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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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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God is a Spirit.

“God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.”  John 4:24

I look out my window and see the winds picking up.  No doubt a result of Hurricane Sandy.  The leaves are being plucked from their limbs and sent along their way.  Destination unknown.  I know that the beauty of fall is quickly being blown out of sight and will be replaced with bare limbs, brown grass, and my personal favorite, birds of winter.

I’m reminded of one of my favorite Bible versus.  It is a verse that I want to build this blog upon.

     “behold, I say unto you,  Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest.”  John 4:35

What does that mean you ask?  Well, it’s pretty exciting.  This was Jesus talking to his disciples, explaining to them that there were hearts and souls that were ripe and ready to be harvested for the kingdom of Heaven.  It’s all about saving souls.

I know some of you may laugh and scoff and this might be the last time you come to this blog.  I hope not.  But I’m here to tell you that this world is going to pass away.  Your soul will never die!!  It will live forever.  That in itself is hard to grasp.  But it is true.  The scary part is that it only has two resting places for eternity.  Heaven or Hell.  Do you know which way you are going?

I used to think that I had to ‘get ready’ to be saved.  I had to get things in order.  Not so!!  All you have to do is ask and Jesus is right there waiting to meet you where you are.  Isn’t that amazing?! He takes you ‘as-is’.  But what is even more amazing…are you ready….once you surrender your life to him, he takes every bad thing you have ever done, uttered, thought of and throws it into a sea of forgetfulness!!!!  HE FORGETS YOUR SIN!!!!!!!  That’s what is meant by being ‘born again’.

You are a new creature in Christ!  He even gives you a new name that he writes down in Heaven.  I know I’m getting a little off topic…but I get so excited!  Now, don’t get me wrong.  Christians still sin.  Everyday in fact.  But as a Christian, we have forgiveness.  That doesn’t mean you can willingly sin and then ask for forgiveness…..I’ll save that for another post!!  For now, lets get back to the Harvest!!

You know I had read that verse many times and I knew what it meant.  However, it didn’t sink in until just a few months ago.  I might sow.
You might reap.  What exactly does that mean?  Have you heard someone say that after trying to ‘talk some sense in to someone’ after all is said and done they hope at the very least to have ‘planted a seed’.  Well, that’s what this is.

Planting seeds is talking about Jesus and salvation.  It’s sharing your experience and trying to put into words all the unspeakable joys that have filled your life since surrendering to Jesus.  When you do that you are planting seeds!!  Seeds of faith.   Meaning, you have Faith in God that all that you say and do will have an impact on someone.

When you reap, you are gleaning the seeds that were planted before you came along.  The seed has grown, which is the word of God.  That person may have begun a spiritual journey and the Lord has worked on their heart until it is so tender and broken that ONLY Jesus can repair it.  That is where the harvest begins.  Some people sow…others will reap.  So you might be in the right spot at the right time to reap what someone else has sown.  It doesn’t matter if you reap or sow…

     “And he that reapeth receiveth wages, and gathereth fruit unto life eternal:  that both he that soweth and he that reapeth may rejoice  together.”  John 4:36

How amazing is that?!  So, if you are reaping, sowing or maybe just being plucked from the harvest, I’m glad you are here.  Until next time…

God bless.

Promises

I’m sitting in my office which is in the basement of a three story building.  Dreary…some might think.  We actually have windows that are level to the ground.  The leaves outside are crunchy and I hear an early morning fall rain.  I look out the window only to see a giant rainbow, in all it’s splendor, spralled across the sky for everyone to see.

Do you know what that rainbow represents?  A promise!!  Not just any promise!  A promise from God himself.

Genesis 9:13

I do set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token of a covenant between
me and the earth.

See….God had destroyed the earth with water because man had become so wicked and God was angry.  There was one man who remained faithful and obedient.  Noah.  He heard God’s word and he began to build an Ark even those around him scoffed at him.  Noah continued working.  God spared Noah and his family.  It rained 40 days and 40 nights!!  That is a lot of rain!!!

Afterward, God promised never to destroy the earth with water.  As a sign of that promise he placed a bow in the clouds for every generation to see and be reminded of His promise!!

What a loving Father.  Thank you Jesus for reminding today of just one of God’s promises.  I don’t know every promise.  There are so many.  But I do know, God NEVER breaks His promises!!!  You can count on him!!  He will never let you down.  Never!!  And that is a promise!