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?

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This Ordinary Life

“Brother how far, from the Saviour today

Risking your soul for the things that He gave

Oh if today, God should call you away

What would you give, in exchange for your soul”

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1 Peter 5:8

Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour;

 

This world glitters. It dazzles and shines. Beautiful really. And yet, it is nothing more than a deception. It’s no wonder seeing how Satan and his minions are running around like crazy. We have drifted so far from what we were created to become.

Money, sex, drugs and all manner of evil have blinded our eyes. It is so hard to see the real beauty. A new-born baby gently clasping his mother’s finger. A shimmering star as it streaks across the sky. The ocean as it stops at precisely the spot where God has commanded. Oh, how His design is perfect!

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I try to see what the Holy Spirit shows me. However, my eyes are often clouded from the things of this world. I consider myself a follower of Jesus. There are moments when this ordinary life becomes extraordinary. Moments when I feel His presence. I hear His voice. I am drenched in peace and joy unspeakable. Moments when I am so blessed I’m brought to tears. I wish everyone could have those moments. Yet, I remain vigilant.

I know the beast that walks this earth. I have given in to the power and seduction of that darkness. I have sinned and disgraced my Heavenly Father. I have made myself unworthy of forgiveness and grace. My soul has been so ugly…

And yet God became flesh and blood. Lived as a man. A righteous man. A perfect man. The Son of Man. He stepped off His throne…do you get it? He left His Kingdom for me!! And not just me…you too. I can’t wrap my mind around it! He crossed worlds to come save us.

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There is a verse in the Bible that says:

as it is said, Today, if ye will hear His voice, harden not your hearts.

Hebrews 4:7

If you hear His voice..call on Him! He will answer in the way you need. He is waiting. You don’t know how close we are to the end. And yet He still holds time back…waiting on that last heart to seek Him. Is it you? Maybe you are afraid of the change. It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God! Losing your soul forever is even more scary.

Whisper His name…He will hear it! He will come.

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.

Not Enough Time

I’ve been watching a lot of end time prophecy shows lately. Everyone seems to have their own take on God‘s timeline of events. Some I agree with…others I don’t. Either way, the one thing I think we all can believe in is that Jesus is our savior.

I am not ashamed to say that Jesus is my savior…my messiah…my advocate to our Heavenly Father. I am not afraid to say Jesus is the ONLY way to Heaven! There is no other way!

There is not enough time left to sugarcoat things. There is not enough time left to agree to disagree. Jesus is the only way! If you don’t have Jesus…then all you have are things that will fade away.

This was weighing heavily on me this morning. I pray that if this message touches you that you will get to know Jesus on a personal level. He is all you need. He will teach you right from wrong. Surrender your life to Him and be filled with the Holy Spirit.

Time is passing so quickly! Throw down your idols and false Gods. They will lead you to death. Jesus will lead you to life everlasting.

Search for Him today!

Humbled and Feeling Blessed

 

I was listening to the radio the other day and heard this song. It stopped me in my tracks. I felt so small and unworthy. I felt  ashamed and guilty. I try…or do I? I believe that I try. I know I will never be  good enough…so I need to accept the fact that Jesus loves me anyway!

  If you get a chance go listen to this song.

I pray that it touches you as deeply as it did me.  I am so blessed!!  Praise God!  I am so very blessed!

 

 

 

Jesus….thank you for loving me even though…..

I am the thorn in your crown
But You love me anyway
I am the sweat from Your brow
But You love me anyway
I am the nail in Your wrist
But You love me anyway
I am Judas’ kiss
But You love me anyway
See now I am the man who yelled out from the crowd
For Your blood to be spilled on this earth shaking ground
Yes then I turned away with a smile on my face
With this sin in my heart, tried to bury Your grace
And then alone in the night I still call out for You
So ashamed of my life, my life, my life

But You love me anyway
Oh God, how You love me
Yes You love me anyway
It’s like nothing in life
That I’ve ever known
Yes You love me anyway
Oh Lord, how You love me

I found these lyrics on elyrics.net  The group is Sidewalk Prophets.

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~

 

You’ll See a Miracle.

I’ve been away from the blog scene for a few weeks due to the flu!!  I’m sorry for being gone.  However, I’m back and still spreading the word.  What is the word you ask?  The word is Celebrate!  Rejoice!  Sing!  Shout!  Delight!  Be overjoyed!!  Why??  Jesus is coming so very soon!!

There is no sorrow, no hardship, no financial struggle, no health issue that can hold me down.  Those things are all just tiny specs of dirt on this canvass we call life.  The big picture is that this worldly battle is over!!!  We have won and the end is coming soon when we shall see our Saviour in the clouds saying “Come up hither.”

I’m ready to go.  Ready to join the wedding feast!  Ready to battle alongside the saints!  Are you ready?  Are you telling everyone?  Better yet, are you showing everyone!!

Today, I was listening to one of my favorite preachers.  His name is James McDonald.  He is awesome.  He talked about living a life of abundance and never fearing for the future or having enough “stocked up”.

JESUS WILL PROVIDE!!!  Not just enough…but more than enough.  That is what He did with the fishes and the loaves.  They didn’t just get enough…they got all they wanted!  All they WANTED!!!!

I’m so very excited about tomorrow will hold!  It is going to be awesome because I’m walking with Jesus and He is going to show me something amazing.  I hope and pray that you will allow Him to show you something amazing as well.  Cast your cares on Him and look to Him to answer and fulfill your need.  You will see a miracle!!

I can’t wait to see the miracle waiting for me!