Don’t Let Satan In

Protect yourself from Satan,

Don’t ever let him in,

‘Cuse once he gets a foothold,

It’s a path to heartbreak and sin.

When you’re feeling lonely,

And want time with your spouse,

When the home you shared together

Is now nothing but a house,

Don’t turn to food or drugs,

or look for other men,

Just look for God your Father,

and invite Him to come in.

The Lord is  there to comfort,

No matter where you are,

He will never be too busy,

And will never be too far.

Author~ Karen Chase

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Back In The Good Old Days

I have a nephew I‘ve always thought of like my brother.  He lives on the east coast and me on the west coast.  Neither of us has a lot of disposable income we can spend to fly back and forth.  Only because of illnesses or death of a family member on the west coast does he make it out to visit.  His younger brother has begun chemo for liver cancer, so on his way to spend time with his brother, he made a stop in Idaho for a few days to spend with my husband and I.  Nine months ago his father died of cancer, so we all gathered together for that reunion.  A year before that, his grandmother passed away, so we spent time together then.  I am always so excited to get to spend time with my nephews who I seldom see, but through the entire visit, I was competing with his smartphone.  I felt  I was boring him.

I feel rejected by family members or friends when they spend more time on their phone than enjoying the moment together.  It takes the loss of family members to bring the rest of us together, but a small, electronic device will divide us when we occupy the same room, car, or dinner table.  In my day, it was the television that took priority at meal time.  Before TV, the newspaper was my grandparents escape from conversations.  God made us for relationships, but have you noticed how people hide behind their screens to avoid a discussion with their spouse, children,  or friend?
We are becoming people that are so self-absorbed, we’re unaware of our surroundings.  One of my favorite things to do is to go camping where electronics don’t work.  I love to sit and listen to the sound of nature. The breeze blowing through the leaves; the birds making joyful sounds; the frogs calling for a mate, or the sound of the creek spilling over the rocks.  I take the time to appreciate God’s beautiful work and listen to His small voice. I sometimes sing praises to my Lord my God or read scripture.

This new generation has grown up with computers,  cell phones, tablets, and the list goes on.  I feel sad for those that can‘t appreciate the sounds of silence, a good board game with family or friends, or visiting with those who are elderly and have some wildly educational and entertaining stories to share.

I am so looking forward to heaven.  Please God, don‘t let there be cell phones or computers.  Amen.

What In The World Is Happening To Us?

Isaiah 5:20–23 (NIV) “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter. 21 Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes and clever in their own sight. Woe to those who are heroes at drinking wine and champions at mixing drinks, who acquit the guilty for a bribe, but deny justice to the innocent.
These individuals believe the lie and will say good is evil — evil is good — they will fight for it and criticize those who have the proper definitions.  Recognize and remember that God is the one who created the world, and He is the only one who may set the terms, definitions, and categories.
Look at what is taking place right now — there is no person or group is innocent in the political and cultural sphere however there are obvious distinctions. Which party is pro-abortion (murder of children) which party is against Gods version of sexuality and marriage? Which party is against any form of truth that comes against their own and will become vicious and even violent to shut you up? I am against this no matter what side does it. Right now in our country, we need clear minds, who support the right fights in the right manner. To accomplish that,  we must have something that supplies us with wisdom and peace of heart, believing that even if events don’t go God’s way,  we are ok.  When we allow fear and anger to overpower us,  we overreact and we even challenge the right fights the sinful way and give Jesus a black eye. I pray for wisdom for believers. Not just politically but personally everywhere they work, live, and play. We get this as we worship and study and pray.  We are aware of the predictions (prophecies) in the bible. This all should never come as a surprise to the Christian that is schooled in God’s word and the holy bible.   John 14:1 (NKJV) “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me.”