Friday, July 30, 2010

This Day's . . .


We're heading to the lake this afternoon.  I'm wishing everybody out there a joyful weekend, no matter where you are or what you are doing! 

PEACE, LOVE & JOY,
Abbey

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Do your best and trust that others do their best. And be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.

~Mother Teresa

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Sorrow is better than laughter, for by sadness of countenance the heart is made glad.

~Ecclesiastes 7:3

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Each of us makes his own weather, determines the colour of the skies in the emotional universe which he inhabits.

~Fulton Sheen

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

This Day's . . .



Pleasure-seeking, as we learn from experience, is a barren business; happiness is never found till we have the grace to stop looking for it and to give our attention to persons and matters external to ourselves.

~J. I. Packer

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An anxious heart weighs a man down, but a kind word cheers him up.

~Proverbs 12:25

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"What do you think of God?" the teacher asked. After a pause the young pupil replied, "He's not a think, He's a feel."

~Paul Frost

Monday, July 26, 2010

Observations On Growing Older

If you can laugh about this you're OK

~Your kids are becoming you...and you don't like them  ... but your grandchildren are perfect!

~Going out is good. Coming home is better! [staying home is even better!]

~When people say you look "Great"... they add "for your age!"

~When you needed the discount, you paid full price. Now you get discounts on everything... movies, hotels, flights, but you're too tired to use them.

~You forget names ... but it's OK because other people forgot they even knew you!!!

~The 5 pounds you wanted to lose is now 15 and you have a better chance of losing your keys than the 15 pounds.

~You realize you're never going to be really good at anything .... especially golf.

~Your spouse is counting on you to remember things you don't remember.

~The things you used to care to do,  you no longer care to do,  but you really do care that you  don't care to do them anymore.

~Your husband sleeps better on a lounge chair with the TV blaring than he does in bed. It's called his "pre-sleep".

~Remember when your mother said,  "Wear clean underwear in case you GET in an accident"?  Now you bring clean underwear in case you HAVE an accident!

~You used to say,  "I hope my kids GET married... Now, "I hope they STAY married!"

~You miss the days when everything worked with just an "ON" and "OFF" switch..

~When GOOGLE, ipod, email, modem ... were unheard of, and a mouse was something that made you climb on a table.

~You used to use more 4 letter words ... "what?"..."when?"... ???

~Now that you can afford expensive jewelry, it's not safe to wear it anywhere.

~Your husband has a night out with the guys, but he's home by 9:00 P.M. Next week it will be 8:30 P.M.

~You read 100 pages into a book before you realize you've read it.

~Notice everything they sell in stores is "sleeveless"?!!!

~What used to be freckles are now liver spots.

~Everybody whispers.

~Now that your husband has retired .... you'd give anything if he'd find a job!

~You have 3 sizes of clothes in your closet ... 2 of which you will never wear.

~But old is good in some things: old songs, old movies, and best of all, OLD FRIENDS!!

A True American If . . .


It is time to change from REDNECK humor to TRUE AMERICAN Humor! Only it isn't seen as HUMOR, but the correct way to LIVE YOUR LIFE!


You might be a TRUE AMERICAN if:
It never occurred to you to be offended by the phrase, 'One nation, under God.'

You might be a TRUE AMERICAN if:
You've never protested about seeing the 10 Commandments posted in public places.

You might be a TRUE AMERICAN if:
You still say 'Christmas' instead of 'Winter Festival.'

You might be a TRUE AMERICAN if:
You bow your head when someone prays.

You might be a TRUE AMERICAN if:
You stand and place your hand over your heart when they play the National Anthem.

You might be a TRUE AMERICAN if:
You treat Viet Nam vets with great respect, and always have.

You might be a TRUE AMERICAN if:
You've never burned an American flag.

You might be a TRUE AMERICAN if:
You know what you believe and you aren't afraid to say so, no matter who is listening.

You might be a TRUE AMERICAN if:
You respect your elders and expect your kids to do the same.

If you got this email from me, it is because I believe that you, like me, have just enough TRUE AMERICAN in you to have the same beliefs as those talked about in this email.

God Bless the U S A ! Amen

AND YOU ARE A TRUE AMERICAN, IF YOU THINK THE NATIONAL ANTHEM SHOULD ONLY BE SUNG

IN ENGLISH!

PEACE,
Abbey


This Day's . . .


Christ chargeth me to believe His daylight at midnight.

~Samuel Rutherford

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This is what the LORD says: “Heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool. Where is the house you will build for me? Where will my resting place be? Has not my hand made all these things, and so they came into being?” declares the LORD. “This is the one I esteem: he who is humble and contrite in spirit, and trembles at my word.”

~Isaiah 66:1-2

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Your body cannot heal without play. Your mind cannot heal without laughter. Your soul cannot heal without joy.

