Patience

Last week I wrote about how we cannot allow our feelings to run our life. As we all know, many times that is easier said than done. That is where patience comes in.

Patience is like a muscle. If you use it frequently, it is strong and you are able to lift/handle most things that come along in your life. However, if you never or rarely use your patience muscle, you will be weak and unable to hold up under pressure. This is when we need to begin to exercise. Ugh, there’s that word many of us don’t like. However, just as body building increases physical health and vigor, training our hearts in patience will build our spiritual life and give us strength in dealing with our wayward emotions.

It is interesting…last week my feelings got the better of me. This week my patience was tested…big time. First, we had four unexpected days off, followed by two days of delays which led to frustration and upset. My patience muscle failed me. Seems like that is happening a lot lately. I failed the test and as with all tests, we have to retake the exam over and over until we pass. But my short comings open my eyes to the areas God wants me to work on. Now I can exercise to improve my spiritual fitness, so I can pass when the test comes around again.

As we prepare our hearts for hard times ahead, our spiritual muscles of patience, faith and hope will be extremely important. God will help us, but if we are weak in areas of importance, we will falter and that could be deadly…not only physically, but more importantly spiritually. We do not know what is ahead. (Loss of home, job, loved ones.) We must be strong in spirit so we can survive and be there to support others.

God gives us the gift of faith, but we have to exercise it in order for it to grow strong. Out of our faith comes patience as we wait upon the Lord. And hope allows us to look to the future and stand firm.

I encourage you to exercise your spiritual muscles. Relying on God is important, but we must do our part. Flex your muscles, work them, there may be sweat and tears involved, but that is how you grow strong. Start exercising today…train your body, mind and soul to rest in the Lord. Then you will be prepared for anything that life throws at you.

 

Feelings Should Not Run Our Life

This blog I write to myself, as well as to the rest of you. Recently, I allowed my tired weary body and irritation to rule my day. Yet, feelings should not run our life. I worked through the night and had very little sleep. Of course, that was the day many things went wrong. At first, I didn’t realize how out of sorts I truly was, yet as event after event piled on the day to irritate me, I definitely knew. Yet, I permitted my upset and tiredness to overwhelm me, to set the tone for my day. The peace of God fled me. I said and thought things I should not. I heard the warning…the Holy Spirit cautioned me. I ignored him to my shame. Thankfully, my husband was the only witness to my disgraceful behavior…besides God, of course. They should not have to endure my pettiness. What if I had allowed others to see that awful display of temper? What kind of witness of the Lord would that be?

We all have days like that…long days filled with upset, irritation and crossness. When I first knew what was happening, I should have immediately stopped and prayed…giving my lack of sleep and all my impatience to Jesus. Our Lord is faithful, he would have held me up and helped me to slow my temper.

The world attacks our faith every day. Political correctness demands we conform to worldly ideology in direct conflict with our beliefs. Popular philosophies assault us with their accusations of lack of acceptance and tolerance. To allow our feelings to control us, puts us directly in the world’s path and opens us to ridicule and discredits our Lord. It gives unbelievers ammunition to use against us. We must walk forward in love no matter how we feel or what people say or think.

The world is watching God’s people…believers in our Lord Jesus. We must be the light and salt even when we don’t feel like it. Living day by day will always bring these kind of days into our life. Our witness of God’s love must shine through regardless of our feelings. We must keep them under wraps.

Faith is not about feelings. Sure we can feel joy and happiness because we love Jesus. But faith is about accepting truth and walking in God’s ways not the world’s. We encourage you to walk in love and faith. Let them shine through in all you do every day. When a day turns sour, give it to the Lord. Allow Jesus to turn the tiredness to strength and irritation to patience.

Hopes, Dreams and Visions

Our Father God had the first hopes, dreams and visions. He hoped for companionship, dreamed of loving and being loved, and had the vision of a world where his creation would live in harmony with him forever. It is not surprising when he made us in his image, he created us with those same characteristics …hopes, dreams and visions.

All three of these special parts of our being are foundational to our spirits. They help make up who we are. They push us toward reaching our goals, even when they seem unachievable. But they are why we succeed.

