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Classic Quotes by Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936) British Author

I thought you might enjoy some of these classic quotes, they do make one think.

Classic Quotes by Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936) British Author
Dec 30, 2013

A man’s mind is wont to tell him more than seven watchmen sitting in a tower.


A people always ends by resembling its shadow.


A woman is only a woman, but a good cigar is a smoke.


A woman’s guess is much more accurate than a man’s certainty.


All the people like us are we, and everyone else is They.


An ounce of mother is worth a pound of clergy.


And that is called paying the Dane-geld; but we’ve proved it again and again, that if once you have paid him the Dane-geld you never get rid of the Dane.


And the first rude sketch that the world had seen was joy to his mighty heart, till the Devil whispered behind the leaves “It’s pretty, but

Wise in My Own Eyes

As I read this article I got to thinking about what it was saying to me. As a Christ follower, I am faced with with things that what the world are calling good, I know are not good according to God. I am seeing others assume that I am not being loving or tolerant when I stand against what I know is sin. I know that what God calls sin will not ever be condoned because God doesn’t change and I can not back down on my beliefs in order to be accepted by the world. Here is the truth of sin. A Christian that stands up for the word or truth of God is not speaking out against a person in any way. It is the sin that we are addressing, not ignoring. Think of it like this, if you love a person who has cancer, do you also hate that person because the cancer is in them? Of course not. You love the per

Small Changes with Big Results Next Year

As we come into another new year, we are most likely making our resolutions. Nothing wrong with that but it’s been proven that most of them go by the wayside within the first month. This article has some very good tips for those of us that know the importance of God’s Word and having Him in our lives. He tells us that with Him, nothing is impossible and that we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us. It’s not so much about having to get something done and suffer burn out, as it has to do with obedience to be slow and steady and not beat ourselves up if we miss a day or two. Just get back on the horse and ride. God knows our human weaknesses and is ready to come alongside us for the strength we need. I know I can use this good, godly advice in my own life. I pray this blesses

A New Year is God’s Gift

With another new year quickly approaching I wanted to share this in hopes that it would bless you today!

A New Year is God’s Gift

In the joyful moments – thank Him.
In the busy moments – bless Him.
In the trying moments – trust Him.
In the quiet moments – praise Him.
-Roy Lessin

Each day is a day that God has given us, and each moment of that day is in His hands.

God Sent Us A Saviour

I pray this devotional from Day Spring will bless you this Christmas!

God Sent Us A Saviour

If our greatest need had been information,
God would have sent us an educator.

If our greatest need had been technology,
God would have sent us a scientist.

If our greatest need had been money,
God would have sent us an economist.

If our greatest need had been pleasure,
God would have sent us an entertainer.

But our greatest need was forgiveness,
so God sent us a Saviour.
-Roy Lessin

For unto you is born this day… a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. Luke 2:11

Love Came Down

The world was blessed at Christmas
with a miracle of love…
a guiding star and angel choir
rejoicing from above.
They pointed to a tiny babe
within a cattle stall -
a Saviour bringing peace on earth -
the greatest gift of all.

For unto us a

When Holidays Hold More Sorrow than Joy

It’s funny how I use to think that just because it was Christmas, it was kind of against the rules to be sad and it was beyond me how anyone could be sad at the happiest time of year. Well, now as an adult that has seen sadness I understand it only too well. Christmas is a time of memories and sometimes those memories can come rushing in and remind us of times that are no more. But it’s ok to have emotions, we are emotional creatures, we are human, it’s not against the law. If you or someone you know is feeling melancholy this holiday season, just allow yourself to be comforted by those who understand or offer some encouragement to someone else who is. I pray this blesses you today! Viv
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What You Can Do with that Gift You Didn’t Want

I thought this encouraging word today might come in handy for some of you. We all know that when we get together with family and friends, there is bound to be some hurt feelings for things that were said either intentionally or unintentionally. Well, here is some good advice in how to handle that ahead of time. May you have peace and joy this Christmas! Viv
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What You Can Do with that Gift You Didn’t Want
Holley Gerth

You look at the pretty package in front of you. You undo the bow with care. You lift the lid with anticipation and…

It’s a neon orange reindeer sweater with blinking antlers!

Yessss. Just what you always wanted. Or not. Ladies, we know what to do when this happens to us. We return,

Thank you for the card sales!!!

I would like to thank my friend Kathy Stuckle from RB for purchasing these cards from me. Thank you Kathy for your support and friendship!!!


And also to whoever purchased this inspirational card, it is greatly appreciated!!!

Steps to Sharing the Gospel with Your Family During Christmas

As a follower of Christ, it is a duty I have been given to reach others for Christ. This isn’t about religion, but a relationship and to bring to light that everyone has a choice of whether to follow Him and be saved or not to. Do they know what those consequences are, are they willing to be separated from God for eternity? It’s not always easy but I have to trust that the Holy Spirit would give me the right words at the right time without sounding condescending and get them to thinking seriously about their eternal life. It’s just like insurance, we have it so we are covered in case of a disaster. If we don’t have it, we will lose everything we ever had. Isn’t our eternal life worth more? I pray more people will receive the true gift of Christmas this year, He is all we need or will ever

When Christmas is Hard

I thought perhaps this advice might be of some help for some of us. Christmas can be a hard time for some and a time of feeling more alone than usual. I had a hard time understanding how that could happen at one time in my life, but as I’ve grown and matured and understand life more, I can see it with eyes wide open and I see more sadness on faces than I ever did. Here’s some simple tips that we can all do to make a difference in someone’s life this season. God bless! Viv
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When Christmas is Hard

It’s hard to rejoice when your heart is hurting, and it seems like the world is celebrating around you. But the same God who loved us enough to send His only Son understands you better than anyone else

When Christmas Hurts

It wasn’t until I became a Christian myself, that I understood how anyone could not feel the cheer of the Christmas season. But, now I can say I understand it. My life is not as shallow as it once was. To be a Christian means you will have tests in life that never feel good while you are going through them. But one thing I do know is that they will never last. Christmas can be a lonely time for many and perhaps now my heart feels heavy for those who have no one and can’t see the greatest gift of all that was given. I pray love, peace, hope and most of all true joy for you this Christmas. God bless you!
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When Christmas Hurts
Dec 12, 2013 12:10 am | Bekah Hamrick Martin

Christmas Cards

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Forgiveness is Essential for Freedom

This short and simple message was sent to me in an email and I thought it was so important that I decided to share it. Forgiveness is so essential for healing, both for the one who needs to forgive and also for the one that needs forgiven. Forgiveness is the main reason Christ was born and crucified for all of mankind. If God could love us that much to give His only begotten Son, to take our place on that cross of shame so we could be forgiven of all our sins against Him and made holy and righteous, how much more possible is it for us to forgive the trespasses made against us? Extend God’s Love and Forgiveness into your life and the lives of those who may not even deserve it. After all, we didn’t deserve God’s forgiveness either. With God, all things are possible! I hope this will bless y

Indescribable Gift

What does the spirit of Christmas really mean? Is it a warm fuzzy feeling of love and joy and giving? Not at all, those are emotions that can change with the turning of the tide. Christmas is never changing no matter how we feel. Christmas is the Person of Christ, God incarnate. God IS love, not a feeling. This Christmas take a moment to understand that Christmas is not just a feeling of love but IS love through Christ as He gave Himself as a ransom for your eternal life. There is no greater gift that anyone could ever receive. I pray you know Him and have accepted His free gift of grace this Christmas! Blessings of peace and love this Christmas, Viv

Indescribable Gift
By Roy Lessin

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

God’s indescribable gift is not peace or

The Birth of Jesus the Messiah

This true account from the gospel of Matthew was prophesied 750 years earlier by the prophet Isaiah in 7:14; “Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign. Behold, a virgin will be with child and bear a son, and she will call His name Immanuel.” In order to really grasp this, you have to understand that a virgin is one who has had no contact with a man. God chose the virgin Mary as He found favor in her. This condition according to the law of the day could’ve resulted in her being stoned to death. Mary accepted this assignment and worried about explaining it to her betrothed, Joseph later. Mary literally put her own life on the line to serve the Lord. How faithful would we have been in her shoes? That was a miracle. The son she was to bear was the second person in the Triune Godhead,

Forgive Yourself

Forgiving others is essential in not only their freedom but ours as well. Forgiveness of others and ourselves is the key to being free from bondage. Bondage is a lie from hell and using forgiveness is the antidote that wipes it all out. Unless we can forgive others and ourselves, it will create a bitter root that will keep producing bitter fruits in our lives. I pray this blesses you today. Have a great weekend! Viv
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Forgive Yourself
Daily Inspiration
By John H. Sklare, Ed.D, Lifescript Personal Coach
Published December 13, 2013

Few things are more emotionally upsetting than doing or saying something that hurts someone we care about. Because we’re all human, we’ve all done this on occasion.

There

5 Suggestions for Teaching Children Honesty

One thing we all learn at an early age is how to fib. As we get older and understand there are consequences for our actions, knowing the difference between truth telling and lying can reap really big consequences for the good or not. At Christmas, parents thrive so much on the ‘naughty’ or ‘nice’ list that Santa has and they almost lord this over their children so they will be good and honest. But, truth is a moral that should be instilled at an early age and for all circumstances through out their lives. Telling the truth is so much easier in the long run because then you don’t have to remember the lies you told and make up more to cover those. I hope you enjoyed this article. Be blessed, Viv

5 Suggestions for Teaching Children Honesty
Ron Edmondson

When our boys were in middle school, we

The Christmas True or False Christmas Quiz

I thought I’d add this fun quiz about the truth of Christmas. There is so much about the birth of Christ that has been taken out of context or misunderstood. Please don’t listen to Christmas carols and assume you know the real story. Find out for yourself by taking this quick quiz.
Viv

The Christmas True or False Christmas Quiz
Craig Blomberg

If the following appear in Scripture (in the original languages of course), answer true. If not, answer false.

  • The magi were wise men.
  • The magi were kings.
  • There were three magi.
  • The magi came from the Orient.
  • The magi found Jesus and his parents in a stable.
  • A manger was a crib for a baby.
  • Swaddling clothes helped make the baby more comfortable.
  • There were animals by the manger.
  • The angels who appeared to the shepherds sang.
  • Shepherds were well liked.

Don’t che

10 Suggestions for Healthy Grieving

This may seem like a strange article to post at Christmas, when the song tells us it’s the happiest time of the year. But for some, that isn’t true. Christmas can be a lonely time for many and the time of great sadness. If you are going through a hard time right now for any reason, you might like to read these suggestions so that you can cope and move past it. I wish you all a very blessed Christmas, one filled with hope and joy that surpasses all understanding. God bless!
Viv

10 Suggestions for Healthy Grieving
Ron Edmondson

Part of my work is helping people grieve. Or at least learn how to grieve. It’s not one of my favorite parts because it always stems from the reasons why they need to grieve. It means hurt. Brokenness. Pain. Disappointment. That never feels good.

Yet the fact remains…

Christmas is for outcasts

When I read this, I can certainly say that I am among the many outcasts that Jesus calls His own. His birth for me means that I now belong in long line of priests and kings, a group of peculiar people of which I am now one of. This is certainly a lot different than being one of those misfit toys left on Misfit Island that Santa collected for girls and boys with his side kick Rudolph. I like my story better because I know it’s real.
Viv

Christmas is for outcasts
Craig Blomberg

“Judah, the father of Perez and Zerah, whose mother was Tamar… Salmon the father of Boaz, whose mother was Rahab, Boaz the father of Obed, whose mother was Ruth… David was the father of Solomon, whose mother had been Uriah’s wife… and Jacob the father of Joseph, the husband of Mary, and Mary was the mother of Jesus who

The World’s Wisdom Bows Down

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Below is the true, accurate story of the first Christmas, nothing like the one portrayed on cards or even heard in most churches for that matter. The Christ child, God with us, Immanuel IS God incarnate. His time here on earth was purposed to end in the most despicable death. The end of Christ’s story only begins the new life of everyone who has chosen to receive what He did for us. The best Christmas gift ever given was God Himself who came to live among us for 33 years. I am so humbled and so blessed to say that I have received Him into my life and this is what Christmas truly means!
Viv

The World’s Wisdom Bows Down
Michael Card

[Based on Matthew 2:1-12]

An ancient superstition was current
in the East, that out of Judea at this time
would come one of the rulers of the world.

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What Does Christmas Mean to God?

What Does Christmas Mean to God?
Vivian Gordon…

What is it about Christmas that makes people appear to be in the ‘spirit’ of things? Is it the chance to go in debt buying gifts? Or is it the television specials or even the snow that we all dream of? Should this ‘feeling’ just come around at this time of year? Just what does Christmas mean to us? Does it mean the same thing as it does to God?

Every year I begin to shrink back more and more from the commercialism, from the hustle and bustle and instead I focus in on what Christmas really is all about. It’s not about being so busy that we overlook what Christ came to earth for in the first place. The lights, the gifts, the parties, the cookies and food are all great, but this isn’t the reason for the season. These are worldly things, certainly

Give Your Laughter this Christmas

What is on your Christmas wish list? Is it new camera equipment, or maybe that newest iphone or ipod. All I want for Christmas is love and understanding and the laughter of friends and family. The ultimate gift is the love of Christ in my life and the lives of others. May we keep this Christmas focused on the main gift this year, our Lord and Savior Christ Jesus.
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Give Your Laughter this Christmas
Holley Gerth

The women walk in from the cold to swap hugs and share hellos. We place Christmas treats on the counters and presents under the tree. Before we officially begin the evening, we pause to pray. And my beautiful friend Kelli includes these words, “God, please receive the joyful praises of ou

What Christmas Means to Me

What Christmas Means to Me
By Vivian Gordon

It’s Christmas Eve day and I am reflecting upon this day and the reason we celebrate Christmas. It’s so much more than the emphasis of the festivities we tend to focus on.

I was once in the world, I had all this and more and took it for granted. I lost a marriage of 25 years, a close connection to my family and went another route. Through this though, I found the right path and have been walking it now for the last 11 years. So, it’s the salvation that I received from a gracious Father that heals me and opens my eyes to what Christmas means to me.

Nearly 700 years before Christ was born, Isaiah, a prophet of God wrote in his book these words;
“Yet it was our weaknesses he carried;
it was our sorrows that weighed him down.
And we thought his troubles

In the beginning the Word already existed-inspirational

What a powerful truth!

In the beginning the Word already existed.
The Word was with God,
and the Word was God.

He existed in the beginning with God.
God created everything through him,
and nothing was created except through him.

The Word gave life to everything that was created,
and his life brought light to everyone.

The light shines in the darkness,
and the darkness can never extinguish it.
John 1:1-5

It’s the Little Things You Do that Matter Most

When I read this short and simple devotional today by Holley Gerth, I couldn’t help but agree with what she says. We have the holidays coming up and sometimes we often miss out on so much because we are too busy planning everything to be perfect. Life just isn’t perfect and I sure hate regrets, so I pray this speaks to your heart today to enjoy the little things which can mean the most to someone else.
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It’s the Little Things You Do that Matter Most
Holley Gerth

I’m thinking of you wherever you are today and I imagine you’ve done at least one of these things…

Gotten out of bed when you could have pulled the covers over your head.

Shared a smile.

Spoken a kind word.

Offered a little love to someone who needed it.

Whispered a prayer.

For the days you get nothing done

I have friends my age who are now raising a second family. At my age I think I have done my job raising kids and now it’s my time. But that’s not always the way it works. Many women who are now gramas are also raising young children all over again and I know that God has given them the strength and grace to do it and instead of it being all about them, they get the hugs and kisses and the big messes that are left behind. The only mess that God is concerned with is the ones in our lives, not the ones in our houses. Sometimes we just need to let things go and dance! I hope you enjoy this devotional from (in)courage. Blessings!
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For the days you get nothing done
Nov 18, 2013 12:20 am | Lisa-Jo Bak

One Way to Listen for Your Life

I love these messages from (in)courage. I felt this one might be helpful for someone today. Personally, I tear up every Sunday when I am in praise and worship to my Lord and Savior. I just let His love and grace pour over me and these tears I shed are not unhappy ones or that I’m not worthy, but rather tears of thankfulness for the gift He has given me. This is the time of year we are to be thankful and this is one thing I am thankful for every day of the year. I hope this blesses you!
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One Way to Listen for Your Life
Nov 16, 2013 12:20 am | Emily Freeman

I get teary this time of year. Not sad, exactly. More like thoughtful.

Fall turning over into winter brings out the beautiful melancholy, that may be part of it.

I think it also

Your Life Is All About Love

I love these inspirationals that I receive via email. This one is from Day Spring Devotionals. I hope it will encourage you today! Blessings, Viv
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Your Life Is All About Love

This world tells us the path to success is lined with signs like…Be bigger. Try harder. Do more.
But that path is nothing more than a treadmill that will wear out our hearts and lead us nowhere. Trust me, I’ve tried it.

So what path are we called to instead?
Walk in the way of love. Ephesians 5:2
Love is the biggest dream, the grandest goal, the most glorious way to spend your one precious existence.

So what does that mean today?
Simply get up and say, “God, today I want to love You, others and myself. Please show me how.”
Then take a small step, and another and another.
That’s all.
Love is enough for this one d

When You Feel a Bit Lonely

When I read this inspirational by Holy Gerth, I felt that there are others who should read it and be encouraged. We all feel lonely from time to time and want to make it all about ourselves, but if we reach out and touch someone, we just may be pleasantly surprised at what will come back to us! Remember, as much as you may be hurting, there is someone else who is hurting more. I hope this blesses you!
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When You Feel a Bit Lonely
Holley Gerth,
2013-11-13

Can we just get honest about something today? We all have moments when we feel a bit lonely. It’s part of being human. We go through different seasons, transitions, moves, changes.

When you find loneliness sneaking up on you, first say this: “Hello, Loneliness. I know you’r

I just want to say...

I feel like time is slipping away so quickly and I have not been able to keep up too good in comments and even some of my groups.
I just want to say thank you to everyone who has been so kind in commenting on my works and that I will try very hard to get caught up this week and see more of everyone’s beautiful works because I do enjoy seeing what you all are doing, it’s phenominal.
So thanks again for your kindness in all you do!
Blessings to all!!!
Viv

Thank you for the card sale!

I would like to thank the person who liked this card enough to purchase it. When I see my inspirational works being sold, I can’t help but thank the Lord for touching others in a positive way with messages of love and hope.
Thank you for your support of my work, it is greatly appreciated!

31 Days to a Happier You: Wrap Up and Next Steps

I like these devotionals by Holley Gerth, she is down to earth and speaks to women who are experiencing the same things. The fact is, we are all human and have emotional ups and downs. I post these because I feel they may be helpful for someone out there reading them. I know some of her writings have helped me to grow more into the person God wants me to be. May this bless you today. P.S. I think even men can benefit from some of her suggestions as well!
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31 Days to a Happier You: Wrap Up and Next Steps
By Holley Gerth

For the last month, we’ve talked about what makes us happier. Because I believe happiness can be an act of worship. We’ve talked about some big, spiritual concepts and some small, everyday changes that can help us t

Sold 10 Cards!!!

I am pleasantly surprised to have sold 10 of these “I Said a Prayer for You Today” cards. It is so humbling to know that others buy my work and I would like to take this time to thank whoever it was who purchased them! You made my day!!!

Help Your Nose Be Happier

Help Your Nose Be Happier
By Holley Gerth (31 days to a happier you)…

Have you ever turned a corner, inhaled, and suddenly you’re back in Grandma’s kitchen or the beach where you spent your vacation? Our sense of smell is the one most closely tied to our memories and moods. Because of the strong responses they evoke, scents can be a simple way to add a little more happy to our everyday lives.

Citrus scents are the most powerful mood boosters. Orange, lemon and grapefruit all work well. Mix them with vanilla and you get a calming effect too. Here are some of my favorite ways to get more scents into my day {I don’t get anything from mentioning these products, they’re just what I actually use.}…

  • Candles – Look for citrus scents from your favorite brand. I like to get mine at TJ Maxx or HomeGoo

Help Your Mouth Be Happier

This is another devotional on a 31 day devotional on how to be a happier you by Holley Gerth. I hope this blesses you today!

Help Your Mouth Be Happier

I love food. It’s about more than physical nourishment for me–it’s about connection, reward, memories, enjoyment, celebration, comfort. And so when I realized recently I need to change the way I eat I did what any good Southern girl would do: I pitched a proper hissy fit. I whined. I rolled my eyes. I stared longingly at cupcakes. But none of that changes this reality: If I want to feel happier, I’ve got to eat better. Sigh

We all know the basics: More fruits, vegetables, and lean protein. Less sugar and white flour. What seems to be tricky is how to make that happen.

Here’s what has helped me most…

Meal Planning – I have a Yum! Pinterest

Help Your Body Be Happier

This is part of a 31 day devotional by Holley Gerth on how to be a happier you. I thought it was worth sharing. May it bless you today!

Help Your Body Be Happier

My head spins with stress from the day. I slip on my shoes, open the door, and begin to walk down the street. Eventually I jog. I can only imagine how ridiculous I look. I’ve never been graceful and nothing about what I’m doing feels athletic. rythmic, or even pleasant. But as I finally head back home I can feel the tension slipping from my shoulders and peace settling into my soul again.

We are physical beings.

I would like to believe that isn’t true. So many times I want to separate emotions and spiritual struggles from my body. But in this life, they’re joined together. And if we ignore that, we are putting our happiness and h

Help Your Eyes Be Happier

Help Your Eyes Be Happier

I could write a whole post about beauty and happiness. But if you really want to boost your daily happiness, creating order is even more powerful. For years when I opened a closet at my house I felt a sudden urge to close my eyes. Usually I grabbed whatever I need as quickly as possible and then shut the door on the chaos in front of me. The cluttered places in my home were like a slow leak in my happiness tank.

As Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project, says, “It’s a secret of adulthood: For most people, outer order contributes to inner calm.”

