Sunday, December 19, 2010


I thought these flowers were so pretty.  I took out the background so only the flowers show.  I think it is amazing and wonderful how a flower lasts such a little time and gives so much joy.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Having a Block

I don't think the block I am having is a writer's block.  I have so many things in my head to write about that it is stopping me from writing.  Some days I think I will write about one subject and then when I start to write another jumps in.  So I decided to write about this block and think about the writing process at the same time.
I think this is happening because I finished a great book and I am studying two Bible studies.

Well Well.  It seems to be a problem with focus.

Now that I figured that out.  I want to end with what I read in one of my devotionals this morning.

From Our Daily Bread, December 5.
Christ has come!  Christ is coming again!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Praying for the Salvation of our Families

I watched a teaching by Benny Hinn the other day that told how to pray for the salvation of our loved ones and families.  I am just giving the scriptures that he gave.  These are great promises to lean on.

The following are scriptures we can claim when praying for our loved ones.

Isaiah 49:25   But thus says the Lord:  “Even the captives of the mighty shall be taken away and the prey of the terrible be delivered; for I will contend with him who contends with you, and I will save your children.”

Isaiah 54:13  All your children shall be taught by the Lord, and great shall be the peace of your children.

Isaiah 59:21  “As for Me,” says the Lord, “this is My covenant with them:  My Spirit who is upon you, and My words which I have put in your mouth, shall not depart from your mouth nor from the mouth of your descendants, nor from the mouth of your descendants’ descendants,” says the Lord, “from this time and forevermore.”

Psalm 72:4  He will bring justice to the poor of the people; He will save the children of the needy, and will break in pieces the oppressor.

Psalm 90:16  Let Your work appear to Your servants, and Your glory to their children.

Psalm 102:28  The children of Your servants will continue, and their descendants will be established before You.

Psalm 112:1-2  1 Praise the Lord!  Blessed is the man who fears the Lord, Who delights greatly in His commandments.  2 His descendants will be might on the earth:  The generation of the upright will be blessed.

Psalm 115:14  May the Lord give you increase more and more,  you and your children.

Psalm 127:3-5  3 Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb is a reward.  4 Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, so are the children of one’s youth.  5 Happy is the man who has his quiver full of them; they shall not be ashamed, but shall speak with their enemies in the gate.

Acts 2:39  “For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call.”

Acts 16:30-31  30 And he brought them out and said, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?”  31 So they said, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household.”

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

God Pours Out His Spirit and His Mercy

I was just talking to my sister, Marilyn, last night about the scripture in the Bible that says that God will pour out His Spirit in the last days.  It is in Joel 2:28-32 and again in Acts 2:17-21.  In Acts Peter is quoting Joel to give a reason for the ability given to the apostles to speak in other languages and be understood.  Peter then goes on to explain that Jesus was prophesied by David as the Christ.  So in verse 36 Peter says "Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly that God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ."  What happened next is wonderful and amazing to me.

Acts 37-41
37 Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, "Men and brethren, what shall we do?"
38 Then Peter said to them, "Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
39 "For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call."
40 And with many other words he testified and exhorted them, saying, "Be saved from this perverse generation."
41 Then those who gladly received his word were baptized; and that day about three thousand souls were added to them.

There were the people that had demanded that Jesus be Crucified.  Many had certainly heard Jesus teach.  And yet they did not understand until Peter preached after Pentecost.  God is so merciful to us that we don't understand Him.  We cannot understand having mercy after such a terrible thing happens.  But God opened the hearts of those people that day to repent and receive Jesus as their savior and He continues to call people all around the world.  He does not wish that any should parish.  He wants all to be saved.  This is more beautiful than I can comprehend.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Thinking Good Thoughts






We were at the ladies retreat this summer.  My two friends are Jeanine and Lisa.  We had so much fun and it was great for us to get together and learn more about God and each other.  The memories of that weekend are great.  I am counting my blessings more and more and it is so amazing that I used to think that I didn't have any friends and was depressed all of the time.  Through God's Word I have learned that I am being blessed all of the time if I will only see what is really happening around me.  My thinking was wrong.  But I am learning that I must always believe in the love of God and know that He does wish the best for all of His children.  I love 2Corinthians 10:5  Casting down imaginations and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.  And 1Peter 5:7 Casting all your care upon Him, for He careth for you.  But the one I should always remember is the one I forget most often.  It is Philippians 4:8  Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.   These help me to think on the good that God is always doing and not dwell on the fears and problems of daily life.  And I am so thankful for my friends at my church and all around me.  I am very thankful to God for the ability to meet people through blogging.