What was the last thing you hoped for? A new job, a better home or some other material thing? How about a desire to increase your knowledge about God, a hope to be a better witness for Jesus, or a lost family member or friend will be saved? Hope is important on every level in our lives.

Are you a dreamer? Is there something you have wanted to do or be for a long time? Do you have an idea you created in your imagination that’s not real, but could be? These are all dreams, some we even received from God. Do you have the fortitude to make those dreams come true?

We received the vision of a sanctuary ranch in the mountains many years ago. It is part of the reason I started writing my book series, Flee to the Mountains. The ranch is real in my heart and mind, I can picture exactly how it will look. I can see the lake, cabins, grazing land with cows and buffalo, the greenhouse and gardens. I can envision the people working in harmony, far away from cities, in a world that’s gone crazy.

We still carry the hope, dream and vision, the ranch will someday be a reality and we are working to that end. My husband and I have tried, through this blog, to share our concerns for the future and the need to prepare. We have shared many of our own preparations with you week after week. As we prepare our hearts, we encourage you to do the same. As we purchase heirloom seeds, canning jars, lids and many other provisions, we urge you to gather your own supplies. It is our earnest prayer, those who read this blog will be ready when the time comes.

The second book in the Flee to the Mountain series has been published.  It is the story of the turmoil we expect will come in the future and explains our feeling of urgency to get ready. I invite you to check out ‘Daring Rescue’ available at Harmon Press and Amazon.com.  Paperback: http://harmonpressbooks.com/allbooks/daring-rescue-flee-to-the-mountains-series-book-1/             or                                                             http://www.amazon.com/Daring-Rescue-Flee-Mountains-Book/dp/1935959565/

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Are you Thankful?

Are you thankful to God for all he does for you in this life? Throughout the Bible, God talks of being thankful and grateful. They are interchangeable. Both mean: to feel or show appreciation for a kindness; to express gratitude. He does not require this from us, God’s love is great, and he cannot help but pour out his blessings on us. It is his nature. But if we truly acknowledge all he has done and appreciate his love and care for us, we should express that in our words and actions.

It is sad to say, we as a generation are not thankful in general. We expect or even demand our way and young people are even worse. Many in our society feel they are entitled to a good education, job and high pay.  If they don’t have a fancy car, big house and whatever else they desire, they are put out and upset. It matters little whether they deserve it or not. But I digress.

God wants to provide for us. He is very generous with his blessings. The problem is, we do not always want what he wants to give or how he wants to give it. He knows the future and in his great love there are times he chooses a different path for us simply because he knows the one we want will not be pleasant or good for us. Of course when this happens, many of us will throw a tantrum. We curse at God and some walk away.

I know this because years ago, I had my own hissy fit. God didn’t do what I wanted and boy did I get mad. But looking back, even though I would not have chosen this path, it led to a growing in the Lord I doubt I would have had, if not for the trial. God expanded my knowledge and understanding of who he is and how much he truly loves me. For that I am eternally grateful.

There are so many things I’m thankful for, my family, friends, job, co-workers, my country. Yes, even this crazy nation that is on the brink of devastation. Growing up with the freedom to learn about Jesus without persecution was a blessing. I understand that can change at any time, but I have hidden the Word in my heart, nothing can take it from me.

As you celebrate Thanksgiving Day with family and friends, take time to acknowledge God and thank him for all his many blessings. It is the least we can do for our loving Father God who is so wonderful.

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Comparisons between Israel and the United States

