Five Hours Walking at the RV Show of All Shows – So Much to See – We Toured Many Coaches – Until the Right Moment Comes – We Will Continue Planning and Preparing -

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This view shows a portion of the inside of the RV of our dreams.

We drove more than an hour to get to the show. We had to ride a tram from the last parking lot to the massive area where hundreds of RVs lined paved walkways in the designated show area.

We walked steadily, climbing in and out of RVs until we were ravenously hungry. Lunch items were on sale in an outdoor food court. Lines were long, tables were crowded, but we found two seats to eat chicken fingers, hamburger, and french fries.

By the time we headed for home, we had toured probably one-tenth of the coaches on display. We already knew which manufacturer and model we favored. When we departed, the same one we had in our minds remained the coach of our choice.

Motor HomeThis photo doesn’t show the entire length of the coach we like. I couldn’t back up far enough to get it all in. Just behind me sat another motor home on display.

Steve and I live one day at a time with a goal in mind. We hope to spend our days living in an RV, making new friends on the road, and visiting our respective families on a regular basis.

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Convection Oven Cooking – Do I Have to Learn It – I Declined When We Bought a Stove that Supports Both Conventional Use and Convection Baking and Roasting – So Why Learn It Now – Our Plan to Live in an RV – New RVs Come with Convection Ovens Only – Not Both -

Convection Oven

Here I am learning new tricks – convection baking and roasting. (I hope you don’t think I’m an old dog. It has been said that old dogs can’t learn new tricks, so I can’t be one.) I’m learning this! I am determined.

The stuffed pepper dish above was cooked using the convection bake setting with a 350 F. temperature. Look how delicious this looks from only 45 minutes surrounded by constantly moving hot air produced by a fan, using the convection bake setting on my oven. How much time did I save? Maybe five minutes. See the browning effect that convection baking produced. The meat was perfectly done, fully cooked inside, and featured the desired brown presentation.

How did I determine whether to use the bake or the roast setting? I purchased a book entitled Baking with Convection by Beatrice Ojakangas. She not only tells which setting to use, she also tells why. I also use Google to find specific recipes designed for convection oven cooking.

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This is my standard baked chicken recipe converted to convection. Look at the deep browning convection roasting achieved. According to a recipe I found online, I used the convection roast setting at 400 F. for 15 minutes, and 350 F. for an additional 45 minutes. It was flavorful, juicy, with slightly crunchy skin. I am pleased. I am surprised, too.

Also, with convection cooking multiple foods may be easily baked or roasted at the same time, side by side or on different racks. Notice the roasted potatoes. I cooked them at the same time I roasted the chicken.

I thought learning this was going to be difficult. Not so. I no longer dread having to switch to convection cooking when we eventually live in an RV. In fact, I probably have switched already!

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I Hear Little Children Singing in My Memories – Jesus Is My Shepherd – Guess Who I Am – Such a Lovely Secret – I’m His Little Lamb – I See Their Sweet Smiles as We Told Them How Much Jesus Loves Them – They Believed It – How Wonderful to Believe as a Child Believes – Without a Doubt or a Care -

New Born Lamb

I taught Sunday School for many years. Our church operated a Bus Ministry. We purchased old school buses, revamped them, and used them to bring children of all ages from all over the city to church. I taught 3, 4, and 5-year-old children. Most of them were brought in by the buses. We told them about Jesus while they were with us. The simplicity of a child’s adoration of Jesus is remarkable. They hear that Jesus loves them and they believe it. Even though they have not seen Him, they believe. We need that childlike faith, too.

Luke 18:15-17 – The Bible (NIV) – People were also bringing babies to Jesus for him to place his hands on them. When the disciples saw this, they rebuked them. But Jesus called the children to him and said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.”

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How to Fold Bottom Fitted Bed Sheets – Since the Secret of Folding Them Was Told to Me – I’ve Been Trying to Learn This Procedure for Three Years – Today I Accomplished It for the First Time – Gold Star for Me -

Folded Sheets

All my adult life I’ve struggled with folding bottom fitted bed sheets. After failing miserably for many years, I developed a habit of shaking out the wrinkles and then scrunching it all together in a ball and sticking it into the drawer. Pitiful, wouldn’t you say? Many times I tried to do better, but in the end, the same lopsided clump of bed sheet had to be tucked away.

