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Posted by Betty Louise (Member # 7175) on :
 
May 29, 2019
Happy Wednesday,

God Provides

Having day surgery tomorrow. A biopsy on a vein on the right side of my head. Yesterday was a whirl wind. From the Doctor’s office to next door for pre-op procedures. The issues with the surgery and the Doctor’s warning about how important it is that I have the surgery, did not sink into late last night.

At 12:30 a.m. my daughter-in-law sent me a Bible verse in an email:

"For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord. Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and future." Jeremiah 29:11

This verse calmed my fears. I was reminded that God was with me and will be with me tomorrow. Whatever we are facing, we can trust God. Reading the news these days can cause anger and fear. We need to do remind ourselves that while evil is on the rise, God is still on His Throne. Soon God will come and get His Children for our eternal home with Him.
Betty
 
Posted by Betty Louise (Member # 7175) on :
 
May 30, 2019
Happy Thursday,

Family and Friends

Had the surgery today on my forehead .. I am blessed to be home now in bed. Get results for biopsy, next week. Hoping they find something , that they can fix. I appreciate everyone’s prayers.

God bless each of you and you’re families. Lying down in bed to rest. I had to be at hospital at 4:30 this morning.
Betty

Psalm 18:6 King James Version (KJV)
6 In my distress I called upon the Lord, and cried unto my God: he heard my voice out of his temple, and my cry came before him, even into his ears.
 
Posted by Betty Louise (Member # 7175) on :
 
May 31, 2019
Happy Friday,


How can I be a blessing to others when I feel so miserable? The day after surgery and the worst FIBRO flare ever for me and I am inclined to feel sorry for myself. Then I feel God’s presence and I am reminded then even in the midst of pain, God is with me. How can I not pray for others when God in His love for me, has not forsaken me?

Often it is in the midst of our misery that we feel the closeness of our Heavenly Father. This is the time when we feel His Arms of love surrounding us. What better time to reach out to encourage others, then when God let us feel His love and comfort! God’s mercy for us, should make us more inclined to reach out to others who are suffering. Even if we can only pray for them, our prayers are never ignored by God.

Whatever you are going through, today, take your troubles to God. Tell Him everything. He wants us to feel close enough to Him that we can share everything with Him. His love for you is just as strong through the bad times as the good times. Seek Him through both times.
Betty
 
Posted by Betty Louise (Member # 7175) on :
 
June 1, 2019
Happy Saturday,

Words Can Hurt

Fifteen years ago a friend from School over heard me telling my husband that I felt sorry for her. I felt sorry for her because she had a cruel father and a hard life. It was not until last year that I found out that my pity for her, was seen as an insult to her. I found out after her death that those words had stayed with her for 15 years and they were like a thorn in her side. It has broken my heart that my words had added to her pain.

Truth is we do not know how our words will be received by another. Sometimes what we see as words said from a heart that cares, can be seen different from the hearer. This is why we should pray daily that when we speak, we speak in love and that the Holy Spirit can guide us. I have prayed that God will tell my friend that I am sorry that I hurt her. Over the years I have learned some words cannot be taken back.

My friend did not need my pity. She needed me to pray that God would heal her pain from a wounded past. In School, I was too young to know how to help her, as an adult, I mistook pity for caring. Now I know, when we see someone who is suffering and their suffering is out of out control, the best thing we can do is pray for them. Nothing is out of the control of God. God can heal all wounds, even those from the past.

Words can hurt but they can also help. Instead of pity, I should have told her how much I admired her for being so strong in adversity. This is opportunity has passed. Yet we can ask God to help us choose our words with grace. People do not need our pity, they need us praying for God to intercede in their lives.

Today, look for the little diamonds God has placed along your path. Have a grateful and thankful heart and seek ways to encourage one another in the Lord.
Betty
 
Posted by Betty Louise (Member # 7175) on :
 
June 2, 2019
Blessed Sunday,

Patience in Adversity

Surprisingly my surgery site is still quiet painful. Of course since the biopsy has not come back, they still don’t know what is causing the headaches. I am impatient. We can be inpatient about spiritual matters, also. We want the spiritual growth, without the pain involved in growing. It is the growing pains that give us good and strong spiritual roots. Shallow roots will fail with the slightest wind. Long and strong roots will sustain strong winds and trials.

We will grow in our walk and faith in God if we stay in the Word of God and in prayer. Reminding ourselves that some growth will come with pain and tribulation. God will sustain us through the battles and He will never forsake us.
We take each day as a new day to grow in faith and spiritual growth. May God bless and keep you.
Betty
 
Posted by Betty Louise (Member # 7175) on :
 
June 3, 2019
Happy Monday,

God Uses The Obedient

When I look at my blank page each morning, I am perplexed. Why would God want to use me? My failures flash like street lights and fear grows up from a brain that often fails me, yet in His love for me, He finds a way to use me. God could cause a tree to rise up from the ground and speak works of eloquence, that would astound the most educated person. Yet, God chooses to use mankind. Mankind that is born into sin and is filled with the spirit of rebellion. Mankind who is easily led astray and wanders off like sheep with no shepherd.

God chooses mankind, because He loves us so much. God chose to love us while we were yet sinners. He died for mankind when we were sinners and a rebellious people. How sad that so many people have chosen to reject the greatest gift of all, salvation! How many times do you hear someone say: “A loving God would never send anyone to hell!” Hell was not made for mankind but for the devil and his demons. God does not send anyone to hell. People choose to go to Hell. Often in the arrogance and pride they make their choice to spend eternity in hell.

Ray Boltz a wonderful Christian singer, turned his back on God. The first song he recorded after he rebelled against God, was titled: “You Cannot Tell Me, Who To Love. God does allow us to choose who we love. Yet, Ray’s song was written in rebellion and sadly, he will most likely spend eternity in hell. God is not sending Ray to hell. Ray chose hell over God. We choose where we want to spend eternity.

Joshua 24:15 New Living Translation (NLT)
15 But if you refuse to serve the Lord, then choose today whom you will serve. Would you prefer the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates? Or will it be the gods of the Amorites in whose land you now live? But as for me and my family, we will serve the Lord.”

Let us choose to be obedient and loving children of God. Remember loving people speak the truth. Spiritual lies only hurt people. Speak the truth in love and pray for lost souls.
Betty
 
Posted by Betty Louise (Member # 7175) on :
 
June 4, 2019
Happy Tuesday,

Lost In Confusion

As I deal with the confusion in my brain, I am reminded of all the spiritual confusion in the world. While some have chosen to embrace the lies of the devil, there are others who have lost their way due to confusion. “The world has changed so much on what is sin and what isn’t sin, surely God has changed His mind, too? Yet God warned us of this.

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

God is unchanging. When He told us what sin is, He meant it. He is not going to change His mind to please the people of today. Not only are people confused about what sin is but they are confused about their relationship with God. Some people think that they can sit in a Church that teaches lies from the devil and have a relationship with God. We cannot say that we are a Mormon, but we love God. We must choose the Jesus of the Bible or the Mormon Jesus. They are not the same Jesus. The same goes with Jehovah Witness and Seventh Day Advents.

2 Corinthians 6:17 King James Version (KJV)17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you.

We must not attempt to have a relationship with a counterfeit Gospel and the Truth of the Bible. We are too close to the end to try to have one foot in the devil’s Gospel and one foot in the TRUTH.

Not having a good day physically but I know God is with me. I appreciate your prayers. I did manage to feed the birds before the pain got so bad. All of us are suffering in our own way but remember Jesus is coming soon. Let us be grateful for what we have and pray for one another.
Betty
 
Posted by Betty Louise (Member # 7175) on :
 
June 5, 2019
HappyWednesday,

As In The Days of Noah


Matthew 24:36-39 King James Version (KJV)
36 But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.
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.

As Christians, we do not have to look far, to see that sin abounds in this world. If we are not careful, we can become discouraged. Peter warned us that scoffers would even question the return of Jesus.

2 Peter 3:4 King James Version (KJV)
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.


We see evil abound. We see people who no longer believe Jesus is coming back. The question is what do I believe? What is the health of my faith in God?Has my faith grown cold and weak? Have I allowed my heart to become discouraged and loss of hope?

Matthew 24:43 King James Version (KJV)
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.

We can either chose to listen to the lies of the devil or trust in our Heavenly Father. We can live each day trusting in our Blessed Hope or allow the devil to fill our hearts with discouragement. The question becomes: “Do I trust the God of Heaven or the devil, the father of liars? Our trust in God, will stay strong when we ignore the lies of the devil and listen to the voice of truth, the God of the universe.
Betty
 
Posted by Betty Louise (Member # 7175) on :
 
June 6, 2019
Happy Thursday,

Biopsy came back negative. That is great news. The bad news the headaches have increased and the pain is worse. On one way it is frustrating not knowing what is going on, yet God knows and I can trust in Him. Many things in this world are frustrating and confusing to us. We can lay aside our confusion in pick up our faith in God. When we lay aside our fears and trust in God, we can live in peace.

It is not necessary to understand everything. It is only necessary to understand that God is in control. Each day, when we walk in trust in God, we can be assured that we are walking on the correct path. As the world grows more and more against those who believe the truth of the Gospel, we must stay strong in our faith, so that we are not easily led astray. Remembering the truth of the Gospel is the same today as when Jesus walked the paths in Jerusalem.

Keep looking it up for our redemption is coming soon.
Betty
 
Posted by Betty Louise (Member # 7175) on :
 
June 7, 2019
Happy Friday,

Throughout the World, the Heavens Speak

Psalm 19 King James Version (KJV)
19 The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.

From the beginning of the earth, from Adam and Eve, to the people who walk the earth today, the Heavens have spoken of the existence of God. God did not hide His existence from mankind but shouted it from the sky above.

Psalm 19 King James Version (KJV)
19 The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.
2 Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge.
3 There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard.
4 Their line is gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In them hath he set a tabernacle for the sun,
5 Which is as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, and rejoiceth as a strong man to run a race.
6 His going forth is from the end of the heaven, and his circuit unto the ends of it: and there is nothing hid from the heat thereof.
7 The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple.
8 The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes.

A man named Dawson chose not only to doubt the existence of God but developed the Evolution theory. In His own writings, he declared that the eye ball, could not have been created by accident but must have been created by a higher being. The world chose to embrace his theory not for its superior knowledge but because they did not want to answer to a Heavenly maker, to God. Mankind fell into the same sin as Satan. Mankind wanted to be God, to answer to no one but themselves. “It’s my life and I answer to no one!”

The men and women in the most secluded village in the world look up at the sky and God declares His existence to each heart. No one will go to Hell because they were unaware of the existence of God. They see God in each sunrise and at night when God unfolds His handiwork across the skies.

Today millions of people are on a journey to hell, not because they do not know that God exist, but in their pride that have rejected the God of Heaven. You hear politicians and just every day Joe, say I pray every day, and yet they are against everything God stands for. This is the sin of pride. The self pride of thinking that either they do not need a “god” or that they will worship a “god” of their own making. They want to be a spiritual person but they do not want a “god” that disagrees with their lifestyles. Like Satan they have in their own mind shoved God off of HIS Rightful Throne. They will end up just like Satan, in the eternal lake of fire.
Betty
 
Posted by Betty Louise (Member # 7175) on :
 
June 8, 2019
Happy Saturday,

It’s 7:30 a.m. in the morning and I have slept very little. I talked to God off and on during the night. Still have a headache, but feel rested. The biggest issue is my typing Is worse then usual. Running a little fever, but that is normal with fibro.

As I lay here on the bed with sleeping hubby and two fur babies. I am reminded of the greatness of our Glorious and Majestic Heavenly Father. My heart yearns for the moment when Jesus calls His children home to Heaven. Just the thought of the soon coming rapture fills my heart with songs. The old Hymn :”What a day that will be!” No more pain, nor sorrow. When we can walk the streets of gold with our Savior by our side. When we can looked into the eyes of our saved departed loved ones again. We cannot even imagine the joy awaits us, in Heaven.

Just the thought of Heaven should lead us to want to please God in this life. To work each day for the Kingdom of God. Each day we pray for God to guide us. To protect us from those who preach a false Gospel. The more we love God the more we want to put Him first in our lives. There is nothing on this earth that compares to the Glories of Heaven. Let us strive to stop being people pleasers and choose to live in a way that is pleasing to God.

Be blessed my friends for the God of Heaven is walking with you daily and will never forsake or leave you.
Betty
 
Posted by Betty Louise (Member # 7175) on :
 
June 9, 2019
Blessed Sunday,

Pastor Apologizes To His Church

I read about a Pastor who apologized to his Church for praying for the President as the President stood on the stage with him. This Pastor did not owe an apology to the Church, but now he owes an apology to God. The Bible tells us to pray for men and women in authority.

1 Timothy 2 King James Version (KJV)
2 I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men;
2 For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.
3 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour;

Instead of apologizing for his prayer, he should have done a sermon on why praying for our leaders is important. This is why so many Pastors have begun to preach cotton candy sermons. When Pastors are more afraid of offending the congregation then preaching the truth they have lost their way.

The Pastor tried to explain to the congregation, praying for the President was not an endorsement of the President. When the the Books of Timothy where written, the Kings of the day where evil and yet God said to pray for them. We are to pray for our President no matter who or she is.
Betty
A squirrel was laying across the bird feeder eating the other day. Some people get upset when squirrels eat at the bird feeders. I like squirrels and birds.
 
Posted by Betty Louise (Member # 7175) on :
 
June 10, 2019
Happy Monday,

Another night with barely any sleep. Hubby could not sleep, either and we were grumpy together. Our poor Bertha is exhausted, because we kept her awake. My surgeon will be in tomorrow. There are times that we lie in bed awake and in pain and stress because there seems to be no answers why. In the day time it is easier to have faith, but in the dark of night the devil torments us and adds to our fears and questions. My pain from the surgery has increased. I can barely comb my hair and turning my head to the right brings sharp pain. My confusion was bad yesterday. I had trouble with finding the right words.

Now the sun has come out and I have taken something for the pain and to calm myself down. I remind myself that I am blessed that I can go to sleep and rest, soon and sleep til I wake up. Faith is trusting God when we can see no answers in sight. Now as I look back on yesterday and last night, there was never a time that I felt that God had abandoned me. The answers I needed where out of sight, but I could still feel the presence of the Lord and His loved wrapped around me.

When hope abandons us, let us go to the Rock of our Faith, Jesus. There may be times that we cling to the cross as storms waves and winds shake us to our very being, still we feel secure in our Savior. Our hope and faith increases as we cry out to Jesus. As Paul says we may be shaken, but we are not abandoned. We press on towards the prize of Heaven even when the way is so dark that we cannot see.
Betty
 
Posted by Betty Louise (Member # 7175) on :
 
June 11, 2019
Happy Tuesday,

“People Need The Lord”

When that song came out we loved it and sang it a lot. Just like when the song :”What the world needs now, is love, sweet love”. It was sang on every variety show on TV. Unfortunately, the message of both songs has lost their powers. So many people think only the weak need God. They would rather depend on their own strength and lack of a conscience, to push and claw their way to the top. Love is okay as long as it does not interfere with your ambitions.

Even the love of marriage has lost its appeal. To many marry for ambitions then love. It’s how far can get ahead if I marry this person. It helps if the person has the money to finance my path to power and fame. Sadly even in the Church, love for God and mankind has cooled. Even Pastors can become ambitious to the point that numbers are more important then individuals. The people in the seats can care more about getting out of Church in time for the football game then the Sermon.

We need to realize we all need God. No matter how great a person is, salvation is through Jesus Christ alone. Nothing we do on earth will impress God enough to allow us into Heaven, with out salvation through the blood of Jesus. We see the lost of love of people when Congress refused almost 50 times to hear the bill that would force Doctors to save a baby born alive during an abortion. There is coming a day when the elderly will be euthanized to save the Country money. As a whole people have lost their love for God and one another.
Betty

Sleep much better last night.
 
Posted by Betty Louise (Member # 7175) on :
 
June 12, 2019
Happy Wednesday,

Finding Our Way In Today’s World

There used to be a time when you moved to a new Town or State, that finding a Church Home was easy. You looked for the denomination that you went to before. Now it is not so easy. A Church in your denomination may not preach the truth of the Gospel. You may find that homosexuality is accepted. There may be gay board members. There may even be a gay Pastor. How can a Pastor preach the truth of the Gospel, when He is not living out the truth of the Gospel?

Sadly, there are Churches today that no longer condemn the killing of babies in the womb. How much further can we can get from the truth then this? Well, they have found ways. Churches that teach that we do not need salvation through Jesus to be saved. Teaching that living a good life will get you to Heaven. The closer to the end we get, sadly more and more Churches are not preaching the true way to Heaven. How many left behind after the rapture will feel secure because their Pastor is still here? How many will accept the anti-Christ because their Pastor will?

Scary times we live, but to the Christian we need not fear. Keep our trust secure in our Heavenly Father. Flee from Pastors and teachers who have traded the truth for the lies of the devil. Comforting lies today can send us to an eternity in the lake of fire. The truth hurts but it can lead us to salvation. We do not need a Church where we feel comfortable in our sins. We need Holy Ghost preaching that sets our hearts afire so that we run to the alters to be set free from sin and to find true salvation in Jesus. Burning consciences can save from an eternity in hell, if we listen to the calling of the Holy Spirit.
Betty
 
Posted by Betty Louise (Member # 7175) on :
 
June 13, 2019
Happy Thursday,

God Looks At The Heart

People look each other different then God looks at people. Some of the most admired people in the world, have hidden sin that would shock most of us.
When the sins of Bill Cosby were made public the world was shocked and many like me did not want to believe it. We watched the Bill Cosby show faithfully and had several of his comedy records.

On the other hand, some people who are the most faithful Christians, work quietly behind the scenes. The world doesn’t even know their name and they do not mind. They know that the most important thing is God knows them. Sadly, sometimes famous Preachers have skeletons in their closet. They look perfect to the world, but God sees their hearts.

As Christians are goals should never to be a people pleaser, it to be a God pleaser. It is nice when someone says you did a good job. There is no harm in that. It is you motivation. Are you working for God or for applause from other people? Let us work our best for God, because we love Him so much.

Remember a God sees the heart. We cannot hide our motivation from Him. Let us work for God until He comes to get us. People will fail you and forsake you, God will do neither.
Betty
 
Posted by Betty Louise (Member # 7175) on :
 
June 14, 2019
Happy Friday,
“Facts of Life”

After all the testing and the biopsy they have decided my confusion and pain issues is what they first thought, inflammation on the brain. One of the medications is high dosages of steroids. In a couple of days I will have a moon shaped, red face. One of the side effects of the steroids. Not so happy about that. Of course I will glad to see the headaches and confusion go away. Like the old theme song to the show Facts of Life. “You take the good, you take, the bad and now you have the facts of life.”

Life is like that. We have to do with good and the bad. Life is not meant to be miserable ride, that we get on at birth and just living till we die. God wants us to be at peace. We find our joy, in living for Jesus. Living in sin will bring misery into our lives and eternity in hell. When we are overtaken by problems, we go to Jesus and seek His guidance and help.

Not only does living for Jesus give us a joyful heart but a promise of eternity in Heaven. Where there will be no sickness, fear, or sorrow. Heaven is not a pipe dream, but a reality for our future. Work the job God has given you. Everything God has for you to do, will not always be understood by others. Friends and family might not always understand.

In this world today standing up for the truth, will often embarrass your friends and family. They would rather you kept your thoughts yourself. It may even become dangerous to speak the truth. This is why we pray for spiritual growth and put on the Armor of God, so that we can speak the truth at all times. It is much better to please God over people. Lies told in love can send people to hell.
Betty
 
Posted by NeevaCandida (Member # 15988) on :
 
May God be with you. [Smile]
 
Posted by Betty Louise (Member # 7175) on :
 
Neveea,

Thank you so much. May God bless, you, too.
Betty
 
Posted by Betty Louise (Member # 7175) on :
 
June 15, 2019
Happy Saturday,

Family Reunion

There is nothing like spending time with family members, that warms your heart. One day we will have the greatest family reunion ever, in Heaven. Seeing all of our loved ones that have gone on before us. All the great hugs and kisses with those we have missed for so long. The first I want to see is Jesus. To thank Him for dying for my sins. To sit and talk with Him, what joy that will fill our souls.

To walk the streets of gold with the Hero’s of the Old Testament. To have talks with the Disciples. The joy that awaits us, children of God, cannot be measured on this earth, but our hearts still fill with joy in the knowledge of what waits ahead for us. Sometimes it seems that our days are long and there are dark nights that seen endless. Yet, we take comfort that eternity with God, will have no ending.

Keep on trusting and reminding ourselves of the Glories of Heaven that awaits us. We work now, for the glory of God but one day we will be sitting in the Glorious presence of God. Every day is another day that we are closer to Heaven. May God bless you and warm your hearts with His gracious love for you.
Betty

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Posted by Betty Louise (Member # 7175) on :
 
June 16, 2019
Blessed Sunday,

Happy Father’s Day

A rainy Father’s Day in Houston. We honor our Father’s, today for their love for us. Just like us, our Father’s are not perfect. They make mistakes, big and small, but they love us and we love them. We cannot expect perfection from our earthly Fathers. They live in a corruptible body just like us. Loving is forgiving each other and loving through the good and bad.

Our Heavenly Father is perfect and has no sin in Him. His love is perfect. In Him we can find comfort and protection. Unlike our human Father’s, God knows us and He knows the future. His plan for us today, is part of His perfect plans for us. We do not always understand why God allows us to travel dark roads, but we can trust that His way is perfect and His reason is perfect.

We can live in hope and peace because we are in the hands of a God who loved us enough to die for our redemption from sin. If we have accepted God as our Savior, then our future in Heaven, is secure. We can leave our fears at the feet of Jesus and walk in the peace of God.
Betty
 
Posted by Betty Louise (Member # 7175) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Betty Louise:
June 16, 2019
Blessed Sunday,

Happy Father’s Day

A rainy Father’s Day in Houston. We honor our Father’s, today for their love for us. Just like us, our Father’s are not perfect. They make mistakes, big and small, but they love us and we love them. We cannot expect perfection from our earthly Fathers. They live in a corruptible body just like us. Loving is forgiving each other and loving through the good and bad.

Our Heavenly Father is perfect and has no sin in Him. His love is perfect. In Him we can find comfort and protection. Unlike our human Father’s, God knows us God knows us completely, better then we know ourselves and He knows the future. His plan for us today, is part of His perfect plans for us. We do not always understand why God allows us to travel dark roads, but we can trust that His way is perfect and His reason is perfect.

We can live in hope and peace because we are in the hands of a God who loved us enough to die for our redemption from sin. If we have accepted God as our Savior, then our future in Heaven, is secure. We can leave our fears at the feet of Jesus and walk in the peace of God.
Betty


 
Posted by Betty Louise (Member # 7175) on :
 
June 17, 2019
Happy Monday,

Finding Our Way

It seems like we spend half our life discovering who we are and the next half finding our own individual path. Too often we leave God out of this process. We are so much better off when we allow God to form who we are. His guidance will
save us from falling into potholes and sliding down hills into the mud. Yet, maybe God allows us to go our own way so that we can learn. It is still easier for us, to accept the guidance of God, but remember God can turn our mistakes into promise and our mud into diamonds.

We can choose to accept the path God has for us, but when we slip off His path, we ask for forgiveness and help getting back on the right path. As we get older in some ways it is easier to stay on the path that God has chosen for us. Yet, we still are prone to stumble and lose our way. It is the precious love of God, that He has for us, that keeps Him pulling us back from going over the edge. In our times of distress, He wraps His arms around us and gives us comfort.

There are times that we go through, that are confusing to us. We do not understand why we have to struggle so. Sometimes, it is health issues. Sometimes, it is financial issues. Sometimes, we even struggle Spiritually, but we can rest assured that God has not abandoned nor forsaken us. We do not have to understand the reason why God allows disheartening things in our lives. Our job is to trust God through the storms of life.
Betty
Saw a tiny bird at the feeder. Keep looking for those little diamonds of blessings God puts along your path.
 
Posted by Betty Louise (Member # 7175) on :
 
June 18, 2019
Happy Tuesday,

Listening to the birds talking to one another, at the moment. This refreshes my spirit and gives me joy. God must be pleased when we talk about His wonderful love and His greatness with others. It is easy to get caught up in the bad things of the world. If we are not careful we can become discouraged. We lose heart when we spend too much time looking at the world and not enough time looking to God.

While it may look like the devil is winning, God was gracious enough to give us the Book of the Revelations. God has spelled out the ending of this world and the devil does not win. Knowing how it ends, should fill our hearts with joy and peace. The devil’s victories are going to be short-lived. We press on through these troubled times, not only knowing the way it will end, but knowing we are not alone. God is with us, every step we take.

Today’s trouble will fade away, the moment we step into the Glories of Heaven. The joys of Heaven will cause the memories of suffering to fade away like the dew in the morning sun. Press on, my friends, Victory is closer then we can even imagine.
Betty
 
Posted by Betty Louise (Member # 7175) on :
 
June 19, 2019
Happy Wednesday,


In today’s world, we can be put in the position of pleasing God or man. Christians do not go out with the attitude that we want to stomp all over those who refuse to believe the truth. We do not make it our agenda to hurt the feelings of people. Yet, we are often put in the position to either speak the truth or encourage someone to believe the lies of the devil. Agreeing with the lies of the devil is a sin and if we continue down this path we can become estranged from God.

Romans 8:12 Therefore, brothers and sisters, we have an obligation—but it is not to the flesh, to live according to it. 13 For if you live according to the flesh, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live. 14 For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God.

Pastors who refuse to preach that sin is sin, are disobeying God. They also have the blood on their hands of people going to hell, because they believed the lies of they preach. Refusing to preach on the truth of God’s Word, is a lie.

Pray that the Holy Spirit will encourage us to speak the truth in love. Encouraging one to stay in sin, is a sin unto itself. Standing up for the truth of the Gospel is painful. Jesus is coming soon! Should we remain silent when those, we care about are sliding down the hill into Hell? Speak the truth in love and then move on. We cannot force feed the Truth of the Gospel, to those who reject it. Praying always for the confused and the lost.
Betty
 
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June 20, 2019
Happy Thursday,

Tell Me A Lie- The Truth Hurts

Have you ever had a conservation with someone who wanted you to lie?
A lie only last so long and the reality of the truth sets in. When it comes to eternity, a lie is the cruelest action there is. While we would love to wrap our arms around a sinner and tell them that Heaven awaits them, this is the cruelest lie ever. Salvation comes through repentance and a change in our behavior. We cannot obtain salvation and continue to live in a pit of sin. There must be a change in our behavior.

God wants to save us, but He will not save us, if we continue you to live in the pig sty of sin. The Holy Spirit will convict us, but every time that we resist His call, our heart hardens a little more, until we are unreachable. Christ brings redemption to the sinner, only if they remove themselves from sin. Each time, we allow Satan to drag us back into the pit, the more we grow hardened and the less we will hear the Spirit’s call.

The closer we get to the end of grace, the harder Satan works to keep sinners in sin. Sadly, there will be shocked people left behind and even Pastors who stopped preaching on sin, because the congregation did not want to hear the truth.

Tell me a lie- I do not want to think about eternity.
Betty


2 Corinthians 5:17-21 King James Version (KJV)
17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
18 And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;
19 To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.
20 Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God.
21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.
 
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June 21, 2019
Happy Friday,

Blessings From Heaven

Looked out my living room window, and saw the shrubs covered with tiny birds, this warmed my heart. I needed this because I got dizzy, when I turned around in my closet. It was if God was reminding me, that He still loves and cares about me. These little blessings give us peace in our heart and strengthens our mind.

When we have a grateful heart and mind, our Heavenly Father warms our souls with tiny blessings from above. It’s the little things that keep us going on the right path. That keeps us moving forward, when all we want to do is go back to bed and cover our heads. In this day and age when it seems every month or so, a different Pastor has fallen off the path of righteousness.

A friend of mine who grew up in Church along with his family and my children, told me that he likes a certain popular Pastor because he doesn’t preach on sin. The Pastor has quite a following because he will not preach on sin. Sadly my friend will not see until it is too late, the damage this Pastor has done to God’s Church. In the end many will see too late, it is better that the Pastor preaches on sin and you repent and turn from your sins, then to sit and listen, week after week comfortable in your sins. May God make us so uncomfortable in our sins, that we rush to repent and ask God to help us get out of a sinful lifestyle.
Betty
 
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June 22, 2019
Happy Saturday,


“You Cannot See Me”

Have you ever seen a toddler, standing in the middle of the room with his hands over his eyes saying: “You can’t see me”. Laughing we tell the child, that hiding his eyes does not hide himself from us. Yet we do the same thing.

When we sin, we try to hide it from God. We may cease to pray for awhile. The guilt can be so heavy that we are afraid to go to Church lest the Pastor sees guilty written all over our face. While it is true, we can hide our sins from others, we cannot hide our sins from God.

God knows everything. If you feel the tug of conviction from the Holy Spirit, then that is prove that God wants you to come back to Him and repent. Guilt is a crummy feeling and yet it is a way for God to bring correction to our lives. As long as we feel guilty about sin, there is a way back to God.

Many people have wondered how politicians can say with one mouth that they pray every day and with the same mouth push for abortion. Sadly these people have stopped listening so long to the Holy Spirit, that He no longer convicts them of their sin.

There does come a time when God does give up on a person and turns them over to a reprobate mind. This is very dangerous. So, when we are guilty, we should thank the Holy Spirit for still calling us to to the altar of repentance. Guilt is not pleasant, but it brings us back to the river of life.
Betty
 
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June 23, 2019
Happy Sunday,

What Do You See In The Mirror?

When we look in the mirror, we see ourselves, of course! If you are my age, it can be a shock to see how old you have become, especially when you crawl out of bed in the morning. The devil has his own mirror. I had a bad night last night and slept little. My Church starts at 10 and I just could not make myself get up. When I sat down to write my blog, the devil held up his mirror to remind me that I am not worthy of writing anything to encourage others, when I am a failure.

Truth is we do fail God, many times, yet in His love, He forgives us. If we were to walk up to the gates of Heaven with out the Blood of Jesus, we would be refused entry. We enter Heaven, not because we are so wonderful. We enter Heaven, because Jesus bought our freedom and redemption from sin. When the devil reminds us of our sins and failures, remind Him that you are saved by the grace of God.
Betty

Romans 5:8 New Century Version (NCV)
8 But God shows his great love for us in this way: Christ died for us while we were still sinners.
 
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June 24, 2019
Happy Monday,

“...That I may finish my race with joy”
(Acts 20:24 nkjv).

When I got up today, I put my robe on and went out to feed the bird. As usual, I looked up at the sky. The sky is a canvas and God is constantly painting different designs. This afternoon the sky is blue with puffy cotton candy styled clouds. We can rejoice when look at the handiwork of God.

Acts 20:24 King James Version (KJV)
24 But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God

When Paul talks about finishing our race with joy, he is not talking about running and jumping and clapping our hands. He is talking about the joy the Holy Spirit gives us. We may finished the race physically challenged, but that does not mean we have to finish the race with a grumpy and resentful attitude.
We do not have to allow our physical bodies to dictate the attitude of our heart,
When we trust God, we can finish our race with peace of heart and mind, knowing when we cross that river of death, there will be no more sorrow or pain.

We want to run this race with pride not in ourselves, but pride in our wondrous Savior and Lord. Each day as we keep our eyes on Jesus and not focus on our problems, we will live in joy. The joy that only God can give. With this joy we can have days of pain and troubles and yet we firmly put our trust in our Heavenly Father. When we do this, He will give us a joyful heart and spirit. It is not a situation of just hanging on to the end but trusting God to be with us to the end.
Betty
 
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June 25, 2019
Happy Tuesday,

“Who Does God Want Me To Be?

When we become a Christian, it is said, that we become a new person in Christ. That is true, but the Bible is talking about a new improved version of ourselves. We are still the same person before and after salvation on the outside. It is the matters of the heart that God is concerned with.

Luke 6:45 King James Version (KJV)
45 A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.

Proverbs 4:23 King James Version (KJV)
23 Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.

God is not going to change us into Pastor Billy Graham or any other great Christian. He wants to make of us, a great Christian. He wants to use us for His glory not change us into someone else. While God changes our hearts, we still have to deal with ourselves. If we tend to be harsh, then we ask the Holy Spirit to help us with this. We still have the same character as before. It is when we surrender our character to flaws to God that He begins to work on them. Becoming a new creature does not happen over night. It is something through the Lord’s help we work on daily.

Psalm 51:10 King James Version (KJV)
10 Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.

God will create in us a new heart and renew our spirit. There is somethings that we are responsible for.

Philippians 2:12 King James Version (KJV)
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.

First of all this verse is talking about Christians and not sinners. You notice Paul is talking to the Church family (his beloved). Salvation through Christ is immediate. We are saved the moment we give ourselves over to God. Salvation is also a continued process. We do not get saved and then go back to our same sinful lifestyle. Salvation required continued growth in Christ. God forbid that we are the same spiritually today as when we got saved 30 years ago.

When you take your newborn baby back to the Doctor for her first visit, the Doctor will check to see if the baby is thriving. If the baby is not thriving the Doctor will check for health problems and even neglect from the baby’s parents.
We can be guilty of neglecting our spiritual health. It is not God’s desire that we be a baby Christian years after we are saved.

God is not going to change you from a baby Christian into an adult Christian. As Paul taught, we do this with fear and trembling. For a baby to thrive, she must be eating properly. Are we feeding our souls? Do we sit week after week listening to cotton candy Preachers. Our do we step up to the plate for preaching that speaks the truth and convicts us of sin? Do not run from conviction and correction but embrace it as one would a mama’s hug. When we allow God to point out our sins and failures and repent and turn from them, we will grow spiritually into the person God has called us to be.
Betty
 
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June 26, 2019
Happy Wednesday,

Death

The Daily Bread was about death, today. Last night, I thought a lot about death, because I found out someone that I knew had passed away. We read everyday about someone dying, buy when it hits closer to home, it stings. I had not seen this lady in years and yet there was a sting to my heart, to hear she had died.

1 Corinthians 15:55 King James Version (KJV)55 O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?

This verse doesn’t mean that there is no sadness, associated with death. A Christian loses their battle with death and we are sad. Hallelujah, they lost the battle but not the war.

2 Corinthians 5:8 King James Version (KJV)
8 We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.

The moment we die, our spirit leaves our bodies. It we are not a Christian, our spirit go to hades. If we are a Christian, our spirit goes to Heaven. Of course we are still sad when we lose a loved one. They are no longer with us, but when an unsaved loved one dies we rejoice, knowing that they are with God.

It is different with an unsaved person. We can take comfort that many do get saved on their death bed. This is not to say we should we wait until death to get saved. Sometimes people die instantly. Only God knows. This is why we pray so much for our lost loved ones and friends.

Jesus defeated death with His death on the cross and His victory in His resurrection. The time that we are apart from our Christian family and friends is only temporary. We will be with them again for eternity. Comfort one another with this knowledge.
Betty


1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 King James Version (KJV)
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.
 
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June 27, 2019
Happy Thursday,

Daily Grind

When you work it seems every weekday is another day to struggle through. Yet, every day is another day for us to seek to please God. We seek because, we can over look opportunities to do God’s Work. Even us retired people miss opportunities to share the love of God with others. We can be so focused on getting things done that we miss precious opportunities to be used, by God. Only God knows how many opportunities come our way that we never see.

What do we do? We pray each day for God to open our eyes to see ways we can work for Him. When we see hurting people, pray for them. Sometimes we are given opportunities to say a word of encouragement. Other times all we can do is say a silent prayer for them. You might say: “I am hurting too!” What better way to share God’s love then to offer encouragement in the Doctor’s office or in line at the pharmacy. Hurting people are more accepting of your offer to pray for them, especially when you are hurting too. They know that you understand what they are going though.

We can make everyday a successful day. When you have days you are not able to leave the house, pray for others. Pray for our friends and families. We can even pray for people we do not know. We hear of someone on the news who was seriously hurt, pray for them. Pray for celebrities who are sick or have lost a loved one. Behind all the glamor is a hurting soul, that needs God, just as we do. It does not matter if we do not know them personally, God does.

With the help of God we can lay down the idea of each day is another day in the daily grind, but we can begin to see each day as another day to do God’s work.
Betty
 
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June28, 2019
Happy Friday,

Running From God’s Will

God’s will is often different from our own will. We want to go one way and God is leading us in a different direction. Have you ever tried to change God’s mind? I have. Our heart know that God’s Way is the best, but all we can see is how much we want something different. It is a relief when we stop struggling and give into God’s Will.

This does not mean the God’s path will not have struggles and pains. God often puts us on a path of pain so that we could grow spiritually. We can actually look back to where we come from and see the changes God has made in us, because we walked through the floods and the fire. It is not only that God helped us survived through the pain but He has allows our heart to grow spiritually.

Just because things go wrong, doesn’t mean that God did not have a reason for us to travel a certain path. Good meaning Christians may think we are out of the will of God, because we are suffering. We go to God and pray and ask Him if we are in His will. If he assures us we are on the path He has chosen, then we pray for grace and strength to make it through. When we are assured by God we are on the right path, it is okay to ask others to pray that we will STAY in God’s will.
Betty
 
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June 29, 2019
Happy Saturday,

Shameful Words

With the internet, someone you never met can burn you with their words. We have seen this with the way the Democrats have gone after the President and anyone associate with the White House. You can be a nobody an be put to shame for posting that you are against abortion.

If you see no pride in gay marriage and multiple genders you are risk of being shamed from the left. Disagreeing with the left opens you up to to be ridiculed. Soon it will be considered hate speech to quote Scripture that disagrees with the left movement. The Bible itself will be considered hate speech.

Sadly, the left movement doesn’t realize that they are clearing the pathway for the anti-Christ to come on the scene. The left will open their arms wide and welcome the anti-Christ to rule over the earth. By the time, they realize that the anti-Christ will insist the world worship, Himself, it will be too late for people who take pride in their belief that there is no god.

The Bible makes it clear that most of the world will buy into His lies, but there will be those beheaded because they do not believe in any God. Of course the anti-Christ will go after with a vengeance, anyone who worships the true God of Heaven. Satan is already nipping at the heals of Christians. Coming against everything they say and do. Filling people’s minds and hearts, with hate , against the One True God, the God of the Bible.

Satan seeks to bring confusion and fear into Christian’s hearts and minds. Jesus calls us to keep our eyes on Him. Our redemption is drawing so close and the devil is literally pouring evil over this world, yet the world is blind to the devil’s intent and instead openly embraces sin. Sin is becoming something to be praised and pride of, in the world today.

Pray that we Christians keep a gentle heart but stand up for the truth. God did not call Christians to assault atheist with man made weapons. We are not fighting against flesh and blood but the evil spirits that have taken captive the Democrats and others who praise abortion, gay pride, and gender confusion.
Our part of the battle, will soon be over and Jesus will,come to take us home to Heaven. May God fill us with His Holy Spirit so that we stay strong in our faith in God and walk with Him daily.
Betty
 
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June 30, 2019
Blessed Sunday,

Always Available

God is always available to hear our cries. In the middle of the night when we cannot sleep due to pain or worries, God calls us to cry out to Him. When we call out Him, He will give us peace. The devil brings discord and confusion, our Heavenly Father wants to wrap us up in His love and peace. Too often we listen to the devil’s lies and reject God.

There are times that our health issues makes us confused. When we go to God and pray and listen to Him, He will calm us and bring us peace. In those quiet moments we spend with God, we are reminded that God is in control. We can lay aside our fears and trust Him.

Knowing He is always available, takes away our fears. Resting in His love brings comfort in the dark times of our lives. Trusting in Him will bring peace and joy. There are times that we physically need rest. We can Rest In Peace, knowing God never slumbers. His angels watch over us through the night, keeping us from harm.

Are we grateful for the goodness of God? Do we praise Him for watching over Us? Are we guilty of taking His love for granted? We must examine our hearts to find out. Let us be grateful children of God and honor Him with our praise and our lives.

2 Corinthians 13:14 King James Version (KJV)
14 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen.
Betty
 
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July 1, 2019
Happy Monday,

Being Used

“No one uses me”. No God is going to tell me how to live my life?” This is often the cry of the world. If you refuse God, the devil will use you. He will use you to discourage the children of God. He will use you to promote evil. He will use you until you are no longer useful to him, then throw you away like garbage.

If we give ourselves over to God, and allow Him to use us, for His Glory, He will bless us in many ways. Everything we give up here on earth, will be replaced in Heaven with something far better. God will not abandon us even when get old and crippled. He will continue to love us even when we make mistakes and sin. We ask for forgiveness and He doesn’t withhold forgiveness from us.

Serving God is a privilege the world doesn’t understand. When we become a Christian, we become a member of the family of God. God not only provides for us on earth, but there is a glorious Heaven, a waiting for us on the other side. Keep in mind that God gives us free will and He is not going to force you to serve Him, but when we do, our hearts will overflow with the love of God and the Holy Spirit which lives in us, will guide and comfort us.
Betty

Joshua 24:15 King James Version (KJV)
15 And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.
 
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July 2,2019
Happy Tuesday,

Fear of God

A Christian should have referent fear of God, so that we always treat Him with reverence and respect. We know God loves us very much and we love Him, but at the same time God is Holy and perfect. This requires us to treat Him with the Honor due Him.

Hebrews 12:28-29 King James Version (KJV)
28 Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear:

Respect is hard to find in the world today. People used to respect the President, Police Officers, and Military. Sadly the youth of today have never been taught respect for anyone. We need to be careful not to treat God like a human. He is God and above all. It is so sad to hear people talk so disrespectfully about God. They have no idea who they are talking about.

Keep on trusting God and looking up for the soon return of Jesus. While we always want to treat God with the honor due Him, it is still a privilege to serve our Lord and Savior.
Betty
 
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July 3, 2019
Happy Wednesday,

To Be One Of Them

I have an Christian acquaintance who says that he cusses a lot around his friends and family, so that they will feel like he is one of them. God did not call us to this kind of behavior. A Christian should behave differently. We are not going to bring our friends and love ones to Christ when our behavior is more like a non Christian.

Several times I wanted to correct him on this belief and God stopped me, from speaking. Instead I have prayed for him to see the truth. We weaken our testimony when we act one way at Church and a different way in front of our non Christian family and friends.

God is not asking us to be perfect, but when we purposely sin to fit in with others we have cheapen our salivation and God will hold us accountable. As God’s children, we need to behave like God’s children. Our behavior should reflect Christ in us and God forbid us to bring shame to God by our behavior.

We are not saved to live and talk like the world. We are saved to be a light of conviction on the world so that they can see their need of a Savior. May God help us to live more and more like a child of God, so that others can see Jesus in us.
Betty

Today is Hubby and me’s 49 Wedding Anniversary. This is a miracle for God has had to do a lot of work in us.
 
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July 4, 2019
Happy Thursday,

Happy Birthday America,

The Pilgrims came to America so they could have Religious Freedom. They would be appalled that after all their sacrifices, to see how far America has fallen. Politicians want to take away Religious freedom. They have bills waiting to be signed that would make the Holy Bible hate speech. If they accomplish this, it is only a matter of time when other states will do the same.

Too many people find Scriptures that disagrees with their life style, to be hate speech. They are offended that God is male. They are offended that God proclaims marriage to be a man and a woman join together as one. They are offended that the Bible is against abortion. They are offended by the Holy Bible and God.

We are just inches away from reading certain text from the Bible, will be consider hate speech and illegal. For today let us celebrate our Countries Birthday. These things are beginning to happen are not a shock to God. He warned us in the Bible that these things are the sign we are living in the last days.

God’s Holy Word will survive these days. The world is soon going to be entering the days of judgement, but God and His Holy Word will still be stand forever. Now is the time of salvation. Jesus is coming soon for His Own. May He find us working faithfully for the Kingdom of God.
Betty
 
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July 5, 2019
Happy Friday,

A Divided Country


We were blessed to spend the 4th with my daughter-in-law’s parents. We had a wonderful time. Yesterday was a celebration of our Country’s freedom. I am grateful for our Religious freedom. Unfortunately, this freedom is slipping away.
Politicians and Hollywood are caving to the demands of the LGBT. By doing so, they are putting our Religious freedoms in danger.

America has become a divided Country. The Democratic Party hates our President so much, that they are willing to destroy our Country. Their hate and propaganda has divided the American people. Violence has grown to the point that children setting fire to a 92 year old veteran is no longer shocking anymore. The ANTIFA group attacks a Vietnamese gay reporter and the Mayor of the City tells the police to stand down. Hatred of the Military, Police, and conservatives has grown to the point that our lives do not matter to Democratic Leaders.

What is going on? This world is being prepared to accept the anti-Christ. This world is desperate for a person who can come in and fix things. The world has rejected God and will give control of the world to the devil. Peace at any cost will be their desire. Giving up our Country’s freedoms will just be considered the reality of having peace. Cherish you Religious freedom while you can. Soon the Bible will be considered hate speech.

Fellow Christians, fear not. God warned us of the days we are living. We are so close to the rapture. Keep our faith in the One true God.
Betty
 
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July 6, 2019
Happy Saturday,

Give Me A Caring Heart

We live in a world, where evil runs rampant. It is easy to develop a cold heart to protect ourselves from the pain of hearing about the evil. We can allow our hearts to become callous to the hurting that is all around us. This is not pleasing to God. We need a warm heart that grieves with those who have suffered lost. A sensitive soul that cares about others who are suffering.

It is tempting to close our ears to the suffering, refusing to watch the news so we will not hear of the bad things happening around the world. It is heartbreaking to hear about abused children, elderly, and animals. Yet, learning of these cruel occurrences, gives us an opportunity to pray for those involved.

A caring heart is easily bruised, but a tool to serve God with. We pray for the hurting and abused and then we pray for comfort for them and ourselves. Let us pray that we do not develop a cold and insensitive heart. We can be a blessing to others when we open our eyes and hearts to the truth of the evil in this world.
Betty
 
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July 7, 2019
Blessed Sunday,

Finding Our Way

When we become a Christian, God doesn’t save us and then throw us out into the world with no instructions. We have God’s Holy Word for instruction and the Holy Spirit. The Word of God tells us what sin is. The Holy Spirit warns us when the devil tempts us.

We are a blessed generation. If our health causes us to miss Church, there are many Spirit-led Preachers on YTube we can watch. We have many books written by Spirit filled writers. We have resources for learning about and knowing God.

We must remember no matter how we respect the person or the writer, if they say something or write’s something that differs from the Bible, then we turn away from them. God’s Word is always the truth and our guide. We find our way when God’s Word comes first.
Betty
 
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July 8, 2019
Happy Monday,

“What Do We Say”

Have you ever been a position where you did not know what to say? What do we do in these times? We pray silently. There are times that God will give you the words to say, when He does say them. There are other times when all you get from God is silence. Why? He knows the other person’s needs. This may be a time that what the person needs is a loving hug and a promise to pray for them.

We are to be a willing vessel for God to use. A person in pain or grief does not need a speech we have rehearsed. They need our love our sincere love. They do not want to hear you say, that you know what they are feeling. Truth is we do not know.

So many times I sit with my tablet in my lap and I have no words to say. This requires me to open my ears and heart so God can lead me. When I allow God to move through me, then I am secure from criticism. My Ministry is to write what God tells me to write. I am not so vain to think that I always get it right. Yet, there is a secure feeling when I allow God to work through me. Knowing when to speak and when to be quiet, requires us to allow God to show us the way. Trusting in God brings peace of mind in everything we do.

“What do we say? We say the words that God gives us?”
Betty

Luke 12:12 The Voice (VOICE)
12 The Holy Spirit will give you the words to say at the moment when you need them.
 
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July 9, 2019
Happy Tuesday,

Stuck On The Wrong Thing

As many of you, know I am dealing with brain inflammation, which causes headaches and confusion, for about three days my mind has thought that we are living in the year 2013. Luckily for me my tablet has the date at the top, so each day I check that.

We can get stuck on things, as Christians. The devil loves to bring up a past instance when someone hurt us. He can have us dwell on those kinds of instances for days. If we are not careful, we can allow bitterness to overcome us. If we have forgiven that person then we must move on. When the devil brings ups the past, whether it is a sin against us or a sin we committed, we must choose to let it go.

Our Heavenly Father does not want us to condemn ourselves for years over a sin that He has forgiven us of. Nor does He want us to allow our mind to brood over past hurts. We have the ability to choose to allow a thought to go on its way. If it seems you cannot let it go, then pray and do something to get your mind to move on. Listen to Christian music and sing along with it. If we are praising God, we cannot be dwelling on our past sins and past sins against us. Remind ourselves of how much God has forgiven us and how sinful it is not to forgive others.
Betty

Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.
Ephesians 4:32 | NIV |

For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.
Matthew 6:14 | NIV

Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.
Colossians 3:13 | NIV | peace
 
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July 10, 2019
Happy Wednesday.

Fear Not

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

Why does God remind us time and time again not to fear? God knows how mankind is tempted to fear. Fear can start out as a little seed and quickly grow into a huge tree. We can be tempted to considerate on fear to the point that we no longer see God.

Do not allow yourself to be overcome by fear. Instead at the first moment fear enters your mind, cry out to God. God is able to squash a seed of fear and a tree with just a Word. Yet, why should we allow a seed of fear grow, when we can allow God to remove it when it is just a little seed. Why do we spend days and nights feeding our fears? Have we forgotten our Savior? Have we forgotten the power God has?

There are millions of things in this world to fear. Yet God is in control and with Him in our hearts we can seek God to remove fears from our life. When we place complete trust in God then we can be at peace though the ground around us shakes and the devil screams doubts into our ears. Say goodbye to feel and welcome trust in God unto your hearts and minds.

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

Listening to the birds singing give me comfort and peace of mind for I know that God sent them to encourage me.
Betty
 
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July 11, 2019
Happy Thursday,

Sheep Without A Shepherd

Matthew 9:36 King James Version (KJV)36 But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd.

Some sheep have never known the shepherd, because they rejected His call to them. Some have walked with the Shepherd only to leave the flock, looking for greener pastures. All need the Shepherd, yet, not all are willing to live in the pasture of God’s Will.

The world paints a beautiful picture of sin. Living with the world, is shown to be glamours. People in fancy clothing dancing and drinking, some even using drugs, yet all with smiling faces. Sexual exploits outside of marriage. The marriage covenant broken by affairs. Yet everyone appears to be happy.

The end pictures are not shown. No one wants to talk about how alcoholics and drug addicts lose jobs and affairs end in broken marriage and lives. When the glamor wears off a person from years of abuse, they become a has-been in Hollywood.

