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Oh, the glorious day when we arrive
And heaven’s gates are open wide
All our fear and pain will fade away
When we see You face to face
Our great and awesome King

We’re only on this earth for a limited time, yet we don’t often spend time thinking about that glorious day when we will meet our maker. God has promised us eternal life, if we simply give Him our all. Not just eternal life, but a life free from all suffering and all pain – What a glorious day that will be

In Your City

Oh, the glorious day when we arrive
And heaven’s gates are open wide
All our fear and pain will fade away
When we see You face to face
Our great and awesome King

You will reign in brilliant light
Forever glorified in Your city
And we, Your daughters and Your sons
Will see Your kingdom come in Your city

Love will reign and joy will have no end
When the cites go marching in
God we pray that You’d come soon
Cuz we will wait to be with You
Our great and awesome King

You will reign in brilliant light
Forever glorified in Your city
And we, Your daughters and Your sons
Will see Your kingdom come in Your city

When we’ve been there for ten thousand years
Our song will be the same
Praise the One who has brought us here
Jesus is His name, Jesus is His name

You will reign in brilliant light
Forever glorified in Your city
We, Your daughters and Your sons
Will see the kingdom come in Your city
My city
This is Your city, my city

How many times have you heard a mother or father say to their child, “Do as I say” or “Do as you’re told”?

Does the child always obey? No, of course they don’t! I’m sure when we were that child being told to do something we too, didn’t always do what we were told, did we?

What about when it come to God asking us to do something, are we more willing to do what God asks of us?

I will hasten and not delay to obey your commands. ~ Psalm 119:60 (NIV)

When it comes to our heavenly Father, we need to be ready and willing to firstly, listen to Him, and secondly, do as the above bible verse says, respond quickly to all God asks us to do.

Are you ready to obey today?

What’s the best thing you have ever witnessed?

I’m sure we’ve all thought of at least one situation/event that you would consider to be the best thing you’ve ever witnessed. I suspect based on our age and our life experiences, we’ll all have thoughts of a variety of events.

A few weeks ago I read the following quote on Twitter, and having favourited it, it’s kept coming into my mind quite often.

Watching someone receive Christ maybe the best thing to witness this side of heaven.

Where would you rate this in your list of best things you’ve ever witnessed? It is a wonderful feeling to witness someone accepting Christ into their life for the first time, particularly if the person is someone you are close with.

Is there anyone in your life you would love to be in your best things you’ve witnessed by accepting Christ into their life? Get praying, because it can happen!

New ending

Posted: July 9, 2017 in heaven, life, music, quotes, religion
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We can often spend time looking back, wishing we’d done or said things differently. But does it help us in any way?

What’s done is done. It’s in the past, and while we may wish we could go back and change something, we can’t.

What we can do instead is not make the same mistakes again. We can do that by making a new start today. If we start living our lives the way God wants us to today, we can make a brand new and brighter ending.

For the Christian, heaven is where Jesus is. We do not need to speculate on what heaven will be like. It is enough to know that we will be for ever with Him ~ William Barclay

I guess we’ve all thought about what heaven is like, at some time in our lives. But as this quote states, does it really matter what heaven is like?

When it comes down to it, if we believe in Christ, and live our lives for Him, we have been promised that we will live forever with Him in heaven.

If God called you home today, do you think you’d be ready to go?

I guess for many, regardless of when we are ultimately called to be with our Maker, it may always feel just a little bit too soon for us. e.g. Maybe we don’t want to leave our family, maybe there are tasks we still want to achieve, or some other things we want to still do.

I wonder if Jesus felt it was too soon for Him to be going home that first Easter – Whether he wished he could have stayed longer. Even if Jesus would have preferred to have stayed on earth longer, He still willingly went to the cross because he knew it was His time. It was His time to save the world!

Just as when Jesus died that first Easter, it was the ‘right time’ for Him, it will be the ‘right time’ for us when we are called, because it’ll be God who has called us home.

I love the following song, Ready To Go Home, here performed by Morten Harket, which is about being ready to go home to God.

