Have you ever talked to an angel? Perhaps you have and didn’t even know it! This is a story of how an angel spoke to me on one ordinary day a few months ago.
I was sitting in the car at the local Wal-Mart waiting on my husband to come back out. He was doing a little bit of shopping and I didn’t really want to go in that day, which is unusual in itself. As I sat there in the car, I was watching people as they came and went to where ever they were going. I love to people watch, it is quite entertaining. I was sitting there playing on my cell phone and watching people when I saw this car pull up beside mine. I didn’t pay a lot of attention until the man that was in the car began walking towards my car.
He had a tablet in his hand and was acting as though he was deaf. I have to admit, my first impression was oh great, some man trying to fake being deaf and wanting money is walking up to my car window. I thought how I didn’t have any money to give him. I reluctantly rolled my window down and he asked me where Roses was. I showed him how to get there and then he began walking that direction. The weird thing was, he was walking away from his car and away from Wal-Mart towards the main road.
I went back to playing on my phone, all the while keeping an eye on what was going on around me. Much to my surprise I looked up and the man and his car were gone. Vanished! He never came back and got into his car, he never came back at all. I often wondered if he was an angel sent by God to see how I would react to helping a person in need. What do you think… are there angels among us?
The current debate over same-sex marriage is causing many to think about how they feel about the institution of marriage. Is there a difference between civil marriage and religious marriage? If so, what impact should it have on how those relationships are characterized by the law? If you at what President Barack Obama has recently said on the matter it is obvious that he feels that there is a difference between the two different forms of marriage, and that those differences should be recognized by the legal system.
While religious marriages are defined by the religious community that they take place in, civil marriages are the legal gateway to w wide variety of government benefits and privileges. Determining whether same-sex couples should be able to take advantage of these benefits is the main catalyst of the current debate on the issue. Churches have long been able to refuse to marry couples whom they did not feel were ready for marriage, and in some cases a church can refuse to perform an interfaith union as well. The same rules apply for same-sex marriages, and a church can choose not to marry same-sex couples.
The President has clarified the difference between the two in explaining his recent statements regarding the acceptance of same-sex marriage. Pointing to the fact that the issue has more to do with the civil marriage aspect than the religious marriage point of view, the President stated that he would report certain religious exemptions when it came to performing same-sex marriage. Given that this issue will likely be one that is discussed frequently during the presidential campaign, many will be following closely to see how it all plays out.
The interesting thing about the various religions in the world is that nearly all of them have one thing in common. In some form or another, nearly all of religions preach that there is some form of heaven, and that the followers of that religion should do everything they can to ensure that they do whatever it takes to gain entry to that heaven.
Although there are several different forms of Christianity and each one has qualities that make it unique, one of the things they all share is an absolute certainty that Heaven exists. In Christian religions, Heaven is a metaphysical place where God lives. After death, souls that have lived a good and fair life ascend to Heaven.
The Buddhists are interesting because they don’t believe that Heaven is a permanent place. The Buddhist feels that nothing is eternal. They feel that Heaven is a place where a soul goes temporarily before it is reborn. The Buddhist does believe that while a soul is in Heaven and waiting rebirth, that Heaven is a sensual place.
Like the Buddhist, Hindu’s believe that Heaven is a good place that provides temporary rest for a soul before it is reborn. The Hindus have never spent much time exploring exactly what happens to the soul while it is in heaven. The simply believe that it is a place where the soul prepares for its next life journey.
Individuals who follow the Islamic belief system aspire to reach Jannah. According to Muslim’s Jannah is very similar to the Christian Heaven. They believe that Jannah is a garden where their soul will spend the rest of eternity. Jannah is divided into 8 gates, with the 8th being reserved for the most pure souls. The 8th gate is referred to as Eden.
Keep in mind that as different as one religions heaven is from another’s, the standards for admission are also equally varied.
Anyone who is looking for a truly inspiring story needs to sit down with the inspiring memoir Heaven is 4 Real. The story starts out with every parent’s worst nightmare. A little boy is rushed to hospital and immediately is taken for emergency surgery. While doctors work on the boy, his family waits, praying for the boys safety. During the surgery, things get even worse when the boy’s essence slips from his body.
