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15 pillowsTo me, a home is a place where you feel comfortable and safe. A place to gather with family and friends. A place to keep your stuff. A place where you can just be yourself.

I like to be cozy when I’m in my home. As soon as I get home from a day out and about, doing this and that, I like to get my PJ’s on, even if it’s 4 o’clock in the afternoon.

I’m thankful for the home God has allowed me to live in. I’m thankful for the many wonderful ways God provides for us to be here. I’m thankful for the family He allows me to live in the home with. I’m thankful for the floors to scrub, toilets to clean and windows to wash.

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Have you ever tried to picture what the room Jesus is preparing for you in Heaven will look like? The room you will have in God’s house?! It blows my mind to think I will someday live eternally with God in His home! I think my room will be filled with kitties and squirrels with a rainbow across the ceiling and a heater (turned up high) hanging down in the center of the room. There will definitely be a lot of pillows and blankets to cuddle up with when I take my mid-afternoon naps too. What do you imagine your room will look like?

My prayer for us today ~ Father God, thank you for the eternal room in heaven being prepared for all believers. I pray all believers would recognize the urgency in spreading Your word those who do not know or believe, so they too may have a room with You one day, Amen.

 

God’s Grace

3 grace heartGod’s grace is a powerful thing. Many people have no idea what God’s grace is or simply don’t believe it’s something they could possibly need. I use to be one of those people.

I use to have a hard time seeing beyond myself to the world around me, because I was so busy. It was always about getting something done, never about loving, or even seeing, the people around me.

Receiving God’s grace means receiving something that is not deserved. Eternal life in heaven with God is offered to everyone through His Son Jesus, but we don’t deserve it because we are sinners. Everyone is loved by God equally, but at the same time, we are all sinners. The punishment for sin is death, eternal death.

Jesus conquered sin through His crucifixion on the cross and resurrection. Jesus died on the cross for the sins of the world. If you choose to believe this is true and accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior, believing he saved you from sin, then you will be forgiven of your sins, past and present. You will receive eternal life in heaven, not death, with God when you pass from this life.

3 grace Eph2 8-9

Since I’ve chosen to believe and accept Jesus, my perspective in life has changed. It hasn’t changed because of anything I’ve done, it’s changed because God has changed my heart. He has helped me see the people in my life, not the tasks or circumstances of my life. I’m thankful for the grace offered to me by God through His Son Jesus.

My prayer for us today ~ Lord Jesus, thank you for giving of your life so that I may be forgiven of my sins to receive eternal life in heaven. I pray for opportunities to share God’s grace with others, Amen.

ReBirth-day

balloonsOver the past few weeks we’ve been doing a lot of celebrating at our house.  First we celebrated our 12th wedding anniversary.  Then, the 1 year anniversary of Robert’s kidney transplant.  Just the other day we celebrated my birthday.  I am now 44 years young.  🙂

Soon we’ll be celebrating my 5th birthday.  My rebirth.  The day I accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior and invited God into my life.

Five years ago I was a crazy mess.  I was overwhelmed with my circumstances and didn’t know which way was up.  My heart was empty and broken.  I didn’t know how to love my husband or be the mother my children needed me to be.

Before I was married with children my focus was always on myself.  What I wanted to do and how I wanted to do it.  Then when I got married it was about my husband.  Well, actually, that’s not true.  It was still about me.  It was about how my husband needed to make everything about me.  Then when I had kids it became all about them and how I needed to do everything for them and give everything to them.  Through all of that I became lost, confused and empty.unfamiliar path

God helped me find myself.  He helped me understand it was important to take care of myself.  I was no good to anyone feeling lost, confused and empty.  He taught me how to take care of myself without being selfish.

My 40’s have been filled with the hardest struggles of my life.  My 40’s have also been the best years of my life.  The blessings I have received from God being a part of my life far out way the difficult trials.  My family and I have truly moved mountains with God.

….if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there’ and it will move.  Nothing will be impossible for you.  Matthew 17:20

As I recently told a friend, “God has taken me so far out of the box, I can no longer see the box”.  I have to admit, stepping out of my comfort zone and into change has been scary at times.  Knowing and believing that God will equip me to do all He calls me to do turns scary into exciting!  Out of the box with Jesus is where I choose to stay.

I have found the ‘Fountain of Youth’!  God.  We are each a child of God.  Some have just been hereeternal life on Earth longer than others.  Some have invited Him into their lives and some have not.  The more we seek after God and build a relationship with Him, the more He fills us with child like love and joy, that only comes from God the Father, our Creator.  Through Jesus, the son of God, we can have eternal life in heaven.

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.  John 3:16

My prayer for us today ~ Lord, I thank you for the peace and joy you give us when we seek You.  I pray we take time throughout each day to listen for Your guidance and will for our life, Amen

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