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Monday, February 27, 2012

Writing Your Prayers

The thought for today is writing out our prayers. I do this sometimes when I do my Bible Study on Read The Bible site. But I have never thought about doing it in other places. Such as this blog, Bible devotion, Twitter, Facebook.

This idea is coming to me as I am listen to a program called Grace Cafe and the special guest is Mary DeMuth. So I am going to pray today.

Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for this idea that you have shown me. I pray for those who read this site. There are many I don't know but You do. There are many I feel that need Your arms around them to help them through a trial. There maybe someone who is rejoicing over something that has happen and so I rejoice in my heart for these people. You are such a great God! I pray for those or someone who does not know Jesus as their Savior. That today they will come to know Him. And I pray these things in the Name of Jesus.

The Gospel Message-I Corinthians 15:1-8
"...Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; and that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:"

Sins-Missing the mark. Adam in the book of Genesis was given a command by God not to eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Adam's wife Eve chose to eat from the tree and gave it to Adam and that became sin because Adam disobeyed God by eating the fruit of the tree. So every one born after this time has a sin nature.

Christ was sent to pay for the penaility of our sins and that we will no longer be seperated from God.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Have To Much Stuff!

I really have a lot of---stuff. I need to get rid of it but I am an artist that uses such things as boxes, tiles, paint, wax, clay, and stained glass. So I like to keep and find things that are unusal to put on these things that I use for my craft making projects. I am also a writer and have folders all around with ideas in them. Then I get so many ideas I don't know which file to put them in as I cut out pictures etc. It is so bad that my husband now says, "Do I keep this or do I throw it out?"

I do have some vacation coming up so I think I will be able to get a lot of things put away in a proper place. I will need to label everything because once I clean and put things in their place and a place for everything I can't find them. If I just have little piles of things here and there no problem.

I know what I need to do it and so I just need to do it. That is what the Lord tells me all the time. JUST DO IT! So I guess I better listen and do it.

How about you? Do you have a lot of stuff? 

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Sad Day

This morning I found out that my cousin went to be with the Lord last evening. Then this evening I found out that one of my friends also past away this week and is now with the Lord. Then on Saturday I am attending a memorial service for my former Pastor of 34 years who passed away earlier this year.

So today is a very sad day and all of these people will be missed greatly.

A Sad Day

Today I found out that my cousin passed away last evening. He had been sick since November and he just had a test yesterday to see if he had cancer. But by late evening he went to be with the Lord. He will greatly missed. We grew up together and he was one of inner circle of cousins until he moved to a different state. We kept in contact by facebook.

I also learned today that one of my friends also passed away this week. This is also sad news but I know she too is with the Lord. She had been in a lot of pain and could not move without being in extreme pain. Now she is pain free but it is hard on her family and friends left behind.

Also this Saturday I will be going to a memorial service for our former Paster of thirty-four years. He passed away a couple of months ago and this week is the time the family chose to remember him.

So I must admit that it is a very sad time but have very good memories of all three people involved.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Haiku Poem

Today I feel like sharing a Haiku poem with you. Haiku poems are about nature and when I think about nature I think about God. For without God we would have no things of nature.

Budding Trees
February day
trees budding, flower blooming
unusual year

Monday, February 20, 2012

A Two Hour Wait

Today my husband had to go for an ultra sound at a local hospital and we got there early because we had never been to this place and we didn't know if he might have to do some more paper work.

They took my husband into the room and he was back out in about twenty minutes. I was so surprise. But so happy because my husband thought it was going to be an eight-hour test.

A couple of weeks ago he was hurt by having a exercise bike fall on his leg. It swelled up and was three different places it hit him on his leg and it wasn't healing. He called the doctor's office today and he was able to get in. So again we got there early. And got in within a short time. And there seem to be only one other person ahead of us.

We talked to the nurse and my husband showed her the wounds and she left. Two hours later the doctor came in to see my husband. I know the doctor is a busy person and maybe he had an emergency but two hours.

As it turns out the doctor is good about talking to his patients and so we don't mind and we take something along with us to do while waiting because with this doctor it happens often. He gave my husband a prescription for an antibiotic and we were on our way. And he also was given a tetnus shot by the nurse. Maybe a twenty minute visit at the most.

I guess talking about it I rather have a doctor who will stop and talk to you and listen and be late then one who doesn't seem to care and gets you out as soon as possible.

Thank you Father for a caring doctor.

Gossip

As I am writing this blog I am looking at my new 2012 calendar and it has a picture of two horses. Their heads are together with their eyes, noses, and eyes lined up.

They are beautiful horses and my imagination is forming into a story. The main  horse looks like he could have a little evil streak and he is telling the other horse something like this, "Hey, Goldie, did you hear about what Saber said about Noble?"

