Monday, December 29, 2014

WHERE'S ABBEY?

My dearest friends in JESUS Christ,

I have not left you, rather I have had and still have my elderly parents here for Christmas. We have had a very blessed Christmas! And on Christmas evening, I had my entire family all together. This is a rare thing and I feel a very particular blessing that we were together! But oh my, I didn't take a family photo. Hubby took one of all of us around the dinner table but no one knew we were on Candid Camera and I look awful eyes closed in mid sentence. So I just cannot post it.

I found myself in particular thought on several occasions. I look at my mother, who had a stroke four years ago and my daddy's mind not as sharp as it once was. But I kept thanking God for them. Such beautiful and loving souls who rescued me from a poor environment, they are my heroes!  And I lovingly bathe my mother and wash her hair, doing only what she cannot manage herself. I'm vey proud of her hard work in learning to dress herself with her handicaps. She's always been a very strong and stoic woman.

I realize more and more that mom and dad are growing old and also that in my youth, I took for granted that they would always be around. After mom's stroke, their aging process seemed to speed up and I now visit them as much as possible.

I realize more and more the numerous blessings that are constant in my life, and see now that I should never worry. God has made it clear in my mind that He is in control.  I am extremely grateful because of all that happened and all who shared time with us.

See if today's verses from JESUS Calling do not bolster your required faith in all matters from our Loving God:

--Psalm 62:8
You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you. Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord, the Lord, is the Rock eternal.

—Isaiah 26:3 
Blessed is the man who makes the Lordhis trust, who does not look to the proud, to those who turn aside to false gods.

—Psalm 40:4
When I am afraid, I will trust in you. In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I will not be afraid. What can mortal man do to me?

—Psalm 56:3–4
Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge.

—Psalm 62:8
You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you. Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord, the Lord, is the Rock eternal.

—Isaiah 26:3
Blessed is the man who makes the Lord his trust, who does not look to the proud, to those who turn aside to false gods.

Pray for me as I pray for you. I'm doing this on my iPhone so it's not as perfect as I'd like. We are on our way to see mom's brother in Maryville, TN.  Then over to Nashville so mom can put flowers on her mother's (my Granny) grave tomorrow and then back home.

Have a day filled with Peace, Love and Joy!

Lovingly in JESUS Christ,
Abbey+++

THIS DAY'S....

This Day's Thought from The Ranch
When the appointed times of prayer were past, he found no difference, because he still continued with God, praising and blessing Him with all his might, so that he passed his life in continual joy.
Brother Lawrence

This Day's Verse
Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.
Psalm 119:105
The English Standard Version

This Day's Smile
My coat and I live comfortably together.  It has assumed all my wrinkles, does not hurt me anywhere, has molded itself on my deformities, and is complacent to all my movements, and I only feel its presence because it keeps me warm.  Old coats and old friends are the same thing.
Victor Hugo

Thursday, December 25, 2014

PEACE & GOODWILL TO ALL NATIONS

Wishing you a most joyous Christmas celebration!
 ABBEY ♥

This Day's Thought from The Ranch
When we celebrate Christmas we are celebrating that amazing time when the Word that shouted all the galaxies into being, limited all power, and for love of us came to us in the powerless body of a human baby.
Madeline L’Engle

This Day's Verse
Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night.  And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid.  Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people.  For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.  And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger.”  And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying:  “Glory to God in the highest,  And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!”

Luke 2:8-14
The New King James Version

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

STORY OF CHRISTMAS


This Day's Thought from The Ranch
There was a man who lived in a small farming community.  The man did not believe in the Christmas story.  He thought the whole idea strange and illogical.  But one wintery night, birds and church bells changed the man’s life forever.  On a snowy Christmas Eve, this man observed birds thumping into his window apparently seeking refuge from the winter storm.  He felt compassion for the birds and decided to help.  The man knew his barn would be a safe refuge for his cold, feathered friends, but enlisting the birds’ cooperation became quite a challenge.  With the barn doors wide open and lights burning, he first tried to lead the birds to safety.  No luck.  Then, he tried shooing them toward the door.  Still, no luck.  Finally, he placed breadcrumbs along the path to the barn, but he birds still refused to cooperate.  He thought, “If only I could lead these lost creatures to safety.”  At that very moment the church bells rang…and the man understood.  He knew why God came to earth, and he understood the truth of the Christmas story.  God became man so that He might lead us to salvation.
Louis Cassels

