Need and Abundance

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Genesis 2:18-25, Genesis 3:7, Genesis 3:10-12, Genesis 3:16-23, Revelation 7:10-17, Revelation 19:4-10

After reading today’s passages, use the guiding content below to help you reflect, respond, and engage with one another.

In the beginning, after their sin, Adam and Eve were sent from the abundance of the garden to work the earth with hardship and suffering. In the end, clothed in His beauty and splendor, God will provide everything His people need and free them fully from the suffering that takes place here and now. 

In prayer and in the comments, reflect on any images from today’s passages that were familiar to you. What images point to the different or “beyond” nature of what’s to come?

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  1. Katherine Herrington says:

    Even when we sin, God meets our needs and longs to give us abundantly more in the end!

  2. Dori Brown says:


  3. Afua Tobigah says:

    God spoke to me yesterday, how He wants to use my sense of clothing as ministry. I thought I was making this up in my head . Then today i read this , and the words are jumping up to me in a different ways . Everything matters to him and would be used by Him

  4. Donnica Bell says:

    Thank you Jesus for providing, I ask for your continuous mercy and glory Amen

  5. Jennifer KaneJasper says:

    The parallel of clothing struck me. Initaially clothes in nothing, man wore fig leaves, God provided garments of skin, and Revelation describes clothing of fine linen.

  6. Stephanie Wilsey says:

    Great points about the clothing. God provides animal skins in Genesis to cover Adam and Eve in their naked son, and now in Revelation God’s people have fine linen representing their righteous acts!

  7. Brielle Hebert says:

    Okay this may seem silly, but having one baby not terribly long ago and another on the way, something that stood out to me was the part about God intensifying women’s labor pains as part of punishment for the original sin. When Adam and Eve initially ate fruit from the tree and realized their nakedness, God in his mercy still clothed them despite their disobedience. It’s the same way with labor pains. Despite the original sin and consequences of that to include pain in childbirth, God in his mercy provided a way for modern medicine to have epidurals to lessen that pain. Again, seems silly, but I just found it to be another example of God’s love and kindness.

    1. Janelle H says:

      So true!

  8. Ally Isaacson says:

    God shows a parent’s love. He punishes us for our sin, and yet wants what is best for us. He did not want us to sin, but we still make bad decisions. And still, he persists to show us the way and prepare a beautiful gift for us when our time comes!

  9. Laryssa Hiller says:


  10. Elizabeth Diaz says:

    God is the leader and as humans we think we know best when we don’t

  11. Kendra N says:

    Provision. God’s provision is is love.

  12. Wanda Woehlert says:


  13. Karen Breaux says:

    ❤ For this reason this reason they are before the throne of God, and they serve him day and night in his temple. The one seated on the throne will shelter them: They will no longer hunger; they will no longer thirst; the sun will no longer strike them, nor will any scorching heat. For the Lamb who is at the center of the throne will shepard them; he will guide them to springs of waters of life, and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes. Rev 7: 15-17
    Such comforting words. They fill me with hope.

  14. Kim U. says:

    Today was stook out to me was that as we speak about Jesus, that’s what the spirit of prophecy is .. true prophecy is testifying about Jesus ..”Worship God, because the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.” that’s so amazing! I feel like so many times prophecy can seem so mysterious, a word that can have a number of connotations with it depending on your background. But here in this passage the scripture says it plainly: it’s testifying about Jesus! I want to tell others about Jesus ♥️ oh Lord, help us to share about Jesus with everyone around us! Fill our mouths with words that testify about Jesus! ♥️

  15. Sophia Ayres says:

    “For the Lamb in the midst of the throne will be their shepherd, and he will guide them to springs of living water,
    and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.” Revelation 7: 17
    Thank you Lord for this promise

    1. Lena Medina says:


  16. maddie moore says:

    I feel like God shows his example of perfect parenting in this. That he had consequences for our disobedience but still clothed, loved, and protected us. And in the end he will make all things new for his children.

