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Betty Louise
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March 11, 2022
Happy Friday,

"Justified Through Faith"

Daily Prayer for March 11
Christoph Friedrich Blumhardt
"Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. Romans 5:1–2, NIV
Dear Father in heaven, grant that we may share in the community of your Holy Spirit. In community with you our earthly troubles fall away and we remain in your peace in spite of all our failures and shortcomings, in spite of all the toil we must gladly take upon ourselves. Watch over us. Keep our hearts unshaken, clear, and steady. Keep us in the certainty that your kingdom is coming, is already beginning and can be plainly seen, so that all people can receive the good you have planned for them. Be with us this night. Amen."

Every person must choose salvation for themselves. No one can choose for another. We cannot beg God to allow anyone in to Heaven. It is the choice of each person to choose God or the devil. Of course most everybody will deny that they chose the devil, but by not choosing God, they choose the devil.

I heard a person say that a loving God that would send anyone to hell is evil. Truth is that a God that does not choose for mankind. Each person is given the choice to choose God or to refuse God. No one who refuses salvation through Jesus, will walk through the gates of Heaven.

We can chose to be justified by faith in Jesus Christ or we can chose to stay in our sins. If you chose Jesus as your Savior, you MUST turn away from your sins. You cannot live in sin and live for Jesus. Each person makes their own individual choice. No sin is worth going to hell for.

Life is so short and eternity has no end. The little pleasure sin gives is nothing compared to the eternal joy of being with God for eternity. We must choose wisely.
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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March 10, 2022
Happy Thursday,


Love with people can sometimes die. God's love is eternal. We can trust God with all of our heart. He will never fail us.

He may take us down dark roads at times and we may feel alone, but God will never forsake or abandon us.

We will find Him when we seek with all our heart. We cannot be a half Christian. We are either completely in or we are out.

Matthew 6:24
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You Cannot Serve God and Riches
24 “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and [a]mammon.

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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March 9, 2022
Happy Wednesday,

"A Common Life"


"Daily Prayer for March 9
Christoph Friedrich Blumhardt

But if we walk in the light as he himself is in the light, then we share together a common life, and we are being cleansed from every sin by the blood of Jesus his Son. 1 John 1:7, NEB
Dear Father in heaven, we thank you as your children, whom you know how to gather. You have brought us into community with you in a wonderful way, in the midst of a world full of unrest, full of misery, and full of sin. For you know your children and lead them into community with you. You comfort them. You give them strength of faith, and confidence in your rulership and your kingdom, which will prevail over everything evil and deathly that still seems to control humankind. But your dominion reaches far, far beyond. You will keep us in your hands. For the sake of those who trust in you, you will send your grace and your help into the whole world. Amen."


What a wonderful thought that we could share a common life with Jesus. Even more wonderful is knowing our sins are cleansed by the precious blood of Jesus.


We live in a evil world, where evil seems to grow by the day, but this does not mean we have to partake of evil. With the help of Jesus and the Holy Spirit we can walk in righteousness. When we do this we can live with a joyful heart even amid attacks from the devil.


We may be struggling at times and yet in the midst of these God gives us peace and joy. Often through times of grief and struggles we find ourselves growing spiritually. When we do this, we are serving God and we will be rewarded for staying true to God.


Do not be conformed to this world or except their lies about sin, but instead trust in the truth of God's Holy Word. Pray for strength and guidance and draw close to God, so that we are not led astray by those who teach half-truths and right out lies.

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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March 7,2022
Happy Monday,

Come To God With Child-like Faith

"Promise #66:
I delight to reveal My kingdom to those with a childlike heart.

Matthew 11:25-26 (WEB)
25 At that time, Jesus answered, “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth,
that you hid these things from the wise and understanding, and revealed them to infants.
26 Yes, Father, for so it was well-pleasing in your sight."

A young child believes almost everything an adult says. They have a trusting heart. As we get older, we want everything proved to us. While it is wise to be less trusting when we deal with mankind, we should have complete faith in God.

God is not a man that He should lie. His promises are true. He is always faithful. God reveals things to His children because we trust Him. The wise of the world are prone not to trust God and want God to prove Himself. Yet, even if God preformed a miracle in front of them, they would take apart what they saw, looking for a magic trick and ignoring the reality.

Let us always have a child-like faith. May we always strive to please God, before man. When we believe in the truth of the Gospel, we will lose the respect of some. Remember in the end we will be judged by God and Him alone. The more we love God the more we want to please 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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March 6, 2022
Blessed Sunday,

"Grow Where God Plants You"

Death and circumstances can make us feel that God has taken us out of our pleasant garden and moved us to a plot that is hard and nothing seems to grow there. We can fuss at God and pout or resolve with God's help to grow and blossom.

There is a reason that God allowed our circumstances to change. We most likely do not know the reason, but we are to trust God to know best. In our new garden, we may grow smaller blossoms but they may be more fragrant. As we grow closer to God, we will grow sweeter. The more we trust God the stronger our faith grows and we will indeed have a sweeter fragrance that we will produce.

It will take time for new growth to show. The beginning growth begins with the root system. Remember we need stronger roots to withstand life's storms.

Pray for Ukraine and her people. Pray for lost souls in Ukraine and Russia, that they may open their hearts to God.
Betty

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

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March 5, 2022
Happy Saturday,

The Distress of Life

Today, I am overwhelmed. Stress has overcome me and left me weak and confused. Troubles longer from yesterday and new ones today. Yet in these moments I can hear the soft voice of God reminding me that I am not alone.

Life can be hard on us all. There is always a new trouble to deal with. If we are not careful, we can become so focused on our problems that we become blinded by them and can no longer see God.

It is when we cry out to God that we find peace. Our troubles may not feel but God gives us the strength to fight our way through our troubles. May God help us to see and hear Him amid our troubles.
Betty


Psalm 36:5-12
New King James Version

Your mercy, O Lord, is in the heavens;
Your faithfulness reaches to the clouds.

Your righteousness is like the [a]great mountains;
Your judgments are a great deep;
O Lord, You preserve man and beast.

How precious is Your lovingkindness, O God!
Therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of Your wings.

They are abundantly satisfied with the fullness of Your house,
And You give them drink from the river of Your pleasures.

For with You is the fountain of life;
In Your light we see light.
10 
Oh, continue Your lovingkindness to those who know You,
And Your righteousness to the upright in heart.
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Let not the foot of pride come against me,
And let not the hand of the wicked drive me away.
12 
There the workers of iniquity have fallen;
They have been cast down and are not able to rise.

