The Gospel – Why – When We Heard and Believed It – Don’t We Rest in It All the Time – Are We Safe or Not – What Hinders Us – What Causes Distress – What Clouds Our Thinking –

Crucifix on a WallThe gospel as articulated in full by the Apostle Paul: the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ Jesus, the foundation of our faith, the message that birthed the church, the milk and the meat of our happy existence is the good news, the totally good news.

If the gospel is that good and complete, if it is all we need to see us through, why do believers sometimes feel miserable and defeated? Why don’t we rest in the truth all the time? This is the answer: There is a subversive element, an unseen population whose purpose is to divide and separate us from the truth.

1 Peter 5:8-9 – Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: Whom resist steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.

Thoughts come to our minds, sometimes our own thoughts, sometimes not. The devil is the originator of thoughts that cause us to lose sight of our secure position in the Christ. We must refute and put down unhealthy thoughts, which, if received in our hearts as truth, have the power to depress and defeat us. NOTHING has the power to remove us from our secure position in Christ, yet our enjoyment of the knowledge of the truth may be compromised by hearing and meditating on a lie. Meditate on this:

Romans 8:33-39 – Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God’s elect? It is God that justifieth. Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Jesus is our salvation, redemption, justification, and our loving Savior. We are forever forgiven, redeemed, justified, and safe. Condemnation is the main course and the deadly dessert offered by the devil. Do not receive it. Just say no. NO. Believe the truth and enjoy the gift we have in Christ our Lord.

Isaiah 53:10 – The Bible (KJV) – Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in his hand.

Believe the gospel. Rest in it. Jesus is Lord! We are His forever. Our future is eternal and bright.

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Friend of the Friendless – Jesus – Jesus – Jesus –

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Jesus – Jesus – Jesus –
Friend of the friendless –
Calmer of the storm –
Keeper of the Covenant –
I rest in You –

Blue on blue –
Sky on water –
Me and You –

Peace like a river
Cleanses my soul –
Drives away fear –
Settles every doubt
Like rain soaks the earth –

Blue on blue –
Sky on water –
Me and You –

Jesus – Jesus – Jesus –
Your Love my trestle –
Your power my pillow –
Your presence my poise –
I rest in You –

Blue on blue –
Sky on water –
Me and You –

By Carol Ann Hoel © June 25, 2015

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John 14:16-18 – The Bible (KJV) –  And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.

Matthew 11:28-30 – Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

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Getting Pet Bichon Frise Chelsea Ready for Her Life on the Road – Shots Up to Date – Leash Training in Progress –

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We are getting Chelsea, our pet Bichon Frise, ready for life on the road with us. We visited the vet to get her shots up to date for her protection and the welfare of other pets she will meet as we travel. The RV resort we have booked for the coming winter requires a pet’s immunization record for their files.

All thirteen years of Chelsea’s life on earth she has enjoyed the use of a dog door that allows her to come and go as she pleases. It opens into our spacious backyard. When we travel in our soon-to-be-found-and-purchased motor home, she won’t have her dog door any longer.

I am training Chelsea how to walk politely on a leash via a technique I found on the Internet. The goal is to get her to walk beside me without running ahead and trying to drag me at her speed. I stop in my tracks whenever Chelsea pulls on the leash. As soon as she stops pulling, I begin walking again. She is an enthusiastic girl, so being the lead dog on an Alaskan sled team appeals to her more than keeping pace alongside me.

Chelsea’s inclination each time I stopped was to pull harder and lunge forward. I explained, “Chelsea, dear, stop pulling.” She didn’t get it. However, by repeatedly getting the result she wanted only by waiting for me to start again, she learned to wait for me to begin. She quit trying to make it happen by pulling. I don’t think Chelsea understands that her pulling makes me stop, but she knows if I stop, she must stop, too. She forgets what she has learned from time to time, but a brief return to the same pattern refreshes her memory. We are a team.

