Monday, November 22, 2010

THANKS GIVING ARE U KIDDING ME

GIVING THANKS

When I think of Thanksgiving, this is what I think of. I think of the way we came to this new world and instead of sharing with the Indian people that were already here, we killed them and took their land. That is the real thanksgiving story. And we can still call what we did as being Godly...  it's not about food and family, it was all about sharing with the Indians that we did not kill off. They are the ones that taught us how to survive here in this land. AND think of the way we still treat them today. We really should be asking for forgiveness from them for what our ancesters before us did  to them and what we are still doing. But once again we make this holiday all about us and what we want. We really are greedy people and should be in prayer everyday for what we have done to other people and most of it in the name of God. WE ARE ALL GOD'S PEOPLE.

I know at thanksgiving dinner I will be praying for the native american indians of the past, present and future.  AND for God's forgiveness. I pray you do the same.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Holy, Holy, Holy

HOLY, HOLY, HOLY

Bless each and every one of you today and every day of your life. Glory to God.

This has been a very busy summer for me and my family, so much has happened through the power of God.

I have watched as God has touched the hearts of my brothers and sisters. One miracle after another has been happening with them. What a blessing.

When I came across this picture it made me think of all the candles I have lit over the years in prayer for my family and the world.


God does answer prayers, every day, every hour, every minute of our lives. We just have to be paying attention to know it when it happens. It happens in the smallest of blesssing.

God never fails us or leaves us.


Thursday, August 5, 2010

CLIMBING TO HEAVEN


CLINBING TO HEAVEN

In the winter, trees reach
Up to touch the sky.
Without their leaves,
The trees look like hands
And fingers stretching up
So, so, so high.
And if you look at the
Tallest tree in our backyard,
You can see that it is
So, so, so close to Heaven.
Perhaps we could go out
And climb
Up the tree,
Up the hand,
Up the fingers,
And into the sky.
Then, we could just step
Through the clouds,
... And into Heaven.

January 1996

This peom was written by Mattie Stepanek and can be found in his book   Journey through Heartsongs...  he was on this earth for such a short time but he was truly sent by God to share his peoms.... 

If you could write a poem of your life here on earth, what it it say?

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

WHEN THE SUN COMES UP IN THE MORNING

WHEN THE SUN COMES UP IN THE MORNING IT IS ONE OF GOD'S GREATEST BLESSINGS

Each and every morning God gives us the chance to do it all over again. The chance to bring him closer to us, to open our hearts to him. No one can make the coneciton to God for us, not your parents, not your pastor, not your family.... not one but you. When the bilble talks about... only God knows our heart and soul, he is telling you that no matter who you talk to other than him, it won't make a difference because only he knows your heart and spirit. That is what a spiritual connection is, a direct connect to the spirit of God our creator. Church and other groups are only a coming together of souls for fleshley reasons, needs and wants. It will never matter what church you attend, the money you have or the material items you aquire here on earth because when you take your last breath, are any of those things with you? no, because the connection is only between you and God. God has told us throughout the bible that none of that matters to him, not even our flesh...... only our spiritual conneciton to him.

Take the time to get right with God in your spiritual connection because no matter what you think or feel, only God can make a difference in your life here on earth if you open your heart and let him in. He is the only one that knows all of your thoughts and feelings even if you don't speak them. NO person here on the earth can make that conneciton for you, no money here on this earth can buy it for you.... the only way you get it is to ask God to come into your heart ane be a part of your every day life and to show you what you need to be closer to him......

The other alternative is Satan....  if God is not in your heart.... then Satan is.... so which shall it be for you??????? 

No matter what your life is or what you have done, God is a loving and forgiving God, all you have to do is ask for his forgivness and let him into your heart so he can be with you, help you and guide you in this life on earth and into the next one.

I promise when you do this, your life will change in so many ways and he will give you blessings your never knew you could have.

So, when the sun comes up in the morning, take it to the Lord God in prayer and start your spiritual life with God.

May God bless each and everyone of you on your spiritual journey with God.

Monday, August 2, 2010

GOD IS BRINGING ME BACK TO MY BLOG

HI Everyone.....

God has been talking to my heart again about doing my blog and I have been praying about it....  I got my answer this morning when my friend Aleta sent me a message to tell me she is missing my blog.....  I will start working on it this week...

