James 1:2-3

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AN ATHEIST IN THE WOODS
 
An atheist was walking through the woods.

‘What majestic trees!
‘What powerful rivers!
‘What beautiful animals!
He said to himself.

As he was walking alongside the river, he heard a rustling in the bushes behind him.

He turned to look. He saw a 7-foot grizzly bear charge towards him.

He ran as fast as he could up the path. He looked over his shoulder & saw that the bear was closing in on him..

He looked over his shoulder again, & the bear was even closer.

He tripped & fell on the ground.

He rolled over to pick himself up but saw that the bear was right on top of him, reaching for him with his left paw & raising his right paw to strike him… 
 
At that instant the Atheist cried out, 
‘Oh my God!’
 
Time Stopped.
 The bear froze.
 The forest was silent.
 
 
As a bright light shone upon the man, a voice came out of the sky.
 
‘Are you taking My name in vain or are you calling out to Me for help?  You deny my existence for all these years, teach others I don’t exist and even credit creation to cosmic accident.’ 
‘Are you wanting me to help you out of this predicament?
 
Am I to count you as a believer?
 
The atheist looked directly into the light, ‘It would be hypocritical of me to suddenly ask you to treat me as a Christian now, but perhaps you could make the BEAR a Christian’?
 
 
‘Very well,’ said the voice..
 

The light went out. The sounds of the forest resumed.. And the bear dropped his right paw, brought both paws together, bowed his head & spoke: 
 
‘Lord bless this food, which I am about to receive from thy bounty through Christ our Lord, Amen.

 😉

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Day By Day
 
(Lovely version of this song)
 
  1. Day by day, and with each passing moment,
    Strength I find to meet my trials here;
    Trusting in my Father’s wise bestowment,
    I’ve no cause for worry or for fear.
    He, whose heart is kind beyond all measure,
    Gives unto each day what He deems best,
    Lovingly its part of pain and pleasure,
    Mingling toil with peace and rest.
  2. Every day the Lord Himself is near me,
    With a special mercy for each hour;
    All my cares He fain would bear and cheer me,
    He whose name is Counselor and Pow’r.
    The protection of His child and treasure
    Is a charge that on Himself He laid;
    “As thy days, thy strength shall be in measure,”
    This the pledge to me He made.
  3. Help me then, in every tribulation,
    So to trust Thy promises, O Lord,
    That I lose not faith’s sweet consolation,
    Offered me within Thy holy Word.
    Help me, Lord, when toil and trouble meeting,
    E’er to take, as from a father’s hand,
    One by one, the days, the moments fleeting,
    Till with Christ the Lord I stand.
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James 1:2-3

New King James Version (NKJV)

 

2 My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, 3 knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience.

 

James 1:2-3

New Living Translation (NLT)

 

 2 Dear brothers and sisters,[a] when troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. 3 For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow.

James 1:2-3

J.B. Phillips New Testament (PHILLIPS)

 2-8 When all kinds of trials and temptations crowd into your lives my brothers, don’t resent them as intruders, but welcome them as friends! Realize that they come to test your faith and to produce in you the quality of endurance.
 

 

James 1:2-3

Amplified Bible (AMP)

2Consider it wholly joyful, my brethren, whenever you are enveloped in or encounter trials of any sort or fall into various temptations.     3Be assured and understand that the trial and proving of your faith bring out endurance and steadfastness and patience.

James 1:2-3

The Message (MSG)

 2-4Consider it a sheer gift, friends, when tests and challenges come at you from all sides. You know that under pressure, your faith-life is forced into the open and shows its true colors. So don’t try to get out of anything prematurely. Let it do its work so you become mature and well-developed, not deficient in any way.

