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Hello and welcome to An Orderly Household!

Believers are told in Revelation 19:7 that the Bride makes herself ready, “Let us be glad and rejoice and give Him glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready.”  Here we can assemble (even if not physically), wait and watch together for our blessed hope (see Titus 2:13). We can also encourage one another even as we see the Day approaching (see Hebrews 10:25) and remind each other to put on the Armor of God and that we don’t battle against flesh and blood (see Ephesians 6:10-20).  So why another blog?  There are already so many!  The short answer is: obedience.

I believe God has a plan for each of us and right now part of His plan for my life is to start this blog.  Many years ago I felt a strong tug on my heart and in my spirit I “heard” His Holy Spirit say to my heart, “feed My children.”  I knew at that time that He was talking about the followers of His Son, Jesus Christ.  That was decades ago and I was a very new believer, but the experience was so unique to me at the time that it made a very strong memory.  I’ve also felt a calling from God on my life to “tell the people I love them” and have always felt that meant everyone, not just a select group.  In Scripture, believers are also instructed to “comfort one another” with the reminder that He is coming for us.

“But I do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who have fallen asleep, lest you sorrow as others who have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who sleep in Jesus. For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede those who are asleep. For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. Therefore comfort one another with these words.” (I Thess. 4:13-18, NKJV.)

So this is a place where I will humbly attempt to feed God’s people in a way that encourages followers of Christ and also try to tell the world that God loves them.

In expectation and preparation for His coming, let’s support each other as we set our households in order!

Sitting at Jesus’ Feet: What Does That Look Like?

Sitting at Jesus’ Feet: What Does That Look Like?

Do you ever close your eyes and imagine or daydream about what it would have been like to be near Jesus during His earthly ministry?  I do.  At those times I often picture Him on the shore by the Sea of Galilee (also known as the Sea of Tiberias and Lake Gennesaret) when He appeared to His disciples after His resurrection.  We are told in the Bible in the book of John, chapter 21, that He was standing on the shore and that He called out to the fisherman who had been out all night but had caught nothing.  So what do I imagine myself doing?

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“Sunrise on the Sea of Galilee”

This photo very closely captures what I imagine dawn would have looked like that morning.

Photo credit: “Sunrise on the Sea of Galilee”(https://pixabay.com/en/sunrise-sea-of-galilee-lake-israel-676455/) by windhaven1077 (https://pixabay.com/en/users/windhaven1077-808708/) is licensed under CC0 (https://www.tldrlegal.com/l/cc0-1.0).

I picture myself sitting by a warm fire on the cool rocky shore in the crisp early morning air filled with peaceful excitement at being in the presence of the Savior!  In fact, I’m sitting near Him.  Even at His feet.  The light of dawn is just starting to spread across the deep blue sky.  There’s a hint of some sunrise colors on the horizon and I can see wispy smoke rising from the coals.  On the glowing coals of the fire, fish are cooking.  And there’s bread, too. The smell of fresh bread, fresh air, water and green growing things along with food cooking on an open fire is so refreshing and uplifting.  The birds are just beginning to make their early morning chirps and tweets and in His deep, strong, loving voice Jesus calls out again to Simon Peter and the others.  Once he realizes who it is, Simon Peter excitedly plunges into the sea and splashes wildly as he comes to join our Lord on the shore!  Breakfast is shared, along with a life lesson.  What a blessing it would have been to have joined them for that breakfast!

I’ve never actually been to Israel, but I did love watching this video (linked to below) and I think you’ll really enjoy seeing the Sea of Galilee, too!  You can take just 3-4 minutes to watch it now or come back to it later, but please do watch it.  I think it will help your future daydreams and imaginings!

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“Israel on a Drone – Sea of Galilee”

Please click here to view: https://youtu.be/zlV8HBmL6ek.  (Published on May 17, 2015 by http://www.bladeworx.co.il on YouTube.)

So, you may ask, what IS sitting at His feet, anyway?  What does that look like?

Mary, the sister of Martha, was a woman who chose to spend time with Jesus even amidst the busyness of their household on a very special day with many guests.  

“Now as they were traveling along, He entered a village; and a woman named Martha welcomed Him into her home.  She had a sister called Mary who was seated at the Lord’s feet, listening to His word.” Luke 10:38-39 (NASB).  

Where was Mary?  Seated at the Lord’s feet!  Luke goes on to tell us that Jesus said she had “chosen the good part, which shall not be taken away from her.”  Did you just catch that? Our Lord Himself said that when we choose to spend time at His feet, our time is not wasted!  At those times we experience Him personally, have fellowship with Him, and that relationship cannot be taken away from us!

Even though today, right now, we aren’t able to physically meet Jesus on the shore or sit at His actual feet, we can and should sit at His feet in a spiritual place!  You may already be doing that … and regularly too.  If you are, please share your joy with others in your life.  We need your encouragement!  

So why should we sit at Jesus’ feet in this present time and in our daily lives?

