The Unseen

There is so much more to life than what our five senses tell us! There's an unseen world that exists with this physical one, and God created them both. We have been placed here not to just survive, but to live life to the fullest!

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Why No Food?

The start of this year, one of my teenage daughters inspired me profoundly. She told me she was going on a fast - a part-day fast. No food. She wanted to spend time with God. She had some things to ask Him - to talk to Him about.

Then she told me she would spend part of it in our woods.

The woods? I hesitated a bit - thought - then remembered my youth. She wanted to be away from the distractions of the house, the yard. She wanted the trails, the woods, and God. So, I gave her boundaries and let her go.

We expect our kids to stump us every now and then, but spiritual stuff seems to affect a whole other level. It did when my youngest told me, months ago, she would join me in fasting and praying. She would fast snacks (2 out of 3), and pray, instead of eating. I remember chuckling to myself, thinking - how cute. Yet, who knew what the Almight was already establishing in her heart from the tender age of ten.

God does that. He starts things in us before we're even aware. Sometimes we see it, in retrospect. Often we don't.

I like to think He saves things from us, for us. Sometimes we have a way of messing up when we know too much.

Explaining what a fast is, to my girls, reminded me of why I do it. It's not for show and not for selfish gain. Sacrifice feeding the body, to feed the soul - the spirit. And not just the food. I usually spend time in prayer, reading the Bible, abstaining from things of little spiritual value. I watch what I listen to, what I read, say, do - as best I can.

Even more difficult is fasting while still having to do household chores, chauffeuring - and, yes, cooking, etc. It's not a perfect science, but hunger pangs are enough reminder of what I'm about. It's not easy to forget, especially if you're doing it in the woods.

It doesn't always work the way I hope. Sometimes I'm cranky and wonder why I even bother. Sometimes the distractions are overwhelming. The hardest fasts are the ones when I just don't feel like it, but He's given me clear direction I should. I get cranky with Him. But in the end, and not always the same day, I usually see why I needed that intense time with Him and the unforseen benefits. He's so good.

And, I have to say, fasting shows what's really important. May He truly be first now, while we're here and in these bodies, as He will be in eternity.

It'll be interesting to see where my daughter decides to go should she fast this summer. Guaranteed the mosquitoes won't be fasting in our woods.

(fasting - Matt. 6:16-18)

Lord's Blessings,

Jennies

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The Round Ark

It was over 20 years ago that I had the dream - 2001 - a dream I knew was more than a dream - a vision of sorts, but since it occurred while I slept, then I must call it a dream.

I believe God gave me this dream to comfort me about the future, especially due to great uncertainty in the world. Even more so now . . .

Despite recent, horrific events across nations, all will pale in comparison to the Wrath of God unleased on Evil, at the end of the world. The Bible speaks of it in Revelation. The Seals, the Trumpets, the Bowls, the Lake of Fire . . . . You judge which depicts His wrath. The good news is, God has always spared His people from His wrath: Noah and his family from the Flood; Lot and his family from the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah; Moses and the ancient Israelites from the Plagues of Egypt . . . .

This dream has comforted me all these years, and continues to do so. May it also comfort you, His people, His Church, His Bride:

I was in an apartment building - a high rise. This building was next door to another high rise in which I could see the, then, President of the United States of America, George W. Bush. I left my apartment and went outside. A short distance away, I noticed that my apartment and the American President's apartment were central in a row of high-rise apartments. Behind these were other rows of apartments of differing heights. All of the apartments were set back from, but also in a semi-circle around, a hugh round object (I believe the apartments depict kingdoms or countries of the world).

This round object was like a huge steel ball. Its diameter was about twice the height of a man. It was secured to a platform on concrete ground. A guard was posted there to watch for a signal. Apparently, a trigger device was programed in the ball to warn of impending disaster. The President would then be notified and would find safety inside the ball-like object.

I then looked back to see the President still in his apartment. Suddenly, my attention was drawn back to the ball. It had started vibrating. It stopped, then started again. The guard seemed confused, as if this was not the expected signal; this signal was from some other source.

The vibrations of the ball became more urgent. I looked and noticed that the President was no longer in his apartment. Without seeing him, I knew he was in the ball.

