SCATTERED

February 17, 2018 at 5:51 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
Hi Friends! 

I’m honored to continue sharing encouragement from God’s word with you.  Thank you so much for your kind responses and support over the years!

Looking back, I came across an article  that I published back in 2004 titled SCATTERED.

Here’s what I wrote back then.   Do you think it still applies to today?
Keynotes from Carole – Spring 2004 

Without the glue of God’s word and the Holy Spirit holding my life together, I would really feel scattered.  You too?shutterstock_305076497

With all of the responsibilities facing me, it seems like I’m looking at a table filled with puzzle pieces and don’t know where to begin to organize them!

Consider my acronym

S C A T T E R E D

Stressful Circumstances Attacking The Truthful Encouragement Revealed Each Day!

The truthful encouragement?  God’s Word!

Here’s what James 1:1-3   tell us:  “James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, To the twelve tribes SCATTERED among the nations: Greetings.  Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.”

Perseverance means steady persistence.  In other words, don’t give up!

James continues in Verse 4, “Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”

My frequent response: “But Lord, I am so overwhelmed.  I don’t know how to even catch up!”

James 1:5  “If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.”

“Thank you Lord.   I needed that!”

Let’s pray:  I’m so grateful that You, Father God, are able to connect the scattered pieces of my life and create a beautiful picture that glorifies Your name.  Thank you for Your Holy Spirit who is always with me and that You’re in control of the trials and responsibilities that can overwhelm me.  You remind me, through Your word, that I can turn my eyes away from the cares of the world and lay all of my burdens at Your feet of Your precious Son, Jesus.  Amen!

That’s what I wrote back then.  I have new puzzle pieces on my table and they will keep changing.   What a relief to know that God is the same yesterday, today, and forever!

In Christ always,

Carole  

‘For in him we live and move and have our being.’  Acts 17:28       

 

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BLESSINGS FROM THE PAST …WHILE LOOKING AHEAD!

January 20, 2018 at 3:39 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Hi Friends!

Blessings to you this chilly January day!

Yes, it’s a new year and I’m looking forward to all that the Lord has for us.  Aren’t you?

As I put all of my Christmas decorations away and put my antique Bible back in its place, I thought I’d share a little about this family treasure with you.

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My King James Bible was a gift given to my great-grandparents on their wedding day in 1871. There are several pictures of my ancestors inside including the one below of Elizabeth Melvin.

 

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What a darling great-grandmother-to-be with no clue that I would be mentioning her almost 150 years later!

I believe that Elizabeth treasured her Bible and that she prayed for her family.  Those prayers have made a difference in my being here and the Lord’s protection over my life.

It’s amazing to think that God has made me a caretaker of His Holy word, not just on antique pages, but His living, breathing Word!  We find it in book form, on the internet, audio Bible, braille; whatever form we can take to heart and hide there.

I’m greatly blessed to have evidence of my descendants.  Yes, I realize that.  But, as an heiress in God’s Kingdom, my descendants go back much farther.  You’ll find their stories in the Old and New Testaments.

As you look ahead to 2018, remember that Matthew 6:21 tells us, “Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”

God bless you as you keep seeking His treasure!

In Christ always,

Carole

‘For in him we live and move and have our being.‘  Acts 17:28

JESUS IS THE TRUE LIGHT OF THE WORLD

December 22, 2017 at 5:08 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Hi Friends and a Joyous Christmas to you!

Yesterday, a surprise beacon of light came from a distant window to shine on the antique Nativity scene under our tree. For authenticity, I created the cave setting to replace the traditional barn….this after visiting the limestone cavern below the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem.

Grandma's Nativity Scene

You’re only seeing a few of my Grandmother’s antique figurines. With all the tiny statues circling the base of the tree, the natural sunlight specifically illuminated the manger for about 5 minutes.  How beautiful!

Light bends, you know.  It wraps around corners and reaches into obscure and unexpected places.  It wakes us up and shows us the way.

