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About alisonlehto

Hi, my name is Alison Lehto. I taught middle school for 42 years and Sunday School for a few years. When I was forced to retire due to health problems of which I'm still dealing with, I wanted to do something for kids since I could no longer work with them. I love and most kids love alphabet books. Even adults enjoy alphabet books, and as a friend shared with me on her trip to the Grand Canyon she bought an alphabet book about the famous canyon to learn quickly 26 facts about it. My theory is that if you can quickly learn 26 facts or (in the case of most of my Biblical alphabet books) 26 verses of a book of the Bible or a theme. This is a great introduction to understanding the Bible and gaining a love for reading the Bible. In furthering the "love for reading" many of my alphabet books are on a variety of topics such as Alliteration, How to name your Puppy or Kitty, Joshua Chamberlain, Maine's Civil War hero, Seasons of Maine, Michael Crawford (In fact my profile picture is taken getting Michael Crawford's autograph while at a fan club (MCIFA) gathering. Being in this fan club allowed me to travel across the United States and to London twice attending both educational conferences and Michael's concerts and plays.) And many other topics which I hope to blog as many as I have time for. I am very interested in your critique of these alphabet books - both what is good and what can be improved. Thanks so much for taking the time to read this and enjoy some alphabet books on this blog.

Unfinished Alphabet Book on Who is Jesus?

Alphabet Book on Who is Jesus?
By Alison Lehto
Note: The King James Version is used, but below are some hints on how to read the King James Bible which by many scholars has been said to be the most accurate translations of all of those out there.
thou = you
thee = your
ye = you
saith = says
heareth = hears
(Any word ending in “ith” or “eth”, is just our simple modern day present tense.)

A “Before ABRAHAM was, I am.” John 8:58B
B “I am that BREAD of life.” John 6:48 “I am the living BREAD.” John 6:51
C “… I am COME into this world, that they which see not might see; and that they which see might be made blind.” John 9:39
“I am COME that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” John 10:10
“I am COME a light into the world, that whosoever believes on me should not abide in darkness.” John 12:46
D “Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the DOOR of the sheep…” John 10:7
“I am the DOOR: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out and find pasture.” John 10:9
E “I am he that lives, and was dead; and behold I am alive for EVERMORE; Amen…” Revelation 1:18
F “…I am in the FATHER, and the FATHER in me…” John 14:11A
G
H “The woman (Samaritan) says to Him (Jesus), I know that (the) Messiah will come, which is called Christ: when He is come, He will tell us all things. Jesus says unto her, ‘I that speak unto you am HE.” John 4:24-25
I “I am with you always, even unto the end of the world…” Matthew 28:20
J
K “You (Pilate) say that I am a KING. To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth hears my voice.” John 18:37
L “…I am the LIGHT of the world: he that follows me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the LIGHT of life.” John 8:12
M “You call me MASTER and Lord, and you say well: for so I am.” John 13:13
N
O “I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the OFFSPRING (ancestor) of David, and the bright and morning star.” Revelation 22:16
P “After this manner therefore PRAY: Our Father which art in heaven, hallowed by thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen”
Q He which testifies these things says ‘Surely I come QUICKLY. Amen.” Even so come, Lord Jesus. Revelation 22:20
R Jesus said unto her (Martha after her brother had died.), ‘I am the RESURRECTION, and the life: he that believes in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live. And whosoever lives and believes in me shall never die. Believe you this?” (Note: Then Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead, one of his many miracles. To learn the details please read John 11: 27-45.)
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Please write me with your comments, questions, criticism, and especially for prayer. Thanks. And may “The Lord bless thee and keep thee: the Lord make His face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee: the Lord lift up His countenance upon thee, and give thee peace.” Numbers 6:24-26
Yours in Christ,
Alison Lehto
P. O. Box 495
Oakland, ME 04963
e-mail: alisonlehto@roadrunner.com

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Alphabet Book on Comfort Verses

