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Posted by Betty Louise (Member # 7175) on :
 
People talk every cloud has a silver lining. It might be true. I never appreciated nature as much as I do since I have been handicapped by diseases. I am forced to sit for at least 30 minutes after doing my few morning chores. This gives me time to sit and look outside . This morning only two squirrels but enjoyed the divas of th bird kingdoms fighting over the humming bird feeder. 4 places to feed on each feeder but two humbling birds fighting over the same spot. I laugh inside at them, but I wonder how often I insist on my way when God has another much better plan for me. Do I miss out of something better because of insisting on my way? May God open my heart to accept His will and not insist on my will.
May God shine in the life of every member of this board and bring joy and peace into our lives . May we know when need to fight for something and when we need to let go and trust God for something better.
Betty
 
Posted by Betty Louise (Member # 7175) on :
 
Good Morning. Watching a family of red birds at the feeder. The cat and dog is lying on the ground watching them. Grateful that my pets are content to just watch. My pain level is worse today but taking comfort that God has a reason for everything and that trials bring spiritual growth.

Have a blessed day and seek ways we all can grow in Christ.
Betty
 
Posted by Betty Louise (Member # 7175) on :
 
Good Morning! Two blue jays and two red birds this morning. I put some water in an extra cat food bowling the birds drink and bathe in it. I need to remember to change the water often. No humming birds but I did stay in bed till 11:00 this morning. A few red wasps taking advantage of the sugar water. I have a couple of lizards, on the humming bird feeder. I don't know if their long tongue can get sugar water out but they sure tried.


Morning started off frustrating. Water spilled in the kitchen and some animal knocked over the bird feed storage container all over the back porch so I had work to do before my morning coffee. But I settled myself down and forced myself to relax. It took me may years to realize I could do that. We often allow ourselves to be controlled by outside circumstances. A person cuts you off on the road and instead of saying jerk and moving on we allow this person to affect our move for hours. If we are not careful we can pass the bad mood onto everyone we come in contact with. While it is easy to rationalize that we deserve to be in a bad mood, we don't realize that we have allowed a person who doesn't even know us control us.
We can choose to settle ourselves. We can choose to think of something pleasant and put the bad incendent behind us. We can choose to be in a pleasant mood, I said pleasant mood because good mood doesn't come at once. We let got of the bad, we concentrate on pleasant things and before you know we are in a good mood.

I now see a squirrel and one red bird bathing and one bird feeding. I can't give myself a pain free day and I cannot even promise myself a day with out problems, but I can choose to focus on the good things. Looking for the smallest thing even if it is just watching a lizard attempting to drink out of a hummin bird feeder.
May God bring you many moments to make you smile today.
Betty
 
Posted by Betty Louise (Member # 7175) on :
 
I had a chubby squirrel, blue bird, and red birds feeding this morning. I made it to Church this morning, the first since my surgery. I had to get in my gown and take a pain pill as soon as I got home, but so worth it. A great service. We had 7 people saved this morning, including two couples . Great to see people starting a relationship with Jesus. Even with the pain and discomfort, I am so blessed to be able to have been able to worship with fellow believers.
Have a blessed Sunday.
Betty
 
Posted by Betty Louise (Member # 7175) on :
 
This morning I woke up feeling hung over from the misery of yesterday. I understand my husband has issues with anger from his stroke but why can't he understand that I have two disease that get worse with stress. Between breathing issues from the COPD and double flare ups with the collagenous colitis I feel weak and emotionally drained, But God reminded me of the song "It is well with my soul". I cannot control what is going on in my own body but I can rejoice that it is indeed well with my soul.


When peace, like a river, attendeth my way,
When sorrows like sea billows roll;
Whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to say,
It is well, it is well with my soul.
Refrain:
It is well with my soul,
It is well, it is well with my soul.
Though satan should buffet, though trials should come,
Let this blest assurance control,
That Christ hath regarded my helpless estate,
And hath shed His own blood for my soul.
My sin—oh, the bliss of this glorious thought!—
My sin, not in part but the whole,
Is nailed to the cross, and I bear it no more,
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul!
For me, be it Christ, be it Christ hence to live:
If Jordan above me shall roll,
No pang shall be mine, for in death as in life
Thou wilt whisper Thy peace to my soul.
But, Lord, ’tis for Thee, for Thy coming we wait,
The sky, not the grave, is our goal;
Oh, trump of the angel! Oh, voice of the Lord!
Blessed hope, blessed rest of my soul!
And Lord, haste the day when the faith shall be sight,
The clouds be rolled back as a scroll;
The trump shall resound, and the Lord shall descend,
Even so, it is well with my soul.
 
Posted by Betty Louise (Member # 7175) on :
 
A family of red birds and about half dozen squirrels. I feel better mentally and emotionally today though still weak physically. Doctor said it might take two months for the medicine to get the disease under control. Quite ill yesterday so that attributes to the weakness this morning.
I am still walking and getting around and I know God is good!
Betty
 
Posted by Betty Louise (Member # 7175) on :
 
Good Morning and God bless you,

After I fed the animals and the squirrels and birds and took a drink out to the mail person, I came back to the house in pain. At first frustrated, but realized that I should be grateful that I can walk and still do my morning chores. God is good! This morning, we have two squirrels and several types of birds eating in the back yard. I don't know how many in front yard. We had to move the bird bath to the front yard because the cats were laying under the bird bath to aggravate them. Taking the car to put in shop today because of the wreck we had last Thursday. Thank God our insurance covers a rental car. Going to try to get a few more things done today but going to pace myself so I don't have a breathing issue. Have a blessed Tuesday.
Betty
 
Posted by Betty Louise (Member # 7175) on :
 
I had a little over 24 hours free of GI issues only to be awoken by my body at 5 this morning reminding me the disease is still around and the fight is not over. First feeling was pity for myself and frustrating knowing today could be a rough one. But God reminded me I am not alone. Though the pain is still mine to bear along with other issues I can take joy that God has not forsaken me. Many of us struggle with physical issues and daily pain. It is easy to become overwhelmed and focus not on God but our daily struggles. It is easy to feel useless when we cannot even leave the house because our body is fighting against itself. Yet we do not have to be useless. We can always pray for others. Often it is the stillness as we try to cope with our on situation that God will bring to our hearts and minds and others that are struggling and we can take time to pray for them. As we begin to pray for others our own hearts began to fill up with peace. We can find joy in the Lord in allowing ourselves to be used by Him even in the midst of our own pain and sickness. We are not alone. God has prayer warriors all over the world. May we always be open to be used as one, even in the midst of our own suffering.

This morning three squirrels and one red bird. The squirrel closest to the house looks in my eyes as he or she eats. The squirrel has learned that I mean no harm to it. Yet sometimes we as God's children we wonder if our disease took God by surprised or is He punishing us for some reason we do not understand. Should we not be trusting like that little squirrel? God is not wringing His Hands confused about our illnesses. Illness is not a punishment but we may not understand why to we get to Heaven, but we can trust Him and just as that squirrel knows I mean it no harm, we can know that God is not harm us. We can trust in the midst of everything. Having a sweet spirit during the midst of disease or other trials is so much better for is then hiding behind diistrust and anger. Have a blessed day.
betty
 
Posted by Betty Louise (Member # 7175) on :
 
Good Morning,

I woke up in pain which got more intense as I walked around doing my morning chores. Now that I am sitting the pain is subsiding and breathing is easier. But all this said, I am indeed blessed and I am grateful. This morning a few squirrels, humming bird, and a red bird. There is a peace in my heart as I watch nature out my bay window. It is now mostly quiet except for a few squirrels. The birds are somewhere resting and even the red wasp are not feeding at the humming bird feeder. Nature rest. We as humans often feel guilty when we rest. Even when we are ill we feel lazy when we take the appropriate rest the body needs. God doesn't want us running around like a chicken with her head cut off, accomplishing nothing but exhausting itself. We can over extend ourselves doing stuff for God. Better to accomplish something with a rested body and soul, then to over extend ourselves so that we are so busy that our heart is not in our work. Yes, Jesus wants us to work till He comes back, but He does not want us to say yes to every request so it becomes all about how much we are doing and not about allowing God to work through us. Pray before saying yes to every opportunity. Make sure God is in what you agree to do.
Get rest and take time to eat. God knows our bodies need fuel and rest. Then when you are at peace with what God has given you to do, do it out of love and joy and not out of obligation. There was a time many years ago when I actually though I was doing God a favor when I went to Church. How arrogant, I was ! God in his mercy did not hit me over the head with a board to wake me up go the truth but gently He begin to let me see that attending God's house was a blessing that God extended me. Now I have an attitudes of gratefulness when I am well enough to attend. Let us approach each day as an opportunity to do something for God. It doesn't have to be something big. And encouraging word to the waitress who serves you, a smile to the person who checks you out. I have found when I see a person who looks like they have been through the wringer that an encouraging word can change that persons's outlook. Speak to that lonely man doing his shopping. Just saying hello and asking how they are and listening when they say can remind them people care. When you see a lady who looks dejected find something to compliment her on , whether it is her purse or her outfit. A kind word can remind her that she does have self worth and people care. These action cost you no money only a few minutes of time but can be a blessing to a stranger. When you leave the house, ask God to help you see those who need a word of encouragement . They are out there if we look.
God bless you and seek to be used by our Lord Jesus Christ.
Betty
 
Posted by Betty Louise (Member # 7175) on :
 
Thy loving kindness is better than life
Thy loving kindness is better than life
My lips shall praise Thee
Thus will I bless Thee
I will lift up my hands
I will lift up my hands
I will lift up my hands in Thy name

(VERSE)
Thy loving kindness is better than life
And Your tender mercies are everlasting
They are new
Every morning great is Thy faithfulness
I will lift up my hands in Thy name, Thy name
I will lift up my hands in Thy name

(VAMP)
I will bless the Lord at all times
His praise shall continually be in my mouth

I will lift up my hands in Thy name
I will lift up my hands in Thy name
I will lift up my hands in Thy name


Written by David Lewis

I woke up with this song playing in my mind. It seemed to remind me that I am not defined by my pain. I woke up with sharp pains this morning but as I begin to sing this song in my mind I being to feel peace in my soul. We all carry burdens and we all have family issues but the things the devil puts in our lives do no define who we are. We are children of God. No matter what our burdens are, this does not take away our positions of sons and daughters of the Most High. We must don't allow the devil to convince us because of what we deal with on a daily bases, that somehow we are less important to God. May we learn to be content in our circumstances. God has a reason for everything. He just doesn't draw troubles out of a hat and throw it at His children to see what sticks. We can pray for God to help us endear with grace and love and to use us to reach others in similar circumstances. After all a person who is suffering is more likely to believe we understand when they know we are going through the same thing or at least similar circumstances. We should always pray for healing but if it God's will to heal us in Heaven rather then ion earth, let us not lose heart. Let is serve God with joy in the midst of our circumstances. If we wait until all is perfect to serve God, that day will never come. God bless you as you serve God to the best of your ability today.
Only a couple of squirrels this morning. The trees are still, no wind. My breathing is better now as I find it is as I sit and open my heart to where God wants to lead me. I am sure my post are often boring to many but I do this not to make anyone feel sorry for me. My burdens are nothing to those many of you carry. I pray each morning that God will guide me to post something that will encourage us to continue to work for Him and to look for new opportunities each day to be a service to Him.
Betty
 
Posted by Betty Louise (Member # 7175) on :
 
Good Morning,

I practiced what I said yesterday. I woke up hurting so I turned over and slept another hour. I realize I can't stay in bed 24/7 to keep from hurting but sometimes our bodies tell us we need a little extra rest. Unfortunately it is harder for us to recognize when our souls is getting on empty. Many times we realized that after we become irritable and cranky. Our soul and spirit needs to be fed just like our bodies. And while it is refreshing to listen to Christian preaching and singing as we go to work or run our errands we need some time that we sit quietly with the Lord, praying and mediating on His Word. Those of us like me with ADD often find our minds wandering down different paths but that is okay. God knows our minds He knows our affliction. When our minds wander just bring them back into our time with God. He is not shocked or offended. I heard a preacher say one time if he asked every person to raise their hands whose mind had wandered off during a Sermon, that nearly every hand will be raised. So my friends, spend some time taking care of your bodies today and some time taking care of your souls. You are precious to God and He loves spending one on one time with you.
Betty
 
Posted by Betty Louise (Member # 7175) on :
 
Good Morning

This morning I started the day with questions for God. Questions that I may not know the answers until I get to Heaven. My medication is still working only every other day and just like when it started, Sunday's are still a bad day physically, I can't help but wonder why God allowed Saturday to be the good day instead of Sunday. I take extra medication but there is still a lot of stress around getting home in time after Church. Don't get me wrong I am still thankful to go to Church, but I will be glad when the medication can work two days in a row. I know the devil fights us on going to Church but there is sure extra fight against me at the moment. But then I realize how selfish and self centered I am. I don't have to worry if I will be arrested for going to Church or even worse be murdered. So many people around the world don't even have the option to worship with Godly people on Sunday morning. Does it take my suffering to realize how blessed I am? Maybe that is the answer, so many years I took for granted getting up and going to Church. A blessing that I did not realize was truly a blessing. So many things we Americans take for granted. Running hot and cold water in the house, electricity, clothing to wear. Does God ever look at is and wonder how can they be so ungrateful when I have children all over the world who would think that they were rich if they had the little things we take for granted. God forbid but we are often guilty of thinking these "necessities" are owed to us. May God help is to see the blessings we have every day and be grateful. May we take time to pray for those who do without these things daily. And may we carry the cross that God has given us in a spirit of joy and not resentment.
Betty
 
Posted by Betty Louise (Member # 7175) on :
 
Good Morning Everyone,

I hope you had a blessed night. I did not sleep that well, but I slept late. I am beginning to lay in bed until 10:30. I used to feel guilty but I have decided to rest my body. This morning I had a family of red birds. Unfortunately my cat laid under the tree to intimate them. She doesn't bother the squirrels who are feasting. But tomorrow when I bring my cat in for breakfast, I am going to make her stay in the house for a couple of hours so the birds can eat in peace. The dog on the other hand prefers to be in the kitchen with me. Which I am thankful for. My husband sleeps much later then me and while I love him (married 45 years). I enjoy my morning time for Devotion and enjoying nature. Yesterday the dog and I were outside and the wind begin blowing leaves out of the trees. The dog was so upset. She could not figure out what was happening and kept running from tree to tree. We can be like my dog. Many times God is using troubles, trials , and sickness for His Glory and we are running around worried that God has gone to sleep. Not sure if He is even aware of our circumstances. Has God allowed our life to spend out of control? Has things got so bad that He can't handle it? We may not say the words but we live them when we panic and spend hours worrying instead of trusting God. It is human nature to worry and fret and God is not shocked when we do. But, how much more joy we could have if we would trust God in our circumstances instead of exhausting ourselves trying to fix things on our own. When we let go and give it to God, He will fill our hearts with peace and worrying never fixed anything. None of us knows what the rest of the day holds for us, but God knows. Let us go about our day with peace in our heart and our trust in God. Be blessed my friends.
Betty

What a friend we have in Jesus,
All our sins and griefs to bear!
What a privilege to carry
Everything to God in prayer!
Oh, what peace we often forfeit,
Oh, what needless pain we bear,
All because we do not carry
Everything to God in prayer!
Have we trials and temptations?
Is there trouble anywhere?
We should never be discouraged—
Take it to the Lord in prayer.
Can we find a friend so faithful,
Who will all our sorrows share?
Jesus knows our every weakness;
Take it to the Lord in prayer.
Are we weak and heavy-laden,
Cumbered with a load of care?
Precious Savior, still our refuge—
Take it to the Lord in prayer.
Do thy friends despise, forsake thee?
Take it to the Lord in prayer!
In His arms He’ll take and shield thee,
Thou wilt find a solace there.
Blessed Savior, Thou hast promised
Thou wilt all our burdens bear;
May we ever, Lord, be bringing
All to Thee in earnest prayer.
Soon in glory bright, unclouded,
There will be no need for prayer—
Rapture, praise, and endless worship
Will be our sweet portion there.
 
Posted by Betty Louise (Member # 7175) on :
 
Good Afternoon

I got up early and worked in the flower bed. Exhausted but feel pleased to have accomplished something.
Some unpleasant things , but all is good. Living day by day is often a struggle for many of us, and yet we can continue to grow in the Lord. Sometimes we become discouraged and we have doubts, but we can know with out a doubt that God is with us. Discouragement and doubts is not always about our weakness sometimes it is just a reminder to drawn close to God. I need Jesus more and more each day.
I am not giving up on life, even though it is hard sometimes. How can I be used of God, if I give up? Whatever your struggle, don't give up. Keep living for Jesus and working for Him. Stand firm in The Lord, and may we hear ( Well done my faithful servant when we see Jesus! ). God bless you and may your day be filled peace and joy .
Betty
 
Posted by Betty Louise (Member # 7175) on :
 
Good Morning and Happy Wednesday,

I woke up hurting this morning and my first though was the frustration that this illness will be my companion the rest of my life. I gave into the devil's tool before I got out of bed. Shame on me! I have three illness that there is no cure but the Collageous Colitis is the one that torments me the most. I think it is because only people with the disease understands the side effects that come with it. COPD most people understand to some extent, but people just do understand a disease that keeps you from being able to go to Sunday School and Church on the same day. The reality most of us have a thorn in our side as Paul put it. Maybe it's that coworker who seems to get enjoyment out of pushing our buttons. That boss who thinks it is acceptable to take out his or her bad mood on the workers. Everyday we deal with unpleasant people and things. It is so easy to wonder why God doesn't fix everything. We want a life that is comfortable and peaceful. God did save us to give us Heaven on earth. Yet we look at people who are so close to God that it seems there is a spiritual glow around them. We want that but we do not want to go through valley where they fought day and night to grow spiritually. It's like the old joke "God I want patience and I want it now". We want spiritual growth, we want to shine for Jesus, we just don't want the growing pains that is necessary to get there. The truth just as a plant fights it way through the earth and through heat and storms to grow so must we go through discomfort and pain to grow in to the person God wants us to be. Yes we can stay a baby Christian and make it to Heaven. Yet when we meet Jesus face to face and realize the great debt He paid for our salvation, what shame and despair to realize we made it to Heaven but we're to lazy and unwilling to allow God to work through us developing the person He intended for us to be. God forbid ! Let us open our hearts and lives to God and be willing to allow Him to work through us. Of course there will be times we will want to yell for God to stop, but if we stop fighting and give in to His will, He will turn us into gold. Trust God not only when things are going great but when things are not pleasant. Jesus is worth our best.
Betty
 
Posted by Betty Louise (Member # 7175) on :
 
Good Morning,

Last night as I laid in bed, I asked God to help me carry my cross with a good attitude and willingness. Last night it seemed so simple. This morning I woke up hurting which got more intense as I walked around doing my morning chores . I had to remind myself that I had told God that I wanted to bear my cross with grace and not complaining. As Christians bearing our cross for Jesus is a sentiment that we embrace the ideal, but daily caring the cross is different then the sentiment. Carrying the cross is hard work. It is often unpleasant work. We sing the song. "Must Jesus bear the Cross alone and all the world go free.". We cry out "No, I will carry my cross for, God!" But the truth is carrying our cross day by day is hard work. Let's face it , we often want to go back to the cross and pick out a cross that is smaller and weighs less. Yes I want to work for you God, but only a certain cross. A cross that doesn't come with too much pain or I will carry my cross only two days a week . We want to work for God but our terms. God did not call us to serve Him on our terms. Nor does it being any glory to God for us to carry our cross with a grumbling spirit which leads to anger and spite filling our spirit. Working for Jesus with a spirit of grace and love doesn't come easy. We grow tired physically and spiritually. Just as we rest physically we can rest spiritually by going to the One who can refill our spirit with His grace. Don't wait until you fall down but daily seek God's face for spiritual renewal. Admit your weakness and ask God to give you the strength every day to carry the cross He gave you in love and grace. Rest your physical body and your spirit.

This morning I have only seen a few squirrels and a few wasp feeding. A warm day expected here in Texas. Fall seems to be taking her time. I pray everyone has a great day and that God will strengthen your body and your spirit.
Betty
 
Posted by Betty Louise (Member # 7175) on :
 
Good Morning! Happy Friday!!

The devil likes to wake us up in the morning with discouragement. He reminds before we get out of bed that we we are still dealing with a disease or financial problems, or a marriage that is in difficult times. If we are not careful we can allow the devil to steal our joy before we have even gotten out of bed. We do not have to allow him to do so. We can began to praise God and remind ourselves of the good things God has put in out lives. Through Jesus we can defeat the devil. Everybody has problems. As the Bible says that it rains on the just and the unjust. Yet the devil can convince us that we are suffering unjustly and truth is sometimes it seems that way. We need to remind ourselves the devil doesn't care about is. When he invites us to a pity party it is not because he enjoys our company. He wants to steal our joy and peace.
Our relationship with God is not defined by our circumstances. Nor does what we are going through define our relationship with God. Many great Chrisitans suffered greatly. In fact if the devil never bothers us, that should set off an alarm. The devil isn't interested in a Christian who doesn't live out their faith. It is when we began to work for God and to live for God that we become a threat to the devil's plans. Our suffering is for such a short time compared to an eternity in Heaven with Almighty God. We cannot imagine the joy there will be just being in the presence of God. Let us deal each day with our circumstances in peace and joy. There will be days we will mess up and there will be times that we actually take a seat at the devil's pity party, but when that happens ask for forgiveness and began to praise the Lord. Remind yourself God saved imperfect people and He did not make us perfect when He saved us. Let's try to have more days that we serve God in joy and thankfulness and less pity parties.

This morning I heard a lot of birds singing when I took the bird seed out but so far it is just the squirrels taking advantage of the food. Hubby wants to go out to eat tonight so I am taking extra medication and praying everything will be okay to I get back home. My family shouldn't have to do with out because of me. I am going to put my faith in God and not allow myself to get stressful.
God bless you,
Betty
 
Posted by Betty Louise (Member # 7175) on :
 
Good morning. Happy Saturday

Mornings are the worse time for me. When I first developed COPD, I soon realized that when I woke up my lungs were uncomfortable from being still and sleeping all night and breathing was more of struggle when I got up. This new disease hits me before I even get out of bed, so mornings can drag me down if i allow. I admit my first thoughts in the morning is often not praising God for another day but wondering why God allows me to be hit with a double whammy every morning . But as I begin to sit at this window every morning and watch nature, I begin to realize that I should be grateful for another day. There is a peace that feels my heart as I stop struggling against my burdens and rest in the peace of God. This morning as I read my devotion from daily bread some things came into perspective. The devotion talked about how God many times takes is down roads that are rugged and filled with potholes. Sometimes we are given an answer in the life while we had to go down these unpleasant roads but other times the answers will not come into we get to Heaven. The more we struggle in the Potter's hands the more painful it is for us. Let us seek to relax into the hands and fight not against Him but be open to His will. There is no easy way to turn clay into a beautiful vase. It is hard work and uncomfortable for the clay. Yielding to the work of the Potter is not a one time thing it is a life time event. There will be times we will fight against the Potter but as we began to yield our lives become beautiful in His hands.

Have a blessed day. Get some rest and take care of yourself. You are important to God. He loved you enough to send His Son to die for you.
Betty
 
Posted by Betty Louise (Member # 7175) on :
 
Good Morning,

When I woke up this morning I was dreaming so hard I still feel like I am in a dream hangover, walking around in a fog. Dreams can seem so real, especially scary dreams. There are several dreams I have had many times that even when I am awake they seem like real memories. The devil does that with fears, he convince us that something bad is going to happen and it becomes real in our minds, we can be focus on a problem that will never happen and be filled with fear. My dad's mom was terrified of her house being broken into. All her windows had broom sticks in them and she seemed to constantly worry. She died peaceful in her chair. Such wasted time on a fear that didn't happen. We don't have to live that. Of course we should take precautions, lock your doors. But we can sleep in peace knowing that God is still on the job. Pray for our children but don't stay up at night worrying. Worrying never stopped anything. This doesn't mean bad things won't ever happen to us, but God is with us when they do. We lose loved ones, we get disease and sometimes our children go through times they don't believe in God. Through these times we can become angry and bitter or we can put out trust in the one who spoke earth in to existence. Instead of running from God run to Him. Allow ourselves to grieve over what we have lost( loved ones, our health, jobs,etc), but in our grief cry out to God. Be assured the devil will be there to whisper in your ear that our loses at because God has forgotten us. Remind the devil he is the father of lies.
For today think of the good things in your life. Remind yourself to be grateful and pray for those around the world who are suffering for their faith. Pray for your lost loved ones and friends. Be blessed.
One blue jay and a couple of birds and squirrels this morning . Soon to be off to Church. May God bless you today.
Betty
 
Posted by Betty Louise (Member # 7175) on :
 
Hubby and I both made it to Church. Did not have any issues until I got home. Praise the Lord. I was thinking earlier, I was raised in Church since I was two weeks old and I am 63. For many many years I took for granted being able to go to Church. Now that it is a struggle evey Sunday to go to Church, I realize what a privileged it is to go Church. We have only been members to our new Church for three months but I am blessed as soon as I walk in the door. Our Pastor believes in teaching the whole Bible. He said this morning that God did not call him to be popular or PC, but to preach the truth. I am hurting now but so grateful to have been in the House of God.
 
Posted by Betty Louise (Member # 7175) on :
 
Re: The simple blessings
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Words: Eliz­a­beth K. Mills (1805-1829).

Music: Will­iam Mill­er, 19th Cen­tu­ry (MI­DI, score).


O land of rest, for thee I sigh!
When will the moment come
When I shall lay my armor by
And dwell in peace at home?

Refrain

We’ll work till Jesus comes,
We’ll work till Jesus comes,
We’ll work till Jesus comes,
And we’ll be gathered home.

To Jesus Christ I fled for rest;
He bade me cease to roam,
And lean for comfort on His breast
Till He conduct me home.

Refrain

I sought at once my Savior’s side;
No more my steps shall roam.
With Him I’ll brave death’s chilling tide
And reach my heav’nly home.

I had some health issues last night so I slept late and then laid in bed another 15 minutes. I was singing this song in my head as I did my morning chores. Many of us thought we would have been finished working for God by now because of the rapture. Our Pastor told us yesterday that Jesus could come at any time, but for us not to become discouraged because it seems if God is late. God is never early or late. We do not know God's time table.. We must not become weary in well doing but keep on working for Jesus until we die or Jesus comes for the Church. Everyday working for God is going to be worth it when we see His Face. We can encourage ourselves in the Lord through prayer, Reading the Bible, and singing Hymns and Praise and Worship songs. As you go about your day ask God to bring opportunities for you to allow Him to shine through you . Prayer for others as you go about your chores. Don't give up on God, He is coming for us soon! But use the time you have to shine for Jesus.

A few squirrels this morning. Up too late to see any birds. They are probably resting. May God bless you and your families. Pray for your lost loved ones. Pray for Israel.
Betty
 
Posted by Betty Louise (Member # 7175) on :
 
Good Morning! Have a blessed Tuesday!

The leaves were falling as a breeze flew the trees. My dog, Bertha, ran in the house . The falling leaves scared her. Yes she is a smart dog, just ask me. HeHe. So many times in our lives God shakes things up in our lives. Like Bertha, we panic. Where is God? Does He not see what is going on in our lives? Yet we understand how a breeze make the air smell nicer and the outside more pleasant. We can smell water that has had no movement and realize how unpleasant it is. Yet we resist movement in our lives. Change is scary. We forget to trust God who knows all. I don't think it is always possible to embrace the changes that come in our lives with thanksgiving. But, let us face it some things God uses to shape us our unpleasant and hurts. Let us praise God for working in our lives. And while we are in the fire let us reach out to others and share the good news of the Gospel. May non Christians look at us and realize while that may not feel a need in their lives for God, may that have to admit that we are sincere about our faith and praise God in the midst of our circumstances. Pray that you will be a willing vessel willing to be used for the Glory of God.
1 Come, we that love the Lord,
and let our joys be known;
join in a song with sweet accord,
join in a song with sweet accord
and thus surround the throne,
and thus surround the throne.
[Refrain]
We're marching to Zion,
beautiful, beautiful Zion;
we're marching upward to Zion,
the beautiful city of God.
2 Let those refuse to sing
who never knew our God;
but children of the heavenly King,
but children of the heavenly King
may speak their joys abroad,
may speak their joys abroad. [Refrain]
3 The hill of Zion yields
a thousand sacred sweets
before we reach the heavenly fields,
before we reach the heavenly fields
or walk the golden streets,
or walk the golden streets. [Refrain]
4 Then let our songs abound,
and every tear be dry;

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Posted by Betty Louise (Member # 7175) on :
 
Good Morning! Happy Wednesday or as Americans say Happy Hump Day!

Several squirrels this morning but no birds. Did see some red bird late yesterday and a blue jay.
This morning my thoughts have been on how the world judges people. If you have a great body, financial success, and power you are thought to be at the top of your game. Even as Christians we can began to judge ourselves by our circumstances. Not only our success but in our relationship with God we can be guilty of defining ourselves. If we are sick, have financial problems, or troubles in marriage or job, then God must be mad at us. We can do that to other people, if we are not careful. If we see a fellow Christian in a time of trial and suffering we can began to wonder what sin is in their life. Yes ! God does discipline His children! But who are we to judge our brothers and sisters in the Lord. Circumstances change from day to day. It is our personal relationship with God that is important. When we see a fellow Christian suffering, pray sincerely for them. if we can say a word of encouragement to them, do so. Be the Christan who a suffering Christian can lean on and not the one who kicks them when they are down. Don't be too hard on yourself either. When we go through trials it is a good ideal to talk to God. Ask Him if we have sins in our lives. Ask Him if there is an area that we need to work on. If God doesn't show either one to be the case then ask God to help is bear our burdens with grace and in a spirit of love. Ask Him to give you strength to carry your burdens. Don't close yourself off from God and others. As one who has suffered depression, I know how easy it is to close yourself off and sink into depression. Do not give satan a victory there . The more satan pokes at you, the more you need to communicate with God. Spend time with God today. Time with God is never wasted. A couple of red birds are waiting patiently for the squirrel to finish eating. I would love to go out and tell the squirrel it has had enough but then I would scare the birds too. Waiting patiently on the Lord that is important for its, too! Like the birds who will be rewarded for their patience so shall we.


Be not dismayed whate'er betide,

God will take care of you;

Beneath His wings of love abide,

God will take care of you.
Chorus:

God will take care of you,

Thru ev'ry day, O'er all the way;

He will take care of you,

God will take care of you.
Stanza 2:

Thru days of toil when heart doth fail,

God will take care of you;

When dangers fierce your path assail,

God will take care of you.
Stanza 3:


All you may need He will provide,

God will take care of you;

Nothing you ask will be denied,

God will take care of you.
Stanza 4:


No matter what may be the test,

God will take care of you;

Lean, weary one, upon His breast,

God will take care of you.
 
Posted by Betty Louise (Member # 7175) on :
 
Good Morning!
I had a conversation with a roofer this morning. He saw me putting water out for the postman and garbage men and stopped. We talked about getting a new roof and then he talked about the things he has been through in life and how they led him to God. He said he is doing a roof down the road for a man who doesn't believe God exist. We both thought it was sad. Although my dad was raised in a Christian home he did not attend Church until I was a teenager. His family attended a Church that spent more time telling you how to dress then preaching the Gospel. My mom on the hand was always in Church. She often walked to Church when she was pregnant with me, I thank God for a Christian mom. I remember my mom being a praying mom especially during thunder storms. I inherited mom's fear of storms but I also learned that when you are afraid call out to God. I think the one of the best lessons we can teach our Children is to cry out to God when they are afraid or overwhelmed. This world is not the same place it was in the 50's when I was young. Things change so fast and so many things are happening in the background that will effect us all. America is closer then ever to becoming a Socialist Country. Most people do not understand what that will mean for the people until it is too late. Our faith must be strong and our convictions must be strong or we could easily be led astray. We must get our beliefs from God's Word or we will be mislead by popular opinions. It won't be long until people hold to the convictions that God's Word is true will be labelled extremist who need to be reprogrammed. To stand for the truth of the Gospel we must be strong in our faith so that we can stand firm in the midst of adversities. Ephesians chapter 6 tells us how to be ready for battle. My brothers and sisters, before the rapture we may be in a battle. We need to draw close to God and pray Evey day that God will prepare us for the days ahead.
Betty

10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.

11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;

15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;

16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.

17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:

18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;
 
Posted by Betty Louise (Member # 7175) on :
 
Psalm 63:3 Because Your lovingkindness is better than life, My lips will praise You.

I used to wonder how this could be. How could God's loving kindness be better then life? To me they were intertwined, but they are not. If we are a child of God then when our life on earth is finished God's kindness to us will be multiplied beyond measure. We will be in His presence and what joy we shall experience! The greatest joyful experience we had on earth will be pale in comparison to the joy we will have in Heaven. Not only that but the worst experience we ever had on earth will disappear from our minds like morning dew in the light of God's glory. As we live day by day we get caught up in the daily grind and Heaven seems so far away. If we are not Careful we will buy into the lie that we serve a God who is not interested in our struggles. A God who has lost interest in what is going on down here. God has not gone to sleep and God is interested in our daily struggles. The problem is not God's focus but ours. Instead of daily seeking the face of God we try to accomplish everything on our own. Somehow we have become convinced that being strong is doing it on our own and if all else fails then call on God, as a last result. God never called us to be strong in our ability but to seek Him first everyday and allow Him to work through us. This doesn't mean we will not go through tough times but it does mean we do not have to go it alone. Seek God before you start the day and invite Him to walk with you.
Have a blessed day and pray that you can be a blessing to others.
Betty
A few squirrels today. It has been raining earlier so th birds are not out in the open.

JOHN P. KEE
Thy Loving Kindness Lyrics
Thy loving kindness is better than life
Thy loving kindness is better than life
My lips shall praise Thee
Thus will I bless Thee
I will lift up my hands
I will lift up my hands
I will lift up my hands in Thy name

(VERSE)
Thy loving kindness is better than life
And Your tender mercies are everlasting
They are new
Every morning great is Thy faithfulness
I will lift up my hands in Thy name, Thy name
I will lift up my hands in Thy name

(VAMP)
I will bless the Lord at all times
His praise shall continually be in my mouth

I will lift up my hands in Thy name
I will lift up my hands in Thy name
I will lift up my hands in Thy name

Written by David Lewis
 
Posted by Betty Louise (Member # 7175) on :
 
Good Morning and Happy Saturday,

I am often drawn to speak on the burdens that Christ has called us to carry as His children. Maybe it's because mine hits me before I get out of bed. But God has given us all burdens to carry for His Glory and our spiritual growth. Off times we are tempted to pretend the burden doesn't exist. This does not work and when reality hits, we are often slammed by the truth. Accepting your burden is not pretending it away. It is a choice to carry the burden with a spirit of thankfulness and grace. Spiritual growth doesn't happen over night is it takes a lifetime. The devotion I read today talked about how plants grow dormant during the winter and rest. While we carry our burdens daily, God does give us times of rest and reflection. Most of the time we fight the need to rest especially us with ADD. Yet it is in those times of rest and reflection that we draw strength and renewal in Jesus.

Matthew 11:28Come to Me, all those toiling and being burdened, and I will give you rest. 29Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”

Don't run away from what God has called you to do and don't pretend that the burden is not hard for you. But embrace your burden and seek God for mercy and grace to carry your burden with joy of spirit and peace in your heart.

This morning is a dreary morning because of the storm. So no wildlife to speak and just a light breeze.
I pray you have a good day and that you are blessed
Betty
 
Posted by Betty Louise (Member # 7175) on :
 
Good Morning! Have a Blessed Sunday,

Though we got a lot of rain, we are blessed not to be flooded. This morning I woke up with the song "Grace like Rain" in my head. As I fed the animals in the rain it did seem ironic. There are often times in our lives when we feel like we are living under a thunderstorm. I have very rarely had anyone speak prophecy over me, but one time a Pastor told me that all he could see over me was stormy weather. The next three years there was much loss and much pain in my life and family, I look back and see how God was working in my life, but during that time there were times I thought I would drown. I would not have chosen to go that path and I honestly could no go through it again, but I see how God used that time to teach me to trust Him. It may have been those days that taught me how to trust God as I live these days of bad health . It may have taken that teach me to be at peace now. All of is have gone through things that we did not understand. The human reaction is normal to wonder why. Yet if God were to show our spiritual growth on a graph we would be able to see that it was in those trying times that we grew spiritually. Physical strength comes through hard work and so does spiritual strength. While a life walking thought gardens with no storms and just the morning dew to water the flowers sounds like Heaven, it would only produce weakness. It is through the wind and the thunder that we learn to trust God.
In the days ahead we as Christians will need to be strong in the Lord. We will need faith to navigate a world that is becoming less tolerant of Christians who believe what the Bible says. We must not be like a sheet hanging from a clothesline blowing with the wind. If we are not firm in what we believe and why we can easily be led astray my popular opinion of the world's standards. Trust the Lord to lead you day by day and reach out to other Christians when you grow weary.
Betty
 
Posted by Betty Louise (Member # 7175) on :
 
Good Morning and Happy Monday,

As I went around the yard feeding the pets and the birds and squirrels my mind began to go to prayer. Specifically praying for others. Sometimes it is easier to pray for others then ourselves. We see them and think they are more righteous than us and believe they deserve an answer more then we do. Other times it is harder, especially if their need seems pale in comparison to what we are going through. Thankfully God doesn't answer prayer based on our righteousness nor does He pick out which person has the worst need and only answer their prayers. Everyone's prayer is important to God. Some prayers are answered on earth and some are answered in Heaven. Some prayers are answered after we die. My grandmother prayed for her youngest son to get saved for many many years but yet he did not get saved till 20 years after she died. He has passed on now and is in Heaven. When she saw him enter Heaven gates I doubt her first thought was why did it take God so long. I believe she was filled with joy knowing her prayer was answered. When we pray for others we ar blessed and our faith is strengthen. Jesus prayed for us long before we were born.
“I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word; that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me” (John 17:18-21).
What joy it should bring to our hearts that while God was suffering on the cross, He thought of us! So we should count it a joy to pray for others even in the midst of our suffering. We can pray for those we do not even know. For years I have been led to pray when I hear an ambulance siren. It doesn't matter that I don't know the person or the specific need, God does. Lately when I hear a plane go over especially small planes I pray for the pilot. No that does not make me special. I am saying for those who have days we cannot leave the house because of health issues we can still pray for others. Ask God to bring others to your mind today that need prayer. Be a prayer warrior for Jesus.

Have a blessed day. I had a red bird eating and two squirrels fighting over the feeder. I have three feeders in the back yard but they fought over one and then got mad and left, neither one getting to eat. Animals can be like children.
Betty
 
Posted by Betty Louise (Member # 7175) on :
 
Good Morning and Happy Tueday,

This morning after I finished my usual chores I have been lazy and just sitting talking to hubby. Just relaxing in the moment. Our lives are like that. Sometimes we have times in our spiritual journey that it seems like we are not making any progress. That we are just going along day after day. When you plant a seed the next day you do not wake up to a full size plant blooming. It will look like there is no progress but under the dirt the plant is growing. Spiritual growth is a daily process and we do not see the growth in our own lives. We live by faith and we trust God that our journey is pleasing to Him. Let is live each day in a way that is pleasing to God. Allow Him to work through us and we will achieve what He wants us to be. Even the world says take time to smell the roses. So as we live our lives don't try to live in tomorrow. Live in today. Enjoy the beauty in today. Look for ways today to shine for Jesus. God bless you today and may you be a blessing to others.
Betty
 
Posted by Betty Louise (Member # 7175) on :
 
Good Morning and Happy Wednesday,

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


Some mornings the disease I have hits me hard. This morning as I did my morning chores I felt weak and dizzy. I leaned on my cane harder then usual for fear of falling. As I walked around the words of the verse above played in my head. The words brought me comfort. Even in my weakness I can be strong in the Lord. As I sang those words in my head my heart filled with peace and the fear began to disappear. All of us face struggles and the devil would love to feed us the lie that we will be overwhelmed and fall. But God is our refuge and our life boat in times of trouble. Sometimes God pulls out of the situation into the lifeboat and other times He keeps us in the situation but He brings comfort to us and substance us. My complaint this morning was why do I have to be hit before I am even completely awake. Yet it is in the beginning of my day that God brings assurance that He will be with me all day long. We can trust God no matter what our struggles are that are will be with us. Have a blessed day and may God make Himself real to you today in a very special way.

5 squirrels this morning. The birds have started waiting till the squirrels get through and then they eat. I feel at peace. I am going to rest awhile and try to get a few things done. I am not able to do as much as I used to. Sometimes that makes me depressed but I am learning to be grateful for what I can do and not dwell on the past.

Betty

1. Guide me, O thou great Jehovah,
pilgrim through this barren land.
I am weak, but thou art mighty;
hold me with thy powerful hand.
Bread of heaven, bread of heaven,
feed me till I want no more;
feed me till I want no more.

2. Open now the crystal fountain,
whence the healing stream doth flow;
let the fire and cloudy pillar
lead me all my journey through.
Strong deliverer, strong deliverer,
be thou still my strength and shield;
be thou still my strength and shield.

3. When I tread the verge of Jordan,
bid my anxious fears subside;
death of death and hell's destruction,
land me safe on Canaan's side.
Songs of praises, songs of praises,
I will ever give to thee;
I will ever give to thee.
 
Posted by Betty Louise (Member # 7175) on :
 
Love the squirrels but happy to see a blue jay and several birds gathering around the feeder I see a red bird and a wood pecker, also. I am blessed.
Betty
 
Posted by Betty Louise (Member # 7175) on :
 
Good Morning and Happy Thursday,

I have been quite busy this morning. We go to the VA today and a little nervous. It's a 1 1/2 hour drive each way and the last attempt to go to the Houston VA we has a wreck. Although logically having a wreck last time, doesn't mean we are in danger now, it stills weighs on my mind. But I am pushing them feelings aside and reminding myself that God is in control and not to give in to fear. When the devil overwhelms us with fear we need to make a conscious effort to encourage ourselves in the Lord. Trusting in the Lord is a decision we make. God doesn't open our heads and pour trust in. We read the Bible, pray and singing praises to God and this encourages us and builds trust. As we seek to encourage others we also see our peace and faith multiplying. We do not have to allow our circumstances to dictate our faith. Praise God in spite of our circumstances will allow us to be used to help others and help our faith and spirit to grow in the Lord. My prayer for all of us that we continue to grow in the Lord and live in a way that is pleasing to our Heavenly Father.
This morning a family of blue jays, red bird and woodpecker. Of course a handful of squirrels are eating.
Betty
 
Posted by Betty Louise (Member # 7175) on :
 
Good Morning! It's Friday!!!

We made it to VA and back yesterday but all that walking had my legs cramping all night. Got up early to take hubby to the local clinic and he changed the appointment and went back to bed. I'd be lying if I said that did not aggravate me. In daily life it is not uncommon to deal with last minute changes or circumstances that change our plans. I have found since I have gotten older I am more frustrated about these kinds kind of things. I guess you could say I am getting set in my ways. Sometimes our plans are changed by other people and their needs but sometimes God allows change for a reason. We are all set to go somewhere and the car doesn't start. It is easy to question why God allowed that when we had plans. Sometimes we can become quite angry. But after we have our little fit and settle down we realize what we should have know all along, God knows best. Let's face it, it is easy to trust God when all our ducks are in a row and everything is going as plan. But when everything comes to a stop and our plans have to be changed we can begin to wonder if God is really watching what is going on. We just see our life in small patches but God sees our lives from cradle to the grave. His plans for today may not be what we would have chosen but He knows the future and He knows best. The more we trust God the more we live in peace. Have a great day! Trust in God! He is never taken unaware.

Squirrel eating and a family of red birds waiting patiently. Even in nature patience is a requirement for happy living.
Betty
 
Posted by Betty Louise (Member # 7175) on :
 
Good Morning and Happy Saturday!

This morning I woke up with the words to the song "It is joy unspeakable and full of glory" in my head and "the joy of the Lord is my strength". Remembering words to songs is not my strong suit so I was singing what I knew of both songs in my head as one song. But what I was hearing was God is our joy and not our circumstances. If we base our joy on our circumstances then our joy will be gone before we fix our first cup of coffee. Whether it is waking up hurting or dealing with young children who are fighting with each other, the devil is a master at stealing our joy if we allow him to. But when we remind ourselves our joy in Jesus cannot be stolen by the devil unless we allow him to, we can withstand the attack of the devil by trusting God. Our joy is knowing that whatever our circumstances are, we are not alone. Our Heavenly Father walks besides us and He will help us. When the devil taunts us and and he will, tell him, to get behind you for you are trusting in Jesus. Non Christians probably think we are delusional and that we are basing our hope on a fantasy. A Christian knows that God is real. We talk to Him daily and we hear His voice in our hearts reminding us that not only is He with is all the time but everything we go through will be worth it when we walk through Heaven's gate. Psalm 28:7 The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him.
Finding joy in the Lord is not pretending that we are not sick or that we do not have difficulties. Finding joy in the Lord is reminding ourselves of past victories in the Lord and looking for those small blessings God give us everyday. Pray for God to undertake in your life and while you are waiting for an answer continue to praise the Lord. God bless you and have a good day.

Seen a red bird and half dozen squirrels eating. It's a gray dreary day here with interment rain.
 
Posted by Betty Louise (Member # 7175) on :
 
Good Morning! Have a Blessed Sunday!

Every Sunday my body fights me on going to Church, but this Sunday my body won. In the past I would be questioning God how He allowed me to be so sick today. But these last months, God is giving me peace in my heart and mind. While I would love to be in His House today, I know He is with me today,where I am. Our past battles prepare us for future battles. The spiritual muscles we grow helps us in future battles with the devil. Often in the Bible God reminds the people of Israel to remember the victories in the past to remind them that the same God that was with them then was still with them. Until we get to Heaven we will not arrive at a place where there are no battles to fight. But if we trust in the Lord each battle will bring us closer and closer to God. Even battles that we lose teach us something. Remember as we grow in the Lord our spiritual muscles are not for self glory but for the glory of God. We are to use what we have learned to help a struggling brother or sister in the Lord. Never become prideful about your wjourney are you will take a big fall. As Paul taught us boast not in our victories but boast in our Lord God who brought is through the battle to a victory. Keep serving the Lord and when the devil comes at you, remind yourself that God is still on the throne and He has lost none of His power and might. God bless you today and may your hearts be filled with joy .
Betty

Raining and dreary at the moment with a 100% chance of rain today. Two squirrels are eating and I have only seen a couple of birds. On another thought we gave out almost 50 bags of candy with a children's Christian tract. Yesterday I prayed over the bags that someone would come to know Jesus because of that.
 
Posted by Betty Louise (Member # 7175) on :
 
Good Morning, almost Good Afternoon,

I had a bad time yesterday, health wise so allowed myself to sleep late this morning, and that's okay.

"True wisdom begins and ends with God." (Daily Bread). There are many in this world who consider themselves wise. In the world's eyes to be wise to is accept what is political correct and if you are religious you serve a Deity that accepts what the world has determined is acceptable. This is not the wisdom of the God of the Bible.
Hebrews 13:8 Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever. If you attend or listen to a Preacher on the radio that says God has changed His mind about sin or God has become more enlighten, run from her or him. To accept that God has changed His mind is to accept that God was wrong in the first place. God was never wrong and never will be. Another lie that is floating around today is that all will go to Heaven. God died for all but you cannot be saved unless you accept Him as your Savior.
1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
God is holy and sin can never enter Heaven's gates. Unless you accept Jesus as your Savior and turn from your sins you will never enter Heaven. The gift of Jesus blood has been given. If you choose to accept you are forgiven. If you choose not to accept the gift, you have made the choice to go to hell.
True wisdom comes from God. While education is important, remember to balance what you learn with the Bible. Today many Professors are teaching in the classrooms lies from the devil. It is not about whether you are a liberal or conservative but whether your truths match up to God's Word. It is not enough to mean well. Right intentions can send you to hell if you have not accepted Jesus as your Savior and Lord. As a Christian don't form your views on what the world says but on God's truths or sadly you will have to face God with accepting of sin and what shame you will feel. Pray that God will open your eyes to the truth. When we are wise in God then we have true wisdom. Have a blessed day and seek God in all your ways.
Betty

One bird and over six squirrels in the backyard.
 
Posted by Betty Louise (Member # 7175) on :
 
Good Morning!  Welcome Tueday,

This morning as I went about my morning chores I saw lots of clover.  They brought happy memories of childhood looking for  a four leave clover.  My friend Wanda and I were looking for one for luck.  I don't know why, we were born blessed with a good family and though neither family was wealthy our parents did their best for us.  Of course as an adult I realize a Christian doesn't need luck.  We depend on God to guide us in a path that is both good for us and pleasing to us.  These doesn't mean everything will go perfect.  As the Bible says it rains on the just and the unjust.  It does mean that God will not use the bad things that pop up in our days for our blessing and His glory. At the same time there are moments in the day when something good happens and you smile and thank the Lord for encouraging you, as we should.  May your day be filled with joyful moments and may happy memories be warm kisses on your cheeks.

This morning I realized that I have become the batty lady that seems to be on every street 😜.  A van was driving to fast down the road and a squirrel panic on the side of the road and ended up running in front of the vehicle and I am yelling: "Run run Squirrel". The squirrel made it across and I am yelling at the driver that she has better be glad she didn't hit one of my babies.  And I thought to myself when did I become the person who is feeding the squirrels to thinking at least on one level that their my babies?  Next thing you know I will be asking Jeff, my son, to make me a sign for the yard that says slow down for squirrels.
Betty[tt][/tt]
 
Posted by Betty Louise (Member # 7175) on :
 
Good Morning and Happy Wednesday

Yesterday my routine Doctor visit took a turn. When the Doctor did that tracking test with her finger my right eye did not follow the finger and my right hand had a slight tremor. I was sent downstairs for a stat brain scan. Although I would be lying if I did not say I was not concerned, yet I felt no fear nor do I feel fear now. I am reminding myself that God is in control.
Just got a call from Doctor that the PT scan was normal. Praise the Lord!

There is a peace that fills our souls when we awake in the morning and thank God for another day. When we remind ourselves that whatever happens today will not take God by surprise. Yesterday I had a health scare and today I find out everything is okay. God answers prayers ! When we trust God we can take the little and big bumps in the road of life and not fall. Sometimes God allows this things to happen to remind us that we can depend on Him no matter what happens. The answer is to be in a daily relationship with God so that when things happen in life we know He is there with us. We don't what to feel like we need to introduce ourselves to God when we have a crisis. Have a daily relationship with God by talking to Him everyday and by reading His Word. God bless you and have a grow a day!
Betty


Be still, my soul: the Lord is on thy side.
Bear patiently the cross of grief or pain.
Leave to thy God to order and provide;
In every change, He faithful will remain.
Be still, my soul: thy best, thy heavenly Friend
Through thorny ways leads to a joyful end.

Be still, my soul: thy God doth undertake
To guide the future, as He has the past.
Thy hope, thy confidence let nothing shake;
All now mysterious shall be bright at last.
Be still, my soul: the waves and winds still know
His voice Who ruled them while He dwelt below.

Be still, my soul: when dearest friends depart,
And all is darkened in the vale of tears,
Then shalt thou better know His love, His heart,
Who comes to soothe thy sorrow and thy fears.
Be still, my soul: thy Jesus can repay
From His own fullness all He takes away.

Be still, my soul: the hour is hastening on
When we shall be forever with the Lord.
When disappointment, grief and fear are gone,
Sorrow forgot, love’s purest joys restored.
Be still, my soul: when change and tears are past
All safe and blessèd we shall meet at last.

Be still, my soul: begin the song of praise
On earth, believing, to Thy Lord on high;
Acknowledge Him in all thy words and ways,
So shall He view thee with a well pleased eye.
Be still, my soul: the Sun of life divine
Through passing clouds shall but more brightly shine.
 
Posted by Betty Louise (Member # 7175) on :
 
2 Corinthians 4:8
We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair;

Though this was written by Paul thousands of years ago it definitely fits today. Many countries in kindness have allowed Muslim refugees to escape war torn counties and have given them sanctuary but to their surprise many of the refugees are not thankful for the kindness to them. They are attempting to change the laws in their host Countries, raping girls and women, and other forms of violence. This is causing civil unrest. In Sweden some of the Swedish people have burned down many refuge camps and in Germany many Germans are calling for the impeachment of their Prime Minister. It is not surprising to see that the home people are perplexed that those who have been given sanctuary are not only ungrateful but are seeking to change Europe into Muslim Counties. As more refuges come here to America we will find ourselves in the same boat. It is easy to wonder why God is allowing this. Why is evil seemed to be given free reign and Christians are losing more and more of their freedom? Yet God is not caught unaware, He knows the past, present, and the future. As we get closer to the tribulation the birth pains are coming faster and faster. Lukewarm Christians are going to find themselves in situations that they do not have enough faith to swim. If we do not began to seek God's face now and prepare our hearts we could easily lose our faith. God does not want us to live in a state of fear worrying about the future, He wants us to grow more in Him, so that we are prepared. Just as we on the coast prepare for hurricanes we must prepare ourselves spiritually for what is coming. Don't wait until you are in a crisis to get the Bible off the shelf and start praying. Prepare before the crisis so that when the crisis comes you can remind yourself that God is still in control and you are still in His hands.
Have a blessed day and may God fill your heart with His perfect peace.
Betty
 
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Prob 3: 5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart And do not lean on your own understanding.

Good Morning and Blessed Friday,

The verse above has been what I have been leaning on for the last 6 months. When I awake every morning being sick and when I am dizzy I quote that verse to myself and remind myself that while I do not understand why I am struggling , God knows and is in control. While it would be great if God would give us a 6 month plan in advance telling what we will be going through and why; the Lord wants us to operate our lives in faith. Knowing these things may make life easier but it would not grow our faith. As Christians we often under estimate the value of faith. Faith is needed to fight battles and to make it in a world where the earth seems to be trembling with the sin and violence that is running amuck. Just watching the daily news would cause our hearts to fear and our knees to tremble. Yet the news doesn't report the worst of the news for fearing offending the Muslims. The news does not report how terrorist are training their children on how to behead Christians. The news is not reporting the violence other Countries are going through because of all the immigrants they have welcomed in their countries. The news is not reporting Christians being killed for their faith every day in this world. Growing in the Lord has been a theme with me and for a good reason. When these type of things start happening in America our faith must be secure in God. Our race is almost over. Jesus is coming soon. Be strong in the Lord so we do lay down our faith and be like the 5 Virgins who were left out of the Wedding celebration.

The Parable of the Ten Virgins

1“At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. 2Five of them were foolish and five were wise. 3The foolish ones took their lamps but did not take any oil with them. 4The wise ones, however, took oil in jars along with their lamps. 5The bridegroom was a long time in coming, and they all became drowsy and fell asleep.

6“At midnight the cry rang out: ‘Here’s the bridegroom! Come out to meet him!’

7“Then all the virgins woke up and trimmed their lamps. 8The foolish ones said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil; our lamps are going out.’

9“ ‘No,’ they replied, ‘there may not be enough for both us and you. Instead, go to those who sell oil and buy some for yourselves.’

10“But while they were on their way to buy the oil, the bridegroom arrived. The virgins who were ready went in with him to the wedding banquet. And the door was shut.

11“Later the others also came. ‘Lord, Lord,’ they said, ‘open the door for us!’

12“But he replied, ‘Truly I tell you, I don’t know you.’

13“Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour.

Let us be ready so when the trumpet sounds we will not be left behind. Let us work for the Lord so Jesus may say: 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. (Matt 25:11)

My dear friends be strong in the Lord. May God bless you and your families today and every day.

God has blessed me today with squirrels playing and eating. Even with my health issues I am indeed blessed and I am grateful to God my Father and Lord.
Betty
 
Posted by Betty Louise (Member # 7175) on :
 
Good Morning and Happy Saturday,

Health issues woke me early today. Usually I get upset at that but I am at peace. I say that, to say that as we begin to trust God, we can have peace even when things don't go the way we wanted. It is raining here in Texas and a cold front is coming in. As I took ice water to put out for the mail lady, the song "His Eye Is On The Sparrow" was singing in my head. What peace we can have in our hearts when we remind ourselves of that! So many times the devil will whisper lies in our heads. He will tell us that God has forgotten us or that we really are not that important to God. But Jesus says that God knows even when a sparrow falls and mankind is more important to God. God did not send His Son to die for a sparrow. He sent His Son to die for people. While the world thinks of some people as being more important then others, God doesn't. Every person is important to God from the dishwasher to leaders of Countries.

The question is: How important is God to Me? Do I make quality time for God? Or do I wait until I crawl in bed and say a quick prayer as I fall asleep. Do I seek God's will? Or so I do what I want and hope that God will bless it ? Let us make time for God and let us seek God's advice before we start something and not wait to we have a problem. God wants to be apart of our daily life and not just a lifeline we only call when we are in trouble. Although always call on God when you are in trouble.

Have a blessed day to day. This morning there are a few squirrels eating in the rain. I just saw a red bird.
Betty

His Eye Is on the Sparrow | Civilla D. Martin

Why should I feel discouraged, why should the shadows come,
Why should my heart be lonely, and long for heav’n and home,
When Jesus is my portion? My constant Friend is He:
His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me;
His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me.
Refrain:
I sing because I’m happy, I sing because I’m free,
For His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me.
“Let not your heart be troubled,” His tender word I hear,
And resting on His goodness, I lose my doubts and fears;
Though by the path He leadeth, but one step I may see;
His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me;
His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me.
Whenever I am tempted, whenever clouds arise,
When songs give place to sighing, when hope within me dies,
I draw the closer to Him, from care He sets me free;
His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me;
His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me.
 
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Thank you for the post.

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Posted by Betty Louise (Member # 7175) on :
 
Your Welcome. I started getting sick in Januarry of this year and have been sick ever since. As I have sought the Lord in my weakness and frustration with this disease I began to accept my disease and asked God to use me for His Glory. Every morning I sit at the kitchen table and ask God to give me something that will not only encourage me but encourage others. I ask God to tell me what to say because I know that with out His guidance my words would be worthless
Betty
 
Posted by Betty Louise (Member # 7175) on :
 
Good Morning and Blessed Sunday,

I starting getting sick yesterday with a head and chest cold, so I am not in Church this morning. God is with us where ever we are and we can praise Him anywhere. I have had a good old Gospel time driving in my car, when the Holy Spirit filled my heart and I began to rejoice in the goodness of God. I believe it is important to be a part of a Church family and to worship with fellow believers but there are times that we can't attend and during those times we can still worship and praise God. Let our heats and minds be open to the voice of God, so that we can hear His voice and listen to His will. As Christians we are often only rejoicing in the Lord when things are going well in our lives and if we are not careful we can pout when things are going badly. We can even stoop so low as to treat God as Santa Claus. Our prayers being a list of I wants and throwing in "I love you" at the end of our prayers. Been there and done that. God wants a daily relationship with us and that is impossible if we only talk to Him when we have a crisis. God is worthy of our praise and we should praise Him everyday. We should begin our prayers with praise and end our prayers with praise. God does care about our needs and He tells us to bring our petitions to Him, but let us have our petitions in the middle of our prayer, after praising God for all His goodness and faithfulness to us. May God be with you in a special way today. Pray diligently for your lost loved ones. Jesus is coming back soon and we do not want our loved ones and friends left behind. Pray that God will use you for His Glory. Pray that God will help you be a blessing to others. Seek the Lord with all your heart.
Betty

Squirrels and red birds this morning. God blessed me every morning as I sit here at the table and enjoy nature.
 
Posted by Carol Swenson (Member # 6929) on :
 
Betty,
Your words are a blessing and encouragement to all.
 
Posted by Betty Louise (Member # 7175) on :
 
Carol,
Thank you so much. God bless you and your family
Betty
 
Posted by Betty Louise (Member # 7175) on :
 
Good Morning and Happy Monday!

This morning my routine is off because I am not allowed coffee until I do my blood fasting test. Most of us like having a routine and I know as I get older the more uncomfortable I am when my routine is thrown off. Many times God gets our attention by throwing a wrench in our daily routine. Our first reaction is not to praise God for this because usually it is something we consider a inconvenience at best and troubles we don't need at worse. The car doesn't start when we have an appointment. Your child spills grape juice on their clothing just as you hear the School bus. Yet if we remind ourselves that God is in control, we can take these little surprises with grace. If we could react with : what does God want to teach me, instead of anger and questioning why God allowed these things to happen we would be happier. Trust me I am not there myself. Not about the coffee that was just a funny example but when we had a car wreck on the way to the Houston VA last month, my first though was: Why God? But over the coming days as I stopped asking why and began to accept God's Will, He gave me an answer, of why. Our job is to trust Him even when we don't know the answer. Sometimes we will get am answer here on earth and there are times when we will not get an answer to we enter Heaven. Every day as we seek God's face and study His Word, we will began to strengthen our faith and our trust in God will grow. Look for ways to see God in the little things. It is often the little things that bring joy to our heart. Watching two squirrels at play, following a butterfly as it gracefully glides across your yard, and hearing young children giggle can bring joy to your day. Be blessed and pass your blessings forward to others.
Betty
 
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Good Morning and Blessed Tuesday,

I went to see the lung Doctor yesterday. The good news is my COPD is still mild, the bad news is I have bronchitis. I was sick most of the night but I am on strong antibiotics and with God's help should be well soon. My sweet husband did not sleep much last night because was keeping an eye on me and my fever.
Us married women are usually the care givers to our hubby's and family, it is good to know that they are willing to take care of us when we are sick. Just as we rely on our loves ones when we are in need, we can rest assured as a child of God, that our Heavenly Father is more then willing to take care of us when we are in need. Today I am struggling with the bronchitis and my other disease, yet I am not discouraged. I am far from a super Christian, but God doesn't require us to be super Christians to walk with us. I am so thankful for that. Jesus meets us where we are, whether we are a baby Christian are a mature Christian. Like me , I think many of us are in the middle , a still growing Christian. I pray that to the day I die or to the rapture that I will always be a growing Christian. We must never reach a point that we are content in our spiritual walk but always seeking God on our spiritual journey. Even in sickness we grow in the Lord. The last 6 months has taught me this.

I wish everyone a good day. May God bless you and your family.
Betty

I have seen a few squirrels at the feeders this morning. No birds yet eating. We had to buy more bird seed yesterday.
 
Posted by Betty Louise (Member # 7175) on :
 
Good Morning and Happy Wednesday!

Last night was a bad night physically and this morning still feeling miserable. Let's face it there are times when you are sick and in pain that the first thought is not about praising God. It is more about stumbling around half asleep and feeling sorry for your self. Sometimes even having a coherent thought seems like a struggle. During these times God doesn't forsake us. He doesn't leave and come back when we are in a better mood, He stays with us. I saw a cartoon the other day that said : "I am so miserable, I am not even speaking to myself!". We can be assured that God is faithful through the good and the bad. Remind yourself during that bad times, that this feeling will not last. Remind yourself of the many good things God has done and is doing in your life. We are called to praise God all the time and not just when we are sitting under a rainbow and in a garden of perfection. Evey day is a blessing from God. Rejoice in the 24 hours you are given and make sure to use a portion of that time to praise God and be a blessing to others.
Have a blessed day.
Betty
 
Posted by Betty Louise (Member # 7175) on :
 
Good Morning and Happy Wednesday,

Feeling better but still weak and congested. We all know that when antibiotics start to work we seem to feel worse at first as the medicine does its job. If we stop taking the medication, not only will we not get better but we can get worse as the infection spreads to other organs in our bodies. This can be true spiritually, also. When we ask God to make us more like Him, He has to get crud out of our souls. Things like bad attitudes, pride, unforgiveness, just to name a few. While we would like for Him to touch us and remove all the bad things at once, He doesn't work that way. It could it has to be a process which takes out the bad and relaces it with good. Maybe if all the bad left at once, this would leave a void and different bad stuff would come in. The reality is just as healing in the body takes time so does healing in the soul. It is a painful process but the outcome is worth it. Many times we won't to yell to God to stop. Maybe instead of giving up we should pray that God will sustain us as we go through the process of spiritual change. Never stop asking God to mold you into what He wants you to be, but remember remodeling goes through messy stages and is painful. When God is finished with us we will be beautiful and lovely. His ways are often hard and painful but the result is wonderful. Remind yourself that you are a work in progress and trust God for the outcome.
Betty

This morning when I took the bird feed out, I had over 6 squirrels waiting. Some of them were chasing each other around trees. I laughed at their antics and was thankful for this special gift God gives me Every morning.
 
Posted by Betty Louise (Member # 7175) on :
 
Good Morning and Happy Friday,

This morning my dog woke me licking my hand. She had decided I had slept enough. When I opened my eyes I saw two cats and the dog. I began to pet their heads one by one making sure each was given the same attention, as a good mommy does (hehe). But then I began to think isn't it wonderful that when we pray each of us has God's immediate attention all at the same time. It is hard for our brains to wrap our heads around that. All of us have been in a situation when more then one people are talking to us at the same time and we cannot digest what each person is saying and we have to interrupt and say one at a time, please. God does not have that restriction. He can hear us a all at the same time.

Another thing God is always available to all of us. Can you imagine saying your prayers and getting a recording saying:"You are number 1 million. Please stay on the line calls will be answered in order"?
Or hearing a recorder saying:"God is not available at this time, He will call you back in the next 24 hours or 3 months"? We can pray with assurance that God is available all the time and anytime we want to talk to him. In fact the more we talk to Him the better. He never complains that is that person who calls and complains about the same thing day after day. No! God is patient and kind to us. Our prayers are never to huge or to insignificant to Him

We as children of God take for granted the miracle of prayer. God in His Heaven , hears every person's prayer and every prayer is important to Him. His grace and mercy extends to all His children and He offers salvation to anyone who will come humbling to Him asking forgiveness and accepting Jesus as their Lord and Savior.

Have a blessed day and think about the wonderful blessing prayer is to us not only at the moment of our salvation but from that day and every day until Jesus calls us home
Betty
 
Posted by Betty Louise (Member # 7175) on :
 
Good Morning and Happy Saturday,

I woke up with moderat pain this morning but with the help of God, I will not let that get me down.
As everyone in the World, my heart is hurt by the events in France. It is so sad when evil kills and destroys. Unfortunately to many Americans in power want to make excuses for these evil powers. Blaming global warming and no jobs for their anger and hate. They don't want to see this is a Spiritual battle. These Muslims want to take over the World and force people to become Muslim or die.
Liberals refuse to see that these people were welcomed into Europe, given housing and welfare and yet they are not happy. The World doesn't see that they are fighting against the devil, himself. The devil likes to stir up haterd and strife. The devil knows his time is coming to an end. He wants to rain havoc on the World to the point that the World will gladly with open arms accept a One World Government, which the Bible says will be led by Antichrist. As Christan's we need to react not with fear but with prayer. Our hope is not in our President but in God Himself. That Bible says these things must be in the end times and as the birth pains become stronger the violence will grow and be more regularly. The Bible doesn't say for a Christian to hide and tremble:
Luke 21:28King James Version (KJV)28 And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh

Today let us prayer for the victims and their families as we should. Let us pray that God will examine our hearts and convict us of what we need to confess and seek forgiveness and let us pray for our lost loved ones. Jesus is coming for His children, let us make ourselves ready, like a proper Bride should.
Betty
 
Posted by Betty Louise (Member # 7175) on :
 
Good Morning and Have a blessed Sunday,

I think I took enough medication that I am going to be able to go to Church this morning. Life is filled with challenges and the truth is none of us know what the day will hold. Yet we can begin our day with assurance that we are not going alone. God knows what the day will hold for us and He will be there with us every step. As we learn to rely on Him, our faith grows and so does our peace. I am listening to the birds talk with one another and enjoying them. Birds do not worry or fret. Like us they do not know what the day will bring but they do not concern themselves with that. Of course humans have to make preparations for meals and have each day's clothing ready, but we do not have to live in a state of fear or confusion. We can trust God to always be with us and guide us if we are open to His will. If we are living contrary to His will, we cannot expect Him to bless us. Seek His will and by faith walk in it and fear not for God will be with you. Have a blessed day and seek God with all your heart.

Jeremiah 29:13 And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.

Betty
 
Posted by Betty Louise (Member # 7175) on :
 
Good Evening,

Spent a lot of the day at the VA. I met a gentleman who had been in a gang in Los Angles for 10 years before going into the Military. He is now a Christian. He freely shared his testimony and it was a pleasure to hear it. It does not matter our background it is our finish that matters. It is wonderful when two strangers can share their love for Jesus with one another. Today was an encouraging day for me and I thank God that our paths crossed. Would appreciate your prayers for Texas and Kansas. Kansas and Upper Texas had tornadoes today and this storm is suppose to be here in the Houston area at five a.m.
Have a blessed evening,
Betty
 
Posted by Betty Louise (Member # 7175) on :
 
Good Morning and Happy Tuesday,

This morning some memories from years ago came to my mind, and I realized that in so many ways I am not the person I was. While there were many joyful moment along the way there were also many tears, betrayal, and pain. I don't think anyone prays that God will bring suffering and pain into their lives, but they serve a purpose. Of course I am grateful for every joyful moment but it is often the suffering and the pain that brings spiritual growth. The Lord Jesus sustains us during those painful growing processes and though at times we feel alone and God has deserted us. He never leaves or forsakes us. When trouble comes and it will, we need to lean closer to Jesus but we often find ourselves pulling away. We often pull away from fellow Christians who could encourage us when we are suffering. We want to be like a dog hiding under a porch running away from the God who wants to be there for us and running away from the very people who could encourage us. At the same time let us seek to encourage those we know who are going through a bad time. Always be praying for one another. Trust in God through the bad and the good. Remind yourself of all the times that God worked miracles in your life. Remember God has not changed and His willingness to be there for His children has not grow weak. God bless you today and seek the Lord and His will.
Betty

It is pouring rain today so I did not put any bird feed out. Even the cats are content to sleep in the house today.
 
Posted by Betty Louise (Member # 7175) on :
 
Good Morning and Happy Wednesday,

I woke up much earlier this morning but was hurting so I went back to sleep. The last two days have been spent at the VA and since I am still recovering from bronchitis, I decided to get some extra rest this morning. Even as Christians we need to take care of our bodies. It is possible as Christians to over do even with God's Work. Sometimes we have to say no to projects simply because we can't do everything and stay healthy. Always pray before accepting extra work even for the Church. We cannot give our best if we are over extended and not getting proper rest. I have some squirrels eating this morning and one is alitle plump.😀 This morning my brain was filled with many thoughts and as I was trying to work out problems in my head about the future. I reminded myself that while I do not know what is ahead, God does. As Christians we spend so much time worrying and planing on what could or could not come to pass. We need to remind ourselves that the Great All Knowing One is on His throne and our futures are safe in His hands. Of course we have to make plans but let us make plans with the guidance of God and not moved by fear and anxiousness. Let us live with peace in our hearts knowing that if we seek God's Will, we do not have to live in fear and dread of the future. May God bless you today and may you seek to walk in His Will and allow Him to guide you.
Betty
 
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Good Morning and Happy Thursday,


Ephesians 6:10-20New King James Version (NKJV)
The Whole Armor of God
10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age,[a] against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

14 Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; 18 praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints— 19 and for me, that utterance may be given to me, that I may open my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.


This morning I was listening to a Pastor on the radio talking about the days we live in. There is no doubt we are living in perilous times. Terrorism on the rise, college students who have no regard for authority, people who will protest for the right to kill the unborn, and people protesting for the right to indulge in deivient behavior and Schools teaching this behavior to elementary students. This can be discouraging to Christians, but we must remember God said it would be this way in the last days. This is not a time for Christians to cower and be afraid. We must be prepared for spirtual battles. For these things we face are in the physical realm, they are being fed and brought on by the devil, himself.
This is not a time to coast in our past victories but to stay strong in our faith and in God's Word. God has not left His throne, He is still with us and we can depend on Him, no matter what the devil throws at us . Pray throughout your day for yourself, your loved ones, fellow Christians, and for lost souls. If we allow fear to overtake us our hearts and minds will be filled with thoughts the devil wants to derail us with, but if we began to pray we will find peace even in the circumstances around us.
1 John 4:18There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love.
Seek God's will each day and pray for Him to guide you through out the day.
Have a blessed day. I saw a woodpecker this morning and a few squirrels. I can hear some birds talking to one another and I am thankful for another day.
Betty
 
Posted by Betty Louise (Member # 7175) on :
 
Good Morning and Happy Friday,

I woke up sick at 3:15 this morning and it took a bit to go back to sleep. I woke up at nine with a whopping headache so I just laid in bed thinking till 10:40. When I finally dragged myself out of bed I was fretful and worrying about things, but when I walked in to the breakfast nook, I saw through the window a tiny bird at the feeder. The first words out of mouth was:"Thank you, Jesus!". I knew instantly that was a gift from God. He could have knocked me on my aching head and asked me why do I take my concerns to Him and then pick them back up and fret over them. Yet, He treated me gently and with kindness. So many times we pray about our concerns and yet we not only fret over them still but we come up with plans just in case our prayers are not answered. Shame on me and shame on us for not fully trusting God to answer our prayers. We can make excuses and I think all of us have been hurt by people we put our trust in, but God deserves our trust and we honor Him when we trust Him. God is not going to gossip about us. God is not going to build Himself up by putting us down. We can trust Him wholly with out fear and reservations. We live in a time when we need to be able to put our concerns more then ever in God. The more we trust in God, the less fear and despair we will carry. The devil will tempt us to fear, there is no doubt about that, but when He does, go back to the cross and lay your burdens down. God loves us and He does not want us to live in a state of fear and doubt. Have a blessed day!
Betty

I took more bird feed out and I have a red bird feeding at the moment. There is a gentle breeze and leaves are falling from the trees.
 
Posted by Betty Louise (Member # 7175) on :
 
Good Morning and Happy Saturday,

Mornings are hard for me physically. Because I wake up sick, I am usually weak and lightheaded when I do my morning chores. Every morning God brings me little blessings to encourage me and lift my spirit.
Today's blessing was not little and was unexpected. I came to the kitchen to find a candy jar with a flower top with pumpkin kisses and a note from my son saying that his girlfriend, Sarah, had got that for me and had made me a butterscotch pie in a heart shape. I am so blessed that God has brought such a sweet Christian girl into our family.

I share my journey and struggles, not to seek pity. I want God to use what I am going though to bless others and to remind people no matter what God is allowing in your life, you can trust Him with all your heart. Of course there are times that we give in to pity, we are human and frail. When I am having a bad day, I allow myself a 10-15 minute pity party. Then I bring it to a halt. I begin to encourage myself in the Lord, just as King David often did in the Psalms. When we remember that David was a man after God's own heart we can forgive ourselves for being discouraged and then like David we can overcome by reminding ourselves who we serve and who is walking with is. There is no burden that God can't help us carry and there is no enemy too strong for God. Like Paul we must keep our eyes on the prize and remind ourselves of our future, eternity in Heaven. It really will be worth it all when we see Jesus. May God bless you and your families.
Betty

I bought two bird feeders that squirrels can't get to. I have enough feeders for the squirrels. When I turned out the front yard lights this morning, I saw some tiny birds at the feeder. In the back yard has been a blue jay, red birds, and a woodpecker. They make me happy

How Great Thou Art Hymn

Lord my God! When I in awesome wonder
Consider all the works thy hand hath made,
I see the stars, I hear the mighty thunder,
Thy power throughout the universe displayed;

Refrain:
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 hear the brook, and feel he gentle breeze;

Refrain

And when I think that God his son not sparing,
Sent him to die - I scarce can take it in,
That on the cross my burden gladly bearing,
He bled and died to take away my sin:

Refrain

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 there 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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Good Morning and have a Blessed Sunday,

Waiting for time to go to Church and afterwards lunch with Jeff's girlfriend's parents. Took extra medication as I always do on Sunday, but can't take anything for the pain because I am driving. That is okay. Worshipping in God's House is what is important. Hubby going this morning and I am thankful for that.

He Keeps Me Singing
Verse 1
There’s within my heart a melody
Jesus whispers sweet and low,
Fear not, I am with thee, peace, be still
In all of life’s ebb and flow.

Chorus
Jesus, Jesus, Jesus
Sweetest Name I know
Fills my every longing
Keeps me singing as I go.

Verse 2
All my life was wrecked by sin and strife
Discord filled my heart with pain
Jesus swept across the broken strings
Stirred the slumb’ring chords again

Verse 3
Feasting on the riches of His grace
Resting ’neath His shelt’ring wing
Always looking on His smiling face
That is why I shout and sing

Verse 4
Tho’ sometimes He leads thro’ waters deep
Trials fall across the way
Tho’ sometimes the path seems rough and steep
See His footprints all the way

Verse 5
Soon He’s coming back to welcome me
Far beyond the starry sky
I shall wing my flight to worlds unknown
I shall reign with Him on high

This song is how I feel today. We are not promised a life without problems, but we know Jesus is with us every step and we know He is coming soon to take us to a place where there will be no pain, no suffering, and no death. Let us worship the God who loved us enough to leave Heaven, live as a man, and die and rise again, just to redeem sinners like us. Let us not take God's sacrifice for granted but to be grateful and live our life in a way that is pleasing to Him. Have a blessed day and seek to be a blessing to others.
Do not lose heart, for our redemption is closer then ever.
Betty
 
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Good Evening and Happy Monday,

I woke up with less pain then I had last night and that is a blessing. This morning I have send birds and squirrels at the feeder and that made me happy. This is the time of the year when Americans turn to an attitude of thankfulness, as we should. Truth is there are so many things we take for granted. We take for granted that water will flow out of our pipes and with a click of a light switch we will have lights. If there is a issue with anyone of those we get upset. Yet in many parts of their world that is not an option. We should begin every day thanking God for our blessings . Of course our lives are not perfect and we all have problems. Some of us deal with health issues every day. Some of us have family problems. But we can remind ourselves that we have a Heavenly Father who walks with us every day.
My girlfriend from Amarillo came to visit so I laid this aside. Ruthie and I had a lovely visit. Then hubby and I went and got the stuff for the sweet potato casserole for Thanksgiving. At the moment in moderate pain but I am blessed that I have medication that helps.
I hope everyone has a blessed evening. Remember to pray for one another and rejoice in our walk with Jesus.
 
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Good Morning and Happy Tuesday,

I woke up at nine this morning but I had a whopper of a headache, so I turned over and slept another hour. That was fine with the dog but when I got up my cat, Sassy Girl, let me know her displeasure. When I think about it, it is often the little things that can get our goat. We spill our coffee, we can't find our glasses, or we forgot to defrost the meat for supper. If we are not careful we can little things ruin our attitude for the day. There is a saying I remind myself when little problems change my plans. I say to myself "little problems make life interesting. We can take it a step further and when spill the coffee, we can be thankful that we have hot coffee. We can turn those bumps into gratefulness.
As we continue the spirit of thankfulness, remember to be thankful for our families.
I pray that God will bless you today and your families.
Betty

A few squirrels this morning. No birds around yet, that I can see.
 
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Good Morning and Happy Wednesday,

I was singing this Morning "There's within my heart a melody, Jesus whispers sweet and low, fear not I am with you, Peace be still" all I could remember . Every day Jesus brings me little reminders that He is with me on my journey. Every encouragement keeps me going and keeps me from falling into depression. Everyday all of us start our morning not knowing what path the day will bring and yet we do not need to fear, for if we begin our day with trusting in Jesus we know we will not be alone. As we begin our day we need to pray that God will give us eyes to see the opportunities He brings our way to share His love with others. We need to pray that God will give us a sweet spirit to deal with others with love and kindness.
We do not want to miss opportunities that God sends our way. I have been guilty of missing an opportunity only to see what I missed after I have left the person. Even when this happens we can still be used by God. Pray for forgiveness and then pray that God will send someone else into that persons life to share the Gospel of Christ. Pray for your lost loved ones and friends. Pray for protection for your family. Pray for yourself, God wants you to. I pray that God will bring opportunities in your life to be a beacon of God's goodness to others. God bless you.
Betty

I had a red bird this morning but all is quiet at the moment.


There's Within My Heart a Melody

The United Methodist Hymnal Number 380
Text: Luther B. Bridgers
Music: Luther B. Bridgers
Tune: SWEETEST NAME, Meter: 97.97 with Refrain
1. There's within my heart a melody
Jesus whispers sweet and low:
Fear not, I am with thee, peace, be still,
in all of life's ebb and flow.
Refrain:
Jesus, Jesus, Jesus,
sweetest name I know,
fills my every longing,
keeps me singing as I go.

2. All my life was wrecked by sin and strife,
discord filled my heart with pain;
Jesus swept across the broken strings,
stirred the slumbering chords again.
(Refrain)

3. Though sometimes he leads through waters deep,
trials fall across the way,
though sometimes the path seems rough and steep,
see his footprints all the way.
(Refrain)

4. Feasting on the riches of his grace,
resting neath his sheltering wing,
always looking on his smiling face,
that is why I shout and sing.
(Refrain)

5. Soon he's coming back to welcome me
far beyond the starry sky;
I shall wing my flight to worlds unknown;
I shall reign with him on high.
(Refrain)
 
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Happy Thanksgiving,

Today is a day we set aside for a special thanksgiving gift to God, our Father. Remind yourself of the times since last Thanksgiving God has protected you and your family. Thank God for the new blessings in your life. Great is the faithfulness of God to His children. As you sit around your table with family be thankful for each person and remember to pray for one another.
Sending everyone a hug and best wishes for a lovely day with loved ones.
Betty


Great is Thy Faithfulness
“Great is Thy faithfulness,” O God my Father,
There is no shadow of turning with Thee;
Thou changest not, Thy compassions, they fail not
As Thou hast been Thou forever wilt be.
“Great is Thy faithfulness!” “Great is Thy faithfulness!”
Morning by morning new mercies I see;
All I have needed Thy hand hath provided—
“Great is Thy faithfulness,” Lord, unto me!
2
Summer and winter, and springtime and harvest,
Sun, moon and stars in their courses above,
Join with all nature in manifold witness
To Thy great faithfulness, mercy and love.
3
Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth,
Thine own dear presence to cheer and to guide;
Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow,
Blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside!
© 1923. Ren. 1951 Hope Publishing Co., Carol Stream, IL 60188
www.hopepublishing.com
All rights reserved. Used by permission.
 
