#8 Holding Cells 

Random Thoughts

This is topic that I have never given much thought of until now….

The other day I was told that some people claim that scripture backs up what’s called, a ‘holding area. Or holding cell’ for those that die. 

In other words, when you die, you don’t go to heaven or hell. You go to this ‘holding area’ until judgement day. Of course I have never heard this at any funeral. 

They generally just say that the person is joe with the good Lord. Or in Glory. Neverbtgat they are off in a holding area until Jesus return.

Scripture says that the dead will rise first…
1 Thessalonians 4:16

For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a loud command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will be the first to rise.

Where are they rising from? Some may ask..

Not only that, but some people say that when Jesus died, before he rose again…. he was at this holding area witnessing to the people there. OT people that worshiped false Gods, etc.
It’s so very interesting!

Anything that makes me dive deeper into scripture study always excites me.

~Has anyone else ever studied these things in depth before?

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#6 Beth Moore

I had another amazing day today. A very long day, but so uplifting to my spirit.

I went to a live streaming of Beth Moores Living water convention with a friend. We walked through the whole book of Colossians. 
It started at 9am and ended at 5pm. 

Today was a day to refresh and regroup. 

And just to praise and worship the Lord with other believers. 

My phone was actually off. 

 I took so many notes with an actual pen and paper, that  it felt odd not to be typing. 

But I’m ending my night feeling so very grateful to have love in my heart and friends to share my life journey with. 

I learned so much today about God, his Love, and the power of connection. ❤️

Spiritual Gift Test

So for class home work we had to take this test. Anytime I hear the word ‘test’ it frightens me. But alas’, I dove right in!

It took a full 30 minutes. Not that I was being timed. *shudder* ;o)

Personally, I feel as though we should already know what our gifts are. Especially if you have been a Christian for a good while. 

Here were my top three. 

I figured, but the order was off. None the less… they are suppose to be used to further Gods kingdom. 

I only wish it wasn’t ‘church based’ A lot of the questions I had to answer differently because they were set up in such a way that caters to your gifts within the congregation. If that makes sense…

~If anyone reading wants to share there too three, please do. 

https://spiritualgiftstest.com/spiritual-gifts-test-adult-version/

Today’s Testimony

Testimony
I woke up this morning feeling, well, like a hormonal mess!

My head was foggy and I kept waking up last night with a backache. I felt horrible! We’ve all been there before.

Dh asked me if I wanted to stay home from service and he’d just bring the kids.

I thought about it for fifteen minutes while laying in bed.

Then I started to pray. Asking the Lord to get me out of my funk. Especially mentally. It’s one thing to feel physically tired. That’s never fun first thing in the morning. But when your head feels foggy, and not clear. It’s just awful.

After another fifteen minutes I was up showering and getting ready.

Yes! Prayer works..
However, On the way to church I started feeling like I wanted to go back to bed again. But remained quiet, praying again; for Jesus to breath new life into me and give me a fresh dose of the Holy Spirit.
We arrived at church and everyone took off to their classes. Dh got a coffee and sat down in the foyer area with a bunch of others.

I decided to go in the chapel and sit by myself.
As soon as I sat down the pastor started asking us if we have ever had a Sunday where the Devil was just kicking your butt, and telling you to stay in bed.

It was odd, because this generally doesn’t happen to me. At least it hasn’t happened to me in servers years…So had I heard this message prior, I wouldn’t have been able to relate.
She went on to say that we have the authority to kick him to the curb, and claim our energy back. Physically AND mentally!
Then she mentioned that we were all here today for a very reason. Well, or course, I thought to myself. I could think of many reasons right off the top of my head.

That said…right then and there, I got up and decided that I’d go join dh for a coffee, and sit with the others. (The introverts)

When I left the chapel I saw dh sitting in his favorite chair drinking his cofffee. But all the sofas and chairs outside the chapel were already occupied.

There are also several big screen TVs where you can watch and listen to the mornings  message.

