I was feeling very down this morning.

I saw my pulmonary doctor yesterday for a rare disease I have.  It affects the lungs and lymph nodes and makes breathing sometimes difficult.   No good news.  😦  As I was leaving the hospital I was walking UP the parking garage ramp to get to our van.  By the time I got to the van I was struggling to catch my breath.  I was discouraged because the incline was gradual and not really pronounced, and I didn’t think I should be that out of breath.

This morning, as I was writing a thank you to a marine I have adopted, I came across a hymn to send to him,  “The Son of God Goes Forth to War.”   The last stanza goes like this:

“A noble army, men and boys, the matron and the maid,  Around the Savior’s throne rejoice, In robes of light arrayed.  They climbed the steep ascent of heav’n through peril, toil, and pain.  O God, to us may grace be giv’n To follow in their train!”

That same labored feeling returned to me from yesterday’s climb, as I thought of our long climb in this life to heaven and then I heard these words, “It is not your strength that you have to depend on to get to Heaven.  It is mine.”

I no longer felt down.  I started to look UP. 🙂

“..And God raised us UP with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus..” 🙂

In some sense we are already there. 🙂


About lifevine

Hi! My name is Amy. I am a former atheist and, for a season, practiced witchcraft. God drew me out of darkness 17 years ago and gave me the spiritual gifts of knowing and faith. He gives me daily encouragement and affirmation and I hope to share Him with you. If you have not yet met the one true God, His name is Jesus Christ, and may I be the first to introduce you to Him? He is the Restorative Savior God promised Adam and Eve 6,000 years ago (Genesis 3:15) after they had sinned in the garden, bringing separation from God because of disobedience. It is rightly reported that a little over 2,000 years ago in Bethlehem He was born of a virgin, lived a blameless perfect life in and around Jerusalem, died on a cross on Golgotha for the world's sin, and 3 days later rose again. YES! ROSE AGAIN! AMAZING! Please get baptized in His name, and walk in an eternal restored fellowship with Christ. You can get to know Him by reading, marking, and inwardly digesting His Word.... His Holy Bible.
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