You do not have to be famous to have your life fall apart. I read somewhere that sin takes you further then you want to go. The devil invites people Into places that sound fun and delightful but they only lead to death. God promises the Glories of Heaven to those who follow Him. Yes, there will be pain and sorrow between the starting line and the finish line, yet the joy on the other side is so precious words cannot even begin to describe it.

Let us not be sheep that live to close to the line of sin. Let us be the sheep that stay as close to the Shepherd as we can. When temptations comes call out to God. Do not even listen to the lies of the devil. The more we listen to his lies, the more easily we will fall for his lies. May God help us to stay close to Him and not to wander from the fold.
Betty

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July 12, 2019
Happy Friday,

Clean Hands And Pure Heart

Psalm 24:4-5 King James Version (KJV)
4 He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully.
5 He shall receive the blessing from the Lord, and righteousness from the God of his salvation.

When we read that verse, we may become ashamed of our past. This the devil trying to discourage us. This is why we remind the devil and ourselves, our hands are cleaned and our hearts made pure by the Blood of Jesus. Salvation is not a license to sin, but when we do sin, we seek forgives from God. This new belief that we do not seek forgiveness from sin to be saved is a lie from the devil.

Seeking forgiveness is essential to salvation, but it also has a second purpose. We must humble ourselves to seek salvation and lay down our pride. Then not only are our sins forgiven but we can be at peace knowing that we are forgiven.
Of course the devil likes to play in our mind a playlist of past sins. This is when we remind him that we know the He is the father of liars and we know we are secure in the hands of God.

Laying aside pride is not easy, but essential to salvation, but God warns us that pride comes before a fall. Pride can keep us from accepting correction from others and from God, too. Going around saying bad things about yourself is also another side of pride. Stop bragging about your past sins and brag about the love of God, that takes sinners and turns them into His Own Children. Instead of dwelling on your past, rejoice in God who has redeemed you for His Glory. If we have been been saved we are no longer a worm but a saved child of God.
Betty
 
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July 13, 2019
Happy Saturday,

Haughty and Proud

Obadiah 3-4 King James Version (KJV)
3 The pride of thine heart hath deceived thee, thou that dwellest in the clefts of the rock, whose habitation is high; that saith in his heart, Who shall bring me down to the ground?
4 Though thou exalt thyself as the eagle, and though thou set thy nest among the stars, thence will I bring thee down, saith the Lord.

We often hear celebrities and politicians talk about their station in life with arrogance and pride. Taking credit for everything that they have accomplished. In some instances they are responsible for their position because they have lied and destroyed others to get to the top of the ladder. The Democratic Party was so sure that Hillary would win over Trump, that had champagne bottles open to celebrate her victory.

When she lost, the Democratic Party begin to show their true selves. The evil spouting from their mouths was shocking to almost everyone. It is now 70 times Nancy has refused to allow the bill to protect babies born during an abortion to be allowed to be addressed in front of Congress. How can the world not see how evil it is for a baby that it is born alive during a procedure to be murdered? Murder has become so acceptable that a handicapped young man is being starved to death by the hospital against the desires of the young man and his family. There is a bill in Congress to starve people with dementia. They arrest people for starving their animals, which they should, but approve of starving people. Where is the outrage? I will tell you. The world will be complicate until it is their loved one that is going to be murdered. God help us!

The media was all a glow over the gay woman on the US Soccer team refused to place her hand over heart during the National Anthem. When they had their parade to honor the team, she dropped the f-bomb. She has since go onto say that homosexuals are superior to straight people. Gay’s fight for equality is now going to be fighting to be accepted as superior. Pride has led to arrogance and haughtiness.

Gays are not the only ones who take pride in their sins. Abortionist and those who fight for abortion have allowed pride in their sins to hardened their hearts.
They have convinced themselves that they are doing God’s work. In essences they have placed their beliefs over the Holy Bible. Sadly, Preachers and Holy men have forsaken the truth of Bible and laying before the altar of homosexuality and planned parenthood clinics. They have abandoned the truth and become a tool of the devil.
Betty
 
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July 14, 2019
Blessed Sunday,

Hubby and I are in a lot of pain today, to the point it hurts to move. I have a low fever. In other words, we feel miserable. All of us who are getting older and suffer from Arthritis, have days like this. This is one of those times we can offer up to God the sacrifice of praise. Remembering our circumstances do not reflect our faith in God. We praise God in spite of how we feel.

God is entitled to all our praise. Life struggles can get us down, but trusting in God will build up our faith and trust in God. We learn from past battles that when we go through life’s struggles, God is with us. The devil will try to use our circumstances to pull us away from God and weaken our faith. We must make the effort to turn away from the lies of the devil and put our complete trust in God.

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

When this storms of life comes, and they will, remind yourself that God is in control. When we see the evil growing stronger and wide spread, remind ourselves that we are still protected by God. As the Bible says, we are indeed living in the days of Noah, but we are secure in God. The devil can physically hurt us and even take our life but our souls and spirits are secure in God, if we have committed our lives and souls to God. There is no promise of security to those who sit in a Church of every Sunday, then live in sin. Some who proclaim their faith in God, go as far as promoting sin as being acceptable to God. These people do not know God.
Betty

Matthew 7:17-24 King James Version (KJV)
17 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.
18 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.
19 Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.
20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.
21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?
23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
24 Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:
 
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July 15, 2019
Happy Tuesday,

Contentment

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

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

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

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

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

The richest man on earth does not know the joy of what Heaven will be like. There is nothing wrong with being rich unless you got there by compromising and committing sins. When your love of money is more then your love for God, then you have lost your way. This is why so many rich people are unhappy. Stuff does not bring you joy. Only God can bring you joy. You cannot worship money and God at the same time. We can either be content in the place God has put us or live in misery and bitterness.
Betty
 
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July 16, 2019
Happy Tuesday,

Obsession

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

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

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

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

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

Obsession: Our obsession should be to live for God and do His will.
Betty
 
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July 17, 2019
Happy Wednesday,

Closed Ears Can Lead to Hard Hearts

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

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

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

We choose whether to listen to God or not. We choose to accept the truth or turn away from the truth. Sinners will go to hell if they reject the truth. Christians will lose blessings that could have been theirs, when they refuse God’s Will.
Let us, choose to turn away from the devil and the calling of the world. There is nothing this world can offer us that is better then the love of God and eternity in Heaven.
Betty
 
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July 18, 2019
Happy Thursday,

The Urgency of the Times

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

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

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

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

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

God gives us a heart that morns for those who live in sin. May we do more than just be angry at those who promote abortion, but grieve for them. Each day they are adding to the intensity of their suffering that will be theirs in Hell. Can we not take time to pray that their eyes will be open to the truth? May God give us a soft heart that grieves for lost souls.
Betty
 
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July 19, 2019
Happy Friday,

God Is Talking To The World

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

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

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

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

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

Colossians 1:27 King James Version (KJV)
27 To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:
 
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July 20, 2019
Happy Saturday,

Let Us Not Be Envious

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

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

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

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

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

Learn to be content in your circumstances. We are quite happy in our little duplex. We know if we had a big house with a second story, we would not be able to climb the stairs. For us that have reached our 60’s a smaller place is easier to clean.
Betty
 
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July 21, 2019
Blessed Sunday,

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

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

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

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

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

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

May God bless and keep you and your families.
Betty
 
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July 22, 2019
Happy Monday

Faithfulness

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

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

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

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

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


Let us live in a way that we will hear Jesus say those words, when we enter Heaven.
Betty
 
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July 23, 2019
Happy Tuesday,

They Have Closed Their Eyes, They Refuse To See


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fear not, little children, for the one who, has saved our souls, will soon be the one that rescues us from this world of sin. Yes this world is suffering birth pains but instead of fearing, let us reach out to our Heavenly Father who is in charge, and will fold us into His protective wings.
Betty
 
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July 24, 2019
Happy Wednesday,

Christ-Like

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

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

The Bible makes it clear that we cannot serve two Masters. We must choose one. A divided heart will send us to hell. Make up your mind today, who you will serve. If the answer is wrong it can send you to hell for eternity. If we choose God, you cannot hide your faith. Your life should be for God. You must live in a way that your works will be a shining light of the love of God. If people cannot see Jesus in you, then seek forgiveness and change the way you are living.
Betty
 
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July 25, 2019
Happy Thursday,


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

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

We have a glorious eternity awaiting us and life’s troubles are just a breath, compared to our eternity with God. When we yield ourselves to God and His plans for us, we can live in peace through every storm.
Betty
 
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July 26, 2019
Happy Friday,

Broken World

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

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

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

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

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

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

This is why we pray for the lost, while there is still time. This is why we pray and ask God to fill our lamps with they Holy Spirit so that we will be ready for the soon return of Jesus to gather His Bride (His Church) to take us up to Heaven.
Let us pray daily for forgiveness of our sins and the strength to stand for the God of Heaven in a world overcome by evil.
Betty
 
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July 27, 2019
Happy Saturday,

Teach Me To Pray

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

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

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

When we pray, do not seek words to show off our intelligence. Instead pray an honest prayer from our hearts. Come to the throne humbly and seek forgiveness of our sins and then offer up our praise to God.
Betty
 
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July 28, 2019
Blessed Sunday,

Good and Bad

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

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

God has not promised us a life of ease. We go through many trials through a lifetime but when we look back on our life, we can see how mush we have grown in our faith. Each trial prepared us for the next trial. A baby Christian to a full grown Christian. We can rejoice that we have come so far. Not because we are so special but because God is so special. His love stayed with us even when we failed Him. When we wandered off, He brought us back to the fold. Praise God that He does not give up on us even when we give up on ourselves.
Betty
 
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July 29, 2019
Happy Monday,

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

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

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

My friends, be encouraged in the Lord. We can either moan and complain or we can rejoice knowing Jesus is coming soon. These days of pain and sorrow will just be a fleeting memory when we walk the streets of God. Maranatha.
Betty
 
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July 30, 2019
Happy Tuesday,

Cling to God

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

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

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

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

My dear friends, let us cling to Jesus. The devil would seek to lead us astray, but if we cling to Jesus, we will be saved. Eternity with Jesus is our reward.
Betty
 
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July 31, 2019
Happy Wednesday,

The Earth Is Trembling

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

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

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

Christians , let us not fear as the birth pains increase. God is still in control. Whether we live or die we are with God. Death is nothing to fear, if we belong to God. Instead of fear of the birth pains, we rejoice with the knowledge of the soon return.
Betty.
 
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August 1, 2019
Happy Thursday,

Accepting our Limitations

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

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

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

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

Psalm 71:18 King James Version (KJV)
18 Now also when I am old and greyheaded, O God, forsake me not; until I have shewed thy strength unto this generation, and thy power to every one that is to come.
Betty
 
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August 2, 2019,
Happy Friday,

Day started out wrong

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

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

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

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

Betty
 
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August 3, 2019
Happy Saturday,

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

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

We can encourage ourselves singing praises to God in our heads. We can praise God with songs. The Lord Jesus is faithful and just to His children. May we be faithful to Him every day.
Betty
 
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August 4, 2019
Blessed Sunday,

Date Setting For The Rapture

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

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

We should long for the return for the rapture just as a bride awaits her Wedding Day. Our hearts should race with the thought of the rapture, but truth is, we should be spending each day living for God and working for His Kingdom.
So many things are happening that we can see we are living in the birth pains. We know we are getting closer but let us refrain from setting dates and live each day in God’s Will.
Betty
 
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August 5, 2019
Happy Monday,

He Loved Us First


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

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

When we acknowledge how blessed we are to be love then we open our heart to God. Serving God is a privilege. Worshipping God is a privilege. When we understand that, we can live our life, filled with joy.
Betty
 
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August 6, 2019
Happy Tuesday,

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

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

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

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

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

Fear not, my dear friends, God is still in control. While it is so very tempting to question why God allows mass killings, we must continue you to trust God. Maybe sinners who hear of these murders will turn to God for salvation.
Betty
 
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August 8, 2010
Happy Thursday,

Wash That Gray Right Out Of My Hair

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

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

Fixing to leave to see the Neurologist. Have a blessed day.
Betty
 
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August 9, 2019
Happy Friday,

Dependence

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

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

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

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

Bird feed has at least four birds eating. Thank you, Jesus for lifting my spirit.
 
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August 10, 2019
Happy Saturday,

Justice

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

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

Sinners can find forgiveness now or go to Hell, later. Christians let us forgive those who were once sinners and are now Christians. It is not our place to decide who will become a Christian and who will not. Heaven will be filled with people who we did not believe would be there, also there will be people missing from Heaven that we thought where Christians. Let us concentrate on our soul and our spiritual growth. Let God be the judge.
Betty
 
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August 11, 2019
Blessed Sunday,

Joyful Heart

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

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

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

When we remind ourselves of the great sacrifice God gave us so that we can spend eternity with Him, our hearts should be overwhelm with a grateful spirit,
an optimistic spirit, and a heart full of love. What more do we need! When we have all that, then we have all that we need, to live in the joy of the Lord. Looking upward to Heaven, as we wait for the coming rapture.
Betty
Tiny birds today and the female cardinal.
 
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August 12, 2019
Happy Monday,

Your Faith in God is A Precious Gem

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

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

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

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

The Bible has warned us of a great apostasy in the last day. We are seeing Preachers, and Church leaders fall like leaves from the trees in the fall. What do we do? We keep our faith strong in God by prayer and reading God’s Word. We remind ourselves that there is nothing that this world has that is worth going to hell for.
We look forward with great anticipation in our eternity in Heaven.
Betty
Still enjoying the birds at my feeder.
 
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August 13, 2019
Happy Tuesday,

What If I Say The Wrong Thing

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

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

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

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

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

2 Timothy 2:20-22 King James Version (KJV)
20 But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honour, and some to dishonour.
21 If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master's use, and prepared unto every good work.
22 Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart.
 
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August 14,2019
Happy Wednesday,


I Do Not Feel Like Praising God

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

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

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

We are to trust God in all things. These periods of problems can be used as a teaching tool to help us grow in adversity. When we accept His will in all things, we are learning to please God during our personal storms. If we trust God in these times, our faith will grow. Our trust grows as we praise God in our suffering.
Hang on to God’s hands during the storm and praise His Name in all things.
Betty
 
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August 15, 2019
Happy Thursday,

Deaf, Dumb, and Blind

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

So many sins are politically correct that people choose to be blinded to the truth. Maybe they start out with just a little sin and a little belief in PC, but soon their heart is blackened by sin. Little by little they are blinded to the truth and allow the devil to corrupt their morales. One day they awaken to a heart and ears that can no longer see the truth. They have chosen sin over the teaching of God. They blame others for their problems. When they stand at the White Throne of judgement, they will accept no blame for their sins, but make excuses and blame everyone else.
Betty
 
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April 16, 2019
Happy Friday,

Fearing the Unknown

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

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

Isaiah 41:10 King James Version (KJV)
10 Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.
 
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August 17,2|019
Happy Saturday,


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

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

Build your hope in Jesus and walk in the path He chooses for you. He will never lead us astray live for Jesus. Glorify His Name. Sing His praises in the midst of a storm
Betty
 
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August 18,2019
Blessed Sunday,

Trusting God in the Storms

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

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

There will be times that we do question why God has allowed us to suffer. God can take our questions. He will not turn against us, but remember it is better to trust God in all things.
Betty
 
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August 19, 2019
Happy Monday,

Mockers and Scoffers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Betty
 
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August 20, 2019
Happy Tuesday,

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

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

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

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

Yesterday I sang praises to God in my head and little by little I felt God’s grace surrounding me. Today, I read about a Methodist College hiring a Muslim Chaplin. This is disturbing. The Bible says that you cannot serve two masters. This college has laid aside the truth of the Bible to be political correct. We are seeing Churches, Church Schools, and Christian singers, laying aside the truth to politically correct. Setting aside the truth of the Gospel to impress others. What a shame! God never called us to join hands with other Religions. Our trust and our heart should be only for the one true God, our Heavenly Father, Jesus and the Holy Spirit. These who are turning away from God to be PC, are in danger of an eternity in hell.
Betty
 
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August 21, 2019
Happy Wednesday,

Sing to Me A New Song

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

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

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

Psalm 40:3 King James Version (KJV)
3 And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the Lord.
 
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August 22, 2019
Happy Thursday,

Praying For One Another

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

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

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

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

Let us remember to stay humble and give God credit for any work He does through us. Those who are filled with self pride will take a mighty fall. God will not continue to use someone who denies the work done by God in their lives, but takes all the credit for themselves.
Betty
 
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August 23, 2019
Happy Friday,

Faith

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Physically and mentally, not at my best today. Yet through the confusion and through the pain I can feel God’s love for me. Remember having perfect health, wealth, and political power does not mean that God approves of you. In fact too often people have sold their soul to have power and wealth. Remember if you live to be a 100, it is not worth an eternity in hell.
Betty
 
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August 24, 2019
Happy Saturday,

Heart Knowledge

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

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

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

How heartbreaking for a person to Preach and Teach the word of God every week and yet the Holy Words they spoke never reached their own hearts! The joy of having a heart knowledge of God is so special that it is beyond my capacity to understand why anyone would be content with only a head knowledge of God. The Holy Spirit has made salvation so simple that as a 7 year old girl, I was able to understand that Jesus died to save me. There is no excuse for those who have chosen to accept only a head knowledge of God and choosing to reject a heart knowledge of God.
Betty
 
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August 25, 2019
Blessed Sunday,

Questions

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

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

As we begin a new week, let us worry less about why God allows things in our lives and trust God more. The issues we face will soon be a distant memory and we will share an eternity of joy with God.
Betty
 
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August 26, 2019
Happy Monday,

Sibling Issues

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

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

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

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

As Christians we should love one another just as Jesus loves us. He died for all and not just one. God has given us different talents and responsibilities. Do not compare ourselves to others but worship God through the talents that God has given us. Do not try to be someone else, but be the best you, for God.
Betty
 
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August 27, 2019
Happy Tuesday,

Ignored and Talked Over

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

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

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

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

We can talk to God and always know that He is listening. Human beings fail us but not God. His mind does not wander when we pray. Keep trusting God and believe His Holy Word.
Betty
 
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August 28, 2019
Happy Wednesday,


Me, Myself, and I

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

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

Prayers should contain our praises to our Heavenly Father. Even though we suffer now, we should be grateful to God for all the many things He does for us and our families. We can rejoice in our future in Heaven and trust God to give us sustaining grace for each day,
Betty
A tiny squirrel has been at the bird feeder for a couple of days. Even the cat is enjoying watching the squirrel through the window.
 
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August 29, 2019
Happy Thursday,

Hopeless

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

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

Job 13:15 Context

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

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

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

Revelation 22:20 “He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.”
 
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August 30, 2019
Happy Friday,

Somewhere Out There

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Working for the Kingdom of God is a reward given to us by the Holy Spirit. Remembering that even when we have days that we cannot leave the house, we can still pray for others. Pray that God will use us every day to work for Him and to be a blessing to others.
Betty
 
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August 31, 2019
Happy Saturday,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Romans 8:37-39 English Standard Version (ESV)
37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
 
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September 1, 2019
Blessed Sunday,

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


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

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

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

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

The closer we get to the rapture, the more important it is to live in peace with fellow Christians. Do not be used by the devil, to sow division among the brethren. Praying for one another. Encouraging one another. Lifting up the discouraged. This is the behavior that God is seeking from His children and let us not fail, Him. Ask God to help us to live in a way that is pleasing to Him.
Betty
 
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September 2, 2019
Happy Monday,

He Will Meet Our Needs

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

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

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

Today is Labor Day, we are thankful for hubby having a job that provided for us to retire. If you are still working, be thankful for your job and try to find ways to be a blessing to others at work. Seeking to work for God’s Kingdom will provide joy now and in Heaven.
Betty
 
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September 3, 2019
Happy Tuesday,

In My Distress

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hebrews 13:5 New King James Version (NKJV)
5 Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”
 
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September 4, 2019
Happy Wednesday,

Praising God

I woke up at 5 with a sick tummy but, a song of praise on my lips. How wonderful it is to wake up with a song of praise and go to sleep with a song of praise to our Savior and Lord! Do not wait for your life to be perfect, to have a heart of gratitude for the wonderful things God has done for you. Praise God on a sunny day and when you are walking through the storms of this life. Storms come and go but the Lord’s love for His children is consistent.

Do not be a Christian that wavers with the wind. Do not allow your faith in God to go hot to cold, because of circumstances in your life. Troubles come and go, but our faith in God should be strong and steady. Would you want a mate whose love for you went from hot to cold from day to day? God does not want that either.

Wavering faith can destroy our testimony. Of course we have times of doubt and this is why we pray and go the Word of God. Remember faith comes from hearing the Word of God. Faith is believing in what we cannot see. We will one day see Jesus and be able to touch Him, until then we rely on faith to know Him.

Seek God in the morning, throughout the day, and when you lay your head on your pillow for sleep. Those who seek the Lord, in faith, will find Him;

Matthew 7:7 King James Version (KJV)
7 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:

Proverbs 8:17 King James Version (KJV)
17 I love them that love me; and those that seek me early shall find me.
Betty


Psalm 34 King James Version (KJV)
34 I will bless the Lord at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth.
2 My soul shall make her boast in the Lord: the humble shall hear thereof, and be glad.
3 O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together.
4 I sought the Lord, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.
5 They looked unto him, and were lightened: and their faces were not ashamed.
6 This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles.
7 The angel of the Lord encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them.
8 O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.
9 O fear the Lord, ye his saints: for there is no want to them that fear him.
10 The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger: but they that seek the Lord shall not want any good thing.
11 Come, ye children, hearken unto me: I will teach you the fear of the Lord.
12 What man is he that desireth life, and loveth many days, that he may see good?
13 Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips from speaking guile.
14 Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it.
15 The eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous, and his ears are open unto their cry.
16 The face of the Lord is against them that do evil, to cut off the remembrance of them from the earth.
17 The righteous cry, and the Lord heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles.
18 The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.
19 Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the Lord delivereth him out of them all.
20 He keepeth all his bones: not one of them is broken.
21 Evil shall slay the wicked: and they that hate the righteous shall be desolate.
22 The Lord redeemeth the soul of his servants: and none of them that trust in him shall be desolate.
 
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September 5, 2019
Happy Thursday,

When God is Silent

I am locked out of my watch. I worked on it all day, yesterday and could not find a solution. Have you ever felt locked out of God’s presence? You pray and pray but your prayers seem to hit a ceiling. David often felt that way.

Job: “I cry to you for help and you do not answer me; I stand, and you only look at me.” (Job 30:20)
King David: “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from saving me, from the words of my groaning? O my God, I cry by day, but you do not answer, and by night, but I find no rest.” (Psalm 22:1–2)

David was a man that God said was after His Own heart and yet, David went through times that he felt that God had abandoned him. It is these times that our thirst for the presence of God grows. The stronger our desire, the more we seek Him. When we diligently seek Him, we will find Him. Sometimes we just need some alone time with God.

Jeremiah 29:13 King James Version (KJV)
13 And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.

We cannot have a half way relationship, with God. I am sometimes guilty of being so busy that I say a quick prayer at night. It seems throughout the day, God is far from my thoughts. When this becomes a habit, our prayers do seem to fall on deaf ears. Other times, God allows a time of silence to strengthen our faith. It seems odd that our faith can grow when we are in the desert. It is in the desert when we become desperate for God that we seek Him with all our heart.

In the desert our faith grows and as it grows so, does our spiritual health. When we find that we can find God in the desert, then we know for sure that He is always with us. Do we make the effort of reading the Bible? I know I do not read the Bible as much as I should. Knowing that, do I make a effort to change or make excuses for my failures? That is the rub. Knowing our failures and changing are two different things.

As we go about our day let us pray little prayers throughout the day. Praising God for His goodness and praying for ourselves and others. Prayer does not have to be long. It is the content that counts. It is opening your heart to God and sharing your deepest thoughts, knowing your private thoughts are safe in His hands. David was honest with God. He did not try to make himself out to be better then he was. His honest heart pleased God. Let us do the same.
Betty
 
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September 6, 2019
Happy Friday,

Runaway Train


Democrats want to provide free abortions for third world Countries. How long will it be, before abortions are forced on women around the globe? They want the population number lowered to a number, that they can control. There is a video of Hillary Clinton joking about sending people who do not agree with her to ‘fun’ camps. These camps are fema camps and they will be anything but fun. These fema camps are to be used during the tribulation to prison those who will not worship the anti-Christ. The Democrats are being used by Satan, to promote the cause of Satan.

The world is rushing into the tribulation like a runaway train. It is only a manner of time before the rapture. This is the time to make sure our relationship with God is where it should be. Are we living to please God or ourselves? No longer should anyone wait till they get older to get right with God. The time is now!

Living for God is a privilege. When we seek Him, we will find Him. Not only can we trust God to provide for us, here on earth but we can trust Him to provide for us throughout eternity. For the present, we suffer through many things, but we are not alone. God is with us through the dark days and nights. If we ask, God will give us peace and calm our minds during these days when Satan is fighting hard against God’s children. Do not give up, but keep your eyes and your trust in the Lord.
Betty

Revelation 21 King James Version (KJV)
21 And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.
2 And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
3 And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.
4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.
5 And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.
6 And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.
7 He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.
 
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September 7, 2019
Happy Saturday,

Hope

Our hope does not come from the Government. If we are followers of Jesus our Hope is in God. God is not capable of failure, so our trust is secure in Him. God knows the future so He is prepared for everything. We find the future of this world troubling, but remember our future is in Heaven.

God is with us in this world. We can take our fears to Him and He will hear our cries. Whether our need is finances, physical, or spiritual, we can trust God to provide for us. Do not listen to the devil, who will tell you that your situation is hopeless. He is a liar. Fear not, but trust in God.

Jeremiah 29:11 New King James Version (NKJV)
11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.

Let us keep our eyes on Christ and not on worldly desires. God knows our needs and He will provide them. We need not fear the future.

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

We can be secure when our Hope is in Christ. Take your fears to Jesus and leave them with Him. Ask God for peace and He will give you peace. Our hope is not in man but in the God of Heaven.
Betty
 
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September 8, 2019
Blessed Sunday,

Outward Appearance

Matthew 23:27 King James Version (KJV)
27 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men's bones, and of all uncleanness.

Mankind caring more about their out side appearance than their souls is nothing new. Jesus chastised the Pharisees who cared more about how people saw them spiritually then what God thought. Appearing righteous while sinful on the inside. Michael Jackson was so obsessed with changing his appearance that rag magazines wrote articles about how his nose was going to fall off.

It is not just celebrities who are obsessed with their looks. I saw a picture of a mother and daughter who spent 96 thousand dollars trying to have a perfect face. Their picture was on the Internet, not because they were beautiful but the surgery made them look grotesque. Sadly the daughter took a job as a stripper to pay for their surgeries. We can become so obsessed with our looks, but like the Pharisees, we ignore the condition of our soul.

From the outside looking in, it appeared that Michael was obsessed by his outside appearance because he was ashamed of his sins. We do not have to be a celebrity to become obsessed with our looks when our soul is dark with sinful desires. We cannot change our sinful ways, but God can and wants to do that for us. We must surrender ourselves to God and seek His healing for sins we cannot control.

Sadly the desires that ruined the life of Michael Jackson is slowly becoming normal. There was a time when society condemned abortion. Women did not talk about it but, now celebrities boast about their abortions. As if it were a rite of passage.

I think it is perfectly normal for us to want to look like our best. It only becomes a problem when we ignore our sins and focus all our attention on looking perfect.
Let us seek God’s help in living a righteous life first and then worry about our outward appearance.
Betty
 
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September 9, 2019
Happy Monday,

Freedoms Slipping Away

Little by little, Christian freedoms are being taking away from people around the world. Sadly in America, way to many Christians are blind to what is happening. Freedom of speech is slipping away from us and we just go about business as if nothing is happening.

When we hear that a popular conservative is banned from social platforms, we yawn. While Christian morals is becoming hate speech we get caught up with news about the latest celebrity.

Part of the problem is way too many Pastors are staying silent on what is happening. Instead of sounding out an alarm to their congregation, they are preaching feel good messages and ignoring what is happening in the world, today. When you only preach sugar toast, Religion, you are safe from censorship. While feel good messages may satisfy the flock, what is going to happen when persecution comes to America?

By the time, many Christians wake up, we will be living in a world where freedom of speech is tossed out for the “benefit” of “peace”. It will be too late to vote for the rights of the people when the majority of the people wake up. Do not be blind to the fact that the Democratic Party wants to control every aspect of our lives.

Christians need to wake up to the truth and vote for people who are still for what this Nation’s was started on and that was freedom of Religion. If our faith is secure in Christ we need not fear but we do have a responsibility to vote for those who stand for Christian morals. Contrary to Democrats abortion is not a Christian moral. Preachers who are praying God’s blessings on an abortion clinic are in danger of the fires of hell.
Betty

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September 10, 2019
Happy Tuesday,

Seeking God in a Sinful World

Proverbs 8:17. I love those who love me, And those who seek me diligently will find me.

We know evil is increasing by leaps and bounds, but God has not abandoned this world. People around the world are still getting saved. As God’s children, we have not been abandoned. God still hears our prayers. Evil increasing has not taken Jesus by surprise. He warned us how the last days would be.

The Age of Grace is coming to an end. The time to call out to God, is now. Keeping our trust in God is imperative if we are to keep the faith. In a world where sadly, so many Christians are content to attend Churches where the Sermons are meant to tickle the ears of the congregation, the sheep are starving.

Hosea 4:6 New King James Version (NKJV)My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.Because you have rejected knowledge,I also will reject you from being priest for Me; Because you have forgotten the law of your God,
I also will forget your children.

Just as Israel was punished for rejecting knowledge. Surely, those who no better, but choose Preaching that tickles the ear, will also be judged. This is not the time for cotton candy, but we need the meat of the Gospel. How can we repent of our sins, if our Shepherd refuses to preach about sin? Yes, God loves us, but the Bible tells us to fear God also. As a child, I knew my parents loved me, but I also knew that they would punish me, if I disobeyed them.

Acts 9:31 New King James Version (NKJV)
The Church Prospers
31 Then the [a]churches throughout all Judea, Galilee, and Samaria had peace and were edified.[b] And walking in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, they were multiplied.

Isaiah 55:6 “Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near:”

We wait with hope and anticipation for the trumpet to blow. As we wait, let us be about the Father’s business, ever seeking His face, in these troubling days.
Betty

Another tiny squirrel has been at my feeder. As I deal with my health issue, I am at peace and secure knowing that God is with me.
 
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September 11, 2019
Wednesday

A Day of Remembrance

Eighteen years ago September 11th our world changed. I believe this was an awakening call that most ignored. A cry from Heaven, for America to come back to God. Instead America is further from God, now then when it happened.

Psalm 121:1 King James Version (KJV)121 I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.

We can still call out to God. He still answers prayers. We can find salvation for our souls and a key to Heaven if will just surrender ourselves to God. When we do that, God will fill us with His Spirit. The more we read the Bible, the more we will grow spiritually.

As we remember the day our world changed, we need not fear. We can trust God with our souls and our very lives. God will walk with us from the moment we are saved and throughout eternity. God is not a fantasy or a crutch for the weak. He is the creator of all things. Placing our trust in God, is the most secure thing of all.
Betty
 
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No blog today. I am not feeling well.
Betty
 
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September 13,2019
Happy Friday,

Friday 13, 2019

When my hubby was a teenager he worked at a tiny neighborhood grocery store. He was working on a Friday that was the thirteenth when he mentioned to his boss that he always has bad luck on 13th of a month when it fell on a Friday. After hubby broke a case of pickles, accidentally, his bosses sent him home for the day.

As Christians, we need not fear ‘unlucky’ days. We need not wish for luck when we have to do something to do that is hard. We need not depend on being lucky but seek mercy and favor from God. Everything may not turn out the way we planned, but there is a purpose for everything, when we serve God. God often uses what we see as bad for His purpose. Don’t say “wish me luck” but ask for prayer.
Betty
 
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September 14, 2019
Happy Saturday,

The Holy Bible

There are many verses in the Bible that encourage us and that is good. The Bible is also the Book that builds our faith. We can stand on the Word of God because the Words of the Bible are true. Our beliefs should not waver, as children of God, we know the truth. It is easy to be tempted to make excuses for why we believe sin is sin. No one wants to hurt others feelings, but it is sinful to deny the truth of the Gospel. We insult our God when we make excuses for sin. Standing firmly for the truth does not mean we hate.

Psalm 119:105 King James Version (KJV)105 Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.

God’s Holy Word is meant to guide us, so we do not find ourselves down a sinful path. We study the Word and then we ask the Holy Spirit to keep us on the right path. In today’s world it is easy to find ourselves led astray by the world’s standards which sadly, are often sinful. If we ask God, He will give us the courage to stand for truth in a sinful world.
Betty
 
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September 15, 2019
Blessed Sunday,

Ticket to Heaven

Sadly, people for the most part think every ‘good’ person is going to Heaven. If your good out weighs the bad, you are set for Heaven. What they do not understand that even the tinniest amount of evil, cannot exist in Heaven. Every person is born into sin. We can only be righteous in the eyes of God, by the precious blood of Jesus.

People who have committed all kinds of sins will be in Heaven. From the petty thief to the one who commits murder, who have sought salvation in Jesus will be in Heaven. Salvation is not based on our good works but our acceptance of salvation through Jesus.

We live in an age when, if you believe sin is still sin, you are considered a fanatic. The reality is, your Christian stand can cost you a promotion on some jobs, but when you compare a promotion to eternity in hell. It is not worth it. If you are a child of God, you have a ticket to Heaven. Keep our eyes on the prize and live for Jesus.
Betty
 
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September 16, 2019
Happy Monday,

Danger?

All the birds will leave the feeder if they hear birds at another bird feeder flying off. There is no danger but one bird can cause the other birds to flee. People can be also affected by one person’s fear. God does not want His children to be fearful. Things going around the world can be fearful if we take our eyes off of God. It is a matter of trust. Who do we trust? Government can fail us. We no longer trust the news completely. God is always trust worthy.

Fear is a tool that the devil is an expert in using. It is tempting to fear that the wrong person will become President. God may allow a President to come into power that is bad for this Country, but it is for a reason. When we trust in God, we need not fear the election. We can see things being prepared for the anti-Christ to come into power. Remember our faith is not in him, but in God.

Our future is not on this world, but in Heaven. When we firmly believe that we can live in peace, knowing our anchor is securely fastened to God. Do not tie your hopes to a person, no matter how righteous they seem. The mighty can fall but God never will. I believe we should watch the news, so that we are informed of what is happening around the world, but do not fear the news, but trust God. Do not put your trust in a person coming in to save the day. This will be the stand the anti-Christ will take when the world is disrupted by the rapture. He will come in as a ‘savior’ to bring peace to the world. The world who reject the true God will embrace the devil as ‘god’.
Betty

  “When I am afraid, I put my trust in you."  ~ Psalm 56:3
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” ~ Philippians 4:6-7
“Peace is what I leave with you; it is my own peace that I give you. I do not give it as the world does. Do not be worried and upset; do not be afraid.” ~ John 14:27
“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” ~ 2 Timothy 1:7
“There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.” ~ 1 John 4:18
“When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought joy to my soul.” ~ Psalm 94:19
 
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September 17, 2019
Happy Tuesday,

Broken Pieces

I went to set my coffee cup down and lost my grip. The cup hit the counter and coffee went everywhere. Needless to say, I was not a happy counter. I seem to be dropping things, more lately and that is a cause of concern. Then I reminded myself that, though I do not understand what is happening to my brain and body, God knows. I did not break the cup, which is good, because it is a gift from my daughter.

There are times that we feel broken spiritually. When the devil attacks us physically, emotionally and spiritually, we can feel like we are broken into pieces. We need to remind ourselves that God specializes in putting broken people back together. If we needed surgery to fix a broken bone, the Doctor would have us put to sleep to fix the bone. He will not allow us to be awake, telling him how to do the surgery. We are often guilty of telling God how to fix us. We want to be fixed, but on our terms. God tells us to get out of His way and allow Him to work.

Surrendering control is harder for some of us. We like to think, we are self reliant, but the truth is, even our breathing is a gift from God. We will be more at peace when we surrender ourselves, completely to the will of God. Sometimes the best thing we can do is let go and allow God to do His work.
Betty

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September 18, 2019
Happy Wednesday,

Storms of Life

We have a tropical storm hovering over the Houston area. Flooding is very possible. People are living with the uncertainty of what is going to happen. In life we do not realize how much uncertainty we live under. We leave the house and take for granted, we will be coming back. Accidents are unexpected events, but they can change our life for ever. We need not fear what may happen, when we serve God. He is in control. We may suffer loss materially and loss of loved ones, but God will not leave us to suffer alone.

Storms of life. They seem to come from no where. This does not mean we live in fear. We seek protection from God daily. We trust Him to do what is best in our lives. God uses good and bad things to help us grow spiritually. Our job is to be willing to allow God to do a work in us. Be soft enough that God can mold us into His image, but hard enough that we are not blown away by every false ‘gospel’ that comes our way.
Betty
 
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September 19, 2019
Happy Thursday,

Trust


The storm is hanging on. Water was higher than it has ever been leaving the neighborhood. More rain will mean we are stuck inside. So grateful that there is no water inside. Many people are suffering from flooded cars and homes. Please pray for them. People are literally flooded on the roads leaving Houston. They may have to abandon their cars and be rescued.

I look at this page and wonder where God is taking me. There are times that God takes us down a path that we just do not understand the reasoning of why. God does not tell us why He chooses the path that He chose for us. Yet, we know we are in the hands of a perfect God. His reasons may be even beyond our capabilities of understanding, but if we trust Him, we need not fear.

Trust sounds like such an easy thing to do, but it is not always easy. Some of us have issues, trusting. If we lay ourselves before the Lord and let go of control, God will prove Himself trust worthy. Remember God sees the beginning and the end. For the most part, our eyes are on the present. Trusting God in all things cannot be overstated. We cannot please God if we do not trust Him. Let go of fear and grasp on to the hands of God. Whatever happens, God’s Will is the best.
Betty

Proverbs 3:5-6 King James Version (KJV)
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.
 
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September 20, 2019
Happy Friday


It is raining again and I cannot help but wonder about those wondering if the water will end up in their homes. Watching the water rise and not knowing when the rain will stop has to be nerve racking. I do not understand how people make it without believing in God. Even when bad things happen, God gives me peace.

As I ramble on, let me tell you about something that is said that really upsets me. People saying I hope the ____ ‘god’ helps me. Watching Master Chief this week one of the finalist said I hope the crock pot god helps me. I yelled at the TV:”there is no crock pot god”. I have hear so many different things used in the blank, from baseball god to golf god.

People who deny the existence of the true God, but half joke that they wish luck from a god of appliances to sports gods, are confused people. The truth is people do not want a God to tell them what to do but a god that will make them win something is just fine. Not realizing that anything won on earth is fleeting. Their focus is on now and they deny that eternity exist.

Sadly some people think that everyone goes to Heaven. Others think death will just be an eternity of peaceful slumber. Some one dies and we see RIP wished for them. It is nice to wish that, but it is not true. When we die, our souls either goes to be with God or to hades. We choose the place we go by whether we accept salvation in our lifetime or not. The time to settle this is now while we still live. This is why praying for the lost is important. Christians let us encourage one another and pray for each other.
Betty
 
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September 21, 2019
Happy Saturday,

Choices

I was listening to a song about choices, by George Jones. I believe everyone has made bad choices in their life time. I do not know about you but the devil has a playlist of all of my bad choices and failures and plays them for me when I cannot sleep. If we allow him to, he can send us into a depression. What we do when Satan reminds of our sins and failures, we remind him that our sins are forgiven.

The biggest choice a person needs to make is accepting salvation through Jesus. This is a choice we can only make in our lifetime. When sinners stand before God in judgement, no amount of tears and pleading will bring them safety from Hell. Christians will stand before the Judgment Seat of Christ. Our salvation is secure but we will be judged on our works. Are we working for the praise of men or to honor God? Let us work for God because we love God and not to impress those around us.

Please pray for the people of Winnie, Texas. Almost the whole town is flooded and people are suffering. Pray for those in Houston and surrounding areas, that will have to begin again, to rebuild their homes that have been flooded several times before. May God give them strength and peace.
Betty
 
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September 23, 2019
Happy Monday,

What We Don’t Know and What We Do Know

There is so much talk around throwing out the word impeachment. A first year congresswoman, basically threatening the older Democratic Congressmen, If Trump is not impeached. Another word: collusion is being talked against the President and Joe Biden. All this talk is enough to cause concern for Americans.

Christianity is being threatened in America. The Democratic Party proclaiming themselves the Party for the nonreligious and atheist. The Bible is getting closer to being banned for hate speech, then we ever dreamed possible. Sadly, many Churches have no worries with this because they left the fundamental truths of the Bible, along time ago.

As followers of Christ, what do we know ? We know that persecution of those who believe in the truths of the Gospel, is coming. We know no matter what happens in this Country and America, our soul is secure in the Lord our Savior. While many of us are concerned about the coming election, we need not fear. Whatever happens on this world, our eternity is secure in Jesus. Yes, we should pray for America, but we need not crawl under bed covers and tremble with fear.
God is still in control.

Let us stand firm and strong in our faith in Jesus. If we do this we will not be acceptable to any of the false ‘gospels’ that are seeking to be people friendly. While we are to be loving and kind, God did not call us to people pleasers at the cost of the truth.
Betty

2 Corinthians 11 King James Version (KJV)
11 Would to God ye could bear with me a little in my folly: and indeed bear with me.
2 For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ.
3 But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.
4 For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him.


13 For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ.
14 And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.
15 Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.


Galatians 1:6-8 King James Version (KJV)
6 I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel:
7 Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ.
8 But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.
 
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September 24, 2019
Happy Tuesday,

Jehovah Jireh

Jehovah Jireh, means God will provide. God has been providing for mankind since He created Adam and Eve. When God made man, He set him up in a beautiful garden, filled with all kinds of fruit and vegetables. When Adam became lonely, God provided Him with Eve, made from Adam’s rib. When Adam and Eve sinned God provided clothing for them both. God will and does provide.

Psalm 37:25 King James Version (KJV)
25 I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.

God took a farmer named Noah and turned him into a carpenter to build an ark. He provided a way for Noah and his family to eat, while Noah built the ark. God also provided for the family to eat during the flood and the time it took for the water to recede.

God provides for His children. Yet, we often worry needlessly. We allow fear to overwhelm us, when God wants us to trust Him. We look at Paul and all he went through in sharing the Gospel to the gentiles. He suffered many trials and tribulations, but we do not see a man who lived in terror. He trusted God and he even though he was killed for his faith, he worshipped God in life and in death.
The second he passed from life to death, his suffering ended and his new life in the presence with God began.

2 Corinthians 5:8 King James Version (KJV)
8 We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.

Living, provides us a way to work for the Kingdom of God. Young and old, healthy and cripple, we can work for God. We seek God’s face and we willingly give ourselves to God, to use us for His Kingdom. In death, we pass from this life into the very presence of God. God will provide the talents we need to do His Work. Jesus chose 12 men to be His disciples. He chose a variety of people and He equipped 11 of them to be the fathers of Christianity.
Betty

Jehovah Jireh: God provides
 
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September 25, 2019
Happy Wednesday,

Sleepless in Texas

Was awake still at 6:30 this morning. The doorbell rang at 8 for the city to check the new air conditioner. I must have looked like a zombie, when I opened the door. He was suppose to be here Friday morning. Life’s little surprises, do not always come in gift paper and a bowl. Like a fender bender when the car in front of you unexpectedly stops.

We are not always in control of our circumstances but we can control how we react. Do we embarrass our Lord and Savior, with the words that come out of our mouths? Do we react in anger or in love? Material things are usually replaceable , lives are not. We need not allow our testimony to be cheapened by anger.

When bad things happen, take a moment or two, to seek the face of God. Ask Him to help us behave in a way that is pleasing to Him. May we be a testimony of God’s love and not another excuse for sinners to call Christians; hypocrites. As I get older, the less objects matter to me. My faith and my family is what is important.
Betty
 
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Happy Thursday
Sept 26, 2019

Focused on the Right Thing


For about a month, there has been hundreds of little beads around my chair. I moved the chair and vacuumed and put a different chair in its place, only to find more little beads all around the different chair. Turns out the beads were not coming from the chair at all, but from a little mini desk that I hold in my lap. All that work needlessly.

We can become focused on the wrong thing spiritually. We can become convinced if we work hard enough, God will love us more. First of all God loves us with a pure love. Unlike people, whose love can change from day to day, God’s love is consistent. Our ticket to Heaven is not based on good works but on the precious blood of Christ.

We do need not attempt to buy our way, to Heaven with good deeds. We do want to work for God, but out of love and not fear. Another way we can become focused on the wrong thing is to compare our works to another. Measuring in our head if we do more then a another Christian. God has a plan for our life and it is not being a copy of someone else.

Sinners often compare their sin with others. They think if they sin less then others, then they will be admitted into Heaven. They do not want to become a Christian, because they would have to change their lifestyle. They want merit to be their ticket to Heaven. In today’s world, people are attempting to rewrite the Bible to reflect their own beliefs. Even some Pastors are saying the Bible should revolve into reflecting today’s standards.

God’s Holy Word, will never change. Sin is still sin. It is not about how bad a sin is. All sin is bad and cannot enter into the Gates of Heaven. We must repent and turn away from sin.

Proverbs 26:11 King James Version (KJV)
11 As a dog returneth to his vomit, so a fool returneth to his folly.

Let us focus on God and not listen to the world’s definition of what sin is. At the end of life, God will be our judge. No man can stand in our place or make a plea for our redemption. We will stand before God and what will matter is if our Name is written in the Book of Life.
Betty
 
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September 27, 2019
Happy Friday,

The Love of The Creation


I saw the Neurologist, yesterday. He is still convinced that my health issues are caused by inflammation on my brain. Inflammation showed up in my blood test. Going to try Botox, next Friday. When you are ill, Doctors try all kinds of test to find the problem and then all kinds of procedures to fix the problems. Kind of a hit and miss solution.

We live in a world where leaders are perplexed by global warming and crime.
The real solution to the world’s problems, is to seek God’s face, ask forgiveness of our sins, and turn away from sin. Leaders of this world for the most part are filled with pride and will not submit themselves to God. The solutions they recommend are just putting a bandaid on evil that abounds in this earth.

Submitting to the authority of God, would admit that we are a sinful bunch of people. As a whole people admitting their sins is a step that their pride will not allow themselves to take. In my opinion the worst sin is killing babies in the womb. When I hold my 4 month old grand baby, I see the most innocent of us.

Romans 1:25 King James Version (KJV)
25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.

In an attempt to end pollution, Joe Biden, says we must kill more unborn babies in the womb of poor people. The other solution they think is to get rid of a million people. Yet they are surprised people balk at the idea of given up their weapons. They worship the creation and not the creator. The world cannot fix itself but the Creator of the world, the God who spoke the universe into creation, can fix His Own creation.

Satan, who cannot create anything but chaos, is willing to destroy the people of this earth, in order to get what he has always wanted: to be worshipped. God is the creator, Satan is the destroyer.

Saints, do not fear the times we are living. Jesus warned us of these days. God has not been taken unaware of what is going on. We are living in the last days that Jesus warned us about. If we are saved by the Precious Blood of Christ, we will soon be going to our true home: Heaven. Take your concerns and fears to Jesus and He will give you peace of mind and heart.
Betty
 
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September 28, 2019
Happy Saturday,

Knowing the Truth

I prayed to know what is wrong with me. By going to my patient portal. I found I am being treated for Encephalopathy. The effects to the brain can be temporary or permanent. No longer do I feel like the Doctor is not listening. He is taking my symptoms seriously. Knowing the truth does not frighten me. I now feel safe, knowing God knows my future.

God does not have His head in the sand. He knows the chaos going on around the world. He warned of these days. We can walk these dark days, knowing we are not alone. God is indeed with us, every step and every day. As Satan power grows, God’s power is not weakening. Dispute the turmoil God is still control.

The Jews as a whole, rejected Jesus. Soon the days of the gentiles will end. Then God will once again focus His attention on Israel. It will take persecution for the Nation of Israel to accept Jesus as their Savior. A Jewish Religious leader hates Christians. He said Christians hated the Jews and we only wanted the rapture so the Jews would suffer. He could not see the bigger picture. Yes, the Christians do long for Heaven, we also long for salvation for the House of Israel.

One day, Jews and Christians will worship Jesus together. We will rejoice together knowing we are saved by grace through the precious Blood of Christ. Just as the age of the gentiles is coming to an end, the new age for the Jewish people will soon be born.
Betty

Luke 2:34 King James Version (KJV)
34 And Simeon blessed them, and said unto Mary his mother, Behold, this child is set for the fall and rising again of many in Israel; and for a sign which shall be spoken against; Luke 2:35 King James Version (KJV)
35 (Yea, a sword shall pierce through thy own soul also,) that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.


 O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!  Behold, your house is left unto you desolate. For I say unto you, Ye shall not see me henceforth, till ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.” – Matthew 23:34-39.


“What then? Israel hath not obtained that which he seeketh for; but the election hath obtained it, and the rest were blinded. (According as it is written, God hath given them the spirit of slumber, eyes that they should not see, and ears that they should not hear;) unto this day.  And David saith, Let their table be made a snare, and a trap, and a stumblingblock, and a recompence unto them:  Let their eyes be darkened, that they may not see, and bow down their back alway.  I say then, Have they stumbled that they should fall? God forbid: but rather through their fall salvation is come unto the Gentiles, for to provoke them to jealousy.  Now if the fall of them be the riches of the world, and the diminishing of them the riches of the Gentiles; how much more their fulness?” – Romans 11:7-12.

“For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in.  And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob:  For this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins. As concerning the gospel, they are enemies for your sakes: but as touching the election, they are beloved for the father’s sakes.” – Romans 11:25-28.

“The mystery – now revealed in the Church Age was that Israel (as a nation) would remain in Spiritual blindness until the Church Age was complete. The completion of the Church Age occurs at the Rapture. When God will remove the Church from the Earth and once again turn His Face back to Israel.”

