Heartbroken

Turn on the news and there is heartbreaking news everywhere.  From the shootings in Dallas to the terrorist attack in Nice, France and everywhere in between.  What has our world become?

Children being killed by those who are supposed to love them.  People attacked randomly on the streets.  Black Lives Matter spewing hate and our government inciting the violence with their rhetoric and political agenda.  When will it all end?

When did it become okay to break the law, be caught, and not have to pay the penalty?  Our government is full of corruption from the top down.  The expenses incurred by the current administration for personal vacations are astronomical.  They are wasting OUR hard-earned money for their pleasure and all they show the American citizens is contempt.  This was very evident by the photos and video taken at the memorial service for the Dallas police officers who were murdered last week.  Yes, murdered.  The liberal media will not say it, but I will.  They were targeted by the shooter, that makes it murder.  Our current President and First Lady seemed bored and angry at having to be there and then the speech by the President was not appropriate for the situation.  Now compare them to Former President George W. Bush and Former First Lady Laura Bush.  You could tell the pain they were feeling for the families and country by the expressions on their faces and body language.  You could also hear it in the speech that President Bush gave.  What a contrast.

We need change.  We need people in government who love this country, who support our military and who will protect its citizens from outside threats.  I am not going to get into the political issues, but I will say we all need to get out and vote.  This is the most important vote we have faced in a very long time.  This country needs you to vote your conscience.  This country needs you to pray for change.  This country needs God to be allowed back into the schools.  In the courts.  In Washington.  Everywhere in this once great nation.  When God was taken out of the schools, our nation started to decline.

Now, imagine the pain God is feeling over what is going on.  Can you?  I know I cannot.  He created us to love one another.  Not to fight amongst ourselves like we are.  Was he caught off guard by what is going on in the world today?  No, He knew.  Could He have stopped it?  Sure, He could have, but we as humans have Free Will and it was/is our choices that have brought about the events that we are seeing today.  Whether the choices and/or decisions are our personal choices and/or decisions or choices and/or decisions made by others, they shape our world around us.  As a born again Christian I know He is grieved by what is going on.  I also know He has a plan for each of us and He guides us along our personal journeys when we allow Him to.  When He sent His son to Earth to die for us, He didn’t send him to save just the white, or the just the blacks, or just the Jews, or the Americans.  He sent him to die for ALL of us!  He created us EQUAL.

To those so called Reverend’s that are stirring the pot with the Black community, I call them phony’s.  How can they say they are a Reverend of the Lord Jesus Christ and yet stir up dissention amongst the different races?  The Lord calls them hypocrites and wolves in sheep’s clothing.  While I cannot and will not judge their hearts, there is only one person who can do that.  That is God, which He will do on judgement day.  On that day, their life will be shown and only what they have done for Christ will stand.  However, in order for them to enter Heaven, they will have to had asked Christ into their hearts, asked Him to forgive them their sins and turned away from those sins.  That is the only way into Heaven.  Don’t believe me?  Check it out in God’s Word!  (Ephesian 2:8-9, Titus 3:4-5, Titus 2:11-12, Romans 6:15, Ephesians 2:10, Matthew 16:24)  Matthew 25:31-46 and Revelation Chapters 17-22 discuss what happens in the end before Eternity, the judgement seat and where people go who fool themselves that they are Christians by their works.

There is a new awakening coming.  The Lord is raising up His people across this nation and across the world.  Will you be one of them that will stand up and be counted with Christ?  I know I will be!!

 

 

Good Morning!! UFHA Fundraiser today in Pulaski!

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Good Morning everyone!!

Today I will be in Pulaski, NY at the South Park with many new items.   If you are in the Pulaski, NY area, drop in!!  There is going to be many vendors to shop from and great food provided by the Masons!

Below are some of the newest additions to the inventory!

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Hope everyone has an AWESOME day!

Remembering those who were once part of our lives, but now, are gone

How do we remember those that have gone on before us or for whatever other reason are no longer in our daily lives?  Is it with love and laughter?  Tears?  Regrets?  Heartbreak?  Great memories?  Painful memories?  No matter how we remember them, we do remember.  For some of us, we have lost many loved ones in the last couple of years.  People, who raised us, taught friends, family, co-workers, and us.  This list can go on forever with all the different relationships of people in our lives.

