Well, have you ever?  Not in my lifetime have I seen #America in such #chaos.  I #recall WW11 with my father and four of my uncles involved.  I remember Mother and I had a book of #ration stamps that we took to the grocery store.  I saved aluminum from chewing gum wrappers to donate to the war effort.  No riots!  All swimming pools were closed during the polio outbreak.  We stood together.  Then came the changing 60’s with a flashback of drugged hippies lying on Peachtree in downtown Atlanta.   I’ve observed many changes in our laws while crimes increase.. and God’s Word has been ignored.  Bible informs us that THE LIVING GOD RECALLS, RECOUNTS, REMEMBERS ALL.  Nahum 2:4,5  “They shall rage in the streets jostling against one another as they stumble in making a wall.  GOD SHALL RECOUNT WHAT IS WORTHY and the defense shall be prepared.”  Trust in His Word.  “Now know I that the LORD SAVES HIS ANOINTED, He will hear him from His holy heaven with SAVING STRENGTH of HIS RIGHT HAND.  We will remember – recount  – recall the name of the LORD OUR GOD”  Psalms 20:6,7


#Heat and #Fire remove #impurities.  You may have watched the forging of a steel knife or glass inserted into the flames then blown into a fragile clear object.  While observing our world today, I feel the intensity of the kiln!   While I have no forging skills, I know who does !  For OUR GOD IS A CONSUMING FIRE” Heb.12:29   Only God can remove our dross.  “If anyone build upon the foundation of gold, silver, precious stones wood, hay, stubble it shall be shown and revealed by fire; and the fire shall test everyone’s work .” 1 Corinthians 3:12,13  “Who may abide in the day of LORD’S coming?  Who shall stand for GOD IS A REFINER’S FIRE and HE SHALL SIT AS A REFINER AND PURIFIER ..purging and cleaning them as gold and silver so they may offer unto the LORD in righteousness.”  Malachi 3:1-3 Yes, we are going through the heat and turmoil today.  Look Up ^ The Living God is the Refiner.  “I will bring you through the fire and I WILL REFINE YOU as silver is refined and will try them as gold is tried; if they shall call on my name!  I WILL HEAR YOU.  GOD will say, You are my people when they say, ‘THE LORD IS MY GOD”  Zechariah 13:9


During my summer breaks from college, I worked in the police department replacing secretaries on their vacations. I was a rotating secretary to the individual head of all the divisions:  Chief, Detective, Patrol, Traffic, Accidents, Juvenile , and Incarcerations!  Sort of a girl Friday.  It was a continuing learning experience. In the Detective Division there was an inside window with an enclosed room on the other side which always had a covering.  Then one day the cover was gone.  The Chief ask me to observe through the one way window as they questioned and recorded a person of interest.  I would become a #witness!  At the age of nineteen, I knew the validity of my responsibility.  How good is your word and witness in the eyes of the LORD?   “A faithful witness will not lie, but a false witness utters lies” Proverbs 14:5 We hear so many views and opinions today. Sound like Job 18 “How long will it be to the end of your words:  marked, counted and reputed vile…as the light of the wicked shall be put out and sparks of fire shall not shine”   Who is a faithful & a true witness?   “Behold MY WITNESS IS IN HEAVEN AND MY RECORD IN HIGH” Job 16:19    JESUS said, “There is another who bears witness of me, and I know that the witness which he witnesses of me is true” John 5:32  Will He find us a faithful and true witness?..“If you receive ‘the witness of men, the WITNESS OF GOD IS GREATER”  1John 5:9


