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Betty Louise
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July 5, 2022
Happy Tuesday


Waiting On The Lord

Isaiah 40:31
31 But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk,and not faint.

Waiting on answers to our prayers does not have to be wasted time. When we waiting on answers, we can offer up praises to God. We can communicate with Him through prayer. We can continue to work for God, while we wait for an answer to our prayers.

God will strengthen us as we continue to walk with Him and serve Him to the best of our abilities. He will sustain us through life’s journey. When we begin to doubt that God is going to answer our prayers, ask God to strengthen our faith in Him and give us peace.
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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July 4, 2022
Happy Monday,

Independence Day

Contrary to popular belief, America was started on freedom of Religion and not on freedom from Religion. Although it is extremely sad to see how our Country has fallen away from God, I was blessed to be a child in Elementary School, when the Pledge of Allengance and a prayer to God were said every morning.

All though we can see changes coming to America which worries as Christians, today let us praise God that we still have the right to go to the Church of our choosing and to say grace in a restaurant.
Betty

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July 2, 2022
Happy Saturday,

Some Burdens Require Extra Help

Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.” - Matthew 11:28

There are some burdens that God calls us to carry, that require extra help from God. The loss of a mate or a child requires extra help and assurance from God. As a little time goes by you do have more good days, but there is always that day that takes you by surprise when you need an extra dose of peace from God.

Pretending that you are stronger than you are is not the answer. Admit your weakness to God and seek His face. He wants to help us. It is through admitting our weaknesses that opens the door for God to work in our lives. God never asked us to live without His help and guidance. The more we seek Him the stronger our faith will grow.
Betty

1 I am weak but Thou art strong;
Jesus, keep me from all wrong;
I'll be satisfied as long
As I walk, let me walk close to Thee.

Refrain:
Just a closer walk with Thee,
Grant it, Jesus, is my plea,
Daily walking close to Thee,
Let it be, dear Lord, let it be.

2 Thro' this world of toil and snares,
If I falter, Lord, who cares?
Who with me my burden shares?
None but Thee, dear Lord, none but Thee. [Refrain]

3 When my feeble life is o'er,
Time for me will be no more;
Guide me gently, safely o'er
To Thy kingdom shore, to Thy shore. [Refrain]
Baptist Hymnal, 1991

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July 1, 2022
Happy Friday

Guard Your Heart

Proverbs 4:23
23 Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.

We must be careful of what we allow in our heart. There are so many things in this world today that is dangerous for Christians to expose themselves to. God wants us to live holy and righteous lives. We cannot do this if we feed our souls with sinfulness. Let us seek to be careful what we watch and listen to.
Betty

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June 30, 2022
Happy Thursday,

They Cling To Their Guns and Bibles


Daily Prayer for June 30
Christoph Friedrich Blumhardt
“At that time Jesus said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children.” Matthew 11:25, NIV
Lord our God, we thank you for your Word, which is light and strength to us. We thank you for all you give us. We thank you that we may be counted among the simple-hearted, among the children. We do not want to be anything great in the world. We want only to be with you as your children, helpless little children, watched over by you, the Creator and Father of all. Grant us your blessing. Help us in all that is good and right, also in our daily work, so that we can be your children and do what you have commanded. May your name be honored at all times, your kingdom come, and your will be done on earth as in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us the wrong we have done as we forgive those who have wronged us, and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For yours is the kingdom, the power, and the glory for ever and ever. “Amen

Liberals often see Christians as weak and uneducated clinging to their guns and Religion. Christianity is more than a religion, it is a personal relationship with God. The Pope recently said that having a personal relationship with Jesus is dangerous. What an odd thing for a Religious Leader to say.

A personal relationship with God is essential to our faith. If our relationship with God is only when we are in Church, we need to reconsider our salvation. True salvation is not only repenting and turning away from our sins but should include the desire to have a personal relationship with our Heavenly Father.

The more we love God, the more we should want to know Him. Our relationship with God should grow over time and with prayer, reading the Bible, and faith our spiritual life should grow.

May God give His children wisdom to avoid false teachings and to seek His face daily.
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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June 29, 2022
Happy Wednesday,

Looking For The Blessed Hope

“Promise #180:
There is a crown of life waiting for everyone who loves My Son.

2 Timothy 4:8 (WEB)
From now on, there is stored up for me the crown of righteousness,
which the Lord, the righteous judge, will give to me on that day;
and not to me only, but also to all those who have loved his appearing.”

Sometimes people think that we talk about the rapture too much, but just like a Bride is so excited about her upcoming Wedding, we should also be excited about our Wedding in Heaven that will happen one day.

No matter what is happening on earth today, we can look forward with great anticipation to our Wedding in Heaven, for as children of God we are the Bride of Christ. There are no words on earth to describe the blessings we shall receive on that day we are wed to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

When we remember the glories that await us in Heaven then we can with the help of God withstand the battles on this earth. Seek comfort from God when we need it and trust God to be with us every day and remind ourselves of the glories that await us in Heaven. Then we can sing songs of praise to God amid chaos and losses.
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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June 28, 2022
Happy Tuesday,

We Need Not Fear


Promise #179:
I will rescue you from evil and safely deliver you into My kingdom.

2 Timothy 4:18 (WEB)
And the Lord will deliver me from every evil work, 
and will preserve me for his heavenly Kingdom; 
to whom be the glory forever and ever. Amen.