Alphabet Book on Comfort Verses from the Bible
By Alison Lehto
Preface: This book is written for those who need comfort from God’s Word. If you have lost a loved one, God is there to comfort you. If you are lonely or depressed, God is there to comfort you. No matter what your problem or situation, God is there to comfort you. How does He do this? His Holy Word, the Bible, is written instruction for us to help us, to comfort us, to teach us, to guide us through this life. May these verses be a great comfort to you is my prayer.
Note: The King James Version is used, but below are some hints on how to read the King James Bible which by many scholars has been said to be the most accurate translations of all of those out there.
thou = you
thee = your
ye = you
saith = says
heareth = hears
(Any word ending in “ith” or “eth”, is just our simple modern day present tense.)

A – ACKNOWLEDGE – “In all thy ways ACKNOWLEDGE Him, and He shall direct thy paths.” Proverbs3:6
B-BE – “Let not your heart BE troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself, that where I am, there ye may BE also.” John 14:1-3
C – CARE – “Casting all your CARE upon Him, for He CAREth for you.” I Peter 5:7
D- Dwelleth – “He that DWELLETH in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in Him will I trust.” Psalms 91: 1-2
E – EYE – “EYE hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love Him.” I Corinthians 2:9 (Isaiah 64:4)
F – FORSAKE – “For He hath said, I will never leave thee, nor FORSAKE thee.” Hebrews 13:5b
G- GOD – “Fear thou not, for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy GOD: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.” Isaiah 41:10
H- HONEST – “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are HONEST, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” Philippians 4: 8
I – INSTRUCT – “I will INSTRUCT thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye.” Psalms 32:8
J – JESUS – “For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ JESUS our Lord.” Romans 8: 38-39
K- KNOW – “And they that KNOW thy name will put their trust in thee: for thou, Lord, hast not forsaken them that seek thee.” Psalms 9:10
L – LEAVE – “I will not LEAVE you comfortless: I will come to you.” John 14.18
M – MIND – “Thou wilt keep Him in perfect peace, whose MIND is stayed on thee: because He trusteth in thee.” Isaiah 26:3
N – NO – “Jesus saith unto him, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life: NO man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” John 14:6
O- OWN – “What? Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God and ye are not your OWN? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.” I Corinthians 6:19-20
P – PEACE – “For God is not the author of confusion, but of PEACE.” I Corinthians 14: 33a
Q – QUICKLY – “He which testifieth these things saith, ‘Surely I come QUICKLY.’ Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.” Revelation 22:20
R – RIGHTEOUS – “Cast thy burden upon the Lord and He shall sustain thee: He shall never suffer the RIGHTEOUS to be moved.” Psalms 55:22
S – STRENGTHEN – “Be of good courage, and He shall STRENGTHEN your heart, all ye that hope in the Lord.” Psalms 31: 24
T – THOUGHTS – “For my THOUGHTS are not your THOUGHTS, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my THOUGHTS than your THOUGHTS.” Isaiah 55:8-9
U – UNDERSTANDING – “And the peace of God which passeth all UNDERSTANDING, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:7
V- VICTORY – “O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy VICTORY? The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, which giveth us the VICTORY through our Lord Jesus Christ.” I Corinthians 15: 55-57
W- WORLD – “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the WORLD giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” John 14:27
X- X Marks the place in your Bible where you find God’s comforting Words to console you in your grief, in your moment of despair, or your time of depression. Whatever is going on in your life, God has comforting Words for you. He loves you more than you’ll ever know. “For God so loved the World that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16
Y- YEA – “YEA, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Psalms 23:4
Z- Z end of the Alphabet Book on Comfort Verses of the Bible for those who need God’s comfort. We truly all need God’s comfort; some of us may need it more at certain times in our lives than others. May these verses do just that – give you God’s comfort and promises. Always remember, He is there for us and promised to never leave or forsake us no matter what!
Finally, as we are asked to do in God’s Holy Word to comfort one another, please find great comfort and peace of mind in these words from:
I Thessalonians 4: 16-18: “For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore COMFORT one another with these words.” Should this happen soon, we will all be together with Jesus in heaven – all who have believed in Him as Lord and Savior. Amen!
Dear reader,
I sincerely hope and pray that this little Alphabet Book of Comfort Verses from the Bible were just that – a comfort to you in your time of sorrow, need, despair, or hopelessness. Whatever the case may be, turn to God. He wants to comfort you: “Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; Who comforta us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.” II Corinthians 1:3-4 It’s kind of like “Pay It Forward” – when you have gone through trials, and God has comforted you, He has also prepared you to do the same for another. Praise be His Holy Name!
Your friend in Christ,
Alison Lehto
If you have comments or criticisms or would like to reach me, my email is: alisonlehto@roadrunner.com
Address: P.O. Box 495
Oakland, ME 04963