This Day's Verse
These are the facts concerning the birth of Jesus Christ: His mother, Mary, was engaged to be married to Joseph.  But while she was still a virgin she became pregnant by the Holy Spirit.  Then Joseph, her fiancĂ©, being a man of stern principle, decided to break the engagement but to do it quietly, as he didn’t want to publicly disgrace her.  As he lay awake considering this, he fell into a dream, and saw an angel standing beside him.  “Joseph, son of David,” the angel said, “don’t hesitate to take Mary as your wife!  For the child within her has been conceived by the Holy Spirit.  And she will have a Son, and you shall name him Jesus (meaning ‘Savior’), for he will save his people from their sins.  This will fulfill God’s message through his prophets ‘Listen! The virgin shall conceive a child! She shall give birth to a Son, and he shall be called “Emmanuel” (meaning “God is with us”).'”  When Joseph awoke, he did as the angel commanded and brought Mary home to be his wife, but she remained a virgin until her Son was born; and Joseph named him “Jesus.”
Matthew 1:18-25
The Living Bible

This Day's Smile

The boy was nine, but a big husky kid.  The director of the church’s annual Christmas pageant knew he would be the right one to play the innkeeper’s part.  With a harsh voice, his job would be to send Mary and Joseph away from the inn.  He practiced his one and only line, “There is no room in the inn.”  But the youngster had a flaw- his tender heart.  As the night of the performance came he rehearsed his line again and again with his parents.  Finally his turn came.  With his gruffest voice he brushed the holy couple away from the door, saying, “There is no room in the inn!”  Joseph looked so sad and Mary so helpless.  They began to exit when suddenly the nine-year-old innkeeper blurted out to everyone’s surprise, “Wait, come back here!  You can have my room!”  The director thought the play was ruined!  Some of the kids rolled their eyes.  But the majority of people there that night at the local church thought it the best pageant ever.  Many left with tears, recapturing the real meaning of Christmas.  This season is always so rushed, isn’t it?  And what suffers most?  Shopping days?  Parties?  Gift exchanges?  No, not usually.  Time alone with God?  That’s often the first thing to go, right?  No time, no room, for Jesus.  Our lives are crowding Him out with too many things to do.  Don’t you see our Lord slowly drawing away from the door of your heart with downcast eyes?  “Wait, come back, I do have room for you.”

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May the Joy of the birth of the Savior for all the world
bring you peace, love and tidings of great joy.

Lovingly in Christ,
ABBEY

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

LIVING THE EXPRESSION OF GOD'S KINDNESS

Be the living expression of God’s kindness: kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile, kindness in your warm greeting.
~Mother Teresa

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Christmas Eve is one week away! Suddenly, the time is flying by and I'm wondering how I can slow it down.  I suppose it would begin with slowing myself down. We have a pretty big crew on Christmas and being the hostess, I never sit down and enjoy it because I'm seeing to everyone else's needs. The big dinner has to be cooked, everybody eats, it's over in 15 minutes and everyone leaves the kitchen and dining area and there I am, all alone.  My children play this mental game of "well, if she's not helping, I'm not helping" and don't realize who they're hurting. All part of it I guess. But I'm surprising them: I'm doing finger food for Christmas! Yes! You heard me right, but everyone will surely enjoy the 
goodies I have planned. Hubby is still smoking the turkey breast and will slice it for small sandwiches, there will be sliced ham, that wonderful cheese ball that  love so much, shrimp cocktail, cheeses and veggies, stuffed eggs, dips and crackers, and that's just what I'm doing. I do not know what everyone else will bring ....... my daughter will probably be the only one to lend a helping hand by bringing food.