from Barbara's Bible

As a young child when going to visit #friends and #relatives with my Mother, I remember hearing, “Hi Ginny, where’s your #shadow”?  You see I loved and hovered closely to my mom.  So I knew what they meant when calling me a shadow.  Later I started school and back then we walked on sidewalks in the neighborhood to “get me to the school on time”.  While walking, I observed many moving shadows composed from various objects: trees, houses, birds, dogs and storms!  I was just learning new words and their definition and discovering scriptures in the Bible that gave me comfort. “GOD has been my strength when needy in distress, a refuge from the storm, A SHADOW from the heat and blasts from the terrible ones.”Isaiah 25:4  So when Halloween time approached, I wanted “my shadow” accompanying me to first grade school carnival.  Each class decorated and you paid to go inside their room to play a game.  My class did bobbing for apples. I was remembering  Ps.17:8  “Keep me as the apple of the HIS eye and HIDE ME UNDER THE SHADOW OF GOD’S WINGS”  Those costumes and spooks were creepy to me so I held on to “In the SHADOW OF GOD’S HAND HE HID ME” Isaiah 49:2  “How excellent is God’s loving kindness therefore children put their trust under the shadow of God’s wings” Ps.36:7 ..”because GOD has been my help, I will rejoice in the SHADOW OF THY WINGS” Ps.63:7  Facing the unknown darkness and evil at any age is daunting!  Just as I felt security next to my mother as a toddler, I have GOD’S everlasting love, strength, wisdom holding and guiding me through the unknown today.  You choose a trick or a real treat this year…“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above coming down from the Father of lights with whom is no variableness, nor does His shadow turn..from the word of truth.”  James 1:17,18     “He who dwells in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the SHADOW OF THE ALMIGHTY” PS.91:1 


from Barbara's Bible

With the changing of seasons we like to be #clothed for the #climate #changes.  I remember as a child I read Hans Christian Anderson’s  ‘The Emperor’s New Clothes’.  What a #shocker !  However, that tale taught me about perceived reality.  Do clothes make a man?  What’s behind the mask, the microphone, the screen, the video, or the internet?   It was a child calling out that the Emperor had NO CLOTHES ON which exposed the TRUTH .  Do we want truth today?  “BLESS the LORD O,GOD thou art very GREAT; MY GOD IS CLOTHED WITH HONOR AND MAJESTY COVERED WITH LIGHT AS WITH A GARMENT THAT STRETCHES OUT THE HEAVEN LIKE A CURTAIN”  Psalms 104:1,2  Do you think Anderson was writing about a ruler who thought himself equal to GOD?  With what are we clothed?  11Corinthians 5 speaks to us “We groan earnestly desiring to be clothed for our house which is for heaven: but if so be that being clothed we are actually found naked…being burdened not for that we would be unclothed, but clothed with the mortal’s way of life that might swallow us up.”   We have many tales portrayed on screen such as in the ‘Wizard of Oz’ with a voice behind the curtain trying to rule others.  Sound familiar ?   Job said in chapter 29 “that God preserved me when His candle shined upon my head and when by His Light I walked through darkness …the nobles held their peace and their tongues…while GOD CLOTHED ME IN RIGHTEOUSNESS as men gave ear and kept silent at my counsel and …the light of GOD’S countenance they cast not down”  Truth comes from the Lord.  “The LORD has sworn TRUTH unto David; he will not turn from it…if your children will keep my covenant and my testimonies I shall teach them & bless..GOD WILL CLOTHE WITH SALVATION, but upon His ENEMIES WILL I CLOTHE WITH SHAME” Psalms 132


