Precious In His Sight


Justin reminds readers it’s Christmas – a time for gift-giving. As such Justin looks at orphans, foster children and victims of California fires.

 

JRH 12/10/18

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Precious In His Sight

 

By Justin O. Smith

Sent 12/9/2018 4:58 PM

 

Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, that in Heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in Heaven. ~ Matthew 18:10

 

Christmas Day is rapidly approaching for people all over the world, but life and its joy and tragedies doesn’t hold still for Americans, or anyone, on that fact alone. In America, the wealthiest and most powerful nation on earth, there is enough misery to go around for all. Although many are suffering the physical ailments brought on by debilitating disease and old age and seeing their deterioration and decline to a mere shadow of their former selves hurts their loved ones deeply, and there are many thousands of Americans suffering in poverty, or from homelessness, it is the plight of our children that concerns me most this season.

 

Some may call it happenstance, but I like to think of it as God moving Us to act, when we come in contact with great spiritually minded people who have taken on a mission to help others. I had the opportunity to meet just such a wonderful person, Ruth Meyer (Ruthie to her friends) who lives in the Blackman Community of Rutherford County, TN., on December 7th, 2018, by way of a casual question in Walmart and seeming chance.

 

Ruth’s hat read “Mama Bear” and prompted me to ask if that had anything to do with Sarah Palin. She told me “No” and explained her husband had given it to her. And then she entered into one of the most wonderful and precious stories I had heard in many a long year. She and her husband had seven children, all of which she is very protective. Two are their natural born children and five were adopted by them. They started this eleven years ago, after Ruth was “called by God” and led her husband to the same calling. And incredibly, she continued on to tell me that there were many others involved in this effort, like the professional educators in Smyrna, TN with four children of their own who recently adopted a sibling group of seven from infant to seventeen years old.

 

As Ruth explained, “They almost always come to foster care with absolutely nothing”.

 

Today Ruth helps Shepherd’s Closet, also known as Foster Closet, here in Rutherford County, that is an organization operated through the nonprofit Rutherford County Foster Parent Association (RCFPA)and serves to help clothe Rutherford County children in foster care; at-risk children are also helped, but only through referrals. Since the children are already going through such a hard time in their young lives, being uprooted from their homes, Shepherd’s Closet also does the best it can to provide personal hygiene products, school supplies, toys backpacks and other items they can call their own, and it receives some loving help from Lifepoint Church, on Legacy Drive in Smyrna, TN.

 

Ruth’s story moved this old heart of mine to tears, and after we parted ways, I gave the issue a bit more thought. A quick search brought figures from 2013 that suggest, on average, more than two-hundred and fifty thousand children in America enter the foster care system each year, and although approximately fifty percent will return to their parents, the remainder will not. [Blog Editor: Foster Care Stats according to Vittana.org]

 

Struggling the most, there are also more than 100,000 legal orphans in America, who are waiting in foster care in hopes of being adopted by some generous and loving family. Many of these children watch on the sidelines from afar, as the joy of Christmas is celebrated by others, and another year passes them by without any presents, no Christmas tree, and seemingly no affirmation and love from anyone and a family to call their own forever.

 

It was amazing to hear Ruth speak with such passion, as she informed me that she and her husband were going to receive another child on December 20th. What a Christmas present for them all.

 

Even more tragic in many respects, we see far too many young children suffering with cancer. According to a report from the Centers for Disease Control in June of this year, about fifteen thousand youths under age twenty are diagnosed with some form of cancer every year in America. Between 2003 and 2014, there were 173.7 pediatric cancer cases per one million people. However, more than eighty percent of these victims of cancer are still alive five years later, which is a vast and dramatic improvement in treatments over the past decades, as noted by the National Cancer Institute.

 

One of the best and foremost warriors in this battle against cancer, America has been blessed by St. Jude’s Hospital [Blog Editor: Ways to give to St. Jude] and its many benefactors, such as Marlo Thomas who is following the example set by her father, Danny. St Jude’s homepage on Google explains quite correctly:

 

“St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is leading the way the world understands, treats and cures childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. It is the only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center devoted solely to children. … St. Jude freely shares the breakthroughs it makes… Families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing and food — because all a family should worry about is helping their child live.”

