Epiphany

I have worked in the public school system for 13 years, and today I had an epiphany.  I have been quoting Jesus, nearly every day–sometimes multiple times a day, in my classroom to my precious kiddos more than I thought. ♥

John 18:21

Why are you asking me this question?  Ask those who heard me.  They know what I said.

John 18 verse 21 (2)

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Appendix, Anyone?

I’ve often heard the phrase “Be the hands and feet of Jesus.”  It’s not a verse at all.  It’s not in the bible.  It likely stems from 1 Corinthians 12:27, “Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.” (KJV)

The phrase gets me thinking, though.  Personally, it reminds me of Mark 16:15, “Go ye into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.” (KJV)  I need to go out there and tell the people about Jesus.  How much He loves them.  How God sent his son to die for our sins.  Frankly, for me, it’s hard.  I am a 100% pure-bred bundle of introvertedness.  For that, I don’t feel like His hands and feet.  Often, I feel like His appendix or tonsils.  You don’t use those things.  You don’t need them.  They even cause problems and have to be removed more times than not.  I don’t feel like I’m serving a purpose for His kingdom.  I’m not following his instructions.  (Sigh…and sip of coffee)

It’s not in my character to start up a conversation with someone.  It’s awkward for me.  Like, “Hey, I notice you are buying a 12-pack.  Did you know Jesus loves you just the way your are…sober?”  Yeah, see.  It’s awkward for me.

I’ve thought hard about possible ways I can successfully live 1 Corinthians 12:27 and do Mark 16:15, being the personality that I am.  If you are an introvert, or an appendix, maybe you can run with some of these ideas, too:

  • Don’t deny Him.  When you are asked a direct question where you can glorify God, do it!
    • “JP, do you have that report ready?”
    • Yes, I prayed over it and feel it’s ready.  Here you go.  Have a blessed day.”

You didn’t have to start the conversation.  You were asked a question.  Arrange your answer so that God is intertwined in it.  Leave no doubt that He lives in you and make them want that!

  • Make good choices.  Well, that seems simple.  It’s actually not that easy.  We are purposefully tempted.  Satan knows our buttons to push.  Remember, you never know who is watching.  You can be a witness with your actions.
  • Wear Jesus.  In other words, be like a car.  I can tell a lot from the owner of a car based on their bumper stickers. Instead of ‘Baby on Board’ you got ‘Jesus on Board’. Christian t-shirts are out there and affordable.  (No talking required.  Yay.)
  • Use your spiritual gifts.  I’ve taken the spiritual gifts test many times (because, you know, I often feel like the appendix).  I always score high in service and encouraging others. These gifts are gifted to you once you are saved.  You are given them for a reason.  What better way to follow His instructions than with gifts he hand-picked just for you!

Those are just a few ideas to help out when we are feeling useless and without purpose.  You have a purpose!  I have a purpose! We have instructions to follow.  No appendectomy required.

Free Online Spiritual Gifts Test

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Wisdom is ‘She’

As I scroll thru Pinterest, which I love so much, and Instagram, I notice a pattern.  I notice a particular verse paraphrased on a lot of merchandise.

Most people know the verse.  “She is more precious than rubies; and all the things thou canst desire are not to be compared to her.”  Proverbs 3:15 KJV  In this verse, “she” is wisdom. “She” is not the female human being.

Let’s back up just two verses and begin at Proverbs 3:12.  I will italicize exactly what the KJV italicizes…

13.”Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding.”  14.”For the merchandise of it is better than the merchandise of silver, and the gain therof than find gold.”  15.”She is more precious than rubies: and all things thou canst desire are not to be compared unto her.”

There is another verse that DOES compare the female human being to rubies and it is found in Proverbs 9:10.  It reads, “Who can find a virtuous and capable wife?  She is more precious than rubies.”  Verse 11 goes one to read, “Her husband can trust her, and she will greatly enrich his life.” 

My hope is that people will understand that both a virtuous and capable wife and wisdom are compared to rubies.  I say this because I believe, with all the merchandise out there with this phrase, we forget how precious wisdom is.  It is rare.  It is valuable.

