Posts tagged ‘heaven’

May 23, 2011

today and i’m alive.

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It’s been 48 hours and I am still here on earth. Safe to say that the Rapture did not occur. I knew it wasn’t going to, but secretly I was excited to think that I was going to get to heaven with my family and friends and finally meet Jesus! But hey, we all know that will come eventually right? =)

In better news, I inadvertently had a 5 day weekend this week which was a super relaxing surprise! Partially. I was sick on Thursday and then didn’t go to work on Friday at the request of a parent so I wouldn’t get her kids sick. Which was fair enough! So I spent Friday holed up in the basement with movies and my art journal. I drew and cut my way through Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, Kick Ass, and Youth in Revolt. 3 movies that I enjoy the heck out of! The first 2 more so… Actually Scott Pilgrim is up in my top 10 movies.

The best part of my weekend was getting to see my best friend and sister-in-law. Coincidentally – they are the same person! Bazinga! S and her boyfriend C, came to our church with us on Sunday morning to take in the good word with us, and then had some lunch at our house. Just some good old hot dogs and chips to celebrate the summery weather =) Afterwards we decided we wanted to see Bridesmaids so we drove to Calgary to catch it. Unfortunately it was sold out when we got there! So we decided to hang out around the mall until the next showing. Which turned out to be a lot of fun! We shopped a bit and looked around mostly. This is going to sound silly, but I was so, so pleased and flattered when S told me she wanted me to be her matron-of-honour at her wedding someday! It’s a ways off, but I was just tickled pink because she was my maid of honour and I just love her to pieces! We both have a million wedding ideas already, so we’re storing them for when the day comes and we can plan a dream wedding for her!  After getting a light dinner we decided we should get our tickets for the movie; only to find out that it was SOLD OUT. We felt really dumb for not buying our tickets when we were trying to get ones to the sold out show. We made a group decision and went to Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. Which turned out to be really great! S, that just means we need to make a date to see Bridesmaids ASAP.

In a similar vein to the matron of honour convo, I confessed to the hubby on our way to the movie (we were in a seperate vehicle from S and C) that my “dream” is if S and C got married and then moved to our town, then we could have kids the same time and S and I could be stay-at-home mom’s together and our kids could be best friends! And if my brother in law D and his wife A would move to our town and all have kids together. It would be perfect to me! I told S this while we were browsing Williams & Sonoma and drooling over all the cupcake kits and she informed me that was her and C’s plan all along – to move to our town after they got hitched! Well. I just about died from happiness right then and there in the store with a cupcake liner in my hand!  I often feel quite isolated out here as we don’t know anyone in town yet. So the idea that my very own family wants to live here some day just makes me grin like a fool!

I am so, so blessed that I married into a family I absolutely love with every fibre of me. They are just great people through and through and I seriously couldn’t ask for a better family. And absolute added plus is that my sis in law is also pretty much my best friend. It’s awesome!

And on that happy note, I say good night to all and have a great Tuesday! I want to post a couple images of my art journal so far, so hopefully I can do that tomorrow.

Real gold fears no fire,

Torrie xoxo

January 30, 2011

Tangent from church.

The sermon today at church was so great. The pastor is doing a series called Motivation Killers: Why we wander. And today’s topic was When Fear Takes Over. From that sermon, the pastor presented us with what I think was a little nugget of gold!

He referenced Hebrews 11:13 – 16, which I have not read (or at least cannot recall reading) and took the time to look it up this afternoon. To save you from googling Hebrews or flipping pages, here is it:

13 All these people were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance, admitting that they were foreigners and strangers on earth. 14 People say such things show that they are looking for a country of their own. 15 If they had been thinking of the country they had left, they would have had opportunity to return. 16 Instead, they were longing for a better country—a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them.

The previous posts are accounts of different servants of God and how by their faith, they did great things by God. But what struck me about this verse was the idea that all these servants (Abel, Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Isaac, etc) were “still living by faith when they died (vs 13)”  and they admitted “they were foreigners and strangers on earth.” (vs 13). It just really hit home the idea that when we are here on earth, that we are not of this world – we’re aliens. (We should let all the UFO experts let them know that it’s us that are trying to invade the earth!)

We’re foreign, and the passage goes on to say “People who say such things show they are looking for a country of their own.” (v 14) These servants of God had their eyes focused on heaven, not on earth and it’s reflected by their admittance that they were strangers on earth.  The entire time they were here they knew that this was not the “country” they wanted to be a part of. Enoch and Noah had their sights set on the eternal realm instead of the dusty ground in front of them.

“Instead they were longing for a better country – a heavenly one” (vs 16) Can anyone else relate to this feeling? I know I do. (Especially after reading some of Randy Alcorn’s works – he paints an amazing picture of what heaven could be like!)  I feel like this world is so temporary, and lately my thoughts of my material needs have become so insignificant. Like, do I really desperately need a new pair of jeans? Is my home really not nice enough? How badly do I need more cookie sheets? I’ve just been seeing things in such a different perspective, that this passage hit home for me. Yes – this world is temporary. And I am a stranger here – I want to be a stranger! I want to look around and think “This is not my home – mine is waiting for me with my heavenly father.”

What a thing to look forward to! I just can’t imagine not having something better than this lifetime to look forward to. If this life was all I was living for, I’m sure my depression would be more depressing! This life is great, but it is going to be a shadow in comparison to eternity with God.

Real gold fears no fire,

Torrie xoxo

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