Goldie is listening. I wonder if she will tell the next horse she meets what she heard.

Gossip is like this and it doesn't usually end in a good way. One person tells another person and then that person tells another person and by the time the story gets back to the person that it is about it is a whole new story. It didn't even happen that way. It is like the old game that I played when I was a child called telephone. And I would wisper something in the person's ear next to me and it would go down the line.

So we need to be careful what we say.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Excitement Comes From Sharing

I belong to a sites called fanartreview and FanStory.com and both of them I can share my art work and stories and also review other peoples pictures and written work.

It has been awhile since I have had a chance to get back into reviewing but once I start, it is like being in a candy story or library and just can't stop at one look.

Some people have such great talent and writing skills it is a joy to read and view what they have done and reward them for their work.

God wants us to encourage people in whatever way we can. And by doing this I feel that is what He wants me to do. Share and review.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Love Yourself

I was looking up a word for my daily devotion and came across Isaiah 1:5-9. It is a question that is asked of the people of Israel by the Lord. The word is alternative and it means choice. I am going to use the New Living Translation Holy Bible. Here are the verses and what they mean to me.

Isaiah 1:5-9
"Why do you continue to invite punishment? Must you rebel forever? Your head is injured, and your heart is sick. You are sick from head to foot-covered with bruises, welts, and infected wounds-without any ointments or bandages. Your country lies in ruins, and your cities are burned. As you watch, foreigners plunder your fields and destroy everything they see. Jerusalem stands abandoned like a watchman's shelter in vineyard or field after the harvest is over. It is as helpless as a city under siege. If the Lord Almighty had not spared a few of us, we would have been wiped out as completely as Sodom and Gomorrah."

I did not grow up in a Christian home as far as I was sent to church and read Bible stories but my parents did not go to church with me. It was not until I was twenty that I was ready to hear the gospel message and the Holy Spirit was working in my heart to receive Christ as my Savior.

Because of several kinds of abuse in my childhood and even after marriage I tend to not love myself as I should. And when it was talking about hurting oneself I harm my body by rebelling against authority and also over eating and eating the wrong things.

The Lord has been showing me that He created me and that I am wonderfully made and my whole life is planned out by Him. Now the things that happened to me were allowed to happen but it grieves my God that they were done. They were done by people who did not know the Lord. It was their choice, not mine to do the things that they did. So now I need to put those things behind me and go forward. Yes, the Lord can use what happened to me to help others and He has done so. But I still need to work on not rebelling against authority, am doing better, and also love myself and my God enough not to want to further hurt my body by eating the wrong things.

I know there are many men and women in the world that have these feelings about not loving themselves. And I am the first one to say that by us doing this we have turned our backs on God like His people Israel. So I am asking those that read this if your do not love yourself, I don't mean pride, but truly love yourself for how God made you, confess this to Him and ask for His cleansing, and repent, and give yourselves over to God. Then He can heal you and can truly become all that He wants you to be. Because if we can not love ourselves and God how can we love others?

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

A Quiet Day

In some ways it has been not just a quiet day but a quiet week. No doctor appointments, nothing scheduled to go to except for work. Just relax and do what I want to do when I want to do it. It is nice for a change.

There has been some hockey games that my husband has listen too. I chose to read a book or watch TV a couple of programs.

I like weeks like this as I feel I get more accomplished when I can sit at the computer, listen to my blog radio programs or radio speakers and clean and if want to take notes.

Thank You Father for a very nice week.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Another Valentines Day Coming To End

There are only a few special days that my husband and I celebrate other than Christmas, Easter, Birthdays and that is Valentines Day. Tonight my husband is taking me out to dinner. I think that is a special gift. He is not for giving me flowers but things like to give me things like cds, dvds. We had three children so when each one was born I got an Andy Williams record. He is one of my favorite singers and still is.

So I am so happy that the Lord picked out my husband for me as both the Lord and my husband know me so well. And they both are so good to me.

I also received a nice gift from my boss today. So I am having a very nice Valentines Day.

I hope that all of you who are celebrating this special day that it is going well for you also.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Playing Games

I love to play games especially when I have someone to play with. And I just discovered some new games on Face Book. Not a good thing. I was just getting myself away from playing games so much on Internet but now I am hooked again.

But as long as I have gotten everything else done I want to and it doesn't interfere with anything else I guess it is OK to play. I need some fun in my life. All work and no play is not good.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

I Try To Write Something Everyday

Some days are easier to write things than others. I missed yesterday. Sometimes I'm not feeling well so getting on computer is not easy. But I try my best to do so. I even had something to write about yesterday. So I will share it with you today.

