27 October, 2019

27 OCT 2019 - How GOD moves in our world

I finally decided to do this Bible Verse post at my personal blog... and will share the link later.  It has been four days since I found these verses, and I have been thinking about them and what they represent during that time.  I may post one of the verses with the link, but I am not sure yet.

I opened my Bible on Thursday to a page in Haggai...Chapter 1:10-11 was going tobe my daily posting challenge.

"Therefore the heaven over you is stayed from dew, and the earth is stayed from her fruit.
"And I called for a drought upon the land, and upon the mountains, and upon the corn, and upon the new wine, and upon the oil, and upon that which the ground bringeth forth, and upon men, and upon cattle, and upon all the labour of the hands."

I was impacted by this because of my interest in the End Times and how GOD judges the world in His efforts to reach it, to turn their hearts to Him and change their eternal destiny.  It is a very big topic, and there are so many verses to quote, I couldn't even share them in one post anywhere.

I also noticed Chapter 2:6-7

"For thus saith the LORD of hosts; Yet once, it is a little while, and I will shake the heavens, and the earth, and the sea, and the dry land;
"And I will shake all nations, and the desire of all nations shall come : and I will fill this house with glory, saith the LORD of hosts."

And Chapter 2:9

"The glory of this latter house shall be greater than of the former, saith the LORD of hosts : and in this place will I give peace."

I don't remember my impressions when I first read this section, but it seems to be about the next world... about the end of time as we know it... about the judgements of GOD.

Then I noticed across the page, in the book of Zephaniah (1:14-18) about the final judgments of GOD on earth and man.

"The great day of the LORD is near... the mighty man shall cry there bitterly.
"That day is a day of wrath, a day of trouble and distress, a day of wasteness and desolation, a day of darkness and gloominess, a day of clouds and thich darkness,
"A day of the trumpet and alarm...
"And I will bring distress upon men, that they shall walk like blind men, because they have sinned against the LORD : and their blood shall be poured out as dust, and their flesh as the dung.
"Neither their silver nor their gold shall be able to deliver them in the day of the LORD's wrath; but the whole land shall be devoured by the fire of his jealousy : for he shall make a speedy riddance of all them that dwell in the land."

It's a scary thought, especially when the same message is repeated in so many places, and I understand they were shared many years apart.

GOD can bless or GOD can judge. It is something we have to understand and realize that we are not the ones in charge.  Ultimately, even though He has given us FREE WILL, He has the power to change things.

Drought is one of His tools, earthquakes can be one of his tools, floods can be a tool but not a global wrath, pestilence is listed as a means of judgment.  We like to say one of GOD's "lightning bolts" hit when we think GOD has judged someone we consider evil and deserving it.  I often wonder how GOD views my sins, my need for judgment, and how much His forgiveness takes away (an how much it doesn't - in consequences).

It took so many years of prayer and seeking and thought to find a place of peace about my own sins and forgiveness, to understand how GOD works in this world and our lives.  I am still learning, but I understand a lot more than when I first started looking for answers as a teen.  (I am now in retirement, past 65.) Now I search for answers about the End Times and the days of GOD's wrath in prophecy.

In my plans for Working Together, I knew that GOD had the ability to bless  one field over another, and food is such an important part of our survival.  Creating a separate community from our current world of urban conflicts seemed wise.  When I happened on the Haggai chapter as I randomly opened my Bible, I was struck by the difficult prophecies I know about, with famine and worse.  In times like that, we have no other resource by GOD... no human has the power to change our circumstances like this. We have one story of GOD providing overnight for one of His prophets, so there is a possibility of individual provisions whenever that happens, but I am not sure we can depend on that.

Who will be left on the earth when these things happen?  I don't know.  Right now, I am trying to recover my studies of the Bible and review all the foundations of my own decisions about End Time issues... because the battles have been hard in my own life. 

Whatever time I have left, I will continue to search for more answers, and to find some way to share them for the future.  I am not a scholar, just a regular Christian looking for answers.  We all have to find our answers.  We will all stand before GOD alone.

