He Holds me in His Hands

Hello Dear Readers,

It’s been a while since I’ve posted, so thought I’d share some of what is going on with me right now. You know, some me stuff & faith stuff. I guess, firstly, as I’ve been trying ever harder to just embrace being myself, I’ve been enjoying having a goal to do at least one creative thing a day or every second day. And with having kids, that part’s not too hard to do. Like recently, the kids decided they both like the idea of having a Mario themed room, so we’re slowly working on their theme every day. So far, we’ve collected some Mario/Luigi keychains, pull pack racers, stickers, made some wooden Mario blocks, a wooden Yoshi egg, & piranha plants among other things. I just finished sketching a Mario picture for one of the kids and just need to color it, still deciding what medium I’m going to use, but I am thinking a mix of paint and color pencil? Yup, fun, fun fun! But of course, it can’t all be fun… right?

I don’t know about you, but I don’t have cable or a newspaper so the way I get most of my news now is online via email newsletters or social media, and the news that I’ve been getting has been weighing on me pretty hard. I know I’m a sensitive person, as my Mom always said, but this has been so saddening for me hearing about all the evil spreading worldwide – if it’s possible – even moreso than before. I am hurt to hear about all the people being chased away, tortured & killed for their faith in Christ, though they will be rewarded for not giving in to the enemy, they are still suffering so much and it’s all I can do to stop crying. I am praying almost non-stop at times, just praying for their help and rescue. And as I get to know the character of God more each day, I know this can’t be easy for Him to watch, yet it is allowed for now. There seems to be no end to the violence, hatred, persecution, disaster, disease epidemics, genetic modification of food, chemical infiltration, the list goes on… But I am comforted knowing that my God is here with us, and with everyone who calls on the Lord, Jesus in sincerity. He is here as He always was, and His Spirit leads us to a place of peace in all situations, however long it may take, we can rest assured that His Love for us never fails and that we have something better to look forward to in the future. For those times when I’ve felt the sting remembering our loss of a child, or previous hard times in my relationships, job loss, health issues, near-death experiences, it all boils down to one thing: trust in God. He is Holding me right now in His Hands, and not just Holding as one holds a child, but really Holding me up. His Support and Provision these past 3 or 4 months has been ever increasing, and I think it’s because I’ve been asking Him to help us be ready for His Return (which is imminent btw). How else can I be ready unless I get to know the REAL Jesus? The character of God is amazing beyond words, it is difficult for me to imagine why anyone would ever want to NOT have Him in their lives, but I think it’s because in reality, those who have not tasted what the true God’s Love is like, by being in relationship with Him, would not realize what they’re missing out on hence why I pray for those around me every day that they too would finally turn to Him. And you know what? He has been working in those around me, even though it may not be obvious, I know He is! It’s all the little things that I notice about others, or about even His Love in my own life – He is a God of details after all! Yes, every detail, every hair on our heads are numbered – He cares that much!! I am so in awe of all the ways He’s been showing me He cares! Lately, I guess as I grow closer to Him, I’ve been taking notice even more, but everything He does is amazing really. Lots of free stuff given to me that I’ve always wanted but could not afford to get, little blessings and big ones, new friends, improvements in my relationships, unexpected money, healing & help… the list goes on! :) Thank you, Jesus! You Deserve ALL the Praise, Honor & Glory!!

So in the midst of my daily struggle with the world getting ever darker, I am comforted that my Savior is with me and those around me, that He Cares and His Great Mercy abounds in everyday life, we just need to stop and take notice! Too much Facebook has been causing me much time slippage, but I’m determined not to fall back into that pit, so with His Help I am going to try harder not to get sucked into the vortex of ‘social media’ as it has been dubbed. I need some time to just sit in His Presence and listen to the One Who Made me and Loves me.

God Bless!

*~Roxy~*

 

True Love

As I was reading today’s Our Daily Bread verse, (Revelation 22:1-5), it reminded me of a dream God gave me recently and I want to share it with you. It was all about preparing to go to Heaven and symbolic of the trip to Heaven.

It started out with me going into a building, and seeing one of our close Christian friends sitting in a room in front of a portal of swirling fire. It was freaky with many demons sticking their heads out (and maybe claws too, I can’t remember). They wanted to eat or kill me and they had super long sharp teeth – yikes! Our friend told me to walk through and I would be okay. I looked at the fire again and was creeped out. I knew those things were from Hell.

Next thing I did was walk outside around the back of the building and found a door which I knew led to the room with fire so I was a bit hesitant to open it, but by faith I opened it and when I did I was relieved to see it empty except for an old man standing beside a table. I knew that because I had accepted Jesus as my Savior I didn’t have to worry about Hell since He had overcome it for me. Such symbolism!