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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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March 4, 2022
Happy Friday,

Keeping Our Eyes On Jesus


"Daily Prayer for March 4
Christoph Friedrich Blumhardt

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 12:1–2, NIV
Lord, our God and Father, we thank you for letting us walk in the way of Jesus Christ, for helping us on the way to the Cross. Come what may, we belong to the Savior, and we are your children. We want to be joyful and full of faith, full of hope, full of patience, for your mercy leads us on. In all we experience how often we can say, “Thanks be to God. He has helped us here, he has helped there, he helps every day in spite of all the evil in the world. Praise and thanks and honor be to him forever!” Amen."


There are so many things in this world happening that it is so easy to lose our focus on God. Just watching the news can send us into a bout of depression. I am not staying not to watch the news. We need to stay informed. Pray over what you hear. Pray for families who have lost loved ones. Pray for Ukraine and her people, especially for their souls. Pray for our Country which is divided.


We can all see that sin is destroying this world, but we serve a God that is able to comfort and give grace to His children. We need not fear for our God is always with us. Do not give up but trust in God more and more. This world is getting ready for the tribulation and soon God's children will be gone.

The last couple of months I have been health issues, and have major surgery coming soon. I can tell you that God has never left me nor have I felt a bit fearful. God's peace has filled my heart and soul and whatever happens I am filled with the joy of the Lord.

Betty

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

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March 3, 2022
Happy Thursday,

Grass Grows and Then Withers

In the last 6 months we have learned how quickly death can come and change everything in our lives. Yet it is still so easy to get wrapped up in unimportant things and ignore the important thing, even the eternal things.

As our love for our Heavenly Father grows, so should our desire to live in a way that is pleasing to Him. We must be aware of those who have left the teaching of the Gospel and have accepted the teaching of false Gospels.

Jesus gave us the Gospel for our salvation and not to amuse us or entertain us. Picking up our cross and following our dear Savior is not something for the weak. This is why we must pray that we grow spiritually strong. We must not be weak minded but be strong in faith and trust in God. When we are strong, we will more easily recognize the lies of the devil and his followers.

When things get hard, remember our best life is not on this earth but in Heaven. We are accumulating rewards for Heaven by living for God each day we are living on this earth.
Betty




1 Peter 1:13-25
King James Version
13 Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ;

14 As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance:

15 But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation;

16 Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.

17 And if ye call on the Father, who without respect of persons judgeth according to every man's work, pass the time of your sojourning here in fear:

18 Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers;

19 But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:

20 Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you,

21 Who by him do believe in God, that raised him up from the dead, and gave him glory; that your faith and hope might be in God.

22 Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently:

23 Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.

24 For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away:

25 But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you.

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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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March 1, 2022
Wednesday,

Six Months

Six months ago, today, my world changed forever. God chose to take my son home to Heaven. I did not want to get out of bed today. I wanted to hide. Yet, God has brought me comfort and has helped me to let go.

A parent never gets over letting go of a child. But, I have hope because I know he is with God. Pray for Sarah, Jeff’s wife. This day will be much harder for her.

We do not know what is going to happen with Russia. Will they stop with stealing Ukraine? Only God knows. Knowing that God is in control of this earth should bring us comfort. The leader of Russia is flexing his muscles and carrying out his personal agenda but one day, God will stop Him in his tracks.

For now, fear not the times we are living in. God warned us of how the last days would be and everything is coming into place. Stand strong in your faith and rejoice in your future in Heaven.

I miss Jeff so much, but he can talk to God, face to face and experience joy that we will never know until we too our in Heaven.
Betty

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

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February 28, 2022
Happy Monday,

God Uses Bad For Good


“Daily Prayer for February 28
Christoph Friedrich Blumhardt
For great is your love, reaching to the heavens; your faithfulness reaches to the skies. Be exalted, O God, above the heavens; let your glory be over all the earth. Psalm 57:10-11, NIV
Dear Father in heaven, we thank you that you have always been gracious to us, revealing your great goodness and power in ages past and in the present. In this revelation we live, O Lord our God. You are the almighty One, who works wonders on earth and who rules the heavens so that we can be blest and helped on our earthly paths. Let your goodness and your justice be revealed throughout all the world. Arise, O Lord our God. Let your light shine in us who believe in you. Let your light shine into the whole world. Let your name be glorified. You are indeed our Father, both in heaven and on earth. You give our lives security now and in eternity. Amen”

The world is falling into place for God’s plan for the end times. Russia attacking Ukraine is bad, but God is producing good through it. We see the people of Ukraine calling out to God. I saw a video yesterday of two Ukrainian soldiers protecting civilians in a hidden place and while they were there they shared the Gospel. Out of this terrible war, people are finding eternal salvation. Praise the Lord!

It is easy for us to question God when bad things happen, but remember God never allows anything to happen without a reason. God expects us to accept His will by faith, but if He told us why, let’s face it, we would try to get involved and ‘help’ Him. God does not need our help, but He does expect us to trust Him.
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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February 27, 2022
Blessed Sunday,

Don’t Sweat The Small Stuff

As human beings, we can allow little things to overwhelm us. Almost every morning when I make my coffee I try to put the coffee cup lid on the sugar bowl and the sugar bowl lid on the coffee cup. I used to allow that to upset me, realizing that it is the Alzheimers that is affecting me.

Then I realized I cannot fix my brain so why allow this little thing to ruin my day. Everybody has issues and we can all allow a little thing to upset the apple cart. Fix what we can and leave the rest to God.

Pray for the people of Ukraine. Pray that God will bring salvation to souls on both sides of the conflict. Pray for our lost loved ones and friends. Pray for the soon return of Jesus for His children. Pray for those who mourn and for those who suffer physically.
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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February 26, 2022
Happy Saturday,

“Maker of Heaven and Earth”


“Daily Prayer for February 26
Christoph Friedrich Blumhardt
I lift up my eyes to the mountains – where does my help come from? My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth. Psalm 121:1–2, NIV
Lord God Almighty, Lord our God, our refuge for ever and ever, bless us as we gather in your presence and turn to you. May we be your children, who can simply believe and stand firm in our lives and in our calling. We thank you for giving us your grace and constant help. In your grace we can be joyful, praising and honoring you. You are our father. You never forsake us. May your name be praised by us all. May your name be praised above and in the whole world so that all people may acknowledge you and receive what they need from you. Amen”

We often forget the power that God has and in fact as human beings, we cannot even measure the power of God. Yet, there are times that we doubt the ability of God to answer our prayers. We allow satan to fill our hearts with doubts and fears. We become troubled and anxious, unnecessarily.

These are the times to remind ourselves that the God we serve is all-knowing and bigger than any problem we can ever face. This is when we should sing songs of praise to not only bless God from our hearts but to open our hearts and minds to more faith in God. We remind ourselves as we sing that we can trust in God in all situations.

