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This is a verse that has been a huge focus of our lives. We try to give to those who need help. We also enjoy the blessings of the Lord, but also try to keep the needs of others in focus.

I know the Proverbs 31 woman reaches out her hands to the poor. I think this goes along with todays scripture.

We are to give to those who cannot repay, to expect nothing in return from them.

 

I am not saying to give to those who take advantage of you or use you, though.

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You will show me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore. (NKJ)

 

You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand. (NIV)

 

In Your presence is the fullness of joy -- sometimes I ask myself, when I feel I am trying to be in God's presence, through study and prayer, why joy isn't more pronounced, and was feeling guilty a bit. I decided to look up the definition of 'joy' to see what I was missing. When I read the definition, I started feeling a bit better ... joy: the emotion evoked by well-being, success, or good fortune or by the prospect of possessing what one desires. I was feeling guilty because here we’ve been given a much undeserved gift through Jesus, and I wasn’t feeling the jubilant bubbling sensation I thought I was supposed to be having, esp. when things are going crazy (lost count of how many times I’ve turned to both the Lord and others, and asked “how can I find joy in this turmoil and chaos”). Reading the definition today, I think I can see it differently ... in focusing on the prospect of possessing what I am sure the Lord has in store, at some point, for my life, I can have joy in knowing that He won’t leave or forsake me, that even when I am not feeling the bubbly jubilance in daily life, I can have the joy of knowing that at some point, all of the things God has purposed will come about, and He will reign and rule forever and sin and the pain in our lives now will be no more. And, just because I am not brimming with joy or loving every second of situations I am in or witness others enduring, it doesn't mean I am not in His presence or He has left ... I think in those moments it is speaking more to my perspective and lookng too intently at the present and not the prospect of what is ahead in better days, and in all eternity.

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(NLT) Psalm 16: 11 - You will show me the way of life, granting me the joy of your presence and the pleasures of living with you forever.

 

I always like to read the scripture in more than one translation. It is fun to compare them. Today’s verse was pretty much the same in all of them. But the New Living Translations stuck out.

 

You will show me the way of life: Yes He will show me the way of life but it will be up to me to follow that way.

Granting me the joy of your presence and the pleasures of living with you forever: He is leading and if I do not follow I will not be in His presences, He is not going to leave the path of righteousness and join me on my wild hair journey. He will stop and wait for me to return. While on the wild hair journey I will not experience the joy and pleasure of His presence.

 

It’s hard not to get distracted by all the shiny ornaments here on earth and neglect the path set before me. I am thankful He is forgiving and picks me up and dusts me off and set my feet on the path again. Even though I had strayed from the path His love never diminishes.

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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.

 

You have made known to me the path of life;”

 

There was a time when I had dreams of what I wanted my future to be. I wanted the best of everything. Those dreams are long past and I am content where I am, most of the time. God has made known to me the path of life He has chosen for me. To be a good wife, taking care of my DH and his Mother.

 

If those past dreams had been fulfilled, I would not have had the experiences necessary to give myself to them to help them in this time of their need.

 

One of the things I cherish most and gives me joy, is the quiet time I spend in study. In my mind, it is the time I consider as being in His presence, learning from Him in His Word, before the clutter of each day encroaches upon my thoughts.

 

The Advent Study Guide asked the following: “Why is it important to have a heart and a response to life like Mary? Why do you think God chose her?

 

Mary had a responsive heart. God chose her because she trusted in Him, loved Him, and did not doubt what He said.

 

Thank You Father for this study and the fellowship of the Ladies that are sharing it.

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Luke 2:10-14

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. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in clothes and lying in a manger.” Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.”

 

“peace to men on whom his favor rests”

 

That is the part that rest in my heart. Those who God favors, He gives peace. Even though there is very little peace in our hurry-up world today, and especially in the middle east, we will be given a peace in our hearts and soul that no one can take away.

 

I thank God He has truly blessed our Nation. During all the chaos we hear going on around us, I remember the verse that instructs us to ‘pray for peace in Jerusalem’, they really need our prayers.

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Luke 2:10-14 New International Version (NIV)

 

10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”

 

13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,

 

“Glory to God in the highest heaven, 14 and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”

 

Hi everyone. As I said earlier in the week I haven't been really feeling real joy. I'm just sort of blah... But, I'm trying to imagine what it must have felt like to hear about the birth of a Savior from an angel. And then to have more of them rejoice in singing. That must have been incredible! That's the kind if joy I want to feel.

