Beloved, Let Us Love One Another

Today’s Devotional Reading:
1 John 4:7-12
7 Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. 8 He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love. 9 In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. 10 Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. 11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another. 12 No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us.

v.10 “propitiation” is a sacrifice that God was pleased with or satisfied with in payment for the sins of His chosen people.

We didn’t seek out God for salvation. We didn’t first love God. If it was left up to us, we would NEVER come to God! God, in His mercy and grace, drew us to Himself with cords of love! Not because He had to, since we loved Him! No, no! We didn’t, couldn’t love Him first! It was not in us to love Him. There was no spark of goodness in us that just needed to be fanned into a flame of love for God! The Bible is clear that there is NONE good…, not even ONE!!! There is NONE that seek after God. There are several verses in the OT that tell us this. Here it is from Romans 3:10 As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: 11 There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. 12 They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.

Romans 5:8 But God commendeth (exhibited) his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. In God’s eyes, Christ had already died for us when the plan was set in motion before the foundations of the world! Ephesians 1:4 According as HE HATH CHOSEN us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: In John 17:20, Jesus prayed for us when He said, “Neither pray I for these alone (the Christians of His day), but for them also which SHALL believe (that’s US today and since He died!) on me through their (the disciples before us) word;”

I hope you see that God chose us! We did not choose Him! I am so glad He showed His mercy and grace toward me. I definitely didn’t/don’t deserve it!

So, (v.11) Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.



I love popcorn!  I get my love of popcorn from my dad.  He made a batch of popcorn almost every night!  Only, he popped it the old-fashioned way…..poor some oil in the pan, heat it up, throw in some popcorn kernels, put the lid on the pot and with one hand holding the lid with a potholder and the other hand holding the handle of the pot, he would drag the pan back and forth across the fire until he heard no more kernels popping.  Sometimes the lid would start coming off of the pan because there was too much popcorn.  He had a special pan just for popping his popcorn.  He probably made twice as much as what a bag of popcorn would make in the microwave today.  And the only thing he would add to it was salt after it was popped.  No butter or anything!

It takes me 2 minutes to fix up a bag of popcorn.  And never do all of the kernels get popped!  It probably took daddy 10 minutes, but every kernel was popped!  My generation is so impatient!  We have to have everything right now!  We can’t wait around for things, we are busy!  That’s why microwave popcorn was created!  That’s why curling irons were created…..almost instant curls instead of the old fashioned sponge or plastic rollers that you had to wear to bed with a scarf or something wrapped around them to hold them in place all night.  Blenders and food processors do a much faster job of chopping and mixing.  Have you noticed we are not still driving our buggies around that are led with horses?  NO!  Gotta have that horse power underneath the hood of a car.  How about that automatic washing machine versus the wringer washer…..the automatic clothes dryer versus taking all day to hang the laundry out on the line and then have to bring it all back in again!  I could go on and on and on and on…….


But, I won’t!  I like all of my conveniences and gadgets!  Not sure how much time I actually save, however!  The more stuff I have, the less time I have!  😀

Miss you, daddy!

Spilled Milk

I remembered something tonight that I hadn’t thought of in a very long time.  I think the Lord brought it to mind so that I would realize that I had never apologized to my brother and sister for the spanking we all received even though I was the one who deserved it.

I would have to say I was maybe 7 or 8 when this incident happened.  We lived in a big house that had a roof shaped like a barn, if you can picture what I mean.  This house was situated near some railroad tracks in Osgood, Indiana.  That bit of detail is neither here nor there to the story.

We had finished eating supper one evening, the only items I remember from the meal being mashed potatoes and a glass of milk.  The reason being that I was pouring myself some milk and something happened that some of the milk ended up in the mashed potatoes.  I don’t remember how much milk was spilled.  I don’t remember if I was even supposed to be getting more milk.  All I remember is the guilty part.  I had spilled the milk and didn’t mention it to mom.

