A New Thing

December 30-31

I may have mentioned coming up with a new quote before Christmas...
Life is a lot!
Today it has been difficult to get in gear. We went from the Christmas celebration, to hopping on a plane and helping our youngest pull off a surprise engagement in Florida.
Returning home last night I learned of the death of a friend's husband (we will be missing one fine Tarheel fan), the break up of a precious young marriage, an emergency C-section having to be performed on one of the sweetest young women I know(She and her 2 pound baby have been fighting for their lives.) and the reality that our oldest son joins the Army in five days. The combination of physical and emotional exhaustion along with a house to undecorate, bags to unpack and a new semester of lesson plans to attack had me numb, so I dug into the Word hoping God would pull me up.

There staring at me on Biblegateway was:
This is what the LORD says— he who made a way through the sea, a path through the mighty waters, "Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland.-

Isaiah 43:16, 18-19

I topped that off with a scoop of Psalm 103 and know that in Christ's strength I can face today with joy.

Let's Pray:
Lord, you are compassionate, gracious, slow to anger and abounding in love. My prayer is simple, may all who need it feel your love being poured out upon them today and find peace. In Jesus' Name, Amen

Away or A Way

December 27-28

Taking notes during the sermon yesterday I wrote "away" instead of "a way".
The contrast jumped out at me as I immediately realized Jesus is "the way"
(more than a way) to eternal peace. Because of our acceptance of Him we will not be turn "away" from the heavenly home which awaits us.

Searching "away" on Bible Gateway most of usages have a negative connotation.
"Swept away, sent away, flee away,wasted away, etc."
The Song of Solomon does give a more exciting twist to the word in
verses 1:4 and 8:14

Take me away with you—let us hurry!
Come away, my lover, and be like a gazelle or like a young stag
on the spice-laden mountains.


Looking at the dictionary definitions for away there are some strong Biblical applications.
1) on the way (Away to heaven we go.)
2) from this or that place (Hmm, choose to go away to heaven or hell)
3) in a secure place (Locked away with Jesus.)
4) in another direction (Sent away from God.)
5) out of existence : to an end
(Leaving this earth and going away to an eternal end.)
6) steadily onward (Our earthy days are ticking away.)

In relationship to our salvation there are some wonderful away verses.
And this is my covenant with them when I take away their sins. Romans 11:27

The world and its desires pass away,
but the man who does the will of God lives forever.
1 John 2:17

Searching the scriptures for references to "a way" I asked the Lord to feed
us today words which would encourage us on "our way". He sent me to some
awesome verses. May they bless you today on your way!

There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death.
Proverbs 14:12

Do you not know that in a race all the runners run,
but only one gets the prize?
Run in such a way as to get the prize.
1 Corinthians 9:24


No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.
1 Corinthians 10:13

The Gift Goes On

December 26

Ah, the day after Christmas. The crumbs, the old ribbons, tags and wrappings found under the couch and a tree that just seems sad the festivity is over...hmm, maybe for a live tree it knows it's demise. The excitement, joy, love and laughter, which surround a Christmas tree on Christmas morning, are quite unique. With a birthday celebration there is usually only one recipient. On Christmas morning there is just as much excitement watching each person receive the gift you have brought to honor your relationship with them as there is in opening gifts yourself.

Think how elated God must be each time someone receives the precious gift of Christ!
Jesus really is the gift which keeps on giving. There are few gifts which you can give away and still have an abundance for yourself.

Enjoy the lyrics to the Gift Goes On:
The Father gave the Son
The Son gave the Spirit
The Spirit gives us life So we can give the Gift of love
And the Gift goes on And the Gift goes on
And the Gift goes on And the Gift goes on

Don't you love to get a present wrapped up in a Christmas bow
God gave each of us a present on that night so long ago
It's a Gift that keeps on giving if our spirits can receive
It's the secret joy of living if our hearts can just believe

When your life is full of Christmas then your life is full of love
You can give away the present that began with God above
Just like ripples in the water the circles of our love extend
What was started with the Father is a Gift that has no end

As we sit to write thank you notes this week may we remember to include a prayerful note to God for giving the greatest gift of all!

Subtle

December 24-25

There is fruit to be cut, French toast to be stuffed and a mushroom fritata waiting to take form, but I just looked at my husband and said,
"I really need my Jesus time."