God has given me a diamond of joy on a cold rainy day. The bird feeder is filled with tiny birds eating and blessing me with their presence. Rejoice in the Lord today and glorify His Name!
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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February 25, 2022
Happy Friday,

“Don’t Worry, Be Happy”

This was a popular song at one time and I liked it, but a better title would be: “Don’t worry, trust God”.

“Don’t worry about anything, but in everything, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6-7, HSCB)

We will have times of uncertainty in our lives. Waiting for results of a biopsy. Waiting to see a specialist to get a biopsy. Waiting to see if a loan is approved. There are many kinds of things that we have to wait on that can add uncertainty to our lives.

When we look at the scheme of things, we realize that worrying will not do anything but add stress to our lives. When we let go of worrying and trust God, He will give us peace. With this peace, we can wait patiently knowing that God is in control.

We do not know what is going to happen with Russia, but remember God does. Nothing will happen that God does not allow to happen. We can talk to God about our concerns, pray for Ukraine, and relax and trust God.
Betty

Philippians 4:6-7 - Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.   (Read More...)

1 Peter 5:7 - Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.

Matthew 6:25-34 - Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?   (Read More...)

John 14:27 - Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

Matthew 6:34 - Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.

Proverbs 3:5-6 - Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.   (Read More...)

Philippians 4:6 - Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.

Philippians 4:19 - But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

Romans 8:31 - What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?

Matthew 11:28-30 - Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.   (Read More...)

1 Peter 5:6-7 - Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:   (Read More...)

Isaiah 41:10 - Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.

Romans 15:13 - Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.

1 John 4:18 - There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.

Matthew 6:33 - But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

Matthew 28:20 - Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

Romans 8:28 - And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

Hebrews 11:1 - Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

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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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February 24, 2022
Happy Thursday,

Be Ready to Work


I have set the Lord always before me;
Because He is at my right hand I shall not be moved.
Psalm 16:8 NKJV

There are times when we are trying to work for God that it seems like everything goes wrong. We can be tempted to think that that the job is not meant to be. For the most part, this is not true. It is not usually God telling us to stop but the devil.

The devil does not want us to work for God and he will try to divert us in, anyway, he can. This is when we must resist the devil take a few minutes to gather our thoughts and then press onward for God. No matter how small our work for God may seem, our work for God is important.

Do not compare your work to others. Even the smallest screw in a machine can cause the machine to dysfunction if the screw is not in place. Let us step up into our place and do our work for God out of our love for Him.
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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February 22, 2022
Happy Tuesday,


When we lose a loved one, we lose a part of ourselves. This is the truth that we cannot pretend away. Yet we can gain something from tragedy. We can draw closer to God in a way we never thought possible. God is willing to fill us with His love.

Death makes a wound that makes a scar that never goes away, but God is able to make the scar bearable. There will be times that the wound causes unbearable pain, but Jesus calls us to seek Him and find peace. When we surrender to God’s will, we begin to find comfort.

So many things going on in this world today. So many Countries are on the edge of war, and yet we can live in peace, knowing that whatever happens that God is with us. We look at Canada and we see how easily freedoms can be taken away from the people by their Government.

We must remind ourselves that everything is falling into place for the tribulation and with that knowledge, we know that Jesus is coming soon. We are so close to our blessed hope being fulfilled.

Titus 2:13
King James Version
13 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;

May God help us to live for Him, while at the same time looking for that blessed hope.
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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February 21, 2022
Happy Monday,

“She Has Done A Good Work For Me”

Mark 14:6
New King James Version
6 But Jesus said, “Let her alone. Why do you trouble her? She has done a good work for Me.

How marvelous it would be to hear God say those words about us! How wonderful to fathom God being pleased with the work we do for Him! Our motivation and goals should be to please God in everything we do.

With all my health and thinking issues, there are times that I disappoint family and friends. I don't like disappointing others. I always want to do my best, but sadly, my best is not what it used to be. I pray with all my heart that I am not a disappointment to my Heavenly Father.

My friends, seeking God’s approval should be the most important thing that we do. Walking in His Will should be our ultimate goal. Pleasing God will not be politically correct. There will be times that people in the world will be offended by the stand we take for God. We must choose to please God above all!
Betty

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February 20, 2022
Blessed Sunday,

Serving God does not mean that we will not have problems. Everybody that lives on this earth has problems. The difference between being a Christian and a sinner is that we have God guiding us.

God never promised a life without troubles. God promised to be with us through our problems and difficulties. We can trust Him to be with us through all situations.

We serve God because we love Him and want to please Him. The more we grow to love Him the more we want to please Him. The more we seek Him the more we love Him. Our lives will not be perfect, but we will find joy and peace walking with our Heavenly Father.
Betty

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February 19, 2022
Happy Saturday,

Children of God

Let us not live like we do not have any hope. We serve a living God, who spoke the universe into existence. Surely are troubles are not beyond His capabilities to fix .

When we surrender ourselves to Christ, we become a member of a family so large that we cannot even imagine the number.

Yet our Heavenly Father does not see us as an ant in an ant colony. He has know us since we took our first breath at our birth. At the moment of our second birth when we received the previous gift of salvation, we have become a child of the most high God.

Do not allow the devil to diminish our worth to God. Let us forever have a thankful heart for the sacrifice that Jesus made to redeem us from our sin, nor take for granted the gift of being able to sit at the Lord's table.

How marvelous is our God, who has created a solar system and yet still cares about our broken heart.
Betty

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February 17, 2022
Happy Thursday,


Having A Relationship With God

How much effort are we putting into having a relationship with God? Do we only talk to Him in a bedtime prayer? Do we share our desires and concerns with Him? Do we seek His will for our lives?

Today, let us make a point to spend more time with God, not only praying about our needs but praising God and remembering His Majesty.
Betty

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February 16, 2022
Happy Wednesday,

Secure In Jesus

“Promise #47:
I will keep you safe because no one can snatch you out of My hand.

John 10:29 (WEB)
My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all.
No one is able to snatch them out of my Father’s hand.”

Security in Jesus. No person and no spiritual being can snatch us out of the hands of God. Whether we live or die we are secure in God.


Romans 14:8
King James Version
8 For whether we live, we live unto the Lord; and whether we die, we die unto the Lord: whether we live therefore, or die, we are the Lord's.


We need not fear life or death, for we are secure in our Heavenly Father. The storm of life may seem to overtake us, but we only need to call out to God. He may not remove the storm, but He will see us through the storm.

