Family 

I only want to say thank you to my heavenly family!  

The family I have in this world, the one I was born into, the one I married into, the ones I gave birth to.  I feel like I don’t belong in any sectors of my family in this life.  

I can relate to what Jesus was speaking in Matthew 12:48-50.

God is Shaking America 

This morning I was having coffee trying to wake up and planning to drive to Tennessee to visit grandkids and son and daughter in law who are serving in the military. 


I also thought back on this day 34 years ago when my first son was born!  He is a fine man. Also serving in the military and based out of Norfolk.  He shook my world 34 years ago!  This morning sitting in our living room my morning violently shook again!   I am in my 50’s and about 5 years ago we had 2 earthquakes in Oklahoma within a 2 week period that I felt in Arkansas. First time I had ever felt one in Arkansas.   This morning again,  Oklahoma had a 5.6 and in our house we heard a loud roar and windows were rattling and it literally felt like a truck ran into our home!  I kid you not!  I screamed and ran to my husband who was in the bathroom,  and yelled WHAT WAS THAT?  He said, “it is an earthquake”!  I really thought something hit the house! 

It is crazy.  I don’t care why it is explained.  Don’t care that people will say it’s fracking. Does it really matter?   Jesus Christ told us.  His word is true.  I can’t help but wonder if most people just blow it off.  We all better be taking inventory in our lives.   JESUS IS COMING BACK! 

Matthew 24:4-8

And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you. 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. All these are the beginning of sorrows.

Like a Family Quilt 

We cry out and we are saved and then what?

1 John 4:15 

Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God.

Romans 10:9-13

That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

Colossians 3:16

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.

Galatians 6:1-2

Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted. Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.

1 Thessalonians 5:11

Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do.

Jude 1:22-23

And of some have compassion, making a difference: and others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh.

 

Comparison

I am a person who likes to quilt.  I am nor the best but I have made some pretty nice ones for a beginner who for the most part was self taught.   Thanks for you tube videos and the tips I have found from many who are professionals!

So we have the quilt that is so worn and soft and it is used often. Then we have the quilt that IS very beautiful but it seems to be stuck up in the top shelf of the closet and the closet that is located in the bedroom that is vacant and rarely occupied even for a night.

I wonder if Christians can define themselves as the quilt that is accessible and used often or as the one hidden in the top of a closet that is rarely even seen?

It is interesting how maybe we think we are doing well by putting the beautiful quilt away for that special guest that might stop in one day.  Ironically they would probably want the one that the rest of the family goes for.  The nice soft and comfortable and the accessible one.

The quilts might be likened unto two grandmothers.  One is accessible and one is not.  One is comforting and the other is not.   The one that is soft and accessible and often used for comfort, just to be wrapped up in love.  That one probably has much wisdom to share.  She has many family stories to share.  She shares family history.  The one that is rarely used is a little stiff.   Can it be likened to a person that makes you feel a little like you are intruding on them and therefore they simply feel they would do you a favor and fold you back up and put you back up in the dark top shelf of the closet?

God created both.  Both cried out to God that they might be saved.  God called both to go out and comfort many.  God desires both to be used for the glory of the Lord.

It may not be easy for the quilt in the dark closet.  Maybe it longs to share the warmth that God gave it to share.  Perhaps it was in a home for most of the folded years where no one wanted to see it or hear from it so opening up is not as easy for it.  Maybe the one that is so wonderfully used never lived a moment being folded up and stuck in darkness and therefore is confident and comfortable being around everyone.  The one in the closet might be yearning for someone to get it out and wash it a time or two help it, diciple it.

We may cry out to the Lord and He does hear our cry and He saves us but then what?   Most need someone who is able to take them out of the darkness and into the light and show them the ropes.   Soon that quilt might be comfortable and accessible too.  If you are saved and no one cares about you right after then you are more than likely going to go back into the darkness where you feel accepted.  It isn’t where we are called to be but for many of us we are still too vulnerable to be in the light without someone walking with us and showing us the next steps in our journey with the Lord.

As Christians we are all part of the blocks that are sewn together.  Together we can make that family quilt.  Do you see someone who might be gravitating back into the dark closet?  Are you standing around gossiping about them and saying how they must have never been saved?  Are you going to them and helping them feel accepted in their new walk so they don’t end up vulnerable and more comfortable in the place they first started.

