I want to tell my Readers something – very Important!

As most of you know I live in a Senior Complete Living area, on their South Campus. I moved back to LS last March, a year ago.  My third time on the Campus of LifeStream of Youngtown.

My apartment is one that allows me wonderful views of the bigger part of the south Campus.  As I have watched the staff interact with the Assisted Living residence as well as the Independent Living residents, I have noticed something very important.(before you think I am talking about the whole campus, I am not.  I am speaking of only ONE building).

There are roughly six people who as I watch them I think to myself, ‘when I need a lot more help, that is a person I would want to help take care of me’.  Today I ran in to another gal – young – not married yet – – who is just so sweet and up and going.  I went to her and told her that I am an old woman now.  I have seen ugliness and beauty….I have seen kindness and ignoring.  Please always keep your sweetness, remember it is a gift from God and He will enable you ALWAYS. Life can’t always be “up” but when you are “down” the Lord is there for you to grab ahold of and let Him take care of your battles because THEY WILL COME but He is sufficient.

In the world I live in I see so many people who can’t stand to age.  But God gave it to us.  Remember Sarah – she was in her 70s/80s and even the Kings saw her beauty.  Abraham knew how beautiful she was and afraid that the King might want her in his harem.

I have one friend that has gotten some “naturalness” to her face, a/k/a creases.  The next time I saw her, there was extra makeup on and to myself I had to laugh.

Some have to continue to look like 20s/30s but their skin shows a different age factor.

Why.  Why can we not grow old gracefully and beautifully.  God has given us everything we need to look our age/act our age/be comfortable with being our age.

I went to Walgreens one time, thinking I should begin to use more gels, masks, whatevers. The clerk looked at my face and said “why do you want to do something other than what you are doing, your skin is lovely. What are you using?”  I told her.  “I never do any thing for my face, only wash it in the shower”.  You don’t want to know what she said.

I see gals coloring their hair, but they don’t keep it done in a way that no one knows.  The roots are the first to show how artificial we are and when the roots are covered up by a color pencil while waiting for the next coloring, the shade is different enough that one can know.

My question is, do we really want to look like our daughters?  We are not their friend, first.  We are their mother.

Facade.  I decided I better look that one up. I might be using the wrong word. I AM NOT.  It reads: “An outward appearance that is to maintain or cancel a less pleasant or creditable reality.”  Then they gave this further!! “Her flawless public facade masked private despair”.

Ahhhhhhhh.  Guess what.  This is what Scripture says!

“Many daughters have done well, but you excel them all.  Charm is deceitful and beauty is passing” (Prov. 31:29, 30).

In our lives, along the way we look, we tend to talk and act accordingly.  A facade or the truth.  Which blooms on you?

Always……..in his tender care.

Marge H.

The Beginning of the Beginning ~~ for Me!

This Sunday is Palm Sunday – the beginning of the Beginning for me.  My faith is strong – though when put to the test, I am sure it needs a lot of improvement, of progressing, of becoming stronger.

I cannot begin to fathom what my Lord went through.  He knew what was about to happen.  That is what He came to the earth for.  Even the disciples did not understand.  Their thinking was fuzzy – they had always been “human” and what Jesus was telling them they simply did not understand…….COULD NOT understand ~~~~~~ because they were only human.

Some say, “I need things that I can attach to – things that make me feel better”.

Some say, “that is ‘your’ belief, I have my own”.

Some say, “There is no God!”?? The Bible says, “The fool says there is no God”.

Some say, “I believe in God”.  The Bible says, “even the demons believe in God”.

Jesus Christ, God’s Son, came to earth so that you and I could have Eternal Life through believing in Him.  He died!  He rose again!!! He promises to return……..for you??….for me!!  This is what Christianity is!!  No other Cult or Religion can give you this kind of Promise or Life hereafter.  All of your leaders/founders/whatevers are dead.  Did they rise from the grave? Did they promise to return for you????

Sold out …… to Jesus Christ!

Marge H.

It’s Sunday~~~~~~

WOW!  For the first time in FOUR MONTHS I have been able to go to church.  The back has been my misery. Not being able to get Tylenol/Codeine— not able to sit for more than a few minutes in one place — nothing to curb the pain.  ugh.

It was suggested to me that I try Tylenol Arthritis 8 Hr. tablets. (650 mg.)  It was said that it might very well work almost as good as the T/C.  I laughed.  (Remember Sarah?) Her unbelief at what she had heard but it was going to be true!!!

I got the Tylenol Arthritis 8 Hr., took one and it really did help.  It wasn’t until I decided to move some outdoor furniture indoors and vice versa that the back gave me a frown.  But I knew what I had done and so I took a pill – and the same as before, it helped me a lot.