But Mother Teresa's words ring true. I will read this over and over on Christmas eve before things get wound up and I will do my utmost to have that sparkle of kindness in my eyes, to say the things that make people feel warm and welcome, to give them a gentle hug and make everyone feel that they are the most important person to show up, and to greet each one with gladness and a statement that goes something like "Merry Christmas! I'm so happy that you could come!"

All of this comes easily to me. I've always been a people person, but I truly feel the inclination to do each of these things.  But not everyone loves Christmas, believe it or not.  I feel keeping the true meaning in Christmas vital because there are homeless people who have no warm home and Christmas tree with pretty wrapped gifts underneath, or a warm dinner waiting for them.  Please pray for the lonely, cold and hungry people, that they may find sanctuary this Christmas.

Remember in prayer the unborn, for their precious lives are brutally snuffed out when their heartbeats can be heard.  I Googled aborted babies, and the horror of what I saw is enough, I would think, to shame anyone out of this procedure that is nothing short of murder.  Please pray for the lives of the unborn.

For our men and women in uniform, and who are far away from home this Christmas, please pray that they will be able to talk to their families and keep them out of harm's way.

For the neglected and abused children. Pray to the Lord to change their parents into more loving parents or that these children are rescued. They are already scarred for life.

For the neglected elderly in nursing homes and elsewhere, neglected by their families who make an obligatory visit for 30 minutes and bring them a plate of food. The bulk of their holiday is spent in the nursing home. The nurses are their only family. What would be wrong with picking up the elderly and taking them home with their families for one day? ABSOLUTELY NOTHING!

Lastly, please pray for the 141 people killed in the Pakistani school yesterday by the Taliban.  130 of these victims were children.  This is nothing less than a merciless slaughter - and for what?  It is senseless and it is more proof that these murderous, insane - I can't even call them people - whoever they are really have no agenda and certainly no heart.

What did I tell you about Isaiah? These things were predicted thousands of years ago. And the evildoers will "brag" about their conquests, but God will get them in the end, too.  Is this a pull and tug between Issis and the Taliban for power. I had thought the Taliban had been destroyed.

Well, we have much to pray about and I want each and every one of you to stop and pray for the above intentions, but mostly for the souls of those killed in a Pakistan school yesterday.  Again 130 children! AND FOR WHAT? And the threats of terrorism if Sony Pictures releases a certain film as scheduled. The "terrorists" have mentioned 9/11. I honestly feel this is someone in the U.S., probably some computer geek and he'll be caught sooner than later.
Revelation 21:8(ESV)But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the detestable, as for murderers, the sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, their portion will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death.” 
Have a blessed and joy filled day, and remember the special intentions that I mention above when you pray. I also humbly ask for your prayers for my ministry, that I will be filled with the Holy Spirit to guide my hands to write the words for you to see that will encourage and enlighten you.

God bless you all,
Abbey

'THE GIFTS I WOULD GIVE"

I received this from "Positive Thoughts" and thought it very meaningful and worth sharing with you!
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Posted: 17 Dec 2014 05:33 AM PST


At Christmas time, I always want to give and give and give--yet my finances rarely allow me to give as abundantly as I would like.  That's okay by me--things are as they are--but sometimes I do like to think about the things that I would give if I could.  Interestingly enough, most of the gifts end up not having anything to do with money at all.

If I were able to do so, the first Christmas gift that I would give would be to my students--and to every person on the planet, young and old.  I would give them the desire to learn, and the ability to recognize the learning opportunities that come to them each day of their lives.  Our lives are rich and full the more we know about life and living.  It doesn't need to be academic learning, as life has plenty to know about that has nothing to do with school, but it sure doesn't hurt to have the desire to pick up a book now and then, and to actually do so.

To the leaders of the world, I would give a spirit of service, and the ability to accurately gauge the needs and desires of their constituents, not their parties.

