Health and Choices

 

On Wednesday afternoon, I went to the regular doctor’s office for a checkup. Other than an ear infection, I didn’t get bad news. I attended a Ladies’ Bible study earlier that morning and we got talking about medical stuff.

One lady exercises regularly and eats pretty healthily. She reads a lot about the medicines folks regularly take and listens to the news. She informed us that a drug to help hearts causes cancer, so there’s a big re-call. Then we got talking about vaccines for little ones and flu shots, the pros and cons.

One of our ladies recently got diagnosed with cancer and before she got her results she’d already made up her mind that she’s not having chemo-therapy or radiation. Another lady at our church got diagnosed with cancer a few months ago and she is accepting treatment for the disease. We, as their church family, are praying for both of them to recover. It’s not an easy time for them or us, but God is faithful and so we take courage.

I hope this finds you well. May God bless you.

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Going To and Fro

“Second Hand Lions”

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When movies feature old people discussing death as happens in this show, I always think of how they totally ignore what eternity might be like on the other side. Could it be that by the time people are in their nineties that they’ve come to terms with ideas on death?

Although, a lady from our church lived at a nursing home for a year, and her roommate swore like a sailor. Before our friend left the home to get into her own apartment, in her late eighties, the roomie accepted Jesus as her Lord and Savior at age 92. We prayed every Wednesday at our Ladies Bible study for this gal. Now she attends a Friday Bible study with a few people many weeks of the year.

I hope you are well. May God bless you!!

What Helps You?

I’m with some of my children and got to see all of my grandchildren. I love it when my son and his wife get vacation time. Grandparents Asian Grandma Grandson Grandphttps://pixabay.com/en/photos/grandparents/

For two weeks before this I drove north to babysit for four of my “grands” and scooted home for the weekends. At the end of the two weeks, I was worn out!

Every once in a while, my husband and I will look at each other and say, “I’m not in my twenties anymore.”

An advantage of seeing my son-he takes the time to work on my computer, which keeps freezing up and gets in the way of my blogging. Another reason I love being with younger people is because by the time you reach grandparent age, you’ve seen a lot of disappointment and sorrow with the joys of life balancing things out.

When I get overwhelmed with hard things, I hold onto Phil. 4:8, NKJV: 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 a good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy-meditate on these things.

The Apostle Paul continued in Phil. 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.”

If I get hit with fear or my thoughts are all over the place and I can’t remember what I was doing or what word I need to describe something, I stop a minute and breathe. Then, I repeat 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 Word of God is true and works. I also consider the physical aspect. Am I feeling tired or thirsty or am I trying to focus on more than one thing at a time? I take care of those things if it’s possible.

Have you used a Scripture and seen God fulfill it? I would love to hear from you! Have you taken a vitamin B tablet to help when you’re in a stressful situation? Or exercised? What helps you?

May God bless you!

Softball in the Spring

What a glorious day in Upstate, NY. I’m at my granddaughter’s softball game which is lasting longer than I anticipated.
Some of the parents are freezing in their shorts and t-shirts, wearing flip-flops on their feet. The breezes are picking up and I notice the cheers accelerating. “Come on, you can hit,” while some nearby mutter sincerely under their breath, “Please, Lord, help them get a homerun so we can get going!”

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Suddenly, diving sea gulls attacked a blanket for some chips or popcorn. A tall, husky dad walked over to the offending fowl and off it flew with a couple of others, to boot.
The coach’s wife removed the tempting foods and folded the blanket within seconds.
The low-flying birds reminded me of a time when I went to Florida to visit my uncle and aunt. Our family went on a picnic to the beach and as I brought a sandwich toward my mouth, a sea gull swooped down and hefted it skyward.
As I related the story, a white-winged fowl glided about two feet above my head and I let out a shriek in perfect timing with the telling of the theft of my lunch, and my kids and I laughed.
In the meanwhile, the game warmed up and two fine hits got the players on the bases and a third brought some of the runners home. The other team got last-ups and they quickly struck out.
“Thank You, Jesus.”
My oldest daughter’s goose bumps had grown proportionately to the amount of time we sat and from the brisker breezes. Then, as soon as she could, she made her way to the car.
Sports in the fresh air for families and friends is one of the marks that winter is far behind us!
“Thank You, Jesus for making a beautiful world and amazing birds-even close flying sea gulls.”

