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Betty Louise
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April 30, 2019
Happy Tuesday,

“It’s A New Day”

Every morning, when we wake up, we think to ourselves that it is a new day. It is a new day, a new set of 24 hours. Yet, we get up with most of the same problems we had yesterday. We have the same boss who treats his employees like the dirt under his feet. The same chores we do, day after day. What can we do to make today different?——— attitude adjustment. MY ATTITUDE.

We cannot change people. We can not turn our boss into a nice guy, but we can pray for him or her. As we deal, with our problems today, we can sing praises to God. Be grateful for the house we have to clean. Dirty dishes mean we had food to eat. Be thankful that we can still run errands and do chores. House bound people would love to be able to take a trip to the grocery store.

There are those days, we do have more on our plate then it seems we can handle. Delegate if you can. Doesn’t hurt to ask our mate to do a couple of the things on our list. Go through the list and see what has to be done today. Sometimes we make ourselves physically ill because we refuse to admit that at 50 and 60 and up, we do not have the same body as 20 and 30 years old. Learn to say no. It does no good to say yes to everything, even Church work, if we are going to grumble our reward away. Do what we can do, as a gift to God and be thankful for what we have.
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 1, 2019
Happy Wednesday,

“Count Your Blessings”

This old Hymn came to me today when I got out of bed. It’s easy to count the things that seem to be going wrong in our lives, but when we take the time to count our blessings, we will be refreshed. It is so easy to take the little things for granted. When we lived in Washington State, the water heater went out. It was cold, wet, and miserable. It took the landlord 10 days to react. Ten days of boiling water on the stove for bathing and cleaning dishes. I never was so grateful to have hot water as I was the first time I could run a hot bath from the taps.

In America we have many blessings that are just normal day life for us. Going to a grocery store where the shelves are packed with food. There are many Countries today where the convince of buying groceries at a store is not a reality. Running water from a tap in our home. We grew up with that blessing. The same cannot be said of everyone. Look around where you are at and your will see many blessings. Let us be grateful children of God and thank Him daily for His many blessings.
Betty

1. When upon life’s billows you are tempest-tossed,
2. When you are discouraged, thinking all is lost,
3. Count your many blessings, name them one by one,
4. And it will surprise you what the Lord has done.
* Refrain:
* Count your blessings, name them one by one,
* Count your blessings, see what God has done!
* Count your blessings, name them one by one,
* *Count your many blessings, see what God has done.
* [*And it will surprise you what the Lord has done.]
5. Are you ever burdened with a load of care?
6. Does the cross seem heavy you are called to bear?
7. Count your many blessings, every doubt will fly,
8. And you will keep singing as the days go by.
9. When you look at others with their lands and gold,
10. Think that Christ has promised you His wealth untold;
11. Count your many blessings—*money cannot buy [*wealth can never buy]
12. Your reward in heaven, nor your home on high.
13. So, amid the conflict whether great or small,
14. Do not be discouraged, God is over all;
15. Count your many blessings, angels will attend,
16. Help and comfort give you to your journey’s

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

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May 2, 2019
Happy Thursday,

Praying For Lost Loved Ones

As much as we want our loved ones to be saved, it is easy to become discouraged, when year after year, it seems our prayers go unanswered. We do not see the work God is doing in our loved ones lives behind the scenes. I prayed over 15 years before the answer came for my husband to be saved. I prayed 6 years for my son to be saved. I know I see the proof of my answered prayers in their lives, today. Both my son and husband are new Creatures in Christ. Yet for so long, I could not see the work, God was doing.

While we would love for God to knock some sense into our loved one’s heads, this is not how God works. God gives them the choice to choose Him as their Savior. Just as God did not force salvation on us, He will not force salvation on others. Yet He is working on their hearts. Our prayers are not going unanswered. We keep praying that God will send the right person to our loved ones that will share what they need to hear, and we wait. We wait for the answer in faith in God. Do not allow the devil to discourage us and let us keep on praying for those we love.
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 3, 2019
Happy Friday,

Living by Faith or Fear

I like to read the funny stories and jokes, people write in to Readers Digest. A gentleman wrote in that he and his siblings were fussing at their mom for always worrying. His mom answered back: “look at all the stuff, I stopped from happening by worrying”. Truth is, worrying doesn’t solve anything nor prevent bad stuff from happening.

