Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Do you Believe in Angels?
All About Heavenly Guardian Angels

Heavenly angels, often referred to as guardian angels, are mentioned numerous times in the Scriptures. Therein we learn that angels are spiritual beings created by God to serve him, and sent by God to watch over the human race, to deliver his message, to guard and protect us from danger, to do battle with other spiritual beings on our behalf.

Since the beginning of time, angels have delivered God's messages to mankind. Sometimes the messages are warnings of impending danger, sometimes instructions as to what to do in a particular situation, sometimes they are simply "there" as protection from enemy forces. Sometimes they bring joyful announcements as in the day they announced the birth of Jesus.

I am often asked by skeptics, Why do we need angels? In truth, I don't know. God can deal with us in any way that pleases him to do so. He can speak with us directly, in a burning bush, in dreams, visions and specifically through the Scriptures. Yet, he also employs angels. The Scripture says angels were created for his pleasure. Perhaps it is as simple as that -- it pleases God to send the supernatural heavenly beings to minister to his children.

The Rainbow (an inspiring true miracle story)
By Lynne Richardson

My daughter, Christy, was a Special Education teacher for a small, rural school district in East Texas. Besides teaching, she is the mother of three beautiful children. Ailish, age eight, attends the same school where Christy teaches; three-year-old Ian and two-year-old Ainslea are 'stay-at-home' kids.

On November 11, 2005, Christy and Ailish were on their way home from school. Christy was momentarily distracted and when her attention was focused back on the highway, she was headed for a mailbox. She overcorrected the car, lost control and crashed into a tree. The impact sent the car back across the highway to crash into yet another tree. The demolished car burst into flames under the hood.

A witness to the accident extinguished the fire while his wife checked for survivors. When asked if she was okay, my granddaughter stated, "I'm okay but my mommy has gone to heaven to be with Jesus".

She was right. Her mother was killed on impact.

My granddaughter's seatbelt broke during the accident leaving bruising where the seatbelt had been. Her profile was imprinted in the windshield of the car. She had no cuts on her face, no broken bones and no bruises except those left by the seatbelt. It is truly a miracle that she survived the accident.

I know that Christy is with God. Still, my heart is broken and there are things that those of us left behind must do. The hardest thing I have had to do was to face Christmas without her and to decide what to do with those special gifts that I had bought just for her. After giving it a great deal of thought, I decided to give the gifts to her sister. I placed the gifts on the bed in our guest bedroom where they stayed for several days. Every now and again, I would go in and touch the gifts but I couldn't bring myself to wrap them.

One morning I went to the guest room to 'touch' the gifts; however, I was stopped at the door by a most unusual sight. Inside the room was a beautiful rainbow. It started at the baseboard on one side of the bed, continued across the bed where the gifts were laid and ended on the baseboard at the other side of the bed. I remember calling my husband to come look at the rainbow; I don't remember anything else. I believe the rainbow was a message from Christy telling me she was in heaven and happy that her sister would be receiving the gifts.

Do I believe in angels? Yes, I believe that Christy was an angel on Earth and that she was called home to be with her Savior, Jesus Christ. I also believe that divine intervention saved my granddaughter, Ailish.

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Are mermaids for real?

"The mermaid is the loveliest creature on a' Geud's earth, or in a' the wide sea."

Just recently, I had been watching tv shows about mermaids, and it came to my mind, are these creatures really true?
A Mermaid is said to be marine creature with the head and upper body of a beautiful young maiden and with the lower body of a fish. She can be found in seas and lakes, or lying on a rock and combing her hair with one hand while holding a mirror in the other. Mermaids sometimes foretell the future and are often accompanied by seals.

According to myth, they lure sailors by singing and with lovely music. They live in a kingdom on the bottom of the sea, and it is here they take their prisoners to. From this story, the fear amongst the sailor grew and they thought that seeing a mermaid would cause bad luck: it could predict death by drowning.

The belief in mermaids is not limited to a few countries, but there are tales from all over the world (in India, for instance, there are the Apsara, beautiful water nymphs). However, most of those tales were told by sailors who "saw" them on their long journeys. The idea of mermaids and mermen, the male equivalent, could be based on creatures from Greek and Babylonian mythology:Sirens and Tritons of the Greeks, and the fish gods, who were half human and half fish, from the Babylonians.

Up to the present times, no one really know if mermaids really exist, still it serves as a mystery.