May God bless you,  friends.

If I Get to Heaven

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One of the nice things about my sister living near me is that sometimes we get alone time to talk about things. On Saturday, on our way to one of her favorite stores, she asked me about by last blog. “Why did you write, ‘if I get to heaven’? Do you think you’re not going to heaven when you die?”

I told her I should have explained what I was thinking.

I believe that God keeps those believers in Jesus Christ, the Son of God, who asked Him to be their Lord and Savior, and repented of their sins. In Ephesians 1 it tells us that God seals His followers forever and calls them heirs of His kingdom.

So, realistically, all born again Christians sincerely loving God and obeying His commands are secure in their relationship with Jesus. Colossians 1 tells us we are already seated in heavenly places. The Gospel of John shows us Jesus’ words about belief in Him.

I’ve read the Old Testament time and again. Believers in God, including Solomon, got off track and began worshiping other gods. In Ecclesiastes, it appears that Solomon got through the depression of leaving God and returned to the faith of his father, King David.

So, even though I’m secure in Christ, I’m also aware of letters from the Apostle Paul in the Epistles of the New Testament. He told disciples of Christ to work out their salvation with fear and trembling. He warned the believers in 1 Corinthians 6:9,10 not to be deceived. Neither covetous people, neither those having sex outside of the marriage of a male to a female, nor homosexuals, nor thieves, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, nor men behaving like women will inherit the kingdom of heaven. I would imagine women acting masculine fall into the same category.

Paul, speaking to Christians warns them if they’re living in the aforementioned manner, they will not go to heaven.

I believe Christians have free will to walk away from God, because one of the prophecies of end times is that a multitude of people will come to Christ and a great number of believers will find their love growing cold and will walk away.

The only reason I said, “if I get to heaven,” is because if I get persecuted, I don’t know if I would wimp out and reject Jesus.

I don’t think I’d do that because of God’s promises to keep His own and because I backslid once and I was miserable without God and I promised Him I’d never turn away from Him again. I understand the consequences better now-hell is worse than anything that I’d suffer on earth. Also, I’ve experienced ups and downs in life, and going through many experiences with Jesus makes the joy sweeter and the sorrow bearable.

I shouldn’t have said, “if I get to heaven,” I suppose, but my dad used to say, “only God knows who’s going to heaven.”

He said that because he saw some phonies in his lifetime. I don’t trust myself, but I do trust Jesus. If I get weak I call out to Jesus and that’s not going to change.

“I hope this helps,” my sister.

May God bless each reader!

How a Reclaimed Cedar Chest Reflects God’s Grace

I met Jill about a year ago at a writers’ critique group. I love her writing. She’s been published by “Chicken Soup for the Soul” books and elsewhere.

Anecdotes from Along Life's Road

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Posted on Tuesday, May 22, 2018

by Jill Printzenhoff

Reclaiming Memaw’s beat up cedar chest was tedious and dirty work. However, I was determined to redeem its battered condition.

I poured hours into removing several coats of old paint, sanding the distressed wood, and applying varnish. Solvent turned layers of faded paint to goo, which clung to my paint scraper or landed in wrinkled piles on heaps of newspaper. The hand sander kicked sawdust in the air, and the dust particles covered everything in the garage including myself. The sticky varnish claimed multiple brushes and rags.

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Once the outside was complete I turned my focus to the inside. After vacuuming the felt layer, the finished product was ready for use and display. I filled the cedar chest with blankets, and gave…

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Peace

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The first time I went to Letchworth State Park was as a child with my family.