So, if you are to eye the plethora of merchandise out there targeted at women with the phrase ‘She is more precious than rubies’ with Proverbs 3:15 then you know that t-shirt, mug, wall hanging…isn’t about said female shopper.  It is about wisdom. 🙂

 

 

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Words

I can remember hearing this when I was little. All the kids were chanting it on the playground.  I’m sure you have heard it before.  It goes like this, “Sticks and stones will break my bones but words will never hurt me.”  LIE!

Our words can make a world of difference to someone.  They can lift someone up or break someone down.  I know I am guilty of saying things that I regret.  Unfortunately, we can’t take our words back.  Once they fall out of our mouth they are engraved in someone else’s reality forever.  I certainly wish I could take some back.

Our words are one of the best tools to boost someone’s self-esteem, encourage, motivate, praise, compliment, and show our love with.  On the flip side, our words can literally deflate someone’s esteem, discourage, insult, and transmit hatred.

I teach school.  Sometimes thoughts come to my mind.  Like, the time I tied a kid’s shoe and then asked what the wet stuff on the string was…or the times I spend a whole 5 minutes explaining what to do and then am asked, “What are we supposed to do?”  Ah, precious children.  During these times that certain thoughts or words come to my mind I am able to control them from falling out of my mouth.  However, I think sometimes we don’t think long enough about what words are about to fall out and how they would be taken by another person.  Maybe the thoughts aren’t four letter words and we just open up the mouth and think it’s all going to come out fine…and it doesn’t.

When I am asked a question, I am trying to remain quiet…just for a few seconds…until I can gather a kind reply.  If it is taking me too long to think of something kind I will go ahead and give a generic reply such as, “Hmm…let me think a minute.”, “Oh, thanks for asking.  Can I get back with you on that shortly?”, “I was just on my way to the bathroom and I’ll come see you when I’m done.”  The latter is the best one because your can take a little time or a long time, ya know.  The Bible tells us in Proverbs 17:27-28 “The one who has knowledge uses words with restraint, and whoever has understanding is even-tempered. 28 Even fools are thought wise if they keep silent, and discerning if they hold their tongues.”

I challenge you to join me in thinking twice before speaking.  Ask yourself, “Is this going to raise someone up or break someone down?”  Do they really need to know that my grandmother can cook better chili than what they brought to the work luncheon?  If you are like me, you’ve got to get things off your chest so perhaps we can try rephrasing the words.  Line them out in our head first.  Maybe saying, “Your chili is good.  It reminds me of the chili my grandmother used to make.”  Yeah, that’s less insulting and encourages your friend that they didn’t do bad.

A few more verses to reference regarding our words are:

Proverbs 12:18  “The words of the reckless pierce like swords, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.”

James 3: 1-12  “1Not many of you should become teachers, my fellow believers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly. 2 We all stumble in many ways. Anyone who is never at fault in what they say is perfect, able to keep their whole body in check.
3 When we put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us, we can turn the whole animal. 4 Or take ships as an example. Although they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are steered by a very small rudder wherever the pilot wants to go. 5 Likewise, the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark. 6 The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole body, sets the whole course of one’s life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell.
7 All kinds of animals, birds, reptiles and sea creatures are being tamed and have been tamed by mankind, 8 but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.
9 With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness. 10 Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be. 11 Can both fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring? 12 My brothers and sisters, can a fig tree bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Neither can a salt spring produce fresh water.

Proverbs 15:4  “The soothing tongue is a tree of life,
but a perverse tongue crushes the spirit.

Join me in my little challenge to give at least one compliment a day to a friend or a stranger!  I think we would all be better for it. Winner winner chicken dinner.

