Nothing New Under the Sun

Every morning, at least most days, I spend time reading scripture and praying. I don’t follow any scheduled scripture reading plan, I’m just reading straight through the את CEPHER I gave myself this year. Sunday morning’s devotional reading happened to be Ecclesiastes. This is one of the writings of Solomon, the son of David, king in Jerusalem. When God asked Solomon what he wanted he asked for wisdom. God was pleased with his request and gave him more wisdom than any who ever lived before or would come after. He was a prolific writer and I’m sure that not all of what he wrote is preserved in today’s scripture. That which has been handed down is included works of beauty and wisdom.

Throughout the entire book of Ecclesiastes, Solomon, who just calls himself the Preacher, teaches on the vanity of things.   This writing of his covers the entire experience of human kind, from wisdom to foolishness, from mirth and joy to mourning, from hard work to laziness, from youth to old age, from evil to righteousness, the wind the rain, the seasons and everything in it’s season. He examined everything and he  observed that to everyone and every living creature the same fate falls, that is, everyone dies.

I read the entire book of Ecclesiastes.  One has to read the entire book and get to the final conclusion. I love the conclusion of this book. The Preacher’s conclusion: Fear God and keep his commandments because everyone will stand before him at the judgement and nothing is hidden from God be it good or evil.

Ecclesiastes 12:13-14 King James Version (KJV)
13 Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.
14 For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.
King James Version (KJV)

 

A few hours after I began this post I learned about the shooting in First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, TX and spent time listening to a live local TV station reporting. The moment I learned tears began to flow and I began praying for that community and the church.  From all reports, as of the time I’m writing, close to half of the congregation have died including the pastor’s 14 year old daughter. This is a devastating event for the church and small community.

On Twitter there is already a bunch of people talking gun control. It saddens me all the more. How insensitive of people to start a political argument over a tragedy of this magnitude.  This sin has been around since since Cain killed his brother Able.  Truly, nothing new under the sun.

Here I will end and just post. What more can I say?

Prayers for Sutherland Springs, TX,

Grandma Peachy

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Approaching the Holiday Season Again

Well folks, it is November and we are rapidly approaching that long holiday season. Thanksgiving through New Year. This time of year the blog gets neglected a lot; then in January it takes time to get back into the swing of things. I’m not sure I ever got back into the rhythm of things this past year. The year 2017 was not nearly as productive for blog posts and reviewing books as the prior year was. I’m pretty sure that viewership suffered as a result. A blog cannot be neglected without negative consequences. Like any living thing it has to be tended.

There is a lot to get done over the next few weeks and much of it has nothing to do with reading, writing, or staying connected on social media. My husbands dad will be 90 years old on December 4th and there is going to be a celebration for him at their church on Sunday the 3rd. We are planning on being there. That is a two day drive for us and we have a lot of family there, including our other daughter and her family. That will be a week long trip. It will be at a time that we won’t be able to take the whole family because the grand children will be in school. It’s too bad because the great grandparents may not have that many more years to see them. We live far enough away that it’s hard to make that trip as a whole family.

One of my unfinished quilts

The weather is getting cold again and it’s time to  put the sewing machines to good use again quilting. I’m hoping to finish a couple of my unfinished projects over the winter months. Let’s see if I can complete something before starting another.

Hopefully my grand daughter will want to sew with me, at least on weekends while her brother is at his dad’s house. Her brother wants to learn to quilt too, and told him he could start. He’s 6, the same age as his sister started learning to quilt so it’s time. Maybe after homework is done we can all work on something. I’ve got enough machines for everyone, though the knee pedal Singer is the best for the children.

One of Coral’s unfinished quilts

I don’t have to try and set a foot pedal up high enough for them to reach it and still have the seat high enough so they aren’t sewing at chin level. We use adjustable mechanic stools. They don’t have a back, but, we don’t lean back to sew anyway. They are perfect for use and take up little space in my already crowded sewing room. Living together as a multi-generational family it is easy to schedule time to teach the grandchildren skills that will be useful as they become adults. They spend a lot of time in my basement sewing room with me anyway. Recently they’ve just been playing or coloring and drawing. But we can change that to quilting, easy-peasy.

