Portrait Of A Beautiful Women

“A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies.” Proverbs 31:10

The model woman described in Proverbs is a portrait of ideal womanhood. The focus of this portrait is a woman’s relationship with God, not her specific abilities or marital status. She realizes that regardless of her natural talents or acquired skills, or all her accomplishments, her strength comes from God. This women shines as a bright beacon in this wonderful Old Testament book. Today as we see women of all ages following the wrong role models, we are refreshed to find a timeless example of virtue, responsibility and good sense. Here, in this lovely picture of womanhood, is a woman who embodies the qualities which every believing woman should strive for in her personal life and appearance, in her family life, and in her daily duties.

“She opens her arms to the poor and extends her hands to the needy.” Proverbs 31:20

Who is a virtuous woman today? Proverbs 31 tells us that it is the woman who puts God first. Cultures change, but this woman’s God-inspired character still shines brightly across the centuries. However, the Proverb 31 woman is sometimes misrepresented. At times, she has been described as nothing more than a glorified maid. That is not the standard that He has given you to aspire to. That is not who God says is more valuable than precious jewels. The focus of this portrait is a woman’s relationship with God, not her specific abilities or marital status. The Proverbs 31 woman realizes that regardless of her natural talents or acquired skills, or all her accomplishments, her strength comes from God.

“Honor her for all that her hands have done, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.” Proverbs 31:31

Many women find Proverbs 31 discouraging. Don’t let that happen to you. Remember, this very capable woman is ultimately praised not so much for all she accomplishes as for one thing: She fears the Lord. The woman who is worthy of praise is not necessarily the one who does all her own sewing or is a great cook or is a natural beauty. The woman who gets the praise is the woman who fears the Lord. That’s the target to aim for. Not outward beauty. Not a perfectly decorated home. Not even more intellectual knowledge or a biblical scholar. Instead, aim for a bold, all-consuming love for God. Then you too will be worthy of praise…”worth far more than rubies.”

Father, help us to boldly love You and to live our lives worthy of You. Help us to act in a manner pleasing to you and show grace to others as you have shown grace to us. In Your Precious Name, Amen.

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Honor Your Parents

By Georgia (Jo) Kent

“…Honor your father and mother.” This is the first commandment with a promise: If you honor your father and mother, “things will go well for you, and you will have a long life on the earth.” Ephesians 6:1-3

Parents… They give us the gift of life, love us, and care for us. Loving us when we are unlovable; faithfully, unconditionally, never asking for anything in return. Today, we see less and less respect and honor shown towards our elders in families everywhere.

God included the responsibility for honoring one’s parents in the Ten Commandments. There were no exceptions listed, even if your parents were terrible, this is still God’s Word to you. As long as one’s parents are alive, the responsibility to honor them remains. Think about this: God himself promises that if you will honor your parents you will have a long and blessed life. What a promise! Regardless of your age, consider your responsibility to honor your parents. We need to learn from Scripture what God means by “honoring” our parents, so we can honor our parents and be blessed with a long and fruitful life.

“Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the Lord your God is giving you.” Exodus 20:12

The temptation in life, especially in young and middle adulthood, is to get so busy with life that we take our parents for granted. But instead of taking them for granted the scriptures teach us its time to begin investing our time in them just as they invested their time in us. There are a lot of acts of kindness you can perform but just spending time with them is first on the list. Honoring your parents is not just speaking politely to them, or telling others that they are great parents. If your parents have needs, you should help them. In this way, according to Jesus, you are showing them honor.

“Hear, my son, your father’s instruction, and forsake not your mother’s teaching, for they are a graceful garland for your head and pendants for your neck.” Proverbs 1:8-9

Take a moment to look at the way you are treating your parents. This means in thoughts and deeds. Not just how you act towards them when you are around them, but also examine your thoughts, how it is you think and feel about your parents in your heart. Examine yourself closely and see if there are any changes that need to be made to line your life up with God’s word. If changes in attitude are needed, then ask God to help and begin to make those changes today. Reality for many of you is that you have parents that do not treat you very well; nonetheless, you are still called by God to respect your parents. By respecting your parents even when you do not feel they deserve your respect, allows God to work on your behalf because you have been obedient to his word.

