Monday, December 28, 2009

Changed Forever

The angel Gabriel appeared to the virgin, Mary and said, "You will be with child and give birth to a Son, and you are to give Him the name Jesus." (Luke 1:31)  An angel also appeared to Joseph, a righteous man and said, "Do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit.  She will give birth to a Son, and you are to give Him the name Jesus, because He will save His people from their sins." (Matthew 1:20-21)

From that moment on, the lives of Joseph and Mary would forever be changed.  Any plans they had made or dreamed of together would be changed forever.  They were chosen to be the earthly parents of God's Son and they accepted God's plan for their lives.

We dream and make plans, sometimes on our own without God's input, but God has His own plan for our lives.  "For I know the plans I have for you . . . . . . . (Jeremiah 29:11).  When Jesus becomes our Savior and Lord, He changes our lives forever.  God continues to change the lives of those who invite Him into their hearts.

Christmas Day has come and gone but let us focus on the many lives the birth of Jesus has changed, beginning with Joseph and Mary.  Let us focus on His plan for our lives instead of going our own way.  God's plan for our lives is perfect.  As the New Year approaches, may we allow Him to change our plans, our course in life, to His plan.  May we be as obedient as Joseph and Mary.

Serving Him,
Kay Martin

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Feeling a Little Depressed

Several days ago, I received an e-mail stating that one of my favorite cousins had passed away suddenly.   That afternoon, I realized I was a little depressed.  I had been reflecting on Tony's life and the thought had crossed my mind that he wasn't much older than I am. 

Tony was a godly, Christian man who was dedicated to his family and his church.  Life was not always easy for him as he lost part of his arm in a farming accident when he was a young man.  He continued his sweet disposition and always seemed upbeat.  Most farmers are hardworking, honest men and Tony fit that description.  The angels are celebrating in heaven.

As I gave thought to being a little depressed, I picked up a Christmas devotional book I had been reading daily during the month of December.  That particular morning, I had read the Scripture and then laid it aside to come back to it later.  The subject of the devotional - depression.  God knew I would need to read this in the afternoon rather than that particular morning.  Mary, the mother of Jesus, was the example given for how to overcome depression.  In Luke 1:46-49, after the angel left her, Mary exalted and praised God instead of slipping into depression concerning what was about to happen to her.  If I am praising the greatness of God, how can I stay depressed! 

If I choose to focus on my depression, I won't be able to focus on God's goodness and greatness.  Praising God will cause sadness and depression to leave and joy to fill our hearts.  (I am not talking about serious depression that sometimes requires medical attention.  I am focusing on sadness and mild depression.) 

Will I still be sad because of the death of my cousin?  Yes!  But if I focus on praising God and exalting Him as Mary did, I won't wallow in depression.  When I focus on God through difficulties, I am reminded He is Sovereign and He never leaves me or forsakes me.

My prayer is for God's comforting and healing hand to be on all who have lost loved ones, especially during the Christmas season.  I ask God to help us focus on Him and not on ourselves and our circumstances.

"Praise the LORD.  Praise, O servants of the LORD, praise the name of the LORD.  Let the name of the LORD be praised, both now and forever more.  From the rising of the sun to the place where it sets, the name of the LORD is to be praised."  Psalm 113:1-3

Serving Him,
Kay Martin

Monday, December 14, 2009

Recipes for NOGS Reunion

Dear NOGS Bible Study Group,

Below find the recipes I used for our reunion.  Hope you enjoy!  May we never forget the summer we studied No Other Gods together.  What a blessing the study and our fellowship together were to me.



1 Beef Brisket (5-6 pounds)
3 oz. Liquid Smoke
Celery Salt, Onion Salt, Garlic Salt
Worcestershire Sauce
Salt and Pepper
BBQ Sauce

Place meat in shallow pan or dish.  Pour liquid smoke over meat (pierce both sides several times with fork).  Sprinkle with salts.  Refrigerate overnight, covered.  Sprinkle both sides with salt and pepper, pour on worcestershire sauce (about 2-3 T).  Cover with foil and bake at 275 degrees for 5 hours.  Uncover - pour BBQ sauce over meat.  Bake uncovered for approximately 1 hour.  Remove meat to platter.

