Performance

I woke up today with a desire to review what the Bible has to say about men & women who do things just to be seen by men.  I will post passages from Matthew Chapters 6 & 23 at the end of this writing. 

I recall having a dream a year or so ago where I saw a woman manipulate other people constantly.  I had learned that she always seemed to be doing things to try to appear as though she is always generous and kind.  I detested the things she did so much I wanted to be as far away from her as possible.  She seemed to want to show me kindness in order to try to convince other people about how kind and loving she is.  She had been working her con for a long time.  I could only guess that she had probably been fooling people for years.   Today I remembered the woman in the dream and thought about how she could possibly receive spiritual help if she pondered on and prayed about the words that Jesus spoke.  

People that work in the theater are stage bound.  People that pretend to work for the Lord are constantly striving to be crowd pleasers, too.

The questions true Christ ones need to ask themselves are questions like, “Who are you  trying to perform for?”  &  “Are you waking up each day thinking about the many people you will please that day or are you waking up each day asking the Lord to show you what he wants you to do?”

The Word of God also tells us that bad company corrupts people. 

It is probably wise to do the best you can to have a few good Godly friends & family members to keep in your circle of friends than to be around people that are living their lives putting on the con.

I was also reminded today of how God will hold each person accountable some day. 

All people will stand before the Judge of all as they are held accountable for every idle word spoken and every evil deed they have done.

No one (absolutely no one) will escape the day of judgment.  Baptists, Catholics, Methodists,  Lutherans,  Freemasons,  Athiests, Buddhists,  . . . EVERYONE  will stand before the judgment seat.   

Many of us will recall the words found in Psalms 91 verse 8 when we see or hear about the punishment of the wicked.  We will know that the way of the wicked will perish like we are told in several Chapters of the Psalms.

Anyone that does not repent of their sins completely turning away from their sins will answer to the Lord.

 

The first 28 verses from Matthew 23  (KJV):  Matthew 23King James Version (KJV)

23 Then spake Jesus to the multitude, and to his disciples,

Saying The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat:

All therefore whatsoever they bid you observe, that observe and do; but do not ye after their works: for they say, and do not.

For they bind heavy burdens and grievous to be borne, and lay them on men’s shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers.

But all their works they do for to be seen of men: they make broad their phylacteries, and enlarge the borders of their garments,

And love the uppermost rooms at feasts, and the chief seats in the synagogues,

And greetings in the markets, and to be called of men, Rabbi, Rabbi.

But be not ye called Rabbi: for one is your Master, even Christ; and all ye are brethren.

And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven.

10 Neither be ye called masters: for one is your Master, even Christ.

11 But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant.

12 And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted.

13 But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in.

14 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye devour widows’ houses, and for a pretence make long prayer: therefore ye shall receive the greater damnation.

15 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, ye make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves.

16 Woe unto you, ye blind guides, which say, Whosoever shall swear by the temple, it is nothing; but whosoever shall swear by the gold of the temple, he is a debtor!

17 Ye fools and blind: for whether is greater, the gold, or the temple that sanctifieth the gold?

18 And, Whosoever shall swear by the altar, it is nothing; but whosoever sweareth by the gift that is upon it, he is guilty.

19 Ye fools and blind: for whether is greater, the gift, or the altar that sanctifieth the gift?

20 Whoso therefore shall swear by the altar, sweareth by it, and by all things thereon.

21 And whoso shall swear by the temple, sweareth by it, and by him that dwelleth therein.

22 And he that shall swear by heaven, sweareth by the throne of God, and by him that sitteth thereon.

23 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.

24 Ye blind guides, which strain at a gnat, and swallow a camel.

25 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye make clean the outside of the cup and of the platter, but within they are full of extortion and excess.

26 Thou blind Pharisee, cleanse first that which is within the cup and platter, that the outside of them may be clean also.

27 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men’s bones, and of all uncleanness.

28 Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity.

 

&  Matthew 6 (KJV):  Matthew 6King James Version (KJV)

Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven.

Therefore when thou doest thine alms, do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.

But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth:

That thine alms may be in secret: and thy Father which seeth in secret himself shall reward thee openly.

And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.

But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.

But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.

Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.

After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.

10 Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.

11 Give us this day our daily bread.

12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.

13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.

14 For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you:

15 But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

16 Moreover when ye fast, be not, as the hypocrites, of a sad countenance: for they disfigure their faces, that they may appear unto men to fast. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.

17 But thou, when thou fastest, anoint thine head, and wash thy face;

18 That thou appear not unto men to fast, but unto thy Father which is in secret: and thy Father, which seeth in secret, shall reward thee openly.

19 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:

20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:

21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

22 The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light.

23 But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!

24 No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.

25 Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?

26 Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?

27 Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature?

28 And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin:

29 And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.

30 Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?