Remember that if you sacrifice one thing for them, they will sacrifice another million for you. Keep that in mind and you’ll love them even more. Call/text/email things to them often, make them a part of your world. Show them that you value them and care. Parents love nothing more than talking to you. One way to start following the command is to pray for them daily. Finally, just love them a little bit more every day! You too will stand in their shoes one day.

Father, thank you for the gift of children. I pray that as my children grow older they will also grow in their desire to seek after You and obey your commandments. Keep a humble heart in all parents toward their children, and children towards their parents. In your name Lord, Amen.

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Be Heavenly Minded

By Georgia (Jo) Kent

“He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” Micah 6:8 NIV

These are simple instructions, but absolutely impossible to do unless God Himself empowers us, which is what He does through the ministry of His Holy Spirit. What a great God we serve! He tells us what to do then enables us to do it. He simply instructs us to “act justly in everything we do and every decision we make.” The second is to “love mercy, embracing compassion and forgiveness for everyone we meet.” Lastly, is to “walk humbly, lifting up our heavenly Father and serving others.” He desires us to live out our faith by our actions.

“So you see, faith by itself isn’t enough. Unless it produces good deeds, it is dead and useless.” James 2:17 NIV

Just think about sitting around in God’s throne room listening to his plans and strategies and watching the inner workings of all of creation. Think about being right there when he says; “I need someone for an assignment” and your hand flies up first. What then? Are you worthy of this assignment? Ask yourself; “Am I always honorable and fair to others?” “Am I compassionate and forgiving to others?” “Do I regard others without personal gain.” that’s all the Commander (God) asks of us. When He sees that you are ready then He will give you the assignment.

“For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Mark 10:4

Satan attempts to keep the door shut tight to the room of our assignment; but God promises that our obedience is the strategic key to unlock that closed door. Heaven always uses the obedient to do great and mighty things on the earth. You have an assignment and a divine purpose, and obedience will take you to it by acting justly, loving mercy, and walking humbly with our God.

Dear Lord, help me to know Your commands and obey them. Give me the mind and obedient attitude of Christ today. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Sweet Blessings

Serving The Lord With Excellence

By Georgia (Jo) Kent

“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.” Colossians 3:23-24

How does a Christian develop a spirit of excellence in a day when almost anything can be passed off as good enough? Excellence does not necessarily mean the absence of mistakes. There is a difference between striving for perfection versus endeavoring to be excellent. Achieving excellence is an impossible task without the love of our Lord. A person who strives for excellence doesn’t give up when he makes mistakes, and he doesn’t avoid tasks for fear of failure. The true goal of excellence is to do the best you can with what you have at every moment.

“Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise! It has no commander, no overseer or ruler, yet it stores its provisions in summer and gathers its food at harvest.” Proverbs 6:6-8

Excellence means giving your maximum in everything that you do. Many people give their minimum to God. We are called to strive for excellence in order to be the best testimony for the Lord that we can be. Non-Christians are watching to see what kind of a difference Jesus is making in your life; you can point others to Him by being diligent in your tasks. Do you know you can do God’s work shoddily, and in the process stir up His anger against you? Our Lord Jesus Christ served God with passion. His zeal was overwhelming. Jesus would have been doing everything with His whole heart so that the Father may be glorified.

“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” Philippians 4:8

Excellence is a reflection of the God we serve. Always remember that to pursue excellence in your works is to rely on the grace of God’s hand in all you do. To be excellent at whatever God has called you to do, you must first ask for His strength to accomplish the task and His endurance to complete it. Prayer is an important part of pursing excellence; you cannot do it on your own. Excellence cannot be achieved by personal merit, but only through divine grace. His divine power has granted this to us, but we must come to Him in prayer. Make a commitment to excellence today! Strive to be a faithful bearer of the image of a perfect God.

