Let My People Think!

Welcome readers, to another gathering of my activities. We are still enjoying a gentle fall; not having experienced a frost or seen snow yet. Nightfall comes sooner and cooler nights, but it’s a remarkable fall in the north country. I just pulled the last of our pepper plants and we’ve consumed the last salad made with our own greens There are still some beets to be picked and marigolds to pull, but that waits for another day. Thus, the slowest – possibly longest – harvesting of the garden and preparing for winter we have ever experienced!

Does your family ever do a leftovers night for dinner? We have been making large dinners for a week. I have two extra men in the house since it’s hunting season. Since I was working on produce and John has been making sausage this afternoon, I took all the leftovers out of our fridge and got out plates. We each chose what we wanted to eat and took turns warming a plate in the microwave. It has been a successful hunting week, so the fridge has been occupied with bins of meat as well as the leftovers. I think this appliance is breathing a sigh of relief; I know I am!

Hardcover Is Atheism Dead? Book

This week I am not sharing a book I have read, but one I just ordered to read. I saw Eric Metaxas interviewed on the Shaun Tabatt Show about his newest book, Is Atheism Dead? Eric has been one of my favorite authors since I read Bonhoeffer. He has researched well and found science is advancing to a point it is making atheist’s arguments untenable. Eric is not just a Christian apologist, but truly interested in the things that make up our world and how to apply biblical truth to our lives. God does not oppose intellectual study as long as we don’t forget He created it all and holds all things together. When I looked to buy this book, the number of books Eric Metaxas has authored overwhelmed me. He has also written children’s books to help them gain a good basis for living in the truth and to change this culture we live in for God’s glory. I ordered the book on http://www.ThriftBooks.com and if you haven’t checked them out yet, you should!

Our Pastor Sam Larkin is going to lead a study of the book of Romans. He has been studying this book and has lots to share. I’m looking forward to his introductory sermon this Sunday morning, then the actual study beginning next Sunday before church. What part of the Bible are you currently studying? One person interviewed on Destiny Image by Two Christian Dudes podcast said the Lord kept them in the book of Psalms for a long season. I can see that would change any life; I wonder if the Spirit would help me do the same soon? I guess I should slow down on buying books if that’s the case? So many books; so little time!

I am so thankful for the provision of our Father God. We have enjoyed inviting people for dinner most weeks and having our son Chris spend this week with us as well as brother-in-law Wes coming to hunt for the weekend. It has been nice having our granddog Walter visiting with Chris. It was a bit of excitement when this Carin Terrier found a mouse in our kitchen two mornings ago! Walter has enjoyed me taking him for walks around our yard and shadowing me while I cut peppers and celery, which I found he likes. The men just finished muzzle loading season today and are beginning regular gun season tomorrow morning. We’ll see how much hunting they can do around the rain forecast. No matter what, God is always good! I leave you with these verses from Psalm 118m, reminding you to praise the Lord for His salvation, the marvelous things God has done, and to thank Him and rejoice in this day He has made.

Psalm 118:21 I will praise You,
For You have answered me,
And have become my salvation.

22 The stone which the builders rejected
Has become the chief cornerstone.
23 This was the Lord’s doing;
It is marvelous in our eyes.
24 This is the day the Lord has made;
We will rejoice and be glad in it.

The Ides of October

A beautiful fall bouquet from our neighbors, who had dinner with us before heading to Florida for the winter.

The ides of any month are on the fifteenth, as far as I know. My brother Fritz was born on June 15, my son Chris on July 15. Interesting things have happened on each of those birth dates over the years. The 15th is also the day I remember to do our monthly septic treatment and to mail the check to the man who does web maintenance for Olive Press Publisher. It’s difficult to think of a title I’ve not used before after several years of weekly blogging, so forgive me if this one is a bit lame.

