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Imaginary Friends

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Have you ever wondered about a child’s imaginary friend? 

I have often.

You see to me, I just don’t believe it is simply a play friend of theirs.

I truly believe they are able to see and hear their imaginary friend.

No, I am not crazy or delusional.

I truly believe they are seeing their guardian angel that God has appointed to watch over them during their lifetime.

Why can’t the older kids and adults see them?

I think that is such a simple answer.

We don’t have that childlike faith and innocence any longer.

I think as we start to grow up we lose that innocence, childlike faith as we see more and more of the world. 

We crowd out the simpleness of our lives with television, learning sin and growing up.

Of course, all this is simply my opinion, but I truly believe its true.

I will give you some true examples.

After we lost a very special person in our family, one of the younger children in our family was able to see him in Spirit at times. 

Then one day he saw his picture and told his Mommy:  “I know that boy, I have seen him.”  

Honest to goodness, truly happened.

Another instance, a child and his family were driving down the highway and pulled over for a funeral procession. 

The young child asked:  “Mommy why is that little girl sitting on that box in that car waving at me?

I truly believe that baby, well little boy saw the little girl in that hearse waving and smiling.

I truly believe that children can see the heavenly world and angels that we simply just can not see.

Isn’t that simply amazing and awesome?!

Another group of people that I truly believe can see their imaginary friends and angels are the special needs children and adults of this world.  

I often think we mistake some people as crazy and talking to themselves when in reality they are talking with their angelic guardian.

Just like when we are approaching death, I believe we see our loved ones waiting to meet us that have already gone home.

True story.

I was staying with one of the most God fearing women I had ever known when she needed somebody to be there with her, during a tough time in her life. 

She said one day: 

“Christine, don’t be frightened if you see a man sitting on the porch swing from time to time.  It’s my Daddy and he has come to watch over me during this time.”

The peace that constantly filled her home was so overwhelming at all times, the peace of God filled her home, her life and everybody that entered in. 

True peace!!

This dear beloved woman went home to be with the Lord just a couple of weeks later.  

Our family lost a precious soul that day, but Heaven gained a dear sweet precious angel.

Do I believe all three examples truly happened?  

Yes, I know for a fact all three happened, beyond a shadow of a doubt.

So when you see your child, or a special needs child or adult, or a loved one getting ready to go home… and they seem to be watching and talking with somebody we can’t see.

Simply smile and know that God is with them in the form of a guardian angel, or a family member sent just especially for them.

For as the Bible says, we each are appointed a guardian angel, and we entertain angels unaware.

Don’t you wish we all could see and talk with our angel like that? 

I sure do!!!!!!

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Angels Unaware

Have you ever entertained an Angel unaware? 

Did you maybe meet one or see one and did not even realize it until later?

Have you ever spoke to one who asked for help, and did not know it?

The Bible speaks of angels over and over again!

One of my favorite scriptures is Hebrews 13:2….. 

Be not forgetful to entertain strangers; for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.

I have heard so many different people speak of angels in my lifetime.  Here I am going to share with you about a couple of my own meetings with angels.

Many years ago, when my children were young we were headed to school and I decided to get them a biscuit from our little local Cafe, Caesars, which I have talked about in a different blog.

I pulled up and started in, and there at the window, sat this little old man.  I so vividly remember this, it has bothered me ever since that day.  He was an older person with such raggedy old clothes and barefoot.  I found it so strange!  I had never seen him before, and in our little community; you simply knew everybody.

He asked me if I could spare some change.  I brushed him off, actually, I glanced his way and just walked right on into the cafe.  I asked Mr. Bramlett who the man was standing at the window.  He said:  “Christine, there’s nobody out there, I just walked in and there was not a soul there.” and he proceeded out the door to see who it was.

And was there anybody there?   Nope, there sure wasn’t.  We both were puzzled by it, discussed it a minute and I went on about my day of taking the children to school.

I asked the kids about the man standing there, and they both said:  ” We didn’t see nobody Momma, there was nobody there.”

Even now, I know that I know, that I entertained an angel unaware.  Which is wonderful in and of itself.  But still, to this day I still regret the fact that I just dismissed him and his plea for spare change!

I have always felt that I failed a very important test of helping others, even after thirty plus years, it is still just as real as it was then!

Ever since that time, I purposely watch out for strangers and people that may be in need.  I never want to fail that test again!

And of course, you can find people in need everywhere nowadays.  Even standing at the traffic lights, outside stores, on the side of the road, almost anywhere.

