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Oct 23

Good morning, Father.
Thank you for the busyness and progress and fun of the last few days, and thank you for all the lessons learned. Sometimes I wish my eyes and ears were like automatic video recorders so that I could replay certain moments and really take in what I miss, gleaning as much as I can from the most instructive (if difficult) moments, lol. Still, I think a great deal of the benefit is the unseen processing and understanding that happens inside the mind and heart, and never is even articulated — hence could only be recorded by “the mind’s eye”, so to speak. I truly hope that one day we will get to re-live some of these moments with you, Father, and see them through YOUR eyes, with more of your understanding. My heart actually aches to be WITH you — my Father, my Lord, my King. It sounds really strange, but I feel like I have been AWAY from you for far too long and am growing impatient to return HOME. Help me to be patient with the process of living this life, Lord. Help me to enjoy my remaining days — whether days, years, or decades — and to do as much good as I can while I am here. Amen.

 
2 Corinthians 5:1-10 ERV

We know that our body—the tent we live in here on earth—will be destroyed. But when that happens, God will have a home for us to live in. It will not be the kind of home people build here. It will be a home in heaven that will continue forever. 
But now we are tired of this body. We want God to give us our heavenly home. 
It will clothe us and we will not be naked. 
While we live in this tent, we have burdens and so we complain. I don’t mean that we want to remove this tent, but we want to be clothed with our heavenly home. Then this body that dies will be covered with life. 
This is what God himself made us for. And he has given us the Spirit as the first payment to guarantee the life to come. 
So we always have confidence. We know that while we live in this body, we are away from the Lord. 
We live by what we believe will happen, not by what we can see. 

So I say that we have confidence. And we really want to be away from this body and be at home with the Lord. 
Our only goal is to always please the Lord, whether we are living here in this body or there with him. 

We must all stand before Christ to be judged. Everyone will get what they should. They will be paid for whatever they did—good or bad—when they lived in this earthly body. 

 

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