I can’t think clearly, write, or relax when my house is a wreck. And clutter is the biggest culprit. But for years I did nothing about it. It just felt too overwhelming. Then finally last year around Christmas I t

Stop Apologizing for Who You Are

I posted this today in my Gideon’s group, but I know many of you won’t see it there and so I decided to post it for the public as well. Many of us women have been made to feel inadequate, or that what we do isn’t good enough or not important enough. We try so hard to get the approval of people and that leaves us falling short and unappreciated. This is detrimental to our well being. It’s ok to stop apologizing for being you. You don’t owe anyone an apology because God created you to be exactly who you are and when you realize this and are walking with Him, you have no reason to be sorry. I hope this will be of help to someone today because for the longest time I was a person who always felt I fell short of someone’s expectations and blamed myself for everything…not anymore! I now know the

Homographs and Heterographs

Here’s something guaranteed to stimulate your brain cells……

Homographs are words of like spelling but with more than one
meaning. A homograph that is also pronounced differently is a
heteronym:

You think English is easy?? I think a retired English teacher was
bored so wrote this…THIS IS GREAT!

Read all the way to the end……………..
This took a lot of work to put together!

1) The bandage was wound around the wound.

2) The farm was used to produce produce.

3) The dump was so full that it had to refuse more refuse.

4) We must polish the Polish furniture..

5) He could lead if he would get the lead out.

6) The soldier decided to desert his dessert in the desert..

7) Since there is no time like the present, he thought it was time
to present the present.

8) A bass was painted on the head of the bass dru

A new twist to Halloween jack o lanterns

Oct. 31st marks a very important event in the life of Christians, but it’s just like Satan to over ride this historic even with wickedness and evil and that is what we end up actually celebrating! As a Christian, I don’t celebrate Halloween, it’s not a holiday and it’s roots are pure evil. But for the Christian this date represents the Reformation of Martin Luther on Oct. 31, 1517. He was tormented with the teachings of purgatory, where a lost soul would be put into a holding place and and could be removed if someone paid to get them out. Preposterous idea! This is not biblical and there is no such place as purgatory. Martin was sin conscious and he confessed them every day and even sins he didn’t commit. He decided to study the Bible in the original Greek and Hebrew for himself and read

Why It’s Okay for You to Be Happier

I normally post these articles from Heart to Heart by Holley Gerth in my Gideon’s group, but this topic of ‘happiness’ she speaks about is for everyone. I felt I needed to share this for all to read as it could help someone today. Be blessed. Viv
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Why It’s Okay for You to Be Happier

This morning I almost threw a book across the room. Except it was on my iPhone. And that would have been a poor decision on my part. A devotional my husband and I were reading said the equivalent of “happiness is worldly and joy is spiritual.” No, no, no.

Pursuing happiness outside of God’s boundaries is sin–just like anything else we do apart from his commands.

But pursuing it within what his boundaries is

Thank you for the card purchases!

I would like to thank RB Kathleen Hamilton for puchasing 3 of my greeting card “God’s Purpose” Your support means so very much to me.

And I would also like to thank the person who purchased “Around the Bend” greeting card.

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“A person’s steps are directed by the Lord. How then can anyone understand their own way?” -Proverbs 20:24…

The Lord is there for you always… follow Him and keep Jesus’s teachings in your life.

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The road ahead looks smoother now,
The one I left behind.
The devil has tried to sift me as wheat
And the world has not been kind.
But I find the longer I struggle and strive
To do my Father’s will.
The closer He is to my wounded soul
And bids me to be still.
And listen to His still sweet voice
Where no trouble or strife can abide.
For in His love is sweet release,
And in His love I’ll hide

~Evelyn Idelle Drewer Joy

Listen to the Gospel in Under 1 Minute … and Reaffirm Your Faith.

Some days you may just need something that will help you reaffirm your faith in the Lord… and this video is the perfect pick-m

You Don’t Have to Fear the Future

I posted in this Gideon’s group but after reading it, I believe this is something we all can learn to do, Christians and non Christians alike. We are first and foremost people with similar feelings. Happiness is an emotion that we all want to have but so seldom find it and that’s because we may be expecting too much, but we don’t have to do that. Happiness is a choice that we make no matter what the circumstances around us are. I think this article will be helpful to many who read it. Make happiness happen in your life now!

You Don’t Have to Fear the Future

Imagine two scenarios: In the first, you win the lottery. In the second, you’re in an accident that leaves you paralyzed. Which one would make you happier? It seems like an obvious choice but it turns out that isn’t the case. Six month

Building

This story from GodVine reminds me of Jesus telling us that only what is built on gold and silver will endure the fire, everything that was built with wood, hay and stubble will not survive in the end. Simply put, unless we invest time into God and the things of God, all else is vanity, it will never succeed what is needed to obtain what will last forever…eternal life. Are you building your life on things that will last? I pray this blesses you!
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“No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws them, and I will raise them up at the last day.” -John 6:44

Praise be to God, for His only Son defeated death and saved us from our sins!

Building

A great and wise man once called on

Facing Trials Like a Blacksmith

I love this message by God Vine. Christians have the reputation of being goody-goody people, that nothing bad ever happens to. Well, that is a myth. A true, hard seasoned Christian has seen and been through many trials in their life, but the difference between them and someone who is not strong in their faith is said to be like a tea bag…the hotter the water, the stronger the tea. Jesus said Himself that He would rather us be hot or cold, but if we are just lukewarm, He will spew us out of His mouth. God is not looking for those whose faith is lukewarm, for those are the ones that will be thrown into the trash heap. Life hurts, that’s a fact, but when you know Christ, He gives you the strength and wisdom to keep going. I hope this blesses you today.
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Advice on Nikon D3200

I was just curious if this camera would be a wise investment or not. Any input or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks!!!…

Preview based on a production Nikon D3200

The D3200 represents the latest generation of Nikon’s entry-level DSLR offering. The camera’s headline feature is inevitably the new 24MP CMOS sensor which makes it equal to Sony’s Alpha SLT-A65, A77 and NEX-7 in offering the highest pixel count we’ve yet seen at the APS-C sensor size, and in terms of output resolution, second only to the full-frame professional-grade D800 in Nikon’s entire range. More significant than the bare fact of the D3200’s pixel count though is that it is available in camera with a starting price of $699 (the same launch price as the D3100 and Panasonic Lumix DMC-C G3, for comparison). The D3

God Whispers

When my friend sent this to me, I can attest that my love for photography is a reason for me to hear from God and to receive His gifts…if I am willing to look for them. Maybe some of you feel the same way when you go out to shoot and for anyone who may not have considered this, I pray it gives you a new perspective on life.

Is RB closing?

I received this email from RB today and was wondering if someone can clarify exactly what is going on? Does this mean RB site is closing down? Here is a copy of the email that I received.…

Dear Vivian

I am writing to you today in regards to Redbubble Bubblesites. I wanted to make this a personal communication as you are a long-term and valued member of Redbubble and I know Bubblesites have been important to you.

In 2010 we discontinued development of Bubblesites in order to focus resources on improving Redbubble.com. We were able to support Bubblesites, but this has become difficult with the increasing importance of mobile and tablet devices. Bubblesites do not render well on these devices in contrast to the main site Redbubble.com.

We have therefore made the decision to close Bubblesites

A Mother’s Prayer

I believe that every mother has prayed this prayer for her children, not matter how young or old they may be. I still pray for my adult children. I pray this inspirational by God Vine will bless you today.
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“He settles the childless woman in her home as a happy mother of children. Praise the Lord.” -Psalm 113:9

Thank you Lord for children, they are a wondrous blessing!

A Mother’s Prayer

God, please bless my children
Care for them as they grow
Fill them with your Spirit to
Teach them all you know
Lord, count each hair upon their heads
As they lay down at night
Cover them with loving wing
Until the morning light
Help me be a mother who is
Gentle and is kind
Help me give, help me love
Bring peace into my mind
Thank you for this family
I lov

When You’re Worn

I’m a Christian but my life is not stress free. The only difference between a believer and a non believer in how they handle stress is the simple fact that we have a Savior Who promises that He is our Peace in times of trouble. His Word is full of promises to ponder and digest and this gives us the rest and peace we need to have. Without Him the world will come crashing in and envelope a person in depression and sorrow with no hope for a victory. I am seeing many Christians being attacked with worry and too much going on. I believe the Lord is reminding us today that He is our Rest and Peace in every time of trouble. I pray this will bless you today!

When You’re Worn
Sep 26, 2013
Angela Nazworth

During my nearly forty years on this planet, I’ve traveled through several seasons of life whe

On the Wings of a Prayer

I hope you will enjoy this inspirational by God Vine today!
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“When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.” -James 4:3

God always listens to your prayers, but He also know what’s best. Trust His guidance in life.

On the Wings of a Prayer

Just close your eyes and open your heart,
And feel your worries and cares depart.
Just yield yourself to the Father above,
And let Him hold you secure in His love.

For life on earth grows more involved,
With endless problems that can’t be solved,
But God only ask us to do our best,
Then He will take over and finish the rest…

So when you are tired, discouraged and blue,
There is always one door that is open to you,
And that i

Hands

I trust in Almighty God enough to lay some situations in His hands as I continue to pray for the outcome which He has promised to have a good one. I have learned that no one can make anyone else do what they want, they can’t change anyone no matter how hard they may try. It’s all futile. What I have learned is to leave it at the foot of the Cross and just be thankful. Is your life in God’s hands today?
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“Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.” -Psalm 20:7

Don’t put your trust in the things of this world. Instead, put your trust in GOD!

Hands

A football in my hands is worth about $20.
A football in Peyton Mannings hands is worth about $15 million.
It depends on whose hands it’s i

As You Carry Me

As someone who has truly learned how to forgive those who have hurt me, I know that unless you really understand the love of God through His grace has for you, it is not possible to forgive. We have to see first just what God gave up for us while we were yet sinners. When you can even try to fathom what Jesus did on that cross for you and me, then you can forgive someone who has hurt you. Whatever has been done to you is nothing compared to what you or I have done to offend a just and holy God and Jesus paid our price so that we are no longer under judgement. I hope you enjoy this inspirational today by God Vine. Blessings!
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“Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves the father loves

A Small Prayer

It’s true, children have the kind of faith that trusts without question and expects the best. This is exactly the kind of faith that God wants from us as His children. As adults we need to stop trying to figure everything out and just relax and believe that God hears us, He adores us and He answers us when we come to Him with child-like faith.

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“At that time Jesus said, ‘I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children.’” -Matthew 11:25

Wisdom and truth can often come from innocent children. They are a blessing from the Lord.

A Small Prayer

One evening in September I took my 13-year-old son to see a St. Louis Cardinal’s baseball game. I was given 2 free tickets for bleacher seats fro

God is Always Available

A Christian is nothing more than a "Christ-follower. It is not a religion or a denomination. It’s not a feeling of goodness and love as some religions claim to be. It’s a relationship with Christ, who IS love and all goodness and who has given us power through the Holy Spirit. This is what a true Christian is and He is always with us.

By God Vine

“Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in your midst?” -1 Corinthians 3:16

God is always with you and He is always available to listen to your problems.

God is Always Available

I admit that there are times
That I am tempted to despair.
Then God speaks in all His mercy
To let me know He’s there.

He took care of yesterday for me.
Tomorrow is in His care.
Today He will walk beside me
In answer to my prayer.

He br

Thank you for the card sales!

I am always so humbled to know that there are people out there who think enough of my work to purchase it.
I would like to extend my thanks to those people and I appreciate your support of my art.

Each card is clickable if you care to open them up.

5 Things People Take for Granted

I thought this was a really great article as I think we are all guilty of doing to some extent. As I grow older and wiser, I am recognizing the danger in throwing other people away like yesterday’s news. To me, family is the most precious gift we have been given, and friends are second. When families are distanced due to selfish gains or misunderstandings, it will end up causing regret and life long consequences as things change from day to day. No one is promised another day on this earth and to lose someone with unresolved issues can haunt them for the rest of their life. This is not worth trying to prove yourself to be right. Nothing is worth all that.
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5 Things People Take for Granted
Daily Inspir

To Thank Jesus for the Cross

There is only one way to receive an invitation to the Marriage Supper of the Lamb and that is to receive Jesus as your Lord and Savior. The Cross is the only bridge across the chasim of hell into heaven. Thank You Jesus for dying for me.
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“Then those who were in the boat worshiped him, saying, ‘Truly you are the Son of God.’” -Matthew 14:33

Jesus is the Son of God… and your Savior. Take time to remember what He sacrificed just for you.

To Thank Jesus for the Cross

Lord it was Good Friday,
The day on which you paid.
Man’s debts you cancelled, man’s sins you cleansed.
By man you were betrayed.

To reconcile us to yourself,
The power of the cross,
A holy living sacrifice,
To save mankind who’s lost.

You shed your blood for all,
To brin

A Prayer for You

God is an awesome God, full of grace and mercy and He loves us unconditionally and wishes more than anything that we would love Him back. He promises us a good ending as we proclaim our inheritance in His Son, Christ Jesus! I hope this prayer will encourage you today from God Vine.
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“The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace.” -Romans 8:6

When you keep the Lord in the center of your life, He will guide you and help you find peace.

A Prayer for You

May the pain you’re feeling come to pass
May your joyful mood return and last
May your suffering be washed away
May you find some rest in the bed where you lay.

May you sleep peacefully in th

What If?

These are some mighty serious and good questions we all need to ask ourselves. Can God be mocked when we go against His will for us? In the book of Nahum it says; “A jealous and avenging God is the LORD; the LORD is avenging and wrathful. The LORD takes vengeance on His adversaries, and He reserves wrath for His enemies. The LORD is slow to anger and great in power, and the LORD will by no means leave the guilty unpunished.” If you are not in right standing today with Him through His Son, you are guilty of sin. God is slow to anger because He wishes that no man would perish. If you have not been saved yet, today is the day of salvation. There is coming a day when justice will be done for those who have offended God Almighty. I pray this will bless you today and bring you repentance in His

Trust in God’s Plans for You

God in His Sovereignty, is all gracious and loving. His ways are higher than ours, and His thoughts definitely are not our thoughts. Only God knows the end from the beginning and He promises to make it all work together for good to those who love Him. No matter where you are today, or who you are, just know that when you receive His Son, whom He calls His Beloved and gave for our sakes, that God loves you for you, right where you are today and He can use you for His glory just like these 3 trees. I hope this story by God Vine will inspire and bless you richly today.
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“Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans.” -Proverbs 16:3

God has a plans for each and every one of us. So don’t fret… and trust in

High Wire

Faith as described in the book of Hebrews to a believer is the assurance of things hoped for and the confidence of things not yet seen. That means that we can speak out things as though they are even though we don’t see them now. That is godly faith. It’s not wishful thinking, it’s God’s doctrine. Faith is to simply let go and allow Him to take over. This is impossible for anyone who does not know the Lord personally.
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“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” -Isaiah 41:10

Trusting in God and putting Him first in life is very important. He always looks out for us.

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Joy to the Brim

Christ came to give life, not as the world gives, but eternal life. To understand what this means will instill a joy in your life but is not the same as happiness that the world is always running after. It’s possible to have the joy of the Lord and still be unhappy as they are two totally different things. Joy is in the Spirit and happiness is of the flesh and the flesh is fickle. We can be happy one minute and unhappy the next, but our joy in eternal salvation never waivers. I pray this will bless you today from God Vine.
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“Indeed, you are our glory and joy.” -1 Thessalonians 2:20

Joy comes from the Lord… and there is so much of it in life. Be thankful!

Joy to the Brim

A promise of life abundant
In God’s Word I found

My sin

A Bird

I love this story today by God Vine. As followers of Christ, we must be diligent and stand for something, or we will end up falling for anything. Make your life count and keep your focus on everything praise worthy!
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“The Lord is my strength and my defense; he has become my salvation. He is my God, and I will praise him, my father’s God, and I will exalt him.” -Exodus 15:2

With God’s help, we can face any struggle. He gives us strength.

A Bird

I once watched a most incredible thing. I watched a small bird trying to gather string, which I presumed would have gone into the building of a nest. It is amazing that this little creature acting on instinct alone would gather this kind of material for building. You see, a bird cann

The Cloud

The account of this story is true and things like this happen all the time when prayer is involved. This is from the power of the Holy Spirit when you receive Christ. When Christ died and returned to heaven before He ascended to the Father, He said He must go but that He would send us a Comforter who would live within us. I know this is true because I have my own accounts where I listened to that voice and prayed and then found out later why. It could mean life or death!
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“If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.” -Matthew 21:22

There is power in prayer. Have faith, believe and pray to the Lord… you may be surprised by His answer.

The Cloud

It was a morning in

What Kind of Fool Am I?

I am a fool for Christ as some would consider me to be. Perhaps you’re a fool for Christ as well. The Cross of Christ is considered foolishness to the world, but a Christ follower is no longer of the world and the world’s opinion doesn’t matter anymore.
I would rather live my life believing there is a God and to die find out there isn’t rather than to live my life believing there is no God and die to find out there really is One! Today is the day for salvation!

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“For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.” -1 Corinthians 1:18

Don’t worry about what others will think of you, believe in God and show your faith! Have strength and God bless.

What

He Still Cares

Today’s story is not so strange as I have several of these kinds of stories to tell myself but only because my faith was in place and that my trust was in the Lord to bring a bad situation all together for the good. God is your best friend, He is a loving Father when you know Him enough to cry out “Abba Father!” He will never let you down. I pray you know Him today in a personal way, He is ever faithful!
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“Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.” -Hebrews 10:23

Even when you don’t realize it, Jesus is taking care of you. Have faith, brothers and sisters.

He Still Cares

I use to work at the Post Office on a rural route here in N.E. Tennessee. One day early in the morning as I started

Lord You Are All Powerful

What makes Christianity so different from other religions is the fact that we who have received Christ, have received the Holy Spirit, Who is the Triune Godhead, Father, Son and Holy Ghost. He endwells in us and guides the believer and has the voice of God. Our spirit bears witness with His Spirit and when that happens, miracles occur. Yes, our Lord Jesus Christ is all powerful and we who belong to Him are to go out and make more disciples. He is the One true religion that allows us to gain access to the One true God. I hope this poem from God Vine will bless you today!
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“One thing God has spoken, two things I have heard: Power belongs to you, God.” -Psalm 62:11

God is all powerful a

Top 5 Benefits of Friendship-for your health

I liked this article today on friendship. A close friend can be nearer than a brother the bible says. A true friend will never let you down and is someone you feel dedicated to as well. When we lose a friend, it’s like a piece of is also missing. It took me a long time to develop new friendships after losing my best friend, but I have to thank God for the friends He’s given me. My life is much more complete now that I can honestly say I have another best friend, or friends…God will always give us back more than what we lost. I am so thankful for all my friends today as each and every one has touched me somehow and I hope I have done the same for them.
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Top 5 Benefits of Friendship
Daily Inspiration
By John H. Sklare, Ed.D, Lifescri

Don’t Let Me Cry

I recently have been listening to a teaching about trials that come in our lives. These are not meant to punish us because our Father is not mad at us. He will allow these tragedies in our lives and sometimes He will bring them in order to make us strong, make us humble and to learn to depend on Him. God will never give us more than we can handle. When God disciplines His children it’s an act of love. If He never scolded us, He would be saying that He doesn’t care about us. When we face troubles and trials in this life, we should stop and rejoice in the knowledge that we are His child, He loves us more than we could ever imagine. As He told Paul who asked for the thorn in the flesh to be removed, “My grace is sufficient for you.” Yes, God’s Grace is all sufficient for us too.
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Different Footsteps-a beautiful inspiration

I think I may have posted this one before, but it bears posting again. It’s a beautiful love message from our Savior in how He feels about each of us today. I hope this will bless you!
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“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens” -Ecclesiastes 3:1

There are times when we will be happy and times when we will be sad… but God is there for us no matter what.

Different Footsteps

Imagine you and the Lord Jesus are walking down the road together. For much of the way, the Lord’s footprints go along steadily, consistently, rarely varying the pace. But your footprints are a disorganized stream of zigzags, starts, stops, turnarounds, circles, departures, and return

The Old Fisherman

This is a heart warming story from Godvine that is a wonderful reminder that we as humans tend to look at the outward man and jump to conclusions or assumptions depending on the outward appearance. This will cause us to lose alot because of the shallowness of our own hearts. But God, He sees the true person, He overlooks the outward apprearance and goes straight to the heart. What we see on the outside doesn’t always line up with what is on the inside. We need to give people a chance. Are we seeing a splinter in someone’s eye when we have a plank in our own? It’s a good thing to examine your heart every once in awhile and see if it pleases God.
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“Defend the weak and the fatherless; uphold the

You Are Blessed-inspirational

I have read this before, but each time it hits home. We can be so spoiled because we may not get everything we want in life. But there are millions who don’t even get what they need! I have become attuned to the blessings of the smallest nature that are given from God who gives only good gifts. Understanding that life itself is a gift can determine whether we are content in this life or will be discontent because we can’t see the things right in front of us! Count your blessings, count them one by one, stop and see just what the Lord has done!!! This day is a gift, no one is promised another day. Treasure this one as if it were your last!
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“Blessed are those whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the Lord their G

There is Never a Day We Should Not Pray

Prayer is the MOST powerful connection we have to a just and holy God. It’s not our last resort, but our first privilege. When you include Christ in the middle of your life, your life will always be blessed in ways you would never imagine. I hope this inspiration will bless you today!
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“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” -Matthew 7:7

Life is full of wondrous blessings from God..so never forget to turn to the Lord when you need help. Pray every day.

There is Never a Day We Should Not Pray

Give us this day our daily bread
And bless those O Lord whom have not yet been fed
I thank God for my food and I can honestly say
There is never a

As I Age

This was sent to me via email and I have to admit, it hit home. I have grown older on this site and others along with many of you. It’s been wonderful getting to know many of you in a more intimate way and discover that we have alot in common, especially age wise! This is a good write from one Baby Boomer to another!!! Thank you all for your wonderful friendship through the years!!!
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As I Age
Anonymous

As I’ve aged, I’ve become kinder to myself, and less critical of myself. I’ve become my own friend.

