This Christmas Season: Remember The Poor

All Glory & Honor to God πŸ™‚

How often do we walk by an Angel Tree, and just pass by? And if we do stop, how often do we search for a child, but pass over the elderly? It’s simply more fun to buy a toy than to buy shoes.

On an Angel Tree at Walmart, there was actually a request from an elderly man for shoes! How much he must need help! A child of six doesn’t understand why Santa doesn’t stop at their house. The Angel Tree requests are important, more important than the “last” gift on our list to purchase.

 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.” – Matthew 25:40

Need more be said?

Having a truly Holy Christmas is truly the way to have a Happy Christmas πŸ™‚

Heaven IS A Place Of Light!

Heard and Seen while Praying The Rosary

This is important because our earth will become a place of darkness, but Heaven will remain a Place of Light. And since Heaven is a Place of Light and Heaven is our Home, no matter how dark our lives on earth grow, we will spend eternity in Light πŸ™‚

This is where our Hope IS!

Heaven is more than any of us can imagine. It’s hard to explain Heaven, but think of all of the things you do and now think of them always going well and never having any fear! Imagine a flower touched by light and how beautiful it is! Now imagine flowers touched with God’s Light πŸ™‚

For example, when we pick an apple or buy one. Many of us wash it, in case it has “germs”. And we do this for all the fruit we get, grapes, pears, strawberries, blueberries… But in Heaven, we will not need to wash anything and the fruit warmed by God’s light will taste so amazing :).

The gardens will be more colorful and more fragrant than we have ever seen! The colors of the flowers will be more brilliant; the fragrance will be so beautiful and exactly what we wish for.

In Heaven, we will not have to walk, if we do not wish, to go to the next beautiful site, because we will be able to simply think of it and be there.

The river will be touched by God’s light and the light will dance on it making it astoundingly beautiful! We will be able to drink straight from it with no fear of getting germs or becoming ill.

Sense a pattern here? There are no fears or fatigue or worries or pain or illness in Heaven. When we come Home, we leave all of them behind!

“And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.”-Revelation 21:4

There will be animals in Heaven. Dogs, lions, elephants, horses, zebras…And they will be so happy! We will never need to fear an animal for they shall be happy. And not only that, we will be able to ride any of them πŸ™‚

“The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them.” – Isaiah 11:6-9

Heaven is not some misty place where we do nothing. Heaven will be filled with awe inspiring grand adventures! And when we are done for the day (so to speak), there will be a wonderful Home for us to go to πŸ™‚

“In My Father’s house are many mansions;” – (Jesus) John 14:2

We will be able to jump from the highest waterfall to the river with no fear! (Remember how our mother’s always said be careful that the water is deep enough lest we hit our head, lol). That won’t apply anymore, the water will always be just right!

We need never fear death, for death is just the door to Heaven. God will send His Angels to get us or come Himself. Even on our journey Home; we will not be alone!

“fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” – Isaiah 41:10

If we truly choose to accept Jesus as our Savior, if we love Jesus and follow Him, we WILL go to Heaven.

We need not fear anything on this earth, for Heaven is our true Home.

Sacrifices Pleasing to God

“Let brotherly love continue. Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares. Remember those who are in prison, as though in prison with them, and those who are mistreated, since you also are in the body.“-Hebrews 13:1-3

” Let marriage be held in honor among all, and let the marriage bed be undefiled, for God will judge the sexually immoral and adulterous. Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, β€œI will never leave you nor forsake you.” So we can confidently say,”- Hebrews 13:4-6

β€œThe Lord is my helper;
    I will not fear;
what can man do to me?” – Hebrews 13:6

It can be hard to love some people. Especially right now. But remember, we don’t have to agree with everyone and we don’t have to condone everyone’s behavior. In fact, loving someone also means being honest with them.

And Loving someone is being kind to them, listening to them, encouraging the good in them, hugging them and helping them when they are in need…We can all do that πŸ™‚

Our beloved country may never be what it once was, but Jesus’ Commands have not changed:

Master, which is the great commandment in the law? Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.  This is the first and great commandment.“-Matthew 22:36-38

” And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.” – Matthew 22:39

Do Not Fear!

“Fear not; for thou shalt not be ashamed: neither be thou confounded; for thou shalt not be put to shame” – Isaiah 54:4

We all fear some things; it’s just part of being human. But the stronger our faith; the less we fear.

