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WOW 2017

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     I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.  I tell you 2016 flew by so fast I was surprised it was that time again.  But we had a wonderful time.  My family was together and that always makes me happy.  Both of my sons and daughters-in-law are Christians and they are teaching my six-year-old grandson to serve God.  I know we can’t make that decision for him but at least we can give him the foundation.

     With that said I must talk about one of my pet peeves.  I hate it when I hear someone say ‘Christmas is all about the kids.’  No it isn’t!  Christmas is about our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!  We are celebrating His birth.  Yes, I get the gift giving concept because God gave us His Only Son as a gift that we can accept and have eternal life.  I guess you could say Jesus was the First Christmas Gift.  And listen, I love giving at Christmas and I love getting gifts also but please let’s remember the real reason for the celebration.

     Don’t get me wrong I love children…well most of them anyway.  I have been around a few I found hard to tolerate but that is not the child’s fault.  There are no bad children just terrible parents who fail to teach what they should.  But that’s a subject for another post.

     Thank you for stopping by and come back whenever you want; you are always welcome.  And please when you hear someone say ‘Christmas is all about the kids’ explain to them what Christmas is really about.

God bless.

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I WEAR A CROSS

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I wear a cross on a chain around my neck.  It isn’t meant to bring me good luck or protect me from anything. It is there as a reminder of the price my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ paid for my salvation.  It reminds me of the footsteps He took  on His was to be crucified.  He knew the pain He would suffer and worse than physical pain the anguish He would suffer from being separated from our Father for even a second.  He took that walk and the Cross as a substitute for me.  He paid my sin debt in full.  But not only mine but all sins past, present and future.  He knew no sin yet He became sin so I would not have to.  Now sin is not the issue; faith is the issue “Faith alone in our Lord Jesus Christ alone.”

Yes, I wear a cross on a chain around my neck but not for luck.  Every time I touch that cross I think of my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and His free gift of salvation.  He gave His all so we will not have to.  When you see a cross please remember the price He paid.  If you have not accepted His free gift please think about it, pray and ask God to accept you as a member of His family.

Thank you for stopping by I hope you come back soon.  Have a Happy Easter and remember it is not about the Easter Bunny hiding eggs, please remember the real reason for the celebration.

WE CAN HAVE GOD’S FAVOR

    

Well the election is over and it doesn’t matter who you voted for and it really is none of my business.  I’ve heard people who are ecstatic that President Obama has been given another chance to see what he can do.  Whether it is good or bad, fair or unfair is not for me to say.  And, on the other hand I’ve heard people say that now our country will go to hell in a hand basket; that President Obama will not only give away the farm but will toss in the livestock.  Again, it is not for me to say what my opinion is on the subject.  Honestly, I’m not worried one way or the other.  Long before last Tuesday my son reminded me that no matter who is president that Jesus is still King.  To me that’s all that’s important.  I know no matter what that God will always take care of me and my family.  He always has.

     Are you worried about the country?  Come on… do you honestly think one man can build our country up or tear it down?  Only God can destroy our country.  We must exercise our faith in Him.  Remember what He promised in 2 Chronicles 7:14  if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways then I will hear their prayers from Heaven and will forgive their sins and heal their land.  So there you go!  Christians should not be wasting their time pointing fingers and blaming others.  The reason our country is in the mess it is in is because God’s people, His children have turned away from listening to Him and following His principles and virtues and have started living like the world.  Today it is hard sometimes to tell the Christians from the world.  We accept far more than we should and we fail to stand up and speak up for our beliefs.  When they wanted to take prayer and devotionals out of the public schools we sat on our hands and let them.  Then they wanted to remove the Ten Commandments from all public buildings and again we did not speak up.  They said it is all right to kill unborn babies and we allowed that and same-sex marriage and on and on and on…  Where does it stop?

     It will stop when Christians get on their knees and humble themselves, pray and seek His face and turn from their wicked ways!  So stop blaming President Obama or whoever is in office and start putting the blame on our backs where it belongs.  If God’s children will pray and stand up for God’s principles and virtues (and apply them to their lives) this country can once again be a wonderful place to live.  Our children can play outside or walk a block to the store without having to worry about being kidnapped, raped and/or murdered.  Neighbors will be willing to help neighbors.  Yes, there will be jobs for everyone and we can once again freely seek the American Dream.  It is up to us, not one of us but all of us.  Christians you should never have to tell someone you are a Christian they should be able to tell it by the way you live.

     Thanks for stopping by and until next time please read your Bible, seek God’s way and keep praying.  We can once again be God’s Client Nation and have His favor.

