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Monday, April 30, 2012

How Shall We Live?

How shall we live was part of my Pastor's message yesterday. And his message was taken from Malachi 4. The last book of the Old Testament.

Verse 4 was the key thought and it reads (KJV) "Remember ye the law of Moses my servant, which I commanded unto him in Horeb for all Israel, with the statues and judgements."

Now we don't live under the law any more but by grace of God. But the law was to show God's people the Israelites a standard of living. God knew that no one could keep all these laws but they given as an example of how God wanted His people to live.

The law that the Pastor was talking about and the Bible verse is found in Exodus chapter 20:1-17 and we know them as the Ten Commandments. These Commandments today have been taken mostly public places. But I thought it would be good to review them.

1. Thou shat have no other gods before me. (TV, computers, spots.) Those would be our gods of today and there are other things that if they come before God they are gods.

2. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.  Thou shall not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous god, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; and shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.

3. Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain; (or misuse His Name) for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.

4. Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: but the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: for in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in in them is, and rested the seventh day: where fore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.

5. Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.

6. Thou shalt not kill.

7. Thou shalt not commit adultery.

8. Thou shalt not steal.

9. Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.

10. Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's hours, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour's.

Some of the things mentioned we don't have today as they did when these commandments were written. But we have other things in our time that could replace the things that are different.

So how shall we live? Loving the Lord and trusting in Him that He knows what is going to happen in our lives and have a high standard of living so that we can please the Lord.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Revelation 22

Reading my personal devotion I just finished Revelation. What a lot information found in this book. The verses that jumped out at me are found below. But the whole chapter is exciting and a challenge.


Revelation 22:11-14
He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filfthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still.

And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give very man according as his work shall be.

I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.

Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

New Heaven New Earth

Revelation 21:1-4
And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: (John speaking) for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.
And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God ut of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.

And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.
And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.


See Revelation 21 for all that will be in the new heaven and new earth.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Revelation 20:11-15

KJV
And I (John) saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them. And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.

And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.

And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

My Word For The Year Is Focus

I was given a challenge at the beginning of the year to pick out a word and then write down everything I could and do that involves that word.

I chose the word focus.  I have ADHD so focusing on something for any length of time is a challenge in itself. But I got a notebook and began to write down the things I could focus on.  So far I am up to 57 things.

The last one I wrote down was to focus on the things that I do well. I thought that was a good one. Since I do have problems with focusing if I just focus on a few things and I do them well, then I am not going to be so frustrated. And the more I do them the better I will get at doing them. Sounds good to me.


So I am asking you to focus on the things you do best and see what happens.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Laughter Is The Best Medicine

I received and e-mail from one of my friends today and I wanted to share it with you.  Everyone needs laughter in their lives.

Puns For you To Enjoy

 
Here are a bunch of puns. Some aren't bad & some aren't good but all are clever I think.


I changed my iPod's name to Titanic. It's syncing now.

When chemists die, they barium.

Jokes about German sausage are the wurst.

I know a guy who's addicted to brake fluid. He says he can stop any time.

How does Moses make his tea? Hebrews it.

I stayed up all night to see where the sun went. Then it dawned on me.

This girl said she recognized me from the vegetarian club, but I'd never met herbivore.

A guy got arrested for playing the guitar. He was seen fingering a minor.

I'm reading a book about anti-gravity. I just can't put it down.

I did a theatrical performance about puns. It was a Play, on words.
They told me I had type-A blood, but it was a Type-O.

Why were the Indians here first? I'm told they had reservations.

We are going on a class trip to the Coca-Cola factory. I hope there's no pop quiz.

I didn't like my beard at first, but then it grew on me.

Did you hear about the cross-eyed teacher who lost her job because she couldn't control her pupils?

When you get a bladder infection, urine trouble.

Broken pencils are pointless.

I tried to catch some fog, but I mist.

What do you call a dinosaur with an extensive vocabulary? A thesaurus.

England has no kidney bank, but it does have a Liver-pool.

I used to be a banker, until I lost interest.

I got a job at a bakery because I kneaded dough.

Haunted French pancakes give me the crêpes.

Velcro -- what a rip off!

A cartoonist was found dead in his home. Details are sketchy.

Venison for dinner again? Oh deer!

The earthquake in Washington obviously was the government's fault.

Be kind to your dentist. He has fillings, too.



Wednesday, April 18, 2012

A New TV Program 666

Last night I had a channel on waiting for the program that I wanted to watch. And as I was listening to the program it was announced that a certain  person who was starring in a new show. That is nothing really new. A lot of the celebraities do this. But what really caught my attention was the name of the show. When I heard the beginning of it it took me by surprise and so not sure the full name. But I believe they said it was going to be called 666 Place.

