Forget

 

 

Should the former things be forgotten?

Tonight is traditionally a time when Auld Lang Syne is played and sung at different points around the globe.

Each time I hear it performed, it seems to project a nostalgic sadness to the audience.

The sentiment might be, "The past is gone and oh, if we could just go back and recapture what we used to have."

I can certainly identify with that feeling.

Chances lost, opportunities wasted.

Friends and loved ones who are no longer living have deposited priceless memories into our hearts. If we could just go back….

While God surely wants us to remember the journey we have taken up to this point and acknowledge His faithfulness at every turn, we need to look ahead at what the future holds.

Our past failures have been forgiven. Dwelling on our mistakes can keep us from the path in front of us.

More suddenly than the dark clouds of an afternoon rainstorm can appear in the sky, bringing life-giving rain to the soil below, God can change any situation.

What is bad can change to good.

Wht is good can change to better.

What is better can become the best.

An old greeting used to be, "What’s new?" 

This has been replaced with, "What’s up?"

As Christians, we should all look ahead each day to see "what’s new" with God.

Auld Lang Syne is about the old days and times gone by.

Maybe there should be a song about the new day that God is creating for us.

Don’t you want to celebrate what’s new?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Peace

 

 

 

I needed guidance and peace in my heart tonight.

With a great many thoughts flooding my mind, I began a most difficult task—-cleaning out a closet.

While doing so, I decided to listen to some music on my computer.

I chose to have a certain mix of songs from several artists playing.

At some point, a Bible study began to play that I had copied from discs onto my laptop.

For some reason, the tracks played in an order that gave me part of the Bible study, then a song or two, then another section of the study.

Although I had listened to the speaker many times before, part of what I was hearing this evening was going straight to my heart and landing at the place that needed the understanding the most.

God was instructing me and bringing biblical truths to my attention once more. The topic the teacher had chosen was my very dilemma.

God is bigger than my problems.

I need to listen to Him…..He has overcome the world.

I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.    —The words of Jesus in the Book of John, chapter 16, verse 33

 

 

By Bit and Bridle

 

 

 

I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go;
   I will counsel you with my loving eye on you.
 Do not be like the horse or the mule,
   which have no understanding
but must be controlled by bit and bridle
   or they will not come to you.
 Many are the woes of the wicked,
   but the LORD’s unfailing love
   surrounds the one who trusts in him.

—Psalm 32:8-10

 

We Celebrate

 

 

What do you think of when you hear the word celebrate?

Celebrating a birthday?

Celebrating Christmas?

Celebrating the New Year?

Your own personal thoughts about celebrating most likely involve expressing an inward joy with an outward display of some kind.

Birthdays are often greeted with a special cake and candles, streamers, balloons and cards.

Christmas is filled with gift giving and caroling.

What about worship?

Do you think of worship as a celebration?

Although worship can be expressed in many ways, a celebration or joyous display could certainly come to mind.

Psalm 68:4 reads, "Our God, you are the one who rides on the clouds, and we praise you. Your name is the Lord, and we celebrate as we worship you."

As believers of the Lord, we have cause to celebrate.

Our sins are forgiven.

We have been granted a home in Heaven for eternity.

He is there to guide us through every moment.

As we live out each day, how can we celebrate and worship our Lord and Savior, Jesus?

Singing?

Praising?

Giving?

Serving?

Loving?

What do you think of when you hear the word celebrate?

 

 

 

John 3:16

 

 

My sister gave me a birthday card.

Inside the card was a twenty dollar bill.

It seems that I almost always have a similar thought process when I receive money as a gift.

How should I best spend this money?

How could I honor their giving?

What could be purchased that would be meaningful?

Knowing that one of the Bibles that I often use is beginning to show wear and tear, I decided to buy a Bible cover/carrying case.

My selection was a leather-look vinyl cover with a verse on the front cover—John 3:16.

From now on, no matter where I lay my Bible, if someone sees the cover they will probably read the scripture.

There’s one more thing–there are three crosses on the front cover as well.

In just a few second glance, the gospel in a single written verse coupled with a visual representation of Jesus’ sacrifice will be brought to the attention of all those who notice it.

I believe my sister would be pleased.

Surely this was a meaningful purchase that honored her giving.

God blessed me on my birthday with her generosity.

He will bless others through the witness of His Word.

 

 

 

 

 

The Storehouses

 

 

 

The forecast for my town this evening is a bit…..chilly.

