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Monday, April 13, 2020

I have been singing this song all day. I think, sometimes, God brings it to my mind, so I don't forget just how broken and scared and confused I was when I finally accepted Him as my personal Savior. I had grown up 'knowing about God' and doing Bible lessons as a child, going to Sunday School, Children Bible Clubs (CEF) etc. I had even made professions a couple times and was baptized a couple times. BUT, in 1975 when I finally truly accepted Jesus as my own personal Savior for forgiveness of my sin, I have never regretted that decision!

(NOTE - this was not written by me - I make NO claims to it.)

Something Beautiful,Something Good

Something beautiful, something good
All my confusion He understood
All I had to offer Him was brokenness and strife
But he made something beautiful of my life

If there ever were dreams
That were lofty and noble
They were my dreams at the start
And hope for life's best were the hopes
That I harbor down deep in my heart
But my dreams turned to ashes
And my castles all crumbled, my fortune turned to loss
So I wrapped it all in the rags of life
And laid it at the cross.

Listen to it here:

Title: Something Beautiful
Author: Gloria Gaither (1971)
© Copyright 1971 William J. Gaither, Inc. All rights
controlled by Gaither Copyright Management.

Saturday, April 4, 2020

Praising the Lord

Below is today's devotional from Days of Praise by:

Praising the Lord: “Praise ye the LORD. Praise the LORD, O my soul.” (Psalm 146:1)

Each of the last five psalms (146–150) begins and ends with “Praise ye the LORD”—i.e., “Hallelujah.” They comprise a sort of “Hallelujah Chorus”: a grand epilogue to the five books that make up the complete book of Psalms. 
Each of these five books also ends in a doxology. Note:
Book 1: “Blessed be the LORD God of Israel from everlasting, and to everlasting. Amen, and Amen” (Psalm 41:13).

That is all they would let me post, so I guess one needs to go to their link to finish reading it.
I read it this morning and decided to read each of the last 5 Psalms per each week day of the week during this month during the 'shelter in place' issued by our governor. Being this is a 30 day month, I am not reading Proverbs and felt a little 'lost'.
I finished reading the Gospels, so now I am reading Revelation, since Steve and I are listening to a set of CDs a friend loaned us by David Jeremiah explaining the book of Revelation.

God bless you and stay safe! Love and Prayers from Belinda.

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Friday, April 3, 2020

I haven't done a post for a while. We are in strange times in our world right now. And I have a hard time thinking it will ever be the same. This COVID 19 time is strange. It gets a person to thinking. This is a very unusual time in our life. We are 68 years old and have not seen anything like this. We had doctors’ appointments to have blood work done Wed, Mar 16. We then went to the grocery store for a few items. At church that night there were about 15 of us and we decided to cancel church until things get better. Wow, I never thought I would say that. Keeping busy cleaning and doing odd jobs that need to be done, hoping we don’t get sick. I placed my first grocery order online and went to pick it up. I hope I did everything right. We didn't get it all and it took a long time and they got it wrong and had to redo it and it took a long time. And the delivery person didn't obey the 6 ft rule and I backed up and I hope she didn't give me anything. 
Now we are home for the duration! 
Our doctor even did our follow up visits after our blood work, at home over the phone! That was a blessing because we did not want to go to the office. He asked up if we would be interested in doing video conferencing as time went on and we said yes!

 On my computer I have uploaded my personal CDs I have about 1500 Christian songs. I like to listen to them at random. I have instrumentals, southern gospel, jazz, hymns, modern praise songs (yes, I like some of them), & children's songs. I have mostly English, but also a few in Spanish, German and Hawaiian. This morning I made cookies and played the songs on my Rove speaker. Sometimes, I was praying for people during this time. Sometimes I was praising God from whom all blessing flow. Sometimes, I was signing the songs in Sign language. I even danced a little jig / exercised to a couple of the toe tapping ones. I had a good time praising God and just being alone with Him away from media for a couple hours. And at the end, I had cookies for treats for the next couple weeks while we are under 'shelter in place’ which starts tonight. Though Steve and I have been trying to do that for a couple weeks.

Well, that is my post for now. God bless each one of you and take care of you and yours!

