Have We Forgotten Who Truly Helped Us On September 11th?

I remember sitting at the kitchen table with my husband.  We were still waiting to hear if my Aunts and Uncles and Cousins were safe in New York.  We knew that some of them worked in the Twin Towers and many lived in New York.  Both of my parents were from New York.  Gradually, through the next few days we heard that they were safe.

I remember taking my son out of school and bringing him home so I knew he was at home.  My daughter was already with me.

I remember watching the news with my husband and wondering if we had enough bottled water and food stored away for our children.  We heard the military helicopters and planes overhead. (We lived in a suburb of Cleveland). We watched a lot of TV following September 11th!

And most of all, I remember praying.  All the time.  It really was the best and worst of times for this country.  It was the biggest terrorist attack on U.S. soil, but it was also a time when the entire nation seemed to turn back to God.  Christians songs played on the radio on every station.  People throughout the country were praying, and not afraid to share that.

And we all knew, without a doubt that Jesus gave every single person in those Twin Towers a chance to go to Heaven.

We were united completely, as One Nation Under God.  And we were not afraid to say so!

Fast forward around 20 years and our country has turned so far away from God, it’s hard to even bear witness!  Are there people who truly love the Lord Jesus, absolutely!  Thankfully, many have remembered that Faith and Family always come first!

But there is a large, growing number who have turned away from our Lord or they claim to Follow Jesus, but do not!

Will our nation turned back to our Lord?  I don’t think so. At least, not as a nation. Like Franklin Graham, I believe those days are in the past. 

And sadly one has only to look at those who have been elected in Washington to see what our nation has become.

Once upon a time, our nation was so greatly Blessed by God, but our nation has rejected God.  Where once we returned God’s Love and put serving God first in our lives, that is no longer the case.

We were a nation based on Faith, Family & Freedom, but we are not now. There are still Americans who put Faith, Family & Freedom first, but our nation does not.

So what should we as Christians do?  Pray for one another.  Pray for the lost as well. And pray for those you love. Before it is too late!

There are those among the American people who can still be Saved.  If they have turned away from our Lord Jesus, pray that they turn back-in time. Pray for their Salvation!

In Jesus’ Name,

Prepare, Pray & Be Ready!

The Red Horse!

 And when he had opened the second seal, I heard the second beast say, Come and see. And there went out another horse that was red: and power was given to him that sat thereon to take peace from the earth, and that they should kill one another: and there was given unto him a great sword.” – Revelation 6:3

While Praying the Rosary, I saw the Red Horse standing outside its’ stable. Ready!

Prepare, Pray & Be Ready!

Our Hope Comes From The Lord!

Remember this verse: “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.”. With it becoming more difficult to find True Bibles in other countries, we must prepare for a day when they may become more difficult to find in America. And believe it or not, that day will come! That is why it is so important to hide God’s Word in your heart, where no one can ever take it 🙂

“Now Elijah the Tishbite, of Tishbe in Gilead, said to Ahab, “As the Lord, the God of Israel, lives, before whom I stand, there shall be neither dew nor rain these years, except by my word.” And the word of the Lord came to him: “Depart from here and turn eastward and hide yourself by the brook Cherith, which is east of the Jordan. You shall drink from the brook, and I have commanded the ravens to feed you there.” – 1 Kings 17:1-4

Although Elijah knew that there was a great drought coming and that there would be no food or water, his Hope, and indeed his Help came from the Lord. Key here: Elijah listened and obeyed God 🙂

“But those who wait on the Lord Shall renew their strength;
They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint.”-Isaiah 40:31

“Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.”- Romans 12:12

When life is hard, fight to hold on to hope. Let your faith in who God is and what He says to keep you firmly rooted. “Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful” (Hebrews 10:23).

“’For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’” (Jeremiah 29:11, NIV)

“You are my hiding place and my shield; I hope in Your word.”-Psalm 119:114

“Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the Lord your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.” -Deuteronomy 31:16

“The Lord your God in your midst, The Mighty One, will save;
He will rejoice over you with gladness, He will quiet you with His love,
He will rejoice over you with singing”-Zephaniah

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” – John 3:16

“Where is the hope? The hope that each of us have, is not in who governs us, or what laws are passed, or what great things we do as a nation. Our hope is in the power of God working through the hearts of people. And that’s where our hope is in this country. And that’s where our hope is in this life.”-Chuck Colson

There is no doubt that many in our government and media have fallen for Satan’s lies. How sad for them! Pray for them that the Holy Spirit will open their eyes to the truth-in time!

