Sunday, December 29, 2013

TESTIMONY

Today is Sunday, the Lord's Day. As usual I cannot attend church but I have hope one of these days I will be okay in health and can go again. What I am thinking of today is having a testimony. I know this isn't a common thing but it certainly is important to the family to know of your testimony. Dean's was added to his obituary so I am writing here to be sure I never lose it. He first wrote of hearing of Jesus in church, then prayers by others for his salvation. Then he says, "I asked Christ into my heart August 29, 1981. I had never experience such a release of burdens off my shoulders. It is my prayer that anyone who does not know God will come to know Him, either by my witness or some way so they can experience the peace that knowing christ can give." I can testify that after Dean's conversion he was changed and was truly saved in all his actions and words. I am adding my testimony written when Dean wrote his and I am so thankful we both wrote them. I was raised in church, actually all my life, and with Christian family. Yet, I had come to realize I wasn't really saved for Heaven. These are my words, "One night in October, 1977, I surrenderd my entire being to the Lord Jesus Christ. The next morning when I discovered my thoughts and desires were completely changed, I knew indeed I was a new person. Even the sun shone brighter in the kitchen windows. I was attending a liberal church so my help came from other sources, Christian radio, God's Word, and prayer. God answered my prayers continually and I do believe He grounded me firmly by answering nearly every request I made." After Dean's conversion we were both baptized by Baptist and friend, Pastor Chuck Reagan. "I have continued in a love for Jesus and His Word." Much love, Betty G

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Christmas

It's Christmas Day and Daughter Betty and I will have lunch together at my home for the elderly. Betty is not elderly, but I am. I do wish all of you readers a Merry Christmas knowing Jesus is with us on His birthday. So enjoy the day and all you greet!! Much love, Betty G

Monday, December 16, 2013

A CHRISTMAS GRINCH????

All morning it has snowed hard. I don't get outside so I just watched it from the windows. I 2 p.m.now and the snow has stopped, for now anyway. No sunshine and that I miss. I'm not sure of the temperature but you can be sure it is cold! Christmas is surely to be white and is almost here. I'm not ready. I don't have all my cards out and certainly don't have gifts ready. Since I have gotten up in years I see Christmas so different. I can't find Santa Claus with any connection. We seem to have lost the truth that Christmas in really the birthday to homor our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. So why substitue Santa? And there are Santa's elves, make believe slaves actually, making toys, taking care of deer and the sleigh, and all other parts of Santa's job. Still, as everyone says, it's for the children. I will admit in my younger years I would have agreed, but I have to say, we should be true to the truth. I only hope people will agree what the truth of Christmas really is! Blessings, Betty G

Sunday, December 15, 2013

STAMPS FOR THE WOUNDED

It's time I reminded everyone to save and send their used postage stamps from envelopes and even packages and mail them to STAMPS FOR THE WOUNDED /LIONS P.O. BOX 297 DUNN LORING, VA 2202. This is not a new request. Wounded veterans really do make good use of these stamps that are usually just thrown away. I have been sending them for years as fast as I can collect an envelope full and I always get a thank you card. It is such a little thing to do and yet I know it is appreciated..... Betty G

Saturday, November 16, 2013

MEMORY - ARDEAN GUMBERT

I haven't written in quite a while and I am sure there are some who wonder why. To begin with, Dean had been getting weaker and weaker with the bladder cancer and September 9, he passed away in the hospital with pneumonia and infection added to the cancer. He died peacefully. For that we were grateful to God because he had been down so long. Dean had great trust in God and never feared death. He didn't expect it so fast but he was ready. Dean and I had a love for each other dearly for 68 years. He was such a dear and good person there were many who loved him. We were sure that God had brought us together. I truly thank God for His love of us. I am now in assisted living, a lonley life, but our children and grandchildren are doing all they can to keep me in comfort, and I thank God for everyone of them. This is a hard blog to post. Life is not the same without Dean but I am reminded by God and by friends and family that I will see Dean again some day. I am blessed. Betty G

