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What Will Heaven Look Like?

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One thing I am sure of — we will not be floating on clouds with the angels. We will have an earth. But it will be different. Come with me as I travel through some scripture to figure out how this will look.

First, look at water

Water — we have lots of water on this planet. Actually, over 2/3 of the planet is covered in water. And only 25% of that is fresh water.

Let’s think about water:

Destructive power — floods


Water can bring devastation.

Here in our county of Haliburton, the town of Minden had severe flooding — again.

Our minister said that although he grew up in Minden they never had any flooding problems. There used to a 100-year flood in the town. Now it’s the second time in 6 years that flooding has occurred. And record flooding too.

Minden, Ont., residents prepare for record-level flooding again
Resident in Minden, Ont., are bracing for another ” one-in 100-year flood ” – the second of such in six years. READ…globalnews.ca

The United States:

Today, Tuesday, May 21, in Oklahoma, USA there were severe tornadoes and flooding.

“Storms on Monday and Tuesday were causing serious flooding in parts of Oklahoma — and more flooding is expected to develop in states to the east.”

After 14 tornadoes in Oklahoma and Texas, millions in Central Plains are under flash flood threats
Severe thunderstorms will drench and flood parts of Oklahoma Tuesday, on the heels of a series of tornadoes that…www.cnn.com

In biblical times water also destroyed

The Genesis Flood

“Then the flood came upon the earth for forty days, and the water increased and lifted up the ark, so that it rose above the earth” (Genesis, 7:17, NASB).

What about the Israelites?

They were not seafarers. They crossed seas but only by the hand of God. They were wary of the sea. Storms on the Sea of Galilee came up unexpectedly. Their boats were not really seaworthy.


So water can be very very destructive. We can see how over the years it can push back waterfalls by miles and miles. Take a look at the rate of erosion of Niagara Falls.

Rate of Erosion of Niagara Falls | Marriott on the Falls
Undoubtedly, Niagara Falls is one of the greatest wonders of nature. In some circles there is a concern among…www.marriottonthefalls.com

The word “sea” can be equated to the word “chaos”

In our new Heaven and new Earth, there will no sea.

“Then I saw “a new heaven and a new earth,” for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea” (Revelation 21:1, NIV).

God will rid this world of chaos — no sea.

That line really struck me — no sea.

Let’s look at Jesus. He walked ON THE WATER. He was above the sea. Water =chaos. Jesus is in control over chaos.

“Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake” (Matthew 14:25, NIV).


In the new Heaven and Earth, there will be NO CHAOS.

Jesus will restore our physical lives when we are resurrected — just like He was restored. New life.

We cry water in this world by tears.

It’s a way to release the pain from sorrow.

In Heaven, we will live in a place with no mourning

The water from our tears will be wiped away.

Praising God that with the tears He also gave us a release valve for our mourning. Now, we have that release that allows us to let out the mourning and bring in newness from God.

Bible Art by Janis Cox

“‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away (Revelation 21:4, NIV).”

The danger in this world

Go a little further and we see that “Danger” will also be gone.

That beast that rises out of the sea — the chaotic force — the anti-Christ will be vanquished by Jesus.

Picture this:

Jesus coming from Heaven. The Beast coming from the sea.

Goodness and Light — Versus — Chaos and Darkness.

Revelation 1:7

“Look, he is coming with the clouds,”(NIV).

Revelation 19:11

“I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True. With justice he judges and wages war” (NIV).

Photo by Robert Nyman on Unsplash

“And I saw a beast coming out of the sea” (Revelation 1:13, NIV).

By Albrecht Dürer — Web Gallery of Art: Image Info about artwork, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=12255351

One more thought about WATER

There is also goodness that comes from water. It is a symbol of joy and new life.

But the water from Jesus is more powerful

“Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again,

but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life” (John 4:13–14, NIV).

Let’s rejoice that our new Heaven and new Earth will be beautiful, wonderful, joyful and peaceful.

Enough – Five Minute Friday

Enough of Me

Joining Kate at Five Minute Friday #FMFparty. The word is “enough”. Write for 5 minutes. Go.

Sometimes it feels like I’ve had enough. What about you?

Too many things going wrong
cooking and cleaning

But then I stop. I realized it’s me. It’s not what I’m doing, or what others are doing. It’s me.

I have had enough of ME.

How do I get rid of me?

Seek Jesus, He is enough for me.


When I go to Him, talk to Him, He gives me all I need.

I’m finally realizing that peace means to give up ME, and get Jesus.

The song that comes to me is Christ is Enough  sung by Hillsong.

Listen to some of the words:

There’s nothing in this world that could ever satisfy.

I’ve been set free.

Heaven is our home.

And it finishes with I have decided to follow Jesus.

When you’ve had enough of this world –
Seek Jesus because He is the Only One that can satisfy. (tweet this)

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me (2 Corinthians 12:9, NIV).