~Catherine Fenwick

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Queen of Peace - Today's Message to Marija


The following message for the world was given to the visionary Marija during her apparition today:

"Dear children! Anew I call you to follow me with joy. I desire to lead all of you to my Son, your Savior. You are not aware that without Him you do not have joy and peace, nor a future or eternal life. Therefore, little children, make good use of this time of joyful prayer and surrender. Thank you for having responded to my call."

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Today . . .

It's been a disappointing day . . . "one of those days" . . . I just have to deal with Abbey, and come to a resignation about some things in my life.  We all have situations that alter and roll with the tides, and sometimes they are a little bit draining, but I will live.

I pray for the friends that Bernie has lost; their families are suffering so. I pray for those who are fighting for their lives, I pray with the trust and faith that I dig deep to grasp and hold up to the Father.

I need some spiritual outlet and what I need is at my fingertips.

Suffice to say, I do wish you all Peace, Love, Joy and HOPE!  You are a rock to me always.

Abbey

Friday, July 23, 2010

Heartlight

This is so POWERFUL!!

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VERSE:

But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven.



~Matthew 19:14

THOUGHT:

Jesus' love for children in an age when they weren't highly regarded is a powerful reminder. It is a reminder of God's love for what the world often abuses or abandons. We are called to love the unloved, the forgotten, the abused and neglected. Why? Because that is what Israel was in Egypt and that is what Jesus was at Calvary and that is what we were without grace (Romans 5:6-11). How can we claim to know salvation and not share it with others who need that grace? How can we claim to be Jesus' disciples and not show love for those the world forgets?

PRAYER:

Father, I want to be more of a parent like you -- a holy and loving parent to my own children and a tender parent to the forgotten children of today. Help me not only to be aroused by the neglect and abuse children suffer in my world, but to be moved to act in ways that bless them. In the name of Jesus, the great lover of all children I pray. Amen.

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Continue reading below for more inspiring
words from Heaven.
Abbey

This Day's . . .



It is so much better just to be able to say, "Send me" without having to add "where I shall have my position properly recognized, or opportunities to use my special gifts." It is God whom we want to get recognized, not us.

~Evelyn Underhill

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May the Lord direct your hearts to the love of God and to the steadfastness of Christ.

~2 Thessalonians 3:5

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More men fail through ignorance of their strength than fail through knowledge of their weakness.

~Unknown

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PEACE, LOVE & JOY
Abbey  

Prayer Request

This was sent to me via email and I feel compelled to forward it by every medium in which I am involved.

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According to weather reports, it is 122 degrees in Iraq right now -- and the low will be 111! Our troops need our prayers for strength, endurance, and safety. Please pray that our Merciful Lord God, will give our service men and women the strength they need to prevail. Let’s all pray for our Military. Please don't forget. And please send this on after a short prayer.

Lord, please hold our troops in your loving hands. Protect them as they protect us. Bless them and their families for the selfless acts they perform for us in our time of need.

Amen.

Please stop for a moment and say a prayer for our troops around the world, and send this to all the people in your address book.

Do not let it stop with you, please....

Of all the gifts you could give a US Soldier, Sailor, Airman,

Thursday, July 22, 2010

DON'T BE SHY ...

I know that someone out there has at lease ONE comment about the Post Turtle entry below.  Come on everybody; get on board the train! Today is a day to be happy, because you're alive and God is seeing to all your troubles, so enjoy some humor in your day.

Today's Bible Verse

I'm off to spend the day with Little Cooper, who I have not seen in two weeks. He is growing in leaps and bounds, so I have missed a lot in the last two weeks! Everyone have a very blessed day. BE HAPPY!

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Matthew 24:4-5 - For many will come in My name, claiming, 'I am the Christ'


Jesus answered: "Watch out that no one deceives you. For many will come in my name, claiming, 'I am the Christ,' and will deceive many."

Commentary
Taught during the last week of His life, Jesus was giving His followers some strong boundaries so that they would not fall away after He was gone. Here he talks of people who say that they are the Christ (“anointed one”). Notice the word that Jesus uses - deceive. To be deceived is to not know the difference between the truth and a falsehood - they both look the same. In a time when many are saying, “I am God’s anointed now.”, Jesus explicitly tells us that God’s anointed One is found in only one place - Jesus the Christ. Jesus is God’s final statement to humanity.

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Abbey

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

"POST TURTLE"

OBAMA IS A POST TURTLE!

YOU'VE GOT TO LOVE THIS RANCHER'S OUTLOOK & COMMON SENSE APPROACH TO LIFE ......


While suturing up a cut on the hand of a 75 year old rancher, whose hand had been caught in the gate while working his cattle, the doctor struck up a conversation with the old man. Eventually the topic got around to Obama, and his being our president.

The old rancher said, "Well, ya know, Obama is just a Post Turtle."

Now not being familiar with the term, the doctor asked, What's a "Post Turtle?"

