1. Victoria Walters
    February 27, 2017 @ 5:31 PM

    So. While reading your blog this morning, three songs rose up in my spirit: two secular, and one southern gospel – all of them dating back to the days of my youth.

    The first was: “Look around you, look up here. Take time to make time, make time to be there. Look around you, be a part. Feel for the winter but don’t have a cold heart…”

    The second: “Signs, signs, everywhere a sign; blocking out the scenery, breaking my mind. Do this, don’t do that, can’t you read the signs?”

    And, finally: “Signs of the times are every where. There’s a brand new feeling in the air. Keep your eyes upon the eastern sky. Lift up your head, redemption draweth nigh.”

    As I meditated on how these songs related to your sharing, I was impressed that the first points to direction (look up HERE!) and speaks of being in the moment – participating not just observing – recognize the cold reality of harsh times, but be warm in caring and reaching out to others. The second points out the harsh reality that following signs can become overwhelming – they’re EVERYWHERE! They don’t all complement each other; they don’t all point in the same direction; it can be mind boggling trying to discern which signs are significant to our journey and which are distractions to lead us off course.

    But the third, while recognizing that signs are everywhere, brings us back to focus on what is important: keep looking for Jesus – His return is closer now than when we first believed. Reading the signs still won’t tell us the day or the hour – but knowing HIM and knowing that He WILL return should keep us in a position of great expectation.

    Thank you, Annette, for another thought provoking post.

    (PS – I changed my email subscription over to one that actually works!)

    • Annette Vincent
      February 28, 2017 @ 5:07 AM

      Thank you for sharing those songs. I think I’ve heard the first one but not the others. I kept thinking of a song too but didn’t put a link in for it. It’s about astrological signs and how those are just signs of the times but the Ichthus is the sign of eternity.

      I agree that deciding which signs to attend to can be confusing. I have closed my eyes and ears to a lot of the shouts about “grab your money out of the bank because…” and “stock up on…” I don’t know if that means I’m burying my head in the sand or simply trusting God to take care of me. I believe it is the second, but if God REALLY wants to get my attention and get me to “run for the hills” I know He will find a way to do it.

      I DON’T want to be the guy who died in a flood after a rowboat, a motorboat and a helicopter stopped by to pick him up. He kept saying “No thank you. God will save me.” When he stood before God and asked Him why he let him drown, God said, “I sent you a rowboat a motorboat and a helicopter! What more did you want?”

      • Victoria Walters
        February 28, 2017 @ 8:14 PM

        I hear you. I don’t want to be “that guy” either! But like you, I also trust God to get to me the messages He wants me to have. I tend to look at the kinds of messages you mentioned as being a Chicken Little kind of panic: The sky is falling! The sky is falling!!

        I know that in an apocalyptic-type scenario, I don’t have the skill set to survive on my own. In a community, yes – I would have skills to contribute. So the limit of my advance preparations is about a months worth of groceries on hand at any give time. But then…I’ve always been a “save money by buying in quantity” kinda gal. So that’s not anything out of the ordinary.

        • Annette Vincent
          March 1, 2017 @ 1:24 AM

          Chicken Little is exactly how I see that too. I have a well stocked pantry as a normal routine and have added water, battery powered lights and a camp stove to my arsenal since our last big storm. That is my limit, unless God Himself tells me to do more. I thank Him immensely for the resources to get that much ahead.

          • Victoria Walters
            March 3, 2017 @ 2:42 PM


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