Paperback The Forgiving Hour Book

The book that impacted me this week is a Christian relationship novel by Robin Lee Hatcher. The Forgiving Hour poses the struggle to forgive in a way that touches home. When the 18-year-old college girl falls into an affair with an unhappy husband, she doesn’t realize she’s a pawn in the enemy’s hands to help break up a marriage [he failed to tell her he was married]. Mother and son struggle to live life when husband/father leaves them with all the debts and not a leg to stand on. Will the mother ever be able to forgive the young girl she’s spent years blaming for the marriage breakup and her son growing up without a father when she realizes her grown son has fallen hopelessly in love with the girl who’s grown to adulthood? Will the young woman; a baby Christian, be able to forgive herself? Robin displays the glory of God, the Father-heart of God and how Holy Spirit can work on people from just the right angles to bring heavenly resolutions to all. This is not truly just a work of fiction – which Robin has a gift for writing- but touches home for those in real-life relationships. It’s a lesson in forgiving we could all use! How do you spell FORGIVENESS? JESUS CHRIST!

Matthew 18:32b “‘You wicked servant! I forgave you all that debt because you begged me. 33 Should you not also have had compassion on your fellow servant, just as I had pity on you?’ 34 And his master was angry, and delivered him to the torturers until he should pay all that was due to him.

35 “So My heavenly Father also will do to you if each of you, from his heart, does not forgive his brother his trespasses.”

Which leads me to the videos I’ve been bingeing on: Destiny Image The Two Christian Dudes Podcast on YouTube. They are interviewing people who have died, gone to heaven, and come back to testify. I’ve learned Jesus really IS all-in-all, He really does not judge us, and our prayers shoot up to heaven like stars to the Father’s throne. Turns out we can take the Bible literally. Here is a good video to start with:

In other news of my life, I am now a published author [besides this blog]. A connection of mine on LinkedIn, Elizabeth Iyadi Abaye Chief Editor @WORD DIGEST [among other titles], likes what I put on my blog and asked if I would write for her publication. She has published my testimony on the front page of WORD DIGEST NUGGETS VOL. 18. The title is: Marriage Makeover and can be found at:

https://worddigestnewsletter.blogspot.com/2021/10/word-digest-nuggets-vol-18.html

Our home smells wonderful this evening after I canned sixteen jars of applesauce and prepared six bags of sweet red pepper slices for the freezer. Husband John is helping our friends put the plastic sheets on their new green house before it rains and our son Chris and his dog Walter are on their way to visit for deer hunting muzzle loading week. The rain is beginning to fall, John should be home soon, and Chris and pup arriving before midnight. I’m praying for peaceful sleep and sweet dreams from Father God’s hands for this whole household tonight. May you experience the same in yours.

Apple sauce and hot cherry bomb peppers waiting to be put away.

I leave you with some Scriptures to go with what I’ve included above:

 John 3:17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.

Prayers from the book of Revelation:

5:8 And when he had taken it, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb. Each one had a harp and they were holding golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of God’s people.

8:3 Another angel, who had a golden censer, came and stood at the altar. He was given much incense to offer, with the prayers of all God’s people, on the golden altar in front of the throne.

8:4 The smoke of the incense, together with the prayers of God’s people, went up before God from the angel’s hand.

Romans 11:36 For from him and through him and for him are all things.To him be the glory forever! Amen.

As God has forgiven you in Christ Jesus, you also must forgive.

Lost Month!

Wow! What a whirlwind month just flew by me! September was mixed with our yard sale production, dinners with friends, harvesting and processing and major projects. My husband is learning to hunt when he has the possibility of every day it doesn’t rain. He’s actually cut back to three or four days a week and not eager to hunt in the evenings. Part wisdom gained with age, part not having time constraints at this stage of his life. By the way, John took this photo of the moon shining forth the glory of God! (I was inside watching the pressure canner when he was out getting this photo for me)