Love and Prayers to all of you
Betty

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

DON'T LOOK BACK, JUST GO

Hi everyone.
This is heavy on my mind today so I am going to share it with all of you. So much is being talked about on TV on the new health care plan. In my heart and mind it's not the health care plan you need to be concerned about, it's all the other issues that come along with it.  We as american's will never again know life as we had it. This one plan is going to change our whole world in more ways that most americans can even imagine or understand. I believe this is the beginning of the end for us as the bible talks about. From this one thing the government will be able to take more control over us than we know. When you start pitting the rich against the poor the issues are going to be deadly. The rich are not going to just sit by and give up the money they have made off the poor people. No way are they going to agree to being taxed and giving it back and that is what this plan is going to do. Now you have the rich against the poor and then all the hate groups are going to jump on it.... that will cause rioting and killing.... that is going to allow the government to come in and try and contol us.... which will bring in marshall law... which will bring concentration camps... and more control....  do u see where this is leading???  Just read your bible and it tells all about the end times... it is starting.  When the bible tells that in the end when you have to flee, not to look back or take anything, just go....  where will you go and how will you survive? If you believe in God's Word.. u will start thinking about all of this.....  

Share your thoughts and feelings with me.....

Monday, March 22, 2010

30 MINUTES A DAY

I BELIEVE EVERY ONE OF GOD'S CHILDREN SHOULD BE ABLE TO TAKE A BREAK AT TIMES AND RELAX IN THIS PLACE

I made the decison while I was with Alvin at the hospital that I was going to read the bible through in one year. Which means I have to read 5 pages a day. I am happy to say that it is going very well. However, I must say that I do not like all the violence that I am reading, what a lot of killing of animals for burnt offerings.  I just do not understand the need for it yet, so, I will keep reading and trusting that God is going to make perfect since of it as I read on.  I have a feeling this is going to be a long year and a lot of learning. I want to read it so that when other people talk to or with me about the bible and what God had to say, I will have some clue as to what they are talking about. If I can remember I will let you know from time to time how the reading is going.

Now, back the the picture, I was thinking when I seen this how nice it would be every day to take just 30 min and sit in a place like this to read the bible and talk with God. I am sure we would have a better out look on life if only we took that 30 min every day and shared it with God. How much time do you spend with God every day?


Sunday, March 21, 2010

ROMANS

I was talking with my brother the other day about the Church and God. The conversation was about giving and tithing. His feelings are that God does not always want money from us but he does want us to give from what he has given us and that does not always mean money.  I thought a lot about this conversation and prayed about it, asking God to show more of his word about this subject.
Today in Church the Pastor spoke of this very thing and it comes from ROMANS 12: 6-8
Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith; if service, in our serving; he who teaches, in his teaching; he who exhorts, in his exhortaion; he who contributes, in liberality; he who gives aid, with zeal; he who does acts of merch, with cheerfulness.

I to believe God gave each one of us such unique gifts that are all a part of him to share with each other. He knew that he could not put it all in one or two people, it had to be in many for us to share with one another. So, if we have a special gift that God has given us and we are not sharing or using it for his good, then what? Does he take it from us or just wait until we get it and start sharing it?

I know with me and my gift to gab with people has to come from God and I have always used it in many ways but it has taken 55 years for me to start using it for God and his Glory. I guess better late than never. Now that I am on the path with the Lord I pray that he takes me to different places to share his word.


Please share with me how you are using your gift that he Lord has given you so that others can hear your story.

Saturday, February 27, 2010

BUTTERFLIES AND BRENDA


I was thinking about butterflies the other day, how God made us kinda like them. We to start out in a cacoon and enter the world as a caterpiller and through the grace of God we can become a beautiful butterfly. If you were to become a butterfly, what color would you be and where would you live, what flowers would you land on.  As a butterfly your whole world would be nothing but color and you are only born during the warm time of the year. How nice.

I think I must be ready for spring to come.

Alvin is home and doing good, he is tired a lot but it will take time for him to get back to his normal self. I know he is not feeling good when he lets me get food for him. He is just grateful that he is finally through the worst of it all.

Thank each and everyone of you for all the prayers, I know God had to be busy listening to all of them. He had three churches full of people praying for him, his family and friends.  What a blessing. While all of you were praying for him, I was praying for you and giving thanks that so many of you care and would take the time to pray.

While Alvin was in the hospital he had a lot of family and friends come to visit but one lady stands out in my mind and heart so I know God put her there for a reason. She is a little tiny black lady that came here from New Orleans after the Katrina hurrican when they were bussing people to different parts of the states and she has never went back. She came to visit Alvin because she heard from his brother Willie that he was in the hospital. They have kinda adopted her and she calls them uncle. She of course is a person from the streets and uses drugs but what a loving person. We sat in the hallway of the hospital one night visiting with her. As she talked with Alvin, I just sat and listend and looked into her eyes, which are the window's to the soul and all I could see was God. She was telling us how she was listening to the radio and she heard God talking to her. She said it was a life channel. I asked her if it was The Family Life Radio station and she excitedley said... yes thats it....  and she had been listening to it for 3 days and God was saying things that she needed to hear. Our eyes met and I said to her, no matter what anyone else thinks we are all a child of God and God is a part of each and everyone of us. She started to cry and told me how people judge her because of the way she looks, but that she is really and good person and loves everyone, why do they have to judge her when they don't even know her... my heart was bleeding for her. I told her no matter what anyone else thinks, it only matters what God thinks and that he loves her as much as he loves me or Alvin and any of his children. She smiled and said she really liked me and told Alvin how nice I was and that she just loves everyone.

