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Tuesday, December 24, 2013

HE rescued us from death......

Matthew 1:21, “You shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins”

2 Corinthians 9:15, “Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift”


The Bethlehem crowd was all concerned about a census and the power of Rome.
They had no idea whatsoever that the infinite infant Son of God was asleep in their little town.

Only a few shepherds hurried to see Him who was born in a stable.

And as they left, they glorified God.

We can get so caught up in the commercial busyness of the Christmas season that we overlook how great a gift this little Babe really was. Only when we remember that His sacrificial death for our sins and His resurrection from the grave were His destiny do we recognize His value to the human race!

Then we can exclaim, “Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!”
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Further thoughts:

It’s the night before Christmas, and I thought it appropriate to get you in the right spirit for this Christmas season.

The fictional character of Santa Claus has become an integral part of the celebration in our culture because he symbolizes gift-giving, the centrepiece of most holiday gatherings.


But…..what is the best gift ever?


A lot of people believe Christmas time, is the time for the spirit of giving.

As admirable as that spirit may be, there is something much more grand and life-changing to believe in.

At Christmas we need to focus on truths like these:

(1) The prophecies of Jesus’ birth
(Isaiah 7:14; 9:1-7)

(2) The miracle of Jesus’ conception (Matthew 1:18)

(3) The perfection of the holy Christ-child (Luke 1:35)

(4) The mission of that baby boy (Matthew 1:21)

The Creator of the world miraculously became a man on that Christmas morning so He could provide us with the gift of eternal life.
Did you read that?

THE CREATOR OF THE WORLD….................. He created the world……



So….. because the Lord Jesus, God’s Son, became a man, He can identify with our trials and temptations. He understands the heartaches, pain, and difficulties we face.

Since “He Himself has suffered, being tempted, He is able to aid those who are tempted” (Hebrews 2:18).

And because He was without sin (Hebrews 4:15), He was able to die in our place as the perfect sacrifice for our sins (Hebrews 2:14-17).

During this upcoming busy Christmas season, let’s take time to remember in awe and wonder what Jesus Christ did for us. He was born that we might be rescued from eternal death! Just think of that……eternal death!
We so deserve death…..but….He rescued us from death…..
To make Christmas complete this year, “Celebrate the baby, but trust in the Saviour.”
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The best gift in the world was wrapped and placed in a manger.
Mikey
Thanks Mikey
blessings
Yaddy

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Sunday, December 8, 2013

HE CAME........

CHRISTmas.....


He came as a baby...

grew into a man....


so He could carry our sins..... He died at calvary

Read the first two lines....Never thought of it!


HE died over 2000 years ago.

Nobody has ever referred to HIM as the “LATE JESUS”,

Not even the heathens.

Nowhere in history.

Nowhere has HE ever been referred to in the past tense.............

HE 'is' the Living God!
When Jesus died on the cross HE was thinking of you!

"May God Smile on You Today."
Bless you....
Yaddy

Monday, October 28, 2013

Vegemite!!!

What on earth is Vegemite you might ask?
It is so Australian....people from other countries have a hard time coming to terms with eating it....
Vegemite is 90 years old this month.

Although it is now made by an overseas country I hear the recipe is still the same....

I don't know....you see I don't like it.... but then....
I was not born in Australia!

But my children are and they love it!
I used to put it on their pacifier when they needed it for a while....(as well as honey)

You put it on toast...crackers with cheese and tomato.....sandwiches as a base for other goodies, keeping in mind that it is very savoury.....not sweet....


When I went overseas with my children many years ago, I brought a small jar with me,,,,just in case.....
I stayed with relatives and they had something that looked similar but was nothingt like it...


It was known as Apple Stroop....just as dark in colour but totally different in taste....I liked it!

They tried the vegemite and the looks on their faces was something else again!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY VEGEMITE.....
the children of Australia wish you many more years to come!

blessings...
Yaddy

Friday, October 25, 2013

HAPPINESS.......

There are countless people in our world today who are chasing and looking for happiness in all the wrong places.

In Matthew 5, Jesus describes the way to meaningful and lasting happiness is having the right relationship with God our Creator.

When traveling other pathways in your pursuit of happiness, they will only take you on a long journey to nowhere.

The beginning point of happiness is...................

accepting Jesus Christ as Saviour of your life and is outlined for you in God’s Eternal Word.
His path to happiness is found in Psalm 34 and when followed............ leads to all the advantages we need in this world.
Advantages that can be ours no matter whether we are rich or poor, healthy or sick, famous or unknown. Genuine happiness, a mood of contentment, joy, and hope, doesn’t even depend on where you live;
however,............... it does depend on a right relationship with God.

I’m mindful of the chorus we sing in our church, which speaks of a personal relationship with God’s Son:

Happiness is to know the Saviour,
Living a life within His favour,
Having a change in my behaviour,
Happiness is the Lord.

Happiness is a new creation,
Jesus and me in close relation,
Having a part in His salvation,
Happiness is the Lord.