For Gravy -  let liquid from meat cool and remove excess fat.  Add 2 T. flour and 1/2 cup water.  Cook until gravy thickens somewhat.

This recipe came from Carolyn Wilson Tyler many years ago.


I used enough romaine, baby spinach, and spring greens for a large salad bowl.  (Can use any mix of greens.)
1/2-3/4 cup dried Cranberries
1 Granny Smith or other Apple, chopped
1 cup pecans, coarsely chopped
1 package Ramen noodles, crushed (discard seasoning)
1/2 stick butter

Melt butter in skillet, add nuts and ramen noodles.  Cook on low heat until lightly toasted.  Set aside to cool.
Place greens in salad bowl.  Add cranberries, apple, and nuts/ramen noodles.  Drizzle with Sweet Paprika dressing just before serving.  (You can use oranges, mandarin oranges, or fresh strawberries instead of cranberries and apple.)


2 1/2 T. Cider Vinegar
2 1/2 tsps. Honey
1/2 tsp. Lemon Juice
1/2 tsp. Paprika
1/3 cup Sugar
1/2 tsp. Dried Mustard
1/2 cup Canola Oil

Mix all ingredients in a pint jar, except oil.  Heat in Microwave for 30-45 seconds.  Add Oil and shake well.  May be refrigerated.  Heat again in microwave and shake before serving.  (This recipe was origianally in Mississippi Magazine, but I made a few adjustments.)


4 cups Water (substitute 1 can Chicken Broth for part of water)
1 tsp. Salt
1 cup uncooked Quick Grits
3 cups shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese
1/4 cup Butter
1 tsp. Pepper
1 tsp. Worcestershire Sauce
1/4 tsp. Hot Sauce (I use Trappey's)
2 large Eggs, lightly beaten

Bring water and salt to a boil and slowly add grits.  Return to a boil, reduce heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, 5-7 minutes or until thickened.  Add cheese and next 4 ingredients, stirring until cheese melts.  Remove from heat; let stand 10 minutes.

Stir in eggs, and pour into a lightly greased 11 X 7 inch baking dish.  Sprinkly with paprika.

Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour or until set.  (8-10 servings)


Shell:  6 Egg Whites, 1/2 tsp. Cream of Tartar, 1/2 tsp. Salt, 1 3/4 cups sugar

Heat oven to 275 degrees.  Butter a 13 X 9 X 2 inch pan.  Beat egg whites, salt, and cream of tartar until frothy.  Gradually add sugar. Continue beating until stiff and glossy, about 15 minutes.  Spread in pan, bottom and sides.  Bake for 60 minutes.  Turn oven off and leave the meringue in oven for 8-12 hours. (Overnight works.)

Filling:  1 cup Sugar, 2 cups Whipped Cream, 1 tsp. Vanilla, 2 cups Miniature Marshmallows, 6 oz. Cream Cheese.

Mix cream cheese with sugar and vanilla.  Fold in whipped cream and marshmallows.  Spread over meringue and refrigerate until set.

Topping:  1 can Cherry Pie Filling, 1 tsp. Lemon Juice, 2 cups sliced, sweetened Strawberries

Stir together and spread over filling.  Serve chilled.

(This recipe came from Lynn Dye many years ago when she was my neighbor.  I have this recipe in her handwriting, but I also saw it in Mississippi Magazine with her name - possibly last year.  It apparently has been published in the cookbook,
Look Who Came to Dinner.)

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Finding Pleasure and Satisfaction

In the book of Esther, King Xerxes bestowed a high honor on Haman - an honor higher than all the other nobles.  We do not know why the king chose to honor Haman, but honor him he did.  Everyone was to bow down to Haman to honor him and everyone did except for the Jew named Mordecai.  (Mordecai was Queen Esther's relative and adoptive father.)  Haman had everything going for him by the world's standards.  The king had honored him, all the people bowed to him and gave him honor, but one man would not bow the knee and this caused Haman to be in a quandry.

When Haman saw that Mordecai would not bow to him or pay him honor, he became enraged (Esther 3:5).  We again see that Haman was filled with rage when he saw Mordecai would not show fear in his presence (Esther 5:9).