What came to my mind as I was looking at her and listening to her was that if Jesus or God came to earth again, he would look just like her because her love and compassion for others is so true and deep.

She had go give Alvin and I lots of hugs and tell us how much she loved us before she left. She has been in my heart and prayers every day since them. Something about her touched something so deep inside of me, she will forever be a part of me.

I asked Alvin about her when she was gone. He said her name is Brenda and she came her on the bus and just never wanted to go back. He said she is a really good person and is book smart but something happend in her life that took her into the streets. Everyone around Willie's place has just kinda adopeted her and watches out for her. She has her own place and money but he has seen her on the streets at all times of the day and night. I can hear the tenderness and compassion in Alvin's voice when he speaks of her.

So every day I will say a prayer for her and I would love it if you would also. I will try and get a picture of her so you can see what I see.

Thanks for listening to me and letting me share her with all of you.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

ALVIN


Thanks to everyone for all the prayers for Alvin.  He came through the surgery just fine. It took almost eight hours but he did great. Yesterday he was was feeling no pain because of all the pain meds. Today he is dragging a little more. He has not been able to eat anything yet but I think they are going to start him on liquids today if he starts walking around a little more and gets things moving. He was thinking he might go home by sat. but I am sure that is not going to happen. I talked to his daughter yesterday that lives down south and she is flying in on sat to spend a few days with him and suprise him. That will make him feel much better. I just run up to Saginaw to drop my friend Marsha off and I am headed back to Lansing in a couple of min. Keep the prayers comming, I think he is going to need them, this is going to be a harder healing process than he thinks. Love all of you.  Betty

Monday, February 8, 2010

HEALING HANDS


We will be heading to Lansing today and Alvin will be going in for surgery at 7:30am. Please pray for him. Pray also that the surgeons hands will be guide by the Lord and that Alvin will heal fast.

In Church on Sunday Pastor Van and a few of the other members did a laying on of hands and healing prayer for Alvin, which I thought was a wonderful thing to do. Touch is such an important part of everyones well being.

I am going to take my lap top and will try and get a message out to everyone if I can.

Thanks to everyone

Friday, February 5, 2010

WHICH CHOICE WILL YOU MAKE?


















Which one will it be? 
Which choice will you make?

Satan never fears the Christian whose Bible is covered with dust.

Does God seem far away? Guess who moved?

Psalm 96:13
Before the LORD, for He is coming;
For He is coming to judge the earth.
He will judge the world in righteousness,
And the peoples in His faithfulness.

I must say that it has taken me a long time to finally listen the what the Lord is trying to tell me. I have always heard him talking to me in many different ways, but would not take the time to listen.  Now that I have opened my heart and let him in, he is changing my life. I am so grateful that he sent Pastor Van to help me open my heart. His kindness and sharing of God's word has been very comforting to me. I know I am a very hard headed and stubborn person. Pehaps that is how I thought I needed to be in able to make it in life. I really never knew that God was waiting to help me. I always knew God was with me, I just did not know how to let him in or how to ask him to guide me. I thought I was doing fine on my own. Once I sat down and really looked at my life I had to admit that was not true at all.

It is very true that we only have one of two choices in every decision me make in life.  Right or wrong, good or bad, happy or sad, negative or positive..........  God or Satan. That choice sets everything else in your life. The whole world can look at us and see which choice you have made.  Just because you say you are a Christian does not mean you are truly following the right path. God has to be first in your life. First before every person in your life and first before every thing in your life. If we could only get how easy this is. I know I have a lot of issues to work on in my life and a lot of things to change but I know God will help me, he will never leave me and will never forsake me.

All of this has made me think about my little Church today. Even though it is struggling right now, I truly believe that God will bring us through the darkness. Satan can try all he wants to take it down but God is always greater than Satan and will lead us through the Valley to the light on the other side. I know God is going to bring everything one and everything the Church needs.

I would also like to thank my uncle Bruce for taking the time today to call and talk with me. What a blessing he is in my life also. Once again God used him to answer a pray I had last night. I asked God to let me know if my writting this blog was really helping anyone and if I should keep going with it because at times I feel like I am just babbling and hope it really touches someones heart. Thank you Lord for using my uncle.




Thursday, February 4, 2010

THE PRAYER OF JABEZ

THE PRAYER OF JABEZ
I recieved a little book from a friend of mine a few years back called The Prayer Of Jabez. This little book is what started me on my path to seeking the kingdom of God.  This is the prayer.

1 Chronicles 4:9-10

9  And Jabez was more honorable than his brothers, and his mother named him Jabez saying, "because I bore him with pain." 10  Now Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, "Oh that Thou wouldst bless me indeed, and enlarge my border, and that Thy hand might be with me, and Thou wouldst keep me from harm, that it may not pain me!" And God granted him what he requested.

