Let Us Not Lose Our Confidence – The Gospel Is Simple – Jesus Is LORD and Savior – We Have Been Redeemed – Believe – Receive – Be Happy –

Falling RainJesus saved us
On the cross –
Bore our sins –
Recouped our loss –

We are His –
He is ours –
Forever safe –
Forever blessed –

We may fail –
We may fall –
We are weak – but
He is strong –

Keep our eyes
On the prize –
Our mighty God –
THE SUPER SIZE –

Jesus will not
Fail – In Him
And by Him –
We shall prevail –

Jesus Is
Our righteousness –
Know His worth
And faithfulness –

We need not tremble
When lions roar  –
We – the Redeemed –
As eagles- soar –

By Carol Ann Hoel © September 3, 2015
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John 3:16 – 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. 

Isaiah 54:17 – No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is of me, saith the Lord.

 

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We Thought We Were Losing Chelsea – Our Pet Bichon Frise – But She Has Recovered Much Faster than the Vet Said She Would – We Are Very Glad –

Chelsea Recovers

Nineteen days ago Chelsea woke us in the middle of the night squealing like someone was striking her with an ax! She held up her left front leg as far as she could away from her body. She looked like a terrorized contortionist. We didn’t know what to think, but she calmed down after a short while and was able to sleep the rest of the night. In the morning we took Chelsea to the vet.

X-rays showed that the disc in her neck had disintegrated over time. This condition somehow pinched a nerve, which was the cause of her intense pain. She lay on the floor almost unable to get up. The vet explained that the pinched nerve would likely take a very long time to heal. He gave her a steroid shot and ordered more steroid in the form of pills. The second day after the shot and her first pill Chelsea was up and around. The third day she seemed like her old self! We are grateful for the vet’s skill and knowledge.

We also prayed over Chelsea to recover quickly. We have an amazing, wonderful LORD! This photo of Chelsea was taken today. She has been romping around since the third day. She is still taking those pills, so we will see what happens when they are stopped. We are expecting the best for her.

X-rays also showed that Chelsea had three stones in her bladder. The vet sold us some very expensive dog food that was completely free of minerals. He explained that her body would absorb the stones if there were no other supply of minerals available. We were to feed her this special food and nothing else until it was gone. I am pleased to say that she liked it. We have done this and Chelsea now urinates a much more robust stream. Chelsea is better equipped to enjoy our soon-to-begin life on the road! There was a silver lining to the dark cloud.

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Rice Surprise – Recipe in Allrecipes.com – A Simply Delightful Dessert – Whipped Cream with Crushed Pineapple and Rice – Takes about 10-15 Minutes to Prepare If Your Rice Is Ready –

Rice Surprise

Steve and I have been busy with the many daunting details of moving out of our home. As the time draws near, the days seem to fly by. Nevertheless, I cook; we eat. This quick dessert is one of our favorites. Find it at allrecipes.com.

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When My Faith is Weak – When I Should Trust but Don’t – I Call on You – Strong One – You Show Me – I Praise You – My LORD – My Savior – My God –

Bird alone

When my future seems in jeopardy –
When my heart flutters without rest –
I call on You – LORD – Strong One –
And You rescue me from doubt –
You show me the way out –
It was there all the time –
But You show me –
I know how You love me –
But I am weak – You are strong –
And You show me the next step –
I praise You –
Strong One –
My LORD –
My Redeemer,
My Savior –
My God –

By Carol Ann Hoel © August 9, 2015

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Psalm 17:7-9 – The Bible (NIV) – Show me the wonders of your great love, you who save by your right hand those who take refuge in you from their foes. Keep me as the apple of your eye; hide me in the shadow of your wings from the wicked who are out to destroy me, from my mortal enemies who surround me. 

Psalm 91:1-7 – The Bible (KJV) – He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust. Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence. He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler. Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day; Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday. A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee.

 

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Jesus – Our Savior – Our Lord – Gives Us beauty for Ashes – Joy for Mourning – Praise for the Spirit of Heaviness – Calls Us Trees of Righteousness – The Planting of the Lord – That He Might Be Glorified –

Bullrushes or Typha latifolia, close up

Look at the fields – they are ready to harvest
Is that what I should see – I don’t know –
Maybe so –

Lord – You give us beauty for ashes –
Joy for mourning –
Praise for the spirit of heaviness –
You call us trees of righteousness –
The planting of the Lord –
That You might be glorified –

My confidence is in You – Strong One –
You cover me with a garment  of praise –
All my days –