We need not fear falling into sin, if we put our complete trust in God. The Holy Spirit will warn us when something seems okay but it is evil. The Holy Spirit will warn us of false teaching that has just enough of truth that it can be confusing.

In other words, we can live fear-free when we trust in God. Knowing that He has promised to deliver us from evil. As much as we are looking forward to Heaven, God is looking forward to the Heavenly Reunion when all His children will join Him for our Wedding Celebration.

We press onward to our prize of Heaven, seeking to live in a way that is pleasing to our Heavenly Father. When the world makes fun of Christians so not be arrogant im response but pray for those who have been blinded by the devil.
Maranatha,
Betty

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June 27, 2022
Happy Monday,

Be Prepared


Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. 
(1 Peter 5:8

God in His Holy Word, warns us to be prepared for attacks from the devil and his demons. If we are prepared we can shut him down by quoting Scriptures and singing praises to God.

Another way to prepare is to put on the armor of God.

Ephesians 6:10-20
New King James Version

The Whole Armor of God
10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the [a]wiles of the devil. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of [b]the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
14 Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; 18 praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints— 19 and for me, that utterance may be given to me, that I may open my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.

We live in evil times. People are very angry about the change in abortion laws. As Christians, we are concerned about the unborn. The world is more concerned about losing their rights to abortion. Angry people say and do things that they otherwise would not do.

We need to pray for those on the Supreme Court, people who work in pregnancy crisis centers, and pro-life Churches. We need to pray for their protection from God.

We need to pray that God will open the eyes of people to see that every life is precious to God. That their hearts to see the innocence of the unborn children and their right to live. Pray for God to protect us and help us to stand up for the truth even though it is unpopular.
Betty

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June 26, 2022
Blessed Sunday,

Complete Trust In God

Proverbs 3:5-6
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.

When my son died, the only thing keeping me going was God. My heart was broken into so many pieces and yet even in my darkest hours, I knew that I could still trust in God.

I learned that complete trust requires us to trust God even when nothing makes sense. To trust when we see no reason or why God allows bad things to happen to us. It's easy to trust God when everything is going great, but it requires courage to trust in times of great grief.

I wish I could say that I never have times of doubt, but that will be a lie. There are still times that I wrestle with God, wanting Him to tell me why my son had to die, then God gently reminds me that it is not my place to demand answers from God, but to trust God in all circumstances. It is when I stop demanding answers but instead choose to trust Him. My friends, we have to choose to trust God.
Betty

1. ’Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus,
Just to take Him at His Word;
Just to rest upon His promise,
And to know, “Thus saith the Lord!”
* Refrain:
Jesus, Jesus, how I trust Him!
How I’ve proved Him o’er and o’er;
Jesus, Jesus, precious Jesus!
Oh, for grace to trust Him more!
2. Oh, how sweet to trust in Jesus,
Just to trust His cleansing blood;
And in simple faith to plunge me
’Neath the healing, cleansing flood!
3. Yes, ’tis sweet to trust in Jesus,
Just from sin and self to cease;
Just from Jesus simply taking
Life and rest, and joy and peace.
4. I’m so glad I learned to trust Thee,
Precious Jesus, Savior, Friend;
And I know that Thou art with me,
Wilt be with me to the end.

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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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June 25, 2022
Saturday,

God Is A Strong Tower


“Promise #176:
My name is a strong tower that you can run to and find safety.

Proverbs 18:10 (WEB)
The name of Yahweh is a strong tower: 
the righteous run to him, and are safe.”

Whatever circumstances we are in, we have the promise of God to protect us. We can run to Him and find safety. We can find peace when we run to the shelter of God’s arms.

We need not fear the future, for we know our eternity will be with our Heavenly Father. This life is but a vapor compared to eternity. We can find strength in the joy of the Lord. We can run this race, knowing God will never abandon us not forsake us.

My friends, trust in the Lord, pray for the lost, and remind yourself of the prize of Heaven that awaits us. Rejoice in the goodness of God and praise His Name everyday.
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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June 24, 2022
Happy Friday,

Stand Up For Jesus

Christians are called to stand up for the truth of the Gospel in all seasons. It is not always politically correct to speak the truth. People will complain. We are not saved to be people pleasers. We are saved from our sins to work for our Heavenly Father.

We are living in the last days and people do not always want to hear the truth. Yet we have a responsibility to speak the truth in love. When we are asked, will we try to go around the question, rather than answer the question? God help us to stand up for God even in these last days.

In these last days, we must be prepared by praying and reading God’s Holy Word. Pray for God to give us the courage to go against sins, even those that are popular. We are not here to be popular but to serve our God.
Betty


Stand Up, Stand Up for Jesus | George Duffield, Jr.


1. Stand up, stand up for Jesus! ye soldiers of the cross;
Lift high His royal banner, it must not suffer loss:
From vict’ry unto vict’ry, His army shall He lead,
Till every foe is vanquished, and Christ is Lord indeed.
2. Stand up, stand up for Jesus! The trumpet call obey:
Forth to the mighty conflict, in this His glorious day;
Ye that are men now serve Him against unnumbered foes;
Let courage rise with danger, and strength to strength oppose.
3. Stand up, stand up for Jesus! Stand in His strength alone,
The arm of flesh will fail you, ye dare not trust your own;
Put on the gospel armor, and watching unto prayer,
Where calls the voice of duty, be never wanting there.
4. Stand up, stand up for Jesus! the strife will not be long;
This day the noise of battle, the next the victor’s song;
To him that overcometh a crown of life shall be;
He with the King of glory shall reign eternally.

