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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

From: The Daily Word
The grace of God is upon me.

The grace of God is upon me, enabling me to meet every challenge and condition graciously. Knowing this, I rely on God's strength for the serenity to see me through every difficulty. It is God's power that gives me the ability to be gracious at all times, in all circumstances.

The grace of God is upon me, therefore, I no longer fear illness or accident, lack or limitation of any kind. The grace of God fills me with the assurance that God-life in me is perfecting every cell and every function of my body. My role is to believe and act accordingly.

The grace of God is upon me. In this knowing I am free from worry, free from discontent. I am free to be loving, kind and happy, free to enjoy every day of my life.

All of you share in God's grace.--Philippians 1:7

Posted at 11/23/2010 by Rita
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Saturday, November 20, 2010
A Prayer

I Cannot Do This Alone

O God, early in the morning I cry to you.
Help me to pray
And to concentrate my thoughts on you:
I cannot do this alone.
In me there is darkness,
But with you there is light;
I am lonely, but you do not leave me;
I am feeble in heart, but with you there is help;
I am restless, but with you there is peace.
In me there is bitterness, but with you there is patience;
I do not understand your ways,
But you know the way for me
Restore me to liberty,
And enable me to live now
That I may answer before you and before me.
Lord, whatever this day may bring,
Your name be praised.

- Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Posted at 11/20/2010 by Rita

Thursday, November 18, 2010
A nice, quiet day...

I've been trying for a week to get over this nasty sinus/allergy problem I get so often.  Another day or two and it should be pretty much gone.  Thank God!!  I've coughed til my throat hurts again. 

This was my day....  Sandy called this morning and we had a nice visit.  She and Arnie are on a short getaway, staying in a cabin somewhere in the woods/mountains??  
Had coffee and a bagel w/cr. cheese; then a bowl of oatmeal.  
Cyndy called; we had a nice visit also.  She has a new job working at Aldi's.
Talked to Billy Tillman about my sewer line repair.  Have to call him again next week after he and Diane return home from a trip.  
I played my games on Facebook for a while; then took a nap.  
Called to check on Veronica this evening.  She didn't have surgery after all.  She said Ray had a bad night and bad day today.   I think his pain gets almost out of control. 
Jan called this evening and we had a good visit too.  She just got over the flu. 
I talked to Charles after that.  He went for his MRI today and finally got his new glasses picked

Posted at 11/18/2010 by Rita

Depression ups and downs

I think I'm feeling better the past 2 weeks than I have in months.  Depression seems like a roller coaster... when you think you've come to a level place you are on the "alert" to suddenly descend or ascend again.    My doctor said a few months ago that something usually triggers depression and he asked me if I know what triggers mine.  I told him "no".  As I think more about it I believe I recognize "the trigger". 

I'm finally reading some again.  Right now I'm back into reading the teachings of Watchman Nee.   I'm reading "The Spirit of Wisdom and Revelation" and  plan to read "The Mystery of Creation" next. 

Posted at 11/18/2010 by Rita

Sunday, September 19, 2010
Instruction manual...

Isaiah 48: 17 This is what the LORD says
your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel:
"I am the LORD your God,
who teaches you what is best for you,
who directs you in the way you should go.

We do come with an instruction manual!   It's called the Bible and when we learn the truth and have the Word in hand, before us, we're not supposed to stumble around making the same mistakes over and over again.  So where do we get..."Well, we all have to make our own mistakes."    It seems to me that we have found that to be a handy excuse for our unwillingness to follow the ways of the Lord.  Our rebellion...  Do we think we can make better decisions or see what lies ahead more clearly than God?   It seems so. 

 Isaiah 5:21 Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes
       and clever in their own sight.

Proverbs 3:34
He mocks proud mockers but gives grace to the humble.

John 1:17
For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.


Posted at 9/19/2010 by Rita

Saturday, September 18, 2010

I just want to talk a little about retirement.  Many of you know, (and many do not) I retired last fall right after my 62nd birthday.  I had given it a lot of thought and planned as best I could for it.  And I was ready!!!

I worked all of my adult life (except for a year here and there) and quite frankly I felt worn out.  The worst wear and tear on my body was driving a truck for over 12 years.  That's extremely hard on a body.   If you've read much of my blog you know that I have struggled to keep my head above water financially.  Just bad decision making on my part.  Mostly when it came to men.  Now is too late to change it, so I figured out how to live with it and be content.  I love living simply. 

