Saturday, December 20, 2014
Then all the people left,
each for their own ,
and David returned
to bless his .
1 Chronicles 16:43
May your family gatherings be filled with blessings. Turns out our 23 will only get to be that number for about 3 hours. That's all we can do with our fractured schedules. Such is the life of a Levite. I'll take what I can get, though!
Going back to our roots this year.
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Friday, December 19, 2014
And you, my child, will be called a prophet of the Most High; for you will go on before the Lord to prepare the way for him, to give his people the knowledge of salvation through the forgiveness of their sins, because of the tender mercy of our God, by which the rising sun will come to us from heaven.
Luke 1: 77-78
I'm expecting the Son to be my "rising sun" today. I'm going to have to begin with the right frame of mind...Christ's.
Thursday, December 18, 2014
Wednesday, December 17, 2014
This was my situation:
The heat consumed me in the daytime
and the cold at ,
and sleep fled from my eyes.
'Twas the week before Christmas...
so many things to do with not much sleep.
The "cold at night" refers to a nagging tickle left from my cold of last week that awakens me at night before I choke. The problem is that I cannot get back to sleep.
Have you ever been tired of trying to sleep?
Oh, for strength for the day and presence of mind to do what I've committed to do. Now I know how my daughter feels with her sleepless children.
Saturday, December 13, 2014
Be strong and courageous,
do not be afraid or tremble at them,
for the LORD your God is the one who goes with you
He will not fail you or forsake you.
Deuteronomy 31:6 NIV
Tonight is one of our big programs to celebrate Christ's birth. Two church choirs combine to bring music and scripture to the Lord. What do I have to fear but fear itself when I know God is with us...Emmanuel.
So many people have fears and we can only find the strength and peace we need in the Prince of Peace.
Friday, December 12, 2014
You will keep in
those whose minds are steadfast,
because they trust in you.
Isaiah 26:3 NIV
Keep trusting, dear friends,
and don't lose heart because God has His perfect will ready for you.
Maybe you can't see the end of the matter
but He can.
Keep trusting, dear friends.
Thursday, December 11, 2014
...my give .
do not give to as the world gives.
Do not let r hearts be troubled and
do not be afraid.
John 14:27 NIV
The calm before the storm of activity that produces our gifts to the Lord in honor of His birthday. May we remember these words in the midst of the flurry of rehearsals and performances. Jitters abound.
Wednesday, December 10, 2014
I will grant in the land,
and you will lie down and
no one will make you afraid.
This is one of the many promises God made to his covenant people...those who promised to believe and obey.
That promise still holds today.
Why do we fear?
Tuesday, December 9, 2014
...apart from me you can do nothing.
John 15:5 NIV
Just as this goose is teaching her goslings, we have been taught by Christ.
"Keep doing what I've told you to do," said Jesus. "Remember my words and obey what I've said. Otherwise you will drift off into troubled waters, away from my voice and endanger your life. Stay close so you can hear my voice and you'll be alright.
...but keep Paddling!"
Monday, December 8, 2014
God set them in the vault of the sky to give on the earth,...
Genesis 1:17 NIV
It was so good to see the sun today after a week of rain and clouds. The day was busy and good...the best of days. It's always good to get to see 10 of 15 grandchildren in one week's span. They bring light to my life as God's sun brings light to the world.
Now a week of preparation before we bring music to God's Son, The Light of the World.
Saturday, December 6, 2014
Thursday, December 4, 2014
Wednesday, December 3, 2014
But Daniel resolved not to defile himself with the royal food and wine.
Daniel 1:8 NIV
I made lunch for my daughter's children the other day. When I do this, I try to serve only healthy foods but sometimes a piece of candy sneaks in. Can you find the candy? The kids love my "face lunches" and I love making them.
The Christmas season is upon us and my thoughts turn to food...of course. I'm going to try to avoid too many "bad for me" foods in hopes of still being in the same size at the first of the year. It's fruitless to think I'd be in a smaller size. That will have to wait until the New Year...just being sensible with my demands upon myself. I'm sure I won't be having "royal food and wine." Thank you, teetotaler parents.
Photo is from my personal files.
Tuesday, December 2, 2014
You know when I sit and when I rise;
you perceive my from afar.
At this time of year they are as plentiful as the clouds in the photo above. Sometimes they gather together and actually produce a storm of activity.
Sometimes they form and then immediately wisp away.
Sometimes they twist and swirl and cause unrest,
sometimes they float by so slowly that I can grasp a vision which sends me on a worthy path.
God, the giver of clouds and thoughts, holds me in the palm of his hand, watches over me all day and night and knows me better than I or anyone else.
Stress, be gone.