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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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June 23, 2022
Happy Thursday,

He Was Acquainted With Grief


Isaiah 53:3
New King James Version
3 He is despised and [a]rejected by men,
A Man of [b]sorrows and acquainted with [c]grief.
And we hid, as it were, our faces from Him;
He was despised, and we did not esteem Him.

It broke Jesus' heart that so many in His own land rejected His gift of salvation. He knew the sorrows that would come in the future for the Jewish people and it broke His heart.

Just like when He walked this earth, it must break the heart of Jesus to see so many who have embraced sin as a badge of honor. To walk the streets with t-shirts on that brag about the abortions they have had. Cities have gay pride parades that honor sin.

My friends let us speak the truth and honor God with the truth of the Gospel. Let us not be ashamed of Scripture. Seek to live in righteousness even when it is no longer popular. Let us not be arrogant but speak the truth in love. God help us to see past the wickedness and see the lost souls and grieve over those who have chosen to give themselves over to what is evil in the sight of 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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June 22, 2022
Happy Wednesday,

Lord, Give Us Peace

Daily Prayer for June 22
Christoph Friedrich Blumhardt
“Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” John 20:21, NIV
Lord our God, in the name of Jesus Christ, who is close at our side as the risen and living One, we lift our eyes to you in prayer. Bless us. Bless us through your Word, and let our hearts become quiet in you. Free us from all restlessness and from the turmoil of the present age, for we belong to you, not to the world. We want to find peace in you and remain in you. You will care for us as your children, whom you will never forget in all eternity. Bless us and renew the riches of your grace in us every day, for you, O Lord our God, remain our Father. “Amen

Children of God we need peace more than ever. Angry women protest in front of a Supreme Court Justice's House in a state of embarrassingly dressed for the right to kill their own baby.

Make no mistake abortion is murder. Two heartbeats enter the building but only one heartbeat comes out. The message of the Gospel is hated by many. Those of us who believe every baby has the right to be born are also hated.

The media twist the truth. The Justices are not outlawing abortion but are giving each state the legal responsibility to choose for itself. If this law is passed pro-choicers have threatened to come after Churches and Christians.

Christians we need to pray that God will help us stand up for the truth of the Bible even when it is extremely unpopular. We must not be weak Christians or hide our faith in these troubling times. To do this we will need God to fill us with His peace and give us the strength to stand firm in our convictions.
Betty

2 Timothy 4
New King James Version

Preach the Word
4 I charge you [a]therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge the living and the dead [b]at His appearing and His kingdom: 2 Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching. 3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; 4 and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables. 5 But you be watchful in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.

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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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June 21, 2022
Happy Tuesday,

Trust to the End


Daily Prayer for June 21
Christoph Friedrich Blumhardt
“Father! You have given them to me, and I want them to be with me where I am, so that they may see my glory, the glory you gave me; for you loved me before the world was made. John 17:24, TEV
Lord our God, we thank you that you have revealed your glory in your Son Jesus Christ. We thank you that today we can still see and feel the glorious grace which streams out from Jesus Christ in his victory over the world, the powerful help which benefits all those who find faith. Grant that a further glory may be revealed, faith dwelling in the hearts of all people, faith that can conquer all the need and suffering on earth, faith that is the power to look to you, to become inwardly quiet in you, and to hope in you at all times. Then your help will come quickly, more quickly than we can imagine. It will come on us unawares, for the Savior has said, “See, I shall come quickly.” We want to hope and believe and trust till the end. Amen”

We cannot win a race if we start and the give up in the middle. We must endear to the end. We cannot please God if we stop trusting in Him and lose heart.

Galatians 6:9
New King James Version
9 And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.

We are living in evil times and the evil we see can weaken our faith if we do not keep our eyes on Jesus. If we do not stay connected to God we can begin to believe there is no hope. Friends are hope is not in this world or in its leaders. Our hope and faith should be in our Heavenly Father.

We cannot fix this world, but we can share the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Reminding ourselves some will accept the Gospel, but many will refuse it.
Our job is not to save the loss but share the truth and pray that there is fertile ground.

As much as we long for the rapture, Jesus longs for it too. He wants all of His children with Him. Yet, He knows that there's work for us to do on this earth. God help us to be cheerful and willing workers until our time on this earth is finished.
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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June 16, 2022
Happy Thursday,

Joy In All Circumstances


“Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” James 1:2-4

No one likes to go through trials, and yet the Bible says to be joyful for trials produced steadfastness.

stead·fast·ness
/ˈstedˌfas(t)nəs/

noun
* 1.
the quality of being resolutely or dutifully firm and unwavering:
"no side wins without steadfastness in the face of adversity

Trials teach us not to waiver in our faith when walking through the fire of trials. The goal of trials is to come out on the other side stronger in our faith.

“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” Faith is the undercurrent of everything we do as followers of Jesus. Without faith we lose all that Christ died to give us while here on earth. It is by faith we access the peace, joy, guidance, love, and purpose that comes from restored relationship with our heavenly Father. As we seek an increase in faith in response to God’s faithfulness this week, may you experience a greater depth of intimacy with your living, Almighty, and loving heavenly Father.”

As our faith in God grows, our relationship with God grows stronger. As we grow in grace and faith, we will find our relationship with God grows more sweeter. We will become more content and satisfied with what we have. We will realize material things are temporary and what should be our number one goal is to have a better relationship with God.