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Please Pass the Petroleum, Part 2

As promised, I have more research to share about everyday foods many of us are routinely eating.  As I said in Part 1, I am not a doctor, nutritionist, dietician, or any other professional in the food business.  I do not work for a competing food corporation and am trying to get you to buy any certain product or switch your brand of bacon.  As I said, I simply have a body and I eat so the subject interests me and I enjoy research.  I would encourage you to read Part 1 and pick this up as a continuum.  It will flow better that way.  Or not…

Energy drinks.  We think they keep us rolling.  I remember getting off at my full-time job, picking my kids up from daycare, swinging by the house, hugging on my kids, dropping them with their Muny and Papa and driving 40 miles to night school.  Although they tasted like what I would imagine flavored glass cleaner tastes like, those itty bitty hour energy drinks kept me awake, I thought.  It didn’t take long for me to quit drinking them. It wasn’t the product itself but the extra stop I had to make at the gas station and the money I had to scrape up that I really didn’t have to be spending on myself.  As I look back, I realize a better, nutritious diet would have gone a long way in itself.  When I was in high school I was sick.  I remember a professional on eating disorders was talking to me and said something to the effect that if you get too many vitamins or minerals it’s ok because your body will absorb what you need and the rest will just flush out.  I don’t believe that.  I believe too much of a good thing can be bad for you (unless it’s some Jesus).  One of the very popular energy drinks on the market today has 200% of the daily value of B vitamins in just ONE can that you body requires in a day.  If you ingest too much B vitamins you are looking at the possibility of liver failure, gastrointestinal problems, nerve damage, blurred vision, and certain skin conditions just to name a few of the side effects.  Taurine is another ingredient in many energy drinks.  Too much taurine and you are looking at dangerously low blood pressure (and you thought energy drinks pumped you up).  Another ingredient we all know about is the caffeine.  One energy drink contains as much of it as six cups of coffee.   Coffee (with no fillers and strained through a reusable filter and definitely not a bleached paper one) isn’t looking too bad.

Artificial sweeteners.  Well, I just said it.  They are artificial.  They are man-made, MANufactured.  The Coca-Cola website has a page in their ‘Product Facts’ that will explain to you how safe aspartame is.  Of course they do.   Some facts about aspartame are that, because it is sweet, it can trick the body into thinking it is processed sugar, which triggers insulin production and fat storage.  Diet sodas, in speaking, can also dehydrate the body.  Have you ever known someone to be addicted to diet soda?  Me, too.  I just try to stay away from it and it’s friends “pink stuff” and “yellow stuff”.  In 2010 the EPA declared the “pink stuff”, saccharin, no longer considered to be a “human health hazard”. I’m not sure what is more comforting…knowing that it was once considered a “human health hazard” or knowing it isn’t anymore along with all these other yummy things the FDA considers safe.  Pondering…

Maltodextrin.  Many of us are familiar with this ingredient because it is so widely used.  However, we don’t really know what the heck it is.  Speaking for myself, I didn’t know what it was besides the fact it was popular.  I have learned that maltodextrin is a food additive.  It is made from a starch so it can come from potatoes, corn, wheat, rice, etc.  That sounds naturally ok, right?  These starches come from nature.  God gave them to us.  But wait…there’s more.  Man gathers these wonderful starches and does something to them at the MANufacturing place.  It is called hydrolysis.  Basically, the starch is broken down into a sugar and, because it goes thru stages to transform into a thickening/texturizing agent for foods, it has just become a highly processed ingredient.  Boom.  Processed food.  You might check your “healthy” food labels.  Sometimes, when fats/calories are removed from foods they lose taste appeal and that is made up with maltodextrin.  Check your light peanut butter and other ‘diet’ foods.  Of course, it’s also found in non-diet foods.  Is a little going to hurt you?  Probably not but a diet high in maltodextrin can’t be good for you.  Here is a link to a little more about maltodextrin.   Maltodextrin

I feel deeply that many of our ailments can be treated with our diet.  I’m not against doctors or medicine.  I’m against chemicals in our food.  Being in a racecar family, I compare food to the body as good fuel to a car.  You get out of it what you put in to it.  Putting in the wrong fuel can cause a plethora or problems down the line.  I would encourage everyone to read labels and learn what those things are that none of us can pronounce. ♥

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Please Pass the Petroleum, Part 1

Although I am a teacher by trade, I really enjoy learning.  If something comes across interesting to me then off I go on research.  One of the topics that has always interested me is food and the body. What I am going to share holds some opinion and some fact.  I am not a doctor, nutritionist, dietitian or any other professional in this field.  I simply eat food and have a body.  I encourage you to do your research and not base your decisions or beliefs solely on me.  With that being said, I am very concerned with what is in a lot of the everyday foods we eat.

