Pets are a blessing from God

It’s my cats seventh birthday today and I’m thinking about how happy she makes me and what a joy she has been in my life. She has been in my life since she was just three and a half months old.

She has been with my during my sad times and happy times.  When I was deep into my depression I would love to listen to her purr.  It would soothe and comfort me.  I still love to hear her purr when I’m stressed or just have a bad day.

My cat is a gift from God indeed.  She greets me when I come home, she is someone for me to bond with, and she gives me unconditional love just as God does. She gives me someone to care for and someone to spoil.

When she had to have two polyps removed God gave me contract work so I could manage to pay for it.  She was on the verge of dying due to the complications but she managed to get to the vet just in the nick of time.  It’s a constant reminder that if God makes sure a animal is taken care of and provided for, I a human will be proved for all the more.

It’s also a reminder to focus on the simple things in life and not worry.  A pet enjoys the simple things in life and we humans should too.  They just live in the moment and are happy with what they have. How much happier and easier would our lives be if we were the sane way?

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Why a great tribulation?

Last week I did a blog post about the great tribulation. Now I’d like to add on to those thoughts.  Again, it can be quite scary to think about such tribulations.  A lot of Christians mistakenly believe in the pretribulation rapture because they don’t think God would let Christians suffer so much.  Remember that God allowed his son to suffer on the cross for us because he loves us so much.

The great tribulation is going to be a final test for the Christians left on earth.  The great tribulation is going to strengthen and fortify the Christians that are living.  ‘The great tribulation is going to be the final fertilizer before the harvest.  You’re familiar with the parables Jesus told about the mustard seed and the wheat in the field right?  He was talking about the great tribulation.

Can you harvest your seeds(AKA Christian people) before they’ve fully sprung? No you can not.  While the tribulation will lead some astray from God, it’ll lead many people to God.  As God has promised us, he will be there with us during the time of the great tribulation.

God wants to hold and love us

This wasn’t my initial idea but as I hold my cat Cookie and get ready to type inspiration hits me.  Holding Cookie and thinking about God makes me think about how much God loves us and wants to hold us in my arms.  Yes, I am literally holding Cookie and typing at the same time.

Cookie tries to escape my arms from time to time.  We humans want to escape from Gods arms sometimes too,  Why do I want to hold Cookie?  Because I love her.  God being more loving than we can even imagine wants to hold us, embrace us, and show  us his love even more.

When you love someone you want to hold them and be with them.  You want to have a close, deep relationship with that person.  This is how God feels about each and every one of us.  The beautiful thing about God is that he has enough room in his arms for us all.

Are you going to surround yourself with Gods love and embrace or are you going to keep trying to escape?

No pretribulation rapture

I know I may get a lot of nasty comments for this one, but it is the truth so it needs to be posted.  I know that many Christians believe in a pretribulation rapture.  In fact, I even used to be one of them before a brother in Christ opened my eyes.  There is a lot of stuff online defending the pretribulation rapture so I’ll most likely get a lot of flack but I want to speak Gods word.

Yes, it means that Christians will go through a lot of pain and suffering, but Christians will also get to live an eternity in heaven with God.  Honestly, the belief in the pretribulation rapture makes no sense, take a close look at Mark…

Matthew 24:29-31 ESV  “Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken.  (30)  Then will appear in heaven the sign of the Son of Man, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. (31)  And he will send out his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.

Here is what 1 Thesalonians says

1 Thessalonians 4:16-17  (16)  For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with God’s trumpet. The dead in Christ will rise first, (17)  then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air. So we will be with the Lord forever.

Yes, the rapture is a scary thing, and to be honest it scares me to my core.  However, God has warned us and prepared us.  God has also told us that the time of the tribulation will be short.  After the tribulation Jesus will come and he’ll light the sky from one end of heaven to the other.  What a glorious site that will be to see!!

Christians and Wasting Time

Yes, I know I haven’t been posting once again.  One of my favorite things to do when I get home from church on Sunday is to waste time.  As many of us Christians know, Satan loves to have us sell time.  It’s easy for most of us female Christians to waste time window shopping, doing beauty regiments, watching chick flicks, etc.  

While a little leisure time is good and even relaxing, we are called to guard our time and give our time up to God.  When we waste time, we’re not busy fulfilling the plans that God has for us.