““And I will set up one shepherd over them, and he shall feed them, even my servant David; he shall feed them, and he shall be their shepherd.  And I the Lord will be their God, and my servant David a prince among them; I the Lord have spoken it.  And I will make with them a covenant of peace, and will cause the evil beasts to cease out of the land: and they shall dwell safely in the wilderness, and sleep in the woods.
 “And I will make them and the places round about my hill a blessing; and I will cause the shower to come down in his season; there shall be showers of blessing…and shall know that I am the Lord, when I have broken the bands of their yoke, and delivered them out of the hand of those that served themselves of them.  And they shall no more be a prey to the heathen, neither shall the beast of the land devour them; but they shall dwell safely, and none shall make them afraid.
“…Thus shall they know that I the Lord their God am with them, and that they, even the house of Israel, are my people, saith the Lord God.  And ye my flock, the flock of my pasture, are men, and I am your God, saith the Lord God.” – Ezekiel 34:23-31.
 
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September 29, 2019
Blessed Sunday,


Health wise, I seem to have a bad day ever other day. Yesterday I was able to go shopping, today I missed Church. I can choose to grieve the bad days or embrace the good days. In our Christian walk, we will not always be on the mountain top. There will be days that we find ourselves in the dark valleys. There will be days that we sin by action or attitude. Do not allow the devil to tempt you to quit but remind yourself that your Heavenly Father, is a loving, forgiving God.

There is victory ahead. If we are saved by the precious blood of Jesus. We can live each day in hope and not despair. We are not a gold fish, swimming in circles around the fish bowl, no clue what is going on, outside the bowl. We can be at peace, knowing God is in control. No matter our limitations, if we are willing, God can use us for His Glory. God is not looking for supper men to work in His Kingdom. He takes flawed people and uses them for His Kingdom.

As we age, we are inclined to develop health issues, let us be grateful to our Heavenly Father for using us for His Glory. It is tempting to feel sorry for ourselves as our abilities diminish. We will be so much more at peace, if we embrace what we can do and place what we can no longer do, in the hands of God. Working for God is not a duty, but a privilege.
Betty
 
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September 30, 2019
Happy Monday,

“Looking For A City”

As evil abounds, I find myself longing for Heaven. As Christians, we know our earthly home is just a shell that holds our spirit and our soul. One day we will shake off this body of clay and we will be given a body of righteousness, made by the hands of God.

One day, we will shake off our physical limitations and put on a perfect body. What a day it will be when face God, face to face in our Heavenly body! We will lay aside our body of corruption and God will give us a incorruptible body, not touched by sin.

An old Gospel song called: “Looking For A City” written by Brain Free talks about the Blessed City, we will one day call home. As we draw closer to God, our hearts yearn for this City”. While it is true we yearn for a home, where there is no sin, we also long to live in the presence of our Heavenly Father. The more evil the people of this earth grows, the more our soul longs to live in a home where there is no sin.

My dear friends we are so close to the prize. Let us pray that God will help us to stay faithful to the end. As the days of grace come to an end, may we be found working for God until the trumpet blows, to call us home.
Betty

Here among the shadows in a lonely land,
We're a band of pilgrims on the move
Burdened down with sorrows, shunned on every hand,
Looking for a city built above.
Looking for a city, where we'll never die,
There the sainted millions, never say good-bye,
There we'll meet our Savior, and our loved ones too,
Come O Holy Spirit, all our hopes renew.
In this land of dangers going here and there
Trusting in the blessed Saviors love;
Tho' we may be strangers, in this world of care,
Looking for a city built above.
Looking for a city, where we'll never die,
There the sainted millions, never say good-bye,
There we'll meet our Savior, and our loved ones too,
Come O Holy Spirit, all our hopes rene
 
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October 1, 2019
Happy Tuesday,

Took hubby for a Chemical Stress test and now, we are back in bed. Both of us are really tired. Our health issues causes us to tire easily. While resting our bodies, we can take time to offer up praises to God. Knowing God is always with us, will help us relax in His presence. Our praises coming from a heart of love, is a gift to our Savior.

God wants His children to be obedient and grateful. When we enter the gates of Heaven, we will regret not praising God as much as we should of. We should trust God, no manner our circumstances. Our love for God should not be based on what God does for us or gives us. Salvation alone should be a source of a thankful heart in all of God’s children.

May God help us to be grateful and help us to pray for one another. May we bring a heart of love for God and for others when we knell at the feet of Jesus.
Betty
 
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October 2, 2019
Happy Wednesday,

Are We Sweet Smelling or Bitter to the Taste

Ephesians 5:1-2 King James Version (KJV)
5 Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children;
2 And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.

We are to be an offering and a sacrifice to our Heavenly Father. If we do not walk in the truth and the light, we will become moldy and our sweet smell will become a stench in the nostrils of God. Did Jesus sacrifice Himself on the cross, to save us out of the darkness, only for us to choose to walk in darkness? God forbid! We must choose to walk in the light of God’s Word.

We cannot hide our sins from God and our motives are a beacon to our truths. We can choose to live in a manner that is pleasing to God or walk in darkness. While the devil and his demons will tempt us, we choose, ourselves what path we will take. The choice is ours. Walking in the truths of God, we honor Him with our obedience. We cannot live our lives walking in sin and life. If we walk in sin, sin will corrupt even the good that we do. Our accomplishments for God will be snuffed out by our sins, if we choose to sin.

We cannot be a child of God and choose a sinful lifestyle. The corruption of sin will over come us, if we choose to dapple in sin. We must forsake sin and return to living for Christ and in doing so, we will please Him. We cannot serve two masters. The choice is ours. Do we choose to serve God or to serve self?
Do we seek the righteousness of God or to please self and others. Remember when we stand before God, we will be us standing alone if we rejected the truth of the Holy Spirit of God. If we have turned our back on God and His Word, we have chosen darkness.

1 John 1:5 King James Version (KJV)
5 This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.

Our life must be totally given over to God. He will not save part of us. We cannot choose to be half saved. It is living completely for God or to self. We are so close to the end of grace. It would be heartbreaking to turn from salvation and live in sin, this close to then end. Determine to walk in the truths of God and give Him your whole life and Jesus, Himself will reward you in Heaven. Walk in sin and hell will be your eternal reward.
Betty


Ephesians 5:1-13 New International Version (NIV)

1 Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children 2 and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.
3 But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people. 4 Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving. 5 For of this you can be sure: No immoral, impure or greedy person—such a person is an idolater—has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.[a] 6 Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of such things God’s wrath comes on those who are disobedient. 7 Therefore do not be partners with them.
8 For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light 9 (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) 10 and find out what pleases the Lord. 11 Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them. 12 It is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret. 13 But everything exposed by the light becomes visible—and everything that is illuminated becomes a light.
 
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October 3, 2019
Happy Thursday,

15 Minutes of Fame

Andy Warhol, coined the phrase: “15 minutes of fame”`. An older version of the same concept in English is the expression "nine days' wonder", which dates at least as far back as the Elizabethan era. The idea is that everyone wants to be famous and fame is fleeting. The media ‘darling’ today could be a ‘nobody’ next year.

I never wanted to be famous. I just want to live my life quietly and unobserved by the masses. The same media, who loves you today can trash you tomorrow. Sadly, people climb over people and cheat one another for their 15 minutes. Ignoring God as they work their way to the top.

Living a life that is pleasing to God to so many, seems unnecessary to so many and yet our eternity, rides on our relationship with God. Having your picture on a cover of a magazine means nothing in the long run. The attention span of the public is fleeting and before you know it, you are a has been.

Children of God are never a has been to Him. He loves us and if we allow Him to, He will guide us all of our life. The devil uses people and then throws them away like yesterday’s news. God wants to walk with us, our entire journey. It is up to us, how close we walk with God. We choose if we want to be people pleasers or seek the approval of our Heavenly Father. What better way is there to spend your life, then to seek to please the God of the Universe?
Betty


John 12:26If anyone serves me, he must follow me; and where I am, there will my servant be also. If anyone serves me, the Father will honor him.
 
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October 4, 2019
Happy Friday,

Does God Owe Me An Explanation?

We seem to think that God should explain to us why things happen. We struggle with finding a logic explanation about why someone dies, so young.
We do not understand why we got laid off at work. Why does our child, that we raised in Church, stop believing in God? Why do we suffer with illness and disease? Yet, the harder we pray, no answer comes.

It is easy to say and truthful to say that God doesn’t need to explain, Himself to us. Yet this does not quiet the voices in our heads that demands an answer. We can spend hours trying to find a reason unto we fall into our bed, exhausted. Relief only comes when we stop questioning and start excepting God’s plan.

Trusting in God, is not easy, but it is an requirement for walking with God. We must let go of our desire for an answer and remember that one day in Heaven, we will understand. I am not saying that this is easy. The devil will bring up questions of why, even many years, down the line. This is when we remind ourselves and Satan, that God does indeed, know best. When we are in Heaven, we will understand, but for now, God demands that we trust Him.

Trust, requires us to lay down our questions at the feet of Jesus and walk by faith. When we do that, God will give us peace. Does God owe us an explanation? No!
Betty

2 Samuel 22:31 King James Version (KJV)
31 As for God, his way is perfect; the word of the Lord is tried: he is a buckler to all them that trust in him.

Psalm 9:10 King James Version (KJV)
10 And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee: for thou, Lord, hast not forsaken them that seek thee.

Psalm 28:7 King James Version (KJV)
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.
 
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October 5, 2019
Happy Saturday,

Planted Securely in God

I slept 4 hours last night, two hours at a time. I got the Botox in my forehand and the back of my head. I was in pain most of the time. Because, I have a poor immune system, I always have a cold after not sleeping well. So this morning I am cranky and feel badly. Husband slept worse then me so we are like two cranky bears this morning.

We can not always control our circumstances, but we can control our attitude. Instead of snapping at our mate (guilty), we can talk to God. Today I will do a lot of resting and may take a nap. I can choose to give my problems to God. Even just resting and reading will help me feel better.

It’s hard to believe something so painful can prevent headaches. In our lives, God takes us down paths that are painful sometimes. We can become angry at God. Yet, these very paths will be good for spiritual growth. Christian persecution is coming to America. If we are not spiritually strong, we will be like the seed that was growing in hard and rocky soil that eventually died. When we walk willingly with God and trust Him, to choose our path, we will grow stronger spiritually. Our roots in God will grow strong enough so that a strong wind will not pull our roots out of the ground;

We need a revival in our soul. Churches will grow when their members all are revived by the Holy Spirit. We should pray for our Pastors and their wives. The devil goes strongly after Ministers. If the Shepard loses his way, the Church will be effected also. This is the time to pray for spiritual growth and strength to serve the Lord, in these days when belief in the truth of the Bible is not only rare but disrespected.
Betty

Matthew 13:18-24 King James Version (KJV)
18 Hear ye therefore the parable of the sower.
19 When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the way side.
20 But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that heareth the word, and anon with joy receiveth it;
21 Yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth for a while: for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is offended.
22 He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful.
23 But he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word, and understandeth it; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.
24 Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field:
 
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October 6, 2019
Blessed Sunday,

Use Me, God For Your Glory


Today, my brain seems to be surrounded by fog. Putting my thoughts together to form a sentence is like chasing a toddler. Yet even in my confusion, I am at peace. God’s love is a blessing that God surrounds us with, no matter our circumstances.

In today’s world, so many Christians are suffering. Parents who are grieving over children who have chosen sin over salvation in Christ. Christians dealing with cancer and other terminal diseases. No matter what we are going through, we can rest in the presence of our Heavenly Father.

Every day we live, we can grow in Christ. We can make a difference in someone else’s lives every day. It is so easy to stay focused only our needs. We will feel better when we focus on others who are suffering. Sometimes we can provide what they need, but we can always pray for them. I have found praying for others, encourages me. Every day we should pray that God will use us to be a blessing to others. To help us not to be so self-absorbed.
Betty
 
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October 7, 2019
Happy Monday,

“Who Am I”

I wonder why God would use me, when I am so flawed. The older that I get the less I can do. COPD, has stolen most of my singing voice. I get tongue tied when I talk about God to strangers. My brain has lost its punch and my thoughts get jumbled in a fog of confusion. If I was a horse, I would be put out to pasture.

Yet, God in His love for me, still allows me to work for Him, in my small way. Working for God is not drudgery, but an honor. Even on days of distress, I can feel His love for me. His love covers us like a bird covers her chicks. Even when storms of live are overwhelming we can run to God for protection.

So many people around the world are being tortured for their faith. Yet, they keep their faith strong in our Heavenly Father. I wish I could bind their wounds and comfort them in my arms. I then remember that God can comfort them in ways no person can. My heart cries out for the trumpet to blow and God to come and remove His children from this evil world.

Surely even on days when my body and mind, betray me, I can pray for those tortured and in prisons for sharing the Gospel. They are punished by the very people who need salvation the most. Who am I? A simple woman who loves the Lord and wants God to use me for His glory.
Betty
 
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October 8, 2019
Happy Tuesday,

Seeking God in a Loud World

Sometimes we need some quiet time with God. Time to listen and time to share our concerns with our Heavenly Father. God is always available to hear our prayers. There is so much noise in today’s world, that it is hard to find a quiet time with God. It takes effort on our part, but worth it. Spending time with God gives peace for today and hope for tomorrow.

Do not give into fear, but trust in God. Ignore the devil and his lies. He wants to throw you off track. God calls us to follow Him and trust Him with our lives. We can trust God, when realize that God’s ways are the best for us.
Betty
 
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October 9, 2019
Happy Wednesday,

Find Rest In God

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

I am finding out that due to my health issues, I need more rest, then I used to. There is no shame in needing to take care of your physical needs. Why do we feel shame, when we need spiritual rest? Jesus invited His children to come to Him for spiritual rest. There is no judgment in the verse above for those who need spiritual rest.

Have you every know a Christian who worked constantly for God for a time and then slipped away from Church, altogether? They were trying to be super Christian, on their own power. We can be so focused on doing God’s work that we do not spend any time with God. We literally starve our soul of it’s spiritual needs.

There also those who did not become a Christian. Instead of a heart change, they decided on their own that they would earn salvation. Works will not save us. No matter how many jobs we take on at the Church, there is no heart change, if we do not surrender ourselves to God. This kind of person works hard for awhile and then they give up.

Salvation must take place in the heart. We must surrender all to Jesus. A child of God, chooses to work for God out of their love for God. Works come from a desire of a child of God to want to please our Heavenly Father. We also need to realize we cannot say yes to every job. We pray for guidance from God in what jobs to say yes to and some jobs to decline.

Every day seek spiritual guidance and rest in the Lord, so that we can grow spiritually. We can become unnerved by just watching the news or reading the news paper. More then every Christians need to rest in the Lord. When we depend on God, we need not fear the events going on in the world. We seek God to help us remain faithful in a world where Christian beliefs are no longer admired. If you believe sin is still sin you will be considered a fanatic and a hater. A Christians ultimate desire is to please God and not mankind.
Betty
 
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October 10, 2019
Happy Thursday,

I had an embarrassing incident yesterday. Hubby’s heart Doctor called, when I answered the phone I did not who she was or why she called. I got her mixed up with his primary care Doctor. I was still upset early this morning and not able to sleep, when my daughter-in-law reminded me that God is still with me and He is walking me through this.

I talk so much about trusting in God and yet, I allowed fear to over shadow me. The devil likes to sneak attack us and we can be throw off guard. Truth is, no matter how long we have been a Christian, we still deal with new things that can side rail us.

It turned out hubby has an appointment with the heart Doctor today. Even though I had written it on the calendar, we both had forgotten. Every Christian has set backs. Every Christian has times when they are off their game. We need to remind ourselves just as Sarah, did me, that God is still in control. When we are attacked by fear, go to our Heavenly Father and He will cover us in His love.
Betty
 
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October 11, 2019
Happy Friday,

Hubby got great news at the Doctor, his heart is great. I had prayed and God answered my prayers. I had told the Doctor that I had prayed for a successful outcome. She did not comment but I know God’s hand was on my hubby. I was at peace when we went to the Doctor. We can be at peace when we trust God. My hubby has had a couple of strokes, so having a strong heart is important.

No one is a super Christian. We have our ups and downs. Through it all, God is with us. When we sin and doubt God, we cry out for forgiveness and in his mercy, He forgives us and comforts us. We can rejoice even in times of concern, when remember that we serve a living Savior.

We live in a world that has embraced sin, as acceptable and profitable. People and companies not only accept sin, but they are getting rich off of sin. Do not envy the powerful and the rich sinners. Their life of glamor is only for a short time. We have an eternity in Heaven awaiting us, who have surrendered ourselves to God.

Contrary to the beliefs of many in the world, God is not a myth. Judgement is coming to those who rejected the truth of the Gospel. President Obama called Christians weak people, who lean on their faith and guns. What he doesn’t understand that God is a Master of taking the weak and making us strong in Him.
Betty

Isaiah 14:12 New King James Version (NKJV)
The Fall of Lucifer
12 
“How you are fallen from heaven,
O [a]Lucifer, son of the morning!
How you are cut down to the ground,
You who weakened the nations!

Isaiah 40:29 New King James Version (NKJV)
29 
He gives power to the weak,
And to those who have no might He increases strength.

Romans 8:26 New King James Version (NKJV)
26 Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession [a]for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.
 
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October 12, 2019
Happy Saturday,

Where Do I Stand?

This is the time to stand up for truth, especially the truth of the Gospel. No longer, can we afford to sit on the fence. When asked about sin, we fail God if we mumble and try to avoid answering the question. When we know the truth and we refuse to speak the truth, we are lying.

John 8:32 King James Version (KJV)
32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

It is true that speaking the truth in these days can bring you ridicule. The question is whether we would rather offend God or man. Avoiding the truth, to keep from hurting someone’s feelings is actually cruel, when it comes to sin.
When a Pastor refuses to speak the truth in attempt to make him seem like a loving person, he is the opposite of love. His refusal to speak the truth is a lie from the pit of hell.

There will be many sinners, when standing before the White Throne of judgement will call out the names of Pastors who gave them false hopes of salvation. This world does not need Preachers and Teachers who make people feel comfortable in their sins. So much better to be scared out of hell then to be coddled into hell.

When we confess our sins and turn away from our sins, we can live in true peace. The false peace the devil gives, may allow you to sleep better but will not keep you out of hell. The Bible makes it clear that we cannot serve self and God.


Matthew 6:24 King James Version (KJV)
24 No man 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 must choose whom we will serve. There is too much at stake to waffle back in forth between serving man and serving God. Eventually your soul will either become apart of God’s family or settle into a lifestyle of sin. Eternity is too important to try to ride the fence of pleasing self and others or pleasing God.
Betty
 
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October 13, 2019

Hubby wanted me to play on YTube the song: “To God, Be The Glory. Of course I did. Do you ever wonder if you praise God enough? I know that I am not always faithful, in that regard. I can get caught up my health issues, that I neglect giving God praise. There are days that as I say my bedtime prayers, that I am convicted for the little time I spend with God that day.

I know that having a relationship with God, is a blessing. I do not mean to take such a precious relationship for granted, yet I sometimes do. God is so loving that He forgives us. We miss out when we do not communicate with God, throughout the day.

We were blessed today to have our son and daughter-in-law visit us with our grandbaby. She is now 5 months. She is trying to talk. It is the little things like a visit from your kids can build up your spirits. Life can be hard. Health issues can wear us down, God provides diamonds of joy to brighten our day. Our son called our daughter on the phone and put her and her husband on speaker phone, so we could visit with them, also. As you can see God gave us a blessed day.
Betty
 
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October 14, 2019
Happy Monday,

Pride and Running The Race

When we remember our talents are a gift from God, then we will not be tempted to be prideful. Some Christians talents put them in the limelight and others work in the background. All gifts used for the Glory of God are important. There is no need for envy, when our works are done for God and not for the praise on men. All the Glory belongs to God.

Our race is winding down and soon we will be with Jesus. Let us pray that God will help us keep our hands clean from sin and our feet on the path of righteousness. So many distractions in this world. We must be careful to keep our focus on God. Let us lay aside the desire to be people pleasers, but instead let us focus on pleasing God.

Cling to God in bad and good times. Praise His Holy Name, even in the midst of a storm. Remember we are not to be of this world. We are to live Holy and Righteous lives. Allow the Holy Spirit to shine through us so others can see God at work and be blessed.
Betty

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October 15, 2019
Happy Tuesday,

Teenagers were arrested for loosing the nuts on wheels of cars. When the driver pulls over, they jump out of their car and rob them. It seems there is constantly a new scam for people to lazy to work to make money. It is not harmless fun and they often take advantage of us elderly. It is easy for us to lose trust in people. Just as there are people begging for money claiming to be homeless, when they are not, there are real homeless people.

What do we do? I pray and ask God what to do. He will guide us. We saw a elderly lady with a sign that said she and two dogs where living in her truck. We got her a meal and took it to her. She asked me, my first name and said she would pray for me. She was a tall and very skinny woman. I hugged her and looking back, I wished I had prayed for her then. There are times I do not feel led to give. When I do, I pick up a burger meal for them


Matthew 10:42 King James Version (KJV)
42 And whosoever shall give to drink unto one of these little ones a cup of cold water only in the name of a disciple, verily I say unto you, he shall in no wise lose his reward

We can pray before we leave our homes that God gives us opportunities to help others. Sometimes, it is just a hug for someone suffering. Just a note, always ask first. We can be God’s light in this dark word. We can say a quiet prayer for someone. They need not even need to know. I pray that God will encourage anyone who reads this who is struggling. My friend, do not give up. Our race is almost over. Keep up the good fight and trust God.
Betty
 
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October 16, 2019
Happy Wednesday,

Neither one of us slept last night and today we do not feel so good. We all have bad nights or days. What we must remember that God is with us through everything. We can handle the bad situations in life when we trust in God. We can pray for peace when our lives around us are in turmoil.

Sometimes it takes us being exhausted to stop and rest and spend time with God. Could it be that God allows His children to get a cold or the flu, so they would take time from their busy lives to take time to tall to Him? It is something to think about. How about we make the effort to talk to God every day?
Betty
 
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October 17, 2019
Happy Thursday,

This world is getting stranger and stranger. People who reject God, are willing to believe there are over 100 genders. Young children are given hormone pills do change their gender. Not only is the world as a whole rejecting God but they are working ferociously to change His creation. They are figuratively raising their fist at God, saying that they know better than God. The anger against God and the Bible is growing at a fierce rate.

Yet, many Christians refuse to believe that we are living in the last days. Many are content with life on this earth and are in no hurry for the rapture. This is very sad. Our hearts should be filled with longing for the rapture. We should be rushing to do the will of God. Doing the will of God is many things. Mamas loving their little ones and praying for them daily, are doing God’s Work. We should pray for mamas with young ones. Praying that God will give them strength and rest.

Pray for mamas with School age children. Pray for them to have the courage to teach them right and wrong, in a world that doesn’t know right and wrong, anymore. Prayer for people of all ages. The devil is attacking all Christians of every age group.

Pray for Christians who are more invested in the world, then in God. We must not love this world more then God. Salvation is more important then being politically correct. Rather to be laughed and scorned on earth, then to spend eternity in hell. Remember the world hated Jesus and killed Him. There were days long passed when Christians were respected. Now if you are sold out to God you are probably considered foolish.
Think about this. This life is short compared to eternity. Rather be known as foolish in this lifetime, then realize how foolish you were, when you spend eternity in hell.
Betty


John 15:18-27 King James Version (KJV)
18 If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you.
19 If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.
20 Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also.
21 But all these things will they do unto you for my name's sake, because they know not him that sent me.
22 If I had not come and spoken unto them, they had not had sin: but now they have no cloak for their sin.
23 He that hateth me hateth my Father also.
24 If I had not done among them the works which none other man did, they had not had sin: but now have they both seen and hated both me and my Father.
25 But this cometh to pass, that the word might be fulfilled that is written in their law, They hated me without a cause.
26 But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me:
27 And ye also shall bear witness, because ye have been with me from the beginning.
 
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October 18, 2019
Happy Friday,

“On Christ The Solid Rock I Stand”

Whatever circumstances we are going through, we can stand on our relationship with God. When we make God, head of our daily life, and not just a Sunday relationship, we can stand through all storms. There are things happening in this world that we do not understand. There is evil in this world that if we knew the details we would melt like a snowman on a hot day. If we keep our eyes on Jesus we can still be strong in the Name Of Jesus.

Standing on the solid rock is not lip service. We must have a true relationship with Jesus. Are we willing to stand for the truth of God’s Word, in a world where Bible truths are rejected? It is not easy. Look at the number of Preachers and Bible Study Teachers, who have abandoned the truth to be relevant and popular in a world where the truth of God’s Holy Word.

When we stand on God’s Word. We are standing on truth. God did not call us to be popular. He was not popular. At the beginning of Jesus’ ministry, crowds followed Him to see miracles. When Jesus begin teaching the hard part of the Gospel, the crowds abandoned Him. Even the disciples where disappointed when Jesus did not conquer Rome and set up His Kingdom on Earth. It was not until they were filled with the Holy Spirit where their eyes opened about what Jesus came to earth for.

Jesus came to suffer and die for our redemption of sins. Without the shedding of blood their is no salvation.

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

After the rapture and the tribulation, Jesus will come back in the Second Coming. He is not coming back as a Lamb for slaughter, but as King of Kings. Jesus went to His death as meek as a lamb, but He is coming back as a roaring lion to judge the world.
The world who rejected the gift of salvation will face the White Throne of Judgement. Those who deny that God exist will stand before Him and be judged for their sins.

Stand on the truth of God and worship Him in truth and spirit. It will not be long and He will come and get His Own. Those who do not belong to God, who have not allowed God to be Lord of their lives, will be left behind to face the tribulation. Most will accept the mark of the beast and their fate will be sealed in hell. Because they rejected the truth, God will allow a delusion to cover most of the people left behind and they will accept the anti-Christ and worship the devil. Today is the day is salvation.
Betty
 
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October 19, 2019
Happy Saturday,


How do we hang on and not be encouraged, when the devil attacks? We remember who walks with us every day. What ever weapon the devil uses against us, we can keep going, because God will give us strength to carry on. Trust in God and ignore the lies the devil whispers or shouts into our ears. The devil fights so hard, because he knows he is on the losing side. God will be with us and sustain us through every storm.

Isaiah 26 King James Version (KJV)
26 In that day shall this song be sung in the land of Judah; We have a strong city; salvation will God appoint for walls and bulwarks.
2 Open ye the gates, that the righteous nation which keepeth the truth may enter in.
3 Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.
4 Trust ye in the Lord for ever: for in the Lord Jehovah is everlasting strength:
5 For he bringeth down them that dwell on high; the lofty city, he layeth it low; he layeth it low, even to the ground; he bringeth it even to the dust.
6 The foot shall tread it down, even the feet of the poor, and the steps of the needy.
7 The way of the just is uprightness: thou, most upright, dost weigh the path of the just.
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.
9 With my soul have I desired thee in the night; yea, with my spirit within me will I seek thee early: for when thy judgments are in the earth, the inhabitants of the world will learn righteousness.


Physical and emotional battles can cause us to be come weary. Do not lose heart, my friend, but call out to Jesus. He will sustain us and encourage us. We can trust God, through every battle.
Betty

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MY FAITH LOOKS UP TO THEE
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"My Faith Looks Up to Thee" is an American hymn penned by Ray Palmer in 1830. The melody associated with this hymn is called OLIVET, composed by Lowell Mason. This is one of the most famous hymns from American history, even used as a source of encouragement and serenity by Civil War soldiers. Discover the lyrics and story behind this amazing hymn along with music videos below!


1 My faith looks up to Thee,
Thou Lamb of Calvary,
Savior divine!
Now hear me while I pray,
take all my guilt away;
O let me from this day
be wholly Thine.
2 May Thy rich grace impart
strength to my fainting heart,
my zeal inspire;
as Thou hast died for me,
O may my love to Thee
pure, warm, and changeless be,
a living fire.
3 While life’s dark maze I tread,
and griefs around me spread,
be Thou my guide;
bid darkness turn to day,
wipe sorrow’s tears away,
nor let me ever stray
from Thee aside.
4 When ends life's transient dream,
when death’s cold, sullen stream
shall o'er me roll,
blest Savior, then in love,
fear and distrust remove;
O bear me safe above,
a ransomed soul.

Source: Hymns to the Living God #269
 
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Heaven Awaits
by Margaret Cagle

I've traveled this long road of life.
I've seen happiness; I've seen strife.
I've served God from place to place,
Telling the story, saved by grace.

Many miles I have traveled here,
Some sad, some filled with cheer,
But my weary soul will feel its best
When one day it enters Heaven's rest.

I must serve the Lord here below
Until He says, "It's time to go."
I must go about, trying to do good,
Pleasing God the way I should.

Going home will really be great,
But I should work here while I wait.
Still I am yearning more and more
To make my trip to that golden shore.
 
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October 20, 2019
Blessed Sunday,

The world can no longer can understand the difference between good and evil. Gay marriage is not just accepted but celebrated. Men and Women, not only promote their right to abortion, but they celebrate. Politicians and the media call for the murder of our President.

People who stand for the truth of the Holy Bible are considered ignorant fanatics. There are even academics who call for making sexual abuse of children legal. Unborn babies are sacrificed at the altar of convenience.

The same people who deny the existence of God, proudly promote Satan’s agendas. Soon the Age of Grace will end. Those who were too proud full to knell before God and confess their sins, will worship at Satan’s feet. Just as they have pride in sin today, they will take the mark of the beast and wear it with pride.

The time of grace is coming to an end. Those who think they are too educated to believe in the existence of God, Will welcome satan, with opened arms. They were too proud full to knell at Jesus’ feet and seek forgiveness. Yet they will worship at the feet of Satan.

This is the time to worship and serve God. This is the time to pray for the lost souls.

John 9:4 King James Version (KJV)
4 I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work.
Betty
 
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October 21, 2019
Happy Monday,

Today my brain feels scrambled. Concentrating is taking a lot of effort, yet I feel at peace. There are going to be days we are not at our best, yet we can be assured that God has not forsaken us. When we keep our trusting God, we need not fear the future. We can rest upon the promises of God.

There is no need to question why God allows us to go through sickness, financial and other troubles. We know that His plan for us is for His Glory. Serving God is an honor and privilege. Our trials are only temporary. Keep hanging on. Pray for one another, that we will not become discharged.

May the Lord bless and keep you. Remind yourself that you are not alone and you are loved.
Betty
 
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October 22, 2019
Happy Tuesday,

Psalm 9:10 King James Version (KJV)
10 And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee: for thou, Lord, hast not forsaken them that seek thee.

As the world becomes more evil, the concences becomes ruled by doubt. Where is God? Does He not see the evil going on today ? Does He even care?
The world wants God to take away war but, allow people to freely live in peace in their sins. Christians who have become comfortable riding the fence, do not want to be convicted. In fact there are Christians and sinners who do not want a soul changing God. They want God to change with the times and embrace sin.

“Surely, God must advance with the times and accept the sins that are popular today!” Jesus did not die on the cross to accept the popular sins of the day. Jesus died and rose again to redeem us from our sinful nature. No matter how much pride sinners have in their sins, God cannot abide sins. Gay and abortion pride marches, may influence the world into accepting sin, but God will not accept sin.

Mark 13:35 King James Version (KJV)
35 Watch ye therefore: for ye know not when the master of the house cometh, at even, or at midnight, or at the cockcrowing, or in the morning:

My friend this is the time to reject sin and accept the truths of the Gospel. I had a friend for a short time, who cussed like a sailor and drank 4 beers a day. He said he was a Christian, but said that he lived like that to make his friends and family feel more comfortable around him. God did not take His children out of the mud of sin, only have us crawl back into sin, so we could impress others.

We were not called to live a sinful life for any reasons. Redemption is to turn away from our sins and live Godly and righteous lives. We are to live for God and not for the pleasure of others. Our greatest desire should be to please God.
Betty


Titus 2:14 King James Version (KJV)
14 Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.


Revelation 5:9 King James Version (KJV)
9 And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation;


Luke 21:28 King 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.

Colossians 1:14 King James Version (KJV)
14 In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:
 
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October 23, 2019
Happy Wednesday,

“Who Is God?”

Revelation 22:13 - "I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last."

It is hard for us to wrap our minds around what Jesus said. We have a beginning and a present. God has always existed. God created us, yet no one created God. It is not necessary for us to understand how God exist. It is necessary for us to choose to give all of ourselves to God. No one can come first in our hearts over God.

While humans have a beginning, we do have an end. Jesus conquered death. Death is just a door that leaves the life we are living now, to enter a new eternal life. Where will we spend our eternity? God has allowed us to choose our destiny. We decide whether we want to spend eternity with God or in hell. Everyone who goes to hell, chose hell over God.

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

After death, the chance for salvation is gone. There is no reincarnation. There is no second chance. We must choose God while we are alive. There is no option of a third choice. You either choose God or hell.

For a Christian, Heaven is our Hope. We should live every day for the Glory of God. In our infirmities, we remember that our suffering only last for a time. Soon our suffering will be a fading memory as we partake of the wonders of Heaven.
These bodies that are falling apart with age, will one day fall off of us and will be replaced with a glorified body, that will never face discomfort or disease.

For those who chose to self over God, they will face the White Throne of Judgement, alone. No buddies can stand with you. Because you rejected Christ, you will have no advocate to plead your case. No amount of tears can change your future. The Bible says today is the day of salvation. The more times you reject salvation, the harder your heart grows. Soon the Holy Spirit will no longer convict you anymore. This is the reasons you see politicians laughing and congratulating each other as they sign a bill to allow babies to be killed in the womb. It does not matter how many times you pray, if you refuse to allow God to change your heart. God hears the sinner’s prayer who come to Him with a humble spirit, wanting God to change them. The haughty sinner who takes pride in their sins, their prayers do not reach the ears of God.

Christians let us pray that we will always have a humble spirit and not become haughty and prideful.
Betty


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October 24, 2019
Happy Thursday,

The Drought Season

John 7:38 King James Version (KJV)
38 He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.

There are times in our spiritual life we go through drought seasons. If you are like me, you are tempted to close into yourself. This is the last thing we need to do. We need to spend more time with God in the drought seasons of life, rather than pulling away from God. Even when we do not have the words to say, we should quietly open our hearts to God and allow the Holy Spirit to wash over us.

In these quiet times meditate on God’s Holy Word. In the drought we may see no out would growth, but our roots will grow deeper in God, if we spend time with God. It is important that our roots are strong. A tree with shallow roots is easily blown away by the slightest breeze. We are easily led away by false preaching and teaching if our roots are in shallow soil.

Today, more then ever false teachers and Preachers are on the rise. They teach a different Jesus, that is not in the Bible. Their ’jesus’ promotes sin. We have gay and transgender Pastors and teachers. This is not of the Bible. They have created a ’Christianity’ that is sinful. They are going to hell and are taking masses of people with them.

When we feel like dry bones and empty vessels, we are more inclined to be led astray. In these times we need to meditate more on God’s Word. If we know God’s Word, we will recognize false teaching. Run from false teaching. Do not allow this teaching to enter our minds and hearts.
Betty


2 Timothy 4:1-4 King 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.


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October 25, 2019,
Happy Friday,

May God Guard My Heart


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

Proverbs 14:12 King James Version (KJV)
12 There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.


The world today is filled with evil. Our daily prayer should be that God will guard our hearts. Just because our hearts feel right to us does not mean what we are doing is right with God. Our feelings can change like the wind. All kinds of things can influence our hearts and minds. If we are not careful we can gravitate to believing the world’s truth over God’s truths.

Jeremiah 17:9 King James Version (KJV)
9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?

How do we know what is right or wrong to God? We study the Word of God.
We ask God to guard our hearts from temptation. The devil can make sin pleasingly to the eyes. Hubby and I were talking yesterday, about when we were kids that an extra special dessert was called Heavenly. Overnight the description went from Heavenly to sinfully good.

I believe that was no accident. The devil has been conditioning us to see sin as good for along time. How often do we think to our selves: ”I should have never done that, but it was so much fun”. Sin can be fun for a while but it leads to destruction. The more we love God, the less we want to sin. When we do sin, we repent and turn away from sin. We are in trouble, if we just repent, but choose to stay in sin. We are in great danger, when sin becomes a lifestyle for us.

Asking God to guard our hearts and minds should be a desire as strong as our body craving water. It should not be a flippant prayer that is not a heartfelt prayer. Our desire should be to live Holy and Righteous lives before our Lord and Savior.

In these days when evil abounds, we need God, more than ever to guard us against evil. We can trust God to help us when we are willing to listen to him and read His Word.
Betty
 
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October 26, 2019
Happy Saturday,

Doubt and Faith
Doubt and faith cannot co-exist. One will become stronger and overcome the other. Imagine if your mate asked you 15 times a day if you loved them. You would soon become impatient and angry. We should know in our heart that God loves us.

James 1:8 King James Version (KJV)
8 A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.

James 4:8 King James Version (KJV)
8 Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.


If you doubt your salvation, pray that God will examine your heart for any hidden sins, repent, and turn away from your sins. Then pray that God will fill you with his peace.

Christians can doubt, too. There can be times we wonder if He is listening to our prayers. This is when we do like King David said: “encourage yourself in the Lord”. There are times that God takes us through the desert. We may not feel His presence during these times. These are the times, that our faith is build up. Do not listen to the devil, who loves to make you doubt God. Instead build yourself through Scripture and prayer. That is right, we are to keeping praying even in the desert.

1 Timothy 2:8 King James Version (KJV)
8 I will therefore that men pray every where, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting.

Luke 12:29 King James Version (KJV)
29 And seek not ye what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink, neither be ye of doubtful mind.

As we walk daily with our Lord, we should pray that we learn not to doubt God.
Pray that our faith would be increased. We cannot be Christian only when we around other Christians. We are either Christians or sinners. There will be no almost saved people in Heaven. God forbid that our actions and the way we talk, turn people away from God. Let no evil come out of your mouth. Try your best to behave as a Christian should.

I have had to go back to a cashier at the store and apologize for being snappy. Then I apologized to God for my actions. We must be willing to be humble and apologize when we allow impatience and our physical pain to cause us to be abusive to others with our words.

Hebrews 11:1 King James Version (KJV)
11 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

Romans 1:17 King James Version (KJV)
17 For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.

1 Corinthians 1:9 King James Version (KJV)
9 God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord.

1 Corinthians 10:13 King James Version (KJV)
13 There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.

Keep our trust in God and when we doubt pray and read God’s Word.
Betty

Romans 10:17 King James Version (KJV)
17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
 
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October 27, 2019
Blessed Sunday,

Hubby and I was awake until after six this morning. His problem was pain. My problem is sometimes, my brain turns off the sleep mode. I say this not for sympathy, but asking you to pray for us.

Romans 8:16-17 New International Version (NIV)
16 The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. 17 Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.

When my sister died, I cried myself to sleep for many nights. It was then that I truly understood the comfort God will give us if we ask Him. It is not that we serve a God who is unwilling to help us. It is often we feel we are not worthy of help. I never have a problem for others. Praying for me is hard.

It is true that God knows everything about us. This is what makes His love for us so special. He loves in spite of our sins and failures. Only God can take a broken vessel and make it beautiful.
Betty

Psalm 120:1 King James Version (KJV)
120 In my distress I cried unto the Lord, and he heard me.
 
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October 28, 2019
Happy Monday.

Do Not Walk Like A Failure

1 Corinthians 1:27-29
King James Version (KJV)
27 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;
28 And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are:
29 That no flesh should glory in his presence.

When you read the Bible, you will find that God rarely called qualified people to do His work. Instead, He took the unqualified and equipped them for His purpose. If you would were starting a Ministry, would you pick a rough fisherman, who often put his foot in his mouth. God did. Would you choose a tax collector who in those days were known for the dishonesty and theft. God did.

Yet, we often demean ourselves and our Ministry. I am guilty myself. We think we are being humble but are we saying that God made a mistake in using us for His Glory. I am not saying that we should act superior to others, or feel our Ministry is better than others. Of course, we should realize that we are equipped by God and He deserves the credit for our success.

We are not a failure, simply because God has equipped us for His Glory. When we work for God with a willing heart and His divine will, we are not failures. This does not mean our work will always be appreciated and accepted. Many have read the Bible and rejected the truth. We are called to sow the seed and God will bring the increase.

It is not walking in in pride but walking in victory. Working to please God and not others. Giving God all the glory for our success. Walk the path that God has set before us with a grateful heart and trusting that God will guide us in His will.
Betty
 
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October 29, 2019
Happy Tuesday,


“In My Heart”

I like the old Hymn that says: “in my heart there rings a melody, there rings a melody of love”. Having a heart of joy in the Lord, does not mean you do not have troubles. It is a sign that you trust God in spite of your circumstances. Salvation is not a rollercoaster. We should not be on fire for God when things are great and faithless when things are bad. While it does seem the evil have it better, everybody has troubles; sinners and saints.

Matthew 5:45 New King James Version (NKJV)
45 that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.

Do not be jealous of successful sinners. This is there season to be happy. Our true happiness and joy will be fulfilled in Heaven. These bodies and minds we wear today, will be replaced with glorified bodies soon. With a twinkling of an eye, our corruptible bodies will be replaced with incorruptible bodies. No more will we suffer pain and disease.

Philippians 3:14 King James Version (KJV)
14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

Keep our eyes on Jesus and our trust in His love. Pray that God will help us resist sin and live righteous lives so that we bring joy to our Father in Heaven and not shame.
Betty
 
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No blog today. Broke a finger.
Betty
 
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October 31, 2019
Happy Thursday,

When I Am Weak


2 Corinthians 12:8-10 King James Version (KJV)
8 For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me.
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.
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.

We do not always feel strong. There are days that waking up to deal with our infirmities, makes us feel like going back to bed. Yet, Paul reminds us that it is in our infirmities, that God strengthens us. When we are weak, God makes His strength, known to us. Remember that song from the 70’s, “Through it All “. “If I never had a problem. I wouldn’t know that you could solve them”

God is here and now for us. He will give enough grace to make each day. As much as the devil, tries to convince us that we are alone, God is whispering in our ears, that He is with us. When we reach out in trust, God is there. When we cry, God is with us. We are not hopeless children, without a shepherd. God is our Shepherd.


John 10:11 King James Version (KJV)
11 I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep

John 10:14 King James Version (KJV)
14 I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine.

Hebrews 13:20 King James Version (KJV)
20 Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant,

1 Peter 5:4 King James Version (KJV)
4 And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away.

Fear not, little sheep, we have a Shepherd that loves us so much, he died a cruel death, so that we can be reconciled to Him for eternity. When life gets too hard, do not stew in your troubles, but take them to Jesus.
Betty
 
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November 1, 2019
Happy Friday,

“Woke Church”

The article I am reading suggested that if you have lived awhile, you should know what a ‘woke’ Church is. I must live in a bubble, because I had to look it up. Marcus Hayes was not voted in as Pastor, at a Baptist Church in Florida. Baptist leaders from all around the Country have thrown the Church Members under the bus. They are saying the members are racist. Rejecting the idea that the members had rejected the Pastor on his religious views rather than, the color of his skin.


“Marcus Hayes is “woke.” Fully “woke.” He is a proponent of cultural Marxism and has promoted ungodly secular ideologies as Critical Race Theory, intersectionality, and identity politics — the three key tenets of the “woke church” movement. A quick scroll through his Twitter feed suggests that he is fully immersed in this movement — and it is a movement that has exchanged the biblical gospel for a gospel of social justice.”

I think prejudice is sinful, but we do not throw out parts of the Bible to be politically correct. I had a Assistant Pastor, who is now the head of the Church who told the members that the Christian thing to do is vote Democrat. When I talked to him about the Democrats position on gay marriage and abortion, he unfriended me.

Mr Hayes:

“Here, he is promoting Eric Mason’s “Woke Church” book which calls on Christians to abandon the gospel of forgiveness and grace for a gospel of perpetual penance on behalf of white people for the “sin” of “systemic racism.”

Racism should not be a part of a Christian. At the same time it is a sin to rewrite the Bible to make it PC. Blacks should never be judged on the color of their skin, neither should whites. “

In these last days, Pastors should be seeking to lead the lost to Christ. When a Pastor abandons the Gospel of forgiveness and grace, he is preaching a different Gospel. The closer we get to the rapture, we will see more of the devil coming into the Church to change the Mission of the Church, from the inside.
Betty
 
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November 2, 2019
Happy Saturday,

Love

Human love can change. We can fall in and out of love. Some ‘love’ is not real. A love we can depend on is God’s love. His love is more real then we can comprehend. A love perfect without fault.

Deuteronomy 7:9 Know therefore that the LORD your God is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, to a thousand generations.

We can rest in the assurance that God’s love for us, is a love we can depend on.
The question is not about God’s love but our own. Is our love steadfast and true?Does our love change with our moods? Our love can be steady for God if we communicate with God, Daily.

Psalm 136:26 Give thanks to the God of heaven, for his steadfast love endures forever.

May God cover you with His love and grace.
Betty
 
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November 3, 2019
Blessed Sunday,

Loss
Twenty-six years ago, I lost my youngest sister who was also my friend. If you live long enough, you will suffer loss. You can lose your job which can cause you to lose your home. You lose loved ones. As you get older, you begin to lose your health. Some of us begin to lose the ability to think correctly.

Loss is hard. Even though God helps us with loss, we are left with scars. In our weaker moments, the devil will remind us of each loss. If we do not take it to God, we will find ourselves scratching at the scars until they bleed hurt all over us. We open ourselves up to depression.

In this world, we will always have memories of loss. We got to remind ourselves of the many gains that God has given us. This is not our eternal home. This is our time to live for God. Our eternal reward is ahead of us. All scars will be erased and painful memories will be erased by God, Himself.

Press on! Pray for God to comfort and encourage us. Pray for the strength to keep going and serving God. It will not be long, until we go home.
Betty
 
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November 4, 2019
Happy Monday,

"Where Do I Go?"

In this world, we live in, often it is not the hardest worker that is appreciated. Yet God tells us to do our best work, so others will have no cause to blame our poor work on our Christian faith. We see others who do as little as possible and they are the one awarded. Remember my friend, the only reward they will get is here on earth. We will have a reward in Heaven for doing our best to shine for Jesus at work.

It is easy to become discouraged when we work in an environment where our Christian faith is frowned upon. What do we do? We go to God and talk to Him.
This world is becoming more and more anti-God. If you vote for candidates that are anti-abortion and for marriage between men and women, you will be hated.

You do not even have to announce your faith or politics, they will pick up on it by the way you act and talk. Remember Peter cursed to show he was not with Christ. Remember the pain it caused Peter. We never want to behave the way the world is to fit in.

The world is becoming more and evil. Some of the things done publically for entertainment is enough to make a sane person throw up. Hang on my friends, it will soon be time to leave this world. Be faithful to God. Let God’s light shine through you. God will provide for us.
Betty
 
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November 5, 2019
Happy Tuesday,

”He Leadeth Me”

The Lord wants to lead us down paths of righteousness. When we end up on a path that leads to sin, it is not God who leads us there. Like sheep, we are prone to wander. The devil makes sin enticing and attractive. There are times that we think that we can walk just on the edge of sin. Enjoying the sin but still staying on the righteous path while indulging in just a taste of sin.

We have heard people say I tried illegal drugs and did not like them and moved on. There are also those who say that they were hooked with the first taste of drugs. Christians more often are led away by other sins, like gossip and trash-talking.

This is not the time to take a walk on the wild side. This is not the time to seek acceptance of sinners over pleasing God. Sadly it doesn't take much looking to find a Church that will not preach sin. Worse than that are Pastors and Teachers who are now accepting sin as acceptable. We have seen groups of Religious Leaders, standing outside of an abortion clinic, praying, prayers of blessings on the facility. It must break His heart to see men and women who once preached the truth, choosing to be politically correct over the truth of the Gospel.

Let us seek God’s Face. Let us ask Him to keep us from temptation. Let us choose God’s Truths over the lies of man.
Betty


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November 6, 2019
Happy Wednesday,


When I first developed collageous colitis, it was two years of misery before they found the correct medication. It was during this time that God begin working on me to write about my struggles. No longer would I hide behind my condition. When I found out that I have a brain malfunction, I determined to share this journey with my readers. The motive was and is not the desire for sympathy, although there are days that I do wallow in self pity.

I want my journey to be an encouragement to others who suffer. God has not abandoned us. God sometimes moves us to a different path in our spiritual journey. It may seem that God took us from a path through a flowery meadow, to a place of darkness. A path no longer smooth and straight, but a rocky path that is steep and is directing us up a mountain.

This new path, we did not choose. If we are honest with ourselves, we will admit that we hate this new path. Yet, when we stop fighting against God’s plan and surrender to His will, we will find peace. God is still with us on this new path. This new path, that we did not choose, will take us to a new stage in our spiritual journey. As we surrender to the will of God, we will begin to see life on this ugly Rocky Road. Little flowers pushing up through the rocks of our soul. Spiritual life where we though was only death.

As I look forward, I do not know where the end will take me. I do know that God will never leave me nor forsake me. My husband and I are on similar paths. We both can go in the grace and in our love for God when we stop fighting against the will of God.

I do not know what path God has planted your feet. If you are a child of God, you can rest in the assurance that God will be with you and give you the grace you need to finish this journey in victory.
Betty

2 Corinthians 13:14 King James Version (KJV)
14 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen.
 
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November 7, 2019
Happy Thursday,


I slept in shifts last night, two hours asleep and an hour awake. As one might suspect my brain issue is worse today. Forgetting things and spacing out at times. Although these symptoms are frustrating, I need not give into fear. Even when it takes a few minutes to get focused, I know that God is with me.

As the World, moves further away from God, God is calling His children to come closer. Remember, when you were kids and you would whisper secrets into each other’s ears? God is calling us closer to Him, so He can share His innermost thoughts with us and we can do the same with Him.

The world sees our need of God as a weakness. Truth is, walking with God makes us stronger. In the prescence of God we can fly like Eagles. As we grow stronger in the Lord, worldly affairs lose their appeal. There is nothing on earth that can compare to the glories to come for us, in heaven.
Betty
 
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November 8, 2019
Happy Friday,

Finding AWay Out

We spend so much time fighting against God’s plans. We spend more time fighting, then we would spend obeying God in the first place. Do we not trust God, to have our best interest at heart? Often we do not even have a plan of our own and yet we still fight against God’s plans.

The devil is always on standby, to ridicule the plans of God. Too often we spend valuable time listening to Satan, who has never had mankind’s best interest at heart. Contrary to the world’s opinion, Satan does not care an iota about mankind.

Instead of looking for a way out of God’s plans, let us pray that God will encourage us each step we take through the path that God has chosen for us.
When we place our trust completely in God, we can be at peace.
Betty
 
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November 9, 2019
Happy Saturday.

