About 40 years ago I was visiting my parents to help out while one of them was in the hospital. It was not terribly long after I’d asked Jesus to be my Lord instead of simply my Savior – as an adult; I’d done that as a child but then turned my back on it. I was filled with the Holy Spirit and such joy as I’d never known. Either as I went to sleep or as I woke up, in my mind’s eye I saw myself rise up out of the bed and very fine gold dust was sprinkled all over me. Continue reading
1 John 4:8 and 16 say, “God is love.” That is the first, and possibly the hardest, thing we need to learn about God. That He loves me. Yes, me, Sandra. Yes, you put your name there. Say it out loud, God loves me, ______. From early in life we’re told we’re wrong, too loud, too quiet, too short, too tall. When others don’t criticize us, we turn on ourselves. Continue reading
My adult children live away from my home, so I only get to see them a few times a year, often only once or twice a year. That makes me totally look forward to each time, no matter what we do, or don’t do. Just sitting and talking is great. Being together is the best part of all; sometimes an activity adds to that enjoyment. Being together thrills my heart. Even though we talk on the phone weekly and enjoy that, being within touching distance beats a phone call every time. Continue reading
Remember the neon-colored, fuzzy little dolls of a few years ago that said, “Please be patient; God isn’t through with me yet.” This morning I thought of that saying and almost jumped up and down in glee. God’s not through with me yet! That’s a real praise the Lord. The same is true with you. Continue reading
I tell people I have a gray thumb because I can keep plants alive but not make them thrive like people who have a so-called green thumb. Rarely will a plant flower for me after its first bloom period. Some people can make them flower year after year. Why do I mention this? It reminds me of some believers in Jesus Christ. Continue reading
Famine, near starvation. What could be worse? That makes my problems seem not quite so bad. How about yours? Yes, they don’t go away because someone else’s are worse; they don’t even lessen. But it does help me gain perspective. Poor Habakkuh. His situation could not get any worse, but look at what he did! Continue reading
How can I describe this blessedness?
So far surpassing all I imagined
The greatest words cannot do it justice.
“What joy,” you ask,
“What brings such rapture?”
The sign of my Jesus’ face!
How can I picture such love
Such compassion, even for me?
What word describes His glory?
The glory of the only begotten Son!
Then I see my Father!
The tears fall down my face
Tears of humility, adoration and love.
I kneel at His feet and worship
No eye has seen
No ear has heard
No mind has conceived
What God has prepared
For those who love Him.
(1 Corinthians 2:9)
I cannot tell you all this wonder;
Truly, you must see it for yourself!
I woke up and thanked God that today was Sunday and I had the privilege of going to church to worship Him. Yes, it is a privilege when we live in a country where we can freely attend the church of our choice and worship how we please, but this isn’t an essay about freedom in our country. It’s about freedom in our spirit, where we allow the Holy Spirit to lead us and give us that joy of worshipping our Lord.
God is getting ready a sign
Welcome to your new home.
filled with love
forever in His presence
worshiping our Lord
in all His fullness and grace
no more tears
no more pain, uncertainty or fear
seeing all the saints
who’ve gone before.
But centered on Jesus
our Savior, Redeemer
the One who prepared the way
the Lamb of God
and Lord of lords
Also centered on our Father
Creator of all the universe.
Yet knows the hairs on our head
holy, just, having nothing to do with sin
but gave His only beloved Son
so we – you and I –
might call Him our Father.
Yes, God’s getting ready His welcome sign
but there’s no need to fear
fear is not from God
but the enemy of your soul.
There’s only such joy and peace and love
as you’ve never known on earth
Trust Him to carry you there
even as a mother carries her newborn baby.
Do not be concerned with leaving this life
God will watch over your loved-ones here
He will guide and keep them
and one day prepare a welcome sign for them.
Oh, welcome to your new home
Rejoice – the best is yet to come
all your earthly life as been
merely preparation for eternity ahead.
Welcome to your new home,
Blessed child of God.