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Good Morning and Happy Friday,

We did not get up to go to any Black Friday sales. My days of fighting crowds are over. This morning my devotion had this: "God helps those who know they are helpless". Most of my life I have heard people say that: "God helps those who help themselves". People say it is in the Bible, but it is not. Truth is God helps those who admit they need help. We cannot save our selves. Without the intervention of the Holy Spirit speaking to our hearts, we would not even know we were sinners. There is no amount of good deeds we can do to save our selves. Salvation is a gift. The only action is for us to admits we are sinners, accept the gift of our salvation, and turn from our sinful ways. As Christians, we must not allow the sin of pride keep us from seeking God's help and guidance in our lives. God doesn't want a bunch of self-righteous Christians. He wants children who are willing to be molded by God and to admit our weakness. As Paul said it is though our weakness that we become strong in Christ.
Have a blessed day and be a blessing to others.
Betty
 
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Good Morning and Happy Saturday,

I was singing a song to myself this morning while I feed the animals and birds and squirrels, "Without Him". When I think of that song I think of Ruth, who sang that song as a solo at the Church we grew up in. Not only do I love the song but I love Ruth. Ruth has always been such a compassionate, sweet girl who loved the Lord. She was an example of what we younger girls wanted to be. Songs not only inspire us but they bring up memories. When we sing songs of praise and worship we not only honor God but we lift up our spirits and encourage ourselves in the Lord. I heard a Pastor said that the singing was us giving to God and the preaching was God giving to us. God is not looking for those who have great voices but for all of us to join in worship to our Lord and King. I often remind my family who the men are not much into singing in public that the Bible says to make a joyful noise to the Lord. It does not say those who have great voices sing. Because of my health I usually can only sing one verse and one chorus and then my voice leaves but I keep mouthing the words and sing in my heart. I love singing. Let us worship God as go about our day and remind ourselves of His love for us.

In the light rain I have several squirrels this morning.
Betty


Jesus, oh Jesus
Do you know Him today
Please don’t turn Him away
Oh Jesus, my Jesus
Without Him how lost would I be

Without Him I could do nothing
Without Him I’d surely fail
Oh, Without Him I would be drifting
Like a ship without a sail

Jesus, oh Jesus
Do you know Him today
Please don’t turn Him away
Oh Jesus, my Jesus
Without Him how lost would I be

Without Him I would be dying
Without Him I’d be enslaved
And without Him my life would be worthless
But with Jesus, thank God I am saved

That’s why I cry Jesus, oh Jesus
Do you know Him today
Please don’t turn Him away
Oh Jesus, my Jesus
Without Him how lost would I be

That’s why I sing Jesus, oh Jesus
Do you know Him today
Please don’t turn Him away
Oh Jesus, my Jesus
Without Him how lost would I be

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Good Morning and Blessed Sunday,

I am dressed and ready for Church and if the dizziness passes I am going. This morning the backyard and trees are filled with squirrels chasing each other and playing. I believe this one of many things that show the sense of humor of God. Even squirrels like to play. We often look as God being always stern and just waiting for us to make a mistake. I believe this is a lie from the devil. I believe God and the Angels are sad when we fail and rejoice when we succeed. Should we not strive to be like God and weep when people fail and rejoice with them when they succeed. Let us have a loving spirit and a heart of kindness toward one another. I have heard said and I have said myself that Christians often kick each other when one is down. Let us strife to lift up each other in prayer. We do not want to be a tool used by the devil against fellow believers. God bless you today and through out the coming week.
Betty
 
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Good Morning and Happy Monday,

As I was sitting here, I must admit I was feeling sorry for myself. I woke up with pain as usual and stayed in bed for another 30 minutes knowing the pain would get worse when I started walking around and it did. So I was having a little pitty party, but then I looked outside and saw two squirrels chasing each other around the tree trunk. The pain did not go away but my focused changed to the squirrels instead of my pain. That is like our spiritual struggles. If we focus on the struggle instead of focusing on God then we can lose heart and become fearful. If we keep our eyes on Jesus we can not only overcome with God but we can be joyful throughout the battle. I purchased a couple weeks ago a feeder that is suppose to keep the squirrels out. Those squirrels with much time and effort have figured out how to get the feed out. Just think of the battles we can win if we keep our focus on God and not give into defeat. The devil wants us to focus on the moment, but we have been promised eternity with God our Father. As Paul said keep your eyes on the prize and not on your circumstances. Our suffering is for such a short time when you consider an eternity in Heaven. I believe Jesus is coming back soon and one day we will look from the glories of Heaven and know that every struggle, every pain, and every disappointment was so worth it all! As a runner in a race, let us keep our eyes on the prize and not let our present troubles overwhelm us. May God bless you and your family.
Betty
 
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Good Morning and Happy Tuesay,

I woke up sick very early this morning and was awake awhile. This morning I feel weak, with a whopper of headache, but not discouraged. The Doctors are clueless about what is going on but I know God is in control. It is not important that I understand why this is happening but to remind myself that God is with me. I admit that I am praying that the Doctors find out what is going on so they can treat me better, but I must not allow myself to be overwhelmed with fear and doubt. It is easy to praise God when our health is good and everything else is lined up like it should be. But true faith is worked by not knowing and yet still trusting. Everyone of us have problems and I am not thinking I am the only one with struggles. I pray that God will be with you today and give you strength and peace of mind as your carry your load. I pray that I will be an encouragement to you as you walk your journey and to remind you that in the midst of the storm there is peace.

This morning a male Cardinal and some squirrels. God has blessed me today by sharing nature with me.
Betty
 
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Good Morning and Happy Wednesday,

Life has away of throwing curves in the road. Your traveling on a straight path and out of nowhere you have a sharp curve that nearly throws you off course. Let's face it, our first response is usually fear and anger. Sometimes these curves are to take us in a different direction. Life is not like a map that we can plan our journey, knowing every step of the way in advance. Life can change on a dime. I am a planner and like to know in advance what is going to happen from day to day. Change is hard for me, and yet change while bringing challenges can bring happy surprises our way. The hard part is letting go, and letting God do His work. When we stop trying to control our situation and willingly give it to God, we can let go of the anger and fear. If we are wholly trust in God, we will let go of the fear. The more we learn to trust in God the less these curves and valleys in the road will throw us into a tenses. Trust God to guide you today and have your listening ears open to hear what He has to say to you. Have a teachable spirit so we can learn what God is trying to teach us.

This morning I have had about a dozen squirrels and a few birds. I am always to see the rare red squirrel enjoying the seeds I put out. May you be blessed today.
Betty
 
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Good Morning and Happy Thursday,

Hubby has a heart procedure this morning so we are up very early for us. This just came up yesterday and was unexpected. Life has a way of throwing a curve ball. While I wish this wasn't happening to hubby, I am grateful that God has allowed Doctors to know how to do this procedures. I am trusting God to be with us today and bring hubby and I home safely this afternoon. Some people believe that a person's physical health is regulated by their spiritual health. God bless people who are born with healthy genes. But the truth is some of the most spiritually close to God people I have known have had physical struggles. We are all called to carry our cross for the Lord. For some people their cross is physical disease and handicaps. This does not mean that they are less important to God. It is not what our cross is but what our attitude is as we carry our cross. Paul, himself had a thorn in his side that he prayed three times for God to remove it. God chose not to remove it but told Paul that He would give Paul the grace to carry it. Let us be careful not to judge one another or compare our cross with one another. Let us carry our own cross with dignity and grace and pray for one another.

I think the squirrels are still asleep, but I do see a male Cardinal. Be blessed and let is aim to hold one another up in prayer. God bless you.
Betty
 
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Good Morning and Happy Friday,

"Lord, we see danger and trouble all around us. Help us not to worry but instead to trust and rest in You. Show us the peace that comes from waiting patiently on You."

This was the prayer for the day in my Daily Bread. This prayer is definitely for the times that we live in.
When I find myself overwhelmed by personal and world problems I find myself doing one of two things. One is to doubt and question God and the other is to flee. I have this overwhelming desire to get in the car and just go. Thankfully reason sets in and I do not flee and the Holy Spirit convicts me of my doubts.
We are living in times that our faith will be tested and our security will be challenged. But we must remember the old hymn that says "I have come to far to give up now". How sad it would be to give up when we may be just feet from the finish line. If we keep our eyes on this world and our personal problems, we will be overcomed and we take a chance of failing not just ourselves but our Heavenly Father.
Not only do we live in a world where every day brings violence and fears but people we know will disappoint us. Sometimes people we love will fail us but we must remind ourselves that God will never fail us. Yes the violence is increasing but Jesus, Himself warned us that in the last days it would be like this. This is the time to pray more, live by faith more, and encourage ourselves in the Lord. While we need to stay informed about what is going on, let the news drive us to our knees and not to doubts and fears.
There is indeed victory in Jesus. Even in the midst of storms we can have peace in our minds and hearts.
God bless you today.
Betty

I have a couple of squirrels this morning. I moved the bird feeder to a pole. The squirrels were hanging from the tree eating out of the bird feeder. The squirrel can eat out of their own feeders.

Dottie Rambo - Too Much To Gain To Lose Lyrics
1. Too many miles behind me
Too many trials my feet have walked through
Too many tears help me remember
There's too much to gain to lose.

Chorus
Too many sunsets lie behind the mountain
Too many rivers my feet have walked through
Too many treasures are waiting over yonder
There's too much to gain to lose.

2. I've crossed the hot burning desert
I was struggling the right road to choose
But somewhere up ahead there's cool clear water
And defeat is one word i'll never use.

Chorus
Too many sunsets lie behind the mountain
Too many rivers my feet have walked through
Too many treasures are waiting over yonder
There's too much to gain to lose.

Tag
Oh, too many treasures are waiting over yonder
There's too much to gain to lose!
 
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Good Morning and Happy Saturday,


This morning I have a few birds and squirrels in the back. I don't know what is in the front. Yesterday, I accidentally ran over a squirrel. It broke my heart. This has been an exhausting week but I am thankful that God brought hubby through his procedure and though there is a blockage in a bad place, they believe medication will fix that. Watching a squirrel run across a small branch that moves with every step he takes. The squirrel is not afraid and is trusting the branch to hold him or her. Us humans could learn from nature. When God puts a on a path, instead of trusting God, we often question God. We want to be reminded by God over and over if He is going to be with us or is He going to let us fall. How much better if we would trust God to protect us. Even when bad things happen, God is with, He doesn't run away. Let us learn from nature and trust our Creator and our Heavenly Father. May your day be blessed and may you be a blessing to others.
Betty
 
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Good Morning and Happy Sunday,

    Feeling sad because I was too sick to drive to Church this morning.  See two Doctors this week and praying they can find a solution.  I miss not being in Church.  But  I do have something that makes me happy.  My son and his girlfriend, Sarah got a Christmas tree yesterday and decorated it for the house.  I love Christmas and really enjoy the tree.  Thank you, Jeff and Sarah.  My daughter, Jennifer and my grand daughter, Brittany came to see us, yesterday.  Their  visit encouraged me.  Thank you Jenn and Britt.

   The Bible say that to praise God in everything.  I used to think that meant you had to praise and thank God  for the bad things that happen to us, but I have realize that is not the case.  We praise God in the middle of bad situations and in spite of our circumstances.  Like the song that says "We bring the sacrifice of praise" we praise God through the good and bad times.  God's love for us is steady and strong.  Our circumstances doesn't determine our standing with God.  Let us serve God with a cheerful heart no matter what our circumstances are.   May God cover you and your family with His love and His protection.

Betty
Hebrews 13:15By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name. 16But to do good and to communicate forget not: for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.
 
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Good Morning and Happy Monday,

We live in a world where the word love" has been watered down. We say I love chocolate ice cream or fancy chocolates. Compassion is something that the world has too little of today. We can walk by a homeless man and while we may feel a moment of sadness we often do not have true compassion for him. Let's face it we are more often to feel discomfort at seeing him rather then feel genuine compassion. Sometimes it is because we honestly don't know what to do to help people. It could be we fear being in the same position that he is. I am not saying it is our job to feed every homeless person. The truth is some people begging for money are not homeless but their "job" is begging for money. We can pray for decrement. I think most of us have at times heard a voice in our heart to help someone and sometimes we feel that we should pass another person by. I think it is never wrong to pray for both types. I saw a man with a sign that said: "I am begging for money instead of robbing you". He seemed to be getting more people to give, simply became people thought his sign had imagination .

It is not just the homeless person that we need to show compassion to. Do we feel compassion when we see a handicapped person struggling to get to their car? Do we say a prayer that God will give that person strength to make the day? When we hear that a person has lost their job do we feel only relief that it wasn't us or do we stop and pray for that person? Let us seek to have a compassionate heart towards others. Even when someone we know has fallen into sin, let us love them and be compassionate towards them. Pray for one another and have a compassionate heart for one another.


"Compassion is the response to the suffering of others that motivates a desire to help.[1
Compassion motivates people to go out of their way to help physical, spiritual, or emotional hurts or pains of another. Compassion is often regarded as having an emotional aspect to it, though when based on cerebral notions such as fairness, justice and interdependence, it may be considered rational in nature and its application understood as an activity based on sound judgment. There is also an aspect of compassion which regards a quantitative dimension, such that individual's compassion is often given a property of "depth," "vigour," or "passion." The etymology of "compassion" is Latin, meaning "co-suffering." More involved than simple empathy, compassion commonly gives rise to an active desire to alleviate another's suffering.[2]

Compassion is often, though not inevitably, the key component in what manifests in the social context as altruism.[citation needed] In ethical terms, the expressions down the ages of the so-called Golden Rule often embodies by implication the principle of compassion: Do to others what you would have them do to you.[3][original research?]

The English noun compassion, meaning to love together with, comes from Latin. Its prefix com- comes directly from com, an archaic version of the Latin preposition and affix cum (= with); the -passion segment is derived from passus, past participle of the deponent verb patior, patī, passus sum. Compassion is thus related in origin, form and meaning to the English noun patient (= one who suffers), from patiens, present participle of the same patior, and is akin to the Greek verb πάσχειν (= paskhein, to suffer) and to its cognate noun πάθος (= pathos).[4][5] Ranked a great virtue in numerous philosophies, compassion is considered in almost all the major religious traditions as among the greatest of virtues.w m". Wikipedia thank you .

This morning I saw the tiniest woodpecker. It was trying to figure out what so do with the tree. It was so focused on the tree that I was able to get close and watch for awhile. Have a blessed day! Pray that God will give you a compassionate heart towards others.
Betty
 
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Good Morning and Happy Tuesday,

I woke singing songs about Heaven in my mind. What a way to wake up, rejoicing in knowing the joys and the happiness that awaits us some day in Heaven. Yet we don't have to wait till Heaven to experience the joy and peace that only God can give us. As we live out our life for Jesus, we will find our hearts filled with joy and peace. This morning I have had the privilege of watching birds of various sizes eating at the bird feeders and two squirrels feasting at their feeders. I have found since I got sick that it is the little things that make me joyful. When we walk with God, He often brings small things throughout the day that makes us smile, little dew drops of joy. We live in a world that seems to drain us of joy. From the person in front of us going 30 miles an hour in 50 zone to the person behind us riding our car's rear end, who eventually cuts us off even if we are 5 over the speed limit. These are small things and when you add in the big things like terrorism, war, and murder, we are apt to have our joy completely drained. This is why we need to talk to God throughout the day, getting refills of peace and joy. When we neglect our time with God we will become discouraged and overwhelmed. So let us remember to keep our heart steadfast on Jesus and remind ourselves no matter what chaos the devil is creating in the world today, God is in control. Have a blessed day and find moments throughout the day to talk to Jesus.
Betty
 
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Good Morning and Happy Wednesday,

The Doctor is going to run more test to see what is going on so I am thankful for that. Today my mind feels like a hamster going around and around on one of those wheels and my thoughts are scattered. Have a few squirrels at the feeders and a couple of red wasps at the humming bird feeder. Sometimes we have to calm ourselves, especially those of us with ADD. The same with our spirit. The devil can tie us up in a state of confusion and get our eyes off Jesus. We have to reign in our thoughts and put our focus on God. When our focus is on God, we stop seeing mountains we cannot cross and see our Heavenly Father who can get us through anything. May today we stay more focused on our Heavenly Father and less on our struggles and problems. God bless you.
Betty
 
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Good Morning and Happy Thursday,

This morning I am overwhelmed with my inadequates. I want to be used by God but I am frail and weak over whelmed with 11 months of being ill with a disease that drains your strength and often leads to depression. This morning if it wasn't for the pain keeping me from falling back to sleep I could have just covered my head and stayed in bed all day. I say this not for pity but because I know there are others like me who are suffering either from disease or the illness of depression. I sympathize with you who are there and understand the overwhelming temptation to give up. My dear friends, do not give up and keep fighting until Jesus comes for us or calls you home. Our work for Christ is not in vain. Maybe you are at the point that you cannot do physical things for God but you can use the gift of prayer, to pray for the lost, Missionaries, and fellow Christians. I have found over an over as you step out in faith and do what God calls you to do, you will find that God will strengthen you and lift your spirit. Listening to and singing praises to God will also not only be your gift to God your Father, but it is a gift that goes both ways. As you sing you will lift yourself up and bring joy to God and yourself.
Let us all seek to work for God and let us encourage one another. At the moment the only nature outside I have seen was a red wasp. Inside one of my cats and my baby (my dog) have feasted.
I pray that God will bless you today and bring sunshine in your life.
Betty


Gospel
Take My Hand, Precious Lord lyrics

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Take My Hand Precious Lord

Precious Lord, take my hand
Lead me on,
Let me stand
I'm tired, I am weak I am worn
Through the storm, through the night
Lead me on to the light
Take my hand precious Lord, lead me home

When my way grows drear precious Lord linger near
When my life is almost gone
Hear my cry,
Hear my call
Hold my hand lest I fall
Take my hand precious Lord, lead me home

When the darkness appears and the night draws near
And the day is past and gone
At the river I stand
Guide my feet,
Hold my hand
Take my hand precious Lord, lead me home

Precious Lord, take my hand
Lead me on,
Let me stand
I am tired, I am weak, I am worn
Through the storm, through the night
Lead me on to the light
Take my hand precious Lord, lead me home
 
Posted by Betty Louise (Member # 7175) on :
 
Good Morning and Happy Friday,

This morning I have had about half dozen squirrels. Three of them chasing each other around a tree. At times so many leaves are falling it looks like it is raining leaves. I saw one red bird, earlier. Looking out this bay window at nature lifts my spirit and makes me feel closer to God. I think everyone has little things in their life that makes them smile. We live in a time where there are so many bad things going on around us. We need to remember that Jesus warned us in the last days that there would be tribulation and war. Sadly though the world is perplexed about terrorism and other things that are happening, they are not for the most part turning to God for the answers. At the Houston VA, and the Tomball VA, I have talked to a handful of men who recognize that we are living in the last days. Sadly many Pastors will not preach on end times. Which leaves their congregations totally in prepared for not only what is happening but what could be in the future. A feel good all is right with the world Preacher is great if you are living in the Garden of Eden, but not if you live in a world where terrorism and mass shootings is happening so much that we are no longer shocked. In today's world a sports figure can be penalized for taking a knee to the ground for God, yet a Bruce Jenner is consider brave for deciding that he is a woman. Abortion is considered a woman's right and yet the same people protest to save baby animals. We have young people so confused about the sexual orientation that it is considered hip that a young female pop singer considers herself a guy one day and a female The next. We have college students who feel they are entitled to everything free and are so unprepared for the real world that thing they need a safe zone on campus to protect them from words. The Attorney General wants jail time for those who say anything against Islam. We are in the perfect position for the Antichrist to come on the scene. I believe Jesus is coming soon. We need to keep our hearts and minds on Jesus.
Betty
 
Posted by Betty Louise (Member # 7175) on :
 
Good Morning and Happy Saturday,

The red squirrel is at the feeder this morning . He or she has put on Little weight, which is great because winter is coming soon. This morning as I wait for guidance from God on what He would have me to say, I feel bless to able to enjoy the beauties of nature. Like many others who suffer from diseases, the mornings can be hard. With me I wake with pain in my body and have to talk myself into getting up. Yet we all have a lot to be grateful for: another day to live for God, another day with family, another day to pursue our dreams. Every day is a blessing from God; 24 hours to accomplish goals and to work for God. We should seek to see the moments that God sends our way to show His love to others. After thanking God for another day, we should pray for opportunities to share God's love and for our eyes to be open to the opportunities that God sends our way. While we live in a time that can depress us let is remember the joy of having a relationship with God. Let us take God's love with us everywhere go and share this love with others. Let us pray that God will overflow our hearts with love for others so that others can see Jesus in us. As the old saying goes: "Let others see Jesus in us". Pray that God will make you a blessing to others. May God bless you today as you go about your business.
Betty


Artist: Hymns
Album: Unknown
Title: Make Me a Blessing


1 Out in the highways and byways of life,
many are weary and sad;
are weary and sad
Carry the sunshine where darkness is rife
making the sorrowing glad.

Refrain:
Make me a blessing,
Make me a blessing,
Out of my life
out of my life
May Jesus shine;
Make me a blessing, O savior, I pray,
I pray Thee, my Savior,
Make me a blessing to someone today.

2 Tell the sweet story of Christ and His love;
Tell of His pow'r to forgive;
His pow'r to forgive.
Others will trust Him if only you prove
true ev'ry moment you live.

Refrain:

3 Give as 'twas given to you in your need;
Love as the Master loved you;
Be to the helpless a helper indeed;
Unto your mission be true.

Refrain
 
Posted by Betty Louise (Member # 7175) on :
 
Good Morning and Blessed Sunday,

I still felt weak this morning, but instead of staying home, I visited an Assembly of God Church that is close to the house. It was a good service and I am blessed to be able to be in God's house. As those in the Houston area know, the weather is icky this morning. Thankful to God that He protected us through the storm last night. I see two red birds in the back yard so of course that makes me happy. Last night we had my side of the family Christmas party. God blessed us with a great time with family. This is the season that we often get with family members. It is a joyful time of the year with family but more important the remembrance of the great sacrifice that Jesus made in leaving Heaven to be born a baby and to live and die for our sins. May God bless you and you celebrate the miracle of Jesus birth, death, and resurrection. It is easy to get caught up in the bustle and often stress of Christmas, but let us not forget that Jesus is the reason we celebrate. Take time every day to spend with God and you will find your hours will go better. May God make Himself known to you today in a special way.
Betty
 
Posted by Betty Louise (Member # 7175) on :
 
Good Morning and Happy Monday,

I slept later this morning and I feel better then I did yesterday morning. Praise God! This morning I have been blessed with many birds and two squirrels at the feeders. The Bible says that the earth groans with anticipation for the time that God will heal the earth and restore her to her former glory. We as Christians also look with great anticipation to when Jesus calls the Church to meet Him in the air. A revival that the earth has never know or experienced. Until Jesus' glorious appearing we can be shining lights that show God's love in a dark world over taken by sin. The devil seeks to dim our lights by discouraging us and overwhelming us with trials and tribulations. If we constantly refill our spirit at the feet of Jesus and in His Holy Word then our light will continue to burn with the intensity that God designed us for. Let us live every day with purpose and promise, that being to be what God wants us to be. While we need to be aware of what is happening around us, make sure we spend enough time in prayer and studying the Word of God, so that we are beacons of truth and not discouraged and frightened rag dolls. If we put our complete trust in God, we need not fear. God bless you.
Betty
 
Posted by Betty Louise (Member # 7175) on :
 
Good Morning and Happy Tuesday

Up way to early for me and no coffee. Ugh! I am having a CT Scan this morning to find out why my body is rejecting food, I pray that they find the cause and that it is fixable. Quite nippy this morning and had to wear a sweater to work outside but it feels more like Christmas time. It is funny how you really want something you can't have. I can just imagine warm coffee easing down my throat. That is often how it is with sin. The devil makes it seem so inviting and the taste so pleasurable. But the reality is sin only taste good for a short period, but the results of sin can plaque a person for years. The devil from the time of Adam and Eve has made it seem that when God says no that He is cheating us out of something. The truth is God is trying to protect us not withhold pleasure. That little bit of fruit changed the earth from a perfect garden to a sin plagued world. But don't be so quick to blame Adam and Eve. We are also prone to be rebellious and seek that what is harmful to ourselves and our families. Have a blessed day and may we seek to be more obedient to God's will and less rebellious. God bless you.
Betty
 
Posted by GISMYS16 (Member # 12739) on :
 
Praise the Lord, my soul,
and forget not all his benefits—
3
who forgives all your sins
and heals all your diseases,
4
who redeems your life from the pit
and crowns you with love and compassion,
5
who satisfies your desires with good things
so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s. Psalm 103:1-5
 
Posted by Betty Louise (Member # 7175) on :
 
Gismy,
Thank you for sharing. I am trying hard to have a spirit of praise and thanksgiving even in the midst of my illness. There are times I become discouraged. Because my disease has some unpleasant and embarrassing symptoms but God always gives me strength to carry on.
Betty
 
Posted by Betty Louise (Member # 7175) on :
 
Good Morning and Happy Wednesday,

I am blessed to have several birds at my feeders this morning. Yesterday was a hard day. The medication for the test made me sick, but I feel better and happy to have my morning coffee. Now is the waiting time for the results. We spend a lot of time of our lives waiting for the answers. Will we get that promotion? Will the girl I love say yes to my proposal? Where will we live when we move? How do I know if I am living in God's will? Often we spend wasted hours trying to find the answers on our own. Of course God wants us to make intelligent decisions, but if we seek God's will in everything we do, we will not have to worry and fret over every decision. Some people, think that God's will, means that everything will turn out perfect. While that sounds wonderful, the reality is that is not always true. Sometimes God leads us through dark valleys so that we can come out of them having grown spiritually and our faith increased. This time are often made worse by those who are quick to point out the errors they think we made that got us in the valley. Remember Job, he went through some very dark times, not because of his own sin but because of a disagreement between God and Satan. Job's friends were quick to: help Job find some hidden sin in his life. Poor Job was perplexed and overwhelmed by everything and yet his faith and trust in God never wavered. While the Bible said that God increased everything that Job lost, the Bible did not say how all of this changed Job in the end. There is reason to believe that his faith was stronger. We will have trouble and tribulation in this life. Let is seek to come through everyone with a sweeter attitude, stronger faith in God, and a brighter light in our spirit to shine the glory of God on everyone we see and touch. If we trust God we do not have to fear the waiting. We can live in peace even when we do not know the answer. Live so close to God that when we go though trial and tribulation we do not have to be afraid. Of course Satan will be there to whisper words of doubt in our ears, but remind Satan that he is the father of liars. Even if God should choose to let us die, our future in Heaven is worth the pain we suffer here. Glory be to God, the creator of Heaven and earth.
Betty


Looking at a beautiful male Cardinal. He sure is acting like he knows how beautiful he is. [youpi] He just got bumped by a woodpecker. God is good to me, by allowing me to enjoy nature so much.
 
Posted by GISMYS16 (Member # 12739) on :
 
Satan! God's Word says you are a liar and you are on earth to kill and destroy but God rebuke you and as a child of God I resist you and bind your power in Jesus's name and declare to you that you are a defeated foe and have no right to attact my health. God's Word says when I resist evil,evil must flee,so you are defeated and I command you to be gone in JESUS'S NAME!!! PTL. I choose to believe God's Word and accept God's blessings and healing. PTL.
 
Posted by Betty Louise (Member # 7175) on :
 
Good Morning and Happy Thursday,

I feel like a zombie being up this early. I found myself moaning about it, but then God reminded me how the Doctor is seeing me before his regular appointments and is in fact doing me a favor. He is checking to see how my osteoarthritis is progressing in my hips. Which got me to wondering how many times do we have something happen to us that at the time at best seems likes an inconvenience and worse trouble only to find out in the next day or so that their was a Godly purpose for what God has brought out way. We do not see the big picture but one day we will find out that many times when God sidetracked us it was not to inconvenience us but to protect us from something that was around the bend, so to speak. I am a planner and I like things to go in an orderly way and easily upset when my day is sidetracked. Yet I am learning to trust God, when he allows things to pop up that delays or even changes my plans. His ways are better and we learn to trust Him, wholly with all our being we can live more peacefully. So what ever comes your way today, trust God. His purpose and His ways are way beyond us.
At least I can have coffee this morning. Way to dark to see any nature. God bless you!
Betty
 
Posted by Betty Louise (Member # 7175) on :
 
Good Morning and Happy Friday,

By now all the kids are excited and counting down the days to Christmas morning. I remember that time as a child when it seemed time moved slower then normal. Even as adults we can smell the Holiday smells in the air: cinnamon, Christmas trees, and cranberries. Waiting is fun when you are waiting for happy things, but stressful when you are waiting on news that could bring good or bad results. The not knowing can open our hearts and minds to doubts. The devil is more then willing to supply any doubts we haven't thought of. If we allow our mind to play in the play pen of doubts we can overwhelm ourselves with stress and our focus in no longer on God. In the play pen our doubts make our problems grow into giants and if we are not careful we can shrink God in our minds and become overwhelmed by fear. When we take our eyes off our troubles and through prayer and Bible Study, we see that nothing or anyone is bigger then our Heavenly Father. The more our trust grows the more our doubts shrink. Waiting for answers don't mean we pull the cover over our heads and hide. We continue to work for God and leave the questions in His Hands. Waiting can be a time of spiritual growth and maturity. We can remind ourselves that although we do not know the answers to our situation, there is nothing that God doesn't know and when the answers do come, He will be there to walk us through what ever the path we will walk through. Those of you with young children and grandchildren, enjoy this time of innocence. Take pleasure as you see Christmas in their young eyes. All of should rejoice in the marvelous gift of Jesus that God in His love for mankind gave us. Have a blessed day and take time to do something for yourself. Whether it is a fancy coffee, or listening to Christmas music while soaking in a bubble bath. This time of year can be stressful so take the time to refresh your body, mind, and soul.
Betty

Waiting on the Lord/ Charles F. Weigle


Waiting on the Lord, for the promise given;
Waiting on the Lord, to send from Heaven;
Waiting on the Lord, by our faith receiving;
Waiting in the upper room.
Refrain:
The power! the power!
Gives vict’ry over sin, and purity within;
The power! the power!
The pow’r they had at Pentecost.
Waiting on the Lord, giving all to Jesus;
Waiting on the Lord, till from sin He frees us;
Waiting on the Lord for the heav’nly breezes;
Waiting in the upper room.
Waiting on the Lord, longing to mount higher;
Waiting on the Lord, having great desire;
Waiting on the Lord, for the heav’nly fire;
Waiting in the upper room.
 
Posted by Betty Louise (Member # 7175) on :
 
Good Morning and Happy Saturday,

"I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day" lyrics
(Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882), 1867)

Play "I Heard The Bells…"

I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day
Their old familiar carols play,
And wild and sweet the words repeat
Of peace on earth, good will to men.

I thought how, as the day had come,
The belfries of all Christendom
Had rolled along the unbroken song
Of peace on earth, good will to men.

And in despair I bowed my head:
"There is no peace on earth," I said,
"For hate is strong and mocks the song
Of peace on earth, good will to men."

Then pealed the bells more loud and deep:
"God is not dead, nor doth he sleep;
The wrong shall fail, the right prevail,
With peace on earth, good will to men."

Till, ringing singing, on its way,
The world revolved from night to day,
A voice, a chime, a chant sublime,
Of peace on earth, good will to men!


Like the author of this song, we live in a world that there is no peace. Our war is different than the civil war that was going on when Mr Longfellow wrote this song. Yet we all know that just in California, a act of terrorism could happen anywhere at anytime. Just as the writer we are primed to cry out there is no peace. But just as the author penned in the last verse, God is not dead nor has He resigned His position.
We are warned by Jesus Himself that these things must be. Yet that doesn't mean that we should not rejoice in this time of celebrating Jesus' birth. Draw your family around you and thank God for the gift of family that He has given you. Most everyone like myself have family in Heaven and I believe they are also rejoicing at this time with us. We do not have to be overcome with despair. We can rejoice in the family we still have with us, we can enjoy the festivities that are all around us, and most important we can rejoice in the precious gift of Jesus. Take time and drive around looking at Christmas lights with Christmas songs playing in your car and feel your spirit lift. Keep your eyes on Jesus and look for His soon coming. Paul would remind us that this time of suffering is for a short period, while our rejoicing in Heaven will be for eternity. Be blessed and look for ways to be a blessing to others.
Betty
 
Posted by knowHim (Member # 8) on :
 
Thanks for the post. It sure brightened my day.

Praise to our King Jesus!


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Posted by Betty Louise (Member # 7175) on :
 
David,

Thank you so much. I pray each day that God will give me the right words to say. It has been almost a year since I got sick. They still do not know the cause or solution, but I believe God is allowing me to go though this time so that I can grow in Him and be used by. Him.
Betty
 
Posted by Betty Louise (Member # 7175) on :
 
Good Morning and Happy Sunday,

I am still having health issues so going to go to the Church close to me. I miss my home Church, but must deal with what is. I have not heard from Doctor but trusting God they will find the cause and solution.
This morning 2 squirrels and assorted birds. I woke up early this morning so no rushing to make Church which is good. Almost all the leaves are gone from my trees and they look dreary and depressing. Often in our life we go through periods where we feel like those trees. We can see nothing beautiful in our life and we feel defeated and ugly. But just like in the spring when the trees began to grow new leaves and our yard is bursting with new life, our own lives will begin to burst open with fruit and we will glow with the growth of our soul. Winter is a time or rest for most of nature. We to need times of spiritual rest in Jesus. Where we can grow in the Lord and become refueled. If our cup is empty we cannot share with others the Good News of Christ. Let us not grumble and complain when we are going through the dark times but praise God and rest on Him. Spring is coming, but for now we must got through the winter. There is a reason God made 4 seasons and there is a reason why we go through valleys and climb mountains. Which ever stage God has us going through, let us go through it with grace and gratitude to God.
This is the last Sunday before Christmas Day. Let us take time today to reflect on The beauty and the promise fulfilled with the birth of Jesus. God bless and keep you.
Betty


Silent night, holy night
All is calm and all is bright
Round young virgin mother and child
Holy infant so tender and mild
Sleep in heavenly peace
Sleep in heavenly peace

Silent night, holy night
Shepherds quake at the sight
Glories stream from heaven afar
Heavenly hosts sing hallelujah
Christ the savior is born
Christ our savior is born

Silent night, holy night
Son of God
Love's pure light
Radiant beams from thy holy face
With the dawn of redeeming grace
Jesus Lord at thy birth
Jesus Lord at thy birth

Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah

Christ the savior is born
 
Posted by Betty Louise (Member # 7175) on :
 
Good Morning and Happy Monday,

I pray that you are feeling blessed today and feel God's breath near you like a sweet smelling rose.
Yesterday, the little children did a little Chrismas pagent at Church and they were so sweet. What made it so lovely was not perfection but the mistakes of the young ones who were so precious. Many years ago I took a painting classes for 6 months. The teacher often stressed that when we tried to make our scenes of nature perfect, we lost the glory of nature. She told us to study nature and we would see that not every leave was hanging in a perfect position and every flower was not picture perfect, and yet when we painted nature in its true form it came together perfectly. We too often spend so much time seeking perfection in our lives that we miss the big picture. This does not mean we should not do our best but don't get so caught up in the little things that you miss what God is trying to show you. If God wanted perfect Christians who could have mankind with no freedom of choice and like robots who just did God's will on command. But God chose mankind, weak easily led astray, and often stubborn, to be His vessels. When we choose to be obedient to God and willing to be led by Him, I believe God rejoices. When we decide to go our own way, act out, and just be plan contrary, God doesn't say:"Throw that one away, they are broken". No! God brings us back often with a spanking but as I believe King David said: God doesn't chastise for us forever and afterwards, He heals our wounds and comforts us. This Christmas season do not try to have the perfect Christmas. Don't stress over everything going perfectly that you miss out on enjoying your family.
So much of my family is in Heaven and though I often long to relive those days they are gone. But if I allow myself to grieve over loss, I would miss out over the wonderful family that I am blessed to have around me, my hubby, my precious children, grandchildren, and great grandson. Take time this season to thank God for lovely, precious memories of the past and rejoice in what you have in the present. If the turkey isn't like you see on TV, don't stress. Your family loves you and wants to spend time with you, not with the turkey. God bless you.
Betty
 
Posted by Betty Louise (Member # 7175) on :
 
Good Morning and Happy Tueday,

Have you ever had something bother you and every time you think you have put it out of your mind the devil pops it back in your head? You tell yourself you are over it, here the thought comes like a runaway train. Let's face it the devil likes to use our minds like a play ground. The question becomes not if he is going to put thoughts that are contrary to what God wants us to dwell on, because he will. The question becomes whether we will refrain from playing with the thoughts are stop and give them to Jesus. This is a process that we have to do over and over for the devil will not tempt us once but many, many times. But I believe each time we do not allow the devil to have his way we become spiritually stronger. This time of year we are prone to remember past experiences. While most may be good there are those thoughts that only depress us and make us feel dishearted, we must remember that God got us through those painful times and He is with us in the present. Let us concentrate this Christmas Season to make new memories and be a blessing to others making happy memories for others. God bless you and may your step be lighter as you remind yourself how much the Heavenly Father loves you.
Several squirrels this morning and a couple of birds. Yesterday a tree had so many red birds that it looked like red flowers. That made me happy.
Betty
 
Posted by Betty Louise (Member # 7175) on :
 
Good Morning and Happy Wednesday,

The last two days have been exhausting. Between Christmas shopping for Christmas dinner, last minute gifts, and a visit for hubby at the VA, we have ran the roads. Don't get met wrong I am so grateful that we were able to take care of the needs for Christmas. But today is the first day it is safe for me to eat breakfast since Saturday. My plan is to stay off the roads today. I really am appreciative of all the work my mom did for us kids. She baked every day the week of Christmas. And that is not counting the baking she did for the Church events and making sure we kiddos got to all the Christmas play practices. I sure miss her and dad and my little sister. Christmas seems a little less not being at my mother-in- laws house on Christmas Eve. I know there are many that miss loved ones. While it is so important to us knowing that they are having Christmas with Jesus, it doesn't take away the loss of their presence at our table. We need to remind ourselves that God gave up the presence of His Son for 33 years so that He could bring salvation to mankind.
Christmas brings still brings out the good in people . It was refreshing to see people go the extra way to help people negotiate a 5 lane highway yesterday to turn left against the traffic. No one honking at the people who stopped to allow this. Of course there are those who are always going to be impatient and cranky but there seems to be more nice people at Christmas time. Maybe it is the remembrance of the joy of Christmas when they were children. As we spend the last few days before Christmas let us share the love of Jesus with others and let us take time to thank God our Father for the best gift of all: Jesus.
God bless you and your family today.
A few squirrels are gathering now that they realize that their food is out. I see a bird so they should start gathering soon. I hope that God will use my feeble words to bless you . When I sat down after my morning chores I was hurting and feeling a little blue, but God has encouraged me and watching nature has made me smile. Thank you, Jesus for allowing me to enjoy the birds and squirrels every morning.
Betty
 
Posted by Betty Louise (Member # 7175) on :
 
Good Morning and a Blessed Christmas Eve,

"God made His home with us so that we might make our home with Him." This was in my Daily Bread. If God had not become man, lived and died among us, and rose again, mankind would still be living with out hope. Just living out our time until we died and went to hell. I can not imagine a more miserable life and yet there are those who choose the path to hell. They know the truth and yet they reject the truth because of pride, unwillingness to give up their sin and just not wanting to have anyone including God to tell them how to live. Even if they live a prosperous life of fame, power, and riches, what is that compared to an eternity in hell? This is the time many of us exchange gifts and yet so many people reject the most precious gift of all: Jesus. Sadly we live in a time when Christians are considered weak and feeble minded at best and at worse mentally challenged for needing a God to make us feel accepted. Those who look down on us are accepted as inlighted and intelligent. Sadly, they have rejected the truth. The Bible says in the last days bad will be considered good and good considered bad. If you speak out for unborn babies, you are for taking away the rights of women to kill their unborn children. I read about a Methodist Preacher who said that driving women to have their abortion is God's work. How sad that don't only is she is participating in killing of babies she is an example in her Church of teaching sin as acceptable.
As we celebrate Christmas this season, let us take time to pray for those blinded by sin that their eyes be open to the truth of God's Word. May they see that just because the world has chosen to make sinful things acceptable does not mean that God has changed His mind. Pray that their hearts will be open to accept the greatest Christmas Gift of all: Jesus our Savior.

This morning I took pleasure in two beautiful yellow roses in my front yard. I stopped an told them how beautiful they are. I have several squirrels eating this morning and my heart is filled with joy. I pray that you too find joy and peace today.
Betty
 
Posted by Betty Louise (Member # 7175) on :
 
Merry Christmas to everyone!

The Christmas Dinner is at 5 today so it is quiet around here. We had a lovely Christmas morning before Jeff left to have lunch with Sarah's family. God was good to us and we were able to get each other a few things we needed. I was pleased as punch that Ronnie asked for a Bible this year. We are going to try starting reading the Bible together tomorrow. We went to Church with Jeff and Sarah last night and had supper at Sarah's house with her family, and then went and looked at Christmas lights. This has been a great Christmas. I am so thankful for what Christmas means and the gift of Jesus and through Him the gift of salvation. I hope you have a lovely day with your family. We are blessed to have Sarah in our lives. She is a great addition to our family. Ronnie and are blessed with having our two children and two grandchildren and one great grandchild. Like Sarah our son inlaw , Mark, is a great blessing to our family and we our grateful for him. I pray that God will bless you and all your family today and your home be filled with wonderful smells of Christmas Dinner and your hearts filled with thanksgiving to our Heavenly Father for the blessings that He has bestowed on you and your household.
Betty
We had several squirrels, a blue bird and a red male Cardinal this morning .
 
Posted by Betty Louise (Member # 7175) on :
 
Good Morning and Happy Saturday,

We were blessed to have our kids and their families with us yesterday. A blessing I do not take for granted. We had a lovely dinner and wonderful fellowship. My son's fiancee got to see the Harlow family as it is, loud and fun loving. Jesus was so good to us. I pray that everyone had a blessed Christmas Day with their loved ones. This morning I have been blessed to enjoy a male red Cardnail and a female Cardnail and several squirrels. The days after Christmas we are usually tired and weary, especially those of us in bad health, but let us not forget to keep a thankful heart for every blessing God has given us. I am going to rest today and allow my body to recover, but this doesn't mean I cannot take the time throughout the day to offer prayers of thanksgiving to God my Father. In a week it will be a New Year, let us finish out this year, with a spirit of thankfulness and appreciation for God and our loved ones. Be blessed and be thankful for our salvation through Christ our Savior. Let us pray for our lost loved ones and those we run into that God will save their souls. Remember to pray for our Missioners, our Military, our Police Officers, and Firemen. God bless and keep you and you families safe.

Thank you Jenn, Beverly, and Sarah's mom for the Christmas goodies. I enjoyed a few for my breakfast this morning .

Betty
 
Posted by Betty Louise (Member # 7175) on :
 
Good Morning and a Blessed Sunday,

I felt so bad yesterday and last night that I did not set an alarm for Church. I am in more pain then usual but that is okay I took something for it and I am going to rest this morning and try to make it to the evening service. The bare trees outside or glistening with rain drops which adds a beauty to the otherwise sad looking trees. In our growth in our faith and walk with Jesus, we often go through barren times. Times when we feel so forlorn that we have little faith for ourselves and nothing to share with others. We often feel that God has forgotten us and we are just going to fade away. But it could be through these barren times that not only do we rest our bodies but we grow deeper and stronger in faith if we will not give up but seek the face of God and lean on Him more and more. We can look at barren trees and remind ourselves that in the spring those trees will be majestic in their beauty and grace. Let us not forget to remind ourselves that after our time of barrenness we will be like those trees, bursting forth with spiritual fruit and glowing with the Holy Spirit which lives in us. The earth has seasons for a purpose and spiritually and physically we have seasons for a purpose. Embrace the season you are in and seek God's face and seek for ways to be a light to a dark and sinful world. God is with you every season and He has a purpose for your life. He hasn't given up on you, so don't give up on Him. As we look forward to our eternity in Heaven let us not put our motors on coast but work diligently for God until God calls us home.
Betty
 
Posted by Betty Louise (Member # 7175) on :
 
Good Morning and Happy Monday,

This is the last week of 2015 and none of us knows what 2016 will bring. Many of us see trouble ahead, but that doesn't mean we should live in a state of fear and dread. God said in the last days we would have perilous time, but through these times God will be with us. We know things will get worse but this is the time to draw close to God and not give into despair and fear. Remind yourself that God is still in control.
As we look forward to the rapture, remember the devil is chopping at the bits looking forward to when he can control the earth. The Bible says the tribulation will be like no other time on earth. The anti-Christ will promise peace and Heaven on earth but it will be a horrible time with plaques and evils we cannot even imagine. This should motivate us to pray more diligently for our lost loved ones so that they are not left behind when God calls the Church home. We cannot force anyone to get saved but we should pray more and share the Gospel of Christ when opportunities come our way.

As we finish out our year, let us be thankful for the good times God has brought our way and grateful for the bad times that God has seen us through. While we do not know what lies ahead, we do know we can put our trust in God. It is easy to give in to fear and many times I have done so, but there is peace of mind and heart when we rest in God and let go of our fears and distress. This year for me has been a hard year and at times, I have cried out enough, but it is through my physical struggles and pain that God has drawn me closer to Him and He has taught me so much. They still do not know why my body is rejecting food and why there is so much pain when I eat, but I am learning to trust God despite the pain, discomfort, and embarrassing episodes. I cannot honestly say I would have chosen this path on my journey but I can say that God's plan has taken me spiritually where I need to be. I still pray that they find an answer soon because living the rest of my life like this is not a pleasant thought, but I have come to the place that I am willing to accept God's will. I know that what ever the future holds, God will give me the peace and strength to walk the path He chooses for me. Knowing that does give me peace .

This morning Bertha and I are sharing a piece of graham cracker fruit cake that Jennider made in honor of my mom and her grandmother. I have been blessed to see a few birds but no squirrel yet. This time a year many of us make New Years resolutions. As we think of the changes we want to make let is not forget our spiritual health and seek to improve that as well as our physical health. May God be with you in special way today.
Betty
 
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Trials and Temptations

James 1:2Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters,a whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. 4Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. 5If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. 6But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. 7That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. 8Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do.


Good Morning and Happy Tuesday,

Yesterday was a hard day for me physically. I woke up in pain and was in pain until I went to bed. I say this not for pity, but there will be days for us Christians when things will be hard for us. Whether, it is physical, emotional, or spiritual distress, we will go through times of distress. Those times that we are in a period of distress, are times the devil is on attack mode. He knows we are weaker and he is right there to dial up our Discouragemnt and convince us that God has left us to suffer all alone. This is when we need to remind the devil that he is a liar and we trust God. God in His goodness never forsakes us or abandons us. Let us use these times not to be fearful and not to question God's love for us, but to seek God's face and seek to learn what God is teaching us. Remember some questions will not be answered until we enter Heaven but there are times when can look back to the past and see why God took us down such a rocky, pot holed path. Let us seek to grow in Jesus every day and embrace in faith every path that God chooses for us to walk.

This morning I have seen the red squirrel and other squirrels and a variety of birds. Every morning that I am able to enjoy nature, is a blessing from God to me and I am thankful for His gift to me.
Betty


Tempted and tried, we’re oft made to wonder
Why it should be thus all the day long;
While there are others living about us,
Never molested, though in the wrong.
Refrain:
Farther along we’ll know more about it,
Farther along we’ll understand why;
Cheer up, my brother, live in the sunshine,
We’ll understand it all by and by.
Sometimes I wonder why I must suffer,
Go in the rain, the cold, and the snow,
When there are many living in comfort,
Giving no heed to all I can do.
Tempted and tried, how often we question
Why we must suffer year after year,
Being accused by those of our loved ones,
E’en though we’ve walked in God’s holy fear.
Often when death has taken our loved ones,
Leaving our home so lone and so drear,
Then do we wonder why others prosper,
Living so wicked year after year.
“Faithful till death,” saith our loving Master;
Short is our time to labor and wait;
Then will our toiling seem to be nothing,
When we shall pass the heavenly gate.
Soon we will see our dear, loving Savior,
Hear the last trumpet sound through the sky;
Then we will meet those gone on before us,
Then we shall know and understand why.
 
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Good Afternoon and Happy Wednesday,

I woke up feeling ill during the middle of the night, so I slept late this morning. I put out the bird seed and the trees are filled with red and other assorted birds. I am enjoying the blessing from God with a cup of coffee. Sometimes we miss the small blessings that God brings our way because we stressed about the big picture. Don't get me wrong, God is concerned about the big picture, but it is often the little blessings that refresh and encourage us along the way. Just as God blesses us many times with small things we too can be a blessing to others with small things . An encouraging word, a smile, a compliment might be just the blessing someone you meet today, needs today, to keep going. Let us not let opportunities pass us by that you can use to shine the love of God in a hurried and discouraged world. May God guide you today and help you see every opportunity He brings your way to share the love of Christ to others.
Betty


Are you weary, are you heavy hearted?
Tell it to Jesus, tell it to Jesus.
Are you grieving over joys departed?
Tell it to Jesus alone.

Refrain

Tell it to Jesus, tell it to Jesus,
He is a Friend that’s well known.
You’ve no other such a friend or brother,
Tell it to Jesus alone.

Do the tears flow down your cheeks unbidden?
Tell it to Jesus, tell it to Jesus.
Have you sins that to men’s eyes are hidden?
Tell it to Jesus alone.

Refrain

Do you fear the gathering clouds of sorrow?
Tell it to Jesus, tell it to Jesus.
Are you anxious what shall be tomorrow?
Tell it to Jesus alone.

Refrain

Are you troubled at the thought of dying?
Tell it to Jesus, tell it to Jesus.
For Christ’s coming kingdom are you sighing?
Tell it to Jesus alone.

Refrain


Are you weary, are you heavy hearted?
Tell it to Jesus, tell it to Jesus.
Are you grieving over joys departed?
Tell it to Jesus alone.

Refrain

Tell it to Jesus, tell it to Jesus,
He is a Friend that’s well known.
You’ve no other such a friend or brother,
Tell it to Jesus alone.

Do the tears flow down your cheeks unbidden?
Tell it to Jesus, tell it to Jesus.
Have you sins that to men’s eyes are hidden?
Tell it to Jesus alone.

Refrain

Do you fear the gathering clouds of sorrow?
Tell it to Jesus, tell it to Jesus.
Are you anxious what shall be tomorrow?
Tell it to Jesus alone.

Refrain

Are you troubled at the thought of dying?
Tell it to Jesus, tell it to Jesus.
For Christ’s coming kingdom are you sighing?
Tell it to Jesus alone.

Refrain
 
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"So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows."

Good Morning and Happy New Years's Eve,

Hubby and I are going to celebrate New Years like the old fogies we are by going to an early supper at a Mexican food Restaurant. This year has brought me many physical struggles but it has also brought a great blessing to our family, Sarah, our Son' fiancee. Only God knows what the future holds for this world. But we are beginning to see already that Religious freedoms for Christians are under attack and our President has made it clear that he plans to go further in his attack against the Christian Faith. Our President is going after the right of Americans to have free speech and to arm ourselves against a rogue government who thinks the constitution should be forsaken. These are just a few of the many things that keep conservatives awake at night, but Christians know this is just a plan the devil has for putting together his One World Government. The thing that surprises me the most that so many Americans are so willing to lay down their freedoms in the name of political correctness. Yet, we must not allow our selves to be over come with fear. Yes we should be concerned for our Country, but we need to remind ourselves God is in control.
One day this world will be ruled by God, Himself, but until that time, take courage, my friend, God has not left His throne and He has not left you to strife on your own. Take courage my dear friends, Jesus is coming for us soon! There is victory ahead in a Home in Gloryland where the devil and his henchmen cannot touch us or even communicate with us in any way. Praise the Lord! Live every day as if Jesus is coming today. Seek every moment to share His message and be pray fully ready to hear the trumpet sound.
Hubby and I have been enjoying the assorted birds, including one Blue Jay and a handful of red birds. I notice on yellow rose this morning as I took the trash out. It was almost hidden under some leaves but it was glowing with its beauty for all to enjoy. May I be like that rose, shinning God's love even when I am physically struggling by thorns that seek to steal my joy.
Betty
 
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Good Morning and Happy New Year,

This morning I am overcome by confusion and questions because I woke up from a nightmare where in my dream my faith was weak. I feel so inadequate this morning. Wondering how I can write about faith and trust in God and yet dream a dream where I am in despair and so troubled. Yet, now that I am awake my faith in God is strong and the fears are gone. The only residue from the dream is guilt for having the dream in the first place. I am trying to remind myself that I do not control what I dream and yet......... Maybe I need to remind myself that the devil will attack where He can and that can include our dreams. Maybe The devil is trying to siderailed me from the task God has given me by making me feel in adequate for the task. And as I write that I am reminded that I was always inadequate for the task. God did not lay on my heart to write every day because I am strong In faith and a over comer. God gave me the task to write from my weakness and from my inadequacies so that I could work not from my great faith but through the guidance of the Holy Spirit . My dear friends, I have often written to you that the devil seeks new ways to attack us. Today is a reminder to me and you that the devil will even use our dreams to try to persuade us to walk away from the task God has given us. Now, even though I still feel weak physically from the physical pain and weak emotionally from the attack from the devil, I just reminded myself that God has not given up on me. I must continue His work even through a state of weakness. I pray that seeing how God is using me through such attacks will encourage you to keep striving to work for God, in your own circumstances. Please pray for me, that I will be strong and not give up.
Betty
 
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Good Morning and Happy Saturday,

Last night I had set my coffee pot up like I do every night, expecting a hot cup of coffee, after I fed the squirrels and birds. I came in and starting pouring and soon realized there was three cups and not one. This would have been fine, if I had not had only enough coffee for one cup. I had forgotten I had ran water through the pot for cocoa last night and there was still water in the pot. That is like life, we often make plans and then something happens and our plans have to modified or derailed completely. Coffee is not that big deal, go with juice. But often when our plans have to be set aside we can become frustrated and out of sorts. Let's, face it our first question is not:What would God rather I be doing?" But "Why me?"
Let us try to start out this year trusting God more and allowing Him to change our plans without whining.
We know in our hearts that He knows best but often our first response is being frustrated and plain aggravated. As we are beginning the New Year let us try to be responsive to God's will and less determined to have our will.
This morning I had a blue jay eating. I have found to my surprise that blue jays are the most fearful of the birds. I have to make sure that the bird doesn't see me move even though I am in the house or it will fly away. I thought because of its size it would be less fearful but maybe it feels its size makes it more if a target. The smallest birds will eat even after I walk outside. I am enjoying nature this morning and thankful for these quiet moments as I meditate on seeking God's guidance.
Betty
 
Posted by GISMYS16 (Member # 12739) on :
 
I love this Word from God and I can say it has proved so true in my life again and again. Trust God and His Word.

Praise the Lord, my soul,
and forget not all his benefits—
3
who forgives all your sins
and heals all your diseases,
4
who redeems your life from the pit
and crowns you with love and compassion,
5
who satisfies your desires with good things
so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s. Psalm 103:1-5
 
Posted by Betty Louise (Member # 7175) on :
 
Gismy,
Thank you for sharing that. Yes we do need to meditate on God's Word.
Betty


Good Morning and Blessed Sunday,

My body is acting up a little, but I am dressed for Church and took a pill and pray I can make it through Church Service. I know better than to eat, but my body seems to be reacting to drinking this morning but God is in control. There is a lot of things in our individual world space that we have no control. Some people have control freak bosses that want to micro manage their employees and some bosses expect their employees to read their minds on what they want. Parents with children are often bombarded in the mornings with children fussing and children who can't find shoes, books etc. It is easy to end up with everyone upset with one another before we have left the house. Although I prayed in my heart many times that God would help us find lost items, how much better it would have been to have stopped everything and have the children pray with me that God would calm our moods and help us find things. As they say hind sight is 20/20. There are lot of things I look back on when my kids were little and I wish I had done things better. We cannot go back in time and fix things but we can pray that God will help us see moments now in our lives when we need to stop and just pray. Stressing and getting angry never fixed anything and sometimes we say things we can't bring back. Let us start out this year not just thinking of God on Sunday's, but seeking His help and guidance every day and throughout the day. God bless you.
This morning I nice had several squirrels and assorted birds and have been blessed by them.
Betty
 
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Good Morning and Happy Monday,

Praise God! We both made it to Church yesterday morning. I have mentioned that one of the diseases hits me hard as soon as I step out of bed. This morning it was worse then usual and I can't help but wonder why. I am doing a test this week to see actually which disease it is so hopefully they can pinpoint what medicine will work on me. Even the test that takes days is very unpleasant. I remind myself there is a reason God is allowing me to go through this. I may not know to Heaven, but I am trusting Him as I go through each day. There are many times we go through unpleasant circumstances and we do no understand the reason but we can still trust Go through it all. Trusting God in those dark days can be hard and there are times that our faith grows weak, but when we lay it all at Jesus feet, He gives us peace. Every Christian is going through things they do not understand and it is hard to deal with. Yet the more we trust God the stronger our faith grows and we grow in strength in the Lord. Growing pains so to speak. This is the first new week of the New Year and none of us really know what is ahead. But, it is easy to see that there are unpleasant days ahead for Christians, even in America. If we are not strong in our faith we are going to be shipwrecked and lose our faith. We could even become like one of the virgins who ran out of oil got left out of the Wedding. That is why we need to refill our oil every day in the Lord. I don't know it it is possible to embrace trials and tribulations, we can choose to accept God's will with out complaining and giving up. Reminding ourselves that trials and tribulation bring forth spiritual growth. I don't believe it is a sin to ask God why, but I do believe we need to keep going even if God's answer doesn't come right away.

This morning I have had several squirrels and assorted birds. I soak in the experience as medicine to keep me going and to add sunshine to my day. May your day be filled with moments of sunshine.
Betty
 
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Just wanted you to know I am praying for you.

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KnowHim
Thank you for your prayers. I have started the test and hopefully next week they can diagnose what the problem is and find medication for it.
Betty
 
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Good Morning and Happy Tuesday,

I have ADH. I have always had it but when I was a kid, no one knew about ADH. My teacher was always sending notes home to my mom in first grade because I could not sit still in class. My dad took films of us as kids and I was always jumping up and down like a jack in the box. I did not find about ADH until my first child, Jenn was diagnosed and I always though it went away when you become an adult. My kids have me know that is not true. The reality is I am easily distracted. I always take notes in Church so I can attempt to stay focused on the preaching. The reality we live in a world where it is hard to stay focused for everybody. We go to Church and the Preaching gets us fired up and we promise ourselves and God that we are going to read the Bible and pray every day. Then life happens and we find ourselves neglecting the Word of God and if God is lucky, He hears a quick prayer right before we fall asleep. We mean well but we have allowed life to overwhelm us. There are times when something bad happens in our family, and it's like we need to introduce ourselves to God when we pray because it has been so long since we have talked to Him.
It doesn't have to be this way. We can make an appointed time to spend time with God every day. It will cost us something. Some days we may have to get up earlier to make time for God. God is well worth the effort and we will find that we are blessed when we make that effort. Spending time with God doesn't mean everything will to perfect but there is more peace in our hearts to deal with those unexpected events when we have spent time with Jesus. I still can't sit and pray like the old song says "Sweet Hour of Prayer". I become as restless as can be. But, I can talk to God through out the day as I do my chores. I still need quiet time alone with God, I just can't do an hour. The point is we need to spend some quiet time every day with God, praying and listening. God is so merciful that He meets us where we are. Let us all strife to have some quality time with God everyday.

This morning I have a squirrel and a few birds are gathering. My supply of bird seed is running low and it is time to get some more. I try to keep the supply adequate so I don't wake up one morning with no bird food to give. Just like I need to keep my soul fed so I don't find myself running on empty. Have a blessed day.
Betty
 
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Good Morning and Happy Wednesday,

Loving Father, thank You that every part of my life matters to You. Encourage me in my struggles so that I might walk in a way that reflects Your great love and honors Your great name. (Daily Bread)
Psalm 143:5 King James Bible
I cried unto thee, O LORD: I said, Thou art my refuge and my portion in the land of the living.

I had a wonderful Pastor many many years ago, who said that God was not interested in the mundane things of our lives like like our jobs, etc. He was a great Pastor but I believe he was wrong about that. I believe that anything that is important to us, is important to God. I believe we should pray for guidance from God when we seek a job. But not only that, but God cares about the little things that upsets us. Anyone who has lost a pet and cried over their passing knows that what is little to others is important to us. God sees our tears and He knows our pain. Sometimes we don't take our concerns to God because we are afraid He will find them to little to care about. I believe God cares about all things that brings us pain.
It is by allowing ourselves to learn to trust God through the small things that helps us through the bigger issues. Faith doesn't happen over night, it is a process that takes all of our Christian life. Faith must be fed to stay alive. The Bible says faith comes from the Word of God. It is through daily Bible Study and daily walking with God that faith grows and matures. Sitting under a Preacher who is not afraid to speak the truth of God is a great way for faith to grow. Remember Paul warns us that in the last days, it is more important than ever to not neglect meeting together with fellow Christians. Americans and Europeans are often neglectful of attending worship services. Yet in many communist and Muslim countries people are risking their very lives to meet with fellow believers to worship God. I believe Christians who have the freedom to worship at God's House but refuse will have to answer to God one day for neglecting His House.
We need to draw close to God and stayed prayed up and have good Christian leadership, because the devil is working hard to deceive. We live in a day when even Pastors are being deceived. I read that a beloved Pastor for many years in South Africa has come out saying that he would rather go to hell then to a Heaven, if God is against the gay lifestyle. How can a Pastor who preached the truth for many, many years abandon the truth of God's Word? Sadly he has put the love of mankind above his love for God. The Bible says our love for God must come before mom and dad, and even our own children. For many years I wondered how God could say that. But as I begin to think that eternity is for ever and our lives on this earth if we are lucky, will be 70-90 years. God created us and He died for us. Our loyalty for God must be above all. Never stop praying for the loss, but always but God first. I told my husband many years ago that I love him with all my heart but no one comes above God in my heart. He agreed that God must come first. Let us stay strong in our faith. Going to hell just to be with your loved ones is NOT worth it.
Contrary to the joke I have heard entertainers say: "I may be going to hell, but I am going with my friends ", will not be funny in the lake of fire.
As I proof read what I have written, God has taken me in a different direction than I started. But remember God is our refuge and our strength. Praise and worship Him every day for He is worthy of our praise. Seek spiritual growth and pray that you will not be led astray by the devil in the dark days ahead.
Betty

P.S. The Pastor had changed his mind because of his daughter. While it sounds lovely to think he prefers to go to hell with his daughter. I think he is making a serious mistake. I saw a show that depreciated hell where individuals will not be able to be in communications with each other but will spend eternity in loneliness and pain. There will be no groups of people comforting each other in hell. Seek Heaven and not hell.
 
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Good Morning and Happy Thursday,

Have you ever listened to a Missionary and instead of being inspired to work more for God you felt unworthy of God's love and a failure? I was listening to talk on the radio by Elizabeth Elliot, who passed away last year. Compared to her, I am a baby Christian, still sucking on a pacifier. My life is not over and I do not know what God has in store for me, but God did not call me to be Elizabeth. Thankfully every Christian does not take the path that God chose for Elizabeth, but God did call each of us for a purpose. God's love for us is not less the His love for Elizabeth. Yes, we should admire the great Missionaries and for sure, we should be praying for those in the fields even today, but we should not shrink from the job God has given us because it seems so small. God needs Christians who will stand in the gape everywhere. God has called nurses, police officers, teachers, mothers, fathers, mail person, etc. When we face God our works will not be judged up against others but what we did with our calling. Remember the man Jesus talked about that was given one coin and instead of using it to make more, he buried it. We can do the same with the talent God has given us. Let us use the talent God has given us for the Glory of God. There are times like many others that I am too ill to leave the house. That is not excuse for me to do nothing. I can pray for others. People take praying for granted but I believe prayer is important in the Kingdom of God.
Many can see that the time for serving God is short. Let us seek to work for God everyday. I admit that I often pray more for the rapture then other things when I am having a really bad day with physical issues and yet I can see while Jesus told us to be looking for that blessed hope, He did not tell us to sit on are duff and just wait for His return. We are to be working until He returns and that includes praying for one another. Let us live each day trying to be the best we can be for God and not compare our self to others. God bless and encourage you today.
Betty

This morning I got a late start dealing with phone calls to get referrals for specialists but I got the bird and squirrel food out. I have had a couple of squirrels and and a assortment of birds. The baby woodpecker I told you about before Christmas, is getting alittle bigger and getting the idea of how to peck the tree. I enjoy watching the bird at work. My raindrops of blessings encourage me each day.
 
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Good Morning and Happy Friday,

I am a ponder and I have always been. Thoughts come in my head and I turn them over and over like colored balls, analyzing them and wondering why situations in my life and my families lives are a certain way. The trouble comes if I go from pondering to stressing and worrying. I find if the moment I realize that I have began to stress, I start praying, God begins to bring peace. We do not always have the answers and sometimes the answers to all our questions do not come in this life. This is when we have to choose either to make ourselves miserable or to realize that God is in control and give the situation to Him. We need to realize that our families and ourselves are safe in our Heavenly Father's hands. This doesn't mean that there won't be problems but the God who spoke the universe into being can walk us though every problem. It takes a child like faith, but remember Jesus said unless a person becomes like a little child, they will never see the Kingdom of God. This is not blind faith but faith tested over many years of serving God. Even a brand new Christian can study the Bible and see where time and time again God proved worthy time and time again of the faith of believers. We must choose to have faith. The more we trust God the stronger and stronger our faith grows in Him. Everyday we have problems, thankfully most of the time they are minor but throughout the day these minor problems can add up and our stress level can grow. Learning to have a sense of humor about minor things can help with little things like spilling things and banging your leg against the open dishwasher door (got a bruise on my leg from that). If we can laugh it off, then we don't end up upset. The reality there are some things that come up in our lives we cannot laugh off. Give it to God. It doesn't matter where you are, you can offer up a quick prayer to God.
When the devil reminds you, and He will, remind yourself that you have prayed and if you still feel stressed, pray again. I do not believe God ever gets tired of hearing from us. He does say pray with out ceasing and He doesn't say don't pray about something if you have already prayed before. Sometimes we need to bring a situation over and over to God. But in all of our petitions let us not neglect to give God praise and worship. You can praise God even as you drive down the road.

Have a blessed day and take time to talk to God today. I had lots of birds today, but they left when I went to refill the feeders. Now the squirrels are feasting. Some people who feed birds don't care for the squirrels. I like both. I especially like watching the squirrels chasing each other around the tree like little children.
Betty
 
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Good Morning and Happy Saturday,

Hank Williams Sr., did a song called I'll Never Get Out Of This World Alive" another truth is you will never get out of this world with out being hurt. Emotional wounds even from our childhood stay with us all our lives. I cannot tell you what I had for breakfast yesterday but I can remember the little boy who called me elephant ears and I think of that often when I look in the mirror. The devil likes to bring up past hurts and to try to convince us that it was because God loves us less then others. The truth every person has their wounds. Some wounds afflicted or not as innocent as elephant ears and some wounds changed the course of our lives. Yet, instead of allowing the devil to discourage us by taking us down memory lane. Let us remind ourselves and the devil that it was the mercy of God that got us through the sharp cuts the devil influenced others to inflect and though we still bear the scar, we are no longing bleeding and the wounds are healed. Turn his mission to discourage us into an opportunity to praise God. Warriors look at their battle scars and remind themselves of their victories. We as Christian can do the same thing. It is through the scars that we are shaped and strengthened into the person that we are today. Let us seek not to be used by the devil to hurt others but to be used by God to bind the wounds of others and to bring comfort to one another. We should be building up fellow Christians and encouraging one another through the journey. Praise God for what He has brought through and seek to be His hands and feet. God bless you today and may you find comfort as you seek the face of Jesus.
Betty

This morning there has been a squirrel, blue jay, red birds and assorted tiny birds. There is one group of people who will get out of this world alive. Those taken up in the rapture. Although we have no assurance that we will be alive when the trumpet sounds, the world seems to be rushing into the time of the tribulation. I believe like many others that the tribulation will start after the rapture. I have sensed a element of importance at Church as the Pastor knows it is important for lost souls to get saved. I myself have been praying for lost family members. I do not want anyone I loved left behind. We are living in a time that it is important to do what God wants us to do, while we can. Not so we can have more rewards in Heaven but so we do not have to face God empty handed.
 
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Good Morning and Blessed Sunday,

I am fixing to leave for Church, but wanted to wish everyone a good day in the Lord. How do we have a good day with the Lord? We communicate with God through out the day. We remind ourselves of the many victories God has brought us through and thank Him again for all the many times He has answered our prayers. Let us not neglect spending time with the one who loves us the most, Jesus. People change, sometimes they move on, but God NEVER forsakes us nor does He ever change. No matter how dark our day may be, we can trust God to be there for us. Be blessed and then share that blessing with everyone you meet.
Betty
 
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Good Morning and Happy Monday,

We can live next door to someone and not know the problems they are going though. This morning as I put the seed out, I saw my neighbor, Alice, I discussed my health issue and she discussed her issues and we both agreed to pray for one another. I believe God is pleased when we pray for one another. It's even better when we get to know alittle about each other so we can pray specially. But, we can pray for one another with out knowing the needs, because God knows them. I get an email every day with a celebrity's name to pray for. We might think that celebrities will not see their need for God, but I hear every month about a celebrity getting saved. Just because you work on TV or in the movies doesn't mean you do not have problems. When God brings a celebrity to your mind, take a minute and pray for that person. As the time grows short let is pray for those we know and those we don't know. Seek God's guidance for your life and seek to walk closer to Him each day.

This morning I have seen a red bird and about 20 other assorted birds. I haven't seen any squirrels yet, but they will come. Not only am I blessed by nature but blessed that hubby realizes how important feeding the birds and squirrels is to me. I pray that each day God will bless us and bring us closer to His side.
Betty

Give me oil in my lamp
Keep me burning burning burning
Give me oil in my lamp I pray (hallelujah!)
Give me oil in my lamp
Keep me burning burning burning
Keep me burning 'til the break of day

Sing hosanna sing hosanna
Sing hosanna to the King of kings
Sing hosanna sing hosanna
Sing hosanna to the King

Give me joy in my heart
Keep me praising praising praising
Give me joy in my heart I pray (hallelujah!)
Give me joy in my heart
Keep me praising praising praising
Keep me praising 'til the break of day

Make me fishers of men
Keep me seeking seeking seeking
Make me fishers of men I pray (hallelujah!)
Make me fishers of men
Keep me seeking seeking seeking
Keep me seeking 'til the break of day

Give me love in my heart
Keep me serving serving serving
Give me love in my heart I pray (hallelujah!)
Give me love in my heart
Keep me serving serving serving
Keep me serving 'til the break of day
 
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Good Morning and Happy Tuesday,

I am not feeling so well today. The devil has been right in my ear, trying to discourage me. I reminded him that God is with me and God knows what is going on with my body. There are times in our lifes when it seems God's answer is taking for ever. It has been a year for me and if it wasn't for the prayers of others and the mercy of God, I would not be able to get our of bed everyday. I still do not know the answer but if I keep my faith in God and ignore the devil's lies, I can make it. God is not asking us to figure out how we will be able to make it next month, but to lean on Him everyday. To trust Him every day. As the Bible says every day has it's challenges and for us not to borrow trouble from tomorrow. How many times have we wasted our time trying to figure what we are going to about tomorrow? We should be trusting God today and for our tomorrow's. This doesn't mean our problems of today are not important to God. God knows when we are in pain, our scared, our just unsure of the next step. Yet, we can stop and give it all to Jesus and trust Him. Remind ourselves that our hope is in Jesus. Whatever comes tomorrow, Jesus will be there to walk with us and to guide us. The more we trust in Him the smaller and weaker our fears will become.

This morning there is one squirrel and many birds, including a bluejay. Yesterday at the window in the living room there were 5 birds feeding, including a red bird. I was so happy that I had tears in my eyes. God bless you and your families.

Betty
 
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Good Morning and Happy Wednesday,

John 14:1. Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me." Notice Jesus did not say to not have troubles. As long as we live in this world, we will have troubles. We cannot choose not to have troubles, but we can choose to not allow our heart to be Troubled. From our perspective that is impossible. How can our heart not be troubled when we are living not only with trouble all around us, but troubles in our own lives and families? The answer is simple yet hard to do on a daily bases. It is what we allow ourselves to dwell on. Do we dwell on our problems reminding ourselves of how huge they are? The answer is when the devil comes to you and reminds you that you have no answer, which is true, remind him that God does have the answer. Instead of dwelling on the problems, dwell on the majesty and the powerful God we serve. When we admit that we cannot solve our problems and turn them over to God, then we can rest in Him. That doesn't mean there are not things we cannot do. When we need a job, we check the help wanted ads and we put out job applications. What we don't do is stress after we have done our part. We prayed then trust God to bring the answer. Our we spiritually cold? Do we have doubts? Then we go to Church and listen to Preachers on The radio who still preach the truth of The Gospel. Are we reading and studying the Bible on our own? To be spiritually fed, we need to stay hooked up to the tree.
Seek God everyday. Just as we take physical nourishment every day so does our soul and spirit require daily nourishment. Throughout the day when The devil reminds you of your problems remind him of the God you serve, who spoke the world into existence. May God be with you and may He bring answers to your requests.

This morning there are birds and I have seen one squirrel in the backyard. When I went to get the paper, I saw a dozen birds and a squirrel in the front yard.
Betty


Philippians 4:8Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
 
Posted by Betty Louise (Member # 7175) on :
 
Don't think that I have arrived and have complete trust. When my body gets sick at a inconvenient time, I too question why it is taking so long for the Doctors to find the cause. I can not get the medication because the Doctor doesn't know what the problem is. Then after the inconvenience of being sick multiple times a day, there comes the pain. Remember we are all on a journey of spiritual growth and I don't know anyone that has arrived at perfect trust. Keep walking with God and praying.
Betty
 
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Good Morning and Happy Thursday,

I slept later this morning because I was awake in pain, from 3:30 until 4:30. The old dilemma do I ride out the pain our take the pain pill that makes me unable to sleep. I read and played on Facebook until the pain eased enough that I could sleep. Today I am trying to stay focused on God's love for me and keep from being depressed and anxious. Every Christian knows how hard it is to stay focused on God. There are outside forces that interfer, there are things we have to get done, whether it is at the job or home. Then of course there is the devil, who is more then willing to distract us. Everyone of us have our challenges and I in no way feel that my issues are worse than any others. This is why I talk about us praying for one another. Even that person we always see dressed to perfection and always seems to have their ducks all in a row, has issues everyday just like us. God did not promise us perfect health, perfect marriage or a perfect job. God did promise to be with us every day in our journey. But, have we moved away from Him? When thoughts of depression and despair come to us, is our first reaction to call out to Jesus for help? Or do we start listening to the devil who tells us that God has forgotten us or that God doesn't care about our problems. The first thing to remember is the devil doesn't care about us. All we are to him is a Christian that he can discourage and get us off track so he can throw it in God's face that we are another of His children that has been led astray. The devil doesn't even care about sinners, except for another soul he can get into hell. Every soul in hell is a victory for the devil. How many celebrities have you seen the devil use and then throw them away like trash? We need to remind ourselves that Jesus loved us enough to leave Heaven to come to earth to live and die for us. We are not capable of really understanding the sacrifice it took for the creator of all things to become a helpless baby being taking care of by the humans, that He created. Yet He did it so that we could spend eternity in Heaven with Him. These struggles that seem so big are so small compared to an eternity in the presence of God. There will be no pain, no despair, no tears, only the glory of the presence of God. We are just a vapor and in a puff one day we will no longer be toiling in this world but face to face with Jesus. So let us encourage one another and let us lean on the everlasting arms of God. Work for the Lord and look for the blessed Hope when Jesus calls us Home.
Betty

This morning I have about a dozen birds. Last summer we had a rose plant that was being smothered by vines. I cut down the vines and feared that the rose would also perish. I was surprised to see some little flowers blooming ithis morning. We sometimes feel like we will not last the pruning that God does in our lives, but if we are patient we will see blooms growing again, unfettered by the missing smothering vines.
 
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Good Morning and Happy Friday,

This morning I awoke to find the baby possum I have been feeding since November was dead. He or she was killed by an adult possum. It was actually at the feeding bowl when it was shredding. I buried it the best I could. I must admit I had tears in my eyes. We never know what we will face each day. Yet we can go to sleep each night knowing that whether we wake up in Heaven or on earth, that our Heavenly Father will be with us through the night and the next day, too. I am a member of a group of Facebook for people who suffer chronic pain. There are so many people that don't know what it is to go a day without pain. For people like us it is easy to give in to discouragement. But pains means we are still alive and we are still blessed. Learning to see blessings in small things is a wonderful gift that God has given me. There was a time that I took birds, squirrels, and flowers for granted. Mostly barely even noticing them. We receive many blessing through out the day and the truth is we often barely are aware of them. Pain free days mean nothing if you are in perfect health and we take life for granted unless someone we knows dies.
We are all guilty of taking the blessings God gives us for granted. Thankfully He understands and forgives us. We mean to be thankful and we often start off the day planing to talk to God more but we get distracted by all the things around us. The reality is we have to make a conscious effort to express our thanks to God, being thankful doesn't come naturally. We often spend more time stressing over the person who cut us off on the road then we spend thanking God for His goodness. Sometimes we need to stop and take a big breath and really look at the things around us. There is beauty in nature and even in man made things. Yesterday we to a shopping g strip in Splendorah and there is a beautiful huge water fountain. Hubby and I just stopped for a few minutes to admire it. We both walked off with a spring in out steps. Take time to enjoy things around you, even it it is just a flower weed growing out of a crack in the payment. Think of how hard that plant had to work to bring its beauty to its surface and now it can enjoy the sun. God has placed beauty in you. Look for ways to share that beauty with others, today. Be a blessing to those you come in contact with today. Let others see Jesus in you.
Betty

This morning there has been two red birds and a assortment of tiny birds. I love all the birds but my heart glows when I see the tiny birds eating.
 
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Good Morning and Happy Saturday

Mornings are hard for me and I get weak rather quickly and this morning more then usual after doing my morning chores. We can all be over come by weakness. Sometimes it is physical like with me. Sometimes it is because we are in an unhappy marriage. Sometimes we are in a job where our hard work is taken for granted and our boss cares more about numbers then people. When we are weak is when we need to keep our guard up. If we are not careful we are at a point that the devil can hit us hard and discourage us and cause us to doubt God's love for us. If in our weakness we seek out God more, we can find the spiritual food that will keep us strong in the Lord. Our weakness can be a tool to help us trust God more or it can be a tool to allow the devil a door in our lives to raise havoc. We choose our reaction, not the devil. Do we run to God or to we allow the devil to fill our heart with doubts and despair? It is hard because we do not understand why God doesn't change our circumstances. Why have I been sick so long?
Why does your husband act so selfishly and cruel? Why does your boss treat his employees the way he does? These are difficult and honest questions we have. Sometimes we do not get the answer we want and sometimes the answers seems to be far far away. This is when we need to relay more on God and spend more time in His presence and resist the temptation to back off from God and Godly people. Sometimes we need to like that song says and just sit with God awhile and cry out to Him. Unlike people God is never to busy to be with us and hold and comfort us. Take time today and everyday to have some quiet time with God. Although we may feel alone, there are people who are praying for us. God may not change our circumstances but God will change us through our circumstances and make us strong spiritually. Pray for the one who seems to enjoy making you miserable. Most likely that person is miserable and that is why they spread misery wherever they go. Seek God and His mercy. Praise Him for His goodness. Pray for our blessed Hope to be soon.
Betty

Only one squirrel at the moment. It is alittle chilly this morning so the birds may be bundled up somewhere for warmth.


1 I am weak but Thou art strong;
Jesus, keep me from all wrong;
I'll be satisfied as long
As I walk, let me walk close to Thee.
Refrain:
Just a closer walk with Thee,
Grant it, Jesus, is my plea,
Daily walking close to Thee,
Let it be, dear Lord, let it be.
2 Thro' this world of toil and snares,
If I falter, Lord, who cares?
Who with me my burden shares?
None but Thee, dear Lord, none but Thee. [Refrain]
3 When my feeble life is o'er,
Time for me will be no more;
Guide me gently, safely o'er
To Thy kingdom shore, to Thy shore. [Refrain]
Baptist Hymnal, 1991
 
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Good Morning and Happy Sunday,

This morning I work up more upbeat. I had a bad day yesterday as far as being sick and sick this morning as usual as soon as I got up. But as I did my morning chores my heart felt lifted up and I am at peace. My circumstances have not changed and yet I feel the Spirit of God building me up and encouraging me. We often think that our circumstances and others is a reflection of our souls. Yet this is how the world sees things. People who have reached success and finical gain are considered blessed and must be living right. This is not true. Only God sees the heart and while it is true that God does bless us in our daily lives with good health and some financial success, everyone has their own battles and Christians are no exception. The difference is those of us who have a relationship with Christ do not go through battles alone. We can sing songs of praise when God has us walk down a thorny path. We can live above the pain, when we focus on Jesus, through the pain. This is not talking yourself into faking joy and happiness. It is choosing to be joyful inspite of our circumstances. We must be willing to trust God through our circumstances. There were times when we wil feel overwhelmed by our circumstances and we will cry out to God. God is there for us and He will comfort us, but don't judge yourself by your circumstances. When bad things happen, talk to God, make sure your relationship is right with God, see if there are any hidden sins in your life and seek forgiveness. Remember all of us have trials we must go through and be willing to carry the cross that God chose for you with a joyful heart. This doesn't mean there will not be days of despair and heartache but we can know in spite of it all, that all is well with our soul.
Betty

This morning the red squirrel is visiting and many birds. There is a lot of tiny birds and that makes me happy.


HYMN
It Is Well With My Soul Lyrics
When peace, like a river, attendeth my way,
When sorrows like sea billows roll;
Whatever my lot, Thou has taught me to say,
It is well, it is well, with my soul.

It is well, with my soul,
It is well, with my soul,
It is well, it is well, with my soul.

Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come,
Let this blest assurance control,
That Christ has regarded my helpless estate,
And hath shed His own blood for my soul.

It is well, with my soul,
It is well, with my soul,
It is well, it is well, with my soul.

My sin, oh, the bliss of this glorious thought!
My sin, not in part but the whole,
Is nailed to the cross, and I bear it no more,
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul!

It is well, with my soul,
It is well, with my soul,
It is well, it is well, with my soul.

And Lord, haste the day when my faith shall be sight,
The clouds be rolled back as a scroll;
The trump shall resound, and the Lord shall descend,
Even so, it is well with my soul.

It is well, with my soul,
It is well, with my soul,
It is well, it is well, with my soul.
 
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Good Morning and Happy Monday,

A new week, a new beginning as we start a new week. Mondays are often the day people start diets and other New Years resolution, yet we can begin again any day. We can purpose in our hearts to chose to be more what God wants us to be on anyday. We can choose to live out today in a way that is pleasing to God. We can choose to pray for those who we feel has wronged us. We can choose to have a joyful attitude instead of anger. We can choose to give out grace instead of retaliation. Happiness is a mood that comes and go but joy is a gift of the Spirit. Pray that God will fill you with His joy. His joy cannot be taken away by circumstances unless we allow it. KSBJ has a quote: "Choose joy!" Let us choose joy. Share that joy with others: a friendly smile, a kind pat on the shoulder, a word of encouragement. As we share the joy that God has blessed us with, we grow stronger spiritually.

This morning there has been a lot of little birds, a squirrel, and a red bird. May God bring you special joyful moments today, Has He has done for me.
Betty

I Am
by Eddie James

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I am the Lord, I'm the Almight God
I am the one for who nothing is to hard
I am your shepard , I am the Door.
I am the good news to bound and the poor.

