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Betty Louise
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May 23, 2022
Happy Monday,

The Mercies of God


Lamentations 3:22-23
King James Version
22 It is of the Lord's mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not.
23 They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.

Have you ever wondered why God is so patient with people? It is because He has mercy and compassion for mankind. His judgment does not fall immediately because He gives mankind time to repent.

There will be a time for judgment and God will reach a point that He will give a person over to their own reprobate mind, but He gives them many chances to repent.

Marvelous is the love that God has for all people. He would have all of mankind to be saved. He wants us to come to Him out of our own free will. He did not create robots but created mankind with minds of their own and the freedom to choose.

The reward will be great for those who choose to surrender their lives to God. The punishment will be harsh for those who choose to refuse the precious gift of Jesus' own blood, shed for the redemption of mankind.
Each individual must choose for themselves who they will serve: God or their own fleshy desires.
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, 2022
Blessed Sunday,

God Use Us For Your Glory

“You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people's feet.” - Matthew 5:13

If we want to be used by God for His Glory then we need to allow God to fill us with His Holy Spirit daily. An empty cup cannot end the thirst of others. We also need God to fill us with love and compassion. How can we be there for the hurting when we do not have a heart of love and compassion for others?

There are so many hurting people today. So many people who lost loved ones due to COVID. Lawlessness abounds just as Jesus said it would do in the last days. Violence leaving families to cope with loss of loved ones. Death of individuals due to illness leaving families to pick up the pieces of their hearts broken because of their personal loss.

There is a need for love and compassion, all over this world. Christians are we willing to share the love of Christ with those in great need? Are we willing to pray for those that are confused and hurting?

We do not have the answer to why one survives and one dies. I still do understand why God chose to take my son, but I have grown to understand that knowing God’s reason is not something that is for me to know. What I must do is have complete trust in my Heavenly Father.

Let us seek to be willing vessels for the cause of Christ. Willing to serve Him with a grateful and obedient heart. Each day takes us closer to the rapture. Soon our time to work for God will be gone.
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, 2022
Happy Saturday,

Fill Us With Your Spirit


The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Galatians 5:22–23

God tells us what the fruit of the Spirit is. The question becomes “is the fruit of the Spirit flowing out of our lives?”. Are we living as Ambassadors of Christ or are we allowing our flesh to be in control of our thoughts and behavior?

In today's times, we often deal with angry people. Do we react to that anger with our own anger? I know it is hard not to react in kind. This is why we need to be prayed up so we react with the fruit of the Holy Spirit and not with our flesh.

Let us seek God everyday and ask Him to fill us each day with the Spirit of God so that we do not run on empty. Try to get proper rest so that we are not grumpy and tired.

One time, I allowed my body which was tired and hurting to cause my reaction to a store clerk to be out of anger. Before I got out of the store, the Holy Spirit convicted me. I turned around and went back and apologized.

Heavenly Father,
Help us to allow the fruits of Your Spirit to flow out of us each day. Help us to react in love and not in anger. Help us to be true Ambassadors of Christ.
Amen,
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 20, 2022
Happy Friday,

“You Are My Hiding Place”

Psalm 32:7
New King James Version
7 You are my hiding place;
You shall preserve me from trouble;
You shall surround me with songs of deliverance. Selah

When tragedy strikes your family, the devil will tell you that God has abandoned you. This is a lie. God is always with us and He will get us through tragedies and disasters that affect our lives.

Draw close to God in your time of suffering and remember there is a reason for why God allows things to happen to us. We don't understand, but we must trust Him in good times and bad.

When we trust God in times of great suffering we will grow stronger spirituality. Spiritual growth is important now more than ever. We do not know what the future will bring, but we know a God who does and He will sustain us in the days to come.
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, 2022
Happy Thursday,

When We Do Not Understand, Why


Daily Prayer for May 19
Christoph Friedrich Blumhardt
“I love you, Lordww, my strength. The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. Psalm 18:1-2, NIV
Lord our God, we thank you that we have often felt you close to us. We thank you that you are near us and that you strengthen the weak. Remember us and give each one the help he needs to be true to his calling. Remember all humankind and grant that we may go forward in spirit and in truth. Give new light to the peoples who are still in great darkness. Let your kingdom and your reign be revealed and your name at last be honored by all. “Amen

There are things that God allows to happen, that we do not understand. The truth is we may never understand why in this life. The question is will we trust God, anyway?

When Jeff passed away it took four months for me to release him to God. Even now there is still a part of me that would like for God to tell me why. Yet, as I surrendered Jeff to God, God gave me peace.

God wants us to trust Him in every situation. He wants us to realize that He will be with us through every loss, illness, and pain. He will never forsake us. He will walk through the fire with us.

When I see others suffering, I wish I had the power to take away their pain and heartache, but I do know the God that can. Please pray for those who are suffering today because of the loss of a loved one. Pray for them to have physical, emotional, and spiritual strength to overcome and stand firm in their faith in 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 18, 2022
Happy Wednesday,

God Does Not Forget What We Do For Him


Promise #138:  
I will not forget the love you have shown Me by serving others.

Hebrews 6:10 (WEB)
For God is not unrighteous, so as to forget your work and the labor of love
which you showed toward his name, in that you served the saints,
and still do serve them.

When we serve others in the Name of God, our work is never in vain.
When our motivation is to please God, we will be rewarded. Our works must come forth from our love for God and not to have other people heap praise upon us.

We should serve God out of a grateful heart and not serve begrudgingly.
God will not reward our work if it is done in a spirit of resentment. There will be times we are ask to things that we don't really like to do. If we accept the job, pray and ask God to change our attitudes so we can serve with a joyful heart. All of the work we do for God should come from a place of love for God and mankind.
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 17, 2022
Happy Tuesday,

Jesus Understands Our Pain

Daily Prayer for May 17
Christoph Friedrich Blumhardt
“Let us, then, hold firmly to the faith we profess. For we have a great High Priest who has gone into the very presence of God - Jesus, the Son of God. Our High Priest is not one who cannot feel sympathy for our weaknesses. On the contrary, we have a High Priest who was tempted in every way that we are, but did not sin. Hebrews 4:14-15, TEV
Dear Father in heaven, we look to Jesus Christ, who is at your right hand, through whom you have promised help for the whole world. Unite us with him so that we may receive authority to help all people according to your will. May your name be kept holy among us, for your children have every reason to rejoice in the Savior you have given them. We thank you for everything you have shown to those who believe in you. We pray to you, hasten the time when your day shall come with glory, the day when you will give the glory to Jesus Christ, when he will reign and triumph over all evil and bring the peace you have always wanted to give the world. We wait and long for this.”Amen

Jesus knows our pain. He personally felt horrible pain on this earth when He left Heaven to live in human flesh. Jesus knows what it is like to be betrayed. He knows sorrow. We do not serve a God who does not understand our suffering.