  17. ANA says:

    What is so “beyond” for me is the act of God making clothing for man and his wife before banishing them from paradise. For me, that sisters is grace at its finest. Man has always been on God’s mind and it is Man’s happiness and wellness that are paramount for God. Never mind that he got deeply hurt by Adam and Eve’s sin, His great love for them comes first.


    1. Lena Medina says:

      ANA, yes! I also read in another study that clothing g them in skin meant that God had to sacrifice an animal…technically the first sacrifice made

  18. ERB says:

    RICHLYN.. I actually highlighted and copied what you shared in my journal!!
    “Tribulation is also translated as affliction, persecution, trouble and anguish. *not necessarily associated with a timeline of events*. Wipe away is also translated as anoint, obliterate (erase tears, figuratively, pardon sin):—blot out. So, not literally wiping them from faces, but blessing/cleansing their purpose, eliminating them, and erasing the need for them.”
    Wow!! SO powerful and SO Good!! Thank you for sharing it!!!

    SEARCHING.. ❤️

    ARLENE.. “You don’t put new wine into old wine skins. Holy Spirit, align my thinking with yours.” Yes!! And Amen!! Thank you for sharing!!

    KIMN.. “May I be faithful to my King.” Yes!! And Amen!! Thank you for sharing!!

    CHERYL BLOW.. “We will return to something better than Eden!” LOVE this!! Thank you for sharing!!

    LESLIE GRAY.. loved that you referenced Philippians 1:6 such a GREAT reminder!!

    KRYSTLE SCOTT.. loved that you referenced Isaiah 61:10 Love how scripture connects, confirms and weaves to together!! Such a gift!!!

    K C.. Your insights blessed me so much!! You put into words the revelations my spirit has been getting/feeling!! Thank you so much!! God, you are beyond GOOD to us!!!

    STEPHANIE WILSEY.. All with ONE unified voice!! Yes!! And Amen!!! PRAISES to His name!!

    ADA MCCLOUD.. Abundant worship!! Amen!!!

    JENNIFER ZOULEK.. “our own living choices.” SO good!! Thank you for sharing this! Very aligning and encouraging!!

    **I can’t find who it was that shared about being washed in red blood to be made pure and white. But that also stood out to me!! So thank you for sharing it!!

    I’m a day late but here is what I took note of:

    Revelation 19:4-10 *I get goosebumps reading this!! Especially the part about the bride, how she is prepared and the linen and what it represents!! It makes a connection about washing robes in the Lamb’s blood and having them come out clean and pure!! (Revelation 7:14) Again, goosebumps!! Another goosebump moment is the description of the voices!! I can almost hear and feel them!! Deep within… Wow!!!

    Revelation 7:14 *such a powerful analogy and statement about the blood of the Lamb!! Wow!!!

    Have a BLESSED a weekend dear sisters!! To God be all the glory, honor and PRAISE!!! Xoxo

  19. Adrianne says:

    I’m not sure if this is “beyond” or different, but I really can’t get the image of our God in the face of Adam and Eve disobeying him in the garden, still clothing them, still watching over them, still watching over their children. In the face of the consequences of our brokenness, He still brought into this world our Savior Jesus to redeem us. Our God has given us so many chances after we make mistake after mistake. And…He does not leave us. Even now, we have His Spirit to clothe our nakedness. His Spirit enfolds and holds us when we are breaking to pieces and hugs leaps with joy with us when we are shining with happiness. That is what is “beyond” about our Lord. He never leaves us even when we make the wrong choices.

    1. Kendra N says:

      ,love this.

  20. Jane B. says:

    It’s so beautiful, even after Adam and Eve sinned, God still provided because he cannot deny who he is, and who he is to us. He’s such a good God!

