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Betty Louise
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September 3, 2019
Happy Tuesday,

In My Distress

Psalms 18:6 “In my distress I called upon the LORD, and cried unto my God: he heard my voice out of his temple, and my cry came before him, even into his ears.”

I woke up with my right hip and right leg hurting. My first thought after trying to find a position that did not hurt was to thank God for another day. My hip still hurts but I am rejoicing in God giving me another day. I have no illusion of being a super Christian. I am just grateful that God has blessed hubby and I with another day.

I am still hurting in my leg and now that weird feeling is coming to the right side of my face and head and yet, I can still write of the wonderful blessings God has bestowed on my family. I am indeed blessed to be able to think. God blesses me by allowing me to share my thoughts with others. God blesses me by using me to be a blessing to others. To be useful to God is a wonderful blessing. In my distress, God uses me for His Glory and His Kingdom. What a wonderful blessing to be used by God!

So many tragedies going on around us. Hurricane Doran is taking lives and destroying properties. In Houston there are still people suffering from the damage of Harvey. People living in homes that are barely livable. A boat fire in California of divers that killed so many. A new storm growing in the gulf. We live in a world that is distressed. The world is besieged by tragedy.

LGBT groups are no longer satisfied with spreading their agenda. They want to destroy anyone who disagrees with them. Groups in Universities want Chic-fi-la removed from the campus for donating to pro-family groups. An Actress wants the name and addresses of those who donate to the campaign of President Trump, made public. They want to outlaw preaching on any Scriptures that they disagree with. It is no longer about gay marriage. It is about forcing gay and transgender agenda down the throats of Americans.

Evil is so wide spread that we are no longer shocked to hear of a person or several people walking into a building and killing people they do not even know.
Distress- this world is in distress as evil grows in leaps and bounds. Our President has been attacked since he won the election. An actress came out blaming him for the hurricane. As if it was the first hurricane to make landfall.

Preachers who talk about how the world is getting better and better are a joke even to sinners who can see that we are living in a world where evil is growing.
Distress- fellow Christians,this is the time to trust God and lean on Him for our strength. Evil is growing, but I promise you that God has not lost His abilities. He can and will give His children peace of mind and heart, no matter what is going on around us.
Betty

Hebrews 13:5 New King James Version (NKJV)
5 Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake 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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September 2, 2019
Happy Monday,

He Will Meet Our Needs

Philippians 4:19 King James Version (KJV)
19 But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

Today, hubby and I paid our bills online. This is a nervous time for us, because we sometimes forget to pay a bill and pay another bill twice. We found it is easier for us to pay bills together. We find life is easier if we walk with God and seek His help instead of trying to do things on our own. There will be no crown in Heaven for doing everything on our own. Self efficiency, often leads to the sin of pride.

Walking with God, builds up our Spiritual strength. Leaning on God, builds up our trust in God and our faith in God. God does provide our needs, physically and spiritually. Do not judge your finances against other Christians. If we have a roof over our head and food to eat, we are blessed.

Today is Labor Day, we are thankful for hubby having a job that provided for us to retire. If you are still working, be thankful for your job and try to find ways to be a blessing to others at work. Seeking to work for God’s Kingdom will provide joy now and 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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September 1, 2019
Blessed Sunday,

I missed Church because I set the alarm for P.M. and over slept. I am so frustrated. All of us have times that our plans are changed by circumstances. Instead of giving into anger, we are better off relaxing our minds and going with the flow.


Psalm 73:24 King James Version (KJV)
24 Thou shalt guide me with thy counsel, and afterward receive me to glory

If we ask God , He will guide us through His love. He convicts us of our sins so we can repent. He comforts us in times of stress. One day, He will welcome us into Heaven. He will never leave us. Troubles, everyone has them: Christians and sinners. As God’s children, if we go to God when troubles come, He will sustain us through our troubles and guide us through them.

1 Thessalonians 5:18 King James Version (KJV)
18 In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

A thankful heart is asked and expected of us, God’s children. It is not always easy to give thanks, especially during the hard times. We thank God during the storm, knowing He will see us through the storm. We want to be in God’s Will. We cannot see the end of the road, but we can trust God to walk the road with us.

The closer we get to the rapture, the more important it is to live in peace with fellow Christians. Do not be used by the devil, to sow division among the brethren. Praying for one another. Encouraging one another. Lifting up the discouraged. This is the behavior that God is seeking from His children and let us not fail, Him. Ask God to help us to live in a way that is pleasing to 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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August 31, 2019
Happy Saturday,

Jeremiah 29:11 New International Version (NIV)
11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

This disease I have that little by little is destroying my brain, seems to be effecting my knowledge of days. I have to look at my I-phone and watch to know what day of the week it is and the date. It is frustrating, at times. My husband is my support system. He has brain issues from a couple of mild strokes, so we often have to finish each other sentences. We try to keep a sense of human about our situations.

Our hope is in Christ and on Him, do we stand. Our present and our future is in God. We know that God has a plan for us and we are secure in Him. Of course their are days that we are frustrated and fearful. Days that make us wonder if God has forsaken us and then God reminds us that He indeed is in charge of our lives and we can trust Him.

Despite our situations, we are not giving up on life. We want to live for God and be here for our children. God does give us hope, though the light is often dim, we feel assured that there is a reason God has chosen this path for us to walk on. There are times that we are cranky and fussy towards one another, but then we remember our love for one another and we are here for each other, just as God is with us and for us. Our hope is in our Lord and Savior. There is a light pointing us to God and that His Holy and living Word.

I read about a Preacher who said that the Bible is evolving to reflect society. This is the reason the majority of society is going to hell. They want God and His Word not to evolve, but to sink to society’s level of values and lack of morales.

Hebrews 13:8 King James Version (KJV)
8 Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.

Society wants God to accept their values and morals, but a God that can moved to cave in to what society wants is God that cannot be trusted. God’s Words are final. What was sin when Jesus taught the Disciples is still sin today. Evolution and abortion has devalued life in the eyes of mankind. Little by little society is finding ways to get rid of nonproductive human beings. Abortion for unwanted babies and euthanasia for disabled and the elderly is becoming acceptable in many Countries and if we get a Democratic President will come here to America. There is no way they can offer universal health care, other then limiting medication for Americans and killing off those they feel are a drain on Medicare.

There is no need to fear. Our trust should be in God and not in man. If we are a child of God, then as the Apostle Paul said: to live God is with us, to die we are with God.
Betty

Romans 8:37-39 English Standard Version (ESV)
37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

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

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August 30, 2019
Happy Friday,

Somewhere Out There

Some people see God as far away from earth. They see Him as a God that is too busy to care about people, as if mankind were only ants in the sight of God. This is so wrong. God knew us before we were born and His eyes were on us as we grew up. When Jesus fulfilled His Mission and went back to Heaven, God sent the third part of the Godhead, the Holy Spirit. When we accept Jesus as our Savior, the Holy Spirit comes into our hearts.

The Holy Spirit is a part of the Godhead. The Holy Spirit is not an it or a thing.

Matthew 28:19 King James Version (KJV)
19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:

The Holy Spirit guides us and if we listen to His voice we can avoid sin. The Holy Spirit cares about us, but like the other parts of the God Head, we can sin against the Holy Spirit.

Isaiah 63:10 English Standard Version (ESV)
But they rebelled
    and grieved his Holy Spirit;
therefore he turned to be their enemy,
    and himself fought against them.

Acts 5:3 English Standard Version (ESV)
3 But Peter said, “Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit and to keep back for yourself part of the proceeds of the land?

Ephesians 4:30 English Standard Version (ESV)
30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.

Jesus died for our sins and the Holy Spirit gives us life in God.

Romans 8:2 (ESV)2 For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death.

1 Corinthians 12:11 (ESV)11 All these are empowered by one and the same Spirit, who apportions to each one individually as he wills.

The Holy Spirit plays apart in what gifts of the Spirit is given to us. The gifts of the Spirit are for us to use to work for God.

