The Hope of Heaven

We have so much to look forward to when we follow Jesus and put our trust in Him by accepting Him as our personal Savior.

We all need hope, unconditional love, and sometimes we need a helping hand.

Let’s run the race in such a way as to receive the prize that awaits at the end of our journey for those who have faith and who trust God. What waits is HEAVEN. I don’t think people talk enough about heaven. Some may not believe in it. Some may doubt there is one.

The universe is so spectacular. It causes many to wonder about all the *what ifs* and the *how dids* pertaining to the things that are out of our sight and our reach.

Have you ever wondered what heaven will be like? All the things that God has planned for those who love Him?

He’s given us a glimpse of what to expect in the book of Revelation. Here are only a few things that waits for us:

 

“There is a river of the water of life…” (Revelation 22:1 NAS)

 

 

And, “The foundation stones of the city wall were adorned with every kind of precious stone” ~ Revelation 21:19 (NASB).

“The foundation stones of the city wall were adorned with every kind of precious stone” (Rev. 21:19 NAS).

The wall has twelve foundations: jasper, sapphire, chalcedony, emerald, sardonyx, sardius, chrysolite, beryl, topaz, chrysoprase, jacinth, amethyst. (Rev. 21:19 NAS).

Revelation 21:21 says, “And the twelve gates were twelve pearls; each one of the gates was a single pearl. And the street of the city was pure gold, like transparent glass.”

Can you imagine? Wouldn’t it be neat to see a street of gold?

THIS IS WHY WE KEEP HOPING:

I Corinthians 2:9, “Things which eye has not seen and ear has not heard, And which have not the heart of man, All that God has prepared for those who love Him”

Hope in Jesus. Hope in God. You can check out my entire post on Candidly Christian.

————————————

Going through some troubling times? Take heart and turn toward the the Light of Jesus; the only cure.

http://bit.ly/2IwNZk6

https://amzn.to/2K7SvSW

https://amzn.to/2I5rAuz

https://www.debra-erickson.com/

https://www.debra-erickson.com/books

 

Advertisements
Posted in Inspiration | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Light of Jesus Can Never Go Out

There seems to be a darkness covering America, and it is trying to swallow the Light of Jesus.

The darkness appears through negative voices who only want to harm others. These voices speak loud and boldly as it tries to silence the voices of those who don’t agree with their voices, therefore, silencing our freedoms of speech and religious freedoms.

Am I wrong?

It seems that this darkness disguises itself as our friends but they oppose what we believe in. And they are relentless, trying to steal the very hearts of America. But we are the very hearts of America. We are in this life together, trying to make our way in the world, and I realize that we are not all going to believe the same. I would not be completely honest if I didn’t say that I used to get so upset with those who didn’t agree with me, and I’m sure I turned some people off. But I realized that we’re not always going to agree, but this is no cause to be angry with others who don’t see things our way.

Our enemies lurk about, waiting for those whom they can devour,  those who distort the truth and try to deceive others through propaganda. They are wolves in sheep’s clothing, pretending to care about us, but in fact, they don’t care about any thing but power and control.

Social media and various news outlets try desperately to hijack our thoughts, emotions, and now even our actions by trying to silence and stop us for standing up for what we believe is right. They have been working overtime to obscure the light of Jesus.

I would like to begin stepping out and begin shining a light on the darkness wherever that may lead. I appreciate all who have taken an interest in my blog site. So, I’m wanting to know how you might feel about me taking this blog site in a direction that may open the world’s sleepy eyes and hopefully bring those who don’t know Jesus, to come to know Him.

What do you think? Are you ready to hop on board and make a difference in the world?

 

 

Posted in Inspiration | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Hurting Hearts Need a Light

I’m happy to announce that my latest book, Hurting Hearts Need a Light, is now available in paperback on Amazon. God has a purpose for each of us; something we can do better than anything else, but when we go through trials our vision can become blurred, and our hearts could use a bit of encouragement and hope.