ONE HUNDRED AND TWENTY YEARS

         One of the things I’ve come across in my writing career is the impatience of other people; usually our loved ones (spouse, children, siblings.)  Often when we talk to them they want to know if we are still writing, where we are in the process and how much longer do we think it will take us.  This is unnecessary pressure.  It can bring our creative juices to a quick halt, or I know it can mine.  The one thing an author doesn’t need is more pressure.  However, these well-meaning souls usually have no idea what we go through.  They think we sit down at the computer and the words just flow from our fingers. Oh, if it was that easy, right?  They have no idea how we struggle to show and not tell a scene, to listen to our characters and speak through their voices not our own and so on and so on… Some have even asked “Why don’t you get a real job?”  Writing isn’t a real job?  Hello!

     When I want to tell them to back off I have to think of Noah.  Can you imagine the pressure he went through when he was building the Ark?   I’m sure that his family, like ours, wanted to know when he would finish and what he was really working on.  Maybe they accused him of wasting time.  We might take a year or so to write a novel, probably less once we get rolling, but it took him 120 years to build the ark!  To put up with people ridiculing you for 120 years had to take some strength.  Yes, of course I know that God gives us the strength to do whatever He asks us to do but that doesn’t shield us from the people who are just looking for and hoping we will fail.  Yes, He also gives us the strength and knowledge to deal with them in a way that He approves.

     Now I know that I’m no Noah but I do believe my love for writing and my God-given talent is for writing, so I have to believe that God will give me the strength to persevere and finish the novels I have started.  I need to “Trust in God with all my heart and lean not on my own understanding.” (Proverbs 3:5)  This means I have to turn my writing career over to Him.  I really do try to do this.  One thing I have found that helps me is to say a prayer before my writing sessions to ask Him to write the story through me and after the session to thank Him for His help.

     Maybe you aren’t a believer in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, if not praying won’t help you with your career.  But it is so easy to become a child of God. All it takes is faith alone in our Lord Jesus Christ alone.  Remember God knows your heart so all you have to do is tell Him you do believe that Jesus came to earth and died as a substitute for our sins.  Sounds easy?  It is.  

     I know God gives each of us a talent to make our living but He leaves it up to us to find that talent and develop it and become successful.  God takes good care of His children but He will never give us more than we are capable of dealing with whether troubles or blessings.

     Thanks for stopping by.  Until next time keep praying and asking God what He wants you to write and keep believing.  Remember what He did for the people during Biblical times He will do for us today if we believe.  Oh the stories that I could share but I’ll save them for another time.

God bless.

DOUBTING MY WRITING SKILLS

    

Do you ever doubt your writing skills?  You know you are a writer maybe you’ve even have published books to prove it.  But you sit down at the computer and you think, “I can’t do this.  I can’t get my thoughts to come out the way I want them to.”  And a small internal voice whispers, “Of course you can’t.  Who are you trying to fool?  You can’t write and even if you put words on the paper no one will want to read them.”  Then you hear.  “Writing is a hard world to break into.  You have to know somebody who knows somebody to even get your big toe in the door.  You might as well give it up.”  And you think “Who do I know?”  And you come up with “On one.”

     But you are wrong!  If you are a Christian you know God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit and they are bigger than anything, even the publishing business.  If God has given you the talent to write He will open the doors that He wants open for you.  We don’t need to worry about which doors will get open and how they get open.  That is not our job!  Our job is to write and keep writing.  We know God gave us the talent so we have to trust Him to guide us where we should be. 

     In James 1; 1 – 8 James tells us to trust God and not be double minded.  If we know God gave us our writing talent then we can trust Him to show us how to succeed.

     We must practice our faith in our every day lives.  When a problem arises we should think of God immediately.  Once we have talked to Him we know He has worked the situation out for our benefit. (Romans 8: 28)  When we ask we must have faith that it is done.  Jesus was the perfect example to this.  He would get alone to talk to God and we read where He knew what to do and say.  Jesus didn’t doubt God because He knew God was and is bigger and more powerful than anything this world can throw at us.  We too must know this.  We are God’s children and He works all things for our good.  So when we go to our Father we should go knowing whatever we ask will be done.

     Satan wants us to be full of doubts and fail.  He wants to destroy us.  If we are destroyed and fail what glory does that bring God?  But on the other hand God wants us to succeed and be prosperous.  I fully believe He would not have given us the desire to write if He didn’t want us to be authors.