I a still trying to work through these passages.  I haven't spent a lot of time in my Bible for some time, so visiting these parts again is hard on my emotions.  I hate to see, think about, or know of suffering I cannot change, help, or eliminate.  Some things belong to GOD alone.  I pray when I can't act, and hope for His mercy on the innocent, and His provision for the suffering.

Christians will need to separate and gather to protect each other at some point.  I hope that time will be soon, all over the world.


16 October, 2019

Here I am again!

I have been searching out my options and working on a plan for online connections... how to organize my "attack" of the online world and try to create some income for my retirement years!  It's been a hard process. I am getting to the place where I can connect all my blogging and websites and shops and marketing and social media and....  I am only one person still... I have to find a solution that will work until I can hire help.  :-)  SOON, I hope.

I can't believe how long it has been!  Almost a year by the records I have.  I thought I added posts over the year, but they seem to not exist, so I guess I didn't.

What have I decided so far?

I am going to focus most of my energy on my PATREON page because it is directly related to income options and is also flexible for my life changes.

I'm working on how to set up an email list for contacting interested people about changes in my efforts everywhere. One list, I think... that will be enough for me.

I suppose we can expand that if I can hire help.  :-)

I am working on sales options... drop-shipping through a variety of online places like my ETSY shop, EBAY store, PINTEREST account, social media like Twitter and Facebook, here, and via Patreon.

I am learning Canva for posting at social media and other formats.

I am learning MailChimp for the email lists.

I am learning a lot of things... and it is all beginning to work better than I have been able to get it to work in the past.  Finally. 

I have hope.  
My faith is growing.  
I am praying more than ever!   
haha - I couldn't resis the play on words.  :-)

I still have a lot to work out, like a shipping process and various rates, the photo process for posting listings, costs I can't afford yet, and workspaces. I keep trying to build my ideas into things to post, and am going to offer my downsizing items at eBay (mostly, I think).

I discovered how to reduce my feed at Twitter with their LISTS options, so I am working on that concept. I am deciding who to put back on the main feed for receiving posts.  It is really strange to see so few posts, but I am letting it sink in for awhile while I decide how much I want to see every time I check my Twitter feed.

I have started a project to post #BibleVerses at Twitter. It began with one or two posts and then felt like a great way to make myself open my Bible and read as often as possible. I am trying to do one verse post a day, but not obligated to it so it doesn't become a chore. I am at around three months I think... or going into three months... something like that.

It allows me to comment on my lifetime experiences with the Bible and how they affect me. Some verses mean more than others, and controversies in the church are one of my pet peeves so they get included when possible.  I end up with a long thread of tweets sometimes. I am working on shortening my threads, but there is so much to share it is hard to be brief with my words.

I haven't decided what to do with my Facebook options. 

I will try to add one of my Canva creations, if I can. Blogger seems to have changed since I started my blogging - about photos, but I am trying to figure that out, too.  

My GOD help us all to find our place of safety in this life and the next. Pray for America... we are battling a lot of serious problems and no one wants to care about the ordinary people. Persecutions are increasing. We need a PLAN!

In Christ,

I guess I found the way!  

17 January, 2019

Thursday, 17 January 2019

Another week has already flown past me!  I wish I were better at doing my days... life needs have to be dealt with, I am pondering how to do the future, and both require time to explore my options.

I was checking my emails and decided to follow a link to the Compass.org Prayer Wall.  I am about to try some designs at Printful.com so I asked for GOD's financial blessings.

I still need to find out the payment process for orders... who gets what dollars and when... but I have been thinking about designs to try.  I may need two accounts because some are for WT, some are for me.  Or... I may connect my designs for me at my Etsy shop (work2gather) and put my WT designs at the WT eBay shop.   I think that would require two Printful accounts, but I haven't figured that out yet.

