Monday, November 30, 2009

Feeling the Thrill of Heaven

How easy it is to be lost! Unless I make God and getting to heaven, my 'one-track' in life, I won't just end up there by chance. A realization of how distracted I've been from God wrapped around me... and I felt awful. That discouraged feeling. Maybe a walk would make me feel better. I walked towards the door but another thought grabbed me. Why not write what I'm looking forward to in Heaven? Plopping down beside my bed, I began penciling in my journal: "What I'm looking forward to in Heaven~."
"I'm writing what I can't wait for about heaven," Mum walked in the room.
That was it... so we started discussing the things that are so amazing - unimaginable.

  • I'll be eternally happy. Never any sadness.
  • That'll be it - no more sin, confusion, and struggles... I'll have reached heaven!
  • I'll meet Bible heroes, and friends like Elyssa, who I haven't seen yet.

When I'm feeling upset I go pray. At those times I just long and wish that I could reach out my hands and have a big reassuring hug from God. And finally...

  • I will be able to hug God - oh, I can't wait!

    This life can be discouraging and sad at times, but there -
    • Life will be the most meaningful imaginable.
    I sat there trying to think of the prettiest places I could think of - maybe some amazing gardens in the world. Or places where monsoon rains, leave lands lush and beautiful: that remind me of what Eden might've looked like. But nothing I could think of could compare. It won't be artificial. Grass will be the lushest and softest: like carpet. When you sit on it, it won't make you itchy. And those streets of gold, so different to anything here.
    • Truly, It'll be the prettiest place out!

    I pictured getting to heaven, and a man, woman, or a child coming and saying, "What you did that day, really caring, made me want God too: that's why I'm here too." That thought made me so want to be more of a blessing.
    • ...meet people God saved using you.
    I imagine the ecstasy: when I thought of sharing, the embarrassment that might have tempted me here, the 'being out of my comfort zone,' will be all have been worth it.
    • Be able to spend forever! with loving Jesus.
    That's what I long for, what I live for. I live here on earth, to be able to spend forever, eternity with Him. He loved me so much, that He went through the most horrendous treatment ever endured by man to save me. It melts my heart to realize that he didn't have to, he wanted to. Too Him the thought of losing me, was too much, to think twice about the pain and suffering.
    • Finally, getting understanding the full picture of the plan of salvation and heavenly things. No earthly, ugly thought will enter our mind again.
    • Being served by Jesus & sitting at that awesome table, that goes for miles and you can see everyone clearly. (I think I'd want to jump up and help.)
    • Eating that luscious fruit – better than the juiciest and sweetest mango I've ever eaten here.

    • Picking a bunch of delicate cosmos and being filled with amazement over the years, as I watch it never even wilt.
    • Watching animals and babies. Getting to look after one of those innocent babies from Bethlehem. I've never been a Mum here, so I'll get a chance with one of them.
    • Skipping, running, singing, flying, over the whole of heaven, and the sea of glass.
    • After the thousand years, watch God recreate the earth. That will be so breath-taking. Seeing plants, and stars and animals appear. (This time, I hope we'll be able to name them all, like Adam did.)
    • Everybody will be beautiful.
    • Giggling about how short I am compared to heaven's people. I think I'll go up to Adam, "Hey Grandfather, I'm up to your waist now!"
    • Ride a lion, climb those mighty trees: feel the joy of heaven.
    As I wrote this list, I caught a bit of the excitement, that heaven will be. I felt the thrill... and now I know for sure, that I don't want to miss out: for anything.

    ~Christella

    Thursday, November 26, 2009

    Today...


