Racism???

Good day dear readers! Racism is a huge sin in this world; not just in the USA! As it’s festering and raising its ugly head again, I will share what I found at http://www.destinyimage.com [full web address after Kelly Varner’s quotes] and some verses from the Bible.

James Goll points out that the three persons of the Holy Trinity are one; they complement each other without competing, jealousy or covetousness. Most of us, even if we call ourselves Christian, are far away from the oneness of Father, Son and Spirit with our neighbors and fellow Believers. People say, “Sunday is the most segregated day of the week.”

As pastor and author Kelley Varner writes, “God hates racism in any form—it is sin. Racism is rooted in degeneracy, pride, superior attitudes, ignorance, and fear. Unregenerate Adamic flesh is the soil from which racism springs. Included here are pride of place (social status),

pride of face (physical attributes),

pride of grace (religious or denominational traditions),

and pride of race (based on skin color or ethnicity). “

Kelley Varner, The Three Prejudices https://www.destinyimage.com/2020/07/02/americas-greatest-generational-sin/?

As for me, I think my social status is middle-class, my physical attributes white European; maybe WASP. I trace my roots back to Germany where I’m sure there were a few Huns in the bloodline, European Ashkenazi Jews, and Scotland where we are from the Douglas and Bowes clans, most likely related to “Brave Heart” (or at least fought with him). As far as denominations and religious traditions, I grew up in a Presbyterian church with many proud “Denominationalists” to learn from, then moved to a Spirit filled church that came from a Mennonite church. I now am part of an independent Charismatic church. Over the years I have been prideful in the fact I can sing, I read my Bible, and am filled with the Holy Spirit and speak in other tongues. But what do I have that God did not give me? Where does pride have a leg to stand on when the ground is level at the cross?

Jesus prayed to the Father for us;

John 3:12 … that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me. 22 And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one: 23 I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me.

What does the Bible say about race relations?

Galatians 3:27 For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. 28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.

And again Paul says:

Colossians 3:9 Do not lie to one another, since you have put off the old man with his deeds, 10 and have put on the new man who is renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him who created him, 11 where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcised nor uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave nor free, but Christ is all and in all.

Let us drop all that divides us and come together. Until each of us sees others as God sees us, until we all accept that every person on earth has intrinsic worth. Because all humans have an eternal soul and blood running through their veins; all of it red. Let us strive to outdo each other in brotherly and sisterly love, preferring others above ourselves. and heed Jesus’ command:

Mark 16:15 And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.”

1Timothy 2:5  For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus... Until we meet again, I pray Shalom over you all dear readers. Amen.

Glorious Day!

I am free!

We sang this song in church Sunday and it really hit home for me! It’s good to stop and remember what you were saved from and what it awakened you to. Here are the lyrics and some thoughts that came to me.

Glorious Day written by Mark Hall

I was buried beneath my shame
Who could carry that kind of weight?
It was my tomb
‘Til I met You

I was breathing, but not alive
All my failures I tried to hide
It was my tomb
‘Til I met You

Do you remember the shame that buried you before you met Jesus? I do! I remember feeling like all I could describe myself as was a zombie walking through the halls of high school.

I had a chip on my shoulder; thougth I was a Christian because I sang in the church choir and attended regularly. I dressed in my brother’s cast off t-shirts, jeans and hiking boots. It was the late ’70’s into 1981. I was the “goody-two-shoes”, teacher’s daughter, loved and hated by students and teachers by turns. That’s why I hid under the “work” attire and had a terrible attitude. BUT:

You called my name
Then I ran out of that grave
Out of the darkness
Into Your glorious day

I heard Him call my name when I was twenty years old, already a mother to two babies with the third on its way. Jesus took me out of the shame of fornication amongst other things, and I was gloriously awakened! Two years later, when my fourth child was seven months old, I found a Spirit filled church Sunday evenings teaching on the gifts of the Holy Spirit. Within a month I experienced baptism in Holy Spirit fire, then I was truly ALIVE!


