Betsy Ore Glass: Blog http://www.betsyoreglass.com/blog en-us (C) Betsy Ore Glass betsyoreglass@gmail.com (Betsy Ore Glass) Wed, 23 May 2018 23:30:00 GMT Wed, 23 May 2018 23:30:00 GMT http://www.betsyoreglass.com/img/s/v-5/u163691275-o157293155-50.jpg Betsy Ore Glass: Blog http://www.betsyoreglass.com/blog 99 120 Memorial Day http://www.betsyoreglass.com/blog/2018/5/memorial-day  

 

 

 

Memorial DayMemorial Day But let all who take refuge in you be glad; let them ever sing for joy. Spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may rejoice in you.

-Psalm 5:11 NIV
 

It was not always known as “Memorial Day”. The day where we remember and honor those who have lost their lives while serving our country.  It was originally called “Decoration Day”. This commemoration dates back as far as 1868 when flowers were placed on graves at Arlington National Cemetery of soldiers who died in service. Soon after, it caught on, state by state. Since the 1950’s, American flags have been placed on more than 260,000 gravestones at Arlington National Cemetery on the Thursday prior to Memorial Day each year.  Just a few years ago, the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts began placing a single candle on over 15,000 gravesites in northern Virginia on the Thursday prior to Memorial Day. The tributes continue annually to show honor and respect.

 

But the traditions of the past are more forgotten than remembered. Memorial Day has often signified outdoor parties, picnics, three-day weekends, the unofficial start to summer, and maybe the first dip in the swimming pool. But as we grow older, the significance of the sacrifice made by the fallen soldiers presses on our hearts. They are heroes. Many of the people serving the armed forces today are very young. Some may not even have a personal relationship with Our Father. Imagine being away from the comfort of family and familiar surroundings, living with war and not knowing God. As Christians, I believe that God is calling us to pray for the protection of these brave servicemen and women, both at home and abroad. In all of the celebrations and fun that a Memorial Day weekend suggests, perhaps we can take time to go to God in prayer to ask His blessings on families that have lost loved ones and to cover His Holy Armor on those brave people that are currently serving us.  If we all prayed a prayer for peace, and each prayer was a light, together we could illuminate the heavens with our petitions

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Finding Strength http://www.betsyoreglass.com/blog/2018/5/finding-strength  

  I can do all this through Christ who gives me strength. –Philippians  4:13

 

How many times have we all walked to the beach toting chairs, umbrellas, coolers, kids and towels just praying to God for “more strength”!! I know I have!! “Let’s try to make it all in one trip” is my husband’s motto, much to my dismay. Traipsing about in the hot sand, which feels like burning coals, we try to find the perfect spot.  Alas, we have set up for the day already extremely exhausted and weary!

 

For He gives power to the weak. And to those that have no might. He increases strength. Isaiah 40:29 I just have to look around my small little circle to see many are struggling with strength. Many friends are trying to cope with losses; business owners needing more business; some friends are coping with ongoing medical issues and more.  We are all in need of strength. Some more than others. As Believers, we must allow those that are in weak in spirit or physically weak to lean on us until they can stand alone with God. Yes, there are limits and no one wants to be taken advantage of. That is a topic for another day. But those that are hurting need to talk sometimes. Believe it or not, just our presence and our caring effort offers up support and strength. But we hesitate sometimes thinking to ourselves, “what do we have to offer”? A phone call, an email, or a text is sometimes all that is needed. In this world of electronics, it is easy to reach out. And a handwritten note of support that is received often becomes a tangible treasure. Whether we have strength to give or we are the ones needing it, God is at the center of it all…providing what we need from Him or through Him from others. But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint. Isaiah 40:31

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Remembering Mother's Day http://www.betsyoreglass.com/blog/2018/5/remembering-mothers-day  

 

Remembering Mother's DayRemembering Mother's Day

 

I guide you in the way of wisdom and lead you along straight paths.