Alphabet Book on Naming Your New Puppy

Alphabet Book on Naming Your New Puppy or Dog
By Alison Lehto
Preface: These are names that I might well name a puppy or dog; the latter ones for each letter are unusual and different names. I have used one of the last ideas for a Lab/Irish Wolfhound mix that we obtained from a friend’s new litter of pups. The night before we picked up this puppy, his name came to me in a dream. Can you guess which of the latter name suggestions for which letter would be my “different” name for this Lab/Irish Wolfhound? Answer is in the Afterward: A Brief Story of the Puppies and Dogs in my Life.
Imagine calling your puppy or dog with the latter choices of names for each letter:
“ Come Kindly!” or “Come Gorgeous!” You may get more than your puppy. 
A – Abigail, Annie, Abbie, Alfred, or Axlerod
B – Billy, Beauty, Blackie, Barkie or Bosco
C – Cinderella, Casey, Casper, Cooper, Callie, Columbus
D – Daryll, Daisy, Donny, Dog, or Delphinium
E – Ellie, Ed, Eddie, Elf, Elfie, or Englebert
F – Frank, Francene, Fido, Faith, Farenheit, or Friendly
G- George, Georgette, Gigi, Gizmo,or Gorgeous
H – Harry, Harriet, Henry, Henriette, Harper, or Happy
I – Izzy, Irene, Izabelle, Ishi, or Indiana
J – James, Jolene, Jack, Jackie, Josiah, or Jolly
K – Kelly, King, Kerry, Kay, Kindle or Kindly
L – Lion, Lyle, Lassie, Lenny, Leopold or Lamborgini
M – Maynard, Meredith, Molly, Maggie, McGee or Magic
N – Nickel, Ned, Nelly, No Name or Nickelodeon
O – Oliver, Ollie, Owen, Ox or Outrageous
P – Princess, Prince, Petunia, Pete, Peak or Pumpernickel
Q – Queen, Queenie, Qwin, Quick or Quizzical
R – Ralph, Racene, Rover, Randy, Racinda or Rumplestillskin
S – Spot, Sandy, Sammy, Sahara or Serendipity
T – Tommy, Terry, Teddy, Tabby, Tobias or Tarantula
U – Utopia, Union, Urse, Unn, Upton or Ukelele
V – Vinnie, Violet, Victor, Vicki, Viceroy or Vashtar
W – Wayne, Wynona, Willie, Wanda, Where, Waverly
X – Marks the Spot where Spot sleeps. Is it your bed? 
Y – Yardly, Yeller, Yellow, Yodi, Yoda or Yakity Yak
Z – Zephyr, Zachariah, Zimi, Zelda or Zebra
Have fun naming your pet! Enjoy him or her and take good care of your pet. God wants us to. He gave mankind the responsibility of looking after our animals on earth.
“And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.” Genesis 1:26
Afterward: A Brief Story of the Puppies and Dogs in my Life
Over my lifetime I have had the following puppies/dogs. Some I named; others my Mom named; and later my husband and I agreed upon a name.
Nickel was my first puppy, a Collie. I was not even in school yet. Nickel died while still a puppy, because he had distemper and the shots were given too late. My next dog, Bridget Bardot, was named by my dear mother who is in heaven now with our Lord and Savior (John 3:16 – “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” KJV)
Bridget was one-third Springer Spaniel, one-third Fox Terrier; and one-third Bull Terrier. She was the runt (smallest one of the litter) that I picked out from an elementary school chum. (friend) She was a great dog who slept on my bed (and later in my bed). She lived to be 16 years old when she wandered off to die like a cat will. She grew up with our rust colored cat, Rusty. Maybe she learned that from her.
Next, after I was married, my husband and I were offered a puppy. Glenn was busy working while my blind friend, Suzi, and I went to pick out a puppy. He was a Black Lab/Irish Wolfound combination whom I named Axlerod from a dream that I had had the night before. One day while we were motorcycling in the high desert in California, Axlerod started following this other couple, and we never saw him again.
In the meantime a good friend gave us a beautiful golden German Shepherd that we never had time to name because he bit my step-son, Bruce, when he tried to get in the truck where the dog was sitting. So my husband put him in the back yard which was fenced in with a six foot high fence. Then we headed towards the Anza Borrego Desert in California. When we got home, there was no beautiful golden German Shepherd in the backyard. We figured that someone stole him as he was a pedigreed dog.