In the little book it says that to should ask God to bless you and enlarge our borders so that we can share his word with more people. So, I thought if God would do that for Jabez, surley he would do it for me. Each night I would pray this prayer before I fell asleep and each morning when I got up I would pray it. When I was driving in my van I would pray it. After about 2 months of praying a couple showed up and bought my house in Harrison and I moved back to Saginaw. I was so busy once I moved back here that I did not even think of that prayer, then one day I came across the little book again and I took the time to sit down and read it. Once again I started praying the prayer, and it has lead me to The First Church of God in Saginaw. I still say the prayer everyday, I can not get it out of my mind anymore. After praying it the other day God put into my heart to do volunteer work at the underground railroad so I will be mailing out the app. this week. I believe so strongly that nothing happens by mistake, God has a plan for everything we do in this life and every person we meet. I am so gratefull for everyone that has passed through my life, for I have learned so much from all of them. I feel blessed everyday. I know God is preparing me for something great and wonderful that I can do for him while I am here in servcie to him.

We never know what tomorrow will bring for us, all we know for sure is that God will walk us through it and never leave our side.

Let's give praise and glory to our All Mighty God.

Amen



Monday, February 1, 2010

TALK WITH THE LORD


A PLACE TO PRAY

Everyone needs a place to sit and talk with the Lord. When we have no one to listen to us here in this world, we always have Jesus. He is on call 24/7 and is waiting for us to talk with him. Tell him your desires, worries, hopes, whishes, fears and needs. All we have to do is ask and he will open the doors we need. He told us... Ask and you shall be given, Seek and you shall find, Knock and the door shall open. He can not do a thing for us if we don't ask. Talk to him and share what is in your heart so he can open the doors you need. Most of all give praise and glory to the Lord and walk in faith everyday.

Tomorrow I will share with you what really started me on my walk with God.

Sunday, January 31, 2010

IF YOU COULD.....

Take a minute today and answer the following questions. Through these simple questions God will start creating change in your life.

If you could be a color, what color would you be?

If you could be a season, what season would you be?

If you could change one thing in this world, what would you change?

If you could share God's word with one that you love, what would you share?

If you could sit and have a conversation with God, what would you say?

 If you could be of service to God today, what service would you do?

 If you could tell the world about God's love for you, what would you say?

If you could write a thank you letter to God for giving his only begotten son so your sins could be forgiven, what would you write?

 If God asked you to help him save one person in this life, would you do it?

 If you could ask one person to come to Church with you, who would it be?

Proverb's says:  " If you keep doing what you have been doing, you will keep getting what you been getting."

So to create change we have to do something different.

When you are done could you send me a comment and share with me your feelings about answering the questions. Good, bad or indifferent.....

God Be With You Always

Saturday, January 30, 2010

OPENING NEW DOORS

Brandon Harper, my buddy

Brandon is always at the door of the Church to welcome people, gives hugs and always askes how you are doing. It is so welcoming to have a loving and kind young man greate you in that manner. 







 David at age 14 is taking over the duties of the Church newsletter. He is working on the new web page for the Church and is in the Servent Leader training program. Debbie is now taking on the secretarial duties for the Church and is on the Praise team. She always has such a beautiful smile and kind words for everyone.

The Lord called 9 of our memebers home in the last 4 months of 2009, which has changed many things for us and is opening new doors.

Our Church is going through so many Changes right now that you know the Lord has to be leading the way.  In the Lord's word he tells us that he will always open a new door when an old one is closed. Our Church is in the process of opeing so many new doors that it is a exciting time for us.  We will be singing new songs, starting new projects, welcoming new members and looing forward to sharing the word of God with the world.

We are now praying that God will bring us a new music director and anyone that loves to Praise the Lord through songs and music. If that is you and God is speaking to your heart, we will be waiting to welcome you with open and loving arms.

We welcome everyone, come as you, come as who you are, we love everyone and love sharing the word of the Lord.


Thursday, January 28, 2010

IN THE ARMS OF THE LORD

The Lord has a some of his lambs in his arms, holding them, loving them, caring for them.  Others he is waiting to pick up and hold. Which are you? In his arms or waiting?

We are nothing without the Lord in our lives but lost lambs of God. I know for years I myself have felt I was doing fine and did not need anyone else, yet all the time knowing something was missing so deep in side of me.  It was such a emptyness that nothing I did nor anyone in my life has been able to fill. Now that God is calling me into his kingdom to be of service I can feel that emptiness being filled with love and connection to God part of me. 

I had a dream last night of Jesus. It seemed so real that I woke up with such a peacefulness in my soul.  It is hard to explain it other than it's such a peaceful feeling and I accept the calling. In the dream I seen me talking a sharing the word of God with a large group of people. We were laughing and sharing so much about each other. I turned when someone called my name and it was Jesus, as our eyes met he disappeared. I felt so at peace.

