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As You See The Day Approaching

These encouraging words were in my bible study today.  The words “as you see the day approaching” really stood out to me.

“Therefore, brethren, having boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus,

by a new and living way which He consecrated for us, through the veil, that is, His flesh,

and having a High Priest over the house of God,

let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.

Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.

And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works,
not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.”            Hebrews 10:19-25

A few encouraging notes I gleaned from these verses are:

  1. We can boldly enter the holiest by the blood of Jesus.  He is the living way, he is the door, he is the gate keeper, and he is our passport and ticket in to the holiest place with Father God.
  2. Jesus is our high priest and he gave his pure and sinless body as a living sacrifice, and one time ultimate payment, of our sin.  He cleanses us and forgives us.  When you ask accept his sacrifice with an honest heart, and ask him to be Lord of your life and forgive you of your sins, no further sacrifice is needed to be in a right relationship with Father God.  Jesus paid the price and is the high priest.
  3. We can have faith and fully trust in him because he is faithful.
  4. As we see the day of his return getting closer and closer, we are to consider each other’s needs, we are to meet together and spend time together, and we are to encourage one another and stir each other up in love to do good work.

His return is closer now than ever before.  His return is fast approaching, and as we see the day approaching, may we be ready and wise.

Be blessed!

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Come, Ye Blessed Of My Father

If Jesus Christ showed up in your life today, at your church, job, or neighborhood, would you recognize him?

Would he stand out?

When he came the first time, he was of no reputation.  He didn’t stand out.

He didn’t hand out business cards.

He didn’t dress like a wealthy man.

“But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.” Philippians 2:7-8

Would you notice him?

Would he look like the perfect gift to you?

Would you see the treasure that is in him?

Or would you ignore him?

If he asked for a drink of water from your water bottle, would you freely offer it to him?

If he asked you for money, would you walk on by or would you reach into your pocket and give him some dollar bills?

If he had no where to go, would you buy him a hotel room for the night? Or would you invite him to stay at your home on your couch for a night or a week or indefinately?

If he didn’t look dressed for church, or the office, or presentable to go to dinner, would you sit next to him?

Would you avoid him or try to prevent him from sitting in the most desired seat, where the wealthy in your community, or church, or the most esteemed in your job or neighborhood sit?  Would you willingly give him your seat?

Would you stop him from walking to the front of the church and taking the microphone to read the scriptures out loud?  Would you stop him from speaking from the pulpit, or leading the church in singing?

If he tried to share his gifts and talents would you let him?  Would you have eyes to see the perfect gift of God?

Would you have room in YOUR ministry for him?

Would you pass over his gifts, would your mind be clouded by his appearance and lack of degrees and fame?  Would you prevent him from handling the offering plate, or greeting others at the door, or even sitting up front in a noticable seat?

If he tried to speak up and tell you that he must share his gifts anyway possible, would you let him?  Or would you let him know he is not a good fit for your church, let him know you will pray for him, and wish him luck to move on and find a church he is a “better fit” for?

Do you even know the voice of the master?

“Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.” Revelation 3:20

Would you recognize him?

Would you recognize someone he sent in his place?

“Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: For I was hungry, and you gave me meat: I was thirsty, and you gave me drink: I was a stranger, and you took me in: Naked, and you clothed me: I was sick, and you visited me: I was in prison, and you came unto me.

Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when did we see you hungry, and fed you? or thirsty, and gave you drink? When did we see you as a stranger, and took you in? or naked, and clothed you? Or when did we see you sick, or in prison, and came to visit you?

And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, In as much as you have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, you have done it unto me.”   Matthew 25:34-40

 

I pray that each of us can recognize each and every opportunity to be a blessing to those in need, and that we can see Jesus Christ in each person.  I pray we are found worthy and faithful servants, and we will hear those precious eternal words, “Come ye blessed of my Father.”

Be wise and be blessed!

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Reborn

Would you like to have eternal life?

From John 3:2-21

“The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him.

Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.

Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born?

Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.

That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.

Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.

The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.

Nicodemus answered and said unto him, How can these things be?

Jesus answered and said unto him, Art thou a master of Israel, and knowest not these things?

