June 1, 2010 I published the last issue (at least for a while) of Girl Talk my teen girl magazine. Since this blog was originally designed for the purpose of publishing weekly devotions for the magazine and later the magazine itself I decided to create another blog that isn’t connected to Girl Talk.

I’ll probably still publish book reviews or other items here now and again but you’ll more often find me at Trusting Him with Today. I hope you’ll stop by

Mar 19, 2010

Over the Hills and Through the Air...

Every once in a while I find my thoughts drifting and before I know it, it’s over the hills and through the air to my Father’s house I go… my heavenly father that is.

It’s not that I’m in a hurry to get there but some days I’m homesick. Maybe it’s because I have so many loved ones gone before me that I miss something awful and I long to see their faces, hear their voices feel their hugs…

But, I’m here and they’re there. Their work here is done and it’s now up to me to make sure that this separation isn’t permanent.

It’s easy to say, I’m going to heaven when I die. I’ve said it all my life even before I made Jesus my choice. I thought being good would get me there. I was wrong.

8 God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. 9 Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it. Ephesians 2:8-9 (NLT)

In the words of an old song, everybody talking about heaven isn’t going there.

I plan to go there… someday. However, I realize that although salvation reserves a place for me I still have to show up to fill it. That sounds strange, but I’ve been to many events where seats were reserved but no one showed up to fill them.

I have a place prepared for me in heaven but in order to go there and reunite with my loved ones I still have to make daily choices that sometimes aren’t easy to make.

I have to say no to some things that it seems would be easier to say yes to.

I have to sometimes be quiet when I want to lash out in anger.

I have to forgive when I want to hold a grudge.

In essence to ensure I fill my reserved place I can’t afford to react the way I use to before I accepted Him. However, on the days when I’m feeling less than Christ like and I make choices that I know does not please my heavenly father I ask for His forgiveness and I remind myself in the words of one of Dottie Rambo’s song,

Too many sunsets lie behind the mountain
Too many rivers my feet have walked through
Too many treasures are waiting over yonder
There's too much to gain to lose.
Yes, I’m sure everyone that talks about heaven won’t go there but praise God I know that because of His saving grace, because of His forgiveness I’m going there.

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Faith Imagined said...

My son is going through some strange screaming, grumpy stage. I have been holding my tongue a lot! I like your thoughts on having a seat in heaven reserved for us but we have to show up. Great post!

eph2810 said...

Isn't it wonderful to know that on the days I fall short, He covers it. I am glad that He has prepared a place for me...not on my account, but on Jesus' account.

Dena E's Blog said...

This post was just wonderful and the picture to go with it,,well, its exactly how my mind goes too.. Especially as my Hubby and I travel all over Iowa,,, I always ask him ,,I"I wonder what God is doing right now"? ..
Thanks for sharing and do pop by my blog when you can.. The comments are like hugs for me too.

LisaShaw said...

Oh this is RICH Bernadine!

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