One of our fears can be whether or not we will know what to say when we are called upon to stand up for our faith. But we need not worry about this. God has already Promised that the Holy Spirit will place the words in our heart that we need to say. We will not be “confounded” or “put to shame”.

A time is coming for all of us in which we will need to make some very hard choices. Choose Christ πŸ™‚

And do not worry about the future, for God always Keeps His Promises πŸ™‚

Be “Blessedly Assured” :)

Thank you!

I met a marine today. And it reminded me once again how brave and selfless they each are. And how grateful I am.

This particular marine served in Beirut, Lebanon during the Lebanese Civil War and the Hostage Crisis. 220 marines were killed in just one day.

Personally, I can’t even imagine that much suffering and that much fear! Nor can I imagine all of the suffering he must have witnessed! Those who serve in the military don’t just risk physical harm, they risk emotional, mental and spiritual harm. And so do their families.

The marine I met was shot in the leg. And as he lay there bleeding profusely, he could not help but wonder if he would die. The saddest thing for him was that although he went to church, he didn’t even think to call out to God.

The church was something he attended, but it was not alive in him. And neither was the Holy Spirit!

How many human beings is this true for? Just that thought gives new urgency to sharing the Gospel with those we meet!

However, 10 years later, he accepted Jesus and the Holy Spirit came alive in him. And he received the “Blessed Assurance” that all Believers have.

For those who do not know, “Blessed Assurance” is a hymn written in 1873 by Fanny Crosby, who was blind. The first two sentences are:

“Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine! Oh, what a foretaste of glory divine!”

The “Blessed Assurance” IS Jesus.

For because of Jesus, we are reunited with our Father and we are definitely going to Home to Heaven one day πŸ™‚

When Bad Things Happen.

When bad things happen.  When someone we love becomes ill or even dies,  when someone who is just so very good, who seemed to do everything right, suffers, it can be a real test of faith.  

But it is also when we need our faith the most.  And while we are praying so hard for the person we love to be healed; we also need to be praying for ourselves and those we love.  We need to Pray that our faith will not fail, but grow.  We need to ask Jesus to hold on to us, even if we fail to hold on to Him.  And we need to ask God to strengthen our faith and not allow it to weaken.  We need to ask the Holy Spirit to Help us. To Comfort us. To lift us out of the pain we are in, if only for a while, so that we can recharge and comfort others.

And we also need to be honest in our prayers.  If we don’t understand why these horrific things are happening, it’s okay to tell God that.  I do.  And it is okay to be angry and sad. But it is also important to end our prayer with β€œThy Will Be Done”. 

We only know what we want now, but God knows all of our tomorrows.  In fact, God knows all of the tomorrows of every single human being and He loves us.  We can Trust His love; we need too.

And perhaps most important.  Faith is not about how we feel every day, but who we choose to follow.  There have been a number of times in my life where I have been on my knees praying, teeth gritted, tears flowing, and forced myself to pray.  And that is exactly how we sometimes get through really difficult times with our faith intact.  We keep praying, even when we don’t feel like it.  And even if God β€œfeels” far away, He is not.  He’s right beside us.  Holding us up.

This is not Heaven.  Bad things happen on earth.  God does not stop them all, but He does help us walk through them.  And unfortunately, with pain, that is the only way to deal with it.  We have to walk through it to the other side.  With God holding our hand every step of the way!

Trust God; He loves us and will not let us down. And God will never leave us.

The Fourth Horse

Seen While Praying The Rosary: The Pale Horse

“And when he had opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth beast say, Come and see.”

” And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth.”-Revelations 6:7-8

Our time will come

Prepare, Pray and Be Ready…

What is “Highly Esteemed Among Men Is Abomination In The Sight Of God”

“And he said to them, You are they which justify yourselves before men; but God knows your hearts for that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God.”-Luke 16:15

There can be no doubt that many Americans, millions even, justify their actions by the approval of other human beings, rather than the approval of God. The problem with that choice (for they choose to do so) is that God does NOT approve!

We need to seek God’s Will for every choice we make in our lives. Daily prayer and the daily reading of G0d’s Word can help us to make more Godly choices. Ending every prayer with a prayer that “God’s Will Be Done” can really help πŸ™‚

All of our choices should be chosen based on what God’s Will is for us, not man’s.

Prepare, Pray and Be Ready!