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26 years

Tonight, I think back, and am so thankful. Because 26 years ago today (Dec. 27th) was the last day I wasn’t a mother. I gave birth to my firstborn 12-28-81. A remarkable day. A very delightful child. Now, living in the mountains, doing so much more than we could have ever imagined. In a field we never even knew anything about before he fell in love with it. I’m so proud of him. So blessed by him. So thankful that he was the one who made me a mother.

So, tonight, KD, I am thinking of you. I am praying for you. I am relishing the gift you gave me of your time this week. thank you for that. I LOVE YOU, and thank God for giving you to me. to us. May God continue to bless you and keep you. Happy Birthday.

Psalm 103:17
“But from everlasting to everlasting the LORD’s love is with those who fear him, and His righteousness with their children’s children-”

3 John 1:4
“I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.”

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“In the sixth month, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.”
Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favor with God. You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever; his kingdom will never end.”

“How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?”

The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God. Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be barren is in her sixth month. For nothing is impossible with God.”

“I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May it be to me as you have said.” Then the angel left her.” Luke 1:26-38

“While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn…….But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.” Luke 2:6-7, 19,20

So many thoughts going through my head and heart this evening. We have already attended one candlelight service, and will attend another later tonight. We gathered last night with extended family, and loved being together. Good food, good fellowship, and even a hay ride! With enough small children to make it really delightful, we had a blast. Our Christmases are full, and busy, but in the quiet moments, I ponder. I watch. Observe my own offspring. I thank deeply. My heart is full. I know joy.

As I reflect on the Word this Christmas, I wonder exactly what Mary thought when that angel visited. How scared she must have been. But she had faith. She did it scared, but she did it. First time mom, not married, with God as the Father. wow. Can you even imagine?!! A really good time for her to hear “For nothing is impossible with God.” She may have heard those words, but I’m not sure she really understood until she held that baby God in her arms. The impossible becoming possible right in front of her very eyes…….

I imagine how she treasured those first moments, and pondered them in her heart. Her thoughts must have been focused on Him. The little Him in her arms, Who had already captured her heart. As she kissed His little toes, and marveled at His tiny fingers, was she reliving the delivery of our Deliverer? Was she praying to be a good mommy to God’s Son? Was she remembering that “nothing is impossible with God” to carry her through the next few months and years?

This Christmas eve, this holiday season, I pray your thoughts, your ponderings are focused on Him. As you sit in your homes, around your tables, as family gathers, I pray He is foremost in your thoughts and prayers. I pray that even if you are facing the impossible this season, that you remember the words God shares in His Word – “nothing is impossible with God”. For He makes the impossible, possible. Friends in Christ, I wish you a very merry Christmas.

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Christmas love chapter

In the Bible, 1 Corinthians 13, is known as the “love chapter.” Someone has created a special Christmas version (author unknown) of this chapter. I share it here, as it provides practical insight into how we can love as God loves, specifically at Christmastime.  Wow. powerful words here.  Proceed with caution, and blessings to you as you love on your beloveds…..

If I decorate my house perfectly with plaid bows, strands of twinkling lights and shiny balls, but do not show love to my family, I’m just a decorator.

If I slave away in the kitchen, baking dozens of Christmas cookies, preparing gourmet meals and arranging a beautifully adorned table at mealtime, but do not show love to my family, I’m just another cook.

If I work at the soup kitchen, carol in the nursing home and give all that I have to charity, but do not show love to my family, it profits me nothing.

If I trim the tree with shimmering angels and crocheted snowflakes, attend a myriad of holiday parties and sing in the choir’s cantata but do not focus on my love for Christ, I have missed the point.

Love stops the cooking to hug the child. Love sets aside the decorating to kiss the husband. Love is kind, though harried and tired. Love doesn’t envy another’s home that has coordinated Christmas china and table linens.

Love doesn’t yell at the kids to get out of the way, but is thankful they are there to be in the way. Love doesn’t give only to those who are able to give in return but rejoices in giving to those who can’t.

Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails. Video games will break, pearl necklaces will be lost, golf clubs will rust, but giving the gift of love will endure.

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more joy

So, really, I can’t believe it, but a recent prayer of ours was flat out denied.  denied.  for the love!!!  Our hearts are sad, but encouraged that the Lord would not leave us here without a purpose, and a greater glory to be given to Him.  So, we patiently await the day relief will come.  And continue to deliberately and intentionally choose joy.  I did not have the space to include all the “joy” verses I wanted to in the last post, so here is a continuation.  Just in case you could use a little more joy today.  Bask in His love.  and joy…….

Luke 24:52
Then they worshiped him and returned to Jerusalem with great joy.
John 3:29
The bride belongs to the bridegroom. The friend who attends the bridegroom waits and listens for him, and is full of joy when he hears the bridegroom’s voice. That joy is mine, and it is now complete.

John 15:11
I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.
John 16:20
I tell you the truth, you will weep and mourn while the world rejoices. You will grieve, but your grief will turn to joy.
John 16:22
So with you: Now is your time of grief, but I will see you again and you will rejoice, and no one will take away your joy.
John 16:24
Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete.

John 17:13
I am coming to you now, but I say these things while I am still in the world, so that they may have the full measure of my joy within them.
Acts 2:28
You have made known to me the paths of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence.

Acts 13:52
And the disciples were filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit.