I am!
I Am!
I Am!
I Am!

I am the rightous one ,
I am the lamb
I am the ramb in the bush for abraham
I am the ultimate sacrifice for sin
i am your redeemer the begining and the end

I AM
I AM
I AM
I AM

I am Jahova
I am the King
I am Messiah
David's offspring
I am your high priest
I am the Christ
I am your reserection
I am the Life

I AM
I AM
I AM
I AM

I am the Bread I am the wine
I am your future, so leave your past behind
I am the one in the midst of two or three
I am your tabernacle, I am your jubilee

I am
I am
I am
I am

I am the Bread I am the wine
I am your future so leave your past behind
I am the one in the midst of two or three
I am your tabernacle I am your Jubilee

I am
I am
I am
I am

I am Hope I am Peace I am Joy I am rest
I am your comfort and relief from your stress
I am stregth I am Faith I am Love I am Power
I am your Freedom this very Hour!

I AM!
I AM!
I AM!
I AM!

I am Hope I am Peace I am Joy I am Rest
I am your comfort and Relief from your stress
I am strength I a m Faith I am Love I am Power
I am your Freedom this very Hour!

I am!
I am!
I am!
I AM
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Good Morning and Happy Tuesday,

I got a message from the Digestive Health Clinic that they are waiting for additional testing. Which made me think about how much of our lives is waiting and sometimes we are more mentally involved with what is coming then the current day. Waiting for the right person to come. Are we working on making ourself a more Godly person for the right person? Waiting for birth of our baby. Are we praying for God to guide us into parenthood? Waiting for our vacation is fun, but we need to be living every day to the fullest. We spend a lot of time waiting but always remember to be living for God today in the present. Waiting is a great opportunity to be praying and seeking God to help us be the person He wants us to be. We are not promised tomorrow so let us not waste today. Have a bless day and seek God for what He wants you to do today.

Betty

One squirrel and lots of birds this morning. Some of my trees seem to be dressed for fall. Texas weather is so confusing. You can wear shorts in the morning and have the heater on in the afternoon.
 
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Good Morning and Happy Wednesday,

Everyday we wake up not knowing what the day will bring. Of course we have our plans for the day and most of the time things go as plan, but things can change on a dime. What seemed important at breakfast can be trivial if our circumstances change. Yet we can have peace throughout the day, knowing that God is in control. We can begin each day in the precense of God and know that He will go with us through out the day. We can walk with hope and joy when we have a song of praise in our heart for our Maker, our Savior, and our King. I am not one of those who believe grab it and claim it and it is yours, but we can be at peace knowing that God is working in our lives towards not only His plans for us but for our own good.
Today as you go about your day, I pray that your heart will be filled with peace and joy.

At the moment there is no birds and squirrel. The cat chased them off for fun and is now taking a nap. That is how the devil often works in our lives. He comes in with havoc and discard and chases our happiness away. We can tell the devil that he is a liar and that our hearts are filled with the joy of the Holy Spirit. Be at peace with God and other.
Betty

LAURA STORY LYRICS

Play "Blessings"

"Blessings"

We pray for blessings, we pray for peace
Comfort for family, protection while we sleep
We pray for healing, for prosperity
We pray for Your mighty hand to ease our suffering
And all the while, You hear each spoken need
Yet love is way too much to give us lesser things

'Cause what if your blessings come through rain drops
What if Your healing comes through tears
What if a thousand sleepless nights are what it takes to know You're near
What if trials of this life are Your mercies in disguise

We pray for wisdom, Your voice to hear
We cry in anger when we cannot feel You near
We doubt your goodness, we doubt your love
As if every promise from Your word is not enough
And all the while, You hear each desperate plea
And long that we'd have faith to believe

'Cause what if your blessings come through rain drops
What if Your healing comes through tears
What if a thousand sleepless nights are what it takes to know You're near
What if trials of this life are Your mercies in disguise

When friends betray us
When darkness seems to win
We know that pain reminds this heart
That this is not,
This is not our home
It's not our home

'Cause what if your blessings come through rain drops
What if Your healing comes through tears
What if a thousand sleepless nights are what it takes to know You're near

What if my greatest disappointments or the aching of this life
Is the revealing of a greater thirst this world can't satisfy
What if trials of this life
The rain, the storms, the hardest nights
Are your mercies in disguise
 
Posted by Betty Louise (Member # 7175) on :
 
Good Morning and Happy Thursday,

This morning there are the usual small birds and a couple of red birds. I saw some black birds earlier. They made me think of a nursery rhyme about black birds in a pie, but that is all I can remember. No squirrels this morning. Maybe because there is a cold front on the way. Taking the water out for the mail lady and the garbage men, I saw that the tree in the front seems to be living in all seasons at once. Green leaves, red and orange leaves and others in the process of falling. Nature seems to be so confused. Our lives can be like that. Sometimes things can be so hetic that we do not know if we are coming or going. We go through times that it seems our life is just a repeat of the day before and we feel like we are stuck in a rut then things change so fast that we cannot get our feet straight and our lives feel crooked and confused. Every day is a gift from God and every day has its purpose. We may not see changes but we are either changing for the better or the worse. It is through these days in the rut that we either grow spiritually or shrink spiritually. When those events happen that turn our world around ,it is our days in the rut that we determine if can fly like a eagle during those times or be like a confused turkey. We ourselves make the choice whether to grow in God or settle for the same old same. Are we seeking to grow every day in the Lord? Are all we coasting by living, on yesterday's victories? Many people Christian and non Christian are concerned about what is coming this year. We see the violence in Eurpoe as Muslims try to force their laws on the people that were kind enough to bring them in. We worry that this violence is coming to America. Walking the floor and wringing our hands is NOT the answer! We need to be praying and growing in the Lord. We need to be praying for America. We need to be praying for our lost loved ones. I am praying that rapture happens before America is involved with daily violence in the streets. But if that is not God's will the we need to be prepared spiritually and emotionally to deal with what is coming. God is not calling us to be afraid. He is calling us to be strong in our faith. None of us knows what tomorrow brings but let us all seek to grow in the Lord and strong in our faith. The same God that walked with Paul in Rome will walk with us in America through whatever comes our way. Let us pray that God will make is eagles and not turkeys.
Betty
 
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Good Morning and Happy Friday,

I was awake till 4 this morning and woke up in pain at 10:30. Physically I feel defeated. Yet I am more then just a physical body. Inspite of my struggles I am strong in the strength of the Lord. Even though I am struggling I can find hope and rest in God my Savior. I have sought to walk in the will of my Lord and Savior, Jesus. If it is His will that I walk down this path of pain and physical weakness, then I choose to do so not because I am a great Christian, but because He is a great God. When there are moments of discouragement and despair, I can choose to trust or I can chose to wallow in self pity. I would be lying if I said that I never take the route of pity. Yet when I choose to trust, I grow stronger in the Lord and my path though often crooked is sustainable through faith in God. I do not know the struggles you are having or the dark path you are walking on, but God does. Whatever God is taking you through, He is right there with you. He has not forsaken you. As human beings it is only natural to fight against the struggle, yet when we give into the will of God we will find peace in our hearts and our minds. Don't deny the struggle. It is real. Your tears are real, but God knows all about your tears. Don't give up. There is a reward at the end of your journey. Heaven awaits us and we shall find that the end is so worth the journey. Do not compare your journey to others. We all have our own journey and our own struggles. Keep your eyes on Jesus and the blessed hope of the trumpet sound, calling His children to Heaven's Glory. We can walk our stony paths with joy and peace of heart if we keep our eyes and our trust in God. Choose today to walk down your path with joy, remembering to have a heart of thanksgiving and praise to our God and Savor, Jesus. Be a blessing to those you come in contact with.

It seems we have a new possum. Our son saw a baby possum eating on the porch last night. I moved the food away from the porch. I prefer the possum not come in the Doggy door. I put it on the table hoping it can get up there, but that the older bigger possums can't. I still think I older possum killed the other baby. We have assorted birds today. I haven't seen a squirrel today.

Betty

P.S. Just got the call about the results. My pancreas ezemes are too low. They are putting me on medication.
 
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Good Morning and Happy Saturday,
Hubby got up with me this morning and helped me with the morning chores and then we fixed breakfast together. A pleasant surprise to start the day. I slept well last night. Sleep is something we take for granted until we have a sleepless night. There are a lot of gifts we experience from God that we take for granted. Good health, good finances, a good marriage we all take for granted. Until something happens and throws a wrench in our lives. My parents and even my husband and I lived in a time when you went to work for a company and you retired there. Now days the older you get, the less likely the company will keep you. Sadly big business no longer seems to value experience and loyalty. It is a shame but a sad reality. We have companies that do not value employees, which makes for employees that do not value their jobs. A sad mixture. No one seems to know how to fix it and it only seems to be getting worse. This has seemed to rubbed off spiritually, too. We can begin to feel that God should be grateful that we give Him one hour a week. We can become so arrogant in our relationship with God. God help us when we feel like that going to Church on Sunday is doing God a favor! Surely, He wants to just knock us up the side of the head some time. What a privilege it is to sit in His House and praise His Name! May we remind ourselves the greatness of God and may we humble ourselves before Him. If we do not humble ourselves, God will have no choice but to humble us. When God has to humble us, it is not pleasant. Remind yourselves of the greatness of God. When God looks down from Heaven, we must be like an ant crawling on the ground. Yet, He loves us. How dare we become arrogant and proud! Let us be thankful for our God who loves and wants to spend time with us, everyday.
Betty
 
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Who am I, that the Lord of all the earth
Would care to know my name
Would care to feel my hurt
Who am I, that the Bright and Morning Star
Would choose to light the way
For my ever wandering heart

Not because of who I am
But because of what You've done
Not because of what I've done
But because of who You are

I am a flower quickly fading
Here today and gone tomorrow
A wave tossed in the ocean
Vapour in the wind
Still You hear me when I'm calling
Lord, You catch me when I'm falling
And You've told me who I am
I am Yours, I am Yours

Who Am I, that the eyes that see my sin
Would look on me with love and watch me rise again
Who Am I, that the voice that calmed the sea
Would call out through the rain
And calm the storm in me

Not because of who I am
But because of what You've done
Not because of what I've done
But because of who You are

I am a flower quickly fading
Here today and gone tomorrow
A wave tossed in the ocean
A vapor in the wind
Still You hear me when I'm calling
Lord, You catch me when I'm falling
And You've told me who I am
I am Yours, I am Yours

Not because of who I am
But because of what You've done
Not because of what I've done
But because of who You are

I am a flower quickly fading
Here today and gone tomorrow
A wave tossed in the ocean
A vapor in the wind
Still You hear me when I'm calling
Lord, You catch me when I'm falling
And You've told me who I am
I am Yours, I am Yours

I am Yours
Whom shall I fear
Whom shall I fear
'Cause I am Yours
I am Yours
 
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Good Afternoon and Blessed Sunday,

Hubby went to Church with me this morning. Thank you, Jesus! This morning the Pastor asked if we were F.A.T. Christians. No! He was not preaching on gluttony. F.A.T. Stands for:
Faithful
Available
Teachable
To be use by God we must be all three. Of course there are times that we may be only one or two out of three, but we should strife to be all three. He was preaching on discipleship. Sadly in a survey of people who consider themselves to be Christians only 25% consider discipleship important. Yet the first thing Jesus did was appoint the 12 disciples. One of the last thing He did was to give the disciples the great commission, which was to go out and make disciples. As Christians we often are coasting our way into Heaven. I know because I am often right there, myself. We can be too comfortable in our relationship with Christ to the point we take it for granted. We want to be a great Christias but we do not want the struggles and the pain that causes us to grow. That is normal because, who wants pain and discomfort? Yet it is in those times of pain and discomfort when our souls grow and learns to shine for God. Let us seek to be F. A. T. Christians. Let us seek to walk so close to Jesus that when we talk to strangers at the grocery store that we give off a sweet fragrance of peace and joy. May others see Jesus in us.

Sitting in my chair in the living room, covered by my electric throw with the dog in my lap. There is a few birds on the feeder by the house.

Betty
 
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Good Morning and Happy Monday,

I was blessed to go to Church yesterday but was in pain all day. I took pain medication during the day that took the edge off the pain and I took one at 7:30. Because I have ADD, tramadol keeps me awake at night. My doctor doesn't believe me and refuses to give me something else so I had a sleepless night. This was two out of three nights. I have a compromised immune system so I woke up at 10:30 with a cold, sore throat, and horse so I turned over and went back to sleep until 12:15. I say this to remind us Christians that we need to take care of our bodies. We can become so involved in doing "Church" work that we become physically ill. It is not God who is working us over time, but because we hate to say no. Sometimes it is our pride. We want to be know as hard workers. Of course God has called us to work for Him. But, if we take on more then we can physically handle we become burned out and physically ill. It is okay to say no. It is okay to realize we have enough on our plate. Better to give our all to what God has called us to do then to give less because we have taken too much on. Remember to pray for our fellow workers in our local Church. Even if you do not know their name you can pray for the one plays the piano, the one who leads the singing and those who teach the children. Of course we should always pray for our Pastor. Today, I will spend most of the day sitting under my electric throw napping, but I can pray for others. We can pray for others, even when we are driving. May Go help us to be great prayer warriors.

Even though I fed the birds late, they still came. I am thankful for my daily blessing of seeing birds, yesterday a squirrel was right out my window eating. I was quite pleased. I pray that God will bless you today with moments of joy.
Betty
 
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Good Morning and Happy Tuesday,

II Cor 12:9. And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

People of the world hide their weakness and accent their strengths. Those of us who have served the Lord very long, know that God often chooses to work in the area of our weaknesses. It is in the very area we seek to hide that God often shines. But we have to step out of the way and let go of pride. Our pride can keep God from working in His fullness. We have to stop being concerned about what others may think and more concerned about allowing God to reign in our lives. Of course it is not easy. But remember God loves us and He will never bring shame to us. The Holy Spirit wants to being glory to God and He will never do anything that brings shame and confusion. It is a simple matter of trust. Yet trust is neither simple nor easy. Trust is a muscle that must be stretch and used every day or it shrinks and can become useless over time. As children of God let us be like the man who came for healing who said: "Lord, I believe, help my unbelief!" Acknowledge that there are areas where our trust needs to grow and seek to grow in those areas. Lord knows our weakness and He loves us inspite of our weaknesses. Our days can get busy, but let us try to remember to praise God through out the day.

I had a lot of birds this morning, but fat mama cat is lying under one of the bird feeders to intimidate the birds. She is so focused that she doesn't see the bird eating behind her. We can be like that. We can be so focused on something that we totally missed out on what God is trying to show us. Be blessed today.
Betty
 
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Good Morning and Happy Wednesday,

I saw a cartoon the other day on Facebook where the man is questioning the amount of his ticket. The young lady says:"We are now charging for emotional baggage". The reality is you don't have to live long in this world to have emotional baggage. We move it around a lot and for the most part we rarely deal with it but there are times it is right on our face, usually at the most inconvenient time. I am coming on 64 and I do not have the answer how to completely deal with emotional baggage. I have found the more I pray about it the less it raises its ugly head. I do believe the closer we walk with Christ the less this baggage can influence us, and the less it can hurt us. In someways it can be a positive, reminding us of where God has brought us from. As long as we remember we are not define by our past or our past hurts, but where God is leading us and our relationship with Him. There may be times we do need a reminder if we get to thinking we are a better Christian then someone else, but for the most part, push the baggage to the baggage compartment and serve God today. As we grow closer to the end of the Gentiles and the Church Age the devil is working harder then ever. This means as children or God, we need to be arming are selves with the Word of God, the Shield of Faith and preparing ourselves for spiritual battle. The devil seeks to devour us and if we are not careful we can become easy pickings. Are we remembering to pray for one another? Are we studying the Word of God? I see failures in my own life. Are you seeing failures in yours? Let us seek forgiveness and start this day again, seeking the face of God. Go and be blessed and seek to bless others.

Betty

There is a handful of birds. I scared off some when I put out the food, but they will come back. I especially enjoy watching the little sparrows. I remember Jesus said He cares for the sparrows and He cares for us even more.

His Eye Is On The Sparrow

The Faith We Sing Number 2146
Text: Mrs. C. D. Martin
Music: Chas. H. Gabriel
Tune: SPARROW, Meter: Irr. with Refrain
1. Why should I feel discouraged?
Why should the shadows come?
Why should my heart be lonely
and long for heaven and home,
When Jesus is my portion?
My constant friend is he:
His eye is on the sparrow,
and I know he watches me.

Refrain:
I sing because I'm happy,
I sing because I'm free,
for his eye is on the sparrow,
and I know he watches me.

2. "Let not your heart be troubled,"
his tender word I hear,
and resting on his goodness,
I lose my doubts and fears;
though by the path he leadeth
but one step I may see:
His eye is on the sparrow,
and I know he watches me.
(Refrain)

3. Whenever I am tempted,
whenever clouds arise,
when song gives place to sighing,
when hope within me dies;
I draw the closer to him,
from care he sets me free:
His eye is on the sparrow,
and I know he watches me.
(Refrain)
 
Posted by Betty Louise (Member # 7175) on :
 
Good Morning and Happy Thursday,

I awoken sicker this morning then usual. I started the medication last Thursday. I guess I thought I would be well by now. It reminded me of the joke: "give me patience, Lord and give it to me yesterday!". Medication takes time, just as spiritual grow takes time. As human being especially Americans who live in a fast world where we have fast food, instant texting and streaming movies we expect everything to be fast. Fast does not always equal good. We want the Pastor to pray over us and there to be instant healing. Sometimes God works that way but often it is through a healing process. I often speak of a journey because our life is a journey from birth to death. Not only a physical journey but a spiritual journey. Our spiritual journey often gets derailed by circumstances, but God calls us back and we get back on the path. Sometimes our path takes us up mountains that we think we can never climb and into valleys where we cannot see from our tears but it is through this journey that our souls grow strong and our spirit learns to fly. As we learn to walk by faith and to wait on God we can learn to abide in Him and not stress over the daily struggles. Walking by faith is not a choice we make once it is a daily choice that we all have to make. We will have times that we give into despair and question God. When this happens, do not blame others or deny your moment of unbelief. Seek God's forgiveness and move on. God did not call us to be perfect Christians but to have hearts for God. May we hear at the end of our life: "Well done my good and faithful servant"!

This morning about 45 tiny birds eating and two fat cats siting next to the fence intimating the other birds.
I wonder how many times God is working in my life and I am looking in the wrong direction and do not see?
Betty
 
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Good Morning and Happy Friday,

1 Peter 5:8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:
John 10:10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.


Before I developed several Chronic diseases, I would have thought the common cold was nothing. But yet all it takes is the common cold to knock me off of my game. This morning I awoke at 10 with my throat hurting every time I swallowed, my nose hurting when I breathed, and finally at 10:30, I stumbled to the bathroom, only to go back to bed until 11:00. All during this time, the devil is taking me down memory lane. Not about happy memories, but about all the times people I trusted who have told lies on me and destroyed relationships. See the devil knows how to hit us when we are down. It was only when I reminded the devil that while I had been hurt, it was God that got me through each hurt and each disappointment. It was then the devil when on his merry way. The devil knows the trigger for all of us. If we are not careful, he can get us to wallow in the muck of self pity. It is only when we remind ourselves that God saw us through and we are no longer in the mud, that the devil will move on. We must remind ourselves that the devil does not care about us, never has and never will. We must resist the devil. The Bible says resist the devil and he will flee. None of us are perfect and we have hurt others, also. We have to forgive those who hurt us and we have to forgive ourselves. Don't stay in the rut of shame but move on. All of us get sick and when we do take care of our bodies. Get rest and take medication. Be patient with ourselves. Be patient with others. Be kind to ourselves and to others. Memories have a place in our lives. Good memories are great. My mom set many a Holiday dinner fit for a King. Bad memories also can serve a purpose. They can remind us not to repeat a sin. But we cannot wallow in our painful memories or we will not grow spiritually and we cannot live in our great spiritual memories because we need to be living for Jesus today. Seek today to work for the Lord and seek today to make new memories for God. Be blessed, my friends and work for God. The time is short and one day it will be too late to work. May God bless you today.
Betty

A few birds today including a red bird. I bought a new feeder yesterday and 80 more pounds of feed. I saved 6 bucks.
 
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Good Afternoon and Happy Saturday,

This was one of those rare mornings that my tummy allowed me to lie in the bed very late. Which is good because I am suffering with a head and chest cold. As I was feeding the birds I got to thinking about how it would be if we had a gauge on our forehead that showed where we were spiritually. Some people who have a high opinion of themselves would be embarrassed and shocked by their gauge and shocked by others that they think less of who may rate spiritually higher then themselves. David in Psalms ask God to search his heart and let him know if there is any sin there. We need to do this also. Of course God did not call is to be in competition with one another. But are we growing spiritually? Are we allowing false teachers and preachers to sow lies in our hearts? These are questions we have to ask God in our quiet time with Him. It is wonderful to listen to teachers and preachers on TV and the radio. I highly recommend it. But check what they say against God's Word. Contrary to what they say, God has not change His mind nor has God ever made a mistake. Let us seek to be the person God wants us to be. Let Jesus be your guide and not a person. Have a blessed day.
Betty
 
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Good Afternoon and Blessed Sunday,

Two days in a row and I laid in bed till noon. I feel no shame because, rest is what I need. There is no need of shame for taking care of a sick body. Just as we must feed our souls our physical bodies need extra care when they are ill. Sometimes when we are ill physically we can use that time to rest spiritually also. We can take that time to rest at Jesus feet. We can use that time for extra prayer time. Of course we need to use some time for extra sleep. Resting and sleep is something we need and there is no shame in that. In the past I have often denied I was sick doing halfhearted work instead of stopping and resting this has resulted in a body that does not heal well and has a sick immune system. I do not recommend it. If you are sick, admit it and get some rest. There is no shame in being sick. Just as there is no shame in getting physically sick there is no shame in getting off track spiritually. When we feel that we need help spiritually reach out to someone we trust for prayer and guidance. None of us are spiritual Giants and we all need prayer sometimes. No Christian has arrived to perfection. So if you are having issues seek help and guidance. Let us not walk so high and mighty that other Christians are afraid to reach out to us. We do not have the right to think to highly of ourselves. As Christan's let us have a loving attitude to one another, so that others feel we are attainable, when they need a helping hand a shoulder to lean on. Let others see Jesus in us.

I see several red birds and a few tiny birds.
Betty

Sheltered in the Arms of God
I feel the touch of hands so kind and tender.
They're leading me in the paths that I must trod.
I'll have no fear for Jesus walks beside me
For I'm sheltered safe in the arms of God.

So let the storms rage high,
The dark clouds rise,
They don't worry me;
For I'm sheltered safe within the arms of God.
He walks with me,
And naught of earth shall harm me,
For I'm sheltered in the arms of God.

Soon I shall hear the call from heaven's portals. Come home my child,

It's the last mile you must trod
I'll fall asleep
And wake in God's new heaven
For I'm sheltered in the arms of God.

So let the storms rage high,
The dark clouds rise,
They don't worry me;
For I'm sheltered safe within the arms of God.
He walks with me,
And naught of earth shall harm me,
For I'm sheltered in the arms of God.
 
Posted by Betty Louise (Member # 7175) on :
 
Good Morning and Happy Monday,

Feeling a little better this morning. Just enough to do my morning chores and then get weak and cranky and fussy. Lucky I was in the kitchen by myself and took my frustration out on the faucet. I am sure they faucet was wondering why I was fusing at it for being in the wrong setting when I was the one who set the setting in the first place. Do you ever wonder if God wants to stomp His feet and yell at us when He has to remind us the same lesson over and over? As often as we get tired of having to go through the same path over and over, He must wonder if we will ever learn! Yet He is patient with us and loving! Sometimes it's seems that we have past a hurdle with flying colors only years later we fail at it again. Sometimes because the devil puts a different spin on it. Sometimes it is because we have become prideful and feel we have become overcomers. Nothing causes a fall like pride. Other times it is just because the devil sees our success and is out to get us. But either way we must keep our trust in God and stay close to Him. Whether we fall or get knocked down, pick ourselves up, dust ourselves up, ask for forgiveness and search the Word of God for what we can learn from our fall. Find a blessing in our fall and move on. Do not let the devil keep you down. Get up and move on! Turn what the devil meant for bad into a blessing. Turn a lump of coal into a diamond. We are all going to get tripped up or fall. If the devil isn't after your then you are not living right! So stay prayed up, fired up, and ready for God to use you! Be blessed and be a blessing to others.
Betty

A handful of red birds this morning. Yesterday as I was I was sitting under my electric throw there was a red bird almost under my window. I felt really blessed
 
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Amen! happens to me also.

God bless.

.
 
Posted by Betty Louise (Member # 7175) on :
 
Good Morning and Happy Tuesday,

2 Corinthians 12:9King James Version (KJV)
9 And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

I have been sick with the crud since last Wednesday and along with the other diseases that I a have. Yesterday I had to change an appointment hubby had with the Cardiologist today because I got dizzy changing the clothes to the washer to the dryer. Driving an hour and half both ways, was not going to happen today.
We don't often understand why God allows us to be blindsided. I would surely like to ask God if He doesn't think I have enough on my plate already. But I am learning to trust. It is often when we are down that the devil blind sides us. We have to remind ourselves that God is with is. He has not taken a leave of absence and He has not gone on vacation. We may feel alone but that is the devil, trying to mislead us. The more we trust God the stronger our faith grows. God doesn't want us to be bottled fed Christians all our lives. He wants us to be men and women of Faith. He wants His Children to be warriors for God. Meat eaters of the Word of God. It takes hard times to accomplish growth in the Lord. Spiritual growth hurts. How can we face future hurts if we fall apart today? I wish I could say that I arrived. That I never have questions, but like you, I fall down. It is the getting up and wiping ourselves off that makes us grow. There is no shame in falling, if you get up. I do not know what God will have to bring you through to bring spiritual growth. With me, it has been daily pain, times of humiliation and daily weakness. Yet when I look back on the journey I can honestly say this journey has been worth it. If I were to die today I could say every thing God allowed me to go through was worth it to be where I am with God today. Am I saying I am perfect? God forbid! Where I am shows me more and more my imperfections. But my journey has brought me closer then ever to God. The truth is I did not volunteer for this journey and many times God had to drag me kicking and screaming but as always God knew best. Even today I pray that my healing is soon. My strength is so low and I am so very tired. But I am learning to pray even so your will, Lord Jesus. What ever path the Lord has for you accept His will with grace and trust Him for He does best and in your weakness He will bring His strength.
Betty

Even in the dark times God brings tiny diamonds of hope. With me it is birds and squirrels.
 
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Good Morning and Happy Hump Day,

Sitting here with my coffee and my morning chores done. I have found as I get older I like a routine and get a little cranky if my routine gets off. I think that is a pattern with age. This morning was one of those mornings that things went as planned. When we do our chores we can use that time to talk to God and think on His goodness. Our praise time doesn't have to be always at Church but we can have a praise time even as we clean the kitchen or when we our driving and listening to praise and worship music. The Bible say that God inhabits our praise, wherever it is. When we spend time praising God then our attitude towards others becomes sweeter and you spread joy where every you go. I am not talking silliness but a peaceful kind of joy that makes people feel better being in your presence. Of course alittle bit of silliness and fun is great occasionally. But we need to be over filled with joy and peace became this world is desperate for peace and joy. True peace and joy is not fake and is not manufactured. It comes only from the Holy Spirit. We have to seek the gift of joy and peace. As the age of the Gentiles comes to an end we will need to spend more time with Jesus or we will be easily led astray and be like leaves flapping in the wind. We will be in a battle with the devil till the moment the trumpet sounds. The devil is not going to give up so let us be prepared for battle. Get the Sword of Truth ( The Bible) out every day and be prepared. The devil is not going to warn you before he attacks. He prefers to sneaks an attack. You fight back with God's Word and remind Him the truth of God's Word. Remind the devil of his future in the lake of fire. May you and your family be blessed today. You notice I am more upbeat today. My circumstances has not changed but God is changing my heart. God often changes our hearts before our circumstances. We must trust God even when our circumstances are the same. My healing may came on earth or in Heaven but I will choose to praise Him.
Betty
 
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Good Morning and Happy Thursday,

As I look out the back yard, in one of the feeders is so many tiny birds it looks like one huge bird. So many birds eating together peacefully. I am so looking forward to the time when Christ, Himself will rule the world and there will be no war and the lion and lamb will lie side by side in peace together. Yet to get to that time there will be 7 years of the worse time in History. This is why we should pray often for our lost lost one so they will not miss the rapture and have to live through the tribulation. On the opposite side what a glorious time we will have at the Marriage Supper of the Lamb. I do not believe there are any words to describe the beauty or the wonder of that time, to come. The time of suffering and yes there are many suffering today will seem so insignificant when we sit at the table with Jesus. The more we study about Heaven, the more our desire to do our best on earth for Jesus should be. Let us not just pray for our lost loved ones but lost loved ones around the world. God loves them as much as He loves our kinfolks. Pray for those Muslims that are being martyrdom for converted to Christianity. Pray for the Missionaries around the world. Pray for Christians around the world in prisons for their faith. Pray for Pastors in America to stand for truth of the Bible and stop being PC. Pray for God to search your heart. In everything you do, pray. Seek the Lord, in all your ways. If I could express one thing today its if I am hearing God say over and over in my heart remind others to pray.
Betty
 
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Good Morning and Happy Friday,

I have received friend request on Facebook from men claiming to be in the military flattering me on my looks. I accepted a couple only because they said they were in the Military, only to find out that was a lie. Sadly, there are women my age that are so lonely they will part with what little money they have for flattery from a man they never have met nor ever will. I have never been overly concerned about my looks. When I look at the mirror I see a woman who has grown older and has the wrinkles and white hair to prove it and then I move on. It is sad when strangers take advantage of women who have not been able to adjust to the aging process. Having a boy toy don't make an older woman young. The devil often uses sin to deceive us, to make us feel we are something we are not. We have seen old men having affairs with young girls because it makes them feel young and the same with old women. Committing fornication destroyers families and the younger affairs rarely last. It is gratifying to see older couples walking hand in hand together who have stood together through storms and come out together at the end. It is a blessing in this age to see couples married over 40 plus years together. No! I am not being critical of those who are divorced. I would never advise a woman to stay married to a man who uses her as a punching bag. It is not my place to judge anyone who has gotten a divorce. But to the newly married couples keep your loving in your own marriage bed for the good of your marriage. I do not know why I went there. That was not my intention. Maybe someone needed that. If you know a newly married couple pray for them. They are under more of a struggle then couples in the past. Pray daily for your mate. Only God knows what your mate is going through, especially couples in their 50's and up. Men that are above 50 were raised at a time that they did not admit to their weakness. So pray for your men daily. Pray for your adult children. Our children often don't want to be a burden and tell us their problems. Pray for your children who go to School. Let us have a heart for prayer and praise and worship.
Betty

Sassy girl, one of my cats took a running jump at the birds feeder an attacked the bird feeder. No birds at the time. The only thing I can figure she was curious as what the birds are attracted to. My cats are not to bright.
 
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Good Afternoon and Happy Saturday,

The Sun is out for a nice change, still a little chilly when I did the morning chores. It as nice to see a few red birds this morning along with assorted other birds. Bertha, my dog is enjoying lying in the bay window in the sun rays. The sun seems to shine comfort after dark days in the winter. Not that Texas has had much of a winter. The Holy Spirit is like the sun in our lives. When we go through dark times and we all do, the Holy Spirit will often bring rays of sunshine in our lives that bring hope. These rays of sunshine keeps us going. Remember Jesus told the Disciples that He would send the Holy Spirit to comfort and to guide them. We should never take the importance of the Holy Spirit to the believer for granted. It is important that every day we seek the will of the Father and ask Him to guide us in His will as we go about our day. May He open our eyes to opportunity to share His love with others. May He lay on our hearts those who need extra prayer. Even Facebook is a place to find prayer request. We do not have to know a person to pray for them, God knows them. Of course we should always pray for loved ones. I just saw the woodpecker. God brings me so many blessings to my yard. I am so thankful that even in my illness God thinks of me and sends me little diamonds of blessings. Just like how the birds make my day, you never know when you say a kind word to the lady or man checking you out at the store, how much hour kindness may mean to them. If I see a lady looking sad, I try to make a point of complimenting her purse or her blouse. It cost me nothing but every time the lady walks off with a huge smile. It is sad that we live in a day when kindness is rare. Let us strife to be the ray of sunshine in a dreary world. If you have got a person talking then you can sometimes offer to pray for them and they will let you. If not you can still pray for them silently. Today I feel hopeful. My circumstances have not changed but God is giving me hope. With God there is hope in the middle of our circumstances. I do not know what you are going through, but I pray that God brings you hope and little diamonds of blessing to brighten your day.
Betty
 
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Good Morning and Blessed Sunday,

Red birds and other assorted birds this morning, which of course puts a smile on this old lady's face. My hubby's ministry is making wooden and ceramic pens and given them and Christian tracts to fellow Veterans and Law enforcers and Firemen. He uses a product that hardens the wood. As human beings we can harden our own hearts towards God and men. I heard a Evangelist, say that he had talked to Rev. Billy Graham and that Graham had told him about a talk that he had with Marlyn Monroe two weeks before her death. He had shared the Gospel of Jesus with her. She told him that she did not need his Jesus. Two weeks later she was dead. There is no telling how many times she had heard the truth but over the years her heart had become so hardened to the truth that she could no longer hear it. This is why we often hear people of who are old and near death who are anti- God. Their hearts are to hard to bear the truth anymore. So sad. I wonder if as Christians if on some level we also allow ourselves to become hardened to God voice. Will He tell us in Heaven that He has big plans for us but we always rejected His leading? Did our hearts become harden to hear His words out of fear? I honestly do not know, but it is something to think about . Let us pray that we are open to hear the voice of God and be open to listen. We cannot change the past but we can allow God to lead us today and in the future. Let us strife to be eager beavers for the calling of God. May God bring you a special blessing today.
Betty
 
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Good Morning and Happy Monday,
Do you ever feel the need to remind God that you are made of flesh and easily torn and broken? That you can came from Adam and Eve and are easily led into sin and astray? God knows our weakness yet, sometimes we feel the need to remind Him that we are still in our sinful bodies and not in our glorified bodies ,yet. I do not think God is angry when we tell Him that. He may be amused, but not angry. For God wants us to come to Him in our weakness. No where in the Bible does it say: "Seek me out, when you become spiritual Giants". No! It is in our weakness and in our humility that God can use us for His glory. Prideful people who think they have it all together are NO use to God. That is why God called the simple, the weak, often the uneducated to work for Him. There is nothing wrong with education. God often uses educated people for His glory, but they had to start at Jesus' feet in a spirit of humility, like every one else. It is when we are willing to be used by God in His will that He can use us for His glory. This morning there were several red birds and this stated morning on a happy note. It is always good to start the day on a happy note. But many mornings the devil can start our morning with confusion and anger by making things go wrong. The best thing you can do at that moment is stop. Take a moment and pray. You might think that you are running late and don't have time to pray. But praying can give you peace and help you bring joy to your morning. Today let us find moments to give God praise and worship. Prayers do not have to be long. Short prayers from the heart matters to God. Be blessed today and be a blessing to others.
Betty
 
Posted by Betty Louise (Member # 7175) on :
 
Good Morning and Happy Tuesday,

  The house I grew up in did not have a large enough front porch so that you could sit outside and talk and neither did my grandmothers.  I think that was before my time.  I always saw movies that showed neighbor's sitting around talking and shooting the breeze and I thought that was wonderful.  I was born in 1952 and I do think that life was simpler then.  My sister and I walked to the store together and we rode our bikes all with out fear.  Today the world is a more scary place and parents are more fearful and rightfully so.   Yet, God has not left His throne and we can still trust Him to watch over our children.   While we need to take more precautions today and be more watchful we can still trust in God.  I think parents should pray with their young children and teach them how important it is to trust in God at a early age.   Nature is filled with tinest of insects to huge whales and yet God has provided for them all.  We can feel so small in comparison to Pastors and Missionaries and yet God provides for the tiny ants crawling on the ground.  The ant doesn't say to itself that it is just going to quit because it's job is insignificant.  No!  It goes about its job it's whole life, day by day.  So let us do our job for God the best we can.  Let us not be envious of the talent of others, but carry on with what God has given us to do.  When we face God we will not be judged for what others did or did not do.  We will be judged for our own works.  Whether we did our work for God or for the praise  of man.  Remember any work done for the praise  of man will not withstand the fire at the judgment seat of Christ.  So work for the favor of Jesus and not mankind. 
  I have seen lots of little birds this morning and a few flying insects.  The humming birds have left for the winter but some insects have been drinking the sugar water. Today I go to the first small group at our new Church.  I am looking forward to getting to know some people and studying God's Word together.  I hope everyone has a blessed day.
Betty
 
Posted by Betty Louise (Member # 7175) on :
 
Good Morning and Happy Wednesday,

As Christians, we often say that God comes first in our lives, but does He? Is He just someone we call on when we have exhausted all other resources? Do we consider Him when we plan our day? I would be a liar if I said I always put God first. Let us face it , we have our plans and items on our list that have to be done for the day and is easy to lose God along the way. This doesn't make us bad people, it just makes us human. Yet if we began the day with prayer and ask Him to be with us through out the day, how much calmer our day may be. Seeking the help and guidance from God is not a sign of weakness but a sign of trust. This does not mean we will not have problems. I got lost going to Bible Study, yesterday. To those who know me more intimately, this is no surprise. I cannot read maps and I am easily rattled. I was frazzled and frustrated when I got to Bible Study. Yet when I left, I was blessed and calm. I wish I could say that I accepted getting lost with grace, but I was upset. Yet as many times as I get lost it upsets me because I am human. But I am getting better and was able to move on as soon as we stated Bible Study. We need to remember that while God is working on you, it is a process that takes a life time. Each time we should be less angry and angry less time but do not expect perfection from yourself. You are not perfect. This morning a few red birds and assorted other birds. I haven't seen a squirrel this morning.
I pray that God will give you peace of heart and mind today.
Betty
 
Posted by Betty Louise (Member # 7175) on :
 
Good Morning and Happy Thursday

I saw my first humming bird of this season yesterday and flowers are starting to bloom, which I take as a sign that spring is coming. Spring is my favorite season. Trees are still bear and drashtly looking. It seems as Christians we go through seasons in our lives. Sometimes we seem on fire for God and other times we are caught up in daily lives and then we go through valleys where it seems God is hard to find and our lives are like trees with no leaves. Just as plants need the rotating seasons so do our souls. It is during the winter season that our souls put down deep spiritual roots if we allow that to happen. It is up to us. We can either ride out the season barely getting by or we can seek God's face more then ever and grow deep in the Lord. Growth will cost you something, but you will find it is worth it. Stronger roots will make for stronger trees. Stronger trees should bare sweeter fruits and bigger quantity. The end result is with the struggle. We do not want to be that tree that just the smallest of wind and we are pulled out of the ground. Sometimes a tree will look great above ground but have a very weak root system. This why sometimes we hear of a person who we think of as a celebrity Christian who pubically falls down. They look good and they even draw big crowds but their root system was very weak. It is not how popular we are that measures our success, it is how we stand in the storm. We all want the beautiful flowers and lush fruit but we must go about tending to our roots system. Take care of your roots and God will take care of the flowers and the fruit. It is not the work we do in public that grows the flowers and produces the fruit. It is the private prayer and Study. So let us not worry about the part of our spiritual lives that people see, so much. Let us be concerned with what people don't see, the roots. It is the root system that will determine how well we will stand during a storm.
God is good and He is so good to us. Take the time today to pass some of that goodness onto others.
Betty
 
Posted by Betty Louise (Member # 7175) on :
 
Good Morning and Happy Friday,

Today is the day that most employees look forward to all week. The start of the weekend. When time is ours and we can do what with it. Time is a most precious element, and yet it is probably the most wasted. If God was put in front of me a chart of the hours I have wasted in my life, I would hide in shame. I do believe we do need some me time. Some time reading a book just for fun, or whatever activity gives us enjoyment, this give our lives balance. As we get older and as our we begin to have health issues we find ourselves realizing that we cannot do as much as we used to. We have to decide which places need to be gone to today and which can wait to another day. We find that we can not do a complete cleaning of the house like we used to. This is the age that is important that we have some time with God in the beginning of the day or else we end up mumbling a child's prayer before falling into an exhausted sleep. It is important to remember God does not expect the same work out of a 60 plus person that He does a person in their 20's. He knows our weakness and frailties. It is not about how much we do for God but how willing our heart is. It is always about our heart. Work done for God out of bitterness and anger, is wasted work. Let us always be cheerful givers and cheerful workers. Seek God as you begin your day and ask Him to guide you as you go about your day.
The humming bird came to visit and hubby and I both enjoyed that. I am going to drive him on a few errands. I pray that God will bless each of you today and watch over you. Take time this weekend for fun times. Take time to laugh and play.
Betty
 
Posted by Betty Louise (Member # 7175) on :
 
Good Morning and Happy Saturday,

Birds and squirrels fed and water out for the mail lady. This morning as I was going about my chores, I was reminded how God has been with me all of my life. He is with us when we cried our first cry at birth and He will be with us when we take our last breath on earth. Yet through out our life time we mostly take His presence for granted. We get caught up in the busyness of the day and rarely communicate with Him at all, unless we need something. Sad to say but we begin to treat Him like a vacuum cleaner in the corner, if we have a spill we use it. If not the cleaner is to stay in the corner and be quiet. Sometimes we do not want God to give an opinion about what we are doing or thinking. Sadly there are sometimes we wish that He would look away so He would not see what we did. I am not talking big sins. I am talking about the times we call the person who cut us off a bad word. Or God forbid we use our hand to signal how we feel to a driver who cut us off. Let's face it on those times we would prefer God's attention was elsewhere at the moment. I have never used the hand signal myself. Just never learned or wanted to learn how to do it. But it is sad when it is done and there is a "I love Jesus" bummer sticker. But I have been guilty of calling the person a jackrabbit, who cut me off. Though the word is nicer the anger is there which makes my sin the same. It is wonderful that God is with us every day, but let us be better Christians, knowing that He is with us. If not for our sake for His.
I believe we are growing in Christ and growing stronger every day. I believe as time is getting closer God is preparing His Bride for the rapture. It is because the time is short that the devil is fighting harder. This is not the time to slow down and coast. This is the time to pray more, read the Bible more, and try to attend Church when you can. I pray that God will bless you today and you will have a nice weekend .
Betty
 
Posted by Betty Louise (Member # 7175) on :
 
Good Morning and Blessed Sunday,

Do you every feel like you are taking baby steps? Or you are running and getting no where fast? The pace of our spiritual journey does seem to have varying speeds. Maybe it is the times that we feel like we are making little to no progress that we are growing deeper spiritually. It is possible that we cannot see our own spiritual growth so we do know our own progress till years down the road. While God wants us to search our hearts for sin, I don't think we need to be concerned about a daily check of our spiritual progress. As long as we are growing in the Lord, we can let God worry about where we are on the chart. Of course never compare your spiritual growth to others. We are all on our own spiritual journey.
Today is Valentines Day. A day set aside for love. Of course if you have a significant other make sure to let them know how much you love them. If this year you are alone do not hide in your home in self pity. Call someone who is also alone and have a celebration between the two of you. Go out to eat and see a movie, or go to a museum. Valentine's Day can be what you make it.
This morning a squirrel and a few birds. I am blessed. I thank God every day for the birds and the squirrels who eat in my yard.
Betty
 
Posted by Betty Louise (Member # 7175) on :
 
Good Morning and Happy Monday,

There are some valleys that we go through that seem darker then others. It seems in these valleys we often cannot even put our request into words. Often we are so over come with fear of what may lie ahead, that we are afraid if we give voice to the fears we will somehow make them true and make them come to life. In is in these valleys that we can often feel the Holy Spirit surrounding us in a blanket of hope and love. As we begin to trust in God we begin to feel ourselves snuggling like a child who had a nightmare snuggling into their parents arms. The more our focus is on God the smaller the monster is that is in our mind. God may kill the monster for us or He may choose for us to go through the valley with the monster, but if our eyes are focused on Jesus the monster will lose his power over us. Sometimes it is an illness that God will choose to heal us of on earth and other times God will allow the illness to be our ticket into Heaven. I believe that no Christian ever crossed Jordan alone. This is not about losing heart or hope. It is about reminding ourselves that the God that stands with us on the mountain top is also the God that holds our hands in the deepest and darkest valleys. We had an Evangelist at Church yesterday and his emphasis was on reminding us that we are in the last minutes before the rapture. Our prayers for our lost loves ones should be fervent than ever. Remember my friends, we will have mountain top and valley experiences spiritually. Be encouraged in the Lord, remember David said to encourage yourself in the Lord.
A humming bird and a assorted birds this morning. I am blessed.
Betty
 
Posted by Betty Louise (Member # 7175) on :
 
Good Morning and Happy Tuesday,

Philipp 4:8. Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

The devil does not want us to think on good things but on sinful things, on unpleasant things and on hurtful things. He wants us to feel defeated, dejected, mistreated, neglected, anything but joy in the Lord.
The local news will supply stuff to scare us, the devil will bring up past hurts to make us feel defeated and a drive to the store is all it takes to feel like we are living in a world of people who are rude and care only about themselves. Be assured the devil will never remind you of good things or the good things God and people has done for you. That is why we have to remind ourselves. We have to choose to seek joy. The devil is content to have angry, defeated, dejected and just head in the sand Christians. God wants Christians who are so on fire for Him that even sinners can see that we have something going on. We are to be a light shining in the darkness. Of course I do not know what you are going through and I do not know your struggles, but I know God. It is not about how weak we are but about how much we lean on a God who can do all things. Choose to dwell on the goodness of God. Remind yourself of the miracles of God. God is still the same God who created us and created the world. Look up beautiful sites on the Internet and remind yourself of all the beauty in creation. Take joy in the beauty and the Creator. We live in a world where people no longer worship the Creator but the creation. Let us not be guilty of the same thing. Seek joy in the Lord. Ask the Lord to give you a joyful heart. Remember the children's song that says the joy of the Lord is our strength. That is because a sorrowful heart is heavy to carry. There is a time for sorrow and in those times we can pray for God to give us strength to walk through those days. On the other side of sorrow God brings us out to joyful days and our feet become lighter and her hearts begin to sing. In all things give God the glory and in all things give God praise. I pray that God will bring you joy today and a song of thanksgiving to your hearts.
The red squirrel is visiting along with another squirrel, the humming bird, and assorted birds. Bertha and the cats have had breakfast and are napping. And mama is feeling blessed this morning.
Betty
 
Posted by Betty Louise (Member # 7175) on :
 
Good Morning and Happy Wednesday,

This morning there are several squirrels. They seem to come out of nowhere. I often wonder if they are waiting in the trees for me to bring the food out. Sometimes we are waiting for the perfect time to work for God. When the little ones are in School, when the kids are grown, when we retire from work. We can wait for the perfect time until the day we die. Trust me I am guilty, myself. The problem with waiting for the perfect time, is there is no perfect time. We wait for the perfect time to find a Church home. When we get moved and settled, I am going to find a Church home and start working for God. The devil is never going to give you a perfect time. God uses people who are willing to work in imperfect times. Other people are waiting to they feel like they are more perfect to commit to doing more for God. That doesn't work either. There is no perfect people. That person you see teaching with matching shoes,purse, dress, and earrings, may have had a blow out with her husband before she left her house because she couldn't find her keys. This doesn't mean God can not use her. The reality is God uses imperfect people. So do not wait to become perfect to work for God. Work for God now, in your imperfections. God is looking for willing people not perfect people. Pray that God will give you a heart for the lost and broken. Pray that God will give you a willing heart. God does not call us all to teach. I am an introvert. Speaking in front of a group my words fall over themselves. Oral book reports was torture for me and my teachers. God knows our strengths and our weakness. Yet God can still use us, for His glory. P Be a willing vessel and you will be used by God and blessed by God. God can use us in our weakness. There is a man in our Church who has had a major stroke. Every Sunday, he gives a peppermint and a hug to every person and says: God bless you. His simple gesture is a blessing to everyone. God uses him in his weakness. Instead of being angry about his circumstances, he serves God in the midst of his circumstances. We should do the same.

The red squirrel came for a visit and a few red birds. The birds are taking turns eating. Yesterday I had almost a dozen birds by my window and two squirrels under the feeder eating. My gift from God.
Be blessed and I pray that you will have something in your day that makes you happy.
Betty
 
Posted by Betty Louise (Member # 7175) on :
 
Good Morning and Happy Thursday,

Most of us have read in the Bible how in the days of Noah, mankind was so evil that God even regretted creating man, yet we don't have to leave the comfort of our chair to read or see in the news the evil of mankind today. In fact the evil is so bad, many refuses to believe it. A 14 year old boy was pubically beheaded in the Middle East for listening to Western music. Young women in the Middle East stoned to death for being guilty of being raped. The evil is here in America as well. A mother was charged with chocking her 11 year old son when he objected to her putting the baby outside in the snow. In Houston a 95 woman beaten and assaulted for a small TV. Our Schools are teaching elementary kids how to have gay sex. Some Schools refuse to use any gender terms for fear of offending, yet on the other hand we have Schools forcing children to learn Muslim prayers and say that Allah is the one and only God. The Pope is saying all roads lead to God and so are some Protestant Pastors. We wonder how can it get worse and yet surprisingly, it does get worse. We have people in government who want to make speaking out against the Muslim Religion a crime. There is a reason for that. They want to silent Christians and Christian Pastors. Make no mistake about it, we are living in perilous times. If our faith and trust in God is made of tissue paper it will not last. We must build up our faith and trust in God now, so that we can withstand what is coming. I admit I am a wimp. I pray every day for the rapture. Yet I know in my heart I must be prepared either way. Just as we here in South Texas prepare for a hurricane and pray it misses us, we need to prepare for persecution and pray the rapture takes place first. We need not live in fear if we live trusting in God.

This morning, I have a squirrel, red bird, and assorted birds. The humming bird is eating out of the humming bird feeder and so is some honey bees.
Betty
 
Posted by Betty Louise (Member # 7175) on :
 
Good Morning and Happy Friday,

All of us have trials and problems. Some physical, financial, marriage, children or others problems, but we have them. It is not a question of whether we can skate through life with out problems but how we handle our problems. Do we handle our problems in a Godly manner? Is our first reaction to strike out at anyone around when we have a problem? Do we seek God's help or do we only seek Him as a last resource? Do we grow spiritually through our problem or do we take steps backward in our spiritual walk?
Do we become angry at God? Do we feel like God is unjust because we have problems? I have found that it is often the small problems that we lose our temper over. Maybe because we are apt to become angry at ourselves and blame ourselves over small problems instead of asking God to help us. Sometimes we think God is not interested in the little things. God cares about us and He cares about what is upsetting us. Do not be afraid to ask His help with the small things. It is trusting God in small things that makes our trust and faith grow. Sometimes it is those problems that we have dealt with for a long time that gets us down. Long term illness, praying for a lost loved one for years, a child with a bad attitude, can wear you down. Your faith can lessen and you can begin to doubt God is hearing you anymore. The truth is in these times we have to dig in deep and be set in our minds and heart that we will serve and praise God even if our prayer is not answered until after we go to Heaven. My granny prayed for all her children to be saved. Her youngest, my Uncle was saved many years after her death. Yet when he passed away and enter Heaven's gates, I know that she was rejoicing. Even if the answers had taken years, we must not grow weary and we must keep praying and trusting. You might think that I do not understand what you are going through, and I may not. Yet, there are mornings I lie in bed for an hour dreading getting up knowing when I do the pain will begin for the day. I have yet to get up and say: Praise God, I am hurting." Yet I can trust God that even if my health has not improved, He is still with me. Knowing God is holding my hand and walking my path with me, helps me get out bed. We have to remind ourselves God is in control and He will get is through whatever we are dealing with. We will come out on the other side stronger in our faith if we press on and do not quit. Encourage yourselves in the Word of God and by listening to songs of Praise and Worship.
This morning several squirrels and a few birds earlier. There was a red bird yesterday afternoon eating at the window by my chair. May God bless you and your family today.
Betty

As I travel through this pilgrim land
There is a friend who walks with me
Leads me safely through the sinking sand
It is the Christ at Calvary
This would be my prayer, dear Lord, each day
You help me do the best I can
For I need Thy light to guide me day and night
Blessed Jesus, hold my hand
Jesus, hold my hand
For I need Thee every hour
Through this pilgrim land
Protect me by Thy power

Hear my feeble plea
O Lord, look down on me
When I kneel in prayer
I hope to meet You there
Blessed Jesus, hold my hand
Let me travel in the light divine
That I may see the blessed way
Keep me that I may be wholly Thine
And sing 'Redemption's Song' some day
I will be a soldier brave and true
And ever firmly take a stand
As I onward go and daily meet the foe
Blessed Jesus, hold my hand
Jesus, hold my hand
'Cause I need Thee every hour
Through this pilgrim land
Protect me by Thy power
Hear my feeble plea
And O Lord look down on me
When I kneel in prayer
I hope to meet You there
Blessed Jesus, hold my hand
When I kneel in prayer
I hope to meet You there
Blessed Jesus, hold my hand


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Posted by Betty Louise (Member # 7175) on :
 
Good Afternoon and Happy Saturday,

When we wake up, we may have some idea of what the day will bring, but our day can have turns and u-turns that come in unexpected that can either take us off guard in a good way or bad. Some surprises or good and some surprises are frustrating. Yet if we begin the day in prayer we can rest assured that whatever way our day goes, we will not be alone, for God will be with us. We will probably never be in a position that we aren't thrown off balance by a curve in the road of life, simply because we still live in a mortal body. But, when this happens take a moment to pray for guidance and for God to give you peace of mind and heart. I am one of those people who is easily frustrated and aggravated when things go wrong. I believe I am getting better but only because God is working on me. As we walk closer to God we will begin to see areas in our lives that we need to repent and give to God. I have found this to be true in my life. This can be a painful but needed process as we make ourselves ready for the return of Jesus. We cannot clean ourselves up, but we have to be willing to allow God to work in all areas of our lives. I believe God is preparing His Bride for His soon return. Pruning the flower garden so to speak for a fragrant and beautiful bouquet that He will take out of this world soon for the Marriage Supper in Heaven. May we be like David who asked God to search his heart for hidden sin so David could repent. May we daily seek forgiveness and daily seek for God to guide us in His will for our lives. May we serve our Heavenly Father in a spirit of joy and gladness. I pray that God will bless you today in a very special way.

Some birds were taking baths in the bird bath this morning. Was happy to see squirrels and birds this morning.
Betty
 
Posted by Betty Louise (Member # 7175) on :
 
Good Morning and Blessed Sunday,

Has God ever laid someone on your heart? For days this person will come to your mind and your heart will ache with concern for them. The best thing you can do is pray for them, not just once but every time God brings them to your thoughts. God may have assigned you the position of standing in the gap for that person. Never under estimate the power of prayer. Remember as Christians it is a privilege to pray for one another. The more often we pray the stronger our faith grows. We do not know how many times others have prayed for us, but one day in Heaven we will know. Prayer is so important but we often take it for granted, yet it is through prayer that we have access to the throne of God. Prayer opens the channel to God for our request, for expressing our thanksgiving to God, and for quiet meditation with God. Prayer is conversation with God our Father. Take some time today and spend it communicating with God. Prayer is never wasted.

A few squirrels this morning. I saw a few birds earlier. For the most part nature in my yard is rather quiet this morning.
Betty
 
Posted by Betty Louise (Member # 7175) on :
 
Good Morning and Happy Monday,

We live in a world where you can open the Internet and see into the private lives of celebrities. Articles that promise to tell the dirty secrets of a celebrity couple's divorce. If the Internet and gossip magazines were not enough, you often have celebrities giving interviews trashing their soon to be ex on TV. Sadly we as people seem to eat up this trash talk like trail mix, looking for the latest scoop. We have become obsessed with living through others lives. It's as if reading about how bad others are acting makes us feel better about our selves. If we our honest with ourselves our first thought is not praying for these people. Yet behind the fancy clothing and expensive makeup is real people who cry real tears. The media makes a lot of money building up one side and trashing the other side. It is not uncommon for them to switch sides when they have exhausted the story with the first side. The media is fickle, but we do not have to be. We can pray for both people who are hurting. In our on lives we come across people who are struggling and hurting. Do we stop and say a pray for them? Or are we just relieved that it is not us? When we hear of a person killed in a car wreck or murdered, do we stop and pray for their families? Do we take advantage of opportunity to pray for others? Are we looking for opportunities to pray for others? There are so many hurting people in this world. I have found that when I pray for others, I feel God bringing peace to my own life. I believe that prayer is a under used resource in our spiritual armor. Of course there will be times that you will not see the answer, personally, but that doesn't mean that God is not working. Keep on praying for those you know and those you do not know. One day in Heaven you may have a family come to you and say: " it was your prayers that got me through my loss ". What a great celebration we will have in Heaven when we meet the people our prayers touched!
Today, the red squirrel is visiting and assorted birds. The cats and dog have been fed are napping so nature is enjoying their food with out being harassed. Yesterday hubby went to Church with me, which made me happy. I feel blessed today.
Betty
 
Posted by Betty Louise (Member # 7175) on :
 
Good Morning and Happy Tuesday,

Philpp. 4:11 Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.

We live in an age where this verse is considered a lack of ambition. Many people seem to be striving for a bigger house , car, and better job. This doesn't mean we shouldn't better ourselves but to be at peace in the moment at whatever station in life we are. Even as we try to better ourselves for our future be happy in the day we live in. If we become to focused on tomorrow we can spend our life always living for tomorrow and never living or enjoying the present. This will cause us to miss out on many enjoyable moments of happiness. Sadly some Christians can be so focused on their job that they have pushed God to the back burner. Without even realizing that they have made their job an idol. This doesn't mean we do not to our best. Of course we do our best at work. But do not become so job focused that you do not make time for prayer, Bible study, and Church. I seen several cartoons recently that show grave sights and the fact that in the end we will all have the same size lot, no matter how poor or rich we are. Greater then that is when we face God, it will not be how much money we had in life but the relationship we had with Christ that will determine our eternal home. No one can buy, bargain, or beg their way in to Heaven. After death it will be too late to become saved. Our loved ones no matter how much they wish they could, cannot pray you into Heaven. Your fate is sealed with your last breath. The time of salvation is while you are alive. Financial gain and nice things are great but the condition of your soul is more important. May we learn to be content with what we have. Whether God blesses us with something better or not, let us stay focused on Him.
This morning my trees are filled with red and black birds. I have some birds and one squirrel at my feeder. I was blessed to have slept through the storm that came in this morning. I hate storms. The birds are singing and talking back and forth. Enjoying the choir in my backyard.
Betty
 
Posted by Betty Louise (Member # 7175) on :
 
Good Morning and Happy Wednesday,

As I look out into my backyard, I see a man from the power company cutting limbs off trees in the neighbor's hard. His pole seems to me, to be close to the power line and as I begin to worry about him, I stopped and prayed for his safety. The other guy is high up in the tree and I prayed for his safety too. I don't know the men, but God does. We do not have to know a person to pray for them.
There is so much going on in the world today. In the Middle East there is war waiting to happen. I believe it is only the hand of God that is holding back Nations who are ripe and ready to go to war. War is coming, it is only a matter of time. The world is closer then ever to accepting leadership by the anti-Christ. We have Pastors who are willing to compromise and accept Islam as part of their faith. We have Pastors who have compromised their beliefs in order to attract numbers. This is not just an American problem, this is a problem worldwide. The Bible says in the last days people will go astray and sadly many are being led astray by their Shepherds. When the flocks do not verify what the Shepherd say with the Word of God, then they are easily led astray. A Pastor who preaches the truth will not be afraid to tell you to check what he said with the Bible. As we grow closer to the end of the Gentiles, the devil will work harder and harder to deceive Christians. We do not have to be deceived. We can pray and verify every thing we are told by God's Word. You probably see those bumper stickers that says coexist. To the world, combining Religions into one seems like the kind thing to do. Except when you have opposing beliefs, the only way to combine them is to leave out the basic truth. In order to combine Christanity and Islam is to deny that Christ is God. There is no Christanity with our Christ being God. Avoid like the plaque this coexist, it is worse than a plaque. A plaque can take your life, coexist could take your soul. The Bible says that anyone who tries to take away Christ from being God has the spirit of the anti-Christ. Coexist is not warm and fuzzy, it is pure EVIL. Jesus was the creator of all thing, He was in the Godhead in the beginning and He will always be.
Betty
 
Posted by Betty Louise (Member # 7175) on :
 
Good Morning and Happy Thursday,

I am blessed that my mornings are done at my own speed. I can walk around slowly and talk to God as I do my morning chores. This is not the case with everyone, but you can still talk to God while you fix your hair and do you makeup. While it is important to spend quality time with God, these little moments that we talk to God are also important. Not only do they help us begin the day more peaceful but they remind us that God is always with us. This is especially helpful before you face the morning rush hours of traffic. Occasionally hubby and I are in the rush hour traffic and my heart feels for you that has to deal with this twice a day 5X a week. Always pray and ask God to protect you before you start your car motor.
Life can be hetic and we need to remind ourselves that God is still with us and that He has not forgotten us.
As we remind ourselves of God's presence in our lives let us also remember to praise Him. A joyful heart that praises God will not only bring joy to God but it will bring joy to our own hearts. Of course as God brings prayer request to your mind, take a moment to pray for that petition. Remember that prayer for a situation is the very best you can do. I must admit there are times, that I actually think to myself: "all I can do is pray ". I have to remind myself that prayer is the first thing I should do. If there is something I can do physically to help, pray first. We are so guilty of under estimating the power of prayer. Prayer should not be the last result but the first decision. We can even pray over our labor and our works. Just as at Church, they pray that God will use the offering for His glory we can pray that God will use our labor for His glory. Never under estimate your work and labor for God. If it is done with a cheerful heart and out of your love for Him, then it is not done in vain. So much work is done behind the scene but one day these works done out of love for our Savior will be rewarded. So do not grow weary in your work for Christ. Everything we do and everything we go through will be worth it when we see Jesus.

Seen a humming bird this morning and a few assorted birds. The squirrels have not come out yet. I am still waiting for my insurance company to approve my medication and looking forward to the day I can eat without being sick. The last couple of weeks I have been getting very tired in the evening and feeling sad. This seems to be symptoms of Chrones disease. I remind myself that I may have colitis and Chrons but they do not define me. I am still a daughter of God and with His help I can keep chugging along like a little train, even if it does have a broken wheel. Hehe. I know that I am blessed.
Betty
 
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Good Morning and Happy Friday

Psalm 118:24New King James Version (NKJV)This is the day the Lord has made;We will rejoice and be glad in it.

If we are not careful, we can get into a period of discouragement, were we dread each day and instead of being thankful for a new day, we find ourselves depressed by it. The Lord wants us to rejoice in each day we are given. A new day that we can spend with God and use for His glory. When we begin the day remembering to be grateful and praise God we begin the day with a better attitude. Many of you are like me, in that you are no longer able to jump out of bed on the run. Let's face it, most of wake up because something is hurting and woke us up and as we start walking around we are reminded of stiff joints and problem areas in our bodies. But we are alive and we are breathing and we do have a lot to be grateful for. Having a attitude of praise may not take the pain away but it will not only make our day more pleasant, but it will please our Heavenly Father. We may not be able to change our station in life, but we can change our attitude so that not only do others want to be around us, but we can be a blessing to others. If we have long faces and hateful attitudes, we are chasing people away from Christ. If we have a smile and a good attitude inspite of our pain we are can be a living example of the goodness of Christ.
There will be time that pain gets the best of us and we get cranky. When this happens apologize, to those you might have offended. There is no shame in admitting when we are wrong. Of course we should ask God to forgive us, as well. Sometimes on really bad days, we need just to have a good cry. There is no shame in that. Tears help release toxins from the body. We are human and so allow yourselves to be human. Then thank God that you are still alive and sing a praise and worship song and watch as God pours peace and love into your hearts and minds. Remind yourselves that in your weakness, you can become strong in the Lord and as you seek God's face you will begin a closer walk with Him. Do not pretend you are not sick or you do not health problems, but do not allow these things in our bodies to push us away from Christ, but rather use these situations to allow us to become stronger in our faith. I do not believe in the new thing going around that is called : "claim it and grab it". God is in the healing business and I believe He still heals. Sometimes He heals us in earth and sometimes He knows that it is through out illness that our faith and soul will grow. We will be at peace when we can accept Jesus' will for us, whether that is healing on earth or in Heaven. There will be bad days. I have them, myself. But when I say: "Even so, Lord Jesus, I will serve you!" Then God fills my heart with peace and joy. I pray that whatever you are going through that you will find peace in the arms of Jesus and that He will fill your day with joy.

I am blessed this morning to have birds. I saw the humming bird earlier. Yesterday, outside the window by my chair was small birds at the feeder and a few big birds on the ground. I am so grateful for God bringing these precious diamonds of joy into my life. It makes the misery of Chrons bearable.
Betty
 
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Good Morning and Happy Saturday,

This morning as I did my morning chores, I got more winded, then usual and was grateful when it was time to sit down. As I sit here at the table and enjoy the birds my focus is no longer about struggle with my breathing but with the loveliness of the birds eating at my feeders. As my focus changes, I am not struggling and I can begin to take slow but labored breaths, knowing that the more relaxed I become the less the struggle will be and the more relaxed my breathing will be. This is how we as Christians are often are when we go through trials we fight against the trails and we struggle which makes the trial harder, like a horse bucking a saddle. It is only when we relax and accept God's will that we are able to breath and relax in the midst of the battle. Do not get me wrong, the battle is hard, the struggle is real, but when we lean into Jesus and accept His will and His help we find peace even in the middle of the trial. When we accept that God has a purpose for our lives then we can walk with Him and not try to run away from Him. The answer is not pretending that we are not going through a bad time. The answer is accepting our situation and reminding ourselves we are there for the purpose and reason for the glory of God. As we stop fighting against the reigns, we can be like a fast horse, running our spiritual race with grace and beauty. Paul often talked about his spiritual journey as a race, and the comparison fits. Sometimes we feel like we are running faster then our legs then carry us and other times we feel like our legs are moving in the mud pits, barely moving. It is not how fast we get there. It is whether we are in the race, and focused on the will of God. It is easy at times to lose focus and find we are following our own will and not the will of God. This is when we seek forgiveness and then seek God's will. The closer and closer we get to the rapture , the more the devil will fight the Church. Christians need to stay focused on Jesus more the ever.
I pray that God will bless you today and your families.
I see a couple of squirrels and I have seen a red wasp at the humming bird feeder.
Betty
 
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Good Morning and Blessed Sunday,

Prov. 3:5. Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding

We live in a corruptible world with a corruptible body. You do not have to live long to suffer loss. Whether it is loss of job, relationship, health, or something else, you will know the pain of loss. Sometimes over time you will learn the reason why God allowed you to go through the loss. Other times we will not know until we get to Heaven. No matter where we are in our spiritual walk loss is painful and tears will fall. If we keep our trust in God we can turn the loss into spiritual growth. If we become angry and discouraged, the loss become a set back at best and at worse can cause us to backslid. The strong Christian you admire has most likely had many set backs and losses and has earn their spiritual strength through prayer and tears. We do not grow spiritually though sunny days walking though rose gardens with everything going right. It is through the storms and winds and tears that we grow. Let us not become complacent in our faith but seek God every day. It is easy to feel like we are the only one having problems but the devil is busy every where. So stayed prayed through and prayed up.

This morning a few squirrels and one ornery cat aggravating the squirrels. Have a blessed day.
Betty
 
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Good Morning and Happy Monday,

There are times in our lives when the cross we bear is enderances. It is not just the weight of the load but the time carrying the load that can over come us. Some days we carry our cross with ease and other days we can barely take a step and the devil seems to be right there in our ears whispering the song of discouragement. Making us feel that God has forgotten us or the least doesn't care that we are struggling. The burden becomes more heavy as our heart is overwhelmed with helplessness. Some burdens we carry short periods but the burdens we carry for years can feel like they will be our undoing. It is on those days of Discouragement that we need to encourage ourselves in the Lord. This is more then a pep talk. This is reading His Word and reminding ourselves of the miracles God preformed. I like to read Psalms and remind myself that is okay to be depressed, David was but as you read Psalm, you will see how David reminded himself of the goodness of a God. Then listen and sing praise and worship songs. This will get you feeling chipper. Last but not least read the last two books of the Revelations and see your future. Your future home in Heaven. Like the old song says "It will be worth it all , when we see Jesus". My friend I know you are tired, I know what it is like to get discouraged, I know what is like to want to quit, but don't give up. We have to much to gain to give up down. Let us lift each other in prayer that God will give us extra strength so that we can carry our burden with grace and in the beauty of faith. Seek to live your life in a way that is pleasing to Him. In all things give Him thanks and the glory. Life is messy and burdens are uncomfortable but eternity with our Father in Heaven in worth it all!

The trees had red birds and I saw the humming bird earlier. At the moment honeybees and wasp are enjoying the sugar water. I have been thankful to see the honey bees. There was a shortage of honey bees a few years ago.
Betty

God, my God, I cry out
Your beloved needs you now
God be near, calm my fear
And take my doubt

Your kindness is what pulls me up
Your love is all that draws me in

Chorus:
I will lift my eyes to the Maker
Of the mountains I can't climb
I will lift my eyes to the Calmer
Of the oceans raging wild
I will lift my eyes to the Healer
Of the hurt I hold inside
I will lift my eyes, lift my eyes to You

God, my God, let Mercy sing
Her melody over me
God, right here all I bring
Is all of me

Your kindness is what pulls me up
Your love is all that draws me in

Chorus:

‘Cause You are and You were and You will be forever
The Lover I need to save me
‘Cause You fashioned the earth and You hold it together, God
So hold me now
Chorus:
 
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Good Morning and Happy Tuesday,

Psalm 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.

We live in a stressful world. Both Christians and non Christians suffer from stress. You do not have to leave your house to be over come by stress. The coffee pot messes up your coffee, you spill your coffee, your mate says something that bugs you, there are many things that stress you. Today is super Tueday and I was thinking this morning that maybe we will see less commercials among the Republicans trashing each other and then I remembered next will be the Democrats and Republicans trashing each other. With all the trash talk it is almost like you have to take a shower after voting. Of course as Christians we should pray that God would guide us to vote for the person He would have us vote for. We should also remember that like with President Obama the winner may be a part of God's judgement on America. While our vote should be done prayerfully, do not allow the outcome do derail your faith. God has a plan and He is in control no matter who is in the Whitehouse. Like you, I love my Country and want the best for her, yet I can see that America as a Nation has chosen sin over God ever since she made legal abortion. We should always pray for our Country, but our soul's health is not determine by the Nation's health. We need to remind ourselves of that. Prayerfully vote today, but remember whatever the outcome your trust and hope is in Almighty God. He existed before this world and He will exist after this world is a memory. Whatever is increasing your stress level today, leave it at the feet of Jesus. Walk away with peace in your heart and a song in your step.
Just a few birds this morning. They may sense that rain is coming. The humming bird was here.
Betty
 
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Good Morning and Happy Wednesday,

Gal 6:9 And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.

The Lord God knows that we grow tired and weary. He knows we get discouraged and want to quit sometimes. It is those times that we need to seek Him for added strength and encouragement for it is during those times that we are vulnerable to the attacks of the devil. How sad it would be to quit so close to the finish line! Unlike the runner who sees the finish lines and usually sees his or her coach waiting at the finish line cheering them on, we often seem to run alone and have no cheering squad. But it doesn't have to be this way. When we are discouraged we can reach out to others and ask them to pray for us. There is no shame in seeking prayer from our loved ones and friends. Asking for help is often a hurdle for us to jump because many of us were raised not to admit we needed help. Yet when we admit we need help then we allow ourselves to be open to pray for others when they need help. There is no reward for going through life refusing to admit your are vulnerable and this pattern will only lead to an embarrassing fall. When the Church can stand hand in hand and pray for each other then it becomes strong in the Lord.
Pretending you are superman or superwoman avails nothing because we are not fooling God or the devil.
Remember it is in our weakness that God shows His strength. Let us be willing to ask for prayer when we need it and pray for others when they ask.
This morning I have had a blue jay, red birds, and woodpecker. I seen a squirrel running in the trees.
My insurance company and the Doctor is still arguing about my medication, so I am still in limbo. God knows all about it. I seem to need more rest lately and my mouth is broke out with sores but other then that I am no worse. Hubby is discouraged, but I keep telling him that God is in control. Just like you, I look for those little diamonds of hope that keep me going and God does provide them. Praise His Holy Name!
Betty
 
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Good Morning and Happy Thursday,

This morning as I walked around outside taking care of my chores, everything was peaceful and just the sweet sounds of nature. It must have been wondrous walking around in the garden of Eden. All the species of animals in the same area at peace with each other singing and talking to each other, a choir like no other. How wonderful it must have been for Adam and Eve to walk and be with all of nature. Yet the loss of this when sin entered man must have cut so deep but that was nothing compared to the lost of the daily walk and communion with God Himself. Cable cried to God that he could not bare his punishment for killing his brother, but I am struck in wonder on how Adam and Eve was able to bare their punishment. Maybe seeing God in their unrighteousness was so unbearable that they dare not want to see Him again. It is a puzzle I do not understand. We will be in the presence of God one day and because of the great sacrifice of Jesus, we will face God not in our sins but in the righteousness of Christ. Knowing that we will stand with our advocate and Savior Jesus we can look forward with great expectation to the day we see God and not with fear and dread. While we want to to our best and work for the glory of God remember that nothing we do will make us worthy to face God, it is only the blood of our precious Savior that allows us to even enter the gates of Heaven. This doesn't mean we do not want to earn crowns to place at the feet of Jesus. Yes, we can enter Heaven, empty handed, but how sad it will be when others place their crowns to stand there and have to admit that we chose to be to lazy to work for God. Seek God and ask Him what He wants you to do for Him. Seek a way every day to encourage others. Remember even a cup of water, given in the Name of Jesus is blessed of God. No prayer said for another is wasted. A simple smile can brighten a day for someone whose day is bleak. Jesus is coming back soon. Let us work deligently seeking for ways to share God's love with others.
This morning there has been a blue jay, several red birds and a squirrel just in the back
. A few new pink flowers blooming as spring begins to come forth. The cats and dog have been fed and are enjoying their morning nap. I looked at this sky this morning and I wondered as I often do, will this be the day that Jesus comes back. We do not know the day or the hour, but one day we will hear the trumpet, and Jesus call our name and tell us to come up. What a glorious day that will be! But what a nightmare for those left behind so, let us keep praying for our lost loved ones and friends. It will not be too late to make the rapture until the trumpet blows so always pray for the lost. We cannot force people to be saved. I tried that, myself. But we can pray that God will send someone in their lives they will listen to. Family often doesn't listen to family, sad but true. God bless your today.
Betty
 
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Good Morning and Happy Friday,
This morning as I did the chores in the back yards, my dog Bertha was running from trouble to trouble. First she aggravated a bird sitting in her nest then she pushed her head into through the fence to aggravate the neighbor's two dogs. I am screaming at her like a mad crazy woman. No telling what the neighbor's thought. Of course now she is resting now on a pillow in the window seat looking innocent.
I wonder how many times as God children we embarrass God like that. We react in road rage, we are rude with the cashier at the store, we yell at credit card Representative on the phone. Does God turn His hand and hope that no one notices that we belong to Him? Is He embarrass when we are acting badly and there is "I love Jesus" or a sign with our church name on our car? Let's face it our behavior does not always bear well on our Christianity. Loving words do not always pour forth from our mouths and praying for our enemies is the last thing we want to do in the midst of a fit. It is often after we are physically and emotionally spent that we realize what a monster we let lose in the midst of our melt down . Sometimes we do not even recognize ourselves. We even wonder where all that anger comes from. Most of the time it is because we do not deal with the little things. We push it down day and day and then one day that one thing happens and everything we have not dealt with comes exploding out with out notice. The person we unload on has no clue that they are being punished for every bad thing that has happened to us for weeks.
Then it is "Katy bar the door", as we used to say. Sometimes it is because we think we deal with something and all we have done is push it out of sight. Truth sometimes we feel we have to push things down to keep going, to keep living, to keep working. We feel we do not have time or the will to do will the little things every day. Other times, little hurts may not seem that big until they add up over time. We may think that we have turn them to God and not realized that after praying we stuffed the problem back in our back pocket for a later day. I understand, letting go is hard for me. I do no like dealing with unpleasant things, either. When you are dealing with health issues you feel you have an excuse for not dealing with little hurts. People who work could say the same thing, they just do not have time to deal with little things. When we all need to take the time to pray and seem God to help us not only give Him the little hurts but leave them at His feet. I wish I could give you an easy answer, but as you can see from the opening, I am still learning, too. I believe that the one thing God wants us to learn this morning is bring to Him our little hurts and do not let the bottle up until they become an explosion. There will still be times that we act like a toddler having a fit and just as parents we still loved our kids at that age no matter how badly they embarrassed us, God will still love us and forgive us. Yet, we can seek God's help in having less outbursts and more prayer time with Him. Every Christian has there on daily battles and many of us have grown weary and bone tired, but God says for us to come to Him for His burden is light and He can give us rest. Often we are tired because we do not take time for physical rest. God made us. He knows that we need rest. He knows that as we get older and as our bodies grow weaker we need more rest the we used to. We should stop apologizing for needing rest and allow our bodies to have the rest it needs. Taking care of yourself is not being lazy. Meditate in God's Word daily and rest your body not just at night but during the day when you grow tired. If like me your body has a chronic disease you may need added rest during the day. If so prop your feet up, have a glass of iced tea, and get your Bible and take care of your body and your soul at the same time. Have a blessed weekend!
This morning there have been about a half dozen red birds and a squirrel eating and a few assorted birds. The humming bird came to visit. I miss the more colorful humming birds we had in Washington State but then in Bremton we just had the seagulls and no red birds so it equals out.
Betty
 
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Good Morning and Happy Saturday,

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

This morning as I was putting out the bird seed, I was thinking about the years I have been doing it. I had fed the birds off and on for many years, but the last 7 years it has been consistent. My dad always fed the squirrels and I got the idea from him and ran with it. I took it much further 4 years ago buying about 40 plus pounds of bird seed every two months. I realized that what I am doing is a gift from God that keeps me going, especially the last two months. The last two months the pain is worse when I get and my body needs more rest so I sleep late, but it is knowing that I need to feed my pets and the birds and nature that makes me get out of bed. God provided what I needed in advance to keep me fighting every day instead of quitting. God knows the future and He knows what we will need before we even need it. This is not only important to keep us going physically but to our faith to keep us going spiritually. Everyone has times they want to throw up their hands and quit. Life is hard sometimes for everyone. We all have our struggles. We need to realize that, because when we begin to think we are the only one affected by pain, troubles, and enemy attacks we are vulnerable to depression and giving up completely. This is exactly where the devil wants us. This is when we need to preach to ourselves. Remind ourselves that because this is the last days the devil is in extreme attack to destroy the body of Christ if he could. Yet, we must then remind ourselves that we do not have to fight the enemy alone. If we have accepted Jesus as our Savior, then we have the Holy Trinity at work in our lives. It is when we try to fight against Satan in our own strength that we are overcome. Just as I am tempted to pull the cover over my head and stay in bed there are situations in your lives the devil whispers to you that you should give up and tries to convince you that God doesn't care about you and your problems. This is when we must stand in the Word of God. We must remind the devil that he is a liar. We must remind ourselves that we have read The Book and we know the ending: God wins! We can get up, we can stand strong as long as we stand in the strength of our Lord and Savior Jesus. If you lack faith, ask God for faith, if you lack strength, ask God for strength. Do not be timid when it comes to spiritual matters! Ask God to give you what you need to be strong and to be victorious. The battle is real, make no mistake about it, but that doesn't mean we need cover our heads with pillows and hide. The God who spoke creation into existence is the same God that will walk with you every day and through every battle. We need to stop allowing the devil to convince us that we are alone. We are not alone ! Remember the old song we sung in Bible School "Onward Christians Solders", my friends we are living that today. Let us go forth into our individual battles with praise to God from our lips and the Word of God in our hearts and minds. May we pray daily that God will give us oil for our lamps, so that when our Groom, Jesus comes for us we will be like the faithful virgins waiting and ready for His return. In all things whether it is sickness, a bad boss or a unsaved husband God is good and He will provide what you need to win the battle every day. Seek Him, deligently!
Betty

This morning there has been the humming bird, and red birds. I pray that God will bless you with diamonds of joy and peace today.
 
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Good Morning and Blessed Sunday,



Hebrews 10: 19-25
19Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, 20By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh; 21And having an high priest over the house of God; 22Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water. 23Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;) 24And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: 25Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.


Paul stresses the importance of meeting with fellow believers, especially in the last days. Not only for encouragement and inspiration but to keep us from being led astray by false prophets who have diluted the Gospel and allowed false teaching in their own preaching. This is why we need to be in a good Bible preaching Church. We can find excuses for staying away from Church and many times there are legitimate reasons. This morning my body betrayed me and the devil was right there whispering that I should stay home, that even the Pastor would say I had a good excuse and then it hit me did I need or want an excuse to miss Church? I told the devil I did not. Took a shower, got dressed and God willing I am going to Church. No! I am no a super Christian. I just know if I allow the devil to win this Sunday this will never end. Of course there are Sunday's when we are too sick to go and yes, God does understand. But let us be looking forward to Church and not be looking for excuses to stay home, because the devil will provide them. Of course you can be a Christian and never go to Church but you are missing out so much. There is something about joining voice with others singing praises to God not only is a praise to God but lifts your soul and spirit. The preaching can prepare you for the week ahead and getting handshakes and hugs from fellow believers reminds us that we are not alone in our Christian walk. The devil will offer us exudes to miss Church bit we can remind ourselves are reasons to be in Church.
Betty
 
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Good Morning and Happy Monday,

Psalm 8:4. What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?

David realized the greatest of God and a wondrous thought it was that God was concerned not only for mankind but mankind, as individuals. God does not look down from Heaven and just see the world as a whole and then move on. He see us all individuals and I believe, He spends more concern and attention on His children. Think of it this way, you are watching the children at the play ground and there are about 20 children. Where is the majority of your attention going to be? On your child, of course. Yet we take the wonderful joy of that for granted. The Bible says that God holds the universe in His hand and yet, He makes time and effort for each of His children and their needs. Yet we ourselves are often neglectful in our prayers and unappreciative of the little things that God does to bring joy to our lives. Often is only when something is not there when we realize how important it is. When Jeff was on a Mission trip, when we lived in Washington, we were with our hot water for 10 days. Needless to say we begin to appreciate hot water. Yet in a few months, we took it for granted again. God set the world in place and set the four seasons in place but we barely notice and take for granted that this was a miracle created by God. As Christians we should develop a heart of thanksgiving towards our Father in Heaven. There are so many things to be thankful for and should cheerfully give God praise, daily. The Bible says God inhabits the praise of a His people. Let us give Him the praise that is due Him, with a loving attitude of joy. We are beginning spring and seeing newbirth among the flowers and the birds, gives us an opportunity to thank God. Flowers and birds singing make our world brighter and puts a spring in our step and let us thank the Creator for this. A prayerful, thankful, and cheerful attitude makes our day brighter and feels us with hope and peace. I pray that God will bless you today in a special way.
Betty
 
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Good Morning and Happy Tuesday,

Matt 5:6. Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.

