All of us who follow Jesus and draw closer to God every day are tired. We are still fighting the fight but the air is thick with spiritual/demonic activity and darkness. There is still nature where it is not but everywhere people are, there are spiritual attacks, illnesses, difficulties, financial issues, lust issues, greed, malicious words, lack of truth, whatever the case may be. It is thick. The spiritual war is hot and heavy and it is exhausting, even when you give everything to God for Him to handle. Families are being hit hard and even when we are right, we have sadness for those who are lost and refuse to listen. We know their fate and it is a burden of great magnitude. So we fight but we are tired. We need to delay rest until heaven (not far off now) and keep fighting, prating, reading our Bibles, loving people, telling only the truth in love, serving. We need to. We have to. Maybe one more will listen and be saved. Maybe we can encourage each other. Fighting tired is the reality but keep in your joy and peace and keep fighting. God bless you and your efforts.❤
When out driving with my friends way back in high school, we left our destination after dark in the winter in Michigan. One wrong turn after another and we were lost. I have this intrinsic ability God gave me for direction and the gift of calm during crisis. Kevin was driving and I was sitting behind him next to 3 friends and there were 2 passengers in the front. Everyone was panicking and yelling for poor Kevin to go this way and that, the whole spirit of confusion was strong. And I casually, calmly was whispering directions to Kevin and he was listening to me and turning as I instructed, adding fuel to the yelling of the others. When we were out of the lost part and back to the easily familiar close to home, the car settled. Everyone got as quiet as we ever got and they praised Kevin for the success asked Kevin why they didn’t listen to them. He said, “I listened to Tonya because she was the only calm voice.” And I thought of that story with the whole rapture date predictions. Jesus said no one knows the day or the hour. I mean, you can feel something coming. The whole world seems uptight and ramping up. But I read my Bible and am ready whenever Jesus comes for us who love Him passionately and the rest I dismiss and listen to the calm, still small voice of the Holy Spirit who only speaks truth. The noise is not God. God is peace. He is the truth in calm. Praise God! ❤ ❤ ❤
The loss happens first
It is deep and ugly and painful
Darkest moment of my life was the loss
The pain of losing him who loved me
I still miss him, still love him, still have the loss.
A year later, I still have the loss the same as the day I lost him.
I still cannot say his name without crying.
And yet as a Christian I have a hope,
The hope of reunion in heaven.
The hope that there is more than now
And Jesus comes for us soon.
And I wait and hope to see him again
And before that happy reunion, I hold my Jesus.
As He is in my heart, he is in my heart
But Jesus wins. He always wins.
My precious Savior is my first hope.
And I love Jesus deepest and will see you again after.❤❤❤ ❤
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.
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. ❤❤❤
When you are expecting our Savior Jesus Christ to come for us, it changes your focus. When you are eagerly anticipating eternity with God in heaven, it changes your earthly perspective and puts things in their proper perspective. Then bad things are just temporary inconveniences. Ugly things are shadows of evil you are about to leave behind. It all properly and rightly is about God and pleasing and worshiping Him. It lifts you to a higher level, a raised conscienceness, a better perspective. I see why Paul encouraged us to focus on the prize, heaven with God, and live that way. It is truly beautiful.❤
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. ☺❤❤❤