Meet the Authors.

Sarah Burlingame is passionate about Biblical truth. Her diverse church background has taken her through Mainline Methodist, Evangelical, Charismatic and Roman Catholic circles. Her calling as an intercessor led her to receive a certification in Advanced Spiritual Warfare from LMCI (Liberating Ministries for Christ International) . Sarah has served as a small group leader, worship planner, liturgical dance leader and online ministry coordinator. She holds a M.S. degree in Education and lives in northeastern Pennsylvania with her husband and their youngest son. Her older sons reside in northeastern Pennsylvania and upstate New York. They attend North Rome Wesleyan Church.

Joanne Reinhart asked Jesus Christ into her heart at the age of nine in a Sunday school classroom in Maryland. Her journey with the Lord took her through various careers, colleges, and universities. She holds Bachelor’s degrees in Art/Dance, Theology, and Education, and a M.S. degree in Educational Administration. Her passion for the Lord is evidenced through worship, dance, and teaching. She was liberated into her spiritual gifts and callings through the teaching resources of LMCI . Joanne has danced and taught at Christian conferences and various churches in PA and VA. She currently lives in Florida and attends church at His Heart Ministries: Donna and Jack Rigney, Pastors

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

While We Are Waiting…

For a pregnant woman who is anticipating the birth of her baby, the waiting period just before her child is born can be filled with excitement, anxiety, intensity, pressure, pain, and just plain exhaustion.  Her baby’s nursery has been made ready. The crib is waiting along with the cute little rompers, diapers and baby animal decorated layette complete the picture of a room ready for its new tiny occupant. The smells of baby shampoo, moisturizers and powder permeate the fresh and orderly space. The woman’s bags are packed for the hospital trip, and all she can do is WAIT!
In life, there are many ‘waiting periods’ such as when you are waiting to see the first flowers or fruit open up in the garden you planted, or when you are waiting to hear the results of an academic test, or an interview for a job that you just know you ‘nailed’ (did well, but don’t know what will happen)…
As you are aware, this is March 2016 and many Christians have been ready and are waiting, eagerly expecting, “looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ”. (Titus 2:13)

On March 6, 2016, a word of the Lord was heard and recorded by Joanne. (By the way, we are all capable of hearing the Lord but many do not recognize His voice. We will discuss this topic in more depth at a later date.)

“This is the waiting period before I burst in the clouds to come for you…like when a woman is waiting for the baby to burst forth into life… all is set, the day and hour you do not know, but you know that the baby is coming. I AM coming sooner than you expect…”

Yes!  There is an expectation that things are going to drastically change soon!  So what should we do while we are waiting? Is there anything in particular we should be doing? Will God tell us? How will we know when He does?
Should we waiver in our hope?  Or should we remain confident as Paul said in Philippians 1:6 “ … I am convinced and sure of this very thing, that He Who began a good work in you will continue until the day of Jesus Christ [right up to the time of His return], developing [that good work] and perfecting and bringing it to full completion in you.” (AMPC)

We can be confident and ‘hold fast’ until His return.

Hebrews 4:14-16 (AMP)
14 Inasmuch then as we [believers] have a great High Priest who has [already ascended and] passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession [of faith and cling tenaciously to our absolute trust in Him as Savior]. 15 For we do not have a High Priest who is unable to sympathize and understand our weaknesses and temptations, but One who has been tempted [knowing exactly how it feels to be human] in every respect as we are, yet without [committing any] sin. 16 Therefore let us [with privilege] approach the throne of grace [that is, the throne of God’s gracious favor] with confidence and without fear, so that we may receive mercy [for our failures] and find [His amazing] grace to help in time of need [an appropriate blessing, coming just at the right moment].

There is a set purpose for us to fulfill in these last days and we can accomplish what the Lord has given us.  We can receive and begin to understand that purpose through approaching Him through prayer and praise. We have to let go of any baggage the devil may be trying to weigh us down with especially the lie that you aren’t “good enough” to approach God. Jesus is our mediator, our high priest and it is because of Him that we can know that God will use us for His glory to make this waiting period meaningful. He’ll give us the tools and wisdom we need right now…. All we have to do is believe and ask. Our hope is in Jesus. He is our example.

Hebrews 12:1-2 (AMP)
Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses [who by faith have testified to the truth of God’s absolute faithfulness], stripping off every unnecessary weight and the sin which so easily and cleverly entangles us, let us run with endurance and active persistence the race that is set before us, 2 [looking away from all that will distract us and] focusing our eyes on Jesus, who is the Author and Perfecter of faith [the first incentive for our belief and the One who brings our faith to maturity], who for the joy [of accomplishing the goal] set before Him endured the cross, disregarding the shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God [revealing His deity, His authority, and the completion of His work].

So, just as an expectant mother knows her long wait will result in a beautiful baby; we can know that our time here in these last days on earth (however long that may be) can be filled with an exciting expectation of Jesus coming on the scene!  We can receive new strength each day from the Lord so that we can do the things that are set before us.  As we expect, look for, and hope in Him, the Holy Spirit will establish us in Christ’s righteousness, and in His completed work on the cross until the day of His return.

Isaiah 40:31 (AMP)
But those who wait for the LORD [who expect, look for, and hope in Him]
Will gain new strength and renew their power;
They will lift up their wings [and rise up close to God] like eagles [rising toward the sun];
They will run and not become weary,
They will walk and not grow tired.

~ Joanne and Sarah

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