 –Proverbs 4:11 NIV

 

I learned of a tradition associated with Mother’s Day when I was just a little girl. If you wore a white flower on your dress, in your hair or on your lapel on Mother’s Day, it meant that your Mother had passed on; and if you wore a red flower that meant that your Mother was living.  As little kids we mostly wore the red roses we tore off the rose bushes that were on the church grounds on our way to Sunday school. Lots of the grownups did the same thing, but many of them gathered around the white rose bush. That memory is so vivid, yet so long ago. I remember being glad then that I could wear a red rose, and I am still glad of it today.

 

God gave each of us a Mother. Our relationship with our Mother changes and evolves over time. The first smile we saw was our Mother’s. Then spending years of nurturing us through childhood, she equally dispensed kool-aid and band-aids. Teaching us and learning from us all at the same time. Molding and shaping our teenage thoughts with a healthy dose of discipline and love to smooth over the hurts we encountered along the way. Cheering us on with each milestone and letting us go when it was time to start our own life. Then, being available anytime, just in case, and offering advice tenderly when she sees us making a wrong turn. A Mother knows to choose her words carefully because they are being stored up on the inside of her children. Whether your Mother is here today or in heaven, know that God blesses us with the sound of her voice in our ears and hearts to continually guide us along our path.  That is a gift from God to have our Mother’s wisdom to hold on to forever.

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Lifeline http://www.betsyoreglass.com/blog/2018/5/lifeline  

LifelineLifeline My brothers and sisters, if one of you should wander from the truth and someone should bring that person back, remember this: Whoever turns a sinner from the error of their way will save them from death and cover over a multitude of sins. James 5:19-20 (NIV)

My puppy loves to go on walks whether it is our neighborhood, the park or the marina. But he must always be on a leash. I call it his “lifeline”. Without the leash, his explorations and wandering curiosity would surely put him in harms way like chasing squirrels into traffic or losing his way and not being able to find his way back home.  Or worse yet, falling in the water. While he seems quiet and restful lying at the foot of a park bench, it would only take a second for him to wander off and we couldn’t risk losing him. When my dog and I go to the marina for walks, we notice all the boats are tied up with lines and the boats have life jackets on board. Anchors are used to keep from drifting when out on the open water and some of the larger boats even have life rafts. Lifelines are essential.

I just finished a wonderful Bible study on the book of James. There are so many nuggets of wisdom in that book. Too many to mention actually but worth the time to delve into it. Today’s’ verse is the one that really spoke to me and it is a “call to action”.  Many of us, me included, will sometimes shy away from speaking to a loved one or a good friend when we see them taking the wrong road. We rationalize that they are old enough to know what they are doing and we look the other way and hope for the best. That is not what we are being called to do. If after praying for wisdom, seeking God’s Will and we show ourselves willing to help, God may equip us with the courage and strength to bring a person back from sin. We have to be careful here because we can become righteous for the wrong reasons, but when God asks us to help to offer a lifeline to one of His people, we should step up. What comes to mind are teenagers that are overwhelmed with choices and temptations and often times succumb to the wrong influences in their life…and there is no one to notice or say anything. That is just one example. Good people that get out of balance with too much of a bad thing needs a loving friend to tap them on the shoulder and pull them back. We can love someone back in a loving way with dignity rather than preaching, taking a superior tone or threats. We can be the lifeline that brings someone back to God which saves them and their soul. Biblically, we are responsible to help if we can.

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Change http://www.betsyoreglass.com/blog/2018/4/change ChangeChange

 

Hear, O Lord, and be merciful to me; O Lord, be my help.
-Psalm 30:10 NIV

 

Change seems to be everywhere. Change is one of those words that bring with it a lot of feelings and emotions when it surrounds us. Probably the simplest way to describe change is ‘to pass from one state to another.’ Seasonal changes we tend to welcome and look forward to with anticipation. We know what to expect year after year. Gardens are being planted, lawnmowers tuned up, beach chairs and umbrellas brought out of storage.  The transition from season to season is somewhat predictable.

