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Letter to Heaven

My Inspiration comes from the Book Letters to Heaven by Calvin Miller

We purchased this book on a trip to the store Ollie’s where we hoped to find a book on observing different bird species as well as purposed to find new reading material for Joan. Yes, at times I would call my mother-in-law by her first name, with her permission. On occasion, we would even exchange a warm friendly “Mrs. Somjak”, when referring to each other, always resulting in a smile.

The book’s premise is written with an accumulation of short stories of others who combine beautiful lessons for this life with uplifting promises for the next.

The book’s tag-line states: “Inspiration to Make Your Earthly Experience More Heavenly”.

As we later sat on our back porch, with book in hand I silently asked the Holy Spirit to direct our reading in the pages. I opened directly to the story of the late Todd Beamer on Flight 93 on 9/11 when he and others thwarted hijackers.

With that said, it is now that I would like to share with you my open Letter to Heaven addressed to Mrs. Joan M Somjak

Letter to Heaven

It’s easy to imagine you entering Heaven. I can even imagine how you’ve quickly adjusted to your new forever home. But I struggle as I imagine your suffering in your last hours, battling the limitations of earth to reach beyond to the great divide.

Here is my thank you and genuine thoughts to your brave heart. I’m sending it to your Heavenly address-the home you mentioned just days before- that you wished for while on earth, for a house that would big enough for all of us to live together.

You’ve arrived 11/04/21 to your mansion in Heaven, and because we hope in the Lord, we confidently know we will see you again. While in your latter days together we would pray the Lord’s Prayer, eye to eye.  You would frequently pray and ask, ‘Jesus, help me”, unsure of yourself at times, yet remaining seemingly confident in God.

The irony is these are the exact same two prayers Rob Beamer was recorded to have prayed before he courageously stepped forward and stated his famous words, “Let’s Roll” on 9/11. You see, it was in these same two prayers that helped give him the courage to reach beyond himself. I trust you were prepared with courage as well, because of your prayers. You had what it would take on that sacred day to step forward triumphantly entering into your eternal hope.

Hebrews 1:10 “You, Lord, in the beginning laid the foundation of the earth, And the heavens are the work of Your hands.

You bore the image of your Heavenly Father as you held his reflection of work in your hands. Beginning at the young age of 11 working outside the home, growing into adulthood completely dedicated to serve the Lord, blessing your family, your wonderful husband, welcoming all to join at mealtime, including extended family, and church.  The Father must have been pleased with your work to extend an answer to your prayer for the healing of your arm that was due to unforeseen accident, in order that you might continue in your services to Him.  

I find your simple prayer and His response-a miracle created- astonishing and merciful.

The Bible speaks of willingly working with our hands, in Proverbs 31; giving to those in need, in Ephesians 4:28; offering food to those who are hungry, a drink to those who are thirsty, giving to those in need of clothing, visiting the sick and in those in prison.  Jesus said, inasmuch as you did it to the least of these My brethren you did it to Me.  

Ps. 90:17 “And let the beauty of the Lord our God be upon us, And establish the work of our hands for us; Yes, establish the work of our hands.”

Your eyes are now fully open to the continual revealing of the Glory of God, being able to comprehend His glory over your life span: past, present, and future. I believe I’ve gotten a glimpse this side of heaven, teaching me of the Glory of God in our time spent together.

I picture you being greeted as a champion, like Todd. Not that of the same works, yet, for the same One- Jesus, who Remains on Throne, rewarding our works done in faithfulness- as well as being greeted by those you’ve never met in Heaven because of your bold service, work and witness for Christ.  Lastly, I offer your words back to you, as well as to all who loved you reading this note now: “May we meet again, in Heaven, where friendship never ends.”

Titus 3:4-6

But when the kindness and the love of God our Savior toward man appeared, not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, whom He pour out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior, that having been justified by His grace we should become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.

