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In the midst of trials….God is doing miracles!

Bloodmoon

To me it makes perfect sense that we are in the end times.  How could we not be?  And even if this is not the end, shouldn’t we always be living each day as if it were our last?  This was a question raised recently by a pastor I was listening to.  Everything that can be shaken will be shaken….. This is what Jesus says!

“ASIA SHALL BE SAVED”
A newsletter for Compassion for Asia Ministries
Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.
Matthew 24: 35
Nepal
I know that news and media do not talk a lot about Nepal now. There are still continuing earthquake
aftershocks. It is the 17th of June today and there have been 4 aftershocks, three were 4.1+ and the other one

was 5.1. (Kantipur news) It is not over. It is still affecting lives. The earthquake in Nepal that came on April 25th rated 7.8, then on the 26th of April there was a 6.7 quake, followed by one on the 12th of May rating 7.3 and over 30,000 jolts (less than 4) and over 270 aftershocks, has affected over 8 million people. This has resulted in 8786 deaths and over 23,000 injured. Landslides continue to take place in different parts of the country and last week alone, 43 died at Taplegung in East Nepal. According to the UN, 3 million people are in need of assistance.

Mount Everest, the world’s highest peak, was moved 3 centimeters (about 1.2 inches) southwest by the massive 7.8 earthquake that devastated Nepal in April. The capital city, Kathmandu, has moved 10 FEET south. Globe International Missionary Sudip Khadka, Missionary June Newsletter

You can follow Sudip and his wife, and learn more about their ministry…by visiting http://globeintl.org/missionaries/khadka-sudip-anne-lise-2/… from here search their recent newsletters to learn about the earthquake.

Nepal Earthquake

For no one can lay any foundation other than the one we already have–Jesus Christ.
 I Corinthians 3:11

Jesus left the temple and was walking away when his disciples came up to him to call his attention to its buildings.

“Do you see all these things?” he asked. “Truly I tell you, not one stone here will be left on another; every one will be thrown down.”

As Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately. “Tell us,” they said, “when will this happen, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?”

It is going to be interesting to see what the next few years bring, if the foundation that the world is building can last that long.  While we are all snug in our beds with visions of sugar plums dancing, there are over 7 billion people on the earth that are hungry and refugees continue to travel from one country to another.

Foundation – A series or magazine articles originally written in 1942… affected Newt Ginrich and sparked his 1996 book, To Renew America.

The Foundation series is a science fiction series by Isaac Asimov. For nearly thirty years, the series was a trilogy: Foundation, Foundation and Empire, Second Foundation. It won the one-time Hugo Award for “Best All-Time Series” in 1966. Asimov began adding to the series in 1981, with two sequels: Foundation’s Edge, Foundation and Earth, and two prequels: Prelude to Foundation, Forward the Foundation. The additions made reference to events in Asimov’s Robot and Empire series, indicating that they were also set in the same fictional universe.

Impact in nonfiction

In Learned Optimism,[11] psychologist Martin Seligman identifies the Foundation series as one of the most important influences in his professional life, because of the possibility of predictive sociology based on psychological principles. He also lays claim to the first successful prediction of a major historical (sociological) event, in the 1988 US elections, and he specifically attributes this to a psychological principle.[12]

In his 1996 book To Renew America, U. S. House SpeakerNewt Gingrich wrote how he was influenced by reading the Foundation trilogy in high school.[13]

Paul Krugman, winner of the 2008 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences, credits the Foundation series with turning his mind to economics, as the closest existing science to psychohistory.[14][15] Businessman and entrepreneur Elon Musk counts the series among the inspirations for his career.[16]

In the nonfiction PBS series Cosmos: A Personal Voyage, Carl Sagan referred to an Encyclopedia Galactica in the episodes “Encyclopaedia Galactica” and “Who Speaks for Earth”.