Good Morning, Holy Spirit

I spent the month reading Good Morning, Holy Spirit by Benny Hinn. There’s a brief history with this book I want to share. About thirty years ago, I was the librarian for our small church. This book was on our shelves and I noticed it as I perused the shelves, but never read it. It was a book culled from the shelves a few years later (Benny updated the book ten years after its first printing) and I took it home, but ended up giving it to someone else before I read it. Recently, The Spirit led me to look it up on Amazon and I found I could download it to my Kindle for $1.99. I’m so glad I jumped at the offer since the Spirit knew it was perfect timing! Benny has an amazing story beginning with his origin in Israel, large family,emigrating to Canada, finding Jesus and turning his family against him, then a visit to see Kathryn Kuhlman. The Holy Spirit came into his life powerfully and he shares how it ignited his life and began his ministry. The fear, frustrations and the peace beyond understanding he experienced during persecution by his parents and family are such testimony to the saving, healing, glorious power of God. If you want to meet for the first time – or reacquaint yourself with – the Holy Spirit of God, I recommend this book. Good morning Holy Spirit! I ask You to pour out on me. Lead me and guide me, be my best friend as You walk beside me this day. Reveal Father God and lead me to the Son. It’s going to be exciting! Hallelujah!

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https://www.samaritanspurse.org/what-we-do/operation-christmas-child/

It’s time to think about Operation Christmas Child for 2021. I am on the planning team for our church and eager to meet with the rest of the team and get started! We hope to do at least 150 boxes this year, Lord willing. I see it as an easy avenue for sending God’s love and salvation to children around the world. If you reach the children, they bring their parents. Another good ministry to children with boots on the ground in our area is Child Evangelism Fellowship. Our local team has found challenges reaching out to school children during this season, but the Lord has inspired many new ways to reach out. Remember: if you reach the children, you reach the parents. Which ties in with Benny Hinn’s story; salvation came to him, then to his parents, then worked its way through his siblings. [click on the links and you will connect to the ministries]

Child Evangelism Fellowship
https://www.cefonline.com/

My dear readers, I hope I have inspired you to help pack Christmas shoeboxes, donate, volunteer, or pray for both ministries. The Gospel shall be preached to all nations and unity in the body of Christ shall come before the final day of the Lord. What is your part in this? I leave you with God’s words to Jeremiah that also apply to each of us. Remember, in God’s timing, there is no one too young; no one too old for Him to call; for Him to use for His kingdom purposes.

The Call of Jeremiah

1:4 The word of the Lord came to me, saying,

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you,
    before you were born I set you apart;
    I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.”

“Alas, Sovereign Lord,” I said, “I do not know how to speak; I am too young.”

But the Lord said to me, “Do not say, ‘I am too young.’ You must go to everyone I send you to and say whatever I command you. Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you and will rescue you,” declares the Lord.

Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. 12 Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. 13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. 14 I will be found by you,” declares the Lord, “and will bring you back from captivity. I will gather you from all the nations and places where I have banished you,” declares the Lord, “and will bring you back to the place from which I carried you into exile.”

All Glory Be To our God forever!

Shana Tova!

Welcome readers, to another gathering of thoughts. Get out the honey and apple slices, September 7, 2021 marks the first day of Rosh Hashana; also known as Feast of Trumpets [the head of the year]. This day marks the year of our LORD 5782 on the Jewish calendar. Referring to The Hebrew Alphabet A Mystical Journey by Edward Hoffman with Illustrations by Karen Silver, let us discover what the year 5782 has for us because each of the Hebrew letters is also numbered. Oh, don’t let the word mystical put you off; it belonged to God long before New Agers adapted it. Remember, the devil is not creative. He takes what God does and makes an inferior copy of it.

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On page 33, we see the five: “The Letter ‘Hei‘ is found twice in the sacred name of God known as the tetragrammaton – Yud-Hei-Vov-Hei – and connotes divine revelation. Its sound, resembling a mere exhalation, teaches that attentive focusing upon the breath is a means for spiritual development.” Hoffman points to Abraham, when addressed by God, used the word ‘Heenayni, meaning “Here I am”… in the present moment… before a holy God.