Instead of worrying we can live at peace by living by faith in God. Troubles will come our way, but remembering that we are not alone and that God is with us, will help us walk through the storms of life.

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.

Psalm 37:25 King James Version (KJV)
25 I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.

Matthew 6:11 King James Version (KJV)
11 Give us this day our daily bread.

We must choose to live by faith. Faith comes from reading the Holy Word of God. Let go of fear and cling to God.
Betty

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May 4, 2019
Happy Saturday,

Watching and Waiting

My new grand baby is due tomorrow. This does not mean she will make an appearance tomorrow. Babies tend to come when they want to. My daughter in law is taking care of herself and the baby’s health, while we wait. My son is watching over both of them.

In our Christian walk, we do a lot of waiting. This does not mean we do not work for God while we wait for the answer to our prayers. Waiting is not wasted time. During the waiting periods we grow in faith and trust in God. Often it is during the waiting time that we draw closer to God. Remember that God said if we draw neigh unto Him, He will draw close to us. God wants us to choose how close we want to walk with Him. There are some who prefer to walk far from God. They miss out on a wondrous and glorious relationship with God by choosing to walk further from God.

What a blessing it is to choose to walk close to God and to communicate with Him throughout every day! When we do this our souls bubbles up with rejoicing in the love the Lord God has for us and we communicate our love to Him. As we wait patiently for His return, let us seek each day to find a way to work for the Kingdom of God.
Betty

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

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May 5, 2019
Blessed Sunday,

The Times We Are Living In

Today and yesterday, Israel has been under attack from the Gaza Strip. Hatred for Israel and the Jewish people is growing all over the world, including in America. The Bible says in the last days they the whole world will turn on Israel and only God will be on their side. Knowing this doesn’t lesson the pain of seeing them suffer. Yet we know God will not allow Israel to be destroyed.

Along with the hatred for the Jewish people is the hate that is growing for Christians. God also warned of this. Knowing the times we are living in should not send us hiding in our beds but should send us to God for strength, help, and comfort. The world is silent about the Muslims having cartoons that sing about beheading the Jews. Christians are being silence on many media programs. When survivors of tragedy give the credit to God, the live feed goes quickly back to the station. People do not want to hear about the goodness of God. They defiantly refuse to hear about sin. Abortion promoters even pray over abortion centers and consider abortion not only a legal right but a moral right.

The Bible cautions us to know the days we are living in. Our responsibility is to pray. Pray for our Country, our President, and loss souls. We rejoice knowing Jesus is coming soon for us but we should have a compassionate heart for the loss and suffering. The closer we get to the rapture the more we should pray for lost souls.
Betty

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May 6, 2019
Happy Monday,

Satisfied

As Christians we were not created to be satisfied. We are to want more of God. We are to thirst and hunger daily for God’s Holy Word and for a close relationship with God. Until we walk through Heaven’s Gates we are to hunger and thirst after Righteousness. Just as it is important for a newborn to have a good appetite so they can grow, we need a good appetite for God, so we can grow spiritually.

We are to be content in our circumstances and be grateful for our material things but to have a healthy hunger for the things of God. If we grow content in where we stand spiritually we can become like stagnant water. Stagnant water becomes smelly after awhile. We stay fresh and sweet smelling by refreshing ourselves daily at the living fountain of our God and Savior. Taking to God throughout the day is a gift for us. We are blessed when he make an extra effort to talk to God. Remember we can talk to God any where, even while driving.

Counting our blessing and having a thankful and grateful heart is the least we can do when we think of the great sacrifice God made to reconcile mankind to Himself. We in this body cannot measure the worth of the gift of salvation that Jesus died to give us. Only in Heaven in our glorified body will we be able to comprehend the cost of our salvation. For now let us be grateful and thankful children of God.

Blessed to have the humming bird around most of the day, yesterday.
Betty

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May 7, 2019
Happy Tuesday,

Alone On A Rocky Road

There are times that we go without a mentor. It seems we have no one who could or would encourage us in the Lord. We can feel like we are climbing a hill on our knees. Sometimes it is of our own doings. We may be too prideful to admit we need help. Other times it is because we do not want to be a burden to others. Yet we need someone who will wrap their arms around us and tell us they are here to work or climb that road with us. We know God is with us, but let us face it we sometimes need to feel a human touch.