Now Your mercy has saved my soul
Now Your freedom is all that I know
The old made new
Jesus, when I met You,
whoa, what a day

When you called my name and I ran out of that grave
Out of the darkness into Your glorious day
I needed rescue my sin was heavy
But chains break at the weight of Your glory
I needed shelter I was an orphan
Now You call me a citizen of heaven
When I was broken You were my healing
Your love is the air that I’m breathing
I have a future my eyes are open

I’m as fresh in Jesus as my four-year-old granddaughter!

Because He called my name, called me out of the grave of sin and death and raised me to life! Praise Jesus, I have a fresh life, I can see into the wonderful future and I know He is the air I’m breathing; I am nothing without His love! I am adopted and made a citizen of heaven, even while here on earth. Are you walking in this victory, my friend?

Lyrics Source: LyricFindSongwriters: Jason Ingram / Jonathan Smith / Kristian Stanfill / Sean CurranGlorious Day lyrics © Essential Music Publishing, Capitol Christian Music GroupFeedback

I Never Knew You!

Matthew 7:21 “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. 22 Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ 23 And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!

In Matthew 25:31-45 Jesus talks about the Father in Heaven separating the sheep from the goats. The righteous will ask, “When did I do all these things?” Jesus says, “When you did them to the least of these, you did them to me.” The cursed will ask, “When did I see you…?” Jesus says, “When you did not do for the least of these, you did not do for Me.”

It’s been a week of conviction leading to repentance for me. Posted on Facebook was a video of a woman who’d had a spat with her husband and went out for a walk to calm down. As she was walking, she had a vision of Jesus walking past her and getting further ahead of her. She told Him to wait for her. He turned back and extended His hand and she took it and asked why He was going ahead of her. Using Matthew 7:21 He showed her how she’d been distancing from Him and doing her own thing, not discerning Christ. She repented in tears and blessed her husband instead of holding things against him.

The threat of being turned away at the throne impacted me. I’ve been selfish during these months of distancing. I have played Mahjong games until my fingers hurt and it’s past bedtime. I wander around the house wondering what I can snack on. I ignore time I could be writing my book, reading a book, spending time in the Word… connecting with the Lord; or my husband! I think of calling someone but don’t.

Yes, I have visited several friends and posted encouragement on Facebook, LinkedIn, and replied to other bloggers. I’ve mailed encouraging notes and cards, sent encouraging texts, called a few people, but wasted a lot of time. There are lots of excuses, but no moral reasons. Then I read:

Proverbs 4:23 “Keep your heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.”

Proverbs 14:12 “There is a way which seems right to a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.”

Matthew 15:18 But those things which proceed out of the mouth come from the heart, and they defile a man. 19 For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies.

Jesus said whatever goes in to the mouth passes through the body and doesn’t affect us. What comes out of the mouth is what’s in the heart. So, what is coming out of your mouth? Is it godly talk, blessing, healthy and not detrimental to you or those connected to you? The way we live during this time, and the rest of our life on earth, has eternal consequences. I urge you to join me in assessing where you stand in your heart and what you have been feeding it. Blessing and cursing should not come out of the same stream of thought or word. I need to make wiser choices and stop blaming; even if it’s only in my mind. When we get to the Heavenly throne on the day of the Lord’s judgement, God won’t tolerate you blaming your brother, sister, mother, spouse, neighbor, teacher, preacher or anyone else for the things you did and the choices you made.

What if the Lord gave us this time in His grace to prepare for what’s next? Jesus, reduce me to love! Guard your heart, dear one!

I say Shalom as I leave you with:

1Corinthians 6:19… do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? 20 For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.

Psalm 50

I’ve been using the list of Psalms in Praying through the Most Beloved Psalms in 30 Days by Dolores Smyth [clicking on this link will take you to Truth For Life]. This week I read Psalm 50, the Psalm for the 30th day. Today I share how I see it pertaining to the season we’re in. The first verses show what kind of God we’re contending with (you can look up the first 2 verses for more). As Hebrews 10:31 says: “It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God”.