For those who have been following me on this blog I just mentioned that the sign of the beast that everyone is going to have is 666. Now I know nothing about this new show. But I thinking that by having the show named this it will bring before the people this number. Even if nothing else happens the people watching the show will just get used to this number. And like anything else there will be products or ads promoting this number and show.

Do you see where I am coming from? Time is running short. Do you know the Lord as your Savior? If not when He comes in the clouds to rapture up His people you will be left behind. And will have to go through some terrible times. Worst of all you will be seperated from God for all eternity.

If you would like someone to talk to about good news of Jesus and what He did for You and how you can accept Him as your Savior just write a comment and I will get back to you as soon as possible.

Would love to hear from you.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

What To Write?

Some days when I come to write my blog there is a lot to share and other times I need to think about what I am going to write. Today it is going to be a haiku poem about what I see on my calendar before me.

Two Horses
Two horses standing
next to each other looking
like they were talking

I like animals that have character and these two horses look like they were talking about something very interesting to them. I wonder what it was?

I am so glad that God made all kinds of creatures. Aren't you?

Sunday, April 15, 2012

The Bible Is Not Boring!

Again I would like to share some of what I read in my daily devotions today.

I am reading through the book of Revelation. Yes, I said the book of Revelation, but I am using a Bible Study Book so can understand it. And today I read Revealation chapter 12.

Did you know there was a war in in Heaven? It was between Michael and the angels under his command fought and the Devil and his angels. The Devil lost and he and his angels were thrown out of heaven.

This made the Devil so anger that he declared war against all those who keep God's commandments and confess that they belong to Jesus.

Does this sound like why we have so much trouble with trying to live a life for Christ? The Devil is trying to stop us. But we know that he can not stop us unless we chose to let him. For God is on our side and He is there to protect us from this evil one.

Praise the Lord!

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Books-Books-Books

My husband and I are empty nesters and for some strange reason our house has turned into a library. Almost every spare space is filled with a book or some sort of music.

One of the reasons for the books is that our TV doesn't work very well so reading is a good pasttime. Also I work for a library and we get in a lot of donations and so that is one way of getting books that don't cost to much or nothing at all. Third, I am trying to become a writer and so reading the kinds of books I like to write helps me learn how to write.

Now for music. My husband will be 72 in a few weeks and he has been collecting classical music since he was a small child. His Aunt world buy him records at the grocery store. So that was a longgggggggggggggggggggg time ago. And then my husband worked at a classical radio station as their classical announcer and also cataloged the music. Then he worked at a record store. So you can see why we have 2,000 records and lots of Cd's.

I must say I will never run out of things to read. And since I have started going to a writer's group and have friends who are writing books and getting them published and on twitter my list keeps growing on books I will be reading in the future.

Isn't it great that the Lord has given people the talent to write? I think so because each person has their own way of expressing themselves and makes life so much more fun. Even if it just a small tweet or a facebook post.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Revelation 9

While I was doing my personal devotions today I was very convicted that those who will be in the world during the tribulation time it is not going to be easy and there is going to be a lot of horror and pain.

Just in chapter 9 it tells of the first and second terrors that will come. Locusts is the first and they have the power to sting like scorpions. They are not to to hurt the grass, plants or trees but they are to attack all the people who do not have the seal of God on their foreheads. They are to torture the people for five months and these people will be in agony. They will want to die but will not be able to.

Next we see starting in verse 13 of chapter 9 the second terror. That is one-third of all the people on earth are going to be killed. Three plagues are going to take place. Fire, smoke and burning sulfur coming out of the mouths of horses' heads. And more damaged is done from their tails which had heads like snakes with power to injure people.

But the peole who did not die in these plagues still refused to turn from their evil deeds.

How sad.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Prayer Answered

Did you ever have a time when you knew that there was no doubt someone was praying for you? Today was one of those days.

It seems whenever this person prays for me the Lord answers the prayer. It is usually when I am not feeling well and the prayer is that I would feel His presence.

Yesterday I had my first back therapy. It went well and didn't feel to bad afterward. Today I went to work and for some reason I was doing more bending over and walking a lot more so I began to hurt. One of my ex-co-workers came in to see us today. And she heard that I got hurt. And this woman is a prayer warrior.

So I got home and still was hurting so went and then I put the heating pad on and laid on my back and let the heat soak in.  Then after shutting it off I went to sleep for awhile. When I got up I still hurt a little but all of a sudden there was no pain at all. That is when I felt someone was praying for me. Since no one knew about how I felt today but a few people I am sure it was my co-worker that was praying just when I needed it most.

Isn't it wonderful that we know for sure that God does hear the prayers of those that are His and He choses to answer those prayers. I am very grateful and thankful when this happens to me.

Busy Day At Work

This is my first day back to work after having a two week vacation. When I walked over to the desk I knew something was up. We had paper sheets on the desk with Patron's card numbers and the bar code numbers of the books written on them.