God is not the “man upstairs”. God is not a man that He should lie. God is perfection, holy, majestic, and pure. God loves us and He is our Heavenly Father, but we must treat Him with the respect that He deserves.

Yet, God in all His perfection cares about us individually. He wants to comfort us and gives us peace. He wants us to talk to Him and open up our hearts to Him.

If we seek God, He will answer our cries. He will wrap us up in His arms and fill us with His peace. If we humble ourselves before Him, He will lift us up. We can have a personal relationship with God. Contrary to the Pope a personal relationship with Jesus is not dangerous but is necessary for us to live in righteousness.

We pray for the rapture, as we should and we pray that we live in righteousness and truth as we wait for the rapture. As the old Hymn says “We work till Jesus comes and then we will be going home.”
Betty

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

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May 16, 2022
Happy Monday

Do Not Give Up

Proverbs 24:16
New King James Version
16 For a righteous man may fall seven times
And rise again,
But the wicked shall fall by calamity.

When we go through a devastating event like the death of a loved one, we can begin to see the calendar, as endless days of suffering. This is not how God wants us to live.

He wants us to see each day as an opportunity to serve Him. Yes, it is hard missing our loved ones. Our loved ones have finished their work and have gone on to their reward. We are still here because we still have work to accomplish.

As the scripture above says there will be times we fall but rise up in the Name of Jesus and focus on the mission God has given us. If you are a mother of a young child, your mission is to teach your child the ways of God.

If you work in the workplace do your job as unto God. In other words, do your best. Encourage your fellow workers and pray for them.

If you are retired pray for your family, our leaders, and lost souls. Prayer is very important and God needs more prayer warriors. Pray for the soon return of Jesus for His children.

There will be days that are especially hard, like Holidays. Prepare yourself ahead of time by praying for strength and grace. Do not give up, but be determined to work for God and encourage one another in the faith of Jesus Christ.

We are here for a reason and that is to accomplish the purpose God has assigned us to do. Seek the face of God and pray for Him to strengthen us and help us to be up to the task He has assigned us to do. Do our work with a cheerful heart and out of our love for 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 14, 2022
Happy Saturday,

“Faith Triumphs in Trouble”

Romans 5:1-2
New King James Version
Faith Triumphs in Trouble
5 Therefore, having been justified by faith, [a]we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.

We all have troubles and trials. The question is:”Do we live in faith, during adversity or do we fall apart?”. Do we allow our actions in bad times destroy our testimony?

It is not easy to stand firm in our faith, when we feel like we are being blown apart by a strong wind of troubles. We can even justify to ourselves falling apart in times of adversity. Yet, are we bringing shame to our Heavenly Father?

The time to seek to grow spiritually is in times we are at peace. We cannot wait until trouble comes to strengthen our faith. Pray for God to strengthen our faith now before the storm comes. Storms will come our way and that is a fact. Pray for God to begin a good work in us so that we can stand strong for the glory of God, no matter what comes our way.
Betty

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

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May 13, 2022
Happy Friday,


“We Were Made For Your Honor”


Daily Prayer for May 13
Christoph Friedrich Blumhardt
“For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ. 2 Corinthians 4:6, NIV
Lord our God, whose light shines out of the darkness and gleams brightly into our hearts, we thank you for all the goodness you allow us to see. We want to see your goodness clearly and have confidence in it, no matter how much around us is dark and disquieting. We want to remain firm and full of trust, looking to what you have put into our hearts so that we may come to know you. Be with us with your Spirit. Lead us to realize ever more clearly that we are made for your honor. “Amen

Everyone was made for a purpose. Those who rejected salvation also rejected the purpose they were born for. Even for Christians, it is hard sometimes to perform the purpose God made for us. It is not because it is too hard, but often we are too stubborn to perform the purpose God has for us.

There is often a little rebellion in us that makes us want to live out our own desires over God’s desires. When we choose to live in the will of God we will be more contentful and be at peace. Jonah ran from God rather than obey God. In the end, he did obey, but he was not happy about it,

When we choose to live in God’s will and be obedient to God, we are showing our love for God. Let us pray that God will help us to be obedient children. When we do this we will find that God’s purpose for us is the best way to live.
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 12, 2022
Happy Thursday,

Obey God

Daily Prayer for May 12
Christoph Friedrich Blumhardt
“Jesus replied, “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them.” John 14:23, NIV
Lord our God, we thank you that we can be children of your Spirit. We thank you that because you have called us, we receive eternal gifts that enable us to stand firm even when many sorrows and burdens weigh us down. For you are our life, and in all the darkness, even that of death, you give us light and strength and joyful hope. Keep these alive in us. May an ever brighter light shine on all that you have already put into our hearts, on all that draws us daily to you. “Amen

Jesus Promises Another Helper
15 “If you love Me, [a]keep My commandments.


Men and women say I love you many times and do not mean it. God says if we really love Him, we will obey Him. Our declaration of love to God is Just words if we choose to live in sin. While it is true Christians mess up and sin, we are convicted until we repent and turn away.

What wondrous rewards are ours when we choose to live in obedience to God! But if we are comfortable in our sins and feel no conviction, this is a sign that we are not saved. Salvation is too important to hope we are saved. We must make sure we are saved. If we can live in sin and feel no conviction then this is a sign that we are not saved. Yes, I repeated that. We are too close to the end of grace to be guessing about whether we are saved or not.

It is time to turn away from sin and repent and not return to our sins but live in obedience to God. Sadly there will be those left behind at the rapture that thought they were saved. Today is the day to repent and leave sin behind. Today is the day of salvation.
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 10, 2022
Happy Tuesday,

“Do Not Ignore God”

Luke 19:41-42
41 As he approached Jerusalem and saw the city, he wept over it
42 and said, “If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace—but now it is hidden from your eyes.

The Pharisees did recognize Jesus on purpose. They knew the Scriptures. They chose to disbelieve Him because they were concerned about their earthly positions in the temple. Because they chose to disbelieve, God allowed the truth to be hidden from them.

Many people today are in the same situation. They grew up knowing the truth about God, but little by little they abandoned the truth for various reasons and now the truth is hidden from them.

There are various reasons people have for abandoning the truth. Sometimes a sin seems more rewarding than the truth. Until the person completely abandons the truth for sin. They reach a point where they can no longer see the truth.

There are those who chose to promote sin for political reasons. They get so caught up in promoting sin, that the truth is hidden from them. Sin literally takes over them until they accept the sin as truth.

It is a dangerous thing to ignore God and His truths. We can reach a point of no return. Where in our own eyes the devil’s lies have become truth and we have become deaf to the truth of God.

