Will you be there?

When We See Christ
(Words and music by Esther Kerr Rusthoi)

Oft times the day seems long, our trials hard to bear,
We’re tempted to complain, to murmur and despair;
But Christ will soon appear to catch His Bride away,
All tears forever over in God’s eternal day.

It will be worth it all when we see Jesus,
Life’s trials will seem so small when we see Christ;
One glimpse of His dear face all sorrow will erase,
So bravely run the race till we see Christ.

Sometimes the sky looks dark with not a ray of light,
We’re tossed and driven on , no human help in sight;
But there is one in heav’n who knows our deepest care,
Let Jesus solve your problem – just go to Him in pray’r.

It will be worth it all when we see Jesus,
Life’s trials will seem so small when we see Christ;
One glimpse of His dear face all sorrow will erase,
So bravely run the race till we see Christ.

Life’s day will soon be o’er, all storms forever past,
We’ll cross the great divide, to glory, safe at last;
We’ll share the joys of heav’n – a harp, a home, a crown,
The tempter will be banished, we’ll lay our burden down.

It will be worth it all when we see Jesus,
Life’s trials will seem so small when we see Christ;
One glimpse of His dear face all sorrow will erase,
So bravely run the race till we see Christ.

Ruth Graham – What a lady

I just read that Billy Graham’s wife, Ruth, passed away quietly, in their mountain home, this afternoon.

What a beautiful Godly life she lead.I love what Billy said about her in this article. I especially love this:

“I am so grateful to the Lord that He gave me Ruth, and especially for these last few years we’ve had in the mountains together. We’ve rekindled the romance of our youth, and my love for her continued to grow deeper every day. I will miss her terribly, and look forward even more to the day I can join her in Heaven.”

Oh, what sweetness!

I know this must be a difficult time for her family. But at the same time, I know that they are strengthened through Christ.

And to know that one day they will be reunited – oh, what a gift!

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