Moments with Marge

Okay You CANADIANS…..Gloat

This morning my mail carrier brought THE PACKAGE to my door.  I knew you would get a kick out of it.  The RED RIVER Cereal arrived.  The first part of the week the little dbl. boiler arrived.

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Additional bit of funny stuff – I have a station that plays easy listening music 24/7, with no voices and no ads and as I was getting this print over to the blog, they were playing “An Affair to Remember”.  Ah yes!  An Affair to Remember with Red River Cereal!!  lol

When we first moved to Tempe, Loren’s Managing Director of Humphrey Products Ltd., sent us two boxes of it.  When Arnold and Lully visited us the first time, we had that for breakfast the first morning of their visit with us.  We all laughed.  Yes.  We did.  Now I am the only one left to “laugh”.

About the time Red River arrived, I was getting a new policy.  We had had a Supplemental all of our years here in the Valley.  But I have decided to go with an HMO.  Why not!!  It will be okay.  Then to top that, all who have Medicare Cards have received new ones.  Medicare is required by law to take Social Security Numbers off of Medicare cards.  Safety purposes. Every single senior has a “new” card.  So I will be beginning 2019 in some new ways.  Let’s hope there won’t be too many other “news” to come my way.

Well, all is well on the war front here.  Have a good rest of the day and weekend too.

Marge

 

Nostalgic Moments – do you ever have them!

I hope you do.  They have hit me several times during the past few days. The holiday season is almost in full bloom. One of our Thrift Stores has a huge display that is up the year around. Lovely to go to.  Lovely to purchase from when there is no crowd around it.

Today I went to Walmart and enjoyed getting some holiday paper plates, treats, decorations for outdoors and simply enjoying the hint of the holiday season.

I happened by the Miss Debbie treats.  Every year at Christmas time I gave (and now I mail) a package of her Christmas trees to my g’son.  No.  I never get a note or a call from him but I know  when he receives them there is always – one time each year, for one moment in time, he will remember when it was a different time ….. a different era ….. now a time to grasp for one precious moment a memory before returning to the rat race of 2018.

I was recently reading that the Pew Research Center has done some new guidelines as to the generations.  Here they are.

The Silent Generation:  1928-1945. 73-90 years.

Baby Boomers: 1946-1964. 54-72 years.

Generation X: 1965-1980. 38-53 years.

Millennials:  1981-1996. 22-37 years.

Post-Millennials. 1997-present.  0-21.

The oldest of the Post Millennial members would have been 10 when the iPhone was introduced.  But then a lot of the Millennials might still remember the land lines, the touch tone phones and even the rotary phone.

Apparently the new Millennial cut off of 1996 is important because it points to a generation that is old enough to have experienced and comprehend 9/11.  As well, the computer became a new way of life for Millennials.

The Silent Generation is almost gone now.  I am a part of it.  I will never, as long as I live, forget September 11th.  I always had a transistor radio under my pillow because of the tinnitus which I have had now for many, many years. When I heard what was happening I went to Loren’s side of the bed, woke him up and with his hearing aid in one hand and his robe in the other, I ask him to please come to the TV.  “America was being attacked.”  He looked at me for a moment.  I kissed him on the forehead and went back to his study and it was there that he joined me for the next I don’t know how long.  We were speechless.  Life had now taken a new, ugly turn and we were a part of it.

Fast forward to October, 2018. Closer to home.  Closer to my heart…..The Pew Research Center states that many Evangelicals (51% to 42%) believe that God accepts worship of all religions.  Life Way Research released Tuesday an urgent need for bold teaching of historic Christianity.

Make a difference!  Do it today!! God is God.  He does not change. Satan is running rampart across the world.  He is chiseling away at lives minute by minute.  He will not have the last say but he is going to do everything possible to separate humans from their Maker.  Don’t be one who has been caught in his clutches.

