We can't escape death!
Good Morning! I want to thank so many of you that have prayed for me and touched me during the last few weeks as my Dad was dying. Daddy was an amazing man and we laid him to rest here and celebrated his new life in heaven. There were so many things I wanted to share with you today, but I felt led to focus on one point: We are all going to face death one day, but that's just the beginning of our story!
I did some research on facts about death. Worldwide, there are approximately 56,600,000 deaths a year. That works out to 4.7 million per month, 155,000 per day, 6,500 per hour, 107 per minute, and 1.8 per second. So, as you can see, no man has ever escaped death here on earth! You know so many of us take today for granted. With our lives being lived out longer and longer we seem to feel life lasts forever. But God! In today's scripture below it says, "we are an earthly tent." That's right! We are a tent that only lasts a while then it is torn down to go to our permanent and eternal home. 
"For we know that if the earthly tent [our physical body] which is our house is torn down [through death], we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens."  ~2 Corinthians 5:1, Amplified
The second part of the scripture is so encouraging! It says, "We have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens." God has literally made a home for each of His children in heaven. We were never designed to live on earth forever. God designed us to one day come to Him in our eternal home for eternity. We leave our tents (we are just a shell) on earth and our spirits live on forever with Him!
Today, I ask just a few questions as we face our own mortality. Do you know Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior? Do you have an intimate relationship with God? Do you tell Him all of your hopes, dreams, disappointments, and pain? Are you spending time with Him and allowing Him to touch you, speak to you, and move through you? In the rest of 2 Corinthians 5 it continues to say that God made a down payment for you! He deposited the Holy Spirit into those that have taken His Son, Jesus, as their Savior. God gave us His Son to die on a cross for all of our sins reconciling us to Him, our creator of life, so that one day God promises to take us home to our eternal homes in heaven that He hand designed!
My challenge this week is:  If we knew today was our last day here on earth what would we do or what would we do differently? I am just so thankful that if you are reading this today we have another day by God's grace to really search our hearts on this! Then together let's celebrate and rejoice in today and be glad in it! Next share this -- this hope of eternal life for all that will call upon the name of Jesus-- with all that we know so that they, too, can live life abundantly and eternally just as God promised!
I love you all so much. Please don't hesitate to contact me at any time. Also, I will be praying for all of you this week! I love each of you! This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. that you may have. I would This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Have a Lively week!

Livin' Lively with Love,

Laine Lawson Craft



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