From Such Turn Away

Originally posted on Gracenotes from Pebble East:

Jesus Illumines

From Such Turn Away…….

2 Timothy 3:1-5 (KJV) “This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their ownselves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affections, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof; from such turn away.” 

Turn to what to who? If you don’t know what my answer to this question is then you don’t know me. Or maybe you aren’t sure what to turn to, your children, your parents, and your husband? Who? Turn to God of course. If you can’t face Him, that’s fine, Bow. Turn, bow and call on His Name. Believe on Him. Call on Jesus. Then follow the light, The Light of the world.

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From Such Turn Away

Jesus Illumines

From Such Turn Away…….

2 Timothy 3:1-5 (KJV) “This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their ownselves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affections, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof; from such turn away.” 

Turn to what to who? If you don’t know what my answer to this question is then you don’t know me. Or maybe you aren’t sure what to turn to, your children, your parents, and your husband? Who? Turn to God of course. If you can’t face Him, that’s fine, Bow. Turn, bow and call on His Name. Believe on Him. Call on Jesus. Then follow the light, The Light of the world.

You will always be able to find the Light if you seek it.

Light dispels darkness. If you go into a dark room and shut the door and light a candle what happens? The light replaces the darkness. Open the door and the darkness stays inside. It doesn’t flow out into the other room. No. The darkness stays inside the room. It doesn’t flow out. Light flows out. Following Jesus is following the Light.

It is a totally beautiful thing. Ever wondered why you love to look at stained glass windows? It is the light! The colors, the shining glass, even the patina leading that holds the pieces of glass together shines.

Possibly this is why many people who claim to have experienced near death say they saw a light and went toward it. Their heart must have loved Jesus and when they almost got to heaven the first thing they saw was the light! The Light. Jesus.

My own near death experience didn’t take me far enough to make it to The Light. It came to me but I didn’t see it, I felt it. I felt heaven and Jesus and it was the most awesome, love filled….moment. In trying to describe it I always get held up right here. This is the point in the story where I run out of words. Like Paul said in the Bible he was caught up into the heavens and he couldn’t tell if he was in his body or out of his body. He says he also could not find the words to explain it.

2 Corinthians 12:1-10 New King James Version (NKJV)

The Vision of Paradise

12 It is doubtless[a] not profitable for me to boast. I will come to visions and revelations of the Lord: I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago—whether in the body I do not know, or whether out of the body I do not know, God knows—such a one was caught up to the third heaven. And I know such a man—whether in the body or out of the body I do not know, God knows— how he was caught up into Paradise and heard inexpressible words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter. Of such a one I will boast; yet of myself I will not boast, except in my infirmities. For though I might desire to boast, I will not be a fool; for I will speak the truth. But I refrain, lest anyone should think of me above what he sees me to be or hears from me.

The Thorn in the Flesh

And lest I should be exalted above measure by the abundance of the revelations, a thorn in the flesh was given to me, a messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I be exalted above measure. Concerning this thing I pleaded with the Lord three times that it might depart from me. And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

Even though, “they” say I have PTSD from the wreck and the trauma of it I try really hard to forget the truck turning over and sliding into me. I strive to remember the feeling of a brief brush with heaven. It is going to be glorious people!

See why I have trials and tribulations, why I have, “been through so much”? The devil hates me and tries all the time to shut me up, shut me down. He is not going to win because as long as I can write and share, I am going to. It is my reasonable service. Never does He want me to be mealy mouthed. Jesus wants me to share. He gives me WordPress and Facebook, email, text, a voice. I use it.

Someone recently told me that Facebook was irrelevant. It is not. It just depends on how you use it. The way things are going I do not know how long I will be able to write and post and share. But, for now I can and I am. Jesus wants everyone to know. So share I am.

www.angelaposeyarnold.com

A Pastor friend of mine told me yesterday to, “let God use me”.  My response was, “I am trying, Brother Ricky. I am trying.”

God Bless You.

I do not know exactly if God is already sounding His trumpet or if people are trying to be misleading. I love the sound so it surely could be our God. I am praying, watching, hoping, loving, and living, until then.

©Angela Posey-Arnold 2015

I’m Fixin’ to Preach/Teach this morning

Get the devil Out of Your Life

He don’t even get a capital letter in my book, in my writing. I have had to rebuke him too many times. He don’t deserve the respect of a capital letter. I have a big thing about capital letters. I write, I write a lot. I make sure in all of my writing to give the proper respect to Diety. God, The Father, The Holy Spirit. Even angels, unless you call them by name, Michael, (for example: or Gabriel), don’t get a capital letter. I’ve had to do a great deal of spell check red swiggle lines. But, I know proper respect of a Southern Christian Writer when I see it.

If Diety is not capitalized be careful of what you are reading.