To the teachers of the world, I would give them the gift of lower levels of stress brought on by the unrealistic expectations of administrators, politicians, and parents, most of whom know nothing of the dynamics of the classroom, but who insist on trying to control elements of the classroom.

To people who have experienced great loss, I would give the gift of acceptance of the situation.  Acceptance doesn't try to change anything, but it's really the only element of our lives that allows us to move on with peace in our minds and hearts.

To the parents of the world, I would give the ability to share time with their children, an element of life that grows less and less common in our world with each day.

To our country's economy, I would give the gift of no more lotteries or casinos or other ways to squander money that could be going towards our communities, but that is instead going to create huge profits for very few people.

To the lonely and dispossessed of the world, I would give the gift of friendship, as well as the gift of being able to be a friend, with love and acceptance as the major elements of any friendship that they may have.

To all I would give the gift of peace--peace of mind and of heart, a peace that does pass understanding, as true peace has no need to be understood, but just experienced and enjoyed and cultivated and loved.

To the people who work extremely hard for minimum wage, I would give a raise to a livable wage, along with health benefits to take much of the stress out of their lives, the stress of worrying about what might happen in the future.

To the young people of the world today, I would give them the gift of attention from their elders--complete and unconditional attention, with no Internet or cell phones involved at all.

Also to the young people, I'd give them the gift of bicycles and basketballs, and not the gift of another electronic device that will keep them from experiencing the world around them while they sit indoors staring at a screen.

And during this holiday season, I would like to give everyone the gift of a simple smile, of encouragement, of a compliment now and then.  And I think that I will do so, as much as I can, when I can and where I can.  This is a gift that is completely free for me to give, and one that can have long-reaching effects in very positive ways.  And as long as I have the ability to give such a gift available to me at absolutely no cost, what's keeping me from sharing it?

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Monday, December 15, 2014

GOD'S LAWS

Your justice is eternal for your laws are perfectly fair.  In my distress and anguish, your commandments comfort me.  Your laws are always fair; help me to understand them and I shall live.
Psalm 119:142-144
The Living Bible
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The world, God's creation, is in shambles. Yet so many go to sleep at night without a care or concern about the state of our country or as to how the wars waged in the Middle East are going to affect them.

The prophet, Isaiah, is full to the brim of prophecies that are occurring at this very moment. "God's mighty hand" is allowing the destruction and murderous ways of certain factions of the Middle East.  Right now, it is the evil Issal.  Isaiah said that the fatherless children and their mothers will die. The trees and the land of the evil will be destroyed. And the evil ones carrying out these deeds will boast about what they have done. And finally, they, too, will be destroyed by the mighty hand of God.

God's laws were set in stone. They were given to Moses who recorded them on the tablets and there are but only ten of them. But they are God's law of His creation. How many will you break in one day?


A full list of the 10 Commandments is given twice in the Old Testament (Exodus 20 and Deuteronomy 5), and each commandment is mean to show us how to live in love.
The 10 Commandments List in Exodus 20:2-17
  1. “I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. You shall have no other gods before Me.
  1. “You shall not make for yourself a carved image—any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me, but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.
  1. “You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain, for the LORD will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain.
  1. “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the LORD your God. In it you shall do no work: you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates. For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it.
  1. “Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the LORD your God is giving you.
  1. “You shall not murder.
  1. “You shall not commit adultery.
  1. “You shall not steal.
  1. “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
  1. “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, nor his male servant, nor his female servant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor anything that is your neighbor’s.”
Actually, the Old and New Testaments make up a unified whole, and God’s spiritual law and His thinking do not change (Malachi 3:6; Hebrews 13:8).   There may be slight differences in some wording; however the Ten Commandments remain as the foundation of our Salvation, and were meant to teach us how to live a life of love. All of the Ten Commandments are mentioned in the New Testament, and as a group they are called:
  • The way to “enter into life” (Matthew 19:17-19).
  • Necessary to be “called great in the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 5:19).
  • “Holy, just and good” (Romans 7:12).
  • “Spiritual” (Romans 7:14).
  • “The royal law” (James 2:8).
  • “The law of liberty” (James 2:11-12).
  • “The love of God” (1 John 5:3).
  • “Not burdensome” (1 John 5:3).
 If we are becoming more like Jesus Christ and practicing God’s way of love, we will fulfill the law (Romans 13:8-10). The saints, those who will enter the Kingdom of God, are those who “keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus” (Revelation 14:12).  ~Life Hope & Truth
When God gave the Ten Commandments to Moses on Mount Sinai, they were accompanied by earthquakes, smoke and fires. And to emphasize the importance of the laws, a loud trumpet sounded when God had given Moses all of His Commandments.  When Moses came down from Mt. Sinai, he had the two tablets where he had recorded the commandments given to him directly from God.