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Have I Quit Cooking – Having Fun – Living Life – Making and Sharing Plans – What’s Going On – I’ve Been Quiet – Cannot Explain Why – Does This Happen to You –

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My posting frequency has decreased. Several factors could have contributed to the reason for the season, but maybe they did not. And maybe the season is not over yet. My deceased husband Bill used to say often, don’t complain; don’t explain. I kinda liked that motto, so I won’t try to explain my shortcomings. Instead of claiming to be busy when asked to spend time on something he didn’t feel like doing, Bill said, got cats to kill and contracts to fill. He was a painting contractor for a period of time in his life, but that didn’t explain the killing cats part. I never could identify with that one, yet, I admit it is intriguing. Did I have cats to kill and contracts to fill? Indeed I did not.

I had baseboards to wash, although I can clearly declare that it had no effect on my posting abilities. We are soon to list our home for sale, which requires some preparation on our part. Steve has been slaving in the yard in an effort to make it beautiful. He is a trooper. I looked out the window yesterday and noticed he was at the top of an extension ladder trimming a palm tree. Yikes! My baseboard project is nearly finished. I did not labor intensively as my husband has. I really admire that man. I love him, too. Here is how I did the baseboards. It was easy-schmeasy (I got that saying from my brother. I like cliches. No apologies offered.)

I made a list of all the rooms in the house. Then I divided the large rooms into half rooms. All the rooms are large, thus they all became half rooms on my list. I included hallways and closets as individual portions. My plan was to spend a little time each day, yes, each day, washing the baseboards in each room or half room or hallway or closet. Is that what I did? Oh, no. I was more remiss at this than I have been at posting on my blog. Whenever I felt like it, or should I say whenever I coaxed myself into doing it, I recorded the date and any comments about the job next to the portion completed, like how long it took me to do it. I enjoyed a feeling of accomplishment as I checked each one off my list. I began this project in mid-April and only a few closets remain and it is mid-June. BUT, it’s nearly done! Hey, it worked. I noticed the front hall closet has clean baseboards in it. When I asked Steve, he told me he had gotten glue on the baseboards and  had to wipe them clean. Good man! I’ll check that one off my list.

I never quit cooking. I enjoy it, and it takes time and effort. Doesn’t that get me off the hook (I’m addicted to cliches) for taking so long to clean the baseboards? Of course, it does!

 

 

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Jesus Is the Brightness of God’s Glory and the Express Image of His Person – As the Apple Tree among the Trees of the Wood – So Is My Beloved among the Sons – His Banner over Me Was Love –

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Whatever we want to know about God
May be seen in Jesus – who is the brightness
of His glory, the express image of His person –

Lord of Lord – King of Kings – Jesus –
The Lamb that was slain – Savior –
Faithful and True – the Word of God –

Jesus said – I am the light of the world –
There is no darkness in Him – Pilate said
About Jesus – I find no fault in this man –

As the apple tree among the trees of the wood –
So is my beloved among the sons – He brought me
To the banqueting house – His banner over me was love –

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Hebrews 1:1-3 – The Bible (KJV) – God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds; Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high:

John 14:9-14 – Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Show us the Father? Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works. Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very works’ sake. Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father. And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.

John 16:26-28 – At that day ye shall ask in my name: and I say not unto you, that I will pray the Father for you: For the Father himself loveth you, because ye have loved me, and have believed that I came out from God. I came forth from the Father, and am come into the world: again, I leave the world, and go to the Father. 

John 1:1-5 – In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.

John 8:12 – Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.

1 John 1:5 – This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.

Luke 23:4 – Then said Pilate to the chief priests and to the people, I find no fault in this man.

2 Corinthians 5:19 – To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.

Song of Solomon 2:3-7 – As the apple tree among the trees of the wood, so is my beloved among the sons. I sat down under his shadow with great delight, and his fruit was sweet to my taste. He brought me to the banqueting house, and his banner over me was love. Stay me with flagons, comfort me with apples: for I am sick of love. His left hand is under my head, and his right hand doth embrace me. I charge you, O ye daughters of Jerusalem, by the roes, and by the hinds of the field, that ye stir not up, nor awake my love, till he please.

