Financial Security

Financial Responsibilities – Wow never thought I would be so far in debt, at this time in my life, but it happened. Mostly because I want to continue to buy and give things to my love ones. Well if I continue to do this, I’ll be so far in debt. I will never be able to retire.

So 2017 is my year to become aware and financially responsible.

This last year I opened a savings account, but right now I have $235.00 there. Because of various reasons, I had to use the money throughout the year to help with one things or another.

What does it mean to be financially responsible? It’s a complex question with a complex answer, but at its core is a simple truth: To be financially responsible, you need to live within your means. And to live within your means, you must spend less than you make!

Credit Cards and Debt
This last year I opened a savings account, but right now I have $235.00 there. Because of various reasons, I had to use the money throughout the year to help with one things or aall and aren’t able to pay your balance in full shows that you already spend more than you earn. Responsible use of a credit means paying the balance on your account in full each month.

So here is the beginning of the blog and hopefully you can join me on this journey.

“Father, I thank You that I am an heir to THE BLESSING! I choose life today. I choose to be a conduit for what You want to do in this world. Thank You for Your Word and the many blessings that are mine. In Jesus’ Name. Amen. – See more at:

Next post is how did I get this way!!!

The Mystery of Christmas

 
The wonderment in a small child’s eyes,
The ageless awe in the Christmas skies,
THe nameless joy that fills the air,
The throngs that kneel in praise and prayer —
These are the things that make us know
That men may come and men may go.
but none will ever find a way
To banish Christ from Christmas Day,
For with each child there’s born again,
A mystery that baffles men.
 
 
Shrouded in Mystery
 
Psalm 145:5
 
On the glorious splendor of your majesty,
and on your wondrous works, I will meditate.
 
We’ll never really understand how the mighty Creator came to be a tiny baby in Bethlehem stable is now and will always be a mystery to mankind. The Bible gives us broad brush strokes of how this miracle occurred – the Holy Spirit overshadowed a virgin girl named Mary – but now this happened is too great for our brains to comprehend.
 
The birth of Christ is more than just the stellar moment in human history, it is the most compelling reason possible to stand in awe of our great heavenly Father, to kneel before Him in praise and adoration, to let the joy inherent in His presence dwell within us.
 
Let your heart be filled with wonder, this Christmastime.

Greetings Friends

 
It’s Christmas and time to greet you once more,
But what can I say that I’ve not said before
Except to repeat at this meaningful season
That I have a deeply significant reason
For sending this greeting to tell you today
How thankful I am that you passed my way.
 
What a Friend We Have in Jesus
 
John 15:15
 
Have you ever imagined, dear friend, that Jesus, the baby born of Mary and laid in a straw filled manger, wants to be your friend? And yet, it’s true! The Bible says so and many — like Joseph Scriven – bear witness to the joy, peace, and comfort afforded through relationship with God’s Son.

The Prince of Peace

Holly Wreaths
 
When holly wreaths are hanging upon each friendly door
And candles glow from windows
and trees are trimmed once more,
It’s pleasant to be sending this special wish to you
For all the season’s happiness in everything you do.
 
Jesus said, Behold, the kingdom of God is within you.
Luke 17:21
 
One of God’s greatest gifts to us, especially at Christmastime, is the gift of others, Family friends, coworkers, neighbors, fellow believers, even strangers come together in a special way for the holidays.
 
What do you imagine would happen if these things were commonplace all year? Everyone would express their love and devotion to one another.
 
This is the type of world God had in mind from the beginning. He always meant for us to live together in peace, for love to reign in our hearts and relationships, for goodwill to mark all our interactions.
 
When the tiny baby was born in Bethlehem, He was designated the Prince of Peace because He would bring to our hearts what was sos badly needed int he world.
 
Looking forward to the day all things are set right and we live in peace in the kingdom of God.
 
Amen.

Christmas Glitter

Christmas Glitter
 
With our eyes
we see the glitter
of Christmas,
with our ears
we hear the merriment,
with our hands
we touch the
tinsel-tied trinkets,
but only
with our hearts
can we feel
the miracle of it.
 
Helen Steiner Rice
 
Isaiah 61:10
 
I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he has clothed me with the garments of salvation, he has covered me with the robe of righteousness KJV
 
Decorating for Christmas can be great fun, but it can also remind me of what I use to have and do not any longer, things are not important as Helen’s poem says, only the things we store in our hearts can we really feel the miracle of Christmas.
 
