For many years…..actually since a surgery in 1997 ….I have battled chronic migraines and other health issues that were hard to bear up under. Often leaving me crying out to God to “take me home” because the pain was often unbearable. Thankfully God always got me through and they have let up some, but as the years passed I realized that I had a part to play too. My choices were part of the plan.

On one particular occasion I asked to go home yet again and heard God clearly say “No, you have more love to give.” Not what I wanted to hear, but I pressed on for the thousandth time. Then one particular day I was in a lot of agony and I got a different response. I could feel that Jesus was sad. I asked Him , “Lord what are you sad about?” Then I had a quick “picture” in my mind’s eye of a scroll sitting on an alter. I immediately knew. Jesus spoke to my heart and said, “the Father has granted your request”. I halted quickly with my heart in my throat. “And this will make you sad Jesus?” Sometimes we don’t realize our little conversations with God are not so little. He really is listening. I said, Lord, can I change my mind? I don’t want to disappoint you. I’ll keep fighting the good fight of faith….keep seeking to do your will and fulfill the purposes you have for me. Quick as I said it, another picture. The scroll burst into flames and I knew the order made in the heavenlies had been canceled. I was relieved.

But this morning after a particularly bad night……the words to my own song I wrote more than a decade ago came flooding into my mind. “This is your life, this is your story, which way is it gonna be? Wandering aimlessly, or will you journey down the path, that you’re meant to be. There’s a randomness a faintly heeded call. But a presence that’s Divine that fills them all. This is your life. This is your story. Which way is it gonna be.” (I have posted the song below.) I say all that to say this… this is what God ministered to me this morning. It is true that if you serve Jesus Christ and His kingdom that the Bible says that we are “….lambs to the slaughter” Romans 8:36 and there WILL BE spiritual warfare over our lives. BUT… Zechariah 9:12 ….return to the stronghold you PRISONERS OF HOPE”. We can be prisoners of HOPE. Hope in Jesus Christ. Hope that His will for us is good. Hope that we can press on and there is always something awesome around the bend if we don’t give up. Hope that our tomorrow is not the same as today. God does factor in our requests and choices. And to be clear…..He is God and He can say no or yes. But sometimes there is a “Come let us reason together ….”

Indeed some day there will be an appropriate and appointed day for us to go home which we will have no control over……but we need to realize that we can indeed choose to run the race and continue to press on for now. Each of us has something unique to give to the earth. Something no one else has. Someone that you mean the world to whether you know it or not. Someone that needs you to keep pressing on until the appointed time. I hope you will listen to the song and ponder the words. “This is your story…..which way is it gonna be” I can’t promise that I won’t wear out…..but I do pray that God will keep me as a prisoner of HOPE for the rest of my days. I would appreciate your prayers also if God brings it to mind. I’m grateful for the journey I’m on, in spite of the difficulties. I hope my honesty has encouraged someone and opened up the possibilities of HOPE in God. “He makes everything beautiful in it’s time” Ecclesiastes 3:11

Romans 8:18 “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us”    for more teachings

Sometimes it’s hard to recognize a shifting of the seasons in our lives. We resist change because we may have thought that change is bad. Maybe we attach a time of “bad” change and apply it to all change. But scripture teaches us that life has seasons and we need to not only accept it, but embrace it. God is good in each season and has a special purpose in them.

Ecclesiastes 3 says it best:
“To everything there is a season,
A time for every purpose under heaven:”

As we seek Him ….He will gladly show us the Divine purpose for each one. Be at peace. Trust. Seek the treasure in the place you find yourself.

John 3:3-8 “ Jesus answered and said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”

Nicodemus said to Him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born?”
Jesus answered, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’ The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit.”

Notice Jesus words…what is born of flesh is flesh and what is born of Spirit is spirit. You have already been born of flesh. It is your spirit that needs to be born again.

Ezekiel 36:26-27
“I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.  I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will keep My judgments and do them.”

2 Corinthians 5:17-18 “ Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.  Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ…”

The Bible tells us that we need to be born again. Then He explains why…

Romans 3:23 “… for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”

Romans 6:23 “ For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

We are all born in the image of God. (Genesis) But when Adam and Eve fell and succumbed to satan’s temptation, they yielded their authority to him and spiritual death took place. The perfect garden and life God planned got messed up. But immediately God had a solution to undo the damage that was done, but it was costly to Him. The price was to send His Son as a perfect sacrifice to bring us back into a “born again” state if we would believe and accept what Jesus did for us on the cross.

Romans 10:9-10 “…that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.  For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”

Romans 10:13 “ For “whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

What God has done is a free gift and cannot be earned.

Ephesians 2:8-9 “ For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God,  not of works, lest anyone should boast.”

John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”

So we see that:

1. We must be born again.
2. All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.
3. Salvation is a free gift purchased by the work of Jesus Christ
4. Invite Jesus to be your Lord and Savior and repent of your sins

Prayer is simply talking to God. He is listening. All the time. And He eagerly awaits for you to call on Him. When you do and ask Him to be your Lord and Savior and to forgive you for your sins –  you enter into a relationship with Him and you are born again. You may not feel it immediately because it happens in your spirit. The core of your being. But as you continue to seek Him. Read His Words.  Pray/ talk to Him and listen. You will begin to grow.

We are a spirit. With a soul (which is our mind, will, and emotions), and we live in a body. You have now begun an exciting journey to know the Lord and to discover what your purpose in life is. What did He have in mind when He made you? There is nothing more fulfilling than to know God and to know your destiny.

You are now a child of God if you accepted Him and prayed that prayer.  Your name was written in the Lamb’s Book of Life!  (Revelation 21:27) You are a part of His eternal family forever.  So press in to know Him.  All you do here will echo into eternity.  You are here for a reason and a purpose.

Read your Bible daily.  It is the Bread of Life and has answers about the kingdom of God. Seek it like treasure. Life following after Christ is far from boring as you will find in all of my free videos.  ( Youtube Channel – Passing The Torch – with Jean Chamblee )   They are there to help you learn and grow in spiritual things.

Matthew 7:7
“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.”

Hebrews 13:5   “For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”

The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are all on your side!  Romans 8:31  “If God is for us, who can be against us?”   He is right there with you.

God bless you on your journey!  Life in Christ is awesome!  You were born on purpose. You have a destiny!  You are precious to God and worth the price that He paid. He decided a long time ago that you were worth it!  You are valued in His sight more than you know.

Blessings on your journey,     Jean

Look up, look up, look up I say
Jesus instructions for those living in this day
Don’t look at the storms, don’t look at the waves
Keep your eyes on heaven, bad things will pass away

Do not mourn at the doom or cry at the gloom
Know that a childbirth is coming very soon
The earth groans and travails, the Word has said
Until the sons of God have been revealed

Great things can happen in the midst of it all
Many will come forth, though many shall fall
Purified by fire, refined like gold
Takes place at the ending, just like we were told

Hang on to Jesus, draw ever near
No need to doubt, and no need to fear
Feast on His promises so you can endure
Our faith will be challenged, but come forth so pure

And we must remember to keep heaven in sight
He’s prepared a place for us which comes after the night
In the darkest hour, never forget
Jesus is waiting, your place He has set

We are His bride, a wedding feast to come
We’ll be wearing white garments, see God on His throne
No more corruption, no more tears,
No more pain or long difficult years

We will all celebrate, like never before
Our Father is waiting, He has so much more
Remember “Look up”, there’s more on the way
That will help us endure these present crazy days.

copyright 2019 Jean Chamblee Thomas

Luke 21:28
Now when these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near.”

End Time Prophesy

About a year ago I had a dream from the Lord.  In the dream I was leading a dozen or so people up a mountain.  I was like the lead climber.  I could see the top of the mountain and was at least 3/4 of the way up the mountain.  Then in the dream the Holy Spirit came beside me and spoke very clearly “Tell everyone to sit down and enjoy their families, you will not reach the top of the mountain before nightfall.”   I turned around and delivered the message and folks began sitting, eating, talking to their families.   (I was 8 months pregnant and still don’t know why – except I feel I have been close to fullfilling my purpose on earth,  so maybe that)

After that dream… real life… prodigal daughter moved home to my house from California to North…

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Good morning brothers and sisters in Christ. In prayer this morning I felt the Lord putting it on my heart to challenge us All to pray over the next few days/weeks, pray for everyone you have ever known or met, starting with your family line. Pray that God would open the eyes of their understanding , that they would accept Jesus as their Lord and that all would get right with Him…..All. Just lay in bed at night and allow the Holy Spirit to bring people to mind. Then pray for them. Our prayers are powerful, not because of us, but because of WHO we are praying to. Give your love and time to call each ones name out to God. He wants to do a mighty work! ” Not by (our) might, not by power, but by my Spirit says the Lord”. Revival happens by the breath of His Spirit and we are all invited to participate!! Again give your sweetest love to someone by lifting their name before God. You will be blessed too! I hope you will join in. 💝. Your sister in Christ, Jean

Sackcloth and Ashes poetry

January 27, 2019

Sackcloth and Ashes

February 21, 2014

America, America

How we need to sit

In sack cloth and ashes

Uncovering our sin


Sins of us all

From great to small

It matters to God

How our country did fall


Whether by silence

Or outright by sin

We’re in this together

Repentance can mend


Have we forgotten

What our forefathers bore

The wounds and the scars

So freedom could soar


And where are the churches

Calling it sin

Demanding an account

For deeds done within


Lawlessness reigns

Because we’ve sat back

Refusing to engage

Be on the attack


copyright   2014  Jean Chamblee