Archive | April 2014

WHAT IF?

whatif[1]WHAT IF …… you were about to take a bite of something that was laced with Poison…… would you want me to tell you?    Would you trust me enough to listen?

WHAT IF……. you were about to back off of a cliff……. would you want me to tell you?    Would you trust me enough to listen?

WHAT IF……. you were about to step into a pit of poisonous rattle snakes…….  would you want me to tell you?    Would you trust me enough to listen?

WHAT IF……. you were about to be mugged….. would you want me to tell you?    Would you trust me enough to listen?

WHAT IF…… you were about to lose your life in some form or fashion…… would you want me to tell you?    Would you trust me enough to listen?

WHAT IF…… there was a tornado coming straight for you…….would you want me to tell you?    Would you trust me enough to listen?

I would imagine every answer would be YES!!!   What kind of a friend would I be if I saw something coming to hurt you and stood back and said absolutely nothing at all?!?!?   What kind of human being period…. would I be for that matter….whether friend…family…. or so called enemy …….to let something happen to you that could be averted by a simple shout out!?!?

I also can not imagine you not taking my warning as an honest heartfelt concern for your safety!   Some may question my motives….but what could possibly be the reason?  I sure can’t see any personal gain I would get out of keeping anyone from harm by shedding the light on a dim situation!
Some…. I could guess, would feel their present situation may be worth any risk that they assume may or may not happen and then choose to continue doing what they are doing.

Some could just assume that I didn’t have a clue about what was really going on and then choose to turn a deaf ear to my warning.  Those  would more than likely be those who didn’t really know me…..but the saddest part is even those closest to me….. those who I call family….. friends….. will even be counted among those who call my cry’s…. silly…. old fashioned…. unwarranted.

With that said…. the thing that has been very heavily on my mind this week is what I…… and many other Christians….. believe is the signs of the return of Jesus!
I know many of you may have seen that coming…..some may be rolling your eyes and thought…. “oh no…. here she goes again with that End Time Prophesy talk!     People have been saying this is ‘the end’ for years and we are all still here!”

True…. I have heard it said for years we are in the end times….. but being in the end times means every year…. every month….  every day…. and every hour….. brings us much…. much…. MUCH closer to the big event!    More and more revelation is coming to light everyday with not only confirmation from the Bible…..But science is beginning to speak things that line up with the Word of God.

I am not….. and have never claimed to be a deep Bible Scholar…. and many things are still unclear about end time events…. but… I do see signs all around me!

The bible says :
Luke 21:7 And they asked Him, Teacher, when will this happen? And what sign will there be when this is about to occur?  8 And He said, Be on your guard and be careful that you are not led astray; for many will come in My name [appropriating to themselves the name Messiah which belongs to Me], saying, I am He! and, The time is at hand! Do not go out after them.  9 And when you hear of wars and insurrections (disturbances, disorder, and confusion), do not become alarmed and panic-stricken and terrified; for all this must take place first, but the end will not [come] immediately.  10 Then He told them, Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. [II Chron. 15:6; Isa. 19:2.]  11 There will be mighty and violent earthquakes, and in various places famines and pestilences (plagues: malignant and contagious or infectious epidemic diseases which are deadly and devastating); and there will be sights of terror and great signs from heaven.

The increase of each of these events mentioned in these Scriptures is amazing when you honestly open your eyes and look at it!

But the part that has me excited …. but at the same time very anxious…. is in Acts.
Acts 2:17 And it shall come to pass in the last days, God declares, that I will pour out of My Spirit upon all mankind, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy [telling forth the divine counsels] and your young men shall see visions (divinely granted appearances), and your old men shall dream [divinely suggested] dreams.  18 Yes, and on My menservants also and on My maidservants in those days I will pour out of My Spirit, and they shall prophesy [telling forth the divine counsels and predicting future events pertaining especially to God’s kingdom].  19 And I will show wonders in the sky above and signs on the earth beneath, blood and fire and smoking vapor;20 The sun shall be turned into darkness and the moon into blood before the obvious day of the Lord comes–that great and notable and conspicuous and renowned   [day].

The 15th of April is the first of 4 total Lunar eclipses as well as a total Solar eclipse between 2014-2015!    If you havent heard anything about these you should look them up!
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I am excited about the fulfillment of Scripture that looks very much like it is falling into place during my lifetime…. and very possibly SOON!
BUT….. as I stated a bit ago…. I am also anxious about these next few months (no matter when it actually happens)…. anxious because there are sooooo many people in my life that I am not sure are actually seeing…. and hearing… these signs…. these warnings that, like an alarm …… gets louder and louder…. clearer and clearer!   Many of my friends…. family…. and foes have turned a deaf ear to them as if they are not important.   They can not see them as warning signs and for what ever reason they have chosen to brush them off…. convinced they are false alarms or just a bunch of end time foolery that is trying to scare people into salvation.
Worse….. are those who have claimed they have become Christians but continue to keep one foot in the world by doing things that those not saved are doing.   They too have decided that the signs have always been there and there is no increase in them to warrant getting serious with their faith.   I am concerned that when things begin to heat up…. will their faith be strong enough to endure!
WHAT IF…….I told you Earthquakes increasing is one of the signs?…..would you want me to tell you?    Would you trust me enough to listen?
WHAT IF……. I told you Wars and Rumors of wars increasing is one of the signs?….would you want me to tell you?    Would you trust me enough to listen?

WHAT IF…….I told you Pestilence (deadly diseases) increasing is one of the signs?…..would you want me to tell you?    Would you trust me enough to listen?

WHAT IF…… I told you the 4 blood moons in 2014-2015 is one of the signs?……would you want me to tell you?    Would you trust me enough to listen?

WHAT IF???????