Well, at this point, I am assuming mom got ready to clean off the table when she noticed the spilled milk.  When she asked, “who spilled the milk,” I did not admit that I was the guilty party.  If I had, I probably would have been made to clean up my mess and that would’ve been the end of it.  But, by not admitting that I was guilty, I was lying.  And, of course, my brother and sister denied having been the ones to do the dastardly deed.  But, because no one owned up to this sin, ALL 3 of us ended up getting a spanking.

So, I owe my brother and sister an apology and I need to ask their forgiveness.  How many of you figure they probably don’t even remember the incident?  My brother is 18 months younger than me, so that would make him 5 1/2 to 6 years old, probably.  My sister is 4 years 4 months younger than me, so that would make her about 3 years old at the time.  I am thinking I can be pretty sure that they do not remember the incident.  But that does not relieve me of my responsibility.

Matthew 18:15 says, “Moreover if thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone” and I believe this works both ways…..I’m the guilty party and I need to go and tell them my sin against them.

James 5:16 says, “Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed.”

Now, maybe after I make my confession, this verse will be true for me:  Psalm 19:12 “Who can understand his errors? cleanse thou me from secret faults.” It’s no longer a secret!  I’m glad I can put this one to rest!  Forever!  😀

Living by Faith

What does “living by faith” mean to you?  Can people get a good idea about your faith by watching and listening to you?  Is your faith something you “wear” all the time, or is it something you “put on” only when you go to church, or if you happen upon one of the members in a public place, and then you “take it off” until the next time you go to church?  If you were on trial for being a Christian, would there be enough evidence to convict you?

I’m not talking about being perfect or acting like you are better than someone else.  I’m talking about being consistent in your walk with the Lord from day to day.  We all mess up from time to time but people are willing to forgive you of those times when you ask, if your walk and talk are normally pretty consistent.  Without faith, it is impossible to please God (Hebrews 11:6), so we MUST live by faith!  If you have true faith, you WILL live it!  No one is saved by living it (works) but James 2 explains that you cannot have faith WITHOUT works!

We all need to examine ourselves from time to time to make sure we are living our faith.  Here’s a good song:

My Faith Looks Up to Thee
Written by Ray Palmer in 1830

1 My faith looks up to thee,
thou Lamb of Calvary,
Savior divine!
Now hear me while I pray;
take all my guilt away.
O let me from this day
be wholly thine!

2 May thy rich grace impart
strength to my fainting heart,
my zeal inspire.
As thou hast died for me,
O may my love to thee
pure, warm, and changeless be,
a living fire!

3 While life’s dark maze I tread
and griefs around me spread,
be thou my guide;
bid darkness turn to day,
wipe sorrow’s tears away,
nor let me ever stray
from thee aside.

4 When life’s swift race is run,
death’s cold work almost done,
be near to me.
Blest Savior, then, in love
fear and distrust remove.
O bear me safe above,
redeemed and free!

IMG_20160106_163718Today’s photo of Tim and I.

Batting 1000

So, I’m not sure if “batting 1000” is a good thing or a bad thing!  One place on the web says it is a good thing, while another place says it is a baseball term and is a good thing, but that if someone says this, they are being sarcastic and really it is a bad thing!  😀

Well, I am thinking I would have to say today that I batted a zero!  Here’s what I mean:

I woke up at 9:00 again this morning!  And also had another backache from being in bed so long.  I got ready to leave to pick up some groceries and make a run to the post office and try to exchange something at Tuesday Morning.  I ended up spending well over an hour in Tuesday Morning.  When we did our thrifting in Greensboro a couple of weeks ago, they told us about a new store open in Winston Salem.  It is over by the hospital and is maybe 10 or 15 minutes from here.  The gift I bought for Addy was actually for a boy, which I didn’t pay attention to until I got home.  Fortunately, I was able to find the Winston Salem store and make the exchange.  But I also found they have a great scrapbooking section.  It was pretty disorganized, so I spent lots of time going through mostly everything.