Lord – You give us beauty for ashes –
Joy for mourning –
Praise for the spirit of heaviness –
You call us trees of righteousness –
The planting of the Lord –
That You might be glorified –

I say to myself – Guard your thoughts – Too much
Sorrow provides no comfort – no charm – too much
Grief does harm –

Lord – You give us beauty for ashes –
Joy for mourning –
Praise for the spirit of heaviness –
You call us trees of righteousness –
The planting of the Lord –
That You might be glorified –

I said to myself – wait patiently on the LORD –
Who brings me out of the miry clay and sets
My feet on The Rock –

Lord – You give us beauty for ashes –
Joy for mourning –
Praise for the spirit of heaviness –
You call us trees of righteousness –
The planting of the Lord –
That You might be glorified –

Be sure – my friends – if it’s not good -It’s not
From Him – Every good gift is from the Father –
Our God is good –

By Carol Ann Hoel © August 5, 2015

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John 4:35 – The Bible (KJV) – Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest.

Isaiah 61:1-3 – The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me; because the Lord hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound; to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn; to appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he might be glorified.

Isaiah 61: 10-11 – I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels. For as the earth bringeth forth her bud, and as the garden causeth the things that are sown in it to spring forth; so the Lord God will cause righteousness and praise to spring forth before all the nations.

Psalm 40:1-3 – I waited patiently for the Lord; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry. He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings. And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the Lord.

James 1:17 – Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.

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Praise – Praise the Lord – He Raises Up the Poor Out of the Dust – He Lifts Up the Needy – He Makes the Barren Woman a Joyful Mother of Children – Psalm 113 –

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Praise ye the Lord. Praise, O ye servants of the Lord, praise the name of the LordBlessed be the name of the Lord from this time forth and for evermore. From the rising of the sun unto the going down of the same the Lord‘s name is to be praised. The Lord is high above all nations, and his glory above the heavens. Who is like unto the Lord our God, who dwelleth on high, who humbleth himself to behold the things that are in heaven, and in the earth! He raiseth up the poor out of the dust, and lifteth the needy out of the dunghill; that he may set him with princes, even with the princes of his people. He maketh the barren woman to keep house, and to be a joyful mother of children. Praise ye the Lord.

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Back in the Kitchen at Last – Salmon Paté – Will Be Served on Toasted Baguette – Snack Time in the Evening – Oatmeal Cookies Last Night –

Pink Salmon Pate

We have been strenuously busy but the rush is off on my part for a while. Why not spend some time in the kitchen doing what I like. Last night I baked oatmeal raisin cookies for oatmeal cookiesSteve. He likes them because they are more healthful than some other kinds (so we think). I froze most of them in three quart freezer bags to keep us from overindulging. Next time I’ll find another recipe. These didn’t pass my persnickety taste test. I was hoping for a more moist and delicate texture. Steve said they were delicious. He is a wise man always willing to please me.

This morning I prepared a recipe from allrecipes.com entitled Red Salmon Paté. I’ll never know if a recipe is perfect as is, because there is always something I have to change. I give the creator of the recipe my vote of confidence, but life demands adjustments. The recipe called for an 8 ounce can of red salmon, which I didn’t have. I used my 7 ounce can of pink salmon. I reduced only slightly the 8 ounce bar of cream cheese attempting to keep the proportions right. I didn’t have fresh parsley so I substituted dehydrated parsley and reduced it to half the amount. I chopped walnuts instead of pecans, not trying to improve the end result, but because I had no pecans. I did not decrease anything else, and it didn’t seem to matter. Steve was available to taste. We tasted it and decided I should add a bit more horseradish and grated onion. Now it is chilling in the refrigerator for our snacking time tonight.

When we begin our new life on the road, I hope to be cooking a lot, but it won’t be the same. Most meats probably will be grilled outside by Steve. He is a great grill man. Inside the coach there will be a small convection oven/microwave and most likely three little burners on a miniature stove for my cooking pleasure. Change is necessary and may be delightful and fun. I’m sure we will spend lots of time in restaurants. I can live with that.

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God Loves Us – Did You Know – What Good Is Being Loved unless We Know – We Have Been Redeemed – Hear and Believe –

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Psalm 107:8 – The Bible (KJV) – Oh that men would praise the Lord for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!

I heard a story once (not a Bible story). I’ll try to tell it like I heard it:

An infant prince was kidnapped from a king’s palace. He grew up in poverty not knowing he was a prince.

Was he a prince? Yes, he was, and he was entitled to the riches and inheritance of his father’s throne, but he never knew it.

Was he rich? Yes. But he lived his life in poverty.

