Friday, March 10, 2017

Are You Naked Before the Lord?

                          Do you see the beauty that is inside you?
                      God makes all things beautiful, including you!


Do you bare your soul and heart to Him?
Do you open all your innermost, secret parts to Him?

Do you acknowledge all your faults to Him?
You know the ones you don’t want anyone to know about?

Do you realize that He already knows you so well that there is no part of you that is hidden from Him?

Regardless of your hidden faults,
   and we all have them.
Regardless of the walls that we put up,
   God knows us better than we know ourselves.
And He loves us anyhow.

Remember, He made us.
We only have to acknowledge our faults,
   missteps and sins and tell Him we are sorry
   and He will forgive us
.
Do we know our little children so well
   that there is nothing they can do
   that we don’t know about?

It’s the same with God
.
Do we forgive anything our children do
   when they say they are sorry?  Of course!

God is our father and He will do the same for us.

There is no reason to try to hide anything from Him.  He knows it anyhow.
 
The best part is that
   He will help us through any problem
   we may have if we only go to Him.  

He’s just waiting for us to say:
   "Daddy, I have this problem, this concern."  

Talk with Him all about it.  
And He will help you through it.

It’s so freeing to know that He knows
   everything there is to know about you.



          God is the blue sky in the midst of the grayest clouds.
 He sees the beauty and solutions behind all our issues and problems. 

He is aware of every wart, every pimple,
   every thought, every desire that you have.  
He knows everything you ever did
   or even thought about doing.  

He knows every word that ever came out
   of your mouth, including the ones you didn’t say.

In His eyes, you are naked and He loves you.

So open up. Lay it all out for Him
   and feel the incredible love
   that only He can give.
  
Give your all to Him and let Him work on you
   and your life.
Get ready for the ride of a lifetime.
Nothing in all creation is hidden from God's sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account. Hebrews 4:13

                                         God is waiting for you.
Nature is sleeping awaiting the touch of Spring to bring new life.
Is your soul sleeping awaiting you to reach out for God's touch of new life.

Commentary:

Right now it is early spring.  We get periods of very cold and periods of really warm weather.  The ground is bare. Nature is still sleeping.  Trees are bare.



                 
Everything is exposed.  I do hear birds sing at times and have seen robins in the yard.  This is a messy, dirty time of year.  We like to call it the "mud season." My kitchen floor shows it at times.
My life is like that, very messy.  However, my "mud season" never ends.  My life never stops being messy and dirty.

I have learned that God sees me as an open book and I've stopped trying to hide anything from Him. 
I've also learned how very much He loves me with all my faults and failings.  

If I just let Him, He will take my messy, life and make me as beautiful as the most glorious Spring day.
Just as the spring flowers grow out of the mud and dirt,
God makes our lives blossom with His love.

This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. 1John 4:10

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Book Reviews 


Do you ever wish you had a closer relationship with God?  Do ever wish for a true heart connection with your Father?  Jane has the gift of transparency in her writing.  She shares her struggles and victories in establishing just such a connection.
This book is available by contacting Jane directly through her email janeault1@gmail.com.  

Product Details

I know this is NOT Christmas time BUT this is a really sweet book that I just had to write about.  The spirit of love and friendship never go out of season.  This is the story of 2 boys who discover the real meaning of Christmas and want the season to never end.  I borrowed it from Knapps Station Library and really enjoyed it.



The great Dr. Billy Graham discusses the immense happiness that can be found by living the Beatitudes given by Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount.  Another book borrowed from the Knapps Station Library that I heartily recommend.



This is the story of Ruth as told to young David by his grandfather Obed.  King David was Ruth's great grandson and he never got to meet her.  However, he never tired of hearing about her.  It was a delight to read.

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Knapps Station Community Church sends children to Camp Mandaville each year.

