Every life has its calendar; One you do not master; Neither do you control; Illnes is not death; Don’t pity someone Who is ill, And believe they will die Before you, Because they are ill, And you are well and strong; It doesn’t matter How critically ill they may be; Someone may be very ill; And another not; There is no certainty Who will die Before the other; Life and death Both come from God; And their secret, He alone knows; He alone determines The calendar of our lives; He determibes when we are born; And when we die. We have to leave all In his almighty hands. As his decision is final, And the best that can ever be taken.
What if today was the
last day as you know it? Would you wake and pray, read texts from the Bible, or
go for a walk and talk to God? What would you do? Would you do anything
different to ensure the quality of your everlasting life in heaven? Is there a
place safe from Satan’s atrocities and free from worry? Isn’t it humbling to realize
we are at the hands of a merciful creator who created us to bring Him glory on
Rest assured, our
God is greater than all things known to man. But His love for us is constant
for He already knows our destiny. I hear your sad thoughts, but know God has
you in His palms. Place your faith on a plane, flying high, like a stewardess
in the sky. Your faith will be redeemed when the end of the flight returns in
the night. God promises a safe journey to all believers as we fight the hell
here on earth. Putting God first is the difference between harmony and
disasters, hatred and peace in the world.
I wonder what goes
through the mind of some people? Are papers in order and wills drawn up to
protect the living? Do you live in denial today could be your last? Only our
Father in heaven has the final decision for our life span. Don’t let Satan stoke
the fires of doubt, worry, and fear. Trust God and surrender your life to Him. Our
great Creator will govern your days with infinite wisdom and power. Would you
want it any other way? He sees the light at the end of your tunnel.
“If we live, we live to the Lord, and
if we die we die to the Lord; so then, whether we live or whether we die, we
are the Lord’s” (Romans 14:8).
As a stewardess of
the sky set your spirit high above the earth. Let God handle the misfortune which
contrives to make your mind soured. No matter how bad things may appear, God is
mightier than all evil.
A cure for your worries is just a prayer away as long as it’s mailed in faith. But don’t forget to push the send button as God waits on your prayers. Faith in our Father will allow you good fortune. Serve Him like a stewardess in the sky and be prepared as God sends answers in your direction. Blessed be our Father in heaven.
Much is written about
joy in the Bible. Jesus spoke of being joyful unto His Father, later
transcribed to, “Be joyful unto the Lord.” As we face disillusions and fears,
of either, we endure many hardships. I, too, have these familiar symptoms, but
God always remains constant in my mind. These words resonate in my mind, “Bring
Me your woes and do not worry for I will help you with your inspirational
problems arise in the worldly pressures and obligations that meet us, not greet
us, at every doorstep. Life, sometimes, can appear to be short-lived… unless
your faith asks God for a special blessing and miracle. Some have experienced
God at His best as unfortunate events end with a silver lining.
I often write of
my sordid past life, but I glance back at those times and realize God intervened
in my life. Today’s blog, however, is not about me, but the one I’m closest to,
my wife. This young, vibrant, and outgoing woman, plagued with a virtue of
grief and sadness in the past few months, almost lost her life in a car
accident twenty-five years ago. The doctors just diagnosed her with heart
failure as a repercussion of the injuries.
In disbelief, we took part in many tests and things seemed questionable, but nevertheless, okay… until the last test screening. It confirmed her life might be terminal. I can’t say how one prepares to die, except to “live life like there’s no tomorrow”… and so we did, in apprehension. With no other choice, I fought for the spiritual happiness of both of us. I walked on pins and needles, often hearing the crunch of eggshells. I was too frightened to speak much, so I stayed in constant prayer. Following my blog called Faith for Two, I knew only God would see us through this dilemma.
25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry
about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will
wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at
the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet
your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27
Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?
The day arrived
for her medical procedure, and hopefully, it would not become an open-heart
decision. I watched the love of my life that morning, and I observed her quietly
whispering, “Goodbye, mommy loves you” to her favorite parrot of twenty-seven
years. I read her last words, “No food or drink after midnight,” as she
prepared herself for a procedure which could end her life. It would have been
easier to move a mountain than to keep her spirits positive. I maintained my
strong convictions and stayed where I knew God wanted me to be – in prayer. Only
my Lord Jesus could restore that which would destroy her many years ago.