 

It’s the unexpected, unpredictable turns that come upon us at times that can shift our lives in another direction. How do we cope? That’s when our faith is of utmost importance. Some changes in our life can be devastating such as an illness, divorce, and the death of a loved one. Other changes may not be as impactful, but nevertheless they do affect us. God made us adaptable and flexible. We can face anything that comes to us.  God won’t leave us alone to get through these times of difficulty by ourselves. We can count on Him. He made us strong. We can rely on His strength to help us. How we choose to react to change determines how we will be able to manage it. Something to think about. God’s plan is at work in our lives and in our surroundings. We must never forget that. Yes, God is part of everything and every situation. We don’t always know the reason why things happen. He will allow things at times to occur to bring us back closer to Him and to strengthen us. As we are certain to meet change almost daily, we should remember that God does not change. He is always there with His promises to lift us up out of the mire on to high ground again. We can take refuge in Him and He will take our pain and give us strength in its place. It is God who arms me with strength and makes my way perfect. Psalm 18:21 NIV

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Watching http://www.betsyoreglass.com/blog/2018/4/watching  


WatchingWatching Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.

–Colossians 3:12 NIV

 

All across the beach and on docks, there are birds just sitting and watching. On the bridges, they will line up on the rails, facing the same direction. Maybe they are sunning themselves or standing against the wind. Whatever they are doing, they are doing it together and in harmony.

 

When our lives are so busy that we don’t have the time to observe around us, it is time to slow down the pace. We can be used by God to do service for Him but first we have to see where there is a need. Are the elderly neighbors okay? Maybe the mother at the grocery store fumbling with change to buy milk needs a few dollars pressed in her hand. The homeless woman sitting on the bench looks hungry. At the office, perhaps there is a co-worker who is in emotional pain and needs someone to speak hope and kindness over them. I believe we should always be watching for opportunities to help and serve. God charges us to love and acts of kindness shows His Love. To give and not be boastful about what we have done is all the better. To serve and do it quietly, without recognition or praise is the Christian way.

 

In my daily prayer each morning, I ask God to use me. I do my part by seeing and watching where I can be useful. Many times, an act of kindness leads to a conversation and it is there that we can talk of God’s Goodness and Promises to share with others.

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Limits http://www.betsyoreglass.com/blog/2018/4/limits  

 

 

LimitsLimits Jesus looked at them and said, "With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible."

-Matthew 19:26 NIV

 

 

When our children were small we definitely had to set limits for them. At the beach, they wanted to wander off and take walks. We either had to go with them or when they got older we would say, “You can walk to the pier and then turn around and come back.” We would set limits based on what we knew and what we could see. Later, they understood limits were used to define what they could and could not do. As parents, there is no limit to our love for our children and because of that, we want to steer them in a good direction and down right path that will help them and not hurt them.

 

Limits and boundaries are great tools in raising children, establishing order in our lives and in the world, but not in our spiritual life.  Have you ever set limits on what God can do in your prayers only to find out that He blesses you more abundantly that you could imagine?  Faith is allowing God to do it His Way without the limits and obstacles we place in front of Him. It is simple really. We want to always be the one behind the wheel, steering by ourselves when we should defer to Him. Sometimes I think we actually hinder ourselves with our limited thoughts when we should surrender to Him, the one who knows no limits. Each time I have done that, I have realized that God delights in surprising me and giving me so much more than I ever expected. God’s love for us is limitless and so is His grace and mercy. He wants to bless us beyond and above all our expectations.

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Sunset http://www.betsyoreglass.com/blog/2018/4/sunset SunsetSunset But the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your manservant or maidservant, nor your animals, nor the alien within your gates. For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.

Exodus 20:10-11

 

Viewing a sunset will cause me to stop, and pause long enough to reflect on all the really important things going on around me. To witness a sunset is to enjoy momentary peace and solitude. Each sunset is different and unique. It amazes me how weather can play such a large part to make a sunset appear different from day to day. When the sun’s fiery orange ball melts into a puddle over the water is the moment when I feel awed. I visualize today’s worries and problems melting away just like the sun. It is easy to have a childlike imagination that the sun is going down for an evening’s rest before the start of another day tomorrow.