 

Thank you Heavenly Father for sending your son to us...to bring us peace and to bring us great joy.

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Good Morning,

 

 

Early start, lots on the ToDo list today, .... and..... it is RAINING !!!! :hapydancsmil:

 

 

Hebrews 12:1-2

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. 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.

 

“…let us throw off everything that hinders…”, “…fix our eyes on Jesus…”, “…who for the joy set before him endured…”

 

This morning when I read the words ‘throw off’, I imagined a person throwing off a coat filled with ants or that had caught on fire. Throwing it off, seems to me, like casting it away with force. So, if I find something that is hindering me, I would need to cast it away from me with force.

 

There are some thoughts that like to invade my head. Even watching TV is a good example of things that cause thoughts of envy or invoke jealousy, I have to consciously cast them with force away from me, I have to “fix my eyes on Jesus” by forcing my thought to think of scriptures.

 

Lastly, the phrase of how Jesus looked to the future promise of God with joy, never doubting, He endured the path set before Him. I look at the promises of eternal life with joy – no more pain, no more suffering, no more sin – Thank you for the definition of joy, it gave me ‘joy’ to realize how I perceived the word was not quite right.

 

Thank You Lord God for the promises you have given us. They are the joy set before us allowing us to endure whatever path You have planned for our lives.

 

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My Utmost for His Highest

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Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled . . . —John 14:27

 

 

Whenever we experience something difficult in our personal life, we are tempted to blame God. But we are the ones in the wrong, not God. Blaming God is evidence that we are refusing to let go of some disobedience somewhere in our lives. But as soon as we let go, everything becomes as clear as daylight to us. As long as we try to serve two masters, ourselves and God, there will be difficulties combined with doubt and confusion. Our attitude must be one of complete reliance on God. Once we get to that point, there is nothing easier than living the life of a saint. We encounter difficulties when we try to usurp the authority of the Holy Spirit for our own purposes.

God’s mark of approval, whenever you obey Him, is peace. He sends an immeasurable, deep peace; not a natural peace, “as the world gives,” but the peace of Jesus. Whenever peace does not come, wait until it does, or seek to find out why it is not coming. If you are acting on your own impulse, or out of a sense of the heroic, to be seen by others, the peace of Jesus will not exhibit itself. This shows no unity with God or confidence in Him. The spirit of simplicity, clarity, and unity is born through the Holy Spirit, not through your decisions. God counters our self-willed decisions with an appeal for simplicity and unity.

My questions arise whenever I cease to obey. When I do obey God, problems come, not between me and God, but as a means to keep my mind examining with amazement the revealed truth of God. But any problem that comes between God and myself is the result of disobedience. Any problem that comes while I obey God (and there will be many), increases my overjoyed delight, because I know that my Father knows and cares, and I can watch and anticipate how He will unravel my problems.

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Hello ladies,

I'm sending this in early because I need to work tomorrow. The following was in the advent ebook.

 

"This  holiday  season,  I  want  to  intentionally  spread  that  peace  to  those around  me.    I  want  others  to  see  Jesus  in  me  as  I  humbly  serve... I  want  them  to  feel  Jesus'  love  through  me,  as  I  love  with  that  same  patience,  compassion  and  grace.    No  matter  what  chaos  the  world  throws  my  way."

 

This past weekend I have so not been feeling peaceful. I've been feeling on edge and snapping at people. I know it is because of the events that Friday. What happened on Friday is so incomprehensible to me. Especially since it happened in two different countries to small children. Everyone I know just feels so down. I'm making a conscious decision to be as patient and peace filled as possible both in my home and at work. I'm going to try and focus on the love Jesus has for me...remember that He is the Prince of Peace...no matter how crazy this world of ours is.

 

Isaiah 9:6 New International Version

 

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

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Like Dogmom4 I have been out of sorts this past few days. The mass shootings have put me on edge, facing the fact that we will not have our family together for the first time ever for Christmas has rocked my world, the stomach flu has ripped through my house burying me under mounds of laundry oh and like it couldn't get any worse mother nature arrived this weekend...I am 50 she should start leaving me alone! So no I do not feel peaceful anything but peaceful.

 

The devil is alive and well on planet earth and he is a thief he is out to steal our joy and peace. But last week we studied about joy and Nehemiah 8:10 says, The JOY of the Lord is your STRENGTH. With HIS joy comes our strength. As we focus on birth of Jesus this time of the year the devil works overtime to destroy our joy and peace. We must not let him win. Now more than ever we have to seek the Joy of the Lord so that we can have strength and with joy comes peace.

