Upon returning from her near-death experience, JoAnna Oblander became what she calls “A Guardian of Truth”. By sharing her near-death experience and escorting us through several personal and spiritual experiences, JoAnna Oblander guides us to a deeper understanding of our heavenly home and the profound importance of life. Shared within the covers of this book are experiences and insights that will remind you of God’s great love for each of His children, His desire to be a daily part of our lives, and that each of us has come to earth to fulfill a unique and important purpose. Find out more…
Our thoughts are a powerful force in our lives…as the scriptures so aptly teach – as a man (woman) thinks so is he/she. How we choose to perceive ourselves, to relate to the world around us, and utilize our life experiences all have to do directly with our thoughts. If you want to make positive changes to yourself and your world – you must first change your thoughts and then not only will you change your paradigm, you will be enabled to make those step-by-step positive changes that you desire! The wonderful thing about the whole process is that when you involve God – the whole process becomes profound!
Who doesn’t ponder from time to time on what will make our lives truly important – truly wonderful – truly happy? I am not going to admit to being old enough to be branded a sage (ever) but I will admit to being old enough to have gained some important wisdom. That joy, that happiness, that thing called a wonderful life can be found on earth. If there is one thing I remember from my near death experience it is the feelings that I overwhelmingly felt in heaven. Words cannot describe the love and joy and feelings of gratitude that I felt there. While I have never been able to perfectly duplicate those feelings in mortality – I feel a strong glimpse of those heavenly feelings as I seek to include God in every aspect of my life. I know that He is there ready to illuminate our lives, our hearts and our minds as we seek Him and then include Him in our lives!
Knowing what I know about God…having had the experience of being taken back to heaven to witness a face to face meeting with God that I had prior to my birth on earth has given me insights that not everyone has. One of the most important things that I witnessed during that meeting was God’s complete perfection. He had no flaws, no gaps of knowledge & intelligence, and He is unchanging. I see the world around me trying to change God and trying to humanize Him. It is as though by making Him human they can more easily rationalize their own rejection of that Being who created them. Knowing what I know…I know that the Ten Commandments and other instructions issued to us in scripture are based on God’s knowledge of us and what we need to lead the kind of lives His plan designed for us. His plan is perfect. His love and desires for us are perfect. His knowledge of us and what we truly need is truly perfect. The God I know and revere is unchanging. I may not always know or understand the purpose behind all that God instructs me to do but I know that His intelligence is far superior to my own. Therefore I know that marriage is to be between a man and a woman. God has established His standards and they will not change. Those who embrace situational morality, ethics, and behaviors based on the deceptions that have enveloped much of modern society are not going to better our world – they are simply going to diminish God’s influence in our world. God’s influence and guidance is what will enable us, as mankind, to improve the world around us and improve our lives.
I can never look at a flower or the grandeur of nature without feeling the majesty of God’s creations. Only a Being of the perfection that I have become acquainted with could create the ever-present Beauty and Inspiration within His handiwork. That beauty resonates within me as I take the time to appreciate and adore the beauty of the world around me. I can look at a painting by a skilled master and appreciate the beauty and the talent possessed by the creator but even the greatest masterpiece falls short of the beauty and inspiration ever-present in nature. For me, this is perpetual testimony of God’s hand in this world.
I have some very strong feelings about the responsibility we all have as citizens of a free nation.I think it sometimes takes an experience where freedoms are limited to fully appreciate what our freedom blesses us with. I had such an experience when we adopted our children from Russia. The moment we landed in Russia – it became clear that our freedoms were not the same. Being escorted off of our airplane by armed men in military uniforms and locked in a room at the “airport” on one leg of our journey while our plane was being prepared for further travel quickly taught me to appreciate the freedoms of my native country. I had once thought service men returning home and kissing the ground as they stepped on U.S. soil a little strange. Yet, as we returned home from Russia and set foot on U.S. soil once again – I fervently desired to do the very same thing. I will never take my freedom or the American flag for granted ever again. Our freedom to shape government, our lives, and to worship according to the dictates of our conscience is not something we should take for granted. We each have a responsibility to our families, communities, and our country to use our personal freedoms in positive, uplifting ways. When we use our freedom simply for self-gratification – we are not using our freedom well or wisely. We should never take our freedom for granted and we need to recognize that many individuals and families have made great sacrifices and many have died so that we might enjoy our freedom. For me, that means freedom brings with it certain inherent responsibilities. Freedom is not a free ride at the expense of others – it is an invitation for everyone to do his or her part so that each of us collectively and individually can pursue the dream of bettering our lives, our families, and our country.
As a person who loves to be enveloped by silence on a frequent basis – I am often surprised by how uncomfortable many individuals are with being alone with themselves. Often, they turn to radio and TV for noise (apparently to drown out the silence in their lives). I find that somewhat sad. There is so much to be learned by listening to our inner selves. As William Wordsworth so profoundly said, we truly do come to earth “Trailing Clouds of Glory”. There is much to be learned by listening to those profound messages that come to us as we open up and listen to our hearts. I have found that those messages instruct, inspire, comfort and strengthen me. For me, that is an invaluable blessing.
I don’t know if being a NDE’r (Near Death experiencer) is akin to being a reformed alcoholic but I suspect it is. I would like to think that I valued and cherished life prior to my near death experience but in my heart of hearts I know that I never valued my life then the way that I do now. The crazy thing is how it grinds on me to see so many unhappy people who could be so much happier, so much more content and just so much more if they could just realize how precious this life and what they do with it is. This life is not about getting, getting, getting and getting more. It is about learning, giving, growing, loving, and becoming. There are times I want to jump up on my “soap box” and shout “Come on People – We have been given a priceless privilege here! We have been given a precious life and incredible potential and whatever you do – don’t waste it! God loves you and He knows you and He will help you through both the good and the bad!” Of course, I’m wise enough not to do that (at least not yet). The point is – What really Matters are those things that God has given us and that Life will not take away.
If there is one thing I have learned as a result of life experiences and my near death experience – it is that God’s plan for us and our lives is not and never has been random. I don’t know what science will yet prove about the heart but I know that our Center (heart) is more than just a functioning organ. I don’t even know if our Center and heart are the same thing. What I do know is that we each have a Center and that it is the conduit to guidance from God and from our spirits. My Center is my irreplaceable and priceless gift that instructs me and guides me in accomplishing my personal life mission. It helps me identify my innate passions and gifts that I have brought with me from my pre-birth life and it helps me to understand how to meaningfully use those passions and gifts. This life is not just about you or about me – it is about us. It is about taking what we came equipped with and then adding that incredible potential that only God can gift us with and becoming our ultimate self. Our journey will not demand any material cost but it will demand our hearts and the best we have to give. A small price for such a glorious gift!
Christ is truly central to Christmas. Without Him – where is our reason to celebrate? When I think of all of my blessings – each one comes as a result of Christ, his birth, his life, his example and his atoning sacrifice. It is my hope to live each day of my life in a way which would cause Christ to celebrate!