When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”  John 8:12 NIV

I love how Jesus, the Light of the world, bends to meet us where we are; around the corners of our hurting hearts.  He shows up in unexpected places and illuminates our minds to the Truth of His word.  When we need direction, He shows us that He is the Way.   What a joy to follow Him!

Thank you Father God for sending your precious Son to us.  If not, how would we know of Your great love for us? 

May your Christmas be greatly blessed!

In Christ always,

Carole  

‘For in him we live and move and have our being.’  Acts 17:28

   

Remembering Bethlehem 2009

A CHRISTMAS PRAYER by Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894)

Loving Father,

Help us remember the birth of Jesus, that we may share in the song of the angels, the gladness of the shepherds, and the worship of the wise men. Close the door of hate and open the door of love all over the world.  Let kindness come with every gift and good desires with every greeting.

Deliver us from evil by the blessings that Christ brings and teach us to be merry with a clear heart. May the Christmas morning help us to be happy with Thy children and may the Christmas evening bring us to our beds with grateful thoughts, forgiving and forgiven, for Jesus’ sake.   Amen.

Give thanks and rejoice in our Lord!

November 22, 2017 at 9:34 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Hi Friends!

Many blessings to you this Thanksgiving week!  Grateful to God

 

 

 

 

 

 

Irregardless of the news stories and the uneasiness that surrounds us, I am overflowing with gratitude for the faithfulness of my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ and all that He has done for you and for me!

My gratitude list also includes great thanks to:

  • my wonderful husband Jan for his steadfast love over the first 43 years of our marriage
  • Jan’s mom, Val Brewer, as she celebrates her 94th Birthday next week!
  • all of my ministry support team & faithful prayer partners!
  • my wonderful guests on my Bible Chicks Radio Show
  • past event planners whom I’ve had the privilege of serving with
  • you, my friends and readers for your kind comments and for staying connected with me!

I’m grateful for God’s gift of music too!

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This December, Jan and I are privileged to be performing again with the fine musicians of the Winds of Faith Concert Band under the direction of Van Crane.  (That’s Jan, back on the drums)

WoF Christmas Concerts 2017 for FB

If you’re in the area, please join us for an evening of beautiful Christmas music!

Wishing you a very blessed Thanksgiving and hoping to see you in December!

In Christ always,   

Carole  

‘For in him we live and move and have our being.’  Acts 17:28

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Staying Focused in the Crowd

October 20, 2017 at 9:09 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Hi Friends! 

Greetings in our Lord!  I hope you’re doing well today!

I’ve noticed from the recent posts on Facebook that many of you, like me, have been traveling this past month.

My husband Jan and I recently visited Times Square in New York City.  Yes, it was fun, exciting, entertaining, educational, tiring …certainly not boring in any way.  Another Christian traveler I was visiting with referred to Times Square as “over-stimulating”.  As I stood in the middle of it all, bombarded with gigantic flashing ads all vying for my attention, I would agree.

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Also standing in the middle, was one solitary young man holding a small handmade poster which read, “Jesus loves you”. God bless that faithful servant.  To me, he represented God’s still small voice that speaks love, peace, joy, strength, forgiveness, and volumes more to us if we would just stop and listen.

The following day, after hours of walking, Jan and I settled for a cab ride where I managed to snap this pic!  See the carriage darting right in front of us?

In the midst of a massive traffic jam, that obedient, trusting horse followed his master’s lead and headed straight to a safe destination, Central Park.  Notice the blinders?

Horse in front of cab in NYC

What was my take away from these new and interesting experiences?  I’ve considered that in the middle of all the worldly noise, I can choose to listen and trust God for His confirmation and guidance. Proverbs 3:5-6  I also need to put on a good set of Holy Spirit blinders to keep my focus looking straight ahead to Jesus!    Following these two basic life-principles would be using good horse sense, don’t you think?

Many blessings for beautiful Fall days ahead as you follow His lead!

In Christ always,                                    

Carole  

‘For in him we live and move and have our being.’  Acts 17:28

 

What’s Going On?

August 28, 2017 at 7:05 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Hi Friends! 

What’s going on?   Fires, hurricanes, and lots more!  Difficulties, sadness, and lots more!

