Wednesday, July 17, 2019

 Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his master made ruler over his household, to give them food in due season? Blessed is that servant whom his master, when he comes, will find so doing. Assuredly, I say to you that he will make him ruler over all his goods. But if that evil servant says in his heart, ‘My master is delaying his coming,’ and begins to beat his fellow servants, and to eat and drink with the drunkards, the master of that servant will come on a day when he is not looking for him and at an hour that he is not aware of, and will cut him in two and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites. There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. 

 

 Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man is coming.

 

 Matthew 24:45-51




Monday, July 15, 2019

The Spirit of Anti-Rapture!



Aside from the life, death, and Resurrection of the Son of God, the rapture is the single most incredible and fantastic event in Christianity. Yet, throughout the past 2000 years not every generation could have actually expected it to happen. You see, the rapture wasn't possible until Israel became a nation and the Jewish people came back to their land. Jesus makes this clear in his prophecy stated in Matthew 24:32-34. If you missed my post on why Israel is the Fig Tree, click here.  If you missed my post on what is a "generation", click here.

Hence, only the generation of people who were alive when Israel became a nation (and who are alive now) could be the generation who will experience the rapture. This is HUGE!  It's been 71 years since Israel became a nation. Yet, do you ever hear pastors preaching about this amazing event in church?  This has always baffled me. Yes, there are some, of course, but I would say less than 1% of pastors out there even mention the rapture in passing. Or they may teach on it once every 5 years or so, but they never warn the people in their churches that, unless they die in the next 10 years, they are the ones who will witness this glorious event!

Add to that the fact that most Christians do NOT want to discuss the rapture at all. I can vouch for this personally. I've met believers and we've started talking about the Lord, but then if I bring up the rapture, they get all weird and afterward avoid me. I've been in Bible Studies where no one wants to discuss it. I even lost a friend over it who thought I focused on the negative things in the world too much. A pastor I follow online has stories where he'll be invited to talk at a conference or at another church but once they find out he wants to speak on the rapture, they dis-invite him.

Why?  The rapture is all over the Scriptures. Yes, it's even in the Old Testament and the extra-Biblical book of Enoch. I will list those Scriptures below. Jesus talked about it, Paul talked about it. John wrote about it in Revelation. So, why does it cause so much animosity?

Satan. Let's remember we have an enemy. At this moment, Satan is actually excited about the rapture. Why? Because he knows that he can then take complete control of the earth, set his guy, the Antichrist on the throne and rule the earth through him. This has been Satan's goal from the beginning. To take the place of God. He wants to rule the earth and have mankind bow down and worship him. And he will have his day. 7 years to be exact.

So why would Satan want Christians to not discuss the rapture among themselves? It doesn't make sense. Personally I believe there's a spirit of Anti-Rapture invading the church right now, and it comes from the pit of hell. Why? If Satan is excited about the rapture, why would he not want Christians to discuss it, learn about it, and get excited?  There's only one explanation and that is because he wants as many people to remain for the tribulation as possible. Yes, I'm saying that there will be many Christians left behind, people who attend church and believe Jesus is the Son of God who died for their sins. If you follow me, this is not news to you!.  I have multiple Scriptures to prove why I believe this.

The truth is, if the pastors were doing their jobs, they'd be teaching often on the rapture and pointing out through world events how close we are. If lukewarm Christians sitting in church discovered this truth, they would be motivated to repent and start living their lives for Jesus, start having a relationship with Him, so they'd be ready when He comes. More people would go in the rapture and fewer people would be left behind for Satan to devour.  Believe me, if you're a lukewarm Christian now, in the tribulation, you'll have no choice. Either be on fire for the Lord and be martyred, or take the mark of the beast, worship Satan, and go to hell. There is no in between.

How do you make yourself ready and be found worthy to be taken in the rapture?

Not by works. But by relationship. You must have a deep and abiding relationship with Jesus, be in constant repentance, and put Him first in your life. It's so easy, and yet requires your all. But it is worth it!