One day while discussing the woes of housework, I complained to my brother about the difficulty everyone has (I was sure it was everyone) in folding fitted bed sheets. I was amazed to hear that my bro was an expert at folding them. He assured me that, if handled properly, a bottom sheet could be folded into the same neat bundle as the top sheet. He explained the process to me, and I was sure my bed sheets would be perfectly folded from then on. But woe to me, another three years passed as I kept on trying to figure it out. I’ve been getting better at it, but never really close to the desired matching folded sheets. Today the final adjustment in my thinking dawned upon my sheet-folding gray matter. Ah ha! I got it! See my two matching folded sheets, top and bottom, with pillow cases on top.

Procedure: Spread the bottom sheet on an area large enough to contain it. Lay the elastic corners flat in such a way that the corners are straight across from one another and all four edges are straight. Next fold the sheet in half by nesting the two lower corners on top of the upper corners. Keep folding in half one way or the other until the folded sheet is shaped the way you want it. Be sure to fold the top sheet in the same manner so it will match the shape of the bottom fitted sheet.

Don’t look at the wrinkles in my bed sheets. I still haven’t conquered the concept of ironing sheets. Getting the ironing board out and heating the iron! All that sheet material hanging over the sides of the ironing board! I don’t think so. There are limits to my patience.

Am I the only one that struggled to fold a bottom fitted bed sheet? Probably not. I guess this is a silly post. So enjoy a laugh. But it’s TRUE. I folded that bottom sheet perfectly!

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Jesus the Same Yesterday – Today – and Forever – Hebrews 13:8 – Where I Was Most of My Life – Where I Am Today – God is Good – Better than I Knew -

Dove in sky

Reading blogs about our Lord Jesus I notice that we are careful not to agree with one another on anything we don’t personally embrace. You will never hear me say I don’t think it makes a difference. It does. Yet, I believe with all my heart that God loves all of His children. Jesus is the Savior to all who call on His name. I won’t belabor that point. I accept The Lord’s exposition of a parable concerning this issue:

John 10:14 – The Bible (KJV*) -I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine.

(Read all of John 10 for more clarity)

I’m not endorsing any particular church or condemning any. I only know a little about a few. I believe God loves us all with all our faults. Like people, churches differ in their understanding and emphases, but those who trust in Jesus as Lord and Savior are His.

That said, my own particular understanding of the way it ought to be, the way I think the Lord meant for his church, is this:

Matthew 16:17-20 – And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; they shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover. So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God. And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen.

I highlighted a portion of the verses above concerning which believers sometimes disagree. Some groups believe this aspect of Christianity was meant only for the early church. You may believe as you choose. Whoever is correct may someday be revealed, I suppose, but for now, see it as you see it. As you see it, you will have it. We do not receive more than we believe God has for us.

I spent 27 years in the first church I joined. It was called legalistic by opposing churches because there was a great emphasis on performance; yet, there was insistence and proclamation that we are saved by grace and not by works. This church called their critics liberal. (Name calling among us is not nice.)

Over emphasis on what we do to honor God may cloud our understanding of grace; yet, we want to be holy and pleasing to our Lord. Over emphasis on using our authority in Christ could become a stumbling block as well. Enough said. We need to love one another, yes?

Geographically I moved far away and joined another church of like faith but not quite so focused on performance. Later on, because of my husband’s terminal illness, I was limited to the Internet for church attendance. Exposure to Joseph Prince’s ministry changed my thinking in a profound way. I embraced grace in its purity. From there it was a short distance to believing that all the promises of God given to His church are valid for us today, including salvation, provision, and healing.

Life is good. God is good, even more amazingly wonderful than I once understood. May our walk with Jesus please Him.

* I mostly use the King James Version (KJV) of the Bible because I learned Bible verses in this version. I do not hold the opinion that KJV is the only correct version or that it is the only standard. Other versions may give more clarity at times. Translators are men and not infallible. The original text, in Hebrew and Greek, was inspired by God.

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Christ Jesus Came into the World to Save Sinners – 1 Timothy 1:15 – He Was Bruised for Our Iniquities…and with his stripes we are healed – Isaiah 53:5 – Greater Love Hath No Man Than This – That a Man Lay Down His Life for His Friends – John 15:13

Wedding Rings

What a Savior we have in Jesus, the Lord. He is God Almighty incarnate, Son of God, our Savior, our Provider, and our Healer. Through Jesus, God is our Father. We are His sons and daughters. We are the church, the bride of Christ. How I love to learn more and more about the bridegroom. How I long to know Him more and more.