    • I am thankful for life. I love life and I'm so thankful that God has given me breath and health thus far.
    • I am thankful for a comfortable house to live in.
    • I am thankful for a bed to sleep in.
    • I am thankful for food to eat.
    • I am thankful for my family.
    • I am thankful for my friends.
    • I am thankful for running water and for hot water heaters.
    • I am thankful for all the circumstances of life that God has brought me through. They have taught me many things.
    • I am thankful for the privilege of knowing God and knowing that He loves me and that He is a loving God. I'm so thankful that I don't have to live in fear and darkness like so many who don't know God.
    • I am thankful for religious freedom, to believe what my conscious tells me is right.
    • I am thankful for so many things but especially and most grateful for God's gift in giving His only begotten Son to die that I might live and that Jesus was willing to sacrifice His all for me.
    The song "My Tribute" expresses my feelings so well - especially the first verse.

    How can I say thanks for the things
    You have done for me?
    Things so undeserved yet you gave
    To prove your love for me
    The voices of a million angels
    Could not express my gratitude
    All that I am, and ever hope to be
    I owe it all to thee


    To god be the glory, to god be the glory
    To god be the glory for the things he has done
    With his blood he has saved me
    With his power he has raised me
    To god be the glory for the things he has done
    Just let me live my life and
    Let it be pleasing lord to thee
    And if I gain any praise, let it go to calvary
    With his blood he has saved me
    With his power he has raised me
    To god be the glory for the things he has done

    ~ Andrae Crouch

    Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

    Sunday, November 22, 2009

    Coincidence or Providence?

    My brother was coming home to visit and he mentioned that he hoped it would snow while he was here. I hoped it would too because it would make his visit all the more special. So I prayed that if it was God's will it would snow. He got home Thursday evening and all that day it had been sunny and nice although it was cold. Friday, it started off partly cloudy but very soon it became as windy as ever! Some people even lost parts of their roofs but anyway, it started to snow! Big, beautiful flakes making almost blizzard conditions. It was amazing but another more amazing thing happened that day.

    The power started to flicker and it went off a couple times for about two seconds and I thought "Oh no! I've got so much to do today before Sabbath and I hope the power doesn't go off!" and so I prayed again. Oh Father, You know all that I need to get done today, please help the power to stay on if it be Thy will. Amen. Busily I worked trying to get everything finished as soon as possible just in case the power went out. Well, our power never went out but when dad and my brother walked in the front door from being over at our neighbors place they said "What?! What's with this, we've got power here?!" I knew why we had power and I was so excited! Two of our neighbors were out of power and when they had called the power company many others in our town had already called the company telling them that they were out of power!! They didn't have power for like 3 or 4 hours at least but ours didn't go off!

    Isn't God amazing? He answered my prayer that it would snow and He answered my prayer that the power would stay on and it did even though many if not everyone else lost their power in the storm.

    Was this coincidence or providence? I believe it was providence.

    I believe in miracles.
    I believe that God worked miracles in days gone by and I believe He still does today. For He says:
    “For I am the LORD, I change not;” (Malachi 3:6) If God could work mightily many years ago, He can do it today as well!

    This little experience was so special and strengthened my faith so much I wanted to share it with you all!

    Saturday, November 14, 2009

    His way is Perfect




    When my way seems dark and drear, and the future I don't know
    My heart feels so empty as the tears unending flow
    When my heart breaks with sorrow and a tempest fills my soul
    This one thing I know for sure: My God is in control.

    His way is perfect; His way is perfect
    Though I don't understand His wise and loving plan
    His way is perfect; His way is perfect
    Take my life and make a vessel purified
    God makes no mistakes— His way is best.

    When the toils of life are come and my heart is worn with care,
    I faint 'neath the burden of a cross I cannot bear.
    When the joy has departed from my sorrow-stricken soul,
    This one thing I know for sure: my God is in control.

    His way is perfect; His way is perfect
    Though I don't understand His wise and loving plan
    His way is perfect; His way is perfect
    Take my life and make a vessel purified
    God makes no mistakes— His way is best.
    ~ Betsy Kistler


    Truly God's ways are perfect. He never makes mistakes and for this I am thankful, I am encouraged, I am happy and learning to trust Him more.
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