Matthew 12:43-45

When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest, and findeth none. Then he saith, I will return into my house from whence I came out; and when he is come, he findeth it empty, swept, and garnished. Then goeth he, and taketh with himself seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter in and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first. Even so shall it be also unto this wicked generation.
Jude 1:22-23

And of some have compassion, making a difference: and others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh.
I  will end with this praise to the Lord.

Jude 1:24-25

Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, to the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.

I Needed this Today

I  felt do attacked today.  This was the encouragement I needed!  A reminder of who I am and who I belong to!

Numbers 6:22-27
The Lord said to Moses,  “Tell Aaron and his sons, ‘This is how you are to bless the Israelites. Say to them:  “‘“The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.”’  “So they will put my name on the Israelites, and I will bless them.”

Commentary
Lord God, we praise your name! We are so grateful that you have put your name on us through Christ Jesus. Through His gift of the Holy Spirit, our seal in Christ, we look to you and desire to be a people that is after your heart; boldly and truthfully sharing the gospel message. Protect us from pride, deceit, and buying lies that seek to destroy our faith and trust in you. Thank you that you are with us, Lord God, and thank you that nothing in all creation can separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:39 paraphrased)

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John Haller Prophecy Update: Strong Delusion March 27th, 2016

I will say that I believe it to be very important to watch at least from 39 minute mark. A couple of minutes in that spot might make you think you have already heard it but it is important as John Haller continues with the next segment on whom he met.

Did You Not Know?

Life.
Hope.
Future.
Mistakes.
Left Empty.
Help someone.  Tell someone.

Jesus restores your future and hope and your life.  He is going to return one day.  Ready or not….

What Have You Read Lately?

Frustrated Because They Don’t Listen?

I bet we have all experienced this feeling.  We try to get our family or friends to understand the time in which we live.  We try to make them see they need to know the Lord.  We try to make them understand there is so much more to this life or more importantly  the eternal one  We try to get them to realize they need a  Saviour.  We maybe push too much.  Our frustration may begin to show.  Do we sometimes act like WE are their hope?  If they don’t listen to us then is it all over?

I think we  often do that without meaning to.  Without realizing we might create more harm.

This scripture speaks to me. It takes a load off my shoulders too. Put my focus back on simply loving the Lord and people and plant a seed and then move along. I no longer need to stand over the seed with my hoe and a water hose waiting on it to shoot up out of the ground immediately before me.  How much time am I wasting? I could be planting another seed.  We are nothing but servants and the Lord does the important work. Do you think sometimes the Lord wants to say “Enough already. ..move on”?

1 Corinthians 3:5-9
What, after all, is Apollos? And what is Paul? Only servants, through whom you came to believe—as the Lord has assigned to each his task.  I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow.  So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow.  The one who plants and the one who waters have one purpose, and they will each be rewarded according to their own labor.  For we are co-workers in God’s service; you are God’s field, God’s building.
COMMENTARY
Here Paul describes a co-operative effort, not by the design of men, but that it is God’s design to have them plant and water together. To plant a seed, God must make the soil (people’s hearts) ready and open to receive it. The watering and caring for a seed once planted is something only the power of God can accomplish, and it is an amazing work by done by the Holy Spirit through various avenues. The point is that the apostles are in service to the same God through Jesus Christ, and that these early believers were theirs to care for.

Verse/Commentary courtesy of ‘Verse-A-Day’ android app.

Our Savior! He Lives!

The song at the end was posted by “RevelationNow101”.

Revelation 22

1 And he showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding from the throne of God and of the Lamb. 2 In the middle of its street, and on either side of the river, was the tree of life, which bore twelve fruits, each tree yielding its fruit every month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. 3 And there shall be no more curse, but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it, and His servants shall serve Him. 4 They shall see His face, and His name shall be on their foreheads. 5 There shall be no night there: They need no lamp nor light of the sun, for the Lord God gives them light. And they shall reign forever and ever.

 

The Time Is Near
6 Then he said to me, “These words are faithful and true.

” And the Lord God of the holy prophets sent His angel to show His servants the things which must shortly take place.
7 “Behold, I am coming quickly! Blessed is he who keeps the words of the prophecy of this book
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8 Now I, John, saw and heard these things. And when I heard and saw, I fell down to worship before the feet of the angel who showed me these things.
9 Then he said to me, “See that you do not do that. For I am your fellow servant, and of your brethren the prophets, and of those who keep the words of this book. Worship God.” 10 And he said to me, “Do not seal the words of the prophecy of this book, for the time is at hand. 11 He who is unjust, let him be unjust still; he who is filthy, let him be filthy still; he who is righteous, let him be righteous still; he who is holy, let him be holy still.”