Isaiah 53:1-5 – The Bible (KJV) – Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the Lord revealed? For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him. 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.

Isaiah 53:7 – He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.

Isaiah 53:11 – He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities.

1 Timothy 1:15 – The Bible (KJV) – This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.

Romans 10:10-13 – For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

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Just in Case Fried Chicken and Potato Salad Really Are the Way to a Man’s Heart – I Tried a New Recipe Today – Altered to Make It Gluten-free – Chicken Fried Chicken with Potato Salad on the Side -

Chicken Fried Chicken

Yum! Delicious! Steve is working outside and will be doing it for some time. The yard, the yard, the yard. You know. The yard. I like to keep him happy with a good meal as often as possible.

Chicken Fried Chicken 2This recipe is called chicken fried chicken  (allrecipes.com) and calls for skinless, boneless chicken breast. I just happened to have some fillets. I thawed them and prepared this dish using gluten-free all-purpose flour instead of wheat flour and rice crackers instead of saltines. I did not have seasoned salt, so I added some dried Italian seasonings, basil, thyme, and red pepper. I pounded the fillets to tenderize and make them cook evenly. I also dipped them in flour before dipping them in the egg and the cracker mixture. I also confess that I did not have potato flakes. Ahem. My chicken fried chicken fillets were fabulous even without potato flakes. Scandalous! I am willing to believe that potato flakes may have made them even better. Try this out for yourself. I will do it again, with or without potato flakes.

Tomorrow I get a day off cooking while Steve entertains his buddies in our game room playing pool. He and four to six of his friends will have breakfast at a restaurant at 9:00 a.m. and return to the house to play pool together until mid-afternoon. I will take the opportunity to attend a Bible Study and dine with my friends.

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My Husband – My Biggest Fan – My Best Friend – What Does He Say About My Book – Buddy for David – What He Said Was What I Loved to Hear -

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“This book should be a movie.”

These were the words of my husband after reading Buddy for David. Steve had never read a novel in his life until this one. I felt flattered that he genuinely liked the story that came out of my heart, and, finally, after 19 years, found its way to print.

So what did Steve read if not exciting, macho fiction? It won’t surprise you. Instructional books about technical matters. As a result of his hard-won educational success, Steve became a stationary engineer and a refrigeration engineer, licensed to operate power plants or any other enterprises requiring his expertise.

I asked Steve what he liked most about Buddy for David, when he read it, besides that it should be a movie. His answer was this:

It was easy to read and fast paced, a story about a young boy, kidnapped, that found comfort in a dog. Even though the dog was aloof, it was the boy’s hope and an unseen threat to his captors.

As I wrote this story, I had a movie in mind for it, each chapter becoming another scene. I cut out unnecessary chatter always with the intent of providing action-packed and exciting episodes, one after another. When Steve said it should be a movie, I laughed and happily agreed.

Buddy for David Book Jacket

Walk with this family, mom, dad, sister, and grandmother, as they struggle with the disappearance of young David. Engage in the terror of a kidnapped child and cheer at the unexpected appearance of a huge, white dog. Sympathize with law enforcement officers as they strive to find and rescue David.

Buddy for David is available in paperback and e-book form online at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

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Things We See Are Temporal – Things Not Seen Are Eternal – What Things Cannot Be Seen – Love – Faith – Kindness – Hope and Truth – Mercy – Faith – Wind – Virtue – Character and Goodness – Health – Prayer – Life -

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2 Corinthians 4:18 – The Bible (KJV) – While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.

The value of unseen entities such as life, virtue, character, truth, love, hope, kindness, mercy, faith, and wind, is obvious. While we cannot see the invisible, we would not deny that such realities exist. We cannot see wind, but watching tree limbs wave in the sky, we acknowledge the presence of wind, itself being unseen.

Jesus said concerning His Word,

Matthew 24:25 – The Bible (KJV) – Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.

Mark 13:31 – The Bible (KJV) – Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away.

Luke 21:33 – The Bible (KJV) – Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away.

Words cannot be seen. Words are eternal. God’s Word is Truth and His Word and His mercy will endure forever. There is not much in life we can depend on. We can trust God and we can believe His Word.

