OH THANK YOU, LORD…FINALLY “HOME”…IN THE NAME OF JESUS…AMEN!!!

                                GOoD DAY, LORD!!!…WE LOVE YOU, TOO!!!…

              YES FRIENDS, THE SPRING FLOWERS ARE STARTING TO BLOOM!!!…

JUST SPROUTING, I KNOW…BUT WHAT IS YET TO COME!!!…HOW EXCITING!!!…

                                                                       LET’S SING!!!

                                                         http://youtu.be/c6iAlnKc20Y

           Psalm 34:8 (New International Version, ©2011)

 8 Taste and see that the LORD is good;
   blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.

FRIENDS, I HAVE A GREAT STORY TO SHARE THAT I REMEMBER MY FATHER TELLING ME…I LOVED BOATING AND SAILING WITH MY FATHER, VINCE…WITH HIM, I ALWAYS KNEW I WAS “HOME”…NO MATTER WHAT…

                                                         HERE WE GO!!!…

JAN AND HENDRIKJE KASPER SAILED INTO THE UNITED STATES WATERS IN JANUARY OF 1957…THEIR FAMILY OF TWELVE, ALONG WITH OTHER DUTCH IMMIGRANTS ON BOARD THE “GROTE BEER”…THIS IS THE ACTUAL SAILBOAT…

ALL WERE ON BOARD EXCITED AND CROWDED ON DECK TO CATCH THE FIRST GLIMPSE OF THE STATUE OF LIBERTY IN THE NEW YORK HARBOR…

WELL, THAT INITIAL VIEW OF LADY LIBERTY WAS EXCITING…AND EMOTIONAL!!!…(TO SAY THE LEAST)…THEY HAD JUST *ENDURED* AN ARDUOUS 11-DAY JOURNEY ACROSS THE SEA ON A NO-FRILLS VOYAGE…

THEY HAD LEFT MANY FAMILY MEMBERS BEHIND NOT TO MENTION HUNDREDS OF FRIENDS IN THE NETHERLANDS…THEY HAD EXPERIENCED ROUGH SEAS BROUGHT ON BY A HURRICANE AND HAD DEALT WITH SEEMINGLY ENDLESS SEA-SICKNESS…

 BUT NOW!!!…FINALLY!!!…THEY HAD ARRIVED…THIS WOULD BE THERE NEW HOME…

FRIENDS, SOMEDAY, THOSE OF US WHO HAVE *TRUSTED* JESUS CHRIST AS OUR LORD AND SAVIOR WILL TOO LEAVE THIS LIFE AND GO TO THE PLACE HE HAS PREPARED FOR ALLL OF US…

            John 14:3 (New International Version, ©2011)

3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.

THE JOURNEY MAYBE DIFFICULT OR UNCOMFORTABLE, BUT WE CAN CERTAINLY LOOK FORWARD TO THE FINAL DESTINATION!!!…

FRIENDS, I WENT DOWN TO WALLED LAKE BEACH THIS SUNDAY EVENING AFTER MY LAST BIBLE CLASS AND THOUGHT OF THIS STORY, I PRAYED AND WATCHED THE WAVES & SWANS BOUNCE UP AND DOWN OVER THE WATER, IT WAS QUITE BREEZY…BUT A BEAUTIFUL, PEACEFUL SIGHT AND FEELINGS OF COMFORT…I WAS “HOME”…AND I THANKED GOD~

FRIENDS…COMPOSER DON WYRTZEN WROTE THE MOST BEAUTIFUL MUSIC AS A PICTURE OF OUR EARTHLY LIFE AS A “TEMPESTUOUS SEA”…I WILL POST IT, IT IS CALLED, “FINALLY HOME”…TAKE A LISTEN, THE WORDS ARE AMAZING!!!…AND *SOUL-TOUCHING*…TO ME ANYWAYS… 