1 Corinthians 12 English Standard Version (ESV)
Spiritual Gifts
12 Now concerning[a] spiritual gifts,[b] brothers,[c] I do not want you to be uninformed. 2 You know that when you were pagans you were led astray to mute idols, however you were led. 3 Therefore I want you to understand that no one speaking in the Spirit of God ever says “Jesus is accursed!” and no one can say “Jesus is Lord” except in the Holy Spirit.
4 Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; 5 and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; 6 and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who empowers them all in everyone. 7 To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. 8 For to one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit, 9 to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, 10 to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another the ability to distinguish between spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. 11 All these are empowered by one and the same Spirit, who apportions to each one individually as he wills.

Remembering that the gifts of the Spirit are given unto us to work for the Kingdom of God, let us not be jealous of the gifts of others. We all play an important part in the Kingdom of God. We do our part when we obey the leading of the Holy Spirit. We can lose our way when we begin to forget that the gift that we have, was given to us. God forbid that we take personal pride in our gift. The gifts given to us was not for our own satisfaction nor for us too boast our own personal pride. The gifts were given so that we can work for God. Nor should we covet another person’s gift.

Working for the Kingdom of God is a reward given to us by the Holy Spirit. Remembering that even when we have days that we cannot leave the house, we can still pray for others. Pray that God will use us every day to work for Him and to be a blessing to others.
Betty

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August 29, 2019
Happy Thursday,

Hopeless

One of the saddest things is to talk to someone who has lost all hope. It is even sadder to talk to a Christian who has lost all hope. How can a Christian lose hope? They stop trusting God and focus instead on bad things that are happening in the world and in their own personal life. Feeling hopeless is such a sad, SCARY feeling. Keeping our trust in God, despite our circumstances, helps us to stay focused on God.

It can become overwhelming dealing with health issues, especially when your Doctor seems to have given up on you. Remember that God never gives up on us. Job went through hell on earth and yet, his trust in God never wavered.

Job 13:15 Context

12Your remembrances are like unto ashes, your bodies to bodies of clay. 13Hold your peace, let me alone, that I may speak, and let come on me what will. 14Wherefore do I take my flesh in my teeth, and put my life in mine hand? 15Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him: but I will maintain mine own ways before him. 16He also shall be my salvation: for an hypocrite shall not come before him. 17Hear diligently my speech, and my declaration with your ears. 18Behold now, I have ordered my cause; I know that I shall be justified.

Through all his suffering he trusted God. We may suffer, more then it seems we can bear, but our Heavenly Father, will never leave us nor forsake US. In life and in death He will walk with us. God will walk with us through this life and into the Gates of Heaven. There may be times we feel alone, but God is with us, always.

Hopeless! God forbid! Let us stay focused on God and keep our trust in Him, always. These days are just a vapor compared to eternity of joy with God. Let us be honest, there are times we do feel all hope is gone, this is when we remind ourselves that we serve a living God who IS in control. When we remind ourself of the greatness of our Lord and Savior, hope will fill our hearts and minds.
Betty

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

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

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August 28, 2019
Happy Wednesday,


Me, Myself, and I

We can get so caught up in our own needs, that we are blinded to the suffering going on around us. If we are not careful our prayer life revolves around us and our families. It is great to pray for ourselves and our families and we should, but there is so much suffering in the world and people dying without Christ. Every day we should pray for those who are suffering for their faith in Christ.

We can pray that God will bring to our mind those we should pray for. When He does, stop and pray for them. We do not know how many pray for us each day. Prayer is such a wonderful miracle. God in Heaven hears the prayers of all His children. He hears the prayers of little ones all the way up to the elderly. Our prayers do not need to be elaborate with fancy words. God cares more about prayers that come from our hearts.

Prayers should contain our praises to our Heavenly Father. Even though we suffer now, we should be grateful to God for all the many things He does for us and our families. We can rejoice in our future in Heaven and trust God to give us sustaining grace for each day,
Betty
A tiny squirrel has been at the bird feeder for a couple of days. Even the cat is enjoying watching the squirrel through the window.

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

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August 27, 2019
Happy Tuesday,

Ignored and Talked Over

It is frustrating to be talking to someone and there face goes blank. You realize they have stopped listening. As human beings we are both victims of this and guilty. It is more frustrating when we are talking to a Doctor. We are trying to explain our symptoms and the Doctor either talks over us or ignores us. We leave the Doctor’s office with the same issues without a solution.

We can count on God never doing this to us. Not only does He listen, but He has the solution. In medicine it is often trial and error. We try A and if that doesn’t work, we try B. We keep trying until we reach a solution or the Doctor gives up. I have a issue where my ribs feel like they are crushing me. I found out what causes this on Facebook. Turns out to be a symptom of Fibro. It is frustrating. I read about an actress who suffered for 5 years before a Doctor found the cause. She said she cried when she found out what was wrong. Tears of relief that there was a cause for all her symptoms.

Luke 8:43 King James Version (KJV)
43 And a woman having an issue of blood twelve years, which had spent all her living upon physicians, neither could be healed of any,

The Bible tells us of a woman who suffered for 12 years and no Doctor could find a cure. Her faith an Luke 8:43 King James Version (KJV)
43 And a woman having an issue of blood twelve years, which had spent all her living upon physicians, neither could be healed of any,a touch of the hem of Jesus garment brought healing to her body. Jesus knew who touched Him, but He wanted the Disciples to realize that healing flowed through His Body.

We can talk to God and always know that He is listening. Human beings fail us but not God. His mind does not wander when we pray. Keep trusting God and believe His Holy Word.
Betty

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

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August 26, 2019
Happy Monday,

Sibling Issues

Ever since Prince William married, the press has been jumping all over themselves trying to find a rift between their wives. They go through every picture looking for signs of jealous between the two ladies. Sibling issues as we see can effect the wives of the siblings. Trouble between siblings started with Cain and Able.

Many believe that because God promised Eve that a redeemer would come through the line of Adam, that Eve was positive it was Cain that would be their savior. People speculate that Cain was spoilt and led to believe that. Can you imagine the shock for Cain when God did not approve his sacrifice. How could God reject the “chosen” one? Eve was wrong. Cain was not the chosen One. When Cain realized that, he became angry and jealous that Abel’s sacrifice was acceptable and not his! Jesus did come through the line of David but thousands of years later.

The mother of James and John wanted Jesus to promise her that her boys would sit on each side of Jesus when Jesus was on His throne. We shake our heads, but mothers of today, can get carried away defending their own children.
Esau and Jacob had a rocky relationship. As Christians we can become jealous of other Christians. From talents to how long someone lives can be a thorn of contention.

We can easily be led by the devil to question God about what happens to us compared to other Christians. Just as we feel sometimes that mama loves the other sibling better, we can also be guilty of thinking that God loves other Christians better. Remember even Peter was upset when Jesus told Peter, how he would die. Peter wanted to know what would happen to John. Peter was not blind that Jesus was protective of John. John may have died peacefully, but the Romans attempted to kill him three times with torture.

As Christians we should love one another just as Jesus loves us. He died for all and not just one. God has given us different talents and responsibilities. Do not compare ourselves to others but worship God through the talents that God has given us. Do not try to be someone else, but be the best you, for God.
Betty

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

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August 25, 2019
Blessed Sunday,

Questions

Not every question that we have, will be answered on this earth. Sometimes, time allows you to understand why, other times we have to wait until we get to Heaven. It is important to trust God, even when we are not giving the answer. God Loves us, but that does not mean that He has to explain everything to us.

Some answers we can find in the Bible. Reading God’s Word will comfort us even if our questions are not always answered. It is hard for us to have faith sometimes. We struggle with things we are going through. We just do not understand why God who loves us would let us suffer so much. Physical issues can be physically and emotionally trying. We can relax when we give ourselves over to the Will of God.