Celebrate Christmas in your heart and when its time for decorations to come down, you’ll continue to rejoice. Let your heart be filled with God and His love throughout the cold winter months, the wet unpredictable spring, the waves of summer heat, and autumn’s grandeur. Christmas will be with you all year long.

Helen Steiner Rice

Helen Steiner Rice (May 19, 1900 – April 23, 1981) was an American writer of religious and inspirational poetry.

Helen Steiner was born in Lorain, Ohio on May 19, 1900. Her father, a railroad worker, died in the influenza epidemic of 1918. She began work for a public utility and progressed to the position of advertising manager, which was rare for a woman at that time. She also became the Ohio State Chairman of the Women’s Public Information Committee of the Electric Light Association, and campaigned for women’s rights and improved working conditions.[1]

In 1929 she married Franklin Dryden Rice, a bank vice-president in Dayton, Ohio. After the stock market crash in October that year, Franklin lost his job and his investments. He fell into a depression from which he never recovered, and committed suicide in 1932.

Rice became a successful businesswoman and lecturer, but found her most satisfying outlet in writing verse for the greeting card company Gibson Greetings. Her poems received wide exposure in the 1960s when several were read by Aladdin on the poetry segment of the Lawrence Welk television show.

The demand for her poems became so great that her books are still selling steadily after many printings, and she has been acclaimed as “America’s beloved inspirational poet laureate”. Helen Steiner Rice’s books of inspirational poetry have now sold nearly seven million copies. Her strong religious faith and the ability she had to express deep emotion gave her poems timeless appeal.

She died on the evening of April 23, 1981, a month before her 81st birthday, and was buried in Elmwood Cemetery in Lorain, Ohio

GOD Knows Best

Our Father knows what’s best for us,
So why should we complain
We always want the sunshine,
But He knows there must be rain

We love the sound of laughter
And the merriment of cheer,
But our hearts would lose their tenderness
If we never shed a tear…

Our Father tests us often
With suffering and with sorrow,
He tests us, not to punish us,
But to help us meet tomorrow…

For growing trees are strengthened
When they withstand the storm,
And the sharp cut of a chisel
Gives the marble grace and form…

God never hurts us needlessly,
And He never wastes our pain
For every loss He send to us
Is followed by rich gain…

And when we count the blessings
That God has so freely sent,
We will find no cause for murmuring
And no time to lament…

For our Father loves His children,
And to Him all things are plain,
So He never sends us pleasure
When the soul’s deep need is pain…

So whenever we are troubled,
And when everything goes wrong,
It is just God working in us
To make our spirit strong.

 

God’s Perfect Gift

God’s Perfect Gift
 
Psalm 130;7
 
Put your hope in the Lord, for with the Lord is unfailing love and with him is full redemption.
 
Every year it’s the same: we rush around getting ready, preparing for one day when all our hopes and dream will be realized. What did you wish for this year, dear friends? What special gift were you hoping to find under the treat? Was it there?
 
Once the gifts are unwrapped and the family has dispersed, many people feel disillusioned and depressed. Even when they’ve receive what they thought they wanted, the good feeling rarely lingers. No earthly gift can really change your life — only God’s gift can do that.
 
The Christ Child’s Birth
In our Christmas celebration of merriment and mirth, Let us not forget the miracle of the holy Christ child’s birth. For in our festivities it is easy to lose sight Of the baby in the manger and that holy, silent night. Helen Steiner Rice
 
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Christmas truly is a day to be celebrated – a day when we should brea in song lie the angel who announced Christ’s birth – a day when we should feel joyful and excited – a day we should prepare for with great enthusiasm. But it should not be in anticipation of what we have yet to receive. Rathe it should be in appreciation for what we have already been given – God’s perfect gift, a Redeemer who name is Jesus Christ.

The Gospel Unchained

 

Acts 28:17-31

For two whole years Paul stayed there in his own rented house and welcomed all who came to see him. He proclaimed the kingdom of God and taught about the Lord Jesus Christ—with all boldness and without hindrance!

Acts 28:30-31

Luke ends his narrative with these words, which wrap up the theme of the book that was stated by Jesus Himself back in 1:8:

But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.

If you think about it, it really is an amazing story of God overcoming everything this world could throw in his way. There is Paul, having been taken to Rome as a prisoner of the State, kept in chains under house arrest for two years, during which he taught, preached and wrote, right in the very heart of the Roman world.