When I read the Old Testament, I can see many comparisons between Israel and the United States. Both were established on God’s Word and principals. The people walked with God. They acknowledged their need for God and depended on him for everything. And God provided. He prospered the people and they did well. Freedom reigned in the land.
As the years passed, the people lost their first love…God. They focused on self-pursuits instead of him. They looked to their accomplishments and took credit for it. The blessings of God were taken for granted or not acknowledged as coming from their Creator. They allowed false gods, philosophies and personal ideals to creep in and take over. As the people withdrew from God, sin flourished, wickedness, depravity, immorality, debauchery and iniquity established itself firmly in the hearts and mind of the people. Their hearts grew cold and hardened against God. No longer were they ashamed, sorry, or uncomfortable about the sin in their lives. In some cases, they embraced sin, even so far as saying it was okay even though God expressly forbid it.                           The United States has done the same. Our once great nation, founded by Godly men, established upon God’s Word, has rejected our Creator. It now worships government, power, wealth, science and education. These idols (not all idols are material: an image or deity other than God. A figment of the mind, a false conception or notion) replaced God and his laws with: 1. There is no god. 2. Science and knowledge is all there is. 3. If it feels good do it. 4. My way or the highway. 5. I did it my way. (I wonder if this is the theme song in hell.) Even in our churches, the feel good messages of the world have crept in to tickle the ears of many. Come to Jesus and he will prosper you beyond your wildest imaginings. Come to Jesus and nothing bad will ever happen again. There is no challenge to live a Godly and Holy life. People can sin openly and no one holds them accountable. In fact, some sins are accepted.                                                                                             We are called to be a Holy people, because God is Holy and we are his. We are to live in the world, yet not part of the world. We love people, we are not condemning, but we never condone sin and we work hard to remove it from our personal lives. Yes, we mess up and sin on occasion, but when we do, we repent. God is faithful and just to forgive us.               The unavoidable fact is, someday God will judge the nations and every person in it. This is the reality of our existence. Israel knew this, yet they sinned against each other and God. People today know it as well, but it makes no difference to a great number in our nation. We cannot forget our first love…God/Jesus. We must not allow our hearts to grow cold and harden toward our Creator as Israel of old and the United States did. Our nation may be lost (though if people will humble themselves and pray it might be saved), but we can and must stand firm in our faith. God tells us if we are lukewarm, he will spew us out of his mouth. In other words, don’t stand of the fence. Burn hot for God. Walk in his ways and keep yourself from sin.

Fountain of Living Water versus a Cistern

Fountain of Living Water versus a cistern is vast difference, do we depend on God or rely on the world. We need water in order to live, without it we would die. Therefore, the water we are dependent upon is crucial.

God refers to himself as a Fountain of Living Water. His life-giving water is a constant flow from him to the believer. It flows from his son, Jesus, to his children in an endless supply.

A cistern, on the other hand, is an underground tank or reservoir for rainwater. This supply is limited. When it rains, the cistern fills, the amount of water varies on how much rain falls and in times of drought the cistern can become dry.

What does this mean in our daily lives?

We live, and move, and have our being in our Lord Jesus. It’s our calling to do his work in this world as long as we have breath. In order to do that, we must have the energy, stamina and ability to do the work we’re given. When we trust in Jesus (the Fountain of Living Water), we have an unlimited supply of everything we need to fulfill his purpose. However, if we count on the world (cistern), the supply of help is inadequate to provide what we need indefinitely. Sooner or later, we will run out of steam. It is like a locomotive. In the old days, these huge engines chugged along well as long as someone stoked the fire. If the fire died down or went out, the machine slowed and stopped. People are no different.

In the times in which we live, we must make sure we receive the living water Jesus has for each of us. We must draw upon his strength, wisdom and love to do his work. If you are working in your own strength, your cistern will grow dry. Make sure you are quenching your thirst from the Fountain of Living Water only God provides, that way you will have the ability to do whatever he calls you to do.

 

 

 

If Jesus doesn’t rescue your loved ones

If Jesus doesn’t rescue your loved ones, from illness, accident, terrorism or any other calamity, will you still serve him? It’s a question you need to consider. For this writing though, we will address just the difficulties the signs of the times suggest could be around the corner…terrorism and persecution.

We hear things about the rapture all the time. When the End Times get bad and the Tribulation is upon us, all God’s people will be raptured. Many Christians believe the faithful will not have to go through the last seven years before Jesus returns. I will not
try to change anyone’s mind here. However, I will say, I am doubtful. Don’t get me wrong, if we are raptured at the beginning or middle of the Tribulation, I will be grateful, but I’m not expecting that to happen. That’s one of the many reasons we are preppers. Enough said, we all know evil times have come and gone throughout history. Evil is one thing that seems to only get stronger as the years pass by. We must settle in each of our hearts, if Jesus doesn’t rescue our loved ones, will you still serve him?

Many of us believe, we are on the brink of another dark and evil time. My question to you is: if persecution increases 100 fold, will you stand firm in your faith? If your mother, father, sister, brother, wife, child or close friends are injured or killed, will you hold on to Jesus or turn your back? If you are told: renounce Jesus, embrace Islam or die, what will you do? What if your loved ones renounce Jesus, what will you do then?