 

And all America can never forget the images of small children and their families, as July’s Carr Fire and November’s Camp Fire claimed a total of 92 lives and displaced over 100,000 Americans raged across our country. Who will ever forget 70-year-old Melody Bledsoe soaking blankets in her kitchen sink to drape over her great-grandchildren, Emily and James Roberts, ages 4 and 5? The Salvation Army, Chico-based Enloe Medical Center Foundation and the Tri-Counties Bank have all set up relief funds for California’s fire victims.

 

[Blog Editor: Info to donate to fire victim causes:

 

Amounts 0f any amount may be submitted via check to: NVCF, 240 Main St Ste 260, Chico CA 95928. Please indicate “Fire Relief” in the memo line – North Valley Community Foundation.

 

Community Disaster Relief Fund at Shasta Regional Community Foundation has been enabled to receive donations for those in the North State impacted by the Carr Fire. This fund will focus on the short and long-term recovery.

 

ENLOE Foundation Camp Fire Relief Donation Form

Salvation Army Butte County (CA) Camp Fire Relief FundGreatest Need Box & Support Wildfire Response Box.

 

Tri-Counties Bank 2018 Camp Fire Fund.]

 

Make an active choice to do something better this Christmas. Give a week, a day, even an hour of your time to an organization that helps these innocent children placed in unfortunate circumstances, through no fault of their own. Give $5000 or more, depending on your circumstances; but I daresay, these organizations will be ecstatic over each $5 bill collected, and God too will be especially pleased and satisfied by those who give, when perhaps they are not in the best place financially themselves. Let’s set aside the concerns of the politicians and government, the greedy and self-serving, and focus solely on our most cherished treasure, our little children, red and yellow, black and white — Oh so precious in His sight.

 

Merry, Merry Christmas and God Bless You All.

 

By Justin O. Smith

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Edited by John R. Houk

Source links and text embraced by brackets are by the Editor.

 

© Justin O. Smith

 

Author: oneway2day

I am a Neoconservative Christian Right blogger. I also spend a significant amount of time of exposing theopolitical Islam.

8 thoughts on “Precious In His Sight”

    1. Thanks Futuret. From your link:

      – Revelations 13:15 He was granted power to give breath to the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak and cause as many as would not worship the image of the beast to be killed.

      Revelations 6:8 And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth.

      Do not despair, eventually God will “cheat” too and He will finally send help:

      Revelations 11:3 And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth. 4 These are the two olive trees, and the two candlesticks standing before the God of the earth. 5 And if any man will hurt them, fire proceedeth out of their mouth, and devoureth their enemies: and if any man will hurt them, he must in this manner be killed. 6 These have power to shut heaven, that it rain not in the days of their prophecy: and have power over waters to turn them to blood, and to smite the earth with all plagues, as often as they will. And when they shall have finished their testimony, the beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them, and shall overcome them, and kill them. And their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified.

      They will eventually be killed, but worry not, it has been foreseen thousands of years ago as time is relative and non-existent to God. Time exists only to us humans. Do you even know what this means? Jerusalem is going to be full of gays and transgenders. Sodom is the sin of homosexuality and Egypt is the sin of idolatry of false gods.

      Wake up Christians, Israel is not “the holy land”. It is going to be the capital of the devil instead. The things which are happening in America now are not altruistic social justice acts, but acts of defiance against God. –

      http://www.eutimes.net/2018/12/america-goes-full-demonic-courts-now-force-6-year-old-children-to-become-transgender-against-their-will/

      California’s fires reminded me of Sodom and Gomorrah?

      Genesis 19:23-28 (NOG) 23 The sun had just risen over the land as Lot came to Zoar. 24 Then Yahweh made burning sulfur and fire rain out of heaven on Sodom and Gomorrah. 25 He destroyed those cities, the whole plain, all who lived in the cities, and whatever grew on the ground. 26 Lot’s wife looked back and turned into a column of salt. 27 Early the next morning Abraham came to the place where he had stood in front of Yahweh. 28 When he looked toward Sodom and Gomorrah and all the land in the plain, he saw smoke rising from the land like the thick smoke of a furnace.