Page 38 the seven is found: “The seventh Hebrew letter is ‘Zayin‘.” Zayin represents time; the seven days of the week including the Sabbath. “.. time cannot be destroyed or nullified, as a key force in human existence, but it can be sanctified.” Also, “Zayin begins zachaer (to remember) and zikaron (remembrance).”

Page 41 has the eight: “‘Chet is the letter of vibrant health and vitality, for it begins the crucial Hebrew word chai, referring to life… the letter Chet is formed by combining the two previous letters-Vov and Zayin– with a thin bridge-shaped line between them… our physical well-being… is linked to the quality of our relations with other people… and our inner relationship with time…” also realted to the word for dream (chalom) which is seen as key to self-knowledge, inspiration, and divine communication.

We finish with page 23, “The second Hebrew letter [Beit] has always been mystically associated with a house (bayit)… this word begins the words for the holy Temple of Jerusalem (beit Hamikdosh) and for places of study (batei midrah), social gathering (batei knesset), and prayer (batei tefilah). Traditionally, we are also advised to seek peace within our own household (shalom babayit) as a spiritual ideal.”

Bringing it all together, the year 5782 looks to be a year of divine revelation and spiritual development, sanctifying the time-each day of our year-with divine health and vitality from quality relationships with others and quality relationship in our spirit with the Lord. I expect Father God to inspire dreams to give self knowledge, inspiration, and divine communication; like a Holy Spirit counseling session! All this shall come with Shalom, found in our own household, as well as the house of God, and the houses where we study, gather socially, and use for joining in prayer. Which brings to mind some Scriptures.

Colossians 4:5 Walk in wisdom toward those who are outside, redeeming the time. Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one.

3 John 1:2 Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers. For I rejoiced greatly when brethren came and testified of the truth that is in you, just as you walk in the truth.

Matthew 22:37 Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”

Colossians 3:15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful. 16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. 17 And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.

Be Still And Know That I Am God!

Psalm 46:10

Here I have shared my research from Edward Hoffman’s book and Scriptures the Holy Spirit brought to mind. Check out the link below to hear Rabbi Felix Halpern discuss year 5782.

Gathering Musings to End September

Welcome to another round of gathering my thoughts. It’s been another busy week, another two rounds of tomatoes processed, several more BLT sandwich meals and more s’mores roasted over the gas burner for an easy dessert treat. Today it’s only 78 degrees F. here with a pleasant breeze instead of high 80s and still air. Did I mention it’s hard to find a couple of consecutive days with no rain? Well, this week is it, no rain forecast until Friday. John is out weed whacking before mowing for the first time in a week and he worked on sealing and patching the driveway today. The clouds were amazing on our drive into the city to get more driveway patch, so, many photos captured; I’ll share a couple this week. God is busy and so are angels, so His ‘billboard is busy!

School has begun in many places and will start in a week in some regions. We have gotten first day of school photos from three of our four grand families. I’ll share the effects of the first days of school on a kindergartener here:

I remember falling asleep at the dinner table when I was her age!

Just listen to a bit of the news lately and you’ll see our Father is giving us multiple opportunities to pray, give, and go! to help people in various places that the enemy of our souls is working hard to steal, kill and destroy. There are many ministries to support to send aid to Haiti, Afghanistan, and other places where the need is great and any amount can help. We had a discussion in our Mission Task Force meeting at church about the effects of missionaries not being allowed and the church in persecuted areas stepping up to the plate to further the gospel among their own people. If you haven’t read Brother K. P. Yohannan’s book Revolution in World Missions, I recommend this as pertinent reading for this new era of God. The natives receive the Gospel, get trained in the Bible, then they can easily minister to their own people because they have intimate knowledge of the culture and the language. They need our prayers, giving and teaching them Scriptures to support, but will go forth and fulfill the Great Commission of Jesus in the place the Lord has stationed them. How much could you give to one of their missions en leu of one plane ticket, language lessons, and all the other things that go along with traveling as a foreign missionary – even short term?