Haman had much wealth, many sons, and honor from the king, so much so, that he called all his friends together for the purpose of boasting about all he had.  Yet, Haman could find no pleasure and satisfaction in his family, friends, wealth, power, and status because Mordecai refused to honor him.  Haman thought it was Mordecai's fault that he was not happy and satisfied.  Whom are you blaming for your unhappiness, dissatisfaction, and discontent?

Where are you seeking pleasure and satisfaction?  True pleasure and satisfaction will never be found in things or people because there will always be a "Mordecai" who will not bow the knee to you and there will always be someone who has more than you do.  True pleasure and satisfaction will be found in Jesus Christ alone because Jesus alone satisfies.

"Praise the LORD, O my soul . . . . . . . . . . who satisfies your desires with good things . . . . . . . (Psalm 103:1a, 5a)

David said in Psalm 16:11, "You have made known to me the path of life; You will fill me with joy in Your presence, with eternal pleasures at Your right hand."

Serving Him,
Kay Martin

Thursday, December 3, 2009


Why do I do the things I do?  Am I busy doing what God has called me to do, or am I doing what I do to look important, to be busier than anyone else, etc.?

A devotional in Journey magazine suggested that some of us have made our busyness a prideful thing.  (Ouch!)  We want to say I do this, I do that, or I'm busier than you.  The devotional also suggested that some of us are busy because we have an unconscious need to feel important.  (Ouch!)

Many of us are too busy at times, especially as we near Christmas.  "But God doesn't want us to be so busy that we are overwhelmed." (Journey, December 2, 2009)

I don't know about you, but I have certainly been so busy at times that I have felt overwhelmed.  It is time to take account of how we use our time.  We need to ask ourselves:  Why do I do this or why do I do that?  Is it something to feed my ego or is it something God has called me and equipped me to do?  Am I doing this for the right reasons?  Am I too busy to spend time alone with God?

Our prayer might be to ask God to show us what He wants us to do with our time.  Ask Him to help us get our priorities right in this area.  Each of us has the same amount of time - 24 hours each day.  How we choose to use those hours makes the difference.

I desire to use my time in obedience to Him, not so I can feel important or to feed a prideful spirit.  This requires some time at the feet of Jesus, listening and then doing what He tells me to do.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009


This Thanksgiving, did you sense that a certain relationship wasn't what it should be, or like you desire it to be?  (I know many of you experienced this because of your comments to me.)  This is very common during the holiday season when families get together.  We are often tense and on edge, and might I add, a little tired, during this time of year and relationships are sometimes strained.

Most of us desire the ideal in our family relationships.  We would like our families to be picture-perfect but many times, they are not.  Why?  Because families consist of flawed individuals, that includes you and me, and there in lies the problem.

One way to help in a not-so-perfect situation is to be the one with the good attitude.  Also, be the one who is accepting of the ideas and ways of others.  Our way of doing things is not necessarily the best way, and is certainly not the only way.  Overlook the little slurs, the lack of respect, and continue to love the person and treat them with kindness.  Oh, you may think they really don't deserve it, but I'm just saying if we continue to treat with kindness those who mistreat us, we will be the one who has peace.  Try it.  It works.

In the last part of Micah 7:6, the prophet states, "A man's enemies are the members of his own household."  Many of you know this to be true, but it is sad.  In Matthew 5:44, Jesus tells us to "Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you."  This is what we must do in our strained relationships.

We must do what God commands us to do and then thank Him for His many blessings.  If we focus on what we do have (the really good relationships), then what we do not have will be minimized.  Remember to always seek direction from God for His will is "good and pleasing and perfect." (Romans 12:2)

Serving Him,
Kay Martin

Wednesday, November 25, 2009


"Be thankful."  "Count your many blessings."  We hear these statements often at this time of the year, but do we have a thankful heart?  Are we counting our blessings?

Life may be tough right now.  Your husband's job may be in jeopardy or he may already be without work.  You may be concerned about your job or you may have a difficult boss or bad working conditions.  Some of you have serious and/or life-threatening illnesses in your family.  Some have children who have behaviorial problems and some are dealing with rebellious teens that are going against everything you have taught them.  You ask, "How can I have a thankful heart?  How can I count my blessings?"

