When these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.
Happy belated Thanksgiving to my Canadian friends~
I am still sick with this fall cold, so have not been able to get out to take some new autumn pics. But I am taking this time to stay in where it is warm and reflect on the many blessings we have from the Lord.
Many times, we seem to only focus on the negative things in our lives and in this world. Yes, it can get discouraging as we see so many things happening around us, like people using violence against one another more and more, natural disasters, and economic collapse, deceit of politicians, etc...
But, we, as Christians, can only warn the lost of their need for Jesus, and then pray for hearts of stone to change as people seek redemption and repent of their sins.
That is our first, and biggest blessing...The fact that God gives us a way
(The only way, truth, and life~ Jesus!) A new way, a new truth, and a brand new life...instead of walking in our own ways, or the way of the world, instead of believing the lies that are constantly being ingrained into our minds since childhood, we can now comprehend the Truth of God with the help of the Holy Spirit that He has placed within each believer! We are given a new mind...the mind of Christ...( AWESOME!)
Instead of walking the old path of our sin, (or walking in our own righteousness, which deceives us into thinking we are good enough); we have been given the righteousness of Christ Himself...which is the only way we can do anything truly good for the kingdom of God.
Instead of death (spiritual death), we are given life...eternal life!
Instead of the punishment of an eternity in hell...
We are promised to share in His Glory in Heaven...forever!
I am grateful for a loving husband and children, comfortable home, adequate food, and water, and clothing, and a country that (at least for now) allows me the freedom to pursue and write about my faith.
I am thankful for friends, for my dogs, for the people who do the jobs that serve our daily needs...especially those in the military, and medical, and emergency professionals.
I am thankful for modern technology as I am old fashioned, but I do like modern conveniences!
The above image is from my yard last year...This time of year we find ourselves often looking up to see the grandeur of the colors in the trees...This reminds me to look up when we are feeling down...get your focus off the rut in the ground, and look forward to the promise of our Lord coming to deliver us!
|My little granddaughters, Aubrey and (Alyssa, in the background)|
There are so many wonderful blessings here in the world, but we must be careful to not love the world so much, that we forget that the one who gave us all good things, is the same one who will someday remove this old world, and replace it with a new heaven and a new earth...That will be our real, forever home...The things here on earth are temporary, and we are warned to not love them, because our treasures are to be in Heaven, not here on earth.
I am thankful for the blessings you have given, but help me to not treasure the things that I have while here in this temporary place. Help me to, instead, value those things that are eternal...The love of God, and of people, forgiveness, redemption, fellowship with you and my brothers and sisters in the family of God, your glory and power to overcome evil with good, anticipation of Jesus return, and the promise of a new heaven and new earth!
In Thy precious name, Jesus~ Amen~