About Betty Jo/ The Journey

"I am Whom My Jesus Christ has called me to be in His eyes.  I do believe in living and speaking the truth. I'm a Christian, not Religious. I'm to please Him, and not man. I have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.  I have been healed in life more then once. I share my testimonies with others. I have a balance in my life, natural and spiritual. Today I didn't choose to have Lupus. But I have chosen to serve Christ Jesus. I love reading "Maya Angelou Inspiration. " You may encounter many defeats but you must not be defeated.]" Be Bless!! :)

” Look and Live “

The Israelites were dying in large numbers because a plague of snakes had come upon them and were biting them as a result of their sin (see Numbers 21:60 What did Moses do? He prayed. To solve the problem, Moses turned his attention immediately to God, not to himself or anyone else.

I have found that victorious people in the Bible faced their problems with prayer. They did not worry-they prayed. I ask you today. Do you worry or do you take your needs to God in prayer?

Moses sought God about how to handle the snakes. He did not make his own plan and ask God to bless it; he did not try to reason out an answer, nor did he worry. He prayed, and his action brought a response from God. God told Moses to make a bronze serpent, set it on a pole, and put it in front of the people. Every snake bitten person who looks at it would live. The New Testament tells us this action represented the Cross and Jesus’ taking our sin upon Himself: “Just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the desert [on a pole], in order that everyone who believes in Him…may not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:14,15).

The message is still the same today: “Look and live.” Look at Jesus and at what He has done, not at yourself and what you have done or can do. The answer to your problem, whatever it may be, is not worry, but trusting God and praying. Pray and worship God because He is good, and His goodness will be released in your life.

” God reigns over the nations; God is seated on His holy throne. Psalm 47:8

Life Point

Many people, including some who consider themselves Christians, participate in practices that God considers vile and evil. They innocently think there is nothing wrong with such things as reading horoscopes and consulting psychics; then they wonder why they do not have peace.

The Bible says that in the latter days many false prophets will rise up and tell people what their itching ears want to hear. People will search for one teacher after another who will tell them something pleasing and gratifying. To suit their own desires, they will turn away from hearing the truth and wander off into listening to myths and man-made fictions (see 2 Timothy 4:3,4)

Never before have we seen such an influx of psychics vying for a ready ear. Television programs feature mediums who claim to be connecting with departed loved ones, but the tragic truth is that psychics such as these are taking advantage of grieving people. These mediums are really communication with familiar spirits who tell half-truth about the past and lies about the future. God’s Word clearly says to turn away from mediums and wizards because they will deceive and defile us. This is a serious command! Fortune-telling, psychics, horoscopes, mediums, palm readers, tarot card readers, divination, witchcraft, and the like are all forbidden in God’s Word (see Leviticus 19:31). We are to be led and guided by the Holy Spirit. We do not need a phony substitute when the real things is available. -Joyce Meyer-

1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

” No Longer Outcasts “

(Read Galatians 3:26-27)

I grew up in the segregated South in the 1940’s and 1950’s when there was designated seating for ” Colored” and ” White” people in street cars, theaters and schools as well as water fountains marked for each race. Fascinated by the designations and always curious about the difference in those signs, I bravely determined, by disobeying the signs, that the only difference between the ” Colored ” water and the ” White ” water was the temperature. The ” Colored ” was hot; the ” White ” was cold.

My granddaddy often took me to the Majestic Theatre, where we had to sit in the balcony (called the “buzzard roost”) and eat the stale candy and popcorn. I’ll always remember his prediction: ” Pooch (that’s what he affectionately called me), one of these days you’re gonna be able to walk in this theater through the front door and sit in the front row or box seats. You watch and see.”

It’s true. I’ve been through the front door and strolled down to the front row, center aisle, of that very theater. In God’s time, He makes all things beautiful-no matter how ugly they may seem.

You might feel discriminated against or like an outcast in one way or the other. Jesus did. He wasn’t welcome in His own hometown. He knows how you feel. He never discriminates against you-no matter who you are. He loves you and wants the best for you.

When you feel like an outcast, remember that Jesus calls you His child. You’re safe with Him, just liked I was safe with my granddaddy. Jesus has opened the door for you to walk in and have a front-row seat in His presence. You’re always welcome! -Thelma Wells-

” There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor Free, Male nor Female, for you are (All) one in Christ Jesus.” Galatians 3:28

Roots of Love

All who share God’s Kingdom, All humanity, All of us together Are part of one great tree…

We branch  out, and we blossom, We bear our fruit and grow, And as we’re branching, growing, reaching, Some how we still know…

That all of us together, All humanity, Share one root-one root of love For all eternity! -Alice Joyce Davidson-

” Valued “

(Read Luke 1:18-25)