Real joy is mine, no matter if teardrops start;
I've found the secret, it's Jesus in my heart!

Happiness is to be forgiven,
Living a life that's worth the living,
Taking a trip that leads to Heaven,
Happiness is the Lord,
Happiness is the Lord,
Happiness is the Lord!

Hymn writer Floyd Hawkins wrote, “I’ve discovered the way of Happiness. I’ve discovered the way of joy. I’ve discovered relief from sadness …When I found Jesus my Lord.” Only He can give happiness and joy that is full (John 15:11)
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Lasting happiness doesn’t come from earthly things but only from Jesus Christ, the Son of God.
Mikey

Bless you and thank you Mikey.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

away......

I have been away.....first up north...my grand daughter's wedding, then a week later down south, a nephew's wedding.
The fact that they were getting married pleased me no end....

On the way back, well I rushed back....as our "bushfire season" has started early this year.


It is only mid October and its another month and half, at least, until summer arrives.
The trouble is, we have not had a very cold nor wet winter, so many parts of our state are timber dry and it doesn't take much for a fire to start, just a bad storm and electrical wires sparking will start a fire. Or the sun shining on a broken glass bottle.


Bush fires in Australia are unforgiving and heartless, they can be unpredictable and destroy everything in their path. They can burn for days, out of control, whilst our fire-fighters do all they can to save lives and property, lives always come first.


Right now some of the fires are only about 30km's away from where we live, and the state has been declared "a state of emergerncy" for 30 days,....that is not good!

I grew up in the bush, so I know first hand the dangers of bush fires and the cost of living in a rural environment surrounded by trees. I live in a rural area right now and have to be ready to leave should the fires get closer.


In the last few days, many families have lost their homes and everything they owned with hundreds of houses destroyed or damaged. The life they had a week ago has changed by this tragedy.

I had to travel back through some of the areas that were going through the fires and I did not even know whether they would let me go through or not!

There were burnt out trees and shrubs for miles before I actually got to where the fires had been, and the smoke and the smell was terrible...probably some wild life was burnt that did not make it out of there.

But I know and you know that whilst this change of wind can bring such tragedy, the Lord has given us all we need to cope at that moment.

He will never leave us, nor forsake us, and I did so very much "know" that He was there with me all the time, even when I had to make a detour..... He guided me to the right road again, as many times there were no signs, and those that were there were so badly damaged by the fire no one could read what was on them, the only time I got lost was when I suddenly decided maybe I should take a particular road, on the spur of the moment type thing, and it was wrong...so the Lord guided me back on the right road....

We need to listen to His still small voice and He will guide us in the right direction....


He will always provide the strength we need, He will stand by us and comfort us when we need it, He will give us the peace we need in times of adversity.

Without God, there is nothing.

What a comfort to know that we are never, ever alone in our struggles. It doesn't mean we won't struggle but when we do, God is with us.

I will never leave you
nor forsake you.

Hebrew 13:5
Blessings...
Yaddy

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

I love the book of ACTS.....

Acts chapter 3, v 1-11:


1 Now Peter and John went up together into the temple at the hour of prayer, being the ninth hour. And a certain man…..
lame from his mother's womb was carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple which is called Beautiful, to ask alms of them that entered into the temple;

Who, seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple, asked an alms, And Peter, fastening his eyes upon him with John, said, “Look on us.”

And he gave heed unto them, expecting to receive something of them.


Then Peter said,
“Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk.”

And he took him by the right hand, and lifted him up:
and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength.

And he……. leaping up…… stood….. and walked…..and entered with them into the temple, walking, and leaping, and praising God.

And all the people saw him walking….. and praising God: And they knew that it was he which sat for alms at the Beautiful gate of the temple: and they were filled with wonder and amazement at that which had happened unto him.

And as the lame man which was healed, held Peter and John, all the people ran together unto them in the porch…. that is called Solomon's............greatly wondering.

Acts 4 v 1-14

1 And as they spake unto the people…………..the priests, and the captain of the temple, and the Sadducees,

came upon them..........being grieved that they taught the people, and preached,through Jesus, the resurrection from the dead.

And they grabbed hold of them....... and put them in jail unto the next day: for it was now eventide.

Howbeit many of them which heard "the word" believed;

And the number of the men was about five thousand.

And it came to pass on the morrow, that their rulers, and elders, and scribes,

And Annas the high priest, and Caiaphas, and John, and Alexander, and as many as were of the kindred of the high priest, were gathered together at Jerusalem.

And when they had set them....Peter and John.... in the midst, they asked, “By what power, or by what name, have ye done this?”

Then Peter, filled with the Holy Ghost, said unto them, “Ye rulers of the people, and elders of Israel, If we this day be examined of the good deed done to the impotent man, by what means he is made whole;
Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by Him doth this man stand here before you whole. This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner.

Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.”

Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marveled; and they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus. And beholding the man which was healed standing with them, they could say nothing against it.