All that to say I have come across some times in my life when I’ve had to take a stand for Jesus right then and there. I know the Power of Christ and I do not believe the devil’s lies.

“Old Hairy Legs” as Kate Fauchon so elegantly refers to him, is a deceiver. He wants to destroy your marriage, he will cause you to fuss. You may think you are fussing over a “friend” but be careful—it might just be that the friend is being used by the deceiver, maybe they don’t even know it themselves. Maybe you think they have good intentions, but keep your eyes and ears open.

You can discern the evil if you pray, read God’s Word, speak God’s Word, sing praises, etc. Worship and music makes everything better. Use it to gain wisdom, God speaks to those who love Him. We just have to be listening. If there is jealousy in a relationship, ask yourself what are you jealous about? Bitter words and confusion reign when the devil has a foothold.

He will not win unless you let him. He uses your friends’ anything what gives him an opening. Gossip? Oh, brother, he loves that one. Anytime he can inflict emotional pain he will.

You must, as a Christian, take a stand and say outloud! He will not win! Not in this house! Not in my life! Stand firm and don’t back down. Exodus 14:13…Read it. God fights for you. Just ask Him, He will. Say outloud if you need to—“no longer will I respond to the things the devil starts!” Say it. Write it! Read it. Believe it. With Authority say, evil spirit-Leave! JESUS LIVES HERE! Stomp your foot like Jesus did in The Passion of The Christ when He stomped on the head of the devil snake.

Say, evil spirit leave! Jesus Christ is the Master of this home! Tell the devil you WILL NOT win here! Now with joy and believing in your heart and your voice say again Jesus lives here! He always has and He always will. Jeremiah 29:11

cropped-nurse-booksigning.jpgThanks for reading…God Bless   Make music to His glory…it’s so much fun.

Black and White Saddle Oxfords

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Black and White Saddle Oxfords

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Angela Posey-Arnold

I still have the doll.

Before I was born, back in the 50s, black and white saddle oxfords were the hit fashion trend. Bobby socks and saddle oxfords were popular when my mother was 15.

In 1964, when I was four, the doctors took my legs out of braces, the catch being I must wear corrective shoes, black and white saddle oxfords. They weren’t in style then, just corrective. I wore them for 2 years before I realized that other little girls had red patent leather shoes with buckles.

Every month, after we moved to Haleyville from Centerpoint in Birmingham, we made the two hour trip back to the north side of Birmingham to Carraway Methodist Hospital. There we waited most of the morning of our appointment. Mother and I watched the tropical fish in the huge tank that divided Dr. Benjamin Meyers waiting area.

Mother said they gave every patient the same appointment time. We came to know the nurses and receptionist well, as a matter of fact everyone who worked there seemed to know us. Especially the interns who Dr. Meyer called in just to watch me walk down the hall and back. When I danced the twist for them they resounded laughter and joy. He called me his miracle baby. We loved him.

Every few months, as my feet grew and changed Dr. Meyer sent us to Kay’s Shoe Store downtown Birmingham. Until kindergarten I really didn’t care about other little girl’s shoes. But, boy when I hit first grade I wanted a pair of red patent leather shoes with a buckle! I cried and begged Momma and Dr. Meyer. No avail. The black and white correctives had to stay, for now.

I don’t know why I grew to hate those shoes, they were for my good. I should have been thankful for them. I really was happy I didn’t have to wear the built up sole kind like some other kids at his office. I guess I was just being a 6 yr. old.

One day our elementary first grade paraded up the huge concrete stairway to the high school on the hill. We went to a football pep rally. It was great! Cheerleaders, Majorettes, Players, the Band how exciting and fun. Suddenly I realized the cool beautiful, teenage cheerleaders had on saddle oxfords. For the first time I saw red and white saddle oxfords. School colors were red and white. I was elated.

The first thing I told Momma when she picked me up from school was, “We have to go to Kays. They have red and white saddle oxfords”. Mother was happy and I was. In a few weeks I had red and white saddle oxfords, still corrective on the inside. They were now called, Ra-Ra’s.   I thank God for it all. To God be the glory.

©Angela Posey-Arnold 2015

First Draft in Cursive/Now by Type

July 23rd.