Then while again riding motorcycles in McCain Valley, my friend, Jo, and I heard a whimpering sound. Someone had dumped two darling puppies in the deserted desert. The game warden who happened to come along took the male puppy. We kept the female and named her after the place we found her, Rona from the Barona Indian Reservation.
Rona was full of worms as a puppy and quite sickly. The veterinarian took good care of her and gave her all her needed shots, too. He thought that she was part German Shepherd, perhaps some Australian Shepherd, and a little coyote. She was the best dog a person could ever have. She was loyal, a good sport, loved us and followed us wherever we were.
Before we could get her spayed, a male dog jumped over our six foot fence and became the daddy of the cutest litter of pups that I have ever seen. While she was pregnant, I took such good care of Rona giving her pre-natal vitamins, liver, and cottage cheese that was recommended. I had to actually help her in delivery because the six pups came out so fast that she didn’t have time to lick the “birthing” sack off them. I had to break each one open so that the puppies could breathe. She was such a great little mother.
We found homes for all but the runt, when my husband asked me if I wanted to keep him. Of course, I jumped at the chance to have a new puppy. We named him Spirit because he had no spirit or spunk at all – very much like his father.
Rona lived 12 years and then developed cancer while we were living in Maine. (Still are) We had moved from California to Maine with the two dogs in 1980. They had quite a trip across country while we stayed in recreational parks every night where they got lots of attention.
Since Rona had died of cancer, only Spirit moved with us to our lakeside home, a dream finally come true (and another alphabet book.)  Spirit developed medical problems because according to the veterinarian he had been neutered too early and incorrectly. We had to put him to sleep. Such a sad day! 
My last dog, was my daughter’s dog that she picked out when she was 12. This puppy was part of a litter that was supposed to be a pedigreed Springer Spaniel, but a male Black Lab had other ideas.
The people who sold her to us had named her Beauty, but Glison, our daughter, named her Lacey instead because she liked to chew her shoe laces.
Lacey was probably my favorite dog. When she was a puppy, I slept with her in a sleeping bag on the kitchen floor – taking her out every two hours to relieve herself. I did this while teaching middle school full time, but I was younger then. It was a happy day for me when she was house trained.
Lacey went canoeing down the beautiful Saco River here in Maine every summer with my daughter, husband, and friends. I “spotted” them – dropped them off at one spot on the Saco River and picked them up at the other end the next afternoon. I stayed in a lovely motel in Bridgton, Maine on another beautiful lake, Highland Lake. I’d go shopping during the day and relaxed by the lake in the evenings. We made this Saco trip yearly for about ten years.
Lacey at 14 and a half was in so much arthritic pain that she cried all night – her way of pleading for us to be merciful; so, the next day we took her to the veterinarian. Then we cried for days. She was my last dog. Lacey died in July, 2011.
My husband and I are older now and it is getting harder and harder to say goodbye to our beloved pets. So we will wait until Glison, our daughter, gets her doctorate’s degree in P.T. (Physical Therapy) and gets her own pet or pets. We will be glad to babysit for her adorable pets. 
Please write me with your comments, questions, criticism, and especially for prayer. Thanks. And may “The Lord bless thee and keep thee: the Lord make His face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee: the Lord lift up His countenance upon thee, and give thee peace.” Numbers 6:24-26
Yours in Christ,
Alison Lehto
P. O. Box 495
Oakland, ME 04963
e-mail: alisonlehto@roadrunner.com