Do I help them all?  NO, I don’t.  Why?  Because I go by my feelings inside.  If I don’t feel a peace about it I simply pass on by.  Yes, some of you may be thinking… “Well, you’re not really trying to help others unaware.”  Not true, but in today’s world so many people pretend to need help, that really truly do not, or maybe even mean you harm. 

So I simply pray beforehand.  If God gives me peace about helping them I do, but if I feel uneasy, I simply pass on by.  I truly believe God gives you discernment if you will only take the time to ask Him and be still and listen for His answer.  Is it audible?  Well for me, no but you sense his nudging in your spirit. You simply have to trust and listen.

My daughter reminded me of the next story.  I had forgotten about it; maybe because of the outcome.  You just got to know my daughter, she is one of my very best friends after God.  But that’s a story for another day.

Anyway, on another occasion, the children and I were out taking a ride.  We crossed this bridge and right in the middle of it was this little old lady with an old cart.  Bless her heart, she was barely getting along.  The children and I all saw the lady this time.  We crossed the bridge and turned around to see if we could help her.

And what to our amazement ….. she too was no longer there.  She simply vanished cart and all.  No, she did not have time to cross the bridge, it wasn’t exactly little, nobody picked her up, there wasn’t enough time.  But still, she was gone!

I like to think I passed that test, to help an angel unaware.  I was concerned, I did turn around to go help her.  I like to think God simply placed that angel there just for us, to see how I would react, and I feel I did as He hoped I would, that time.

Recently, well probably a year or more now, time has a way of slipping by way too fast (that’s another topic for some other day also).

But anyway, I was headed to work one morning, and just as I was about to get on the bypass, there was this little lady walking.  She had nothing with her but her purse, and I felt so strongly to stop and help her. 

So, I pulled over real fast, rolled down the window, and asked her could I give her a ride.  I remember there was so much traffic, it was early morning commute time; so you can imagine.  But I simply stopped anyway.

She said, “Yes dear, I appreciate it.”  She climbed in and I asked her where I could take her to.  To this day, I still can’t explain it, but she just wanted to go up the hill, so that’s what we did. We drove maybe 1500 feet, and I let her out where she asked me to.

You’re probably thinking well, she just did not want to walk up the hill.  Not true! 

Do you want to know why?

Because I let her out, crossed over the road, made a u-turn, looked back and she was gone.  Just simply gone, vanished just like all the other times.  I knew right then I had once again entertained an angel unaware!

So, my dear readers and friends, as you go about your daily lives, please remember that you just might be talking to a stranger; but you just maybe are talking to one of God’s precious angels, sent just for you! 

So be on the lookout, help others when you feel led to… for you also may just be entertaining an angel unaware!

 

Faith

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 Faith…. I couldn’t imagine my life without God or the Faith I have because of Him and in Him and His Word!!!

 I want to say first and foremost, that I don’t believe you have to be a member of a particular type of Church to go to Heaven, not at all.  At least, I don’t think so… it’s not the Church that saves you, it’s faith in God that saves you!!!

I believe that we all are created by the Lord God Almighty, that we all are the same, no matter race, gender or where we are born.  I believe we are all simply alike, and God’s children.  I believe that it’s nothing less than believing in God, our Creator, who loved us so very much, that saves us!!!

He loved us so much that He sent His Son, Jesus!  Who came to walk the earth, be like us, hurt like us, and to teach us all about God’s love.  God loved us so much that His Son, Jesus, stood up for us all, on our behalf.  Jesus suffered a horrible, unimaginable, painful punishment that He did not deserve ever; He was crucified on the cross, totally innocent…. just for you and me!!  I can’t imagine that kind of love.  I could not even consider giving my child’s life for someone else, I just couldn’t.  Yet God did!!!!  He loves us that much!!!!

But then…… on that third day…. that wonderful, glorious third day…. HE AROSE!!!!!   He battled death and won…. for each of us… for ALL of us.  I’m so glad, beyond words, that God loves us so!!  We certainly don’t deserve it, yet He does!!!

Why am I so very glad?  Because of His ultimate, eternal love for us, we can have life eternal with Him in Heaven.  When we do believe in Him,  follow Him, we receive that gift of eternal life; that can only be obtained through that faith we have in Him, through Jesus!!!

So please, as you read this page, please remember this is what I believe…. and we each are the same, yet different in our thoughts and beliefs….. but we all are still individuals….. and God’s children!

 I grew up in the Church of Christ…….. a few times I visited a Baptist Church as a child with my grandparents.  But my parents and a lot of the family went to a Church of Christ.  I have actually visited many different types of Churches and denominations, if you will, in my adult life.  Have I always been in Church? No, regretfully I have not.  But anyway, to me that is neither here nor there.  What is so important to me, that I can still remember so vividly, is the last week of the year in 1976, as if it was yesterday.

