Our Quest 

To live and live well, to enjoy every moment, to look forward to moments ahead and especially to our eternal, immortal future awaiting us. To live fearlessly, hopefully, faithfully, and lovingly. To please our Heavenly Father, so that he can pour out his grace on us and fill us with his Spirit – the Spirit of love, joy, peace, patience, gentleness, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, meekness, and self control – the Spirit of wisdom, understanding, counsel, power, knowledge, and the fear of the Lord, to delight ourselves in the fear of the Lord. This is our aim, our ambition, our quest.

To love and love well. Ah, this is life; this is God’s life; this is the God life in us. To worship the Father and the Son, to walk by the Spirit, to do unto others as we would have them do unto us – this is our calling, our inheritance, our life.

Life is hidden behind the mundane and the ordinary – work days, weekends, families and friends. If we are not careful, life can pass us by, and we will miss the purpose of our days. To redeem the time well, to not waste time, to use time to gain eternal wealth – this we must not miss. Our time here on planet earth is short, we will be gone before we know it if we are not prayerful to ascertain our calling and our purpose here. If we find our purpose then every day is filled with meaning, every hour is precious, and the moments are recognized and accounted for.  

We find our life in Christ, in building up the church, in bringing pleasure to the Father, and in helping our fellow man. We are not here for ourselves. We belong to Christ, to the church, to the Father, and to one another. We are a community, an eternal community, neighbors for millions and millions of years. Never ending life, ever expanding relationships, growth in grace forever. Our finite minds can scarcely grasp the infinite life God has planned for us.

So we pray; we hope; we love, and we wait, but we work while we wait; we have but a short season to store up treasures that will last an eternity. Life doesn’t stop in heaven, but there are things that we can do here that we will not be able to do there. Helping the poor, reaching out to the lost, encouraging one another, and keeping faith with the Father through yielding to the Son – these things are for the days of earth. It is enough for us now, enough for a full life, a satisfying, God glorifying life. Heaven will wait for us to finish our work here, and there will be time enough there to relish all of the treasures that we laid up while we were here. Let us not miss our life here while waiting for our life there.

                     ~ Brad Heilhecker 

Unanswered Questions 

For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.~1 Corinthians 13:12 NIV

I remember the day I found out about you. A smile still emerges. And even though it was unexpected, I found myself sweetly delighted and anticipated your coming.

I became a bit nervous over the small age difference that would lie between you and your brother. And I often wondered if I would have the energy to chase after you both.

Naturally, fear caused me to question many things; but mostly, I questioned myself and my ability at being a great mother.

It wouldn’t take long before the idea of you settled, and so did the joy within the secret places of my heart.

After hearing the sound of your heartbeat, for the first time, there was a confirmation that provided comfort to my soul. I would sit back and patiently wait to hear that distinct swishing noise mixed with the sounds of my own heartbeat.

It was a duet, sweetly arranged, and beautifully spoken between us both. And I found my soul needing to search for it over and over again.

You were alive inside of me, and though our lives weren’t connected by the outside world, we shared the same breath, it was the one breathed into us both.

There was peace knowing [that my body] offered [yours] a covering of protection. It was like a cleansing rain that washed over all doubt.

I found myself getting lost and easily entertained by your mystery.
What would you be like? Would you mirror me?

Would I be yours as you were already mine?

Additionally…I questioned if it would be possible to love you as much as I already loved your brother? How could I love more when my heart was already so full?

I didn’t grasp that love is immeasurable by height or depth.

Love just IS.

It was clear.

There was no question.

                 You were love.

Part one. Please join me next Tuesday for the rest of the message.

~ Baring His Beauty 

    Tiffany Thomas