God is in Control

Evil leaders may think they are in control. Billionaires may think they are in control. Popular people/celebrities/sports stars may think they are in control. Bullies may think they are in control. You name it. Give someone some power or money or fear and they think they have some kind of control. They plot evil, they promote agendas, they serve only themselves, they make themselves out to be God’s in flesh gracing us with their presence, expecting us to fear them, worship them, bow down to them. 

Truth: they are mistaken. God, the Holy One of Israel and Heavenly Father of true Christians everywhere is in control. He is King of kings and Lord of lords. God is the only opinion which truly matters and His truth is the only truth. God is still in control. Never be deceived. And those who are humbly His and who remain close and in prayer and Bible reading will be with Him someday sooner than it was yesterday. God is in control. Not only that, but He loves you passionately. Not lustfully but passionately, like enough to send His Son the die and resurrect for our purification from the filthy sins surrounding us or that were Inc us before salvation. So rest assured that God is in control, He lives you, His Word is truth and we will be with Him when He chooses. Stay close to Him and pray and read your Bible and do not worry or fear. God is in charge of all He has made. (Except your free will, that is on you, Heh gave you the right to choose life or death for eternity- choose wisely.) Never fear. Ever. ❤

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Changing Plans and Being Ready

So apparently, the second week after a hurricane, some things are still not back to normal. There is no milk anywhere, so hurricanes produce milk shortages. I never knew that, this being my first one. I am learning as I go here and have to keep changing plans like cooking every day for breakfast instead of sometimes having cereal. Also, took the kids down for homeschool PE and the fields were still closed, so changed gears and did school and yard cleanup instead. Yesterday was already to teach Sunday School and it had been cancelled (found out when I got there) and had to entertain the kids until worship. Evidently things stay closed a long time and everyone assumed you know that. And now I do know, learning as I go. But I would rather be there and be ready and then find out it is postponed than to have go time and be unprepared and sleeping. I think that way about the rapture, the catching away of the true Christians, like the parable of the wedding Jesus spoke of, where half the bridesmaids were ready when the groom came and could attend the marriage ceremony and half were caught unprepared and we’re left behing. I want to be a part of the marriage. Jesus really wants everyone there. He wants people to be ready. No one knows the day or hour but there is a day and hour coming sooner than it was a minute ago, sooner than it was yesterday, soon. Now is the time to purify our hearts and draw close to God in prayer and be ready.❤

Envisioning Heaven

When the day is hard and long

Escape with your mind

To a world that can’t be found

Unless your spirit finds it.

And think with me a place

Full of beauty, color rich

Where evil no longer resides

And no pain, no tears, no wretch.

And I can envision this

For it comes from pages bright

The text of ancient past

That is my sword and light.

And I know this full well

My Savior waits for me

Loved me enough to die

And rose to set us free.

And I can endure so much

With patient joy and peace

For soon awaits our world,

Our perfect jubilee.

Temporariness of Things

Sitting here, having prepared for and now waiting for a hurricane to come over and attack, thinking about a mad dictator hell bent on destroying us, contemplating the fires and earthquakes around us, wondering at the very few news stations actually reporting all these things and even fewer the proper perspective and what they all combine to mean, and I am struck by the truth that everything is temporary. Everything. But the hope we have is that God of courae is and He made us to be eternal. “This land is not my home. I’m just passing through.” That was penned way before the birthpangs started, the final countdown of this world and the glorious (or horrifying, depending on the decisions we’ve made) rebuilding of a new heaven and earth. Sin will soon have won it’s last battle for God has won the war and will soon destroy it’s presence forever. We will be with Him. I am not sure all the details but that is His department and as long as I am close to Him all the time, I am loved and eternally safe and warm and cozy. It is so important to choose God and cozy up to Him. He made everything wise and knows it is temporary. He has bigger plans for us and way better, in an evil – less eternity. That is certainly big enough to hang our hopes on. ❤❤❤

Not Finished Yet

I am not finished yet. You are not finished yet. We still are breathing and God has not come to take the church away, so we still have work to do and we are still here to do it. Maybe it is the work of getting saved, maybe of drawing closer to rhe Lord, maybe forgiveness, maybe getting others saved, maybe praying, maybe fasting, maybe reading the Bible, whatever God is telling you to do. My quilt is still not completely finished yet. Everything is finished except the tying it all together is not yet finished. I have finished tying together 2 rows out of 7, it is tedious, challenging to find time, meticulous, difficult-for-me work. Yet, I keep at it because I want to see the finished product, the beautiful design played out. I want to see it and please the Lord with my art and skills, such as they are. We are the same way, keep focusing on the end result. Keep your eyes fixed on Jesus. Keep fighting for life and grasping to the hope that we have and keep working on strengthening weak points. Tie it together. Love on people in your path. Let people know that grace will one day be over and rewards and punishments after judgment will follow. I am ready for that but must hang in there and tie loose ends. Let’s finish strong. Only God knows the date and time of the finish line, but visualize it and keep going. Do not grow tired or give up. I am still working knot by knot on my quilt and working forgiveness by forgiveness on my life. I am here with you. Keep going. You can do all things through Jesus Christ who continues to strengthen you (Philippians 4:13). You and Jesus got this. Keep close to Him. I am here too. Love you, friend!❤

The Waiting

I remember being in a wedding. I was there early all dressed up, ready way before the bride and groom were. Then they were finally ready and we had to hurry up and wait again for the last minute people to get there. Then we waited for the late ones. And finally we stopped waiting. The waiting was over. 

Another time I remember a man I was deeply in love with and wanted and expected to marry. But he kept making me wait and wait to marry. Engaged but no date and stall and I realized I was waiting for the wrong man and I had to stop waiting and accept his decision to not love me back. The waiting was over.

Whatever else I have done in life where I had to wait eventually ended in and stop to the waiting. Things finally happened to change the and tats from waiting to happening. And here we are today with the longest waiting game of my life, waiting for the true in-love-deeply-with-Jesus church to be caught up and gotten out of this place. And we wait. And I see it, many have tired of waiting and have fallen asleep. Many have decided it is not real or really going to happen. Many don’t even care anymore because they filled their lives with more important or pressing distractions like tech, entertainment, desires and lusta, etc. And some of us still are eager and expectant. And our job is to do our job to the beat of our ability as working for the Lord in the worship of obedience and love God and everyone He puts in our path. So, let’s be awake and eagerly serving our Lord. And someday the waitinf will be over. Praise God!!!❤❤❤

Heaven Will Be Wonderful!

This is my new catch phrase now. It keeps my mind right. Q:”How’s it going, Tonya?” A:”Heaven will be wonderful!” Q:”You have so much to do.” A:”Heaven will be wonderful!” You get the point. Keeps my mind fixed on the preciousness of evil – free eternity with Jesus. It is easier to focus on the present when daydreaming of a brilliant future. ☺❤❤❤