 

May your home be filled with peace this season

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Isaiah 9:6

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

 

Wonderful Counselor”

I have often wanted someone to talk to that could counsel me in the decisions that needed to be made, or that could comfort me when life seemed a hard road to travel. For me Jesus is my ‘wonderful counselor’. I may not physically hear His voice talking with me, but I do know, He knows. I will eventually find the answers I desire and I know He is guiding me.

 

Thank You father for being our Prince of Peace, Mighty God, Everlasting Father and our Wonderful Counselor.

 

May God's "peace that passes understanding" fill your hearts, souls, and minds.

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In this morning's email from GMG with their video link, I saw this quote:

"You and I have a choice of what we allow to rule in our hearts this week" … I really struggle with that -- a choice, I asked myself, how is there a choice in some areas. There were times since that horrific news broke on Friday where all my heart felt was ruled solely by despair, immense pain for the victims, and such deep sorrow that something like those events could even happen and that such evil could exist. There didn't seem to be a choice to allow it to rule my heart, it seemed automatic, involuntary, I didn't feel I chose to have those emotions well up, they just were there. I thought of the post that CrabGrassAcres has in the Mrs. S Streams forum, about a man's testimony. When I read that the other day, I kept thinking of the image of the two angels standing guard not allowing the negative to enter in to continue to put the man in bondage emotionally. I tried and tried to keep that image, but I think this was something even the angels are weeping over. There's beauty in the world, and I keep trying to focus on that, but this keeps playing on my heart and mind.

 

Isaiah 9:6

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

 

Prince of Peace ... I pray for the peace, in all areas, and await the day when the evil is wiped away and we can all truly be in peace with not even the slightest chance of anything horrific happening anywhere in any capacity ever again.

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Zephaniah  3:14-15

Zephaniah 3:14-15 New International Version (NIV)

 

Sing, Daughter Zion; 14 shout aloud, Israel! Be glad and rejoice with all your heart, Daughter Jerusalem! The LORD has taken away your punishment, 15 he has turned back your enemy. The LORD, the King of Israel, is with you; never again will you fear any harm.

 

Good morning ladies,

Today...this very morning and every other morning...knowing that God is with me...is what gives me the ability to get of the bed and to face the day...to not be consumed with fear and anxieties.

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Zephaniah 3:14-15

Sing, O Daughter of Zion; shout aloud, O Israel! Be glad and rejoice with all your heart, O Daughter of Jerusalem! The Lord has taken away your punishment, he has turned back your enemy. The Lord, the King of Israel, is with you; never again will you fear any harm.

 

Be glad and rejoice with all your heart

The gift of eternal salvation, of being forgiven, having a much deserved punishment taken away, and never having reason to fear again, is definitely reason to rejoice, ‘with all your heart’ – with every fiber of our being, in thanks, praise and joy for what He provided.

Edited by lumabean

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Sing, O Daughter of Zion; shout aloud, O Israel! Be glad and rejoice with all your heart, O Daughter of Jerusalem! The Lord has taken away your punishment, he has turned back your enemy. The Lord, the King of Israel, is with you; never again will you fear any harm.

 

Sing, O Daughter of Zion; shout aloud...I do feel like shouting this morning but not from joy. We have a busted water pipe and getting a plumber out here has been a headache, this is one time I am thankful to be renting. After all the bad and depressing news over the past week today I decided that I was not going to watch the news for a while. Cat gave me an idea this morning with her post, from now until the end of the year I refuse to watch the mainstream media I will pull it up online and scan the headlines but I will search out good news about good people doing good stuff. I have had enough negative now I am going to look for the positive.

 

So today even with a busted water pipe I am going to be glad and rejoice with ALL of my heart. No more garbage in so there will not more garbage spilling out. The Lord has taken away my punishment and he has turned back my enemy. Nothing and no one can stop me from singing and shouting to the Lord.

 

 

MERRY CHRISTMAS

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Well the plumber will be back at 9:00 this morning so I am getting this out early. It seems that the way to under the house is inside one of the cubbies in the junk room and I didn't know that is what it was so I put a shelf in the cubby and put lots of stuff on this shelf then put all my cook book boxes and empty Christmas boxes in front of this shelf *sigh* So I spent yesterday evening moving stuff around so that they could get under the house. I guess this will be come the coat closet instead of a storage area because I am not going through that again. But all is good - live and learn.

