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Posted 11/22/15 at 4:27 PM | Veronica Philips

The Good Ole Days Weren't Always Good
Hindsight is NOT 20/20

The view from the window this morning is beautiful and if I didn't know better, I'd swear I could just go right out there and Frolic in the Winter Wonderland. Frolic is not a word synonymous with Winter is it? Frolicking it's the ideal that I belong on a beach somewhere, drinking a virgin pina colada, in a bikini with Merrill, not talking. I think back to last Summer, and remember the sand, the sunrise, the majesty of both vacations. The crystal blue sea of Destin Beach, the storms as they rolled inward from The Gulf to land, the boardwalk, the jogs down the strip. I also remember Daytona, the Spiritual rise of the pre-dawn sun, the introverts strolling down the beach, understanding for just a moment what it must have been like for Adam to walk hand-in-hand with God. Even as I think about both vacations it brings tears to my eyes. Sigh, the Good Ole Days Weren't Always Good. FULL POST

Posted 11/16/15 at 11:35 PM | June Samuel

Hope In God

Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? …. Psalms 42:11

I am sure many people in Paris today are having feelings of uneasiness and fear as they try to deal with the multiple acts of violence in their city. In these unwanted situations, one of the first words that rushes into our minds is the word why. Why did this tragedy occur? Why us? Why me?

Psalms 42:11 continues: Hope in God. We have to place our hope in God. We have to trust God for the outcome. He is over all, and He is a God of justice. He cares for us, and He tells us “vengeance is mine I will repay”. Romans 12:19 “Vengence belongs to God”. Psalms 94:1. Why? He sees and knows everything. He sees the entire workings of the event from the conception to the implementation to the consequence. God is the only one qualified to give vengeance.

 Deuteronomy 32:35 states: “ Vengeance is Mine, and recompense; Their foot shall slip in due time; For the day of their calamity is at hand, and the things to come hasten upon them.” I think this verse is a fit for last Friday’s tragedy in Paris.

 When people do us wrong, we are to give the situation and the persons over to God. We leave vengeance to our God, and we step back and let him act in His time. We cannot interfere even though we want to. FULL POST

Posted 11/13/15 at 5:13 PM | Daniella Whyte

Perfect Timing

"My soul, wait silently for God alone, For my expectation is from Him" (Psalm 62:5, NKJV).

We live in a world that wants everything fast. From high speed internet to fast food restaurants, to fast cars and automatic bill pay, it goes without being said that instant gratification is the order of the day. If we're not careful, we can fall into the trap of wanting things to happen immediately to the neglect of perfect timing. FULL POST

Posted 11/13/15 at 7:59 AM | Veronica Philips

Grace for Grace?
Sometimes You're the Princess, Sometimes You're the Rodent.
Sigh. I have a dilemma. There is a temporarily housed mouse on my kitchen floor. It's not everyday you get to start the weekend off with saving the life of a mouse at 5:30am, but that is exactly what is sitting on my kitchen floor, underneath the protective dome of a white colandar, whilst the cat (Felix) makes desperate haste to handle business. I wish Merrill were here, he'd know what to do, for you see I just rescued a mouse and I have no idea what to do about it. In the meantime....
I live in an old farm house and it's that time of year. We are going to get the mice, spiders, mice and spiders. Mice are responsible for the plague, you know that wretched funk that killed millions and millions of people not once but twice. The plague was so feared that to just whisper "plague" would get you killed. Mice are nasty, rotten, low life little buggers who, in my opinion, have no real valid worth on earth, and yet here they are, stinking up my country property. I can't fathom one reason, not one, why I shouldn't just Rewease Byan (Monty Python Reference) and let the cat have at him. After all, I'd be doing the world a favor.

The irony here is I get to be Cinderella tonight at the Ball....and Cinderella valued life. She had too...she had a horrible one. I suppose to whom much is forgiven, much should be forgiven...Grace for Grace? Having spent some years trying to throw mine away, I feel a certain need to rescue as many as I my quest for Mercy. I know that there are hunters and preys, I know that the culling of populations are necessary, I get that some deserve death, but just ask the spiders who get bus fare every time they're caught in the house if they're grateful! I once had a spider right where I wanted him....underneath my size 7 shoe, and as I came down upon his last breath, I hesitated, grabbed a broom and shoo'd him away. It was a BIG BROOM. I'm not a tree hugger. I've been that mouse, trapped underneath the colandar, sometimes by my own admission, sometimes by others, but always with a cat right outside begging to be let in. Sigh.....I have to go do something with him right I save him...rescue him from the jaws of Felix only to have him come back in, or do I let what's natural take it's course and pray it's a quick death? I've prayed for isn't always a friend. this one small scenario, I get to be God....WWJD? Well, this mouse better be damned grateful....that's all I can say....Be Blessed. Remember you set the Tone, you ARE the Example. BE KIND to each other. Show GRACE and MERCY to all those who cross your path today. With your Daily Affirmations complete, enjoy your Friday....Merrill.....?

Posted 11/4/15 at 11:57 AM | Jack Wellman

5 Ways To Find Encouragement In The Bible

Jack Wellman, 2015

Here are five ways that you can find encouragement in the Bible.