Alphabet Book on Alliteration (Note: This may be the 2nd copy posted) :)

Alphabet Book on Alliteration
By Alison Lehto
Preface: Alliteration is a literary term often used in poetry in which two or more consecutive words begin with the same sound (usually the same letter of the alphabet.)
Examples: Brown bears buy buggies. OR Shiny snakes slither silently. Often alliteration creates tongue twisters such as these two that have been around for many years:
She sells sea shells at the sea shore. Or Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers. How many pickled peppers did Peter Piper pick?
OK, are you ready? Under each letter you can try creating your own alliteration; have fun with words. There will be an extra letter under each alliteration example for you to create your own alliteration. They can be funny or serious or even nonsensical. Remember that each word needs to begin with the same letter except small words like a, the, and as well as prepositions like in, over, above, near, to, etc. I tried to use straight alliteration with no small words in between for a challenge. You can, too, if you want to. 

A – Ancient angry anteaters argue.
A –
B – Busy buffaloes buy bread.
B –
C – Crazy caterpillars crawl carefully.
C –
D – Dainty daisies dally daily. (Dally means to take their time.)
D –
E – Elephants eat eggplants excitedly.
E –
F – Friendly Fido finds faithful friends. Friends find fabulous favorites. (Try a double if you can. Keep having fun with words.)
F –
G – George generally gets groceries.
G –
H – Harriet hurries handling hats.
H –
I – Indiana instills incredible independence. (Independence is being able to do things on your own.)
I –
J – Juries justify judicial justice.
J –
K – Keen kangaroos kept kayaking. Have you ever seen a kayaking keen kangaroo?
K –
L- Lemony lemons linger longingly.
L –
M – Merry Mary’s manage mirth.
M –
N – Never negate needy neighbors.
N –
O – Outstanding ostriches oust other ostriches. (Oust means to kick out or get rid of.)
O –
P – Praying persistently permeates possible plans. (Persistently means faithfully, continually. Permeates means fills, completes.)
P –
Q – Quirky queens quietly quit. (Quirky means strange or odd.)
Q –
R – Regulate recommended regular routines. (Routines are a continual pattern of doing things like feeding your pets or cleaning your room.)
R –
S – Shy sheep seem silly. Silly shy sheep seemingly sleep soundly. (Add on to one of your alliterations and make it a good tongue twister. Try saying that one fast ten times.) 
S –
T – Talking toucans take turns.
T –
U – Usually umbrella users unite.
U –
V – Vast volumes vary velocity. (Vast means like lots and lots or a huge amount. Volumes is a unit of measurement. Vary means to change to add variety to. Velocity is a term in Physics related to speed.) Note: Alliteration can help your vocabulary.
V –
W – Watched whales welcome water.
W –
X marks the spot in your dictionary or thesaurus which can help you find words to use in alliteration.
X – X-men X-ray exceptional excuses. (Notice that two words begin with e, but they still have the “x” sound. It is the repetition of the same sound that counts in alliteration. Usually alliteration is created by using the same letter. But as you will learn, there are eXceptions to every rule. 
X –
Y – Yesterday young yaks yawned. (A yak is an ox-like mammal.)
Y –
Z-end of this Alphabet Book on Alliteration. Hope you had fun! Here’s an alliteration for the last letter “Z:”
Z – Zany zealous zebras zoom. Have you ever seen a zany zealous zebra zoom by?
Zounds! There goes another one. Oh, no, now Zucchini-eating zigzagging zebus zoom by. Zounds! They should all zestfully zip to the zoo.
(Zany is comical or funny. Zealous is enthusiastic or eager. Zoom and zip mean to speed by. Zigzag means turn sharp to the left then to the right. Zounds is an old term of surprise. Zebus are ox-like Asian or African mammals with a huge hump on their shoulder similar to a camel.)
Now it’s your turn to be zealously zany. Enjoy!
Until next time zealously zipping along to write another zany (hopefully) alphabet book.
Please write me with your comments, questions, criticism, and especially for prayer. Thanks. And may “The Lord bless thee and keep thee: the Lord make His face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee: the Lord lift up His countenance upon thee, and give thee peace.” Numbers 6:24-26
Yours in Christ,
Alison Lehto
P. O. Box 495
Oakland, ME 04963
e-mail: alisonlehto@roadrunner.com