Now that I have found something to relieve the back, it was back-to-church-time and I could hardly wait. Every one was so glad to see me – in fact there were people there that I didn’t think I knew but they seemed to know me because they called me by my first name. I have missed my church so much.  The atmosphere – the singing – everyone together – –  such a great feeling once again.  Pastor Dan is a great preacher.  He preaches so simply.  Has good, good points and all that he gives us is so relevant to our days and our lives and what and how we approach those around us who do not know the Lord.

The next two Sundays are so special.  Palm Sunday.  Easter Sunday.  My goodness.  I will spend an eternity I think, trying to understand why the Lord Jesus would give His life for the likes of me.  Really very simple.  God loved me so much.  Hey!!!! The same is true for you. His death was not just for me.  It was for you too.

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever (that means you and me) believeth on Him should not perish but have Everlasting Life.”

It is mandatory only if you want to spend Life Eternal with the Lord Jesus Christ. If anyone is willing to die in order for me to have Life Eternal, you better believe I am going to pay attention.  I hope you would too.  Believe me!  You are the loser if you don’t!!

Marge H.

Saturday morning…….

Here on the campus of LifeStream, all is quiet at the moment, though there will be an Air Show later on today at the Air Force Base which isn’t far from us and the Blue Angels will be there.  Ear plugs here I come!!!!

I have such wonderful breakfast times here at Hines.  At JT’s those living there are in their 90s and most in mid to upper 90s.  Three ladies sit with me and I am the baby of the bunch.  Ages are 95, 96 and 98. (The youngest one was 13 when I was born)

This morning one of them gave me a pair of her earrings – beautiful.  She said it is her last pair and she wouldn’t be wearing them any more.  How honored I was to have them.  I will always remember breakfast time this morning.DSCN0013

Yesterday I was telling the ladies that I bought online 16 pair of earrings.  I was glad they didn’t have anything in their mouths at that moment.  Well, I went online to look at “vintage clip on earrings in lots”.  I got 16 pair for $10.00. So when they come I will put them on our table as a center piece for that breakfast time.  I expect them in a week.  What fun!!!!

There is a song that I find to be so haunting.  Elvis Presley wrote it believe it or not.  Here are the words to one of the verses.

“When my way grows drear, precious Lord linger near

When my light is almost gone

Hear my cry hear my call

Hold my hand lest I fall

Take my hand precious Lord lead me home.”

There is a beautiful piano arrangement of it that I have loved playing in years past. Gospelish style.  The words for all the verses I could hear over and over. But this morning, I seemed to feel the words of the second verse the most.

I identify so much with Peter.  He had a big mouth.  He said and did things which he thought cost him everything.  But with two words, the disciples were told to go to Galilee……..and Peter……… God did not forget Peter – He knew Peter’s heart – He had given it to him!!

The Lord knew how Peter felt after his denials.  We today don’t think of denials as being bad.  The denial of not telling someone the truth when you know the answer when you are asked but you skirt all around it.  Or denial of the truth when we know what the consequences will be, and we don’t want the agony of the “cost” of truth.  When you are ask and the truth is not told, that is a lie – – a denial. When you remain silent when you now the truth – it is a lie – it is a denial.

The Lord forgives when we humbly admit and ask for forgiveness, there is no “12 Steps to Forgiveness” with Him.   I didn’t know that once upon a time, but I have learned in recent months to forgive, forget, and move on so His plans can be worked out for me.  How refreshing it is to leave the mire behind.  It can only be done on His Watch.

Peter knew what he had done and humanly knew it was wrong but it was too late, EXCEPT it was not too late where the Lord was concerned. The Lord had created him long, long ago.  He had a job for him to do and He would not let him fall through the sieve of Satan’s delight.

My Lord and Savior reached down, touched Peter and touched me and the “touch” never left.  Peter and I.  Forgiven.  Enriched.  Useable!  How about you!!!!

In His Hands!  Marge H.

Welcome to my Blog ~~~

Welcome to the Netherlands and Ireland! It is always nice to hear from someone a long way off.  Actually there were three from the Netherlands on the same day. Enjoy and be blest!!

After the shaking times I have been through in recent days with people believing that there is no God,  Actually in one way it seems to have been a blessing.  You know, you journey on day in and day out believing and at times it can become almost mundane.  Then you are shaken to your very roots by some one who has so much in the world and no blessings from above.  Well, actually they haven’t lost a thing, because they never had the love of Christ living and working within them to begin with.  So very sad, sad, sad!!

I want to share a favorite hymn of hundreds of thousands of people around the world: AMAZING GRACE.

In the 1700’s, John Newton penned this beautiful hymn.  He was slave shipper and after reading Thomas a Kempis’s Imitation of Christ, he became a Christian.  Here it is, in the form that we know it.