God understands rest and wants us to take time to enjoy it and to rest in Him. He made the heavens and the earth and on the seventh day he rested. Imagine that! All that work followed by just one day of rest. There is something to be said for slowing down, and pausing to replenish our bodies and our souls. God knows what we need, both physically and spiritually. Matthew 6:33 says, But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”  To make God first is to trust that He will help us to get everything completed on our “to-do list “ plus enjoy His rest.

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Easter Lily http://www.betsyoreglass.com/blog/2018/3/easter-lily  


Easter LilyEaster Lily Praise be to the God and Father of Our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,

-1 Peter 1:3 NIV

 

Easter is the commemoration of the resurrection of Jesus, but what is the significance of the Easter Lily? Many traditions are centered around Easter with church services, family gatherings and feasts, the usual egg hunts, baskets and chocolate bunnies. But one flower has marked Easter and that is the white Easter Lily. It represents purity, hope and life. But where did that originate from? Lilies have been said to have grown where drops of Jesus’ sweat fell to the ground in the final hours of his life as he was about to be crucified. They were also found growing in the Garden of Gethsemane after the crucifixion and were referred to as the “ white-robed apostles of hope”. I will now look at the beautiful, fragrant Easter Lily in a new way.

Purity, Hope and Life. We couldn’t ask for more, could we? To be pure is a good thing to strive for. “Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.”Psalm 51:10 NIV.  Hope is something that we all need to hang on to. No matter what our situation is, we can all use a double-dose of hope. In Jeremiah 29:11, we learn that “there are plans to give us hope and a future”. How comforting!  And in John 3:16, we are told that “God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son, that whosoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” Easter is a time that we can reaffirm our faith, living a pure, hopeful life that the promises of the Easter message brings us, symbolized by the beautiful flower of the Easter Lily.

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Spring http://www.betsyoreglass.com/blog/2018/3/spring SpringSpring

 

And God said, "Let there be lights in the expanse of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark seasons and days and years.

Genesis 1:14 NIV
 

The official start of spring was just a few days ago. The spring season will last about three months and is a season that most people look forward to.  It is the tilt of the Earth that causes the rising change in temperature and also the longer days of daylight. This time of year represents a renewal in many ways. Lawns appear to come back to life, flowers and bulbs bloom in a kaleidoscope of color and the foliage of trees and branches spring forth in greenery. God has given us beauty beyond words on this Earth. It is the natural scenery that surrounds us that is so captivating. The bold yellow of daffodils, the majestic purple hyacinths and wiry forsythia branches all contribute to the colors of Spring.  For some blooms, it means “a coming back to life, a “rebirth,” and for others, it is a “new beginning, a brand new start.”

 

With winter almost behind us we can spring to life too. It’s the season for sprucing things up like painting the house, bringing out the lawn furniture, or getting our hands in the flowerbeds to work the soil. But these are all material things. So what about our lives? What lies deep inside of us just waiting to be born? That is a question to take to prayer. Real change takes place in the depths of ones soul. For a person to seek a new beginning, it may take getting rid of old mindsets and adapting to different ideas or thoughts.  To some, it may mean seizing the opportunity to learn something fresh and exciting through a book or taking a class that stirs a passion. Or it could be that it is time to give back, by volunteering time and God-given talents, to help others in need.  Making positive changes in daily living has its rewards that are reflected in our mind, body and soul.  But in making adjustments, it is important also to stay in balance to be sure there is ample time for prayer, work, rest and play. Spring is a good time to launch into action and accomplish a goal or a dream. But we should not forget that God has given us life and we are His. Prayerfully taking our lives to God, and asking for His lead on what to do in the next season of our life is a starting point. He will bring us direction if we earnestly seek it. The hibernation of winter is nearly past and it is time to awaken our lives in a way that is pleasing to God. Search Him for guidance to a “fresh start” this Spring and delight in the joy that awaits. 

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Filters http://www.betsyoreglass.com/blog/2018/3/filters  

FiltersFilters For the rest, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is worthy of reverence and is honorable and seemly, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely and lovable, whatever is kind and winsome and gracious, if there is any virtue and excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think on and weigh and take account of these things [fix your minds on them] -.Philippians 4:8 AMP

My camera has been a friend to me for many years. I don’t know of a better way to capture a moment, a sunrise or sunset or that perfect wave than with a snapshot. When the moment is gone, it is gone forever, only to live on in our minds. But if we capture it with a camera, the moment can live on for years.

