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Monday, December 31, 2012

You Can't Take it With You

Then why do we hold so tightly to the things of this earth? We strive to make more money in order to have more stuff, more fluff, more bling, and often times we're too busy for what really matters … family and friends.

Deadlines cry out for attention. Mortgages need to be paid. Medical bills. They all demand attention.

And sometimes God gets left on the sidelines.

I'm not saying riches are wrong. l Timothy 6:10a warns, "For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evils." Emphasis mine. Let's not take scripture out of context. It's our focus that matters.

If our focus is climbing the ladder of success and God's not in it, our vision will blur and we'll be in danger of going astray. We may forget His true calling on our lives. We may forget to look to Him to meet our needs until we're forced to by job loss.

It's going to start happening more frequently. That fiscal cliff looms large. I don't care what political compromises are made, we're in deep do do. In fact, compromise in part, is the problem.

Jesus never compromised. He held true to His calling and convictions in spite of opposition … to death.

Look up. That's where our hope lies friends. One day we'll meet our Lord and Savior in the air, and everything we hold dear here on earth will be left behind, including that wedding ring on the finger of those who are married. Because in truth we are the bride of Christ.

He is preparing a place for us in heaven that outshines our most treasured possessions. Whatever loss we suffer here won't matter one whit in eternity, and we'll wonder why we held so tightly to all the stuff.

So if you're a lover of nature, color, and things that sparkle, guess what? …Heaven is filled with bling! I used to wonder why God would clothe us in simple white linen robes, and only recently did I come to understand--He is so ingenious.

Imagine gemstone walls reflecting His glorious light all over the kingdom of heaven! Our pure white robes will illuminate with color. Hallelujah! Praise His holy name.

It'll be unlike any rainbow we've ever seen or imagined.

After reading HEAVEN IS FOR REAL by Todd Burpo, and his son's description of Jesus colorful rainbow horse, I wondered about that. Scripture tells us that Jesus will return on a white horse. But in a little boy's mind, it was colored with the rainbow. It makes perfect sense, doesn't it.

Even Jesus horse reflects God's glory!

He is preparing a place that will outshine earth's grandeur, and despite the enemies plans to destroy us, Jesus Christ is the victor. He died on the cross for our sins and took the keys of death and hell. Satan's dominion will soon end. Jesus is coming soon. Amen!

May we see Him high and lifted up as we enter 2013, and continue to prepare for His coming. This age is soon passing away, My Friends, and we'll be leaving all that stains, tarnishes, rots and burns, all that brings us pleasure here, for something truly grand, beyond our wildest imagination. Best of all, we'll see Jesus face to face.

 

"Behold, I am coming soon, bringing my recompense with me, to repay each one for what he has done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end." Rev. 22:12-13

 

Lord, help us prepare for your coming. Strengthen our faith in these difficult days ahead, and lead those who don't yet know You to yourself, that they may share in your inheritance. In Jesus name, amen.

 

Love & Blessings in the New Year!

Danie Marie

8 comments:

  1. Amen! Amen! Amen! Thank you for this! Such an encouragement to think about the peace and beauty that awaits us in our forever home. I love the line, "May we see Him high and lifted up as we enter 2013." I believe I will be repeating this to myself often in the next year. God bless you, Danie.

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  2. Hi Kathryn, Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comnment. Happy New Year and may the blessings of our Lord shower upon you and yours.

    Danie

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  3. Thank you for the reminder of what's really important in life. We will see Him face-to-face!

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  4. Hi Vonda,

    So glad you stopped by sweet friend. Have a blessed New Year, Miss Inspiration Herself!

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  5. Recently my mother passed away. I was with her when she left this world and went to be with our Lord. I am a nurse and "used" to this type of situation, but I wasn't prepared for what I felt when I removed her from life support. Life passed from her in a flash. One minute she was here and the next she was gone. LIFE IS JUST A VAPOR. My father had to move in with my husband of 33 years and myself since he suffers from ALZHEIMER'S. This change in our life has been drastic. Since I write, I work from home, and he is in need of constant care. Not so much physically, but emotionally. I am finding myself often frustrated and tired....but remember, now more than before my mothers death, that this is only temporary. The only thing that matters and the only thing that is permanent is what we have waiting for us in our heavenly home. It will last forever.
    When I straighted her head from the tilt it was in after removing her from lifesuport, it was the rasping, rattled breath left her body, that shook me to my very soul. Just one breath, a solitary movement, event, second....that is the only thing between us an eternity.
    THEN SOMETHING WONDERFUL HAPPENED. I actually heard her spirit pass past my ear with a slight breeze that moved my hair, softly blowing past me. She was telling me goodbye and I am so grateful. She was there for my first breath, I was there for her last. I had my hand on her chest, feeling her last few heartbeats. They grew slower and slower. A couple of times her heart stopped and the doctor listened, still hearing slight chest sounds. BUT WHEN I FELT HER HEART STOP FOR THE 4TH TIME, A SOFT BREEZE BLEW PAST MY EAR, MOVING MY HAIR SLIGHTLY, THE SOUND WAS A SLIGHT SQUEEK, I knew she was gone and said so to the doctor, even before he listened for himself. I heard her leave. The second she left, I knew it. So it is only that one breath that keeps us between now and eternity. Such a small thing, but it is really what it all comes down to in the end. SO, when I am overwhelmed, I remember that this too is temporary and I have heaven waiting for me. It is just a breath away. Keep your eyes upward.....

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  6. Danie Marie, help us all trust the Lord more. Rohn Federbush

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  7. Tina, Thank you so much for sharing your story with me. Wow! I understand so much of what you're going through. My mom and I were with her sister when she died. As we slipped out for lunch, she slipped into a coma. Then, we waited. I watched her breathing as it became more and more labored. And then, the seconds passed, and she breathed no more. She was gone. I pray to heaven, but I'm not sure. I asked if she'd made peace with God, and she said "yes". Only God really knew her heart. But what an awesome experience you had with your mom as she passed from this life to the next! It was truly God's assurance for you of what awaits us.
    My mom was diagnosed with Alzhiemers 4 1/2 years ago, so I know how you're struggling with your dad living with you. Last year we almost lost my dad, and took mom in for a week. It was a full time job. Thankfully dad has help with her. A caregiver comes in 3 times a week. God bless you sweet sister.
    Love ~ Danie

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  8. Hi Rohn! I'm happy to see you joined my site, and look forward to communicating with you more in the days and months ahead.

    Love ~ Danie

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