Wednesday, August 01, 2012

God Is Good

Developing a healthy perspective of God’s Goodness:

1. Open your eyes to God’s goodness all around you every day 
2. Develop a consistent daily habit of thanksgiving 
3. Speak often of His goodness to others. Do good to others. 
4. Reflect on God’s goodness in your hard times.  
5. Meditate on your sin and God’s gracious provision at the cross.
6. Memorize and meditate on passages that speak of God’s goodness.

Countess Demetria

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Monday, July 30, 2012

The Beatitudes

Sermon on the Mount

Matthew 5: 1-11

Now when he saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him,

and he began to teach them saying:

"Blessed are the poor in spirit,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Blessed are those who mourn,
for they will be comforted.

Blessed are the meek,
for they will inherit the earth.

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
for they will be filled.

Blessed are the merciful,
for they will be shown mercy.

Blessed are the pure in heart,
for they will see God.

Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they will be called sons of God.

10 Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

11 "Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me.

12 Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

Click on link to see the referances on the website I found it from.

Countess Demetria 2012

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Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Ash Wednesday

Today is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent–a time in which people traditionally choose to give up an activity or behavior that’s distracting them from God.

Ash Wednesday, the first day of the season of Lent. Throughout Lent, many Christians choose to prepare themselves (through prayer, repentance, and reflection) to celebrate Easter, the commemoration of Christ’s resurrection.

Lent is a quieter event than most other holidays—it calls us to personal reflection rather than to outward celebration. You may have seen people walking around with an ash mark on their foreheads today—many Christians choose to mark Ash Wednesday with a cross-shaped mark of ash. For some people, Lent is also a time of self-denial, in which they choose to give up something (anything from a certain type of food to a personal habit) as a way to help them focus on the meaning of the season.

Ash Wednesday, in the Western Church, the first day of Lent, being the seventh Wednesday before Easter. On this day ashes are placed on the foreheads of the faithful to remind them of death, of the sorrow they should feel for their sins, and of the necessity of changing their lives. The practice, which dates from the early Middle Ages, is common among Roman Catholics, Anglicans and Episcopalians, and many Lutherans; it was also adopted by some Methodists and Presbyterians in the 1990s.

Here is a scripture that is read sometimes when the ash is placed on the forehead in the shape of a cross.

Genesis 3:19 (NIV)

19 By the sweat of your brow
you will eat your food
until you return to the ground,
since from it you were taken;
for dust you are
and to dust you will return."

Erin O'Malley

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Tuesday, February 27, 2007

The Preacher's Visit - A funny joke

Even Jesus Laughed

Sarah hadn't been to church lately, so her minister thought he'd go pay her a visit and see how the 85 year old church matriarch was doing. He knocked on her door and after a time he heard her spirited voice holler "Hello, who is it?"

"It's Reverend Dave", he answered.
"OH Hi-Come in, Come in, how's the church doing?" She said.

"Great! The Smith's had their little baby girl, and Mary and Tom got married- Everything is wonderful. But I just wanted to see how you are doing. We've missed you."

"Well, I haven't been feeling too well lately. I had quite the root canal last week- they are trying to save the few survivors."

Just then the phone rang and she excused herself to get it. The minister sat near a table with an old reader's digest and a bowl of peanuts. After a few minutes passed,he started flipping through the magazine. After another ten minutes or so, he heard his stomach growl and began to get restless,so he started in on the bowl of peanut while he read. After a while,he suddenly realized that he had eaten the whole bowl of peanuts.

Just then Sarah returned and said, "Oh I sure am sorry, that was my sister from Pittsburgh. She only calls once per month so when she does we have to catch up on everything." The minister, feeling a little embarrassed, said "I must also apologize. While you were gone I got hungry and ate all the peanuts in your little bowl there.

Mrs. Jones replied, "Oh that's ok. Since the root canal, the best I
can do is suck all the chocolate off of 'em!"

I wanted to bring you something funny this time. I hope you enjoy it, and it brings a smile to your face or hopefully a laugh.

God Bless You All!


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Monday, February 26, 2007

Life is a gift

There was a blind girl who hated herself because of her blindness. Not only did she hate herself but she hated everyone else, except her loving boyfriend. He was always there for her. She said that if she could only see the world, she would marry her boyfriend.

One day, someone donated a pair of eyes to her and then she could see everything, including her boyfriend. Her boyfriend asked her, "now that you can see the world, will you marry me?"

The girl was shocked when she saw that her boyfriend was blind too, and refused to marry him. Her boyfriend walked away in tears, and later wrote a letter to her that simply said. "Just take care of my eyes dear."

This is how the human brain changes when our status changes. Only a few
remember what life was like before and even fewer remember who to thank for
always being there even when times were painfully unbearable.

Today before you think of saying an unkind word - Think of someone who can't speak.

Before you complain about the taste of your food - Think of someone who has nothing to eat.

Before you complain about your husband or wife - Think of someone who's crying out to God for a companion.

Today before you complain about life - Think of someone who went too early to heaven.

Before you complain about your children - Think of someone who desires children but they're barren.

Before you argue about your dirty house, someone didn't clean or sweep - Think of the people who are living in the streets.

Before whining about the distance you drive - Think of someone who walks the same distance with their feet.

And when you are tired and complain about your job - Think of the unemployed, the disabled and those who wished they had your job.

But before you think of pointing the finger or condemning another - Remember that not one of us are without sin and we all answer to one maker.

And when depressing thoughts seem to get you down - Put a smile on your face and thank God you're alive and still around.

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Friday, February 16, 2007

The Loss Of A Friend - Going Home To God

In Memory Of A Good Friend

I just found out that my dear friend Doug aka Rabbit has passed on. I am in shock and can't stop crying. Doug was such a sweet and caring man. He would brighten peoples day by his funny blog, and sweet comments, and messages.

I know he is in God's arms now, but it still hurts knowing that he is gone.

This is a poem I wrote awhile ago that I am dedicating to Douglas Osborne and his family.

Gone On

Gone on from this world to a new place,
It isn't an end, but a new beginning.

Gone on to forever be surrounded by beauty,
constantly showered with Gods love.

Gone on to talk and walk with the Angels,
never fearing anything ever again.

Gone on to sing praises to God,
in Heaven's glorious choir.

Gone on yet not forgotten,
forever in the hearts of loved ones.

Copyright © 2005-2007 Erin O'Malley

I know Doug is now in Heaven with God. I can only Imagine what it is like for him now. No more tears, no more sorrow, no more hunger, pain or worry. I know Heaven is so much better than I can ever imagine. Someday we will be able to see him again in Heaven. I dedicate this song and video to Douglas Osborne.

I Can Only Imagine - MercyMe

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Wednesday, February 14, 2007

God's Love Letter

Happy Valentines Day!

God Bless You!

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