At least, for around here.

Falling just short of the line that begins a tropical climate rather than sub-tropical, it is generally warm here for most of the year.

That being said, there should always be room for the unusual—the unpredictable.

Having spent quite a bit of time today outside with my husband preparing for such an unusual occurance, I can speak first hand about these things.

We were covering trees, plants and bushes with blankets and sheets—and even one table cloth—to help sheild their delicate tropical branches from the very unusual winter blast that was, and is, approaching.

My fingers were tingling and going somewhat numb. The wind was gusting to the point of blowing the sheets off a tree we had just covered. I was in total agreement with each announcement posted for our area—freeze warning, lake wind advisory, wind chill warning. Is it possible that the blooming azaelea bush in our front yard was confused?

I can’t complain.

While we are forecast to have windchill readings this evening of 14 to 17 degrees above zero Fahrenheit, we can’t compete with the blizzard conditions of other areas of the country tonight.

While weather predictions have become more accurate as technology has expanded to explain our changing environment, we find ourselves where we have always been—not in charge.

God has created the Earth with its tremendous heat and bitter cold. He commands the wind and brings the seasons at their appointed time.

No one has ever seen the storehouses of the snow, yet it appears when and where God chooses.

Even as the snow falls, we are reminded of His great power.

Great IS His power and great is His LOVE for you and for me.

What do you think of when the snow begins to blow?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Prince of Peace

 

 

 

It was a beautiful, sunny Christmas Day.

While visiting friends, I took my camera to a lovely dining area with many windows.

A nativity scene had been placed on a table there.

The afternoon sun was coming in through a window, with a stream of light coming across onto the small figurine of the baby Jesus.

Jesus—the Light of the World—come to us as a baby.

The Everlasting Father.

The Prince of Peace.

 

 

 

 

The Highest

 

 

 

And suddenly there appeared with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying,
    "Glory to God in the highest,
         And on earth peace among men with whom He is pleased."

 When the angels had gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds began saying to one another, "Let us go straight to Bethlehem then, and see this thing that has happened which the Lord has made known to us."–Luke 2:13-15

 

 

Trust Him to Help

 

 

 

I can tell a difference.

Within this past year, there has been a change. Not just one change, but several integrated changes that have come together to allow me to arrive at where I am….today.

Looking back over the past year, I can see how God has worked in my heart and in the hearts of others that I love. Like subtle color changes blending from one hue to the next, His leading has taken us from one day to the next, first this decision, then another. Almost imperceivably, we have become another year older as we have known God another year, experiencing His unchanging love and faithfulness.

Hasn’t it been so with you?

In the months to come, God will continue to lead as He has in the past.

Trust Him to help.

Taking a quick look at your own heart as you would in the mirror— isn’t there a difference?

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Glory of the Lord Shone

 

 

 

 

I wonder what it looked like in Bethlehem 2,000 years ago.

Doing a little research, I found that not many miles away was the city of Engedi, which was called "The City of Palms."

Olive trees were also a part of the landscape.

As the shepherds kept watch over their flocks, I can imagine a deep, dark sky blanketing a quiet scene.

In an instant, the calm of the evening was broken as the glory of the Lord shown around them when the angel appeared.

Picture yourself, standing in a dark, remote area with your animals, only to be fully illuminated by the light of God.

It is no wonder that the scriptures tell us that the shepherds were terrified.

The angel tells them not to be afraid. Chosen from among all people alive on the Earth at the time, these men were the recipients of a fantastic heavenly announcement.

Wouldn’t you suppose that during their remaining years of life, their personal priorities and attitudes might have dramatically changed?

Many generations have passed since that night near Bethlehem, yet the proclamation given at that hour has been presented to us, as well.

Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.–Luke 2:11

Jesus, the Messiah, has been born to you and to me.

Isn’t that cause for rejoicing?

 


 

 

Wrapped in Cloths

 

 

 

And there were shepherds living

out in the fields nearby, keeping

watch over their flocks at night. 

An angel of the Lord appeared to them,

and the glory of the Lord shone around them,

and they were terrified. 

But the angel said to them,

“Do not be afraid.

I bring you good news that

will cause great joy for all the people. 

Today in the town of David a

Savior has been born to you;

he is the Messiah, the Lord. 

This will be a sign to you:

You will find a baby wrapped in

cloths and lying in a manger.”