While working on tomatoes, I listened to/watched Elijah Streams Special Live Broadcast with Robin and Robin Bullock.

They talked about what God has to say about Governor Andrew Cuomo, his lieutenant governor, Biden and Harris, and the prophets, among other things. Robin D. is a great Bible teacher and prophet and his wife Robin is a gentle prophet and excellent help mate. I just received Robin D. Bullock’s book God Is Absolutely Good. I look forward to hearing the full story in this book because Robin shares some each week and I’m eager to read it entirely.

I finish with some words from Brother Timothy that lend well to what we are currently experiencing in this world and in the Spirit world.

2 Timothy 3 But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God— having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people.

3:10 You, however, know all about my teaching, my way of life, my purpose, faith, patience, love, endurance, 11 persecutions, sufferings — false teachers and deceivers will abound.

3:14 But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it, 15 and how from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. 16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

Walk in the light of the Lord and do not fear what they can do to the body, but fear the One who can throw body and soul into hell! Remember to trust in the LORD and do good, no matter what’s going on around you. Be still and know that I Am God… in all situations. Shalom, my friends. Catch you next week, Lord willing.

Let’s Get On Board!

God’s Creativity shining through again!

Welcome readers to more abundance and Bible pondering. This dancing tomato on a bed of kale on my counter makes me smile! It’s been a long day of blanching, peeling, seeding tomatoes for a nine-pint batch of salsa. Three kinds of peppers, including the hot red cherries I told you about last week, onions we froze earlier, and fresh garlic. This year’s salsa should be in the medium heat category rather than the bland garden variety fiesta salsa from last year.

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MIKE THOMPSON: WE’RE AT A GLOBAL CRITICAL MASS!

61,163 views Streamed live on Aug 13, 2021

This is one of the Elijah Streams videos I watched while working on tomatoes. Mike Thompson shared that we’re at a critical mass, a tipping point. We need to get on board with the Spiritual abilities God is pouring out. Mike had several words about healings toward the end of this video. One was, “There’s a right shoulder being healed, the name is John.”

My husband John, with the right shoulder pain, walked into the house shortly after I heard this and I said, “This man just gave a word that a right shoulder is being healed and the name is John.” I had claimed the healing for him (this is actually the second time I’ve claimed healing for John’s shoulders) but John said, “Well, mine’s not healed.” Last time I claimed healing, he said, “It will be healed when the doctor operates on it in December!”

The question is, what’s happening here? I also listened to David Suchet reading the book of John today, and these verses stuck out:

John 8:46b “… If I am telling the truth, why don’t you believe me? 47 Whoever belongs to God hears what God says. The reason you do not hear is that you do not belong to God.” [NIV]

Jesus says that if they had turned to Him, He would have healed them. So is this the key to why my husband’s shoulders are not healed? Even though the left one had surgery last winter, he still gets pains in it as well as the right one now bothering him. He has not yet surrendered to Jesus and is still walking in darkness. How many of us, even those who know Jesus, are not being healed because we don’t trust that Jesus wants to heal us? How many people are cut off from Jesus’ healing because they have not opened their hearts to His miraculous healing power? I am not sure what the key is to healing, but I know Jesus had compassion and healed all those who came to Him or were brought to Him in the Bible.

If we have the gift of the Holy Spirit of God and the fullness of Christ within us as Believers, have we activated, through relationship, what is residing within? Let us not waste the grace that has been poured out on and within us through Christ’s redeeming love and sacrifice. There are many opportunities for delving into the healing Scriptures. Let us avail ourselves of this abundance and fill our hearts and minds with the Word of healing offered and promised by the Father.

You might begin at Sid Roth’s ISN https://sidroth.org/ where Sid Roth has a free download of his Healing Scriptures book. My search for Healing Scriptures came up with a list of books, videos, and other ministries with healing Scriptures. Many read, memorize, and/or meditate on healing scriptures as a daily vitamin or immune booster. Sounds like a good practice to me! I remind myself I am a child of God and He says healing is the children’s bread. Let us eat of Him and live in divine health, making others jealous for the things of God!