Jesus, Himself warned us about the last days and how hard they would be, but He did not tell us to fear. Instead of giving into fear, let us pray that God will do good work in us and cause us to grow spiritually and bear much fruit for the Kingdom of God.
Betty

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February 15, 2020
Happy Tuesday,

Fear In Times of Uncertainty

The truth is that we live in times of certainty. Wars and rumors of war are all around us, just as Jesus said there would be. Just as the birth pains become stronger and the time between the pains becomes shorter, so are the birth pains of the end times.

The time of God’s judgment of the world is at the door. The only thing that is holding back the judgment is the love of God. He is giving sinners time to get right with God, but there will come a time when the trumpet will sound and those who are covered by the precious blood of Jesus will meet Jesus in the clouds.

1 Thessalonians 4:15-18
Living Bible

15 I can tell you this directly from the Lord: that we who are still living when the Lord returns will not rise to meet him ahead of those who are in their graves. 16 For the Lord himself will come down from heaven with a mighty shout and with the soul-stirring cry of the archangel and the great trumpet-call of God. And the believers who are dead will be the first to rise to meet the Lord. 17 Then we who are still alive and remain on the earth will be caught up with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air and remain with him forever. 18 So comfort and encourage each other with this news.

We need not fear the times we are in. God is always with us. He will bring comfort to the grieving. He will sustain the weak. He will cover those with His feathers when we became fearful. Whether we live in this world are taken up to Heaven in death, God is always with us. He will never forsake us or abandoned us. Comfort yourself by reading the promises of God in His Holy Word.
Betty

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


Luke 21:28
New King James Version
28 Now when these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near.”

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February 14, 2022
Happy Valentine's Day,

Justified By Faith


“Daily Prayer for February 14
Christoph Friedrich Blumhardt
Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us. Romans 5:1-5, NIV
Lord our God, keep us in the grace that is ours through Jesus Christ. Uphold others also in this grace. Reveal yourself everywhere to those who trust in you and who await your kingdom. May your blessing be on our household. We thank you for helping us, and with your help we want to be faithful to you. Then when hardships come, we can be certain of your presence. We know and trust you. We know and trust the Savior, and we know and trust the Holy Spirit, in whom we can have community and be strengthened to serve your glory. Amen.”

There is nothing we can do to justify ourselves. Even if we were martyred a hundred times for the cause of Christ we would still be guilty of sin. It took the precious blood of Jesus to wash us clean.

Isaiah 1:18

“Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.”

God’s love for us is so great that He sacrificed His Son to redeem us. Yet, if you are like me, there are times that we take this precious gift for granted. Sadly, there are times that we even dare to question God’s decisions in our lives. We want to cry out to God and ask why He would allow such pain and suffering to overtake us.

Losing a mate or child does overtake us like a train. God knows our suffering. I believe He even gives us a pass on questioning Him as to why, but there comes a time when we have to surrender our will, to the will of God. We have to surrender our questions of why and accept that we may not know unto we get to Heaven.

When we surrender ourselves to the will of God them He can do a mighty work in us. This is when He can use us for His glory. Lord, help us to be willing to set aside our desires and accept your will for our lives, even if Your will sometimes causes us pain. Amen.
Betty

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February 13, 2022
Blessed Sunday,

Running Ahead Of God

“Promise #44:
If you wait for Me, I will work on your behalf.

Isaiah 64:4 (WEB)
For from of old men have not heard, nor perceived by the ear,
neither has the eye seen a God besides you,
who works for him who waits for him.”

When troubles come and they do, we can be guilty of running ahead of God. Instead of seeking His help, we come up with a list of plans of what we can do to fix our problems. Even when we remember to ask God for help if the answer is not fast enough we can be tempted to put our own plan in action. When our plans collapse we then cry out to God.

God’s timing is not our timing. Many times God wants us to wait for His response. We do not have to twiddle our thumbs or walk the floors when waiting for God. We continue to work for God and we praise Him in advance of Him answering our prayer.

God’s plans are always better than ours. Sometimes, God’s plans take us down roads we hate. We cry out to God that this is not what we wanted for our life. Yet we show our love for God by trusting Him even when His plans cuts us to the core.

This is the time we must surrender to the will of God. Even when God’s plan brings us to despair, we must trust in God or we will never be at peace. In the days of suffering, take time to communicate with our Heavenly Father. Tell Him about your pain and talk to Him about your feelings and then wait on God. There will come a day when all will be revealed but till then wait on God.
Betty

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February 11, 2021
Happy Friday,

Keeping Your Mind on God

You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You. ISAIAH 26:3

There are so many things that keep our minds distracted that if we are not careful, God can become an afterthought to us. We can get where we only say a quick prayer before sleep.

To have a relationship with God the way God wants us to have, He must be first in our lives. When God is first in our lives, we will grow spiritually and we will be more at peace. We will still have troubles but we will find ourselves seeking God first, instead of last.

Change of subject, I read today of a woman Pastor in Washington D.C. that the reason Paul was against homosexuality was that Paul did not have social media to get the opinions of others so that he could form ‘the right opinion’. When we stand before God, He is not going to take social media’s opinion on what is a sin or not sin.

2 Timothy 3
King James Version

3 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.
2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,
3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,
4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;
5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.
6 For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts,
7 Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.

Maranatha,
Betty

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February 10, 2022
Happy Thursday,

Peace

“Promise #41:
I will give you peace at all times and in every situation.

2 Thessalonians 3:16 (WEB)
Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times
in all ways. The Lord be with you all.”


We live in a world where peace is often beyond our range. We must remember that God is able to bring peace in our lives in all circumstances. The more we trust in God amid our circumstances the more at peace we will be.

Things will happen to us that we do not understand why and may never understand as long as we walk this earth, but we can find peace by remembering God is with us and will never abandon us.

The more complex and unpredictable the world becomes let us draw closer than ever to the peacemaker, Jesus. Our faith in God will not be in vain.
Betty

Up very early for me for a medical test. May God bless you and your families.

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February 9, 2022
Happy Wednesday,

“You Are Welcome In This Place”

We used to sing “Holy Spirit, You are welcome in this place” at Church. It is a great uplifting song, but do we welcome the Holy Spirit in our lives? Do we seek guidance from the Holy Spirit? Are we willing to allow the Holy Spirit to search our hearts for hidden sin? We all want the comfort the Holy Spirit gives, but are we willing to accept His warnings when our life, our thoughts, or our intentions are not Holy?

We must humble ourselves before God and be willing to accept His discipline and guidance. When we do this we will grow spiritually and produce more spiritual fruit.

Hebrews 12:6
King James Version
6 For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.

John 15:2
King James Version
2 Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.

No one wants to be disciplined by God but, we all want to bear healthy spiritual fruit. Submitting to God should be done out of our love for Him. We want to grow spiritually in righteousness and truth. May God help us to also walk in obedience.
Betty

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February 8, 2022
Happy Tuesday,

Guide Me, Holy Spirit

“Promise #39:
I will look after you and teach you the way that is best.