I then noticed that the ball was free from most of its rounded sides, so that the floor of the platform could be seen. Without being told, I knew to step onto the platform. It seemed that my oldest child was on my left, and had stepped on just before I had. Extending from the platform was a wooden bridge. It had not been there before. It extended to an unknown distance.

I noticed now that there were rails curved around parts of the platform, though the back was still part of the original ball, and the area where the bridge was attached was left open. Other people were now walking on the bridge and onto the platform. There were many children, even crawling babies, on their own.

I started looking for the rest of my family to come. Somehow I knew I could not go find them - that I could do nothing but wait.

While waiting, I saw a baby girl crawling on the bridge, near the platform. I stepped one foot off the platform to get her, because I knew she was mine. However, someone else took her before I could. I stepped back, again looking for the rest of my family (I had thought this baby to be the one I miscarried, but now believe her to be my 5th child, not born at the time).

Suddenly, my 2nd child bounded onto the platform and threw his arms around my waist. While he was still hugging me, my 3rd child rushed past us to the other side of the platform. She was followed by my 4th child. I called my 4th child by name, urging her to go hold the hand of my 3rd child (In the dream, my 4th child was perhaps between 3 - 5 years old. At the time of the dream, she was less than a year).

I then looked for my husband. It seemed to take long, but then I saw him coming up the bridge. I could see his sandaled feet moving quickly, carefully, not wanting to step on any little ones. In his arms he held a baby. This baby was perhaps between 3 - 6 months, with the dark silky hair of an infant, and was dressed in a sleeveless jumper with no shirt. My husband carried the baby carefully and was soon on the platform (I had believed this baby to be my 5th child, but now believe he represents my grandson/children).

As soon as my husband stepped onto the platform, the original curved walls of the ball reappeared, as if they were doors slammed shut.

The ball then vibrated and shot into the sky. Below, disaster came upon Earth in the form of massive explosions. When the ball entered space, slowed, but continued in an upward direction.

I felt warm and drowsy as if just coming out of a deep, comfortable sleep. I looked upward, and the roof of the ball did not hinder my vision. I saw that we were traveling toward a light. A very bright light.

At this point, I woke from the dream. Tears streamed down my face because the dream was not reality, and I wished it had been.

Whatever troubles or tribulations He takes us through or spares us from, the Lord Jesus promised He would never leave His people alone. BUT. We are not destined for His wrath. He will transport us to Himself.

Lord's Blessings,

Jennies

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Love Who?

One of my adult daughters made a comment that put in perspective the world as it is today.

She said it's sad that the world looks at you as being unkind if you don't agree with all its values. This daughter of mine is the kind who sticks up for underdogs. But she also loves the God of the Bible and takes to heart the somewhat worn-out cliche "love the sinner, hate the sin."

Let's face it, we're all sinners (1. born with original sin traits of Adam and Eve; 2. break God's laws - which is everyone), but some of us are saved from our sins by God's grace. Not every sinner is my enemy or your enemy, in our way of thinking. But sinners are God's enemies (Romans 5:10). When you join up with God, by association, sinners could be your enemies too.

It took me a while to figure out the whole love your enemy thing. What about loving those who are purposefully against the God you love and serve? Against His ways, His laws?

I know some people are tired of the cliche "love the sinner, hate the sin." It is kind of worn out. But think about it! What else have we got?
 
True Christians - I mean the ones who've had a real heart change because they've really met the Master - are a strange, difficult lot. We don't fit in the mould many want us to. We're as varied as fruit in the grocery store, but we have a fierce desire toward Christ.

So when Jesus tells us to love our enemy (Mat. 5:44), we have to figure what the heavens it's saying, because we mean to do it. Some religious leaders were His enemies, and He called them names - to their faces. They led people falsely. But He allowed those same people to set up charges against Him so He could die on a cross. For them. For all of us.

The Samaritans - whom the Jewish people disdained, the thieving tax-collector, the adulteress caught in the act were bound by the enemy of our souls - Satan. Jesus' desire was to free them.