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

THE REMEDY

The sins of our nation are a constant fear in my mind. II Chronicles 7:14 is a well-known remendy for the USA, "If my people which are called by My Name, shall humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from Heaven and will forgive their sins, and will heal their land." But there ia more from God. Jeremiah 18:7,8, "At what instant I shall speak concerning a nation, and concerning a kingdom to pluck up and to pull down and destroy it. "If that nation, against who I have pronounced, turn from their evil, I will repent of the evil that I thought to do unto them ." Sorry this is so dire, but like I said, I fear over this country. God says He will heal but it is up to us, the people, with God's grace. I wonder if we realize the consequences of sin, and God means what He says. Sent with love, Betty G

Thursday, May 16, 2013

ANNIVERSITY

Tomorrow is our anniversity. I read this story somewhere. A little girl asked her mother why the bride wore a white dress. Her mother said that white means happiness and the wedding would be the happiest day in her life. The little girl thought about it for a minute and then asked, "why does the groom wear black?" I thought this was good. Well, Dean and I were married May, 17, 1945, makes it 68 years ago. I did wear white lace and Dean wore army khakis. That must be why we've been married so long!!!! Betty G

Thursday, May 09, 2013

READING, SORTING, AND TOSSING

We are busy at our house packing to move, while Dean is getting oxygen therapy every day. These treatments will go on for six weeks. We have sold our house and will be moved yet this month. The packing is terrible. You can't imagine what a pack rat I am! Our children are doing the packing and I thank God constantly for them! As for me, I am reading, sorting, and tossing, while trying to get as much as ppossible for a yard sale. The reading part covers bits I have saved from books I have read. I am sending along a few out of pages and pages I have saved. John MacArthur writes, a holy man gifted by the Spirit of God and prepared in the Word of God has no equal in a power presentation of the Truth. Think about that! God had only one Son, and He made Him a preacher! From Laura Schlessinger, "When people do not appreciate that our technical achievements and our achievements and our increasing ability to control the physical world are blessings from God, man himself becomes his own god." Laura says, "Referring to God by any name, sacred or not, demands respect." I have a mountain of words to read and will probably post more of these gems. Thank you all for your prayers every day and help from God. He loves us. Betty G

Friday, April 19, 2013

DEAN VISITS THE DOCTOR AGAIN TODAY

Dean saw Dr. Heth today to hear of the results of the ultrasound and got some good news. Nothing wrong with his back, his kidneys are clear, no bleeding now. The bad news is that the bladder still have the cancer. Now, he may have some kind of oxygen treatment. We will learn about that later. He came home feeling better. amd we are too. Peg took him again. I am still praying for him and thanking everyone for their prayers, too. Love you, Betty G

Saturday, March 09, 2013

AFTER ANOTHER SURGERY

Dean had another surgery yesterday on his bladder for cancer. Dr. Heth said it went good. It did last quite a while and then recovery made it a long session. He came home in pain and he will have a time of rest but he has to check in with the doctor Monday, and then it will be back to resting. Grandson Doug and Daughter Betty took the day and spent it with him and the hospital. They and Son Bryant, Daughters Bobbi and Peggy, have really been on the go for him and the hospitals, Madison and Mayo here. We are blessed and thank them continually. It's been more than a year. We are blessed,too, with your prayers and do thank you and our Lord. With love, Betty G

Thursday, March 07, 2013

DEAN SURGERY AGAIN

Just a short note. Dean will have surgery tomorrow here at Mayo. It will not be removing his bladder. That will not happen. He will come home and have to stay off his feet and rest. That isn't easy for Dean but I will watch him. Then when I know more I will let you know. Thank you for your prayers and cards and calls. He stays chipper and appreciates you all. Our kids have been wonderful. They have taken him to Madison and Hospital here and spent time with him and been great. I guess it is one reason he is so chipper. Love, Betty G

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

LATEST NEWS OF DEAN

HI, I know you are anxious to hear how Dean's latest doc visit was Friday in Madison,and it is now Tuesday night. I have to report it is iffy what he does next. We thought he would be having surgery to remove the bladder but now there are problems with that and we are waiting again to hear from the doctor in Madison. We are praying for probonic - spelling? - surgery to remove the bladder so that is still a possibility. Tomorrow he is to see Dr. Casper, the primary doctor here at Mayo, and and consult with him. Thank you for your prayers for him. We are trusting God for His will and accepting it but it isn't easy I have to admit. But thank you for your concern and your prayers, so many of you are praying for Dean. Love you all, Betty G

