My sister and I crossed the road, took the first road to the right and near immediately turned left. We passed the garden store and took another right. It wasn’t long before we crossed the railroad tracks and took a left leading us into town. We could see the Ben Franklin store at least five minutes before arrival. Each of us carried a dollar in our pocket and we knew right where to go. The candy aisle was just inside the front door intelligently placed directly in front of the cashiers. At the time I didn’t think much about it. But I now realize that the candy aisle was in perfect view of the cashiers to prevent little children from filling their mouths full of delicious candy, free of charge. At the end of the aisle lay baskets for children to fill up with candy.

It always took a few minutes for us to decide how to spend our dollar. There was so much candy, and it was all delicious. Most of it anyway, I have never really enjoyed lemon heads or gobstoppers. Gobstoppers, what a waste of money. I’m sorry Willy Wonka, no, not really. Leaving the store we each carried a brown paper sack full of candy. Every so often our dad would give us a dollar and allow us to walk into town to buy a paper sack full of candy. I hope that I never forget these precious memories, these were the times that my sister and I got along perfectly! And I love candy!

 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved. In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace; Wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence; Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself: That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him:In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will: That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ. In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,  Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory. Ephesians 1.3-14

Better than candy!

Blessed with all spiritual blessings!

Chosen to be holy and without blame!

Adopted-Behold, what manner of love is this? I John 3.1

Accepted in the beloved!

Redeemed!

Forgiven!

Knowledge and experience of God’s will, goodness, and presence!

Gathered together!

Obtained an inheritance!

Sealed with the Holy Spirit!

Currently experience the earnest of our inheritance!

Perfect and complete redemption!

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ!

Blessed be the name of the Lord!

My God is an awesome God!

 

 

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