Have you ever been so overwhelmed by circumstances that you were not even sure what day of the week it was, much less what day of the month? You feel like you are running on vapors physically, emotionally, and spiritually. You sure do not have a cup of kindness to give to others when you are struggling to take care of you and your families needs. It is at these times that we are vulnerable to attacks by the devil. Yet it does not have to be this way. Jesus says several times that blessed are those who are hunger and thirsty for they shall be filled. When we take time to take care of our physical, spiritual and emotionally needs we will not be like a chicken with its head running all over the yard and getting nowhere. God is concerned about all your needs. Remember He said that He knows how many hairs are on your head. God knows we need physical rest. He tells us to rest. Our souls need rest, too. We need to rest and fill up spiritually at the feet of Jesus. If your car runs out of gas, you may kick a tire, but is it the car's fought? No it is our job to get the car refuled. Just as we as Christians must take time and effort to allow God to refuel our souls. Just as driving by a gas pump will not fuel your car, a quick prayer of "good morning, God" will not refuel your soul. The time and effort of fueling your car will keep your car going for days and the time and effort seeking to be fed by God will keep you going . Everyday we hear something new on the News that is disturbing and shows that we are living in the last days, I believe because of this we need to refuel our souls daily at the feet of Jesus. Do not run on empty when Jesus is inviting you to come to Him and be filled. As we look forward to the "blessed hope", let us seek God's face more and more. Sadly there are Christians who are going to be taken by surprised by the rapture because it has been so long since they refuled their souls and spirit that they are not able to read the times we are in. Worse then that are some Christians who are so caught up in what the world has to offer that they are not looking forward to the "blessed hope". I believe the Bible proofs that is true when Paul wrote that there is a crown waiting for those who are looking for the "blessed hope", which goes to say that there are those who are not looking. Of course we have to live our life and God never called Christians to go hide out on a mountain waiting for the rapture, but we should have a spirit of hope and wonder looking forward with expectation to the day Jesus calls His children home to Glory.

This morning it is lightly raining so we just have two squirrels eating. We need the rain but I pray we do not get any tornadoes. I got my new medication yesterday. We will know in several days if it will work. If not, they will have to redo the scope. God knows all about it, so I am at peace.
Betty
 
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Good Morning and Happy Wednesday,



Artist: Hymns
Album: Unknown
Title: In the Hollow of His Hand


In the hollow of His hand He will hide me
When doubt and sin draw near,
Though no earthly friend may walk beside me,
I rest secure from fear.

Refrain

I know whate’er betide me,
His hand will safely guide me,
His love will ever hide me
In the hollow of His hand.

In the hollow of His hand He will hide me
When the storm is on the deep,
And I know whatever may betide me,
His vigil He will keep.

Refrain

In the hollow of His hand He will hide me
When the storms of life sweep by,
To the harbor safe He will guide me,
Where His blessèd islands lie.

Refrain

There are times when we our soul and spirit feels restless. We not know why nor do we understand the reason why, but we are restless. It's if we are jumping out of our own skin and the last thing we feel is peace and calm. It is during these times that we need to stop and seek the face of God. Sometimes it is simple as spring fever and makes a good time to clean out a closet. Other times it is because there is something in our lives that we need to confess to God and repent. The Bible says the devil often works like little foxes putting little snares in our lives that often can go unnoticed by us but can be a deterrent to our spiritual growth. When we ask God to search us and see if there is any hidden sin in our lives, He will.
The closer we get to God the more we will see those little sins that had gone so long unnoticed by our own eyes in the past. You might think what you do not know can not hurt you, but that is lie from the devil. We will either face these sins now or when we face God. It is better to seek God's forgiveness now then deal with them in Heaven. So when you feel restless seek God and see if there are foxes creating havoc in your soul that has gone unnoticed. If all is well then take advantage of spring fever clean out an area that you have been putting off.
This morning there is about 25 little birds eating under one of my trees and further back some red birds eating from a feeder. The humming bird has been around. Take comfort knowing your Heavenly Father loves you and wants the best for you,
Betty
 
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Good Morning and Happy Thursday,

Hebrews 11:6. 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.

As Christians, we like to believe that our faith is strong and steady as an old oak tree. But is it? I believe most of us our faith is more like the tree that is moving here and there with the wind. As long as everything is going well we feel strong in our faith, but when blindsided by unexpected life moments we are knocked off kilter and our true measure faith is revealed, and often the reality is not pleasant. We do a lot of praying and try to get fuel up on faith in a hurry. God is merciful and He does see us through those dark moments, but faith that last the distance is not a hurry up procedure, it takes months and years to grow. Let's face it takes trials and hard times to grow faith. The Bible does say faith comes from hearing the Word of God. So another good reason to be in the house of God. Strong faith often comes through hard times and tears, but it is growing through those hard times. Peter told the people how much he wanted to be feeding them the meat of the Gospel, but they were still babies drinking milk. If we reuse to grow in our faith and trust in God, we are choosing to stay babies. We are refusing to grow in the Lord. What a sad state for a Christian to be in, to refuse to grow up and choose to be baby Christians all of our lives. The devil will convince you that your life is easier that way, but look at all the blessings, you are missing out on when you stay a baby. A parent of a newborn often jokes that I wish he or she could stay this way. The reality is, no one wants a 30 year old baby. One of the joys of being a parent is watching the journey of our children as they grow up. Every new step a child takes has its pitfalls and pain, but it is worth it when you see your adult children, grown up living successful lives. God wants the same for us. He wants to see us grow spiritually and see our faith grow and in action. Let us give up being a baby and choose willingly to grow spiritually into the person that God wants us to be. Make the choice to walk by faith. Make the choice to refuel in the Word of God so that you have the resources to grow in faith. Pray and ask God to give you wisdom. We pray for things. When is the last time we prayed for our spiritual needs? I am guilty myself. I often just assume God will give me what I need spiritually. Maybe God is waiting for me to realize I do have spiritual needs and for me to ask. There is nothing wrong with asking for physical needs, but let us remember we have spiritual needs as well.
I have seen a bluejay this morning and a few other birds. The yard is soaked and muddy, but we needed the rain. Have a blessed day.
Betty

JEREMY CAMP WALK BY FAITH LYRICS
Last updated: 10/23/2013 08:18:27 AM
Would I believe you when you would say
Your hand will guide my every way
Will I receive the words You say
Every moment of every day

[chorus]
Well I will walk by faith
Even when I cannot see
Well because this broken road
Prepares Your will for me

Help me to win my endless fears
You've been so faithful for all my years
With one breath You make me new
Your grace covers all I do

yeah, yeah , yeah, yeah, yeah, ya

[chorus]

Well I'm broken- but I still see Your face
Well You've spoken- pouring Your words of grace

[chorus x2]

Well hallelujah, hallelu
(I will walk by faith)
Well hallelujah, hallelu
(I will walk by faith)

I will walk, I will walk, I will walk by faith
I will, I will, I will walk by faith my momma
Thanks to my mom for submitting Walk By Faith Lyrics.
 
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Good Afternoon and Happy Friday,

I slept late this morning. I woke up at 10 and decided that I would sleep another hour. I decided to take my own advice and get the extra rest my body needed. My three animals waited patiently for me to get up and feed them. As I walked around outside feeding the birds and squirrels, I was reminded of the song "Beulah Land". A song about longing for Heaven. I admit there are times that I feel a desperation for the Lord to come back because of health issues and everything that is happening in the world today. But today that was not the feeling. I was struck by a feeling of the joy of knowing what awaits us children of God after the rapture, The Marriage Supper of the Lamb. Jesus said He was preparing a place for us, a place not built with human hands, that will never decay. John said that he could not even find the words to describe how beautiful Heaven must be. We look at the beauty of the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, and Glacier National Park, and are filled with wonder at their beauty. But they will pale in comparison of the beauty of Heaven. We are still here on earth and we often struggle under our personal load we carry, but when we remind ourselves of our future in Heaven, our hearts should soar with joy and gladness. Our struggles are such a short time when we compare them to the eternity we will have God, our Heavenly Father. Yet we can be assured that the same God that has prepared a place for us, is concerned about our daily struggles. We don't have to wait till Heaven to have a personal touch from Jesus. Seek Him daily and ask Him to walk with you and hold your hand as you deal with your daily struggles. He does care about you as an individual and your personal struggles are not hidden from His eyes. Often we struggle because we do not ask for help. Sometime it is pride thinking that we should do everything ourselves and not ask for help. There is an old saying that says "God helps those who help themselves". This is not even in the Bible. God helps those who admit they need help. God even says that we have not because we do not ask. If you found out one of your children went without food for one day and did not tell you, you would be upset. You would tell them to never go without food and to call you and you would feed them from your own table. Do we not know that God wants to bless us from His own table? Let us not try to be a super Christian who doesn't need help from God. That is a lie from the devil. We grown strong in the Lord the more we learn to depend upon Him and seek His face. Let us not begin one day without asking Jesus to walk with us and guide us in His will. The closer we walk with Jesus the more the Holy Spirit can work in us for our own good and for the glory of God. It is in our weakness that God makes us strong.

This morning I watched two squirrels fighting over one feeder, even though there are several feeders in the yard. It was funny to see the act like little children. I am thankful everyday that I get to enjoy nature.
I pray that God will bring happy moments today that will encourage you. Remember to be like Paul and remind yourself to look up for our redemption is coming soon. Praise the Lord!

Rev. 22:20 He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.
 
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Good Morning and Happy Saturday,

Psalm 63:3 Because thy lovingkindness is better than life, my lips shall praise thee.

Sometimes we do not feel that God is blessing us with His loving kindness. We are overwhelmed by life and our circumstances. Our boss who seems to have problems of his own is making us a scapegoat to vent out his anger. Our mate does not seem to appreciate all we do for them. Every day our own bodies fight against us to the point that we wonder why even bother to get out of bed. If we are not careful we can wallow in self pity to the point that we become bitter and soon no one wants to be around us. I seen a picture of a cat on Facebook with the caption: "I am so grumpy, that I am not even speaking to myself". Funny but sad. The devil will try to convince you that no one else is suffering like you are. The reality is everyone is suffering in their own way. I have yet to run into a Christian in the last year that is not under attack from the devil. He knows his time is short and he seeks to overwhelm Christians and get us so befuddled and depressed that we give up, not our faith but give up working for God. We miss out on opportunities to grow in grace and to share our love and faith with others. But, if we go around defeated and our head hung down then we are no witness for Christ. No one is going to want what we have. It is not about putting on a fake smile and pretending to be happy. Anyone can see through that. It is about looking at the big picture. The first thing we can do is pray for ourselves. Pray that God will open our eyes to any hidden sin in our lives and confess it. Then instead of hating the one who is hurting you, pray for them. Pray sincerely that God will remove the pain in their lives. As you are praying for someone, you will find the healing of forgiveness in your heart. When this occurs you can go around with a real smile on your face. For us that have health issues it is good to remind ourselves of what we can still do. Are we still able to dress ourselves? Can we still drive? Are we able to go to Church? Instead of dwelling on what we cannot do, let us be grateful for what we can do. It is not about positive thinking, it is about being genuinely grateful for the good things that God has allowed in your life. The devil likes to get our focus on the bad things in our lives and he can get us to over look all the good things in our lives. We will one day have that perfect life and that perfect body in Heaven, but for now we live in a corruptible world and body. Yet we can sing praises to God through the pain and joyfully carry our burden for Jesus who suffered so much for our salvation and our redemption. Because of His sacrifice we will spend an eternity in Heaven. As Paul says our suffering on earth is so short compared to the glories of Heaven. Be encouraged, my friend, you are not suffering alone. Not only do I care but more important Jesus cares. Not a tear that falls from your eyes will not be repaid in Heaven. One day as we walk across that golden street we will look back and say that every thing we suffered here was worth it all!

This morning the humming bird has visited, squirrels and red and assorted birds. This morning started with its usual physical challenges but as I sit and look out the window, I know that I am blessed and that God is with me.
Betty
 
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Good Morning and Blessed Sunday,


Hebrews 13:5. By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.


There are times we do offer up a sacrifice of praise to God. Sometimes we praise God through physical pain. Sometimes we praise God through the midst of emotional pain, but remember your sacrifice does not go unnoticed. I believe there is a sweet fragrance to our praise when it comes from a place of sacrifice. Not only does God bring you a healing touch here and now but I believe there is an reward in Heaven when you praised God even through your tears. I do not know your circumstances but God does. Take time to praise Him today what ever your circumstances are. Not only does he deserve your praise and He most surely does but He will reward you for your sacrifice. If you can be in His house today, make that extra sacrifice of attending Church. May God bless you today as you give to God out of your need and want. Remember nothing we give to God is wasted.
Betty


We bring the sacrifice of praise
Unto the house of the Lord.
We bring the sacrifice of praise
Unto the house of the Lord.

And we offer up to You
The sacrifices of thanksgiving;
And we offer up to You
The sacrifices of joy.
 
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Good Morning and Happy Monday,

Even when we have our best intentions, there are times that we can be rude and unChristian in our behavior. Sometimes we do not even realize it at the time. Yesterday I made it to Church but I was in
pain all during Church and at times I had trouble breathing and had to use my inhaler. After Church service my friend asks if I was going to Bible study on Tuesday and said that I planed on it and she moved away rather quickly. It was not until I got home that God convicted me of being rude and taking my discomfort out on Sherry. I texted her and I apologized. She told me I should have told her and the Pastor that I was suffering and they would have prayed for me. It never entered my mind. I know that I am not alone on this. As Christians we often suffer alone. Our brothers and sisters in Christ would love to pray for us but we do not share out burden and we become overwhelmed and exhausted rather then admit to another Christian that we need help. Sometimes it is because we feel unworthy. We feel our needs our not as important as others. Sometimes it is pride. We are ashamed that we cannot carry our load on our own with a huge smile on our face. Sometimes we just don't want to be a burden to others. Yet God wants His children to pray for one another and to lift each other up. We are the body of Christ and we are not successful, when we try to be lone Christians living apart from the body. Today you might need to lean on a fellow believer and tomorrow a fellow believer may need to lean on you. When we insist on carrying our load alone we will find ourselves overwhelmed and we will either lash out at others or worse give up.
This is something I know I need to work on. We do not have to go into every embarrassing detail. All we have to do is ask someone to pray with us. We can just say we are having a bad time of it. God knows the details. Let us Christians be open to having others pray for us and be open to pray for others.
When brothers and sisters stand in the Lord together we can be strong in the Lord Jesus.
This morning as I put out the seed, I noticed how pretty and blue the sky is today. I have seen some squirrels and birds. I refilled the humming bird feeder yesterday. I haven't seen the humming bird today but a few bees eating. Have a blessed day.
Betty
 
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Good Morning and Happy Tuesday,

Yesterday was a hard day for me physically, in fact it was several days in a row that I felt worse then normal. Yet this morning as I put food out for the squirrels and birds and of course my babies (my pets), there was a slight breeze that was cool and with the flowers it was a pleasant scented breeze. This morning I felt I was walking in a blessing from God. Those of us that have diseases that are chronic know that as time goes on that the disease will progress and get worse. This does not mean we have to give up. Even if God chooses not to heal us on earth, He brings our way blessings and encouragement that not only brings smiles to our faces but keeps us going day to day. Some of you deal with people who are either not Christians are not right with God, they bring into the relationship their doubts, anger, and bitterness. There are times that you feel you are living in a toxic dome. We wonder why God doesn't knock that person in then head and change them. Most likely because of your prayers God is working on them. But remember God gives that person freedom of choice and while He will work on them, He will not change them against their will. For now keep praying for them. Do not give up. Remember sometimes people get worse before they get better. So keep praying for them and live an example of a loving caring Christian in front of them.
This may mean you have to bite your tongue sometimes, but you are honoring God by but not flying off the handle. Sometimes you man have to walk away and pray and regroup. But remember that person who seems to take pleasure in being ugly to you is a miserable unhappy person. Because they choose not to seek God to help them change they do not have to option of waking away from the toxic environment they live it. Whether it is they are too prideful to seek God's help or blinded to the sin in their own life they choose to live a down trodden sin beaten life. Keep praying for them. As you go through today let us look for the little things that God brings our way to help lighten our load. With me, the squirrels are getting brave enough to eat close to my living room window. I can sit and look them in the eye. This one of the blessings God brings my way. The best thing we can do for ourselves is remember how the wonderful things that God has done for us. The devil prefers we dwell on the bad things in our lives, because he wants us to be depressed and ungrateful Christians. But, we start counting our blessings like the old Gospel song says we begin to get a spring in our step and we encourage ourselves in the Lord. There are so many things in our lives to be thankful for. Let us dwell of them and not dwell on the bad. Keep praying for your lost loved ones and friends. Remember it is not too late to pray. May God bless you today and bring joy, hope, and peace to you.
Betty
 
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Good Morning and Happy Wednesday,

When we look beyond ourselves and our problems at the wonderful universe God created we can see just a small part of His creative genius. We live in a sinful and corruptible world but we can still some of the beauty that existed at the beginning. It is enough to allow us to imagine to some extent how the earth was when she as just an infant in all her glory before sin. Knowing that one day God will not only give His children glorified bodies but He will heal earth and nature, should fill us with joy. When lions will lie down peacefully by lambs and children will be safe around snakes. When no longer will evil run amok and sin be the normal on earth. This is the future that we as children of God, can look forward to with great expectation and great hope. The Bible says that nature itself groans for that day to come. When our eyes are set on our wonderful future then we can live our days knowing this present pain is just a short period that will soon pass and our future is one we can look forward to, with much joy and hope. This does not mean we do not have to live today. Today does have its troubles and we are encouraged to seek God's help and mercy each day to survive. Yet when we remind ourselves of our heavenly future we can realize that our troubles will only last a short period and a new glorious day is coming. Let us not live like children of no hope, with our heads hung down and our hearts heavy laden. Instead let us serve our Heavenly Father with joy and thanksgiving. Troubles, we will have, but we can choose to trust and praise God through them. Set your eyes on Jesus the Author and Finisher of your faith. The King is coming! Let us seek to live in a way that will be pleasing to Jesus. May we all hear "My good and Faithful Servant" when we see Jesus face to face.
This morning just a few birds and there is a gentle breeze that is gently moving the tree branches. As I look out the window, I long for the rapture and as I often do. Whatever this day holds I know that I am not alone for God is with me. Have a blessed day, my friends. I pray that God will meet your needs today.
Betty
 
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Good Morning and Happy Thursday,

Deut 10:17. For the LORD your God is the God of gods and Lord of lords. He is the great God, the mighty and awesome God, who shows no partiality and cannot be bribed.

Truly, truly, I say to you, when you were young, you used to dress yourself and walk wherever you wanted, but when you are old, you will stretch out your hands, and another will dress you and carry you where you do not want to go.” (This he said to show by what kind of death he was to glorify God.) And after saying this he said to him, "Follow me.” Peter turned and saw the disciple whom Jesus loved following them, the one who had been reclining at table close to him and had said, “Lord, who is it that is going to betray you?” When Peter saw him, he said to Jesus, “Lord, what about this man?” Jesus said to him, “If it is my will that he remain until I come, what is that to you? You follow me!” (John 21:18-22)

As Christians we often make the mistake of comparing our lives to other Christians. We wonder why they receive blessings in areas that we do not. We wonder why sometimes children of God receive healing on earth and others receive their healing in Heaven. Why is it our friend prayed for a job and got a job in a week while we suffered for 6 months before we got out job? The Bible makes it clear that God is not partial towards His children and yet He doesn't always treat His children the same. This is something that is hard to wrap our brain around. Even Peter question Jesus about his future compared to John's. Jesus quickly let Peter know that John's future was none of Peter's business. As Christians we are to walk by faith and in the will of God. We can know with out a doubt that God has a reason for everything. If you are around someone that God chooses to heal in Heaven who have made their peace with God in their situation, you will see a person not struggling against their path but waking in grace as they accept the will of God. When we are waiting on that job we can use the time to grow spiritually and grow in faith and trust. Waiting is hard and is never easy but when we struggle against God's will we make ourselves and those around us miserable. Of course there are times that we grow tired and depressed over our situation, but instead of reacting in anger, let us take our tears and questions to God and lay them at His feet. Be honest with God. Tell him that you are hurting and are sad, telling him about your desperation, remind Him of your human weakness just like King David often did. As your cry out before Him, you will find that He will strengthen your heart and spirit. God will meet your needs, but maybe not in your time period.
Learning to be patient and having a sweet attitude in God's time is often how we grow as Christians. Do not give up though the temptation may be great. There is victory ahead. Share your burdens with fellow Christians so that you can gain comfort and support. God does not want us to walk alone as if we are orphans. We are apart of the body of Christ. Let us lean on one another and inspire and be inspired by others.. Remember your hope is in Almighty God, Himself. God still answers prayer and prayer daily making your request known to God. As you wait for your answer take the time and pray for others, also.
Betty
 
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Good Morning and Happy Friday,

Gal 6:9. And let us not be weary in welldoing, for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.

Why is this verse in the Bible? Is it not because God knows His children well. He knows that even in the joy of serving Him, we can and will be tempted to grow weary. It is not a threat but a promise that if we continue inspite of our physical and emotional weariness we shall reap a reward in season. Add in the devil who loves to whisper fear, doubt, and despair in your ear and we can grow weary even if we enjoy the task God has given us. In every position in the Church, the person can be tempted to give up or half heartily do their task. A pastor studies for hours to preach the sermon that God has given him, only to look out at the congregation and see many people who are not paying attention. One person might be playing games on their cell phone and another writing notes back and forth to the person next to them. The Pastor might me tempted to just go online and grab a sermon and just forget about praying and sacrificing his time, when it seems some people are not even listening. The singer who practices for hours only do see a few people use their song to be the time to run to the restroom. As you can see it is easy to feel unappreciated when you are working so hard doing God's work. What is the problem here? It is simply when people are judging the worth of their work by the acceptance of people and not the value of their work to God. We cannot see into people's heart. We do not know when God is reaching someone with our words or our songs. It is when we do everything for the pleasure of God then we can relax and allow God to work in the hearts of men. Of course it is great when someone tells us that the words we say or the song we sang touched their hearts. But our main goal is to do everything for the glory of God. One day in Heaven we will receive our rewards if we faint not. This doesn't mean we do not need physical rest. This is talking more about giving up and quitting. It is sad when a person has used their talent for God has given up and cannot be bothered anymore. Do we as children of God seek to have a servant's heart? Are we willing to be used by God in the way and will of God? Are we open to step out of our comfort zone and allow God to use us? That is a question for every Christian. The answer comes through prayer and trust in God. We can know that God will never call us to do something that He does not equip us for. He will not send you out on a limb and leave you there alone. He will be with you and guide you every step of the way. What is God calling you to do? My sweet mom had a heart for the elderly. Even when I was in High School, my mom visited old folks home regularly. She would walk the halls and talk to strangers and touch them in a loving way. When we lost my youngest sister instead of mom growing bitter to God she stepped up her visits to the elderly in nursing homes and in their own homes. I was a witness going with her many times to see how God began to heal my mom's pain as she gave herself lovingly to others. Are we willing to serve God in the midst of our pain? Are we a generation of fair weather Christians who are only willing to serve God when things go our way? Growing up in Church I knew many Christan's who served the Lord out of their physical weakness's and disabilities. Today I fear that me and other Christians have become spoilt and only want to work for God when God makes our path straight and the walkway smooth for our feet. As the world becomes increasingly angry and hateful to Christians do we have the spiritual fortitude to stand for God? Are we just bottle fed Christians who at the first sign of persecution are going to hide our faith so no one sees? You may say that I am harsh and how dare I ask these questions of you. Yet my heart is wounded and my soul is convicted because I know my own weakness and my own failures. Anyone who knows me well, says you should be talking your self and I am. I once told Pastor Trent after Church that his message stepped all over my toes. He patted me in the back and said that the message stepped on his toes, also. God is calling His children out of the playpen. It is no long the time that we can coast until we die. We need to pray and seek wisdom and spiritual strength so that we can withstand the wiles of the devil. Let us be the Christian Soldiers that God has called us to be. This will require us to pray for ourselves and one another. God's grace is sufficient for us. We do not have to hide in fear but pray that God will equip us with His power and strength. Be blessed today, my friend. If my words offended you, I pray that God will comfort you and allow you to see His will in your life.
Betty
 
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Good Morning and Happy Saturday,

We live in a world that is both simple and complex. A person who lived in the 30's would be shocked at all the electronics and machines we have to make life more simple like: dishwashers, microwaves, and slow cookers that can be set to start and turn off themselves. Yet we are probably one of the most stressed generations with many of us having to take pills to cope with stress and depression.. More stuff is supposed to save us time and yet we are often running around like a chicken with its head cut off trying to get 30 hours of work done in 24 hours. Women are expected to have it all a powerful job, perfect children, and a social life. Men are protrayed on TV in movies as fumbling fools and then we wonder why kids do not respect their dads. Sadly even worse the last two generations the women did not even want a man in their lives even though they chose to have children. Parents are raising young people with no respect for authority and entitlement agenda. This has led to a generation in college who think that they should not have to earn anything and should be given everything they want . In college they are taught to disrespect Religion and God. We have a generation that is not only ripe for socialism but ripe to accept the anti-Christ. Those parents who try to speak the truth are considered old fashioned and less educated. Yet in the midst of all this if you go to a good Bible preaching Church you will find young people who still believe in God, the Bible, and family values. While most colleges have not only kicked God out but are actively teaching Satan's agenda, there are still parents who are raising their children in God fearing homes and in the House of God. We who not longer have children in schools should pray for our young people at our Church. Pray that they Schools will not discourage them and that they will not lose their faith in God. Being a Christian today has its challenges but being a Christian young person has many more. Let us pray that they do not lose heart.
The times we are living in has it's good and bad, there is no doubt. There is every reason to believe that we are living in the time that the rapture will take place. This alone makes this a troubling but wonderful time to be living. Let us be pray warriors that will stand in the gap for our Christian young people. I believe God is calling more and more of us to be prayer warriors. The news is troubling today with different groups threatening riots in November. We have seen riots in other parts of the Country and we know this is a legitimate concern. Remember we cannot control other people but we can pray that God will protect us and guide us. It is okay to have some concerns. That is normal. Let us not lose heart or our faith, because we trust in a living God. He has not left His throne nor has the world spinned out of His control.
Betty
 
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Good Morning and Blessed Sunday,

Psalm 139: 23Search me, God, and know my heart;
test me and know my anxious thoughts.
24See if there is any offensive way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting.

As many of us go to worship in the House of God today may those verses be our hearts prayer.
May we be open to God not only pointing out areas that we need to change but open to change. May we be willing to allow Him to work in every area of our lives and commit ourselves to Him completely. Let us be willing vessels for God to fill with His Holy Spirit and willing vessels to work for His glory. Let us seek to be Holy in the eyes of our Father and pure in His ways. This can only come by allowing Him to work in us and through us. May God bless you today and keep you and your family safe
Betty
 
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Good Afternoon and Happy Monday,

I was awake until 4:30 this morning so I slept late, but that is okay. Since I have been sick I am learning sometimes we have to cut ourselves some slack. As we enter Easter week we should remind ourselves of the great sacrifice that Jesus made to save us from our sins. This is a good time to not only be more grateful to God but to express our praise to our Heavenly Father even more. Easter Sunday is a day that some people go to Church who only go once a year. Let us be praying that God will open hearts to be receptive to the calling of the Holy Spirit to receive salvation. What a wonderful Easter it will be if many people accepted Jesus as their personal Savior! We should be praying for our Pastor, that God will give Him the right words to say and that the Holy Spirit will be on him when he shares the Gospel, Sunday.
Sometimes Easter Sunday can be chaotic, with grown kids and grand kids visiting Church with family. This would be a good time to pray that the Holy Spirit will move in the service. As we draw closer to God, we find we have a strong urgency to see our loved ones saved. This is a good thing. Take time this week to pray for your Church, your Pastor, and your lost loved ones. Our Heavenly Father is gracious and kind and even in our trials He brings comfort and peace to our hearts and mind. When you are overwhelmed by life take a moment to reach out to God in prayer and ask Him to give you peace and to guide you. We will go through things that we may not understand until we get to Heaven, but we do not have to go through them alone. Not only is God with us but we can reach out to fellow Christians and ask them to pray for us.

This morning I have had several birds at my feeders. We purchased 135 lbs of bird feed yesterday because it was on sale so my birds should be set for awhile. There are some days as I sit in my chair and look out the window, that I am hurting or depressed and I will see the birds or a squirrel right outside my window and I say a prayer of thanksgiving to my Heavenly Father who loves me so much that He sends the birds and squirrels to encourage me. What a marvelous God we serve!
Betty
 
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Good Morning and Happy Tuesday,

Psalm 10:10 Why standest thou afar off, O Lord? why hidest thou thyself in times of trouble?

When we look around and see the wickedness that is abundant in this world that seems to go unchecked, we often wonder if God has gone on vacation. Or does He just not care anymore? What we see as inactivity is actually God's patience. Giving everyone a chance to get saved before the trumpet blows at the rapture. The guilty will not go unpunished and God will have His justice. God does see the evil in the world and he will repay. As we wait for God's timing are we redeeming the time? Are we living for Jesus? I waste so much time. I often get caught up in games and other things that keep me from working for God. Other times I give into depression, as my body hurts and the symptoms of the disease become unpleasant and uncomfortable. I would love to say that I always serve God with a serene smile on my face and my faith is always strong, but that would be a lie. There are times that I give in to despair. Times that I cry and question God. Yet I have found that I serve God that is over flowing with mercy and love and in my dark times He wraps me in His perfect love and peace. Never give into the devil's lies. He will try to convince you that God doesn't care about your pain, desperation, and loneliness. God does care and though there are sometimes we may not feel Him there, He never leaves us or forsakes us. It is as we begin to pray and worship God that the Holy Spirit will cover us with grace and love. In your distress and through your pain call out to Jesus. Reject the lies of the devil who would convince you to run from God. As we worship God and praise Him in the midst of our struggles, He will strengthen us. Life is such a short time and our suffering such a short period compared to the eternity in Heaven, that awaits the children of God. We can rejoice in the midst of our pain and we can praise God in the midst of our despair. Let us not give up when we are so close to the end. Keep your eyes on Jesus and when the devil whispers lies in your ears drown out his voice with songs of praise and worship. Praise God today for the victory that is coming tomorrow.
This morning there is several squirrels and the humming bird has made a visit.
Betty
 
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Good Morning and Happy Wednesday,

I remember when I was a young and our Church would have Revivals. The Holy Spirit would work and the shyest man would dance in the Spirit. There was shouting and you could feel God in that place. When you left to go home, you felt like you weighed less because you were so blessed by the Holy Spirit. As Christians we love our Mountaintop experiences. There are needed to refresh us in the Lord and God loves to give us the gift of the Mountain top experience. Most of us would love it if our whole life we lived on the mountaintop. We can imagine living in a place where it is Heaven on earth, where all prayers are answered instantly, and no one gets sick or dies. Yet, if we looked at the big picture, we would see that if God put all His children on the mountaintop protected by the Holy Spirit, we would all be baby Christians. Our faith would never be challenged so like a muscle never used, our faith would never grow. We would not have trust because like faith trust would never develop. The great Mission God gave the Church would go unfulfilled because we would be so busy feeling good that we would never leave the bubble to share the Gospel with others. So our generation would be the last people to be saved. Our idea of having a lifetime praise and worship gift to God would become clear soon that it is a selfish desire. Except for those called to be Missioners, God did not save us to leave out jobs and families to go live on a Mountaintop. He wants us to live for Him where we live and on our jobs. And along with our daily lives comes valleys. Valleys are hard and uncomfortable but very necessary. It is in the midst of the valley that you learn trust and your faith grows. Spiritual growth comes in the dark and often scary valleys. It is in the hard times that you learn to lean on Jesus. That you truly know the power of the Holy Spirit working in you. As humans our natural indication is to fight against the valley, but when we submit to God's will we can let go of fear and trust God even in the midst of the valley. We all want to be strong Christians, but we often try to escape the valley. God wants us to trust Him and allow Him to do a work in us. Remember God is with us on the mountaintop and He is with us in the valley. Whatever place God has us, let us live every day with a prayer of thanksgiving on our lips and a willingness to submit to God's will.
Betty


God of the mountain by Lynda Randle
Verse 1
Life is easy, when you're up on the mountain
And you've got peace of mind, like you've never known
But things change, when you're down in the valley
Don't lose faith, for your never alone

Chorus:
For the God on the mountain, is still God in the valley
When things go wrong, he'll make them right
And the God of the good times, is still God in the bad times
The God of the day, is still God in the night
Verse 2
We talk of faith way up on the mountain
But talk comes easy, when life's at its best
Now its down in the valleys, trials and temptations
That's where your faith is really put into the test
Chorus:
For the God on the mountain, is still God in the valley,
When things go wrong, he'll make them right
And the God of the good times, is still God in the bad times
The God of the day, is still God in the night
The God of the day, is still God in the night
 
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Good Morning and Happy Thursday,


Full Definition of empathy
1
: the imaginative projection of a subjective state into an object so that the object appears to be infused with it
2
: the action of understanding, being aware of, being sensitive to, and vicariously experiencing the feelings, thoughts, and experience of another of either the past or present without having the feelings, thoughts, and experience fully communicated in an objectively explicitmanner; also : the capacity for this

Full Definition of compassion
: sympathetic consciousness of others' distress together with a desire to alleviate

As I was doing my chores this morning, I was reminded of a conversation I had with my hubby last night. I had told him of a situation when a waitress had left a nasty note on the receipt because she was offended by one of the customers health issues . I told him that people today lack compassion and empathy. When I was a teenager there was a hit son called "What the world needs now is love ". I believe the world as a whole needs a fresh dose of empathy and compassion for others. Even as Christians when we are having a bad day can be quilty of thinking "better then then me" when we hear of someone has a serious problem. We may not phrase ours words that way but if we are honest our first feeling is relief that is not us instead of heartfelt compassion for the sufferer. If we are not careful the devil can take us further so that we find a way to blame the sufferer for their problem. It's if we can blame them we do not have to feel compassion nor have to ask if there is anything we can do to help them. We can walk away with a clean conscious, without having to do anything. Of course we are not always in a position to help everybody, but there is no excuse for not praying for those hurting. Is our first thought to pray for people when we hear they are in trouble? I admit it is not always my first thought. When you are in the grocery store checkout line, glance at the magazine titles. Often the headlines is trashing one half of a couple that is splitting. Gossip and trashing people's reputation sells, compassion doesn't. As Christians we do not have to be like to world. If we hear of someone divorcing or losing their home, we do not have to spread the gossip to others. We can choose to have heartfelt compassion and pray for all concerned. Sometimes we use pray request as a way to gossip. This is not necessary. We can be the Anderson's of the Brown Family on the prayer list as unspoken prayer request of just ask people to pray for the family. If someone presses you for the details just remind them that God knows the situation and leave it at that. Do not add to a family's suffering by spreading gossip about them. Let us as God's children be compassionate towards one another. Let us pledge to God to be a source of comfort to the suffering and not a cryer in the streets repeating gossip about them. God will bless you as you seek to comforter and be a healer to the suffering and not a destroyer. Let us pray that God will give us a heart with empathy and compassion for others.
Jesus bore our suffering can we not be compassate on others that are suffering?
Seek each day to show compassion, kindness, and empathy towards everyone you meet.
Betty


Psalm 111:4King James Version (KJV)

4 He hath made his wonderful works to be remembered: the Lord is gracious and full of compassion.


Matthew 14:14King James Version (KJV)

14 And Jesus went forth, and saw a great multitude, and was moved with compassion toward them, and he healed their sick.
 
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Good Afternoon and Blessed Good Friday,



"I had a debt I could not pay,
He paid the debt He did not owe,
I needed someone,
To wash my sins away.
And now I sing a brand new song,
“Amazing grace” all day long,
Christ Jesus paid the debt,
That I could never pay."

For the most today's significance is forgotten by the world and taken for granted by many Christians. The greatest gift ever given to mankind and yet sadly most of man kind reject the gift and some Christians take for granted the gift of salvation that they received. I have been guilty myself in the past of taking this gift for granted. Sadly even some Christians do not get serious about their soul until they are seriously ill.
I understand that we get caught up in living day to day with daily problems and stress. When you are young, you think that you have all the time in the world to be concerned about your soul. Sometimes you do and sometimes people die young. Most all of us have heard a Preacher plead for people to get saved emphasizing that you do not know if you will have a chance to get saved again. It's easy to dismiss that as a fear speech but the reality there are people in hades who rejected their last sermon. Let us never go to sleep at night with out making peace with our God and creator. As Christians let us not take for granted the precious gift Jesus gave us when He shed His blood and died for us on the cross. Today let us be more aware of what this day means. Let us have a spirit of thankfulness for the sacrifice Jesus made for us. He chose to die on the cross to purchase our salvation. Let us choose to have a heart of thanksgiving and praise to our Savior and Lord. If you have not accepted the gift of salvation, accept Jesus today. No one is promised tomorrow. Not only does Jesus want to provide a home in Heaven for you, but He wants to walk with you every day.
Betty
 
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Good Morning and Happy Saturday,

John 19:25Near the cross of Jesus stood his mother, his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. 26When Jesus saw his mother there, and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to her, “Woman,here is your son,” 27and to the disciple, “Here is your mother.” From that time on, this disciple took her into his home.

We often think of Good Friday and Easter, but little is made of the Saturday in between. This day had to be filled with depression and despair. Mary who had sacrificed her youth to bring forth a child in a way that was sure to cause gossip must have wondered why God allowed her to go through all of that only to see her son die a cruel death on the cross. The disciples who gave three years of their lives following a man who they believed would save Israel and become a King on earth, saw their dream go to ashes when He was crucified. Not only were they afraid that the Pharisees would come after them next and kill them but their hearts were broken because the person they loved and put their trust in was dead. All their hopes and dreams had died on that cross. How could they trust in a God who would allow His son to die such a cruel death? All of their hope was gone and their hearts were filled with despair. They could not see that in one day the greatest miracle of all would happen before their eyes and what they had seen as the end would actually be the beginning of everything. Sometimes our lives are like this. Sometimes when we feel we have hit bottom and there is no escape we are actually on the verge of a miracle. Sadly, some of us give up right before a victory. There is a victory coming. We will soon walk on streets of gold. Yet, between then and that great day we may have to walk on roads that seemed to be paved with broken glass and filled with pot holes. Let us not give up. Let us not grow weary. Victory is ahead my friends. Encourage yourself in the Word of God. We may be living in that Saturday but praise God the Blessed Sunday is coming when Jesus will call His children to come up and we will be given glorified bodies that will never know pain or disease again. We will be having a Shout -in time in Heaven that will out shine every revival we have ever attended. Stand firm in your faith and stand strong for the Lord, our Resurrection Day is coming soon! Let is be mindful today of the sacrifice God made. Let us be grateful and thankful that because He sacrificed His Son, we will spend an eternity with Him. God loves us so much that He gave His most precious gift to reconcile us to Himself. Let us not be guilty of taking that gift for granted.
As we await that glorious day when God tells Jesus to go get His children, let us be working for God. Let us have a spirit of praise and worship. Try to be in God's House tomorrow as we celebrate the Resurrection
of Jesus. What a joyful day to be worshipping with fellow believer the day that brought salvation to mankind. For if Jesus was still in the tomb there would be no hope for us. Praise God that He is alive and sitting in the throne in Heaven.
Betty

This morning I have several squirrels enjoying their feasts. The dog and cats are taking their morning naps.
 
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Good Morning and Happy Easter,

"I serve a risen Savior
He’s in the world today.
I know that He is living,
Whatever men may say.
I see His hand of mercy;
I hear His voice of cheer;
And just the time I need Him
He’s always near.
He lives, He lives, Christ Jesus lives today!
He walks with me and talks with me along life’s narrow way.
He lives, He lives, salvation to impart!
You ask me how I know He lives?
He lives within my heart.
2
In all the world around me
I see His loving care,
And though my heart grows weary,
I never will despair;
I know that He is leading,
Through all the stormy blast;
The day of His appearing
Will come at last.
3
Rejoice, rejoice, O Christian,
Lift up your voice and sing
Eternal hallelujahs
To Jesus Christ the King!
The Hope of all who seek Him,
The Help of all who find,
None other is so loving,
So good and kind."

We often look at Christmas as Christians as our favorite day of the year. True if Jesus had never came to earth as a baby there would be no Easter. Without Easter there would be no salvation. We would live the best we could without guidance from above and without the in dwelling of the Holy Spirit to guide us and spend eternity without God. We would be most hopeless in life and in death. But praise God not only did Jesus choose to leave the glories of Heaven to live as a man but He chose to die on a cross to pay for our sins so that we could be reconciled to God. How sad it is that so many reject His precious gift and choose to spend eternity in hell rather in Heaven with God! As Christians today let us rejoice because of what this day means to all of us and let us praise Jesus for His sacrifice that has paid our way into Heaven. May we never forget that our salvation was bought with precious blood.

This morning Jeff and his fiance, Sarah are joining us for Church. I am very blessed. My daughter would have to drive and hour and half each way but I am grateful that she will be in her Church this morning. I have two squirrels eating this morning. Be blessed my friends and be thankful.
Betty
 
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Good Morning and Happy Monday,

    The Monday after Easter can be a let down.  Easter Services were so glorious and we felt so blessed and here it is Monday.........   Boring Monday.   It is like falling off the mountain top to the trenches below.  We need to remind ourselves that it is in the day to day mundane living that we best serve our Lord and Savior.  It is on your job that you shine your light for Jesus.  It is your daily living that others can see Jesus in you.  Sunday's are when we get refueled but it is the weekdays that we work for God.  God doesn't call us to live in the Church but to go out into the world and share the Gospel with others.  We are to be the light in a world of darkness.  Our world is getting darker every day and sin is no longer something that is done in the dark but it is glorified and admired.  The light of God needs to be shinning through His children so that the world can see it.  Not everyone is embracing evil but they do not know the answer.  We as children of God have the answer.  Let us be loving and kind as we deal with people so that others will want to know what it is that we have.  Let others see Jesus in us.  Pray that God will use you to reach hurting people for Christ.  It is safe to say that many people feel alone today.  Even in a crowd they do not feel like anyone cares about them.  Let them know with your smile and  kindness that you care and then you may get the opportunity to share with them the One that cared enough about them that He died to save them.
Be blessed and share your blessings with others.

  Have  couple of squirrels this morning.  Dog is in an ornery mood and wants to aggravate the squirrels.  I had to bribe her with a cookie to stay in the house.
Betty
 
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Good Morning and Happy Tuesday,

Have you ever felt like you were stuck in the Valley of Tears? You had been in a situation so long that it seemed like you would live the rest of your life there? Even if you did not give in to despair and depression, it seemed if the devil had his demons there singing their duet day after day? I believe most of us have to some extent. We do not understand why God allows to be stuck there especially if it is long length of time. Yet there is a purpose a higher purpose for our suffering. There are many things we can learn in the valley of tears. We can learn to commit ourselves wholly to God; body, soul, and mind. We can grow spiritually as we give ourselves to God. We can be a shinning example to others that even in the valley a Christan can still have a heart of love and kindness for others. God does not abandon us in the valley and even on the darkest days He will comfort us and surround us with His love. There will be times that you will feel that people have abandoned you. Sometimes that is a lie from the devil and other times it is true becomes people tend to run from the valley for fear they will become ensnared in your suffering. Don't become angry at them they do not mean to hurt you but instead pray for them. In the midst of your suffering you will be encouraged by praying for others. There will come a day when God will plant your feet in the mountain top and give you your own personal revival of joy, but for today accept your valley with grace and peace. Pray every day that God will help you grow and guide you into the position that He wants you. The greatest place to be, whether it is in the valley or on the mountaintop, is to be where God wants you to be. Where ever we are let us always be seeking to do God's will and be thankful to God in all or circumstances. There is victory ahead. We may not see it from the bottom of the valley, but God has a plan and He will work everything out for our good.

This morning I have two squirrels chasing each other up and down the tree and another squirrel eating at a feeder.
Betty
 
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Good Morning and Happy Wednesday,

As I did my morning chores, I heard this funny noise. I was standing at the Mail box, when I realized that it sounded like a woodpecker pecking on aluminum siding. Sure enough the woodpecker that I have know since it was a baby was pecking away at the siding. I was standing in the road laughing out loud at a bird that could not understand why it was not getting the results it wanted. I remember when that bird was so small and was first learning to peck a tree. Now it eats at my living room window frequently and brings me joy. Surely God must look at us sometimes and laugh out loud and the things we do and say. Yet there are times that He must weep when He sees us step back into the same on pattern that led to sin in the past. Or when right after a victory we become fearful. Look at Elijah after God brought down fire from Heaven and burned the offering and alter filled with water, Elijah became so overcome with fear at the Queen that He ran away to die. He did not just run away to hide but to die. Sometimes our biggest failures come immediately after success. One would think at that time our trust would be at a all time high, and yet, that is not always the case. Reading about Elijah should not make us more fearful for ourselves. It should make us realize that after success we need to drawl closer and closer to God. Knowing that enemy is set to defeat us should make us seek out the one who can defeat the devil, God.
Remember while the Church will be with Jesus at the battle of Armageddon, the Church will not be involved in the fight itself. The Bible says that Jesus will defeat His enemies with the Words that come out of His mouth. God did not call us to defeat the devil but to trust in God and lean on God for our victory. As long as we live on this earth in our earthly bodies we will sin and we will fail. When we do, let us seek forgiveness and turn from our sins. There is coming a day when we will no longer walk in sinful corruptible bodies but will live in a glorified body and walk on streets of gold. Until the day let us seek to walk close to God and seek His will daily. There are man things we do not understand and will not understand until we see Jesus face to face. Until that day, we should totally lean on Jesus, walk by faith, and trust Him. God is still on His throne and He still in control. He is allowing mankind to have their own way and allowing Countries to choose to wallow in sin but one day Nations and their leaders will stand before God and give account of the choices they made. Those who chose sin in order to win elections will answer to the Almighty God. Those who have blood on their hands will give account for that. For now it seems that sin is winning but one day sin will be defeated and sinners will be judged. Do not be wise in the ways of the world but be wise in the ways of God.
Betty
 
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Good Morning and Happy Thursday,

The trees are clothed again with leaves and the rain last night has left the leaves glistening like diamonds. The flowers are blooming and showing off their glory. Nature is a small reminder of how beautiful the Garden of Eden must of been. Only a slight reminder because the Garden of Eden had no sin, no weeds. Adam and Eve where in charge of the garden but they did not have to weed and toil and do back breaking work to keep the garden in a constant state of beauty. As I took the water out for the garbage men and the mail lady I prayed to God telling Him how much I looked forward to Jesus' thousand year reign on earth when sin will no longer rule the earth and nature will be back to her original glory. What a day that will be! We do not have to be reminded that we live in a sinful world that is getting worse every day. Someone had posted on Facebook: "Please stop saying "I don't know how it can get any worse " because some people are taking it as a challenge". Sadly it that seems to be true. Every time I think I have heard the worse I hear about a new depravity committed against a child or another adult. I honestly do not think we can even imagine how bad it will be on earth after the rapture when the Holy Spirit will no longer be restraining. In the Middle East a Priest was crucified on Good Friday, yet not a peep from the media, for fear of offending Muslim. The attack on Easter in Pakistan that was at a children's park that targeted Christians, the media barely mention and those that did left out that the terrorist targeted Christian children and their mothers. The world is down playing and hiding the evil that radical Muslims are doing while at the same time in America are children are being indoctrinated to believe that Allah is the true God. The School have been pushing humanism on our children for years. We are raising a generation of children who will either turn to the Muslim religion or be atheist. It is no wonder Christian parents often feel overwhelmed and fearful. This is the time to be strong in our faith. This is not the time to be Sunday only Christan's. If you have children make sure to read the Bible with them and pray with them. We all need to pray that God will give us the faith and strength to face the future. None of us know what that will be. Many of us are praying that Jesus will come and get us soon. I know I am, but until that time, let us pray that God will give us what we need to stand strong and firm in our faith and not bring shame to the precious name of Jesus. This is not a time to fear though there are plenty of things to fear, but this is the time to drawl close to God. Remember nothing can happen that He cannot control and be with you every step of the way. Even in the midst of our trials, He can fill our heart with peace and put a song of praise upon our lips. Let us rejoice in our Lord and Savior.
Betty
 
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Good Afternoon and Happy Friday,

Hebrews 13:5King James Version (KJV)Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.

When we read this we believe this with all our heart, but when we are in a midst of the storms of life, it can seem like we are alone. We can feel like not only have our friends and loved ones abandoned us but God must be busy elsewhere. This is a trick of the devil. He likes to divide and conquer. What better way for him to do so then convince us that God is not aware of our circumstances or worse yet convince us that God does not care about our circumstances? Yes we often feel abandon and maybe this is the time for us to grow our faith and trust muscle. To have faith and trust in God no matter what our feelings say to us. It is one thing to read Scripture it is another to believe the Word of God all the way into our bones. To trust in God no matter what our circumstances say or the devil and his demons whisper out our hearts. Every Christan goes through times when we feel abandoned but we can remind ourselves that God is with us by reading the Bible, praying, and singing praise and worship songs. This last Tuesday I drove hubby and I to Bible Study. I was to sick to eat that day and I try to minimize my situation but the leader saw and at prayer time she had the others lay their hands on me and pray for me. This was God's way of letting me know that He knew the pain and discomfort I was in. I was blessed by having others care enough to pray for me. God has not healed me yet, but I know healing is coming and my trust in Him may waver at times but I know healing will come. Sometimes we are healed here on earth and sometimes in Heaven, but I pray that my trust in Gos will be strong and that I will never be an embarrassment to my Savor and Lord.
I do not know you situation but what ever you are going through there will be times your faith will waver. When this happens do not beat yourself up over it. Remember you are still living in a human body with all its weakness. Just repent and seek the face of God. We were not called to be perfect Christians. If God wanted perfect Christians, He could have made mankind with not free will and the inability to sin. But he wants us to love Him through our weaknesses. When overcome by trials seek God's face and ask Him to give you strength to overcome and faith to trust Him through your trials. Seek our someone you trust and ask them to pray for you. It is good as human beings to have a fellow Christian wrap their arms around us and show love to us when we are down. God did not call us to be a Christian living on a island with no contact with fellow believers. Just as you can attain comfort from fellow Christians be willing to comfort others. Share God's love and hope with one another. Be a beacon of God's love until He comes for us. May God bless you in a special way today.
Betty

I have had a few squirrels this morning and birds. Yesterday the woodpecker and a squirrel ate right out side my living room window which made me happy.
 
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Good Morning and Happy Saturday,

Proverbs 3:6New King James Version (NKJV)6 In all your ways acknowledge Him,And He shall direct[a] your paths.

We live in world where it is important to take care of your needs first. If I am happy and content then I can be nice to others. If I have what I want then I can share with others. It is all about me and my needs. This is how the world turns today. This is not what the Bible teaches us. It is often when we offer encouragement out of out of our own depression that we find our hearts being filed by God with encouragement. God often meets our needs when give to others in the midst of our needs. I am not saying that it is not important to take care of your physical and spiritual needs. If you are running on empty, then you can hardly give to others. But everything does not have to be perfect in your world before you work for God. I have found that I can pray for healing for others even in the midst of my own pain and suffering. We can pray for the needs of others when we also have needs. While the world is focused on everything being about me. The spiritual world of God is focused on the glory of God. God sees the big picture, while we only see what is happening here and now. Even worldly people complain when they spend too much time around someone who cannot talk more then 10 minutes if the conversation is not about themselves. As Christians how often do we talk about God and the goodness of God? If God was to play back the audio of your last 48 hours would your conversation be about encouraging others or about how bad your life is? If you are being convicted do not feel as if I am pointed you out. I believe every Christian has been there before. Instead ask God to forgive you and seek to make your conversations be more about the goodness of God and more about encouraging one another in God. Let us seek to build up one another's faith instead of making them feel defeated. Would it not be wonderful if everyone who talked to you walked away with their faith in God stronger and their trust in God stronger because of the conversation they had with you? In these days of confusion and fear let us be a beacon that points the way to Jesus and reminds our fellow Christians that Jesus is the perfect hope for their lives. Let others see Jesus in you!

I have two squirrels feasting in the back yard this morning. The temperature is pleasant and the cats and dog are napping.
Betty
 
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Good Morning and Blessed Sunday,

It did not take long after finishing my morning chores to realize that I am too sick to make it to Church this morning. So me, my iPad, and my dog have gone back to bed. Some times we have to take care of our body and give it the rest it needs and acknowledge that we are just sick to leave the house that day. The same with our soul. Sometimes we have to realize that we have not spent enough time with God and our soul has suffered. This is when we need to spend more time in prayer, in the Bible, and praising God in prayer and songs. Our souls are living and breathing just like our hearts and other organs, without spiritual food they will whither and shrink. The devil knows when we have neglected our soul health and he would like nothing better then to attack us, when we have starved our soul. Even when we are to ill to go to God's House we can feed our soul at home. It is great to be in Church when we can because there is nothing like the fellowship among Christian brethren. But we need to feed our souls every day, just as we feed our bodies every day. I remember hearing a verse in the Bible that says may you prosper as your soul prospers. Sadly there are times that if my life was going like my soul was, I would have been living on bread and water. As Christians we need to be aware of our spiritual health. We need to be aware of our spiritual needs. As we become aware of what we need then let us pray and seek God for our spiritual needs just as we do for our physical needs. When we have prayed, studied Gods Word and spent time praising God, then we can be used by God to be a beacon of hope in a world of fear and despair. May you be blessed today.
Betty
 
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Good Morning and Happy Monday,
Psalm 34:8. O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.

God wants to have an intimate relationship with us. He knows every hair on our hair and He wants us to know Him. In 1992 there was a hit by Bette Middler called "In the Distance", it showed God watching us from a distance. It was a nice song and I liked the song but the philosophy was wrong. God is not watching us from a distance. He is with us daily and He wants His children to know Him better. We say we want to know God better but are we making the effort? Are spending time to get to know God better?
Do we worry what God may hear or see when He walks with us on a daily bases? The other day hubby had a bad day in his shop making pens. He joked that he was glad the Pastor was not there to hear a few choice words come out of his mouth after he had blown out his fourth pen. But he forgot that God was there. Before we judge my hubby think about the last time someone cut you off on the freeway, or you were trying to put the fridge back together after you cleaned it out. Us ladies have our own choice words while they may not be as bad as the men, we wouldn't want to say them in front of our Pastor, and yet God is there. I say this to remind us that God is always with us so why not try to get to know him more personally? The more we get to know our Heavenly Father the sweeter our relationship with Him will grow.
God is not some mad judge off in the unknown but our living Heavenly Father who cares about our daily struggles and our daily pains. Let us seek to know Him each day in a more intimately way. Talk to God about what is bothering you. He cares for you. Tell Him about what hurts you and allow Him to soothe your hurts and pains.

I see a blue jay and and a yellow flower. The trees are dressed in their green leaves and are standing proud.
Betty
 
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Good Morning and Happy Tuesday,

   This morning as I did my morning chores, I was in pain as usual, but I felt discouraged, today. I had to remind myself that I had just this weekend promised my family that I would not give up.  It is hard not to give up when you carry a burden a long time.  As Christians we often carry burdens over a long period.  While in our head we know that God has a reason and we realize that we can grow spiritually, we are human and long hauls can be physically , emotionally, and spiritually draining.  If we are not careful we can give into discouragement  and instead of growing spiritually we can instead lose ground spiritually.  As Christians we want to stand tall and firm like an oak tree, and most of the time we do.  Yet there are our bad days when the devil can get a foot in the door and lead us down the path of despair and discouragement.  This is the time that we have to encourage ourselves, not beat ourselves up.  Let's face it we are often kinder and more gentle with others than ourselves.  When the devil whispers in our ears words of discouragement, let us go to Scripture and remind ourselves of the words of God where He promises to be with us.  There is victory ahead, though we may not see it today.  Let us not give into discouragement but cry out to Heavenly Father and ask for an extra blessing on those days that we are struggling.  The enemy the devil, seeks to destroy us, while Jesus is leading us into victory.  As in battle victory is won through sweat, tears, and blood, spiritual battles are won the same way.  Jesus never promised a easy road to Heaven, but He did promise that Heaven will be worth every battle we go through on earth.  If you too are getting discouraged, post your name and I will pray for you.  I do not need to know the circumstances,  God does.  Let us as Christians pray for one another and encourage each other until the day that God calls us home.
Betty
  I have 6 squirrels this morning and am listening to chatter of the birds.
 
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Good Afternoon and Happy Wednesday,

1 Cor 1:18 The message of the cross is foolish to those who are headed for destruction! But we who are being saved know it is the very power of God.

Years ago one denomination removed songs that mentioned the blood of Jesus from the Hymn books because they found it offensive. Yet it is the precious blood of Jesus that bought and paid for our salvation. Today many Churches no longer talk about the Cross and the Precious blood of Jesus. Sadly many Churches have become more of a place to hear a inspirational speech and not a sermon reminding us to repent of our sins. We are apt to hear how wonderful we are and how much God wants to give us, in finances, good health, and success at work. God does want to bless us, that is true. Yet not every Christian will attain wealth, not every Christian will have good health and not every Christian will have success. When everything is going great for us, it is tempting to think that the guy or gal at Church that is having a bad time in life, must not be right with God. Yet that may be far from the truth. That person may be a stronger Christian than you and I and God is taking them on a path that you and I are not spiritually mature enough to handle. As Christians sadly, we often are quick to judge one another when only God knows the heart. The reality spiritually growing Christians will walk down stony paths and will travel down into the valleys. When they do, they need more than an inspirational speech on Sunday morning. They need a Preacher who will feed them meat from the Gospel. Let us not run from the blood or ignore the cross but embrace them. As the old song says, let us embrace and cherish the Old Rugged Cross. We are living in the day when indeed the Cross is despised and rejected and those who believe in repentance and confession are considered ignorant and misguided. Yet it is those who have knelt and laid their sins out at that cross who will be in Heaven. Never be ashamed of the blood of Jesus or the old rugged cross. Jesus still bears the scars from that cross. He is not ashamed of what He went through to save your soul. Let us as Christians NEVER shy away from admitting we are saved by the precious blood of Jesus. Jesus says anyone who is ashamed of Him on earth, He will be ashamed of in eternity.

Hebrews 9:22 And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission.

We cannot get saved any other way.
Betty
 
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Good Morning and Happy Thursday,

The Untamable Tongue. James 3
3 My brethren, let not many of you become teachers, knowing that we shall receive a stricter judgment. 2 For we all stumble in many things. If anyone does not stumble in word, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle the whole body. 3 Indeed,[a] we put bits in horses’ mouths that they may obey us, and we turn their whole body. 4 Look also at ships: although they are so large and are driven by fierce winds, they are turned by a very small rudder wherever the pilot desires. 5 Even so the tongue is a little member and boasts great things.

See how great a forest a little fire kindles! 6 And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity. The tongue is so set among our members that it defiles the whole body, and sets on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire by hell. 7 For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and creature of the sea, is tamed and has been tamed by mankind. 8 But no man can tame the tongue. It is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. 9 With it we bless our God and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the similitude of God. 10 Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be so. 11 Does a spring send forth fresh water and bitter from the same opening? 12 Can a fig tree, my brethren, bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Thus no spring yields both salt water and fresh.[b]

James 3:10 Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be.

As Christians just like non Christians are mouth often gets us in trouble. We speak in anger and with sharp words that wound others. In anger we react and our words can tear down a person's self esteem. We comfort ourselves by reminding ourselves that the person in our opinion deserved it are started it. Yet we forget that many times the only Christan that person knows is us. We are in our anger a poor example of Christianity and a bad reflection on God. I know because I have been there many times, myself. It is not just cursing but our words can degrade a person and cut them down. When our anger is over we forget but that person may be haunted by words that make them feel less of a person and questions their abilities. People often joke about cutting a person down to size, but the reality is words can cut a person's self esteem and make them feel less then others. Words can never be taken back. We can apologize but only God can heal the hole in someone caused by evil words. The Bible reminds us how powerful words are and how powerful the tongue is to wound and destroy. Reputations are destroyed by words. Marriage can be destroyed by words. A child can be wounded for life because of growing up in a home where words were used in anger to cut the child. As Christan's we need to be more careful of the words that come out of our mouths. We all get in arguments from time to time, but maybe we should start a pattern of putting the conversation on hold. Just tell the other person let us end the discussion at this point and spend several days in prayer and then we can take the conversation up again. True the other person may get mad and hang up on you or if it is in person that may walk off mad. If this is the case you do the praying for both of you. Even if it is a non Christian, you can tell the person that you care for them and you do not want to speak in anger and need to take some time to seek God's help on a way to solve the situation so it is in favor of both of you. As Christians we need to start the day in prayer and ask God to not be with us and protect us but to help us to only speak words that will bring glory to Him and not to shame Him. Of course there will be times we goof up. We are human. When this happens and it will, as soon as you get a moment, pray a silent prayer of confession and seek forgiveness for yourself. Then pray that God will comfort the one you hurt. Our words do not have to be evil they can be words of comfort and blessings to others. Let us encourage our fellow workers and people we meet every day. A simple thank you can go along way to a worker who feels unappreciated. You might say that no one at my job ever says any encouraging words to me. This is when you remind yourself that God loves you and sent His only Son to die for you. One day God will take you to Heaven there is a mansion and a crown waiting for you. Encourage yourself in the Lord and remind yourself of your eternity in Heaven.
May our words today be pleasing to God.
Betty
This morning two squirrels eating. One squirrel is sitting in the bowl to eat
 
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Good Morning and Happy Friday,

Prov. 8:17I love those who love me,and those who seek me will find me.

Do you ever feel like God is far away, or that your prayers are hitting the ceiling? We all feel that way at times. God is not hiding from us but often it is because we have stopped looking at Him and are focused on our circumstances. The more we focus on our circumstances the bigger it grows until it seems that there is no solution or answer to our situation. In our own strength that may be true but there is no problem or no circumstances that is beyond the control of God. This doesn't mean we go to bed and pull the covers over our heads. There may be some actions that we have to take. First we must seek the face of God for guidance to know what actions to taken. Many times in my life, I have jumped in head first and then had to pray for God to fix my mess. Yes He did, but things were much messer and there were consequences because I did not seek the will of God first. So much better to seek God's will before we begin. God wants us to seek Him. He wants us to long to know Him more and more each day. This takes more then a quick prayer of protection before you get in your car in the morning and a quick prayer before you fall asleep at night. Just as in a relationship with a person takes time and effort so does a relationship with our Heavenly Father. We are going to spend an eternity with Him. Don't you think it would be good to get to know Him before we get to Heaven? Today you may have situations to deal with and unexpected problems may arise, take a moment to seek guidance from God before making a decision. His solutions are always going to be better than ours. Have a blessed day and take time to give praise to our Savior, Jesus.
Betty
I have had a couple of squirrels. Bertha chased off a few when she was aggravating one of the cats.
One has come back and Bertha is in the house for her morning nap.
 
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Good Morning and Happy Saturday,


ELVIS PRESLEY LYRICS

Play the Elvis Presley Quiz
"Where Could I Go But To The Lord"

Living below in this old sinful world
Hardly a comfort can afford
Striving alone to face temptation so
Now won't you tell me

Where could I go but to the Lord
Where could I go oh where could I go
Seeking the refuge for my soul
Needing a friend to save me in the end
Won't you tell me
Where could I go but to the Lord

Life here is grand with friends I love so dear
Comfort I get from God's own word
Yet when I face that chilling hand of death
Won't you tell me
Where could I go but to the Lord

Where could I go but to the Lord
Where could I go oh where could I go
Seeking the refuge for my soul
Needing a friend to save me in the end
Won't you tell me
Where could I go but to the Lord

There are days that we wake up ready to meet challenges and defeat the devil. Yet there are days, we feel defeated before we get out of bed and our tempted to cover our hands with our blanket and stay there.
We are humdan beings subject to moods, illness, and just plain laziness at times. What I wish I had done this morning was pray for God's guidance before I left the bed and offer up an offering of thanksgiving. Sadly that was not where my mind went. I was dreading the pain that hits me when I walk instead of going to God for prayer . I do not think I am alone on this. You have a busy day ahead and instead of praying for God to give you strength to accomplish what is on your plate you wallow in self pity. Or you have to deal with a difficult person and instead of asking God to give you and that person a sweet spirit so that you can work together, you wake up plotting how you get rid of that person as soon as possible. As Christians we miss out on so many blessings because we do not ask. Jesus said that "you have not because you do not ask". We miss out on so many blessings because we try to do everything on our own. I have never read in the Bible that there is a special crown waiting for someone who insists on doing everything on their own and never seeks help from God. God wants us to come to Him. He wants us to seek Him for guidance. Just as we as parents take joy in helping our Children, I believe it brings God joy to help us. Let us set aside our pride and seek God for guidance each day, remembering to give Him praise and glory that He deserves.
Betty
This morning there is a squirrel at two feeders and one on the ground. Earlier was a blue bird as well. Watching nature can bring hope to your heart and a smile to your lips.
 
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Good Morning and Blessed Sunday,

The Parable of the Ten Virgins

1“At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. 2Five of them were foolish and five were wise. 3The foolish ones took their lamps but did not take any oil with them. 4The wise ones, however, took oil in jars along with their lamps. 5The bridegroom was a long time in coming, and they all became drowsy and fell asleep.

6“At midnight the cry rang out: ‘Here’s the bridegroom! Come out to meet him!’

7“Then all the virgins woke up and trimmed their lamps. 8The foolish ones said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil; our lamps are going out.’

9“ ‘No,’ they replied, ‘there may not be enough for both us and you. Instead, go to those who sell oil and buy some for yourselves.’

10“But while they were on their way to buy the oil, the bridegroom arrived. The virgins who were ready went in with him to the wedding banquet. And the door was shut.

11“Later the others also came. ‘Lord, Lord,’ they said, ‘open the door for us!’

12“But he replied, ‘Truly I tell you, I don’t know you.’

13“Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour.


I used to think when I read that the Bridegroom was harsh, until this morning when I read that virgins did not take any oil with them, while the wise virgins took oil in their lamps and a jar of oil. Could it be that the foolish virgins were really not expecting the groom to come? Where their interest elsewhere? Can we look at this and examine our own motives? Are we looking forward to the return of Jesus? Does His return fill our hearts with joy? Have we grown weary waiting for His return? If Jesus was to hold off for His return for another 10 years would we feel relieved? If we are looking for His return are we waiting with hearts that are filled with the oil of the Holy Spirit? Are we praying every day for God to fill us up with His Spirit? Are we asking God to fill our spiritual cups up to over flowing? Are we more concerned about physical and financial comforts than our spiritual health? These are hard and honest questions we as Christians need to ask ourselves. Let us pray for God to fill our cup to over flowing and then share the love of Jesus with others.
Betty

The the three feeders have squirrels and hubby found a nest with baby squirrels in The front yard. Which is good because our animals do not go there.


1 Give me oil in my lamp, keep me burning.
Give me oil in my lamp, I pray.
Give me oil in my lamp, keep me burning.
Keep me burning till the break of day.
Refrain:
Sing hosanna, sing hosanna,
sing hosanna to the King of kings!
Sing hosanna, sing hosanna,
sing hosanna to the King!
 
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Good Morning and Happy Monday,

It had rained early this morning and as I did my chores, I enjoyed sweet pleasant, clean air. I was reminded of something a fellow Christian had posted a couple of day ago, on Facebook. A well known Preacher, (I will not mention His name), wrote in his book that there is no need for repentance and confession. I assume that man was surely talking about Christians. Knowing that there is no salvation, without repentance and confession. Yet I believe as Christians we should confess and repent every day. Look at it this way. Your children whether young or adults can often say something to you in anger that hurts your feelings. While they are still your children and your love for them has not changed, there is a tear in the relationship. When they come back to you and apologize to you and you accept, the tear begins to heal. It is the same with us and God. Our salvation may not be in danger but our relationship with God is strained. When we seek His forgiveness, it is like a gentle rain has washed away the ugliness and we can breathe clean fresh air. I seek God's forgiveness every day simply because I do not want to face God with unrepentant sin in my life. Sometimes we sin simply with our attitudes. Sometimes we sin because we knew we should do something and we chose not to. Let us have a relationship with God where we seek forgiveness here and can face Him in Heaven with no sin that is unconfessed. God is waiting to forgive us not slap us on the head. Remember though, just as God has forgiven us we must be willing to forgive others. A heart filled with unforgiveness is a garden waiting for bitterness to grow. Bitterness leads to sin.
Have a blessed day today and stay safe in the storms that we are expecting.
Betty

Have had a few squirrels and birds. I especially like the doves who come as couples. Some of the birds are so tiny.
 
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Good Morning and Happy Tuesday,

As we begin our day in many ways it is like a clean slate. We do not know what the day will hold for us or our families. This is the same through out the world. There are people who begin today who will not be alive tonight. There are some who are dying because of illness but many die because of accidents or violence. Only God knows how our day will end. As Christians we say a quick prayer of protection but do really realize how important that prayer is? As we pray, are we willing to accept God's will for our day? Let's face even for us Christians there is fear in our hearts when we pray for God to have His perfect will. There is an desire for us to pray for God to do what He wills today except for A, B, or C. This does not make us a bad person it makes us human. Yet there is a blessing when we can say God have your will in my life today without reservation. Some days I can say that and other days fear of the unknown is strong.
The Bible says perfect love removes fear. When we love God strong enough we can trust Him enough to give Him our day. This trust doesn't come over night and I have found that I am not always there. Yet I want to be. So for today let us pray that God will have His perfect will in our lives and let us trust Him with our whole hearts and minds.

Psalm 61:2. From the end of the earth will I cry unto you, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I.
Betty

I have several squirrels. We had to refill the humming bird feeders yesterday. In the front yard the squirrels have been eating by my living room window and the woodpecker visits every day. A black and white stripe bird has been coming to the window to eat .
 
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Good Morning and Happy Wednesday


Proverbs 5 Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

It is hard to trust God when you are in pain every day and the Doctors cannot find the cause. It is hard to be trusting when your job that you planned on working till you retired may be coming to an end. Yet it is during these times that we need to trust God more than ever. When we are in good health and our future looks bright, trusting God is easy but is that really trust? When your light bill is paid you do not need faith to believe the light will come on when you flip the switch. True faith in God is when we trust Him when we are sure about the future, when our health is in doubt, and when we do not know how long we will have our job. Trusting in God when we don't know what lies ahead grows us spiritually. Even when we have given it to Jesus, there will be days that we wonder. I have released my life to Jesus and given Him control but that doesn't mean that aren't days that I don't get discouraged. Just like when we suffer bad days at work we can become discouraged. This is when we remind ourselves that our trust in God is secure. David was a man after God's own heart and yet many times he had to encourage himself in the Lord. The devil will bring discouragement to our hearts but we can find peace by reading God's Word and in prayer. Remind yourself that God knows the future, even our personal future and nothing that happens to us will take God unaware. If you spend anytime on Facebook, you will see there are others who are discouraged and worry about the future. Just as we remind ourselves, remind others if they put their trust and hope in Jesus, He will not fail them. There may be bad things happening to us and our Nation in the future but we can sleep peacefully, if we keep our trust and our eyes on Jesus.
Betty

Several squirrels this morning. I don't see any birds in the back yard this morning. Hubby just told me that at when he was up at 8 this morning the storm last night had knocked down the feeders in the front yard and seed was everywhere and birds where everywhere. So I would guess they are napping after their feast.
 
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Good Morning and Happy Thursday,

It is a beautiful day here in Magnolia, though the sky is white with clouds instead of blue. The air is fresh and clean and the birds are talkative and the squirrels ready to eat. As I did my chores I prayed as I do every day for God to guide me in what I should say. My heart was filled with the wonder and magnificence of the wondrous God we serve. We are so blessed that we can talk to God anytime and anywhere about anything. Yet along the way we often forget the majesty of the God we serve. I have heard people refer to Jesus as "Baby Jesus" and some think of Jesus still being on the cross. Neither is correct. Jesus is in Heaven seated at the right hand of the Father. He is no longer a babe and He is no longer the dying man. He is in Heaven, fully in His glory and power. With just the words of His mouth, this earth and everyone one it could cease to exist. We are so blessed as Christians that Jesus considers us as His friends. But to the world He will one day be a powerful and horrible judge. You might say how could God be so cruel? Yet Jesus left the beauty and comforts of Heaven to become a man to live and die for mankind. It is mankind that has rejected Jesus, not Jesus who rejected man. God has offered us a ticket to Heaven, if we refuse the ticket then it is our choice to go to hell. We might say we want to go to Heaven but on our terms. It does not work that way. Last week a big basketball event was played in Houston. Women were not allowed in the game with purses. Women could easily say that was unfair. Women go every where with purses but that was the rules. You could have bought a ticket and be left out because you refused to leave your purse at home or in the car. If you want to enter Heaven, you must not only repent of sin, but you must turn away from sin to get a ticket. God is a Holy God and sin cannot enter Heaven. Forgiveness is more then being sorry it is seeking forgiveness and turning away from sin. There is no sin and no person worth spending an eternity in hell for. Yes a relationship with God is a wonderful daily blessing, but let us remember what a marvelous gift God has given us and have an attitude of thankfulness toward our God and Savior. Jesus is indeed the Sweetest Name!
Betty

There's Within My Heart a Melody

The United Methodist Hymnal Number 380
Text: Luther B. Bridgers
Music: Luther B. Bridgers
Tune: SWEETEST NAME, Meter: 97.97 with Refrain
1. There's within my heart a melody
Jesus whispers sweet and low:
Fear not, I am with thee, peace, be still,
in all of life's ebb and flow.
Refrain:
Jesus, Jesus, Jesus,
sweetest name I know,
fills my every longing,
keeps me singing as I go.

2. All my life was wrecked by sin and strife,
discord filled my heart with pain;
Jesus swept across the broken strings,
stirred the slumbering chords again.
(Refrain)

3. Though sometimes he leads through waters deep,
trials fall across the way,
though sometimes the path seems rough and steep,
see his footprints all the way.
(Refrain)

4. Feasting on the riches of his grace,
resting neath his sheltering wing,
always looking on his smiling face,
that is why I shout and sing.
(Refrain)

5. Soon he's coming back to welcome me
far beyond the starry sky;
I shall wing my flight to worlds unknown;
I shall reign with him on high.
(Refrain)
 
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Good Morning and Happy Friday,


Gal 5:But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. 24 And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. 26 Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.


I pray everyone is doing good today and not bogged down by troubles. For those who work Friday is a day you look forward to, though it seems you are quite busy doing work on weekends. This morning as I did my chores and was praying, I was reminded of the gifts of the Spirit. Not only does God want these gifts to flourish in our lives but He wants us to pray and seek them. These gifts are like muscles the more you use them the stronger they grow. Just look at someone who has hate in their heart. The more they give in to hate the more angry they get and the more hate grows in them. It gets to the point that no one wants to be around them, because of the hate and bitters that spews from their mouths. As Christians as we give ourselves over to God, we can see ways of using the gifts of the Spirit daily. The more often we are kind and loving, the more kinder and loving we will become. When our life shines forth with the gifts of the Holy Spirit then we become a walking testimony of God's love and kindness. This does not mean the devil will not seek ways to try to make us sin. He wants us to hide our light or lessen lights wattages. So our testimony is weaken or blown out. We will sin but when we do we repent. When the devil tries to get us to hide our testimony in shame, remind yourself that your sins are forgiven. Remind the devil you have read the end of the Bible and you know God wins. Then go out into the world and shine your light so others can see the light of Jesus in your life. God is not calling perfect Christians. He is calling willing Christians. Seek the face of God and pray that the gifts of the Holy Spirit will grow in you for the glory of the Lord.
Betty
The woodpecker is eating regular by my living room window, now. Two squirrel come up regularly, too.
Even on bad days with my health, they bring me comfort and I know that God is blessing me.
 
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Good Morning and Happy Saturday,

Psalms 28:7 The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him.

Today is my grandson's Wedding Day. Like all grandparents I am happy for him. We as children of God never think about how God looks at the milestones in our lives. At least I don't. When we get saved and baptized of course we know God is watching but He cares about what we care about too. Our Wedding day, the birth of each of our children, the happy milestones in our children's lives. These important events did not go unnoticed by God. God does care about our happiness and joy. Our joy and our strength is increased by our relationship with God. Today my thoughts will be on my grandson and his wife. Of course I am praying for not just their marriage, which is important, but prayers for their Spiritual health. As the grandmother of the family, I would love to see all my family in Heaven. Praying for your family is never wasted. Sometimes it takes years for salvation to take place in your family or friend's lives but never give up. One day God's children will have a great reunion in Heaven, The Marriage Supper of the Lamb. What a glorious day that will be! Have a blessed day today and seek away to be a blessing to someone else.
Betty,

A neighbor's chicken has gotten lose and has been wandering the neighborhood. No one knows who the chicken belongs to. The chicken has been taking advantage of the bird food I put out from time to time.
The squirrels are afraid of the chicken and so are the birds.
 
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Good Morning and Blessed Sunday,

Luke 23:34 Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots.

In the 70's there was a popular show called "Maude". Whenever Maude got upset at her husband or anyone else her favorite saying was: "God will get you for that!" As Christians we can have that state of mind. We forgive someone because we know we have to but we take pleasure in knowing that God will get our revenge. Waiting patiently for the time we see our tormentor suffer just as they made us suffer. While the Bible does say that revenge does belong to God, is looking forward to the day revenge is given to someone really forgiving? Do we really have a heart of forgiveness when we are waiting to see another person suffer? What did Jesus say when He was suffering on the cross? Did Jesus say to those who were watching Him suffer and hurling insults at them: ". I look forward to the day I see you in hell"? No! He prayed for them. Remember it was not just physical suffering that Jesus suffered, but He bore upon His back the sins of the world and yet His heart broke for those who were tormeting Him. The last year God has been dealing with me about forgiveness. A year ago I would have said I had forgiven everyone and I had. But, in my heart I was thinking God will get my revenge. Recently God has asked me to take forgiveness to another level, to pray for mercy and gentleness for those who have hurt me. There a new level of peace when you no longer pray for revenge but pray instead that God will treat those who hurt you with gentleness and kindness. When we are honest with ourselves we will admit we want God to be merciful and kind to us inspite of our past sins. Does our brothers and sisters in the Lord deserve anything less? Let us as children of God stop wasting valuable time and effort seeking justice for others, when we fell upon the altar of God and begged for mercy for our sins. None of us want justice for ourselves. We want God to treat is with gentleness and mercy. Let us treat others the same way. When we forgive, let is forgive with a full heart that prays for mercy, kindness, and gentleness to those who have offended us.
When we do this we will have a heart not filed with anger but full of peace and joy. I am not saying it is easy but pray that God will help you and He will. May you and your families be blessed today.
Betty

At least three squirrels today. My grandson got married yesterday. My body is sore from the long drive to the Wedding but I was so blessed to be able to attend. I took enough medicine and did not eat before hand so I was not bothered by sickness. I thank God for that.
 
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Good Morning and Happy Monday,

Psalm 139:23 Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my concerns.

This morning here in Magnolia and in the Houston area streets are flooded. The veterinarian called and said and cancelled Bertha, my dashund's appointment because of street flooding. This morning before I even got out of bed I was reminded of the verses where David prayed for God to search his heart. I believe now more then ever we need to be checking the temperature of our spiritual health on a regularly bases. I think the longer you have been a Christian the easier it gets to just be calling it in. You can become complacent. You are doing all the right things but your heart has checked out. This is very dangerous because we can become lukewarm Christians. Remember what Jesus says in the book of The Revelations about lukewarm Christans. He is going to spew them out of His mouth. This should be enough to scare us back into reality. We cannot coast our way into Heaven. We cannot rest on our past spiritual victories. We need to be fired up and on fire for God. God does not want a Sunday only relationship with His children. He wants a relationship where His children seek His face on a daily bases. We must not put God in a box. He wants to apart of whole lives. Let us ask God to measure our spiritual health daily and then ask Him to show us where we need to change. We want to hear: "Well done, my good and faithful servant" when we see Jesus. If you have any question about how unpleasant lukewarm water is try to drink some. It is nasty. We want to be fired up Christians. I know I need to make changes in my life. If you see areas you need to change, ask God to help you.
Betty
Under one tree this morning was three squirrels and 4 doves and a redbird. If you are in the area affected by the storms stay safe.
 
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Good Morning and Happy Tuesday,

As I was doing my chores this morning, I was thinking about the soon return of Jesus. The signs of,the times point to a soon return, but how do we flourish for God now? How do we keep our light shinning when we are sick, tired, or discouraged? It would be so easy to tell God that we are just going to rest until He comes back. Those of us over 60 can even rationalize that we have done our part and it is time for the younger ones to pick up the slack. While it is true we cannot do the jobs we once could, there are still jobs we can do for God even over 60. Everyone can pray, from the youngest to the oldest. Pray not just for yourself and your family but for the leaders of our Country. Always pray for our lost loved ones. Pray for Israel and her leaders. Prayer is never wasted. Prayer is never insignificant. The more we pray the stronger our faith will grow and the stronger our trust grows and the stronger our hope in God grows. Even in this world of violence against one another and natural disasters, we can have hope, because we serve a living God. In Eph 6:11 We are told to put on the whole armor of God so we can stand against our enemy the devil. When we trust and put our faith in God we can stand in trust, hope and joy and not fear. Remember perfect trust will destroy fear. We are so close to the finish line. Let us not give up. There will be days when it seems the enemy is winning, but that is the time to fall on our knees and seek the face of God. In our battle armor that God supplies, there is no white flag. A Christian should never surrender to the devil.
Remind yourself daily that there is victory ahead. Keep trusting, and believing in your Savior, Jesus Christ. He has already defeated the devil and He wants to protect and guide you and defeat the devil when he works in you life. Never surrender!
Proverbs 3:5-6. Trust
Hebrews 11-6. Faith
Psalm 38:15. Hope
Gal 5:22 Joy
Eph 6:11 Stand

Betty
A few birds and a squirrel this morning.
 
