Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Water From a Rock

Moses and Water from a Rock
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With our current water shortage here in California, we are thankful for reports that the pressure system is lifting enough to allow some rain at the end of this week.

We have been speaking and saying “Let the rain and snow clouds come.”  Others are also speaking and agreeing so we are not alone.

Lest we get puffed up and begin to think that we are the one running the show, may we always remember that although God uses people, He ONLY is the one with power and all authority.

Understand for the sake of Ten Righteous people God will do wonders and exploits. 

Deuteronomy 4:35 Unto thee it was shown, that thou might know that the Lord he is God; there is none else beside him.

I was reminded of Moses out in the wilderness with the rebellious and complaining Children of Israel.

You can’t blame the people too much, because their children and flocks had no water and they were very thirsty.  What they did wrong was to criticize God’s man of the hour and were ready to stone him.  Then God gave Moses explicit instructions what to do.

Exodus 17:5-6 And the Lord said unto Moses, Go on before the people, and take with you of the elders of Israel; and your rod, wherewith you smote the river, take in your hand, and go.  Behold, I will stand before you there upon the rock in Horeb; and you shall smite the rock, and there shall come water out of it that the people may drink. And Moses did so in the sight of the elders of Israel.
(There was another occasion with a different set of directions)
Numbers 20:8  Take the rod, and gather the assembly together, you, and Aaron your brother, and speak ye unto the rock before their eyes; and it shall give forth his water, and you shall bring forth to them water out of the rock: so you shall give the congregation and their beasts drink.
(Moses decided to go it alone without following God’s instructions) (Notice that this time, God said SPEAK not Smite.)
11  And Moses was angry with the people and lifted up his hand, and with his rod he smote the rock twice:    (Moses paid dearly for this act of disobedience)
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So what I am saying is to keep speaking to the pressure system to release its hold on the storms, BUT in addition - - To speak to the rocks up in the mountains above Lake Oroville and tell springs to open up and water to gush forth into Lake Oroville!
May we be brave enough to appear foolish to man, but wise unto God.

Only Rain in Certain Areas

Working in the Sun
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There are times when God pulls back His curtain and surrounds his beloved with protection. 

The children of Israel in Egypt are a good example when the plagues came upon the Egyptians, but stopped at the place of abode of the Israelites.  God placed a hedge of fortification around his people.

Many years ago, my husband was working at his roofing business and it appeared that it might rain. 

He had scheduled a work order for a house that needed a roof pronto, and the crew loaded up the trucks and decided to take their best shot at roofing this project.

On that day, an amazing thing happened; God showed my husband favor, and there was absolutely no rain around the house they were working on. 

However in the next block and surrounding areas through out the city - - it rained all day.

Our God is an awesome God, and He delights to provide for His children, but he will do even more when He sees the gratitude and thankfulness for his goodness unto you.

Thank you Lord for watching over your children and blessing them in many ways, some of which we know nothing about; but you are there!

Sunday, February 23, 2014

This Little Light of Mine

Pastor Jerry was reading from Matthew 5:14-16  (KJV)

Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid.  Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it gives light unto all that are in the house.  Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

Jesus is the Light of the world, but he also said you are to be the light of the world, reflecting his light.

Pastor began with the story of Frank Almond’s stolen $5 mil. Stradivarius Violin while he was leaving a concert.  Alas it was borrowed!  It was unique and could not be sold.  The suspects were quickly caught and the violin returned. 

Few appreciate the value of an expensive Stradivarius Violin and what it will do.  In the masters hands the instrument will play the most beautiful music.

We are instruments of God and he desires to use us to illuminate this world.

The Christian life is meant to be shared to build the kingdom.  Jesus said, we light a lamp and place it where all can see.  A light is not to be hid under a bushel.

The challenge is not to hide our faith in a “safe place” but to take it out into the world.

Our light is “Truth of the Gospel,” with the command to go forth and make disciples.

In this world there is division in so many places, arguments and opposition; children against parents, nation against nation.

Each person has a different favorite color, and a variety of opinions on how things should be done.  As a congregation we must blend and respect the ideas of others and use wisdom in discerning what to accept.

We are a fragmented world yet we are to shine as lights and bring faith, love and hope to our world around us.

Be bold, valuable gifts are in you to share with others. 

Go forth and shine.