The old rancher said, "When you're driving down a country road and you come across a fence post with a turtle balanced on top, that's a post turtle."

The old rancher saw the puzzled look on the doctor's face so he continued to explain. "You know he didn't get up there by himself, he doesn't belong up there, he doesn't know what to do while he's up there, he sure as heck ain't goin' anywhere, and you just wonder what kind of dumb ass put him up there in the first place."

Today's Verse - Psalm 119:30

There was a wonderful picture description of today's verse, so I thought I'd post it insteead of the verbiage.  Wishing you peace, joy and happiness.



In Christ,
Abbey

Adrienne's Corner: I'm Tired of Rascism - Let's Talk About Your Personal Survival

Adrienne's Corner: I'm Tired of Rascism - Let's Talk About Your Personal Survival

Wanted to share this article with you. This is full of essential information for the beginning of taking Christian America back (or debt-free to small-debt living), plus some hard core facts that we, as Americans, need to stop our complacency and act! I keep using that word "complacency" because I believe deep down, most people think "oh that's up in the Capitol and doesn't really affect me" - You could not be more wrong!

GUARDIAN ANGEL

I took one of those quizzes on Facebook, "Who Is Your Guardian Angel". After answering a few of persona life philosophies questions, I learned that mine is ARIEL. It really was a surprise when I saw so much in the description of Ariel that applied to my personality, and how I have acted or reacted to situations over the course of my live. Read and enjoy.

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Ariel means "lion of God" and is often associated with lions. When Ariel is near you, you may begin seeing references to or visions of lions around you. Ariel is also associated with the wind. Ariel works closely in conducting manifestation, spirit releasement and Divine magic. Ariel also oversees the sprites, the nature Angels associated with water. Ariel is involved with healing and protecting nature, including animals, fish and birds. If you find an injured bird or other wild animal that needs healing, call upon Ariel for help. Ariel also works closely with Raphael to heal animals in need. Archangel Ariel is known as the Angel of Healing and New Beginnings. Ariel shows you how to feel and see the energy of life. Makes you more sensitive for unseen, nature spirits, elves, laws of nature. He brings to you the message that you have to learn to let things go when they are not working good for you anymore. Destruction of things that are toxic and overwhelmig for you. End is a natural thing, every end is a new beginning. Nothing new cannot start without letting the old go. Its The Wind of Change.


HEARTLIGHT

GOOD MORNING!! Up at 5:30 in hope of knocking off more than two items on my To Do list!! I guess everyone is taking those end of summer/before school vacations ... bloggers are MIA, but then I had a vacation, too, and have another the 2nd and 3rd weeks of August.

I LOVE the Psalms!!  Have a blessed and beautiful day, and remember to walk in the light so everyone sees you are a child of Jesus!

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PRAYER:

I have chosen the way of truth: thy judgments have I laid before me.

~Psalm 119:30

THOUGHT:

Jesus reminded us to "pick up your cross daily and follow" him. The way of truth is a daily choice. To not seek to intentionally put him at the center of our life, the top priority in all of our decisions, is to slip a little bit further away from the life he calls us to lead. Any decision made without consciously seeking to please him is a decision to place him at the periphery of our lives. So let's set our heart on him. Let's choose his way, the way of truth, the way of life, and set our hearts on doing his will.

PRAYER:

Heavenly Father, I choose to follow you and your truth today. Open my eyes that I may see your truth and open my heart that I may live it with consistency and passion. I decide today, again, to follow you with all my heart, soul, mind, and strength. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

IT'S A MEME!

I was fortunate to be remembered by two of my lovely friends to participate in a Meme of Favorite Catholic prayers.

Bryn at Celestial Offerings and Grandma K (Cathy) at A Bit of Blarney both tagged me for this Catholic meme. For those who do not already know, I was a convert, Baptized into The Holy Roman Catholic Church in 1986.  I LOVE PRAYER, ANY PRAYER, LOTS OF PRAYERS, DID I MENTION I LOVE TO PRAY?

The rules, which need to be posted:

"Name your three most favorite prayers, and explain why they're your favorites. Then tag five bloggers - give them a link, and then go and tell them they have been tagged. Finally, tell the person who tagged you that you've completed the meme. The Liturgy and the Sacraments are off limits here. I'm more interested in people's favorite devotional prayers."

