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These are a few of my favorite things

~Best Friends~

Posted By marita on February 1, 2011

A song comes on the radio…a text to my friend of 40+ years. “The Bay City Rollers are playing on the radio!”

Her reply “Remember when…”

And I’m already remembering.

Two friends – 1500 miles away.

One memory – Sharing with one I’ve done life with.

Shared memories, shared hope, shared dreams… Best Friends.

Hope you are blessed to have someone you can share memories with.



A New Day

Posted By marita on January 20, 2011

“Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. Lamentation 3: 22,23.

It is such a comfort to know that God’s faithfulness, His compassions never fails.  They are new every morning! Especially as I rise to another day of not getting enough rest, not getting to be in the WORD enough.  So many little tasks to do at work and home that obsorb my time.  Then guilt feels my heart, knowing I didn’t make time for what is most important. 

It isn’t always the case, sometimes I make it.  I get up in plenty of time to spend precious time with the LORD to start my day.  How I cherish those days.  It just sets the tone for my whole day. However this week, for some reason has been particularly difficult. 

If you are also having a difficult week, with all the everyday getting in your way.  Take heart.  Our God is merciful and compassionate…and he is waiting.   Start afresh. Run to Him and bask in His unfailing love.



Done Wrong

Posted By marita on December 23, 2010

Why is it that we have the best intentions to do right but we still do wrong?  We still say bitter things to our loved ones, have mean thoughts, spend more money than we have…(oh… by we, I mean me).

I feel so guilty and aggravated at myself and at the world when I do these things.  It is frustrating.  How hard is it supposed to be to be good?

Romans 7:15-25 is my mantra this day.

New International Version  

I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good. As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me. I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature.c For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. For what I do is not the good I want to do; no, the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing. Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it.  So I find this law at work: When I want to do good, evil is right there with me. For in my inner being I delight in God’s law; but I see another law at work in the members of my body, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within my members. What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death? Thanks be to God—through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself in my mind am a slave to God’s law, but in the sinful nature a slave to the law of sin.

Thank God for His Grace!!  It is all about His Grace!



A Word

Posted By marita on December 9, 2010

Words have been on my mind as of late. I’ve read some beautiful words at Holy Experience  . Ann Voskamp is a beautiful wordsmith. See her post titled: What is Always the First Step, No Matter Where You Are: Where the Best Words Always Come From

It got me to thinking…how words can be used as a weapon or to heal. The Holy Scripts have so much to say about our words and His.

John 1:1 – “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”

Psalm 141:3 “Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth; and keep watch over the door of my lips!”

Proverbs 12:18 “There is one whose rash words are like sword thrusts, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.”

It is my fervent prayer that I may be more like my Saviour “The WORD” and be wise with my words that they be words of healing not sword thrusts that injure.



Views of Grace ~ The Elect or Choice

Posted By marita on October 29, 2010

What are the varying views on Grace? On Salvation?

“For by grace you have been saved through faith, And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God not a result of works, so that no one may boast.”  Ephesians 2:8,9

I recently did a study on Grace and as I like to leave notes of what I am studying as reminders on down the road of  journey I thought I would share them here.

It is mind-blowing to think about the depth of grace God shows to his people, even to all the world.

In researching grace and how we as as the church view it I began to go down the road of believing, salvation, etc.

Stemming from the reformation there are 2 varying views of belief that the majority of denominations uphold. The Five Points of Calvanism (TULIP) and Five Points of Arminianism.

Five Points of Calvanism

  1. Total Depravity – Sin affects every part of human nature, resulting in our inability to choose good over evil.  We must be regenerated by the Holy Spirit in order to believe.
  2. Unconditional election – God’s choice determined not by our forseen response rather, faith and repentance are also gifts given by God.  God’s choice of us, not our choice of God, is the cause of salvation.
  3. Limited atonement – Jesus’ death and resurrection actually saved the elect; it guarntees everything necessary for salvation, including the gift of faith.
  4. Irresistble grace – The Holy Spirit’s call is irresistible; God’s grace never fails to result in salvation for those to whom it is extended.
  5. Perseverance of the saints – Salvation cannot be lost, as it is completely powered by God; thus the elect will persevere to the end.

Five points of Arminianism

  1. Free will or human ability – Free will consists of our ability to choose good over evil; we have the poser to cooperate with God’s grace or resist it.
  2. Conditional election – God’s choice determined by knowledge of what man would do.  Our choice of God, not God’s choice of us, is cause of salvation.
  3. Universal redemption or general atonement – Jesus’s death and resurrection made it possible for all to be saved, but is effective only for those who choose to accept it.
  4. Resistible grace – Our free will limits the Holy Sprit’s ability to draw us toward salvation; God’s grace can be resisted.
  5. Falling from grace – Salvation can be lost, as it requires our cooperation.

I’m curious to know what your thoughts are on these points.  I would like to read some differing views.  Keeping them civil by all means, simply state your thought and beliefs and why. 



September Five Favs

Posted By marita on September 15, 2010

September is passing quickly and even here in the “Copa” we are slowly starting to feel a change in the air.  We are still in the hundreds during the day, but the nights and early morning are cooling off and becoming very enjoyable.