31 Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?

32 (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.

33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

34 Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.

 

Matthew 7 (NIV):

Judging Others

“Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.

“Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.

“Do not give dogs what is sacred; do not throw your pearls to pigs. If you do, they may trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces.

Ask, Seek, Knock

“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.

“Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? 11 If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him! 12 So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.

The Narrow and Wide Gates

13 “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. 14 But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.

True and False Prophets

15 “Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves. 16 By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thorn bushes, or figs from thistles? 17 Likewise, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. 18 A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. 19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them.

True and False Disciples

21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ 23 Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’

The Wise and Foolish Builders

24 “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. 26 But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. 27 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”

28 When Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were amazed at his teaching, 29 because he taught as one who had authority, and not as their teachers of the law.

 

1 Corinthians 15:33  (NIV)

33 Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character.”

(NIV)

Psalm 1

Blessed is the one
    who does not walk in step with the wicked
or stand in the way that sinners take
    or sit in the company of mockers,
but whose delight is in the law of the Lord,
    and who meditates on his law day and night.
That person is like a tree planted by streams of water,
    which yields its fruit in season
and whose leaf does not wither—
    whatever they do prospers.

Not so the wicked!
    They are like chaff
    that the wind blows away.
Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment,
    nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous.

For the Lord watches over the way of the righteous,
    but the way of the wicked leads to destruction.

Yes, I felt this is definitely a message for God fearing women.

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When I woke up on 2/25/2017 I recall it seemed as though a scrambled set of events had taken place in a dream.
I knew I wanted to know if the dreams I had were from the Lord. I began to pray.
 
I realized right away that confusion is not from God. I persevered in prayer and started to write what I remembered about the dreams. There were two sections to the dream. The prayer was effective. God showed me that the confusion was sent by the devil. When I focused on wanting to hear what message the Lord would give me as I prayed that he would give me an interpretation for the dreams everything started to look clear to me. The eyes of my understanding woke up.
 
In the first portion of the dream I saw us in a place where we were supposed to travel away leaving where we used to live. I came to realize that place represented a holding place. It seemed as though it was actually a place that included thoughts from my past. I believe God wants us to receive healing about things of the past so we can move forward.
 
The things that once happened to us are to be put behind us as we press on toward the high call of God. The past lessons can be remembered to help us move forward but we are not supposed to stay where we were.
 
When I tried to travel away the process was S L O W. I was slow about moving away and it seemed as though I would be
 
going in a circle. I know that is not a good thing to do. You just end up right where you started.
 
When I tried to leave the spot where I had been I was feeling ill and I was moving so slow. My progress was unbelievable.
 
I could barely walk. Another day passed after I began to pray about this dream. I now believe that the illness I felt in the dream was how sick we can be if we keep trying to live in the past. Living in the past pulls at us in a horrible way. Living like that can keep us from being healthy and whole.
 
I left my keys by the road thinking if I had to go back around that way again I’d just pick up the keys
on the second time around so I wouldn’t have to walk or try to run. I realized walking was not going to get me where I wanted to go swiftly enough to help me escape those old surroundings. I wanted to move on but it seemed clear to me that a cleansing and healing would be needed before I went any further or I’d just go around to places I had been before.
 
I went back in the home where we were apparently visiting. Hmmm visiting reminds me that this old earth is not our home. We are just visitors for a while. While we are here we sure do want to enjoy the visit as much as possible.
 
Inside that home (the place that was not our own home) we saw that there were some men standing by that were waiting on us to check us out. Those men acted like supervisors. We were not uncomfortable but we did want to keep them from seeing us when we changed our clothing or showered.
 
Our natural sense of being modest was clear.
 
We did everything we could to keep ourselves clean and to be chaste. The men respected us but it was clear that IF we had done anything to expose ourselves they would naturally see us.
 
We did not raise ourselves up in a place where it would be even easier for our unclothed bodies to be exposed. We had to take the old clothes off so we could take showers. I recall looking up to a small platform that was raised from the ground. It had a bar as a rail to help keep people from falling. I wondered if a shower curtain of some sort could be placed around us if we went up on the platform. It became very clear to me that it was not wise or simple to go up there.
 
I looked at my youngest daughter telling her I had left those truck keys outside on the road. I had placed the keys at the edge of the road.  I knew they would be out of the way of common traffic and I could find them again.   I explained that I had been too tired to travel alone and the trip was too wearisome.
 
It was useless to leave at that time if we were going to simply go around the block to return to the same spot where we started.
 
I knew those keys needed to be restored before they were picked up by someone else. I recall thinking that surely
I would receive the keys back and the next time we’d probably just start out by using the truck instead of walking.
 
If you don’t have strength to run on the trip then you better go ahead and drive if you have the things you need to drive.
 
It seems to me that this message was possibly given to remind us there is a time to move forward away from all the past way of living.