I watched one movie at PureFlix.com today... my afternoon respite.  I may watch another later.  I like the ability to watch decent movies that don't  "surprise" you with a filthy scene.  They never really apply to the movie's story... they are just included to add some smut to the film.  That is Hollywood's idea of a "good" movie.

Life goes on... every day.

We just have to do our best with what we have.

Watching Christian movies helps me remember that GOD does not do things the way we do (Mankind).  Problems always exist, whether you are Christian or not, but GOD helps us to find better ways of solving our problems.  It is always a better way with GOD.

I better get busy with my drop-shipping plans...  I hope my efforts work this time...  I am like Edison and the light bulb... I have discovered all the things that don't work.  I would love to discover the way that does.  :-)

I hope GOD is kind to me this time.

Until next time,
In Christ,

Deborah Martin

Working Together Inc
Building for the End Times

May the GOD we trust in help us to build a better future.  Amen.

16 January, 2019

Wednesday, 16 January 2019

Lots of change going on these days... I am working on my plans for 2019... Doing a lot of thinking about the past, the present, the future... how much I can do as a senior, within my budget... all that kind of stuff.

I started a goal collection... one of those school supply journals that I am putting pictures and notes in about all the things I have thought about getting over the years... and may still get.  I'm working on how much money I need to do the goals I want to do.  I may change to more than one of these journals, color coding them by topic... maybe.  I have been working on color coding for my debts.

Finding the path to our dreams and goals is a changing thing... for me, anyway.  It has always been a process of -- well, that didn't work, so what can we try next!?  The New Year process is a great time for that.

The other day I was lamenting how dehydrated I get so I was trying to figure out how to get more liquid into my body... I finally decided to fill up a bottle I have on hand and make it a goal to drink ONE of these every day.  I am on the third day.  It is HARD!!!  I have never been a water drinking kind of person... maybe that will change by the end of the year.  Less calories, more hydration...both would be great for me.

I finally decided to sign up for the free month at PURE FLIX (.com) … so I will be checking that site out for a month.  I wanted to see APPLE MORTGAGE CAKE and watched it immediately... I have to say I was very surprised that the filter went on for at least three words... makes me wonder what they were!  :-)  I had no idea it would be a worrisome language movie.   haha   It was an inspiring film, and I wonder if I could ever have accomplished anything like that.  It is great to see that someone else succeeded like that.

I write so many different things, like letters and social media and blogs, it is hard to keep track of what I have already said.  One of my thinking projects is deciding how to avoid that problem.

For the long term... as a senior... I think this blog will be my main effort.

BUT, it is still all up in the air.

I'm in the middle of making food, so I will think some more about what to share, and how often, until the next time I get back here... random posts are kind of good, maybe... it's hard to be out of a routine.  :-)   I sometimes have a big problem staying away... but I am trying.  haha

Until next time,
In Christ,

Deborah Martin

Working Together Inc
Building for the End Times

May GOD provide all that we need to help each other... protection, provision, direction, and more.  Amen.

07 January, 2019

Monday, 7 January 2019

How are you doing tonight?!
I always hope everyone is doing well.

It has been a long day for me... I am still reorganizing my living and crafting space... I bought two new shelves with my Christmas money so I put the last one of those up today.  I am now trying to get my "stuff" organized in the shelves.  I have also decided to reduce my books as much as possible... so I am trying to decide what is essential to keep, and what can find a new home.

It is hard.  With the problems the internet brings to our information supplies, having my own book collection is really important.  I hope to get this all figured out this week.

I finally ate my jicama bulb... I think it was more dried out than I would have liked.  I made "fries" with it, and saved some ends to slice thin for eating raw.  Next time I will make the fried earlier... soon after I buy the next jicama bulb instead of waiting so long and trying to figure out what to do with it.  They were OK... I ate them with ketchup.  I read something recently about how to cook veggies so they turn out right, so I tried their advice.  They said 400 degree oven... It worked OK at that temp, but next time I am going to try 375 degrees for an hour.  I did 30 minutes, then decided to turn the fries, and then tried 20 more minutes.  They were burning by then, so I took them out of the oven and ate them.  They were almost soft inside and crispy on the outside.  And that huge jicama kept me full for hours and hours.  I was so surprised.  Even so, small or medium will be enough for the next time...

