A Time of stripping

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“Blessed is the man who endures trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life which God has promised to those who love him” James 1:12

A few weeks ago I told you that the storms of the tribulation have begun in earnest.  We have seen what has taken place since the end of December and what I am to write about today is why all this must come to pass.

God has a plan and he will do what He proposes to do in order to make us ready for His ultimate gift of new life.  He will allow all of the tribulations and hardships that are coming our way simply because we need to be stripped of all our vanities.  All that hinders us from being with God in His Kingdom.

We are not to look at God as the enemy here, but rather ourselves.  We have brought this upon ourselves because of our disobedience and love of the world rather than our love for God.  We have become reliant upon ourselves, rather than God.  We have become lovers of money, pleasure, and power.  We must be put to the test and tried in the furnace of His great love.  All is vanity – everything.

Timothy 3:1-5 “But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of stress.  For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, inhuman, implacable, slanderers, profligates, fierce,  haters of good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, holding the form of religion but denying the power of it.”

We must put aside our vain thoughts and opinions thinking we are above others when in fact all of us are in need of a good stripping.  We have all fallen short and it would not take long for us to realize this if we took a few moments each day to contemplate who we really are and what we have become.

Throughout scripture we are being told that we must “Love God, and love our neighbor as ourselves”.  This is the law and this is what we will be judged upon.  Are we lovers of power, money, possessions???  Whatever it may be, trust me, that is what shall be taken away from us.  That is what we shall be stripped of.  All of that is vanity.  Do we love our children, spouses, parents, more than God.  Who do we think of all the time….. I was tested and I was found wanting.

I was shown through one of my own trials that I thought of my family members more than I thought of God.  They were foremost in my heart and mind.  They had become my god.  What a revelation that was to me and  shocking to me.  Oh of course, I prayed and prayed and prayed up a storm….I never would have thought I was putting them before God, but I was.  This was a major time of stripping for me and it was not fun – I felt as though I was living in hell.

Do we meddle in our childrens  lives?  Do we concern ourselves continually with our adult children and what they are doing or not doing?  Do we boast about our childrens accomplishments to ourselves and to others?  Stop!!!!!  You will have nothing to boast about by the time your stripping is done.  Do we boast about the good we do by telling others of our good deeds – Stop for that is all vanity.    Do we purchase material things for show?  Do we worry about what others think about us?  Do we care if others like us or not, and do we not speak truth for fear that we shall be scorned by others???  All is vanity.

How about our opinions and ideas.  Do we hang on to them so tight that God cannot enter into our hearts?  At one time the Lord brought to  my attention quite clearly how opinionated and controlling I was.  Wow, that was not fun.  He was peeling away all the layers of my facades; showing me who I really was.  That is what is going to happen to every person on earth.  We will all see the facades we have been hiding behind.   All that we hold dear to us shall be taken away so hang on to God, rather than things.

I used to worry about our retirement savings thinking how awful it will be when everything collapses and we will have nothing.  I don’t worry or think about it anymore.  That is nothing and means nothing.  Our security is not in our retirement plans but rather in God.  Our security is not in our insurance plans, but rather in God.  If we want to come out of the fire during the next two years we need to start relying totally on God and not ourselves.  We need to forget about ourselves and our needs and start thinking about the needs of others around us.  It is love that will save us.  It is trusting totally in God that will save us.  The suffering we will endure is for our greater good and we shall see the wisdom in this once we enter into our new life.

So please look at this time with new eyes and new hearts.  Only by hanging on tight to God can you get through this trial.  Do not think for one moment that you know how things will play out because you will be sorely disappointed and discouraged.  You may even begin to lose trust in God and feel like he has betrayed you.   God will never allow evil in our lives unless He can bring blessings from it.  God will be there for us.  He won’t let us down.

A priest once told me that the most important gift I should be praying for is discernment.  Discernment helps in all of the other gifts.  He also prayed for holy boldness for me.  A boldness to proclaim the truth –  Now I pray that I will endure to the end and that I will never give up my Faith for anything or anyone.

A couple articles which I found very interesting are below.  God Bless.

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Obedience is Healing to the mind, body, and soul

 

Obedience saves us.  Obedience is also a gauge to our degree of humility.  Humility is one of the greatest virtues we can obtain and we can become humble simply by practicing obedience to Natural Laws, as God outlined in Scripture, and to our man-made laws, which are supposed to be based on natural laws.image

Natural law refers to God’s moral law as revealed through nature—in particular, through God’s gift of the human conscience. Christians are more familiar with God’s moral law as revealed through Scripture and commonly cite Bible passages when addressing moral issues. However, God’s moral law is not uniquely biblical. Whereas the gospel of forgiveness in Christ is uniquely biblical (for God reveals it to us only there), the divine moral law may be discovered also in nature

If, however, our man-made laws conflict with God’s laws we are not bound to be obedient to anything that is sinful.  In fact, we must pray for courage to resist falling into man-made laws that are not of God.  This, of course, would include laws such as abortion, contraception, same-sex marriage and so on.

imageOur obedience is also required, by God, in areas of civil authority.  For instance we have laws to protect the citizens and the good of all…i.e.  one example is to follow the speed limits as directed.  When we disobey something as simple as this we are disobedient and we have sinned.   We have rebelled.  God, in His wisdom has given us leaders to represent Him, here on earth.  We are expected to obey those who have authority over us – by doing so we grow spiritually in the virtue of obedience and humility.  Only, however, if they are laws that do not contradict natural law.