When I began to check I figured out that I could live on the Social Security I would receive based on my work history and my first husbands work history.  It's not a lot, but I can manage.  Here's the worst of it.  I don't have any kind of insurance.   Now... most people would worry about that, but for some reason, I don't.  Shame on me?

My mother has seen to it that I don't have to worry about my house or my car.   That, of course, is a blessing. 

As for retirement itself?   People look forward to different ways of life after retirement.  Traveling, joining clubs, socializing, spending time with family, volunteering...etc.  These are a few things that other people look forward to, and there's nothing wrong with that.   I had in mind to be able to relax, do what I want, when I want, and how I want.  Get off the chain of any kind of schedule.

  I've written somewhere here in my blog that the ideal for me would be to live alone on a mountain top... with my pets of course.  As long as I have God first, then... food, coffee, cigarettes, (don't have to worry about them any more), books, music I love, tv, telephone, and my computer I am happy.    I love my family and friends, but I don't have the need to be attached at the hip to them.  Call me independent, reclusive, antisocial... I'm not sure, but I know that I love my life.  I do get somewhat annoyed when people talk or act as if there's something wrong with how I prefer to live my life.  

 I have to admit that there are times when my reclusive personality and depression seem to get mixed up and I can't even recognize which is which, but as long as I'm not thinking suicidal thoughts should I be overly concerned?  I feel great within myself.   It's outside influence that makes me wonder if I'm okay. 





Posted at 9/18/2010 by Rita

Wednesday, September 08, 2010
Ordinary struggles?


  If I can get back into the swing of it I really want to embrace my blog again .... whether anybody reads it or not.  :P

 Tonight is one of those nights that sleep is evasive for me.  The past few days have been extremely difficult.  A recurring problem that I find hard to deal with has cropped up, and I have a tendency to try to escape rather than meet it head on.  The best I can do for myself is go to the one I know is always beside me.  He never leaves me, and I know, without a doubt, that He will stay right beside me through the problem.  He is with me always...

 Faith, faith, faith... Water my faith with Your Living Waters, Lord.  Shine the Son on my faith, Lord.  Feed my faith with Your Word, Lord.   My faith is nothing without You...

Posted at 9/8/2010 by Rita

Thursday, March 11, 2010
Awesome song...


click on the link below

"Tears of the Saints"

Posted at 3/11/2010 by Rita

Fear not...

"I am sure there is no more delightful doctrine to a Christian than that of Christ's absolute sovereignty.  I am glad there is no such thing as chance, that nothing is left to itself, but that Christ everywhere hath sway.  If I thought that there was a devil in hell that Christ did not govern, I should be afraid that devil would destroy me.  If I thought there was a circumstance on earth, which Christ did not over-rule, I should fear that that circumstance would ruin me.  Nay, if there was an angel in heaven that was not one of Jehovah's subjects, I should tremble even at him.  But since Christ is King of kings, and I am His poor brither, one whom He loves, I give all my cares to Him, for He careth for me and leaning on His breast, my soul hath full repose, confidence, and security."  Charles Spurgeon

Amen and Amen

This is taken from the book "What in the World is Going On?" by Dr. David Jeremiah.  It's a quote by Charles Spurgeon in which he describes the comfort and security that we derive from the sovereignty of Christ.

Posted at 3/11/2010 by Rita
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Tuesday, March 09, 2010
He walks with me

It's puzzling to me since I fully accepted our Lord, Jesus Christ, back about 11 or 12 years ago why we are so resistant to surrendering to Him.    Looking back I can see clearly now that it was a much harder way of life, and was so filled with strife, conflict, grief, pain, self pity, self loathing, negativity, etc...  I wonder why we can't see past the "scales on our eyes"?   I have to say it's taken me all these past years to reach the level of peace I have now, and I still have a journey to finish, but God is so good, and I know that He will walk the rest of the journey with me as long as I ask Him to.

There is an old hymn that says:  "He walks with me, and He talks with me, and He tells me I am His own, And the joy we share as we tarry there, none other has ever known."    
(In The Garden)  I looked it up...

Posted at 3/9/2010 by Rita

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