Psalm 50:3 Our God shall come, and shall not keep silent; a fire shall devour before Him, and it shall be very tempestuous all around Him. He shall call to the heavens from above, and to the earth, that He may judge His people:
“Gather My saints together to Me, those who have made a covenant with Me by sacrifice.” Let the heavens declare His righteousness, for God Himself is Judge. Selah

God needs nothing from us; He owns it all! We owe all we have and are to Him.

7 “Hear, O My people, and I will speak, o Israel, and I will testify against you; I am God, your God! I will not rebuke you for your sacrifices or your burnt offerings, which are continually before Me. I will not take a bull from your house, nor goats out of your folds. 10 For every beast of the forest is Mine, and the cattle on a thousand hills. 11 I know all the birds of the mountains, and the wild beasts of the field are Mine.” 12 “If I were hungry, I would not tell you; for the world is Mine, and all its fullness. 13 Will I eat the flesh of bulls, or drink the blood of goats?”

How can we honor a God who owns everything? What does He ask from us?

14 Offer to God thanksgiving, and pay your vows to the Most High. 15 Call upon Me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify Me.”

The next verses speak to those who have been taking advantage of things and increasing the spirits of fear, chaos, and greed. See if you can see the news media, the “experts” and protestors described here. Are you part of this? I think if I’m honest, I may be also!

16 But to the wicked God says:
“What right have you to declare My statutes, or take My covenant in your mouth,17 seeing you hate instruction and cast My words behind you?
18 When you saw a thief, you consented with him, and have been a partaker with adulterers. 19 You give your mouth to evil, and your tongue frames deceit. 20 You sit and speak against your brother; you slander your own mother’s son. 21 These things you have done, and I kept silent; you thought that I was altogether like you; but I will rebuke you, and set them in order before your eyes.”

What are God’s instructions to these people? Is there any remedy?

22 “Now consider this, you who forget God, lest I tear you in pieces, and there be none to deliver: 23 Whoever offers praise glorifies Me; and to him who orders his conduct aright I will show the salvation of God.”

During this season, we need to search our hearts and make sure we are walking in love toward others, no matter what they’ve done or not done. As Jesus said, “Father, forgive them for they do not know what they are doing.” [Luke 23:34a] Until we see each person as someone of worth, our hearts will become hard and bitter toward others whom we do not forgive or take offense from. Yes, we cannot condone the sin or the evil, but we can love the person made in God’s image. We can also speak positive things instead of repeating evil, dire predictions. I’ll leave you with the Apostle Paul’s admonition to the Church; which we Believers are all part of.

Colossians 3:16 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.

*All Scripture taken from New King James Bible

Don’t Let Your Guard Down!

These times we’re in are a challenge no matter what situation you find yourself in. Will you gain the victory in Chris Jesus? I’ve been reading James chapter 5, which gives some good tips on how to live the Christian life in these times. Let’s look!

Be Patient and Persevering

James 5:7 Therefore be patient, brethren, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, waiting patiently for it until it receives the early and latter rain. You also be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord [f]is at hand.

Be patient and establish your hearts…who/whom is your heart established in? None of us know the exact time for Jesus’ return, though we know we’re in the birth pangs which will bring the culmination of the years. We also know the Lord is at hand right at this moment and has been all these years.

Do not [g]grumble against one another, brethren, lest you be [h]condemned. Behold, the Judge is standing at the door!

This is quite clear! Have you caught yourself grumbling and complaining lately? I have; and needed to repent!

10 My brethren, take the prophets, who spoke in the name of the Lord, as an example of suffering and patience. 11 Indeed we count them blessed who endure. You have heard of the perseverance of Job and seen the end intended by the Lord—that the Lord is very compassionate and merciful.

I am so glad we have these examples. Challenges in life may look different, but if we truly dig into the examples set forth from those who preceded us, the effects are no different. Choose wisely; I find the Holy Spirit leads my wisest choices.