 

We should always move away from anything that hinders us from being where God wants you to be.
Living a life being chaste and clean is vital for the Christian woman, too. I also think the cleansing was needed before we were able to move away from the past.
 
We are not supposed to keep going around in circles doing the same old things without changing.
A person that will not change or conform to obeying the Lord is walking in disobedience to God.
 
The keys were most probably symbolic of provision to move away faster out of need.
Some times the devil pushes people to move fast out of fear but
that is not always the reason when someone moves swiftly.
 
God has told people to leave in haste before and he can do that again.
 
When God makes a way for you to move and tells you it is time to go then you will receive the keys for how to accomplish the task.
 
Be ready to go when he says it is time to go. He will make a way and he will provide you with everything you need when it is time to go.
 
You will be moving far away from the things of the past. You won’t have to go around in circles or leave empty handed.
 
The new path you are to take will be the right path.
 
There will be no more going around in circles or being as if you are so ill you can barely walk if you take time to be cleansed. The Christian woman is to recall she should not raise herself up above men and she should remain chaste.
 
The reminder to be chaste is vital. Women who walk with God are called to be different than the other women in this old world today.
 
This place is not our home.
 
We should be cleaned up (made right with God asking him to cleanse us and set us free from the sins of the past and changing our way of living if the Lord has shown us in His Word that there are things we need to change) and we need to protect ourselves from letting men see us act or do anything that provokes a man to see or think things that they should not be seeing or thinking.
 
A God fearing woman will not use the ways of the world to entice a man to want her.
 
I recall that there were decent men that naturally loved it when they could see that a woman would not reveal herself to them in a way that is wrong.
 
She did not lift herself up above the man in any way either. She knew that it was clearly wrong to lift herself up above the man.
 
I read this and recall the blessing of those keys being there on the road waiting to be picked up when it is time to move forward. I feel sure that even though I was once concerned that the keys could possibly be taken by someone else surely God will see to it that the keys are provided when they are needed.
 
  • // Next portion of the dream showed two men.
 
These men reminded me of tv personalities but they were not identified in the dream. The fact that they reminded me of actors makes me think about the fact that many people idolize actors. It is definitely not good for a woman to make a man her idol.
 
The two men in this dream showed interest in me as a possible mate.
 
I had not been searching for a mate. The matter is in prayer. One of the men had the type of personality shown in tv shows where he always seems to show kindness but he steps back and lets other men step in when a woman is involved. He felt inferior in some ways to the other man. The other man was famous and wealthy. The one man falsely thought that he would not be able to stack up against the man that was famous.
 
They both eventually approached me at the same time.
 
Many things were going on. I could see some of the things they said to one another even though they did not know I could hear and see them. I was given keen discernment but I did not know either one of them very well. I was watching and learning all I could since they talked about me.
 
The wealthy & famous man wanted an opportunity to date me. He planned on being very respectful. The other man wanted a chance to date me, too. The famous man had people all around him. He had people to take care of all his desires.
 
The man who did not have a lot of confidence wanted to try to ask me for a date before the wealthy man asked but he failed to do that. They worked together with a goal to ask if I would date the wealthy man. I watched them and did not know for sure how long it would take them to approach me in a kind and cautious manner. For a short while I did think it may be nice to get to know one of them.
 
Details, too many details, were being shown to me . A time came when the wealthy man approached me giving me a basket of food. All kinds of food were presented to me. I could tell the other man was disappointed that he had not come to me first. I think about his behavior now and ponder on the fact that a woman does not really want a man that won’t step up to the plate and be one who is motivated. In the dream I had not come to that conclusion yet. I was waiting to see what would happen. I wanted to see how serious the men were about capturing my attention.
 
The wealthy man was disappointed (or so it seemed at a later time) that I looked at the second man, too.
It was as if he wanted all eyes on him. He was used to getting all the attention he wanted.
 
I recall telling them both that I wanted to see what ingredients they put in that food.
I wanted to know what the food was made of. I also wanted to know what the men were made of. I wanted to see the ingredients that they would give to someone. Did they care what they dished out? Were they concerned about how a person can be affected by the contents of the food they were sharing? It would tell me what type of person they were if I knew exactly what they would give away.
 
It was real to me. I knew that it was right and good for me to discover who they were and what they were made of, too. I could not date either one of them without knowing them.
 
Unfortunately they did not seem as though they were willing to wait for me to discover what they were made of.
 
I held the basket of food in front of me telling them I’d check it all out. They looked so disappointed.
I was disappointed, too. I woke up thinking I realize it is sad when people are not able to marry and connect with a partner right away but I also realize the importance of waiting on the Lord and making sure anyone you date as a possible mate is a person that is sold out for the Lord.
 
It does not matter how charming they are ( like the quiet man in the dream) or how much money and fame the person has
(that was the wealthy man in the dream) if they are not made of good stuff the match is not made in heaven.
 