Luke is the gospel of women. He tells more stories about more women than any of the other gospel writers, and he give the name of many of them. He begins his gospel with the name of a couple-an old man and an old woman, Zechariah and Elizabeth. All her life, Elizabeth had wanted a child. Now in her old age, her dream was coming true. Now ” The Lord has done this for me,” she said. ” In these days He has shown His favor and taken away my disgrace among the people. ”

In many parts of the world, including our own, being old, and especially an old woman, means being (invisible). In her book The Desert Blooms, Sarah-Patten Boyle recounts the terrible pain she experienced when, after a full and rewarding life in which she was recognized as a complete person, she came to be treated as a non-entity-because people saw only her gray hair, they considered her of no value. The Desert Blooms also tells about her courageous journey out of resulting depression and despair.

The good news of the gospel is that as women-even gray-haired women- we are not only valued by God, but our names are also recorded in His history, and we may play a (pivotal) role in the working out of God’s purpose. -Mary Ruth Howes-

Prayer:

Thank You, Father, that you count even our gray hairs, that our name is important to you, and that You continue to have a place for us. Amen!! Amen!!

” How To Receive Jesus As Your Lord And Savior”

(Read John 3:16-17)

The most important relationship of your life is a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. If you would like to receive Him as Your Lord and Savior, and enter into the greatest relationship you have ever known, pleas pray the prayer below.

Father, You love the world so much that You gave Your only begotten Son to die for our sins so that whoever in Him will not perish but have eternal life.

Your Word says we are saved by grace through faith as a gift from You. There is nothing we can do to earn salvation. I believe and confess with my mouth that Jesus Christ is Your Son, the Savior of the world. I believe He died on the cross for me and bore all of my sins, paying the price for them.

I believe in my heart that You raised Jesus from the dead and that He is alive today. I am a sinner and I am sorry for my sins and I ask You to forgive me. By faith I receive Jesus Christ now as my Lord and Savior. I believe that I am saved and will spend eternity with you! Thank You, Father. I am so grateful! in Jesus name, Amen!

  1. Get connected with a Bible Base Church.
  2. You are now a baby in Christ.
  3. Feed on the Word of God for Spiritual Growth.
  4. You are now His Son and Daughter.
  5. You now have a Personal Relationship with Him.
  6. You are Welcome into the family of Our LORD Jesus Christ.

Every person, with no exception, will one day stand before God, and give an account of his life. (Read Romans 14:12-13)

” Follow Jesus “

Starting Your Day Right/ Devotions for Each Morning of the Year. Joyce Meyer

All who keep His commandments [who obey His orders and fellow His plan, live and continue to live, to stay and ] abide in Him, and He in them. [They let Christ be a home to them and they are the home of Christ.] 1John 3:24

Some people wanted to follow Jesus, but the synagogue (see John 12:42). Some people are still afraid to follow the Lord because they might be put out of their family, their group, or even their church.

Eventually, there will only be one person to face-God. you won’t want Him to say, “I had so much for you, but you didn’t receive it because you were too concerned about what people thought; you were a people-pleaser.” Jesus wasn’t swayed by men’s opinions, threats, judgments, or criticism. Follow Jesus, and enjoy life.

Luke 11:23 He who is not with Me is against Me, and he who does not gather with Me scatters.

” Outlast The Devil “

Your enemy, Satan, may come against you, but when you fall, you will arise (see Micah 7:7,8)! Make a decision to endure whatever comes against you. That literally means you will outlast the devil. Greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world (see 1John 4:4). You are more than a conqueror through Jesus Christ (see Romans 8:37)

Even during times of intense trouble, believers should live with expectancy. Expect God to work something good out of your situation, and expect Him to bless you even in the presence of your enemies. David said in Psalm 23:5, ” You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my [brimming] cup runs over.” In the midst about the possibilities, not the problem.

Being positive is very important because it leads to progress or forward motion. We cannot go forward or overcome negative situations unless we choose to be positive. I believe there is something good in everything that happens to us; we just need to look for it. If you are stuck in traffic and in a hurry, you may become frustrated or angry, but the delay might have caused you to avoid being involved in an accident. God may have saved your life!

God hears us when we pray in faith. Put your confidence in Him and expect something good to happen to you. Expect your situation to change for the better, and know that in the meantime, God will use whatever you are going through to help you be a better person in the end. You can choose to let every trial you encounter make you bitter or better. Trials and tribulations are a part of life, and the way we handle them reveals our level of spiritual maturity. Be stable and do not let Satan intimidate you. This will be a sign to him of his impending destruction. Satan cannot do any harm to a person he cannot manipulate and control. God has a good plan for your life, and He ever changes His mind about it. Make a decision right now that you will never give up; once you have made that decision, your victory is sure. -Joyce Meyer-