Thousands in the Middle East are faced with these questions daily. What if this comes to our country? Our borders are open and it is known a great many radicals are among us. What if they one day receive word, kill the infidel. You know as well as I, these people will follow the order to do as much damage to our nation and people as they can. The fact is, even those who have lived here all or most of their lives have allegiance to their faith first. Loyalty to our country is far down the list. Some even hate our republic. I understand having commitment to faith, I have that too. But I don’t understand the need to kill anyone who doesn’t believe like I do.

In light of all this, you need to work out in your heart now, how you think about my questions. Do you have the strength of heart to stand and watch as people kill your family and friends? Can you withstand torture and still hold on to your faith? If someone points a gun at your child’s head, will you renounce your faith in Jesus? What would it take to get you to denounce Jesus?

This can seem farfetched from our country. But it is happening already in other parts of the world. What makes us think it can’t or won’t happen here? We hope you will search your heart and reflect on these questions. Being prepared emotionally and spiritually is as important as having our pantry full.

I just finished writing this when I received the urgent prayer request I sent it a couple of weeks ago. It has come to my attention that it was not legit. Though we do need to pray for our brothers and sisters, someone faked the letter. So I will not apologize for asking for prayer, but I do apologize for not vetting the letter first. Never the less, it is a stark reminder of what could happen. Picture yourself in the shoes of these dear brothers and sisters watching your children killed by ISSI. If you stood in their shoes, your suffering would be great now. You must prepare your heart. It could happen anywhere, even here.

Christian’s Responsibility to Vote

Throughout the history of our great nation, the United States of American, we have had notable men who have stood up for our Christian faith and urged believers to take up the Christian’s responsibility to vote. The problem is, through the years, we as believers have lost sight of what we should be looking for in a candidate. It’s time we go back to our foundational…God, Jesus, Holy Spirit and their words to us through the Bible.

First, we must pray for our nation and our leaders. (Even the leaders we don’t like and didn’t vote for.)  1 Timothy 2:1-2 (NKJV) 1  Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, 2  for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. 2 Chronicles 7:14 (NKJV)  14  if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.

Second, be informed. Check out those who are running for office.                               2 Samuel 23:3 (NKJV)  3  The God of Israel said, The Rock of Israel spoke to me: ‘He who rules over men must be just, Ruling in the fear of God.                                                   Proverbs 29:12 (NKJV)  12  If a ruler pays attention to lies, All his servants become wicked.

Third, Influence others to vote for Godly men and women.                                       Matthew 5:14-16 (NKJV)  14  You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. 15  Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. 16  Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.

Fourth, vote.                                                                                                                 Exodus 18:21 (NKJV)  21  Moreover you shall select from all the people able men, such as fear God, men of truth, hating covetousness; and place such over them to be rulers of thousands, rulers of hundreds, rulers of fifties, and rulers of tens.                                         Proverbs 25:19 (NKJV)  19  Confidence in an unfaithful man in time of trouble Is like a bad tooth and a foot out of joint.

Fifth, take the advice from those in our past who loved our country.                           Charles Finney 1792-1875  The obligation of human beings to support and obey human governments, while they legislate upon the principles of the moral law, is an unalterable as the moral law itself.                                             

Noah Webster 1758-1843 When a citizen gives his suffrage (the right to vote in political elections) to a man of known immorality he abuses his trust; he sacrifices not only his own interest, but that of his neighbor; he betrays the interest of his country.

Tomas Jefferson  1743-1826  A wise and frugal government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the  mouth of labor the bread it has earned.                                                                                                                                      If we can but prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people, under the pretence of taking care of them, they must become happy.

Bill Bright 1923-2003
Mr. Bright was the founder of Campus Crusade for Christ. He had some very important advise for us. Please use the following link to a short pdf file with very good information that applies to us today.  http://www.crustore.org/downloads/5_Duties-Text.pdf

Contrast between US and ISIL

The contrast between the US and the nation ISIL/ISSI wishes to establish is enormous.