Putting your name in the Scriptures

One of my favorite ways to read the Scripture and one that I recommend to others is to put your name where Scriptures says “you” and “you all.” One example is in Matthew 16:24 where it reads “Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me” which could be made to have personal application if read as “Then Jesus tells you “If you (or put your name here) would come after me, you must deny yourself and take up your cross and follow me.” This works in many places in the Bible like in Psalm112:6-7 “For the righteous will never be moved; he will be remembered forever. He is not afraid of bad news; his heart is firm, trusting in the Lord” which can read “For I will never be moved; I will be remembered forever. I am not afraid of bad news; my heart is firm, trusting in the Lord.” The Bible was written to believers so why not insert your name or “I” in the Scriptures when you read them? It doesn’t change the context and it makes it more personal as well as having personal application for you. FULL POST

Posted 11/2/15 at 12:32 PM | Larry Dozier

Posted 10/25/15 at 9:53 PM | June Samuel

Turn Right or Left - Neither

Last Sunday in the church service the following verse was referred to by the speaker: Joshua 1:7 “Only be strong and very courageous, that you may observe to do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you; do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left….”. Immediately I was alerted in my spirit regarding these words “to the right or to the left”. I thought this is my next blog.

The following day I searched for verses with the same words “to the right or to the left”. Moses is asking the king of Edom permission to pass through his country. ”. Numbers 20:17: “Please let us pass through your country. …….. we will not turn aside to the right hand or to the left until we have passed through your territory.”

God is speaking to Moses. Deuteronomy 5:32: “Therefore you shall be careful to do as the Lord your God has commanded you; you shall not turn aside to the right hand or to the left.” The reward is in verse 33 of the same chapter: “That you may live and that it may be well with you, and that you may prolong your days in the land …..”. FULL POST

Posted 10/23/15 at 5:24 PM | Diane Castro

“You created my inmost being”

A recurring theme in my life lately is recognizing the value of every single human life. In his sermon two weeks ago, our pastor spoke about “the inestimable worth of every person,” which prompted me to write a post on that subject. Last Sunday both the choir anthem and the offertory hymn were based on Psalm 139, which tells how God forms us in the womb, knows all our thoughts, and guides all the events of our lives. I keep hearing about people whose life stories have touched me in some way, and I think about how each one is known by God and precious to Him.

A few days ago I read the story of George Bell, an old man who died alone in his apartment in New York City, unnoticed until the stench of his corpse revealed his passing. This week I heard for the first time the remarkable story of Emma Rowena Gatewood, who in 1955 at the age of 67 hiked the entire 2,168 miles of the Appalachian Trail. She did it again at age 72, and then again in sections at age 75. Another incredible story is that of Minka Disbrow, who at age 16 was assaulted and raped. She became pregnant and gave up the baby girl for adoption, but always longed to know her daughter. God remembered her, heard her prayer, and granted her request before she died. FULL POST

Posted 10/22/15 at 7:42 AM | Veronica Philips

The Big Picture
At The Feet of Christ
Dedicated to the girl who knows who she is :)

I was running an hour behind schedule when I rushed into her house that morning. The house was a mess, and as I clenched my teeth, my tongue clicked three times in a "tsk, tsk, tsk" sound. How on earth was I going to keep the schedule today? first order of business was to start the laundry then from the laundry move to the dishes maybe muttering a “Good Morning” in between. From the dishes I headed to the trash, creating a grocery list in my head, as I went. “Damn I’m late” I thought as I put the trash in the container and rushed back into the house to make her breakfast. Only as I was setting her oatmeal on the table did I look at her for the 1st time that morning, and FROZE. She was in trouble…big trouble, and I hadn’t noticed the slur in her voice until she said, “I don’t feel so good”. FULL POST

Posted 10/19/15 at 9:46 AM | Veronica Philips

God sees us as His babies too.
I was mildly amused to hear Duchess singing, “Jesus Loves Me” from the backseat of the car. I joined in, doing the voices, “They are weak, but He is strong” going from high pitched squeaky to deep low strong man….she loved it…I loved it….I have sang that little ditty with 3 children now….. I get why Jesus wanted us to approach Him like children. Never understanding why He’d want those snot nosed little toddlers, wibbly and wobbly as they make their way toward him….It was the picture of innocence, trust and something else He wanted us to envision….The Parent/Child relationship…. Sigh…I remember those days well.
Having a daughter 26 a son 9, and a baby girl who will be 3 qualifies me to write on the entire spectrum of parental/mommy issues. I can’t really address myself as a mommy when referring to all things Princess, and frankly Sweetness is fast approaching the age where “mommy” is no longer going to be appropriate for him either. Soon he’ll be given a cell phone, with the mandate to text me every hour on the hour….or if I text him…to text me back ASAP. At my age, we no longer call The Father, DADDY either….DADDY is Baby Christian….we’re adults…don’t treat us like we still live at home….. Father….we’re busy….we’ll call you when we can!
I wonder what a text Message from God would look like? I mean HE knows how we are. He doesn’t mandate for us to keep in touch so He can be in control. We should KNOW how He feels when we don’t bother to return a text to Him. Ironic, that I’ll text Princess three times in three days, then threaten to go to Terre Haute if she doesn’t let me know she’s alive, but I won’t even bother, not one time, to get with Him, if He calls me. Like the singing toddler from the back seat, He just wants to do the voices with us and laugh….He wants a Parent/Child relationship. As parents we should get that. Darn it….I get it. Okay, gotta go. I have a lot to do today, and in addition to all that, I have to call my Dad later. Ya know, He worries…..Be Blessed. Remember you set the Tone, you ARE the Example. BE KIND to each other. Show GRACE and MERCY to all those who cross your path today. With your Daily Affirmations complete, enjoy your Monday.

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