 

Acts 2:21 And it shall be that whoever shall call upon the name of the Lord [invoking, adoring, and worshiping the Lord–Christ] shall be saved.

 

 

 

 

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Pot….Or No Pot….

Decision-Making[1]Changes are always happening…. Every day there is change… some good…. some bad… and some… well…. just seemingly unimportant enough to bother with..
Change in the weather…( here in Missouri… it can change 4 or 5 times in a single day )….
Change in our hair styles and even hair color…
Change in Job careers …
Change houses…
Change Marital status….
Change our minds…. (again… as a woman In Missouri…. 4-5 plus times a day)

Change is inevitable… It happens all the time, and every change will not affect each person involved the same way.   Case in point….In a divorce…. often,  one is excited about the change while the other one is having a horrible time excepting the change…Children are affected…. other family members are affected…. friends…. enemies… some affected in a positive… some in a negative… and some are just neutrally affected at all.

One Change that is very new and also very controversial right now is the new change in a law over legalizing Marijuana.
It is very interesting to read comments in a news-feed on Facebook or any numerous avenues when the subject is brought up.   Some…. are VERY direct and adamant about their views on the new law.   Some of course are for the change… some are against the change…. and of course there are those who do not think it will affect them one way or the other.

So…. Of course….I have my own view of this law change that is and has happened in a few states already…. and I sure do not want to start any small wars over a blog….but … since this is my blog… I do want to at least give my version of why I feel the way I feel about this particular subject!   Of course, if you have read any of my previous blogs…. you know that the way I explain a subject is by word pictures.   It seems to make more sense to me… and hopefully to the reader… so … this one will be no different.   You may need to bare with me though for a few minutes to get the point.

I am a carb-aholic.   I have always loved Sweets….. Chocolate…. Ice Cream…. and Potatoes….. Mashed Potatoes….. and Noodles…. and Noodles ON my Mashed Potatoes!!!    Yes… you can say I have it bad!!!
When I was a teenager… I could put all of that away in a single day…and NEVER gained a single ounce.   My Breakfast for several years after I graduated High School consisted of 2 Ding Dongs and a full fledged Dr. Pepper!  I survived on junk food for most of my life… with an occasional green vegetable thrown in for good measure just once in awhile.   Yep…. you could say I was on a constant sugar high for most of my early life!
People would tell me things like….”I used to be that thin once”…. “I used to be able to eat anything and everything too when I was your age”…. “That all will catch up with you one day”…. “You better enjoy it now while you can”…
I would just roll my eyes at them and chuckle inside with thoughts of…. ‘those people are crazy… I will never have to worry about weight’…..!
I would also make excuses for my addiction… reminding those around me that God made milk… He made the sugar cane… He made the Potato for us to enjoy.   Why on earth would He put anything here to harm us!

….and then…. I turned 30!!!!

Not sure exactly what happened except… Life!   But now instead of Potatoes being my friend… Ice Cream being my comfort…. they all have turned on me and have become my enemies!   Every bite seems to show up …. SOMEWHERE on my body!!!   Believe me… it is not anywhere near flattering either!   Time…. caught up with me.  That grace period… ran out.   Age…(no…lets not factor that one in).   The compound affect…. over time… layer upon layer…. has manifested in my body and it takes work… and determination to reverse the damage.

It is absolutely not fair however… to watch others eat what I used to eat and stay just as slim as ever!
Other people have no desire or draw towards sweets…. they can “take it or leave it”.  ( I truly think those people have a mental defect that should be addressed).
… and still ….. like me… there are those…. who once you open that door to a cup cake…. or bite size candy bar…. have now unleashed the monster within and will not see the end of the feeding frenzy till the next morning when we begin to pick up the piles of wrappers left on the end table.  (or so I have been told … ).

The point is…. there are things the enemy tempts each of us with…. he will continue to do so until you take the bait and indulge…..no matter what that is for you!  Everyone is different.  But each of us DO have a weak spot.
The bible says …

1 Corinthians 6:12 Everything is permissible (allowable and lawful) for me; but not all things are helpful (good for me to do, expedient and profitable when considered with other things). Everything is lawful for me, but I will not become the slave of anything or be brought under its power.
….and
John 10:
10 The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows).
You … may be able to handle your alcohol…. your Marijuana…. your chocolate….
but the ones who are watching you…. looking up to you…. may not….!
It may be the very thing that is the thing that will trap them and destroy them…. maybe not today…. maybe not tomorrow…. but it WILL catch up with them eventually!    It will make them a slave to it!   It will steal their joy… destroy dreams…. kill them mentally.. spiritually…. and someday…. physically!Making things legal … in my opinion… could be alright I’m sure in certain circumstances…. but… with legalization comes, the mindset of…. It is OK for me to do this…. no matter my weakness!
With freedom….. comes responsibility….!1 Corinthians 8:9 Only be careful that this power of choice (this permission and liberty to do as you please) which is yours, does not [somehow] become a hindrance (cause of stumbling) to the weak or overscrupulous [giving them an impulse to sin].  10 For suppose someone sees you, a man having knowledge [of God, with an intelligent view of this subject and] reclining at table in an idol’s temple, might he not be encouraged and emboldened [to violate his own conscientious scruples] if he is weak and uncertain, and eat what [to him] is for the purpose of idol worship?   11 And so by your enlightenment (your knowledge of spiritual things), this weak man is ruined (is lost and perishes)–the brother for whom Christ (the Messiah) died!   12 And when you sin against your brethren in this way, wounding and damaging their weak conscience, you sin against Christ.  13 Therefore, if [my eating a] food is a cause of my brother’s falling or of hindering [his spiritual advancement], I will not eat [such] flesh forever, lest I cause my brother to be tripped up and fall and to be offended.