Lord, help me to walk excellently before You in speech and in service so that I may be more effective in your ministry to others. Thank you for the perfect example that you sent us in Your Son. Help us to be worthy of our task. In your Name, Amen

Sweet Blessings

Serve The Lord With Gladness

By Georgia (Jo) Kent

“Clap your hands, all peoples! Shout to God with loud songs of joy. Psalms 47:1

Have you ever wondered why the birds sing so joyfully in the morning? How they flit and flutter from tree to tree, landing just long enough to release their sweet melodies calling their mates or reassuring their little ones. These beautiful melodic sounds greet my ears and settle down deep in my heart, simple, yet comforting. It’s at times like these that I am reminded of how precious my Fathers love for me is and how his presence fills my soul with such joy and gladness. And my heart is filled with a deep abiding love and gratitude.

“Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing.” Psalm 100:2

Don’t you just enjoy being with happy people? People that always smile and greet you with a kind word? Someone who speaks positive words that lift you up and makes you feel like you can make it through another day, no matter what challenges that comes your way. As apposed to someone who has a permanent frown that constantly complains and never has anything positive to say. They talk about themselves [or others] and how difficult their life is or how someone else did something that offended them. How do others see you? Do you present yourself as a happy child of God? Do you always greet others with a smile and kind word? Or do others seem to shy away from you?

“For thou, LORD, hast made me glad through thy work: I will triumph in the works of thy hands.” Psalm 92:4

True joy is that overwhelming sense of comfort and contentment that floods one’s soul. It comes with dwelling in the presence of the Heavenly Father. Learn to serve the Lord with gladness, not with a frown, not out of habit, not even out of the feeling of duty, but serve Him with a joyous heart. To serve Him is a privilege; one that we should never take lightly for it is only by His mercy and grace that we even have the opportunity to serve such a Holy, Mighty, Awesome God!

Father, I love you and desire to serve You with gladness and a song in my heart all day long. Please remind me when I am overwhelmed by life’s situations that You are ever present to fill my heart with joy. Help me to always share your love with others. In you precious name, Amen!

Sweet Blessings

This Little Light Of Mine (Using Your Spiritual Gifts)

By Georgia (Jo) Kent

“We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.” Romans 12:6-8

The Bible teaches us that there are nine gifts of the Spirit. These 9 gifts are divided into three sets of three gifts. 1) Gifts that say something; Tongues, Interpretation of tongues, prophecy. 2) Gifts that do something; Healing, Miracles, Faith. 3) Gifts that know something; Wisdom, Knowledge, Discerning of spirits.

The gifts of the Spirit are not to be confused with the Fruit of the Spirit. The Fruit of the Spirit is spiritual grace in the character of the believer. The gifts of the Spirit are used in directing and blessing the church. The day we are born again in Jesus Christ we receive at least one spiritual gift…a spiritual “birthday gift.” These gifts are to be used to build up the body of Christ.

“There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work. 1 Corinthians 12:4-6

Using these gifts are pleasing to The Lord. What is your gift? Helping others, singing, planning, or playing music, writing, teaching, parenting, and serving? These are all gifts from God. No matter where you are in life, there is a specific purpose for you and for your gifts. How do you find the gift that you have? The answer is you find spiritual gifts just as you find natural talents. God gives us all the blessing of different gifts to serve Him and to serve others! Are you aware that God has given you certain passions and abilities to use for His glory? And then His Holy Spirit nudges you to use it.

