Posted in bible verses, christian living, christianity, Faith, forgiveness, godliness, Jesus, life

Always Be Ready

If you are familiar with the YouVersion app, you’ll know that they have different mini devotional plans you can follow. Currently I am reading the plan by Skip Heitzig called “What’s Next? Revelation Series” that takes me through the book of Revelation.

(Going through this plan has also made me want to reread the Left Behind series. So I’ve started book 1 once again. )

While we don’t know the day or the hour that the rapture will occur, (Matthew 24:36)  it’s something I like to imagine will happen in my lifetime. (Though I’m probably wrong….) I would love to be alive when that trumpet sounds!

It’s like the lyrics from the song “Fly Away” by FFH says,

Okay you win, you caught me day dreaming again
About our sudden evacuation
Okay I give in, I can’t help but wondering
But it seems I can’t get enough information
Curiosity has got a hold of me
Tell me how it’s gonna be-when
One day I’ll see you coming back for me
And all together we’ll fly away yeah
One day I’ll hear that trumpet loud and clear
And all together we’ll fly away
Oh how I long for the day
When we’ll fly away
I can’t WAIT for the day when we get to meet our Savior face to face!

Matthew 24:44 tells us to be ready!

You also must be ready all the time, for the Son of Man will come when least expected.

In 1 Thessalonians 4 (NLT) we read that the Lord will come down from Heaven with a commanding shout!

For the Lord himself will come down from heaven with a commanding shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God. First the believers who have died will rise from their graves. Then together with them, we who are still alive and remain on the earth will be caught up in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. Then we will be with the Lord forever.

Our lives here on earth are temporary! Our citizenship, our permanent dwelling place will be in Heaven, with the Lord God Almighty!

Paul tells us this in Philippians 3:20-21 (NLT)

But we are citizens of heaven, where the Lord Jesus Christ lives. And we are eagerly waiting for him to return as our Savior. He will take our weak mortal bodies and change them into glorious bodies like his own, using the same power with which he will bring everything under his control.

Always be ready for Christ’s return! It will happen in a “twinkling of an eye!”

But let me reveal to you a wonderful secret. We will not all die but we will all be transformed! It will happen in a moment, in the blink of an eye when the last trumpet is blown. For when the trumpet sounds, those who have died will be raised to live forever. And we who are living will also be transformed.

1 Corinthians 15:51-52(NLT)

Are you ready?

Posted in anxiety, bible verses, christian living, christianity, Faith, grace

Present Troubles

I’ve been struggling lately.

My health, my finances, etc.

But I came across several verses in 2 Corinthians 4 that reminded me that our present troubles will not last very long.  In verses 8-9 we read:

We are pressed on every side by troubles but we are not crushed. We are perplexed, but not driven to despair. We are hunted down, but never abandoned by God. We get knocked down but we are not destroyed.

Then further down in verses 16-18 we are told,

That is why we never give up. Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are being renewed every day. For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever! So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone but the things we cannot see will last forever.

It’s so easy to feel sorry for ourselves, to have pity parties when things get rough. But God’s Word tells us that one day all our troubles will be gone. We will be forever in His presence where everything is perfect.

Also, in 2 Corinthians 12:9-10, Paul reminds us that God’s grace is all we need.

Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses so that the power of Christ can work through me. That’s why I take pleasure in my weaknesses and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

Can God take away my health struggles? Absolutely! Will He? I don’t know. But what I do know is this: His grace is all I need.

His grace is all YOU need.

 

Posted in writers block, writing

Writer’s Block Strikes Again

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I’ve been wanting to write the last several days and yet when I attempt it, nothing. At all. Nothing comes out. The dreaded writer’s block strikes again.

Maybe my problem is that I don’t know what I want to write. LOL

Writing can be so therapeutic. Being able to lose yourself in a story can be so much fun.

But I have no ideas in my head. There. Are. No. Ideas.

Help!!!!

All you writers out there….what do you do when writer’s block hits?

 

 

Posted in christian living, christianity, Faith

Temporary Excitement vs. Eternal Excitement

Well, you win some you lose some, I suppose. But we SHOULD have won! We were up by as many as 13 points and we blew it in overtime. Duke won on a buzzer beater. *big sigh*

I did some  yelling at the refs as if they could hear me. I got so excited when it looked like we had the game in our reach. But nope. Duke stormed back and won by TWO points.

Losing this game got me to thinking though. I was so excited when I thought we would win this game but do I act as excited doing things for the Lord? I mean, while this game was very exciting..how much do I get excited when someone comes to know the Lord?

