Ruth's Near Death Experince

Standing Before God......

My beloved Auntie lost her mom at the age of 90. I will be referring to this woman as Ruth since she was not part of my immediate family although I'd met her and been around her on a few occasions during my childhood. We share the same inheritance spiritually however, so in that sense, we are family.

Back in 2004, Ruth's loved ones - my Auntie Dotty, her other daughter Shirley and her grandson Todd to name a few thought she was going home to meet her Maker. She'd been hospitalized, the result of a severe heart attack and the doctors had alerted the family she didn't have much time. Ruth was in a comatose state. Amazingly, she came out of it and soon after shared with her family how she'd been in the presence of God.

Ruth described heavens beauty, stating it is beyond what we can imagine. She most notably found herself surprised by the variety and color of the flowers, stating we here on earth have never seen anything like them. She saw her husband, her mother and her sister but didn't speak with them. Ruth described them as appearing neither old or young physically, but somewhere in between. She said she didn't see God with her physical eyes but knew she was in His presence. God told her the Bible is His breath, which I found very exciting. Most believers understand Scripture is inspired by God.. the NIV specifically says, "All Scripture is God breathed.... useful for teaching, correcting, rebuking and training in righteousness so that the man (person, emphasis mine) of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work." 2 Timothy 3:16 -17.

I've always felt being in the Word, or the Bible (knowing Jesus also is the Word...see the gospel of John, Chapter 1) is the same as being in His very presence. Such an awesome place to be.

Ruth also said being before God was extremely unpleasant at one point since He brought up and questioned her regarding every unconfessed sin she ever committed. As we are told in Romans 14:12, "So then, each of us will give an account of himself to God."

In line with what the Bible says in the preceding versus, Romans 14:10-11 also says;

"You, then, why do you judge your brother? Or why do you look down on your brother? For we will all stand before God's judgement seat. It is written: " 'As surely as I live; says the Lord, 'every knee will bow before me; every tongue will confess to God.' "

As a result of this experience, Ruth became mindful of how important it is to show kindness to others. I think all people have the tendency to judge, perhaps even looking down on others as a result of experiences and or opinion. This can in turn shape our attitudes and actions (or lack thereof). Going back to Ruth, she recalled not treating her mother very kindly and shared this with her daughters and they expressed surprise. They couldn't recall a time when their mom treated their grandmother unkindly. Ironically, my Auntie Dotty felt convicted, expressing how she didn't treat her mom (Ruth) very well. Ruth even expressed she thought Dotty treated her quite well, seeing her as a wonderful daughter. Yet my Auntie Dotty proceeded to remind her mom of several occurrences where she showed defiance, disobedience, disrespect. With those 3 D's, could kindness coexist? She asked her mother for forgiveness.

My Auntie Dotty shared with me how she believes God worked in and through her mom in such a way, when she came out of the coma and shared all this, they found liberation from what may have been a pattern for generations. I know she regularly expresses her heart of gratitude to God for His mercy, forgiveness and grace.

Certainly, many understand it isn't necessary to experience a near death experience in the physical in order to experience the presence of God. If we are humble and seek God and we ask Him to reveal to us what sinful attitudes and actions we need to be free of, He will be faithful to show us. Once we know what they are, may we not hide in shame; it's impossible to hide from God anyway...even when we attempt to flee to, or bury things in the depths, He is there. My hope is all will experience the freedom God offers, which includes deliverance and healing, leaving the past behind, abiding in Him and living the abundant promised.

Interestingly, science tells us for every action there is a reaction. True also when it comes to our words, deeds and attitudes. Our society today is really geared toward emphasizing SELF...self promotion, self gratification, there's even a magazine titled "SELF." Being focused on 'self' typically leads to idolatry and pride and doesn't make room for God to bring about gentle transformation, leading to increased inner beauty. Let us not buy into the lie, rather being mindful our choices affect more than just ourselves. May we refuse to use words, form attitudes, or engage in activities which are wicked and destructive. Rather, may we embrace and reflect Love and Kindness. It's possible when we are centered in Him.

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christinekv 5 years ago from Washington Author

Hi Betty!

Thanks for the visit and the feedback! I'm so glad to hear God is your true love and that He has been a good friend (and then some!) to you too! Thanks for the compliment about being strong in Him. There certainly are seasons when I'm stronger than others; depends on how hard I'm pressing in, being totally dependent, surrendered and obedient.

Not sure if you noticed but I haven't written anything here in quite some time. Even when it comes to reading others hubs, which many have been blessing for me in the past, I hardly find time. First and foremost, my reading time needs to be spent in the Word (some former hubbers have left here altogether since they were personally convicted of this). I basically check in 1-2x/week but do hope to get back to writing here one day soon.

God bless you and hope you had a wonderful CHRISTmas and that 2011 will be full of blessings abundant for you and your loved ones.


