Believing the Promises of God - in His Word

Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed… Without weakening in his faith… Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, being fully persuaded that God had power to do what He had promised. ~ Romans 4 [selected 18-21]



Tuesday, April 19, 2011

HERE & NOW = THERE & THEN

Revelation 21: 18-21

18The wall was built of jasper, while the city [itself was of] pure gold, clear and transparent like glass. 19The foundation [stones] of the wall of the city were ornamented with all of the precious stones. The first foundation [stone] was jasper, the second sapphire, the third chalcedony (or white agate), the fourth emerald, 20The fifth onyx, the sixth sardius, the seventh chrysolite, the eighth beryl, the ninth topaz, the tenth chrysoprase, the eleventh jacinth, the twelfth amethyst. 21And the twelve gates were twelve pearls, each separate gate being built of one solid pearl. And the main street (the broadway) of the city was of gold as pure and translucent as glass.

My class gave me a special hand-made bracelet portraying the Scripture above. It is a New Jerusalem bracelet complete with streets of Gold and translucent glass. It also has 12 pearls in between each color of precious stone signifying the 12 gates! I will treasure this forever! We enjoyed studying Revelation together - almost half of the ladies for the first time. Two of us have studied it in depth for the 7th time! God met us here each week with His Presence! There were 22 of us in this study but only 18 made it to the final dinner celebration. We miss you Mary, Donna A., Marion and Jane!! Our theme verse was:

Revelation 17:14 "They will make war against the Lamb, but the Lamb will overcome them because he is Lord of lords and King of kings—and with him will be his called, chosen and faithful followers.” Tiara and her Mom. Tiara celebrated her 28th birthday with us last night too! We had candles and cake to make it special!

God is now the CENTER of each of these ladies' lives! We learned sooo much together and God truly did bless us each and everyone one of us! We praise God for the Revelation of Jesus Christ in our lives!

Choosing JOY in this season,

Stephanie

14 comments:

KrippledWarrior said...

What an amazing gift, for an amazing person. Continue to be a blessing, my sister.
Kurt

Beth.. One Blessed Nana said...

We are halfway through our study and it is so amazing! I have learned so much through this great bible study.

Alleluiabelle said...

Such a beautiful gift with beautiful meaning behind it.

You are such a blessing to so many my friend...such a blessing. The Lord has given you such a divine gift for teaching. I thank Him for that...for YOU.

May His hand of blessing move you to higher and higher and higher heights during this Easter season and beyond.

Love you,
Alleluiabelle

D.J. Hughes said...

What precious ladies. You are blessed indeed.

KrippledWarrior said...

Check my blog post for today. I have a photo I want you to see.

Camille said...

How lovely that bracelet is Stephanie! What a blessing to serve the LORD with others....HE alone is worthy!

May the LORD bless you this weekend as you celebrate HIS death and Resurrection!

In His Love,
Camille

Sassy Granny ... said...

Ooooh; beautiful bracelet! It's sure to be a treasured remembrance all your days.

Blessings,
Kathleen

P.S. Our Home Team did the Beth Moore "Here & Now - There & Then" study last year. Good stuff!

Crown of Beauty said...

Hi, this is another spirit filled post. What joy radiates from your face!

The gift of the bracelet is beautiful.

I stopped by to wish you a blessed Mother's Day.

With love
Lidj

Crown of Beauty said...

Hi Stephanie,
I want to thank you for your recent visit to my blog. I'm back here to say that I do look forward to meeting you one day at Shepherd's Walk, if the Lord allows that. Also, I tried to google "snow song" cause I really want to hear what that song is like... but I could not find it anywhere. Could you give me a link to it?

Love your new profile pic!

Love
Lidj

Sonja said...

Hi Stephanie:

I just hopped over as I was thinking about you and realizing I haven't been by for awhile. I see you are moving right along, doing what He has given you to do, and I know you are a precious teacher!
Your joy shines. :)

xo

Sonja

Melanie said...

It's been a while. Just checking in.

Cherie Hill said...

SO great to hear from you sister! It appear you have been busy soaking life in with the Lord! So AWESOME to hear from you!!!
Many blessings,
Cherie

Yolanda said...

Blessings to you as well-

Camille said...

Just stopping by to say hello to you my friend...trust all is well with you and your family.

Many blessings!
Camille