Approximations Of Our Future 

Our heart’s desire – to finally be able to cease from toilsome labor and just enjoy life, to work on building relationships, to delve into the depths of our partnership with the Almighty, to know God as Father and friend, Savior and Lord. We want to develop our hobbies and passions, to re-create ourselves, to become new, fresh, and enthusiastic about life. We need time to think, to pray, and to dream. We desire time to just be without having to do.

If nothing else, heaven will be restful. 

 Here on earth, Our Father gives us glimpses of our heavenly rest as we meditate on his word and his ways, as we explore paths of peace and love, and as we set our ambitions and affections on the things of the kingdom. If earth is the appetizer, then heaven is the five course meal, a banquet of love. If earth is our apprenticeship, then heaven is our full partnership with all that is holy and good, and with all who have been adopted into the royal family.

We are told to cease striving and to be still and just know that Our God is GOD, that he will be exalted in the earth. He is the strategist; he is the master tactician. Military geniuses, master chess players, and corporate giants are only mere shadows of our creator, sustainer, and vindicator. The Lord, the King of kings, not only sees 10 moves ahead, but he sees the end from the beginning. He knows what he is going to do today, and he knows what he is going to do on the last day of mankind’s final revolt against his authority.

We can hardly imagine the paradise awaiting us, the bliss that is our inheritance. We are so accustomed to life’s toils and troubles, we might wonder what we would do with our lives if we weren’t having to overcome some difficulty. We might wonder how we would feel if all negative emotions just ceased to exist. We might wonder what we would see if everything around us was all of a sudden infinitely beautiful.

To see the eternal, the infinite, to be children of light, to live in a kingdom of light and love, to be immortal, eternal beings like our Father – this is our inheritance. Power beyond imagination, peace which passes understanding, love so strong that it would make the mighty faint – these are only approximations of our future. We will surely be like God, for we will see him as he is.

~ Brad Heilhecker 

Thank You God 

God never said life would be easy. He promised never to leave us while we are going through it!

No man will [be able to] stand before you [to oppose you] as long as you live. Just as I was [present] with Moses, so will I be with you; I will not fail you or abandon you. ~Joshua 1:5 AMP

Thank you Jesus for loving me and for being steadfast in everything.

Thank you for never giving up on me, for meeting me [no matter where I was at] in the wilderness.

Thank you for providing me a safe place to rest, especially when there was no where else to run. Thank your for your protection over my heart from my enemies and myself.

Thank you for teaching me about the importance of relationship and new areas I needed to find growth. Thank you for providing support when I felt like I was all alone.

THANK YOU GOD for calling me your servant, and for allowing me to see myself in you. Thank you for your Holy Spirit who always sits, ready, and waiting to demolish the enemy’s voice by your TRUTH.

Today, Lord I want to just thank you!

Friends,  One lesson that I enjoy learning more and more about… is God’s love. May you find gratitude, contentment and peace, as you continue to find valuable tools tucked in between the verses in God’s word.

May you find yourself experiencing His blessings this week!
       ~Baring His Beauty,

          Tiffany Thomas