A Children’s Story For All

Link: https://tombeetlebailey.wordpress.com/2018/06/26/story-shipwreck-charlie-f-r-o-g/

For other stories I’ve published you can go to an Index of those stories: CLICK HERE 👉Index👈(https://tombeetlebailey.wordpress.com/stories-poems-and-art)

And there is a Youtube playlist containing some of my stories being read: CLICK HERE 👉YouTube👈(https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLnjQOVtw61eiFv27rv2rhA3-8U8EyDXya)

Life Happens

Life happens, sometimes “good” or what we perceive as lucky, blessed, happy or good & sometimes “bad” or what we perceive as unlucky, unblessed, sad or bad.

In God’s reality it’s all good. All things work out for good for those who love & trust The Lord (Romans 8:28)

So, as we go through life & it all happens around us, as He gives & takes away, may we bless His Holy name and remember that there is a time & place for everything.

Everything that happens in this world happens at the time God chooses.
Ecclesiastes 3:1 GNTD


(The whole 3rd chapt. of Ecclesiastes covers it all)

But when the kindness and love of God our Savior was revealed, he saved us. It was not because of any good deeds that we ourselves had done, but because of his own mercy that he saved us, through the Holy Spirit, who gives us new birth and new life by washing us. 

God poured out the Holy Spirit abundantly on us through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that by his grace we might be put right with God and come into possession of the eternal life we hope for. 

This is a true saying. I want you to give special emphasis to these matters, so that those who believe in God may be concerned with giving their time to doing good deeds, which are good and useful for everyone. But avoid stupid arguments, long lists of ancestors, quarrels, and fights about the Law. They are useless and worthless.
Titus 3:4‭-‬9 GNTD


I Think There Is Something To This

I put together a play list & these two songs in a row blended perfectly.

Here they are & I’ll post my personal thoughts after them:

Song: Hey You by Pink Floyd 

Song: Come Sail Away by Styx 

My son at age 22 had such mental health issues that he felt trapped, the walls in his mind just too high, the chemical imbalance in his brain off and he decided to take his own life on 7/5/16.

Back in 1997 I attempted suicide as well. 

Our physical Health can make or break us. When we have physical issues we ussually get help or we are forced to by our bodies. Poor or difficult Mental health can go so far as convincing our minds we are trapped and the only escape is death.

If you or someone you love is even thinking about ending their life, please get help. It is just due to a chemical imbalance in the brain.

We all have things we need to do, responsibilities we must oblige but when it come right down to it all we really need & must do it breathe.

Just breathe

Just breathe

Just breathe

Then ask for help both physically, mentally & spiritually.

Here is another post I wrote that clarifies what is going on when one is suicidal. I hope ot helps. Go to where Did The Fog Come From?(https://wp.me/p6Exj2-eu)

Also 👉3 Things To Do While In The Fog👈 (https://tombeetlebailey.wordpress.com/2016/09/26/3-things-to-do-while-in-the-fog/)

Thank you for reading, beetle

Song: Not by Sight by Petra 

God Making A Living In Us

As I read day 4 of the @YouVersion Plan Truth Plus Love here is what I got:
D. L. Moody once said, “Out of 100 people outside the church, one might pick up a Bible and read it, but 99 will read the Christian.” People come to know who Jesus is by looking at our lives.

God wants us to be full of the fruit of the Spirit because it reflects His character to the world. God calls us to the fruit of the Spirit because He is faithful and He is good (see 1 Corinthians 1:9). He not only calls us to truth; He also calls us to faithfulness.

Do you ever look into your ancestry? I have discovered some amazing and faithful believers in my wife’s and my heritage whose faithfulness to God and their families inspire me to no end. People who live lives of faithfulness not only affect their own story—their faithfulness also affects their entire family, and everyone around them, including many generations to come after them. 

If looking back at your ancestors is painful because they did not live well, know that you can begin a new generational legacy.You may have grown up in a family that did not know and follow God. Beginning with you, the tide can be turned for the generations that follow you. As you begin to love, pray for, and teach biblical wisdom to your family, you can become a shining example of what the gospel can do in a family.

When you can see the blessings of God over a lifetime, you get a glimpse of the bigger picture of what a legacy of faithfulness looks like. All the blessings of God don’t come into your life immediately after becoming a Christian—there are countless blessings if you will stay on the right path and keep being faithful over a lifetime.

Here is where faithfulness starts:

·  Be faithful in the little things. 

·  Focus on obeying Jesus in the areas of your life that no one sees. 