God is wonderful...
bless you...
Yaddy

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Fishers of men......

I was reading in Luke ch 5 that Jesus was standing near the lake of Gennesaret,
which is also known as the sea of galilee.....

or lake Tiberias.....

in case you were wondering,...... I had,

I had not realised that all those names meant the same body of water, and apparently it is quite large and the deepest part is approx 141 feet so it is quite impressive, I think, and it is near the Golan Heights.


One of the oldest ways of using a net, is that in the use of the dragnet.
As Burge writes: “The dragnet was the most ancient form, dating from the third millennium B.C. in Egypt.”

The dragnet would start from the shore and be taken out by boat and than turned to go parallel with the shore for a bit and than back to the shore.

Nun describes the dragnet as being “made of netting shaped like a long wall, 250 to 300 meters long, 3 to 4 meters high at it’s “wings” and 8 meters high at the centre.

The foot-rope is weighted with sinkers, and the head-rope has cork floats.

The dragnet is spread a hundred meters or more from the shore and parallel to it, and hauled toward the shore with towing lines consisting of sections of ropes tied together.

These are attached to each end and hauled in by a team of 16 men for large nets, or a smaller team for smaller nets.”

This method of fishing required the use of a least one boat and many hands to help haul in the net.

These are the methods we find described in Biblical times Hab. 1:14-15, Eze. 26:5, 26:14, 47:10,etc

There were also the Cast nets; a larger mesh for larger fish. The Cast-Net for larger would have typically had larger weights in ensure that the fish would not be able to get out from underneath the net. Some Biblical occurrences of this method are found in: Eze. 32:3, and Mark 1:16-18.


Why may you ask this lesson in Biblical fishing and nets?

Back to the beginning.......

Jesus was standing near the lake of Gennesaret,
which is also known as the sea of galilee.....

And He saw two boats lying at the edge of the lake; but the fishermen had gotten out of them and were washing their nets.

And He got into one of the boats, which was Simon Peter’s and asked him to put out a little way from the land.

And He sat down and began teaching the people from the boat.



When He had finished speaking,

He said to Simon, "Put out into the deep water and let down your nets for a catch."

Simon answered and said, "Master, we worked hard all night and caught nothing, but I will do as You say and let down the nets."


From my understanding Simon Peter was not yet a follower...

he had heard of Jesus and had seen what he could do, but......

Now Jesus tells Simon....a fisherman of many years, to do the unthinkable.....

I mean, hello......they had been working all night, "(Peter said.....)
and caught nothing they were washing their nets....done for the day!


Now, a total novice as far as fishing is concerned, goes and tells him to “put out your nets and into the deep water and let down your nets for a catch."

But,to humour him Peter says, “O.K. I will do as you say and let down the nets....”

When they had done this, they enclosed a great quantity of fish, and their nets began to break;

so they signalled to their fishing partners in the other boat, for them to come and help them.

And they came and filled both of the boats, so that they began to sink.

How many times have we done the same?

We get a nudge or a message from God’s Word, and grumblingly, just to humour Him, “we may do it”

What happened to...”Do everything rejoicing as to the Lord?


I will admit I don’t always do everything as rejoicing to the Lord.


But look at the results when Peter did what the Lord asked him, and look at the realization that Peter got ....

But when Simon Peter saw that, he fell down at Jesus' feet, saying, "Go away from me Lord, for I am a sinful man!"

Verse 11: When they had brought their boats to land, they left everything and followed Him.

Blessings....

Yaddy

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

LEAH....Jacobs wife.................

I mainly want to mention the story of Leah, wife of Jacob, because she was not loved by her husband.
We hear a lot about Rachel.....but not so much about Leah?

You see..........Jacob was tricked into marrying her!

Jacob had worked 7 years for his wife to be....... Rachel.....(probably because he could not give her father Laban anything.... as he was a refugee, so to speak, so work was the only thing he could give) so, he had to work another 7 years to actually “pay” for the love of his life!

It must have been very hard for Leah, the Bible doesn't say whether Leah was involved in the decision to trick Jacob and marry him or not, but in the morning after they got married, he exclaimed to his father-in-law "What is this you have done to me?" (Genesis 29:25).

After their week-long honeymoon, Jacob married her sister Rachel, the one that he really loved.

Although Jacob didn't really love her, Leah started having children, and.....with every child, she hoped that it would make Jacob love her.

She named her first son Reuben, meaning "see, a son!"


When Reuben didn't make Jacob love her, she named her second son Simeon, meaning "heard".


Leah thought that God had heard her and given her a second son, hoping that Jacob would then love her.


After she had her third son, Leah named him Levi, meaning "attached".

After three sons, perhaps her husband would be attached to her.

but.......that was not to be the case.

Then....when Esau comes to meet them, and Jacob places Rachel and her son Joseph right at the back for safety, he put Leah and the handmaidens in the front...not quite as safe.....that must have been a blow to Leah.....again Jacob showed how he felt about her.

.....But.....Leah Learns to be Content!

