The Signs of the Broken Flask — Jeremiah 19

This caused me to consider the United States, verse 15 says, “…because they have stiffened their necks that they might not hear My words.”

Is that not what we, the United States, have done?  Everything is “okay.”  Nothing is “wrong.”  No one FEARS the Lord.  We have become desensitized to everything.  We joke and make fun of, and laugh at, homosexuality.  There is “gay pride”.  We are allowing same-sex marriages EVEN though God calls it an abomination (like other sexual sins).  

God promises in Jeremiah that He will bring a catastrophe and it will be so horrible that everyone will hiss and not recognize this place.  I cannot understand why a nation, or a people, who have been so blessed and protected for hundreds of years, would harden their necks, or stiffen them.  Much like the children or Israel in the book of Nehemiah.

Why do we not FEAR or REVERE Him?  The Church no longer teaches, preaches the BLOOD OF CHRIST — or WHY — HOW — to reverently FEAR the Lord God Almighty!  We bring Him, or have relegated Him, to our level.  We call HIM, “Daddy, the Big Guy, Mr. God” and on and on and there is NO respect!

Heavenly Father, God Almighty, HOLY ONE — please forgive me.  I humble myself, I fall prostrate before You, Lord. You alone are worthy of my praise and adoration, YOU ALONE!

David said in Psalm 74:7, “They have set fire to Your sanctuary; they have defiled the dwelling place of Your Name to the ground.”

I declare with him that your are my KING from of old, working salvation in the midst of the earth (vs. 12).

Arise, O God, plead Your own cause; remember how the foolish man reproaches (reviles or taunts) YOU daily.  Do not forget the voice of Your enemies; the tumult of those who rise up against You increases continually.  Psalm 74:22,23

I adore you, Lord!  Please teach me to fear you.  Please forgive me!  Because of WHO YOU ARE 

Your Daughter~

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Sunsets and Epitaphs

As the sun set over our little Florida town this evening, my heart pounded with pain for what was and what will never be.  I felt empty and spent and wondered why there is not more time to change more and stay awhile longer.

These are the things that were:

  • Birth
  • The first day of school
  • Marriage
  • Seeing your first child for the very first time
  • Beaches
  • Christmas
  • Easter
  • Saying “goodbye” to your parents
  • Pain
  • Laughter
  • Death

It reminds me of Solomon….

“To everything there is a season, A time for every purpose under heaven:

A time to be born,
    And a time to die;
A time to plant,
    And a time to pluck what is planted;
A time to kill,
    And a time to heal;
A time to break down,
    And a time to build up;
A time to weep,
    And a time to laugh;
A time to mourn,
    And a time to dance;
A time to cast away stones,
    And a time to gather stones;
A time to embrace,
    And a time to refrain from embracing;
A time to gain,
    And a time to lose;
A time to keep,
    And a time to throw away;
A time to tear,
    And a time to sew;
A time to keep silence,
    And a time to speak;
A time to love,
    And a time to hate;
A time of war,
    And a time of peace.”

Solomon declared in chapter 2, “Therefore, I hated life because the work that was done under the sun was distressing to me, for all is vanity and grasping for the wind.”

I declare with him….I hate life….it is distressing to me…I am tired.  I have nothing else to give….nothing else I need….nothing left to harvest.  

I read once that there are two dates on your tombstone….the day you are born and the day you die…in between those two dates is a dash and that’s the most important part, so make the dash count.  All the times of Solomon have evidenced themselves in my life.  I have been born and I have been born-again, I have planted and I have plucked that which I planted, I have killed and I have tried to help heal, I have broken down and I have built up, I have wept and I have laughed, I have mourned and I have danced, I have cast away stones and I have gathered stones, I have embraced and I have refrained from embracing, I have gained and I have lost, I have kept and I have thrown away, I have torn and I have sewn, I have been quiet and I have spoken up, I have loved and sadly I have hated, and I have lived in peace and now I live in war.  It is now time to sleep.

I pray my dash has made a difference to someone.  I pray that it is written on my epitaph, “She loved!”  I have tried to love abundantly and generously…I have cried for the hurt that I cannot seem to heal…the hurt that has taken my breath away.  I am seeing people beheaded, burned alive, traded for sex and murdered for no reason.  I personally have witnessed molestation, abortion, depravity, darkness, and hopelessness.  I have seen a nation I love fall into political correctness and darkness.  The more Christians I meet, the more I want to be separate from them and not be counted among them.  I see Christians judging Christian Brothers and Sisters for rightly dividing the truth with the Word of God…for calling sin exactly what it is and then being made to feel that they are the very essence of that same sin.

My heart aches to the point of literal, physical pain.  The more I see, the less I want to see.

I am tired.

There is only one Hope and that is Jesus.  As Anne Graham Lotz would say, “You can have the world, just give me Jesus.”

I am tired…and there is, as Solomon said, “a time to die.”

His Will vs. Our Will

For every action we take there is a counter action…or for every decision we make there is a consequence. Therefore, our decisions or actions should be weighed carefully, as there will always be a consequence, good or bad.  I am reminded of kinetic balls — you cause one to hit against the other and the one on the opposite end moves — you move two and two on the opposite end move and so on.

We all have to make daily decisions that always effect self, but sometimes (or maybe most times) also effect those around us. Some decisions we make are spur-of-the-moment while others are weighed heavily in our minds and hearts.  Each made either understanding and caring whether it effects others, or not.

Most decisions have an immediate consequence while others do not manifest consequences until a later time.  Often times we can stop the action, if we act quickly and other times,, no matter how much we want to stop it, we cannot…and so it goes.

I have a sweet friend who set a series of events into motion awhile back that will have lasting consequences to herself but mostly to those she loves.  Had she acted immediately she could have possibly stopped the consequence, but now it is impossible.  Her decision was not made out of selfish gain or ambition but out of desperation and fear.  However, regardless of the why…she is left with the consequence.

In Ephesians 5:17 it tells us, “Therefore, do not be unwise but understand what the will of the Lord is.”  Sometimes discerning God’s will is difficult, even for a mature Christian.  However, I believe that it can always be discerned through His Word and through Godly counsel.  It is important to remember that when you are uncertain of the path you should take, and the consequences of taking the path not in His will.

I pray that you will be discerning and not faced with same consequences that my friend and her loved ones will have to accept soon.  Seek God’s will above all else.

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To Live is Christ…To Die Is Gain: He Is No Fool

“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen:”

Milad Makeen Zaky

Abanub Ayad Atiya

Maged Solaiman Shehata

Yusuf Shukry Yunan

Kirollos Shokry Fawzy

Bishoy Astafanus Kamel

Somaily Astafanus Kamel

Malak Ibrahim Sinweet

Tawadros Yusuf Tawadros

Girgis Milad Sinweet

Mina Fayez Aziz

Hany Abdelmesih Salib

Bishoy Adel Khalaf

Samuel Alham Wilson

Worker from Awr Village

Ezat Bishri Naseef

Loga Nagary

Gaber Munir Adly

Esam Badir Samir

Malak Farag Abram

Sameh Salah Farug

“13 These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off were assured of them, embraced them and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth. 14 For those who say such things declare plainly that they seek a homeland. 15 And truly if they had called to mind that country from which they had come out, they would have had opportunity to return. 16 But now they desire a better, that is, a heavenly country. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for He has prepared a city for them.  39 And all these, having obtained a good testimony through faith, did not receive the promise, 40 God having provided something better for us, that they should not be made perfect apart from us.” Hebrews 11:1, 13-16 and 39, 40

Even so, COME LORD JESUS.