Last week, I wrote about our great nation and the vision of independence our Founding Fathers had for us when they gave us the Constitution. These great men established a country of freedom. Their faith in God led them to found this nation with liberty and justice for all. Male, female, black, white, or brown, all are equal in God’s sight and in our country. We have freedom of religion. We can choose to believe or not as we see fit. We can agree to disagree about all kinds of things and still remain countrymen. We hold our God given rights of liberty, freedom and pursuit of happiness close to our hearts.

ISIL is also a group of religious men who wish to establish a religious state, only an Islamic one. However, in contrast to the Christian forefathers we had who want everyone to be free, these men want to remove the rights of women and restrict religious freedom to only their beliefs. Anyone who is not currently of their faith, is given a choice: convert, pay a tax and submit to their religious state, or die.

The difference between our two philosophies is dramatic to say the least. It has been the goal of the Unites States to spread freedom and democracy around the world. Allowing each country and its people to establish their own brand of freedom and laws. Some try to make us out as warmongers who deserve whatever we get. However, we see our country as peacekeepers who sometimes get sucked into conflicts we would rather not be in. We simply want other countries to enjoy freedom and liberty too.

Yet for groups like ISIL, religious purity, total submission to their faith and expansion of their beliefs worldwide through dominance is the goal. In their minds, the two ideologies …Islam and Christianity (or any other religion for that matter) cannot co-exist and we believe they are right.

It is our personal belief, these extremists will be part of the darkness ahead. If not directly, then indirectly. We realize not all Muslims are evil, but those in these radical groups are and their voice is much louder than their peaceful counterparts. We must understand, the fanatics hate us and our way of life. They wish to destroy us and put us under their rule, where we submit or die.

Part of our preparation must be to understand what they believe and what their goals are. We must prepare our hearts for the day we have to defend our faith and our lives from their extreme religious views. We must hide the Word in our hearts should the day come our Bibles are taken from us either by religious zealots or a tyrannical government. Both threaten our way of life. I sometimes wonder if some in our government hope to use groups like these to bring chaos to our country, so they can take over and change our way of life too.

Any way you look at the things that may happen in the days ahead, they look dark. However, no matter how hard things might get…Jesus is Lord. His love will never die and he will never leave or forsake us.

We encourage you to walk in love. We must do a better job spreading the Word of Jesus Christ and his love for the world. Our genuine faith in a living and risen Lord. We must love God, love people and serve both. This is the only way the world will see a difference between our faith and theirs.

 

Our United States Constitution

Two hundred years ago, our Founding Fathers established a new nation and gave us our founding documents. The majority of men who wrote the Declaration of Independence, Bill of Rights, and our United States Constitution were Christians (though many would like to argue that fact). These faithful men used Biblical principles to write these documents and create our system of law. As a result, the Declaration of Independence says: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men (including women) are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.” This means all men and women; black, white or brown have equal rights under our law because those rights are given to us by God not by man. (Equality has not always been the case, but it is what we strive to achieve.)

The first amendment says: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.  The second amendment says: “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed. As a result, we have the right to pursue happiness, own land (homes) and work in whatever profession we choose. In addition, all people have the freedom to worship (or not) as they desire and speak as they wish and the government cannot interfere. Lastly, since we are ‘the people,’ we have the right to own guns.

However, for our country to remain free, we need to respect the freedom we have. We must speak out when our government over steps or does things we do not support. Through the years, we ‘the people’ have allowed our government to overstep their original purpose…to provide for the common defense of our nation and ensure trade foreign and domestic (between states).

John Adams wrote: “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”

Thomas Jefferson wrote: “All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.” And: “To preserve our independence, we must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt… I am for a government rigorously frugal and simple.”

In recent years, we have not held our elected officials accountable. We have not made them listen when we disagree with their decisions. We have not voted them out when they make choices we do not support. We must wake up now. Tyranny is gaining a foothold. We cannot stay silent any longer.

Darkness is closing in. Our debt is crushing us and will bring us down if we do not get our elected officials to cut spending and reduce our debt. We cannot continue to expand welfare. We, the people, need to help those in need…not the government. It is not and never has been their job.

We doubt we can stop the darkness, but by voicing our objections, we might be able to slow it down and give us more time to prepare. No matter what, we must continue on our path of preparation and self-reliance.