In this text, Luke also records some of the conversation Paul had with the Jews of Rome, a conversation that changed some minds, and yet left others entrenched against the Way. Yet even in that, the Gospel had gone forth, and Paul had shown them exactly what was going on from the Scriptures, as Luke’s mention of Isaiah 6 shows so well (28:26-27).  Thus, when you come right down to it, we can see that while the world of the first century was different in so many ways; its essence is very much like our own. We, like the disciples of old, are charged with proclaiming the Gospel. Many will listen and receive it, more will not. There will be obstacles to be overcome, there will be persecution and opposition, hardships and struggles, yet the Gospel will be proclaimed, and God will build His kingdom.

In the final analysis, it will be up to each person to decide for him or her self whether or not to receive God’s offer of grace. Yet in this, it is not for us to judge or attempt to force anyone in making their decision, for that is not the way of love. However, it is for us to share, to encourage, to serve and to boldly proclaim the salvation that Jesus shed His blood to make possible.

The rest is up to God.

 

Paul’s Adventures in Malta

 

Acts 28:1-16

It was a cold and rainy day when the 276 souls arrived on the island of Malta after the shipwreck, and the people on the island were very kind to them, seeing to their needs. Since it was a cold day, they built a bonfire to help them get warm and dry. Paul, as was his custom, chipped in to help and brought in some brush for the fire. As he moved up to the heat, a viper launched itself from the brush and attached to Paul’s arm. Everyone who saw this knew Paul was a dead man walking.

The Maltese assumed that Paul must have been a very bad man, since he was saved from the shipwreck only to die from snakebite, but something very unusual happened: Nothing. As strange as it may sound to say that, it’s true; Paul’s hand should have swelled up, but it didn’t. Paul should have become quite sick, but he didn’t. Paul should have keeled over dead, but there he was as if nothing had happened. The Maltese eventually decided that rather than being a bad man, he must be a god!

Afterwards, they were taken in by the chief official of the island, a man named Publius.  He showed great hospitality to his guests but soon his father became seriously ill.

When news reached the rest of the Maltese people that Paul had healed the man’s father, they brought their sick from all over the island to Paul so that they too might be healed, and Paul was quite accommodating; one can only imagine the impact this had for the Gospel that Paul had brought with him to their island. Publius would provide everything they needed when the time came for them to set sail, some three month later.

When they finally arrived in Rome, they were warmly greeted by the brothers and sisters there. The guards were lenient with Paul at first, and allowed him to live by himself, with only one guard to keep watch. As we will see next time, nothing was done to keep him quiet…

 

 

Perils of the Sea

 

Acts 27:1-26

We know from the text that Luke was with Paul on the trip to Rome; no one else who might have been with Paul on the voyage is named in the text. In the first 12 verses, Luke tells us where they stopped, and of unfavorable winds that caused delay upon delay in their progress. As you read this, you might wonder why the weather was so uncooperative when they were on a mission from God to get Paul to Rome, for surely God could calm things down if He wanted to. Of course, another possibility would be that there was another force in play, a force that did not want Paul in Rome to accomplish God’s will for him there, a force that might try to use the weather as a hindrance to his progress.

As for me, I think there was quite a struggle going on behind the scenes.

In 27:13 ff. Luke tells us of a great storm that came up, giving us details that make it clear that this was no ordinary storm, as it raged day after day for 2 weeks. The sailors did all they could do to keep the ship afloat, but they began to lose heart; everyone feared that they would die.

But they would not die.

After they had gone a long time without food, Paul stood up before them and said: “Men, you should have taken my advice not to sail from Crete; then you would have spared yourselves this damage and loss. But now I urge you to keep up your courage, because not one of you will be lost; only the ship will be destroyed. Last night an angel of the God to whom I belong and whom I serve stood beside me and said, ‘Do not be afraid, Paul. You must stand trial before Caesar; and God has graciously given you the lives of all who sail with you.’ So keep up your courage, men, for I have faith in God that it will happen just as he told me. Nevertheless, we must run aground on some island.” (27:21-26)

God’s will for Paul to appear before Caesar would not be deterred by a storm, for God’s will is going to be done on this earth. Yes, His will might be opposed by men or by the spiritual forces of darkness, but they will never keep it from being done. In fact, the opposition of the Evil One may well provide an additional opportunity for God’s will to be done; just imagine the impact this statement of Paul’s would have when all of the men on the ship survived this mammoth storm in spite of the shipwreck that we will read about next time!