Romans 12:12
Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.
Romans 15:13
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Romans 15:32
so that by God’s will I may come to you with joy and together with you be refreshed.
2 Corinthians 1:24
Not that we lord it over your faith, but we work with you for your joy, because it is by faith you stand firm.
2 Corinthians 7:4
I have great confidence in you; I take great pride in you. I am greatly encouraged; in all our troubles my joy knows no bounds.
Philippians 1:4
In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy
Philippians 2:2
then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose.
1 Thessalonians 3:9
How can we thank God enough for you in return for all the joy we have in the presence of our God because of you?
1 Thessalonians 5:16
Be joyful always…

Hebrews 1:9
You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness; therefore God, your God, has set you above your companions by anointing you with the oil of joy.
Hebrews 12:2
Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

James 1:2

Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds….

2 John 1:4
It has given me great joy to find some of your children walking in the truth, just as the Father commanded us.

3 John 1:4
I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.
Jude 1:24
[ Doxology ] To him who is able to keep you from falling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy

 Indeed.  To Him.  who is able.  to keep you/me from falling……glory!

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joy

I have some circumstances going on.  You may, too.  You know the kind….the ones that attempt to steal your joy.  Fight it, dear friends, fight the urge to give your joy away to the desperateness of your situation!  Hold on to it for dear life!  Do not let the enemy win one little battle of your heart!  I am encouraged by the Word, and what it tells me about joy.  I ask that you partake a bit of joy with me for this day………

Deuteronomy 16:15
For seven days celebrate the Feast to the LORD your God at the place the LORD will choose. For the LORD your God will bless you in all your harvest and in all the work of your hands, and your joy will be complete.
1 Chronicles 16:27
Splendor and majesty are before him; strength and joy in his dwelling place.

Nehemiah 8:10
Nehemiah said, “Go and enjoy choice food and sweet drinks, and send some to those who have nothing prepared. This day is sacred to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the LORD is your strength.”
Job 8:21
He will yet fill your mouth with laughter and your lips with shouts of joy.

Psalm 4:7
You have filled my heart with greater joy than when their grain and new wine abound.
Psalm 16:11
You have made known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.
Psalm 20:5
We will shout for joy when you are victorious and will lift up our banners in the name of our God. May the LORD grant all your requests.
Psalm 28:7
The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and I am helped. My heart leaps for joy and I will give thanks to him in song.
Psalm 33:1
Sing joyfully to the LORD, you righteous; it is fitting for the upright to praise him.
Psalm 51:12
Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.
Psalm 90:14
Satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love, that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days.
Psalm 126:2
Our mouths were filled with laughter, our tongues with songs of joy. Then it was said among the nations, “The LORD has done great things for them.”
Psalm 126:6
He who goes out weeping, carrying seed to sow, will return with songs of joy, carrying sheaves with him.
Isaiah 49:13
Shout for joy, O heavens; rejoice, O earth; burst into song, O mountains! For the LORD comforts his people and will have compassion on his afflicted ones.

Isaiah 55:12
You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and hills will burst into song before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands.
Jeremiah 31:13
Then maidens will dance and be glad, young men and old as well. I will turn their mourning into gladness; I will give them comfort and joy instead of sorrow.

Habakkuk 3:17-19
Though the fig tree does not bud
       and there are no grapes on the vines,
       though the olive crop fails
       and the fields produce no food,
       though there are no sheep in the pen
       and no cattle in the stalls,  yet I will rejoice in the LORD,
       I will be joyful in God my Savior.  The Sovereign LORD is my strength;
       he makes my feet like the feet of a deer,
       he enables me to go on the heights.

 Luke 2:10
But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.”

 Maybe that is the greatest news of all – good news of great joy…….I pray that though your situation may not be changing immediately, that your joy is full.  In Him.  Make a deliberate choice to choose Him.  Choose joy.  CHOOSE JOY!  He is so worthy, and welcomes our praise…..let’s turn up the praise music, and sing Him a little praise today!  enjoy!

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hope

I just feel a need to share some hope. I think someone out there may need it today. I know as I studied, I felt the strength, the encouragement, of His Words. I know we have such power that we often times fail to tap into. His Word is strength to me, strength to you. Whatever is happening in your life right now. Whatever your situation is. There is hope. In His Word. Have yourself a good portion right here, right now. and enjoy some hope.

Job 11:18
You will be secure, because there is hope; you will
look about you and take your rest in safety.

Psalm 25:5
guide me in your truth and teach me, for You are God
my Savior, and my hope is in You all day long.

Psalm 62:5
Find rest, O my soul, in God alone; my hope comes from
Him.

Psalm 119:116
Sustain me according to Your promise, and I will live;
do not let my hopes be dashed.

Isaiah 40:31
but those who hope in the LORD will renew their
strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they
will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be
faint.

Lamentations 3:21
Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope…

Lamentations 3:25
The LORD is good to those whose hope is in Him, to the
one who seeks Him…

Romans 5:2
through whom we have gained access by faith into this
grace in which we now stand. And we rejoice in the
hope of the glory of God.

Romans 12:12
Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in
prayer.

Romans 15:13
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as
you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope
by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Hebrews 10:23
Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for
He who promised is faithful.

1 Peter 1:21
Through Him you believe in God, who raised Him from the dead and glorified Him, and so your faith and hope are in God.

I pray this Christmas season for you is saturated with His hope……blessings.

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