I Know When Jesus is Returning

All the signs and prophecies are pointing to it. Jesus Christ, the Messiah, is returning soon. It is hope and so many people are talking about when exactly He will come. I have a secret. I know the answer. Shhhh, it is for your ears and eyes only. He is coming back… wait for it… when God says it is time. He will come at the right, perfect time, like He does everything. He will come at the precise hour, when as many are saved as are willing to be, in order to minimize lost souls who will regret not choosing Him eternally. God does not want anyone to go to hell. It was designed for fallen angels, now demons. But some people sure do prefer momentary pleasures than eternal peace and hope and all who are not saved choose to end up in hell. It is unnecessary and about the saddest thing ever. So, choose to be saved by God through Jesus Christ right now if you haven’t been and read your Bible and humbly pray and God will save you and we will party in heaven one day pretty soon. In thr meanwhile, know that God delays because He is patient and wants more people He made and loves saved. Do not worry about exact days, no one knows. I know He will come at exactly the right time and my job is to be ready. It is really a distraction. He wants us to know so we have hope and motivation to get right and obey. We have work to do up to the moment He pulls us out of here. Keep praying and reading the Bible and praising God and help others do the same. That is it. It is so simple. Do it now. ūüėĄ‚̧

Returning to God

I just read this again and want to share it with you. It is from a devotion al book I have read and reread hundreds of times. This is an excerpt from Tia Stanley, as follows:

“This is a true story about a girl who grew so tired of living with her strict parents thahouse, ran away from home. But soon she found out that life was not so easy on her own. She couldn’t find a job and it didn’t take long for her friends to get weary of her living off their kindness, so they kicked her out. In desperation the 19-year-old was driven to prostitution. 

“Years passed. Her father died, her mother grew older, and the daughter’s life just became more hopeless. Still she would not write or go home to her mother. One day the mother heard that her daughter had been seen in a certain part of town, so she went looking for her. The mother went to every cheap hotel and store, asking to put a picture on their walls. It was a picture of herself, now a gray-haired woman. Beside her picture was a message which simply said: ‘I still love you! Please come home!’ 

“Months went by and nothing happened. Then one day the daughter, who was now very worn and sick, wandered into one of those hotels. You can imagine e how shocked she was to see her mother’s picture on the wall of that dirty, cheap, hotel lobby. As she read her mother’s message, she began to cry.

” That night she started walking the many miles back to her home. It was early in the morning when she finally arrived at the front door of her parents’ house. She began to knock but found the door was already open. Afraid that someone had broken into her parents’ house, she ran inside and found her mother sleeping. She woke her and told her she had finally come home. Mother and daughter began to cry as they held each other. The daughter said, ‘I thought someone had broken open the door!’ But the mother shook her head and answered, ‘My dear, from the day you left I’ve kept the door unlocked.’

“It doesn’t matter to Jesus what things we’ve done or how badly we’ve lived. The moment we decide to turn to Him and ask His forgiveness, He will accept us and give us another chance. He is the only One who makes it possible for us to start a new life, living His way, because that’s the only way we can ever have real love, peace, and satisfaction that lasts. With Jesus, the door is always unlocked.”

I love that. Forgiveness is what God does beautifully and He is the only One big enough to choose to not only forgive but forget it also. This is amazing. And He is patient while we voyage through managing to forgive ourselves as well and not keep bringing it up or reliving it. God’s love is unconditional. He is waiting for you to humbly pray to Him and you are instantly forgiven and home. Ahhh. Rest and peace and joy for our souls!!!

