Because he hath inclined his ear unto me, therefore will I call upon him as long as I live. Psalm 116:2.
We should have the door of the heart open continually, and our invitation going up that Jesus may come and abide as a heavenly guest in the soul.
Although there may be a tainted, corrupted atmosphere around us, we need not breathe its miasma, but may live in the pure air of heaven. We may close every door to impure imaginings and unholy thoughts by lifting the soul into the presence of God through sincere prayer. Those whose hearts are open to receive the support and blessing of God will walk in a holier atmosphere than that of earth, and will have constant communion with Heaven.
We need to have more distinct views of Jesus, and a fuller comprehension of the value of eternal realities. The beauty of holiness is to fill the hearts of God’s children; and that this may be accomplished, we should seek for divine disclosures of heavenly things.
Let the soul be drawn out and upward, that God may grant us a breath of the heavenly atmosphere. We may keep so near to God that in every unexpected trial our thoughts will turn to Him as naturally as the flower turns to the sun.
Keep your wants, your joys, your sorrows, your cares, and your fears, before God. You can not burden Him; you can not weary Him…. Take to Him everything that perplexes the mind. Nothing is too great for Him to bear, for He holds up worlds, He rules over all the affairs of the universe. Nothing that in any way concerns our peace is too small for Him to notice.—Steps to Christ, 99, 100.
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—-please keep my Father John in prayer as he was rushed to the hospital today in an ambulance. A neighbor found him collapsed at the door and called an ambulance. He is in the hospital and his blood pressure was dangerously low and he was severely dehydrated. They got his blood pressure up again and now they are running tests. As you know he has an aneurism and needs surgery. Not sure what’s going to happen, just waiting for an update. Just please pray for him He has had his second jab recently. Shannah
We have always enjoyed the beautiful world God has made. We used to go up in the mountains and camp. One time, when we lived in Utah, we found a nice spot up in the mountains. It was one of those “pack it in, pack it out” places. We set up our tent under the trees by the river. The next morning we were delighted to see an almost grown female moose very close to our camp. (My children learned at an early age to hold very still and be quiet when an animal was around, so it was a good experience for us.) She had been eating water plants and became curious to see what we were. She came within about 35 feet of our camp and watched us. We all stood very still and watched her. Her curiosity satisfied, she walked on and started eating water plants again. We followed at a distance and watched her until the children grew restless.
Moose have a bad temper and are very unpredictable, and that encounter could have turned out far differently. More than once when we lived in the Northwest, we have had to wait for a bull moose to get out of the road so we could keep driving to wherever we were going. Once we were able to get off the road and drive in the grass to a side road in order to get around him. (We knew better than to honk at him.) I look forward to the time when we will not only be able to see the animals up close, but they will not be dangerous.
God has promised a time when “The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them. And the cow and the bear shall feed; their young ones shall lie down together: and the lion shall eat straw like the ox. And the sucking child shall play on the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the cockatrice’ den. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain: for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea. ” Isa 11:6-9 Not only will we be able to interact with wild beasts, but we will live a life filled with nothing but happiness and joy. God has promised, “And they shall build houses, and inhabit them; and they shall plant vineyards, and eat the fruit of them. They shall not build, and another inhabit; they shall not plant, and another eat: for as the days of a tree are the days of my people, and mine elect shall long enjoy the work of their hands. They shall not labour in vain, nor bring forth for trouble; for they are the seed of the blessed of the LORD, and their offspring with them. And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear.” Isa 65:21-24
What a wonderful time that will be! The animals will be gentle and friendly. We will have no fear of them and they will have no fear of us. We will be safe wherever we go without worry, without fear. But the best thing of all is our Great and Glorious Creator and Savior will be there. “And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new.” Rev 21:1-5 May we all be there is my prayer.