Pastor closed with the prayer of St Francis of Assisi

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace,
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy;

O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console;
to be understood as to understand;
to be loved as to love.

For it is in giving that we receive;
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.


Saturday, February 22, 2014

Praying to Stop Rain

Our Day began with a Warm Sunny Day!
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It was a warm and balmy day and the sun was shining, and not a cloud in sight.  My children were ready for grammar school, and I sent them off without a sweater as the weather seemed so nice.

About two o’clock, it began to rain, and rain it did as the clock ticked off the time until very close to three o’clock, when school would let out. 

It appeared that the rain was not going to let up, and I feared for my children to run home and get soaked in the process.

Remembering the Bible story of Jesus speaking to the storm to cease, I murmured a prayer that God would stop the rain just long enough for my children to return home.

At that time in my life, I had not learned about how to have authority to speak to a situation and expect it to route in a different direction, so I only prayed.  Yet God was good and I received His favor for my request.

At precisely five minutes to three the rain stopped for about 20 minutes which was enough time for my precious little ones to hurry home.

Joyfully I told them how God stopped the rain so they could get home in the dry!

I am thinking about the heavenly rain of the Holy Spirit when He pours out the Living water to soak us good.  Oh Lord, Let it rain on me!!

Just Saying for Rain

Declare a Thing to Be Done and Believe
Here in California we are in what is declared to be a draught.  Our Lake Oroville that supplies the water for most of California is so low that water rationing is being considered.

A few are Praying for rain, but most just think, “This too shall pass.”

Recently at church I shared a short story from my book three and titled it “Just saying.” 

I told about a time in Oklahoma when the TV announcer urged everyone to go to a shelter because a tornado was headed for Broken Arrow where we lived. 

My husband asked me to put our dogs in the laundry room and let’s go to the shelter.  I believe in using wisdom, so I prepared to leave. 

However FIRST I needed to open my back door and hold my fist to heaven and shout to that tornado, “Don’t you come nigh my dwelling.”  

Then we went to the shelter and enjoyed some coffee provided there and waited.  After about an hour they announced it was safe to return home.

What happened was as the tornado approached Broken Arrow, it lifted, went over the city and landed in a field taking out a couple of trees and then fizzling out.

As I related this story at my church, I told the congregation, we know that we need rain here in California, and some say to pray for rain.  Instead I am saying let us say with our mouth and speak to those pressure systems that are holding back the storms to release their hold and allow the rain to come.

I am not sure if the people agreed with me or not, but maybe they did because the next couple of days we had some showers which helped.
We need to keep saying and believing for a gully washer and some snow.

Mark 11:23
For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.

Just keep on Saying.

Yes You.  God does not limit who can say a declaration (and believe) and that includes YOU!

Reporter Gloria Goodal says
Many states have seen an easing of drought conditions, but not California, mired in its worst in more than a century.
The culprit, a high pressure ridge parked offshore that is blocking winter storms from coming to California.  Then rise and go North instead! 
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The pressure system is feeding on itself enlarging the fact to keep the storms from coming to California. It is time for believers to SAY with their mouth and speak to the pressure system to release its hold on the storms and allow them to come in to California! 
 This post is shared with Charlotte’s Spiritual Sundays

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Mind Your Own Bees Wax


Romans 14:13  Let us not therefore judge one another any more: but judge this rather, that no man put a stumbling block or an occasion to fall in his brother's way.

My seat in church was in the second row, because I could hear the sermon better if I was up close. 

My friend enjoyed sitting with another lady in the back, because from there she could view everyone else and see what was going on.

She spied a young couple who sat mid section with their teen age foster son.  The woman leaned over and placed a kiss on the lad’s mouth, right there in church. 

My friend could not believe her eyes, as she gasped and held her breath.

She could not allow this to happen without interference, so she followed the husband into the kitchen and asked him to do something about his wife. 

The husband replied he was helpless to do anything and she needed to mind her own business.

Well my friend was not stopped by this lack of appreciation so her next move was to speak to the Pastor’s wife, who informed her to let Pastor handle it and that they would take care of the problem.

After a couple of weeks, my friend was not satisfied that anything had been done to her approval so she decided to take matters into her own hands.

The next Sunday I noted that the young couple and foster son were not in church and my friend smugly informed me what had been going on and what she had done to correct it.