     A good practice is when you sit down to write, first bow your head and ask God to guide you; ask Him to write the story through you.  Then start writing and leave the consequences to Him.  You will have more confidence in yourself and the work you produce.

     Thanks for stopping by.  Until next time keep writing but more important keep believing and praying and remember God is greater.  God bless.

Some of God’s Greatest Gifts

    

We are getting some much-needed rain here in Florida.  It rained several days last week and so far for three days this week.  This is a good thing because all our rivers, creeks, canals and etc. were so low.  Everybody was saying how things were going to dry up if we didn’t get rain.  I didn’t worry because I know our God is an on-time God and He will give us what we need exactly when we need it. Oh we might think He is dragging His heels or running late but remember He always knows what’s best.  We just need to have faith in Him.  I know there have been times when I’ve prayed for something and I didn’t get the answer for over a year.  But He came through when I actually needed it. 

     You have probably, as I have many times, heard people say that God will never put more on you than you can bear.  Well most of the time they are thinking about problems, heartaches etc.  But the same holds true for blessings.  God will never give us anything that we are not mature enough to handle.  We might thing “If I had a million dollars I’d do…”  But God knows exactly what you would do if you had that kind of money.  Not saying that you would but some just can not handle being rich.  Look at all the athletes and actress/actors who have made the big bucks then got hooked on drugs or alcohol.  They were not mature enough in their faith to handle the big money.

     If you are asking God for something and He doesn’t seem to be answering then go to Him again but this time ask Him what is standing in your way.  Ask Him what is in your life that you need to put aside or grow in understanding so you will be able to deal with whatever you are asking for.  Get in His Word and pray for maturity, ask Him to guide you in the paths that are right (Proverbs 3: 5-6.)  He will absolutely lead you in the way you should go.  I won’t guarantee that this will happen but farther down the road of life you will most probably look back and say “Thank You God for not answering that prayer.”  They say that some of God’s greatest gifts are unanswered prayers.

     Thank you for stopping by.  Until next time stay safe and dry.

Don’t Raise a Fool

 

     I’ve heard many times and I’m sure you have too people say that babies don’t come with instructions.  They are wrong, I say again wrong.  The Book of Proverbs gives wonderful instructions on how to raise a godly child.  Solomon wrote Proverbs and other than God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit he was the wisest man who ever lived.  In 2 Chronicles 1:10-11 when Solomon asked for wisdom and knowledge to rule the people that God had made him king over the way God had promised David He would do.  God told him that since he had asked for wisdom and knowledge and not wealth and honor that He would give him what he asked for but He would also make him wealthier than any king before him or any king after him.

     Now isn’t that just like God to give us more than we ask for?  Jesus tells us in Mark 11:24 “Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.”  But you must have faith.  Remember, little faith says God can, middle faith says God will and great faith says God has.  That’s why Jesus said “believe that you have received it” not that you might or you will but that it is already a done deal.  Now you might say “Well I’ve prayed and I never received what I asked for.”  James 4:3 tells us, “You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions.”  God takes great care of His children.  He provides for all our needs.  But hey that’s for another blog at another time.  You know how I am.  I love God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit and it is hard to turn me off once I get started talking about Them.

    Let’s get back to the subject.  Let me tell you the difference between knowledge and wisdom according to Pastor Ken Whitten.  Knowledge knows that a tomato is a fruit.  Wisdom knows better than to put it in a fruit salad.

     So you see Solomon gave us instructions on how to raise children.  In Proverbs 22:6 he tells us to “bring up a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not depart from it.”  Read the Book and see what it says.

    Solomon tells us in Proverbs 13:24 (NIV Bible) “Whoever spares the rod hates their children, but the one who loves their children is careful to discipline them.”  Now this does not mean to beat the living daylights out of our children.  That’s abuse and it is wrong!  It means we are to discipline our children when they do wrong.  But first we must teach them right from wrong.  I will guarantee you one thing, if you don’t discipline your kids, if you let them do anything they want to with anyone they want to and go where they want to you will raise a disrespectful FOOL!  They need a parent not another friend!  To love a child is to teach a child.  And you do have a book of instructions.  The Book of Proverbs in the Holy Bible   Pastor Ken teaches that “the Bible is the book of Heavenly instructions for earthly living.”  But like any other book of instructions if you don’t read them you can’t follow them.

     I urge you to take a look at Proverbs and ask God to give you the wisdom to understand what you read.  If you follow God’s instructions I guarantee you won’t raise a fool.  Your children will be the joy they were meant to be.