I was with other people now including my husband. Next, the man was giving each person two certificates – I think with two different colors. He gave me mine and I walked outside, but when I checked my pocket I only found one so I anxiously went back to the man to tell him, but then I found the other paper so I was super relieved. I knew that these symbolized my ticket to Heaven.

Then it was time to go to Heaven, so we walked outside to what looked like the seats of a roller coaster and got in. My hubby was sitting beside me and my hubby’s sister was in the seat in front of us. We had to buckle up. Now as an aside – I don’t like roller coasters in real life, I find them scary, so in my dream it took lots of trust for me to sit in that seat, but I knew God would keep me safe so i did so anyways.

Next it was time to go up into Heaven – praise God!! So the man, (or angel?) In charge of the ride got in and we started to rise off the ground and were going straight up into space! I was screaming from the thrill, “Woohoo!” – and joy of finally going to be with Jesus. My soul was so happy!

Suddenly, we burst through the Earth’s atmosphere and I could see a million beautiful stars twinkling and I was so thrilled to be there. This travel took what seemed like only a couple seconds. And next thing I knew, we were pulling into Heaven.

My dream ended just after this, but as we were entering Heaven I saw a room set up like a store with tons of toys on the shelves that an angel was in charge of and I felt joy knowing that was for all the kids to enjoy there – I was happy for my kids too! God loves children so much!

Before my dream ended, I remember thinking with excitement, “I’m finally here!!” I was finally home! What a comforting feeling – so amazing!! ^_^ Suddenly God’s all encompassing Love surrounded me and filled me like a huge hug!! And I felt love like no other I EVER felt before – it was like a combination of romantic love, friendship love, sacrificial love, fatherly love and more!! WOW. I am so blessed that God showed me a preview of His full presence! I think its because I had been asking to feel His Love for a long time, and now I know what its like as a whole! I share this story with every Christian I know because its a reminder of why we look forward to Heaven. I think sometimes people get so caught up in religion and day to day life that they forget why Heaven is exciting. And for a Christian that is a sad state to be in – we should all be excited to tell others the reason for our joy in Salvation – Jesus Loves us – God Loves us!! What more do we need?!

Blessings,

Roxy

Easter Weekend

Happy Easter everyone!

I was in a crafty mood so I suggested that the boys make some crafts for Easter, but before we did all this, I made sure to read them “The Easter Story”, which tells about Jesus’s time just before his death on the cross, and all the steps up to Easter Sunday. There is so much joy in sharing the Gospel with them and feeling their own wonderment at Jesus’s love for them. And hearing them sing God songs when I wake up in the morning, and they are playing makes me feel so happy. It really is music to my ears.

Well, this Easter, our boys decided to do different things – my youngest decided to colour a picture from Sunday school and to make a sign using stickers and writing, “Happy Easter”.

He is Risen

My older son decided to use an egg carton and some Kinder Surprise eggs to make little egg people of our family and one of his friends. They turned out so cute!

Easter egg peopleI love crafts! And in case you’re wondering, yes, I’m like a big kid! So I get just as much enjoyment doing this stuff as they do. I have another idea of something to make for Easter, we’ll see if I get around to doing them, but in the mean time I have some baking to do!

Today we went to Good Friday service at our church, Riverwood Church, and it was very special to sit there with our oldest child and really reflect on the meaning behind today. There are so many significances to what happened in Jesus’s life, and throughout Easter, but we are just scratching the surface of what really happened. We do know that what Christ did for us on that cross was no easy matter. Even though he was God and man combined, he chose to take the ultimate wrath from His Father God, all for our sakes, that we might not have to be disciplined for our sins. And boy am I thankful He did. Try to think of how you react when someone treats you badly or doesn’t listen to you – does it make you want to bless them or be mean? I know that I have trying times, and it’s those times when I choose to obey God and show love instead of anger, that I know He smiles down upon me. It’s all too easy to react in anger, but to show grace as He has shown us… wow. Only through His Holy Spirit am I able to walk in His Ways. There are just so many things my heart is feeling today, but His Love is at the top of the list. Even though times are tough, and I don’t know what lies ahead, I can rest in the knowledge that my Father in Heaven is watching out for us, and I need not worry. When doubt creeps in, as it has these past couple of weeks, I must remember that He is here. Blessed are we, who believe in the Lord Jesus!

May you all have a wonderful Easter weekend, and I pray that God will reveal Himself to you in a very powerful way. God Bless you!

Love,

Roxy