The Bible stands firm.  The Ten Commandments  – were given to Moses to give to the people more than 3,000 years.  They speak of the sins that are in the world today.  They are the ONLY sins in the world today.  3,000 years ago……….God is God.

“You shall have no other gods before Me.”  Exodus 20:1

“You shall not make for yourself an idol.” Exodus 20:4

“You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain.” Exodus 20:7.

“Remember the Sabbath, to keep it holy.” Exodus 20:8.

“Honor your father and your mother.”  Exodus 20:12.

“You shall not murder.”  Exodus 20:13.

“You shall not commit adultery.”  Exodus 20:14.

“You shall not steal.”  Exodus 20:15.

“You shall not bear false witness.”  Exodus 20:16.

“You shall not covet.”  Exodus 20:17

If you are a part of that 51%, I feel very sorry for you.

Historic Christianity!

It will live with or without you!

It will rule in the END!!!!!!!!

In His Hands Securely!  Marge H.

 

 

 

Rain….and more rain…..

We have had so much rain this weekend.  No end to it. It has been a good day to stay in and enjoy the warmth of our little apartment. A lot of places are having snow.  WOW.  Only October too!!

Today was also the day when I went back on Facebook.  The Blog will not be there but it is up and going too. You can reach it by going to margehumphrey.net. Will be posting several times a week this winter.

All is well with Od and me and I am enjoying doing some cooking yet for a wee bit. We have been in our apartment just over two weeks now.  Our address is 11315 W. Peoria Ave., Unit M-6, Youngtown, AZ 85363.  Phone is 623-512-8683.  Pictures are posted.

Til next time.  Marge H.

 

“Be Careful…Believing God’s Word”

Pastor Dan gave me permission this week to share one of his sermons with you.  This particular sermon was right on and I would like for you to read it and get something from it to use in your own study times.  Here it is.

The Deceit of the Devil

Ephesians 6:11-13

11 “Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles (schemes) of the devil12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.”

Last week we learned that we need to Be Strong in the Lord. God is the one who gives us strength (Philippians 4:13). In the next weeks we will be learning very specific areas where God wants us to be strong. Why does God want us to be strong? Because the devil and his demons are out to destroy the true reality of this life, God’s perfect design, and the way God wants us to think and live. The devil will deceive us into believing his lies instead of the truth of God. How does the devil work? Remember, he has been mastering his abilities since the beginning of time. First, he is all about lying and deceit. Second, the devil will use all that is in the world along with our own basic nature to pull us away from God and trap us into believing like him and acting like him.

The basic nature of the devil is lying. We learn this from a conversation Jesus had with many Jews. Jesus had been talking with some Pharisees in the temple area (John 8:13, 20). There were many other Jews in the temple listening. As Jesus spoke many Jews believed in Him (8:30). Then He spoke to those who believed in Him (8:31) because He wanted them to believe correctly, without any deception. During this part of the discussion Jesus said to them, “If God were your Father, you would love Me, for I proceeded forth and came from God; nor have I come of Myself, but He sent Me. Why do you not understand My speech? Because you are not able to listen to My word. You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it. But because I tell the truth, you do not believe Me. Which of you convicts Me of sin? And if I tell the truth, why do you not believe Me? He who is of God hears God’s words; therefore you do not hear, because you are not of God” (John 8:42-47). A person that truly believes in God will listen to what He has to say, believe what He says and follow Him. Since Jesus proceeds from God, He does all that God says and desires. Jesus can live perfectly the will of God because He is God. A persons’ actions, their fruit, will show who their father is, because they will act like their father. Jesus told these Jews their father was the devil because they were believing and acting like the devil. The devil is a murderer. He has no truth in him. He is a liar. That is his basic nature. Some Jews who were listening would not believe Jesus. By the end of the conversation, those Jews who did not believe Jesus wanted to kill Him (8:59). They were acting like the devil. The devil is a murderer and a liar. He is out to deceive us. That is why the starting place for the armor of God is truth (Ephesians 6:14). 