Ready To Go Home

On the street below these walls
Where I used to walk
Now I can barely crawl
All this darkness rising tall

Lord, shine a light for me
I’m waiting to be called

I’m ready to go home
I’m ready to receive
Forgiveness for my sins
I’m ready to begin

Take this river to the sea
Where the delta flows
The tide is washing over me
Take this soul to heaven’s door

Show me where tomorrow lies
I’m waiting to be born

I’m ready to lay down
I’m ready now to sleep
A promise I must keep
I’m ready to go home

So tired, I lay down with these
Memories
I breathe shallow deep inside of me
If time has run its course with me…

I’m ready to go home
I’m ready to receive
Forgiveness for my sins
I’m ready to begin

I’m ready to lay down
I’m ready now to sleep
A promise I must keep
I’m ready to go home

Ever had a day when you just can’t find the words to tell someone just how you are feeling?

Ever had a day when you can’t find adequate words to comfort or support someone?

I’ve had those kind of days quite often. What I have found is that even when I have no words to express my feelings, I can always find music which fits my mood perfectly and which relays my feelings exactly.

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Does music play a big part in your life? Music can help you deal with different situations in your life, so why not use it to help and comfort you as well as to inspire you, just when you need it.

We don’t need to be a blood relative of someone to consider them a member of our family. That just backs up our relationship with God, as we are all children of God, and as such we are part of God’s family.

Let’s make sure we treat one another as we would our blood relations, because we are all God’s children.

Children of God by Third Day

Praise to the Father of our Lord, Jesus Christ
Our God and our King, to Him we will sing
In His great mercy, He has given us life
Now we can be called the children of God

Great is the Love that the Father has given us
He has delivered us
He has delivered us

Children of God, sing your song and rejoice
For the love that He has given us all
Children of God, by the blood of His Son
We have been redeemed and we can be called
Children of God
Children of God

A mystery is revealed to the universe
The Father above has proven His love
Now we are free from the judgment that we deserve
And so we are called the children of God

We are the saints
We are the children
We’ve been redeemed
We’ve been forgiven
We are the sons and daughters of our God

I came across the following song a few weeks ago and the words really struck home with me and have stayed with me:

I can’t believe that you’re really gone now
Seems like it’s all just a dream
How can it be that the world will go on
When something has died within me?

Leaves will turn, my heart will burn with colors of you
Snow will fall but I’ll recall your warmth
Summer wind breathing in your memory
I’ll miss you

But there will be a time when I’ll see your face
And I’ll hear your voice and there we will laugh again
And there will come a day when I’ll hold you close
No more tears to cry ’cause we’ll have forever
But I’ll say goodbye for now

I can’t imagine my life without you
You’ve held a place all your own
Just knowing you were beneath the same sky
Oh, what a joy I have known

On rainy days, in many ways, you’ll water my heart
On starry nights I’ll glimpse the light of your smile
Never far from my heart you’ll stay with me
So I’ll just wait

‘Cause there will be a time when I’ll see your face
And I’ll hear your voice and there we will laugh again
And there will come a day when I’ll hold you close
No more tears to cry ’cause we’ll have forever
But I’ll say goodbye for now

But there will be a time when I’ll see that face
And I’ll hear your voice and there we will laugh again
And there will come a day when I’ll hold you close
No more tears to cry ’cause we’ll have forever
But I’ll say goodbye for now

Three years today since my Dad died, but it still feels like it was today. I miss Dad, I miss my Mum and I miss my Aunt Mae, but I am reassured by my knowledge that I will one day be reunited with them.

As you may have gathered from some of my blog posts this week, I’ve been thinking a lot about my relationships with those in my family who sadly are no longer here, particularly my Mum. I’ve been listening to a lot of music this week too and came across the following song by Michael W Smith, which really summed up the day I said my final farewell to my Mum just a few months ago.

Welcome Home by Michael W Smith

I can’t believe that I’m here
Having to say goodbye.
And I can barely see you through
These tears I cry.
I close my eyes.

[Chorus]
I can hear the sound
As angels gather ’round
Saying this is where you belong
Welcome Home!

There are the days that my heart aches
wishing you were here.
But I know where you are
The hurt and the pain disappear.
There’s no more tears.

[Chorus]

Welcome Home!

[Chorus]

What a lovely sound
Angels all around
Saying this is where you belong
Welcome Home!
Welcome Home!
Welcome Home!