My vintage machine with 12′ frame.

I am hoping that I can get power to my quilting machine. The old wiring in this house won’t put power to the stitch regulator from the nearest plug. The wall plug is a two prong and the regulator is three prong. An adapter won’t work, I’ve tried it.  Hopefully we can get power to it through an extension cord from the utility room. It will make finishing quilts a lot easier. The bigger quilts are too bulky to do on my small machines and I do have a king size that all I need to do is quilt it and bind it. Well, I do need to square it up before I quilt it. I won’t share pictures of that one; it is a gift. So, those are my plans for the next few weeks and months.

I do have another project I’m working on too. I volunteered to read and comment on a new author’s first fiction book.  It is a bit more than I anticipated, but, I am up for the challenge. It may take longer than originally anticipated, though no time frame was ever discussed. We will see how things progress on that front.

Expect delays and periods of silence from me through the next few weeks and months. But I will try to have at least something once a week even it is just an update on what is going one here in my part of the Heartland of America.

Blessings,

Grandma Peachy

 

 

 

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Proclaim the Wonderful Works of Yahuah

Psalm 145:3-5 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

Yahweh is great and is highly praised;
His greatness is unsearchable.
One generation will declare Your works to the next
and will proclaim Your mighty acts.
I[a] will speak of Your splendor and glorious majesty
and[b] Your wonderful works.

I’ve been thinking of the many scripture verses that tell of the wonderful works of Yahuah. The Israelites were instructed to tell their children about their deliverance out of Egypt. They were to pass the story down from generation to generation. We still have the story today many thousands of years later.

Each of us who are counted among the children of God have a story to tell of the miraculous things Yahuah has done for us. Stories that we need to pass on to our children and grandchildren after them. So today I would like to offer up my praise to what Yahuah had done for me. Truly it begins when he knit me in my mothers womb.

Psalm 139:13-14 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

13 For it was You who created my inward parts;
You knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I will praise You
because I have been remarkably and wonderfully made.
Your works are wonderful,
and I know this very well.

It is a miracle of God that I was ever born. Circumstances were that my mother was  Rh negative and my father Rh positive. She gave birth to another child by my father about 5 years before I was born. At that time there were no shots to administer to Rh negative mothers so they can continue to have children. My mother’s body treated the newly forming baby as a foreign invader and set up antibodies that killed the fetus. My mom lost several babies before me and a number of babies after me. God chose to let me live, he kept me safe in my mothers womb and created my inward parts, knit me together in my mother’s womb, and I am fearfully and wonderfully  made.  I don’t know why God chose me of all the babies my mother could have had, but, I am so thankful and I praise him who created me that he did choose me to live.

I know of many instances where he saved my life when it could have easily be taken from me. As a child,  I could have succumbed to whooping cough when I was but an infant in arms, but I did not.  I remember an instance where I could easily have drown as a toddler, but, God did not let that happen. There was an auto accident or two in my childhood and youth that could have been tragic, but, I was relatively unhurt. So many things in my growing up that could have ended my life, but, God was always there to protect me.

God was not only there to protect me, but he was drawing me to him for as far back as I can remember. I don’t remember a time in my childhood that I was not drawn to church and the stories of Jesus and the stories of God in the Old Testament. As an elementary school child, from the time I was 9 years old, I got up and got myself ready for church and walked to church while my parents slept in on Sunday mornings. I went to Sunday school and stayed for the preacher’s sermon. I actually listened to the preacher too. Unlike other children who were restless at their parents sides I sat by an older girl in her teens and  quietly listened to the young preacher. I can’t today remember any of those sermons but I do remember sitting in listening intently to him speak.

