At the end of January, just before my youngest daughter got married, I received my first award ever for writing, the Versatile Blogger Award, sent to me by therealliferealtalk.com blogger, Chanel. Thank you, I really enjoy your blog!
I’d like to nominate fifteen others. I hope they’ll be blessed as I was. 🙂
is a God in heaven watching over mankind. The first man in the garden of Eden
was made in the image of God. Adam walked with God and told Him about the
animals Adam named. See (Genesis 1 and 2).
a while in Genesis 1, God decided Adam needed a helpmeet, someone to complete
him and to complement him so together they were better than apart. God put a
deep sleep on Adam and removed a rib to fashion a wife for him, named Eve. She
became the first mother of all of mankind. All of the races came from Adam and
Eve, and variations came in skin tone because of the closeness of the sun or
being further from the equator and the power of our closest star.
President Obama came into office, I heard he and Vice President Dick Cheney
were two of the most liberal men in American politics. President Obama, as a
senator in Illinois, was the only senator to vote to let a botched-abortion
baby languish on the table. It was considered inhumane to kill a young baby not
that many years ago.
a majority of the United States Senate voted to leave a botched-abortion baby
to die despite the chance for survival with medical treatment. God in heaven
gave us emotions like He has: love, joy, peace, anger and sorrow to name some.
In the book of Psalms in the Old Testament of the Bible, God tells us that
children are our heritage from the Lord. He loves to create, which is why we
love to create. The earth and sky declare the majesty of Father God.
I hear and see the deaths in America portrayed on countless television shows
and in movies, the romanticizing of zombies, the news broadcasting husbands
killing wives and drug pushers killing their customers with tainted opioids, I
think of how entirely devoid of life this planet would be without Jesus Christ.
said, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may
have life, and have it abundantly.” (John 10:10 NRSV)
(Joshua 24:15 NRSV), the Word of God says, “Now if you are unwilling to serve
the LORD, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors
served in the region beyond the River or the gods of the Amorites in whose land
you are living; but as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord,” Joshua
takes courage to serve God. Christians are being maligned by some of the media
in America and persecution is increasing. Why? Because in the last days some
say “Good will be spoken of as evil, and evil will be spoken of as good,” as
referenced in (Isaiah 5:20).
Many New Yorkers, believers in Christ and those who don’t believe but have morals, are outraged over the extremely liberal abortion rights. If Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers continue murdering viable infants about to leave the womb at nine months along or before, or at full term and the abortion technique failed, so a fully formed infant is born-and the workers do nothing for the child, they will stand before a holy, just God Who happens to love babies and humankind, one day.
think of people who move merrily along, harming others. Do they ever consider
that God gets mad and sends punishment their way or on the land their country
inhabits? God sees all.
Our country has experienced more floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, forest fires, mud slides and destructive diseases over the past ten years or so than I recall beforehand. The numbers of tragedies have grown exponentially as people have turned from God to psychics, the occult and false beliefs.
Would God the Son willingly endure extreme suffering from Roman soldiers before being crucified by them, if He didn’t love mankind and step forward to take on God the Father’s wrath for all our sins? The Apostle Paul wrote, “Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” (2Co 5:20-21 ESV)
God is love. Those who choose to believe in God the Son and the fact that He rose from the dead, and willingly obey Him become lovers of God and love their fellow-humans. The book of First John near the end of the New Testament tells us about these previous statements.
So, what happens? If you read the Old Testament which God gave us for an example, you’ll see as evil infiltrates a land, and God honors the wish of the people to live their lives without Him. “all hell breaks loose,” as my parents used to say way back in the day.
devil hates born again Christians because of the power of God available for the
good of mankind. God is love and light and life. This place is temporary. God’s
place is eternal and so incredible according to the last chapters of the book
of Revelation, that it’s hard to picture it.
We can choose love and light, or selfishness and darkness. We can discover that God is love.
We can experience the emptiness and dread of following our own will to reject God and end up as Satan’s pawn. Have you ever thought of these things? Where do you stand?