What do you think of the word “enough”? Read other posts at Five Minute Friday.

And there is a giveaway on Kate’s blog this week. Drop over.


Sunday Stillness – Isaiah 40:8

Sunday Stillness – Isaiah 40:8


Janis Cox photography – taken with Nikon Coolpix L820

As we head into the end of summer I look at the beautiful wildflowers. Striking in colours, variety and shape they show the imagination of our Creator God. But as we know they must end their lives to begin again next spring.

So too we will come to an end of this life. But we have a choice during this life to live anew with Christ. We can blossom and flourish under our Lord’s care and provision – a new life on earth – and then when we die from this earth we too will begin a new life with our Lord in Heaven.

God’s Word continues on through generations and generations – enduring forever. Let’s pray that we can spread this wonderful news of rebirth.

I will be going on a blogging holiday next week. We are cottaging with our whole family. I will post another Sunday Stillness but continuing from this week. Thanks to the wonderful posters. I really appreciate you.



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Do We Know For Certain Heaven is Home for Us?

by Mary Haskett


Heaven is Home

This morning I planned to visit Jean Darling in her hospital room, but my pastor called to say she had gone to heaven.

I recall one day when I visited, she had just recovered from a bout of pneumonia, and at 94,  years old that was quite something. We sat in the lounge and talked. I said to Jean, “Your sister told me, you were quite ill last week Jean.”

“Yes,” she said, “I really thought I was going home to heaven.”

“I guess the Lord said, not yet Jean,” I responded.

“True,” she quipped, “and he has said that several times lately.” We both laughed, and I marveled at this saint of God who served on the mission field in India for a 40 year span.

Do we know with a certainty that heaven is home for us?

If we have accepted Jesus as Lord and Saviour and
indeed if we live for Him, then we too will have a place in heaven.
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Remember how Jesus promised:

“In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.” (John 14:2 , KJV)


Dear Lord Jesus, How grateful I am for the provisions you have made for me. I pray to be ever focused and true to you in all I do and say. Amen.

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Mary Haskett

Mary is a writer and speaker. Since becoming a Christian she has served in many capacities. On a monthly basis in her home, she hosts a women’s prayer group, a women’s fellowship group, and Ready Writers, London of which she is the founder.
She serves in several ministries in her church.
She is a member of The The Word Guild. and Inscribe Christian Writers’ Fellowship.
Her book Reverend Mother’s Daughter was a finalist in the 2008 Word Guild of Canada Awards and won an IPPY award in the states. Her second book Because We Prayed was released two years ago.  India My Calling is her latest release, and relates the compelling story of  Jean Darling who served for 40 years on the mission field. Mary has had many articles published and  has been a regular contributor to the community publication Christian Life in London. You can visit her at http://www.maryhaskett.com


Sense of Wonder in Prayer

by Judith Lawrence

“Prayer is the art of presence. Where there is no wonder there is little depth of presence. The sense of wonder is one of the key sources of prayer. Wonder at the adventure of being here is one of the special qualities of humans.…Sometimes in humans profound wonder can only be expressed in silence” (John O’Donahue Eternal Echoes Page 195)

Some years ago I wrote a poem titled “Guest of the World”. I have included it below as I think it sums up the sense of wonder that we have been given as humans and the prayer of thanksgiving for all that the Creator has given us in this world.

Guest of the World

As a guest of the world I want to see all its beauty; when I return to heaven I will tell of the white purity of snow, the delicate pastels of spring blossoms, the deep blue of the summer sky, the flaming reds and golds of autumn.

As a guest of the world I want to hear all its sounds; when I return to heaven I will tell about the sound of ocean waves crashing to the shore, the song of birds, the baby’s cry, the howl of wolves, the eerie night song of the spring peepers.

As a guest of the world I want to savour all its tastes; when I return to heaven I will tell of the sweetness of honey, the refreshing tang of an orange and the sourness of lemon. I will describe the burning heat of chilli peppers and the juicy delight of grapes from the vine.

As a guest of the world I want to touch all its textures; when I return to heaven I will tell of the roughness of a tree’s bark, the velvet softness of a cat’s fur, the prickliness of a rose’s thorns, the sting of a nettle.

As a guest of the world I want to smell all its scents; when I return to my heavenly home I will tell of the heady perfume of lilacs, the warning odour of a skunk, the smokiness of a wood fire, the moist earth after rain.

When I return to heaven I will tell of the wonders of the earth and the many blessings I was given as its guest. And I will thank the Creator for such an exciting and marvellous place, where I learnt so many new things. And like all weary travellers, however kind the hosts and enchanting the country, I will be glad to be home and give thanks for my safe return.

© Judith Lawrence

Judith Lawrence

Judith Lawrence lives in Muskoka, Ontario, a land of lakes, forests, and wildlife. She began to write seriously when she was in her fifties and has written three non-fiction spiritual books. Judith has also written a book of mystical poetry and one of short stories; she writes a weekly blog about contemplation and records a podcast meditationmonthly.