My three favourite prayers are:

Prayer to Saint Michael the Archangel, by Pope Leo XIII

Saint Michael, the Archangel, defend us in battle, be our defense against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray; and do thou O Prince of the heavenly host, by the power of God, thrust into Hell Satan and the other evil spirits who prowl about the world for the ruin of souls. Amen (Pope Leo XIII -1878-1903)

I love this prayer because I feel the evil one and his poor lost souls who do his begging are a reality, not a myth.  I feel them and I see them in action every day.  I have had the occasion to use Holy Water to cast these evil spirits from my home and from those I love, and I invoked the Prayer of St. Michael through the entire process.  I know others see what I see - satan's hands are all over this world, all over the innocent, all over those who are most devoted to God - those are his favorites.  So I rely on Saint Michael to send the warring angels from heaven to protect us all and to cast the evil saints from our lives.
My second prayer is St. Patrick's Shield:

As I arise today, may the strength of God pilot me, the power of God uphold me, the wisdom of God guide me. May the eye of God look before me, the ear of God hear me, the word of God speak for me. May the hand of God protect me, the way of God lie before me, the shield of God defend me, the host of God save me. May Christ shield me today...Christ with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me, Christ in me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me, Christ on my right, Christ on my left, Christ when I lie down, Christ when I sit, Christ when I stand, Christ in the heart of everyone who thinks of me, Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me, Christ in every eye that sees me, Christ in every ear that hears me. Amen.
I feel it obvious why this is a favorite. As a morning prayer, it encompasses every need that I could possibly envision, and since I love to pray, I especially love to pray to not only to the Father, but to the Son without whom our eternal reward would not be possible.  In short, I LOVE CHRIST! 
My last, and personal favorite, is the Prayer of St. Therese of Lisieux (never mind that she is also my patron Saint!):

O glorious Saint Therese, whom Almighty God has raised up to aid and counsel mankind, I implore your Miraculous Intercession. So powerful are you in obtaining every need of body and soul our Holy Mother Church proclaims you a "Prodigy of Miracles . . . the Greatest Saint of Modern Times." Now I fervently beseech you to answer my petition [describe your petition here] and to carry out your promises of spending Heaven doing good on earth . . . of letting fall from Heaven a Shower of Roses. Henceforth, dear Little Flower, I will fulfill your plea "to be made known everywhere" and I will never cease to lead others to Jesus through you. Amen.
The joy of receiving the confirmation of St. Therese having heard and accepting your petition, whether it be a shower of roses or a single rose, I have never prayed for her intercession that I did not receive her personal response - ROSES! I cannot described how I feel when suddenly, there they are ... I get goose bumps all down my arms and legs, tears in my eyes, and a big joyful smile on my face.  St. Therese is a favored by Jesus and often referred to as the Little Flower of Jesus.  She wanted nothing more for all of her life than to join the Convent, which she was allowed at age 14.  God and Jesus were her entire life; she loved Jesus with ever fibre of her being and lived only to be pleasing in his eye.  I dare to say, how could I even begin to be as "Saintly" as my dear St. Therese. I love her so ...
I tag Soutenous, Grace, Gardenia and Mike (we cannot leave out our menfolk!)

Grace, Mercy & Peace


Grace, Mercy & Peace
By: Albert Lee

The words grace and peace are found in all of Paul’s greetings in his New Testament letters to the churches. And in his letters to Timothy and Titus, he also includes mercy: “Grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord” (2 Tim. 1:2). Let’s examine each of these words.

Grace is what our holy God gives that we, as sinful people, don’t deserve. In Acts 17:25, we learn that “He gives to all life, breath, and all things.” His gifts include our very next breath. Even in our darkest hour, strength is given by God so that we can endure.

Mercy is what God withholds that we do deserve. In Lamentations 3:22, we read, “Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed.” Even when we’re wayward, God gives time and help for us to turn back to Him.

Peace is what God brings to His people. Jesus said: “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you” (John 14:27). Even in the worst of times, we have inner tranquillity because our God is in control.

We can be encouraged that throughout our lives the Lord will give us the grace, mercy, and peace we need to live for Him.

He giveth more grace when the burdens grow greater,
He sendeth more strength when the labors increase;
To added affliction He addeth His mercy,
To multiplied trials, His multiplied peace.

~Flint

God’s grace is immeasurable, His mercy is inexhaustible, His peace is inexpressible.

THIS DAY'S . . .


Half the world is starving; the other half is on a diet. We are not privileged because we deserve to be. Privilege accepted should mean responsibility accepted.

~Madeleine L'Engle

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Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.

~Colossians 3:1-4

Monday, July 19, 2010

Laugh Of The Day


A story from a senior citizen . . .


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The Hotel Bill

Next time you think your hotel bill is too high, you might want to consider this:

My wife and I were traveling by car from Victoria to Prince George. Being Seniors, after almost eleven hours on the road, we were too tired to continue, and decided to take a room. But, we only planned to sleep for four hours and then get back on the road. When we checked out four hours later, the desk clerk handed us a bill for $350.00.

I exploded and demanded to know why the charge is so high. I told the clerk although it's a nice hotel; the rooms certainly aren't worth $350.00 for four hours. Then the clerk tells me that $350.00 is the 'standard rate'. I insisted on speaking to the Manager.

The Manager appears, listens to me, and then explains that the hotel has an Olympic-sized pool and a huge conference centre that were available for us to use .'But we didn't use them," I said. ''Well, they are here, and you could have," explained the Manager.