Verily, verily, I say unto thee, We speak that we do know, and testify that we have seen; and ye receive not our witness.

If I have told you earthly things, and ye believe not, how shall ye believe, if I tell you of heavenly things?

And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven.

And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up:

That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.

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.

For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.

For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.

But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.”

 

This birth day is worth eternity!

Choose this day to believe in the Son of God, to be forgiven of your sins and be reborn in the spirit, and be saved!

Be wise and be blessed!

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What God Has Your Attention?

Where is your focus? Does Father God have your attention or are you focused on other things, little gods that can’t save you? Because that is what this life is truly about.

Who do you serve? Who has your focus? Who has your time? Who do you trust? What has your mind and heart?

Jesus said: “No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.” Matthew 6:24

If you focus on material things (money, house, job, apparel, cars, computers, things you can buy, things you can make, etc) instead of focusing your time, heart, mind, and resources on Father God, it will lead you to hate and despise him.

“if thou serve their gods, it will surely be a snare unto thee.” Exodus 23:33b

However, if you focus on Father God, that will lead you to hate and despise materialism, money, houses, job, apparel, cars, computers, other gods, people worship, cultural man-made traditions, things you can buy, and things you make with your hands. If you love him, and serve him as your master, then you will choose to literally separate yourself from things of this world.  That is what the word “Hebrew” means, it is “a child of God who has separated himself from the world” and serves only the one true Creator Father God.

“Thou shalt not bow down to their gods, nor serve them, nor do after their works: but thou shalt utterly overthrow them, and quite break down their images. And ye shall serve the Lord your God, and he shall bless thy bread, and thy water; and I will take sickness away from the midst of thee. There shall nothing cast their young, nor be barren, in thy land: the number of thy days I will fulfill.”  Exodus 33:24-36

It is going to be one way or the other. But it cannot be both.

“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. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.  On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.” Matthew 22:37-40

Let us choose this day and everyday to separate ourselves from the lusts, desires, materialism, gods and idols of this world, and serve our only Father God with all of our heart, soul, and mind, and choose to make him our focus by loving him first.

Be wise and be blessed!

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Fall Fishing Trip

Sharing some pictures today of a fall fishing trip we did.  The kids love to go fishing and watch wildlife.

Campfires are not allowed at this lake.  However you can have a fire in the provided charcoal grills.  So we built a small wood fire in the grill hoping the smoke would help keep pesky flies and mosqitoes away from our wonderful location.

Some of the kids enjoyed watching nature from the comfort of the hammock.  It has a mosquito net and really is a great invention.

The kids caught a few small bluegill and had a lot of fun.

Every now and then the kids would add another small stick to our mini campfire and it worked out perfectly.

The best fun was had just relaxing and taking in the beauty of the lake, trees, wildlife, sky and the occasional boats that passed by.

One of the boys has a set of binoculars and he enjoyed watching blue herrons, ducks, geese on the lake,  lizards (they caught the lizzard and played with it for a while), as well as falcons and other birds in the trees.

It was a great day appreciating all the wonderful things Father God has created for us to see his amazing handiwork.

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Good And Evil

Sometimes I wonder why Father God allows evil to exist.  I wonder why He allows evil people (people with evil intentions) who are found at all levels of society (including local and national community leaders, nation rulers, world rulers, religious leaders, thieves, liers, rapists, murderers, and deceitful people) to prosper in their evil deeds.

Why are they allowed to take advantage of God fearing, good hearted, loving people?  And why do evil people prosper?

Psalms 73:1-11

But I almost stumbled and fell,
because it made me jealous
to see proud and evil people
and to watch them prosper.

They never have to suffer,
they stay healthy,
and they don’t have troubles
like everyone else.

Their pride is like a necklace,
and they commit sin
more often than they dress themselves.

Their eyes poke out with fat,
and their minds are flooded
with foolish thoughts.

They sneer and say cruel things,
and because of their pride,
they make violent threats.

They dare to speak against God
and to order others around.

God will bring his people back,
and they will drink the water
he so freely gives.

Only evil people would say,
“God Most High cannot
know everything!”

It is something that is hard to understand.