So I decided to walk towards the front entrance and sit in one of those stairs chairs.

I was only there for about fifteen minutes, when dh walked over to me and asked me if I wanted to go sit on the West wing of the campus. Apparently there are also sofas, chairs, and TVs showing the message over there he said, and oftentimes it’s quieter.

We have been at the same church for several years. But it’s so large, I have never actually seen it all. It has a school and a college too. Quite massive.

My daughter, who is employed by the church,  has recently mentioned to me an art wall in the West wing. So having that in the back of my mind, I decided to gather my belongings and make the walk with dh to the West wing.

As we arrived I noticed a large leather couch up against the wall, and we both sat down. It was very nice, and I don’t know why I’ve never ventured out.

And then, as I looked up at the at the TV screen on the wall, continuing to hear this mornings  message,  a younger lady that I’ve never seen before reluctantly walked through the side door entrance.
She walked over to where we were both sitting and looked up at the tv screen. Right off the back unnoticed how beautifully she was dressed. And I knew I was going to want to tell her, as that is something I always compliment people on, because in this day and age I feel like no one puts any real effort to the way they look anymore. Not just for church. But anytime. Everything has gotten so casual. But that’s a whole other topic. So getting back to the real one…..
She asked if church just recently started, And was she late?
I told her that they were half way through with the first service, but another service would be starting soon and to sit down if she wants.
She looked back to the door in which she came through. Then we told her if she likes coffee, that there was a coffee bar around the corner and she can just have a latte’ while she waits for the next service.

Then she smiled, sat down next to me, and we started chatting up a storm.
I am not going to share any of that, because it was personal.
But the testimony IS, I am so blessed that the Lord revived me enough to drag myself in this morning. I know without doubt, that I was meant to be there at the very moment this lady walked in.

You know, It’s not always about us and our needs. I know we all, self included, think it is,most of the time.

Truth is, it’s about others.. and how we can be the hands and feet of the living Christ.

What we can do to bless those around us. Daily!

Even if we feel down and out, ourselves, at times.

The Lord will always restore the faithful. He’s so good like that.

Something the pastor did mention at church today, was how we are all like a mosaic painting.

 The Lord finds us at our ends rope. In pieces! Broken. And when we except him as our personal savior, trust and delight in him, he restores us. Completely!  He makes us whole again. 

 

 

So Beautiful! 
Oh! And I never did see the new art work in the West wing. Perhaps next time.

Or perhaps I will wander off to the East wing to see the new paint. I hear it’s lovely too. 😉

Self Help

1. Learn to respond to people instead of react to them. 

2. Learn to not be over excited when meeting new people, because my enthusiasm oftentimes scares people.

3. Just because I don’t see eye to eye with someone doesn’t mean I should discredit them as good people.

4. Don’t try to justify people’s bad situations by telling them that things could be worst.

5. Never look for faults. Try to focus on positives. “Be Polly Anna”

Psalms 51

Today’s Sunday School class was very interesting.

It was based on Psalms 51


Have mercy on me, O God,

according to your unfailing love;

according to your great compassion

    blot out my transgressions.

Wash away all my iniquity

    and cleanse me from my sin.

For I know my transgressions,

    and my sin is always before me.

Against you, you only, have I sinned

    and done what is evil in your sight;

so you are right in your verdict

    and justified when you judge.

Surely I was sinful at birth,

    sinful from the time my mother conceived me.

Yet you desired faithfulness even in the womb;

    you taught me wisdom in that secret place.

Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean;

    wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.

Let me hear joy and gladness;

    let the bones you have crushed rejoice.

Hide your face from my sins

    and blot out all my iniquity.

Create in me a pure heart, O God,

    and renew a steadfast spirit within me.

Do not cast me from your presence

    or take your Holy Spirit from me.

Restore to me the joy of your salvation

    and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.

Then I will teach transgressors your ways,

    so that sinners will turn back to you.

