Betsy Ore Glass: Blog https://www.betsyoreglass.com/blog en-us (C) Betsy Ore Glass betsyoreglass@gmail.com (Betsy Ore Glass) Thu, 26 Jul 2018 13:24:00 GMT Thu, 26 Jul 2018 13:24:00 GMT https://www.betsyoreglass.com/img/s/v-5/u699283023-o157293155-50.jpg Betsy Ore Glass: Blog https://www.betsyoreglass.com/blog 98 120 Erosion https://www.betsyoreglass.com/blog/2018/7/erosion

 

ErosionErosion Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother” (this is the first commandment with a promise), “that it may go well with you and that you may live long in the land.” Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.  - Ephesians 6:1-4 

Just watching the news, seeing the change in culture, noting what people are accepting that they never accepted before. There is an erosion of values. Somewhere in this shuffle of change, the values that I grew up with are considered outdated. Not to sound antiquated, but we ate dinner as a family, there was no phoning of friends till dishes and homework were done. Chores were on Saturday and church on Sunday, with a visit to grandparents. I will always recall fondly my grandmother’s swing on her porch where we chatted about everything and shared our hopes and dreams over her chocolate cake. No shopping occurred on Sunday because nothing was open but the gas station. These times brought comfort. The consistency of life as it evolved each week was as dependable as mashed potatoes and gravy on Sunday. We used to dress up for dates on Saturday night and church on Sunday.  We were family but also, we were a team. We worked together and did chores together. I remember the days of pushing Daddy’s red Yazoo lawnmower whose handles were taller than me!! The time I grew up is considered old fashioned now but I know there are others that long for that time again too. There was something quaint, sweet and respectful about that era. Like we replenish beaches that have eroded, maybe we can try to restore family values again in our homes. Maybe the next generation will have a return to what was once valued.  We can hope. Perhaps we need to set the example and they will follow. 

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Quiet Time https://www.betsyoreglass.com/blog/2018/7/quiet-time ChangeChange Let everything that has breath praise the Lord! Praise the Lord! -Psalm 150:6

Make time for it. Schedule it on your calendar if you must. Walk the beach alone. Find a bench in the park. There are a number of things you can do to find quiet time. Why is it so important? It is a time to recharge and it is mentally healthy to clear your mind of all things unimportant. Busy schedules, commutes to work, radio and television blaring gives little time to just sitting still for a while in peaceful solitude. Embracing those quiet moments are a time of reflection and self-evaluation. A bit of peace and tranquility can go a long way in getting our attitudes in alignment with God. It is in those times of quiet that we can talk to God and He can talk to us. Maybe a scripture will come to mind or a solution will reveal itself for a problem that has been consuming us. Often times, my quietness is just praising and being grateful. My grandson loves to hear that he has done a good job. We all like to hear that. And so it is with God too. Praise the Lord! For it is good to sing praises to our God; for it is pleasant, and a song of praise is fitting. Psalm 147:1 

 

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The Ocean https://www.betsyoreglass.com/blog/2018/7/the-ocean
Pressing ThroughPressing Through Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise; his greatness no one can fathom. - Psalm 145:3 NIV.

 

The ocean has a hold on me. It is so powerful.  I have a large amount of respect for what it can do when unleashed. The waves that pound the shore in rhythmic fashion remind me of a strong heartbeat…some days beating faster than others.  Going to sit by the edge of the ocean makes everything better. It is as if the waves wash over me and cleanses my soul in quietude and refreshes my mind at the same time. The ocean breathes its salt air on me and I feel wrapped in a  blanket of calm. I can think better and there is clarity.  For years I have wondered what was the real secret of the ocean….is it the salt air, the breezes, the serenity, the sound of the waves? I suppose it adds up to all those things. Water has a calming effect on so many of us. To each their own. Some people need to fish, while others surf the waves. Photographers need to capture the perfect sunrise while people like my Mother and I are content to drive to the pier and feed the hungry gulls some pieces of bread. We are all unique but unified in the fact that many of us hunger for the ocean in some way or another. And we all agree on one thing, the ocean is a force that deserves our honor and respect.

 

God is most worthy of our praise, honor and respect as well. Yet, I don’t think He gets His due. The busyness of our schedules and our fast and furious lives leaves little time for Him. Our heart is where our mind is…or is it the other way around? I think both ways apply. God seems to get the leftovers at times. “Oh I’ll get to God after everything else is done and I can relax and really focus”….haven’t we all said that?  We can pray or talk to God anywhere….driving in the car, vacuuming the floor, pulling weeds, walking the beach. We are told to pray continually (I Thess. 5: 17). Some times my talking to God turns into prayer and then back to talking again…..I don’t really know the difference. He deserves to be exalted in our lives. And to be appreciated and for us to allow Him to guide us in His Way and His Will. God’s power and mightiness are so much greater than anything we can imagine. While our footprints along the ocean’s edge may get washed away with the tide, our memories of our time with God will be forever written in Heaven and our heart. 

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July https://www.betsyoreglass.com/blog/2018/7/july
American FlogAmerican Flog Now learn this lesson from the fig tree: As soon as its twigs get tender and its leaves come out, you know that summer is near

-Mark 13:28 NIV

 

The scenes of summer are everywhere. Lots of traffic converging to the Outer Banks as vacationers arrive with great anticipation. Vegetable stands, one after the other, line the journey to the shore with some of the first harvests of the season, squash, cucumbers and tomatoes. Rows of colorful umbrellas dot the beach for as far as the eye can see. Brand-new beach towels hang over the rails of rental cottages along the Beach Road. Where the full time residents live, the landscaping is manicured with splashes of color from beds of daisies, day-lilies and the occasional hydrangea, my favorite. Some driveways are bordered with shells collected from the winter, along with piles of gray conchs casually placed at the base of brightly painted “beachy” mailbox posts.  Backyard grills come alive with the smell of hot dogs and hamburgers that linger in the early evening air. Neighbors, families and friends gather for annual crab feasts and corn on the cob, while catching up with each other. Summer is the time of year when everything seems to come together. 

