Everything Is Included

George was given a ticket to go on a cruise by his wealthy brother. He was very excited and couldn’t wait until the departure date. George had worked very hard for many years and this was his retirement gift.

The time finally came. George had packed his suitcase and a bag to hold his sandwiches to eat while he was traveling. He had decided he didn’t have enough money to eat in “that fancy eating place,” So, at mealtime, he sat in a corner where he wouldn’t be seen, and ate his sandwiches.

One day a man came by his corner and saw him eating. “Don’t you know everything is included, your meals can be eaten here too.”

George couldn’t believe it, but he ate the rest of his meals at “That fancy eating place” and really enjoyed himself.

It’s the same for all of us. So many folks work hard expecting their work will  let them go to heaven. They say “yes” to every committee in church, and work every time something opens up. Now, these items need people,  but if you are working hard in order to get into heaven, you are wrong. Jesus says we should come, his yolk is easy and our burdens will be light, because he will carry them.

All we have to do is Come, believe his birth, death and resurrection, ask for forgiveness of all your sins and follow Jesus. Of course, this has to be from your heart not your mouth. And everything is included, not only the forgiveness of your sin, but Jesus will come and live with you, comfort you when you are sad and take your burdens, which are many times very heavy. Isn’t that great!

You won’t have to eat your sandwiches in a corner, but you can eat your steak in “that fancy eating place”. COME!


What Is A Christian?

A cute little girl with curly blond hair and bright blue eyes looked up at her Sunday School teacher and asked, “What is a Christian?”

The teacher asked, “Why do you ask, Betsy?

“Well, I always hear on the television that Christians are killed, and even some people say they are bad,” she answered.

“No, Christians are not bad, but I’ll come back next week with a good answer as to what a Christian is, said the teacher.

She first tried to find out why Christians are persecuted so often and so hard, but she couldn’t find out anything that a little child could understand, in fact she couldn’t understand it either.”

So, she made a list that goes something like this:

  1. A Christian family goes to church every Sunday. No, that isn’t it.
  2. A Christian is someone who doesn’t drink, smoke or swear. That doesn’t answer it.
  3. A Christian reads the Bible every day. that’s getting closer, but it isn’t right.
  4. A Christian gives clothes, food, and even toys to a family who needs help. No, others do too.

“None of that explains anything,” she thought, “I know, I’ll tell her why I’m  a Christian, that’s  what I’ll do.”

The following Sunday the teacher told her students what a Christian is. She said, “A Christian is someone who believes Jesus is not just a good man. He is the Son of God who came down here as a human baby. But God wanted so badly to save the people and He knew that people needed someone to save them.

Jesus was that baby who grew up, not doing anything wrong, but the people killed him by nailing him to a tree. He died. and three days later He walked out of his grave! He was alive again! He visited with his friends and  many other people and stayed around for several days before God took him to Heaven. Jesus had done what God wanted him to do. And if you believe what I have told you, you are saved also. That means you will go to Heaven when you die, and you will live with God and Jesus forever! It is important that you ask to be forgiven of any sins you have done. You can do this in your prayers every day.

I don’t know why some people don’t like him. Probably they are mad because they aren’t Christians too, but all they have to do is believe what I have told you. Then, they will be Christians too. You know what? We are the ones who need to tell them!”




















Why Do They Hate Him So Much?

I am 91 years old and I can’t remember any president who was hated just for winning an election. Sometimes there has been a left down feeling as they had voted for the other candidate, but they soon were on board with the new president. That surely isn’t what is happening today.

While it is true that President Trump was never a politician, but was rather a well known business man, we know that several of our presidents were not known for being political, President Regan was a Hollywood star for instance. President Obama didn’t have much experience either.

But I have heard President Trump called many awful names. He has been the subject of an impeachment order in Congress. People have talked about having him killed. They laugh about what he is doing and now I have heard crazy things about his first trip overseas. They think “draining the swamp” is funny but what he is finding out now shows that the swamp really needs draining.

I believe we are Americans and should respect our President, no matter what! I didn’t like some of the things President Obama did, but I never talked bad about him. I can’t imagine who these people are who say such things about our president. I hear it is the Democrats, but I have heard several Democrats who don’t talk that way. I wish that the bashing of our President Trump would end. He is our president now and he is doing great things.

I don’t know why I decided to write this kind of blog. It certainly isn’t my usual kind of banter. But I heard so much from television and my friends that my “GramMa’s Thoughts just came to me.

A Faithful Bridge Builder

I wonder what God is thinking as He watches humanity today. In Old Testament times, folks weren’t following his rules, even the rulers and priests of the temple were high and mighty, ruling from their heads, not their hearts. We think of a peaceful countryside when the baby Jesus was born, That would be nice, but the area around Bethlehem was anything but peaceful! The Roman government, who owned them was extremely harsh to the Jewish people who wanted their own government. There were many killings, beatings, rapes and everything evil  you can think of. Yet God brought forth Jesus. The killings and rapes continued. God could not look at the wickedness and we humans could not come to God.

The wickedness continued but more and more folks learned from Jesus and opened their hearts to Him and God was no longer a stranger, but their Father! Yes, God could have left things as they were, but instead He built a bridge between Jesus and himself. All of us, who will, can come to God in prayer because Jesus was willing to die for all our sins. And, He rose from the dead and is with the Father right now.

However, God loves all of us equally and  doesn’t want anyone to perish, and that brings up YOU.  We have to talk to anyone and everyone and try not to let any buddy go until they make a choice. the pastors can’t do it alone because most of these folks don’t go to church!

The problem is our world is as wicked as it was in Bethlehem when Jesus was born, only there are more folks around..I’m sure that God has tears in his eyes, but He has a smile too, for the thousands of us who have answered the call. I think you want your neighbor and friends to walk on that bridge, accepting what God has done through Jesus, our Savior.

Forgive and Forget

One day Martha said to Betty, “Do you remember the time you hit me just because you wanted the swing and it was my turn?”

Betty answered her, “Have you kept this dumb thing in your mind all these years? No, I haven’t thought about it. That happened over thirty years ago! And besides, I’m sure I said I’m sorry.”

However, isn’t that what we do? We sin and ask for forgiveness. God forgives us because He gave us his son, Jesus to die that horrible death on the cross, but that doesn’t seem to make any difference to us. We ask for forgiveness for the same sin again, and again. Not only that, but we dwell on the same sin just as if He hadn’t forgiven us.

The Bible says that once we have asked for forgiveness, He forgives and puts the sin as far as the east is from the west. He remembers it no more and that is what makes us free, yes free indeed! If we keep on thinking about that sin, we never can feel free.

I have felt, for a long time, that my sins have to be forgiven over and over again and since I believed that now these sins are forgiven, they are forgiven and forgotten by God because of His son, Jesus. Of course I have to be forgiven by the new sins I have committed. I seem to say or do things wrong all the time!  But, I am free, and free indeed!

I was thinking about this recently when a friend said she wishes she hadn’t done what she did. We all do, but we can be free just by asking God to forgive us and then forget it just as God does. Isn’t He wonderful?

Should Christians join together?

I’m sure you remember the story of Joshua in the Old Testament. Most of these Old Testament stories were told to us when we went to Sunday School and we have never forgotten them. Joshua was told by a Captain of the  Lord’s Army that he was to take the city of Jericho and he did just what the Captain told him. He gathered all the people, the seven trumpeters and the high priests around him. First, they marched around the city and then went back to their camp. Then they marched around the city seven times silently, they were not to speak at all. At the end of the seventh time, he yelled “shout” and all the people shouted and the trumpeters sounded their horns. The walls of the city fell down! They took the city!

I imagine the people were confused and probably felt a little silly marching around the city, and seven times at that! But it worked! There are a lot of Christians in America today.  We should join together, regardless of things that are different. We all believe that God sent his son, Jesus, into the world to suffer and die for our sins and that he rose from the dead on Easter morning, don’t we? Well, if we joined together we’d get rid of the noisy crowd that seems to show up to break windows and set fire to cars every weekend. We would also insist that everyone who wanted to would be able to speak at our colleges! I think we would be like Joshua and the city of Jericho, don’t you?

It’s something we should think about if we want to save our country. There are several other things that really hurt our country too, but I think we should begin with those crowds, intent on changing our constitution and the good things that America has always offered.

What Is Faith?

Faith is when you come into a room and sit down on a chair. You have faith that the chair will hold you. You don’t even look, you just sit down. Why is it that we often don’t have faith to believe that Jesus once said He will never leave us or forsake us and God said He would keep us like a mother hen hides her chicks under her wings. Instead, we complain, “No one knows or even cares about me.” Oh, but that just shows we have so little faith, doesn’t it?

Let’s take another look at it. Do you put the letter in a mailbox and let it go? Or do you hang on to  a corner of the envelope and then wonder why the answer never comes? It’s the same with faith. It hands that thing you are worrying about over to God, allowing Him to work on it. The Bible says “Commit your way unto the Lord, trust in Him and He will do this.” We must commit to the Lord and let it go.”

I found this out when I was praying often to God to heal my son, the one who recently had a bad infection in his foot and his leg needed to be cut off. I was praying all the time, and I was praying urgently too. A voice inside of me gave me that Bible verse. I thought about it and then committed Jim to the Lord and didn’t pray any more. I let it go and let God do what must be done.

He did have his leg cut off but he is fine. God has done what we wanted , to make him well again. He is in rehabilitation now, learning how to live without his leg. Now, if only we could trust in God like we do when we sit down on a chair, we would have more of our prayers answered. Remember, He sometimes answers in ways we don’t understand and sometimes He just says “No”. Isn’t it

Isn’t it better to sit down, In God’s chair, and pray. Then trust him to have an answer. The answer might surprise you, but later on, you’ll know it was the best answer of all!