Before I go any further, let me first say there are many organizations that are attempting to fill the gap that is ever increasing.  The Syrian Refugee Crisis is has been and is here to stay (Imagine It’s The Year 2045, Will the Syrian Refugee Crisis Be Resolved? is a great article on this topic). Men and women have been researching history, collecting data and seeing a steady decline in our world as we know it.  It has been the topic of many Hollywood movies.

In my lifetime alone earthquakes continue to devastate countries and are increasing in frequency, intensity and devastation.  Over 40 years ago, two days before Christmas, at 12:29 local time, Saturday, December 1972, a 6.2 earthquake hit Managua, Nicaragua.  The earthquake caused widespread casualties among Managua’s residents: 6,000 were killed, 20,000 were injured and over 250,000 were left homeless.  I’ve been to Nicaragua this past year, and the people are still recovering.  It was interesting to see the “trees of life” that have been erected there.  My recent visit to Nicaragua, shows me that recovery for this country will be doubtful, in my lifetime.

Trees in Managua

Nicaragua’s first lady is a powerful partner of president (Journal article excerpt)

Her Trees of Life, many Nicaraguans say, are like symbolic billboards promoting her position and mystic allegiance. They cost $20,000 apiece and run up $10,000 monthly in electrical bills, the independent news organization Confidential reported.

The trees are said to be patterned after a biblical reference: “And out of the ground the Lord God made to spring up every tree that is pleasant to the sight and good for food. The tree of life was in the midst of the garden …” (Genesis 2:9). Read More about Nicaragua’s first lady…

God speaks a lot about foundations and how we are to become like great oaks and trees of righteousness for His glory.

To all who mourn in Israel, he will give a crown of beauty for ashes, a joyous blessing instead of mourning, festive praise instead of despair. In their righteousness, they will be like great oaks that the LORD has planted for his own glory. Isaiah 61:3

At Globe Hope there are four women who are making a difference.  They are great oaks the LORD has planted for such a time as this.  They need help!  They need sponsors who will pray and write to their children, be role models as interns, visit and help their ministries through prayer and financial support.  To learn more about Globe Hope’s organizations, I have provided links below:

Challenge Farm, Kitale Kenya – Home to over 200 children rescued from the streets.

Children of Destiny, Nicaragua – Two homes, one in the mountains of Jinotega for older children and an infant home in Los Cedros, near the coast.

Residence of Life, Costa Rica – home for children who are basically are not adoptable.

Educate Honduras – Helps bring secondary, high and university and continuing education to the impoverished children of Honduras.

In closing, I would like to say we can not be fearful or give up the hope for our future both now and hereafter.  I am reminded that Galatians 6:9 says,

Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary.

Jesus told his disciples many anti-Christs were already on the earth.  This is true.  We must not give up the race, as it is almost over for believers… one way or the other.  There is another millennium where Christ and those that will be with Him, will reign and an eternity that will never end.

Blessings,

Cinderella Released from ashes to beauty

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Senseless Shootings in Colorado – Is God Still Merciful?


SO YOU STILL THINK GOD IS A MERCIFUL GOD?!

(Maybe, just maybe God spared my life because He loves YOU and wants you to hear this..He wants you to believe that He loved you so much He gave His only begotten Son that if you would believe in Him you would have eternal life.)

So, you still believe in a merciful God?”  Some of the comments online are genuinely inquisitive, others are contemptuous in nature. Regardless of the motive behind the question, I will respond the same way.

Yes.

Yes, I do indeed.

Absolutely, positively, unequivocally.

Let’s get something straight: the theater shooting was an evil, horrendous act done by a man controlled by evil.  God did not take a gun and pull the trigger in a crowded theater. He didn’t even suggest it. A man did.

In His sovereignty, God made man in His image with the ability to choose good and evil.

Unfortunately, sometimes man chooses evil.