The word the Lord gave me this morning was rather unique. Subtle.

Immediately, I thought of the announcement of Christ's birth. No, "Hear Ye, Hear Ye" ringing out from a town crier to tell of the birth of a new born king. No network blaring the news into our family rooms. A single brilliant star, which spoke only to those stirred by the Lord, told of Christ's birth.
That is pretty subtle.

Opening the dictionary the definition of subtle unleashed more characteristics of our king.
Subtle:
1.elusive, difficult to understand or perceive.
2 perceptive, refined; having or marked by keen insight and ability to penetrate deeply and thoroughly.
3. highly skillful : expert (a subtle craftsman)

My prayer this Christmas morning is that Christ will penetrate subtly the hearts of many whom we and HE long to see follow the Star!

From our home here at Shiloh I send my love to each of you and rejoice in the brotherhood of our faith which will find us all living together with our King one day!
Love, Boo

Do You Hear What I Hear

December 23
Said the night wind to the little lamb Do you see what I see
Way up in the sky little lamb Do you see what I see
A star, a star Dancing in the night
With a tail as big as a kite With a tail as big as a kite

Said the little lamb to the shepard boy Do you hear what I hear
Ringing through the sky shepard boy Do you hear what I hear
A song, a song High above the tree
With a voice as big as the sea With a voice as big as the sea

Said the shepard boy to the mighty king Do you know what I know
In your palace wall mighty king Do you know what I know
A child, a child Shivers in the cold
Let us bring him silver and gold Let us bring him silver and gold

Said the king to the people everywhere Listen to what I say
Pray for peace people everywhere Listen to what I say
The child, the child Sleeping in the night
He will bring us goodness and light He will bring us goodness and light

The child, the child Sleeping in the night He will bring us goodness and light

What beautiful lyrics! I am blessed to teach a very spirit filled student who at twelve years old already knows how to go away to a quiet place with his Bible and listen to the Lord. Often he will come to class and share what the Lord has told him or a vision he has been given. Another student asked me..."Why do I not hear from God that way?" We laughed together as I said, "Because you go home and play video games instead of going off and putting on praise music and opening your Bible."

If we are not hearing from the Lord, the chances are the reception problem lies within our end of the system!
Hear what God's perfect Word says:

Ears that hear and eyes that see— the LORD has made them both.
Proverbs 20:12

Then Jesus said, "He who has ears to hear, let him hear. Mark 4:9

When she heard about Jesus, she came up behind him
in the crowd and touched his cloak
Mark 5:27

Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, "Whom shall I send?
And who will go for us?" And I said, "Here am I. Send me!
Isaiah 6:8

On hearing this, they were baptized into the name of the Lord Jesus.
Acts 19:5

Then I heard what sounded like a great multitude, like the roar of rushing waters and like loud peals of thunder, shouting:
"Hallelujah! For our Lord God Almighty reigns
. Revelation 19:6

One day, every knee will bow and every tongue will confess Jesus is Lord.
One day we will hear clearly the coming of the Lord!
One day we will either hear...Well done good and faithful servant or depart from me I do not know you.

Pitfalls and Problems

December 21-22

Driving along Interstate 81 after the blizzard this weekend it was shocking to see cars which had been abandoned on the side of the Interstate and then plowed over with snow by snow plows. In one fifty mile stretch, news reporters sighted between 600-1000 people who had to be rescued after abandoning their vehicles. The national guard was called in to help rescue people and get them into shelters. All the hotels were full and gas became quite the shortage at stations along the exit ramps. There was at least one death.
My first thought upon seeing these cars, many plunged nose down into ditches, was what would make someone get out of their car in a storm like this and start walking? I am guessing you would be thinking you would freeze to death in the car, but walking blindly in a storm like that is asking for problems to pile upon problems.
Hopefully cell phones worked and many were taken to safety by the National Guard.
The image of these stuck cars with the snow piled upon them and packed in around them from the snow plows keeps coming to my mind. Our pitfalls and problems can escalate to the point we don't know how we are going to get out. Taking situations into our own hands, we may even get out and wander looking for solutions.
In a very therapeutic conversation with someone this weekend I made a statement which will probably become a quote like my...."It's not of eternal value." This one was..."Life is a lot." The loads we carry can become so burdensome that we don't see where we are going and fall into a pit; or even worse we are pushed there by others like Jwhat happened to Joseph.
May God teach us to ponder our problems with HIM while in the pit and proceed with positive productivity in the process of Him lifting us out!

Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.
Matthew 11:28

One Way

December 20

Life would be more simple if there was only one way to do things. Take high chairs for instance...none of the trays are removed the same way. You enter a restaurant holding one of more toddlers on your hip, you have a diaper bag and your purse swung over your shoulder and you are trying to slide the tray off to set a child down and the search for the latch or latches begins! How about the credit card machines at various check outs. Why can't there just be one way to slide the card. Target's check out makes me a little nervous...the machine actually inhales your card! And cell phones...well just forget it.

The Bible makes it so simple to believe in Christ...

Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. John 14:6


"Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved. Acts 16:31

Mary and Joseph believed, the shepherds believed and the wisemen certainly believed to take such a long journey. The disciples and Mary Magdalene saw in his eyes and felt through his love who Christ really was and seeing him raised from the dead was a powerful confirmation.
One way we can honor Christ is to tell others how we know he is the Lord of Lords and King of Kings who is coming again.

Give it Up, Give it Up, Give it Up, Give it Up

December 18-19

Needing to be out of town for a couple days has made me miss an enormous snow storm at Shiloh. :(
My husband has been telling me not to fret. There will be plenty of snow for for quite some time. The last time we spoke this morning the property had over 18 inches on the ground and it was still coming down!

The phrase the Lord gave me yesterday was "Give it Up!" Immediately, I thought of the entertainment industry and how they say, "Give it up for..." so and so before they take the stage. Whoa....maybe that is what our ministers need to say when we come to worship! "Give it up for Jesus!" We could break out in applause and heartfelt "Amens" or we could "give up" all the baggage we brought into worship with us. Yup, lay our burdens down; quit thinking we have to solve all of our problems on our own.
There are at least four ways to "give it up" concerning Jesus.
"Give it up" in worship... follow only Spirit led protocol.
"Give it up" trying to do everything in our own power.
"Give it up" and stop worrying and growing anxious.
"Give it up" when it comes to the sins we keep clinging to and seek forgiveness.

Do you ever think what our lives would be like if Jesus hadn't given up EVERYTHING for us?
He came that we might have ever lasting life! His plan is for our future to be full of hope and for us to prosper.
He is a good God, who is full of love and compassion. Yes, our King is willing to "Give it all up" for us.
So wherever we are worshipping tomorrow, may we enter with a sense of giving it all up for Jesus!

Would You Be Mine?

December 17

Rushing home from school I entered the house singing, "It's time to be with Jesus, time to be with Jesus, it's time to be with Jesus now!"
I felt a little bit like Mr. Rogers and "It's a lovely day in this neighborhood...would you be mine?"
Then those words, "Would you be mine?" pounded down on me.
How many people a day does Jesus ask that question?

He is the "bread of life" according to John 6:35.
He supplies all our needs:
"I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." Philippians 4:13

Last night we set aside what the world was screaming is urgent and took three hours to gather a few students interested in going to church to take communion. A harpist played, our heart rates slowed, we knelt at the altar before Mary and Joseph and the baby Jesus and gave thanks for all He has done. Then approaching the altar again for communion the tears dripped down my eyes as I thought about what Christ has done for me.
Looking over at three young students who attended with us, one taking his first communion, my heart rejoiced for the knowledge of the security of their salvation.
No weapon formed against them will prosper. There are moments in time we want to freeze and take a snapshot of which we can keep forever. Last night was one of those moments for me.
Now this morning, the world is screaming, "You will never catch up, you have so much to do, there's no time to write a devotional, you will be late." So be it. Jesus is mine and carries a higher priority than anything on my to do list. In His Name, I pray and trust what needs to be done to bring Him glory will happen today! Amen

WhaCha Gonna Do

December 16
WhaCha Gonna Do When They Come for You?
Let's be perfectly clear, most of the time I am totally clueless what the Spirit is up to when he gives me these devotionals! This morning I responded to Him with a "You've got to be kidding me? I've never even seen Ghost Busters."
What I have seen are people dying with the Lord and those dying without Him and what they did as the time neared for death was very different.
What they are doing now after death is quite different as well.