After a while, Leah figured that Jacob would never love her the way that he loved her sister. She decided to name her fourth son Judah, meaning "praise".

Despite her circumstances, Leah decided that she would praise the Lord anyway (Genesis 29:35). Although Leah wasn't living the life of her dreams, she had received blessings.

She learned to be content and to praise God.

We should also keep in mind that these arranged marriages lasted.......no matter how hard it was....there was no talk of separating! Like there is today!


As we see “Leah decided she would praise the Lord anyway and “learned to be content and praise God!”


We can learn several things about Leah's life.


First, we can learn that we shouldn't look to anybody else for our happiness.

People can disappoint us............and our life might not turn out the way that we dream.


We can learn that we shouldn't compare our lives to that of others.


II Corinthians 10:12 says that those that "compare themselves among themselves, are not wise."

Although Leah envied her sister Rachel, because Jacob loved her more................ Rachel envied Leah, because she had more children.

Nobody has the perfect life. Even the people that we think have it all...................... have troubles.

If we learn from Leah and learn to praise God anyway, we will find more contentedness in God... than with the things of the world.


And God blessed her too for her faithfulness......

Rachel died on the way in the dessert.......and was buried near Bethlehem.......Leah is buried with her husband in the cave of Machpelah with the Patriarchs!
Bless you....
Yaddy

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

We did our usual Wednesday Bible study today and we are discussing the 23rd Psalm..........

It is such a fantastic psalm…isn’t it?

We are up to verse 4 and it reads…
“Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.”

Now….how many times would I have read this and thought….

The staff and rod….. a comfort???

We read in Proverbs “Spare the rod and spoil the child…” so……. I always compared the rod with punishment….but…..

One of the ladies there suggested that we could look at the staff and the rod…as a protective tool….

If they were used as a deterrent to our enemies……

It would be the Lord…our Shepherd saying…

“Don’t worry I have my staff and my rod to ward off the enemy…”


I think that is a beautiful way of looking at them…don’t you?

And….a bye the bye….the first 3 verses are all good…..

1) The Lord is my shepherd….I shall not want

2) He maketh me to lie down in green pastures…


He leadeth me beside still waters…..

3) He restoreth my soul, he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.



See…..that is all good…..It is like the Lord is making sure we are totally committed to knowing and believing that HE will totally watch over us and look after us…..
We shall not want……

We shall lie down….. He leads us besides still waters…..

See….it’s all good…

So…….the following will be good too…
.
As in verse 4 and continuing on.....….I like it……
Blessings….
Yaddy















Sunday, May 19, 2013

Has the world changed....?

I lost a very, very dear friend yesterday......

I know life goes on......
but.....

it has changed.......

this dear friend was special!

We, he and his wife, we had been friends for nearly 50 years.

He was a brother I never had.....
gave me brotherly advice when I needed it............

he has gone! ......And......I will miss him so much....but,

the worst of it is....he was not a believer......

I tried to tell him, but he just could not accept it....

I now keep asking myself...."Where is he?"

What is he thinking now?


The funeral is either this coming Thursday or Friday....

Please Lord....help me with the right words to speak at the right time....
to the rest of his family.....

Bless you
Yaddy

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

A dear friend of mine was telling me this.....

"Just after I was married, we lost our first baby.....

it was heart wrenching......... but we saw God's will in it and after quite a long period of time.....

we settled down..... and about a year later, we were blessed with a beautiful baby girl.


We were so happy...

Two or so years later we had another blessing in the guise of another little girl...our lives were complete....
But.......you know....that terrible enemy satan...the liar......kept on telling me that having lost a baby......
I was not capable of giving life or keeping anything alive.


Dont' believe him...... ever....he is a liar!

Some years later, a friend asked me to look after a living yeast type mix for her...She was going away on a vacation and
all I had to do was feed it some milk, (I had the instructions) and some flour.

Apparently you feed it, then after so many days you use the most of the mix to make a loaf cake and keep some feed it milk
and flour for so many days....and the circle goes on.....easy! she said!It's alive as long as it bubbles and has a yeasty smell...

So....It was time to feed it some milk, it had to be full cream, I only had shelf milk long life, so I figured that would work, so that milk I fed it.....then some flour......

Next day....it was bubbling but....not as much as it had been.....but....it was bubbling....
Next day.....no bubbles....nothing.....zip.....it was smelly too.....I killed it.....

and.....wouldn't you know it.....theat number one enemy started to whisper in my mind...."See.....you kill things.....even something as simple as this.....you killed it...."

I was devastated......

Maybe it was true...maybe I did kill things.....

I started to do some gardening with my two girls.....we would grow strawberries.....

I got the whole kit.....everything we needed.....pot...dirt.....seeds.....fertilizer..... and off we went....

planted the seeds watered and fertilized them.....and watched......nothing......

wathed some more.....nothing.....

again...the enemy whispered "see....you kill things...."

I was getting desperate now....maybe it was true...maybe I did kill things!