—Luke 2:8-12

 

 

If God is the Real God

 

 

 

C.S. Lewis is one of my family’s most admired authors.

Not only are there books written by him in the shelves of our bookcases, but we have at least one book that is written about him.

Being a very talented and intriguing person, there is much to be said about his life and works.

If it had not been for a specific day in his life and the events leading up to it, the legacy of C.S. Lewis would have been quite different.

While considering Christianity, there were those in C.S. Lewis’ scope of friends who encouraged him toward faith in God.

Coming to the realization that salvation was possible through Jesus Christ, he made a decision.

Mr. Lewis was now a Christian. He believed. He was no longer sitting on the fence pondering which side to stand on.

In the Old Testament, the prophet Elijah spoke to those who had been serving the false god, Baal:

Elijah challenged the people: "How long are you going to sit on the fence? If God is the real God, follow him; if it’s Baal, follow him. Make up your minds!"  —from I Kings 18:21 The Message

We must certainly all come to a place in our lives where we have to decide—Is God the real God? Am I going to follow Him?

What have you decided?

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

The House Where You Live

 

 

 

Some time ago, a friend visited my home for the first time.

Noticing the front room with the dark wood and leather, family photos and bookshelves, she exclaimed, "This is SO you!!"

I wasn’t quite sure how she had arrived at her observation, but I had to agree with her. The room did reflect my personality and preferences.

Just this morning, I remembered my friend’s statement as I considered a different scenario.

What if I were to bring a friend who knew me well to church….

After entering the building and sensing the love and reverance for God, coupled with acceptance and joy among those gathered there, would they be able to exclaim, "Oh, this is SO YOU!!"

This is, of course, what I would hope to be possible.

Would they see the same love and reverence for God present in my own life?

Would they have felt acceptance and joy pouring from my heart in the days and weeks prior to their visit?

Would being a part of those gathered to worship God really be SO me?

 

         Lord, please help me to be who you want me to be, consistantly, no matter where I am.

 

LORD, I love the house where you live,

the place where your glory dwells.

–Psalm 26:8

 

He Has Come to His People

 

 

 

Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel,
   because he has come to his people and redeemed them.
 He has raised up a horn of salvation for us
   in the house of his servant David
 (as he said through his holy prophets of long ago),
 salvation from our enemies
   and from the hand of all who hate us—
 to show mercy to our ancestors
   and to remember his holy covenant,
  the oath he swore to our father Abraham:
 to rescue us from the hand of our enemies,
   and to enable us to serve him without fear
  in holiness and righteousness before him all our days.

–Luke 1:68-75

 

 

Never Understand

 

 

It was actually quite humorous.

I just could not understand.

While at work today, someone was trying to explain something to me.

When I related that I did not understand, they simply moved even closer to me and repeated themselves with more volume.

The problem with their approach was—-I heard them the FIRST time, as well as the second.

It didn’t matter. I was still confused.

Finally, after some effort, we were able to communicate.

I understood—at last!!!!!

This may seem like a silly statement, but I wanted to understand, but I didn’t understand until I did.

Jesus spoke of people who would listen to Him and not understand.

As for me, I truly want to listen—and comprehend.

 

 

When Jesus was alone with the twelve apostles and some others, they asked him about these stories. He answered:

   I have explained the secret about God’s kingdom to you, but for others I can use only stories. The reason is,

   "These people will look

   and look, but never see.

   They will listen and listen,

   but never understand.

   If they did,

   they would turn to God,

   and he would forgive them."–Mark 4:10-12

   

 

The Angel of the LORD

 

 

 

If an angel came to see you, would that change your life?

Would you do some things differently?

Would you have a slightly different aspect on life altogether?

What if God came to see you?

Would you stay on the same course in life, or would you be….different?

There are many places in the Bible where the Angel of the LORD is mentioned.

Is this referring to God?

I have read statements that seem to say that it is.

If that is the reality, this passage takes on new meaning to me:

And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.

 And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.

 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.

 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.

 And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.

 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,

 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.–Luke 2:8-14

 

If you have ever been outside in a field on a cloudless night, then the experience of feeling tiny and small in this universe has probably swept over you.  But imagine this—–being out at night caring for sheep in the vast openness. Suddenly, the Creator of all that is appears to you. He gives you an important message. God’s glory shines all around you. Finally, the sky FILLS with angels who are all praising God and saying,

"Glory to God in the highest, and on earth  peace, good will toward men. –Luke 2:14

They are told of the birth of Jesus.