Psalm 32:8 (WEB)
I will instruct you and teach you in the way which you shall go.
I will counsel you with my eye on you.”

We can often feel like we are drifting like a boat without an anchor, being moved about with waves that come into our lives, seemingly out of nowhere. These waves can be big or small but they still disrupt our daily lives and can make us feel out of sorts. If we are not careful we can become so focused on the waves, that we lose sight of God. This can lead to doubts and fears.

This is when we need to change our focus from our problems to our God. He knows what is happening and these waves do not take Him by surprise. It would be great if we always had our focus on God. Jesus knew about our tendency to wander. He compared us to sheep who do the same thing. We like sheep need our Shepherd. Jesus is our Shepherd.
Betty


Matthew 10:16
New King James Version
Persecutions Are Coming
16 “Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves. Therefore be wise as serpents and harmless[a] as doves.


John 10:3
New King James Version
3 To him the doorkeeper opens, and the sheep hear his voice; and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out.

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February 7, 2022
Happy Monday,

Letting Go

But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:13b-14, NIV

The past is like a worm eating at a plant. Just when you think you have moved on it starts crunching away. There are some things that you cannot move away from. When you lose a loved one, it is like losing a limb. You are always aware of the loss.

Even when you choose to trust God, there is still this nagging feeling of why. Just when you think you have conquered the why something reminds you of your loss and you are still wondering why.

When this happens, the best thing we can do is take our hurt and despair to God. There is a pain and emptiness that only God can comfort and fill. Our loved ones and friends feel for us but as much as we love them they cannot take the place of the person of our loved one who is gone from our lives.

Yet, we are not hopeless. We will be united with our loved ones again. We will walk the streets of Heaven with those who have gone before us, again.
For now, we must seek comfort from God and keep pressing onward until we enter the gates of Heaven.
Betty

Matthew 5:4
New King James Version
4 Blessed are those who mourn,
For they shall be comforted.

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February 6, 2022
Blessed Sunday,

“How Great Thou Art”

God loves us so much and has adopted those who have accepted Jesus Jesus as their Savior and Lord to be His children. This is a marvelous gift that has been bestowed upon us. Sometimes we forget how marvelous and powerful is our God.

Today, let us take time to recognize how great the God we serve is and worship His Majesty and His kindness and goodness to His children. Let us not take His kindness and love for us as a weakness for He is a powerful God. In His love, He is kind and loving to us, but we must worship Him with reverence and respect.

Though God chooses to walk with us and He cares about us, He is still the God that spoke the universe into existence. No one in the universe is greater or more powerful than God.
Betty

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O Lord my God, When I in awesome wonder, 
Consider all the worlds Thy Hands have made; 
I see the stars, I hear the rolling thunder, 
Thy power throughout the universe displayed.

Chorus:
Then sings my soul, My Saviour God, to Thee, 
How great Thou art, How great Thou art.
Then sings my soul, My Saviour God, to Thee, 
How great Thou art, How great Thou art! 

When through the woods, and forest glades I wander, 
And hear the birds sing sweetly in the trees.
When I look down, from lofty mountain grandeur
And see the brook, and feel the gentle breeze.

Then sings my soul, My Saviour God, to Thee, 
How great Thou art, How great Thou art.
Then sings my soul, My Saviour God, to Thee, 
How great Thou art, How great Thou art!

And when I think, that God, His Son not sparing; 
Sent Him to die, I scarce can take it in; 
That on a Cross, my burdens gladly bearing, 
He bled and died to take away my sin.

Then sings my soul, My Saviour God, to Thee, 
How great Thou art, How great Thou art.
Then sings my soul, My Saviour God, to Thee, 
How great Thou art, How great Thou art! 

When Christ shall come, with shout of acclamation, 
And take me home, what joy shall fill my heart.
Then I shall bow, in humble adoration, 
And then proclaim: "My God, how great Thou art!"

Then sings my soul, My Saviour God, to Thee, 
How great Thou art, How great Thou art.
Then sings my soul, My Saviour God, to Thee, 
How great Thou art, How great Thou art!

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February 5, 2022
Happy Saturday,

Perfection In Christ


Isaiah 44:22
22 I have swept away your sins like a cloud.
    I have scattered your offenses like the morning mist.
Oh, return to me,
    for I have paid the price to set you free.”

1 Peter 1:16
New Living Translation
16 For the Scriptures say, “You must be holy because I am holy.”[a]

When God looks at His children, He sees holy perfect people. When we look at ourselves, we see all our sins and imperfections. The difference is God sees us through the precious blood of His Son, Jesus.

Salvation is not about seeing how much we can get away with and still be a child of God. The more we love God, the more we long to walk in righteousness and truth.

While we will not achieve perfection in our corruptible bodies, the desires of our hearts should to live holy lives because we love God and not our of fear of punishment.
Betty


Proverbs 9:10
New Living Translation
10 Fear of the Lord is the foundation of wisdom.
    Knowledge of the Holy One results in good judgment.


Proverbs 14:27
New Living Translation
27 Fear of the Lord is a life-giving fountain;
    it offers escape from the snares of death.

Deuteronomy 8:6
New Living Translation
6 “So obey the commands of the Lord your God by walking in his ways and fearing him.

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February 4, 2022
Happy Friday,

Prayer For A New Begining

“Daily Prayer for February 4
Christoph Friedrich Blumhardt
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but by me.” John 14:6, RSV


Lord our God, help us who have listened in the name of Jesus Christ and heard the good tidings. Help us come with our whole hearts to the Savior, who leads us into your arms. Hear our pleading and let your countenance shine over the world. Let a new age come soon. Send your salvation into the world to the glory of your name, so that the truth we have learned about you becomes a reality in our hearts and our whole life can be genuine, rooted in the truth, leading us into heaven, to the honor of your name. Hear us, O Lord our God. We entrust ourselves and our daily lives to you. We want to be faithful. Help us to be your children, mindful at every step that we belong to you. Amen.”

As Christians, we look forward with great anticipation to Heaven. Where no evil will enter in and death will not show its face. It is great to look forward to Heaven, as we should, yet we need to be living today. We can become so focused on Heaven that we miss opportunities today to be working for God.

We should begin each day seeking God and asking Him how we can work for Him. Those of us dealing with grief will have times that just surviving is work. This is normal, but on good days we can make effort to be useful to God and His Kingdom.

We all look forward to the day when Jesus will set up His Kingdom on earth and the earth will be healed and lawlessness will be a memory. Until that day let us be open to hearing the voice of God and praying for lost souls.
Betty

Revelation 22:20
King James Version
20 He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.