I had another misscarriage.....and went into a severe deppression....

Now I knew....it was me.....I KILL THINGS...


Then.....Jesus come into the scene.....HE had been there all along, but I had ignored Him, and listened to the enemy...

Today....I am fine.....Jesus is my strength and my comfort....

without Him I am nothing.....

I know it was not me that killed things....
"

We chatted for a while longer and I know now that she is "over it"
she glows with the love of God....
Where would we all be without Jesus?
Blessings
Yaddy

Sunday, May 5, 2013

A long and winding road!

I drive an old pick up Toyota 1995 model......It's been really good and as far as I am concerned the Lord provided it for me.
I made a lengthy trip in it yesterday well it was a good 175 km's and it was a lonely road between two beautiful National parks.


All went well and I met up with a group of ladies, some of whom I had not seen for as many as 30 odd years...easy!

We had speakers in the morning and if I am absolutely honest, I am not a very good "speaker listener"

We had a lovely lunch and after lunch I decided I was going home, as I had seen the lovely friends and we have exchanged addresses, we will keep in touch again, so I felt, there was nothing to stop me from making the trip back home as I wanted to be home before dark, as I am also not good at driving at night.

When I had reached a good 150 km's from home, my pick up started to play up.....it felt to me like it was not getting any gas/petrol to the engine....it had done it before and I was told there was nothing wrong with the fuel pump, so I panicked thinking..."What is it? I need to get home....LORD....please get me home..."

I had visions of having to stay somewhere, but even then, what was the point? The mechanic couldn't find anything wrong when it did it before, why should any one find the cause this time? So, I traveled on!

It was a long and winding road,....
ups and downs......

and for an easy 20km's or so, I crawled along....I would step on the gas.....the car would hiccup and shunt....and nearly stop.....it's a manual, so I kept changing back into second and third.....it would pick up a bit then shunt again.....it did that for so long.....

then....I'd coast along...till it dropped speed, then on the gas again.....

But, then....it suddenly went o.k. and I was doing 90km's per hour in top gear, (fifth) and off I went.....

very nervously continuing on my way for nearly 25km's .......and it started again......cough cough.....splutter....splutter.....especially when I went up a hill and around a lot of bends....About 35km's from home I had to go through 30km's of bends...and I mean bends....some so tight...they are almost like a hairpin....you go right and almost immediately left and then right away left again....for 30km's....

I was really worried as there are no places to pull up and what if a truck came along and didn't see me.....and the motor died?

65km's from home, I got the firm thought in my mind...."STAY IN TOP GEAR..."

It was not me thinking...."Maybe I should......" or ..."I think i might..."

To be honest, I drive a manual because I love the changing of the gears, so I do not mind going around the bends as that means lots of changing, but.....now...?

STAY IN TOP GEAR...?"( it had to be from the Lord)

I STAYED IN TOP GEAR.....

IT DID NOT PLAY UP ANYMORE.....


When I arrived at the start of the 30km bends....I had my hand on the gear stick.......but left it in top gear....

I went around those bends....amazed at the way my "pick up" went so smoothly....

I dropped as low as 40km's on the speedo...(I should have been in 2nd gear at that speed) stayed in top gear.....

all through the bends I stayed in top gear.....dropped down to the 40 mark at least 4 times...I think......no worries!

Stayed in top gear till I arrived home...before dark.....and thanked my wonderful Jesus for keeping me safe and bringing me home before dark....
God is good...
blessings...
Yaddy

Saturday, April 13, 2013

My name is Starr Rogers, and I want to tell you my story of God’s grace and forgiveness.


At age 16, I was married.
A few years later, I became involved with a married man. We had an affair that produced a daughter, which I passed off as my husband’s child.
Our affair lasted 10 years, before my first marriage dissolved, and I married this man. During those 10 years I had become pregnant four other times, and all four times, I aborted them.

It wasn’t long after we married that I became pregnant for the sixth time. Like the others, he pitched a fit and demanded of me that I get rid of this pregnancy, too. So I traveled to Atlanta. I was in my third trimester, and Alabama, where I lived, wouldn’t allow an abortion that far along.

I entered the Atlanta abortion clinic. When you go into these places, all they want to do is get you in and get your money. They sent me in to talk to this lady, and she was supposed to do all of this stuff. However, when I met with her, it was the strangest thing.

She told me all the things that they would do with my baby. She even showed me where they put the babies after they were aborted. She told me, “Don’t do this!” She said, “Go back to Alabama, and have your baby.” That’s what I did. I had a son.

Eventually I knew something was wrong with me. I couldn’t be at peace. There was a constant churning inside of me all the time. I had so much rage that I just wanted to kill everybody. The anger, the rage, and my broken heart were unbearable. Trying to numb my anger and pain, I kept having other extramarital affairs, but I found no satisfaction in a man.

I planned my suicide. I wrote letters to each one of my children about how sorry I was for committing suicide and how I loved them, but I just couldn’t take the pain anymore.

