When someone close dies

When someone you know passes away, there is a sadness you feel and a feeling of helplessness for helping those that were close to them. Even when it is someone that was close to you that suffered the loss, it causes a deep loss and sense of despair because you know there is nothing you can do but be present for those you love. It is like seeing a loved one lose a part of their body or one of their senses that can never be recovered. Death is an enemy of life and of the one who created life. Soon through the resurrection hope, we’ll be reunited with our loved ones. Until then, we will greatly miss their presence.



Ten things to look for when choosing a mate

Ten desirable things to consider when choosing a mate.
1.  Someone who has similar values and principles.
2.  Someone you are physically attracted to.
3.  Someone who has personality and character.
4.  Someone who lives in the same proximity.
5.  Someone who is similar in personality and mannerisms and likes the same things  you do.
6.  Someone who is dependable and reliable and who works hard and has a stable income.
7.  Someone that is intelligent and has common sense.
8.  Someone who has reasonable good health.
9.  Someone who has clean morals and likes orderliness in the home.
10. Someone who shares the same faith.

However important the above things are, it is most relevant how the person feels about you.  If they have strong feelings for you and they treat you with respect, and they are concerned about your well being, then this goes a long way.  Also if they are not lazy and show a working attitude, this covers over other flaws they may own.  Because after all, no one is perfect and we all contain flaws.  One of the more important concerns should be how much do they love God.  In order for any relationship to work, there must be a three way twine that includes yourself, your partner, and God.  In the final selection of desirable choices, however, the heart will have reasons that reason does not understand.  Also, being a female myself, a female’s preferences might differ from a male’s perspective.


End of the year…beginning of a new one.

Well, well, well….here we are at the end of 2017. This year has gone by so fast.  It hasn’t been too bad really, in fact I feel very blessed.  I am still hanging in there with my COPD and even though I am quite limited on doing things, I am very appreciative of life and the things I can do.  I am looking forward to a time when I’ll be able to use the full capacity of my lungs and be able to enjoy perfect health and vitality.  I will be able to learn so much more and experience new things on a monumental level because I will have the full capacity of my mind and spirit to do it.  No longer will there be death and pain to deal with but happiness and joy as we welcome back all dear loved ones from their graves.  And we will all have eternity ahead of us to learn and be taught further by our loving creator, Jehovah God, and his son, Jesus Christ.  It is my heartfelt desire that all those who hear my plea will come into the wonderful spiritual paradise now and start getting to know your creator now and have the faith that will preserve you alive in the upcoming times we are about to see revealed.  Agape love to all!❤

Leave the past alone

Sometimes it’s not important to reveal the things that really happened a long time ago. If it would hurt someone near to your heart, then you would be hurting yourself. You know in your own heart what happened and right or wrong it has ended and those that have survived it will live with it until they pass on. They do not need to be reminded of it and it is better forgiven and forgotten. It is the most loving thing to do not to bring it up any more. If it is within your power to help someone who has been affected by it, then it is your decision to do so. It is not for anyone else to judge because they do not know the full facts of the story. It is not necessary to tell them because it would only be opening up an old wound and allowing what happened to continue on causing destruction or damage to others’ reputation. So it is good to keep things in the past and not allow them to overshadow future events.

Overturning strongly entrenched things

When handled properly, what can the truth of God’s Word accomplish? (Read 2 Corinthians 10:4, 5.) Scriptural truth can overturn “strongly entrenched things,” that is, expose false doctrines, harmful practices, and philosophies that reflect imperfect human wisdom. We can use the Bible to cut away any ideas that are “raised up against the knowledge of God.” The teachings of the Bible can be used to help others bring their thinking in line with the truth.