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February 3, 2022
Happy Wednesday,

Set Apart

Romans 1:1
New International Version
1 Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle and set apart for the gospel of God—


John 17:14 - 17:17
14 I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.
15 I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil.
16 They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.
17 Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.


We live in this world but we are not to become like the world. We are not to share the attributes of this world. We must not give in the fleshly desires that are contrary to the Word of God.

We can not serve two masters. We can either serve God or ourselves. It is getting harder to be different in this world, but that is what our Heavenly Father tells us to do. There is no pleasure we can partake in that is worth losing out on an eternity with God.

It does not matter what the majority believes. Remember wide is the road to hell and narrow is the road to Heaven. Pray that God will sanctify us for His glory and that living righteous lives will be our priority.
Betty

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February 2, 2022
Happy Wednesday,

Obedience is Better Than Sacrifice

“If you love me, you will keep my commandments.” 
John 14:15 (RSV)

The more we love God, the more we want to please Him. We want to keep the commandments of God, not out of obligation, but out of a heart of love.
We want to live in righteousness and truth. We no longer want to see how much we can get away with, but to seek to please our Lord and Savior as we walk daily with Him.

True love for God takes us to a place where pleasing Him is more important than pleasing the world. We want to walk as close to God as possible. There will be times when we stumble and sin, but immediately our hearts will hurt because of sin and we will run to God to repent and seek to please Him.


Psalm 119:1-8
New King James Version
Meditations on the Excellencies of the Word of God
119 
Blessed are the [a]undefiled in the way,
Who walk in the law of the Lord!
2 Blessed are those who keep His testimonies,
Who seek Him with the whole heart!
3 They also do no iniquity;
They walk in His ways.
4 You have commanded us
To keep Your precepts diligently.
5 Oh, that my ways were directed
To keep Your statutes!
6 Then I would not be ashamed,
When I look into all Your commandments.
7 I will praise You with uprightness of heart,
When I learn Your righteous judgments.
8 I will keep Your statutes;
Oh, do not forsake me utterly!

How do we get to the point that pleasing God is more important than being politically correct? We seek God with all our hearts. We begin each day seeking His guidance. We pray that God will teach us to walk in righteousness and truth. Then we stop worrying about what the world thinks of us and care more about pleasing God.
Betty

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February 1, 2022
Tuesday,

From My Heart

Five months ago, today, my son left this world. At times it still feels like a bad dream. It is still hard for me to get my head around the fact that I can not call him on the phone. I still do not understand why God took him, instead of healing him on earth.

Keeping your faith without explanation or the reason why is hard. It is a daily struggle. Yet, there are times that I am at peace, as God overflows me with His love. People often say that is not our place to question God, yet our hearts long for answers why when we lose someone we love. There is a deep longing to hear God answer the question: “Why?”.

There are times when trusting God is hard. Serving God in this world today is hard. If you believe the Bible is the inspired Word of God, you will often be thought of as a radical. If you believe that the killing of unborn babies is wrong, you are a radical. If you believe that marriage should be between a man and woman, you are a radical.

As Christians, we must decide whether pleasing God or people is more important. Choosing to believe in the truth of God’s Word will cost you friends and have even relatives question your judgment. Paul tells us to speak the truth in season and out of season. Sadly, too many Preachers and Christians have abandoned the truth of God’s Word to be more politically correct. As Christians, we are called to speak the truth in love, not to be PC.
Betty

2 Timothy 4:2

“Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.”

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January 31, 2022
Happy Monday,

Hymns

I am pleased that my Church has started singing old Hymns again. I like the old Hymns. As we get older there are many memories from the past that seemed to have grown sweeter with age.

This world is not the same as it was in the ’60s. We walked to the shopping center and rode our bikes sometimes till dusk. It is fun to think of the days when life seemed innocent and fun, but we cannot go back in time.

Life changes and there is no doubt that lawlessness is escalating. Yet we need not fear for God is still in control. He has not lost His powers and we can still trust Him in all things. We do not have to live in fear. Whatever happens, we can still trust that God is still on His throne.

When life gets hard cry out to Him. He will comfort and give you the strength to live in hope and not in fear.
Betty

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January 30, 2022
Blessed Sunday,


Singing the old Hymn: “He Leadeth Me” in my head this morning. What wondrous love God has for us, that He is willing to lead us like a Shepherd, leads His sheep!

Isaiah 53:6
King James Version
6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.

Our Heavenly Father, the Great Shepherd, comes and gets us when we wander away into paths that are against His will. He does not give up on us, but brings us back into His pasture, where we belong. May God help us to stay committed to following Him and not to be led astray by false doctrine and teaching.
Betty

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January 29, 2022
Happy Saturday,

The Mercies of God


Psalm 59:17
King James Version
17 Unto thee, O my strength, will I sing: for God is my defence, and the God of my mercy.

There are times that we do not feel the mercies of God. Times when we feel helpless and the battle we are in, seems to be beyond our capabilities to fight against in. Sometimes we do not have the strength to fight.

We must remind ourselves that we are not in this battle alone. For the God of Heaven is with us and He will give us victory. We can not see the victory now, but that does not mean it is not coming.

In these times we must seek God and pray that He will cover us with His love and mercy. There will be times that we will praise God with tears in our eyes but keep praising God. Despite our circumstances, God is worthy of all praise and glory.

We can be overcomers when we walk with God, even in the dark valleys. Let us pray that God will help us to grow spiritually and walk with Him daily. If we stumble seek the face of God for forgiveness and mercy. One day we will again feel the joy of the Lord, but for now, continue to worship Him, in the midst of your pain.
Betty

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January 28, 2022
Happy Friday,

Finding Our Way

“Daily Prayer for January 28
Christoph Friedrich Blumhardt
I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you. Psalm 32:8, NIV
Lord our God, we come into your presence and ask you to help us. Help us in every part of our lives, even when we do not understand. Be with us with your Spirit. Guide and lead us with your hand. Let your will be done in all things, even if we must bear suffering. Your will is for good alone and you will set everything right. Help us. Bless us through your Word, through everything we are allowed to hear from you, our God and our Father. Amen”


I believe every Christian has struggled with making decisions. Life can feel like the show: “Let‘s Make A Deal”. If we pick door A it can be a disaster and picking door B can be a success, but what if door A is a success? We wrestle for days and weeks looking for answers.

The answer can be found by seeking God and His will. God is not hiding the answers from us. When we seek Him, He will reveal the way to go to us. When we trust in Him, He will guide us.

Our Heavenly Father loves us and He wants to help us walk in righteousness and truth. God will never lead us into sin. He is upright and a just God.

