Are These the End Times?

The last few weeks were tumultuous in several ways. First there was the stock market drop. Then an earthquake hit Colorado, then another one on the east coast, which was followed up by a hurricane that took out power for days for over 800,000 customers in Maryland alone.

What’s unusual is Virginia, where the earthquake occurred, hasn’t had one in over 100 years. I can’t remember a hurricane hitting Baltimore and taking out power either.

What is going on? Are these signs of the end times as described in the Bible? It is easier to separate oneself from catastrophes that occur elsewhere, but when it strikes so close to home, now that is a different story, isn’t it?

So I am pondering recent events. After the initial emotional reaction subsided, I asked what is really going on. This is what I observed. When the electricity went out, people were forced to slow down. They had nothing to do but hang out with others and socialize – no computers, no cable television, no microwave or fridge. People were forced to get out of the house. The restaurants were packed and people hung out for hours just chatting with friends, loved ones, and even struck up conversations with strangers.In times of disaster, people reach out to help one another, even strangers. When we are afraid we reach out to be with other people.

Perhaps God is trying to get our attention using more drastic measures. Maybe the message is to connect more with each other. Could it be to spend less time pursuing our own selfish desires and more time pursuing relationships with others? Could these events cause us to pick up the phone to call a loved one or neighbor we haven’t been in touch with?

Rather than be fearful and worry about the world ending, which we can’t do anything about anyway, how about if we take some time to reevaluate what is really important in this life. No one knows when Jesus will come back, so let’s be thankful and enjoy this day and each other for today is truly a gift we will never have again.

Do write and share your thoughts with me. I’d love to hear from you and that is what this blog is all about anyway: connecting, encouraging and uplifting you through the trials of life. Until next time, keep looking up!

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Are These the End Times?

The last few weeks were tumultuous in several ways. First there was the stock market drop. Then an earthquake hit Colorado, then another one on the east coast, which was followed up by a hurricane that took out power for days for over 800,000 customers in Maryland alone.

What’s unusual is Virginia, where the earthquake occurred, hasn’t had one in over 100 years. I can’t remember a hurricane hitting Baltimore and taking out power either.

What is going on? Are these signs of the end times as described in the Bible? It is easier to separate oneself from catastrophes that occur elsewhere, but when it strikes so close to home, now that is a different story, isn’t it?

So I am pondering recent events. After the initial emotional reaction subsided, I asked what is really going on. This is what I observed. When the electricity went out, people were forced to slow down. They had nothing to do but hang out with others and socialize – no computers, no cable television, no microwave or fridge. People were forced to get out of the house. The restaurants were packed and people hung out for hours just chatting with friends, loved ones, and even struck up conversations with strangers.In times of disaster, people reach out to help one another, even strangers. When we are afraid we reach out to be with other people.

Perhaps God is trying to get our attention using more drastic measures. Maybe the message is to connect more with each other. Could it be to spend less time pursuing our own selfish desires and more time pursuing relationships with others? Could these events cause us to pick up the phone to call a loved one or neighbor we haven’t been in touch with?

Rather than be fearful and worry about the world ending, which we can’t do anything about anyway, how about if we take some time to reevaluate what is really important in this life. No one knows when Jesus will come back, so let’s be thankful and enjoy this day and each other for today is truly a gift we will never have again.

Do write and share your thoughts with me. I’d love to hear from you and that is what this blog is all about anyway: connecting, encouraging and uplifting you through the trials of life. Until next time, keep looking up!

Sign Sign Everywhere a Sign

Do you pay attention to signs? Ever been to New York? There are signs everywhere. Or perhaps taken a road trip? Billboards, church boards, and street signs decorate the landscape and tell us what to buy, where to go, and when to cross.

What about other types of signs – like, for instance, natural disasters and rare occurrences? Take the earthquakes we’ve had this week: one in Colorado on Monday and then one in Virginia on tuesday. Now other parts of the country are used to earthquakes, but the east coast? It’s been over one hundred years since Virginia had one of this magnitude – 5.8 on the scale. I would say this is definitely a sign.