My new goal is to stop wasting time on Sunday afternoons and get right to my blog as soon as I get home.  it’s also best to give a little time up to God once you wake up in the morning,  that way you start the day off right.  That is going to be my next goal, but I plan to take things one step at a time so the changes stick.  I hope that you resolve to give your time up to God and not let Satan talk you into wasting yours.  As Christians our time on this earth is truly precious.

Another Random Bible Verse

I just  can’t think of anything else to write about at the moment so here’s another random bible verse ……

For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. Ephesians 2:8-9 (KJV)

There’s nothing we can do to save ourselves or free ourselves from sin.  Jesus did die for us, all we have to do is believe and keep Gods commandments.  It is true that God wants us to serve one another, but we can’t get into heaven by simply doing good things.

It’s also true that God considers laziness a sin, but working hard isn’t going to get us into heaven.  The work to get us into heaven was done when Jesus died for us on the cross.  What more work could possibly be done?

Having faith isn’t always easy, and every Christian has struggled with it at some point.  It can seem difficult to have faith, but God has never given us any reason or cause to doubt him.

We all do want credit for the hard work we do, but hard work isn’t about boasting or bragging.  Hard work is its own reward.  Jesus never boasted or bragged about any of the work that he did.

Who is to blame for the death of Jesus???

In my grow group a few weeks ago we were talking about how the Jews are still getting blamed for the death of Jesus.  Then the question came up of whether or not the Romans are really to  be blamed.  The real question is should anyone really be blamed?

We tend to think of death as a terrible and tragic thing even when we know the good news of heaven.  Yes, it is a painful and grueling that Jesus went through on the cross, I am not trying to make light of it in any way.  

We must always remember that Jesus is alive.  He did die on the cross, and he certainly did not deserve death by any means.  Jesus died so that we can have eternal life in heaven, what does blame have to do with any of it?

9 Powerful Words

“Nothing compares to the promise I have in you.”  Those are lyrics from my favorite spiritual song Shout To the Lord.  They’re some of the most powerful and truest words there are.

Gods promise to us is heaven and Gods promise to us is salvation through his son Jesus.  We don’t have to do anything special to earn it, we just have to believe in God and the cross.  God has given us the promise that our sins will be washed away if we ask for forgiveness, and there is no greater promise.

Gods promise of an eternal life in heaven is better than any promise that anyone can make us. It’s a promise that lasts forever and ever.  It’s a promise that can’t be taken away from us.  God has promised us a home where we’ll be happy and pain free for all eternity, and no promise can be better.

When times are down, I always think about this promise.  It’s a promise of all things that are good and holy.  It’s a promise that makes all the bad things and troubles of the world not matter at all.  I hope that you’ll think about Gods promise too when things are bad for you. 

Busy With Gods Plans

I know it has been a while since I’ve posted but things have been crazy for me lately.  I have recently moved and am working on making big progress with my professional life.  I am also going back to church regularly now so I am also making progress with my spiritual life as well.  

It had been a slow and unproductive two years for me but now I’m smack dab in the middle of Gods plans for me.  I don’t know what they fully are yet but it’s exciting watching them unfold.  When God wants his plans to get going for you, they really do get moving.  It really is amazing how fast God can work, and obviously everything about God is amazing.

if you’re waiting for Gods plans to unfold in your life, be patient and keep praying.  Always remember to keep your prayers specific since God wants you to tell him exactly what you want.  Once Gods plans do start to unfold in your life, you’ll have an amazing support system of fellow Christians to guide you and encourage you.

Easter

Since it’s Easter I wanted to do a blog post about Easter and the resurrection.  Jesus died for our sins on the cross.  Not only did he die on the cross, but he overcame death and rose from the dead three days later.  

We normally think of death as a sad thing, but the death of Jesus was not a sad thing.  He had to die for our sins so that we can have eternal life in heaven.  Jesus didn’t stay dead and if we accept him and follow his will we won’t stay dead forever.

God promised us eternal life in heaven if we want it.  God also gave us his Son so that we can have a way to get to him.  As Jesus said in the bible, no one is going to get to God unless they go through him.

Why did Jesus die on the cross for us?  The answer is simple, because he loves us.  I know a lot of people think that they’re unworthy of Gods love, but it’s not the case.  God created us in his image.  God commands us to love one another because he himself is love.

As Christians we can rejoice and say that Jesus is alive.  We can celebrate God and Gods triumph over sin.  In fact, God calls us to share the news of the death and resurrection of Christ.

God bless you and have a great Easter!