Through the most trying times, God will guide us and lead us through to the other side. He will help us survive grief and turmoil. Though we may feel deep pain and sorrow, God will see the valley and onward to the mountain top. We will know joy again.

God help us not to give up but to guide us daily as we travel through the valley of death onward to the mountaintop of victory.
Amen,
Betty

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January 27, 2022
Happy Thursday,

Child Like Faith

The faith of a child is one of complete trust. This is the way God wants us to trust Him. I am often guilty of coming up with a backup plan, just in case. This is doubt. We need to trust God to provide the answers. God does not need our help, nor does He ask for our help.

We can get in the way of God’s plans by trying to work problems out ourselves, on our own. This does not mean we will never have to make decisions, but God will guide us when we pray for guidance.

Let us not allow pride to keep us from seeking help from God. God knows the future, we do not. We can put our complete trust in God without fear.
Betty

Psalm 116:6
New King James Version
The Lord preserves the simple;
I was brought low, and He saved me.

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January 26, 2022
Happy Wednesday,

The Lord Hears The Cries of His Children

Daily Prayer for January 26
Christoph Friedrich Blumhardt
“The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth. He fulfills the desires of those who fear him; he hears their cry and saves them. Psalm 145:18-19, NIV
Dear Father in heaven, Almighty God, your children look to you in prayer. Hold us always by the hand. Reveal to us that you hear us, that you are among us providing what is best for us, to the glory of your name. In this hour let us experience something from you, the good and merciful One. May we always be glad and thankful for all we have already received from you and for all we are still to receive in our lives. Amen”


When we are traveling the valley of death or the valley of sickness, we can begin to think that God has forsaken us. We can become overwhelmed by loneliness, especially those whose mate has passed away.

Yet, we can cry out to God and ask Him to wrap His arms around us and comfort us and He will do so. God will show mercy to the suffering. When we draw near to God, He has promised to draw near to us.

In His mercy, God will give us peace of mind, when we take our fears to Him. When we are stressed about a decision we have to make, God will guide us to the right decision. Let us not become overwhelmed by our circumstances, but seek God and trust in His wondrous grace.
Betty

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January 25, 2022
Happy Tuesday,

The Blessings of God


Promise #25:
I will not withhold anything good from those with an upright heart.

Psalm 84:11 (WEB)
For Yahweh God is a sun and a shield.
Yahweh will give grace and glory.
He withholds no good thing from those who walk blamelessly.

It is easy to get caught up in grief, financial, and physical problems, and begin to think that God does not want the best for us. We see our losses and we wonder where was God when our loved one died? Where was God when we our bodies developed an uncurable disease or we lost our job? We can get so caught up in our pain that we cannot see the work that God is doing in us.

We do know why God allows so much pain to enter our lives. This lack of understanding can lead to fear and doubts. God wants us to trust Him, even when do understand His reasonings and methods.

When we were children our parents made decisions that affected us personally and they did not always explain themselves to us. They expected us to trust that they knew best. Sometimes parents make mistakes because they are human. God never makes mistakes.

There will be times that we hate the decision God made in our lives, but as His children, we are to trust Him in all things. By faith we accept His will knowing one day we will understand why He leads us down paths of despair and sorrow.

Even when we walk in the valley of death, God has not abandoned us. It is often late at night when we are overwhelmed with sorrow and pain. This is when we need to cry out to God and seek comfort from those who love us.

Whatever situation we are in, remember God is still in control and we can trust Him to see us through another day. We can rejoice knowing that there is a future for us in Heaven where there is no sickness nor death. Seek the face of God throughout the day, telling Him about our pain and fears and ask Him to comfort us and lift us up.
Betty

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January 24, 2022
Happy Monday,

God’s Love Will Not Fail

“Promise #24:
My love will persevere through every situation.

1 Corinthians 13:4-7 (WEB)
4 Love is patient and is kind; love doesn’t envy. Love doesn’t brag, is not proud, 5 doesn’t behave itself inappropriately, doesn’t seek its own way, is not provoked, takes no account of evil; 6 doesn’t rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth;  7 bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.”

The love of people can grow lukewarm or even cold towards God and other people. God’s love is consistent through all circumstances. He does not abandon us when we go through periods of doubts and fears.

When we wander off like a restless sheep, our loving Shepherd comes to get us. The Bible teaches us how to love God and each other. The world’s love is temporary. How many people have we seen go from the jewel of the world to hated by the world? A misspoken word or believing different than the world can get a person canceled.

God will never fail not abandon His children. We can trust completely in God without fear.
Betty

https://youtu.be/6_KXsMCJgBQ

One Thing Remains (Your Love Never Gives Up) Lyrics + Video
by Todd Galberth | in Reggae
Higher than the mountains that I face
Stronger than the power of the grave
Constant through the trial and the change
One thing remains,
Yes, one thing remains.

Your love never fails,
It never gives up
It never runs out on me  
Your love never fails,
It never gives up
It never runs out on me 
Your love never fails,
It never gives up
It never runs out on me 

Because on and on, and on, and on it goes
Before it overwhelms and satisfies my soul
And I never ever have to be afraid
One thing remains
So, this one thing remains.

Chorus:
Your love never fails,
It never gives up
It never runs out on me
Your love never fails,
It never gives up
It never runs out on me
Your love never fails,
It never gives up
It never runs out on me

Bridge:
In death, in life I'm confident and covered by the power of Your great love
My debt is paid.
There's nothing that can separate my heart from Your great love...

Your love goes on and on 
Your love goes on and on 
On and on

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January 21, 2022
Happy Friday,

Seek God First

But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.
Matthew 6:33-34 KJV

Grief can take away a person's interest in living. Things that were important before may no longer matter. We can be like the walking zombie, just waiting for death to overtake us.

Friends, this does not have to be our present, circumstances. We can establish in our hearts and minds the desire to live every day as a sacrifice for God. We must choose to live or we will be dishonoring the one we miss so much.

Our loved ones would be disappointed if we gave up living life to the fullest. God has us on this earth for a purpose. It is up to us to choose to live out that purpose. There will be moments when we are overtaken by grief. This is normal. We must not give up, but seek God everyday to help us to live to honor our God and Savior.
Betty

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January 20, 2022
Happy Thursday,

“Turn My Eyes Upon Jesus”

There is so much happening in the world today. Many things that concern us. It is easy to be so caught up in fears and worries, that we lose sight of God. When this happens we can become fearful.

While we must keep up with what is happening, we must never allow ourselves to become obsessed with what is around us. We must keep our eyes on God and remind ourselves that He is in control.

While grieving, we can find comfort in Jesus. He will sustain us and give us the strength to face another day. There will be days that grief overwhelms us, we need not suffer alone. We can call out to God and ask Him to wrap His loving arms around us.