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bettybarnesb 5 years ago from Bartlett, TN

I enjoyed your hub very much. I too love the Lord with all my heart and God changed my life as well. Looking forward to more of your hubs. You are an amazing strong christian. Be Blessed.


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christinekv 7 years ago from Washington Author

Hi P. Carlotta -

Thanks for the visit, for sharing and for your gracious comment!

Wow, that's awesome you were able to forgive...how is your daughter?  Did your friend ever express remorse over what he did? A friend of mine back in Hawaii was shot and killed by her husband (I may write a hub about this eventually) and although I know he repented over it, it caused great pain and turmoil in the lives of many others ... he lost everything dear to him (except God) in his moment of weakness and unlike many Christians in the community, I did not have a problem forgiving him....however, I expect it would be more difficult if I knew someone intentionally harmed one of my boys - guess I'm a bit of mama bear! 

Sounds like you have great mercy and compassion....I find myself compassionate but not too merciful when people "wallow in their pit" instead of making choices to improve their situation and aside from prayer, I tend to not invest a lot in these types although I understand there are underlying reasons for the way people are....upbringing & environment, circumstances, generational curses etc. I still lack patience I guess! Praise the Lord there are people like you who will spend the time and counsel all, whatever their "unlovely" might look like! Philip 4:13 is what comes to mind as I think about you and your dedication.

Blessings!


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drpastorcarlotta 7 years ago from BREAKOUT MINISTRIES, INC. KC

I had a friend, well I thought he was my friend, who molested my daughter! I had to forgive Him and when I did he was shocked!!!!! My life have been rewarded over and over!!!

Praise God! After going through my difficulties of life, I really look at people with much love! I ache inside seeing many who struggle in life! That's why I became a Pastoral Counselor because I really want to help others with the guidance of Jesus Christ our head Counselor!! Great Hub!! You go girl!! lol


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christinekv 7 years ago from Washington Author

Hi Eddie -

I'm glad you appreciated this. God is indeed good and you are right, there is no time like the present to get right with others (or Him for that matter!). I wonder if there would be less physical illness in the Body of Christ if people didn't take communion when they have something against another, particularly if it is a brother or sister in Christ.

Blessings!


Eddie Perkins 7 years ago

Christine,

Thank you for sharing. Isn’t it a wonderful thing that God cares enough about us and our witness that He will bring about conviction of sin and gives us the opportunity to seek forgiveness?

I’m thankful as you remind us that He will do this through His Word and Holy Spirit. We don’t have to wait for a near death experience that we may never have.

Thank you for sharing this wonderful word. ~ eddie


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christinekv 7 years ago from Washington Author

Hi Mike -

Thanks for reading and commenting - glad you appreciate it! I think it sounds like you have lots of material to hub about and share with all of us which you haven't gotten to yet! Evidently, you have had several amazing experiences with the Lord. You are gifted prophetically aren't you? Seer stream?

Yeah, moving can be tough. I know it took about a year before I felt glad about being here in Washington again and not missing all which Hawaii contained as much, the people and culture mostly which I left behind.

I'd love to visit Ireland. I bet people here love listening to you talk! Actually, come to think of it, people who have been to Ireland and also the Big Island comment the rolling green hills in Waimea reminded them of Ireland... I have Irish blood, from my maternal grandfathers side. Walker is the last name...is that Irish?

Hi AEVANS! Glad you enjoyed this hub and I'm honored you felt it worth sharing! Sounds like God has given you a heart of mercy and compassion which is a wonderful thing, something I wish I had more of. I often have to remind myself (or maybe I should give Holy Spirit the credit here) that when people act the way they do, circumstances or events in their lives have shaped them in such a way and strongholds might exist. There is that saying about being kinder than necessary because everyone is fighting some kind of battle. Wise words. I easily forgive but I do get frustrated with my unsaved or carnal family members more than others because of not "getting it" in regards to biblical moral standards and how we should live (and I'm not shoving it down their throats) nor wanting to get it because they see themselves as such wondeful people. So they prefer to keep me at a distance but a sister and a step mom aren't even real with me about it....they hide behind another.

Life is hard but God is good. Gods favor and blessing upon you and yours too.


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AEvans 7 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

Now this was intense and I shared this with my mother , as I have had a similiar experience when I was very young and have learned to forgive and confess my sins. Many think I am nuts or being to nice, but if I can forgive and sincerely forgive then I know I have been forgiven by God, as I do not want that burden when I get ready to go to Heaven as I believe that he will still find something. The article is wonderful , God Bless!!


mikeq107 7 years ago

Christine :0)

Another great one....I liked the part about Gods breath. ..I had a dream...vision that I had died and gone to heaven..Long story Tell you some time...But while I was there...it was like I was breathing Jesus..that is the only way to describe it apart from the joy of being in a world of perfect indescribable peace with no sin..just wow!!!! I did not want to leave...it came at a time I was feeling incredibly discouraged shortly after moving to the united states...

Later Mike:)


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christinekv 8 years ago from Washington Author

Thanks 02smitha for the encouragement and the fan mail!


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02SmithA 8 years ago from Ohio

Christine,

Nice job! Keep the powerful hubs coming!


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christinekv 8 years ago from Washington Author

I checked it out and looks pretty good! Good job on publishing your second hub!


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Tyhill27 8 years ago from Red Deer, Alberta

I published it already, a friend of mine went over it for me. I was going to still send it to you but I really could not really see any mistakes and or could just fix them after if I did... Let me know what you think?


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christinekv 8 years ago from Washington Author

Thanks Ty for your your encouraging and complimentary words! Let me know when you'll be sending the paper and I'll be sure to get to it and get back about it in a prompt manner!


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Tyhill27 8 years ago from Red Deer, Alberta

Hi Christine, On the most part I'm very interested with Ruth's experience in heaven and then being able to share it with loved ones. Even more so that she can change her outlook and some of her ways being even more ready for when she does pass. I have heard a story similar to this before and what she did have to say about heaven was precisely the same! Also about how in the conclusion to the experience Ruth realized how important it is to love, and your conclusion about self can't be emphasized enough.. You could wright a book just on that alone. Anyhow this is a great story and you did a good job of writing it! I also finished the first part of my unity paper, so you can check that out when you have time.


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christinekv 8 years ago from Washington Author

Thanks for reading and commenting Amy Jane...so you found it inspiring!? Very cool! Perhaps your making repair will be material for an upcoming hub? You'll have to let me know. I'm thinking I'll be doing one which my mom will hopefully be honored by.

I agree with you, we do tend to be harshest with those who are closest to us (even though it shouldn't be so). I'm often asking God to help me to see others as He does and to help me feel and demonstrate more mercy and compassion toward others... for me, I believe these are connected to being kind!

blessings!


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amy jane 8 years ago from Connecticut

Thanks for this Christine! I agree with dayseebee...it has inspired me to "repair" and consider more carefully how I treat others. It seems it is often those closest to us that we are harsh with.


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christinekv 8 years ago from Washington Author

Thanks Dayzeebee and I'm honored you would mention me in a hub! Can't wait to check it out!

Geminitwin, glad you too enjoyed it!

Thanks for visiting and blessings to you both!


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dayzeebee 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

thank you for making this hub for it motivates one to "repair" whatever broken relationships they may have in their lives and appreciate the presence of loved ones before it's too late. this is one of the reasons why i mentioned you in my latest hub. i believe honoring those around us can do wonders in this world:)


geminitwin 8 years ago

WOW, beautiful hub


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christinekv 8 years ago from Washington Author

Hi Jean and Moonlake -

Thanks for visiting and the comments! Glad you enjoyed it and Amen to Psalm 32:8!

Glad your brother in law is still with you all Mooonlake!


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moonlake 8 years ago from America

Loved your story. My brother-in-law died last week for a short time and saw his Dad. His dad had died when he was a young boy.

Enjoyed your hub and will become your fan.


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Jean's Corner 8 years ago from Harrisburg North Carolina

How beautiful! As Psalm 32:8 says, "I pray that You, God, will instruct me and teach me in the way I should go." Your right about not buying into todays SELF hype. We need to release and let God direct our every move.


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christinekv 8 years ago from Washington Author

Thanks Al and Einron for visiting and commenting!

Einron, it wasn't until Ruth came out of the coma and shared with her daughters how she had treated her mother unkindly THEN my auntie Dotty realized she had not treated her (Ruth) mother well either.


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einron 8 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, CANADA

Thanks kristinekv,

It is interesting to read that when Ruth went into a coma, her daughter realized that she treated her mother rather disrespectfully, and asked for forgiveness. it is wonderful that your aunt was given the opportunity to ask for forgiveness. Others are not so lucky because their mothers died before they could ask for forgiveness.

This is why my daily prayer is to ask God for forgiveness and repentance because we do not know when the Lord may take us any day. Someimes we forget that we even sin. Another thing is to ask God to have self control daily, over our tongue, our thoughts, our action and our temper. God bless.


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AL Freed 8 years ago from Pensacola

Nice, Thanks!


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christinekv 8 years ago from Washington Author

Thanks Sir Dent for reading and commenting. Glad you enjoyed it. I know there are some books out there on the subject as well and as of yet, have not read any. I will make note of this title.

As I was writing this, I was thinking about including something about how God formed Adam and then he came to life when God breathed into him.


SirDent 8 years ago

Very well written hub. Reminded me of the book "90 Minutes in Heaven" at the beginning. As it went further and you started talking about breath, I recall how Jesus breathed on the disciples and told them to "Recieve the Holy Ghost."

Thank you for sharing this wonderful story.

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