Deborah Somjak 4-Unfolded Hearts

A Pulse for Prayer

“Our greatest emotional need is to have the assurance that we are enjoyed by God even in our weakness”

– Mike Bickle

This thought is daunting and seems to run through our veins, leaving us with various doubts and unbelief. We have an enemy who is a master at subtle lies, and these are two of his favorites. I’ve learned that doubt is sure to clog up one’s hope in life, and unbelief will arrest faith and leave devastating results.    

Our circumstance, chaos, or condition doesn’t move our Sovereign God.

You see, we find truth in the Word and in the grace Jesus readily makes available.

In John 17 Jesus prays an appeal to the Father to protect us, watch over us, and for us to be immersed in the truth. He prayed this prayer among friends and foes before He left this earth. Most astonishing in this prayer, He asked that we would but be one with the Father just as Jesus himself was, for in this unity it would cause the world to believe. Wow!  When our faith and hope are fused with the Father and Son, we become the answer to His prayer and a solution for the world. 

We are gaining an understanding of these truths, along with the virtues of mercy. Sequentially we’re able to pray our deepest needs, desires, and apprehensions. In turn, we discover He cares for us in ways beyond our comprehension, yet they are made known to us on earth. 

Pursing prayer increasingly revives our pulse, making it one strong current allowing for the glory of God to be known on earth as it is in Heaven.

A Pulse for Prayer

Prayer and praise will preserve the matter of prayer as well as us spiritually.

Unction and urgency: this is a type of prayer when you feel compelled to pray at the moment. A prompt response can prove to be fulfilling.

Listening prayer is a dialogue with our creator. Listen and obey: faith and action.

Sufficiency: we’re enabled for prayer. It’s not of our strength; the sufficiency comes by the power of God that rests upon our supplication.  

Eternal: some of our prayers may outlive us, so pray believing for your family and trust the work of the Holy Spirit. Jesus is seated at the right hand of the Father ever living to make intercession on your behalf. 

Deborah Somjak – Unfolded Hearts Ministry

   

A Proper Time

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The Lord has ordained functioning principals in His Word as well as His function of Great Grace. Listen to Word on Unfolded Hearts-Talk.

//percolate.blogtalkradio.com/offsiteplayer?hostId=123613&episodeId=9765783   Galatians 6:9 Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.

Picture, perfect.

Isaiah 26:3-4

You will keep him in perfect peace,

Whose mind is stayed on You,

Because he trusts in You.

Trust in the LORD forever,

For in YAH, the LORD, is everlasting strength.

 

Perfect peace? Could this be true?

As I read this verse, it began to read me. I knew I needed a closer view.

The wording perfect peace comes from the Hebrew word shalowm better known to us as shalom. It’s defined as completeness, soundness, peace, safety, welfare, health, and prosperity, contentment, friendship of human relationships and with God especially in covenant relationship.

After reading the definition of shalom used in this verse in Isaiah 26. I can sincerely say that I’ve experienced perfect peace. I don’t know that I would have been so confident to say so had I not took a closer view. Certainly, not at all times in all circumstances however as I gain understanding of perfect peace, it aids in the framework of my mind. Which is, friends, the prerequisite to our perfect peace.

Strongs describes mind as: form, framing, image, and purpose. I could ask you this way: What are you focusing on? What framework, picture or image is on your mind? Do you allow others to frame your thoughts? If you listen to the media-reports, posts or news feeds they will bombard you with current issues and concerns. It’s easy to be thrown into their projected purpose, which is to leave an imprint of influence upon your mind. In order for you to stay tuned, only for more of the same!

but exhort one another daily, while it is called “Today,” lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin. Hebrews 3:13

Romans 12:2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

Ephesians 4:23 and be renewed in the spirit of your mind,

We can be informed people without the dramatic digression under the wrong influence. Isaiah 26 verses three and four are most revealing as they state a progressive process to perfect peace, because he trusts in You. Verse 4 continues to encourage us further reminding us to go back and place Trust in Lord forever – He is our everlasting strength. Selah. Stop and think about that. Literally, purpose to imagine and create a framework in your mind of trusting the Lord forever. The Lord is our everlasting strength.

The Rock of Ages – He forever remains.

In His watchful care,

Deborah Somjak~ Unfolded Hearts Ministry