Blessings
Linda   

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Check out my Guest Post for Serendipitously Me iFRoG.  Just click on the link.  Hope's Tamale Party

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Unfailing Love



I am showing this picture because I think this plant is very unusual.  It shows the differences there are in plants and how they all can be beautiful in their own way.  God made us all different and we all have beauty that He gave us.  In our world today many people think that because God made everything with differences, people can believe anything they want and still be right with God.  Well I want to look at the Bible and see what God's word, His love letters to us, says about this subject.

In Exodus 20:1-6 it states,
1 And God spoke all these words saying:
2 "I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.
3 You shall have no other gods before Me.
4 You shall not make for yourself a carved image-any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth;
5 you shall not bow down to them nor serve them.  For I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me,
6 but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments."


And 1 Corinthians 10:20-22 says,
20 Rather, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice they sacrifice to demons and not to God, and I do not want you to have fellowship with demons.
21 You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons; you cannot partake of the Lord's table and of the table of demons.
22 Or do we provoke the Lord to jealousy?  Are we stronger than He?

In these scriptures we are advised to acknowledge and worship only one God.  He is our maker.  We must never put anything, anyone, and especially ourselves before God.  If it is not for God, we cannot breath or live at all.

In Romans 3:29-30 the Word says,
29 Or is He the God of the Jews only?  Is He not also the God of the Gentiles?  Yes, of the Gentiles also,
30 since there is one God who will justify the circumcised by faith and the uncircumcised through faith.

Ephesians 4:4-6
4 There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling;
5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism,
6 one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in all.

The Lord Jesus Christ said in John 14:6 ..."I Am the way, the truth, and the life:  No man comes to  the Father, but by Me."

We are given so much information in God's Word that tells us that we are to worship Him and that there is one God in three persons, The Father, The Son and The Holy Spirit.  This information was hidden from man until Jesus revealed it.  We are so blessed to live in a time that gives us the entire Word of God.  We are admonished to keep our faith in tact and not to let our minds wander with every wind of doctrine.  I pray that we will be able to withstand the tricks of the enemy and lean on God for our strength.

It is so hard for us as human beings to believe that the God of the universe would only give us one way to salvation.  We want to be able to live life our own way and be saved.  God says we must accept the fact that Jesus died, was buried and rose on the third day.  We must repent of our sins.  Then we must call on Him and ask to be saved.  There is no remission of sin without blood and Jesus is the final acceptable blood sacrifice.   And we must have faith because Hebrews 11:6 tells us But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.

God has shown Himself to be creative by all that we can see and beyond.  He has made diversity in this world and He loves His creation.  Our problem is that He has given us only one way to come to Him and that is through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.  No judgment or pleading on the part of another human being can make us believe.  Only the Holy Spirit can speak to our heart and mind and gently show us our deep need for God.
God is love.  He gave us His only begotten Son.  Our debt for sin has been paid if we only believe and accept it.  We, however, will always feel a deep debt to Jesus for what He has done for us when we understand just how much He loves us.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Colossians 1:9-14

I read this today in my devotions and felt I just had to share it from the Amplified.  I first read it in the NKJV.  However, I love how the Amplified Bible gives hints as to the original meaning behind some key words. 

Col 1:9 For this reason we also, from the day we heard of it, have not ceased to pray and make [special] request for you, [asking] that you may be filled with the full (deep and clear) knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom [in comprehensive insight into the ways and purposes of God] and in understanding and discernment of spiritual things-
10 That you may walk (live and conduct yourselves) in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to Him and desiring to please Him in all things, bearing fruit in every good work and steadily growing and increasing in and by the knowledge of God [with fuller, deeper, and clearer insight, acquaintance, and recognition].
11 [We pray] that you may be invigorated and strengthened with all power according to the might of His glory, [exercise] every kind of endurance and patience (perseverance and forbearance) with joy,
12 Giving thanks to the Father, Who has qualified and made us fit to share the portion which is the inheritance of the saints (God's holy people) in the Light.
13 [The Father] has delivered and drawn us to Himself out of the control and the dominion of darkness and has transferred us into the kingdom of the Son of His love.
14 In Whom we have our redemption through His blood, [which means] the forgiveness of sins.