What if you made it a practice to recite the Ten Commandments each day, whether in prayer or just to remind yourself of how to live a life like Christ, a life of love?  There are a couple of the commandments which our mind violates before we can think to turn our thoughts another way.  Just ask Jesus to forgive you as soon as you realize your mistake.  "Knock, and the door shall be opened."


There is one fact that nobody on this earth can change: God is coming for his people! And for those who do not accept Jesus Christ as their savior, there is complete horror awaiting them. How do we reach them? I've spoken about living a Christ-like existence, but that still is not enough.  We must reach out and serve, and pass on the Good News to everyone. A small gesture, a brief sentence, by hand and deed will we show people who we are and that we are faithful and live in love and peace.


Imagine complete peace throughout the earth.  Isaiah talks of it, but with things as they are in the Middle east - no, throughout the world, it is difficult to imagine peace in China, Russia, the Middle East and more.  In our own country we cannot be at peace! I feel like life as I knew it was thrown a curve ball and I missed it when I swung the bat. I believe a lot of people feel this way, but they are lost into themselves and do not even think of going to God in prayer.  Prayer and faith are the only things that will keep you grounded in this life. The knowing that there IS a God, and there IS a Savior who died at Calvary for ALL of our sins so that we might have the opportunity to share in God's Kingdom when we die.


What happens to those people who don't practice any kind of faith or believe. You ask them and this is something like what kind of an answer you may get, "Oh, I believe there is a higher power, but I don't know if it is a God." You have the ability to shake them to their senses and as a child of God, you are obligated to do so. You cannot shy away from those who lack faith; instead, talk to them about what you know to be the Trust, The Word of God.


I cannot watch the news any longer because it is nothing but bad news and I don't need any of it.  It's full of propaganda, and is one side versus the other brainwashing us into believing theirs is the way!  Beware of all media; it is tainted and soiled.  Seek your news from reading your Bible, living the Ten Commandments, loving and having fellowship with your family and doing a good job at the office or in the home, and by attending Mass or your particular church's services regularly. In short, KEEP IN TOUCH WITH CHRIST AND GOD, THE FATHER! And receive His promises of eternal life when your time on earth is up.


Lovingly in Jesus Christ,

Abbey

Sunday, December 14, 2014

"KILLING JESUS"

I just finished reading "Killing Jesus", authored by Bill O'Reilly and Martin Duggard. It wasn't what I was expecting; it was better.  Believe you me, these guys did a LOT of research and noted wherever appropriate whether or not something could be confirmed as factual.

When I say it differed from what I was expecting, I mean that it has a lot of maps and charcoal drawings of places that were written about in the book. The reader was given a glimpse into when and where things occurred, who did or said this or that. There was a lot of descriptions of how people lived, the relationship between Rome and Jerusalem (which was held together by a thin thread), names of temples and city/country leaders, and so forth. It was very detailed in that way, rather than being a book of Jesus' sermons and the His ultimate demise, although of course that was at the latter  part of the book. It gives the reader good descriptions of traditions observed, how rulers ruled their territories, how the Jewish faith observed certain things and in what manner customs were observed, etc.