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All the Promises of God Are True

 

Candy Hearts

All the promises of God are true –
He watches over His Word to perform it –
If you believe Jesus is your Savior
He is – and – He is your God –
You know it – You believe it –
You know who you are –
You know you can do whatever
Your Lord says you can do –
You know you may have whatever your Lord
Says you may have – You know it – but –

When the time comes to receive your blessing –
Believing falls short – We must believe to receive –
What breaks down our confidence – What causes doubt –
What comes between us and our God –
Does God forget us – No – God never forgets us –

But God forgets our sins – He does not remember them –
If God forgets our failures – Why do we remind Him –
Why are we focused on ourselves – Why do we
Look away from Jesus to examine ourselves –

We have an enemy – a defeated enemy –
The devil – disarmed by our Lord – yet
The Evil One is still our adversary – He hates us –
His weapon is deceit – Condemnation is his strongest lie –

God does not condemn us – because Jesus took away our sin –
Yet the thought enters the mind – Why should God hear
My prayer – Why should He bless me – I am flawed

SwordThis is your time to stand – Stand firm – Say
I am the righteousness of God in Christ –
Jesus is my Savior – my Redeemer – I am His Beloved –
He saved me from all my flaws – from all my sins –
There is no condemnation for me – Jesus took away my sin –
I rebuke you Liar – Leave me

Why does accepting condemnation separate us from our confidence –
If the devil can make you believe you are condemned –
He will cause you to fall from grace – What does it mean
To fall from grace – Falling from grace is looking at our own works for justification –
rather than trusting fully on the redemptive work of Christ our Savior –
This subtle transition in our thinking is the enemy’s goal –
Standing on our performance rather than on God’s grace –
We fail – Standing on His grace – we believe we receive –
And we have what we ask –

God’s promises are real –
Believe and receive – Receive His favor – His provision –
Intercede for others – There is an open door that
No man can shut – You will find it – Believe and receive –

By Carol Ann Hoel © February 18, 2015

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Emphasis is mine – there is no color in the text.

2 Corinthians 1:20 – The Bible (KJV) – For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us.

Jeremiah 1:11-12 – The Bible (RSV) – And the word of the Lord came to me, saying, “Jeremiah, what do you see?” And I said, “I see a rod of almond.” Then the Lord said to me, “You have seen well, for I am watching over my word to perform it.

Romans 10:8-10 – (KJV) –  But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach; that if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

John 3:16-18 - (KJV) – For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

John 14:12-14 – (KJV) – 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.

Hebrews 8:12-13 – (KJV) – For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more.  In that he saith, a new covenant, he hath made the first old. Now that which decayeth and waxeth old is ready to vanish away.

1 Peter 5:8-9 – (KJV) – 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.

Galatians 5:4 – (KVJ) – Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace.

Ephesians 6:10-13 – (KJV) – Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

Mark 11:23-24 - (KJV) – For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.  Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.

Revelation 3:7-8 – (KJV) – And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write; These things saith he that is holy, he that is true, he that hath the key of David, he that openeth, and no man shutteth; and shutteth, and no man openeth; I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name.

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Who Shall Separate Us from the Love of Christ – Shall Tribulation – or Distress – or Persecution – or Famine – or Nakedness – or Peril – or Sword – Nay – In All These Things We Are More than Conquerors through Him that Loved Us – Romans 8:35,37 -

Sunbeams Piercing Storm Clouds

Romans 8: 38-39 (KJV) – 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.

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If you believe that God loves you unconditionally, that Jesus Christ, the Son of God, gave His life to save you from the destruction of sin, because He loves you; if you believe that He is who He says He is, that He is all powerful, all-knowing, and always present with you, that you are His child, His Beloved, His Bride, you will fear nothing. Why should you?

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The Song of Songs – Love Story of the Ages – Song of Solomon – Let Him Kiss Me with the Kisses of His Mouth – for Your Love Is Better than Wine – Valentine’s Day Is about Love – Herein Is Love – Not that We Loved God – but that He Loved us (1 John 4:10) -

Golden Hearts

Song of Solomon, Song of Songs, depicts the love between Jesus and His bride, the church. He sees her as spotless and without flaw. Jesus, the Son of God, having died for us, taking our place, took away our sins forever. Now we remain forever and ever His bride, without spot or flaw. Love, love, love…Sweet love…

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Love Is Patient – Love Is kind – From Everlasting to Everlasting the Lord’s Love Is With Those Who Fear Him -

 

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1 Corinthians 13:4-5 (NIV) – Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.