Hebrews 10:35-39 says, “Therefore do not throw away your confidence, which has a great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God you may receive what is promised. For, ‘Yet a little while, and the coming one will come and will not delay; but my righteous one shall live by faith, and if he shrinks back, my soul has no pleasure in him.’ But we are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those who have faith and preserve their souls.”

May God help us to live faithfully and endure trials with strong confidence in our Heavenly Father so that He will be pleased with us. May we be growing spiritually and learning to be steadfast in our faith for His glory.
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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June 15, 2022
Happy Wednesday,

Be Bold In All Seasons

2 Timothy 4
New King James Version

Preach the Word
4 I charge you [a]therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge the living and the dead [b]at His appearing and His kingdom: 2 Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching. 3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; 4 and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables. 5 But you be watchful in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.

A new survey shows many Christians are being silent about their beliefs that are contrary to the world's standards. This is wrong my friends. We are not to conform to the world's standards.

Romans 12:2
New King James Version
2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

We are to stand for the truth of God’s Word even when it is no longer popular. We are to seek to serve and please God and not mankind. Our Christian duty is not to have many likes on social media or many friends in the real world.

Our Christian duty is to represent the truth of God’s Word, even when it is unpopular to do so. We are to walk in righteousness and Holiness. We can not do this without the help of the Holy Spirit. We cannot serve God and mankind. We have to make a choice.


1. Mark 8:38
For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him the Son of Man also will be ashamed when He comes in the glory of His Father with the holy angels.”

Luke 9:26
For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words, of him the Son of Man will be ashamed when He comes in His own glory, and in His Father’s, and of the holy angels.

May God help us to brave and courageous in these days of lawlessness and sin. May we stand up for the truth of God’s Holy Word. Put on the whole armor of God, so we do not fall into sin.
Betty

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June 14, 2022
Happy Tuesday,

Suffering and Trials

“For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory.”
2 Corinthians 4:1

For now, we can only see our suffering and pain. God sees all things and in His wisdom, He takes us through valleys that we do not understand, but when we put complete trust in God, we can walk through dark valleys with a strong faith in God.

When we trust God with all our hearts we can sing praises amid the pain. We call lay aside our fears when we keep our eyes focused on our Heavenly Father.

Seek to serve God in all circumstances and look forward to our blessed hope-the rapture.
Betty

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June 13, 2022
Happy Monday,

Too Much!

This is more than I can stand= God never asked me to stand alone.
This is too big a burden to carry= God never asked me to carry my
burdens alone.
This pain is too much= God says for us to seek Him for comfort.

We suffer alone because we do not cry out to God for help. Cry out to God and ask Him to use our suffering to help us grow spiritually. Rejoice in what we have. Focus on serving God in the present and look forward to our home in Heaven.

Ask God to help us and fill our hearts with His peace.

Philippians 4:7
New King James Version
7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Seek God with all our hearts.

Jeremiah 29:13
New King James Version
13 And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.

A half-hearted search will find half-hearted answers. We must really want to find God. It is not that He is hard to find but He will not be found if we do not really care if we find Him or not.

Many burdens we carry are too much for us this is why we should seek the face of God daily and ask Him to be with us each day. Give glory and praise to God despite our circumstances. Rejoice in the majesty of God. Worship God in Spirit and Truth.
Betty

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June 12, 2022
Blessed Sunday,

Tribulation and Judgement Is Coming

Daily Prayer for June 12
Christoph Friedrich Blumhardt
“And when he comes, he will prove to the people of the world that they are wrong about sin and about what is right and about God’s judgment. They are wrong about sin, because they do not believe in me; they are wrong about what is right, because I am going to the Father and you will not see me any more; and they are wrong about judgment, because the ruler of this world has already been judged. John 16:8–11, TEV
Lord our God, we thank you that throughout our lives you continually renew your Spirit in us. We thank you that your Spirit enables us to understand Jesus Christ and to follow him all our days on earth. Bless us, and let the revelation of your Spirit come to the world, to the people of all nations, a new outpouring of the Holy Spirit in each heart. But there must still be punishment for sin. For the sake of justice the world has to suffer punishment through judgment. For you, Almighty God, are Lord, and not even Satan, the prince of this world, can act against your will. You will carry out your will through the Holy Spirit. Our task is simply to follow Jesus all our days. This shall be our joy, this priceless gift of following the Lord Jesus. Praise to your name that we have him and his witness in the gospel every day. Praise to your name that every day, even through great distress, we can joyfully follow him in the strength of the Holy Spirit. “Amen

2 Peter 3:4
New King James Version
4 and saying, “Where is the promise of His coming? For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of creation.”

Not only has the world become complacent in their sins they are proud of their sins. Some people even wave their fists in the face of God. They are blind to the soon-coming judgment of this world by God Almighty.

As Christians, we should be seeing that things are falling into place for the reign of the anti-Christ. Who will appear to be kind and loving but will destroy anyone who will not bend to his will.

Christians will soon be leaving this world and it will not be an alien abduction but Jesus calling us to meet him in the clouds.

1 Thessalonians 4:13-17
New King James Version

The Comfort of Christ’s Coming
13 But I do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who have fallen [a]asleep, lest you sorrow as others who have no hope. 14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who [b]sleep in Jesus.
15 For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede those who are [c]asleep. 16 For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord.

Christians, be aware of the times we are living in. It will not be long before our work on earth will come to an end and God will call His children home.

Today is the day for salvation. We do, not know what tomorrow holds.