In the lobby, in
front of the doors to the operating room, I kissed her goodbye. Keeping up our
spiritual happiness, I told her,” I’ll see you for lunch.” With tears
in her eyes, we prayed it was not our last forever kiss. I needed to go to God!
Father bless her and keep her in your arms, my dear Lord.
wait seemed like an eternity. I took a seat beside a minister, and we shared
our own hearts. The door at last opened, and a doctor in scrubs called out my
name, “BICKS.” He took me into a quiet room and invited me to sit beside him on
the couch. I had my faith until the moment he elected to move closer to me.
“She’s all clear,
Mr. Bicks,” he said. “We found no blockages, and she’s as good as new.” My
sweet love, who worried for five months of dying, was born again to the
likeness of the sweet, little girl I remembered thirty-two years ago. She
will live! Thank You, Jesus!
thought crossed my mind. Two weeks ago, the cardiologist saw the blockage in a
scan, and now it doesn’t exist!? Was this one of God’s miracles? You decide…
has been six days now, and I see a glow where worry over-shadowed her face. A
renewed life called spiritual happiness far exceeds a biblical joy. Saved by grace,
quite literally, His miracle child is born again. There is no greater gift than
the gift of life; and when death comes calling, defying Satan’s force is a
Living in a
spiritual realm of happiness, where no pressure or problems exist, can be
conquered when we reach out in faith. A great example of this in the bible was
the story of Jesus feeding 5,000 people on five loaves of bread and two fish (Matthew
14:15-21 and Luke 9:12-17). It is called the marvel of God’s healing hands,
just as He did to my wife.
We read the miraculous
stories of defying doctors’ diagnoses, but until it happens to you, we shun it
with some other explanation. The Lord’s greatest feat was saving my wife’s
life, and not once but twice; she put her heart and soul close enough for Him
to heal her with His touch.
May I suggest we armor ourselves in prayer each morning to maintain spiritual happiness? Don’t identify with suffering, loss, or sickness. Remain steadfast in our Lord’s word, and He will calm every facet of your life. Today, my wife and I wake with a smile and a good-morning kiss, for God came to bless us with another anointed day. Our spiritual happiness is more than we ever asked for, and it is all because we serve our Almighty Savior.
FROM ANNE BICKS:
I would like to sincerely thank everyone for your cards, love, and support through this difficult time. Your kindness means the world to me! God bless you all!
A man just died: I wish it had not happened; It was not a natural death, As we know natural death To be; We call it untimely death; A cruel death; A sad situation Indeed; A flying spear Injected death into the man’s head; On the spot, he died. Many hearts were torn apart; Anger was rife; Yet, that is just one Of many who are dying; Innocently they are dying; Cruelly they are dying; Dying before their time. My heart bleeds indeed. I am in tears.
“A mistake many of us make is we often think only other people can die suddenly through an accident or heart attack; that we are exempted from such unexpected death. This is wrong. Death can come to anybody at any time. This is true for all human beings on earth including you. You may not die the next minute but you could also die. Hence, you must always be ready.” (Romilia Quote)
These days…Relationship means… Any where without you is better than any where with you
How individual lives are changing ,relationships are thrown into the dust bin,people forgetting the meaning and value & sacredness of ‘LOVE’,
Thanks to addiction to social media & smart phones !
Relationships are harder now!
“Conversations became texting,
Arguments became phone calls,
Feelings became subliminal messages,
Sex became easy,
The word ‘love’ is used out of context.,
Insecurities became a way of thinking,
Getting jealous became a habit,
Trust is hard to come by,
Being hurt became natural.
Leaving became the only option,
Sad but true,
So if you have something…that is worth it,..don’t take it for granted,
Fight for it,don’t let it go” pinterest
Be selfish,thanks to the inventions. indulge in your likings,Drink till you drop dead,fight without any reason,Ego is your life,jealousy is your partner, Greedy is your nature,Killing innocent is your taste,care not anybody,you owe the happiness you deserve,forget about dieting & exercises which are all money-making machines,,cheating is your mantra,money is everything and enjoy dying your own death,you owe nothing to anybody!
Is this the lesson modern-day life style teaching us ? Is this the meaning of advancement in human life ? Is this what all about relationships ?