For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds,
and to him who knocks it will be opened...
Luke 11:10

Let's Pray: Father, you have a plan! We thank You that Jesus came for everyone, Jew and Gentile alike. May there be rejoicing in heaven today, because hearts were stirred to seek and the door was open to many who had been lost. We offer ourselves to Your service today and may we live and react in a way that helps to lead people to You. In the name of the One we love, Amen

Call Upon Me

December 15
For some reason I decided to feed Moses (our bulldog) by Christmas light this morning around 6AM. Filling up his water bowl, I remembered the dishwasher needed emptying. Dropping a glass bowl on the hard tile floor, the conditions were ripe for disaster. Shattered clear glass, bare feet and very dim lighting.
Had my husband been home, he would have shouted..."Don't move, don't move!"
Fortunately, the dog was outside, but I was alone and needed a plan. Now I am realizing I could have reached for a couple casserole dishes and put my feet in them and slide across the tile floor to safety!
What I did do was stop and realize..."I am not alone." Asking the Lord for wisdom I squatted down and brushed aside some clear spots to gently step upon to approach my bedroom and a pair of shoes before beginning the clean up.(I did get glass in the end of one finger..should have grabbed a dish towel).
We step into unknown and often dangerous situations every day,
but we are never alone.
Call upon Me in the day of trouble,
I will deliver you, and you shall glorify Me.
Psalm 50:15

How often do we experience people exclaiming, "Oh, my God!" The phrase has become a hollow habit for many and is used in times of jubilation and in response to disaster. Do they really know Him as their God and Father? Next time I hear that done, I think I will reply..."Hey! He's my God too! Praise His name! Isn't it wonderful we can call upon Him!"

Making the Call

December 14

Being the Head Master of two schools, part of my husband's responsibility is making the call as to whether school is open or not in inclement weather. Nobody likes making up snow days on Saturdays or extending the school year, but living in a rural area, safety is of the utmost consideration. Today he had to "make the call" at 6AM. We are two hours late, due to icing.

Carrying the cause of Christ in our hearts, we often have to make the call when to share the Gospel. Our Sunday school class just finished a training course called "Share Jesus without Fear" by Bill Fay (www.sharejesuswithoutfear.com).
Another excellent training program is the Evangelism Explosion course designed by the late James Kennedy. There are two key questions with that program which can help immensely to get a conversation started.
1) God forbid, but should you die tonight in your sleep do you know with absolute certain you are going to heaven?
If they say no, then you can share how they can know for certain.
If they say yes, then you ask the second question.
2) If you were standing if front of God and he asked, "Why should I let you into my heaven?" what would you say?
Their response will say it all.
Like a referee, God will make the call when our life ends...we are either in or out of bounds when it comes to heaven as our final resting place. Think of all of the hearts God is calling upon right now. The question we must ask ourselves each day is has He placed someone before us whom we need to assist in answering that call?
Quite often someone just needs us to hold the receiver to their ear and keep away the distractions so they can hear the Lord clearly. There is no better season to draw someone into His presence than Christmas. May we make the most of every opportunity.

Ponder

December 12-13

Ponder: to think or consider especially quietly, soberly, and deeply.

But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.
Luke 2:19

Great are the works of the LORD;
they are pondered by all who delight in them.
Psalm 111:2

Matt Redman has a song entitled: "Let My Words Be Few" which I have posted to the left. That's the way I feel about the blog today...let the words be few so we can ponder all that God wants to do with each of us.

Take time to ponder today! Great new holiday recipe as well!

Preparation

December 11

Preparation: the action or process of making something ready for use or service or of getting ready for some occasion, test, or duty.

Oh, yes, this is the preparation season, full of Christmas action.
Thinking of the word preparation in relationship to God's purpose for us is a real heart stirrer. As we place our lives on His altar today in surrenderance to Him, we prepare ourselves for the use, the service, the specific occasion,or the possible test which awaits us. Awake with confirmation, praying to be prepared for the privileged duty we are called to as Children of the Living God!

Here we are Lord, send us!

Shell Shocked...I googled the word "surrenderance" and the first articles which came up were related to "yoga', "guru", "Hafiz", "the Meher Baba's Oneness in the World", "Tara Meditation", and a You Tube of Obama related to a great Hindu American.

Clicking back to my concordance there was no verse calling us to surrenderance in the Bible. Elation is filling my soul right now for that is what is so different about the Christian faith. There is such "freedom in Christ" that we don't have to be called to surrender...we want to follow!
Galatians 5:1
It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.