No matter how bleak things seem, we always have many things for which we can be thankful.  Ask God to show you your blessings and to give you a thankful heart.

Let's make a list of our blessings and the things for which we are thankful.

     I am thankful for:  My Savior, Jesus Christ and for life eternal; Eddie, Paula, Kelly, Kaylee, Kam, Brent, Meredith, Case, Josh; my extended family; godly Christian friends; Christian upbringing and godly, Christian parents; my Sunday School class; our home; the beauty of the earth; good food; opportunities for service; good health, etc., etc., etc.

The psalmist says:  "Come, let us sing for joy to the LORD; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation, Let us come before Him with thanksgiving and extol Him with music and song." (Psalm 95:1-2)

In Psalm 100, the psalmist says:  "Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth.  Worship the LORD with gladness; come before Him with joyful songs.  Know that the LORD is God . . . . . . . . . Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise; give thanks to Him and praise His Name.  For the LORD is good and His love endures forever; His faithfulness continues through all generations."

Prayer:  God give us thankful, joyful hearts full of gratitude.  Help us count our many blessings and help us focus on You, our Provider, our faithful God.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Let's Take Inventory

Before the holidays, let's take an inventory of how we take care of our bodies.  Why?  Because our "body is the temple/sanctuary of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have received from God." (1 Corinthians 6:19)

Our Inventory Should Include:
1.  How much time am I spending in prayer and Bible study?
2.  How much time am I spending exercising (walking, biking, running, and/or just moving)?
3.  What am I eating?  How much am I eating?

We can become healthier beings who honor God with our bodies if we:
1.  Nurture our spiritual life (this is the most important).
2.  Show restraint (self-control) in how much we eat as well as what we eat.
     "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, . . . . . . . . . . and self-control." (Galatians 5:22-23)
3.  Get moving.  Active people burn many more calories than those who are sitters.  Add exercise to what     you are already doing.

Food is so much a part of our holiday celebrations!  Enjoy!!  But enjoy a little less (smaller portions).  You won't feel deprived if you eat what you love, but eat just a little less than you normally do.  Ask God to help you be satisfied with less.  Spend time alone with God during the busy holiday season.  Don't neglect your spiritual life.  Move your body.  You will feel better.

A friend who runs with a group says she is not a runner and does not enjoy running.  She does enjoy the fellowship and how it makes her feel after she runs, so she keeps on running.

Find something you enjoy (biking, walking, water aerobics, etc.).  Join a group or enlist a friend to move with you.  It  will be a lot more enjoyable and you can hold each other accountable.
Enjoy Thanksgiving and Christmas!  I plan to and I plan to take my own advice.  I have already taken inventory!  Do you know where I fall short in my inventory?  I do.  Where is your weakness?  Where is your strength?

Serving Him,
Kay Martin

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Recipes for Bible Study Group

Girls, Here are the other recipes from Wednesday Bible Study Lunch.


2 cups self-rising Corn Meal
1/2 cup self-rising Flour
3/4 cup Sugar
2 cups Buttermilk
1 T. Canola Oil
1 Egg

Mix all ingredients together with a large spoon (no mixer) just untill well mixed.

Bake in an ungreased loaf pan at 375 degrees for about 55-60 minutes, or until golden brown.


1 (3 oz.) package Strawberry Jello
1/2 cup Hot Water
1 Box White Cake Mix
4 Eggs
2/3 cup Canola Oil
1 cup sweetened Strawberries, mashed
1 recipe Strawberry Frosting

Preheat oven to 300 degrees.  In small bowl, dissolve Jello in hot water.  Set aside.

In medium bowl, beat cake mix, eggs, and oil together until well blended.  Add dissolved Jello and mix well.  Stir in strawberries.

Pour batter in 3 greased and floured 8 inch cake pans.  Bake 28-30 minutes or until center of layer springs back when gently touched.  Remove from oven and place on cooling racks until cooled.

Frost layers with Strawberry Frosting


1 stick of Butter, softened
1 (16 oz.) box Powdered Sugar
1/2 cup sweetened Strawberries, mashed

In large bowl, mix together butter, powdered sugar until smooth.  Add strawberries.  Mix well.

