The Rapture of God’s People

The time draw nears.

Revelation 16:15
English Standard Version

15 (“Behold, I am coming like a thief! Blessed is the one who stays awake, keeping his garments on, that he may not go about naked and be seen exposed!”)

He will take us up onto the clouds.

High above the earth we will gaze into our Lords eyes, and be comforted.

Joy

The time to prepare is now.

As this day draws near, Lord guide me to talk to those around me. Let me sing and shout with joy, “Jesus is coming soon.” “Get ready!”

The time to put my to my house in order is now!

Family! Friends! Strangers!

Repent!

Jesus forgive me for all my sins past and present. Most of all, help me recall the sins I have forgotten.

I pray that the hand of Jesus is upon each of us, as we prepare for the return of Jesus. I feel in my heart the time is near – days, months – it is very soon.

Am I ready? Yes! I want to be with Jesus! I worry about my children and husband, and I pray for God to open their hearts so that they can be guided by the Holy Spirit.

Trust in Jesus.

I remember as a youth asking Jesus to come into my life, and since that moment, He has never left my side. He has guided me throughout the course of my life. There were many times I didn’t listen to Him and went astray. God has always guided me back. He is the Shepard and takes care of his herd. God has always placed people along with serendipitous situations in my life and guided me back. I am continuously awakened by the Hand of God – to walk the path of His light and not fall onto the path of the wicked.

5.Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
And lean not on your own understanding;
6. In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall direct your paths. Proverbs 3:5-6

Dear Jesus,

I lift my prayer to you today so that you can open my mind and heart to your will. In the coming days show me all the sins that I’ve forgotten so that I can repent each and every wrong I’ve committed. Let my sins be cleansed with the blood of Jesus.

I pray for my loved ones. I pray for The hand of God to open their hearts and mind. That in the coming two days they will feel your Holy Spirit awakening them to your love and grace.

Jesus, I pray that no loved one is left behind.

I also pray for those around me – friends, colleagues, acquaintances and strangers. I pray for my nation. I pray for my world. Please open all hearts to Jesus. Awaken all to walk towards the Light of God.

Please help me reach out to them with sincerity and love through this blog, through my words.

It’s not too late!

Out of the depth I call to you, Lord God hear my prayer!

Amen

After writing this blog post, in my quiet time with God, I was directed to this verse:

In Christ Jesus, we are

being strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy; giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light. Colossians 1:11 EVS

I am given the strength by God to endure my day with joy in my heart. I praise God for his mercy and everlasting love for me. Let me give thanks to God.

I pray for those who have caused me pain. I pray dear Lord that you let me put these people behind me. That I move beyond the hurt, and walk in joy and freedom. I pray for blessings upon who have hurt me. I pray that you may open their hearts to the joy of our Lord Jesus.

Praise be to God!

Amen, Amen, Amen!

The above study arose out of my quiet time with the Churchome app.

Untold Millions

Untold Millions” song lyrics.

Untold millions are still untold
Untold millions are still outside the fold

Who will tell them of Jesus’ love
And the heavenly mansions awaiting above
Jesus died on Calvary to save each one from sin

Now he calls to you and to me
To go and bring them in
For many untold millions are still untold
Untold millions are outside the fold
Who will tell them of Jesus’ love
And the heavenly mansions awaiting above

When I was a child, hymns praising God, to songs recanting the joy of Christ Jesus’ birth, His death, to songs that spread the good news of Gods love for us, I didn’t understand or appreciated them. I thought as a child. I did not understand the depth and soul of these hymns. Today, these songs are my source of comfort and strength.

Now they help me cope and get through a world gone mad. They let me proudly express my voice in a world where our belief, speech, and freedom to express is slowly being silenced.

Our culture today consists of “banned”, of “like”, or “delete”.

As we move further into a post technological dependency – where the possibility of “transhumanism” is already upon us – post infancy stage. We are losing our spiritual self.

Our dependence upon the internet, upon our devices, and on our like culture is slowly creating a rift between us and our soul (and inner self).

Untold millions!

The time for Christ’s return is near, and I feel in my heart the need to share the Gospel. Let me tell you the story of Jesus…

I pray to God – Abba Father, and ask for repentance for all my sins – past and present – for what I have said, done and left undone that falls short of your Glory. I ask for the forgiveness of all my sins, and fill me with the light of your Holy Spirit.