My picture taking wouldn’t be complete with the use of filters on my camera lens. There are books on the subject of filters because there are so many to choose from. The definition of a filter is this: “Camera filters are optical elements that alter the properties of light entering the lens for the purpose of improving the image being recorded.” My favorite is the polarizing filter. Many types of filters absorb light, but what I like so much about the polarizing filter is that it absorbs unwanted reflections, which reduces the glare. It is a “must-have” filter when photographing the water.

The camera lens is not the only place a filter could be applied. With the world today and the choices we are exposed and have access to, it is almost necessary to put a filter on what gets into our heart, mind and spirit. A filter can reduce and eliminate negative and unwanted things. As I get closer to God, I find myself being more careful about what I read, view or listen to, especially in my own home where it is the most important. If we don’t exercise caution about this, there is the chance we can become deceived about what is good or not. That is what becoming “desensitized” means.  I will behave myself wisely and give heed to the blameless way--O when will you come to me? I will walk within my house in integrity and with a blameless heart. I will set no base or wicked thing before my eyes. I hate the work of them who turn aside [from the right path]; it shall not grasp hold of me. Psalm 101:2-3 Amplified Bible. We start by resisting anything we are not sure of.  Our scripture today in Philippians shows us what things to think on.

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Pressing Through http://www.betsyoreglass.com/blog/2018/3/pressing-through  

Pressing ThroughPressing Through What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?

-Roman 8:31 NIV

 

When I was a little girl playing at the ocean’s edge during our many vacations to the Outer Banks, the big waves would knock me down and I would get back up in time for the next wave to tumble me once more. I wasn’t out far, maybe just up to my knees but the swiftness and force of the water knocked my legs out from under me each time.  Many times I’d repeat this over and over until exhaustion set in and I would come ashore and rest before going back out again.

 

Life is like that at times, one wave after another can come against us. We can hardly stand up straight before we get knocked down again with trials, problems, conflicts and demands that won’t go away. If this has happened in your life, you know that the only way to get past these times is to press through. Giving up, “washing our hands of it” or running away won’t give us the victory we seek. Pressing through means to stay with it and never give up. Find another way around the situation. Patience, persistence and determination are all we need to press through to our destiny. God is for us and He is greater than any obstacle or problem we face. Possess a “never give up” attitude. We can reach up to take hold of God’s hand and strength during these times. Having an “overcomer” mentality will keep us on the road to our destiny instead of getting sidetracked by the difficulties we stumble upon on our journey. When the waves of life rise up against us, we must rise up even higher.  

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Planting Seeds http://www.betsyoreglass.com/blog/2018/2/plantinig-seeds  

 

Planting SeedsPlanting Seeds Though it is the smallest of all your seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and perch in its branches. Matthew 13:32 NIV

I have been waking up in the morning to beautiful melodies outside my window. The birds and their chirping is really music to my ears. A bright red cardinal perched on my back porch table just this week. He was looking at me and I was looking at him. It seemed like forever that we held that gaze but then he flew up to a nearby tree branch. Recently I spent an afternoon strolling the aisles of a beautiful greenhouse and garden center.  It was a true experience in whetting my appetite for spring. Everything was so green, colorful, with blooms everywhere, rows of houseplants, herbs and vegetable seedlings. Even tables of orchids in hues of lavender, yellow and green in great abundance. And then, one area was completely devoted to the birds. I found seeds of all kinds that were packaged in little cartons and large fifty pound bags to attract all types of backyard feathered friends. Gorgeous feeders in all sizes, shapes and colors in materials like metal, plastic and wood hung from the trellised ceiling. Birdhouses were lined up on shelves, too. Big ones and little ones, hanging ones and the types you nail to a post or eaves.