Don’t get me wrong. There is nothing wrong with being excited over a sports game. However, when a person puts it over being excited for the Lord there is a problem.

Ephesians 3:19-20 says

May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God. Now all glory to God who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. (NLT)

Think about those verses for a moment. Experiencing the love of Christ? That should excite us!

Philippians 3:20-21tells us,

But we are citizens of heaven, where the Lord Jesus Christ lives. And we are eagerly awaiting for him to return as our Savior. He will take our weak mortal bodies and change them into glorious bodies like his own, using the same power with which he will bring everything under his control. (NLT)

Citizens of heaven! Yes please! We definitely should be excited about that! Knowing that my weak, worn down bodies will be made whole again? YES!!!

Truth be told, sometimes we don’t act eager that the Lord will be returning one day. We don’t live our lives as if He could show up any instant! We are too busy worrying about earthly things.

About trivial things. Things that don’t matter. And yes, I’m including myself in this. I, too, worry about things that won’t matter one day.

But it clearly says in Matthew 6:33-34,

Seek the Kingdom of God about all esle, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need. So don’t worry about tomorrow for tomorrow will bring it’s own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today. (NLT)

Seeing people come to know the Lord? Knowing that Christ loves us dearly? Knowing that one day we will see the Lord face to face? These are things that should definitely excite us!

I want my excitement to be eternal, how about you?

I want to spend eternity with the one who loved me enough to die for me.

Posted in basketball, random, sports, tar heels

It’s Game Time!

 

Alright, you guys! It’s that time of year again! It’s GAME TIME!

Game time, you may ask?

For those of you who follow me on Facebook or Twitter you KNOW that I’m a die hard North Carolina Tar Heels fan!

Now this year we aren’t doing so well. We’re 3-8 in the conference and 10-12 overall. *big sigh*

But a Tar Heel fan I AM and a Tar Heel fan I’ll always be! Win or Lose!

So why am I so excited for today? Because today is game 1 of 2 of our rivalry with the team from down Tobacco Road. The team who resides a mere 8 miles from Chapel Hill. The team everyone loves to hate. Yes, the Duke Blue Devils. (9-2, 19-3)

Game time is at 6PM. I’ve got my #50 Tyler Hansbrough jersey on and I’m pumped up already. Yes, I realize the game doesn’t start for another 5 hours but I don’t care. LOL. I’m ready for this game!

Because of our record you may be wondering why I’m so excited especially since Duke is ranked #7 and are the heavy favorites to win this game.

But it’s Carolina-Duke! This rivalry is fierce! This rivalry NEVER disappoints!

I realize this post is probably a bore to most of you guys reading this. I hope to be back to normal soon. 🙂 LOL

So tell me, how is YOUR day going?

 

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What Have You Been Reading?

So if you are on Goodreads then you know about the reading challenge that is posted every year. You pick a certain amount of books you want to read for the year. One year my goal was 75 and I ended up reading 100! The year after that I didnt participate, LOL.

Anyways, this year I decided on a goal of 50 books. I’ve already read 11 so I just might pass my goal again. Then again, I could fall into a reading slump. Who knows?

I have discovered a new (well, new to me that is,) genre that I can’t get enough of! Historical Fiction, particularly the World War 2 era. I’m loving it! I’ve become hooked on the storylines, the characters, the history, etc. It’s all so good!

Books I’ve read: The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah, The Beantown Girls by Jane Healey, The Flight Girls by Noelle Salazar and The Orphan Sisters by Shirley Dickson. They were ALL so very good! I especially enjoyed The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah.

Currently I’m reading Dear Mrs. Bird by AJ Pearce. I’m having a little bit of a hard time getting into this one but I’m going to press on.

The next book on my list is The Huntress by Kate Quinn.

Have you read any of these books?

What is your favorite genre to read? Any recommendations?


Update on my health: I saw my endocrinologist this past Monday. I have to have another MRI of my head because my prolactin levels are increasing, despite being on medication. It’s most likely my pituitary tumor has returned.

My fibromyalgia is getting slightly worse. The pain is just unreal sometimes. I talked to my primary care doctor about it and he has increased my medication from 200 to 225 twice a day.

I have talked to my managers at work and I am going to be lowering my hours for the time being, at least until I can get my health back under control. I’ll be working 4 hour shifts a few days a week. Honestly, that’s all I can do. I’ll have to be frugal with my money but my health comes first. I need to get it under control.

Thank you for all your prayers and comments. I really do appreciate it. 🙂