                                                       http://youtu.be/UF9R_QdtAV0 

FRIENDS, JUST THINK OF STEPPING ON SHORE…AND FINDING IT HEAVEN!!!…

                         THE WORD’S ARE QUITE POWERFUL AND TOUCHING…

                           “OF TOUCHING A HAND…AND FINDING IT GOD’S!!!”…

                      “OF BREATHING NEW AIR…AND FINDING IT CELESTIAL!!!”…

                          “OF WAKING UP IN GLORY…AND FINDING IT HOME!!!”…

                                     ALL I CAN SAY IS, “WOW!!!”…AND “AMEN!!!”…

FRIENDS WHEN WE SEE JESUS CHRIST FACE-TO-FACE FOR THE FIRST TIME…WE WILL FOR SURE BE…

                                                              “FINALLY HOME”…

*IT REMINDS ME OF THIS SONG…WHEN I THINK OF “FACE-TO-FACE”…

                                                      http://youtu.be/Go9aks4aujM

        Proverbs 21:1-2 (New International Version, ©2011)

Proverbs 21

 1 In the LORD’s hand the king’s heart is a stream of water
   that he channels toward all who please him. 2 A person may think their own ways are right,
   but the LORD weighs the heart.

FRIENDS…OVERALL, THOSE WHO LOVE AND SERVE GOD ON EARTH WILL BE RIGHT AT HOME IN HEAVEN!!!…NO DISCOMFORT INCLUDED!!!… 

FRIENDS, ON ANOTHER NOTE, I AM NOT A GOLFER…TRIED, BUT ACTUALLY I SUCK AT IT!!!…JUST CAN’T GET INTO THE “SWING” OF THINGS!!!…

RECENTLY I WATCHED THE BIG EVENT FOR GOLFERS…YOU KNOW…

                                                                “THE MASTERS”…

I AM NOT A HUGE FAN, BUT ACTUALLY FOLLOWED-IT…AND TO BE HONEST, IT WAS AN EXCITING FINISH!!!…WELL, I THINK SO…

I AM ENDING ON ANOTHER NOTE…PRO ATHLETES AND SOME COACHES SOMETIMES GET SOMETHING FOR NOTHING…LET’S SAY A COACH SIGN’S A 3-YEAR CONTRACT, AND THE TEAM AGREES TO PAY HIM/HER 2 MILLION A YEAR…BUT IN THE FIRST SEASON, NOT MICHIGAN WOLVERINES, BUT PERHAPS ANOTHER TEAM…AND MANAGEMENT DECIDES TO FIRE HIM…SOOOO, THE COACH LEAVES BUT STILL HAS MORE PAY WITHOUT DOING A THING…

WELL, FRIENDS & FAMILY…WE AS FOLLOWERS OF CHRIST HAVE TO BE CAREFUL THAT WE DON’T VIEW OUR SAVING FAITH LIKE THAT…WE MUST NEVER THINK, “HEY, I AM SAVED…I’VE GOT ETERNAL RICHES COMING MY WAY…I DON’T HAVE TO DO ANYTHING FOR GOD”…

WELL, NOT TO BE BLUNT BUT IN MY EYE IT IS PARTLY RIGHT…BUT VERY WRONG!!!…UMMM, IN ONE REGARD, OUR JOURNEY FROM HERE TO HEAVEN IS PAID IN FULL BY THE BLOOD AND SACRIFICE OF JESUS CHRIST…

FRIENDS, THERE IS “NOTHING ” WE CAN DO TO “EARN” SALVATION…BUT, I BELIEVE THERE IS ANOTHER PART OF THIS THAT WE MUST CONSIDER…LET’S READ SOME SCRIPTURE…

         Ephesians 2:8-9 (New International Version, ©2011)

8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast.