Let us choose to listen to God’s Truths, to believe in the Bible, and seek the Holy Spirit so that we are always wise to the lies of the devil and his false preachers and teachers.
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 9, 2022
Happy Monday,

God Is Our Strength

“Promise #129:
My Spirit will help you in your weakness.

Romans 8:26 (WEB)
In the same way, the Spirit also helps our weaknesses,
for we don’t know how to pray as we ought.
But the Spirit himself makes intercession for us
with groanings which can’t be uttered.

The KJV Bible says that the Spirit helps us in our infirmities when we don't know what to pray for. The NIV Bibles says that the Spirit helps us in our weakness. Today's promise brings good news to everyone who has every felt weak and uncertain of what to pray for. I find it very comforting to know that the Holy Spirit that lives inside of me, is ready, willing and able to help me in my greatest moments of weakness.”

I believe every Christian has had a time when they felt weak and inadequate for the job God has called them to do. Let‘s face it, there are times we feel too weak to continue living, and yet in these times, God showers us with His grace and love.

God is not an abusive father waiting for His children to mess up so He can call us out. He wants us to be living at our best. Yet when we falter, He surrounds us with His love.

There are those of us who are suffering under multiple conditions, yet through Christ, we can walk in strength. We need not be ashamed of our circumstances but rejoice in the strength of the Lord.

Hold on, my friends. Do not give up when we are so very close to the finish line. Do not allow the enemy to deceive you for victory is indeed ahead and soon we will enter the gates of Heaven, where we will have no infirmities, no pain, and there will be no death. Rejoice now in what lies ahead for all who chose to put their trust in and live their lives for Jesus, our Lord, and Savior.
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 8, 2022
Blessed Sunday,

Happy Mother's Day

Like a lot of Mothers, this day is hard for me. This is the first Mother's Day without my son. I am not alone in my grief. Many Mothers have lost a child. Many women grieve because they were never able to have children.

If you are one of the women grieving, remember that your Heavenly Father is with you today and always. I am blessed to have a beautiful daughter. If you were blessed to have more than one child, be grateful for your children.

My friends this is not our eternal home. Rejoice in that knowledge. Remind yourself daily that our hope in Heaven will one day play out when we walk through the gates of Heaven. What a glorious day that will be.
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 6, 2022
Happy Friday,

Groaning

Daily Prayer for May 6
Christoph Friedrich Blumhardt
“ I heard a loud voice proclaiming from the throne: “Now at last God has his dwelling among men! He will dwell among them and they shall be his people, and God himself will be with them. He will wipe every tear from their eyes; there shall be an end to death, and to mourning and crying and pain; for the old order has passed away!” Revelation 21:3–4, NEB
Lord our God, we look to you and to Jesus Christ our Savior. Continually renew your grace and your power in our lives, we pray. Renew your grace and power, that we may have light even in dark and distressing times and through the Savior may overcome as we wait faithfully for your kingdom. Help us to be ready to take anything upon ourselves, to serve you with body and soul, with all we have and are. May we belong to the hosts of those who go to meet you, who wait for your coming kingdom, which will bring comfort to the world and to all people who now suffer and grieve. O Lord our God, have mercy on our times and on our world. Grant that with thanks and praise we may soon see the signs of the fulfillment of your promises. Amen”


The Bible says that the earth groans in anticipation of the day God will heal her. God’s children also look forward to that day, but did you know that God looks forward to that day? I did not.

Romans 8:22
New King James 22 For we know that the whole creation groans and labors with birth pangs together until now.


What a glorious day it will be when God sets up His Kingdom on earth. We do not know as individuals what our Kingdom's job will be, but we do know that we will have access to the throne!

For now, let us strive to work for God in these trying times out of a heart filled with love for our Heavenly Father. Blessed be the name 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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May 6, 2022
Happy Thursday,

Choose to Stay Close to God

Yesterday, morning I had a skin cancer removed from my face. I had been given about a half dozen shots of local anesthesia because the area wasn't small and the Doctor had to dig deep to get all the cancer. I felt pretty good until last night when the anesthesia wore out and then I was in a lot of pain.

This is how sin can be. We step into sin, like a pool, in the shadow end, but slowly over time sin overtakes us. A drug addict does not plan on becoming so addicted that they lose their job and end up living on the street.

As Christians, we can get so caught up in making money that we move further and further away from God. We can become like the people of the Laodicea Church. We become lukewarm and unacceptable to God.

We must choose to live close to God. God is not going to force us to. We must choose to walk in righteousness and truth. We must choose to walk in faith. When we do these things, we will be rewarded. We will not be easily led astray by false teachers and their false doctrine.

Pray that God helps us to live in a way that is pleasing to Him and that we avoid the pitfalls of sin.
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 2, 2022
Happy Thursday,


Content in All Circumstances

Philippians 4:11
New King James Version
11 Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content:


Paul learned to be content in all circumstances. As Christians, this should be what we strive for. Yet, sometimes it is hard. On my blog Saturday I put the day as Thursday. The note app I use on my tablet has the date and day and yet I still wrote the wrong day. The demntia is affecting me more and without God giving me peace I would be strung out about it.

Have you ever wondered how Paul was able to be content in all circumstances? He was beaten, abused, and often starved. God had prepared him beforehand.

Galatians 1:15-20
New King James Version
15 But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother’s womb and called me through His grace, 16 to reveal His Son in me, that I might preach Him among the Gentiles, I did not immediately confer with flesh and blood, 17 nor did I go up to Jerusalem to those who were apostles before me; but I went to Arabia, and returned again to Damascus.
Contacts at Jerusalem
18 Then after three years I went up to Jerusalem to see [a]Peter, and remained with him fifteen days. 19 But I saw none of the other apostles except James, the Lord’s brother. 20 (Now concerning the things which I write to you, indeed, before God, I do not lie.)

Jesus, Himself spent 3 years teaching and preparing Paul for His ministry. God often prepares us in advance for what we go through and during our times of trouble we can cry out to God and He will sustain us.

I do not know what the future holds for me concerning my dementia, for God has not called me to walk in the future. He has called me to walk with Him today.

There are a lot of rumors and talk about things that are going to happen shortly. There is a new COVID variant that is supposed to be more contingent. There are rumors of war with Russia and China.

If we are not careful we can slip into a depression, yet we do not need to do so. Whatever happens, God will be with us. We are living in uncertain times. We need to be closer to God more than ever. Let us not worry about what could happen in the coming months but trust God for each day.
Betty

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May 1, 2022
Blessed Sunday,

Trust In God

“Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?” Matthew 6:25-26

We live in stressful times. Inflation is rising. The cost of everything is much higher. Food shortages are on the rise and crime is up. It is easy to become anxious, but Jesus tells us not to be anxious. He reminds us that God knows what we need and He will provide.

Jesus also reminds us that God values us. In a society that sees Christians as weak and mentally deficient, we can begin to believe the world’s lies. What the world sees us as weakness, God sees as strength.
When we stand for the truth of the Gospel, the world sees us as mentally challenged.