Yes,” she said, “I wrote her a letter and preached her a good sermon on how a Christian ought to behave.”

In shock and terribly embarrassed, I told her, “I can’t believe that you would do such a thing to send her a letter.  It really wasn’t up to you!”

She replied, “Well, no one else was doing anything, so I had to do something.”

Naturally the young couple quit attending our church and although that did not alleviate the situation, my friend seemed to be pleased that they were gone.

Don’t you wish you had such a good friend as mine to fix all the problems in a church?

 Luke 6:37  Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven:


Sunday, February 16, 2014

Choose Life

Choose Life
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I took notes as Pastor Jerry was reading from Deuteronomy 30:14-20 and began his sermon.

Deuteronomy 30:19 I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live:

Two options were being put forth, life and death. God gave the simple answer; choose Life.  The consensus was; Serve God and be blessed, turn away from God and be cursed.

Moses put up with grumbling from the children of Israel, and was angry about their fickle turning to worship golden calves instead of the true God. 

Moses reminded the people to consider how blessed they were when serving God, and the commandments were not too difficult to obey.  They needed to face their past failures and sin, repent and renew their commitment to serve God and Him only.

In simple terms God created the heavens, the earth and all that there is with physical and spiritual laws.  When we break those laws there are consequences. 

For instance the law of gravity, if we jump out of a plane minus a parachute, death is the result. 

The laws of morality, health, taking care of our body, when broken bring a penalty.  Obey and live, disobey and suffer. 

Things are not always cut and dry and there are private choices.  A few choices would be to attend college, marry, divorce, live immorally, terminate a pregnancy, abuse the body with drugs and drink and accept the results. 
We may regret some choices in life, and are sorry people were hurt. 

Corporate Choices are found in the church, the city, business, the Government, and these decisions either bringing peace, or pain.

Choices of Greed, to illustrate: the destruction of the rain forests, wasting of water cause the entire world to suffer.  There is so much wrong in the world the result of erroneous choices.

Jesus was concerned about RIGHT.  He taught to do the right thing.  Our very actions and comments have consequences. 

Deuteronomy 30:14 But the word is very nigh unto thee, in thy mouth, and in thy heart, that thou may do it.

It is not God’s faithfulness that is in question.  The fact is, will the people keep their part of the bargain, and not try to edit the covenant?

Meanwhile God is calling us to choose LIFE, because He wants to bless us.

The ball is in our Court; Let us pick it up!


Saturday, February 15, 2014

Guest Post by Robert’s Musings Meow Meow

Meow Meow
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My husband Robert writes fiction but also does true stories.  This is a true story about a restaurant we often drove to for Sunday dinner.
MEOW MEOW by Robert Moon

My favorite Italian restaurant, sat on a high hill overlooking the Carquinez Strait, with the bridge, and all the boats below.  It was a pleasant view while eating.  
Their food was delicious, and the menu had everything I liked including their home made Ravioli.

To Read the rest of his story CLICK HERE - -


Friday, February 14, 2014

Tooth Ache

Tooth Hurting
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I knew something was out of kilter, but there were things to do and places to go, so I put off going to the dentist.

Finally I called my old dental office ran by a family and requested a different dentist.  They gave me an appointment in two days at 8:00 AM. 

X-rays were taken and the dentist gruffly said, “You have a deep pocket infection and the tooth cannot be saved.” 

I said, “Well I would like to save it.” 

He wrote out a referral to a specialist in the next town and said they probably will confirm my diagnosis.

His receptionist was kind to phone the other doctor and they said come in tomorrow at 4:00 PM.  She also phoned Wal-Mart Pharmacy for some Amoxicillin.

The next day, as they escorted me to one of the exam rooms, I could see their equipment was modern and up to date.  Their X-ray machine was digital and the Doctor took my photo with her camera, which went on my records. 

She also took photos of the inside of my mouth, and took new X-rays, as she said the one sent over was blurry and she needed a better X-ray to see the entire tooth. 

She confirmed that my tooth already had a root canal and was badly inflamed, I had much bone loss and the tooth needed extraction.  She explained that when a tooth already has a root canal and is infected, it cannot be saved. 
She said I could return to my dentist, or as this was an emergency, she would stay and extract it now.  She recommended adding a bone graft to the socket that would bond to my bone and give my jaw strength.  I agreed and told Robert in the waiting room what was to happen.