We moved from there to a big city when I was starting Junior High when I was 12. I did not find a church to attend until the second year when I was in 8th grade and we had a neighbor who was attending one of the many Bible colleges in that city. His family began taking me to church with them to a small church in an outlying community. I also had a wonderful history teacher that year who took the time one day to answer my questions after class and to take the secular history we were learning and place it into the Biblical history time frame. Suddenly, all the Bible stories and things I had been learning at church became real to me. The Bible was no longer a series of stories, but, a history of a people. That following summer at the second of only two church camps I ever went to as a child I accepted Jesus as my Savior and was baptized in that small church the Sunday after camp. I was 14 years old.

The same summer or maybe it had been the summer before when I was staying with my oldest brother and his wife for a couple weeks in the summer she took me to a Saturday Sabbath service at the church she went to. I remember that preacher’s sermon to this day, it was about having faith as that of a child. That is probably the only sermon in my whole life that I remember and it was 50 years ago. But the message made a deep impression upon my newly developed abstract thinking and the knowledge that the Bible was real history and Jesus came to be the salvation for all mankind, freeing us from sin and death.

Now I have to admit that for the next ten years I truly fell away.  I lived in places where I did not have any spiritual guidance to mentor me and help me grow and understand. I fell into a sinful lifestyle. I finally met people who brought me back to and helped me grow.  Admittedly, some of the first people I met who brought me to the right people were living just as sinful a life as I was. I suppose that a couple of them, being the children of ordained ministers, should themselves have known better. But, regardless, they were responsible for my being drawn back into the sheepfold. Even so I did not repent of my sins until after my own miracle child was born.

During those years of having virtually no spiritual guidance I was married to an abusive man. I never got pregnant for the 5 years that we were married. He had a good job with good insurance and we spent a lot of money to be told that I could not have children. Three and a half years after that marriage I was happy with my life though I was still living in rebellion to God’s commands. God in his infinite wisdom gave me a child, and he gave me a husband and we would raise that child together. Now, coming up on 37 years later with a total for four children and 8 grandchildren we are still worshiping God together.

I see Yahuah in my daily life. Small things as well as big things. I believe that the one thing beyond God’s love and his plan of salvation that has been the greatest blessing to me is the amount of love that God has put into my life.  I had loving and nurturing parents, I’ve been with a loving and nurturing man for over 38 years, he taught my children to love me and I have to say that my relationships with my children and grandchildren are loving. That isn’t to say that sometime we may have disagreements, but, generally those are minimal and there is a lot of love going both ways. The amount of love I’ve experienced in my life makes it easy to know the love of Yahauh, who sent his only begotten son that whoever believes in him should not perish but have everlasting life. When God said to me, through his Holy Spirit, “Love my people” I find it easy to love others, even some who are not so lovable.

He has filled my life with miracle both great and small and has drawn me to himself all my life. I still have a lot of growing to do and will continue to do so until he calls me home. In the mean time, I will acknowledge what he does for me and depend upon Yahuah and his son Yahushua, Jesus, for all things. Acknowledge God in all things, tell of his wonderful works in your life.

Blessings,

Grandma Peachy

 

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No Book Review Today – It’s About Books

Unfortunately I haven’t finished any books for review this week although I seem to have started several and have not found the time to complete reading any of them. Interests occasionally fall in other areas instead.

Recently I responded to a new author about beta reading and that will soon be sent to my inbox to read and comment on. I am anticipating this author’s book with some excitement. The author has a nonfiction book out that is somewhere on my TBR list for the next month, after I finish the ones I’m currently reading. This is unusual for me. Normally I am a one book at a time reader and I finish them quickly. For some reason I have gotten distracted and started more than one. Life, I guess, sometimes gets in the way and I start a book then have to set it aside for life demands and forget I’ve started it. Then when the life demands are settled I decide to read again and picked up a new book. The cycle starts over and I repeat the same trend beginning a third book. I do believe that is how many I’ve started and haven’t finished.

This week I participated in some conversations on one of the Facebook groups for readers that I am a member of. Someone asked the group if they read indie authors and I was somewhat amazed at the number of people who actually do enjoy indie authors. The conversation turned to which indie authors they read. I of course had a long list of my favorite indie authors and their books of several genres that I wrote about. I got replies that some of them have read some of the authors I mentioned. I won’t list them here because I read a lot of indie authors and I could not list them all. But I did promote those that I feel are among the best of their genre.