My Five Favs for September are:

1. Spending my Birthday with my husband and daughter.

2. Celebrating 1 year of marital bliss this month with the love of my life.

3. Cooling Tempertures.

4. Realizing that things don’t make me happy…people do.

5. Dinner with my family.



August Five Favs

Posted By marita on August 30, 2010

August is almost at an end! Time is flying quickly this year.  Hear are my Five Favs for this month.

I finally got back into walking (with some running) on a regular basis and it feels so great.  I love the energy I have when exercising on a regular basis.  This is where my Five Favs for the month begins:

1. Morning Walks

2. Butterflies

3. Rainbows

4. Storms

5. The Total Money Makeover, by Dave Ramsey.

I had some great walks over the last few weeks, getting so see butterflies every morning fluttering around all the baby marigolds in the neighborhood.  Since we are in Monsoon season there have been several mornings with beautiful clouds at sunrise.  I was priveledged to see a gorgeous rainbow last week.  On Saturday night we had our first serious storm of the season.  The rain, thunder and wind were awesome.

I was able to read a couple of books this month and my favorite was Dave Ramsey’s “Total Money Makeover”.  Great read and such practical advice.  Nothing great is achieved without sacrifice! Love it.



Knowledge is the Believers Source of Strength

Posted By marita on August 8, 2010

If you read my post a few month ago titled Knowing vs Knowing to Much you might think I am doing a flip flop.  I’m not, however, this week one of my devotional readings was by Charles Spurgeon and it  was very thought provoking. The text he derived his beginning thoughts from was Daniel 11:32.

“And such as do wickedly against the covenant shall he corrupt by flatteries: but the people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits.”

The meaning of knowledge in this text is knowing God through the scriptures. There are five areas that knowledge strengthens in the believers life when we study and apply the scriptures.


  • Strengthens our faith
  • Strengthens our hope
  • Strengthens our love
  • Strenghtens our patience
  • Fosters grace

May we always seek the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ , to be strengthened in Faith, Hope, Love, Patience and Grace.



July Five Favs

Posted By marita on July 15, 2010

I can’t believe it is already July!  Summer is HOT here in the Copa and it is rare that we venture out during the day for outdoor activities.  Despite the heat there are some awesome things to be thankful for this July.  Here are my Five Favs this month.

1.  My husband celebrates his birthdate with the birth of the nation.  The nation turned 234 years old and my sweetie turned 46. Happy Birthday Baby!

2.  We have a new little one in our extended family.  Welcome little Jonah David! 8lb 3 oz., 21 inches. A bundle of Preciousness!!

3.  My job is going well and I have plenty of assignments to keep me busy.

4.  My Sweet Daddy is one of my favorites this month.  A precious man who adores his wife , son and daughter.  He is in the hospital this week with pneumonia so prayers would be greatly appreciated.

5.  Air Conditioning!!!! Did I mention it is hot here?  Thank You Lord for air conditioning.

Those are my favorite things this month.  It is so much fun to take the time and just think of how blessed my family and I are.   Do you have any blessings to share this month?



Psalm 107 ~ God’s Love is Steadfast

Posted By marita on July 8, 2010

For the 1st two weeks of July my memory verse is 107:9 “For He satisfies the longing soul, and the hungry soul He fills with good things”.  I chose this verse as one of the verses under the topic of seeking God. As I studied the chapter surrounding this verse, there is SO MUCH MORE.


The title this chapter is given in my Bible is “Let The Redeemed of the Lord Say So”.  If I were titling this chapter it would be “The Steadfast Love of God”.  It is chalked full of examples of God’s mercy and deliverance.  I encourage you to read it for yourself, but below is my outline of this wonderful chapter.

Psalm 107 is the first of the chapters in the fifth section of the Psalms.  Book 5 references the fifth book of the Pentateuch (Deuteronomy).

Psalms 107 has 43 verses

The chapter is divided into 4 groups of those who had been redeemed:

  1. Some wondered in desert wastes, lost.
  2. Some sat in darkness, in the shadow of death.
  3. Some were fools.
  4. Some were at sea.

God brought them all through their circumstances.

  • They chose to go into their respective depravity
  • They suffered the consequences
  • They cried out to God
  • God rescued them. His Love is steadfast.


Psalm 107 urges the redeemed to give thanks to the Lord for His steadfast Love. Four times in this chapter we are shown how those that have been redeemed were lost and suffering.  When they felt they couldn’t go on they cried out to God and He came and rescued them.

What a picture for us as sojourners here, struggling in our day to day .  We too, have a rescuer who will come to us in our distress (what -ever that looks like for you).  God will come to you and me where we are in our depravities, in our frailties, in our failures and pull us out.  Praise His Name! For he is a God of steadfast LOVE! All we have to do is cry out to Him.  Four times in this chapter (verses 6, 13, 19, and 28) it says “Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress.”

Let us thank Him for His steadfast Love!

Again, I urge you to read Psalm 107 for yourself and see what encouragement you discover . Let me know.

~Blessings~  Marita