Fortunately for us, our Hope, indeed our Help, does not come from them! Our Hope and our Help come from the Lord. And our prayer for America should be that as many American’s turn back to our Lord as possible.

However, we are not citizens of any nation; we are citizens of Heaven. While life on earth may at times seem really hard, it is incredibly short compared to our eternal lives in Heaven. So please, take Jesus’s Hand and keep walking. Keep Following Christ, for our Home in Heaven awaits, and there, all suffering will end and joy and peace will begin 🙂

Prepare, Pray & Be Ready!

Shepherds Must Feed Their Flocks God’s Truth!

“And the word of the Lord came unto me, saying, Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel, prophesy, and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord God unto the shepherds; Woe be to the shepherds of Israel that do feed themselves! should not the shepherds feed the flocks?” – Ezekiel 34:1-2

So what do these two verses really mean?

Jesus is our Shepherd. He took care of us, taught us (fed us), led us Home to Heaven… This warning was to the shepherds that took care of themselves, rather than their flocks.

There are priests and ministers like that today. They wish to fill their Houses of Worship and raise money. They are too cowardly to speak God’s Truth. They want the government to accept them and to be “popular” in society. And so they speak what “itchy” ears want to hear!

“For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; – 2 Timothy 4:3

But many forget, it is much more important to earn God’s approval, than it is to earn the approval of men!

Prepare, Pray & Be Ready!

Warning: The Occult In Today’s World

“And when they shall say unto you, Seek unto them that have familiar spirits, and unto wizards that peep, and that mutter: should not a people seek unto their God? for the living to the dead?”-Isaiah 8:19

“Do not turn to mediums or necromancers; do not seek them out, and so make yourselves unclean by them: I am the Lord your God.” – Leviticus 19:31

“There shall not be found among you anyone who burns his son or his daughter as an offering, anyone who practices divination or tells fortunes or interprets omens, or a sorcerer 11 or a charmer or a medium or a necromancer or one who inquires of the dead, 12 for whoever does these things is an abomination to the Lord. And because of these abominations the Lord your God is driving them out before you.”-Deuteronomy 18:10-12

“As used in the Bible, “sorcery” is a broad term that would include hallucinogenic and poisonous drugs—even abortifacients—witchcraft, voodoo, palm reading, tarot cards, Oija boards, astrology, fortune telling, horoscopes, séances, and the like. God has forever frowned on sorcery. Deuteronomy 18:10-12 specifically forbade anyone from practicing divination, telling fortunes, interpreting omens, and from being a sorcerer, charmer, medium, wizard or necromancer”-Tennessee Bible College

Although “good witchcraft” has become popular among some, there is no such thing. ALL witchcraft is evil in the eyes of God! And although it’s hard to imagine, in today’s world, the occult has become increasingly popular.

But what about the even more popular psychics? Let me be clear, ALL power belongs to GOD ONLY! And all of these practices are forbidden by God! They are also a slippery slope! We worship God, not humans!

All of those who are involved in the occult and do not repent and accept Jesus and Follow Jesus before their death – go to Hell. Period.

“But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”-Revelation 21:8

“Outside are the dogs and sorcerers and the sexually immoral and murderers and idolaters, and everyone who loves and practices falsehood.”- Revelation 22:15

Don’t wait, run to Jesus NOW!

Prepare, Pray & Be Ready!

Call On Jesus While You Can!

“When Ahab saw Elijah, Ahab said to him, “Is it you, you troubler of Israel?” 18 And he answered, “I have not troubled Israel, but you have, and your father’s house, because you have abandoned the commandments of the Lord and followed the Baals.”1 Kings 18:18

“you have abandoned the commandments of the Lord”. Sadly, that pretty much describes much of our world today. Indeed, much of our country. In the Old Testament, they abandoned the commandments of the Lord in favor of Baals.

And today, many abandon the commandments of the Lord to follow their own desires, no matter how perverse they are. And sadly, the more they do so, the farther they fall…until they stop even hearing the voice of the Holy Spirit.

It can be difficult for many to have faith. After all, we do not live in the days of Jesus. We don’t get to see Him first hand or the many miracles He performed.