Psalm 103:17 (NIV) – But from everlasting to everlasting the Lord’s love is with those who fear him, and his righteousness with their children’s children—

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RV Planning Continues – Changes Were Bound to Happen – Not Looking for Fifth Wheel – Now It’s a Motor Home We Think We Need – But – Perplexing Matters Persist – Like – How to Fit in a Pool Table – And Chelsea Wants a Doggy Door -

 

RV Life

Our dream for the future, our plan, our destiny has changed from a fifth wheel to a motor home. The authors of a book about RV living advise people to buy their third RV first. It seems people often purchase an RV and trade it in a few years later, once or even twice, before realizing what they really wanted in a coach. Buying the wrong RV is a costly mistake we hope to avoid. We are studying all the information we can find to make our adventure successful.

The drama continues to play out in our minds. We spend hours in a week checking out the Internet for RV floor plans and watching trends, reading what full-time RVers have to say, and contemplating the changes that must happen in our lives if and when we purchase an RV.

Pool Table Cover OffToday we laughingly considered how we might fit a pool table into a motor home. As far as we can tell, it won’t work. We will miss being able to play pool whenever we please.

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Chelsea, our pet Bichon Frise, has a doggy door here at home. She scoots out the tiny door into a huge backyard, romps and does her business. She will miss her private doorway.

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Morning Walk – Early February in Arizona – Green Grass – Sunshine – and Shadow – Three Scenes that Caught My Attention – Three Photos -

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Although a shadows is a reflection and not the real article, these seven trees outlined so clearly by the morning sunshine on the park grass held me in awe.

Morning Walk

Grass was the chosen landscape in all front and backyards in places I’ve lived except in Arizona. Grass requires more care with our arid climate, and mostly brave and resourceful people grow it, or so I think as I find few yards with grass and many more covered in stones. All the parks in our area display expanses of green grass. I love it!

Morning Walk 2

I’m grateful I didn’t damage my eyes taking this photo. I tried to aim the camera by barely opening my eyes for a moment. The rapid flash of fiery sunlight was blinding! Happily this huge white dynamo in the sky is the focus of this photo. The time I captured it was 10:40 a.m. In summertime I’d not take a walk so late in the morning. Winters are friendlier.

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Do You Have a Problem Believing that God Will Heal You – Say – I am Healed – Say it Again – I Am Healed – Say it Audibly – When You Are Alone without Distraction – Your Faith Will Grow as You Say What Jesus Said to Say – Do You Need Healing – Say – I Am Healed – By His Stripes I Am Healed -

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SAY IT – SAY IT – Believe it – SAY IT – SAY IT AGAIN -

Does that sound wrong to you? The Word of God says if we are believers in Christ Jesus, we are healed. We are healed because the Word of God says healing is ours through the redemption accomplished by Jesus on the cross of Calvary. Jesus took away our sins by taking our place. He also bore our sicknesses and diseases on the cross. By His stripes we are healed.

Isaiah 53:5 says: 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.

You may wonder why we should say we are healed. Life is in the power of the tongue, and so is death. Speak life. Proverbs 18:21 says it: Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof. 

In Mark 11:23-24 Jesus said: For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith. Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.

This verse tells us to “say“. It doesn’t say “think“. It says “say.”

Saying it will make your faith grow stronger. But, you say, you still have symptoms. Keep on saying it. Believing comes before manifestation. You were sick before your symptoms appeared. You will be well before your symptoms go away. Say it. Believe it. Be patient. Praise God. He did this for us at Calvary. It’s already done. Believe it and you will receive it.

Hebrews 13:8 – Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.

Jesus said to his disciples in John 16:24 –  Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full.

Mark 11:24 – Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.

My latest healing was of blefaritis, a condition of the tear ducts, which, I was told many years ago by a physician, would never go away. It’s gone. I was healed of chronic colitis, for which there is no known cure. I may tell about other times I’ve been healed in a future post.

Also, if you are sick and want to be healed, I recommend reading this short but powerful booklet written by Kenneth Hagin concerning his own testimony of healing. The title is You Can Have What You Say, on Amazon.com. I read it in less than an hour. It changed my life with respect to healing. And it’s quite reasonably priced, 99 cents for my Kindle copy, and $1.95 for a paperback copy.

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Emerald Palo Verde Tree Limb Damaged by Monsoon Rainstorm in July – 2014 – to Be Removed Today in February – 2015 – as Steve Turns His Attention to Outside Work -

Emerald Palo Verde

I wonder what our Emerald Palo Verde tree will look like when Steve completes this project. At the time the storm winds broke one of its high limbs, Steve’s deteriorated hip joint prevented him from performing the movements involved in tree trimming. After hip replacement surgery, Steve is able to trim trees, install flooring, and play golf. He is a happy man.

