Victory at The Nativity

I love nativities, so when Danny found another one we had purchased on an after Christmas sale I was thrilled. I knew the grands would enjoy putting it together because it was made like LEGO’s. When they came over they were indeed excited. The box showed what it would look like and they opened it up and began to work. The only problem was the size. The pieces to this nativity were so tiny! Not regular LEGO size but so small pieces fell down into the carpet. It wasn’t going to be easy at all. It was rather complicated. They wanted to quit but they kept trying. Eventually they pieced it all together with the help of their momma and even Popaw.

Life is complicated sometimes. And when life gets complicated with all the little troubles it gets hard. But then we look at the Instructions and let the King of the Universe help us and eventually things are pieced together.

Oh beloved, no matter what kind of puzzle you’ve been handed, you are destined to be a victor. You are meant to work through. God loves to teach you to persevere. He will even send you people to help put the pieces of life together. God knows you’ve wanted to quit but you’ve hung in there. He sees your heart’s desire is to accomplish and to finish. But it hasn’t been easy. Life can be complicated. But with the Lord at your side it all can be simplified.

He says to you valiant one! You’ve tried to keep the pieces of your life together. But now it’s time to hand them all to Me. I AM that I AM. I alone set the stars in orbit and keep them there. The same is true for you. I alone are the One who makes you valiant and gives you fortitude within to finish the course. This present trouble won’t last forever, but you will. You feel fearful, anxious and worried. Those are simply feelings. Within you is the Spirit of the Nativity – the Holy Spirit who brought the Babe to a manger, the Savior to a Cross and the King to the Resurrection is within you! You don’t serve a mere child clinging to its mother. You serve the Only Living God! This is how you put it all together!

God loves you and He’s for you! This is your identity: Intrepid, gallant, cherished, fierce, wise, courageous and more! Whatever you see before you is not going to destroy you. Rejoice that all things work together for good and you will survive and thrive. Live, precious one, in the Light of God’s Wonder Working Power!

Psalm 50:14-15 Make thankfulness your sacrifice to God, and keep the vows you made to the Most High. Then call on Me when you are in trouble, and I will rescue you, and you will give Me glory.

James 1:2-3 Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.

Colossians 1:11 We also pray that you will be strengthened with all his glorious power so you will have all the endurance and patience you need. May you be filled with joy!

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New Devotional Book

We are so excited!

The newest devotional book has arrived and is available just in time for Christmas! They will be online shortly but right now we have them to ship to you.

Local and area folks I can get your copies to you.

$10.00 plus shipping.

***If you want the first book combined with the new one you can get both for $17.00 plus shipping until Christmas if you buy through us.

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ONLY…Five Minute Friday

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Only…

What a prompt!!!

Often our hearts say “if ONLY”. But God says simply “ONLY”.

Only God can take our mess and make it a message to help others. Only God can take a stroke and turn it into a stroke of fortune. He did that for us this year. When my husband had a stroke I almost drowned in fear, worry, concern, etc.  My rock husband was so very sick and who knew what recovery would be like?

Only God showed up. He always does doesn’t He?  And yet each time we need fresh faith for the stretches of hardship we go through. It’s as though we don’t even know this God Who moves heaven and earth for us.

Only He knows us.  We are KNOWN precious one. And those whom He knows He takes care of. It’s the best care we’ll ever get this side of heaven. It’s perfect!

What did I find out this year?

Only God can handle our sorrows,

Only God can make something good out of bad,

Only God can fix broken things and broken people,

Only God can satisfy my longing heart.

Oh beloved, I am so thankful for this Only Living God who is always with me.  I know Him better today than I’ve ever known Him.  Through the tantrums of “what are you doing God?” to the humbling “Whatever you do God….”   He has proved Himself to be who He always says He is.

Praying for you today. That you will realize the Only God stuff for your life. He loves you and He’s for you and that’s all that really matters isn’t it?

Jude 1:24-25 Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you unblemished in His glorious presence, with great joy— to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all time, and now, and for all eternity. Amen.

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The View From God’s Perspective

Kids understand things often much better than we grown-ups do. Caleb handed me a pair of glasses and told me to look at the Christmas tree. I put them on and everything changed. The view showed prisms of Christmas snowflakes everywhere there was a light. How awesome! There was a pair of these lovely little view changers for his brother and sister too.

We’ve had a year. If I just looked at things the way they are I’d be in a hard place. It is what it is sure fits. I could name everything “bad” that happened this year. But as I let my life be viewed through the Word of God I see an entirely different observation. In the natural it’s been a very hard year, but in the Spirit, much has been gained in the meantime. Although the winds were harsh and often violent, God’s peace and calm have been there all the way for us.