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9 NIV

I pray that your Hands touch those close to me, that you open their hearts so that they can come to know you as I do.

Amen

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I Believe…

I Believe…

…in God

The Father Almighty

Creator of Heaven and earth

I believe in Jesus Christ, His only Son our Lord

Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit

Born of the Virgin Mary

Suffered under Pontius Pilate

Was crucified, died, and was buried

He descended to the dead

On the third day, He rose again

He ascended to Heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father

He will come again to judge the living and the dead

I believe…

… in the Holy Spirit

The Forgiveness of sins

Praise be to God

Amen

Top photo by me…from my early morning walk. It is a time for my own reflections, prayer and most of all looking at God’s beautiful creation before me – the life He has given to me. Let me embrace the wonder that is created by my God, and let me live each day glorifying His blessings upon my life. No matter the challenges and struggles we face in this world, I live in the knowledge that You keep your people safe and secure in Your Grace.

I reflect on John 19:25-27 and think about the depth of Jesus’ love while on the cross, and, of his abundant love for a sinner like me. Praise be to God for His wonderful gift in His son Jesus! In our world divided by racism and hate, it is only in Christ Jesus that we are one – it is only through Jesus that we are unleashed by the chains of our prejudice and selfishness. We can be confident that through Christ we are one.

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Thy Lovingkindness in the Morning

Thy lovingkindness in the morning;

For I trust in Thee; 

Teach me the way in which I should walk;


For to Thee I lift up my soul.
Psalm 143

I lift up my face, and embrace the warmth of the sun.  I start my day afresh and let go of all the things within my heart that can fill me with discontent.  I let them flow away like the brisk morning breeze.  This is a new day!  I pray that God will guide me each step of the way. With heart felt compassion, I also pray for those around me today…that they may also feel Your lovingkindness.

Bad days exist…especially if I had a bad night. I try to make a habit of letting go of my anger before I go to bed, and as much as I hate to admit it, sometimes I wake up grumpy as a result.

I am imperfect before my God.

Taking a walk this morning helped me embrace the beauty of the morning, and self talk with our Lord Jesus. I let go of all my angry, hearts discontent, and grievances.

It was only after this that I was able to enjoy the wonder of the morning. Yes, I let Christ carry my burdens.

WE are human and have short comings. We are so hard on ourselves and we don’t realize that we end up taking on all the burdens of our workplace, of our family, and of our own world. So many things intersect to create burdens upon us.

Give yourself a break and give it up to Christ. Let Him carry it for you. You only need rely on His strength and peace.

Praise be to God!


Todays photos:  From my early morning walk:)

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Walking in Strength and Peace

Walking with Confidence in Jesus

as we go about our busy day, let us not forget to ask Jesus for the strength and peace.

The Lord will give strength to HIs People.

The Lord will bless His people with peace.

Psalm 29:11

The past few weeks, I try to make a habit of setting time aside for prayer and devotion to God.    No matter how well planned or the good intention on my part, there has been days I have not.   Life gets the best of me sometimes, and yes, I forget. 

Every morning, I wake up early as my daughter prepares for school.  I spend some time with her before she sets off for her day.  I eat a quick breakfast – coffee with toast and cheese, it is already 8:00 am.  Thrown into my daily mix is also my dog giving me the anxious, “I need my morning walk”.  Today I decide to take care of these first, so that I can set aside some time for prayer and the word of God.  This lead me today to write and share my thoughts with my readers.

…To ask God

Lord, help me walk with strength today.  

No matter how hectic my day can become,

help me find the peace within to be centered.

Praise be to God

Check this post out in my sway:

Walking with Confidence in Jesus
as we go about our busy day, let us not forget to ask Jesus for the strength and peace as we go about our day. Check out Walking In Strength and Peace on Sway:)
Go to this Sway

Freedom

The past three weeks has been a bit chaotic for me both mentally and emotionally. I’ve been speechless, as I look at the issues that has befallen our humanity. I have thought critically about the different voices – of accusation and hate.

First with the COVID-19 and then with the voices (the world) in anger – the cultural divide deepens as voices raise up with cries of injustice and the mores. It reminds me that the world we live in is not my heaven. It’s my hell.