I absolutely believe Father God is good, and He is love, and He has all power, authority, and dominion forever.  He is the Alpha and Omega and He knows the beginning from the end.  He knows who is evil and who is good.

He knows the entire story.  He knew you before you were knit in your mothers womb and watched each and every cell and fiber in your body form.  He is always with you.  At all times, He will answer you when you call on him. He loves you and waits for you to love and obey him.

He will never leave nor forsake you until you stand before him on Judgement Day, and he separates those who are evil from those who are good.  At that time, the books of people’s deeds will be opened and read, and Father God and His Son will either say something similar to “well done, you cared for my needs, you kept your first love, enter in to the eternal joy” or he will say something similar to “depart, be cast into eternal damnation, you wicked servant, I never knew you”.

So why does He allow good people to suffer, yet also allows them to draw near to him, and evil people to he allows to prosper and fall away from him in this life on earth?

I don’t know why.  He is a loving God.  He wants us to walk in his ways and be like him.  He is always with us through the good times and the bad times.  He gives each one of us a choice to do good or do evil with our life.

Sadly, I have heard some people say they won’t trust in Father God, mainly because they believe He allows human suffering, inequality, and injustice.  They don’t deny that Father God exists, and they don’t deny he has the power to stop the terrible events from happening, but they refuse to accept Him as their personal God whom they put their trust in.  They would rather trust in their ownself and direct their own path, or put their trust in scientists, doctors, and government for safety, healing, and answers to life’s dilemmas.

But they are missing out here on this earth and will miss out for eternity because of their lack of faith.

They are missing out on being in relationship and loving the only True God, Creator of the Universe, the true light, our loving Father who gives good gifts, who sent His only son, a part of himself as a sacrifice to redeem them from their sin, to rescue mankind so they can have eternal life with him where there is no more evil, no injustice, no murder, no lying, no jealousy, no crying, no hate, no sickness, no diseases, no famines.

I was reading about good and evil rulers in 2 Chronicles the other day.  I spent three hours reading through several chapters, covering several generations, and I was able to see a big picture in the lives of these men and their families.  Everything they ever did was written down in several books for future generations to know.  It was amazing to me how one ruler would love God and serve him, but his son or grandson would turn out to be horribly wicked rulers. Some were so evil and wicked that they murdered all their brothers and relatives and many innocent people.  Some of them went to war and killed thousands and stole women and children and stole all of the wealth and land from the groups they invaded.  Some of these men served as ruler a short time and some for a long time.  But eventually they all came to an end and their deeds (both good and bad) were written down.

Someday they will be called, just as we all will be called, to stand before Father God and His Son and give an account of how we lived our lives and all of the good and bad things in our lives will be exposed.  The only way to escape the consequences of that day are to accept the sacrifice of God’s son, his sinless life he willingly gave in our place, and his shed blood offered to cover our sins so that Father God will forgive, and blot out our sin from the book.

John 3:15-21

“Then everyone who has faith in the Son of Man will have eternal life. God loved the people of this world so much that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who has faith in him will have eternal life and never really die.

God did not send his Son into the world to condemn its people.
He sent him to save them!

No one who has faith in God’s Son will be condemned.
But everyone who doesn’t have faith in him has already been condemned for not having faith in God’s only Son.

The light has come into the world, and people who do evil things
are judged guilty because they love the dark more than the light.

People who do evil hate the light and won’t come to the light,
because it clearly shows what they have done.

But everyone who lives by the truth will come to the light,
because they want others to know that God is really the one doing what they do.”

 

Romans 13:9

In the Law there are many commands, such as,
“Be faithful in marriage. Do not murder.
Do not steal. Do not want what belongs to others.”
But all of these are summed up in the command that says,
“Love others as much as you love yourself.”

The advice in the scriptures is clear.

Walk away from evil.

Walk away from evil deeds and people who are determined to do evil.

Believe in and trust Father God,

Believing he sent His Son for your salvation,

Ask for forgiveness of your sin,

Obey His command to love Father God with all your heart and love your neighbor as you love yourself,

Because this the only way to escape damnation, enter into heaven and spend eternity with Father God.

Be wise and be blessed!

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Of No Reputation

Profound!