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Good Morning and Happy Wednesday,

Many in the Houston area are suffering from the flooding. For many this is not their first rodeo. People who do not live in this area, probably wonder why they just don't move. It is not that easy. No one is going to buy their house. For some FEMA will not insure the house unless they build their house up off the ground. For many the cost of doing that is more then the house is worth. Which is throwing more money after bad. So the reality is they are in a pickle. We can be this way in our spiritual life as well. We see we are going in the wrong direction but we have invested so many years in our beliefs that we do not want to admit that we may have been believing the wrong thing, trusting the wrong Pastor, or believing the
wrong doctrine. It is more then hurting our pride, but it is hard having to start over and go in a different direction. It takes time and effort to find a new Pastor, one who preaches the truth of the Gospel instead of only inspirational talks. Besides a Preacher who preaches about sin is going to make us uncomfortable.
This is not the time for Christians to be only concerned about feeling good when we leave Church. We need to be in a Church where the Pastor is not afraid to speak about sin and hell and speak the truth no matter whose toes he steps on. A Pastor who makes you feel good in your sin and comfortable living in a sinful relationship is a devil in sheep's clothing that is cuddling you right into hell. He or she is not your friend. They are not only your enemy but they are God's enemy. You might say that my Pastor is the kindness person I ever met. How kind is someone who is feeding you cotton candy sermons that will send you to hell for eternity? When persecution comes to America, will cotton candy sermons be able to substain you to stand for Jesus or will you deny Christ to save your life? These are harsh words and as I have written them I have stopped several times and asked God if this is really what He is given me. I know these words will offend and just typing them my hands are shaking. Yet, I have given God my word that I want Him to tell me what to say and guide me with what to put. I like others would love to just post feel good and uplifting post. That is not what is giving me today. I believe it is time for Christians to come out of Churches that are not longer preaching all of the Gospel. It is time to get into a Church that is not afraid to preach the meat of the Gospel. Bottle fed Christians are going to be in trouble as things get worse in America. We need to hear and know the truth. I am not going to apologize for writing what God gave me. I will pray that if you are convicted that God will help you receive and accept His truth. Let us Christians seek first to be right with God and then try to get along with others as best we can.
Betty
 
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Good Morning and Thursday,

Talkin' to myself and feelin' old
Sometimes I'd like to quit
Nothing ever seems to fit
Hangin' around
Nothing to do but frown
Rainy Days and Mondays always get me down

I woke up singing The Carpenters hit in my head. As I laid there thinking about it, I realized that everybody has something that gives them the blues. My mom always said that hearing a train whistle made her feel sad, even when she was a child. Rainy, gloomy days make a lot of us feel sad. Our moods can be easily effected by our surroundings. Just like walking out on a warm day with lovely flowers blooming and a breeze blowing the sweet smells up to our nose can bring a smile to our faces, our surroundings can change our mood. While it is wonderful to have our surroundings change a so-so day into a pleasant one, we do not have to allow our trigger for sadness ruin our day. This morning as I laid there I begin to pray for lost loves ones until a fell back asleep. When we face our trigger that makes us sad, the best medicine is to pray. Prayer changes things is not just a slogan it is a reality. Prayer for others not only brings action on God's part for the one we are praying for, but it brings a heart change in us. When we spend time praising God for our many blessings we will find our selves being uplifted and blessed. We are human and we have many moods. Some of us are more apt to be moodier then others, simply because of our make up. This doesn't mean we have to wallow in sadness. We can choose to praise God in the midst of our sadness. I am not talking about depression. Sometimes even as Christians we may need medical help to deal with depression. I found though even when I was in depression and on medication that as I begin to do something for others I begin to see relief. I am talking about just the normal mood of sadness that everybody has from time to time. As the song says there are things that get us down but we can be uplifted by praying and encouraging ourselves in the Word of God. Remember everybody feels sad sometimes. Everybody gets frustrated sometimes. Everybody feels anxious sometimes. Moods are apart of living. But what every mood we are in we can find peace in Jesus. Even when we are just in a grumpy mood. Take your moods to Jesus and be honest with Him about what you are feeling and remember it will pass. Whatever mood you are in today, spend time with the one who loves you no matter what: Jesus.
Betty

It rained last night and the ditch is full of water. My prayer is for those who may have water in their homes and cars today. The birds and squirrels have not allowed the standing water bother them.
 
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Good Morning and Happy Friday,

Yesterday many mourned the death of Prince. There is no shame in that. Like many others I enjoyed some of his songs. I was surprised to find out that there was songs he did that wasn't on the radio, because of the language. There was several like "When Doves Cry". that I enjoyed. There was also a lot of speculations about where his soul went when he died. One person actually making a cartoon about it. Which I found highly inappropriate. The truth is, we do not know the answer. Only God knows whether he called out to God as he laid dying. I believe when we get to Heaven there will be many surprises about who is and is not there. Some who got saved with their dying breath and others who lived like there were saved but we're not. While human beings are like cats, naturally curious, our time would be better spent praying for Prince's wife. It's to late to pray for Prince. Whatever happend between him and God is settled. This is why it is so important to pray for our lost loved ones. As much as we might want it to be true we cannot pray someone into Heaven after they have died. The Bible says it is appointed man, once to die and then the judgement. As long as our loved ones are alive we can pray for them. I have talked about how my Uncle got save years after my grandmother died. Her prayers were in the ears of God even after she had died. People were shocked Prince's death, and I was too. The reality is no one is promised tomorrow. The Bible says that today is the day of salvation. How said it would be to delay salvation the day before you die. Just as it is the time to serve God. Let us not put off what we know we should be doing till tomorrow. We have not been promised tomorrow.
Betty

Two squirrels this morning and a couple of birds.
 
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Good Morning and Happy Saturday,

We live in a world were peace is in short supply. Not just peace from battle but peace in the hearts of mankind. People feel rushed hurried from work to home to work. Everyone seems be living on the edge, where the slightest thing can set them ablazed with anger and even haterd toward one another. Even us Christians are not immune to bouts of anger that spills out of our mouths in words that we wish later that we could take back. We wonder how could we have said what we did. Yet we do not want to believe the we have allowed the seed of discard and anger grow in our heart. The Bible says out of the heart the mouth speaks. We entertain thoughts of discord and instead of repenting we fed them until it grows beyond our control. When these seeds or sin sprout, instead of taking them to God and asking Him to remove them, we hide them in a corner of our heart, hoping they will somehow disappear. Is it our pride that keeps from asking God for help? Is it the idea that if we pretend that they are not there, they will disappear? Do we put on a fake facade for so long that we think we can fool God? We can hide nothing from God. He knows our every thought and deed. I used to think this was intrusive, but it is actually a huge relief. When we realize God knows the very worse about us and yet, He still loves us, we can go to Him with everything. We can lay every sin , every evil thought, every bad behavior at the feet of Jesus.
Jesus is not going to get on the phone and call your Pastor, your Church friends, or anyone else and tell them your sins. What a freedom there is when you realize that you can share everything with Jesus with out fear. God does give us peace but it comes from surrendering our everything and including all our sins to Him. When we seek forgiveness, Jesus will replace our shame with peace. We can have peace, if we will seek it at Jesus' feet. This does not mean our life will be perfect. We will have problems till the day we die. We live in corruptible body and in a corruptible world, but we do not have to walk the world alone.
Jesus wants to walk every day with us.
Betty
3 Squirrels this morning and a bird.
 
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Good Morning and Blessed Sunday,

Most of the sky looks like it is covered by a fluffy white comforter, giving a feeling of security. Feelings of security can be false, sadly. In this world of violence and hate there is no safe place. No one including Christians know what the day will hold for them. But, we can be secure that what ever happens, God will be with us. He has promised to walk with us even into the valley of death. Unfortunately some politicians are using the promise of security to take away the very freedoms that make us free. Prisoners in solitary confinement are secure but there is no freedom. Yet we must not stress over this. The Bible makes it clear that during the tribulation there will be a One World Government that will control everything, even the food and water. This is not the time to stress over this. This is the tiime to pray for our lost loved ones. I believe the rapture will happen before the tribulation. There are no scriptures in the Bible telling Christians to stock up food for the tribulation or how to survive the tribulation. Instead we are told to keep looking up for the Blessed Hope. For those of us who have lost loved ones along with strong prayers for their salvation, it would be good to leave materials about end times where they can find it easily. A letter stressing how important it is NOT to take the mark of the beast. Once a person takes the mark, there is no chance to be saved. Keep praying for your lost loved ones and friends until the moment Jesus calls us in the rapture. Just as none of us want to go through the tribulation, none of us want our family to go through it, either. Unfortunately I have found to my shame, you can not make a person get saved, no matter how much you love them. The more you complain and fuss, the more they run from God. Sometimes it is best to pray that God will put someone in their lives that they will listen to. There will be those that say that the Church has been talking about the rapture for 30 plus years and that would be true. But, look at the world, today. The world we live in is not the world it was in 1950. Leaders of Countries are even admitting that the world today needs a leader that can come in and fix everything. They do not realize it, but what they are wanting is the anti-Christ. He will bring peace- for a time. Then he will force the world to worship him and take the mark or be-headed. Anyone who apposes the anti-Christ will be killed. The world will face 7 years of tormet and God, Himself will pour out His wrath on the anti-Christ and his followers. This will NOT be a time of Heaven on earth, despite the promises of the anti-Christ. It is still time to choose the right side. Accept Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior and you will spend the tribulation in the real Heaven with Jesus.
Betty
 
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Good Morning and Happy Monday,

Psalm 63:7 Because thou hast been my help, therefore in the shadow of thy wings will I rejoice.8 My soul followeth hard after thee: thy right hand upholdeth me.

If you are like me, you spend a lot of time praying, but mostly praying for my needs and the needs of others. Yet, God wants us to spend time with Him that is not just asking for request, but just seeking His companionship. God wants us to take pleasure in being in His presence. Of course God cares about our needs and He is happy when we have a heart to pray for others, but He wants quality time with us that is just about us talking to Him about our feelings and listening to what He has to say. I know we do this, because I am guilty. We consider our time in Church our quality time with God. Yes it is wonderful to sing and worship God with fellow worshippers and we should do so. This does not mean we cannot set apart a time when we talk, listen, and worship God every day. What kind of relationship with your mate would you have if it was only about you asking for something? Do we ever just sit and talk to God about our day? We can talk to God about our feelings, what has upset us and what has brighten our day. Of course God knows, but look at it this way: a friend calls and tells you something wonderful has happened to one of your children. You call them up and have them come over so you can talk about it face to face. The same with God. He wants us to want to talk to Him about the good and the bad in our lives. He is prepared to listen. Are we prepared to talk to Him? If not, is there some sin we haven't sought forgiveness for. Then take care of that first. Pray and seek forgiveness and determine with God's help that you are going to walk away from that sin. Then have a lovely visit with your Creator and Savior. He is waiting and willing. Am I ? God wants to have a personal relationship with us. The ball is in our court. Are we ready to participate.
Betty
Handful of squirrels this morning. I overslept so the birds have eaten already.
 
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Good Morning and Happy Tuesday,

Gal 6:9 And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.

I talk to so many Chirstians today who are like me, longing for the rapture. That is a good thing. The Bible says there is a special crown for those who are looking with anticipation for the Blessed Hope. While most of the reason is we want to be in the very presence of God, we are also weary and tired. This is not a shock to God, who addresses this issue. So many times, He tells in His Word to come to Him for rest. Growing weary is not a sin, if we do not give up. We should seek His face and seek strength so we do not faint not. While we need to continue working for God, we may need to stop saying yes to every project that comes our way. This doesn't mean we do not work for God, but we prayerfully choose what we feel God is leading is to do and say no to the extra stuff. In the work that God has given us to do, let us pray for strength to do the job for the glory of God. Make sure to get proper rest, physical fatigue can lead to a job halfway done and lead to a bad attitude. If your do your work for Jesus, while you are snapping at your helpers and anyone who is around you, you have destroyed the very work you have done. Work for Christ needs to be done with a pleasant attitude and a joyful spirit. If you do not have it, then before you start your work ask God to forgive you for your bad attitude and to give you a sweet spirit. You might think I do not understand, but I do. I have been there, myself. When you do something to bless others but you have an angry spirit the blessing is lost for them and for you. We all have days when we are not at our best. Sometimes we are just physically tired, sometimes it is because we are in physical pain, and other times it is because we are spiritually empty. Remember we cannot give out spiritually when our cup is empty. We need to ask the Holy Spirit to fill us, so that we can bless others. Everyone gets tired and weary and there is no shame in praying for God to restore you physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Pray for yourself as well as for others. I pray that God will give you rest and strength today.
Betty


Just One More Soul (live) Lyrics
The preachers are weary
The singers are tired
The church as we know it
Is losing its fire
Some are discouraged from bearing the load
But we must determine to keep pressing on

'Cause if just one more soul
Were to walk down the aisle
It would be worth every struggle
It would be worth every mile
A lifetime of labor is still worth it all
If it rescues just one more soul

So preachers, keep preachin'
And singers, go sing
Laymen, keep sharing
That Jesus is King
The angels have gathered, they're surrounding the throne
And they'll start rejoicing for just one more soul

'Cause if just one more soul
Were to walk down the aisle
It would be worth every struggle
It would be worth every mile
A lifetime of labor is still worth it all
If it rescues just one more soul

'Cause if just one more soul
Were to walk down the aisle
It would be worth every struggle
It would be worth every mile
A lifetime of labor is still worth it all
If it rescues just one more soul
 
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Good Morning and Happy Wednesday,

Acts 1:8. But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.
I got up early to go to the hospital for an exray. When I got up we were with out power. You do not know how much you take for granted electricity until you try to comb your hair in a dark room with no windows and a flash light. This is the same way with our soul. If we do not stay connected to God we become spiritually weak and can be easily led astray. When we keep connected to God on a daily bases, He keeps us filled with His Spirit. Unforgiven sin can cut our connection to God. Neglect of spiritual matters can also cause us to be low on power. If you neglect to get gas for your car, you will eventually run out of gas. If we neglect to spend time in prayer and in God's Word we will also run out of power. Unlike when the electricity goes out at your home, spiritual power slips away gradually and you can be in empty before you realize it. This is why we need to refill spiritual daily. It is just as important to take care of our spiritual health, just as we take care of our physical needs. We sometimes get so busy that we end up with a hunger head ache. Sometimes we find ourselves slipping back into bad habits because we have grown spiritually empty. Let us seek to be spiritually healthy.
Betty
 
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When we keep connected to God on a daily bases, He keeps us filled with His Spirit. Unforgiven sin can cut our connection to God.

Thanks for posting this. It is what we all need. I know I find my self slipping away sometimes and need to keep Jesus as my light.
 
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Thank you, for encouraging me.
Betty
 
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Good Morning and Happy Thursday,

This morning as I did my chores, I noticed how beautiful blue the skies where. The words to a song, I believe my Willing Nelson, I begin to sing in my head.
Blue skies smiling at me
Nothing but blue skies do I see.
Blue skies are a blessing, especially after stormy weather. Our hearts are lifted and as you can see with me, a song fills our heart. When we have gone through a trial, our soul, our spirits, and even our bodies are depleted. At the point God wants to give us a time of refreshing and refilling at His table. After the battle this is not the time to hold on to grudges. This is not the time if ever there is a time to demand answers from God. This IS the time to humble ourselves and go to His Heavenly table and seek to be healed from our battle wounds and be filled from the goodness of God. We can miss out on this by hanging on to anger and pride. This is not the time to compare our battle with others. Wondering why our battle seems to be harder the a fellow believer will get us nowhere. When we come to God in humility then He will wrap His arms of love around us. He will love on us, comfort us, and He will heal our wounds.
Battles prepare us for to step up and work for God in a new area. Battles prepare us for a promotion in our Christian walk with God. But what if we did not past the test? What if we failed? We still come to God, but along with humble heart we seek forgiveness for our failure. God is not going to give up on us. Yes, we may have to go through that same battle in the future. At this point we seek God and His Word so we are better prepared for the battle. In war, soldiers may lose a battle, but they don't pack up their gear and go home. They go back to camp and work on a new strategy to win the battle on another day. It is the same in the Christian war. And my brother and sister, we are at war with the devil. We must prepared our hearts and souls so that we can win against the devil. Th devil is subtle, he creeps in to areas of our hearts I know. Little by little he gets us to compromise on sin. He doesn't start with the big stuff but it is the little foxes the Bible says that destroys the crop. If you could talk to yourself at the age you were 20 years ago, would that you, be shocked at how much compromising you have made about sin? Would that you wondered where the you went that stood by the Word of God went? It is easy to allow the world's opinion about what is right or wrong to influence us. We must remind ourselves that what is political correct today that was a sin in the past is still a sin today. God has not changed His mind and contrary to what liberals are saying the Bible is not evolving. The God of the Bible is going to judge this world and the people on His Word and not on what is political correct. We as Christians need to seek forgiveness and stop worrying about what our friends think of us and worry about what God things of us. When we stand before God, your friends will be no help to you. Let is seek to be Biblical correct. Compromising on who gets what piece of candy is no big deal but compromising on God's Word is a very big deal. May we never forget that! I prayed that God would lead me this morning and this is not where I intended to go, but I must be obedient to God. If my words hurt your feelings then seek forgiveness and comfort at the feet of Jesus. Let us in all things seek the will of God.
Betty
A bluejay has come to visit along with some squirrels.
 
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Good Morning and Happy Friday,

Isaiah 26:3-4
"You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in You. Trust in the LORD forever, for the LORD, the LORD, is the Rock eternal."

This evening in the Houston area, more storms are expected. For those who are just now getting the water out of their homes and business this feels like a disaster for them. Feeling secure and peaceful is the last feeling they are thinking. The rest of us are wondering if there are going to tornadoes. There is the fear of the unknown? Will my home be safe? Will my children and I be safe? These feelings are real and cannot be swept under the rug. Hiding your fears or pretending you are not afraid is not the answer.
You take your fears to God. You pray for you and your family's safety. You pray that if a storm does destroy your home that God will give you the grace and peace to survive the turmoil that follows such a disaster. In this life we face many situations where we do not know the answer. Is that lump that appeared on my body, cancer? Are this rumors true that my job is going to end? If we are not careful we can be so overcome with fear that our faith shrinks to the size of mustard seed. Yet, Jesus said with faith the size of a mustard seed we can move mountains. This does not mean we want to starve our faith, or have weak faith. Before there is a storm on the horizon, before there is a lump, and before there are job rumors, let us build up one another's faith. The Bible say that faith comes by hearing the Word of God.
We hear the Word of God through preaching. We should take every opportunity we can to build up our faith for any coming storm. Only you and God knows where you stand and that is how it should be. Do a check or your heart and ask God where you need to grow and to help you grow strong in Him so that you can stand in the midst of whatever storm the devil brings. Being a Christian doesn't mean that bad things will never happen to us, but it does mean we will not have to go through the storms of life alone. God wants to be with us and to help us. Let us not wait until we are in the midst of the storm to invite Him into our life. If you have not walked with Him on a daily bases then it will be hard to have any faith in the midst of the storms. God is waiting for your invitation. He is not a criminal that will knock down your door and enter uninvited. So invite Him today.
Betty

6 squirrels in the back yard, including one baby squirrel. The woodpecker is destroying one on my feeders, but she is so pretty.
 
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Good Morning and Happy Saturday,

Many people today have rejected the one true God, the God of the Bible.
They have rejected the God of the Bible because He is Holy and can not and will not embrace sin. Isaiah 6:3. And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the LORD of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory. Satan has provided a "god" for them who not only accepts sin but he embraces sinful lifestyles. He even provides weak excuses for sin. Abortion is good because it saves a baby from being born into poverty. This totally over looks those through out the ages that were born in poverty that not only overcome their circumstances, but went on to contribute to the world in the field of Medicine, law, and literature. The world would have suffered a loss if these people had been killed in the womb.
In order to convince people to love his "god" and not the God of the Bible, Satan has convince people not to read the Bible and to think of the Bible as evil. The Bible says in the last days good will be called evil and evil will be called good. We are living in those days.
As Christians, our hearts are broken when loved ones and friends have not only turn their backs on God but have harden their hearts to the point that they feel disdain and bitterness towards God and His Holy Word. This is when we have to remind ourselves that God did not call us to try to force salvation on others. We cannot save anyone. All we can do is point the way to Jesus the only door to salvation. If they reject salvation, they have rejected God. At this point we continue to pray for them but we have done our part and must step aside. For those who think that hell will be one party this is what the Bible says about hell.


Matthew 13:49-50So it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come forth, separate the wicked from among the just, 50 and cast them into the furnace of fire. There will be wailing and gnashing of teeth.”


Revelation 14:9-11New King James Version (NKJV)

9 Then a third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, “If anyone worships the beast and his image, and receives his mark on his forehead or on his hand, 10 he himself shall also drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out full strength into the cup of His indignation. He shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb. 11 And the smoke of their torment ascends forever and ever; and they have no rest day or night, who worship the beast and his image, and whoever receives the mark of his name.”

Mark 9:47-And if your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out. It is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye, rather than having two eyes, to be cast into hell fire— 48 where‘Their worm does not dieAnd the fire is not quenched.’[a]


Revelation 20:14-15Then Death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.[a] 15 And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire.

Romans 3:23-26King James Version (KJV)

23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

24 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:

25 Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;

26 To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.


Romans 5:12-21New King James Version (NKJV)

Death in Adam, Life in Christ

12 Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned— 13 (For until the law sin was in the world, but sin is not imputed when there is no law. 14 Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over those who had not sinned according to the likeness of the transgression of Adam, who is a type of Him who was to come. 15 But the free gift is not like the offense. For if by the one man’s offense many died, much more the grace of God and the gift by the grace of the one Man, Jesus Christ, abounded to many. 16 And the gift is not like that which came through the one who sinned. For the judgment which came from one offense resulted in condemnation, but the free gift which came from many offenses resulted in justification. 17 For if by the one man’s offense death reigned through the one, much more those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.)


1 Cor 15:20But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. 21For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man. 22For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive. 23But each in turn: Christ, the firstfruits; then, when he comes, those who belong to him. 24Then the end will come, when he hands over the kingdom to God the Father after he has destroyed all dominion, authority and power. 25For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. 26The last enemy to be destroyed is death. 27For he “has put everything under his feet.”c Now when it says that “everything” has been put under him, it is clear that this does not include God himself, who put everything under Christ. 28When he has done this, then the Son himself will be made subject to him who put everything under him, so that God may be all in all.


Hell will be such misery that no one will comfort anyone. Everyone will be focused on their own misery. My heart breaks for every person who will go to hell. It is especially sadden me that good people will go to hell. But look at it this way, if a good person was in a burning building and I begged and begged for them to come out and thy refused, a good person would burn to death. Jesus is calling the lost to be saved but good people are refusing the gift of salvation and will go to hell.
Betty
 
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Good Morning and Blessed Sunday,

2 Timothy 4
1In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the dead, and in view of his appearing and his kingdom, I give you this charge: 2Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction. 3For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. 4They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths. 5But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry.

All you have to is to turn on the TV and you can see we are living in the last days. It is not just secular TV either, we have Preachers who are preaching contrary to the Bible. One who is preaching that there is no need for confessing and repentance. One that preaches sermons about feeling good and not about warning the Church about the wiles of the devil and the amour of God. Then we have a Christian teacher selling "redemption seeds". Salvation is not for sale and has never been. As Christians while this should break our hearts and it does, this should remind us that our time is short. While this should make our hearts jump with excitement, there is also alittle apprehension. Simply because we know the devil will be fighting tooth and nail against the Church, until the moment the trumpet blows.

As we try to reach our lost loved ones and friends do not be surprised to be met with resentment, anger and bitterness. The devil has filled sinners with haterd of anything doing with the Bible. Jesus said as they have hated Him, the world will hate us. While this is unpleasant and does hurt your heart, you can find comfort in Jesus. He who suffered for our sins, knows how to comfort us when we are rejected and hated for our stand for Him. Keep serving Jesus, keep praying for the lost, and keep looking up for the Blessed Hope. I pray that Jesus comes for us soon.
Betty
 
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Good Morning and Happy Monday,

As I fed the birds and the squirrels, I prayed for wisdom and direction from God on where I should go today with my writings. One thought that seemed to stay steady in my mind, was mercy. We live in a world were mercy is often in short supply. Sometimes as Christians when we are going through a painful, dark, and weary trial, we wonder if God has forgotten to show us mercy. Yet even our salvation was paid with a painful gift on Jesus' head, back, and through the lost of His very blood was a gift of love and mercy towards us. God is a God of mercy. He says the reason that He has held off judging the world is out of love and mercy for the lost. He is given them more time to choose Him. Yet, His mercy for His children goes beyond salvation, though there is no gift that compares with salvation. It is in His mercy that He deals with His children. It is His mercy that allows us to go through trials, though at the time, it seems the opposite. For as a loving Father, He wants us to grow and mature spiritually. Yet, even during these trials, God is with us and He sustains us. Sometimes trials are lengthy in time. Sometimes we wonder if there will every be a day that pain is not a daily companion. Yet, even when just walking, pain is making itself know, we can rest assured that Jesus is with us. For those who deal with husbands whose words can be cruel, you can wonder why God hasn't knocked them upside the head and put a stop to their foolishness. But, just as Jesus is giving you to grow and mature in Him, He is doing the same with your mate. Maybe your boss is not a Christian and likes to push your buttons to see if he can get you to lose your temper. It is human nature to want to react in anger, but when you allow God to work through you, you can react in love and mercy. Remember many times dealing with others, whether it is your husband, your boss, or a stranger, the kind merciful reaction on your part is silence on the outside but prayer to God on the inside.
When you do pray for that unsaved person who is pushing your buttons, do not pray for God to punish them or rain problems down on them, no matter how tempting it is. Instead pray that God will love on them and bless them. This is what mercy is about. As Christians we should be about mercy and kindness.
God does not want His children to be praying disaster, trouble and illness on to those who offend us. God wants us to operate out of love, kindness and mercy and pray for God to bless those who seek to hurt us with their words and deeds. There is a time for self defense if you are physically in danger, but if someone says cruel words to you, do not return cruel words to them, but pray for them. We cannot in ourselves save the lost, but we can live our life in a way that shows God's mercy, kindness, and love.
Betty
It is raining and thundering here. I have and hour and half drive to the VA today for hubby. I would appreciate your prayers for our safety. God bless you and keep you.
 
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Proverbs 16:9. A man's heart deviseth his way: but the LORD directeth his steps.

When we backed out of the driveway, there was a dragging sound. We first thought I had picked up a limb from the storm, but I pulled in to the bank parking lot and found out that a big plastic piece of the car was dragging. We took the car to the place that has just worked on it and found out that a couple of clips holding it in place had fallen off. But it worked out for good because when I called to change hubby's two appointments, I found out he was suppose to be fasting for the test. Something that the Doctor nor the cath-scan people had failed to tell us. A reminder that God does have a reason for things happening the way that do.
Betty
 
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Good Morning and Happy Tuesday,

      This morning as I took the bird seed out the squirrels and birds fled.  They do not realize that I am the one that feeds them.  Matthew 5:45 In that way, you will be acting as true children of your Father in heaven. For he gives his sunlight to both the evil and the good, and he sends rain on the just and the unjust alike.    I am not in no way comparing myself to God, but just as the squirrels and birds do not know I provide for them, there are many men and women that God has provided for that do not acknowledge the goodness of God.  The Bible says in the last days mankind would worship the creation and not the creator.  This is more prevalent today then in anytime in history.  Mankind does not want to give praise to The Creator of the earth, but they give glory and praise to "mother" earth or "Mother Nature.
There is no Mother Earth, only the God of Abraham, Jacob, and Moses who with His own voice spoke earth in to existence.  Mankind takes pleasure in being able to say that they are a self made success.  Denying that God has given them talents.  Yes you have to work hard to become successfull, you must have the talent to begin with.  We Christians our selves can become prideful because of our talents.  We can begin to believe that we are doing God a favor by using our talents for Him.  We forget that if God was only interested in the talent itself, He could cause the rocks and the flowers to become a Choir.  God chose to use mankind because of His love for mankind.  It is out of His love for us that He allows us to use our talents for His Glory.  Remember God wrote in stone with His own hand for a king onetime.  Let us always be humble and grateful for the talents we have and even more grateful that He will use us for His Glory.
When we use our talents out of our love for Christ, I have found that there is a special anointing on that talent.  Have you ever heard a Christian singer sing a song and the Holy Spirit was so strong on that person that the words cut right to your heart?  You find yourself with tears running down your face and you can feel God healing something in your spirit.  Have you ever left a Serman and thought how the Holy Spirit was working through that Preacher?  This is how God wants to use us.  He wants to encourage and bless others through us.  If we are more concerned about our performance and whether people will like us we can lessen the flow of the Holy Spirit.  Let us never be guilty of tying the hands of the Holy Spirit but to use our abilities in a spirit of love for Jesus Christ.  Let us have the attitude of wanting people to see Jesus in us rather then seeking praise for ourselves.  This means letting go of pride or the desire to out do the person who did the job before you.  As Christians we are not in a contest to out do our brothers and sisters in Christ.  We should all have the same goal, to further the work of Jesus and to bring praise and glory to God.  Let us stand united as children of God and not in competition with one another.
Betty

A squirrel has come back and the humming bird.  The "free" range chicken came back yesterday for a meal.  She is wild and scared but I have grown fond of her.
 
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Good Morning and Happy Wednesday,

Imagine if you would, besides your bed a backpack, filled with rocks. Picture that every morning you were required to carry that backpack on your back from the time you got up until you went to bed. You might say it is not that heavy and I am a strong person. Yet, imagine doing all your chores at work and at home with that backpack on your back. You will probably say that you would never do that. That carrying a load of rocks while working would not only make you miserable but it would hinder your job performance. Yet, we as Christians to that. Of course we are not carrying real rocks, that would be silly but we carry burdens every day. Doesn't the Bible say for us to bring our burdens to Jesus? We attempt to, but when we finish praying, we pick up our burdens and take them with us. We worry and fret and literally make ourselves sick over our burdens. Like our lost loved ones, for instance. Yes we should pray daily for them, but worrying day and night and fretting over them is not going to bring them one second closer to salvation. Sometimes one of our rocks is past sins. We have asked God to forgive us and yet we seem to feel that we must constantly remind ourselves and punish ourselves daily for sins God has already forgiven us. When Jesus saved the woman that had committed adultery from the crowd that had gathered to stone her, He told her that her sins where forgiven and to go and sin no more. He did not tell her to go and remind herself of the sin she had committed and fret and worry every day about what she had done. No! He said that her sins were forgiven and to go and sin no more. Sometimes a rock we carry is fear of the unknown. Whether it be a change in your living situation, a new job, or just general fear about what is happening in the world today. You can worry and fret until the point that you are actually ill, and yet nothing has changed. God wants us to take our burdens to Jesus and leave them there. If you think you are doing Him a favor by caring your burdens, you are not. What you are really saying to God is I don't fully trust you to work in my best interest, so I shall carry my burdens, until I am sure I can trust you to work things out. How arrogant we can be sometimes! Sometimes it is not arrogance but fear. But remember perfect trust cast out fear. We trust God to save us for eternity, and yet we question whether He can work out things at work, find us a place to live, and work in the hearts of our unsaved loved ones.
Remember the Hymn that says: Only trust Him, Only trust Him, Oh for grace to trust Him more. Let us pray that God will help us to lay our burdens at the feet of Jesus. This does not mean we stop praying for our needs. It just means we stop trying to tell God how to fix our needs and fret while we are waiting for Him to work. God bless you today and I pray that as needs come up in your life that you are able to take them to Jesus and be at peace.
Betty
A few squirrels this morning and a nice breeze.
 
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Good Morning and happy Thursday,

I pray that you are having a good day and that you are blessed by the presence of God in your life.
Today it is acceptable to talk about God but not Jesus. God is considered a generic term. You could be talking about Allah, God of Nature, or the God that many people believe is just apart of levers person. Yet when you mention Jesus, you begin to upset people and lose the attention of others. People do not want to talk about Jesus. They like the idea that there is a God out there somewhere who stays out of their business, unless He is needed. When the need arise, it is acceptable to pray to God, but as soon as things get better this God is to quietly move behind the curtain until He is needed. Of course this God is not offended by your lifestyle, and reading the Bible and Church attendance is not required unless of course it helps you meet potential customers. You just have to find one where the Pastor doesn't talk about sin or expects you to actually live a life that is actually pleasing to God. Because in 2016, we have evolved into knowing what is important and that is living a happy successful life. Wow! How enlighten we as humans have become! Of course this God does not believe in hell and everybody goes to Heaven. Just do your best and everything will work out okay.
Bring up the Name of Jesus and then you are talking about the God of the Bible. This God is demanding. After He sent His Son to live and die for us, He actually demands that we accept this free gift of salvation to enter Heaven. This God is willing to forgive us our sins, but He demands that we turn from our sins and not continue to live in sin. This God doesn't want us to just call on Him when it is convenient for us, but He wants a personal daily relationship with us. He wants to be involved in our daily lives.
People find this God unacceptable. Yet, even in a marriage relationship we see that daily involvement and communication is valuable to the relationship.
My point you must be asking, is that the God of the Bible, the one true God wants to save us from our sins, change our life from being a selfish life of feeding only selfish desires into a life that is a life of an overcomer and a life of joy and peace that comes from giving your life wholly to Jesus. Living for Jesus, is not giving up freedom, but finding freedom through allowing Jesus to live through you.

There is no salvation outside of God. What does the Bible say about those who deny the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ?

Matt 10:33 “But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven.”
1John 2:22. Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son.
John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

Today more then ever when we are asked about our beliefs about God, we should make it clear that we serve the God of the Bible and His precious Son, Jesus. Yes, you may turn off some and there may be those who think less of you. But, we need to decide who to we want to please mankind or Jesus our Savior. Jesus is the only door to Heaven. The acceptance of a person should never override our love for Jesus. We should pray that God will give us the courage to speak the truth. There will come a day that the simple statement that Jesus is your Savior will cost you, greatly. But remember if we deny Jesus, He will deny us to His Father.
Betty
 
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Good Morning and Happy Friday,

For those who are still working, Friday is a day that you look forward to. I pray that this weekend will bring rest for your body, soul, and spirit.
It is not uncommon to hear celebrities and entertainers to say that Christianity is for the weak. To non Christians weakness is a character flaw, something to be ashamed of. God says that it is in our weakness that He is made strong. It is in our weakness when we allow Him to, He can do great things.
2 Cor 12:10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong
It is in our weakness that we admit our need for God and allow Him to work through us. The next time you hear someone say that Christianity is for the weak, say: "Thank you Jesus, for my weakness for it showed me my need for you". Everybody needs Jesus but those who take pride in their strength and decline salvation will spend eternity in hell. Those who admit their need for Christ will spend eternity with Jesus. Praise the Lord!

Recently Steven Hawkins said that Christianity is for those who are afraid of the dark. The Bible says those who reject Christ, love the darkness and refuse to come in to the light. When we come into the light our sins are made known. This is good. This is when we can pray for forgiveness and turn from our sins.

John 3:19This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. 20Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed. 21But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God.

On the judgement day every sinner will stand be for God and their sins will be made known. Every crime a sinner has gotten away with on earth will be revealed. At that time it will be too late for salvation. Better to give your heart and life to Jesus and have your sins forgiven then to face the White Throne Judgment where there will be no forgiveness of sin.

There are people today that feel that they are too educated, to smart, and to enlighten to need God. What does the Bible say about that?
1Cor 1:But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty;

God wants us to come to Him in our weakness and with our pride set aside. We have dealt with people whose pride and ego make them seem to be ten feet tall, but not in a good way. It only takes a short time that their arrogance and pride is like fingernails scratching a black board and you cannot wait to get out of their presence. Yet mankind often remarks when they see God, they are going to tell Him a thing or to, or give God a piece of their mind so to speak. When sinners stand before God they will fall at His feet overcome by the Holiness of God. And if they can get a word out it will be begging Jesus to save them. Sadly it will be too late for them.

How do sinners and Christians come to Jesus?

Mark 10:15 Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the ...
... I tell you the truth, anyone who doesn't receive the Kingdom
of God like a child will never enter Heaven
Luke 18:17 Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the ...
... I tell you the truth, anyone who doesn't receive the Kingdom
of God like a child will never enter it." ...

We come like a little child. We come in humility leaving any pride behind. We come to Jesus in our needs.
No where in the Bible did Jesus tell us to go fix our lives and then come to Him. Jesus wants to forgive our sins, He wants to fix our lives, and He wants to work through us to bring spiritual maturity. When a new mom has her newborn baby placed in her arms, she knows that there are 18 years of teaching and work ahead for helping that baby grow to her or his potential. She doesn't say to the doctor or nurse: bring the child back when it's walking, talking, and potty trained. She wants the pleasure of the day to day journey this child will walk. Jesus wants the sinner to come to Him just like that. He wants to walk with that child and take the journey with that child as it goes from a baby Christian to a mature Christian.
As sinners, Jesus cleans us with His own blood. As His children, Jesus walks with us, gently nudges us when we get off track, convicting us when sin has entered our lives. We do not choose to be a Christian because we are afraid of the dark. We choose to be a Christian, because we want to stop living in the darkness. We want to live in the light and glory of Jesus. If you are a Christian, rejoice in your salvation. If you are a sinner, come out of the darkness and accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior.
Betty
 
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Good Morning and Happy Saturday,

Have you ever woken up in a bad mood before you even got out of bed. That happened to me this morning. I was sleeping like a log and two different salesmen called at 8:A.M. Who calls people that early on a Saturday? I was so startled by chest hurts. The reality is our moods can change on a dime. As Christians we can be tempted to judge our spiritual health by our moods. Moods are fickle. They can and do change with the wind. Our walk with God is not about our mood. God is with us whether we are in a good mood or not. If we judge our spiritual health by our moods we can be deceived. We can be living far from God and be in a good mood because of circumstances in our lives. On the other hand we may be in a bad mood, because of lack of sleep, illness, or just troubles in our lives, but that does not mean we are spiritually inadequate. Feelings do not determine our Spiritual health. While it is true we can allow a foul mood to make us act in a way that it inappropriate for a Christian, the mood itself does not determine where we stand with God. Moods come and go but Jesus is the same every day. When our feelings are out of joint we can go to God and talk to Him. We can tell Him how we feel and ask Him to help us control our actions so they are pleasing to God. But, our spiritual health should not be gauged by our moods. It is how we react in our moods that is the judge. I for instant was rude to the second person who called at 8 and hung up on him. This does not mean I have failed as a Christian. It means I am human, but this also means I needs to ask Jesus for forgiveness and not allow a stranger to dictate my behavior for the rest of the day.

If we cannot gauge our spiritual health by moods, then what do we judge our spiritual health on? We judge it on God's Word and in prayer. Are we living in a way that is pleasing to God? Are we praying daily and seeking God to refuel us so that our cup does not become empty? We gauge our spiritual health on God's Word and by asking like David, for God to search our hearts. We ask God to tell us if we have any unforgiven sin in our life? We ask God to tell us if we need a change in attitude and then we ask God to help us change in ourselves what needs to be changed. Frustrations and actions by others can change our moods but they cannot change our spiritual health as long as we stay tuned into the Holy Spirit. Let us seek to grow and thrive spiritually as we walk with Jesus. May you be blessed today.
Betty
Just squirrels today. A new baby possum came on the back porch yesterday. I put out some cat food so he or she will eat and be satisfied with our hurting my pets.
 
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Satan is ready to attack believers when we are awake or asleep so beware! PTL. We have the power to claim victory as Jesus has said,"if we resist evil then evil will flee".
 
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Amen
 
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Good Morning and Happy Mother's Day,

Mother's Day for many is a mix of emotions. If your mom is in Heaven you feel the loss deeper on Mother's Day, yet for those of us with kids we feel blessed to be a mom ourselves. Today can be like an open wound for those who have children in Heaven. Yet, even in the pain of the loss we can find comfort in Jesus. I have been blessed not to have lost a child, but my heart goes out to those who have. Today if you are in that situation ask God to tell your loved one that you love them. For those of us who have moms in Heaven we can ask God to tell her that we love her. Whatever our circumstances let us be grateful to God today. We have so many blessings in our lives. Take time today to love on your family. Take time to express your love to God. May God bless you and your family, today and. Everyday.
Betty
 
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Good Afternoon and Happy Monday,

Psalm 29:11 Keep not thou silence, O God: hold not thy peace, and be not still, O God.

Have you ever set out to spend some time with God and you just can't sit still and your mind is racing back and forth like a hamster in one of those wheels? Maybe it is just a problem for us with ADD? Yet, I believe we all feel that way sometimes. Maybe you are in Church and you want to be listening intently to the Sermon, yet mind takes you on a road trip? You are present in Church but, your mind has left the building. Sometimes our mind is in any situation but at peace. It is not always because we have problems, although problems can steal our peace. Sometimes it is our desire to please God, but we are unsure of how to do that in our present situation, that makes us feel fretful. Sometimes it is worrying over problems or our families problems that gives our spirit unrest. We try to pray and even in our prayer we cannot stay focused. Our minds wandering, even in the midst of our prayers. This can discourage us and even make us question God. God is a God of peace, yet in this moment we feel no peace. We feel no assurance from God that He is even listening. Maybe the problem is not God not listening to us. Maybe the problem is us not listening to Him. Could it be that we need some quiet time with God where we are listening to Him?
We need to remind ourselves in those moments that we can't listen as well as we want to, to God, that He is not going to abandon us? In those moments our mind strays and we bring it back, God is still going to be there. Often we think God is like mankind in that on a whim, He will desert us for small things in our lives and minds that we cannot control. God knows your heart and He knows your weakness. He wants to meet us in our weakness. Never in the Bible does it say: "Come back when you have your mind under control". God wants us to come to Him in our weakness, in the midst of our struggles, and with our fears.
As we sit at Jesus' feet slowly our minds will calm down, our hearts will begin to fill up with the peace of God. Let us not allow our fears, struggles, and even ADD to rob us of our time with God. Our time with Jesus is precious and the devil will seek to rob us of this precious time. We can choose to refuse to give the devil victory. And when our mind wanders off we gently bring our mind back to God. Getting mad at yourself will only destroy your peace. I do not believe God gets angry with us for things we cannot control, but always come back to Jesus so the devil will not steal your peaceful time in the presence of God.
Betty
Haven't seen the chicken this morning but I did yesterday. A couple of squirrels are enjoying their food.
 
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Good Morning and Happy Tuesday,

John 15:5 “I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.”

This morning the sky is covers with fluffy white clouds with a little blue sticking out. These clouds remind me of a favorite past time as a child, laying on the ground and imagining what animal the clouds resembled. We can look back in our childhood of innocence, when the biggest sin we could think of was lying to our parents. We dared not to do so, because we were convinced that moms especially had eyes in the back of her head. Now as a adults we see a different world, where sin runs amok. Sin has always been around since the garden, but today sin is considered good and those who oppose many kinds of sin are considered ignorant, racist, and illiterate . Young celebrities, are considered smart and successfull for pushing the envelope for radical and sinful behavior. Young people look up to these celebrities as role models. Even fellow celebrities admire behavior that pushes racist and violence against police officers. Adele called Beyoncé, Jesus Christ in her concert recently. All we can do is look up and ask God to send His Son, for the Church, soon. Churches have abandon the truth of the Gospel for social issues. While Churches should do their part to help the poor, Churches main goal should be reaching the lost for Jesus.
God is calling people to recognize they are sinners and repent and be saved. God is not calling people for a successful purposeful life. God wants His children to succeed, but He died to save the lost and not to make people rich and be successful. The world and God's idea of success is not the same. Look at the disciples, they did not live lives of success by the world's standard, and all but one died a martyr for the cause of Christ. Yet, in Heaven they will be rewarded for living a successful life for Christ. Money in the bank does not mean you are living for Jesus, nor does being poor, mean you are successful in the eyes of God. The question is have we found salvation in Jesus? Are we living our lives to the standards of God?
Are we living to please God or man? The biggest question we will face God will be: " Is your name in the Book of Life? If it is not, it will not matter how rich you were, how popular you were, nor how much power you had in this life? Eternity in hell will be your future and no amount of money or prayers from others can save you. Salvation is only achieve able in your life on earth. Once you die or once you face God it is too late to accept salvation. Sinners and Christians need to set aside our desire to impress others in the world and be concerned only with pleasing God. Christians need to realize that if you believe the Bible is true, if you believe that marriage is between a man and a woman and abortion is wrong, the world considers you a radical Christian. Many people of this government including the White House considers this type of Christian a terrorist threat. It does not matter to them that Christians do not behead sinners, we are considered worse then radical Muslims. Why? Because the devil feels no threat from the Muslims, but Christians who believe the Bible are a threat to his agenda. If the rapture does not happen soon, Christians in America will face the same threats from our government that Christians face in communist countries. Pastors will be breaking the law for preaching the truth of the Gospel. You might say this can never happen in America, but college kids in a poll, said that freedom of speech should be taken away. The young people of today for the most part embrace communist view. Read up on the history of socialist and communist Countries and you will see that freedom of religion was one of the first things lost. We need as Christians to make sure our faith is strong in the Lord. If we are only feeding on sermons that promise success and financial gain, how will we stand for God, when your faith could cost you, your job, your home, or even your freedom? Will we deny Jesus in order to keep what makes us comfortable?
These are questions we need to ask ourselves. If we wonder if we can stand for Christ in such circumstances, we need to pray for God to make us warriors for Him. I know I am not there yet, myself and I do not think I am alone on this. We need to grow so close to God that if we are in danger for our faith we can stand firm in Christ. It hasn't been too long ago when children were killed for their faith at a School. Someone said the strongest of the Christian young people were those killed after the first. Even though they saw the first young man shot and killed for his faith, they still proclaimed their faith in Christ with a gun pointed at their head. What strong faith and resolve these Christian young people had. Where did this faith come from? It came from God and now they are with God and suffer no morge. No one wants to be put in that position but let us grow so strong in the Lord so that whatever circumstances we may face we can say strongly that our faith is in Jesus Christ and our confidence in Him never wavers.
I prayed as I walked the yard this morning that God would lay on my heart what He wanted me to say and though I have strayed for from the beginning, I believe this is what God gave me to share.
Betty
 
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Good Afternoon and Happy Wednesday,


Psalms 37:The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way.
24 Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the LORD upholdeth him with his hand.

There are those days that we are hit with something unexpected out of left field, before we have had time to get our eyes upon. We become overwhelmed and blood pressure rises and if we are not careful out temper gets us in trouble. We cannot control everything that happens to us, but we can control our reaction. Instead of first reaction being anger our first reaction should be to stop and pray. Pray for peace of mind, pray for guidance, pray for intervention from God. If you are like me, you get all upset about something only to find out it wa nothing. But even when we do have problems, God has our back. There is so much peace when we remind ourselves, that God has it. Like the old song says:"Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus". I pray that God will give you peace of mind and peace in your heart.
God bless you,
Betty
 
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Good Afternoon and Happy Thursday,

Matt 11:28“Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”

John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
John 14:18 I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.

John 16:33 These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world

2 Corinthians 5:17 | View whole chapter | See verse in context
Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

Jesus wants us to come to Him when we are stressed, depressed, or overwhelmed with the circumstances in our lives. Jesus doesn't want us to wait and come to Him as a last resort but to go to Him first. Not only going to Jesus helps to clear our minds of clutter but Jesus wants to help us make correct decisions and to deal with our circumstances with a peaceful mind. When we choose to do things on our own with out God's help, we often make rash decisions that we come to regret. God is not just interested in our Spiritual health, while that is very important, but He cares about all aspects of our lives.
The devil will try to convince us that our problems are too small to take to Jesus. The devil will tell us that
our needs are insignificant and God doesn't care. Remember the devil is the father of lies. He is not capable of knowing the truth. God is truth so take your cares and concerns to God first. Then trust God to lead you in making the right decision. When we allow Him to guide us, we can let go of stress and work in the peace of Jesus. When God has guided you into making a decision then put all your trust in Jesus. Do not allow the devil to cause you to doubt your decision or to lose your faith in God. The devil will whisper doubts in your mind and you remind him that you are trusting in God and with trust in God there is no fear.
When you do this, you can walk away with your mind and soul at peace. Whatever decision you are your family is facing, remember noting is too difficult for God.
Betty


GospelSongLyrics.org: Where Could I Go But To The Lord lyrics

Living below in this old sinful world
Hardly a comfort can afford
Striving alone to face temptations sore
Where could I go but to the Lord?
Where could I go? oh, where could I go>
Seeking a refuge for my soul
Needing a friend to save me in the end
Where could I go but to the Lord?
Neighbors are kind, I love them everyone
We get along in sweet accord
But when my soul needs manna from above
Where could I go but to the lord?
Where could I go> oh, where could I go?
Seeking a refuge for my soul
Needing a friend to save me in the end
Where could I go but to the Lord?
Life here is grand with friends I love so dear
Comfort I get from God's own Word
Yet when I face the chilling hand of death
Where could I go but to the Lord?
Where could I go? oh, where could I go?
Seeking a refuge for my soul
Needing a friend to save me in the end
Where could I go but to the Lord?
The words and music to "Where Could I Go But To The Lord?" are by J.B Coats. This gospel songs has been performed by Elvis Presley
 
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Good Morning and Happy Friday,

1 Thessalonians 5:8
“But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation

Today is Friday and I imagine those who have the weekend off are happy about that. We dread Monday and look forward to Friday, which is understandable. As Christians we look forward to the day when the Father sends His Son to get His children. Of course we have to live each day until that glorious day. The old hymn says:" We'll work till Jesus comes, we'll work till Jesus comes and then we'll be going home". We do not know the day or time the rapture will happen but we can trust God that it will happen. For now we journey in a world that is coming more anti- Jesus every day. The evil mankind does to each other seems to grow with each day and things that would have shocked us even a couple of years ago seems to be met with a sigh and a yawn. As sin becomes acceptable among non-Christians, sadly it is growing acceptable among Christians and Christian Churches. Main stream Churches are ordaining Pastors who are in a gay marriage and are transgenders as Pastors. How can a Church member hear the truth when their own Pastor has given into the devil and is living in sin themselves? The Bible says that mankind will no longer what to hear the truth but will yearn for a Pastor or teacher that speaks what they want to hear. Sadly many Churches are giving them what they want. The Bible makes it clear that this people know the truth, but would rather hear a lie, because it makes them feel comfortable in their sin. They know the truth because the Holy Spirit convicts them of their sins. There comes a time when you have ignore the Holy Spirit long enough, that He will no longer strife with you. He will allow you to live comfortably in your sins, because you choose to. Comfortable now, but not so comfortable when you face Jesus, face to face. The Pastor who allowed you to be comfortable in your sin will be no help to you. He, himself will have to face Jesus with his own sins. So much better to cry out for Jesus to save you know and change from your sinful ways now, rather then spend eternity paying for your comfort you are enjoying now in your sins. Sadly too many are not concern about eternity and today is the only thing that matters to them. We can pray for the lost but we cannot force salvation on anyone. It is a personal choice. The devil may look like he is winning and he will spend 7 years during the tabulation convincing the world that not only has he won but that they can join together in battle and beat the God of Heaven. In the book of The Revelations, God tells us who will win and it is the God of Heaven. Those who have joined forces with the devil will learn that too late. As long as we have breath, let us pray for those we love and care about to accept Jesus as their Savior before it is too late. May God bless you and your family.
Betty
 
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Good Morning and Happy Saturday,


I was reminded of a song I hadn't thought about in years, called "In Times Like These". It says in times like these you need a Savor. We are living in a time that your faith can and will be tested. A time when your idea of what is moral will be tested. Who would have thought that our own President would be blackmailing Americans, by with holding federal funds to Schools, who refuse to allow boys in the girls bathroom?
Who would have thought that America would have a President who cared more about the 3% gay, lesbian, and transgenders, then our children. We live in a time when Schools are indoctrinating our children with sexual confusion at a young age. When children are encouraged to doubt their own sexuality in early grades of School. Instead of children being taught to obey their parents, they are taught to doubt their parents ability to reason and understand this new age teaching, taught by many liberal Schools.

We have Iran, North Korea, and now Russia testing the waters to see how really secure America is. The world doubts that our President will defend us in conflict and sadly many of us Americans feel the same.
We are living in times that our only security is in God. That is not a bad thing, don't get me wrong, but it is a new feeling as Americans for us. For all of our lives we have felt safe on American soil from invasion, until Set 11,2001. We have Collage students demanding "safe zones" at School to protect them from words. Are we going to be able to depend on them to fight for our Country if we are attacked?

America is in danger of defeating our selves. Many Collage students are willing to forgo the Constitution in favor of Socialism. They believe this will give them a free ride. As older adults we wonder what they are teaching them at Collage. Do they realize nothing is free? They do not realize that giving up freedoms is not just shutting up those who speech they do like, but giving up their freedom of speech as well. We sit back and watch and if not for our faith in God, our hearts would fail us. As the song says in times like these we need a Savior, that is Jesus. There are other religions but only Jesus left His Throne in Heaven to live and die so that He could redeem us and give us fellowship with Him. Things are happening that can cause us to tremble but as long as our faith is in Jesus, we can lay aside fear and trust in Him.
Betty

In Times Like These Lyrics

In times like these you need a Savior,
In times like these you need an anchor;
Be very sure, be very sure,
Your anchor holds and grips the Solid Rock!

This Rock is Jesus, Yes He's the One,
This Rock is Jesus, the only One;
Be very sure, be very sure,
Your anchor holds and grips the Solid Rock!

In times like these you need the Bible,
In times like these, O be not idle;
Be very sure, be very sure,
Your anchor holds and grips the Solid Rock!

This Rock is Jesus, Yes He's the One,
This Rock is Jesus, the only One;
Be very sure, be very sure,
Your anchor holds and grips the Solid Rock!

In times like these I have a Savior,
In times like these I have an anchor;
I'm very sure, I'm very sure
My anchor holds and grips the Solid Rock!

This Rock is Jesus, Yes He's the One,
This Rock is Jesus, the only One;
Be very sure, be very sure,
Your anchor holds and grips the Solid Rock!
 
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Good Morning and Blessed Sunday,

As I got ready for Church and fed the birds and animals, I talked to God. I was reminded of the song "Tis' So Sweet to Trust in Jesus". When begin our morning talking to Jesus, He fills our hearts and minds with peace. Not the peace the world gives that can disappear like a vapor in the wind, but a peace that is there even when you are in pain, you spill the dog food or whatever life throws at you. There is a Heavenly joy that fills your souls when you spend time talking to our Heavenly Father. We cannot control what happens through out the day but we can choose to spend time with God as we begin the day. Talking to Him as you get ready to face the day and you fix your coffee. Making time to talk to God is a privilege that God has blessed us with, but too often we neglect to do. Our relationship with our spouse and loved ones grows by spending time with them, it is the same with God our Father. Let us not neglect to spend time with God. We can talk to God through out the day, even at work. A quiet prayer as we work or drive is time well spent. This time will built up our souls and help us to grow spiritually. This time will also help us keep us from getting angry on the job and mouthing off, which causes our testimony of God's love to be called into question, by those who work with us. Let us as children of God, take time to spend time with our Heavenly Father as we begin our day. He wants to hear from us and we can talk to Him as we get ready each morning and as we do our morning chores, and even as we drive to where ever we go each day.
God bless you,
Betty
I can see a couple of squirrels this morning. They are enjoying their morning, too !


Words: Lou­i­sa M. R. Stead, 1882. These words are said to have written been after Stead witnessed her husband drown.
Music: Will­iam J. Kirk­pat­rick (MI­DI, score).

If you have ac­cess to a pho­to of Lou­i­sa Stead that we could put on­line, please click here.

’Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus,
And to take Him at His Word;
Just to rest upon His promise,
And to know, “Thus says the Lord!”

Refrain

Jesus, Jesus, how I trust Him!
How I’ve proved Him o’er and o’er
Jesus, Jesus, precious Jesus!
O for grace to trust Him more!

O how sweet to trust in Jesus,
Just to trust His cleansing blood;
And in simple faith to plunge me
’Neath the healing, cleansing flood!

Refrain

Yes, ’tis sweet to trust in Jesus,
Just from sin and self to cease;
Just from Jesus simply taking
Life and rest, and joy and peace.

Refrain

I’m so glad I learned to trust Thee,
Precious Jesus, Savior, Friend;
And I know that Thou art with me,
Wilt be with me to the end.

Refrain
 
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Good Morning and Happy Monday,

Psalm 56:3-4Living Bible (TLB)

3-4 But when I am afraid, I will put my confidence in you. Yes, I will trust the promises of God. And since I am trusting him, what can mere man do to me?

When we give our hearts and lives to Jesus, God does not take us on to Heaven. He leaves us here to live and work for His Glory. We are left to start a journey through Christ. When we are saved as a young child our journey most of the time means growning up and raising a family. God trust us with little souls to raise them to be Christian adults. We are blessed to raise our Children in a Church family, where they learn God's Ways and we are trusted by God to ourselves teach them the ways of God through family Bible readings and prayer. This is why Christians are told by God not to be yoked to a unbeliever. Some of us like me failed in that area and ended up raising our kids in Church alone. Yet God is faithful and if we continue to pray for our unsaved mate, God does often brings salvation to the lives of our mate. This does not mean there will not be problems along the way. So much better for young people to date only those who are not only regular Church goers but actually have a relationship with Jesus. When both partners in a marriage are Christians, does not mean their marriage will be perfect but through the good and bad they can pray and trust God together, yoked as one. When children see their parents serving God as a unit they are more likely to become Christians and seek to carry on their heritage with a Christian mate themselves.
When a child grows up with only one parent in Church, they are likely to underrate the importance of both parents being in Church and repeat their parent's mistake. We cannot as parents over emphasize the importance of our children being a Christian and only dating other Christians. As parents God has trusted us with children and raising them in God's house is something that He expects His children to do. Parents of children who are unmarried should be praying for them daily that God will not only strengthen their faith in God but that they will make the right decision in choosing a mate. This is more important than most of us give credit to. Not only will your child be affected by their choice in mates, but so will the lives of your grandchildren. Whatever your situation as a parent, pray for your children, grand children, and even great grand children, daily. God will hear your prayers. We may not see results in our life time but your prayers are not going in vain.
Betty
The chicken was in my front yard, this morning. I wish we could catch her so that she would have a chicken hut to be in, instead of hiding in the trees in the rain.
 
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Good Afternoon and Happy Tuesday,


Psalm 71:5 For thou art my hope, O Lord God: thou art my trust from my youth.

Psalm 71:14 But I will hope continually, and will yet praise thee more and more.

Americans are for the most part placing their hopes on a new President. They believe their candidate will come in and fix all of the problems that face America. They do not realize that the biggest problem that America faces is sin. America has become haughty and feels she does not need God and not only that but she is proud of her sins. She takes pride in gay marriage and transgender laws. She takes pride in the freedom of women to have abortions, killing off our future, one baby at a time. She has for the most part abandoned Israel and instead cozying up to the very enemies of Israel. America thinks she is wise and strong, but other Countries see America as weak and with a weak leader. Our military has become smaller in numbers while other Countries have grown their military. We sale weapons to our enemies to be used against us in the future. America could be saved. If we as a Nation would humble ourselves before God and seek God's forgiveness, God would heal our Nation. Unfortunately, I do not see that happening. Just as Rome destroyed itself because of her sins against God, America will do the same.
What do we do as Christians? Of course we vote and pray about who to vote for, but don't be surprised to find who ever wins will not save America. As Christians we need to be praying for our lost loved ones and praying for God to get the weeds out of our hearts and prepare us for His return for us. The rapture will happen and I believe soon, let us ask God to cleanse of our sins, our bad motives, and our bad attitudes. Let us be ready as the Bride to meet her Groom in the air. Our hope is in Jesus Christ.
Betty

The chicken came to visit this morning .
 
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Good Afternoon and Happy Wednesday,

Philippians 2:12 Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.
13 For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.
14 Do all things without murmurings and disputings:
15 That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world;

Even as Christians, we can tempted to grumble and complain about our circumstances. We can lay aside thankfulness for a spirit of complaining and disappointment because things in our lives are not what we accepted or feel we deserve. We compare ourselves to others who seem to have it better then we do, and we can allow the sin of envy to either our hearts. Envy is like a pesky fox who comes in and begins to eat the fruit in our gardens. If we do not repent right away, this fox grows fat and soon envy is over taking all aspects of our lives. Envy can lead to resentment and resentment can lead to a spirit of anger and strife. This can over take our lives and destroy our testimony. It is not a question of hiding that fox in our lives, but of asking God to remove that fox, completely from our lives. We have to do our part by not allowing the fox to move back in. The Bible does not teach Socialism and every Christian is not blessed in the same ways. Our job as Christians is to be thankful for what we have and use our blessings to bless others. Let us replace envy and complaining with gratefulness and thanksgiving for the many gifts God has given us.
Let us be like the Apostle Paul, and be content in whatever circumstances we are in. We can walk in joy and peace when we learn to be content and grateful.
Betty
A few squirrels this morning.
 
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Good Afternoon and Happy Thursday,



Psalm 139:23-24New American Standard Bible (NASB)

23 Search me, O God, and know my heart;
Try me and know my anxious thoughts;
24 And see if there be any [a]hurtful way in me,
And lead me in the everlasting way.

1 Timothy 2:8. So I want men everywhere to pray with holy hands lifted up to God, free from sin and anger and resentment.

In this world, we will be hurt, that is a given. Sometimes we are hurt by family members and sometimes we are even hurt by fellow Church members. We have no control over another and so we cannot control being hurt by others. Hurt feelings can be a playground for the devil, if we are not careful.
We as humans want to lash out at the person who hurt us. While we can excuse ourselves because lashing out is a human reaction, is that what God wants us to do? Do we want to lose our testimony for Christ by reacting? Yet at the same time we do not want to stuff the hurt feelings down inside and allow a seed of resentment to grow? Resentment can lead to more serious sins. So what do we do with hurt feelings? We admit to ourselves and to God that we are hurt. We ask God to heal us from our hurt. Do not deny hurt feelings, they are as painful and real as a stomped toe. If we do not get healing from God then the hurt feelings will fester and we will have resentment growing in our heart. Healing of hurt feelings doesn't go away immediately. This is something you have to pray over for a period of time. When you pray for your hurt feelings, pray for the person that hurt you. As you pray for that person, God can replace the hurt feelings with love for that person. The more you love someone and pray for them, the smaller the seed of hurt grows until it is gone. It is not a question of magic but a release unto God your hurt feelings and an acceptance of grace and peace that God gives to you. In this world we will be hurt and we will hurt others.
When we are the one to hurt others let us remember our own experiences and seek restoration with the person we hurt. Do not be too proud to admit your error and seek forgiveness from them and God.
David asked God to search His heart and see if there is any hurtful way in him. It is always a good thing to ask God to search our hearts regularly. Little spouts of sin can take routin our hearts with out us realizing it. This is why sometimes we react in anger and then realize that we had been carrying a grudge and did not even know it. If we ask God to search our hearts and cleanse us from sin, we will not have those unpleasant surprises. We all will be hurt but let us quickly forgive and remember how God has forgiven us. It is raining here in South Texas. I pray that God will protect you and your families today as well as my own family. God bless you.
Betty
A couple of squirrels. Was sadden to see a baby possum got run over last night in front of my house.
 
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Good Morning and Happy Friday,


Lam. 3: 22Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed,
for his compassions never fail.
23They are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.
24I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion;
therefore I will wait for him.”


If you are like me, there are times you are on fire for God and others times you are lukewarm. Times you are shouting praises to God and other times God is lucky if you say a quick prayer before you go to sleep. It is not that our love for God has gone cold but that we get caught up in life's problems. The more hetic our life gets the less prone we are to pray and workship God. We just get caught up in life. Yet God's faithfulness to His children doesn't waver. He doesn't ignore us even when we have ignored Him. We can trust God to be with us 7 days a week and 24 hours a day. Watching over us and guiding our steps, when we allow Him to. Sometimes we get in jams because we ignore His guidance but He is always with us.
Let us start being faithful to God in our prayers, our Bible reading, and in our praises to Him. Let us take the time to honor God in every aspect of our lives. Let us be listening to Him for His guidance in our llifes and we will have less times that we have to cry out to God to get us back on track. God is faithful let us be faithful to Him.
Betty


Great is thy faithfulness

Great is thy faithfulness, O God my Father;
there is no shadow of turning with thee;
thou changest not, thy compassions, they fail not;
as thou hast been thou forever will be.
Refrain:
Great is thy faithfulness! Great is thy faithfulness!
Morning by morning new mercies I see;
all I have needed thy hand hath provided;
great is thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me!

Summer and winter and springtime and harvest,
sun, moon and stars in their courses above
join with all nature in manifold witness
to thy great faithfulness, mercy and love. Refrain

Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth
thy own dear presence to cheer and to guide;
strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow,
blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside! Refrain
Words: Thomas O. Chisholm
Music: William M. Runyan
 
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Good Morning and Happy Saturday,



Romans 8:35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
36 As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.
37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.
38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,
39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

There is security in knowing that not even the devil can not separate us from Christ. When I was a young person, I would go up to get saved every revival. I didn't always raise my hand for the alter call but I would come up for prayer and that would be my prayer. I was terrified that I would accidentally lose my salvation. I am not saying one cannot chose to walk away from their salvation. That I will leave for another day and time. But it is good to know that our ties to our Heavenly Father are not so weak that the smallest of sin, will break the ties that binds us to Jesus. Of course as Christians we should pray for forgiveness every day, but there is comfort knowing that God is not in Heaven with a huge pair of scissors, just waiting to cut the ties with us. We do not have to go though life tiptoeing for fear of displeasing God. This said we should try to live a life that is pleasing to God. We should seek not to sin. We are still in our corruptible body and we will sin and our loving Heavenly Father will forgive us. We just need to ask. When we begin to see God as our loving Father and not a School Master with a ruler just waiting to pop us on the head, we can live a less stress life. He will discipline us. The Bible says that who God loves, He will apply correction when needed, but we do not have to live in fear. God sent His Son to die for us. He wants us to be saved and be with Him eternity. As His children, we should want and strife to please Him. Remember when you brought home a good report card how proud you were to show it to your parents. You knew they would be pleased and you looked forward to pleasing them. How much more should we strive to please God! Of course when we brought home a bad report card, we knew there would be discipline coming but we also knew that they would not stop loving us nor stop being our parents. God is not looking for an excuse to stop being our Heavenly Father, either. Let us live each day working to please our Heavenly Father. We can be assured that God knows best and that what He asks of us is for our own good.
Betty
Charter sent a guy to work in our back yard, cats came running for the back door. They could not get in fast enough. On the other hand, I had to lock in the dachshund who wants to show off her protecting the family skills. Hehe. A couple of squirrels this morning and a few birds. God is so wonderful to encourage me.
 
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Good Morning and Blessed Sunday,

Psalm 5:3New Living Translation 3 Listen to my voice in the morning, Lord.
Each morning I bring my requests to you and wait expectantly.

God wants us to bring our request to Him. He wants to hear about our needs and our desires. This does not mean we will get everything want, but what a privileged it is to know God wants to hear about what is important to us. Sometimes God says wait and sometimes God says no. This is never to punish us or to keep us from being happy, but because He knows what is best for us. God knows the future and we can only see today. As humans it is easy to grow impatient and frustrating when we feel God is not working fast enough. Sometimes, the wait period is God is wanting us to grow spiritually. Other times it could be that He wants us to discover if we are willing to serve Him, even if we do not get our will. He knows already but sometimes we don't know ourselves. God may have us wait so that we get to the place that we can say: "Not my will, but Yours". There is peace of heart and mind when you can leave your wants in God's hands and are willing to accept His will. We know He knows best, but sometimes self will rises up and wants to dethrone God. Instead of allowing God to be your ruler we want to demote Him and put self in control. This will only lead to despair and trouble. When God does allow us to get something that we wanted, if we have waited for His timing and His will, the reward is so much sweeter.
Abraham put God first even over His own son and great was Abraham's reward. If we will allow God to work in our lives in His will and His timing, we will see spiritual growth and our reward will also be great.
Everyday make your needs and your requests known to God and then sit back and allow Him to work out His will in His timing. He will not fail you.
Betty
A few squirrels and birds this morning.
 
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Good Morning and Happy Monday,

1 John 3:22King James Version (KJV)22 And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight.

Many sinners pray. Unfortunately it is not a prayer for salvation, but a bargaining prayer. If God will help them get the job they want, they will start going to Church and doing right. The more desperate the need the bigger the promise. When your child is dying of course we understand that desperate prayer.
Sinners do not know any better. They do not understand that salvation is not obtained by going to Church and doing "better".
Sadly, we as Christians can be guilty ourselves of making promises that we never keep. We too, can be waiting on that job interview and in desperation promise God that we will start reading the Bible every day, or going to Church every Sunday. We get the job and forget the promise. You would think as God's children we would be better at keeping our promises to God then sinners. This is not always the case. Sometimes we start out keeping our promise, only to stop along the way. We as humans like to make bargains, it seems to be in our nature. Would it not be better to pray, read the Bible, and attend Church whether God answers our prayers or not? God is so faithful to His children. Should His children be faithful to Him? God wants to meet our needs. He wants us to come to Him with our petitions. Let us, as His children be faithful all the time to God and not just when we want or need something. We should serve God because we love Him, and not for what we can get. Do not cheapen your relationship with Jesus by using it as a bargaining tool. Let us be like Paul and serve God in all of our circumstances.
Betty

If you get a chance today, walk outside. Even if it is just to the mailbox and enjoy the delights of nature. A butterfly, a squirrel, and listening to the songs of the birds can lift your spirit.
 
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Good Morning and Happy Tuesday,

                                                John 15:5King James Version (KJV)
5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.


            Have you ever felt that you are bearing no fruit?  Sometimes it is because we have moved away from the vine.  If this is the case we need to ask God for forgiveness and move back into Him.  Other times it is because we are growing under the dirt and our bud has not come above the earth yet.  When we plant a fruit tree, we do not expect to have fruit the next day.  We know that the tree will have to grow strong roots before we see the evidence of fruit.  Growing plants takes patients.  Growing in God takes patience, too!  As we seek God and trust Him more and more we grow stronger in the Lord.  A fruit tree that did not grow strong roots, would be easily yanked out of the soil with the first wind storm.  Our job is not to be worried about when we will have fruit, but to grow strong in the Lord.  Be faithful to God, be consistent in our Bible reading and prayer, and trusting God every day and we will begin to develop fruits of the Spirit in our lives.  Everyday pray for God to open opportunities for us to share the Gospel with others.  Sometimes a complete strangers will tell you of a need they have.  When this happens, ask if you can pray for them.
We just have to be willing to do the will of God and allow His love to shine through us to others.  Let us be willing and obedient children of God. 

Galatians 5:22-23 [Full Chapter]
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.

Betty
Haven't seen the chicken in a few days.  Did see a squirrel this morning.
 
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Good Afternoon and Happy Wednesday,

God’s Wrath Against Sinful Humanity

Romans 1:18The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness, 19since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. 20For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.

21For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools 23and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like a mortal human being and birds and animals and reptiles.

24Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. 25They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen.

26Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones. 27In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed shameful acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their error.

28Furthermore, just as they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, so God gave them over to a depraved mind, so that they do what ought not to be done. 29They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips, 30slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents; 31they have no understanding, no fidelity, no love, no mercy. 32Although they know God’s righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them.

Sometimes we wonder how a person who has rejected God can often be at peace and feel good about their choice. The Bible says that the Holy Spirit will not always strife with mankind. There will come a time when a person is so hard hearted towards God, that the Holy Spirit will not longer convict a person and leave them to die in their sins. As Christians when we have a repeated sin in our lives but no longer feel guilty about that sin, we should be concerned. We should worry that God has grow weary of convicting us. Silence from God about our sin is not approval of the sin. Let us humble ourselves and seek forgiveness from God. Then we need to turn away from that sin. The devil likes to come into our lives like a fox. He knows just what sin we are tempted to do. He knows if we have a problem with gossip and he will work in that area. As children of God we should be deligent about watching in those areas we know that we have problem with. Ask God to show you what areas that you need to be careful in and to help you pull out the sinful plant that satan is planting in your heart. We will sin and that is a given but when we do, we need to ask forgiveness. Do not wait until the devil has a garden of sin growing in your heart but seek forgiveness as soon as you are aware of it. Not only does sin move us away from God but it steals our testimony. God bless you and your family.
Betty
The chicken came back yesterday. She was up in the tree in the front yard. Two squirrels are playing chase in the back yard while a red bird is waiting for his time at the feeder.
 
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Good Morning and Happy Thursday,

1John 4:4 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.


Have you ever stepped back from a conversation and realized that you had your need to be right cause you to be flippant or even angry in your conversation? We as humans have this need to be right and in our quest to prove that, we can allow anger and proud speech destroy our testimony for Christ. In today's world with conversations on the phone by text and Facebook, we can bring up the entire conversation and go back over it when we are less heated or more clear headed. When we do this we can see where we should have backed off the conversation and some things we have written should have never left our heads in the first place. Just as there are things said in a conversation that we wish later that we could take back. The problem with us is we often allow feelings and emotions to cause us to say and write things that are hurtful and mean. We look back with shame and we realize we were wrong or even when we are right we can say and write things that in a way that is hurtful. Words that are spoken and written cannot be taken back. Of course we apologize, but the best thing we can do is to strive to more like Christ. It is okay to give advice, but when we see that the advice is not appreciated nor will it be accepted, we need to back off. At this point we are only trying to prove our point to someone who is not interested. It does not matter if you are right or not, you have stepped into the path of offending someone. It is better to bow out of the conversation and pray that God will guide the person into making the right decision.
When we have allowed ourselves to be more concerned about proving that we are right then the feelings of others, we have allowed the devil to control us. Better to give your advice in love and then walk away. It is at that point the person can choose to accept or reject it. As children of God let us strive to do everything with love and grace. When you mess up like I did, apologize and then walk away. The very best thing you can do for others is pray for them. We as God's children are so blessed that our Heavenly Father is willing to forgive us when we seek humble ourselves and seek forgiveness. I pray that God will help us to walk and speak in a way that is pleasing to Him.
Betty
A nice rain this morning which is making every thing smell fresh. Th squirrels are playful and a joy to watch.
 
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Good Afternoon and Happy Friday,

John 14:1 Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.
2 In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.
3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.
4 And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know.

Sometimes as children of a God we need to remind ourselves of our future, our future in Heaven.
We can get caught up in life so that all we can see is the present. We can get so caught up in the world's affairs, that we become discouraged. The election that is coming up in November is enough to give us sleepless nights. We have seen what an ungodly President has done to America and the thought of 8 more years with another President who is ungodly, is enough for us to have to take stomach and nerve medication. We need to remind ourselves that our hope is not in any political party. Our hope is in God our Father. I believe no matter who wins it is not going to end well for America. The blood of innocent babies torn from the womb by doctors who care more about money then lives is calling out to God for vengeance. We have a political party who is running on the promise to make abortion even more accessible then ever. America is set to be judged by God. We need as Christians be ready to accept that and be secure enough in God that our faith will not waver, no matter who wins the office of President.
Our future is not in America. Our future is in Heaven. Our life here is temporary but our future is for ever with God. Of course we should vote after praying for God's will, but we should be prayerfully prepared for the person who gets into office to act ungodly and be a judgment allowed by God. America is going to be judged and she will fail the righteous test by God. She is already making sin legal and this pattern will continue. Look around the world and you will see Country after Country, not only making sin legal but seeking to silence those who speak the truth. In many Countries saying homosexuality is a sin is illegal. Now it is dangerous to say that tansgenders are against the will of God. The world is setting up to give power to the Antichrist. The Bible is being played out before our eyes as the Prophecy of the end times is coming to pass. Jesus tells the Church what to:
Luke 21:28. And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth neigh.

There is nothing about hiding or trembling in fear but look up for Jesus will be coming soon. We live in fearful time but our future is not depending on what politics does or not do. Remind your trembling heart that we are in the hands of God and soon, Praise God, we will be in His very presence. Press on towards the prize my friend. Heaven will be worth it all!
Betty
A few squirrels and a couple of birds. Unfortunately it is raining again. We were blessed to be home last night because there were those out here who could not get through the floods streets to get home. The current rain dose present more problems. So pray for those folks here and in Houston area.
 
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Good Morning and Happy Saturday,

James 1:5If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all menliberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.”

There is never been a time in History, when mankind needed wisdom from God, so badly. We have Preachers who have moved away from the truth of God and is teaching false Gospel and have restrained themselves from preaching the hard stuff that the children of God need to know. Not only have government leaders legalized sin, but sadly many Churches are not only condoning sin but have Pastors in the pulpit who are living in a sinful lifestyle. Young and baby Christians are being influenced by people in the pulpit and in the world to believe that God has changed His mind about sin.
More then ever Christians, whether baby or seasoned Christians, need to be absorbing the Word of God, for themselves and not just taking the word of Pastors on Sunday morning. God has not changed His mind on sin. When you hear a Pastor or teacher said that God came to him and told him that God has changed His mind about sin. Run don't walk away from this person. God is not fallible, that He needs the world to teach Him what is sin and what is not sin. This is something that you don't need to pray about God said that He never changes. What was sin in the Apostles day, is sin today. God will never be politically correct as far as the world's standards.
The Bible makes it clear that the unsaved cannot understand the things of God.

1 Corinthians Chapter 2
14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know [them], because they are spiritually discerned.15 But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man.

Pray for God to give you wisdom, so that you are not led astray by the world's standards and those who teach it. We need to be strong in our faith and in the Holy Word of God so that we can recognize when someone is teaching compromised Gospel or when world leaders are telling us that we need to compromise our beliefs. We need to be prepared because the truth of God is beginning to be considered hate speech in today's world. The lies of the devil so sweet and kind but they will only lead you to hell. What seems kind and accepting by the world's standard are sending millions to hell. Yes they can live comfortably in their sin for now, but eternity in hell awaits them. Woe to the Pastors and Teachers who have compromised their preaching and teaching to please the masses. As children of God let us come out of that kind of preaching and teaching and insist on being led by those who are not afraid to speak the truth of the Bible. Seek the wisdom of God my friend and not the ways of the world.
Betty
Woke up feeling weak in my body but blessed to have squirrels and birds eating in my yard. These are my little diamonds of joy that God brings me every day. I pray that He will bring diamonds of joy to your life today.
 
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Good Morning and Blessed Sunday,
I went to Church, but it was cancelled because the bridge is washed out where the Pastor lives. A few of us prayed and left. Praying is something we take for granted. We pray before meals, before go to sleep, and when we have needs. Yet we underestimate the power of prayer. If you were to talk to the President on the phone, you would be telling everyone. Yet we do not realize the significance of talking to the very God that spoke the universe into existence. Yes we are blessed that God calls His friend and what a blessing that is! Yet, sometimes we forget the greatness of God and His holiness. As much as we love God we should honor Him as well. God is not a man, He is our Creator, our Healer, our Savior, and our Heavenly Father. Not only is He worthy of our love, He is worthy of our respect. May we always honor Him with our praises and remember that we serve a living God, greater than all things.
Betty
 
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Good Morning and Happy Memorial Day,

May we remember today is more than a day for barbecue and remember with respect and honor those who did not come back from battle. May we pray for the families of these men and women that God will give them extra comfort and peace today.

Today as I did my outside chores I was pleased to smell the sweet fragrance of flowers in the air. Pleasant smells can bring up happy memories like when you smell your loved ones favorite flower, perfume, and even desserts. Losing a loved one takes time to heal but there comes a time that memories are more happy than painful. Memories are a special gift from God that allows a part of our deceased loved ones to be with us.

Memories can also be the devil's playground. He loves to bring up our past failures and sin. If we let him, he can't mess with our minds and get us to doubt our very salvation. We need to remind ourselves that when we accepted Jesus as our Savior our sins our covered with the very blood Jesus shed on the cross for us. When our Heavenly Father looks at us, He does not see our past, but the precious blood of Jesus. We really do not understand what an honor Jesus has bestowed on us, by living and dying for our sins. Let us not take our salvation for granted. Our salvation was bought with a precious price and may we thank Jesus often for His gift to us. Let us not only be grateful but withstand from sin because we love God.

As children of God, we have so many blessings. We should remind ourselves that we should be grateful and respectful of them. I hope you have a good day and get to enjoy some time with family and friends. Seek forgiveness of our sins and give God praise. Pray for those who are serving in a foreign Country and their families that are missing them.
Pray for our Country. Pray for your lost loved ones. May God bless you,
Betty
 
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Good Morning and Happy Tuesday,



Psalm 63:7-8Good News Translation (GNT)

7 because you have always been my help.
In the shadow of your wings I sing for joy.
8 I cling to you,
and your hand keeps me safe.

Yesterday and last night was a bad time for me because of pain. The pain medication the Doctor gives me keeps me awake. So when the pain lessened I was wide awake at 4a.m.As I laid in bed, I sang songs of praise to God and prayed in my head so I wouldn't wake hubby. All of us have had sleepless nights and we can use them to praise God and pray for our lost loved ones.
God has never promised His children a life that is free from sickness and pain. We can take heart that God is with us even in the middle of the night. Sometimes it is in the early morning hours that we feel closer to God. We can turn over our needs and concerns to God and He will fill our hearts with peace.
As I walked around outside feeding the birds and squirrels, I asked God to guide me in what to say this morning. I thought of last night and how even through the pain and inability to sleep, I could feel the presence of God with me. As the verse says above; we can sing in the shadow of God's wings. We are sheltered in His love.
Let us not fear the world around us but remind ourselves that we have a hiding place in God our Father. Please pray for Houston and all the surrounding areas. We have more rain coming this week and people are still cleaning up from last week.
Betty
Several squirrels and a red bird this morning. I did not see the chicken yesterday.
 
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Good Afternoon and Happy Wednesday,

Psalm 92
A psalm. A song for the Sabbath day.

92 :1It is good to give thanks to the Lord,
to sing praises to your name, Most High;
2 to proclaim your loyal love in the morning,
your faithfulness at nighttime
Common English Bible (CEB)
Copyright © 2011 by Common English Bible

Hosea 6:3. Let's know, let’s press on to know the Lord; whose appearing is as certain as the dawn; who will come to us like the showers, like the spring rains that give drink to the earth.”


I was pleased to see the chicken this morning. I put food out for her, the squirrels, and the birds. As I did my chores I was reminded of the greatness of the God we serve. As the song says: "What a mighty God we serve!" Too often we get caught up in the mundane chores of living and we begin to take for granted the many blessings, God bestows on us. Yet, God is always faithful to His children. We will have problems. Everyone has problems, but we do not have to walk through our problems alone. As we begin each day we can ask God to guide us and to walk besides us. Today let us make a special effort to be grateful and appreciative children of God. It is our privilege to praise and honor God. Have a blessed day.
Betty

Please pray for those in the Houston area. The Brazos River is its highest level in a century. Flooding is expected and people will have to drive home. Pray for the safety of the people on the road and in their homes.
 
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Good Morning and Happy Thursday,

Have you ever tried to do something for God, and all your efforts seemed to be for not. Sometimes, we have to step back and regroup. Maybe God wants to take us in a different direction. Maybe God wants us to get a refilling of His Holy Spirit so we are not running on empty. We can allow His leading to make us question our Ministry. We can begin to doubt ourselves. When the reality is God has a different purpose and He has not abandoned us. When God says wait, there is a good reason for that. Just as highways sometimes have signs that detour us for safety sake, God sometimes detours us often for our spiritual good. Detours are not mean to scare us. God's guidance and protection will be with us through straight travel and detours. What is the best cause of action on our part? We stop and prayer. We seek to find out what God is teaching us and we allow Him to walk us through detours, knowing His way is always the best way. Willing and obedient children of God are willing to go God's way, even when we do not know where the trip will take us. When we travel with faith in God we can accept detours with grace. God does not hand out maps that show us where we will be tomorrow or next year. Truth is if we knew in advance about the struggles and battles in advance it could steal our joy from today. Yet, we can walk with Jesus each day knowing whatever detour or battles may come our way, we are secure in Jesus. Remember Paul says that whether we live or die, God is with us. God will never fail us nor forsake us. Plant your anchor in the solid rock of Jesus and you need not be fearful.