Revelation 22:20
New King James Version

I Am Coming Quickly
20 He who testifies to these things says, “Surely I am coming quickly.”
Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus!
Betty

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June 11, 2022
Happy Saturday,

“This Is For My Glory”

Every week there seems like there is another tragedy. It is easy for us to get caught up in the whys. The truth is God has given up this world to its sinful corruption and lawlessness. We are looking at a dark mirror and can not see the plans of God. This is when we have to trust God completely.

While we would like God to explain to us why innocents have to die, who are we to question God. We know that the children are now in Heaven and all their needs are being taken care of by angels.

Let us lay aside our questions and doubts and trust God, through all things. One day we will be with God and all our questions will be answered. For now, let us live our lives for the glory of God.
Betty

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June 10, 2022
Happy Friday,

The Majesty of God


Ecclesiastes 3:11
11 He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.

We are not capable of understanding the majesty of God. His greatness is beyond our comprehension. Yet in His love for mankind, He seeks a relationship with mankind.

God does not choose to send people to hell. We were born in sin and Jesus paid a great sacrifice to redeem all mankind. It is up to each individual to choose for themselves to accept redemption or to reject redemption. Each individual is responsible for their choice.

Those who refuse to humble themselves before Almighty God and accept His precious gift for whatever reason has chosen to spend eternity in hell. Those who humble themselves before God and accept a relationship with God will be rewarded in this life and in eternity.

There is no sin that is worth not having a personal relationship with God in this life and eternity. Anything we give up to accept salvation is worth it. Let us lay aside our pride and give ourselves over completely to our Creator. Any sacrifice we make will be worth it all when we see the face of our Savior and Lord.
Betty

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In His Time
In His time, in His time,
He makes all things beautiful, in His time,
Lord, please show me everyday,
As You're teaching me Your way,
That You do just what You say, in Your time.

In Your time, in Your time,
You make all things beautiful, in Your time.
Lord, my life to Your I bring,
May each song I have to sing,
Be to You a lovely thing, in Your time.

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June 9, 2022
Happy Thursday,

God is With Us!


Daily Prayer for June 9
Christoph Friedrich Blumhardt
“The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing. Zephaniah 3:17, NIV
Lord our Savior, you are our Lord and our Helper. Show yourself again and again in our hearts as the Savior who is strong to help us even in difficult times. Remember the many people who sigh to you. Guide them into the protection of the almighty God. Even if they suffer pain and distress and have to go through fear and anxiety, even if they die, Lord Jesus, you are comfort and help. In everything life brings us you will show yourself as the One who does the will of God and who carries it out for us on earth. “Amen

There are times that we do not feel the presence of God around us. This is a time when God wants us to trust in Him despite what we feel. By trusting in God in these times, our faith will grow.

Our relationship with God is not about feelings it is about placing our complete trust in God, despite our circumstances. As we trust God we will begin to feel His sweet Spirit cover us in peace.

Lift up our hearts and our hands towards Heaven and praise God even in times of turmoil, grief, and confusion. He will bless us as we worship Him in spirit and truth. In all situations offer up our sacrifice of praise to our Heavenly Father.
Betty

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June 8, 2022
Happy Wednesday,

Joy

The prospect of the righteous is joy, but the hopes of the wicked come to nothing. Proverbs 10:28, NIV

As Christians, we look forward to Heaven where everything will be perfect. Yet we can have a joyful heart here on earth. Even in the midst of tragedies, we can have a joyful heart as we look forward with great anticipation when we enter the gates of Heaven where no evil abides.

We often go through things on earth that we do not understand the reasoning behind God’s choice, but when we put our complete trust in God, we can have peace.

Even when our hearts are broken and tears blind our eyes, we can cry out for God to bring little diamonds of joy to brighten our days and sustain us until the day we are truly free of these corruptible bodies and take on are glorified bodies.

Let us not allow the troubles of this world to overcome us but keep our hearts on the prize that awaits us.

1. 2 Corinthians 4:8
We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair;

Philippians 3:12
Pressing Toward the Goal
Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me.

Come quickly, Lord Jesus, we pray.
Betty

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June 7, 2022
Happy Tuesday,

The Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is a person of the Godhead. He is not an it, nor is He female. The Holy Spirit convicts sinners of their sins.

John 16:7-11
New King James Version
7 Nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you. 8 And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: 9 of sin, because they do not believe in Me; 10 of righteousness, because I go to My Father and you see Me no more; 11 of judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged.

This is why it is very dangerous for a sinner to mock the Holy Spirit. For only the Holy Spirit can convict sinners and lead them to Jesus.

Matthew 12:31-32
New King James Version
The Unpardonable Sin
31 “Therefore I say to you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven men, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven men. 32 Anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man, it will be forgiven him; but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit, it will not be forgiven him, either in this age or in the age to come.

The Holy Spirit brings us to Jesus so that we may be redeemed. The Holy Spirit enters into our souls the moment we get saved. He guides God’s children and convicts us when we sin. The Holy Spirit will never leave us.

John 14:16-18
New King James Version
16 And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another [a]Helper, that He may abide with you forever— 17 the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you. 18 I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you.

The Holy Spirit teaches us Biblical truths and will give us peace.

John 14:25-26
New King James Version
The Gift of His Peace
25 “These things I have spoken to you while being present with you. 26 But the [a]Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.

The Holy Spirit gives us the courage to speak the truth in these days when the truth is rejected and hated.