12 But above all, my brethren, do not swear, either by heaven or by earth or with any other oath. But let your “Yes” be “Yes,” and your “No,” “No,” lest you fall into [i]judgment.

This verse has been helpful in dealing with a couple people who can be tedious to communicate with on text or messaging; even on the phone! I find it easy to fall into vain arguments if I don’t follow this Scripture.

I have a question to end with. What do you/ have you done with the prophecies you’ve been given?

Prophecy is a major way God uses to speak to us. If you haven’t gotten a prophecy directly, the Bible is full of prophecies and promises you can claim. If God isn’t speaking to you, maybe you’re not listening. Another option is you have done nothing with what you’ve already gotten so He won’t give you more to work on. I leave you in the Lord’s hands of love, dear readers. Shalom!

This Present Darkness?

Which would you choose?

How Should We Then Live? A book by Francis Schaeffer who spent decades pondering how to live a Biblically Christian life amid these times of chaos. On Tuesday I read a prophetic vison from June 1, 2020. You can find it on Facebook @ Jeremiah Johnson Ministries: AN URGENT PROPETIC ALERT AND WARNING June 1, 2020 12:07 p.m. He pointed out that the fear and greed come from the enemy and the enemy has taken over our media outlets. This has led to the protests and riots. Wednesday’s devotion led me to 1 Peter 2:

1 I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf and give thanks for them. Pray this way for kings and all who are in authority so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity. This is good and pleases God our Savior, who wants everyone to be saved and to understand the truth. For, There is one God and one Mediator who can reconcile God and humanity—the man Christ Jesus. He gave his life to purchase freedom for everyone. [NLT Bible]

This is a time of great turmoil. We have many opportunities to take offense, grumble and complain. I believe God will hold us accountable for our attitude through all this. An inordinate amount of people are bashing President Trump, among other people in the spotlight. It brings to mind, “He who has no sin, throw the first stone.” The Apostle Paul wrote 1 Timothy when Nero was their leader. He used and abused Christians and others horribly. If you think about it, we don’t need a politician as president right now; we need a businessman to straighten out the mess our past politician presidents got us into. No matter what you say, Trump has made headway; especially with his stance toward Israel. As Israel goes, so do we. God said He would bless those who bless Israel and curse those who curse Israel. Societies have proven this true repeatedly!

undefined All I want to say about what’s happened with the “race riots” this week is I recommend Bryan Stevenson‘s book Just Mercy. It is also a movie/mini-series now.

So, as far as it is in your ability, drawing on Christ’s help, live at peace with all people. Remember to bless those who curse you, do good to those who persecute you. Join with the Lord of the Harvest and work toward all people coming to saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. Let’s work toward the goal of God’s kingdom in Heaven, working while it is light to reap the harvest Jesus paid the price for. Don’t lie down and give in to the devil’s plans for fear, confusion, and greed. Stand up and declare God’s plans for us all to have love, joy, peace and godliness in the Holy Ghost!

I pray all my readers experience true Shalom as they go deeper into a relationship with Father God through Jesus Christ. Let us stand and proclaim the goodness of the Lord and pray our country has one more chance at grace before the end comes. Amen.

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May Musings…Scars

The past two days I took a good look at my scars. I have them on four toes from bunion surgery and 3 on my breasts from lumpectomies and cancer removal. Looking into videos for Ravi Zacharias after hearing of his death last evening, I found Naomi Zacharias speaking at the Liberty University Convocation on YouTube. She spoke about her task at RZIM [Ravi Zacharias International Ministry], heading their ministry to the sex trafficked. I’ll share what the Spirit brought to mind this morning, putting my thoughts together from all this. Note: I’m using the new WordPress Editor so forgive me while I’m learning the new tech!

Psalm 100:3 Know that the Lord, He is God;
It is He who has made us, and [a]not we ourselves;
We are His people and the sheep of His pasture.

Naomi noted that individual means that which cannot be changed or divided. We are individually made by the Lord God, created for His plans and purposes, so we should be an individual; not trying to be like someone else. We also should take other people as the individual they are.

Matthew 5:45 that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.