As we begin a new week, let us worry less about why God allows things in our lives and trust God more. The issues we face will soon be a distant memory and we will share an eternity of joy with God.
Betty

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

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August 24, 2019
Happy Saturday,

Heart Knowledge

The Bible makes it clear that we can have a head knowledge of God and not a heart knowledge. A head knowledge can not get us into Heaven. When we were living in Washington State we watched a series on Discovery on the Bible. One of the experts, a lady that had studied the Bible for over 30 years and was considered an expert was used as an expert of the Word of God. Yet she admitted that she did not believed the Bible was anymore then a book of fairy tales. She knew the Book well, but did not know the writer. This was a choice she had made. She had chosen to close her heart to God while filling her mind with head knowledge.

Matthew 7:21-23 King James Version (KJV)
21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?
23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

As sad as it is for the Theologian to go to hell, there are people who are Preachers and Bible teachers who do not have a relationship with God. To them the Ministry is not about serving God but about a job. I heard a person on TV say when asked why he was a Preacher but an unbeliever, that Preaching was all he knew how to do. Sadly he was being interview from prison where he was serving a life term for killing his wife to be with another woman.

How heartbreaking for a person to Preach and Teach the word of God every week and yet the Holy Words they spoke never reached their own hearts! The joy of having a heart knowledge of God is so special that it is beyond my capacity to understand why anyone would be content with only a head knowledge of God. The Holy Spirit has made salvation so simple that as a 7 year old girl, I was able to understand that Jesus died to save me. There is no excuse for those who have chosen to accept only a head knowledge of God and choosing to reject a heart knowledge of God.
Betty

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

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August 23, 2019
Happy Friday,

Faith

Faith is like a human organ, it must be exercised to grow. Faith that is never used will die. It is not uncommon for people to say they have no faith. Yet, we have faith that when you turn the key the car will come on. What does Jesus say about faith?

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

God gives us the problem and the solution. We want more faith, diligently seek God. Faith is not a bargaining tool. “You do this for me and I will trust, You, God”
“ Give me this! and I will trust you.”

Romans 10:17 King James Version (KJV)
17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

The more we read the Bible, the more our faith will grow. God will not always say yes. Not everyone will get healed on earth. We are to pray for healing and trust God to heal, but our faith should not end if God desires to heal us in Heaven. Sometimes we have finished our Mission on earth and God takes us Home to Heaven. Remember for a Christian, death is not usually a punishment.

1 John 5:16 King James Version (KJV)
16 If any man see his brother sin a sin which is not unto death, he shall ask, and he shall give him life for them that sin not unto death. There is a sin unto death: I do not say that he shall pray for it.

When a Christian is so stubborn that He becomes a hindrance to the cause of Christ, God may take him to Heaven early. But, for most children of God, death is a blessing to be with God for eternity. We always pray for healing for ourselves and others and we have an attitude that says “They will be done”.

We live in times where evil abounds. It is easy for our faith to waver. God warned us of these last days. He warned us of Christians being led astray by Satan. These are the days to examine everything that “Christians” say with the Bible. If their word is different from the Bible, they are false preachers. Run from them. Listen only to the truth of the Gospel.

Physically and mentally, not at my best today. Yet through the confusion and through the pain I can feel God’s love for me. Remember having perfect health, wealth, and political power does not mean that God approves of you. In fact too often people have sold their soul to have power and wealth. Remember if you live to be a 100, it is not worth an eternity in hell.
Betty

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

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August 22, 2019
Happy Thursday,

Praying For One Another

Last night the Pastor asked the ladies around me to lay their hands on me and pray. There is a sweetness that occurs when fellow Christians lay their hands on another in prayer. I believe in healing. Whether God heals me on this earth or in Heaven, nothing can take away the sweetness of having fellow Christians care enough about me to pray for me. Feeling the love of others is an encouragement to the suffering.

As Christians we should look for ways to encourage each other. Everybody has issues. Christians are living in dark times. Praying for one another is not only encouraging but a plus for us in this dark world. Of course we know God hears our own prayers , but there is a special blessings when we pray for one another.

We have talked about Christians who have denied Christ, publicly. One would think that one who has worked in the public arena, who has lost their faith would do so privately and in shame. Instead, they seem to take pride in their falling way from Christ. They announce their fall from Christ as a badge of honor. Announcing that they no belong to God but speak pridefully, that they no longer need God.

Lots of Christians have times of doubt, but we are embarrassed and seek prayer from only those we can trust. It is very dangerous to turn from God, but to do so with pride is more scary than I can find words to explain the danger their souls are in. Why is this happening? On reason is the evil that is abound in this world. The other reason is self pride. Maybe they took so much pride in their talents that they forgot that God gave them the talent. Denying God in their lives, they are saying I am great without God.

Let us remember to stay humble and give God credit for any work He does through us. Those who are filled with self pride will take a mighty fall. God will not continue to use someone who denies the work done by God in their lives, but takes all the credit for themselves.
Betty

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August 21, 2019
Happy Wednesday,

Sing to Me A New Song

Psalm 96:1 King James Version (KJV)
96 O sing unto the Lord a new song: sing unto the Lord, all the earth.

We can sing to God a new song when we just sing words from our hearts. God will not be listening to see if our song rhymes or even goes to music at all. It is about opening our hearts to Jesus. Honest words sung out to our Heavenly Father. Sometimes this is the only way we can share with God our deep despair and our feelings that no one but God will understand. This sharing of our needs and feelings with God will draw us closer to God in a brand new way and our relationship with God will grow deeper.

When we open our hearts to God, He will replace our despair with joy. “Joy unspeakable” as the old hymn says. We need not fear rejection or criticism when we open ourselves to God. God wants a honest relationship with us. We cannot hide anything from God, so let us share openly with God and seek His help and guidance.
Betty

Psalm 40:3 King James Version (KJV)
3 And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the Lord.

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August 20, 2019
Happy Tuesday,

Yesterday did not start out well. I cooked myself potatoes, peppers and onions for breakfast. I did not find them until two hours later. I had sat them in the basket of a deep fryer that was turned off to stay warm. It seemed everything went wrong, but the evening was a pleasant evening, the morning forgotten. I tried to remind myself that these things will happen,but not to lose my hope in God. I did feel comforting peace from God. My hubby and my kids encouraged me.

This morning I got up to let the dog and back in. My stomach is in knots and I am back in bed. Today I feel at peace. Yesterday was a day to remind me God is always with us. In all things we can trust God. I am getting sleepy and may take a morning nap. I am learning to rest when I need to rest. Also to talk to God more through out the day.

We can learn to trust God in uncomfortable and bad circumstance. God wants us to trust Him in all things. Just as we see things happening in the world that can kill our peace, we can be encouraged when we remind ourselves that we are on the winning side. We can lay aside our fear when we trust God.

Isaiah 41:10 King James Version (KJV)
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.

Yesterday I sang praises to God in my head and little by little I felt God’s grace surrounding me. Today, I read about a Methodist College hiring a Muslim Chaplin. This is disturbing. The Bible says that you cannot serve two masters. This college has laid aside the truth of the Bible to be political correct. We are seeing Churches, Church Schools, and Christian singers, laying aside the truth to politically correct. Setting aside the truth of the Gospel to impress others. What a shame! God never called us to join hands with other Religions. Our trust and our heart should be only for the one true God, our Heavenly Father, Jesus and the Holy Spirit. These who are turning away from God to be PC, are in danger of an eternity in hell.
Betty

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August 19, 2019
Happy Monday,

Mockers and Scoffers

2 Peter 3:3-4 King James Version (KJV)
3 Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts,
4 And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.

It is not uncommon to find sinners laughing about Jesus coming back. They do not want to lay aside their sins so the thought of Jesus coming back to judge this world is hard for them. They find it much better to scoff and laugh at the notion that Jesus is coming back. To them it is a joke, but the reality Jesus is coming back and He will judge sinners.

For us Christians, Jesus coming back for us, is our blessed hope. We rejoice at the thought of the rapture. It is so much more then leaving the miseries of this world but the thought of being with our Lord and Savior for eternity. It is more of running to Jesus, then running from the world of sin.

Jude 17-18 King James Version (KJV)
17 But, beloved, remember ye the words which were spoken before of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ;
18 How that they told you there should be mockers in the last time, who should walk after their own ungodly lusts.

