Thursday, September 14, 2017

Signs in the Heavens - American Solar Eclipse: Part 1

The 2017 American Solar Eclipse is a solar eclipse which traverses the country from sea to sea and touches no other country. This phenomena has drawn the attention of the world to the things in the heavens. Over the last week, God has pointed out another supposed signs in the heavens as well. Let us take a close look at both this sign and the one that is supposed to come on September 23rd and what they may or may not mean.

Know the Times

Before we talk about what these things mean, let’s clear up some misapplied facts about knowing the time of things. Most people will quote two verse about the Lord’s return:
For you yourselves know perfectly well that the day of the [return of the] Lord will come [as unexpectedly and suddenly] as a thief in the night. (1 Thessalonians 5:2 AMPC)
Many use this verse to dismiss talk about the return of Jesus and the Tribulation. If you look only at this one verse, the Bible is plainly saying that it will come unexpectedly. Context is everything. We need to keep reading this passage to discover that this is speaking about those who are not walking with God. It is seen two verses later:
But you are not in darkness, brothers, for that day to surprise you like a thief. (1 Thessalonians 5:4 ESV)
I encourage you to read the entire chapter in Thessalonians to get an accurate picture of what is being said. The unbelieving, or those who have fallen asleep will be surprised by the coming of the Lord, but the faithful will be ready. The second verse people quote about the hidden timing of His return is this:

Friday, August 18, 2017

Moments in Heaven - Playing Checkers

In the near future, experiences like this will be common place because God is giving us a “Roadmap to Heaven” so that His children can find their way to the Secret Place of the Most High. 

The Bible encourages us to “stir up the gifts” of the Spirit. Is your heart open to visitation? Does you long to see Him? Reading stories about other people’s experiences can help stir up your desire.

Tuesday, August 8th, 2017

Kristy, a good friend of mine, was using my computer to complete a project I headed up stairs to take a shower. Afterwords, my face was clean so I decided to do a charcoal mask. The black paste on my face needed 20 minutes to dry so I couldn’t use my glasses to read the Bible or work on the computer. I decided to relax in my bed and worship God.

After a couple of songs I switched off the music. “Abba…” I called with a mental cry, “Daddy… can we play for a while? It’s been a rough week…” So far, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit had only appeared at church during worship, but my heart longed to spend more time with my Heavenly Father. (Click Here for Jesus and the Holy Spirit and Here for the first meeting with God which will explain why I call Him, Daddy) I wanted nothing more than to be held in the arms of my Father for a short while, but didn’t have any conviction that He would show up.

Out of the darkness, before my closed eyes, a shape appeared. His eyes glowed with an inner fire that was strong and comforting. He scooped me up into His arms and I hugged His neck, burring my face in His white, shoulder-length hair. “I love you…” I whispered, “I missed you.”

“I love you too, and am glad to see you,” He replied then asked, “What would you like to play?” I was so glad that He showed up I was sure He’d have the perfect thing planned and didn’t really care what we played and told Him so. “Let’s play checkers,” He announced.

Checkers? That seemed like an odd choice to me. When I met with my Daddy before, He knew exactly what I liked… and I really wasn’t overly fond of checkers. I had long outgrown the simplistic game of strategy. Besides, if this isn’t Heaven it was close enough. Playing checkers was the last thing I wanted to do here!

Friday, August 11, 2017

Moments in Heaven - Finding Abba

Sunday - July 23rd, 2017

A few weeks ago I read yet another account of a woman who went to Heaven in nightly vision. This particular author vividly described her encounters with “Daddy,” her Heavenly Father. Reading about her encounter brought tears to my eyes.

I longed to experience God in that way. I called upon Him as “Abba,” in times of great pain or need. The Greek word means “father” a term of endearment used by a small child. In English it would be “Daddy or Pappa.” I didn’t have any earthly experiences with a dad I could play with, so it was hard for me to imagine the God who created the universe, the God of such power, as a playful Daddy.

I sought God in prayer, asking for this experience, but night after night, for months. There was no answer. Then, in church, they began playing songs which mentioned our Father in Heaven. I closed my eyes and was shocked to see the Lord before me. He was clearer than the last time, but it was still just a picture in my mind; it didn’t have any physical sensations with it.

Jesus took me by the hand and led me to an open area. I saw a figure in the distance and took off running: I was small, my head was up to his waist. He scooped me up and hoisted me over His head. As He twirled me around and around as I extended my arms as if soaring through the air. I shouted, “Higher, Daddy, higher.”

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Roadmap to Heaven - June 25, 2017

The journey to write this book began many years ago. I will not recount the miracles, signs and wonders that led down the long path which brought me to the knowledge that God wants His children to visit Him in Heaven. That can be found in the free book, “Angels Believe in You.” As I begin writing the "Roadmap to Heaven" let me share the prophecy given about this book.

Roadmap Prophecy

I met Kristy through a class I was teaching at my church. Our passion for the Lord paved the way to a fast friendship. Often we would be watching or reading the same thing at the same time without consulting one another.

Kristy had a couple of dreams that verified that we needed to go to the Fire and Glory outpouring in southern California. Once interpreted, these dreams indicated a healing awaited her in California. The Holy Spirit had placed this desire with great urgency upon my heart.