All Who Are Willing, Come

I have a cat and a dog. When offering a new food to the cat, she daintily licks a little to see if she likes it. Bertha, on the other hand, gobbles the food quickly.
Just as animals are different, so are people. Some rush to the altar to receive whatever God has for them. Others hang back a little. Some out of fear and some feeling unworthy.

I have never read in the Bible where God says for only the worthy to come to Him to get their needs met. Truth is if only the worthy where to be accepted by God, no humans would enter into Heaven. We are so critical of ourselves. If pushed to name a person who is worthy of Heaven, we would name the Apostle Paul and the other Disciples. Yet not one of them is in Heaven, today because of how worthy there were.

Every human in Heaven is there because of the worth of the Blood of Jesus. Only the cleansing Blood of Jesus can wash away our sins. When we lay aside the idea of working our way into the good graces of God and realize that God says to humble ourselves before Him, then we can freely come to the throne of God.

No longer do we have to hang back from an altar call out of fear and the knowledge of our unworthiness. We come to God as we are and humble ourselves. We ask God to forgive us of our sins and change us. When we do this we will have the freedom to come to God all the time, knowing that He is there for us.
Betty

Revelation 22:17 King James Version (KJV)
17 And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.


Matthew 10:32-33 King James Version (KJV)
32 Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven.
33 But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven.
 
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November 10, 2019
Blessed Sunday,

My Refuge

Deuteronomy 33:27 King James Version (KJV)
27 The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms: and he shall thrust out the enemy from before thee; and shall say, Destroy them.

There are times it seems that are enemies are overwhelming us. We can feel crushed and forgotten by God. Truth is, the enemy is successful for only a little while. Victoria Jackson was a Christian who worked on Saturday Night Live, I believe in ’80s. A coworker told a reporter that she did not like Victoria because she was a Christian. This coworker has passed away and has met her maker. I would imagine that she wishes that she had been a Christian, herself, but it is too late. God was Victoria’s refuge when she worked in a field where Christianity, is frowned upon.

The dislike of Christians is no longer a California problem. It is a world problem now. The devil has made sin popular and Christianity unpopular. When Obama was President, he made fun of people who cling to their Bible and their guns. Other celebrities have said that those who need God are weak. They do not understand that faith in God makes us strong.

In this midst of all our struggles and problems, God is our refuge. We will have troubles and problems but we are not alone if we trust in God and draw close to Him. Whatever satan throws at us we can find refuge in our Heavenly Father.
Betty
Having the usual headaches and confusion with my brain issue, yet I can say God has given me peace. He reminds me I need not fear the future because God is in the past, presence, and the future.
 
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November 11, 2019
God bless our Veterans,

Waking up on the Wrong Side of the Bed

We all have woken up on the wrong side of the bed. Sometimes, it is us and other times it is the people we live with. Grumpy people are stressed and they make everyone around them stressed. What is the solution? We pray for God to bring peace to us and those around us.

This World is filled with stress. There is job-related stress. I read a book by an actress recently. She was asked how it was working for a well-known producer. She said some bosses lead their workers with encouragement but her boss ruled with fear. There is financial stress and relationship stress.

If we humble ourselves before God, He will lead us with love.

Proverbs 16:5 King James Version (KJV)
5 Every one that is proud in heart is an abomination to the Lord: though hand join in hand, he shall not be unpunished.

We all have good and bad days. Just remember that God is always with us. Give praises to God and pray for others until the bad mood goes away.
Betty
 
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November 12, 2019
Happy Tuesday,

Pity Party

Did you know that King David had pity parties at times. This is what he wrote:

Help, Lord, for the godly are no more; the faithful have vanished from among men.
Everyone lies to his neighbor; their flattering lips speak with deception. 
Because of the oppression of the weak and the groaning of the needy, I will now arise, says the Lord. I will protect them from those who malign them. 
And the words of the Lord are flawless, like silver refined in a furnace of clay, purified seven times. 
O Lord, you will keep us safe and protect us from such people forever. 
The wicked freely strut about when what is vile is honored among men. 
(Psalm 12:1-2, 5-8)

David was convinced that he was the only one living a righteous life. At times, he felt only the sinful had it made. Yet God answered David and assured him, that he would come to the aid of the mistreated and maligned. There are times that we feel that those who do not walk the walk of righteousness, seem to have it made. How many times has God revealed the works of Christians who are living a sinful life behind the scenes?

Christians who have a public life are more susceptible to sin than others. Often Christian men are in a position of temptation by their women followers. Weak women who are vulnerable to temptations. This does not excuse their behavior, especially men who are using their Christian authority to take advantage of women.

As Christians, we should pray for Christian men who are in public positions. The devil is working overtime. He loves to lead Christians into sin and then use their sin against God. No one is immune to sin. We must always be on our guard. The closer we walk with God the less likely we are to sin, yet we must remember we are covered by God’s Righteousness and not our own.
Betty
 
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November 13, 2019
Happy Wednesday,

”This Ain't Your Grandma’s Church ”

I saw this on a billboard today on the way to the VA in Conroe. My first thought was ”what’s wrong with grandma’s Church. We need more Churches where the Pastor’s preach like the old days. When sin is sin and Holy living is expected of a Christian.

When children were taught to be quiet and listen to the Preacher. Where kids were taught to treat older people with respect. Where those older then you were addressed as Sister and Brother. Where old Gospel songs where sung.

There is a lot of good things now about Church that we didn't have then, air conditioning for one. I remember even with fans on we fanned ourselves with paper fans glued to a stick. When pews we're not padded and hard to the bottom.

Yet, there is a lot of good things in the new Churches that we're not in the Churches of old. Any Church, old and new is on the right path when the truth of the Gospel is preached. Where children are taught from a very young age about the love of Jesus.
Betty


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November 14, 2019
Happy Thursday,

Living in a Stressful World

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

Get up in the morning and turn on the news and you will soon have plenty to be stressed about. The devil is happy to fill your hearts and minds with fears and stress. God is the answer to our fearful and stressful lives. God doesn't want us to hide from what is going on in the world, but to trust in Him.

Another School shooting today. What should we do? Pray! Pray for the families of the victims and the shooter. Pray for the students who must be afraid. Pray for God to use this shooting to bring students to Himself.

Keep trusting our Lord and Savior, Jesus. He will walk with us until our last day on this earth. Enter into His presence where we can find Heavenly peace and hope for each day.

Remember the old song: ”Have a little talk with Jesus, tell Him all about your problems and He will make it right”. More then ever we live in a world where talking to Jesus is not only important but a requirement. We must not give up. Jesus wants us to hold on to His hand and keep trusting Him.
Betty
 
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November 15, 2019
Happy Friday,

Encourager

2 Thessalonians 2:16-17 (WEB)
16 Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God our Father,
who loved us and gave us eternal comfort and good hope through grace,
17 comfort your hearts and establish you in every good work and word.

We can find comfort and encouragement in Our Lord and Savior, Jesus. When we are discouraged, it is tempting to pray less and read the Bible less. We ignore the very medicine that we need for healing. Talk to God about your situation. Tell Him what is going on and how you feel about it.

Today I read about two women getting into a physical brawl at Walmarts. One of the women had a baby strapped to her chest. It is shocking that a mom would put her baby in danger. Two workers and several customers had to pull the women apart. Seriously, there is nothing worth fighting for when you put your own baby in danger.

This kind of evil can be depressing, but we can go to God and ask Him to encourage and comfort us. Of course, we should pray for both women. There is a lot of anger, at issue here. We should pray that they give their hearts to Jesus.

Every day let us pray that God will guide us and protect us. Pray for opportunities to share the Gospel with others.
Betty
 
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November 16, 2019
Happy Saturday,

Dying Happy or Dying at Peace

I just woke up from a dream. I dreamed that someone who had died had come back and was collecting bottles. I asked someone in the dream ”why is he collecting bottles?” and he said the guy was trying to raise money and he said the guy was trying to raise the bond to get out of hell. I said you cannot pay money to get out of hell and said that at least he left happy.

It is not uncommon for sinners to think they will die happy. Atheist think they there is no God and they will just sleep peacefully for eternity. There are those who think Hell will be one big party with all your friends. There will be no drinking, laughing, and having a great time in Hell.

When Christians die, they die at peace. They have made their registration for Heaven and there is peace. When we die as a Christian, we leave this world and step into Heaven. Jesus, who has walked with us every day since was got saved, will welcome us into Heaven.

Some sinners die happy because they think they have done enough good to enter Heaven. Others think there is no Hell. Still, others think Hell is a big party. No matter what sinners believe, when they die, they will know the truth. Without salvation through Jesus Christ, their eternity will be in Hell.

Hell will not be one big party. Jesus, Himself made it clear that Hell will be miserable beyond anything we can imagine.


Matthew 13:41-42, 49-50 “The Son of Man will send his angels, and they will gather out of his kingdom all causes of sin and all law-breakers, and throw them into the fiery furnace. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.  So it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come out and separate the evil from the righteous and throw them into the fiery furnace. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”
Mark 9:43, 48-49 “And if your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life crippled than with two hands to go to hell, to the unquenchable fire…where their worm does not die and the fire is not quenched.’ For everyone will be salted with fire.”


Matthew 22:13 “Bind him hand and foot and cast him into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”
Matthew 8:12 “while the sons of the kingdom will be thrown into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”


Revelation 14:9-11; 19:3 “If anyone worships the beast and its image and receives a mark on his forehead or on his hand, he also will drink the wine of God’s wrath, poured full strength into the cup of his anger, and he will be tormented with fire and sulfur in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb.  And the smoke of their torment goes up forever and ever, and they have no rest, day or night, these worshipers of the beast and its image, and whoever receives the mark of its name. The smoke from her goes up forever and ever.”

We do not have to choose to go to hell. I have heard sinners say that a loving God would not send anyone to hell. Those in hell chose to reject salvation. It is their choice that sends them to hell.


John 3:16-17 King 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.
17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

Acts 16:31 King James Version (KJV)
31 And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.

Romans 10:9-10 King James Version (KJV)
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.


As long as we have breath we can get saved. Seek forgiveness and turn away from your sins and begin your walk with Jesus. Ask God to help you walk a Godly and Righteous life. You may get saved to get out of hell, but soon you will find that walking with Jesus brings peace and joy in this life. You will still have problems, but now you not walk alone. Jesus will walk with you and if you allow Him to, He will guide you each day.
Betty
 
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November 18, 2019
Happy Monday,

Dedication Day

Yesterday was dedication day for the babies at my son’s Church. It was a special privilege for hubby and me to be able to attend. Saturday night had been a hard night for me, but I prayed for a good day Sunday and He answered my prayer. Seeing my son and his wife, dedicate themselves to raising their daughter in a Christian home was very special, indeed!

After Church, we all went to my son and daughter-in-law house for lunch. My daughter, her husband, my granddaughter and her fiancé were also there. My daughter-in-law’ s family was there. It was a wonderful day with great fellowship.

Did you know that we can dedicate every day to God? We can pray each day for guidance from God so that we may walk each day in grace and fellowship with our Heavenly Father. God wants to guide us as we walk with Him, all we have to do is ask Him to do so.
Betty

Guide Me O Thou Great Redeemer Hymn
Guide me, O thou great redeemer,
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.

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.

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
 
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November 19, 2019
Happy Tuesday,

Obedience to God


Acts 5:29 King James Version (KJV)
29 Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men

When we become Christian, our desires should change. For salvation to take, we must have the desire to please God. When we walk away from the altar and are able to continue in our sins with no burning of conscience, then we are not saved. Walking up to the Pastor and shaking his hand does not save us.
Salvation is the changing of our hearts. If there is no changing of the heart, we have walked to the altar a sinner and left a sinner.

Acts 3:19 King James Version (KJV)
19 Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord.

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

1 Peter 1:2 Living Bible (TLB)
2 Dear friends, God the Father chose you long ago and knew you would become his children. And the Holy Spirit has been at work in your hearts, cleansing you with the blood of Jesus Christ and making you to please him. May God bless you richly and grant you increasing freedom from all anxiety and fear.

True salvation brings a desire to please God in our talk and actions. No longer should we be more concerned about pleasing men over God. Knowing the great sacrifice Jesus made to save us, should well up in our souls, a great desire in us to live for the pleasure of Jesus. Obeying God should not be like a job we do for our bosses, that we do under duress. Obeying God is a pleasure and should be done, because we love God.

There will be times we sin but because we are saved, our conscience should burn with regret and remorse. This is when we cry to our God in shame so that He can forgive us. Hiding our sins only, makes things worse, for God sees all.

1 John 2:1 King James Version (KJV)
2 My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:

So do not allow the devil to torment you when you sin. Repent to God, and turn away from the lies of the devil.
Betty
 
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November 20, 2019
Happy Wednesday,

Bearing Fruit

We have had a blackberry for three years. It is growing, but has never bared fruit. The reality it is useless for it's purpose. Yet, I still take care of it. A tree that never grows fruit for the Kingdom of God, is a sign of spiritual failure and trouble.


Matthew 7:17 King James Version (KJV)
17 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit

God has saved our souls not just so we can go to Heaven, but that we may bear fruit for his kingdom on earth. The Holy Spirit should shine through so that others can see Jesus. We can quench the Spirit to the point that their is barely a light.

http://theoldpreacher.com/dont-quench-the-spirit/


1 Thessalonians 5:16-24 King James Version (KJV)
16 Rejoice evermore.
17 Pray without ceasing.
18 In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
19 Quench not the Spirit.
20 Despise not prophesyings.
21 Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.
22 Abstain from all appearance of evil.
23 And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
24 Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it


Colossians 1:10 King James Version (KJV)
10 That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God;
Betty

Still feeding the birds and squirrels
 
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November 21, 2019
Happy Thursday,

Little Mistakes,

Dr. Evans, a leader among Christian Jews in Israel, sent my donation check back yesterday. It seems I had sent him the check for the Bible Society by mistake. I was able to find some humor in my mistake. I remember my granny saying that she had sent the check for the light bill to the water company once.

The devil likes to belittle us and attack us when we make mistakes. When we remind ourselves of our humanity, we do not have to wallow in self-pity. We can find the humor in a situation and move on.

What is not funny when we willfully allow the devil to convince us to commit little sins. Little sins may seem like nothing to worry about, but it is the little sins leads us down the slippery slow on a road that leads us to destruction.

”Sin will take you farther than you want to go, keep you longer than you want to stay, and cost you more than you want to pay. –” ― R Zaccharias

Let us instead pray for God to help us live righteous lives and avoid sin. Keeping our eyes, ears, and hearts tuned into God and His Righteousness.
Betty
 
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November 22, 2019
Happy Friday,

How can I sing?

Psalm 137 King James Version (KJV)
137 By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat down, yea, we wept, when we remembered Zion.
2 We hanged our harps upon the willows in the midst thereof.
3 For there they that carried us away captive required of us a song; and they that wasted us required of us mirth, saying, Sing us one of the songs of Zion.
4 How shall we sing the Lord's song in a strange land?
5 If I forget thee, O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget her cunning.

Whether we sin and crawl into a valley of darkness or God leads into the valley, we are still prone to despair. In the valley is where our hearts grieve for the sin we have committed. In the valley is where God brings us to a stronger spiritual level. In the valley we must make a choice to either cleave to God are falling away from Him.

Israel had been taken captive and wherein no mood to sing. Yet, we see no evidence of them seeing their sins and crying out to God for forgiveness. It often takes time for God’s people before we will even admit our sin. Acknowledging our first step, but we must also take the second step. The second step is humbling ourselves before God and admitting that we sinned. The third step is to seek forgiveness. The fourth step is turning away from sin.

When all these steps have been taking by us, then God will give us a heart of joy. We will then have a heart with a longing to sing praises to our Heavenly Father.

Sing praises to the Lord as we walk with God. Worship God with prayers and songs. May God bless you my friends and meet your needs,
Betty


https://youtu.be/RCTl4tUYIAg
 
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November 24, 2019
Blessed Sunday,

Today early this morning, my husband sister’s husband passed away. My heart breaks for my sister-in-law. I know we will see him again in Heaven, because his heart was right with God. Yet his wife is suffering the loss and will for a long time. There are no magic words for comfort in the loss of a husband or wife. The best thing we can do is pray for our loved ones when they go through days of suffering.

There are many kinds of loss that we as human beings suffer. Death, loss of a job, and loss of your health are just a few. We can seek comfort from God. He can bring a special comfort that can touch the heart like no one else. As we cling to God He will hold us up to keep us from falling.

Please pray for my sister-in-law and her children that God will comfort them and sustain them. Deaths around the Holidays are much harder. I know this because my younger sister passed in November in 1993.
Betty
 
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November 25, 2019
Happy Tuesday,

Weary

Lots of things make us weary. Loss, sickness, arguments with others and many more. Weariness can wear us down physically and emotionally. It can cause us to lose hope. What do we do? We seek God. He can refresh us in ways no one else or nothing else can do.

Psalm 40:3 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)He put a new song in my mouth,a hymn of praise to our God.Many will see and fear
and put their trust in the Lord.

In the midst of our trouble, God will bring a Spirit of joy, a Spirit of peace, and a calming Spirit. We can release our pain into our prayers to our Heavenly Father. Talk to Him about all our issues and know that He is listening. When our tears flow, God sees and if we ask Him to He will comfort us.
Betty

Revelation 5:9 King James Version (KJV)
9 And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation;
 
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November 26
Not feeling. No blog today.
Betty
 
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November 2019
Happy Wednesday,

Thanksgiving

Tomorrow is the day we set aside to show our Thanksgiving to God, our Father. God says that He loves a cheerful giver. We should have a thankful heart when we do anything for God. He is worthy of the work that we perform, hopefully out of a loving heart.

I pray that tomorrow we will show our gratitude every day to our Heavenly Father. I pray that you have a blessed day tomorrow. Pray for those who will have an empty plate at the table, tomorrow.

I saw the Doctor today. I have a cold. Tomorrow I will still be contagious so we will spend the day at home. Friday I can be around people again, so we will be going to our daughter's house for a Thanksgiving meal.
Betty
 
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November 28
Happy Thanksgiving,

Thanksgiving Day,

“I will give thanks to you, Lord, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonderful deeds. I will be glad and rejoice in you; I will sing the praises of your name, O Most High” (Psalm 9:1–2).

Today is the day we set aside for Thanksgiving for our families and friends. We are thankful for our possession. If you are blessed to be with your family today, that is another thing to be thankful for.

I hope that you have a great day with family and friends and eat lots of good food. Take time to offer praises to our Heavenly Father.
Betty
 
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November 30, 2019
Happy Saturday,

Went to funeral for hubby’s sister’s husband’s funeral. Her husband is right with God so we will seen again, but we are sure going to miss him. Please pray for Debbie.
Thank you,
Betty

Last Wednesday he told Debbie that he was right with God and knew he was going to Heaven. We believe he knew that he would die soon. He had been really sick for a month but the hospital refused to admit him because they said he was not sick enough. He was vomiting every day for a month.
 
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December 1, 2019
Blessed Sunday,

Death Where Is Your Victory?


1 Corinthians 15:50-55 King James Version (KJV)
50 Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.
51 Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,
52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.
53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.
54 So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.
55 O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?

The death of a loved one is the hardest quest to face. Satan turned death into a victory for himself. Jesus came to earth, lived, died, and rose again, winning the victory over death. If we are saved by grace, we are no longer children with no hope. When we say goodbye to our loved ones, who are also saved, we can live with the assurance that we will see our loved one again.

Death still has it’s sting. The loss of a loved one is painful. Yet we can live in peace knowing that death is only a temporary condition. For our loved one who died, there is no more pain. They now walk the golden streets of Heaven with their loved ones who passed before them. They can look into the eyes of Jesus and see love in perfection. We can live in peace knowing that one day we will join our loved one again. Death where is your victory? Jesus has won the victory over death.
Betty
 
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December 2, 2019
Happy Monday,

Joy

Psalm 95:1 King James Version (KJV)O come, let us sing unto the Lord: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation.

In the midst of trials and tribulations, may we rejoice at the knowledge that this life is just temporary. We can take joy in knowing our future is the joy of eternity with our Heavenly Father. No one can take this joy away from us.

May God bless you and your family. May He provide all of your needs.
Betty
 
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December 3, 2019
Happy Tuesday

The Light of the Gospel

John 8:12 King James Version (KJV)
12 Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.

We must choose to walk in the light of Jesus. When we do so God’s light will guide us in truth and righteousness. A man who walks into an area at night that has no lights, is subject to falling. When people refuse the Gospel of Jesus, they are walking in darkness and can be easily led into sin.

The world sees the Gospel, as a restraint that controls Christians. The truth is the Gospel provides freedom, so we walk in the righteous of God. Freedom to say no to sin. Freedom to live in the peace of God.

Romans 3:24 King James Version (KJV)Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:

1 Corinthians 2:12 King James Version (KJV)
12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.

Walk in the freedom of God. Seek prayerfully to walk in righteousness and to avoid sin. Live in hope for the God who spoke the universe into existence, lives in the heart of every Christian.


2 Corinthians 4:5-6 English Standard Version (ESV)
5 For what we proclaim is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, with ourselves as your servants[a] for Jesus' sake. 6 For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

Betty
 
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December 4, 2019
Happy Wednesday,

Where Is My Peace

Christians are promised peace, but there are times we feel that we have been abandoned by God. We wonder where are peace has gone. We can find peace by going back to the Bible.

Isaiah 9:6 King James Version (KJV)
6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.

Jesus is peace. We find our peace when we cry to Jesus. Our problems and grief is real. It is not a figment of our minds. Talk to God. Tell Him your concerns and open up your heart to God.

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

Psalm 118: 5In my distress I called to the LORD,
and He answered and set me free.
6The LORD is on my side;b I will not be afraid.
What can man do to me?c
7The LORD is on my side; He is my helper.
Therefore I will look in triumph on those who hate me.
8It is better to take refuge in the LORD
than to trust in man.
9It is better to take refuge in the LORD
than to trust in princes.

In times of distress and grief, we can take refuge in the Lord. He will hide me under His wings like a mama bird. We can rest and peace in God. He will hide us under His wings and comfort us.

Psalms 91:4

“He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.”

We can go to God 7 days a week and 24 hours a day. He is always available to His children. He gives hope to the hopeless. He gives comfort to those grieving. He gives strength to the weak.

Psalm 120:1 King James Version (KJV)
120 In my distress I cried unto the Lord, and he heard me.

Isaiah 41:10 New King James Version (NKJV)
10 
Fear not, for I am with you;
Be not dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you,
Yes, I will help you,
I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’

Where is my peace? It is found in God my Father.
Betty
 
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December 5, 2019
Happy Thursday,

Facing Trials and Difficulties

Lying in bed because the pain in my stomach gets worse when I walk. Probably a colitis flare. This is temporary and I should feel better in a couple of days. This is like trials that come in our lives. The situation seems like it will go on forever. Troubles do pass.

It is living in the midst of the trial, which is the hard part. Knowing the time in the trial is temporary, doesn't take away the pain. We can survive the trial when we remember we are not alone. God is with us.

Joshua 1:9 "Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go."
Isaiah 41:10 "Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand."
Romans 8:38-39 "For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord."

Trials are temporary. God’s love for His children is permanent. We can call out to Him and He will assure of His love for us. Take courage knowing we are not alone.
Betty
 
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December 6, 2019
Happy Friday,

You Are My Hiding Place

Psalm 32:7 King James Version (KJV)Thou art my hiding place; thou shalt preserve me from trouble; thou shalt compass me about with songs of deliverance. Selah.

Everyone has troubles, worries, and pains. It is how we cope with them that matters. Some people drink or use drugs to hide from them. There are those who become angry and bitter. Jesus wants us to come to him with all our issues.
Notice the part where the verse says God says He will surround us with songs of deliverance.

When we sing songs of praise to God, the Holy Spirit will cover us with the love of God. When we rejoice in the knowledge of the gift of our salvation, our hearts will be free of the depression, fears, and bitterness.

Philippians 4:4-8 King James Version (KJV)
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 everything 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.

The devil is going to fight against God’s children until the rapture. This does not mean that God is not in control. Seek the will of God in your life. Seek His comfort and His peace. It will not be long until we will be going to our true Home-Heaven. Don't give up my friends we are so close to the rapture.
Betty
 
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December 7, 2019
Happy Saturday,

Pretty Christmas Lights

Ever since I was a kid, I have enjoyed riding around looking at Christmas lights. Christmas lights are beautiful and these days people use their imagination to make lights spectacular. There is one that makes Christmas lights pale in comparison. That is the gift that God gave us, His Son. The gift of salvation cannot be topped.

Take time this season to pray for lost souls. Your loved ones that are lost and lost souls around the world.. The age of grace is coming to an end. We do not want any of our loved ones left behind. Let us also be more thankful to God, for the many gifts that He has provided for us and our families.
Betty
 
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December 8, 2019
Blessed Sunday,


Finding Hope and Peace in Chaos

Christmas trees and Christmas music playing in stores. Many have their Christmas lights on their homes. Some of us have our Christmas trees up in our home. If we avoid all sources of news, we can convince ourselves that we are living in a time of peace on earth.

We can ignore the violence in our streets. We can ignore how close we are to war in the Middle East and the anger that China has against American. God does not want us to live in a state of pretense. Acknowledging reality does not mean that we need to live in fear.

John 14:27 Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful.

We take our fears to God. God will renew our peace. Stop listening to the lies of the devil and read God’s Word. The truth is in the Holy Bible. There is no peace on earth, but God will put peace in our hearts.

One day we will walk the streets of Heaven and we will have perfect peace.
There will be no sin and no evil in Heaven. Seek God to give you His peace as we live in a world of chaos.
Betty
 
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December 9, 2019
Happy Monday,

Today my mind is in a fog. How can God use me when my brain is confused? God did not call me for my writing skills. He called me to be opened and humbled. When illness affects your thought process, it is easy to give up. Spell check gets a big workout with me today.

Even in this illness, I can find peace and hope. There are many suffering today. Some the loss of loved ones. Although it may seem that God has abandoned, you, He has not. He is calling you to a deeper relationship with Him. He is seeking to produce spiritual growth in your life. God can turn your broken heart into a miracle in your life. Cling to Jesus during this storm. Seek advice from God. Tell Him of your pain.

So many are suffering today. Jesus has not abandoned His children. Troubles are often steps, that if willing can take us higher into spiritual growth. When we trust God He will lead us into new pastures. Complete trust in God can open doors that we have never seen before.

Do not give up. Cling to your Master’s hand and He will walk and talk with you.
Living for Jesus is a privilege. Do not take your relationship with Jesus for granted. He suffered great pain so that you can have a relationship with Him and our Heavenly Father.

Jesus is calling His children today. He wants a close relationship with us. Come away from sin and seek a mighty relationship with Him. This is the time to decide to live fully for God.
Betty
 
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December 10, 2019
Happy Tuesday,

Bitterness

Bitterness can grow in our hearts if we are not careful. Life circumstances can allow a seed of bitterness to begin growing in our hearts. We can pray for God to remove the seed or we can feed the seed. We feed the seed by nursing it and holding on to it.

Whatever our circumstances, we can live without bitterness if we pray for grace. God’s grace can help us live in joy no matter what we have to deal with. If we trust God He will sustain us through all circumstances, the devil has to throw at us. Pray for a heart filled with love for God and others. Ask God to help us forgive those who have hurt us and to help us forgive ourselves.

May you live in the peace of God.
Betty
 
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December 11, 2019
Happy Wednesday,

Some Troubles Come And Go And Others Stay

2 Corinthians 12:6-9 New International Version (NIV)
6 Even if I should choose to boast, I would not be a fool, because I would be speaking the truth. But I refrain, so no one will think more of me than is warranted by what I do or say, 7 or because of these surpassingly great revelations. Therefore, in order to keep me from becoming conceited, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. 8 Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from 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 about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.

We all have troubles. We lose our job and God gives another in His timing. Waiting is hard but forgotten when the new job comes about. Sickness can be
temporary or life long. There are illnesses we recover from and those we do not. Some we defeat only to have the illness return.

Whatever troubles we face the journey is easier to face if we keep our trust in God. God gave grace to Paul so that he could withstand the thorn in his flesh. God will do the same if we ask. Ask every day, God is not impatient and will hear our prayer in matter how often we ask.

In our physical weakness, we often grow spiritually. We are forced to lean on God more and this is a good thing. God has never asked us to be self-sufficient.
Leaning on God is to trust in His Word. Believing in what He said.

”Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time He may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on Him, because he cares for you” (1 Peter 5:6-8

Whether our troubles are temporary or life long, God will sustain us, if we lean on Him and His Holy Bible. Even life long troubles are temporary, for if we have given our hearts and lives to Jesus, our last breath will end all troubles. The end of this life is the door into glorious Heaven. Let us not give up on God but trust in Him until we draw our last breath.
Betty

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December 12, 2019
Happy Thursday,

Willing to Serve

Are we willing to serve the Lord? Are we willing to obey Him? It is easy to say yes when we are at Church and we feel the Holy Spirit’s power. It’s another thing when God calls us to do the grunt work.

Let us be willing to work in whatever position that God calls us to do. To be a cheerful worker for God in everything we do. Work not to please people but work to please our Heavenly Father. When we work for God, He will give us a heart of joy and peace.
Betty


Nehemiah 8:10 King James Version (KJV)
10 Then he said unto them, Go your way, eat the fat, and drink the sweet, and send portions unto them for whom nothing is prepared: for this day is holy unto our Lord: neither be ye sorry; for the joy of the Lord is your strength.
 
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December 13, 2019,
Happy Friday,

"What Wondrous Grace”

Romans 3:24 King James Version (KJV)
24 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:

There is no human value that can comprehend the value of redemption.
Our minds are not able to imagine the beauty of Heaven. Yet we often take our salvation through Christ for granted. We can even be guilty of playing games with our salvation, straddling the fence between Saints and Sinners.

This Christmas let us remember the sacrifice Jesus made in leaving the glories of Heaven to be born in an barn. Laid as a baby, not in silk sheets, but laid in the manger of hay. This sacrifice demands respect and honor. Our love for Christ should lead us to worship God in Spirit and truth.
Betty

I know not why God’s wondrous grace
  To me He hath made known,
Nor why, unworthy, Christ in love
  Redeemed me for His own.
But “I know Whom I have believed
And am persuaded that He is able
To keep that which I’ve committed
  Unto Him against that day.”
2 I know not how this saving faith
  To me He did impart,
Nor how believing in His word
  Wrought peace within my heart.
3 I know not how the Spirit moves,
  Convincing men of sin,
Revealing Jesus through the Word,
  Creating faith in Him.
4 I know not what of good or ill
  May be reserved for me,
Of weary ways or golden days,
  Before His face I see.
5 I know not when my Lord may come,
  At night or noon-day fair,
Nor if I’ll walk the vale with Him,
  Or “meet Him in the air.”
 
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December 14, 2019
Happy Saturday,

In My Time of Need, Give Me Strength

Psalm 18:2 King James Version (KJV)2 The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.

There are times that we need strength, that only God can give. The loss of a mate requires a sustaining strength that gets us through the days ahead. Loved ones and friends offer support, but only God can give us the strength that gets us through the long hours of grief.

There are times that we go through spiritual battles that leave us with shaking knees and fearful hearts. In these times, if we will cry out to God He will sustain us through the long nights and the physical strength to make another day.

The devil will fill our heads with questions, of why God is allowing us to suffer. God does not always give the reason, but He will comfort us in our times of distress. We can trust in the sustaining grace of God. God will not forsake us in our times of need.

Physical battles can drain us spiritually and physically. We can find peace and grace in the arms of our Heavenly Father. On whatever road God has you traveling at this time, do not give up. Keep your eyes on the prize of Heaven and pray that God will give you the strength to make each day.
Betty


Philippians 3:14 King James Version (KJV)
14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

1. O my brother, do you know the Savior,
2. Who is wondrous, kind, and true?
3. He’s the Rock of your salvation!
4. There’s honey in the Rock for you.
* Refrain:
* Oh, there’s honey in the Rock, my brother;
* There’s honey in the Rock for you;
* Leave your sins for the blood to cover;
* There’s honey in the Rock for you.
5. Have you tasted that the Lord is gracious?
6. Do you walk in the way that’s new?
7. Have you drunk from the living fountain?
8. There’s honey in the Rock for you.
9. Do you pray unto God the Father,
10. “What wilt Thou have me to do?”
11. Never fear, He will surely answer,
12. There’s honey in the Rock for you.
13. Then go out through the streets and byways,
14. Preach the Word to the many or few;
15. Say to every fallen brother,
16. There’s honey in the Rock for you.
 
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December 15, 2019
Blessed Sunday,


A long frustrating night can lead to a morning filled with confusion. What do we do? We talk to God. Even when we can not put our emotions into words we can cry out to Jesus. God understands our pain and He does cares about our distress.

Psalm 18:3 King James Version (KJV)3 I will call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from mine enemies.

It is easy to take our frustrating out on one another. Why when we feel badly, do we want to make others feel bad too? This does not mean we do not seek comfort from one another. Christians should want to encourage one another.


1 Thessalonians 5:10-12 Worldwide English (New Testament) (WE)
10 So comfort and strengthen one another, just as you are doing. you to respect those who are working among you. They are your leaders in the Lord's work, and they tell you what you should do.
11 ) My brothers, we beg you, tell this to people who do not do what they should do. Talk to those who fear, and say something that will make them strong. Help those who are weak. Be patient with all people.
12 Do not let anyone do a wrong thing to a person if that person did a wrong thing to him. Always do good to one another. Be good to each other and to all men

A long frustrating night can lead to a day of praising the Lord if we take our problems to God. Seek God’s advice. Ask God to heal our hearts. Today is a new day. Live for the Lord and allow His light to shine through us so that others may see the light of God and be blessed.


Galatians 3:29 Worldwide English (New Testament) (WE)29 If you belong to Christ, you are Abraham's children. And if you are Abraham's children, you will receive the blessing that God has promised.

2 Corinthians 9:8 Worldwide English (New Testament) (WE)8 God is able to give you even more blessings than you need. In all things, you will always have all you need for yourselves, and you will have enough to help all others.

1 Peter 4:10 Worldwide English (New Testament) (WE)
10 God has given each person a gift. That gift is something he can do. Each one should use his gift to help the others. In that way you all make good use of the many blessings God has given you.
Betty
 
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December 17, 2019
Happy Tuesday,

Magnifying Troubles and Shrinking Blessings

A human trait is making our troubles into mountains and our blessings into anthills. The devil encourages these traits by reminding us of our troubles and ignoring the many times God has blessed us. We all have troubles, sinners and saints. The difference is that God helps and sustains His children through their troubles. Let us moan less about our troubles and be more grateful for our blessings.

My husband takes the Sports Illustrated magazine. Last year Colin Rand Kaepernick was the winner of the sportsman of the year. A man who started the disrespect of our flag by football players. This year they picked Megan Rapinoe. A soccer player who threw our flag down on the ground as she celebrated her team’s victory. Another player on the team picked the flag off the ground and waved it proudly. No mention of her anywhere.

We are living in an age when respect for our Country and flag is unpopular. Love of your Country is frowned upon. Our Country and her people are being prepared to accept a one-world government. Yet, most Americans are blind to this. This trouble that will come upon America is a mountain of trouble, but most are blind to the coming disaster.

America has spit in the face of God for far too long. Judgment is coming soon. We need not fear the tribulation to come if we are saved. We will be with God in Heaven. Keep your faith secured in God and He will never forsake you.
Betty
 
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December 18, 2019
Happy Wednesday,

”Today’s Jesus”

To some Jesus is a fictional character like the Easter Bunny. Some think Jesus is a genie in the bottle. Ready to fulfill all your wishes. Without reading God’s Holy Word, people can sit in Church and hear about a Jesus that is a cheerleader. This Jesus will make you feel comfortable in your sins. You can come to Church and leave a sinner but hyped up on ’Jesus Juice’.

Jesus did not sacrifice His life so we can feel good about our sins. We cannot receive salvation until we are convicted of our sins. We cannot be cleansed of our sins, until we acknowledge that we are a sinner, in need of a Savior. Jesus is not one of many saviors. He is the only Savior. He is not one of many ways to Heaven. He is the only Way.

Sadly, many Churches are more concerned about making their people feel good then preaching the truth of the Gospel. We need a Holy Spirit convicting message that will reach the hearts of sinners and show them their need of salvation. How can sinners be saved, if they do not understand the truth about their need of salvation?

We have Christians sitting year after year in a Church still babes in Christ. This is heartbreaking. Paul warned the Church of being content to live on milk all of their life. Content to never grow Spiritually.

Hebrews 5:11-14 King James Version (KJV)
11 Of whom we have many things to say, and hard to be uttered, seeing ye are dull of hearing.
12 For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat.
13 For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe.
14 But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.

Woe to the Pastors, who are still babes in Christ. How can they lead their sheep into Spiritual growth, when they have not grown themselves in the Lord? We have babies leading babies. Worse then that is Pastors who no longer preaches about sin. ”I do not like to talk about sin”! Said a Pastor of a mega Church. Choosing not to make their sheep uncomfortable can lead to a congregation of sinners, who do not know the truth, nor do they want to hear the truth.

2 Timothy 4:3-4 New King James Version (NKJV)
3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; 4 and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables.

Fables might make you feel good about yourself, but they will not lead sinners to salvation. Judgment is coming to Pastors who prefer to make sinners comfortable in their sins, rather than preach the truth of the Gospel.
Betty
 
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December 19, 2019
Happy Thursday,

Calm in Spirit

We can be calm in any circumstance when we place our trust in God. When things are chaotic we need to take a few minutes to center ourselves in the grace of God. If we give in to the chaos we become like ants rushing around in circles. In the middle of life’s battles, we can seek the peace of God by prayer.

Psalm 107:29 King James Version (KJV)29 He maketh the storm a calm, so that the waves thereof are still.


Matthew 8:26 King James Version (KJV)26 And he saith unto them, Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith? Then he arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm.

On the outside, chaos may be traumatic but on the inside we can have a calm spirit by trusting in God. When we turn our eyes away from our circumstances and put our eyes on Jesus, He will give us peace in the midst of the storm. God is bigger than any storm. Lay our fears at the feet of Jesus.

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

The Shepherds in the field were frightened when a host of Angels surrounded them in the air.

Luke 2:10 King James Version (KJV)10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.

Shepherds of that day were considered lowly and simple, but yet God chose them to announce the birth of the Son of God. In simple faith, they believed the Angel and became the first to see Jesus lying in a manger. If we trust God, He will take us from fear into faith.

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

Betty


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December 20, 2019
Happy Friday,

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

Have you ever found yourself begging God to answer your prayer?
I do. Mostly it is begging God to let the rapture happen soon, with me. Jesus died on the cross to save us and redeem us and yet, we feel we have to beg Him to answer our prayers.

The love that Jesus has for us, is perfect love. He is concerned about our needs. Yesterday had some frustrating issues with my brain. Standing in the kitchen unable to finish my sentence and yet I felt God’s peace upon me. We can trust that God will be with us, through everything.

Isaiah 41:10 King James Version (KJV)
10 Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.
Betty
 
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December 21, 2019
Happy Saturday,

Count The Cost

Luke 14:28-30 King James Version (KJV)
28 For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it?
29 Lest haply, after he hath laid the foundation, and is not able to finish it, all that behold it begin to mock him,
30 Saying, This man began to build, and was not able to finish.

Living for God can be costly. Some start out the race only to fall by the wayside. They wanted to go to Heaven but found for them, the cost was too high. Others wanted to straddle the fence. You can only straddle the fence for so long until life forces you to choose a side. Still, others wanted to be a child of God and still live on the wrong side of the fence.

Revelation 3:16 King James Version (KJV)16 So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.

Lukewarm water neither warms the belly not does it cool the throat. It tastes nasty and provides no benefit. God will not tolerate those who want to walk with Him, only when it is beneficial to them. There is no such thing as a Saint/sinner. You must choose either to serve God, wholly or serve yourself.

This world is only a vote away from making true Christianity a crime. Churches that preach the Gospel will be shut down for lack of intolerance. Individuals who believe the Bible will be arrested for their intolerance of sin.
This is when Christians will be forced to choose a side.

There are many who consider themselves Christian Democrats, even though the Democratic Party platform is based on sin. You can not vote for abortion and gay marriage and still proclaim yourself a child of God. The time is coming when we will be forced to choose the side of God or mankind. Before you choose, carefully count the cost.
Betty
 
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December 22, 2019
Blessed Sunday,


I saw a woman bent over with age walk into the Church. As she slowly made her way down the aisle, I heard a voice call out. To my astonishment a man was standing on the platform. His countenance was filled with love. The name He called I did not recognize, but as the lady walked towards Him, I knew the man had called her by name. As she made her way, I realize the man was Jesus.

When she caught up Jesus, He told her to take her backpack off and empty it. The backpack carried stones, each one with its own name. Guilt, anger, hurt, pain, hate and bitterness. Now I realized the woman was not elderly as I had assumed. Slowly the woman begins to recognize her new freedom.

Her face shined bright with her smile. No longer was her body bent over from her load. She began to dance exploring the new freedom her body had not felt in years. She praised God for her healing, but she went over and picked up her backpack and put back in anger and bitterness and turn to go. Jesus told her that she had to leave all the stones or taken them all.

You could see the struggle on her face. She had carried anger and bitterness so long. She was not prepared to let them go. She looked pleadingly to Jesus. Surely, He did not expect her to forgive the great wrong she had suffered. Jesus told her all or nothing. Slowly she filled the backpack and put it on her back.

Gone was her bright smile. As she made her way down the aisle again her body bent with the burden, that she refused to let go of. How often do we choose bondage over freedom-hate over forgiveness? Refusing to see the truth that bitterness eats us up alive.
Betty
I have seen a skit done with this subject years ago. This morning I was reminded of it.
 
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December 23, 2019
Happy Monday,

Today would have been mom and dad’s Anniversary. We celebrate Anniversary of Birthdays, Marriage, first year on the job, etc. The best Anniversary of all was the day we were adopted into the family of God. Those of us who got saved as children we cannot remember the date, but we remember the experience. Even as children we knew salvation was an important decision. This decision would shape our entire lives and our eternity.

Too many put aside the decision for salvation too long. Their hearts go cold and hard and no longer do they hear the sweet call of the Holy Spirit in their hearts. Sadly when this happens their chance of salvation is gone for good. This said we should never stop praying for unsaved loved ones and friends. Only God knows the heart.

This is the season that men and women’s hearts are more open to God. Let us sincerely pray for lost souls. Let us be grateful for our salvation and the love of God that shines down upon us every day. This is the time not only to be grateful but to pray that God will examine our hearts and show us of hidden sins that need to forgiven. Also, let us pray that God will use us for His glory until the trumpet sounds.
Betty
 
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December 24, 2019
Christmas Eve, Tuesday,

A Purpose

Jesus left Heaven to come to earth for a purpose. He came to live among mankind, born as a baby to live and die for the redemption of mankind. His life was an example to us on how we should live. His death paid for the sins of mankind with His death on the cross. All those who are willing to accept forgiveness from their sins and live for God are redeemed by the precious blood of Jesus.

Before Jesus returned to Heaven, He gave the great commission for His children to follow.

Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,  teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you (Matthew 28:18-20).

The Pope recently said that true disciples do not attempt to share their faith with others. This is completely opposite of what Jesus said His children should do. We must not dismiss what the Pope said so quickly. This is just the beginning of what is to come. Soon Christians will be persecuted for sharing the Good News with others.

The Pope has devalued the death of Christ by saying we all serve the same God. If all religions lead to Heaven then Jesus’s death was in vain. Truth is only Jesus can save lost souls. There is only one way to Heaven. We celebrate the birth of Christ because His birth as a babe made way for His death on the cross to bring redemption to mankind.

John 14:6 New King James Version (NKJV)
6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.

God has a purpose for our lives also. We are to be a shining light in a world of darkness to point the way to Jesus.
Merry Christmas,
Betty
 
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December 25, 2019
Merry Christmas,

Merry Christmas

Isaiah 9:6 King James Version (KJV)
6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.


Luke 1:26-56 King James Version (KJV)
26 And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth,
27 To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin's name was Mary.
28 And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women.
29 And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be.
30 And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God.
31 And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name Jesus.
32 He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David:
33 And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.
34 Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man?
35 And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.
36 And, behold, thy cousin Elisabeth, she hath also conceived a son in her old age: and this is the sixth month with her, who was called barren.
37 For with God nothing shall be impossible.
38 And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word. And the angel departed from her.
39 And Mary arose in those days, and went into the hill country with haste, into a city of Juda;
40 And entered into the house of Zacharias, and saluted Elisabeth.
41 And it came to pass, that, when Elisabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elisabeth was filled with the Holy Ghost:
42 And she spake out with a loud voice, and said, Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb.
43 And whence is this to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?
44 For, lo, as soon as the voice of thy salutation sounded in mine ears, the babe leaped in my womb for joy.
45 And blessed is she that believed: for there shall be a performance of those things which were told her from the Lord.
46 And Mary said, My soul doth magnify the Lord,
47 And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.
48 For he hath regarded the low estate of his handmaiden: for, behold, from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed.
49 For he that is mighty hath done to me great things; and holy is his name.
50 And his mercy is on them that fear him from generation to generation.
51 He hath shewed strength with his arm; he hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.
52 He hath put down the mighty from their seats, and exalted them of low degree.
53 He hath filled the hungry with good things; and the rich he hath sent empty away.
54 He hath helped his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy;
55 As he spake to our fathers, to Abraham, and to his seed for ever.
56 And Mary abode with her about three months, and returned to her own house.

Merry Christmas to you and your family,

Betty and Ronnie
 
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December 26, 2019
Happy Thursday,


Gift Returns

Today, malls and stores will be filled with people returning gifts they received. There are many reasons for gift returns: items do not fit, you got more then one, or you dislike your gift. One gift we should treasure in our hearts and that is the gift of salvation.

Sadly, so many refuse the gift of salvation. They under estimate the value of salvation. They allow self-pride to convince themselves that they do not need salvation. Unfortunately, by the time they realize their need for salvation it will too late.

Not only does our gift of salvation provides us a ticket to Heaven, but there is also good value in the gift throughout our lives. God walks with us every day. He provides comfort for the grieving. He provides strength for the weak. He provides us grace so that we can face another day.

We walk in hope, knowing God will be with us always and when we take our last breath, He will welcome us into Heaven. There will be times that the path we walk is covered with rocks and stones. Just getting through each day is a struggle. It may seem like God has left us but the Bible assures us that God will never leave us not forsake us.
Betty

Deuteronomy 31:8 New King James Version (NKJV)
8 And the Lord, He is the One who goes before you. He will be with you, He will not leave you nor forsake you; do not fear nor be dismayed.”
 
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December 27, 2019
Happy Friday,

God Uses The Weakness of His Children

2 Corinthians 12:9 King 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.

As humans, we look upon our weakness as a liability and it can be. If we try to live in this world without leaning on our Savior, our weakness, both spiritual and physical can be a hindrance. Often when we are weak from bad health, the devil will attack us. He knows we are more vulnerable when we are physically sick.

Times of grief also make us vulnerable to spiritual attacks. Like a dog hiding in a corner, licking his wounds, grief can cause us to isolate ourselves; from people and God. When we make a point to talk to God about our grief, He will comfort us and sustain us, as our broken hearts heal.

In our weakness, God can work through us, if we are willing to take our cares over to God. Completely trusting in God, opens our hearts so that God can work in us and through us. Trusting completely in God means we must stop trying to fix ourselves but to cry out to God for help.
Betty
 
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December 28, 2019
Happy Saturday,

Control

Things happen to us that we have no control of. Death, accidents, financial issues, and health issues can knock us off track. Some issues are temporary and other issues affect the rest of our lives. Those issues that seem to take the most control of our lives away from us are the hardest to deal with. How we deal with these issues and our personal reaction is the most important aspect of the results.

Anger is a normal reaction to loss of self control. How we choose how to channel this anger determines our mental and emotional health. It is tempting to be angry at God. After all whatever happens to us, is allowed by God. It is normal to question why God is allowing us to suffer. It is how we question, is the rub.

If we are not careful, bitterness can grow in our hearts. Our bitterness can cloud us to the truth, that only God can sustain us through personal loss. Bitterness can keep us from reaching out to God in our greatest time of need. If we go to God’s Holy Word, we find that God often uses personal loss to promote spiritual growth in His children.

When we pray to become closer to God, we open ourselves up to God’s will in our lives. When we let go of our bitterness and open our hearts to trust God, then we open ourselves up to allow spiritual growth in our souls. Any loss we experience in this life will bring huge returns in Heaven. Let us pray for God to give us grace and peace to sustain us as we travel through the deserts of our lives journeys.
Betty

I eneed to clarify something. Incurable diseases on earth will be cured in Heaven. We will no longer suffer when entering Heaven.
Betty
 
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December 29, 2019
Blessed Sunday,

Turning the Page

A new year is coming and a new beginning to our lives. Sounds great! The reality is that we will be bringing baggage into the year. Grief does not stop because the calender marks a new year. The same illnesses and diseases we had in 2019 will carry on into 2020.

Things we can change are our attitude. We can seek God to help us through our grieving stage. We can realize what we cannot change and seek God to help us serve Him, in spite of our suffering. We can pray for God-given hope that will sustain us through the coming year. We can choose to seek the face of God each day to help us navigate the unchartered days ahead. We can lay our fears at the feet of Jesus, choosing to trust Him, instead.
Betty

HYMN
My Faith Looks Up To Thee Lyrics

My faith looks up to thee,
thou Lamb of Calvary,
Savior divine!
Now hear me while I pray,
take all my guilt away,
O let me from this day
be wholly thine!

May thy rich grace impart
strength to my fainting heart,
my zeal inspire!
As thou hast died for me,
O may my love to thee
pure, warm, and changeless be,
a living fire!

While life's dark maze I tread,
and griefs around me spread,
be thou my guide;
bid darkness turn to day,
wipe sorrow's tears away,
nor let me ever stray
from thee aside.

When ends life's transient dream,
when death's cold, sullen stream
shall o'er me roll;
blest Savior, then in love,
fear and distrust remove;
O bear me safe above,
a ransomed soul!
 
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December 30, 2019
Happy Monday

March On!

Hosea 6:3 Living Bible (TLB)
3 Oh, that we might know the Lord! Let us press on to know him, and he will respond to us as surely as the coming of dawn or the rain of early spring.’”

As we look toward 2020, we also reflect on 2019. Let us get real here, everything that happened in 2019 was not pleasant. Things happened in the world that was shocking. Things happened in our personal lives that were not pleasant and some quite hurtful.