  21. Alayna P. says:

    I see images that point to something beyond nature, something beyond what we can comprehend. The creation of Eve in Genesis, the consequences of the fall, and the vivid descriptions of heavenly scenes in Revelation. These images represent spiritual truths, divine promises, and eschatological realities that are beyond our earthly understanding.

  22. Jennifer Anapol says:

    On this earth we will always have needs. It’s crazy to think that one day we won’t have any needs. That all of our needs will be found in Jesus. I pray that in this earth I would go to him with all of my needs. ❤️

    1. Jessica Pérez says:


  23. Krystle Scott says:

    Genesis 3:21 and Revelation 19:8 reminded me of Isaiah 61:10: “I rejoice greatly in the LORD, I exult in my God; for he has clothed me with the garments of salvation and wrapped me in a robe of righteousness, as a groom wears a turban and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.” ❤️

  24. Heather S says:

    oooh, KC- wow, He tried to move us from that sinful state!


    God made the 1st sacrifice by providing clothing from animal skins for man and woman AFTER we sinned! He is so kind! Thank you SRT for this encouraging plan! Neat connection shared CEE GEE; thanks. We are covered now by his perfect sacrifice, & we will be then too!

  26. Kimberly Z says:

    Happy Friday! It’s a balmy -20 in Montana today. Praying you all have a great weekend.

  27. Ariel Williams says:

    Although now it may seem hard. God’s word will not fail. All good will endure. No matter how difficult it may seem, in the end, you will succeed. By God’s grace is sufficient.

    1. Ella Condrey says:


  28. K C says:

    One thing that stood out for me today is again the two trees in the garden. I keep being drawn back to them and the origin of our brokenness. I was drawn to the fact that God told them they could eat of ANY tree but not the tree of knowledge of good and evil. This would imply they were free to eat from the tree of life and this did not become a concern until after partaking of the tree of knowledge of good and evil occurred. I also find it striking God says “ Behold the man has become like one of us in knowing good and evil”. Then He goes on to say that is why they were driven from the garden so that they do not eat from the tree of life and live forever, in a sinful and corrupt state. We often look at it as solely punishment but for the first time I saw Gods love reflected in that passage as well. He doesn’t want us to live forever in this sinful state. I also have recently been drawn to the passages in revelation discussing the tree of life and how it will be there with us again one day.

    1. Kelli Harrell says:

      KC I’m also connecting this to the earlier scripture where he shortened the lifespan of people. I can’t imagine living in this fallen world for hundreds of years. Again, an act of mercy.

    2. Erin King says:

      Such good thoughts!!

  29. Annie says:

    All our needs find abundance in Him.
    Words cannot say how grateful I am to the Lord for loving us so much to save us from ourselves.

    Blessings fellow Shes ❤️

  30. Terri Baldwin says:

    In the shadow of judgment, God’s mercy shines as he provides for Adam & Eve after disobedience. He is still shining his mercy on us in our disobedience.

  31. Terri Baldwin says:

    The saints are saved by grace, by a gracious gift of God, and this gift is received through Jesus Christ alone.
    Acting in accord with divine or moral law : free from guilt or sin , morally right or justifiable, a righteous decision.

  32. Adrienne says:

    Need. And. Abundance.

    The need is now, for sure. The abundance can come in this life, but think about the ETERNAL abundance we will have too. That totally blows my mind. Yours too? Amazing that He loves us so much, despite our total “in Your face” sins against Him.

    He is our abundance, sweet sisters! (Remember that others are praying for you, in your earthly needs… ERICA CHIARELLI!)

  33. Terri Baldwin says:

    “For the fine linen is the righteous deeds of the saints” Holy acts of Gods people, righteous acts (acts of kindness or mercy… giving food, money, or other help to those in need) are the visible fruits, which in heaven will appear as white raiment (adorning clothing)and crowns.

  34. Donna Wolcott says:

    Searching, I joined you this morning in that song! Thanks.