Emerald Palo Verde 2

Steve says this tree needs more trimming than he wants to do, and he may solve the matter by cutting the entire tree down, but not today. Oh my.

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Fog Rarely Happens in Arizona – This Is the First Time I’ve Experienced Fog Since I’ve Been Here – Amazing – I Ran Outside with My Camera – Snap -

Arizona Fog

See the fog by looking at the treetops. Arizona climate is so dry that fog rarely forms. Hardly ever will fog appear in an Arizona summer, but once in a while in winter fog happens. It happened today, and I went outside to play in the fog with my camera. Delightful! Who woulda thunk I’d ever miss fog?

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Better Promises – Better than What Promises – Speaking of Jesus the Writer of the Book of Hebrews Says – But Now Hath He Obtained a More Excellent Ministry – by How Much Also He is the Mediator of a Better Covenant – which Was Established upon Better Promises -

Wedding Rings

Abraham (father of faith) lived under the promises of grace, which promises New Testament believers may enjoy (if we know what promises belong to us). Romans 4:3 tell us, for what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness.

Abraham had a better promise than the children of Israel. They despised the gift of righteousness that Abraham enjoyed. They preferred to earn God’s respect by their good deeds. They said to Moses, Go thou near, and hear all that the Lord our God shall say: and speak thou unto us all that the Lord our God shall speak unto thee; and we will hear it, and do it. Deuteronomy 5:27. By the time Moses returned from the mountain with the Ten Commandments written on stone, the people had already been unfaithful to their promise to hear it and to do it.

The promises given to the children of Israel under the Old Covenant of law are enumerated in Deuteronomy 28. The first verse in that chapter says,  

And it shall come to pass, if thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of the Lord thy God, to observe and to do all his commandments which I command thee this day, that the Lord thy God will set thee on high above all nations of the earth…

Following this verse, read about the wonderful promises God offered His people. You will be amazed at God’s loving kindness. However, notice that there is a stipulation: IF thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of the Lord thy God…See verse above. IF… That’s a big word even if it is a short word.

Now read Deuteronomy 28:15-68, which enumerates the curses that would happen to the people if they failed to obey, and they did fail…

Believers of the Gospel are heirs of better promises:

Jesus took away the curse of the law.

This is the blessing of the gospel. The curse has been forever removed. Jesus bore the curse for us. The curse of the law has been broken.

Galatians 3:13-18 says this:

 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.

John 1:11-13 reads:

He came unto his own, and his own received him not. But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name…

This is the basis of the better promises of the New Covenant. We may truly expect to receive the promises of Deuteronomy 28, because the curse of the law for us has been removed by our Savior, Jesus Christ, the Son of God. We are forgiven.

Does that mean believers can and may sin if they wish? Yes, they can and may, but believers want to please God. We have a new nature. We love righteousness. We are new creatures. Do we ever sin? Yes, we do. Why? I suppose because we can. God did not make robots, but he did take away the curse of the law for us. (Sin has not changed. It will always bring destruction, but our forgiven status remains with us.)

You may think it can’t be that good? If it were not that good, it would avail us nothing at all, for all have sinned and come short of the glory of God. Romans 3:23.

We need grace. We need Jesus. We NEED to know his promises. We need to receive his promises. They are wonderful. Jesus saves… Just sayin’… There is so much more for us than many of us know… God is good. He wants to bless us to the max.

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Hardwood Flooring Project Is Finished – We Spent a Rainy Day at Home Relaxing – Pot Roast Baked Slowly in the Oven -

Flooring Finished

Steve did a great job installing engineered hardwood flooring throughout the game room, kitchen, living room, office, and hallways. He began the project many months ago and had to interrupt it for his hip replacement operation. Finally, the entire job is finished, and we are very glad.

Steve never stops working. When one job is complete, he finds another one. He would have toiled in the yard again today, but a steady rain watered our area the whole day, and it’s still raining as daylight fades. Puddles look strange to me in this land that is rarely wet.

Pot Roast with gravy and Roasted Potatoes and Carrots

Pot Roast with Gravy, Roasted Potatoes and Carrots

 

A rainy day seemed right for a pot roast.

I enjoyed having a day when Steve and I could relax together.

We played pool, but only one game. Steve won.

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