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Where Are They Now?

2 Corinthians 5:5b- “…to be absent from the body (is to) be present with the Lord.”

A television show that I often watch is called “Where Are They Now? “People write in, asking Oprah Winfrey to update them on what some of her past guests—childhood actors, or otherwise newsworthy people—are doing, now.

It is interesting to see what they look like, currently, and what they are doing with their lives. Some, sadly, have passed away. 

Watching recently, I felt God’s leading to remind readers that we can be assured of the eternal abode of our fellow Christians. 

We don’t have to ask, “Where Are They Now?” We know that believers will immediately be present with our Lord in Heaven when they leave this earth.

As a small child, I was extremely frightened of dying. I remember having terrible nightmares. My mother would respond to my outcries with patience and understanding. It wasn’t until I came to faith in Jesus in the 6th grade, that she and I got a good night’s sleep!

 I never again had a nightmare about dying!

Scripture comforts those of us faced with our own death or that of our loved ones who know Christ. But, for those who don’t, may this encourage us to go to them in love and share the gospel—today! 

Let’s not be left asking, “Where Are They Now?” 

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The Man in the Mirror

I Samuel 16:7b: “For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” 

Renovations.

New flooring, countertops, window coverings, faucets, appliances, painting, cabinetry, landscaping—the list goes on and on.

Even if you don’t do home renos, you may occasionally make changes in your own physical appearance:

haircuts/highlighting, makeup, new eyeglass frames, exercises, dieting, updated clothing.

Like most renovations, these are cosmetic changes, focusing on the outward appearance.

The Bible says that God places His attention on what is in our hearts

When we look at our own hearts with God’s mirror, the Bible, what do we see? Someone that is filled with the Holy Spirit? Someone that is producing the fruits of the Spirit? (Love, Joy, Peace, Long suffering, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, Self-control.)

If not, a remodeling project may be just what we need. Starting with prayer and scripture, we can make our hearts available to The Holy Spirit to do His work in our lives. Not cosmetic work that has no substance and is of no true lasting value. But, instead, allowing His power to work within us to “…to will and to do for His good pleasure.” (Philippians 2:13b)

We put things into “eternal perspective” when we focus on what’s inside.

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In celebration of the publishing of the fourth book in the Simon Says series, I have scheduled to have the first three books listed as FREE on www.Amazon.com 

For the next three days:  June 11, 12, and 13, download FREE Kindle e-book versions of Simon Says, Truth or Dare, and Tug of War. 

And, while you’re shopping, why not purchase the fourth book, Cat’s Cradle?

You’ll love this final book, told largely from six-year-old Mary’s point-of-view. And, as always, thank you in advance for writing reviews!!!!

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A Nourishing Spiritual Diet

Colossians 3:1 6a- “Let the word of Christ dwell in your richly…

How many times are we told to eat foods that are good for our bodies? Lean meats, vegetables, fruits, whole grains… 

When given the choice, do we often grab a handful of chips or a couple of chocolate chip cookies instead?

Sometimes it takes a lab report or a visit to the doctor to set us straight and help motivate us into making healthier choices. And when we do, we feel better and have more energy.

While there is nothing inherently wrong with reading a good mystery novel now and then, we need to be on a regular diet of good spiritual food.

We are able to grow in our walk with the Lord through daily reading of the scriptures and application of the principles from God’s Word.

Look at that word, “richly” in the verse from Colossians. Spiritual food isn’t diet food, where we don’t feel satisfied. Spiritual food has substance. It nourishes our souls.

As with healthy eating, spiritual food gives us the energy to face whatever the day may bring. We won’t feel depleted by day’s end, but rather we will find ourselves energized and encouraged as our day unfolds.

Keeping a New Testament or small Bible with you at work or in your car or purse will also make it possible for you to get a spiritually-healthy “snack” in the middle of the afternoon. 

A spiritual diet of truths from God’s Word will guide you, and grow you in your faith.

Let God’s Word dwell in you richly.

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