Quickly, they go to find him. They are excited and eager.

Were there old men in the fields that night, caring for the sheep?

Were there teenage boys there trianing for the shepherding profession?

Whatever the age, do you suppose  they changed?

Did they live their lives differently than before?

I think they WERE changed. Changed to be more like God. Changed to be more open to hearing that which is from God.

If an angel were to visit you, would you change?

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

His Kingdom Will Reach

 

 

Rejoice greatly, Daughter Zion!
   Shout, Daughter Jerusalem!
See, your king comes to you,
   righteous and victorious,
lowly and riding on a donkey,
   on a colt, the foal of a donkey.
 I will take away the chariots from Ephraim
   and the warhorses from Jerusalem,
   and the battle bow will be broken.
He will proclaim peace to the nations.
   His rule will extend from sea to sea
   and from the River to the ends of the earth.

–Zechariah 9: 9-10

 

 

 

She Will Give Birth

 

 

 

So many people just don’t know.

If you were to take a poll, you would probably find that many people do not know where Jesus was born.

If you were to hum the tune to "Silent Night" or "Hark the Herald Angels Sing" you might also get a confused look or a blank stare.

Why?

Somehow, in a slow, yet overtaking way, the account  of Jesus’ birth has begun to be set aside and replaced with other, perhaps more festive, themes.

As Christians, we are entrusted with the story. We are entrusted with the truth about Christmas.

Why not share that truth with someone today?

Greet others with a  "Merry Christmas."

Play Christmas songs that speak of Jesus and His coming in your home.

Purchase Christmas cards that depict His birth—then send them!

There are many ways to show others what is most important about this season.

Look for the opportunities that God places in your path.

 

This is how the birth of Jesus the Messiah came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit.  Because Joseph her husband was faithful to the law, and yet did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly.

  But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit.  She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.”—Matthew 1:18-21

 

 

 

 

There Was Light

 

 

A wonderfully rare thing happened to me last evening.

As I was driving alone to a candlelight Advent gathering, the sky was dark. Going along the highway, my eyes were suddenly drawn to the highest point in the sky that could be viewed from my windsheild.  Immediately in front of me, a green ball of fire and light was plummeting to the Earth below. If I could have remained on that straight course indefinitely, at some point I would have been near the place of the meteorite’s landing. It appeared to have burned up before that, however, as the emerald fire vanished before it reached the horizon.

Praying and thanking God for allowing me to see such a tremendous sight, I continued on my way.

At Christmastime, multicolored lights are found everywhere.

Man has harnessed electricity.

The ability to create light from this captured source is actually a relatively new accomplishment, when considering all of history. Green Christmas bulbs adorn decorated trees, buildings, bushes and store fronts.

The Original Creator of light allowed me to see His glory through a long lasting, bright green meteor. His power was displayed over the Earth as we take what He has given us permission to use and display it on our own.

And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. —Genesis 1:3

 

 

 

 

 

Wisdom That Comes From Heaven

 

 

 

Real wisdom, God’s wisdom, begins with a holy life and is characterized by getting along with others. It is gentle and reasonable, overflowing with mercy and blessings, not hot one day and cold the next, not two-faced. You can develop a healthy, robust community that lives right with God and enjoy its results only if you do the hard work of getting along with each other, treating each other with dignity and honor.–James 3:17-18   The Message

 

 

The Islands

 

 

 

 

“Here is my servant, whom I uphold,
   my chosen one in whom I delight;
I will put my Spirit on him,
   and he will bring justice to the nations.
 He will not shout or cry out,
   or raise his voice in the streets.
 A bruised reed he will not break,
   and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out.
In faithfulness he will bring forth justice;
  he will not falter or be discouraged
till he establishes justice on earth.
   In his teaching the islands will put their hope.”

–Isaiah 42:1-4

 

Kindness

 

 

I was blessed by someone today.

Walking into my office today, I found a beautiful Christmas wreath made with branches from a live evergreen tree, sitting on my desk.

As of yet, no one has offered a clue as to who this thoughtful gift is from. I know that God is loving me through the thoughtfulness of another.

Showing kindness can sometimes take only a moment. The effects can be everlasting.

Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.  Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.  And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.

—Colossians 3:12-14

 

 

Out in the Field

 

 

 

A colleague of mine at work is often heard to say, "An error is only a mistake if you refuse to fix it."

