Bible Study

I’m doing an online bible study.  This one is studying the letters of 1, 2, & 3 John.

The first week, jumps into what is light and darkness.  Light is forgiveness and presence of God.  Darkness is sin and its effects.

One of the questions was:  “In what ways does culture give the impression that sin does not affect us?”  Think about it, with all that is on the tele, movies, real life, I’m sure you know one or two, if not more, people that you know of who are sinning.  Not to mention looking at the person in the mirror.

But what is sin?  Disobeying the 10 Commandments?  Okay, on the surface of the 10 Commandments, one may think, hey, I’ve got that covered, I follow the 10 Commandments, piece of cake.    B U T ….

If you look deeper at these Commandments and realize what could be included in them, it may cause one to go hummmm … maybe the one looking in the mirror isn’t as sinless after all.  Click here for a more in depth list of sins covered under the 10 Commandments.

Am I sinless?  Heavens NO!!  I see myself in this extended list also.  Discouraging, why bother?  Because I want to be in Heaven when I die.  I want to have an eternity with the Light.  Not eternity in the darkness, weeping & gnashing teeth.  Light  sounds much better!!

Unfortunately the culture we live in gives the impression that sin does not affect us.  It does and without an Advocate to speak on one’s behalf, darkness is one’s place of eternity.

Who is this Advocate?  It’s Jesus Christ, the Son of God.  The One who suffered, died and shed His blood to cover the sins of man.  Ask Him into your heart today, don’t wait.  Ask Him to forgive you.  God made us all with a desire to return to Him, that is what we need to do is turn around, ask Him to forgive us and follow by faith and receive His forgiveness & mercy.

I know for me, I was so restless that nothing would satisfy my restlessness.  I could not sit still, it was like I was hooked up to an electrical outlet and my body wouldn’t sit still.  When I realized it was the Holy Spirit reminding me that I was God’s child, I did just that, turned around and asked His forgiveness.  I found a church that fed my soul and my restlessness was satisfied.  Nothing can satisfy that longing and desire … I repeat … NOTHING of this world can satisfy that longing and desire but God and a relationship with Jesus.

Friday, April 3, 2015

This morning I was pleasantly surprised by a text that the kids wanted to come over.  As I got out of bed and dressed, they were already knocking on the door.  They had run over to our place.  LOL … that was too funny.  We talked for a little bit, then watched the recorded Dancing with the Stars while our grandson was playing a game on the computer.  Then they switched, our granddaughter played on the computer and he watched the turtles.  Once grandpa was up, we went to lunch at Raising Cains.  If you have a Raising Cains in your area and they are running an event about used cell phones, well, that’s a pretty good deal.

The deal runs through the end of April.  If you turn in an old used cell phone, and buy one meal & a drink, you get another meal of equal or lesser value free  (but you will need to buy a drink for the free meal.)  We turned in two used cell phones and got two free meals, such a great deal!  Why do they want used cell phones?  I’m so glad you asked.  They recycle them and in turn get calling cards to send to the troops out of the country to call home.  I told you it was a good deal!!

I’ve been reading a book titled, Heaven, by Randy Alcorn.

What is your idea of Heaven?  Boring or exciting?   What is your idea of hell?

In reading the first three chapters of Heaven, I desire to have my final destination to be Heaven.  I would not want to be in hell as “…the wicked suffer terribly, are fully conscious, retain their memories and reasoning, long for relief, cannot be comforted, cannot leave their torment and are bereft of hope. (Luke 16:19-31)…”  “Christ says the unsaved ‘will be thrown outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth’ (Matthew 8:12)”

There are many times that the Bible describes hell as a place of weeping and gnashing of teeth.  That doesn’t sound like a pleasant way to spend eternity to me.  I’d rather be in Heaven where I am with family, being loved, and most of all, with my Savior.  I can’t think of a better way to spend eternity.

In the dark, all alone, in pain, fully conscious and longing for relief that never comes, weeping and gnashing of teeth … um, no thanks, being in the light and love and peace and no pain in a new body is where I want to be.  Easter weekend – Thank You, Jesus, for suffering and paying a debt that I could not pay and thinking of me when you were suffering and dying on the cross.

He was despised and rejected—
    a man of sorrows, acquainted with deepest grief.
We turned our backs on him and looked the other way.
    He was despised, and we did not care.