Indeed, Jesus once said to St. Thomas, “Thomas, because you have seen Me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”-John 20:28-29

But just because Faith can be a challenge today, does not mean it is not worthwhile. It’s not just that Jesus brings us to Heaven, it’s that He is with us right now. The path ahead will be dark and difficult. But Jesus will light that path and help us walk it. And we will need His help if we are to survive.

Heaven waits just ahead. As does the Help of our Lord.

Jesus loves us; grab His hand while you can 🙂

Prepare, Pray & Be Ready!

Revelation 22: Jesus Said Come!

“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.”=Revelation 16

“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.”-Revelation 17

So often, we think of the Book of Revelation as frightening. The world does its’ best to make it so. But it’s not really. At least not to those who truly Follow Jesus.

Take for example the above verse. In verse 16, Jesus is simply confirming that the Book of Revelation is True. As it is.

Revelation 17 is simply inviting us all to come to Jesus to be Saved. There is urgency in this invitation, for one day it will be too late and Jesus, who loves each person, wants us all to be Saved 🙂

In verse 12 it says “And, behold, I come quickly”. This is Jesus talking. But many ask, why hasn’t Jesus come yet. The answer may be more simple than we think.

The Ancient Greek translation of this word is not quite the same as our word quickly, it’s “suddenly”. Much of the Bible teaches us not to wait, to accept Jesus as our Savior NOW. To Follow Jesus NOW. To live as God instructs us NOW. This is why, we simply may not have time to make any changes if Jesus comes Suddenly!

Don’t let time run out on you! Accept Jesus and Follow Him NOW!

Before it is too late…

Prepare, Pray & Be Ready

Going Home To Heaven :)

We are so grateful that Jesus came and that we can go to Home to Heaven. But what is Heaven really like? We don’t talk about Heaven nearly enough in church, or anywhere else for that matter. But we should. We need too!

First of all, Heaven is much closer than we think :). If we could see those who went to Heaven before us; we could reach out and touch them. For those who are still on earth, we can talk to those in Heaven. You see when God said not to talk to the dead, He meant the dead in spirit. Those in Heaven are very much ALIVE!

And when we go to Heaven, we don’t stop loving those we love. And even better, we can keep praying for them!

But what is Heaven like for those who are there? Do you remember the Garden of Eden. We may have first learned of it as children. The Garden was filled with all kind of trees. These trees grew many types of food that were good for eating. Heaven has this same Garden, plus many other things.

Flowers so fragrant that they create great happiness for all those who walk among them. A great river, so long and wide that there is plenty of room for all of us. And a river so clean, we can drink right from it! Mountains, animals, beautiful fields and flowers…There will be great adventures, deep friendships and hugs beyond belief…

And most of all, we will live with God. His Light will shine on us, lighting our days , for there will be no more night. There will be no more fear or worry. Only Happiness and Peace for all eternity.

So when the going gets tough, just remember that your place in Heaven is assured. For all those who accept Jesus and Follow Him will spend eternity in Heaven. God’s Great Gift to us 🙂

Prepare, Pray & Be Ready!

God Loves Us More Than We Can Imagine!

“But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.'” – Isaiah 53:5

How much Jesus suffered! How much our Father and the Holy Spirit suffered. Can you imagine watching your only son suffering in that way? Or how much Mary must have suffered watching Her only Son suffer so! And yet, they loved us more!

Mary knew that Her Son would suffer for our sins. This was our Father’s Plan, so He knew. And Jesus knew, and came Willingly. And the Holy Spirit knew. God loved us that much! They were willing to suffer so, so that we would not have too.

We are healed and at peace, because Jesus was willing to endure our punishment. And because Jesus endured our punishment, not only do we get to go home to Heaven, but He created a Bridge between us and our Father! Heaven may be in the future, but the Bridge is now 🙂

The Father, Jesus & the Holy Spirit, and Mary, love us more than we can imagine!

St. Bernadette of Lourdes once said, “we are nothing, but to God we are everything!” She was right.

Prepare, Pray and Be Ready!

Choosing Idols Over God

For thus saith the LORD, Ye have sold yourselves for nought; and ye shall be redeemed without money.”-Isaiah 52:3

Unfortunately, many have chosen idols over God, both many years ago, and now.

But we are redeemed, not through our own efforts, but through the efforts and sacrifice of Jesus Christ!

How Blessed and Loved are we 🙂

Prepare, Pray and Be Ready!