Have you wondered what Heaven could be like?

I am reading some fascinating stories about Near Death Experiences in a New York Times Bestseller right now that has been out on the market since 2015.  The book is called, “Imagine Heaven” by John Burke.  John has researched the many books that have been written about Near Death Experiences.  John explains that in writing his book he has mostly “chosen the testimonies of professors, medical doctors, wealthy professionals, or children, who don’t seem to have anything to gain by such amazing stories.”

Captain Dale Black, author of Flight to Heaven says,

Imagine Heaven is a comprehensive compilation of inspiring life-after-death experiences – grounded in the author’s solid Bible teaching.  Extensively researched yet enjoyable to read, John Burke’s book is a must-read for those wanting a thorough understanding of Heaven.

He uses the stories he has researched and scripture to explain his thoughts and help us imagine heaven.  For example, he says,

“Maybe the reason we never feel fully satisfied in this life is because we were created for the life to come.  As Paul said, “Our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us….We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time” (Romans 8:18, 22).  What if this life is merely a birth canal into true Life?  Imagine – to live again, forever young, but with wisdom too?

Burke uses many stories to help us imagine heaven and not surprisingly there is a lot of reference to the power of love.  For example:

Gary Wood, who died in the car accident (mentioned earlier in the book), said, “A radiant, beautiful light came from Him.  When He looked at me, His eyes pierced me, they went all the way through me.  Just pure love….His words came as the same sound as the water flowing over Niagara Falls….’Tell people they are special and unique, each one.  God made every one of His children to have a divine purpose, which only they can accomplish in the earth.'”

Don Piper who wrote the book, “90 Minutes in Heaven:  A True Story of Death and Life” after he was crushed by an 18-wheeler and pronounced dead for 90 minutes, wrote the forward for “Imagine Heaven.”  He prays that many will “read this balanced, relevant, and penetrating analysis of the Bible’s report of Heaven and these stories of the fortunate few who have experienced Heaven during a temporary separation from earth, and will embrace the utterly urgent need to prepare for their own entrance into eternity.”

Are you prepared for life after death?

Thank God that there is a God, for what would we do without Him!

Living life on this earth isn’t easy.  I think we can all agree to that.  So having someone to turn to when things get tough is huge for me.  Yes, we can rely on friends and family to help, but human beings have only so much to give before they have to pull back and take care of themselves in order to continue to give.

So, who can we turn to when things get really tough?  Who do you give your pain too?  Who listens and never gets tired of listening?  When our burdens get more than we can carry, who do we turn them over to?  Jesus, that’s who.  And having a relationship with Him sure helps you to turn to Him faster when things get tough.

I used to think, “Have a relationship with Jesus?  What do you mean by that?  I have always believed, is that what you mean?”

To find out the answers to those questions, I did a LOT of Christian reading.

Not every book or video touches your soul.  You need to find the right speaker/author.  So, I encourage everyone out there to do a bit of research.  Give a few authors/speakers a try.  Here are a few to check out:

  • Jan Karon
  • Sarah Young
  • Stormie Omartian
  • Karen Kingsbury
  • Richard Paul Evans
  • Joseph Girzone
  • Rick Warren
  • Matthew Kelly
  • Joyce Meyers
  • Norman Vincent Peale
  • Max Lucado
  • And The Bible of course

Thank you God, thank you Jesus, thank you Holy Spirit.  I thank you, I praise you.  I am grateful for your time and attention.  I couldn’t have continued without your love and support.

Just two examples of life’s struggles:

Spring, 2015 my dad became ill and ended up in assisted living.  If you have ever had a parent who has had to go through this, you know how painful it is for the family, how time consuming it can be.

Fall of 2016, that last back injury was almost more than I could handle.  Thanks Lord for your healing power.  It has taken over a year to heal and in many ways I am still healing….but am now physically healthier than I have been in a long time.

Then on top of all that, I have had friends and family members struggling with cancer.

Can you get through life’s struggles without Him?  I can’t.