 

This morning God pulled out the 2x4 he uses on me once in a while when I get like this and smacked me upside the head again reminding me I need to focus on HIM and not to worry. Once I start worrying unless something distracts me I get all tied up in knots and make myself sick and that is about where I am today. My stomach is all in knots and nothing is setting well. Every little thing is getting on my nerves the dog and cat are driving me crazy and I am wringing my hands over what will we be facing after the first of the year. Jafar has nothing on my GOD...my GOD IS LARGE AND IN CHARGE and he knew all this was going to happen and He knows what is going to happen. And you know what He will be right there carrying me through it holding my hand and leading the way. He promised never to leave or forsake me.

 

Philippians 4:4-7 (NIV)

4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

 

While reading this verse a song from summer camp came to mind, it is the chorus to a song by Israel but we only ever sang the chorus around the campfire

 

Rejoice in the lord always

And again I say, and again I say

Rejoice in the lord always

And again I say, and again I say

Rejoice

 

Verse 6 jumped out and slapped me upside the head...yet again...Do not be anxious about anything! but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving present your requests to God. DUH talk about a 2x4 over the head...DO NOT BE ANXIOUS - JUST PRAY and then the promise

 

AND THE PEACE OF GOD, got that? THE PEACE OF GOD which transcends

 

tran·scend (trabreve.gifn-sebreve.gifndprime.gif)

v. tran·scend·ed, tran·scend·ing, tran·scends

v.tr.

1. To pass beyond the limits of: emotions that transcend understanding.

2. To be greater than, as in intensity or power; surpass: love that transcends infatuation. See Synonyms at excel.

3. To exist above and independent of (material experience or the universe): "One never can see the thing in itself, because the mind does not transcend phenomena" (Hilaire Belloc).

 

 

In order words, God's peace which passes beyond the limits of emotions and understanding and which is greater than anything we can comprehend will guard or fill our hearts and minds.

 

Have a Peaceful day ladies,

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I remember that song, it often keeps me company, :bouquet:

 

 

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Zephaniah 3:14-15

Sing, O Daughter of Zion; shout aloud, O Israel! Be glad and rejoice with all your heart, O Daughter of Jerusalem! The Lord has taken away your punishment, he has turned back your enemy. The Lord, the King of Israel, is with you; never again will you fear any harm.

 

“The Lord, the King of Israel, is with you; never again will you fear any harm.”

 

Never again…. Because the Lord is with us, He has taken away our punishment. When I think of punishment, it reminds me of the final judgment by God, we all must face. James 2:12-13 says, “Speak and act as those who are going to be judged by the law that gives freedom, because judgment without mercy will be shown to anyone who has not been merciful. Mercy triumphs over judgment.”

 

Mercy triumphs over judgment. The Lord has taken away our punishment because He is Merciful, by giving us His Son as the ultimate sacrifice for our sins. That is enough to make me glad and rejoice.

 

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Philippians 4:4-7

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again, Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your request to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.

 

The peace of God will guard our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus… beyond all our wildest imaginations.

 

Thankfully praying and petitioning God with rejoicing, because we know He is able to do more then we can imagine. James 5:16 NIV says, “… The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.” KJV says, “…The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.” God does hear us when we pray. Even if it is a quick breath of thanksgiving, or a petition of relief from something that is troubling. But, always as He says in the Lord’s prayer, “…thy will be done…”

 

Many times I have to step back from my own desires and thoughts for others and submit to His will for them. I would like to wave a magic wand and all would be well with all the people of the world, but that is not realistic. God’s plan for each of our lives is different from each other. The main thing that is the same is, God requires of each of us, is a relationship with Him, regardless of the circumstances around us.

 

Father, thank You for guarding our hearts and minds.

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Philippians 4:4-7 (NIV)

4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

 

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God – Reading this reminds me that God is near always, and that He is overseeing everything.

 

the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus

I was reminded of the Advent eBook’s passage for this week, esp. the sentences “lasting peace does not depend on my circumstances” and “Peace is learning to trust in God, even in the midst of chaos. Peace comes when I set my heart on what’s lasting and true, not on temporary earthly things”. That peace of God is not contingent upon what’s going on in my life, and that if I focus in the right place (on Him, and not on the chaos and worry) that I will see His peace and calm above all of the earthly things swirling around.