If your pastor or Bible study refuses to ever discuss the rapture, seek out Christians who will. If you can't find any, (like me), then seek out good pastors online. Here are the ones I listen to most often.

Behold Israel
Soldiers for Christ
Pastor Patrick Winfrey
Pastor J.D. Farag
Pastor Mike Correll of  Mark Correll ministries 
Jan Markell

The imminent rapture is meant to encourage believers, to inspire them, to help them grow closer to the Lord, and to give them hope. That's why it is called "The Blessed Hope" and Paul told us that it is meant to comfort us.. It is meant to wake up sleeping Christians and set on fire those who are lukewarm. It is a magnificent event which all Christians in this generation should be looking for and excited about!

 Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. Therefore comfort one another with these words. 1 Thess 4:17-18


(Whoops, no time for the OT rapture Scriptures. I'll list those next week.)



Friday, July 12, 2019

Friday's Mad Mad world!


I received the chart above from a friend, but it's easily verifiable. Let me just state that we already know that the Bilderbergs, the Trilateral Commission and the Council on Foreign relations are all Illuminati One World Order organizations. This is also something you can research if you are so inclined. However, what I wanted you to see is how closely linked all of our media here in the US is, how the people in charge all come or work for these organizations. .In other words, we CAN'T trust our media, people. Not anymore.  Here's the article that goes with the picture

Of note this week, the incredible shaking and groaning of planet Earth. See for yourself, quakes, volcanoes, floods, hail. Do you think God is trying to get our attention? Trying to get people to repent before it gets worse? I do.

Add to that the exponential growth of the New World order banning all things conservative and Christian, the insanity coming out of Washington, the perversion coming out of Hollywood, persecution of Christians around the globe, the apostasy of the church, and rise of witchcraft in America, well, you get the picture. I'm not trying to depress you, just wake you up! 

If you're awake, warn others. The King is coming and we have one chance to escape this place before all hell breaks loose.

AntiChrist Beast System

Google's election meddling could steal 15 million votes
Why is Google taking off Natural Healthcare sites from their platforms?
Rep Omar wants to open a path for terrorists to enter America
NBA is banning the term "owner" when referencing the owner of a team because it's racist.  Yes, the world has gone insane
State Fair cancels Confederate Railroad concert
San Francisco to paint over historic George Washington mural 
Ohio Middle school tosses out 10 commandments, dishonors veterans, and suspends students who support both 
New CA law vows to monitor elementary school children's every activity (Scroll past the commercial at the front of the video to get to the news)
Amazon stops selling books by Catholic leader amid LBGTQ protests  (All Christian books are next, mark my words)
Wikipedia co-founder slams Facebook and Twitter for their censorship, telling people "They control what you see!" 
The unholy marriage between Big Pharma and Google  
Leaked video shows no plane hit the Pentagon on 9-11
Will Amazon ban the Bible next?
Canadian doctor fined 100,000 by the thought police
Merging of politics, commerce, and religion - stepping stone to mark of the beast 
Tryouts are being held for the New World Order 
Why is the Main Stream Media ignoring these huge sex-trafficking busts
Proof that the Clintons are tied in with Epstein and the Cartels
Why Epstein and his elite clients will never do time

Wars and rumors of Wars

Russian sub that caught fire believed to have been sent to cut US cables
Russia plans to send anti-aircraft system to Turkey 
NATO gives Putin 28 days to Axe intermediate nukes 
5000 Palestinians riot on Israel/Gaza border 
Ballistic missile tests in South China Sea 
Mexican Civil War unfolding now 
Iran warns US it will turn the Gulf into a sea of blood 
The UN and AMLO are transforming Mexico into a military enemy of the US 
Rabbi who prophesied California earthquake releases new bombshell prediction 
Iran attempts to seize British oil tanker
Trump: Iran sanctions will soon be increased
Secret leaked speech by Chinese minister of defense exposes China's plan to destroy America

