Tuesday, April 26, 2011

ANOTHER FAULT OF MINE

"------don't ever forget that it is best to listen much, speak little____."
That is part of verse 19, James, chapter 1.

It is easy to read the whole book of James in just a few minutes, and easy to reread it quickly and often.
It is full of answers to the question,"a sin to avoid?"

Talking non-stop about myself is pointed out by James as a big fault of mine, especially the about myself part, and I can add bragging on our family.

I wonder if it is because I am old and the most important thing is our family? Or, am I just trying to excuse myself?

James adds "don't be angry."
Well, sometimes I talk and talk and I do become angry about some people. So, it is sin, not just "talking," but a sin to avoid.

I do intend to stay in the book of James. He shows me things I have to change in my life.
God wants us good. In fact, "He demands that we must be." James 2"20.

Betty G

Saturday, April 23, 2011

SOUTH DAKOTA AND ABORTION

I read today of how South Dakota's legislature has passed a bill to provide more protection for unborn babies and their mothers from abortion.

Protection includes requiring a 72-hour waiting period between meeting the doctor and the actual abortion. That is 3 times longer than any other state.

They also require the woman to attend a pro-life center for information and it requires the abortionist to offer counseling.

The article I read said, "God bless these lawmakers for standing in the gap to protect women and their babies."

Betty G

Friday, April 22, 2011

WRITINGS FROM BROTHER OF JESUS

The Book of James, brother of Jesus, is a short book and easy to read. I like the Living Bible for its simplicity. I know as I get older I do not get smarter so I need the Word, which is difficult to understand sometimes, to be simple. There are many versions? of the Bible. KJ is beautiful to read but sometimes not easy reading.

James is stressing trusting Jesus to lead us in life to be like Jesus. Remember God said we are to be holy because He is holy. That is to be our goal, not wealthy or famous, but holy. Only God can make us holy and we are to obey Him and He will.

Pretending to be good is dishonest. Living for God is our goal and that comes from God and believing and trusting Him to see us with Jesus, our precious Saviour.

I am rambling as usual. The Book of James is very important in explaining what God is accepts of us as believers and every Word is to be obeyed.

I love it and have no problem accepting it. Repeated readings bring confidence in God and His goals for us, to be like Jesus and God's acceptance and love for us.

Read it, you will like it!!

Betty G

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

EASTER IS TRUTH

Easter will be here next Sunday. It is a day we can celebrate because we can know Jesus is alive after death as we will be if we belong to Him.
When we are His Own we should have no fear of dying. We will be where He is.

Now we can fear the pain or the leaving those we love. We can cry and those we love can cry. Jesus wept over Lazarus' death and He even wept when He knew He would soon die Himself.

This is natural for humans. I remember very well how hard I cried when my daddy, whom I loved dearly, died. I still feel as though he is still here, and he is still in his home in Little Rock. My mother died when I nine and I had had my daddy so many more years. I do believe he was saved by Jesus and I will see him again someday as well as my mother in Heaven.

It isn't easy to have someone you love die, but God's Word tells us death is evil so we do not welcome it, we cry, but we accept it.

I want everyone to see that, cry for your loved one understanding you will miss them. Also understand if you have Jesus as your Saviour the loss is only temporary. Jesus has prepared that for us. It is up to us to accept it and be thankful to Him for His love and plan for us with death as a begining with Him and our loved ones.

Written with much love,
Betty G

Monday, April 18, 2011

UNSETTLING TIMES AND DAYS

Our days are unsettling lately. We have had a lot of calls for our house but no one even comes to look at it. We did have a young couple come in and look, liked it, they had only seen a for sale sign outside. He is a young minister with wife and children and this house would house them all very nicely. But they haven't been back. Now we have this lady and she seems to be interested so we are hoping. Weather here just doesn't warm up. I shouldn't complain, there are so many terrible storms across the nation. Flowers are up but weather is down, not a good combination. Palm Sunday was cold so there wasn't any Easter Egg hunt outside for our great grandchildren. Maybe Easter weather will be much better. Special services and a breakfast at our church. Dean hasn't been feeling good so he plans to call the doctor tomorrow. I can only watch him and do what I can to hope he feels better. Take care, and remember to celebrate Easter, remember Jesus lives for us, so we will live too. Betty G

Friday, April 15, 2011

E-MAIL MESS

My e-mail has been gone since the 11th so I don't know what is on it. We got so disgusted witih AT&T we have switched to Charter but Charter can't bring back my e-mail. That means I have lost my address book and I don't know anyone's e-mail address. If you read this please send me your address to Betty1826@Charter.net. I will get another e-mail for an auxiliary address. Thank you, Betty G