“Ascencial” Truth – Sermon

by Rev. Harold Morgan

This weekend was the 24th of May Weekend – celebrating Queen Victoria’s birthday in Canada. Our minister, Harry, spoke about kingship, and ascension to the throne. In the secular world there is much pomp given to the ascension of a king/queen. Gifts are given and received.

The Ascension of Jesus is the crowning of our Lord, Jesus Christ. In Acts 1 we get a different picture of His royalty. He lived as a carpenter, had no armies and spent his ministry in servanthood. He died for all of us. He rose from the grave. Then He returned to earth to reveal Himself for 40 days. Then He ascended. Then at Pentecost, He gave his disciples a gift – the gift of the Holy Spirit.

Jesus had said, while on earth:

 “And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”” (Matthew 28:20 NIV).

Then He withdrew His visible presence. He went back to where He had started – with a view of humanity that connected us to God.

“Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death even death on a cross” (Philippians 2:6-8 NIV)!

In His ascension He took back what He originally had. And He went back with more.

That was the theological part – which I hope I got right.

Here are the real implications of the Ascension:

Jesus is now not limited to time or space.

While on earth He did have limits of time and space.

Jesus receives our prayers.

On Ascension, He took back the prerogative of God. He IS God! But now we can pray to Him.

“And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son” (John 14:13 NIV).

Here is the Ascencial Truth (Harry made up the word ascencial) – Jesus opened the gates of Heaven – so we might enter in. (I love the song by Robin Mark. See it at the end of this post)

“But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it. This is why it says: “When he ascended on high, he took many captives and gave gifts to his people.” (What does “he ascended” mean except that he also descended to the lower, earthly regions? He who descended is the very one who ascended higher than all the heavens, in order to fill the whole universe” (Ephesians 4:7-10 NIV).

We were captives of Satan but Jesus freed us to be captivated by Him. We are His. We need to know Him and love Him. And He even took us to Heaven with Him.

“And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus” (Ephesians 2:6 NIV).

How cool is that! Wow! We are seated with Jesus. We are yet to see the whole fullness of this but we do get glimpses, don’t we?

Jesus Gave Gifts to Men

Just as in the temporal world when a new king is crowned there are new jobs opened to those who know the king. So, too, Jesus apportioned jobs to each of us. Paul lists some of the gifts of the Holy Spirit in Ephesians. We are to serve the body of Christ by using the gifts given to each of us.

Here is a list of the ones from Ephesians:

Apostles – those who have vision and entrepreneurial spirit for God.

Prophets – those who call us to account and are the balancers. They ask questions like, “are we right doing this?”

Evangelists – those whose love for Jesus makes them want to spread the Good News.

Pastors – shepherds who show concern and comfort for others. They are the encouragers.

Teachers – those who explain what is said in the Bible.

All of these only operate under the Holy Spirit. We cannot be followers of Christ without the Holy Spirit in us. It is impossible.

And that is the “Ascencial” Truth – Jesus’ Ascension is important. Video Podcasts – Part 1 and Part 2

GOODBYE – Five Minute Fridays


Arizona Desert

Canadian Lakes

This is an opportune time for the word “goodbye” as we leave for Canada next Wednesday. When I say goodbye it is always in hopes that, God willing, I will see everyone in Arizona next year. Then of course, in the fall, it is the reverse – saying goodbye to my home town friends.

Thanks to the Internet the goodbyes are never permanent. We keep in touch throughout the year.

One group that I have the most trouble saying goodbye to is my Polish friends from my mission trip. They have made a special mark on my life. Three times I have visited Poland for 2 weeks on a mission trip, to teach English at an Evangelical Family Camp. These people have claimed my heart and my soul. Once again this summer I will be returning. I am so excited. When I say goodbye after the 2 weeks, I cry – from happiness at what they are learning, for their passion for Christ and for their hard work at bringing others to know Him.

Family English Camp in Poland

And the other goodbye is saying goodbye to loved ones – as I said goodbye to my Mom this winter. That goodbye isn’t permanent either because I know we will meet again in Heaven. In my heart I am sure that Jesus is looking after my parents – and they are waiting in anticipation of seeing me, too.

Doris Read - 1917-2012

Goodbyes – heart-felt feelings of caring for each other.

Time’s up.

My five minutes are up. What do you think of when you hear the word – GOODBYE?

If you want to join The Gypsy Mama in her Five Minute Fridays read below.

Here are the rules:

Around here we write for five minutes flat on Fridays.

We write because we love words and the relief it is to just write them without worrying if they’re just right or not. So we take five minutes on Friday and write like we used to run when we were kids.

On Fridays we write like we believe we can fly. Won’t you join us? (<—Tweet this!)

1. Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking
2. Link back here and invite others to join in.
3. Please visit the person who linked up before you & encourage them in their comments.