Happy Memorial Day to those who celebrate this holiday. I got thinking about peace today, not really pondering peace among nations, but peace in the hearts of ordinary people. My husband has been preaching out of Matthew 24 about end times. Some day there will be peace for 1,000 years when Jesus reigns on this earth. Then Satan will be loosed from the prison he was in and the people will choose-God or the devil, as we have freedom to choose now. God must really value free choice or He wouldn’t have set up the world the way He did.

Here are a couple of sections of Scripture I turn to when I want comfort and/or instruction:

Wisdom from Above

 

James 3:13, (ASV):  Who is wise and understanding among you? By his good conduct let him show his works in the meekness of wisdom.

Jas 3:14  But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast and be false to the truth.

Jas 3:15  This is not the wisdom that comes down from above, but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic.

Jas 3:16  For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there will be disorder and every vile practice.

Jas 3:17  But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere.

Jas 3:18  And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.

 

These Scriptures are from e-sword.com:

Taste and See That the Lord Is Good

Psa 34:1  Of David, when he changed his behavior before Abimelech, so that he drove him out, and he went away. I will bless the LORD at all times; his praise shall continually be in my mouth.

Psa 34:2  My soul makes its boast in the LORD; let the humble hear and be glad.

Psa 34:3  Oh, magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt his name together!

Psa 34:4  I sought the LORD, and he answered me and delivered me from all my fears.

Psa 34:5  Those who look to him are radiant, and their faces shall never be ashamed.

Psa 34:6  This poor man cried, and the LORD heard him and saved him out of all his troubles.

Psa 34:7  The angel of the LORD encamps around those who fear him, and delivers them.

Psa 34:8  Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good! Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him!

Psa 34:9  Oh, fear the LORD, you his saints, for those who fear him have no lack!

Psa 34:10  The young lions suffer want and hunger; but those who seek the LORD lack no good thing.

Psa 34:11  Come, O children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the LORD.

Psa 34:12  What man is there who desires life and loves many days, that he may see good?

Psa 34:13  Keep your tongue from evil and your lips from speaking deceit.

Psa 34:14  Turn away from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it.

Psa 34:15  The eyes of the LORD are toward the righteous and his ears toward their cry.

Psa 34:16  The face of the LORD is against those who do evil, to cut off the memory of them from the earth.

Psa 34:17  When the righteous cry for help, the LORD hears and delivers them out of all their troubles.

Psa 34:18  The LORD is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.

Psa 34:19  Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the LORD delivers him out of them all.

Psa 34:20  He keeps all his bones; not one of them is broken.

Psa 34:21  Affliction will slay the wicked, and those who hate the righteous will be condemned.

Psa 34:22  The LORD redeems the life of his servants; none of those who take refuge in him will be condemned.

 

And finally: God Is Our Fortress

Psalm 46:1  To the choirmaster. Of the Sons of Korah. According to Alamoth. A Song. God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.

Psa 46:2  Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea,

Psa 46:3  though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble at its swelling. Selah

Psa 46:4  There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy habitation of the Most High.

Psa 46:5  God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved; God will help her when morning dawns.

Psa 46:6  The nations rage, the kingdoms totter; he utters his voice, the earth melts.

Psa 46:7  The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress. Selah

Psa 46:8  Come, behold the works of the LORD, how he has brought desolations on the earth.

Psa 46:9  He makes wars cease to the end of the earth; he breaks the bow and shatters the spear; he burns the chariots with fire.

Psa 46:10  “Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!”

Psa 46:11  The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress. Selah

 

I hope you are well! May God bless you!

An Eventful Day

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This month, one of the days started with an early agenda.

My husband and I went to our local Gideon’s breakfast for pastors and their spouse, if married. The Gideon’s auxiliary, wives of the Gideon membership, made a small box for all the attendees and put rock chocolate in the gift container, which was really good. It looked like stones, but they were soft candy.

The Gideons want to thank the pastors and their spouses for their care and compassion for the folks that attend the local churches. They want them to know that the Gideons are praying for them and also, as the Gideons lead people to Christ, they will refer new converts to a local church.