Henderson Summer Sunset!

Busy Family Time!

Dear Reader, sorry for not posting at my regular time. We’ve been busy with family and I’ve gotten lost in my Kindle books.

In my last random post on early August happenings, I told you of my nephew and his friend visiting from Virginia. Last weekend, we met my sister in Carlisle, PA, at the Lindt chocolate factory outlet to deliver the boys to her. Did you know there are about twenty-seven varieties of their bonbons and they frequently add a new combination? We’ve purchased and tasted each one of them now, gotten to sample the new double chocolate and the mango ones, having shopped there both weekends.

From Carlisle, we traveled to the Pittsburg area to spend a few days with our son Harold’s family. We got to go to Owen’s team’s summer playoff game, which they won. The next day, we took the two boys to IKEA to buy furniture. We got six cubes John put together for a bookshelf and bought two more drawer units to use as end tables in our living room. The ever-creative John has used several drawer units and two butcher block counter tops for the top, so he has a desk/work area in his “man cave” almost as long as his room is wide. He found his hunting clothes store well in the drawers, as well as his office supplies. We took the boys to Mission BBQ for lunch after they had helped us search with the computer at the IKEA kiosk for what Grandpa was looking for. It was a good meal together in a veteran-owned restaurant. It’s more fun eating with the grandsons now they’re old enough to enjoy ‘regular’ food!

Our son Chris’ family from Vermont came to spend a long weekend with us. We had one day in between visiting and being visited to get our traveling things put away and bedrooms ready for those coming. It is nice to see the grand-girls growing up and we are able to do more things with them. The ten-year-old taught me how to play the Trash card game, which is a kind of double solitaire, and we played Candy Land with the five-year-old. This little girl is horse crazy! I bought several horse books at our library book sale to give to her and she loved flipping through the pages and carrying them around. John’s sister and brother-in-law came for dinner and we all enjoyed a dinner which included brined, grilled corn on the cob; the five-year-old especially loved the corn! We loaded everyone up with garden produce as they were leaving. I picked beets last evening and canned them today. It’s satisfying seeing ten pints of beets on my counter. Praise God from whom all blessings flow; what bounty to share with others and more than fill our own household’s needs for the winter.

Amish Love Divine Boxset: Bumper Amish Romance - 33 Book Box Set by [Emma Cartwright]

As for the books I’ve been spending time on, they read like popcorn! These 33 Amish love stories by Emma Cartwright were short and impactful; giving me food for relationship ideas and more Insite into Amish life in various communities and how one from the ‘Englischer’ world can become part of it. Each of these only took a couple hours to read and I recommend them if you like to concentrate on a section of society.

Blackwater Ranch

I have spent the last two weeks vicariously becoming part of the Harding family and Blackwater Ranch, a six book series created by Mandi Blake. She set this series in Wyoming. The stories follow the family as the six Harding boys [three sons and a nephew] each find a wife. It’s heart wrenching and heartwarming as you meet each well-developed character and see how their unique circumstances; both the young men and the women who come into the story line up with each other and fulfill the needs of each other when each thought no one ever could. Mandi Blake knows how to weave in the hard, honest work on the vast ranch, the perils of broken families and broken bodies that are reconciled with love and community at the ranch and in the small town of Blackwater. I highly recommend this six-book set if you like good, clean, exciting love stories with heartbreaks, reunions, and celebrations, with saving the ranch for future generations and Christian living at the core.

With all this reading, my husband wonders if I’ll get anything done this summer. I will admit it’s kept me busy several evenings when I could have gotten things done… like this blog post! Life goes by while you’re spending time on other things, I guess.