Mandaville Camp & Retreat Center, operating under BCM International, has been offering Christian summer camp and retreat experiences to the North Country since 1974. With a winterized lodge, creation center meeting area, seasonal cabins, and 2 outpost campsites, we offer year-round programming for all ages. It is our desire to evangelize and disciple people of all ages for Jesus Christ through Bible-based camp and retreat experiences that will result in a deeper personal commitment to Christ and active involvement in a local church.


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God's Will and Prevailing Prayer

This new blog post by my friend Jean Oathout deals with surrendering to the Holy Spirit and actively seeking the will of God.  It ties in very well with the bible study we are currently having at Knapps Station Church about listening for the voice of God.

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Learning to Love in Simple Ways 
is the Jane Ault's new blog post.  She gives simple and effective ways to improve your "love life" with the rest of the human race and with God.

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Marat Niyazaliev

Yklas Kabduakasov

Yuri Pak

Zhao Weiliang

Dr. Kiflu Gebremeskel

Asia Bibi

Alimujiang Yimiti

Ebrahim Firouzi

Imran Ghafur

Hassan Abduraheem

Haile Nayzgi

Kidane Weldou

Lacheng Ren

Petr Jasek

Yang Hua

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May our Loving Father bless you with the knowledge that He loves you with all your faults and failings.
Know that He loves you enough to die a terrible death so you can spend eternity with Him - if you choose to accept His invitation.
May you be blessed with the wisdom to accept His invitation and spend eternity in bliss.


And may your life be as beautiful as this sunset!

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All photos taken by Debbie and Tim McEwen
  unless otherwise noted-
 used with permission

All bible reference from the NIV
   unless otherwise noted
If you are interested,
   you can click on the Blog Archive 
  dates on the top right side of this post
  to connect 
to previous blog posts

I would love to hear from you either on the
   comment section of this blog post
   or through my email 

   debbieamcewen@gmail.com 
I post every other Saturday 

The next post will be March 25, 2017

May God bless you greatly until we meet again.


The swamp on the Back Hannawa Road Potsdam, NY sleeps
waiting for the signal to burst forth with new life.


                          Pond on the Back Hannawa Road.


                                           
                                   Amish buggy

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Lead Us Not into Temptation

                                       Sunsets are beautiful.  


                       However some are more beautiful.
                                        Living as God directs us,
                        which is actually the way we were created to live
                               makes us so much more beautiful
                             than we can possibly be any other way.



Did you ever have an itch
   that you knew you shouldn’t scratch?

Ever have words on the end of your tongue
   that you are dying to say but absolutely shouldn’t?

You know better.
You know you shouldn’t
   but you feel that you just must.

That’s temptation.


An old train station at Whitehall, NY.  Photo is in "sepia" color.


                          Same scene taken in "full" color.  
               God's love brings us color and life in the fullest.

I can resist some things with no problem
   but others are so difficult.

Sometimes the lines get blurred
   and I don’t realize that Satan is tempting
   and giving messages that it’s no big deal to give in.

Sometimes I spend a lot of time arguing with myself
and fail to go to the only One who can really help.


I must sound pathetic.
I feel that way at times.

Sometimes my life is in such a muddle.

I am a work in progress and am realizing
   that I will be till the day I die.



                   So many people go through life just getting by
                          having no idea what they are missing.




However, I am blessed with a Father
   who loves me in spite of all my shortcomings
   and they are so many.

If I knock, He answers.
If I seek, I will find Him.
If I ask, He always comes to my rescue.

I truly need so much help.

Fortunately, Our Father has an unlimited supply
   and He never tires of coming to my rescue.

I tear up when I think of how much
   God really loves me.


I will continue to pray the Lord’s Prayer
and when the temptations come,
I will stress the “lead us not into temptation” part and know He will come to my aid
and I will succeed because

   “with God all things are possible.”
         Matthew 19:26




     God will make even our gray days beautiful if we let him,
            if we only cooperate.  He has the "plan."
              We only have to hang on for the ride.




Commentary

Has Spring come?  It's way too early.  

But it feels and smells like spring.
Mud season is upon us.  It snuck up.  