AUNT MARGARET

My Aunt Margaret died April 14 after several years in a nursing home. She was 89. If you prayed for her and her family I thank you. She was a Christian who loved to pray for everyone so I am sure it is only natural there were many prayers going to God the Father for her health and for her family. Thank you, Betty G

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

WISDOM AND QUOTES OF RONALD REAGAN

Newsnax printed the wisdom of President Reagan several years ago, and here are some of them. "Here's my strategy on the Cold War. We win, they lose." "I have wondered at times about what the Ten Commandments would have looked like if Moses had run them through the U.S. Congress." "The taxpayer: That's someone who works for the federal government but doesn't take the civil service exam." "Politics is not a bad profession. If you succeed there are many rewards, if you disgrace yourself you can always write a book." "Of the four wars in my lifetime none came about because the U.S. was too strong." "No arsenal, or no weapon in the arsenals of the world, is so formidable as the will and moral courage of free men and women." "I've laid down the law, though, to everyone from now on about anything that happens, no matter what time it is, wake me, even if it's in the middle of a Cabinet meeting." Betty G

Monday, April 11, 2011

REMEMBER MY AUNT

Please remember to pray for my aunt as she is so ill down in Arkansas. She has spent most of her life praying for others, many, many others. Now we are praying for her, peace, and for all her family and friends. She is my dad's sister, his last sibling, the last of seven children. Thank you so much for your prayers. Betty G

BAD WEATHER

I don't like being on pins and needles with porkupines for company when bad weather is going 0n all around us. The storms Sunday afternoon centered on our little town and kept me on edge. It was tornados on a steady path and we didn't know what to expect next. We were waiting it out at daughter Betty's. Television came and went. Her kids gave her, I don't know when, a 7" screen tv, hand-held, for local stations, and she loves it. I do too so Dean went right out and bought one, it sure made watching weather reports easier. We finally came home, I wanted to go to bed in my own bed, and it was getting late. Things were getting peaceful and they stayed peaceful, so the tv weatherman declared the worst was over. Even had hailstones the size of baseballs? Daughter Bobbi's house was really hammered with them. First it was her eaves, then the siding, she was expecting skylights to go but they held out, but she didn't know how the roof was doing. She will know today I guess. And by the way we have three skylights in our roof, no damage here. I think we can declare spring has sprung and soon summer will follow. Hooray!! Betty G

GOOD COOKING

Our son in Maryland called, all excited, it seems his wife cooked some pork chops, or cutlets, with a recipe for chicken that I had in my first cookbook, printed about 16 years ago, and it was delicious. He just couldn't say enough about it! So I decided to get some chicken legs from the freezer and put a panful in the oven. It had been a long time since I even looked at the recipe. So, I am printing it here and maybe someone will try it. It was originally from daughter Bobbi. "Oven-Fried Chicken" Coat with mayonaise and then crushed cereal. Put in single layer, meat side down Bake 400 - 30 minutes - uncovered Turn, meat side up - 375 - 30 minutes more. Sooooo easy. Betty G

Saturday, April 09, 2011

STILL IN THE BOOK OF JAMES

Somewhere I read where the Book of James is called a book of of the good life. Trust is the basic thought here, chapter 1. It is all about trust in God via Jesus Christ for all things in life, good or bad. When we trust God it brings the good life, verse 2, "with joy." Troubles can be used by God to teach us about ourselves, verse 3, "patience" revealing us as true Chrstians. I want to see myself as patient with God in all things, selling our house, getting stronger, seeing Dean's patience with me and my needs. James is bringing wisdom, verse 5, as another trust we have as true Christians. When we trust we expect Jesus to give us wisdom, as promised. I know I am rambling on. This is a real examination for me and it takes a lot of thought. I am enjoying it. Betty G

