Let everything that has breath, praise the Lord . . .

Praise the Lord! Psalm 150:6 NAS

I had a very quiet but lovely Christmas and New Year. I know that over the past year, I have not posted much, mainly because I have been on another project. But also, because, being a very introverted person, not much changed for me. I don’t eat out, because I have certain dietary challenges that are best dealt with at home. I do not like big crowds of peaple, and much of what I do requires solace. I’ve found it very difficult to voice anything concerning the past 12 months.

So, I just want to say now, that the Lord our God is sovereign, and He has all in the palms of His hands. He will make a way for each of us to be drawn to Him and His amazing grace and mercy. He will give every single one of us, every opportunity to come to Him.

My prayer every morning is that hearts will be softened toward God, that those same hearts will  seek only God’s Will in their lives, and that all would come to the knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the great sacrifice He made for us.

Turn to the One who gives us life and see what He will do for you ~

He will help you find a job. He will heal your body, your soul, your spirit. He will restore your broken relationships. He will mend your marriage, help you get out of debt, and much, much, more.

2021 is the year to “Seek the Lord while He may be found. Call upon Him while He is near.” Isaiah 55:6

After all, God’s word also tells us that ~

“At just the right time, I heard you. On the day of salvation, I helped you. Indeed, the right time is now. Today is the day of salvation.” 2 Corinthians 6:17

New Opportunities . . .

JANUARY 2020

We can thank the Lord our God, Yahweh Shammah, the Lord Who is There, for each day.   Each and every day is an opportunity to get it right, to increase in knowledge, understanding and wisdom ~ to improve any areas in our lives that need it, to gain new confidence in what God is leading us to do, to be better, to do good, and to serve the Lord in humility and love. Each new day is God’s gift of second and third chances and even more, to come to Him, walk and talk with Him, and gain new strength. Without Yahweh Shammah, the Lord God Who is always there for us, tomorrow will not dawn. He is every day and every minute and every second in our lives. Without Him life is meaningless. His love far outweighs any problem we may carry, for He tells us to cast all our worries upon Him, because He cares for us.

He is the WAY the TRUTH and the LIFE, and no-one can come to the Father except through Him.

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1 Peter 5:7 ~ John 14:6

Are You Ready? . . .

I’ve had only two dreams from God in my life, but wow were they powerful!

The first one was 23 years ago, and as if I needed another reminder because the first one I didn’t fully follow through on, I had another one 12 years ago. They both had the same theme, namely, that I was not ready to meet my maker when the time came. This was the second dream as I wrote it on 20/4/2005 :

“I had a dream. It turned into a nightmare! The beginning is vague! Comings and goings to somewhere and nowhere along a road and through a tunnel I could never know each time where it was taking me.

Eventually, one day we were told we had to get out of town, because the lava was coming! I thought there was plenty of time and that I had a  couple of weeks and so dilly-dallied. I didn’t remember the way out, but thought I had plenty of time to find out. I decided suddenly to pack a few of my most precious possessions (even though I knew we weren’t supposed to stop and do this) Favourite clothes, scarves, jewellery and stuff that had a lot of emotional memories and that I didn’t want to leave behind. I was in the middle of doing this and wondering how to get out, because I still hadn’t found out, when I realized it was very quiet.

Everyone had gone.

I was alone.

I opened the front door and lava was all around me pouring down the streets. It was all around me, everywhere.

I knew I  had waited too long.

I was alone.

I was aware that I was about to die an awful, painful death, and it was my fault.

The feeling of terror that came over me is indescribable!”

At this point I awoke. I was in my own bed, snuggled under the blankets and I realized it was only a dream.

But in another moment, I realized it was from God!

To be very plain and to the point, God showed me how empty and fruitless my life was, and how much importance I placed upon the THINGS of this world, appearances, looking cool, and being trendy.

The death I was about to die was not just physical, but eternal.

I  gave  away  just  about every scarf  I  owned after  that  to prove  to  myself that those things were no longer important to that degree. It was very hard to do. But it freed me. I still have a love for those things, but they no longer rule. Also, to this day I cannot watch anything that involves volcanoes, because it gives me too vivid a picture of the excruciating pain and sheer terror of an eternity without God.

It brought me to my senses. The things of this world are momentary but life in Christ Jesus is eternal. There is nothing that is more important than the state of my soul, for it is in the soul realm that decisions are made.

The decision to continue living according to the world’s standards or the decision to live for Christ.

The decision to pursue death or  the decision to pursue eternal life.

“This world is fading away, along with everything it craves. But if you do the will of God, you will live forever.” 1 John 2:17.

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The reason I chose to tell you this story, is not to be preachy or scare the pants off you, but to be real.

And you may ask what does it have to do with the Christmas we have just celebrated?

Well, we celebrated a little child being born, who happens to be the Son of the Most High God.

And He is Wonderful to know. He is my Counsellor, He is Almighty God, and my Everlasting Father, Who brings Peace to my heart and soul. He is Jesus.

Prophesied by Isaiah several hundred years before Jesus was born. And without the graciousness of God in bringing that dream to me, I would not be experiencing His wonder and His peace in my heart and soul each day.

I do however  admit in all honesty that this does not make me perfect and that now might be a good time to give a few scarves away (so to speak) for I do tend to get so distracted doing things that are unimportant rather than concentrating on the immediate issues.

But all in all ~ I know my Redeemer lives!

And it all began one cool starry night in Bethlehem, over 2,000 years ago now, when the Messiah, that is, Jesus Christ the Lord, was born in a humble manger. He came to save us from our sins and the ensuing eternal death.

Without Christ in our hearts we cannot ever see God.

“I am the way, the truth, and the life, no-one can come to the Father except through Me.” Jesus, in John 14:6.

My prayer ~ This New Year, tap into the God of your childhood, and invite Jesus to come and settle in your heart. This will bring a new wonder and peace to your soul unmatched by any other experience you could ever have.