Are You Ready? . . .

I’ve had only two dreams from God in my life, but wow were they powerful!

The first one was 23 years ago, and as if I needed another reminder because the first one I didn’t fully follow through on, I had another one 12 years ago. They both had the same theme, namely, that I was not ready to meet my maker when the time came. This was the second dream as I wrote it on 20/4/2005 :

“I had a dream. It turned into a nightmare! The beginning is vague! Comings and goings to somewhere and nowhere along a road and through a tunnel I could never know each time where it was taking me.

Eventually, one day we were told we had to get out of town, because the lava was coming! I thought there was plenty of time and that I had a  couple of weeks and so dilly-dallied. I didn’t remember the way out, but thought I had plenty of time to find out. I decided suddenly to pack a few of my most precious possessions (even though I knew we weren’t supposed to stop and do this) Favourite clothes, scarves, jewellery and stuff that had a lot of emotional memories and that I didn’t want to leave behind. I was in the middle of doing this and wondering how to get out, because I still hadn’t found out, when I realized it was very quiet.

Everyone had gone.

I was alone.

I opened the front door and lava was all around me pouring down the streets. It was all around me, everywhere.

I knew I  had waited too long.

I was alone.

I was aware that I was about to die an awful, painful death, and it was my fault.

The feeling of terror that came over me is indescribable!”

At this point I awoke. I was in my own bed, snuggled under the blankets and I realized it was only a dream.

But in another moment, I realized it was from God!

To be very plain and to the point, God showed me how empty and fruitless my life was, and how much importance I placed upon the THINGS of this world, appearances, looking cool, and being trendy.

The death I was about to die was not just physical, but eternal.

I  gave  away  just  about every scarf  I  owned after  that  to prove  to  myself that those things were no longer important to that degree. It was very hard to do. But it freed me. I still have a love for those things, but they no longer rule. Also, to this day I cannot watch anything that involves volcanoes, because it gives me too vivid a picture of the excruciating pain and sheer terror of an eternity without God.

It brought me to my senses. The things of this world are momentary but life in Christ Jesus is eternal. There is nothing that is more important than the state of my soul, for it is in the soul realm that decisions are made.

The decision to continue living according to the world’s standards or the decision to live for Christ.

The decision to pursue death or  the decision to pursue eternal life.

“This world is fading away, along with everything it craves. But if you do the will of God, you will live forever.” 1 John 2:17.

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The reason I chose to tell you this story, is not to be preachy or scare the pants off you, but to be real.

And you may ask what does it have to do with the Christmas we have just celebrated?

Well, we celebrated a little child being born, who happens to be the Son of the Most High God.

And He is Wonderful to know. He is my Counsellor, He is Almighty God, and my Everlasting Father, Who brings Peace to my heart and soul. He is Jesus.

Prophesied by Isaiah several hundred years before Jesus was born. And without the graciousness of God in bringing that dream to me, I would not be experiencing His wonder and His peace in my heart and soul each day.

I do however  admit in all honesty that this does not make me perfect and that now might be a good time to give a few scarves away (so to speak) for I do tend to get so distracted doing things that are unimportant rather than concentrating on the immediate issues.

But all in all ~ I know my Redeemer lives!

And it all began one cool starry night in Bethlehem, over 2,000 years ago now, when the Messiah, that is, Jesus Christ the Lord, was born in a humble manger. He came to save us from our sins and the ensuing eternal death.

Without Christ in our hearts we cannot ever see God.

“I am the way, the truth, and the life, no-one can come to the Father except through Me.” Jesus, in John 14:6.

My prayer ~ This New Year, tap into the God of your childhood, and invite Jesus to come and settle in your heart. This will bring a new wonder and peace to your soul unmatched by any other experience you could ever have.

God of the Weary . . .

When doubts filled my mind, Your comfort gave me renewed hope and cheer ~ Psalm 94:19

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There are times in my life when I feel so weary that everything is too much. I don’t mean to the point of despair, but just that  the everyday walk through life is just a drag. I’m not a social being, an out-there do as much as I can in one day person. Those people make me tired, and a little envious at times wishing that I could be more like them.

But I believe God makes each of us unique and moulds our lives as He has planned.

For many reasons throughout my life I have been a solitary person and I  believe that although that is probably not what God intended, He is using it to His advantage for His kingdom. He does want me to be part of a church and  socialise with other Christians, and I try very hard to do this, but it is a struggle for me. God’s purpose for my life does require a certain amount of solitary time.

Matthew 5:3 says “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”

Matthew Henry says of this verse : “Those who are ‘weary and  heavy-laden’, are the poor in spirit, and they shall find rest with Christ.”

My daily strength is in knowing that God walks with me and goes before me always. I get to know Him more and more each day through reading His Word, even if it is only one verse that has captured my interest and that may apply to where I’m at with life. I have spent a lot of time reading books written by outstanding men and women of God. They inform me and encourage me in my walk with Him. Although this year I am focused on reading not only my Bible, but some Joyce Meyer and a beautiful book on Proverbs by Marilyn Hickey that has gorgeous pictures to colour. Walking with Jesus has changed my life. I know I would not be here now if it was not for God’s intervention in my life.

Recently, through reading  one of these books, I learned something in regards to Matthew 11:28-30.

Come to Me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you. Let Me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.

When oxen worked they were usually doubly yoked. A strong or lead ox would take the larger side and the younger, weaker ox  the opposite side. As they worked, the weaker ox would plough or track with the stronger ox, which bore the main part of the load.

When we are yoked with Christ, the burden is light because He is pulling the weight and making the way as the strong one. How beautiful is that!