Friday, March 16, 2012

Faithful Friday - "A Home Going"


Yesterday we attended the "Home Going" for Mr. C., our dear friend from the nursing home. He passed away early Tuesday morning. Although we are sad that we will never see him again when we go to the nursing home to visit our friends, we rejoice because we know we will see him again one day!

I couldn’t help but think how his wife was waiting on him to take him by the hand……the wife he adored and talked about and told us how she wasn’t a “party woman, but a simple woman” and how much she weighed when they married, and how she could sew anything. And if stories are told in heaven, I know Mr. C. is right there telling his share with the best of them because the Lord knows he loved to tell his stories, especially those from World War II! I’ll sure miss hearing them here!

When we go to a funeral and we know the person has accepted Christ, as much as that person is going to be missed here on this earth, we know that it really is a “Home Going”. You see Mr. C. went to his eternal home in heaven.

God is not a respecter of persons. Anyone can know or be assured of a home in heaven. God offers this gift, extends His grace, to anyone that will accept it. It has nothing to do with how good you are, or how good you have been in the past. It doesn’t have anything to do with our works. We all come to God the same way……….through believing in what Jesus did for us on the cross, asking forgiveness, repenting (or turning from those sins) and asking God to guide us as His child from that day forward. That’s it. It doesn’t matter what your past is, how bad, or how good. God meets us all where we are. That’s it. Simple, isn’t it? Simple enough to know you have the security of eternal life with God in heaven! Now it’s up to you…..just find a quiet moment and talk to God about these things, if you haven’t done so! It will be the best decision you ever made!

I just couldn’t let this opportunity pass without sharing with my blogging friends how you too can know what Mr. C. came to know and experience what Mr. C. is now experiencing! I care about each and every one of you! Just think……we might not ever all meet here on earth, but can you imagine if we all could all meet in heaven?

I do thank you for your prayers too! God didn’t choose to answer our prayers of leaving Mr. C. here with us for awhile longer, but we are smiling today because we do know that Tuesday morning there was a big celebration in heaven as Mr. C. stepped into his eternal home!

"Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons." Acts 10:34


"Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." John 14:6



"By grace you have been saved though faith, and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God, not of works lest any one should boast" Ephesians 2:8-10



And just to lay it all out there in simple terms. I found these four basic principles that lay out God's plan for our lives.

The following four principals will help you discover how to know God personally and experience the abundant life He promised.

Law Number One
God Loves you and created you to know Him personally. (John 3:16, John 17:3)

Law Number Two
Man is Sinful and Separated from God, so we cannot know Him personally or experience His Love. (Romans 3:23, Romans 6:23)

Law Number Three
Jesus Christ is God's only provision for man's sin. Through Him alone we can know God personally and experience His Love. (Romans 5:8, 1 Corinthians 15:3-6, John 14:6)

Law Number FourWe must individually receive Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord; then we can know God personally and experience His love. (John 1:12, Ephesians 2:8,9, John 3:1-8, Revelation 3:20)


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If you would like to accept God's Love it really is just a matter of asking. Here is a prayer you can pray:

Lord Jesus, I want to know You personally. Thank you for dying on the cross for my sins. I open the door of my life and receive You as my Savior and Lord. Thank you for forgiving my sins and giving me eternal life. Take control of the throne of my life. Make me the kind of person You want me to be.

**Source**  basic-bible-knowledge.com  (click on the site to take you there).

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Faithful Fridays was created by my daughter, Joy, as a day set aside for Christians to share experiences from their Christian walk to encourage others. If you would like to participate, we would love it! Leave a comment on Joy’s blog (Doodlebug) letting her know that you participated and we will come visit!  And be sure and stop by for her Faithful Friday post even if you aren't participating!  :)

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Thanks for stopping by today! Have a great weekend!  :)

Be Blessed!
~ Tammy ~

11 comments:

Farming On Faith said...

It is all that matters when it is all said and done.

Well said my friend~ thank you for sharing the Gospel.

bettyj said...

As I was reading this I had chill bumps again. All I could think of is the song, Blessed assurance". Have a great day

jennifer768 said...

Wonderful post Tammy! Hugs,Jen

Joy ~ Doodlebug ~ said...

Mama,

You know we'll miss him! Everything was very well-said! When we go to the funeral of someone we know was a Christian, it's not quite as sad.

I love you! 8! Thanks for posting!

Love,
Joy :D

Patty Sumner said...

What a wonderful story about Mr. C. I could just imagine him entering heaven and seeing his wife and sharing about all his new friends on earth. I am so glad I have peace in knowing that I will celebrate that homegoing myself someday! I pray there are those that will read your blog and find they too can have a wonderful peace and homegoing too! Keep sharing the faith! What a wonderful life lesson for your children. Blessings!

Sharon said...

What a beautiful post. I truly enjoy coming here and reading.
Hugs

Anonymous said...

Amen!!

"A Home Going..." mmm... What comfort and assurance. Sure makes the trials and hardships here seem so insignificant.

Sure is a lovely post Tammy. Thanks for sharing! You guys have a nice weekend!

Mitzi

Lori said...

What a beautiful post. I've been praying for Mr.C. since you mentioned that he was not doing too well. I praise the Lord that I will be able to meet him one day.

Walking on Sunshine... said...

This was a beautiful post. I'm happy that Joy was so moved for you to speak to your friend about the Lord and that now he is in heaven! Thank you for sharing!

arkie said...

You wrote a wonderful post! I wish people just knew how easy it is to trust the Lord! He supplies all we need to come to him!

Tanya said...

What a wonderful story you shared! That deeply touched my heart. It warmed it! He is home! What could be better.
I can imagine that "This World is Not My Home" was a hymn true to his heart.
I'm glad we got to know him through you. Thank you!
And I'm sure he heard "Well done, good and faithful servant".