Tuesday Tidbit

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Just a quick diddy to say “Hello”. Hubby and I have been raking, mowing, burning leaves, repairing bird houses, trimming limbs, and so forth. It’s been terribly busy around here but it’s the good kind of busy. I will admit, I’m slap wore-out (as my step-mother used to so sweetly opine).

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That’s our homemade workshop in the background above. Hubby constructed it back in 2006-ish or so. I’m sure he’d know the exact year but my muddled brain is lucky to remember what day it is anymore. The area on the left will soon have a 18 foot by 21 foot by 7 foot high metal carport added. I went ahead and bit the bullet and ordered one. We just can’t be climbing ladders and wielding hammers anymore. So since the metal carports are much more cost effective than trying to stick build anything I figured we deserve a break today. giggle

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Can you believe it, those are thunder heads heading our way! In February?! Very uncommon. It’s been so warm for this time of year it’s no wonder everything’s a bit wacky. Even the birds are eyeing nest boxes with longing looks. Oh well. Can’t change or control the weather. One must just roll with it. Guess the birds figure that as well.

And isn’t it wonderful everything that President Trump has been accomplishing and trying to accomplish so far!? The Baal worshiping baby killing libtards are beside themselves with envy and anger. It’s really quite humorous to watch them spat and sputter.

That’s it for now. I hope everyone is having a pleasant, joy-filled day. I’ll be visiting your blogs after I scrape all the dirt off myself.

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Forgiven

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Forgiven

by Pastor Cornelius R. Stam
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“We have… the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace” (Eph. 1:7).

The climax of Paul’s first recorded sermon is reached in Verses 38 and 39 of Acts 13, where he declares:

“Be it known unto you therefore, men and brethren, that through this Man is preached unto you the forgiveness of sins:

“And by Him all that believe are justified from all things, from which ye could not be justified by the law of Moses.”

Thus God, through Christ, forgives and justifies those who believe. Nor is this all that was accomplished for us by the death of Christ at Calvary. There is also reconciliation, baptism by the Spirit into Christ and His Body, a position at God’s right hand in the heavenlies and all spiritual blessings there.

“The forgiveness of sins” must come first, however, and the above passage assures us that in Christ we have this — not barely, but “according to the riches of His grace.” Indeed, the next verse continues: “wherein He hath abounded toward us…”

Thus Eph. 2:2-7 declares that though we were once “the children of disobedience,” and therefore “by nature the children of wrath,” “God, who is rich in mercy, for His great love wherewith He loved us” has given us life and raised us from the dead, exalting us to “heavenly places in Christ…” His purpose in all this? “That in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us through Christ Jesus” (Verse 7).

When God forgives us He no longer sees us in our poor selves, but in Christ, who took our place, dying for our sins on Calvary’s cross. There He hung in our place that we might now stand in His — “complete in Him” {Col. 2:10).


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Chain Of Life

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Yesterday after Church services, Hubby, me and some dear friends patronized the local DQ for some eats. Afterwards, we joined in with thousands of other Christians in the prayer chain concerning abolishing of abortion. With the Chain of Life, our goal was to save the lives of the unborn by changing people’s hearts. I pray we’ve made a positive change with this show of faith. I know hearts must be softened to even begin to care for those who can not care for themselves. We all pray that more children will survive the womb to enjoy what can be a lovely life too.

So, after one hour of standing by that busy highway, my feet hurt, my legs were cramping, the eyes were stinging from wind burn. I would close my eyes for relief. There’s road grime all over my clothes. And the pièces de résistance to the afternoon’s activities, I ticked off a friend just kidding around because sometimes I have to touch the fire. Thus the above graphic. (Happily, I made it all better by apologizing and then handing her a handful of wildflowers growing at our feet, roots and all. She laughed, so, I guess I’m not dead. lol) But even with all that inconvenience, discomfort, and ‘burnt fingers’, there’s joy in my heart after spending that one hour holding an unwieldy sign in high winds and praying with my brothers and sisters in Christ. 

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I’m glad I rode yesterday. To calm the troubled spirit, at least the ride home was refreshing. After the event, I cranked up the Vee and tore off alone, accelerating like a scalded cat down the 4 lane highway. Riding alone can be wonderful. I get to pick the pace and find my own route home. I could hear the soft purr of that V-Twin, the rumble of the tires on the asphalt and the wind whistling past my helmet. The air was so crisp and clean. There’s nothing else like it. After I turned onto our narrow, poorly maintained dirt road, I shifted to 3rd gear, stood up on the pegs, pulled back on the bars so the front tire won’t bog down and let ‘her rip. No rooster tails anymore, though. I’m too old for that. But, boy howdy, that’s a sweet handling bike. Suzuki has a real winner in their DL 650 V-Strom.

May the LORD bless and keep you.

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