He went on to explain that we could also have taken in one of the shows for which the hotel is famous. "we have the best entertainers from New York, Hollywood, and Las Vegas perform here," the Manager says.

"But we didn't go to any of those shows," I said. "Well, we have them, and you could have," the Manager replied.

No matter what amenity the Manager mentioned, I replied, "But we didn't use it!"

The Manager was unmoved, and eventually I gave up and agreed to pay.

I wrote a check and gave it to the Manager.

The Manager was surprised when he looked at the check. "But sir, this check is only made out for $50.00." ''That's correct. I charged you $300.00 for sleeping with my wife," I replied.

"But I didn't!" exclaims the Manager.

I said, "Well, too bad, she was here, and you could have."


Don't mess with Senior Citizens!

THIS DAY'S . . .


As surely as God is eternal, so surely is heaven an endless day without night and hell an endless night without day.

~J. C. Ryle

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Am I a God at hand, saith the LORD, and not a God afar off?

~Jeremiah 23:23

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We turn, not older with years, but newer every day.

~Emily Dickinson

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Sunday, July 18, 2010

HEARTLIGHT

This is just so profound that I couldn't let the day pass without posting it! Every word made a dramatic impact on my spiritual outlook.  I, too, have been lazy and complacent at times.  I realized when I read this, how much I need that spiritual nourishment, and to exercise my faith by practicing it daily!

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VERSE:

I will praise thee with uprightness of heart, when I shall have learned thy righteous judgments.

~Psalm 119:7

THOUGHT:

Praise is integrally connected with our character. So for us to worship God, the intent of our hearts and the effort of our lives must show the determined desire to know and live his will. While we will never do this perfectly, grace covers us as we seek to live for his glory. But that grace must never be used as a pretense to excuse spiritual laziness or intentional weakness.

PRAYER:

Holy God, I want to be more like you in character even though I will never be like you in might or majesty. Open my eyes and through the Spirit enlighten me as I seek your will in your Scriptures and as I seek to be obedient in my daily life. Forgive me of my sin and create a clean and holy heart, wholly determined to do your will. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

"Israel: Lessons from the Holy Land"



This is a beautiful homily. I know that you will find, as I did, an amazing message of faith, love and promise in reading it!

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What happened at En Gedi?

By Eric Elder
http://www.theranch.org/

In the midst of the barren hills that surround the Dead Sea, there's a surprising oasis of life. It's called En Gedi, where a fresh water spring pours over steep crevices in the rock, creating a series of beautiful waterfalls and pools as the spring winds its way from the top to the bottom. To find out how God used this oasis to protect and provide for one of the most famous characters in the Bible, take a look at this one-minute video. Then read on to learn how God can help you when you feel you are being treated unjustly. Here's the video...



So what happened at En Gedi? This is where David came to hide from King Saul when Saul was trying to kill David. But Saul wasn't always angry with David. In fact, David was one of Saul's favorites. David was called to come and live at the palace to play the harp for Saul, bringing great relief to the king every time David played.

But when David's fame began to grow as one of the best warriors in Saul's army, Saul became jealous. Fearing that the people would like David more than him, Saul tried to kill David by pinning him to a wall with his spear.

David tried to talk things out with Saul, reminding the king that David had never done anything wrong against him, but the conversations appeased Saul for only a short time. Then Saul was back to trying to kill David again because of Saul's burning jealousy. It soon became apparent that David would die if he stayed in the palace any longer.

So David fled. He went from place to place as Saul and his men tried to hunt him down. One of the places that God provided for David was En Gedi. The book of 1 Samuel says:

After Saul returned from pursuing the Philistines, he was told, "David is in the Desert of En Gedi." So Saul took three thousand chosen men from all Israel and set out to look for David and his men near the Crags of the Wild Goats (1 Samuel 24:1-2).

If you were to visit En Gedi today, you would see why David fled there. It featured an oasis of fresh spring water in the middle of the barren hills that surround the Dead Sea, with many caves in the hills where he could hide. It's an ideal spot to hide and be refreshed at the same time, and wild goats still climb the steep cliffs today, probably descendants from the wild goats for which the area was named back in David's time.

It was in one of these caves that Saul stopped for a bathroom break. In God's timing, it happened to be the very cave in which David and his men were hiding. The Bible says:

He [Saul] came to the sheep pens along the way; a cave was there, and Saul went in to relieve himself. David and his men were far back in the cave. The men said, "Today the LORD is saying, 'I will give your enemy into your hands for you to deal with as you wish.' " Then David crept up unnoticed and cut off a corner of Saul's robe (1 Samuel 24:3-4).

