Where is He?

I wait with what feels like equal parts fear and excitement. My eyes scan the eastern horizon. Where is He? I know it won’t be much longer.  I know it will be a day of reckoning. A day of jubilation. A day of Holy reunion.

Will I know everyone? Yes. But in a heavenly way. A gathering of Saints and Angels. Glorious rejoicing. All the universe will hear and declare that Jesus is Lord of Lords, King of Kings, God of all Gods.

His mercy and grace follows us. His love pours over us. His sacrifice saves us.

There is no greater love. No other way. No. No other way to Heaven. No other way to communicate with God. No other way.  Jesus is the answer. He is the mediator. He is the shepherd.

Where is He? Look up. He is so very close.  See the waves roll in turmoil. Hear the wind moan in pain and warning. The earth cries out and all creation trembles at His return.  It will happen so quick. Sometimes I feel myself braced for the catching away. I’m ready. Are you?

 

 

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Brace Yourself!

Have you seen the news? Heard the stories? It’s not just happening in some unknown region of the world. It’s everywhere! The wind, the waves, the wars, the earthquakes, the be-headings. There is so much death and destruction that life feels surreal at times.

It’s as if there is no peaceful place left on the planet. Nowhere to hide. Nowhere to run. Hate everywhere. How can we go on? How do we survive these hard times?  For me, the answer is simple – Jesus.

When the world around me spins out of control, spiraling into chaos. I look inside myself. Not for some philosophical teaching, or self-help talk. Not to still my mind and calm my chakra. I take refuge and find strength in the one who is an ever present help in trouble.  My Jesus.

I surrender everything to Him. When I close my eyes, when I’m working, driving, eating. It doesn’t matter. He is always with me. He is my rock!! All the Sunday school classes and church services, hymns and Bible studies…His word fills my mind, body and soul. And I know without a doubt…There is Power in the Blood! And Victory in Jesus!

I believe we are so close to His return. So close, that even though I keep looking up and watching, I find myself bracing for the call! How fast we will be changed!  How glorious that moment will be when we are called up to the clouds to meet our Jesus in the air.

I’m excited, scared, anxious, fearful…you name it!  But, I’m also certain, at peace, strong, ready, willing and waiting.

Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee. Isaiah 26:3

In a world of turmoil do you have perfect peace? Do you have an unshakable foundation? Who do you serve this day…right this second?

There are only two answers:     Christ -or- Antichrist.

I serve Christ!! And I hope and pray that you do as well. What kind of eternity will you brace yourself for?

Drifting back

It’s almost 1 a.m. I’m working the night shift and reflecting on the day. I’m listening to my “most played” songs on my ipad. I can’t help but smile as Bob Marley starts playing…

“Don’t worry about a thing…cause every little thing’s gonna be alright.”

Such simple words carry such truth and depth. I remind myself that, in fact, everything is going to be alright as long as Jesus is first in all I do.

I was talking with a friend the other day and we were discussing how difficult it is to stay focused. There is so much noise and junk filling our minds. Television, radio, computers…you name it. Such tragedy, devastation, and sorrow. So much stuff to make you worry. It’s almost impossible to keep a leash on your thoughts. ALMOST!

I know that my Heavenly Father is watching over me.

He knows my thoughts. He knows my deepest thoughts.

He sees me when I stumble, when the worries of this life start to take hold. When I drift far from the shore. He is there; just waiting on me to look up and realize I’ve swam beyond the rope and need help getting back to level ground.

I am humbled by His grace and I feel like such a selfish child. A stubborn child. Praise God, He is the author of my life and my story is still being written. I have so much to learn and understand and change.

Not my will…but His will be done.

Precious Father,
Take my life and mold me into the vessel you want me to be. Guide my steps, my thoughts, my words. Be my thoughts. Be my words. I surrender to your word and your authority. In Jesus most precious name. Amen.

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Ready Yourself

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And so the end comes quickly.  Like a thief in the night.  Are you ready?  I mean really ready?  Do you know where you stand?  Where your soul is going?

 

The things in this life are just that…things!  They rust, mildew, stain, fall apart or simply get tossed to the wayside.  But, there is a place where time does not exist.  We will no longer be on a countdown to our “golden years”.  We won’t have to worry  about senior discounts.  We will have everything we need!!  I’m talking about Heaven!!

 

That glorious home that awaits us.  That our Jesus, our Savior, went on to prepare for us.  Can you imagine after all Jesus went through on this earth to provide us a bridge to Heaven, He still left and had to go prepare  a place.