 

Surely, I am not the only one that feels so carefree and happy at the beach. The salt air seems to wash away my problems and concerns. The sand between my toes doesn’t annoy me…instead it lets me know I am “home”. The smell of suntan lotion evokes many childhood memories. Perhaps my favorite summer memory is recalling my grandmother’s fig preserves with lemon. Only she could make it her own special way, from her small tree in the backyard, surrounded by a single row of bricks. I love July. The sky is still blue with wispy clouds circling overhead before the hazy gray days of August rolls in.  I cannot bear to be indoors this time of year. I don’t want to miss any of God’s beauty and creativity. I will praise Him for these beautiful and bountiful blessings, the sights and sounds of summer.

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Limits https://www.betsyoreglass.com/blog/2018/7/limits LoveLove 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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A New Day https://www.betsyoreglass.com/blog/2018/7/a-new-day  

 

T he steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. Lamentations 3:22-23 ESV sunrise brings with it hope for the new day. Photographers like to rise early to catch a glimpse of that first morning light. They will say that no two days are the same and they are right. Each day unfolds uniquely. 

One thing is for certain though and that is that each day is a blessing. But surprisingly not everyone feels this way. Many have allowed their days to become mundane, boring and without joy. This has probably happened to all of us and certainly me. But when we change our heart then we look around with gratitude and realize what a gift we have been given. A God-given gift to renew ourselves, to live for Him and to be His hands on his earth. But we are not perfect. Like others, I have said, “ Oh no, another Monday…another day of work.” Yet that gravely ill person is hanging on to hope and is overjoyed to be given another day. Chores and cooking and mowing the lawn seems so routine. But to those people that cannot do those things, it would be their life’s dream to do for themselves and others and not be dependent. It is all in our perspective. To the caregiver, babysitter or helper it is important to know that things change. You won’t be in that role forever. Things don’t stay the same. Find a treasured moment to hold on to that adds joy to your day. Do you see that our own outlook has so much to do with how our day goes? And don’t take any unpleasantness from the day personally. God is teaching me that lesson now. When we give so much or care so greatly and our efforts are misread or unappreciated, we have to keep trying to walk in the light of love. Ephesians 4:2-5  With all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love,  eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. He sees our approach to the day He has given us. Much of the joy and happiness we receive in each day has to do with how much we are willing to find it an

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Broken Shell https://www.betsyoreglass.com/blog/2018/7/broken-shell Celebrate LifeCelebrate Life Do not judge, and you will not be judged.

 Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. 

Forgive, and you will be forgiven.

–Luke 6:37 NIV

 

When taking walks along the shore, the tendency has been to fill my pockets with only the perfect shells. Especially the shiny ones that are perfectly ridged and shaped for display at home. Yes, the perfect shells are beautiful and have that “shell shop” quality to them. But I have come to realize, that the broken shells are the ones that have the story to tell. They have been tumbled, stepped on and knocked around the ocean floor as the tides brought them to shore. They have weathered the storms and currents of the sea. I can relate to the broken shell, can you? Sometimes I don’t feel at the top of my game, in perfect condition or form. Life can take a swipe at us every now and then, and we are stung with painful circumstances or events that begin to chip away at us. A crack or a break in a shell makes it less desirable to the shell-seeker, but in our lives, the more storms we can weather and ride out, the more strength and wisdom we gain, which is another way of growing more spiritually. 

 

There are only perfect shells, not perfect people. God doesn’t want us to try to be perfect because He knows and has taught us that it cannot be. Only He is perfect. He accepts us as we are. He loves us with our flaws, the mistakes we make and will continue to make. He loves the person He hopes we will become if we stay fixed on Him. Although we celebrate everyone’s uniqueness, there can be occasions where we can have a tendency to judge those that are different from us. To have a ministry of criticalness or to judge is not wise. Instead of our judgment, perhaps it is our help that is needed. Let our first instinct be to reach out, rather than to look down or look away. God calls us to love our neighbor as we love ourselves, especially those that seem most unlovable, like a broken shell. 

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June https://www.betsyoreglass.com/blog/2018/7/june  

 

 

JulyJuly The Lord replied, “My Presence will go with you and I will give you rest”.

 –Exodus 33:14 NIV

 

The month of June has come quickly this year. It’s been a favorite month of many for a lot of reasons. The children love it because it signals the end of school and the beginning of summer. Families pack up for vacations that they have saved all year for. Neighbors gather together for fireworks and a backyard hot dog. Picnics, grilling out and paper plates become the norm. Watermelons are sliced and shared outdoors. A good time has been had by the younger set evidenced by kool-aid stains on t-shirts in colors of cherry, orange and lime. Band-aids cover the scraped knees from bicycle mishaps. Fathers labor over their lawns in a battle against the weeds and Moms brace for whatever the summer brings knowing she must be adaptable. Summer becomes a chance to enjoy family, slack up a little and enjoy the tastes and joys of it all.

 

But in all of our busyness, I think God would have us not forget Him. A small child was asked what did he pray for that day and he replied, “nothing, I didn’t need anything”. We seem to have a tendency to only go to God with our requests when we are in crisis or have a real need. When things are going great for us, He can be easily pushed aside. As summer begins, we should invite God to be present in all we do, plan and enjoy. God is more important than ever as we pray protection over our loved ones that are on the go this summer season. 

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Memorial Day https://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 https://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 https://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 https://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 https://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 https://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 https://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 https://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 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 https://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 https://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 https://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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