Let me start by saying I have researched food since I was a teenager.  I had a disease, Jesus saved my life and here I am…still researching food but on a different level and for different reasons.  Instead of trying to become invisible I am now trying to be healthy.  I believe wholeheartedly that the fuel we put in our bodies determines what we get out of our bodies.  I also believe many ailments and health crisis we face can be reduced or eliminated by what we eat.

There are numerous diets out there.  The keto diets seems to be really popular right now.  I don’t agree with them.  I don’t believe it is healthy to put your body in ketosis, along with other things that go with those particular diets.  That’s just what I believe.  I also don’t like pills or dietary aides.  I don’t like shakes.  I don’t like paying money to join programs.  I do like praying about my struggles and temptations and being educational about what I am eating.

My latest research has been about what is in the food we are eating.  Again, I encourage you to look up what I am saying and see for yourself.  Here comes some eye-opening information.  Ready?

Bread.  I don’t like it.  I know, I know…I just said I don’t believe in the keto diets but I also don’t like bread.  Yes, I know it’s in the Bible.  I read how they ate it all the time.  It was a main staple.  Jesus multiplied the 2 loaves to feed the 5000.  It nourished people.  However, it wasn’t today’s bread.  It wasn’t bread made in an American factory.  It wasn’t modified, bleached, and processed.  One of my issues with bread products today is L-Cysteine and dough conditioners.  Go look at your bread.  Do you see dough conditioner?  It’s in a lot of bread products.  L-Cysteine is, in part, made by boiling human hair or duck feathers.  Dough conditioner is banned in some countries because of the potassium bromate in it.  Here are a couple of links to read more about L-Cysteine and dough conditioners.

L-Cysteine

Dough Conditioners

Vanilla.  I love that stuff.  I love the real stuff.  Watch out because your vanilla could be castoreum/castor.  Let’s just say it comes from the backside of a beaver and leave it at that.  That’s one of those I really encourage you to type in the browser and read for yourself things.  It is said that a mere 292 pounds of castoreum is harvested for food each year.  I’m just one of those people who would eat that food product that uses it so I’m gonna pass unless I know for sure my “natural” vanilla comes from vanilla beans.  Manufacturers can get away with saying the food product has all-natural ingredients when this is present because, afterall, it is all-natural. You can read what Snopes says about it here, if you’d like.

Smiling Beaver Photo courtesy of Canadian Geographic Photo Club

Coffee.  It runs thru my veins.  I have literally gone weeks with the only beverage I’ve drank is hot, black coffee.  I’ve had weeks where I’ve made at least 2 pots a day.  I’d drink it day and night…or I’d get a headache.  I still drink it.  However, the brand is really important. Did you know that some major coffee manufactures use fillers?  These fillers range from twigs to soybeans to corn husks and more.  The ingredients will say something like 100% coffee because they don’t have to list the fillers.  I trust some of the Fair Trade brands, the ones with the rain forest seal, and you can ensure you aren’t getting fillers in your ground coffee if you are grinding your own beans.  If you want to be free of the pesticides and such, look for organic, as well.  Below is an article about this from the Washington Post.

Coffee Fillers

Colors.  More specifically, yellow 5, yellow 6, red 40, and red 3.  You might recognize the yellow colors as Tartrazine, or not.  Using the colors in ingredients is just prettier.  These are known carcinogens.  These are still in our food.   That’s not pretty.

Cellulose.  You know, wood pulp.  It’s in a lot of foods.  It can also be called cellulose gum, cellulose powder, and microcrystalline cellulose, among other names.  Some might look at it as just a vegan ingredient, plant based and healthy.  However, when I think about it as sawdust, which it has been called off of the nutrition label, it just kinda makes me gag.  It’s fiber.  It’s not supposed to get absorbed by our bodies.  However, I’m obviously not a fan of what the FDA allows in our food and don’t know what wood that pulp is pulped from.  So, no.  It shows up in some of the following foods (not all are listed and not all brands of what are listed have it…check your labels): salad dressing, ice cream, tomato sauce, bagels, flour tortillas, packaged fruit cups, boxed cake mix, coffee creamer, and cereal.