God’s love is personal for each individual. It’s also impartial because He sends good things like rain and sunshine to the just and the unjust. This tells me we need to not be judgemental. Naomi posed the question: “If a prostitute came into your church, would she be welcomed as a child of God or shunned and held in her sins?” (I kind of paraphrased what she said). We want the lost, hurting, messed up to come into the fold and find Jesus, but are we ready to take them “just as I am”, filthy, dirty, smelly…foul language, addictions and all?

This led me to the next passage:

Luke 17:6 So the Lord said, “If you have faith as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be pulled up by the roots and be planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you.

John 20:24 Now Thomas, called the Twin, one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. 25 The other disciples therefore said to him, “We have seen the Lord.” So he said to them, “Unless I see in His hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and put my hand into His side, I will not believe.”…

The day Jesus showed up in the Disciples’ midst:

27 Then He said to Thomas, “Reach your finger here, and look at My hands; and reach your hand here, and put it into My side. Do not be unbelieving, but believing.” 28 And Thomas answered and said to Him, “My Lord and my God!” 29 Jesus said to him, [f]“Thomas, because you have seen Me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”

All NKJ Scriptures from Bible Gateway

This brings me back to the observation of my scars. This morning referring to my scars I said, “The tracks of my trials remind me You are faithful!” Jesus paid the full price for our healing. Jesus our Lord and Holy Spirit hear our prayers and pray with us. (as the Bible says, Jesus is ever interceding for us at the Throne of God) Healing is a tough subject because we’ve heard of miracles happening and people instantly healed. Then there are those who are healed by doctors; medicine, therapies, surgeries…and we wonder why things happen the way they do.

We see faith as something we need more of. Sometimes we think we need to “muster up” our faith. Well, God gives us the first mustard seed of faith when we first believe. Faith only grows as it’s tested and we see the faithfulness of God in our trials and troubles. God doesn’t put those things on us, but may allow them. [see John 10:10] Jesus has a new heavenly body, but it still has the scars from the nail holes and the spear in His side. These show the price paid for our salvation and all that accompanies it; overcoming power. In Revelation we read that the Saints overcame by the blood of the Lamb and the word of their testimony and did not love their lives to the death. My scars remind me of the Lord’s faithfulness to heal; I’ve had doctors and nurses remark how well I healed from my surgeries. It’s a good testimony of the grace I have in my body because of Jesus’ provision and faithfulness.

One last thought that Naomi reinforced: there’s no sacred and secular in our destinies from God. When we belong to Jesus, every part of our lives is dedicated to Him. Wherever you are, you are a missionary; on a mission to bring God’s kingdom to your part of this earth. The person who needs what you have is probably sitting right next to you!

I leave you to soldier on in the life God has given you. May you recognize the weapons of warfare that are not carnal that Apostle Paul spoke of in Ephesians 6 and the talents, gifts and abilities you’ve been endowed with from Father God. Use them well! Shalom dear ones!

Ravi Zacharias, A Good Christian Soldier Goes Home

Ravi Zacharias has been a part of my Christian walk for years. I couldn’t let his passing go unnoticed! I share Victor’s post because he’s done a good job honoring this great man of God!

Victors' Corner

That was how CNN reported the death of internationally renown Christian apologists, Dr Ravi Zacharias on 19 May, 2020.

Before seeing that post, I was already aware of that news via an earlier blog post on Bruce Cooper’s Reason Cases for Christ. And my first reaction was, “We have lost a great Christian apologist. Ravi will be greatly missed…”

A friend of mine who is also an ardent admirer of Ravi’s, reacted in a similar tone: “Yeah, Ravi will be greatly missed. His contribution to Christian Apologetics was immense.”

Although I never got to meet him personally in his lifetime, I have read a couple of his articles and also listened to his recorded audio or video messages.

In all, I am convinced that Ravi was a man of very deep spiritual convictions.

He was a good soldier of Christ who travelled across several seas, oceans and mountains around the…

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The Solid Rock

Good day readers, welcome to another busy week of musings!