When mom was alive, I did not lean on her because, she had so much on her plate and I did not want to add to her burden. As mothers we do not want to burden our kids so we can fall into the pattern of just sucking up our fears and burdens. All the while God is saying “I am here,child! Come to me!”. God is never too busy to hear the heart cries of His children. It does not matter how small or how huge our problem is, God wants us to cry out to Him.

It can be hard to open up, even to God when we are so use to carrying our burdens alone. We cheat ourselves when we do not go to God with our situation and issues. Of course God knows everything, but He wants us to be open with Him, to invite Him in to sup with us. We can find peace when we talk to God and share everything with Him.

I am a subscriber on Facebook, to the pages of the various health issues I have. I have found that there are many Christians who suffer alone. When you have chronic health issues and daily pain, you do not want to get in the habit of talking about it too much with your friends and family. We do not want to be that person who is always complaining. Facebook with all its issues is a great place to find those who suffer the same things that you suffer and you can pray for each other and encourage one another in the Lord.

Ultimately, the best thing we can do is pray. Pray for ourselves. It is not selfish to admit our needs to God. Then pray for others. We are not walking this road alone. God is with us! We can reach out to fellow Christians who are suffering and we can encourage them with God’s Holy Word and then pray to our Heavenly Father for them. My dear friends, do not give up. We are so close to going home to Heaven. Let us keep the faith and hold on to God.
Betty
I just heard a bird sing. My heart is encouraged when I see and hear the birds at my feeders. God knows what we need for encouragement and He does provide.

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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 8, 2019
Happy Wednesday,

Praise God in the Storm

I went see the neurologist, yesterday. They ran blood test to see if I have inflammation in my brain. If not they will run other test. Just as our bodies can get inflammation in them, so can our souls get weeds in them. If we are not careful we can become a gossip, a person who tells little white lies, or a person who likes to spread strife and chaos.

This is why we ask God to search our hearts daily. When we do, He will shine His light on any hidden sin in our hearts. Then we can repent and so God to help us turn from our sins. We do not want to make excuses for sin and it is so tempting to do so. We need to step up to the plate and admit our sin and seek forgiveness and turn away from sin.

God is a loving God. He comforts us when we are having a bad time. When we are exhausted, we can find rest in the Lord.

Psalms 37:7 “Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass.”

New International Version
Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him; do not fret when people succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes.

While we rest in the arms of our Heavenly Father, let us remember to pray for one another. Today I am struggling physically. There are many Christians who are suffering from illness and disease, we are blessed by God when we remember to pray for others who are suffering, too.

Psalm 28:7 King James Version (KJV)
7 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.

Praise God in the mist of your suffering and He will bless you and encourage you.
Betty

Blest by the daily return of the humming bird.

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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 9, 2019
Happy Thursday,

“Precious Lord, Take My Hand”


Ecc. 4:12 Though one may be overpowered,
    two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.

When we walk with a fellow Christian, whether it is our mate or our friend and we both walk with God, we are a cord of three. Two working together with God form a bond that can stand whatever comes our way. When we feel overwhelmed, our friend or mate can remind us that God is with us and we are over-comers in the Lord.

God never promised us a life of ease. He even warned us we would be persecuted for the sake of the Gospel. He did, however, promise to never leave or forsake us. We can stand in the middle of the storm, because we are not alone. He will cover us with His wings and keep us from falling.

We must remember that we cannot live and walk in sin and expect God to prevent us from suffering the consequences of our action. If we continue in sin, we are committing the sin of rebellion. If we refuse to listen to the convicting call of the Holy Spirit, there will a time when God gives us over to a reprobate mind .

Romans 1:28 King James Version (KJV)
28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;

This is a very,very dangerous place to be. At this point our hearts and minds are so hardened by stubbornness that we are no longer able to hear the Holy Spirit call unto us. There will come a time when God will no longer strive with us.

Yet, we never have to enter into the land of hardened people. We pray every day. We seek forgiveness for sin and not try to hide sin in our lives. Remembering that when our hearts are like soft clay that God can mold we are so much better off.
Betty
My humming bird is black with a red head.