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Lord, every single good gift comes from You…

(From James 1:7)   One Thousand Gifts   http://www.aholyexperience.com/
 

324. I will choose to consider it an opportunity for great joy–even an on-purpose gift from God HimselfWHEN trials, temptations, tests, and troubles come my way, including the  ones that seem downright huge and  overwhelming, like aggressive, stage three  breast cancer.  These are testing grounds to bring my faith to maturity.   God controls the timing, the intensity, and the duration of every difficulty I will ever face, down to minutest detail. The process of going through these pressures while walking in His strength and enabling power  will bring beautiful fruit of endurance, steadfastness, and patience. (Personalizing James 1:2-3 for me)

325. The fun of bringing Mom, Bets, and Heidi to some of the letterboxes I have planted http://www.atlasquest.com/

326. Taking time to browse antique shops, play games, reminisce over cherished childhood memories

327. The truth behind the words of “Day By Day” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lNVCcph6cnI

Enjoying the warmth of His arm around my shoulder as we walk together-Him and me together,

Paula

 

Hebrews 12:1-2

 

“Smith climbed to the top of Mt. Sinai to get close to talk to God.  Looking up, he asks the Lord, “God, what does a million years mean to You?”  The Lord replies. “A minute”.  Smith asks, “And what does a million dollars mean to You?”  The Lord replies,  “A penny”.  Smith asks, “Can I have a penny?”  The Lord replies, “In a minute”.
 
 
 

Hebrews 12:1-2

New King James Version (NKJV) 1 Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2 looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

 

Hebrews 12:1-2 Amplified Bible (AMP) 1THEREFORE THEN, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses [who have borne testimony to the Truth], let us strip off and throw aside every encumbrance (unnecessary weight) and that sin which so readily (deftly and cleverly) clings to and entangles us, and let us run with patient endurance and steady and active persistence the appointed course of the race that is set before us,

    2Looking away [from all that will distract] to Jesus, Who is the Leader and the Source of our faith [giving the first incentive for our belief] and is also its Finisher [bringing it to maturity and perfection]. He, for the joy [of obtaining the prize] that was set before Him, endured the cross, despising and ignoring the shame, and is now seated at the right hand of the throne of God.

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Lord, every single good gift comes from You…

(From James 1:7)   One Thousand Gifts   http://www.aholyexperience.com/
 

316. I will lay aside everything that distracts me from my precious Jesus: every encumbrance, every sin that entangles me and I will run the race God has specifically chosen for me personally; with  endurance, perseverance, and persistence.  I will look to Jesus, who is the source, the author, the finisher, the completer of my faith who for the joy that was set before Him, endured the cross for my sake.  He took the full shame of my sin upon Himself on the Cross. He paid the full debt of my sin.  He did it for me.  He is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. (From Heb 12: 1-2)

317. The provision of the loan of a wheelchair from the Wicks so Mom can go on a longer walk with us

318. It was a hoot last night to take out all my hats, scarves, and wigs with my family and for us to try them on together and goof around

319. My garden is BEAUTIFUL now–such a loving, lovely gift!  I can hardly wait to give away more bouquets.

320. Heidi helping me with my manual lymphatic drainage and blessing me with massages

321. Bets teaching my girls some sewing skills. 

322. Nothing is too hard for my God…absolutely NOTHING.

323. Just Who is in charge around here? What about  all the hard stuff outside my control, this great big mess i can’t seem to do a thing about?  God is, that’s who and I can come boldly before Him as His child, bringing my requests before Him and being fully confident that His answers will always be the very best ones.  I will walk by faith and not sight.

 

Now unto Him, who is able to do immeasurably ABOVE all any of us could ask or think,

Paula

Where to tell Satan to go

Baseball Cartoon 8195

 

 

“At a nursing home, a group of Senior Citizens was sitting around talking about their ailments:  “My arms are so weak I can hardly lift this cup of coffee,” said one. 

“Yes, I know. My cataracts are so bad I can’t even SEE my coffee,” replied another.

“I can’t turn my head because of the arthritis in my neck,” said a third, to which several nodded weakly in agreement.

“My blood pressure pills make me dizzy'” another went on.

“I guess that’s the price we pay for getting old,” winced an old man as he slowly shook his head.  Then there was a short moment of silence.

“Well, it’s not that bad,” said one woman cheerfully.  “Thank God we all can still drive!” 