Deliver me from the guilt of bloodshed, O God,

    you who are God my Savior,

    and my tongue will sing of your righteousness.

Open my lips, Lord,

    and my mouth will declare your praise.

You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it;

    you do not take pleasure in burnt offerings.

My sacrifice, O God, is a broken spirit;

    a broken and contrite heart

    you, God, will not despise.

May it please you to prosper Zion,

    to build up the walls of Jerusalem.

Then you will delight in the sacrifices of the righteous,

    in burnt offerings offered whole;

    then bulls will be offered on your altar.
It was about consequences. And whether we think God still punishes us when we sin.
Or are we truly covered by his Grace? Because Jesus died for our sins.
Punishment verses’ Consequences.
We went around the table and had to share how we were punished as a child when we did something wrong, and whether we still sin, (as adults) knowing ahead of time what the consequences may be. Or does knowing about consequences hold us back. Or… Do we still fear the wrath of God, per OT.

Almost everyone said that they got the paddle or tree branch when they did wrong. But one lady in her sixties, said that her punishment was being forced under her bed in the dark with no supper. It was very sad hearing her story. She shared that to this day, she is still afraid of the dark. 

Many people said that religion has kept them on the straight and narrow. 

Personally, I did not grow up as a Christian, and was pretty much free ranged. I got in trouble a lot. Therefore I always had to live with the consequences. Which were mainly privileges taken away. I was never shamed or spanked though.

And as far as God punishing us for our sins nowadays? 

I can’t really say.

I know we have grace though. And are forgiven. Even if we do not ask for forgiveness or go to confession, etc. 

I know many religions teach that we need to keep asking for forgiveness every time we mess up. But I do not see any biblical account for this in the NT. 

We are forgiven if we are saved. It’s that simple.

This is not a free pass to mess up and sin though. Which Paul clearly states in the NT.

Consequences on the other hand, at least in my opinion, fall hand and hand with free-will. 

God gives us free will to do as we please. 

This is why there is so much violence in this world.

But there are always consequences for our actions. And that is what has kept me on the straight and narrow. For the most part.

I am an adult and can for-see what the consequences will/would be, before the action. 

I’m thankful to have grown up and given up my reckless ways. I am far from perfect. But I am not the same person I was last year. Emotionally, and Spiritually. 

And I thank the Lord for his never failing, ever lasting love, mercy, and GRACE. ❤️


What is Free-Will?

Free will is like science. Heat is real. Cold does not exist. Cold is just the absense of heat. 
You could get heat up to 100 degrees Celsius to boil water, or if you raise the heat higher, you could melt steel. 
The temperature could keep going up and up. 

God created heat. 

But you can not measure cold. 

You can measure how absent it is of heat, but cold itself doesn’t exist. Or light. 

God created light. 

But if you stand in front of a window, you will make a shadow. 

God created you. 

God created light. 

But YOU are capable of making the shadow. Like man is capable of evil. 

You have a choice to block the light and make shadows. 

THIS is free will.
It’s very simple. 😉

Praise God for New Days!

I love the LORD, because he has heard my voice and my supplications.~Psalm 116:1
There is so much power in the word!

One thing that I am so thankful for is my ability to bounce back. I get crazy angry…but it never lasts for more then a few hours, or a day at the most.
I attribute this to my upbringing…
I was not raised in a Christian home, but the Lord has always turned it all around for my good.

I feel like I have the ability to bounce back very easily, I think…because of all the moving around I have done as a kid. There was simply no time to mourn, or feel sorry for myself. There was always a new apartment to explore, and a new school to be the awkward new kid at..

So today I woke up feeling very productive, given that I did not have the urge to log onto face-book for anything. I try to take three months out of the year off..Generally every 4th month. I took last November off, so now March will be another month.

I don’t like how much control it can have on me. I suppose it is like texting.

And because of my personality..I simply can not just ‘choose’ to leave my account active, yet not check it…
I know that sounds like I have some major self discipline problems..but then again, who doesn’t?