I could go on.  I’ve got more of this stuff and will plan another post soon.  For now, I’ll let all this digest.

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proverbs 23

(This verse reminds me of how I feel when food companies make food look so delicious and fun. I feel enticed to buy these goodies, which makes them richer at the expense of my health, knowing harmful ingredients are hidden inside.  That’s just how I feel and this is just the verse that came to mind.)

 

 

 

 

 

Stop the Wagon!

I tend to get annoyed easily.  In other words, to put it bluntly, things, circumstances, and the behaviors of people can easily get on my nerves.  I notice it.  I’m sorta working on it.  However, when it comes to God and what His word tells us, I can’t help but say something or, at the least, feel hurtful on behalf of my Father.  I am in a very matter-of-fact mood at the moment so here we go.

The fact that it bothers me is not the problem. As a christian, it should bother me.  IT is the bandwagon.  I’ve gotten on it.  I’ve rode it a few miles more than once, jumped off mid-travel, and waved it on by.  I’m familiar with it.  Lately, when I see it, I tend to turn the other way.

What is so bad about the bandwagon?  What is wrong with doing what your friends or the majority are doing?  What is wrong with having company while you learn about the new thing or try out the latest and greatest of whatever?  Nothing.  Nothing is really wrong with it if that’s what you want to do and feel comfortable doing that (key words ‘feel comfortable’ like deep in the gut of your heart).   I’m even kinda thinking I might want to get one of those instant pot things, like some of my coworkers have talked about, to make my terrible relationship with cooking a little better.  The problem with bandwagons is with being a follower every time the internet, social media, and our “neighbors” determine what is popular and trending.  Some trends are rather harmless while others are like a slap in the face to our Creator. The problem is the world is going to hell in a hand basket (whatever designer hand basket that is trending right now), and so much of the latest and greatest is not pleasing in the eyes of God.

We aren’t called to follow the world. Repeating… We are not called to follow the world.

1 John 3:13 “So don’t be surprised, dear brothers and sisters, if the world hates you.”  I encourage you to back that up and begin at 1 John 3:1-13.  It explains why Cain hated Abel…because Abel was good and Cain was evil.  Cain hated Abel for being good.  That sounds like today’s news.  If we aren’t followers of the world by acting and owning and seeking out what is popular then we are automatically odd, weird, poor, ignorant, snobs and other negative adjectives. I’m telling you it’s okay because we have just ONE to please.  Audience of one, so to speak.

To keep this short, I pray that you will seek His guidance before doing what is popular and trendy (yes, I literally prayed for all reading this to seek His guidance first). Maybe a particular bandwagon is okay.  Maybe you will love it and use it for His glory.  Maybe it’s path is not good. Keep in mind 1 John 5:19 “We know that we are children of God and that the world around us is under the control of the evil one.”

I encourage you to love one another, as the Bible instructs us. I say that to reiterate that loving people has nothing to do with the bandwagons and this isn’t to talk bad about people but to put focus on the ways people act to please other people.  I just want us to remember we don’t have to have what all our friends have, and act like and try to be like one another, if it’s not pleasing to God.  Use your common sense.  Let a few bandwagons pass by, and feel the breeze of satisfactory in not needing to keep up with the Jones’ blow through your hair.  Mainly,  “Dear children, keep away from anything that might take God’s place in your hearts.” 1 John 5:21

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romans 2-12

            Download and print this in letter size. Tape it to your mirror, put it on the     nightstand, fold it and put it in your billfold, or tape it to the inside of the cookie cabinet…read it until it’s hid in your heart. ->—>> Romans 2:12

 

 

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Today, I saw some things that would be hard for me to believe had I not seen them for myself.  For example, when I got home from work, I saw a chihuahua in my yard wearing a coat.  I don’t have a chihuahua, and, thanks to Taco Bell,  I always envisioned them in sombreros.  I also came upon a herd of pilot trucks and police escorts surrounding a rocket ship on the highway.  The last time I looked, rocket ships were in the sky not northbound on the highway.