God gets our attention through afflictions:

5 “God is mighty, but does not despise men; he is mighty, and firm in his purpose. 6 He does not keep the wicked alive but gives the afflicted their rights. 7 He does not take his eyes off the righteous; he enthrones them with kings and exalts them forever. 8 But if men are bound in chains, held fast by cords of affliction, 9 he tells them what they have done– that they have sinned arrogantly. 10 He makes them listen to correction and commands them to repent of their evil. 11 If they obey and serve him, they will spend the rest of their days in prosperity and their years in contentment. 12 But if they do not listen, they will perish by the sword and die without knowledge. 13 “The godless in heart harbor resentment; even when he fetters them, they do not cry for help. 14 They die in their youth, among male prostitutes of the shrines. 15 But those who suffer he delivers in their suffering; he speaks to them in their affliction.  Job 36: 5-15

God sees all and knows each one of us intimately.  He knows exactly what we need to come to our senses and to come back to HIM.  Sometimes we are so darn stubborn and stuck in our sinful lifestyles that He will allow afflictions.  This is His mercy.  He will never abandon us and tries to show us that His ways will bring us health and prosperity.  “My son, do not forget my teaching, but let your heart keep my commandments; for length of days and years of life and abundant welfare will they give you” (Proverbs 3: 1-2).   This is totally different from redemptive suffering whereby He searches for souls who will suffer for others.  These souls, known as victim souls,  abandon all of their sufferings to God so that grace can be given to the sinner to repent.

Here are various scriptures which speak of how God heals us when we repent.  Many of the scripture verses cite how the Lord taught them first- then healed them.image

1. (Exodus 15:26 ) and said, “If you diligently heed the voice of the LORD your God and do what is right in His sight, give ear to His commandments and keep all His statutes, I will put none of the diseases on you which I have brought on the Egyptians. For I am the LORD who heals you.”

2. (Deuteronomy 32:39) ‘Now see that I, even I, am He, And there is no God besides Me; I kill and I make alive; I wound and I heal; Nor is there any who can deliver from My hand.

3. (2 Chronicles 7:14 ) “If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.

4. (Psalms 30:2 ) O LORD my God, I cried out to You, And You healed me.

5. (Psalms 6:2 NKJV) Have mercy on me, O LORD, for I am weak; O LORD, heal me, for my bones are troubled.

6. (Psalms 103:1-4) Bless the LORD, O my soul; And all that is within me, bless His holy name! {2} Bless the LORD, O my soul, And forget not all His benefits: {3} Who forgives all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases, {4} Who redeems your life from destruction, Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies,

7. (Psalms 107:20) He sent His word and healed them, And delivered them from their destructions.

8. (Psalms 147:3) He heals the brokenhearted And binds up their wounds.

9. (Proverbs 3:7-8) Do not be wise in your own eyes; Fear the LORD and depart from evil. {8} It will be health to your flesh, And strength to your bones.

10. (Proverbs 4:20-22) My son, give attention to my words; Incline your ear to my sayings. {21} Do not let them depart from your eyes; Keep them in the midst of your heart; {22} For they are life to those who find them, And health to all their flesh.

11. (Isaiah 53:5) But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed.

12. (Isaiah 58:8) Then your light shall break forth like the morning, Your healing shall spring forth speedily, And your righteousness shall go before you; The glory of the LORD shall be your rear guard.

13. (Jeremiah 3:22) “Return, you backsliding children, And I will heal your backslidings.” “Indeed we do come to You, For You are the LORD our God.

14. (Jeremiah 30:17) For I will restore health to you And heal you of your wounds,’ says the LORD, ‘Because they called you an outcast saying: “This is Zion; No one seeks her.”‘

15. (Jeremiah 33:6) ‘Behold, I will bring it health and healing; I will heal them and reveal to them the abundance of peace and truth.

16. (Hosea 6:1) Come, and let us return to the LORD; For He has torn, but He will heal us; He has stricken, but He will bind us up.

17. (Hosea 14:4 ) “I will heal their backsliding, I will love them freely, For My anger has turned away from him.

18. (Malachi 4:2) But to you who fear My name The Sun of Righteousness shall arise With healing in His wings; And you shall go out And grow fat like stall-fed calves.

19. (Matthew 4:23) And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease among the people.

20. (Matthew 8:13) Then Jesus said to the centurion, “Go your way; and as you have believed, so let it be done for you.” And his servant was healed that same hour.

21. (Matthew 8:16 ) When evening had come, they brought to Him many who were demon-possessed. And He cast out the spirits with a word, and healed all who were sick,

22. (Matthew 10:1) And when He had called His twelve disciples to Him, He gave them power over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease.

23. (Matthew 10:8 ) “Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out demons. Freely you have received, freely give.

24. (Matthew 12:22 ) Then one was brought to Him who was demon-possessed, blind and mute; and He healed him, so that the blind and mute man both spoke and saw.