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It is not slow for us during this “shutdown” because we have LOTS of things to do in our house, outside our house; in the yard, garden, garage, shed…This season we’re in did not stop me working to spring clean motel rooms for the neighbor, has not stopped my once a week cleaning for my friend Joe, who vacates the house while I clean; I wear mask and gloves while I’m there of course.

Monday John started installing a ceiling fan in our bedroom and encountered a block in the wall on his way to get the wire to the ceiling. I’d been thinking maybe we could put the new door on the room at the same time and this situation necessitating a wall panel being removed was the perfect opportunity for John to widen the doorway and get the door out of the garage installed along with the fan. On top of that, we’ve been working topsoil from the local quarry into our yard and garden beds so there’s a load just behind our “parking area” in the driveway that’s slowly depleting.

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Tuesday we went to our local green house and got tomato, pepper, and marigold plants as well as a bag of yellow onions and a bag of shallots to plant. We already had bean, pea, kale, radish, cucumber, spinach, spaghetti squash, yellow squash, yellow zucchini, delecata (sweet potato) – yes, that’s 4 types of  squashes – seeds. I’ve been busy after work at the motel mixing the topsoil, the soil we put it over, compost from our yard, and filling a bucket of rocks culled from the mix in each bed. We’ve got several low spots in the yard that need fill, so nothing goes to waste in our yard!

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We went for a drive searching for a pear tree Wednesday evening, finding lots of plum, cherry, and yellow delicious apple trees but no pear. On our way back from the city, I got the call from my Life Group for our messenger group chat. Needless to say, John and I haven’t been reading together in the evenings since he’s been turkey hunting in the morning and is very tired by evening. To everything there is a season and a time for every purpose on earth as Ecclesiastes says!

There are a lot of needs and prayer requests around us, which brought this song to mind:

The Solid Rock

My hope is built on nothing less
than Jesus’ blood and righteousness
I dare not trust the sweetest frame,
but wholly lean on Jesus’ name

When darkness veils his lovely face,
I rest on His unchanging grace
In every high and stormy gale
my anchor holds within the veil

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On Christ the solid rock I stand;
All other ground is sinking sand
All other ground is sinking sand

His oath, His covenant, His blood
support me in the whelming flood
When all around my soul gives way,
He then is all my hope and stay

On Christ the solid rock I stand;
All other ground is sinking sand
All other ground is sinking sand

When He shall come with trumpet sound,
oh may I then in Him be found
Dressed in His righteousness alone,
faultless to stand before the throne

On Christ the solid rock I stand;
All other ground is sinking sand
On Christ the solid rock I stand;
All other ground is sinking sand
All other ground is sinking sand

http://www.songlyrics.com/hope-hymns/the-solid-rock-lyrics/

No matter how sweet things seem in this life, how rocky, our hope is in Jesus Christ alone. Are you ready for the trumpet to sound and we who are still on earth will be taken up to Heaven? Here’s a photo of my grandson that his big sister sent. We got him a ball for his Birthday in February. It broke and he’s enjoying it as much as a hat as he did when it was a ball! I think this is part of what Jesus meant when He said we need to come to God as a child; he’s so happy with a broken ball! Shalom dear readers, until next week.

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Virtual Birthday Musings

img_20200514_143601448 Coming to my 57th Birthday isn’t a big, notable Birthday for me today (May 14), but it’s the 50th Birthday for Watertown Women’s Connection [our local StoneCroft group]; we had a big party planned for the luncheon today that was cancelled due to Covid 19. It’s also the 72nd anniversary of Israel being declared a sovereign nation in 1948.

This morning I made my own gluten free, dairy free chocolate-chocolate cake and my husband John shared it with me. We at it mid-afternoon; it’s got instant coffee in it as well as all the chocolate, so I know if I eat it too late in the day, I won’t go to sleep well, so I’ll virtually share it with you all.

img_20200514_144105626 I hope I can actually share a cake like this with you in Heaven some day! I’ve heard God has all our favorite things there, so this must be one of them. I’ve also heard everything in Heaven is made of light, so no calories and no clean up!

