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Journeying Home

Long week of sorrows.  I realize it will be like a rollercoaster. But the ride is tiring.

Disgruntled. This life is exhausting to only bring me barely breathing.

Remembering all that I have in Christ, and feeling small in all of it.

Wondering why I long to feel like I am home, belonging, beautiful, secure.

I was created for all of it, this is just not my home, I belong to Heaven.

Its ok to feel all this.

Wanting to be found in Him, and grateful for all the beauty around me and the people who care about me.

Journeying to the place I was created for, Heaven is my home…

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Kisses from Heaven

Have you ever felt like you were on the receiving end of a kiss from Heaven?  Nothing like it! This day was one of those days!

Church service was awesome! I love when I show up and notice God moving around the place..and touching hearts like only HE can do! If that were all that happened today I would still feel like kisses from heaven.  But the day increasingly was full of HIM all around me! He knows how much i miss my friends that are far away. Altho, it wasn’t all of them, it was three contacts today from three different states, all just wanted to love on me, and yes! i was loving on them too!  God just knows and provides all that we need and desire.  From the time I left my home this morning, to this very moment (hanging with my family), HIS presence is incredible.  I am praying that you all know what that is like, and that you will very soon receive your own kisses from heaven. Peace

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Philippians 1:21-24

Philippians 1: 21-24     21 For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. 22 If I am to live in the flesh, that means fruitful labor for me. Yet which I shall choose I cannot tell. 23 I am hard pressed between the two. My desire is to depart and be with Christ, for that is far better. 24 But to remain in the flesh is more necessary on your account.

(ESV STUDY BIBLE-NOTES)

Phil. 1:21 Paul’s life is not a matter of seeking his own comfort or advancement. It is all about seeking the advancement of Christ’s kingdom: to live is tantamount to serving Christ. In fact, to die should be seen as gain, because it would mean that Paul would be freed from his trouble-filled life on earth to rejoice in Christ’s presence.

Phil. 1:23 My desire is to depart and be with Christindicates that when Christians die they are immediately with Christ, long before their bodies are raised from the dead.

Pauls perspective is in tact weighing out what is better. It almost sounds like he is thinking out loud, and rationalizing what is happening to him.  If in fact he has not already gone to be with Jesus, then there must be more to do here with the Body of Christ, and more in spreading the Gospel.

How often do we find our self at the end of the rope, and wondering if in fact we are done? We will not be done serving the KING in some manner, until HE takes us home with HIM, and then serve HIM there.  

“to live is Christ”…life with all it sorrows and pains, and all its happiness and rejoicing, tears and laughter…all part of life, and all part of Christ. How can that be? Because HE also lived on the earth, and tasted and felt all that we will ever go through, and HE knows our struggles, HE overcame them.  Living will not be better because of Christ, but do-able through HIS power.  We are HIS hands and feet in this world, HIM working through us, and around us…to live is Christ! 

“to die is gain”…where we are going when we leave this earth, has no comparison to any worldly thing. All glorious, no tears, no pain, no more negativity…ahhhh I see Paul’s dilema…we are not home yet…but when we get there..its our gain! 

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Philippians 1:19-20

Philippians 1

verse 19,20  for I know that the through your prayers and the help of the Spirit of Jesus Christ this will turn out for my deliverance, as it is my eager expectation and hope that I will not be ashamed, but that with full courage now as always Christ will be honored in my body, whether by life or death.

 

In verse 4 of this same chapter, Paul tells the Philippians of his prayers for them, now this verse is his prayer request for them to lift him up. Paul is asking for deliverance, he wants them to pray for it. It is not about life or death. His prayer is for his witness to be Christ no matter what happens.  Regardless of imprisonment or death, or freedom..Paul is asking that he continue to glorify Christ in his body.  

While studying through these two verses, again I am blown away at Paul’s faith.  He is not doubting that there will be deliverance. He is believing that it will either be worldly and temporal or heavenly eternal. Still deliverance.  His focus is on Christ, and how to glorify HIM.  

Just something to think about…remember Paul used to be Saul, who persecuted Christians. I am sure he saw many amazing things in those martyrs deaths.  Stephen..singing praise while being stoned…and I am sure the others had something of Christ about them while they died.  Now Paul is looking at the same thing for himself.  He wants Christ to be glorified in his body.  

Over at Philter48 , we have talked about different things this could mean, and purity is one of them..very interesting thoughts..go over and check the conversations out, join in where ever you choose, or just read..  I would love to hear your thoughts on these two verses, either here or over there in our Philippians Study Conversations.  Peace.  Christ be glorified in our bodies, whether we live or die…amazing, good stuff!


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Revisted- Is your royalty showing?

while reading through some of my archives from “Princess, Overcomer”, this one I needed to hear again, thought I would share it with you. Some of you have been with me from the beginning and will remember this, Peace…stop trying to fit into the world, you belong to Heaven.

Sometimes we try so hard to fit into this world, and even look for approval from people, when all we really need to do is show our Royalty!
Phil. 4:20-says that our citizenship is in Heaven-Heaven is our home!
I Peter 2:9-11-says that we are a royal priesthood, a holy nation of people belonging to God! , Aliens and strangers in this world! Along with it comes a warning–do not give in to worldly sinful desires, they will wage war with your soul!

While thinking about this, and how often we fall to subtle things that work their way in to our minds, I have been praying about how..HOW..do we keep those things from happening, or Discernment is needed to be stronger to identify them when they do get in! HE, the King, has reminded me to…

Phil. 4:8 think about things are praiseworthy, and excellent, and good…

mmmmm after pondering these things again…the King is the only one Praise worthy, excellent and good!! Focus on the Lord, and anything that does not stand up to HIS standards disregard!

Spreading the knowledge of Christ to others is a pleasant smell to the Lord…as we do this we are to God the aroma of Jesus…(2Cor. 2:15).

There is no better way to show our royalty than to be sanctified and to strive to step up our sanctification…meaning in the light of the fact, that the King lives with us, we are doing nothing that will hinder HIS presence, no language that would offend our King, no music or TV that I would not be comfortable knowing that Jesus is with me. That is guarding my mind, and my heart.

Sanctification=letting your royalty show, an aroma pleasant to the nose of the KING=spreading HIS gospel and making HIM known.Lets strive today to show off our royalty, and smell good too!!!!

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