Although I had heard her say this before, today was different. As I concentrated on my own task at hand, I was aware of her words spoken to someone else in the room. It was as though those twelve words jumped up on my table and sat there for me to visualize and consider.

It was certainly not intended to be a deep, philosophical statement or directive, yet it has continued to linger with me, several hours later. I’m not even sure that I agree with it, for that matter. Errors, or mistakes, may not always be possible to "fix."  Putting forth the effort in attempting to make things right or perhaps even better, is a good beginning, however.

God foretold the birth of Samson. In the 13th chapter of Judges in the Old Testament, the account of this revelation is recorded. The angel of the Lord appeared to the wife of a man named Manoah. The angel of the Lord explained that she was to have a son, dedicated to God. This is what happened next:

Then the woman went to her husband and told him, “A man of God came to me. He looked like an angel of God, very awesome. I didn’t ask him where he came from, and he didn’t tell me his name.  But he said to me, ‘You will become pregnant and have a son. Now then, drink no wine or other fermented drink and do not eat anything unclean, because the boy will be a Nazirite of God from the womb until the day of his death.’”—Judges 13:6,7

Was it an error for the woman not to have asked further instructions? Her husband took action and began to pray:

Then Manoah prayed to the LORD: “Pardon your servant, Lord. I beg you to let the man of God you sent to us come again to teach us how to bring up the boy who is to be born.”–Judges 13:8

His prayer was answered–

God heard Manoah, and the angel of God came again to the woman while she was out in the field; but her husband Manoah was not with her.  The woman hurried to tell her husband, “He’s here! The man who appeared to me the other day!” –Judges 13:9,10

It could possibly be considered an error or oversight not to have inquired of God initially upon hearing of the upcoming birth. Manoah asked to be pardoned and also asked for the skill to raise the child they would soon have.

I believe that he didn’t want to make any "mistakes" regarding such an important revelation.

In my own faith journey, have I neglected to keep my "errors" from turning into "mistakes" by not asking God how to "fix" them?

 

 

 

May He Remember

 

 

 

I haven’t actually written anything down yet, but I have begun constructing a list in my mind.

What kind of list?

A list of Christmas gifts I hope to give to my family.

The anticipation that they will be pleased brings joy to me.

As I was reading from the Psalms this morning, a verse stood out in significance:

My He remember your gifts and be pleased with what you bring. Psalm 20:3

The preceding two verses are:

I pray that the Lord will listen when you are in trouble, and that the God Jacob will keep you safe. May the Lord send help from his temple and come to your rescue from Mount Zion. Psalm 20:1,2

Do I hope that God will listen to me when I am in trouble?

Do I hope that God will keep me safe?

Do I hope that God will come to my rescue?

Those questions are easily answered, but more remain:

Will God be pleased with the gifts I have given Him?

What gifts have I actually given?

What would He consider a gift from me?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Where is the One?

 

 

 

Mixed with the dazzling, sparkling lights that adorn the shopping malls, neighborhood lawns and living room Christmas trees, scenes of the nativity can still be found.

This evening, I saw an outdoor home display of a giant train made of lights. Located in the front corner of the property was an illuminated nativity scene. I’m not sure that I actually thought conscious words, but seeing the reference to the true meaning of Christmas left a positive imprint in my mind.

Somewhere, far from the busy schedule of the season, waits the quiet realization that we were lost forever in our sin. God made a way to rescue us by sending His Son, Jesus, to Earth.

 

 

 

After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem  and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.”

  When King Herod heard this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him.  When he had called together all the people’s chief priests and teachers of the law, he asked them where the Messiah was to be born.  “In Bethlehem in Judea,” they replied, “for this is what the prophet has written:

  “‘But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah,
   are by no means least among the rulers of Judah;
for out of you will come a ruler
   who will shepherd my people Israel.’”

—Matthew 2:1-6

 

 

 

How You Listen

 

 

 

 

 

I send and recieve quite a lot of text messages with my cell phone.

This morning, an unsettling realization came to me.

My phone alerted me that I had received a text message—at least I thought I had.

Before the message could be retrieved, my phone had a personal tid-bit of information to relate to me on its own:

my SMS memory was full.

I was instructed to delete the record of my previous messages in order to make room for the new ones coming in.

I did not immediately obey, but after church, I began to comply.

Being alerted once again that a text was coming through, I erased some past texts, creating the needed space on the memory card nestled snugly within my phone.