I also had a private conversation with another reader asking about a certain genre and gave that reader the name of an author and a series that I felt would meet the expectation of the reader for that genre.

Am I being vague enough? That is meant to be funny. I don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings about not mentioning their books even though I may enjoy reading them. One can only promote so many names in a short time and how I choose those I do promote privately has little to do with the quality of other authors work. Thus, my public promotion is of those books I read and review. Even months after my reviews I see that those posts get viewed now and then and there is even an occasional click to the buy link. It sometimes surprises me that a book review I did in my early blog posts will get views. It is my hope that I’m becoming a better reviewer as time passes. Sometimes I wonder though. I’ll have to go back and read some of my earlier reviews and make an assessment myself.

Someone out there in my social media circles was talking about reading traditionally published books and indie published books. I seldom read a traditionally published book anymore. There are so many good indie authors and I like to help that struggling community of literary artists. My budget is limited so for me the best use of my money for reading is Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited. I know there are a lot of people who are dissatisfied with Amazon and I wish I had the resources to buy books outright, but, like many retired grandmas I live on a limited budget. Occasionally at a thrift store or Half Price books I’ll find something that has been traditionally published that I want to read and I’ll buy it. I have four I purchased the last time I bought from a thrift store that I still haven’t read. I’ll get to them one day.

Hopefully this coming week I’ll finish at least one of the books I’m currently reading and have a book review for all my followers and readers. In the mean time, read something and write a review on Amazon, Goodreads, or some other forum for book reviews. It helps other readers decide whether they too want to read a book. Happy reading!

Blessings,

Grandma Peachy

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Monday Morning Reflections

Sometimes we take on things that seem to be easy and once we get started we realize that it isn’t as easy as we thought. That is what has happened with the “Fruit of the Spirit” series I decided to write. Maybe if I went back and looked at the first few I’d be inclined to rewrite them because as I’m going through, and there are only two more to write, I’m finding that I am learning more than I knew before I began. This has been causing me to delve into just what the verses in Galatian 5:22-23 really mean. I thought I knew, but, in delving into the meanings of the Greek words used I’m finding that my understanding was limited. Just like the part I wrote on kindness and goodness, I’m finding gentleness not as easy as I imagined. It is more complex than the English word would indicate. Hopefully by next week I’ll have it completed.

This week is supposed to be warmer than it has been for the last few days. I tend to spend more time outside when the weather is a bit warmer. It warmed up on Sunday afternoon a little and I spent time out in the sunshine to get some of that healthy sunshine vitamin. It made me feel better overall. The cold dreary days when I stay inside more tend to dampen my mood somewhat.  If it’s cold I only go out when I need something at the store, I even forget to pick up the mail. I’m not even sure when the mail box was last emptied.  I guess I really should do that today.

Over the weekend I decided that this winter I am not going to be cold all the time. For three years I’ve wanted to purchase myself insulated bib overalls much like my husband wears. The first year by the time I decided to look for some on-line they were  sold out of any that would fit me, be in a color I liked and was at a price I felt was reasonable. The next two years I did not feel I could afford it even at a reasonable price. This year I looked early, found a reasonable price in a color I liked and a size that should fit my short frame. So, I ordered them and they should be here before the weather gets too cold again. I’m happy, they should last for several years. After all I’m not going to be working in them, just keeping warm in them.

Again I review my life and find that I need to get myself on a schedule of some sort. Without some kind of plan I find that I waste a lot of time. My downfall is YouTube videos. I do watch those that I learn from, mostly Biblical based teachings, but, I need to start limiting the time I spend doing that because, honestly, I’m not getting much else done. I’ve got projects to complete and books to read and other things I’d like to do. Like re-pot several of my houseplants that really do need to be put in bigger pots.  I need to balance out the time I spend doing different things. I think I had this same problem last year too. Maybe it’s a lifelong problem, just different things capture my time and I become obsessed with something different at different times in my life.  Must be a personality flaw.