The great thing about a winter day is planning for spring! The vegetable and flower seed catalogs have been arriving since the first week in January. I love looking at them and planning for a new season. What more could a backyard have but vegetables, flowers, birds and butterflies! But first, I think I will start with the birds. A little seed should go a long way in establishing a sanctuary and a building a good relationship with the songbirds to last more than a season.

It all starts with a seed. God plants seeds within us, too. Those seeds become the foundation for ideas that can lead to life changing decisions or ideas to make our everyday life a bit better. He is always refining us. Filling us with ideas and thoughts to make us rise up. We can plant seeds too…but not only in the ground. We can plant seeds in the lives, minds and hearts of people that cross our path. An insecure person will thrive on a compliment. A sick person will grab on to hope. A troubled person could use a prayer of encouragement. In our daily journey through life, at the post office, convenience store, at work or the line at the grocery store we can plant seeds. Simply holding the door open for someone will remind them that there is kindness still in this world. Planting a seed is not just a spring endeavor.  We can plant encouraging and uplifting seeds all the time and everywhere we go with our simple actions and words. We never know what a single seed of love, kindness, encouragement or hope can produce but God knows. All it takes is the planting of a single seed, a single act, to set the process in motion.

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The Fishermen http://www.betsyoreglass.com/blog/2018/2/the-fishermen  

The FishermenThe Fishermen

The Fishermen 

Oil Painting 24 x 36

$595 inc. free shipping in US

 

This oil painting of "The Fishermen" is from a photograph I saw on Facebook featuring Daniel Pullen's photography. With their generous permission, they allowed me to paint this spectacular and familiar scene from the Outer Banks. This painting is 24 x 36, on gallery wrapped canvas. The sides are painted blue/gray.  It will come with hardware for hanging. No framing needed. 

To view more of Daniel Pullen 's work, please visit the site at www.danielpullenphotography.com 

For more information or to purchase, contact me at betsyglass1@gmail.com 

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Celebrate Life http://www.betsyoreglass.com/blog/2018/2/celebrate-life The unfailing love of the Lord never ends! By his mercies we have been kept from complete destruction. Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each day. I say to myself, "The Lord is my inheritance; therefore, I will hope in him!

-Lamentations 3:22-24 (NASB)

It is so much fun to sit on the dunes with my long zoom camera lens and watch the birds walking along the water’s edge. Watching the pelicans in the distance as they dive into the sea. Noticing the clouds overhead that take the shape of things as they move slowly by. I love being a spectator from my perch nearby. Seeing everything up close, yet not being an active part of it.

The opposite of spectator is being a participant. It is equally fun to play with kids in the water, build sandcastles, collect shells and enjoy a picnic together. Being in the moment and enjoying life to the fullest with someone is truly the act of participating.

It occurs to me that we have a choice in life. We can choose to be a spectator or a participator of life. We can become fully engaged in our life and the lives of those around us or stand back, in the shadows, living life through other people, watching their celebrations and milestones.  My husband and I made the choice years ago to be a family that celebrates. We make the birthdays, anniversaries and holidays special. Even the dogs get birthday presents! Carrying around a camera for most of my life, I have been able to catch big moments and little ones too, so the memories of our celebrations have not been lost or forgotten.

Occasionally, I hear folks describe their days with the words, “didn’t do much today” or “we’re not planning anything special”. I used to be one of those people long ago. We stood at the front door many times and watched a neighbor family pile in their old car and drive off to enjoy life by going to ballgames, the beach, picnics and camping. Even backyard barbecues were special to them. I learned an important lesson from that family. Seize the moment.  When the day is over, it is lost. The young mother of this family passed in a car accident when her children were small. No time for goodbyes, one more picnic or one last moment. But I can say that family had far more memories to carry forward than some people have in a lifetime. And it wasn’t because they had unlimited resources or an abundance of time. No, they simply made an effort and chose to celebrate their life.  To make something of each day. They learned that ever important balance of working, playing and praying. They made time for it all.

