The following entry is re-blogged from one of my dear sisters blogs….I cried when I read it and am so blessed to be encouraged by Robin to keep my lamp full of oil and the wick trimmed……thank you dear friend for being such a beautiful example of a Wise Virgin…..

 

what are you waiting for?

 

anticipation.

    waiting and watching.

        expecting something better,

                          something beautiful,

                         
something that fills the longing.

 

i do it when i know a long awaited trip lies ahead on my calendar.

or a special dinner with friends i haven’t seen in a long time.

or a quiet date with my husband.

                     –   –        –  –       –  –       –  –

i just read the final pages of my favorite book.

the book that tells my story.

    His story.

        our story.

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and i have shivers,

and goosebumps raise,

and anticipation whelms me

as I glimpse what lies ahead for me.

 

a feast.

    a wedding. 

        a homecoming.

 

and i am reminded of where i should be gazing expectantly.

    not at my calendar.

        or to any plan or vision of the natural kind.

 

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i cast my heart, my eyes, my longing, my hopes, and my expectation to the skies.

i am a bride and i am waiting for my Groom.

He is coming soon, and even if it is a lifetime from now

a lifetime waiting for Him and being ready is a life not wasted.

He is the fulfillment of every desire,

    now and then.

 

every other is thin and pale in comparison.

 

won’t you  join me in watching and waiting?

read Revelation 19 – 22.  

i pray the beauty and the hope overwhelm you too.

 

For more of Robin’s encouragement, visit her blog here.

 

Blessed to be In His Grip~

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Hey Ladies!

 

Just a quick note to say hello to all of you and let you know I’ve been praying for each of you! thanks again for another really wonderful night at your house last Friday 🙂 I always come away from my time with you girls refreshed and renewed! Thank you thank you!

 

As promised…..here is Pastor JD Farag’s weekly prophecy update 🙂 You will hear a few things that sound familiar as we touched on some of the Syria news on Friday night….pay close attention to his take on it…..God has blessed him with some keen insight concerning the prophecies that are lining up and being fulfilled right now in the Middle East….enjoy!

 

 

Here is another resource link to more studies much like the one we went through on Friday night in regards to the Jewish Wedding Traditions and the similarities to the Rapture of the Church….this is a wonderful site! Be sure to click through all of the categories on the left side menu when you get to the home page….I am sure you will find something that piques your interests!

 

The Bridal Covenant

 

For those of you that may have missed my first post to all of you last week….you can find it here. There are several links to sites I use on a daily basis……for the serious prophecy student….it will keep you busy for weeks 😉

 

And finally…….don’t forget this weeks assignment! Ok……there is no grade for this assignment…..but alas…..let’s all try to bring ONE headline or news article to our Friday Night meeting and see how it squares up against the Bible….we are learning how to recognize the signs of the times we now live in……we are that generation ladies! TIP: keep in mind what we’ve already discussed about some of the major obvious signs….IE: Israel, Middle East, Global relations concerning countries, knowledge, weather, condition of mans hearts toward one another…toward God. Global Economy……to name a few…..

 

I can’t wait to see you all this Friday should the Lord allow! If not…I’ll see you all in the air!

 

Happily In His Grip~

This is Pastor JD Farag’s weekly prophecy update….I pray that every person who visits this blog would harken their ears and hearts to these messages…..I am going to admit right here…right now that I am tiring of sounding the clarion call to a world that seems to resent it. When I wrestle with the idea of not sharing these messages….the Lord gently reminds me of this:

 

John 15:18 KJV

 

If the world hates you, you know that it hated me before it hated you.

 

Ezekiel 12:2

 

Son of man, you dwell in the midst of a rebellious house, who have eyes to see, and see not; they have ears to hear, and hear not: for they are a rebellious house.

 

Beloved…..please open your hearts to the Lord of Heaven and Earth…..our redemption draws nigh….

 

 

 

Praying YOU know that you are in IN HIS GRIP tonight~

Luke 21: 28

And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draws near.