Well, that is my Monday morning ramblings. Have a great week everyone!

Blessings,

Grandma Peachy

 

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Author Interview: Pres Maxson

Author Interview: Pres Maxson

 

I want to welcome Pres Maxson here today on Peachy’s Insights. Pres is originally from Riverwoods, IL, got his degree in English from the University of Iowa, and currently lives outside Indianapolis. He just released his second novel, Pigeon, an absurd mystery set in Paris.

PM: Thank you so much for having me! I’m a big fan of yours. I’m wondering how I make this interview go viral in a “Tom Cruise standing on Oprah’s couch” kind of way. Can your readers tell I’m standing on my couch right now?

GP:  (laughing) I can see that we are going have fun today. But, let’s get into the Q&A.

Every author I know is an avid reader since childhood. What was it about the first book to capture your interest and launch you into a life of reading?

PM: <Still standing on couch> I’m not sure I remember. I suppose my earliest instance would have been my father reading Hardy Boys stories to me. Those were always gripping, and I loved them. I also loved biographies of historical figures and YA novels about baseball when I was in elementary school and junior high.

GP:   Biographies and historical stories seem to intrigue young minds, for me it was the mountain men and trappers in early American history.

Authors usually have personal stories of when they first began writing and often just how awful that first one was when they go back to look at it again.  When did you begin to write stories and how has your writing changed since that first story you ever wrote?

PM:  <Dancing around on couch with no music playing> I’ve really been writing stories as long as I can remember, and I feel as though they’ve always evolved. I think my first ones of any length probably started happening when I was 12 or 13. Although they weren’t good, I think I recognized even then that the only goal was to write for my own enjoyment. And in a way, that’s an important part of art I still believe in. With “Pigeon,” there was no agenda other than to write something I would want to read myself.

GP: Pres, if you were one of my grandchildren I’d tell you to stop jumping on the couch, but, it is your couch, so…

I think everyone has a mentor or two in their lives. Do you have author mentors and which authors have had the greatest influence on your writing and in what way did that influence manifest? Do you mentor anyone yourself?

PM: <Climbs off of couch, massages cramp out of leg> Sure, I’m inspired by many writers, almost everyone I’ve ever read in one way or another. I love reading classic literature: Hemingway, Hugo, Dashiell Hammett, Kurt Vonnegut—but I’m keenly aware I don’t write like any of them. And I can’t say I even try anymore. Here in Indianapolis, I’m inspired by Ryan Felton, who wrote “Good-bye Garden” and the upcoming “The Man Who Ran For God.” We’re co-workers who write for a living from 9-5, so I suppose it’s natural that he inspires me, but he’s clever and prolific with his writing in his passion projects, and I admire that.

GP:  The authors you read are some of the great classics. I think the only one I’ve not read is Hammett, but, who knows maybe I just don’t remember. Personally, reading your recent work, “Pigeon,” it reminded me of some Douglas Adams works I’ve read. Your characters were a bit on the eccentrically extreme.

What do you find the most difficult about character development, especially those of the opposite gender?

PM:  <Doing various stretches and lunges> I definitely think it’s harder for me to write for the opposite sex, or any other demographic that isn’t my own. But, I’ve been trying to stretch myself to do just that, especially in “Pigeon.” It’s difficult because those characters have a different perspective from my own, and that takes a lot of thought and care. I have definitely battled inauthenticity with those characters, and getting it 100% right is an ongoing learning process. But I think “Pigeon” is my best attempt yet.

GP:  I read “Pigeon” and reviewed it recently. It was a very humorous and light-hearted detective story. What would you call the style of writing and what inspired you to write in the style that you chose for “Pigeon?”

PM: <Starts baking a birthday cake> In terms of the style, I suppose it’s humor. Maybe absurdism. Is that a thing? For the voice itself, I wanted something easy to read. Irreverent but not disrespectful. I just felt that it had to be fun. I can’t say any one thing inspired me to approach the project that way, other than a desire to just write something true to my personality.