Part of being a participator in life is a way to honor oneself and the family and friends that surround. It honors God showing Him we treasure the life He breathed in us and the gifts He surrounds us with. It is true that health, finances and obstacles can keep us from doing the things we want to do sometimes or it can limit us greatly, but we can choose our attitude about our life and what we do with it. For example, a budget meal of tomato soup and a grilled cheese sandwich can be presented like a feast. Celebrating the first cucumber from the garden can bring a big smile. The dog bringing back the ball in a game of fetch can be cause for praise, kisses and hugs. Everyday things can be a series of small celebrations and before long we begin to realize that joy resides within. It is taking hold on the inside. It starts with having an attitude that promotes joy and happiness combined with the act of “doing” instead of “watching” that keeps many people celebrating daily life to a ripe old age.

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Love http://www.betsyoreglass.com/blog/2018/2/love ‚Äč
 

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good!
         His faithful love endures forever. –Psalm 136:1 NLT

There are so many things that I love about the beach. This season of winter is actually a beautiful time of year. There is a quiet solitude that envelopes the beach and its surroundings. Great peace and a time of reflection can be captured by a pier, a bench by the sound or from a seaside beach access. If there is a need to warm the soul, to be close to God, to feel His Peace and see the beauty He created, this is the place and the time of year to do it. The sky is so blue and often cloudless. The stars and moon at night sparkle with such clarity.  Where else can one go and see dolphins feeding in the distance, seagulls flying overhead, waves rushing through a pier’s pilings and feel peace at the same time! God’s Love is present everywhere here. What a gift it is!

 

The Bible has much to say about love, but the two most important instructions are these from March 12:28-31 NIV which is “Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength” and “Love your neighbor as yourself”.  

 

Perhaps today is the time to put the past aside and begin anew with Jesus’ instructions as our guide, to make each day one where love is given and love is received. I heard it said once that the beauty of life is while we cannot undo the past, we can learn from it and change. So that every new moment is spent not in regret or guilt, but in wisdom, understanding and love. The lyrics from an old hymn dated back to 1912 have been drifting in and out of my thoughts today. “Love lifted me…Love lifted me…When nothing else could help…Love lifted me.” God’s Love for us will lift us up and over our own problems and circumstances so that in turn we can be a blessing to others.

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Charting A Course http://www.betsyoreglass.com/blog/2018/1/charting-a-course  

Charting A CourseCharting A Course Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked
or stand in the way that sinners take
 or sit in the company of mockers,
 but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night. That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither—whatever they do prospers. –Psalm 1: 1-3

We all have times where we know what we want and we think we know how to get there. Disappointments and setbacks pave the road, a few long stretches of smooth sailing and then more struggles litter our path. When we are our own captain, we only can rely on things in the natural. Things like what we know, what we have heard others say, relying on our own wisdom. Sure, some people struggle more than others but some take the long way around when the straight road would have been so much easier.

What prevents us from tapping into God’s Word for strength and guidance? Is it our own pride, or our independence? Do we really think our way is better? Yes, often times we do and we get ahead of ourselves, things go wrong and we are back to God, asking Him to fix our messes!  Seems everywhere I searched this week for God’s Wisdom, all roads led to this scripture:  Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. -Joshua 1:8   Does it mean if I read the Bible, my life will be perfect? No. It does mean that our obedience and our relationship with God will prosper as He prospers us.  Will we be successful in the world’s eyes? Maybe.  Maybe not. But we will be a success in the eyes of the One that matters. 

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Winter http://www.betsyoreglass.com/blog/2018/1/winter  

 

 

 

WinterWinter …for anyone who enters God's rest also rests from his own work, just as God did from his. –Hebrews 4:10 NIV

 

Winter is definitely here.  Cold fronts come through with strong winds that ruffle the water, bend the sea oats and cause the gulls to tuck their heads down into their chest.  Summer clothes get pushed to the far side of the closet and long sleeves shirts and bulky sweaters replace them. There are some people that even leave the beach during winter for warmer climates in the south. Seems everything takes a break. Grasses and flowers go dormant, birds hunker down in their nests, and blowing sand covers steps and walkways to the beach. At first glance, it can be considered a dreary time, but I don’t see it that way at all. Especially when the basil seeds sprouted this week in my makeshift greenhouse in the kitchen window. It is great to see new life spring forth.