I had another dream of Jesus right after I moved to Saginaw.  In the dream I was standing at a river, high up on a bank in the middle of a pouring rain. I seen a old pick-up coming across the river on a old wood bridge, the river was so high and moving so fast I knew they would never make it, but I could not stop them. The truck was washed into the river and I could see the young boy and old man inside and the boy was looking at me and he wrote on the window for me see, the words.....  Help. I could do nothing but watch and was crying so hard. I watched as the truck went under the water and I walked to the edge of the river to look down into the rushing water. As I did the water dried up and I could see dead people laying on the bottom and a man that was knelt beside one of them, at the same time a light came out of the sky and I looked to see what it was and it was a huge angel the size of mountain dress in a deep green robe decending downward, his foot was shaped like a hook.  He came down, hooked onto the truck and put it up on shore. I looked back at the man that was knelt down and I realized he was bringing people back to life and with that thought he turned and looked up at me and as our eyes connected, he smiled, I woke up. It was like being in a movie. I have never forgot the dream and it is now starting to make since to me. What a Blessing

I have spent this week praying so hard for our Church, the Pastor, and the members. Last night in the PEP group meeting I could feel the presents of the Lord and felt the light and love he has for each of us. It is a strong group with people that are going to be able to move mountains for this Church.

Keep praying for our empty chairs at the meeting and pray a hundred times a day for the empty pews.

God Bless all of you who is reading this and sharing your prayers with me.

Please pray for everyone on my prayer list and if you have someone you would like me to put on it leave the name and what they need pray for on the comments  at the bottom of the blog.

Betty

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

BEING IN SERVICE IN SAGINAW


Pastor Van and the Praise Team including the Kids Corner Children

I have not written anything for a couple of days because I am not sure what I am feeling about the Church. I never question God in my life but I do question everything else. Being a business person and having a business mind I tend to look at everything from that angle. When I look at the Church I attend I see the business problems and that overides my being able to just feel the Lord when I am sitting in the pew. I am praying hard for the Church to increase it's membership as the Pastor asked us to do on Suday. What my business mind is saying..... location, location, location.... when you sit in the middle of a poor area it's hard to squeeze needing, caring, sharing and giving out of it. If the Church is to be of service to the people, what do the people need? and how can it be in servie to the Lord and lead them to him at the same time? How do you have God's house sitting in the middle of negativitie and let the light of the Church shine so bright that people are drawn to it???  That is the question. That is what I am praying God can answer for me.

Anyone that knows me, knows I have a huge problem with organized religeon, so if God has lead me through the doors of this Church he has to have a purpose for me and the Church. Pray for me.

God has also put in my heart to stay in Saginaw for a little longer and not move to Harrison right away.... there has to be a huge reason for that because he knows I have never wanted to be in Saginaw and now he is keeping me here a little longer. I have accepted all of this and trust he is leading me to be of service to him here.

The Church has such wonderful and loving people that belong to it and I am sure are as willing to do what it takes to keep the doors open. I guess this is where we are walking through the Shadow in the Valley and have to faith that God will lead us through it.

Praise to the Lord
Amen


Saturday, January 23, 2010

CENTER OF THE BIBLE



CENTER OF GOD'S WORD

The verse that is in the center of the Bible is Psalm 118:8 (NKJV)
" It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man."

The chaper that is in the center of the Bible is Psalm 118
The shortest chapter in the Bible is Psalm 117
The longest chapter in the Bible is Psalm 119

There are 594 chapers before Psalm 118
There are 594 chapters after Psalm 118
Added together and you get 1188

I read this on the web and wanted to share it will all of you because to me it was so interesting to know this about God's word.





Friday, January 22, 2010

LIGHT-BEARERS



What are light-bearers

They are you and I, all of God's children.
Even though the world today is full of pain and bitterness, it is no different than the times in the old testament.  God tried so hard to help the people then also and it got so bad that he had to wipe it out and start over. He was willing to give his only son to save us this time. I know some of you say you could never do that, but think about it...  if you had to give your own life to save your child... you would do it. God loves us soooo much that he was willing to give his only son to save us.... his children.

He sent us here as light-bearers of his word, to shine or light and share it with the world. We hear on a daily bases the bad news on the TV, we ask oursleves if we as Christians can do anything is such an environment.  Not unless we can truly understand the needs of people that are hurting and need God in their life. We deal in a world that has taught us to not trust anything or anybody so people are fearful in everyway. BUT... as Christians God gave us his light to let it shine. Remember, when you are around other people that your God-Light either makes the other persons God-Light.. brighther.. or it makes his satan-darkness... darker....  As God's Light-Bearers we are always at battle with satan.

God could have used angels or miracles or other means to give his message.  Instead he chose us.... eveyday people facing everyday problems from day to day. He wants us to share his message that there is hope beyond todays problems and frustrations.
As he helped Jeremiah (Lam. 3:1-18) he will help us.  We to can let the world know he is the Light of the World and we are called to bring His light into this dark world (Matt. 5:14-16; John 1:4-5; 1 John 1:5).

Most of all.... don't judge. Satan is going to use everyone and everything to keep us from God. He will use all of our loved ones through drugs, haterd, alcohol, bitterness, jealousy.. what ever he can use. So... when you look in the face and eyes of those people, remember it is satan using your loved one to keep your God-Light away. Pray, Pray, Pray for them.

Love Lights the Way

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

FROM SOME WHERE UP ABOVE


I have to share this with you tonight because this is how fast God can answer a pray and let you know you are on his path.

When I sat down last night to write my blog, I bowed my head in pray and ask God if I should keep going with this, is any out there even reading these things or am I just sharing them with him. I asked him to let me know if I should keep going forward with this and to let me know in a way that I would know for sure the answer was from him and they were really touching someones life.

Let me tell you all.... it can across loud and clear when I checked my email last night when I was done and I had received a email from my Uncle Bruce. He wrote to tell me that he has been reading my blog since I sent him the url in a chritmas card and he was happy to hear that I was working for God's Kingdom. He also asked for my phone number so he can call and talk with me, which was a answer to an earlier prayer because I had ask God before to give me the oppertunity to sit and talk with my uncle. My Uncle Bruce is a Pastor from Interlochen and I know no matter what question I ask him he will be straight with me because he knows me and my personality. He is my uncle on my dads side. I was not around most of my dads side of the family much when I was growing up, other than Uncle Bruce because he always made it a point to show up at different times in my life and always shared from his heart.

Uncle Bruce and Aunt Judy came to the Lord on a rough journey of their own and I watched what they went through. Once he accepted the Lord into his heart and life he has always been true to what he believes and has never been afaird to show it or share it with others and I have always had such deep respect for that. And when I grow up I want to be just like him :).

Thank you God for my Uncle Bruce.

Monday, January 18, 2010

FAMILY


I came across this picture on the internet last night and I started wondering if there are any families that actually sit down like this together for dinner.

I know when I was a kid growing up it never happened in my house. The only time we got together at a table was when we had a lot of family together, I mean like 4 or 5 famlies that had 6 kids each. With that many in the house, only the adults got to set at the table, the kids either sat on the floor and ate standing up. One thing adults never did with the kids was talk with them, they were either yelling at us or would talk at us, but never talked with us..... 

Now when I grew up and had my two sons, we ate at the table a lot when they were young, we even had a lot of candle light dinners. As they got older we were in front on the tv. Even though we did not sit around the table and eat together we still spent a lot of time talking with each other. We had a lot of great conversations about everything and every topic. I was the kind of mom that was not shy about talking with my sons about life. I can not even imagine people not talking with the kids.

When I was young I used to just sit and listen to the adults talk, of course all I had to judge the world by was my family. I always knew the way they seen things in life was not correct but it was not until I was older that I could understand they were doing the very best they knew how to do with the limited knowledge they had. Back then most of them only went through school to the 6th grade because they needed to help work the farm. Every thing they knew came from the people around them within a few miles. Because of coming through the great depression and the wars, they were a fearfull bunch of people. They were not church goers at all and thought the ones that did go to church were crazy for believeing in something they could not see. And those same people were the ones that taught me how to believe in the spirit world.....  I know it all sounds a little crazy....  when I look back at all of them I have to love the people they were. We had a lot of bad times and we had a lot of good times. Even through all the craziness they were still all there for each other no matter what. That is....  when they were not trying to beat each other up, steal from one another or lieing about one another....  what a wonderful life it was...  :)  God Bless everyone of them, because I learned so much from them.  Most of them are gone now, but will always be in my heart.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

IT'S ALL ABOUT GOD



Say a prayer for the whole world tonight.
God is with each and everyone of us even when we don't feel him.

I think so many of us are still trying to find out where we belong in the big sceam of things. This is such a fast paced world now that some of don't have the patience to take the time to listen for God to Speak to us. How many of us really take the time to sit in stillness and talk to God and listen for what he says to us. How can he ever get to our hearts if we don't take time to listen? Nothing has a quick fix to it, only on the movies.  It seems to take a life time for us to get why we are really here in the first place.

The bottom line is   IT'S ALL ABOUT GOD

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

NO MATTER WHO WE ARE





Always remember -  we are all God's Children.
No matter who we are.
Or where we come from.
Who we love.
How we share.
Who we share with.
God is Love.
My love may look, feel or seem different to you but it is MY love for God.
We are all made by God, from God, in his image...
my image may be different than yours..
but to God I am special..
because of who I am...
how I look,
how I speak,
how I act,
how I share,
how I worship him.
God only made one of me,
one of you,
each speacial to him....
God is everywhere, in everyone, everything, in every breath, in the wind, in the rain, in the sun, the moon and the stars.
He made us in his likeness to be like him.
He knows our strengths, weaknesses, likes, dislikes, loves, sins, desires, needs, wants and most of all our HEART's.
So much so that he gave his only son so that we may be free of our sins and have everlasting life.

ALL OF THE ABOVE IS BECAUSE OF HIM

AMEN

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

PRAY - WORSHIP - GOD



Our congregation is in the need and desire of a music director, musicians, singers for a chior.

We are a multi-racial congregation wanting to reflect that in our worship service's.

We would love to welcome all of you to our Church and share our love and prasies to God.



First Church of God
1834 North Charles Street
Saginaw, MI 48602
989.792.5681

Sunday School 9:30 a.m.
Sunday Worship 10:30 a.m.



This is such a wonderful little Church in the city and has such warm and loving people that attend, non of which are trying to impress or out do the other.  They are just in the house of God to worship and fellowship with other servants of the Lord. They welcome you with open arms, hand shakes, warm hello's and loving hearts and eyes.

Come join us and share our praise's for our loving God.

Monday, January 11, 2010

SHELLEY HARRIS



Sunday was a special worship day at our Church.  Joanne Leach who has been the music director at the Church for 68 years has now retired along with Carol Spann who has been the secretary for 50 years. We had special worship service and dinner for them.  Joanne's daughter Shelley Harris and her husband Phil came in form Indiana to suprise her.  They gave a wonderful worship and concert service that moved every member of the Church. They are all such a blessing from God.  Shelley grew up in this Church so she will be coming back home often, God willing.  She is such a breath of fresh air and a child of God that the Church is bathed in the light of God when she sings his praises.

Following the worship service we had a potluck lunch for the ladies and was able to share stories and blessings. They will still be attending the Church, but will be able to enjoy it at a slower pace. 

Now all the changes will be taking place that Pastor Van has been talking about.  We will now be doing the service with CD's and DVD's and the hymns will be on the overhead projection.  The Church is a multi-racial congregation and wants to reflect that in the worship service.  In other words we need to include everyone when it comes to music from the old hymns to the newer and more upbeat sounds of God's music for todays younger generation.  With God's blessing someday soon it would be wonderful to have a Church chior and live music again.  Through Prayer and Faith I believe that will happen soon. Eveything happens by FAITH.

We are blessed to have Dan, another member of the Church who has a music background and is thinking about blessing the people of the Church with a song on the piano one Sunday when he is ready.  I will be praying for him to share his talent with us.

To all the members of the Church.  I have only been blessed to be with all of you since this past fall. I have watched how hard Pastor Van has been trying to prepare for the changes of this congregation. It is a small group but it only takes one to change any course. He needs everyone's help to keep this Church going and growing, so if you are reading this I ask that you bring just one new person to Church with you this year. 

 IT ONLY TAKES ONE PERSON TO CHANGE THE WORLD.

EveryONE needs God

Sunday, January 10, 2010

FILLING THE PEWS

I am praying tonight for God to come into the First Church of God here in Saginaw Michigan and help his servants enlarge the boundries of the worship service. To allow it's members to reach out and touch other people that are needing God in their lives. Pastor Van is working hard to lead people to the Lord but he needs help form the members of the Church.  The pews need to be full.

God Bless All of Us

Friday, January 8, 2010

COLOR OF SPRING


I was gently wakend this morning at 4:00 am with what I thought was the sound of a lawn mower. Not quite awake yet this picture came into my mind of my flowers that were just off the edge of my patio in Harrison. I could smell them and see the bright colors in my mind. As this was drifiting through my mind and I was listening to the lawn mower, I started to wake up and get out of bed, I realized I was dreaming but could still hear the noise. I looked out the window into the dark and it was the man across the street blowing the snow out of his drive way with a snow blower. Dang It!  Since I was awake I just went ahead and got up, had coffee and more coffee and a little more coffee....  by now it is 6:00 am and I figured what the heck I might as well go ahead and get dressed and go out and snow blow my own driveway...  While I was bundled up like a eskimo with snow blowing in my face, I started thinking about this picture again and how pretty all my flowers and plants were and how green the grass was at the farm and it made my heart warm. I would get up early in the morning and sit on the front porch, have coffe, and more coffee, and a little more coffee... and read my Bible.  Every moring for about a month one summer a man would go by in his horse and buggy (not amish).  I liked listening to the sounds of the horses hoofs clopping on the road. I thanked God for letting me have the time that I did at the farm and for all the friends that gatherd together for so many events while we lived there.  What a blessing. I give Praise to the Lord for it.