 

With all the “puffing up” everyone does to make themselves look important,

the one who is True, the one who is Life, and the one who is the way to the

Kingdom of God, that we are to follow and live our lives as he did,

surprisingly didn’t puff himself up.

 

He did not boast, he did not create the smartest resume, or attain the

highest college degree, or wear the latest fashion.  He did not try to impress

anyone, he did not have business cards to hand out. He didn’t sell anything.

 

He simply came in His Father’s name, spoke truth in love, healed others and

met their needs, and only asked that they believe in and obey Father God

and believe that he sent his Son to save them through the gift of his life.  

“Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.”
Philippians 2:5-8

 

May we learn to be more like Him, humble, filled with love, while we serve

each other in the Father’s name, as we trust, obey, and believe each day.

 

Be wise and be blessed!

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Closer Than Before

Are we are closer than before to the return of the Son of God?

I think we are.

When he was asked about his return, he had a lot to say.  Some of his words about his return can be found in the book of Matthew.  There are also many other verses in the bible that talk about his return too, especially the book of the Apocalypse also called Revelation.

Matthew 24:6-30

And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.

For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom.
And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places.
All these are the beginning of sorrows.

“Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake.
And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another.

Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many.
And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold.
But he who endures to the end shall be saved.

And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come.

Therefore when you see the ‘abomination of desolation,’ spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place” (whoever reads, let him understand), then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains.

Let him who is on the housetop not go down to take anything out of his house. And let him who is in the field not go back to get his clothes.

But woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing babies in those days! And pray that your flight may not be in winter or on the Sabbath. For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be.

And unless those days were shortened, no flesh would be saved; but for the elect’s sake those days will be shortened.

“Then if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ!’ or ‘There!’ do not believe it.  For false christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect.  See, I have told you beforehand.

“Therefore if they say to you, ‘Look, He is in the desert!’ do not go out; or ‘Look, He is in the inner rooms!’ do not believe it.  For as the lightning comes from the east and flashes to the west, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.  For wherever the carcass is, there the eagles will be gathered together.

Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken.

Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And He will send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they will gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.”

There is so much going on in this world that points to his soon return.  This generation is truly in a high watch time.  I encourage you to read and re-read the scriptures, especially about his return, as the time is now closer than before.

I hope you are waiting and watching with expectation.

Be blessed!

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The Craziest 24 Hours!

This event happened a few years ago.  I wrote this story in my journal, but never published it.  I was recently looking back at some of these old stories I wrote and thought it was about time to share this one.  It was a doozy of a 24 hours.

 

It has been a crazy 24 hours!

Yesterday we had a thunderstorm that brought some much needed rain, but knocked out the power to the homestead. No power means no water, no flushing toilets, no lights, no digital technologies (TV, Wii, Computers, Internet, etc), no stove to cook on, and generally no happy kids! Oh they are happy for a bit, if you distract them with games and snacks, but they are not so happy without their favorite meals and modern conveniences.

We had just finished the main part of our day and our school work when a major thunderstorm hit.  I called my husband and asked him to drive carefully coming home as the storm was producing high winds and lots of lightening.  He got home safely and we had supper, and  we were cleaning up just as the thunderstorm knocked out the power.  We did not prepare for being without power and the repercussions. I had a few individual bottles of water on hand in the pantry, but otherwise I did not have enough water that would last for more than a few sips for 8 people.  We contacted the power company who said the power was expected to be back on by 10 pm. That was good news as I thought we could survive for a few hours and would have water and power by the time we were headed to bed.

We went outside to play for a bit and get some energy out. The kids played tag, rode bikes, and played Frisbee until dark. Dad and I sat on the porch and enjoyed sitting together and watching them play.

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At dark, there was no moon to speak of, and soon the mosquitoes became horrendous! They were biting viciously and eventually we couldn’t take the pain anymore and we had to go inside. The house was stifling hot and humid, but at least it stopped the sting of mosquitoes.

We lit some candles. I didn’t have very many candles though.  At this point, I really missed my Amish style lanterns I used to have. They operated by using oil and a wick. They would be perfect on a night like this. But they broke in the last move, and I haven’t been able to replace them yet.