So I woke at 8am..generally it is 10am, seeing as I stay on FB from about 10-1ish each night..Give or take..

I woke at 8am, made breakfast, watched the news…had some really nasty freeze dried instant coffee..I have no idea what I was thinking. And I decided to work on my Birth Tree wall art, which is coming along very nicely.

Then I did school with the kids. Made a pot of rice and pintos…
Then I did some housework, and finished the laundry..

Then the phone rang…My dad called me, my cousin called me, and then a friend whom I have not heard from in a while, texted me.

It just really cheered me up!

I don;t know if it is because I don’t drive, so therefore don’t leave the house as much as the average SAHM..
But I need to have some outside communication..
I love talking,and I love listening to other people talk.

So here it is..3pm. Everything is all done.
DH should be walking in the door any moment.
The three youngest are out on the trampoline enjoying this awesome sunny day..Two oldest are getting ready for church already..

And I am continuing to pray for myself…Something I rarely do. I spend so much time praying fro others that I rarely remember to pray for myself..
So throughout the day I have been praying in detail, for myself….

 

~Psalm 139~

I have been struggling lately with a lot of things in my life. And Psalms 139 keeps popping up. So I have decided to memorize it this month.

Memorizing scripture use to be a part of my daily worship once upon a time…

I really do not remember why I stopped focusing on one scripture, but I decided to get back to it, and start with this one.

My kids memorize scripture by writing it down, or typing it out so many times…But that has never worked for me. I need to read it. I will read it 5-10x in the morning. Then see what I can recall of it mid-day. And then read it again 5-10x in the evening..

Psalm 139

 

1O Lord, You have searched me and known me.
You know my sitting down and my rising up;
You understand my thought afar off.
You comprehend my path and my lying down,
And are acquainted with all my ways.
For there is not a word on my tongue,
But behold, O Lord, You know it altogether.
You have hedged me behind and before,
And laid Your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;
It is high, I cannot attain it.

Where can I go from Your Spirit?
Or where can I flee from Your presence?
If I ascend into heaven, You are there;
If I make my bed in hell, behold, You are there.
If I take the wings of the morning,
And dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,
10 Even there Your hand shall lead me,
And Your right hand shall hold me.
11 If I say, “Surely the darkness shall fall on me,”
Even the night shall be light about me;
12 Indeed, the darkness shall not hide from You,
But the night shines as the day;
The darkness and the light are both alike to You.

13 For You formed my inward parts;
You covered me in my mother’s womb.
14 I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
Marvelous are Your works,
And that my soul knows very well.
15 My frame was not hidden from You,
When I was made in secret,
And skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.
16 Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed.
And in Your book they all were written,
The days fashioned for me,
When as yet there were none of them.

17 How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God!
How great is the sum of them!
18 If I should count them, they would be more in number than the sand;
When I awake, I am still with You.

19 Oh, that You would slay the wicked, O God!
Depart from me, therefore, you bloodthirsty men.
20 For they speak against You wickedly;
Your enemies take Your name in vain.
21 Do I not hate them, O Lord, who hate You?
And do I not loathe those who rise up against You?
22 I hate them with perfect hatred;
I count them my enemies.

23 Search me, O God, and know my heart;
Try me, and know my anxieties;
24 And see if there is any wicked way in me,
And lead me in the way everlasting.

American Holidays cause division among Believers….

 Halloween is over, now back to Unity & Peace once more…It really saddend my heart  having seen so much division on Face-book over this Holiday amoung the brethren….A Holiday that represents its roots in Paganism, However many other Holidays do too. Why waste so much time and energy bashing others? Who was that edifing? Christ?

 And given that none of us is ‘really’ consistent with banning ALL Holidays, how  hypocritical to make so much hype towards one, and not all the others?  And while so many folks spent so much time quoting the book of Deuternomy….they overlook James 2:10 entirely!