 

This Proverb has always meant a lot to me:

Proverbs 31:28

Her children rise up and call her blessed;
Her husband also, and he praises her:

As this Proverb declares, the Lord has mightily blessed me with children and a husband who rise up and call me blessed. I’ll share with you some of my blessings.

My granddaughter Ashlynn called and talked to me this morning on her daddy’s phone. She started with, “Happy Birthday Grandma” then told me she’s wearing Mommy’s dress and some makeup. Mom was still sleeping and so was her big sister. She took me for a tour of her toys, telling me about the new ones she got a week ago when she turned 4. Here’s her picture; she was afraid her teeth would start falling out when she turned 4!9626

Then she took me to her bedroom and tried to find something under her bed; she couldn’t reach what she wanted, but gave me a “virtual tour” of the rest of the bedroom as her big sis slept on. Her dad and mom got me a new Kindle and 6 months of Kindle Unlimited to try. I recently deleted Kindle from my phone because it wasn’t working right, then couldn’t get it to download again, so I’d just been thinking I could use a new Kindle. I’d sold mine several years ago when the app worked on my phone. I count this as another instance of God knowing what I want/need before I even ask!

9788On Mother’s day, my Pennsylvania son Harold and grandsons Owen and Logan did Google Hangouts video chat with me. I got an email this morning. Their family sent me a gift card so I can buy something off my Amazon wish list. Owen and Logan did a video Hangout with me this afternoon and their mom Jana sent me a Happy Birthday text. After spending a week tearing down the playground in their back yard, they just finished putting up a swing set in the yard. They’ve gotten too big for the slides, but still enjoy the swings. It gives Jana more garden space as well another piece of lawn. Here are the boys checking out the new swing set.

My granddaughter Faith sent me a Birthday text this morning. Her dad, my son Alex, called me a little while ago. We’re eager to visit when the restrictions are lifted and are putting aside things to take to them. They sent me this homemade card the beginning of the week. I love my creative, artistic grandchildren!

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My daughter in California sent me a comfort package from Taproot Magazine‘s store which arrived last weekend. It had a yellow beeswax pine cone-shaped candle, a “make-do-dream” sticker, a ceramic/clay handle-less tea mug with a tin of ‘Marble & Milkweed Tea For Dreamers’, and a hand dyed cotton scarf. They also did a Skype chat with me. Since Mother’s Day was 4 days before my Birthday, I got a nice card from her family for that as well. I love the fancy cards she finds; I have a pop-out butterfly card hanging in my office from a year ago and they sent a pop-out flower this year: img_20200514_145103382Oh, as you see beneath the card, I got the middle of my puzzle done, but there’s lots of blue sky and green grass left to finish! The middle is the stones of Stonehenge which were interesting to piece together. The puzzle has gone to the bottom of my things to do list for now. Monday I got a new book to proofread from my publisher which kept me busy for two days and again today typing up corrections to send to her.

img_20200514_144450959Yesterday we spent the afternoon expanding our garden beds and filling in with wheelbarrows full of compost and soil, after I’d spent the morning doing my weekly house cleaning for a friend. These are the flowers John picked for me while out turkey hunting this morning and he blessed me by making supper and cleaning up dishes. It’s a busy time of year for us even with the sequestering!

God has prepared EXACT

 

I leave you with encouragement from Havilah Cunnington and verses from two songs that have been running through my head the past two days.

Surrounded (Fight My Battles) by Elyssa Smith

It may look like I’m surrounded, but I’m surrounded by You!It may look like I’m surrounded, but I’m surrounded by You!

This is how I fight my battles! This is how I fight my battles! My weapon is a melody!

Way Maker by Osinachi Kalu Okoro Egbu

(God) You are way maker, miracle worker, promise keeper, light in the darkness…My God, that is who You are!

Even when I don’t see it You’re working, even when I don’t feel it You’re working; You never stop; You never stop working! You never stop working! Amen.