Signs in the Sky

Mysterious object plunges from the sky before speeding off at breakneck speed
Strange UFO over the UK emits light and sound 
Pilots film two circular objects flying over Grand Canyon 
NASA: Violent storms on the sun's surface will increase

Earth Groaning

Biggest earthquake in decades rattles So. Cal 6.4
7.1 Quake strikes So Cal days after the first one
6.2 Quake strikes Canada 
Back to back quakes strike Southern CA and more are expected 
CA earthquake shocks could last months
1217 Quakes in the Ridgecrest area in CA in 24 hours
5.1 quake off British Columbia
Volcano alert raised after CA earthquake swarms
Yellowstone Steamboat geyser shatters eruptions records 
5.4 Quake hits Searles Valley, CA
Anchorage Alaska was 90 degrees on July 4th.
Seismologists warn of bigger quakes to come in CA 
CA could be hit by a 8.2 Quake and it would be catastrophic
5.0 Quake off China
Volcanologists warn of real Tsunami caused by volcanic eruptions
175,000 Acres of farmland in Tenn flooded. All crops destroyed
Record rainfall in Japan. Over a million ordered to evacuate
Heatwave continues to scorch Europe with 114 degree temps
Lightning strike leaves 1 dead 11 injured in South Carolina
California quakes in shocking pictures as more are  predicted to strike 
11 Prophecies of the Giant earthquake that will send a large part of California into the sea
All the Bees are dying in Death Valley after the 7.1 Quake
Powerful 7.1 quake strikes Indonesia 
California quakes could trigger Yellowstone eruption 
Kentucky warns citizens to be prepared for an earthquake there on the Madrid faultline 
US Gulf put on alert for storm that may increase to hurricane strength 
Toxic bacteria close in on Mississippi from the Gulf
Historic flash flood strikes DC, stranding cars covered in water
5.7 Quake strikes Iran
3000 Earthquakes since July 4th, and bigger ones likely coming
3 dead, more than 200,000 affected by floods in India
Flash flood warning in New Orleans as Mississippi river crests
Hurricane heading toward New Orleans
Deadly hailstorm strikes Italy
US had its wettest 12 months on record AGAIN
Super volcano fears: 8 volcanoes in CA being monitored

Sodom and Gomorrah

CBC accused of Sexualizing children after releasing Drag Queen documentary 
Pedophilia: A disorder, not a crime.  (This is the beginning of making it okay to have sex with children)

Apostasy

Pope has appointed many pro-LBGTQ cardinals and bishops
Church of England says it will accept transgender marriages 
How this scary prophecy from 1975 is coming to pass here in American churches 
Church with Atheist minister now hosting celebration to honor terrorists

Persecution

Texas Design conference drops Christian speaker in name of keeping it a safe space 
Washington state Middle School student kicked out of class for speaking up about faith 
Theaters in Canada cancel the movie "Unplanned" after death threats 
Thousands of religious minorities held in "Thought Transformation" Chinese camps (Must see film)
10 year old suspended from UK school after teacher accuses her of homophobic remarks

And the love of many will grow cold

Boy stabs brother, says he prefers jail to driving for 8 hours with his brother

Evil

More women are becoming addicted to pornography
Hundreds of Pentagon employees implicated in rampant child porn sharing
Jeffrey Epstein has been arrested for sex-trafficking of minors   Millionaire and friend to many prominent politicians such as Bill Clinton
Witches, witches, everywhere 
Will Global Pedophile network finally be uncovered?

Israel

Irish bill would punish with 5 years in prison for doing business with Israel

Good News

Archaeologists discover ancient Biblical city of Ziklag



Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Check out these Christian Paintings!

Ancient of Days

A friend of mine recently showed me a few paintings from this new artist and I was blown away. Having been a painter in my past, I really appreciate both creativity and talent when I see it. Check out the detail in theses paintings!  So, I wanted to showcase some of her work here and then give you her website in case you're interested in looking at some more of her paintings and perhaps purchasing a print! 


