1 Thess. 4.:13-18.
Those Who Died in Christ
13 Now we do not want you to be uninformed, believers, about those who are asleep [in death], so that you will not grieve [for them] as the others do who have no hope [beyond this present life]. 14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again [as in fact He did], even so God [in this same way—by raising them from the dead] will bring with Him those [believers] who have fallen asleep in Jesus. 15 For we say this to you by the Lord’s [own] word, that we who are still alive and remain until the coming of the Lord, will in no way precede [into His presence] those [believers] who have fallen asleep [in death]. 16 For the Lord Himself will come down from heaven with a shout of command, with the voice of the archangel and with the [blast of the] trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 Then we who are alive and remain [on the earth] will simultaneously be caught up (raptured) together with them [the resurrected ones] in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord! 18 Therefore comfort and encourage one another with these words [concerning our reunion with believers who have died].
What a wonderful, amazing hope this is! I cannot wait for that day of the rapture! I have so many questions. I know my husband visits me quite often, at night when I am asleep. I wonder how this works. Their bodies are asleep, but I wonder how they get to visit ever so briefly! It is a great comfort to me; doubtless to many others as well whose loved ones have has passed on. David Jeremiah, a well – known pastor, author and Biblical scholar, says that not only do we get brand new bodies, we will have jobs that we will love and they will be perfectly suited for them! What kinds of jobs are they? Will I meet the baby I lost so early in pregnancy? Will I know him or her? Will my beloved pets be there too? So many questions! Take care and hold on to the hope we have in Jesus!
via A Tribute to Mom! Please enjoy her poems!https://katb8587.wordpress.com/a-tribute-to-mom/
I wanted to share some of my mom’s writings; eight years ago, she went Home to her eternal rest. I hope and pray that she love, self-worth and peace that she could not find in this life. She was very in love with my step-father at the time she wrote these poems. He didn’t love her as much! The above photo was/is my parents on their wedding day 59 years ago! I wish it had been happier for them! Nobody can deny that she had a way with with words! I will see you when my time comes at the feet of Jesus! Until than, I love and miss you everyday! I hope you know now that there is always hope! This poem below is about my brother
1. I still miss my own Mom just as much as ever. I wish there were visiting hours in Heaven.
2. I don’t stop being concerned just because she is grown.
3. My love is unconditional.
4. I understand God better.
5. I can’t be both a Mom and a Dad since Barry died last year. I am not good at it.
6. I can’t keep her from making mistakes.
7. I can never say too many prayers for her.
8. I love her more and more each day.
9. She was my dearest SURPRISE I will have in life.
10. I still am learning to be the best possible mom.
11. As much as I want to be, she will NEVER think that I am a funny person!
Our country and our world needs prayer more than any other time in my life. I was born in 1964. I think many of of us, including me, have become apathetic due to the things that we here on the news and read on the web as well as the newspaper about corrupt leaders of our country and many other countries. Many of the “right things” they do are done to garner votes, instead of being done for the good of the people.
I made an error in judgement. I should have fought harder for the country I love! Instead of giving up, I should have prayed for leaders to exercise wisdom and integrity, qualities that my Grandpa Wally illustrated in his life to me and everyone else. Don’t forget to pray and to include those who are impacted by this terrible virus, physically, financially and emotionally. I am still proud of my country!
LOL, I had to edit this because I used too many syllables!
I am so sorry
that I might cause a slight bit
of your discomfort.
A tired Mom I was,
with a brand new babe because
God blessed us with her.
My reply to Haiku Challenge:
Ronovan Writes #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge 304: Might&Slight
When 2019 began, my message was about looking up! I didn’t know at the time that I would have to do that so much. Just over a month later, my husband went Home to his rest eternal. My husband and I were very close. His passing made me more curious about Heaven and just what he might be doing up there. Of course, I received no definite answers to my questions. But, I did get closer to God in this process. I have had the wrong impression of Him. When I was little, I used to think of Him as a stern, corrective and rather joyless Father. My thought was that He could not wait to show us our mistakes, keeping a tally of each one. I felt as though God spent most of the time being greatly disappointed in everyone, especially me!
However, I am starting to really understand the grace given to you and me by His death on the cross and resurrection. None of us really deserve His love and grace, but we get because He is not only a kind and loving Father, a Dad, but an understanding friend. Grace is defined as “The love and mercy given to us by God because God desires us/me to have it, not necessarily because of anything we have done to earn it.” Another lesson that is finally sinking in is that getting into Heaven has nothing to do with our/ my own own good deeds. Good deeds come from wanting to please God and a desire to be like Him.
I don’t want to cram my beliefs down the throat of anyone, I am just sharing my thoughts with you, but I hope it is helpful to you. With the Covid-19 going on, so much is beyond anyone’s ability to control it. Some also say that the days of the U.S. being the most powerful nation in the world are few now. That is why we don’t appear in the book of Revelations. There is much talk about the New World Order, perhaps, there is truth to it; some signs are there for sure. In the meantime, I will put my hand in the hand of the Man from Galilee! I would rather think positive, especially since Barry is no longer here to lean on – not in the physical sense anyway. So why not look up and ask for His Help and protection. Let me know what you think!
Photos courtesy of Google
Baton Rouge, red stick,
Quite a trick to catch baton
Clumsy hands had I.
photo from Google
In response to
A poem Mom wrote for my 8 year old brother How old was I, 19 years old!
This was my brother @ 1 month old. I was nodding off in the background; however, I couldn’t wait to get home from from 6th grade to give him his mid-afternoon feeding!!! Wasn’t our mom beautiful?
His jacket as a little 1:
Glen and Hope
Glen & Hope & Reyanna
Glen & Kristie, my daughter in 2011
Glen Kristie & me me visiting her @ burn unit in Seattle. Glen flew in California
Our Vow renewal – 2012 = Las Vegas
Glen & I – Las Vegas!
Glen’s Wedding – Las Vegas – 2012
Glen has always been there when I needed him the most! Glen and TJ, his wife.
Family, with our Grandma, Christmas 2015
Glen & Grandma
Glen’s always been there for Kristie and me, especially after our husband/Dad passed last year! Calif. 2019
In response to Thankful Thursdays from Comedy Plus
Some of my Dear Family Members
I am thankful for having my wonderful Grandpa in my life for almost 21 years.
I am thankful for my parents, for the love they gave me for 45 and 47 years respectively.
I am thankful for the love of this man for 34 years, the rest of his days.
I thank God for the wonderful baby Kristie we were blessed with:
I am thankful for the special cousin still with me today
Just a few of the 4 legged kids that have blessed my life:
I have lost a great deal by now, but each of these people and critters have brought me more joy and love than I deserve to be blessed with!
A few Special Places and Memories to Me:
Becky and me @ Palomar Mt. about 1997
My 23rd wedding anniversary
My brother’s wedding & our vow renewal in Las Vegas in 2012
2014 – Our Wheelchair train. I was driving my hubby around town and I loved it!
I have had many memories @ Oceanside beach and pier.
Last but not Least @ ALL, My Creator
Was it an odd bird?
My Cat was eyeing a Bat!
Maybe a strange mouse?
In response to:
Ronovan Writes #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge CCCII: Bat&Cat