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We Are Made For Heaven {Earth Will Simply Never Compare}

06.17.11

Made For Heaven

My kingdom does not belong to this world

John 18:36

Unhappiness on earth cultivates a hunger for heaven. By gracing us with a deep dissatisfaction, God holds our attention. The only tragedy, then is to be satisfied prematurely. To settle for earth. To be content in a strange land….

We are not happy here because we are not at home here. We are not happy here because we are not supposed to be happy here. We are “like foreigners and strangers in this world” (1 Peter 2:11)…

And you will never be completely happy on earth simply because you were not made for earth. Oh, you will have your moments of joy. You will catch glimpses of light. You will know moments of even days of peace. But they simply do not compare with the happiness that lies ahead.

When God Whispers Your Name

– Max Lucado

A Grateful Heart Smiles With Ease – Memories We Take Into The Heavens

05.26.11

I remember when they were born. How can I ever forget? They entered this world to bring me a blessing from above. Their bubbly faces, with sometimes moments of irritation, they came all the same and blessed my heart oh so much.

And as years have gone by, they have grown and I have grown. Grown more than I can spell out. “I am to bring them wisdom,” I thought. Yet, they have in many ways brought me wisdom. They have opened my heart to the great possibilities that rest in the word LOVE, and because of them I have learned to LOVE.

Sometimes we set out to give a blessing, and instead we receive way more than we could ever have given. Because, when we GIVE we RECEIVE. There is no greater gift than giving. Giving opens the RICHNESS and ABUNDANCE of this life, we live in Christ.

They came to bring me RICHES in ABUNDANCE.

As I set out to bless their life with great possibilities, and in that mission, they instead blessed my life with great possibilities.

I am Grateful For:

  • A life with Christ
  • For the priceless moments that I spend with my girls
  • For the richness and abundance they have brought into my life
  • For the laughter’s and tears we have shed
  • The sick nights when they have slept beside me in bed
  • For the simple joy they bring into my life
  • And the moments of frustration when I have lost my cool, and they have loved me so
  • For the toddler moments, to their first day of kindergarten and into what we now enjoy
  • The moments we shared together in Disney, the road trip to California and the journeys we have made
  • For their never ending love, and support for everything I do
  • I am grateful for – LOVE

For today and its blessings, I owe the world an attitude of gratitude

These are priceless moments we share. They are NEVER to be forgotten, because in  these moments, an album of memories is created. It rests in our hearts, and we walk with it.

It’s hard to imagine that they are growing, and so am I. We are growing, and time too is growing. He might come anytime, He says. He cometh like a thief in the night. Oh, how I can only imagine, how that night will look like. The trumpets roaring, and His presence glowing like a fairy in the night. And to imagine that these memories that walk with us, will be with us on that very night, is to imagine a blessing beyond measure.

There is no time like the present. A time to worship and create new albums. Memories to take with us wherever we go, even into the heavens.

Dare to create your very own memories to take with you to the heavens!!!!

May your days be many and your troubles few. May all God’s blessings descend upon you. May peace be within you may your heart be strong. May you find what you’re seeking wherever you roam


Bin Laden’s Death – Should Christians Rejoice Over His Killing?

05.03.11

The morning of May 2nd, 2011 the United States of America and the entire world came together once again, as it did only two days ago for the royal wedding. This time it was a different kind of gathering. A different kind of celebration. A celebration that had thousands, if not millions parading their streets in shouts of joy and jubilation, heard miles and miles away. This celebration that came late Sunday evening for others, and early Monday morning for many, called for the voice of the President, and the attention of millions keenly awaiting this major announcement.

OSAMA BIN LADEN IS DEAD

That was the headline that caught my attention, as I was in the midst of positioning myself on my sofa, while anxiously scrolling through channels in hopes of finding something interesting to watch. I opted for CNN, and that’s pretty much where my anxious fingers found rest. As the BREAKING NEWS of his death caught my attention, for a few seconds I thought I was seeing wrong. “It couldn’t be,” I thought. Then came “Waoh, God you have finally brought this day.” Within a span of a few seconds, or minutes, emotions of different sorts went through my mind. The biggest of them being – ” Waoh, God you are impossible.” Because from the minute I heard that announcement, to the minuted my mind began racing with all sorts of emotions, there was no doubt, that God was behind this.