The trip was a great growth experience. The Holy Spirit was manifesting the joy of the Lord. The first night there, May 24th, a couple of women were overcome with raucous laughter during the offering message. Many people were hit by the fire of God which caused them to fall to the ground or upon their chairs and twitch.

Kristy grew up in the Nazarene Church, and although we both now attended the Vineyard Boise Church, neither of us had ever seen anything like this. We weren’t totally convinced that it wasn’t an exaggeration of the flesh. However, I was hesitant in proclaiming that it wasn’t of God lest we grieve the Holy Spirit and commit the unpardonable sin… Jesus spoke of this when He was accused of casting out demons by the spirit of Beelzebub. (Matthew 12:24-33)

The Bible also tells us that on the day of Pentecost when the disciples were overcome by the Holy Spirit many thought they were drunk, so outrageous behaviors under the influence of the Holy Spirit is not unheard of. We stood in agreement for the truth to be revealed about these bizarre manifestations and continued going to the meetings every morning and night.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

The Final Test - 313 - January 2, 2017

(To Heaven and Back Again series)

The plane leveled off and I searched for the button that would let me recline a couple of inches. Unable to find it, I mentally kicked myself for choosing the seat before the exit row. It had been so long since I’d flown I had forgotten that this row doesn't recline.

It was hard to believe that I wouldn’t see my husband, Tony, or my kids for more than three weeks especially considering my destination. I had a firm, strong feeling I had to go and help take care of my in-laws. I wasn’t 100% sure it was God behind the urging until Tony came on board with the idea. My hubby’s support for a trip of this length was a minor miracle. I was still getting used to the new firm “knowing” style of speaking that the Holy Spirit had begun using to guide me.

 My mother-in-law, Carol, was in the hospital recovering from pneumonia. She had been immobile so long that it would take physical therapy to get her to the point where she could get out of bed with minor help. My father-in-law, Jim, just had back surgery and didn’t need to be lifting anything… hence my extended stay. 

I had been in Houston for a few days when Carol was finally moved to rehab where her personal items were placed in a drawer. This included some really good lotion. It started off simple enough: her back was itchy. Knowing it was probably dry, I offered to put lotion on it. This led to rubbing her achy legs with lotion. That firm, almost unnoticeable knowing of the Holy Spirit urged me to put lotion on her feet and rub the bottoms of them.

“She’s not able to stand much; maybe this will help her legs feel better.” I thought as I rubbed lotion into her feet and massaged them a bit. What I had done didn’t really hit home until I much later.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Seeing Jesus - September 2016

As I took my seat, the first song our church played focused on the Holy Spirit with an upbeat tempo. As I raised my hands to worship the Lord, I closed my eyes. With no effort on my part, I saw myself, as if standing behind and to the left of my physical body. My body shrank in a blink of an eye and I became child-sized as an indistinct, child-sized figure came forward and took both my hands in His. We began hopping around in a circle the way children do when the dance and play.
Grinning like a kid, I sent a silent thought of ‘thank you’ to the Holy Spirit. I had been asking Him to make himself more real to me so I could see Him as the third person of the Trinity instead of an “it.” This incredible introduction seemed like a wonderful experience and I was grateful for the awesome day at church.
Jesus by Akiane
The next song, one of my favorites, was a waltz-like tune that says, “You’re my one desire, you’re my one thirst, more than anything, I seek You first…” As I raised my hands and closed my eyes I saw myself dancing with the Lord whose features were indistinct, but I knew instantly who it was, nonetheless. My right hand dropped slightly while my left came down in front of my stomach, mimicking the position in the vision. It seemed natural for my feet to follow the path the Lord led me on as we waltzed together.
Towards the end of the song a thought that wasn’t mine enters my mind, “This is our song.”
Mulling over those words, I finally reply, “Lord, this song is about how much I need You. Why is it our song?”

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Wrestling with God - September, 2016

(To Heaven and Back Again series)

Seeing Jesus wasn’t as… easy… as I thought it would be. It took me three days to be able to speak about it without sobbing. Even so, the emotion of the encounter kept my eyes overflowing as I recounted the event to Mom. You would think this personal appearance and emotional connection would have placated my desire to learn from Him in Heaven, but it had quite the opposite effect.

Throughout the week I kept thinking of all the people who worshiped Him just the way I did, yet, did He appear to them? Mom, sisters, friends… All wanted to encounter Him. Why didn’t He appear to more people?

My husband slept quietly beside me. Exhaustion tugged at me, yet I couldn’t sleep. “Lord, for years Tony has asked for a single word from you – it would mean so much to him, yet You remain silent.” Emotion begins to swell from somewhere deep inside. My thought become an anguished cry, “Why do you remain silent when a single word from you would mean so much to so many! You have given me so much and others so little…WHY?”

I listed each of the answers that people had given me when I had asked why God speaks to some and not to others:

Ø  It would eliminate the need for faith.
Ø  He can’t because of our sin.
Ø  He speaks when it is necessary.
Ø  It would violate our free will.

As I mentioned each one I gave Bible stories and verses that showed why none of these applied to what I knew of Him from His word. Consumed with anguish for all those who seek Him, I declared, “I cannot work for a God I do not know. You must tell me why a good and kind God doesn’t talk to creation or I cannot go on working for you!”