13 Take, for example, the case of a 93-year-old woman who lives in India. From infancy she was taught to believe in reincarnation. When she began to study the Bible through correspondence with her son living abroad, she readily accepted what she was learning about Jehovah and his promises. However, the teaching of reincarnation was so embedded in her mind that she protested when her son wrote her about the condition of the dead. She said: “I just cannot understand the truth of your Scriptures. All religions teach that something inside us is immortal. I have always believed that the body dies and that an invisible part is reincarnated in other bodies over and over again some 8,400,000 times. How can this not be true? Are most religions wrong?” Can “the sword of the spirit” overturn such a strongly entrenched belief? After further Scriptural discussions on the subject, she wrote some weeks later: “I am finally beginning to understand the real truth about death. It gives me great joy to know that when the resurrection occurs, we will be able to meet our dead loved ones. I hope that God’s Kingdom comes soon.”
2 Cor 10:4 For the weapons of our warfare are not fleshly,+ but powerful by God+ for overturning strongly entrenched things. 5 For we are overturning reasonings and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God,+ and we are bringing every thought into captivity to make it obedient to the Christ;FB_IMG_1505012715259.jpg

Salvation we owe to our God

bible-1998655_1920These and other scriptures show that Jehovah does not exaggerate mankind’s importance. All men being sinners, they are justly worthy of death, and it is only by God’s undeserved kindness and mercy that any will gain life. (Ro 5:12, 21; 1Jo 4:9, 10) Jehovah owes nothing to mankind, and life everlasting for those who attain it will be a gift, not wages earned. (Ro 5:15; 6:23; Tit 3:4, 5) True, he has demonstrated unparalleled love toward mankind. (Joh 3:16; Ro 5:7, 8) But it is contrary to Scriptural fact and a putting of matters in wrong perspective to view human salvation as if it were the all-important issue or the criterion by which God’s justice, righteousness, and holiness can be measured. The psalmist expressed the true perspective of matters when he humbly and wonderingly exclaimed: “O Jehovah our Lord, how majestic your name is in all the earth, you whose dignity is recounted above the heavens! . . . When I see your heavens, the works of your fingers, the moon and the stars that you have prepared, what is mortal man that you keep him in mind, and the son of earthling man that you take care of him?” (Ps 8:1, 3, 4; 144:3; compare Isa 45:9; 64:8.) The sanctification of Jehovah God’s name rightly means more than the life of all mankind. Thus, as God’s Son showed, man should love his human neighbor as he loves himself, but he must love God with his whole heart, mind, soul, and strength. (Mr 12:29-31) This means loving Jehovah God more than relatives, friends, or life itself.—De 13:6-10; Re 12:11; compare the attitude of the three Hebrews at Da 3:16-18; see JEALOUS, JEALOUSY.
This Scriptural view of matters should not repel persons but, rather, should cause them to appreciate the true God all the more. Since Jehovah could, in full justice, put an end to all sinful mankind, this exalts all the more the greatness of his mercy and undeserved kindness in saving some of mankind for life. (Joh 3:36) He takes no pleasure in the death of the wicked (Eze 18:23, 32; 33:11), yet neither will he allow the wicked to escape the execution of his judgment. (Am 9:2-4; Ro 2:2-9) He is patient and long-suffering, with salvation in view for obedient ones (2Pe 3:8-10), yet he will not tolerate forever a situation that brings reproach upon his lofty name. (Ps 74:10, 22, 23; Isa 65:6, 7; 2Pe 2:3) He shows compassion and is understanding regarding human frailties, forgiving repentant ones “in a large way” (Ps 103:10-14; 130:3, 4; Isa 55:6, 7), yet he does not excuse persons from the responsibilities they rightly bear for their own actions and the effects these have on themselves and their families. They reap what they have sown. (De 30:19, 20; Ga 6:5, 7, 8) Thus, Jehovah shows a beautiful and perfect balance of justice and mercy. Those having the proper perspective of matters as revealed in his Word (Isa 55:8, 9; Eze 18:25, 29-31) will not commit the grave error of trifling with his undeserved kindness or ‘missing its purpose.’—2Co 6:1; Heb 10:26-31; 12:29.

Is there a resurrection and if so, where will it be?

When our loved ones die, we are at a great loss. Filled with grief, we are besides ourself but still go on with life, wondering if and when we will ever see our loved one again. Many dream they are now up in heaven where they are joined by other lost loved ones.

God’s word talks about the condition of the dead at Ecclesiastes 5:9 “As for the dead, they are conscious of nothing at all.” Paul speaks of a resurrection of the dead at Acts 24:15 “There is going to be a resurrection of both the righteous and unrighteousness.” Jesus states at John 5:28, 29 “Do not be amazed at this, for the hour is coming in which all those living in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out, those who did good things to a resurrection of life, and those who practiced vile things to a resurrection of judgment.” At Psalms 37:10, 11 it reads, “Just a little while longer and the wicked will be no more, you will look at where they were, and they will not be there. But the meek will possess the earth, and they will find exquisite delight in the abundance of peace. One last scripture of hope is Revelation 21:4, “And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.

2 Peter 3:13 promises, “But there are new heavens and a new earth that we are awaiting according to his promise, and in these righteousness is to dwell.” How do we learn more about these wonderful prospects? By studying and applying bible principles in our life and getting to know the one who has made his purpose known and guarantees it to come about, our loving creator, Jehovah, who has given us the free gift of his son’s sacrifice. By coming to know Jehovah and his son, Jesus Christ, and being obedient to his word, we can have eternal peace, happiness, and life. Do not delay, the time is short!


Does God take sides

 in war today?


In many conflicts, religious leaders on both sides claim that God is on their side. “Religion has always played a part in every war that was ever fought,” says the book The Causes of War.

Christians are not authorized to fight against their enemies. The apostle Paul wrote to fellow Christians: “If possible, as far as it depends on you, be peaceable with all men. Do not avenge yourselves.”​—Romans 12:18, 19.
Instead of sending his followers to war, Jesus told them: “Continue to love your enemies and to pray for those who persecute you, so that you may prove yourselves sons of your Father who is in the heavens.” (Matthew 5:44, 45) Even when the nation in which they live goes to war, Christians should remain neutral, “no part of the world.” (John 15:19) If God wants his worshippers in all nations to love their enemies and to remain separate from the world, how could he support either side of a violent conflict today?
“My Kingdom is no part of this world. If my Kingdom were part of this world, my attendants would have fought that I should not be handed over to the Jews. But as it is, my Kingdom is not from this source.”​—John 18:36.

How to find God’s peace

How You Can Find God’s Peace

So how can you find God’s peace? We find some hints at Philippians 4:4, 5, where we read: “Always rejoice in the Lord. Once more I will say, Rejoice! Let your reasonableness become known to all men. The Lord is near.” When Paul wrote those words, he was unjustly imprisoned in Rome. (Philippians 1:13) Instead of lamenting his unfair treatment, he encouraged his fellow believers always to rejoice in the Lord. His joy clearly depended, not upon his circumstances, but upon his relationship with God. We too need to learn to enjoy serving God whatever our circumstances. The better we know Jehovah and the more fully we do his will, the more we will enjoy serving him. That, in turn, will bring us satisfaction and inner peace.

In addition, we are encouraged to be reasonable. If we cultivate reasonableness, we will not expect too much of ourselves. We know that we are not perfect; we cannot be the best in everything. So why lose sleep pondering how to be perfect or, at least, better than everybody else? Neither will we expect others to be perfect. Therefore, we can keep calm when they rub us the wrong way. Another rendering of the original Greek word translated “reasonableness” is “yieldingness.” If we are yielding in matters of personal preference, we avoid quarrels, which often are of little profit but which can take away peace with others as well as our inner peace for a period of time.

The next statement at Philippians 4:5, “the Lord is near,” may seem to be out of context. God will soon come to replace this old system of things with a new one under his Kingdom. But even now he can be near to everyone who draws close to him. (Acts 17:27; James 4:8) Being aware of his closeness helps us to rejoice, to be reasonable, and not to be anxious about today’s problems or the future, as verse 6 brings out.

When we look at verses 6 and 7, we recognize that the peace of God is a direct consequence of prayer. Some view prayer merely as a form of meditation, thinking that any form of prayer can further their inner calmness. The Bible, however, speaks of genuine communication with Jehovah, a communication as intimate as when a child shares his joys and worries with a loving parent. How soothing to know that we can come to God “in everything.” Whatever is on our minds or deeply buried in our hearts, we can confide in our heavenly Father.

Verse 8 encourages us to concentrate on positive thoughts. It is not enough, however, just to think of positive things. As verse 9 explains, we also have to put the good advice of the Bible into practice. Doing so will give us a clean conscience. How true the proverb is: A good conscience is a soft pillow!

Yes, you can find inner peace. It comes from Jehovah God, who gives it to those who draw close to him and who want to follow his guidance. By an examination of his Word, the Bible, you can become familiar with his thoughts. Applying his directions is not necessarily easy. But it is worth all the effort because “the God of peace will be with you.”—Philippians 4:9.women-1421096_1920