But God had a different plan! One day at the library I picked up a free, local Christian magazine. I ran across this article asking, “Do you need healing from your abortions?” There was a telephone number listed, and though I struggled, I called the number.

I am healed and able to forgive myself for murdering my children. I came to know our sweet, precious Savior and learned how amazing it is that He shed His blood for us. He alone can take you in His arms and wipe all the stains away.

I recently appeared as a guest on Club 36 through Watchmen Broadcasting out of Augusta, GA. I want to help other women going through post-abortion like I was.

Because Starr wants to help other women who are struggling as she did after an abortion, she has shared her e-mail address for anyone who wants to contact her about options or advice for post-abortion healing: starrkayrogers@gmail.com.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

FOR THE JOY......

Hebrews ch 12 verse 2:
"Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of [our] faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God."

Can you really grasp this......

“who, for the joy set before Him...”

He went to the cross “for the joy set before Him...”

He endured all that pain.....”for the joy that was set before him....”

I cannot comprehend a love like that....so I will just bask in it!
Blessings....
Yaddy

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Pass over! It is almost here!

Psalm 136:1, “Oh, give thanks to the LORD, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever
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Mercy according to my Webster's Dictionary means:
(1) compassion or forbearance shown to an offender or subject; clemency or kindness extended to someone instead of strictness or severity;

(2) a blessing regarded as an act of divine favour or compassion;

(3) relief of distress; compassion shown to victims of misfortune.

According to Unger's Bible Dictionary, "mercy" is defined as "a form of love determined by the state or condition of its objects. Their state is one of suffering and need, while they may be unworthy or ill-deserving. Mercy is, at once the disposition of love respecting such, and the kindly ministry of love for their relief."


In more than four hundred places in Scripture the Mercy of God is mentioned directly and is also mentioned indirectly in hundreds more, from parables to prayers. My brethren, too often we fail to acknowledge God's enduring mercy.

Sometimes this is because we are confused or depressed or because we fear our sins have placed us beyond his reach. God’s mercy reminded me of His rainbow and His cross. Let me explain what I mean.

I remember so very vividly one day in July of last year a steady rain was falling and as I looked toward the east, lightning punctuated the dark angry clouds. Towards the west, the sun was shining so brightly and set against the ominous sky in vivid living colour was the most brilliant double rainbow I had ever seen!

In just a few brief moments earth’s Creator was whispering through the soft glow of that spanning arch.

My thoughts at that time…..
“were people really listening? Did they hear His message of mercy?”

That rainbow reflected God’s promise that He would never again, judge the wickedness of the earth by a flood.

However, there is another symbol which speaks of His mercy. It’s a rough-hewn cross, whose shadow is cast over all of history against the backdrop of human sin. It promises that God’s wrath will never fall on those who trust Christ as their Lord and Saviour.

Jesus Himself bore its full force in our place.
The rainbow…… and the cross…….

both speak so eloquently and silently of God’s precious love and enduring mercy.

The question then arises; what if we reject the cross and Christ’s death?

You know, God gives us that freedom;

however, there will never be any other symbols of mercy……..no other covenants.

My friend, God has done all He can do to win our voluntary allegiance. Look to the cross of Calvary, where He Himself bore the awful consequences of our sin in the person and body of His beloved Son, Jesus Christ.
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Further reflection:

Like all of God’s attributes, His mercy is intrinsic to Him. He is called “the Father of mercies” and a “God of mercy” (2 Corinthian 1:3; Nehemiah 9:17). His mercy is also abundantly great and boundless, higher than the heavens and filling the earth. Scripture refers to “the multitude of his mercies” (Lamentations 3:32) because the acts stemming from this attribute are so numerous.

Mercy isn’t receiving what we do deserve.

We deserve to go to hell, but by His infinite mercy we shall never go there, if you have received His Son, as Saviour.

We don’t deserve to go to heaven either, but by His grace we’ll spend eternity there.

His grace justifies and His mercy pardons.

His grace admits us to heaven and His mercy saves us from hell.

The only thing that will last forever is God’s mercy. In Psalm 136 we are reminded of this inspiring truth.

Twenty-six times the writer gives us something for which to praise the Lord, and then he reminds us,
“His mercy endures forever”.
Have you ever considered what this means when:
we sin and need forgiveness…….
our lives seem a jumbled mess that we can’t control,

we can’t find anyone to turn to for help…..

each day is a struggle because of illness, despair, or conflict……
even life, sometimes seems overwhelming.
My friend, we can still praise the Lord, because His mercies don't cease or fail. They are new every morning (Lamentation 3),

Constantly fresh…. and perfect…… and never fading with age…… His mercy endures forever.
Mikey

Thank you Mikey
Bless you
Yaddy


Thursday, March 21, 2013

What is “GRACE”



My Webster Dictionary explain the meaning of GRACE as this:

Favour:..... Charm:...... Loveliness:

Kindness shown to another:

Goodness:

Willingness to grant something:

Clemency:

Mercy:

Respite:

All done out of pure kindness without expecting anything in return:

Being granted a privilege":

To make more worthy:

The first example of grace in the Bible is Genesis 6:8:
(Of course there are many more)

Genesis 6:8: But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD. (KJV)

Some translations use the word Favour instead of grace, but the root word is Chen which means “graciousness, that is, subjectively (kindness, favour) or objectively (beauty): - favour, grace (-ious), pleasant, precious, favoured.”