I have seen too many dear friends leave this world, too soon; before they understood the great freedom that comes with aging.

Whose business is it, if I choose to read, or play, on the computer, un

Share Your Faith

Why do I share my faith? Because I don’t want to see anyone remain lost due to me not telling them about Jesus. One day we will all face a final destination and it all lies with our own decision. There is a real heaven and a real hell. We will be in one or the other for eternity. Anyone who is resisting God and thinking that hell will be a big party place, please don’t deceive yourselves, it’s a horrible place of pain and darkness and unrest for all eternity. I would not wish this on anyone. So, I witness to you about who Jesus is and what He can do for you. Knowing Him is the sweetest thing you could ever experience. I pray you will give your life to Him today if you haven’t already done that. God bless you!
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“’Have faith in God

The Lord's Pray with a twist

I loved this Lord’s Prayer with a twist. It presents the Lord’s Prayer as Jesus taught us to pray but we so often memorize it without even dissecting it to understand what it is we are actually praying for. Do we give God the time and honor that is truly due Him, or do we just say this thinking it’s a religious duty that we can cross off and think God will be pleased with us? Our relationship with the Father is a real and serious matter and it’s not a duty for us to pray, it’s our privilege! Do you really believe that when you pray in faith, that God is really listening? Well, when you are in His family and truly believe that He is who He says He is, it will become intimate to speak to Him and know that He cares about you. Don’t keep God in a box on the shelf. I hope you will enjoy this L

Friendship: Here We Go Again

Maybe some of you have had a life long best friend, someone you know everything about and someone you go places with. I lost my best friend many years ago to cancer. Losing a best friend takes a long time to adjust to. My life has gone through lots of changes and I have been to many states, moving frequently. I went years without a friend and couldn’t even seem to find one. But, God says we can ask Him for anything. I prayed that He would bring a friend into my life. It took awhile, but He has brought several wonderful friends into my life. Some of them I have never met, but it’s like we known eachother forever. I do now have a couple very good friends that live close by and even though we may not always get together, when we do, it’s an anointed time that we realize was given by God. I t

Say Goodbye To The Mean Girl

If you’re like me, you may have seen all kinds of pictures and videos of Miley Cyrus and everyone shaking their heads and forming some really negative and nasty opinions of her. I have seen many of them on FB and I sit back and have to wonder who do we think we are to say such negative things? Especially if we call ourselves a Christian. Where do we think we once were before we got saved? Being a judge of someone else is not our job, it’s God’s, so let’s leave it up to Him. We don’t know the real Miley and perhaps, just perhaps, she is crying out for some help and someone to truly love her??? So, she made a mistake…who hasn’t!
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Say Goodbye To The Mean Girl
Sep 02, 2013 01:10 am | Annie Downs

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God is a Redeemer & Restorer

I am in love with this Redeemer and Restorer named Jesus. Why? Because He does all that He promises to do for those who believe by faith that He will!!! I have seen Him do what He promised and today was a day of a miracle in my life because I believed to receive! Yes, our Lord is all this and more, He is the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last. I pray this inspirational by Day Spring will bless you today!
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God is a Redeemer & Restorer

Your Redeemer is the Holy One of Israel; He is called the God of the whole earth. Isaiah 54:5

God is a Redeemer;
He bought us with a great price,
He rescues and breaks the chains of bondage,
He finds us and brings us home.

God is a Restorer;
He returns what wa

Judge Me by the Footprints I Leave Behind

This is one of those inspirationals that leaves an impact. I believe that too many times we all jump to conclusions. Sometimes if you’re like me, that’s the only exercise you get! As I continue learning and walking with the Lord in my Christian life, I keep learning that this is not up to us to judge anyone or assume anything. Our responsibility is to love and accept others in spite of anything we consider to be different. For that matter, have we looked at ourselves in the mirror lately? If Jesus could die for someone like me, then I can certainly be patient and more understanding of others as well. Thanks to all who have been very patient and understanding with me, I appreciate you! God bless! Viv
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“Accept one another, then, ju

5 Things That Make Me Go Hmm

I thought this was good and something we can all relate to.

5 Things That Make Me Go Hmm
Daily Inspiration
By John H. Sklare, Ed.D, Lifescript Personal Coach
Published August 28, 2013

Dr. John H. Sklare

I was driving down the road the other day when I saw a sight that made me shake my head and giggle in humorous disbelief. A man was standing on the corner dressed in that chic and edgy look called saggy pants. His underwear was, by design, on full display for everyone to see, and I bet he thought that his look was the epitome of fashion. To some, I’m sure he is; to me, he looked like he’d just walked out of clown school.

This brief encounter reminded me of how different we all are and how some things that tend to bother, amuse and irritate one person will often be celebrated or go totally unn

History Teacher Does the Most Inspirational Thing on First Day of Class

I thought this was a very thought provoking story, one that should make us all sit up and take notice. There is nothing promised to anyone for any reason and we have become a society of people who believe we are entitled. Where did this ever come from? I am concerned about the young people today who are growing up faster and faster and expecting more and more. Where does it all end?
There is also One, called Jesus Christ Who made a way for us to inherit eternal life. We did nothing to deserve it, but He loved us so much that He took the penalty for our sins by dying on the Cross. We should be more grateful for the things we do have and for the ones who made it all possible. I believe we should start saying “Thank You” more often for what has been given to us by the sacrifice of others.
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What Really Helps You Be Happy?

I wanted to post this inspiratioal by Holley Gerth from Heart to Heart about being happy because it’s something we all want and so seldom find. Happiness is fleeting. Solomon who was the wisest and also wealthiest person who ever lived wrote a whole book in the Bible on this very subject. There was nothing king Solomon couldn’t have or didn’t have but in his observation on trying to obtain fleshly happiness is that it is all vanity, it’s useless trying to obtain it on your own. If he couldn’t do it, then why would any of us expect to find it? Happiness is superficial and will never satisfy. The only thing that will truly satisfy is contentment and joy. It is possible to have these things and still be unhappy. The joy of the Lord is our strength and when we have a relationship with Jesus,

A Newborn’s Prayer

This inspiration by God Vine is simple but powerful. Every child conceived in the womb is a gift from God and it is not our right to abort any child at any stage of development. God’s ways are not our ways, and His thoughts are not our thoughts. Every newborn baby or child yet unborn belongs to Him and He has just put us in charge of what He has already deemed as perfect.May we realize what a special gift He has given to us.
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“He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.” -1 John 2:2

Spread God’s word to others and let them know that Jesus died, just so their sins may be forgiven! It’s a beautiful thing.

A Newborn’s Prayer

Here I am,

Bank account

I have read this before but since it was sent to me again via email, I thought I should share it with you. It’s true, whether you believe in God or not, there is a set system of the way things go in life. God’s Word has established this and it is the same for everyone, believers and non believers alike. The fact of life is this, there is power of life and death in the tongue, and whatever you allow to manifest in your thoughts, will also manifest in your life. We say things that we don’t consider the outcome of but we have a choice in all we think, say and do! Make a conscious effort to think about what you are saying or want to say. Perhaps you will change your mind and refrain from something negative, or maybe you will choose to say something positive. This practice may surprise you at

Young Faith

I think I may have posted this one earlier, but it bears repeating. In God’s economic economy, He gives freely out of His abundance so that we may give it back to those in need. The Israelites were the subject in Deuteronomy, but in the spiritual realm of things, all those in need are the Israelites. It is our responsibility to be generous with our fellow man. When we give, more will be given back. This economic system is inexhaustible as no one can ever out give God. As we live and breath and have our being in the Lord, we have become His hands and feet and when others can see Christ in us, then we are in the will of God and can be sure that He will bless the works of our hands. I hope this inspirational by God Vine will bless you today in blessing someone else. Viv
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I Refuse!

Today’s God Vine inspirational is a poem that is so true. I have experienced these feelings and every time I focused on the Lord Jesus, He was right there to give me His peace. When we enter into God’s Peace, we can withstand every battle this life will challenge us to and face it, this life is full of battles. I am so thankful that I have a sweet Savior who gives me protection from the storms and is my anchor so that I don’t drift away. I pray this blesses you today!
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“But as for you, be strong and do not give up, for your work will be rewarded.” -2 Chronicles 15:7

Whenever things get bad, God doesn’t want you to give up. Be strong and He will reward you. :) God bless you!

I Refuse!

I refuse t

No-Excuse-to-Stay-Home-Sunday

I thought this inspirational by God Vine was kind of cute. Many Christians don’t attend church on a regular basis and have all kinds of excuses. I am not one to make going to church a religion in itself but it’s a privilege to go and meet in the House of God with other believers to honor and praise His holy name. The confusion comes when we think the church is the building. We are the church, the church is the body of Christ and just as we need certain parts of our bodies, the church body needs all its members as well. Don’t allow the enemy to deceive you. God loves for His children to come together in unity! I pray this blesses you!
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“Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is wit

Two Visitors

This life offers us all one of two choices. We can either choose the instant gratification in life which will never last forever, or we can choose to suffer a little while to gain eternity with more we could ever hope or imagine. Unless you are a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ, you will never understand this choice to pass up this life for the next but let me assure you, there is nothing on this earth that could ever compare to the eternal life in the heavenly kingdom with the One and True King who will rule and reign forever. I hope this will bless you today!
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“Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.” -Matthew 26:41

As humans,

A Perfect Mistake

So many times, we have no idea how God orchestrates life, and how He will use us to bless others sometimes without us even knowing it. We are too quick to think it’s always our loss but God, will use it for someone else’s gain. When we can be a blessing to others then we have truly been used of God for this is His economic system. He blesses us to bless others! We can never out give God! I pray this story by God Vine will bless you today!
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“And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.” -Philippians 4:19

Learn to let go and to let God. He influences us every day… even when we don’t know it’s happening!

A Perfect Mistake

My mother’s father worked as a carpenter. On this particular day,

One Solitary Life

The biggest offense to anyone who does know who He is, is Jesus! Jesus was in fact a real man, the history books prove it. There is no denying that He lived, died and rose again. No one else in history has ever made or could ever make that claim. There is something powerful about Jesus and everyone knows it and those who don’t know Him personally are intimidated by Him because He reveals sin. To anyone who is still in their sin does not want this revealed. Jesus gave up everything to come to earth as a man. He did not need power, fame or wealth because He already owns it all anyway. Who else has sacrificed everything including their own life to offer us eternal life? I pray this inspirational by God Vine will bless you today!
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Noah’s Ark Advice

I like to post these inspirationals by God Vine because they have some pretty good poems and writings for everyone. I think this is one of those pretty wise ones that has some good advice. I hope this will bless you today!

“You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance. I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you.” -Psalm 32:7-8

No matter what storms or trials you are facing, when you are with God, you have nothing to worry about. He will protect you!

Noah’s Ark Advice

Everything I need to know, I learned from Noah’s Ark. For instance…

Don’t miss the boat.

Remember that we are all in the same boat.

Plan ahead. It wasn’t raining when Noah built the Ark.

Stay fit. When you’re 6

Life With Jesus

Have you ever heard the saying, ‘Try it, you’ll like it’?’ This is true of knowing Jesus as your Lord and Savior. Most people will shun Him and turn Him away because they have never tried Him in their lives. Once I decided to call on Him, my life has never been the same, it’s been changed into one that now has a purpose and makes sense. To fear the Lord is not to be afraid of Him as He is not a hard task master. This kind of fear is to reverence Him and give Him the honor that is due Him. Once you understand this ultimate love, it’s not difficult to do at all, in fact, you look forward to serving Him! I pray this will bless you today!

“But be sure to fear the Lord and serve him faithfully with all your heart; consider what great things he has done for you.” -1 Samuel 12:24

Follow the Lord

The Handwriting on the Wall

I enjoyed today’s inspirational by God Vine and hope you will also read it and be blessed by it. Please also make sure to watch the short video at the end. These are meant to inspire and encourage you today!
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“Children are a heritage from the Lord, offspring a reward from him. Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are children born in one’s youth. Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them. They will not be put to shame when they contend with their opponents in court.” -Psalm 127:3-5

Children are a blessing from God; give thanks for your children and for the children you love. They are truly precious!

The Handwriting on the Wall

A weary mother returned from the store,
Lugging groceries through the kitchen door.
Awaiting her a

Be S.A.F.E.-Daily Inspiration

I love these short but informative articles that help us improve our lives on a daily basis. These are just good and wise suggestions for everyone, whether you are a person of faith or not. One thing we all have in common is the desire to have a restful and enjoyable life. I hope this will be a blessing to you today!
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Be S.A.F.E.
Daily Inspiration
By John H. Sklare, Ed.D, Lifescript Personal Coach
Published August 16, 2013

As I walked into a store the other day, I passed by a couple of young men standing near the entrance as they were saying good-bye to each other. As they ended their conversation and began to walk away in opposite directions, one man said to the other, Be safe. I had no idea what they were talking about,

If You Never...Inspirational by God Vine

Please watch this video by Mandisa, I think you’ll enjoy it!!! No matter what you may be going through today, just know you can over come anything when Christ is in the middle!…

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“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” -Isaiah 41:10

Life isn’t perfect… but God is! When things get tough, turn to Him. He will heal and help you.

If You Never…

God Said…

If you never felt pain,
Then how would you know that I’m a Healer?

If you never went through difficulties,
Then how would you know that I’m a Deliverer?

If you never had a trial,
Then how could you call yourself an over-comer?

If you never felt sadness,
Then how would you know that I’m a Comforter?

If you never made a mista

God’s Touch

I hope this inspirational by God Vine will bless you today!
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“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” -James 1:17

Our families, friends, and everything we love are wondrous gifts from the Lord. Take this time to thank Him!

God’s Touch

Wild flowers of the valley
That God created with love
Every flower has its own beauty
That God made with his touch

People are like the flowers
With Gods touch they will bloom
Without his blessing showers
Their beauty will be ruin

Gods loving touch is everywhere
Just look and you shall see
His gentle hands and their sweetness
Made everything perfect and neat

He sent his son down to this earth
For our mo

Common Superstitions-Daily Inspiration

I thought this article about superstitions was a fun and informative one. I know that once upon a time I use to believe in these superstitions but since finding faith in the Lord, I have realized that these things are just used in jest and not to be taken seriously. I enjoy learning how things got started and why and I thought you might enjoy it too.

Common Superstitions
Daily Inspiration
By John H. Sklare, Ed.D, Lifescript Personal Coach
Published August 09, 2013

Are you superstitious? There’s a good chance you are or that you know someone who is. About 25% of the population is prone to believe in and act on superstitions. This means you hold an irrational belief that an object, action or circumstance not logically related to a course of events influences its outcome.

I started thinking abo

Why You Don’t Have to Do All the Work

This inspirational story by Holley Gerth from Heart to Heart is another great message that what we do and accomplish in life are not what makes us valuable to God. In today’s world, we have become conditioned to think we have to jump on that perverbial tread mill and run as fast as we can in order to be successful. Nope, this is a deception from an enemy who wants us distracted and distanced from our families, our friends, ourselves and mostly God. What lasts a lifetime is the fruits of love that come from having a relationship with Christ. Love covers a multitude of sins. When we have received the saving redemption from Christ, life is not all about us anymore. His love extends to others through us and reaching others for Christ is the ONLY thing in this life that will last! I pray this

The Daily Struggle

As I read this inspirational story today by ‘Beyond Sunday’ I felt I had to share it. I believe we all struggle at times in our lives. We seem to have high expectations of ourselves and when we can’t pull them off, we start getting down on ourselves and believing that we may be total failures. I know I get pulled into this mode of deception from time to time. I feel safe in saying that I am not the only one who does. But, here’s the good news. We have more substance than that. We are not considered valuable in God’s eyes by our own efforts. The true and lasting substance that makes us valuable is what we develop inside of us. A relationship with Christ is that substance that will never be torn down. The love we develop through knowing Him is the only thing that will last for a life time.

Is Packaging Important?

I think you’ll agree with me that today’s story from God Vine is one that tugs at the heart strings. There have been times in my own life that I felt that I was entitled to certain things, that I deserved them and if I didn’t have my own way, I would stomp off. That was a long time ago, but sadly there are many of us who still feel we should get what we want in life. I have learned that the best things in life are not the things we see from the outside, but are the hidden things of the heart. Don’t miss your blessing today by assuming you know everything. Life is fragile and we should treat it as such. I hope this blesses you today.
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“He replied, “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it.”” -Luke 11:

God’s Plan

It is peoples’ understanding that they are free to be who they want to be and do what they want to do, but this is not the truth. Sin is what we have all become since the fall of Adam. Sin is our identity on earth. Sin will take us farther than we ever wanted to go, it will cost us more than we ever expected to pay and it will certainly destroy us when all is said and done. Sin is what everyone wants to turn a blind eye to. This however is not how God planned it. He provided a way to be in right standing with Him because it’s sin that has separated us from a holy God. Just know that God loves us so much that He has done it all and will remove our sins from us as far as the East is from the West by accepting what His Son Christ has done on the Cross. Jesus paid a debt a He did not owe and

The Sneeze-inspirational

We are in a day and age where God is not first and foremost and actually is being forbidden. But, as is written in scripture it is of no surprise. We are told that in the last days that people would turn from sound doctrine and accept the things that pleased them because they wanted their ears tickled. No one wants to hear about the effects of sin in their lives and have made a way to make sin acceptable and now it’s being forced on those who know better. If you are being tolerant of all these new rules and regulations and believing that this is pleasing to God, perhaps you might want to refer to His Word of Truth and stand up for what is true and right according to His Word. I love today’s story and how this group of graduates got around their dilema of keeping God out of it. Perhaps we

God of Abundance

I do know that life can be a struggle for many of us and usually is. No one is exempt from their share of them. I can admit though that after I came to a loving Savior, life made sense even in the midst of the trials and troubles. I know that no one is excluded from them, I know what they are meant to do and how we are to respond. This is the real meaning of life. Once you can wrap your mind around the why’s and wherefor’s, life will evolve into a beautiful created thing with a purpose. I don’t want to ever believe that my life has no purpose like I once did. When you have a relationship with the Lord, you can see more of the plans He has for you instead of trusting in so called fate or luck. It is destiny! I hope this devotional by Day Spring will bless you today!

Our Daily Bread

And Jes

How to Treat 5 Different Types of Migraines

I like to post these health articles because I know we are all effected by some of them and if these can offer any help then I feel it’s worth it. Migraines are nothing to laugh about. My husband suffers from them and sometimes they go full blown, like last week when we had to go to the ER. He can sometimes have one for weeks at a time where it’s always there. They have effected his life to the point that he can’t be out in direct sunlight, a bright flash, a certain noise or sometimes for no reason at all will bring one on. Preventative prescriptions can be very costly. Living with migraines is not funny. I hope this might be helpful to someone.
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How to Treat 5 Different Types of Migraines
By J

Sing of His Mercies

This poem by God Vine speaks so true for me. I once was lost and this world took a toll on me until I realized that God desired a relationship with me. Once I called out to Him, He did amazing things in my life and I sing His praises to this very day! His love never changes, it never fails and once you come to know Him personally, your life will never be the same either. Never underestimate the power of our God! I hope this blesses you today!
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“I will sing of the Lord’s great love forever; with my mouth I will make your faithfulness known through all generations.” -Psalm 89:1

Do you ever feel so overjoyed that you could burst? That is exactly what the love of God will do in your heart once you accept Him. Once you know His love, y

Are You Killing People on Facebook?

With so many ways to communicate, words just seem to fly around in the atmosphere. Even when we say negative things in jest, they are still being manifested in the spiritual realm. This subject of words and the things we say is one that I do purposefully think about and try to use my words for edification but in reality, I don’t always. So, in the meantime I can use this day as a starting point to try again to do the right thing. How are you using your words? Are you hurting or healing others?
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Are You Killing People on Facebook?
Stephen Altrogge
Thursday, July 18, 2013

Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Snapchat, text messaging, email, and every other form of online communication have loads of potential for good. The

Opinion Vs Truth-article

Even though my articles are several years old, the same basic truth still holds fast in all of them. The events may have changed, but everything still remains the same. We could now take this article and apply it to the Zimmerman case. Do any of us truly know the whole story and the motives of what happened that fateful night? Only God knows that answer and I can not or will not base the outcome of this trial as fair or unjust based on my opinion of it. The rest of the story is now between Mr. Zimmerman and God. His true fate and freedom will lie in the fact of surrendering to the Lord if he hasn’t already done that. We are not the judges, that is God’s job. As with the scandal about Paula Deene. Let him who is without sin cast the first stone. That surely leaves me out of it.
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Our Treasures & God’s Treasures

I love this story today from God Vine, it is so true of our human nature and until we can truly see and understand the treasures we miss out on because we are so much in the world, we will never understand what divine Grace is all about. But for those who do understand what it is we are choosing to give up (sin) for the exchange of eternal life through Christ, it’s well worth it. Sin will always take you farther than you ever wanted to go and it will always cost you more than you ever wanted to pay. Sin will always leave you with regrets that can never be erased. But the gift that God gives is totally free and it will never ask you to do anything that God has not given you the strength to do. Don’t settle for anything but the best.
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Take Up Thy Cross-inspirational

I thank God that I still have a right to openly serve Him and not be ashamed. To truly know Him is to truly love Him and to truly love Him is to believe in His every word and realize just how the world has deceived so many. Today’s inspirational by God Vine reminds me that the abortion issue is severely twisted and self seeking. God has created each individual baby for a unique purpose and we are destroying His handiworks as if we are gods! We do not belong to ourselves, we have no right to destroy a living being, especially one that is innocent and can not defend itself. I don’t care how the world perceives it or what they say to defend it, it is simply deplorable and selfish to dispose of such a miracle at the sake of being a nuisance. What have we become in this society? This is nothin

A Brother’s Song-inspirational

Love is a powerful thing. God is love and His love is powerful when we use it to give to others. I hope this story blesses you today. God bless! Viv
GODVINE INSPIRATIONALS
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“The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing.” – Zephaniah 3:17

How awesome is it that God Almighty, Creator of the universe and all living things, chooses to love you more than anything and is with you EVERYWHERE you go! If God is all you have, you have all you need! :)

A Brother’s Song

Like any good mother, when Karen found out that another baby was on the way, she did what she could to help

What Is The Hope You Have?