Good morning. Whew. It is thundering and we did have some lightning. But, noting bad. I think we needed the rain. I know my Lavender plant needed it. And Mother’s Sage. I am overly blessed with Sage and Mint. And my Lavender is catching up. I gave Shelaine some dried Lavender  and she is making candles in baby food jars with unique lids. She has found Pintrest on the computer. I swannee I cannot get that girl to go to Facebook. I don’t know why. She has a FB page, she just don’t have time to visit there. Shelaine is a big shot where she works. A Couple of weeks ago she was pictured on the front page of a RD MSN CDE. She was at the podium leading a seminar on Diabetes. What ever anyone wants to know about Diabetes they should ask Shelaine. Or about a diet, any diet. She knows her stuff. Oh, I got off track

The rain yes it is raining. I am glad ..This the way I free write. In my writing class we learned about free writing. We were told that one person will probably ever read your free writing. So feel free to write. Just write what I love–

In my writing I want to be true as I now truth to be. I desire to be helpful, inspiring and kind. Mother always said, “kill ’em with kindness. I am trying. I am trying. Really hard. Against the things that are trying to be obstacles. The distractions, sometimes very necessary for Keith and me. Sometimes it gets blurry as to what is an obstacle and what is an opportunity. Hard to tell sometimes. The only thing is the jabs of, “ole hairy legs”, as Kate in Australia says. I just love her. An awesome writer and spokes women on Creation. God’s way!! Awesome lady and a fellow Son Rise Writer. She is so sweet. Known her now since 2004. They are so special to me. I guess if you are reading this you already know how I feel about them.

The piano is quite these days. We have music, all day but no practicing, rehearsing, and perfecting a piece of music. I’ve got $200 worth of new music just siting in there, without me. I don’t play right now. Or I haven’t played since I left Corinth Baptist Church. Wow. What an experience that was. I think I was invisible to most of them. Whew. So cold sometimes in there. I sat by myself for 8 months and not one person spoke to me. Except the sweetest girl, and I don’t even know her name. I think her husband’s name is…….No don’t have it. He drove the van, Clyde? no that isn’t right. The couple whose house burned down and the church had a big ta doo money giving ceremony. It was creepy. But, that couple loves someone there. I think it is a child–A grandchild. Of course. She is so sweet. She also was one of three 4 people that came to the piano and hugged me. Let’s see, Theda, Mike and Little Ray Southerland, Tammy Frazier, Selena Kilpatrick those 4 were the ones who came to the piano to see me while I was there–these came just the once. But, the other sweet girl came every Sunday at Fellowship and time, hugged me from behind and told me she loved me. Every time. She startled me a few times before I figured out she was a “comin!! haha I do love her. She and Mike know how the church there can be a bit haughty. They are–some of them. Some are great. Some I don’t understand. But, hey it is there stuff. hahah

Any way it doesn’t matter because I can’t physically do it right now anyway. I went to bed at 7pm just hurting all over. Going to bed was all I could do. Keith too. I was up at 9, downstairs to the couch. I have got the where I spend more time at night on the couch as anywhere. Keith can’t see how in the world I can sleep on that couch. IDK I just can. Or Me, Radar and Pearl can

I am trying to sell my autoharp. It’s always been too big and heavy for me. I abhor the thing. haha I loved my old one, the stupid tornado took it. Some things one just cannot replace. Like my old piano. Gosh I miss it. I won’t ever see it again–at least on this earth. I just had a thought. What if the tornado took it to heaven. Ha What a thought. That would be so awesome. It’s kind of funny. In the debris I found all my keys, blacks and whites. I have them in a box in the basement. How cool is that? I always thought I would make some kind of art work out of the top of my round antique stool–loved that stool!! Anyway, I have the top of it and all I have from the piano are the keys. But, how awesome is it.? I really am going to make a piece of art work out of it. I am going to get Keith started on that project while it is raining. hahah

I bought that autoharp as a knee jerk, internet, top of the line,, $750. I must really be crazy-or maybe more so in shock and grieving back then when I did that. Now I wouldn’t so I must be getting better, or broker. hahah

I love this video look and the keep on reading Really I just want to hear it again this morning, Dancin’ in the Sky” Look it up on You-Tube. I will link it here. It is awesome. She looks like the sweetest young lady. It says it is from the Left Behind Movie. IDK if that is the old one or if a new one is coming out.

Any way, it is a song for anyone who has had to grieve after someone went on the heaven first. Left here I have to turn to music –now..

Love that song.

I wrote the lyrics down–Posted it on fb but no one listened to it. I found it on Kristie Waldrop’s page. It is beautiful.

Wow, Pencil exchange–Here we go Keith has it. Putting new lead in the mechanical pencil. ‘m smiling     Love that pencil I have been writing with it and it ran out of lead. I have lead but have to get Keith to fix it. He has to turn the lights on–started putting it in the end of it. haha Has to find a tool cause the eraser is broken off in the lead tube. ugh. Ok tools out let’s see if it survives. hahah Good thing I found another one in the desk drawer–lol Proof to me I am supposed to be writing with it for some reason. No one ever reads what I write–maybe I’ll be like Harper Lee and someone will find my writing in 50 years!! Good heavens he dropped it all bent it oh no …

Ok that’s a wrap…gotta scoot over here and data entry the lyrics to Dancin in the Sky   I love that song. Can you imagine a choir singing it????

Oh man.

Bye for now:) ^I^