Dragonflys Die Too (Backyard Tales)

I found this dragon fly on our screen. I got close to take a pic.

She didn’t move. I assumed that she died there sometime last night, clinging to that screen, still holding on, so beautiful, intricate & oh so delicate.

Life is fragile.

Hold on, treasure it.

This life we know will pass; but be of good cheer because all of us, the “whosoever will“, we are offered more.

Here is a short video of bubbles that remind me how this life is just a vapor. We will disappear from this earth; as believers we have hope that is like an anchor, a sure solid foundation that there is more.

And now, dear brothers and sisters, we want you to know what will happen to the believers who have died so you will not grieve like people who have no hope.

For since we believe that Jesus died and was raised to life again, we also believe that when Jesus returns, God will bring back with him the believers who have died.

(These aren’t my words they are from God”s word -reference at end)

We tell you this directly from the Lord: We who are still living when the Lord returns will not meet him ahead of those who have died.

For the Lord himself will come down from heaven with a commanding shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet call of God.

First, the believers who have died will rise from their graves.

Then, together with them, we who are still alive and remain on the earth will be caught up in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air.

Then we will be with the Lord forever. So encourage each other with these words.

(Taken from:
1 Thessalonians 4:13‭-‬18 NLT

Faith is defined perfectly in the book of Hebrews chapter 11:

Faith shows the reality of what we hope for; it is the evidence of things we cannot see.

By faith we understand that the entire universe was formed at God’s command, that what we now see did not come from anything that can be seen.

And it is impossible to please God without faith.

Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him.(Hebrews 11 mentions several women & men from history who were faithful)All these people died still believing what God had promised them. (Hanging on to Him)

They did not receive what was promised, but they saw it all from a distance and welcomed it.

They agreed that they were foreigners and nomads here on earth.

Obviously people who say such things are looking forward to a country they can call their own.If they had longed for the country they came from, they could have gone back. But they were

looking for a better place, a heavenly homeland.

That is why God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them.(also see John 14)

How much more do I need to say? It would take too long to recount the stories of the faith of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, David, Samuel, and all the prophets.

By faith these people overthrew kingdoms, ruled with justice, and received what God had promised them.They shut the mouths of lions, quenched the flames of fire, and escaped death by the edge of the sword.

Their weakness was turned to strength.

They became strong in battle and put whole armies to flight.Some were jeered at,

and their backs were cut open with whips. Others were chained in prisons. Some died by stoning, some were sawed in half, and others were killed with the sword. Some went about wearing skins of sheep and goats, destitute and oppressed and mistreated.They were too good for this world, wandering over deserts and mountains, hiding in caves and holes in the ground.All these people earned a good reputation because of their faith, yet none of them received all that God had promised.

For God had something better in mind for us,

so that they would not reach perfection without us.
Hebrews 11:1‭, ‬3‭-‬3‭, ‬6‭,‬13‭-‬16‭, ‬32‭-‬34‭, ‬36‭-‬40 NLT

So let the world be blurred in comparison to what God has for us.

Reading on, Hebrews 12:

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up.

And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us.

We do this by keeping (fixing) our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith.

Because of the joy awaiting HIM, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame.

Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne.

Think of all the hostility HE endured from sinful people; then you won’t become weary and give up.

After all, you have not yet given your lives in your struggle against sin. And have you forgotten the encouraging words God spoke to you as his children? He said,

“My child, don’t make light of the Lord ’s discipline, and don’t give up when he corrects you. For the Lord disciplines those he loves, and he punishes each one he accepts as his child.”

(Bad things happen to good people but hold on)

As you endure this divine discipline, remember that God is treating you as his own children. Who ever heard of a child who is never disciplined by its father?If God doesn’t discipline you as he does all of his children, it means that you are illegitimate and are not really his children at all.

Since we respected our earthly fathers who disciplined us, shouldn’t we submit even more to the discipline of the Father of our spirits, and live forever?

For our earthly fathers disciplined us for a few years, doing the best they knew how. But God’s discipline is always good for us, so that we might share in HIS holiness.

No discipline is enjoyable while it is happening—it’s painful! But afterward there will be a peaceful harvest of right living for those who are trained in this way.So take a new grip…

  • take a new grip
  • take a new grip
  • take a new grip

So take a new grip with your tired hands and strengthen your weak knees.

  • Mark out
  • Mark out
  • Mark out

Mark out a straight path for your feet so that those who are weak and lame will not fall but become strong.

  • Work at
  • Work at
  • Work at

Work at living in peace with everyone, and work at living a holy life, for those who are not holy will not see the Lord.

  • Look after
  • Look after
  • Look after

Look after each other so that none of you fails to receive the grace of God.

  • Watch out
  • Watch out
  • Watch out

Watch out that no poisonous root of bitterness grows up to trouble you, corrupting many.
Hebrews 12:1‭-‬15 NLT

As I wrote this all of a sudden the dragon fly woke up. We was just asleep. He wasn’t truly dead. Here is some video I tried to catch of him:

He then continued to struggle, looking to get out of the ‘screened in area’.

Now we do not want you to be uninformed, believers, about those who are asleep [in death], so that you will not grieve [for them] as the others do who have no hope [beyond this present life]. –Our screened in area.
1 THESSALONIANS 4:13 AMPhttps://bible.com/bible/1588/1th.4.13.AMP

Those who die in Christ are just asleep for now, rwsting in peace (R.I.P.) and will also rise some day.

Hold on to this hope.

Go steady wiyh God, he will not break up with you. (Romans 8)

Nothing can separate us from Him, not even death, NOTHING.

In Christ, beetle



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