25. (Luke 9:6)So they departed and went through the towns, preaching the gospel and healing everywhere.(The twelve are sent out)

26. (Luke 10:8-9) “Whatever city you enter, and they receive you, eat such things as are set before you. {9} “And heal the sick there, and say to them, ‘The kingdom of God has come near to you.'(The seventy are sent out)

27. (Luke 17:15) And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, returned, and with a loud voice glorified God,(The story of the ten lepers)

28. (Healing of the lame man at the Gate Beautiful) (Acts 4:29-31) “Now, Lord, look on their threats, and grant to Your servants that with all boldness they may speak Your word, {30} “by stretching out Your hand to heal, and that signs and wonders may be done through the name of Your holy Servant Jesus.” {31} And when they had prayed, the place where they were assembled together was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spoke the word of God with boldness.

29. (James 5:14-16) Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. {15} And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. {16} Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.

30. (Revelation 22:2) In the middle of its street, and on either side of the river, was the tree of life, which bore twelve fruits, each tree yielding its fruit every month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.

31. (Luke 8:48) And He said to her, “Daughter, be of good cheer; your faith has made you well. Go in peace.”

32. (Luke 5:17) Now it happened on a certain day, as He was teaching, that there were Pharisees and teachers of the law sitting by, who had come out of every town of Galilee, Judea, and Jerusalem. And the power of the Lord was present to heal them.

imageMy prayer is that all who are facing some form of sickness today will receive God’s mighty grace of healing.  Be it spiritual, physical or mental healing.  God wants to heal and does heal.  He is the same today as He was 2000 years ago.  Humble thyself before the Lord and ask Him to be with you in your affliction and show you what you need to do.  He may test you for a time to make sure you will not only repent but not backslide into sinful behavior once again.  As the Lord stated in John 5:14:

Afterward Jesus found him in the temple and said to him, “See, you are well! Sin no more, that nothing worse may happen to you.” (John 5:14)

God Bless.

Why I love Mary, my Mother

imageWhy I love Mary is very simple.  She brought me to Jesus.  She has consoled me in my sorrows, and she has been the most perfect Mother any one could ever have the privilege of having at their side day and night.  She helps us and defends us in our trials and temptations.  She has helped me to understand how I should be a mother to my own daughter and how I should handle certain situations.

When I am battling temptations of any sort, I merely need to call upon her and help is on its way.  I feel her mantle upon me when I am in confusion or turmoil.    I want to shout to the world to come to Mary so that she can bring you ever closer to her Son, Jesus just like she did for me.

When I was far from God and did not even think about Him, I had one grace left in me and that was my great love for a Mother whom I could not see.  The moment I picked up my rosary and started praying, my love for God increased tenfold, day after day.

One day while kneeling and praying I began to feel this fear come upon me and guilt that perhaps I loved Mary more than God and that would be wrong.  Maybe I shouldn’t be asking her for help or praying the rosary….was it wrong?   This temptation to believe these thoughts went on for many days.  I was in agony…what was I to do.

I cried out to God to please give me counsel and give me the truth on the matter.  I so badly wanted to know the truth….was I wrong in loving Mary or was it ok with Him.  One day I was given a great light.  The counsel that penetrated my soul was that I was being harassed by satan.  He hates Mary and he knows that anyone who loves Mary will draw closer to God – they will have her help and intercession for she only wants to bring her spiritual children to her Son.  That is her mission.  satan is all about division.  Division between Catholics and non-catholics is largely due to Mary.   All division is caused by satan.

Mary is the most perfect person ever created by God.  She must be honored, for to do so, we give honor and glory to God.  She has a mission of crushing satans head and she has gathered an army, made up of those who are consecrated to Jesus through her.  I want to be in that army.

Our Lady of the Light
Our Lady of the Light

The devils themselves fear Mary—  they know scripture better than us.  They know that she has been commissioned to crush satans head and they don’t have much time left.  They also know that she intercedes and prays for all those souls who are in the clutches of these demons.  God grants to Mary whatsoever she wishes — because Mary is always in the will of God.  She does not will anything that God himself does not will.

Fr. Amorith, the exorcism Priest in Rome, has cited  many times in his books how the demons hate and fear Mary more than all of the saints.  They have revealed that they have to listen to her because God has commanded this.  She speaks, they listen.  She mediates between us and Jesus…..Jesus mediates to God for us.

I love my Heavenly Mother and I hope those of you who do not know her yet will seek her out.  As St. John Paul II wrote:  Mary brings us to Jesus, but then Jesus brings us to Mary as well.  He wants her to be known and loved.  When he (Pope John Paul II)  was shot in St. Peters Square, the shot was a perfect shot and he should have died.  However, like he said, one hand shot, and the other hand guided the bullet.  It wove between his organs, truly a miracle.  It happened on May 13th.  May 13th is the day that Mary appeared to three children in Fatima, Portugal in 1917.    Mary, helps us to become holy men and women.  All graces flow through her because again, that is God’s will.  Should we fight against this we only fight against God.  If we humble ourselves before God and accept His decision in this matter we will all grow in holiness.