Yet it was our weaknesses he carried;
    it was our sorrows that weighed him down.
And we thought his troubles were a punishment from God,
    a punishment for his own sins!
But he was pierced for our rebellion,
    crushed for our sins.
He was beaten so we could be whole.
    He was whipped so we could be healed.
All of us, like sheep, have strayed away.
    We have left God’s paths to follow our own.
Yet the Lord laid on him
    the sins of us all.

Isaiah 53:3-6 NLT

Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

We’ve spent a lot of time with the older grandkids this weekend.  Our oldest granddaughter walked over to our place and spent a few hours with us on Saturday.  Our grandson spent all day Sunday at our place.  Then Tuesday we picked them up from school to spend time with them after school and then hubby took the granddaughter to volleyball.  After, we picked her up, wandered and then dinner before taking her home.  We also got to spend a few minutes with the baby and the parents.  It was a good afternoon/night and I was in bed by 11pm.  LOL, but I had a good nights sleep.  YAY!

While writing, I’m also watching the live safari.  They are with one of the leopards, Kaynuma.  Earlier I was watching his dad, Mvuala.  Beautiful kitties!!

Today was the last day of my Simplicity devotional.  These were the questions to ponder:  What legacy are you leaving behind?  On your final day on this earth, when you look into the rear view mirror of your life, will you see a legacy that brings a sense of deep satisfaction?

I needed to look up the word Legacy.  This is what I found on http://www.merriam-webster.com/:

Definition of LEGACY

1:  a gift by will especially of money or other personal property :  bequest
2:  something transmitted by or received from an ancestor or predecessor or from the past <the legacy of the ancient philosophers>

Examples of LEGACY

  1. She left us a legacy of a million dollars.
  2. He left his children a legacy of love and respect.
  3. The war left a legacy of pain and suffering.
  4. Her artistic legacy lives on through her children.

I’m glad I looked this up as I wasn’t sure what legacy really meant with regards to the devotional questions.   I hope I am leaving a legacy for the grandkids.  We don’t get to see the other grandkids often, but at least with these, we are able to leave a legacy of love &  hopefully respect for them.

So, how would you answer these questions?

Friday, 3/27/2015

I’ve received contradicting correspondence from the Health Insurance Marketplace dated 7 days apart from each other.  One said that our credit had been adjusted.  The recent one tells me that we’ve been denied and have to reapply.   Say what????  After 15 minutes on hold, I spoke with someone that double checked with someone else and was told all was fine and that the new credit is correct and we are still covered by insurance.  I thanked her for jump starting my heart today, but was very thankful that after being on hold, all is fine!!

Yesterday was errand day; post office, bank, grocery store, pharmacy, quick stop at the outdoor mall & filling up the car with gas.  We did everything, except the pharmacy, before the grocery store, I was wiped out half way through the store.  I was walking slow, thankful for the cart, as it was holding me up along with moving me.

Later that night, I started reflecting on my day and also remembering the rheumy’s paperwork that I completed.  It asked on a scale of one to three, how is your difficulty and it had a list of things.  I answered one as the least difficult.  As I was reflecting, I was wondering if I answered that wrong or if I’ve gotten worse within a month. I asked my hubby this question and he said that I do get tired quicker.  There are things that I have difficulty doing and some I let someone else do.  I go back to the rheumy on Friday. 4/10, so it will be interesting to see what the tests show how I am doing?

Sorry I’ve been so lax on the postings.  I haven’t had any motivation to write … anything.  But a friend, S4L, reminded me today that I should write again and that if I wait for motivation, I won’t write again.  You know what, she’s right, so here I write … lol

Life in the flat lands has been fine.  It’s starting to warm up and feeling springy.  It wasn’t much of a winter, which I’m thankful for, however, it doesn’t help with the dry conditions.  There have already been several wild fires, which is strange.  When we lived here before, it was so moist out, there were no wild fires.  Weird to come back to a dry Midwest.  It will be interesting to see what the summer will be like, however, I can wait to see that and just enjoy the temps that are now.

On St. Patrick’s day, we picked up our grandkids from school in our green van.  My hubby had a tee shirt with a green plaid vest & bow tie screen printed on it, in addition to wearing a green bow tie.  I had on a green sweatshirt with green shamrock clips in my hair and green beads.  Our grandson made it to the van first and said, “Whoa, that’s a lot of green you’re wearing!”  As our granddaughter was tied up and taking longer, hubby got out of the van to wait for her.  The car behind us saw him and started laughing at the getup.  She finally arrived and tried not to react.  Darn, she’s getting to that age where she tries to not react to the crazy things we do.  I guess we’ll have to try harder!!

