The Promise of another 1,007 years

The end is near!  There’s a meteor ready to crash into the earth and kill us all!  The economy is collapsing in October!  Last night’s Supermoon/Blood Moon must mean something bad!  It’s so sad that this world is so paranoid. It seems like there’s always someone heralding the end of the world.  Just this weekend I was sidetracked into reading, or I should say skimming, page after page of Bible prophecies in which the writer named America as Babylon, Obama and the Southern King, and Putin as the Northern King. Then the writer offered his book for only thirty-seven dollar which would tell you how to survive the end of the world!

To me, the saddest part of all this is the effect it has on our children. In the past, I have been in the schools when some doom’s day date is drawing near.  I see the fear on their faces and hear it in their voices.  It’s always a blessing to assure them that this world will be here for at least another one thousand seven years!  That peaks their curiosity!  I then explain that God has promised the His Son, Jesus Christ, will reign on this earth for a thousand years and that will take place after seven years of the Tribulation Period. What a joy to have God’s Word and be able to rest in His precious promises!

Truly, we are living in the End Times; however, we have been for the last two thousand years. Yes, many facts are now in place which wasn’t there the last century, but only God the Father knows the exact time of His Son’s return.

But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.

Matthew 24: 36

I hope that promises give you comfort for the day.  As His return draws closer, there will continue to be doom’s day prophets who try to put God in a box.  It doesn’t work!

For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD.

For as the heavens are higher than the earth,

so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. Isaiah 55: 8,9

I love that the following verse is also in this chapter:

Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near: (6)

I have to admit, as I looked at that blood moon last night, it was a little creepy! But it’s just one more example of the mighty power of our God!  I couldn’t help wondering about all the other amazing spectacular sights that are happening every second of the day in our universe, which our God creates and enjoys, and we know nothing about them!  How amazing is our God!

I just want to praise Him for allowing me to see this last week:IMG_7577-001

The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork. Psalm 19:1

Beach Bodies

ID-100224331It’s pretty hard to sit at the beach and not notice people.  It’s probably the only time when I wish I had my husband’s bad eyesight. He takes off his glasses and only sees blurred images.  For the most part, I avert my eyes.  (This is also the reason we head for the ocean in September or October.  The smaller crowd is definitely different–mostly oldies, like us!)  But one incident caught my attention, probably because it reminded me of me–a person tugging on his trousers to cover his rather expanded girth!

I’m sure there are a few people on the face of this earth who are one hundred percent satisfied with their bodies.  For me, it’s always the same desire–if only I was ten pounds less, even though the doctor would most likely suggest more!

So, we come to the beach, a bit embarrassed about our pudginess, wishing we would have taken off a few extra pounds.  But the other side of the coin is this: Nobody knows me, so who cares! 🙂  Do I really want to do all that effort and sacrifice of losing weight just for just one week out of the year!

By now, some of you are screaming at my faulty reasoning. Goodie!

And so, we apply it spiritually:  What is it in my life that I never resolve and yet feel “uncomfortable” about when “exposed?”  What is it that I ignore or refuse to face?  What part of my life do I excuse or make excuses for, and yet down deep I realize that my thinking, my reasoning, is faulty? God has even sent convicting messages my way through people, circumstances and His Word, but I won’t “pick up the phone.”

Sadly, some of us will not change our eating habits, or add a simple morning walk to our routine, until our bodies begin to react to our carelessness: high blood pressure or cholesterol, etc.  (Yes, children, I’m listening as I’m writing!) But how much more heartbreaking when we will not change our eating habits of the Word, or walk with the Lord, until tragedy strikes our lives: a wayward child, who is simply magnifying our own faults, or a ruined relationship–simply because we would not forgive–we would not yield.

Spirit of the living God,
Fall afresh on me.
Spirit of the living God,
Fall afresh on me.
Break me, melt me,
Mold me, fill me,
Spirit of the living God,
Fall afresh on me
.

What a wonderful prayer!  I hope that you will take a moment to think through what I’ve said and act upon it.  Reading posts is wonderful, but acting upon them is life changing!

And hereby we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before him.

For if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things.

1 John 3:19,20

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In Us We Trust

I saw  this statement plastered to the side of a metal container while walking down the street: “In Us We Trust.”  I wasn’t sure what it was about, but after a little research, I discovered it’s a new song.  How sad.  “In Us We Trust.” Aren’t you glad that our coins are still imprinted with the saying, “In God We Trust?”  Even if it isn’t true, it’s such a great statement.  Every single coin that jingles in  a pocket or is pumped into a washing machine slot says, “In God We Trust.” No matter if it is held by a man, woman, boy or girl, rich man or poor man, black, white Hispanic, or Asian, atheist or true believer—every single coin silently gives us the most wonderful news of the day: We can trust in God!  Amen!

Imagine if there was nothing more than ourselves to trust!  Horrors!  I lie! I’m unfaithful, undependable.  I don’t know anything. I’m weak. I’m old!  I’m so human!

Oh, but God is so trustworthy!  This past Sunday night, my pastor (I love that guy!! 🙂 ) preached on the love of God, but before he started, he asked us to name what attributes of God were our favorites. Here are just a few of our wonderful God’s attributes:

He has all wisdom. He is infinite. He is sovereign. He is holy. He is omniscient. He is omnipotent. He is omnipresent. He is faithful. He is love. He is self-existent. He is self-sufficient. He is just. He is immutable. He is merciful. He is eternal. He is ALWAYS good.  He is completely pure and perfect. He is gracious.

These are just a few.  How could any language or any words of man ever completely describe our great God?  And wouldn’t it be a great lesson to write the reasons why I can trust Him based on these meager descriptions? For example …

I trust His wisdom to do what’s best for me. I trust my soul to His infinite eternity. I trust every day to His sovereign plan for my life.  I trust His holiness to be what is best for me to emulate.  I trust His omniscient because I know so little.  I trust His omnipotence to battle my fiercest enemy.  I trust His omnipresence when I feel alone.  I trust His faithfulness when other’s let me down. I trust His love when other’s love is conditional.  I trust His self-existence when I feel so insignificant.  I trust His self-sufficiency when I feel so inadequate.  I trust His justice in this unjust world.  I trust His immutability when life is on the fast track of change.  I trust His mercy when things seem so wrong.  I trust His eternality even when I can’t comprehend it.  I trust His goodness every moment of the day!  I trust His purity and perfection when I am tired of this world’s wickedness and my own sin.  I trust His grace when life gets too hard.

Oh, I’ll sleep well tonight knowing that I have such a God to trust!

Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.  Proverbs 3:5,6