This meant one thing---the computers had shut down and whoever worked yesterday had to write out all the books numbers on the paper. It also meant no books could be checked in or out. No renewals could be done. And the worse thing is that the computers never came on all day. That means eight hours without the computers. Computers are nice when they work but when they don't it leads to big problems.

So today we not only had to check in book from other libraries from today and yesterday, but we had to check in all of yesterdays book drop and today's book drop and type in the computer all the books that were taken out yesterday. So I didn't have to worry about what I was going to do today.

We had less staff today also because of a meeting. So had only one person working at our front desk. So my boss and I helped her out along with doing our department. So of the other workers helped out too.

Even though it was a busy day I am so thankful that I have a job and the Lord is good and showed me the job that was best suited for me. Not everyone has this. Enjoying job and having fun at the same time.

Monday, April 9, 2012

The other day when I was at work a book came across our desk and I thought it would be fun to share some of the things that were in the book.

First the book is called, Animal Eggs by Dawn Cusick & Joanne O'Sullivan. Now to some that may not seem to interesting. But to me I enjoy learning new things.  So here we go.

Did you know that repetiles lay eggs with a rubbery, leather-like shell and they use a special egg tooth to help cut through the shell?

Did you know that male fish often stay with the eggs and "fan" them with their fins?

Did you know that the shield bug lays oblong-shaped eggs and glues the eggs to leaves with a sticky substance in its saliva?

Did you know that there are many different colored eggs that are laid? A shieldbacked pine seed bug lays blue eggs. Brown butterflies lay yellow eggs. Seagrape sawfly lay bright red eggs. And the stink bug lays pink eggs.

There are a lot more facts in the book but unless you see the pictures they wouldn't seem the same. So I will end this post with hoping  you have enjoyed this information. And if not, I understand and don't feel bad. I tend to enjoy strange things as you will find out as time goes on.

Hope all had a nice Easter.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

He Is Risen!

Matthew 28:1-7
In the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre.

And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it. His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow: and for fear of him the keepers did shake, and became as dead men.

And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified. He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come see the place where the Lord lay.

And go quickly, and tell his disciples that he is risen from the dead: and, behold, he goeth before you into Galilee; there shall ye see him: lo, I have told you.

Jesus is the only ruler of a religious group that has ever risen. He is alive and someday everyone will go before Him to be judged for what they have done in their lives. 
Are you ready to go before Him?

Have you accepted Him as your Savior and Lord?

Happy Easter

Friday, April 6, 2012

John MacArthur Easter Message

I wanted to write something about Easter but John MacArthur puts the message in such a good way that I am using his message.

My prayer is that all of you have a Good Easter. Some of you I know it may be a hard time maybe because of the loss of a loved one. But look to Jesus and what He did on the cross.

In order to get his message just press on John MacArthur Easter Message.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

A Quiet Day

Because I am still healing from the fall I had at work at the library I did not go to work today to help my husband clean the church. So I had a very quiet day. I am feeling better today so was able to catch up on some of my computer sites. This is nice because then I don't have to sit so long when I do get to computer.

So today I am thanking the Lord for this quiet and a feeling better day. Right now the sun is shining and I am writing this post and had a great idea for a craft project. So it has been a great day.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Necessary Endings

I am not sure who recommended this book but I found that it was a very good book if you are a business person or can be used for individual life experiences.

The book I am referring to is Necessary Endings by Dr. Henry Cloud. Dr. Cloud is a leadership coach to CEOs and business executives, and a clinical psychologist with an extensive background in both the clinical and professional consulting worlds.

I like how Dr. Cloud gives great examples to prove the point that he is trying to get across. This way you have a example and then the follow-up of how it ends and what comes after.

Toward the end of the book he has a few chapters on the grieving process that we must go through when something must come to an end. It could be a relationship, or a business, or a person's job. He tells how one must feel the grief of the situation before we can move on. Face reality right in the face and then when through grieving you can truly put the end in the past and look forward to what is ahead.

He has Christan principles in his book along with his personal experiences and his doctor's training.

Again if you want to read a good book and help yourself end something that needs to be ended in your life this is the book to read.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Going For Back Treatments

Hello,
I'm back. I was able to take some pain medicine and so feeling well enough to write a short blog.

I went to the doctors today and because the pain is going to the right side of my back and higher up into the back the doctor is having me to go get treatments on my back. I will have to have at least six and then go fromt there.

So will keep you posted and am so thankful to the Lord that I have a great person I am working who cares about each person she deals with that has been hurt at their work. She is so pleasant and makes me feel at ease.

Have a great day!

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Injury

Due to an injury at work, a bruised tail bone from a fall, I will not be writing everyday like I would like to. I am in a lot of pain at times. So will write when I can. Now don't stop coming to the blog. I just not able to sit that long right now.