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Thankfully we had these few scented candles to get us by and they lit up the rooms just enough. They actually gave off a surprising amount of light and we were able to read, draw, and play games by candlelight.  Eventually, one by one, daddy and kids dropped out of the games to fall asleep on the couch.  I think daddy might have fell asleep first though.

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After the younger kids were asleep, my oldest challenged me to a game of Chess. Oh boy. I love playing with him, but I am no good at Chess, and HE KNOWS IT!  He didn’t take advantage of my lack of skills though and just wanted to play with me and that was really special. 10 pm came and went. No electricity returned.  11 pm came and went, and still no electricity.  Finally even the two of us couldn’t hold our eyes open any longer and we also went to sleep.

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The house was so hot and humid. I could not hardly stand it.  I was drifting in and out of a sleep wake state and eventually gave up waiting for the power to come back on and went to bed.

But in the heat of the night, I could not sleep well. I drifted in and out of a miserable unrestful dreamy state. 2 am came and went. 3 am came and went. Each time I woke back up, I would pray “Please God, help me to go to sleep and stay asleep”. Finally, at 4 am the power came back on and my body relaxed from exhaustion and I drifted off to sleep to the soothing sound of a fan blowing hot humid air around the room. I was so greatful!

I don’t know when the dreams came in the night, but at some point I had two different dreams.  I dreamed of a tornado headed my way. In my dream the kids came to get me and told me there were “twisters” outside. I was not sure why they said “twisters” until I had looked out the window and seen 10 tornadoes spinning right next to my house and family. Amazingly, the twisters never caused damage. They just spinned nearby. The sky was completely dark, except for these tornado twisters that stood spinning.  Then in a second dream, I thought I was a secret agent, (maybe for the FBI agent or something) taking down a drug cartel. I have never dreamed anything like that before in my life.

I didn’t get to sleep for long though.  My husband woke me at 4:30 am. He needed to get ready for work, as he usually leaves the house by 5:30 am, and he couldn’t get ready today because though we finally had power, we still had no water.  We are on a well and live in the country, and something must have happened to the well when the lightning storm took out the power yesterday.  I told him about my dreams as they were so vivid and seemed so real.

My husband wanted to wait until it was light outside to figure out the well problem, because he didn’t want to trek through the yard in the dark at 4:30 am and climb down into a dark damp dingy well house to figure out what was wrong.  We didn’t have the money to hire a plumber for an emergency call either. Their emergency rates are outrageous!  So he decided to wait until daylight to try and figure out the problem.  We didn’t have much choice, and it wasn’t safe to try to solve it in the dark, and he couldn’t go to work until the problem was solved.

All I wanted to do was go back to bed. But that wasn’t going to happen. My head was pounding from a lack of sleep. Then the youngins started waking, up and needing their needs met.  By now, I felt desperate for water.  Even though it was dark, we needed to get some water from the stream to try and flush the toilet before one more person added their gift to it this morning. With 8 people using the toilet the night before, and it sitting over night, the room next to the bathroom was not smelling to good this morning. I was so grateful that there was a stream of water from all the rain from the storm. I didn’t mind getting it even in the dark. My husband actually got the water while I (had the easy job) held a flashlight for him to see, and held the door for him to carry the water in.  We made two trips of five gallons of dirty stream water at 5 am.  What a blessing it was to get the toilet to wash down the contents and rid the room of the smell. It was time to light another candle!

Next we did a bible study, and waited for it to get light outside.

We studied James 2 and the verses that really spoke to my heart this morning were verses 1-17

My brethren, do not hold the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with partiality.

For if there should come into your assembly a man with gold rings, in fine apparel, and there should also come in a poor man in filthy clothes,
and you pay attention to the one wearing the fine clothes and say to him,
“You sit here in a good place,” and say to the poor man, “You stand there,” or, “Sit here at my footstool,” have you not shown partiality among yourselves, and become judges with evil thoughts?

Listen, my beloved brethren: Has God not chosen the poor of this world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom which He promised to those who love Him? But you have dishonored the poor man.

Do not the rich oppress you and drag you into the courts? Do they not blaspheme that noble name by which you are called?