For the person who keeps all of the laws except one is as guilty as a person who has broken all of God’s laws. James 2:10

There is non rightous, no not one…Romans 3:10

You are never going to keep all of Gods laws. And if you are picking and choosing which ones to stand firm on and which ones do are not conveient for you to keep..YOU are guilty of ALL!!  Praise the Lord for his Mercy & Grace! Because Jesus already knew that we would never make the mark…which is why we drop to our knees daily and call upon him to began with. AMEN!

It really is silly to try to  ‘Act the part’ with one group of friends, and not the other. It is silly to boycott the Holidays & trimmings at home, yet not in the workforce. Didn’t Jesus say, Have our yes be yes, and our no be no? Matthew 5:37

 

 I understand that we are ALL imperfect and fall short every single day. I fail daily, but get right back up again…Amen!   THIS is who we are on this side of heaven!  It’s not our place to dictate our personal convictions on others, or make them feel ‘less then’ for not sharing our ‘personal convictions’.   

I have had a couple friends ask me why I’m so passionate about this, when I myself, do not take my kids Trick or Treating/Trunk or Treating? Why am I fighting or so it seems, to them…..(I am fighting for Unity,Peace and Love amoung the body of Christ.) I am hopeful that once we realize how pointless our bitter words are amoung one another, and unglorifing they are to everyone around us…Only then,  can we  bring TRUE wholesome Glory to Christ! Amen!

  It is a matter of condemnation. NOT compromise, which is how many churches have indoctrined us to believe.  Messiah works through us through the Holy Spirit, therefore, it is not anyone’s place to STEAL Gods Glory away from him.  It is NOT my place to tell another, that they are partaking in ‘Satan’s Day’ by taking their kids Trick or Treating. In fact the whole concept of calling it ‘Satan’s Day’ is quite humorous, frankly. I mean, isn’t every day the Lords Day among the body? How many days do evil things happen (CLUE: Every single day!) and we are not  giving them all titles. It’s truly ridiculous. Something I never fully comprehended until recently.

 

There are Christians who partake in Christmas, but not Halloween..when is ‘reality’ Christmas really isn’t about Christ at all..At least not the 25th Christmas, that we all celebrate and go crazy over. Like Halloween, It is a useless battle…. So much  division that our ‘American Christmas’ brings us all. *sigh*

 

 We have the non-believers who have been thriving for the ‘Happy Holidays’ phrase, and we have the Believers fighting for the ‘Merry CHRIST-mas’ phrase…When in real, actual, reality…..Does Jesus really care which phrase is being used? NO WAY!! What probably saddens him most, is the LACK of unity and division that these ‘American Holidays’ brings to the brethren. Satan loves this!  In fact the more we battle against one another…Who is the one getting the Glory! ^^

 

 When is it going to stop? :o(  I know, it probably won’t!

 

 I for one do not plan on boycotting stores that use the ‘Happy Holidays or Seasons Greetings’ phrase, anymore then I would boycott the stores that stand firm on saying ‘Merry Christmas’ to their customers. Anymore then I would Boycott a store due to the owner being a homosexual.

 

 

After Christmas we will have Valentines Day to look forward to, and then Easter…And all the self righteous hypocrisy that comes along with those Holidays…..Who is giving their kids hearts with cupid on the boxes and passing out cards…Then Easter with the bunny and coloring of eggs, verses the Religious aspect of it…

 

I could go on and mention how anal Christian alternatives are, and how confusing they are for your kids, but this post is more about letting your Yes be Yes, and your No be No…. If I am partaking in a trunk or treat church event with my kids, then i might as well take them trick or treating the ‘old fashion way’.  If I’m letting them dress up as ‘fictional characters’ then I might as well let them dress up anyway they choose, which would include a scary ‘make believe’ costume. Doing otherwise, is teaching them that there are more ‘forbidden fruits’ in this world then not. It also teaches them how to be a modern day Pharisee.  But that is not the point…Or is it?