I think what bothers me is that it is so easy to fall into the chaos of our time – it springs forth with vicious intensity and before we know it, the mood is dark and hateful. I keep silent as I read and listen to both sides. I draw upon my own experience as a person of colour. In the end, I tune out of all the negative din and turn off the T.V and news. I refuse to use the “race card”. I refuse to be a pawn.

I am reminded:

20 I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. Galatians 2:20 NIV

As Christians,

28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. Galatians 3:28 King James Version

As we walk in troubled times, something to remember is to look to God’s word and draw near to Him. To know Him. To recognize that the world we live in is our hell.

When days are tough, it’s easy to fall into a slump – it is easy to escape into the ways of flesh and stop reading the Bible and talking to God. Not only do we need tune out of the negative din around us – we need to turn off the news – it’s not our narrative! The past three weeks, the negative vibes has found me cranky, depressed, and in a physical down spin. I’m am sadden by the human condition only to be reminded in Gods words to rejoice even in times of trouble:

Let us not fall into the din of our living hell, but rather let us rejoice: “I will sing, yes, I will sing praises to the a lord.”

Note: theres a song that comes to mind when I’m down. It’s one I learnt as a child in Sunday school, and it’s a source of comfort in troubled times: Trust and Obey

❤️

What do we do when there’s nothing we can do?

It’s official….High School for my daughter and son restarts in September.  Today my daughter went to her high school and  collected all her binders, shoes (2+), and all her “junk” (What? 3 bottles of body spray? Really?) from her locker.    My son was still in bed!

Being at home during the COVID-19 pandemic, routines have been a bit off for my children. The tiger mom in me has been lenient. I only ask each child make their own schedule.  The only demand I have comes from Jordan B. Peterson’s 12 Rules for Life An Antidote for Chaos – 1. Make your bed!

I’ve got to say there are many benefits to being a “tiger mom” (coughs, coughs, OK it means I am pretty strict!). My daughter sets aside 6 hours daily to focus on her studies using zoom and other online platform supplied by her school.  She is able to organize and schedule in time for breaks, snacks and working out. My son on the other hand is now a young adult and stays up till the wee hours.  I personally don’t mind his nocturne habits as long as all his school work is done.  As long as he maintains his standards of excellence, I basically don’t need to supervise his study time.

On the weekends they are free to relax and chill, but my favorite time is Sunday morning. We watch an online Sunday Church Service together, and then I cook brunch for the family. These are precious moments for me during our quarantine.

What can we do when there’s nothing we can do about it?

We are all living with some sense of anxiety, challenges and financial fall back. That’s a given!

My sister sent the family a link this morning – How to Persevere in Tough Times by Andy Stanley.

 

It reminds us to make a conscious paradigm shift, and to embrace the trials we have with an attitude of faith.   Yes, our faith in God will be tested, and if we are afraid  – we pray and ask God for wisdom.  Are we strong enough to endure?  I for one can honestly say I can stand strong in the face of chaos only because I know that the Hand of God rests upon me.

1. Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, 2. knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. 5. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.

5. But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him. James 1: 1-5 

My personal to do list during COVID-19 stems from not wanting to waste time during my quarantine.   My goal is spiritual growth and reflection upon the grace of God in my life. It’s of trusting God, and stepping outside of my comfort zone. My goal is to motivate my children to want to know more about God. It’s to share the story of Jesus – let them who have ears – hear. I want to share my love for Him. I want to be a living example of someone who lives in with the Holy Spirit in me. Finally, I want them to live mindfully and embrace the daily nuances big or small.

Within all the unknowns around the COVID-19, it is my time to time to “persevere” and trust in God to guide me/us. It is also for me/us to ask for wisdom to think critically and sheive make the right choices.

Let us start each day with a time of silence.  It’s not hard to take 5 to 6 minutes out of our day in quiet prayer with God. 

I pray for the perseverance to to endure.  I pray that my faith grows stronger.  I will stay with God and not quit!

13.Here is something I am still sure of.
    I will see the Lord’s goodness
    while I’m still alive.
14.Wait for the Lord.
    Be strong and don’t lose hope.
    Wait for the Lord. Psalm 27:13-14

I will stay with God, I will not quit!

I will stay with God, I will not quit!

I will stay with God, I will not quit!

I pray that each of you will do the same:

Stay with God, and don’t quit❤️