Play Pray Prevail

Abba
Immanuel
Yahweh Nissi

Positioned for Glory
Aren't these superb?  I love all of them. Hard to choose a favorite. Anyway, please visit Heidi at her Website and check out her other work!



Monday, July 8, 2019

The plane is about to take off! Have you made it through Security?



If you follow me, you know the Lord has commissioned me to be one of many end-times watchers for this generation. I came into this slowly and begrudgingly, believe me. After all, I'm a Romance Novelist and I'd much prefer to blog about my books and romance and history and all things writing. (I would probably get more sales that way! LOL)  I'd also probably have more followers if I blogged about more cheerful topics. But the heart that is committed to the Lord is a heart that must follow His leading. I don't say that with any bragging. If you knew my past, you'd realize I am a worm, the lowest of the low, and unworthy of one glance from our Savior. Yet, in His grace, He never stopped loving, protecting, and trying to get my attention. Not a day goes by that I don't thank and praise Him for saving me. 

Anyway, my message is a simple one but not an easy one. Repent, commit your way until the Lord, make Jesus first in your life and get ready to leave this fallen world.  If you don't, you will be left behind.

We are the generation who will see the return of Jesus! I've proved this from Scripture. This generation will not all die off before He returns, and we are already at 71 years. The Lord has spoken to me personally that He will come in my lifetime. I am 60 years old. (Ugh. How did I get that old?)

The plane to heaven is on the runway. It is full of fuel and ready to go. You have your passport and have received your ticket, and you only need to now get through security.

Your passport declares your citizenship to be in heaven. You received this when you repented, believed that Jesus is the Son of God, received His sacrifice on the cross for you, and committed your life to Him. Since you have been born in the last generation, you also received your ticket at that time. Your ticket will get you on the Rapture plane! There is not an exact departure date on the ticket, but it lists several signs to look for so you know when to get to the airport.

Yet....
  • Some Christians lost their passport  - They lost their salvation by turning away from the Lord. Yes, you can lose your salvation contrary to what some brainwashed pastors tell you. No time here to list all the Scriptures.
  • Some Christians lost their ticket - They may be saved, but they aren't living their life for the Lord, and they certainly aren't looking for His return.

But let's say you still have your passport and ticket and you have a general idea that the plane might be arriving soon. You now need to get through Security.

Security is the process that will strip you of all of your worldly pleasures and earthly idols. It is a difficult path, a narrow path in which the Lord molds and shapes you into His image. Problems, struggles, delays, and heartaches assail you from all sides. You are tested and tried until your heart is made pure, your garments are made white, and you have left ALL your earthly baggage behind. Until your ONLY desire is to worship Jesus, do His will, lead others to Him, and follow the Lamb wherever He goes. You are more than excited to see Him, and you can't wait to get on that plane.

Very few will make it through Security. Yet the Bible is very clear. If you don't make it through Security, you can't get on the plane. 

Why do I tell you this? Because I believe the plane will take off soon... within a few years at most, or next week at the least. And I want you on it! 

Don't believe me?  Here the Word of God for yourself.

 Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing. 2 Tim 4:8-9


But while they were on their way to buy the oil, the bridegroom arrived. The virgins who were ready went in with him to the wedding banquet. And the door was shut  Matt 25:10

Instructing us to deny ungodliness and worldly desires and to live sensibly, righteously and godly in the present age, 1ooking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus Titus 2:12-13

To those who eagerly wait for Him He will appear a second time, apart from sin, for salvation. Hebrews 9:28

Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man.  Luke 21:36

 Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love. Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works, or else I will come to you quickly and remove your lampstand from its place—unless you repent Rev 2:4-5

But hold fast what you have till I come. And he who overcomes, and keeps My works until the end, to him I will give power over the nations— Rev 2:25-26

 So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth. Rev 3:16

“Hallelujah!
    For our Lord God Almighty reigns.
Let us rejoice and be glad
    and give him glory!
For the wedding of the Lamb has come,
    and his bride has made herself ready.
Fine linen, bright and clean,
    was given her to wear.”
Revelation 19:6-8 



Friday, July 5, 2019

Friday's Mad Mad World!