Sin is like that.  It sneaks up when we least expect it.    We only have to let down our guard for a moment. 

It sneaks in when we are stressed, tired, busy
   and especially when we turn our eyes from God
   for just an instant.


God knows we are vulnerable.
He knows we will make lots of mistakes and commit lots of sins.
However He loves us so much that He sent
His only Son to pay for our mistakes and sins.

Our Father wants us to spend eternity
   with Him in paradise.  


We only have to turn to God,
   acknowledge that we were wrong
   and ask for forgiveness.
   He will give it freely as many times
   as we ask for it.  


With God it is perpetually Spring.  

We make our messes and He turns them into beauty.
He made us out of dust
   and He makes us into His beautiful children -
   if we only let Him.  


Will you reach out, take His loving hand
   and hang on for the ride?  


I guarantee you won't be disappointed.

He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end. Ecclesiastes 3:11


            How long will it be till we start to see the colors of spring?



Springtime Battles


Muddy, muddy, gush, gush
As my feet go push, push
Across the soft and wet, wet ground

Mud tries hard to suck me down
Tries to take my shoes and keep me
But I stand firm and keep on going
Shoes stay on but mud is showing
Remnants of my springtime battle
With that soft and gushy ground

Snow in places still is showing
As my feet do keep on going
Across the muddy, gushy ground

My destination soon I'm reaching
As my feet continue breaching
Springtime muddy, wet, wet ground

I look back and see my journey
Footprints rapidly are learning
Power of the soft and gushy ground

How amazing is the power
Of the mud that makes us cower
When we wage our springtime battles
With the soft and muddy ground




Commit everything you do to the LORD.
Trust him, and he will help you.  

   Psalm 37:5  New Living Translation

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Knapps Station Community Church 

My church has many ministries and activities.
It sponsors a Girls Club that is held every other Sunday from 12:30 to 2:30 pm.  It is for girls ages 8-14.  They do not have to attend Knapps Station Church to participate.  There are always at least 2 female leaders present at each meeting.  The girls cook, do crafts, sew, play games, do plays and have great fellowship.  There is no charge for the girls to participate.  They learn and have fun in a Christian setting.  The next meeting will be Sunday March 4, 2017 at 12:30 pm in the Fellowship Hall at Knapps Station Church.  All are welcomed!

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Draw Near To God  is a popular post from my friend Jean Oathout's blogpost "Treasures in Christ."  Her emphasis is praying.
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Learning to Listen Well is the 2-17-2017 blog post from my friend Jane Ault.  She discusses and gives a great example of the value of listening well - especially to God. She gives terrific ideas of how to improve your listening to God skills in your prayer life.

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Voice of the Martyrs










Marat Niyazaliev

Yklas Kabduakasov

Yuri Pak

Zhao Weiliang

Dr. Kiflu Gebremeskel

Asia Bibi

Alimujiang Yimiti

Ebrahim Firouzi

Imran Ghafur

Hassan Abduraheem

Haile Nayzgi

Kidane Weldou

Lacheng Ren

Petr Jasek

Yang Hua
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Blessing:
May our Loving Father bless you with a great      appreciation for the beauty He has created. 
No matter what the weather brings you, may you feel  the warmth of His mighty love.
And may you be greatly blessed in the knowledge    that He is always anxiously waiting for you -
 that He will never leave you or forsake you -
 NO MATTER WHAT!
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All photos taken by Debbie and Tim McEwen
  unless otherwise noted-
 used with permission

All bible reference from the NIV
   unless otherwise noted
If you are interested,
   you can click on the Blog Archive 
  dates on the top right side of this post
  to connect 
to previous blog posts

I would love to hear from you either on the
   comment section of this blog post
   or through my email 
   debbieamcewen@gmail.com
I post every other Saturday 

The next post will be March 11, 2017

May God bless you greatly until we meet again.



       We had a flock of 13 robins
          on our lawn last week.
    Are they trying to tell us Spring is here?