Hi Gathering Family,
I hope you’ve enjoyed the topic of embracing your design. This week, we will move into part two where you will take an introspective look at how God has uniquely designed you to determine how you might make an impact here at the end of the world as we know it. Continue reading
Ready for some more heavenly hope? If you missed the first installment of this topic, you can find the Rapture Ready article here: “Heavenly Hope.” We rapture watchers sure do need an ample dose of hope most days to keep us hanging on. If you’re anything like me, you thought we would be outta here by now. While the world goes crazier than we ever thought we would see and attacks on us and our families only intensify, many of us are becoming battle weary and experiencing deep despair. Some days and some seasons, it all simply becomes too much to handle, our hope wanes, and we try our best to escape the battlefield.
Bad news alert: It’s only going to get worse. There’s not much I see on the horizon in the way of relief other than Jesus. The closer the devil gets to his foretold end, the more his demonic activity is going to ramp up and his attacks intensify. My family and your family are targets and will remain in the enemy’s crosshairs. Without hope, how are we to stand firm? The loss of hope can turn catastrophic in the life of a believer and allow the devil’s predictable opposition to become unforeseen oppression. We noted in the previous installment how opposition stands in our way, but is surmountable, whereas oppression stands on our head and sits us down. Continue reading…
Assaulted, that’s the word that would best express what I’ve felt so far in 2023. I’ve been under attack and under fire. The year started off in January with my father’s horrific suicide, a journey I conveyed in an article here on Rapture Ready titled When Darkness Prevails. At the time I was working on Heavenly Vision, a segment of what has become the “Heavenly” series. Even prior to my dad’s death, the Lord was challenging me to maintain heavenly vision rather than earthly vision, to fix my eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of my faith. When I do that, I know the story isn’t over, no matter what’s happening around me.
If I’ve ever needed that reminder, it’s here now in June. Since my dad’s death, in the past four months, my younger brother had two strokes, my husband lost his job, and my older brother, at only fifty-nine, was placed in skilled memory care for fast-progressing, early-onset dementia. He’s all but lost to us already. Seriously, my family and I have truly been under fire.
I know I’m not alone in this. You have been under fire too and have experienced family tragedies. I get emails from readers who are dealing with hardships and heartbreak, assaulted lives and homes and families. A common theme is our prodigal adult kids. I’m there with you on that one too. Our children, young and grown alike, are in the enemy’s crosshairs as he wages an all-out offensive against them. Continue Reading…
This Rapture Ready article will be used as the assignment for the Daybreak Gathering meeting on 6/15/23. Check out the DaybreakGathering.com page for more information if you would like to join the conversation.
A long time ago in a month far, far away, I began what I intended to be a “Heavenly” series. There have been starts and stops and starts again. This is a start-again moment. Often, what we see as interruptions at the time are later found to be God’s strategic interventions. I have no problem seeing that now in this start-again moment and find it’s nice to be back on track.
I began in the previous installment of this series, Heavenly Vision, reminding myself and you of the importance of preparing our hearts for the coming of the Lord, that time when we will all meet Jesus face to face. The article went on to address one massive distraction from our heart preparations, our tendency to focus more on the rising darkness of this world than on the soon-coming Light. We called this anxiety-breeding activity earthly vision. (That was a quick recap.)
So now we’re circling back around to the idea of preparing our hearts to meet Jesus face to face. Are we actually ready for that, to meet the Maker of the sun and stars? All we are and do and think will be laid bare before Him at that meeting. That gives me a bit of a queasy stomach, and the enemy could have a field day with doubts and questions if I didn’t know Jesus paid it all, and that there’s nothing I can do to be any more righteous in His sight than His shed blood has already accomplished. Still, when I get there, I want to kneel before Him knowing I’ve given all of me to my King here in the final whispers of this kingdom age. Continue Reading…
Below is an advance of my upcoming Rapture Ready article. I hope it reaches you where you are.
Are you hanging in there? I received a message the other day from a sister who lives across the country. She poured out her heart, telling me how waiting for the rapture and all she’s seeing in the meantime is wearing her down some days. I could only reply and tell her I was feeling the same. Truthfully, when Covid struck three years ago, I thought we would be making our exit via the rapture soon, like, way sooner than this. I started ranting to people about how close the rapture had to be. Yet, here I am still waiting.
