Hope for Eternity

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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 [a]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!

 

1 of My Inspirations in Life – Helen Keller

Helen Keller was born in 1880, a perfectly healthy baby. However in 1882, she caught what was then called “brain fever.”  It was probably either scarlet fever or meningitis. Up until then Helen had been a very precocious child; for example, she began to talk at just six months of age. However, the illness was very serious and robbed of her sight and hearing at about 19 months old. Helen became very angry and confused, and she began to act out in disturbing ways. She threw violent tantrums. Mealtime was a dreadful time because she would get down from her chair and steal food right from the plates of others. Unfortunately, her parents were at at loss as to what to do to help her. Her father wrote a letter to the Perkins Institute for the Blind pleading for help. Soon, an angel named Annie Sullivan arrived.Annie w Helen

At first, Annie took complete charge of her, tackling her inappropriate social behaviors first. Annie soon began to spell words, but how would teach Helen the meaning of these words? One day, they were at the water pump. Annie kept spelling W-A-T-E-R into her hand until the light bulb went off in Helen’s head! W-A-T-E-R was the wet liquid flowing on her hands. This led to countless other breakthroughs! She certainly had not lost her precociousness; Helen was very quick and curious to learn.

 

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This is my favorite quote from Helen Keller.

 

My favorite HK quote

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Helen stayed close to Annie until Annie’s passing in 1936.

 

Older Annie & Helen

 

Looking Up- When There is Nowhere Else to Look to be Okay!

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!

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Photos courtesy of Google

People, 4 Legged Family, Things & Places I Am Thankful For…….

 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.Grandpa F.

I am thankful for my parents, for the love they gave me for 45 and 47 years respectively.

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I am thankful for the love of this man for 34 years, the rest of his days.

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I thank God for the wonderful baby Kristie we were blessed with:

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I am thankful for the special cousin still with me today

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Just a few of the 4 legged kids that have blessed my life:

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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:

 

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Becky and me @ Palomar Mt. about 1997

Barry & Me

My 23rd wedding anniversary

 

Glen's Wedding

My brother’s wedding & our vow renewal in Las Vegas in 2012

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2014 – Our Wheelchair train. I was driving my hubby around town and I loved it!

The Sun Peers Thru the Oceanside Pier - February 12, 2013

I have had many memories @ Oceanside beach and pier.

Last but not Least @ ALL, My Creator

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Hope & Lessons I am Learning

End of death, sin, agony and pain.
Abundant joy and life everlasting.
Savior for the broken, imperfect souls in every one of us.
Triumph over addiction, hate, loneliness, depression and tears.
Everyone who asks has a mansion in His heaven.
Redeeming grace, love and forgiveness He gives His children.

These are the the blessings that my husband, my parents my grandparents are now enjoying, yet my frail human spirit misses them all and thinks of them daily. Part of me longs to be with them, yet I am still here. This means that my job is not yet done. Due to my Cerebral Palsy, I did not expect to be. Several people told my Barry to expect to be a widower at a young age. The irony is that God had other plans and took my husband first. just last year.

I had grieved deeply before.  But, my grandparents as well as my parents were all very ill, very elderly or both. In any case, I had time to get used to the idea. I had learned that it is better that they go Home, away from me, that for me to pray for them to stay with me is very selfish on my part. This did not come to me in a flash of great insight, but gradually. I lost them slowly, inch by inch. I was aware of the magnitude of their suffering whether they spoke of it or not. I felt it!

With Barry, it was very different. I felt like he was stolen from me and our daughter. I watched her do CPR on him. I saw him being yanked to the ground as the EMT’s arrived. After 33 years 3 months 1 day and 22 hours, he was just gone in the blink of eye, before my daughter could tell him that we loved him. There was no denial nor bargaining with God. I tried. I was reading the last few pages of the book by Don Piper, 90 Minutes in Heaven.  I was told by someone to leave – they needed room to move around. Like so many times before, I was in the way, my chair took up too much space, and it kept me from being where I should have in the bed, holding his hand. Suddenly, it occurred to me that this was the reason that God had me read the book. I was to pray my Barry back to life. I prayed and I prayed. I could not lose him now. In a few months we would be in a position to buy a home of our our own, out of a major city. His tests had actually shown stability and his blood sugar and blood pressure were down. Therefore, death seemed impossible!  Up until I left him at the funeral home for the last. time, I held out hope for a miracle! His face looked at peace, not contorted in pain. The constant pain made him have age lines that he may not have had yet, but for the pain, The lines were not present in younger years. The biggest lesson I learned was God/Jesus does hear and respond to our prayers. Barry was finally free of pain and constant self-doubt. He never felt worthy or good enough on this Earth! From the look of peace on his face, I knew that he finally felt good enough, loved enough. That was  a miracle!  (Matt. 7-8). Also, Romans 8: 28. However, I wanted it done here on Earth with me to witness it, but God wanted it done a different way! Until, I left him, I thought it may be the ultimate Joke. He looked like he was having the best sleep in ages! There was a small part of me that expected him to suddenly awaken and say “Gotcha good that time, didn’t I?