Sinners have chosen sin over God. They have chosen their fate. It breaks our heart knowing people we love and care about are going to spend eternity in hell, but they chose not to listen to the truth. They find the truth of God’s Word, offensive. We can continue to and should, pray for sinners. As long as they are breathing they have a chance to repent.

Luke 5:32 King James Version (KJV)
32 I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.

Luke 15:7 King James Version (KJV)
7 I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance.

2 Corinthians 7:10 King James Version (KJV)
10 For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death.

Grieve not when others make fun of your faith, but rejoice in the knowledge that your name is written in the book of life. Look forward with great anticipation knowing that you will be spending eternity with the God of the universe. Our time is short and our time of suffering is short.

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

1 Peter 1:3 King James Version (KJV)
3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,

Betty

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August 18,2019
Blessed Sunday,

Trusting God in the Storms

Friday, they used a local when they put the needles in the back of my head. Last night the local had completely worn off and I was hurting to much to sleep. I woke up hurting this morning and went back to sleep. To top it off I was dealing with other issues. We all have times like this. Yet, if we are close to God, the devil cannot cause us to question God. Instead we are inclined to go to God first and not last. When we reach the point that our first inclination is to cry out to God, we are more secure.

I am not saying I have arrived. None of us will be perfect until we enter the gates of Heaven, but we are better off if we make a habit of trusting God. When we are at a low point, God is our answer. The devil will tempt us to questions God about why He is allowing us to suffer. Trust is when we go to God in the midst of our storm and lean on Him with out asking why.

There will be times that we do question why God has allowed us to suffer. God can take our questions. He will not turn against us, but remember it is better to trust God in all things.
Betty

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August 17,2|019
Happy Saturday,


Not feeling well this morning. Going to stay in bed for awhile. I was prepared for this, so not discouraged. In my weakness, God will make me strong. It is okay to admit we need rest. We need to rest our bodies, just as we rest our souls.
The procedure was quite painful, but I got through it.

There are spiritual valleys that are painful, but God will see us through them. We will come out of them spiritually stronger. Do not run from spiritual struggles, but run to God. We can find peace in the arms of God, even through the valley, He walks with us. He will never leave us!

Build your hope in Jesus and walk in the path He chooses for you. He will never lead us astray live for Jesus. Glorify His Name. Sing His praises in the midst of a storm
Betty

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April 16, 2019
Happy Friday,

Fearing the Unknown

Having a procedure on the back of my head with a local. I am little nervous. It is okay to be nervous, because my trust is in God. Whatever happens I am in His hands. We all have things that make us nervous. Sometimes it is a warning from God not to go down a certain. Other times it is just a normal human reaction to stress in our lives.

Knowing God is with us will calm our nerves and help us to relax. We must put our trust in God and not fear. We often wish that God would tell us what is going to happen, but that is not trusting in God. Not knowing what is going to happen and still trusting God will bring peace.
Betty

Isaiah 41:10 King James Version (KJV)
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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August 15, 2019
Happy Thursday,

Deaf, Dumb, and Blind

Jesus healed the deaf, dumb and blind when he walk this earth in a human body. Today the world is filled with people who are dead, dumb,and blind to the Word of God and the Holy Spirit. The devil has done this to them, but they also have to bare their own responsibility. For they have chosen to allow the devil to close their ears so they do not hear the voice of the Holy Spirit. They refuse to open their eyes to the truth of God’s Holy Word. They cannot speak the truth that they refuse to hear.

So many sins are politically correct that people choose to be blinded to the truth. Maybe they start out with just a little sin and a little belief in PC, but soon their heart is blackened by sin. Little by little they are blinded to the truth and allow the devil to corrupt their morales. One day they awaken to a heart and ears that can no longer see the truth. They have chosen sin over the teaching of God. They blame others for their problems. When they stand at the White Throne of judgement, they will accept no blame for their sins, but make excuses and blame everyone else.
Betty

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August 14,2019
Happy Wednesday,


I Do Not Feel Like Praising God

We all have days when the last thing on our mind is praising God. Instead we would like to murmur and complain. Maybe it is one too many days of pain. Maybe it seems like it taking God far too long to get us a job that we have prayed so much far. There are many things that can wear us down. We feel like a tree that has been shredded down to a toothpick.

1 Thessalonians 5:18 King James Version (KJV)
18 In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

During this bad times we do not feel like praising God. We may even feel like giving God a piece of our mind, that is not pretty. This is the time to stop speaking and remind ourselves of all the times God has blessed us. We wonder why the God who healed us in the past seems to be deaf to our suffering. There are times when the Doctor cannot figure out the cause for our pain that he or she gives up on us. Then we feel like God has given up on us too! The difference is God does know what is wrong with us physically. Why does He not heal us? Physical illness can be a time of spiritual healing and spiritual growth.

We are to trust God in all things. These periods of problems can be used as a teaching tool to help us grow in adversity. When we accept His will in all things, we are learning to please God during our personal storms. If we trust God in these times, our faith will grow. Our trust grows as we praise God in our suffering.
Hang on to God’s hands during the storm and praise His Name in all things.
Betty

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August 13, 2019
Happy Tuesday,

What If I Say The Wrong Thing

Luke 12:11-12 King James Version (KJV)
11 And when they bring you unto the synagogues, and unto magistrates, and powers, take ye no thought how or what thing ye shall answer, or what ye shall say:
12 For the Holy Ghost shall teach you in the same hour what ye ought to say.

I can’t talk to people about God. What if I say the wrong thing? I can’t write about God. I would not know what to write. I am living testimony that God will give you the words. Your words may come out jumbled and you may even be embarrassed, yet cannot God take our feeble words and use them for His Glory?

Can we not share Scripture on Facebook? How many times do we share political post? Then compared them to how many Scriptures and post about Jesus do we share? If you are like me, you are filled with shame.

This blog is not about shame. It is about reminding ourselves that God will give us the courage to share a Gospel post, if we ask Him. When the time comes for us to speak truth in a situation, God will give you the Words to say if we have a relationship with Him. When a situating comes up, pray in your heart for the right words to say and God will hear your prayer and He will answer you.

Bare in mind, that there will be times that God will silent us. It could be that the person has a reprobate mind and God will not call you to speak to them. Our job is not to decided who has a reprobate but to seek God’s will. Pray for that person even if you are not given words to speak. Let us be obedient to hear the Will of God and to act on it.
Betty

2 Timothy 2:20-22 King James Version (KJV)
20 But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honour, and some to dishonour.
21 If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master's use, and prepared unto every good work.
22 Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart.

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August 12, 2019
Happy Monday,

Your Faith in God is A Precious Gem

Another well known Christian, has announced that he has abandoned his faith in God. What does God say about those who knew God personally and then chose to walk away?

2 Peter 2:20 King James Version (KJV)
20 For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning.

Those who have known salvation in Christ, but abandons their faith in God, will be overcome by sin worse than they had before. They have forsaken their salvation which is a precious jewel, for the affairs of the world, which are only shiny paper and will lead them to an eternity in hell. For God in His anger against them, will turn them, over to a reprobate mind.

Why will God be so harsh in this matter? When someone who has walked with God and seen miracles in their own life choose to turn their back on the salvation paid for by the blood of Jesus Christ, are worse off than those who never knew God. They have forsaken God, and have no excuse for they have know the love of God and yet they have chosen the sins and admiration of the world.

The Bible has warned us of a great apostasy in the last day. We are seeing Preachers, and Church leaders fall like leaves from the trees in the fall. What do we do? We keep our faith strong in God by prayer and reading God’s Word. We remind ourselves that there is nothing that this world has that is worth going to hell for.
We look forward with great anticipation in our eternity in Heaven.
Betty
Still enjoying the birds at my feeder.

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August 11, 2019
Blessed Sunday,

Joyful Heart

“ Happiness is a grateful spirit, an optimistic attitude, and a heart full of love.”

We can choose to be grateful. When we are grateful for something that someone gives or does for us, we make them and ourselves happy. Ungrateful people embarrass themselves and their parents.