Greetings precious saints and watchers! 

Something strange is happening this week, and it makes me wonder if war isn't imminent. A Russia sub seems to have been attacked and set on fire, but the stories coming out about it are unclear. Couple that with Putin gathering his defense officials in a meeting and Pence being called back to the White House from a trip he was on.. well, who knows?  They certainly won't tell us.
Add to that Israel's recent attack on Syria, Iran's continued threats to us and Israel, all the while they continue to develop a nuclear weapon. I would say the world is on the verge of war.

Add to that the tons of quakes and volcanoes and crazy storms.
Add to that the perverted immorality of transgenders and homosexuals and how they prey on little kids.

And who would have thought or even considered that huge companies would be the ones stealing American's rights while they become propaganda machines for socialists. These same huge companies will be the ones to determine the results of future elections in the US. I'm talking about Facebook, Google, Instagram, Twitter, You Tube, and Pinterest, among others. They are not regulated and they have enormous power.  Most millennials  get their news from these sites.

Okay, enough of my rant. I'll let you see for yourself below.
But let me add some hope. Should war indeed break out, we will be gone soon. How do I know that? Because the next world war will usher in the Antichrist and Jesus is coming to get us before this monster is revealed. So, don't live in fear. Live in Hope!


Wars and Rumors of Wars

Several terror threats for July 4th weekend
US working on covert plans against Iran
Iran and Iraq, joint military exercises
Additional US fighters sent to the Gulf amid tensions 
2019 could be the year that a war with Iran changes everything 
North Korea vows to pull the trigger and attack the US 
Russia interfered with air navigation in Israel
ISIS threatens to bomb London and New York
ISIS poised for devastating comeback through sleeper cells 
Iran violates nuclear deal: Exceeds limit on enriched uranium  
Israel will one day send rockets into Iran. John Paul Jackson 
Europe loses track of ISIS fighters within borders 
Secretive stealth jets near Iran prompt Middle East war fears
Israel preparing for possible military strike on Iran 
Putin calls emergency meeting with defense chiefs after 14 dies on Russian Sub 
Pence called back for emergency meeting at White House
Iran warns Israel will be destroyed in half an hour if US attacks them
More evidence there is an invasion force gathering on our Southern border
Who or what attacked a Russian sub in the Artic
Russia pulls out of key nuclear treaty with the US  (Wait, I thought Trump was a Russian puppet)
Iran says they will enrich uranium to any amount they want

Israel

Trump releases economic part of Peace Plan
College:  A breeding ground for lies about Israel 
Israel launches devastating attacks on Damascus  
Israel pounds targets in Syria

AntiChrist Beast System

Twitter announces plans to interfere with the 2020 election
The NSA's domestic spying program. Are you on the naughty or nice list? 
Face-Reading AI will tell police when suspects are lying 
Monopoly game goes cashless 
UN poised to launch a global ban on criticism of Islam
Muslims and Catholics worship the same God?
Crooked cops recording themselves, saying they will frame patriots
The next step in conservative blacklisting - financial services 
Pentagon has developed a laser that can identify you hundreds of meters away from your heartbeat 
Google just scrubbed all "natural" health websites from it's search engine 
Blaze's TV host banned from Facebook for calling for prayer for President Trump
Supreme Court makes it illegal to ask about the illegals
The path to Genocide is beginning in CA due to props 63 and SB 1235
How the AI Antichrist is on its way to ruling our lives 
Companies are using secret surveillance scores evaluate you 
Catholic priests committing sedition at our border
An unseen hand is governing the world for depopulation and colonization
NIKE nixes Betsy Ross flat on sneakers after one ignorant football player complains 
It is now illegal to defend yourself in New York 
Facebook and Twitter promote Antifa's violence while banning conservatives 
Dems want to prosecute people who mock Congress