With the bad memories of 2019, it is tempting to want to hide under a pillow to escape 2020. It is realistic to analyze that there will be bad things in 2020. The world will become more evil and the war against Christianity will increase. It is tempting to dread the new year. Yet the same God who walked with us throughout 2019, will walk us through the coming year.

”NBC Host Chuck Todd Trashes Christians: They’re “Trained to Believe Fairy Tales” Like Noah’s Ark”

This hate the world has against Christians will increase in 2020. Count on it!
Knowing this we must be spiritually prepared for the battles ahead. Cotton candy sermons are not preparing Christians for the battle to come.

John 15:18 King James Version (KJV)
18 If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you.

Pray for God to fill us with His Holy Spirit so that we will be able to stand firm in our faith in Jesus Christ. Only our faith in God will carry us forward into the New Year without fear.

Romans 1:17 King James Version (KJV)
17 For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.

Romans 5:1 King James Version (KJV)
5 Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:

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

Walk not in fear but walk the straight and narrow with the grace and peace of God. Even death can not separate us from the love of God.

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

We have come to far in our Christian journey to abandon our faith in Christ. The world has nothing of value for us. Press on towards Heaven, unashamed of your relationship with Christ. Let the world call us ignorant but on the day of judgment, they will realize that their so-called intelligence has led them to an eternity in hell.
Betty

Philippians 3:13-15 King James Version (KJV)
13 Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,
14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
15 Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded: and if in any thing ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you.
 
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December 31, 2019
Happy Tuesday,

New Year's Eve


Tonight people will be gathered together to say goodbye to 2019 and hello to 2020. At this point in many ways, 2020 is a blank slate. It is common for people to make New Year’s resolutions. The plan is to do better. To get rid of bad habits and make better habits. Change is hard and many find their New Year’s resolutions broken and laid aside by March.

Christians also promise to do better in the New Year. To read the Bible more and pray more. These promises are not often kept, either. The issue may be our motives behind our promises. Are we wanting to read the Bible more because we think the is what good Christians do? Are do we want to read the Bible more so we can know more about God? Do we want to pray more so we can strengthen our spiritual relationship with God?

Our motivations play a big role in how successful we will be. Before we make our resolutions let us examine our hearts and look to see what our heart’s desire is. Pray that God will examine our hearts and move us to make the changes He wants us to do.

It is better to read one chapter a day of the Bible and meditate on that chapter, then to rush through five chapters a day. A sincere pray from our heart is better than many words that are not heartfelt. We can grow more steady in the Lord when we acknowledge how marvelous is the God we serve and have a heart that longs to have a better relationship with our God and King.
Betty

Psalm 139:23-24 King James Version (KJV)
23 Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts:
24 And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.
 
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January 1, 2020
Happy New Year

New Beginnings

Today, we begin a New Year. Along with our New Resolutions to strive to have a Healthier body, let us strive to make other changes. We should work to have a better attitude. How many arguments are started because we enter a conversation with a bad attitude? Let us pray that God will give us a sweeter and kinder attitude towards others.

Pray that God will remove all anger and bitterness from our hearts so God’s love can shine through us to others. We never want to be the cause of someone turning away from their faith in Christ. Instead let others see the love of God in our words and actions.
Betty

Matthew 5:13 King James Version (KJV)
13 Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.
 
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January 2, 2020
Happy Thursday,


Looking forward to walking with God through this new year. Lay aside your fear and pray for faith and courage to walk the path that God puts you on. With the world turning against Christianity this year we will have trials and persecution. Yet we can be assured that God will walk each step with us.

Pray that God will surround us with His protection and with His Angels surrounding us in the coming days and months. The more we trust God, the stronger our faith will grow. When we seek the face of God, He will fill our hearts and minds with His perfect peace.

1 John 4:18 King James Version (KJV)
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.

Luke 1:74 King James Version (KJV)
74 That he would grant unto us, that we being delivered out of the hand of our enemies might serve him without fear,

John 14:27 King 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.

Betty
 
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January 3, 2019
Happy Friday,

”How Can I Be Sure”
There was a love song named ”how can I be sure” that was popular in the late ’60s. The song questions the love of a girl. A Christian can be assured of many things when it comes to God. His love for us is secure and does not change. God’s promise to never leave or forsake us true.

The love between a man and a woman is not always true. Friends choose to leave us behind but we can always count on God. God will never forsake His children.

John 14:18 King James Version (KJV)18 I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.

Let us choose to be faithful and true to God. We want Him to be able to count on our love for Him. Make it one of our New Year’s resolutions this year, that we choose to faithful and steady with our faith in Christ.
Betty
 
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January 4, 2019
Happy Saturday,

Seeking God’s Will

As a Christian, we should yearn to walk in the will of God. How do we walk in the will of God? We know God would never lead us into sin. Only the devil will lead us into anything that is against the Word of God.

We seek God in prayer. We pray for God to guide us each day. We can go through tough times and still be in God’s Will. Sometimes God uses things we see as bad to help us grow spiritually. By faith, we continue to trust God even when things are hard for us.

We are days in to a new year. Let us be determined to walk in God’s will. Even through hard times, we can be at peace, knowing God will never abandon us.
As we are faithful to God our faith will grow. Whatever happens this year, we can press onward, knowing Heaven awaits us.
Betty
 
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January 5, 2020
Blessed Sunday

Discernment

Discernment is a tool Christians need more than ever. The Bible says in the last days many people do not want to hear the truth. I read yesterday that the Methodist Church is close to a split over the issue of gay marriage. To the world, this may seem trivial, but it is not so with God. Who gives mankind the right to change the Word of God? Is it a kindness to give sinners a false hope of Heaven? Under the heading of tolerance, sin is being accepted in Churches and by Pastors who should know the truth of the Gospel.

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

As a woman, it is hard to read ’silly’ women. Yet when I remember the crude and vulgar costumes women were wearing last year as they protested for the right to kill unborn babies, all I can say is ”God help us!” Christians are being encouraged to keep quiet about sin, to avoid offending anyone. How can we stand up for truth in times of persecution when we allow hurting people’s feelings make us keep quiet about the truth?

1 Corinthians 2:14 King James Version (KJV)
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.

Those who choose to deny the truth of the Gospel will not receive the truth of God. When Christians choose to walk in darkness and deny the truth of the Bible, God will allow them to choose to be backsliders instead of obedient children. God help, those who by choice deny the truth of the Gospel in order to be accepted by the world. The world did not accept Christ and they killed Him because they were offended by His teaching. Yet we seem surprised when the world hates Christians for believing in the truth of the Bible.

2 Timothy 4 King 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.

This last weak a person on the news said that Christians were led to believe in fairy tales because we were taught the story of Noah was true. Sadly, it is people who have rejected the truth of the Bible for the lies of mankind, who are believing in fairy tales.
Betty
 
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January 6, 2020
Happy Monday

Past, Future, and Present

The Past

The past can be an encouragement. When things are bad, we can remember the many times God gave us victory over our trials. Our past can be a reminder that we lived through bad times. Unfortunately, the devil can also use our past to torture us in the present. He likes to remind us of our failures and sins. This is when we remind the devil that God has forgiven our sins. We gleam the past for encouragement and leave our forgiven sin, where it belongs in the past.

The Future

Our future in Heaven is a great way to encourage ourselves in the present. We must remember that we cannot live in the future. We encourage ourselves knowing that one day we will be in Heaven, but we must live in the present.

The Present

This is the era of time that we live for God. It is too late to work in the past and the future is beyond us. Today is the time to strive to grow spiritually. This is the time that we press onward towards our rewards in Heaven. If we have not received redemption from our sins, now is the time to repent of our sins and turn our and walk in the redemption power of the Lord Jesus.

2 Corinthians 6:2 New Living Translation (NLT)
2 For God says,
“At just the right time, I heard you.
    On the day of salvation, I helped you.”[a]
Indeed, the “right time” is now. Today is the day of salvation.

Betty
 
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January 7, 2020
Happy Tuesday

Perfect

There are so many Scriptures talking about Christians achieving perfection. These always bother me, because I know I will never be perfect. Today I heard Pastor Adrain Rodgers, on the radio, talking about a definition of perfect that I had never heard of.

Definition of perfect (Entry 2 of 3)
transitive verb: to bring to final form

God is not calling us to be perfect but to grow and mature in Him. We are not surprised when we see a two-year-old throw themselves on the floor in a temper fit. Yet, if a teenager did so, we would be shocked. We expect a different level of maturity of a teenager over a two-year-old. Just as God expects different behavior from a Christian of 20 years from a Christian of a year. How sad it must be when God sees a child of His that should be more mature in their faith acting like a babe in Christ.

I have talked about before how some Christians are content to live their whole Christian life as a babe in Christ. Just as there are pains in physical growth, there are also pains in Spiritual growth. When we choose to stay a babe in Christ, we are cheating ourselves of a more mature relationship with God. We are also cheating ourselves out of spiritual rewards on earth and in Heaven.

Matthew 5:48 King James Version (KJV)48 Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.

Luke 8:14 King James Version (KJV)14 And that which fell among thorns are they, which, when they have heard, go forth, and are choked with cares and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to perfection.

John 17:23 King James Version (KJV)
23 I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.

2 Corinthians 13:11 King James Version (KJV)11 Finally, brethren, farewell. Be perfect, be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace shall be with you.

Ephesians 4:12 King James Version (KJV)
12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:

Brothers and sisters in the Lord, let us begin each day praying that we will grow spiritually and grow mature in the Lord Jesus. Not so that we can be prideful but that God can use us more for His Kingdom.
Betty
 
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January 8, 2020
Happy Wednesday,

Ressurection of the Saints


Ressurection is not just something that appeared in the New Testament. God gave Job assurance that he would see God in a brand new body.

Job 19:25-27 King James Version (KJV)
25 For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth:
26 And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God:
27 Whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall behold, and not another; though my reins be consumed within me.

I just learned this today. What a wonderful realization to learn that God had a plan from the very beginning to redeem sinners and provide a way for them to spend eternity in His presence. The love that God has for mankind is beyond our ability to comprehend.

We get caught up, focusing on our problems and we are not about to see the truth. The truth that our suffering on earth is just a drop in time, compared to an eternity in Heaven. Wherein there will be no pain, no tears, and no sin. When we focus on eternity we can bear our cross and have complete trust in God.
Betty

https://youtu.be/C9kllFr7jlQ
 
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January 9, 2020
Happy Thursday,

Knowing God

Pleasing your mate requires you know them intimately. Knowing them better than others. You need to know their likes and dislikes. Knowing what makes them happy. It takes time and effort to know someone intimately. For us to know God takes an effort on our part. If the only time we open our Bibles is on Sunday, how can we really know God? If our knowledge of God is only what others tell us, we will not have a heart knowledge of God.

We learn who God is by studying His Holy Word. We develop a relationship with God through daily communication with Him. The more communication with God, the stronger our love grows for God. The more we love Him, the more time we want to spend with Him. A healthy growing relationship with God should be our heart’s desire.
Betty
 
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January 10, 2020

Desires of the Heart

We are often guilty of saying that God wants to give us the desires of our hearts. The truth is many times the desires of our hearts are carnal and can lead us astray.

Jeremiah 17:9-10 King James Version (KJV)
9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? 10 I the Lord search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings.

We should be praying that God will give us the desires of His Heart. The desire of God for our lives is far better than we can ever dream or hope for. When we choose God’s will over our own we chose what is the best.

Psalm 73:26 King James Version (KJV)
26 My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever.

Choosing God’s desires over our own is actually choosing what is best for us. Seeking to please God over our own desires will give us a better future. This is the opposite of what the world teaches. We live in a world that challenges us to do what makes us happy, what gives us satisfaction. Living for self may bring temporary satisfaction but the more we feed our selfish desires the more our hearts demand. A self-serving heart is never satisfied.

As a Christian, we will find fulfillment in living for God.

Psalm 65:4 King James Version (KJV)
4 Blessed is the man whom thou choosest, and causest to approach unto thee, that he may dwell in thy courts: we shall be satisfied with the goodness of thy house, even of thy holy temple.

Proverbs 19:23 King James Version (KJV)
23 The fear of the Lord tendeth to life: and he that hath it shall abide satisfied; he shall not be visited with evil.

Living for God does not mean we will not struggle but we will find satisfaction when we live in a way that is pleasing to God. The path that God chooses for us maybe rocky and rough but the end result will be fulfilling and lead us to a closer relationship with our Heavenly Father.
Betty
 
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January 11, 2020
Happy Saturday,

”What Would Jesus Do?”

Years ago it was popular to wear a bracelet that had letters on it that spelled ”What would Jesus do”? The idea behind it was well-meaning. In times of decisions, you look at the bracelet and remind yourself to only do what Jesus would do. The concept was good, but we need to take it a further step. We need to live every day in a way that is pleasing to God.

When we make it a habit to live our lives in a way to please God, we do not need a bracelet to remind us. Pleasing God will be like a second skin to us. This does not mean we will never go off rail. When we are living to please God, our hearts will grieve us immediately when we do, and we will be led to repent and seek restoration with God.
Betty
 
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January 12, 2020
Blessed Sunday,


Sing Praises to the Lord

Psalm 30:4 King James Version (KJV)4 Sing unto the Lord, O ye saints of his, and give thanks at the remembrance of his holiness.

Often in the Bible, we are encouraged to sing praises to God. This is something, David talked about often. Singing praises to God in all seasons,
good and bad. We sing in good days as a way of thanking God for giving us good days. We sing sacrifice of praise when things are bad, to encourage ourselves in the Lord.

Singing praises to God in the midst hard times may be done with tears running down your face but as you sing, God will begin to fill your heart with joy.
When my youngest sister died, for months I often cried when I sang songs of praise. Yet each time I did I felt God healing my heart, a little bit at a time.

Psalm 146 King James Version (KJV)
146 Praise ye the Lord. Praise the Lord, O my soul.
2 While I live will I praise the Lord: I will sing praises unto my God while I have any being.
3 Put not your trust in princes, nor in the son of man, in whom there is no help.
4 His breath goeth forth, he returneth to his earth; in that very day his thoughts perish.
5 Happy is he that hath the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the Lord his God:
6 Which made heaven, and earth, the sea, and all that therein is: which keepeth truth for ever:
7 Which executeth judgment for the oppressed: which giveth food to the hungry. The Lord looseth the prisoners:
8 The Lord openeth the eyes of the blind: the Lord raiseth them that are bowed down: the Lord loveth the righteous:
9 The Lord preserveth the strangers; he relieveth the fatherless and widow: but the way of the wicked he turneth upside down.
10 The Lord shall reign for ever, even thy God, O Zion, unto all generations. Praise ye the Lord.

The love of God for us is steady. Bad times do not mean that we have been forsaken by our Heavenly Father. Sometimes God chooses to heal on earth, sometimes He heals us in Heaven. It is so easy to want to question God on why He chose to heal us or our loved one in Heaven. We must remember that God knows all things. He is reasoning is far beyond our understanding. It takes strong faith in making it through a loss of one that we loved. Remember God said we must have faith in order to please God.

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

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

Cry out to God in the midst of suffering. He will hear our prayers. He will comfort us and help us to stand strong even in the Valley of death.
Betty
 
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January 13, 2020
Happy Monday,


I spent an hour and a half writing my blog only to accidentally cut it. It is frustrating because I am not able to bring it back, despite all my trying. Just as words said in anger can never be taken back. In spite of all our apologies and our sorrow, we cannot erase what we have said. When we are hurt by others, our first reaction is to cut them with our words. God wants us to stop. This means for us to walk away. Better to say to the person, I will get back to you after I spend some quality time with God. If they insist on talking, walk away from them or hang up the phone. Do not allow someone to force you to speak when you are angry.

Ephesians 4:26 King James Version (KJV)
26 Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath:

When we take our anger to God He can heal our anger before it turns to bitterness. We then can go to sleep in peace, knowing that God will give us the right words to say in love. Not only must we forgive, but we must choose not to dwell on the situation. When the devil brings us past hurts, remind him that you have forgiven the person through the power of the Holy Spirit.

We also have to forgive ourselves. Too many times, long after God has forgiven us, the devil will remind us of our past sins. We can form a habit where we persecute ourselves over past sins. Remind the devil that God has forgiven you. Listen to praise music to get the devil out of your head.
Betty
 
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January 14, 2020
Happy Tuesday,


Pride

A man’s pride will bring him low, But the humble in spirit will retain honor. Proverbs 29:23

Self-pride will keep a sinner from accepting salvation. It will also cause a Christian to fall into temptation. Self-pride causes a sinner not to see his need for salvation. Self-pride convinces a Christian that they are above sinning. Both sinner and Christian are wrong.


Proverbs 16:18 King James Version (KJV)
18 Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.

When we begin to think our spiritual growth is because of us. When we compare ourselves with other Christians and see ourselves as better than them we are headed for a fall. God allows us to fall so that we can see that any spiritual growth we have is from God.

Our eyes should be on Jesus and not on ourselves. Remember the heart is deceitful.

Jeremiah 17:9 King James Version (KJV)9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?

This is why people can live in sin and feel no guilt. They have filled their hearts with self-pride and rejected the sweet whisper of the Holy Spirit until their hearts have become hardened. When we remember that the successes that we do have are because of the grace of God we are less likely to fall into the sin of pride.

Give all the glory to God. Praise him during good and bad times and our spiritual journey will be easier for us. It is hard to praise God when we are going through painful situations, but remind ourselves to sing praises to God. As we sing our hearts will open up and we will receive a blessing from God in the midst of the storm.
Betty
 
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January 15, 2020
Happy Wednesday,


When I am walking in darkness remind me that you have never forsaken me nor shall you ever forsake me. When I feel misunderstood, remind me that you know me better then I know myself. When my load is too heavy for me remind me to take my burdens to you.

As my journey takes me to a strange and unknown lands help to remember that you are going before me and beside me. I did not choose this road for myself, but I trust you, God, enough to know the there is a reason for this particular road. I may not understand Your choice but I can trust Your will, all of my days.
Betty
 
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January 16, 2020
Happy Thursday,

”In Times Like These”

There will be times in our Spiritual journey that we will feel that God has abandoned us. If we allow satan he will pull us away from God. We must remember God is with us. In these times resist the lies of the devil and cling to God. Our Heavenly Father is our anchor. He will hold us steady in the midst of high winds.

The devil seeks to hide the Son from us, but Jesus has not left you. As you cry out to God, we will begin to see Our Savior walking beside us. We choose how closely we walk with God. The closer we choose to walk with God the more we will feel the Holy Spirit moving in our lives. We must choose to pray every day, seeking God’s Will in our daily lives.
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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January 17, 2020
Happy Friday,

Probation Period


Luke 23:43 King James Version (KJV)43 And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, Today shalt thou be with me in paradise.

Often when we get a new job, we are put on probation. During this time we our job is temporary. The way we work will determine how long our job will be. When Jesus was on the cross, He was still concerned about sinners.

40 But the other answering rebuked him, saying, Dost not thou fear God, seeing thou art in the same condemnation?
41 And we indeed justly; for we receive the due reward of our deeds: but this man hath done nothing amiss.
42 And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom.

When one of the two men on crosses reached out to Jesus with a repented heart, God saved his soul. God did not offer him probation but full salvation.
When we fall and fail God, the devil will say our salvation is lost. The Holy Spirit whispers His invitation for us to come home to God and repeat. Only self-pride can keep us from seeking forgiveness.

We have no right to feel self-righteous at any time. The Bible says that our righteousness is filthy rags in the eyes of God. Just think how filthy we are when we sin. When we sin, we do not enter into the throne of God with self-pride. We enter with a repentive heart.

Let us pray that we will finish our rest with a humble spirit and a gentle heart. May we still be praying for lost souls all the way to the end of our lives here on earth. In these hard times remember the best is yet to come. Our new home awaits on the other side.
Betty
 
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January 18, 2020
Happy Saturday,

We had lunch with our son, his wife, and their baby. Little Savannah is such a happy baby. There is joy in being around a happy baby. God wants His children to have joyful hearts. Even though we may have problems and sickness in our lives, we can have joy in our hearts.

We have joy knowing that God is always with us. He is with us in good times and in bad. We can have joy even in sickness, knowing that our situation is for the glory of God. Most of all we can have joy knowing our future is in God’s hands and when this life is over we will be with Jesus in Heaven forever.
Betty
 
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Matthew 27:46 King James Version (KJV)

46 And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?
 
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January 19, 2020
Blessed Sunday,

”Why Has Thou Forgotten Me”

When Jesus was on the cross, there was a time that God turned away from Jesus. When God placed the sins of the world on the back of Jesus, He could no longer look at Jesus. Up until that point, Jesus had never felt what it was like not to feel the presence of God. This was a dramatic painful moment for Jesus.

Matthew 27:46 King James Version (KJV)46 And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?

Jesus agreed to have our sins placed on Himself, but there was no way He could understand in advance how painful mankind’s sins would be. No way He could understand the pain of God turning away from Jesus. The pain was almost unbearable, yet Jesus bore that pain because He loved mankind.

This pain we are not capable of understanding. Even when we suffer guilt for our personal sin does not compare to the suffering of bearing the sins of all of mankind. We need to remind ourselves of the sacrifice that Jesus made in choosing to bear the sins of all so He could bring salvation to mankind. Those who refuse salvation and hardened their hearts so they cannot feel guilt over their sins take a chance on losing their chance of salvation.

What a great blessing it is to be forgiven of our sins and have a personal relationship with God! Life may not be perfect but we know God is with us every day and we rejoice in the knowledge that eternity in Heaven awaits us.
Betty
 
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January 20, 2020
Happy Monday,


24 hours in a day. 24 hours for good, bad, fair, and tragic things to happen. Yet, we can trust God all 24 hours of a day. He is watching over us even as we sleep. He knows what is going to happen tomorrow so we can lay down and sleep in peace knowing, whatever happens, He will be with us. We take for granted His faithfulness in being there for us always.

Psalm 4:8 King James Version (KJV)8 I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for thou, Lord, only makest me dwell in safety.

John 16:33 King James Version (KJV)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.

Romans 14:17 King James Version (KJV)17 For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.

We can rejoice in the peace that God gives us in this life and our future hope of peace for eternity.
Betty
 
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January 21, 2020
Happy Tuesday,

”I Have Chosen You”


John 15:16 King James Version (KJV)16 Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.

Christianity is not a Religion, it is a relationship with God. It marvels the mind to realize that God knew us and chose us before we were born. He chose us knowing we would fail Him. He knew there would be times we would willfully sin. Yet, He never gives us on us. Time, again and again, He calls us back and forgives us. We take no pride in the knowledge that God chose us. Instead, we are grateful to God for choosing us and loving us in spite of our many failures. Christians are indeed blessed people.
Betty
 
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January 22, 2020
Happy Wednesday,

We Are to Seek Righteousness

Matthew 5:6 King James Version (KJV) 6 Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.

We will not find Righteousness unless we prayerfully seek after it. Seeking requires us to want it. God is not going to pour it down our throats against our will. We must want it enough to seek for it in prayer and Bible study.

Matthew 6:33 King James Version (KJV)33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you.

God says for us to seek Righteousness first and then God will provide our needs. This shows us just how important righteousness is to God. Our righteousness does not come from living right, on our own. It comes from the blood of Christ. It is impossible for a sinner to be righteous. When we seek the righteousness of God and seek to live in a way that is pleasing God, then we will live in Righteousness.

Ephesians 4:22-24 King James Version (KJV)22 That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts;23 And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;24 And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.

Satan will tempt Christians to sin. Tempt us to live close to sin, trying to make us rationalize that a little sin won't hurt. This is not what the Bible says.

Galatians 5:9 New King James Version (NKJV)9 A little leaven leavens the whole lump.

My friend choose to live Holy and righteous lives, pleasing to our Heavenly Father


1 Timothy 6:11 King James Version (KJV)11 But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.

Betty
 
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January 23, 2020
Happy Thursday,

If God wanted to, He could demand everyone worship Him and do His Will. The Bible says after the Second Coming, at the Judgement seat of God, every sinner will fall on their knees and declare that Jehovah is God. Until then He gives Christians and sinners a choice. He allows us to live the way we want.

Living our life the way we want to comes with consequences. We will reap what we sow. If we sow evil, we will reap evil. Christians are also allowed to live the way we want to. If we sowed for selfish reasons, our crop will burn away on the judgment Seat of Christ. If we sowed for the glory of God, we will be rewarded by God.

It is easy to get caught up with this life. We all have needs. There is nothing wrong with working so we can eat and have a roof over our heads. There is a special blessing when we work hard out of our love for Christ. We would not want someone to say of us: ”they say they are a Christian but they are the laziest worker I ever had”. Let it be said that we are good workers who do our best.

Many of us cannot do much in physical work because of our health, but we can pray for others. Bring Missionaries to the feet of Jesus. Give our praises to our Heavenly Father.
Betty
 
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January 24, 2020
Happy Friday,

Going Home

The Reverend Jack Van Impee went home this week. He was one of the first Preachers I heard speak on end times. He sparked a fire in me to study end times, for this, I am truly grateful. He opened my eyes to the joys of Heaven like no one else had ever done before.

Studying the end times not only brings joy but fear for those left behind. This is why we should be praying for lost souls. We must remember that we can not save anyone ourselves. When it comes to our loved ones we may have the desire to grab them and shake the devil out of them, sadly this is impossible. So we must keep praying for loved ones.

It is not selfish to long for the rapture. The Church is the Bride of Christ. It is normal for the Bride to long for her Wedding Day, with great expectation. Our Wedding will take place in Heaven after the rapture. We cannot imagine the joys of that Day.

There may be hard times before the rapture happens but remember we will not walk these days alone. God will be with us and if we allow Him to, He will guide us. We can trust Him to see each day. Even death can it keep us from God.

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

Living should be our joy to work for the Kingdom and through death we enter into the very presence of Jesus. In all things and in everything we do should be for the glory of God. Remembering the joy of Heaven awaits us.
Betty
 
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January 25, 2020
Happy Saturday,

Listening to a little bit from the impeachment hearing, this morning. It is discouraging to hear how evil the Democratic party, has become. We rarely hear the truth on television news, and yet, Hillary said the Democrats should control the news even more. I read about a leader in the SBC say that he wished his wife was a Democrat and more like Hilliary. Being a Southern Baptist for over 20 years, this breaks my heart. Recently, started attending a small none demonatial Church.

The devil has his hands in so many Churches. The Bible warned us in the last days' people would seek Preachers who tickled their ears. It is bad enough that many Churches no longer preach or teach about sin, but too many Churches are condoning sin. ’Christian’ preachers and teachers are leading people to hell while filling their pockets with money. Earthly prestige will not open the doors to Heaven. Sadly too many religious leaders are selling their own souls for fame and money. My heart cries out:”Come quickly, Lord Jesus”.
Betty
 
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January 26, 2020
Blessed Sunday,

Where Does My Help Come From

Psalm 121:1 King James Version (KJV)121 I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.

When we realize that we can trust God with our very lives, we can be at peace.
What if we get hurt? God will be with us through the healing process, comforting us and giving us peace of mind. Sadly sometimes God has to get us off our feet to get us to pray and read His Holy Bible.

What if we get a disease there is no cure? God may choose to heal us or He may use our sickness for His Glory. Either way, God will be with us until we take our last breath. When we place our complete trust in God we can live in peace whatever our state we are in.

There are times that God takes us through the fire, remember gold goes through fire and comes out pure. God is not trying to be mean to us but to make us spiritually pure. It is okay to cry. Cry out to God as many times a day as you need to. God never grows tired of our prayers to Him. God will give us strength and sustain us through the bad times. Even in times of distress, we can rejoice of the knowledge that Jesus is coming for His children.

Philippians 4:4-8 King James Version (KJV)
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.
Betty
 
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January 27, 2020
Happy Monday,

”How Much Do You Love Me?”

John 14:21 King James Version (KJV)21 He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.

How much do you love me? It is a question that has been asked since time begin. Jesus makes it clear if we love Him we will obey His Commandments. When we love someone we seek to please them. We seek to know them in a way no one else knows them. We want to know more about the person we love.

When we love God, we want to know what pleases Him. Jesus does not leave us in dark on this matter. If we love Him, we will obey His Commandments. We can tell when our love for God is wavering. We pray less. We study His Word less. When this happens, we seek forgiveness and ask God to fill our hearts with love for Him. The more time we spend in the presence of God, the stronger our love for God will be.
Betty
 
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January 28, 2020
Happy Tuesday,


Speaking the Truth From The Heart

I sometimes have to stop, in the middle of a sentence because I cannot remember a word. It is frustrating. When God called Moses to lead His people out of Egypt. Moses brought up his concerns about his speech. Moses did not realize that God was not looking for a well-spoken Professor but a willing vessel.

A willing vessel with a speech problem is more useful to God than a man or woman filled with pride. A prideful person is of little use to God. They are less likely to lean on God’s help to accomplish the work of God and more likely to use their own intellect. This makes them useless to God.

God wants someone to speak His truths and Honor the ways of God. God does equip men and women with talent. What is important is the speaker pointing folks to God or are they showing off their own personal skills? Let us pray that God will use us in these last days and help us to reach lost souls. Just always remember we are just the instrument and it is God that saves the loss.
Betty
 
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January 29, 2020
Happy Wednesday,

What is the Value?

Soon, the Academy Awards will be given out. Many will be seating on the edge of their seats to see if they are one of the lucky ones. What is the value of an Oscar?

How much is an Oscar statue worth?
”Well since they're not solid gold, they're not worth that much. The statues are gold-plated and worth just $629. Of course, their sentimental value makes the case slightly more complicated. This is an award, not a used Buick. ”

While the sentimental value is huge in this world. If the owner of the Oscar gets into financial trouble, by contract, they can only sell it to the Academy for a whopping ten bucks.

Sadly stories are told from the beginning of movie-making of the casting couch. Men and women have sold their pride to be successful in Hollywood. Even children have been sexually abused by directors and agents all for the ’glamour’ of Hollywood.

You can be an Oscar winner and a has been. Looks do not last forever. People are always looking for something new. Only individual winners know how much they have given up for a statue that soon ends up in a closet.

What the world sees as valuable is worthless to God. In reality, God owns all the gold in the world. With the words of His mouth, He could call all the gold on earth to come up to Heaven and it would be so. Gold holds no value to God. What is valuable to God? Is saved, souls. People who have chosen to live for Him over fame and fortune. Fame is fleeting and a fortune can be lost in a day. Let us choose to be valuable to God and not to mankind.
Betty
 
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January 30, 2020
Happy Thursday,

”Let The Weak Say I Am Strong”

2 Corinthians 12:9 King 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.

In our weakness, the power of God becomes strong in our individual lives.
When we let go of our control and allow God to work through us, we will see His power shine through us. When we insist on working in our own power, we will fail.

We must humble ourselves and allow God to work through us. God will not work through a prideful person. This is why the Bible warns us that pride goeth before a fall. The devil will tell us that we are useless because of our infirmities and our weakness. God wants to use our infirmities and weakness for His Glory.

When it comes to working for the Kingdom of God, it is our level of obedience that will determine our spiritual growth. We choose for ourselves how far we are going to go with God. We can choose to be a baby Christian or we can choose to be obedient and trusting children of God. Let us let go of our pride and give all the glory to God for the successes we have in our lives and trust Him to see through the dark valleys.
Betty
 
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January 31, 2020
Happy Friday,


A bad night last. I was still awake at 6.a.m. Then I woke up at noon in pain. Dealing with health issues is hard and can be discouraging. Trying to find a position that doesn't hurt is sometimes impossible. I sang praise songs to God and He brought me peace.

Everyone has struggles to deal with. It is our reaction matters to God. Do we blame God for our distress or do we seek Him for help?

Psalm 121 King James Version (KJV)
121 I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.
2 My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth.
3 He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber.
4 Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.
5 The Lord is thy keeper: the Lord is thy shade upon thy right hand.
6 The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night.
7 The Lord shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul.
8 The Lord shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore.

Learning to lean on Jesus during bad times, increases our faith in God. All the difficulties we suffer on earth will soon pass. We can help ourselves in bad times when we remind ourselves of the future joy in Heaven that awaits, us.

Psalm 30:5 King James Version (KJV)
5 For his anger endureth but a moment; in his favour is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.

The group that sets up the world clock for the end on the earth has set it up to 100 seconds to midnight. Even the world sees we are in the last days. Remember Christians, our hope is in God and not in mankind.
Betty
 
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February 1, 2020
Happy Saturday,

Finding Ourselves

We can lose ourselves in a crowd. Too much time in the wrong crowd and we begin to take on the wrong attributes. Little by little, we define sin as what the crowd sees as sin. When we allow the world to be our compass, then little by little we can no longer see what the values of God are.

The world sees fundamentalist Christians as being ignorant. If we spend too much time in the world, we will begin to think and act like the world.

2 Corinthians 6:17 King James Version (KJV)17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you.

It is not a question of thinking we are better the sinners. It is the truth that we need to guard our hearts from the world’s influence.

Proverbs 4:23 King James Version (KJV)23 Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.

We must strive to live our lives in a way that pleases our Heavenly Father. Our relationship with Christ is more important than any relationship we have.
Betty
 
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February 2, 2020
Blessed Sunday,

God is Trustworthy

I fell down yesterday. We went to get some chicken. I was standing on the grass taking a look at the sales on the glass windows. And I just fell over on my right side. I crawled over to a yellow post. Hubby is weak physically and could not help me up. A customer inside came outside and helped me up. My right side of my head had felt numb, so that might have been the cause.

All things considered, I am okay today. Just sore. Hubby dropped a can of food on his foot. His foot is one more big bruise. When I left the house I never knew I was going to fall. God did and He protected me from breaking any bones. We can trust God to go before us and with us.
Betty
 
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February 2, 2020
Blessed Sunday,

God is Trustworthy

I fell down yesterday. We went to get some chicken. I was standing on the grass taking a look at the sales on the glass windows. And I just fell over on my right side. I crawled over to a yellow post. Hubby is weak physically and could not help me up. A customer inside came outside and helped me up. My right side of my head had felt numb, so that might have been the cause.

All things considered, I am okay today. Just sore. Hubby dropped a can of food on his foot. His foot is one more big bruise. When I left the house I never knew I was going to fall. God did and He protected me from breaking any bones. We can trust God to go before us and with us.
Betty
 
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February 4, 2020
Happy Tuesday,

Am I A Pharisee?

Luke 18:10-14 King James Version (KJV)
10 Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican.
11 The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican.
12 I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess.
13 And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner.
14 I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.

We read that and think to ourselves that we could never be a Pharisee, ourselves. Yet, could we? I have been. Once on a Wednesday night a young lady came to our Church in short shorts. I condemned her in my mind. After Church, her boyfriend's mother explained to me that night the girl’s mom had kicked out of her house with just the clothes on her back. The girl asked if she could to to Church with them that night.

I felt condemned and rightly so. I had judged the young lady on the way she was dressed. And I immediately asked God forgiveness. Unlike me the Church embraced her and made her feel loved. After I was convicted, I did the same. Within a week the young lady became a Christian. A couple of months later the young lady was killed in a car crash.

God allowed the circumstance surrounding the situation to bring her to salvation and then took her to Heaven. I learned a valuable lesson. Not to judge someone by the way they looked. Remember pride goeth before a fall. When we think too highly of ourselves we can become a pharisee.

The Church does not need any Pharisees, but children of God who are willing to open their hearts to sinners and share the love of Christ with them. There is enough judgment of one another in the world, let us share the love of God with others and allow God to do the condemning when He sees fit. Instead, let us pray daily that God will judge our hearts and show us any unforgiven sin in our hearts, then seek forgiveness so we serve God with a righteous heart.
Betty
 
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February 5, 2020
Happy Wednesday,

Last night, like many Americans, we watched the President give the State of the Union Address. It became clear at the very beginning how divided this Nation is. A News Outlet who was pro-Democrats pointed out that the Democrats hissed and booed the President. Do we not see how evil people are when they hissed like snakes.

Why is God allowing America to be so divided? I personally believe it is because of the way we have forced Israel to give up her land, little bit at a time over to her enemies over the last twenty plus years. Israel suffering at the hands of her enemies living in her land.

Another reason is that the Democratic party has become so evil that many of its members are demon-possessed. You can see it on their faces when they get so angry that their faces show the rage that boils up within them. They are so determined to keep the killing of unborn babies legal that they refused to stand for the woman and her baby that is alive after being so premature. How soon is it before they start pushing for euthanasia for handicapped and elderly people all in the name of climate control?

Sunday night we saw soft-porn dressed up in pretty lights in the Super Bowl half time. Tuesday night we saw evil as adult men and women boo and hissed the President of the United States. God will not tolerate evil forever. There will be a day of reckoning for all the Nations who support the killing of the unborn.

We need not sit and wring our hands. God is still in control. Soon we will be leaving this earth in the twinkling of an eye and then God will pour out His judgment in this unholy world.
Betty
 
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February 6, 2020
Happy Thursday,

”Focus on God and Not Your Problems”

The devil would like us to fall asleep and wake up with our problems pressing on our minds. Too many weeks of this and our faith in God begins to fade and our hope disappears. God wants us to remind ourselves when we awaken and we go to bed that our hope and trust should be in Him.

Be assured that God does not spend one minute chewing His fingernails and shaking in fear over His children's problems. He has the answers. We often wonder why God allows for our troubles to last so long. Think about it. It is in the time of troubles we spend more time praying and reading God’s Word. When we do this our faith grows. How can we face bigger troubles if we get stuck on the little things? Remember everyone in the world has problems. Only Christians have a Heavenly Father.

Satan will tempt us to wallow in despair, but we can halt his actions when we turn to Jesus and trust in Him. I find singing songs of praise strengthens my faith in God. So let is focus on God and not our troubles.
Betty


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February 8, 2020
Happy Saturday,

”God Will Guide Us With His Love”


Psalm 32:8 New International Version (NIV)
I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go;
    I will counsel you with my loving eye on you.

What a wonderful concept to realize God says that He will guide us in His love! Most all have had a boss who could be vicious with their mouths if the least thing went wrong that day. This person created an environment of fear. God guide His children in love.

This does not mean a disobedient Christian will not be disciplined.

Hebrews 12:6-11 New King James Version (NKJV)
6 For whom the Lord loves He chastens,
And scourges every son whom He receives.”
7 If[a] you endure chastening, God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom a father does not chasten? 8 But if you are without chastening, of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate and not sons. 9 Furthermore, we have had human fathers who corrected us, and we paid them respect. Shall we not much more readily be in subjection to the Father of spirits and live? 10 For they indeed for a few days chastened us as seemed best to them, but He for our profit, that we may be partakers of His holiness. 11 Now no [b]chastening seems to be joyful for the present, but painful; nevertheless, afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.

In perfect love, God seeks to guide us in His truths and His ways. It is up to us to choose to accept His discipline in anger or in love. The more we communicate with God and trust His ways, the more we will be following God’s ways, out of a heart of love for God.
Betty
 
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February 9, 2020
Blessed Sunday,

False Teaching

There are some who Preach and teach that things will get better and better until our goodness will usher in a utopian where God will come to this earth to reign. Yet, if we are aware of what is happening around us, we can see that evil is abounding and sin is being accepted as normal.

Others have rejected God and embraced sin as normal. If Jesus walked among for us a day, there are those who would reject Him just as they did when He came the first time. Choosing to live in sin rather than accept God in their lives. Led by false teaching and the devil to believe there is no hell and no punishment for rejecting redemption and salvation from Jesus, who gave His life as an atonement for our sins.

The devil makes false teaching seem like Heaven and sadly many eat it up like gourmet candy. Those who have bought into the devil lies see those who choose to believe the truth of God’s Word, as ignorant to the ways of the world. Thank God we are! For God’s Truth, will be what opens up the gates of Heaven to those who choose to humble themselves at the feet of Jesus and cry over our sins and gladly accept redemption from our Heavenly Father.
Betty
 
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February 10, 2020
Happy Monday,

It Is Not Fair

It is not uncommon to hear a child say ”it is not fair”. This sentence is used by children in a variety of circumstances. The child next door received a new bike for their Birthday and they did not. Children may be unhappy about the discipline the receive.

As adults, we can feel the same way about God. Why do some people live long lives without health issues, while we suffer from many conditions that make life hard for us? It is so easy to question God with many whys. Yet, when we accept our circumstances in grace, God will give us peace of mind and heart.

God never said life will be fair. To achieve a closer relationship and a stronger Spiritual relationship with God, may require suffering on our part. What our suffering is, be it physical or loss of a loved one, are suffering will end when Jesus calls us home, be it through death or the rapture. The question is are we willing to endure suffering to have a closer relationship with God?

Romans 8:18 King James Version (KJV)
18 For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.

Betty
 
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February 11, 2020blet
Happy Tuesday,

My tablet shows what day of the week it is at the top. This is great because I often do not know the day of the week it is. The Bible is our guide to knowing how we should live. We often need direction in our daily living. While it is helpful to seek the advice of others, we should always make sure the advice lines up with the Bible.

When someone has mistreated or attacked us, our friends and loved ones may encourage us to seek revenge because they love us and hurt with us. God loves us too. Unlike our friends and family, God knows our future. He sees how revenge can change us for the worse. Our loving and kind hearts can turn bitter if we react in revenge.

The last thing we want to do is seek the world’s advice for our lives. The world’s standard does not measure up with God’s Word. The very best thing for us is to live in the way that is pleasing to God. God’s way is the best for us.
Betty
 
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February 12, 2020
Happy Wednesday,

We both had a bad night trying to sleep. I woke up with a cold. Everyone has bad nights. The devil likes to deny us sleep. When we are our short on sleep, we tend to be out of sorts and impatient. This does not have to be so. We can pray that God will help us not to take our lack of sleep out on others.

Silence can be a great way of keeping ourselves out of trouble. This way we keep are angry thoughts from leaving our mouth. Often a smile is the only response needed. If someone gets catty with you, don't respond in kind. Often the best response is to pretend we did not notice and go on our way.

We do not have to spread anger. Let it stop with us by not responding in turn. When we get back in our cars, then we can talk to God about the situation. Let God cover us with His grace, comfort, and love.

Proverbs 15:1 King James Version (KJV)15 A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.

Let us not stir the pot of discord, but pray that we can live in peace with one another, including strangers we deal with.
Betty
 
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February 13, 2020
Happy Thursday,

God Is Our Salvation


Psalm 24:4-5 King James Version (KJV)
4 He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully.
5 He shall receive the blessing from the Lord, and righteousness from the God of his salvation.

Even Christians can get caught up in the belief that somehow we can earn our salvation. God makes it strongly clear no matter how righteous we live, or self-righteous we attempt to live, no one will go to Heaven because of their own righteousness. If we are honest with ourselves we will admit, at least to our bathroom mirror that we like sheep are prone to wander into sin.

We make excuses for our sharp tongue, a tendency to gossip and to hold grudges against others. Yet we judge others for the same sins. We can have clean hands and a pure heart when we choose to live the way God is leading us to do. When we are hurt by another forgive them even if they do not ask for forgiveness. Pray for those who with their words abuse us and spread gossip about us. When we do so this, God will keep bitterness from growing in our hearts.

What a wonderful blessing it is to live for God out of our love for Him. To feel His peace, when we choose to forgive others. Each day we can live in joy knowing that Jesus is coming for His children soon. Until then may God help us to live to please our Heavenly Father.
Betty
 
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February 15, 2020
Happy Saturday,

Our Name Engraved

I got an offer to have my name engraved on a gold plated sign to be posted at the President’s office for a donation. Noting against the President I voted for him and plan to again. Having my name engraved in someone's office is not something I strive for.

There is one place that is parliament that my name be written and that is in the Book of Life. Accommodation in this world will one day pass away. It is what is done for God that will last. My sister is very talented and often works for hours making decorations for Church events and others. While at the time the person appreciates her work they soon forget it but because she does the work out of her love for God her real reward will come in Heaven.

This is why God tells us to make sure our motivation for working hard should be to please Him and to help grow His Kingdom. God never forgets our hard labor.
Betty
 
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February 16, 2020
Blessed Sunday

The Good Shepherd

John 10:12-16 New International Version (NIV)
12 The hired hand is not the shepherd and does not own the sheep. So when he sees the wolf coming, he abandons the sheep and runs away. Then the wolf attacks the flock and scatters it. 13 The man runs away because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep.
14 “I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me— 15 just as the Father knows me and I know the Father—and I lay down my life for the sheep. 16 I have other sheep that are not of this sheep pen. I must bring them also. They too will listen to my voice, and there shall be one flock and one shepherd.

Our Heavenly Father is our Shepherd. He will never abandon us. When Satan attacks us Jesus will stand with us, even carrying us in His arms to safety. Satan likes to attack our focus so we are staring at our problems to the point we can't see Jesus. We become convinced we are alone and we allow our problems to overwhelm us.

Even in the midst of tragedy and troubles, we must stop and talk to our Shepherd. In the presence of God, we will find peace even in the battlefield.
Even when our circumstances do not change quickly as we wish, we must trust God.

James 1:8 King James Version (KJV)8 A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.


James 4:8 King James Version (KJV)8 Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.

When we pray we must believe that God hears our prayers. Doubts in our heart will hinder our prayers. We must choose to trust in God. God will not force us to trust Him. Stand firm in faith in God.

Mark 9:24 King James Version (KJV)24 And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief.

We can ask God to strengthen our faith. Let us pray that God helps us not to wander. There are many teachers and Pastors. Some with the gift of a great speaking voice, but we must make sure our Spiritual leaders our leading us in the truth of God’s Word. How do we do it? By comparing what they the Bible says. The Holy Bible must be the final Word for us.
Betty

P.S. Still awake at almost 7 a.m. The dementia could be upsetting my sleep patterns. Other than that feeling good.
 
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February 18, 2020
Tuesday,

Do People Know I Am A Christian?

If people who knew me were asked if I was a Christian, what would they say? Am I living my life in a way that others can see Jesus in me? When merchants deal with me would they find my behavior rude and offense?

These are the questions we should ask ourselves. The other day we were checked out by a person who was rude to the person in front of us and us. We chose to stay calm and kind. When we got to the car we discussed the lady and both agreed it would be unChristian for us to act in kind. We did not know if the lady was tired or in pain.

It is easy to repay others the way they treated us. It is so much better to be kind. We all have bad days would we want someone to treat us unkindly? Jesus would tell us to pray for the person who was rude to us. We should pray every day that we treat others with kindness and gentleness.

I have addressed the subject before but I needed reminding that I want Jesus to shine through my life. These days people are rushed and tempers are easily released on others. Christians need to pray that God will help us to allow Jesus to shine through our lives.
Betty
 
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February 19, 2020
Happy Wednesday,

Seven Things God Hates?

Proverbs 6:16-19 King James Version (KJV)
16 These six things doth the Lord hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him:
17 A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood,
18 An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief,
19 A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.

I awoke at 4.a.m. Hurting and decided to pray about what my blog should be today. Here I am. It is important for us to know what God hates. We need to avoid these that commit these sins, especially on a regular lifestyle. Our habits are often picked up by those we hang out with regularly.

These 7 sins lead to more and more sins. The person committing them often refuses to listen to the conviction of the Holy Spirit, causing their hearts to hardened and their ears no longer hear the call of the Holy Spirit.

What Does God Love?

1. A cheerful giver

2 Corinthians 9:7 New American Standard Bible (NASB)Each one must do just as he has purposed in his heart, not grudgingly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.

2. The world

John 3:16 New American Standard Bible (NASB)For God so loved the world, that He gave His [a]only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.

3. Justice

Psalm 11:7 New International Version (NIV)For the Lord is righteous,
    he loves justice;
    the upright will see his face.

Psalm 37:28 New American Standard Bible (NASB)For the Lord loves [a]justiceAnd does not forsake His godly ones;
They are preserved forever,
But the [b]descendants of the wicked will be cut off.

4. Righteousness

Psalm 146:8 New American Standard Bible (NASB)The Lord opens the eyes of the blind;The Lord raises up those who are bowed down;
The Lord loves the righteous;

5. Christians

1 John 4:15-16 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
15 Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God. 16 We have come to know and have believed the love which God has [a]for us. God is love, and the one who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.

John 16:27 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
27 for the Father Himself loves you, because you have loved Me and have believed that I came forth from the Father.

6. Non-Christians

1 John 4:10-11 New American Standard Bible (NASB)In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. 11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another

Romans 5:8 New American Standard Bible (NASB)But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

7. Those who love Him


Deuteronomy 7:9 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
9 Know therefore that the Lord your God, He is God, the faithful God, who keeps [a]His covenant and [b]His lovingkindness to a thousandth generation with those who love Him and keep His commandments;

8. Those who keep His Commandments

Deuteronomy 7:9 New American Standard Bible (NASB)Know therefore that the Lord your God, He is God, the faithful God, who keeps [a]His covenant and [b]His lovingkindness to a thousandth generation with those who love Him and keep His commandments;

9. Those who pursue Godlessness

Proverbs 15:9 New American Standard Bible (NASB)The way of the wicked is an abomination to the Lord,But He loves one who pursues righteousness.

10. Those who fear Him

Psalm 103:11 New American Standard Bible (NASB)For as high as the heavens are above the earth,So great is His lovingkindness toward those who [a]fear Him.

So, my friends, we do know how to please God. We know what sins to avoid and we know to pray that God will help us walk-in Righteousness. May Prayers and Blessings be given unto you.
Betty

P.S. Still feeding the birds and squirrels
 
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Thursday
February 20, 2020

God is Love


1 John 4:16 New King James Version (NKJV)16 And we have known and believed the love that God has for us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him.

God is love. God wants us to abide in Him and He in us. The problem is not God, it is us. We must choose to walk in the truths of God. Satan makes sin normal and acceptable. Hubby and I saw a drug company advertisement for medication for aids. The ad ended with two men kissing. What's next, commercials with transgenders?

This ad was not to make old people accept homosexual relations. This ad is to influence children and young people to accept what is an abomination to God as normal behavior.

21 For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 Claiming to be wise, they became fools, 23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things.
24 Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, 25 because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen.
26 For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature; 27 and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error. (Romans 1:21-26)


If a man lies with a male as with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination; they shall surely be put to death; their blood is upon them. – Leviticus 20:13


Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. – 1 Corinthians 6:9-10

It is not a question of judging homosexuals. The Bible is talking about God’s judgment on sinners. Our job is to warn sinners if they reject our warning then we keep praying for them.

The two worse sins of today are homosexuality and abortion. Yet many are marching in parades glorifying their sins against God. My friends, we are indeed living in the last days. Sin is running rampant all over the world. This is a sign to Christians to be looking for the rapture.
Betty


Luke 21:28 King 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.
 
