Saturday, April 28, 2012

ANOTHER GOOD BOOK TO RECOMMEND

I just finished reading " If you Want to Walk on Water You've Got to Get Out of the Boat," by John Ortberg.  The author is new to me but I want to read more of his books.
This one is based on Jesus' walking on the water in Matthew 14.

The part I want to talk about is what he writes about D-Day of WW II.
It was during my life of course but I do not dwell on it like Dean does he is almost a fanatic about WW II which is understandable.  He was a part of it.

I am going to quote Ortberg.
"One of the most powerful 30 minutes of film I have ever seen is the opening sequence of "Saving Private Ryan."  Veterans groups say it is perhaps the most realist picture ever given of the brutal suffering the Allied soldiers faced on D-Day.  An unbelievable price was paid to gain a toehold, a few feet of Omaha Beach in Normandy.  It was paid in blood."
"At the end of D-Day, in one sense not much had changed.  The vast majority of the continent of Europe was still , as it had been the day before, under the power of the swastika.  There was just this one plot of ground, a few feet of sand on an obscure stretch of beach in one lonely country that was not under the domination of the enemy.  But that one tiny stretch of land was enough."

"The truth is, by the end of that one day, everything had changed.  Now there was an opening.  It was just a tiny crack, but it would get a little larger every day.  The Allied forces would get a little stronger every day. There would still be a lot of fighting,  a lot of suffering, a lot of dying.  But now it was a matter of time."
"Until one day Paris was liberated.  Then all of France .  Nazi concentrated camps were overrun.  Prisoners were set free."

"Then came the day when Hitler destroyed himself in the bunker.  When judgment came ti the beast, which it always does.  Which it always will.
Then came V-E Day, Victory in Europe.  Then V-J Dday, Victory over Japan in the Pacific.  The soldiers could come home.  The war was over.  The enemy was defeated."


Great day,

Betty G

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

STAMPS FOR THE WOUNDED

This is a reminder that Stamps for the Wounded is a valuable program but I is not costly to us.  
This program asked for our canceled stamps that would be going right into the waste baskets in our homes.  

"Enforced idleness with boredom, loneliness, frustration, futility, despair, and all the dark futures, of so many wounded servicemen are helped with this minor thing that we can do." 

There are many ways the long-termed patients and the short-termed patients can use these used stamps that bring pleasure to so many.  They are "miracles almost."

Pack them well, send a lot of them, and do it constantly.
To

Stamps for the Wounded/ Lions
P.O.Box 297
Dunn Loring, VA 22027

I have been sending these for years and I always get a thank you.

Betty G

AN EASY DAY FOR DEAN

Dean is tired of being tired and I can't blame him.  He isn't used to sleeping so much but I am thankful he has a recliner to catch him.
Today he has to have his blood checked INR, that is to see how thin it is.
That is almost weekly.

Dean and I read a lot.  We both read Franklin Graham's book, "Living Beyond the Limits," and neither of us could put it down.  It is a terrific book, we recommend it.  Denny will get it next.

I also read  of Zig Ziglar's writings and I think I'll check with the library to see if they have any of his books, they should be good.

For instance, he writes, "We need to carve out a time so that prayer is a priority to us.  The pressures we face each day will threaten to crowd out our time with God, so we need to guard our time of prayer.... Prayer isn't just a self-improvement exercise.  When we pray, we are connecting with a living Person who loves, grieves, laughs and hears."

"It changes our lives and motivates us to live each day in the prescence and with the power of the Lord God."

Remember prayer - actually God does change things.

Enjoy, 
Betty G

Sunday, April 22, 2012

THIS ONE IS A FAVORITE HYMN

I am still reading in this hymnal from my teenage years and this is a favorite.
You will never hear me sing it, this 86-year-old-voice sounds more like a
frog is loose!!!

                    LIVING  FOR  JESUS

Living for Jesus a life that is true,
Striving to please Him in all that I do.
Yielding allegiance, gladhearted and free,
This is the pathway of blessings for me.

chorus
O Jesus, Lord and Saviour, 
I give myself to Thee, 
For Thou, in Thy atonement, 
Didst give Thyself for me.
I own no other Master 
My heart shall be Thy throne,
My life, I give, henceforth to live,
O Christ, for Thee alone.

verse 2
Living for Jesus who died in my place,
Bearing on Calvry my sin and disgrace.
Such love constrains me to answer His call
Follow His leading and give Him my all.

verse 3
Living for Jesus, wherever I am,
Doing each duty in His Holy Name.
Willing to suffer affliction or loss,
Deeming each trial a part of my cross.

verse 4
Living for Jesus through Earth's little while,
My dearest treasure, the light of His smile.
Seeking the lost ones He died to redeem,
Bringing the weary to find rest in Him.

 I played and sang this as a teenager, may I never forget it!

Enjoy,
Betty G

Saturday, April 21, 2012

WEATHERMAN SAYS RAIN TODAY

The weatherman says rain today, but I only see sunshine this morning..
Denny will be here to cut the lawn so we know it is spring.  Temps have been low so often lately I have expected to see frozen signs for the flowers but they haven't been hurt.
  