With that being said, these things had me looking twice with my own eyes for my mind to fully accept them.  These were actual things in front of my face, so to speak.  Yet, the Bible wants me to believe in things far more adventurous than my encounters today, things I have never seen before, wholeheartedly and without doubt.

This is done with a tool we call faith.  2 Corinthians 5:7 “For we walk by faith and not by sight.” Not everyone has the same amount of faith.  Not all grocery sacks can handle a gallon of milk without ripping…and some can hold the milk plus more.  So, how strong our faith is depends on how much we nurture it.  Romans 10:17 tells us how to grow in faith, “Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God.”  Reading God’s word and talking to Him daily will strengthen our faith.

The strong-faithed believe what God’s word says, without seeing and without doubt. We are instructed to! Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.  In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight.”  If you are running low on faith and your heart is heavy with what-ifs, worry, and concern (if the bag is ripping and the milk is about to hit the parking lot) I encourage you to continue to read God’s word and pray about it.  Strengthen your faith and put your trust in Him.  “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” Hebrews 11:1

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The Log

There was a painting hanging on the wall in my Sunday School class when I was a little girl some (many) years ago.  It was of Jesus with “all the little children” around Him.  They were all outside and Jesus was sitting as the kids gathered around him.  As I look back on that painting today, and similar paintings, Jesus is obviously sitting on a rock.  Of course it’s a rock.  But not for the last 30 + years, to me.  Until I recently found the picture again, I always thought Jesus was sitting on a log.  That’s probably because where I am from there aren’t a lot of rocks.  There are logs.  There are so many logs!  It’s even nicknamed the “Pineywoods” around here.

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As I grew and experienced death close to me I would imagine sitting on the log in Heaven and visiting with my loved ones.  I would imagine sitting on the log and talking to Jonah, “So, some translations call it a whale and others say a big fish.  Was it a megladon?  Was it a giant squid or perhaps a giant clam and it came out as fish because they probably all smell gross like fish, right?  I bet you listened to God after that didn’t you?  Who doesn’t want to go to Ninevah?  That sounds cool.  Were you related to doubting Thomas?…”  Every time I imagine talking to someone in Heaven I am sitting on that silly log!

I’ve spent my entire life imagining Heaven and every time I do I see that log (that was really a rock).  Elijah and the Apostle John have tasted Heaven and written about their experiences.  Check out II Kings 2:1-12 for Elijah’s information.  We can read Revelation 21:10-27 to learn John’s account of it. Regardless of what I read about Heaven I am brought back to 1 Corinthians 2:9 every time.  Its tells us, “However, as it is written: “What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived” — the things God has prepared for those who love him.”

Just yesterday, again, I thought about someone I wanted to talk to and we were sitting on that log!  Somewhere, up top, I know there likely aren’t any logs because just a log on the ground would signify death of a tree and there is no death in Heaven.  How horrid to die and cross over to…the Pineywoods.  So, eh…I need the log to go.

The reality is, our minds can’t capture Heaven on this side of it.  You won’t find it on a painting hanging in a Sunday School class or museum.  It’s not in the illustrations of the most beautiful Bible you can purchase.  It’s not painted on the ceilings of any cathedral or any caves, for that matter.  It’s just not here.  But it’s there…ready for those who have surrendered their hearts to Jesus to enter.  As the song goes, “I Can Only Imagine.” ♥

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Here are a few resources you might be interested in, if you’d like to study more about Heaven.   Like I said above, no one– not even Hollywood or a best selling author– can accurately describe Heaven for us.  With that being said, Chip Ingram has deeply studied what the BIBLE says about Heaven and points those things out in his study.  ’90 Minutes in Heaven’ is based on a true story, and you will hear this man tell his personal story of dying in a car accident and coming back to life. I’ve personally read/watched the following and have been student in a study on ‘Heaven: It’s Not What You Think’.  The Amazon links are affiliated links.  Feel free to bypass my links to get to the good stuff.  Although it’s always nice to have a little income, commission is not my mission.

Heaven: It’s Not What You Think by Chip Ingram- Audio

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I Can Only Imagine by Mercy Me – Digital Audio Download