I believe God has given us this prayer in the Bible so that we can pray this for all of this believers throughout the world.

Friday, October 22, 2010

God is the Answer.

"I know now, Lord, why You utter no answer.  You are Yourself the answer."  CS Lewis

I love this quote.  How often I forget that God is the answer to my deepest question.  Do you ever get so bound up in the how and why of your existence that you only see a black hole?  Do you get fearful and anxious?  Can you sometimes see no end in sight to your problems?  Is there mostly your point of view in your path and little or none of God's point of view?

This is why so many of us are having trouble getting through certain situations.  We need the breakthrough but our fears and doubts keep us focused on the problem and not the answer.

I have found that God will let me stay in my misery as long as I want to or must.  I sometimes feel that there is no way out.  There are blocks in my thinking because of my lack of understanding about who exactly God is.  He has given us more information about Himself in the Bible since Jesus died on the cross than at any other time in history.  But we are blind until we ask the Father, Son and Holy Spirit to open our eyes to the truth.  I am convinced that we could not handle all of the truth at once.  We are somewhat fragile.  Yet we act like we can handle anything.  God has given us many traits of strength and knowledge.  Because of this we think we can get through everything on our own.  But in reality we need our Maker.  He is the only one with the key that opens the door to our true heart and soul.

God tells us not to fear, worry, or be anxious.  He tells us we must have faith in Him.  When we have our eyes on Him, we are brought into love, faith, gentleness and away from the problems that bind us.

I love the scriptures that speak of God leading my path.  Psalm 23:2  ...He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for His name's sake.  And another is Psalm 25:4  Shew me Thy ways, O Lord;  teach me Thy paths.  Lead me in Thy truth and teach me: for Thou art the God of my salvation; on Thee do I wait all the day.

Our God is great and mighty.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Restoration






Joel 2:25  And I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten…
I look at this picture every once in a while and think about how this little bit of land is my land.  It is only a half acre in New Mexico and I have never even seen it except in this picture.  I was praying for something that I could pass on to my son after I die and one day I found this piece of land.  It was available for one dollar and then to make very small payments every month.  It isn’t just a piece of land to me.  This piece of land has a future.  This is one of the many things God has done for me.  God is replacing the “years the locust hath eaten” in my life.

Just this weekend I had a visit from one of my step brothers, Tim, and his family.  I was so happy to see them.  Their children are grown.  It was a great feeling to see them and talk to them.  We had dinner together and really enjoyed each others company.  One of the reasons we don’t see each other much is that they live in the San Diego area and my sister and I live in the San Fernando Valley.  Plus, Tim used to be in the Navy.  He is retired from the Navy now and working for a company.  So now we will be able to visit them too.  I see this visit as the beginning of a restoration.

Then a few days ago I found my cousin, Sara, on Facebook.  What a great feeling.  We were separated from each other when we were very young due to divorce.  We tried to get in contact but I was having a difficult time remembering things so I lost contact with her.  So now that I have found her I gave her my phone number and she gave me hers.  She called me today and it was so great to talk to her.  She is so easy to talk to and I know that this is another restoration from God.

Of course, our final restoration will be when we go to heaven and are with Jesus as His Bride and Church.  But God gives us real earthly restoration as we depend on Him to direct our lives.  Another one of my favorite scriptures is Psalm 23: 3  He restoreth my soul:  He leadeth me in paths of righteousness of His name’s sake.  What a glorious thought that as we turn to God, He restores and leads us.

Blessings
Linda


Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Why I post about my faith in God.

This morning's Daily Praise says it all.  Please check out this link.  http://www.icr.org/articles/type/6/

It is not only that I am responsible for the knowledge that God has given me, but for the love of those people that I come in contact with every day.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010


This is my closet.  I love the way our organizer arranged everything and then we put curtains up instead of a door.  Now I know you have never seen the way it was.  And that is my fault.  I never took pictures before.  But this is a huge change from what it was.

My sister and I live together and she decided to hire an organizer.  Her name is Heather and she is very good at what she does.  The whole house is being organized and in the process my  sister decided to paint and get new floors and new window coverings.  Wow!  The changes are so amazing.  Every day it is something new.