Friday, February 22, 2013

SOME ADDED COLLECTED THOUGHTSI

I want to post some collected thoughts I have written down out of a huge collection. Now I hope I can print them so they are easy to read. ***************************************** The timing is God's, the patience is mine. *************************************** Give without looking of gratitude. ************************************* Often extremely depressed people won't answer the phone or open the front door, but they will usually read the mail. ************************************* Let Jesus decide what He wants to talk to me about. ************************************* Wanting God to applaud my good works is ridiculous. ************************************ Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, His love endures forever. --------------Psalms 107.1 ************************************* - a personality sketch of the Spiritual Christian.---Colossions 3:12-17. *************************************** The church is not man's idea, it is God's idea. ************************************* Don't love the church leader more than God. ************************************ I am not to be offended when people remove themselves from activity because of pain, I am to understand and have compassion. (God has given me the truth in this). ************************************ Start asking in prayer, What must I do today? *************************************Read and remember. Betty G

Monday, February 04, 2013

"TURNING POINTS"

"Turning Points" is a booklet put out by one of my favorite ministers, Dr. David Jeremiah. I decided i would post some Points" from one of his booklets. God created us for a purpose, therefore every part of our life has value in His sight - even the times we wish we could do over. Jesus became like us so that He could sympathize with our needs and become the sacrifice for our sinful nature. He is divinly appointed as our High Priest. Faith sees the invisible, believes the unbelievable, and receives the impossible. Doubt breeds distress but trust means joy in the long run. God accomplishes great things through imperfect people it is clear who gets the glory! Whatever your imperfections, God's purposes are made all the more glorious through you as you trust in HIm. We don't earn God's ear by our good works. God hears and answers prayer by grace. Don't be afraid to call out to Him when you think you least deserve His help. Guidance is not normally estatic or mystical. It is always ethical and intensely practical. A man's heart plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps. Think of yourself as wearing the invisible threads of love, doing good, meeting needs, showing compassion and friendliness. That's the uniform of the Christian. Prayer. We can tell the Lord how we feel. He listens patiently and understands. And in His own way and time, He will answer. A man may hide God from himself, and yet he cannot hide himself from God. God Loves you. He always has and He always will. REmember, Betty G

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

DEAN FRIDAY

This Friday Dean will going to Madison, Wis, for a consultation re the cancer. Madison gives him hope with possible help. Again I ask for God's will and your prayers. He is feeling pretty good and he looks good. He isn't feeling sad or worrying. He is remarkable and is his loving self. He always has a wonderful sense of humor. Dean has confidence in God and accepts what God says and does. Thank you for your prayers and love, Betty G

Wednesday, January 09, 2013

GUNS VERSA ABORTIONS

I am beginning to hate reading news. Really, there is seldom anything good in our newss reports. Every day it gets worse. Today I hear about the gun problem. VP Biden is doing the interviewing and he has always been against guns for anybody. Today I also read where Planned Parenthood does an abortion every 94 seconds! That is an abomination! Each year they do more and get more government money, while they are worth millions thenselves. This just bothered me so much I just had to make a note of it. I will ;not forget it. I have to pray about it and keep telling God only He can stop it. So, I ask you to help me pray. Betty G

Tuesday, January 08, 2013

DEAN'S VISIT TO THE DOCTOR

Yesterday Dean saw the doctor for his cancer check. Today he sees his primary care doctor for a check up. Today it is post operative for surgery Friday. He has another tumor and Dr. Heth will remove it and cauterize it and we will pray it is the last one. He had been declared cancer-free but there it is, a tumor. He had been expecting it but he wouldn't tell me because I am a worrier and he isn't. He leaves things to God and accepts God's will. I do pray a lot about things but I always seem to take responsibility of what happens. That is not the right way. Still I do accept that God is in control. It keeps me befuddled! So, pray for him all week if you are a prayer. We know God is in control and we do accept that and know God loves us, all of us, and we are cared for. Thank you for your prayers. Dean does feel pretty good, just tired. Take care and thank you, Betty G