Since then, I have had a chance to digest this WORLD BREAKING NEWS, and also had a chance to reflect back on my very own journey. I have in all honesty, celebrated inwardly with the millions whose lives have been affected by his heinous acts, and whispered a prayer here and there of thanks giving for this day. I have also wondered, like am sure many have wondered, what if anything will come out of this. As a woman and mother, my heart has ached for his little children, now left behind to deal with the consequences of their father’s actions. I have also wondered, if at all there was anything we as the world, we as Christians, would have done to prevent a fellow human being, from committing such terrible acts. In my thoughts and wonder, I have also asked myself, – What on earth pushed this man to this unbelievable state of mind, to where he found great pleasure in killing others.

Should Christians Rejoice Over His Killing?

It’s perhaps one of the most challenging discussions to have, and also potentially explosive in opinion. To set the stage for this discussion, I withdrew back to my very own experience. Having lost my father to a brutal murder, I opted to base my frame of thought on my very own experience, and walk with Christ.  To say that I am NOT happy to see this day for all who lost loved ones in 9/11, and also from other attacks in the world, is a lie. Because the truth is, I am in many ways happy and thrilled that they’ve got to see this day. Beyond happy, I am overwhelmed with a sense of peace, like I am sure you are that –  OSAMA BIN LADEN has finally been forced to cease his attacks. To know that brings me great relief.

However, even in knowing that he is dead. In knowing that he no longer exists to hurt others, there is a big part of me, that truly feels sorry for him. A part of me that feels wrong to celebrate his death. To celebrate any non Christian death. Because I know that as a Christian, I am called to bring others to Christ. I am called to show the love of Christ to others. To forgive, even the ones who are called – UNFORGIVABLE. How else can I call myself Christian, if I don’t forgive? It’s not that I in any way condone his actions. On the contrary, I totally disapprove of them. But, it’s the Christ like image in me that cries when i see one perishing, with a great potential of not seeing the kingdom of God.

In a perfect world, I would hope for a redemptive life for him. I would hope that he would one day address the world, and ask for forgiveness. And if that’s not hope enough, as painful as it would be, I would hope that someone would arise in forgiving him, as I have forgiven those who brutally killed my father. I would also hope and pray for his salvation, and ask that he serve the remainder of his life in prison, hopefully reflecting on his past, and re-living a better, more worthy life. Perhaps, even more rewarding it would be if he lead the prison’s men’s fellowship, or ministered to his fellow in-mates.

Those are my hopes.

For him and for anyone in his situation.

But as we all know, life is in many ways short. Whatever life we are given, we are to use it as if tomorrow will never come.

To all who struggle with forgiveness. To the millions whose loved ones he has killed, my heart goes out to you. Please find rest in knowing that you are not alone. And even better, find rest in knowing that our Father in heaven sees all, and knows all. Ask Him he says, and you will receive. Peace He will grant those who ask and believe. He will do that and so much more

I want to leave you with one thought -

When you hold resentment toward another, you are bound to that person or condition by an emotional link that is stronger than steel. Forgiveness is the only way to dissolve that link and get free

Catherine Ponder

Images Taken From → CNN.com & Boston.com

Friday Fun Day – Disney Takes Children to Heaven

04.21.11

The joys of the blessings of the LORD come even through DISNEY and his crew. What a way to see the purity of the LOVE of Jesus, through the eyes of children such as these.

And its a day like this that I am reminded that truly the KINGDOM of HEAVEN belongs to such as these – the little ones and the ones young at heart.

Let us not go through life and forget that we are to have in many ways, a heart just like the kids in Disney and the many all over the world.

I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it

Luke 18:17

 

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