Evil

Suicide rates at highest level since WW2
Italian mayor, medics and social workers caught brainwashing kids to sell them into foster care  
Antifa is a domestic terror organization 
60% of America's child sex slaves come out of Foster Care 
Pedophiles are hunting for kids on Instagram, facebook, and snapchat

Earth Groaning

Ring of fire on alert after Japan volcano eruption seen from space 
Deadly heat wave cooks muscles in their shells on CA shore 
Europe heat wave has killed several in France and Spain
Yellowstone has been rocked by 81 quakes in the past month!
Ball-sized hail hits Eastern Montana 
Freak hail storm buries Mexico city under 5 FEET of ice 
Latest flu vaccine failing against current strain 
New Guinea volcano erupts 
Current earthquake swarm causing volcanoes to rumble across the whole earth 
Wasp super nests in Alabama 
Mumbai hit by worse rains since 2005
Siberia struck by worst flooding in a century. 14 killed, many missing
Rare EF-2 tornado hits Australia
Heavy rains in Japan cause evacuation of thousands
Philippines prepare their people for the "Big One" 
Record smashing heat wave bakes Alaska 
Six dead while rare tornado strikes China 
5.6 Quake strikes China 
Stromboli volcano in violent eruption off Sicily 

Sodom and Gomorrah

Thousands gather to celebrate 50 years of LBGTQ rights
Presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg uses border to slam Christian hypocrisy  
Popular Catholic Worship artist celebrate Pride month 
Dallas council approves rainbow crosswalk to honor the LBGTQ community 
The London zoo is celebrating pride month in honor of its gay penguins 
Meet Desmond, the child drag queen 
Drag queen on all fours roars and growls at Library Pride even for Teens 
4 in 10 people do not rule out a same-sex sexual encounter 
Pure Wickedness: Drag queens encourages children to lay down with men in dresses on the floor after library story hour 
Gender transition clinic sees huge spike in kids under 14 seeking sex change 
Oreo cookies hand out "pronoun packs" to celebrate all genders
New York Governor signs bill outlawing "gay panic" defense

Apostasy

Gay Bishop declares that God is a woman
Presbyterians descend into depravity with drag service and first non-binary pastor
American pastors are not teaching a theology of persecution 
1/5th of Dutch churches close 

Persecution

Christians in Turkey should brace for persecution
China raids another church. Detains many worshipers
CA bill would dictate what topics pastors can preach about 
Alarming rise of Christian persecution in Africa 
Algerian man sentenced for hosting worship service in his home 
Joe Scarborough of CNN calls Pence a liar and suggests he read the Gospels again 
7 Christian families forced from their homes as Hindu mob demand they renounce Christ  
Manhattan Chick-Fil-A vandalized during Pride event 
Ten commandments plaque removed from Ohio Middle school following complaint 
Atheists "In No God we Trust" banners stir controversy in Fort Worth 
Texas city removes Jesus sign after long court battle with church 
IKEA worker fired for declining to attend Gay Pride event 
Why this new CA bill is so dangerous for the church 
In China more than 100 crosses are torn down from churches

Signs in the Sky

Car-sized asteroid exploded in air south of Puerto Rico
A mysterious fast radio burst was traced to a galaxy 3.6 Billion light years away
Mysterious booms continue to rattle people in the US, Canada, and UK 
Mysterious UFO spotted over Korea DMZ hours after Trump meeting. Fighter jets scrambled 
Four asteroids on collision course with earth 
US Carrier Nimitz buzzed by UFOs? 
Fireball lit up the South Florida skies

Good news!

3 Million evangelicals march in Brazil. Our country belongs to Jesus! 
Ohio strips Planned Parenthood from budget! 
Jerusalem prayer team Facebook page becomes one of the largest of its kind


Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Please pray for Zimbabwe! Part 2



Back in January I posted a letter here from a lady in Zimbabwe passed onto me from a friend in Germany.  Her letter spoke about the horrific conditions there with power outages and rising prices, looting, arrests and people being silenced.