Unfinished Alphabet Book on Joshua Chamberlain

(Unfinished but will start working on it again really soon.)
Children’s Alphabet Book on Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain
By Alison Lehto
A – ALAMBAMA is where Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain changed the course of history with God’s help during the Civil War.
B – BOWDOIN College in Maine was where Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain had taught English and Speech.
C – COLONEL – Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain was a COLONEL in the Union Army – the Northern states of the United States of America.
Note: COLONEL is pronounced “kernel, just like a kernel of corn or popcorn.
D – DATE – July 2, 1863 was a major turning point for the Civil War because of one man, Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain.
E – EIGHTY men were left that day on July 2,1863. Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain started six months earlier with a 1000 men.
F – FIGHTING for the North under the Commander-in-Chief, Abraham Lincoln during the Civil War was Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain and his men.
G – GETTYSBURG – At the far left edge of Pennsylvania were 80,000 gray clad confederates which stretched all the way to GETTYSBURG.
H – HOT and HUMID was that day on July 2, 1863.
I – “I knew I may die, but I also knew that I would not die with a bullet in my back. I would not die in retreat. I am, at least, like the Apostle Paul who wrote, ‘This one thing I do. I press toward the mark.” – Quote by Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain.

Alphabet Book on Psalms

Alphabet Book on the Book of Psalms
By Alison Lehto
Preface: The Book of Psalms has a variety of religious experiences and for the most part is considered a book of praise. Those who wrote the Book of Psalms under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit were David, Asaph, Sons of Korah, Solomon, Ethan, Moses. Psalms is considered Hebrew poetry which is quite different from modern day poetry, but is beautiful as its own genre.
Note: The King James Version is used, but below are some hints on how to read the King James Bible which by many scholars has been said to be the most accurate translations of all of those out there.
thou = you
thee = your
ye = you
saith = says
heareth = hears
(Any word ending in “ith” or “eth”, is just our simple modern day present tense.)