Hint:  If needed, you can adjust the amount of strawberry juice and/or add powdered sugar to get the thickness you desire.

Recipes from Bible Study Luncheon

Okay, Bible Study Group, I am posting the recipes from our luncheon as requested.  I will start today, and maybe finish tomorrow.

Chicken Corn Chowder

3-5 slices of Bacon
1/2 cup diced Celery
1/2 cup diced Onion
1/2 cup diced Carrot
3 T. Plain Flour
4 (or more) cups Chicken Broth
2 cups (or more) chopped cooked Chicken
2 cups peeled and chopped potatoes
1 (20 oz.) pkg. frozen cream style corn, thawed
1 cup frozen whole kernel corn
1/2 tsp. poultry seasoning
1 cup heavy cream
Salt and Pepper to taste

Cook bacon in Dutch oven until crisp.  Drain bacon and set aside.  Reserve 1 tablespoon of drippings.  Saute celery, onion, and carrots in drippings until tender.  Stir in flour, stirring constantly, for 3 minutes.  Slowly whisk in broth, scraping sides of pan if necessary.

Add cooked chicken, potatoes, corn, and poultry seasoning. Cook for 15 minutes (or longer) until potatoes are tender.  Add cream (milk won't be as rich or tasty, but could be used) and slowly heat through.  Season with salt and pepper.  Garnish with crumbled bacon.

Hint:  Use however much chicken broth to make it the consistency you like.  I also like to let it simmer for a while (longer than 15 minutes) for the flavors to mingle.  I use chicken breast. 

Citrus Salad

2 T. chopped Walnuts or Pecans (optional)
1 (5 oz.) bag of Mixed Baby Greens (washed)
2 Navel Oranges peeled and sectioned
1 large Grapefruit peeled and sectioned
1 pear, peeled and thinly sliced
1 cup seedless grapes, halved

Preheat oven to 35o degrees.  Bake nuts in a single layer in shallow pan for 6-8 minutes or until toasted and fragrant.

Place greens in a large bowl and add orange and grapefruit sections, grapes, and sliced pear.  Drizzle dressing over salad and toss.  Sprinkle with nuts or serve on the side.  Serve immediately.

Orange Vinaigrette

1/4 cup White Wine Vinegar
2 tsp. grated Orange Rind
3 T. fresh Orange Juice
1 T. Sugar
1/2 tsp. Salt
1/2 tsp. Pepper
3/4 cup Olive Oil

Whisk together frist 6 ingredients in a small bowl; add oil in a slow steady stream, whisking until blended.

Hint:  The dressing can be made ahead and placed in refrigerator.  Oranges, grapefruit, and grapes may be prepared ahead and kept in refrigerator to make it easier at time of serving.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009


What is a perfectionist?  Well, I am quite sure I don't want to be called one because it carries with it the idea that one thinks he or she can do something perfect.  No one can! There has only been one man who has ever walked on the soil of this earth who is perfect.  His name is Jesus.

Yet, most of us have areas where we have perfectionist tendencies.  I have to admit to some and I reluctantly admit I have been called a perfectionist.  Those who deal with perfectionism set themselves up for disappointment in themselves as well as in others.  I have been there - have you?

If we expect perfection from ourselves, we are more likely to expect perfection from others.  They cannot deliver (of course, neither can we) and this causes disappointment.  People and relationships are more important than our desire for perfection.

A worthy goal for us:  Strive to be the best we can be with God's help and accept (be content) that even our best is less than perfect.  First Timothy 6:6 says, "Godliness with contentment is great gain."  Contentment will never be achieved as long as we think we can attain perfection.  When we have given our very best effort, let us rest and be content.  

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Pimento Cheese

Sandra (one of my BFF's) requested that I make this my first recipe to post on my blog. I found it in Southern Living, but made some changes.  It is great with crackers or on whole wheat bread.  It has become my favorite (and Eddie's) pimento cheese recipe.