I wrote a blog last week
that I hoped readers would find interesting. I also decided to author an article
and a sidebar for a magazine I’ve been published in before.
Then, one thing after
another grabbed my time. So, on this less hectic day I went to my desk and
there’s the manuscripts for the magazine but no tablet with the blog.
I searched high and low,
no luck! So, I began another and it didn’t set right, so I put a big X through
both sides of the paper.
I try to write things out
on a legal pad first. I feel like the words flow with the gel ink and the
A friend of mine
suggested we watch a children’s movie from Walt Disney Co. called, “Inside Out,”
on a DVD. My husband thought it was a deep topic for children. Maybe it’s
because of the last week or so, but it made me feel sad. My youngest daughter
stopped by tonight. She said her husband loved it. It shows how important
emotions can be and he particularly liked “Joy.”
I did, too. Who wouldn’t?
Today I told my husband I felt sad. “How come?” he asked.
Part of it is because I
prayed for a young mom to get healed from cancer. I knew she was near death
when we began praying for her. “You didn’t even know her,” he said.
That’s true. Things have
a way of working out. I recently heard of a man marrying again after his first
wife died, and the second wife was more compatible with him than the first. So,
one never knows. I’m fully convinced God could have healed her. I’ve seen Him allow
miraculous healings over the years. Plus, I’ve weathered blasts to my faith
when prayers didn’t get answered with a “Yes” in the past.
Sometimes God says, “No,”
and I find out later why. Other times He says, “No,” and I’m left pondering
until I acquiesce to His sovereignty and then move onto something else to
trust God knows best because I’ve seen how gracious and kind He can be. I
watched Christian television the day after this lady passed away. He said if a
person has a burden from the Lord, it’s almost like being a little depressed
over a life or death situation. He’d learned to get away to a quiet place and
to pray until the heaviness of spirit lifted. Then, the ill person would
recover or God would take them home to heaven having accomplished what He
wanted done through the prayers.
did feel that “heaviness” on Monday before she died, but I didn’t know about
the “burden” praying or didn’t remember having heard it. My husband said, “How
do you know that preacher is correct?”
don’t know,” I told him. “I just remember how I felt on Monday and it lifted by
then, she was already gone. My friend went to see her a week or so before she
passed away. They talked about salvation and she prayed to receive Jesus as Lord
and Savior. That takes the sting out of death!
don’t feel sad very often and, when I do, something happens and the melancholy
state of mind lifts. For that and many other blessings, I say, “Thank You,
Spring is finally coming our way and the robins appear much fatter than normal to me this year. I watched one suck a long earthworm out of the ground one morning. In all my years, I’ve never seen that before.
God says His eye is on the sparrow and if He takes care of the birds and the lilies of the field in all their glory, how much more will He take care of you and me as we follow Him and endeavor to be righteous as He asks us to? That’s a rough and short paraphrase of Matthew 6:25-34.
A few weeks ago, I drove north to spend a week at my daughter’s house because her kids had the flu. Whenever I told others I couldn’t fulfill my ordinary responsibilities and told them we’d have to cancel or ask them to fill in for me, when I said, “The kids have the flu,” these words came to mind: “but it’s sure nice talking to you Dad, I know we’ll get together soon, Dad. I’m sure we’ll have a good time, then.”
That’s how I remember the words to the Harry Chapin
song, “Cat’s in the Cradle,” from a concert I heard many years ago at college.
That song reminds me of a verse from the Old Testament
and one from the New Testament in the New King James Version of the Bible:
Malachi 4:6 And he will turn The hearts of the
fathers to the children, And the hearts of the children to their fathers, Lest
I come and strike the earth with a curse.
Luke 1:17 He will also go before Him in the
spirit and power of Elijah, ‘TO TURN THE HEARTS OF THE FATHERS TO THE
CHILDREN,’ and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just, to make ready a
people prepared for the Lord.”
I have not written as much
lately because I spent thirteen days with my children and four grandchildren.
Three of the grandkids caught the flu, so I drove north to babysit them for a
week. The rest of the time they visited us during February break from school
while construction workers replaced ceilings, put in overhead lights, and
refashioned an archway between two rooms, etc. at their home.