Dean won't be working in the yard, at least I hope he isn't.  He has finished his radiation treatments as of yesterday, but he is really tired and has lost his energy.  It will take time I am told to get his strength back.  He won't know if the treatments cleared him until July.  So we will watch and pray.


For now we are two old people taking it easy.

Happy Spring, 
Betty G
 

Thursday, April 19, 2012

AN UNFAMILIAR HYMN

I am 86 years  old and I have a hymnal from the church I belonged
to as a teenager.  I played the piano and sometimes the organ and
this is a hymn I do not remember. I really like the words, they are
perfection.
So I am posting it to remember it now that I have found it.

The title is "BELIEVE!  BELIEVE!" 

The question cometh over and over  From those by sin enslaved, 
"How can I find the open door, What shall I do to be saved?"

The chorus -
Believe, believe, believe, and thou shalt be saved, saved, saved,
The debt for you He paid, The sacrifice He made,
O lift Thine eyes and see, and from your sins be free,
Believe, believe! and Jesus receives, And thou shalt be saved!
saved! saved !
2nd verse
Believe in His redeeming grace, from sin He will set free.
Your soul will find a hiding place, In Him eternally.

3rd verse
He is the true and living way, On Him you can depend,
He'll keep and guide day by day, He is your dearest friend.

Remember,
Betty G





AN UNFAMILIAR HYMN

I am 86 years old and I have a hymnal from the church I belonged to when I was a teenager.  I played the piano and sometimes the organ those years.  This old hymnal is ragged and loose pages are a problem but I will always keep it.

Going through it tonight I noticed this hymn that I do not remember and I wish I did. 
So I am posting it for myself.  The words are perfection.

The title is Believe! Believe!

The question  cometh over and over From those by sin enslaved, How can I find the open door,   What shall I do to be saved?

Sunday, April 15, 2012

REQUESTING PRAYER FOR MY BROTHER

I am asking for prayer for my brother  who is very ill in the hospital in Arkansas.  He has several serious problems so prayer is very important.
My brother is nine years younger than I am and is a very devout Christian.  I believe God has much for him to do yet and he will continue to serve the Lord for a long time .
I thank you now, for prayers you will offer for his health and that God will keep him busy for Him and will keep him in His service.

Thank you,
Betty G 

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Answer to baptism

Easter we didn't get to church.  We are both slow and not able to get going.  We did get to Betty's for Easter dinner.  She had a houseful and it was nice to see everyone.

Someone this weekend asked about Jesus' baptism.  I can only give the Scripture that explains it.
First it says water baptism does not save us.  It only identifies us, who we are. WAter baptism is under the law.

Romans 3:28.  "Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law."

The big question was what does baptism into His (Jesus') death mean?

Romans 6:3.  "Know ye not, that so many of us were baptized into His death?""Therefore we are buried with Him by baptism into death that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father even so we also should walk in newness of life."

v10. "For in that He died, He died unto sin once, but in that He liveth, He liveth unto God"

I John 4,10." Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us, and sent His Son, to be the payment for our sins."
I John:15.  Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he   is God."

I think surely soneone can explain this better that I can.  So I hope someone will.  And I thank you.

Betty G

Friday, April 06, 2012

Changing Times

Dr. David Jeremiah has been a gret help to me since I  am such a stay-at-home.  I hear in on TV and read his books and writings.  One subject was how things change, yet they stay the same.

He is saying, "The world is changing, but the more it changes, the more is stays the same.  People are still sinners.  Sin is still awful. Death is still coming.  Judgement is still waiting.  The grace of God is still available.  And the Gospel of Jesus Christ is still our only hope."

Paul in I Corinthians 15, said, "that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures."

We can remember Jesus died for us, He was raised from that death for us,  but that will never change.  It's wonderful to remember He promises Heaven when we surrender to Him.

Remember,
Betty G


Wednesday, April 04, 2012

AN EASTER SONG

Want a song for Easter?  Here is "Because He Lives!"


God sent His son, they called Him Jesus,
He came to love, heal, and forgive.
He lived and died, to buy my pardon,
An empty grave is there to prove my Savior lives.

Chorus:
Because He lives, I can face tomorrow.
Because He lives, all fear is gone.
Because I know, He holds the future,
And life is worth the living just because He lives.

Enjoy, Happy Easter,
Betty G

IT'S EARLY MORNING

It's s early morning and Dean is still asleep.  He sleeps later beside he is tired, it's not like him though.
We have been spoiled by the warm days and I love it.   But this morning temps are below freezing.  Our day promises sunshine so it will warm up some.
I'll check the flower beds when morning light comes.  So many flowers have popped up everywhere and it's too early in the season..

I am reading Romans still, and only so far as Romans 1:15.  This is where Paul says "the Gospel is the power of God unto salvation for everyone that believes.
In the Greek it is "dunamis."  It is our "dynamite" power and for salvation.
But only to the one who believes it.
This verse is very important and is for everyone.

But I only wish my mind would  hold memory. This is so simple surely I can remember it's God's Word is dynamite.  It should be easy to keep in mind.

Take care,
Betty G