HOME sweet TENNESSEE
In reflection time, with God, I often just sit, with worship music on, or a sermon in the back ground. Rarely, do I sit in quiet. Though, little but little, that is changing. I realized something recently. When writing the first book, I did sit in quiet. I just let God speak. It was indeed, a beautiful time, with Him.
I would awaken at strange hours, and I would just start to type. I believe Jesus was guiding me, instructing me, through the Holy Spirit, and I know that Father, was pleased. Our Heavenly Father, is so good at fighting for His kids. It really amazes me, every single day, to notice MORE the goodness and GREATNESS as well as wonders of God.
So, as to how this entry came about. I was praying about my life, as a living sacrifice to God. I remembered when I was in my 20’s. Specifically, a time, when my grandfather Cooper passed. You see, it was near my birthday. The funeral, was actually ON it. At the time, the guy I was dating, came with me. We spent time together, at a restaurant, and later a movie. The movie, “Sweet Home Alabama,” was really cute. I liked it, and even now, still learn things from the film.
I grew up in the South. I could relate a lot to the film. In fact, now I know ways, I id not even know then. In Tennessee life was not always easy for me. Interestingly, as I have done some growing, I have observed, I was not the ONLY one struggling. I was simply, one of the more transparent ones. I used to say awful things, about where I lived. I did not appreciate, where I had been birthed. Because, then I had been BORN into pain.
In the movie, it starts out with 2 young kids, 9 years old, and maybe 11. They are just starting to wonder what LOVE is and looks like. I remember that, so well. I remember the name of my first kiss, and so forth. But, those things are not, as important to me. NOW, I recall at 9, I officially chose JESUS.
The film chronicles, the lives of the 2 kids. It shows a deep separation, and almost divorce. But God. In my life, THIS happened with Jesus. Bad seeds were planted and they pulled me into the world. The more I tasted of the world, the more I seemed to LOSE my appetite for Heaven, and HOME. The movie, is a comical example, in some ways, and a touching one in others.
I recognize now, having endured much suffering through Christ, that WE must appreciate EVERY detail. The command is to “Count it ALL Joy.” To be open to somethings, that because God leads, will work, even if they make no logical sense to us, at first. To know that HIS plans, though often VERY different than ours, do succeed.
So, today I want to BLESS my homeland, Tennessee. I met Jesus there, in many ways. The best part is, HE met ME there. 🙂 I ask Heaven to invade and the Lion of Judah to roar over this land. I bless every individual there. In the name of Jesus, and through HIS LOVE. I thank God for my family. I know they don’t always understand me. Also, that, at times, I have made it virtually impossible to love me. I ask forgiveness, from them and God. I choose to receive again, this day. I am believing for Many miracles, through THIS land and all the nations. Your will be done, on earth, as it is in heaven. Amen
The scriptures will be on HOMElanD
Revelation 12:14 ESV / 4 helpful votes
But the woman was given the two wings of the great eagle so that she might fly from the serpent into the wilderness, to the place where she is to be nourished for a time, and times, and half a time.
1 Peter 2:9 ESV / 4 helpful votes
But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.
Matthew 24:21-22 ESV / 4 helpful votes
For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been from the beginning of the world until now, no, and never will be. And if those days had not been cut short, no human being would be saved. But for the sake of the elect those days will be cut short.
Revelation 20:4 ESV / 3 helpful votes
Then I saw thrones, and seated on them were those to whom the authority to judge was committed. Also I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for the testimony of Jesus and for the word of God, and those who had not worshiped the beast or its image and had not received its mark on their foreheads or their hands. They came to life and reigned with Christ for a thousand years.
Revelation 17:1-18 ESV / 3 helpful votes
Then one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls came and said to me, “Come, I will show you the judgment of the great prostitute who is seated on many waters, with whom the kings of the earth have committed sexual immorality, and with the wine of whose sexual immorality the dwellers on earth have become drunk.” And he carried me away in the Spirit into a wilderness, and I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast that was full of blasphemous names, and it had seven heads and ten horns. The woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet, and adorned with gold and jewels and pearls, holding in her hand a golden cup full of abominations and the impurities of her sexual immorality. And on her forehead was written a name of mystery: “Babylon the great, mother of prostitutes and of earth’s abominations.” …
Revelation 5:10 ESV / 3 helpful votes
And you have made them a kingdom and priests to our God, and they shall reign on the earth.”