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Will the Real Gospel Please Stand Up – What Is It – Is it the Basics – The Introduction – Neither One – Jesus Is the Gospel – The Gospel Is Good News – Really GOOD News –

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If one were randomly to ask people in this country, the United States of America, the question, What is the gospel, very few would say they had never heard of it. Some would say they weren’t sure but it had something to do with Christianity. Some more familiar with the church might say it’s about Jesus dying on a cross and rising from the dead. Some might articulate the precepts of the gospel more fully expressing its link to salvation of mankind. Few would describe the gospel as the foundation and lifeblood of the church. I have learned afresh about the gospel. It is the milk and the meat. It is extremely good news to all that hear it rightly told.

Jesus saves. His life, death, and resurrection together describe the performance of his redemptive work. It is finished. Jesus spoke those words from the cross. Okay, so it’s finished. What is finished? What was accomplished by our Lord’s suffering and His crucifixion?

Jesus conquered death, the devil and all the devil’s realm, sickness, poverty, and the curse of sin on the universe. We have been forgiven, healed, enriched, and empowered. Believers are new creatures. Sin has been abolished, destroyed, removed, done away with, and any other final words describing the end of sin’s reign over us may be spoken appropriately here. Why then is there disease, poverty, and all manner of sorrow and pain, even in the lives of us believers? Condemnation still at work in our hearts distracts us and blocks our understanding and our realization of our completed salvation.

Sin, ugly as it may be, cannot separate us from God. Only unbelief hides this freely-given gift of God in all its glory from us. Life, health, and prosperity belong to us by virtue of Jesus Christ’s finished work on the cross. It should be obvious that if one does not believe he is forgiven, condemnation remains active. Condemnation kills. Believe you are forgiven because Jesus died for you, and you are. This same concept includes realization of health and prosperity. We do not so easily believe all there is in these truths, but do not give up, believer. The more we trust, the more we believe; the more we believe, the more we receive. And someday we will have it all. Let God be true and every man a liar.

There is no more condemnation to those that are in Christ Jesus. The riches of Christ are more fully realized in our lives as we grow in grace and trust in His unfailing love. It’s simple. Don’t complicate it with formulas or rituals. Just believe in Jesus. Trust His unfailing love.

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Emphasis mine…

Romans 3:3-4 – The Bible (KJV) –  For what if some did not believe? shall their unbelief make the faith of God without effect? God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar; as it is written, That thou mightest be justified in thy sayings, and mightest overcome when thou art judged.

John 5:24 – Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.

1 Peter 2:24 –  Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.

Isaiah 53:3-6 – He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.

Matthew 9:35 – And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people.

Matthew 21:21 – Jesus answered and said unto them, Verily I say unto you, If ye have faith, and doubt not, ye shall not only do this which is done to the fig tree, but also if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; it shall be done.

John 14:12-14 – Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father. And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.

Romans 1:15-17 –  So, as much as in me is, I am ready to preach the gospel to you that are at Rome also. For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.

Corinthians 3:1 – And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ. I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able.

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It Is Finished – We Rest in His Completed Work Alone – We Have Nothing to Add – Jesus – Lord of Lords – King of Kings – Gave Himself for Us – He Lives – We Live –

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The law has been fulfilled by our Savior –
Not by you or me – no – not by us –
Our fallen state has been redeemed –
But what must we do to stay redeemed –
What crown of thorns must we wear –
What punishment must we bear –

Dare we think we owe no portion –
Are we duty-bound to uphold our end –
What formula – what plan of action –
What contribution must we make – NONE –
‘Twas Love that drew salvation’s plan –
‘Twas begun and finished by only ONE –

Jesus – our Redeemer – The Lamb that was slain –
Took away our sin and gave us His righteousness –
He made Himself weak so we could be strong – He
Made Himself poor so we could be rich – Our part
Is to believe – Believe what Jesus said –
It is finished – It is finished – We are complete in Him –

There is nothing left for us to do – Nothing to
Add to His finished work – No – Nothing –
Not one thing is lacking – All we need we have –
Our lot is to rest in Him who loves us – whose
Love is flowing through us – Let God be God –
Let us abide in Him – satisfied – forever –

By Carol Ann Hoel © May 26, 2015

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Ephesians 2:6-9 – The Bible (KJV) – And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: That in the ages to come he might show the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.