But after cutting off the corner of Saul's robe, David was conscience-stricken that he should not do anything to harm the one that God had chosen as king, nor would he let any of his men attack Saul. When Saul left the cave, David followed after him and called out to Saul:

"My lord the king!" When Saul looked behind him, David bowed down and prostrated himself with his face to the ground. He said to Saul, "Why do you listen when men say, 'David is bent on harming you'? This day you have seen with your own eyes how the LORD delivered you into my hands in the cave. Some urged me to kill you, but I spared you; I said, 'I will not lift my hand against my master, because he is the LORD's anointed.' See, my father, look at this piece of your robe in my hand! I cut off the corner of your robe but did not kill you. Now understand and recognize that I am not guilty of wrongdoing or rebellion. I have not wronged you, but you are hunting me down to take my life. May the LORD judge between you and me. And may the LORD avenge the wrongs you have done to me, but my hand will not touch you. As the old saying goes, 'From evildoers come evil deeds,' so my hand will not touch you. "Against whom has the king of Israel come out? Whom are you pursuing? A dead dog? A flea? May the LORD be our judge and decide between us. May He consider my cause and uphold it; may He vindicate me by delivering me from your hand."

David did three things at En Gedi that I think are worth learning from when we feel we are being treated unjustly.

First, he fled from a bad situation. While God may sometimes call you to stay in a bad situation to do all you can to work things out, there are still those times when it's truly OK to flee from it. David did his best to try to talk things out with Saul, but when it became apparent that his very life was in danger if he stayed any longer, he fled. Jesus did the same thing at time, escaping quickly from people and places where people wanted to harm or kill Him, such as escaping from a crowd that wanted to throw Him over the cliff, or fleeing from those who tried to stone Him at the temple, or when He escaped the grasp of those who tried to kill Him as He walked through Solomon's Colonnade (see Luke 4:28-30, John 8:59, and John 10:39).

Second, David trusted God to protect and provide for him. Sometimes you may not want to flee from a bad situation because of the fear that something worse will happen to you. But if God is in it, He can protect and provide for you as well. God can provide a place for you like He provided En Gedi for David. It may not be like the place from which you came, but if it's God's provision, it can be just what you need, and a remarkable place in its own right. God protected and provided for the Israelites in the desert after they fled from their captors in Egypt, giving them manna and meat to eat for forty years. And He did the same for Elijah when Elijah fled from King Ahab, sending bread and meat to Elijah every morning and evening by way of birds who were directed by God to do so (see Exodus 16:35, Numbers 11:31-32, and 1 Kings 17:4-6).

Third, David trusted God to administer justice. Even though you may have a chance to administer justice yourself to those who wrongfully accuse or harm you, you may benefit by taking this lesson from David. He could have killed Saul himself, but then he would have had to face 3,000 angry troops next. By trusting the matter into God's hands, Saul was eventually punished for his wrongdoings, losing his life in battle, and David was brought back to live at the palace, this time as king. Even Jesus, for as many times as He escaped from the hands of His captors, trust God to administer the ultimate justice when God told Him to lay down His life for those who sinned against Him. Because of this, the Bible says:

Therefore God exalted Him to the highest place and gave Him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father (Philippians 2:9-11).

Jesus trusted God to make things right in the end, and make things right He did. Just like David did, and just like you and I can do when we feel like others are treating us unjustly.

There are many other things you can do in situations like these, such as forgiving those who mistreat you (see Matthew 18:21-35) or calling for help from others who can step in and help with the situation (see Matthew 18:15-17).

Whether you flee or whether you stay, whether the situation improves or gets worse, know that God can protect and provide for you in the midst of it, and that He can work all things for good in the end. Remember David at En Gedi, and remember what the Bible says:

"... that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose" (Romans 8:28).

Let's pray:

Father, thank You for giving us the example of David and Saul, so we can learn from them to see just how much You can do for those who love You. And Lord, help us to keep putting our trust in You that You will always work all things for good in Your way and in Your timing. In Jesus' name, Amen.

P.S. Sometimes people will come against you in an area where you're actually very strong, but because of what they're saying and doing, it makes you feel very weak. God wants to remind you to listen to what He says, not to what those who are against you are saying.

~*~

PEACE, LOVE & JOY

Abbey

"HALLELUJA"

Thank you so much, Bryn at Celestial Offerings, for turning me on to this video.  This is so awesome and it made my eyes water a little, too.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

THERE'S NO PLACE LIKE HOME - TAP TAP TAP!

13 hours 50 minutes 977 miles behind me today and I am finally home!  There's no place like home.  I know, it's cliche, but I have to say it! We traveled home in our new SUV and it drove and rides like a million bucks!  We beat our own record of 15+ hours ... thanks to my Mother who made sandwiches for both of us, and tossed in a bag of potato chips and some white chocolate macademia nut cookies, plus water and peach tea mixers.  We only stopped for fuel and potty breaks!

