I want to be caught up!

It’s12:52 am. I’m about 10 minutes shy of waking up directly from this dream. I’ve been having dreams similar to this one, a lot, here lately. In my dream, I believe the rapture was taking place. I released myself, arms lifted, expectation of my spiritual rapture to be with the Lord, transformation from mortal to immortality, and … I didn’t even make it to the ceiling. I tried for a do over and again, it failed. I don’t know what death feels like. I have not been to death’s door and been miraculously resurrected. That’s not my testimony.

I know what a kiss feels like. I know what a hug feels like. The things I’ve experienced in my life, give me an ability to relate to that sensation to some degree … even in my dreams. The reason I am penning my reaction to this dream is because it made me rethink whether I am really rapture ready.

In my dream, I’m talking with my husband. We are the two main characters. Other people interact with us (All the details are kind of fuzzy now. I know one man wanted to order some bow ties. He ordered and I’m in the process of cutting them out when the rapture-like experience happened.) At this point, my discourse and conversation with CC (Connie W. Sawyer, Jr., my husband) is totally filled with remorse. In other words, I’m singing the coulda’ shoulda’ woulda’ blues. There is a deceased family member that I am lamenting over. I talk about maybe I could have helped more. Do you think God will hold that against me? Will my lack of compassion keep me from going to heaven? Of course it’s too late to do anything in the earth realm for someone who has already entered into eternity. I cried tears … real tears of repentance … and my conversation shifted into a prayer to God to forgive me for not doing all that I could, when I could, while I could. I cried out to God to forgive me. Lord, forgive me for any and every thing that has been displeasing to you. I prayed and I cried! I cried and I prayed! I was frantic. In my dream, I felt like I had waited too late to get it right with the Lord.

(Do you know that while I’m trying to share this experience, the devil is trying to trip me up worrying about grammatical correctness. I will not be deterred.)

I titled this blog, “I want to be caught up!” For real! That is my desire! God sees the heart of man and understands the true motives behind every action. In other words, just going through the expected actions does not guarantee entry into heaven for reward. I’ve got to be real! That’s my cry right now. Lord, forgive me of every sin, thought, action, involvement, lack of compassion, insincerity, everything not pleasing to you. I don’t want to miss being with you in heaven because of weights and sin. From this day forward, Lord, help me to walk, talk, and live in a manner so that I am rapture ready. In Jesus, name. Amen.

I just remembered … in the dream, my brother in law, Maurice, said my daughter, Kellie was talking and it was like she was preaching. The key thing that Kellie said was, “Jesus is soon to come!”

Yeah! I feel that reminder, alarm, and warning so intensely now. More than ever before. I think blogs are suppose to be kind of short and to the point. I’ll try to do better next time. However, the Word can express several points much better than I ever could. Please allow me to let the Word work as only it can. I want your last thoughts to be about what God says in His Word. Let’s not wait until it’s too late, to get right with God, if we want to be caught up!

“And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at his gate, full of sores, And desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man’s table: moreover the dogs came and licked his sores. And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried; And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame. But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented. And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence. Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father’s house: For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment. Abraham saith unto him, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them. And he said, Nay, father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent. And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead.”

‭‭Luke‬ ‭16:20-31‬ ‭KJV‬‬

(eternal comfort is real … eternal torment is real)

“He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still. And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.”

‭‭Revelation‬ ‭22:11-12‬ ‭KJV‬‬

“Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.”

‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭15:51-58‬ ‭KJV‬‬

“For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works.”

‭‭Matthew‬ ‭16:26-27‬ ‭KJV‬‬

“And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.”

‭‭John‬ ‭5:29‬ ‭KJV‬‬

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Why Worry?

If you’re going to pray, why worry?

If you’re going to worry, why pray?

Prayer is the key. Faith unlocks the door. Where is your faith in God? Know that we can trust in God. We can trust all that He has said in His Holy Word. We don’t have to pick and choose. Being able to place out confidence in what God has said is comforting. The Word of God is able to comfort, strengthen, settle, establish, and keep all who will believe. I believe!

Why Worry?