We're to be compassionate in our response to those who are bound by sin, firm with those who uphold the deceptions of our real enemy, enlightening to those who want to see, shunning to those who try to lead us astray...

We won't be popular. But we have to love. The ones we don't like - who appose us - who frustrate us. Love them in our thoughts, by our actions. It's called agape love: different from erotic, brotherly, or family love. It's without conditions. The feelings often follow.

Love because He says to, He loves us, and love conquers what hate builds up. Be gentle, be kind, be firm, do good. Love.

Loving this way may not totally make sense now, but it eventually will. Eternity shines a different kind of light on things. It's a short time here. Where we're going, there will be nothing but LOVE.

Lord's Blessings,

Jennies

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The Fence

Hot or Cold, not Lukewarm, Jesus said. In other words, don't be sitting on the fence. In all seriousness, I feel and see a knocking off the fence is happening or imminent. (Rev. 3:15,16)

Unless you're a baby, pretty much no liquid tastes good lukewarm. How many of us are lukewarm as followers of Christ?

C.S. Lewis' Screwtape Letters says it well: "Indeed the safest road to Hell is the gradual one - the gentle slope, soft underfoot, without sudden turnings, without milestones, without signposts ..."

And then, here's Christ saying hate your husband, wife, father, mother, brother, sister ... for His sake. Hate the world. Not hating in our way of thinking, because even our enemy He commanded us to love and to do good to those who hate us or abuse us ... But choose Him first - always. Love Him first - above all (Luke 14:26, Mat.10:37).
 
Love Him most. Not the world or its values. Not ourselves and desires. Certainly not the enemy of our souls, the devil.
 
He's knocking people off the fence!
Choose!
Who will you serve?

Moses, chosen by God to lead the ancient Israelites out of slavery, stood for the Lord and others stood with him. The earth opened up and swallowed those who stood against them - on the other side of the fence (Num. 16). Joshua, Moses' assistant, said, "But as for me and my household we will serve the Lord." (Josh. 24:15)

And why should the Lord Jesus be first? Because He's Creator, Almighty, God! He's Love, Light, Life! It's due Him - the I AM! He proved His love for us in the greatest way - dying for us. And - He actually wants to share eternity - blissful eternity - with us.
 
What are we doing in His Name today? Is it for ourselves so others will see or we get "brownie points?" Or for Him for His glory and according to His will? Does the stuff we fight for have everlasting value? Because only those things will count when Christ either says, "Well done, good and faithful servant!" - or "I never knew you." (Mat. 25:21, Mat. 7:21-23)

Let's get off the fence, walking that unseen path, landing on the Lord's side. Standing firm in our loyalty to the King of kings and Lord of lords.

Lord's Blessings,

Jennies

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The Unseen

After losing my blogs during the upgrade of my old website, I stopped writing for a while. Now I have a new website host, and I also feel compelled to write because there's a lot going on and God has put much in my heart. So I started with this...

I'm convinced there's an unseen path set for all of us. All humanity. Set by God, of course. I'm not the only one aware of it, but some of us don't even want to be aware.

The visible and tangible grab our attention. What we see, hear, taste, touch, smell. Yet, there's a whole existence outside of the physical, the visible, the tangible.

Stuff going on in our world that puzzles, upsets, repulses us; or inspires, motivates, enlightens us is more than about what is seen. There's stuff that's causing a dividing line between those who will stand on the Lord Jesus' side and those who will choose another path.

God, in a sense, is tangible in His creation. Even Scripture endorses this (Roman 1:19,20). But we don't see Him as He truly is. And, apparently, we would die if we did. There is a spiritual world that affects ours, tremendously. God protects and allows according to His will, His purposes. Not for folly or evil, for He is good. He works to give every opportunity for us to find our fullness in Him. After all, we're only here for a very short time compared to where we spend everlasting.

The main thing is, if we dwell in God, in Christ, the invisible shouldn't scare us. Elisha's servant's eyes were opened and he saw many, many more angels surrounding them than the number of their enemies (2Kings 6:16,17).

There is an invisible world. Part of that world God is preparing for those who surrender to Him. And one day it'll be made visible beyond what we can think or imagine. I plan on being included. How about you?

Lord's Blessing,

Jennies

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