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Opened Door, Closed Door

Revelation 3:7 tells us that the One who is Holy and True (Jesus) opens what no one can close and that what he closes no one can open. My NLT study Bible says that the open door means that salvation is assured, and the closed door means judgment is certain. There is no going back once that door is closed. So, please go through that open door of salvation while there's still time. Image courtesy of  Cristina Gottardi via Unsplash The door will be open only for a while longer. Once that door is closed either by your earthly death or until the Holy Spirit stops calling you, it cannot be opened again. God has promised all of us a spiritual resurrection after death on this earth. He is inviting all of us to live with him in heaven where there will be no more sorrow, no more pain, no more tears, no more disappointments. To ignore His invitation means your soul will live on in the fiery pits of hell with continuous sorrow, pain, tears, disappointments, and regrets.  The devil is lying wh

Question of the Week: Do you read daily devotions?

This question  came to me this morning as I was reading my own daily devotions. As I say in my book, Women Making Time for God , we should spend some quality time with our Lord and Savior each day. Most of us will spend time talking to God almost constantly, but I mean that good, quality time of reading Scripture or something that reminds us of God's love for us. I prefer mornings for my personal devotions, because that seems to set a good mindset for the remainder of the day. Our family Bible study/devotions happen after dinner dishes are washed. So, whatever time of day works best for you is fine. Five to ten minutes is all you need.  You can read a few verses from your favorite Bible - King James Version, New King James Version, NLT, WEB, Amplified Bible, etc. If you have a study Bible, read the notes that go along with your devotional reading to help you with the meditation afterwards. Yes, I said meditation - as God told Joshua in Joshua 1:8, "Keep this Book of the Law al

Do Good to all People

"Do good to all people" is a message from Galatians 6:10. God wants us to be kind to people and to pray kind things for people - even if we aren't particularly fond of them. From your kindness, perhaps they will be kind to someone, and that person will be kind to someone, and so on. Image courtesy of Mei-Ling Miro via Unsplash From a personal standpoint, I know that some people won't accept our kindness. For example, there was a cashier who used to work at our local grocery store who simply didn't want to be kind; nor would she accept kindness offered by most people. Finally, after a couple of years of trying, the kindest thing I could do for both of us was to simply avoid going through her line. I still prayed for good things to happen to her, because she was obviously a very miserable person. Shortly after that, though, she stopped working there. I don't know if that was her decision or a management decision. But she still crosses my mind from time to time,

A Season For Everything

There is a season for everything under the sun. King Solomon, in  Ecclesiastes 3:1-8  KJV, beautifully explains these seasons of life. What a lovely revelation for today . Ecclesiastes 3:25 sums up the whole chapter nicely with:  "So I saw that there is nothing better for people than to be happy in their work. That is our lot in life. And no one can bring us back to see what happens after we die." Image courtesy of Riviera Pearls via Unsplash. In 1965, the Byrds sang about these seasons in their song "Turn! Turn! Turn!" I have provided the video below for you to enjoy. This is a great way to remember these verses that have such a deep and powerful message. The song went from number 80 on the charts on October 23, 1965 to number 1 on December 4, 1965 - just a little over a month! I didn't understand the turn, turn, turn part until recently. I think their message is to get people to "turn" from sin and to God. I hope you enjoy the seasons message. Sta

Precious, Honored, and Loved

 From Isaiah 43:4 You are precious and honored, and I love you. ~ God Image courtesy of Belinda Fewings via Unsplash Take a moment to let this soak in. Repeat this to yourself several times today. We are precious to our Heavenly Father. He honors us. He loves us. What God  revealed  to Isaiah hundreds of years ago is still meant for each of us today. For this reason, we should show our love to God by showing him he is precious to us and honored by us. And the best way to do this is to make others we meet throughout our day to feel precious and honored. Have a blessed day, Patricia

Finished Stained Glass and Paint by Number Projects July 2022

I hope you're having a lovely Saturday morning . Lately, I've been back to my therapeutic crafting. I've finished a couple of simple paint by number projects and I've begun to piddle in stained glass. The stained glass is much harder than I thought it would be. But I'll keep playing until I get better at it. Right now, I'm using the Gallery Glass stained glass paints by Plaid. The link will take you to their Gallery Glass YouTube videos. As I've watched videos from other stained glass artists, I have discovered a few other cheaper techniques that can be used. More about that as I test those later on.  Dragonfly Stained Glass, Butterfly Stained Glass, Rose Stained Glass Sunflower Stained Glass Butterfly paint by number Hummingbird paint by number I've started some of my deep cleaning around the house, and the crafting is helping me to stay focused on NOT trying to finish all of the deep cleaning in a month - which never happens anyway. I'll clean for

Question of the Week: Have you had your DNA tested?

The question this week is about DNA testing. Have you been tested? A few years ago, I had my DNA tested through 23 and Me . The first result showed that I had one great, great, great...grandmother who was 100% Sub-Saharan and another who was 100% Ashkenazi/Jewish (likely from the tribe of Judah - the tribe Jesus was from). Since then, they have removed these grandmothers from my DNA results, which has upset me a bit. I requested them back but they told me they weren't relevant since each one was only .01% of my DNA. But they're relevant to me. They're two of the reasons I'm here today! I have lost two great, great, great....grandmothers because of   a  decision 23 and Me made for me. If I would have known, I would have gotten screenshots of the results before they were removed.  Image courtesy of Photoholgic via Unsplash My dad had a DNA test done, as well, through 23 and Me. His showed that Luke (yes, the one who wrote the books of Luke and Acts in the New Testament i