And what about ethics,values,respect,responsibilities ,family relationship ?
clouds grew more abundant, and the earth trembled beneath the old wooden cross.
The winds didn’t whisper – they yelled His name, Jesus, the son of God! Wait – that
was two thousand years ago… or was it?
in a cloud darkened room, I hear the rumble of the shaking heavens. The day was
Good Friday, but what was so “good” about it? Religiously speaking, it was the day
God’s son brutally lost His life. It was so sad! Jesus lived and died with the
knowledge He was only here to fulfill a prophecy for mankind. The weight of the
world rested upon His shoulders. Was His death in vain? Surely, I pray it’s not
innocent man was sent to earth to change our thinking, but I wonder, what did
we learn? This Easter weekend, the earth will recall the event of two thousand
years ago. Astronomers announced a very rare occurrence – the moon will turn
pink (of all colors) and a high energy field will surround the earth.
Coincidence? I wonder and gasp at the thought of Christ watching to see who’s
paying attention to His signs. Alone in my conscience, I tremble at the
didn’t live His life according to anyone else. The parables He taught was open for
interpretation so He could communicate with listeners. He loved and believed in
mankind with all His heart and soul. As in ages ago, amongst the belting rain
and clapping thunder, can we sympathize with the saddest biblical day? For
Christians, His death still vibrates in our lives, thousands of years later.
Friday… whoever connects “Good” with the death of our Savior? He came to release
the sin Adam and Eve placed on us at the beginning of time. Jesus made a stance
and was crucified to save the world. If you think you suffer today, examine the
agony God put His only son through to offer us everlasting life. How can one ever
repay the Lord’s mercy? How do we repent enough of our sin?
the sun rises on Easter, with the promise of a brighter day. The folded
loincloth left behind, which covered Jesus’ face in the tomb, meant, “I’m
coming back!” Let us celebrate a second chance to make it right for the Lord!
As for myself, I can’t wait to stare in the eye of diversity and shake the hand
of a man named Christ Jesus. We have nothing to fear when we do not question
Let the earth tremor, for our wonderful Lord created a man we call our King, who died to give us life again. The reign will return in His “Good”ness forever! www.danabicksauthor.com
simple bible scripture quietly wrapped up within the Easter season, placed a conviction
on sinners and nonbelievers. Christ’s crucifixion was not in vain. Allow me to
test your knowledge of an event which surrounded the resurrection of our Lord,
Jesus Christ. It is written in the Apostle’s Creed.
you know many saints were raised from the dead along with Jesus? It’s a
shocking revelation, written only in the Book of Matthew, and overlooked by
many because the occurrence is not mentioned by any other author of the Holy
Word. But, here it remains…
the tombs broke open. The bodies of many holy people who had died were raised
to life. 53They came out of the tombs after Jesus’ resurrection and went into
the holy city and appeared to many people.
Christ died to take away our sins, the heavens turned an angry gray and black.
The earth rattled and split rocks on the sacred grounds where He hung on the
cross at Golgotha. God’s power showed His wrath to the Romans who did not
believe He sent Jesus to earth to prove His existence. What better way to
convince them than to raise the sleeping saints from Jerusalem?
tombs of many people were broke open in a strong earthquake. After Jesus arose
from the dead, the saints raised out of their graves and returned to Jerusalem,
known as the Holy City. Friends and family instantly recognized them. Though we
do not know for sure who these holy people were, they stayed alive during the
forty days Jesus continued on earth, after His death. It is suggested they returned,
along with Jesus, to heaven.
we not testify this biblical event immortalizes God’s power over life and death?
The resurrection of the sleeping saints reveals all believers should have no
fear of death, for one day, we too, will be raised to join our Almighty Father.
This gives us reason to have hope in eternal salvation, and perhaps, assurance
our sins will be forgiven in heaven if we become faithful followers of God
Bible passage swirls in controversy. Biblical scholars feel there is no
validity to it because the raised dead, seen by others in Jerusalem, was not referenced
anywhere else in the Bible. They suggest we should understand this passage to
be a preview of our resurrection at the End Times. But, would resurrecting the
dead really be so hard to believe since it was a divine act?
on 1 Thessalonians 4:15-17, this event would undoubtedly undermine Jesus’s resurrection.