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Friday
February 21, 2020

Losing Hope

All Christians are capable of losing hope. We can become overworked physically causing us to be susceptible to doubts and fears. Others can plant weeds in our lives, causing us to doubt the love God has for us. Sin can cause us to lose sight of God.

1 Thessalonians 5:8 King James Version (KJV)
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.

Titus 1:2 King James Version (KJV)
2 In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began;

We need not fear when we remember to but on the whole armor of God. When troubles come our way, it is easy to feel that God has forgotten us. When we cry out to God, He will comfort us. He will give us peace.

John 16:33 King James Version (KJV)
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.

Romans 14:17 King James Version (KJV)
17 For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.

The peace God gives the world cannot steal from us if we keep our faith steady in God’s saving grace. Our hope lies in a God that walks with us daily and He will welcome us to Heaven one day.

Romans 5:2 King James Version (KJV)
2 By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.

Ephesians 1:18 King James Version (KJV)
18 The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,

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


Press on my brothers and sisters, in Christ. It will not be long until to Jesus calls His children, home to Heaven.
Betty
 
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February 22, 2020
Saturday,


Children of God

Why do we live as if we are children without hope? Have we lost our faith? Do our souls faint from hunger? Have we forgotten who our Heavenly Father is?

We must come back to the beginning of our salvation and remind ourselves, who is it that brought redemption to past in our souls. Does the Word not say that Jesus is the author and finisher of our faith?

Hebrews 12:2 King James Version (KJV)
2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

Yet we often choose not to listen to the Words of Truth, but to listen to the devil. The devil’s words are cunning and he sprinkles just enough truth to confuse those whose faith has grown weak. Before we rush to judge another, let us remember the times we were weakened by circumstances and our own lack of prayer and reading of God’s Holy Word.

Shall we who now have grown stronger in our faith, not choose to lift up our weaker brethren in prayer and supplications. Remembering the times that others have come beside us and help hold us up in the midst of battle. Should we now, not return the favor to our brothers and sisters in Christ?

As Christians, we are part of the family of God. Encouraging one another in the faith is apart of being a part of the family of God. We should be working towards the same ends, that of glorifying our Heavenly Father and working for His Kingdom.

We are not children without hope. We serve a living Savior, who is now sitting at the right hand of the Father. His Holy Spirit lives in us and if we will open our hearts and minds, He will guide us safely through this world, until we enter the Gates of Heaven.

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


Betty
 
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February 24, 2020
Monday,


It's 6.m. and still awake. I fought so hard to sleep last night and it just made me nervous. Tonight I am just yielding to the circumstances of my brain issues. We can be like this with God. He wants us to go one way and we want to go to another. We can find ourselves battling God for control. Yet when we stop fighting and yield to the will of God, we find peace.

When we admit to ourselves that God’s way is best, we can stop fighting and begin to trust God. Then we can relax and follow God’s will for our lives. We can not see what lies ahead, but God can. We can trust Him. Not every road God takes us on is pleasant. The truth is the path can be painful. Yet it is often the hardest paths that lead to spiritual growth.

We all do not walk down the same paths. We can be tempted to think that God is leading another on an easier path. We may even begin to question God. Why do I have to travel the road of dementia? Or why do I have cancer when many other Christians do not?

Then we must ask ourselves how close to we want to walk with God. The closest path maybe more stony and have more briars then the path that is further from God. Yet, the closest path to Jesus is the sweetest. If we allow ourselves to trust God through the storms, we can find ourselves still singing praises to God, through the storms.

Our journey is getting closer to the end. Jesus will soon come to get His children. Reminding ourselves of the times we are living in can lead us to rejoicing. How blessed we are to be living in the days of the soon coming rapture!

1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 King James Version (KJV)
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.

In these dark days where evil abounds on this earth, we can look forward to the trumpet sounds for our departure from this earth. Jesus warned us the last days would be like the days of Noah. Sin is celebrated in the streets and those who strive to live Holy lives are looked on with disdain. Prayer for sinners and keep looking up, for our redemption is indeed drawing close.
Betty


2 Chronicles 15:2 King James Version (KJV)
2 And he went out to meet Asa, and said unto him, Hear ye me, Asa, and all Judah and Benjamin; The Lord is with you, while ye be with him; and if ye seek him, he will be found of you; but if ye forsake him, he will forsake you.
 
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February 26, 2020
Tuesday,

The Sleeping Church

Jesus Prays at Gethsemane
(Mark 14:32-42; Luke 22:39-46)

36Then cometh Jesus with them unto a place called Gethsemane, and saith unto the disciples, Sit ye here, while I go and pray yonder. 37And he took with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and began to be sorrowful and very heavy. 38Then saith he unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death: tarry ye here, and watch with me.
39And he went a little further, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt. 40And he cometh unto the disciples, and findeth them asleep, and saith unto Peter, What, could ye not watch with me one hour? 41Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.
42He went away again the second time, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if this cup may not pass away from me, except I drink it, thy will be done. 43And he came and found them asleep again: for their eyes were heavy. 44And he left them, and went away again, and prayed the third time, saying the same words. 45Then cometh he to his disciples, and saith unto them, Sleep on now, and take your rest: behold, the hour is at hand, and the Son of man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. 46Rise, let us be going: behold, he is at hand that doth betray me.

Jesus took Peter and Zebedee’s two sons with Him. Jesus told them He was sorrowful even unto death and He asked them to watch with Him. We look back at the men and question why they were blind to the what was happening. Should not they have been praying to God for Jesus? Yet in the hour of one of Jesus’ greatest needs, they slept instead of praying.

Before we get too far in judging them, look at the times we are living in. We are living in the last days. Too many Churches instead of warning the Church not to be like the 10 foolish virgins who had not prepared oil for their lamps, Churches are trying to be politically correct. There are Pastors more concerned about civil rights issues then warning their sheep of the dangers of sin.

Sadly, some Churches are bringing sin into the Church to prove they are politically correct. Hiring gay Pastors, transgender Pastors, and Preachers who choose not to preach from the Bible but do feel-good speeches and speeches promoting social improvements. While we need social improvement in many areas, it should not be done in the time the Pastor needs to be preaching the truth from the Bible.

Too many sheep sitting under Shepherds who do not preach that we are living in the last days. Shepherds who have chosen to refuse to believe what the Bible says about hell. Some Pastors even telling their flock that hell does not exist. The sheep share their own blame, by refusing to compare what the Pastor said to the Bible.

If your Doctor told you to give your baby poison for a cold, you would find a new Doctor. Yet week after week Churches are filled with people listening to Pastors who say gay marriage is okay. Pastors saying abortion is a woman’s right. Preaching there is no hell is the worse. Pastors convincing their people they can live in sin and go to Heaven. These men and women will pay.

Pray that God will wake up the sleeping Churches to the truth about the times we are living in. Pray that Pastors and teachers would go back to the truth of the Bible.
Betty
 
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February 26, 2020
Happy Wednesday,

What Does My Mind Dwell On?

There is an old saying ”the mind is the devil’s playground”. We cannot keep the devil from putting a thought in our head. It is our own decision as to what we decide to do with that thought.

If the devil brings to our mind a sin from our past that we have sought forgiveness from, we remind that old devil how God was gracious enough to forgive us for that sin. Seek forgiveness of any sin that we have committed to God. If the devil reminds us of a sin that someone else has committed then we pray for that person. The devil is not going to stick around for a prayer meeting.

The world is filled with evil. Politicians bragging about how they are going to keep sin legal if they are elected. It is enough to make us depressed if we dwell on it. Instead, give our worries to God. Sometimes we are better off reminding ourselves of our future in Heaven and not think so much about the present.

This does not mean for us to stop living in the present. We pray for one another and encourage one another in the Lord. We do our duty as Christians and vote for those who stand for the truth of God’s Word. In my opinion, I would rather vote for someone who is against abortion, even if he has a tendency to put his foot in his mouth.
Betty

Philippians 4:4-9 New International Version (NIV)
Final Exhortations
4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. 9 Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. A
 
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February 27,2020
Happy Thursday,

Sitting in the car waiting for hubby to finish with his lab work. I am more sleepy now, then when I went to bed, last night. The air is crisp but the sun is shining.

It seems we spend a lot of time waiting. Sitting in a warm car is a lot easier then standing in a long line at a grocery store.

Waiting for answered prayer can be frustrating. Even knowing God has our best interest at heart, we can still find ourselves becoming grumpy. We find peace when we serve God with joy in our hearts even during the days of waiting for an answer from God.

Rejoicing in remembrance of past victories that God has brought into our lives brings hope and peace to our hearts. Reminding ourselves that God will be with us now and throughout our lives until we take our last breath will strengthen our faith and raise our hope in our Savior and Lord.
Betty
 
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February 28, 2020
Happy Friday,

Faith to Survive

Coronavirus is beginning to affect many people. Not just in China but in many Countries. The dow has gone down drastically this week. Many experts say the question is not if it will affect North America but when. If our faith is secure in Christ we need not fear. Whatever happens, God is in control.

There are many things that try our faith. Job loss, sickness, and death. Yet, we can be secure in our faith in Jesus. In those times that we have lost our source of income, God will provide.

Psalm 37:25 King James Version (KJV)
25 I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.

In times of sickness, we can remember that we have a promise of healing. We will be healed either here on earth or in Heaven. Sickness is temporary. God will give us victory.

Death of a loved one is the hardest to bear. Knowing our loved one is with God lightens the burden, some but we must remember we will be with them again. For now, we can find comfort in God.

Whatever we are going through, God will give us the faith to survive. He will walk with us through the fire and when we feel we are drowning we can call on Jesus to save us.
Betty
 
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February 29, 2020
Happy Saturday,

The Rock That Is Higher

Psalm 61:1-3 King James Version (KJV)
61 Hear my cry, O God; attend unto my prayer.
2 From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I.
3 For thou hast been a shelter for me, and a strong tower from the enemy.

Life can be overwhelming. Little things and bigger things can bring distress in our lives. Yet, God’s children are never without hope. We must remember that we have a strong tower that we can lean on. God will cover us with His wings like a bird covers her chicks.

We must listen to God through prayer and reading His Holy Word so that we can recognize His voice. There are many voices calling us today. If we do not know the voice of God well enough, we can be lead astray. It just takes that first step that leads to another and another. Then we find ourselves further than we ever intended to be.

The devil sweetness sin for a time, but then he forsaken us. The party animal with many friends is left all alone when he is passed out in an alley. The drug addict that has lost everything, had never meant to end up there. Even the sweetest tasting sin leads to destruction.

The Christian life may not always be the life of Riley, but God will never abandon us. He is with us through the valleys and on the mountain tops. We can trust God to never abandon us not forsake. Let us choose to listen to ”The Voice of Truth”.
Betty


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

Onto the crashing waves
To step out of my comfort zone
Into the realm of the unknown where Jesus is

And He's holding out His hand
But the waves are calling out my name
And they laugh at me
Reminding me of all the times
I've tried before and failed

The waves they keep on telling me
Time and time again. "Boy, you'll never win!"
"You'll never win!"
But the Voice of Truth tells me a different story
The Voice of Truth says, "Do not be afraid!"
And the Voice of Truth says, "This is for My glory"

Out of all the voices calling out to me
I will choose to listen and believe the Voice of Truth
Oh what I would do to have
The kind of strength it takes
to stand before a giant
With just a sling and a stone

Surrounded by the sound of a thousand warriors
Shaking in their armor
Wishing they'd have had the strength to stand
But the giant's calling out my name
And he laughs at me

Reminding me of all the times
I've tried before and failed
The giant keeps on telling me
Time and time again. "Boy you'll never win!"
"You'll never win!"
But the Voice of Truth tells me a different story

The Voice of Truth says, "Do not be afraid!"
And the Voice of Truth says, "This is for My glory"
Out of all the voices calling out to me
I will choose to listen and believe the Voice of Truth
But the stone was just the right size
To put the giant on the ground
And the waves they don't seem so high

On top of them lookin' down
I will soar with the wings of eagles
When I stop and listen to the sound of Jesus
Singing over me
But the Voice of Truth tells me a different story
The Voice of Truth says, "Do not be afraid!"
And the Voice of Truth says, "This is for My glory"
Out of all the voices calling out to me (calling out to me)
I will choose to listen and believe-
I will choose to listen and believe the Voice of Truth
I will listen and believe
I will listen and believe the Voice of truth
I will listen and believe
Cause Jesus you are the voice of truth
And I will listen to you, you are-
 
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March 1, 2020
Blessed Sunday,

Mercy Drops

As I laid awake most of the night, I would think of a line from an old Hymn and then lose the rest of the song. My daughter-in-law ordered me a puzzle made especially for Alzheimer's patients. Working with it relaxes me and I think it helps so I ordered me another one-off Amazon that is coming today.

My brain last night seems to be working like puzzle pieces. One thought jumping to another thought to another. Like puzzle pieces. I thought of the old Hymn ”Showers of Blessings” I like the song but the song seems to downplay Mercy Drops, asking for Showers of Blessings instead.

Don't get me wrong, we all need showers of blessings to grow spiritually, but it is the mercy drops that keep us going through the drought periods of our lives. It is those diamonds of grace that I often write about that brighten our days and warm us on the cold nights.

Remember we are not alone in our suffering. Most Christians are suffering from the tares of the devil and life’s challenges. Yet, contrary to the lies of the devil, we have not been forsaken. As sleep evaded me, I could still feel the presence of God. Even in the dark of the night when we are tempted to allow our faith in God to waver, God whispers softly to us:”Child, I am here, with you”.
Betty
 
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March 2, 2020
Happy Monday,

We have been pushing God out of America for a long time. I was thinking about when I was in elementary and our class did a little Christmas play. The teacher had students play out the Nativity Scene. We were given the words to the Christmas songs and we sang them together.

Even in the 70’s and 80’s we had variety shows at Christmas time on TV where stars sang Christmas Hymns. I do not remember when the last time there was a show on around Christmas where stars sang Christmas Hymns on TV. Whenever a TV show has anything to mention God anymore, it is to portray God in a negative light or to use His Name as a swear word.

The world feels that they no longer need God. That humans have reached a place of superior intelligence and do not need God anymore. Evil abounds and gets worse every year. It seems every week a child or young person goes missing only to be found dead after being abused and murdered. Yet, the world still thinks that we have become more enlightened.

The world does not see that we have not become enlightened but blinded by satan’s lies. Accepting his evil as normal. Giving names that sound good to evil things like pro-choice. While on the other hand pro-life people are considered as people who seek to take away women’s rights.

Christians need to wake up to the truth that we are living in the last days. What we are going to do for Christ, we must do now. We must share the Good News of the Gospel while we still have time.
Betty
 
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March 3, 2020
Happy Tuesday,

Tuesday’s Thoughts

Hubby and I are both sick. Not sure if it is a cold or the flu, but we are miserable. The head congestion, sour throat, and chest congestion. Sleep was out of the question for both of us last night. I prayed to be able to sleep but was still awake at 6 this morning. With my sleep pattern changed in my brain, this has been a pattern for a couple of months now.

There are a lot of things out of our control. We can control ourselves. With the help of God, we can choose to control our attitude. When we feel out of sorts and cranky we can choose to pray for others. It is amazing how our attitude changes when we begin to pray for others. We cannot change the evil in this world, but we can pray for those caught up in the devil’s snares.

It is easy for us conservative American Christians to become very angry at how the Democrats have lead this Country a stray, by legalizing sin. We must remember behind the faces are souls that are lost. Sadly, many consider themselves Christians, and yet they have sold their souls to the devil for political power. This should grieve us. We should be praying for them.

It is easy to say they are going to get what they have coming to them when they go to hell. Been there, myself, but do I deserve to go to Heaven? Not on my own righteousness, will I enter the gates of Heaven. May God help us to see the finality of hell and help us to grieve for the lost souls who are headed there.
Betty
 
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March 4, 22020
Happy Wednesday,


Still awake at 6:30 a.m. Yet, I had some nuggets of diamonds, as God brought to my memory Hymns I have not thought of in many years. My life has changed so much in the last six months. It is a journey of distress and confusion and yet I can still feel the presence of God.

I want to be what God wants me to be, but I fear that is impossible in my condition and yet I feel at peace as I submit myself to God. God made Adam out of dirt, surely He can give me the words to say that will be useful to His Kingdom.
God caused a donkey to speak, surely He can speak through me even as this disease overtakes my mind.

My friend whatever you are going through God can meet your needs. When we humble ourselves to God and heed His commands He will guide us in His truths, through every challenge we face.

Sadly, I read of Pastors and teachers who have abandoned the truth of the Gospel, in order to attract crowds. It is better to have a small Church where the truth of the Gospel is preached than to mislead thousands. We are so close to the end of the Church age, let us pray that we stay true to the Gospel and speak the truth in love.

God has not changed His mind on sin. We cannot choose to live a lifestyle of sin and have a relationship with God. When we do sin, repent and turn away from that sin.

Proverbs 26:11 King James Version (KJV)
11 As a dog returneth to his vomit, so a fool returneth to his folly.

Pray that we will live that is pleasing to God. That we would run from sin and go back to the precepts of God’s Holy Word.
Betty

Going to try to sleep, now.
 
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March 5, 2020
Happy Thursday,

Finding God’s Will

Finding God’s Will for our lives is often a journey. Raising my children was God’s Will for me. I loved taking care of my children. Taking them to Church and other Church events. Reading the Bible to them while they ate breakfast before School. Shaping their lives through God’s Will helped shaped my life.

Through the years, many changes came. Some changes were good and some devastating but, God brought us through them all. God’s Will for us changes over time. Raising children doesn't last your whole life. They grow up and move out and have families of their own.

As circumstances change, often God will lead you through new doors. He will carry you through new challenges, where you will be called to different work. We worked five years for a ministry that offered food and clothing for the elderly, those who were in financial need, and the homeless. This helped us to learn that the reason for homelessness is not always the same. We were given opportunities to pray for strangers.

While God does not tell you in an advance the many job hats you will wear, He will equip you to accomplish the work He has for you to do. Our job is to be willing to step in where God puts us and do the work. We must accept the many changes that come in life, knowing His Will for us, is the best. When we are willing to obey God, we can grow spiritually and be a blessing to others.
Betty
 
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March 6, 2020
Happy Thursday,

Is My Life Christ-Centered?

This is a question that if we ask ourselves, regularly we would get different answers. Some days we are Christ-Centered, other days we are off-kilter.
Life’s joys and problems can cause us to be focused on something else besides Christ. When this happens we have to double back and change our focus.

The important thing is the pattern of our lives. Are we living for Christ? Are we living in a way that is pleasing to God? We cannot do either if we do not know God well. We learn what is important to God by reading His Holy Word and listening to the Holy Spirit, which lives in every Christian.

We must also have a desire to please God. Any of us can get caught up in pleasing ourselves. It takes an effort to choose to make pleasing God our priority. This doesn't mean we never do anything to please ourselves. The closer we walk to God, the more likely what pleases us will not be contrary to the will of God.

1 Thessalonians 4:1 New King James Version (NKJV)
Plea for Purity
4 Finally then, brethren, we urge and exhort in the Lord Jesus that you should abound more and more, just as you received from us how you ought to walk and to please God;

Betty
 
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March 7, 2020
Happy Saturday,

Still Hanging On

Hubby and I are still sick with the regular flu. Both of us laying in bed resting. This got me thinking of how often we feel like we are barely hanging on to our faith in God. We forget that God is holding on to us. We may choose to jump out of His arms, but there is no way He will drop us. Our faith can be secure when we remind ourselves of the greatness of God.

It is true that our hope can fade because of life’s struggles. This happens when our focus is on our problems and not on God. Remember the old Hymn ”Turn Your Eyes On Jesus” It is true when we keep our eyes on Jesus and not our struggles, we will find our faith not slipping away.

We all deal with different things. Physical illnesses seems to be the hardest, to deal with. We face the issues with the physical disease when we wake up, through the day and we go to bed. It is an unwelcome companion. We must remind ourselves this is temporary, even if there is no cure. We will one day receive our perfect body and mind.

Still, hanging on? No! We are pressing onward with our faith secured in Jesus Christ. Our hope is not in the medical field, but in our future with God in Heaven.
Betty

P.S. Philippians 3:14 New King James Version (NKJV)
14 I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
 
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March 8, 2020
Blessed Sunday,

Grateful Heart

"Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name! For the Lord is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations.” Ps. 100:4-5

Are God’s Children grateful? Does praise to God fall off our lips as easily as complaints? Do we praise God out of love or habit? Each of us could say no to either one of the questions at different times of our lives. We are not always grateful. There are times that we are hard-headed and just plain unappreciative of what God has done and what He is doing in our lives.

Gratefulness is a choice. We must choose to be grateful. We must choose to be appreciative. We must choose to be thankful. We must not choose to have these attitudes so that people and God will do more for us. We choose these attitudes out of loving and appreciative heart.

We must choose to have an attitude of appreciation, then we are more pleasant to be around. No one wants to be around someone who is always complaining. Being around bitter and angry people is exhausting. It takes the fresh air right out of the surrounding area. God helps us to be appreciative, kind, and pleasant people.
Betty
 
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March 9, 2020
Happy Monday

”Someone to Watch Over Me”

In 1926 George Gershwin wrote,” Somone to Watch Over Me”. It was originally written as a fast dance toon. One day George sat down at the piano and played it with a slow best. It was almost like a prayer. The desire of human beings to feel like someone is watching over us is engraved in our DNA.

When God made us, His intentions were to watch over us. To keep His protected hand over us. Soon we rejected His protection choosing to go out on our own. In rebellion, mankind rejects the protection of God. Sure we would like to be protected but we do not want God telling us what to do.

Just as children can be rebellious and get in trouble so can God’s children. It takes discipline to bring rebellious children back in line. It also takes discipline to bring God’s children back in line. We don't like it any more than kids do. A little discipline keeps children from getting into deeper trouble. A little discipline from God keeps us from wandering too far.

God wants to watch over us and protect us. If we abandon the laws of God and choose to live in sin, we will separate ourselves from God’s protection. The Holy Spirit will call us back but we must make the choice to return to the fold. If we choose to live in sin, we will face the consequences of our decision.
Betty


Psalm 121:5-8 New International Version (NIV)

The Lord watches over you—
    the Lord is your shade at your right hand;

the sun will not harm you by day,
    nor the moon by night.

The Lord will keep you from all harm—
    he will watch over your life;

the Lord will watch over your coming and going
    both now and forevermore.

This promise is to God’s children and not to sinners.
 
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March 11, 2020
Happy Wednesday,

The Media Runs on Fear

Headlines that prompt fear get more notice. Television news likes to say only on channel 3 will you hear this. Another common promotion is ”you might have this item in your home that is killing you and your family”. This has caused a run on toilet paper and hand soap. We do not need to purchase 60 rolls of toilet paper and 25 bottles of hand sanitizers.

What we need is common sense. When you go shopping take a small bottle of hand sanitizer and wipe off the grocery cart. Wash your hands regularly and stay home if you are sick. Us elderly people need to take more precautions, but trust God and do not panic. Common sense over fear.

As Christians, we should trust that God will take care of us. This new flu has not taken God off guard. God knows the future and is always prepared. The more we put our trust in God the less fear we will have. Whatever happens, God is in control.
Betty


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

Psalm 91:4 King James Version (KJV)
4 He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.
 
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March 12, 2020
Happy Thursday,

Times of Turmoil

The stock market is falling. You can not find toilet paper or hand sanitizer at stores. Many people are fearful. What should we do? We keep our faith secure in God. God has not fled and hidden nor is He afraid. In the midst of so many questions and concerns, we can rest securely in the arms of God. Knowing, whatever happens, God is still in control and He will not forsake us.

We pray for sinners to turn to Jesus for salvation. We pray for God to watch over us and our families and friends. We encourage our brothers and sisters in Christ. We look for opportunities to share Jesus with others. We pray for our President who is under so much pressure from many sides. Most of all we pray for the Will of God to be accomplished.

2 Corinthians 12:10 New King James Version (NKJV)
10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

Betty


’Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus | Louisa M. R. Stead
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’Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus
Louisa M. R. Stead, 1882
copyright status is Public Domain

Subjects: Trust, Experience
Scripture: Proverbs 30:5
Trust in Jesus [.xml]
William J. Kirkpatrick, 1882
copyright status is Public Domain

Key: A♭
Meter: 8.7.8.7 D
) 1 ’Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus,
2 Just to take Him at His Word;
3 Just to rest upon His promise,
4 And to know, “Thus saith the Lord!”
◦ Refrain:
◦ Jesus, Jesus, how I trust Him!
◦ How I’ve proved Him o’er and o’er;
◦ Jesus, Jesus, precious Jesus!
◦ Oh, for grace to trust Him more!
5 Oh, how sweet to trust in Jesus,
6 Just to trust His cleansing blood;
7 And in simple faith to plunge me
8 ’Neath the healing, cleansing flood!
9 Yes, ’tis sweet to trust in Jesus,
10 Just from sin and self to cease;
11 Just from Jesus simply taking
12 Life and rest, and joy and peace.
13 I’m so glad I learned to trust Thee,
14 Precious Jesus, Savior, Friend;
15 And I know that Thou art with me,
16 Wilt be with me to the end.
 
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March 13, 2020
Happy Friday,

The What-If Game

We went out to eat yesterday. When we went out to the car my car was covered in pollen. We got the car washed but the pollen on the car will be back.
We have troubles and issues every day. This is why God warned us about tomorrow’s troubles.

Matthew 6:34 King James Version (KJV)
34 Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.

With this virus affecting our Country and most others, we can be tempted to spend hours playing the what-if game. What if the virus affects my job or my children's jobs? With the store's shelves empty of many products, what if I run out of my basic needs? What if I get sick or my family? We can work ourselves up to a panic.

God says for us to trust Him. Trust Him not just when everything is going perfect but through times like this when it seems the experts do not know the answers. It is easy to fret. My sister and son both went shopping yesterday. Costcos and Sams were out of the water, toilet paper and meat, and canned meat. This is happening because of fear. Panic causes fear and fear causes people to overstock and this causes a shortage.

It is the unknown that causes people to panic. If we are God’s children we know that God knows the future. We can be secure in God, knowing that He will take care of us.

1 John 4:18 King James Version (KJV)
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.

Trust God. Stay informed and pray for one another. Look for your diamonds of grace.
Betty
 
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March 14, 2020
Happy Saturday,

A Ship Adrift

I am not a ship adrift in the Ocean, without a pilot. My God, My Savior, leadeth me through calm and stormy waters. I need not fear the waves that swirl around me for He that spoke the Universe in existence, speaks and the rushing waves still. Though the world around me boils with fear and uncertainty, Jesus calms my heart and mind. Jesus speaks and I am at peace.

The world is in panic mold over this virus. While the President calls a Day of Prayer for the Nation to come to seek guidance from God, for dealing with this virus, there are those who made fun of the Vice President for praying. Even while the world is panicking there are those who publically mock those who have faith in God and are not ashamed to pray.

Even in times of confusion and mass fear, there are those who will not let go of their pride and surrender to God. In their pride, they do not see that they have surrendered to the devil and his evil ways. They refuse the one who has the answers and embraced the one agenda is to drag mankind to hell with him.
Betty


Representative Text
1 He leadeth me: O blessed thought!
O words with heavenly comfort fraught!
Whate'er I do, where'er I be,
still 'tis God's hand that leadeth me.
Refrain:
He leadeth me, he leadeth me;
by his own hand he leadeth me:
his faithful follower I would be,
for by his hand he leadeth me.
2 Sometimes mid scenes of deepest gloom,
sometimes where Eden's flowers bloom,
by waters calm, o'er troubled sea,
still 'tis God's hand that leadeth me. Refrain
3 Lord, I would clasp thy hand in mine,
nor ever murmur nor repine;
content, whatever lot I see,
since 'tis my God that leadeth me. Refrain
4 And when my task on earth is done,
when, by thy grace, the victory's won,
e'en death's cold wave I will not flee,
since God through Jordan leadeth me. Refrain
Psalter Hymnal, (Gray)
 
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March 15, 2020
Blessed Sunday,

Old Account Was Settled

I head an old Gospel song this week that I had not thought of in many many years: The Old Account was Settled”. This song reminds us that we can be assured of our salvation. Salvation is not bought by our works. We do not have to live in fear that we have not done enough good works to enter Heaven. Our salvation is not purchased by our good works, but by accepting the Redemption of Jesus’ Blood He shed for us.

Surrendering ourselves to God is the key to Heaven. Self-pride can keep us out of Heaven. We must lay aside our pride in order to receive the gift of salvation. Humbling ourselves before God who loved us first is essential to receiving the gift of salvation and when we do this we can live in peace knowing our account is settled in Heaven.
Betty
 
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March 16, 2020
Happy Monday,

I am on the list that must be careful because of the COPD. I just ordered pick up for groceries. We are in a time that none of us have ever been through, before. This said we can trust God to protect us.

Psalm 37:25 King James Version (KJV)
25 I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.

We can trust God to watch over us. God does not want His children to fear. It is during these times that we learn to trust in God. We can encourage one another in these days to trust in our Heavenly Father. God will give us peace to make it through the days ahead.

Psalm 4:8 King James Version (KJV)
8 I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for thou, Lord, only makest me dwell in safety


Psalm 29:11 King James Version (KJV)
11 The Lord will give strength unto his people; the Lord will bless his people with peace.

Betty
 
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March 17, 2020
Tuesday,

Uncertainty

The panic and fear today is caused by uncertainty. Will I or my family get sick? How will we make it financially? How long with this virus last? Will there be a second stand? Will we have martial law? Far more questions than answers. Truth is no one knows but God.

We must not underestimate how important trusting God at this time. He is the only one with the answers. Trusting in God will be what sees us through this worldwide crisis. He has promised never to leave or forsake us. Take your concerns and fears to Jesus, in prayer, in these days.

This is a great time to be praying for lost loved ones. Pray that in their time of concerns and fears they will call out to God for salvation. God wants no one to perish without salvation through the precious blood of Christ.

John 14:6 New King James Version (NKJV)
6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.

Betty

There can still be moments of diamonds of grace. Yesterday my daughter in law faced timed with me showing our granddaughter playing and trying to walk. This warmed my heart with joy.
 
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March 18, 2020
Happy Wednesday,


I did not sleep well last night because my head hurt so badly. Yet even in the pain, God gave me peace as I sang songs of praise to Him. Songs sang at a whisper, but God heard every word. In times of pain, physically or emotionally, God meets us where we are. Songs of praise from our hearts will reach the heart of God.

Troubles that the devil sends our way are no match for our Heavenly Father.
In the midst of sorrow and pain, God pours out His Holy Spirit over us and our wounds are healed. As we set a time to spend in prayers for others and we do pray for others we will be refreshed and with the help of God, we will be overcome.
Betty
 
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March 19, 2020
Happy Thursday,

Courage

Psalm 27:14 King James Version (KJV)
14 Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord.


Courage is lived out in many, many, ways. Christopher Columbus traveling across the Oceans to find America. Soldiers leaving the safety of their homes to fight battles across the Ocean for the freedom of others. Missionaries who leave their homes to fly into dangerous Countries to share the Gospel of Christ. Individuals fighting cancer one day at a time.

Courage is often a journey, draining us physically and emotionally. There will be days of doubt and despair, but courageous people pick up their weapons and fight day after day. For those who choose to live their lives for Christ, their battles are not fought in vain. The journey will intel many ubattles. Some battles won and some lost, but the war will be won. Often the war is won in death. Death does not mean a Christian has lost the war. It often means they have won the war and God has called them to their award in Heaven.

God equips His soldiers for battle. He is with us from the beginning of the war until the end. Through the dark nights when we feel overwhelmed and outnumbered, God sends His Angels to minister unto us. They administer healing oils and encouragement so we can fight another day.

Many of us are in the midst of our final battle. We can rest under the wings of our Heavenly Father, knowing He will never forsake or leave us. We need not fear the days to come. God will be with us until we enter the Gates of Heaven.

All of us are facing uncertain times. Every Country struggling to stay ahead of the virus. This is the time for Nations to turn to God for Divine help. As individuals let us lay aside our pride and surrender ourselves to God.
Betty

Isaiah 41:6 King James Version (KJV)
6 They helped every one his neighbour; and every one said to his brother, Be of good courage.
 
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March 20, 2020
Happy Friday,

Faith Over Fear

This is a subject that is being taught and preached on a lot at this time. Faith over fear is needed in these times. We must choose Faith over Fear. Simply, we must choose our reaction and not allow our reaction to determine our actions.

Fear causes us to react in anger or sometimes it prohibits us from taking much-needed action. Fear is a human reaction. Choosing Faith over Fear is a Godly action. We can choose to walk in faith. How do we walk in faith? We walk with God daily. When we walk in faith daily then our normal reaction is to trust God.

When our faith begins to weaken, we go to Hebrews 11 (the Faith Chapter).

Hebrews 11 King James Version (KJV)
11 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
2 For by it the elders obtained a good report.
3 Through faith, we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.

Hebrews 11 tells us of the men and women throughout time, that we're sustained by their faith in God. Some died in their faith, not receiving their answer until after their death. Because of their faith, they found favor in God.
This assures us that we can continue to have faith that after we die that our prayers for our families will still be answered by God.

In the coming days of uncertainty, go to the Rock of our Salvation and lean on Him. He will increase our faith and gives us the courage to walk faithfully with God through this storm. ”His eye is on the Sparrow” and He is watching over us.
Betty
 
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March 21, 2020
Happy Saturday,

Times of Frustration

We are living in frustrating times. It is hard to get basic necessities. You have to go to store to store to get some of what you need. People are tired, frustrated, and cranky. It is easy to lose our temper and say things we should not say. We are so much better off if we do not allow hateful words to pass our lips.

We are so much better off if we pray before we leave the house. I cannot say I always remember to pray. Let us try to pray more, especially that we will allow God’s love to shine through us.
Betty
 
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1 Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine;
Oh, what a foretaste of glory divine!
Heir of salvation, purchase of God,
Born of His Spirit, washed in His blood.
This is my story, this is my song,
Praising my Savior all the day long.
This is my story, this is my song,
  Praising my Savior all the day long.
2 Perfect submission, perfect delight,
Visions of rapture now burst on my sight;
Angels descending, bring from above
Echoes of mercy, whispers of love.
3 Perfect submission, all is at rest,
I in my Savior am happy and blest;
Watching and waiting, looking above,
Filled with His goodness, lost in His love.
 
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March 22, 2020
Blessed Sunday,

Live-streamed our Church Service and then our Daughter’s Church. Picked up groceries at store with curb-pick-up. Even in these days, we are blessed. I read about a lady who got saved and then filled with the Holy Spirit just from watching Church from her front yard. God is still working in these miraculous times.

God is still in control and He is still saving souls. Keep praying for your loved ones, because the door of salvation is still opened. This is not the time of give up. Jesus is coming back, soon! Our time of suffering will soon be over. Soon we will be singing praises to God as we walk those golden streets of Heaven.

May God bless you and your family and encourage each of you with His loving Kindness.
Betty
 
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March 23, 2020
Happy Monday,

”Glorious Appearing ”

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

In times like these, remembering the glorious appearing of our Lord and Savior brings encouragement and joy. It is good for us to remind ourselves that this time is temporary. With hearts filled with hope, we look forward to a perfect eternity with our Heavenly Father.

If we have humbled ourselves before God and accepting Jesus as our Lord and Savior, we can live in peace in this life, knowing God is watching over us. We need not fear death because our last breath will welcome us into our eternal reward.

When we love God with all our heart, our heart’s desire will to live sinless lives. We will want to live for God and in a way that is pleasing to God. Our heart’s desire will be to share the love of Christ with others.
Betty
 
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March 24, 2020
Happy Tuesday,

Go Back To The Bible

What should we do when we feel lost? Go back to the Bible. The Bible is our spiritual lifeblood. When we feed on the Word of God, our Spiritual health improves. When we begin to believe the promises of God, our faith grows and our fears and doubts diminish.

In this time when many of us are stuck at home by law, we have many resources on which we can feed our souls. We can read the Bible online. There are many Christian devotions online. Just make sure the Devotions line up with what the Bible says. The Bible is the final authority.

Spend time praying for ourselves, our families, and friends. Pray for our Country and our President. Pray for sinners to accept salvation through the Precious Blood of Jesus.

Do not fear but keep our faith in God. He will never fail us. No matter what is happening in the world today, God is still in control. These days may be God’s ways of bringing souls to Himself before the rapture takes place.

May God fill your hearts with peace and calm your Spirits with His love.
Betty
 
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March 25, 2020
Happy Wednesday,

Seek The Lord

Isaiah 55:6 King James Version (KJV)
6 Seek ye the Lord while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near:

God tells us that we should seek Him, while He may be found. We cannot harden our hearts and minds to the call of God and then expect Him to hear our prayers. Having a healthy and close relationship with God is essential.

During this time of uncertainty, we should be talking to God more than once a day. When we do this God will encourage us and our faith will grow.
Betty
 
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March 27, 2020
Happy Friday,

”Settle Down, I Said”

Four little words, but as children, we knew there was going to be discipline behind those words if we did not obey. It was often hard to settle down as kids. It seems like our bodies and minds were wound up like a wind-up toy just waiting to jump.

This morning my brain is like that. Jumping from subject to subject and from song to song. I had to read my devotion three times to take it in. There are often times we have to pray for God to settle us down. We can be listening to a Pastor and our mind feels like a jumping bean. ”Did we lock the door? What do I need at the grocery store? etc.”

God does honor our request and help our minds settle on His Words. During this mandatory stay at home, time, we can feel like we are going stir crazy. When we begin to sing songs of praise as a prayer to God, we will begin to relax. God will give us peace of mind. We can rejoice in the presence of our Heavenly Father.
Betty


Representative Text
1 I've got peace like a river,
I've got peace like a river,
I've got peace like a river in my soul.
I've got peace like a river,
I've got peace like a river,
I've got peace like a river in my soul.
2 I've got love like a river,
I've got love like a river,
I've got love like a river in my soul.
I've got love like a river,
I've got love like a river,
I've got love like a river in my soul
3 I've got joy like a river,
I've got joy like a river,
I've got joy like a river in my soul.
I've got joy like a river,
I've got joy like a river,
I've got joy like a river in my soul.
Baptist Hymnal, 1991
 
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March 28, 2020
Happy Saturday,

”My Faith Looks Up To You”

In these days of uncertainty, where do we put our faith? Leaders of every Country are unsure what to do. Medical experts are unsure of the answer. The only safe place to put our trust is in God. God knows how. Could not this time be a wake-up call for Christians and none-Christians alike?

This is the time to decide who we will serve. The times show us we are on the verge of something big and that is the rapture when Jesus comes for His Own. It is time to lay aside doubts and choose Jesus. After the Rapture, the tribulation will begin. This will be a time of judgment on the world for rejecting Jesus. This is not a time we want to be on this earth.

It is the time to lay aside our pride and accept the fact that we need a Savior. Jesus died for our sins. He offers us redemption, but we must humble ourselves and accept His gift. Christians seek forgiveness of unrepentant sin and none Christians seek salvation while it can still be found. I cannot express strongly enough how important this is.
Betty
 
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March 29, 2020
Blessed Sunday,

Praise, Pray, and Praise


“But giving thanks is a sacrifice that truly honors me. If you keep to my path, I will reveal to you the salvation of God.” - Psalm 50:23

We cannot ever praise God too much. Praising God should not be an act of service but a bubbling up of praise from our hearts to our Heavenly Father. An act of worship that not comes out of obligation but out of our love for God.

Our prayers should come from the heart and not a work assignment. Where we decide to praise God for two minutes, offer up our petitions, and then praise another two minutes. It is easy to get into this habit, I know. God wants our prayers to be heartfelt communication with Him.

The more we pray, the more our relationship develops so that prayer to God is simply us talking to our Heavenly Father. We can talk about everything. Believe it or not God does want to hear about our day. Talk to God about your frustrations and your heart's desire. God is interested in your life and your needs. We can share things with God that we would be embarrassed about with anyone else. There is nothing that you can say to God that will shock Him.
Betty
 
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March 29, 2020
Blessed Sunday,

Praise, Pray, and Praise


“But giving thanks is a sacrifice that truly honors me. If you keep to my path, I will reveal to you the salvation of God.” - Psalm 50:23

We cannot ever praise God too much. Praising God should not be an act of service but a bubbling up of praise from our hearts to our Heavenly Father. An act of worship that not comes out of obligation but out of our love for God.

Our prayers should come from the heart and not a work assignment. Where we decide to praise God for two minutes, offer up our petitions, and then praise another two minutes. It is easy to get into this habit, I know. God wants our prayers to be heartfelt communication with Him.

The more we pray, the more our relationship develops so that prayer to God is simply us talking to our Heavenly Father. We can talk about everything. Believe it or not God does want to hear about our day. Talk to God about your frustrations and your heart's desire. God is interested in your life and your needs. We can share things with God that we would be embarrassed about with anyone else. There is nothing that you can say to God that will shock Him.
Betty

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Luk 21:28 And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.
 
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March 30, 2020
Happy Monday,

”I Won't Be Long”

God has allowed this world to enter a phase, most of us, have never seen before. With no large crowds allowed, the world has grown to be a quieter place. A time for heart’s reflection on our past mistakes, errors, and sins. A time to sit at Jesus' feet and allow Him to search our hearts for any hidden sins. This is the perfect time to seek forgiveness and become in right standing with our Heavenly Father.

This is the time to seek to walk in the righteousness of God. A time to seek to walk in a way that is pleasing to God. To rejoice in the Godliness of God. To share in His peace and joy. It is our own fault if we do not know the heart of God. He poured out His heart in the Words of the Holy Bible. He poured out His life-giving blood at Calgary for the redemption of our souls. We will know God as well as we choose to know Him. We will walk in His presence to the extent that we choose to walk with Him. Today is the day of salvation. Today is when we choose how much we want to God and how close to we want to walk with Him.
Betty
 
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March 31, 2020
Happy Tuesday,

Sleep Inbetween Bounts of Pain

This has not been a restful night and frustration has been my companion throughout the night. Yet as the sun has risen, I feel hopeful. My misery is only for a short time and soon I will take my place in glory, where there I shall dwell with my Jesus for eternity. Heaven shall be my resting place where physical pain and mental confusion shall never enter Heaven’s Gates.

Where songs of praise and hope shall fill my heart with joy and the lies of the devil will be banned from Heaven throughout eternity. Where I shall rejoice in the comfort of the Almighty God and physical and spiritual rest will walk with me for always.
Betty


Oh, I Want to See Him
Rufus H. Cornelius, 1916
copyright status is Public Domain

Subject: Anticipation
Scripture: 1 John 3:2
Oh, I Want to See Him [.xml]
Rufus H. Cornelius, 1916
copyright status is Public Domain

Key: A♭
Meter: 12.12.12.11.11.11.11.11

Learn about music formats...
view sheet music [.pdf] [.sib]
play midi [.mid] 1 As I journey through the land, singing as I go,
2 Pointing souls to Calvary—to the crimson flow,
3 Many arrows pierce my soul from without, within;
4 But my Lord leads me on, through Him I must win.
◦ Refrain:
◦ Oh, I want to see Him, look upon His face,
◦ There to sing forever of His saving grace;
◦ On the streets of glory let me lift my voice,
◦ Cares all past, home at last, ever to rejoice.
5 When in service for my Lord dark may be the night,
6 But I’ll cling more close to Him, He will give me light;
7 Satan’s snares may vex my soul, turn my thoughts aside;
8 But my Lord goes ahead, leads whate’er betide.
9 When in valleys low I look toward the mountain height,
10 And behold my Savior there, leading in the fight,
11 With a tender hand outstretched toward the valley low,
12 Guiding me, I can see, as I onward go.
13 When before me billows rise from the mighty deep,
14 Then my Lord directs my bark; He doth safely keep,
15 And He leads me gently on through this world below;
16 He’s a real Friend to me, oh, I love Him so.
 
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April 1, 2020
Happy Wednesday,

”Since Jesus Came Into My Heart”

Give me those old fashioned Hymns where I can pray to God in songs. Where I can open my heart freely to God allow Him free access to my heart and mind. Nothing to hide but opening myself up to God so that He can know me as no other knows me. What wonderful assurance knowing that God loves me; warts and all.

There is no need to hide for God sees it all and yet in His marvelous grace, He loves me in spite of myself. He loves with His perfect love and comforts me with His peace. May I always seek to live in a way that is pleasing to my Heavenly Father and walk hand and hand with Him daily.
Betty

Representative Text
1 What a wonderful change in my life has been wrought
since Jesus came into my heart!
I have light in my soul for which long I had sought,
since Jesus came into my heart!
Refrain:
Since Jesus came into my heart,
since Jesus came into my heart,
floods of joy o'er my soul like the sea billows roll,
since Jesus came into my heart.
2 I'm possessed of a hope that is steadfast and sure,
since Jesus came into my heart!
And no dark clouds of doubt now my pathway obscure,
since Jesus came into my heart! [Refrain]
3 There's a light in the valley of death now for me,
since Jesus came into my heart!
And the gates of the city beyond I can see,
since Jesus came into my heart! [Refrain]
4 I shall go there to dwell in that city, I know,
since Jesus came into my heart!
And I'm happy, so happy, as onward I go,
since Jesus came into my heart! [Refrain]

Source: Celebrating Grace Hymnal #614
 
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April 3, 2020
Happy Friday.


I Cried Unto The Lord

Psalm 3:4 King James Version (KJV)
4 I cried unto the Lord with my voice, and he heard me out of his holy hill. Selah.

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

The Lord God hears the cries of His children. Our cries do not fall on deaf ears. In the raging rain and wind that bellows, our God sees our tears and hears our cries. In the silence of our broken hearts, God is attentive to our request and provides our needs.

God turns not turn away from us but seeks to make a new path for our feet and a new song for our hearts. Though we may not understand the path God has chosen for us, we know without a doubt, that he will never forsake us. In Christ Alone we are secure and He will provide for us a new way and He will keep us from stumbling into vines of sin, if we only trust in Him.

We must choose to run away from sin and seek to walk in the Righteousness of Christ. When we do,God will keep us on the straight and narrow and in Him, we will find peace.
Betty
 
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April 4, 2020
Happy Saturday,

Stand by, Your God, Your Man, and Your Woman.

Matthew 10:33 Context

30But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. 31Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows. 32Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. 33But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven. 34Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword. 35For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law. 36And a man's foes shall be they of his own household.

A relationship woven in secrecy will not last very long. Sooner or later a relationship will go public or go bust. God nor mankind will be treated as a hidden toy only to be played with in private. God makes it clear that if we are ashamed of our relationship on earth, He will deny our relationship in Heaven.

What person or group of people is more important than God. We cannot serve two Masters.

Luke 16:13 “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.”

There will come a time when you must publicly choose God or mankind. No man or woman is worth going to hell for. You must choose whose opinion matters most to you. This is a choice that must be made with carefully consideration. This choice will determine where you will spend eternity. We are getting closer and closer to the time that our faith in Christ could cost us a promotion or even our job.

The God who spoke the universe into existence can find us another job, but keep in mind this Can and will go beyond our job. Presidential Candidate Joe Biden has said that he wants Christian who believe marriage should be based on the Bible should be put on a terrorist watch group. This not a joke. Being on a terrorist watch list can keep you from finding work or flying from one city to another. How strong will our faith be when it prevents promotions or us be allowed to travel to a relative’s Wedding? Will we be able to stand up for the truth of the Gospel during these circumstances.

It is no longer about freedom of homosexuals but taking freedoms away from those who believe the Bible is true. We cannot be a Sunday believer on Sunday and agree with the world for the rest of the week. We will be forced to choose. Is our faith strong enough to speak the truth in season or out of season? God gives us faith to stay strong when the truth of the Gospel is hated.
Betty
 
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November 5, 2015
Blessed Sunday,

I have been reading my blogs from 2015. So many days the colitis was so bad that I could barely walk because of the pain. I have been blessed to be in remission for two years. I have occasional bouts here and there but not like before when there were two years of constant pain and misery.

I look back, and I see it was the pain and misery that God used to help me grow spiritually. I am the person I am today because of the struggle and not in spite of the struggle. Today’s struggle is new with the beginning of the dementia. Days I cannot remember how to spell common words and finishing sentences can be hard. Sometimes I stop in mid-sentence and forget to finish. Trying times for my hubby.

I do not know what the future holds. I am at peace with that. God knows and He holds my hand.
Betty
 
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April 6, 2020
Happy Monday,

He Will Equipped Us For Our Mission

A person who dies for the cause of Christ does not start out prepared for this. Little by little God prepared them for their journey and their ultimate destination. God gave them the grace to complete their journey.

The difference between failing and passing our ultimate test is the amount of our dedication to Christ. It would be nice to say that our journey was a constant uphill dedication to God, but likely not true. Like sheep, we have easily been lead astray our own selfish desires.

There are periods of time when our dedication to God is strong and solid and then the devil shows us a shiny apple and off on a tangent we go. Often we lose our way. It is only the love of God, Himself that brings us back to the side of God.

Oh that God would keep our love for Him from growing cold. May our prayers be that God keeps our eyes and faith in Him and cure us of our wandering ways. May our love for God be strong and true in all things. May we end this race strong holding forth for the price that awaits the saints and not a spiritually weaken version of ourselves.
Betty
 
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April 8, 2020
Happy Tuesday,

My son-in-law has met several famous musicians because he is in the music industry. It is nice to talk to him about someone I like. When we read the New Testament we are reading books by the Disciples. Through their eyes, we get to know Jesus.

This knowledge helps us understand what God wants from us and how much God loves us. Communicating with God in prayer and reading the Bible helps us develop a better relationship with God.

I have read many books about celebrities and some written by themselves. Sadly, too many times they are a disappointment. They often come off as spoiled children or bitter mean people. Only Brenda Lee and Andy Williams were always kind when they discussed others in the industry.

Unlike people who can become divas, God is a loving God. The more we know Him, the more love we feel for God. While people can be self-serving, God’s joy is working well through His children. His purpose for dying on the cross was to reconcile mankind with Himself. So we can spend eternity with Him.
Betty
 
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April 9, 2020
Happy Thursday,



In days of uncertainty, we can be at peace knowing that God knows the future. We need not fret about tomorrow because God is on the throne. Knowing that we need not fear, we can embrace the truth that God is using these days for good.