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Matthew 1:20-21

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.”

 

Jesus saves HIS people from their sins. I cannot help but remember the scriptures around Lord’s Prayers. Jesus said he was praying for the people God had given him, and the ones who would believe in him later, not for the world. (Paraphrased John 17:9)

 

We are able to share with others during the Christmas season, that it is Jesus Christ who is the reason for the season of giving. He gave His life to forgive us and give us eternal life. We, in turn, pass the message on to others, that they too might be forgiven and become God’s people too.

 

Thank You Lord, for saving us from our sins.

 

Then, I read today's "Our Daily Bread"

12/20/12:

 

The Gift

 

And you . . . He has reconciled in the body of His flesh through death, to present you holy, and blameless, and above reproach in His sight. —Colossians 1:21-22

 

We refer to Christmas as the season of giving. Most of us try hard to find gifts that friends and family will like, but not all gifts are equal. Some gifts come with a subtle hint, like an exercise machine or a book about weight loss. Other gifts are those that the giver really wants for himself. But the best gifts are those that come from someone who loves us and knows what we want.

Last Christmas, my pastor, Jim Samra, challenged us to think about Christ’s coming in another way. We know that Jesus was God’s perfect gift to us (Rom. 6:23), but Pastor Jim added another thought. He said that His coming to earth could also be looked at as a gift that Jesus gave to His Father. Jesus loved His Father and knew that what He wanted more than anything else was for us, His creation, to be reconciled to Him. Through His incarnation, Jesus made it possible for us to be a holy and blameless present to God (Col. 1:22).

Thinking of ourselves as a gift to God makes us want to be a present worth the cost, “fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God” (v.10).

Dear Lord, from whom all blessings flow,

Most precious gifts dost Thou bestow;

So truly faithful may I be

As Thou art gracious unto me. —Roworth

God’s highest Gift should awaken our deepest gratitude.

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Matthew 1:20-21

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.”

 

He will save his people from their sins ...

this part stands out to me this morning. I’ve been noticing a lot more that the popular belief being put out is that Jesus came to save everyone, regardless of their actions, beliefs, etc. This verse is a clear reminder that that isn’t the case, it is for His people. It’s so sad to see people being misled, and those who try to share that it’s only through Jesus, and being His, that we will truly be saved, are deemed 'intolerant’ and marginalized. Whenever I hear the “all spiritual paths lead to God” I keep thinking of the narrow way leading to life, and the broad leading to destruction – that’s pretty clear not all paths lead to the same place.

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Matthew 1:20-21

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.”

 

I know how I struggle with my faith today. I am not sure I could have been in Joseph shoes. Both he and Mary were walking in faith and trusting God. Can you imagine what would have happen if he had put her aside, she could have been stoned to death. The love that these two showed for the Lord really makes me feel insufficient today.

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Our last day for the Advent study.

 

 

John 14:27

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

 

“Do not let your hearts be troubled…”

Today, the word ‘let’ stand out to me. Defined as; a choice, allow, permit, give permission, agree or consent to. I let people walk all over me, or I let something bug me. But Jesus says, do not let your hearts be troubled. We would need to consciously stop being troubled or afraid of something.

 

So, I must push those nasty little doubts and worries out of my head and replace them with the Word of God and His many promises, to take care of us.

 

This insert from the e-Book helps confirm that we need to set our hearts on the things that are lasting and true.

 

When I ponder these things – like Mary, I realize that true, lasting peace does not depend on my circumstances.

Peace is learning to trust in God, even in the midst of the chaos. Peace comes when I set my heart on what’s lasting and true, not on temporary earthly things. Peace is having confidence in a God who loved me so much He was willing to send His precious Son to Earth as helpless babe, to save a wretched sinner like me. Peace is saying no to the world, and yes to God. That is the kind of peace that I need in my life during the chaos of Christmas and all year long!

 

 

May the peace that God gives, fill everyone’s hearts and souls this season.

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Posting a bit late (things have been hectic).

 

John 14:27

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

 

I've been thinking a lot about "I do not give to you as the world gives" -- the most amazing, undeserved gift was given, and out of complete love for us. there's no permanance with what the world gives, but God is true to His world and can always fulfill whatever it is that He gives or promises to give or provide, for all eternity. Even the most well intentioned person cannot always fulfill things even when they truly want to.

 

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I've enjoyed the study with you ladies :)

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