Amazing grace! How sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me.  I once was lost, but now am found, was blind, but now I see.

‘Twas grace that taught my heart to fear, and grace my fears relieved; How precious did that grace appear the hour I first believed!

Through many dangers, toils and snares, I have already come;  ‘Tis grace hath brought me safe thus far, and grace will lead me home.


Here are three verses seldom ever included.

The Lord has promised good to me, His Word my hope secures;  He will my shield and portion be as long as life endures.

Yes, when this heart and flesh shall fail, and mortal life shall cease,  I shall possess within the veil, a life of joy and peace.

The earth shall soon dissolve like snow the sun forbear to shine. But God, who called me here below will be forever mine.

How precious is the Lord yesterday, today, tomorrow and for the rest of my days.  Praise His Holy Name.  It seems that when a jolt comes to the spiritual soul, that soul seems to grow deepen and strengthen and nothing can touch it.


In His Hands.  Marge H.



I have been so Bothered~~~~

There are days when our hearts can feel so heavy because of the world we live in….the people that surround us….where we live..in the work place..simply in the limits of our communities.

Dear Readers, we have nothing that God has not provided for us.  Without His hand in the matter the oceans would not stay in their limits….isn’t that something!!!! Just to think that He created all and watches over all and loves you and me as though we were/are the only people who have ever lived.

Franklin Graham wrote such a striking set of thoughts when Mr. Stephen Hawking died.  Franklin would like to have asked him where he determined that his brain had come from. In my devotions tonight I read that passage of Nehemiah, found in the 9th chapter, verse 6.  Here it is for you.

“You alone are the Lord; You have made heaven, The heaven of heavens, with all their host, the earth and everything on it, the seas and all that is in them, and You preserve them all. The host of heaven worships You.”

No.  We are not able to say, “There is no God.  No one created the Universe and no one directs our fate.”  Neither can we say, “No one can tell us why we are here and when we die, it is simply ‘poof’ and we are gone.” Sad.  Sad.  Sad!

We say as the Psalmist wrote hundreds of years ago, The fool says there is no God (Psa. 14:1).

Oh yes, dear one,  David wrote in Psalm 25, “Show me Your ways O Lord; Teach me Your paths, lead me in Your truth and teach me, for You are the God of my salvation; On You I wait all the day.”

Psa. 31:14-15 read, But as for me, I trust in You, O Lord; I say, ‘You are my God.’ My times are in Your hand….

“Magnify the Lord with me and let us exalt His name together” (Psa. 34:3).


P.S.  Often I speak of my Loren – – feeling his presence around me from time to time.  I do tonight, too.  This is what I heard him say in years past and now tonight, I hear him say it again.  “Darling, you have to believe the Bible in order to say what you have just said and in this case ~~~~ what I have just written.”  Loren, in the brilliance of life hit the nail right on the head.  Believe me, without God there is no life….there is no Eternal Life!!

“The hearing ear and the seeing eye, the Lord has made them both” (Prov. 20:12.)

It Boggles My Mind~~~~

I am aware of around thirty readers of my Blog are not Christians, with most of them professing profusely that they do NOT believe.  That is their problem, as I have written to some of them from one time to time.

I do wonder why it is that they continue to read my postings, because I will never in a trillion years change my thinking, IN FACT, as more and more intelligent and well known people go down, I just feel more and more, the importance of my beliefs, and the truth of them.  Never have I ONCE wondered if I might be wrong. There is no way to be wrong because there has never been one lie brought to our attention in the Word.  NOT ONE!!!!  BECAUSE THERE AINT ANY!!!!!!!!

Today we heard of another “well knowner”, Stephen Hawking, renown Physicist 76, with a disease which he lived out his adult years with~~~~~  Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis.

Many quotes of his were plastered on Facebook.  The very first was:

“There is no God.  No one created the Universe and no one directs our fate”.

I go to Psalm 14:1.  “The fool has said in his heart, ‘There is no God.’ ”

I dip into the New Testament.  In 1 Timothy 6, we read, “We brought nothing into the world, so we cannot take anything out of it either.”   Further on in that chapter we read, “pursue righteousness, goodness, faith, love, perseverance and gentleness.  Fight the good fight of faith;  take hold of the eternal life to which you were called.”

Who will the next person be to finish their living days?  We don’t know but we will find out their stance regarding the Lord Jesus Christ rather quickly.  I do have to say I am so sorry for the stance some take but not really surprised because the World is out there, strong and mighty and has nothing to do with the God of the Universe.  HOWEVER……..the God of the Universe will be the last One to stand, because He not only made it but in the blink of an eye He can destroy it!!!!!!!!!!!!  Amen!

Marge H.