Every time I go "home" to see my folks, I return feeling like my tanks are full.  I get that special "something" from being in that aura where I was raised.  It's still there, and I'm still their little girl in many ways.  I am full of ambition after having ice cream at the neighbors' and seeing some walls that she textured herself.  I think I'll try it in the guest bath, but first, I'll go to Lowe's and read up on those flyers and magazines about "how to".

I'd like to say all was great, but alas, my dumb health issues reared the ugly heads of some symptoms I do not experience at home, at least, not as great as when I am in Texas.  I have blown up with water and can't seem to get it off.  My legs, especially knees and my ankles and feet, are so swollen, they look like you could stick a pin in them and they'd burst.  I had some breathing issues as well.  I have had some spells where I couldn't seem to catch my breath.  Of course, I heard from all and the general consensus is that getting some weight off would do wonders, and I cannot disagree.  I'm on it.  The Y is $49/mo. and since I cannot seem to get into a routine at home, I'm going to try the Y. There are aqua exercise classes which will be good (and are recommended by my rheumatologist) for fibromyalgia.  PRAY FOR ME!!!

My right shoulder, which I had x-rayed before I left on vacation, is still giving me a real pain in the wazoo! It's not the shoulder, but the clavical, near the center.  It keeps getting into a "catch" that hurts like the dickens when I reach, stretch, for something.  It's been a real nuisance.

So, heck, are ya just bored to death and just plain sick of hearing about my physical trials?  I feel better venting, so if you've stayed this far, I appreciate you listening.  I'll be on the phone making doctor appointments first thing Monday morning; I have my list of complaints, and which physician I need to see for each.  I want to be that slim girl in her 20's that I was so long ago.  I realize it's not possible to be THAT thin again, but I can get close if I work hard and stick to a regimented diet plan!  I THINK I CAN, I THINK I CAN, I KNOW I CAN, I KNOW I CAN!!!

In short, and in spite of the ailments, I feel great being home and I'm ready to tackle all of the things on my PERSONAL "To Do" list!  GO FOR IT, ABBEY!!!!

Talk soon! LOVE and PEACE,
Abbey

Friday, July 09, 2010

HEARTLIGHT


Today's Heartlight is a challenge to us all.  Accept this challenge, embrace the words of the prayer, and DREAM BIG!!  God is greater than our own thoughts . . .

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VERSE:

Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.

~Ephesians 3:20-21

THOUGHT:

Of all the names for God in the Bible, this is my favorite: "Him who is Able to Do Immeasurably More." Our God is the same God who parted the Red Sea and fed 5,000 on a green hillside with only a couple of sardine sandwiches. He longs to do more than we can ask or imagine! Unfortunately most of us haven't really given him much of a challenge with our wimpy dreams and shallow prayers. Let's dream big dreams for God. Then hang on for the ride that is more than we can even imagine!

PRAYER:

Almighty and Awesome God, do in our day what you did in past days. Give us faith to believe and then amaze us at how short-sighted our faith really was. Give us vision to see your plan and believe you long to do greater things. We ask this, not for ourselves or our reputation, but for your glory and the salvation of our world. In Jesus' name. Amen.

THIS DAY'S . . .


There can be no happiness if the things we believe in are different from the things we do.

Treya Stark

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In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will, in order that we, who were the first to hope in Christ, might be for the praise of his glory. And you also were included in Christ when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation. Having believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession- to the praise of his glory.

~Ephesians 1:11-14

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It is a profound irony that the Son of God visited this planet and one of the chief complaints against him was that he was not religious enough.

~Rebecca Manley Pippert

Thursday, July 08, 2010

HEARTLIGHT



Sorry I am so late posting .... I spent the day with little Cooper and got my tanks filled with absolute JOY!!  The "Thought" following today's "Verse" is compeling, if not confusing . . . I admit that I had to read it more than once.  My conclusion, as a Catholic and because of our beliefs, that it is also controversial.  I'd love to have your thoughts after reading it. 

More than anything, today's Wisdom is so complete and finite.  I always think of this verse when people ask "why" of earthly troubles.  FAITH is what brings your peace, brothers and sisters in Christ.  Knowing that His ways may not be understood at one moment, but having the true and unabiding FAITH in His Word that tells us, in black and white, that His Ways are far and above our comprehension.  As I write, my thought at this moment is "Dear God, I can only imagine being in your presence; You are God above everything - how wonderful your love for me."

Blessings,
Abbey

~*~


VERSE:

I will worship toward thy holy temple, and praise thy name for thy loving kindness and for thy truth; for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name.

~Psalm 138:2

THOUGHT:

For Christians, God's temple is one of two related things:either the Christian's body (1 Cor. 6:19-20) or the group of people who make up his Church (1 Cor. 3:16). Because of the flaws in people who make up our churches, many are hypercritical of their hypocrisy. But God's Church is precious to him, and should be to us. Anyone who destroys his Church through division will be utterly destroyed. God's faithfulness to his people is seen in his preservation of the Church through all the ravages and persecutions of history and his patience with the flawed people who are in his Church. But, God is still the center of the Church and he alone is to be exalted. The Church is still to be governed by his Word and not just their own will.