GP: “Pigeon was certainly all those things and a really fun read for me. Is there a birthday party after this?  Oh, yes, next question…

As a quilter I have a bunch of unfinished projects (over 10) that we like to call UFO’s for Un-Finished Objects. Do you as an author have unfinished written works that you’ve set aside? If so, what made you put them aside and what do you think would inspire you to finish them?

PM: <Does about 1.5 pushups, lies on floor panting> I actually don’t have very many unfinished creative projects, and none of them are writing. “Pigeon” wound up being the last step in a long evolution of an unfinished project. I also like to play music and do a little painting, and I have plenty of small projects in both of those veins that aren’t finished, but it’s just not what I’m gravitating towards in this moment. Maybe when our kids are older I’ll be able to devote some time to them. Maybe in 20 years.

GP:  You are going to exhaust yourself with all that activity. It’s a bit distracting, you know, when your interview guest won’t sit still. Much like my grandchildren.

Just for fun, here’s something I’d like to know. What would your ideal personal library look like? What books would be must haves in that library?

PM:  <Starts juggling a watermelon, banana cream pie, and a bowling ball> Dangerous question for people who love to read. Almost anything from Dashiell Hammett, “The Sun Also Rises” and “A Moveable Feast” from Hemingway, “Bel Ami” from Guy de Maupassant, “Mother Night” from Vonnegut, “The Iowa Baseball Confederacy” from W.P. Kinsella, just because it really sparked my imagination in college and is set in my beloved Iowa City. I’d also put a lot of historical nonfiction and biographies in it. Love reading about Lincoln and revolutionary-era America.

GP:  Great choices! I’m sure it would be a wonderful library. Now, could you give us some final thoughts that you would like to share and tell us how we can find your books and any author pages or blogs that you have.

PM:  <Does a hand stand, tap dances on ceiling> Final thought: Be excellent to one another, and party on, dude. Find “Pigeon” at amazon.com/dp/1522058591, and see my author page at amazon.com/author/presmaxson and hear my bad billion-dollar business ideas at presmaxson.com.

GP:  I want to thank you, Pres, for taking the time to be here today and sharing with my followers. It’s been fun and I hope everyone else enjoyed this time with you.

PM:  <out of breath from all the unnecessary physical work of this interview> Thank… you… for… having… me. Good luck!… with your 10… unfinished quilts.

GP: Can I say I told you so? Thank you for the encouraging word, quilts don’t finish themselves for sure. With winter coming upon us here maybe I’ll get a few done. But first, I think I’ll go read my daughter’s copy of “Bender At The Bon Parisien” now.

Hope my readers and followers have enjoyed this interview as much as I have.

Happy Reading and Blessings to all,

Grandma Peachy

Links:

www.amazon.com/Pigeon-Novel-Pres-Maxson-ebook/dp/B07572GTJ8

www.amazon.com/Bender-at-Bon-Parisien-Novel-ebook/dp/B00TSVH7HG

www.amazon.com/Pres-Maxson/e/B00VPDD52G

presmaxson.wordpress.com

Please check out my recent review of “Pigeon” here: http://wp.me/p6kbvq-Mt

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Fruit of the Spirit (Part 6) Faith/Faithfulness

Galatians 5:22-23 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith,[a] 23 gentleness, self-control. Against such things there is no law.

In the verses above the Holman translation uses faith, the King James Version uses faithfulness. From the Strong’s this is what we find:

G4102 πίστις pistis; … persuasion, that is, credence; moral conviction (of religious truth, or the truthfulness of God or a religious teacher), especially reliance upon Christ for salvation; abstractly constancy in such profession; by extension the system of religious (Gospel) truth itself: – assurance, belief, believe, faith, fidelity.

I believe the more accurate translation is faith. Faith is spoken of often in the scripture. The apostle Paul defined faith in Hebrews 11:1 as the “substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things unseen.”  Some versions say the “reality of things hoped for and the proof of things unseen.” In either case, faith is the absolute belief that something is true. In this case that the Word of God, scripture is true, God is real, and that his Son, Yeshua, died for our sins and was raised on the third day to conquer sin and death. It is by our faith we have proof of the reality of what we believe. Yeshua said that he is the truth.