 

1 Thessalonians 5:9-11

9 For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ. 10 He died for us so that, whether we are awake or asleep, we may live together with him. 11 Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.

 

Revelation 3:10

 

3:10  Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.

Matthew 25:13

 

Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour in which the Son of man comes.

Ezekiel 3:17-19

 

“Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the house of Israel. Whenever you hear a word from my mouth, you shall give them warning from me. If I say to the wicked, ‘You shall surely die,’ and you give him no warning, nor speak to warn the wicked from his wicked way, in order to save his life, that wicked person shall die for his iniquity, but his blood I will require at your hand. But if you warn the wicked, and he does not turn from his wickedness, or from his wicked way, he shall die for his iniquity, but you will have delivered your soul.

 

Isaiah 62:6

 

On your walls, O Jerusalem, I have set watchmen; all the day and all the night they shall never be silent. You who put the Lord in remembrance, take no rest,

 

Ezekiel 33:6

 

But if the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the trumpet, so that the people are not warned, and the sword comes and takes any one of them, that person is taken away in his iniquity, but his blood I will require at the watchman’s hand.

 

Amos 3:7

 

“For the Lord God does nothing without revealing his secret to his servants the prophets.

Matthew 24:36-44

The Day and Hour Unknown

    36 “But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son,[a] but only the Father. 37 As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. 38 For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; 39 and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. 40 Two men will be in the field; one will be taken and the other left. 41Two women will be grinding with a hand mill; one will be taken and the other left.

   42 “Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come. 43 But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief was coming, he would have kept watch and would not have let his house be broken into. 44 So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.

 

1000 Gifts: I am grateful for~

 

13) The gift of alertness

14) The many wonderful smells of winter

15) Ears that hear

16) Eyes that see

 

So so greatful to be in His wonderful grip…..

And who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this? Esther 4:14

These are such exciting times we live in right now. Bryan, my husband, and I…have had so very many discussions about how things are changing so fast in the world we’ve lived in….grown up in. We agree that the world we grew up in is fading quickly into the rear view mirrors of our lives. Not only because we are aging and our kids are growing….the changes we are talking about are changes we’ve read about in the bible. The word of God foretold us what the world would look like at the time He would come for His Bride! As we talk about these things with one another….inevitably…one of us will break out into a big grin and declare how grateful we are to be alive right now….for such a time as this!

In fact, this is one of the most exciting times to be alive in the history of the earth! With the exception of when Jesus walked the earth Himself.

Sometimes, as I’m preparing for my day, I have to be reminded that it is by God’s strength that I am able. It doesn’t take much for God to show me that He really could do it without me. In fact, there is nothing I do for God of which He could not find someone else to do it better!

Oh, I enjoy serving Him, but if I think about it, does God really need what I do for Him? Afterall, don’t I serve the Creator God? Didn’t He speak the heavens into existence? Isn’t it Him who decides when the rain will fall? Doesn’t He tell the sun when to shine, decorate the skies with the stars, hold the planets in position, and paint the rainbow when it appears?

Wasn’t it God who told the eagle where to build it’s nest? Didn’t He dictate the color of a zebra’s stripes and determine how long a giraffe’s neck would be? And, wasn’t it His decision to allow flies and gnats to remain after the fall?

I don’t know about you, but I get the distinct impression that God knows what He is doing! What does He need from me? NOTHING!

But, I am so grateful God wants me (and you) in spite of ourselves! He doesn’t need me, but He wants me! More than anything, God wants my heart to be fully and completely motivated towards Him! He wants my everything! He wants priority number one in my life! He wants to give me life and peace! He wants me to spend my forever with Him in His Heavenly home! He’s invited me to take up a permanent residence among His chosen few! I’m going to the wedding banquet! My name is written in the Lamb’s Book of Life!

He has all the wealth, power and prestige of the world, and yet He chose me with which to spend eternity! I can give Him nothing in return, but He accepts me anyway! By the blood of Jesus, and nothing else, I receive it all!

  

I can almost hear the footsteps of the Messiah!!!

So blessed to know I am In His Grip!!!