A – ANSWER – “ANSWER me, O Lord, out of the goodness of your love, in your great mercy turn to me.” Psalm 69:13
B – BLESSED – “BLESSED are those whose ways are blameless, who walk according to the law of the Lord.” Psalm 119:1
C – CAUSE – “CAUSE me to hear thy loving kindness in the morning; for in you do I trust; CAUSE me to know the way wherein I should walk; for I lift up my soul unto thee.” Psalm 143:8
D – DEEDS – “I will remember the DEEDS of the Lord; Yes, I will remember your miracles of long ago.” Psalm 77:11
E – EARTH – “The EARTH is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein.” Psalm 24:1
F – FACE – “May God be gracious to us and bless us and make His FACE shine upon us.” Psalm 67:1
G – GOODNESS – “Surely GOODNESS and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.” Psalm 23:6
H – HEAVENS – “The HEAVENS declare the glory of GOD; and the firmament shows His handiwork.” Psalm 19:1
I – “I will sing to the Lord, for He has been good to me.” Psalm 13:6
J – JOY – “But let all those that put their trust in thee rejoice; let them ever shout for JOY, because thou defendest them; let them also that love thy name be JOYFUL in thee.” Psalm 5:11
K – KINGDOM – “For the KINGDOM is the Lord’s: and He is the governor among the nations.” Psalm 22:28
L – LEAD – “Lead me in thy truth, and teach me: for thou art the God of my salvation; on thee do I wait all the day.” Psalm 25:5
M – MERCIFUL – “Be MERCIFUL unto me, O God, be MERCIFUL unto me: for my soul trusteth in thee: yes, in the shadow of thy wings will I make my refuge, until these calamities be overpast.” Psalm 57:1
N – NAME – “Blessed be he that cometh in the NAME of the Lord: we have blessed you out of the house of the Lord.” Psalm 118:26
O –OPENEST (OPENS) – “Thou OPENEST (OPENS) thine hand, and satisfiest the desire of every living thing.” Psalm 145:16
P – PRAISE – “I will PRAISE thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvelous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.” Psalm 139:14
Q – QUIVER – “Happy is the man that hath (has) his QUIVER full of them (children): they shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate.” Psalm 127:5
R – ROCK – “He only is my ROCK and my salvation: He is my defense; I shall not be moved.” Psalm 62:6
S – STILL – “Be STILL and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.” Psalm 46:10
T – TROUBLE – “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in TROUBLE.” Psalm 46:1
U – UNSEARCHABLE – “Great is the Lord and greatly to be praised; and His greatness is UNSEARCHABLE.” Psalm 145:3
V – VALLEY – “Yes, though I walk through the VALLEY of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.” Psalm 23:4
W – WORD – “Thy WORD is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.” Psalm 119:105
X-Marks the spot in the Book of Psalms in the Old Testament. It comes after the book of Job and before the book of Proverbs.
Y – YE (You) – “Let everything that hath breath praise the Lord. Praise YE the Lord.” Psalm 150:6
Z –end of the Alphabet Book on Psalms. Hopefully, not the end of your reading and enjoying this marvelous book of the Bible.
The Book of Psalms has 150 chapters, 2461 verses, and about 43,743 words. Wow! Praise God for the Book of Psalms!
Please write me with your comments, questions, criticism, and especially for prayer. Thanks. And may “The Lord bless thee and keep thee: the Lord make His face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee: the Lord lift up His countenance upon thee, and give thee peace.” Numbers 6:24-26
Yours in Christ,
Alison Lehto
P. O. Box 495
Oakland, ME 04963
e-mail: alisonlehto@roadrunner.com

Alphabet Book on the Joy of the Lord in My Heart

Alphabet Book on the Joy of the Lord in My Heart
By Alison Lehto
Note: The King James Version is used, but below are some hints on how to read the King James Bible which by many scholars has been said to be the most accurate translations of all of those out there.
thou = you
thee = your
ye = you
saith = says
heareth = hears
(Any word ending in “ith” or “eth”, is just our simple modern day present tense.)