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Getting Up Close and Personal with my Laptop – Preparation for Posting on the Road – (The Fox Photo Is a National Geographic Wallpaper) –

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Getting up close and personal with my laptop? Until recently I have never used my laptop computer on my lap. (My lap is up close and personal. Well, kinda.) I have always treated my laptop like a desktop PC. My laptop has been sitting on my desk connected to a large auxiliary monitor, speakers, printer, mouse, and keyboard as long as I’ve had it. I started out long ago with a desktop before laptops were ever imagined, and I have continued this way, reluctant to change. Possessing a laptop did not inspire me to change my habit, but don’t think I can’t change. I’ve been forced to make major changes in my life many times; yet, why would I volunteer to change something when I like the way it is?

Steve and I are about to embark on an adventure that will drastically change our lives. We are not being forced, of course. We want to do it. I’ve shared our plans often, but for anyone that doesn’t already know, we are going to sell our home and purchase an RV, a motor home. There will be no room in it for my desktop computer. I need to be the old dog that learns the new trick. I will change and like it.

Here I am preparing this post on my laptop, which is sitting on my lap. The battery icon flashes me a message when I care to prompt it. It says I have three hours and forty-two minutes to finish this post. Don’t you hate a deadline?

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Roses in Water – Lovely They Appear – After Picked and Packed – Handled and Set Aside without Water – Gifted and Carried in the Arizona Sun – Yet They Beautify – They Remind Me that God is Good –

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Three couples, including Steve and me, dined at the Hilton for Mother’s Day. (This is not a Mother’s Day post, but these were Mother’s Day roses.) One rose was presented to each woman as she entered the door. There were many tables. The food was good, and the service, excellent.

Since I was the only mother in our group, the other ladies opted to give me their roses. I laid them on a shelf next to our table. Another rose had been abandoned there, so when we left, four roses were mine to take home. They were droopy and ragged when we left the Hilton.

RosesI had only water; no nourishing potions did I possess to add to the vase to revive these beauties. Yet see how they perked up. Four days later they remain lovely (the photo above), their petals having spread as they aged. I know they will finally wilt, but….

There is much in the world that is unlovely, tainted, or bruised. These roses remind me that there is also beauty that endures. There is Jesus. He endures forever, and he has made everything beautiful in its time. I trust Him. I don’t fully understand all there is to know, but I believe the Lord is faithful and true. He is training me to understand more. I want to learn it all.

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Ecclesiastes 3:11 – The Bible (NIV) –  He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.

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Chelsea’s Nails Have Been Trimmed – No Pain – No Cries – No Blood – Success – Steve Gets the Job Done – He is the Official Nail Trimmer –

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Chelsea poses checking out her toenails, but this shot was taken several days before the fact. She licks her paws often. The day finally came. We purchased clippers, and her toenails were trimmed, but not by me. Steve came to the rescue. I did not feel comfortable trimming her nails. Steve did it without a twitch of doubt.

Our new clippers have a sensor that warns if the blade rests on the quick area of the nail. Her toenails were longer than usual, and I read that the quick portion advances forward in that situation. The remedy is to snip only a small part off the end of the nail for a week or two. Supposedly, the quick area will retreat, so that another portion may be clipped away each week until the nails are acceptably short. We will see how that progresses.

Toenail ClippersSteve had to ignore the red light on the sensor that claimed he would be cutting her in the quick. I assume that small feelers of the quick area had advanced, causing the sensor to detect quick. Steve has that macho bravery that I lack, and he went forward with the operation. Chelsea’s nails are a tad shorter now. We will attempt to snip off another tiny portion next week. After this steady encouragement to the quick area to recede, we should be able to trim her nails only once a month. Sound right? We hope. The last thing we want is to scare Chelsea by snipping her nail into the quick. We had a dessert cup of flour available to press on her nail to stop any blood flow, should it have occurred. We are grateful that no blood was let! The deed is done! Success! Amen!