I love being with family-playing games, making meals and doing dishes, catching up on laundry. Fortunately for me, they just had fevers and coughs when I reached them on Sunday night. Although, I kept telling them to cover their mouths when they coughed and to turn their heads. “I don’t want to catch the flu!”
Recently, I lost some of
my joy because I live in New York State. Our legislators passed a bill that if
the mother of an unborn baby has any reason for wanting to abort that child,
for whatever medical reason they can come up with, at any time before the little
one leaves the womb, they can let the medical person know and the human being
is killed. It may be hours from birth, a perfectly viable life and get snuffed
Then to add to my
distress, living in the land of the free, the land of the brave, dear God, how
far have we fallen, the senators in Washington, D.C., including our New York
State representatives, voted that if a living baby survives the attempted
murder during a botched abortion, no medical care will be extended. The tiny
person is not offered a blanket or something to suck on for sustenance. It’s
left to die. I never thought I’d hear of INFANTICIDE in this country.
So, I haven’t felt like blogging, I’m sorry to say. I’ve taken joy from the children around me. I’ve cried out to God to soften the hearts of people that probably would be outraged at the inhumane treatment of animals and yet, disregard the lives of babies that God says He knows as they’re fashioned in the wombs of their mothers in Psalm 139:13-16.
I know times get worse
before Jesus comes back and an increase in evil comes forth as people reject
God and His ways. It’s just hard to see it and understand. When President Obama
was a senator in Illinois, he was the only politician to vote to let a newborn
languish on the table if the abortion failed. That wasn’t that long ago. The
U.S. senate has two senators per state, and they only needed seven more votes
to protect the little ones. They got 53 votes. That means 67 people said, “Let
the infant die,” although I heard the weather kept some senators from reaching
Washington, D.C. on time. But, did they wait for a larger turn out? No!
I think the senate should
have been mandated to go to an abortion clinic and see what happens before they
cast their votes. And if they came to New York State, they would see that the
providers don’t have to be a doctor to perform an abortion. So much for the
safety of the mother.
I took science fiction
courses in college back in the day, and some of the stuff that I shuddered over
back then and felt would never happen is upon us now. So, I pray for people to
wake up and consider what they believe and why they believe it. Is it worth
killing babies for the convenience of the mother? Many women suffer after they’ve
taken the lives of their child with depression, breast cancer, and infertility.
One thing I’ve heard-the younger generation is not believing the embryo is
fertilized tissue with no life at conception. So, I try to remain hopeful and I
pray that people won’t want to use these so-called “freedoms” of choice. Then
it won’t matter what’s in the law books.
If you read through my
rant, God bless you. Maybe if enough people stand up and say this isn’t right,
the politicians will understand their tenure is on shaky grounds.
May God bless you and
protect you from the evil one.
With all that’s going on in the world, and then in New York State where abortion rights have been expanded to the furthest degree possible, I need to look for the good in life and keep my eyes on Jesus, for God amazes me!
So, I thought I’d look for encouragement in the Word
and this is what I came up with:
This is a letter from the Apostle Paul to the Philippians
while in jail. I copied a small portion that always reminds me to keep looking
(NKJV): Rejoice in
the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice!
Php 4:5 Let
your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand.
Php 4:6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God;
Php 4:7 and
the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and
minds through Christ Jesus.
Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble,
whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever
things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there
is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on
Php 4:9 The
things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and
the God of peace will be with you.
My husband and I drove to the mall today despite the one-degree Fahrenheit weather, because the blustery below-zero forecast-ed weather never arrived. We needed some office supplies and bulk items for church that our little town doesn’t provide.
So, I bundled up and my
husband cranked the heat up in the car and off we went. The stores seemed a lot
emptier than usual. We entered the traffic flow on the roads with ease. The
weather forecasters warned of windchill at 27 below-zero, which made me hesitate
to go out, but my guy wasn’t deterred, so I figured he’s not foolish and I promised
my daughter that I’d sew a zipper in her son’s coat. I hadn’t bought the zipper
yet and time was a wasting, as they say in the West or in the South or maybe it’s
from my childhood.