What actually happened to cause these quakes no one really knows, but we do know the foundations of this earth were shaken. What do these earthquakes and natural disasters tell us? I believe they are indeed signs of the end times and the meaning is clear. They are a wake-up call to pay attention and take a close look at the foundations of our lives.

What do we rely on foundationally? What are our core beliefs? In what do we place our faith and hope? What is truly important? Write and let me know your thoughts on this. In the meantime, have faith, be a blessing, and above all, keep looking up!

Sign Sign Everywhere a Sign

Do you pay attention to signs? Ever been to New York? There are signs everywhere. Or perhaps taken a road trip? Billboards, church boards, and street signs decorate the landscape and tell us what to buy, where to go, and when to cross.

What about other types of signs – like, for instance, natural disasters and rare occurrences? Take the earthquakes we’ve had this week: one in Colorado on Monday and then one in Virginia on tuesday. Now other parts of the country are used to earthquakes, but the east coast? It’s been over one hundred years since Virginia had one of this magnitude – 5.8 on the scale. I would say this is definitely a sign.

What actually happened to cause these quakes no one really knows, but we do know the foundations of this earth were shaken. What do these earthquakes and natural disasters tell us? I believe they are indeed signs of the end times and the meaning is clear. They are a wake-up call to pay attention and take a close look at the foundations of our lives.

What do we rely on foundationally? What are our core beliefs? In what do we place our faith and hope? What is truly important? Write and let me know your thoughts on this. In the meantime, have faith, be a blessing, and above all, keep looking up!

Faith In the Unknown

Times are uncertain. The economy is unstable. Natural disasters are frequent. No one really knows what the future holds.

No one, that is, except God. Psalm 31:15 says “My times are in your hands”. God alone knows the destiny of mankind. Like the old song says, “He’s got the whole world in His hands.”

But what encourages me is that He cares for each of us individually. Jeremiah 29:11, a verse many know by heart, says this, “For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.”

Those who put their faith in God need not fear the unknown. For we know that God’s intentions are to bless us and to work things out for our good. Our part is to place our trust in Him and Him alone.

Yes, I know that at times situations seem very bleak from our human perspective, but in the long run, can we see God’s hand working out the good in each situation?

Today, dear one, will you put your trust in Jesus? Will you trade your fears for His promises? No matter what tomorrow holds, today is a gift and that is why they call it the present. Let us rejoice and be glad.

Faith In the Unknown

Times are uncertain. The economy is unstable. Natural disasters are frequent. No one really knows what the future holds.

No one, that is, except God. Psalm 31:15 says “My times are in your hands”. God alone knows the destiny of mankind. Like the old song says, “He’s got the whole world in His hands.”

But what encourages me is that He cares for each of us individually. Jeremiah 29:11, a verse many know by heart, says this, “For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.”

Those who put their faith in God need not fear the unknown. For we know that God’s intentions are to bless us and to work things out for our good. Our part is to place our trust in Him and Him alone.

Yes, I know that at times situations seem very bleak from our human perspective, but in the long run, can we see God’s hand working out the good in each situation?

Today, dear one, will you put your trust in Jesus? Will you trade your fears for His promises? No matter what tomorrow holds, today is a gift and that is why they call it the present. Let us rejoice and be glad.

How to Hear From God – Learn to Love Solitude

How do you feel about being by yourself? Do you always need someone or something making noise to keep you company? Do you realize that the Lord is always with you and that you are never really alone?

If I want to hear from my children or my spouse, I need to spend time with them; same goes for hearing from God. Spending time with the Lord means learning to love solitude – being alone with Him – no television, no radio, no computer.

The first step is to relax my body. Sometimes I go for a walk, run, or bike ride. No Ipod, music, or phone. Other times I need to simply slow down and be still. I recline in a comfortable chair or sofa and focus on my breathing or maybe do some slow stretches on my sticky mat.

