Welcome to LIVING TRUTH! Oh, how I’ve prayed for each one of you who stops by today!! A special welcome if you’re visiting from my Proverbs 31 Encouragement for Today devotion where I share my New Year’s Prayer for 2015 (at the end of the post, you will find a link to download a copy of that prayer).
As we usher in this New Year together, I invite you to join me in remembering the One to whom we lift our prayers.
His Name is Jesus. HE IS…
…” the One who is, the One who was, and the One who is coming.” Revelation 1:4 (The Voice).
Did you hear? He is coming.
And on that day He will come…
“riding on the clouds in all His glory.” Revelation 1:7
“eyes ablaze with fire and crowns adorning his head.”
“His name:… KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.” Revelation 19:16.
On that day, Jesus will call our names, take our hands, and lead us into our heavenly home! I can only imagine how our hearts will swell as we pass through the gates and see what only Jesus’ beloved disciple John has seen.
Take a journey with me and let’s imagine…
I can hardly believe my eyes. All I’ve ever known is gone. Heaven and earth have passed away; the seas are gone. Everything is new! There, before me, is a holy city. It’s the New Jerusalem, descending from heaven.
The glory of the Lord shines all about. The city is made of pure gold, yet it is as clear as glass. The great wall around the city, adorned with the most precious of jewels, glimmers unlike anything I have ever seen.
I see no street lights or lamps. But there is no need because the Light of the World illumines every corner of the city, forbidding the darkness to enter.
The glory and grandeur of every nation is on display; people from around the world bringing glory and honor to the King of kings and Lord of lords.
Tears well up so thick. I can hardly take in what lies before me. A river of crystal clear living water, flows down from the throne of the Lamb. On each bank of the river stands the tree of life, firmly planted, bearing an abundance of plump, ripe fruit.
Surrounding me are worshipers, every race and every nation bowing before the throne of God and the Lamb of God. As I lift my eyes, I see my Creator and my Savior there before me. I’m in their presence. Awestruck wonder captivates my heart. I feel as if I can’t breathe. I had learned of God’s glory. I had prayed often for a touch of His glory. But now, I could do nothing but fall on my face before His Shekinah glory and join the throngs of worshipers bowing down before Him, casting their crowns at His feet.
I hear a great voice, coming from the throne::
“The home of God is now with His people. He will live among them; they will be His people, and God Himself will be among them. The prophecies are fulfilled: He has wiped every tear. No more death. No more mourning. No more crying. No more pain. The first things have gone away.”
And then I hear the One on the throne speak! A voice I have longed to hear announce to His creation:
“I am making ALL things new!”
Glory! Glory! It is all just as God said!
(Inspired by Revelation 21 and 22)
Glory! One day every knee will bow and tongue confess our JESUS IS LORD!
Let’s band together today as sisters and pray a New Year’s Prayer to our Jesus, inviting Him into our hearts, our families, our marriages, our friendships, our relationships, our jobs…our lives. Will you start today by sharing your prayer in the comments today…maybe a favorite verse you will pray; a word God has laid on your heart; a commitment you are making, or even your full prayer. And please know it will be my joy and delight to pray over each and every prayer, sweet friend.
Giveaway to Celebrate YOU!
To celebrate YOU and the precious time you have taken to stop by and share your thoughts and prayers, I will randomly choose 4 names to receive some fun New Year’s gifts, including a signed copy of my book, Living So That, a signed copy of my book, Hidden Joy in a Dark Corner, a Target gift card, or a bracelet. Check back HERE Saturday (in the comments) for the names of the winners.
And if you would like a free downloadable copy of My New Year’s prayer, click here.
***Thank you to my dear friend, Fred, for this AMAZING photo taken on the North Shore of Oahu. If you are interested in learning more about Fred’s photography, e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org. ***