The Reset: Returning to the Heart of Worship and a Life of Undivided Devotion

The ‘serious’ reading I am currently using as a devotional is THE RESET by Jeremy Riddle; not to be confused with RESET by Bob Sorge. I am working on chapter seven and today’s topic is: “As Goes Worship, So Goes The Church” Worship songs are culture carriers and influencers; always a forerunner to culture shifts in the church. Half-truths, the devil’s beloved method of leading us astray, water down the message of truth in God’s Word. It divides God’s love from His truth, His goodness from His holiness. This is where we become ‘seeker-sensitive’ and breed ‘sloppy agape’, displeasing our Lord.

Ephesians 6:17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; [Hebrews 4:12] For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

Are we ready to submit anew to the Word’s authority and hold fast to the Word of God without shame and declare His Truth boldly? The Church of Christ is being called higher; to come into the fullness of what the Lord has for us in this new era! I close with this photo from the Pittsburgh area. My grandson wondered why I was taking pictures out the window as we drove; I can’t pass up capturing God’s messages in the clouds!

Shalom my dear ones!

Early August Thoughts

Sunset on a Lake Ontario harbor amid California fires

Welcome to another week of gathering my thoughts. I think I mentioned my nephew and his friend visiting from Virginia. We took them to my friend’s home on the edge of Lake Ontario, bringing pie and whipped cream to share before we sat on her deck to watch the sunset. This is what we saw through the haze that is caused by the smoke from the California fires. It really shows me how inter-connected our nation truly is.

We got to Robert G. Whele New York State park to take the boys fishing a couple afternoons ago. Did I mention 14 & 15-year-olds rarely see the morning hours? Well, the waves were crashing and the water too riled up for the fish to bite, but a good chance to practice casting and pulling seaweed off their lines. Daniel enjoyed taking a picture of the dog cemetery; Mr. Whele bred champion Elehw dogs, Whele spelled backward. We treated Ethan and Daniel to ice cream cones at the Henderson Trolly afterward and all had a good time!

Here are some photos… notice the new bathroom sign the state erected?

This is a baby robin that spent some time with us after supper yesterday. The boys named it Onion because it nestled amid the onions drying on our deck railing. It disappeared before we got back from the sunset, so we hope it got back to its momma. This is about the third set of babies from the nest in our yard this year. What good things God blesses us to see in His creation, up-close and personal!

Here’s some more summer photos from our family.

Our granddaughter were caught getting along, our grandson caught with his new glasses while snuggling with Mom, and a beautiful drive in the country. Oh, and my husband wanted a photo of my short haircut!

The garden is continuing to bless us with produce. I thought I bought Cubanelle peppers, which are sweet, and we planted Hungarian Sweet peppers and bell peppers. Imagine my surprise when I cut up the red one I thought was an immature bell pepper and got a jolt of heat! Apparently, the plants I bought marked Cubanelle are actually Pepper Seeds – Hot – Large Red Cherry Hot. Oh, our cucumbers are doing well; two of our friends’ cukes are not producing at all!

I’d best get this ready to post and wake the boys up to visit my friend Peg and see her peacocks, horses, chickens and gardens before we take them home tomorrow. I hope you are all having a wonderful summer and growing deeper in your relationship with the God who made us!

One last thought:

Psalm 46:10 Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth!

11 The Lord of hosts is with us;
The God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah

Look up, your salvation is near; even on the way!

Forty Years!

God’s Billboard!

Welcome readers to the first day of August 2021. Today is John and my fortieth wedding anniversary! I honored this accomplishment by donating to Israel 365 to plant a tree in Israel. Praise the Lord for prompting me with one of Tuly Weitz’ emails. Oh, I took this photo Friday on our way to Carlisle, PA. We traveled there to pick up my nephew Ethan and his friend Daniel. They live in southern Virgina and are both going into tenth grade. We haven’t seen Ethan or my sister, who is his mom, for two years because of Covid restrictions. The boys are here for a week to experience life in Northern New York and to see family. Daniel has never been to New York State, so this is an excellent opportunity for him.

The forty years the nation of Israel wandered in the wilderness come to mind. I was eighteen when we married, John twenty-five. Forty years later, we are fifty-eight and sixty-five. According to God’s Word, we would have died in the wilderness at these young ages if we were the Israelite slaves who came out of Egypt.