In times like these, even sinners often cry out to God for answers. God can use these days to bring people to salvation. Only God knows how many people have cried out to God for salvation on their death beds. Let us pray for lost souls and trust God to see us through this crisis.
Betty
 
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April 10, 2020
Happy Friday,

Hope is Cancelled

On the way home from my son’s house today, I saw a sign on the side of the freeway with the individual lettering. Some of the letters were lying down, but what stood up said:” Hope is Cancelled”. Thank God, hope is not canceled, if we are trusting in God. Our faith is secure in God.

We are living in trying times and right down scary times if you do not have your faith in God. God has not forsaken His children, nor is He asleep at the wheel. With our faith in God, we need not fear the future but trust that God is with us.
Betty
 
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April 11, 2020
Happy Saturday,

The Passion

It was not until I saw the move ”The Passion”, that it really registered in my brain, the suffering that Jesus went through to build a bridge of redemption between Himself and mankind. I am not ashamed to say the movie made me cry and uncomfortable. Watching someone suffering torture should make us uncomfortable, but knowing that this is what Jesus endeared to bring me my salvation was painful to watch.

Yet the hardest part of the suffering that Jesus dealt with, could not be seen with human eyes. It is when God turned His face away from Jesus. Jesus had never had a second throughout eternity when God turned away from Jesus. It was our sins that caused God to turn away from Jesus. In His Holiness, God could not look at Jesus when our sins were upon Him. Jesus bore this isolation for us.

Jesus bore the unbearable to purchase salvation for mankind, yet in pride and arrogance, mankind rejects the gift of salvation. We hear all the time that a loving God would not send anyone to hell. People are in hell because they chose to go there. They refused the invitation to Heaven and they choice hell for themselves.

As we celebrate Resurrection Day tomorrow, let us pray for lost souls that they will open their hearts to the calling of the Holy Spirit. As children of God let us rejoice in our salvation and be thankful to Jesus for what salvation cost Him.
Betty
 
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April 12, 2020
Happy Easter

The Victory Of Easter

After Adam and Eve sinned, the relationship between mankind and God was severed. There was no hope of Heaven. God called Abraham to be the father of His people: Israel. God gave them a temporary solution to be forgiven of their sins; the sacrifice of animals.

The permanent solution was the sacrifice when Jesus died on the cross. Friday we commemorated His death. Today we rejoice in the knowledge that Jesus no longer lies in a tomb, but is in His rightful place, sitting on the right hand of the Heavenly Father.

This is a day of rejoicing, for we are no longer living in hopelessness if we have accepted the precious gift of salvation. Though most Churches are closed today, we can still offer worship and praise to our Heavenly Father. We do not know what the future holds but we know that God is with us and if we seek Him, He will sustain us through the days ahead. We need not live in fear but trust in God.

Today is not our typical Easter. A day usually spent at Church and then lunch with family. Of course, we miss this and this makes us sad. Yet we can press on knowing that God is with us. We can still rejoice in the victory of Easter and the knowledge that our future is in Heaven.
Betty
 
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April 13, 2020
Happy Monday,

Compassion And Grace

1 Peter 3:8 King James Version (KJV)
8 Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous:

In these last days let us seek to be the children of God that build up one another with up compassion and grace. In these last days, we are so easily susceptible to discouragement and depression. We can be used by God to share compassion and grace one to another.

We should seek to do God’s Will and be willing to stand beside the hurting and encourage each other with prayer and Scripture. Praying for one another that God will keep us from temptation and being led astray by false teachers and Preachers. The devil knows his days to fight against the Church as the Age of Grace is coming to an end. He is fighting hard and furious, but God is still stronger than the devil. We must not give up but stay close to God. Keep our trust secure in God.
Betty
 
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April 14, 2020
Happy Tuesday

Religious Attack

Yesterday a government spokesman said that there should be no large gatherings unless everyone takes the vaccine they are working on for COVId-19.
How is this a Religious attack? I will tell you. In Kentucky people who sat in their cars to listen to the Preacher, preached were fined $500 each. In Mississippi, Policemen arrived an hour before Church so they could find anyone that came to Church.

As the Preacher said, you can drive down the road and see 100 cars in front of a grocery store, but it is illegal for 25 cars sitting in a church parking lot to hear the Gospel. The Government is saying that Religious activities are not essential. Yet the preaching of the Gospel brings salvation to the lost and encouragement to the Church.

This virus is supposed to come with a tracking device that will be able to see where everyone is at all times. This is scary to most Americans. The Government will use fear and intimidation to force people to get this shot.

What do we do as Christians, we remember this is not our home and soon we will be snatched up by God in the rapture. Hold on to your faith in God and trust God to protect you and to guide you.
Betty
 
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April 15, 2020
Happy Wednesday,

Questions, Questions, and More Questions


This pandemic has given us more questions than and answers. When there are answers they are often conflicted. Wear a mask- do not wear a mask. At first the powers that be could not agree on staying home or not staying home. It seems the elite do not know anymore than the rest of us.

There is only on thing we can trust in this world and that is God’s Word. His Word is true and steady. What He says He Means. When Jesus says He is the only way to Heaven, He spoke truth. When He said that anyone who tried to enter Heaven another way, is a thief, He meant it. Contrary to the ideas of many people there is only one way to Heaven and that is through redemption of Jesus Christ. If we ask for salvation and go back to living a life of sin, then we truly did not receive salvation.

Jesus said that those who love God, obeys His commandments. If we love God we cannot live in sin. We must choose obedience to God over sin. It is up to us to either choose to serve God or ourselves. We cannot serve two masters.

As things get harder for Christians, will we have the faith to stand up for God? This is the time to examine ourselves and see if there is anything lacking in our lives. Pray for God to show us what to change in our hearts and lives. Pray for the strength to stand strong in our faith in the coming days. Pray that fear does not cause us to deny our faith or fall by the wayside.
Betty
 
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April 16, 2020
Happy Thursday,


Our struggles do not define us. Our bodies and minds my have issues, but we are not those issues. If we have accepted Jesus as our Savior than we are the children of God. Our faith in God is what defines us. Struggles can be hard and we do grow tired, but we can find rest in God. Anxiety may afflict us but, we can find peace by praying and reading the Word of God.

This is not our home. Our home is in Heaven. This knowledge can give us peace as we live in uncertain times. The grace of God can give us the courage to carry on through difficult and uncertain times. Do not allow the things around us to discourage us but press onward to our prize in Heaven. Have a thankful heart and give God praise and worship Him as we wait for the day He calls His children home to Heaven. May God bless you and your families and protect you from this virus.
Betty
 
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April 17, 2020
Happy Friday.


Praise The Lord

Psalm 146:2 King James Version (KJV)
2 While I live will I praise the Lord: I will sing praises unto my God while I have any being.

I awoke feeling pretty good today. Got dressed and even put earrings on. Blessed and ready to praise God. It is great to praise God on our good days. Hearts filled with joy and hope, excited to praise God.

It is on those days when things are not going so great, days when we we are feel under attack, and days when we are suffering, that praises do not come easily to our lips. This is when we offer up sacrifices of praise. Praises that come with tears and out of hearts filled with despair and heartache. Sacrifice of praises are a sweet aroma to our Heavenly Father.


Hebrews 13:15 King James Version (KJV)
15 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

Our love for God should encourage us to offer praises to God in all circumstances. Knowing our suffering is only for a short time, compared to an eternity of eternal joy in Heaven.
Betty


2 Corinthians 2:14 [Full Chapter]
Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savour of his knowledge by us in every place.
 
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April 18, 2020
Happy Saturday,


Church closings will be a sifter to the Church body. Has everybody who goes to Church been reading the Bible and praying? Was Church a social event or a time of worshipping God and hearing from God? Has their faith strengthen during this time or weakened? Will everyone got back when it is over? Only God knows the answer.

I love going to Church and up until the last two years, have been in Church regularly since I was two weeks old. Unfortunately my health has limited my ability to be in Church, but I know the importance of Church and I still am blessed to have a Church family.

Personal Bible study and a regular pray life is important for every Christin and especially for those of us are limited in being able to attend Church. If we do not build up our faith through prayer and Bible reading our faith will become weak and anemic. We do not grow strong in the Lord by accident, we must make the effort ourselves.

We live in an age where the circumstances around us can lead us astray. Where we not only need to be careful of to pick a good Church with a Pastor who preaches the truth, but, what we listen to and read online. Verify everything with the Bible. The Bible should be our final authority. Stay strong in the Lord and give your fears to God. May God bless you and encourage you.
Betty
 
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April 19, 2020
Blessed Sunday

Days of Evil


In Jeremiah’s days there were false prophets who preached peace and false hope to a rebellious Nation. Today, we have our own false prophets who preach prosperity and peace to a rebellious generation who have abandoned the Words of the Bible and choose to live in sin.

The only Hope is a relationship with the Jesus of the Bible. The world has embraced another Jesus. A ‘Jesus’ whom accepts gay marriage and abortion. This ‘Jesus’ is leading the masses to hell.

The world is not getting better and better. This world is headed for judgement and it may be sooner than we realize. We are on the cusp of the rapture and when that happens the world will accept as their leader a man who is filled with the devil, himself. He will lead the world into more sin and evil will be the normal.
The Holy Spirit that is restraining the devil now, will not be here and the devil will take advantage of that.

As Christians we must remember this is not our home. Heaven is our home and soon, Jesus will get us and take us there.
Betty

Jeremiah 23:16-22 New International Version (NIV)
16 This is what the Lord Almighty says:
“Do not listen to what the prophets are prophesying to you;
    they fill you with false hopes.
They speak visions from their own minds,
    not from the mouth of the Lord.
17 
They keep saying to those who despise me,
    ‘The Lord says: You will have peace.’
And to all who follow the stubbornness of their hearts
    they say, ‘No harm will come to you.’
18 
But which of them has stood in the council of the Lord
    to see or to hear his word?
    Who has listened and heard his word?
19 
See, the storm of the Lord
    will burst out in wrath,
a whirlwind swirling down
    on the heads of the wicked.
20 
The anger of the Lord will not turn back
    until he fully accomplishes
    the purposes of his heart.
In days to come
    you will understand it clearly.
21 
I did not send these prophets,
    yet they have run with their message;
I did not speak to them,
    yet they have prophesied.
22 
But if they had stood in my council,
    they would have proclaimed my words to my people
and would have turned them from their evil ways
    and from their evil deedsOmg these new emojis!! Search Christian Emoji on the app store if you want them too🖖🏾🖖🏼🖖 http://apple.co/2gCd2TO
 
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Monday 20, 2020
Happy Monday,


Allow God to Lead us

Proverbs 16:9 - "The mind of man plans his way, But the LORD directs his steps."

We plan our days, but sometimes God steps in and changes our plans. We can be come frustrated or accept God’s change in our plans. Remember that God knows best. Instead of reacting in anger at God, let us accept the plans of God with trust in our hearts. When we do we will have peace and joy.
Betty
 
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April 21, 2020
Happy Tuesday,

“What is Love”

In 1993 Hadaway preformed the dance hit ‘What is Love’. People have been asking what love is, since the beginning of time. God preformed the first marriage which between Adam and Eve. God also preformed the act of perfect love when He sent His Son to die for our sins on Mt. Calgary. The most unselfish act of all time.

God defined love between man and God with this verse:

John 14:15 King James Version (KJV)15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.

If we truly love God, we will want to obey Him. We will want to have a daily growing relationship with God. Our hearts will cry out for more quality time with God. There is a special love relationship with God that will last through out eternity. Our love for God can grow cold. This is caused by not spending enough time in prayer and in God’s Word. God loves us before we were born. Let us in turn, love God with all our hearts.
Betty
 
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April 22, 2020
Happy Wednesday,

Jesus Weeps Over Lost Souls


Oh Jerusalem, how often I have longed to gather your children together as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings but you were not willing.” (Matthew 23:37-39)

Millions, possibly billions are going to hell. This does not mean that Jesus does not care. He cared so much that He died on a wooden cross for the salvation of all. Sadly, few set aside their pride, and accept the precious gift of salvation.

The fact that more people refuse the gift than accepts the gift, does not diminish the value of the gift. It just means that too many value their self pride over their own souls. Sadly, even Christians, can be guilty of feeding their egos more then they do their souls. Egos die with the body but our souls live an eternity. Yet we spend more time grooming our body and doing things to enhance our egos, then we every think about our souls.

We as Christians should pray that we have healthy growing souls. Let our time be spent growing in Jesus. This is the time to be working for Jesus. Praying for lost souls and other Christians. Praying for God’s Will in our lives and our families.
Betty
 
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April 23, 2020
Happy Thursday,

Hopeless in this World

We are living in times, when everything is upside down. We do not know what tomorrow holds, much less, what next year holds. We do not have to be hopeless. This does not have to be this way. If we are Christians, we should not live in hopelessness. God is our hope for the future. We need not fear tomorrow or next year if we keep our trust in God. If we are afraid, go to God and seek peace.

God wants us to trust Him. In good times and in bad times our trust needs to be in God. Lay our fears at the feet of Jesus and stand firm in the peace of God. Worship God in spirit and in truth.

Proverbs 3:6 King James Version (KJV)6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

Fear not the present or the future, for both are in God’s Hands. Rest In Peace for God is always with us. He will never forsake us or abandon us. Praise God I’m all things and seek His face, daily.
Betty
 
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April 24, 2020
Happy Friday,

Tired and Overwhelmed

We live in an certain times. It does not help that we do not know if things will get worse. We do not know when it will end and we do not know if the virus will come back. This is the right recipe for fear and anxiety. God tells us to find safety in Him.

Psalm 91:4 King James Version (KJV) 4 He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.

We find protection from God by calling out to Him in our time of need and then trusting in Him. We accomplish nothing if we pray and then walk off unconvinced of God’s powers. This is called being double minded. We either trust in God or we do not. We have to decide. Look at it like this. If you took your favorite pair of pants to be the cleaners to be altered but did not leave the pants with them, because you were afraid they would mess up your pants, then they cannot alter them. You have to let go of the pants and trust the cleaners to do their work.

If we do not leave our problems in God’s Hands, but pick them back up again, then God will not fix our problems. We have to trust Him. We cannot have a relationship with God, unless we trust Him. We build up our trust by reading God’s Holy Word and my communicating with Him through prayer.

Yes things are hard right now. This virus is a horrible thing. My son-in-law’s father is extremely ill with it. We pray for his healing but we do not know how God will answer our prayers. Will He heal him on earth or in Heaven. Of course we want God to heal Him on earth, but we must trust God to do what is best. We must realize that His best may not be what we want, but His best is what we need.


So many people are in these same circumstances. It is hard, but God will be with His children and He will sustain them. How do we become a child of God?We acknowledge that Jesus came to earth as a man and died for our sins and rose again and is now seated at the right hand of His Father. We turn from our sins and seek to live righteously with God’s help.
Betty
 
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April 25, 2020
Happy Saturday,

How Much Longer, My Lord?

The last few weeks of a pregnancy the mother is often miserable. There is no comfortable place to sit or sleep. Her feet are swollen and she feels uncomfortable all over. Yet, the moment her baby is placed in her arms, all the suffering is forgotten. There is nothing but joy as she looks in the eyes of her baby.

As we went for the return of Christ, we too are suffering. We can feel that God has forgotten us. We can even become embarrassed to talk about the return of God. Fear that people will say that we have been talking so long about the return and yet it has not happen. Remember, God said there would be scoffers in the last days mocking the return of Jesus.

My friend, Jesus is coming back. He gave His Word and God keeps His promises.

2 Peter 3:9 King James Version (KJV) 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.

When we hear the trumpet blow and corruptible bodies are changed to incorruptible bodies, what a glorious day it will be! Remember the line in the song that says one look in His Dear Face, all sorrow will erase, what a glorious day it will be!

Do not give up. We are so close to exiting this world. Soon all our sorrow will disappear from our minds never to be remembered again. Our hearts will know only joy.
Betty
 
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April 26, 2020
Blessed Sunday,


I do not understand how people can live without God. I am blessed that I got saved at 7. I honestly cannot remember a time that God was not with me. His presence in my heart, a sweet reminder of His love for me.

It’s been said that only weak people need a God as a crutch to lean on. Yet, there is so much more in having a relationship, with God. He is my friend, my Savior, my comforter and so much more. In my weakness God keeps me standing. In storms of this life He holds my hand. When I fall, He picks me up.

Isaiah 9:6 King James Version (KJV)6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.


God not only is with us through this life but at our death or the rapture, God will take us to live with Him throughout an eternity. I never want to live without God in my heart and life.
Betty
 
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April 27, 2020
Happy Monday,


Requirements for God’s Promises

Psalm 31:23-24 Modern English Version (MEV)
23 
Oh, love the Lord, all you His saints,
    for the Lord preserves the faithful,
    but amply repays the one who acts in pride.
24 Be strong, and He will strengthen your heart,
    all you who wait for the Lord.

God’s promises often have a requirement. Be faithful and God will preserve you. Be strong and wait for God will strengthen your heart. The prideful will be punished. Disobey God and their will be consequences. Have you ever know a child who got away with bad behavior? As time went by the worse the behavior of the child grew. Discipline at the beginning would have saved the child so much misery. Lack of discipline turns out to be unkind.

Hebrews 12:6-7 New King James Version (NKJV)
6 For whom the Lord loves He chastens,
And scourges every son whom He receives.”
7 If[a] you endure chastening, God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom a father does not chasten?

God loves His children very much. He chastens His children to bring them back to Himself. If the child resist God’s discipline, he will end in more and more danger. When we obey God, we will find ourselves needing less discipline.

We will have trouble. Remember the rain falls on the just and the unjust. There is a difference between the troubles of this life and the discipline of God. We are living in the end of the Church Age. The devil is fighting hard against the Church. Do not be surprised if the world leaders do not use this pandemic to take away Religious freedoms. God warn us that in the last days there would be persecution against the people of God.

We must be wearing the Armor of God so that we stand firm against the devil. When we do not take care of our spiritual health, we can find ourselves in danger. Sadly we are hearing of Pastors who have left the truth of the Gospel behind. No matter how much you love a Pastor, run from him when his preaching is contrary to the Bible. The Bible must be the final Authority.

Galatians 1:6-10

Only One Gospel
6 I marvel that you are turning away so soon from Him who called you in the grace of Christ, to a different gospel, 7 which is not another; but there are some who trouble you and want to pervert[a] the gospel of Christ. 8 But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be [b]accursed. 9 As we have said before, so now I say again, if anyone preaches any other gospel to you than what you have received, let him be accursed.
10 For do I now persuade men, or God? Or do I seek to please men? For if I still pleased men, I would not be a bondservant of Christ.

May God keep us strong in the faith and protect us from those who preach and teach contrary to God’s Holy Word.
Betty
 
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April 29, 2020
Happy Thursday,

“I Am Giving Upon You”

Is there ever a time that God will give up on a person? I believe there is. Every time the Holy Spirit calls out to us, to come to Jesus, and we refuse, our heart becomes a little more hardened. Our hearts can become so harden that we no longer hear the Holy Spirit’s call. At this point the Holy Spirit will never call out to us. God warns us many times in His Holy Word not to hardened our hearts.

Ephesians 4:18 English Standard Version (ESV)18 They are darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, due to their hardness of heart.

Matthew 13:14-15 English Standard Version (ESV)
14 Indeed, in their case the prophecy of Isaiah is fulfilled that says:
“‘“You will indeed hear but never understand,
    and you will indeed see but never perceive.”
15 
For this people's heart has grown dull,
    and with their ears they can barely hear,
    and their eyes they have closed,
lest they should see with their eyes
    and hear with their ears
and understand with their heart
    and turn, and I would heal them.’

John 12:48 English Standard Version (ESV)48 The one who rejects me and does not receive my words has a judge; the word that I have spoken will judge him on the last day.

2 Timothy 3:1-4 English Standard Version (ESV)
Godlessness in the Last Days
3 But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. 2 For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3 heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, 4 treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God,

1 John 3:9 English Standard Version (ESV)9 No one born of God makes a practice of sinning, for God's[a] seed abides in him; and he cannot keep on sinning, because he has been born of God.

I must say never give up on a person. Keep praying for your lost loved ones until you die or the rapture. Only God know the extent a person’s heart is hardened. I do believe there is a time that God calls us to stop witnessing to a person. At some point their heart is so hard that the Good News makes them bitter. This is when we pray and leave them in God’s Hands.

If we are a child of God, He will never give up on us. Sometimes it takes a tragedy to open our eyes to the truth. Many a child of God has walked through the wilderness of discipline because we refuse to turn away from our disobedience. God often has to break us and humble us before we will turn back to Him and serve Him with a willing and obedient heart. We are so much better off to to always be obedient children.
Betty

Birds and squirrels are eating so much that I have to refill the medium feeder ever other day. Of course, I do not mind.
 
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April 30, 2020
Happy Thursday,

Am I Free?

If you asked most people if they were free, they would say with certainty that of course they were free. Yet if you went deeper and asked if they were free from sin, from worry and self guilt, they would probably pause a minute. Everyone has these issues in our lives, but as a Christian we have a Savior who is more than willing to take over these things for us.

John 8:36 If the Som therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.

When the devil reminds of us of our past sins we can remind him, that God has forgiven us from our sins. When we feel guilty of repented sin, we can remind ourselves that God has forgiven us and be at peace. Forgiveness is not a get out of jail card. We will have to accept the consequences of our sins, but we do not have to do it alone. God will be with us. What we not have to do is go to hell for our sins. The precious blood of Jesus redeemed us from hell and we can die in peace knowing we have the golden ticket for Heaven. So Christian remind yourself and the devil that you are free, indeed!
Betty
 
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May 1, 2020
Happy Friday,

Give Me Jesus

As the song says give me Jesus. There is nothing or no one who can take the place of Jesus in my life. In times of happiness, I am grateful for His kindness. In times of sorrow, He comforts me. In times of physical pain, He sustains. In fearful times, He gives me peace.

In this time of uncertainty everyone is looking for something to reassure them that the world will be normal, again. Truth is we may have to adjust to a new normal. What ever the days ahead holds, if we put our trust in Jesus, He will not only sustain us but replace our fears with peace. While we do not know what lies ahead, Jesus does. He already knows the future. This is why we can trust Him to be with us in the future. Nothing that happens will be a shock to God.
Betty

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May 2, 2020
Happy Saturday,

The 144 Thousand

Many people and several Religions have speculated about who the 144 thousand are in the book of Revelations are. There should be no confusion, because God through The Apostle John spells it out.

Revelation 7 King James Version (KJV)
7 And after these things I saw four angels standing on the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth, that the wind should not blow on the earth, nor on the sea, nor on any tree.
2 And I saw another angel ascending from the east, having the seal of the living God: and he cried with a loud voice to the four angels, to whom it was given to hurt the earth and the sea,
3 Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads.
4 And I heard the number of them which were sealed: and there were sealed an hundred and forty and four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel.
5 Of the tribe of Juda were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Reuben were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Gad were sealed twelve thousand.
6 Of the tribe of Aser were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Nephthalim were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Manasses were sealed twelve thousand.
7 Of the tribe of Simeon were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Levi were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Issachar were sealed twelve thousand.
8 Of the tribe of Zabulon were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Joseph were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Benjamin were sealed twelve thousand.

We read the 144 thousand will be sealed by God with a mark on their forehead.
Their task will be to preach the Gospel to those left in the world after the rapture. An angel will also be given the task of preaching the Gospel to the world.

Revelation 14 King James Version (KJV)
14 And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and with him an hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father's name written in their foreheads.
2 And I heard a voice from heaven, as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of a great thunder: and I heard the voice of harpers harping with their harps:
3 And they sung as it were a new song before the throne, and before the four beasts, and the elders: and no man could learn that song but the hundred and forty and four thousand, which were redeemed from the earth.
4 These are they which were not defiled with women; for they are virgins. These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth. These were redeemed from among men, being the firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb.
5 And in their mouth was found no guile: for they are without fault before the throne of God.
6 And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people,

God in His love gives mankind a second chance to be saved, but it will not be for everybody. Many believe that those who knew the truth and refused it will not be among the number saved. Where do we get the idea of this?

2 Thessalonians 2:10-11 King James Version (KJV)
10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.
11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:


Those who knew the truth but rejected salvation through Jesus will receive a strong delusion from God, causing them to accept the anti-Christ and his mark. Those who do accept Jesus will most likely be martyred.

Revelation 6:9-11 King James Version (KJV)
9 And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held:
10 And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth?
11 And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellowservants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled.

These are the people who believe the 144 thousand and the angel and believed on the Lord Jesus and were saved. They were most likely beheaded for their faith. God is Love, but He is also a Righteous Judge. He will bring judgement on this earth, because the sins of this earth have become as bad as it was before the flood in the days of Noah. Now is the time of salvation
Betty
 
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Sunday 3, 2020
Happy Sunday,


Loneliness

There are a lot of people who are alone during this pandemic. We need to pray for them. I am blessed to have my hubby and my children who keep in touch with me. Especially, my daughter-in-law, Sarah, who text me daily pictures and videos of our granddaughter.

King David suffered loneliness. We learn in the book of Psalms, how he learned to cry out to God. David was surrounded by many people and yet he was lonely. Why was he lonely? There is a part of us that longs for a relationship with God. A daily relationship with God, where we communicate with God throughout each day.

Why did God make us that way? We were created to be children of God. We created to be in communication with our creator every day. God gives us peace and joy when we spend time with Him. These days of uncertainty, we can find comfort by spending quality time with our Heavenly Father. Let us not fear but trust God to protect us and watch over us. May God bless and keep you and your family.
Betty
 
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Monday
May 4, 2020

Times of Uncertainty

We are still living in uncertainty. In a few places, some things have re-opened. In most places they have not. In a few cities the restrictions have gotten tighter. No one seems to know when the United States will re-open. Most are telling us to get adjusted to the idea of a new normal, but what will a new normal be? Will there be a second strand of the disease that is worse than the first? Questions, questions, and more questions!

Of course we all feel unsettled and insecure. Yet, there is someone who knows all; God. We can securely put our trust in God. He knows the future. He sees all. Whatever the outcome, He will be with us. He will never abandoned us nor forsake us.

Things may never be the same. There will be a new normal, but God will be with us. Some have suggested this will bring on the anti-Christ. People talking about a vaccine that will have a chip that will tell the Government where we are at all times. People talking about a moneyless world. What ever happens we are getting closer and closer to the end of the Church Age. This is not the time for fear. This is the time to make sure we are right with God and pray for the lost. Do not lose hope but draw closer to God and trust in Him.
Maranatha,
Betty
 
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May 5, 2020
Happy Tuesday,

Exhaustion

We can suffer Spiritual and physical exhaustion. Sometimes, both at the same time. Elijah suffered both at the same time. He was exhausted after a great victory. In his exhaustion he forgot the victory and succumbed unto the threat of Jezebel, who threatened his life. On the heels of a great victory instead of carrying on to the next victory, he gave in to depression. A depression so great he prayed to God to let him die.
His death was not in God’s plans. God had new victories ahead for Elijah.

It is not uncommon for us to suffer Spiritual exhaustion when we become physically exhausted. When we are so tired we do not have the strength to take care of our bodies or our Spiritual health. This is when we make ourselves rest. God took care of Elijah’s physical body first before giving him Spiritual healing. God knows our limitations better then we sometimes do. Elijah’s mistake was not focusing on the victory he had just had and reassuring himself that God would protect him from Jezebel. In his exhaustion he forgot his previous victory and gave into defeat.

Satan will always threaten us with harm. We need to reassure ourselves and strengthen ourselves in the Lord. Remember the past victories that God has brought us and trust Him to be with us in the present and the future. Learn to rest when we are tired and feed our soul with prayer and reading the Bible.
Betty
 
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May 6 2020
Happy Wednesday

A Heart of Forgiveness

In this life we will be hurt by others. This is a given. What is our immediate response ? If you are like me your first response is anger. This is human nature. God wants us to have a Godly response. He wants us to respond in love with a forgiven heart.

The more we love God the more we should love others. When we speak unkindly, we should feel conviction, immediately. We should lay down our pride and apologize to the person who we snapped at, in anger. Even if they started the argument, doesn’t give us a license to sin.

Right now the world is unsettled and people are filled with tension and unrest. Let us be the calm in the storm. When we are in the midst of anger, pray for the words to say. If God does not give us a word to say, then pray that God would bring peace to those around us.
Betty

The red Cardinal and his mate has been coming to the feeder more often and several squirrels. This makes me happy.
 
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May 7, 2020
Happy Thursday,

Working For God

1 Corinthians 15:58 English Standard Version (ESV)58 Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.

If we are honest with ourselves, our work for God is often not steady. We woke awhile and then we grow tired or discouraged and we stop for awhile. Or we continue to work, but our heart is not in our work. Working for God, must be done out of our love for God.

The Bible says that Christians will be judged at the Judgment Seat of Christ for the motives we have for working. If we are working to impress others, our work is done in vain. If we work out of obligation and not out of our love for Christ, our work is in vain. When we work for God out of a heart of love, our work will be blessed by God. Let us work for God because He loves us so much that He gave His only Son to die for our sins.
Betty

O Land of Rest (We'll Work till Jesus Comes)

by William Miller Share
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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?

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

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

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May 8, 2020
Happy Friday,

Finding Peace In A Turbulent World

John 14:27 King 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.

We life in a time of more questions than answers. When will I get my stimulus check? When will I get to go back to work? When will I be able to go back to Church? There are so many more questions, but few answers.
This is a stressful time for everyone. We can find peace in these trying times by going to God.

Heart attacks are up. This does not have to be so with Christians. We do not have the answers nor do we know the future, but we can rest in the arms of the One who does. God has promised to give us peace. In these trying times we do not need to worry or fret, but put our trust in our Heavenly Father.


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

In times like these God will be with His children. He will give us the strength and courage to carry on in this evil world. He will uphold us and deliver us from evil. Trust in the Lord and fear not.
Betty


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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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May 9, 2020
Happy Saturday,

Dealing With Life’s Challenges

Confusion on my part, made me miss the live streaming of my son-in-law’s dad’s funeral yesterday. I was so sure it was today, that I marked my calendar for today and set an alarm for this morning. It is frustrating that my illness causes confusion.

We live in a world that is filled with confusion. Life’s challenges can knock us down and cause us to doubt the love of God. Yet, when we read the Bible we can see we are on the edge of the age of judgement that is coming to this world. When we realize that this is part of God’s plans, we can trust Him, knowing He has everything under control.

It is important that our faith is strong. Faith comes hearing God’s Holy Word. This is not the time to neglect prayer and Bible Study. With YTube we can listen to videos of people reading the Bible to us. There are also Bible Studies on YTUBE that we can listen to. Americans and Europeans have no excuse in not studying the Bible. We have so many resources at our fingertips.

While we are living in challenging times we are also living in marvelous times. Jesus will soon call His children home to Heaven. Joyful is the heart that is alive when the rapture takes place.
Betty
 
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May 10, 2020
Blessed Sunday,

How Do I Know God Exist?

I know God is real, as the bed that I am lying on. I have know Him since I was 7 years old and I am 68. Our relationship has grown and my understanding of God has changed as I have grown, but His love for me has been steady and true. In bad times He has held me up. In my weakness He has strengthen me. In Good times, He has rejoiced with me.

When my youngest sister died, I prayed to die. Instead God walked that valley, with me, step by step. Instead of dying I grew spiritually and became a better person. This is how good God is. He takes tragedies and turns them in to triumphs. He gathers our tears and takes them to Heaven. Over time I realized my sister is happier in Heaven and one day, I will join her.

God takes the weak and makes us strong. God takes our broken pieces and puts them back together again. He replaces despair with joy. I can say God exist, because I know Him.

Today is Mother’s Day. My Mom is in Heaven. I am blessed to have two children who are Christians. I am blessed to have three grand children. Two are adults and the other one will be a year old next week. I am blessed to have one great grand child. Happy Mother’s Day to all the Moms and May God give you a special blessing today.
Betty
 
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May 12, 2020
Happy Tuesday,

Sing Praises To The Lord

Come on, everybody. Let us sing praises to God for He is worthy of all praises. Let your heart overflow with joy as you sing to God thanking Him for all the marvelous things He has done for us. There is no one anywhere that is more worthy of our heart’s praises.

We may be still stuck in our houses, wearing a mask on our face when we leave the house but my friends we are not forsaken by God. He walks with us and He will never leave. Glory to God in the Highest and may we sing praises to Him forever.

In times of great sorrow, He will sustain us and comfort us. We will grieve over a time but God will never abandon us. Even in the midst of grief He will fill our hearts with His joy.
Betty
 
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May 13, 2020
Happy Wednesday,

Underappreciated

In this world we can feel undervalued and unappreciated. We can get so focused on what people think that we forget that what truly matters is what God thinks about us. We can become so set on pleasing others that we forget that what matters is pleasing God.

We must choose to please God. This is what is most important. His opinion is what counts in the end. We must make the choice to put God first.
Betty


JACK ELLIOTT & DERROLL ADAMS
"I'm Gonna Walk The Street In Glory"
Play "I'm Gonna Walk Th…"
on Amazon Music Unlimited (ad)
I'm gonna walk the Streets of Glory
I'm gonna walk the Streets of Glory some of these days hallelujah
I'm gonna walk the Streets of Glory
Gonna walk the Streets of Glory some of these days

I'm gonna sit at the welcome table
I'm gonna sit at the welcome table some of these days hallelujah
I'm gonna sit at the welcome table
Gonna sit at the welcome table some of these days

I'm gonna walk and talk with Jesus
I'm gonna walk and talk with Jesus some of these days hallelujah
I'm gonna walk and talk with Jesus
Gonna walk and talk with Jesus some of these days

I'm gonna tell God how you treat me
I'm gonna tell God how you treat me some of these days hallelujah
I'm gonna tell God how you treat me
Gonna tell God how you treat me some of these days

I'm gonna walk the Streets of Glory
I'm gonna walk the Streets of Glory some of these days hallelujah
I'm gonna walk the Streets of Glory
Gonna walk the Streets of Glory some of these days
 
Posted by Betty Louise (Member # 7175) on :
 
Thursday, May 14, 2020


We should seek guidance from our Heavenly Father. He wants to guide us, but often we rush through the day and we forget about even praying much less seeking guidance from God. At the end of the day, we are overcome with exhaustion. Often feeling that we have been abandoned by God, but the problem is that we took no time for God.

God can become an afterthought in our rush to do everything on our list. He should the first one we think about when we wake up in the morning. For it is God’s mercy that has given us a new day. Begin the day with gratitude towards God for our many blessings. Ask Him to help us to choose the right priorities on our list. Pray for ourselves and others. Then we will feel fulfilled at the end of the day.
Betty
 
Posted by Betty Louise (Member # 7175) on :
 
May 15, 2020
Happy Friday,

Blinded to Sin

This world has become blinded to sin. Hollywood teaches acceptance of sin and over time people have accepted sin as the new normal. The new normal holds no weight with God. What He said was sin 4,000 years ago is still sin. In the end, His opinion will be what counts.

God knew that this time would come. This is why He warns time and time again to guard our hearts. We need to guard our hearts against some television shows. So many shows have their token gay, bisexual, and transgenders as regular cast members. The more we watch these shows the more we begin to accept sin as normal behavior.

We also have to be aware of Shepards who are wolves. Teaching falsehood from the pulpit. They are responsible for leading weak sheep to hell. Just because what the Sheperd says sounds nice, does not change sin. When we say we do not want to accept what the Bible says as sin, we ourselves are committing the sin of rebellion.

Things in this world are getting worse, but let us rejoice. Soon this world and its troubles will just be a memory as we walk the streets of gold and praise our Heavenly Father face to face.
Betty
 
Posted by Betty Louise (Member # 7175) on :
 
Sunday
May 17, 2020

”Count Your Blessings”

”When upon life’s billows you are tempest-tossed, When you are discouraged, thinking all is lost, Count your many blessings, name them one by one, And it will surprise you what the Lord has done.”

It is so easy to see our troubles. The devil will even remind us of those we have forgotten. Then he will make a playlist and entertain us with this playlist over and over. It is up to us to remind ourselves of our blessing.

When you woke up this morning, were you lying in a bed? Many around the world have never had a bed. Did you stumble into a bathroom with running water? There are so many in this world who do not have indoor plumbing. Did you go to the kitchen and make you some coffee? Not everybody has electric appliances.

We are indeed a blessed people. As great as these blessings are there is a blessing we have that is far greater. Our relationship with God! So many people deny God exists. Others see God as a mean tormentor. Still, others see God as a frail old man that has lost His powers. All of these are lies from the devil. One day Jesus will step on this earth, not as a Lamb but as the Lion of Judah. Judgments will flow from His mouth and all the people will call out for mercy, but the time for mercy will be long gone. Today is the day is salvation. Today is the day to get your house in order.

Joshua 24:15 King James Version (KJV)
15 And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.
Betty


Representative Text
1 When upon life's billows you are tempest tossed,
When you are discouraged, thinking all is lost,
Count your many blessings, name them one by one,
And it will surprise you what the Lord hath done.
Refrain:
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.
2 Are you ever burdened with a load of care?
Does the cross seem heavy you are called to bear?
Count your many blessings, ev'ry doubt will fly,
And you will be singing as the days go by. [Refrain]
3 When you look at others with their lands and gold,
Think that Christ has promised you His wealth untold;
Count your many blessings, money cannot buy
Your reward in heaven, nor your home on high. [Refrain]
4 So, amid the conflict, whether great or small,
Do not be discouraged, God is over all;
Count your many blessings, angels will attend,
Help and comfort give you to your journey's end. [Refrain]
Baptist Hymnal, 1991
 
Posted by Betty Louise (Member # 7175) on :
 
May 18, 2020
Happy Monday,


Often when I pray, I end the prayer by asking God to guide me in His will. I need to be in daily communication with God so that He can guide me. My heart and my brain needs to be open to hear God’s will. We also need to be careful about what we allow in our minds. If we fill our brains up with garbage, it will be hard to hear the voice of the Holy Spirit.

God wants to guide us. The question is are we willing to do is His will. Sometimes God’s will is different than our own. Are we willing to lay aside our own will and be obedient to God? If we are honest with ourselves, we will admit that sometimes we are and sometimes we are not. When we remind ourselves that God’s will is perfect, it is easy to let go and allow God in the driver's seat.
Betty
 
Posted by Betty Louise (Member # 7175) on :
 
May 19, 2020
Happy Tuesday,

”Give Me Oil In My Lamp”

Are we being revived daily by the Holy Spirit? Have we stopped listening to the gentle voice of the Holy Spirit? The Bible tells us about ten virgins. All ten virgins had their lamps but only five brought oil with them. The oil represents the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is the first voice we hear calling us to repentance.

We are revived daily by the Holy Spirit through prayer and the reading of God’s Holy Word. When we fall into sin, it is the voice of the Holy Spirit that warns us that we are living in sin. If we refuse to listen, we can grieve the Holy Spirit.

Ephesians 4:30 King James Version (KJV)
30 And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.

If we continue in sin and ignore the Holy Spirit, our hearts will become hardened to the point that we no longer hear the voice of the Holy Spirit. This will lead to disaster for a Christian. Our prayer should be that God will fill us every day with His Holy Spirit, so we do not run low, or God forbid run out of oil.

The five virgins that had no oil missed the Wedding. They had more important things to do then to be prepared for the Wedding. God was not first in their lives, so they were not permitted to attend the Wedding. If we are living with the hope of Glory guiding our lives than God will be first in our lives and we will be welcomed into the Wedding as the Bride of Christ. God will not settle for being second or third in our lives.

As the Bible says to choose who we will serve. We can not serve ourselves and God. When we choose to serve God, Heaven will be our reward.
Betty
 
Posted by Betty Louise (Member # 7175) on :
 
May 20, 2020
Happy Wednesday,

Living In The Joy Of The Lord

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

God wants us to live in joy. The joy of the Lord is not silliness. It is an eternal peaceful joy that gives us the strength to face good and bad times. We have the joy of knowing even through difficulties, God is with us and the difficulties will pass.

Joy comes from trusting God through all circumstances. Our trust in God must be consistent. If our faith in God wavers like a leaf on a tree moves with the movement of the air, we will have no peace.

James 1:8 King James Version (KJV)8 A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.

God wants His children to be consistent in our faith in Him and our love for Him. He does not want us chasing after every new ”teaching of Christianity that differs from God’s Holy Word”.

When we stay in God’s Word, we will less likely be led astray by the devil’s liars.
It is important to know the truth of the Gospel, so we can recognize false teachings. The joy of the Lord is different than happiness. Happiness comes and goes, but the joy of the Lord is consistent.

Contrary to modern beliefs, God did not call us to live a charmed life. The Disciples walked with Jesus and yet all but John died for their faith. While God will meet our needs, He has not called us to be rich. We are to be rich in faith.
God will give us joy in our heart but there is no promise of fancy cars and mansions on this earth.
Betty
 
Posted by Betty Louise (Member # 7175) on :
 
I Am Redeemed
(written by Jessy Dixon)
(recorded by Jessy Dixon & The Chicago Community Choir)


Chorus
I am redeemed, bought with a price,
Jesus has changed my whole life.
If anybody asks you, just who I am,
tell them I am redeemed.

Verse 1
Where there is hat, love now abides,
where there was confusion, peace now reigns.
I'm a child, child of the King,
it's all because I am redeemed.

Chorus

Verse 2
I'll tell of His favor, I'll tell of His love,
I'll tell of His goodness to me.
He purchased my redemption with His own precious blood,
and from sin I've been set free.

Chorus

Verse 3
There's no shackles on me, I'm as free as I can be;
because Jesus changed my life.
He died up on the cross,
that's why I can tell the world that I am redeemed.

Chorus

Verse 4
If you run across anybody that used to know me,
tell them I'm doing fine.
The last time that you saw me,
I was lifting up holy hands,
I'll tell them I've been redeemed.

Chorus
 
Posted by Betty Louise (Member # 7175) on :
 
May 21, 2020
Happy Thursday,

Satan Is A Liar

Immediately, upon waking, the devil attacked my mind. My spirit was crushed and I fell into fear. The Holy Spirit quickened my spirit and I was reminded that I am secure in God. As long as we live in these corruptible bodies, we will be under attack by the devil, but we can find victory in the Lord.

The devil would love for us to live in fear and trembling. We must remind ourselves, that we were purchased and redeemed by the Holy Spirit. Our salvation is not a charm hanging on a bracket, waiting to be snatched away by the devil.

Ephesians 1:13-14 King James Version 13 In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,
14 Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.

Everyday put on the armor of God, so we can live securely in our Heavenly Father. The devil would love to make us doubt our salvation, to make us feel unworthy to work for God. When we walk in faith, we can stand in truth and resist the lies of the devil.
Betty
 
Posted by Betty Louise (Member # 7175) on :
 
Dementia Is A Theif

Dementia steals parts of your brain piece by piece. Even in the early stages it is frustrating. I am in the kitchen singing praise and worship songs in my head and I forget the next part. I have to stop singing. When I finally give up and stop struggling, God gives me the words.

Dementia is taking me on a ride that I do not want to be on, but God in His mercy gently gives me peace. My friends, we are all given problems that we do not understand. It is easy to want to cry out to God: ”Why Me?” Then I am reminded that I am the clay and God is the Potter. Who am I, to tell the Potter how to mold me? My job is to trust God in all circumstances.
Betty

Isaiah 41:10 Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.
 
Posted by Betty Louise (Member # 7175) on :
 
May 22, 2020
Happy Friday,

A Prayer From My Heart


Heavenly Father, your children live in a world where evil is accepted and righteousness rejected. We grow weary when we see sin honored. Everywhere we turn there is evil. We have grown weary and tired of seeing evil honored as if evil was an accomplishment. Yet, how much more must Your heartbreak to see the people you created rejecting You in favor of following the devil and His ways.

We know that You have told us that in the last days, it will be like Sodom and Gomorrah and the days of Noah. Knowing this would be this way but, seeing it in action is hard. Her heart's grieve over this world and this should be so. Seeing people who are on their way to hell, should grieve us.

People are rejecting the truth of Your Holy Word and when we attempt to warn them of the dangers coming they brush us off as if we were to be pitted for our belief in You, our Savior. Help us to never stop praying for lost souls. May we continue to allow Your Truths to be spoken with our mouths and Your love to shine forth in our actions.

Sadly the world does not understand the Season we are living. The Season when the Age of Grace is coming to an end. Your judgments are waiting at the door to be poured out onto this evil world. Our prayer is that you will save as many as will listen before the age of Grace, ends.
Betty


2 Corinthians 6:2 (For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.)
 
Posted by Betty Louise (Member # 7175) on :
 
May 13, 2020
Happy Saturday

”Is God Dead?”

This was on the front page of Time magazine in 1966. Little by little the world began to live their lives as if God was indeed dead. Sin no longer an issue, people began to live by their own moral code. Year by year, people’s moral code began to disintegrate. Along the way regularly people allowed TV shows, movies, and celebrities, decide the moral code for us.

Our language and our beliefs became dictated by Hollywood and New York. The Bible becoming just a book on the shelf. People rejected the truth of the Bible. Sadly, many Pastors begin to preach what the people wanted to hear. No talk on sin, because the people did not want to hear about sin. No talk about Holiness and Righteous living because the people did not want to be told how to live.

2 Timothy 4:3-4 King James Version (KJV)
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.

There is coming a day when all whose name is not written in the book of life will stand before God and be judged. If they have chosen to serve themselves and others over God, they will be sentenced to eternity in hell. False Preachers, Teachers, and the media will be no excuse. For each person will stand alone and give an account of themselves to God.

There is still time to choose salvation and to choose to walk in the Righteousness of God, but the time is coming to a close. Choose today whom you will serve. Your decision has eternity weighing on your decision. Go to God’s Holy Word and choose to live the way Jesus taught us to live.
Betty
 
Posted by Betty Louise (Member # 7175) on :
 
May 24, 2020
Blessed Sunday,

Invitation From God

Matthew 11:28 King James Version (KJV)
28 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

God invites us to come to Him. He wants to save us. He came to earth, as a Babe to live and die for our sins. His life was an invitation for us to come to God through Jesus, so we could have a personal relationship with God.

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

God is calling us today to come to Him for salvation, for healing, and for comfort. God wants to help us. He has taken the first step. Are we willing to swallow our pride and Come?

2 Corinthians 6:2 King James Version (KJV)
2 (For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.)

If we end up in hell, it will because we chose not to accept the gift of salvation. Let us lay aside our pride and admit we are sinners and accept the most precious gift of all: salvation and deliverance from sin.
Betty
 
Posted by Betty Louise (Member # 7175) on :
 
May 25, 2020
Monday- Memorial Day

Blessed Be The Name of The Lord

Psalm 113:2 King James Version (KJV)
2 Blessed be the name of the Lord from this time forth and for evermore.

The Name of Lord all, a Name above of all others. Contrary to the world’s opinion. A world where the Lord’s Name, His Name is used as a curse word and now even the Name of Jesus is also. A world that seeks to diminish the value of God in their talk, in television shows, and movies.

What they cannot see, is their words of blasphemy cannot diminish the power of God. The see the slowness of God as a weakness. The truth is God is showing great patience so that all who would come to Him, may be saved.

Revelation 14:6 King James Version (KJV)
6 And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people,

Even during the tribulation, God will send an angel to preach to the world. Inviting those who would come to be saved from their sins. Sadly even then the majority will curse at God. Their hearts so hardened by their own evil that they will not listen to God’s sweet call.

Revelation 19:11 King James Version (KJV)
11 And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.

It will be only when Jesus comes to this earth to judge lost souls will people listen. Then it will be too late. Even then their tears will not be over their sins against God but tears of fear, knowing they are about to face the judgment of the Lord of Lords and the Kings of Kings.

Blessed be the Name of God who sacrificed His own Son on a cross to redeem people from their sins. One day those who rejected the gift of salvation will be judge by the God of the highest. Their Name not written in the Book of Life they will find their designation in a lake of fire for eternity.
Betty


Lyrics
Blessed be the name of the Lord
He is worthy to be praised and adored
So we lift up holy hands in one accord
Singing blessed be the name

Blessed be the name
Blessed be the name of the Lord
Blessed be the named of the Lord
He is worthy to be praised and adored
So we lift up holy hands in one accord

Singing blessed be the name
Blessed be the name
Blessed be the name of the Lord
Blessed be the named of the Lord
He is worthy to be praised and adored
So we lift up holy hands in one accord
Singing blessed be the name

Blessed be the name
Blessed be the name of the Lord
Blessed be the name
Blessed be the name
Blessed be the name of the Lord
(Blessed be the name)
Blessed be the name
Blessed be the name
Blessed be the name of the Lord
 
Posted by Betty Louise (Member # 7175) on :
 
May 26, 2020
Happy Tuesday,

I just read about a Christian singer, who no longer believes in God. It broke my heart. His father was a Pastor and he was raised in Church. He lived like a Christian, yet deep in his heart, He never was a Christian.

The times we are living in, are dividing the wheat from the snares. He looked like wheat and acted like wheat, but he was never wheat. How sad to know the truth and yet reject the truth.

It takes more than head knowledge of God to be saved. It takes heart knowledge as well. It takes a change of our hearts to be saved. Sadly, he will be a discouragement to his band’s followers.

Romans 10:10 King James Version (KJV)
10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth, confession is made unto salvation.

Sadly, we will see more of this, as the devil increases his attack on those who are working for God. Those whose work is only for fame, fortune, and personal glory will start dropping out of the race. As Christianity loses its popularity and respect, false converts will fall away.
Christians must not allow ourselves to become discouraged but stand faithful to God until the rapture.
Betty
 
Posted by knowHim (Member # 8) on :
 
I totally agree. I see it more and more each day. All I know is it drives believers closer and closer to Jesus.

Amen
 
Posted by Betty Louise (Member # 7175) on :
 
May 27, 2020
Happy Wednesday,

Another time when hate raises up it ugly head. Hate is a sin. The devil fills men and women’s hearts with hate. All races and creeds can be overcome with hate. The world is shocked at what happens to Mr. Floyd. Christians should not be, Jesus, Himself warned us about how evil this world would be in the last days.

We can no longer help Mr. Floyd. We need to insist on justice for him and his family and pray for his family and friends. Pray that there not be revenge killings but a coming together of all races as we grieve with the family. Pray that God will use this man’s death to help people realize that all life is precious and most of all that we all need Jesus.
Betty


John 13:34 King James Version (KJV)
34 A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.
 
Posted by Betty Louise (Member # 7175) on :
 
May 28, 2020
Happy Thursday,

Have you ever had a good day with your family, and then out of nowhere, an argument starts? The argument can be over something petty and leave you wondering what happened.

The devil happened. The devil likes to cause strife. He uses every opportunity he can to cause discord. He does this in homes and work. He wants to cause people to sin. Christians and sinners, alike are tempted to sin when they are angry.