What is #vengeance?  See a rat – get a trap!  Webster’s dictionary definition of vengeance states: #Punishment inflicted in return for an injury or an offense is referred  #retribution !   With an election on the horizon there are so many #political ads and verbal #attacks being pronounced that it makes you wonder if there’s a skunk in the hen house?  Where is truth?  I trust God’s Word.  What does He say about vengeance? In the book of Nahum 1:2,3,7 we read, “GOD IS JEALOUS, and the LORD REVENGES; and IS FURIOUS; the LORD WILL TAKE VENGEANCE ON HIS ADVERSARIES AND RESERVES WRATH FOR HIS ENEMIES.. . The LORD is slow to anger and great in power but will not acquit the wicked...The LORD IS GOOD, A STRONG HOLD IN THE DAY OF TROUBLE FOR HE KNOWS THEM THAT TRUST IN HIM.  Psalms 94:1,2 ”  Where are your thoughts today?  Are you alone?  Listen to God’s word…“If we sin willfully after we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remains no more sacrifice for sins only a fearful judgment with fiery indignation..…For we know THE LORD has said, “VENGEANCE BELONGS UNTO ME, I WILL RECOMPENSE AND JUDGE HIS PEOPLE.  IT IS A FEARFUL THING TO FALL INTO THE HANDS OF THE LIVING GOD.  So let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith having our hearts cleansed from an evil conscience as we hold fast to the profession of our faith without wavering….do not cast away your confidence which has great promise of reward.  Have patience and do the will of the LORD so you may receive that promise. Hebrews 10  “O LORD GOD TO WHOM VENGEANCE BELONGS …LIFT US UP AND JUDGE AND RENDER A REWARD TO THE RIGHTEOUS.” Psalms58:11


Seems to me that I have been grasping for #knowledge all my life.  From starting school until I was graduated with a B.S. degree, I was exposed to new concepts and procedures which increased my desire to know more!  While learning, I realized there was always more to discover in those endeavors.  Today, I have observed people that prefer to rely on technology for any info that is relevant to the moment.  So may I introduce you to the Source of All Knowledge – THE LIVING GOD.  “Talk no more so proudly, let not your arrogance come out of your mouth; for THE LORD IS A GOD OF KNOWLEDGE, and by Him actions are weighed” 1 Samuel 2:3  Where do you start – step one!  Proverbs 1:7 “The FEAR of the LORD IS THE BEGINNING OF KNOWLEDGE:  but fools demise wisdom and instruction.”  step two..“.choose to fetch your knowledge from our righteous Maker whose words are not false; GOD IS PERFECT IN KNOWLEDGE” Job36:4  step three…”the LORD KNOWS ME and all my ways even the words from my tongue.  LORD’S KNOWLEDGE OF ME from behind and before is wonderful” Psalm 139:1-6   step four ….”Beloved, seeing you know these things, beware don’t be led away by error with the wicked, but GROW IN GRACE IN THE KNOWLEDGE OF OUR LORD AND SAVIOUR JESUS CHRIST”  11Peter 3:18   step five.…. “Cast down imaginations and every proud thing that exalts itself against the KNOWLEDGE OF GOD by bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ”  11Corinthians 10:5  This is a good five step program which meets GOD’S  STANDARD set in His Word.


When choosing a #credit #card or an #insurance #policy, do you check out the #benefits or the #rewards associated with their #terms?  I know when deciding on a plan you look at the penalties, and fees associated with your commitment.  Your signature means you are trusting them to keep their written word on rewards and benefits!  I know there is one written Word, the Bible in which I place my trust.  “Bless the LORD..forget not all HIS BENEFITS: who forgives all my iniquities and heals my diseases by redeeming my life from destruction and crowns me with lovingkindness and tender mercies. . .Mercy of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear Him… and to those who keep His commandments”  Psalm 103:2-4,17,18  When you sign on with the our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ there are conditions to those benefits and rewards stated in Hebrews 11::6 “Without faith it is impossible to please Him; for anyone who comes to GOD must believe that GOD IS and HE IS THE REWARDER OF THEM THAT DILIGENTLY SEEK HIM..”  Matthew 6:4 “Father God who sees in secret shall REWARD you openly”   5:12 “REJOICE and be exceeding GLAD: for GREAT IS YOUR REWARD IN HEAVEN”   By faith CHOOSE you this day the LORD’s  written Word sealed with the blood of His son JESUS CHRIST.  GOD gives us free will to accept or reject His loving sacrifice to cover our sins for all eternity.  I have activated my commitment with Jesus with all God’s benefits.  HAVE YOU?