Really super long but a big picture insight on why the rapture and tribulation ate very near. The big picture is that evil is gaining ground and we need to hold to our faith no matter what and our eternity will be secure in Jesus Christ. God is still in untimate control. Hold on tight to Him and pray. God, the amazing One, the Lover of our souls, the Maker of everything we know of, the Great One is our Heavenly Father if we choose Him. We have to choose Him and stay close to Him. The reward is eternity with Him and His joy and peace and hope now. Pretty amazing reward, if you ask me. Worth everything. ❤❤❤
Jesus Christ is coming very soon to take His bride home. We who are saved by geace through the sacrifice and resurrection of Jesus Christ, God the Son, are faithful and are pure (washed clean by Jesus’ blood of sins) and ready to go (have served and worshipped God and are not in current sin or unforgiveness or worshipping other gods) will be caught up to heaven. People long ago have labeled this event the “rapture” or the “rapture of the church”. The Bible calls this the “catching away” or “catching up” of the bride, the true Christians (not Christians in name only but actual Christians, those with a personal relationship with God the Son, Jesus Christ, as Savior and Lord, followers of God the Father with God the Holy Spirit living in our hearts. And I am eager for that day. Also, I am more than happy to wait because I want as many to be saved as posaible. So does God. He loves everyone He has made. Really loves them. So do I. And so we keep working and serving and worshipping and doing the best we can. It is what we need to do to be prepared when we are gotten out of here. And hopefully, we will have tons and tons of company. Please pray and fast with me to that goal and keep serving and worahipping. We can rest in heaven (or won’t need to then). Don’t give up. Run the race with endurance, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith…❤
My mom and dad raised me to not take much credence in physical appearance because it is just a shell and mask to the real soul and spirit of a person inside that does matter and can change from one moment to the next. That being said, they never complimented me on my looks. They criticized sometimes (rather ironic if it didn’t matter lol) but never complimented me. Most people in my life, men and women, we’re the same way. So, I figured it didn’t matter unless something was wrong. Also, I assumed I was very plain looking or ugly and that is just how it was. It was this way when I was size 6 and healthy or size 18 with a very difficult pregnancy. No one said anything good, only bad. (And the one guy who said the most and actually complimented me turna out was a liar and so none of thise words count at all. That is my background, which sets the stage for now. Now, I still do not care about my appearance and no longer cry at the criticisms because it truly does not matter, but I am feeling extremely healthy lately and have a glow (uv damage from the sun) about me and am fit and toned aunnnd feel so good. And people have been giving me compliments one after the other. Ironically, the scale has not changed numbers but I am two dress sizes smaller now. And my vitality is soaring. I have energy to spare and productivity hard to explain and even easier breathing and better focus. And to be truthful, my deepening relationship with Almighty God is the biggest reason for every good bit of it. All of it is from God and didn because of and for Him. I am still very plain, but I am happier and more joyful than I have ever been. And the compliments are all appreciated because it is proof that I am on the right health track and refocuses me on health. But I like it so much more when people tell me they can see God moving in me, growing me, improving me. I love it when He gets the glory. Any good I am or do is from Him.❤❤❤
Sitting on a sultry day when I should be working and sweating, covered in dirt, I am sitting on a cushioned couch working on my quilt in air conditioning, watching Sherlock Holmes. And sweatingomething about this playing hooky has brought out my contemplative side, which is alway on point. I have thought of this case they just solved where they knew a 747 would blow up and they had to decide what to do about it. And I thought about eternity and how easy it would be if we knew the day and the hour of the rapture of Jesus’ true church like they new the flight and time that made up flight would blow up. If we all knew exactly, people in the know would go out of their way in desperate enthusiasm and tireless energy to warn everyone. “It is happening!” “Be warned!” “This is it!” “Repent for it is now you will meet your Maker!” And even then, there will be people who dismiss the warning as crazy and not listen or laugh at them or blow them off as misinformed or blowing things out of proportion. They would board that plane. They would perish and there is no coming back from that. Others would heed the warning and wait and see what happens, taking a later flight just to be safe but not really changing. Some would heed the warning and change, beg forgiveness, forgive, love, read their Bibles, pray, work on their relationship with Jesus and get ready. And this would of course be the wise thing to do.
The thing is, we don’t know the day or hour. Why? Because if we knew, there would be sinning up to the day before and then clean our acts up just before show time when we had to. I know people. God does not want that. He wants a relationship with us. He wants us to want Him. He is passionately in love with us and wants everyone to listen to Him and choose Him. And the truth is we are all choosing Him or choosing to be forever separated from Him. We are always choosing sides. Every time we choose to look at that bad thing, say that bad word, be distracted, not help when we can, choose to lie or believe one, refuse to pray, refuse to read the Bible, gratify self, be selfish, etc. Each time we knowingly or unknowingly choose any of those things, we choose to walk one step away from God.
The thing is it is 100% correctible. There is a beautiful, precious truth that we may be 1,000,000 steps away from God but He is ever only one step away from us. All we ever need to do to grow close to Him is humbly pray. And that is the absolute truth in an evil twisted world so desperate to hide it. That is truth, friend. His love for us is unprecedented.❤
Every house is different. In our family, my husband is serious. Very serious. Almost grouchy often when people are not serious. Therefore, that leaves me, Mom, to bring on the joy to the home. I opt to get in trouble and endure the “Where is the adult in the room?” reprimands and criticisms so that my kids may learn the valuable skill of joy no matter what. We sing together a lot, dance, celebrate God’s creation, share jokes, play to help concrete the joy. It is something children need desperately. In truth, we all do. It is a lesson of infinite value. Joy is hope through misery, light through darkness and our strength when founded on Jesus. “The joy of the Lord is my strength”, David said. Absolutely it is. Don’t forget tod incorporate joy into your day. Every day remember again. ❤
Isaiah 42:8. ‘”I am the Lord; that is my name! I will not yield my glory to another or my praise to idols. 10. Sing to the Lord a new song, his praise from the ends of the earth, you who go down to the sea, and all that is in it, you islands, and all who live in them. 11. Let the wilderness and its towns raise their voices; let the settlements where Kedar lives rejoice. Let the people of Sela sing for joy; let them shout from the mountaintops. 12. Let them give glory to the Lord and proclaim his praise in the islands. 13. The Lord will march out like a champion, like a warrior he will stir up his zeal; with a shout he will raise the battle cry and will triumph over his enemies. 14. “For a long time I have kept silent, I have been quiet and held myself back. But now, like a woman in childbirth, I cry out, I gasp and pant. 15. I will lay waste the mountains and hills and dry up all their vegetation; I will turn rivers into islands and dry up the pools. 16. I will lead the blind by ways they have not known, along unfamiliar paths I will guide them; I will turn the darkness into light before them and make the rough places smooth. These are the things I will do; I will not forsake them.’
Isaiah 40:6. ‘A voice says, “Cry out.” And I said, “What shall I cry?” “All people are like grass, and all their faithfulness is like the flowers of the field. 7. The grass withers and the flowers fall, because the breath of the Lord blows on them. Surely the people are grass. 8. The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God endures forever.” 28. Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. 29. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. 30. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; 31. but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.’