You say you will never forget where you were when you heard the news on September 11, 2001.
Neither will I.
I was on the 110th floor in a smoke filled room with a man who called his wife to say "Good-Bye." I held his fingers steady as he dialed. I gave him the peace to say, "Honey, I am not going to make it, but it is OK..I am ready to go."
I was with his wife when he called as she fed breakfast to their children. I held her up as she tried to understand his words and as she realized he wasn't coming home that night.
I was in the stairwell of the 23rd floor when a woman cried out to Me for help. "I have been knocking on the door of your heart for 50 years!" I said. "Of course I will show you the way home - only believe in Me now."
I was at the base of the building with the Priest ministering to the injured and devastated souls. I took him home to tend to his Flock in Heaven. He heard my voice and answered.
I was on all four of those planes, in every seat, with every prayer. I was with the crew as they were overtaken. I was in the very hearts of the believers there, comforting and assuring them that their faith has saved them.
I was in Texas, Virginia, California, Michigan, Afghanistan. I was standing next to you when you heard the terrible news.
Did you sense Me?
I want you to know that I saw every face.
I knew every name - though not all knew Me.
Some met Me for the first time on the 86th floor.
Some sought Me with their last breath.
Some couldn't hear Me calling to them through the smoke and flames; "Come to Me... this way... take my hand."
Some chose, for the final time, to ignore Me.
But, I was there.
I did not place you in the Tower that day.
You may not know why, but I do.
However, if you were there in that explosive moment in time, would you have reached for Me?
Sept. 11, 2001, was not the end of the journey for you.
But someday your journey will end.
And I will be there for you as well.
Seek Me now while I may be found.
Then, at any moment, you know you are ready to go.
I will be in the stairwell of your final moments.
Stop and think and appreciate God's power in your life, for doing what you know is pleasing to Him.
Jesus said, 'If you are ashamed of Me, I will be ashamed of you before My Father.'
Yes, I love my God. He is my fountain of Life and My Savior. He Keeps me going day and night. Without Him, I am no one. But with Him, I can do everything.
Christ is my strength.
I did not write this, it was part of an email someone sent to me and I wanted to share it with you all.
Never forget this day.
If you have the opportunity, go hug a loved one.
My prayers go out to the families, friends and loved ones of all that was lost on that day.
In The Arms Of An Angel, Fly Away From Here
From This Dark, Cold Hotel Room, And The Endlessness That You Fear
You Are Pulled From The Wreckage Of Your Silent Reverie
You're In The Arms Of An Angel; May You Find Some Comfort Here
You say you will never forget where you were when you heard the news on September 11, 2001.
As long as I can remember, it has always been like that.
My best friend in the world was a male and I was thinking about him today...
We went to the prom together, hung out daily together, he helped teach me how to drive etc...
A true friend in every sense of the word.
I loved him and trusted him completely.
I got married at 18 and he didn't come to my wedding...
2 months after I was married, I moved to Italy...
I hadn't been in Italy a month and due to some bad choices, he committed suicide.
Never, ever is life that bad.
When I received word, I was devastated...
I couldn't come back for the funeral and have yet to visit his grave to this day.
I go by the cemetary where he is buried every night when I walk, I just haven't been able to face the complete closure I know I need.
Because of the heartbreaking loss, I treasure each and every one of my friends...
I have never understood people who just use their "friends" for whatever they can get from them and then toss them aside until the next time.
True friends are a gift from Him.
I am thankful for each one that is in my life, no matter how long or how short they are here.
Some are like a whisper on the wind, here for a short time and then gone.
Some stay around longer, rooted within Faith, grounded by Him.
Each one is there for a purpose and once that purpose is over, it may be time for them to move on.
There are a few I have a very strong connection with...
I know when they are in pain, I know when all is well, I know when they are faking their happiness and I know when they are truly joyful.
It seems the closer I get to someone, the more capable I am of "feeling" their emotions.
You don't even have to say a word, I know and I will seek you out to make sure you are okay and if it turns out I was right, I will do whatever I can to help you.
That is how a friendship should be...
People seem so self-entitled & so self-involved they don't have the time to cultivate the gift He gave to you.
Each person on your journey is there for a reason and some people are just to blind to see it.
I used to think this was a lonely journey, life in general not just the mess of the 19 months.
I used to be able to stand in a room full of people and feel utterly alone and I hated that feeling.
