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An encouragement

We see the collapse of denominations and the fluidity of gender, the perverted homosexual agenda and the perverted Christian agenda, the child nappings and the teen drownings, volcanoes exploding and lava flowing, deaths and suicides…and more. The news of the world and the news inside the Christian bubble are both troubling and saddening.

Yet we have hope.

But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about those who are asleep, that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope. (1 Thessalonians 4:13)

It is good news that He loves us and is waiting to call us, His bride, home to Him soon. He is preparing the place in which we will dwell for all eternity, untainted by sin at last. We will gaze at one another through the spotless lens of the Holy One who redeemed us to Himself, and we will love Him and each other perfectly. His light will shine upon us untainted by clouds, pure as the blazing Light that shines supreme, transcendent, unmatched, our eyes shining as the reflection of His matchless glory. Angels will sing praises to Him and we will join in, love glowing out among all creation in glory, as only He can be! Why He chooses to share Himself with us, I will never know, but that knowledge and fact only makes me love Him all the more. He saved a wretch like me, and changed me from creature to daughter of God!

I sincerely hope you all are well. If you are not, then I hope that good news of what awaits us revives you, that we have the perfect assurance of the incomparable riches of His grace.

Beloved, these things are true, these things are noble, these things are just, these things are pure, these things are lovely, these things are of good report, there is virtue and they is praiseworthy—meditate on these things. (Phil 4:8-9 paraphrased)

God will judge the unrighteous. But we love Jesus and love casts out all fear. Whoever is in Jesus has no fear, because He is GOOD! His promises are true. His mercy endures forever.

  • The LORD is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him;” Lamentations 3:25
  • Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD.” Psalm 27:14
  • In that day they will say, “Surely this is our God; we trusted in him, and he saved us. This is the LORD, we trusted in him; let us rejoice and be glad in his salvation.” Isaiah 25:9

Are you glad in His salvation? We wait, and we love, and we endure, but are we glad? He saved us! The most important person in the universe who was and is and is to come came down from his Holy Mountain to serve us, teach us and save us. He left glory to give us His righteousness. Be glad in it. Even as we wait, we have more days to rejoice in the hope in us, and to be the light to others in that hope.

It’s summer. Hold your loved ones close. Have picnics, catch fireflies, dip toes in the sand, go on a road trip, read a summer book. Unplug, unwind, let go a bit if you can.

Here is something lighthearted to end what I hope is encouraging to you.

busy bee and ant

Prata Potpourri, Summer Edition: In which Victoria Elizabeth Barnes’ parents attempt to choose a beach house, & other stories

Here are some essays, photos, and thoughts I’ve gathered along the way this week. I found them interesting and edifying. I hope you do too.

First, ponder that Christ same as a man for sinners. A short picture verse from Logos, but a powerful one with rich layers of meaning. Do you behold the Man?

Sunny Shell at Abandoned To Christ with a thought-provoking poem, It Matters Not.

It’s summer. Are you considering going on that women’s retreat? Jen Oshman at Oshman Odyssey has some practical and edifying advice before you click “Register”.

Is it true that the first time the Pre-Tribulation rapture was preached was in the 1800s from John Darby, who supposedly invented the “theory”? Of course not. Here is Way of Life with a historical piece outlining the facts of When Was the Pre-Tribulation Rapture First Taught?

In the essay Moses Accuses You, Jennifer at One Hired Late In The Day reminds us that the Jews’ hunger for a political kingdom blinded them to the eternal kingdom.

At Practical Theology for Women we read about Giving Gifts the Receiver Wants. She is reading Leviticus, which is all about gifts. With Mother’s Day just passed, Father’s Day ahead, and Wedding Season upon us, it’s interesting to think about the relationship between gift giver and gift receiver.

Sharon Lareau at Chapter 3 Ministries has some information about One Greek word (kephale) and its relevance to your marriage. With wedding season here, it’s an edifying and important read.

Tony Reinke posted My Recent Smartphone Feature Articles. I’m reading his newest book 12 Ways Your Phone is Changing You along with a number of folks at church, and we all love it. I don’t even have a smartphone or any cell phone, and the book is completely applicable to any technology. It isn’t anti-phone, it’s about making smart choices with our time- and so much more. If you don’t care to get and read Reinke’s book, the link brings you to several essays containing the meat of his message. I recommend it.

Samuel D. James at Mere Orthodoxy has some advice for budding writers. With the advent of blogs, eBook platforms and other technological innovations, getting published is more accessible than ever. But should you be published? Here is his advice on how to start writing seriously.

Apologist and all around brilliant person Robin Schumacher at Confident Christians has a good series on Counterfeit Christs. Himself raised in church but did not become a believer until age 19, Dr Schumacher is aware that many people in churches profess Christ but do not possess Him. This series illuminates the problem and offers solutions.

Julie-Ann Baumer is a Maine historian who focuses on Lewiston-Auburn area. I lived and worked in this area for many years so I follow her blog. He recently wrote about the first engagement of the Revolutionary war. Or rather, the first naval engagement of the Revolutionary War. It happened in Machias Maine and it was the incident involving the Lexington of the Seas and the ship Margaretta. Now you can wow your friends on the July 4th festivities with some Independence trivia. While you’re at it, look up the sinking of the Gaspee, which happened in April 1772 in Rhode Island. Also very interesting.

Looking for summer reading ideas? Solid Food Ministries does a yeoman’s work in reading, reviewing, and rating edifying books. Give them a look-see. On Goodreads, they have read 201 books. They are also on Facebook.

It’s lawn mowing season! Even when there’s a tornado. The Canadian #TornadoMowingMan is taking social media by storm. Ha ha pun intended. BBC has the story.

This young Alabama man has a mission to mow lawns for people in all 50 states, based on the neighbor helping neighbor concept. Good concept. Good kid.

Victoria Elizabeth Barnes writes about Choosing a Beach House with her parents. Aesthetics, family dynamics, and fervent personal opinions collide. Hilariously.

That reminds me … beach season is here!!

Enjoy the week, the weather, the beach, the whatever you’re doing. Summer is short, no matter where you live. Or as Shakespeare said in Sonnet 18,

Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate:
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,
And summer’s lease hath all too short a date:

The sin struggle of summer

I work in education and that means summers off! Mind, my salary covers employment for 190 days, so I’m not paid for the days off summers off, but at this point of my life I’m happier to have the time.

I had 9 weeks off, all in a row. Sixty-four days from May 27 to August 1, I’ve had a blissful time here in what I call The Hermitage. It’s so dubbed because I like to spend copious amounts of time indoors in my small apartment. Alone. Never lonely.

Like everyone else, during the seasons when I’m working, there are always lots of other things I’d like to do, but the fact that I’m committed elsewhere for 9 hours a day (longer if I work AfterSchool Program) means I don’t have time to do all that I want. I like to read, study, surf the web, watch movies, write, and do crafts. Erm, I can’t squeeze all that into a day that is also dedicated to doing my best job at school. Add errands and cleaning to that, and like everyone else, time is short. Continue reading