Well it is almost finished and we are very excited.  I will take more pictures of the house when it is finished.  I just wanted to talk about this process because that is exactly what it is.  Its a process.  We have been going through this for several months and it is because we could not go any faster.  Heather could have gone at her own pace and been finished a long time ago, but my sister and I get very emotionally overwhelmed and have to stop.  So Heather gives us some time to think before making another appointment.  We don't think there are many organizers out there who think about their client's problems with the changes that are taking place.

Anyway, now we are so happy that it is almost finished and we have been able to mentally process all of the changes.  All of the letting go of old things and all of the getting new things has been so good for us.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

2010-10-01

 

The Lord is so good.  But I didn't always think of God as good.  Because I know, and have known since childhood, that God is Sovereign and can do anything.  Well I just was sure He would think that what I wanted was the best for me.  Wrong!!!  I learned this lesson very slowly and am just now able to trust God with my life so much more than ever before.  I try to give all to Him, but sometimes I don't.  He is very merciful and loving and teaches me as I go along on my journey.  I am reading the book of Job now and I see that we all have this problem.  God does not think like we do and He does everything exactly right.  The book of Job helps me to understand that "He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust." Matthew 5:45

Then when I learn in study and through the preaching of the word, that I must be grateful always and that Jesus died for me, I am always sorry for my bad attitude about the testings and trials in my life.  I am humbled by Job and He was the most righteous man at the time.  Yet, God showed him a slight tendency to be self-righteous.  Wow,  I sure have a long way to go. 

Thank and praise the Lord for His great mercy and forgiveness.

Blessings
Linda

Monday, September 27, 2010

My First Blog Hop






Well I went on my first Blog Hop this weekend.  It was fun!  However, I felt more like a tortoise in stead of a bunny or a frog.  The picture is my tortoise, Toby.  The blog hop put me in touch with so many people at once.  It was interesting to see how everyone lays out  their blogs and what they blog about most.  I found that many people have more than one blog so they can discuss different things.  Since blogging is new to me, I feel privileged to have been able to go on the Free Hot Samples Hoppin’ Weekend.  As I said, I was very slow but found wonderful blogs to join.  I look forward to joining in on more Blog Hops soon. 

Speaking of the blog hop.  I joined Linky and they have a prayer request Linky which I added to my blog.  I am not even sure how it works yet.  So this is a trial run.  If you have a prayer request please try it out.  I will learn how it works when you use it.  And I will pray for you.  I have been a strong prayer warrior for over 30 years and love to see God answer prayer.  Please don’t be shy.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Missy



Just thought I would put a picture of my dog, Missy, up.  She is about 10 years old and is an American Rottweiler.  I took her for a short walk around the block today and she loved it.  She is the best dog I have ever had.  Missy and I live with my sister, Patty and her mother-in-law, Hope.  We also have three cats named Charlotte, Sam and Donny Darko.  Missy gets along well with the cats and people.

I just wanted to talk about Missy today because she is such a comfort for me and I know that God gave her to me.  When I was living in Sacramento in a condo, a friend of mine asked if I would like a dog.  She had gotten her from the pound and she was afraid to let her out of the cage.  Every time her cats went by the crate, Missy barked and shook the crate to try to get at them.  So the only time she was allowed out was when her husband took her to the dog park.  So I went to see this poor dog who had been taken from the pound and was now in a crate.  When my friend opened the door to the crate, Missy came right to me and put her head in my lap.  We loved each other.  So I took her home. 

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Are We Too Busy?

Are we too busy?

 Part 4

What is the most important pursuit in life?  In the Bible Jeremiah 9:23-24 says   23 Thus says the Lord:  “Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, Let not the mighty man glory in his might, Nor let the rich man glory in his riches;  24 But let him who glories glory in this, That he understands and knows Me, That I am the Lord, exercising lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness in the earth.  For in these I delight,” says the Lord. 

We tend to think of all we have done and praise ourselves for our accomplishments.  However, God is our creator and should be thanked and praised for all that He does and has done.  We always need to remember that we could not even exist if it were not for a loving God who created each one of us.  Another scripture that comes to mind is
Matthew 6: 33  “But seek  the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.”  Jesus is calling us to be ever conscious of God and His will so that our pursuits will bring rewards in heaven. 

