Just wanted to wish you all a blessed New Year…full of happiness, love, warmth, encouragement, healing, discernment, wisdom, praise to our Lord, humility, gratitude, forgiveness, grace, mercy, hope, faith, spiritual growth, victory, and all the good things our Lord has in store for each of us.
Sharon & Erick
More of Christ!
In Bethlehem, the human being who best understood who God was and what he was doing, is a teenage girl in a smelly stable. As Mary looks into the face of the baby. Her son. Her Lord. His majesty—she can’t take her eyes off him. Somehow Mary knows she’s holding God. So this is he. She remembers the words of the angel. “His kingdom will never end!”
He looks like anything but a king. His cry, though strong and healthy, is still the helpless and piercing cry of a baby. Majesty in the midst of the mundane. Holiness in the filth of sheep manure and sweat. Divinity entering the world on the floor of a stable, through the womb of a teenager and in the presence of a carpenter.
God came near!
“And He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there will be no end.
~ Max Lucado
When we learn to trust the Lord,
we will begin to have a sense of rest in the Lord
knowing that He has everything under control
even when life seems to be out of control.
Trusting God will get us to the point where we make a decision to trust in Him
and NOT in our own understanding.
God wants to give us a full and abundant life,
but He only asks for us to believe in Him.
“Trust in the LORD forever,
for the LORD, the LORD,
is the Rock eternal.”
– Isaiah 26:4 NIV
The Lord God is like a sun and shield; the Lord gives us kindness and honor.
Rejections are like speed bumps on the road.
They come with the journey.
You can’t keep people from rejecting you.
But you can keep rejections from enraging you.
How? By letting God’s acceptance compensate for their rejection.
When others reject you, let God accept you.
He is not frowning.
He is not mad.
He sings over you.
Take a long drink from His limitless love.