 

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The below quote was written by Stacy from her blog at  http://hiswaynotmine.blogspot.com/ 
 
 
“…There were about 7 people still finishing up their treatment that afternoon. I quickly shared with them the passage from Deuteronomy that God had spoken to my heart that morning. Praying that God would encourage their hearts on their journey.  “Stand strong in the Lord. Posses the victory that is in Him. He will lead you to the other side…a land flowing with milk and honey.  This is what He desires for you. He cares for you deeply. Trust in Him” 
…She told me that she is a 30 year cancer survivor. She continued to tell me a story that I will remember forever. After her treatment ended, she worried, as most cancer patients do….that her cancer would come back. Her faith was strong. But Satan was waging a war on her mind. That is his way. He is a lion who seeks daily who he can devour. (1 Peter 5:8) She wasn’t going to let him win. She was speaking to her priest one day sharing this with him. This is what the priest told her that she passed on to me in that moment…..”I wouldn’t tell anyone to ever go to hell…..but Satan….my priest told me….you tell him to go to hell, back where he came from and leave you alone!”
 
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1 Peter 5:8

8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.

Ephesians 6:10-19

 10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age,[a] against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
14 Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; 18 praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints— 19 and for me, that utterance may be given to me, that I may open my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel,

  Lord, every single good gift comes from You…
(From James 1:7)   One Thousand Gifts   http://www.aholyexperience.com/
 
306. What a blessing to have dear ones in the process of transforming my little overgrown vegetable/flower garden into a place of beauty again!
307. Three more chairs with happy faces  around the table at our meals: thank You Lord for bringing Mom, Bets, and Haddle to be with us: soooooooooooo much fun to have them with us!
308. Nicholas’ yummy birthday ice cream cake (with the funny typo “Mr Politican”  by the lady at the bakery) I haven’t had any ice cream cake probably in about 6 years while trying to avoid sugar and processed food in my attempt to stay healthy. Ordinarily I would have had fruit while everybody else had cake.   My tendency is to have the pendulum to swing too far in either direction in that area.  Lord, please bring me to a place of YOUR balance with food, exercise, and lifestyle choices. 
309. So much fun to play “Spoons” again
310. When Satan tries to mess with my mind with his fiery darts of doubts, fear, worry, and the rest of his garbage I can tell him to go to Hell, back where he came from.  I’ve never told anybody to go there before but seems quite fitting for this adversary.  Thank You Lord for my full amour of God.  I am a viictorious overcomer in Christ.
311. Special  time with John’s Mom, stepdad Alan, sister Kelley and kiddos, and all my family at restaurant
312. Postponement of the last chemo until Oct 10th instead of today due to worsening neurological side effects from the drugs: the silver lining of this is more time to enjoy my family from Tucson this week rather than me being in bed recovering from chemo while they are here
313. The ability to laugh, recover quickly, and overcome the embarrassment of accidently forgetting to cover my baldness before answering someone knocking at the door.  I am a woman of many looks with my various wigs, scarves, and hats and this guy unexpectedly got to see my “shockaroo look” 😉  Ah well!
314. Sailboats galore on the lake
315. Autumn has finally arrived in Fl–hooray!

Your Hands

A Time of Need by Roy Lessin

“Recently, someone reminded me of an encouragement card I had written many years ago for DaySpring. The message on the card is for someone who is going through a difficult time or facing a situation with few answers. Today’s posting features that message with the hope that it might help encourage someone today.

What do we do when we face challenges that make us wonder what’s ahead? The answers are not always easy, and the direction is not always clear. In these circumstances, our hope is in God alone. Our lives and our times are in His hands, and He assures us that He is the rock we can stand upon through the storm.

Today, may you continue to believe in the wisdom of His ways, in the goodness of His love, and in the assurance of His presence as He keeps you every step of the way.”

From the end of the earth I will cry to You, When my heart is overwhelmed; Lead me to the rock that is higher than I. Psalm 61:2 KJV

 

 
 
 

 

 

 

 
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  Lord, every single good gift comes from You…
(From James 1:7)   One Thousand Gifts   http://www.aholyexperience.com/
 
301. A great time with Mom, Heidi, Loretta, and Cindy at the Pink Ribbon ladies breast cancer lunch
302. Betsy’s arrival yesterday : so much fun being with and catching up with family
303. From the end of the earth I will cry to my precious Lord, When my heart is overwhelmed; He will lead me to the rock that is higher than I. (from Psalm 61:2)
304. Rose sending me a link to this beautiful song, “Your Hands” by JJ Heller. It is the cry of my heart to the Lord today.

305. Nicholas is 18 today!  Thank You Lord for our dear son.
 
“Every job is a self-portrait of the person who does it. Autograph your work with excellence.” ~Author Unknown
 
In Christ, my everything,
 
Paula