·  Work at keeping your word and finishing what you start.

·  If you struggle in your faith, or fail in your walk with the Lord, get back up. Never stop repenting and asking God to work in you.

·  Remember that God has a great purpose for your life. Always look for ways to use your gifts, and influence to serve and honor Him. 

Our faithfulness points to and reflects the faithfulness of God to the world. When we live lives of faithfulness over the long haul, we will gain influence with people around us: our family,our  neighborhood, our workplace, and our world.

This got me thinking:

Who is someone I know who has lived a life of faithfulness to God? What can I pick up or learn from them to help me have this same faithfulness?

What little things can I work to be faithful in?

 How can faithfulness in these areas build my character?

What areas of my life am I quietly struggling to submit to the Lord? 

How can I move forward in faithfulness to God in those areas even when no one else sees?

I hope this gets you thinking as well.

For Christ’s sake, beetle

(Taken from day 4 of the @YouVersion Plan Truth Plus Love. Check it out here:


The Underdog

Who believes what we’ve heard and seen? Who would have thought God ’s saving power would look like this? The servant grew up before God—a scrawny seedling, a scrubby plant in a parched field. There was nothing attractive about him, nothing to cause us to take a second look. He was looked down on and passed over, a man who suffered, who knew pain firsthand. One look at him and people turned away. We looked down on him, thought he was scum. But the fact is, it was our pains he carried— our disfigurements, all the things wrong with us. We thought he brought it on himself, that God was punishing him for his own failures. But it was our sins that did that to him, that ripped and tore and crushed him— our sins ! He took the punishment, and that made us whole. Through his bruises we get healed. We’re all like sheep who’ve wandered off and gotten lost. We’ve all done our own thing, gone our own way. And God has piled all our sins, everything we’ve done wrong, on him, on him.
Isaiah 53:1‭-‬6 MSG



At Home With Him

Jesus said,

“I am the Vine, you are the branches. When you’re joined with me and I with you, the relation intimate and organic, the harvest is sure to be abundant. Separated, you can’t produce a thing. Anyone who separates from me is deadwood, gathered up and thrown on the bonfire. But if you make yourselves at home with me and my words are at home in you, you can be sure that whatever you ask will be listened to and acted upon. This is how my Father shows who he is—when you produce grapes, when you mature as my disciples.
John 15:5 MSG


Enough said, beetle

Suit Up

So, chosen by God for this new life of love, dress in the wardrobe God picked out for you: compassion, kindness, humility, quiet strength, discipline. Be even-tempered, content with second place, quick to forgive an offense. Forgive as quickly and completely as the Master forgave you. And regardless of what else you put on, wear love. It’s your basic, all-purpose garment. Never be without it.
Colossians 3:12‭-‬14 MSG

Enough said, beetle


Satisfaction Found In Reading The Bible 

Although it has been over 30 years since I graduated from High school and even longer since I was in 7th grade several tests show that I’m only able to read on a 7th grade reading level.

Many people have various learning disabilities and I am one who lives with dyslexia. I’m sure you’ve heard the joke (and if you haven’t you’re about to):

Did ya hear of the dyslexic atheist? He did’nt believe in a dog.

Aaaaaanyway, I say that just to get to my point. Although I have trouble reading I’ve found real satisfaction in reading The Bible.

This morning I looked at:

And this stuck out to me:

In the way of your testimonies I delight
as much as in all riches.
I will meditate on your precepts
and fix my eyes on your ways.
I will delight in your statutes;
I will not forget your word.

(Psalm 119:14-16, ESV, emphasis added)

The same sentiment can be found in verses 24, 35, 47, 70, 77, 92, 111, 143 and 174—you get the picture! This psalm was penned by a believer who recognized that the world around him was disappointing, treacherous and not as it should be, but that God’s Word was trustworthy, true and satisfying. And how much more so for us who are living after Old Testament times and can know Jesus, the fulfillment of God’s promises!

I personally can’t necessarily spread the fire to read God’s Word and get others to take Him at His Word but His Spirit sure can, He did it for me.

For Christ’s sake, beetle

“Strength is for Service, not Status”

Romans 15:1‭-‬21 MSG
Those of us who are strong and able in the faith need to step in and lend a hand to those who falter, and not just do what is most convenient for us. 

Strength is for service, not status. 

Each one of us needs to look after the good of the people around us, asking ourselves, “How can I help?” 

That’s exactly what Jesus did. 

He didn’t make it easy for himself by avoiding people’s troubles, but waded right in and helped out

“I took on the troubles of the troubled,” is the way Scripture puts it. 