FRIENDS, CLEARLY PAUL SAY’S WE DO NOT HAVE TO “DO” ANYTHING…AND ALSO, SALVATION IS A “GIFT FROM GOD”…BUT, HE GOES ON…VERSE 10, IF YOU READ IT, SAYS WE HAVE A JOB TO DO…AS BELIEVERS, WE ARE CREATED IN CHRIST JESUS FOR GOoD WORKS!!!…

                 Ephesians 2:10 (New International Version, ©2011)

10 For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

FRIENDS, GOD REALLY DOES HAVE PLANS & TASKS FOR US TO DO WHILE WE ARE HERE ON THIS EARTH…NOT TO PAY OUR DEBT…BUT TO HONOR HIM…AND TO SERVE…THE LORD,… OUR GOD,… OUR SAVIOR…AND TO SERVE OTHERS THE BEST WAY WE CAN AND KNOW HOW TO…

FRIENDS, I HAVE NEVER BEEN ON A CARIBBEAN CRUISE, NOR REALLY CARE TO, BUT I HEAR THEY ARE BEAUTIFUL…BUT LIFE FROM HERE TO HEAVEN IS NOT A VACATION CRUISE…IT’S BUT A WONDERFUL PRIVILEGE AND CALLING TO SERVE GOD!!!…

                                                          WATTS QUOTED…

“MUST I BE CARRIED INTO THE SKIES…ON FLOWERY BEDS OF EASE…WHILE OTHERS FOUGHT TO WIN THE PRIZE…AND SAILED THROUGH THE BLOODY SEAS???”…

                                          WOW, WHAT A QUOTE I RECALL…

                                                             YOU SAILING???…

          Proverbs 21:21 (New International Version, ©2011)

 21 Whoever pursues righteousness and love
   finds life, prosperity and honor.

                                                                             I AM…

                                               http://youtu.be/uTQWZfi1_Bw

     FRIENDS, WE ARE NOT “SAVED” BY GOoD WORKS…BUT FOR “GOoD WORKS”…

                            IN THE NAME OF JESUS…YOUR ALLL IN MY PRAYERS…

DEAR HEAVENLY FATHER, THANK YOU SOOOOOO MUCH FOR MAKING US JUST WHO WE ARE…THANK YOU FOR TAKING US THROUGH THE STORMS OF LIFE SO SOMEDAY WE CAN SEE THE TRUE BEAUTY OF HEAVEN YOU HAVE PREPARED FOR US…LET US DO YOUR GOoD WORKS WHILE WE ARE HERE…WE HAVE EARNED NOTHING …BUT YOU HAVE GIVEN IT TO US THROUGH YOUR LOVE AND FROM OUR FAITH IN YOU…MAY YOUR LIGHT SHINE FOREVER IN THE DARKNESS AND EVEN BLIND US IN YOUR LIGHT…FOR YOUR LOVE TRULY ENDURES…WE HONOR YOU, LOVE YOU, GIVE YOU THANKS FOR EVERYTHING…AND WE ARE EXCITED FOR WHAT IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER!!!…MAY WE SAIL IN FAITH AND HAVE TRUST IN ALL YOU TAKE US THROUGH…MAY WE SHARE THE GOSPEL WITH OTHERS THE BEST WAY WE KNOW HOW AND THE BEST WAY YOU SEE FIT…THANK YOU FOR OUR DAILY BREAD IN WHICH YOU PROVIDE DAY AFTER DAY AFTER DAY…

                                                  AMEN!!!…AMEN!!!…AND AMEN!!!…

                                               DEAR LORD, YOU ARE…”SO GREAT”…

                                                         http://youtu.be/7ZZ5CWrufNg

NIGHT-NITE AND REST WELL MY LOVED ONES…MY FRIENDS AND MY FAMILY…AND THOSE TO COME…

YOUR LOVVVED MORE THAN YOU’LL EVER KNOW…AND GOD JUST WANTED YOU TO KNOW THAT!!!…IN YOUR DRIVE-WAY…OR IN YOUR VEHICLE…OR ON-LINE…

                                        AND I, TOO, LOVE YOU ALLLLL…FROM A-TO-Z… 

                                     ENDURING IN HIS LOVE WITH GROWTH…

                                                      JOYOUS JEWELS  XXOOXO

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One Response to OH THANK YOU, LORD…FINALLY “HOME”…IN THE NAME OF JESUS…AMEN!!!

  1. Thanks Jewels I love you too!!!!!!

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