Anyway, I found it very interesting, and the maps and verbiage give the reader a good idea of how far it is from one famous place where Jesus gave a sermon to the next.  And in the end, it was quite descriptive of how the cross was  made and to my amazement, how Jesus was able to carry the large beam onto which he would be nailed after the horrid flogging and the brutal bashing his body and face received, not to forget the crown of thorns, which was continually pushed deeper into his head.

I won't say anymore about the book, but if you do purchase it, I wanted you to be aware that it reads like history in detail, rather than a simple story that we all already know.

PEACE, LOVE & JOYFUL ADVENT!
Abbey

Friday, December 12, 2014

YOUR PRAYERS ARE NEEDED, THANK YOU!

This was the best way to reach out to all of you and to wish you a very Merry Christmas, with Christ at the center of your celebrations with family friends.  I pray you will all keep safe and warm and enjoy your time with your families and loved ones. Keep praying, and pray hard to the baby Jesus for your needs and give thanks for His arrival as a human being on this earth.

Secondly, there is a family in my Church Parish who had a baby prematurely and he is not doing well. Only one kidney is functioning and he has a feeding tube and a tube in the working kidney because it is barely working.  Their prayer request is below and I ask that you consider praying for this little baby, Walker.

It also plagues my mind that there are women who are every day murdering their unborn children. What's more, parents are taking their teens to abortion clinics to avoid "embarrassment". Can you imagine a baby coming into this world by the Grace of God Almighty being an embarrassment and inconvenience?  Please pray for the unborn as you pray for baby Walker.  Here is their prayer request:

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Adam and I can not thank you enough for the thoughts, prayers, help with Wade, and for coming to see Walker.  We are so blessed.  I know a lot of you have been "under the weather" and I hope you all get well soon and take care of yourselves!!  
 
This week has been full of so many ups and downs and we still don't have all the answers/information. One thing we are learning is that kidney disease is very complicated and the road we are on is going to be full of ups and downs, unanswered questions, and lots of wait and see.  What we do know is that Walker has very little kidney function, and as the doctors say "no reserve".  The goal at this point is to get him as big as we can, as fast was we can, and get him to transplant.  His Nephrologist expects him to need dialysis before transplant, but our prayer is that he is wrong. Adam and I asked him if he was ever wrong, and he said very rarely.  So you know me, I asked him if he ever "admitted" that he is wrong!!   
 
With that said Walker has shown signs of not having enough kidney function to make it to transplant without dialysis.  His doctor has told us to prepare for bumps in the road and to enjoy the good days we have, and we will pray through the hard ones. 
 
Walker will have one tube coming out of the kidney that is providing what function he has,  and it will drain into a bag much like a catheter.  Of course he still has the G-tube to help with feedings.  He also had to have another blood transfusion after surgery and will have to have the epogen shots at home, in addition to more supplements and medicines to help manage his levels.  
 
We hope he will be able to come home sometime next week, and pray we can keep him home as long as possible.  He will have to have some more procedures and surgeries addressing the nephromosty tube and possible blockage over the next few months.  
 
Please pray for our baby boy and that this road he/we are on is not as bumpy as they are expecting.  Please pray that he can avoid dialysis before transplant.  We also ask that you pray for Wade because this does affect his life as well.  Last night when Wade was taking a bath he said "God is always with me... And he is always with Baby Walker." God is good and we know that God is working in our lives, Walker's life, and Wade's and we are trusting in Him to carry us through our best and darkest days.   
 
I have been reading a book called "The Red Sea Rules" given to to us by our preacher and it has brought me through the toughest days in my life. 
 
- Realize that God means for you to be where you are 
- Be more concerned for God's glory than for your relief 
- Acknowledge your enemy, but keep your eyes on the Lord 
- Pray! 
- Stay calm and confident and give God time to work
- When unsure, just take the next logical step by faith 
- Envision God's enveloping presence 
- Trust God to deliver in His own unique way 
- View your current crisis as a faith builder for the future 
- Don't forget to praise Him 
 
 And that is another prayer, that God is glorified through Walker's life and our lives as we walk this walk and depend on God day by day, hour by hour.  We pray for each of you as well and know that we all have things going on in our lives that we did not envision or plan on.  But it is God's plan and we have to trust in Him.  
 