1 (8 oz) pkg. Cream Cheese (I use Neufchatel)
1 (4 oz. jar diced Pimento
1/2 C. Mayonnaise
Dill Relish to taste (or sweet relish if you prefer)
Freshly Ground Pepper to taste
3-4 C. shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese

Microwave cream cheese in a microwave-safe bowl at HIGH 1to 1 1/2 minutes or until melted and smooth, stirring at 30 second intervals.  Stir in diced pimento, mayonnaise, relish and pepper.  Stir in cheddar cheese.  Can serve immediately or cover and chill.  Keeps well in refrigerator.

Suggestion:  Serve these sandwiches with homemade tomato soup for a nice, easy winter meal.

Monday, November 2, 2009

I Think I Smell Smoke

This devotional was originally written in August 2008.  Since we are studying Turning Points in Daniel's life, the subject of his three friends and one of their major turning points was part of our study in Sunday School yesterday.

I'm a little choked up this morning.  I think it's my allergies acting up and I think I know why.

I have been in a fiery furnace lately.  Actually, I feel a little ashamed to call it a fiery furnace when I think of Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah's real fiery furnace (better known as Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego.)

All of us have our difficulties and trials and sometimes they feel a lot like a fiery furnace.  I was reading Daniel 3 again this morning and was reminded of how Hannaniah, Mishael, and Azariah came through their fiery furnace unscathed, unscorched, and not even the smell of smoke on them.  I am concerned about how I am handling my fiery furnace.

"So Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego came out of the fire, and the satraps, prefects, governors, and royal advisers crowded around them.  They saw that the fire had not harmed their bodies, nor was a hair of their head singed; their robes were not scorched, and there was no smell of fire on them." (Daniel 3:27-28)

You might have an idea why I am all choked up, but just in case you didn't get it, I am allergic to smoke.  I am very convicted that my faith and my trust in my God (the same God these three young Jewish boys worshiped), has been very small in my fiery furnace.  Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah believed that our God is able to save and rescue.  Most of you will remember the story - God did not deliver them from the furnace, but He delivered them through it.  Either way, He is able and He will do it.  In Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah's words:  "If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to save us from it, and he will rescue us from your hand, O king, but even if He does not, we want you to know, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up." (Daniel 3:17-18)

PRAYER:  Lord, forgive us for our unbelief, our lack of trust.  You are able to deliver.  You will help us through our fiery furnace even if you do not deliver us from it.  Thank You and praise You that you are trustworthy.

Serving Him,
Kay Martin

(Today, I do not remember what fiery furnace I was going through in August 2008, but God obviously delivered me from it or through it.  This time next year, maybe you will not be able to remember the fiery furnace you are experiencing right now.)

These Troubled Times

We truly are living in troubled times.  Many leaders - from Washington on down - seem to be going their own way and not God's way.  Even in these troubled times, we must remember that God is in control - He is sovereign.

In Isaiah 45, we see a very interesting concept.  God anointed and bestowed a title of honor on a king who did not acknowledge Him.  "This is what the LORD says to His anointed, to Cyrus, whose right hand I take hold of to subdue nations before him . . . . ; I will go before him . . . "   (Isaiah 45:1-2).  This passage was written about 150 years before there was a king Cyrus which makes this passage even more profound.

King Cyrus was a Gentile king who did not acknowledge God but God had a purpose for placing Cyrus in that position.  "For the sake of Jacob my servant, of Israel my chosen, I summon you by name and bestow on you a title of honor though you do not acknowledge me" and "so . . . men may know there is none beside Me."  (Isaiah 45:4, 6)   

God is sovereign.  He truly is in control of everything and can use pagan, non-believing leaders to accomplish His plan.  Our leaders, whether we like them or not, would not hold their offices unless God allowed it or chose them for their positions.

A comforting thought - God is always in control and He is always faithful and trustworthy.  We can rest in that truth in these troubled times.

Serving Him,
Kay Martin 


Tuesday, October 27, 2009

America, There Is Hope

America, my country, continues to be on my heart. The LORD told Jeremiah, "If at any time I announce that a nation or kingdom is to be uprooted, torn down and destroyed, and if that nation I warned repents of its evil, then I will relent and not inflict on it the disaster I had planned." (Jeremiah 18:7-8)

It seems that it just might be time for America to "repent of its evil" so the Lord will relent and not inflict on us the disaster He has planned. Many Americans have turned their backs on God and are worshiping material possessions, power, prestige, social standing, other people, etc. Worshiping these things? I think God would say, "Yes, America, you are worshiping these things."