  35. Cee Gee says:

    As usual your comments are so much better than anything I can add, but I will share this:
    Adam and Eve clothed themselves in fig leaves, God clothed them in animal skins. Max Lucado says,
    “You are invited to “put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes” (Eph 6:11). From his armory he hands you the belt of truth, the body armor of righteousness, the shield of faith, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God (see Eph 6:13–17).”
    In Revelation we see white robes as the covering. The battle will be over; we can lay down our armor. As SEARCHING mentioned, we can rest in the assurance that God will provide for our needs!

    SEARCHING – Thanks for the song (love his music). I had one in mind (before reading comments), but can’t locate it on the web. Your comments always provide such good reflection. Thanks, and love you, sister! ❤

    MARI V – Happy Birthday to Alyssa and may she continue to grow in her faith and trust in God, our Savior!

    SHES, we – by God’s grace! – have made it through another week of challenging study! Praise God for that and for the growth and community we have here!

    KELLY NEO – Believing with you for complete healing. ❤

  36. Katie Hollern says:

    I think what is beyond is God’s willingness to take away all of our pain & suffering even after we sin continually. Jesus’ payment for our sins is enough for God to reverse the original fall of man & restore us to his kingdom.

  37. Donna Wolcott says:

    Stephanie and Richlyn, thank you for your comments today. No more tears or pain sounds wonderful, but for me the opportunity to see my Savior face to face is joy! Blessings all.❤️

  38. Terri Baldwin says:

    God completes His work, institutes the Sabbath, and creates man and woman.
    an enlightening exploration of divine order, sanctity of rest, human identity, and the inception of marital companionship.

    moment in humanity’s divine narrative—the disobedience of Adam and Eve leading to the original sin, and their expulsion from the Garden of Eden. The crafty serpent’s deception ushers in a sequence of events that alters the the created world and humanity’s place within it.

    The Fall in Genesis is a picture of humanity’s frailty and susceptibility to deception, disobedience, and sin. However, in the shadow of judgment, God’s mercy shines, as He provides for Adam and Eve even amidst their punishment. This chapter implores us to understand the gravity of disobedience while instilling hope in divine mercy, inspiring us to strive against temptation and seek God’s guidance in our everyday lives.

  39. Grace Haynes says:

    No more hunger, pain or tears! We will be worshiping God day and night. What a wonderful thing!

  40. Arlene says:

    KIMN, I agree with what you said about feeling the renewing of my mind is up to me. I forget that it’s what God is doing in me that aligns my thoughts with His, through the power of the Holy Spirit. I have been trying to change the way I think and when I think God doesn’t work fast enough, I step in and do what I think should be done. TRUST has been a challenge for me all my life. I’m thinking that God needs to flush out all the “wrong thinking” in me before He can make things new. You don’t put new wine into old wine skins. Holy Spirit, align my thinking with yours.

  41. Kathy says:

    I was struck by Genesis 3:21 and 23. Verse 21 says, “The Lord God made clothing from skins for the man and his wife, and he clothed them.” Verse 23 says, “So the Lord God sent him away from the garden of Eden…”
    God’s plan of redemption had already begun. He provided for them physically but even more importantly He made sure that there would be a way for man to be reconciled to God. Verse 22 says, “…he must not reach out, take from the tree of life, eat, and live forever.” God knew that if they ate from that tree they would never have the opportunity to be reconciled.
    I am so thankful for God’s mercy.

  42. Lisa Z says:

    Genesis – Interesting that right from the garden, mankind starts to blame others their sin. Adam has the audacity to respond to God’s question about eating with “the WOMAN that YOU gave me,” Eve says “it was the serpent.” Both try to lay the burden of sin off of themselves.
    Revelation – the tree of life, the very one that God does not let them eat in the garden as they will have eternal life, is the one with leaves to heal the nations.
    Just pondering the incredible love of our God who continues to shepherd and love us immensely despite our many imperfections.
    He knows us, He sees us, He loves us. Right here. Right now. In the midst of our messes!
    Love y’all, sisters!