If you really fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself,” you do well; but if you show partiality, you commit sin, and are convicted by the law as transgressors.

For whoever shall keep the whole law, and yet stumble in one point, he is guilty of all. For He who said, “Do not commit adultery,” also said, “Do not murder.”
Now if you do not commit adultery, but you do murder, you have become a transgressor of the law.

So speak and so do as those who will be judged by the law of liberty.
For judgment is without mercy to the one who has shown no mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgment.

What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him?

If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, and one of you says to them, “Depart in peace, be warmed and filled,” but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit?

Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.

Soon it started getting light outside.  It is amazing how it can go from complete darkness, to a dimly lit sky, and then to a sun rise where you can clearly see all around.  With renewed hope and determination, my husband and I went to the well house.  He removed everything in the little house/shed (his tools and various items stored in there), and then lifted the trap door in the floor. My job was then to hold the flashlight for him.   There is a hidden room down there under the ground that houses the well pump.  While I pointed the flash light for him, he was able to climb down in the dark and damp little room and work on the pressure switch that had shorted out during the power outage, and he finally got the well running again. Then he had to come in the house and prime all the faucets and flush air out of the lines. Finally after 10 hours of no power, and 13 hours of no water, we finally had water again! Yeah!

Now to really start the day.  My husband quickly got his shower and headed off to work.  The kids and I had breakfast, and began our schoolwork.  I was really glad our electrical power was restored so the rest of our day could return to normal.

I was looking forward to an easier day now that the crisis was over: normal meals, normal baths, normal toilet flushes, and just a normal day of our schoolwork because some of the homeschool curriculum the older kids have is on the computer, so electricity was a necessity today if we were going to make progress.  I also caught a few minutes of the news and learned there were tornado sightings during the storm last night.  Wow, so my dream about “twisters” actually happened.

About 11:30 we took a break and headed outside to play while I prepared lunch. I was so happy about this break. I desperately needed a break.  The stress of the storm, power outage, water outage, and lack of sleep was really catching up to me.  I couldn’t get my headache to go away, I just needed a few minutes of peace and quiet and to get lunch made.

Within minutes of playing outside, the children were running to me that a police officer was coming up the driveway.  It is a really long driveway and we are up on a hill so you can see from the yard when a car pulls onto the drive.   I ran outside to see what was going on.  My heart began too pound so fast, I couldn’t imagine why a police car would be coming up the driveway to my house.  I actually felt faint after all of the stress we had just had.  Things certainly were not turning out normal today.  I hoped it wasn’t anything to do with my husband traveling to work and I couldn’t imagine anything else it could be.

The officer pulled up the long driveway and got out of his car.  The kids were excited, but I wasn’t.  He carefully came up to the kids and I in the yard, then stuck out his hand for a handshake and introduced himself to us as a state trooper all while he glanced around.  I thought this was very odd, but it soon became apparent why.  He informed me that there was a fugitive on the loose.  He was with the drug task force and they were in the middle of taking down a drug ring and while making arrests one man had got away and ran through the woods and fields and they expected him to be near by our farm.  The police officer asked if the children and I would go inside, and stay inside and lock the doors until the police had him apprehended and let us know it was safe.

I could not believe all this was happening.  I was exhausted and had no energy for another crisis.  I gathered all the kids back inside, locked the windows and doors.  After several hours went by, and watching several police cars come and go as they tracked the drug fugitive, I realized that my second dream had come to pass.  So I called my husband at work and said “You are not going to believe…”

It was the craziest 24 hours ever!

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Hurricanes Floods Fires and Earth Quakes 2017

There are devastating hurricanes, floods, fires, earthquakes, massive animal and fish deaths, and violent storms brewing all around the world in 2017.

Several countries have been dealing with massive devastating disasters for several months this year already.

The USA was just hit by many earthquakes, fires, flooding, and then Harvey on 8/25 and Irma 9/11 and more massive storms are on the way.

Please remember folks in the path of these storms and the aftermath of flooding, fires, tornadoes, and deadly circumstances that are spawned.  So many will loose all their material possessions and some will also loose loved ones and maybe loose their own life too.

Now more than ever we need to pray for Father God to protect and heal the people of the nations.

 

 

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