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Just For Today

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Reading Jonathan Cahn's devotional book, The Book of Mysteries, has truly been one of the highlights of my life.

Every day I look so forward to it and it always includes THE MISSION for the day which is a great biblical challenge.

Yesterday's devo was entitled The Apostasia and was about "the great falling away" before the end of the age.

Ephesians 6:13, Philippians 2:15, 2 Thessalonians 2:3 and 2 Timothy 3:1-4 address this prophecy.

The devotional includes this paragraph--"In the age of departure from the Word, you must hold all the stronger..   You must commit to hold all the more strongly to the Word, the faith, and the stand.  And the more you hold the Word, the more you will find your stasis, the person you were created to be....And you will stand."

The Mission:  Take a command from the New Testament and fully carry it out today.  Commit to live your life all the more by the Word of God.

So, just for today, I will hold on tight to God's Word an…

The Weathered Old Barn

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Astranger came by the other day with an offer that set me to thinking.

He wanted to buy the old barn that sits out by the highway.

I told him right off he was crazy.

He was a city type, you could tell by his clothes, his car, his hands, and the way he talked.

He said he was driving by and saw that beautiful barn sitting out in the tall grass and wanted to know if it was for sale.

I told him he had a funny idea of beauty. Sure, it was a handsome building in its day.

But then, there's been a lot of winters pass with their snow and ice and howling wind. The summer sun's beat down on that old barn till all the paint's gone, and the wood has turned silver gray.

Now the old building leans a good deal, looking kind of tired. Yet, that fellow called it beautiful.

That set me to thinking. I walked out to the field and just stood there, gazing at that old barn.

The stranger said he planned to use the lumber to line the walls of his den in a new country home he's building down …

More Than Watchmen

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On Thursdays, I thought I would repost some of my favorite posts--the ones that I can take no credit for because I truly believe by the mercy of God, they were written by the Holy Spirit--if their was ever any proof that He uses broken vessels, I am it.
I am so hopeful that this writing speaks to your heart as much as it spoke to mine originally.



After some research about a watchman's duties and reading more passages of scripture concerning watchmen, I knew I wanted to place myself in the watchman's shoes and see what my thoughts were.  The following is what I wrote.



MORE THAN WATCHMEN

I prepare for the night ahead. 
The darkness here in the desert can be quite cold--
I cocoon myself in future warmth, 
layer after layer of protective covering 
anticipating the deepest, the most penetrating bone-cold winds 
sweeping across the vast spaces of my soul. 
The night will be long, 
 I've served this shift before
 and the moments, the minutes, the hours 
 pass as winter sap from …

As a Christian How Should I Handle Persecution?

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Ibelieve from study of the scripture that as Christians we can expect persecution at times.

 I don't have time or room enough for background study on this today but you can do your own, if you like--run some references and see if you agree. 

In John 16:33, Jesus tells his disciples--"In this world you will have trouble. But take heart for I have overcome the world."

And in 1 Peter 4:12-13 we read--"Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you. But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ's sufferings, that, when His glory shall be revealed, you may be glad also with exceeding joy."

Scripture makes it clear that he is referring to sufferings for the cause of Christ, not things we have brought upon ourselves through unwise choices or ungodly living.

First of all, we are to take heart. 

To me that means to be encouraged, to lift up my head in His name.

Many hours could be …

Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem

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On Wednesdays, I would like for our focus to be on praying for the peace of Jerusalem. Wondering how to pray? Psalm 122 is a good help.

Yesterday, I wrote about how important reading the Psalms all the way through each month is to me.

I read five Psalms each day--

the pattern is

August 2 I will read

Psalm 2, Psalm 32, Psalm 62, Psalm 92, and Psalm 122--It is truly amazing how the Psalms tie in together when read in that fashion.

Today I wanted to leave you with just a little taste of what I received--now granted my journal is full and it took me an hour or more to write down all the promises and things that really jumped out at me today.  Each month different scriptures will seem to stand out on the page.

Psalm 2--Blessed are those who take refuge in Him--that makes me want to immediately take refuge in Him.

Psalm 32--Blessed are you when your sins are forgiven and whose spirit is no deceit--This makes me want to seek forgiveness for my sin and to live a deceit free life.