As a matter of fact I have just been hit with this thought in regard to Mary.  Lucifer rebelled against God when he found out that we, mere mortals, made from dust would be greater than the angels.  He couldn’t fathom this or accept this – so he rebelled against God and guess where he is and all who joined in his rebellion.   When we will not accept God’s will to accept His Mother in the way He intends for us, we too rebel against God.  We are saying No way, I do not accept that.  She cannot have all this power with God – she cannot be our Spiritual Mother — she cannot mediate between us and Jesus — she cannot pray for us — that is not what God intends ….Really!!!!!  are we above God, do we know God’s mind better than Him.  Do we not read what Luke says about Mary in the Gospel.  Do we insist that all the Dr’s of the Church and Church fathers were wrong about Mary and we are right….do we know more than them?  Why is it that from the beginning they loved Mary and knew this to be true.  Why does this make people angry???  Why do we feel she is just a common ordinary woman like us.  Questions we must ask ourselves and very soon, for she is our greatest asset and help in the times ahead.

When we humble ourselves and realize that we don’t have the answers and we need the counsel of the Holy Spirit, and ask, we shall receive what we need to know.  The truth will always set us free.  Truth is God.  God will give us the truth when asked humbly.

Blessings to all.

Death, Judgment, Heaven, Hell

The last four things of our lives is Death, Judgment, then Heaven or Hell.  We get to choose which place we enter for all eternity.  Although God has the last word on whether we live or die, we have the last word on whether we repent and choose life or stay in sin and choose death.  Often times we are struck with various diseases and it is at this point that we begin to seriously consider God and our lives.  God doesn’t want death, He wants healing and He is trying so hard to show us that He is Mercy….it is when we don’t accept His mercy that we must face His justice.  When we are facing great trials in our lives, the Lord has shown us in scripture, over and over again, that His ultimate concern is our souls first, …then our physical healing.

Afterward Jesus found him in the temple and said to him, “See, you are well! Sin no more, that nothing worse may happen to you.” (John 5:14)

The Prayer of Faith:  James 5:13-16, 19-20
13 Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise. 14 Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord. 15 And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven. 16 Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.

I feel a great burden to write about this for the simple reason that many do not think about their death until it is too late.  How often I hear the words “I am a good person, I won’t go to hell”.   I used to say those same words only I would add that “I probably won’t go straight to heaven, but will end up in purgatory”.  This was at a time when I did not know God anymore.  He was totally absent from my life.  How satan deceives us when we are in darkness.  Without God, we are groping around like blind men.  We think we are ok, but in reality we have taken the wrong path and do not know it—the path that leads away from God for all eternity.  It was a serious back injury that led me back to God and thank God for that because I don’t know where I would be today… that was my greatest blessing and time of joy.

I have two people in my family suffering from Cancer.  My father has pancreatic cancer and  my youngest brother just found out he has throat cancer;  the Dr’s told him if he doesn’t have surgery to remove the tumor, which would include taking out his voice box, he will choke and die.     Neither one knows the end result and they are  facing their ultimate destiny of Death, Judgment, Heaven or Hell.

”  For whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him”. (Hebrews 11:7)

Count it all joy, my brethren, when you meet various trials, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness.  And let steadfastness have its full effect that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing….but let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind….Blessed is the man who endures trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life which God has promised to those who love him”. (James 1:2-3, 6,12)

You can be sure a large portion of the worlds population is facing this same scenario – Most of us, I am sure, know someone who is facing death at this moment.  In one sense, this is a huge blessing from God…to be given time to reflect on ones life, make changes if necessary, and get things in order.   Those who die suddenly are not given this opportunity.

When we die, we will face God and we will know all the good and the bad that we have done.  We will see truth clearly.  We will not be able to deny anything God shows us.  All of those sins which have never been confessed will be shown to us.  All those sins which have been sincerely confessed will never be brought up to harass us.  I have read numerous accounts where it is we who decide where we ultimately go.  We will know without a doubt where we belong….Heaven or Hell.  Purgatory is a place that will ultimately get one to Heaven so if you make it to purgatory you made it.

Sin is something that we don’t often think about and it is sometimes difficult to determine what is sin and what is not sin, especially if one is away from God.  Then we seem to think nothing is a sin except maybe the gravest of all sins such as murder, stealing, adultery, etc.  I was reading an account of a young woman from Colombia who was hit by lightening and had a near death experience.  She was born and raised a Catholic but fell away from her faith.  She was a successful Orthodontist and felt pretty good about her life – until she saw God.

She was given another chance because some poor farmer saw her picture in the paper and started praying to God to save her soul.  God hears our prayers for others and wants nothing more than for all of us to be saved.  This poor woman was given another chance but first she was shown where she would have gone since she died in a state of mortal sin.  Its frightening really, because I look back on my own life and know I would have been facing the same judgment she was facing had I not made the decision to change my life in a radical way and to make God a huge part of my life….and do things His way – not my way.  She was blown away and I was blown away by her testimony.    If you would like to either listen to her story or read it, I posted it below.

 

Very well, brothers and sisters, blessed be the Lord. It’s a miracle that I am here with you sharing this beautiful gift that I received from the Lord, 10 years ago. This occurred on May 5, 1995, at the National University in Bogota. On that day, it was around 4:30. My husband was with me in the car, my 23-year-old nephew, an orthodontist, and myself, also an orthodontist. We were on our way to the Orthodontist Facility of the University to pick up some books.

