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  1. Hi Mandy... Welcome! We rejoice that Jesus found you when you were wandering. He found us, too. May you be blessed within this fellowship of believers!
  2. Thank you so much, George. This beautiful prayer from the heart of our Savior should make us all carefully consider our words to make sure that the "world may know" Jesus.
  3. Before time began, God already had a purpose for us and grace to offer all those who would hear His voice and recognize their Savior, as did the woman in Luke 7. He is able and willing to save, with grace that is greater than all our sin, all those who come to Him in faith, loving Him for who He is. The testimony of Jesus is in His reply to the sinful woman, "Your faith has saved you. Go in peace" (Luke 7:50). I love Paul's reinforcement of Jesus' testimony in 2 Timothy 1:8-12... 8 Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me His prisoner, but share with me in the sufferings for the gospel according to the power of God, 9 who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was given to us in Christ Jesus before time began, 10 but has now been revealed by the appearing of our Savior Jesus Christ, who has abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel, 11 to which I was appointed a preacher, an apostle, and a teacher [a]of the Gentiles. 12 For this reason I also suffer these things; nevertheless I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep what I have committed to Him until that Day.
  4. Hi Betha... Paul enthusiastically explains God's plans for our past, present, and future in the first chapter of Ephesians. I trust in His plans and thank Him for grace. Ephesians 1:3-14 New King James Version (NKJV) Redemption in Christ 3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, 4 just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, 5 having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, 6 to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved. 7 In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace 8 which He made to abound toward us in all wisdom and prudence, 9 having made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure which He purposed in Himself, 10 that in the dispensation of the fullness of the times He might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven and which are on earth—in Him. 11 In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will, 12 that we who first trusted in Christ should be to the praise of His glory. 13 In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise, 14 who is the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of His glory.
  5. Hi John... Yes, definitely for real! Our sins are forgiven, blotted out, removed from us as far as the east is from the west, and remembered no more! \o/ Acts 3:19... Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord. So rather than focusing on our guilt over past sins that have already been forgiven, we can press on and be refreshed by God's presence in His inspired word, in creation, in prayer, and in our daily lives--always looking forward.
  6. If you find yourself in a hole, the first thing to do is stop digging.
  7. Maybe from now on, if you need to stack them, put tissue paper between them.
  8. tortilla chips (mild salsa, please ) paintings by.... Pierre-Auguste Renoir or Norman Rockwell?
  9. The most interesting thing was the sweet bond between you. As I recall, Oliver was a loner. He stayed right in that one tree beside the gym track, and there were no other squirrels anywhere around that I ever saw. Oliver was a smart squirrel. He knew exactly what time to expect you each day. You would kneel nearby and watch him eat his seeds or pecans. He looked so cute holding each one in his little "hands" as he munched! He kept his eyes on you, but was not the least bit afraid. I hope God sees us that way, with our eyes always on Him, the Provider of all our "food."
  10. Yes! ( I mean Oliver, the squirrel. You don’t wanna know about the other one. He probably had fleas anyway, and don’t ask if the fleas were okay, lol!) I guess we’ll never know what happened to Oliver, but at least he did not have to make his journey into the great beyond hungry or thirsty because of @Sonshine☀️ Softheart!
  11. Psalm 17:3... You have tested my heart; You have visited me in the night; You have tried me and have found nothing; I have purposed that my mouth shall not transgress. Psalm 26:2... Examine me, O LORD, and prove me; test my mind and my heart. Psalm 139:23-24... Search me, O God, and know my heart; try me and know my anxieties; and see if there is any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. God's testing reveals our flaws so that we can recognize them and allow Him to do the transforming work in us that needs to be done.
  12. My husband has never been fond of cats, never liked to see paw prints on a clean vehicle, and always shooed them away if one happened to come around. He's always liked dogs, but for some reason, would never warm up to a cat. Until.... One morning he was looking out an upstairs window and saw a splotch of whiteness come streaking out of the bushes in the back yard and pounce upon a squirrel. A very loud battle ensued. I won't bother anyone with the details of that fight, but there was a loser, and it wasn't the splotch of white. My husband grudgingly admitted he was one tough white cat! He said, "You know, I don't mind a cat like that! He might be hungry... you got anything to give him?" I don't think he's really a stray cat. He must belong to someone. He looks too well fed. But he does like to hang around here a lot. I think he likes the variety of critters he can find in our yard. He's definitely a mighty hunter! I've named him Wilson. He has a gravelly, deep meow and loves to talk. We have treats for him stashed close to the door where he enjoys resting in the shade under a shrub. Sweet Wilson! We love him and thank whoever lets us borrow him now and then.
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