All the devil has to do is light the fire and step back and watch reactions as tempers flare. In times like these, people say things that they would normally not say. They react in ways they would normally not do. Tempers can weaken a marriage, destroy a friendship, and cost a person there job

As Christians, we need to prepare ourselves before the battle. We do this by praying for spiritual discernment. Sometimes in situations, we need to stop and say that we need to stop talking until we are all calm and can discuss this subject rationally. Better to walk away before we say or do something we will regret. Even on social media, it is often better to leave a discussion before we get hot-headed and say the wrong thing.
Betty
 
Posted by Betty Louise (Member # 7175) on :
 
May 29, 2020
Happy Friday,

People are filled with hate in this world and born into sin. Everyone should be saddened by Mr. Floyd’s death. He was murdered by someone who was being paid to protect the people of the neighborhood. The policeman should be held accountable for committing murder.

This said, the people who are stealing and burning down businesses are criminals and need to pay for breaking laws. I believe in peaceful protest, but crimes against your neighborhood are just plain wrong.

Our world is becoming so filled with hate and sin that people are like a bomb ready to explode. Christians need to fall on their needs and pray for our Country. Pray for those who are prejudice against someone because of their race. Prejudice is a sin.

We are living in the last days. This hate will increase and people will become more violent in the days to come. We need to make sure we are right with God and that we have no hidden sin in our hearts. Pray for forgiveness and pray for people to get saved before it is too late. Pray for Mr. Floyd’s family and friends who are suffering. Pray for the black community who are suffering.
Betty
 
Posted by Betty Louise (Member # 7175) on :
 
May 31, 2020
Blessed Sunday,

A Sin Problem

We all have opinions about what is happening now. A black man who was a Christian was murdered by a cop and people have turned that into an excuse to rob and destroy someone else's property. There are hurt feelings on all sides, but the true problem is sin. Sin is causing people to react out of hate.

Mr. Floyd’s family needs righteous justice and not people stealing and destroying other people's property. Instead of riots, our Country needs to be calling out to God in prayer. Prayer for justice for the Floyd family. Prayer for God to remove prejudice from people’s hearts.

When we allow our hate to guide our behavior we are going to be led by the devil into sin. Hate by itself is a sin and hate begets lawlessness. Hate divides people. Instead of behaving as Americans, we become races against other races. This is so wrong.

This works needs Jesus. We need to lay aside our pride and as a Nation pray for forgiveness and healing of our land. Until this happens we will walk in sin and be led by Satan into more and more sin.
Betty
 
Posted by Betty Louise (Member # 7175) on :
 
June 1, 2020
Happy Monday,


Evil

It should be no shock to a Christian that evil is multiplying in these days, but it is. The Bible warned us it would, yet I like others find these days shocking. It is shocking how much hate people have for one another. It is shocking the way people have no regard for people or their property.

There is an answer to today’s problems and that is in having a relationship with Jesus. When a person walks with God, they know that stealing is wrong and so is violence towards one another.

It is sad what happened to Mr. Floyd. Looting is not going to bring change. Blocking freeways and kicking in strangers' vehicles is not going to bring change. The only way hearts can be changed is by having one's hearts changed by God. Only God can take a heart filled with hate and change that heart to a loving heart.

It cannot be said enough, that this world has a sin problem. We need God and we need God to change us and forgive our sins. Until then everytime something bad happens the reaction of people will tend to be evil. Simply, because this world is being led by Satan.
Betty

Isaiah 1:18 King James Version (KJV) 18  Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord : though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool. King James Version (KJV)
 
Posted by yeshuaslavejeff (Member # 4506) on :
 
Today, TODAY, JESUS' SHALOM to you and your household -

May the Father, Creator in and from heaven grant grace to know Him, to know His Way, today,
with perfect peace,
and joy,
in Jesus,
as planned....

Shalom Betty,
jeff

p.s. there may be ways in Christ Jesus, His Way, someone can help...

In the Light, in Jesus, May The Father Reveal The Truth Today!
===============================


quote:
Originally posted by Betty Louise:
June 10, 2019
Happy Monday,

Another night with barely any sleep. Hubby could not sleep, either and we were grumpy together. Our poor Bertha is exhausted, because we kept her awake. My surgeon will be in tomorrow. There are times that we lie in bed awake and in pain and stress because there seems to be no answers why. In the day time it is easier to have faith, but in the dark of night the devil torments us and adds to our fears and questions. My pain from the surgery has increased. I can barely comb my hair and turning my head to the right brings sharp pain. My confusion was bad yesterday. I had trouble with finding the right words.

Now the sun has come out and I have taken something for the pain and to calm myself down. I remind myself that I am blessed that I can go to sleep and rest, soon and sleep til I wake up. Faith is trusting God when we can see no answers in sight. Now as I look back on yesterday and last night, there was never a time that I felt that God had abandoned me. The answers I needed where out of sight, but I could still feel the presence of the Lord and His loved wrapped around me.

When hope abandons us, let us go to the Rock of our Faith, Jesus. There may be times that we cling to the cross as storms waves and winds shake us to our very being, still we feel secure in our Savior. Our hope and faith increases as we cry out to Jesus. As Paul says we may be shaken, but we are not abandoned. We press on towards the prize of Heaven even when the way is so dark that we cannot see.
Betty


 
Posted by Betty Louise (Member # 7175) on :
 
Thank you, Brother Jeff

June 2, 2020
Happy Tuesday,


We do not have to give into anger in these perilous times. We can take our concerns to God. He will help us speak peace in hateful times and He will fill our hearts with His perfect peace. God is still in control. He is still on His throne.

Do not lose hope, but keep your faith secured in your Heavenly Father. Jesus is coming back soon for His bride. Let us live faithfully and Holy as we wait for His return.
Betty


Romans 13:11 King James Version (KJV)
11 And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now, is our salvation nearer than when we believed.
 
Posted by Betty Louise (Member # 7175) on :
 
June 3, 2020
Happy Wednesday,

We should grieve with hurting people. When someone we love is hurting we should feel their pain. When we do we will pray more effectively for them. Then our prayer is not a quick prayer but an intense prayer for God to work on their behalf.

Seek God’s Will in the lives of our family that God can work out their pain and suffering for the better good. Pray for emotional healing for those who are suffering from past emotional injuries. Pray that God will soothe their mental and emotional wounds with His amazing love.

We cannot change the past for ourselves or others. We can pray that God will heal the wounds of the past and bring peace and joy into our hearts and the hearts of those we love.

We also suffer with people we do not know. Pray for justice for those who are injured or murdered. Pray that God will heal the people in America that are suffering and help them to feel safe again. Lord Jesus, heal our land and our people.
Betty
 
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June 4, 2020
Happy Thursday

Press On
Philippians 3
Pressing Toward the Goal
12 Not that I have already attained,[c] or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. 13 Brethren, I do not count myself to have [d]apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, 14 I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
15 Therefore let us, as many as are mature, have this mind; and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal even this to you. 16 Nevertheless, to the degree that we have already [e]attained, let us walk by the same [f]rule, let us be of the same mind.

We are close to the end of the road, but we must do as the Apostle Paul said for us to do and that is to press on. We are too close to the prize to abandon our faith. We have come too far to give up. Let us press on toward the prize of eternity in Heaven. Turning back should not be an option for us. Our love for God should keep us moving forward and rejecting any lie from Satan to turn back to or away from the path that God had given us.

Let us not give in to fear. Though the waves press against we can stand fast in our faith in God. Though false Preachers and teachers, preach another Gospel, we need not abandoned the truth of God’s Holy Word.

We have been through a lot this year. We are tired and exhausted. We must resist the devil's attempts to fill our hearts with fear. Instead, let us strengthen our faith in God, by daily reading the Bible and prayer. Encourage ourselves in the Word of God just as King David did. Reminding ourselves of the precepts of God, we can make it to the finish line.
Betty

Remember to look for God’s little diamonds in each day.
 
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June 5, 2020
Happy Friday,

Evil Men Make Plans And God Laughs

”Of every earthly plan that be known to man, He is unconcerned. He's got plans of His own to set up His throne when He returns.” –Bob Dylan

Men with money and power are making plans to bring a new normal where Religious freedoms are a thing of the past. They want to usher in a new normal. They want to control the world with a One World Government and One World Religion. These men think that they are the puppeteers, but the true controller is satan.

Satan has always wanted to be worshipped. He tried to take over God’s throne and was thrown out of Heaven. These men want to put Joe Biden in office because they can control him. These men think they are in control, but they are being controlled by Satan. These men disdain God and are plotting against God.

Psalm 2:1-5 King James Version (KJV)
2 Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing?
2 The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord, and against his anointed, saying,
3 Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.
4 He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision.
5 Then shall he speak unto them in his wrath, and vex them in his sore displeasure.

As Christians, we need not fear. We should vote but not be troubled by the outcome. God is in control, no matter who wins. The tribulation will be ruled by Satan, but God will win and He will rule for eternity.
Betty
 
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June 6, 2020
Happy Saturday,

”I Will Never Leave You”

Promise #157: I will not abandon you, for I am glad to make you my own.

God is pleased to make us apart of His family. He sent His Son to die for us. Yet, we have trouble believing that God will stay with us and never abandoned us. For God to abandon His children, He will have to be untrue to Himself. God will never do this.

Satan is a liar and it brings him satisfaction to cause God’s children to doubt God and His faithfulness. When we remind ourselves that Satan wants to have as many people as he can go to hell, we can learn to remind ourselves to ignore satan and trust in God.

God is so good to us. It should bring us joy to seek to please God by living righteous and Holy lives. Keep our hands to the plow and hearts and minds set on Christ.
Betty

Hebrews 12:2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
 
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June 7, 2020
Blessed Sunday,

The Coming Rapture

Revelation 22:20-21 King James Version (KJV)
20 He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus. 21 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.

The rapture will not only separate lost souls from the saved but separate the true Christians from the fake. Only those who are truly saved will go up in the rapture. Those pretend Christians will be left behind.

Salvation is the most important gift we will ever be given. It will be too late to commit to Christ at the moment of the rapture. We are getting close to the point of no return. God has been very generous with mankind but His patience is coming to an end.

2 Corinthians 6:2 King James Version (KJV)
2 (For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.)

When the rapture happens, many will fall to their knees. No amount of tears will change your fate. At this point, you will be here for the time of Jacob’s troubles, the tribulation. Come let us fall before the feet of God and ask for forgiveness and commit to serving God for the rest of our lives.
Betty

Matthew 25 King James Version (KJV)
25 Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom.
2 And five of them were wise, and five were foolish.
3 They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them:
4 But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps.
5 While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept.
6 And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him.
7 Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps.
8 And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out.
9 But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves.
10 And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut.
11 Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us.
12 But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not.
13 Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.
 
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June 8, 2020
Happy Monday,




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

We see the wicked prosper and gain world respect, but their joy is only for a short while. Those who live for self-gratification will one day face the judgment of God. They chose temporary glory over eternal joy in Heaven. Rather than glorifying God, they sought their own glory.

Little by little, they allowed their morals to fall away in their quest for money and power. Satan uses them for his own agenda and then throws them away like trash. When one chooses to serve God, they serve a God that is faithful in this lifetime and throughout eternity.

Jesus took on human form to live and die to save mankind. Satan has no love for mankind and only uses people to fulfill his own desires. He does not comfort the suffering and he sheds no tears for the sick.

We must choose our own destiny. Serving God brings eternal bliss. Serving self brings eternal damnation.
Betty
 
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June 7, 2020
Happy Tuesday,

Fear Not

Fear

Let us be honest. We have a lot of things to worry, fret, and fear, about these days. Will Joe Biden win and turn this Country into a socialist Country? Will we end up with a race war? What if the rioting and vandalism get so bad, that I am not even safe in my home? If you live on the coast you wonder if a hurricane will take everything you have.

Faith

God is not unaware of what is happening. Our job as a Christian is to trust God to protect us.

Proverbs 3:5-6 King James Version (KJV)
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.

What if our fears come true? We are still commanded to trust God. God’s plans often differ from ours. This is when we are to hang to our faith in God and trust Him. Our faith is suppose to be a steady faith and not a faith that moves with the winds of fear and change.

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

God has warned of these days. We need not be taken off guard by the wickedness of this world. Jesus said the last days will be like the days of Noah. These are not the days when cotton candy, sugar coated Sermons are needed. We need to wean from the bottle and get into the meat of the Gospel. Even if we cannot find brave Preachers where we live, we have the Internet. On YTube we can watch good preaching by men who are willing to speak the truth, even when it is not popular to do so.

God will be with us and He will never abandon us. He will walk with us through the fire and the floods. We must seek His Face more and read His Word, so that our faith will increase. We must shun those who teach prosperity and security when we live in a sinful. We walk by faith and not by sight looking forward to our eternity in Heaven.
Betty

The male red Cardinal has visited regularly. I thank God for my diamonds of joy.
 
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June 11, 2020
Happy Thursday,

They Preferred Darkness Over Light

John 3:19 King James Version (KJV)19 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.

Many of the people of the world, especially in America and Europe prefer to live in darkness. They prefer their sins over the light of the Gospel. Chelsea Clinton bragged that she convinced her parents to leave the Baptist Church because of the Church’s stand on abortion. I have my doubts about her thinking of this on her own. This said’ the family chose to leave the teaching of the truth for a false Gospel.

People begin to ignore Scriptures that teach what they do not want to hear. They prefer to stay in the darkness of Satan over the light of the Gospel. Many fool themselves that God will accept them, even though they believe opposite of what God said.

They have built a new ‘jesus’ and a new Gospel in their brains. This ‘jesus’ is no more real than a robot Jesus would be. They are satisfied, though to walk in sin and ignoring the truth of the real Jesus.

This is why you see ‘Religious Leaders’ in front of an abortion clinic praying for their ‘ jesus’ to bless planned parenthood. Why the leader of Planned Parenthood, said that she is doing the work of God. They have convinced themselves that they are praying to the God of Heaven, but their God is Satan. They are carrying on the missions of Satan and not the true God.

Little by little giving themselves over to a false god because they want to feel that they are going to Heaven, but in fact their going to hell with their false god, Satan. They love their sins more than the true God of Heaven. In their pride, they have rejected the truth and turned away from the light of the truth of the Gospel.
Betty

I had a tiny tiny little bird at the feeder. His little head looked like it was clothe in black velvet. I feel blessed.
 
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June 12, 2020
Happy Tuesday,


The Value of Two

Two are better than one . . . : If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. Ecclesiastes 4:9–10

As Christians we are often guilty of devaluing the advantage of having a partner. We need someone, whether it be our mate our a friend. Someone to encourage us when life makes us feel discouraged. Some one to encouraged us when become tired and want to quit.

Depression causes one to seek to hide in ourselves. Hiding in our depression and hiding our pain. We need to talk to God about our issues also to talk to a friend. We can build one another up, but reminding each other that God loves us.

There is no shame in admitting that we need an emotional lift. We need not be ashamed of depression. Everyone has suffered from depression. Admitting our weakness, opens the door to healing. Hiding only multiplied our doubts and fears. We cannot ask help from God, if we will not admit that we have a need.
Betty
 
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June 13, 2020
Happy Saturday,

Soften My Heart, Oh God

Ezekiel 36:26–27: “I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes and be careful to obey my rules.”

Soften my heart, Oh God that I might hear the soft voice of the Holy Spirit calling out to me and convicting me of my sins. Remind me to seek forgiveness for my sins daily. Create in my a kind spirit of forgiveness towards others.

Psalm 139:23 Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts:

Search my heart and convict me of any hidden sins so that I may seek forgiveness from You, My God, and My Savior. Help me to live every day in a way that is pleasing to you. Use me for Your Glory and Your Kingdom May we as your children seek to honor you, God, with our prayers and our praises.
Betty
 
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June 14, 2020
Blessed Sunday,

“In Times Like These”

We live in fearful times. A pandemic followed by rioting. Peace seems so far away, but we can have peace with God. When we remind ourselves that God is with us, we can rest peacefully in the arms of God. The answer to rising fear, is to remind ourselves that God is with us. He will not abandon us.

We need to take our eyes off our circumstances and trust in God. We need not fear the days, when we cling to our Lord and Savior.
Betty


In Times Like These lyrics

In Times Like These
(Ruth Caye Jones - Mother Jones)
In times like these, we need a Savior
In times like these, we 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 oh be not idle
In times like these we need the bible
Be very sure, be very sure
Your anchor holds and grips the Solid Rock
That Rock is Jesus, Yes, He's the one
That Rock is Jesus, The only One
Be very sure, oh you've gotta be sure
That your anchor holds, and it grips the Solid Rock
Your anchor it holds, and it 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
That Rock is Jesus, Yes, He's the one
That Rock is Jesus, The only One
Be very sure, oh you've gotta be sure
That your anchor it holds, and it grips the Solid Rock

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June 15, 2020
Happy Monday,


Reading the news can cause one to go back to bed and pull the covers over their head. The world is filled with hate toward one another. Sin has caused people to hate people without cause. People embrace sexual sin as if it were a badge of honor. How it must grieve God to look upon this world!

While it is heartbreaking to see such evil abound in this world, we must remember that evil will not win. There will be justice. Until then we must trust in God and not fear.
Betty

Revelation 21 King James Version (KJV)
21 And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.
2 And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
3 And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.
4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.
5 And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.
6 And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.
7 He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.
8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.
9 And there came unto me one of the seven angels which had the seven vials full of the seven last plagues, and talked with me, saying, Come hither, I will shew thee the bride, the Lamb's wife.
10 And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and shewed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God,
11 Having the glory of God: and her light was like unto a stone most precious, even like a jasper stone, clear as crystal;
12 And had a wall great and high, and had twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels, and names written thereon, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel:
13 On the east three gates; on the north three gates; on the south three gates; and on the west three gates.
14 And the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and in them the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.
15 And he that talked with me had a golden reed to measure the city, and the gates thereof, and the wall thereof.
16 And the city lieth foursquare, and the length is as large as the breadth: and he measured the city with the reed, twelve thousand furlongs. The length and the breadth and the height of it are equal.
17 And he measured the wall thereof, an hundred and forty and four cubits, according to the measure of a man, that is, of the angel.
18 And the building of the wall of it was of jasper: and the city was pure gold, like unto clear glass.
19 And the foundations of the wall of the city were garnished with all manner of precious stones. The first foundation was jasper; the second, sapphire; the third, a chalcedony; the fourth, an emerald;
20 The fifth, sardonyx; the sixth, sardius; the seventh, chrysolyte; the eighth, beryl; the ninth, a topaz; the tenth, a chrysoprasus; the eleventh, a jacinth; the twelfth, an amethyst.
21 And the twelve gates were twelve pearls: every several gate was of one pearl: and the street of the city was pure gold, as it were transparent glass.
22 And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it.
23 And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof.
24 And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it: and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honour into it.
25 And the gates of it shall not be shut at all by day: for there shall be no night there.
26 And they shall bring the glory and honour of the nations into it.
27 And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb's book of life.
 
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June 17, 2020
Happy Wednesday

The Rock of My Salvation

Psalm 18:2 King James Version (KJV)2 The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.

Satan is stirring up evil, like a stick poked in a yellow jacket’s nest. Even the strongest men are afraid of what comes next. We MUST remind ourselves that not only is God in control but He is our protector. In the Bible, God warned us of these days.

The hate that is filling men and women’s hearts is from the devil. While the Bride of Christ looks upward to Heaven, knowing our Redemption is coming very soon, the devil is preparing the world to worship him.

Luke 21:26 King James Version (KJV)
26 Men's hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.

The devil must make the world filled with chaos so that he can usher in what he sees as his future kingdom on earth. The truth is, the devil will have his 7 years of monarchy on this earth. These seven years are called by God ”Jacob’s Troubles. These will be the time of judgment on this earth on those who rejected Jesus and receive the mark of the beast.

The Bible tells us this mark will go on one right hand or the forehead and no one will be able to buy or sell without it. When people receive this mark they will pledge their allegiance to Satan. Satan will come as a ’savior’ of the world bringing peace for a time, but soon he will demand that all people worship him. Anyone who receives this mark are doomed to hell.

Christians let us pray for the anointing of God upon so we can stay strong in the coming days. Pray that God will strengthen us so that we can stay strong in our faith and trust in God. Whether we live or die, God is with us. Time to get our spiritual house in order and pray God will remove any evil from our hearts so that we can stand unashamed before our God and King.
Betty

Dottie Rambo - I Go to the Rock Lyrics
Artist: Dottie Rambo


Where do I go when there's nobody else to turn to?
Who do I turn to when nobody wants to listen?
Who do I lean on when there's no foundation stable?
I go to the Rock, I know He's able, I go to the Rock

I go to The Rock for my salvation
I go to the stone that the builders rejected
I run to the mountain and the mountain stands by me
When the earth all around me is sinking sand
On Christ, the Solid Rock, I stand
When I need a shelter, when I need a friend, I go to the Rock

Where do I hide till the storms have all passed over?
Who do I run to when the winds of sorrow threaten?
Is there a refuge in the time of tribulation?
When my soul needs consolation, I go to the Rock

I go to the Rock for my salvation
I go to the stone that the builders rejected
I run to the mountain and the mountain stands by me
When the earth all around me is sinking sand
On Christ, the Solid Rock, I stand
When I need a shelter, when I need a friend, I go to the Rock

I go to the Rock for my salvation
I go to the stone that the builders rejected
I run to the mountain and the mountain stands by me

When the earth all around me is sinking sand
On Christ, the Solid Rock, I stand
When I need a shelter, when I need a friend, I go to The Rock
When I need a shelter, when I need a friend, I go to The Rock
When I need a shelter, when I need a friend, I go to The Rock
 
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June 18, 2020
Happy Thursday.

“Am I Productive?”

Am I growing in the Lord, or have I become stagnant? Truth is we do not always know. At times we do seem to standing still in our walk with God. Even worse, there are times we seem to be taking a step or two back.
There are days that we feel weaker and that God seems further away.

In days like these, we can grow discouraged and disheartened. There are days when we feel so close to God, as if to reach out and touch His face. Then there are days that we feel we are stumbling around in the dark.

It is not always that we have moved away from God, but there are times physical issues play an issue in this. We do not feel well and we are physically tired. I had injections in my head, Tuesday for the pain caused by dementia. This time the aftermath has been more painful and after days of suffering. I feel discouraged.

I know that I am not the only one whose physical issues affect or seem to affect our spiritual health. This is the time when we need to remind ourselves that our physical health is not a barometer of our spiritual health. Even as health issues drain us physically we can stay strong in our faith. It will take extra communication with God through prayer, Bible reading, and listening to good Bible teaching.

We have had to watch less of the news, because these days are indeed discouraging. We need to remind ourselves that God is still on His throne and not pacing the floor in fear of the world’s present situation. Whatever happens we are secure in the arms of God. Allow God to use us for His Glory and pray for others.
Betty
 
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June 19, 2020
Happy Friday


A Lost Cause


Hebrews 10:22 King James Version (KJV)22 Let 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.

We are not fighting a loss cause. God is so good that He has already shared with us the ending of the story. The winner is God. Lay aside fear and doubt knowing what the final outcome will be, we need not live in fear.

We still must have faith in God, because while we know the ending, we do not what tomorrow will bring. Yet we need not live in torment because we know God is with us and will always be with us.

We are not a lost cause individually. God is still working on us and in faith, we can continue to grow spiritually. Prayerfully, put on the armor of God so that we can withstand the evil one.
Betty
 
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June 21, 2020
Blessed Sunday,

Finding Our Way In The Dark

There are times that we can begin to feel like we are stumbling in the dark. We feel we are being attacked on many sides and we are hopeless against the devil’s schemes. Yet, if listen, we will hear the sweet soft voice of the Holy Spirit, reminding us that He has never left us.

Sometimes we need to shut ourselves away from all the outside noises into our prayer closet and talk to our Heavenly Father. A quiet time of refreshment in the Holy Presence of our God and Savior will settle our racing hearts and bring comfort and peace to our hearts and minds. In the presence of God, we will find the strength to make it another day. We can rise up from our despair and walk in hope of the Glory of our God.
Betty
 
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June 22, 2020
Happy Monday,

A Firm Foundation

2 Timothy 2:19 King James Version (KJV)19 Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity.

Our salvation is secured in God. God will not drop us out of His hand.
We can go to asleep at night secure that if we passed away during the night, we will wake up in the presence of our Lord and Savior.

We are traveling through this world, being preparing for our future home with God. Learning as we go to trust in our Heavenly Father. The more we walk with God, the more we grow to love Him. The more we love Him, the more we seek to please Him.

With joy we look forward with great expectation to when we will join God in Heaven. Knowing this life is temporary, should lead us to strive to store up our treasures in Heaven, where no one can destroy or steal them.
Betty
 
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June 24. 2020
Happy Wednesday,



Anger and Hate

America is not mentioned in the Bible during the time of the tribulation. People often wondered what kind of outside force would destroy America. We are now seeing that America is destroying itself.
Americans are filled with hate against each other and anything that represents America’s past.

Statues destroyed and dragged through the streets. Now people are demanding that white statues of Jesus be destroyed. This is no surprise to God and He must be amused at the antics of people.


Psalm 2:4-5 King James Version (KJV)4 He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision.5 Then shall he speak unto them in his wrath, and vex them in his sore displeasure.

People are so enraged and so angry that the slightest thing can set them off. I saw a young man walking on a sidewalk the other day, knock a 92-year-old woman to the ground. Now she is terrified to leave her home.
Self-control is out the window and people are acting out their hate in vandalism and violence.

People are filled with evil and acting on it. I often wondered how the anti-Christ would be able to get mankind to come to war against God. Now we know the answer. You take hate-filled people and with just the right spark they will be enticed to fight God in hand-to-hand combat.

There is only cure for this world and that is repentance and humbling themselves before God. Unfortunately, people are too filled with self pride to humble themselves and admit their sins. For too long people have embraced their sins and wore them as a badge of honor.

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

Betty
 
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June 25, 2020
Happy Thursday

The Spirit of Rebellion

The first sin ever committed was when Satan and the angels that followed him, rebelled against God in an attempt for Satan to take God’s Throne. The second was when Satan convinced Eve to eat the forbidden fruit. Mankind has been rebelling against God ever since.

1 Samuel 15:23 King James Version (KJV)23 For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the Lord, he hath also rejected thee from being king.

"Is God Dead?" was an April 8, 1966, cover story for the news magazine Time. A previous article, from October 1965, had investigated a trend among 1960s theologians to write God out of the field of theology. The 1966 article looked in greater depth at the problems facing modern theologians, in making God relevant to an increasingly secular society.”

The world had begun to leave God out of their decision making and they're personal lives. No longer did people fear God. In time people begin to live in open rebellion against God. This spirit of rebellion has grown to the point now that people are in rebellion against any kind of authority. This has lead to hatred towards the police and government.

Of course, there are bad apples in every field of work, but people are angry and resent anyone who would tell them how to live. Satan has filled mankind ’s hearts with hate, anger, and rebellion. A recipe for lawlessness that we are seeing played out on city streets all over the world.

The world is ripe for a leader that will come on the scene to bring safety and peace. People have rejected God, who loved them so much that He sent His Own Son to die for them so that mankind could be reconciled with God. Instead, with open arms, they will embrace Satan who is the father of lies and pure evil. Satan does not care about mankind. In his intense hatred for God, his one desire is to turn people against God and force mankind to worship him, instead.

Ever since sin entered into the heart of mankind, Satan has been leading mankind to an eternity in hell and mankind has followed him with open eyes. Blinded only by their sin of rebellion against the God of Heaven.
Betty
 
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June 27, 2020
Happy Saturday,

I dreamed that my parents were praying over me, that God would bless my Ministry. When I woke up I began to praise God and pray for God to continue to use me for His Glory. I actually felt like I had been in a Revival meeting. I feel truly blessed.

It is a wonderous feeling to wake up feeling the Holy Spirit’s anointing on oneself. In these difficult times, it is a joyful event for God to reach out to us in our dreams to bless and encourage us.

There are so many Christian’s suffering today. The devil is attacking on many sides and he wants to cover Christians with a spirit of discouragement. On the other hand, God wants to build us up so that we can stand strong in our faith and in trust in Him, during these evil days.

Let us look up to God with our feet planted in righteousness and our hearts filled with faith in God. Praying that we stay firm in our convictions and that the devil be not able to shake our faith or blow us off the path that God has chosen for us.
Betty

My faith looks up to Thee

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My faith looks up to Thee,
Thou Lamb of Calvary,
Savior Divine;
Now hear me while I pray;
Take all my guilt away;
Oh, let me from this day
Be wholly Thine.
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May Thy rich grace impart
Strength to my fainting heart,
My zeal inspire;
As Thou hast died for me,
Oh, may my love to Thee
Pure, warm, and changeless be,
A living fire.
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While life’s dark maze I tread,
And griefs around me spread,
Be Thou my Guide;
Bid darkness turn to day,
Wipe sorrow’s tears away,
Nor let me ever stray
From Thee aside.
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All thru life’s transient dream,
Until death’s sullen stream
Shall o’er me roll,
Blest Savior, with Thy love,
Fear and distrust remove;
Make me Thy grace to prove
Transform my soul.
 
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June 28, 2020
Blessed Sunday,

”Wise Men Still Seek Him”

1 Kings 19:17-18 17 And it shall come to pass, that him that escapeth the sword of Hazael shall Jehu slay: and him that escapeth from the sword of Jehu shall Elisha slay.
18 Yet I have left me seven thousand in Israel, all the knees which have not bowed unto Baal, and every mouth which hath not kissed him.

The devil likes to convince Christians that we are alone in our faith. Truth is we are one of many and all over the world, people are still coming to Jesus for salvation. God is still convicting hearts and bringing souls to salvation.

In spite of the evil all around us, there are still people who worship and serve God. The Holy Spirit is still working and God is still on His throne. The Devil is working hard and evil abounds but God is still reaching lost souls for His Kingdom.

The question is: ”Are we still praying for lost souls?” Let us not give up but, keep working for the Kingdom of God until the Age of Grace ends. We must choose to be faithful and willing to work for the cause of Christ. Serve God with an obedient and joyful heart.
Betty
 
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June 30, 2020
Happy Tuesday.

“I Will Guide You”

Psalm 32:8 I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye.

We are in uncharted territory. With the pandemic it seems as if the government is the blind leading the blind. If we are serving the God of Heaven, we have a guide that sees and knows all. He wants to lead us through the days ahead.

We must lay aside our fears and put our complete trust in God. Look back on your past years as a Christian. How many times did God guide you through turbulent times? He did not abandon you nor did he fail you. Yet, if you are like me, there are times that I allow fear and uncertainty to control me.

This, not the time to become mentally unhinged, but to put our complete trust in our Heavenly Father. Lay aside our fears and remember who God is. God is not a man that He should lie.

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

The more we love God, the more we should trust Him. He has proven Himself over and over to us, now is the time to prove our love for Him, by being faithful and trusting children of God.
Betty

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In my own suffering
Through every pain every tear
There's a God who's been faithful to me

When my strength was all gone
When my heart had no song
Still in love He's proved faithful to me

Every word He's promised is true
What I thought was impossible
I've seen my God do

He's been faithful
Faithful to me
Looking back He's love and mercy I see
Though in my heart I have questioned
And failed to believe
He's been faithful, faithful to me

When my heart looked away
The many times I could not pray
Still my God was faithful to me

The days are spent so selfishly
Reaching out for what pleased me
Even then God was faithful to me

Every time I come back to Him
He is waiting for open arms
And I see once again

He's been faithful
Faithful to me
Looking back He's love and mercy I see
Though in my heart I have questioned
Even failed to believe
Yet He's been faithful, faithful to me
 
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July 1, 2020
Happy Wednesday,


God Wants to Direct Us

I believe most Christians can have a crisis of faith at times. The other night I watched a video of a Preacher who was talking about three dreams that God gave him last year. One dream has come true already and that was the beginning of the pandemic.

It was the third dream that brought my heart to fear. He dreamed that in September something that would happen that would bring fear and chaos to our Country. We can see the possibilities of this already. People blocking off freeways and roads and terrorizing people. People hiding in their homes and garages too afraid to go out.

This is already beginning to happen in our Country and others. There was a truck driver who was pulled out of his truck for driving down the highway and beaten by a mob. There is a video out there of an elderly couple trying to cross the street (the woman walking with a walker) and the mob stood around them and refused to allow them to move.

In Houston, we have had mobs take over freeways. We have seen what mob mentally can lead to. Innocent people just minding their business can be seriously injured by people who do not even know them.

We know that the world is being prepared for people to become so desperate for peace that they will gladly give over their Countries to a One World Government. Yet seeing it played out is fearful and distressing. We must remind ourselves that this is not our home not our final resting place. God is preparing a place for us, where there will be no fear, nor violence.

More than ever looking for our blessed hope should bring us peace. We may need to seek God more than ever for our faith in Him to keep us steadfast in our walk with Him. My friends, we have come too far to abandon our faith in God and give in to fear and lies from the devil.
Betty
 
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July 2, 2020
Happy Thursday,


Prayer

New Christians and even some of us long time Christians can use a teaching on prayer. Many of us don’t pray as much as we should. After my kids were grown and out of the house, hubby and I got out of the habit of praying for our food. It was not that we were not grateful for what we had, we just did not think about praying a blessing over the food. About twenty years ago we begin to do so, again and I am glad we did.

We can also get busy and forget to pray. There were times in my life that I would only remember to pray right before I went to sleep. It was through trials and tribulations throughout my life that I learned to pray short prayers throughout the day.

It is not about the length of prayers but speaking to God from our hearts. A previous Pastor taught us to begin our prayers with praise. I like doing that, but they're also prayers of desperation. Quick prayers said in a moment of instant need. You see a driver losing control and you cry out for God to prevent an accident. There are also times we are in public and we feel led to say a silent prayer for a stranger. These are quick prayers but heartfelt prayers.

Prayer is us talking to God, just like we would a friend. When we began to share not only our needs but our hearts with God, we will find our relationship with God, growing and developing. We should be honest in our prayers but respectful. Be truthful with God. When I was so sick for the first two years with colitis but Doctors could not find out what was wrong with me, I learned to pray more honestly with God. Telling Him how much I hated the misery I was going through but also expressing my love for Him and my willingness to accept His will for my life. This lead to a better relationship with God for me. We will not always understand why God allows us to go through things, but we can trust that God knows best.

These days we are living in can lead to fear, but if we keep a daily conversation with God, we will be more at peace. We also need to pray more for others. Many of us have family members who are sick and need our prayers. We should pray daily for lost souls. Remember, prayer is not a job but a gift from God. If we talked to the President every day or someone else that we think of as being important we would feel blessed. How much more blessed we are to talk to the One who created all things, including us!
Betty
 
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July 3, 2020
Happy Friday,

Fear Not Our Tomorrows

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

We have seen in this country, what happens when people allow fear of the near future overwhelm them. Just months ago, you could not find toilet paper or hand sanitizer in the grocery stores. We watched a video the other day that suggested 15 food items to keep on hand at all times. The man doing the video said not to go out and purchase all the can meats on the shelves but by a couple extra each time you shop. The video reminded me of when we lived in Washington State and the government advised keeping a two week supply of everything you would need in case of an earthquake.

We do not have to live in panic mode, but trust in God. What does it profit us if we live in terror today over what may or not happen next week, next month, or next year? I awoke from a bad dream this morning. In my dream, my dementia had gotten worse and I was at a ladies' meeting at Church making tea and I left the water on while making tea in the Church's kitchen and caused water damage. The ladies were upset about the damage and I was crying. When I woke up, I begin to fret about the future and God reminded me that He will be with me in the future and not to worry.

We need to remind ourselves often, that God will not abandon nor forsake us. Just as He is supplying our needs for today, He will supply our needs for tomorrow.

Psalm 37:25 I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.

Keep our eyes on Jesus and keep looking for our blessed hope, which is the rapture. Trust God for today and tomorrow. Remember God is our provider.
Betty

Titus 2: 13 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; 14 Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.
 
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July 4, 2020
Happy Independence Day,

Happy Birthday, America

This year’s Birthday is not as glorious as past Birthdays. With the virus, celebrating is limited. With months of rioting, many people are feeling apprehension instead of joy. Faith in America has been weakened by politicians who have sought to divide us rather than unite us.

As Christians, we know that Bible prophecy is being played out in front of our eyes. Knowing this does not take away the pain of seeing our Nation seem to crumble around us. Yet, this could be the way for God to get our eyes off our Nation as being our protector and focus our eyes on our true protector, the God of Heaven.

We should still be thankful to be born in America. For now, we still have Religious freedom. It is true that we are losing freedoms a little at a time, but for today, let us take the time to praise God for the freedoms we do have. We are still blessed by God. Today let us be thankful for what we have and remember the joys of the past that God has granted us as Americans.
Betty
 
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July 5, 2020
Blessed Sunday

Strong Tower

Proverbs 18:10 New American Standard Bible10The name of the Lord is a strong tower;The righteous runs into it and is [a]safe.

So many of us, Your children are tired and overwhelmed. Many of us are suffering physically. Our minds are blasted, not only by the darts the devil fires into them, but are stressed by the evil around us. We run like chickens in a circle, going nowhere, and then we hear Your sweet voice, calling us to run to You.

Oh! What a marvelous, God, You are! From Your throne, You are still with us and You, You see our suffering and You really care that we are hurting in so many ways. You do not hide Your eyes from us, in our distress, but You call out to us and bid us to come and sup with You and abide in Your Holy presence.

When we obey and call out to You and seek Your Face, You surround us with Your peace and fill our frightened hearts with Your joy.
It is in these times that we begin to appreciate the majestic gift of being Your children. Our eyes are now focused on you and the evil around us begins to fade from our sight as we focus only on You. You, Our Heavenly Father, is our only Protector and our Provider. In Your Loving Arms, we can rest like a newborn baby in its mother’s arms.

Help us as we begin to go back to our chores, not to forget the glorious joy that You have given us. Help us to walk in Your love and keep our eyes focused on You and not our problems. Remind us that this present suffering is only temporary and we will soon be with You, where there will be no pain or suffering. Help us to walk in Your Spirit of Truth and to live our lives pleasing You.
Betty
 
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July 6, 2020
Happy Monday,

I Do Not Understand

2 Corinthians 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.

God has called for us to have faith in Him and to walk trusting in Him. Yet, we are prone to question. Questioning can be a good thing. We can not even imagine the many things that have been invented by questioning minds.

Three times Paul, asked God to remove a hindrance from his life. 2 Corinthians 12:9, was the answer God gave to Paul. Walking in faith, sometimes requires acceptance of a situation that God has allowed in our lives. A situation that often works like sandpaper. Polishing the drudge out of our souls and spirits. A process that can be unpleasant and painful.

Complete trust in God requires us to surrender ourselves to God. To lay aside our questions, doubts, and fears. When we attempt to walk in faith and yet still willingly carry our doubt we give into what James called double-mindedness.

James 1:8 A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.

Hubby and I tend to be unsteady and walk with a cane or a walker. When we are doubleminded, this is how our spiritual walk is. We lean sometimes towards faith and sometimes towards doubting. This is displeasing to God and the more we lean into doubt, the weaker our faith grows. We must choose to walk in faith. The more we choose faith, the stronger our faith grows. Like a muscle the more you use it, the stronger it grows.

We do not always understand why God guides us down a certain path. The question is: ”Will we trust Him?”. Let us begin each day, seeking to trust God for the day.
Betty
 
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July 7, 2020
Happy Tuesday,

I Want To Know You, God

When you meet that special someone, you do not always fall in love instantly. It is spending time and learning about each other that will open the door to our hearts. As love begins to grow, the more we want to spend time with each other.

When we learn about Jesus and the sacrifice He made to save our souls, we may choose salvation as an alternative to hell. Yet, as we begin to spend time reading the Bible and in prayer, we begin to love God. The longer we serve God the deeper our love for Christ should grow.

Yet, these will be times, that our love for God begins to weaken. This happens because we allow ourselves to become too busy to spend time with God. When we make the effort to spend time with God, He will give us His perfect rest. He will give us joy and peace. The more time we spend with God, the more our love will grow for Him.

Revelation 3:20 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.
Betty

May God grant you little diamonds of joy as you walk with Him, today.
 
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July 8, 2020
Happy Wednesday,

Violence In The Streets

Proverbs 11:12 12 He that is void of wisdom despiseth his neighbour: but a man of understanding holdeth his peace.

We have seen far too much violence, looting, and hate, prowling the streets like a pack of rabid dogs this year. We need to remember this did not happen overnight. Hate has been building up in the hearts of people for years. Parents have passed on their hate to their children by their own example of hatred.

Universities are filled with liberal Professors who hate America and in their quest to bring in socialism and communism, they have polluted the minds of our youth. Now we have a generation of young people who loathe anyone who thinks differently than them.

This is not what God wants. Jesus taught us to love one another. We are to look past the color of skin and love the soul inside. No one is going to Heaven or hell because of their skin color. It is the condition of our souls that determines our final destination.

Mark 12:30-31 And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.
31 And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.

Another driving force of hate is fear. Let us be honest with each other. Every race has evil, hate-ridden people. Because people have rejected God, they do not have God to give them peace. As Christians, we must not think we are holier than others. The devil would love to have a bunch of Christians give in to hate and fight in the streets like animals. We must love one another. We learn to love each other by praying for one another.


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

Betty
 
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July 9, 2020
Happy Thursday,

”Oops, I Did It Again”

Brittany Spears had a hit with the song by that title. Supposedly the song was about cheating on her boyfriend. Her boyfriend did not find it humorous and the relationship ended. We think to ourselves about how someone could take cheating so lightly, but do we treat God that way?

When we sin, is our reaction:” oops”? Does our hearts break when we fail our Heavenly Father? Do we cry out for forgiveness or so we just say a quick prayer for forgiveness without a real sorrow in our hearts? May God forgive us when we take our sins lightly. We must not get in a habit of using excuses for our sin, like blaming our parents for our tempers.

Even the world realizes that there comes a time when adults can no longer blame their family and where they lived for their mistakes. As an adult, we have to stand up and admit our faults. If we want a good relationship with God, we must admit our sins and failures to our God and humbly seek His forgiveness.
Betty
 
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July 10, 2020
Happy Friday,

”The Finest”

While checking my local news online and as came up for ”the finest grill”. This made me think. How often are we working harder to have the finest things and overlook the greatest thing? Sure! It may seem great to have the finest car on our street, but we cannot take that car with us when we die.

We, Christians can also get caught up in working so hard to have a great vehicle and overlook the condition of our souls. Are impressed by the fancy car a fellow Christian has to the point that we become envious? God help us! When someone gets a new car at Church we should thank God for blessing them, rather than saying: ”Why not me?”

Our main goal and focus should be on what God wants us to be. This life is fleeting, like a leaf blowing through the air. What is important is the condition of our souls? May God help us to focus on growing in Him!

James 4:13-14 13 Go to now, ye that say, To day or to morrow we will go into such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain:
14 Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.
Betty

It's too hot for the birds, today in the Houston area.
 
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July 11, 2020
Happy Saturday,

Restore My Soul

Psalm 23:3 - "He restores my soul; He guides me in the paths of righteousness For His name's sake."

Walking in this world can feel like walking through a trash dump. We are subjected to profanity, just walking in public. People no longer control their language in front of their own children. Using the ’f’ word without any shame, but worse than that using our Heavenly Father’s Name as a swear word.

It is getting harder and harder to find a TV show without the same problem. Hubby wanted to watch a program called ’Yellowstone’. We quickly turned it off as they used the ’f’ word and God’s Name in vain.

There is so much evil in this world. We can become disillusioned and distraught, easily. When this happens cry out to God to restore our soul and cleanse us from the worldly filth we encounter. Remind ourselves we shall be soon going to a new home where no evil shall exist until then, let us trust in God and lean on His righteousness.
Betty
 
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July 13, 2020
Blessed Sunday

Voices

There are so many voices speaking today. We can become so overwhelmed with all the political talk, that we want to run from it.
It is not just political talk that can leave us shakey and confused.

The devil not content with all the souls he has deceived into rejecting God is going after Christians. You can find all kinds of false preaching on YTube. Preaching against the rapture, is one. There is even a group that rejects all the writings in the Bible by Paul.

Why the rapture? If the devil can convince people that the rapture is a lie, he takes away the urgency of accepting the gift of salvation. People can believe they can live a life of sin and then get saved during the tribulation. The Bible does teach a pretrial rapture.

Waiting for the tribulation to get saved is a very dangerous game. First of all many will die in accidents at the moment of the rapture. Second, the Bible says that after the rapture, God will, Himself send a strong delusion on mankind, so that they who rejected the truth will accept a lie.

2 Thessalonians 2:10-12 10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.
11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:
12 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

We are living in the Days of grace. The time of grace is coming to an end. When the rapture happens, the Days of Grace will end. Those who chose sin and self-pride over salvation most likely will lose their chance of salvation. They will accept the anti-Christ, worship him, and accept the mark of the beast. There will be no second chance of salvation.

As Christians, let us be careful of what voices we listen to. There are many great preachers and teachers on the YTube. We must verify everything we hear against the Word of God. The Bible must be the final Authority in our lives. Remember what the singers ’Casting Crowns, said about listening to the voice of truth.
Betty

Oh what I would do to have
The kind of faith it takes to climb out of this boat I’m in
Onto the crashing waves
To step out of my comfort zone
To the realm of the unknown where Jesus is
And He’s holding out his hand
 
But the waves are calling out my name and they laugh at me
Reminding me of all the times I’ve tried before and failed
The waves they keep on telling me
Time and time again, “Boy, you’ll never win!”
“You’ll never win”
 
CHORUS:
But the voice of truth tells me a different story
And the voice of truth says, “Do not be afraid!”
And the voice of truth says, “This is for My glory”
Out of all the voices calling out to me
I will choose to listen and believe the voice of truth
 
Oh what I would do to have
The kind of strength it takes to stand before a giant
With just a Sling and a stone
Surrounded by the sound of a thousand warriors
Shaking in their armor
Wishing they’d have had the strength to stand
 
But the giant’s calling out my name and he laughs at me
Reminding me of all the times I’ve tried before and failed
The giant keeps on telling me
Time and time again, “Boy, you’ll never win!”
“You’ll never win”
 
CHORUS:
But the voice of truth tells me a different story
And the voice of truth says, “Do not be afraid!”
And the voice of truth says, “This is for My glory”
Out of all the voices calling out to me (Calling out to me)
I will choose to listen and believe the voice of truth
 
But the stone was just the right size
To put the giant on the ground
And the waves they don’t seem so high
From on top of them looking down
I will soar with the wings of eagles
When I stop and listen to the sound of Jesus
Singing over me
 
CHORUS:
But the voice of truth tells me a different story
And the voice of truth says, “Do not be afraid!”
And the voice of truth says, “This is for My glory”
Out of all the voices calling out to me
I will choose to listen and believe
I will choose to listen and believe the voice of truth
I will listen and believe
I will listen and believe the voice of truth
I will listen and believe
Because Jesus you are the voice of truth
And I will listen to you
You are…
 
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July 13, 2020
Happy Monday


Watching and Waiting

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

There are two types of Christians. Those who give no thought to the soon return of Jesus and those who are watching the times and looking up. Jesus told us that when we saw the things that He spoke of begin to come to pass, to look up.

Jesus wanted us to know the times. For us to realize the times we were living in. As the Bride of Christ, we need to prepare hearts for the rapture. We need to pray regularly for God to search our hearts for any hidden sins so that we can repent before the rapture.

We need to use each opportunity that God gives us to share the Gospel with lost souls. We need to encourage our brothers and sisters in the Lord. This year has been a hard year. It is easy for God’s children to be discouraged. We should be praying for one another and encouraging each other in the faith.

This is not the time to coast. We want to run the race and receive the victory that God has for us. When we fall, let us get back up. Pray for God to heal our spiritual hurts and keep running the race for Christ. Press onwards towards the prize that awaits us for our faithfulness to Christ.
Betty
 
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July 14, 2020
Happy Tuesday,

Fearful Times

2 Timothy 1:7 For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.

The days we live in are chaotic and strange. It would be easy to have stressed minds and fearful hearts. This is not what God wants from His children. He wants us to walk with Him with trusting hearts. We displease God when we do not trust Him.

Luke 21:26 men’s hearts failing them from fear and the expectation of those things which are coming on the earth, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken.

Of course, we are concerned about the coming days. This is natural, but we must go to the Holy Bible and remind ourselves that God has warned us of these days. He also said He would be with us.

Isaiah 43:2When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you.When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, Nor shall the flame scorch you.

We do not know what tomorrow holds, but we know that our God knows. We can find rest in these stressful times by remembering who our God is. These days will test our faith, but we remember to get into God’s Holy Word and seek His face in prayer, God will strengthen our faith.
Betty

Our God Reigns
1 How lovely on the mountains
Are the feet of him
Who brings good news,good news
Announcing peace, proclaiming
News of happiness.
Our God reigns; our God reigns!
Chorus:
Our God reigns!
Our God reigns!
Our God reigns!
Our God reigns!
2 He had no stately form;
He had no majesty,
That we should be
drawn to Him.
He was despised,
and we took no account of Him,
Yet now He reigns
With the Most High. [Chorus]
3 Out of the tomb He came
With grace and majesty;
He is alive, He is alive.
God loves us so see here His hands,
His feet, His side.
Yes, we know
He is alive. [Chorus]


Source: Baptist Hymnal 2008 #58
 
Posted by Betty Louise (Member # 7175) on :
 
July 15, 2020
Happy Wednesday,

Anger and Hate


There is so much anger and hate in this world. It is like a dark cloud hanging over mankind. As soon as we think that things are getting better, there is a new hate crime. We are standing on the cusp of a civil war. I believe it is only the love of God that is holding it back.

There is hate coming from so many sides. Racial hatred, Religious hatred, and hatred for those we think have it better than us. The devil has filled a cup with hate and people are drinking it up like water. It is easy to become fearful of what actions hate will lead people to do.

I saw a video of a young woman and her young child being beaten up by four people. A grown man jumping up and kicking the child in the back. The mom being kicked over and over in the head. This broke my heart. The hate is so strong that even young children are victims.

I wish I could say that things are going to get better, but they are not. We are living in a time of lawlessness. Things will only get worse. What can we do? Pray, Pray, Pray! Pray for the innocent. Pray also for the people who do not see that they are being used by the devil. They are headed for an eternity in hell. Pray that their eyes will be opened to the truth, so they can be saved.
Betty
 




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