When we read the last Book of the Bible, we will have an optimistic attitude. God has shown us in His Word, that the end of the age of grace will be the beginning of our eternity in Heaven. We have every reason to be optimistic.

When we remind ourselves of the great sacrifice God gave us so that we can spend eternity with Him, our hearts should be overwhelm with a grateful spirit,
an optimistic spirit, and a heart full of love. What more do we need! When we have all that, then we have all that we need, to live in the joy of the Lord. Looking upward to Heaven, as we wait for the coming rapture.
Betty
Tiny birds today and the female cardinal.

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August 10, 2019
Happy Saturday,

Justice

Jeffrey Epstein committed ‘suicide’. I am sure he knew he would never live to tell names of the top clients. Do not get me wrong, Jeffrey will face God for what he did and so will his clients. God will get His revenge.

People can choose to accept Jesus for forgiveness. When they do, their sins are covered by the blood of His Blood. Their souls become white as snow. Some Christians worry that they will be judged in Heaven for past sins. Do not worry about this. If you ask for forgiveness, you are forgiven.

Sinners can find forgiveness now or go to Hell, later. Christians let us forgive those who were once sinners and are now Christians. It is not our place to decide who will become a Christian and who will not. Heaven will be filled with people who we did not believe would be there, also there will be people missing from Heaven that we thought where Christians. Let us concentrate on our soul and our spiritual growth. Let God be the judge.
Betty

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August 9, 2019
Happy Friday,

Dependence

Today the owner is getting the air conditioner replaced. Thankfully it is only 87 degrees outside and 77 inside. In Texas, air conditioning is considered a necessity to life. Yet, I grew up in 50’s and sixties without air conditioning. The Schools were not air conditioning, the buses were not and neither were the Churches and our homes. In Church we had electric fans and paper fans. In our home we had an attic fan.

The modern world does not know how good we have it. The water goes off for ten minutes and we whine. Yet in the 3rd world there is no running water in many homes. We complain if we have the same food two days in a row and in this world some people would be happy to have a good meal two days in the world. Let us face it, we are spoiled.

What if we craved spiritual food like we do pizza, Mexican food, and burgers? What if going to Church was important to us, as seeing the latest movie? Are we not growing in God, because we do not want to? While getting to Heaven is the greatest thing ever, do we really want to get in by the skin of our teeth as the saying goes. There are some like me, who some Sundays we are too sick to make it to Church. Then we can watch a Preacher on TV or on line, but verify what they say, with the Bible. There are many false teachers out there. Having a Church home is great. Having a Church family that prays for us and with us is great.

We can all be lazy, me included, but let us not be lazy about our soul. Let us not be one who gives thought to reading God’s Word, but never does. May our prayer life not consist of only a quick prayer before we go to sleep. Let us live out our spiritual life in the world and not just in Church. Let the Bible determine our morals and not the popular view of the world. Today’s morals will send you to hell. Live for God and seek His Will.
Betty

Bird feed has at least four birds eating. Thank you, Jesus for lifting my spirit.

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August 8, 2010
Happy Thursday,

Wash That Gray Right Out Of My Hair

I wish I could wash my cares away with a shampoo. God never promised us a carefree life. There are days that we can carry our load with a smile. There are also days that are cares and worries over whelms us. This is when we cry out to God for help. God never told us to walk our path alone. It is not about proving how strong we are. It is about trusting in the strength of God

The more we learn to trust God, the stronger our faith will be. Strong faith does not make us super people. Strong faith makes us lean on God, more. Every day let us remember to take our cares to God, no matter how small.

Fixing to leave to see the Neurologist. Have a blessed day.
Betty

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August 6, 2019
Happy Tuesday,

I talk a lot about the birth pains of the end times. One of the birth pains is the hate people have towards each other. People taking their hate towards people they do know and placing it on those they do not know. Young men going out and killing groups of people out of their hate. Soon it will be women who will act out their hatred.

I read about an Actor who did research about the last election an determined that people over 35 were likely to vote for Trump. His solution was those over 35 who voted for Trump should be in an urn. He admitted that his parents voted for Trump and he not know how to tell them that they should die.

When a person determines that people who voted for a person that they dislike should die, they have become so filled with hate that others should die, they have become replicas of Hitler. They have taken their hate for Trump and have determined that people who voted him should be murdered.

Hate is an emotion that left unchecked, will grow leaps and bounds. It does not take too much imagination to go from realizing people from a certain age voted for Trump to realizing people against gay marriage and abortion, supported Trump. The Bible warns us of the last days and the hate that will control the world. Yet seeing just the beginning of the hate causes us who love the Lord to weep.

Isaiah 41:10 King James Version (KJV)
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.

Fear not, my dear friends, God is still in control. While it is so very tempting to question why God allows mass killings, we must continue you to trust God. Maybe sinners who hear of these murders will turn to God for salvation.
Betty

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August 5, 2019
Happy Monday,

He Loved Us First


There is a song from the 60’s asking what would it take to win your love for me. We do not have to jump through hoops to win the love of God. He loved us before we were born. So why is not all mankind saved? Many people allow self pride, goals, and positions to keep them from humbling themselves and accepting salvation.

Some people feel that humbling ourselves to God, binds us in chains. The truth is, sin binds us in chains and will send us to hell. Knowing that Jesus died for our sins, even before we were born, should allow us to feel blessed and loved.

When we acknowledge how blessed we are to be love then we open our heart to God. Serving God is a privilege. Worshipping God is a privilege. When we understand that, we can live our life, filled with joy.
Betty

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August 4, 2019
Blessed Sunday,

Date Setting For The Rapture

Back in 70’s, a Sunday School Teacher spent weeks telling us why the rapture would happen that year. Obviously the rapture did not happen that year. 2006, we had a Sunday School teacher who was convinced that the rapture would happen that fall. Two years ago a sweet lady had videos that convinced me the rapture would happen that fall. As well meaning as each person was, they were wrong.

Jesus said no one knows but the Father. Of course Jesus was in human form. Now He does know. We spend so much time trying to guess the date of the rapture, something God never called for us to do. We should live ready for each day to be the day, but we do not set dates.

We should long for the return for the rapture just as a bride awaits her Wedding Day. Our hearts should race with the thought of the rapture, but truth is, we should be spending each day living for God and working for His Kingdom.
So many things are happening that we can see we are living in the birth pains. We know we are getting closer but let us refrain from setting dates and live each day in God’s Will.
Betty

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

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August 3, 2019
Happy Saturday,

Today started out like yesterday, but I felt the presence of God around me. This song is in my head:

In My Heart There Rings A Melody Hymn Lyrics
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1 I have a song that Jesus gave me,
It was sent from heav’n above;
There never was a sweeter melody,
‘Tis a melody of love.
Refrain:
In my heart there rings a melody,
There rings a melody with heaven’s harmony;
In my heart there rings a melody,
There rings a melody of love.
2 I love the Christ who died on Calv’ry,
For He washed my sins away;
He put within my heart a melody,
And I know it’s there to stay. ([Refrain]
3 ‘Twill be my endless theme in glory,
With the angels I will sing;
‘Twill be a song with glorious harmony,
When the courts of heaven ring. [Refrain]

We can encourage ourselves singing praises to God in our heads. We can praise God with songs. The Lord Jesus is faithful and just to His children. May we be faithful to Him every day.
Betty

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

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August 2, 2019,
Happy Friday,

Day started out wrong

Got a text the other day that someone was coming out to install something from AT&T. Called them twice and neither person spoke English very well. Today I got a text that Internet was being installed. In our area of town we have to use a company picked out by our town. It seems someone from another town was using my phone number to get internet installed at their town. Then we looked at credit card and found out someone used my credit card number for door dash.

Some days start are like that. Makes us want to go back to bed. Instead let us pray for peace. God will bring peace in the storm, even the smaller storms. When we take a step back and seek God’s help. I am looking at a female cardinal at the bird feeder. Her mate is probably on the ground waiting his turn. My diamonds in the rough.

