Love Jesus. Do life. Write about what I learn. Make stuff. Wife, mom, grandma, sister, friend. I feed birds, take pictures of things others don't notice, cook, garden, and pray. First book, Morning Meditations From Marina's Kitchen Table, A Devotional Memoir, from Winged Publications label Soaring Beyond, available through Amazon/Kindle. #womenhelpinginmissions #theworkaholicswife #thenoticers
is what the Scriptures mean when they say, “No eye has seen, no ear has heard,
and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him.” But it
was to us that God revealed these things by his Spirit. For his Spirit searches
out everything and shows us God’s deep secrets.
came to us from heaven, lived among us, and returned to heaven. Heaven is His
home and it is ours. Jesus talked a lot about heaven and told us that He was
going there to prepare a place for us, and what a place it must be!
of the things that the Holy Spirit is working within the hearts of God’s people
is the knowledge that heaven is greater than anything we have ever thought
about or imagined. Reading books about heaven, looking at paintings about
heaven, or even listening to stories about heaven don’t help us very much.
These sources are much too limited to give us a full account.
Bible mentions heaven many times, but it does not tell us a lot about the
details of heaven. The Scripture passage in 1 Corinthians 2:9-10 may explain
why. It appears that the subject of heaven and what God has ahead for us is so
big, so great, so awesome, and so overwhelmingly magnificent that God could
only say, “If I painted it, your eye couldn’t grasp it all; if I told it,
your ear couldn’t absorb it all; if I wrote it; your mind couldn’t imagine it
people who do not listen to what the Holy Spirit is saying, tend to minimize
heaven. They think that life here on earth (based on what they have seen,
heard, or imagined) is as good as it gets. Their concept of heaven is not very
exciting, but rather dull, monotonous and boring; they know nothing of the
language, the sounds, the sights, and the realities of heaven.
is God saying to you in 1 Corinthians 2:9-10? He is saying, “Have you seen snow
capped mountains, rushing rivers, white-sand beaches, rain forests, or redwood
forests? Have you been to Yosemite, the Grand Canyon, Niagara Falls, or
Yellowstone? Have you toured the seven natural wonders of the world? Even if
you have seen them all, they cannot begin to describe what your eyes will see
in heaven. You will have to see it for yourself, for even if I used every word
you can presently understand, or let your imagination explore its farthest
boundaries, you would not grasp it. I have sent the Holy Spirit to let you in
on some of my secrets; to let you know that it’s all true; to assure you that
its better than you think; to fan the flame of your hope; to give you a
foretaste of things to come; and to assure you that at my right hand there are
is no need to be worried by facetious people who try to make the Christian hope
of ‘Heaven’ ridiculous by saying they do not want ‘to spend eternity playing
harps’. The answer to such people is that if they cannot understand books
written for grown-ups, they should not talk about them.”