Articles, Endurance for the Journey, Featured

Winter Storms
“The Spirit of the Lord spoke through me;
His word was on my tongue.
The God of Israel spoke,
the Rock of Israel said to me:
When one rules over men in righteousness,
when he rules in the fear of God,
he is like the light of morning at sunrise
on a cloudless morning,
like the brightness after rain
that brings the grass from the earth.”
2 SAMUEL 2:2-4 (NIV)

Roaring winds, the spray of sleet and snow … Do you remember winter storms as a child? I sure do. I’d shiver under my quilt, listening to the creaking branches outside of my bedroom window. Moaning winds made me feel lonesome. I hoped sleep would let me escape the night, but every time I’d nod off, rattling windows would shake me awake. I watched the twisted shadows of branches jerk madly across the bedroom wall. Would morning ever come?

Yes, but with it came a different picture. I awoke to soft rays of sun warming my bed covers. The howling had ceased. Quiet called me out of bed and to the window, where I gasped at the dazzling white landscape. It was … beautiful. There are days when my soul feels windblown, raw and exposed – times when I’m tossed in a blustery tempest with everything breaking loose. But the God who brings beauty out of blizzards promises to bring peace after the storm. And when the beauty dawns, I hardly remember the fright of that stormy trial.


I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me.
Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows.
But take heart,
because I have overcome the world.
JOHN 16:33 (NLT)

On the journey with you,
Jan & Dave Dravecky


Endurance for the Journey, Featured, Visions of Heaven

So we are always confident, even though
we know that as long as we live in these bodies
we are not at home with the Lord.
For we live by believing and not by seeing.
Yes, we are fully confident,
and we would rather be away from these earthly bodies,
For then we will be at home with the Lord.

Why did the apostle Paul get so excited whenever thoughts of heaven crowded his mind? For him it wasn’t so much the golden streets or the gleaming mansions or even the rushing water of life at the heavenly city’s center that got him excited. No, he was going home, and that meant only one thing: he’d soon be seeing his Savior.

No doubt Paul appreciated knowing something about the layout of heaven and something of its appearance, radiance and exquisite beauty. Apparently, he had seen part of it himself, for in 2 Corinthians 23:2,4, he describes being “caught up to paradise” where he “heard inexpressible things, things that man is not permitted to tell.” And yet when it came right down to it, all Paul ever wanted to write about was Christ. He was going home, and that meant going to see Jesus, the One who appeared to him on the Damascus road. In his mind, heaven is heaven because Jesus is there. But if I live,

I can do more fruitful work for Christ.
So I really don’t know which is better.
I’m torn between two desires:
I long to go and be with Christ,
which would be far better for me.
But for your sakes,
it is better that I continue to live.

On the journey with you,
Jan & Dave Dravecky