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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 10, 2019
Happy Friday,

Suffering and Pain

Bertha, my dog woke me up to go out. I came back to bed hurting. It’s frustrating because they cannot find out why my stomach hurts every morning when I start walking around. This said, there are a lot of things in life we do not understand. Trials that we go through that we see no purpose. Yet, God is not in Heaven striking random people with lighting and troubles.

Truth is, there are many paths we have been forced to take through our journey through life that were painful and unpleasant. Many we will not understand why, until we get to Heaven. What we do understand is our loving Heavenly Father has a purpose for allowing us to go through the pit of a valley where there are times we cannot see the sun. We feel helpless. It is during these times that we learn to trust God and to cling to His hand.

We can be at peace knowing that every thing we have been through has a purpose for good. Suffering brings about spiritual growth. Dark valleys teach us to trust God more. In turn, God takes our suffering to use us to encourage others who are suffering. To remind others that God is with us always. He is down in the pits with us and He rejoices with us when we are on the mountain top. Our pain and suffering is only for a season. One day we will be changed to our glorified bodies where we will experience no more pain. We will be in Heaven where no one dies.

As God’s children let us pray that we go through our present situations with grace and dignity. Pray that God will keep us from doing anything that would cause us to bring shame to God. May God find us working for His Kingdom, when He calls us home.
Betty


ANDRAE CROUCH
Through It All Lyrics


I've had many tears and sorrows,
I've had questions for tomorrow,
there's been times I didn't know right from wrong.
But in every situation,
God gave me blessed consolation,
that my trials come to only make me strong.

Chorus:
Through it all,
through it all,
I've learned to trust in Jesus,
I've learned to trust in God
Chorus2:
Through it all,
through it all,
I've learned to depend upon His Word.

Verse 2:
I've been to lots of places,
I've seen a lot of faces,
there's been times I felt so all alone.
But in my lonely hours,
yes, those precious lonely hours,
Jesus lets me know that I was His own!

Chorus

Verse 3:
I thank God for the mountains,
and I thank Him for the valleys,
I thank Him for the storms He brought me through.
For if I'd never had a problem,
I wouldn't know that he could solve them,
I'd never know what faith in God could do.

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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 11, 2019
Happy Saturday,

One World Government

We have been hearing this for so long that we look at it with apathy. People think about a person who will come along and fix this world but they over look what each Country will have to give up. Countries will have to give up their sovereignty, their beliefs as a Nation, and their freedom. One of the groups pushing this has been the Vatican.


(CBN) – Pope Francis is pushing for a global authority that supersedes the rights of individual countries, all with the goal of pursuing the common good. “Think of the great contemporary challenges of climate change, new slavery and peace,” he told members of the Pontifical Academy. They met last week at the Vatican to discuss the topic of: “Nation, State, Nation-State.”

While addressing the conference, Francis rebuked the trend of nationalism among individual countries and the many tensions that “come from an excessive demand for sovereignty,” according to Breitbart.com. However, the pope defended patriotism as a good thing. But he warned it can become perverted when “it involves the exclusion and hatred of others when it becomes a conflictual nationalism that builds walls, indeed even racism or anti-Semitism.”

This Pope has embraced the Muslim faith but is rejecting the Christian Faith, going as far as to say that any Christian out side the umbrella of the Catholic Church is not saved. Last week the Vatican announced that God is not coming back to this world. Saying that God has either forgotten us or is too busy to be concerned about this world.

The Vatican is saying we have no hope in God. The world is going to destroy itself with Global Warming. In essence our only hope is a One World Government. The Bible makes it clear that people on earth will embrace this and even worship the anti-Christ, who will rule from this government.

As children of God we know the truth. We know that God is coming back. We know the reason why this Pope and others are pushing for this One World Government . The Bible makes it clear that because the world has rejected Jesus as their hope and their Savior that He, Himself will send a delusion over the world.

2 Thessalonians 2:8-12 King James Version (KJV)
8 And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:
9 Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,
10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.
11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:
12 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

Remember, my dear brothers and sisters in Christ, things are not falling apart. Everything is coming together for this One World Government and the tribulation, when God will pour His wrath on those who worship the devil instead of God. We need not fear what is coming. We may face some persecution but we will spend the tribulation in Heaven with our Lord and Savior.
Betty

Bless to see a blue bird yesterday. My first of the season. Was not at my house but in a tree at Jack in the Box. Did see a red cardinal at my 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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May 12, 2019
Blessed Sunday

Happy Mother’s Day

I saw my new grand baby, Savanah Hope, today. She was born at 8:45 last night. Needless to say, I believe she is the most beautiful baby on earth. Of course every mama and grandma should think that about their baby. Think of all God’s children since the beginning of time and yet we are all special in the eyes of God. He loves us all the same. What a special feeling to know that God loves us so much.