Hold tight!  Hold tightly to our Lord; not only for comfort but for assurance that we are His!  I’m doing just that by making a commitment to spend more time in His presence and in His word.   Doing so will help both you and me get ready for all that the Lord has for us this Fall.

Ephesians 3:20-21 tells us: Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus…

As you watch, wait, and pray are you finding His joy, blessings, security, comfort, and lots more? That’s my prayer for you today!

In Christ always,                                    

Carole  

‘For in him we live and move and have our being.’  Acts 17:28 

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God Sees the Heart!

July 27, 2017 at 11:02 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
Hi Friends!
I couldn’t resist putting this adorable pic in blog!Aquilla

I met Aquilla the Porcupine in a wildlife preserve on my recent trip to Alaska.  She’s doing just fine, wouldn’t you say?  (getting lots of delicious greens from the tourists)
I found that when petting Aquilla with a gentle downward stroke on her back, she’s actually quite soft.

What are you looking like these summer days?  I’m laughing because currently, my hair is full of chlorine from swimming, my nails are very short from gardening, and…I’ve been cleaning out my garage.   No pics of me on this newsletter!!!…. except for the one below, not taken in my garage!

I love that God sees beyond our messiness and our spiky quills when riled up.   I’m grateful that our He is consistent and not two-sided. God doesn’t have off days.   His beauty and His glory are unchanging and forever.

Psalm 119:2 tells us “Happy are those who keep His decrees and seek Him with all their heart”

My prayer for all of us is that no matter how rough or unfinished we are on the exterior, our hearts continue to beat at a steady pace following after the heart of Jesus.   He is the Author and Finisher of our faith!

Many blessings to you and enjoy every summer day He gives us!

In Christ always,                                    
Carole  

‘For in him we live and move
and have our being.’  Acts 17:28

A Chance to Sing on the Princess Stage!

June 19, 2017 at 4:09 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

You just never know what opportunities lie ahead for us, right?

My husband and I were on vacation, an Alaskan cruise, and he wanted me to audition for this contest.  I was reluctant and balked but he didn’t give up!   Searching for a song from their list of karaoke tunes, I gave it my travel-exhausted, late-at-night best.  As a result,  I made it in with the top seven.

The crew told us we were the most qualified group of singers they’ve had all year and I think they were sincere.  We were an excellent team of singers who made the concert enjoyable and entertaining for the audience of 900.

For me, I had to practice and practice plus select a song that I knew would work for me.   So, Wind Beneath My Wings was my choice.   Visit You Tube to hear my rendition and my brief testimony afterwards.   It was a hoot!  Carole Brewer, Finalist for Voice of the Ocean

Ephesians 3:20-21
   Now to him who is able to do  immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever!

Voice of the Ocean

Spiritually Hydrated

May 22, 2017 at 7:00 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

living water pic for FB

Dear Friends,

Have you ever felt that your spirit needed some hydration?

Has frustration, disappointment, or even sadness caused you to feel as if your life is shriveling?

Really, it happens to the best of us when we move away from the true source, Jesus Christ, who described Himself to the woman at the well as Living Water.  (John 4:10)  The woman thought that the super water Jesus was describing sounded fabulous and wanted to know where to get some…..not considering the infusion of God’s Holy Spirit into her life.

The magnitude of water that God has given us this year, as demonstrated by Yosemite Falls, proves His faithfulness to provide for us everything we need….including spiritual hydration.  And, the beauty of God’s presence cannot be rivaled.

It’s time for all of us to hydrate and re-hydrate with Jesus, the Living Water.  Say, “Yes Lord, I admit that I am a sinner and I offer my heart to You.  Thank You for pouring Your Holy Spirit into my life today.”

And all God’s people said, “Amen!”

Many blessings on your days ahead as you follow and serve Him.

In Christ always, Carole

 

 

 

Singing for President Reagan

May 20, 2017 at 10:56 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

This Bible chick loves to sing! Here’s a BIG blast from my past! #NationalAnthem #PresidentReagan #greatmemory

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V7ngLTPEVa8

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