What Is The Hope You Have?
By Vivian Gordon
Published: January 14, 2008…

This year is going to be an interesting one. I’m referring to the elections. We read and we watch the media and from them we gather information about the candidates who are running. Can we believe and trust everything we hear or see? The media is used to sway people’s opinions one way or the other. Then, I see how this results in confusion. Pretty soon, we don’t know who to believe anymore. This is a scheme which has been master minded by the father of lies since the very beginning of creation. Satan instituted every lie, every form of doubt, every bit of confusion that ever was or will ever be, until Christ returns to crush his head. Satan’s agenda is to steal our hope.

One main way that we are put into a state of conf

Symptoms of Atypical Depression-health

I like to pass along some of these health articles because I know so many of us experience one thing or another that we may not realize or how to get help for it. I think many of us experience depression in some form or another. Some of it may be more serious than others. I never realized this form of depression and thought it was worth posting. Perhaps you or someone you know may be going through this. My intentions are to bring things into the forefront so they may be addressed and defeated. Depression that effects a life on a daily basis could be an issue that should be faced head on in order to be freed from it. I pray this may be of some help. Viv
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Symptoms of Atypical Depression
What exactly is atypical depression,

An Interview with God~Inspirational

If you read anything today, I pray it will be this by God Vine! Wow! It is very profound, but then again, God is profound. His message is simple, uncomplicated and thorough, it covers everything! His Word is Truth and it’s powerful. I pray you will read this because it’s so very true and in realizing some of these things, it could just make a big difference in your own life today! Blessings, Viv
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“This is what the LORD says: “Cursed is the one who trusts in man, who depends on flesh for his strength and whose heart turns away from the LORD.” – Jeremiah 17:5

While we may have the best intentions to trusts in others, we should be reminded that we are all sinners and are no match for the greatness of our God. In all things,

One Day at a Time~Inspiration

To know Christ is to know that we may not know what tomorrow holds, but we know Who holds tomorrow. God is love and when we realize that, we can learn to enter into His rest and allow the joy of today to be our guide. This doesn’t mean we are always happy, on the contrary. But the joy of the Lord is our strength and no matter what this day brings, He will always walk us through it and even though there may be weeping during the night, He will bring His joy in the morning. May Christ lead you into His joy today! Viv
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“May the Lord now show you kindness and faithfulness, and I too will show you the same favor because you have done this.” – 2 Samuel 2:6

You can never thank God enough for what He has given us, especially for the gift

Things God Won’t Ask

This inspirational by God Vine asks a very good and a very true question to everyone. When all is said and done, the things we think are important in life, will not matter at all at the end of ours. God is not impressed with material gains, He is only interested in whether or not you know His Son, Jesus Christ. What is God going to not ask you one day?
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“For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.” – Matthew 6:14-15

If you ask for God’s forgiveness, He will certainly give it to you. :) Seek Salvation and be welcomed into His kingdom!

Things God Won’t Ask

God won’t

Thank you for this honor!

I was recently informed that my work was chosen among 11 others for a special calendar that will be printed by Red Bubble by the Garden Tripod. I am so very honored for this project.
Thank you Red Bubble and GardenTripod group!

Death by Sugar

Death by Sugar

Story at-a-glance

Evidence is mounting that sugar is the primary factor causing not just obesity, but also chronic and lethal disease. According to Dr. Robert Lustig, sugar is toxic to your body, acting as a poison all by itself

Ending the over-consumption of sugar could have a profoundly beneficial impact on disease rates that currently cost the American health care system a trillion dollars per year

It’s important to realize that when we talk about “sugar,” ALL sugars are included. So when you’re evaluating your sugar consumption, don’t stop counting once you’ve accounted for the number of spoons of table sugar you’ve added to foods and beverages. Also include all other types of sweeteners found in various processed foods, such as corn-based sweeteners like high fructose

God’s Changing Power

I wanted to share this message for Independence Day from Day Spring inspirations with you today. God bless and Happy Birthday America!!!

God’s Changing Power

God is a changer.
He changes darkness into Light…
Bondage into Liberty…
Ashes into Beauty…
Conflict into Peace…
He has changed death to Life!
May you know His changing power and His love this Independence Day.

The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me… to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness… Isaiah 61:1,3

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Keep Calm & Pray On

God has a place of rest for us,
even in the midst of our busy and challenging days.
It isn’t an escape from the stress-
it’s an oasis of calm despite the demands.

His very presence is our

On the Threshold

I love this poem by God Vine inspirations because when you are a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ, it is then you truly understand that this world is not your home. We are just sojourners passing through. This is not our real home. I am so thankful that I know there is a far better place that awaits me the day I am called from this life to the next. It helps me to realize that my treasures aren’t of this world. I can also be thankful when my loved ones who are also in the Lord pass through that door, I don’t mourn for them, but rather I can thank God for taking them home and to know they are no longer in pain. If you know Christ today I hope this blesses you. If you don’t know Him, the word of God says, ‘Today is the day of salvation.’ Viv
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In God We Trust-inspirational by God Vine

I had read this story before and it got me thinking as well. I like to keep my mind focused on God and the things of God and this is one way to do that! I hope this blesses you today! Viv
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“Sovereign Lord, you are God! Your covenant is trustworthy, and you have promised these good things to your servant.” – 2 Samuel 7:28

Do you ever feel frightened or worried? Then put your trust in God. He will protect and guide you, He is completely trustworthy!!! :)

In God We Trust

A few months ago, my husband and I were invited to spend the weekend at his employer’s home. I was nervous about the weekend. The boss was very wealthy, with a fine home on the waterway, and cars costing more than our house. The first day and evening went well, and

10 Bits of Wisdom

I like to post these health articles because I think they contain some informative information. Instead of posting the whole article, I am leaving the link to the web site. I hope you will enjoy this bit of wisdom today!

10 Bits of Wisdom
Daily Inspiration
By John H. Sklare, Ed.D, Lifescript Personal Coach
Published June 26, 2013

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Keep Calm & Pray On

Keep Calm & Pray On
DaySpring Devotionals

God has a place of rest for us,
even in the midst of our busy and challenging days.
It isn’t an escape from the stress-
it’s an oasis of calm despite the demands.

His very presence is our ultimate peace.
He brings quiet streams of refreshing grace
to restore us in our times of need.
Praying God’s peace and joy for you today.

Let the beloved of the LORD rest secure in Him, for He shields him all day long, and the one the LORD loves rests between His shoulders. Deuteronomy 33:12

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The War From Within

This is an article written and published on Ezine Artices several years ago. It is still true today.

The War From Within
By Vivian Gordon
Published: January 23, 2008

Apparently there was a complaint coming from within our own military service. According to an article I had read it seems that our military soldiers who are of Christian faith were being persecuted by other military leaders who didn’t share this same faith or any other faith. Those who claim to be Atheists, Agnostics, and Wiccans were complaining about those who wanted to pray to God. They have said this violates their rights and beliefs. The argument now is that a Christian in the military does not have the right to pray to the Lord before battle. Who’s rights are now being violated? All this fuss seems a bit futile and foolis

Who God Used

I always find these inspirations by God Vine inspiring and that is why I choose to share them. The fact is, we all have the same doubts, fears, and concerns in life. We were all made to commune with God as well. When we come to know Him, He speaks to us in many ways, but there’s no mistake that He does reveal His love for us, He knows us, He knows our imperfections…He made us! But He can use each and every one of us, right where we are. We don’t have to wait to be perfect before we come to Him, He knows that’s impossible and that is why He asks us to come to Him as we are, He can use whoever He chooses. Enjoy these examples of those imperfect people who made history and were heroes in the Bible. May this bless you today! Viv
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9 Common Foods That Contain Toxic Ingredients

This information was sent to me via email and I thought I would pass it along to you. If you’re like me, you can’t help but notice how many people are experiencing illnesses that just weren’t even around when we were growing up. I have heard many people say that the food we are digesting is slowly killing us. It’s true, there are so many unsafe additives and chemicals being put in food that we are consuming on a regular basis. Young children are suffering from so many disorders as never before and it’s become the norm for them to collect SSI and for people who are on welfare, they welcome this! We are truly living in another day and time and I believe alot of it is food related. I hope you can glean something from this information. Have a great weekend! Viv
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Climb High the Mountain

I know we as humans, will be quick to judge someone by what we see on the outside, but do we truly stop to see the inside? No, we can’t see the heart of a person, only God can. What we usually do is assume things which always ends up coming back on us. Only God can truly judge a person. We can merely judge someone’s actions, the things they do, but only God can judge the heart. If truth be known, God’s word says that no one is good, no not one! We have all fallen short of the glory of God. We are all sinners and only Christ is good and in coming to Him are we good, not by what we do, but by what He has done! I hope you enjoy this message today by God Vine inspirationals. Viv
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“Stop judging by m

The Lord’s Home Run

What a wonderful inspirational story today from God Vine. Now this is my kind of baseball game. I pray this will bless you today! Viv
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“For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord bestows favor and honor; no good thing does he withhold from those whose walk is blameless.” – Psalm 84:11

God is our sovereign protector and He is all the armor we will ever need! He knows the very depths of our hearts and will honor our faith in Him with goodness. :)

The Lord’s Home Run

Freddy and the Lord stood by to observe a baseball game. The Lord’s team was playing Satan’s team.

The Lord’s team was at bat, the score was tied zero to zero, and it was the bottom of the 9th inning with two outs. They continued to watch as a batter stepp

The Trouble Tree

Did you know that you are not responsible for figuring out all your own problems? It’s been proven in medical studies that stress and anxiety due to fear and failure can cause many health issues? We were not meant to solve the world’s problems, or even our own without the help of Almighty God. When we take our problems to Him and then place them at the foot of the Cross, He will take them and in exchange give us His peace that surpasses all human understanding. When you know God and have this faith, you know that all things work together for good to those who love Him and have been called according to His purpose. Rom. 8:28 Having a relationship with Christ can mean the difference between life and death! Give Him your worries and cares today. There is nothing too big or too small that He

Highway 109

I pray this inspiration today will inspire you! Viv
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“’Unless you people see signs and wonders,’ Jesus told him, ‘you will never believe.’” – John 4:48

God’s miracles are all around us and they happen every day. Have faith and you will see them.

Highway 109

A drunk man in an Oldsmobile,
They said, had run the light
That caused the six-car pileup
On 109 that night.
When broken bodies lay about
And blood was everywhere,
The sirens screamed out elegies,
For death was in the air.

A mother, trapped inside her car,
Was heard above the noise;
Her plaintive plea near split the air:
“Oh, God, please spare my boys!”

She fought to loose her pinned hands;
She struggled to get free,
But mangled metal held her fast
In grim captivity.

Her frightened eyes th

A Child’s Kisses

The reason I post these inspirations is because I feel they can tug at our heartstrings. I believe that we as humans all have similar feelings no matter where we are or who we are. We all want to be loved, to be accepted and understood. Even though these God Vine inspirations are Christian based, I feel they can still speak to anyone whether or not they have a faith or not. I pray this story blesses you today.
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“I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.” – 3 John 1:4

Children are precious gifts. There is no greater gift you can give to them than bringing them towards Christ. Show them the love of Christ and they shall never depart from it. :)

A Child’s Kisses

A Speeding Ticket Lesson

This inspirational has a strong message about the ability to forgive. As the Bible tells us, ‘I can do ALL things through Christ which strengthens me.’
I hope this message by God Vine will inspire you today! God bless. Viv

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“First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you, because your faith is being reported all over the world.” – Romans 1:8

As Christians, it’s so important that we encourage and uplift each other in our faith in Jesus, just as Paul did to the Roman Gentiles. We are in this together and should be thankful for each other. :)

A Speeding Ticket Lesson

Jack took a long look at his speedometer before slowing down: 73 in a 55 zone. Fourth time in as many months. How could a guy get caught so often?
When his car

No Time

This poem by God Vine is one that should stir you up a bit. If you say you have a relationship with Christ, then you know that it needs to be nurtured every day. A good marriage will last because the relationship is kept fresh and alive. It’s the same with God. Unless we put our part into this relationship, God can not do it all without you. Are you sure He knows your name and has it written in His Book of Life? I hope this inspires you today. Viv
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“And call on me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you will honor me.” – Psalm 50:15

There is no one better than our Heavenly Father to call on in your good days and especially your bad days. He is the only one that can deliver us from all life’s toils and strife – it’s a pr

God’s Letter

Knowing the Lord Jesus Christ intimately in a relationship has allowed me to know God the Father. I know that God is LOVE, it’s Who He is, not what He does. Sadly this world who does not know Him, do not understand this kind of love and sadly have no idea that abortion is not God’s plan. Everyone is created by Him, no one is a mistake, no matter what. It is not for us to put to death an innocent human life for any reason. Our behavior must sadden Him so much because we don’t give Him a thought. God is LOVE, He loves you, He made a way to forgive you and take away your sins. Have you asked Him to come into your heart? God is not a joke, He will not be mocked. His Word is true and it gives life. I am thankful that I found that light in my own life. I hope you enjoy this inspirational from G

For Fathers on Father's Day

This is for all you dads out there for Father’s Day. May you have a beautiful day in the Lord!
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A Father’s Love

A father is…
Respected because he gives his children leadership,
Appreciated because he gives his children care,
Valued because he gives his children time,
Loved because he gives his children the one thing
they treasure most – himself.

The righteous man walks in his integrity;
his children are blessed after him.

Proverbs 20:7

The Steps of a Good Man

There are a lot of ways to be a dad…
But there’s an amazing difference in those dads who choose to follow God’s lead.

When I see you doing what only a good man does,
it makes me want to bless you.
—Movie Quote from COURAGEOUS

I want you to know how

The Visit

In this inspirational by God Vine, it is clear that when we think more highly of others than ourselves, what we are doing unto others, we are doing to Jesus. Life is a series of tests and how we handle them means passing them and moving on or repeating them over and over until we finally do get them. Why spend more time in the wilderness than we have to? When you know God’s Word, you will then know how to handle these tests and move beyond them. Knowing this kind of love and compassion will bring a true joy into your spirit where selfishness will only rob you of that. I hope you enjoy this inspirational today and that it will bless you! Viv
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“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind

Overthinking? It Could Be Depressing You-health report

Whether you are a spiritual person or not, the facts remain that what you think, you will become, there is power of life and death in your words and thoughts. We do have a choice in how we handle our thoughts, we can choose to turn them off or turn them on. Depending on which mode of emotional buttons you turn on or off could result in how your health is. Our thoughts are a medical proven science that we truly do become what we think.
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Overthinking? It Could Be Depressing You
Brooding Over Past Slights and Current Plights Can Lead to Depression
By Linda Wasmer Andrews, Special to Lifescript
Published June 13, 2013
Reviewed by Edward C. Geehr, M.D.

Stuck in a mental rut, constantly rehashing old pro

Checking In-inspirational

After reading this, I must confess it brought a tear to my eyes. You see, I do understand what walking with the Lord means to me. He is always right beside me and I thank Him every day for the relationship we’ve made since I accepted Him into my life as my Lord and Savior. I have learned the difference between religiousity and relationship. I am no longer under the law of set rules of man, but I am now covered in the grace of unconditional love and total forgiveness of all my sins. How I love the Lord Christ Jesus for saving a wretch like me. Is your faith in a religion or in Christ? If you don’t know Him today, the word of God says, if you believe in your heart and confess with your mouth that you are a sinner and have sinned, believe that Christ lived, died and raised again to life, the

God’s Wife-inspirational

As a Christian, you are now considered to be the Bride of Christ. As we have submitted to His will, we now become an extension of Him here on earth. When we go about doing good, people will see Christ in us. This story today is proof of that. I hope this blesses you today as you read this short story by God Vine Inspirationals.
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“As a father has compassion on his children, so the LORD has compassion on those who fear him;” – Psalm 103:13

The bond between every father and child is precious, but the bond with our Heavenly Father is even more than we could fathom. :)

God’s Wife

An Eye Witness Account from New York City on a cold day in December some years ago:

A little boy of about 10 years old wa

The Current of Negative Thinking

I wanted to share this article because I know someone who this describes. Unless we address these issues at the core, they can continue to spiral out of control. It is said that the mind is the battlefield. This is where we do all our fighting through our reasonings and emotions. Unless we build our foundation on a solid rock of what is true, everything will be washed out to sea like a house on the sand. God’s Word tells us to build our foundation on the Rock of Christ, He is the way, the truth and the life and He is the only One who can set us free from negative bondages. God’s Word when applied to our lives will work when we work the word! Find freedom from fear and negative emotions though Christ. After all, He laid His own life down so that you could build yours up and have the victor

Which One Are You? A Lesson For Life

I saw this on FB, a very good life lesson.

Which One Are You? A Lesson For Life

A young woman went to her grandmother and told her about her life and how things were so hard for her. She did not know how she was going to make it and wanted to give up. She was tired of fighting and struggling. It seemed that as one problem was solved, a new one arose.

Her grandmother took her to the kitchen. She filled three pots with water and placed each on a high fire. Soon the pots came to a boil. In the first, she placed carrots, in the second she placed eggs, and the last she placed ground coffee beans. She let them sit and boil, without saying a word.

In about twenty minutes she turned off the burners. She fished the carrots out and placed them in a bowl. She then pulled the eggs out and placed them

Be Like This Bird

It seems that all of us get tired and weary and give up when we attempt to go after a project. I find myself giving up before I have even tried to get something done. Because I get easily distracted by my thoughts and the outcome of it, I am already too weary to keep trying. The word of God tells us that as a man thinks, so is he. How true that is. If we think we will fail, then we have already resigned to do so. What if we put our focus on being successful? I’m pretty sure we would have a totally different outcome and outlook on the project at hand. Unless we fail, we will never experience success. I love sharing these wonderful life lessons by God Vine inspirations. There is wise counsel in them for everyone.
I pray this will bless you today!
Viv

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Push

This inspirational by God Vine has a very true message. If you find yourself today struggling with something using self efforts, most likely you are getting nowhere fast. As a believer, we are expected to lean on and trust in the Lord for everything! When God is in the middle of anything, you will see situations falling into place and sometimes, they will be nothing short of miracles. Never under estimate the power of the Lord, for there is nothing too big or too small that He can’t handle. Trust Him today for the things you are trying to do on your own. I hope this blesses you! Viv
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“He replied, “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain

Hiding Our Talents

Love is what we do best, love is what makes the world go round, because the God who created us in His image IS love, it’s not just what He does. Life is not complete unless we have given our hearts to someone or something. Love is what we give and also receive. How can we get it if we aren’t willing to give it away? For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son so that none should perish. That kind of love is the greatest kind of love. There is no other like it. I hope this inspirational by God Vine blesses you today!
Viv

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“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” – 1 John 1:9

We are ALL sinners, but eac

New Foods for an Osteoarthritis Diet

When I come across these interesting health articles I like to share them because it could just help someone. As someone who is starting to feel the pain of arthritis, I am on board for eating these veggies, not only because they’re good for you and taste good, but if they can help slow down the progression of arthritis, I’m all for that!
Blessings,
Viv

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New Foods for an Osteoarthritis Diet
How Garlic and Broccoli Could Fight Arthritis

Broccoli, cabbage, garlic and onions are full of nutrition, but could they offer osteoarthritis pain relief? Compounds in these veggies might turn out to be an arthritis cure on a plate, new research from England suggests. Learn about the intriguing science.

Nutrit

Footprints in the Sand-inspiration by God Vine

This poem is one that is well known and loved. It shows us that when we think God is not with us, those are the times He is carrying us! What a great vision when we find ourselves seeing only one set of footprints. It should occur to us that those prints aren’t ours, but those of the Lord, which are sure and steady. Be blessed today! Viv
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“Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in him.” – Psalm 34:8

Once you open your heart up to the Lord, you will forever be changed by His unending goodness and grace. We hope you have a very blessed Friday!

Footprints in the Sand

I was walking along the beach with my Lord.
Across the dark sky flashed scenes from my life.
For each scene, I noticed two sets

Litter of Puppies Orphaned by Tragic Tornado Found a New Mother

If you’re like me, you love these stories with a happy ending. I wanted to share this because I believe there are no coincidences in life but rather that everything is orchestrated under the mighty hand of a loving God, even for the innocent animals. Have a blessed weekend! Viv
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Litter of Puppies Orphaned by Tragic Tornado Found a New Mother

Because of the terrible tornadoes in the midwest, many people, pets and homes will never be the same again. Many volunteers have been stepping up to the plate to help others… and now even dogs are lending a helping paw.

A stray 2 year-old Rottweiler mix was scheduled to be euthanized; a volunteer at the Indiana shelter where the dog was being kept decided

Heartprints

God’s Word should be followed by everyone, Christian and non-Christian alike. Everyone wants to be understood and treated fairly, that’s just human nature. God understands because He created us in His image. Whether or not we believe in Him, He will always believe in us. His advice is always the best, not only for us but for everyone! I hope this inspirational from God Vine will encourage you today. God bless, Viv
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“Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God.” – Romans 15:7

Embrace the people of this world and do not judge them; Christ accepted us, and we should learn to accept others. :)

Heartprints

Whatever our hands touch-
We leave fingerprints!
On

Make Coffee

Sometimes life can seem too much to bear. Instead of allowing ourselves to be drown in hot water, add some coffee and sit back and enjoy! God has it under control! I hope you enjoy this inspirational by Holley Gerth from Heart to Heart. Blessings!!! Viv
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Make Coffee by Holley Gerth

Have a great weekend!

Sitting on the Fence

I hope you will enjoy this inspirational story by God Vine. Just think about it for a moment and ask yourself, where are you? Blessings, Viv
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“Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters.” – Matthew 12:30

Be proud of being a Christian! Wear your faith in God on your sleeve.