A – AUTHOR –“Looking unto Jesus the AUTHOR and finisher of our faith; who for the JOY that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:2
B – BRIDE and BRIDEGROOM – “ He that hath the BRIDE is the BRIDEGROOM: but the friend of the BRIDEGROOM, standeth and heareth him, rejoiceth greatly because of the BRIDEGROOM’s voice: this my JOY therefore is fulfilled.” John 3:29
C – CROWN – Therefore, my brethren (family in Christ) dearly beloved and longed for, my JOY and my CROWN, so stand fast in the Lord, my dearly beloved.” Philippians 4:1
D – DAVID “So David and the elders of Israel, and the captains went to bring up the ark of the covenant of the Lord out of the house of Obededom with JOY.” I Chronicles 15:25
E – ENTER – “His lord said unto him, well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: ENTER thou into the JOY of thy lord.” Matthew 25:21 (also Matthew 25:23)
F –FRUIT – “But the FRUIT of the Spirit is love, JOY, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith.” Galations 5:22
G – GLADNESS – “Thou hast put GLADNESS in my heart, more than in the time that their corn and their wine increased.” Psalm 4:7
H – HOLY – “Then he (Nehemiah) said unto them, Go thy way, eat the fat, and drink the sweet and send portions unto them for whom nothing is prepared: for this day is HOLY unto our Lord; neither be ye sorry: for the JOY of the Lord is your strength.” Nehemiah 8:10
I – “I (Jesus) say unto you that likewise JOY shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need to repentance.” Luke 15:7
J – JOY – “They that sow in tears shall reap in JOY.” Psalm 126:5
K – KINGDOM – “For the KINGDOM of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and JOY in the Holy Ghost.” Romans 14:17
Note: Holy Ghost = Holy Spirit
L – LIPS – “My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness, and my mouth shall praise thee with JOYFUL LIPS.” Psalm 63:5
M – MAKE – “MAKE a JOYFUL noise unto God, all ye lands.” Psalm 66:1
N – NATIONS – “O let the NATIONS be glad and sing for JOY: for thou shalt judge the people righteously, and govern the NATIONS upon earth. Selah.” Psalm 67:4
O – OIL – “To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the OIL of JOY for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he might be glorified.” Isaiah 61:3
P – PATH – “Thou wilt show me the PATH of life in thy presence is fullness of JOY; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.” Psalm 16:11
Q – QUESTION – Should we rejoice if we are also partakers of Christ’s suffering?
Answer: “But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings: that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding JOY.” I Peter 4:13
R – REJOICE – “The Lord thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; he will save, he will REJOICE over thee with JOY; he will rest in his love, he will JOY over thee with singing.” Zephaniah 3:17
S – SHOUT – “But let those that put their trust in thee rejoice: let them ever SHOUT for JOY, because thou defendest them: let them that love thy name be JOYFUL in thee.” Psalm 5:11
T –TEMPTATIONS – “My brethren count it all JOY when ye fall into divers TEMPTATIONS.” (various trials) James 1:2
U – UPHOLD – “Restore unto me the JOY of thy salvation; and UPHOLD me with thy free spirit.” Psalm 51:12
V – VALLEYS – “The pastures are clothed with flocks; the VALLEYS also are covered over with corn; they shout for JOY, they also sing.” Psalm 65:13
W – WEEPING – “So that the people could not discern the noise of the shout of JOY from the noise of the WEEPING of the people: for the people shouted with a loud shout, and the noise was heard afar off.” Ezra 3:13
X –Marks the Spot in my heart full of JOY of the Lord. The Lord Jesus Himself said,
“Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask and ye shall receive that your JOY may be full.” John 16:24
Y – YE (YOU) – “For what is our hope or JOY, or crown of rejoicing? Are not YE in the presence of the Lord Jesus Christ at his coming? For YE are our glory and JOY.” I Thessalonians 2:19-20
Z – ZION – “And the ransomed of the Lord shall return and came to ZION with songs, and everlasting JOY upon their heads: they shall obtain JOY and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.” Isaiah 35:10
Z – end of the Alphabet Book on the Joy of the Lord in My Heart.
My hope and prayer for you is that Jesus is the Joy of your Heart and that you have accepted Him as your personal Lord and Savior. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that WHOSOEVER (That’s you!) believeth in Him, shall not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16
Please write me with your comments, questions, criticism, and especially for prayer. Thanks. And may “The Lord bless thee and keep thee: the Lord make His face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee: the Lord lift up His countenance upon thee, and give thee peace.” Numbers 6:24-26
Yours in Christ,
Alison Lehto
P. O. Box 495
Oakland, ME 04963
e-mail: alisonlehto@roadrunner.com