Take heart and pick up your copy of Hurting Hearts Need a Lighthttp://bit.ly/2K7SvSWPaperback

eBook: https://amzn.to/2ruqvCg

Thanks to all of you who have encouraged me along my journey. God is truly great, and to Him I give the glory.

I would appreciate if you would consider adding our name to my mailing list should a day ever come when social media shuts down. I can keep you updated on my Works-in-Progress. I will not inundate your mail boxes.

The verse that inspired me to write Hurting Hearts Need a Light was Nehemiah 4:11, “Our enemies said, they will not know or see until we come among them, kill them, and put a stop to their work” (NASB). Well, this ruffled my feathers. Nehemiah’s enemies tried to prevent them from rebuilding a wall around Jerusalem. This passage, written long ago, demonstrates how our enemies work even today. They are relentless in trying to stop the work of God.

I’m blessed to do what I love while spreading God’s love and grace.

Special blessings for special friends and acquaintances.

Posted in Inspiration | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Happy Spring and Thank You

Feeling blessed…Happy spring everybody

I know that with all the social media outlets, it’s difficult to keep up with all of those that we are subscribed to. I’m subscribed to ones that I find interesting and where I can benefit from the information and be encouraged along my journey.

I set aside my WIP (work in progress) because I felt led to write something that offers hope and encouragement to those who might need it.

I’ve published a short read that offers encouragement to those who may be struggling in their lives, or those who don’t believe that they were born with a purpose. We are all born with a purpose, and when we discover our unique purpose it gives us a renewed hope because we have something to look forward to. The print version of my eBook will be available soon.

I’d like to take this time to thank you–my subscribers/followers–who take the time to read, or at least scan, my blog posts. I really try not to inundate people’s mail boxes because I know that our mailboxes fill up quickly and it’s hard to keep up with all of the information that passes through our lives each day.

So, thank you. I hope you have an amazing day and an awesome summer!

 

 

 

Posted in Inspiration | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

New Book Now Available

I am happy to announce that my new book is now available as an eBook on Amazon and other outlets. The print version is coming soon. You can watch my book trailer here, and while you’re there you can check out my new changes on my website and let me know what you think.

You can also find the book on Amazon.

I would also love for you to join my mailing list. If a day would ever come when social media shuts down and we can no longer connect through social media, it would be nice to still have the opportunity to be connected. Please consider joining my email list. I’ll also be able to keep you updated on my WIP in the coming months. I will not send out emails often.

I put my work-in-progress (WIP) on hold after I felt led to publish this inspirational book, Hurting Hearts Need a Light to offer hope and encouragement to those who feel there’s no light at the end of their tunnel, or they don’t know what their purpose is in life. It was such a delight to write.

The verse that inspired me was Nehemiah 4:11, “Our enemies said, they will not know or see until we come among them, kill them, and put a stop to their work” (NASB). Well, this ruffled my feathers. Nehemiah’s enemies tried to prevent them from rebuilding a wall around Jerusalem. This passage, written long ago, demonstrates how our enemies work even today. They are relentless in trying to stop the work of God.

I am so blessed to be able to be doing what I love, and by spreading the Word of God through my writing. For those who read this book, I pray that it will bring you a special blessing.

Thanks to all of you who have join my community of friends.

 

 

 

Posted in Inspiration | Leave a comment

Hurting Hearts Need a Light

Digital version to be released soon on Amazon and other outlets. Print version coming soon after. Book trailer here

I put my previous work-in-progress on hold for a few months after I felt led to write this inspirational booklet, Hurting Hearts Need a Light. It’s to offer hope and encouragement to those who might feel as though the light went out at the end of their tunnel, and they don’t know what their purpose is in life.

The verse that inspired me to write Hurting Hearts Need a Light was Nehemiah 4:11, “Our enemies said, they will not know or see until we come among them, kill them, and put a stop to their work” (NASB). Well, you can imagine that this ruffled my feathers a bit. Nehemiah’s enemies tried to prevent them from rebuilding a wall around Jerusalem. This passage, written long ago, demonstrates how our enemies work even today. They are relentless in trying to stop God’s work from being done.