It started pouring rain. We only had a very small umbrella with us. My nephew and I went under the umbrella. We started jumping over puddles. When we jumped to avoid stepping into a very large puddle, we were struck by lightening. My nephew and I were killed by the lightening. My nephew’s interior organs were completely burned, charred, but his exterior was left intact. He suffered cardiac arrest and he did not respond to the paramedics’ attempts to resuscitate him. The lightening burned me horribly. The lightening entered through my arm. It burned my breasts. My breasts were completely gone. It removed all of the flesh from my stomach and my reproductive organs. My legs were totally and completely charred, I mean completely. The lightening exited through my right foot.

As far as the interior of my body, my liver was completely charred, as well as my lungs and my kidneys. My kidneys were gravely burned. I used to use the IUD as a form of birth control. You want to know the words that the doctors used to describe my ovaries? “Your ovaries look like raisins.” The doctors told me, “You’ll never have children again.” My ovaries were burned and I was in cardiac arrest.  Rest of the story Here.

I guess I would like to really implore anyone who has left the faith of Catholicism to return – go to confession and repent deeply of all sins.  Make sure you are in God’s grace now.  Eternity is forever.  Don’t let pride stand in the way – if you aren’t sure how you believe, you can always ask God – He will tell you.  For all non-catholics, I implore the same thing….go before God and confess your sins and do what He tells you.  Truly, sin is not worth an eternity of Hell.  Pray for those you do not know.  I am being asked to pray for souls throughout the entire world who are suffering from sickness and disease – but most especially cancer.  You never know how God will use those prayers.  We could be saving someone’s soul and perhaps even their life.

God Bless

 

All in God’s Time

This is just a reminder of how God works, especially in regard to prophecy.  I was asked the other day about one of my postings, in regard to giving information I had received, about September being the month for the crash.

Yes, I did state that many were saying that September would be the month of the economic crash, whereas some also stated that they figured things would start in late fall.  I, like many others were waiting for this to happen.  Well, it didn’t in the United States anyway.  Later, however I read a report that showed 13 countries had come perilously close to crashing or were definitely in a downward spiral.  This did happen to be in September.

God’s ways and thoughts are totally different from ours.  There are times we may be given something from the Lord and without really understanding how to interpret the words, we can mistake the meaning and intent given to us.  I know this has happened to me on many occasions a number of years ago.  I was so frustrated and just wanted to give up ever hearing from the Lord….but when I spoke to a Priest friend of mine he told me that God allows that for our growth and to subdue any pride that may be festering within us.   It is very humbling and scary all at the same time.

However, we also must realize that when these people speak about the “economic crash” or “end times” tribulation period, this is for the entire world….not just the United States.  So, even if we don’t see much change going on around us, things are happening world-wide.  Another thing to remember is that we are so used to wars, storms, and numerous other evils in our society that we may think “well, that has always happened – this time is no different”.   I know a lot of people who think this way and thats that.

Yes, these things have always happened, because history continually repeats itself and has repeated itself since the beginning of time….which is why we should know our History and learn from our mistakes and the mistakes of other societies which have come and gone.  In regard to the book of Revelations, a Priest once told me that when you read Revelations it is not a book that you can read in a time-line fashion. Paragraph one isn’t necessarily going to happen before paragraph 2 and so on.   So this adds to the confusion as well.  Its better left alone, as far as I am concerned, because I can’t figure out how it is all going to happen.  I don’t really believe anyone else who says they have it all figured out either.  Some of these individuals will give you an outline of all that will happen in year 1 and year 2 and so on…..  I believe they will be very disappointed when things don’t turn out as they thought they would.

When you look at Noah’s time…..God told him to build an ark because his family was going to be saved during the great deluge.  Now, Noah, of course, probably had no clue when this would take place, but he was told to tell others about the deluge so they too could be saved.  No one listened to him….maybe because it took so long.  I once read that scholars who studied this time frame thought that perhaps it took 100 years to build the ark.  Well, that means Noah was warning people for the majority of those years.  Does that make him a false prophet if things did not happen when they thought it should….did they see all the warning signs God probably gave them during that time?  Obviously not.   Those who believed and changed their lives, which was only the family of Noah, were saved.

“By faith, Noah, being warned by God concerning events as yet unseen, took heed and constructed an ark for the saving of his household; by this he condemned the world and became an  heir of the righteousness which comes by faith (Hebrews 11: 7)

How about Jonah?   God told him to go to Ninevah and tell the people that in so many days time their city would be destroyed.  Jonah went into the city and cried

“Yet forty days, and Ninevah shall be overthrown!  And the people of Ninevah believed God; they proclaimed a fast, and put on sackcloth, from the greatest of them to the least of them….when God saw what they did, how they turned from their evil way, God repented of the evil which he had said he would do to them; and he did not do it”  (Jonah 3:4-10)

Jonah was upset because God didn’t do what He said he would do and it made him look pretty foolish.  God changed His mind because of the response to His warning.

Same thing can happen here for us today.  We just absolutely do not know exactly how things will play out.  God is warning us and telling us some of the severe things that may happen if we do not change our ways.  Well, how are we to know if enough of us change our ways to change God’s mind….we don’t.  We take the prophets seriously do our best by changing our lives back to God, praying, and hoping for the best.  But woe to us if we do not take God seriously because then we are in big trouble.  As you can see, our response to the warnings is huge.  All God wants is for us to come back to Him.  He doesn’t want to punish us but if we don’t listen….He has got to do something.   We can see how prayer can mitigate if not totally change events.  Thats what we need to do, pray and intercede to mitigate the coming events.