Who was going to take care of me? I certainly did not want my/our daughter to carry that burden. The truth is I need a lot of help with ADL’s, otherwise, called essential activities of daily living. These include: bathing, dressing, transferring in/out of bed etc. Another lesson I learned is just how much our daughter is like her dad. Just at the time that my income went down a great deal and my rent was going up well past my total income, my daughter found a place which she could afford, just as her dad had planned, away from the city. While the care-giving situation has not always been smooth (it takes 6 people to take the place of my Barry). Naturally, that doesn’t even count the spousal things that go into it! BUT, my point is that God provides! (Matthew 6). Again, (Romans 8:28). Sometimes, it is just enough, but He is taking care of me!cropped-doves.jpg2012

 

FINALLY, I  was reminded that;

Ode to Cold 2016 and 2019

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Bright and sunny though it may be,

Winter’s here – it is clear to see.

The sun lies; it’s not warm in the least

Temperature is not fit for man or beast.

It threatens to snow

As the northern wind blows,

Oh no, here comes a blizzard

I’m COLD right down to the gizzard!

It is not very cold in 2019 so far!

Snow has yet to make a real mark.

Is this but the calm before the storm?

Before the cold arrives and takes its true form.

Or will it be a winter gentle and mild?

Similar to that of a newborn baby child.

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Peaks & Valleys

Living among valleys, 

it’s hard to believe mountain

peaks are so nearby.

 

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In response to: https://ronovanwrites.com/2019/11/18/weekly-haiku-poetry-prompt-challenge-4/

My Life has Become a Country Song

I’d rather not marry twice,

he might be like freezing  ice,

He may be as a bald as ball on a pool table,

And not handsome like Barry or Clark Gable.

And I am sure not a beauty like Betty Grable.

 

These days, I’d meet a guy who thinks it’s a great prank,

to make me pay for it all and break my little bank!

I might meet a guy with a weird name like Esa

who has nothing better to do than run up the Visa,

Than I would just have to say as loud as I can, “Bye Felicia!”

 

The real truth is that there will never will be another you, another us,

that completes me like my only one. He was the minus to my plus.

The two of us were blessed. God and love made us a success.

Why settle for a distant second when I have had God’s best.

Anyone else would not hold my heart. Why settle for less?

 

Now, you can see why my life is a country song,

I will, someday, find a new place for me to belong!

 

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Nature vs. Nurture

The age old debate

of nature versus nurture.

I say its equal!

In my opinion,

Fifty percent each is right.

Though nobody knows!

In response to:

Ronovan Writes #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge #279 Nature&Nurture

by Ronovan

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Nature – God”s gift & Genes

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Nurture –  family, friends, life events and environment

Happy Birthday & God Bless the U.S.M.C.

I will begin with a brief history of the U.S. Marines courtesy of http://www.military.com.  I am a proud wife, daughter and friend to several marines who served this country with honor: Barry A. Baker (husband), John K. Gilbertson (dad),  Albert Baker, (Barry’s Paw- Paw) Harold Deibert Sr. and Allen Weinert (friends). All of these great men, who have been in my life, have passed on now. I miss them all, especially my husband and my dad.

On November 10, 1775, the Second Continental Congress meeting in Philadelphia passed a resolution stating that “two Battalions of Marines be raised” for service as landing forces with the fleet. This resolution established the Continental Marines and marked the birth date of the United States Marine Corps.

Serving on land and at sea, these first Marines distinguished themselves in a number of important operations, including their first amphibious raid into the Bahamas in March 1776, under the command of Capt. (later Maj.) Samuel Nicholas. The first commissioned officer in the Continental Marines, Nicholas remained the senior Marine officer throughout the American Revolution and is considered to be the first Marine Commandant. The Treaty of Paris in April 1783 brought an end to the Revolutionary War and as the last of the Navy‘s ships were sold, the Continental Navy and Marines went out of existence,

Following the Revolutionary War and the formal re-establishment of the Marine Corps on 11 July 1798, Marines saw action in the quasi-war with France, landed in Santo Domingo, and took part in many operations against the Barbary pirates along the “Shores of Tripoli.”

Marines took part in numerous naval operations during the War of 1812, as well as participating in the defense of Washington at Bladensburg, Maryland, and fought alongside Andrew Jackson in the defeat of the British at New Orleans.

The decades following the War of 1812 saw the Marines protecting American interests around the world, in the Caribbean, at the Falkland Islands, Sumatra and off the coast of West Africa, and also close to home in operations against the Seminole Indians in Florida. Marines have participated in all of the following wars of the United States, and in most cases were the first service members to fight. To date, Marines have executed more than 300 landings on foreign shores.

Today, there are more than 200,000 active-duty and reserve Marines, organized into three divisions stationed at Camp LejeuneCamp Pendleton, and Okinawa, Japan. Each division has one or more expeditionary units, ready to launch major operations anywhere on short notice. Marines expeditionary units are self-sufficient, with their own tanks, artillery, and air forces. The motto of the service is Semper Fidelis, meaning “Always Faithful” in Latin.

Now, you can see why I have a special love and affection for the Marine Corp. My hometown of Oceanside, CA proudly houses a large part of Camp Pendleton. Unlike many other countries, our military is voluntary, except for a few times in history when there was a draft. May I say, God bless and keep the USA in Your care. God bless all our vets and thank you for your service. Semper Fi and OOO RAH Marines!!!!usmc-flag