Tuesday, February 12, 2013

What a difference a day makes

A couple of weeks ago while taking Jack for a walk, I took this pic with my iPhone...

Then a day later (trying to remember exactly where I'd stood to take the picture above), 
I snapped this one…

What a difference a day makes! The same view––one dark and stormy, the other brilliant sunshine. Isn't that a pretty fair analogy for life and our oftentimes 

skewed perspective on things? When I look at these pictures, I think of what Paul 
said in I Corinthians 13:11-13…

"Now we see things imperfectly, like puzzling reflections in a mirror, but then 
we will see everything with perfect clarity. All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God now 
knows me completely."

I look at the first picture and I'm reminded that this world is, as C.S. Lewis stated 

so aptly, theshadowlands. And when I look at the second, I think of what it will be 
like to someday have all the shadows of this world removed. To some day stand 
before the Lord Jesus and truly see him. With perfect clarity. In all his glory. And 
to spend all eternity getting to know the Father, the Son, and the Spirit better, exploring the infinite facets of their union, and the wonders of the new heaven 
and new earth. Talk about a changed perspective!

On those days when life seems especially challenging, or maybe when my spirit 

feels especially heavy, I head to God's Word and read about what our forever 
home is going to be like. I think of heaven quite often, more so as the years go 
by. Do you? What's something you look forward to about heaven? And do you 
think we'll "banquet" there together? I do. I'm so looking forward to kitchen time 
with my mom again, and with some of you gals too! Imagine what peach cobbler 
will taste like there...

So glad we're in this together, forever,



  1. So needed this today. The sky has been way too stormy lately. Literally and figuratively.

    I'm looking forward to all of us being together forever - no more death!

    1. Been thinking of you lately, Linda. You're awfully quiet on the social network front, lady. Love ad prayers to you.

  2. Hi Tammy,
    One thing, among many, that I appreciate about you is that you always take things back to the Truth...the Word. That is why your blog/facebook posts encourage me so much! In Heaven, I'll look forward to seeing loved ones and sitting at Jesus' feet...just being in His presence and separated from the hardships and pain we experience on this earth. No more worry about our health, striving to pay off this or that, or dealing with sin issues. I daydream sometimes that one day in Heaven I will be able to see the Bible come to life, interacting with those that I've read about so many times. Thanks for this post and God bless~Stacey

    1. Where would we be without His Word? Both the written Word and the Word made flesh. Dreaming that daydream with you!

  3. Linda, you've been on my mind and my heart, dear friend. I'm praying for you and your family in the unexpected passing of your brother. Love you, friend.

    And Stacey, amen to what you said about Heaven. Oh for that day when we're forever with the Living Word... Appreciate you, lady.

  4. Hello Tamera Alexander,

    I am a new writer and because I want to write Inspirational Romance and have joined Faith, Hope, & Love of RWA, I am reading your recommended book "A Lasting Impression".

    I pray that I finish my first draft by this coming September. I write almost every weekday and plan to attend the RWA Conference in Atlanta where I can take advantage of the workshops.

    I know that I have made the right decision to write in this genre, Inspirational Romance, because God knows that in my heart I want to write about pure Christian intimacy with Him as well as with a Christian mate.

    Thank you for writing as God leads you and once again, I am enjoying your book so much.


    1. Bless you for reading, Jan, and I hope you enjoyed A Lasting Impression. I love writing about the Belmont Mansion. Praying for your writing and hope our paths cross somewhere soon!


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