We probably all know about Lot being saved from the punishment of Sodom and Gomarrah.

2 The two men said to Lot, “Do you have anyone else here—sons-in-law, sons or daughters, or anyone else in the city who belongs to you? Get them out of here, 13 because we are going to destroy this place. The outcry to the Lord against its people is so great that he has sent us to destroy it.”

14 So Lot went out and spoke to his sons-in-law, who were pledged to marry[a] his daughters. He said, “Hurry and get out of this place, because the Lord is about to destroy the city!” But his sons-in-law thought he was joking.

15 With the coming of dawn, the angels urged Lot, saying, “Hurry! Take your wife and your two daughters who are here, or you will be swept away when the city is punished.”

16 When he hesitated, the men grasped his hand and the hands of his wife and of his two daughters and led them safely out of the city, for the Lord was merciful to them. 17 As soon as they had brought them out, one of them said, “Flee for your lives! Don’t look back, and don’t stop anywhere in the plain! Flee to the mountains or you will be swept away!”

God will save the righteous but we must listen to Him as well.  He saved lot and his family while the city was totally destroyed along with all of its inhabitants.

Our time period has become worse than Sodom and Gomorrah and we should not be surprised or think that punishment will not come if we do not change our ways.  “Jesus Christ is  the same, yesterday, and today, and forever” (Hebrews 13:8).  

The gloom and doom reporting of coming events is not something anyone likes to hear or talk about, but the truth of the matter is that the Church itself has approved numerous visionarys/prophets  who have spoken of gloom and doom for our world today.  The Akita prophecy is one of the worst, and yet is approved.  The Fatima messages have also been approved by the Church because their has been proof that the Lord has spoken.    Blessed Ann Catherine Emerich is another one whose messages have been found to be true and she speaks a lot about the two popes and schism in the church; Anna Tiaga speaks much about the horrible events which are to come, and on and on and on.  

From the beginning of this blog I never expected to be speaking about the end-times….however, the Lord had something more in mind than what I was given to know.  I am to let others know of what is happening or going to happen in these times.  It makes me very uncomfortable and I don’t like to do it, but I need to be as obedient as I possibly can.  It is not so much of what the Lord is telling me, but what He is telling others and I am to pass this information on.   I have to discern if what I am telling you is correct or if its merely hogwash.  That can be very difficult, so there may be times that I totally screw up.  You need to discern as well.  Do your own homework and pray to the Holy Spirit for guidance.

I do read Charlie Johnstons material and even though I do not agree with everything he has to say, there are some things which I do believe.  His latest posting was very good I thought on prophecy and what he believes God is saying.  You can read it here.

 

 

God is Beauty

 

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Beauty is God personified

The waterfalls, rainbows and mountains

the meandering streams and rivers that flow endlessly to a point we cannot see.

imageThe flowers, big and bold and delicate alike, all created by God with us in mind.

Beauty makes the mind soar – we become thoughtful and peaceful as we wonder in awe.

Beauty is a mystery of God

The written word touching our hearts, the sweet sound of music filling us with joy.

All is God – we see God, know God and experience God in beauty.

Beauty will once again transform our lands and our minds, bodies and souls.

Sin is ugly and tarnishes all that was once beautiful.  Our souls were meant to glorify and magnify God – this will happen once again – all will be renewed.

We will all be beautiful in the New Era of Peace.  It is sin that disfigures us.  It is sin that causes sickness and disease.  It is sin that weakens us.  Sin removes light from within us.  We sit in darkness.

Meek and humble souls transmit light and beauty.  We are transfixed and electrified by such souls.  This light and beauty is God Himself projecting Himself through the person.  We again, experience God’s presence within them.

God is in all that is beautiful.  God is, was, and will always be in all things for He created all things and He called it good.

God is about to clean up His earth and His children so that we all radiate His beauty once again.

imageWe will see ugliness as never before, we will see raging waters, fires and storms – these will instill great fear within us – we will see men, frightful as wild animals, as they plunge into despair – but we must look to the future with hope – as God washes away all the dirt, grime and filth.

We will be clean again.  We will love again.  This is our Hope  – Our Destiny!

I will close with a few words from Saint John Paul II:image

“The more deeply people develop within themselves in their interior life, the more prone they are to silence…Every great work, all holiness, is born in silence and recollection…only falsehood wraps itself in a  flood of words.  Truth is brief”

“What God commands, which may seem humanly impossible, he gives us the means to carry out.  That is the secret to every vocation.  Every vocation changes our plans, disclosing a new one, and it is astonishing to see how much inner help God gives us”

“The more ready you are to give yourselves to God and to others, the more you will discover the authentic meaning of life”.  (Saint John Paul II,  His five loves)

“He will keep you strong to the end, so that you will be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.  (1 corinthians 1:8)

Gods Peace be with you.

A mishmash of information

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I know its winter, but I am thinking of Spring so thats why the above picture.  Today, I want to give you information on a few different subjects which I have been collecting over the past few months and in recent days.  Namely, health and weightloss tips from peer reviewed research and a few other topics which I found interesting.

I hope everyone enjoyed Christmas with their family and friends as I do believe that was our “last Normal” Christmas ever – until we have arrived into the new era of peace, which according to some will be in 2017 – lets hope anyway.

“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord….plans to give you hope and a future”. Jeremiah 29:11 

I know this is the time of year that everyone seems to make resolutions for improving their health and well-being so here is what I have found:

Several published studies show restricting carb intake can:

– Reduce body fat more than calorie-restricted low-fat diets
– Lower blood pressure dramatically
– Lower blood sugar and improve symptoms of diabetes much more than low-fat diets,
which also helps you burn more fat
– Increase your good cholesterol (HDL)
– Lower triglycerides significantly more than low-fat diets

Now let’s flip the coin and look at the BAD NEWS about going
low carb:

Whenever you lower carbs in your diet for more than 5 to 7
days at a time, it can lead to a downward spiral of metabolic
problems including:

– Suppressed thyroid output (inefficient conversion of T4 to T3)
– Decreased testosterone production (women need this to burn fat too!)
– Compromised immune system function
– Slower metabolism and potential adrenal fatigue
– Muscle loss
– Slower fat burning and weight loss plateaus
– Leptin resistance (50% LESS fat burning hormone production)

So ya… this list is pretty much everything you want to avoid.

Not to mention, EVERY one of these negative side effects
can be even MORE damaging if you exercise intensely 4 or
5 days of the week.

By increasing carb intake after an aggressive burst of lowering
carbs for a few days (something I’ve coined “pre-cheat” depletion),
you can literally REVERSE every negative side effect from above.

For example, increasing your carbs strategically can give you:

– More efficient thyroid output (increased conversion of T4 to T3)
– Increased testosterone production
– Improved immune system function
– Elevated metabolism and healthier adrenal glands
– Gains in lean muscle
– Faster fat burning
– Better leptin sensitivity (increased levels of fat burning hormones)

The High Carb Day is a 5 day mini cycle that lets you eat whatever you want every 5th day to increase your leptin hormone. (getleanin12)

 

The TOP 7 BIGGEST Food LIES of Mainstream Nutrition

Nutrition Lie #1: Saturated Fats Are Dangerous and CAUSE Heart Attacks

The truth is: saturated fat is NOT unhealthy or fattening.

And saturated fat does NOT cause heart disease, like you’ve probably been told
over and over again.

The facts and numbers don’t lie:

• A meta-analysis published in 2011 that pooled data from 21 studies and
included nearly 348,000 adults, found NO difference in the risks of heart disease
and stroke between people with the lowest and highest intakes of saturated fat [1].

• The Tokealau, Masai and Inuit tribes all consume a diet of 50% or more saturated
fat and report superior cardiovascular health [2].

• Breast milk contains 50% saturated fat. Do you really think this perfect food clogs
newborns’ arteries?

Countless studies now prove saturated fats have NOTHING to do with heart
disease and sickness [3,4].

Refined oils, trans fats, processed foods and sugar DO – just to name a few.

Nutrition Lie #2: Carbs Are Evil and Will Make You Sick and Fat

While it’s 100% accurate that excess consumption of processed carbs and sugar will
make you fat and sick, carbs are NOT necessarily the enemy…

… Especially if you exercise.

Increased consumption of the RIGHT carbs at the RIGHT times (after exercise is best),
can INCREASE metabolic rate, improve conversion of T4 to T3 (thyroid hormones),
increased leptin sensitivity (your #1 fat burning hormone)…

… All while improving your testosterone to estrogen ratio.

Still not convinced? Just look at history.

Groups like the Massas, Kitavans and Tarahumara Indians, as well as the pre-industrialized
Thai, Taiwanese and the rest of Asia during the 20th century thrived on high-carb diets—
and they’re some of the healthiest people in the world.

Carbs have TONS of fat burning and health benefits. You just have to be “smart”
about your carbohydrate intake by using strategies like Carb Cycling.

Nutrition Lie #3: Egg Yolks Are BAD For You

Hopefully you know by now that the yolk is the healthiest part of an egg.

Throwing out the yolk and just eating mostly egg whites makes sense if you’re
trying to limit fat intake, or reduce calories.

But do NOT be afraid of eating egg yolks from farm fresh or free-range eggs.

They’re the most nutrient dense, antioxidant-rich, vitamin and mineral loaded
portion of the egg.

Yolks contain B-vitamins, trace minerals, folate, choline, lutein, EVERY one of the
fat soluble vitamins A, D, E, and K…. as well as ALL of the essential fatty acids (EFAs).

And if you’re concerned about the cholesterol, don’t be.

It has recently been PROVEN that the cholesterol in the diet doesn’t really raise the
cholesterol in blood.

In fact, whole eggs have been shown to raise the GOOD cholesterol and therefore, they are
NOT associated with increased risk of heart disease [5,6].

Whole eggs are one of the healthiest foods on the planet; just make sure you cook
them in healthy oil, like coconut.

Nutrition Lie #4: Soy Based Plant Foods Are Healthier Than Animal Proteins

Over 81% of Americans have been convinced and deceived into believing that soybean oil
and other soy products like soy milk, soy patties and tofu can help you burn more belly fat.

In reality soy foods could be making your fatter and sicker every time you eat them.