We are so blessed to be loved by the Creator of all things. I pray the God blesses every mama in a very special way. I also pray for comfort those who have not been blessed to be a mama. Have a blessed evening.
Betty

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May 13, 2019
Happy Monday,

Faith

Hebrews 11:1 King James Version (KJV)11 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

Hebrews 11 is known as the faith Chapter in the Bible. Most of the Heroes of Faith, had faith though they did not see the result of their faith in actions. Abraham believed God, when God said they Abraham’s descendants would be more then the stars of Heaven. Yet Abraham did not see this in his lifetime, He believed.

Moses was only allowed a glimpse from a mountain to see the promised land, but never walked the promise land. The Prophets of the Old Testament kept their faith in God, though they were murdered by the people who rejected them that their prophecy.

We look forward to eternity in Heaven, even though we have never seen Heaven nor have our feet touched the streets of God. The Apostle Thomas refused to believe that Jesus had rosed from the dead. Even though Thomas has walked with Jesus and knew the other disciples intimately , he refused to believe their report that Jesus was alive.

John 20:25 King James Version (KJV)
25 The other disciples therefore said unto him, We have seen the Lord. But he said unto them, Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his side, I will not believe.

Jesus told Thomas, blessed would be those who believe in Jesus, even though they had never seen Jesus in person.

John 20:29 King James Version (KJV)
29 Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.

There is a special blessing for those who have faith in God without ever seeing God. This faith that believes in what we have not seen will be rewarded by God.
Because we believe, God makes Himself real to us through our intimacy we have in our relationship with Him. Our faith in God is rewarded on earth and will be rewarded in Heaven.

We cannot become a Christians without faith. The Holy Spirit gives us the faith to believe but if reject the Holy Spirt, this little faith will whiter and die.

Hebrews 11:6 King James Version (KJV)
6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

We must choose to believe. Our faith grows through our walk with God. There are those who accept Jesus as their Savior, but refuses to grow in God. Preferring to be a baby Christian all their life, they cheat themselves, not just the rewards in Heaven for spiritual growth, but they cheat themselves out of a close and rewarding relationship with Jesus on earth. The amount of love we have for God will determine the walk we share with God.
Betty

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May 14, 2019
Happy Tuesday

The One Who Seeks to Destroy

I woke up from a dream that upset me. We can not control what we dream. Sometimes the devil will get in our dreams and cause us to have sinful thoughts in the dream. When we awake the devil will then pounce on us and make us question our salvation. The Holy Spirit will remind us that the devil is the father of lies. Our salvation is secure in Jesus. No matter what the devil puts in your dream, we are secure in Christ. Remember the devil is out to destroy Christians. He wants us to question our salvation and to plant fear in our hearts. We remind ourselves the devil lies and then we have a talk with Jesus.

1 Peter 5:8 King James Version (KJV)8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:

We must be diligent in our faith and walk with God. The devil is out to destroy the faith of Christians and cripple their testimony. It is a sad thing when the devil has a Christian so fearful that they are afraid to even say they are a Christian. It’s even worse when the devil confuses a Christian to the point, that what they believe is contrary to the Holy Bible.

We can open the door to the devil by compromising our beliefs so that we do not upset our friends. By doing this we have open the door to the devil to take us so far from the truth that even sinners doubt we are saved. Remember Jesus always spoke the truth in love. Even when He healed someone, He reminded them not to sin.

Remember the closer we walk with Jesus and the more time we spend in the Word of God, the less we will be open to the lies of the devil. We will be warned by the Holy Spirit when we hear false preaching and teaching. The Holy Spirit warns us so we can flee false preaching and teaching.

The devil is fighting harder so we must pray more that God will fill us up with the Holy Spirit so that we are ready for battle. Put on the whole armor of God so we are protected. Encourage yourself in the Lord. Reminding yourself that Jesus is coming soon and until that moment, God is with us and will not forsake you.
Betty
Was blessed by a visit from the humming bird. Our grand baby is growing. Please pray for her mama. She had to have a blood transfusion yesterday because she is so anemic.