Oh beloved. There is the Word of God for each of you as well. Along with His character and His nature you are secure. Your view changes when you look through the love and mercy and grace of God for your circumstances. The enemy wants to focus you on what has happened and how bad it’s been. But if you are reading this, then your life has yet to be fulfilled. There is God’s goodness and mercy following you all the days of your life! God says in His magnificent Word that even when satan meant things for evil God will turn it into good. Nowhere else can you see this than through the Word. Pray that Word over your life. Pray it over the lives of any prodigals you have. This is faith – to pick up the Word and put it on like glasses and see the view change miraculously. That’s faith – to believe God when everywhere you look is nothing good.

God wants you to know that He hasn’t forgotten your prayers, nor your hopes and dreams. He hasn’t forgotten your works of righteousness. But it’s His mercy that gets you through. It’s His grace that gives you new sight. He says keep praying, believing and showing up for what you cannot see in the natural yet. Whatever you have lost, whether it’s the wonder of Christmas or the wonder of His Word, keep looking and you will see Him in His holiness and His comfort. You can’t change the view on your own, but through God you can look beyond the mess into the reality of His answers.

God loves you and He’s for you. That’s enough, but there’s more. He is on your side, He sent His son to the Manger of Love, to go through the Cross of Love, be placed in the Tomb of Love and finally to experience the Resurrection of Love! The Word of love is now your only view for you are destined to live, move and have your being in the cradle of God’s wondrous ways!

2 Corinthians 5:7 for we walk by faith, not by sight [living our lives in a manner consistent with our confident belief in God’s promises] AMP

Psalm 65:2 For You answer our prayers. All of us must come to You.

Psalm 119:89 Forever, O Lord, Your word is settled in heaven [standing firm and unchangeable]. AMP

Acts 2:25 “For David says of Him, ‘I SAW THE LORD ALWAYS IN MY PRESENCE; FOR HE IS AT MY RIGHT HAND, SO THAT I WILL NOT BE SHAKEN.

Psalm 109:31 For He stands at the right hand of the needy, to save him from those who judge his soul.

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God’s Presents Unwrapped

Wrapping presents is one of my favorite things to do. I get a lot of joy out of thinking about the reaction each person will have over the gift picked especially for them. Sometimes I get busy wrapping and forget whose gift is whose. I’ve even been known to unwrap something to see what it is. At any rate wrapping a gift is fun. But watching each loved one unwrap those gifts is absolutely joyful!

Oh beloved, God has already given you the best gift anyone could have. He has given you the gift of Salvation. This gift tops all gifts ever – and it lasts and lasts. When you said yes to Christ you ensured the forever part – forever in His heart, forever headed for heaven and forever leaning on Him for the good tidings of comfort and joy. Everything you ever need is a gift from the Father. Even the abiding Holy Spirit sealing your heart and mind is a precious gift.

And many of the gifts God has given you are gifts you can give to others. Forgiveness, empathy, compassion, and more. You who once were the one opening gifts can now impart the knowledge of God to others. The more you use the gifts of God the more you will keep them. Amazing!

God also wants you to know that His gifts are yours to partake of all year long. Not just Christmas do you have joy and peace. His gifts are not seasonal. Other “gifts” may try to crowd out these gifts from your heavenly Father. If you are opening up condemnation, regret, fear, worry, unworthiness – these are fake gifts – these items are sent by the enemy of your soul to ruin your Christmas and all the rest of your year. Refuse them quickly and focus on the Lord – there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. No need for regrets because your sins are wiped away. Fear has to go – because Perfect Love casts out fear. Worry is thinking God could do something but won’t. God will always move on your behalf and work all things together for your good. And because you belong to Christ He makes you worthy, beautiful, loved, redeemed, chosen and anointed and appointed.

God loves you and He’s for you. Don’t wait for Christmas morning – open His gifts now! Receive them with an open heart. And enjoy the benefits of your new birth. Rejoice that you can always say yes to the Lord and live in the Light of His wonderful gifts!

Romans 5:16 And the result of God’s gracious gift is very different from the result of that one man’s sin. For Adam’s sin led to condemnation, but God’s free gift leads to our being made right with God, even though we are guilty of many sins.

James 1:17 Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow.

2 Corinthians 9:15 Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!

Ephesians 2:8 God saved you by His grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God.

I Corinthians 1:7 Now you have every spiritual gift you need as you eagerly wait for the return of our Lord Jesus Christ.

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