Thursday, December 12, 2013
Thursday, December 5, 2013
I am so very thankful for SOOO many blessings that my Lord & Savior, Jesus The Christ, has bestowed on me.
One of the greatest blessings are the wonderful Christian friends and Sisters-in-Christ my Lord and Savior, JESUS, has connected me with.
One of these is my dear friend Retha. We "met" via our blogs way back in 2007, almost 7 years ago. Retha is a jewel and a gem in my life in many ways.
Yesterday, when Mickey brought in the mail I had a package from South Africa from Retha. Enclosed, wrapped in many layers of wrapping was this precious, sparkling, shining 2 1/2", very fragile, little crystal angel.
Though we will never meet in person here on earth, she will be one of the very first I will rush to meet some day in heaven!!! We both cling to that reality and hope.
Friday, November 29, 2013
Turkey, Cornbread Stuffing, Mashed Herb Potato, Gravy, Cranberry-nut Salad, Hawaiian Rolls, Real Butter, Olives (Black & Green), White Sparking Grape Juice Cocktail.
ALL served on my 59 year old Clarabell Nortake China and White Orchid Community Silver Plate with a festive made in Denmark Napkin on a Red Tablecloth.
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
It is more than "head knowledge" akin to "believing" that Christopher Columbus lived and discovered America, or George Washington lived and was our first President.
It is believing Jesus, who is The WORD, is truly The Son of God: "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God" John 1:1 and that He came to earth as man, born of a Virgin, to be the sacrifice for our sins. The act that restored the relationship with God & man as it was before Adam and Eve sinned in The Garden. "And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world." 1 John 2:2 (Propitiation is an action meant to regain someone's favor or make up for something you did wrong.)
Salvation is not only escape from punishment for our sins, it is deliverance from sin. While salvation is an immediate, instantaneous birth or act, we are not at that moment made perfect in purity. Just as we are born, in the flesh as a small, helpless infant and then grow into adulthood and maturity, we obtain pardon from our sin and grow in purity by the working of His indwelling Holy Spirit. This is a long, arduous, progressive work.
Salvation is conformity to Jesus, as well as faith, trust and reliance upon Him. It is a change of heart, a changing of character, a whole new view of who He is and who we are because He is in us. It is the manifestation of the nine gifts of the Spirit: "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith. meekness, temperance: against such there is no law." Galatians 5:22-23
Quoting Newman Hall: "It is the humbling of pride, the curbing of the passions, the destruction of self-will. It is the undoing the work of all former years, the untwisting the coils which the devil had long been winding round us, and the training us to new habits of thought and action."
We serve God not out of fear of punishment but out of our love for Him. Our changed heart transforms us and gives us a new life. We not only avoid sin, but we begin to hate it.
"Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation." II Corinthian 5:17-19
Monday, November 11, 2013
Some things stay the same - almost - and yet are separated by time - 3 years - and grandchild.
You can't see it behind the flags but each veteran was given a big white coffee mug with red edging on the top and bottom and blue lettering that reads:
Thursday, October 17, 2013
Friend - n. 1) a person whom one knows well and is fond of, 2) an ally, supporter, or sympathizer.
Acquaintance - n. 1) Knowledge got from personal experience, 2) a person whom one knows slightly.
Pal - n. 1) A close friend.
Buddy - n. 1) a comrade; pal.
Comrade - n. 1) a friend; close companion, 2) an associate.
9 Things a true friend will never do.....by Mark & Angel Hack Life
1. Criticize you for being flawed.
2. Walk away when times get tough.
3. Discourage you.
4. Hold a grudge over your head.
5. Lie to you.
6. Pretend like they have all the answers.
7. Take from you without giving back.
8. Bully you.
9. Make you feel like you’re burdening them.
Thursday, October 10, 2013
As I look carefully at the various posts and entries of people I follow, I notice they seem to follow several main categories:
- Scriptures and words about various scriptures. This consists of just words or pictures with an important message.
- Our Christian stand.
- General quotations.
- Daily happenings.
- Tips and advice on natural remedies,
- Health issues and ailments.
- Health advice and remedies.
- Running, races, exercise.
- The general state of our nation and the world.
- Political - either pro or con: democrat or republican; pro or anti Obama.
- Gun control.
- Recipes - ALL kinds.
- Promoting a product.
- Building a business.
- Funny pictures and jokes.
: my faith, my family, my church and church activities, our friends, how blessed I am or God and what's happening in our live in general. These are my AGENDA because they are my list of things to be dealt with.