Psalm 62…

Can't Touch This!

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My keyword for this year is "Proclaim."  I haven't done a very good job of doing that but hopefully can rectify that in the next five months.

One thing I have written about in the past are my Bible reading disciplines.  It has been years, I believe, since I wrote about them so I would like to share them again.

Every day I read five Psalms--no matter what--whether I am in another deep Bible study--no matter what--I read five Psalms everyday.

Let me tell you my rationale on that but first let me tell you how I do it.  This was not my idea--I read it somewhere--but it has paid tremendous dividends for me so I want to share.

If it is August 1 like today, I read

Psalm 1, Psalm 31, Psalm 61, Psalm 91 and Psalm 121.  See the pattern--whatever day of the month it is, I start there and add 30 to it until I get to the end of the book of Psalms.

I used to just read them and that was all.  Now I not only read them and meditate on them but many days copy much of them into my daily jo…

The Book of Mysteries by Jonathan Cahn

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The devotional book I chose to use this year is The Book of Mysteries by Jonathan Cahn.  I can't EVEN begin to tell you just what it has meant to me or the knowledge I have gained from it.

A good friend of mine recommended it and I'm so glad I took her advice.  She is a "flipper-through-er."  In other words, she doesn't go in order, she just flips each day until she finds the devotional that seems to be meant for her that day.

I respect that way of doing things and with other normal everyday things, I am inclined more that way.  However, I usually go in order in a devotional book and that is what I have done with this one.

These devotionals are so good and so enlightening that I never miss one--and the ones for Sunday I read even if it is on Monday.  So most Mondays, I read two which is quite a treat.

I just have to tell you a little bit about today's.  It compares the trials, struggles, troubles, griefs, heartaches, heartbreaks to a weight lifter--a resista…

To Try This Blog Thing Again or Not--That is the Question!

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To try or not to try this one more time--that is the question. I know many who have given up their blogs and I was one of them for about a year.

 So,the pages of my life, huh? The pages of my life have been battered, torn, cried upon, tattered, ripped to pieces for the last almost six months.

 So am I down for the count--I don't think so--amidst the greatest griefs of my lifetime have come so many special blessings and it is those that I will choose to dwell on in my blog.

 Since I am retired I have the luxury of spending ample time with God and in His Word--I have filled a journal and half of another one in these last months.

 If it hadn't been for God, there is no way I could have survived this trial. What do people do without Him?

 I know there are those of you who have prayed for me and my family and for that I am so so grateful.

To others who have no clue what is going on in my life--we lost our 17 year old granddaughter January 1 of this year--to a disease that ravage…

The Important Thing About Me

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Not long after Kennedy passed, someone sent this writing to her parents. The mother of one of Kennedy's classmates had found a booklet the class had made quite a few years ago.

It blessed me so much and I was hoping it would bless you also.








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Oh, the Glory That Will Be Revealed!

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 ere's what I would like for you to know about Kennedy today -- shortly after she passed, someone went to her Instagram account and found under her profile that she had posted Romans 8:18.
The last year has been a great struggle for Kennedy but she was definitely a fighter and not a complainer.
Here is a quick version of the verse that I wrote last week.  I hope this verse ministers to you.  
It was so comforting to know that she compared her earthly pain to the glories that await.  How mature for a seventeen year old.  It blessed my old grandmother's heart so much.




This picture was taken several years ago in my back yard.

Have a wonderful day my friends.  I love you with all my heart.

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Writings From A Broken Heart

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On January 1 of this year, 2017, we lost our 17 year old granddaughter, Kennedy, to a disease that ravaged her sweet body--its name--ulcerative colitis.

 I don't know what the future is as far as blogging is concerned but I felt that those blogging friendships I've made through the years would want to know what our family has been experiencing.

 I will write what I can for now hoping that you hold us close in thoughts and prayers. First of all I want to make it abundantly clear that I trust God and His timing--I have no questions of Why us, God?

But it hurts--it hurts so bad.

I will be back.  I can only write a little bit at a time at the present.

I have some sweet stories to share in the near future.

The last time I saw her, hugged her tight, sat beside her at dinner on Christmas Eve was one month ago tonight.

I love you my precious friends.  Good night.




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