I was 13, and all that week I felt this inner turmoil down deep inside; it was like a gentle nudging that I just didn’t fully understand.  I remember one evening that week, Mom and I were washing the supper dishes.  I said, “Mom, there’s this odd feeling inside,  just well, like a nudging of some sort; but I don’t understand it.”  We talked and she said, “It’s the Lord dealing with my heart.”  

That brought me a sense of peace, and then I knew God was knocking on the door of my heart.  It was then up to me………….. ignore Him and the feeling He was sharing with my soul, or answer and give Him my heart, my soul, my everything. 

I remember that next Sunday morning at Church, I so struggled during the invitation song.  But did I step forward at that time? No, regrettably I did not! I was so miserable that afternoon….  God was knocking and I did not answer Him….  

So that evening I knew I was going to give my heart to God, accept His gift of salvation. I could not wait for the invitation.  The Church sang…. Softly and Tenderly... still one of my absolute favorite Gospel songs.  I was down that aisle ever so quickly, the devil could not have stopped me.  I so could not wait to confess my belief in Jesus, right my wrongs and be baptized, washing those sins away.

Oh, the peace and joy that I had right then and there.  It’s a peace that I can not start to explain.  It’s a peace that I pray you have experienced yourself.. or will very very soon.  I knew God was with me… I knew I was not only his child that He created, but now I was also His daughter. 

I wish I could tell you that I have always felt that sense of peace and joy, but I can’t honestly say that.  You see, I believe that I will always be God’s daughter, always.  But when you walk away from Him and act like He doesn’t matter; well, point blank…. you’re going to lose that peace, instead, you’re going to feel conviction until…….. you go back and make things right with Him…  and I’m sooooooo very glad that I did!!!

I opened the door to my heart to Jesus over 40 years ago… But there were times, that I have NOT acted like He expects and wants me to, you couldn’t see Jesus in my life.  Did I still believe in Him during those times?  Yes, of course… but I sure didn’t act like I did! 

I thought I could walk alone, make my own decisions and choices.  Was I a horrible person?  No, but I wasn’t living like He meant everything to me either.  What did I discover then?  That I was just as miserable as I was in the beginning when I knew God was calling, and I refused Him on that Sunday… I had lost my peace and joy!!

Did it last forever... NO…. Why?  Because I went back to the Lord, where I left Him.  I don’t think God ever leaves us,  ever!!!  But He gives us that choice of our own free will; which sadly we all sometimes seem to take advantage of and then later regret.  But I do know when you go back to Him, He will welcome you with arms open wide to hug you, and tell you that “He loves you and welcome home.”

 I do my best to walk with God and be a witness and light for Him.  Do I mess up?  Of course daily, sometimes several times of day.  But I know I serve a Lord and Father who loves me and forgives me when I’m truly sorry and I ask His forgiveness,  He loves me that much.  He loves you that much!!!!!

So won’t you please consider giving your heart to Him?   Not because I ask you to, but because you feel led, and you sincerely want to.  It does not matter, where you are, what you have done, the habits you may have, or what others may think..  God does NOT say straighten up and then come to me.   Goodness, no… God says to simply come as you are, broken, hurting, whatever your sins and burdens may be, simply come to Him… 

It’s so very easy, He made it that way just for us. 

Consider calling out His name……simply bow your head, or kneel or whatever feels most comfortable for you, and then just talk to God, pray……  “Lord, it’s me, I so need You, I can’t do this on my own anymore. Please forgive me, I believe in You, I confess that You alone are God, and I need you, Lord,….. please come into my heart” It does not have to be those words…. if you are truly sincere about asking God into your heart, you will find your own words to say to Him.   

Get a Bible, read His word, talk to others, ask all the questions that you want, learn all about God.  I promise you will never stop learning of Him, and find a group of people to be with. People that will share your love for God, that will share your hurts, your thoughts, your joy and peace, your laughter, your belief.  You all will be able to learn from one another and rejoice in doing so.  Tell others about your Lord, live a life so they can see a difference, a new joy; and want what you have… and then share where it comes from…   

God can and will be your very best friend, always there, waiting, listening, nudging you along life’s way.. eager for you to talk and walk with Him.  He will never leave you, never forsake you; but will always, always be there to guide you, and help you find your way along this journey of life.  

Thank you for taking the time to let me share my journey with you.  God is always there, my very best friend, that I talk with constantly.  I couldn’t start to imagine a moment of my life without Him!!!

God bless each and every one of us always!!! 

Thank you Lord!!!!!

 

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