Yeshua said,  “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” (John 14:16 HSCB)

Faith produces righteousness. In Habakkuk 2:4 it says that the righteous one lives by faith. Abraham is a good example. In Genesis 15 Abram was promised by God that he would have offspring that would be more numerous than the stars of the sky. It continues to say that Abram believed God and it was counted to him as righteousness. In my תא Cepher it says that “he believed in Yahuah; and he counted it to him for righteousness.” At that point Abram had faith that God would do what he said. Later, after his son was born, God told Abraham (his name God had changed by then) to sacrifice his son of promise and Abraham did not hesitate to obey. He knew that Yahuah would provide and I’m sure he knew God was capable of raising his son from the dead. He had faith in God that what he had already promised, he would do. God stopped Abraham when he already had his son on the alter and instead provided a ram instead.

I desire to have faith as strong as Abraham’s. My life however shows that I’m not there yet. To each is given a measure of faith, I ask for a greater measure, but, God knows my heart and he has only given me so much. To whom much is given, much is expected.

It is through faith in Yeshua that we are saved from sin. Faith is part of the armor we are to put on every day. It is our shield to protect us from the things that the evil one throws at us. Our faith keeps us from being fearful because we trust the one in whom we believe and have faith. The terrible things that happen in the world will not cause us to be fearful because of that faith. Truly, that is one thing that I personally have not experienced, being fearful. All my life I have not had fear even in times when maybe I would have had cause. In the midst of a robbery when I was in my 20’s in response to something the robber said to me when he had a gun pointed at my head I told him that God takes care of me, this, when I was still very much an infant in my faith. There have been many times in my life that for others the circumstances would cause them to be fearful, but, because of my faith in my Lord and Savior, Yeshua, Jesus, I never thought to be afraid of what would happen.

By faith I know that I am a child of God, that he has promised me eternal life with Yeshua in paradise. People without faith, who do not believe, will dismiss this as myth, wishful thinking, whatever. But, I know, I’ve seen his hand in my life, for big things and for small things, daily he makes his presence known. My faith shows me just how real our Creator God is and just how much he loves us. For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son that anyone who believes in him will not perish but have everlasting life. There is much more to this thought in the 13th chapter of John.

Open your heart to Yeshua, Jesus, and believe in him, believe that he died for your sins. For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God and the wages of sin is death. His death, as the only perfect and sinless man to ever walk the face of this planet, was the only sacrifice needed for all of us. He raised again from the dead to conquer sin and death for all of us. All we have to do is accept the free gift of salvation which is eternal life with him.  Anyone who confesses with his mouth that Jesus died for our sins and believes in his heart that God raised him from the dead will be saved. Once you’ve accepted that salvation, then faith will keep you. Read scripture daily, pray daily. Talk to God, he is your friend, he loves you, he listens to you and anything that you ask of him according to his will in the name of Yeshua, Jesus his Son, he will do. That isn’t a shopping list by the way, that is in reference to doing the things that Jesus did.

John 14:12-14 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

Praying in Jesus’ Name

12 “I assure you: The one who believes in Me will also do the works that I do. And he will do even greater works than these, because I am going to the Father. 13 Whatever you ask in My name, I will do it so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 If you ask Me anything in My name, I will do it.

Believe in Yeshua and have faith.

Blessings,
Grandma Peachy

P.S.  I recommend for new believers the first thing to read would be the Book of John in the New Testament. Then use a plan to read the entire Bible. Then do it again and again and again. You get something new every time you read through it. Bible Gateway offers free online Bibles in a number of translations, as well as a couple of audio versions, several Bible reading plans, study resources including commentaries, ways to engage in scripture, and a blog. I like to listen to the King James Version because the reader, Max McLean, does a wonderful job.  There is another resource, e-Sword, that only has the King James Version, but, within that you can pull up scripture with the Strong’s Concordance references and see the Hebrew or Greek word that was translated and read the full definition.

Links:

http://www.biblegateway.com

http://www.e-sword.net/

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