She was very good, and I hardly felt a thing.  The tooth came out in pieces, which took longer to remove, and in the process the crown next to it, became loose and fell off.

The doctor let me know that she would scrape and clean the tooth next to it, and glue my crown back on at no charge.

Well, that part of ordeal is over and a return was scheduled for next week to see how I am doing.

Because of the bone graft, the doctor recommended a soft diet, and cool foods.  What I did was to make a large smoothie with ripe bananas, yogurt, milk and a cup of applesauce.  This I placed in several glasses and froze.  
For breakfast I enjoyed some cool Cream of wheat. 

Also I made up a coffee mocha drink and froze it in several glasses.

Yes, I hurt, and am swollen, so I am taking IBPROFEN and AMOXICILLIN, and sleeping with my head elevated.

If I decide to have an implant in four months, the bone graft is already in place.

May all your days be pain free and no teeth hurting!

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Taking a Trip to Visit old Friends

It had been four years that I had hoped to take a trip to visit Sylvia my prayer partner of long ago. 
My daughter Judie, insisted that I must take this journey and she would drive me as a gift. 
She had cancelled the trip once due to a bad cough on her part, and I was just about ready to take off on my own. 

Robert said, “Judie wants to do this for you and you should allow her to gift you.” 
So I decided this would be safest and best to travel with my daughter. 
Judie had everything planned; she would be attending a three day conference on Healing at Bethel church in Redding, and then she would pick me up early Saturday morning and we would be on our way to Stockton. 

My former Pastor’s wife lives there with her new husband Arnie.  (Pastor Gene went to heaven many years ago) and she is active in the Assembly of God Church, teaching Kenneth Hagin’s Faith quarterly to a group of 60 disciples.  We visited, went to lunch and then she and Arnie gave us a tour of the lovely facilities of the church. 

Our visit was just long enough and then we took off for Modesto where a couple of friends from days at Rhema pastor a church.  They wanted to take us to the Golden Choral, where we enjoyed a nice dinner. 
Judie shared some of the happenings at the conference, and they let us hear what they were doing.  I gifted them with my three books. 
Our Pastor friends wanted us to come in and visit some more, but it was getting late, and we had an hour’s drive to Madera where Judie had secured a lovely hotel.

The next morning was Sunday, and it was only a 30 minute drive to the Church of God where we would sit with Sylvia my prayer partner of long ago. 
I took notes and posted a story about Job on my Sunday digested sermons. 
Then we went to one of their favorite Mexican Restaurants and enjoyed a lovely meal. 
Plans were made to visit her home that evening, where she offered us chocolate cream pie and coffee and we had a nice visit as we talked of miracles that God is doing.

The next morning Sylvia took us to shop the quaint boutiques in Kingsburg, and then on to lunch where we met up with her husband, and visited some more.

Bidding farewell, we had a long drive ahead of us to Lathrop, where daughter Nancy and Randy live. 
Judie had been documenting our trip on Facebook with her new I-pod and was using it as a means to communicate with Nancy.  They insisted on taking us to dinner at Applebee’s and then back to their home to visit their animals and share more talk.

The next morning we headed to Roseville where Judie had arranged for me to have my portrait taken at the Picture People.  Then on to Kaiser where I could pick up my extra pair of eye glasses - - and then on to home. 
I was grateful for all of Judies planning and how we packed a lot into three days. 
Judie likes to book a hotel for herself and she needed a private day before she would catch her plane to carry her home to Southern California.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Weakly Counting the Week’s Blessings

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Stress #1

Mid December we purchased a new Hamilton Beach Micro-wave oven, from Wal-Mart. It worked for about one week and then stopped dead.  Nothing we did could resurrect it. 

Search as we did search, we could not find the receipt for the thing.  Finally I phoned Wal-Mart and the nice lady said bring it and the box down to the store and we will help you.

The clerk asked if I would like another microwave and I told her, 'No thank you, I don’t think so."  Without any questions, they gave me a refund gift card to reuse for what ever I needed.

Stress #2

The overhead garage door on our shed quit working and it appeared that the chain had come loose.

Robert pulled our ladder in place and climbed up and tried to secure the chain, but he began to feel weak.  As he came down the ladder and stepped to the ground his knee gave way.  He fell scraping his back on some things stored there, and our Blue Tick Hound that followed him began to whine.  Robert tried to right himself and he fell again.

