feeling better and thoughts about Heaven

I think I have recovered. I have my voice back, though it still sounds raspy. Thank the Good Lord for TheraFlu Strips. I have always thought it was the best for symptoms, but I CAN NOT stand taking it. The strips work just as well and without the nasty tasting drink.

At church, our pastor just started a new series on Heaven. I couldn’t be more excited about it. I love to think about Heaven, and my longing for it became more intense once I came to understand it more.

I think that, unfortunately, too many people, including a lot of Christians, think of Heaven as a place where we are vapors and bodyless and it’s an endless sing-along.

That doesn’t excite too many people. After all, there are so many things that we enjoy about life that require our bodies: swimming, drawing, running, riding bikes etc. And even though we enjoy vacations, we also enjoy having things to do.

I’ve always known that my view of Heaven was limited and beyond my understanding. And I knew that once there, no matter what we did, it would be beyond amazing and intensely awesome. After all, we will be face-to-face with our Lord Jesus.

So, why do we have such a limited view of Heaven? And how many of you don’t look forward to Heaven?

There are clues to Heaven throughout the bible. Take a look at Genesis. God created earth and all of it creatures to live in paradise (Eden). It wasn’t until Adam and Eve sinned that Paradise was lost. Look around at the beauty that God created and think about how He created us. He created us to love, to laugh, to enjoy art, enjoying running through fields of flowers, falling on the ground giggling, to enjoy creating, and reading and writing and singing.

He created the mountains, and the animals, and the rivers and the forests. This was all in His plan. All of this was created and He said it was GOOD (Genesis 1). God was pleased with the earth, and the animals before man fell into sin.

I believe that earth will be where we will dwell. The NEW EARTH, where God will dwell with us. We will be resurrected with new bodies, on a new earth. I believe that we will relax, read, laugh, play and most importantly, worship and praise the Lord.

What about you – Do you TRULY, look forward to Heaven? Or does the thought depress you? Wouldn’t Satan love to have a good laugh about the fact that those the Lord calls by name, aren’t even excited about going to their eternal home?

If you are troubled by thoughts of Heaven, I encourage you to read Heaven, by Randy Alcorn. It is a theologically sound book. Randy has studied the topic of Heaven for years.

It will encourage you and it will help you to look forward to your eternal home with great anticipation.

Praise the LORD, O my soul;
all my inmost being, praise his holy name. Psalm 103:1

Blessings,
~K

Comments

  1. Karla, thank you so much for coming to my blog. I appreciate you taking the time to read and comment.

    We all need to be reminded of Heaven. We all need to remember that it is a reality for believers. It is so easy to go about our lives and forget that Heaven is truly what we are meant for. This world means nothing, but we put so much into it. Don’t we?

    Thanks for such an awesome reminder. We truly are heaven bound and we need to live that way.

  2. Karla,
    How fun is this? To make new friends online! Who knew? Thank you for your post about heaven. I agree that too many times our focus is on earthly things and not the eternal. It’s nice to meet people that are “like-minded” so we can encourage each other to look heavenward. There is an awesome book I am reading right now titled, When God Writes Your Love Story, by Eric Ludy. It’s so good and talks about dreaming the impossible because we serve an impossible God. I plan to blog about it. Thanks for visiting my blog. I hope to see you around in cyberspace. On my blog and Mel’s blog and here in your space. It’s wonderful getting to know you. You are beautiful…inside and out!
    Love in Him,
    Rhonda

  3. Glass Half Full says:

    I thought I was the only one that HATED Theraflu!!! Yeah — yuck!

    Isn’t it true about the temporal v. enternal??? We are only here for a moment, but our life in heaven with our Father is forever!!!

  4. Mark A. VanBibber says:

    Karla, Your post reminded me od Ted Dekkers Black, Red, and White books. Specifically when God was playing and he turned the world “insideout”.
    I got chill bumps from seeing good having fun in Heaven and if a man (ed Dekker) “created” this “heaven” in a book, how much more wonderful will the Heaven be that was created by God. It brought tears to my eyes.
    Love ya sis.

  5. Mark A. VanBibber says:

    Oops, That should have been “seeing GOD having fun”

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