We aren't bound up by bombs strapped to our chests, or weighted down by requirements which prepare us for the hereafter. We know we are not "good enough" so we receive the "free gift" which is the key to freedom here on earth and eternal life in heaven.

When we share our faith with others may we be prepared to show the difference!
Share the joy that comes from serving Christ and all which from which we are released.

Stop

December 10
Stop...does the season have us the least bit anxious? Is there something we are trying to fine tune...a Christmas card or shopping list, a performance, a recipe, maybe decorating?
This morning I asked the Lord to take me in scripture where we needed to be...here is where I landed.
For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom his whole family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, an to know this love that surpasses knowledge-that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Ephesians 3:14-19
Oh, Paul had such a way with words. It gets even better!
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen! Ephesians 3:20

Tongue Tied

December 9

During my quiet time this morning a man's leather shoe with it's tongue and shoe strings kept creeping into my vision. Now what could that be about....ah "tongue tied". Very clever Lord! There is even the perfect verse to come alongside the shoe!
Even a fool is thought wise if he keeps silent,
and discerning if he holds his tongue.

Proverbs 17:28

Father, may we all take heed to these words of wisdom today and tie up our tongues from flapping loose if necessary! In Jesus Name, Amen

Lo, I am with you...

December 8

Being an extremely early riser and not wanting to disturb my sleep, my husband is always so thoughtful to tuck a pillow up against me when he gets out of be to make me think he is still with me. When I awaken I usually pat that side of the bed to see if it is human or fluff snuggling with me. I can't find the reference this morning, but I seem to recall a scripture verse which says, "Lo, I am with you to the end of the earth." It's hard to shake Jesus!
While some people enjoy being served breakfast in bed, I much prefer the artistic gifts God gives me each morning.
The bright and morning star shown through my window at 5AM and now at 6:45 He has painted a gorgeous pink and gray sunrise. The process of a sunrise is like watching a souffle rise in the oven...every couple minutes there is an exciting subtle change!
If our eyes are open we are going to see God in action...yes, He is every present...ever with us!
Close your eyes, lift your arms in praise and sing Alleluia to your king!
To be loved with the magnitude which we are by Christ our King is unfathomable, yet really fun to try to comprehend!
Alleluia, how the angels sang when Jesus came!

The Pomegranate

December 7

Father, I want to make today count. When I place my head on my pillow tonight I want to be able to reflect back and know that I have been where You planned to send me and that I have responded to life in a way that gives You joy and glory.

I want today to be a pomegranate day. Yesterday, after church we stopped by the grocery store and I picked up a couple pomegranates. What a beautiful fruit!
Instructions on how to cut it open were included. The internal structure was amazing! (I am not going to give details, so if you have never had this experience it will be exciting for you.) This had to have been one of God's most creative days...kind of like the giraffe day for him. The exuberance of this fruit climaxes as you eat the seeds!

God's Word is like the pomegranate! It is attractive, but when you dig into it the world around you illuminates and there is so much more than you expected on the inside!

Lord, go before us today, showing us Your way. Help us to put our agendas aside and experience the joy which comes from serving You! In Jesus Name, Amen

PS. Great way to start a day...my husband is getting out of the shower whistling
God Bless America! Must be the pomegranate seeds he ate last night!
Ok, so maybe it was his 4:30AM quiet time with the Lord!

Remember to Retry to Renew & Reboot

December 5-6

Frustratingly, I looked at the word "associating" as my computer waited and waited for access to get online. The "retry" button kept staring me in the face, but pushing that was to no avail. Next, the not so endearing phrase "We are currently experiencing technical difficulties" popped up and brought me to a point of surrender. Forget this,I'm heading off to use my Bible and a dictionary!
The word "associate" in the dictionary means "to ally, to unite, to combine".
Lord, I want to associate with You. I stray so easily. Please allow me a "retry." Create in me a pure heart, O God, renew a steadfast spirit within me.
Psalm 51:10

When will I grasp I cannot do all things on my own and live in a manner recognizing You have never called me to such a task? You are to be my strength.

Ah, yes...renew....Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is-his good, pleasing, and perfect will. Romans 12:2

Remember to retry to renew & reboot! (The computer problem I was experiencing was in the wireless connection and it was necessary to reboot. How often is the solution to our problems found when we reconnect with God!)