AMEN

Thursday, January 7, 2010

THE CYCLE OF LIFE


I attended the funeral of my cousin Cindy's husband Barry today. She did a slid show presentation of his life.  As I sat and looked at all the pictures, the reality of how fast a persons life goes by was so surreal....  all the pictures of him as a child, to graduation, marriage, two children, their child hood, graduations, marriages, and grandkids. How fast time passes and the cycle just repeats itself over and over.  His grandson is only a year and a half old and one of Barry's biggest regrets was that he was not going to get the chance to teach Eli how to hunt and fish. Barry owned his own sports store in Gladwin and went on 19 hunts through the years, which I never knew. My prayers tonight are for his family, that they are able to move forward and finish life without him and that they find Peace.

Tonight I am looking back over my life, my family and all that has gone on.  Like all of you, I have good things and bad things but no matter what has happened I can not go backwards, not even for a second so the only thing that matters now is what will happen in the next minute, day, week, year.  I give Praise to God that I have found the Church I have and the Church family I now have. I knew when I made the dicision to attend Church God had a plan for me and something he needs me to do for him and I am a willing servent of the Lord.

When it is my time to go home with the Lord I pray my slide show presentation will be a wonderful as his.

Amen ......  Halleluiah  .....   Praise the Lord  ..... AMEN


Tuesday, January 5, 2010

FILLING THE PEW'S



Okay.... here is what I am thinking today about our little Church that sits among so many people in the middle of the city.  We really have to get people in our Church that can sing their hearts out.... really loud so that all the people in the area can hear them praising the Lord.  Maybe it could be outside in the spring, or just open the doors and window so people can hear. I know a band here in Saginaw that my son used to be in that might just be able to do the trick.  They have not done Gospel music but they are all good guys and would do it if I asked them.  I feed them for a long time when they were growing teenagers..... what do you think? 

 We need young people to bring new life into the Church and to bring more young people. The youth of today are so smart and have so much to offer if they can show their creative side.  I have a artistic side to me and I love being around artistic people because their minds work on a different wave link than ours. They tap into a part of the universe that others know nothing about. My son, the one that was in the band, went to the arts and science school in Saginaw when in was in high school and could have went on to the Detroit Art Inst. but he had other ideas for his life.  I guess he is still using the artistic side of himself  because he is the web page designer for Morley Travel here in Saginaw and he can do amazing things with web pages. 

Any way.... it's something to think about.

Keep praying for people to fill the pew's

Monday, January 4, 2010

JUST NOT FEELING IT...

It has been a while since I have read anything in the Bible and I asked myself why today.  I really could not come up with a answer as to why. I guess it is because I am not feeling it right now. I was listening to a speaker on the Christian channel this morning, he was talking about God, how his life changed one day when he stopped drinking and accepted God, his life then went in another direction. It made me wonder if that will ever happen to me. I have and always will believe in God and will continue to pray for guidence and for God to use me for service to him.  I guess i'm just not feeling it.....  

I was also thinking about the Church again today, and I know I want to belong to a Church that is so involved with people that it is busy every day in some way in service to God and People. And I am asking God to show me what I can to do to help this Church fill it's pew's with people that need him in their lives. 

I don't feel I have the right to become to involved with the workings of the Church because I know I will be moving on this year, which makes me sad in some ways because I wish I would have found it sooner. I just ask God to let me do what I can while I am in attendence.







I will continue to pray for answers, for the Church, for the people in the Church, for myself, and for the empty pew's.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

SOMETHING


Today in Church, Pastor Van spoke of new changes in the Church. As I sat and listend I wondered just how this little Church in Saginaw Michigan is ever going to survive. No matter how much we pray for what we want it still takes money to make the world go round for us in human form.  And sometimes God does not answer our prayers fast enough. Or maybe we were not listening when he tried talking with us sooner. I know evreything happens for a reason, and I just pray that God did not lead me to this Church to watch it pass away.

I am such a outgoing person and I know how much people need to belong and to something that needs them and how hungry they are for someone to just listen. When I had my consignment store here in Saginaw I did more counseling for people then anything eles.  I think they came in for the kindness and just bought something while they were there. If the Church could just find a way to fill the void that people have inside of them. I believe  people do want to fellowship but just do not want to belong to a Church, I don't think they have lost the faith in God, they have just lost the faith in mankind. And trust is such a big issue and being judged for who they are.

I know with my friends they know no matter what they do in life, good or bad, I will always love them and not judge them. We are all human and make so many mistakes and I am at the top of the list for mistakes. And we all need to feel the same way about God.  All the people I know believes in God they just don't believe in Churches.  It is amazing how we don't want the people in the Churches to judge us but we are judging them. It's a visious cycle.

People need to be a part of something, something they help create, something they give birth to, something they can love, something they can make grow, nurture and keep safe..... something they proud enough to share with the whole world..  so we just need to findout what that something is...

Let us pray that God shows us that SOMETHING...

Betty