Thursday, April 07, 2011

ANOTHER BEAUTIFL DAY BUT RAIN EXPECTED TOMORROW

60 degrees today but I have been marking for a thrift sale scheduled for June. Bobbi and Peggy are planning to help. Peg's trying to sell their house and Bobbi is going to be busy at school til June. There will be the usual activities with graduations and school out for another year, and the big happening, moving into a brand new 5-floor wing at Viterbo U. A brand new nursing section. And Bobbi is really excited. Lots of changes. New office for her. We have a sign out now, a for sale sign. This has been a nice home. Three bedrooms, two baths, three big walk-in closets, a beautiful kitchen, with everything including a dining area, a laundry room, a pantry where we put our freezer, a very nice living room, a jacuzzi in the master bath, nice, extra nice, window treatments, air conditioning, and the wonderful porch. It's covered and gets the morning sun, a perfect porch. Almost makes me want to stay here. Still there is that problem. I can't walk and can't master my scooter here. God must be working on me for patience. I must trust Him for my needs. I must enjoy the porch and wait. I havejust received a prayer request for my aunt. She is the last of my father's siblings. I think she is about 88 and has been in a nursing home for 2 or 3 years or it may be more. Today she was moved to a hospice with her cancer spreading throughout her body. Sad. We were keeping in touch until she became just too ill. She kept her computer busy, there were memories of when we were teens, and she sent pictures of my childhood. They are precious to me now. Remember her family and friends in prayer. Thank you, Betty G

Wednesday, April 06, 2011

LOST IN MEMORIES

Oh, how I love God's nice days like the one He has given us today. The thermometer was staying at 60 and I could sit in the swing on the porch and thank Him with joy. The trees here are big oaks and If I didn't know where I was I would think I was back in Memphis also sitting in a big swing on the big porch looking up at the big, even bigger than here, oaks all around me where the front yard covered six acres. Church , school, and Papa's worker's children in his plant-growing business were my friends and playmates daily and family made a loving family and now good memories. I'm still going through stuff and reading everything everything as I do knowing if we ever sell our house we will move, hopefully to assisted living. I do hate to leave the porch and the trees. It is like living in Memphis. I remember how special my uncles were to my aunt and me. Always special things like the wooden cleats up a tall tree, it seemed awfully tall to us, that we climbed and straddled a bag swing that they held to the tree with a long rope. It was on a cable by a pulley. When the uncles let it go we went sailing down to the ground over the tennis court squealing with happiness. One of those seven uncles went on to fly the Blackbird setting records that have never been broken. When we do move I will really miss the trees and the porch, and especially God's way fo keeping my memories. He has given me a world to thank Him with praise, we only have to open our eyes. God loves us. Betty G

Tuesday, April 05, 2011

WISDOM

Today, James talks of lacking wisdom. He says just ask God. He gives wisdom when we asks without doubt. Now, just what wisdom are we looking for? I don't know. Is it His will for us? Is it understanding? I know He will direct us to lost items but is that wisdom or just helping? Is wisdom just knowing right from wrong? I'm beginning to think I need wisdom to know what God wants from me. This will take a lot of meditating, I need a lot of conversations with God, and with other Christians. Betty G I am reading J. Vernon McGhee. He is Christian with wisdom from God and a help to me. He says "temptations" and trials are for a purpose. God tests my attitudes, no whinning no complaining, but acceptance that bring patience, which is to produce joy. McGhee reminds us of Romans 8:28, "And we know that all things work together for good to them who love God, to them who are called according to His purpose." James 1:4 is testing us to prove to us we are true Christians by our patience. As for wisdom, when problems come up we ask God for answers and then jump in and think we can solve them ourselves, forgetting God is ready to solve them for us. What happend to asking God for wisdom? This is really hitting me where it hurts. I must trust God and stop this forgetting Him. Betty G

Monday, April 04, 2011

JOURNALING

This is journaling, a sample of my journals that I have kept for umpteen years, private journals. I have been seeing myself lately as useless so I decided to go to the book of James to see how I can change that. Right away James says to be happy when I am tempted. Now why? I don't actually want to be tempted, I want to be free of temptations. Knowing that I don't yield to recognizable sin should bring joy to me but I don't think that is what James is talking about. So, I began to think about my temptations. Since I stay in, at home, most of the time, my temptations fall to laziness, sleeping a lot, making me upset because I can't do what I would like to do like shopping, even attending church. I see the joy part is I should be more thankful Dean is so willing to do anything I ask. I am happy that I do recognize temptations and my feelings toward them This is a start at looking at life with joy toward knowing my motives and how I am to live the ways of God. I still need prayer with help to accept this look at my temptations and face it with God's help. Betty G

Sunday, April 03, 2011

FINALLY BACK AT THE POST

I haven't been away again but it seems like it. I haven't accomplished much lately and that always makes me feel so useless. Tonight I read Mike Huckabee's Christmas book, telling practically his life's story and its ups and downs. It made me more anxious to see him as our president. So, if I get to it I might write about his life for my own pleasure. It is a book I could read over and over. It tells very plainly how God keeps His eye on us, directing our lives, and how we can obey Him and live the life we as well as God will be satisfied with. So, I am encouraged to live as God directs. It will take some doing for me because I am not always positive with myself. So, I will be praying for better living on my part, and I will appreciate prayers from all of you too. Thank you, Betty G