Everyone has those kinds of days. When we trust in God, He will encourage us and reenforce our physical and emotional strength.

Psalm 18:6 King James Version (KJV)
6 In my distress I called upon the Lord, and cried unto my God: he heard my voice out of his temple, and my cry came before him, even into his ears.

Betty

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August 1, 2019
Happy Thursday,

Accepting our Limitations

This morning I reached up on my toes to reach the peanut butter, something I have done for years, and the peanut butter fell out of my hand and hit my breast. It was painful. My hubby wanted to know why I did not ask him for help. Simply because I had always done it. Today I realize that my toes will no longer hold me up.

As we get older we realize that we begin to have limitations. Things we could do in the past, we can no longer do. It is hard to accept our limitations, but when we don’t, we can get hurt. While our physical bodies have limitations as we grow older our spirituality does not. As we age in our body and our souls, we should be growing spirituality.

Our spiritual, growth is not tied to our physical health. We grow spiritually by prayer and Bible study. The devil will try to discourage us by using our age and our disabilities to depress us. When we fight on by not listening to the devil but by trusting God, we will find ourselves growing in faith and grace.

We can be tempted to look at young people and all that they accomplish and feel useless to the work of God. Instead let us pray that God will use us in-spite our aging and disabilities. When we seek God’s Will, He will show us what we can do for Him.

Psalm 71:18 King James Version (KJV)
18 Now also when I am old and greyheaded, O God, forsake me not; until I have shewed thy strength unto this generation, and thy power to every one that is to come.
Betty

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July 31, 2019
Happy Wednesday,

The Earth Is Trembling

Both, Hubby and I are having trouble remembering words. Usually I can think of the word or he can think of the word. Today the word was class action. He finally thought of it. Today instead of getting upset we took it with a grain of salt.

There is a lot of upsetting things in the world. The devil will tell us that it is God’s fault. The reality is judgment is coming for this world, but it is the devil’s fault. We are experiences the birth pains. Why is God allowing birth pains? To warn the world of His coming. Some are hearing the call and accepting salvation. Others are buying in to the devil’s call blaming global warmness. Changing your hair spray is not going to stop what is goin on. Why is it the devil’s fault. He has been promoting sin, since Adam and Eve.

The Heavenly Father is saying that He is coming soon and the age of grace will soon be over. Some Christians do not want to hear the rapture is happening soon, because the rapture will interfere with the plans on earth. Nothing on earth can compare with the Glories of Heaven. Sinners do not want to hear the truth because they are enjoying their sinful lives too much.

Christians , let us not fear as the birth pains increase. God is still in control. Whether we live or die we are with God. Death is nothing to fear, if we belong to God. Instead of fear of the birth pains, we rejoice with the knowledge of the soon return.
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 30, 2019
Happy Tuesday,

Cling to God

In our distress, we seek out advice, from very everyone but God. It’s okay to seek advice from people who are in them same situation as us and may have great ideas. Let us go to God first. Seek His comfort and ask Him for His peace.

It is hard when hear of other Christians, who have chosen to lie down their faith in God and choose to go the way of the world. Instead of clinging to our Heavenly Father, they have chosen to abandon their Heavenly Father for the temporary happiness of the world.

When a Christian who is know worldwide, abandons their faith in God and makes a point of apologizes for what the Bible says, and announces that they have given up their faith in Christ, they have the blood on their hands of everyone they have led astray.

There is a world wide challenge where people are denying the existence of the Holy Spirit on video and putting this on the internet. This is the unpardonable sin. For if we deny the existence of the Holy Spirit there is no one else that can convict them of their sin. Some are bragging about their decision and others are amused by this. It is heartbreaking to see young people rejecting Heaven for hell, for amusement or to impress others.

My dear friends, let us cling to Jesus. The devil would seek to lead us astray, but if we cling to Jesus, we will be saved. Eternity with Jesus is our reward.
Betty

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July 29, 2019
Happy Monday,

When you have health issues, you have fair, good, and bad days. Pretending bad days do not exist doesn’t make sense. I agree,every body you meet, doesn’t want to hear your life story, but when asked how our day is, we can always say blessed. Every day walking with Jesus is a blessed day. Our circumstances do not erase the goodness of God. God did not call us to be Pollyanna’s , pretending that things are great all the time.

Things are not great all the time for everybody. Everyone has bad days. Realizing that as God’s children that we are blessed every day, is what is important. When we praise God every day no matter the circumstances, we are acknowledging that we are indeed blessed every day. When we focus on the wonderful ways that God has blessed us, we can rejoice through the pain. When we praise God, He will fill our hearts with joy. The joy of the Lord makes us over-comers no matter what life throws at us.

One of the best ways of building up ourselves in the Lord is praying for others. When we pray for others, we take our mind off our own problems. This is good for us. We can easily become obsessed with our own problems. We remind ourselves that everyone has problems. The difference between children of God and the unsaved is that we have a future in Heaven for eternity with our Heavenly Father. When we remind ourselves , we realize our suffering is fleeting, but eternity is forever.

My friends, be encouraged in the Lord. We can either moan and complain or we can rejoice knowing Jesus is coming soon. These days of pain and sorrow will just be a fleeting memory when we walk the streets of God. Maranatha.
Betty

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July 28, 2019
Blessed Sunday,

Good and Bad

Most days are not perfect. If we break down our day, there will be things that please us and things that concern us. The good news was Hubby went to Church with me this morning. We have both agreed that Awaken Church is our home Church. We are both tired of Church hopping. Pastor Bruce and his wife, Terri are both loving people. After Church we had a nice lunch at Texas Road House. We ended up splitting a plate and still had left overs for supper. A blessed morning.

Later on though, I was plagued by head aches and some confusion. Hubby was dealing with pain from his thighs. The same God that was with us this morning was with us this afternoon and to night. Our suffering did not mean that God had forsaken us. When we realize that God never leaves nor forsakes us, we can be at peace. When we give control to God , He can work through our pain. We can grow spiritually by going through our discomforts and still trusting God.

God has not promised us a life of ease. We go through many trials through a lifetime but when we look back on our life, we can see how mush we have grown in our faith. Each trial prepared us for the next trial. A baby Christian to a full grown Christian. We can rejoice that we have come so far. Not because we are so special but because God is so special. His love stayed with us even when we failed Him. When we wandered off, He brought us back to the fold. Praise God that He does not give up on us even when we give up on ourselves.
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 27, 2019
Happy Saturday,

Teach Me To Pray

The Apostles knew how important prayer was. They asked Jesus to teach them to pray and Jesus gave them an example. It was not too long ago that government and business meetings were opened up with prayer. Sadly, too often the prayer was written to impress the people in the room and not to seek the face of God. Can you imagine if this prayer was given at a public meeting:

“Lord, God, everyone in this room are filthy worms, not qualified to crawl to your feet. Yet, in your love for mankind You sent Your only begotten Son, to live and die for us. It took the precious blood of Your Son to reconcile mankind to Yourself. Because of the sacrifice of Your Son, we who are filthy and wretched in our sin, can be cleansed as white as snow. When we seek your forgiveness and accept You as our God we can come boldly to your throne.
Amen”

Sadly there would be mumblings across the room as individuals denied their need for salvation. Yet the prayer above speaks the truth. People do not want to hear that they are filthy and living in unrighteousness without salvation through Jesus Christ. Humans want to deny their sinfulness and make excuses for our sins. Surely God knows there are worst sinners than us. What people do not realize it is not a game of who has the worst sin, but the reality that the smallest sin can send us to hell.

When we pray, do not seek words to show off our intelligence. Instead pray an honest prayer from our hearts. Come to the throne humbly and seek forgiveness of our sins and then offer up our praise 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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July 26, 2019
Happy Friday,

Broken World

We are living in a broken world. Between earthquakes and volcanoes, the world itself seems to be broken. In America, politics have broken apart the people of America. It is more than just Democrats and Republicans who seem to hate each other. There are Democrats who can’t stand each other, fighting over the Democrats who are running from office. Kathy Griffin who supports two Democrats is trashing Bernie supporters.