Ready, Aim, Wait, Keep Waiting…

Seems like we have to be ready and prepared all the time and then are in wait mode much of our lives. Never big on patience, I realize as a Christian I should be because patience is one of the attributes of God (fruits of the Spirit). So, having been told that patience is not the having to wait but the attitude while waiting, I received some hope from that as it proves everyone has to wait. Prepared people have to wait, unprepared people have to wait. But when our turn up finally arrives, those prepared can actually do something while those unprepared generally have to first be sent away to prepare and have to stand in line again. And those who have fallen asleep miss their turn entirely. I see salvation this way. If we are prepared, when the time comes when Jesus comes back, we get to see Him. If we are not prepared, we will be in trouble and may not have time to get ourselves in order. And if we are sleeping, we miss our chance entirely. We have to be ready. We have to be alert. Being a Marine’s daughter (Semper Fi!), I was told stories about rifle work, sniper’s task, and the hardest part of it being to stay alert when in place and ready and aimed up. You have to wait, for the right time, the right opportunity, a clear shot. Not that the rapture will involve us shooting at a person, but the principle remains, focus is our hardest task. Patience is our goal, the waiting well. I want to wait well. I want people to say, “There is that crazy girl, always talking about God and Jesus coming back, always trying to serve”. Nothing would make me happier than to think I am waiting well for my Savior. We need to think this way. We must. There is eternity at stake. And if that sounds crazy, so be it. I am okay with crazy for the right reason. I care what God thinks about me not people. I answer to Him for eternity, I owe no one else an explanation. They have their own eternity to contemplate. Wait well with me. Keep focused with busy hands in service, kindness and gentleness to everyone we happen upon, love to everyone crossing our path. This is waiting well.

On the Return of School at Home

We Homeschool our children, which is very big and well supported where I live. And a teacher’s kid asked me accusingly why I Homeschool, implying that something dreadful must be wrong with my kids or something. Lol It is simple. I want my kids to have a great, well rounded education and not be worried about bullies or persecution for their faith or learning things that have nothing to do with school or testing and stressing about testing all the time. If the school system has failed to even teach basic math for heaven’s sake, much less anything else, and seems more politically agenda driven rather than education driven, time for everyone to withdraw their kids and force reform. But I digress. Simply, my kids need an education and home seems the place nowadays they are most likely to get one. So, we are getting ready for school, as is everyone else. And I feel very good about this school year. We are simplifying and leaving room for serving people in our week. We are going to help serve the elderly, clean up littered areas, help trim bushes or mow lawns of people who can’t and that is a healthy part of education. Also, for home economics, my son will pick one entree to make for the family once a week and will have to make a grocery list of what we need, budget the money to get it, buy it from the store and cook it. Part of teaching our kids is teaching us parents out of a job. They need to know how to live on their own. I think 11 is a good age to get that thinking started. And of course all the other school studies we normally do with Kathleen officially in school now. And my husband retires in a couple months so we can do more field trips and vacations to supplement. So this should be fun and keep us busy. I am so excited.Looking forward to a wonderful school year.

1 Thessalonians 5:1-24

“Now, brothers and sisters, we do not need to write you about times and dates. ¬†You know very well that the day the Lord comes again will be a surprise, like a thief that comes in the night. ¬†While people are saying, ‚ÄúWe have peace and we are safe,‚ÄĚ they will be destroyed quickly. It is like pains that come quickly to a woman having a baby. Those people will not escape. ¬†But you, brothers and sisters, are not living in darkness, and so that day will not surprise you like a thief. ¬†You are all people who belong to the light and to the day. We do not belong to the night or to darkness. ¬†So we should not be like other people who are sleeping, but we should be alert and have self-control. ¬†Those who sleep, sleep at night. Those who get drunk, get drunk at night. ¬†But we belong to the day, so we should control ourselves. We should wear faith and love to protect us, and the hope of salvation should be our helmet. ¬†God did not choose us to suffer his anger but to have salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ. ¬†Jesus died for us so that we can live together with him, whether we are alive or dead when he comes. ¬†So encourage each other and give each other strength, just as you are doing now.¬†Now, brothers and sisters, we ask you to appreciate those who work hard among you, who lead you in the Lord and teach you. ¬†Respect them with a very special love because of the work they do.¬†We ask you, brothers and sisters, to warn those who do not work. Encourage the people who are afraid. Help those who are weak. Be patient with everyone. ¬†Be sure that no one pays back wrong for wrong, but always try to do what is good for each other and for all people.¬†Always be joyful. ¬†Pray continually, ¬†and give thanks whatever happens. That is what God wants for you in Christ Jesus.¬†Do not hold back the work of the Holy Spirit. ¬†Do not treat prophecy as if it were unimportant. ¬†But test everything. Keep what is good, ¬†and stay away from everything that is evil.¬†Now may God himself, the God of peace, make you pure, belonging only to him. May your whole self‚ÄĒspirit, soul, and body‚ÄĒbe kept safe and without fault when our Lord Jesus Christ comes. ¬†You can trust the One who calls you to do that for you.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:1-24