I still believe it’s close, but close has taken on a new meaning these days. I’ve come to understand that close could be today, ten days, or even two years away. Considering all that’s at stake, that at our departure lives will be traumatized and some lost, I must remember to keep “them” in mind, those poor souls who will be left behind. Our waiting is based upon the goodness of a God who, in His mercy, desires that none perish, but that all would come to repentance (2 Peter 3:9). I sometimes feel kind of selfish since I know what will befall “them,” and still I long for Jesus’ appearing each and every day. That longing doesn’t make me or my faraway sister or you selfish. In Titus 2:13, we’re told the rapture is our blessed hope, and 2 Timothy 4:8 promises a crown of righteousness for all who love His appearing. Our homesick hearts are longing for home. Yet here we all are still waiting. Read More…
Below is an advance invitation to join the Daybreak Gathering prior to the RaptureReady.com article release.
“Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful; and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near” (Hebrews 10:23-25).
Do you ever feel like an aimless sheep, wandering from place to place to be fed? For many of us who do assemble together with our local church, we find our pastors aren’t teaching last-days prophecy. Thankfully, with today’s technology, we are blessed to have amazing online prophecy pastors and teachers who feed us truth and prepare us for the soon return of Jesus for His bride. Some even host live YouTube videos where people can participate in real-time chats. Continue reading
Below is a link to my RaptureReady.com article, Heavenly Vision. Share if you would like.
In all the doing I do, I sometimes have to stop and remind myself just how vital it is that I intentionally continue to prepare my heart for the coming of the Lord. I don’t know how far away the rapture is, but I believe it’s way sooner than some choose to admit. I know that once the rapture does happen, I want to be well prepared to meet Jesus face to face with no regrets. I should never, ever stop growing and leaning into Him. Same with you. “Now, little children, abide in Him, so that when He appears, we may have confidence and not shrink away from Him in shame at His coming” (1 John 2:28). I don’t want to be found as a believer who has earthly vision, but rather one with heavenly vision. Continue reading on RaptureReady.com…
Hello from Long-Lost Lisa. I’ve missed you. Life has thrown me many-too many-curveballs over the past two months. I’m glad to be back in the swing of things.
Below you’ll find my latest RaptureReady.com article. Feel free to share if you would like.
It’s not just our imaginations that the world is growing ever darker. Each new morning the headlines prove us right. Still, with all that’s transpiring in the world, many fail to see things are amiss, or if they do, they underestimate its importance since they don’t know Bible prophecy. Rising darkness is a clear indication of the soon-coming Light. Many don’t believe in the rapture of the church, even professing Christians, so they go about life squinting in the darkness rather than admitting that seven years of nightfall is quickly approaching. Continue reading full article…
2023: Seriously, We’re Still Here?
Happy New Year!! Well, I’m not so sure happy is what most of us are feeling as the calendar flips the page. Maybe Hopeful New Year is more like it. Let’s pray we get to attend THE wedding in 2023. The rapture can’t come soon enough for me.
Below is my final installment in the Prepare a Sanctuary series, set to run on RaptureReady.com soon. If you missed any in the series, you can find them here: Lisa’s Rapture Ready Articles/Series.
Is there anything more tender and precious than a new believer who longs to know more about Jesus? Don’t you wonder what Jesus feels about those sweet, little lambs of His? Talk about a heart exploding with joy; that must well express His love for those who choose to newly walk with Him. I remember when I got serious about my faith, how I would watch anyone and anything on TV that was talking about Jesus. Now, looking back at who I was watching, I see how listening to anyone and anything wasn’t my wisest choice. Continue reading…
Thank you for doing life with me. This is such a crazy world we’re living in that we totally need each other. I wanted to take this time to tell you just how much your encouragement means to me. You are a gift.
Next week, I’ll send an advance copy of my last Rapture Ready article for the year. After that, I won’t “see” you again until next year. I hope you have a blessed Christmas with your family and friends.
Quick note: All my Rapture Ready articles can now be easily accessed in one place in case you want to catch up on previous articles or series: Lisa’s Rapture Ready Articles.
I hope you have a wonderful Christmas with your family and friends.