I believe in all that God says

I believe Him on all of the days

I believe Him whether I’m happy or sad

I believe Him when times are good or bad

I believe He will grant strength to endure

He is mighty and able, of this I am sure

He can accomplish the impossible feat

Every need He can supply and meet

What a great and awesome God we serve

His favor, mercy, and grace we don’t deserve

Why worry? Because I do believe …

His choicest blessings I shall receive

The Covering of Love …

Even before Nadine and Laila were born, these blankets were crocheted for them with love. I think about the many moments of prayer lifted toward heaven, …

… Lord, let all be well, please. Keep mommy and baby healthy. Let there be a safe delivery. Your will be done. Boy or girl, we thank you in advance. Help Patrick & Crystal, Q & Lauren. As first time parents, as parents, period, they are going to need your help and guidance. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

And, God answered prayer. He did what was asked and so much more.

There’s something so special about things that are handmade. Sure, it takes time and it doesn’t happen in a hurry. However, it gives me opportunity to wait and trust God with everything. It gives opportunity to settle, stop the hustle and bustle, move in anticipation as the project takes form toward completion, and just appreciate.

God wants to cover us in His love. He will not force Himself upon us. We must allow Him access. His love is so amazing! We can trust Him with everything. His love can cover us like a blanket, protect us, comfort us, give peace, grant contentment, and forgive.

What in your life do you need the love of our Great, Mighty God to cover? He is alive and well, able and willing. Just trust, believe, have faith, and receive His covering of love.

Plus Two … Twin Cousins

Greetings to all!

I give God praise for another day. I thank Him for all his blessings to me and my family. I celebrate the completion of my first book, Legacy of Love … When Heaven Holds the Destiny of Your Child. It has indeed been a labor of love. The work spans over a decade. One reason for that happening is trying to include all of the amazing things happening to us over time. In completing the process, and moving forward with its publication, we had some exciting things happen. Even though it is not included in the book, I’m able to share it with you here.

I promised to keep you updated on family happenings. So, first and foremost, I want to tell you about the births of my two granddaughters. We were blessed to have Nadine Ngoma Chifunda join our family on October 20, 2017 in Richmond, Virginia. Also, on October 21, 2017, in Phoenix, Arizona, we were blessed to have Laila Rebecca Sawyer join our family.

Our count is up. Just like that, plus two. I will probably always refer to them as twin cousins. They (babies, moms, dads) are all doing very well. To God be the glory. I am so thankful for these two precious gifts from heaven. I am excited about the next time we can all be together. I want to be there when these two meet for the first time. They’ve already had FaceTime and Skype. But I mean real time, face to face.

If you have checked out my other blogs, you will see that I like to dabble in poetry. Life inspires me. Trying to rhyme is not always easy. I will try to see if words will flow to express the joy I feel at this particular moment in time.

Celebrate!

With the joy and happiness I feel

I recognize that God is great, He is so real!

God first! That’s the way it has to be

If I want to win life’s battles in sweet victory

Blessings abundant He rains upon us

So, praises we must offer up to our Lord Jesus

No, I don’t deserve all the things He has done

Granting grace, showing mercy on me and everyone

Giving gifts of love, precious gifts of love

Gifts of love straight from heaven up above

We celebrate and thank you, God, for our plus two

And their lives and care we give back to you!

… HIS …

in His strength …

there is light, love, and life

manifested, illuminated, power packed

enabling us to be free from misery, poverty, and strife

in His love …

we can be established and built up

ask Him, by faith believe that He can

Supply bread of life and fill each cup

for His glory …

live life lifting His name high

give Him all the honor and all the praise

His Holy Name,​ ever exalt, glorify and magnify

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GOOD GREAT GOD!

Fear

 

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Fear

but not the kind

that cripples your mind

Emotion

deep rooted in the heart

etched, engraved, like fine art

Awe

… some wonder, He is, for sure

trust and obey Him to endure

Reverence,

respect that releases breakthrough,

blessings, peace, joy, and love, too.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’m Never Alone

He promised never to leave me.

He said, “I’ll go before thee.”

I’m never alone anytime or any place. 

He is with me during my life’s race. 

He will not fail or forsake. 

His promises, He cannot break. 

How comforting for me to know

His presence abides wherever I go. 

So, I won’t worry, fear, or fret!

My God has never failed me yet!

With great courage I’ll let it be known,

God is with me! I’m never alone!

Deuteronomy 31:8