  43. KimN says:

    @ Stephanie Berling – That’s a really interesting connection! Thank you for pointing that out!
    @MariV – praying for Alyssa!! And her mom! ;)

  44. Cheryl Blow says:

    What stood out to me was that the curse Adam and Eve were under will be completely gone with the new Heaven and earth! No tears, sickness, or hunger. God will shelter us in His presence! We will return to something better than Eden!

  45. KimN says:

    The verse that has come to mind this morning is John 10:10.
    ” The thief’s purpose is to steal, kill and destroy.” (Which he was successful in with Adam and Eve to a point.) “My purpose is to give life in all it’s fullness.” (NLT) OR ” I came so that they may have life and have it abundantly.” (ESV)
    So still trying to work through what that means in the context of this plan where He is making all things new and how that work is happening now, not just in the future.
    I think I’m struggling with this idea b/c the Spirit renews or makes new our hearts and minds and I focus on Christ and the things of heaven – awesome! But then life’s trials come along as stated in the Genesis readings we’ve seen. Struggling to make a living from the earth. It sometimes feels hard to stay new if that makes sense! The thorns of life grow up around us and it can feel hard to be dressed in the finest white linen to be a witness for Jesus. Or at least a worthy one!
    Perhaps that’s what needs to be made new – my perception that somehow it’s up to me! “For I am a servant of God ….” May I be faithful to my King. Amen
    (Forgive my ramblings this morning!)

    1. Leslie Gray says:

      I feel this way sometimes. It does feel so hard to stay “new” in the darkness of this world, but He still works with us and draws us back to Him. His word continues to renew us when we don’t feel “new”. It brings to mind Philippians 1:6 “being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ” He knows we’re a work in progress and will be until Jesus comes again ❤️

  46. Rhonda J. says:

    Meme Faye- I agree, I saw that clip from passion and it just gives such an awesome glimpse into what it could be like!!

    Mari v- Happy Birthday to your sweet daughter! Thankful that God gives us Joy in the here and now, and I look forward to NO MORE TEARS!

    Gayle- praying your vitamin infusion helps you feel better today!

  47. Rhonda J. says:

    GM She’s!

    I am SO thankful for our Father God who takes care of our every need. We often still try to do it all on our own, our own way. We are so proud and independent, but we don’t need to be. We need to be grateful and aware of where He is leading us, and what He has for us. Yes, life is hard with trials and afflictions, hurt and sorrow, BUT GOD, He also provides many glimpses of the new now, we just have to have eyes and ears to see it! He will clothe us through it all. Thank you for clothing me Lord. Praising YOU this morning for all you have done for me. Remember- even if nothing was ever done for me except the cross, that is enough. Amen. Thank you for your mercy, and saving me from death, I am not worthy on my own, but you cleanse me, make me new. Singing along with SEARCHING- Phil Wickham is the best! I love all His worship music! WE WON’T BE QUIT, WE SHOUT OUT YOUR PRAISE!! Amen

  48. Mari V says:

    We keep reading over and over throughout this study “God will wipe away every tear from their eyes” Rev 7:17. I BELIEVE this promise! AND I also believe their are many of us who need to hear those words. I know that a lot of us here have suffered greatly whether physically, emotionally or verbally. It brings me GREAT relief to know HIS promise that our tears will be no more! I also believe our precious God gives us some joy while hear on earth. TODAY is one of them. TODAY, 18 years ago (at about 6:40 am) my precious daughter was born! I thank God so much for her! I love her SO much! Please pray for her as this is her senior year in high school and has SO much homework! Join me in prayer that she will continue in her faith and trust our Jesus for EVERYTHING! Her name is Alyssa! Happy FRIDAY sweet She’s! My favorite day of the week! Especially today! My sweet son is attempting to make his first cake EVER for her!