My oldest sister has me hooked on National Geographic’s Live Wild Safari, which is online twice a day, morning and night drive.  You can only watch it online through the live feed.  As I won’t ever physically be able to go to So. Africa to go on safari, it is so much fun to watch, when I can and when there is no problem with the feed, the wild animals they come in contact with.

There have been several leopards they follow.  They are such beautiful kitties!  One has quite the personality, while the other that is the same age, just ignores the vehicle & camera.  They walk right next to the vehicle and just look at the guide.  The one with the personality actually charged the vehicle and stopped close, just because he could.  It even looked like he was chuckling after he did it.

Today they went to the hyena den and found the mom and three cubs.  It was late afternoon there and starting to get dark.  The mom was getting ready to hunt, leaving the cubs at the den.  The guide said they were going to leave the cubs as they didn’t want to call any predators attention to the cubs while mom was gone.  They were so cute.  Before mom left, one of the babies walked right up to the vehicle and looked at the camera.

One never knows what will happen on each drive.  If interested, the live feed is from 10am – 1pm Eastern time and 12am – 3am Eastern time, everyday.    It is quite fun as you can interact with the driver/guide through twitter or email.  Click here if you’d like to check it out.  During off hours, they run a loop of what is seen on that day’s drive.

Watching these animals and how they survive as part of the food chain, I’m reminded of a passage I read this morning:  Matthew 6:25-34 – Do not worry.

25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?

28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

We humans are much more valuable to God than any bird or animal.  If we truly follow Christ and have Jesus in our hearts, there is no reason to worry about anything as He provides.  The question is, can you surrender and wait in faith for His provision?

Sunny Sunday

It is nice to have a sunny day outside.  I was out in it yesterday as our granddaughter had a volleyball tournament.  She’s becoming a good player and along with a good player comes the struggle of being hard on herself.  Her dad is really good at talking things through with her.  It helps that he talks and not yells.  I was thinking how proud I am of the man and father he’s become.  I couldn’t ask for anything more!!

Our fridge went out (the bottom part not the freezer).  My brain registered on Monday that the fridge didn’t seem to be cold, but I was cold and figured it was me.  It wasn’t until hubby asked me on Wednesday night if I thought the fridge was cold, did I remember my thought on Monday.  We called our landlord on Thursday and someone was out on Friday fixing it.  Unfortunately we lost all that was in the fridge.  Yesterday, we went out to replace most of the spoiled items.  It’s frustrating but that’s the way it goes.  I’m thankful that it got fixed and we were financially able to replace those items.  If we were thinking, on Monday, we could have moved everything to a cooler and put in the garage as it was quite cold out there!!

I must admit, I’m ready for spring.  I saw how bad Northern Nevada got hit with 130-150 miles per hour winds.  It tore up trees, roof tiles, etc.  I feel bad for the cleanup that is going on, however, it looks like they are ok.

My arms have been screaming lately.   I only have 1 pain med left and I’m saving it until it’s completely unbearable.  I go to my new rheumy on the 21st (I think that’s the date).  I can’t wait!  It will be interesting to see what she tells me as my other rheumy had only seen about 5 cases, while this new one has more.  Hoping that she’s more informed on this disease.

Our van is doing good, even though we haven’t driven it much.  With the snow this past week, we tend to stay home until the streets dry up.  The weather is supposed to be good this week so hopefully the snow will be gone.

That’s all we’ve been up to.  Hope you have a great Sunday!!!

No longer carless

I’m so excited that we will no longer be car-less.  We’ve purchased a van and hopefully will pick it up today.  We are just waiting for them to call us when it’s done being looked over and detailed.

This past weekend I went to a volleyball tournament and a wrestling tournament.  It was fun watching the kids do their thing.

Last night we went to the science fair at the grandkids school.  It was fun and interesting.  Hubby even ran into someone he knew when we lived here before.

This weekend we will be celebrating the youngest grandbaby’s birthday.  It was postponed from last weekend as the baby was sick.  Poor thing … I’m glad she’s feeling better now.

The weather here has been unusually warm.  I’m not complaining as it’s nice to go outside not bundled up.  However, it will change with snow expected on Saturday.  The weather in the Midwest is just as hard to predict as in the Sierras.

Today is the 20th day of being on antibiotics.  I feel better, however, caught a cold on Monday.  I still have the annoying cough from a month ago.  Ugh, when is that going to go away??

Well, that’s my exciting life.  How are you all doing?