1. So vividly described, Rachel. Thank you! Have you ever read Francis Schaeffer’s “How Then Should We Live?” He walks through the rise and fall of nations throughout history, pointing to God’s timelessness and consistency throughout. You might enjoy it in light of this thought-provoking message you’re sharing : )

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      Thanks Bethany. No, I haven’t read “How Then Should We Live?” I’ll search it up.

  2. It is so interesting to see these places and let the Bible be a history book. Too many people think it’s just a story book.

  3. This is so important to remember. As you say, everything we can see seems to be so permanent but in reality it is only temporary. It is important to keep our focus on what is really important and eternal.

  4. Rachel,
    I find myself working two ends of the spectrum…on one hand I am purging and giving away “stuff” that clutters my life. It really has no lasting value. Yes, some things have sentimental value, but other things are merely stuff that I can’t take with me when I go. On the other hand, I feel energized in doing Kingdom work by supporting schools in the Middle East that are bringing light to a very dark corner of the world. The way things are in our world right now, people are looking and searching. The time is right and ripe to introduce them to the Gospel. This eternal work is really where my heart is right now!! Email me your address in NYC if that’s where you’re going to be for awhile??

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      Thanks Bev for your reminder that the eternal work of bringing God’s kingdom to those who need it is most important. I will send you my address.

  5. “Following God’s commands, holding onto his promises, and teaching them to those we love are worth investing in” love this-such great reminder how all things here are temporary. Thanks Rachel!

  6. I love the Mediterranean Islands! I have a piece of Corfu in my knee (moped accident). When I was there, I don’t think I appreciated enough the efforts of the ancients to build a lasting civilization (and being young, I was more concerned with my outward appearances and accumulations). Now I understand the importance of building for eternity.

  7. Beautifully written Rachel. I’ve been thinking about this a lot as I look to the future. Making an eternal difference is what really matters. Thank you. (Love to think of you walking the high line instead of the track ;)) x

  8. Rachel, your writing is true & clear. I agree and feel it on a deep level. We lost much in the past and what little we did have left was paid in storage as well. Some of that was broken into and stolen, including my weddings dress, our wedding album and many our children’s pictures. They took the one huge tote that had the heart strings attached. It took a long while for me to let go and forgive in the deep place where no one else see’s but me and God. We have also learned to not let things hold us dear, but to hold each other dear in other life situations that seemed to drag on forever, hard as they were -but ended up teaching us valuable truths that remain. Thanks so much for sharing this with us. I think this was my favorite piece I have read in a long while. I am investing in my children right now. This young time is vital and they are like sponges. I am investing in my marriage too. I actually did have to do major re-prioritizing last year because I was putting serving others and ministry before my own family (though it was with “good intentions” at the time.) Prayers + Blessings!

  9. Empires will fade away. My daughter recently learned about empires in her humanities class. I found it interesting that her instructors said that an empire is anything that has power over you…but comforting to know that one day all of those empires will come to an end and fade away. Thanks for sharing on Grace and Truth this week.

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      That is an interesting thought, Aimee, about an empire is anything that has power over you. Food for thought.

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