Revelation 3:10 ESV / 3 helpful votes
Because you have kept my word about patient endurance, I will keep you from the hour of trial that is coming on the whole world, to try those who dwell on the earth.
1 John 1:9 ESV / 3 helpful votes
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
James 1:18 ESV / 3 helpful votes
Of his own will he brought us forth by the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.
Hebrews 13:5-6 ESV / 3 helpful votes
Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” So we can confidently say, “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear; what can man do to me?”
Hebrews 12:29 ESV / 3 helpful votes
For our God is a consuming fire.
Hebrews 11:35-40 ESV / 3 helpful votes
Women received back their dead by resurrection. Some were tortured, refusing to accept release, so that they might rise again to a better life. Others suffered mocking and flogging, and even chains and imprisonment. They were stoned, they were sawn in two, they were killed with the sword. They went about in skins of sheep and goats, destitute, afflicted, mistreated— of whom the world was not worthy—wandering about in deserts and mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth. And all these, though commended through their faith, did not receive what was promised, …
Hebrews 11:13-16 ESV / 3 helpful votes
These all died in faith, not having received the things promised, but having seen them and greeted them from afar, and having acknowledged that they were strangers and exiles on the earth. For people who speak thus make it clear that they are seeking a homeland. If they had been thinking of that land from which they had gone out, they would have had opportunity to return. But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared for them a city.
2 Timothy 3:1-4 ESV / 3 helpful votes
But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God,
Philippians 4:3 ESV / 3 helpful votes
Yes, I ask you also, true companion, help these women, who have labored side by side with me in the gospel together with Clement and the rest of my fellow workers, whose names are in the book of life.
Galatians 5:22-23 ESV / 3 helpful votes
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.
Galatians 5:19-21 ESV / 3 helpful votes
Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.
Romans 16:15 ESV / 3 helpful votes
Greet Philologus, Julia, Nereus and his sister, and Olympas, and all the saints who are with them.
Romans 8:7 ESV / 3 helpful votes
For the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to God’s law; indeed, it cannot.
Acts 6:1-7:60 ESV / 3 helpful votes
Now in these days when the disciples were increasing in number, a complaint by the Hellenists arose against the Hebrews because their widows were being neglected in the daily distribution. And the twelve summoned the full number of the disciples and said, “It is not right that we should give up preaching the word of God to serve tables. Therefore, brothers, pick out from among you seven men of good repute, full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we will appoint to this duty. But we will devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word.” And what they said pleased the whole gathering, and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit, and Philip, and Prochorus, and Nicanor, and Timon, and Parmenas, and Nicolaus, a proselyte of Antioch. …
Acts 4:12 ESV / 3 helpful votes
And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”
Acts 2:38 ESV / 3 helpful votes
And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
John 15:20 ESV / 3 helpful votes
Remember the word that I said to you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you. If they kept my word, they will also keep yours.
John 8:44 ESV / 3 helpful votes
You are of your father the devil, and your will is to do your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, and has nothing to do with the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks out of his own character, for he is a liar and the father of lies.
Luke 21:34-36 ESV / 3 helpful votes
“But watch yourselves lest your hearts be weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and cares of this life, and that day come upon you suddenly like a trap. For it will come upon all who dwell on the face of the whole earth. But stay awake at all times, praying that you may have strength to escape all these things that are going to take place, and to stand before the Son of Man.”
Luke 21:28 ESV / 3 helpful votes
Now when these things begin to take place, straighten up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.”
Matthew 24:20-22 ESV / 3 helpful votes
Pray that your flight may not be in winter or on a Sabbath. For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been from the beginning of the world until now, no, and never will be. And if those days had not been cut short, no human being would be saved. But for the sake of the elect those days will be cut short.
Matthew 24:15-21 ESV / 3 helpful votes
“So when you see the abomination of desolation spoken of by the prophet Daniel, standing in the holy place (let the reader understand), then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. Let the one who is on the housetop not go down to take what is in his house, and let the one who is in the field not turn back to take his cloak. And alas for women who are pregnant and for those who are nursing infants in those days! …
Matthew 24:9 ESV / 3 helpful votes
“Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and put you to death, and you will be hated by all nations for my name’s sake.
Matthew 22:14 ESV / 3 helpful votes
For many are called, but few are chosen.”
Matthew 10:17-18 ESV / 3 helpful votes
Beware of men, for they will deliver you over to courts and flog you in their synagogues, and you will be dragged before governors and kings for my sake, to bear witness before them and the Gentiles.