With an expectant attitude, I looked to see what the new messages were.

Now that there was room on my phone, wouldn’t the messages be resent?

Apparently not, yet I will probably never know for sure.

Walking in the parking lot, I considered what had just happened.

My cell phone had been too "full."

It could not recieve any new texts.

Not only that, once the opportunity to receive was missed, it seemed that future delivery of the same content might not have been an option.

What would happen if God wanted to tell me something, but I was too "full" of my own thoughts and considerations to receive His message?

Shouldn’t I delete some of the unimportant contents of my mind—worry, discouragement, self-doubt—to make room for what God has to say?

If He did try to tell me something, yet I was too full to listen, would He try again when I was more prepared to hear,

or would I simply lose the opportunity?

Whatever the case, I learned a lesson from my cell phone today.

If I want to receive a message, I have to be prepared to accept it when it comes…

 

 

 

 

 

Our Heavy Loads

 

 

 

 

 

Perhaps I’ve lived a sheltered life…

Until about a month ago, I had never seen a large freight transporation site.

Driving with my husband on the highway, suddenly the unusual image of a GIANT lifting…..thing…..was upon us.

Trying to figure it out in passing, we came to the conclusion that it could pick up the trailers of big rigs.

It was a massive operation; impressive, to say the least.

These tall structures were probably lifting enormous amounts of weight high into the air.

Sometimes our lives can seem enormously heavy.

Circumstances weigh on us.

We begin to falter in our weakness and stress begins to push us down.

God knows each situation we face.

He is not weak.

He is not stressed.

The psalmist writes,

Give praise to the Lord. Give praise to God our Savior.
      He carries our heavy loads day after day. Selah 

—Psalm 68:19

Whatever the problem—whatever the load—He is ready to carry it.

Why don’t you take some time to talk to Him about the heavy things you’re carrying.

There is none stronger than our mighty and loving God.

 

 


 

 

 

The Root of Jesse

 

 

 

 

There are many names for Jesus. Here are just a few:

Emmanuel, God with Us.

The Word.

The Son of Man.

Saviour.

Christ the Lord.

The Lamb of God.

The Root of Jesse.

As we celebrate His coming to the Earth as a tiny baby, we may also celebrate the knowledge of His second coming in the future. What will it be like?

 

The wolf will live with the lamb,
   the leopard will lie down with the goat,
the calf and the lion and the yearling together;
   and a little child will lead them.
 The cow will feed with the bear,
   their young will lie down together,
   and the lion will eat straw like the ox.
 The infant will play near the cobra’s den,
   the young child will put its hand into the viper’s nest.
 They will neither harm nor destroy
   on all my holy mountain,
for the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the LORD
   as the waters cover the sea.   In that day the Root of Jesse will stand as a banner for the peoples; the nations will rally to him, and his resting place will be glorious.—Isaiah 11:6-10

 

 

 

 

 

Pharaoh

 

 

When two full years had passed, Pharaoh had a dream: He was standing by the Nile,  when out of the river there came up seven cows, sleek and fat, and they grazed among the reeds. After them, seven other cows, ugly and gaunt, came up out of the Nile and stood beside those on the riverbank. And the cows that were ugly and gaunt ate up the seven sleek, fat cows. Then Pharaoh woke up.–Genesis 41:1-4

He fell asleep again and had a second dream: Seven heads of grain, healthy and good, were growing on a single stalk.  After them, seven other heads of grain sprouted—thin and scorched by the east wind.  The thin heads of grain swallowed up the seven healthy, full heads. Then Pharaoh woke up; it had been a dream.–Genesis 41:5-7

In the book of Genesis, we find the account of Joseph and his appointment to rule over Egypt before the great famine.

Pharaoh has two troubling dreams. When he can find no one to interpret the dreams for him, his cupbearer tells him of Joseph.

Summoning Joseph to appear before him, Pharaoh relates his dreams. Joseph explains their meaning and the upcoming famine; he further informs him with this statement:

The reason the dream was given to Pharaoh in two forms is that the matter has been firmly decided by God, and God will do it soon.–Genesis 41:32

Pharaoh decides to place Joseph in a position of leadership and power, second only to himself.

The plans of God had been foretold;

Joseph obeyed.

Pharaoh listened.

The people of Egypt did not perish.

Even in the midst of distressing times–be it financial famine, relational famine, or famine in some other form—God continues to be in control throughout the ordeal.

God cares.