The world is divided about sexuality. Those who believe man should be with a woman and homosexuality. Now there is a division among the people of the world about whether the sex you are born into should be the sex you stay. Parents, teachers, and counselors who are trying to convince children that they are a different sex than what they were born into. Questioning the judgement of God.

Yet, no one can see how close we are to accepting a One World Government. I read yesterday that a professor at a College is teaching that our Country’s Name is hate speech. He is encouraging students not to use the term America or Americans, calling the terms hate speech. We have thousands jumping fences to enter this Country to be taken care of by the taxpayers of America while they wave the flag of the Country that they claim to have fled. This action is taking place in many Countries of the world. People enter a Country, who want to be financially taking care by their “new” Country, while they trash their ‘new” Country and attack their “new” Country’s values and beliefs.

The world is filled with such hate, that young people think nothing of beating old people for the fun of it. We have parents who murder their own babies because the baby cries. The evil is growing widespread around the world and yet the masses seem to just accept the violence. Only the family and friends of the victim cry for the victim.

The people of the world should be on their knees begging God to intervene and bring peace to this world, but the majority of people have turned against God long ago. Instead of crying out to God, they are looking for a person to fix all the mess that mankind has created. Instead of crying to the God of Heaven, they will instead put their trust in the person hand picked by the devil himself.

They refuse to bow before the God of Heaven, but will one day bow their knees to the one controlled by Satan. Many think,they are too smart to need a ‘god’ but will soon call out to the devil and worship him. Turning their backs to goodness they will accept the father of evil.

This is why we pray for the lost, while there is still time. This is why we pray and ask God to fill our lamps with they Holy Spirit so that we will be ready for the soon return of Jesus to gather His Bride (His Church) to take us up to Heaven.
Let us pray daily for forgiveness of our sins and the strength to stand for the God of Heaven in a world overcome by evil.
Betty

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July 25, 2019
Happy Thursday,


We all go through troubles, that we do not share with anyone but God. At first it can seem lonely, but who else but God can fix our troubles. He can comfort us like no human being can do. Sometimes God intervenes and removes this troubling thing that is troubling us. Other times, God let’s us know this is the path He has chosen for us.

The path that God has chosen for us, may be stony, painful and even full of grief. If we cling to God, instead of trying to run away from troubles, God will be with us every step. The devil will tempt us to question the judgement of God and the devil will encourage to run away from God’s plan. God’s sweet voice reminds us that we can trust in Him, through the storms. Any storm we go through will be for our good and the advancement of our soul. Just like muscles must be exercised to grow, so must our soul endear difficulties, in order to grow. Spiritual growth hurts but, the results are worth it.

We have a glorious eternity awaiting us and life’s troubles are just a breath, compared to our eternity with God. When we yield ourselves to God and His plans for us, we can live in peace through every storm.
Betty

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July 24, 2019
Happy Wednesday,

Christ-Like

Are we a living testimony for God? Do we hide our faith at work or when we are out partying with our circle of friends? God is not looking for part time Christians. We are either in or out. When we choose to hide our faith in God, we are in grave danger. God said if we are ashamed of Christ on earth, He will be ashamed of us in Heaven.

We are too close to the rapture to be playing games. We need to decide whether to be a full time Christian or to be a people pleaser. Truth is if we stand for the truth of God’s Holy Word we will be called haters. Our faith in God is not real if we live for Satan. We cannot serve God and mankind. When we are more concerned about what the world thinks of us, than what God thinks of us, our soul is in grave trouble.

The Bible makes it clear that we cannot serve two Masters. We must choose one. A divided heart will send us to hell. Make up your mind today, who you will serve. If the answer is wrong it can send you to hell for eternity. If we choose God, you cannot hide your faith. Your life should be for God. You must live in a way that your works will be a shining light of the love of God. If people cannot see Jesus in you, then seek forgiveness and change the way you are living.
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 23, 2019
Happy Tuesday,

They Have Closed Their Eyes, They Refuse To See


The people of the world have closed their eyes, so they do not know the truth. Why? Because, they do not want to see the truth. It is easier for them to believe the lie said by Al Gore, of global warming, than, the truth that God ‘s judgment is coming. Al Gore and others have bought into the lie themselves or have they?. Al Gore does not have solar panels on his mansion and he still rides around on a plane which emits plenty of pollution.

This lie about global warming will be used during the tribulation to control the people. They will control what they eat, where they live, how many children they can have, and what job they have. All under the name of Global Warming.

Children of God do not fear. We will not be here during the tribulation. We have not closed our eyes to the truth. Instead our eyes are on our Savior and Lord: Jesus. We need not to fear for we know it will not be long until we see the rapture happening. Bad things are happening around the world. Weather is acting like a woman deranged by sin. Yet we can wake up every morning in peace, for we know that God is in control.

1 John 4:4 King James Version (KJV)
4 Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.

Luke 12:32 King James Version (KJV)
32 Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom.

2 Timothy 1:7 King James Version (KJV)
7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

Deuteronomy 31:6 King James Version (KJV)
6 Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the Lord thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.

Fear not, little children, for the one who, has saved our souls, will soon be the one that rescues us from this world of sin. Yes this world is suffering birth pains but instead of fearing, let us reach out to our Heavenly Father who is in charge, and will fold us into His protective wings.
Betty

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July 22, 2019
Happy Monday

Faithfulness

We are to be faithful to God as we walk our path, that God has chosen for us. Faithful to God even when God takes us down a dark and frightening path. Why should we fear, when the God of all creations is walking beside us. There are times what we do understand the intentions of God, when we walk a path of bad health, finical difficulty, stress at work or marriage. Yet, we serve God who knows the future. We can trust God during the dark nights when we cannot sleep due to worry and pain. Instead of questioning God, we will feel better if we praise God.

Be faithful to God and rejoice in His goodness to us. Compared to the eternity of Heaven, our suffering on earth is a short time. Stop struggling against the yoke God has placed on us, but with help of the Holy Spirit, walk the paths God has chosen for us with a faithful heart.

Matthew 11:28-30 King James Version (KJV)
28 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

Those who are not faithful, but only walk with God in the good times, are in grave danger of being distracted from the truth into believing a false Gospel. Let us live our life for Christ so we may hear these words when we are face to face with God.

Matthew 25:21 King James Version (KJV)
21 His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.


Let us live in a way that we will hear Jesus say those words, when we enter Heaven.
Betty

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July 21, 2019
Blessed Sunday,

Blessings
I was privileged to be able to go to church, this morning. It has been awhile since I made if on Sunday. I had a few issues. I lost my voice after singing awhile. This is normal when you have COPD. I had to sit through most of the service, because I am having issues with my right foot. What is important I left feeling the love of God on me and the love of my Pastors and my Church family.

Hebrews 6:14 King James Version (KJV)
14 Saying, Surely blessing I will bless thee, and multiplying I will multiply thee.

God wants to bless us. We are His children. Even if we are too crippled to go to Church, there are a lot of alternatives. Some Church do live videos. There are Preachers on TV and YTube. We can seek the blessings of God in prayer.

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

We can be joyful when turn our concerns over to God. We can trust Him with all our concerns and fears. We can trust Him with our hidden concerns and fears. We can trust Him to forgive our sins.

Nehemiah 8:10 King James Version (KJV)
10 Then he said unto them, Go your way, eat the fat, and drink the sweet, and send portions unto them for whom nothing is prepared: for this day is holy unto our Lord: neither be ye sorry; for the joy of the Lord is your strength.

May God bless and keep you and your families.
Betty

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July 20, 2019
Happy Saturday,

Let Us Not Be Envious

Envy is a sneaky little snake, that Satan loves to sneak into our lives. Someone gets a new house and when we see it, our house looks so small and old compared to theirs. When we first feel the little envy snake crawl into our mind, rebuke it in the name of Jesus. Do not let the snake get comfortable. If we do this little snake will grow and we will find ourselves overwhelmed by the sin of envy.