Matthew 7:21-23 ESV / 3 helpful votes
“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’
Matthew 7:13-14 ESV / 3 helpful votes
“Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few.
Zephaniah 2:3 ESV / 3 helpful votes
Seek the Lord, all you humble of the land, who do his just commands; seek righteousness; seek humility; perhaps you may be hidden on the day of the anger of the Lord.
Daniel 12:1 ESV / 3 helpful votes
“At that time shall arise Michael, the great prince who has charge of your people. And there shall be a time of trouble, such as never has been since there was a nation till that time. But at that time your people shall be delivered, everyone whose name shall be found written in the book.
Isaiah 33:14 ESV / 3 helpful votes
The sinners in Zion are afraid; trembling has seized the godless: “Who among us can dwell with the consuming fire? Who among us can dwell with everlasting burnings?”
Isaiah 3:10-11 ESV / 3 helpful votes
Tell the righteous that it shall be well with them, for they shall eat the fruit of their deeds. Woe to the wicked! It shall be ill with him, for what his hands have dealt out shall be done to him.
Isaiah 3:9 ESV / 3 helpful votes
For the look on their faces bears witness against them; they proclaim their sin like Sodom; they do not hide it. Woe to them! For they have brought evil on themselves.
Revelation 7:1-17 ESV / 2 helpful votes
After this I saw four angels standing at the four corners of the earth, holding back the four winds of the earth, that no wind might blow on earth or sea or against any tree. Then I saw another angel ascending from the rising of the sun, with the seal of the living God, and he called with a loud voice to the four angels who had been given power to harm earth and sea, saying, “Do not harm the earth or the sea or the trees, until we have sealed the servants of our God on their foreheads.” And I heard the number of the sealed, 144,000, sealed from every tribe of the sons of Israel: 12,000 from the tribe of Judah were sealed, 12,000 from the tribe of Reuben, 12,000 from the tribe of Gad, …
Revelation 3:20 ESV / 2 helpful votes
Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me.
1 John 4:1 ESV / 2 helpful votes
Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world.
1 John 3:4 ESV / 2 helpful votes
Everyone who makes a practice of sinning also practices lawlessness; sin is lawlessness.
2 Peter 3:9 ESV / 2 helpful votes
The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.
1 Peter 1:23 ESV / 2 helpful votes
Since you have been born again, not of perishable seed but of imperishable, through the living and abiding word of God;
James 5:16 ESV / 2 helpful votes
Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.
James 4:7 ESV / 2 helpful votes
Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
Hebrews 11:6 ESV / 2 helpful votes
And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.
Hebrews 11:1-40 ESV / 2 helpful votes
Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. For by it the people of old received their commendation. By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible. By faith Abel offered to God a more acceptable sacrifice than Cain, through which he was commended as righteous, God commending him by accepting his gifts. And through his faith, though he died, he still speaks. By faith Enoch was taken up so that he should not see death, and he was not found, because God had taken him. Now before he was taken he was commended as having pleased God. …
2 Timothy 2:15 ESV / 2 helpful votes
Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.
Ephesians 2:8-9 ESV / 2 helpful votes
For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.
John 14:6 ESV / 2 helpful votes
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
John 3:36 ESV / 2 helpful votes
Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him.
John 3:16 ESV / 2 helpful votes
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.
John 3:16-17 ESV / 2 helpful votes
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.
Mark 16:15 ESV / 2 helpful votes
And he said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation.
Matthew 19:4-6 ESV / 2 helpful votes
He answered, “Have you not read that he who created them from the beginning made them male and female, and said, ‘Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’? So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate.”
Matthew 16:18 ESV / 2 helpful votes
And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
Psalm 91:1-16 ESV / 2 helpful votes
He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with his pinions, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness is a shield and buckler. You will not fear the terror of the night, nor the arrow that flies by day, …
1 Samuel 16:7 ESV / 2 helpful votes
But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.”
Leviticus 18:22 ESV / 2 helpful votes
You shall not lie with a male as with a woman; it is an abomination.
Genesis 2:24 ESV / 2 helpful votes
Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.
Genesis 2:7 ESV / 2 helpful votes
Then the Lord God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature.
I encourage YOU to take time and observe your land. Life can get pretty crazy. To quote a movie, “If you don’t stop and look around once and while; you could miss it.” (Ferris Bueler)