  49. Meme Faye says:

    (posted before i finished my thought) this verse says it all… I can only imagine… when i hear huge stadiums singing praise to God (like at Passion24)…. i think how much greater it will be in heaven… a little heaven on earth…

  50. Meme Faye says:

    ”“Amen! “Praise and glory, wisdom and thanks, honor and power and strength belong to our God forever and ever! “Amen!”“
    ‭‭Revelation of Yeshua to Yochanan (Rev)‬ ‭7‬:‭12‬ ‭CJB‬‬

  51. Sharon, Jersey Girl says:

    Interestingly enough, there was pain in childbirth and man tilled the ground – before the fall. After sin entered, pain in childbirth was greatly increased and the keeping of the grounds would now become hard and painful. As we look forward to heaven and our new life there, it is absent of all pain and sorrow – Hallelujah! “Praise and glory, and wisdom and thanks and honor and power and strength be to our God for ever and ever. Amen!” (Revelation 7:12) Only God is worthy of all of this! May we be reminded today and every day of the great awesomeness of our Holy God.

    Prayers for all of my sweet sisters today. Happy Friday!

  52. Sarah Scheaf says:

    I need to process this scripture a while, but the thing that stood out to me today is that GOD clothed Adam and Eve in skins and such. They had massively disobeyed Him and literally caused the fall of man BUT GOD still was caring for them in an extravagant way. Thats cool. What a perfect Father!

    1. Libby K says:

      Yes! That stood out to me too. They betrayed God on the deepest level and yet He is still right there caring for them. God is so very good!

  53. Searching says:

    The comments pointing out the sound of praise in heaven… Y’all got me thinking about a multitude of sisters of praising Him. I can’t sing a single note in tune but join me, will you?

    Choosing Phil Wickham’s House of The Lord this morning ❤️

    We worship the God who was
    We worship the God who is
    We worship the God who evermore will be
    He opened the prison doors
    He parted the raging sea
    My God, He holds the victory

    There’s joy in the house of the Lord
    There’s joy in the house of the Lord today
    And we won’t be quiet
    We shout out Your praise
    There’s joy in the house of the Lord
    Our God is surely in this place
    And we won’t be quiet
    We shout out Your praise
    We shout out Your praise

    We sing to the God who heals
    We sing to the God who saves
    We sing to the God who always makes a way
    ‘Cause He hung up on that Cross
    Then He rose up from that grave
    My God’s still rolling stones away

    There’s joy in the house of the Lord
    There’s joy in the house of the Lord today
    And we won’t be quiet
    We shout out Your praise
    There’s joy in the house of the Lord
    Our God is surely in this place
    And we won’t be quiet
    We shout out Your praise

    We were the beggars
    Now we’re royalty
    We were the prisoners
    Now we’re running free
    We are forgiven, accepted
    Redeemed by His grace
    Let the house of the Lord sing praise
    ‘Cause we were the beggars
    Now we’re royalty
    We were the prisoners
    Now we’re running free
    We are forgiven, accepted
    Redeemed by His grace
    Let the house of the Lord sing praise

    There’s joy in the house of the Lord (There is joy in the house)
    There’s joy in the house of the Lord today
    And we won’t be quiet (Oh yeah!)
    We shout out Your praise
    There’s joy in the house of the Lord (There is joy, there is joy)
    Our God is surely in this place
    And we won’t be quiet
    We shout out Your praise
    There’s joy in the house of the Lord
    There’s joy in the house of the Lord today
    And we won’t be quiet
    We shout out Your praise
    There’s joy in the house of the Lord (There is joy, there is joy)
    Our God is surely in this place
    And we won’t be quiet (We won’t be quiet)
    We shout out Your praise

    We shout out Your praise
    There is joy in this house
    There is joy in this house today
    We shout out Your praise
    We shout out Your praise

  54. Leslie Lawrence says:

    Something new that definitely stuck out to me was the angel saying he was a FELLOW SERVANT. In my mind, angels are holy and set apart, and to be called an equal of the angel is so amazing. Come Lord Jesus.