We must also realize that the devil will use all that is in the world along with our own basic nature to trap us in unbelief and sin. “For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world” (1 John 2:16). These are the same temptations that Adam and Eve faced in the garden of Eden. They are the same temptations Jesus faced in the wilderness. And they are the same temptations we face on a daily basis. For Eve, all three areas of temptation were combined together in the devil’s initial scheme. “So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate” (Genesis 3:6). The devil deceived Eve by his craftiness (2 Corinthians 11:3). We must be careful lest we fall into the same trap our ancestor fell into. 

Let us look at each one of the temptations of Jesus and see how He deals with the deceitfulness of the devil. We will look at the temptations as recorded in the Gospel of Matthew chapter 4. “Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil” (4:1). Jesus had to be tried, tempted and tested in every area and be found without sin so that we could have a High Priest who can sympathize with our weaknesses (Hebrews 4:15). Jesus knows everything everyone is suffering. He knows the struggles we are facing and He knows how He wants us to deal with it. When He was tempted, He suffered a great deal. Since He remained without sin even through the suffering, He is able to aid us in our temptations (Hebrews 2:18). We must learn to listen, believe and follow the teachings that Jesus gives us. 

The first temptation, verses 2-4: Jesus was at a vulnerable place in His life. He had not eaten anything for 40 days. He did drink when He needed to, but after 40 days without food, He was hungry. It is hard for us to go four hours without eating, unless we are sleeping, let alone 40 days. The tempter is the devil. He came to Jesus and said, “If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread.” In the Greek there are three words for ‘if.’ The first one means, if you are, and I know that you are. The second one means, if you are, and I do not know if you are. The third one means, if you are, and I know that you are not. The devil uses the first one each time. He really says, “if you are the Son of God and I know that You are God, You can make these stones into bread. Now that you have a human body, You need bread.” Jesus could easily make stones into bread. Who would know? No one would miss a few stones in the wilderness. Why not do it. Make the stones into bread. Eat them and move on. Jesus had suffered enough already. He finished the required time. I remember the few times I fasted for seven days. At the end I was watching the minutes so that I could start eating the minute that last 24-hour day was up. No, not Jesus. It was not about ‘time.’ It was about obedience to the Father. Jesus did not live just for this life or for His body’s needs. He answered the devil with the truth from God’s word, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.” Jesus did not say that people actually live this way. He said we are supposed to live this way. “Man shall not live by bread alone.” All too often people live only for this life without any concept of things beyond this life. Instead, we are to live like Jesus. He lived by every word that proceeds from God. Even Christians seem to be more concerned about all the desires of their body and content with knowing just enough of God’s word to get by. This needs to be reversed in the Christian’s life. We should want to know all of God and His word and how to apply His word in our lives and not be concerned about meeting the needs of our body. Jesus even told us to “seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you” (Matthew 6:33). If we do not get this correct we open ourselves up to being deceived by the devil. He will work at twisting and distorting our faith so that it may not be a saving faith in Jesus.

The second temptation, verses 5-7: Since Jesus has committed Himself to following “every word that proceeds from the mouth of God,” the devil uses the word of God to get Jesus to sin. You may ask, ‘Can a person sin by following the word of God?’ Of course we can. What the devil does here is he takes this verse out of context. The devil tells Jesus, ‘If you are the Son of God, and I know that You are, throw Yourself down off of the temple. Your angels shall catch You so that You do not get a scratch. Everyone will see Your stunt and believe in You.’ Should everyone always follow exactly what the Bible says? The devil accurately quotes Psalm 91:11-12. So, what do you do? What is Jesus to do? This is where knowing God and His word is very important. I was once a member of a church in which the pastor took scripture out of context just about every Sunday. After a few weeks I felt compelled to speak to him about his use of scripture. He did not care what I had to say and continued preaching the same way. I could not listen to it anymore and had to leave the church as the pastor avoided speaking to me. 

This past week I thought I would listen to Joyce Meyer. I had never listened to her preach and since several of you have, I thought I would see how she preached. She started with Jeremiah 30:17, “‘For I will restore health to you and heal you of your wounds’, says the LORD.” She went on to preach about personal healing from the Lord, how God would heal you if you just believed. The cameras panned the listeners, who were all shaking their heads in agreement with her. They were believing her twist of scripture. Let me tell you, she took this scripture out of context, just like the devil did. You should read the whole chapter of Jeremiah 30 and see what God is saying and who He is saying it to. Be careful believing God’s word! We must learn to correctly handle the word of truth (2 Timothy 2:15). “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables” (2 Timothy 4:3-4). I agree with Paul that what she was preaching was a fable. People will end up with a twisted, corrupted faith. They will believe in a God who does not do what they believe. Will their faith save them? Only God knows the answer to that. Personally, I would not build my faith from her preaching. Jesus responded to the devil with another quote of scripture, “You shall not tempt the LORD your God.” We cannot force God into performing a miracle just to intervene for our good. It is sinful and stupid to believe that God would protect me from harm if I walked in front of a semitruck going 60 miles per hour. Do not be mislead by the false teaching of scripture. The devil uses this on many people.

The third temptation, verses 8-11: This temptation is also common among people today. The devil can give you what you want without all the pain and suffering. People want all the riches without any work. People want all the power without learning through multiple struggles, how to use and control the power. It was God’s plan “that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” (Philippians 2:10-11). All Jesus had to do to avoid all the pain and suffering was to bow down and worship the devil. The devil would provide all Jesus needed. He would not need God the Father. No matter how tempting this may have been, Jesus would keep every word of God. No matter how difficult life would be, God’s plan is always right and best. Jesus answered, “You shall worship the LORD your God, and Him only you shall serve.” Too many people worship other gods and they have fooled themselves into believing they do not. The devil has deceived them. There is only one God. We are to “love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength” (Mark 12:30). Or have you fallen into the deceit of the devil by believing you can love other things more than God. It is not about what you say. What do your actions show? I will close with 1 Corinthians 10:13, “No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.” Do not let the devil deceive you. Study the scriptures! (Other related verses to study: Mark 7:20-23; 1 Thessalonians 3:1-5; James 1:12-18).

There you have it.  I think it was just excellent.  Taking the Word out of context is done so often and we really do need to learn “how” to take the Word so we can use it in our lives. We can’t just go to a spot and say okay, this I what I want to memorize for my own usage.

Thanks Pastor for your permission to use it.  May my readers be blest by what the Lord gave you for last Sunday.

In His Hands.  Marge H.

So Nice, isn’t it!

It is good to be moved, settled and all the little things finished off.  Od has settled in and is more like his old self. He was actually in a mood most of the time of going into the living room, looking around, and then going back under the bed, wondering I am sure, when all the mess would become mess-less.

As I write I am looking at pictures over my desk: my children, my husband, our Kane Ave. home with lots of snow around it, a picture I have always had over my desk of two hands, one I am to believe is the Lord holding my hand by a finger or two and beside it all is Prov. 3:5,6.

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not onto your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct your path”

I am trusting tonight – been working all afternoon for P2C.  So many serious situations out there and nothing that can be remedied over night, if ever.

At our breakfast table, each morning, the ladies come and are looking forward so much to that hour together.  Others come for their meals with high expectation of the food.  The meals are all they have to look forward to on any given day.

Remembering the sweet, sweet moment in time here when two of our oldies married.  We all knew compromise was about to seal the two together.  And so it was.  He wants to come over for coffee at 7:30 with a gentleman who is always there for breakfast at Hines.  They have the best time talking and laughing together. But she wants him to stay home and she will fix breakfast.  He is a talker and likes to talk to everyone.  One noon when they were coming for lunch, hand in hand, he stopped (sort’ve) to talk but she was gently pulling his hand onward to their seats.  Oh, for sure.  Compromise was/is/will always be front and center. But it is more in form than function. How do you compromise on something like this?  Do you?  Should you?  How do you let a person continue to grow and bloom if you strangle every day and make it something that you want and not let the other blossom and find a continued place in life for those they have enjoyed from another time. Have they asked me!!??!!  Absolutely not.  But I have been asked in my work. I would suggest letting him go.  Perhaps suggest he go a couple of times a week and the rest you fix breakfast and enjoy each other.

I know in my own marriage I did not play golf, but Loren LOVED it and that is the understatement.  But my part was to make the tee times and talk with him about his game when he got home.  I would sit down and listen to what he had to say about it.  He would always watch the Pro Golf games on TV.  I would prepare treats and watch with him. One time he had a hole-in-one.  We talked for over an hour about that.  Just the two of us. You think it didn’t make a difference in our marriage?  YOU BET IT DID!!!!!!

Back to our love birds here on the campus.  It was sweet. He said, we have some differences, but we are working them out. I just bet they are.

I have moved a distance away from our previous apartment.  A short block, I would say.  but there is the side of life whereby some feel lifeless, others are grabbing any sign of life they can and others simply don’t care any longer.  They are just waiting for their ending to arrive.  Not too bright and hopeful in spots but then there is that sweet little couple, working their “love” out and ironing out ripples…..and living with the future as bright as it ever could be for them.  Others who are still driving and living unrestrictedly, in a way. Others doing nothing but drinking coffee by the gallon each day and sit and talk or play bingo.  Others of us still find the necessary things to encourage us, to unentangle us, to keep our minds free and alive and to be a servant right where we have been planted.

There is a verse from The Message which I really like.  L-O-N-G **** but so detailed, I want to leave it with you. Here it is.  Paul is writing.

“So here’s what I want you to do God helping you: Take your everyday ordinary life – – your sleeping, eating going-to-work, and walking around life – – and place it before God as an offering.  Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for Him.  Don’t become so well adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking.  Instead, fix your attention on God.  You’ll be changed from the inside out.  Readily recognize what He wants from you, and quickly respond to it.  Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well formed maturity in you.” Romans 12:2.  It took 117 words for that verse.

If you want to read it in another way here it is.

But let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think.”  Still Rom. 12:2 but must shorter. Only 15 words.

It is late now and the campus is quiet.  I just got a cup of coffee, looked out my window and saw lights on everywhere.  No one goes to bed early except those who are very ill. Time becomes a slur in spots of living. Interesting to watch – to see.

Mega blessings to each of you who read.  God loves you so much. Give Him your all, not just the portion you want to give.

Marge H.

 

Dear Canadians……..

Don’t ever think I shall forget those Winnipeg winters!!!!!!!!!!!  Do you remember the RED RIVER CEREAL?  Thought so.  Well I went online to Ebay to see if there was such a thing for sale and it is all over the place.  It is everywhere ONLINE but not in stores. I see the package is coming to me from No. Dakota and that is not surprising. Fargo was a stopping off place for us. So – – yip – – I ordered it and then had to search for a SMALL double boiler and found that too.

Who would ever have thought I would condescend to THAT!!!!!!!!!!!!  Well my husband loved hot cereal – namely Oatmeal particularly on golf days but he enjoyed Red River too. I think I liked it most because it was chewy.

Ho hum.  Think I might move north of here.  Well.  If I was much younger that is………lol

Can never forget.  You make an everlasting mark on my life.  Thank you.

In His Hands.  Marge H.

Blessed Thanksgiving to You….

To all of my dear Canadian friends/family ~~~~~ May today be especially blest for each of you.  I remember well those years – it was hard to get used to having two Thanksgiving days but now…….of course……..you know what I will say next…..”I remember and I miss it”.  There was a time when we had snow for Halloween and never saw the ground again until the end of April.  The snow……so sparkly and so beautiful.  Enjoy!!!!!

Phil. 1:3

Marge