Theologians believe God has resurrected no one to eternal life as an immortal
spirit yet—except Christ.
always commented on other controversial blogs we cannot disprove any biblical
passages in this life. Our wonderful Lord wrote the Bible with the message it
is never to be deciphered as we see fit, therefore in my eyes…so it shall stay.
“Father forgive them, they know not what they do.” (Luke 23:34)
persecution is a never-ending battle. Innocent Christians are crucified every
day in the name of God for believing in a higher way of life. On our home turf,
distance protects us; yet examples around the world appear in our own living
room. If only everyone would come to terms with God’s peace! My heart remains
in remorse over the wrong direction we are heading today. But, amongst these
times of terror, the steadfast still walk with Jesus to praise and spread the
Lord’s words of hope. Blessed be the faithful!
may not be aware my wife did missionary work in Guinea, West Africa for the
International Mission Board. Her humanitarian efforts served the Susu tribes
where they dug wells for fresh water. She also held a Vacation Bible School for
pre-school children in the capital city of Conakry. Her living arrangement was
in a compound enclosed with a fifteen-foot cement wall and broken bottles
placed on top for safety. Two security guards stood guard twenty-four hours a
day. Amidst the 110 degree weather, lack of fresh running water, recurring
power outages, illness from vaccine shots, and contaminated foods, she and her
group forged onward; it was necessary for the Islamists to know God loves
But, months of pre-planning and training was mandatory before she could enter Africa. The World Mission Boards warns missionaries to be careful who you speak to, not to look militants in the eye, and to dress in public as one of the crowd. They could not take for granted the deep commitment the Soussou had to their own religion. Not everyone finds peace in the spirit of Christian voodoo where God is the last word. Amid the incomprehension of entering a Third World country, she boarded an airplane with a round-trip ticket and the church’s prayer for her safe return. God bless our missionaries!
such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong,
they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us. (1 Peter
God’s mercy, my wife was one of the lucky few to serve and leave Africa without
incident. The internet is filled with stories of those murdered in the hands of
the Peace Corps and other religious affiliations. It is obvious Christians
still walk, today, in the suffering Christ paid for our sins. China and
Pakistan, for example, recently suffered mass genocides and burnings of their
churches. Bangladesh murders secular activists and Christians, more or less
with impunity. Statistics reveal North Korea, Saudi Arabia, Africa, Iraq, and
Syria persecute Christians more than any other faith group. Making matters
worse, governments in the West and the UN do not offer emergency help to
the influx of Middle Eastern immigrants and other foreigners into the United
States, the religious tide is shifting dramatically here too. Bibles, crosses,
and our churches are burned; they ban even Christmas trees and greeting cards
in some areas. I wonder what Jesus would think if He walked our world today?
biblical days, Jesus also suffered much religious persecution. He toured a
radius of forty miles around Nazareth preaching His Father’s word and often hid
in different lands for His protection. Unlike my wife, who stayed behind a
cement wall, His temporary home was in a cave or the middle of a desert. But as
in today’s times, very few people believed He was the Messiah, only those who
witnessed His miracles. What words or actions does one need to see to prove God
really exists? It’s not about color or creed, but receiving the grand prize – eternal
life in heaven!
the families who lost loved ones in the oppression of trusting in God’s
greatness, have faith knowing persecution and true Christianity are inseparable.
Jesus died on the cross for our sins – even for those who denounced His existence.
Missionaries and all other Christians must realize God warns His righteous saints
they will be persecuted for believing in Him.
are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the
kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and
falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad,
because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the
prophets who were before you.” (Matthew 5:10-12)
Have solace for your loved ones, and others who served the Lord, and believe in His name because they will be forever in His presence. If I had to lose my life for someone, let it be for Jesus! It would not be in vain for mercy reigns over ignorance! For two thousand years, believers have fought the war of standing up for God. Many procrastinate changing their life’s sins for the anticipation of the return of Christ Jesus. With the love the Lord placed in my heart, I bleed for those who choose not to concede before they die. Fathers, mothers, sisters and sons, Christ sent you a personal invitation to live in heaven with Him. What are you waiting for? It’s in you! Open your eyes and listen to your soul. Let the books of the Gospel lead your spirit for they are not fiction but the genealogy of your life.