Love Always,
Kitty & Adam 

Thursday, December 11, 2014

WHERE IS HAPPINESS ANYWAY?

I'm such a sap. Christmastime means I bring out my Christmas CDs and some of them are the OLD standards by Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and others. I LOVE CHRISTMAS! And I LOVE Christmas carols.  I think I even heard John Mellancamp do his version of "I Saw Mama Kissing Santa Claus" just yesterday.

I hauled a huge box of wrapping paper and plain old stuff up the stairs and into the kitchen where I can wrap on my farm table.  Then I saw a huge poinsettia and I had this enormous clear red vase that I bought last year, so you know what I did.  Yes, I made a huge beautiful bouquet of velvet and glitter, pine cones and greenery.  I had the perfect place for it but it was very precarious going. Then I decided to put garland around the top of the curio where I'd just planted the vase.  I was so hot and had exerted so much effort standing on my tippy toes to get the lights around the whole thing that when looked in the mirror, I saw a very red face and lots of sweat!

And I want to give my due to my Guardian Angel, Barnard.  He rang Christmas bells. I have no bells in my house and the t.v. wasn't on so I know what I heard and I believe he was warning me to be careful.  These things happen to me all the time ...... but Guardian Angels is another subject.


Well, it's impossible to fully feel the beauty in a photograph, but it is beautiful. And I was a whipped dog, so no presents were wrapped. That begins today. Now on to where I was going with this.  

~**~

If you ever find happiness by hunting for it, you will find it, as the old woman did. She'd lost her spectacles - and found them where they were 
safe on her own nose all the time.
~Josh Billings 

This analogy also applies to us.  We all WANT to be happy but some of us just cannot find it.  There are those who are chronic malcontents and in my humble opinion, or at least in my experience, I was never able to change that facet of their personalities.

Happiness is something that requires your input. One has to at least give it a good try, and if you fall down, get up and punch at it again until you break through.

So it is with our faith. We look to God and Christ for many things including our happiness.  The prayer of "God please change my life so that I will be happy" just doesn't work.  The better prayer would be "Dear God, help ME to change so that I may find the happiness that I seek."

It was kinda funny about the little old lady finding her glasses on here nose.  My friends, happiness is there all of the time; you have to find it yourself and THEN call on God to help you to change and enjoy it, and also to spread it to others.

Happiness truly does come from within.  I had a boyfriend in my 20's who used to pound (figurativey) into my head "only you can make yourself happy". I just didn't get it but I tried. The philosophy went something like this: If a person says something and you get your feelings hurt, it's not their fault but yours because you ALLOWED their words to hurt you.  Basically, you have complete control  over this emotion.  Easily said, not easily done.  But it is worth a big heave ho try!  And while you're working at being happy, there is something that is a MUST HAVE to be happy, and that is a full and complete relationship with Jesus Christ and Our Heavenly Father.

Praying to them will bring you peace if you let down the barriers and allow them into your heart.  A full relationship with God and Christ takes a lot of time - in fact, 24 hours a day 7 days a week! But not to worry, it is such a happy time that you won't ever want to stop.

Just do this for me:  Remember that you are capable to make yourself happy and unhappy, they're your feelings and nobody can control them but you. AND, most importantly, you NEED a full relationship with God and Jesus Christ.  I promise you, you will not be sorry if you get on that narrow path with me and millions of others that leads to heaven.  And heaven is the reward. An eternal life in Paradise with Jesus Christ, our Father, and reuniting with family and friends gone before us.  Who would not want that??? Well then, get busy!!


Psalm 37:4 Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall 

give thee the desires of thine heart.."


I pray that the Peace of the Lord will be with you today. Pray it, for yourself.

Lovingly in Christ,
Abbey

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

THE NEXT NOVENA

Peace be with you!