I enjoy going so we can see folks from other denominations and one couple from our fellowship. We get to see a testimony of a believer who came to faith in Jesus Christ because someone gave them a Gideon New Testament.

The man we listened to received a Gideon Bible while in elementary school, but never opened it. Then, as a soldier, possibly a Marine, someone gave him a small Gideon Bible he could keep with him. Just before going on a life-threatening mission, he opened the Scriptures and couldn’t stop reading in the book of John. When he read about Nicodemus speaking with Jesus in John, chapter 3 where Jesus told the Pharisee, “You must be born again,” to enter heaven, it grabbed his heart.

He prayed to Jesus and told Him he wanted to be “born again,” a disciple of Jesus Christ. That young serviceman repented of his sins and kept reading the Bible, and that step of faith turned his life around. We watched as this same man, many years later, spoke to a large crowd of Gideons. With tears in his eyes, he said, “I now pastor a church and if it wasn’t for that little Gideon Bible that I carried in my pocket, my life would have been much different.”

Every testimony moves me to tears, as do the testimonies I hear of people being delivered from hurts, habits and hang-ups at the Celebrate Recovery meetings. God is faithful to help people, no matter their age, whether they are rich or poor or in-between, no matter their culture or their skin tone. He helps all folks that call on His name and humble themselves before Him.

Later that morning, my husband and my sister and I drove almost two hours to go to a funeral of a man near and dear to family members of mine. I only saw him a handful of times in my life, but he graciously invited my husband and me to his home that he shared with his wife if we found ourselves in their vicinity. Unfortunately, it never worked out. They made it our way a time or two, and we enjoyed visiting with him and the rest of his family.

He served our country, so the military gave him a 21-gun salute at the graveside. When one of the men played “Taps,” I almost burst out crying. It hit me that I won’t see him this side of heaven any more. He also volunteered for the fire department for many years. He didn’t talk about himself. All I knew was that he was a quiet man who loved his family and worked hard to provide for them.

When I spoke to my dad about salvation when I asked Jesus to forgive me of my sins and for Jesus to be my Lord and Savior, it didn’t go over well. When I told him that Jesus said many things about heaven in the Gospel of John, my dad told me that no one knows who goes to heaven except for God. I got mad at him for that. As an adult, as so often happens, I began to see that my dad may have known more about life and God than I did at the ripe old age of seventeen years old. So, IF I make it to heaven, I hope to see my dad and my mom and this man whose life we celebrated, and many others who have proclaimed themselves to be Christians. Only God knows our innermost being. I mean no disrespect to any of the aforementioned people, truly I don’t.

In the prayer we call “The Our Father,” which Jesus taught, He said, “Forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors….”

I’ve always taken that to mean that if I harbor unforgiveness in my heart, that I won’t be forgiven when I stand before God after I’ve died. The Apostle Paul told us to examine our hearts. My husband tells us to examine our hearts and to keep short accounts with God. I read in a newspaper today about a 48-year-old woman who was out walking her dog, when a parked town truck—the big, highway kind—rolled down the hill without anyone in it and it killed the lady and her pet. They’re going to look into what caused the accident. We never know our last day on earth, either.

I’m never quite sure where these blogs are going when I start. I just feel like time is slipping away before Jesus comes back for His disciples and after that, this world is going to implode with evil and famines and plagues and lots of things foretold in the book of Revelation, a scary book of the Bible.

God says to seek Him while He may be found. I hope if you’ve never done that before in your life, that you will make a point to do it now. Last week or so, I kept thinking God wanted me to seek Him. When I read the Bible lately, I’m thinking it gives me more joy than ever before. I hope this finds you well.

May God bless you!!!

 

 

“I Can Only Imagine”

 

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Last week, my husband and I went to see the movie, “I Can Only Imagine”.

I didn’t read any reviews and when I heard people speaking of the film I asked them not to spoil it for me.

I didn’t know what to expect, but as a music lover, it satisfied my soul.

I love seeing people making choices in their relationships, their jobs, their education, and how they react to others.

If you have the opportunity to see the film in your area, you might want to check it out.

May God bless you!