Sitting on the Fence

There was a large group of people gathered. On one side of the group stood a man, Jesus. On the other side stood another, Satan. Seperating them was a fence running through the group. The scene set, both Jesus and Satan began calling to people in the group. One by one, each having made up his or her own mind, went to either Jesus or Satan. This kept going for a tim

Beautiful advice

This truly is some simple and beautiful advice that we should all follow everyday. If we all could do this imagine what a wonderful world this might be! God bless! Viv
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Beautiful advice.

This is the most beautiful advice I have ever received in an email … Please don’t close or delete this one before reading!

An Angel says, ‘Never borrow from the future. If you worry about what may happen tomorrow and it doesn’t happen, you have worried in vain. Even if it does happen, you have to worry twice.’
1. Pray
2. Go to bed on time.
3. Get up on time so you can start the day unrushed.
4. Say No to projects that won’t fit into your time schedule, or that will compromise your mental health.
5. Delegate tasks to capable others.
6. Simplify

Can you meet this challenge?

This is simply for the fun of it. When I first read it, I got kind of worried but by the 4th line it all came together. What about you? I can cancel the trip to the old folks home now!
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Here’s another trick of Doctor Dementia to test your skills …

Can you meet this challenge?

I’ve seen this with the letters out of order, but this is the first
time I’ve seen it with numbers. Good example of a Brain Study: If
you can read this OUT LOUD you have a strong mind. And better than
that: Alzheimer’s is a long long, way down the road before it ever
gets anywhere near you.

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53RV35 7O PR0V3

H0W 0UR M1ND5 C4N

D0 4M4Z1NG 7H1NG5!

1MPR3551V3 7H1NG5!

1N 7H3 B3G1NN1NG

17 WA5 H4RD BU7

N0W, 0N 7H15 LIN3

Y0UR M1ND 1S

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Official versions of Pledge of Allegience

This was sent to me via email and I thought it was rather interesting in how the Pledge of Allegiance has changed through the years. I thought the poll taken by NBC was rather interesting as well. I thought I would pass this along for anyone else who might find this interesting.
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Official versions of Pledge of Allegience

1892
“I pledge allegiance to my flag and the republic for which it stands: one nation indivisible with liberty and justice for all.”

1892 to 1923
“I pledge allegiance to my flag and to the republic for which it stands: one nation indivisible with liberty and justice for all.”

1923 to 1924
“I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States and to the republic for which it stands: one nation indivis

A Baby’s Hug

This is a lovely story sent to me from God Vine inspirationals. It’s one that will make you and stop and think about how it’s so easy to judge others. In this world today, we are so ready to think the worst of people that we have no right to do. Thank God for children and their innocence to teach us a thing or two about the true love of our Lord. I hope this blesses you! Viv
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“And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” – Matthew 18:3

There is a reason why Jesus speaks of children so often – they have a beautiful innocence and unbridled faith in things unseen. When we strive to become more like them, our hearts b

Can you tell me?

I got this cute little poem via email. I thought it was worth sharing with you. As the saying goes, “out of the mouths of babes”, children are so special because they keep things simple. They believe the best, they are born to love and be loved, it’s not a big mystery to them. It’s not until we get older and full of doubt that we want to reason everything, we don’t believe in things we can’t see. But, children…they have faith and a wonder that none of should ever lose either. I hope this blesses you today! Viv
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Can you tell me?

He was just a little boy,
on a week’s first day.
Wandering home from Bible school,
and dawdling on the way.

He scuffed his shoes into the grass;
he even found a caterpilla

Letters to God-devotional by God Vine

As Bill Cosby use to say, ‘kids say the darndest things’. It’s funny to hear some of the thoughts that these young children have about God. The important thing is, they know He exists and loves them. This is the first step we must take in order to learn just who He is and how much He loves us too. I hope this blesses you today! Viv
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“He settles the barren woman in her home as a happy mother of children. Praise the LORD.” – Psalm 113:9

Children are wonderful gifts from God. Be thankful for them always!

Letters to God

These are real letters children wrote to God during school; get ready to laugh!

Dear GOD, In school they told us what You do. Who does it when You are on vacation?
- Jane

Dear GOD,

Many Ways to Worship-inspirational by God Vine

The way we praise the Lord is our own person choice. Too many times we are told to sit and bow our heads, fold our hands because this is the right way, but the Bible says we are to lift holy hands and sing to Him with gladness. I don’t think there’s such a thing as a right way or a wrong way to praise God. We are told to praise Him and that is a matter of one’s heart. Your Father in heaven will never reject any form of praise, He loves it all! I hope this blesses you today! Viv
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“All the nations you have made will come and worship before you, O Lord; they will bring glory to your name. For you are great and do marvelous deeds; you alone are God.” – Psalm 86:9-10

Worshiping the Lord is an important part of life – and there is nev

Why?

I received this on email and I thought the questions asked some pretty thought provoking questions of ‘why’? I thought you might enjoy these as well. Viv
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WHY?

Why do supermarkets make the sick walk all the way to the back of the store to get their prescriptions while healthy people can buy cigarettes at the front?

Why do people order double cheeseburgers, large fries, and a diet coke?

Why do banks leave vault doors open and then chain the pens to the counters?

Why do we leave cars worth thousands of dollars in our driveways and put our useless junk in the garage?

EVER WONDER…

Why the sun lightens our hair, but darkens our skin?

Why can’t women put on mascara with their mouth closed?

Why don

The Gift of Friendship-inspirational by God Vine

I hope this blesses you today!
Viv

“He who walks with the wise grows wise, but a companion of fools suffers harm.” – Proverbs 13:20

Choose your friends wisely and then love them like family; friendship is a gift from the Lord.

The Gift of Friendship

Friendship is a priceless gift
That cannot be bought or sold,
But its value is far greater
Than a mountain made of gold -
For gold is cold and lifeless,
It can neither see nor hear,
And in the time of trouble
It is powerless to cheer
It has no ears to listen,
No heart to understand,
It cannot bring you comfort
Or reach out a helping hand -
So when you ask God for a Gift,
Be thankful if He sends
Nor diamonds, pearls or riches,
But the love of real true friends.

~Helen Steiner Rice

Heaven Was Needing a Hero – a Tear-jerking Tribute to Fallen Soldiers

Keep all o

The Gift of Friendship-inspirational by God Vine

I hope this blesses you today!
Viv

“He who walks with the wise grows wise, but a companion of fools suffers harm.” – Proverbs 13:20

Choose your friends wisely and then love them like family; friendship is a gift from the Lord.

The Gift of Friendship

Friendship is a priceless gift
That cannot be bought or sold,
But its value is far greater
Than a mountain made of gold -
For gold is cold and lifeless,
It can neither see nor hear,
And in the time of trouble
It is powerless to cheer
It has no ears to listen,
No heart to understand,
It cannot bring you comfort
Or reach out a helping hand -
So when you ask God for a Gift,
Be thankful if He sends
Nor diamonds, pearls or riches,
But the love of real true friends.

~Helen Steiner Rice

Heaven Was Needing a Hero – a Tear-jerking Tribute to Fallen Soldiers

Keep all o

Relative Peace-inspirational by God Vine

It seems that so often the people we least get along with are someone in our own family. I fully understand this because I have a daughter in law who refuses to allow me to see my own grandson for reasons that are still very unclear and even more confusing to even try to understand. I do know that God does not author confusion and right now He is not the One leading my daughter in law, she has taken full control and this will not work when all is said and done. For the sake of our Savior, we need to let down our walls of offense and love and appreciate everyone, no matter what their past differences may be, appreciate them each and every day as it can be here and gone the next day and life isn’t meant for regrets of things that would’ve been, should’ve been or could’ve been. Life is for l

How to Pray for the Man Who Kills Babies

If you’re like me, you are appalled by what Kermit Gosnell has gotten away with for all these years. It’s a horrific fact that he has been murdering babies that had no voice. Women think that it’s their body to do with as they please, but on the flip side of that, whose body is it of the unborn baby inside the womb that can not cry out for justice? To be politically correct, we are not our own, we were bought with a price and we belong to God and so does that baby. I thought this article was timely since we as Christians have a part to play in all this. I pray this will bless you today! Viv
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How to Pray for the Man Who Kills Babies
Stephen Altrogge

Kermit Gosnell is currently on trial for the twenty-plus years of atrocitie

Isn’t It Funny... (inspirational by God Vine)

It’s a privilege to serve God with all we have, but we put Him in a box high on the shelf and put ourselves first and the things we want when we want them. God’s economy is that when we put Him first, He will add every good and perfect gift into our lives. I have been the recipient of God’s grace and I know this is true. I pray this will bless you today! Viv
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“I will therefore that men pray every where, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting.” – 1 Timothy 2:8

When we approach God it’s important that we free our hearts of any anger or resentment we may be harboring. Worship is at it’s best when there is nothing standing between your heart and the Lord.

Isn’t It Funny…

Funny how a $

Your Worth Is Beyond What You Know

This is for everyone, a Christian or a non Christian. A Christian is someone who follows Christ. When He came to save the world, no one followed Him, but He loved the world and chose to die for us anyway. He thought we were all worth it and He is still saving people today. I am so grateful that He thought I was worth dying for.
Blessings,
Viv

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Your Worth Is Beyond What You Know

You are walking through life holding gems in your hand. They’re your strengths, gifts, and all that God has placed within you. The world will try to dismiss them. “Nothing special.” “Won’t amount to anything.” “Not good enough.” But hopefully your heart pauses and says, “Wait a minute. Let’s call in someone who can trul

Learn From One Another-inspirational by God Vine

Being a Christian is not a religion, it’s a relationship with Christ. Since we know that He came to save sinners, which we all are, why do we show the world characteristics that don’t show who Jesus is to others? The biggest problem to this alot of times are the so called Christians. It’s not about a certain denomination or a belief and acting as if you are better than anyone else. No wonder so many people don’t trust a “Christian”. We have so much to learn about God’s love. Christ did not die to give us a religion. All I can say is, I am so grateful that He chose to die for me in my sinful state and said He will forgive me for all my sins, which means I will still sin! But I am forgiven as I have truly repented. God commands us to love Him with all our hearts, all our minds and all our s

Be Thankful-inspirational by God Vine

Thankfulness is the kind of heart God wants us to have. When you think of the gift of eternal life that He died to give you, you can’t help but have a grateful heart of thanksgiving. It helps to stop and ponder what God’s grace truly means. Once you focus on that, you can’t help but be thankful. Blessings, Viv
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“Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song. For the LORD is the great God, the great King above all gods.” – Psalm 95:2-3

Give thanks to the Lord always; life may seem like it’s not going your way, but God has a plan for you always. :)

Be Thankful

Be thankful that you don’t already have everything you desire.
If you did, what would there be to look forwa

Appropriate Attire-inspirational by God Vine

As a true follower of Christ, as opposed to being someone ‘religious’, I really love this little story. People who call themselves Christians and then act the way this church did are no better than the religious Pharisees of Jesus’ day, the ones He called hypocrites. I use to be one of those people who would stay away from church because they made me feel like I was unworthy to be there. God does not have a ‘dress code’ when it comes to attending His holy house of worship. His only request is that we come as we are. We are all broken in sin and we all need a touch from Him to clean us from the inside out. God could care less what we put on the outside of our bodies. He is only interested in our hearts! If you have been avoiding church because of the way people receive you, then like this

A Card Sale!

I would like to extend a sincere ‘thank you’ to whoever purchased “One More Reason Why I Love Spring” as a greeting card. Thank you for your support of my work!

A Pastor’s Business Card-by God Vine

I hope you will enjoy this bit of humor, it’s always good to laugh. Have a great weekend. Viv
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“Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing praise.” – James 5:13

Many times in our lives we will experience many ups and downs and the Bible is clear on just how God wants us to regard Him during these times. Draw near to him when you are troubled and sing His praises when you are joyful. Doing that will lead to a God-honoring life. :)

A Pastor’s Business Card

A new pastor was visiting in the homes of his parishioners. At one house it seemed obvious that someone was at home, but no answer came to his repeated knocks at the door. Therefore, he took out a business c

Risky Business

I believe it’s risk vs. wisdom. This is the difference I have made in my own life since coming to Christ. As a Christian, God speaks to us in His Word. There is the logos word, that we can read and then there is also the rhema word, or the spoken word of God. When we seek His counsel and ask for His blessings, He will open doors that no man can shut and He will shut doors that no man can open. I have become sensitive to doing God’s will and not my own. If I am not so sure of something, I just ask the Lord to cover it because when He’s in the middle of anything, I can be sure that it’s going to work out for the best. Knowing Christ really does make a big difference in making decisions with no regrets. Be blessed today! Viv
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Reframing Catastrophe

There is alot of truth in this article. It’s a fact of life that we all get blind sided with something horrific in our life time, no one is exempt. Being a good person does not keep you from experiencing tragedy. With that being said, we all have the same choices as to our reactions and how we will proceed. We can choose to stay bitter which benefits no one or we can choose to be better and learn a valuable lesson that will benefit us and those around us. Having a personal relationship with Christ is the key to overcoming our self pity. I pray this blesses you today! Viv
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Reframing Catastrophe
Daily Inspiration
By John H. Sklare, Ed.D, Lifescript Personal Coach
Published May 15, 2013

As I write this today, I’m still reelin

I Can, I Can!-inspirational by God Vine

Let me ask you something. How grateful are you for what you have? Do you find something good in life or are you apt to find fault with everything? I use to complain and think I deserved better. I changed my attitude when I found the reason to be grateful, that reason is Jesus. Now instead of finding things wrong in my life, I see all that is truly good and I thank the Lord for His many blessings. Even during hardships, which I have experienced many, finding reasons to be grateful can mean the difference in coming through them in peace or feeling hopeless and bitter. I choose to be better, not bitter. I pray this blesses you today!
Viv

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“Cast all your anxiety on him because He cares for you.” – 1

IT’S NOT HOW WE START IT’S HOW WE FINISH-inspirational by God Vine

One thing I am learning is true is that God is faithful to those who trust in Him. In this life we will all have our trials and many of them will be unfair. What do you do when someone falsely accuses you? The world’s way is to solve it themselves, with revenge or some other pay back. The problem with that is it never leads to anything good, someone will always get hurt. I have learned to trust in the Lord to fight my battles for me through prayer. My wish is not to harm the person who has hurt me but to pray for them and lead them to a sense of shame for their actions so they will change their ways. This is how it’s done in God’s economy and when He fights our battles we can be sure they will be finished and have a good ending. My conscience is free of bringing harm on someone. Two wrong

How to Cope With the Loss of a Pet

How to Cope With the Loss of a Pet
By Laurie Saloman
Reviewed by QualityHealth’s Medical Advisory Board…

For many of us, a pet is a valued member of the family. In honor of the love, support, companionship and acceptance they show us, we celebrate their birthdays, buy them gifts, and provide top-notch medical care. We brag about their accomplishments, keep photos of them on our desks, and add their names to the holiday cards we send. Some people even consider their pets their children.

What happens, then, when we lose our beloved animal companions? Not surprisingly, the grief we feel may be intense. A study conducted at the University of Hawaii’s animal science department of 106 pet owners found that almost a third experienced grief that lasted six months or more after their pet’s death. Twe

7 Bipolar Disorder Myths—Busted

7 Bipolar Disorder Myths—Busted
by QualityHealth Staff Writers
Reviewed by QualityHealth’s Medical Advisory Board…

It’s believed that more than 5 million American adults have bipolar disorder, according to the National Institute of Mental Health.

But while most people are familiar with the term “bipolar disorder,” several myths about the condition still abound.

1. Myth: It’s obvious when someone has bipolar disorder, so it’s easy to diagnose.
Reality: Bipolar disorder is not always easy to diagnose and may be mistaken for other conditions, such as depression, schizophrenia, or ADHD.

2. Myth: If someone has bipolar disorder, nothing can be done.
Reality: Bipolar disorder can’t be cured, but there are ways to help manage the condition. These include medication and psychotherapy (also known as ta

Your Future Isn’t Behind You-Daily Inspiration

Your Future Isn’t Behind You
Daily Inspiration
By John H. Sklare, Ed.D, Lifescript Personal Coach
Published May 10, 2013…

One of the most difficult tasks we encounter in our lives is letting go of the past and learning how to live in the present. Even though most of us tend to do this successfully, being able to let go of old pain, heartache, misfortune and misery is a tough row to hoe for most people.

Some are able to do this with little effort while others spend countless hours and a lot of money trying to accomplish this feat in therapy. And, of course, how easily and quickly one accomplishes this is intimately tied to the severity of the past trauma.

When I was a therapist in private practice, I shared the following phrase with countless people over the years because of its pure simplicit

Down Life’s Path-inspirational by God Vine

“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” – Jeremiah 29:11…

God knows exactly what He is doing with our lives, so all we need to do is put our faith and trust in Him. He always knows what is best for us, even when we don’t. :)

Down Life’s Path

Many go down life’s path with lofty plans
To amass a great fortune of houses and lands
And to live a life of pleasure and ease,
Thinking happiness can be found in these.
Others pursue power and worldwide fame
To be known by all and win their acclaim.
But those without God who attain these goals
Soon find emptiness remains in their souls.
They could not find true happiness
For life’s void cannot be filled with this.
If only they realized this will not last
Since life is fleeting

Are You “Wired to Worry”? Health article

We have alot more things going on in our lives today than ever before. I hear so many people refer to their anxiety or worries and this seems to define who they are instead of what they are. I realize these symptoms are very real and shouldn’t be taken lightly. I thought this article might offer a bit of information that could help the worrier to better understand just how their brain in conceiving this and how to avoid these fears. I believe in trying to live a happy, healthy life in body, soul and spirit. We are a three part creation. All three need to be well fed and nourished.
I hope this blesses you today. Viv

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Are You “Wired to Worry”?
By Jeanne Faulkner

Everyone worries occasionally. Som

Acceptance vs. Forgiveness

When we live in a fallen world, there are things that are done to us that were not fair. Some of these can be life changing but unless we learn to deal with the root of the issue, we will never be free from them. It is a proven medical fact that people who hold in unforgiveness, and contention and hatred are more likely to become ill. The effects of the stress from this nightmare are a leading cause to cancer. I believe it’s possible to move past these hurts. We can forgive someone without personally apologizing, it could even be someone who’s gone now. Forgiveness is not about forgetting but remembering to forget it. The main reason forgiveness or acceptance is so important is for our benefit, not that of the other person. So many times the one who caused the hurt is not effected at all

Why You Shouldn’t Lie-inspirational by God Vine

It’s good to be able to laugh at ourselves in a real human way, we are all humans who still can do the wrong things, even when we profess to be a Christian. We can compromise our walk with Christ even in the smallest of ways, like telling a little white lie that we believe can’t hurt anyone. This short story shows that very well. Even if no one else knows, we know and so does God. He is after all, the One we don’t want to disappoint. Be blessed, Viv
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“I hate and abhor lying: but your law do I love.” – Psalms 119:163

Deceit and negativity only distance ourselves from God. Instead, fix your heart on adhering to His desires for us and you will truly be blessed. :)

Why You Shouldn’t Lie

A minister

The Power of Pets

The Power of Pets
Daily Inspiration
By John H. Sklare, Ed.D, Lifescript Personal Coach
Published May 03, 2013…

Our pets are important parts of our lives. While I currently have a pet-free home, I’ve had pets most of my life, and know firsthand the positive aspects of having them.

When it comes to the most popular pets in the U.S., not surprisingly, dogs and cats top the list. According to the Humane Society, there are approximately 78.2 million pet dogs in the U.S., and about 39% of households own at least one. There are approximately 86.4 million pet cats, and about 33% of all households own at least one. An estimated 63% of American households have at least one pet, according to the American Pet Products Manufacturers Association.

It’s safe to say that we Americans love our pets and that we

Hilarious Bulletin Bloopers

We all know that laughter is a good medicine for the soul. I hope you’ll get a chuckle or two out of these bloopers. Even Christians make mistakes!!! LOL! Blessings! Viv
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“Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice.” – Philippians 4:4

Let your life be filled with the Lord’s joy; this world is a beautiful place, embrace it!

Hilarious Bulletin Bloopers

The Scouts are saving aluminum cans, bottles and other items to be recycled. Proceeds will be used to cripple children.

The pastor would appreciate it if the ladies of the congregation would lend him their electric girdles for the pancake breakfast next Sunday morning.

Our youth basketball team is back in action Wednesday at 8 PM in the

You Can’t Get There From Here-inspirational by God Vine

After reading today’s inspirational by God Vine, I have to admit that we do need more compassion for others, because unless we have walked in their shoes, we can never fully understand their position. I can only try to understand things from God’s point of view, to better understand what is right or wrong, but I can not judge another’s heart and they can’t judge mine. My job is to extend love, compassion and understanding and if possible help someone see Christ and His love for us in all situations. Have a blessed weekend, Viv
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“To sum up, let all be harmonious, sympathetic, brotherly, kindhearted, and humble in spirit;” – 1 Peter 3:8

Be kind to those around you…it’s the best way to show others the love of Christ and it

When I Got to Heaven-inspirational by God Vine

I loved the humor in this story today. We who are Christians can not assume we are better than anyyone else. God is the only One who can rightly judge a person’s heart and know where they are with Him. There are many who ride on the title of being a Christian who think that title alone will save them. The only thing that makes one righteous is knowing Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior and that does not require a certain religion, or race or creed. This is an invitation that is open to anyone and everyone who trusts in Jesus, even the worst of sinners! What a truly beautiful invitation. I pray this will bless you today. Viv
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“Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are

Parenting is Kingdom Work

As a mom who raised two sons, I can look back without too many regrets on how I raised them. Even when I worked, their father had a different shift and he was with them when I wasn’t. My main duty was to be the one who was their main care giver, to see them take their first steps, to hear them laugh for the first time, to see them off to school and have a dinner made where we all sat around the table together and discussed our days. It was my pleasure to sit down and read with them as they are both good readers today. Raising children is a job that needs to be taken seriously because our future depends on it. My boys are my legacy in this life and I am very proud of both of them as they are both successful young men who tell me now that they loved all the things we use to do together as a

The Secret Ingredient-inspirational by God Vine

I love today’s story from God Vine. It shows us that without love, life in general just won’t taste good. We put love into everything we do and it makes a world of difference to ourselves, to others and to God. Reach out and love someone today! Blessings, Viv
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“Children are a gift from the Lord; they are a reward from him.” – Psalm 127:3

Children truly are gifts from the Lord; love them and appreciate them every day.