Do we forgive those who have hurt us?  On the other hand, do we let that hurt fester, grow, and allow it to eat at us and make us become bitter and spiteful?  Life is too short to hold onto those hurts.  This is a lesson that is very hard to learn and apply, trust me, I know very well.  I will not go into the details, but there was a person who really hurt me bad.  I thought I had forgiven this person; however, I still had bad thoughts and what they did was still bothering me.  I have had to continually ask the Lord to take these thoughts and memories away from me so that I do not have to deal with them and so I can move on with my life.  However, it was the wise words of one of the girls I mentored many years ago that has been of the greatest help.  She said “…first you have to forgive them and every time you have a bitter or mean thought you ask God to help you forgive them then you pray for them because when you are truly praying for them you can’t be mad at them.  Forgiveness can take years sometimes.”  Wow!  Talk about a brick hitting me upside the head!  Therefore, although it has not been easy, I have started praying for this person.  Most of the time it kinda goes like this:  “Lord, you know the situation, please remove the pain and bitterness within me, and be with (this person’s name).  I do not know what to pray for but You know where you want them to be and what they are doing.  Please show them where you want them to be.”  This person is no longer in my life.  Were there good times when we were friends?  Sure, and I remember those parts with pleasure.  The Lord puts some people in our lives for a very short time and others He puts there for a lifetime.  When He takes someone fully out of your life, you will know it.  He will shut the door and remove that person from your life after they have served His purpose.  Others He will allow periods of silence so that we can grow closer to Him and lean on Him for our strength and comfort instead of leaning on people.  This has been the lesson He has been teaching me the last few months.

Anger and bitterness is a cancer that the doctors cannot see or diagnose, but it is there.  In today’s society, there are those who are doing their best to divide this great nation.  They are pitting blacks against whites, blacks against Law Enforcement, Republicans against Democrats, poor and middle class against the rich, ethnic group against ethnic group and the list goes on.  Where will it end?  It will end when Christ comes.  Until then, we need to be praying and seeking God’s face.  We need to stop being the “silent majority” and get out there and vote on Election Day.  I am not going to tell you who or how to vote.  That is between you and God.  If we want America great again, we need to turn back to God.  This country was founded on Christian beliefs.  We need to go back to those beliefs.  Moreover, for those of you out there who think that Separation of Church and State means that pastors cannot preach about political things, you need to go back and research what it does mean.  What it means is that the State CANNOT establish a religion.  Here is a link if you want more information:  http://www.allabouthistory.org/separation-of-church-and-state.htm.

It is my firm belief that when we return to principles that this nation was founded on and we once again honor God, He will once again begin to Bless the United States.  We also need to be standing behind Israel, God’s chosen people.  In recent years, our government has gone against them, which is not right.  They have been our ally and friend for so many decades there in the Middle East.  God has said in His Word “…  Cursed be every one that curseth thee, And blessed be every one that blesseth thee.”  (Genesis 27:29b (ASV))  In this passage, Isaac is giving Jacob his blessing.  The Lord renamed Jacob, Israel, after he wrestled with angel in the night.  (Genesis 32:24-32)  Our current government is trying to destroy America and Israel.  They are doing this because of their own selfish desires and because of their religion, which has been at war with Israel for centuries.  The United States entered into this war totally unprepared to fight on their turf, as we did not have a good understanding of how ISIS and the other terror groups in the Middle East fight.  They do not fight like Americans or Europeans.  They fight as they have for centuries, only now they have modern weapons at their disposal.  The American public is largely uneducated as to the barbaric methods that have been used for centuries in the Middle East to fight.  They blame our military for not getting the job done and say they should have just gone in and blown them all to pieces.  In reality, that only works to a small extend against a fanatic group.  These people in the Middle East understand one thing, Strength.  We have shown them weakness in recent years and that is the reason for the increased attacks against us.  They see us as weak.  We can hate these people all we want, but it will not stop them from trying to attack us until we unite this nation again.  The current government is also trying to eradicate our religious history by using fear and by pitting religion against religion.

While I do not agree with our government and am ashamed of what we have become, I still pray that someday soon we will all open our eyes to what is truly going on here.  We need to move forward and forgive these men for putting us into the situation we are in, but we also need to learn from them what to watch for.  Yes, I said forgive.  If we do not, we are no better than they are.  They have been doing these things to the nation for years for their own selfish reasons and because, and I firmly believe this too, Satan has been using them to destroy the United States and our Christian heritage.  We are fighting a two front war people!  On the one front, we are fighting those humans who want nothing more than to amass large amounts of money for themselves, no matter the cost to others and this Great Nation.  They are willing to sleep with the Devil, so to speak, to do this.  On the other front, we are fighting against the spiritual world.  We are fighting against the powers of Satan.  Nevertheless, the Great news is, Satan has already been defeated once, when Christ rose from the grave!  He will be defeated again!  We need to know who are enemies are and their tactics.  Once we know that we know how to defend ourselves and how to destroy and defeat them.  That is good solid military logic.  You always have to know your enemy!

I will leave you with the post I did on Facebook honoring my Grandfather, William Lewis Webb.  He was a great man and he knew how to fight the spiritual battle against Satan.  He also loved this country very much and I think if he were here today, he would be saying the same things I have just said.