      “Dr Maurice Sklar Saw the Destruction of America Mystery Babylon”

      https://www.google.com/search?q=america+is+babylon&tbm=isch

      “New Documentary Film: Babylon USA!”

      – “New World Order” is the term we use to describe the one world government and one world religion that the Bible predicts in Revelation 13. However, there is nothing new about the push for a one world system. The idea goes all the way back to the Tower of Babel and the empire of Babylon.

      For years, many theologians have wrongly taught that the United States is not mentioned in Bible prophecy. This new film, Babylon USA, will demonstrate that the United States is the key player in creating the New World Order that will put the Antichrist into power. –

      http://sanderson1611.blogspot.com/2015/11/new-documentary-film-babylon-usa.html

      (NEAR) FUTURE

      https://www.google.com/search?q=one+world+religion

      https://www.google.com/search?q=one+world+government&tbm=isch

      NIMROD’S BIRTHDAY & XMAS TREE

      “A Deception of Satan”

      – “Jesus Christ was NOT born on December 25. But December 25th can be traced back to Genesis and a man named Nimrod. Nimrod was the founder of a great false religious system that began in ancient Babylon that has always opposed the truths of God. It’s time we face facts! This world is deceived, just as God prophesied it would be (Rev. 12:9). Satan is the power behind this deception. Satan has successfully pawned off the old customs of the Babylonian mystery religion as being pleasing to Jesus Christ.” –

      https://christmaspagandeception.wordpress.com/2013/07/02/the-nimrod-tree-nimrod-the-lord-of-christmas/

      PLUS

      Thanks for your important message John. I don’t mean to insult anybody. We are so accustomed to our Xmas that it may be hard to forsake it as a pagan ritual. After all. We shouldn’t have adopted it at the first place.

      Galatians 5:9 (NOG) A little yeast spreads through the whole batch of dough.

      1 Corinthians 5:8 (DLNT) So then let us celebrate-the-feast not with old leaven, nor with the leaven of badness and evilness, but with the unleavened loaves of purity and truth.

      IMPORTANT

      I see. The state of Israel is as pagan as any other secular state. Still. I think the Holy Land remains holy. And (soon) God will renew His relationship with His people.

      Hosea 2:19-20 “Israel, I will make you my wife forever. I will be honest and faithful to you. I will show you my love and compassion. I will be true to you, my wife. Then you will know Yahweh.

      https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Hosea+2%3A14-20&version=NOG

      Blessings
      Jyrki

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      1. Thanks Futuret. Indeed we are in the Last Days. THEY (The Hierarchy Enslaving You) will use voices and holograms to deceive us. They can “speak” into people’s heads and make them believe that the voice is God’s. Maybe THEY will use “god’s voice” to tell people where to go to be caught up by the Lord, or Messiah, or Mahdi, or whatever gods there are. (Perhaps even Pope’s “heavenly friends” aliens.) I think it’s about the satanic fake rapture.

        https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=Project+Blue+Beam

        VATICAN ALIENS

        https://www.google.com/search?q=vatican+aliens

        THEY make revealing movies.

        TWIN TOWERS

        DEADLY RAPTURE

        Top photo from here (with lots of links):

        http://www.carlg.org/engbluebeam.html

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      2. I concur with most of these thoughts. I even was on board with Christmas is the wrong day meme. I have come to the opinion (after further research) that much of incorporated pagan dates adopted as Christian Holy Days by the Early Church was an evangelistic tool. This kind of evangelism did not make Christians cohorts with Satan & his demonic ilk, rather it was a Holy rebuke by sanctifying what the devil corrupted. I know it’s not theology, but it is an opinion based on observation. Yet there are dangers to be wary of in modern times; viz., a current secularization of what was made Holy is slowly being re-corrupted by removing God & Jesus from Holy-Days transforming them into secular holidays. And that is sad.

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  1. THANKS FOR THE LINK. YES, WE CAN NOT AVOID ANYTHING, WE MUST CONSTANTLY BE ON THE WATCHTOWER FOR EVERYTHING. WE ARE PRECIOUS IN HIS SIGHT, BUT THE ADVERSARY DOES NOT WANT US TO BE.

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