Tuesday, January 01, 2013

MORE FROM JEREMIAH

WHY AM I IN JEREMIAH, FROM THE OLD TESTAMENT OF THE BIBILE? I AM READING SOME OF MY JOURNALS FROM 201O. SO, THIS SOME OF WHAT I WROTE: I AM READING JEREMIAH. I HAVE TO ADMIT I HAVE GOTTEN AWAY FROM READING THE PROPHETS OF THE OLD TESTAMENT BUT IT IS HISTORY AND I HAVE ALWAYS BEEN TOLD WE SHOULD PAY ATTENTION BECAUSE HISTORY REPEATS ITSELF. SO WE HAVE TO READ HISTORY TO BE WARNED. JEREMIAH WRITES OF THE CORRUPTION AND THE IMMORALITY AND HOW GOD PLEADED WITH THE PEOPLE TO RETURN TO HIM. THEIR SIN WAS TO FOLLOW THE EASY WAY IN LIFE, THE POPULAR WAY, IDOLATRY. IDOLATRY IS ANYTHING WE USE OUR TIME FOR, FORGETTING GOD. IN JEREMIAH 3;17, GOD SAYS RETURN TO ME. THAT WOULD CLEAN UP THIS COUNTRY. JEREMIAH 4:6 GOD SAYS A DESTROYER WAS BEING RAISED UP FOR THE PEOPLE AND THE NATION. HAS IT OCCURED TO US A DESTROYER MAY BE COMING FOR OUR RUIN? BIBLE TEACHER J.VERNON.MCGEE SAID GOD IS BEING REJECTED IN THE LIFE OF OUR NATION TODAY BUT MDANY PEOPLE CLAIM TO BE CHRISTIANS BUT WE CAN'T TELL. wE ARE TOLD WE ARE NOT A CHRISTIAN NATION TODAY. I PRAY THAT IS NOT TRUE AND GOD DOES NOT TURN AWAY FROM US. TAKE CARE, BETTY G YOU CAN TELL I AM FEELING RATHER GLOOMY TONIGHT. i WOULD APPRECIATE HEARING SOME GOOD NEWS FROM SOMEONE. THANK YOU,'BETTY G

LET'S PAY ATTENTION

THIS IS FROM JEREMIAH 6TH CHAPTER, VERSES 16 AND 17. GOD PLEADS WITH ISRAEL TO ASK WHERE THE GOOD ROAD IS,THE GODLY PATHS THE PEOPLE USED TO WALK ON. GOD TOLD THEM THAT IS THE WAY TO REST THEIR SOULS. BUT THEIR REPLY WAS THAT WAS NOT WHAT THEY WANTED. GOD REMINDED THEM THAT HE SET A WATCHMAN OVER THEM TO WARN THEM, "LISTEN FOR THE SOUND OF THE TRUMPET!" THE PEOPLE PROTESTED, "NO WE WON'T PAY ANY ATTENTION!" THIS IS AMAZING. IT IS THE SAME NOW IN THE USA. PEOPLE EVERYWHERE REFUSE TO PAY ATTENTION TO ANY WARNING. NO ONE WORRIES ABOUT DESTRUCTION OF OUR WAY OF LIFE, YET EVERYWHERE THERE IS RAGE AND WE REALLY DON'T KNOW WHY. I FOR ONE BELIEVE AND I AM SURE THERE ARE MANY OTHERS WHO AGREE, ITS BECAUSE WE DON'T LISTEN TO GOD AND WE JUST SIMPLY WON'T ALLOW GOD TO SAY ANYTHING OR DO ANYTHING IN PUBLIC AND EVEN PRIVATELY. GOD IS IGNORED AND CERTAINLY NOT WATCHING OUT FOR US. WE ARE OUR OWN RULERS WITH OUR OWN WANTS. GOD SAYS TO US WAKE UP AND PAY A ATTENTION TO ME. I WILL DO WHAT IS BEST FOR YOU, I LOVE YOU. GOD DOES LOVE US AND HE ALWAYS HAS. TAKE CARE, BETTY G