If we know God and have a relationship with Him, we are truly blessed.  Not everyone does.  Some people think they have to be a part of a religion or they have to pray their whole life before they can really come to know God.  Some believe it is impossible to know if we are going to heaven and that going to heaven is determined by how good we are.  As Christians we know that Jesus taught us how to be saved.  When we obey and believe that Jesus died for our sins, was buried and rose again on the third day, God saves us.  I pray that people who don’t understand this will be given knowledge from the Holy Spirit to want to be saved.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Are We Too Busy?

Are we too busy?
Part 3

Our next question is, How Do I Get Off the Busyness Treadmill?
In Psalm 119:105 it says  Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.
And Psalm 119: 11 Your word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against You. (NKJV)  These verses teach us to lean on the word of God.  If we learn His word, we will begin to understand the way we are to live our lives.  There is a balance that only God, as the Creator of all things, can teach each one of us.  We are all different so God has something different for each one of us.  If we insist on following the pack that is of the world and against Him, we will not be able to find the direction our Creator has for each one of us.

In Isaiah 40:31 it says  But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.  I have found such joy and peace in the fact that God is outside of time.  When we go to Him and give all of our many jobs to Him in prayer, He makes our schedule more manageable.  He also teaches us not to get quite as busy as we think we are supposed to be.  We need to make time to wait on the Lord and then we can have the blessing of meeting our obligations in a miraculous way.  I have seen God work my schedule out on days that it seemed impossible.  But other times God has made it clear to me that I was not to become overly committed to so many projects.  Let God go before us and show us the way.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Are We Too Busy?

Are we too busy? 
Part 2

What is the cost of my busy lifestyle?   1 Corithians 3:10-15  says   10 According to the grace of God which was given to me, as a wise master builder I have laid the foundation, and another builds on it.  11 For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.  12 Now if anyone builds on this foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw,  13 each one’s work will become clear;  for the Day will declare it, because it will be revealed by fire;  and the fire will test each one’s work, of what sort it is.  14 If anyone’s work which he has built on it endures, he will receive a reward.  15 If anyone’s work is burned, he will suffer loss;  but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire. (NKJV)

If we are building on the foundation of Jesus Christ with gold, silver and precious stones, the fire at the Judgment Seat of Christ will not burn those things away.  So we always need to be sure that our endeavors align with the Word of God.   That we are putting God first and taking care of the needy.  This is not easy and is not the way the world does things.  Others may see us as not caring about success but that is not true.  Our success is determined by God and the direction He leads, not our own ambition or the world’s way.  God gives us jobs and puts us in school to learn a career but we need to be careful to keep our perspective on God and His Kingdom.

Then again, if we build on wood, hay and straw, all that was built will be burned up and some of the rewards that God wanted to give to us will be lost forever.  We cannot loose His salvation once we accept Jesus in our hearts, but we can loose crowns.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Are we too busy?


Are we too busy? 

What can we learn from the Bible about what God thinks of business? 

I am doing a bible study put together by my Sunday School Teacher, Bonnie Reed, called Beating Business.  So I thought I would put in my blog. 

The first question is:  What does God think about business?
Answer is:  Ephesians 2:10  For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.
(NKJV)  So are we busy doing what we want or are we doing the good works God has called us to.  We might be busy with church work and making a living for our families or with volunteer work, and the list goes on….  But as always, God is looking at our heart.  What is our underlying motive for our business?  Because Jesus Himself was a very busy man, I do not believe it is wrong to be busy.  However, Jesus taught us what is important to God and what is not.  Lets go on to the next question.

What are the consequences of business?  In Luke 10: 38-42   38 Now it happened as they went that He entered a certain village; and a certain woman named Martha welcomed Him into her house.  39And she had a sister called Mary, who also sat at Jesus feet and heard His word.  But Martha was distracted with much serving, and she approached Him and said, “Lord do You not care that my sister has left me to serve alone?  Therefore tell her to help me.”  41 And Jesus answered and said to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things.  42 But one thing is needed and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her.”
We know that Martha was doing the serving because it was expected that she would and usually Mary would be expected to help.  Martha was not unreasonable in asking Jesus to get Mary to help.  But Jesus was telling Martha and Mary that God comes first.  Which is the first commandment.  Being too busy takes us away from God and we often get lost in the wrong thinking of the world.  Also, we loose our other relationships such as family and friends because having a relationship takes time and commitment.