  55. Searching says:

    Need and abundance … our spiritual need for salvation eclipses every other need we can think of, and God’s abundant provision of the path to salvation – nothing more satisfying than Christ.
    In reading the intro for today that speaks of the beginning and the end of God’s provision, I was reminded of where we are now, in the middle. God promises to and is continuing to provide for our needs. Many verses on this but a few that come to mind, Psalm 23, Matthew 6:31-33 and Philippians 4:19. When I can’t see how He is currently providing, I have to trust that He is faithful to do so.

    TINA ❤️ again, your comment spoke to me. So good. Love you, sister.
    MERCY ❤️ what you said yesterday, especially #1 (wow) and also format encouragement. Thank you.
    ERB ❤️ well spoken on working with this format. And it jumped out at me – what you pointed out about getting sidetracked by speculation of the logistics of what God does, and losing our focus on Him. Thank you.
    VERONICA RICE – yes, feeling the urgency for nonbelievers
    TAYLOR – praying for your mri appointment today
    RHONDA J – praying for a more manageable option for relief, and ultimate healing
    DONNA WOLCOTT – praying for dil’s family
    FOSTER MAMA – good to see you
    CEE GEE – ❤️ thank you for the research! It came to mind that all these years later, mankind is still learning about medicinal benefits in what God created.
    KELLY (NEO) praying for full relief from back pain

  56. Aimee D-R says:

    Throngs of multitudes worshipping our Lord!

  57. Zuleimy Garcia says:

    “They shall hunger no more, neither thirst anymore; the sun shall not strike them, nor any scorching heat. For the Lamb in the midst of the throne will be their shepherd, and he will guide them to springs of living water, and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.” Revelation 7:16-17.
    This verse is what gives me the true hope that all this pain and suffering we endure here on earth is for a greater purpose and that one day the Lord is going to wipe it all away. No more tears, no more sorrows, no more pain, no more suffering, no more struggling to make ends meet. Only time with our Lord. What a glorious hope!

  58. Stephanie Wilsey says:

    I’m struck with the voice of the multitude as well. Can we start now, in loud and exuberant praise to our King? Then, when all is restored, we will speak and praise in one voice to Him. The sound of praise is the loudest sound!

  59. Ada McCloud says:

    “And the I heard what seemed to be a voice of a great multitude, like the roar of many waters…” To be in a place of worship where everyone is worshipping in abundance. That is “beyond” for me.

  60. Lanie Hefferly says:

    Whoops! It posted too soon, so seeing the goodness In the now, bc honestly that has been hard for me. I was drawn to revelation 7:15-17 and thought of us sheltering and shepherding in the now, and how that is God’s kingdom on earth. And then n God immediately took me to Jesus words from Matthew 25: ‭‭Matthew‬ ‭25:34‭-‬35‬ ‭NIV‬‬
    [34] “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. [35] For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in,

  61. Jennifer zoulek says:

    Hearing the loud praise that will be in heaven will be the most joyous noise. Knowing that god did not punish Adam and Eve except for their own living choices reminds me that we are forgiven and given grace all the time.

  62. Lanie Hefferly says:

    So I have been really challenging myself this study to see the goodness/newness I’m the

  63. Stephanie Berling says:

    ”Then the eyes of both were opened, and they knew that they were naked. And they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loincloths.“
    ‭‭Genesis‬ ‭3‬:‭7‬ ‭ESV‬‬

    ”And the Lord God made for Adam and for his wife garments of skins and clothed them.“
    ‭‭Genesis‬ ‭3‬:‭21‬ ‭ESV‬‬

    ”I said to him, “Sir, you know.” And he said to me, “These are the ones coming out of the great tribulation. They have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.“
    ‭‭Revelation‬ ‭7‬:‭14‬ ‭ESV‬‬

    ”through the middle of the street of the city; also, on either side of the river, the tree of life with its twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit each month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.“
    ‭‭Revelation‬ ‭22‬:‭2‬ ‭ESV‬‬
    This string of images stuck out to me today. They clothed themselves imperfectly with leaves. Interestingly enough the leaves of the tree of life will be for the healing of the nations? God gave them a temporary solution of animal skin. The final restoration is being clothes in robes made white by the blood of the lamb. Wow.