”You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:14-16

Father, thank You for the spiritual gifts that You have so freely given me. Help me to use them for your glory. AMEN

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Attitude Of Gratitude

By Georgia (Jo) Kent

“Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise—the fruit of lips that openly profess his name. And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.” Hebrews 13:15-16

Nothing promotes health of body and soul more than a spirit of gratitude and praise. It is a positive duty to resist melancholy, discontented thoughts and feelings; as much a duty as it is to pray. If we are heaven-bound, how can we go as a band of mourners, groaning and complaining all along the way to our Father’s house?

Do you have an attitude of gratitude? Do you remember to say thank you to God whenever He does something for you; answering a prayer, sending a friend to comfort you, helping you solve a problem creatively, or granting you wisdom? Naturally it isn’t difficult to give thanks when blessings are being showered on us. But the Bible says to give thanks in everything. How do we give thanks when trouble is overwhelming us? Hebrews 13 discusses giving a “sacrifice of praise.” Praise becomes a sacrifice when we thank God in times of trouble.

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” Philippians 4:5-7

Gratitude goes deeper than thanksgiving. It says that I have my priorities in order. That I love the One who blesses me even more than His blessings. When you are depressed, make a list of your blessings; it will change your focus. Choose to fill your mind and thoughts with your blessings. Feeling an appreciation for those blessings can change the way you feel and brighten your spirit during difficult times. Having a grateful heart during tough times is a tremendous testimony to others of God’s grace. As believers we always have something to be thankful for. Through the gift of His Son, Jesus, we have a loving relationship with God that will last forever. His mercies are new every morning, and we have the assurance of knowing we are never alone.

“Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good. His love is eternal.” Psalm 136:1

Ask God how He can use you to make a difference in the lives of others. Although our needs may have multiplied, there are many who lack even the basic necessities. Our God will guide and provide if we are willing to serve. There are life-lifting benefits of an “Attitude of Gratitude. So with hearts filled with gratitude and contentment, let’s not forget the gracious gifts of the Most High God.

“Gratitude is an offering precious in the sight of God, and it is one that the poorest of us can make and be not poorer but richer for having made it.”

Dear Father, thank you for all the many blessings you give to me every day here on earth. Please give me a thankful heart and may I remember your Word that reminds me to give thanks in all circumstances. Gratefully in Jesus’ name. Amen.”

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God’s Amazing Grace

By Georgia (Jo) Kent

“But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved.” Ephesians 2:4-5

Grace…unmerited, boundless, free. Our Fathers amazing gift of grace. What joy to enter the covenant of grace! More than we deserve and greater than we imagine. Our faith teaches us that grace can only come from God and is only made available to us through Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross. It is completely unmerited and totally undeserved.

“For sin shall no longer be your master, because you are not under the law, but under grace.” Romans 6:14

It’s both a mystery and a miracle to me that each day, God causes the sun to rise on the good and the evil. He does not separate them. He allows His grace to shine on both. Each year, He brings rain to the righteous and the unrighteous. He does not distinguish between them, but rather God refreshes it all. It’s a wonderful way of applying grace to an undeserving world full of undeserving people.

We will never do everything perfectly while we’re here on this earth, there will always be room for growth. Learning to live a grace filled life requires us to look at others and extend the same spirit of grace that God extends to us. If we don’t live grace filled lives we are treating God’s grace, love, kindness, mercy and patience with contempt. It’s like saying to God, “I only value You when it applies to me.”

“But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved.” Ephesians 2:4-5

The best way to know which areas of your life you need to focus on is not to compare yourself with others, but to slow down a bit and allow the Lord to speak into your life regarding areas that need attention. Some of the best ways to do that is to spend time daily in the Word. Read, pray, and listen to the still small voice of God. Let His word transform you today so that you may share God’s amazing grace with others.