PRAYER:

Holy and incomparable God, I praise you for your steadfast love and faithfulness revealed in your preservation of your Church through all the years of history. I will cherish your Church and do all I can to help it grow and mature to become more like Jesus. I recognize that you and you alone are to be exalted above all other things and that church must never be more important than your will revealed in your word. Give me the courage to be true to you even if the church with whom I'm involved may not completely honor you. Through Jesus I pray. Amen.

~*~

WISDOM:

For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.

~Isaiah 55:8-9, King James Version

Wednesday, July 07, 2010

A Voice Like An Angel


I had forgotten how much I love this song, and Celine in general!  She is so gifted and I've followed her career from the beginning.  No one sings quite like Celine!


HEARTLIGHT


VERSE:

As for God, his way is perfect: the word of the LORD is tried; he is a buckler to all those that trust in him.

~Psalm 18:30

THOUGHT:

God is a shield whose Word can be trusted. His way is not only true, but it is also life-giving. But, we must take refuge in him if his flawless word and his perfect way are going to be blessings and his presence is going to bless us as our shield. Our allegiance, reliance, and dependence must be voluntarily placed in him and lives must be committed to living by flawless word.

PRAYER:

God of our Fathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, I trust my soul and future to you. You are my strength and shield. Please protect and guard me, my family, and your church from the Evil One. Please keep us physically safe, spiritually vibrant, and morally upright as we serve you this summer and seek to honor your will by obeying your Word. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Message From God

Before I post the Message, I am assuming (which is never really a good thing) that everyone KNOWS that this is not really a message FROM GOD .... it is a message that people think might be something God would say to a person.  Okay, now that's outa the way!

On this day, God wants you to know ...

... that God is glad that you are You. Sure, we all have things we want to change, to improve about ourselves. But underneath the flesh and bone, you are an immortal and perfect soul. Always remember that.

Tuesday, July 06, 2010

New Background

I chose this new background because it was titled "From The Heart".  I feel this is the most basic, yet honest way to describe how I feel about my blog, and how I want to touch people with scriptures and other tidbits that come straight from my heart.  That is how I have always written - in my journals, in letters to family and friends, and here in this cyberspace medium.  It kinda fits, don't you think?

PEACE, LOVE & JOY,
Abbey 

HEARTLIGHT


VERSE:

Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away,

~Matthew 24:35


THOUGHT:


What do you have that will last? Not much -- the love you have for God and his children, the praise you offer him, and the Word he has spoken to us through his Spirit, the rPophets, and his Son Jesus. Invest in these things and you will never be without lasting
truth,blessing, and hope!


PRAYER:


Eternal God and loving Father, give me wisdom to discern what is truly lasting and invest my life in them. I want my life built on things that will never suffer decay. Thank you for sending Jesus to teach me truth that will last. I want to be obedient to his words and his life. Bless me in ways that help me live a life that is true. In the name of Jesus, my  eternal Savior I pray. Amen.

THIS DAY'S . . .

This is so strange, but I thought of and talked about Dale Evans just recently.  Now that is a name that's a blast from the past, probably for you as well.  If you've never read any of Dale Evans' books, I highly recommend them. She was such a soul-ful lady, she loved God and country, and was a devoted wife to our hero, Roy Rogers.  Enjoy the quote, which is from Ms. Evans'.

~*~


When two caring people who are committed to each other wrestle with the inevitable hard times that confront every married couple in a spirit of kindness and tenderness and forgiveness, miracles do happen.

~Dale Evans Rogers

~*~


Ah Lord GOD! behold, thou hast made the heaven and the earth by thy great power and stretched out arm, and there is nothing too hard for thee.

~Jeremiah 32:17

~*~

Peace, Love, & Joy,
Abbey

I'M ALIVE!

Greetings dear ones,

I have returned from the lake, but am so behind on so many things that I must prioritize. To me, my blog is way up on the list, but in reality, I do have many things that require my attention. 

Do not forsake me, for I am here and I will be back to you soon!!

Wishing everyone a blessed day,
Abbey

Thursday, July 01, 2010

This Day's . . .



Your home can be a place for dying or living, for wilting or blooming, for anxiety or peace, for discouragement or affirmation, for criticism or approval, for profane disregard or reverence, for suspicion or trust, for blame or forgiveness, for alienation or closeness, for violation or respect, for carelessness or caring. By your daily choices, you will make your home what you want it to be.

~Carole Sanderson Streeter

~*~


“Be careful not to do your ‘acts of righteousness’ before men, to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven. So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by men. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full. But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.”

~Matthew 6:1-4


Off to the lake for the 4th of July Celebration! See you all next week!

Abbey