In Genesis chapter 6, God is looking at the world, looking at the people He created, and His heart is broken.

His creation, at that time, was all about evil, all the time, and the Bible says that the Lord regretted that he had ever made human beings…
with one exception.
God showed “grace” (all the above ^ all the time) to Noah and his family.

The Bible says that Noah was righteous, even blameless among the people of his time,

and that he was faithful to God, but it doesn’t explicitly say that that is why God saved Noah and his family.

It just says that Noah found favour grace.... (all the above ^ all the time) in the eyes of the Lord.

I believe that God saved Noah because of his heart, not because of what Noah was (or wasn’t) doing.

God shows grace (all the above ^ all the time) to us every day of our lives,

and will continue to show us grace (all the above ^ all the time) until the day we die.

Romans 3:23-24 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
(24) and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. (NIV)

If you’ve been going through life, frantically trying to do your best, perhaps it’s time to stop and receive God’s best instead.

Psalms 34:8 Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him. (NIV)
Bless you
Yaddy

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

What is/was the point she was making?

We were discussing LOVE at our Bible study today, and one of the ladies there was trying to say that, due to the fact that her son who needed a lot of carers and, I might add, most of them were from other religions…and quite a few were Muslims as a matter of fact……. But…….she said, they were such....lovely caring people.

So I said....”Well, no matter how lovely and caring they are, unless they have Jesus in their live and have accepted Him, no matter how loving and caring they are they won’t make it.


She then said, “Well, no, I wasn’t referring to “bringing them Jesus...!”

So I asked what her point was?

She then went on to tell us that before the war, in Europe, where she lived, all the different religions lived segregated,
(and I can vouch for that as they did the same even after the war, in other places in Europe). and no Roman.Catholic. kid was allowed to play with a Protestant kid, and once the town they lived in was flattened and bombed, and rebuilt, every one lived “where ever” and not segregated anymore...
all the kids played with one another never mind what religion they were.”



Another lady then commented that, ....”yes, children don’t worry about who has what religion, it’s the parents who do....”

But this lady went on to say, “Isn’t it lovely though that they did all that and showed so much love to others, shouldn’t we be doing that too?”

So....what was her point?

Do we only have to show “love” to others?

Is that the main thing we have to show?

Was that the point she was making?

I then suggested that maybe because a lot of people think that “being good” is enough and we should all be good, well, that’s all there is to it.

It seems that today, a lot of people do not believe in GOD anymore, so once you are dead....that’s it!

I then commented that maybe that is why there is so much crime and it is getting worse, because if all you have to do is be good, and then “nothing” why not be bad, as there is “nothing” then too?


See what I mean?

So.....If there is nothing....why bother?
So....we HAVE to bring Jesus into it...HE is our only hope....

So…..was that the point?
Blessings…
Yaddy

Saturday, March 9, 2013

What....is GRACE?

GRACE

over the past so many years, I’ve gradually learned that God doesn’t dislike me. I often had the feeling that He did, especially
when I knew I had sinned! You know......you do something...then you immediately think....."uh...uh.....I should not have done that..."
and you get that sinking feeling in the pit of your stomach....and then immediately you think...."Man...God must really dislike me...because I do this so often...."

But now......I have come to the realisation that....

He is always there for me..... and doing.....,

gentle and loving......comforting!

When I sin, there is much grace.

When I succeed, there is much grace.

When I’m lazy and can’t bring myself to “try” any harder, His grace is still there with me.

When I absolutely do not feel like doing anything.....His grace is still there....

Grace is so much more than “the power and desire to do God’s will.” It’s God Himself, carrying me....

whether I walk or stumble. It’s completely undeserved — God’s unmerited favour.

I do so LOVE HIM!
blessings...
Yaddy

Friday, March 1, 2013

Why is it......?

Why is it.....that people accept most of what they hear or see on the television?

They don't bother to check with any authority on the stated subject, as to whether the speaker is correct or not.

The amount of times I have heard orators say that "in their opinion..." or..."I think...." which to me says that they are guessing.
Obviously they are, in their opinion, correct with their own opinion....or thinking...

This is how I have heard a lot of people start their converstion when you aske them something about the Bible.

After a lot of small talk, the conversation gets around to some topic that could be described as coming from the Bible...
and immediately their answer is...."Well, I think...."

They obviously don't realise that it doesn't really matter what I or anyone else thinks, it shopuld always come back to the Bible.

O.K. then they say...."Well..... I believe some of the Bible just not everything..."
So...."who" decides.....what is correct and believable and what is not?