Heavenly Father, May we live grace filled lives that extend grace and love to others. May we be patient, kind and merciful to those who see differently then we do. Help us to be shining examples of your amazing grace. In Your precious name, Amen

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Table Talk

By Georgia (Jo) Kent

“These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.” Deuteronomy 6:6-9

Busy, busy, busy! Many families today are on the go, so much so that it’s hard to get everyone around the dinner table long enough to share a meal, let alone hold a meaningful conversation…

Can you picture a family sitting around the dinner table with every family member present? No one is working late, playing soccer, on their cell phone, computer, or watching TV. The entire family has made this dinner time a priority. After enjoying the meal and pleasant conversation, everyone lingers at the table for family devotions. They are encouraged by reading from God’s Word, sharing their thoughts about it, and praying together. They are bonded to one another and each person relishes the security of belongingand knowing they are loved and valued.

“Whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God” 1 Corinthians 10:31

The dinner table is a great time for family devotions and good conversation. Dinnertime provides an opportunity to connect over food while having joyful, meaningful and faith-building conversations. Jesus often shared transforming truth with his disciples during meals together. As Christians, we should make the most of meals and share not only food, but also the life of Jesus. Slow down and take time for meals with family and friends, praying for each family member everyday. God might be saying something life-transforming during your family dinners. The rewards could truly be eternal.

Lord, thank you so much for the meals that you always provide for us but more importantly, thank you for your living word that feeds our soul. Help us to create time and a seat at our table for Your loving presence. We give you constant praise, Amen

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An Invitation To Heaven

I am posting this as a promise fullfield to my dear sister in Christ, Debbie Croyle who has left us on earth to be with her beloved Jesus in Heaven. Dance for all of us sister…we will see soon.

An Invitation To Heaven

By Deborah Croyle

I would like to share my story with you. Have been married to my husband Fred for 40 years and when we married we took a trip on our honeymoon to our friend’s house, Judiann and Jerry. We had a good time but more then this; it was my start of a wonderful friendship with the Lord.

I had known Judiann for quite a while and we had been best friends. Judiann had a strong relationship with The Lord. Now, I didn’t know who The Lord was at the time and she would talk to me about The Lord. She would talk to The Lord like a friend but I didn’t know what that meant. As our relationship grew stronger, I knew that I wanted what she had, even if I didn’t know what it was.

August 20, 2000, I was at her house; we were going to go to church. II felt excited and I wasn’t sure what to expect. Before we went to church, we were in the worship room and she asks me if “I knew The Lord?” I said “Yes”. She asks me if “I believed that Jesus was God’s only begotten Son”? I said “Yes, I do believe He is God’s only Son.” “Do you believe that He is was crucified for our sins and that he was buried and rose after three days and went to heaven to be at God’s right hand?” I said “I do believe that”. Then I ask Jesus to be the Lord of my life and Savior. I ask Jesus to forgive me of all my sins.

What Judiann really did was invite me to be in heaven and that was awesome! I was very excited and had peace at the same time. Things were different now in my life. I just wanted to praise Him; I was so excited! I was baptized in the Holy Ghost; I was filled with the Holy Ghost and had had my heavenly language. I had to practice but it was wonderful. I didn’t understand how awesome that was until later. That same morning I went to church and didn’t know that there was something for me. Pastor came along and pointed to me and said “You are free” and I went in the Spirit. I was so blessed; there was so much warmth and love from the Holy Ghost and it was truly wonderful. That was my experience before of how I came to Christ. Judiann had loved me enough to give me the invitation from Jesus to heaven.

From that point on it was a learning experience. I got to know Jesus better every day; who He was and who the Father was. The Holy Spirit is so awesome that I changed daily and progressed and learned and it was beautiful. When I came home I told Fred but he didn’t know what I was talking about and I was still learning. As I was learning about Jesus, Fred didn’t understand and there were many times I had to figure out how to be an example and not irritate others with my new love for Jesus.

I am so Thankful for Judiann and my sister-in-law Carolann who shared with me how to be able to do what I needed to do and how to be with Jesus. They are invaluable to me.

I want to tell people that the only way to get to heaven is by asking Jesus to be our Lord and Savior; there is no other way. You either go to heaven or you go to hell. There are only two choices. I don’t want anyone here to be in denial about how to be in heaven.