I felt as though this portion of the dream can be used to remind women how important it is to get to know a man well before she would date a man when considering marriage. Every true Christian knows that believers are supposed to be with believers. Many believers are finding out nowadays that there are people who only pretend to care about the things of God. You really do need to find out what they are made of.
 
When I reviewed these notes on the morning of 2/27/2017 I realized that there is another message in the second portion of the dream.
 
Since pastors are supposed to feed the sheep I thought about how important it is to choose a good pastor.
 
Find out what the pastor is made of before you submit yourself to his leadership.
 
If they don’t dish out good food you don’t want to be eating what they dish out. 
 
Any pastor that shares fables instead of the truth is one that should be avoided.
 
A mean spirited dominating and controlling man should be avoided, as well.  A good pastor needs to have self-control. 
 
A man that wants all the attention on him instead of on the Lord is not a good pastor.
 
A man that won’t step up to the plate with confidence has some problems, too.
 
Look for a pastor that is made of good things. You will know people by the fruit they bear.
 
We will have to pray and trust God to help us find good pastors.

 

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1 Timothy 2 King James Version (KJV)
2 I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men;
2 For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.
3 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour;
4 Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.
5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;
6 Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.
7 Whereunto I am ordained a preacher, and an apostle, (I speak the truth in Christ, and lie not;) a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and verity.
8 I will therefore that men pray every where, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting.
9 In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array;
10 But (which becometh women professing godliness) with good works.
11 Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection.
12 But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence.
13 For Adam was first formed, then Eve.
14 And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression.
15 Notwithstanding she shall be saved in childbearing, if they continue in faith and charity and holiness with sobriety.

 

////////// A woman should not raise herself up above a man.

 

 

 

 

Another Dream From The Past / 1980

God given dreams are wonderful.

It has been a long time since I first enjoyed beautiful dreams. I had one dream where I danced with the Lord. I didn’t even know at the time that God speaks to him people through dreams.

I met a woman named Marie Paton when I worked at GTE in Sarasota, FL.

Marie told me about how we are to pray like the people in the Bible prayed when they had dreams that seemed significant.

I told her about the dream I had when I danced with Jesus. She responded with an interpretation for me that clearly made sense to me in some ways and other things were brought to my mind later when the things in the dream came to pass.

The dancing with Jesus was symbolism of my closer walk with God when I began to draw closer to the Lord in 1980.

I told Marie how I saw more in the dream where I was helping save children after I danced with Jesus.

Marie believed that was symbolism that God would use me to minister to children.

That came to pass.

Several children believed in Jesus and they asked him to forgive them of their sins.

Children of all ages ended up being brought in my path so I could share the gospel story with them.

How amazing it is to have dreams like that then to see how God brings it all to pass.

 

Thank God for the interpretations he gives us to help guide us.

 

I believe he also uses dreams to prepare us for certain things. 

 

Some dreams may have warnings that help spare us from danger.

 

Other dreams can be a call for prayer.

 

Dreams can be a form of preparation to let us know that something is going to happen and there is nothing we can do to stop it from taking place. 

 

God is in control.

 

Pray asking God for the interpretation of dreams that stand out to you.  Ask him if there is anything in the dream that is meant to give you assistance or direction. 

 

God is faithful.

 

God’s children will know his voice.  He will speak to his children in a way they can understand him.  His sheep know his voice.

January 2017 Dream & Memories of a 7 Year Old Dream

I remembered another dream I had about 7 years ago after I had prayed for the interpretation of a new dream.  

I remembered there would be warnings, there would be divisions or a parting of ways, and there would possibly be deaths.   ←  That is part of the message from the seven year old dream.   

In the new dream several things caught my attention that caused me to believe it is time for me to pray about some personal cleansing.  Another portion of this new dream showed me a  man.  This man showed me a tool that could quickly divide things without a problem.

I wondered if that part of the dream had anything to do with  divisions or parting of ways again. 

 

Maybe the Lord is preparing me once again to understand that it is his time for more parting of ways. 

 

These things are not in my control. 

I have to learn to keep trusting in God no matter what happens. 

His will.  His way.  His timing.  Keep trusting in God.

I also went into prayer earlier in the evening. 

During my prayer time I was reminded of the words, “Joy comes in the morning.” 

 

Those words do make me think of those who walk with the Lord going to be with the Lord.  They may suffer for a night but when they leave this old world behind their joy comes in the morning.

 
How pleasant it is for those who have received the free gift of salvation that comes from believing in the Lord Jesus Christ when they leave this old earth.  Pleasant for them when they walk with the Lord whole  and healed for eternity.  Sorrowful for those who they leave behind. 
 
Torment and sorrow comes to those who continue to  refuse the free gift of salvation.