 

I imagine not once did He mutter under His breath about us being ungrateful, stubborn, sinners.   So, are you ready?  Have you come to that place in your Christian walk that you can goodbye to all your worldly gain?  Can you say goodbye to family and friends?  Can you let go of that big house on the hill?

The Spirit bears witness.   You will know if you are ready or not!  And, best of all, He will tell you what you need to do to ready yourself.

If you hear His voice…run to Him!!  He is your Father.

Signs and Wonders

Jesus is so close!!!  His return is imminent!

A meteor hitting Russia!  An asteroid passing Earth today!  The Pope stepping down!  Israel compassed with armies!!!

Signs and Wonders my friends.   And just a few of them at that…Keep looking up!!!

 

 

Holy Bible.

Get ready….Coming soon…. Psalm 83

 Keep not thou silence, O God: hold not thy peace, and be not still, O God.

For, lo, thine enemies make a tumult: and they that hate thee have lifted up the head.

They have taken crafty counsel against thy people, and consulted against thy hidden ones.

They have said, Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation; that the name of Israel may be no more in remembrance.

For they have consulted together with one consent: they are confederate against thee:

The tabernacles of Edom, and the Ishmaelites; of Moab, and the Hagarenes;

Gebal, and Ammon, and Amalek; the Philistines with the inhabitants of Tyre;

Assur also is joined with them: they have holpen the children of Lot. Selah.

Do unto them as unto the Midianites; as to Sisera, as to Jabin, at the brook of Kison:

Which perished at Endor: they became as dung for the earth.

Make their nobles like Oreb, and like Zeeb: yea, all their princes as Zebah, and as Zalmunna:

Who said, Let us take to ourselves the houses of God in possession.

O my God, make them like a wheel; as the stubble before the wind.

As the fire burneth a wood, and as the flame setteth the mountains on fire;

So persecute them with thy tempest, and make them afraid with thy storm.

Fill their faces with shame; that they may seek thy name, O Lord.

Let them be confounded and troubled for ever; yea, let them be put to shame, and perish:

That men may know that thou, whose name alone is Jehovah, art the most high over all the earth.

God Bless!

Words I Live By.

Every day I have an arsenal of verses that I draw strength from. I thought I would share a few with you.  

These are just a handfull of my favorites!!  I will never get tired of hearing these words.

If anything, I grow stronger and bolder the more I hear them.

I remember I was driving home through one of the worst thunderstorms I’ve ever been in.  Lightning was flashing on both sides of the road…all around me.  I watched as electrical sparks danced across the road in front of me as a giant power box was taken out.  I was so scared.  My knuckles were white and I was driving a soft top Jeep at the time.  I just kept thinking about how I would die if a tree came down on me.

Then, in the  midst of this incredible storm, I hear this quiet, strong voice whisper in my spirit…Be still and know that I am God!!

My entire being instantly calmed.  My knuckles returned to their normal color.  My breathing became steady and what I thought was a death ride turned into an awesome front seat view of God’s power and Glory.  I was blessed the entire way home!!

Something not many people know about me is that I fight depression on a daily basis.  Some days are better than others.  But, it is always there nagging me…wanting to take my joy and laughter.  Making the sad stories and tragedies of this world seem larger than life.  I know that this earthly body is full of weakness and it stumbles easily.  However, my spirit is kept hopeful and full of joy because I strive to die daily.  In those moments when it seems too heavy I always remember this particular verse.

Another favorite verse that I think of often!!

Now, that is not the complete verse but it certainly gets the point across.  I want God to search out my soul and my thoughts and then I want him to take out all those things that are offensive to Him and fill me with His love and compassion and willingness to forgive.

Like I said, these are just a few of my favorites!  They are always floating close to the top and are easily accessible.  What are some verses that you turn to?

 

Love and Prayers~

 

Be Not Troubled

And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?

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For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.

And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.

For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.

Matthew 24: 3-7

The news this morning seems grim.  Another earthquake in Japan and the talk of a tsunami.  Praise God no deaths have been reported as of yet.  It seems that disasters are every where you look.  As a Christian these things are terrifying yet there is understanding and a calmness and peace that is unshakeable.  As a non Christian I can’t imagine the panic that must fill the mind, body and soul.

 I pray for those affected by all these tragedies.  I pray that the Holy Spirit will move in a way like never before and that thousands of souls will come to know Jesus personally.

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

 

God Bless…