Hebrews 6:18 There are these two things, then, that cannot change and about which God cannot lie. So we who have found safety with him are greatly encouraged to hold firmly to the hope placed before us. 19 We have this hope as an anchor for our lives. It is safe and sure, and goes through the curtain of the heavenly temple into the inner sanctuary.
Betty

Squirrels are in the feeders and doves and a red bird on the ground. Yard did get flooded yesterday but the water went down. The ground is so saturated, that is like walking on a wet sponge.
 
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Good Afternoon and Happy Friday,

1John 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.

This morning when I took bird seed out to the front yard, I came upon the chicken. She ran as fast as her little legs could go to get across the street. Her fear kept her from realizing that I am the one who feeds her. We can be like that too. We can allow fear to make us flee from God instead of running to Him for protection. Like the chicken we forget that God wants to protect us and to embrace us in His love. Sometimes it is sin in our lives that caused us to flee. When Adam and Eve sinned their response was to hide from God, to lie to God and to make excuses. We do the same thing. Running from God is never the answer. We should run to God and ask Him to make us right again. Other times fear comes from having our eyes on things around us instead of on God. Watching the news we can find many things going that can fill our hearts with fear. We are not to hide our heads in the dirt. We have to be informed Christians, but we should also be spending time in God's Word so we know God has and will overcome the evil in this world. God is not calling us to build a bunker and hide in it, at least I know no Christian that has been told to do so. Jesus said that He was not asking God to remove His children from the world but to substain them. This said, there will come a day that the trumpet will blow and God's children will meet Jesus in the air. Until that time we have to live in this world but not be in this world. In other words do no embrace the world's philosophy of what is good and what is evil. Do not accept sin as a lifestyle. Do not compromise your faith in order to hold hands with the world. Stand firm in your faith and reject sin. You cannot hold hands with the world and God. A two minded person is a fool. You are either all in with the ways of God or you have exchanged your relationship with God for one with the world. Look around my dear friends, there is nothing this world stand for that is worth missing Heaven for. We cannot compromise our faith in God to get along with the world. When we do that we are sinning against our Savior and Lord.
I like a lot of us, want to make everyone happy. I like being a people pleaser. I have to decide if I want to be pleasing to God or people, and so do you. May God give us the strength and fortitude to stand up for God and His ways and allow the chips to fall where they may. We must decide if we are going to follow God and His ways or are we going to follow the world and its ways. We cannot serve two masters. We must choose for ourselves. The day is coming soon when we as Christians will have to take a stand. There will be no more flying under the radar. We will either stand firm for the cause of Christ or we will give in to the the ways of the world. When the trumpet sounds, do we want to be left behind? I pray not! Let us as Christians pray for strength and the grace to stand up firm for God and His ways. Let us no longer be Christians that hide our faith and live under the radar. Start speaking the truth now so that when you are forced to choose you can say with a firm voice that you believe God's Word and what God says is sin, is sin. We can no longer be timid about faith. If we feel we do not have what it takes to stand firm under persecution, then let us start praying for God to fill us to over flowing with His Holy Spirit. May we be able to say with a firm yes, that we are not ashamed to say we are children of God. Remember that Jesus said those who are ashamed or Him on earth, Jesus will be ashamed of him when he faces God.

Mark 8:38. If anyone is ashamed of me and my message in these adulterous and sinful days, the Son of Man will be ashamed of that person when He returns in the glory of His Father with His holy angels.

God forbid that His children abandon their faith to please mankind out of fear. Jesus says fear not those who can take your life but fear those who can take your soul. Do not willingly hand your soul over to the devil in the name of being political correct or out of fear. God will be with us even in death if we stand firm in our faith in God.
Betty
 
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Good Morning and Happy Saturday,

Psalm 139:1 O LORD, You have searched me and known me.
2You know when I sit down and when I rise up;
You understand my thought from afar.
3You scrutinize my path and my lying down,
And are intimately acquainted with all my ways.
4Even before there is a word on my tongue,
Behold, O LORD, You know it all.

Only God knows how many thoughts, cross our mind in a day. Good thoughts and bad thoughts run across our minds like ants on a hill. We do not always have complete control of our thoughts. Yet, we can choose to dwell on thoughts or send them fleeing out of our heads. What does God say about thoughts?
Proverbs 4:23 New American Standard Bible
Watch over your heart with all diligence, For from it flow the springs of life.

We can not prevent thoughts but we can choose not to dwell on them. Sometimes thoughts are judging people we do not even know. We see a parent in the store in one single moment of a day and we judge their parenting skills. We do not know if they are a bad parent or if they are a good parent who is exhausted and in pain and we judge them on one moment in 24 hours. What we should do in this moment is pray for them and their children. If there is opportunity we can speak to the mom not to chastise her but to say a word of encouragement to her. Speak to the child and ask how she or he is doing. Of course there are times when the tension is high and the last thing the parent wants to hear is our voice. Then we just pray that God will work in that family and bring peace.
Often the devil will bring thoughts against us. Telling us that we have no value and we are worthless. Remind the devil and yourself that Jesus died for you and adopted you as His child.
Sometimes the devil will bring thoughts of lust, envy, or jealousy into our minds. We do not have to allow these thoughts to take root in our minds but reject these thoughts and seek God's help. The devil likes to remind us that another Christian has a better house or car then we do. We can remind ourselves that God has provided our needs and we like Paul can choose to be content in our present circumstances. After all this life is fleeting and will one day pass away.
There are many ways the devil likes to get into our heads but we can reject his evil ways and dwell on the goodness of Jesus. The best way to guard our thoughts is to have a prayerful and thankful hearts. Remember every one has problems and no one has it completely together. Be content and grateful and pray for yourself and those around you. Look for opportunities to pray for strangers. If given the opportunity speak kindness and peace to others.
Betty
A couple of squirrels this morning.
 
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Good Afternoon and Blessed Sunday,


Hebrews 9:27King James Version (KJV)And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:

There has seemed to be a lot of deaths of celebrities this year.
When they die we as Christians and non Christians say: "Rest in peace"
It is wonderful to think that everyone who dies is resting in peace, but the Bible makes it clear that is not the case. If we have rejected Jesus as our Savior, there is no resting peace. Non Christians often say God will never send people to hell. It is true that hell was made for Satan and his angels, but it is also a future home for those who rejected Jesus. I have had people tell me they refuse to serve a God that will send a person to hell. The reality is every person has a choice. You can choose to go to Heaven or hell. If you board a plane for Paris, Texas, thinking you are going to Paris, France, you are not going to get to France on that trip. Jesus died to give us a ticket to Heaven. If we reject Him, we reject Heaven. It is that simple. We can choose to go to Heaven or hell. Once a person has died their ticket has been bought and it is too late to change your mind. Your friends and loved ones cannot pray you into Heaven. Every person has to decide for themselves while they are alive. All you can do for the dead is pray for comfort for their families and that they will accept Jesus as their Savior and Lord. RIP does not exist. Either you have accepted Jesus and you are in His wonderful presence when you die or you are tormented in hades.

Luke 16:
The Rich Man and Lazarus

19“There was a rich man who was dressed in purple and fine linen and lived in luxury every day. 20At his gate was laid a beggar named Lazarus, covered with sores 21and longing to eat what fell from the rich man’s table. Even the dogs came and licked his sores.

22“The time came when the beggar died and the angels carried him to Abraham’s side. The rich man also died and was buried. 23In Hades, where he was in torment, he looked up and saw Abraham far away, with Lazarus by his side. 24So he called to him, ‘Father Abraham, have pity on me and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, because I am in agony in this fire.’

25“But Abraham replied, ‘Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, while Lazarus received bad things, but now he is comforted here and you are in agony. 26And besides all this, between us and you a great chasm has been set in place, so that those who want to go from here to you cannot, nor can anyone cross over from there to us.’

27“He answered, ‘Then I beg you, father, send Lazarus to my family, 28for I have five brothers. Let him warn them, so that they will not also come to this place of torment.’

29“Abraham replied, ‘They have Moses and the Prophets; let them listen to them.’

30“ ‘No, father Abraham,’ he said, ‘but if someone from the dead goes to them, they will repent.’

31“He said to him, ‘If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.’ ”

We cannot change the fate of the dead or even comfort them, but we can pray for those who have not accepted Jesus who are still alive. This life is fleeting and eternity is forever. Let us as Christians store up our treasure in Heaven and live in a way that is pleasing to God.

Betty

This morning when I went outside to feed the birds and squirrels, a critter had gotten in my bird food holder and had made a big mess. My first reaction was ,darn it. I reminded myself that things happen and not to allow it to ruin my day. We need to do that sometimes, remind ourselves what is important.
 
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Good Afternoon and Happy Monday,


Psalm 27:13-14King James Version (KJV)

13 I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the Lord In the land of the living.

14 Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord.

Christians are not immune to discouragement. Discouragement can be like a stone carried around your neck. With me it health related. After trying ten kinds of medication and almost 2 years of treatment I am still not in remission with the Chrons and Colotis. I wake up hurting and go to bed hurting and then deal with urgent bathroom trips in-between. I am not saying this to seek pity but to explain that I understand discouragement. We all deal with discouragement. Sometimes it seems like your boss is blind to all the extra work you do. Your mate can take for granted all the things you do to make his or her life better. Pastors can become discouraged when he feels like the Church is taking him for granted. Discouragement can attack every worker in the Church. Moms can be discouraged when they work so hard and hubby and the children do not appreciate them. We all can be discouraged. The question is what are we doing to do with our discouragement. We can feed discouraged until it becomes bitterness and can lead to lost of faith in God and in people. The worse thing we can do is deny that we are discouraged. The first thing we should do is take it to God and be honest. Ask God to help us and to encourage us. The reality is, your boss may never appreciate you, people may never see the work you do behind the scenes. My father was a hard worker and the one who was called in the middle of the night if something went wrong at the Church. Few knew the amount of work he did behind the scenes. I never heard him complain that he was taken for granted. When he passed away people expressed how much that they missed calling him to fix something.



Galatians 6:9King James Version (KJV)9 And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.


Our Heavenly Father knew we would be tempted in to growing weary and discouraged. That is why He warns us in Galatians. Everything we deal with on earth will be worth it in Heaven. Let us seek God for strength so we do not become weary. Get proper rest so your body doesn't fail you when you are working for God and remind yourself, the time you are in now will not last forever. We will reap our rewards, if we faint, not. Ask someone to pray for you when you are in the valley of discouragement. There is no shame in seeking help from a Christian brother or sister. God is always with us and we can cry out to Him anytime. It is in our weaknesses, that we are made strong.

2 Cor 12:9 King James Bible And he said unto me, My grace is Lord is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

Today, if you are discouraged, remember you are not alone. Not only are some of your brothers and sisters in the Lord with you, more important, God is waiting for you to go to Him and seek His help.
Betty
The yard is a muddy mess but I walked carefully through the mud to feed the birds and squirrels. How much more God is willing to walk in the middle of our unpleasant valleys to comfort and be with us?
 
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Good Morning and Happy Tuesday,

2 Cor 5:7 (For we walk by faith, not by sight


This morning I drive and hour and half to the Houston VA for hubby to see the Cardiologist and have a Cath-scan of his liver. Last night I could not sleep. Worrying about what we will find out today and trying to get God's will on where we should move. I told God that I wish I could call Him on the phone and have Him assure me that today we would hear good news and to tell me where we should move to. Of course there is no phone to Heaven. God wants us to walk by faith. The reality is walking by faith is not easy. Not knowing is hard. We have to remind ourselves that God already knows the future and we can trust Him to have our best interest in mind. We must grow our faith in God and we grow our faith by reading His Word. We remind ourselves that our hope and our future is in the safe hands of God.
Let us not grow weary and fearful but trust God.
Betty
The birds and squirrels I feed, benefit from me taking the time and effort to put out food for them. They do not worry that I may forget, for their Heavenly Father will provide even if I do not. The birds and squirrels trust God and so can we.
 
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Good Afternoon and Happy Wednesday,

1Thess 5:18. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.

We often miss read that verse and think that we should be thankful for all circumstances, instead of in all circumstances. For years I could not wrap my head around how we are supposed to be thankful for having a disease that there is no cure, a car wreck, or losing a family member to death. Wondering how God could expect us to be thankful for a circumstances that causes me pain and misery. It is easy to get confused about something we are taught but we haven't actually wrapped our head around the teaching. God is not asking us to thank Him for circumstances in our lives that turn our lives upside down and changes the way we live. He wants us to have a spirit of thanksgiving in-spite of what we are dealing with. If we have an attitude of why me or go around with our heads hanging down like a blood hound, just waiting to snap someone's head off for saying the wrong thing; no one will want to be around us. The only testimony for Christ we will have is warning people that they do not want what we have. I am not saying go around pretending that you are happy and all is well in your life. That will just make you a fake person. Instead, look for areas to be thankful for. Did you sleep in a bed last night? Some people are sleeping on a dirt floor. Did you have supper last night? Some people went to bed hungry. Did you wake up with your mate beside you?For some people there mate has passed on.
There are many things in our lives that we can be thankful for. The devil wants us to dwell on what we do not have and not what we have. A spirit of thanksgiving is not only God's entitlement, but this kind of attitude is good for souls and our health. Bitterness and self pity is bad for your health and your mental health. We cannot choose our circumstances but we can choose our attitude.
Betty
A long day yesterday at the VA. The good news is hubby is no worse. The Cardiologist is putting hubby on a pill to help with his shortness of breath. The blockage is in to dangerous of a spot to operate safely. Pretty day outside and the birds are singing.

Psalm 26: That I may proclaim with the voice of thanksgiving And declare all Your wonders.
Psalm 107:22 Let them also offer sacrifices of thanksgiving, And tell of His works with joyful singing.
Psalm 116:17 To You I shall offer a sacrifice of thanksgiving, And call upon the name of the LORD.
 
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Good Afternoon and Happy Thursday,

Psalm 86:7King James Version (KJV)In the day of my trouble I will call upon thee: for thou wilt answer me.

It was not until I developed Chrons disease and Collageous Colitis that I realized how much I needed God, daily. A simple trip to the grocery store, needed prayer that I could make it there and home without getting sick. Prayers that I could make it through a Church service and back home became my normal. As human beings rushing to get started in the morning with what seems a million things to think about, prayer is often a quick pray of protection for on the road. Sometimes God has to put a thorn in our lives to make us treat God more than a holy roadside service. God watches over us all the time but we do not see it. We need to recognize His tender care and be more appreciative. We need God all the time. It is important that we are aware of this need and thankful that our Heavenly Father meets it. We are made complete in God and when we try to make it on our own we are prone to make mistakes and lose our way.
The world looks at being needy as weakness but remember God makes us strong through our neediness.
The world wants to be a self made man and woman and God says allow me to make you better then you ever thought possible. Leaning on God is not a sign of weakness. It is a sign that you are strong enough in your faith to admit your need of God. A self made man and woman with no need of God will spend eternity wishing that they had accepted a relationship with God. Everyone needs God. Let us acknowledge our need now and not in eternity, when it is too late.
Betty
Put our food and water this morning for the birds and squirrels. Praying that the chicken is alive and not killed by the wild dogs. Have a great and thankful day!
 
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Good Afternoon and Happy Friday,


Proverbs 16:9King James Version (KJV)9 A man's heart deviseth his way: but the Lord directeth his steps.

Seeking God's will is hard and we often second guess ourselves, wondering if we walked out of God's will. One way to know God's will is to know Him. If you have been with your mate many years, you know their likes and dislikes. If someone was to invite me and my hubby to a cheese festival, I would know that would not be fun for my hubby because he doesn't like cheese. We are suppose to be reading God's Holy Word and praying often enough that we know His will. Of course there will be times in circumstances that we do not know. This is when we pray that God directs our way. If we are seeking God's will and honestly pray to be guided then I believe God will show us His will. If in faith and trust we do take the wrong path, God will be with us and work out the kinks in our path. As Christians we spend too much time trembling and fearful of making decisions. We need to trust God to show us the way. We cannot stand and refuse to move and still make progress.

Psalm 32:8King James Version (KJV)8 I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye.

God wants to teach us His ways so that we know His heart and we know what is pleasing to Him. Just as you learn what your mate likes and does not like, we need to spend so much time with God that we know what is important to Him. Remember God's Will, will never lead you into sin. We can never take part in sin to win someone for Christ. God is not calling His children to roll around in sin to reach the lost. Our hands should reach out to sinners to pull them out of sin, but never enter in sin with them. That is why God warns people not to be married to a sinner. Though there are times through your walk they will become saved, too often the sinner causes the Christian to stray from God and enter into sin, themselves.
We can seek God's will and we can find it. May God be with you today and guide your path.
Betty
 
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Good Morning and Happy Saturday,


Version (KJV)

15 Blessed is the people that know the joyful sound: they shall walk, O Lord, in the light of thy countenance.


When get out of bed in the morning, we have no idea what we will face. Sometimes we wake up to find our pets had an accident in the night. Maybe we wake up to find our mate is in a bad mood for something we forgot to do or maybe they just dreamed we did something, We cannot program our morning to be peaceful and calm, but we can wake up knowing that Jesus is with us. Whatever we face we can know that we can find peace in God. Changing our circumstances is not always obtainable but asking God to give us a better attitude is completely obtainable. When we open our heart and mind to God, we can find grace and joy. This is why we pray for the joy of the Lord. The joy of the Lord is not based on what is around us. It is not fake happiness in the middle of trials and tribulations but a calm joy that fills our hearts and let's us know God is in control. When we reach out to God in the morning and through out the day we can relax in His presences throughout whatever our day brings.
Betty
Praise God the chicken is back. We now know the pack of wild dogs did not kill her. I believe the dog catcher got the dogs.

Isaiah 61:10 will greatly rejoice in the Lord, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe ofrighteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels.
 
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Good Morning and Blessed Sunday,


John 14:27King James Version (KJV)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.

This morning I woke up at 4:30 with Chrons issues. I was not able to go back to sleep till almost 9 . Usually when this happens I am upset and embarrassed but, this morning there was a peaceful calm in my spirit. Instead of asking God why, I felt a peace acceptance that I know came from God. God never said we would go through this life with out problems and health issues. Yet, when we trust Him, He is with us all the way. God wants us to lean on Him ever day for understanding and guidance. When we have a pattern of trusting God every day, we will not be overcome nor threaten by our circumstances even those that wake us from sleep. This is a good reason among many to have an active prayer and Bible study in our lives. There are somethings we will not understand until we reach Heaven. Some questions we have, will have to be left in God's hands until the time is right for our answers to be given. Trusting God in all things is what God desires for us and will allow us to suffer through what is required of us in peace. Everyone of us have our cross to carry. May we carry our cross with dignity, peace, and joy!
Betty
Raining today. I dreamed of birds last night.
 
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Good Morning and Happy Monday,

Our Nation is grieving the lost of 50 lives. It is a deep lost because we have no security that these souls are in Heaven. I say this not to judge them, but the reality is they were living a lifestyle that is contrary to God's Word. We can hope that some prayed before they died and received salvation, but it is too late to pray for their souls. What do we do? We pray for their loved ones. We pray for the injured. We pray that God will use this to reach the homosexual community. We must not use this time to be hateful or cruel to the gay community but to pray for them.
Christians are not safe from this kind of hatered. The people who killed these young people and those homosexuals they are killing in the Middle East as well, hate Christians. In the Middle East Christians are being killed for their faith in Christ. We are naive if we think this hate will not play out in America one day and maybe even soon. This is the time to do some soul searching. Is our faith strong enough to face death? I believe God will give us the faith and grace to stand firm in our faith. At the same time we need to be close to God and growing in our faith, so if that time comes we are prepared. I will be honest with you and say that I pray the rapture happens first, but I do not know the future.
For now let us pray for the families that have lost loved ones. Let us pray that God will bring an awakening to the gay community that many will be saved and turn away from their sinful lifestyle. As Christians we do not need to look down on anyone and should only be concerned for the lost. I have found that we have to tread carefully when witnessing to a gay person that if we are not careful, in our zeal to see someone we care about saved, we can come off judgmental and even cruel. This will only drive the person further from God. We love the person and hate the sin.
Betty
Up again sick at 4:15 this morning. I know I am in the hands of God and I must remind self that there is a reason. Was happy to see the chicken yesterday.
 
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Good Afternoon and Happy Tuesday,

Praise God I did not wake up sick at 4:15 this morning. I had prayed for a night of peaceful sleep and God was merciful. While there are times that we go through trying trials, God is merciful and full of grade to give us a time of rest.
This last weekend was a reminder that the world has a sin problem. Whether it is a terrorist act or a person killing their estranged mate, it is hate that starts the journey to violence. People allow the devil to plant the sin of hate in their lives and they feed the plant. Hate unchecked can lead to violence. While there is a crime of passion, many crimes have developed over times as hate grows out of control. Hate not only kills people by the hater, it also kills the soul of the person who has allowed hate to grow in their heart. This does not have to be. Jesus wants to kill the hate and restore our heart to a loving heart. When we allow hate to grow even if we do not react in violence, we destroy our own health. Many doctors believe that bitterness over time open us up to cancer and other illness. We forgive not only because it is a sin not to, but there is no peace for us if we allow hate to blossom in our hearts and lives. When we hate, we not only have the wound that the person did to us but we allow them to hurt us everyday by allowing bitterness to grow. We free not only the person who hurt us but ourselves when we choose to forgive. Terrorist are encouraged to hate strangers that are different then them. This hate grows and it turns the person in to a killer. Christians are never to hate a person or a group of people. We are to hate the sin because we know unforgiven sin sends unsaved people to hell. We are to love the sinner and pray that they will be saved before it is too late.
In our Country we are grieving and as we grieve we need to pray that Satan will not use this grief to fill our hearts and lives with bitterness. We should pray that people will reach out to Jesus in their time of grief and emotional pain.
Betty
Assorted birds this morning at the feeders, makes me happy.
 
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Good Afternoon and Happy Wednesday,


Romans 8:23King James Version (KJV)23 And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.


Have you ever thought a prayer was answered or in the process of being answered, only to find the need greater then before. Maybe it is healing in your body. Your side effects of the illnesses are getting fewer and you rejoice that healing is on its way, only to find out in a few weeks or months the symptoms are worse the ever. Faith can be given a huge jolt and you can find yourself questioning God. Waiting for answered prayer is hard. It can weaken our faith and destroy our hope. It is harder to go back to God with our questions when we thought our prayers had already been answered. We know in our heads that God is in control and He has a greater plan for us, but our hearts are hurt and we can become confused and bewildered at what seems is God lack of response to our need.
God has a reason for our period of waiting. It is often in the valley of sickness or trials, that we grow spiritually. Patience grows in the valley and not on the mountain top.
I do not know what prayer you are waiting for an answer from God, but do not give up. God has not forsaken us. Be Careful not to allow this time of waiting to cause you to give up on God and lose your way. Our answers are on the way. Our time of waiting may be longer then we had hoped but we are not waiting alone. God is with us every step of the way. Talk to God. Do not be afraid to tell God that your are upset at the slowness of His answers. As long as we give God the respect that is due Him, we can be honest about our feelings when we talk to Him. I pray that God will comfort and encourage all of us who are waiting on answers to our needs.
Betty



Isaiah 64:4King James Version (KJV)4 For since the beginning of the world men have not heard, nor perceived by the ear, neither hath the eye seen, O God, beside thee, what he hath prepared for him that waiteth for him.

Isaiah 26:8King James Version (KJV)8 Yea, in the way of thy judgments, O Lord, have we waited for thee; the desire of our soul is to thy name, and to the remembrance of thee.

A male Cardinal this morning at the feeder.
 
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Good Afternoon and Happy Thursday,

Psalm 26:1 LORD, and prove me; try my reins and my heart.
3 For thy lovingkindness is before mine eyes: and I have walked in thy truth.

We can look around us and see prophecy being fulfilled. The world is ripe for a One World Government and a leader who will come in the name of peace. Daniel prophesied about this time and Jesus, Himself gave the prophecy to the Apostle John, in the book of The Revelations. God has warned any one who will read The Bible not to accept the mark of this leader and not to worship him. The world has chosen to ignore God's warning and will accept the mark of the beast. This mark will seal the fate of those who take the mark.

Rev. 14: 9And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand,
10 The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb:

As time grows closer for prophecy to be fulfilled we as Christians should pray daily for our lost loved ones and friends. Pray that their eyes will be open to the truth.
Believing in the Bible will open us up to ridicule and even our lost loved ones will look at us with pity. Be strong in the Lord! Do not allow others to make you doubt the truth of God's Word. The time to pray for God to strengthen our faith and our beliefs so that we too, will not be led astray. God will never leave us and we should pray for more faith and strength.

Jude 1: 20 “But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost,” 21Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life. 22And of some have compassion, making a difference: 23And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh. 24Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, 25To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.
While we can express to the lost that hell is real and the torment will be real, we cannot drag them in to salvation. Salvation is a personal choice. Pray often for the lost but realize that you cannot force salvation on anyone. Do not grow weary in your work for Jesus. A crown and a home in Heaven is waiting for you.
Rev 22:1 And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb.
2 In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.
3 And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him:
4 And they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads.
5 And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them1
And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb.
2 In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.
3 And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him:
4 And they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads.
5 And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever.
6 And he said unto me, These sayings are faithful and true: and the Lord God of the holy prophets sent his angel to shew unto his servants the things which must shortly be done.
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Behold, I come quickly: blessed is he that keepeth the sayings of the prophecy of this book. light: and they shall reign for ever and ever.
6 And he said unto me, These sayings are faithful and true: and the Lord God of the holy prophets sent his angel to shew unto his servants the things which must shortly be done.
7 Behold, I come quickly: blessed is he that keepeth the sayings of the prophecy of this book.
Betty
 
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Good Morning and Happy Friday,

Psalm 34:8King James Version (KJV)8 O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.

Do you ever think of reading the Bible as a duty, something you do every day, because it is expected of you? Do you read the Bible hurriedly before you start your day? Or maybe you read the Bible before you go to bed, barely a wake. In American and Europe we often take for granted the freedom we have in reading God's Holy Word. We do not bring to our minds that the Bible is more then a book. God's Holy Word is a love letter to mankind. From the beginning to the end, God is showing us the great links He went to redeem mankind and to bring us back to Him. Before you say that I am harsh today, I am reminding myself of mine own failure and sin in this same area. We need to seek forgiveness and give the Bible the respect it is owed. Reading the Bible will not only increase our faith and knowledge but the Word of God is a sword that will defeat Satan. How can we win battles if we do not have knowledge of our sword. A soldier works with his sword so that he knows it like his own hand. We too need to know our sword so that in battle we can make wise use of our sword. May we start today being grateful that we are free to have the Bible at our disposable and may we use it as God meant for the Bible to be used. With smart phones, we can have the Bible at our moment of need. We have no excuse for not studying God's Word.
Betty
The chicken seems to think that she is pregnant. She is nesting in plants at my house and my neighbor's house. It is fun to see her so close. She still is a runner so I have to be careful not to get too close. Ronnie has a heart blockage that can't be operated on safely so the doctors are hoping medication will help. Please pray for him. He fell three times yesterday.
 
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Good Morning and Happy Saturday,

No one knows what the day will have in store when they wake up in the morning. We pray for protection but sometimes it is God's will for us to go through pain and troubles. It is hard for us to wrap our minds around accidents and health issues when we serve a loving God. As humans we want to question where God was when things went wrong for us. Satan tries to convince us that God doesn't love us as much as we thought. These are lies. God has His reasons and we go through heartache for a Godly reason. We need to remind ourself that while we may be hurting, God has not left us and we can call out to Him to walk with us through the pain and tears. We must resist the urge to run from God but run to Him and seek His face. There are some questions we will not know the answer to until Heaven. Trusting God is loving and serving Him, even when we do not know all the answers. When we trust God we can lay our fears at His feet and rest in the knowledge that God will work things out for our good.
God has not lost His powers and He does know the future. We can be at peace knowing He is with us.
Betty
The chicken is nesting under a shrub this morning. Fed her and the birds and squirrels.
 
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Good Morning and Blessed Sunday. And Happy Father's Day,

For some of us we have to ask God to tell our dad's we love them, but for those who have Dads, let them know that you love them. Parenthood is not perfect and many father's made mistakes. Christ calls us to forgive them and love them, just as God has forgiven us of our sins. I pray you have a blessed day with family and are able enjoy them today. We as Christians are blessed to be able to call God our Heavenly Father. We are blessed to be in the house of God and to worship our Father, God.
Betty
The chicken is still around
 
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Good Afternoon and Happy Monday,

Zephaniah 3:17Modern English Version (MEV)

17 The Lord your God is in your midst,
a Mighty One, who will save.
He will rejoice over you with gladness,
He will renew you with His love,
He will rejoice over you with singing.

Have you every noticed that music and singing is important to God. Throughout the Bible, God talks about singing, even in Heaven the angels sing to God. When we are overcome with depression, pain, and sorrow, we can find comfort by singing praises to God. As we worship in song we find peace of heart and mind. Even though we are still in a trial, we can find hope by singing and listening to songs of praise and worship. The devil does not want is to find peace in God. He speaks words of depression and doubt. He encourages us to stay away from Church, because he knows we can find encouragement and peace there. Yet if we seek God not only at Church but at home we will find hope and peace. We will always have trials and troubles to go through, that is a given, but when we seek the face of God, He will give us peace of mind and heart as we travel through the valley of pain. Even in the midst of the valleys we can sing and worship God. As long as we travel on this earth there will be times of despair and heartache. There will be times that we wonder, why me or us, Lord. In these times when we seek God, we may not have complete answers but our soul we grow spiritually and our faith will increase if we accept God's will and rest in Him. I was listening to a song on the radio that said: 'Some through the valley, some through the flood, some through the fire, but all through the blood'. Whatever God is leading you through today, know that He is with you and you are not alone. God's plan is the best one, though we may not understand at the moment. Trust in Him and pray for courage and an seek Him for comfort.
Betty
The chicken, Lucy, as we have named her is still around.
 
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Good Afternoon and Happy Tuesday,

Rev 4
behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter.
2 And immediately I was in the spirit: and, behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one sat on the throne.
3 And he that sat was to look upon like a jasper and a sardine stone: and there was a rainbow round about the throne, in sight like unto an emerald.
4 And round about the throne were four and twenty seats: and upon the seats I saw four and twenty elders sitting, clothed in white raiment; and they had on their heads crowns of gold.
5 And out of the throne proceeded lightnings and thunderings and voices: and there were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God.
6 And before the throne there was a sea of glass like unto crystal: and in the midst of the throne, and round about the throne, were four beasts full of eyes before and behind.
7 And the first beast was like a lion, and the second beast like a calf, and the third beast had a face as a man, and the fourth beast was like a flying eagle.
8 And the four beasts had each of them six wings about him; and they were full of eyes within: and they rest not day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come.
9 And when those beasts give glory and honour and thanks to him that sat on the throne, who liveth for ever and ever,
10 The four and twenty elders fall down before him that sat on the throne, and worship him that liveth for ever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying,
11 Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.
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As humans we tend to down play in our mind the glory and honor due our Heavenly Father and Jesus.
We often see Jesus as He was when He walked upon the earth and not as the God who created all things.
Yes we pray and worship God but sometimes we do not honor Him in the ways we should and is due Him.
God does want to walk with us, just as He did in the cool of the day with Adam and Eve. Yet, He is the God of everything and He is due our praise, honor, and respect. God is kind to us and even when we question Why He allows things happen to us, He is patient with us. We need to remember that He created us and treat Him with love and respect. The vase does not question the potter nor complain about how the potter uses it. We were made from clay and God is the potter. Yet we can find ourselves complaining and having a bad attitude when we talk to God. Sometimes we need to step back and remind ourselves who we are talking to. We are not arguing and complaining to mere man but a Holy and Righteous God. With just His breath, He can stop our heart and with His Words, He can crush us. Just because He deals with us in loving and kindness, doesn't mean we can mistreat or disrespect Him. Holy, holy, holy, is God Almighty. Let us not forget that.
Betty
This morning I almost fed the birds cat food. That would have confused the cats and the birds.
 
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I woke up sick before 5 this morning. I must admit my first thought wasn't to thank God that it has been over a week since this happened. My first thought was "Why me?". Then God reminded me that it has been over a week. How many times do we take for granted the times things do not go wrong? It is easy to get in a pattern of not being grateful for the good days. The devil is going to be right there to remind us of the bad days. Just like he reminded me that I had three bad days in a row last time. I had to choose to focus on the 10 good days in a row. God is good to us and yes even as Christians we will have bad days, but we are not alone. God is with us. Sometimes we have to remind ourselves of the good days and we do can remember that we do not bare ourselves we can turn bad days into times of spiritual growth by focusing not on what is going on in our lives, but focusing on God. No matter what we are going through God is still in control and He has not forsaken us. We may go through the fire but when we come out, we will be spiritually better then before. There is a better day coming. As you suffer for the moment remember God will work things out for our good.
 
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Good Afternoon and Happy Wednesday,

Hebrews 4:16
“Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.”
King James Version (KJV)


Whatever our needs we can come boldly to the throne of God knowing that we will find mercy and grace. In those moments of sickness, broken bodies and wounded hearts, God will bring comfort and encouragement. Broken bones do not heal over night and sometimes it is God's will that we are not healed from illness in this life. We can carry our burden with help from Jesus. Those times when it seems we are no longer walking but being dragged by our problems we can cry out for mercy from God. He will make our burdens carry able, He will make our journey successful if we trust Him. We must not allow Satan to discourage our cause to stop and quit. The end is worth the whole journey. Remember Dottie West's song: "I have traveled too far to turn back now". We are so close to the end. Let us not abandon God and our journey this close to the rapture. We will be able to sing the Old Gospel Song: "It will be worth it all when we see Jesus".
Betty
 
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Psalm 16:9. Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoiceth: my flesh also shall rest in hope.

Good Afternoon and Happy Thursday,

When we go through trials, whether they be physical or spiritual or a combination, we need a time of rest. We need to set aside time to rest our bodies and our soul. In this busy rush rush world we often think of rest as being a selfish ambition. We need to remember that even God took time to rest.

Genesis 2:2And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made.

Genesis 2:3And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made.

From the beginning, God was showing mankind that we need to take time for resting. We find spiritual rest by meditating on God's Holy Bible and praying. We also need to rest physically. God never meant for mankind to work 7 days a week. Over working leads to weaken bodies which can lead to bad health. Over working can also affect out spiritual health, because we have left no time for worshiping in the house of God.

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

Resting in the Lord brings restoration to our souls and minds. Make the time to rest and sit quietly under the sweet presence of God. Open your hearts and ears to hear what He has to say to you. Resist not His guidance and teaching for we know that He does know best. After your time of rest, your work will produce more fruit and God can use you to encourage others and be a blessing to others.
Betty
Have a blue jay and a squirrel today.
 
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Good Morning and Happy Friday,


Psalm 5:3Common English Bible (CEB)Lord, in the morning you hear my voice, In the morning I lay it all out before you. Then I wait expectantly.


At this time, Ronnie and I need to know God's will for our lives. We are moving soon, and we are praying that God will guide us in His will. We wait in expectation for Him to show His will to us. At first I was overcome with apprehension, but as I begin to seek the will of God filled my heart with His peace. There are numerous times that we need to seek the will of God. The devil can fill our hearts with doubts and fears and if we are not careful we can become paralyzed with fear. This is not how God wants us to live, terrified to make any decision. God will and does want to guide us in the decision that is best for us. When we seek His face and His will, we know that God will guide us. Hubby and I both have health issues and of course this plays a part on life decision, but we do not know the future. Only God knows what is ahead for all of us. Because God knows the future, He can guide us into the appropriate future. Everyone has doubts and fears and making decisions can be hard for all of us, yet we can trust God who loves us and wants the best for us to show us the way.
Betty
I met my neighbor that I have been texting back and forth with for months. It was wonderful to hug the person that I have prayed for many times. To think we met over our neighborhood chicken. Life does work in wondrous ways sometimes. This morning we both watched the chicken, Lucy together. God is good and He is filled with mercy.
 
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Good Afternoon and Happy Saturday,


Hebrews 10:35-36King James Version (KJV)

35 Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompence of reward.

36 For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise.


When we deal with a disease that afflicts every day, we can grow weary, waiting for relief and healing. It is hard to accept that God's WILL, may not be healing at our present time. When we are dealing with a spiritual trial, financial or other trials, they to may not be solved in the time prefer. While we know in our heads that God may be developing us into stronger and powerful Christians, it is hard not to cry out to God: "Enough already!" Yet, there is a reason for our suffering. Just as fire removes the filth from gold and brings forth a beautiful result, so does the fire of suffering bring forth in us patience and beauty. If gold could remove itself from the fire too soon and the end result would be gold that is worth less then what was intended, so we too can , miss out on becoming what God wants for us to be by demanding to be removed from the fire. If we keep our trust in God, and do not waver in our trust, we too can see results in ourselves that we never dreamed possible. Spiritual growth cannot be attained by a quick time in the microwave. It takes a long time in the fire to make us what God desires for us. We are not alone in the fire and when we come out we will find rest and shelter in the arms of God, our Heavenly Father. Whether we are dealing with physical or emotional pain, we can make it out and we will be transformed, if we do not give up on God. Let us not only pray for ourselves but let us pray for others around us, when we see they are going through a battle. Even in the midst of our distress we can be a beacon of hope and grace, by offering up words of encouragement to one another. When we are suffering, we must resist the urge to be totally self absorbed by our own circumstances that we are not able to see that those around us are going through their own battle. Even in the midst of our own pain, we can be and encouragement to others. When we take the hand of someone else, to help them, we will find ourselves being helped and encouraged, too. My dear ones, do not become bitter over what you are going though. There is victory ahead. Keep your eyes on Jesus and not on your trials. Jesus will not fail you nor forsake you.
Betty
The chicken visited several times yesterday. I am still being blessed with assorted birds and squirrels. When I was driving yesterday, I saw a new bird to the neighborhood. A grey bird standing on tall skinny legs.


Isaiah 43:2King James Version (KJV)

2 When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.
 
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Good Morning and Blessed Sunday,

Matthew 6:34Easy-to-Read Version (ERV)34 So don't worry about tomorrow. Each day has enough trouble of its own. Tomorrow will have its own worries.


I missed Church this morning, because I was up sick from 3:15-5 a.m. I have a procedure coming up on July 29th. As I wait for that, my symptoms are getting worse and I have to guard my mind from worry and fret. We all have things that we are tempted to worry about. Satan wants us to worry about tomorrow to the point that we lose focus on today. If our mind is set on future problems then we do not see the work that God is doing in our lives today. God warns us in His Word, not to be taking on tomorrow's problems, today. We can be come parlayed by fear if we entertain the thoughts that Satan fills our heads with. We need to remind ourselves that God knows the future. Whatever the future holds, God will provide what we need to make through it. Let us worship and praise God for today and leave tomorrow till tomorrow. We are not promised tomorrow. We need today to seek ways to work for God. Allow The Holy Spirit to shine through you today, so that others will see Jesus in you, and want what you have. Paul tells us to be content in whatever station we are in our life. This doesn't mean we should not seek to better ourselves but to be at peace where ever we are in our marriage, singleness, and with our jobs. So much of our lives are wasted when we are only living until we get married, graduate from School or attain a better place to live. Live for Jesus today! Be content in your present circumstances. It is okay to pray for a mate, a better job, and a better place to live, but be content until and thankful for what you have in the present. Our Heavenly Father knows what we need and He will provide.
Betty
The chicken is across the street. Always blesses my heart to know that she survived another night. We bought bird seed and sunflower seeds yesterday to feed the chicken, birds, and squirrels. For some reason I always awake with physical pain, but it warms my heart when I see my "friends" enjoying the feed I out out for them. God is good!
 
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Good Evening and Happy Monday,

Very busy day at the VA and shopping. God is good and He protected us on the road. Reading today that the Pope says you cannot be a Christian and believe in the Second Amendment. He is also apologizing to gays and transgenders for the Church position on homosexuality. He is looking more and more like the False Prophet. The reality is, it does not matter what the Pope and Preachers believe, it matters what God says on the matter. In our present time, it seems the Pope and the liberal Preachers are kinder them those who preach the truth. How kind is it to give people false hope? We should always treat others with love and kindness but lying about salvation matters is beyond cruel. Heaven or hell is not something to be taken lightly. Be loving but honest when you share to Gospel. Have a blessed evening and pray for the lost.
Betty
Seen the chicken this morning.
 
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Good Morning and Happy Tuesday,

Matthew 6:“And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites. For they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. Berean Study Bible

Sadly the devil can take what started out for good and turn it into ashes. We can be guilty of thinking we are better then others because of our prayer and Bible study. The Bible was given to mankind to show the way of salvation and for instruction to the believer. It was not given so that we can look down on others because we spend more time in the Bible then we think they do. When our prayer and Bible reading because a source of pride we have not only lost the effects of spiritual growth but out reward.

1Timothy 6:5 For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil. And some people, craving money, have wandered from the true faith and pierced themselves with many sorrows.

Many people have read that and misinterpreted the verse. Having money is not evil. It is when the love of money goes before God and family.
When working over time is more important than God. When you hardly know your family because you would prefer to get that overtime pay. Money can be used for good to grow the Kingdom of God but we must not put money before God and family.

Hobbies can also steal time from God and family. Having hobbies is great and we need some fun time to rest our body and mind. It is when you spend so much time on your hobby that you neglect honoring God by being in His house and when you do not know what is going on in your children's lives that hobbies can become a problem.

Phili 4:5. Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand.

Many things are good for us in moderation. Let nothing come in your life before your love of God. God wants us to enjoy things and rest. God has not called us to move into the Church and become monks. Golfing and fishing is great and many enjoy them both. It is only a problem when golfing and fishing mean more to you that being in the presence of God. In all things we do, honor God. Do not think more highly of yourselves because of your spiritual life. Remember what ever spiritual growth you have is a gift of God and the only pride should be in our God who has blessed so much. Remind yourself regularly of this verse:
Prov 16:18 Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.
May we learn to put nothing before God and to not be prideful and haughty towards others. Let us be kind and humble towards God and others.
Betty
Did not see the chicken today but saw her last evening.
 
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Good Morning and Happy Wednesday,

John 17:5 I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil.

God is so loving and kind to His children, that sometimes we get the idea that God's purpose is to make us happy. If this was God's purpose, the moment we are saved, we would be taken in to Heaven. As Christians we have a purpose. We are to do the will of God and live in a way that we shine forth with the love of Jesus, so that others can be won for Christ. God doesn't need mankind to make Him happy and content. It was out of love that He made man and out of love that He sent His son to die for our redemption. He answers our prayers because He loves us. Sometimes He says no to our request for the same reason, that He loves us. Garth Brook hade a hit "I thank God for unanswered prayers". The reality is that all prayers are answered. Sometimes the answer is :yes. Sometimes the answer is : not now. Sometimes the answers is: no. Just as we as parents did not always give our kids everything that asked for because it was too soon or it was dangerous for them, so God also works for our best. We need to remember that just because God takes pleasure in being there for His children, does not give us the right to think better of ourselves and less of God. We should be grateful and loving children who love and appreciate our Loving Heavenly Father. It is out of our love for God that we seek to grow in Him and seek to do His will. We should seek forgiveness when we notice that we are not honoring God and treating Him with the respect that is due Him.
Betty
Happy to see birds this morning and a few squirrels.
 
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Good Morning and Happy Thursday,

Ask God to increase your awareness of His love every day!

We can get caught up in problems and stress that we begin to feel less loved by God and more forgotten. The devil knows that if he plants doubts in our hearts and minds of God's love for us, we are easily led into depression and even into sin. Why should we try, we wonder if no one cares about us? The truth is God does love us and He does care about us. As human beings we are tempted to allow our present circumstances dictate our relationship with God. How often do you see someone on TV or even in person after a win say: "Somebody up there loves me!". We begin to believe when we are winning and when things are going right that means God loves us. When things go wrong then we think that God has forgotten about us at the least and as things get worse, surely God is mad at us or loves us less. We do not see trials and battles as tools to help us to grow in grace and spiritual strength. Humans love conditionally. As long as you are good and generous with some people they love you. You get busy in your own life and before you know it they don't think of you so much anymore. Before we judge others we are just as guilty. God never forgets us. Even when we neglect out prayer life and Bible study, He still loves us. He may send a reminder by a trial to wake us up of our need of Him, but His love for us is steady day by day. All of us goes through things. All of us suffer pain, but if you are child of God no matter what is happening in your present circumstances, you are loved by the most high God. Let us not neglect to tell God that you love Him. There is an old joke about a husband who said he didn't need to say to his wife he loved her because he did it on their Wedding Day. Of course in reality a couple is in for hard times who do not remind each other that they love them. It is important to us that we know we are loved. At the same time it is important that we make known our love for God on a daily bases. Be loving in the way you treat others. Pray that God will help you treat others with kindness and respect. Be blessed, my friend.
Betty
It is getting warmer and right down hot here in Texas, but I enjoyed my walk around the yard this morning. The chicken was in hiding because the neighbor was getting their yard taken care of.
 
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Good Morning and Happy Friday,

It is wonderful that we can talk to God anytime and anywhere. I was sick most of last night and I found comfort talking to God. Even in sickness we can find peace in talking to God.

"Casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you." 1 Peter 5:7 ESV

We can be honest with God about everything. Everyone has issues they do not want to discuss another person. Sometimes it is because it is embarrassing. Sometimes it is because we do not want to be a burden to others. We can freely take our issues to God. God never sleeps so we can cry out to Him, in the middle of the night. What a privilege it is to serve a God who is there for us when we need Him! Of course we want to make a habit of talking to and praising God every day and not just when we have problems. Just because God is always with us, doesn't give us a license to take God and His love for us for granted. We want to be grateful children of God.
Betty
 
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Good Morning and Happy Saturday,

Prov 16:18 Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.

Eighteen months ago, I developed colitis and Chrons. It was only after this that God gave me this ministry of a blog. As soon as my feet hit the floor, the knowledge that I am not still in remission, hits me square in the face. A not so, gentle reminder that there is no room in my heart for pride. I admit there are times I question why God to allow me to have a disease that on bad days is humiliating and embarrassing and on better days painful and stressful. I remind myself that there is a reason and maybe God wanted to make sure that pride would not develop in my heart, because of being used by God. As Christians as we grow in faith and in our relationship, we can be tempted by Satan to think better of ourselves. All we have to look at what happened to well known Ministers. We look at them and wonder how that they can be involved in such a public and embarrassing sin. The seed for their sins was not planted and grown in public but in a private garden and only made public by God. Why does God do that? Is it not because as long as the sin was private, the devil convinced them that they had control of their sin. It is only the humiliation of publicity that they were forced to acknowledge the sin and seek help. Lest we become haughty ourselves, we too have to be careful about sin. Sin grown private will be revealed in public. While our sin may not make the 6 O'Clock news, our sin is often revealed in our own circle of family and friends. How do we keep this happening? No! The answer is not how to hide our sins better, but to commit the sins to Jesus and seek forgiveness. We must remember that we are no better then anyone and we can be easily drawn into sin. Our relationship with Christ determines our tendency to sin. Are we relying ourselves to stay out of sin or are we seeking the help of God? Are we staying as close to God as possible? Are we riding the fence trying to be close to the world and God at the same time. The further we stand from God the closer we get to sin. Pride can produce a distance from us and God. When we admit our need for protection from God and seek His help daily, the less we are tempted to sin. Of course none of us have arrived to the mountain of perfect Holiness! Knowing our need for protection and seeking God's grace and mercy will lessen our sin participation in sin. Put down any self pride and take pride only in the goodness of God. Walk with God daily and seek His help in your life daily. Get off the fence! Stop trying to impress worldly people! Seek to be like God and not sinners! When we do all this we will grow in grace and joy in the Lord.
Betty
I had a different type of bird yesterday. A small red and brown bird. Did not see Lucy, the chicken yesterday.
 
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Good Morning and Blessed Sunday,

There are times in our lives, when we do not know where will be, next week much less next month. The only way to make it during these times is complete trust in God. While it seems it would be so much better if God would lay out His plan for us, there is a reasons why we don't have the answers for tomorrow, today. One reason is God wants us to live in today and not tomorrow. I believe the biggest reason is God wants us to trust Him for our tomorrow's. While we are in the time of not knowing we can remind ourselves that we do know a God who knows all about the future. When we place our trust in God and remind ourselves whatever our circumstances are, we are not alone, we can have peace even when it appears we are living in the eye of a storm. Today let us give our hearts and minds to God and seek His peace and grace to face our tomorrow.
Betty
 
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Shalom, in Jesus Peace and joy and Righteousness to you and your households...

In the last 30 years studying 'medicine' first in the Navy AD, then pharmacy, then natural (God's way),
I've seen almost every disease helped. (can't legally say "cured" , due to fda and drug lords).
Colitis and chrons as well. (there's support groups for both on the internet, still there I think, of people helping people find the truth and recover).
There's some times not a recovery, but usually very much is possible "unofficially".. and some good can be accomplished God's Way, naturally.

Happy seeking ! All who seek , shall find - that is not my word, that is God's Promise...
 
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Happy Independence Day, America,

As we in America, celebrate the Anniversary of our Independence, let us thank God for the freedoms we have. Yes, we are aware that a change is coming, our freedoms are indeed at risk. Yet today we can praise God that we were born in a Country where we are free to worship God as we please. We can attend Church with out fear of arrest. For now, our Pastors can still preach the truth if they choose to be more concerned about God then being PC. I am old enough to have had my Elementry days of School, where a prayer and the pledge of allegiance was said every morning when School started. Let us thank God today for what we have and pray for people who must gather as a Church group in secret, fearing arrest and even death. Let us not take for granted the freedoms that are sill ours. We do not need to worry about tomorrow because God will be with us.

I hope you have a wonderful day and great food as you celebrate today. I pray that God will bless you and your families.
Betty
 
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Good Morning and Happy Tuesday,

Psalm 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.
Psalm 120:1 In my distress I cried unto the Lord, and he heard me.

There are times when we are in distress, troubles, and emotional pain. Sometimes we are unable to share our discomfort with others for various reasons. In these times we become discouraged and overwhelmed, yet if we cry out to God, He will hear us and He will sustain us. When we hold it in and attempt to prove our own strength, we open ourselves up to physical and emotional pain. We can become discouraged and lose our faith in God if we carry our load too long by ourselves. God wants to help us and He us waiting for us to call out to Him. The reason we need to ask, is our faith is strengthen when we seek the help of God. If God worked silently we would believe we did everything in our own strength. We need to know that we are helpless with out the help of God, so that when the big stuff comes then we have the faith to believe in God. It is when we think we do not need God, that we actually need God the most. Do not allow self pride to cheat you out of a blessing. When God works do not be like the nine who were healed by Jesus and went away with out praising and thanking Him. When we see someone suffering and if they are not open to help, pray for them.
Betty
Haven't seen the chicken in 4 days. I am beginning to worry about Lucy.
Blessed with birds and squirrels.
 
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Good Morning and Happy Wednesday,

Philip. 4:11 I am not saying this out of need, for I have learned to be content regardless of my circumstances.

Contentment is an emotion that is hard to get a handle on. When you deal with conditions for a long time ( bad health, bad marriage, bad finances, etc) your state of mind can be like a roller coaster ride. Some days you rest in contentment and peace. Some days you can feel like your are hanging by a thread and forgotten by God. What has happened? We know that God has not abandoned us, yet we feel stress, fear and loneliness. Satan has whispered words of discontentment into our minds and hearts. There are times that we are physically weak and we feel we cannot take another moment of stress. These are the times it is most important to call out to God, yet we often find ourselves moving away from God in these moments. Sometimes it is self pride. Other times it is embarrassment. How can I keep going back to God with the same need? We need to remind ourselves of the story of the lady and the evil judge. Jesus said she would not stop asking until the judge gave in, not because he cared for her, but he was sick of hearing her petitions. We serve a just God. He does want us to come to him with our request. He answers because He loves us and not to get us off His back. It is those times that God's will is for us to suffer for a time that are hard. Of course there are times that we cry out : "How long, Lord will you allow me to suffer?". Yet we need to remind ourselves God does have a plan. Suffering builds faith and strengthens our spiritual life. Sometimes we need to pray for more grace to withstand the battle we are in. Let others see Jesus in us even when we are in the midst of a battle.
There is an old song called "Through it All". It says if "I never had a problem, I wouldn't know you could solve them". Remind yourself today that whether your pain is physical or emotional, God is with you. Do not believe the lies of the devil. He seeks to steal your faith and destroy your soul.
Betty
Sad news the neighbor's think Lucy got killed, poor chicken. She did bring us joy for a time.
 
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Good Afternoon and Happy Thursday,

Rev 3:15. I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot.
16 So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.



Our relationship with Jesus is a living thing. If we do not feed and water it, it will grow cool and then cold and eventually die. A quick prayer in the morning and a prayer as we fall asleep, does not make for a healthy relationship with our Heavenly Father. How much effort are we putting into our spiritual life? Have we abandoned it like a flower that is shrinking from lack of care. There is no doubt that life can overcome us and we can forget to care for our spiritual life. When we realize this, we need to stop and ask for forgiveness from God and make changes in our lives. Sometimes it takes a tragedy for God to get our attention. We can begin to believe we can coast right into Heaven. Even if we did manage to do so, what a sad day It is going to be when our works are judged and we don't even have any works for Jesus to judge! The time for working for Christ is now! There will be no time in Heaven to change our spiritual life. If we wait until the end of our life, we may be limited in what we can do because of our health. Don't get me wrong, God can use us even when we are in bad health. Yet, it is so much better to work for Jesus our whole life and not just at the end. Think of it as decorating your Christmas Tree. If you wait till the end of life to work with your tree , it will have very few lights and decorations. If you work all your Christian life , your tree will be a beacon that points others to Christ. Let us live our lives in a way that those who know us best can say that they have seen us go through hell and yet we always stayed strong in our faith and never wavered in our belief in Jesus Christ. People are often more aware of how we live our lives when we are going through fire then when we seem to be walking on easy street. May we live each day for Jesus and allow His light to shine through us. How healthy is your relationship today with Christ? Pray and ask God to show you the areas you need forgiveness and healing.

Betty

I had a squirrel this morning. I have been sleeping later so I am not seeing the humming birds but I do see the feeder having less and less sugar water.
 
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Good Afternoon and Happy Friday,

People are hurting today, especially in Dallas. We can understand the pain of people who feel that they are not getting justice. No group of people want to feel like they are targets for others prejudice and hatred. The problem is when we decide to seek justice, ourselves. 5 officers were killed last night because of their color of their skin. The shooter did the same thing that he was angry about. He did not know those police officer. He did not know if the police officers were racist. He shot them because they were white. He allowed the devil to fill his heart with hatred. Revenge crime is never the answer. The five officers did not even live in the area where the men of color were killed. This morning our answer is not to be overcome with hate. We are not to look down our brothers and sisters who look different then us. We as Christians are to pray for them and seek ways to help. Donate to food banks. Pray that God will bring healing and remove hatred from the hearts of mankind. There is no room in the children of God for hate towards any race of people. God created us all and He sent His Son to die for us all. Let us seek ways we can love one another and encourage one another. Above all pray for those who are hurting and feel misunderstood and hated because of the color of their skin.
Betty
 
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Good Morning and Happy Saturday,

Psalm 1:2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.

Joshua 1:2 This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.

Have you every had a one sided conversation? Someone calls and you listen for twenty minutes to their problems and make the appropriate comments and then when it is your turn to talk, they have to go. They have too much to do, to stay on the phone. These kinds of conversation leave you feeling dissatisfied and wondering if the person on the other end of the phone really cares about you and your needs. Sadly, we often treat our Heavenly Father the same way. We say a quick thank you for another day and then we read off a list from our head telling God what we need. Then we list our unsaved loved ones and friends and a quick amen and we are on our way. We did not wait silently and listen to see if God had something He wanted to tell us. We are self absorbed and did not even give God a chance to talk to us. Of course just like our friend we can feel like our day is overwhelming and our to do list will not be completed. But when we take time to listen to God, we will find ourselves refreshed to finish our day. We cheat ourselves out of obtaining the peace of heart and mind, God wants to give us. God is not a vending machine that we push the buttons to get what we need and move on. God wants to have a two sided relationship with us. This require listening to what God wants to say to us. We are cheating ourselves in relationships with people when we do not take the time to listen to their needs and their victories they want to share with us. Just the same, we are cheating ourselves when we do not take the time to praise God and listen to what He has for us. Let us make a point to make our prayer life a two side conversation and not only about us.
Betty
Nice to see birds and squirrels this morning.
 
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Good Morning and Blessed Sunday,

2Peter 3 :1 This second epistle, beloved, I now write unto you; in both which I stir up your pure minds by way of remembrance:
2 That ye may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us the apostles of the Lord and Saviour:

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.

5 For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water:

6 Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished:

7 But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.

8 But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.

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

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Mankind looks at the patience of God and decides in his heart that God is not coming back and there will be no judgement. This in their minds gives them the right to openly sin in ways that grieves the heart of God. They wonder in their hearts that if God was really against abortion and homosexuality, He would have done something by now. The truth is God does give man time to repent and when they refuse God gives them over to sin. God will not always try with mankind. We can reach a point that God will deal with us no more and allow us to stay in the pigpen of sin. The Bible says it is a scary thing to be in the hands of an angry God. Yet, for now, mankind spits in the face of God and takes joy in their sinful ways, but there is coming a day of reckoning.

As Children of God our hearts break as we see people take pride in their sin as if we was a great accomplishment. They hold their sin up for all to see and take pleasure in shocking those who are still able to grieve over sin. As Christians, we must continue to pray for the lost, because there is coming a day of no return for sinners. They will wear upon their bodies the mark of the devil with pride. At this point they will have stepped across the line where there will be no forgiveness and hell will be their final destination with no chance of changing their future. Until that time let us pray reverently for our lost families and friends. Remember, do not grow weary in your walk with God. Our time on earth is coming to an end and as it does, the devil will begin to work with a vengeance like we have never seen. Seek the one who can bring you peace even in the midst of the terrible storm, our Heavenly Father.

2 Peter 3:18 But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.

Betty
 
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Good Morning and Happy Monday,

If you had the news on this weekend you saw people on both sides of the shooting. Democrats blaming Republicans and Democrats blaming guns. No one is blaming the real cause; sinful hearts. Even when we have been wronged, we can destroy ourselves with bitterness and hatred. For the most part a person does not get up one day and goes off and kills strangers. They have nursed hate for so long in their hearts until logic is gone and they are ruled by bitterness and hate. Our Country is hurting and suffering. Our hearts can be easily filled with fear. When America sees that contrary to what our President says, we do not have a race problem. We have a hate problem. If our Country as a whole would repent, God would bring healing. Sadly too many Americans are to prideful to repent. We want God to heal our Country but we do not want Him to tell us what to do. We do not want God to ask us to change our sinful ways. If you are a Christian, don't give into despair. The Bible tells us that in the last days, the world would be like in the days of Noah. Draw close to God and keep praying but also be prepared for things to get worse. Jesus is coming back for us soon. Keep your eyes on Jesus, comfort those who are hurting when you are given an opportunity and guard your heart from hate and bitterness.
Betty
Haven't fed the birds and squirrels this morning. I woke up at 4:15 hurting and sick and was awake until 6:15. Went back to sleep and woke up in the same condition at 10. God is in control and I pray that God will bless us and our families.
 
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Thanks for the post. I agree that things are going to get worse. But for those who know Jesus Christ, we know the ending and God will rule all.

Psalm 9

15 The nations have fallen into the pit they dug for others.
Their own feet have been caught in the trap they set.
16 The Lord is known for his justice.
The wicked are trapped by their own deeds.
17 The wicked will go down to the grave.
This is the fate of all the nations who ignore God.
18 But the needy will not be ignored forever;
the hopes of the poor will not always be crushed.


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Posted by Betty Louise (Member # 7175) on :
 
Good Afternoon and Happy Tuesday,

Philip. 4: 4 Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice.
5 Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand.
6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.

7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

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Paul reminds us that we are living in the last days. These days it is easy to caught up in the troubles of this world and when we do we often lose sight of Jesus. While it is prudent to be aware of what is going around, no where in the Bible are we told to hide in our closet and tremble with fear. God is still in control. Why are things getting worse? Satan knows his time is short and he is working hard against Christians. As soon as the rapture takes place, he already has things in order to put in a One World Government and One World Religion. If you get a chance to look up the ordnance of the UN, you will see they want to control all aspects of people's lives including our children. They have declared recently that taking your children to Church is child abuse. The UN will join forces with Satan and put together the One World system. As we see things starting to happen we can rejoice because Jesus is coming soon.

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

We should remind ourselves of this verse often and draw comfort from this. Of course at the same time we worry over our unsaved loved ones. Worrying does nothing, place them in God's hands.

For today keep praying ! Do not give up hope. Let us strive to live in a way that is pleasing to God and always pray.

Betty

The last couple of days have been hard physically. This morning I slept until 11. I used to feel guilty but now I remind myself that my immune system is whacked and I need to take of myself. Just as it is important for us to take care of our physical bodies we need to take care of our spiritual health.
 
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Good Afternoon and Happy Wednesday,

https://youtu.be/t9dvVp0Nxjo

When we listen to that video we laugh and then we shudder. We ask ourselves are we that self centered. The reality is as Christians, even we can become more focused on ourselves instead of God and others. We do not mean to be selfish but Satan has a way of changing our focus from God to what is going on in our life. Even when others suffer tragedy we can be more focused on how we are going to go to the funeral when we have so much already on our plate. We can allow ourselves to be so concerned with what is going on in our lives that we let our time with God suffer. God is a patient God and for the most part He doesn't knock us our heads to get our attention. Of course there will come a time when God will allow troubles in our lives to get our attention. Our job is to not wait until we are overcome with troubles to call out to God. Of course even the most dedicated Christian has troubles and even tragedies, but it is so much easier to cry out to God when we have walked with Him daily. We do not feel we have to re-introduce ourselves to God. God is not a vacuum cleaner that we only take out when we have a spill or need to clean. God wants us to seek forgiveness every day for our sins and to talk to Him every day about our needs, wants and desires. When we pray do we take time to praise God for His goodness or is our prayers just a shopping list for what we need? Do we ever just call our God and tell Him that we love and appreciate Him? We are on this earth because God has a purpose for us and it is not just to provide all our needs and make us happy. We are to be working to build the Kingdom of God. We are not all called to preach and teach but we can share the love of God with others. Are we praying everyday that God will use us? When we see someone in obvious destress, do we ask them if we can pray for them? God can use us if we ask Him to show us how. Of course we need to spend time daily with God so that we can be filled with the Holy Spirit and our hearts open to the leading of God to know when to react and to see when there is a need. If our cup is empty we have nothing to share with others. Remember the song "Fill my cup, Lord"? Let us pray that our cup be filled to over flowing and then seek to share God with others.
Betty
A blue jay has been hanging around. I think her babies have hatched. I hope she is enjoying the bird seed.
 
Posted by Betty Louise (Member # 7175) on :
 
Good Afternoon and Happy Thursday,

Galatians 3:28
“There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.”

Colossians 3:11
“Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all.”

Romans 10:12
“For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.”

Let us face the truth we live in a world that is more divided then ever. Children are taught to mistrust people who look different then them. Democrats and Republicans convince people that others on the other side of the fence are out to get them. It is no wonder that people are fearful and fear others are out to get them. What we do not realize it is not a color of the skin or political parties that is the problem, it is sin. The world teaches us to be prideful, as if our skin color makes us better then others. When God looks at us, He sees our hearts. He loves no race more than any other.
I believe with all my heart that we have to stand on truth and not support abortion and gay marriage, but when it comes to one another as people, we are to love one another unconditionally.
When we look down on people because of their skin color, we have sin in our heart. When one race thinks they are better then another, they have a sin problem. Society thinks protest and rioting will solve the problem. Seriously it is making it worse. When people go to God on their knees as a whole then God will heal our land and restore love and understanding among all people. As Christians we are overwhelmed with what is going on around us. We as Christians cannot fix the world, but we can pray for one another. Pray for every person who will get pulled over today. Pray for every policeman doing his job today. Pray that both parties walk away with out harm. We need to step back from placing blame and start recognizing that the real issue is sin. When we realize that the real proponent of hate is Satan and man is being used by Satan then we can stop hating one another and pray to God for healing. When parents on both side of the fence teach their children to deal with others with respect instead of teaching their children to hate others, then we will be a more peaceful society. Remember the police man and woman is doing a job just as you do yours. The difference is they face death every day. Our prayers should including praying for the police every day. When we get pulled over, remember the police officer is just as afraid as we are. They do not want to die, either. So listen to what he has to say and do what he says to do. Treat him or her with respect that their position entitles him or her to. Pray that God will help you to remain calm and that God will help the police to remain calm. A good outcome is when you drive away and both you and the policeman is still alive. I realize that there are emotional wounds that many people carry today. Take those wounds to God and ask Him to heal you. Ask God to give you the ability to love everyone. We all have areas we need God to heal us and areas we need forgiveness for.
Betty
A red bird enjoying the feed and the bluejay. Each day as I walk the yard serving them I am blessed by God.
 
Posted by Betty Louise (Member # 7175) on :
 
Good Morning and Happy Friday,

A group of radical Black Matters, has threaten a blood bath tonight in 36 cities at 7 eastern time. What should our reaction be? It is not hate and it is not to look at every person of color with distrust. Our reaction should be prayer. We must pray that God will stop the evil. Only God can stop the plan of the evil one for surely we know that these people are being driven by Satan, himself. Pray that God will show them the truth. Pray that they will find peace of heart and mind. Pray for the safety of our Country.
The devil's plan is to divide our Country so that evil can take over our land.
Whatever happens we need not fear but know that God is in control. Pray for our Country. Pray for the 36 cities. Pray for our neighbor's. Pray for police officers who must deal with this. Pray for yourself that you do not lose heart our your faith in God.
Betty
 
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Good Morning and Happy Saturday,


John 15:4King James Version (KJV)4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.

There are many reasons for finding ourselves further from God then we need to be. Sometimes it is rebellion. We want to do something that is not what God wants us to do so we move further away. We are like a child playing behind the house with something that mom or dad told us not to play with. We can hide from people, but we cannot hide from God. We may feel less guilty because we think we are out enjoy a hidden sin but God knows. Do we really want to serve a God that we can hide from? At the moment of sin we may think we do, but the moment we are in trouble we are so happy to know that God does knows where we are and what we are doing. When a child cuts themselves playing with glass there is a feeling of relief when the parent comes and takes care of them. Of course we are better off not committing that sin in the first place. Just as that child will carry the scar of their sin, we as adults carry inward scars of our open rebellion against God. It is so much better for us to reject sin and live in a way that is pleasing to God. We are less likely to sin by staying very close to God. We will sin, even old Christians like myself can become critical of others when I am tired or in pain. This is when we need to seek forgiveness. We do not know what others are dealing with. Maybe that cashier is slow because she is rehashing in her mind an argument she had with a family member before work. Maybe the guy at the bank is worried about a sick family member. Before we react with impatience, maybe we should pray a silent prayer that God will give people strength and calm their spirit instead of smarting off a rude remark? It is hard for God's love to shine through us if we give in to hateful and cruel remarks. If that remark passes your lips, apologize immediately. Let them know that you are sorry that you gave into impatience. As much as you can be, be kind to others and deal with others in a peaceful loving way. The more we do this the more we grow in grace and inter beauty. The beauty that counts!
Betty
A few birds and squirrels this morning. I still miss, Lucy.
 
Posted by Betty Louise (Member # 7175) on :
 
Good Morning and Blessed Sunday,

Looking out into the backyard and it looks beautiful. Plants and flowers blooming and birds at the feeder. Yet, if you walk outside you find the heat smothering and it doesn't take long to feel sweat pouring off your face. The plants and flowers that you see from the window, bear the cost of the heat and no rain. Leaves dying on trees and plants. This is how it is with sin. Sin can look so pretty and glamorous and sin calls out to us promising what it cannot give. It is only when you are in the midst of sin that you see the results. If you were go to a club your would see people drinking and dancing the night away. You do not see the affects of over indulging when people are slumped over the toilet puking up all that fun or feel the headache for the hangover the next morning. Cheating on your spouse can seem like fun at first. The sneaking around and getting away with it for awhile. But TV and movies don't often show that result of families torn apart and broken hearts like broken glass scattered everywhere. Sin is like a hook with bait, it entices us to want to take a nimble and then when Satan is through with us, he throws us away like a dirty paper towel.
God wants us to avoid sin. Some people think that God wants to keep us from having fun. The truth is God wants to keep us from being hurt. God says to us that He can give us joy with out a hangover or a broken home.
God warns us about sin because He loves us. Yet, when do sin, He is merciful and forgives us. He brings healing to our hearts and lives even after we feel we are destroyed for ever. As His children, let us seek to stay afar away from sin as possible. Never let us be guilty of seeing just how much we can get away with. Instead let us walk so close to Jesus that we can recognize the call of sin as soon as we see it and stay away from it, like we would a dangerous snake. Remember Satan chose to bring sin in this world by a snake and sin's bite is as dangerous as a poison snake.
Have a blessed day.
Betty
Please pray for Police Officers and their families. This new attack in Louisiana, shows how sin can turn people with hate into cold blooded killers. Pray especially for the families of those who died today.
 
Posted by Betty Louise (Member # 7175) on :
 
Good Morning and Happy Monday,

Because of health issues I stay up later and get up later then I used to. This used to make me feel guilty, but now I have learned to accept my situation. Often in life we are forced to face a reality that we are not thrilled with. Sometimes it is problem people at work. We often are required to accept traits of mates and family members that drive us crazy if we let it. Acceptance is not always defeat. It is choosing to accept what we cannot change, accepting peace of mind over trying to change things we cannot change. What we do not have to accept is being stale in our spiritual life. We are not to stay the same and grow stagnant like a stinky pot of water in the yard left for months. God wants us to grow spiritually. He wants us to mature and age like a fine bottle of wine. We do this by walking daily in the presence of our Heavenly Father. We do not want to stay new born babes in Christ, all of our lives. God wants us to grow and blossom like a full ground tree and bear fruits the way we were intended to be. There will be times that we have setbacks. We seek forgiveness and our Heavenly Father, prunes away the dead limbs of our lives so they we can flourish under His tender care. Try not to grow weary of the things in your live that you can not change. Instead ask God to use those things and those people to help you grow spiritually for His glory.
Betty
 
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Good Afternoon and Happy Tuesday,

We all have our own path to walk on. We all have our own trials to master. We all have our own areas where we are tempted to give in to temptation. BUT, as Christians we all serve a living God who walks with us everyday no matter what path we are walking on. Keep your eyes on Jesus and your feet will stay on the path and not falter. We must make a daily effort to stand for Jesus and not become discouraged. Working for God is not easy and sometimes the path seems to have more thorns them other times. During these times the devil seeks to discourage us and try to convince us that God has left us. God is calling out for us to draw closer to Him. When the pain is at its worse, when the trial seems unbearable, cry out to Jesus. Do not allow the devil to steal your reward. The devil will tell you no one understands what you are going through. He will tell you that no one has suffered like you. The Bible tells us that there is nothing new under the sun. You are not going through a trial that is brand new. God DOES understand and He will hold your hand and guide you out of the valley of pain and on to the mountain of victory. Don't give up when the end is in sight. When your brain is filled with thoughts of doubt, fill it with words of praise for Jesus our Savior. As you begin to praise the Lord in prayer and songs you will begin to feel the Holy Spirit, engulf you with love and comfort. Jesus is coming back soon for His children. Let us as His children not grow weary and give in to the temptation to give up. Seek His face and seek His peace and joy. Be blessed my dear friends, for I believe our journey here on earth is coming to an end soon. We will then have an eternity to walk in the presence of Jesus and Satan will never be able to touch us again. Praise the Lord!
Betty
Happy and blessed to see birds at the feeders today
 
Posted by Betty Louise (Member # 7175) on :
 
Good Afternoon and Happy Wednesday,

Proverbs 3:11-12King James Version (KJV)
11 My son, despise not the chastening of the Lord; neither be weary of his correction:
12 For whom the Lord loveth he correcteth; even as a father the son in whom he delighteth.

As a child, I never appreciated discipline and as an adult, I am still not crazy about it. Even when we know God disciplines us for our own good, it is not something we look forward to nor appreciate the experiences. Yet, just as a plant in a garden needs pruning, so do we as Christians. Just as the flowers and plants thrive and grow stronger through discipline, so do we as children of God. Of course our situation is to obey God and His commandments and suffer less discipline, but there will be times we need pruning. It is easy to get off track. Many of my friends and family members still work. Work is great and it provides money for your household, but sometimes work prevents us from taking the time for Bible Study and prayer. When this happens we lose our focus on God and can easily be more focused on our problems. This sometimes brings discipline from God. It is not that He doesn't appreciate our need for work, but He wants to remind us to not lose our focus on Him. Even people like me, who do not have a job can begin to focus on our problems and not on God. Always remember God's discipline comes from love. When your children were very young and you caught them playing in the street, you punished them not because you did not love them, but because your love for them was so strong, that the thought of them getting hurt pierced your heart. God loves us so much, surely we pierce His heart when we stray from the path of righteousness and into sin. When we seek God and His will, we bring joy to the heart of God and into our own life. Ask God to guide you through each day and to teach you His commandments. Be blessed my friend. Be like a tree branch, that moves with the discipline of God and doesn't fight against the hand of God and breaks off.
Betty

Take the time to enjoy nature today. Even a short walk can be an encouragement to your spirit.
 
Posted by Betty Louise (Member # 7175) on :
 
Good Morning and Happy Thursday,

Philippians 1:6King James Version (KJV) 6 Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:


The mind is one of satan's favorite play grounds. He likes to cultivate weeds in our garden and the mind is where he works best. With Christians he likes to sow the seeds of doubt, the seeds of depression, and the seeds of judgment of others. Sometimes a thought will come out of left field, so to speak, a thought that has not been there and it takes us by surprise. We can honestly ask ourselves, "Where did that come from?". It is not the thought, that is sin, it is what we do with the thought. Do we dismiss the thought immediately or do we play with it awhile? The reaction can be victory or a sin. We choose our response. If we reject the thought immediately, we have a victory over satan. If we play with the thought over and over for a time we have given satan a victory. The more we entertain the thought, the bigger the victory we give to satan and the larger our sin grows. We cannot stop satan from putting thoughts in our head, but we can choose to reject evil thoughts.
Sometimes other people can sow a thought in our head. When someone makes a sinful remark about a person, we are free to decide what our response will be. When someone shares gossip about a fellow Christian, you can nip it in the bud by saying to the person, "let us stop and pray for that person" and then do so. Do this a few times and you will no longer be the person to go to, to spread gossip. Besides, what better reaction is there then to pray for those who are struggling. Another thing, do not use prayer request as a time to spread gossip. It is possible to ask for prayer for someone with out spreading gossip. We can ask for an unspoken prayer request for John without using the prayer time to trash John. Let us seek to cultivate a garden with lovely flowers and not with weeds and thorns. We can pray for those who are hurting with out spreading hateful gossip about them. When we seek to please God we will find peace in our lives.
Betty
This morning I was blessed with a squirrel and a few birds.
 
Posted by Betty Louise (Member # 7175) on :
 
Good Afternoon and Happy Friday,

2 Peter 3:18King James Version (KJV) 18 But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.

Our relationship with Christ is supposed to be a growing one. We should be developing as mature Christians. Yes, we become tired and overwhelmed at times, but if we do not grow in the Lord, we are limiting ourselves. We miss out on where God wants to take us, when we demand milk instead of the meat of the Word of God.
Our spiritual journey is incomplete because we refuse to walk in God's Way, insisting on being carried as if we were a baby. May God forgive us! Not only are we missing out on the marvelous journey God wants to take us on, but we are displeasing our Heavenly Father. How sad it will be in Heaven for God to show us great plans that He had in store for us but we missed out because of fear or stubbornness!
The journey God wants for us is not always smooth pathway of soft grass beneath our feet. Often it is rocky with thorns and pits that scare us. We forget that we are not alone on our journey and that we travel with the Holy Spirit in our hearts and Jesus by our side. It is often during those times that tries us, that we grow spiritually. We must remind ourselves that there is a reason God does anything in our lives. God is incapable of making a mistake. If He has us spend time in the valley or climb a steep mountain, there is a Godly purpose. When we are willing and obedient children, we will grow in grace. When we accept His will for our lives then we can find peace in all circumstances. This doesn't mean, an attitude of "I can't change anything, so I might as well accept my circumstances". It is attitude of trust. Trusting God even in the midst of physical or emotional pain. Placing your questions at the feet of Jesus and working every day to live in your circumstances with a heart of love for God and others. When we put our trust in God, He will not fail us nor forsake us.
Seek to do as Peter said: seek to grow in grace and in wisdom. God bless you and your family. Whatever you are going through, I pray God will bring you peace.
Betty
2 squirrels in the feeders and a blue jay earlier. We bought more bird seed, yesterday.
 
Posted by Betty Louise (Member # 7175) on :
 
Good Afternoon and Happy Saturday,

Matthew 6:27-29
Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? And why worry about your clothing? Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow. They don't work or make their clothing, yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are.

We can spend hours worrying and fretting over things we cannot change. This morning I woke up, but laid in bed for an hour worrying about a previous Church I went to. The Church was started by a elderly Pastor who preached the truth of the Gospel. When he and his wife became ill, he had to retire. The new Pastor is preaching ways that would have made the previous Pastor sick in his spirit. The new Pastor is a die-hard democrat and he is telling the Church to vote democrat, in-spite of the democratic stand on abortion and gay marriage. I laid in bed this morning worrying about this Church and her members. I would pray and then go back to worrying. This went on for an hour. I even tried to come up with ways in my mind to fix things. God forgive me for thinking I can change people. Only God can change people. We should never stop praying for people, but we must lay aside the belief that worrying can fix anything. God can bring conviction to the new Pastor or He may choose to move people on to a righteous Church. My job is to pray and leave it in God's hands.
The reality there are many things in our lives that we cannot change. It is only when we give it to Jesus that we can walk away with peace in our hearts and our minds. Never give up praying for others but do not carry burdens that you are not meant to carry. Change can come, but it will not be my human hands.

Whatever load you are carrying today, leave at Jesus' feet and trust Him. He will not fail us.
Betty

This morning son and daughter-in-law worked in the yard for hours. It looks great.
 
Posted by Betty Louise (Member # 7175) on :
 
Good Morning and Blessed Sunday,

Matthew 5:45. That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.

Everyone becomes discouraged, Christians and non Christians, alike. Sometimes, it is like me this morning. Being ill in the early hours on Sunday morning and missing Church two weeks in a row. I feel lonely and misunderstood and all the other things that attack a person's mind after being awake most of the night struggling. Yet as a child of God, I have a source to go to. A source was with me even in the early morning hours when I felt so alone. The devil would like to convince us that if God was with us, we wouldn't be sick, depressed, and confused about our circumstances.
Yet, the Bible tells us that everyone has good and bad things that happen in their lives.
It is in those early hours of the morning when it seems everything is so dark, that we must reach out to Jesus and talk to Him about our concerns. God has not abandoned us. It is us that have turned our hearts away from God. It is often in the darkest of nights that we learn truths of God's love for us. When we seek that tiny light that is pointing us to the way of truth and righteousness. The closer we pull ourselves toward God, the brighter the light will shine. We may wonder why doesn't God drag us toward Himself. It is because He wants us to choose Him. If you make your child say that they love you, their words mean nothing. It is only when your child chooses to express their love for you that your heart glows with happiness. We, too must choose to love God in the midst of the storm. When we do, we will not be disappointed. Whatever your circumstances are today, choose to love God and walk with Him. Even as the winds blow and the hail pounds, He will not forsake nor abandon you.
Betty
A few squirrels outside and a red wasp in the kitchen. I have been trying for two days to encourage the wasp to got outside. I prefer not to kill it. So far it is maintaining its distance from people so I am allowing it to live.
 
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Good Afternoon and Happy Monday,

2 Cor 12:9. And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

I was ill a good portion of the night and even though I slept till 11:00 a.m. this
morning, I am weak in my body. We can feel weak in our soul and spirit. Yet, God tells us that it is through our weakness we are made strong through the Holy Spirit.
When we are sick physically, we need to stay closer to God. In our illnesses, the devil can find an opening to speak doubt and fears in our hearts. Telling us no one cares, which is a lie. Telling us that God has forsaken us, also a lie. Every Christian faces those lonely times. Sometimes it is in the hours when everyone is asleep and we are sick. Other times it can be when a trial seems unbearable, but we are never completely alone. God is with us and we can count on that just as we count on there being enough air in the atmosphere to breath. David said that he encouraged himself in the Lord and we can also. Don't fight against your weakness but open yourself up as a vessel for God to fill. Seek His face in those dark hours and you will experience the peace that only God can give.
Betty
When you are able take a short walk, even if it is just in your neighborhood and enjoy nature and as you walk pray for yourself and others. No prayer is ever wasted.
 
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Good Morning and Happy Tuesday,

Psalm 147:3 He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds.

Sometimes it is the one you think will be there for you, in your time of need, who is not. They may be there physically but they are not supporting you emotionally. Their words can even cut you when you are most vulnerable. Yet we have a Savior, who is with us through every thing and all the time. When the ones we love, fail us we can go to God and seek for healing and peace. When our brain is running like a hamster in a wheel, our thoughts can be so tumbled that we cannot even understand our own thoughts. God does understand and we can ask Him to slow down our brain and help us focus on Him. There is a peace when we stop and spend some alone time with God. Let go of what hurts you, ignore the words of those who cause you pain and focus on the one who will never leave you. People cannot always be there but God will never leave you nor forsake you. Put God first. Yes we should be good to others, but God should come first in everything. Forgive those who are not capable of being there when we need them and take heart in the One will always be there.
Isaiah 41:13 For I the LORD thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee.

May you blessed today by the knowledge that no matter what you are going through, God is with you.
Betty
Very small squirrels are enjoying the feed this morning.
 
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Good Afternoon and Happy Thursday,

Yesterday, I had a procedure done at the hospital to see why I have had a health issue for the last 18 months. This was the second try to find the problem. In the process, I lost part of one of my front teeth. I knew the tooth had issues but I was not prepared to be woken up in recovery and told of the tooth loss. At my first response was to ask God, why? Then I reminded myself, I had woken up, I was still alive and had a lot to be thankful for. Many times and I know I am guilty we are quick to ask God why things happen and not even notice that in the midst of everything God was with us. Yes, I will have to have the little bit left pulled but life doesn't end with a loss of a tooth. Most of us can acknowledge that we have many things to be thankful for. We have a roof over our head and comfortable bed to sleep in without fear. So many people in the world would think they were rich if they had what we have. Even with health issues I know that I am indeed blessed. My soon to be daughter in law took me and stayed with me and hubby. Her gentle sweet spirit made things so much better and I was so blessed when she led a prayer for me. My son came to check on me at his lunch hour and brighten my spirit.
None of us knows what tomorrow may bring but let us try to remember in those times of trouble that we are not alone. God is with us and many like me are blessed to have loving family.
Of course turning on the news, we are reminded that things in this world are not good. Jesus told us when we see the things that are happening now to lookup for He is coming back soon. So try not to allow the things going on around you to discourage you and remind yourself that you are a child of a living God who loves you.