New studies from independent sources now reveal that soy products age you faster,
increase your belly fat and disrupt your hormones.

There are three dangers of soy foods:

1) “Hidden” toxins that screw up your hormones (natural toxins, phytates, enzyme inhibitors,
goitrogens, phytoestrogens, just to name a few).

2) 93% of soy grown in the U.S. is genetically modified by the food giant Monsanto.
Genetic modification that can destroy your immune system and gut health… and has been shown
to cause tumors in mice and rats.

3) Chemical processing that can harm your body and age you FASTER.

Soybean oil, soy protein and other popular forms that are touted as “healthy” are all heavily
processed, which makes them HIGHLY inflammatory and presents ALL kinds of health problems.

Not to mention the FDA doesn’t bother setting a maximum level for the toxins found in soy.

It’s a crapshoot every time you eat this so-called “healthy” plant food. Research
clearly indicates animal proteins are MUCH healthier for our bodies than soy.

Nutrition Lie #5: Salt is “Unhealthy” and Causes High Blood Pressure

Here’s the REAL TRUTH about salt: the fear of salt went mainstream in the 1960s
when Lewis Dahl revealed his study results supposedly “proved” that salt causes
hypertension.

He forced rats to eat the human equivalent of 500 grams of sodium a day, which
caused them to get high blood pressure.

But who REALLY consumes 500 grams of sodium a day? Nobody.

The average daily sodium intake for Americans age 2 years and older
is 3,436 mg, (9) which is 145 times LOWER than the amount this study used.

Here we are more than 40 years later… after the CDC, FDA and all the other
clueless organizations started demonizing salt, not ONE single study has ever
proven that salt causes hypertension – because it doesn’t.

The irony? Avoiding salt can actually lead to insulin resistance [7] and
increased risks of stroke and heart attacks [8].

Nutrition Lie #6: Grains and Whole Wheat Diet Foods are Healthy

Despite its “healthy reputation”, the glycemic index of whole wheat is the HIGHEST
of nearly ALL foods, which means it becomes a fat storing DISASTER every time you eat
over-the-counter whole wheat.

In fact, just two slices of whole wheat bread has been shown to spike your insulin
(fat storing hormone) MORE than table sugar!

This means whole grains are WORSE for your belly fat than soda or candy.

Not to mention, whole wheat and grains contain inflammatory gluten and phytic acid,
which BLOCKS essential minerals in the intestine from being absorbed [9].

Make sure you eat REAL food like potatoes, squash, yams, along with organic
fruits and vegetables INSTEAD of whole wheat or grains.

Nutrition Lie #7: Too Much Protein is Bad for Your Kidneys

Eating a lot of protein is NOT bad for your kidneys (or your bone health).

Research doesn’t show any association of high protein intake with kidney
disease in healthy adults [10,11].

In fact, the exact opposite holds true:

The 2 primary risk factors for kidney failure are diabetes and
high blood pressure.

Eating a high protein diet improves both [12,13].

Adequate protein intake also helps you control your appetite and cravings,
assist in growth and repair of lean muscle, and organ development.

Bottom Line: Higher protein intake is NOT associated with poor metabolic
or kidney health. (from getleanin12)

[1] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20071648
[2] http://bjsm.bmj.com/content/early/2008/06/03/bjsm.2007.044966.abstract
[3] http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/early/2010/01/13/ajcn.2009.27725.abstract
[4] http://www.nutritionjrnl.com/article/S0899-9007(11)00314-5/abstract
[5] http://www.bmj.com/content/346/bmj.e8539
[6] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19369056
[7] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21036373
[8] http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/11/111123132935.htm
[9] http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1046/j.1365-2621.2002.00618.x/full
[10] http://www.jissn.com/content/1/1/45
[11] http://www.nutritionandmetabolism.com/content/2/1/25
[12] http://jama.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=201882
[13] http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/78/4/734.short

How Resistant Starch Will Help to Make You Healthier and Thinner

imageOver the past several years there has been an exponential increase in the number of studies linking imbalances or disturbances of the gut microbiota to a wide range of diseases including obesity, inflammatory bowel diseases, depression and anxiety (1,2,3,4,5). One of the best ways to establish and support a healthy gut microbiome is by providing the right “foods” for your gut bacteria. These “foods” are called prebiotics.  More here.

The worst and best alcohols to drink for belly fat – 

Lakanto – Monkfruit Sweetener — just as good as sugar, but no calories

imageSee article here.   I have been using this to replace white sugar and it cooks and tastes the same as sugar, without all the damaging consequences.  This type of sugar is actually a healthy alternative.  I buy it on amazon….although it is a little spendy, it would certainly be worth it if you are diabetic or have a sweet tooth and need to quit the sugars.

painful truth about trainers: Are running shoes a waste of money?
imageThrust enhancers, roll bars, microchips…the $20 billion running – shoe industry wants us to believe that the latest technologies will cushion every stride. Yet in this extract from his controversial new book, Christopher McDougall claims that injury rates for runners are actually on the rise, that everything we’ve been told about running shoes is wrong – and that it might even be better to go barefoot… Read more.

Top 10 Benefits of Kettlebell  Training.image

I recently invested in a few Kettlebells for my winter exercise when I can’t be outside.  I found some very interesting information on kettlebells.  for more go here.