There are times that we are around braggarts that envy can sneak into our hearts. They go on and on about how their lives are perfect, their relationship with their husband is perfect, their job is perfect, etc. You get my point. Most of the time people who brag so much are not happy. They brag to boost their own needs.

James 3:16 King James Version (KJV)
16 For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.

Acts 13:45 King James Version (KJV)
45 But when the Jews saw the multitudes, they were filled with envy, and spake against those things which were spoken by Paul, contradicting and blaspheming.

When the Jewish Pharisees, saw the crowds that Paul drew, they were envious of him and struck out in anger against him. Instead of listening to what he was saying and learning the truth of the Gospel, they sought for ways to get back at Paul.

Learn to be content in your circumstances. We are quite happy in our little duplex. We know if we had a big house with a second story, we would not be able to climb the stairs. For us that have reached our 60’s a smaller place is easier to clean.
Betty

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July 19, 2019
Happy Friday,

God Is Talking To The World

God is talking to the world, but the majority of the people are not listening. The world is literally, shaking as God sends out His warning, that His judgment is coming soon. Just like in the days of Noah, the world is not listening. For one hundred years, Noah warned the people.

Today the world is being warned by Pastors, Teachers, and Writers. The world can hear the truth on the radio, watch it on TV, and read it on the Internet. God is proclaiming that the time of grace is ending, to all will listen. The earth, itself is shaking, with earthquakes, happening all over the world.

Just as in the days of Noah, the world as a whole, is refusing to listen to God’s warning. Instead of being ashamed of their sins, people wear their sins with pride, for all to see. Each day their hearts grow harder and their pride in sin grows stronger.

As children of God we pray for the lost and long for the soon return of Jesus, for His people. The devil knows the times and he is preparing the people to believe a lie, when the rapture happens. No longer is the talk of aliens consider to be thinking’s of the ignorant. Many believe the devil will blame aliens for the removal of the Christians from the world. He will convince the world that they are better off with the Christians gone.

As we wait for the return of Jesus, we spend our time praying for lost souls and working for God. We offer up our praises to God, as a sacrifice of praise. We wait with hope and anticipation for our Hope of Glory is coming soon.
Betty

Colossians 1:27 King James Version (KJV)
27 To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:

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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 18, 2019
Happy Thursday,

The Urgency of the Times

Most Christians, including me, live like Jesus is coming in 10 years. There is no urgency in us that forces us to reach out to lost souls. We have become complacent and relaxed in the day we are living in. We have become more concerned about little things and blind to the knowledge deep in our souls that cries out that the time is short.

Do we grieve over the sin that has over taken the masses? Has gay pride parades become so common that we no longer see that the parade is filled with lost souls that are going to hell? We are disgusted by the parades, but have we ever prayed for the individuals in the pride? God forgive me, for I have never stopped to pray for these souls, choosing only to turn my head away in disgust.
So close to the coming of our Lord and Savior, yet our hearts do not burn in the knowledge that every day, souls are going to hell.

We pray for the soon return of Jesus, but are we reaching out to every soul that we can, before his return? Do our hearts grieve for the lost? We can become so busy in our lives that we do not see the lost souls around us. When someone dies, we feel badly, yet we do not grieve over their soul that is going to hell.

Let us pray that God will give us a soul that grieves for lost souls. We cannot only pray for those we know, but pray for those we do not know. I am guilty of saving a quick prayer for lost souls, but my heart is not in my prayer. Shameful!
I have cried watching a TV show when a character dies, but how often do I cry when a person who has lived their life for fame and glory died?

I prayed for God to tell me what to write and the words He has given me, cuts me to the heart. My sin of not caring like I should is out open for all to see.
My eyes filled with tears for the words that God has given me has showed me my own failures in not caring enough for lost souls.

God gives us a heart that morns for those who live in sin. May we do more than just be angry at those who promote abortion, but grieve for them. Each day they are adding to the intensity of their suffering that will be theirs in Hell. Can we not take time to pray that their eyes will be open to the truth? May God give us a soft heart that grieves for lost souls.
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 17, 2019
Happy Wednesday,

Closed Ears Can Lead to Hard Hearts

We can choose not to listen to God. As Christians we can resist hearing God because we are rejecting His Will. When God leads us to another place to live, another job, or another role in the Church, we are tempted to stop listening to the Holy Spirit. We do not want to hear the voice that leads us where we do not want to go. We either turn off our hearing, our spend our time begging God to change His mind. If we look, we can find people who agrees with us. Do we want to have our way our God’s.

Many unsaved know the truth, but they are rejecting the truth. They resist surrendering their will to God. They do not want to change their life styles and habits. They do not realize that every time that they say no, their ears become a little more closed and their heart become hardened, and soon the Holy Spirit will never speak to them again.

Acts 28:27 King James Version (KJV)
27 For the heart of this people is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes have they closed; lest they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them

We choose whether to listen to God or not. We choose to accept the truth or turn away from the truth. Sinners will go to hell if they reject the truth. Christians will lose blessings that could have been theirs, when they refuse God’s Will.
Let us, choose to turn away from the devil and the calling of the world. There is nothing this world can offer us that is better then the love of God and eternity 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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July 16, 2019
Happy Tuesday,

Obsession

I read a book by a Pastor, about 30 years ago. He wrote that his wife wanted a house they could not afford. The Pastor told his wife to picture that house in her mind every day and God would give her that house. Even when I read the book, back all those years, I did not think that was Biblical. At least I never read anywhere in the Bible that we should do that.

We can become obsessed with wanting something to the point that it becomes an idol. It can be a house, a car, a boat, or many other things. God does say He will give us the desires of our heart, but it is dangerous to become so obsessed with what we want, that we can push God off the throne in our heart. In other words, what we desire becomes more important to us then God to us.

God does give us things. It is not wrong to pray for something, as long as we seek God’s will and we do not make an idol out of that desire. The one obsession we should have is: God. God must be first in our lives. We should seek to do His will.

Psalm 37:4 King James Version (KJV)
4 Delight thyself also in the Lord: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.

Sometimes God does say no to our requests. God knows the future. When we pray for God’s Will, His Will may be different then ours. We will be happier to live in God’s Will over our own desires.

Obsession: Our obsession should be to live for God and do His will.
Betty

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July 15, 2019
Happy Tuesday,

Contentment

Our level of happiness is often determined by our willingness to be content in whatever station in life. When we begin to become dissatisfied with where we live and what we have we can become depressed and even bitter.

Philippians 4:11-13 New King James Version (NKJV)
11 Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content: 12 I know how to [a]be abased, and I know how to [b]abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. 13 I can do all things through [c]Christ who strengthens me.

There is nothing wrong with praying for a new car. What is important is to be content with the car you can afford. Do not envy your neighbor traffic has a better car. A car is just transportation. A 20 thousand dollar car can get you home as well as 50 thousand dollar car. But if you purchase a car you cannot afford, you will be miserable trying to pay the car notes.

Sadly many good Pastors have allowed their desires for being rich to cause them to no longer Preach the truth of the Gospel, instead preaching Sermons that tickle the ears. The Church grows bigger and the Pastor can live the lifestyle that he craved. There will come a time when the Preacher will realize they are not content. Sadly, they do not see their need to go back to God’s Word and preach the truth. The fear of losing what they have is too great! Paul lived His live in contentment because he learned to be satisfied. He had ever reason to be angry and bitter, but he chose to be content.

Thankfully there are Pastors who care more about feeding the flock, then riches. These Pastors do not fear preaching the truth. They know the work they do will bring souls to Christ. They encourage their flock when they are suffering. They have put God first in their life. We also should be content in what we have and put our investment in eternity over riches here.

The richest man on earth does not know the joy of what Heaven will be like. There is nothing wrong with being rich unless you got there by compromising and committing sins. When your love of money is more then your love for God, then you have lost your way. This is why so many rich people are unhappy. Stuff does not bring you joy. Only God can bring you joy. You cannot worship money and God at the same time. We can either be content in the place God has put us or live in misery and bitterness.
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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