John 14:26-27
New King James Version
26 But the [a]Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you. 27 Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

In times of trouble, tragedy, and lawlessness the Holy Spirit comforts us.

John 16:7-10
New King James Version
7 Nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you. 8 And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: 9 of sin, because they do not believe in Me; 10 of righteousness, because I go to My Father and you see Me no more;

In these days of lawlessness and rejection of God, the Holy Spirit guides us through and helps us to stay on the passage of truth and to not be led a stray by false teachings and fables. When we pray to God ask Him to fill us with His wisdom so that we can recognize false teaching. Remember if it does not line up with the Gospel then run from the teaching.

2 John 10
New King James Version
10 If anyone comes to you and does not bring this doctrine, do not receive him into your house nor greet him;

1 Timothy 6:3-5
New King James Version
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.

Matthew 7:13-16
New King James Version
The Narrow Way
13 “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. 14 [a]Because narrow is the gate and [b]difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.

You Will Know Them by Their Fruits
15 “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. 16 You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles?


Let us not be guilty of taking the Holy Spirit for granted. He is an important member of the Godhead and we Christians need Him, everyday.
Betty

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June 6, 2022
Happy Monday,

Devote Yourself to Prayer

Colossians 4:2
New King James Version
Christian Graces
2 Continue earnestly in prayer, being vigilant in it with thanksgiving;

We are living in perilous times. Mass shootings, drive-by shootings, and violence are on the rise, just as Jesus warned about in the last days. If we do not have a healthy prayer life we can fall into fear and depression.

Matthew 24:12-26
New King James Version
12 And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. 13 But he who endures to the end shall be saved. 14 And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come.

Mankind has given up on God and embraced sin. Many have turned their back on God in favor of political correctness. Sadly, even many Churches have turned from the truth of God’s Holy Word and not only accepted sinful ways but are preaching their approval of sin.

1. Romans 1:28
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;

2 Timothy 3:8
Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith.

Today in Houston a group of protestors enter the Lakewood Church and began shouting: “My body, My choice”. Even the sanctity of the Church is violated by those who believe the unborn baby has no choice. I am afraid this is going to become an event that happens more often.

Though the Church service was interrupted, their hate is towards God as much as it is towards Christians. People are rebellious towards God and the laws of God. The Bible makes it clear that things are going to get worse and not better. Our faith must be invested completely in God so we do not waiver in our own beliefs. It is a dangerous to begin to disagree with God’s laws. We open our hearts a little to sin and soon we are flooded by sinful beliefs. Keep our minds stayed on God and His laws. Stayed prayed up so we do not begin to doubt the Word of God.
Betty

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June 5, 2022
Blessed Sunday,

Accepting God’s Will

There is a part of us that understands that God’s Will is the best, but when it hits our family, we can find it hard to understand why. Yesterday was a memorial service for another member of our family. Two deaths in less than a year. It was almost too much to bear.

We cannot help but ask why. Yet, God is God. He does not have to explain Himself to us. Faith is accepting His Will even when His Will cuts us to the core of our being. Faith sometimes requires letting go of our questions and just accepting the Will of God. It is only when we let go and accept the will of God that we will find peace.

We must stand up in our faith and say like Job that we will serve God even though God slays us. It is accepting His Will even when we do not like what happened to us. May God help our family to grow spiritually and our faith to stand strong in adversity.
Betty

Ephesians 4:26
New King James Version
26 “Be angry, and do not sin”: do not let the sun go down on your wrath,

https://youtu.be/9cKm_mYVPQE

“Voice Of Truth"

Oh what I would do to have
The kind of faith it takes to climb out of this boat I'm in
Onto the crashing waves

To step out of my comfort zone
To the realm of the unknown where Jesus is
And He's holding out his hand

But the waves are calling out my name and they laugh at me
Reminding me of all the times I've tried before and failed
The waves they keep on telling me
Time and time again, "Boy, you'll never win!"
"You'll never win"

But the voice of truth tells me a different story
And the voice of truth says, "Do not be afraid!"
And the voice of truth says, "This is for My glory"
Out of all the voices calling out to me
I will choose to listen and believe the voice of truth

Oh what I would do to have
The kind of strength it takes to stand before a giant
With just a Sling and a stone
Surrounded by the sound of a thousand warriors
Shaking in their armor
Wishing they'd have had the strength to stand

But the giant's calling out my name and he laughs at me
Reminding me of all the times I've tried before and failed
The giant keeps on telling me
Time and time again, "Boy, you'll never win!"
"You'll never win"

But the voice of truth tells me a different story
And the voice of truth says, "Do not be afraid!"
And the voice of truth says, "This is for My glory"
Out of all the voices calling out to me (Calling out to me)
I will choose to listen and believe the voice of truth

But the stone was just the right size
To put the giant on the ground
And the waves they don't seem so high
From on top of them looking down
I will soar with the wings of eagles
When I stop and listen to the sound of Jesus
Singing over me

But the voice of truth tells me a different story
And the voice of truth says, "Do not be afraid!"
And the voice of truth says, "This is for My glory"
Out of all the voices calling out to me

I will choose to listen and believe
I will choose to listen and believe the voice of truth
I will listen and believe
I will listen and believe the voice of truth
I will listen and believe

Because Jesus you are the voice of truth
And I will listen to you
You are...

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June 3, 2022
Happy Friday,

“To God Be The Glory”


Revelation 19:1
Heaven Exults over Babylon
19 After these things I [a]heard a loud voice of a great multitude in heaven, saying, “Alleluia! Salvation and glory and honor and power belong to [b]the Lord our God!