We see things happening in the world today that can cause us to fear. We need not react in fear. We must look to Jesus and ask Him to take away our fears and help us to trust in Him more and more each day. Our goals should be to draw closer to God each day and to walk in His righteousness and truth.

Whatever the future holds, we can fear not, if we put our complete trust in God.
Betty

Isaiah 41:10
King James Version
10 Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.

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January 18, 2022
Happy Tuesday,

“Nip In The Bud”

I grew up watching the Andy Griffith show. One of Barney’s favorite sayings was:” nip in the bud”. Last night I could not sleep. The devil decided to offer me a game to play. Where I try to think of anything we could have done differently that would have saved Jeff.

I have played this game enough times to know it only leads to frustration, tears, and doubts. This time I told myself to nip in the bud. I reminded myself that no matter how many ideas I come up with, I cannot change the outcome of Jeff’s death.

There are times we have to stop the devil in His tracks, by reminding ourselves that he only wants to harm us. No good can come of playing his mind games. When he brings thoughts to our mind that upset us, begin to sing praises to God. Doing this will remind us of God’s great love for us.

There will always be times that the devil tempts us to play his games, but we do not have to accept his evil invitation. We rejoice knowing that Jeff is with God and no longer suffers any pain or temptations from the devil.
Now our family concentrates on living for God, each other, and our friends.

May God help us live each day to the fullest and seek to do His will.
Betty

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January 17, 2022
Happy Monday,

God Has Not Forsaken His children


“Daily Prayer for January 17
Christoph Friedrich Blumhardt
The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name's sake. Psalm 23:1-3, NIV
Dear Father in heaven, we thank you that we need never feel forsaken. We thank you that we are led and guided by your hand. We thank you for all we have received from you, your care for our bodies, for our material needs, and for our inner life. We praise you, O God! Continue to lead us, we pray. Continue to work among us so that we can all see and come to know that the Good Shepherd is leading us. Amen”

In the last two years, the world has been through a lot. Many of us have grown tired and weary. A survey has come out reporting that people are sick and tired of hearing about COVID. Yet the news seems to want to pound us over the head every day with news about it.

It is easy to feel like God has forgotten about us. The devil would love for us to think that. He would love the situations in this world to drive a wedge between us and God and to fill our minds with doubts.

Remember God has not left the scene and everything is falling in place for the coming judgment. Our suffering is for just a little while. For now, let us pray that God will help us live in His will. The safest place to be is in the will of God.

May God refresh you today with a renewal of His Holy Spirit. May He overflow your heart with His love. May we rejoice in His wondrous love for us and trust Him more each day. He is the great Shepherd, let us stay close by His side.
Betty

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Originally posted by Betty Louise:
January 15, 2022
Happy Saturday,

Come to God in Our Weakness


“Daily Prayer for January 15
Christoph Friedrich Blumhardt
In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. Romans 8:26, NIV
Lord God, send your Spirit, we pray, over us and over the whole world. Let your light dawn on earth among humankind. Reveal your power and let your reign begin. May your will be done, O Lord. We kneel before your throne and plead to you. We are weak. Lord, help us. Bless us. Establish your kingdom in the hearts of those who are willing to follow you, who are willing to accept your grace in Jesus Christ. Help us through your strength. Reign over us. Be with us with your Holy Spirit, O Lord God, our Father. Amen”


God often does the most work through us when we are at our weakness. It is when we are at our weakest that we lay aside our pride and come to God as vulnerable little children.

Jeff’s death not only knocked me off my feet but it left me vulnerable and weak. The more I fought against the death of Jeff the angrier I became. God was not able to get me to a place of peace until I completely surrendered to Him.

When we refuse to surrender our way to God’s will, we will find ourselves walking in rebellion against God. There are a lot of things that happen to us that we do not understand. When we begin to become obsessed with why God allowed things to happen to us, we lose sight of God and our faith grows weak.

The Holy Spirit is our friend and if we listen to the voice of the Holy Spirit, He will guide us. We will, not always know the reasons why things happen until we get to Heaven. We must make the choice to walk in faith and to trust in God even when we our questions are not answered.
Betty

Matthew 18:20 For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.

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January 15, 2022
Happy Saturday,

Come to God in Our Weakness


“Daily Prayer for January 15
Christoph Friedrich Blumhardt
In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. Romans 8:26, NIV
Lord God, send your Spirit, we pray, over us and over the whole world. Let your light dawn on earth among humankind. Reveal your power and let your reign begin. May your will be done, O Lord. We kneel before your throne and plead to you. We are weak. Lord, help us. Bless us. Establish your kingdom in the hearts of those who are willing to follow you, who are willing to accept your grace in Jesus Christ. Help us through your strength. Reign over us. Be with us with your Holy Spirit, O Lord God, our Father. Amen”


God often does the most work through us when we are at our weakness. It is when we are at our weakest that we lay aside our pride and come to God as vulnerable little children.

Jeff’s death not only knocked me off my feet but it left me vulnerable and weak. The more I fought against the death of Jeff the angrier I became. God was not able to get me to a place of peace until I completely surrendered to Him.

When we refuse to surrender our way to God’s will, we will find ourselves walking in rebellion against God. There are a lot of things that happen to us that we do not understand. When we begin to become obsessed with why God allowed things to happen to us, we lose sight of God and our faith grows weak.

The Holy Spirit is our friend and if we listen to the voice of the Holy Spirit, He will guide us. We will, not always know the reasons why things happen until we get to Heaven. We must make the choice to walk in faith and to trust in God even when we our questions are not answered.
Betty

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Jannuary 14, 2022
Happy Friday,

Trusting God

Cause me to hear Your lovingkindness in the morning,
For in You do I trust;
Cause me to know the way in which I should walk,
For I lift up my soul to You.
Psalm 143:8 NKJV

There are times in our lives when we need to make a decision and we do not know what to do. The uncertainty can make us fearful. If we put our trust in God......

I had to restart my tablet because it froze. This is what fear can do to us. Fear can cause us to freeze to the point that we are not capable of making a decision. We literally become helpless.

God tells us to trust Him and to seek His advice. We do not have to stumble in the dark. God knows what lies ahead and He can help us to make the right decision.

Right now we are in a position when a third party’s decision will affect the future for our daughter and us. My daughter and I need not fear. We can put the situation in God’s hands and trust Him to give all three of us the right outcome.

When we stop fighting and give in to God’s will we can still live in peace while we wait for God’s decision. Waiting for His answer is not wasteful time. While we wait, we can grow in the Lord.

Whatever decision you have to make, seek God’s will and trust in Him.
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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