 

Winter is a time to replenish, renew and rest. It is a time to appreciate the beach, too. While nature takes a nap, we can still walk the beach or walk to the end of a pier and feel the wind at sunrise. A hot cup of coffee or cocoa warms the spirit anytime. Reading a book by the fire wrapped in a warm throw can keep the mind active. Seafood chowder and buttery cornbread tastes like a feast for dinner on a cold evening.  There is something to do each day.

 

Winter can be a solitary time and that is good for our spirit to be by ourselves with little distraction. God is always there and in the quiet moments of life, we tend to hear Him more clearly. He drops in ideas and thoughts to our minds and hearts. We have all winter for them to take root on the inside of us.  Winter is the time to plan the garden of our life, for spring will be here soon enough and we must cultivate our hopes and dreams so they can grow into full harvest. These cold days are times to actively seek God’s Presence and His Voice for our life. He is our Counselor in all things. Entering into God’s Rest prepares us to receive what He has for us next.

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Fingerprints http://www.betsyoreglass.com/blog/2018/1/fingerprints  

FingerprintsFingerprints You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. Deuteronomy 6:5-7 ESV

Today my grandson came for a visit. We had a great time reading and playing. But after he left, I had to take out the glass cleaner and paper towels to clean up his sweet fingerprints!! Oh yes, I left a few in my studio to keep me company until he returns again.  And oh how he seemed to leave his fingerprints everywhere!! How sweet and how treasured he is and anything that he leaves behind at Gigi’s.

On a bigger scale I wonder what we will leave behind. Spiritually, of course. Yes, there is talk of what will our legacy will be…our words, our wisdom, our works. But what is more important is what we leave behind spiritually. Our spiritual fingerprint. Have we shown a good Christian example to our friends and family? Have we helped those in need and have we prayed fervently? Did we offer spiritual mentorship when we could? I believe God wants us to be His hands and to touch as many hearts and minds as we can with the gospel either by word or by example of our Christian life. Billy Graham said, “The greatest legacy one can pass on to one's children and grandchildren is not money or other material things accumulated in one's life, but rather a legacy of character and faith.

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betsyoreglass@gmail.com (Betsy Ore Glass) beach children fingerprint god grandchildren grandson legacy http://www.betsyoreglass.com/blog/2018/1/fingerprints Thu, 18 Jan 2018 01:14:14 GMT
January http://www.betsyoreglass.com/blog/2018/1/january  

 

JanuaryJanuary He who ignores discipline despises himself, but whoever heeds correction gains understanding.

- Proverbs 15:32 NIV

 

Dropping temperatures have produced a winter chill this past week that seems will stay around for a while. For some it might be the excuse to sit inside and do nothing, but for others, the weather means very little when it comes to getting started with new ideas and new goals for the New Year.

 

January marks the beginning of the year, but for many of us, it means so much more. Like being able to close the door to the events of the past year and look forward in the New Year with hope and expectation. January represents a fresh start, new beginnings, and a new way to look at old things. New Year’s hopes and dreams are declared, diets are started and exercise classes are filled to capacity with those that want to be healthier. January is also a time when we can look at our own spiritual healthiness. Taking stock of our own spiritual growth is important. God wants to promote us and to shower His blessings on us. But we have to be in a relationship with Him where we can receive what He wants to give us. That takes knowing Him on a daily basis. We can’t just go to Him occasionally when we are sick or we are praying for a family member and expect to live in His fullness. He wants us to come to Him in the good times, too. He has wisdom to impart and guidance to give. Being a disciple of God takes daily discipline. He teaches us through His Word and then He uses us as a witness so that we can teach others. It is a good time of year to begin to set a schedule where we make time for God…everyday. To start off the New Year with a desire to grow in Him, and then take action to make our desire a reality, is the most important resolution on our list.  And He will honor our desire by being there when we reach out to Him.

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betsyoreglass@gmail.com (Betsy Ore Glass) beach goals god growth january renew renewal spiritual winter http://www.betsyoreglass.com/blog/2018/1/january Thu, 11 Jan 2018 00:45:53 GMT