Do we give glory and honor to our Heavenly Father? Do we stand on the promises of God? Do we trust God through every situation? I would like to say yes to those questions, but I have my doubts and fears at times.

God deserves all of our praise and worship. We should praise God in all circumstances. We may have to worship God with tears flowing down our faces and broken hearts. When we give the honor and glory that is due Him, He will sustain us. Let us offer up the sacrifice of praise even in our darkest days.
Betty

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June 2, 2022
Happy Thursday,

Pure in Heart


“The backslider in heart will be filled with his own ways, but a good man will be satisfied from above.”
Proverbs 14:1

Isaiah 26:3
King James Version
3 Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.

There are so many things in this world that can distract us from reading the Bible and praying. We can even get to the point that the only prayer we say is a quick prayer at bedtime.

If we are not careful, we can backside. This is a dangerous area to be in. This can cause us to sin. If we are not careful we can reach the danger zone when sinning no longer convicts us.

We need the help of God to stay on the straight path, to put God first in our lives, and to worship God in all circumstances. God wants to help us. All we have to do is ask and then listen to the voice of the Holy Spirit speaking the truth to us. If we ignore the Holy Spirit too many times are ears and hearts will become callous and we will no longer hear the Holy Spirit.

Heavenly Father give us ears and hearts to hear the warnings of the Holy Spirit. Help us to strong in our faith and resist the devil. Help us to live for you out of a loving heart.
In Jesus' name, Amen.
Betty

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June 1, 2022
Happy Wednesday,

The Valleys of Life

God often allows us to spend time in valleys. Let us be honest, we do not want to be in the valley. The worse Valley is the valley of grief. There is no magic wand to get us out of the valley. We are supposed to do more than grieve in this valley. We are supposed to draw close to God and allow our trust in God to grow.

Jeff passed away on September 1, 2022. We are still in the valley. There are more good days now and I have surrendered Jeff to God, but that does not mean there are not bad days.

When we surrender our loved ones to God, we do begin to heal. When we stop fighting God we begin to allow ourselves to heal. The wound will never go away so it is important to keep our faith secure in God. When we do this we can walk in faith despite our circumstances. We can trust God even when we do not understand why.

Our hope is not in this world but in our Heavenly Father. He will walk each day with us and He will sustain us through every valley we go through. Christians do not give up, our redemption is close at hand.
Betty

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

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May 31, 2022
Happy Tuesday,

Tried in the Fire

Daily Prayer for May 31
Christoph Friedrich Blumhardt
“As for you, see that what you have heard from the beginning remains in you. If it does, you also will remain in the Son and in the Father. And this is what he promised us – eternal life. 1 John 2:24–25, NIV
Lord our God, we want to find our joy in you and in all your promises to us. For you have promised that in the midst of all the pain and sorrow, you are preparing what pleases you and serves your honor in every heart. May we experience in our lives the fulfillment of many of your promises, so that again and again we can go forward joyfully, rising above difficult times and situations. Have mercy on us and protect us in your strength. “Amen

God allows us to go through fire to remove contamination from our lives, to refine us for His glory. I have been through fires many times in my 70 years of life.

Every time I resisted the fire and reacted in grief and despair. It was only when I surrendered to God, that I found peace. Sometimes later we realize why God allowed thing to happen the way they did and other times God expects and demands that we accept His will by faith.

I am no prophet, but I believe this summer is going to be worse than 2020. There are already signs that there are many angry people who are willing to be violent in their response to the Supreme Court's decision on abortion. A woman in Colorado who is a Christian works as a designer. She and her family have received death threats, simply because she does not believe abortion is right. Please pray for her and her family.

We need not fear the coming months but keep our trust in God. Whatever happens, He will be with us. Keep our eyes on the prize of Heaven and we will be able to take each day as it comes.
Betty

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May 29, 2022
Blessed Sunday,

If I Had Only Known

Lasting night I started thinking of last Memorial Day. When Jeff was still with us. I was overcome with grief. I wish we would could go back and make changes. Alas, wishing does not bring anything to pass and I do not have a time machine.

I know God took Jeff for a reason but there are times that not having him with us, hits me like a slap to the face. Yet, I remember that Memorial Day is to honor the millions of Americans who lost their lives in service for our Country. Tomorrow many loved ones will face the loss of husbands, sons, and fathers, and daughters who died so that not only America but other Countries could live in freedom.

As we enjoy our BBQs tomorrow say a prayer for all who lost a loved one to war. Pray for our Country for she has lost her innocence for political correctness.
Betty

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May 28, 2022
Happy Saturday,

Do Not Be Caught Unaware


Daily Prayer for May 28
Christoph Friedrich Blumhardt
“You are all children of the light and children of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness. So then, let us not be like others, who are asleep, but let us be awake and sober. 1 Thessalonians 5:5–6, NIV
Dear Father in heaven, we thank you that we may be your children. We thank you that through your Spirit our hearts may know that we are your children. Even when everything around us becomes difficult and we are hemmed in by darkness, we remain your children. Even when we often do not see how we are to go on and everything seems to be taken from us, we remain your children. Even when sin and death surround us and accuse us of being in the wrong, we still remain your children. As your children we entrust ourselves to your hands. In our whole life, in all our work and activity, we dwell in what has come from you, and we rejoice in Christ our Savior. “Amen

When the rapture happens there will be Christians who will be caught unaware. This does not have to be so. Jesus said for us to be aware of the season we are living in.