Jesus Testifies to the Churches
12 “And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to every one according to his work. 13 I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last.”

14 Blessed are those who do His commandments, that they may have the right to the tree of life, hand may enter through the gates into the city. 15 But outside are dogs and sorcerers and sexually immoral and murderers and idolaters, and whoever loves and practices a lie.
16 “I, Jesus, have sent My angel to testify to you these things in the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, the Bright and Morning Star.”
17 And the Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let him who hears say, “Come!” And let him who thirsts come. Whoever desires, let him take the water of life freely.

A Warning
18 For I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds to these things, God will add to him the plagues that are written in this book; 19 and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part from the Book of Life, from the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.

I Am Coming Quickly
20 He who testifies to these things says, “Surely I am coming quickly.”
Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus!
21 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.

Listening to the World?

Tonight I am still thinking about the same verse from yesterday.  Sometimes I read a verse and really only see one thing and them look at it another time and see something different.  Yesterday my mind was focused on shouting out to the Lord and to continue doing so and keep the faith.  I missed something.  Today I read the verse again and this time the following jumped out at me.  “The crowd rebuked them and told them to be quiet.”  I immediately thought about how that reminds me of the world around us.  Think about it.  We have called out once and nothing.  Again we wonder if the Lord hears us and then we allow the world to infiltrate our minds.  We turn on the TV and watch things that steal our hope and faith and replace them with doubt.  Let’s face it, TV today is not the Waltons or Leave it to Beaver or Little House on the Prairie.  Today you get a lot of trash.  Movies or sitcoms or talk shows tell us everything is ok and cool and acceptable.   Most of which the word of God clearly says is not His way.  Maybe the crowd is the world around us and is whispering to you instead of shouting.  Maybe putting doubt in place of hope and faith.  Maybe you find yourself thinking like the world and that you must be crazy to keep asking God to help.  Perhaps this is all non existent.  BE CAREFUL BECAUSE YOU WOULD BE LISTENING TO THE CROWD...the crowd that was telling the blind men to shut up.  Keep crying out and don’t listen to the world.

Matthew 20:29-34
As Jesus and his disciples were leaving Jericho, a large crowd followed him. Two blind men were sitting by the roadside, and when they heard that Jesus was going by, they shouted, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us!” The crowd rebuked them and told them to be quiet, but they shouted all the louder, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us!” Jesus stopped and called them. “What do you want me to do for you?” he asked. “Lord,” they answered, “we want our sight.” Jesus had compassion on them and touched their eyes. Immediately they received their sight and followed Him.

Deception. Don’t Be Your Own Problem.

Am I alone?  I find it sobering to think we could be deceiving ourselves.  Fool yourself into thinking you are doing just fine.  What does the word of God say?

James 1:22-25
Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do.
COMMENTARY
Our faith in Christ must collide with appropriate action. Living for Christ implies repentance and the birth of a new creation. A hunger is born for the things of God, and to live according to the new life that is found in Christ. The forgetful listener is the person who attends church every week and listens to the word, but never engages the message toward life change. The Word of God is designed to be lived out, and the hearing of the Word is a catalyst to that change. Satan continues to sabotage your life after you have heard the good news. Disregard the lies and live out the truth!

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Anyone guilty?

James 3:7-9 ()
7All kinds of animals, birds, reptiles and sea creatures are being tamed and have been tamed by mankind, 8but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.A)’> 9With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in Gods likeness.B)’>Cross references:James 3:8 : Ps 140:3; Ro 3:13 #Bible http://mydailybible.org/dv/niv/2014-07-18.htm

Realize Yet Again How Small We Each Are….

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When you fly in a plane and look down on all the highways and the cars and trains and trucks and buses and people walking. Then don’t forget all the houses and the office buildings and skyscrapers.

Now…..stop and think….ask yourself….

Is it really all about me? There are so many out there just like you and me. We each are going through our own struggles. Not one of us is without one.

Do you really think there is not a God? Do you really believe you are the only one facing hurt and torment? Saddness? Joy? Are you really the only one shedding tears? The only one with a broken heart?

We are each and every one in need of a savior. Ask Jesus today to come into your life.

God bless each one of you…..