95% of the time I don't feel like that anymore, some days yes, however I fight that feeling and no longer allow it to overtake me.
I am learning to utilize the gifts He has blessed me with, sharing them with the people I come in contact with, friends should benefit from that.
The more I walk on this journey, the less self-involved I become, the less self-involved I become, the more open I am to the people He is placing on my path, the more open I am to them, the more they know I am going to be there for them.
It took me a long time to realize that I was my greatest enemy, I was the one shutting myself off from the world and yes, there are still areas where I do that, however I am taking it one step at a time...
With the help of my friends.
MICHAEL W. SMITH
With The Faith And Love God's Given
Springing From The Hope We Know
We Will Pray The Joy You'll Live In
Is The Strength That Now You Show
No sin is greater than the next...
Interesting isn't it...
Murder isn't a greater sin than say stealing, adultery isn't worse than coveting...
In His eyes, they are all bad.
Breaking the commandments, His laws, could be punishable by death if you don't repent.
I don't pretend to know more than the next person, I know what I read, what I study and I ask a lot of questions from people who have more knowledge and wisdom than I do.
And I ask, so many questions from the people He has placed in my life.
The more I read the Word, the less I seem to sometimes understand, so I seek out someone who is further along in their walk to help me.
There are usually only 4 people I turn too when I have questions, one is my Pastor, 2 are ministers and the other is G...
I get guidance and wisdom because they have all gone before me on this journey...
Just like He did, He overcame all that we face daily.
I feel like a newborn baby at times and other times I feel older than dirt.
I have a desire to learn all that I can about Him and what He wants from me that sometimes it is all consuming.
It is like I just can't get enough, however I do also have a life I need to get in order and children I need to raise so I have to find a balance.
So where does repentance come into play?
It was part of my Bible study last night and I learned that what I thought repentance was and what it really is are 2 very different things.
I always thought repentance was just that, being sorry...
It is more than that...
Repentance is turning away from sin by changing one's actions to obey the teachings of Jesus Christ. The repentance process consists of feeling sincere regret or sorrow for doing wrong, confessing the sin/sins, asking for forgiveness, making restitution for any damage done and promising not to repeat the sin.
Like a U-Turn you make in the road, or a complete 180, that is what repentance is.
You can't just be sorry, you have to completely turn away from whatever it is you are repenting.
You can't break a God-given law, ask for His forgiveness and turn around and commit the same sin over and over again.
Repentance isn't gloomy, it isn't concealing your sins, you have to have a right attitude towards sin.
When you have the right attitude towards sin, than you will have Godly sorrow, you than have the right attitude towards God and return to Him, you will also have the right attitude towards yourself as well as others.
In order to have repentance, you also must have works proving that change.
Again, you can't just say sorry and turn to continue what you know is wrong in His eyes.
All people sin, all people need to repent and turn from sin to righteousness.
Unrighteousness people need to repent as well.
This should be the very first thing they should do...
Not wait or read or pray - Repent first.
Only when people repent will God hear and answer their prayers, if people continue to love their sinful ways and continue practicing them, God will not hear them.
John 9:3 says - "We know that God does not listen to sinners. He listens to the Godly man who does His will."
What does that say to you?
Plain and simple, to me it says, if I continue to sin, He isn't going to listen to me or my prayers.
How awfully sad to know our Father isn't listening to some of us because we are choosing "worldly ways" over His ways.
Yes, this means some of us who are saved are in this boat as well.
Just because you are saved, just because you call yourself a Christian, just because you go to Church once a week doesn't exclude you.
We are not above reproach either.
Repentance is a hard thing to do because it is a direct challenge to the willpower of people.
It demands people be humble before God and give up everything that goes against His will.
The more I learn, the more I see that people are generally good, however they still want what they know they shouldn't have.
Basically they want their cake and want to eat it as well.
They want to continue to steal, lie, cheat, murder, slander, harm, etc...
And than throw up a heartless apology on their deathbed in the hopes of getting into Heaven.
We all want to go through life and not have to answer to anyone who gets in the way of what we think is our path to happiness.
That is all good and well, however what are you going to say come Judgement Day?
Will you have turned?
Or will you burn?
From The Moment Of Our First Breath
To The Second We Bid This World Goodbye
And Everything That Is In Between
Was Made To Magnify The One
Who Holds All Things In Place
The Ruler Over Time And Space