We can be like that to one degree or another.

Psalm 107:2 – Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, whom he hath redeemed from the hand of the enemy…

Isaiah 53:1 – Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the Lord revealed?

Isaiah 54 – Sing, O barren, thou that didst not bear; break forth into singing, and cry aloud, thou that didst not travail with child: for more are the children of the desolate than the children of the married wife, saith the LordEnlarge the place of thy tent, and let them stretch forth the curtains of thine habitations: spare not, lengthen thy cords, and strengthen thy stakes…

There is so much to know, so much to learn, so much to enjoy in Christ our Lord, our Redeemer. A lifetime is not long enough to know and experience all the benefits that belong to the redeemed. Thank God we shall live forever.

John 8:32 – And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

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Life Is Racing Along – Stuff Happens – Don’t Complain – Don’t Explain – Pet Bichon Frise Previews Coming Attractions – LIfe on the Road Baffles Her at First – Does She Cope –

Chelsea Resting in her Office bed

No RV is yet in our grasp but the journey toward our dreams continues. Chelsea at age 13 shows us that she can handle whatever life throws at her. First she learned to walk politely on a leash (she is entitled to occasional lapses in memory), and now we know she can adapt to life on the road! What a trooper!

After only four encounters with life on the road Chelsea stopped panting and began enjoying the ride. She learned the routine, jumping into the van’s middle back seat, traveling silently (mostly), arriving at dog-friendly restaurants to party with us on their outdoor patios. She drank her water from a tall glass just as she does at home and astounded our servers with her skill and social manners. She ate her food with gusto. She visited with other diners to their surprise. She isn’t shy. She put her paws on one lady’s lap, uninvited, startling her momentarily. Praises and petting followed rewarding Chelsea for her friendly behavior.

How did all this come about? We had to leave home with our pet in tow so realtors could show our house to prospective buyers. Chelsea has developed two more new skills, riding in the van and dining at restaurants. Chelsea copes. We were concerned that she would not do well on the road. She will be fine.

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My Morning Coffee – Is It a Habit – Surely Not – Only 2 Cups a Day – I Like It – But I Don’t Have to Have It – Or Do I –

Coffee

I often mix coffee brands and flavors. Today I brewed Dunkin’ Donuts Hazelnut with Starbucks French Roast. I like my coffee with cream, and this morning I stirred in a small squirt of Hershey’s dark chocolate syrup, as well. When I say I drink two cups a day, I’m talking about real cups, not big mugs or tiny 6 oz mini cups. As I type this post, I am enjoying my third cup over ice, one more cup than usual.

My hubby switched to herbal tea for a good reason. He was drinking several cups of coffee a day and it increased his blood pressure. Steve is a smart guy. He made the change, and he did it wisely. Ever since the two days I substituted peppermint tea for my coffee in the morning, I think of my morning java in a less casual way. I have always believed that the small amount of coffee I drink could not constitute an addiction. After all, I don’t have to have it. I just want it, I thought. It never occurred to me that I could suffer coffee withdrawal symptoms from eliminating coffee one morning. I didn’t intend to switch from coffee to tea. I just wanted peppermint tea that day instead of coffee. Here is what happened:

The same day I substituted herbal tea for coffee, I developed a severe headache over my eyes that radiated to the back of my skull and spread to my neck. Did I suspect coffee withdrawal? No. It was a HORRID headache. I thought it might be a brain tumor. God can heal brain tumors, so I was sure it would go away overnight. I asked Steve if he thought there was any possibility that my headache could have been caused by not having my morning coffee. Certainly, he told me, it could have been caused by that. Still, I didn’t seriously believe coffee withdrawal could cause the super-bad headache I was suffering.

The next morning I brewed herbal tea again. (Yes. Believe it or not. I did.) By the end of the day I thought the brain tumor might kill me. I went to bed, but I couldn’t sleep. I got up and googled coffee withdrawal symptoms. Along with finding out that I probably was afflicted by coffee withdrawal, I read that drinking one cup of coffee might reverse the symptoms or eliminate them entirely. One cup of coffee.

What should I do, I considered. I could brew a pot of coffee at midnight and expect to be wide awake all night long from the effects of caffeine, or I could go back to bed and stay awake the entire night enduring a terrible headache. I brewed the coffee, drank one cup, and 40 minutes later the headache was completely gone. Really! I didn’t sleep well, but I felt fine. No more headache.

The moral of the story is simple. If you want to quit coffee, do it gradually. Steve did it that way and never suffered any symptoms whatsoever.

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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 –

Chelsea Leash Training

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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