Date #4

December 4
In honor of Christ's birthday month, I decided to have a date a day with him to deepen our relationship. Already, I can see his purpose is to help me with a life course of his I have not been passing with flying colors.
The course..."Loving Unlovable People." I do feel this is a graduate level course!
I'm late for school but wanted to share how this morning's date went.
Date 4
Under this satin comforter the sun has not yet come up, but you are here Jesus! My whole body relaxes as I close my eyes and imagine Your face…your eyes are so blue…unusual for a Jewish man! I’ve never been a fan of long hair on men, but yours is gorgeous. Reaching over to hold your hand, I flinch back at first seeing the scars on your wrists! What a strong remembrance of what you did for me. Will you take this time to teach me more?…..ugh, you ask me….Will I accept unconditionally what you have to say because you say it in love? OK…I trust you and your motives.
Proverbs 25:21-22
If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat; if he is thirsty, give him water to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head, and the LORD will reward you.

Matthew 5:43-47 Love for Enemies. You have heard that it was said, 'Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.' But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? And if you greet only your brothers, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that?Luke 6:38
Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you."
Galatians 6:7-10
Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature[a]will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.

Well, sweet Jesus, it is nice to know that you are standing beside me when I am called upon to live in this manner!

I Just Want to Understand

December 3
Scanning through a computer instruction course we are introducing in January I came to the games part of each assignment! Hey, that sounds like fun....NOT! Nudging my almost asleep husband I said in frustration, "I just don't get it. How am I supposed to make all these little smiley faces move to the right color boxes. Half of them are sticking out their tongues at me!" The scenario didn't improve when I moved to a snowboarding math skill. Oh, the math problems were a breeze, but moving the cursor around the pine trees and rocks had "YOU LOSE" continually popping up.

For many people, a faith in Christ is difficult to understand. They need someone who knows Him to offer up an explanation and take them to the directions.
Romans 3:23 For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.
Romans 6:23 The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Romans 10:9 If you confess with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord" and believe in your heart God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.
These are great places to start.
I promise you this...."You Lose" will never pop up with Jesus.

Think About His Love

December 2
Somehow the morning stole away from me and I didn't get on the blog. Yesterday, I decided to venture out on a new course of "30 Dates with Jesus". Each day after school I will rush home and experience the Lord in a unique way. Life really is all about relationship and there is none more valuable than the one we share with Christ.
Scurrying in out of a deluge of rainfall today, I dropped my school bags and headed to the piano, ready to praise! Deciding to take pot luck I opened the hymnal and was elated to see the hymn: Think About His Love. Great date song!

Think about His love, think about His goodness
Think about His grace that's brought us through
For as high as the heavens above
So great is the measure of our father's love
Great is the measure of our Father's love
So great is the measure of our Father's love


My heart wandered back to yesterday when a student shared he had been hurt by someone in the locker room at the "Y". Thinking the worst I exclaimed, "What happened to you?" The response: "Someone took the Lord's name in vain and it hurt so badly." The tears welled up in his eyes and we prayed. Noticing that some of the other boys were listening, the impact of the Spirit's conviction was thick in the air. The thoughts of "Why don't I feel like this when someone does that?" could be read across their foreheads. Today we discussed how the world numbs us and keeps us from being repulsed or wounded by such behavior and only through drawing closer to the Lord and thinking about His love for us brings us to the place this young man is.
Wherever you are...stop and think about His love!

Amazed and Attached

December 1
My son shared over the holidays how when his first child was born he was afraid that if he had to go to the hospital nursery and pick out his baby he might not be able to recognize him. I can remember loving on our first born and hearing my husband say, "I don't even know that person yet, how can you love her so." I am sure those are both very common first time dad comments.
What did Mary and Joseph think when they peered in that manger after their ordeal?
How about the wise men who traveled so far to bring gifts to an unknown child?
As Jesus grew he amazed people over and over again. My husband and son are both amazed with and attachment to their children!
Drawing near to the manger this Christmas season may we daily be amazed by what Christ has done for us and is continually doing for all mankind. May attachment to Christ and the desire to be more like him be a daily goal as well.

A great holiday verse to keep our focus in perspective is:
The things which are seen are temporary,
but the things which are not seen are eternal.
2 Corinthians 4:18