The fact that he managed to come back to life is only one of the aspects that makes the boy, Colton’s, story so wonderful. The really interesting thing is what Colton told people when he finally regained consciousness. Colton reported that he saw his father, who is the local pastor and also the author of the book, praying for his son’s life in the waiting room. Colton than says something even more remarkable. While the doctors struggled to save his life, Colton entered heaven. While he was there, he met his sister, a child that died in a miscarriage and about a man who was his great-grandfather and who died several decades before Colton was born.
In addition to writing about the people he met in heaven, Colton described other things that only one who has reached heaven would know about including the horse that Jesus rides and the throne were God sits.
Heaven is 4 Real is not only a truly remarkable story, but it is also one that is a delight to read. You can literally feel the author’s love and awe of his son with every word. The story is engaging and well crafted. This is a book that you will read from cover to cover in one night, only to repeat the process a week later. Reading this book will restore any faith that you might have lost.
My husband has been into watching horror movies since he was just a kid, but I am scared to death by the sight of clowns and spiders, much less ax murderers or demon possessed people. Usually I refuse to tag along when he watches these movies, but every once in awhile he will convince me to let him rent one to watch at home and I will sit in the room with a pillow covering my face the entire time.
Last week, my husband came home with a new DVD about ghost hunters. It was a documentary about these insane scientists who went into supposedly haunted houses or hotels and tried to detect the ghosts and communicate with them. They used thermal sensors and audio recorders and a bunch of other fancy gadgets. After ten minutes, I pulled out my laptop to play online bingo because I was terrified.
I kept playing UK bingo while I glanced at the screen from time to time. I was having no luck and losing every card when it happened. The guy on the documentary said he had made contact with the ghost they were hunting and it had a message. They caught it whispering on the tape recorder. My blood ran cold when I heard it. The voice was barely audible, but we turned it up full blast and it said, “Sing, Whitney, sing.”
Did I mention that my name is Whitney? I screamed! My husband busted out laughing. He thought it was a crazy coincidence, but then the ghost hunters on the screen started talking about how the message must be for someone who would watch the documentary. That’s when it occurred to me. Maybe I was supposed to play Sing Bingo.
I didn’t think twice before I logged in because if I overanalyzed it, I would think I had lost my mind. Instead I logged into Sing Bingo, played the first card I could get and held my breath. The next thing that happened was unbelievable – I won. I didn’t just win a little jackpot either. I won the grand prize of 3 million dollars. I started screaming and jumping and crying and laughing all at once. I have to admit that I never believed in ghosts, but that one must have been real because it told me to “Sing” and I played “Sing Bingo” and struck it rich!
If you have never played bingo, try some of these great sites that I enjoy. You never know, you might just have your own paranormal experience!
For as long as I can remember, I have always wanted to do missionary work. The idea of being able to do good things for people who really need it just seems so liberating. Plus, it gives me an opportunity to see bits of the world that I never would have been able to see otherwise. So, when I received word that there was a place for me in Africa, I jumped at the opportunity. It was not until I started working out the details of my trip that I discovered that there is a great deal more to mission trips than I really ever anticipated.
The first thing I needed to deal with was my apartment. There is nearly six months left on my lease so I needed to find someone who was willing to sublet. Once I had done that I took advantage of a program that offers free legal advice to people who have a low yearly income. They were able to provide me with some CV templates that I had my sub letter sign. These CV templates make the new renters responsible for any damages that happen to the apartment while they are living there. It protects me from being charged for their actions while in the apartment.
Since my name is still going to be on the original lease I wanted to make sure that I was protected if something did happen. With the assistance of the people at the legal aid and a free electoral roll search I was able to find a relatively inexpensive landlord insurance that will protect me while I am in Africa.
The next thing I needed to think about was my car. I didn’t really want to sell it. I will need a car when I return home. My parent’s agreed to take the car, saying I could leave it parked in the pole barn at the back of their property where it would be safe until I returned. Even though my car will not be driven while I am gone, I spoke to my insurance company about getting a type of cheap motor trader insurance that would cover any damages done to my car while it is in storage.
Now, I think I am all ready to leave and start my African adventures! Wish me luck as I start my new life in the wilderness.