We must remember that as Christians we are to be about the Father’s business and our objective is to please God and not mankind. The morale of mankind changes with the winds. God’s Holy Word is constant from the beginning to the end.

Trusting in God is a choice. Believing in God’s Holy Word is a choice. We must each choose for ourselves whether we desire to please God our man. We cannot do both. There will come a time when we are forced to choose.
Betty

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April 30, 2022
Happy Thursday,

Dreams

We have no control over our dreams. We cannot opt-out or choose to dream something else. I am very upset over a dream I had before I woke up, today.

I believe the devil and his demons sometimes cause us to have dreams that upset us. This is when we need to remind ourselves that a dream can not affect reality.

When we wake up from a bad dream seek God for comfort. Ask Him to wrap us up in His love and take away our distress and pain. God will give us peace and comfort when we seek Him.

The devil seeks to cause confusion and doubt in our hearts when we reach out to God, our faith grows stronger and we are no longer confused.

1 Corinthians 14:33
King James Version
33 For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.

Though this Scripture is written to Churches, I believe it is true for individuals that God does not sow in our heart's confusion. Confusion is a tool of the devil. Resist the devil’s lies and seek truth from God.
Betty

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April 29, 2022
Happy Friday,

“Living Hope”

1 Peter 1:3-7
New International Version
Praise to God for a Living Hope
3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you, 5 who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. 6 In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. 7 These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.

God gives us a living hope. It is not an imaginary hope. This hope is as real as our bodies. We have an inheritance in Heaven that is real. We hope for a future in Heaven because we have not seen it with our eyes, but Heaven is also as real as our own bodies.

Peter reminds us that the trials we go through are not in vain. We go through the fire so that our faith is tested so that our faith is refined and becomes more precious than gold, for the glory and honor of Jesus Christ.

Our sacrifices are not in vain and we will be rewarded in Heaven for anything we give up on earth for God and His Kingdom. Where we suffer loss on earth will result in great gain in Heaven. Our suffering is only for a little while compared to the reward of Heaven which will be eternal. Jesus, is indeed our living hope.
Betty

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April 28, 2022
Happy Thursday,

We Must Live By Faith


Romans 1:17
New King James Version
17 For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, “The just shall live by faith.”

Hebrews 11:6
New King James Version
6 But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.

To live a life that is pleasing to God, we must live by faith. Faith is not hoping but it is trusting. We must trust God. When we have complete faith in God, we will be able to accept His will even when His will is different than our own.

Genesis 15:5-6
New King James Version
5 Then He brought him outside and said, “Look now toward heaven, and count the stars if you are able to number them.” And He said to him, “So shall your descendants be.”
6 And he believed in the Lord, and He accounted it to him for righteousness.

Abraham believed God and God declared Abraham righteous. If we are to live in righteousness then we must trust God, even when there are times that we do not understand why God allows things to happen the way they do.

Hebrews is known as the faith chapter, listing many Saints of old who believed even when the answers to their prayers had not come to commission. As Christians, we believe in Heaven even though we have never seen Heaven. When God allows something bad to happen to us, remind ourselves that God sees the bigger picture while we have only a limited view. One day we will see what God saw and we will understand.
Betty

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April 27, 2022
Happy Wednesday,

My Sister

Today would have been my youngest sister’s Birthday. She passed away in 1993. It's been 29 years since I have seen and talked to my sister, yet I can still feel her in my heart.

People are not like objects that we use until they no longer work and we discard them. People in our lives shape our lives and leave a lasting impression that lasts forever.

This is one of the reasons it is important to live in righteousness. We can choose to leave a good impression or a bad impression on others. Do those around us see the light of Jesus shining through us, or are we a carrier of sin and despair? Do our lives reflect hope in Jesus or doubt and fears?

Let us pray that God will help us to be an encouraged to those around us. That we choose to live in peace to the best of our abilities. God help us to live in a way that people can see Jesus in us.
Betty

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April 26, 2022
Happy Tuesday,


Luke 12:22-34
New International Version

“Do Not Worry”

22 Then Jesus said to his disciples: “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. 23 For life is more than food, and the body more than clothes. 24 Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds! 25 Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life[a]? 26 Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?
27 “Consider how the wild flowers grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 28 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today, and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, how much more will he clothe you—you of little faith! 29 And do not set your heart on what you will eat or drink; do not worry about it. 30 For the pagan world runs after all such things, and your Father knows that you need them. 31 But seek his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well.

I think it would shock us if we could see all the hours we wasted worrying in our lives. Yet, worrying never solved one problem. Instead of worrying and then going to God in prayer, when we are at the end of our rope, perhaps we should call out to God at once when problems or situations arrive to overwhelm us.

Matthew 6:33
But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.

Seek God first and seek to live righteously. Lay aside the little sins that corrupt our souls. Seek the approval of God over mankind. Worship God, everyday and give Him praise in all circumstances.

Do not fear the times we are living but trust in our Heavenly Father everyday, knowing that He will never leave us or forsake us. When the devil speaks fear into our ears, speak God’s Holy Word over your life.
Let us strive to lay aside worry and stand on the promises of God.
Betty

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April 25, 2022
Happy Monday,


Every day brings new challenges. If we watch the news, there is always something bad happening somewhere. It is easy to become depressed and stressed, but this does not have to be so.

No matter what is happening around us or across the ocean, God is still in control. Today, more than ever we to remind ourselves that God told us how the last days would be. He did not tell us to hang our heads in despair but to look up.

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

Our day of rejoicing is drawing near. Soon we will lay down our burdens for good. Soon we will be in our glorified bodies. While we are still here, comfort one another and remind ourselves and others that victory is in sight. For now, let us serve God with a willing heart, and do not forget to live in hope and great expectations for our “redemption draweth nigh”.
Betty

https://youtu.be/tIZitK6_IMQ

Hold it all together, everybody needs you strong
But life hits you out of nowhere and barely leaves you holding on

And when you're tired of fighting
Chained by your control
There's freedom in surrender
Lay it down and let it go

So when you're on your knees and answers seem so far away
You're not alone, stop holding on and just be held
Your world's not falling apart, it's falling into place
I'm on the throne, stop holding on and just be held
Just be held
Just be held

If your eyes are on the storm you'll wonder if I love you still
But if your eyes are on the cross you'll know I always have and I always will

And not a tear is wasted
In time, you'll understand
I'm painting beauty with the ashes
Your life is in My hands

So when you're on your knees and answers seem so far away
You're not alone, stop holding on and just be held
Your world's not falling apart, it's falling into place
I'm on the throne, stop holding on and just be held
Just be held
Just be held

Lift your hands, lift your eyes
In the storm is where youll find Me
And where you are, I'll hold your heart
I'll hold your heart
Come to Me, find your rest
In the arms of the God who won't let go

So when you're on your knees and answers seem so far away
You're not alone, stop holding on and just be held
Your world's not falling apart, it's falling into place
I'm on the throne, stop holding on and just be held (stop holding on)
Just be held
Just be held
Just be held
Just be held

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April 24, 2022
Blessed Sunday,

It Is More Than, I Can Take

When I got out of bed, I was suffering so much pain, and my first thought was this is more than I can take. Then the Holy Spirit whispered to me that God does not want me to bear my burdens alone.

Too often we Christians, me included, live like we have no Heavenly Father. We try to fight our battles alone. God did not save our souls and then forget about us. He knows when we are overwhelmed and in these times, He wants us to draw close to Him.

There are many times that God protects us when we did not even know about the danger, but there are also times that God wants us to cry out to Him. To acknowledge our need of Him. To seek Him and then give Him the glory of the wondrous work He does in our lives.

What if we are not healed, then we praise God as we go through the journey of life with Him. Always pray for healing. Healing will come on earth or in Heaven. Do not lose heart even during times of suffering but keep our trust securely in 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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April 23, 2022
Happy Saturday,

He Knows Me, More

Psalm 139:23-24King James Version
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.

Have you ever had words come out of your mouth that shocked you? I have. I have been embarrassed at things I have said. Truth is sometimes we do not know ourselves the evil that is growing in our hearts.

Matthew 15:18
New King James Version
18 But those things which proceed out of the mouth come from the heart, and they defile a man.

This is why we should do like David and pray often for God to search our hearts and bring to light our hidden sins so we can confess and repent. God can heal our hearts of hidden sins. God can and is willing to lead us into righteousness.

We can pick up evil thoughts and ideas from living in this world but we can always go to God and ask Him to heal our minds and hearts from evil.
Living righteousness is not easy. We need God to help us and He is willing.

The devil has filled the hearts of men and women with evil. Mankind as a whole had rejected Biblical truth and accepted evil as normal behavior. If we are not careful, we can allow the world to change our mind on what is truth.

Mankind has accepted as truth many things that would have shocked all of us just 10 years ago. Hollywood has filled movies and tv shows with sin being accepted as normal behavior until the masses have begun to believe that sin is normal behavior.

My friends, we must be careful that we do not begin to believe world views over the truth of the Bible. The Bible is the true and living Word of God. God has not changed His mind. What God declared as sin, is still sin.
We must pray that God will help us stand for the truth of God’s Word, in a world where the truth is no longer accepted nor appreciated.

May God keep us safe and our hearts and minds pure. God bless you and your family.
Betty

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April 22, 2022
Happy Friday,

Longing For The Return Of Jesus


“Daily Prayer for April 22
Christoph Friedrich Blumhardt
Be dressed ready for service and keep your lamps burning, like men waiting for their master to return from a wedding banquet, so that when he comes and knocks they can immediately open the door for him. Luke 12:35–36, NIV
Lord our God, we wait in expectation. Even in the great distress on earth, we wait in longing for your day to come, for the pangs of death to pass, so that your kingdom may arise and the reign of Jesus Christ may spread over the whole world in power and glory. May your promise be fulfilled and your will be done on earth. May there always be people who believe and who pray in faith, “Lord God, come! Come, Lord God. Humankind does not understand how to live. Send us Jesus Christ, the Savior, Lord, and Judge of the dead and the living. Put an end to sin and death!” We thank you for giving us this faith and for letting us pray at all times, “Come, Lord Jesus. Yes, come soon, Lord Jesus!” We ask you to protect us in this faith. Bring this faith to fulfillment for the glory of your name. Amen”

2 Timothy 4:7-9
King James Version
7 I have fought a good fight; I have finished my course; I have kept the faith.
8 Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness which the Lord, the righteous Judge, shall give me on that Day — and not to me only, but unto all those also who love His appearing.

There are those who think that those of who long for the rapture are too obsessed, but there is a crown for those who love Jesus coming for His children. Just as a Bride longs for her Wedding Day, so should the Bride of Christ long for His appearing.

We cannot even imagine the glorious wonders of Heaven. Just being in a place with no sin, violence or hate is glorious. Yet the beauty of Heaven is beyond our imagination. Heaven will be a place where love abounds.

We can work for God on earth and still long for the rapture. We can pray for sinners and still say: “Come quickly, Lord Jesus”. Never feel badly for longing for Heaven. This does not mean we do not love our family. Rejoice over our saved loved ones and pray for our lost loved ones.
Betty

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April 21, 2022
Happy Thursday,

Someday, Never Came

Someday never came could be written on many gravestones. Most people know what is right to do but just keep putting it off. Someday I will work fewer hours and spend time with the kids. Before they realize it the kids are grown and they are too busy to spend time with a parent that never had time for them.

The saddest are those who know the truth about God but choose to put salvation off until they sow their wild oats, not realizing that every time they refuse the Holy Spirit that their heart hardens until they are no longer capable of hearing their Holy Spirit.

How sad to spend eternity in hell, knowing then how many times that one turned a deaf ear to the Holy Spirit! I meant to get saved one day will not get you into Heaven.

Some are so deaf to the call of the Holy Spirit that they do not see the times we are living in. People say I have heard Jesus is coming all my life and I don't think he is coming now. Yes, we have heard about the rapture for a long time. Yet how long have we heard world leaders crying out that we need someone to come on the scene and fix the world. Every day someone is saying that we need a One World Government. Now the world is calling for a digital currency. Just as Jesus cried over Israel because She was blind to the times they were living in, it must break His hearts to see even Christians blind to the times we are living in today.

Now is the time for salvation. Now is the time for living in righteousness and the truth of the Gospel. Now is the time to put God first in our lives. May God open our eyes to the times we are living in.
Betty

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April 20, 2022
Happy Wednesday,

Is My Heart In It?

As Christians, there are times that we take on a job at Church, simply because we are asked to. Our motives for doing the work can be misplaced. We may say yes because we want to look good. We may even say yes because we feel pressured to.

After we say, yes there are times we need to take the time to pray and ask God to change our motives from what they are into the motive of wanting to please God. When we do a job out of our love for God we will find that the work will be much easier and we will not become resentful.

When we work from a heart of love we will be a blessing to God and others and we will find joy in our work. After we finish our work, even we feel physically tired, we will have the satisfaction of pleasing our Heavenly Father.
Betty

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April 19, 2022
Happy Tuesday,

He is Not Here!

Don’t be alarmed,” he said. “You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here.” 
Mark 16:6

Did you ever wonder why Jesus was not sitting at the tomb waiting for His disciples? The tomb had served its purpose and Jesus was ready to move on, to new work.

Have you ever been blessed by a week-long revival? The Holy Spirit moving so greatly that you hated to leave the Church and go home. We need revivals but revivals are a time of refreshing so that we can go out into the world to shine the light of the Gospel on others.

This world is not our final home. Our life in this world serves a purpose, but one day we will move on to our eternal home. We can be distracted into putting too much focus on this world and not enough focus on Heaven. God warned us to store up treasures for Heaven and not to be so concerned about building up treasures on earth that can be stolen or disappear in a fire.

God help us to be more focused on Him and His kingdom and to desire to please Him more.
Betty

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April 18, 2022
Happy Monday,

Yahweh is My Strength and My Song

“Promise #108:
You can trust in Me, for I am your strength and your song.

Isaiah 12:2 (WEB)
Behold, God is my salvation. I will trust, and will not be afraid;
for Yah, Yahweh, is my strength and song; and he has become my salvation.”

God is our salvation, protection for today, and hope for the future. In all circumstances, we can trust Him, for He knows us better than we know ourselves. We need not walk in fear when we put our trust in our Heavenly Father.

There are things about today that we do not understand. God has not asked us to understand everything but to trust in Him. He gives us the strength to walk through the storms and puts a song in our hearts whereby we can worship God in all things.

Hebrews 12:2
English Standard Version
2 looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.

Jesus endured the cross to pay and secure our salvation. We need to worship Him in spirit and in truth. Let us be grateful for our salvation and choose to walk in faith and truth.

Philippians 1:6
English Standard Version
6 And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.


God will not abandon us. He filled us with His Holy Spirit at the moment of salvation and the Holy Spirit will be with us until we take our last breath on the earth. Troubles come and go but God and His Spirit are with us for the long haul.
Betty

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April 16, 2022
Happy Saturday,

Keep us From Growing Confused


“Daily Prayer for April 16
Christoph Friedrich Blumhardt
Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you really knew me, you would know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.” John 14:6-7, NIV
Lord our God, we come seeking to find community with you and ask you to keep us in your truth throughout all that occupies us in our daily lives. Keep us from growing confused about truths we have already found through the witness of your Spirit in our hearts. Keep us in your truth so that we can hold firmly to our course on earth under the many hardships and burdens that try to drag us down. Help us to remain steady and to find the path that goes straight ahead, leading us on and on to your final goal. Amen.”


I am growing confused about the date lately. Today I thought we were in September. Thankfully my Tablet shows the date and day for me. Confusion about the date can be embarrassing, but getting confused about the teachings of God can be catastrophic.

The devil and his false teachers would love to creat confusion in our minds about the teachings of God. Just remember my friends if what someone is teaching us is contrary to Scripture, run away from them.

Hebrews 13:8
New King James Version
8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.


1 Timothy 6
New King James Version
Honor Masters
6 Let as many bondservants as are under the yoke count their own masters worthy of all honor, so that the name of God and His doctrine may not be blasphemed. 2 And those who have believing masters, let them not despise them because they are brethren, but rather serve them because those who are benefited are believers and beloved. Teach and exhort these things.
Error and Greed
3 If anyone teaches otherwise and does not consent to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the [a]doctrine which accords with godliness, 4 he is proud, knowing nothing, but is obsessed with disputes and arguments over words, from which come envy, strife, reviling, evil suspicions, 5 [b]useless wranglings of men of corrupt minds and destitute of the truth, who suppose that godliness is a means of gain. [c]From such withdraw yourself.

Run away from false teachers. Be assured Jesus has not changed His teaching. God has not changed His mind about sin. We must accept the truth of the Gospel. No matter how kind a lie sounds, it is still a lie. Lies from the devil will send many souls to hell. God has given us the truth.
We must humble ourselves before God and accept the truths of God. We must turn away from our sins for we cannot enter Heaven, if we choose to live in sin. Heaven and Hell are eternal. We must choose wisely.
Betty

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April 14, 2022
Happy Thursday,

Hate Abounds

A person just has to watch the news, read the newspaper, or read a news article on the internet to see that evil is growing in leaps and bounds. Some of the things happening today are just sickening.

God warned us about these days. These days we need to seek time with our Heavenly Father more than ever. When God warned us about these times, He did not suggest that we cower in fear. He said for us to look up for our redemption draweth near.

Rejoice my friends for our time on earth is coming to an end. Serve our Heavenly Father with joy and gladness as we look with great anticipation to being in our Heavenly Home.
Betty

https://youtu.be/p-R57HfrhvE

The Cathedrals - Wedding Music Lyrics


Is that wedding music I hear?
The bride's adorned and ready to appear
There's Heavenly preparation for the wedding celebration
Is that wedding music that I hear?

The family is preparing for a wedding
All have been invited to attend
The bride is standing ready, waiting for the signal
When the Groom says, "Rise, my children, come on in"

Soon we'll rise to leave this land of sorrow
For that ceremony in the air
The Father then will lead us through the holy land of splendor
Have you made your preparation to go there?

There's Heavenly preparation for the wedding celebration
Is that wedding music
Oh, is that wedding music that I hear?

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April 13, 2022
Happy Wednesday,

Is God The Driver or The Passenger?

“Hear me when I call, O God of my righteousness! You have relieved me in my distress; have mercy on me, and hear my prayer.”

It used to be common to see bumper stickers on a car with the words:” God is my co-pilot.” It sounded good but it is wrong. God is either the pilot of our lives or we have kicked Him to the curb. God insists on being in control. If we are honest with ourselves, things go better when we surrender to God’s authority.

We cannot serve God and ourselves. We must choose to surrender authority to Him or face the consequences of making wrong choices. While God’s plans are not always what we would have chosen, His plans are always the best.
Betty

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April 12, 2022
Happy Tuesday,

Travelers

“Daily Prayer for April 12
Christoph Friedrich Blumhardt
But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body. Philippians 3:20-21, NIV
Lord our God, draw us to yourself. Draw us into the quiet that you give, where something can happen to us and to our hearts. Help us to discern your kingdom surrounding us and in our spirits to live in this kingdom. Then our life will be as if in heaven, where we need not worry or torment ourselves, where your power is everything to us, penetrating our earthly life, which so often weighs us down. We thank you that you have made a way of strength, full of power to hold us firmly, so that even when we stumble, we cannot be turned from the goal. We thank you for all the good that comes from you, which we cannot see in earthly things but which can invade our hearts with such mighty and uplifting power. Amen”

As children of God, Heaven is our home. We were born on this earth for a purpose. The purpose of living is for living for God and fulfilling the plans He had for us. Fulfilling our purpose not only brings joy to our Heavenly Father but it brings joy to our lives.

There will be trials and troubles in this life, but we can look forward to an eternity in Heaven with our Heavenly Father. When we enter Heaven we will see the end results of obeying God and working for His Glory. What a glorious joy will be ours when we behold our Savior face to face!
Betty

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April 11, 2022
Happy Monday,

Fear not! God Promises to Never Leave You


“Fear not! God promises He will never leave you nor forsake you
“The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.” Deuteronomy 31:8.”

