Archive for September, 2006

When I began blogging I wanted my blog to glorify God, not taking any credit for myself, and have wanted to share my testimony because God has instructed us to do so! Now He has opened the door for me to share it.

If you haven’t heard, Lauren from Created for HIS Glory is hosting Bloggy Tour of Testimonies on October 1 ~ almost 24 years to the exact day that I accepted Christ as my Lord and Savior. Mine is one of those testimonies that was 180 degrees. If I had been looking at my watch, I could give you the exact time too.

But, you’ll have to wait to read the details. Please visit Lauren to get all the info.


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The east side of the Carrizo plain, in the Temblor
Range, about 50 miles due west of Bakersfield ,
California Photo taken by Barbara Mathews
May 14. 2005

Nothing man can do could ever equal the glory of
God’s creations.


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Fasten your seatbelts ~ that should have been the intro to Beth Moore’s Bible Study on “Daniel: Lives of Integrity, Words of Prophecy”. WOW. We took off September 11 and it has been a whirlwind adventure. This is my first Beth Moore study (told you I live a sheltered life) and I am thoroughly enjoying the trip. If you’ve done one of Beth’s studies, you know what I’m talking about.

The account takes place in Babylon. Today, Babylon is a philosophy of self-absortion, self-will and overindulgent choices. Just think about all of the ways we are bombarded with ungodly “musts.” We must be thin, we must be beautiful, we must dress in name-brand clothes, we must be highly educated, we must know the right people, etc. There is nothing wrong with any of these in proper perspective, but not so consuming that we displace God’s will for our lives. This is what Beth referred to as “friendly captivity.” In Isa. 47:10 God said “You have trusted in your wickedness and have said, ‘No one sees me.’ Your wisdom and knowledge mislead you when you say to yourself, ‘I am and there is no one else besides me.'” Have you seen the bumper stickers that say “It’s all about me”?

Many of you probably already know that (naturally) the Jewish names of Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah are names which translated include God’s name. The “new” names (Belteschazzar, Shadrack, Mesach, and Abed-nego) all included names of false “gods.” If I knew that one, I’d forgotten. They were being brainwashed into becoming idol worshipers and turning their backs on the one, true God. God allowed them to learn the language, literature and customs, but only so God could use them in the midst of it.

Beth went on to say that godliness is never accidental and victory is never coincidental ~ both stem from up-front, daily RESOLVE ~ C-O-N-S-I-S-T-E-N-C-Y!

This is just the tip of the iceberg of wisdom and insight into this study of Daniel. If you have an opportunity to participate, please do.

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Blogging Buddies Meet

Have you ever met one of your blogging buddies? I have and what a thrill!

This past Friday, I got to meet Maegan from No Average Girl. Note: Her blog is down right now. We’ve visited each other’s blogs for several months and prayed for each other. She mentioned that she was traveling from Georgia (her home) to Canada with her family for two weeks on vacation.

We began emailing and she said they would be traveling through Virginia and asked about things to see here. Well, being an amateur travel guide for VA, I sent them all sorts of info about places to see and things to do all across the state. They decided to visit Williamsburg which meant they would be traveling through the Valley.

On Friday morning I checked my email and found they were planning to be in the area that evening. I was so excited I could hardly wait. We began telephoning as they were traveling. We agreed to meet at the Cracker Barrel and actually met at the gas station near there because both vehicles needed gas.

Well, it turns out Maegan and her family are a wonderful Christian family! She was exactly as I had perceived from her blog. She has two sisters and all three girls look just like their beautiful mom. Then, to our great surprise, they paid for our meal!

We visited for two hours and parted company with plans to continue emailing and, of course, visiting each others blog.

Maegan, I pray you continue to have a wonderful, safe vacation.

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It was 1987! At a lecture the other day they were playing an old news video of Lt.Col. Oliver North testifying at the Iran-Contra hearings during the Reagan Administration.

There was Ollie in front of God and country getting the third degree, but what he said was stunning!

He was being drilled by a senator; “Did you not recently spend close to $60,000 for a home security system?”

Ollie replied, “Yes, I did, Sir.”

The senator continued, trying to get a laugh out of the audience, “Isn’t that just a little excessive?”

“No, sir,” continued Ollie.

“No? And why not?” the senator asked.

“Because the lives of my family and I were threatened, sir.”

“Threatened? By whom?” the senator questioned.

“By a terrorist, sir” Ollie answered.

“Terrorist? What terrorist could possibly scare you that much?”

“His name is Osama bin Laden, sir” Ollie replied.

At this point the senator tried to repeat the name, but couldn’t pronounce it, which most people back then probably couldn’t. A couple of people laughed at the attempt. Then the senator continued Why are you so afraid of this man?” the senator asked.

“Because, sir, he is the most evil person alive that I know of”, Ollie a

“And what do you recommend we do about him?” asked the senator.

“Well, sir, if it was up to me, I would recommend that an assassin team be formed to eliminate him and his men from the face of the earth.”

The senator disagreed with this approach, and that was all that was shown of the clip.

By the way, that senator was Al Gore!

Terrorist pilot Mohammad Atta blew up a bus in Israel in 1986. The Israelis captured, tried and imprisoned him. As part of the Oslo agreement with the Palestinians in 1993, Israel had to agree to release so-called “political prisoners.”

However, the Israelis would not release any with blood on their hands. The American President at the time, Bill Clinton, and his Secretary of State, Warren Christopher, “insisted” that all prisoners be released.

Thus Mohammad Atta was freed and eventually thanked the US by flying an airplane into Tower One of the World Trade Center. This was reported by many of the American TV networks at the time that the terrorists were first identified.
It was censored in the US from all later reports.

This is why I always say I love YOU….

In memory of all those who perished this morning; the passengers and the pilots on the United Air and AA flights, the workers in the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, and all the innocent bystanders. Our prayers go out to the friends and families of the deceased.

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Love ~ Comfort

This morning as I read my devotion, I was reminded once again of God’s immesurable love for us. The heading was Love but to me it spoke of comfort too. The scripture reference was to Romans 8:31-39.

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? . . . Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am persuaded that… [NOTHING]…shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. [My version]

Barbara Johnson continued the devotional with this illustration: A friend described when her son was a toddler. The little guy was fascinated by big trucks and heavy machinery, and yet he was terrified of it, too. For while his greatest source of excitement and terror was the garbage truck–the big, roaring mechanical best that rumbled down the street, stopped in front of his house, and noisily swallowed up the trash that was emptied into its giant compactor.

Whenever the toddler heard the garbage truck coming, he would run shrieking through the house to his father, begging to be picked up. Then, his confidence restored, he would point toward the street. “Go see,” he would say.

The father would carry him to the window, and together they would watch the garbage truck loudly swallong up the mounds of trash. The lad would watch, wide-eyed but secure in the comfort of his father’s strong, trustworthy arms.

In our earthly lives, we are like the little boy. Alone we cannot bear the monsters that rumble through our days, terrifying us and breaking our hearts. But nestled in the security of the Father’s love, nothing can stop us. Not even death itself.

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