To be continued….

Sunday, September 5, 2010

What I Saw and Heard Today

     The group of college students and two adults were singing a praise song to Jesus in English and in French.  They had just gone to Haiti to visit a missionary and his wife.  Their stay was for 11 days.  They spoke of Haiti with much respect and of their hosts with great love.  Then there was a slide show that told of their activities.  They went out soul winning and they gave a puppet show.  And they helped teach the Word of God.  They all came home with respect for how others have to live and appreciation for what we often take for granted.  Such things as clean running water, clothes and paved roads are a rarity where they were.  They learned that 46% of the babies die because of bad water and being put in mud holes that have parasites and worms. 
     The missionaries have been there 35 years and have a church and have started several churches in the outlying areas.  The people that have started to go to church and learn God's Word have learned much about helping themselves and others.  Some Christian Haitian  men are being taught to be pastors by the missionary family.  This is such a work of love for the people of Haiti and for God.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Who Made ...

I made a story page for the one to three year olds in the nursery.  It asks who made the fish, the birds, the boy and the girl, and who made the trees.  The answer is God.  Then I put Revelation 4:11 ....for Thou has created all things.....
There are so many people who do not believe that God created the world and they don't know who God is or that He loves every person.   I am thankful that I do believe the bible and that I have a personal relationship with God.  He is not a church or a bunch of rules but a Person who is God.  He accepted me just as I am and keeps accepting me just as I am.  I want to follow His Holy Spirit who guides me in all righteousness, but I am human and sometimes my flesh nature gets in the way.  So when I fall, I am so thankful that God is merciful and forgiving.
But, I understand how we can get our thinking confused and not believe what God has to say.  The human mind without salvation thinks only in a selfish way.  When I asked Jesus into my heart, I was advised to pray to Jesus that He would have His Holy Spirit open the eyes and ears of my heart and help me know God's truth.  He did and He has been faithful to teach me the truth in His Word ever since.  I pray that many many people will come to know Jesus before His second coming.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Our Bible Study on Humility

My favorite verses on humility are:
Proverbs 11:2  When pride cometh, then cometh shame:  but with the lowly is wisdom.
and
Philippians 2:5-8 
vs 5  Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:
vs 6  Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:
vs 7  But made Himself of no reputation, and took upon Him the form of a servant, and was made in the             likeness of men:
vs 8  And being found in fashion as a man, He humbled Himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.

It is so very difficult for us to be truly humble and recognize that we receive everything from God.  My prayer is to be humble and to practice the law of love as Jesus did.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Praise God

I have been waiting for over a year to have a colonoscopy and yesterday I finally had one.  In my family there have bee 4 people that had colon cancer and 3 of them died because of the cancer.  My test showed no signs of even one polyp.  I praise our Almighty God for this.  God is so good.  This being said I will not forget that whatever my Father in Heaven puts in my life is for my ultimate good.  He is sovereign and I give Him the glory for all.
Also, when I read Our Daily Bread today I was reminded that since I have given my heart to Jesus, my heart has been full with Him and my searching always turns to Him.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

A Song

I love the song "Lets Go Down to the River and Pray" by Alison Krauss from the movie O Brother, Where Art Though.  It is very humble and loving.  It invites everyone to go down to the river and pray.  And to study about who shall wear the robe and starry crown.  What a beautiful picture of putting aside our worldly obsessions in order to search for all that God has for us.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Just Resting

It is a very peaceful summer day for me.  I have read parts for several books and today's Our Daily Bread.  And I listened to disc one of the audio book "Why" by Anne Graham Lotz.   I am still learning to trust God.  I always say that I trust Him.  And then, I go and do something or say something that proves without a shadow of a doubt that I am not trusting God or anyone else for that matter.  Trusting implies knowing and having complete, unquestioning faith that the one being trusted is capable, willing and motivated to act as my benefactor.  God is Love.  God is Trustworthy.  God is my benefactor.  So I must admit my unbelief and ask the Holy Spirit within me to fill me up with His FAITH.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

God has shown His love for me.

I have been a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ and His death and resurrection for many years.  I know that Jesus saved me from the fate of Hell.  But living my imperfect life and sometimes leaning on God and many times not has shown me that I may fail but He never does.