This morning hubby sat up to take a drink from a drink from his nightstand and I told Him that I did not want to be alone. This brought up a memory from surgery or the recovery room, I am not sure, but three separate times I asked the person not to leave and they promised not to.

This morning God reminded me that He would never leave nor forsake me.
There are things we go through that a person cannot be with us, but even when we cross the river of Jordan the Holy Spirit will be with us.

My daughter spent the night with me at the hospital the day of surgery, which I greatly appreciated. At 70 and with onset Alzheimers, I feel more vulnerable these days.

We are living in trying times and many people are fearful. My dear friends, we need not live in fear. If we have given our lives and souls to Christ, He will be with us through every storm and every battle. We need not even fear death for death is just a door opening up into Heaven. We need not fear living for God is with us. God is with us in all circumstances and whatever happens, we can feel secure.
Betty

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April 10, 2022
Blessed Sunday,

Seek Relief and Comfort in God


“Daily Prayer for April 10
Christoph Friedrich Blumhardt
For none of us lives for ourselves alone, and none of us dies for ourselves alone. If we live, we live for the Lord; and if we die, we die for the Lord. So, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord. For this very reason, Christ died and returned to life so that he might be the Lord of both the dead and the living. Romans 14:7-9, NIV
Lord God, unite us with Jesus Christ, the risen and living One. Unite us so that our lives are completely submerged in your will through Jesus Christ. Tear us loose from all that tries to bind us to earth. Make us free people who always lift their heads and look up because their redemption is approaching. Almighty God, we trust in you, however difficult the times may be. Remember all peoples, for it is your will to gather them into your kingdom. You, O God, are our refuge and our help. In you we trust until the end. Amen”

Recovering from surgery is hard and painful, but we do not need to feel overwhelmed when we take our needs to God. Whatever troubles you have in your life, take them to Jesus. Jesus will help us if we just ask. Do not allow pride or self-doubt to keep us from seeking God in all our times of trouble.

God hears our prayers, not because we are so great, but because He is so great! Even in our weaknesses and pain, we can rejoice that we serve an awesome God. Give God the sacrifice of praise in all circumstances. Remind ourselves that God will never abandon us.
Betty

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April 7, 2022
Happy Thursday,

We Are Chosen By God


“Promise #97:
I have chosen you to be like My Son so you could be part of My family.

Romans 8:29 (WEB)
For whom he foreknew, he also predestined
to be conformed to the image of his Son,
that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.”

Tomorrow I will be having major surgery. I have no fear, for God will be with me. I do not know what the Doctor will find, but God knows. We do not have to fear the unknown for God knows all. We can take rest upon His promises and find comfort in His love.

Do not fear the things going on in the world, for God is in control. One of my favorite sayings is: “Everything is not falling apart but falling into place!”.
The world is pushing for digital currency. The world elite wants to control everyone. Do not allow this to make you fear, for this means we are getting closer to leaving this earth for Heaven.

Jesus gave up His earthly life and suffered great pain and humiliation so that we could become a part of His family. Let us not take this great gift of salvation for granted. The price of our salvation was high but God sent His Son to earth to pay the price for us.

There is no sin that is worth missing Heaven. This is the time to lay down our sins at Jesus' feet and turn away from sin and seek to live in righteousness. The reward for living in righteousness will be worth any loss.

Maranatha,
Betty

P.S.

Philippians 1:21
New King James Version
21 For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain.

I seek to live in the will of God.

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April 6, 2022
Happy Wednesday,

When We Grow Old

“Promise #96:
I will protect and carry you all the days of your life.

Isaiah 46:4 (WEB)
and even to old age I am he, and even to gray hairs will I carry you.
I have made, and I will bear; yes, I will carry, and will deliver.”

When we grow old, there is a tendency to feel like we have been put out to pasture, that we are no longer worth anything. God tells us that even when we become elderly, He will be with us.

What a joy to know that even in our older days, we are still valuable to God. His love for us does not wane and if we are willing, we can be still useful to the Kingdom of God. God is with us at the beginning and He will be with us when we take our final breath. Let us be just as devoted to God as He is to us.
Betty

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April 4, 2022
Happy Monday,

70 Years

Today I am 70 years old. If my teenage self could see me now, she would be shocked. Life has a way of changing us, some good and some bad. Yet God has been with me all the way. I am thankful that I got saved at the age of 7. Between my fear of mama and God, I stayed out of trouble.

No matter our age we can be thankful that God was with us and guided us. Yes, there were storms, but God was with us through them. God uses storms to sand away the rough spots and the fire to make us shine for His glory.

May God help us to live in a way that is pleasing to Him. Let us make pleasing God be our foremost goal in life. Through it all, we can live in victory when we put complete trust in God.
Betty

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April 3, 2022
Blessed Sunday,

Take Your Anxiety To God


Psalm 94:19
New International Version
19 When anxiety was great within me,
    your consolation brought me joy.

We all have times of anxiety and stress. This does not mean we have lost our faith in God. We live in a stressful time. We deal with job and family issues. Many of us have health issues. Some of us are still dealing with a loss of a loved one.

God is not unaware of our circumstances. He calls us to bring our concerns to Him. It is in Him that we will find comfort and rest. When we lay our problems at Jesus' feet and trust in Him, He will guide us and bring the solutions that we need to carry on. We can walk away with joy in our hearts for we know for certain, that God will always be with us and He will sustain us and give us the victory.
Betty

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April 2, 2022
Happy Saturday,


When A Sermon is Preached Not Everyone
Reacts the Same

The disciples were astonished, while those who followed were afraid. 
Mark 10:32

The congregation hears the same sermon, but all will not react the same. Some will hear God’s message and their hearts will soften and they will accept. Some will let the words go into one ear and out the other ear. Still, others will become angry because they are offended by the truth.

The Holy Spirit calls and convicts, but we must choose our own response. When convicted of our sin will we ask for forgiveness and turn away from our sins? Will we make excuses for our sins? Even worse will we harden our hearts towards the warning from the Holy Spirit.

We can harden our hearts to the point that the Holy Spirit will cease to speak to us. This is very bad for those who choose sin over salvation. We choose our reaction. Unknowingly, many our choosing eternity in hell over Heaven. Jesus died to save us from sin, not to make us comfortable living in sin.

Let us be like David and ask God to search our hearts for hidden sin and convict us so we can repent and turn away from sin. We should want to live sinless lives and when do sin, ask for forgiveness as soon as we are aware of sin in our lives and turn away from sin. We are playing a dangerous game when we grow content sinning.
Betty

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April 1, 2022
Happy Friday,

Today is the Day To Chose Life

Hosea 10:12
New King James Version
12 
Sow for yourselves righteousness;
Reap in mercy;
Break up your fallow ground,
For it is time to seek the Lord,
Till He comes and rains righteousness on you.