In case you forgot, my resolution for this year is to eat less fried foods... and try to substitute more fresh whole foods, lots of fruits and veggies.  When you are concentrating on changes, it is hard to find a good normal.  I hope to have a good food flow by next month.  :-)   I found a wonderful used cookbook at the thrift store the last time I was looking, and I have been finding some really great recipes to try.  In my reorganization efforts, I am bringing the best of my weight-loss cookbooks to my desk space so I can keep on track.  It should help.  I hope so.

I went through many old newspapers today... I try to keep the articles I want to read later, share with someone else, put in my topical files, etc.  The process of seeing what is called news is always a very hard thing for me... I see the loss of GOD in the world, the agendas that we don't always notice, and more.  Suffering is hard to read and experience... we know the pains others are going through when it is something we have had to endure.

I posted at the WT blog today... I am working on posting at all the WT blogs over the course of every week... sorting through the topics that matter to me as a Christian and a human being, trying to get my files organized for sharing more specific details.  This should be a good year for getting a flow going... I'm trying to get more current on the details I see, the thoughts I have about Christian issues, and to share the sources I find with you.

Become a TRIAL Member of Working Together to keep up with developmental issues and how we are trying to grow to meet many needs.  There is a PayPal link on the homepage... work2gather.us

That my hope for this year... to build a base of members before next December.

Until next time,
In Christ,

Deborah Martin

Working Together Inc
Building for the End Times

May the GOD we know and love bring us blessings to share with others.  Amen.

03 January, 2019

2019 is finally here! - Thursday, 3 January

It has been a long transition to this new year... I have been busy thinking about goals, finishing up the details to end my 2018, and seeking GOD about my life.  I think of lots of great things to share, but never seem to get them down on the posts... maybe I can do better for this year.   :-)

I decided I want to enter prayers at the FB Prayer page.  I always feel a burden for people that come across my path... people I have already put on my prayer lists and new ones.  I recently started to write monthly letters to a man in Pakistan.  I think I shared about that here.  It is a new focus for me and I will have to start learning what you can send to international prisoners.  He was arrested just because he wants to believe in Jesus.  I wrote to him that I hope for the day when each person will be free to choose their eternity. We have issues in our own country about matters of faith, but not as bad as some other countries.  I wonder where the Antichrist will rise from... it will make a difference.

Today I have been reworking my budget record pages.  My computer doesn't seem to like my budget work... it develops problems now.  I am not sure how to deal with these computer problems -- I can't afford decent equipment, but that is not a guarantee about not having problems.

I am going to try to get a smartphone this year.  It is close to the least expensive goal I have.  I am hoping it will solve a lot of problems in my life... with photos, selling, etc.

I was able to buy some badly needed supplies with Christmas and Birthday gifts... storage shelves and a great file for my yearly records.  A little at a time.  I am reorganizing my space to fit them in as my body allows me to.  :-)   Aging has its down sides.

Back to the monthly letter routine.  I have 30 regular letters to write now, and still building up my family contact information.  Still praying for GOD to solve the problems of no replies.

I am going through my books and other possessions to reduce the overload in my small living space.  I decided I need to get brutal and will try to get my books down to one main bookshelf.  As I use my craft supplies I will be looking for better ways to organize them, too.

I guess I am finding a way to the future for me and my goals.

I hope you are doing that, too.
New beginnings are always a wonderful thing.

May GOD bless us all with His love and abundant provision for our needs and the needs of His Body in this world.

I will be getting back into my old routines and creating new ones.  Keep in touch, share your thoughts, and lets find a great way to use the time we have in this new year.

Until next time,
In Christ,

Deborah Martin

Working Together Inc
Building for the End Times

Prayer stated above...
Lets find a way to make the world better.