“On December 21, 1994, our family went through two life events.  About 9:30 am, William Lewis Webb went home to be with his precious Lord and Savior.  He slipped into eternity while his wife of 66 years played the organ for him and his daughter Joyce Miller sang Safe in the Arms of Jesus.  As the grandchildren gathered at their home on 41A, we all talked about the many things we remembered about gramps.  We had many laughs and many tears.  We even got brave and opened “the door” to the upstairs! 🙂

Later that day James Webb (Jimmer) was born.

Today I was thinking about gramps and an old forgotten memory came to mind of when he rode his motorcycle all over Fernwood, coming to see family and friends.  I remember being excited to see him pull in the driveway.  I also remember Gram calling to see if we knew where he was!  (hehehe)  Then the memories of riding up to camp with him and dad on the motorcycles came around.  I remembered a time when it was raining really bad when we were coming home and we had garbage bags on to try to keep us dry from Lake Bonaparte to Fernwood.

So many great memories of Gramps.  The fishing, playing Frisbee at Sand Bay, playing dominos, riding in the boat, the Christmases with them, the trips out west with them.  Then there were the parties at Selkirk State Park.  How many of you can still remember the scavenger hunt?  hehehehe

Then the bittersweet memories of watching the cancer drain him of his strength.  Of having to help him walk from the couch to the chair.  Of playing the piano for him to get his mind off of the pain.  Of listening to him retell the stories of his childhood so someone would remember them and pass them on.  Of making lemon jello for him so he could taste what he was eating.  Of saying goodbye to him the last time.  Of hearing him tell me he loved me for the last time.  Of seeing him laying finally at peace and pain free in the casket at his funeral service. Of the graveside service.

But I couldn’t wish him back.  Not the way he was in the end.  This man who loved me unconditionally.  Who taught me how to jerry rig a boat motor, how to open the camp up on my own, how to fish, how to shoot, how to clean fish, how to drive a boat and most importantly a man who showed me that God was important to him and in his life.  Gram used to always get after him for not remembering scripture like some of the stories he told, but truth be known, he did remember scripture.  He knew scripture in a different way than anyone I knew.  He knew it deeply and intimately.  I want to be like him.  Loving God as a very intimate friend and knowing His word so deeply and understanding it in a way that showed that intimate relationship.  He wasn’t fake or trying to impress anyone.  He lived his life loving his wife, kids, grandkids, great grandkids, his country, but most of all his Lord and Savior.  He was real.  You do not find men like him very much these days.

Therefore, today and every day, I honor my grandfather, William Lewis Webb, for his love and example of what a Godly man looks like.  Thanks Gramps!  Until I see you again in Heaven!

All my love,

Your “little” one, Jodi”

May everyone have a great day and reflect on this at your leisure.  Do some researches for yourselves, some things may really surprise you.  Things that you thought were in the constitution are not!  🙂

Dealing with many changes in life

Since last summer, I have been dealing with many changes in my life.  Some good changes and some not so good changes.  Each change though was and is part of the plan God has for me, He was not surprised by any of them.  I have known that fact in my head for a long time, but getting it to my heart, well, that has not been the easiest thing to do.  Jeremiah 29:11 says “For I know the plans I have made for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”  As I see it, going through all that I have been going through is to help make me strong, strong in my faith.

You may ask me, how can it make you strong when you are going through so much?  In my weakness, I see that I cannot do it alone.  I need someone to come along side and help me.  That does not always need to be a physical person, it can be God.  For me, I always thought I needed another person to help me out, but I am learning that I can do some things that I never thought I could do on my own.  There has been one person who has consistently told me that I need to lean more on Christ and not on people.  In my mind, I was seeing that as rejection and abandonment.  It was not.  It was his way of telling me, teaching me that I need to lean on Christ and Trust Him for all my needs and not humans.  Has it been easy?  No.  As a human, God makes us, for love, companionship, family, etc.  As a single woman, that is hard to swallow sometimes, especially when you see others getting married and having children, while you remain single and without a family of your own.  Nevertheless, God is teaching me that although I am single, I still have worth in His eyes.  He made me to be who I am.  He knew what path I would take.  He knew I would be receiving the various diagnosis I received, He knew I would lose my job, He knew the outcome of the appeal I just completed, and I know He knows what my future holds.  Did I see any of this coming?  No and believe me, I have lost it more than once at God for what I have been going through and no, He’s not mad at me, He understands the anger and frustration I have been feeling.

In Joel 3:10b it says:  “…Let the weakling say; “I am strong!”” (NIV)  As a Christian, I can only be strong when I allow God to fill me and guide me.  However, I am also human and have many human weaknesses.  I have fears and trust issues.  I have control issues.  We all have issues that keep us from fully giving ourselves to the Lord.  What are yours?  Only you can answer that question.  Only you can decide for yourself if you want to accept the Gift of Life that God so freely gives you.  His only Son, Jesus, paid the price for us.  We do not have to do anything, but accept the gift of salvation, the gift of mercy, the gift of God’s grace.