Society strives to erase Jesus from the public domain. They are in our schools, colleges, in some of our religious congregations, and our political arena. Evidently, society hasn’t read how the story ends because if they had they would know that they will never be able to erase Jesus from the heart’s of His children because Jesus lives!

We are all born for a purpose. What is your purpose? May you discover it in Hurting Hearts Need a Light.

~Blessings

 

 

Posted in Inspiration | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

A Married Guy’s Encouragement to Single Parents

I’d like to thank Brad Klassen who is here today with his latest post on single parenting. Brad is a writer, a story-teller, and public speaker, and he’s sharing his experience he had one night when he took his daughter to ER. While waiting for the doctor, he thought about how single parents cope with incidents without a life partner to share them with. I believe every single person can relate to this experience.

My wife and I have been married for 15 years. We have 4 healthy, awesome children.

Recently our second oldest came to us saying she had been having some pains in her cheek. As experienced parents, we decided to ride it out for a while to see if this would be a passing pain, or if it would end up being something more serious. She kept having pain.

Then one night, after she came to our room in pain three times, I took her to the emergency room. Continue reading

Posted in Inspiration | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Dictionary Or Living Word: 3 Steps To Bringing Bible Reading To Life

I’m happy to introduce Brad Klassen, and I welcome him as my guest blogger today. Brad is an author, speaker, and story teller, and he has a passion to share his knowledge and thoughts on parenting, as well as offer some insights on how to build your children’s love for Jesus.

Today he offers tips on how we can bring the Bible to life and to help people grow in their walk with Jesus. You may subscribe to his mailing list and receive a free PDF on 17 Practical Ways to Grow Your Child’s Love for Jesus on his website at adventuresofjuniorbear.weebly.com.  

Coming out of the Christmas season, I am guessing you saw one.

You know. One of those plays where children dress up in house coat robes and beach towel head wear, go up on stage, and forget their lines all to bring a Bible story to life.

As a parent myself, I’ve seen them. The kids are so cute, right?!

Why is it that there is only one story and one time of year where we do this in our church culture? Is there, after all, only one Bible story to bring to life? Is that the way our kids will understand the most beautiful Book we can know? Continue reading

Posted in Inspiration | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

What’s In A Name

When I was growing up, I remember my dad telling us kids, “Be careful how you act and the things you say because your name will follow you.

I had two older brothers and each of us were five years apart. I remember my brother who was five years older than me. I followed him through school, and had some of his teachers, and I knew the coaches. It didn’t take long to notice that he had made a name for himself. Throughout my school years, several would ask me if I was so and so’s sister. When I said yes, they’d tell me what a wonderful guy he was, or that they had thought the world of him. As the years passed, I was proud to be his sister, and therefore, I tried to keep the good name.

What About You? Continue reading

Posted in Inspiration | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

“Let The Little Children Come Unto To Me, And Do Not Hinder Them…”

The Secret of the Golden Heart

The Secret of the Golden Heart / http://www.debbie-erickson.com

Alon, the ancient oak—the forest’s primeval icon—loomed. Its dark, edgy streaks wound around its bare, twisted trunk, forming black-eyed knots that stared through the shadows with contempt. Its branches sprawled over the forest canopy like mummy fingers, but it was the huge black hole in its trunk that still stirred embers around his nerves, even after all these years.”

This story is a fun adventure, filled with mystery, and it offers an overall theme that embraces the true meaning of faith while transporting readers to a faraway galaxy; a galaxy that may very well exist far beyond a telescope’s eye.

May God touch little hearts and minds in big ways and sprout the seeds of faith that will grow into mighty oaks.

God is our refuge where we can find solace. He is our strength. What a comfort to know. It’s my desire that children will learn to trust Him. He will not disappoint. His blessings are real and lasting. May He get the glory.

 

 

 

Posted in Book Information | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment