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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Family And Friends

Today's thought
I was again reading my calendar on my desk and it reads as follows:"Treat your friends like family and your family like friends. I thought that was good advise. 

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Thought From My Personal Bible Study

I felt the need of a personal Bible Study and so I chose to read and study James. In the first verse I read something that I did not realize until I was reading James again. This is what is great about reading the Bible over and over you always can find something new or be reminded of something that you forgot all about. In my case saw something new. 

James 1:1
James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ. In most of the different letters written the authors say they were a servant of just the Lord Jesus Christ. But James adds God to the statement of being a servant. 

What a great idea! To be a servant to God and to His Son. 

Monday, July 20, 2015

Printshop Software

I have for the longest time I wanted a graphic design program so that I could make up some graphic designs. I found one today that was reasonable and all that I needed to do what I want to do. It also has Royalty-free images for commercial use. This is good because I want to make up some designs for Bible verses and Bible sayings and there might be some images I can use to get my design made up to look professional and be a blessing to those who receive them.

I also bought a new Bible. I have a few that I used and this one was a recommendation from my Youth Pastor which uses it and also our Pastor uses it when he does his messages. It is the English Standard Version. My Bible is a reference Bible so can look up verses easier as they are on the side of the page next to the verses. 

So very excited and will be using my new Bible for Bible verses that I use on this site. It is very close to the King James Version so feel comfortable in using it. 

What version of the Bible to you have? And why do you like that version? Can comment  below and I can post it or not. Just let me know if you want it posted as I have to read them first.   

Saturday, July 18, 2015

An Act Of Kindness

I have a calendar on my desk next to my computer. When I changed the date for today  I was very surprised. The verse on the calendar is I Thessalonians 5:11 TLB and reads as follows: "So encourage each other to build each other up, just as you are already doing."

I volunteer at my local library on Mondays and I am given different jobs to do. This past Monday I was asked to straighten up the shelves. I did so and left. Today I received a phone call from the library clerk who I work with and she wanted to tell me that she and the director of the library were very happy with what I had done and if I would mind keep doing this job when I come in on Mondays. I told I would be glad to do it and I thanked her very much for calling.

I'm not writing this to brag, but it was just a nice encouragement to know that I was appreciated. 

That is what the Bible verse is all about and I want to personally do more encouraging others and show my appreciation for all that they do. 

I hope that you will want to do the same for those that encourage you either by words or their actions.  

Friday, July 17, 2015

I Can't Believe It!

I haven't been on for a couple of day partly due to the weater. It has been very humid and hot. My main computer is upstairs and even with a fan it is very hot. Heat bothers me so I didn't go upstairs much.

Why I have titled this post as I have is that for at least eighteen years my poor children had their bedrooms upstairs. I really don't know how they did it.I dwon't think we had any fans for them. Every once in a while our youngest would come downstairs and sleep on the couch. They never really complained. I am so thankful for my children.

Prayer
Father I just want to thank you for watching over our children and keeping them safe. And I also want to thank you for keeping me safe as I am Your child.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

The Lord's Future Reign

Isaiah 2:1-5 Summary

  1. Another vision came to Isaiah. (See Chapter 1 for the first vision.)
  2. In the last days, the Temple of the LORD in Jerusalem will become the most important place on earth.
  3. People from all over the world will go there to worship
  4. Many nations will come and say, "Come, let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the Temple of the God of Israel. There he will teach us his ways, so that we may obey him." 
  5. In those days the LORD's teaching and his word will go out from Jerusalem.
  6. The LORD will settle international disputes.
  7. All the nations will beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks.
  8. All wars will stop, and military training will come to an end.
Come, people of Israel, let us walk in the light of the LORD!

Monday, July 13, 2015

One Of My Drawings



I like to do tangles. It relaxes me and I have fun doing them. I have a pocket size notebook that I carry in my pocketbook and when I am waiting for an appointment or have some spare time I tangle. 

This is one of my favorites. To me it has personality!

Right now I am trying to learn lettering so that I can do Bible verses and other sayings and have them set in a tangle. When I get one done that I like I will shall it with you. 


Saturday, July 11, 2015

In The Present

I have heard a few messages lately that had the theme of being in the present not the pass or future. Today as I was reading one of my e-mails they had this to say, don't force myself to be what I was yesterday, but be the best I can be today.

I don't know about you, but I tend to think to much of things in the past and not enjoy the present or sometimes do my best in a day I am in. 

My goal is just enjoy, go with, and stop and see all the beauty that is around me. I can't stop and smell the roses as I am allergic to them, but I can look at their beauty. And all the beauty that God has made. 

Have a great day!
Bonnie

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Music

Psalm 95:1-7 NLT

Come, let us sing to the LORD!

Let us give a joyous shout to the rock of our salvation!

Let us come before him with thanksgiving.

Let us sing him psalms of praise.

For the LORD is a great God, the great King above all gods.

He owns the depths of the earth, and even the mightiest mountains are his.

The sea belongs to him, for he made it. His hands formed the dry land, too.

Come, let us worship and bow down.

Let us kneel before the LORD our maker, for he is our God.

We are the people he watches over, the sheep under his care. 

Oh, that you would listen to his voice today!


Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Isaiah 1:21-23 Makes Me Sad

I was just reading Isaiah 1:21-23 and I began to feel so sad and wanted to cry. God's people, the Israelites, were making Him sad. He wanted to have a personal relationship with His people, but they didn't want anything to do with Him. 

Jerusalem was once so faithful-now they became like a prostitute.

Once the home of justice and righteousness-now filled with murderers.

Once like pure silver, now they had become like worthless dross.

Once they were pure-then they became like watered-down wine.

Its leaders were all rebels and companions of thieves. They all took bribes and refused to defend the orphans and widows.

Can't you hear the sadness and pain in these words?

Monday, July 6, 2015

Book Review

I have just read a fabulous Christian book entitled The Carpenter and it is written by Jon Gordon. 

It is a story about two men and how their lives came together. One owned a business and the stress of everyday life overtook him and he collapsed on the street as he was running. Another man who was known as The Carpenter came and helped him and saved his life. 

All through the story, as the Carpenter is helping our main character make an entertainment center, gives our business man advise on how to live.  The Carpenter made a heart out of wood and craved in the words LOVE, SERVE, CARE Each word is talked about and the main character sees how he can make his life and his business better. 

Very clear message of how we can too live our lives as better Christians and disciples for the Lord.

You can go to Jon Gordon's web site to get a look at the book and where you can get the book. Here are the sites you can go to.

jon@jongordon.com
http://www.jongorden.com

I believe you will like this book very much. 

Sunday, July 5, 2015

The Day After

For us in the United States we celebrated the Fourth Of July on July 4th. It was raining so didn't have a picnic outside but had one inside. Our daughter and her family came. So we got to see our grandchild (3 of them) ages 16, 12, 10. Then our youngest son came with is wife-to-be and this time they brought their dog Lucky which is always welcome and fussed over as is our children welcome and hugged a lot. 

While we waited for Jason and Pema to come the rest of us played games and we just had a great time together.

I hope all of you had a great day also. 

Today went to church and we said the Pledge to the flag and sang The Star Spangle Banner and other songs. We had a great message and also two people were baptized today. So it was a great morning. 

I pray that all of you will have a good week.   

Friday, July 3, 2015

Rejoice!

When are we to rejoice? We rejoice when things are going good and then we can praise our God for what He has done for us. That seems very logical. But I read in James 1:2-3..."Consider it wholly joyful, my brethren, whenever you are enveloped in or encounter trials of any sort or fall into various temptations. Be assured and understand that the trial and proving of your faith bring out endurance and steadfastness and patience.

The verses that follow continue on with why we can rejoice. But do we rejoice when we are going through trials? It is not an easy thing. Maybe you are going through some illness. Maybe it is lost of a love one etc. Instead of complaining and whining we are to do what-rejoice. 

My prayer for you today is to read James 1 at least if not the whole book and find some very inspiring and helpful verses to show you how you can rejoice in your trials. I know all about trials and so I know that these verses helped me through them all. 

Thursday, July 2, 2015

A Good Report

Tonight my husband and I received an unexpected phone call from our oldest son. It was a surprise and very well received. He doesn't call much, but he was just checking in on us to see if we were ok. 

We also got news on our new granddaughter is doing. She is gaining weight as she should be. She is very hungry all the time so when she sees the doctor tomorrow I imagine the doctor will give them information on what to do. Other than that she is turning herself over already. She is only four weeks old. My son said that they have to put five blanket all around Chase so that she will not turn over while sleeping. She tried to crawl up his chest today. 

Grandpas and grandmas often brag about their grandchildren. We have ten now. And it is so amazing to me how God makes every baby different. I am sure glad of this as I world would be a very dull place if everyone were the same. We would be like robots.

I am talking more about this baby because for me she is our miracle baby. Actually she is our third miracle baby. God is so good. This baby should have never been conceived as her mother had cancer and she was just getting over her last treatments. That is why she didn't know she was pregnant until she was four months along. She thought it might have something to do with her cancer. 

At four months she weighted one pound and when she was born she weighted five pounds so the Lord allow her to grow and she is doing fine and is a good baby.  

Thank you Father for all your kindness to us. 

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Behind The Scenes

Our Pastor, the other night, asked all of us at the service if we appreciated all those who did things behind the scenes. Those who cleaned the church, those who practiced hours before playing their instrument, or those who sing in the choir or praise group. If so then go to that person and thank them for what they do.

It goes with the verse I was looking at in Matthew 6:1 and that is "Take care not to do your good deeds publicly or before men, in order to be seen by them; otherwise your will have no reward that is awaiting you with and from your Father Who is in heaven." 

If these people do the things they do in order to get praise from people then they are doing it for the wrong reason. They will have their reward down here and that is all. It is nice to tell someone that you were blessed by what they did. But they only know their attitude. 

I get my greatest joy and feel most rewarded when I do something for someone and they don't know that it came from me. Helping a child go to camp, things like that. We don't always have to be recognize in things that we do, we just need to have a right heart and the Lord will know what we do and what our heart is like. If He is pleased so am I.