After I left there, I stopped at Walmart for the groceries and headed home.  My intentions were to spend the afternoon organizing my craft room.  But, that didn’t happen.  Instead, I got down my craft sewing machine to do some work in my Documented Life notebook.  I played with it for quite awhile trying to get the needle to grab the bobbin thread.  Never did get it.  Even went searching on line to see if anyone else had problems of this sort with this machine.  The one discussion I read of someone having the exact same problem read that the person asking the question should, “just buy a REAL sewing machine!”


Well, for the money I paid for this machine, it should have been a “real” machine!  I hadn’t used it in a couple of years, but I don’t remember having problems with it before.  I finally gave up and got my other little craft sewing machine down.


I’ve had this for a LONG time…..since back in Buffalo, WV many years ago.  Wouldn’t you know it… batteries for it!  And the 3 volt adapters we had didn’t have the right end to fit into the machine.  Once again I had to give up.

Now, I’m not in the mood to do any crafts or organizing!  Furthermore, its too late to worry with it!

Gas pricing is back down to what it was about 3 weeks ago.  I don’t know why it has to fluctuate so much!


Last, but not least for the day, here’s the photo of Tim and I.  He was being goofy, but at least he is enjoying the daily photo op… far!  😀



Got up at 9:00 this morning!  My back was killing me!  I had to work out the kinks:

Cleaned up the kitchen

Dining/living room back in order


When Tim came over from the church for a break, I made a comment of going out to eat lunch.  And he suggested we go to the thrift stores since we missed going last Thursday.  Works for me!  😀  I didn’t find anything to buy, however!

We ate lunch at KFC/Long John Silver’s and I got our picture of us for the day.


It was 38 degrees and the wind was COLD!  We were supposed to have sun today, but it was pretty cloudy!  Here’s a picture of downtown Winston Salem from US52.


After we got back home, I put the Guest bedding back on and other things back in place.


Now, if I could magically make my craft room clean itself up, I would be set to go!  😀  I did get most of the junk off of my computer desk and worked in the checkbook.  And now it’s bedtime, but I think I will do some knitting.


What a mess!  😀

HOPE is not one word

There are several different groups in social media that have their members choose “one word” for the year, beginning in January.  If you click on the following link, you can learn a little bit about one group:  One Word 365.  Essentially, you are getting rid of the “making resolutions” idea and choosing one word to “structure” your life around for the year.

That’s all well and good, I suppose, especially since none of the words I have ever seen have been negative words, but positive ones.  So, it can be a great thing!  However, there is One main factor that lots of people seem to forget about (or not have any thought of at all) and that is the sovereignty of God in our lives, ruling and working all things to accomplish His will.  So, someone’s chosen word for the year could end up just like most resolutions…..broken and forgotten about in less than 3 weeks into the year!

I discovered this “one word” thing last year and decided to “play” along.  But, I chose a word that fit what was happening in my life instead of choosing a word to make my life fit around.  My word for last year was “wait.”  Why?  Because of Tim’s cancer and the many different treatments he had been on that had not yet worked, we were still “waiting” for the right treatment to come along that God would use in the healing of his cancer.  We are still waiting for that to happen.  And we will continue to do so until it does happen!  We are trusting God that at some point in the future Tim will be cancer free!

That brings me to my word for 2016, Hope.  Not as in, “I hope God cures Tim in 2016” (which is true), but  HOPE, as in:


This is faith, and Hebrews 11:6 tells me it is impossible to please God if I don’t have faith.  And, in my heart, I really want to please God, even though I don’t lots of the time.

Treatment 6 and 7, which are combined medications, have been working, for the most part in keeping new lumps from forming, except for a couple of stubborn ones that they finally radiated.  So, while I am still waiting for God’s cure, I have HOPE that this will be the year that Tim is pronounced CANCER FREE!

Here is a picture of Tim and I, taken at the church this evening.  I want to take a picture of the two of us every day this year.  That is my goal, anyway.


Here’s to HOPE in 2016.

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