As we get closer and closer to the rapture, time is running out for people to get saved. While it is true that there will be people who do get saved during the tribulation, no sane person wants to be here for that.

Those left behind have no guarantee that they will be able to get saved.

2 Thessalonians 2:5-11
New King James Version
5 Do you not remember that when I was still with you I told you these things? 6 And now you know what is restraining, that he may be revealed in his own time. 7 For the [a]mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only [b]He who now restrains will do so until He is taken out of the way. 8 And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord will consume with the breath of His mouth and destroy with the brightness of His coming. 9 The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders, 10 and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved. 11 And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie,

God is long-suffering but there will come a time when God will say enough is enough. Then He will come and get His children and take them to Heaven. Then the time of judgment will come for those left behind. People who chose sin over salvation. People who chose to believe the devil's lies over the truth of the Gospel.

My friends believing the truth of God’s word will soon make us outcasts to the majority of people. They will consider us delusional and foolish. Do not allow this to affect us. We have chosen to trust in God and let us pray for the courage to endure to God calls us Home. As Apostle Paul said, keep our eyes on the finish line and the prize of Heaven that awaits us.
Betty

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Amen

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quote:
Originally posted by Betty Louise:
March 31, 2022
Happy Thursday,

Be Available

As children of God, let us be available to His call. May God help us to step out of our comfort zone and obey Him. When we are willing to do this, not only God will help us to be stronger in our faith, but He will be with us.

When we have a willing attitude towards the call of God, we will find ourselves surprised by the different things that God will ask us to do. In my journey with God, I have moved across the Country twice. Each time God took away my fear of change and gave me peace.

I lived in Montana for three months and Washington State for four years. I have lovely memories from both places. My obedience led to spiritual growth and I have no regrets.

The best way to please God is to be open to His plans and to trust Him to be with us when we obey His call. May God help us to be available!
Betty

Choose Jesus

Josh Shields
March 29, 2022

And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.

Joshua 24:15

The wilderness can do strange things to people. Those we thought were solid, steady, and stable can be the first to become shaky while in the wilderness. Life does not quit coming when the wilderness presents itself.

What should have been an 11- or 12-day journey turned into 40 years of wandering because of a choice, a choice that not only affected Moses, but all those of his generation that God had delivered out of bondage. Why do we seemingly forget so soon the goodness of God? How come we tend to lose sight of the blessings of God when we see the first dark cloud appear?

We spend more time complaining, measuring, and compiling information about the storm, wilderness, or wasteland, instead of reminding believers around us what God has and will do in our lives. Joshua reminds Israel, it was a choice that got you here, and it will be a choice that gets you out of here to the Promise Land.

There is a song George Jones sang that said, “I’ve had choices since the day I was born. There where voices that told me right from wrong. If I had listened, no I wouldn’t be here today, living and dying with the choices I’ve made.”

So, let me be like Joshua today and tell you to remember tomorrow’s blessing rides on today’s obedience. Tomorrow’s consequence rides on today’s choice. Tomorrow’s response rides on today’s request. Just like Joshua said, remember what God has done for you and choose wisely today for tomorrow.

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March 31, 2022
Happy Thursday,

Be Available

As children of God, let us be available to His call. May God help us to step out of our comfort zone and obey Him. When we are willing to do this, not only God will help us to be stronger in our faith, but He will be with us.

When we have a willing attitude towards the call of God, we will find ourselves surprised by the different things that God will ask us to do. In my journey with God, I have moved across the Country twice. Each time God took away my fear of change and gave me peace.

I lived in Montana for three months and Washington State for four years. I have lovely memories from both places. My obedience led to spiritual growth and I have no regrets.

The best way to please God is to be open to His plans and to trust Him to be with us when we obey His call. May God help us to be available!
Betty

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March 30, 2022
Happy Wednesday,

Going Home


“Promise #89:
It is precious for Me to see My faithful ones come home.

Psalm 116:15 (WEB)
Precious in the sight of Yahweh
is the death of his saints.”

We often talk about how excited we will be when we walk into Heaven’s gates. It was not until I read Psalm 116:15, that I realized that God is looking forward to seeing us enter Heaven. What a glorious thought to realize that God finds the thought of us entering into His Holy presence is precious.

Getting together with family is great. Talking over memories together is fun. One day we will enter Heaven and have a family reunion with all our saved family members who have gone before us. What a glorious time that will be! Yet the greatest moment will be when we see Jesus face to face!
Betty

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March 30, 2022
Happy Tuesday,

Choose Wisely


“Promise #88:
I prepared a kingdom inheritance for you when I created the world.

Matthew 25:34 (WEB)
Then the King will tell those on his right hand, ‘Come, blessed of my Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world;”

Spending eternity with His children was not an afterthought for God. God intended to spend eternity with us even before He made us. What a glorious thought that God knew mankind would sin before He made us, yet He chose to mas mankind.

Before He made us He has already made a plan of sacrificing His Son to make redemption possible for mankind. God’s plan was always for us to spend eternity with Him in Heaven.

Unfortunately, just as Adam and Eve chose sin over the Garden of Eden, millions of people choose sin over an eternity in Heaven. They give in to the devil’s lies so much that they either stop believing there is a God or they choose their sin over surrendering themselves to God.

We can only serve one master when we choose to serve ourselves over God then our sinful desires become our God. For those who choose to serve God, there is an eternal reward waiting for us. Unfortunately for those who choose self, there is an eternal hell waiting for them. We can not blame God, for we decide our eternity, ourselves. Choose wisely.
Betty

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quote:
Originally posted by Betty Louise:
March 28, 2022
" Not realizing that 70 years of enjoying your sin is not worth the eternity in hell that sin will cost them."


Just a correction that I always forget my self.

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Revelation 1:18 I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.

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Revelation 20:14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.

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March 28, 2022
Happy Monday,

Jesus is Indeed, Coming For His Church


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

Christians and sinners alike, are wondering why the rapture has not happened. It is not that God has forgotten nor has He changed His mind. He has His plans and we that are watching can see the pieces falling into place.

We must look at this time of waiting as opportunities to work for God and share the Gospel. We all have family and friends who have said that they do not want to hear about Jesus anymore. While we must honor their decision, we can still pray for them.

Prayers to God are never wasted. Yet God gives us each of us the ability to choose for ourselves. Sadly some people choose sin over Heaven. Not realizing that 70 years of enjoying your sin is not worth the eternity in hell that sin will cost them.

A President in the past made fun of people who cling to their guns and the Bible. There will come a time that He will wish that he had believed what the Bible says.
Betty

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