Our dog continued whining.  Soon Robert was able to get up and come into the house to tell me what happened.  I helped him remove his torn shirt and I applied ointment and a bandage and gave him some water to drink.  Thankfully no bones were broken, but he was a shaken and emotionally upset hubby.

Happy Stress #3  Actually No stress

Saturday morning Applebee’s and a group of cooperating churches put on a fund raiser for Feed the Poor.  Tickets were $8.00 of which 4 went to the project and 4 to Applebee’s for the food and the cooks.  Volunteers from each church did the order taking, serving and bussing.  The breakfast was a lovely success.  Our daughter, son-in-law and granddaughter along with Robert and me, were in attendance.

Happy Stress #4

Our daughter’s family came home with us and Dennis our son-in-law climbed our ladder and fixed the spring in the door.

Now I am weak from all the stress this week !


Tuesday, February 11, 2014


Sad Girl
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It doesn’t happen often, but in my times of being down in the dumps, I am usually made aware that I have drifted into a deep Pit. 

Struggling in a black hole, a Pity Party and am simply “Feeling sorry for myself.”

Psalms 43:5  Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me?  hope in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God.

Job 3:25  For the thing which I greatly feared is come upon me, and that which I was afraid of is come unto me.

Usually it is because I am overwhelmed and must set aside some duties  however important they may be.

When I am willing to release some of what I hold so tightly, then I find the capability to Trust. 

"Are you willing to live the Life I give you?"  This question from the Lord is so pungent and powerful. 
And a similar question "Do you want my will or what you desire?"
Another question follows closely on its heels, "Will you trust Me?"

It is good to spend time listening when we pray.  We do love to do all the talking and for most of us, listening proves difficult, but necessary.

The wicked flee when no man pursues: but the righteous are bold as a lion. —Proverbs 28:1

This is the heritage of the righteous. We are warriors with enemies to overcome. One of our strongest enemies is fear with its family members of worry and depression.

This should be one of our favorite verses, For I know the plans I have for you,' declares the LORD, 'plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11, NIV


Sunday, February 9, 2014

Salty Bright and Good

We are to be Salt and a Light
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Pastor Jerry was reading from Matthew 5:13-20 about Salt and Light.

Matthew 5: 13, 14 Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savor, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.  Ye are the light of the world.  A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid.

Salt is used to flavor and to preserve.  Salt that has lost taste is not worth anything.

Some people are so bright that they can light up a room.  Not a blinding light, but a steady beam.  Not just their little circle, but they bring hope and courage to those around them.  They are not the source, but they carry the light. 

Let your light shine holding it high so that all might see.  Share and teach the Word of God.

Many Christians hold their faith to be private.  They are silent and shy about their faith, and we wonder if they are actually not secure in what they believe.

We give to missions local and far, yet we do not see the results, but in faith we continue to give.  As Jesus would do, we serve all persons. 

We do this because of Jesus and the way he reached out to those who were sinners to bring them into the light.

His light was not glaring and overbearing to turn them away, but to bring them close.

A pinch of salt in the pot is enough to bring flavor.  A large cup of salt will ruin the soup.

We do not want to force our faith on others, or step on toes, but we must not be silent completely because we are told by Jesus to go out and change the world; as we are salt and light.  We must demonstrate salt and light by our words and our actions.

True righteousness does not mean “Holier than thou.”  Faith can be summed up by some on a bumper sticker or on a tee shirt.

Many will know Christ by our works, our example and way of life.  Practice your Righteousness.  Some may ask, “Why are you doing this?”  We answer it is the command of Christ.

Volunteers are needed to listen rather than do a lot of talking.  Then the person will be able to listen to you.

Jesus came not to enforce the law but to fulfill it.  Catch a glimpse of His life, and soak it in.  Jesus said, “You are the Salt and also the Light of the world.”

Stay Tasty and Brilliant

Saturday, February 8, 2014


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 Proverbs 8:35  For those who find me find life and receive favor from the LORD.

To receive favor is a wonderful blessing.  When favor comes from God it is more than simply approval and opens us up to preferentiality treatment

I have a relative who wants to always be the favorite so she buys presents and spends money to purchase love and acceptance. 