I want to speak to my relatives, Peter, Jennifer, and Brandon about their Jewish heritage. I realize that there are other Jewish people that have accepted Jesus as their Savior and are Messianic but the ones who have not accepted Jesus as their Savior, they have the same choice. They either except Jesus as their Savior and go to heaven or don’t except Jesus and go to hell.

I was in Jerusalem not too long ago on a trip and what struck me as the saddest thing was that there were so many millions of Jewish people who do not accept Jesus as Savior. I wondered who they are praying to at the Wailing Wall. They don’t know that God of the Old Testament is Jesus. They are so devout and I admire their devotion and faith but that won’t save them. You can be sincere but you can be sincerely wrong.

I realize that many Jewish people believe there is hell on earth but they don’t believe there is an actual hell that they will go to. God did not make hell for people. He loves each and every one of us so much that He died while we were still sinners. Satan knows there is a heaven. He was a shining star in heaven; he rebelled and wanted to be God. God can’t have sin around Him so He kicked Satan out with one third of the angels. Lucifer is now here and he rules the earth as his kingdom. Satan believes in hell because he that’s where he is going. Now his only goal in this world is to get as many people away from God as possible by any means. He lies, steals and does anything and everything to get people to go to hell. Jewish people are thinking they have it made because of their heritage, but they don’t.

I also want to say to parents, “we need to think about the children that we are condemning to hell”. That is a responsibility that God does not take lightly; we have a standard to uphold to our children. I don’t want this to be sugar-coated because it is life and death. It is going to heaven and being with Jesus, in a most wonderful, loving place that has no pain, no difficulties; or the other alternative, hell where there is pain, pain, pain.

I have talks to many people at work in my nursing days and I extended the invitation to them from Jesus to go to heaven. Don’t let this opportunity go by because you may not have an opportunity when you leave this church or when you leave your house or when you cross the street. You never know the time or the day when it will be too late to accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior.

Accepting Jesus is the best and the most glorious thing I have ever done in my whole life and I have no fear of dying because I know that I will be in heaven with Jesus. There was a time when people accepted Jesus and there were times when they would ridicule. Because of Jesus this has been the best journey I have ever had. There is no other person in my whole life that I would rather have and there is no way I cannot be with Jesus. If my family gave me up because of Jesus that would be fine because He is my everything!

There are some who are Jewish, like Ron and Gayle, whose lives were changed because they accepted Jesus. They can help you learn about Jesus. Carolann and I (along with many others) have been praying many years for my loved ones and especially my brother Jim to accept Jesus and we are confident that God will answer our prayers and that they will be in heaven.

Accepting Jesus is the most important thing because we are sinners. I have not put down the verse in the bible but I’m confident that Pastor George and the elders of the church will give you ever verse that shows who Jesus is and what He did for us if you ask them.

On my trip to Israel I ask our tour guide, Godi, about Jesus. I said to him “I realize that you don’t believe the Messiah has come yet to the Jewish faith but we, your tour group are Christians and we believe that Jesus is our Messiah and Savior”. “What is it that you are looking for in a Messiah”? “Are you looking for a king or a soldier”? “What are you looking for and when is he going to show up”? He said “If the Messiah shows up or if he does not show up, that is okay also”. I just about cried because it’s so sad that so many people of the Jewish people will condemn themselves to hell. Everyone has a choice, not just Jews. God gives us that choice and He will never take that choice away from us. It is up to us to accept the possibility that you either reject Jesus and go to hell or accept Jesus and go to heaven.

Please except Jesus invitation to you now to come to heaven and see Jesus and see me there also. I will be waiting for you with a personal hello and a hug. I will be there with joy and laughter. The part in heaven will be so spectacular; it will be for days. We’ll be so blessed! So I give you this invitation and I hope to see you in heaven.
With love in Jesus,
Deborah Croyle