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Learning More About Grooming Chelsea – If Groomers Do All This Stuff – I’d Like to Know How They Make Money – Groomers Earn Their Pay – Chelsea and I Were Both Tired Out by the Time We Finished – But the Reward Was More than Adequate –

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Finally, after a long session of brushing and combing the tangles and debris from her fur, Chelsea had been shampooed. I rinsed her obsessively because her skin is sensitive. She has been groomed professionally for almost 13 years. Obviously, her skin was not always vulnerable. Could it be her age? I say certainly not. My skin is fine, and I’m… uh… mature.  Am I in denial? Yes! You heard me deny it. I shall continue to deny it.

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Chelsea is a sweet puppy. She acts like a puppy so I call her one. I’ll admit that her expression in this photo says that life is tenuous at this moment. “What is the world coming to?” she wonders.

We had to wait until her fur dried, which in Arizona doesn’t take as long as elsewhere. While we waited, I groomed her with brush and comb again. Yes, again. I had watched a video of a Bichon Frise being groomed. The procedure included brushing and combing the fur completely before shampooing! After shampooing and rinsing, the next step would have been blow-drying, brushing, and combing again. Chelsea and I both found this business very taxing. I omitted the blow-drying part. Her fragile skin doesn’t need to be blown dry. I also omitted shaving her behind. This procedure, although revealed on the Internet as often done by groomers, was not shown in the video. We believe shaving the bottom was the source of Chelsea’s distress the last several times she was professionally groomed, so I carefully cut the fur short with shears in this area. Shaving may be less troublesome, but for Chelsea, not shaving her skin was probably the most important change I made. Shaving may be appropriate for other dogs, but for Chelsea in her latter years it stopped working. We do not blame the groomer. This was the time for me to take on this project.

Grooming Chelsea 2Chelsea is a trooper. Her strength lasted until we were finished. Her energy resumed in full form as soon as we finished. See! Puppy!

We have purchased a special clipper that has a sensor which tells at which position it is safe to cut the dog’s nail without disturbing the quick. I hope it is accurate. I also read that if the nails have grown very long, it is best to clip only a small portion at a time, and to do it once a week instead of once a month until the quick has retreated. So, if the quick retreats, it apparently extends as the nail grows very long. I will keep that in mind. I will be cautious. We plan to engage in this new project soon. Very soon.

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What Do We Say to the Voices of Discouragement and Despair We Hear Everyday – God Has Given Us the Spirit of Power – Love – and Sound Mind – Come to Jesus and Rest –

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There’s a place prepared for us – Jesus said –
We should not be troubled nor afraid –

How quickly we leave our lofty realm of trust –
How we drop from faith to fear in a moment –

We hear another voice – not the voice of God –
But the sound of thunder deceitful words  convey –

Words spoken in the wind – words crafted for
A purpose – to weave a web of fear in the children –

We must grow up – we must discern the spirits –
We must know the Word of God and dwell in peace –

Jesus said He would never leave us nor forsake us –
Let us say we will not fear what man shall do to us –

Let us say to ourselves and other voices – God has
Given us the Spirit of power – love – and sound mind –

The devil was defeated at the cross – but remember –
His weapon is deceit – Do not believe a lie –

Jesus said – I am the way – the truth – and the life –
Come to me with your burdens and I will give you rest –

By Carol Ann Hoel © May 7, 2015

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John 14:1-6 – The Bible (KJV) – Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know. Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way? Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

Matthew 11:28-30 – Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

John 14:27 – The Bible (KJV) – Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

Hebrews 13:5-6 – The Bible (KJV) – Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.

2 Timothy 1:7 – For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

Colossians 2:13-15 – And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses; Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross; And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.

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There Is None Like You – Lord – Oh – I Said that Before – I’ll Say It Again – Lord – There Is None Like You –

Bluford Walkway

I was a child when You first revealed Yourself – Lord –
Young and helpless – alone –
Unseen but always with me –
As I grew – always You
Were watching
Over me –

More aware of You I became – Jesus –
As the years came and went –
I rested in You – alone –
As life grew more complex
More intense –
And You –

Your face seemed hidden from me – Lord –
Troubles like a forest blinded
The eyes of my heart and mind –
But rays of light shone through –
Weary – I’d
Rest in You –

The light of Your countenance made me bold – Jesus –
Your love like a warm blanket
Quieted my alarm – saved
Me from all harm –
Gratefully I’d
Rest in You –