Friday morning I got up and got around and was ready for work early. I had bought some nail polish, which I don't usually wear, but just felt like would like some. I got the nail hardener but I chose white. Wow! When I put it on it was really white. A lot bolder than my normal clear color I use if I do put it on.

I was in a hurry so the first finger was messy and thick in some places and not covered in other places. I thought, "Well that is OK. I just wash it off and wait till I have more time." Wrong! It wouldn't even begin to come off with soap and water. I didn't get any nail polish remover because thought I had some. Wrong again!

So I thought since I started I might as well finish and maybe it wouldn't look to bad. I had it all over my fingernails, fingers, ever where. What a mess. Now it is time to go to work and I have to do story time this morning and will have Moms, Dads, Grandmas and ten small children and I just pictured them looking at my hands. Ugh!

As it turned out we had enough time to stop at our corner store and pick up some nail polish remover and when I got to work I had time to get the nail polish off.

That was a close call-but God was good and showed me a lesson. First, don't get white nail polish again. Two, make sure if I do get nail polish learn how to put it on. And last, make sure I have nail polish remover near by and use in a well ventilated room.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Seeing Young People As They Are

Today my husband and I ate lunch out at a time in which the high school kids were on their lunch break. It was very interesting to me to watch, listen and hear the conversations that were going on.

In my school days there was a dress code. There were dress codes but not the same. Short, short skirts. More of a grown-up looks to the girls. The boys were boys. Guy stuff. Not much different. Some were very slick looking and some had the easy-going look. What struck me was one conversation where a boy was talking about what he and his father were talking about the evening before. It was the language that the father used.

It is so sad to see what goes on in this generation. I am not saying that they kids were bad. But this generation has so many more problems and things to deal with then when I was growing up. It is hard for them but they don't know anything different.

I really feel sorry for my young grandchildren. What is the world going to be like when they get older?

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

The Goat, Deer, And Donkey Adventure

I was looking for a word to use for my daily devotions that I have on face book and other sites: Read The Bible  and The Servants Board and I came across the word adventure. So when I came to this one I thought it would be nice to share the verses with you. I am using the New Living Translation Bible. Here are the verses.

Job 39:5-1-8
The Goat and Deer
"Do you know when the mountain goats give birth? Have you watched as the wild deer are born? Do you know how many months they carry their young? Are you aware of the time of their delivery? They crouch down to give birth to their young and deliver their offspring. Their young grow up in the open fields, then leave their parents and never return."

"Who makes the wild donkey wild? I have placed it in the wilderness; its home is the wasteland. It hates the noise of the city, and it has no driver to shout at it. The mountains are its pastureland, where it searches for every blade of grass."

The point I see in these verses is how the Lord, even with the animals, guides them. And sometimes it seems they have more sense than people do. And it is so beautiful how the Lord describes the birth of the goat and the deer. And also about the wild donkey and how they hate the noise of the city. It is almost peaceful to think about being out in the wilderness.

There are also other animals mentioned in this chapter too if you would like to read about them too. The whole chapter is very interesting.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Writer's Group

The Lord works in mysterious ways. I am in a writer's group which meets on the first Monday of the month. Last night was our night for February. What we do is if we want to is bring something for people to critique and then we can revise it when we get home.

Last night one of the writers gave me her piece to read. I looked at it and it was on prayer. I said to her I was just thinking about this subject this morning and I need to revise how I do my praying. So her article was just what I needed to help me get some ideas on this subject.

I thought it was neat that the Lord worked it out that way. Also the other stories and my own gave me more excitement about writing.

It was a great night!

Sunday, February 5, 2012

It Is Well With My Soul

I have been using the computer most of the afternoon and I have a radio station that is on the computer that I have on when I just want different kind of Christian music. They play all kinds. Chorus, contemporary, and hymns. One of my favorite sons is It Is Well With My Soul and twice they have played it and it is so comforting.

I am so glad that there are many people who are gifted in music. It gives so much joy and comfort. And today it gave me something to write about.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Do You Have A Dream?

Since I have been a little child I have either wanted to be a teacher or a storyteller. I have had the opportunity to do both.  I am so blessed. I was not a school teacher but I did teach Sunday School for over twenty-five years.  And as far as being a storyteller, I like to write stories especially for children. And as I am writing them I am reading them out loud to see if it would make a good story telling story.  I have just joined a writer's group and they have been a big help. Also I read to children as part of my job and that is great fun. When I read to my 2 year old children I love to watch the parents or grandparents listen as I read the story. They seem to enjoy it more than the children do.

So I am blessed to writer and share with you my stories of my everyday life and things that go on in a small down found in Upstate New York.

I hope that you have a dream and at sometime be able to do it.