     Thanks for stopping by.  Until next time do something fun with your kids/grandkids.  Make happy memories for a rainy day. Stay safe and God bless.    
    

 

My Thoughts

    

My blog isn’t meant to be a devotional or even a Bible lesson.  No, it is my thoughts on whatever I’m thinking about.  I will share memories from my life and let me tell you it flat was not always and still is not peaches and cream.  I have had plenty of struggles but no matter what was going on either good or bad I knew and know that God is with me.  He takes care of me, even protects me from myself at times. 

     God is not just interested in us when we are in church or studying His Word.  He is interested in our life minute by minute.  He’s always there and He always cares.  We all need His protection whether we admit it or not.  I fully believe Romans 8:28.  I know for a fact he is always working in my life.

     Take last Saturday for example.

     I had been shopping.  Now when I go out and come back home I usually enter the house by the front door and put my things away before I do anything else.  Well Saturday for some reason, (I know it was the Holy Spirit directing me) I went around the back to my husband’s shop.  I asked if he would like a salad since it was almost lunch time.  He said sure and I came in the house to make our meal.

     He followed me inside but went on through the house.  Why doesn’t matter.  He found a three or four-foot Cottonmouth Moccasin sunning itself on our front porch!  Now if you like snakes I’m sorry but I don’t.  The only good snake to me is a dead snake.  Yes, he killed it.

     If I had done what I usually do and gone in the front I very well might have stepped on the thing.  They say I’m in Gwyn-land most of the time and run on automatic pilot.  So I very well might not have seen the Cottonmouth until it was too late.

     My point is that God was protecting me!  The Holy Spirit, Who is out Guide and Teacher (John 14:26, John 16:13) had me go out of the usual.  No, I did not hearing a booming voice that told me to go to the shop first.  But His Spirit spoke to my Spirit and directed.  If you don’t believe this way it’s fine with me.  But why don’t you start paying attention to things like this and see how you feel then.  Maybe you take a different way to work and don’t know why, then you hear there was a bad accident the way you usually go.  Things that you are calling coincident may very well be the Holy Spirit guiding you if you only recognize it.  I know He guides me and He helps me learn God’s Word.

     Thanks for stopping by and until next time stay safe and do something nice for someone even if you don’t like them; especially if you don’t like them.  God bless.

 

 

National Day of Prayer

     Today is the National Day of Prayer and all of God’s children should be seeking His presence and guidance.

      As we pray today for our Nation please lets remember our Government Leaders, local, state and federal.  Lets pray that these men/women will be statesmen/women and not politicians; that they will seek God’s guidance for both this country and their personal lives; that they will make decisions based on God’s Word and His plans not what some group of people have decided is the right thing to do.  And pray for their families.

     Pray for our churches that we will seek God in our midst.  If He is there everything else will fall into place.

     Let us pray for our military and their families.  These people are putting their lives on the line so we can enjoy our freedom.  And please don’t forget law enforcement and firemen.  They put their lives on the line so we can live safely.

     And we need to ask God for Christian influence in the media industry and until that happens ask God to shield the children and young people from the immorality that is in the movies and on television today.

     And I will say last but certainly not least let us pray for strength for Christians that they will have the courage to stand up for God and His principles and virtues. 

     I fully believe that this wonderful nation we live in is under Divine Discipline.  God is very patient with us but He will not put up with the way we are going forever.  I don’t have to tell you all that is going on because you are aware of it without my bringing one single thing to your attention. But we, God’s people, can make a difference.  God told us “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14  It is not the pagans but God’s people who should be seeking God’s will and asking Him to save our nation.

Thanks for stopping by.  Have a blessed day and stay safe.

What is Your Influence

     Our circle of influence might be small or it might be huge but either way we all have an effect on others.  They watch us to see how we will handle ourselves in certain situations.  Yes, some are hoping we will fail to act in a Christian way.  But others are watching to learn what to do should they face similar circumstances.  We need to hold firm to our Christian values and principles.  Like Daniel our actions determine the outcome.  Oh, we might not persuade kings or people of great power but again we might.  The person watching might only be a child (our children or grandchildren, who in my opinion is more important than men of power.)  Only God knows who He has allowed to cross our path and why He did so.  No matter who is involved we should stand firm on our convictions to God.  It was Daniel’s convictions that determined his behavior.  He knew it was wrong to eat meat offered to false gods.  He did not act in a harsh way and simply refuse to eat.  He was humble and asked the guard to test him by letting him eat vegetables for ten days.  We can be humble and still stand firm on our principles.

Thanks for stopping by.  God bless.