Learning day by day and year after year – Lord –
When I labored to achieve happiness –
You rested – but when I
Trusted You – I freely received
my heart’s
Request –

Yet – like a bird flies into a window glass – Lord –
I become confused by false indication –
Forgetting all You’ve taught me –
I return to my old way of thinking –
I must –
I must –

Not I must – You did at the cross – You did –
You took away the curse – You –
You alone – You labored
So I might rest –
I rest –
In You –

When I rest – You work – You change the world
For me – You listen to my
Every whispered prayer –
You show me again there
is none
like You –

I’ll say it again – Lord –
There is none like You –

By Carol Ann Hoel © May 6, 2015

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Proverbs 3:5 – The Bible (KJV) – Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

Galatians 3:9-14 – The Bible (KJV) – So then they which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham. For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them. But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident: for, The just shall live by faith. And the law is not of faith: but, The man that doeth them shall live in them. Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree: That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.

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Lord – There is None Like You – Not One –

Golden Hearts

Lord – You excite me –
You fill my heart with wonder –
All the blessings I expect from You
You exceed –

Lord – You humble me –
You stop pride in its tracks –
How do You do it – You show
Me Yourself –

Lord – I see You
With my heart – I see You –
Loving me unreservedly –
Leading me –

Leading me gently – Lord –
When calamity comes – I know
You didn’t send it – and You
Deliver me –

Lord – You lift me up –
You don’t scold me – You
Make me smile – You make
Me strong –

Lord – everyone should know
How You love them so –
There is none like You –
Not one –

By Carol Ann Hoel © 4/27/2015

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Psalm 146 – The Bible (New Living Translation NLT) – Praise the Lord! Let all that I am praise the Lord. I will praise the Lord as long as I live. I will sing praises to my God with my dying breath. Don’t put your confidence in powerful people; there is no help for you there. When they breathe their last, they return to the earth, and all their plans die with them. But joyful are those who have the God of Israel as their helper, whose hope is in the Lord their God. He made heaven and earth, the sea, and everything in them. He keeps every promise forever. He gives justice to the oppressed and food to the hungry. The Lord frees the prisoners. The Lord opens the eyes of the blind. The Lord lifts up those who are weighed down. The Lord loves the godly. The Lord protects the foreigners among us. He cares for the orphans and widows, but he frustrates the plans of the wicked. The Lord will reign forever. He will be your God, O Jerusalem, throughout the generations. Praise the Lord!

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Who Is Grooming Chelsea – No Longer Planning to Look for Groomers on the Road in an RV – Carol Ann Has a New Job – Private Groomer – Chelsea Only –

I apologize for the sun glare coming in the window producing the shadow.

I apologize for the sun glare coming in the window producing the shadow.

 

Chelsea, our Bichon Frise, now approaching her thirteenth year of age, has developed sensitive skin and other conditions connected with her mature state in life. Scratching her itches became an obsession that intensified after each grooming. The problem became serious after her last groom. This is when we decided that I should bathe and trim her myself.

I took the necessary time to find out what I needed to do to accomplish this new project successfully. I’m still learning, and Chelsea is benefitting. She doesn’t itch after her bath and trim. We are benefitting, also, by saving money now and when we are on the road in an RV. Although grooming services are available at many campgrounds, we will be self reliant. I plan to learn how to trim her toenails, too. Yikes. We will see how that goes.

We purchased oatmeal shampoo. I learned that groomers generally use a shampoo with whitening for white dogs. Chelsea always looked like a princess after her groom with fur glistening like new-fallen snow. Her groomer did an excellent job of making her beautiful. I am getting her clean and white but not quite brilliantly white. She looks great and is not scratching, pulling out her hair, and yelping for help any longer.

I turn my kitchen into a grooming parlor by first removing all items from the counter top surrounding the sink. I make absolutely positive that I rinse all soap from her body before I move her from the sink to the counter top where I dry her with a towel (no blow drying to dry out her sensitive skin). There I brush out her fur and trim off any fur from her bottom (no shaving this area). Chelsea and I are enjoying our new routine. This was our third grooming session.