The thing is, it’s so cold outside that the walls are radiating a decided chill in the room where I sew. Tomorrow is supposed to be warmer, so I’m putting it off until then. When we left our warm car, earlier in the day, I wore a heavy crocheted hat down lower on my ears than normal. The matching scarf covered my face so I could breathe. The later we stayed out, the brisker the winds got, but thankfully they weren’t moving much. It was the cold air that caused the discomfort. We made six stops over three hours, and by the end, we were both ready to get home. After putting the plates and tissues and file cabinet supplies away at church, we reached our house and put away the carrots and the tomatoes and the Worcestershire sauce, etc. I put the heat back up four degrees on the thermostat.
As we drove, I told my husband the sunshine was beautiful. We live in Upstate NY, and not that long ago, we had over 60 days with clouds and no sunshine. Some folks suffer from S.A.D.-seasonal affective disorder. “Sometimes it’s called winter depression or the hibernation reaction,” according to this site:
I know folks who suffer from the lack of sunshine, so they purchase lamps with natural light bulbs. One variety I’m familiar with is OttLite.
When it gets really cold, with air from the Arctic circling down our way, many of the schools and churches close down for the sake of the walkers. More than ten minutes outdoors in the extreme cold can cause hypothermia, according to our local radio station’s weather man.
When it’s frigid outside,
too much of it causes me to feel grumpy or to feel grateful, depending on my
state of mind and/or body. I’ve been so aware of the privilege of living in a
house with a good furnace. Two years ago, I bought a warm winter coat for the
low price of $20.00 at the end of the cold season. I remember many years ago,
being sure the kids had warm outer-wear and getting along with less helpful
protection from the elements because I didn’t go outside as much and they were
little. A paycheck only goes so far sometimes.
Being covered in warm
layers from head to toe takes the grumpiness away. When it’s normal winter
weather, about 25 degrees outside, the fresh cold air is invigorating to breathe
in. My husband likes to kid me. “You’d never make it in Alaska!”
That’s probably why I’ve
never lived there. I hear it’s a beautiful state and some folks talk about the
cruise ships they’ve boarded to see the wonders of the northern-most part of
the U.S.A. I may get there one day. One never knows what life will bring,
especially when I think of opportunities God has opened up in my life over the
years. As it says in the Scripture: (1Corinthians_2:9 NKJV)
But as it is written: “EYE HAS NOT SEEN, NOR EAR HEARD, NOR HAVE ENTERED
INTO THE HEART OF MAN THE THINGS WHICH GOD HAS PREPARED FOR THOSE WHO LOVE
In this blog, I could
have talked about rain or sunshine for most of the day, but we’re in the
northern hemisphere and it is winter here. Do you have a weather-related story
you’d like to share?
I re-wrote an article today and then later, I wrote a memoir from my teen years. I’m thinking of publishing writing for some income. My husband worked all our married lives once we left college. I worked as a young mom for a while and when I saw an older woman working in the same department, I asked her how long she’s been employed there. “Oh, not long,” she said. “I stayed home to raise my children and then I sought a job after they left home.”
“That’s what I want to do,” I surprised myself by saying softly to myself. I looked around at the cubicles, telephones ringing off the hook. My co-workers hated their jobs, for the most part. And I left my young ones in the care of others. My youngest one was allergic to milk at the time and often, when he ate lunch, the sitter gave him macaroni and cheese, possibly thinking cooking the milk and cheese would change its allergic properties. I don’t know. But, I’d have to call off from work and treat his diarrhea. He hates bananas to this day because he’d have to eat a BRAT diet, bananas; rice; applesauce; and toast.
The babysitter also watched children that went to a daycare center part of the time. They caught lice, and my little one with a tiny covering of hair, had a bug crawling across his scalp when we got home. So, I treated him for lice and the rest of the family, as well. I told my husband-“that’s it, I’m quitting my job.”
He was delighted. I gave my two week notice and when I spoke to one of the supervisors, I said, “my husband wants me to quit my job.”