The small puny human being, who, in the sceme of things is no bigger than an ant....?

Or the almighty GOD...
creator of heaven and earth.

Coming back to what people hear or see on the telly....I heard an interviewer ask a well known naturalist...
"Did he, in all the beauty of nature, see God in any of it?"

The nature expert gave this answer...."How can you believe in a God who makes a worm that crawls inside a childs eye....
then eats the eye so bad the child becomes blind?"

Well, no one questioned this man, as he is an expert and he should know....right?

(In my opinion the interviewer should have done his homework and checked out what the naturalist was inclined to answer as he had given that answer before, and he could have corrected him, but he hadn't..... and he didn't)

Well, the nature expert was wrong.... I happen to receive a magazine callen "Creation"
(answers in Genesis)web site www.answersingenesis.org.check it here
blessings...

Yaddy

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Weekly Bible study...

At our weekly Bible study... this year we started witrh Jesus healing the 10 lepers and only one came back to thank Him.
The discussion was that lepers in Jesus' time, were throw away people, as leprosy was so bad you just had to leave everything behind, and go else where, no one wanted to "know" you.

Now we did discuss other things besides what I want to mention here and now,.but.....

The main thing the leader brough out of the lesson was that we should bring our past messes to the front and use it as a message to others.
I do not always agree with that,.

My point being that I don't agree with the fact that we have to bring past mistakes and awful times
back to our present and go over it, all over again.

What's wrong with quietly forgetting the past, after having made restitution with God, and dwelling on it?

Not that I have not used things from the past to help others....I have....but
well.....I did not agree with her.....what do you think?
Was I wrong?

Blessings...

Yaddy

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

The sheep and the goats

In Mathew 25 we read the story of the sheep and the goats.....

You know....until now, it had not occured to me....once the people are assembled and seperated into the sheep and the goats....

IT IS TOO LATE!

In verse 32, of Chapter 25 we read...." All the nations will be gathered before Him; and He will separate them from one another, as the shepherd separates the sheep from the goats; and He will put the aheep on His right and the goats on his left....

Then the King will say to those on His right, 'Come, you who are blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.

'For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat;
I was thirsty, and you gave Me something to drink;
I was a stranger, and you invited me in.......
naked, and you clothed Me; I was sick, and you visited Me; I was in prison, and you came to Me.'

"Then the righteous will answer Him, 'Lord, when did we see You hungry, and feed You,
or thirsty, and give You something to drink?

'And when did we see You a stranger, and invite You in, or naked, and clothe You?

When did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?'

"The King will answer and say to them, 'Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.'

"Then He will also say to those on His left, 'Depart from Me, accursed ones, into the eternal fire which has been prepared for the devil and his angels,
for I was hungry, and you gave Me nothing to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me nothing to drink;

I was a stranger, and you did not invite Me in; naked, and you did not clothe Me; sick, and in prison, and you did not visit Me.'

"Then they themselves also will answer, 'Lord, when did we see You hungry, or thirsty, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not take care of You?'

"Then He will answer them, 'Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.'"These will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life."

Now I have often thought...."Who are "the least of these?" In the speaking to the sheep...He declares...'Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.'

So....BROTHERS ....that in my thoughts means other Christians...see...I had always thought they were unbelievers whom we needed to show the"Love of Christ" by helping them and feeding them...but the Bible also elsewhere tells us we are His brothers by adoption
so that then means we are to help and feed and look after our own believing brothers and sisters....
Hmmm...interesting yes?
Bless you...
Yaddy

Thursday, February 14, 2013

It is well....with my soul!

When peace like a river attendeth my way....
when sorrows like sea billows roll
What ever my lot....Thou hast taught me to say...
"It is well....it is well.....with my soul!


Time has passed and they say time heals all wounds.
It may do so but very slow with some happenings.

My friends have decided to sell up and leave...
Too many memories and they are painful.
I can't really blame them...

But through all this....the above hymn is so true and right....
No matter what.....God is always there, whether we believe it or not...HE is there....his word says...
"I will never leave you nor forsake you" and I believe that!

"I need thee every hour...most gracious Lord....no tender voice like thine can peace afford

I need Thee....oh I need Thee.....
every hour I need Thee.
Oh bless me now my Saviour....I come to Thee!

Bless you...
Yaddy

Monday, January 21, 2013

Sad news to start off the new year.

I have some lovely friends who have a son who is a paraplegic.

He had a bad accident when he was young and he is now the way he is!

The call came this morning!

And, even though you know what you know, the news, when it comes, hits hard!

It must be so much harder for his parents!

I fight back the tears......I so want to "do" something, but what?

I can be there for them....I am!

But....it that enough? They keep telling me it is.....but I have doubts!

They start to tell me things about their son....over and over.....I nod my head!


I meet them for coffee...they tell me again.....I nod...again!


What can I do?

I tell them....."Just remember.....he's in good hands....now!"
My voice cracks....I am in tears...

I hope and pray those words are a comfort to them.....

Blessings...
Yaddy