How about God?  Are we his favorite?  Even though God has MANY children, does it seem possible that you can be His favorite and His special child?

Do we measure favor by the good things he does for us, or does favor go deeper than our health, possessions and status.

Beloved there is MORE – God desires to flood you with His favor!

How to receive His Favor;  The simple bottom line is this:
Love God and Love people as you love yourself.

John Eckhardt (quote) - -  Favor is goodwill. This is God’s kindness and benevolence given to those who love Him. Favor will release great blessings, including prosperity, health, opportunity and advancement. The Bible records numerous examples of God’s favor upon His people causing them to experience many breakthroughs. Favor is God’s loving kindness.
God says: “You don’t need money. You need My favor.” You need His shalom—the full measure of peace—to operate in your life. This is your gift from Him if you are His child, if you are in covenant with Him.

Ephesians 1:3  Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus -


Friday, February 7, 2014

Hair styles Change

Old Hair Style Short
For many years I had worn my blond hair in a sort of school girl Dutch Bob.  It was a simple style and easy to care for.

Then several years ago now, my husband suggested that I might enjoy a very short hair cut.  He took me to his lady barber who cuts hair for both men and women.  Many of her women customers are senior citizens in our area.

"Short real short," is what my husband told her.  When the barber finished, I wondered if that was really me.

The girls at work told me they did not like my new look.  "You will get used to it and then you will like it," I told them.  It certainly was easy to care for.  No curlers or hot iron needed.  Simply wash - dry and that was it.

If my husband is happy with my hair, then I too am pleased. 

Now it was time for another change.  I made a visit to the hair dresser and a perm was ordered.  Now I was a curly top for sure.

My son-in-law commented, your new look reminds me of Grandma Ruth.  I was silent but that got my dander up, because I did not want to look like Grandma Ruth.

The ladies at church said, “You look ten years younger.”  Those words made me smile.

Now I am allowing my hair to grow longer.  There are times a change is good. 

Hazel February 2014 Picture People Photo

My daughter Judie thought I should have my photo taken at the Picture People, so off we went. 

Now I changed my profile photo to me current.

As far as God is concerned, He could care less about my hair, because He only looks at my heart.


Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Poor Job

My daughter Judie took me on a trip to visit some of my friends that I haven’t seen in years!  My sweet hubby Robert allowed me to go.  I will write more about my trip later.
Poor Job having a Pity Party
This post is about Sunday and the service at Church of God in Kingsburg with my friend Sylvia.

The Associate Pastor Ed Anderson was ministering on the Book of JOB. 
Job was rich, but God lifted his hand of protection to test Job and he began to loose his children and all his wealth. 
Only his friends and his wife were there to comfort him.  ??

They were not much help because they asked Job, “What sin did you commit to bring this on?” 
Job knew he was innocent and his reply was to always to trust God in every situation.   He said: “My Life is but a breath and shall my eyes no more see good?”

God breathed on the dirt/Adam and he became a living soul, and we are reminded that our life is but a breath.

We can have the greatest life, and all at once, things happen to change our circumstances.

Life is fragile and when tragedy strikes, we must understand that we are NOT being punished by God.  Satan’s job is to try to tell you that you are unworthy and family and friends may also discourage you.
May we not add to someone’s suffering by our negative words, but bring encouragement with positive scriptures and our heartfelt prayers to lift up those who are sick or lonely.

A child depends on their parents for care and protection, and as children of the Lord, we too must put our total faith in Jesus.  Come to the throne expecting to receive; yes we know we are not perfect, but we are washed in the blood of the Lamb.

The simple truth is God loves us, and even if we are sitting in the ash heap with mud packs on our boils, we must not be angry with God, because he is not the one who did this. 

Jesus let us know that the thief is the destroyer, it is he who steals from us, and he is the liar and also the messenger of death.

God answered Job:  “Quit asking so many questions!  No excuses, no explanations, you need to make up your mind and understand that you are still in my hands, and I will bring you through this trial.” 
God encourages Job (and us) - - to walk by Faith and not by Sight - - and to realize that you are never alone!

Job said, “Tell me Lord what to do?” 

Then God told Job to “Pray for your unbelieving friends and I will deliver you.”
When Job prayed for his friends - - God returned to Job, twice as much as he previously had.   
Keep Trusting and Believing!