Let us not fear the days we are living in. Jesus warned of these days and told us that He would be with us. This is the time to seek the face of God. To pray that God will open our eyes and help us discern truth from untruths. Remember false teaching is often wrapped up with a bow of truth. The Holy Spirit is willing to help us see the lies hidden from view so that we will not be mislead.
Betty

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May 27, 2022
Happy Friday,

Death in Texas


2 Timothy 3:1 Context

1This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. 2For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, 4Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;

I have not been able to put into words the tragedy that affected all of us Texans, this week. Our family is still grieving from the personal loss of two immediate family members, yet the murder of these young children has torn open a wound that had begun to heal.

Jesus warned us that evil would abound during the last days, yet seeing it play out so close to home is heartbreaking. When abortion was legalized I was a teenager. Although I knew it was wrong I never dreamed of the significance it would have on mankind.

I was in elementary school when they taught evolution as a theory in our textbook. Back then they taught evolution and creation. Now they teach only evolution.

Between legal abortion and evolution, children grow up not believing in the value of every human life. Every child born into this world was born with an ordained purpose. Those infants that are murdered in the womb also had a purpose that murder denied them.

Is it so surprising that too many young people have no respect for their own lives or for the lives of others? My heart breaks for those young children and their families.

I do not know the answer to the world’s problems, but it could not hurt for every parent of young children to teach them the value of every life. Teach them how much you loved them and how every life is important and everyone was born for a purpose.
Betty

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May 26, 2022
Happy Thursday,

Lord, Give Me Strength

But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.
 – Isaiah 40:31

I believe every Christian has reached a point where they cried out to God: “Lord, give me strength”. We all have times when we felt that we could not face another day. When tragedy overcomes us and our hearts are filled with despair.

God calls us to come to Him, to cry out to Him. Often we do not have peace, because we do not ask God for it. Instead of going to our Heavenly Father, we allow our pain to overtake us, and we wallow in despair.

There is so much lawlessness in this world today. It seems like every week there is a new tragedy for this world to bear. Yet, the world rejects the only one that can comfort us, and He is the only one that can fix the problem.

As Christians, let us seek God first and not last. God wants to strengthen us and fill us with His Heavenly peace. Pray for those who are hurting. Pray for America and this world. Rejoice in the knowledge that Jesus is coming for His own, soon.
Betty

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May 25, 2022
Happy Wednesday,

“Friendship With Jesus”

Daily Prayer for May 25
Christoph Friedrich Blumhardt
“God, who has called you into fellowship with his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, is faithful. 1 Corinthians 1:9, NIV
Lord our God, we stand before you and rejoice that we may have fellowship with you through the Lord Jesus Christ. Grant us the light of your Spirit. Grant our hearts strength for life. Open for us the paths of life, that we may find joy and hope in spite of all the suffering we must go through on earth. Let all humankind be entrusted to your care. Rule over them with your power, whether they are aware of it or not, and take world history into your hands so that all people may receive your mercy. “Amen

There is no better friendship that we can have than our friendship we have with Jesus. Jesus knows all our secrets and all the sins we have committed and yet, He still wants to be friends with us.

The God that created everything in the universe, wants a relationship with us. How often we take this precious gift for granted! God help us to cherish the relationship we have with God and to honor Him in all we do.
Betty

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May 24, 2022
Happy Tuesday,

Faith

And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him. (Hebrews 11:6)

The Holy Spirit gives us a measure of faith when He convicts of our sins and need of salvation. It is the gift of faith that allows us to believe in the Name of Jesus and seek forgiveness of our sins.

Romans 10:17
So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

The more we read the Word of God the stronger our faith grows. This part is our responsibility. If we are truly saved, we will want to hear God’s Word. Jesus said that His Holy Word is the bread of life. We should crave it just like we do food for our bodies.

Sadly, we can get so caught up in life that we do not make time for God’s Word. This can weaken our faith, just as not eating weakens our physical bodies.

In times of tragedy and spiritual attacks, our faith can weaken. This is when we cling to God and His Holy Word. We go to the source of our faith- God’s Holy Word. We fall on our faces and seek God for restoration and for peace. We can step away from our trials and temptations by hiding under the shadow of the wings of God. He will give us rest and peace.
Betty

Hiding Place Lyrics
[Verse 1]
There is a hiding place
A safe secure place
Of rest and faithfulness
A place of strength
Found in the Father's love
Unceasing from above
Father, You are enough
So Lord I come
So Lord I come

[Interlude]

[Verse 2]
There is a saving grace
Found in Your safe embrace
A grace without an end
A grace that's free
Found in the Father's love
Unceasing from above
Father, You are enough
So Lord I come

[Chorus]
For You are all I need
You're my sufficiency
In You my soul is free
You are my peace
You are my peace

[Verse 1]
There is a hiding place
A safe secure place
Of rest and faithfulness
A place of strength
Found in the Father's love
Unceasing from above
Father, You are enough
So Lord I come

[Chorus]
For You are all I need
You're my sufficiency
In You my soul is free
You are my peace
For You are all I need
You're my sufficiency
In You my soul is free
You are my peace

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Jesus
Jesus
Jesus
My God and King
My Lord and friend

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[Chorus]
For You are all I need
You're my sufficiency
In You my soul is free
You are my peace
For You are all I need
You're my sufficiency
In You my soul is free
You are my peace
You are my peace ...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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