I have been doing some reflecting as I complete my 35th year on this earth. When I stop to think about it I realize what a journey it has been. I am so thankful to God for how far he has brought me. I would not be here without his love and grace.
I was born 3 months early weighing 1 pound and 6 ounces. I almost died 3 times as a newborn. As a result of my premature birth I have an eye condition called Retinopathy of prematurity. Blood vessels in my eyes did not develop correctly and my retina detached in my right eye leaving me completely blind in that eye. Doctors managed to save the retina in my left eye and I have some limited vision in that eye. I have had several eye operations during my younger years but I thank God for the vision I have left.
God’s faithfulness and grace
I was raised in church from birth and I got saved at a young age at a Christian camp. My journey to truly understanding the gospel was in fact a long one. I was saved young but I still was not completely sure of my salvation. It was in 2019 that I truly understood salvation was a gift I could not earn and that I just had to receive it. It was April 25, 2019. I am thankful to God for saving me and forgiving me of my sin.
Through the years
I found myself feeling a little behind in life at this age when I started to compare myself to others but I must not go down that road. I must instead stop and thank God for all he has done for me. I am thankful to be healthy, I am thankful for my family and I am thankful for all the experiences I have had through the years. This has made me who I am today. I am thankful that God has helped me to grow closer to him as each year goes by and that really is the most important thing at the end of it all.
The years ahead
I will trust God with the years ahead and leave it in his hands. I hope to keep working hard on my blog and poetry and videos as I hope to be self-employed in the future. I hope to keep God first in my life. I know God will be by my side each day.
Today we live in an uncertain world. It seems that we are walking on a tightrope with danger on both sides. The truth is that tomorrow is not guaranteed to anyone.
There is one solid foundation that we can stand on and this is faith in Jesus Christ. He is your way into heaven.
I wrote a poem reflecting on the fact that Christians do have a hope of eternity in heaven with God. The questions, the sorrow and pain will end. I was specifically thinking of the time the rapture occurs and believers are caught up in the air to meet Jesus Christ. You can listen to the poem below.
I hope that this poem will encourage believers to look ahead to the hope of heaven. I hope that those who do not believe can take hold of the truth and reserve their place in heaven while there is still time.
Starting your morning the correct way will go a long way in helping you to have a good day. This is true for me. I am a Christian, and my idea of a good morning includes time with God. I recently listened to a great sermon on this topic and I want to pass it along to you.
I usually start my mornings by praying and putting my day in God’s hands. I like to try to pray as soon as I wake up because it is still quiet. I have to work on waking up early. I usually try to wake up at about 8 AM but I am trying to wake up a little earlier to pray.
I usually try to read my Bible while I eat breakfast but lately I have been reading it afterwards. I use the Blue Letter Bible app to track my daily Bible reading. This year I am going through a plan that takes you through the Bible in one year and you read from the Old Testament and the New Testament each day.I am currently at the end of the book of Ezra and have completed John. I have read the Bible in order from start to end before but it is interesting to read passages from the old and new testaments each day.
I find that I tend to listen to music at night, not in the morning. I want to listen to more worship music. I still struggle with my music choices at times.
I think this sermon is great advice on how to start off your day. Starting your day off with God will help you face any challenges that may arise throughout the day.
Psalm 63:1 KJV — A Psalm of David, when he was in the wilderness of Judah. O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is;
I have a question for you. Are you 100% sure that you will go to heaven when it is time for you to leave this earth? Well if you have to think about it then you are not sure. The Bible tells you how you can be 100% sure that you will go to heaven when you die. Read on to get the truth or watch the video below.
Most people think that being good will get them into heaven. Yes, heaven is only open to perfect people. The reality is that none of us are perfect. The Bible says;
Romans 3:10 KJV — As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:
Romans 3:23 KJV — For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
The punishment for sin is death but not just death, it is hell, eternal burning.
God loves us all that he made a way for us to be saved from the eternal punishment of hell.
Romans 6:23 KJV — For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
God sent his son Jesus to take on our punishment on the cross. He was crucified and then rose to life on the third day. His blood was enough to cleanse our sins. The cleansing of sins is only available to those who believe in Jesus Christ and believe that his blood was enough to cleanse sin and that he is alive today. Those who call upon him and ask him to save them will be forgiven. Forgiveness means your sins are no longer on record, they are wiped away by his blood.
Salvation is free and easy, you do not earn it, you only receive the wonderful gift.
John 3:16 KJV — For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
Time is running out. Tomorrow is not guaranteed to any of us.
John 3:36 KJV — He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.
Get out of God’s wrath and into God’s family before it is too late. Jesus Christ is your ticket into heaven.
Romans 10:9 KJV — That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.