When we place anyone or anything before God, that person or thing becomes an idol. What has mankind always done with idols? Of course, the answer is, worship them. The first of the Ten Commandments is "You shall have no other gods before me" and the second one is "You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything . . . . . . . . . . You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I the LORD your God am a jealous God . . . . . ." (Exodus 20:3-5)

If we rid ourselves of our idols, turn to God, and repent of our idolatry (our evil), then God will hear us and He will relent from His punishment. America, there is HOPE!

Serving Him,

Kay Martin

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

God, Heal Our Land

God has given us the prescription for bringing healing to our land. "If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land." (2 Chronicles 7:14) This verse of Scripture is written to God's people, so we need to heed His directions. First, we are to humble oursleves. Most Americans could use a big dose of humility! As Christians, humility should be a defining characteristic in our lives, but some of us have gotten so far away from a spirit of humility, we may not know what it looks like! God says, "Humble yourselves, pray, and seek my face." Once we humble ourselves, we will see the need for prayer and for seeking God's face. Prayer draws us closer to God as we pour out our hearts to Him and listen to Him. "Seek His face." Seek to know who He really is. The more we know Him, the more humble we will become and the more we will see the importance of prayer. The formula for God to heal our land is simple. As God's people, we must humble ourselves, pray, and seek His face. When we do these three things, God says, "THEN (my emphasis) I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin, and will heal their land." It is worthy to note that this formula is for God's people, not the world, and not politicians who are unbelievers. We are often very quick to blame our politicians for the woes of our country, but God promises healing to our land when His people humble themselves, pray and seek His face. God always keeps His promises. Let us humble ourselves, get on our knees, and seek His face. If we as God's people do that, then I trust that He will heal our land. Serving Him, Kay Martin

Monday, October 12, 2009

God is Love

"And He passed in front of Moses, proclaiming, 'The LORD, the LORD, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness, maintaining love to thousands, and forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin. Yet He does not leave the guilty unpunished'." (Exodus 34:6-7) Beth Moore used these verses of Scripture as her focus passage for the Living Proof Live conference this past weekend in Memphis, TN. What a blessing!
God abounds in love. His love is loyal and steadfast. He maintains His love, which means He guards His love for us, protects it, and keeps it. "God is love", (1 John 4:16). Most of us have head knowledge of these facts about God's love. Do we have heart knowledge? Can we grasp the truth that no matter what, God loves us?
Beth pointed out to us the fact that because "God is love," He cannot love us less or He would be less God. Grab onto this truth. God loves us, no matter what. This truth will change our lives. Many of us feel unworthy of anyone's love, but if Christ lives in our hearts, we are loved now and always will be.
Now what do we do with that love? We must love as God loves us. We must protect, maintain, and guard our love for others, especially for family.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

The Virtuous Woman

"Who can find a virtuous woman?" (Proverbs 31:10) The Proverbs 31 woman is a rare jewel. She does it all! She is the ideal or model God has placed in His Word for us to pursue. Her husband has full confidence in her and she brings him good not harm. If you are married, the first order of business is to bring your husband good not harm. Look for his good points. Remember what attracted you to him in the first place. Learn to overlook some of his idiosyncrasies. He is most likely overlooking some of yours. The Proverbs 31 woman is a busy woman. She is not idle. She works with eager hands and she works vigorously. This has a lot to do with her attitude and some of us may need an attitude check. Are you facing your day's work with a feeling of resentment? Are you working with eager hands and with vigor? The amount of work you are able to accomplish depends on several personal circumstances, but the attitude with which you face your duties, comes from the heart. Let's let God check out our attitude and our heart. He can make it new. A worthy goal is to work toward becoming a virtuous woman, a rare jewel. Do not be discouraged if you are not all she is. Remember, she is the ideal and we want to become more like her. "Charm is deceptive and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised." (Proverbs 31:30) Serving Him, Kay Martin

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Why Read Proverbs?