The Secret Ingredient

My Italian Grandmother’s spaghetti sauce was a wonder to behold. After church on Sundays our family would always gather around for a huge dinner that was more a feast than a meal. For hours before the smell of the simmering sauce would fill the house and I

Strength - He Will Carry You Through-inspiration

I love reading these words of love and peace and full of promise from a God Who cares much more about you than you may ever imagine. In these days when so many of us are going through something rough, He wants us to realize that He is always there. I hope you will be encouraged by this inspirational by Day Spring today. God bless, Viv
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Strength – He Will Carry You Through

God knows you by name and has your best interest at heart.

He will be with you and will carry you when you can’t find the strength to stand on your own.

Just wanted you to know that during this difficult time you are loved, prayed for, and never, ever alone.

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in

Classic Artistic Still Life Rules

Recently I offered to take over the Classic Artistic Still Life group. I feel bad that so many of the works coming in are being rejected for not following the simple rules of this group.
I did not make these rules up but I am trying to follow them as they were written.
For anyone who is a member in this group I hope you will please read these rules because I don’t like rejecting so many lovely works.
The biggest problem is the works don’t have at least objects in the picture.
Thank you for understanding.
Viv…

Please review rules of Still Life group:
The rules are very simple:
- Make sure your image has excellent focus, clarity and composition.
- Make sure your image was artistically arrange by yourself.
- Make sure there are at least three objects in the composition. (Not three flowers in a vase.)
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The Starfish-inspirational by God Vine

I thought this was a pretty good story, simple but true. We can’t help everyone, but we can all help at least one! I hope you are having a great weekend! Blessings, Viv
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“Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will repay him for his deed.” – Proverbs 19:17

By helping those in need, you are showing others the love of Jesus in the most beautiful way. These are no simple acts to our Lord…they make a huge impact on the Kingdom and God will certainly reward you for your compassion. :)

The Starfish

There was once a wise man that used to go to the ocean to do his writing. He had a habit of walking on the beach before he began his work.

He was walking along the shore one day when h

Computer Problems

It seems I am at the mercy of a sick computer right now. I was getting an error script message every time I entered a challenge and then RB would stop responding. I set the computer back to a date when everything was working and when it came back on, I lost my Firefox altogether and I am using IE right now but for some reason I cannot comment on anyone’s work. It tells me there is an error there too as it does also on other sites.
I don’t know how long it will take before I can get this fixed, so please accept my apologies for not commenting on anyone’s work. I can still favorite them though!
For a new computer, this is very frustrating!
Have a great weekend!
Blessings,
Viv

Top 5 Regrets of the Dying

This article should hit home for everyone, not just those with spiritual beliefs because it’s a fact that we all must one day die. Life should be lived with no regrets and if you do have some, maybe this can help you solve those issues that are being harbored. God did create us to be beings in communion with Him and He never meant for man to suffer from regrets and sorrow. Live each day for Him, be a blessing to others and laugh! Don’t let another day pass you by with regrets! Blessings, Viv
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Top 5 Regrets of the Dying
Daily Inspiration
By John H. Sklare, Ed.D, Lifescript Personal Coach
Published April 24, 2013…

If the unthinkable was to become true today and you learned that you only had three m

Resist the Blame Game-inspirational by God Vine

Lots of truth in this inspirational today. Today everyone wants to put the blame on someone else for the way their lives turned out, but in truth, it’s up to each of us to take responsibility for our own lives. No one is responsible for making you happy or unhappy, that is a choice we all must make. When you point a finger at someone, there are three more coming back at you! I hope you enjoy this and are blessed from it. Viv
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“He who plants and he who waters are one, and each will receive his wages according to his labor.” – 1 Corinthians 3:8

Resist the Blame Game

I once heard a story of a 40-year-old woman who was jogging in a U. S. state park when she was attacked and killed by a mountain lion. Her family immediately filed sui

How Do I Tackle Unfinished Projects?

This is something I believe we all face as things seem to pile up at home and before you know it, there are projects that have been started and not finished until they are all staring you in the face. That can get depressing and overwhelming. I have been tackling my projects lately one at a time and if I don’t get them all done that day, I know I am still further ahead than I was the day before and tomorrow I can tackle a few more until I knock them all down. The best thing is not to lose sleep over any of it. I hope this might be helpful to anyone who may be going through this right now. Blessings, Viv
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Q&A – How Do I Tackle Unfinished Projects?
Daily Inspiration
By John H. Sklare, Ed.D, Lif

We Would See Jesus-inspirational by God Vine

“The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.” – John 10:10-11…

As we walk closer to God, we discover that anything that causes us fear or worry is not of Him. Christ is our abundant Life who gives us our peace, joy and contentment. He desires that we rest fully in Him.

We Would See Jesus

We would see Jesus; for the shadows lengthen
Across this little landscape of our life;
We would see Jesus, our weak faith to strengthen
For the last weariness, the final strife.

We would see Jesus, the great rock Foundation
Whereon our feet were set with sovereign grace;
Nor life nor death, with all their agitation,
Can thence remove u

A Card Sale!

Even though I may not be able to thank this person personally, I’d like to acknowledge their generosity in purchasing a card from me.
I am always thankful to each and every person who supports my work.
Thank you for buying this card of Harrisburg, the state capital of Pennsylvania

New Pledge of Allegiance (TOTALLY AWESOME)!

This was sent to me via email and I thought I’d pass it along to you. In light of all the news breaking out in the media, it might be something to consider the words written by a 15 year old. I believe he is on to something big!
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BY A 15 yr. OLD SCHOOL KID
New Pledge of Allegiance (TOTALLY AWESOME)!

Since the Pledge of Allegiance And The Lord’s Prayer Are not allowed in most Public schools anymore Because the word ‘God’ is mentioned….. A kid in Arizona wrote the attached NEW School prayer:

Now I sit me down in school
Where praying is against the rule
For this great nation under God
Finds mention of Him very odd.
If scripture now the class recites,
It violates the Bill of Rights.
And anytime my

Having a Thankful Heart-inspirational by God Vine

I am reminded of some wise advice Paul gave us in Philippians 4:4 which is “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice! Let your gentle spirit be known to all men.”
To RE joice actually means to have joy over and over again in the Lord who has been so generous to us. To wake up every morning and just give Him thanks first thing will certainly make a big difference in the outcome of the day! Be blessed, Viv

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“I will praise the name of God with song, And shall magnify Him with thanksgiving.” – Psalm 69:30

Having a Thankful Heart

It’s a challenge to grow up with a thankful heart. From an early age we are exposed to a culture of complainers, gripers, grumblers, and critics. We complain about the weather, traffic, food, wor

Classic Artistic Still Life Group needs more participation

Hi everyone. I have recently taken over a group called Classic Artistic Still Life which has not been doing much activity.
My co host teresa731, and myself are anxious to see this group become active and alive with beautiful still life works.
We have 2 challenges running right now that we’d love for you to enter.
One is a book on a table.

Biblical Still Life by aprilann

and the other one is Classic Fruit still life.

Two Lemons and grapes by EbyArts

We have some more great challenges coming up and we’d love to see your work in these challenges. If you have not yet joined, please stop by the link above and jump on in.

Thanks everyone for your interest in this group!
Gratefully,
Vivian and Teresa

The Other Side-a good story

I love to bring a good story with a good moral that I receive from God Vine inspirationals. This is one of those stories. I pray it will give you some comfort today. The video at the end is also very interesting. It is a good example that shows we truly don’t think of ourselves the same way as others do and mainly God who fearfully and wonderfully made each of us. If He had a refrigerator, our pictures would be on it! Check it out, it’s pretty interesting. God bless, Viv
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“For this God is our God for ever and ever: he will be our guide even to death.” – Psalms 48:14

Isn’t it reassuring to know that our God will never, EVER leave us! :) His infinite mercy, truth and love has never changed and

A REALISTIC VIEW OF THE BIBLE

A REALISTIC VIEW OF THE BIBLE
By Mart De Haan (RBC Ministires)

The Bible pays a price for being one of the most quoted and talked about books in the world. Even those who haven’t read it for themselves often assume they’ve heard enough to know what it’s about.
But there’s more to this Book of books than its reputation may suggest. Being anything but predictable, first impressions of the Bible can give way to very different conclusions.

I. THE BIBLE IS FULL OF EMBARRASSING STORIES.
Both testaments describe the dark side of the people whose stories they tell.
The Prophets of the Old Testament didn’t overlook the moral and spiritual failures of their own people. Nor did the authors of the New Testament Gospels ignore the self-centeredness of Jesus’ disciples or the sins of the church they founde

The Exemplary Behavior Challenge-for your health

The Exemplary Behavior Challenge
Daily Inspiration
By John H. Sklare, Ed.D, Lifescript Personal Coach
Published April 15, 2013…

I’m always impressed by exemplary behavior when I see it. And by that, I mean behavior I find so admirable and superior to the behavior I normally see that I can’t help but notice it, be moved by it and want to incorporate it into my own life. I’m talking about people who set such a good example by something they do or say that I’m moved to emulate them in my own personal life.

I witnessed something on TV the other day that brought this to mind. Novak Djokovic, the number one tennis player in the world, recently suffered a rare defeat. He was beaten by Juan Martín del Potro in a long and hard-fought semi-final match. What impressed me most about that match, however,

The Exemplary Behavior Challenge-for your health

The Exemplary Behavior Challenge
Daily Inspiration
By John H. Sklare, Ed.D, Lifescript Personal Coach
Published April 15, 2013…

I’m always impressed by exemplary behavior when I see it. And by that, I mean behavior I find so admirable and superior to the behavior I normally see that I can’t help but notice it, be moved by it and want to incorporate it into my own life. I’m talking about people who set such a good example by something they do or say that I’m moved to emulate them in my own personal life.

I witnessed something on TV the other day that brought this to mind. Novak Djokovic, the number one tennis player in the world, recently suffered a rare defeat. He was beaten by Juan Martín del Potro in a long and hard-fought semi-final match. What impressed me most about that match, however,

Why has this happened?

U2 Lifts Praises to God at a Concert by Performing Yahweh

To end a concert in Chicago, U2 decided to sing “Yahweh” and “40,” their own Psalm 40 song. This performance is simply a must-see for all Christians – watching such a popular band praise the Lord is inspiring!

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Psalm 40[a]
For the director of music. Of David.
A psalm.

1 I waited patiently for the Lord;
he turned to me and heard my cry.
2 He lifted me out of the slimy pit,
out of the mud and mire;
he set my feet on a rock
and gave me a firm place to stand.
3 He put a new song in my mouth,
a hymn of praise to our God.
Many will see and fear the Lord
and put their trust in him.

4 Blessed is the one
who trusts in the Lord,
who does not look to the proud,
to those who turn aside to false gods.[b]
5 Many, Lord my God

The Glory of Spring

This beautiful poem presented by GodVine puts my feelings into words perfectly. Spring is the most wonderful season of all as each day we notice new life popping out after a long winter’s sleep. It’s a season that keeps my mind stayed upon the small miracles that our Father gives us to enjoy. I have much to be thankful for today. I hope you are noticing all this too! Take a moment to stop and thank the Father for His love that is renewed every day. Blessings, Viv
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“By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible.” – Hebrews 11:3

Look around you! Do you realize that every single thing that you see was created by the Lord? We have taken advan

Look Up!-inspirational by God Vine

This reminds me of a time when my cousin was visiting me. She claims to be an agnostic who believes there is no kind of higher power, which to me is so sad. We sat outside one evening to watch for the shooting stars that night and as I looked up I saw one that exploded into a red, white and blue, it was really awesome. But she totally missed it and I remember telling her, “You have to look up!” I’m not sure if she caught the meaning in that or not, but it spoke volumes to me.As far as I know, she still hasn’t looked up. I hope you are looking up today! Blessings, Viv
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“A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.”
Proverbs 17:22

When you experience pain or suffer

Sold 2 more cards!

It’s always awesome to find a message via email that someone purchased my work. Today someone has bought two of “Drink Coca Cola” cards.
Thank you so much for all your support!!!

An Unusual Act of Kindness-inspirational by God Vine

Have you ever received a blessing out of nowhere or have you ever given one? If you have ever experienced this either way, you know how wonderful it feels to be loved by a God who orchestrates this perfectly. I have done it both ways and each way brings such a joy and to understand what it means to give and receive is truly doing it God’s way. Remember, when you keep your hand open to give, it also allows God to give it back. Don’t keep a closed fist when you see someone who is need of a blessing. One day it may be you in need of a blessing. Enjoy, be blessed, Viv
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“Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience.” – Colos

Workroom of God-inspirational by God Vine

“Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”
1 Thessalonians 5:18…

Always be thankful for what the Lord has given you! If you have trouble thinking of what has been given to you, just look around. Every beautiful, wonderful thing in your life came from the Lord – so we bet you have a LOT to be thankful for! :)

Workroom of God

A newly arrived soul in Heaven was met by St. Peter. The saint toured the soul around Heaven. Both of them walked side by side inside a large workroom filled with angels.

St. Peter stopped in front of the first section and said, “This is the Receiving Section. Here, all the petitions to God said in prayer are received.”

The soul looked at the section, and it was terribly busy with so many angels sorting out petitions writt

The Next Step

Do you have a hard time planning your work and working that plan? I know I get overwhelmed sometimes, but I am trying to just get something done each day and attack it again the following day. If I get ahead of myself, odds are nothing will get done at all, because I have made myself so tired with trying to figure it all out at once. If this is you too, maybe this article can be of some help.
Blessings, Viv

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The Next Step
Daily Inspiration
By John H. Sklare, Ed.D, Lifescript Personal Coach
Published April 10, 2013

Are you the type of person who takes forever to complete a project or get something done? Do you get so overwhelmed by the immensity of a task that you find yourself faltering and havi

Please Revive Us-inspirational by God Vine

I am happy to bring this inspirational to you today from God Vine because it’s a good reminder that we all need to be renewed in our minds, and spirits and bodies every day. How do we do that? We must look to Jesus Who supplies all this, in Him is our daily prosperity. A day without Him is long and grueling and dissatisfaction with life itself. When you understand that He is the Way, the Life and the Truth everything just runs more peacefully and in order. I pray you know Him today for your peace. Viv
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“Restore us, O Lord God of hosts! Let your face shine, that we may be saved!” – Psalm 80:19

If you need renewal or revival, look to the Lord. He can give you the strength you need to find happ

Praying for People-inspirational by God Vine

I liked this little story of how the old woman remembered to pray for others and then herself. It’s a good reminder that prayer is the most powerful weapon we have against the enemy who wants to defeat us. Our faith in God to take care of all matters is alot more than just being a good person, it’s about being righteous in Him for without Him, no one is good on their own. Be blessed, Viv
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“The LORD is near to all them that call on him, to all that call on him in truth.” – Psalms 145:18

If you have a righteous heart and you pray to the Lord truthfully, He will hear you. If you are wicked and selfish, your prayers will go unanswered. So have faith in the Lord and be good person and God will help you through life.

Praying for Peop

A Truly Special Story-inspirational by God Vine

I love the lessons from these inspirationals, they hit home for all of us, no matter who we are or where we are. Love is truly the greatest of all. I hope you will enjoy this short story and be uplifted today. Be blessed, Viv
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“Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamor, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice” – Ephesians 4:31

Let go of all of those nasty, bitter feelings that you have in life. If you hang onto them, Satan will rule you. Instead, let God fill you with joy and love! Doesn’t it feel good to let go of bad feelings?

A Truly Special Story

A few years ago at the Seattle Special Olympics, nine contestants, all physically or mentally disabled, assembled a

Everyday Miracles-inspirational by God Vine

Have you ever just thanked the Lord that you woke up this morning? Have you even considered that He gives you your next breath? We tend to take so much for granted, but in all honesty, we are not entitled to anything. Everything is a gift and our lives should be lived in constant gratitude for the One Who gave us life. I hope you enjoy this poem and the video at the end is awesome. Be blessed, Viv
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“And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.” – Matthew 17:20

Modern day miracles are all aro

The Message-great video!

I really enjoyed this short video message, because it’s fresh and fun, but it’s not new. The message is an old one but brought in a new way for those who think coming to Christ is stuffy and not for them. I pray you will take a listen to this and truly see the truth in this message. May you be blessed today! Viv

Mirrors-inspirational by God Vine

It’s true that when you are in Christ, you do become a new person, one that is more joyful and open to pleasures not of this world. You begin to see things through different eyes and where there once was hopelessness, doubt, sarcasm, jealousy, envy etc. it is replaced with something else…love. It’s love for others, love for self and especially love for Christ who gave this new life to you. I hope you enjoy this story because I have found it to be true in my own life! Blessings, Viv

“Give thanks to the God of heaven, for his steadfast love endures forever.” – Psalm 136:26

When you let God’s love into your life, other people can tell. Have you ever heard of someone having a healthy glow? Letting Christ live inside you will give you that glow, so open up your heart to the Lord. You will be a

More Wonders, Surprises, Blessings!-Inspirational by Day Spring

Walking with Christ is the most important and precious gift we could ever receive. We were all made to be in communion with Him. He will keep and protect all who are His and lead them in the way they are to go. I pray You are walking with Him today. Blessings, Viv

More Wonders, Surprises, Blessings!

Cast your net,
with all the might of your faith,
into the waters of His will.
Send it deep into the sea of His promises,
into the waters of His abundance,
into the depths of His supply.
As you do, you will gather-
more wonders than you have ever seen,
more surprises than you can ever imagine,
more blessings than you can ever hold!

They cast therefore, and now they were not able to draw it for the multitude of fishes. John 21:6

-Devotional encouragement by Roy Lessin, from his blog Meet Me In The Meadow

Nuts in a Cemetary-inspirational by God Vine

God gave us all a sense of humor, it’s a medicine for the soul. We can laugh about things but some things we must take seriously. We must prepare where our souls will be be one day. As God tells us, it is appointed once for man to die and after that the judgement. We all will have to make a choice of where we will spend eternity as there is a heaven and a hell, both are real. If you have made the choice to receive Christ, then you have nothing to be afraid of and unlike the little boy and the old man in this story, you will not have to run away in fear. Hope you enjoy the story! Blessings, Viv

“Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice.” – Philippians 4:4

Take advantage of this beautiful weekend and everything the Lord created. We have reason to rejoice, we are saved from sin a

A Smile-inspirational by God Vine

This devotional from God Vine is one that should touch each and every one of us. When we can love unconditionally, we are showing others the love of God for us. Spread the word around today! Blessings! Viv

“For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.” – Romans 8:6

If you live focused on carnal thoughts and the superficial aspects of this world, you are living in a state of condemnation. However, if you have God in your soul instead, your life will be full of peace, love and the promise of eternal life!!! We think you will make the right choice. :)

A Smile

I am a mother of three (ages 14, 12, 3) and have recently completed my college degree. The last class I had to take was Sociology. The teacher was absolutely inspiring with the qualities that I wis

Thank you for the print sale!

I’d like to thank Jerry aka zpawpaw for purchasing this print. I made this for his son and his new baby. I am so pleased that he liked it enough to purchase it for his son. Thanks so much Jerry!

8 Free Gifts You Should Give-inspirational by God Vine

If any of you know me, you know that I believe whole heartedly in these gifts. They are the reason I began my group Just For You. I believe in making someone’s day with kindness, thoughtfulness, and laughter or a sincere gesture of sympathy or prayer. I do believe that we all, no matter where we are in this world, all want the same things, understanding, compassion, friendship, a need to be needed and appreciated. This world is not all about us singularly, it’s about all of us as a group. If you agree, I think you’ll enjoy today’s message from God Vine. Be blessed, Viv
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“Finally, all of you, have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind.” – 1 Peter 3:8

Love and kindness can go a long way in this

One Page at a Time

I love these stories by God Vine inspirationals because I believe they speak to all of us. I truly believe that we as people all experience the same things, feel similar ways and may even expect the same things out of life. I think this story is a good example of that. I pray you will be blessed by this today. Viv
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“And Jesus Christ our Lord was shown to be the Son of God when God powerfully raised him from the dead by means of the Holy Spirit. Through Christ, God has given us the privilege and authority to tell Gentiles everywhere what God has done for them, so that they will believe and obey him, bringing glory to his name.” – Romans 1:4-5

Isn’t it strange that some people don’t believe t

Resurrection Sunday-God Vine Inspirational

What wonderful news for the whole world. It’s a free gift, have you taken it yet?

“As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man dressed in a white robe sitting on the right side, and they were alarmed. ‘Don’t be alarmed,’ he said. ‘You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid him. But go, tell his disciples and Peter, He is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you.’” – Mark 16:5-7

Jesus Christ is risen today, hallelujah!!! Just as God promised, Jesus rose from the grave on the third day, defeating sin and death for us. Celebrate on this glorious Resurrection Sunday just what amazing miracle God gave to us so many years ago. Jesus rose from the dead – and today – He is alive in

Joy & Peace This Easter

Today as we celebrate the risen Lord, I hope you will enjoy reading these very inspirational messages from Day Spring.
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Joy & Peace This Easter

Thank You, Lord,
for a costly cross…
an empty tomb…
a triumphant Savior…
and a heart set free
for all eternity!

Joy and Peace to You this Easter

But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. I Corinthians 15:57

CLICK HERE:http://ecards.dayspring.com/ecards/subcat.asp?C... to share this message of the Joy & Peace of Easter as a Free E-Card.

Miracle Of The Empty Tomb

By Him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of

Never squat with your spurs on...

For those of you who know me, understand that aside from my Christian ethics, I love to laugh and bring laughter to others. I thought this email was worth passing along today as some of you just might get a kick out of these sayings like I did. Laughter is a good medicine for the soul. Blessings, Viv
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Never squat with your spurs on…

Will Rogers, who died in a 1935 plane crash, was one of the
greatest political sages this country has ever known.

