world where people no longer want to hear the the truth. Sadly this has been happening over time and most of us have been blind to what was happening. In the nineties a researcher saw a pattern between abortion and breast cancer. This person did a study which proved the data right. It was talked about on the news one day and then the research was hidden away. It was not politically correct to say that having an abortion could lead to cancer. It did not matter that women’s lives were put at stack as long as women could feel safe in their decision to have an abortion. Another researcher in the last couple of weeks said the research was correct but again the results of the research was not shared by the media.

Doctors who say that sex change surgery does not change the DNA of a person and that if a woman has a sex change operation to be a man, she is still a woman in the inside, are not quoted in the media. The same when a man tries to be a woman. When a Doctor says that there is only two genders, he or she is soon hushed. The world would rather stay blind to the truth. Truth does not matter, if we make people feel good.

It is not just the world who do not want to see the truth. Sadly, this is also true in the Church. We see Scriptures being played out before our eyes and yet Pastors and people in the congregation refuse to see it. Last week I saw a picture of a group of Ministers, from several Churches, who came out saying God approves of abortion. YTube has a video of “funny” Church signs. One of the Church signs read:”Jesus had two dads and He turned out fine”. I guess the Church forgot about Mary. These things should make us grieve. Ministers who have left the truth of the Gospel and are now leading their congregation into Hell are dangerous.

I believe that we should be praying that God will keep our eyes and hearts open to His truth. That God will protect us from being led astray by what is politically correct. Pray that God will help us to recognize heretic and false Preachers and Teachers. Lest we be led astray into a Gospel that is not of Jesus. My friends we are so close to the end. God forbid that we be led astray by those who preach and teach a Gospel that is contrary to the truth of Jesus. Pray that we stay on the straight and narrow. Pray that God will give us the courage to speak God’s truth, in love, in a world that does not want to hear it.
Betty

I have a male Cardinal at the feeder. As I have been writing, numerous kinds of birds have eaten at my feeders. Thank you, Jesus for my diamonds of joy.

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September 18, 2017
Good Afternoon and Happy Tuesday,

Is It Possible For God To Forget His Children?

God cannot forget His Children. He wears the scars in His hands as a constant reminder of the sacrifice He made to reconcile with us sinners, by birth. It is if we are written on His hands. In fact this is the way God described the scars, Himself.

See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands. Isaiah 49:16

John 20:27 Then saith he to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing.

We are engraved on the hands of God for eternity. Though we can become forgetful, God always remembers us. If He knows the number of hairs on our head which changes by day by day, surely He knows us by name. This knowledge should encourage us. We are loved my dear friends. We are loved by a perfect love. A love that will never die. People can fall out of love. God will never fall out of love with His children.

Satan would love to convince us that God has forgotten us. That we as an individual, are not important to God. This is a lie. When we feel neglected by God, encourage yourself in the Lord. One of the best places to start is in the Book of Psalms. We can see that David, often thought that God had forsaken him, but when He encouraged Himself in God’s Word, He was encouraged and wrapped in the love of God. May you be encouraged, knowing that you are written in the hands of Jesus and have a place in the heart of God.
Betty

When nothing else will work, encourage yourself in the Lord. Do it with the word of God. “Be assured, if you walk with Him and look to Him, and expect help from Him, He will never fail you.” – George Mueller
But David encouraged himself in the Lord. I Samuel 30:6
For whatever was written in the past was written for our instruction, so that we may have hope through endurance and through the encouragement from the Scriptures. Romans 15:4 Holman Christian Bible

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September 20, 2018
Happy Thursday and Good Morning,

Waiting on the Lord

As children of God, it seems we do a lot of waiting. We ask God for help in a situation and then we wait. Sometimes we wait patiently and other times we walk the floor, wondering if God even heard our prayer. There is a reason for our wait. Sometimes it is because of spiritual warfare.

Daniel 10:12-13 King James Version (KJV)
12 Then said he unto me, Fear not, Daniel: for from the first day that thou didst set thine heart to understand, and to chasten thyself before thy God, thy words were heard, and I am come for thy words.
13 But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me one and twenty days: but, lo, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me; and I remained there with the kings of Persia.

We often forget that we are fighting spiritual warfare, but we are not fighting alone. Angles fight against the devil in our behalf. Other times our answered is delayed because God is working things out behind the scene. We can trust the moment we spoke our prayer, God hears us. When we are waiting, read Scriptures where God answered prayer. Reminding ourselves of times in the past when God answered our prayers, will strengthen our faith in the present. Pray for others. Praying for others is not only seeking God for others but it is also strengthening our own faith.

Waiting for the return of Jesus, can be discouraging, if we are looking for a certain date. God said we be would like a farmer, know the season, but we were not told a specific date. If you have ever grown a tomato, you check it regularly to see if it is ripe. As the tomato starts to turn red, you know it is almost ready, but you still do not know what day it will be ready to pick. We know that rapture is close at head, but we do not worry about what specific day it will be. We just keep praising God for His soon return and keeping working for Him. We will hear the trumpet call, when it is time.
Betty

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.
Refrain
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.
Refrain

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

Why does God tell us to look up, at this point. First of all as the world turns more and more evil, the devil would like us to be feeling hopeless. When we are looking up to Jesus, He fills our hearts with hope and joy. Second, if we are looking upward to Jesus, we will not be living our lives with the intention of living as close to the world as possible without falling into sin. Thirdly, every Groom wants his Bride to be looking with great anticipation of their Wedding Day. Children of God we are indeed looking forward to our Blessed Hope and rejoicing in the knowledge of our future Wedding.
Betty

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