Our hearts do desire – and need – intimacy with God.  Intimacy with Him is knowing Him and being known by Him.  When we want to get to know someone, we spend time with them. We learn about what they like and dislike, what their life experiences have been (their history), what their hopes and plans are for the future.  We choose to spend time with them.  We make them a priority.  Intimacy is the “why”.

A while ago, my dear friends, I checked in with you and asked for input on your Bible study time.  You shared that finding time is your biggest frustration with having a regular quiet time with the Lord.  Some also shared that you wished you could understand what you read better.  I thank you all for taking the time to respond! You really blessed me.  

Next week (with God’s help I can do this weekly) we’ll look at how to find the time in our busy lives to sit at Jesus’ feet!  Before you go, though, I want to share with you a beautiful early morning “sky painting” from the Father as recently seen from our back porch.sunrise_an_orderly_household_edited

~ Keep shining, Cindyeliora

“I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe.” (Eph. 1:18-19, NASB)

Merry Christmas!

Today, Christmas Eve 2016, I would like to share my wishes for a joyous remembrance of how our Lord and King, the Lord of lords and King over all kings, took on flesh so He could show Himself to us, live among us, demonstrate His great love for us, and then make it possible for us to someday live with Him forever by dying for us! The joy of that overwhelms me today and my hope and prayer is that you know this joy. Amazingly, such great joy doesn’t require family gatherings, special meals, candies, decorations, cards or gifts!

Just Jesus.

Luke 2:10

Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. [emphasis mine]

Just thinking about that and who He is … well, it’s overwhelming, really.  He is the Creator of the heavens.  All of it. 

Joni Eareckson Tada recently shared the following in an email entitled “The Heavens Declare.” A link to her website is listed below. “Our solar system, as immense as it is, is just one small speck in the Milky Way galaxy. How small? Let’s say the Milky Way galaxy were the size of North America. Using that scale, our sun and its planets would fit into a coffee cup somewhere in a little corner of that continent. What’s more amazing is that the Milky Way (our home galaxy) is just an average galaxy among billions of others far bigger. The number of stars, trillions upon trillions, is incomprehensible. Astronomers are now convinced that there are more stars in the universe than there are grains of sand on the beaches of the world. And remember, this doesn’t mean that Earth is a grain of sand; no, our sun — the star — would be the grain of sand. This makes Earth infinitesimally small! And on this eensy speck of Earth, out of the billions of people, the Lord of the universe came to Earth to save you.”

Psalm 19:1

The heavens declare the glory of God; And the firmament shows His handiwork.

Anne Graham Lotz also sends out a daily email and today’s encouragement includes this:

“On Christmas Eve, 1968, Frank Borman, James Lovell, and William Anders, while orbiting the moon in Apollo 8, were so aware of the Presence of God in space that they publicly read the first ten verses of Genesis to the listening world thousands of miles away. When James B. Irwin, an astronaut with Apollo 15, actually walked on the surface of the moon, he said he looked out into the inky blackness, saw our planet looking like a blue marble suspended in space, and was overwhelmed with the conscious awareness that God was present on the surface of the moon! And God was! And God is! He is not bound by space.”

This short “must see” video includes actual audio of the above-mentioned history-making event: https://youtu.be/6vvNxhlP1jA

Psalm 145:18

The Lord is near to all who call upon Him, To all who call upon Him in truth.

I pray you all have real, lasting peace today and always through a relationship with Jesus Christ (Yeshua HaMashiach, Jesus the Messiah).

If you’ve been absent in that relationship or want to start a relationship with Him, it’s not complicated. Simply begin by clicking here:

https://forgive.me

With His Love, Cindyeliora

Joni and Friends’ website:

http://www.joniandfriends.org

Anne Graham Lotz’ website:

http://www.annegrahamlotz.org

All scripture is taken from the New King James version at https://www.biblegateway.com.

And since I like to give credit where credit is due, the YouTube video above was posted by Matthew Tietje. Disclaimer: I am not familiar with this individual or his other videos.

Tell The People I Love Them

There’s a little tune from the 70’s that is so simple, but powerful in its message.  I remember first hearing and singing it on a youth group retreat when I was about 15.  My friend Carol had invited me to attend her youth group with her and I began to hear about Jesus and His love for me.  After a few visits, I was invited on the retreat.  What I remember most about that weekend is the joy that the other young people in the group had.  I was not a happy teenager.  I didn’t have that joy and I knew I wanted what they had! Over time I began to find that joy sneaking into my heart and I realized it was because I was letting God into my life.  The more I learned about Him, the more the joy entered my heart.  I had come face to face with the loving Creator and I was never going to be the same. I was changing from the inside out because of God’s love.  So today, I’m telling you that God loves you.  Please, take Him at His word.  “God is not a man, that He should lie, Nor a son of man, that He should repent. Has He said, and will He not do? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?” (Numbers 23:19)

He who does not love does not know God, for God is love. (1 John 4:6)

There are only a few videos of this song on YouTube and this is the one that sounds most like I remember hearing it:  https://youtu.be/XAhZcnfrSNk

Please note:  I don’t know anything about this video or the people singing, I just found it through a search on YouTube.

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