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

Betty
A woodpecker and a squirrel this morning
 
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Good Morning and Happy Friday,

This morning the feeders have little birds enjoying a meal. I like all birds but I am kind of partial to the little birds. They seem like babies even though they are not. Sometimes in life we deal with adults who still have qualities of children who have not learn any better. Selfishness, pride, greed, and just plan stubbornness sadly can affect Christians as well. Dealing with these kind of people if we are not careful can bring out the worst in us. We can react in anger and frustration and if we are not careful, unChristian words can slip through our lips. Often we are less then patient when we are going through are own issues and are physically and emotionally tired. Sometimes the best thing we can do is step away for awhile and pray. Pray not only for them, but for ourselves. The reality is, we can only change ourselves. We cannot change others. God will work on people and He will deal with His children who are bearing fruit that is contrary to what He desires. To our dismay, He will not knock them in the head and tell them to knock it off. Change for everyone takes time. Often we have to be patient while this change takes place. What do we do during this time? Well, yelling suggestions to them doesn't work. ( I have tried that😏). What we do is seek God on ways that we can improve our own life. We use this opportunity to grow in grace and love in Jesus. We seek comfort from God when these types of people wound us and we wait patiently for God to work in their lives just as He is working in our lives. Even if a person we love refuses to change, we remind ourselves that we are not personally responsible for the spiritual life of even those we love. Then we keep on being the child of God that our Heavenly Father desires us to be. We stop worrying about the future and we trust Him for today and tomorrow.
Speaking for the future, we should pray for the election, but do not lose your faith no matter who wins. I may be wrong, but I believe the only hope for America is for our Country to declare a time of mourning before the Lord and change her direction. From watching both conventions, it seems to me that their is a lot of self pride on both sides and neither party willing to humble themselves before God. Remember God has a plan and no matter who wins, God will not be shocked or afraid. God knows the future and who ever wins, it will be because God allowed it. Of course pray and vote, but your hopes are not on a man or a woman but in God. Our faith in God should not falter no matter who wins the election. Yes, it may become harder to be a Christian and our freedom of Religion could be affected, but they can not touch your soul.
Matthew 10:28. And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.

Be strong in the Lord and trust Him in all situations.
Betty
Ever day look for diamonds of mercy that God sends your way and take joy and comfort in that.
 
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Good Morning and Happy Saturday,

As I walked around the front and back yard putting out feed for the birds and squirrels, this morning, as I do most mornings, I looked up at the sky and asked God, if this was the day He is coming back for His children. I admit, because of having 4 health issues and my age sometimes my cry for His return, is for selfish issues. I am looking for my new body, free from disease and pain. Yet, there are many morning like this morning when my heart is yearning just to be in the very presence of my Lord and Savior. To be able to kiss the scars that Jesus suffered for my salvation and thank Him as I look in His eyes. What a day that will be for all Christians. Paul tells us in God's Word, that God wants His children to yearn with hopeful hearts for the return of Jesus. There is even a crown rewarded to those who long for the return of Jesus.
It is not selfish to yearn for the return of Jesus. As we wait though, we must use our time wisely. Praying for the lost, sharing the love of Jesus with those you meet each day and asking Jesus to use you for His glory.

Today as you go about your day ask God to bring to your mind, those you should pray for. With the Lord's help seek to live each day in a way that is pleasing to our Heavenly Father. When you do act in a way that is not pleasing to God, seek forgiveness from God and anyone you might have hurt. In a rush rush world,
it is easy to let unkind words slip though your lips. Always swallow your pride and apologize. Most of the time people will be shocked that you took the time to apologize and be gracious. There will be those times that your apology will not be accepted, just move on and pray for that person. Remember hurting people are not always able to accept apologies and may incapable of forgives. In the world today there are people who have given their hearts and souls to evil. They are not capable of love. Do not interact with these kinds of people anymore then you have to. Their hearts are cold and evil and they will not accept kindness and love. Pray and leave these in the hands of God. There comes a time when people have embraced evil and rejected God to the point that God has allowed them to go into perversions and their own destruction. As evil as the words that pours out of their evil hearts much more evil is deep into their hearts and souls. The less time you are around these poor souls the better.
Betty
Have a blessed day and enjoy those you love and seek ways to share your love with others.


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Good Morning and Blessed Sunday,

Psalm 36:7-9. 7 Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass.
8 Cease from anger, and forsake wrath: fret not thyself in any wise to do evil.
9 For evildoers shall be cut off: but those that wait upon the LORD, they shall inherit the earth.

When we have suffered for a length of time, whether emotional, physically, or both, we tend to run away from what we need most. Humans have a tendency to want to crawl into themselves when they suffer. What we really need is God and to be among the people of God. While it is great for us to sing praises to God every day, on our own, there is a extra bonus if you will, from praising God together with a group of believers. As we magnify the Name of our Lord and Savior, even in our troubles we are revived by group worship. The more time that passes from our last night in Church, the easier it gets to stay home. Yet, when we go we wonder why we did not choose to attend sooner. There is a reason Paul said that in the last days do not neglect the gathering of yourselves with fellow Christians. Not only do we need the fellowship but we need to be hearing the Word of God spoken to us. I often listen to preaching on the radio but there is a specialness about being fed in the house of God. The call on our hearts should be: "Come let us worship together".

Betty
 
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Good Morning and Happy Monday,

Today is August first. Today parents of young children are starting to get excited about School restarting. Teachers are saddened to see their vacation coming to the end. Those of us in the South, are looking forward to the fall and cooler weather. There are many times of the year that we look forward too. Those who have a party and a big celebration look forward to Halloween. Americans look forward to Thanksgiving, the biggest travel day, when family gets together around the Thanksgiving table. Most of us look forward to Christmas. Young children look forward to presents and parents to the decorations that brighten the cold dark winter.
Christians and non Christians look forward to the New Year. Around the world, the New Year, the time that gives people hope of a new beginning and a "start over", if you will. Yet as hard as we try most New Year resolutions are broken and just a memory by March.
There is only one who can promise a new beginning, a new birth, and that is Jesus. We do not have to wait until January first, to begin again in the Name of Jesus. He wants us to be born again in Him, and we can do that any day or night.

John 3:16King James Version (KJV)
16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
Romans 10: 9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.


To God's children, God calls us to come to Him for forgiveness, refreshing, and guidance. God does not save our souls and walk away. He doesn't send us in our way with a platitude of "have a great life, see you in Heaven". God wants to walk with us everyday. He wants us to trust in Him and seek His truths. Is it possible to get saved and never seek the face of God? I honestly do not know, but if we did, we would remain a baby Christian till the day we died. We would have no rewards in Heaven for we would have lived a selfish life. Doing good deeds only to receive the praise of man. Let us walk with Jesus daily. Seek to grow into a mature Christian. Seek His ways in all things. Let us as children who love our Heavenly Father, live out our lives until the end so that we may face our death with the words of Paul.

2 Timothy 4: 6 For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand.7 I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:
8 Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.

As Christians we are now looking forward to another prophecy to take place, the rapture. As we look with hopeful eyes for His return, let us strife to work for Jesus and allow Him to work through us. Be blessed my friends, even in this days of turmoil and distrust, for God has not gone on vacation, neither is He sleeping. Things are falling into place just as Jesus said they would. This is the time to seek his face more then we have ever done.
Betty
The humming birds have almost emptied their feeders. It is emptying quickly. We too as God's children are being empty by living in this world. Go to Jesus daily for a renewal and a refilling.
 
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Good Morning and Happy Tuesday,

As I got dressed this morning, preparing for my primary care appointment, I realized that I have been going to the Doctor for two years. So much time, money and discomfort, and yet I am worse off physically then the first day I saw her. No it is not her fault but yet is discouraging to spend so much money and to have tried countless different medication and no improvement. While I am waiting on the last biopsy report hoping for a diagnosis that will show what medication, I should be on, my frustration grows. We as Christians, can often feel that way. It seems that we have spent countless hours down in the valley and yet our souls do not seem to have improved as much as we would have thought they should. It can seem that we have wasted so much time and still not be where we think we should be, spiritually. Living in our bodies we cannot see the journey of our lives, as God sees it. We often cannot see the growth that has taken place. When our children were small we often did not really notice the growth in statue, until we noticed that the clothes that fit so well in September, in June are tight and too short. Just like that, we often cannot see the spiritual growth in our lives, but that does not mean it does not exist. We must step back from ourselves and rejoice not in our spiritual growth, but in the journey God has taken us on. Realizing as we look back that the pain that we went through though hard and depressing at the time, has brought us to a new wonderful place in the Lord. This is why God has told us through Paul, to rejoice in all things. It is not about thanking God that you had a blow out or thanking God that you are going through physical challenges. It is thanking God that He has you on a path of spiritual growth and reminding yourself, that through all of it God is with you. If you feel that you have made no spiritual growth in a while, ask God to show you where you were and where you are today. If there is truly no growth, then ask God for forgiveness and ask Him to begin a new work in you. We can grow stagnant and disobedience can cause our growth to come to a stop. Seek the face of God and ask for ways that you can be open to His leading. Do not be come complacent in these last hours of the Church Age. Jesus is coming back soon. Are you ready? Do you need to seek forgives from God for hidden sins? Do you need to seek forgives from others? Let us feel our oil bottles and be like the wise virgins and be ready and waiting for His return.
Betty
Saw tiny squirrels in the yard. Already getting warm. I look forward to fall weather. The change of Seasons show us that contrary to what the world thinks, God is still involved in our world.
 
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This great to read your thoughts.
God is leading you
God Bless You
 
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Good Morning and Happy Wednesday,

Psalm 126:5-6King James Version (KJV)5 They that sow in tears shall reap in joy.6 He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.

Psalm 30:5 For his anger endureth but a moment; in his favour is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh inthe morning.

Many Christians are suffering today for the Gospel of Christ. In many Countries, precious people are locked up and killed for sharing their faith. In America it has not come to this yet, but people are still suffering for their faith. There are people who are not promoted because of their faith. Generals in the military have been forced to retire because of their faith. God has warned us in His Word it will get worse. What God does not tell us is to hide your faith so no one will know. Depending on who wins the election it may become a crime to share any part of the Bible that is not considered politically correct. As children of God we look forward to an eternity in Heaven, but are we sharing this with the lost, so they too can be saved? At a protest some gay women held up signs that said: "Going to hell and proud of it". Another event women wore T-shirts that said: "I am proud of having an abortion". When we see these people is our first reaction disgust? What should be our reaction? Our hearts should be pierced with grief as we look on souls who have been overtaken by evil. Unless these souls be changed for the Lord, they will spend an eternity in hell. Let's face it sometimes we hear about such evil committed by a person and there is a little bit of satisfaction in our hearts, knowing they will spend eternity in hell. My dear friends this is not what God wants us to feel. He wants us to grieve over those who have given themselves up to the devil and his ways. As human beings we are not capable of understanding the length of eternity because it is never ending. We come into this world and we leave this world. Our very lives are enveloped into a 24 hour day and a 365 years. The concept of never ending is not something we can understand completely, but we know deep in our hearts that hell is not where any of us want to be. Even those who brag about hell, deep in their heart is a dread of going to hell. Why do they embrace the idea of hell? Pride. It is pride that makes them take pleasure in not allowing themselves to be told what to do. They do not realize that they have listened to the devil's lies and are in fact doing his will.
We as children of God must keep on praying and using every opportunity to share the love of God with others. We must see past the depravity of the lost and see the soul deep inside them that needs Jesus. While it is true that may never accept Jesus, you will be able to stand before God, knowing you did all you could to reach lost souls . May we be praying for lost souls until our final breath on earth. Be a willing vessel for our Heavenly Father. As the only songs says "Work till Jesus comes".
Betty
The back yard is quiet and no sign of birds, yet.

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Good Morning and Happy Thursday,

My biopsy results are back. The collageous colitis has spread from the colon to my esophagus and both are inflamed . Happy about getting the results because the Doctor seems to be taking my situation seriously now and has a plan for medication. As Christians we can be convinced that God is not taking our needs seriously. There is a part of us that wants to cry out to God: "Do you even see what is going on in my life? Do you even care?" Then we have to remind ourselves that God is well aware what is going on in our lives.

The best plan of action for us is to offer up the sacrifice of praise to God. I understand it is hard. It is hard to think of praise when we are physically in pain. It is hard when circumstance are so hard that we feel like we are drowning. Yet when we offer up praises to God, we feel blessings come down like a comforting shower. Sometimes our situation changes. Other times our situation doesn't change but God gives us a new outlook that adds a song to our heart and a spring to our steps. Remind yourselves, that nothing we go through on earth, that will not be worth an eternity in Heaven. When you are suffering, reach out to fellow Christians. Resist the compulsion to draw into your self and hide your pain. You don't have to go into the gritty details if you are not comfortable. Just ask someone you know who prays to pray for you. There is no shame in seeking others to pray for you and your family.
I find listening to praise and worship songs uplifting on my bad days. My friends we are not alone. God is with us and there are other Christians that care about us.
May you be blessed today. May God fill your day with His perfect peace.
Betty

Happy to see squirrels.

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Good Morning and Happy Friday,

Matthew 24: 37-46. But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
38
For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark,
39
And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
40
Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left.
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Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left.
42
Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.
43
But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up.
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Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.
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Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord hath made ruler over his household, to give them meat in due season?
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Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing.
47


As Christians, we can study God's Word and see that Jesus is coming for His children soon. While we still live in this world we need to take care of our physical needs and we need to prayerfully vote, but our hearts should be attune to the whispering of the Holy Spirit as He calls us to prepare our hearts for the soon coming rapture. Just as we feed our bodies, we need to be seeking in prayer and in God's Word for the feeding of our souls. Seek God to help you have a healthy soul and a heart that is listening for the calling of God upon our lives. We must not expect the winner of the election no matter what party wins to fix the world. Our world has listened to the voice of Satan for so long, that sadly most would not recognize the voice of God. If Jesus would appear on TV, the world would not embrace Him and His teaching. Instead the world would be trying to teach Jesus how to be "politically correct". People would be insisting that God to remove from the Bible the parts that they feel do not measure to the "world's standard". What God says is sin, is sin. God is not going to change His standards to please the world. Christians, neither should we. This is not about judging people. This is about speaking the truth in love.
I have found myself arguing with people many times over sin issues. This is not how God wants me to act. We need to be honest about what the Bible says and then if the person does not want to accept the truth, remind them that you love them and then CLOSE your (MY) mouth and walk way. Always pray for those who are living in sin but walk away from the argument. We will never argue a person into accepting salvation. Yet never stop praying for lost souls.
Take comfort my friends in the soon coming of Jesus, for His children. Seek ways to do His works until the day Jesus calls for us.
Prayers and hugs,
Betty
This morning a handful of squirrels and and little birds.


1Thess. 4:13. 13 But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.
14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.
15 For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.
16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
18 Wherefore comfort one another with these words.
 
Posted by Betty Louise (Member # 7175) on :
 
Good Afternoon and Happy Saturday,

I hope that God has a sense of humor. When I sing praises to Him, I forget the words. So I usually sing one song made of many partial songs.
It's wonderful to know that God inhabits our praise.

Psalm 22:3. 3But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel.

It is not about the talent of our singing or lack of talent. God sees into our hearts and our praise to Him is sweet smelling and in His love for us, He graciously receives our gift to Him. The Bible says to praise God in the mist of the good and the bad. We can rejoice with the Lord. Praise God in your weaknesses and in your strength. Praise God with all your heart and soul. May God hasten the day when His Church shall stand in unison before His Throne. Let us be grateful and respectful children and honor our Heavenly Father in the way that honors Him. It is easy to get caught up in our day to day work and forget to give praises to God. We should work on reminding ourselves of the blessings God has given unto us.
Betty


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Good Morning and Blessed Sunday,

Growing up as children, it doesn't take long to learn that there is an action and then a reaction. We act and there is a consequence . We accomplish something good and there is a good reaction. As me grow up we realize that somethings we do for the good of others does not have a good outcome. People judge us on our motivation, even if they do not know our motives. There is a saying that says: "no good deed goes unpunished". I admit I have used that saying myself. It does seem like at times what we did out of pure motives brings back pain for ourselves.
The big problem comes when we treat spiritual issues the same way. Growing spiritually often requires us to accept in love that what we did for Christ may not be accepted by those we had sought to bless. Even when we work for God, we do always get the outcome we expected. You can go to Church every time the door opens, support your Church financially, and give to Missionaries across the ocean, and yet you will still have troubles.
The dryer breaks, you get a flat, or you have a wreck. No where in the Bible, does God say serve me and you will never have troubles again. Love me and the world will love you. In fact the Bible says that because we love God, the world will hate us. We do not serve God so that we can walk through this world unaffected by troubles and this sinful world. We serve God because He lived and died for our sins. We are reminded in God's Word, that this is not our home. We are accumulating prizes in Heaven and not working to gain the affection of the world.
This said, God has not left us alone and unprotected. The Holy Spirit is in us and has been since the day we got saved. Yes, we will have problems, but we are not alone. In everything you go through remind your brain and heart that God is with you. Rejoice in the knowledge that nothing you go through on earth, can keep you from the love of Jesus. Sing praises to the Lord in the midst of your trials and pain.
Be blessed my friends, knowing that He that spoke the universe in to existences wants to guide your steps every day.
Betty
A few squirrels this morning.
 
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Good Morning and Happy Monday,

While reading my morning Devotional, I managed to spill my coffee not once, but three times. There are times as humans we feel like we have three thumbs. Everything we touch goes opposite of what we intended. This morning I took it in stride, but there times, I lose my temper. Losing my temper most always makes it worse. Yet we as Christians, can find ourselves in that position. Take a bad night sleep and a morning when things are not going right and the next thing we know, we have yelled at someone and show that nasty thing, known as a temper. Everyone has a temper. There are somethings we should be angry about. We should be angry when we hear of the many babies killed in abortion every day. We should be angry when we hear about a Pastor preaching "Universal Salvation" and we should be angry when we hear of someone killing innocent people. The Bible does not say do not be angry. The Bible says:

Ephesians 4:26King James Version (KJV)

26 Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath:



It is how we react in our anger that determines whether we have sinned or not. There is such a thing as righteous anger. It is righteous anger to be anger at abortions, false preaching, and murder. Our reaction is NOT to to call women out side the abortion clinic bad names. Our reaction to false preaching should not be to attend the Church and make a scene during the service. We should not hate killers and be so filled with hate that we cannot wait to see the executed. Our reaction is to pray. If we get a change to talk graciously and kindly to a woman who wants an abortion then do so. Yelling hatful things outside an abortion clinic will not stop abortion. Disturbing a Church service will not stop a false preacher and a killer is not going to stop until God either takes them out of this life or they accept Jesus as their Savior. Realize that in many situations, you can make a difference by praying. Praying that young women will choose life. Vote for people who support life. Pray for false preachers to be convicted. When you hear of a killing on the news, pray for the victims family and pray that the killer will be caught. Never feel like that praying is all you can do. Praying is the best thing you can do. Of course go the extra mile, support if you can places that offer alternative plans instead of abortion. Get out and vote for life and pray for those in prison to seek forgiveness from Jesus. Be angry but have a righteous anger. Be angry at the devil who has filled souls with evil. Listening to the news now days is hard. Many have stopped doing it. Yet, listening to the news can open opportunities for you to pray for specific people that you have never met. When the devil seeks to destroy your faith and confidence because of bad news. Remind your heart that the devil loses in the end. God will win and His children will one day walk on streets of God where no evil thought can enter in.

Betty

Blessed to be in God's House yesterday and to worship with fellow believers. Seen birds gathering in the trees this morning awaiting their breakfast.
 
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Good Morning and Happy Tuesday,

Genesis 1:27. God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.


Satan is not content just to corrupt marriage by turning a sexual union that God created between man and woman into man and man and female and female. He has now encouraged mankind to reject the terms male and female. Many today are offended by the terms male and female, as if the use of them is an insult to them personally. The government, Schools, and Employers are twisting themselves in knots to fine pronouns that do not define a person by a gender. It as if being called a male or a female is a high offense.
This world does not see that the devil hates God and wants to do everything the opposite God's desires. Mankind thinks that they have evolved into a developed person by rejecting anything that God has created. The reality is that they have created nothing and are only listening to the whispering of Satan in their ears.

Motherhood which used to be a highly respected position is not looked down on with distain. A popular singer of today stated that she found fulfillment in motherhood. The feminist, liberals came down hard on her for saying this. Women brag about their abortions as if that was an accomplishment and look down on Motherhood as being for weaker less ambitious women.

The world is taking the good things that God created and stomping them under their feet. In their attempts to be above the things of God they are digging deeper and deeper into sin.
They do not see how they are becoming more hard headed and closing their ears to the message or salvation. What they see as enlightened and self glory is really a life that is devoid of God and a life that is devoted to the things of the devil. We cannot change their minds. We can pray for them but sometimes we have to accept that they have gone beyond redemption.

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

Everyday we can see how the world has embraced evil and rejected the truth of the Gospel. Seek God and ask Him to cover you with His Holy Spirit. Ignore any teaching that is contrary to the Bible. God does not need to become enlightened to the ways of the world. The world needs to humble themselves and seek the truths of God. Anytime a Preacher or teacher tells you that God has changed His mind about His truths, run don't walk away from that person.

Numbers 23:19. God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?

Betty

This morning as I walked the yard feeding the squirrels and birds, I noticed how beautiful blue the sky was and the white clouds like big fluffy marshmallows.
 
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Good Morning and Happy Wednesday,

Walking around the yard, feeding the birds and squirrels, gives me a time of reflection and prayer. Praising God for the beauty of nature, seeking forgiveness of my sins and praying for guidance. I enjoy this quiet time with the Lord Jesus. I am grateful for this time with God and grateful for the beauty of nature. Spending time in the morning does not guarantee that you will have a perfect day. What it does do is fill your heart and your minds with peace, comfort, and joy. Then when those annoying things happen, trust me they will, you already have an open conversation with God. You are less likely to react in an unChristian way when you have began your day with time alone with God. Those who walk in the morning, that is a great time to pray for yourself, your family, and our Country.
Communication with God is more important now then ever. If you have young children instill into them the importance of a relationship with Christ. Sadly many Schools are teaching things that are contrary to God's Word, so we need to teach them the truth. Let them know that God wants to have a relationship with them. There will be many temptations out in the world, teach them that with the help of God they can be overcomers. Remind yourself that no matter what the world says, God has not changed His mind about His truths. Do not embrace the sins of the world. The old saying: "The world is going to hell, in a basket" is sadly true. Rather then admit their sins and repent they tell Christians that the Bible is no longer relevant and those who are enlightened embrace sin as normal behavior.
The temptation to deny God's Word is strong, when we are more concerned about what friends and family thinks of us instead of God. Remember it is only trusting in God and accepting His truths that will open the gate for you to enter Heaven. This is so important because our eternity rides on this. The Bible says we cannot serve two Masters.
Luke 16:3. No servant can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.

We cannot have one foot in the world and one in God. We have to commit to one. Choose which is the most important to you. Is it man or God?
Betty
Are you looking for the little diamonds of joy, God brings to your day? Are you praising Him throughout the day?
 
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Good Morning and Happy Thursday,

This morning as I took our pills out from the monthly pill holder, I noticed that I was missing the pill for my kidneys. I found I had put it in Ronnie's and not mine. It got me thinking, how many times have we listened to a Sermon or a Teaching and though: "I know someone who needs to hear this". Are there times that God wants to knock us in the head and tell us this was for us? Are we quick to see sinful ways in others and blind to our own? It is easy for us to excuse ourselves, when sin is pointed out in our lives. Yet we are often quick to judge others. We wonder why our brothers and sisters in the Lord are not working more for the cause of Christ, but excuse lack of activity on our part. Sometimes we do have legitimate excuses by the world's standards. Many people wake up in pain every morning just like me, but we have learned that staying in bed doesn't take away the pain, we just become depressed. People who work often feel that they do not have the hours in a day to work for Christ. Yet, opportunities arise a work. When your coworker tells you that there at a loss of what to do with one of their kids, offer to pray for them and their child. When coworkers open up about something is causing stress in their life, take advantage of that opportunity to express hope and love in their lives. We come in contact with hurting people every day. Many times I have allowed opportunities to fall on the floor like rose petals. Sometimes I have been given a second opportunity with that person, but many times I have not. How do we prepare for opportunities? When we do our morning devotions, we pray for God to open our eyes and hearts to see when He wants us to speak. There may be times we feel in our spirit that God does not want us to say anything. Then we say a silent prayer that God will open their heart to accept the truth and send the right person to share God's love with them. We can never go wrong praying for someone. This does not mean everyone we pray for will get saved. The Bible says wide is the gate to hell and narrow the gate to Heaven, but always pray. Only God knows who will accept and who will not. The more we pray, the closer our relationship will be with God. The closer we walk with God the less fear we will have in our hearts and minds. Remember in the months ahead, when the devil whispers into your ears, that God has lost control of the earth and you are just on your own, that God has NOT lost control. There is a judgment coming to America and Europe, because of the governments legalizing sins. How much longer will the blood of unborn babies, cry out for justice? How much longer will men and women spit in the face of God by doing what is unnatural? Knowing that judgment is coming is not to grow fearful and hide out in a cave from the world. We should pray for our Country, our family, and our world. We should look up for the blessed hope and pray that the Father will send Jesus to get His Bride soon!
Betty
A little woodpecker is enjoying the seed in the back yard. In the front yard are squirrels.
 
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Good Morning and Happy Friday,

How was your spiritual temperature when you open your eyes this morning? Was the first words out of your mouth, praises to God? It would be a no for me this morning. I woke up hurting and had to talk myself into getting up because I knew colitis would raise its ugly head when I stood up. I say all this to say that there are days when being grateful and thankful to God for our many blessings, is far from our thoughts. We can become so caught up in our circumstances that we miss the big picture.
God has a plan for our lives and sometimes His plan is woven in to our suffering. Everyone suffers and I do not think that my suffering is any worse than yours. I know a Christian lady who has a boss that is so critical. He never gives her credit for the extra work she does on her free time, but he is sure to pounce on her when she makes a mistake. My daughter is struggling with car issues. Every Christian I know is dealing with something at this time. In our hearts we realize that Jesus is coming soon and the devil is working over time to steal our joy and our testimony.
The devil is quick to whisper thoughts that we are the only one that is going through troubles. He can send thoughts of loneliness and make us wonder why our healing has not happened yet. This is when we remember Jesus words in the garden:
Luke 22:42 Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.

Jesus bore our sins for our salvation. His precious blood bought our redemption. He deserves our praise thorough out everything we go through. Whether it is His desire to heal us in Heaven and not on this earth or His desire for us to stay at a job where we are unappreciated, we are to praise Him, daily. Who knows we may be the only Christian that angry boss knows. Our sickness may help produce spiritual growth. We will have those days when we have to step our of ourselves and remind ourselves that God is in control and the cross that Jesus chose for us to bear is not too heavy if we stay in communication with God our Father.
Yes there will be morning when we want to pull the cover over our heads and hide from the world. Instead, let us rise up and give God the glory due Him and the pray for opportunities to share God's love with a hurting world.
Betty
I see a blue jay in the tree and I am thankful for my chance to enjoy the beauty of nature.

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Good Morning and Happy Saturday,

Last night I had one of those nights I haven't in awhile. Hurting to much to sleep and the pain pill keeps me awake. So I had less then four hours sleep. This morning my hands are alittle shaky and I am not all that alert. I often talk about our spiritual health. We can and often do, neglect our spiritual needs. If we admit it to ourselves there are days that we rush through our devotional, our brain only comprehend a partial of what we read. We can even be arrogant enough at times, to think that at least we read it. Devotionals are not for God's benefit. He knows everything. Devotionals, Preaching, and Prayer are for our benefit. It is through these that our spirit is fed and we are given the tools to stand strong. We live in a world where being a Christian is considered a weakness. People will say it is nice that we have our faith, but they do not want to hear about it or experience it for themselves. There are those who will even look down on you in pity that you need a crutch, of Religion. They do not understand there is a difference between the Christian Faith and other Religions. No other Religion promises a relationship with God. No other Religion gives you assurance of salvation, in this life. Many Religion promise a Heaven if we live good enough and you only know after death. The Bible tells us no one is good enough. Jesus is the only one who walked this earth and never sinned. No!, my friend our hope of salvation is in the precious blood of Jesus. We cannot work our way to Heaven. We cannot buy our way into Heaven. When we realize that we cannot add one thing to the plan of salvation, we can relax and stop trying to be good enough. This does not give us a license to sin. The closer we walk with God, the more sin in our lives, should convict us. The more we love God, the more we should seek to please Him. There is a song I like that says"Wise Men Still Seek Him".
Everyday we should seek His will in our lives and in the lives of our family.
Praying often for lost souls. I can catch up with sleep with a nap and we can catch up on feeding our soul by seeking Jesus everyday.
Betty
A few squirrels this morning. Remember to pray for Christians who are being persecuted and killed around the world for their faith. Muslims are still beheading Christians and other Muslims. Women and young children
are killed. Pray for the Church in these Countries that God will cause them to prosper and supply their needs.
 
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Good Morning and Blessed Sunday,

When I was a child, my mom would have us at Church, twenty minutes before the Service started. I decided that I would not do that when I grew up. Now I am married to a man that drags so much in the mornings that we are lucky to get to Church two Minutes after Church starts. I guess it is the old saying "be-careful what you wish for.
Spiritually, we can do the same thing. We want the spiritual growth that we see in someone we admire, but when we have to go through the fire that they went to, to get where they are, we want to run the other way. Salvation is a free gift. We can never earn or add to it. Spiritual growth costs us something. We have to be willing to walk through dark valleys to grow spiritually. It is easy to see the results in people's life's of trusting God through suffering and want the same thing in our lives. Living through the valleys and walking through the thorny paths is a whole different cup of tea. It is like the old saying "give me patience, and give it to me yesterday". Patience and joy in the Lord does not come instantly and it does not come with out a cost. Yet, when we see the results in our lives, we can look back with grateful hearts that God not only allowed us to go through storms but He walked with us all the way to the other side. Let us not run from the will of the Father. He has a great reason for what He allows us to go through. He wants us to be over comers. We can not rejoice in victories until we go through the battles.
Betty
 
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Good Morning and Happy Monday,


Psalm 51:10-12New International Reader's Version (NIRV)
10 God, create a pure heart in me.
Give me a new spirit that is faithful to you.
11 Don’t send me away from you.
Don’t take your Holy Spirit away from me.
12 Give me back the joy that comes from being saved by you.
Give me a spirit that obeys you so that I will keep going.

As I was reading my morning devotional this morning I focused on verse 10 where David asked God to give him a spirit that was faithful to God. I realize that God must wish many times that I was more faithful to Him. Like many Christians, there are times that I am on fire for God and others that I am lukewarm. My devotion to God can vary with my circumstances. We all get caught up in life and there are times that are devotion to God varies in strength and commitment. None of us seek to be less devoted and less committed to God. Yet, life has a way of causing our focus to be on other people and other things. I don't believe it is a case of losing our way but of losing our focus.
This is not the way God wants us to live. He knows that there are things that we have to do, yet even in our work we can be focused on God. We can do our work in a way that will shine a light on God. Those at work who know that we are saved are sure to noticed when we halfway do our job. This is a bad reflection on our Heavenly Father, when we only do enough work to keep our job but our attitude shows we could care less about our work. When we do our work with a cheerful heart then others can see God in us.
When we are out in public do others see an angry person who is just waiting for an excuse to bite someone's head off? Or do we act and react in the love of Christ? We will come across angry people, that is a given. It is how we react that either shows God's love or just shows another angry bitter person in this world. Let us not be an angry and bitter person. Bitterness is a weed that can pop up in our garden, but we need to pull that out as soon as we see it. We need to ask God to heal our bitterness and replace anger and bitterness with the fruits of the Spirit.

Galatians 5:22-23King James Version (KJV)

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,

23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.



May God help us every day to shine His love on others and be a living example of the grace of God. There will be times that instead of the gifts of the Spirit pouring out of our lives, there will be anger and unpleasantness that flows out of us. Seek forgiveness from God if possible seek forgiveness from the person we hurt. In these dark days we need to pray more then ever that God can use us for His glory.

Betty


The ground is saturated from all the rain but there is still three little squirrels in the back yard.
 
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Good Morning and Happy Tuesday,


Philippians 3:10King James Version (KJV)10 That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his suffering

In 1970, Spanky and the Gang, had a hit song called: "I'd like to Get to Know You". I remember this song, because it was playing on the radio the first time, my future hubby had come to my house. I remember telling him that the song was how I felt about Him. In the 90's, Bette Midler had a song called "From a distance". In this song it talks about how God is far away and just watching us from a distance. This was a huge hit and I admit when I first heard the song, I liked it. Yet, the more I heard it, the less I liked it. The God in this song is not our Heavenly Father. This God doesn't really take an interest in the world and her affairs. He doesn't really get involved in people's lives and doesn't really care what the people on earth do, whether it be good or evil. Christians and non Christians can be guilty of wanting a God like that. A God that will answer our prayers but for the most part stays out of our business. This is not having a relationship with God, this is more like a Santa, who gives us good things and then disappears for a year. Our Heavenly Father wants us to desire to know Him. He wants us to desire a personal relationship with Him. Another song comes to mind,that says : "the more I see you, the more I love you". This is how our relationship should be with Jesus. The more we seek Him, the more we know Him, and the more we know Him, the more we grow to love Him. God does not want us to love Him from a distance. He wants to walk and talk with us every day. God is not a statue that we hide in the closet, when we want to act in ways that is displeasing to Him, so that He does not see. God knows all. This may be scary at first, until you realize that there is nothing you can confess to God that is going to shock Him or make Him run away from you. As you go through your day remind yourself that God is not an uncaring being that is watching you from far away. If you have accepted Him as your Lord and Savior, He is with you every day. His Holy Spirit lives within your heart. If you have not accepted Salvation, I challenge you to accept the greatest gift you can ever receive, Salvation. God is waiting to forgive your sins and He wants to be your daily companion. He wants to guide you as you go through the challenges of this world. Being a Christian, does not mean you will never have problem, never have sickness, or never go through storms. The difference is your will never have to go through them alone, again. Let us have a desire in our heart to know God better every day and not try to push God off into the distance from our lives and heart.

Betty

Another rainy day in the Houston area, but we need the rain. I saw a few birds this morning .
 
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Good Morning and Happy Wednesday,

"God knows the way, He holds the key, / He guides us with unerring hand; / Some time with tearless eyes we’ll see; / Yes, there, up there, we’ll understand."
Maxwell Cornelius, from the hymn “Sometime We’ll Understand”

In this life, there are things we go through and will go through, that we do not understand. There will be battles we will fight that seem to have no rhyme or reason. We must remind ourselves that God has a design for our lives. We do no suffer for nothing. He did not throw us out into the world with out reasons and plans. Yes, there are times we are affected by the sins and growing pains of others, yet even through those times God will use these for His glory and for our good. No tear, no sleepless night goes by without the eyes of God not knowing. There will be days that we are overwhelmed by physical and emotional pain. These are the days that we should cry out to God and NOT run from God. Contrary to the lies of
Satan, there is nothing that we go through that God is not with us. We often have to cry out and ask God to sustain us and feed His with His heavenly manna and He is willing to do so. Remind yourself that is during these times that we grow in strength and might. A tree has deep roots that keeps it standing through storms. We need deep roots into God's Word. Sunday only Christians will fall in a storm and lose their way. It is by being with God every day that our spiritual roots grow. God is preparing His Bride for His return. He is polishing us just as a jeweler polishes gold. God wants us to strive to be more like Him and to be serving Him every day with a willing heart. Whatever we suffer here on earth will be forgotten, when we look into the face of Jesus.
1 Cor. NLV. 13:12. Now we see things imperfectly, like puzzling reflections in a mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity. All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God now knows me completely.

One day everything we went through in this live will make sense and we will understand why. For now we must live in faith for the Bible says that without faith it is impossible to please God. How do we obtain faith? By listening to the Word of God. Be of good courage my friend, for you are not fighting battles alone, for our Heavenly Father walks with you daily. Call out to Him just as Peter did, when he began to fall into the sea.
Betty

I have had a female red bird eating at the feeder close to the kitchen window. She watches me and if I do not walk towards the window she does not fly away.
 
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Good Afternoon and Happy Thursday,


James 5:8-11King James Version (KJV)

8 Be ye also patient; stablish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh.

9 Grudge not one against another, brethren, lest ye be condemned: behold, the judge standeth before the door.

10 Take, my brethren, the prophets, who have spoken in the name of the Lord, for an example of suffering affliction, and of patience.

11 Behold, we count them happy which endure. Ye have heard of the patience of Job, and have seen the end of the Lord; that the Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy.


Watching the Olympics it easy to tell that the one who starts out ahead in a race doesn't always win. It is not the one who jumps out strong in the beginning that wins the prize but the one who endures till the end and comes in first that wins. Sadly, it is the same in our walk with salvation. We often see those who seem to have become saved and begin the race on fire ready to take on the world for Christ, who lose their way. Could it be that they never really got saved but under conviction that decided to earn their way to Heaven? Salvation cannot be earned and when one seeks to enter Heaven by works that become discouraged and fall by the wayside. Even Christians can become discouraged and fall out of love with Jesus.

Rev. 2:1 To the church of Ephesus write; These things saith he that holdeth the seven stars in his right hand, who walketh in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks;

2 I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil: and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars:

3 And hast borne, and hast patience, and for my name's sake hast laboured, and hast not fainted.

4 Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love.

5 Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.

How do we stay in love with Jesus? It is about continuing a relationship with Him. The more we walk with Him, the stronger our love grows. Yes, it is true that tribulations, heartaches, and trials can cause our love to grow cold. This happens because we take our eyes off Jesus, and focus only on the difficulties, that we are dealing with. The stronger and harder the difficulties in our lives, the closer we need to walk with God. Often it is only when we reach the end of our rope that we call out to God. This is because we are trying to accomplish our spiritual walk on our own. There are going to be times that God will allow us to reach the end of our rope so that we will call out to Him. We should have called out to God in the beginning but we allowed self pride to make us think we were strong enough on our own. Sometimes we have to hit bottom to make us look up to Heaven. As time grows short let us strife to walk closer and closer to Jesus. Remind ourselves of our need for God and seek Him daily.

Betty

This morning as I filled the bird and squirrel feeders, a squirrel was walking across the fence. I wondered if the squirrel realized that I was bringing more feed or did he run away from fear? Do we realize how many blessings God bestows on us each day? Do we take God for granted.? Think about this as you go about your day
 
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Good Afternoon and Happy Friday,

" Our business today is to be New Testament Christians, proclaim New Testament Christianity, and build New Testament churches. That seems simple enough … but just try it in dead-earnest and see what happens!" Vance Havner

A character on "Downton" said that it was okay for people to have religion, just not okay for them to take it out in public. Sadly, there are only a few times that people in the world today want to hear about religion: their illness, their kids illness, and a world tragedy. They do not want to hear about salvation, just that God is going to fix things. What they do not understand, all though God does answer our prayers about our needs on earth, He is more about preparing folks for Heaven. Christians know that this is not our home. We are preparing through our daily walk with Jesus for our real home in Heaven. The devil is working on bringing about a "One World Government" where he himself, will reign. The UN doesn't realize that they are putting together satan's plans. The Pope is working on uniting Religions into a "World Religion". Whether he knows it or not, the Pope is putting together Satan's plans for a "One World Religion". For non Christians a "One World Religion" makes sense. It is just a matter of taking out of each Religion what people of other faiths have an issue with. Take out Jesus and just pray to God and many people will be happy. They can put under the umbrella of "God" anyone they choose. Everyone is happy and no losers, right? The truth is all will be losers. Jesus said that He is the only way to Heaven. Hiding the fact that you are praying to Jesus is not going to cut it. Jesus said if we are ashamed of Him on earth, he will be ashamed of us in Heaven.


Mark 8:38
“Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.”
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If we deny Jesus, we will not enter Heaven's Gates. Each day we see even in America our Religious freedom slipping away. Hillary wants to "influence" people into no longer believing in the truths of the Gospel. She wants Christians to abandon the beliefs that the world has abandoned: abortion and gay marriage. If she wins she will be into place what several countries have done and put to "sleep" those who are a drain on health care and no longer consider valuable to the world. To many this sounds good until it is their parents are grandparents. When we look around at the way things are falling into place, remind yourself that these are signs that Jesus is coming back. The more things fall into place the more we need to be preparing our hearts to see Jesus face to face. It is no longer the time to hide what we consider our petty sins but repent and make yourself ready as the Bride of Christ. He is coming soon!
Betty

I have been blessed this week to have a female cardinal, feeding right outside my window. She watches me unafraid and that makes me happy.
 
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Good Morning and Happy Saturday,

Song of Solomon 2:15
Take us the foxes, the little foxes, that spoil the vines: for our vines have tender grapes.
Whether it is someone you live with or work with, it is often the little annoying habits of others drive us crazy. Being annoyed is not a sin, but these little things if dwelled upon can feed and grow into bitterness. This leads to sinful outcomes, if we are not careful. There comes a time in marriage that your realize that habit that your mate has that drives you crazy is not going away. There is a point you realize that he or she is not going to stop doing it. At this point you can either accept it or you can make you and your mate miserable. Love is accepting things about others that drives us crazy. The way to start is to make a joke about it, in your head. Making sarcastic remarks to your mate will only start an argument that leads from annoyance to a fight. Of course no one reading this has annoying habits, but our families and coworkers could easily find a few. Accepting one another in love is not pretending we don't have annoying habits, it is accepting them in love. You might say but I don't love my coworkers. Did not Jesus tell us to love one another? There are even times that we have to keep our mouth shut about sin. When God holds us back from speaking, it is often because that person is not prepared to see that what they are doing is sin. At those occasions we do the best thing possible, we pray for them. We pray that God will open their eyes to the truth. When we jump in and confront them, we can cause them to close their minds to God. Only God can open a closed mind. There will be times that God does open a door for us to speak to a person, then we must be very careful to do so in a very loving way. Confrontation is not the answer but speak in a loving and kind way. Even then, there is a big chance that you will be rejected, but we do not know if there will be a time when our loving and kind reprove may open their eyes to accept the truth. Let us as children of our Heavenly Father seek to walk and speak in love. There will be times that we will speak harshly. Swallow your pride and apologize. Allow God to use you for His glory and in His ways.Betty This morning as I fed the birds and squirrels, I was walking around the yard, talking to them. I wondered if the neighbor's think I am taking to myself. This made me smile.
 
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Good Morning and Blessed Sunday,

I often talk about how important Church attendance is and I wondered this morning if people think that I do not understand that it can be a struggle making yourself attend. I do understand. Although my COPD is mild, and I am grateful, when I first wake up my chest hurts because of all the gunk that accumulates while I sleep. It is tempting to turn over and go back to sleep. When I do get up and start moving the colits kicks into affect and my belly hurts more as I walk around getting dressed. I hurt if my belly is empty but fear eating anything , because despite 12 different pills, Doctors have tried, I am still not in remission and afraid to eat before Church so I drink alittle coffee so I am more alert and take a pill that helps with my stomach spasms. Then I get hubby up for Church and if he as been able to sleep some he goes with me. He suffers from chronic insomnia. I say all this because I know it is hard sometimes to go to Church. I know it is often a struggle. This I can tell you, I do not remember attending Church and then regretting it afterwards. I always feel better and blessed to be in God's House. There are times I cannot make it. When I have been ill all night just as there are times that you cannot go, but when we do go, we will be blessed. Years ago there was a song sung regularly about bringing the sacrifice of praise to God. There are days for all of us that singing songs through physical or mental pain is indeed a sacrifice, remember, my friends, Jesus sacrificed His own life to save us. Let us attend Church when we are able and offer up our praise to God who loved us enough to send His Son to die for our sins.
Betty
 
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Good Morning and Happy Monday,

It is muggy and damp outside, with the promise of rain. Sometimes we feel spiritually that we have gone through a long dessert. Other times we feel muggy, with a hint of spiritual life but waiting on showers of blessings to flow over us. Let ever be, our desire be for spiritual rain. Never be content with just a sprinkle now and then, but seek spiritual showers to flow over you. If our cups our are empty, how can we flow over into others? If our heart has gone lukewarm, how can we be a beacon shining the light of God's plan of salvation to others? To feed others, we must have been fed ourselves. You cannot share from a empty cup. We must sit at our Savior's feet daily so that we constantly have a full cup to share with those we come across in the world, whether family, friend, or stranger. It is never greedy to want more of God. We please God when we want to be overflowing with His love and truths. Give God praise even if it is just little nuggets of praise through our day. Serve Him with love and gladness and give out of love and cheerfulness. May our Heavenly Father bring you extra blessings today.
Betty
The rain has started and even in the rain the squirrels are enjoying their breakfast.
 
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Good Afternoon and Happy Wednesday,



Jude 24-25King James Version (KJV)

24 Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy,

25 To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.

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One of the many tools in the devil's arsenal is discouragement. I have seen strong Christian have to fight discouragement. This is tool is used mostly over a period of time so that discouragement sneaks into heart like a rabbit in a vegetable garden. Strife in the home, at work, or even in the world can weaken our faith. Chronic illness can wear us down emotionally, spiritually, and physically. Often it is when we feel we have a handle on our situation that discouragement sneaks in and takes us by surprise. Simply because when "we" think we have a handle on our circumstances. It is when we are trusting in ourselves to be strong and not leaning on God and His Word. It is when we think we are secure in our own strength, that we fall. Sometimes it takes a fall to make us get rid of self pride and remember that there is nothing we can do to secure our salvation. When we are right with God we want to work for Him but we do not work our way into Heaven. We can not buy our way into Heaven. Only by faith in Jesus Christ that we can enter into Heaven.

Hebrews 11:6 [Full Chapter]

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.



Isaiah 55:6-7King James Version (KJV)

6 Seek ye the Lord while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near:

7 Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the Lord, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.


Be blessed my friend, and trust in your Heavenly Father. Seek to walk with every day and talk to Him through out the day. Remember our friends and family may tire of us repenting the same problem and fears over and over but God is long suffering and patient. Trust in Him to walk with you. Invite Him in your heart and life.

Betty
 
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Good Morning and Happy Tuesday,


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


Philippians 1:6King James Version (KJV)6 Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:

As human beings, we will deal with frustrations, that is a given. Being a Christian does not protect you from frustrations. Sometimes the frustration is your own and sometimes you will deal with the aftermath of other's frustrations. Usually when you are least able to deal with frustrations, is when they hit you square in the face. What are we to learn from them? We are to learn to turn them over to Jesus and seek His guidance. The older I get the less patience I have dealing with my own frustration much less someone else's, but it is a great reminder that I can not react in a loving Christian way with out the help of God. The devil loves it when we lose our temper and fight back against what we consider a attack against ourselves. God wants us to stay calm and silently pray even in the midst of turmoil. When we do, He will bring peace to our hearts, even when things are going on around us that are out of our control, we can be at peace. Knowing that frustration is one of the weapons of the devil, we can easily see the need to reach out to God in those times. When we do, He will bring peace to our hearts and minds.
There will be times that we will allow frustration to get the best of us, when that happens, apologize to those that you offended and apologize to God, for not seeking His help and reacting instead of acting. We need to remember that we are in a spiritual battle. Satan wants to cause us to stumble and to lose our temper. When we do it gives him a weapon to throw in the face of God, but what Satan does not realize is that God loves in-spite of our imperfections and not because we are perfect. When God looks at us, He sees the covering of Jesus precious blood and not our own righteousness. We strive to live better not so we can be perfect Christians, but to obedient Christians. Have a blessed day.
Betty
A few squirrels this morning. I took some seed to the from yard and close to the road was a baby squirrel. When he or she saw me it laid as flat to the ground as it could, thinking I could not see it. So sweet!
 
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Good Afternoon and Happy Friday,


Romans 6:22-23King James Version (KJV)

22 But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.

23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.



Sometimes we need to be reminded that this is not our forever home. We have a home as the old song says, will never be corrupted or decay. There are no critters in Heaven to destroy our eternal home. Our home is not made by human hands so we will not have to worry if there are any hidden flaws. The first home we bought was built during a construction strike and the builder depended upon illegals to the job. Hubby found empty beer cans in the attic and many of the homes had major construction problems, simply because they were built by people who were not qualified. Our home in Heaven was built by God, who spoke the world into existence. Today more then ever we need to remind ourselves of our future home. As Christians we are often shocked by what is considered normal behavior today and we fear things will get worse. Some Schools are making it against the rules to use the pronouns he and she. Could one day it be illegal to dress your baby daughter in girls clothes? Will unisex clothes be required? Truth is we have no idea what the immediate future holds for this world, but we as Christians do know what eternity holds for us, (a home with Jesus). It is easy to be overcome with fear when we think of the possibilities of the election and the reaction people will have, no matter who wins. This is when we remind ourselves that no matter who wins God is in control. Even if we lose our freedoms and even our lives, we know where our eternity will be, safe in the arms of Jesus. We will have bad days. I had a bad day myself, yesterday and allowed fears to overwhelm me. Then I was reminded that God has not forsaken me. We do not know what tomorrow holds and that is scary but when we remind ourselves that we serve a God that does know, we can lay our fears and confusions at His feet. Those my age and older often deal with physical issues that wear us down physically and emotionally. It is during these times that the devil is there to offer words of discouragement and fear in our ears. We have to be careful not to listen to him and dwell on those thoughts he puts in our heads. We have to remind the devil and ourselves that we have read the last book of the Bible and we know who will win in the end. We will struggle and there will be bad days but we can always go to God for encouragement. May God fill your day with encouraging thoughts and work in your life to being peace of mind.

Betty

A couple of male cardinals and a couple of blue jays are enjoying the feeders at the moment.
 
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Good Morning and Saturday,

Abraham and Sarah are great examples or why we should wait on God's timing. The Jewish people have suffered ever since they decided to help God out, but before we judge them, we to can be guilty of the same sin. When we wait a length of time and it seems God is not working, the temptation is to step in a fix things ourselves. In most circumstances, when we take over, we need God to fix what we broke. A popular saying is attributed to the Bible: "God helps those who help themselves". This is not in the Bible. The truth is, God helps those who cannot help themselves. Those who think they have under control or less likely to ask God for help. Many of us are not patient. We want God to work now! His timing often feels like He has forgotten our request. This does not mean there are not things we can be doing as we wait, but we seek guidance as we take steps to accomplish our course of action. God has a reason for His delay and when it seems He worked at the last moment, there are reasons for this. We are not able to see the actions that God worked out behind the scenes. The more we trust Him the more we can be at peace while God is working things out. Be blessed my friends.
Betty
When we are overwhelm, it is okay to ask others to pray for us. Yesterday I sought prayer for depression. We should not be ashamed of needing help.
 
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Good Morning and Blessed Sunday,

I woke up this morning feeling like my brain was in a cloud. I seemed to be struggling against myself with every chore I tried to accomplish. It is wonderful to know that God is always on His game. There will never be a time when we call to Him, that He has to get the cob webs out of His head before He can function. God is always in control and we can trust Him with the very breath we breathe. It is when we stop looking at God the Author and Finisher of our faith and look at our circumstances that we become fearful. God has not forgotten you, my friend. He loves you and He cares about what you are going through. Do not let the devil's lies discourage you. Seek God with all your heart. Trust in Him and not on your own understanding for our thoughts can cause fear and with complete trust in God, there is no fear. Never be ashamed of needing a brother or sister in the Lord to pray for you. We all have weak days. Have a blessed day.
Betty
A squirrel at one of the feeders.
 
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Good Morning and Happy Monday,

Ephesians 2:8For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:

As Christians, we should be so grateful that our salvation was not bought by our works. We would live our life to the day we died, wondering if we had done enough to earn our way to Heaven. There would be no peace of mind and heart, that we were secure in the arms of God. I have met people who thought that our good works and sins where weighed out and the heavier side would win. How could we possibly do enough works for our God to save us? Our works, in them selves, mean nothing to God. It is our heart motives. Do we work for God because we love Him? Do we work for God to call attention to ourselves? Our works will never save our soul, but works for God will earn our rewards in Heaven, if they are done out of the right motivations. Works done to earn the praise of man will do that, but there will be no reward in Heaven for them. Works done our of love for our Heavenly Father is what counts in Heaven. It is not the greatness of the work. The man and woman whom quietly share their faith to their fellow worker and poor strangers are just as important as the man who preaches on Sunday in a megaChurch. There are many people who do their work for Christ quietly and going unnoticed my others, but their .works are recorded in Heaven for eternity. Let us as God's children work for God out of a heart of love and may we have a heart of compassion for the lost. We cannot save anyone but we can live an example of the love of Christ in the spot God has us in. As an old Hymn says "Work for the night is coming". There will come a day that our works will end, either by the rapture our own death. Work for Jesus until our last breath on earth. For many of us we are very limited in the physical work we can do, but we can always pray. Prayer is never wasted my friends, pray through out the day for lost souls. Do not allow the devil to convince you that you must work your way to Heaven. Jesus is our ticket to Heaven and He finished His work for our salvation, but at the same time, pray that God will use you for His glory.
Betty
It is hot and muggy this morning but still blessed by a few squirrels and birds.
 
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Good Morning and Happy Tuesday,

I put out the seed and washed and refilled the bird bath this morning.
The bird bath gets nasty quickly and needs to be washed. As beautiful as the world is, we too can get dirty and pick up attitudes and ideas that are not pleasing to God. We can work with people who's language is better suited for a bar then the work environment. Just a trip to the store and we can be in line with a person who has a stinky attitude and is spreading this around like dust. Sometimes we have to just stop and pray and ask God to forgive us when we take on their attitudes and even their language. We can silently pray that God will give them inner peace and calm their spirit that is in turmoil. Of course, pray that God will also give us a sweet and calm spirit. When it is our turn at the register show a kind and sweet attitude to the worker who has had to do their work silently while customers have taken their bad attitude on them. When we have been the one who has treated a worker badly, apologize to them. Let us be a light shining in the world of sinners. A light of love and peace and joy. We may be one of only a few that has shown kindness to the person who is working. At work show kindness and love even when others are angry and nasty. It is easy to take on their attitude but pray and ask God to help you rise above the ugliness and shine God's love on others. With God's help, we can be a beacon of hope and peace in the mist of turmoil and stress.
Pray that God will fill your heart with joy and peace that is overflowing so that others who come in contact with you will see the love of God. Do not be quick to judge others but instead pray for them. Have a blessed day, my friends. Remind yourself often that Jesus is coming soon.
Betty
Squirrels and birds are starting to gather for the food and this makes me joyful

John 10:27-28King James Version (KJV)27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:28 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.
 
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Good Morning and Happy Wednesday,

This morning I fed the birds and squirrels as my usual thing to do when I first get up. Walking around the yard, my mind wondered to why we struggle in our spiritual lives. Why does God take us down dark paths where we suffer loss? It is not because God is entertained by our struggles and pain. Nor is it because, He has thrown us out on the chess board of life and forgotten us. Struggles bring spiritual growth. While people who pay for physical trainers, may tease the trainer of being a sadist, the reality the person knows that the trainer is strengthens their muscles and helping them in building body strength. God allows us to go through spiritual struggles, so that our spiritual muscles will grow in size and in strength. Struggles hurt whether they be physical or spiritual, but the outcome is worth it. Of course it would be easier if God would tell us where He is going with the path we are own and the what the outcome will be. But where is the faith in that? Part of our spiritual growth is the building up of our faith. The more we trust God, the stronger our faith grows. In the midst of our trials we can know that God is with us and that He has an Heavenly purpose for allowing us to suffer for a time. Our struggles will cease and there is victory ahead, but during the struggles, praise your Heavenly Father and know that all will work out for the good to them that are called by God for His purpose. Be a willing vessel and struggle not against the bit in our mouths but be obedient to the calling of God and His Holy Spirit.
Betty
 
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Good Morning and Happy Thursday,

Looking out the window at a couple of squirrels, eating this morning. One is awfully skinny. Hopefully I can fill him out a bit. There is a peace that comes with heartache and years of living. Watching a bug crawling on the outside of the kitchen window or a lizard, I would have really never gave a though to in the past. Now it brings a smile to my face, watching nature. I wonder if when God sees us doing His will if He too, smiles? God sees more then our outside appearance, He sees into our hearts. He knows when we are struggling, whether it is physically, emotionally, or spiritually. Knowing He knows us so well, should bring us peace of heart and mind. We all have burdens that we do not share with others and it is comforting to know that not only does God know them but He cares about our private concerns. God is available, any time to hear our concerns and needs. He doesn't turn us aside, nor does He ignore our cries. We can seek His face anytime day or night. Let us not just call on Him for our needs but remember to offer up praises to Him, also. Remind yourselves of the victories of the past and thank God for His mercy and grace that He bestows on us. Our Heavenly Father is indeed, merciful and loving to us.
Betty
A gnat flew around my coffee cup, as I waved it away, I remembered some of nature is best enjoyed through the window. 😄💙💛😍
 
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Good Morning and Happy Friday,

This morning I have small birds at the feeders in the back and small birds and small squirrels at the feeders out in front. Nature gives no thought to where the food comes from and most likely takes for granted that there will be food put in the feeders twice a day. We as children of our Heavenly Father can be guilty of taking for granted God's protection and His supply of mercy towards us. It is only when there is a problem that we appreciate things. For a couple of years the water department had issues because of all the new homes. Several times we turned in the water to find it was turned off. Those times we really appreciated running water. It is the same when electricity is turned off due to a power failure. We are the same way with spiritual matters. We expect God to provide protection and our needs but do we thank Him for them. We have a little fender bender and sadly our first thought is not always: " Thank God, we are not hurt", but where was God? When trials come are first reaction is not to wonder what God is trying to teach us but to wonder if He fell down on His job. The Bible says to praise God in all circumstances and the truth is, that is hard. It is hard to praise God when you have a disease that there is no cure. We can begin to look at the rest of our lives dealing with pain and unpleasant circumstances. The last two and half years has taught me to not to dwell on the circumstances so much and trust God. When we trust God through our circumstances, we find we are more at peace. Let us try not to take God for granted but to thank Him in all things and be grateful when we turn the faucet on, that water comes out. Let us be grateful for the time that God takes with us, to mold us into the beauty He sees in us, that we cannot see. The wood does not fight against the carver. Let us be willing vessels that God can mold info beautiful beings for His glory.
Betty
 
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Good Morning and Blessed Sunday,

Any one in a relationship for a length time, soon discovers the you can not control the other person. Whether it is a romantic relationship, family member or friends and coworkers, there actions are their own. All we can do is control our reactions. Are we reacting in a loving Christian manner or are we reacting tit-for-tat? The world's view is that you yell at me, and I will be yelling at me. You mistreat me and I am mistreating you. This is not God's way. We are to act and react in love and kindness. Do I always do that? No! What do we do when are actions or reactions are unChristian? We apologize to God and to the person we hurt. How to do we control our actions? We pray through out the day, especially when we know we are going to be around someone who seems to take pleasure in annoying us. As Christians let us be pleasing to other and show God's love to others. When we are tempted to think that they don't deserve it, remember we did not deserve salvation either.
Betty
 
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Good Morning and Happy Labor Day,

Today we celebrate those who labor in the world to make life better for all of us. From the men and women who keep our home lights burning to the ones making sure there is water coming through the faucets. To those who teach School to the business men who keep companies going. To the first responders who tend to people affected by crime and accidents. To those who keep merchandise coming to our towns by trains and trucks.

One day there will be a great celebration in Heaven for those who work for God. Those who stand in front of the congregation and those who work in the background will be honored in front of fellow Christians, Angels, and God. What a marvelous Labor Day celebration that will be!

Have a blessed day to day and remember what ever you do either in the work force or in Church do your work unto God. May your work be pleasing to God and may others see God in your attitude and commitment to your job. Most of all let others see Jesus in you.
Betty
 
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Happy Labor Day! God bless you Betty- It's wonderful that you are so dilligent in keeping this online journal to benefit all who need some inspiration.
 
Posted by Betty Louise (Member # 7175) on :
 
Thank you so much. About two years ago, God laid it on my heart to do this. I do not feel smart enough, but every day as I walk my yard I pray that God will give me the words to say to be a blessing for others.
Betty
 
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Good Morning and Happy Tuesday,

Walking around the yard, this morning the weather is hot and muggy.
It doesn't take long to feel sticky and uncomfortable. I found myself longing for fall temperatures. But, with the fall, the trees will shed their beautiful flowers and soon look weathered and dead. To enjoy the beauty, we have to endure the heat.

This is the same spiritually. To have beautiful spiritual gifts of the Holy Spirit, we have to endure times of storms and times of droughts. God wants us to do more then grit our teeth and endure while we complain and whine about it. He wants us to praise His Name in the midst of the storms and times of droughts. He wants our faith to shine in the dark dreary and stormy nights. It is when we are able to praise God through the storms and through the times that we feel so far from God, that our souls grow and mature spiritually.

Just has nature has seasons so does our spiritual life. There will be times that we are shouting on the mountain top and other times when we walk quietly through the valley with only our small voice praising God. Let us be faithful in every area that God has us walk through. Let our love for Christ be consistent, strong and faithful in all circumstances. We do not want to be known as only sunny weather Christians. When we remind ourselves that we are not walking though the storms or the dark valleys alone, we can let go of fear and allow our trust in God to soar. Be a beacon of hope where ever God has you walking today. Do not run to be a replica of anyone but Jesus.
Betty

https://youtu.be/F0M0NALW7EM
 
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Good Morning and Happy Wednesday,

Yesterday afternoon, I got what was left of the tooth pulled, that was broken during the procedure I had done at the hospital. The shots to deadened the tooth were horrible and my colitis had my stomach tied up in knots. The pain pills helped with the pain but as they usually do, they kept me awake. I fell asleep about 7:30 and woke up before 10:30. Ready to face the world? I think not! It would have been dangerous not to get that piece pulled because it can cause infection.

God allows opposition and trials in our lives to clean up our soul and make us shine for His glory. These procedure just like dental procedures are painful and scary. Just like it is not good physically to leave a bad tooth in our mouths, it is not good for our souls to have selfishness, bitterness, and envy growing in our spirits. When we begin to see the battles we face as tools to make us better Christians we can bear the pain. Sometimes God has to discipline us or we will still keep going down the wrong path. Whether we are going through turmoil, stress, or depression, we must remind ourselves that is for our own good and we are not alone. Yesterday, the shots were so painful that the assistant held my hand during them. When we go through spiritual pain, God is with us and He is holding our hands.

I do not know what trial you are going through but I know from years of experience that you can call out to God. There will be times that He will not change our circumstances. This is always for our own good, but He will be with us every step of the way. Refuse to believe the devil's lies that will tell you that God has forgotten you or He doesn't care about you as much as He does other Christians. Everything we go through for Christ will be worth it when we enter Heaven's Gates. God bless you today and may He watch over you and your family.
Betty

I saw a tiny squirrel this morning and some doves.

https://youtu.be/tIZitK6_IMQ
 
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Good Morning and Happy Thursday,

Exodus 20:7. Do not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.

Monday, I came across on a Christian page on Facebook, a person who stated that He was a Christ Follower but hated, Christianity. He then proceeded to curse God several times in His post. My first reaction was anger but as the week went by, my anger turned to deep sadness. Sadness that digs deep in your heart and produces intense sadness. This man thinks he is going to Heaven and hates God. Does he not realize that Jesus is apart of the Godhead? Jesus and God and the Holy Spirit are all in all one God. You cannot hate apart of the Godhead and love another part. I have read, when people said that loved Jesus but rejected the teaching of Paul, because of His stand on homosexuality. This may be the case with this man, because the Old Testament also said that homosexuality is a sin.

During President Clinton's term that did a skit on Saturday Night Live, that showed the President using a black maker to mark out the Ten Commandments, that he did not agree with. I admit I laughed, but mankind cannot be a Christ follower and delete from the Bible what they do not like. Hubby and I no longer watch SNL. For years we would watch the first sketch, because it was usually political, but this year they profaned God in a sketch and we stop watching the show.

As we get closer and closer to the rapture we will see the devil work in all kinds of ways to convince people that they can profane God in any way they choose and make Heaven. The Bible warns us that Jesus will not step down on earth until the end of the tribulation. When the rapture happens, we will meet Jesus in the air. I believe this is a serious warning for those who get saved during the tribulation. The anti-Christ will produce someone who will claim to be Jesus, who will worship the anti-Christ. He will lead millions into worshipping the anti-Christ, but he will not be the real Jesus. He will do miracles not under the power of the God of Heaven, but through the power of Satan.

As time grows short, keep your eyes on the God of Heaven and use the Holy Bible for your source for your beliefs. If a teacher or Pastor's teaching does not measure up with God's Word, run, do not walk away from this teaching. This teaching is from the pits of hell.

Pray for those who get caught up in that kind of teaching that their eyes may be open to the truth of God before it is too late.
Betty
Birds and squirrels this morning. I had a family of doves at the living room window with their two babies yesterday evening. They did not fly away when they saw me, which made me happy.
 
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Good Morning and Happy Friday,

For someone who doesn't like change, I have moved a lot since we got married. Tomorrow, hubby and I move again. This time it is for a good reason. Our son is getting married in December and we are moving out of his place so he can get his place fixed up for his bride. Jesus told the disciples that He was going back to Heaven to prepare a place for them. Someday we will have a moving day, but we will not have to pack or call and make arrangements. The day we became a child of God, our reservations were made. A home that we cannot even imagine awaits us in Glory. For now we are strangers in a world that is becoming more and more hostile to Christians, but one day we will be singing with the Angels, around the throne of God. Praise God.

John 14:2 | In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.

For now we are on a journey through life on earth. Let us live in a way that pleases our Heavenly Father. In hard times, remind yourself of your future in Heaven where no evil is found. Have a blessed day and rejoice knowing that Jesus is with you every step of the way.
Betty
 
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Moving tomorrow. Do not know when we will have Internet again.
Betty
 
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Hope you make it back soon. God bless in your move- hope it's not much stress.

Congrats to your son!
 
Posted by Betty Louise (Member # 7175) on :
 
Good Morning and Happy Thursday

As we are starting to get settled in our new place, it is becoming more clear to me how gracious God was in allowing us to live here. There were bumpy roads and times of confusion and unease, but God was with every step.

Living in the world today we can easily feel confused and uneasy, but the more we trust God, the less fearful we will be. God wants us to live in trust in Him and not with fear. As you go about your day today, ask God what areas you need to improve in yourself. Are you impatient and quick to anger? Are you quick to blame others for your own mistakes? Are you quick to fear the worse instead of trusting God? Ask God to examine your heart and to teach you how to improve in areas that you help in.
Betty
Psalm 139:23&24
“Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭139:23-24‬ ‭KJV‬‬
http://bible.com/1/psa.139.23-24.kjv
 
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Good Morning and Happy Friday

This has been a hard week physically. Yet I have had a sweet peace from God and seen His hands at work in our lives. The place is looking more like home but we still have a lot of work to do.

As children of God, we can see the time for Gentiles is coming to an end. We know that Jesus is coming soon, but until then, we must remind ourselves that our work for God has not finished. We must continue until the trumpet blows.

As the old Gospel song says: "People get ready, soon we will be going Home". Until then keep the plow in motion and look up for our redemption is coming soon!
Betty

So far there has only been one squirrel but a cute little bugger,
 
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Good Morning and Happy Saturday,

Psalms 28:7. The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him.

Today's world is focused more on happiness then joy. Happiness comes from the outside and is fleeting. Joy comes from the inside. The Bible tells us that our joy is in God. We can be joyful when our lives our in turmoil. We can not buy joy. It is walking daily with Jesus and communicating with Him daily. Even when our health is an issue and circumstances are less then ideal, we can be joyful and at peace.

Spreading our joy to others is a great mission for a Christian. It is not putting on a fake smile and a fake attitude. It is allowing the joy of the Lord to flow out from you to those you meet. The more we seek God the stronger our joy will be. Don't wait until you are in a crisis mode to communicate with God. God doesn't want to be treated like a ATM machine that you only go to when you need money. God wants to be our companion and friend. Friendship dies when a person only talks to their friend when they want something. Seek God's face on a daily bases. Call out to Him in good and bad times.
Betty

A few birds yesterday and one squirrel but a very faithful squirrel.
 
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Good Morning and Blessed Sunday,

This is the 7th morning for us to wake up in our new place. In some ways we looked forward to the move, but other ways we dreaded it. The boxing of everything and the moving and the unboxing (which still is not finished) was not something we looked forward to. This morning my devotional talked about our preparation for Heaven. Unlike a move on earth, we do not pack up physical items for the process of moving. Everything we will need in Heaven, will be provided for us, even a new glorified body. Yet, we still need to prepare for Heaven.

We need to prepare our hearts and our souls. No! We cannot save our souls, only God can do that, but are we getting to know God and the heart of God? Are we forming a relationship with God? Are we walking and talking to God, everyday? Heaven will be so much sweeter for those who formed a relationship with God on earth, before our journey to Heaven. Some of us will go through the Jordan (death) and others will go up in the rapture. I pray to go up in the rapture, but if it is God's Will take me in death, the transition will be so much sweeter if I have formed a daily relationship with Jesus. Fear of death will be lessened if I have God given peace in my heart. Let us begin today to prepare for Heaven, by seeking God daily. With the move, my prayer life was mostly request for daily needs and not of enough praise to God. We all can get caught up in daily troubles and fears and forget to offer sacrifices of praise to God. Let us start today, reminding ourselves of the wonders and glories of our Heavenly Father and agree to be more grateful and generous with our praises to Him.

Have a blessed day, my friend. May God bless you and your family.
Betty
 
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Good Morning and Happy Monday,

If you suffer from disease that effects the immune system, like me, over doing or just working for several days in a row can cause your body to become sluggish and tired and your brain to be in a fog.
We can get that way spiritually, too! When we get busy doing necessary things but neglect the spiritual, we can become spiritually sluggish. The answer is to spend more time with God. Have you ever noticed the more time you spend out of Church, the harder it is to get back into Church? Not only that but we can become anti-social and find reasons why we do not want to fellowship with fellow Christians. Why I don't go to Church? The devil is more than willing to provide many excuses for us. Why do I go to Church? Answers for this question can be found in the Bible. Paul encouraged believers to meet together to worship and praise our Heavenly Father. It is hard after a move as I have found on many occasions but when we pray and ask for guidance, God will help us find a Church with just the right fit. I had planned on going to one Church yesterday, but before Church I was playing with Google and God led me to another. Seek the face of Jesus and He will guide you. Do not look for a perfect Church. There is none and if there was it wouldn't be if you and I attended. Look for a Church where the Pastor is not afraid to speak the truth in this world of political correctness.

At the moment there is a squirrel on the fence and my little daushund is staring at him through the patio door just to aggravate the squirrel. The devil likes to stick us with pins and cause us to lose our hope in Jesus, but we need to remember the devil is against us and God is for us.
Betty
 
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I enjoy these daily little things Ive been reading them for some time but never registered to post in the forum.

I wish more people would post photos too. Reading other peoples general thoughts, musings and so on are actually very interesting and relaxing. It is nice to just read and look at real life, not some post online that has an agenda, or some "exciting" opinion or story attached to it. Just daily, normal, every day thoughts are pleasant to read.

Right now it is very overcast and the weather report calls for thunder and lightning tonight and/or tomorrow. I am in Phoenix and it is very hot and dry here usually. When we get rain it makes headline news here and is very exciting. Our power never goes out when we get weather, but sometimes I wish it would, just for the fun of it, it makes things interesting when that happens. When I was in an apartment during a big storm, the power went out for about 6 hours. It was night time too. All of the young men and adults went to the basketball court and took up a game of basketball, using the lightning as their light! IT made for a fascinating and surreal experience. Sure it might not be very safe to do so but it was nice to see people enjoying a physical game rather than staying in with TV or computers like everyone does now. What would happen if suddenly all the computer systems went down, there would be a lot of people stuck with no food and things. I believe we need to stop relying on systems and seriously consider planning for the rare but possible occurrence that anything can go wrong at any time.

anyway that's all have a good day
 
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Thank you. I hate it when the power goes out here in Houston, Texas. It is so hot. You are right that people do get to know their neighbors, during troubles. Although there are some who still do not venture out to talk to anyone. We live at a time that sadly there is not much trust among people, anymore.
Betty
 
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Good Morning and Happy Tuesday,

1 Peter 5:8 - Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:


Satan looks for ways to cause us to sin. Out temper can be a useful tool for the devil. It can cause us to lash out at others. Even righteous anger can be turned to evil, if allow our temper to react without restraint.
There are many things we should be angry about in this world, but the Bible says: Ephesians 4:26 Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath: We should be angry at evil but our reaction to evil must be in a holy way and not sinful. This is what should set apart Christianity and the Muslim Religion. A Muslim reacts with violence against those they feel defame their Religion, a Christian should react in peace. This does not mean that there is not a time for peaceful protest. Yet in our anger against evil, we should never commit a sin to defend our beliefs. A sin cannot defend Christianity nor should it be attempted by God's children. God will one day step on this earth and He will defeat evil with the very words that come out of His mouth. Rev 19:15. And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. My friend evil will be defeated but until that day, let us love the sinner and hate the sin.

Today let us seek to shine God's love to one another and be an example to others of the love of Christ. There will be times that our temper will get the best of us and when that happens humble yourself and apologize. Remember your Heavenly Father forgives us so let us be a forgiving person. Do not compromise and condone sin. Speak up against sin but be loving to the sinner. The closer we get to the rapture, the harder the devil will fight against the children of God. This does not mean we are to cower in fear, but to be diligent and be armed with the Holy Spirit and the armor of God so that we do not fall. When we do fall, seek forgiveness from God and anyone we hurt.
Betty

When I write my blog, I always pray that God will guide me in what to write. If my words step on your feet and they often step on mine, pray and ask God if there is some changes that your need to make in your life.
 
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Good Morning and Happy Wednesday,

Wednesday is often called hump day, because it is in the middle of the week. When I worked, when the end of hump day I felt relief, knowing I just had two more to go, to the weekend. It was not that I hated my job but it hard physically and mentally stressful. We Christians know time wise we have passed the hump and are waiting for the rapture. Yet it is getting more stressful as time goes by. No matter who wins the election, there are going to be problems. Hillary is already telling non Christians that it is up to them to change Christians minds about believing that abortion and gay marriage is sin. If she wins, she will become more bolder. We need to realize that persecution of the Church is coming. Pastors will be punished for preaching that abortion and gay marriages are sin. It is only a matter of time when non Christians will be used to seek out those who believe those things are sin and Christians will be forced to take enlightenment classes. You think it will not happen, think again. When I was in High School in the late 60's and 70's, teachers would be shocked at the very thought that children would come dressed to school in clothes different from their sex and teachers would be forced to refer to them as the other sex. Some Schools are forbidding teachers from using the pronouns, he and she. Even in the nineties this would have been shocking. Look how sinful this world has become.

On Facebook was a sign from a Church that read, "God please come before the election ". This is my daily prayer, but I am also praying for strength to stand for the truth no matter what happens. We have been in the birth pains that the Bible talks about for a long time. I believe personally that it will not be long till Jesus comes for the Church. While we wait let us strife to live in a way that is pleasing to God. Let us stand for the truth, uncompromising, no matter whose feelings we hurt. It is not that we should not care about people feelings, but if we are not careful we can comfort people with false hope right into hell. People will tell you Jesus was all about love, but he called false teachers vipers and said they were the children of satan. He was so loved by the Church at the time that He was crucified. If we stand up for the truth, some will pity us and others will hate us. Their reaction to the truth will not change the truth. Jesus said:

John 15:18. If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you.

We will be forced to choose to believe the truth of God's Word or be politically correct. We cannot agree with the world and believe different in our heart. For one thing the more we say something the more our heart will began to belief it, but also Jesus says:
Matthew 10:3333 But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven.

Can we be pleasing to God when we say to others that what God says is sin, is not sin? My friends if the Lord doesn't come soon, we will be forced to take a stand. Pray that God will give you the strength to stand for the truth of God. Pray for America. Pray for your lost loved ones. Be a praying Christian.
Betty

Outside the patio door, at the new place is a pink rose bush. We brought our bird feeders and set the, around the rose bush so I could see the birds and squirrels. So far only one squirrel is eating in the back yard. I have two feeders in the front yard that is starting to attract birds.
 
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Good Afternoon and Happy Friday,

Yesterday was a very busy day and tiring, but fruitful. We loaded up the car with boxes from Jeff's place and unpacked them here. Being in your 60's and not great health your body complains about heavy labor. When we go through spiritual trials we can become spiritually wore down and heavy leavened. Jesus says when that happens, come to Him.




Matthew 11:28-30New International Version (NIV)

28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”


Just as we take time to rest our bodies we can find perfect rest in Jesus. When we do not rest in Jesus we can become like Paul warned us about( become weary, in doing good). This does not mean we do not work for God, but we take time in the presence of our Heavenly Father to refill our own cup so we can give out to others. Though our time could be short and our work more urgent then ever, we still need to rest in Jesus.

I pray that you have a great weekend. Enjoy time with your family and if you are able, find time to worship in the house of God.

Betty

We now have two squirrels. It is not like Jeff's place where we could have as many as a dozen.
 
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Good Morning and Happy Saturday,

Yesterday morning things started out normal, but yesterday hubby had a mini stroke. He has had several but it has been years since he had one and we were both fearful. I rushed him to the VA clinic, but by the time we got there it was close. Hubby's blood pressure was back to normal and he did not want to go to the hospital. I got him fed and home to bed and praise God, hubby is fine this morning. The reality for all of us when we wake up in the morning, we really do not know what the day holds for us. Any day, something can come out of left field, and knock us off our feet. Yet, at the end of the day we are often forgetful of thanking God for protecting us. We take God's love for us and His protecting hands for granted.

Have we thought to pray for the people in Charlotte? I know I have spent more time complaining about the thugs, then praying for the innocents. It is easy to get angry and hard to make our selves realize that even the guilty need prayer. Like a courageous black woman put on YouTube, it is a God problem. We need to pray for the inner cities young people. It's easier to stand back and cast stones rather then pray.
There is so much hate and anger and sadly many people have given up on God. They have been promised so many things by so called activists and politicians and the promises unfulfilled. Instead of activists and politicians looking for ways to help the people, they fan the fire of hate. Sadly, this causes people to burn down their own neighbors homes and business. The anger is so out of control they do not think about the consequences to their violence. When it is all over they will blame others for the distraction of their communities. Before think we are so high and mighty, we are quick to blame others for our own guilt.

This weekend, spend time with your family but take time to pray for Charlotte. Our country is filled with hate and we do not know when violence will come to our own towns. Let us pray for one another.
Betty
The little squirrel is eating straining her little body to reach the seed.
 
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Good Morning and Blessed Sunday,

Getting ready to leave for God's House, drinking my coffee and eating two cookies (my power breakfast). The dog has already aggravated the squirrel this morning. The squirrel knows that 20% of the time when she eats in my yard, that the dog will aggravate her, but she comes every day. She knows that 80 % of the time the dog will be in the house and she can eat in peace. In our lives we go day and day doing normal things with out any problems and then something comes up and we go all to pieces and start questioning our loving God. Where where you? How could you let that happen to me? Our hearts are willed with questions. Yet all through those many days of protection and care that the Lord led us through, we take for granted. We can be guilty of taking God's love and care for us for with no thought of being thankful to God or even praising Him. Let us not be fair weather Christians but praise God through the good and the bad. When bad things happen step back a moment and seek the face of God. He may not give you an answer right a way or you many even have to wait until Heaven to see why God allowed things to happen the way that did, but keep your trust in God. If you go to Him, He will comfort you and give you peace.

Today may God guide you and teach you His ways. Do not lose hope, my friend, Jesus is coming back for His own. Do not lose your way or give up so close to the finish line.

Betty
 
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Good Morning and Happy Monday,


Hebrews 10:30-31King James Version (KJV)30 For we know him that hath said, Vengeance belongeth unto me, I will recompense, saith the Lord. And again, The Lord shall judge his people.31 It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.


Everyday we hear of violence. People shooting people they do not know. People killing loved ones. Rioting in the streets. People who are angry beating up strangers for the color of their skin. It is tempting to think that God has gone on vacation and is unaware of the world and her problems. God is very aware. He is allowing people to do as they will for now, but there is coming a day of reckoning, a day when God will hand our His justice. God never told His children to go out in the streets and become a vigilantes, seeking to bring our own justice. Jesus said that vengeance is His. That does not mean that there is not a place for courts and and human justice, but the true justice will come from God, Himself. Some of the horrid things that people do on earth will only be averaged by God. His justice will be swift and it will fit the circumstances. For now trust in Him. Seek forgiveness for your own sins and leave vengeance to God.

Yesterday's Sermon at the Church I attended was on prayer. The importance of pray can not be over rated. A point the speaker said was:

Little prayer = little power
More prayer= more power
Much prayer = much power
Definitely something to think on. We need to be praying Christians. Communicating through out the day with our Heavenly Father is as important as food and water for the body. Pray for our Country. Pray for missionaries and pray for the soon return of Jesus. It is Biblically correct to pray for the soon return of Jesus.

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

Have a blessed day and may God guide you and surround you with His peace and love.
Betty
 
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Good Morning and Happy Tuesday,

Watching the debate last night, did not give me peace about America's future. The reality is America future is not in the hands of man but in the hands of God. Our Country has chosen sin over God's Word. The blood of thousands and thousands of babies aborted for convince calls out to God for justice. American leaders have chosen politically correct instead of goodness. It is not just our Country but many others who have legalized abortion and gay marriage. Some Christians suggest gay marriage is not that bad and that all should allowed to marry who they choose. They forget that the first institution that God put together was not the Church, but the union between a man and a woman. There is a reason that satan brought the desire for ones own sex into the world. He wanted to strike at the very union that was important to God, marriage between a man and a woman. God has allowed sin to go unchecked for along time but God is soon going to judge our Country. Homosexuality is not a condition you are born with, it is a sin condition that satan brought in the world to slap in the very face of God. This does not mean that we hate homosexuals. We love them and we pray for them. They have been influenced by satan. This does mean, however that America will be judged for this sin and that every politician that votes for abortion and gay marriage will one day stand before God and be judged. As Christian let us vote in a way that supports God's Holy Word.

I will still vote in this election, against Hillary and the sin she stands for. I will not put my trust in Trump, to fix this Nation. Only if our Nation repents and falls on her face before God, will She be forgiven.
As Christians, let us repent of our own sins and live for God. Who ever wins the election, judgement is coming for our Country and this will get worse and not better. Pray for personal guidance and strength from our Heavenly Father. The devil is sly as a fox and he seeks to destroy Christians. If Hillary wins she will come after Christians. She has stated that Christians must be forced to accept abortion and gay marriage. Pray for your family. Pray for lost souls and pray for the rapture to happen soon. Until then pray that God will make us strong and willing to stand for the truth of God's Word.