Some of his sayings:
1. Never slap a man who’s chewing tobacco.
2. Never kick a cow chip on a hot day.
3. There are two theories to arguing with a woman. Neither works.
4. Never miss a good chance to shut up.
5. Always drink upstream from the herd.
6. If you find yourself in a hole, stop diggi

THE PAYDAY

If you are a Christ believer like me, I think you will agree with this article. Our country is facing some very hard times ahead as we shift farther and farther away from God, putting our trust in a government that will never be for the people. God loves His people, but if we continue mocking Him, He said there will come a time when He will no longer be found. We must seek Him while we can and come back to Him. Our president is not god and we need to recognize this and get back to basics, teach our children godly morals and ethics and pray for our repentance for being so disobedient.
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THE PAYDAY
by David Wilkerson
March 28, 2013…

I want to give you four tragic results that befall those who dethrone the Lord.

1. “Israel i

Betwixt and Between-inspirational

I love to share these wonderful inspirationals by God Vine whenever I can. We should always reflect upon what Christ did for us not just on holidays, but every day of the year. He wants that no one should perish but have everlasting life in Him. Do you know Him today? God bless. Viv
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“And when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, he gave up his spirit. At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook and the rocks split. The tombs broke open and the bodies of many holy people who had died were raised to life. They came out of the tombs, and after Jesus’ resurrection they went into the holy city and appeared to many people.” – Matthew 27:50-53

Heavens Grocery Store..

This was sent to me through email and I wanted to share it. It’s simply the way we must all be truly living in this life. Blessings, Viv
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As I was walking Down life’s highway Many years ago

I came upon a Sign that read

Heavens Grocery Store..

When I got a Little closer

The doors swung Open wide

And when I came To myself

I was standing Inside..

I saw a host of Angels.

They were Standing everywhere

One handed me a Basket

And said ‘My Child shop with care..’

Everything a Human needed Was in that Grocery store

And what you Could not carry You could come Back for more

First I got some Patience.

Love was in that Same row.

Further down was Understanding, You need that Everywhere you go..

I got a box or Two of Wisdom And Faith

His Love-inspirational by God Vine

As we celebrate tomorrow with family and friends, may we stop and give thanks to God for the free gift of His grace through His Son Jesus Christ so that we have been made free in Him. Have a blessed Resurrection Sunday! Viv
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“But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” – Romans 5:8

Spring and Easter is a time for renewal, to appreciate life and all of its beauty. :) So look around you today at God’s creation and know it was made for you. God Bless you and enjoy life this holy week!

His Love

God sent His Son to take the punishment
For all the thoughtless, sinful things we do;
Jesus gave his life because He loves us;
His love is boundless, sweet, forever true.

On Easter morn He

He's Alive

This man called Jesus could’ve had legions of angels deliver Him from what was set before Him. But it was not His will that He should leave us in our sinful state. He did His Father’s will to go before those who wanted Him dead. He stood before the High Priest Ciaphas and then handed to Pontius Pilate who washed his hands of Jesus’ blood. He found no fault in this man, but handed him over because the angry mob cried, “Crucify Him! Crucify Him!”
He took 40 lashes with a cat of nine tails, and each strike shred the skin away from his back until His ribs lay bare. They punched Him, they spit in His face, pulled out His beard and mocked Him as they shoved a crown of thorns about 3 inches long into His skull. What did He do? Nothing, He never said a word, He was the Lamb before the slaughter, H

One Victorious Empty Tomb by Day Spring

Today is known as Good Friday. It’s the day that Jesus went to the cross to pay the penalty for all of man kind’s sins. In the O.T. the high priest would examine the offering of the lamb to make sure it was without spot, blemish or wrinkle. This animal would then take on the sins of the owner, but killed as a blood sacrifice and the owner would be free of sin for one year. This was just a promisary note of payment, but it didn’t cover sin for good. When Jesus was tried, they found no blame in Him, He was the Lamb without spot, blemish or wrinkle that came to set the captives free once and for all. He was the payment in full! When He cried out, ‘It is finished!’ God accepted His payment and from that moment, He split the curtain to the Holy of Holies so that you and I could now enter in. I

The Humble Servant-inspirational

As one who use to walk on the other side, I never understood the truth in this, but after a life changing conversion with Christ, I would never go back! He has given me a new life. I have also met the devil face to face and believe me, it’s not very pretty! Both Satan and Jesus are real, as are heaven and hell. Where do you want to spend eternity?
I hope you enjoy this story by God Vine devotionals.
Happy Good Friday!
Viv

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“Jesus called out with a loud voice, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.” When he had said this, he breathed his last.” – Luke 23:46

On this Good Friday, let us reflect on what Jesus did for us on the cross. The pain and suffering he endured paid the price for our sins so we may have eternal lif

God’s Perfect Love & Amazing Grace

I love to share these beautiful devotionals from Day Spring. I pray it will add hope and joy to you today.
May you have a blessed Palm Sunday!
Viv

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God’s Perfect Love & Amazing Grace

The greatest treasures in life begin with God’s abundant goodness in giving us the gift of a Saviour.

Praying your day is filled with good things and thankful moments – a special time of celebrating the miracle of Easter, with glimpses of God’s perfect love and amazing grace.

Nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:39

Celebrate The Resurrection

Jesus is light…
Shattering all darkness.
He is Truth…
Silencing all doubts.
He is life…

The True Meaning of Easter

For anyone who doesn’t truly understand why Easter, or preferably “Resurrection Sunday” is the MOST single, important holiday for everyone, this is a very good explanation through Scripture of the events that led up to Christ’s crucifixion and why it had to be that way. His death was prophesied hundreds of years before His birth, it had to take place in order to be fulfilled. This is not just a story about a religious event, it’s a human event for everyone. Religion has nothing to do with this at all. It doesn’t matter if you are Jewish, Gentile, Muslim, Buddhist, Catholic, Black, White, Red or Yellow…this is all for you! I pray you will be lead to read this with an open heart of understanding. These events are truly what the Easter holiday are all about.
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A Prayer For Easter-inspirational

This story of Christ’s sacrifice on the cross to set all people free from eternal damnation is the only absolute truth there is. There are many beliefs but there can only be one that is totally and absolutely true. God’s Word is the answer to every question that we as humans all have. He surpasses all man made religions and opinions. He is the Word of Life for people of every tribe and every nation. There is no other message that offers this free gift of righteousness.
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“He will swallow up death in victory; and the Lord GOD will wipe away tears from off all faces.” – Isaiah 25:8

It’s okay to think that death is frightening. No matter how much faith we have in God, sometimes the unknown is scary. But, try to remember that Jesus

A Conversation with God-inspirational by God Vine

I hope you will read this and understand how much God truly does love you! If anything it may get you to think differently about how things go during your day, it just might be for your own good! Enjoy this inspirational by God Vine.
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“…just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.” – Romans 6:4

When Jesus died on the cross, He defeated death. Because of this, we know that we will have eternal life if we just accept Jesus as our Savior – it is truly an amazing gift! Take time to pray to God, talk to Him, and be close with Him. He has done so many things for us, it shouldn’t be hard to take a few minutes out of the day to spend time with Him!

A Conversation wit

An inside view of what President Obama is doing here in Jerusalem-current events

This is a subject that is near and dear to my heart. I am hearing disturbing news coming from the middle East and surrounding Israel right now. Even though she is God’s chosen people, she has always suffered such persecution in the world that hates her. If you have been watching the series of The Bible, you will see this has been going on since the beginning of time from their deliverance from Egypt. God’s Word tells us in Deu. that those who curse Israel will be cursed and he who blesses her will be blessed. Our nation is in the throws of coming under a curse because our commander in chief, the vice president and secretary of state do not support Israel. If you read Jeremiah chapter 30, you can see all this coming to pass as it has not been fulfilled yet. I pray for Mr. Obama to have his

Why did Jesus fold the linen burial cloth after His resurrection?

I have tried to research this custom but have not been able to find anything on it as to whether it’s true or not. I am willing receive this as a custom of the Jews in the O.T. and N.T. as well. It seems to be one that is true and it makes this story alot more meaningful. I already know Christ is alive and He is coming back again one day. His work is not yet finished. Right now He is sitting at the right hand of the Father waiting for His instructions to complete the whole scenario and rid the world of Satan and banish him to hell, or better known as the Lake of Fire. But I hope you will take the time to read this, it’s beautiful.
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Why did Jesus fold
the linen burial cloth after His resurrection?

The Gospel of John (20:7

Easter Holiday

Please enjoy this devotional by God Vine a Christian based site that delivers the word of Truth. I hope you will take the time to read this and also enjoy the video at the end. God is so good!
Be blessed,
Viv

“We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him.” – Romans 6:9

Do you ever stop and think about ALL of the miracles in the Bible? God has done so many amazing things for us – and He still does! Just open your eyes to see the wonders around you, they are everywhere and we are blessed. :)

Easter Holiday

Easter holiday, is a celebration of the resurrection of Christ!
Jesus Christ, The Son of God, bled and died for us in a sacrifice.

This Spring day’s celebrated, generally in the month of April.
All of the bright and pretty colors

*Season of Reflection*

Please share with me the reflection of this season for the true meaning of it. When Christ became our sin offering, He took upon Himself what we deserve and in return, gave us His Righteousness. But as the picture below shows the whole message of the gospel, Christ hung between two thieves. They represent our free will. One of them believed in Jesus and was promised he would be with Him that very day in Paradise, while the other one rejected Him and was left to die a permanant death forever separated from God in hell. Have you decided where you will spend eternity? The Bible says, “Today is the day of salvation!” The choice is yours.
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I Believe
Confessing The Truths Your Heart Believes

In whom we have redemption through

Frack to the Future

I have heard this mentioned and I’m not sure exactly what fracking really is or what it supposedly causes. But if this article by John Stossel is correct, could it be that maybe we have not been told the whole truth for a reason? I thought I would post this and let you decide if fracking is a good thing or a bad thing. There is always two sides to every story and this is one side perhaps you might not have heard.
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Frack to the Future
By John Stossel
Monday, March 18, 2013

Celebrities are now upset about fracking, the injection of chemicals into the ground to crack rocks to release oil and gas. With everyone saying they want alternatives to foreign oil, I’d think celebrities would love fracking

He Is Risen! Take off the Grave Clothes!

The holy holiday of Easter, or Resurrection Sunday means so much more than what the sales media would like us to think. The Easter bunny is cute, but it can’t save you, easter chicks are adorable, but they can’t save you. Everyone loves chocolate, but it can’t save you. This most eventful and world changing time in history was meant to save the souls of lost people. Why is it that no one seems to care about their eternal life? This is not a theory or someone’s idea of a religion, this is God’s love message to the world. He calls us to take off our grave clothes, quit walking around like the zombies we see portrayed on t.v. Put on a robe of righteousness and know that Christ’s death was meant to give us all life. If you don’t believe this, read the Bible and find out for yourself. God’s Wo

Treatment for burns

This email came to me and after reading it, thought this might be of some use for someone. I like to pass this stuff along because it’s good to be informed about things. Hopefully this might help you or someone you know at some time and then I’ll be thankful that I posted this! Viv
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BURNS

A young man sprinkling his lawn and bushes with pesticides wanted to check the contents of the barrel to see how much pesticide remained in it.
He raised the cover and lit his lighter; the vapors ignited and engulfed him. He jumped from his truck, screaming.
His neighbor came out of her house with a dozen eggs and a bowl yelling: “bring me some more eggs!”
She broke them, separating the whites from the yolks.
The neighbor woman helped her

Look to the Cross-inspirational

Brought to you by GodVine Inspirationals. Be blessed!
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“Your dead will live; Their corpses will rise. You who lie in the dust, awake and shout for joy, For your dew is as the dew of the dawn, And the earth will give birth to the departed spirits.” – Isaiah 26:19

Very soon, we will be celebrating the miracle of Easter! The Son of God died for our sins so that we may have eternal life. Take time now to thank God for this amazing sacrifice and pray for help leading a positive, Christian life. If you ever need help with that, just look to Jesus. He can keep you on the right path!

Look to the Cross

We celebrate the joy of Easter
and the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
The shadow of the cross reminds us.
Of our Lord’s great sacrifice.

Thro

I Believe (A Confession of Faith)

This is taken from a devotional received from an email. I can not take the credit for writing this, but I do however believe all of it. It is the same confession I have in my faith as well.
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I Believe (A Confession of Faith) Part 1

I believed, and therefore have I spoken. 2 Corinthians 4:13 KJV

I believe, not just with my mind, my emotions, or my will, but with my heart. I believe to the very depths of who I am. I believe at the core of my being. What I believe is the foundation I stand upon and the rock I build upon. It is my anchor point and keeps me from drifting out to sea in the currents of unbelief.

I believe God is good:

For the LORD is good. Psalm 100:5 NKJV

I believe He is always good. He is good in easy times and hard

The Easter Promise

The Easter season certainly is the most blessed of all holidays to the Christ follower. This means new life, we have passed from death into life with Him as He took our place and our punishment and paid our sin debt in full. This Easter, if you don’t know Him, it is my prayer that you will come to know Him and receive Him into your life and if you do know Him, then celebrate that you are now a child of the King! I hope you enjoy this inspirational from GodVine.
Be blessed,
Viv

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“But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.” – 1 John 1:7

We hope you are having a blessed Sunday during this beautiful Easter season! As Christian

My Holy Bible

With the Easter holiday approaching, I wonder how many of us truly understand the meaning of it? Is it a time to buy a new outfit, fix a big family meal, buy gifts for the kids, dye eggs and pay homage to the Easter Bunny? Or does it mean a new resurrected life that Christ sacrificed on the Cross to set you and I free from sin? After read this, please watch the video at the end to understand how one family perceives the gift that Christ died to give us life. I hope this blesses you today. Viv
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“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

Live ev

Have a breakthrough~not a breakdown!

This came from an email that I thought I would share. For anyone who is going through something bigger than them have faith in Christ. I think this will help you out tremendously. God wants us to enter into His rest and let Him go to work for you when you place your trust in Him. I pray this helps you as I have seen Him moving mightily in lives of those who have the faith and trust to believe Him. He is still on the Throne!
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Revelation 11:5: “The kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ, and He shall reign forever and ever!”

Hallelujah! Meditate on that and you will have a breakthrough—not a breakdown. By the way, I have four steps for you to take that will

JUST CHECKING IN

I had this emailed to me and it’s one that touched my heart and I pray it will touch yours as well. When you know you are walking with Christ, you will also know that He comes and meets you right where you are. He is not a God that is far off, He is personal, intimate and His love is unfailing. I pray you know Him today!
Be blessed,
Viv

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JUST CHECKING IN

A Minister passing through his church in the middle of the day, decided to pause by the altar to see who come to pray.
Just then the back door opened, and a man came down the aisle,
The minister frowned as he saw the man hadn’t shaved in a while.
His shirt was torn and shabby, and his coat was worn and frayed,
The man knelt down and bowed his head,
Then rose and walked away.

WHY MEN ARE SELDOM DEPRESSED

Every once in awhile you get that one email that is just too good not to share! This is one of them. I believe it’s so funny because it’s so true! I hope this brings a smile to you today as it did for me!
Blessings,
Viv

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WHY MEN ARE SELDOM DEPRESSED

Men Are Just Happier People
What do you expect from such simple creatures?
Your last name stays put.
The garage is all yours.
Wedding plans take care of themselves.
Chocolate is just another snack.
You can be President.
You can never be pregnant.
You can wear a white T-shirt to a water park.
You can wear NO shirt to a water park.
Car mechanics tell you the truth.
The world is your urinal.
You never have to drive to another gas station restroom because this one is just too icky.
You don’t h

How Does Lemon Juice Assist Detoxification?

When I get these emails from friends via email, I like to pass them along just in case there is something in them that might help somebody else. I know alot of people have been suffering with the flu this year and I hope this might be of some help to someone.
Viv

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Subject: How Does Lemon Juice Assist Detoxification?
| Natural Health & Organic Living Blog

Lemon juice is an important component of a number of body cleansing regiments including the master cleanse and Global Healing Center’s own liver cleansing protocol. Why? Lemon juice contains citric acid, which aids in both the production of digestive juices and the process of digestion. Lemon juice detox adds a dynamic element to colon clean

Growing Good Corn

I thought this was a very good teaching as to why we need to help one another. When we hold back blessings to bless others, we are going to miss our own. If you want a blessing, then be a blessing! I hope you enjoy this today!
Be blessed,
Viv

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“Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.” – Philippians 2:4

If you want to take care of yourself, also take care of others! We all benefit from helping one another, so give it a try! :)

Growing Good Corn

James Bender, in his book How to Talk Well, illustrates how it benefits to everyone when we mutually help each other. He relates a story of a farmer who grew award-winning corn. Each year he entered his best corn in the regional fair where it

The Woman and the Fork

Maybe you have heard this one before, but some things are just worth repeating. This story has a wonderful lesson for all of us. I pray when you read it, you will realize that when you are in Christ, the best is yet to come. This world is not our home and we shouldn’t look on death as something bad or scarey. I hope this gives you hope if you’ve lost a loved one as well. Salvation through Christ is the blessed hope for everyone to know that the best is yet to come.
Blessings,
Viv

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The Woman and the Fork

There was a young woman who had been diagnosed with a terminal illness and had been given three months to live. So as she was getting her things ‘in order,’ she contacted her Pastor and had him

Because God Loves You-inspirational from God Vine

When you know Who loves you and how much He loves you, it’s easy to receive that love and give it back to others because it’s just way too much to store it all up for yourself. God’s love is perfect, it’s casts out all fear and it frees us to know exactly who we are and why we are here. Unless you personally know the Lord Christ Jesus, this will be one of life’s mysteries. To leave a legacy of love is every true Christians calling. What legacy will you be leaving behind for the world? I pray you will be touched today with this story from God Vine and may God bless you in a big way!
Viv

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“Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God.” – 1 John 4:7

God has s

AND THEN IT IS WINTER-inspirational

This was sent to me via email and is one of those that have to be passed along. Every year I am still alive, I think these very things and as we age and see just how quickly life can elude us, it should give us the desire to make a difference in the lives that we touch. We are not promised tomorrow, so why not start today. There is no time like the present!
God bless!
Viv

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AND THEN IT IS WINTER

You know. . . time has a way of moving quickly and catching you unaware of the passing years. It seems just yesterday that I was young, just married and embarking on my new life with my mate. Yet in a way, it seems like eons ago, and I wonder where all the years went. I know that I lived them all. I hav

Shake It Off!-inspirational

Sometimes it seems that when one thing goes wrong, everything seems to go wrong. We have that saying, ‘When it rains it pours’. When this happens, we automatically make ourselves a victim and that it’s only raining on us. But the truth of the matter is, we aren’t the only ones and this is where we need to stop and count all our many blessings instead of focusing on the negative. Thank the Lord that He not only allows us to go through hard times, but that He is also with us to show us something to make us better, not bitter. I pray you will enjoy this inspirational by God Vine and that God will bless you abundantly today!
Viv

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“And my God shall supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” – P

Two Sales Made!!!

I am always so grateful when I make a sale here on RB and I would like to thank whoever purchased these items and support my work.

Thank you to whoever bought this card!

Thank you to whoever bought this photographic print!

In This Moment

There is no time like the present to stop and give thanks for all you do have. If you woke up this morning and could look outside your window and see another day, it is a gift from God. Live for today, show love, give love and receive it as well. God has just blessed you! I pray you enjoy this inspirational from God Vine today.
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“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.” – Psalm 46:1

There are many tragedies, evils and trials we will encounter in the world. Alone, life feels overwhelming. But, when we accepted Jesus as our Savior, we weren’t alone anymore. Jesus is by your side every day, walking with you through life. Lift your burdens up to Jesus, He will help you carry them!

In This Moment

It

God Sees The Little Things You Do-devotional

This is a lovely message by Max Lucado from Day Spring Devotionals. I pray that these words will help make your day into one that pleases the Lord in all you do!
Blessings,
Viv

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God Sees The Little Things You Do

None of us can help everyone.
But all of us can help someone.
And when we help them, we serve Jesus.
-Max Lucado

The little things you do…
the sacrifices you make…
may not always be noticed by others-
but God sees every one of them and smiles.

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as

GOD HAS SUCH A SENSE OF HUMOUR

I get some cute emails and when I do, I like to share them with you. Our God can use whoever He chooses in order to accomplish His mission in answering our prayers. I hope you find this one as cute as I did.
Be blessed,
Viv

GOD HAS SUCH A SENSE OF HUMOUR

A woman was at work when she received a phone call that her small
daughter was very sick with a fever.
She left work and stopped by the pharmacy to get some medication.
She got back to her car and found that she had locked her keys in the
car.
She didn’t know what to do .
She called home and told the baby sitter what had happened.
The baby sitter told her that the fever was getting worse. She said :
“You might find a coat hanger and use that to open the door.”
The woman looked around and found an old rusty coat hanger that had
been left on the ground

Old friends-humorous

I received this today from one of my very oldest friends, my ex husband. I am thankful that we can still be friends today and as we have both come so far it’s fun to read this and realize that we are both getting up in age. Getting old certainly does have its benefits. We can sit back and laugh at ourselves and not take life so seriously. I hope you will get a laugh or two from this as I did!
God bless,
Viv

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Old friends

TODAY IS THE OLDEST YOU’VE EVER BEEN, YET THE YOUNGEST YOU’LL EVER BE SO – ENJOY THIS DAY WHILE IT LASTS.

~Your kids are becoming you……but your grandchildren are perfect!
~Going out is good.. Coming home is better!
~You forget names…. But it’s OK because other people forgot they even knew you!!!
~You realiz

Just a Little Sin

I really loved this one and how this father had gotten his point across to his children about the subject of compromise. I hope you will enjoy this inspirational by Godvine.
Blessings!
Viv

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“People may think all their ways are pure, but motives are weighed by the LORD.” – Proverbs 16:2

During your time on this earth, you’ll encounter many temptations. Pray to the Lord for guidance, for His judgment will be the only thing that matters in the end. If you give in to one little sin here or there, you’ll be on a path that the Lord wouldn’t want you to be on. Be strong and keep God at the center of your life.