Chapter one of Proverbs gives us several reasons for reading through the book of Proverbs. "For attaining wisdom and discipline; for understanding words of insight; for acquiring a disciplined and prudent life, doing what is right and just and fair; for giving prudence to the simple, knowledge and discretion to the young." (Verses 2-4) If you are trying to establish the practice of a daily Quiet Time, the book of Proverbs is a great place to start. Read the Proverb that corresponds with the day of the month and you will read the entire book in one month. This is a discipline I have completed a number of times through the years, and each time, different truths speak to me. We can gain wisdom, knowledge, and understanding through the pages of Proverbs. There are simple commands such as, "Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding." (Proverbs 3:5) There are many, many informative statements such as, "For a man's ways are in full view of the LORD and He examines all his paths." (Proverbs 5:21) We also find many wise statements to help us live our lives more closely to God's desire for us such as, "A man of knowledge uses words with restraint and a man of understanding is even-tempered." (Proverbs 17:27) Blessings will be yours as you pour over the pages of Proverbs and you will gain wisdom.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

This picture was taken in West Point in December 2009. It was taken in Jean's new home and is just a cell-phone picture. That is Cathryn on the right, me in the middle and Jean on the left. Many of you in our Sunday School class have never met Jean so I thought you would enjoy seeing the third of the Barnes' sister.

This is our Daddy and one of our cousins (Rusty Whiteside). I just received this picture last week and I had never seen it before. Rusty found it and sent it to Jean. It is a nice memory.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Love Your Enemies

We may ask ourselves, "How can I love my enemies?" Well, we can't but God can. "We love because He first loved us." In 1 John 4, verses 8 and 16, it states that "God is love." That is who He is. He loves us no matter what and we are in turn to love others in the same way. It truly is a supernatural thing to love our enemies. When people hurt us, slander us, say unkind things about us, they become unlovely people in our lives. Without God's supernatural love flowing through us, we do not have the resources to love the unlovely. Jesus gave us a command to love those less than likeable people in our lives. Luke 6:27-28 ". . . . love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you." Beth Moore stated that when we love someone who does not love us (our enemy or foe), we have the greatest opportunity to look like Christ. Do you want to look more like Christ? We can start by loving the unlovely people in our lives (a/k/a our enemies). Serving Him, Kay

Monday, September 14, 2009


When the Israelites were fleeing Egyptian bondage under the leadership of Moses (with God's direction), Moses said, "The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still." (Exodus 14:14) There is a time to be still, to stop struggling in our own strength, let go and let God.
There is also a time to move on. when it was time to cross the Red Sea, God said to Moses, "Why are you crying out to Me? Tell the Israelites to move on." (Exodus 14:15) There is a time to be still and a time to move on.
Where are you today? Is God saying, "Be still" or is He telling you to move on? We must be sensitive and listen to Him. For some of us it is a time to be still, quit struggling. For others it is a time to move on. God is telling some to move on, leave something behind - a relationship, a job, a place of service, etc. We must listen and obey. Obedience brings peace.
Serving Him,

Friday, March 13, 2009


Some of you may have concerns about whether you will have a job next month. You may have concerns about your health or the health of a family member. Some of you are concerned about your teenager - will they make the right decisions, you wonder. There is apprehension about the economy and the direction our country seems to be taking. Are you weary and burdened with the difficulties of life? Anyone need a little rest from your concerns? God calls us to come to Him when life seems heavy - more than we can bear. "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light." (Matthew 11:28-30) Whatever is weighing you down, the solution is the same - Jesus says, "Come to me . . . . . . . . and I will give you rest." We must make a conscious effort to let our worries go. We have to deliberately give all our concerns to Him and then trust Him to take care of our needs. Christ is gentle and humble in heart which is just the opposite of the worldly things we face. Most of us could use a good dose of gentleness and humbleness of heart about now. Prayer: "Lord, I come to You and ask You to help me lay my concerns, worries, and burdens at Your feet. Help me let go of all that is weighing me down and take Your yoke for it is easy and your burden is light." In Him, Kay Martin

Friday, March 6, 2009

Just beginning.

Blogging is a new thing for me so, today, I am "just beginning." I plan to use this blog to post my weekly Sunday School class devotional that I pen each week. Just in case there are those who don't want to receive it, they will now have the option to log on to my blog and read it - or not.