We are excited to announce that the next novena we will pray is the Christmas Novena
 
This was the very first novena we ever prayed through Pray More Novenas -- and that was four years ago. At the time, we didn't have very many people subscribed to pray with us... And now, there are more than 148,000 people praying with us! 
 
We have prayed for the same general intention each year that we pray this novena, and that's for an end to abortion. 
 
There is no better time than to reflect on the most vulnerable of this world than during Advent and Christmas when we prepare for the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ, who comes to us as a small baby.
We will begin praying on Tuesday, December 16th. That's less than a week away!

You can ask your friends & family to sign up here:

http://www.praymorenovenas.com/christmas-novena/

You are already signed up to receive the novena :) 

We're looking forward to praying with you and for you! 

God bless you!
John-Paul & Annie - PrayMoreNovenas.com
 

Monday, December 08, 2014

HOPE AND TRUST

Psalm 39:7 .“And now, O Lord, for what do I wait? My hope is in you."

Romans 12:12  "Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer."

~*~

Anchor Your Hope and Trust in God


Ah, I know the meaning of these verses quite well.  What is the dominant emotion in all of our lives? We were blessed with this Grace when Christ went through hell on earth and was crucified. Obviously from the above scripture, you surely know that this emotion is HOPE!

HOPE is defined in two ways: intransitive verb and transitive verb.  In the archaic intransitive verb it is described as to cherish a desire with anticipation, as in hopes for a promotion or TRUST.

But in the transitive use of the verb, we see a much brighter side of HOPE: (1) to desire with expectation of obtainment or (2) to expect with confidence:  TRUST!

It is in the Advent season, a time of great hope. It is hope with confidence, trusting in the birth of our Savior to a young virgin girl name Mary.  For most, but not all people, it is the most exciting time in the Liturgical Calendar, competing highly with Easter!

I pray that you have fully given your heart to The Holy Trinity, else the scriptures above mean nothing. If you "think" you've fully given your heart to The Holy Trinity and you do not feel that you have HOPE in Jesus Christ, that you may rejoice in this hope, that you are able to maintain patience in times of tribulation, then you need to practice some very fervent prayer.  For these are the things that have been promised to us through the word of God, The Holy Bible.

I have faced many tribulations in my lifetime. When I was a young adult, I had no faith, no God or Jesus, I basically turned my back on them.  So, in times of trial and tribulation, all I had was myself to cry to, and cry I did.  Broken hearts were the dominant cause of my trials.  Trusting in someone on earth for fulfillment of my innermost emotions, and it took me a long time to learn that you cannot, repeat, CANNOT completely depend on any earthly human being for the things that have been promised of which can only come through The Holy Trinity.

When I came to full conversion, prayer, and lots of it, made me feel so much better.  I have every confidence and hope in the Lord God and Lord Jesus, not to forget our blessed Mother who intercedes for us.

Think about this: I have a very particular trial that I gave fully to God so that I might be happier in my life if I didn't have this burden on my heart.  It came true!  I trust in Him completely; I have HOPE that He will work this out in His own Will, in His own time.  I do not know what the outcome will be, but I TRUST Him and he will not forsake me, nor my prayers.

It has been a very long time, years in fact, since I gave it up to God and asked Him to please take care of it. As of today, I am still awaiting the outcome, but you see, I have NOT given up; I still TRUST Him and have great HOPE in a wonderful outcome, Thy Will be Done!  I HAD to come to this and it was difficult. I tried many times to give it to God, but then I'd turn around and worry about it again. So I am saying that it is not easy at times to give your troubles to God and then forget them.  But if you pray in earnest and ask it of Him, it will be granted and He will bless you with his Graces.

We await with Hope the Birth of our Savior. He has come and then He has returned to the right hand of His Father and his mother on his right.  Our hope and trust now is that He will come again in Glory to save the living and the dead, to take them to Heaven! I have Hope that it is in my lifetime, but we will never know the time, all the more reason to have your life in order and to pray earnestly and diligently.

Go with God, find Peace, Happiness and Love in all things.

Lovingly in Christ,
Abbey