Some Thoughts About Heaven

I’ve had 4 friends go on to be with the Lord in just the past few months…3 of them in the past 6 weeks…and 3 of them CLOSE friends.  Maybe you have, too.  When you hit a season like this, coupled with the already existing tender-hearted tendencies we have during the holidays, thoughts of Heaven are more likely to be popping up.  Here are a few of the thoughts/questions/hopes/observations  I’ve been having…random, somewhat disjointed, but still “weighty” to me….

– I wonder what my friends who have gone to Heaven recently first thought when they got there.

– I wonder if they’re aware that I’m writing this at this moment and are pumped about ME getting there to join them.

– I wonder if Ron Allison has met my Dad yet

– Will God explain to me in Heaven why in the world some people drive UNDER the speed limit?

– Will God open the taste buds of non-chocolate lovers in Heaven?

– Will I have hair?

– Will we get to fly?  (I dream about flying FREQUENTLY. )

– And what about the mountains?  There’s just GOTTA be mountains in Heaven…I’m guessing there will be scenes simliar to the one at the top of this page, only more magnificient and literallly AWESOME.

– I notice that being with Jesus daily is growing more and more real…on THIS side of Heaven.

– Even though I haven’t experienced the “blow-your-mind” sights and sounds of Heaven yet, I’m realizing that being WITH Jesus face to face is what I ache for…overwhelmingly at times.

– We will no longer battle temptation…or fear…or feelings of inadequacy…or overeating!

– We will see Jesus’ face, hear His voice…experience His love, joy, and peace in a totally unhindered, unabridged way…FOREVER!!!

“Lord, please help us to live with HEAVENLY perspective so that we can glorify you here on Earth.   Amen.”

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URGENT: PRAY FOR RON ALLISON

Hey, everyone in the Caleb Zone.  Many  of  you know  Ron & Penny Allison.  They have been Caleb LifeGroup Leaders in years past and now are Section Leaders for some of our LifeGroups.  They’re also really good friends of so many  of us.

OK, so you may already be in the loop on this, but today Ron was admitted to Seton Hospital in Austin to have some medical procedures done to try to slow down his heart rate.  He has been in and out of the hospital for about a month and a half, and his health has been declining because of heart issues which have not responded to various medications.  The doctor told him and Penny today that if these procedures being done in Austin don’t work, then most  likely hospice  is  the next step.  That’s some pretty  tough news for them to swallow.

So, let’s pray.  Not just talk about it, but do it.  Ron needs an honest to goodness, just-like-in-the-Bible miracle so that his heart would get back to beating like God created it to beat.  

God is good,

Danny

If You Love Someone

There’s an old Country/Christian song by Paul Overstreet that says:

If you love someone, you gotta’ let ’em know.                          When you’re thinkin’ of someone, you gotta’ tell ’em so.

Yesterday was a hard day.  Kathy and I got word early in the morning that a very good friend of ours in Ireland had died tragically.  Our whole Ireland prayer team was devastated.  My brain and my emotions felt like Jello all day…I couldn’t seem to get a handle on anything.  Jesus was there, and was faithful, but it was hard to get a good “connect” with him regarding the situation.

At around noon, I checked my cell phone and saw that I had a voicemail.  It was from a friend who isn’t really connected with our Ireland work, but had heard of our friend’s death.  He simply and kindly said that he was so sorry that we had lost our friend, that he knew I was surrounded by people but that if I needed a shoulder to cry on or someone to just talk to, he was available.  He made sure I knew I was loved and appreciated.  And that was it.

And you know what happened?  My Jello began to melt away, and I could see, think, and pray much more clearly.  I could trust in God’s ability to make something good of this terrible situation.  My friend’s  initiative broke the “spell”. 

I realized how often I’m just plain passive.  I think things like, “Oh, they don’t need me bugging them.”  Or, “Good grief…they know I love them…why do I need to say it?”

May I just say that PASSIVITY ISN’T A RIGHT.  IT IS A WASTE.  And I’m afraid I’ve been very wasteful in my life.

Of course, of course…there’s a balance to all of this.  We don’t need to go around being sappy all the time.  I couldn’t handle that.  But I’ll tell you what…we DO need to be sensitive to the Holy Spirit and to each other…and when He puts somebody on our  hearts, we need to LET THEM KNOW.

I think I’ll start right now…here goes: 

I love and appreciate you guys,

Danny

“Encourage one another daily so that none of you may fall into unbelief.”                                  Hebrews 3:12,13 (my paraphrase)

 

Somebody Needs Your Blessing

You may (or may not) be interested to know that my actual, real, legal, birth-certificated name is “Dan”, not “Danny” or “Daniel”.  In Hebrew, Dan means “judge”.  And unfortunately in my stinkin’ ol’ flesh, that name has often fit because I’ve had a real struggle with judging people!  OK, it’s true that the Holy Spirit continues to change me in that area, but I still find myself judging WAY too easily.

How about you?  Can you identify?   Well, take a look at this short video and see what a difference it makes when we get past judging and into blessing…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3XFe9D8OY0I&feature=youtube_gdata_player

This is pretty timely for us at church these days…we are inundated with young people who are, lets face it…DIFFERENT from us!  They dress differently, they are totally full of energy…and even though we’re really delighted to have them, it’s often difficult to find any common ground with them.

But what would happen if we got past our inner-judging and moved on to blessing them? I can promise you that there are hundreds of young people in our church (not to mention the thousands outside the church) whose lives could be changed by a genuine, verbalized blessing from an adult.  Try it this Sunday…give some high school or college student a firm hand-shake, look them in the eye, and say, “I’m so glad you are here!”  Who knows what God can do with such a small thing…

Lord, please teach us how to bless…

How Great Thou Art

Hey everybody. For some reason, “How Great Thou Art” was never one of my favorites. I know that many of you have always loved it. But for some reason, this version where one guy sings all 4 parts, hits me smack in the heart. So whether you’re a lover of the song or not, when you get a few minutes today, click on to this link, turn up your speakers, sit back…and worship…..
http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=dxCRIF0m79w&feature=related

HUGE blessings on you today,
Danny