Just a Little Sin

Many parents are hard pressed to explain to their kids why some movies, music, books, and magazines are n

*JESUS’ DEATH - 60 SECONDS ~~~

It seems we like to go from one holiday to another because they make us feel good. It’s another reason to go out and spend money on gifts or cards. But, frankly so many of these so called holidays are pretty meaningless when you stop and think about them. There are only 2 real “holy-days”, among Christians that matter. The first one being the birth of our Savior. The second which even holds more meaning is Resurrection Sunday where our Lord was put to death, and rose to life after the third day. This is the whole meaning of life here on earth. His death, burial and resurrection brought salvation to a dying world for those who choose to accept Him. This holiday, that the world calls Easter is fast approaching once again. Instead of celebrating the gods of fertility with bunnies and eggs, I

A Rose for Rose-inspirational

I hope you enjoy reading this as much as I did. We just celebrated another Valentine’s Day and I hope it was one you got to spend with that certain special someone that God has blessed you with.
Blessings,
Viv

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“A man who is kind benefits himself, but a cruel man hurts himself.” – Proverbs 11:17

Isn’t it funny how when we are hurtful to others…we are actually hurting ourselves in the end? Nothing good ever comes from being impatient or mean to others. So SMILE, relax and show others the love of Jesus every day!

A Rose for Rose

Red roses were her favorites; her name was also Rose,
And every year her husband sent them tied with pretty bows.
The year he died the roses were delivered to her door,
Th

He Loved-inspirational

May you enjoy this inspirational by Godvine inspirations. God bless you today!
What is your legacy you want to leave behind?
Viv

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“Hatred stirs up dissension, but love covers over all wrongs.” – Proverbs 10:12

This is a day to celebrate the love of friends and family – and on such a day, keep also the love of your Heavenly Father in the front of your mind.

He Loved

I stared at the blank page nervously. The school assignment was to write your own obituary but how was I supposed to write a summation of my life when I hadn’t even lived it yet? I looked to my left and right and saw people pouring paragraphs out of their pens. I tried to think of what I wanted to accomplish in my life but my crazily racing

My God and I-inspirational from Godvine

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“But Jesus said, ‘Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.’” – Matthew 19:14

Do you ever forget that you are one of God’s children? If you have ever lost faith or forgotten about who you are, it’s never too late to get back on the right path – to God! If you are ever seeking help with your faith, just pray.

My God and I

This is the day the Lord has made,
No trouble can ruin its glow;
His hand is on the reigns
That guide its onward flow.

His

Learning to Fly-inspirational

Today’s story from Godvine inspirationals is a good analogy of our Christian walk. Even though some of us are just babes and others are all grown up, it matters not to God, where we are in our walk, only that we are all walking the path of our faith to be a light to an ever darkening world. I pray this gives you a blessing today as you keep growing in Him.
Viv

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“But those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” – Isaiah 40:31

Whenever you face troubles in your life, always keep trying. Don’t grow tired and give up – the Lord wants us to succeed! Have faith in Him and He will help yo

Be internet safe

A friend sent this to me and I thought I would pass it along to you. Viv
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The online threats posed by hackers and other security holes are enough to make you want to hide under your desk or find the nearest fallout shelter. But it turns out that’s not necessary (even though we did that in this video!). ABC News spoke to Google Security Princess Parisa Tabriz (that’s her official title) and McAfee’s Security Expert Robert Siciliano about some of their top security tips. There’s no better day than today to heed their advic

Tell Them of His Love-inspirational

Enjoy this poem from Godvine inspirationals today. The job of raising children is the most important job we could ever have. Our children are on loan to us by the Father Who has taught us how to raise them up in the way they must go. Unless they hear these words of truth, they will fall for every lie from the enemy who wants nothing more than to draw them away from us, our communities, our churches and God Himself! Being a parent is no small matter!
Be blessed!
Viv

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“Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.” – 1 Peter 5:6-7

Letting go of your anxieties can be difficult, bu

How we treat others

I have read this before, but received it again through email and thought it would be inspiring for some of you today. Just because we see the world acting one way, doesn’t make it right or doesn’t mean that we have to follow their example. If you are a follower of Christ, you know that our job is to shine our light in a dark world and show others the love of God so that they can see what it means to do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Just love, be considerate, give respect and honor and care for someone else who may be less fortunate than yourself. I hope these bless you today!
Viv

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Five (5) lessons about the way we treat people

1 – First Important Lesson – Cleaning Lady.

Duri

Looking At The Heavens-inspirational

Knowing what a loving God we serve, it’s never good that we should take that for granted. He gives us flowers every spring, soft rain to keep them growing, warm sunshine to brighten up our world and He gives us family and friends to make us complete. God is a Master of Creation and His pallet of colors are like no other when He designs a new sunset and sunrise every day. The next time to you see one, stop and remember to thank Him for His love for you! I hope you enjoy this from Godvine inspirationals.
God bless,
Viv

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“But he said, ‘What is impossible with men is possible with God.’” – Luke 18:27

Don’t let anything outshine God! Remember to go to church, love your family and celebrate your faith. Enjoy the day, but also re

Entering Heaven’s Gate

Walking the Christian life is very important to me. I will admit that I don’t always do it right but I am so thankful that I have a Savior that understands my human weaknesses and that my perfection is not based on me or what I do or don’t do, it’s all up to Him Who is perfect and He carries me through this life. I love to bring these uplifting and inspirational messages from Godvine devotionals along with a great video at the end.
Be blessed in all you do today!
Viv

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“Whoever despises his neighbor is a sinner, but blessed is he who is generous to the poor.” – Proverbs 14:21

At the end of our lives, the only thing that will matter is our faith in God. Did we truly have faith? Were we good Chr

Who Is Interested In You?-devotional

Who Is Interested In You?
devotional from Day Spring

Business is interested in you as a consumer.
Banks are interested in you as an investor.
Politicians are interested in you as a voter.
Researchers are interested in you as a statistic.
Doctors are interested in you as a patient.
Lawyers are interested in you as a client.
Organizations are interested in you as a member.

But God is interested in you as a person, made in His image, His precious child whom He loves.

I have loved you with an everlasting love; Therefore with lovingkindness I have drawn you. Jeremiah 31:3

God Has A Plan For Your Life
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Come to me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For

*What We Do With It-inspirational story

I hope you will find today’s inspirational story from Godvine, a good lesson in the decisions you make.
Blessings,
Viv

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“Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will repay him for his deed.” – Proverbs 19:17

If you help others, it is like you are helping God. He wants us to be kind, to share and to put others in our life first. Life is what we make of us, so be brave and do the hard thing sometimes – you won’t regret it!

What We Do With It

One of my neighbors used to have a beautiful tree in her front yard. Her Dad had planted it for her when it was nothing more than a twig and for years it seemed to barely grow at all. Yet, after a time it started to shoot towards the sky wit

Life is a Potluck Dinner-inspirational story

As I read today’s story from Godvine inspirationals, it brought back the memories of my church as a young girl. The food and the fellowship was awesome. I miss that now as people today just don’t seem to be very interested in getting to know the other members in their churches. But this made me think of the legacy that we will all one day leave behind. Do you want your life to leave a bad taste or a good taste in the mouths of others? Hope you enjoy todays’ story.
Blessings,
Viv

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“Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth.” – 1 John 3:18Life can be like a potluck dinner… and for it to be truly enjoyable, we should all bring our best gifts to the table. So choose

My Travel Plans for 2013-2014-humorous

Perhaps you may have read this before as I have, but it came to me again today via email and I thought it was cute and wanted to share this with you. We all need to laugh everyday, it gives life to our bones! My prayer is that you can not take yourself so seriously today and relax!
Blessings,
Viv

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My Travel Plans for 2013-2014

I have been in many places, but I’ve never been in Cahoots. Apparently, you can’t go alone. You have to be in Cahoots with someone.

I’ve also never been in Cognito. I hear no one recognizes you there.

I have, however, been in Sane. They don’t have an airport; you have to be driven there. I have made several trips there, thanks to my children, friends, family and

The Forgotten Light

This inspiration by Godvine is one that I think we have all felt. There are times in our lives that seem so dark, so alone and we wonder if we’ll ever see the light again. I have been in desperate times before and God had given me a rainbow, or some other sign that filled me with His Peace to realize that I am never alone.
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“Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, ‘I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.’” – John 8:12

Jesus has brought all of us out from darkness, for He is the light of the world. Without His sacrifice, we wouldn’t be able to be received into paradise like we are now. So, thank you Jesus, for giving us everlastin

Your Job is to Love-Inspirational

I hope you enjoy today’s inspirational by Godvine. It’s one that I have experienced the joy when performing even the smallest random act of kindness for someone. This is the kind of love that truly speaks volumes to others.
Blessings,
Viv

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“Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.” – Ephesians 4:32

Without compassion and love, the world would be a dark, scary place. Find time in your day to truly show someone love, for God wants us to love each other. It brings Him and the rest of the world joy! Have a blessed week!

Your Job is to Love

My kitchen table was covered with papers. It was the end of the month and I was trying to get all of my paper

10 Rules for a Happy Day

I liked these 10 rules from Godvine devotionals. I truly believe if we would follow these instead of behaving like we are all entitled, this world would be a much better place.
Here’s wishing you a blessed day!
Viv

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“But since we belong to the day, let us be self controlled, putting on faith and love as a breastplate, and hope of salvation as a helmet.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:8

Each day is a brand new opportunity. It is an opportunity to be kind, patient, loving, giving and thoughtful. So wake up each day and decide to make it a good one by being a good Christian. Our Father would be happy to know you did! :)

10 Rules for a Happy Day

TODAY I WILL NOT STRIKE BACK:
If someone is rude, if someone is

You Don’t Have to Tell Me Twice - inspirational

I know there have been times in my life that I chose to follow the Lord instead of making my own way and it was always the best choice. The more you follow the Lord, the more you will hear Him in little ways and each time it’s always new and exciting to think that He really does have His eye on each of us. I hope you enjoy this little story from Godvine inspirations.
Be blessed,
Viv

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“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.” – Romans 15:13

If we just put our faith in God and believe He knows what’s best for us, things will work out! He shouldn’t have to tell us His plan twice, just have faith in him NOW.

19 Horses-inspirational

I hope you will enjoy today’s story from Godvine devotionals. It just goes to show that in our finite wisdom, we can’t make things add up, but when we put God in the mix, He will always bring an answer in His infinite wisdom.
Blessings,
Viv

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“But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” – Matthew 6:33

Put God first in your life. If you do, your burdens won’t be so heavy and your problems will be more easily solved. It isn’t easy, but having a strong faith in Christ can help you in so many ways. :)

19 Horses

One rich man owned 19 horses when he died. In his last will and testament he had written that upon his death, half the horses he owne

Perfect Peace ~ Inspirational

This story from Godvine speaks to me today. Peace is not just about feeling calm and happy. Peace is knowing Who it is that brings peace in the midst of the storm. Peace is the Person of Jesus Christ and when you know you are walking with Him, you will know perfect peace.
Blessings!
Viv

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“I have told you all this so that you may have ‘peace’ in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.” – John 16:33

Every day we will face new challenges and sometimes, they will seem too hard or cruel to beat. But remember… Jesus has overcome the world. There is nothing He cannot do or help you do. Have faith in Jesus and try your best – it’ll al

Remedy for coughs

I got this via email and I thought that this just might work well for persistent coughs. I remember my mom applying this stuff to my chest and under my nose as a child and it worked. If you’re like me,you don’t want to suck on a cough lozenger as it’s dangerous when you’re falling asleep. I know many people have been getting sick this winter with these coughs and chest colds. If this can help anyone then it’s worth posting.
If you try it and it works, please let me know!
Viv

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VICKS VapoRub – INTERESTING

During a lecture on Essential Oils, they told us how the foot soles can absorb oils. Their example: Put garlic on your feet and within 20 minutes you can ‘taste’ it. Some of us have used Vick

Farming Forgiveness ~ inspirational

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“But if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.” – Matthew 6:15…

Is life really worth living when you hold grudges and hate your brothers and sisters? Instead, try forgiveness! God wants us to forgive others – after all, each one of us want to be forgiven for OUR sins. :) Be kind to others: forgive them.

Farming Forgiveness

Once upon a time two brothers who lived on adjoining farms fell into conflict. It was the first serious rift in 40 years

Lucky the Dog-inspirational

This particular inspirational from Godvine is so heartwarming and I believe will touch yours. Our pets are so special and the day we are parted, we can thank the good Lord for trusting us with their unending friendship that could only be made in heaven. I hope you do like this one as much as I did.
God bless!
Viv

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“Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” – Matthew 11:29Live each day to the fullest! God gave us the spectacular gift of life and we shouldn’t waste it. :) Praise the Lord and see beauty in every day

Lucky the Dod

Mary and her husband Jim had a dog named “Lucky.” Lucky was a real character. Whenever Mary an

A History Lesson

I came across this from en email I received a long time ago. I got to reading it and thought if this were all true, was rather interesting in how we got some of our sayings in the English Language. I wanted to share this with you, perhaps you will just enjoy reading it as I have. If anything, some of them could be a good ice breaker for a boring conversation!
Enjoy!
Viv

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How we got our English Sayings

There is an old Hotel/Pub in Marble Arch, London , which used to have a gallows adjacent to it. Prisoners were taken to the gallows (after a fair trial of course) to be hung.

The horse-drawn dray, carting the prisoner, was accompanied by an armed guard, who would stop the dray outside the pub and a

In case I go MIA

I have been having some technical difficulties with my computer lately. I have run it through just about every test that I can think of. I keep getting a notice from Microsoft Windows that says the ‘content management server exe. has stopped’
I sometimes can’t get my Photoshop to run or stay running, other times I get an i.o. error message that my external hard drive is no longer recognized. I have to shut down and reboot.
Can anyone tell me if the external h.d. can effect my computer performance?
Should I look into a new tower or just an ext. h.d.?
Any suggestions would greatly help.

Jesus Saved Me

This is a poem sent via email from Godvine Devotionals. If you have been saved by Jesus, you will understand the love relationship of this poem. I am happy to say that He saved me from a life of sin, death and hell. But, if you don’t believe in those things then this poem is not for you. Any person who has believed and received the Lord into their lives will have to agree that it’s all true.
Blessings today!
Viv

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“And they said, ‘Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.’” – Acts 16:31

Many people don’t realize that if you just have faith in Jesus – you will be saved! It is as simple as that. He died on a cross for our sins, if we believe in Him, He will give us

Thank you for the card sale!

It’s always a great day to find an email saying you made a sale. I would like to thank who ever it was that found this particular shot appealing enough to buy it. I am very humbled!!!

In Full Bloom

The Quilt-inspirational

This particular inspirational from Godvine is one that I had read before but always thought how beautiful it was. My mother was a quilter and a woman that wanted to please her Maker. It makes me think of her as she went home to be with Him. It makes me wonder what my quilted life will look like one day as I hold up all the squares that have been sewn into my life. I pray they are full of empty holes too!
God bless,
Viv

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“But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire.”
James 1:14

Each and every person will be tempted at many times during their lives. But, we can’t be afraid of making mistakes! Just remember, if you do, turn to God. He will help you through whatever y

OUR HANDS - inspirational

These short, inspirational stories from Godvine are ones that can hit home for everyone at any time. I believe that the thoughts they evoke in all of us are worth sharing. Any day that I can learn or read something to take home is a good day! I pray this story will talk to you as well.
Be blessed,
Viv

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“I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand.” – John 10:28

Because Jesus gave up His life for us, we can one day arrive in Paradise after we have passed. So take some time to be thankful that our Lord gave us eternal life. What would we do without Him?!

Our Hands

An old man, probably some ninety plus years, sat feebly on the park bench. He did

A Parable of Distrust-inspirational

So many times we want to hear from God and when He does speak to us, we totally miss it. God doesn’t always use spiritual ways, He will use people. How many times have we missed a message from God by not paying attention to someone He put right in front of us? I hope you enjoy this short parable from Godvine inspirationals.
Blessings,
Viv

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“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” – 2 Corinthians 5:17

Welcome to the New Year! Brothers and sisters in Christ, bad times will pass and if we follow and have faith in our Lord, we should be filled with such hope!

A Parable of Distrust

This is a story about a man called

Daddy’s Angels-inspirational

I am bringing this lovely and inspiring story to you from Godvine Inspirationals. I particularly love posting them because they can touch all of us right where we need to be touched…in the heart. This story is one of those that will touch you too!
Be blessed,
Viv

“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

As you enter the New Year, keep in mind that your Lord Jesus Christ will be with you! Praise be to our Lord, Protector and Guide. He will lead you through the new year, through good times and bad. :)

Daddy’s Angels

I wasn’t paying attention at the time to the good example my father set. He wasn’t consciously “setting a good example” — he was

The Bear and the Bull

When it comes to forgiving or keeping peace, many of us can use a lesson or two on that subject. When we never consider the consequences for our selfish actions, we will be the ones that will surely get hurt the most when we realize how we hurt others. I love this short story by Godvine devotionals, it has a very good moral.
Blessings,
Viv

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“Starting a quarrel is like breaching a dam; so drop the matter before a dispute breaks out.” – Proverbs 17:14

Holding onto your anger or grudges will never make life easier. Instead, you’ll be plagued with fighting and disappointment. Learn to forgive and see the positive in situations and pray that God grants you wisdom. It isn’t worth living life feeling

God Talk

I love this short story by Godvine Devotionals. It’s a good example of how God speaks to each and every one of us. Perhaps you are one that thinks they have never heard from God. Read this and think again!
Be blessed,
Viv

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“I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you.” – Psalm 32:8

God guides us through our lives… all you need to do is take the time to listen to Him! If you feel lost, pray to the Lord for guidance. He will help you when you are at your lowest. Just have faith! :)

God Talk

“So where does it come from?” the young woman asked.

“From a place on the edge of tomorrow looking back at yesterday,” I replied.

I’ve been asked so many

A Better Way of Ringing in the New Year

This article came via email and I know it’s something everyone can relate to. I know that making a resolution at the first of the year doesn’t last long. But here are some ideas that may help. We just need to approach some of our high minded goals in another way. Instead of setting ourselves up to fail, there are ways to succeed without putting too much pressure on ourselves. Set realist goals
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A Better Way of Ringing in the New Year

For many people, kicking off the New Year with resolutions is a feel-good tradition that’s really just a waste of time. Within weeks, if not days, those resolutions will be forgotten!

That’s the norm, but you don’t have to hang out with the herd. At leas

Must see wildlife video

This was sent to me via email and after watching this, I just had to post this and share with all of you. As artists and photographers, this is something that some of only dream of seeing and scenes that many of you are blessed to see. But either way, it reminds me that we have a Creator Who has given us so many beautiful things to enjoy. Truly this is our Father’s world!
Hope you like this as much as I did!
Have a beautiful day ~ Viv

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Video by Scott McKinley Productions, Produced for Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation for Ad campaign. Licensed music by Kenny G.. This short video won Grand Prize – Best of Show at International Wildlife Film Festival in Missoula Montana ! The majority was shot on lo

Horse Sense-devotional

This devotional by Godvine came to me today by email. I love these devotionals and the simple messages that each of us can glean from. God doesn’t just love Christians, He loves everyone and especially those who don’t yet know Him. He will do things that draw us to Him in an intimate way. There is nothing He can’t do to reach anyone, no matter where they are.
Be blessed,
Viv

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“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” – Romans 3:23

We Christians are not perfect… yet God loves us anyway. Because Jesus died on the cross for our sins, he has saved us from eternal damnation. Don’t be discouraged by the fact that we aren’t perfect. Through faith in Jesus Christ, we are ALL saved. :)

A Late Bloomer-Devotional

It’s always a pleasure to post these thought provoking devotionals from Godvine that should hit us all where it counts. For me, if I can be prompted to examine my own heart every day and how I am using it to honor the Lord, then that’s a good day. Maybe after reading this, it will also prompt you into some of your own soul searching.
God bless,
Viv

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“The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully."
– 2 Corinthians 9:6

As Christians, we should remember to be thoughtful and giving with our neighbors. God does not want us to be selfish. Instead, spread the good word by good deeds and telling others of your faith!

A Late

The Gift of Life-Devotional

I thought this was a great story to share from Godvine Devotionals. Reading these should make each of us stop and think for at least a second or two about how we are living our lives and what good are we doing for others? This story will give you a chance to evaluate what you might do in this instance. If you need help in any area of your life, just ask the Lord to help you, He is faithful to do so. Please watch the video at the end, it’s sure to tug at your heart strings.
Blessings,
Viv

“Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends.”
- John 15:13

We were all given a very special gift, an incredible kind of love. As it was said in the Gospel, there is no greater display of love than laying down one’s life for his friends. Jesus, the Son of God, did that very

Something to think about

I have read this before but it came around on email again and the more I read this in site of all that has been happening with the shootings in CT and everything else that is going on around the world, I decided to post this. It’s not God that is to blame for this world running amuck, it’s our own fault because we don’t think we need Him anymore! If you believe that gun control is the answer, think again. Guns don’t go out and kill people, people use the guns to go out and kill people. Let’s get back to basics and put the blame where it needs to be. We all have a responsibility and I think we’ve been too relaxed in owning up to it. Instead of hopping down all the bunny trails, we need to get back on the main route and follow God’s lead and get this world back in order.
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Change Your Thinking

Happy New Year!!! This came to me via email this morning and I thought it was worth posting. I believe we all want to see more peace and love in the world, but do we consider that it begins with each one of us? What lengths are you willing to please someone else this year?
God bless, Viv

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Change Your Thinking

It will take just 37 seconds to read this and change your thinking..

Two men, both seriously ill, occupied the same hospital room.
One man was allowed to sit up in his bed for an hour each afternoon to help drain the fluid from his lungs.
His bed was next to the room’s only window.
The other man had to spend all his time flat on his back.
The men talked for hours on end.
They spoke of the

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