Today I have an update from that same lady. I'm posting it here because some of you expressed interest and concern over what was happening there. These are our brothers and sisters!  We must be in prayer for them!  And don't think for a minute that this can't and won't happen here in the US.

From Zimbabwe today. Let the reader understand, this is since the news of Monday's financial disaster. Please consider sharing this real news on Facebook.

"The people in Zimbabwe are hurting right now because we love this place so much and we can’t bear to see it like this. People are tempted to leave and some are leaving but to be honest nobody really wants to leave. We love this place. Even those who have left would choose to come back if things were different. We have accepted everything that has been dealt to us and we have been taking the hits and moving forward. This last punch when the minister announced that USD is illegal has left a feeling of despair and despondency in many.

I drove through Barham Green the other day, the suburb where I grew up. I remember there was such a strong sense of community in those days. We would play soccer and cricket on the streets and walk in and out of friends’ houses in the neighbourhood, playing video games (Golden Chinas) and watching movies. We’d play basketball at Isinga on Sundays or go to Waterworld. We knew where everyone stayed and called everyone uncle and auntie even if we weren’t related. Sadly, many families have gone away and that sense around our city has changed. I hate seeing families splitting up because of economic hardships and moving away. I have seen many families separated with one spouse working abroad to support his/her family here at home and there is a tremendous strain on the family structure. It is tough seeing families scattered around the globe, especially after having experienced good times of joy in the past.

We, the people of Zimbabwe have been through so much. When will the madness end? We use humor to cope but the reality is that many things are not funny. Especially when someone needs help in a hospital and there's no medicine to help the patient or payment is needed before any treatment is done. So much has transpired in the last year. This year alone started with a shutdown and we were teargassed at our offices. It’s difficult to think that not so long ago people were singing and rejoicing in the streets because of the hope of a brighter future and now we are queuing for fuel, getting extreme power and water cuts, can't afford astronomical prices in the shops, schools wanting top ups on fees, people scrambling to the bank to withdraw any USD before it gets converted to Zim Dollar at the interbank rate.

Navigating a business in times like this is extremely difficult. If a sale happens in RTGS Bonds, it loses replacement value almost immediately and now it is illegal to trade in USD or any foreign currency. But we as Zimbabweans keep moving forward. One day at a time. Encouraging one another in the car park when we pick up our kids from school or when we bump in to friends at the shops in front of shelves, looking at ridiculous prices with eyes of disbelief. But by God’s grace, our spirit keeps fighting. We continue praying every day for a breakthrough for our beautiful nation. Our sense of community is being restored in a not so obvious way. We can chat to absolute strangers and talk about our struggles and be able to vent our frustrations and concerns about the nation because we are all in the same boat. Somehow the situation feels a little bit better when I know someone else also had a 18 hour power cut and I wasn’t the only one.

We keep believing that tomorrow will be better. That the difficulties we’ve experienced in the past does not reflect the future. That there is hope for us who remain in this beautiful land. We may have moaned and complained about our country for a long time but deep down we believe that things will change and that despite a difficult past, and a difficult present, the future is still HOPEFUL. Hope deferred makes the heart sick but desire fulfilled is a tree of life (Proverbs 13:12). Yes, I am an eternal optimist. Yes, I will continue to encourage even when I need encouragement because I believe that we have persevered for too long without reward. Yes, I will remain joyful in the midst of chaos. Never lose hope Zimbabwe. Our time is coming. Righteousness exalts a nation. Let us keep declaring the righteous Word of God over our beloved country.

The fact that we are hurting is evidence enough that our roots are deep in the soil of our nation. We cannot be removed and be put elsewhere. We know that. And that’s why we have put up with the Zesa cuts, Fuel shortages, Expensive prices, water cuts, forex bans, shutdowns. We just know deep down that God is taking us through to the other side. We don’t understand the method of this transition but we know it will happen and all things will work together for good. When? I don’t know. But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength, they will run and not grow weary, they shall walk and not faint (Isaiah 40:31). We must continue to be positive and praise Him in the waiting