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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 15, 2019
Happy Wednesday

Big Problems -vs- Little Problems

The news yesterday about my confusion was not the greatest. They are going to do a biopsy on both sides of my forehead to see if the issue is inflammation in those veins. My blood showed an inflammation level of 80 when it is suppose to be under 30. I get these headaches where it feels like my upper part of my head is being squeezed in a vice. They are going to do a MRI to see what is causing the headaches to the back of my head. Yesterday that did ECC to see how my brain is functioning. Results come back in three to four days on the ECC.

Last night I could not sleep but not because I was worried about my health, but over a Hospital bill from January. I got the second bill yesterday and noticed that Doctor’s office had put I had cosmetic surgery when I had a growth removed from inside my elbow. My brain kept going over what I was going to say to the people at the Doctor’s office. I talked today to the Doctor’s assistant Nurse who was in the operating room and he remembers them removing the growth. Maybe my mind found it easy to deal with the hospital bill over what the test can show.

Truth is we can find ourselves making our selves sick worrying about little things. Sometimes we are not so quick to give the little things that trouble us to God and when we attempt to, we often do not leave them at the feet of Jesus.

I pray that a God will help us to trust Him in the big things and the little things.
Keep looking for your little diamonds of joy sent to you by our Heavenly Father.
Betty

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

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May 16, 2019
Happy Thursday,

Make Me A Blessing

Early appointment at the Vet for the dog and cat. Now we are back home. Hubby, the dog, and I went back to bed. The cat is lying in the living room. The cat got into the neighbors yard last night. Our neighbors are sweet people and as it turned out their dogs just wanted to play. The Vet said the cat is just find. We were reminded once again how blessed we are to have loving and caring neighbors.

God puts certain people in our lives to encourage us and bless us. Can others say the same about us? Do we seek to encourage one another? Do we look for ways to be a blessing to other people? Let us make it our prayer to be used by God, by allowing His love to shine through us to others.
Betty

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May 17, 2019
Happy Friday

Overcoming Fear

Although my cat is physically fine, she is paralyzed by fear. She has been hiding behind boxes in my closet. She is no longer in danger but she has given into fear. We too can be paralyzed by fear. We have chosen to hide behind fear, rather then stepping out in faith. Fear of past hurts by people we trust can cause us to trust no one. We can lose the ability to share ourselves with others out of fear.

We share just enough so that others knows us by name, but they do not know who we really are. We can become so protective of ourselves that even people in the Church do not even know our struggles. I wish I could tell you a magician’s trick to fix fear. I do not know one. I do know the closer we grow to God, the less our fear is.

Opening up to others is hard for me. I have shared more of myself through my blog then I ever do face to face with a person. Only by God’s encouragement and grace have I been able to share my struggles with you, my friends. Knowing that my struggles, helps you trust more in God has been my purpose for this blog. To be used by God to serve His Kingdom, gives me the faith to step up and open up my heart.

Our faith in God keeps us working and serving Him with our whole heart. We do not serve God for rewards in Heaven, though they do exist. We serve God out of our love for Him. God bless you.
Betty

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

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May 18, 2019
Happy Saturday,


Mixed Up Nights

It 5:28 in the morning and I haven’t yet gone to sleep. There was a time that I would be upset about this. I have realized that whatever is effecting my brain is affecting my sleep. I go days that I cannot sleep and then I go days when I could sleep 14 hours straight. At this point, I just go with the flow. I sleep when I can and when I cannot I play with game apps on my tablet and talk to God.

There is something peaceful about being awake in the middle of the night and talking to God as you would a friend. For indeed Jesus is not only our God and Savior but He is our friend. Just laying out your heart to God and seeking His will for your life, brings peace of mind.

There are things in this life we will not understand until we get to Heaven. This is when trust in God provides peace. Ours is not to reason why God allows things in our lives but to pray that God will use our circumstances to help us grow into stronger children of God with stronger faith. Just as I have learned that fighting against my brain is not working, so does squirming and trying to get out of the will of God, a waste of time and strength. We do so much better when surrender to His perfect will.
Betty

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

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May 19, 2019

Blessed Sunday,


Kindness


Pastor preached on Kindness, this morning. At 67, I can tell you from experience that kindness is not as abundant as it was when I was a child. There are still some kind people,but there are so many evil people in the world people who get the most attention. I saw a video of an adult woman on a city bus, pushing off an elderly man, killing him because he was too slow for her.


There was a time that children were taught to respect the elderly. Now children are more often to be taught to demand their rights. Parents are raising children who are less in prone to see their need for a Savior, because they are being taught to embrace their own importance. Children are being cheated of spiritual knowledge of their sinful nature and the love of God who sent His Own Son to live and die for the sins of mankind.


As Christians we pray for children and youth. We pray for God to open doors for the young people to be exposed to the truth. We pray that God will use us for His Glory. We open our heart to God for His Will.

Betty

So many little birds that I am refilling the feeders every other day. God is indeed blessing me with 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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May 20, 2019
Happy Monday,

He Knows Us

This Morning, I refilled the bird feeders and the humming bird feeder. As usual I made quite the mess with the humming bird feeder. I have learned to fill that one outside. I am used to my issues with that feeder, so I actually did not get upset at losing some on the ground, maybe some ants can enjoy the sugar water.

Not only does God knows us well, but so do the devil’s demons. He knows which buttons to push to set us off. We do ourselves a great favor when we remember our own issues and be prepared. If we are prone to get angry when we cannot find our keys, make sure to put our keys in the same place before we go to bed. This keeps us from having a melt down looking for our keys. If we are going somewhere where there are those we have to deal with for business, that sets us off, we pray for God’s help before we leave the house. As we are driving,
we pray for those at the meeting that God will fill each person attending with peace. We pray that God will go before us and pave the way with peace and grace.

When we have some quiet time, spend a portion with God. Praying that He will revive our spirit with peace and grace. If we arrive somewhere, angry we can set the tone for friction and stress. We cannot change others and there are times we will have to deal with those who are bitter and angry. We can pray and ask God to help us to respond in love and kindness. We are so much better off when we leave bitter, angry people to God’s justice and concentrate on being the person God wants us to be.

We are not responsible for the actions of others. Our responsibility is to be the person that God wants us to be. We should pray that God will helps us grow spiritually so that we can be used to be a blessing to others.
Betty

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

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May 21, 2019
Happy Tuesday,

We Are No Accident

Psalm 139:14 King James Version (KJV)14 I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.

The devil has hated mankind since Adam was made by God. I have heard it said that the devil is jealous because Jesus died for our sins and not for his. The devil knew that Jesus would die for mankind’s sins before Adam was made. Thus, he hated human beings from the beginning.

In the Book of Esther, we read of Haman and his hatred of Mordecai, who was a Jew. The devil filled Haman’s heart with hate for Mordecai so the devil could use that hate to wipe the Jews off the face of the earth. By doing so, he thought he could prevent the birth of Jesus, thus preventing salvation from coming to mankind. The devil’s pride (the same pride that got him kicked out of Heaven) prevented him from seeing that God would prevail.

The devil has been driven ever since to devalue human beings. Evolution was just the start to convince human beings that they were no different then animals. The belief in Evolution has led to abortion. It will also lead to killing those who are disabled and elderly. Evolution over looks one important truth. Mankind was made by God and instilled with a soul. Mankind was made to worship God and animals were not. Mankind was made with a soul that was meant to worship God. Instead mankind worships the creation and not the creator.

Romans 1:25 King James Version (KJV)
25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.

No human being was an accident. God had a plan for each person. We were made to be a part of the Heavenly Kingdom and to serve God. Sadly, so many are serving the devil thinking that they are serving themselves. The devil promotes the lie that we were just another animal in the line of evolution. The truth is we were created for a purpose.
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 22, 2019
Happy Wednesday,

Where is My Heart?

Jeremiah 17:9-10 King James Version (KJV)9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?10 I the Lord search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings.

We see played out before our eyes, politicians who claimed to pray every day and yet out of their mouths spew hatred and filth. They claim to have a relationship with God and yet they refused 47 times in Congress to even hear a bill that would force abortion Doctors to provide medical care for babies born alive during abortion.

Luke 6:45 King James Version (KJV)
45 A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.