John 3: 16 -17 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

Friday, March 27, 2020

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So, for the next 13 days, starting tomorrow, I will give away one at a time for 2 days. The days overlap, so you will actually have 2 days to get your copy (just in case you are busy spring cleaning one of those days!)
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March 28-29 Beyond the Mountains (Novel)
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March 31 - April 1 Silent Love (Novel)
April 1-2 Proverbs Devotions (Bible Study)
April 2-3 The Treasure of Blackshear, Georgia
April 3-4 My Precious Jewel (Novel)
April 4-5 Psalms 119 (Bible Study)
April 5-6 The Treasure of Fernandina Beach, Florida
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Tuesday, January 28, 2020

The Armor of God

Good morning!

About a dozen years ago, a preacher challenged us to pray the Lord's Armor on us each day with our daily prayers. I had heard that before, but for some reason, that time it 'stuck'.  He gave an example and during the years, it has evolved into what I now pray. Sometimes daily, sometimes, I just pray to first line to cover it all. That way it does not become 'vain repetition' for me.

Here is my version of that prayer:

By faith I ask to be protected by Your armor.
Help me wear the girdle of truth and not deceive or be deceived in any way. Having none of my own goodness, please cover me with your breastplate of righteousness.
Help me walk in shoes of the gospel of peace. Please help me have peace with each and every one. Help my motives be right and people not misunderstand them.
Be my shield of faith today, dear Lord. May Your presence protect me from all of Satan's attacks.
Protect my head with Your helmet of salvation. Let me think thoughts that you would approve of.
Help me use Your Word as the sword of the Spirit. Teach me to use it for my protection and be a witness for You. Help me know its power by what I have studied and memorized.
I thank You, Heavenly Father, that my victory in Christ is not only protective, but I can claim Your victory against everything that opposes Your will in my life. Help me use the name of my Lord Jesus Christ to tear down all Satan has planned to hinder revival in my life, family, church and country.

This year, I guess as a watch word ... or several ... I underlined this part. I don' t know if have ever been impressed to underline something I have written, before.

Help me use the name of my Lord Jesus Christ to tear down all Satan has planned to hinder revival in my life, family, church and country.

As I have prayed it this year, I have been prompted to share it on my blog. 
Sometimes, it takes me a while to follow His lead, which is a shame, but today, I did not let myself become sidetracked. Now, to finish my devotions! God bless each and every one!

Monday, January 20, 2020

Not hanging out with evil

Just a few thoughts on my Bible Reading:

David (in old time) dealt with King Hiram of Tyre. Later, King Ahab’s wicked wife, Jezebel, came from Tyre. Maybe if David had not associated with ‘evil’ though it seemed ok, maybe Ahab would not have met Jezebel, who turned out to be so evil. ???

2 Peter 2:7  "And delivered just Lot, vexed with the filthy conversation of the wicked:"
One meaning of 'vex' is to to afflict or oppress with evils. Lot was vexed - slowly led away?
What if Lot had chosen to stay closer to Abraham instead of going to an evil city ... would he have stayed closer to God ???

(8-11-19) If we as people of a Christian country did not associate with the wicked though it 'seems ok', maybe our country would not be in such sinful ways now. ???

And me - on a personal level did not do things that 'seem ok', would I be in a closer walk with Jesus ??? And be a better witness for God's way ???

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Christmas is soon coming. 

This would make a good stocking-stuffer 

or a gift under the tree to unwrap!

Monday, November 11, 2019

I walked out to the mailbox and saw this butterfly (the last view) so I took a pic, then got closer and took another one. Hummm, it wasn't moving. I thought it was dead. I moved the branches and got closer and took another pic. Then it flew away. I thought that was that, but it flew back and I took the other two pics.

Thursday, September 26, 2019

I plan to be at Story and Song bookstore, Sat. Sept. 28 to read my book during their story hour. 10:30 am. If you are in Fernandina, stop by!

This is where I will be

Saturday, June 1, 2019

How do we serve God?

My Utmost for His Highest.  

This is a devotional by Oswald Chambers (1874-1919). 
June 1, I decided to read the devotion for the day. 
I need to meditate on that thought as I continue working ... 
humm? which is it? For or with?

June 1 (in case it does not come up to the right date)