I was there in theater 9 at midnight, straining to make out the words and trying to figure out the story line as The Dark Night Rises began. I’m not a big movie-goer. The HH and I prefer to watch movies in the comfort of our own home…where I can use subtitles and get a foot rub. I don’t like action movies. And I don’t like midnight showings.  But, as I wrote in my last post, parents sometimes make sacrifices for their kiddos and I decided I would take my fourteen year old and sixteen year old daughters who were chomping at the bit to see this eagerly anticipated third movie in the Batman Trilogy. Twice I had the opportunity to back out and twice I was quite tempted. But something in me said just go with your girls. I did.

So I was there with them, fidgeting in my seat, some forty or  fifty feet away from the man with the gun. It’s still a bit surreal, but I do know that when the seemingly endless shooting started, as my girls were struggling from whatever gas or chemical had been released, and we figured out what was happening, we hit the floor. I threw myself on top of my fourteen year old who was on the end of the row, straight up the aisle from the shooter.  In that moment, as the rapid-fire shots continued, I truly thought I was going to die. And I realized that I was ready. I have put my faith and trust in Jesus Christ as the redeemer of my soul, and there wasn’t the slightest doubt that I would be received into heaven, not because of any good thing that I have done but because of His merciful nature and the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Still, as I lay over my daughter, I began praying out loud. I don’t even remember what I prayed, but I don’t imagine it really matters. I’m sure it was for protection and peace. It drew me closer into the presence of God. When there was a pause in the shooting, people began to clamor for the exits. The girls and I jumped up and joined the masses. We had to step over a lifeless body, not knowing where the shooter was. We raced to our car and I dumped my purse, frantically searching for keys, looking all around, prepared to hit the ground. I yelled at Michelle to call Matthew and find out if he had made it out of the theater next door. She did. He did. We booked on out of there.

Why would you think such a tragedy would make me question the goodness of God? If anything, both of my girls said it made Him a much more real presence to them; the youngest shared this verse: Do not be afraid of sudden fear nor of the onslaught of the wicked when it comes; for the LORD will be your confidence and will keep your feet from being caught.

He is not the cause of evil, but He is the one who can bring comfort and peace in the midst of evil.  It’s been amazing to see the outpouring of love from so many people after this unthinkable act.  Yes, there was one evil act, but it is being covered by thousands, possibly millions of acts of kindness.

We have not yet slept, so the girls and I are overtired and a bit emotional.  But overall, we are praising God and resting in His Goodness.   I love this word of wisdom and encouragement from a former pastor of mine:

Up to this point I haven’t had words to say that would matter. Of course we are all glad that you and the family are safe. Of course we would all state the obvious that this is horrific and senseless. But those words still don’t carry weight that remain in the midst of the questions. Then it hit me… Do you know what the difference was between Job and his wife in their response to the tragedy of losing everything… Job 1:20 Job was the only one that worshiped in the midst of it. Marie, I know your heart and I’ve seen your worship lived out before your family. Before the weight of this becomes unbearable… worship. Your profile pic was not coincidence, not by accident that you changed it on July 15th, but a beautiful foreshadowing of your need to hear the cry of your heart and give Him praise.  

Though we don’t have all the answers, we do indeed listen to the cry of our hearts: When I am afraid, I will put my trust in You. In God, whose word I praise, In God I have put my trust; I shall not be afraid. What  can mere man  do to me? Psalm 56:3-4

God is always good.

Man is not.

Don’t get the two confused.

We will continue to praise and worship our mighty God, anticipating that He will bring beauty from ashes, as only He can do.

If you want to know how to pray for us: first and foremost, we need sleep. Somehow our bodies seem too wired. We also want the life that God has graciously allowed us to continue to live to not be a gift given in vain, we want our lives to draw others closer to Him. We do not want fear to dominate, for God has not given us a spirit of fear. We want His joy to be seen and experienced in all that we do.

Pray for the families who lost loved ones, and for young people who witnessed such horror. Pray for this to be an opportunity for God to manifest Himself in mighty ways.

As for you…we will pray that YOU might know His goodness.

Still grateful for this wonderful life,

Marie

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