I am thankful for Jesus Christ’s sacrifice that made a way for us. I know there is much more living to do in God’s kingdom here on earth. We are watching our grandchildren grow and develop into the young people God made them to be and learning to relate to our children and in-laws as maturing adults. There are so many of God’s promises to me that are yet to be fulfilled! Thinking about those dying in the wilderness, most in the prime of life, makes me sad after observing how the Lord cared for them all throughout the forty years.

What about you? What if you made a major sin decision in your youth, had no chance to repent, and had forty years of sorrow over that decision (and died)? Many people these days are in the same predicament; not understanding the mercy, grace and love given to all because of the blood of Christ Jesus, God’s Son, they sit in the darkness of sin, sickness, and oppression. The hopelessness that pervades the earth is evidence that people are not following Christ, don’t have a relationship with the Savior, or do not understand the Great Exchange: paying the price He did not owe to pay the debt we cannot pay. The spotless Lamb paid the full price for every sin and sickness for all generations. Christ died for ALL, for ALL time! Remember, He who began a good work in you will be faithful to complete it.

Psalm 139:23 Search me, O God, and know my heart;
Try me, and know my anxieties;
24 And see if there is any wicked way in me,
And lead me in the way everlasting.

Ask the Holy Spirit of God to search your heart and cleanse your soul. We do not need to live in despair; Christ has won the victory! Praise God, because of Jesus, I can look forward to many more years in His kingdom here on earth, all for His glory! Remember, the hardest person to forgive is often yourself….

July Abundance!

Welcome, my dear readers, to another gathering of my thoughts. We just picked a delicata-aka- sweet potato-squash that is about twelve inches long. This one’s about four times the size of the ones we picked last year. I think we could feed an entire group of people with this abundance!

We have had a lot of rain recently, so all our squash plants are growing quickly and we have at least four more delicata’s almost the same size, as well as huge spaghetti squash. John helped me put up supports for all our tomato plants and I pruned the bottom leaves today so we can see what’s ripening. We also picked a dozen onions that have matured, the last of our first round of peas, and half a dozen Hungarian sweet peppers [they’re like sweet banana peppers]. I finally found a new lavender plant and really had to hunt to find a store that still has pea seeds so I could plant the third round of peas; our second planting has pretty burgundy and white blossoms and just a couple tiny peapods formed so far.

Did I mention we picked a basket full of green beans for John’s sister and still have two containers of radishes in our fridge? Thursday, his sister and her husband joined us to pick blueberries, we shared venison burgers and fries with them, then played two rounds of Chicago five [we have our own family version of the game]. We picked another two five-gallon pails full of blueberries, on top of the two buckets we picked last week, so our freezer is filling up and we are working to make room. I made gluten-free pie crusts with the rice flour blend that I mix and my “Can’t Fail” pie crust recipe. With three of the crusts in the freezer, yesterday I made an apple blueberry pie with apples that have been sitting out with a crumb topping that turned out well. Today I am using the second half of the apples I diced, our last frozen strawberries from last year’s picking, and the two crusts I had left to use. As you may surmise, we are eating very well between the abundance of last summer and fall running into this summer’s bounty!

Let’s return to my Scripture concentration for 2021:

Philippians 1:6… being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ;

Romans 11:36  For of Him and through Him and to Him are all things, to whom be glory forever. Amen.

Which leads me into the last day of When Faith Is Forbidden 40 Days On The Frontlines With Persecuted Christians by Todd Nettleton. He ends by asking, “What do you want your spiritual legacy to be? Do you want it to be one that Satan will still be mad about long after you’re dead and gone? For your journal, write about the legacy you want to leave. What will you do today to add a brick to the spiritual legacy you intend to build?” (page 266)

Along with this challenge, I will leave you with a photo I took of God’s glory displayed in the clouds as we drove yesterday. I pray you all keep close to Jesus and let the Spirit of God lead you into the exciting Zoe life only Jesus can give!