  64. Deanna Rasch says:


  65. Richlyn says:

    (Continuing from yesterday…and the comment about tears in heaven a few days a go)
    The prompt asks what is familiar. “Familiarity breeds contempt”. So maybe the “reflecting” is to look at it again and see what is “NEW”. For me today, that was “tribulation” (Rev 7:14) and “wipe away” (Rev 7:17). I looked up both in the *Blue Letter Bible App* to check my familiarity with with the meanings/translation. Tribulation is also translated as affliction, persecution, trouble and anguish. *not necessarily associated with a timeline of events*.
    Wipe away is also translated as anoint, obliterate (erase tears, figuratively, pardon sin):—blot out. So, not literally wiping them from faces, but blessing /cleansing their purpose, eliminating them, and erasing the need for them.

  66. Krystal Lorenzo says:

    Even when we stray, God is faithful to provide. Be that with physical covering to protect our bodies or spiritually to cover our hearts and minds.

    1. Allison Bentley says:

      @Krystal Lorenzo- I have never looked at it this way! Thanks for pointing out His faithful provision!

  67. Morgan Hicks says:

    This feels so hopeful and joyful. What a beautiful image of being clothed by our Lord in celebration!

  68. Kelly (NEO) says:

    Genesis 2 tells us that God planted the garden just for man as a place of purpose and provision. We will have that again in the new earth.
    In the meantime, if we depend on God and His Spirit for guidance and strength, He shows us how to navigate this broken world. He is still giving purpose and provision.
    Thankful for that!

    DONNA WOLCOTT – prayers for comfort for your DIL and family.

    Thanks for your prayers for my back. Still giving me issues, but trusting God for restoration in His good time.

  69. Tina says:

    I wonder if our story would be different if the husband (Adam) had given the apple from the tree to his wife (Eve)!

    You mean we could have given birth without the pain! I am giving the apple back!! That snake and that apple totally messed up this world, eh?

    Seriously though, I remember my sister in law, having her first born, a daughter, by ceaserean and rejecting her daughter because she had not gone through the pain of delivering her herself! I guess, it has been so for so so long, that that is the norm, not a consequence of disobedience long long, long ago.
    And I guess, the tilling of the land and hard(er) work, we, in this day, know no different, it has been so for eons, that we do not think of it in terms of, again, the disobedience of Adam and Eve.

    BUT GOD..

    Though, Adam and Eve were taken out of the garden, He STILL watched over them, clothing them, and providing for them, even if it were through hard work and tears!
    This has been the story, since then, even through rebellion, disobedience, walking away and worshipping other idols, God, STILL AND NEVER HAS LEFT HIS CHILDREN! Always making a way, for change, restoration, forgiveness, HOPE!
    When we get to our Revelation, our end, our death, our last.. He promises us Eternity, wrapped in all the goodness we ever dreamed of here on earth, when we were busy doing our own thing..
    In conclusion, perfect love, as God’s for us, means one day, we WILL walk down that street with flowing water of life, we will have our tears wiped from our eyes, never to weep again. We will have no more pain, of the heart, or joints, or in our butt’s! Life will be as rosy as we always imagined, but always fell short, here on earth. Our need for anything will disappear, and our abundance will be forever, because, we will be in Paradise with our Lord God and the Lamb, that gave us life, this side of Heaven..

    I am so very glad and I rejoice, giving him All the Glory. Hallelujah!


    Blessed Friday, deart hearts, covered in love and hugs and continued prayers as requested ❤️

    1. Meme Faye says: