To all of my readers, I wanted to wish you a very Merry Christmas and blessings galore in 2018.
Historically, everything we need to know is in the Bible or has been picked apart by scholars through the many centuries.
Why we need to know for our own personal reasons, is that it’s how we began to love our Savior. It starts at His birth. It follows Him for 33 years, we can expect relateness, because Jesus; unlike His Father; was a human being. Like us.
This little baby brought LIFE to sinners, then and now. His precious birth, surrounded by the same type of mayhem our world is suffering from, was His start to life.
May your celebrations surrounding the birth of our Savior, Great One, The Great I Am, Mighty, Magnificent, Prince of Peace, Father, Holy Spirit, Redeemer, Emmanuel, Jehovah, Comforter, Almighty, Son of God, The Beginning and the End, Messiah, Lamb of God, Shepherd, The Vine, Carpenter, Beloved, Deliverer, Lord of Lords, King of the Jews, Risen Lord, Healer, Tree of Life, Light of the World, Bread of Life, The Word, Friend, Protector, be filled with light, grace, guidance, forgiveness and love. He is all of this to a sorrowful world.
We are a hurry-busy-fast society. However, a hand has reached down often enough in my life that SLAMMED on the brakes, Jesus calls to me. Take more time with Me, get into the Word, tomorrow is not promised, but today — it’s here, let’s move some mountains, let’s climb to the top instead of wallowing in the shadows.
I’ve experienced some heavy health issues the last two months. I have slowed WAY down. And yet, with all this free time, I am still selfish, not having committed my time with better intentions.
Our relationship with God is our most important. Jesus walked the earth for 33 years as a human being, we can bring to him all we’ve got. He “gets” it. Let the extra time in your days, be filled with prayer, conversation, servitude and love, all we are; and all we can be — can be received by the love of the Father.
Deuteronomy 4:40Keep his decrees and commands, which I am giving you today, so that it may go well with you and your children after you and that you may live long in the land theLord your God gives you for all time.
2 Timothy 2:22Flee the evil desires of youth and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.
As you have probably experienced; losing a password and jumping through a variety of hoops can be very frustrating. This happened here, with WordPress! I have missed writing and encouraging!
This scripture came to me inside a card from a friend today. I thought it was incredibly powerful. When we are down and out, we must never ever forget that our God, the Holy One of Israel, Lord and Savior – is ALWAYS here and is ALWAYS the same. Circumstances in our lives change constantly…..what a blessing to know we remain intact in our faith and that our foundation never even quakes – as long as we are connected to our Heavenly Father.
2 When you pass through the waters,
I will be with you;
and when you pass through the rivers,
they will not sweep over you.
When you walk through the fire,
you will not be burned;
the flames will not set you ablaze.
3 For I am the Lord your God,
the Holy One of Israel, your Savior;…
What do you know logically, that doesn’t make sense spiritually? Or vice versa.
I think of faith; like wind – you can’t see it, but you CAN feel it.
The word “sense” is as close to “logic” ‘as I can find in the bible and it’s a stretch!
Nehemiah 8:8They read from the book, from the Law of God, with interpretation, and they gave the sense, so that the people understood the reading.
Hebrews 11:19He reasoned that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead, from which he indeed received him in a figurative sense.
And sometimes life is just atypical!
There are many variations of loss. Of life, love, a health diagnosis, home, job, and whatever it is, is the most important thing to you at the time. No one could possibly understand, even if they can relate – it’s not the same. Sometimes we don’t want empathy as much as we want someone to listen. We want someone to put up with our bad days — the days when we feel deeply alone in our grief.
In time of grief that is so incredibly overwhelming, where do you go for peace?
While doing my devotions this morning, I added music to my routine. Blasted the volume on my laptop and plugged into YouTube and started with Selah, Wonderful Merciful Savior, then one of my favorites by Jesus Culture; “Break Every Chain.”
I was reminded of what keeps me in bondage; bad habits some might say, but I know they are more than that – they keep me separated from God. Ironically (but not really, right???!!!), my devotion was on placing my trust in the Holy Spirit to guide and nudge me towards a Godly life, instead of living by feelings; which can change in a moment’s notice.
I have been overcome by the presence of God many times. Music seems to be the vehicle, the lyrics speak to my heart and remind me through repetition (I listen to the same song fifty times, like I did when I was a teenager!) what my heart longs for, to be closer to God, to live in His grace and to know that I am saved.