Now, I am sure you are asking yourself, how this relates to dealing with changes in your life or my life.  Good question!  Because I was there.  I did not have the faith I needed or should have had.  I have been a Christian since I was 10 years old.  I know what the Lord requires of me.  I went to a Christian University.  I took the Bible and Theology classes.  But, you know what?  I became complacent.  I became bored with it.  I started hanging with the wrong people and got my eyes off God and onto people.  People used me for their own ends.  People treated me as if I was worth nothing, a piece of trash.  What did I do?  I internalized it.  I thought that if so many people were saying and doing the same things about me, then it must be true.  For many years, I thought that.  Then, I started going back to Church, I got interested in the Bible again, not as I am now, but I was reading it some and going to church, some.  Then this last summer, my world crashed.  I had some big diagnosis and I had no job.  I fell into a depression and I yelled at God and treated some people bad.  I was a mess.  Crying all the time and just not doing well.  Then I was able to go back to church on a consistent basis and things have turned around for me.  I have gotten back in with people who love the Lord and practice that love.  I have gotten back with people who believe as I believe and are supportive of my journey, not knocking me for who I am right now, but loving and encouraging me to keep keeping on, to continue to grow and learn about God’s love.  The Bible Study group that I am in is an awesome bunch of women, who love the Lord and each other.  We support each other in whatever is going on in each other’s lives.  We encourage each other and lift each other up in prayer.  I had not had that in many years on a consistent basis.  God has brought me back to a place where I am being fed His word, learning His precepts and going back to the basics of my beliefs.  The whole church is doing The Purple Book by Rice Broocks and Steve Murrell.  This also includes our teens.  Each lesson is filled with scriptures and questions regarding those scriptures.  Questions designed to make you think and dig into the meaning of those verses.  We have some great discussions in class regarding some of those questions.  Each of us brings our unique point of view and experiences into the discussion, which helps in understanding the scripture more deeply, at least for me.

Changes in life are inevitable.  It is how we deal with them that is the issue.  If we have Christ in our hearts and our lives, He is right there with us with His loving arms around us, leading us to where He needs us to go.  If we don’t, what do we have to help us through?  Alcohol?  Drugs?  Gambling?  Sex?  Video games?  With Christ, there is hope for better things to come.  Without Christ, there is no hope.  I am not saying that Christians are better than anyone else is.  We are not.  We all have issues, but those whose trust is in God have someone at their side no matter what happens.  God does not leave us or stop loving us just because we sin.  He loves us still.  I know for many that this a very hard concept to fathom.  I guess the best example I can use to show you the love of God is from the Bible itself.  In I Kings 3:16 – 28.  It is the story of two prostitutes who lived in the same house.  They both had babies.  When one baby died, they ended up going before King Solomon.  They argued before him and he asked that a sword be brought to him so he could cut the living child in half to give to each of them.  The real mother of the child said “Please, my lord, give her the living baby!  Don’t kill him!”  The other said “Neither I nor you shall have him.  Cut him in two!” (V26 NIV).  King Solomon gave the baby to his mother.  He knew that only the true mother would love her son so much that she would give him up before letting anything bad happen to him.  God allows things to happen in our lives so that we may know His power and grace.  So that we will come back to Him.  A parable from the Book of Luke also shows us the love of a father for his son.  In Luke 15:11 – 31 we read of the son who wanted his inheritance and took off for foreign lands.  When he had used up all his money, he made his way home to his father.  We read in verses 20 – 24, “So he got up and went to his father.  But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.  The son said to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you.  I am no longer worthy to be called your son.”  But the father said to his servants, “Quick!  Bring the best robe and put it on him.  Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet.  Bring the fattened calf and kill it.  Let’s have a feast and celebrate.  For this son of mine was dead and is alive again, he was lost and is found.  So they began to celebrate.” (NIV)  In this parable, we see a parallel of God to us.  We are the lost son and he is the father.  When one of us comes home to Him, there is rejoicing.  He never stops loving us.

While some changes are hard, they are necessary.  How?  To bring us to where we need to be.  Even doing my jewelry and other crafts, I have learned to be flexible and make changes to the design or even the pricing.  These are good things, although, sometimes, hard for me to do.  I have a style I like, but my customers have a style they like.  I need to adjust and change with what my customers want.  They are growing pains and we all go through them!  So, the next time you face a change that is unexpected and unwelcomed, how are you going to react?  You need to look deep within yourself for that answer.  I cannot give it to you.  Only you know where you stand in your faith.