It required a lot of patience and love for some unlovely people, unfortunately. She sighed. “I wish I had a husband that wanted me to quit my job.”
Sometimes I don’t realize the blessings that I enjoy. It’s easy to take people we love for granted. When I pray about what I should do, because I want to help support my husband as we age, I feel as if the Lord gives me a quiet thought, Write.
Is the Lord giving you nudges when you’re pondering what you should do? I love Proverbs, chapter 3. It talks about trusting in the Lord and not leaning on my own understanding, which I need to hear now and again. I’m thinking this is going to be an exciting year.
By the way, as a young boy, after prayer, the Lord healed my son of his milk allergy. You should have seen his face light up the first time he tasted ice cream. His own and every other one we’d purchased at the ice cream cone stand. What joy.
This is Jesus speaking according to Matthew in the New Testament. I’ve been hindered from blogging, so I thought, I’ll just try to send this Scripture that encouraged me tonight. God bless!!
Mat 11:28 Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Mat 11:29 Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. Mat 11:30 For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”
One of my favorite Bible verses is: But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things shall be added unto you. (Matthew 6:33 NKJV)
I heard a few weeks ago that General Motors is firing 15 per cent of their workforce in Detroit, MI and other locations in the United States and Canada. Ford Motor Company may not be far behind.
I don’t live near these cities, and none of our acquaintances work in the automobile production industry. Yet, I feel compassion for those being let go. Some people in America don’t save money for emergencies.
We received a gift from a relative which allows us to see local television for the first time in many years. I got used to programs without commercials. The advertising costs an incredible amount of money to lure customers to purchase stuff. I looked away from the appealing pictures of new cars, cruises in warm weather ports, diamond rings equated to love, and lots of beer commercials during the football games.
All of those things may deplete an emergency savings account, if one ever got started. None of those things count as needs. In the Apostle Paul’s letter to the Philippians in chapter 4, verses l0-13 it says in the New King James Version, “But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly that now at last your care for me has flourished again; though you surely did care, but you lacked opportunity.
“Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content: I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
When people in America lose their homes from unemployment, mud slides, fires, tornadoes, earthquakes or floods, etc. I pray for their physical needs, their emotional and spiritual condition.
In First Peter 5:7 in the NKJV, Peter tells us, “casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you,” happens after we’ve humbled ourselves under the mighty hand of God. When God sees humility towards Him and others, He’ll exalt us in due time.
Our lives are meant to bring glory to God in good times and in bad. The Bible is our life manual for every aspect of life. If you’re suffering, God sees you.
He understands your choices. He promises to take care of all your physical and eternal needs if you’ll seek the kingdom of God first in your life. Food, clothing and housing: Jesus said God knows your requirements for life.
As earthly possessions slide out of our grasp, the eternal stays with us forever.
Every afternoon or later, I take some time to read A More Excellent Way: Be in Health by Dr. Henry W. Wright. I read the Bible earlier because I’m aware that I need God’s input sooner, before I’m scrambling.
Whitaker House, New Kensington, PA published it. On page 13, Dr. Henry Wright emphasized this statement: “The beginning of all healing of spiritually rooted diseases begins when you make your peace with God, and accept His love once and for all, accepting yourself and others.”
After giving two Scriptures from the Old Testament: Deuteronomy 6:5 and Leviticus 19:18, he tells us how Jesus put the two together in the book of Matthew: Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets. (Matthew 22:37-40 KJV)
God helps us to love Him wholeheartedly. God restores our emotions, our mind, our physical being so we can love ourselves after we’ve been condemned by people and the enemy of our soul. Then we’re able to love others.
In Romans 12 it says: I appeal to you therefore, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God—what is good and acceptable and perfect. (Romans 12:1-2 NRSV)
I wrote, “So much to think about as I rest.”
Then, on yesterday I thought I heard the still, small voice of God say, “You are healed.”
I felt a tiny increase of health, so I said, “Thank You!”
Then, I found I was needed for Celebrate Recovery at night and I had the strength to go and cover a couple of the leadership spots because we had just enough leaders. Praise God!