Relaxing the body helps to relax the mind. As my body relaxes, slowly the clutter in my mind dissipates. Then I am prepared to hear from God. “I am listening and I want to hear from you” I say out loud. I have made space in my mind to hear from God.

Yes, this all takes some time and learning to be comfortable with solitude. Life is all about choices. If I want to hear from God, then I will make the choice to tune everything else out for a time. How much do you value hearing from God? I promise you that nothing on earth can compare to hearing directly from the Creator of this Universe.

I’ll talk more on this next time, so until then, keep looking up!

How to Hear From God – Learn to Love Solitude

How do you feel about being by yourself? Do you always need someone or something making noise to keep you company? Do you realize that the Lord is always with you and that you are never really alone?

If I want to hear from my children or my spouse, I need to spend time with them; same goes for hearing from God. Spending time with the Lord means learning to love solitude – being alone with Him – no television, no radio, no computer.

The first step is to relax my body. Sometimes I go for a walk, run, or bike ride. No Ipod, music, or phone. Other times I need to simply slow down and be still. I recline in a comfortable chair or sofa and focus on my breathing or maybe do some slow stretches on my sticky mat.

Relaxing the body helps to relax the mind. As my body relaxes, slowly the clutter in my mind dissipates. Then I am prepared to hear from God. “I am listening and I want to hear from you” I say out loud. I have made space in my mind to hear from God.

Yes, this all takes some time and learning to be comfortable with solitude. Life is all about choices. If I want to hear from God, then I will make the choice to tune everything else out for a time. How much do you value hearing from God? I promise you that nothing on earth can compare to hearing directly from the Creator of this Universe.

I’ll talk more on this next time, so until then, keep looking up!

Hearing From God – 1

Do you want to hear from God? Do you need guidance and direction in life? Are you searching for your purpose?

Well then, read on. In my upcoming book, I talk about all these, but today I want to talk about hearing from God.

Many of us want to hear from God. I know I do. From time to time, someone asks me “How do you hear from God?” or mentions that I seem to have a “good connection”. How does one develop a “connection” with God?

Let me suggest that developing a connection with God is very similiar to developing a connection with someone down here on Earth and we all know how to do that, right? What’s the first thing you do when you want to get to know someone? You spend time with them, of course.

Getting to know God works the same way. In order to learn to “hear” from God, we must get to know Him first by spending time with Him. There are way too many voices and choices out there clamoring for our attention and trying to distract us to prevent us from spending time with God.

Just like any new friendship or relationship, we must make a conscious choice to be with God so we can get to know Him. It might help to think of God as a person, instead of some nebulous force “out there yonder”. God is closer than we think, and it really is not rocket science to learn to hear His voice.

Until next time, let me know how you spend time with God and in the meantime, keep looking up!

Hearing From God – 1

Do you want to hear from God? Do you need guidance and direction in life? Are you searching for your purpose?

Well then, read on. In my upcoming book, I talk about all these, but today I want to talk about hearing from God.

Many of us want to hear from God. I know I do. From time to time, someone asks me “How do you hear from God?” or mentions that I seem to have a “good connection”. How does one develop a “connection” with God?

Let me suggest that developing a connection with God is very similiar to developing a connection with someone down here on Earth and we all know how to do that, right? What’s the first thing you do when you want to get to know someone? You spend time with them, of course.

Getting to know God works the same way. In order to learn to “hear” from God, we must get to know Him first by spending time with Him. There are way too many voices and choices out there clamoring for our attention and trying to distract us to prevent us from spending time with God.

Just like any new friendship or relationship, we must make a conscious choice to be with God so we can get to know Him. It might help to think of God as a person, instead of some nebulous force “out there yonder”. God is closer than we think, and it really is not rocket science to learn to hear His voice.

Until next time, let me know how you spend time with God and in the meantime, keep looking up!