Sunday, April 1, 2012

12 in 2012 {April}

it was 12 years ago today that my sweet friend, Yvette, went to Heaven.  she was 2 weeks shy of her 11th birthday.  i can tell you with utmost certainty that her mother, (pictured above with me on a visit to Montana)  father and sister now have their hearts and minds set on Heaven. they have a much more real sense of eternal perspective as they live out the rest of their earthly lives.

{this is my friend Yvonne, Yvette's mom, with Buddy}
it's unfortunate, but true, that most of us are forced to readjust our frame of reference where eternity is concerned when someone we love dies.  and yet scripture is clear on the fact that an eternal perspective is imperative at all times. life is short, and it is not to be wasted.

you guys.... we don't have time for nonsense!!! we don't have time to squander the precious days we've been given on things that WILL NOT LAST OR MATTER in the grand, eternal, scheme of things.

when my husband, Brian,  wrote 'People Get Ready, Jesus is Coming' 16 years ago, we were fully aware of the truth in the lyrics, but it's quite amazing to realize the weight of that truth in light of THIS day.  we have never been as close to Christ's return than we are right now! all the more reason for us to be living in these days with eternity at the forefront of our minds, hearts, and lives.  with that in mind, i've chosen Colossians 3:1-2 as the verse(s) i will commit to memory for the month of April:

Crystal; Whitefish, MT; Colossians 3:1-2 (NIV)
'Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on Earthly things'

post your verse in the comment section.....


Dayna said...

Dayna, Ontario,Calif.~"Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great [is] your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you."
Matt.5:11,12 NKJV

Gpacharlie said...

Hello Crystal,
Thank you so much for sharing your gifts with us. The music, the lyrics, they touch me to my soul and always encourage me.
I am in pain daily and asked God for some motivator. " Wake up with an Attitude of Gratitude", He seemed to say to me. Mornings are the hardest, but I ask Him to help me with my attitude of gratitude. One day of life, knowing Jesus has gone to prepare a place for me is often enough to make it out of bed with an ATTITUDE OF GRATITUDE.

Christ Is My Passion said...

Yes! We are closer to Jesus returning than ever!!! Its exciting to see everything that is occuring in the world that if fulfilling Bible prophecy! I can't wait until Jesus calls me and my family's names and we go up to worship Jesus forever! What a great day that will be!

Bekkah said...

CRYSTAL LEWIS!! hey, girl! haha i saw your ad on cakies and got so excited, you were part of my childhood. how great that you have a blog :]

ps- LOVED people get ready.