2 Timothy 4:1-5King James Version (KJV)

4 I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom;

2 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long suffering and doctrine.

3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;

4 And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.

5 But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry.


Betty


Two squirrels this morning.
 
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Good Morning and Happy Wednesday,

Yesterday, on Facebook, I was told that I was unkind for disagreeing with the Pope, on his statement that Muslims and Christians pray to the same God. Muslims themselves do not believe this. If they did they would not be killing Christians in the Middle East. Sadly it is not the Muslims who are offended at the truth that we serve a different God, but Christians. Christians, who have replaced truth with being politically correct. Christians who fear hurting peoples' feelings more then they do silently allowing their Muslim friends go to hell.

Jude 1: 21 Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.22 And of some have compassion, making a difference:23 And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh.


This is the time for Christiana to be bold in sharing the truth of the Gospel. Do not allow lies, like "Many roads lead to Heaven", go unchallenged. Speak up for the truth of God's Word. This may cost you friendships and even family may think you are a "Bible Thumper". It is okay my friend. Stand for the truth my friend. How can we as Christians stand quietly when we hear lies about God and His Word? Would Jesus who gave His very life to save our souls, stand by when people say Muslims and Christians serve the same God? Was God happy when the Pope kissed the Koran? Be prepared it is going to get harder in America to be a Christian. We can only be prepared by putting on the whole armor of God.


Ephesians 6:10-18King James Version (KJV)

10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.

11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;

15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;

16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.

17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:

18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;


In many places in the World, Christians are jailed, persecuted, and killed for their faith. How will,we withstand this if we are afraid to hurt people's feelings with the truth? Better to hurt someone's feelings and they be saved, then allow them to believe a lie and go to hell. Kindness is speaking the truth my friend. I am not saying we should be hateful and scream at people, but speak the truth in love. Jesus is coming back for His Church. Is His Church bodily speaking the truth? Or are we so busy being politically correct that our testimony has become worthless cotton candy seeking only to make people feel better about themselves?

Sinners do not need to feel better about themselves. They need to see themselves as Jesus does, wretched and filthy, in need of a Savior. Just as we were, before we were saved. God did not come to save perfect people. All of us have sinned.



Romans 3:23-24King James Version (KJV)23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;24 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:


As the days grow short, let us bodily speak the truth before it is too late.
Betty
 
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Good Morning and Happy Thursday,

In my office at my new place, I hung a painting of a young lady facing the beach. It has always been my dream to live on a beach. Hubby's dream is to live close to a mountain in Montana. Hubby and I have different dreams. This is not unusual and is not a problem, simply because we could not afford beach front property. What is a problem,is when our desires, conflict with God's will. This happens in Christian lives more then we think. Look at Jonah, he hated the people of Nineveh and yet God wanted to save them. Jonah decided he would flee from God, rather then obey God. If we look back in our lives, there are times that we ran from the will of God. Have you ever had someone hurt you bad and you wanted them to suffer, and withheld forgiveness? We can be guilty of judging Jonah and yet we ourselves can withhold forgiveness for others. Do we pray for those who have hurt us? Are we looking forward to the day God punishes them rather then praying for them to make peace with God?
Eph 4:31 Let all bitterness and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice:
32 And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you.

The best thing you can do for yourself is forgive and put away bitterness. Doctors have said bitterness can cause illness and death. This does not mean every person who is ill, is a bitter person. Sometimes we have diseases that is heritage and other times we develop disease that we will not know the reason why until we go to Heaven. Never judge why a person is sick. Let us love one another and seek to do the will of God. God's will is always best. God's will may take you to places you did not want to go, but when you obey Him freely, with out anger, you will find perfect peace. Remember where ever God sends you, you do not go alone. God goes with you and He goes before you, to prepare the way for you.


Have a blessed day. Pray for one another. Share God's love with one another.

Betty

I cleaned the bird bath yesterday and moved it in the front yard, hoping to attract more birds.
 
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Good Morning and Happy Friday,

I thought I would give you an update on the new medication for my colitis. There has been some improvement. I have gone from 5-10 issues a day to 2-3. Which is a great improvement. I have put off talking to my Doctor because the next step is 40mg of steroids a day. The side effects are terrible. Pumpkin shaped face and all sorts of mood swings, from crying to anger. Our life is like that. There are times we feel like we have the world by the tail and other times, we feel we have the world on top of us.
Our circumstances can change in a heart beat. The problem comes when we allow ourselves to think that our circumstances are a gauge of our spiritual health. Everyone who is sick is not sick spiritually and every time we have an issue, it is not because God is punishing us. Remember the rain falls on the just and the unjust. We can have peace in the midst of problems when we accept God's will for our lives.

Cooler weather is coming, which for us Texans is a huge relief. A new season has began but we are just beginning to see fall weather. In life we have seasons, from birth to death. Whatever season we are in, we can grow in God. May we blossom in the season we are in and not rest on past accomplishments and not live in the past or future, ignoring what we need to do today. Yesterday is gone and tomorrow is not here. Let us pray today that our eyes will be open to God's will for us today.

I pray that you and your family have a great weekend. Don't give up, our hope is in God and not a person or circumstances.
Betty
Bird feeders are starting to attract a few small bird.
 
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Good Morning and Happy Saturday,

In the Old Testament days, God often instructed the Jewish people, to set up a memorial at places that He had brought forth a miracle for them. This memorial was not only to remind the people that God had come through for them, but to be a teaching tool for their children and grandchildren. If you have lived long enough, you can look back through troubles, tragedies, and trials that you have made it through by the help and intervention of God in your life. The devil likes to use these areas in our lives to bring depression and a feeling of lack of love on God's part for you. Satan will take you down memory lane, not to remind you of the miracles and help that God preformed in your life, but to discourage you. He will bring up one bad event after another to cause you pain and feelings of isolation and despair. If we are not careful, Satan will take away our joy and send us down the road of self pity. It doesn't matter that God had brought us through these bad things, when we dwell on the bad things and forget the victories that God brought through our troubles. Yes, we have all have had struggles and there were times like David we fell on our beds and wept, but remind yourself and that devil liar, that you did come through and God did bring victories. Some of the things we have gone through just the fact that we are still here, is a sign of victory in its self. You can count on times the devil will take you on a memory trip, but when he does, remind him that you had victory through Christ. Praise God for the victories and look forward to your daily relationship with Jesus.

Today hubby and I are going to Jeff's to bring more boxes here and hopefully be of some help to Jeff and Sarah. Our health limits the amount of help we will be, but feel good about being able to do what we can. Have a blessed day and be safe.
Betty
 
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Good Morning and Blessed Sunday,
We did not make it to Church this morning. All the work of the last three weeks caught up with us. Life does that sometimes. Our bodies will tell us that we need to take time to rest. Just like our bodies grow October 2,2016
weary when do not get proper rest, so does our soul. We can be so busy working for God that we neglect our own spirtual health. God wants us to rest in Him. While all of us have our cross to bear, many times, we take on work that God did not call us to do. We can become so overcome by work that our bodies and our soul suffers. When this happens, God will often allow things to happen that upsets us at the time, but actually is a warning from God to stop and seek His face and rest in Him. We have to learn that we do not have to say yes to every job at the Church. There are things we are called to do and there are others things that we feel we have to do. We should pray and ask God what He wants us to do and say yes to that. Yes there will be times we do other things, but make sure you get proper rest and take care of your spirtual and physical health. Remember it is okay to tell a person, no.

There will be times that work you do, will go unappreciated. People you work so hard for, do not understand the hours you put in to make their life easier. That is okay. Remind yourself that the one who counts, God, does see and He will reward you. the best reward comes from God and not mankind. Work for God without resentment and pray for those who do not see nor appreciate work others do for them.

Have a blessed Sunday and spend time with God and family.
Betty
 
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October 3,2016
Good Morning and Happy Monday,

I had a bad night with the colitis and woke up hurting. We all have nights occasionally when we cannot sleep,
either due to physical or emotional issues. Maybe God allows those kinds of nights to remind us to be grateful for
the nights that we sleep well. Often those hours of non sleep we can use to talk to God. Isn't it wonderful to know
we serve a God that never sleeps. When we call Heaven, God hears our cry, immediately. We do not get a recording nor do we have to worry
if God is in the building. God is everywhere and with us, His children all the time. While
it is true God knows our problems before we even ask, He still wants us to ask Him. If one of your children came to
you and said his sibling was desperate to borrow some money from us, we would ask: "why haven't they asked me?".
God wants us to talk to Him, too! If God just answered our needs with out us talking to Him, we would not have a relationship with Him.
More then anything God wants to have a personal relationship with His children. He wants us to know Him. We learn who God is not from
books on how to be the perfect you or have a perfect life. We get to know God by prayer and reading His Holy Word. The more we get to know
God, the stronger our relationship with God will be and the more we will feel His love for us.

Today is Monday and the first day of most people's work week. Have a blessed week and take time to get to know God and His Will for your life.
Betty
 
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Good Afternoon and Happy Tuesday,

Isaiah 53:6 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.

Even after we are saved, the Bible often refers to believers as sheep. If you ever pass a sheep farm,
you will see sheep close together and then you will see sheep wandering away from the others. As children
of God we often have a tendency to wander. We can easily be led astray. Sometimes we lose our way because
we focused more on our problems and the world around us then Jesus. Other times we are led astray by a so
called "new teaching" that promises wealth and great health. Who doesn't want that? Jesus did not promise
the perfect life for His children. He did not promise wealth or great health. In fact He said that the world
would hate us, just as the world hated Him. I have heard people describe another person saying: "He must be
living right!", because the person seemed to have all his ducks in a row. In other words everthing he
tried turned out well. Of course not everyone who has things go well is living wrong but in today's world,
it is often those who lie and cheat their way to the top, that succeed. Only you and God know where you stand
and even we have to ask God to search our hearts and warn us of sin lurking in the background. Our goal should
be to walk as close to God as we can and not wander out into dangerous areas.

Jesus says He is the good Shepard and He takes care of His sheep. He will allow us to wander but He will bring
us back to the fold. Remember He will chastise us for wandering off so let us seek to stay close and not ride
the fence between good and evil. There is coming a day when we will have to take a stand for Christ, let us grow
strong in our faith, so that we can stand and not waver. If we deny Jesus on earth, He said He will deny us before
the Father. If you do find yourself giving into fear and not speak up for Christ, repent. Jesus forgave Peter and
He will forgive you, but remember Peter went on to die for Jesus. Pray for courage.
Betty
the squirrel is eating out of her bowl.
12:04 PM 10/4/2016
 
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10:31 AM 10/5/2016
Good Morning and Happy Wednesday,

For about three years I have encouraged myself, by reminding myself,
that God knows and understands what is going on in my life, even when
I do not. When I first got this colitis, I had already been diagnosed
with OA, COPD, and FIBRO. To be honest I felt I had enough on my plate,
but God had thought, different. Each morning when I wake up with pain
and issues from the Colitis, I remind myself, that I may not understand
why, God does. Many of us suffer from illness and we need to remind
ourselves that God does have a reason. He is not sitting in Heaven, just
throwing out diseases to see which one will stick to who. Everything
happens for a reason. We may not know the reason until we enter Heaven,
but we can live in peace in the midst our illnesses and struggles.
Peace comes when we stop struggling and rest in Jesus.

Last night watching the VP debate, I realized more then ever that the
media is set on Hillary becoming President. No longer does the media
just report the news but they manipulate and create the news the way they
want it to be. For the most part the media is liberal and is promoting
liberal ideas through news and TV shows. More then ever we need to pray
for our Country and our families that they do not be led astray. Evil
walks among us and I am not talking about that coworker that you detest,
but the devil. He is working to bring about a One World Government that
will one day put the devil's guy (the anti-Christ) as the leader. For
years I talked about the One World Government. Some people called me
a conspiracy nut. They don't anymore because Bush and Obama both are
pushing for a One World Government. Obama said in a speech recently
before the UN that Countries like America will have to give up freedoms
for peace. The Bible says the anti-Christ will come proclaiming peace.
I am not saying Obama is the anti-Christ, but he is pushing the agenda
of Satan.

This peace that the UN is pushing will have a high cost. We will lose
our religious and political freedoms. If you speak publically against anything that is
not in the liberal agenda, you will be prosecuted. Sadly many Americans
are willing to give up freedoms for peace. Our children are being brain
washed in School to accept the UN's policies. What do we do? If you have
School age children, you teach them the truth. We pray and we keep close
to Jesus. We pray for the rapture to be soon. What we don't do is fret and
worry. I know it is hard not to, but remind yourself that God is in control.
Have a blessed day.
Betty
 
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9:54 AM 10/6/2016
Good Morning and Happy Thursday,

Do you ever find yourself not praying for little things? Sometimes we think that God
cannot be bothered with our little problems and concerns. Remember if it matters to you, it
matters to God. God wants to be a part of our lives and even the small things we deal with,
we can take to Him. In Church or Bible Study, when prayer request are given, we may feel our
needs are nothing compared to others needs, but then we fret over our needs. Do not be
afraid to take your needs to Jesus. He is concerned about the little things and the big
things. We went and bought bird seed and sunflower seeds yesterday for our squirrel and his
friend. He ate before we moved here and yet feeding him is important to me. God wants to
meet our needs too! Remember the old Hymn "Take it to Jesus".

Yesterday was a busy day for us. We drove to Tomball VA and then to Jeff's house to get
a few more boxes and pick up some meat we had left in the outside freezer. Then came home and
unloaded them. Last night we went to Chili's for supper and then to Kroger's. Needless to say
I was exhausted when we got home. As we get older and our health begins to suffer, we find that
we cannot do as much as we used to and our symptoms of our diseases come to the forefont, when
we are tired. Sometimes we get tired spiritually. This is the time to go to God for help and
not to avoid Him. There is no shame in going to God and seeking Him for strength and help. When
we over do too often and do not get adequate rest, we expose our bodies to further illnesses,
like colds and the flu. When we do not rest spiritually in Jesus, we can be tempted by Satan,
to doubt God and His love for us. So rest your body and your spirit. Go to the river of God
and seek to be refilled with His Holy Spirit. God wants to refresh you physically and spiritually.

Be blessed, my friend and remember through every problem, we can depend on our Heavenly Father
to walk with us and guide us.
Betty
 
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10:34 AM 10/7/2016
Good Morning and Happy Friday,

There are times we do not feel motivated to do anything. We may be tired physically, or have a cold, but we are tempted to pull the covers over our head and just stay in bed all day. We can feel unmotivatedto reach lost souls at times. Maybe we have read or seen on the news the horrible things some sinnersare doing to Christians around the world. We are tempted to pray just come get us and forget the others.
God understand when our hearts break at the news that a Christian has been beaten and even killed for theirfaith. it is easy just to write off a whole race of people because of the violence of a few. We have tochoose to pray for them and sometimes the choice is not easy. It is not just over seas, but even in our Country, we hear of elderly people beaten and murdered by young people for the thrill of it. The last emotion
we feel is pity for those young people. Yet, God calls us to pray for them. They may or may not get savedbut when they face God, they will be told that God worked in their lives because of praying people. Wecannot force people to choose to be saved, but we should pray anyway.

Not only should we pray for the lost but those Christians that we know that are suffering. There is alot of
Christians, suffering today all around the world. Pray that God will strengthen physically, emotionally, and spiritually, Christians all over the world. Pray that our fellow Christians will not lose heart or their faith, weaken in these hard times. Now is not the time to give up ourselves or God and it is the time to pray for
spiritual strength from our Heavenly Father. Take time to day to seek the face of Jesus and talk to Jesus through out the day. Even our short prayers said in the car and at work reach Heaven.

May God richly bless you and your families.
Betty
 
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Good Afternoon and Happy Saturday,

Hubby and I are both sick with the crud. I got up for almost 2 hours, but now back
In bed. My body let me know I needed more rest. Saturday's are busy for those of you,
still in the work force, but take some time to rest your body, spirit, and soul. Do something
that will make you smile and enjoy time with your family. The Lord is merciful and kind to
His children. Whatever you are going through, you are not alone. The Lord Jesus is with
ever step.
Betty
The squirrel is loving the sunflower seeds and so are small birds.
 
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11:05 10/9/2016 Sunday
Good Morning and Blessed Sunday,

I am still sick with the crud, so I am not making it to Church this morning. When I put the seed out for the squirrels, I looked up at the sun, shining though the trees, and thought wouldn't it be wonderful if Jesus came today. It is not that I hate my life but the closer I get to God the more I look forward to being with Him. My son and his fiance is looking forward to their Wedding Day, in December, and I am so happy for both of them. We as Christians are also looking forward to a Wedding Day, when we the Church shall be joined in marriage to our groom, Jesus, Himself. The older I get the more I long for that day. Nothing on earth can compare to the joy that will be felt on that blessed day. There will be scoffers who will say that Jesus is not coming soon and Jesus warned us about them. Yet, we can see the birth pains and we can feel it in the air that it will not be long and Jesus will come for His Church. As the old hymn says: "What a glorious glorious Day that will be!".

Most of us are disturbed by the behavior that has come out about Trump. While the tape is disturbing and his disregard for women sickening, it is taking away the focused on the fact that Hillary's behavior got 4 Americans killed. The media is not even talking about the released emails that show she sold weapons to ISIS. We can count on it getting more and more nasty between now and the election. We need to remind ourselves that while our temporary future will be with one of these as America's President our eternal future is with Jesus. Try not to fear my friend, keep your hope and trust in Jesus.

Have a blessed day and stay safe.
Betty
 
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Monday, October ‎10, ‎2016
Good Morning and Happy Monday,
This morning I woke up in pain from the colitis. I couldn't help but wish that the disease would have gone into sleep mode until I am well from the crud. Sadly, life doesn't work that way. It is the same with the devil. He often attacks us when we are most vulnerable. When we are tired or sick or overwhelmed the devil will cease His moment. It is during these times that we often allow our prayer and Bible study go by the wayside. We all our tempted to do that. It is during these times we need to pray the most, but it is often hard to make the time when we feel so overwhelmed. We are human and we are frail, especially when we are sick. So many times, David reminded God of his frailties and how mankind had come from the dust of the earth. Of course God knew that but it made David feel better to remind God. We too can cry out to God reminding him our own weakness and seeking His help in the midst of our trials. Just talking to God about needs is an encouragement and knowing He hears and will work in our lives can get us through these dark valleys. Seek God in your dark and in your bright happy moments. Call on Him and He will listen.
Watching the debate last night was less stressful for me then the VP debate. I felt that Trump held his own, even though he went against three people instead of just one. Israel and Russia"s fate also will be determined by this election. Alot of people don't trust Trump, but I believe Hillary will jump in to war faster then Him to prove as a woman she is just as strong and tough as a man. While I plan to vote, I am not putting my trust in a person but praying to God for His will. I am praying that it is not too late for America to seek forgiveness for her many sins. We must remind ourselves that God is in control and not doubt Him, no matter who wins the election. A man or woman cannot fix this Nation. Only God can bring healing to this Country. Obama has divided this Country and created racial tensions, but America sin problem goes back to the days when abortion was made legal. At this point, as a whole, America is too prideful to seek God's forgiveness. America is on a path to destroy herself, just as Rome, destroyed herself.
Stay raptured ready, my friend. Jesus is coming for us soon. Nothing is more important then being ready for the Groom to return for us. Be wise like the wise virgins and have your lamp ready and filled with the oil of the Holy Spirit so you may be considered worthy. God bless you and be prayerful as you go about your day.
Betty
my dog, Bertha is being a pill to the squirrel this morning, chasing her every time she goes out side.
 
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Tuesday, October ‎11, ‎2016
Good Morning and Happy Tuesday,
We are driving From Conroe to the Houston VA this morning for a long day of visits and back. I am praying that we will get great results and get home safely. As you go about your day, I pray that God will give you peace of heart and joyful moments thoughout the day. As children of God we need to remind ourselves that we are not on this journey alone and to remember to give praises to our Heavenly Father. This morning my brain is buzzing with what needs to be done before I leave and I am sure that there are days like that for you, but even with the buzzing in our ears we can whisper a praise to our Lord Jesus and be grateful for another day to serve Him. The Chaos around us does not change the fact that Jesus has sent His Holy Spirit to live in our Hearts and to encourage us.
Have a blessed day,
Betty
 
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Wednesday, October ‎12, ‎2016
Good Morning and Happy Wednesday,
Titus 2
Trained by Saving Grace
11 For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, 12 teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age, 13 looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, 14 who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works.
15 Speak these things, exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no one despise you.
We live in a world where sin is glorified and living for God completely is to be shamed. It is okay to be a Christian, but leave God out of the voting booth, Schools, and entertainment. People have pushed God to someone you call when there is a tragedy or sickness. The world does not want God to be an influence in how we talk and how we live. If you allow God to shape how you think and how you act you have become a fanatic and someone to be pitied and avoided. The world feels that they have out grown the need of a God to guide us and influence our daily lives. When tragedy comes then comes the ever quoted: "If God was a loving God, He would have not allowed that to happen!" What they do not see is that God often brings people to Himself through tragedy. Tragedy often leads sinners to call out to God and be saved. Mankind just sees the suffering of today. God sees into the future, an eternity of hell and He wants to give everyone a chance to be saved. A short period of suffering is worth being saved from an eternity in hell. Sadly not all will chose to be saved.
Choose to speak the truth, in love, even when others look down on you. Do not be guilty of loving someone right into hell. The painful truth is better then any lie said in love. Remember our time is short and soon we will not be here to speak the truth to those we love. There is coming a day when Christians will be called up to Heaven and the only influence people will have will be the devil. If you study Bible prophecy, you can see things are starting to line up for the devil to put his man the anti-Christ in power over the world. While there is still time, pray for opportunities to influence those you love to come to Christ for salvation.
Betty
 
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‎Thursday, ‎October ‎13, ‎2016 11:29:32 AM
Good Morning and Happy Thursday,

The devil likes to convince us that we are the only one that are often unmotivated. The only one who doesn't want to get out of bed and get the day started. He does this so that we will feel ashamed and want to give up. We all have times that the last thing we won't to do is worry about helping others. We are so overwhelmed by sickness, or issues at the job, and our family that we feel we are struggling to keep our own head above the water, much less reach a hand out to pull someone else up to safety. Yet it is often when we are in the process of helping others that we find help for ourselves. Of course there are times that we need to rest and regather ourselves. If our cup is empty we cannot fill anyone else. The devil wants us to be sorely concentrated on our own problems that we push out God and others. Even when you are sick, a walk out in your own backyard can be a time of refreshing. The warm sun on your face and breathing in the air and enjoying nature can add a bounce to your step. As you walk you can begin to talk to God, not just about your issues but praying for others.

Everyday there is something new in the media that makes us wish we had another candidate to vote for. I have heard said that voting for the lesser of two evils is bad. I read an article yesterday, that brought a good point. If Trump turns out to be bad, we only have to put up with him for 4 years. On the other hand if Hillary gets in America will suffer for years and years. She wants to stack the Court system with liberal Judges who will destroy the freedoms we cherish. Do not fool yourself into believe that she will not do that. Memos among her staff have came out calling Catholics and Christians who believe abortion is a sin are backwards. She will take away Religious freedoms. She will limit what a Pastor can preach in the Church. She is for open borders and a One World Government. Yes the Bible does say the One World Government is coming, but as Christians we do not have to vote it into office. Please pray diligently before you vote.

Hubby and I moved one of the feeders so the squirrels can eat in peace and we hung our flag in the yard, yesterday. Have a blessed day.
Betty
 
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‎Friday, ‎October ‎14, ‎2016
11:54:15 AM

Good Afternoon and Happy Friday,
Sometimes we are run down physically by a combination of chronic illnesses and overworking our bodies. When this happens we can be venerable to attacks from the devil. We can remind ourselves that David also suffered from illnesses, fatigue, and depression. Psalms not only lay out David"s struggles but the way he found hope in the Lord.

Psalm 42:5King James Version (KJV)
5 Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted in me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him for the help of his countenance.

David reminds his own heart that the solution to his problems was to hope in God. Praising God in the midst of a storm is not only what God is due of His children but doing so, we are built up in the Lord. Reminding yourself that you woke up this morning with a roof over your head. You went to a closet with clothes to wear and you went to a kitchen where there was food to eat. Do not allow the devil to cause you to spend so much time on what you do not have but focus on the many blessings you to have. We are not to expect Heaven on earth. We will one day enter the gates of Heaven but for now we are living in a sinful world where there is sickness and troubles. Be grateful for what you have and pray for those who have so much less then you do.

Pray for the lost and seek the guidance of God every day. Be blessed my friend, knowing that your Heavenly Father is watching not from faraway but is with you every step you take.
Betty
finally found what is driving my dog crazy at night. There is a feral kitten that comes up at night to eat Bertha's leftovers.
 
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‎Saturday, ‎October ‎15, ‎2016
11:50:40 AM

Good Afternoon and Happy Saturday,

This morning I laid bed another thirty minutes before I got up just resting. I often talk about resting in the Lord. God speaks of resting in Him, in the Bible. This resting in God is not wasted time. It is a time of refreshing for our bodies and our souls. This resting time can be an hour or just minutes. Sometimes we have to step back for just a few minutes and seek the guidance of God. Sometimes God calls us to rest in Him for days at a time. I heard a Christian woman say once that she did not have time to be sick. The reality is sometimes God allows us to be sick so we will rest in Him. We can be so busy doing God's work that we actually do not have time for God, Himself. While God does have work for us to do, He does not want us to neglect spending quality time with Him. Sometimes God is saying to us "Stop!, child and talk to me!" Other times, God is saying for us to spend some time with our families. There was a great Evangelist who mourn on his death bed, about spending so much time seeking to save the world that he neglected to share salvation to his own children. God is calling us to share His love with our families and the world.
Today I plan on getting some things that need to be done, while at the same time, resting my body. I want to be able to go to Church tomorrow and my health requires that I do not over do, the day before Church. My friend, take time to rest today and enjoy your families.
Betty
 
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‎Monday, ‎October ‎17, ‎2016
12:03:10 PM
Good Afternoon and Happy Monday,
Yesterday I was blessed to attend my future daughter-in-laws bridal shower. Adding a new member to our family is a blessing and we are even more blessed that she is a Christian. Marriage is a journey and walking that journey with a Christian is much easier. Life is hard and Sarah and Jeff will have struggles but at the end of the day if they both keep their faith in Jesus, He will guide them and walk with them.

Older and newer Christians all have access to God. He is not just there for the seasoned Christians but for all. We can be encouraged and contended knowing that Jesus is with us every day through all circumstances. Have you ever had a bad day when you feel so irritated and cranky that you would just like to walk away from yourself? Even in those moments, Jesus is with us. Keep your faith in Jesus and seek His guidance through out your day.

John 14:1
[ The Way, the Truth, and the Life ] “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me.
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John 14:27
Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

We often cannot change our circumstances but we can choose to trust in Jesus even in the midst of troubling and confusing circumstances. God is still going to win the war with the devil. We are on the winning side. Do not give up! Victory is coming!
Betty
 
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Tuesday, ‎October ‎18, ‎2016 11:53:22 AM
Good Afternoon and Happy Tuesday,
Isaiah 25:1
[ Praise to God ] O Lord, You are my God. I will exalt You, I will praise Your name, For You have done wonderful things; Your counsels of old are faithfulness and truth.


The Bible says that even those who do not worship God, know He exists because of God's faithfulness through nature itself. We wake up every day knowing that the rules of nature are still in place. The sun still rises to bring the morning. The ocean is still in its place and birds still sing. Nature itself obeys God. Those who choose to believe that God does not exist have chosen to ignore the evidence of God all around them. They have chosen to believe the lie from the pit of hell. Evolution is a lie from the devil. When mankind chose to believe in evolution, they chose to disbelieve in God. This belief gave birth to abortion. When people chose to believe that life was an accident then the value of human life was lost. It is this belief that human lives are worth less that allows people to live with the choice to kill another human being in the womb. Many highly respected leaders like Mother Tressa and Ghadi taught that abortion cheapen life and would lead to unspeakable crimes. If it is okay to kill the unborn soon it will be okay to kill the elderly and those that the world deems unprofitable. Every life is precious to God. As Christians we should weep at the thought of the unborn babies killed in such painful ways because they were considered inconvient. We should vote for those who value the unborn.
I dreamed this morning of Heaven and in the dream I was overwhelmed with joy of seeing those I loved who have gone on to meet God. One day we will enter the gates of Heaven and see Jesus face to face. There is nothing on earth that can equal the joy of looking into His face. The dream encouraged me and we all should be encouraged knowing that one day soon Jesus will come for His Church. Our prayers should be filled with petitions for our lost loved ones and friends. We should be praying for every Christian around the world who is imprisoned for their faith in Jesus. We all have needs and yes we should pray for guidance help from God but always take time to pray for others.

Have a blessed day and seek the face of Jesus throughout the day. Pray for the election coming up and for protection for candidates who still value human life.
Betty
 
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‎Wednesday, ‎October ‎19, ‎2016 11:34:54 AM

Good Morning and Happy Wednesday,

This morning I had trouble making myself get out of bed. I couldn't tell if my body needed extra rest of if I had a case of the laziness. Probably a bit of both. We do not always know what is best for ourselves,, but God does. This is why God takes us down paths that we do not want to go. He sees needs in us that we do not see. He also see a future in us that we cannot comprehend, in our present state. We can grow in Him when we let go and allow God to work through us. We learn what we need to learn faster if we do not fight against the pull of God. All of us have had to gone through things over and over because we refuse to be led by God and balked at His teaching. We live in times when we need to lean on the guidance of God more then ever.

This morning it was raining and the dog did not want to go out. The air smells so much cleaner after a rain. Rain can be a inconvenience and a great things. It can conflict with out door events and even a light shower can be bad for drivers. When we have gone to long without rain, we see its value and we pray for rain. No one prays for trouble and sorrow but the path of both can lead to spiritual growth. Just as crops need rain so our souls need to go through trials to build our spiritual muscles. God wants us to trust in Him through every thing.

Be blessed my friend and let your petitions and needs be known to God. He wants to communicate with us every day and not just at Church Service.
Betty

We had a baby possum on the top of our fence last night. Now I know it is a possum and a feral kitty that has been driving our dog crazy.
 
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‎Thursday, ‎October ‎20, ‎2016 11:21:28 AM

Good Morning and Happy Wednesday,

I was listening to the Daily Bread Podcast this morning and they talked about life being a journey. I had talked about the same thing recently and it was nice to be violated. Life is a journey and it is more then just birth to death. When we become Christians we also have a birth to death journey, experience. As baby Christians God teaches us differently then as we become seasoned Christians. We are not better Christians as we age in our faith but our faith does grow and God can teach us many new things on our spiritual journey. What a blessing it is to have traveled this journey with my Savior and Lord Jesus.

We had the last debate last night. Although I haven't checked any news outlets, I am sure they said Hillary won. The media will overlook how she is willing to allow babies in the ninth month to be pulled out of the womb, limb by limb. She talked about how mothers agonize over their decision. While some do, there are others who wear T-Shirts that brag about their abortion. When I was young, women would beg the doctor to save the baby even at the expense of their own lives. Mothers wanting their babies to be given a chance to live. Today the world teaches that babies are expendable. So sad! I urge you to seek God and pray before the election and vote. Do not stay at home and refuse to vote. Your lack of decision could cause us to lose freedom of speech and the freedom to protect ourselves.

As you go about your day take time to pray for yourself, your family, and America. Seek the guidance of God in your life.
Betty
I am happy that the squirrel has gotten used to me and will continue to eat even if she sees me at my desk.
 
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‎Friday, ‎October ‎21, ‎2016 12:03:19 PM
Good Afternoon and Happy Friday,

Psalm 36: 5Your love, Lord, reaches to the heavens,
your faithfulness to the skies.
6Your righteousness is like the highest mountains,
your justice like the great deep.
You, Lord, preserve both people and animals.
7How priceless is your unfailing love, O God!
People take refuge in the shadow of your wings.
8They feast on the abundance of your house;
you give them drink from your river of delights.
9For with you is the fountain of life;
in your light we see light.

God is so faithful to His children, yet I am often unfaithful and always unworthy of His great love towards me. Even in my unfaithfulness God shows me mercy. When my heart is filled with doubts He still loves me and guides me. Have you ever attempted to help someone and yet they keep going back in the mud pit? This makes you want to give up and leave them there, yet God comes for His children time after time. We are so blessed that God even calls us His children and yet when we wander off like undisciplined sheep, He comes for us time after time. When we feel lost and confused, Jesus calls us to come to Him and rest under His wings. He brings healing and encouragement to our wounded hearts and hope to the hopeless. My friend, run to Jesus and not from Him. He is the only one that can see you through your dark days and times of sadness.

Jesus Gives True Rest
Matthew 11: 25 At that time Jesus answered and said, “I thank You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things from the wise and prudent and have revealed them to babes. 26 Even so, Father, for so it seemed good in Your sight. 27 All things have been delivered to Me by My Father, and no one knows the Son except the Father. Nor does anyone know the Father except the Son, and the one to whom the Son wills to reveal Him. 28 Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”

Allow God to guide and seek His will for each day of your live. May God bless and keep you and your families.
Betty
 
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‎Saturday, ‎22 ‎October, ‎2016 11:04:25 AM
Good Morning and Happy Saturday,

Do you ever feel like with the shuffle and confusion of the world today, that you lose your connection to God? Do you ever feel like God has moved away from you? The Bible makes it clear that God doesn't move so it is us. We get caught up in the day to day drama and we are the one who moves away from God. Rarely are we even conscious of the move we made, until we feel overwhelmed and then we want to cry out to God and ask where He went. God has not left us but we have allowed life to move us away from God. It happens to the best of Christians. I heard a Pastor the other day say on Christian radio that he went though a time that He was distant from God. His Church had idea because he still said and did the right things. The reality it happens to all of us. We do not set out, to move away from God but we do. The answer is when we realize that we have wandered is to come back. Life is hard sometimes and most of us have had times that we are so focused on our problems that we have lost sight of God. God is calling us to come back to Him, seek His face and concentrate on Him and not our problems.

1 Softly and tenderly Jesus is calling—
Calling for you and for me;
Patiently Jesus is waiting and watching—
Watching for you and for me! Come home! come home!
Ye who are weary, come home!
Earnestly, tenderly, Jesus is calling,
Calling, O sinner, come home!
2 Why should we tarry when Jesus is pleading—
Pleading for you and for me?
Why should we linger and heed not His mercies—
Mercies for you and for me?
3 Time is now fleeting, the moments are passing—
Passing from you and from me;
Shadows are gathering, death-beds are coming—
Coming for you and for me!
4 Oh, for the wonderful love He has promised—
Promised for you and for me!
Though we have sinned, He has mercy and pardon—
Pardon for you and for me!

It is not just sinners that Jesus is calling but His own sheep, He is callling to come to Him. Seek His face, my friend. We can be refreshed and find spiritual healing at the feet of Jesus. Yes, life can make us weary and tired but Jesus says for us to come to Him and find rest. Not only can we find rest ourselves at the feet of Jesus but we can lay at the feet of Jesus our hearts concerns for our lost loved ones. Lay aside your pride and admit that you cannot make it on your own. Admit your need for Jesus. Jesus can only help us if we admit our need. The prideful do not find help because they do not admit their needs. There is no special crown for those who attempt to live their lives without seeking God's help. It is sinful rebellion to refuse to admit that we need God's help.
Betty
 
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Good Afternoon and Blessed Sunday,

This morning as I was brushing my teeth, I thought to myself, that I would not write my blog, today. I was thinking that I did not have anything to say this morning. Then my heart heard a whisper that it was not about what I had to say. Since two years ago plus, I have always prayed that God would lead me in what to say. I remembered that is not about me, but about what God leads me to say. God can use us for His glory in Church, at work, and in everyday life. It is not a question of whether God wants to use us, but if we are willing to allow Him to use us for His glory. All of us including me, can get caught up in our problems that we leave God out of our day. When we begin our day seeking God and His guidance we do so much better.
We will still have problems but we will more inclined to seek the guidance and not fall to pieces. As we begin our day we should pray that God will open doors for us to share His love with others, to speak peace in stressful situations, and to speak truth in a world where truth is often rejected.

I pray that God will find us willing and listening to Him for guidance. Have a blessed day,
Betty
 
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October 24,2016 12.38 p.m.
Good Afternoon and Happy Monday,

I was awake from 4:45 this morning till 7:15 because of pain. I took medication and read a library book on my iPad until the medicine worked and I got sleepy. This morning I feel like I have a hangover from not resting properly. I say this not to complain because I have accepted the symptoms from my COPD and Colitis, but to explain my situation this morning. I feel week and not completely here. We can feel like this spiritually. Often after we go through a time of struggle, even after a victory we feel overwhelmed and spiritually tired. Elijah after a great victory did not go away rejoicing but hide from the Queen and prayed to die.

1Kings 19: 1
And Ahab told Jezebel all that Elijah had done, and withal how he had slain all the prophets with the sword.
2 Then Jezebel sent a messenger unto Elijah, saying, So let the gods do to me, and more also, if I make not thy life as the life of one of them by to morrow about this time.
3 And when he saw that, he arose, and went for his life, and came to Beersheba, which belongeth to Judah, and left his servant there.
4 But he himself went a day's journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a juniper tree: and he requested for himself that he might die; and said, It is enough; now, O LORD, take away my life; for I am not better than my fathers.
5 And as he lay and slept under a juniper tree, behold, then an angel touched him, and said unto him, Arise and eat.
6 And he looked, and, behold, there was a cake baken on the coals, and a cruse of water at his head. And he did eat and drink, and laid him down again.
7 And the angel of the LORD came again the second time, and touched him, and said, Arise and eat; because the journey is too great for thee.
8 And he arose, and did eat and drink, and went in the strength of that meat forty days and forty nights unto Horeb the mount of God.
9 And he came thither unto a cave, and lodged there; and, behold, the word of the LORD came to him, and he said unto him, What doest thou here, Elijah?
10 And he said, I have been very jealous for the LORD God of hosts: for the children of Israel have forsaken thy covenant, thrown down thine altars, and slain thy prophets with the sword; and I, even I only, am left; and they seek my life, to take it away
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We look at Elijah and wonder how he lost his faith so quickly, but we ourselves are also guilty of allowing life to overwhelm us and bring us to a state of exhaustion. Notice that God sent an angel to feed Elijah. God did not not turn His back on Elijah nor did he forsake him.
Sometimes it is a case where we need physical and emotional healing and rest. We can get discouraged when we shared the Gospel with those we love and they reject it. We have to remind ourselves that our loved ones have to choose Jesus for themselves. Whatever your struggles today, remind yourself that Jesus is with you. Take time for proper rest and remember to eat healthy meals. Have a blessed day.
Betty
 
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Tuesday, October 26, 2016. 10:53 a.m.
Good Morning and Happy Tuesday,

This morning I do not feel good physically and I am discouraged. That is okay. We can be honest with each other and with God. As Christians we all have days like this and God who knows how many hairs on our heads, is not going to be shocked by our feelings. When we learn to be honest with each other and God and stop pretending, there will be less stress in our lives. All of us have issues and pretending our lives are perfect is counter productive to living in peace. This doesn't mean we have to tell our deepest secrets to anyone who will listen. But when we are asked how we are, we can honestly say: " not so good today but still blessed". Our physical issues and our emotional issues are not a reflection of our spiritual health. God is still with us and He is still on His Throne. We can still rejoice in the little things like a butterfly and pretty flowers. Our hope is not in our new President or a new job but in our Heavenly Father. Be blessed today and rejoice in His love for us, even when we are having a bad day.
Betty
 
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Wednesday, October 26, 2016. 11:07

This morning I have the blues. Depression is common for those of us who suffer from chronic illnesses. Pretending you are not depressed is not the answer. Everybody suffers from depression at times. Remember David was a man who God commended for having a heart for God, yet in Psalms, you read about the many times he suffered. What did he do? First of all he admitted his depression before God. Then he reminded himself, of all the times that God was there for him.


Psalm 43:5King James Version (KJV)5 Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God.

When depression seeks to overcome us, go to God and admit how you feel. Then begin to praise God for everything He has done for you. Even those of us who suffer from daily pain and complications from disease can be thankful that we woke up another day. Remind yourself of the things you can still do for yourself.

(Chorus)
Count your blessings;
Name them one by one.
Count your blessings;
See what God hath done.
Count your blessings;
Name them one by one.
Count your many blessings;
See what God hath done.


Be blessed my friend, and put your trust in God. He is worthy of our praise.
Betty

We were blessed to get the cats back with us, yesterday.
 
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Thursday October 27, 2016
Good Morning and Happy Thursday,

This morning I am writing my blog sitting at the table on my patio. I am still fighting depression and today I thought sitting out in nature would perk up my spirit. Even though God wants to heal my depression, I have to make an effort. I have to choose to seek His guidance and be thankful for the many blessings I have. The devil wants us to dwell on negative thoughts. God wants us to fill our minds with the wonderful things God has done in the past and in the present for us.

I see our flag in the yard. We can be thankful that for now we can still freely wave our flag in this Country. My neighbor has a cross on her door and for now we still have Religious freedoms. Instead of dwelling on what the future might bring, let us be thankful for what we have today. Too often we spend our days worrying about what tomorrow may bring. We can do very little about tomorrow, but we can praise God for what we have today. We cannot be a blessing today if we walk around with a frown and a angry look on our faces. When I was a teenager there was a group of ladies in our town who thought that walking around looking like they just ate the bitterest lemon made them look spiritual. I told my mom, how could they win souls for Christ, when they looked so miserable, that no one would want what they had. My mom just shook her head. God teaches us to share the Gospel. Looking miserable and angry will chase people away and not bring people to Christ.

Most of us realize that when the cashier at the grocery store ask us how we are, she or he doesn't want a 20 minute speech of all our aliments. This doesn't mean we should lie, but we can answer: "I am blessed!", even when we are in pain and miserable. Our circumstances does not take away the fact that as children of God, we are still blessed, no matter our circumstances. Whatever we are going through, whether it be physical or emotional pain we are blessed beyond measure to be called by God, His children. Today may be hard, but our eternal future is joyous beyond our words to describe. We are indeed blessed !

I am still in physical pain but my spirit feels better from sitting here and dwelling on the many things God has done for me. May today, you be reminded the many ways God has blessed you. Be grateful for what you have.
Betty
 
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Friday October, 28, 2016. 1:12 p.m.
Good Morning and Happy Friday,

I had a bad night last night and then woke up with a queasy tummy, so I read my devotion in bed and let the dog out to do her business and then went back to bed and took a nap. I used to feel guilty for doing things like that, but not anymore. I have come to realize that God wants us to take care of our bodies and our emotional health. Needing help is not something to be ashamed of. If we did not acknowledge our need for salvation we would not ever get saved. My doctor is out of town this week but hopefully he can find out if my disease is progressing or if I have developed a new problem. For now it is resting and waiting. Resting is good for us. So many times in the Bible, God tells us to come to Him and rest. Sadly it is self pride that keeps is from admitting our need for help.

God does not call the super strong for the most part but calls the weak so we can be strong in Him. Even in our weakness and sickness, we can rejoice in the love God has given us. God's mercy is more then we can comprehend and the joy He fills us up with is there even when the room is spinning and our body reacts to sickness in pain. We can sing songs of praise in our hearts when our voice is to weak to sing out loud. Let us do like David and remind ourselves of the many victories God has brought into our lives and our families. What a marvelous God we serve! Whether your life is affected by sickness, financial issues, or marriage discord, rejoice in the love of our Heavenly Father.
Betty
Still have our squirrel, possum, and a couple of stray kittens.
 
Posted by Ablorba (Member # 14122) on :
 
Betty Louise,

I like you contrasting personal illness and weakness and simplicity to GOD's history of answered prayer and powerful work. I go through some of the things you describe, but not like the peace you show. Fear, doubt, and stress also cloud my thoughts and it is a sickening battle to be calm and trusting. Thank you for your example. Praises to Him!
--Sacramento Pine
 
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Saturday October 29,2016
Good Afternoon and Happy Saturday,

Reading my devotions outside brings new perspectives every day. This morning a honey bee was trying to convince me to allow it to drink some of my coffee and a bite of my coconut pie. Surely it thought I could share a little bit. While sharing coffee with insects is not really appetizing, there are many things we can share with others through out the day. A word of encouragement, a smile, or a pat on the hand are wonderful ways to share God's love with others. When strangers mention the fear they have over this election, remind them that they can go to God for guidance. When a stranger expresses fear over the health of a love one, offer to pray for their loved one. I have yet to have someone ask me not to pray for their loved one.

This morning the sky is a beautiful color of blue with fluffy white clouds. Can't you just imagine lying on one of those clouds? What a mighty God we serve! I am enjoying sitting out here listening to the birds. One bird sounds like it is snoring. My body is protesting and pain is coming slowly to the surface but, my mind and heart is at peace. I remind myself that the joy of the Lord is not measured by the health of our bodies. One day we will lay aside our broken bodies and welcome a glorified body. A body that will never struggle for breath or ache with pain. What a glorious day that will be! For now let us rejoice in knowing Heaven awaits us.

I left a few crumbs of pie for the honey bee. The bee did not seem to like it, after all. Be blessed my friend and remember the troubles of today will soon pass away and we will enter into eternity with our Heavenly Father.
 
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October 31,2016 11:21 a.m.
Good Morning and Happy Halloween,

We are giving out tracts and candy. I look forward to seeing the younger ones in their costumes. They are so cute. There are a lot of mixed feelings about Halloween, but I believe we can pray over the candy and tracts, that children will be saved. Halloween can be used for the good of the children and their families.

Yesterday, I made it to Church and I was blessed for doing so. It was the first time I had heard the Pastor preach because he had been out recovering from surgery. Tomorrow starts a new month and the beginning of the Holidays. I look forward to having my tree up. I love Christmas lights and seeing the outside of people's houses decorated for Christmas. As the season progresses, we should start thinking of ways to be a blessing to others and grateful for the many blessings we have. Even with every issue we have in America, we are still blessed to be in this Country.

Have a blessed day.
Betty
 
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Nov 1,2016 11:25 a.m.

Good Morning and Happy Tuesday,

Some morning we get up and every things falls in place. Other mornings it seems every thing you touch falls. You spill your coffee, you drop your breakfast on the floor, and you can't find your keys. Before you walk out the door your mood is as tasty as soured milk and God help the next person who looks at you wrong. My friend, it doesn't have to be this way. We do not have to allow the devil to affect our day and the we react to others that way. We can stop and ask God to give us a change of attitude and then begin to praise God and before you know it, your mood and attitude has changed. We can choose to strive to be like Jesus and seek to have an attitude that is Christ like.

We have no control to some extent to what the world will bring us each day, but we can ask God to help us be a reflection of Him, in the way we react to circumstances. We can choose to reflect kindness and joy to others or we can choose to be angry and bitter. Start our your day in prayer and some time in the word of God and seek guidance for the day from your Heavenly Father.
Betty
 
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‎Wednesday, ‎2 ‎November, ‎2016
10:03:25 AM

Yesterday was interesting day to say the least. Went to the dentist my insurance approved of and they want $5,777.00 out of pocket and then go rear ended at the grocery store by a teenager. The young lady started crying and hubby and I decided to live with the little ding and looks I will live with a missing tooth. I am praying my dental insurance can find a cheaper dentist, but in this world there are somethings we do have to learn to live with. Sometimes, it is diseases that have no cure, sometimes it is our mates, our boss, and just life itself. The good news is we have a Heavenly Father, we can go to for help. Often the help we need is encouragement that He will be with us every step we make. God has not promised a life that is smooth sailing all the way to Heaven's Gate, but He has promised to never leave us or forsake us. I used to hear a saying: "God will not give you more then you can bear". Actually, God will not give us more then He can help us bear. So when you feel overcome, go to Jesus and seek His help. Now is not the time to give up.

The election is coming soon so get out and vote. Someone told me that did not know if they could bear it if Hillary wins. We need to remember, no matter who wins, God is still in control. Things are going to get bad no matter who wins, the Bible says so. I do believe it will be worse in Hillary wins, but keep your faith in Jesus. Have a wonderful day.
Betty
 
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‎Thursday, ‎November ‎3, ‎2016 12:04:21 PM
Good Afternoon and Happy Thursday,
In Paul's teaching, he urges us to act loving and kind in our relationships. We live in a world that seeks restituion and justice and not mercy. If someone hurts your foot, you want to hurt their foot. The Word of God teaches us to react in love and grace. This is not always easy. The deeper the pain done to us, the harder it is not to react with vengance. When the devil, encourages us to go for the throat, stop and pray for peace and guidance from God. When we give our pain over to Jesus and begin to pray for the one who hurt us we will begin to feel peace fill our hearts and minds. When we remember how much God has forgiven us we should be ashamed of our lack of forgivness for others. The Bible says that God loves a cheerful giver. I can't help but believe that He wants us to be a cheerful forgiver. In other words dont just half hearted forgive others but forgive without stewing over the misjustice we had done to us.

Today as you go about your day, remind yourself to be prayful about the elction, lost souls, and guidance in your own life. God has a plan and no matter who wins and whatever happens afterwards, the devil has not defeated God. In the midst of storms we can find peace in the arms of our Heavenly Father.
Betty
We have ajusted to our move and have some wonderful neighbors but I do miss all the squirrels that were at Jeff's place. I just have one here and though it is eating the seed, I do not see it often
 
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‎Friday, ‎November ‎4, ‎2016 12:59:36 PM
Good Afternoon and Happy Friday,

Exodus 14:21New King James Version (NKJV)
21 Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and the Lord caused the sea to go back by a strong east wind all that night, and made the sea into dry land, and the waters were divided.

I hate storms at night. I am so nervous that I cannot sleep. It was at night that God provided a storm that allowed His children to escape the Egyptions. Sometimes God allows us to go through storms so that when we come through them we have grown spiritually and our faith is stronger. Sometimes our way of escape is through a storm. Sometimes God takes us out of the storm. Sometimes He takes around the storm, but sometimes He takes through the middle of the storm, just like the red sea.
Next week we have the election. No matter who wins there will be storms ahead. Let us be praying, that God will use these storms to bring sinners and backsliders to God. May many be souls be saved through the storms ahead. We as God's children must be strong in faith or we will react in hopelessness and our testimony of our faith in God will be shredded in front of the world. May we be the shining light that guides lost souls to God to receive salvation. Pray that we do not embarrass our Heavenly Father by allowing ourselves to be overcome with fear and terror. Whatever happens, God is still in control and He will not forsake His people. Stay strong in the Lord and pray for guidance.
Betty
 
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‎Saturday, ‎November ‎5, ‎2016 10:30:59 AM

Good Morning and Happy Saturday,
Last night was a sleepless night for all of us. The dog barked almost all night and we were both in pain. Yet, I feel blessed today. There is a reason for everything and we do best when we trust God.

1 John 5:14-15New King James Version (NKJV)
Confidence and Compassion in Prayer
14 Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. 15 And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.

Today let us lay aside fears and misunderstandings and trust in our Heavenly Father. Pray for those who are impatient and snappy with us. When we return harshness with harshness we only aggravate the situation. Biting our tongue, is hard to do sometimes, but most times is the best. Even when there needs to be a discussion about the problem, it is best to wait till you are calm and the person you are dealing with is calm.
I read yesterday that this election is sending people to the doctor for nerve problems more then any other election. People on both sides of the fence, know that there is alot riding on this election. We must remind ourselves no matter who wins, God is in control. Putting our trust in Him, is the answer. We must remind ourselves of this every day.
Betty
 
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‎Monday, ‎November ‎7, ‎2016 10:20:43 AM
Good Morning and Happy Monday,

I am having one of those mornings. I couldn't get my Daily Bread prodcast to work this morning. The Dentist doesn't want to make me a temporary flapper unless I have almost 3,000 dollars of dental work done and I am not looking forward to a 1 and 1/2 hour drive to the Houston VA for one way. Yet, I am surprisingly calm. It is not because I am normally a calm person. I am a person who tends to go spastic over small things. Yet, I feel relatively peaceful. God is in control and I can put everything in His hands. I can always smile with my mouth closed and God will get us to Houston and back, safely. When we realize that pacing the floor and allowing our emotions to get out of our control doesn't accomplish a thing, we can put our issues in God's hands.

Tomorrow is the election. Please get out and vote for a candidate that does not want to have abortion on demand paid my every tax payer. After you vote, pray for our Country, and pray that God will give you peace of mind and hearts. The reality is, no matter who wins there are rough days ahead for our Country. We can be at peace because we know God has everything under control. Praise His Name and seek His Heavenly peace for yourself and this Country.

Have a wonderful day and pray for yourself and your family. Look for those little diamonds of joy that God brings your way every day. Remind yourself that our future is in Heaven where there is no sin nor corrupt politicans.

Betty
Saw the squirrel yesterday after Church.
 
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November 8,2016. 10:48 a.m.
Good Morning and Happy Tuesday

Did you vote? We have no right to complain about the election, if we chose not to vote. Now pray for the election. What if our choice doesn't win? We prayerfully accept God's plan. I believe the winner will reflect God's present plan for America. Is God's plan to give America more time to repent or is His plan to judge America? Whatever God's plan, we are living in a time when Christians need to pray more. Whoever wins our Country needs repentance and prayer.

Our hope is in Jesus and not in any person. What ever the outcome of the election, our salvation is secure in Jesus. I read of two people one from each side of the election voicing a desire to commit suicide if their candidate loses the election. No matter who wins, suicide is not the answer. Both of these people need salvation through a Jesus Christ. Keep your head up with your eyes on Jesus. Our future is in Heaven.

My friend remember eternity and while it is proper to cry for America, if Hillary wins, don't give in to depression. Our hope is not in any person, but God.


https://youtu.be/DWdNgXSd46Y

Be blessed and know we are not alone. Jesus is still with us and has not forsaken His children.
Betty
 
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November 9, 2016. 10;46
Good Morning and Happy Wednesday,


The election is over. Time for healing in our Nation. I pray that people who have threatened violence if their Candidate lost, will be convicted. This Nation cannot heal if their are race wars. I did not vote against Hillary because of a dislike of people who look different then me, but because of her stand on abortion. Babies of all races are murdered in the womb. Let us come together as America and strife for peace. I pray that in this time, many will come to Jesus for salvation. Jesus is the only one who can bring peace.

A lot of us stayed up very late last night to watch the election, so be careful at working and driving. May God protect all of you.
Betty
 
Posted by Lar (Member # 14133) on :
 
Hi Betty Louise,

Thank you for your many posts on this topic... Your words of encouragement and exhortation in the things of God were appreciated by many people, I am sure. You obeyed what the Word of God says to do in Philippians 4:8, and may the Lord richly bless you for this. I also enjoyed your words about the little "critters" in your yard. These little characters of God's Creation seem to be an encouragement too - and also, evidence of a wise, loving and faithful Creator God.

I hope and pray that the Lord God will continue to uphold you, to give you His grace, and to encourage you in the midst of the many ailments that you face daily.

Lar [Smile]
 
Posted by Betty Louise (Member # 7175) on :
 
Lar,

Thank you for your encouragement. We lived with our son for three years and he has a big yard and it was not uncommon to see 20 squirrels in his yard. We only have one on a regularly bases and occasionally two. Very little birds, too.
Betty
I did see a beautiful butterfly outside a restaurant yesterday
 
Posted by Betty Louise (Member # 7175) on :
 
Good Morning and Happy Saturday,

This morning, I woke up and begin to hurt so I laid back down. Living in this world pain comes with living. Whether it is physical or emotionally. We can even have spiritual pain when God is pruning us. I read a devotion, this morning that talks about how God removes the branches in our lives that are dead and those that are bearing fruits, He prunes. I must admit that to my heart that does not make sense. Yet in my mind it does. At Jeff's house is a beautiful yellow rose. I pruned it one year and in spring it grew much bigger with more roses. The rose bush did not know why I was trimming it. Yet my work on the plant increased her beauty. I am an old lady that doesn't have a green thumb and often kills plants by over or under watering them. Surely we can trust our God to know how to prune us with out killing us. He spoke the world and her contents into existence. I believe it is correct to pray during the pruning process to pray that God will show us mercy and comfort us. When I pruned the rose bush, I talked to her through out the process. We often need reassurance from God when we are being pruned.

There is a lot of strife in the world. Protest and people trying to change the election. When President Obama was elected twice, Republicans were not burning cars and destroying business. It is easy for us to become bitter ourselves at the liberal response. We need to remember that these protester are being influenced by people who are driven by the devil. Politicians and others who have sold their souls to the devil for a little power on earth. We should feel sorry for them for they do not yet realize the price they will pay one day for a little power, for a short time on earth. There are those who are being arrested but it is doubtful the people pulling the strings of the puppets will face justice on earth, but they will one day in eternity.

My brother in-law, AG is in a lot of pain and needs prayer and pray for protection for Steve who is traveling for his job. Of course pray for America and Israel. Always pray for your lost loved ones as this is pleasing to God. Be blessed today, my friend and be prayerful and grateful for your blessings through out the day.
Betty
Seen the squirrel this morning unfortunately so did the dog, who felt it necessary to chase her.


John 15:2King James Version (KJV)

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.
 
Posted by Lar (Member # 14133) on :
 
Hi Betty Louise,

Yes, pruning is an uncomfortable process, isn't it? It makes sense to our mind why God does the pruning, but not to our heart or to our spirit. After all, if one or more of the branches is already bearing fruit, then why would you prune it? The answer of course is so that it will bear *more* fruit. God truly does know what He is doing, but it sure helps to have a bit of comfort from Him while the "pruning" process is taking place! And thank God -- He is the God of all comfort! (2 Corinthians 1:3)

I hope you have a nice day... [Smile]

Lar
 
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November 14, 2016. 2:57 A.M.
Good Morning and Happy Monday,

It's not quite three a.m. , and I am awake and hurting. Not exactly how I wanted be passing the time, this early. Yet, I am blessed. I have medication to ease the pain (hopefully soon). I have a nice cozy place to lay my head. I was also blessed to get colitis at a older age so I am not struggling to take care of young ones or working a job with this disease. It is not a question of looking for the bright side but knowing in the midst of a trial, I still have a lot to be thankful for. Many people think of the show called Pollyanna, who, in the movie always looked for the bright side and the good in everybody. While, the movie was sweet as children of God we do not have to stretch our mind to find something to be thankful for, or get a magnifying glass out to search for the good in people. As Christians, we are indeed blessed every day because Jesus calls us family and His friend. We can remind ourselves that even the most evil person, Jesus died to save their souls. Praying for lost souls, is a privilege and not a chore. Even people we do not know.

Yesterday, I was able to bless someone in need that I did not know. I do not know if he was truly in need or looking for a hand out. We sometimes get the idea that we have to work out the details before we react to need, but Jesus said a cup of water given in His Name will be rewarded. Of course we cannot help everyone and there are times that we feel in our spirit that we should not give to someone. When we do feel in our spirit a tug from God to help a stranger, do so with a cheerful heart. Remember the times that God blessed us in the past by using others.

My friend, I hope at the time that you are sleeping peacefully, but when you have a night where pain keeps you awake, remember that this our temporary home and soon we will going home to Heaven. There will be no pain, no struggles, and no temptations. Along with praising God every day and praying every day, let us keeping looking up for the blessed hope.
Betty
Did not see the squirrel yesterday but the neighbor who shares this duplex bought one of those strobe type lights that shines on trees and on the house and makes it sparkle like tiny Christmas lights outside. It was so pretty.
 
Posted by Betty Louise (Member # 7175) on :
 
November 15, 2016 10:39

We live in a world with so many gadgets that are supposed to make our lives easier. I heard the other day they are coming out with a dishwasher with wifi. Yet, we are probably the most stressed out generation ever. Even us Christians are constantly bombarded with stress. We go to sleep giving our problems, but we wake up to devil tempting us to pick them back up again. Even when we attempt to give them back to God they are still right in our face, troubling our hearts and spirits. If the world didn't have enough issues to concern us, the devil adds health and family problems to our daily concerns. Maybe the hardest concerns are those affecting our loved ones. We often mistakenly think that making ourselves ill worrying about our family is a sign of love. Yes, we should be concerned about the needs of those we love, but we need to take these concerns to Jesus. No amount of stress and worrying on our part will every fix anything. Take your concerns to Jesus and lay them at His feet. When the devil brings them to your mind and he will, pray.

Today is another day for us to be used by God for His glory. A new day to allow the love of Jesus shine through us to others. Pray that God will remove any bitterness from your hearts. Ask God to help you lay aside your worries and shine through you so that you will a bright light shining forth touching everyone you come across today.

Betty

I scared the squirrel this morning when I took the food out for him/her. I didn't see the squirrel to I saw it running as fast as its little legs could move.
 
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November 16, 2016. 12:41. 12:41 PM

Good Afternoon and Happy Wednesday,



Psalm 29:11King James Version (KJV)11 The Lord will give strength unto his people; the Lord will bless his people with peace.


There are times that we feel anything but peaceful. The world seems to be in turmoil and can affect our peace of mind. Some times stress can come from family members and those we love. Even lack of restful sleep can make us feel tense. Yet in the midst of these situations we can find peace for our minds and hearts by walking with Jesus. When we begin to talk to Jesus about our problems, we can find sweet release from stress and aggravation. When we began to pray for others we find ourselves less focused on our problems. Jesus is not a anti-stress pill that we take when we need Him and put Him back in the bottle when we are finished. He our God, our friend, and Savior. He wants to walk with us every day. He wants us to communicate with Him through out the day and not just when we have reached the end of our rope.
Take time to sit and talk with Jesus.

Sitting here petting one of my cats. She loves attention. Animals can be relaxing and can be good for your blood pressure. Of course they can also be entertaining watching the situations they get themselves in. There are people who think that they have not only gotten away with sin but they have somehow gotten the upper hand on God. The Bible says God laughs at these people. They seek to anger God because they are mad at Him, and He is amused just as we would be at a puppy who is trying to scare us. They refuse to admit their sins and repent. They turn away the gift of salvation. This should make us pray more for the lost. As tempting as it is, we should not take joy in knowing that they are on the way to hell. I am not talking about the one who cuts you off on the road. I am talking about evil people who brag about how many abortions they have had. Evil people who take pleasure in torturing and killing others. Even them we should pray for their salvation.


Psalm 2:4King James Version (KJV)4 He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision.


Be blessed and at peace, my friend. Jesus is coming soon. I saw a red bird at Jeff's house yesterday.
Betty
 
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November 17, 2016. 11:24 AM
Good Morning and Happy Thanksgiving,

Next week is Thanksgiving. During the Holidays we can become depressed, missing our loved ones who have gone on before us. I wonder if they are not asking God: How long is it, Lord to you go and get my Family?" Surely He reassures them, just as He reassures us, that it won't be long until He comes for His children. Let us be thankful this year for the family still with us and our many blessings. Give thanks to God that your loved ones in Heaven are free from pain and sickness and are in the very presence of our Heavenly Father.

We do have so many things to be grateful for. Let us start thanking God now and seek to be in a state of gratefulness and appreciation for God through out the Holiday season. Even in the Old Testament, our Heavenly Father was blessed by the praise of His people.

2 Chronicles 20:21King James Version (KJV)21 And when he had consulted with the people, he appointed singers unto the Lord, and that should praise the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army, and to say, Praise the Lord; for his mercy endureth for ever.


Sin nging praises by yourself as you drive in the car and doing your work can be a blessing to God and to yourself a your heart is blessed by the goodness of our Lord and Savior.
Be blessed my friend.
Betty
I saw a tiny bird in the squirrel feeder this morning. It warmed my heart. Pray for my nephew (Ray). He is in the hospital with infected foot and he has diabetes.
 
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November 18, 2016. 11:44
Good Morning and Happy Friday,

Many of you are looking forward to the weekend, a I did when I worked. Although it seems that you are busy on the weekends, it is your time and your decision what gets done and what has to wait. It seems a lot of our time is hurry up and wait. You rush like a manic to get the Doctor on time, only to have to wait an hour for him. Your boss once something done immediately, only to let the project sit for weeks. Abraham waited 100 years for the promise of a son to be fulfilled. John the Baptist parents were old when he was born. Waiting on God's plan is not always easy but He has perfect timing. What we do not see is we are growing spiritually as we wait.

For Christians today, we are waiting on the rapture. Sadly many people have given up. God has not forgotten us and soon He will come for us. The delay is only God being merciful for all to have a chance to be saved, but don't become complacent, for Jesus could come for us any day.


Matthew 24:37-39King James Version (KJV)

37 But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.

38 For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark,

39 And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.


Have a blessed weekend. Have some fun and relaxing time. Share the love of Jesus with those around you

Betty
 
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‎Saturday, ‎November ‎19, ‎2016 11:32:42 AM
Good Morning and Happy Saturday,

Luke 5:17-39New Life Version (NLV)
Jesus Heals a Man Let Down through the Roof of a House
17 On one of the days while Jesus was teaching, some proud religious law-keepers and teachers of the Law were sitting by Him. They had come from every town in the countries of Galilee and Judea and from Jerusalem. The power of the Lord was there to heal them. 18 Some men took a man who was not able to move his body to Jesus. He was carried on a bed. They looked for a way to take the man into the house where Jesus was. 19 But they could not find a way to take him in because of so many people. They made a hole in the roof over where Jesus stood. Then they let the bed with the sick man on it down before Jesus. 20 When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the man, “Friend, your sins are forgiven.”
21 The teachers of the Law and the proud religious law-keepers thought to themselves, “Who is this Man Who speaks as if He is God? Who can forgive sins but God only?” 22 Jesus knew what they were thinking. He said to them, “Why do you think this way in your hearts? 23 Which is easier to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or, ‘Get up and walk’?
24 “So that you may know the Son of Man has the right and the power on earth to forgive sins,” He said to the man who could not move his body, “I say to you, get up. Take your bed and go to your home.” 25 At once the sick man got up in front of them. He took his bed and went to his home thanking God. 26 All those who were there were surprised and gave thanks to God, saying, “We have seen very special things today.”

There have been many sermons on this Scripture, analyzing why Jesus chose to save the man's soul first before healing him. One thing we can take from this, is the crowd was more concerned about his healing then his salvation. If a crippled man was in Church and Jesus appeared in the room and told the man he was saved from His sins, our reaction may be like the crowd. As human beings we see healing as being more important then salvation. We are prone to be more concerned about the present then eternity. Jesus sees the future and eternity is more important then the present. As mankind who runs on clocks and calenders we cannot see completely the importance of eternity. We are not able to completely grasp eternity.

1 Peter 1:24New King James Version (NKJV)
24 because
“All flesh is as grass,
And all the glory of man[a] as the flower of the grass.
The grass withers,
And its flower falls away

While it is important to take care of our physical health, let us not forget to take care of our spiritual health. Of course we cannot save our selves, but we can make sure our soul is being fed but Bible reading, prayers, and Church attendance.
God bless you and your family,
Betty
the little bird came back yesterday.
 
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‎Sunday, ‎November ‎20, ‎2016 9:51:23 AM
Good Morning and Blessed Sunday,
This begins Thanksgiving week. We have so many things to be thankful for. Many things we have had all our lives and we take them for granted. A bed for sleep, food on the table, and safety, are things that many people around the world do not have. It is not about feeling guilty that we have them and others do not. It is about being grateful for what we do have. To often we are obsessed with what we do not have. We are easily drawn to what others have that we do not have. As I have gotten older, I have come to realize that it doesn't take a lot to make me happy. Paul said to be content in whatever circumstances we are in. I am far from that point but I am more grateful for what I have, then in my younger days. Let us worship God today in a Spirit of Thanksgiving.

As we deal with others, let us have a caring heart and compassion on those around us. No one wants a fake smile or a pretend to care attitude shown to them. We should pray to have a heart of compassion and love for others. Let God's light shine out of us to others. When we walk away from others let us leave them with a smile and not relief that we have taken our bad attitudes in another direction. True joy comes from a heart that loves God and the more we love God the more joy will be reflected through us to others. This not giddiness and silliness but a peaceful joy that encourages everyone we touch. Even when we are feeling poorly we can ask Jesus to shine through us.

May you and your family be blessed and protected by our Lord Jesus Christ.

Betty
 
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November 21, 2016. 10:47 AM
Good Morning and Happy Monday,


This morning I put the dog in the back yard. The side and back of the fence is wooden but the front is metal. It looks neat, but my dachshund, can get out. We zipped tied plastic to the fence but she still finds a way out. To top the morning off she runs the fence barking at dogs much bigger then her. At Jeff's place she got through the fence and got in a scuffle with the neighbors two dogs and got some minor injuries before me and the neighbor could get her away from the bigger dogs. Did she learn her lesson? No! She still aggravates other dogs.

This got me to thinking, about how many times God gets us out of trouble, only to have us run back in to the same trouble. Sometimes our mouth gets us in trouble. Sometimes it is are reaction to something we did not like, that others did. Other times it is actions that we know we should not be doing. Yet, God is so loving to save us time and time again, from ourselves. Surely, He must be shaking His head at our stubbornness.

God wants us to be wise and not step in the same traps time and time again. Have you ever gone through a trial more then once? You tell yourself "please learn the lesson, so I do not have to face this again", but somehow the lesson is not learned and you find yourself back in the same trial again and again. It is heartbreaking and physically and emotionally exhausting to have to go through the same trial over and over again. But like my dog, we can be stubborn.


We can start today seeking to be less stubborn and more willing to listen to our Master and seek to be willing to allow Him to guide us. We do not have to be control freaks and allow God to be our navigator.
His will is always the best.

Betty
 
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Good Morning and Happy Tuesday,

One of the first things I saw when I turned on my computer was a news article about Kayne being hospitalized. The article said that Kayne said that he is being attacked spiritually. I agree with him. I do believe he is under a spiritual attack. This is the time for us Christians to be praying for him. Praying that through all the noises in his head from Satan and his demons , that he will hear the voice of God calling out to him. It is often when we reach rock bottom that we lay aside our pride and we open our hearts and ears to the soft voice of Jesus calling out to us.
I had to get up early for a Doctor's appointment. I am not a morning person but the crisp cool air is refreshing but it is so early that I do not hear any bird sounds. Maybe the early bird got the worm and went back to bed. Someting I would like to do at the moment. HeHe. When I first get up I do like the silence of being awake and seeking God before the noises of the day begin.

I would appreciate your prayers for my nephew Ray, today. He has to decide whether to allow the Doctor to remove his big toe or just do a partial amputation. He is diabetic and he needs to make the right decision. When we make the decisions like this we are blessed as Christians to know that God will guide us in the right direction. Pray for Ray and the Doctor and of course his mom, Beverly. We moms know that having our children ill is hard for us. Have a blessed day.
Betty
 
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‎Wednesday, ‎23 ‎November, ‎2016      10:20:55 AM
Good Morning and Happy Wednesday

   My sister and nephew are waiting for the ambulance to take him to another hospital for a procedure that was supposed to be done 3 hours ago.   It seems we spend a lot of time waiting in this life.  For some waiting is not a big deal but for others like me sitting and waiting drives me crazy.   The VA is notorious for having you get there early and wait all day.  The men and women call it the hurry up and wait thing.    We also have periods of waiting on God.   Sometimes it is waiting for our prayer to be answered.  Sometimes we are waiting for God to show us what the next step in our lives is suppose to be.  Sometimes it is waiting for God to show us His will.   It is easy to become frustrated and get in a rush.  This can cause us to become impatient and step out of God's will.   If we are not careful we can get angry and have an attitude problem towards God.   

  What does God want us to do in those periods of waiting.  There could be many things.  Maybe He wants us to physically rest before we go to the next plan for our lives.  Maybe God is preparing the way ahead for us.  Whatever the waiting period is for, there are things we can be doing during that time of waiting.   First and first most be praying.  Whether we are waiting for a go ahead from God to change our jobs or  we are waiting to take up a new position at Church, prayer is never wasted and can be helpful to our physical and spiritual being.  Embrace the waiting and let go of resentment.  Seeking God's face to find out what God wants to do in your life during the waiting period, is a great way to use the waiting time.   Remember, a period of waiting does not mean that God has forgotten you.

  Prayers for my sister (Beverly) and my nephew (Ray) are very much appreciated.  Have a blessed day.
Betty
 
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‎11/‎24/‎2016 09:52:36 AM
Good Morning and Happy Thanksgiving,

We are fixing to leave to go eat lunch with our daughter. I pray that you have someone to break bread with today. Thanksgiving is a great day to be reminded of all the many things God has done in our lives and the lives of our families. Hopefully everyone will get the chance to say something they are thankful as families gather around the table together. Sharing your gratitude is an encouragement to others and their sharing can encourage us.


Remember to pray for those who this day will bring pain. Recent loss of loved ones is hard and an empty chair at the table is a reminder of your loss. If you have suffered a loss of a loved one, remember it will not be long until we join them in Heaven. That family reunion is going to be bigger then we can even imagine in our minds.


Hope you have lots of good food. May God bless you and your family.
Betty
 
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‎Saturday, ‎November ‎26, ‎2016 11:27:03 AM
Good Morning and Happy Saturday,

Now that Thanksgiving Day has passed, let us work on having a thankful attitude for the rest of the year. Not a begrudging of giving thanks for what you have but a genuine spirit of Thanksgiving in our heart. I have seen on video the joy that comes to a village when a well is dug and people are able to walk from their home and get fresh water for the first time. Their joy is not fake nor is their gratitude forced. It is real thankfulness. Here in America and Europe we have so much to be thankful for. The reality is that we are probably the least appreciative people on this earth.

As we go about our day to day, let us look for ways to share God's love with others. A simple kind word or a smile giving in the market place can make a difference to a person who has dealt with angry and bitter people. Let us lay aside the spirit of anger and bitterness and pray for a spirit of kindness and joy that will overflow out of our hearts. Have a blessed day.
Betty
I put up my tree yesterday and plan on putting the ornaments on the tree today. I love Christmas but more important is what Christmas means to us children of God
 
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‎Sunday, ‎27 ‎November, ‎2016 9:47:55 AM
Good Morning and Blessed Sunday,

I love to listen to Christian music as I get ready for Church. It gets you warmed up for Church. I think we all have come to Church at least a few times that we are so wound so tight that it takes awhile to relax. The kids are taking their time getting dressed and hubby decides to complain about something that happened a week ago and we can barely remember the circumstances. Ah, but when do relax and allow God's Spirit to flow through us our problems seem to grow faint and our heart is regenerated by God's love for us. It is wonderful to spend time in the house of God with fellow believers.

I hope those who work were able to rest this week and are ready to go back to work tomorrow with a refreshed body and heart. Remember God will be with you and He is our comforter and our substainer. We can depend on God through all our circumstances to be with us and to guide us.

Have a blessed week.
Betty
 
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Good Morning and Happy Monday,

I had a long night dealing with issues from colitis. I got up and fed the pets and I have come back to bed, with two of my pets. We all have those nights when we cannot sleep. Sometimes it is because we are ill and other times it is stress. It is so sweet to talk to Jesus and tell Him our concerns and know without a doubt that He is listening. There such a peace that fills our hearts even in the midst of pain and fears. We know we can trust God in all circumstances. We can use those times we cannot sleep, to pray for others. Today as you go about your day pray for your lost loved ones. Seek the guidance of God in your life.
Betty
I was blessed by having four birds and two squirrels in my yard, yesterday. I pray that God little diamonds of joy today.
 
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‎Tuesday, ‎November ‎29, ‎2016 10:32:29 AM

Good Morning and Happy Tuesday,

grat·i·tude
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1. the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness:
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Gratitude is an attitude and a choice. We can choose to be grateful for what we have. We can choose to dwell on what we have instead of grieving over what we do not have. For even the very rich can look around and see someone with something that do not have. The most precious gifts cannot be bought with money. You cannot buy a family to love you. You cannot buy the respect of others. Most of all, all the riches on this world cannot buy eternity in Heaven. True joy comes from loving our Heavenly Father and having an attitude of gratefulness for what we have. As we look forward to Christmas, let us have an attitude of gratitude for our Savior who chose to come to this earth to live as a man and die for our sins. Salvation is not cheap. God paid an enormous gift to buy salvation for us. Let us not be guilty of taking such a precious gift for granted. Instead each day lift up praises to our Savior and Lord for His great love for us.

Live your life in gratefulness and a spirit of appreciation for what you have. Pray for others that you come in contact through out your day.
Betty
 
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November 30, 2016 10:28

Good Morning and Happy Wednesday,

I have heard Preachers and Teachers talk about the dash on a gravestone. How we have a day we are born and a day we will die. The dash in between being our life. Yet it seems that dash should be a circle to me. Time time again, we find ourselves going back through a trial that we thought we had beaten years before. We find ourselves asking God, " why am I here again". I do not know the answer. We can feel like we have been hit by a ball that came from out of nowhere. The shock of it can knock us off our feet and make us feel shaken. This is the time to remind us that we still have God. He has not left us nor forsaken us. He will see us through this trial. There is a peace from letting go of our stress and keeping our trust in God. Reminding ourselves that God has a reason to have us revisit a trial, helps. Maybe we were unable to come to a complete conclusion last time but now we are spiritually stronger and God is giving us a chance to finish and complete what was started years ago. Letting go of our fears and trusting in God can bring a victory and we can then move on.

I saw my GI doctor yesterday and he has me starting a new group of medication to get the colitis under control. We are all fighting battles in our lives: some physical, some emotional, and some spiritual. Remembering that we are not on the battlefield alone can being us comfort. It will not be long until all of our battles are over and God will tell Jesus to go and get His children. This life is temporary and when we remind ourselves of that we can be of good cheer, knowing this soon will pass. Live each day seeking to serve God and to reach out to others with love and compassion. Be a willing servant of God. There will be tears and frustration in this life but one day we will be rejoicing in Heaven and no one can take that victory away from us.
Betty
Getting a few more birds at the feeder each day. I enjoy watching them.
 
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December 2, 2016 11:34 AM

Good Morning and Happy Friday,

We do not always wake up perky and sharp. There are days we drag out of bed and feel like we are thinking with a half of a brain. When this happens we can know with a certainty that God is with us even though we may not feel His presence. We all have our bad days but God is always the one who will guide us and lead us into overcoming trials and obstacles in our lives. Many of us deal with chronic illnesses and with that comes bad days, but do not allow your faith in God to lesson. Remember God never changes. He is the same powerful God everyday. When we feel weak, we can ask for strength. When we are in pain, we can ask God to comfort and sustain us. Talk to yourself and remind yourself that you are indwelled with the Holy Spirit. The song says "Where does my help come from? And answers "My help comes from the Lord, maker of Heaven and earth!" Rejoice my friend, in the knowledge that our Heavenly Father is with you and we can seek His help anytime and anywhere.


We are entering in the busy season. Try to remember to eat, drink, and rest regularly. Sometimes we can forget to take care of ourselves when we are so busy. Have a blessed day.
Betty

More birds are coming. For the first time since our move, I had to refill the bird feeders.
 
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December 3, 2016. 11:42
Good Morning and Happy Saturday,

We got much needed rain last night. Unfortunately I did not realize that SweetPea, one of my cats, had slipped out when the dog went out. She had a miserable night, I am sure. We as Christians can get ourselves in trouble by getting into places that we don't belong, spending to much time with people who are a bad influence on us and not enough time with fellow believers. While we need to share Christ with unbelievers, if we spend too much time with unbelievers, we began to take on their habits, attitudes, and can even pick up their way of talking. My cat is sleeping with her daughter under the Christmas tree. When we do get in trouble, our Heavenly Father welcomes us back with open arms and He comforts us. There are consequences to getting in to trouble but even God's discipline is done out of love.

Have a blessed day and be safe.
Betty
One squirrel eating on the fence in the rain.
 
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December 4, 2016. Noon
Good Morning and Blessed Sunday,


2 Corinthians 12:8-10English Standard Version (ESV)

8 Three times I pleaded with the Lord about this, that it should leave me. 9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.10 For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.


There are burdens that God assigns to carry that are for a short time and there are those we carry for many years. Those we carry for many years can wear us down and if we do not careful we can lose hope. Imagine every morning waking up to having to pick up and carry a backpack with 50 lbs of weight all day. Each night when you lay the bag down there is a sinking in our heart, knowing the next morning we have to carry it again. We know that God is capable of removing this weight from us, yet God chooses not to. More then that we do not even have a date when to look forward to when this weight will be gone. We know we will find relief in Heaven, but the day to day struggle is still with us. Yet just as God assured Paul that God's grace was sufficient for him, God is telling us the same. He will make us strong through our weaknesses. We may not have a date when the struggle will be over, but we can rejoice in knowing that victory will come to pass. The answer is not denying the struggle. The answer is taking our struggle and our questions to God. When we are overcome with fatigue, cry out to God for strength. When the pain becomes unbearable, seek relief from God. Begin to praise God and rejoice in the victory ahead! Praise His Holy Name! We can be revived by praising God in the midst of the struggle and pain.


Have a blessed day and seek God for comfort and peace of heart and mind.

Betty


https://youtu.be/L5bLvVjJ4MA
 
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December 5, 2016
Good Morning and Happy Monday,

This time of year we begin to see Christmas lights everywhere. I love Christmas and enjoy the beautiful lights. We must remind ourselves that Christmas is more the Christmas trees and twinkled lights. Christmas is the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ. It is correct to celebrate His birth, because His birth into a sinful world opened the door for Jesus to live and walk among men of sin, so that He could give His life a ransom for our sins. Even His birth was a sacrifice. He gave up His throne to live and walk among mankind for 33 years. This is a great time of the year to appreciate God's sacrifice and to praise God for the sacrifice of the blood of Jesus.

As we give gifts to one another let us not forget the homeless and the orphans. We can pray that God will open our eyes to be a finical blessing to someone in need. We cannot help everyone but if we help one person in need, we have made a difference in the Name of Christ.

Betty
 
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December 6, 2016 11:09 AM
Good Morning and Happy Tuesday

"Forgive me, Lord, when I bring anger into a situation. Soften my heart and help me use my words to encourage others." (David Roper)


Have you ever forgiven someone and then felt a measure of satisfaction when it looked like to us that God was chastising them for sinning against us? Is it true forgiveness if we can take pleasure for their pain? Is our heart not hardened when we feel this way? What is the answer to our this? First of all seek forgiveness from God. Then ask God to soften our hearts. We should never take pleasure in the suffering of others. We can all be guilty of this. There are even videos on YouTube, where we see someone do something wrong and then immediately get paid back and I admit I have laughed at a few. One was a man who was upset because the cat was in his place and grabbed the cat and threw him to the floor and kicked him. The man is sitting on a love seat in front of the stairwell. On the stairs is potted plants. The cat goes to one above his head and knocks the pot on the man's head. I admit my response was "served him right". Yet as Christians, we are to have compassionate hearts towards others. It is not much compassion if we are laughing at others misfortune. Let us avoid the attitude of 'serves him right" and pray more for others who are hurting. How wonderful if the world could come to see us as compassionate people!

Have a blessed day and look for your little diamonds of joy through out your day. Share the sunshine of God's love with everyone you come in contact with. One of mine was watching a tiny bird eat, yesterday.
Betty
 
Posted by Betty Louise (Member # 7175) on :
 
December 7, 2016 12:09 PM
Good Morning and Happy Wednesday,


"Heavenly Father, help me to grow in gentleness and patience toward others. Show me how to love oth