Even if it was written in Scripture long ago, you can be sure it’s written for us

God wants the combination of his 

  • steady, constant calling and 
  • warm, personal counsel in Scripture to come to 
  • characterize us , 
  • keeping us alert for 
  • whatever he will do next. May our 
  • dependably steady and
  •  warmly personal God 
  • develop maturity in you so that 
  • you get along with each other as well as Jesus gets along with us all. Then we’ll be
  •  a choir—not our voices only, but our very lives singing in harmony in a 
  • stunning anthem to the God and Father of our Master Jesus! So 
  • reach out and welcome one another to God’s glory. 

Jesus did it; now you do it!

 Jesus, staying true to God’s purposes, reached out in a special way to the Jewish insiders so that the old ancestral promises would come true for them

As a result, the non-Jewish outsiders have been able to experience mercy and to show appreciation to God. 

Just think of all the Scriptures that will come true in what we do! 

For instance: Then I’ll join outsiders in a hymn-sing; I’ll sing to your name! And this one: Outsiders and insiders, rejoice together! And again: People of all nations, celebrate God! All colors and races, give hearty praise! 

And Isaiah’s word: There’s the root of our ancestor Jesse, breaking through the earth and growing tree tall, Tall enough for everyone everywhere to see and take hope! 

Oh! May the God of green hope fill you up with joy, fill you up with peace, so that your believing lives, filled with the life-giving energy of the Holy Spirit, will brim over with hope! 

Personally, I’ve been completely satisfied with who you are and what you are doing. 

You seem to me to be well-motivated and well-instructed, quite capable of guiding and advising one another. 

So, my dear friends, don’t take my rather bold and blunt language as criticism. It’s not criticism. I’m simply underlining how very much I need your help in carrying out this highly focused assignment God gave me, this priestly and gospel work of serving the spiritual needs of the non-Jewish outsiders so they can be presented as an acceptable offering to God, made whole and holy by God’s Holy Spirit. 

Looking back over what has been accomplished and what I have observed, I must say I am most pleased—in the context of Jesus, I’d even say proud , but only in that context. I have no interest in giving you a chatty account of my adventures,

 only the wondrously powerful and transformingly present words and deeds of Christ in me 

that triggered a believing response among the outsiders. 

In such ways I have trailblazed a preaching of the Message of Jesus all the way from Jerusalem far into northwestern Greece. This has all been pioneer work, bringing the Message only into those places where Jesus was not yet known and worshiped. My text has been, Those who were never told of him— they’ll see him! Those who’ve never heard of him— they’ll get the message!

Romans 15:1‭-‬21 MSG


I think here of the example Jesus set. Rather than going around the section of town most Jewish people avoided, He went right into it & sat down, meeting a woman at the well & spending a li’l time with her,

John 4:

To get there, he had to pass through Samaria. He came into Sychar, a Samaritan village that bordered the field Jacob had given his son Joseph. Jacob’s well was still there. Jesus, worn out by the trip, sat down at the well. It was noon. A woman, a Samaritan, came to draw water. Jesus said, “Would you give me a drink of water?” (His disciples had gone to the village to buy food for lunch.) The Samaritan woman, taken aback, asked, “How come you, a Jew, are asking me, a Samaritan woman, for a drink?” (Jews in those days wouldn’t be caught dead talking to Samaritans.) Jesus answered, “If you knew the generosity of God and who I am, you would be asking me for a drink, and I would give you fresh, living water.” The woman said, “Sir, you don’t even have a bucket to draw with, and this well is deep. So how are you going to get this ‘living water’? Are you a better man than our ancestor Jacob, who dug this well and drank from it, he and his sons and livestock, and passed it down to us?” Jesus said, “Everyone who drinks this water will get thirsty again and again. Anyone who drinks the water I give will never thirst—not ever. The water I give will be an artesian spring within, gushing fountains of endless life.”

John 4:4‭-‬14 MSG


Any strength we have is for service, not for status or to boast about how strong we are & how weak others are in comparison.

Today I’m considering my weakness, God’s strength and how Christ can use me to point others to Him.

Strength is for service, not status”

For Christ’s sake, beetle


How blessed is he who considers the helpless; The Lord will deliver him in a day of trouble.  The Lord will protect him and keep him alive, And he shall be called blessed upon the earth; And do not give him over to the desire of his enemies.  The Lord will sustain him upon his sickbed; In his illness, You restore him to health.

PSALMS 41:1‭-‬3 NASB