I can do this.

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Who Am I – Wife – Mom – Grandma – Great Grand too – a Writer – Last of All – First of All I Am a Spirit – One with Jesus Christ – Forever Young and in Love –

Heavens

Life is short and long at the same time, short because time flies by, long because we are eternal creatures. Time passes. Life goes on. The hours, days, and years we have here may seem frivolous and sometimes meaningles, but each moment is a gift. And a responsibility, too, but I see it mostly as a gift to us from The Lord. Memories last forever and will remain with us to enjoy. They are part of us. Some memories are not good, but those will fade away completely in the light of the good. Forever is more real than time and the best is yet…

Who are you? Whoever you are, God loves you. Jesus loves you. This is the best of all experiences in life, to know you are loved by the Everlasting God of Eternity and to know that He is good.

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Psalms 48:1-3 – The Bible (KJV) – Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised in the city of our God, in the mountain of his holiness. Beautiful for situation, the joy of the whole earth, is mount Zion, on the sides of the north, the city of the great King. God is known in her palaces for a refuge.

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Keepsakes – Having a Sentimental Day – I Think We Have More of Them as Time Passes – Family Ties Are Strong – Love Grows Fonder – Cherished Memories Linger – These Two Items Go with Me Wherever I Go –

Keepsakes

I dropped a light bulb after removing it from the socket over our bathroom mirror. It fell and shattered into pieces. I descended the stepladder to begin cleaning the mess. Tiny shards of glass were scattered everywhere, among my makeup items, lipsticks, eye shadows, mascara, some in the sink and on the floor.

It was during this project that my sentimental journey began. I picked up the blue ceramic cup filled with Q-tips. I’ve had this cup since my granddaughter gave it to me. She made it in a high school ceramic class. I cherish it because I cherish her. I took out the Q-tips and shined it up as I often do. But this time I thought of her and how much I miss her and all my grandchildren. We keep in touch via Facebook, texts, and occasional phone calls, but that’s not the same as living near them. I will see my daughter, all my grandchildren, and my great granddaughter again, maybe sooner than I had hoped.

So what is the story behind the brown bear? Even though you haven’t asked, I will answer. My son made in an art class when he was a child. I looked around expecting to see it on the counter top, but it wasn’t there. My son passed away in 2012 at age 45. I miss him and I am glad that I’ve kept that brown bear all through the years. Startled that it was missing, I started to search. I found it in the cabinet under the sink. I probably put it there while cleaning the counter top. I always set too many things on the counter top, a fact that only becomes apparent when I must remove it all to wash the surface area underneath. I shined it up and will find a place for it again.

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Tea Time Today – Coffee Tomorrow – We Will See –

Tea Time

Steve and I thought we might change our coffee time to tea time, but on a permanent basis, I doubt it will happen. We will see. Jasmine tea is in my cup. Steve brewed herbal tea, two bags of chamomile and one of lemon. He doesn’t really care for chamomile, so he used it first. I would have tossed it out. Tsk tsk. Just sayin’…

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Standing at the Water’s Edge

 

Shoe Prints in the Sand

Standing at the water’s edge
Staring at the waves’ rhythmic
Moves – Listening – in silence –
For a voice – a sigh – a moan –
I heard a trickle – the water
At my feet
Gently stirring
The sand –

The only voice I heard was mine –
An utterance floating like music
On air – carrying a message
Unknown – yet the echo
Of which lingered
Like a chorus
Playing over
In my Soul –

Standing at the water’s edge
Staring at the waves’ rhythmic
Moves – Listening – in silence –
For a voice – a sigh – a moan –
I heard a word softly
Spoken – wafting
O’er the water’s
Ebb and flow –

Believe – believe – You won’t be
Disappointed – My promises are real –
Your prayer plays in my ear
A love song – sweet and low –
Sleep quiet now –
Dream happily –
To sandy
Beaches go –

By Carol Ann Hoel © April 18, 2015

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1 Peter 5:6 – The Bible (KJV) – Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.

Philippians 4:6-7 – Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Psalm 4:8 –  I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for thou, Lord, only makest me dwell in safety.

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