They claim to being doing the will of God, yet their own words betray them. Their words are filled with hate and they have chosen to embrace evil over the true will of God. Their own words reveal where their heart is. They have not given their hearts and minds to God. Instead they have in their ignorance chosen to serve the devil.

Proverbs 15:28-29 King James Version (KJV)
28 The heart of the righteous studieth to answer: but the mouth of the wicked poureth out evil things.
29 The Lord is far from the wicked: but he heareth the prayer of the righteous.

God will not hear the prayers of the wicked. People who have made a career out of embracing and promoting abortion and other sins, no longer have access to the ears of the Lord. The Bible makes it clear that He will not always strife with mankind. People can reach a point where they have hardened their ears and hearts to the point that the Holy Spirit will leave them to die in their sins.

The question is where is our heart? Do we have a heart for the things of God. Are we slowly giving sins our approval? Standing up for the truth of God’s Holy Word has consequences. People will think we are a fanatic. My friends, it is better to be a “religious fanatic” in the eyes of the world and be in right standing with God. Compromise can lead us down a slippery slope right into Hell.
Betty

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May 23, 2019
Happy Thursday,

Attacks From The Devil

The devil cannot wait to attack us. He will attack us before we get out of bed. His goal is to create doubt in our hearts and minds. At times he can even make us doubt our salvation . This is when we go to God in prayer. We talk to God about our fears and doubts. When we do, God will give us peace and fill our hearts with songs of praise.

Psalm 28:7-8 “The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in Him, and I am helped; therefore my heart greatly rejoices, and with my song I will praise Him. The LORD is their strength, and He is the saving refuge of His anointed.”

When we begin to praise God, the devil will flee. He is not interested in being a part of our worshipping and praising God. God is worthy of all praise and yet when we worship God, He gives us the gift of peace of mind. Even though we may be going through a battle in our personal life, we can trust God to be with us every step. He will not forsake us or abandon us.

Remember the old song that said “I don’t know about tomorrow but I know who holds my hand”. When we remind ourselves that God is in control, we can be at peace when we have health issues, job issues, and any other issue the devil throws at us. When we stop looking at the problem and keep our eyes on Jesus, we can live in peace.

Filling the bird feeders, daily now. Listening to their songs, refreshes me and reminds me that God loves me.
Betty

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May 24, 2019
Happy Friday,

Friends

An unexpected call from a friend can be a great blessing. Hearing from someone who you love and they love you, can be a great encouragement. Christian friends are even more special, because you know that they pray for you. As we pray for them. We often underestimate prayers. Prayers are a direct line to Heaven.

Psalm 34:17 King James Version (KJV)17 The righteous cry, and the Lord heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles.

Proverbs 15:29 King James Version (KJV)29 The Lord is far from the wicked: but he heareth the prayer of the righteous.

God knows His children and He hears their voices. Whatever our needs are we cry out to God and He will hear our cry. Talking to God should be more then about our requests, but also about our praise for our God and Savior. We all have times that we have questions about our future. Yet, even in times of not knowing what tomorrow holds we can be at peace knowing that God does know and whatever tomorrow holds, He will be with us.

Psalm 91:1-2 King James Version (KJV)91 He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.2 I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.

Find rest and peace in the presence of Almighty God. Rejoice in the knowledge that this life is not all there is. Eternity in Heaven awaits those who have given their lives to Jesus and live for His Will.
Betty

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May 25, 2019
Happy Saturday,

How Much More Can God Stand?

This week I saw a picture of three women holding up signs calling unborn babies parasites. This hurt my heart. To call precious babies such a horrible name. The excuse is the baby needs mama to live. If we bring a dog or cat into our house, is it not dependent on us for their food and water. Yet, no one would call a pet a parasite.

So many people support planned parenthood, and yet the founder was a racist. I never understood the name in the first place. They do not help couples plan a family. They kill babies. That is their mission. Have you ever noticed that many who protest for abortion have a evil and angry look about them? It is almost like the evil in their hearts is beginning to show on their faces.

More and more people around the world are coming out against Christians. We are getting closer to the tribulation. We are in the birth pains and the pains are increasing. This world is becoming more evil every day. It is getting more uncomfortable for those who believe the truth of the Gospel. I say this not to make us afraid. We need to be ready every day for the rapture. Until then stayed prayed up and ready for the return of Jesus for His Own.
Betty

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