This is a wonderful story no matter what "higher power" you believe in and this is the time of year for us all to be thankful.
Judgement Day ~
After living what I felt was a 'decent' life, my time on earth came to the end. The first thing I remember is sitting on a bench in the waiting room of what I thought to be a court house. The doors opened and I was instructed to come in and have a seat by the defense table. As I looked around I saw the 'prosecutor.' He was a villainous looking gent who snarled as he stared at me. He definitely was the most evil person I have ever seen. I sat down and looked to my left and there sat My Attorney, a kind and gentle looking man whose appearance seemed so familiar to me, I felt I knew Him. The corner door flew open and there appeared the Judge in full flowing robes. He commanded an awesome presence as He moved across the room I couldn't take my eyes off of Him. As He took His seat behind the bench, He said, 'Let us begin.' The prosecutor rose and said, 'My name is Satan and I am here to show you why this woman belongs in hell.' He proceeded to tell of lies that I told, things that I stole, and In the past when I cheated others Satan told of other horrible Perversions that were once in my life and the more he spoke, the further down in my seat I sank. I was so embarrassed that I couldn't look at anyone, even my own Attorney, as the Devil told of sins that even I had completely forgotten about. As upset as I was at Satan for telling all these things about me, I was equally upset at My Attorney who sat there silently not Offering any form of defense at all. I know I had been guilty of those things, but I had done some good in my life - couldn't that at least equal out part of the harm I'd done? Satan finished with a fury and said, 'This woman belongs in hell, she is guilty of all that I have charged and there is not a person who can prove otherwise.' When it was His turn, My Attorney first asked if He might approach the bench. The Judge allowed this over the strong objection of Satan, and beckoned Him to come forward. As He got up and started walking, I was able to see Him in His full splendor and majesty. I realized why He seemed so familiar; this was Jesus representing me, my Lord and my Savior. He stopped at the bench and softly said to the Judge, 'Hi, Dad,' and then He turned to address the court. 'Satan was correct in saying that this woman had sinned, I won't deny any of these allegations. And, yes, the wage of sin is death, and this woman deserves to be punished. Jesus took a deep breath and turned to His Father with outstretched arms and proclaimed, 'However, I died on the cross so that this person might have eternal life and she has accepted Me as her Savior, so she is Mine.' My Lord continued with, 'Her name is written in the Book of Life,and no one can snatch her from Me. Satan still does not understand yet. This woman is not to be given justice, but rather mercy.' As Jesus sat down, He quietly paused, looked at His Father and said,'There is nothing else that needs to be done.' 'I've done it all.' The Judge lifted His mighty hand and slammed the gavel down. The following words bellowed from His lips.. 'This woman is free.' 'The penalty for her has already been paid in full.' 'Case dismissed' As my Lord led me away, I could hear Satan ranting and raving, 'I won't give up, I will win the next one.' I asked Jesus as He gave me my instructions where to go next, 'Have you ever lost a case?' Christ lovingly smiled and said, 'Everyone that has come to Me and asked Me to represent them has received the same verdict as you,
~Paid In Full~
'Stop telling God how big your storm is. Instead, tell the storm how big your God is!'
Lynn of Lady Lynn's Boutique (http://www.ladylynnsboutique.blogspot.com/) honored me with this wonderful award! Thank you so much! - I am honored.
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Here are my nominations for the Uber Amazing: http://bumblebeedesigns.blogspot.com http://littleladybugdesigns.blogspot.com http://sweetpeacakesetc.blogspot.com http://changingdesigns.blogspot.com http://bumblebeebabycreations.blogspot.com
My Mom & Dad Always remember how important family is
I just love these older depictions of Santa Claus. That's the way I've always seen him in my mind, so happy, kind and jolly. Things were so much simpler when we were children but we didn't know it and just couldn't wait to grow up. Now that I'm grown up I yearn for my childhood. If I only knew then what I know now I would have been like Peter Pan and never wanted to grow up. I am blessed though because I can relive some of the wonderment and innocence of childhood through the eyes of my 2 and 1/2 yr old grandson and it's wonderful. Anyway, one of my favorite holiday memories was when year after year my mother and all of us children would pull out boxes and boxes of holiday decorations (it seemed we had just packed away) and begin decorating the house. My younger sister Mary, myself and the next eldest sister Sharyn, would just wait for Mom to pull out one of the many old mangey Rudolph's or Santa's that she had had for years. Some would have bald spots where the fur on the reindeer had worn away or a Santa would have an arm that had been haphazardly glued back on, they were a sight. We'd nudge each other and giggle about those pitiful decorations and wondered why she didn't just throw them away. Those poor things looked like they were ready for the trash can but Mom would look at them with such a gleam in her eye and all of our joking, giggling and prodding would fade away as we watched her put each one of those items in "just the right spot" as she did every year. As we grew older, my sisters and I often speak of those raggedy old decorations and wish we still had a few to add to our collection of newer decorations. My Mother always had a way of making something that could have been trash into something that was a treasure ~ just as she was a treasure to all of us kids.
Ok, now it's someone else's turn to relive their favorite holiday memory and share it with us all. What a truly wonderful and blessed season this is, it reminds us all how truly lucky we are.
It took me a little while to get this posted, but here are the winners ~
Mary Cybulski won the little girl's Tutu Tamee Kirkendoll won the Guardian Angel baby blanket Kelsey Beesley won the Blue Princess Purse Wendy Crivello won her choice of handpainted/personalized Piggy Banks Roberta Martinez won the adorable girls Christmas sock Becky Capps won the 2 sets of girls hair ties/bow
My Six Secrets Devulged Denise, from Changing Designs just tagged me. She was "tagged" by another blogger to basically share six secrets about herself. In turn, she tagged five others. One of those five was me! My life is about as boring as you can get but I'll try to come up with six not so well known secrets about myself. 1. I've lived in the same house for 21 years (and it looks almost as it did when I bought it and that's nothing to brag about :) 2. I have Agoraphobia and used to check myself into the local psychiatric ward and call it a vacation ~ and it was for me! 3. I lived in Maryland my whole life. 4. I have very low self esteem. 5. Sometimes when I was married, I would turn off my husbands alarm clock so he would be able to stay home with me the next day (he never knew I did it) 6. I am a big crybaby and cry at the drop of a hat. While watching a sad movie, a love story, talking to someone about something close to my heart, and mostly when I'm lying in bed at night remembering the way things "used to be".
So now I don't suppose I'll be hearing from many of you again but I'm going to make my 5 picks.
1. Nina Robinson of Nina's Window 2. Miriam Grafer of Wire Crochet for Today 3. Caroline Riepler of Little Journey's Baby World 4. Lisa Slain of Lisa's Little Luxuries 5. Jenn Rogers, Founder of Mom's United in Business
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