Ring the Bells!

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Luke 2:15-16 “And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, ‘Let us now go even unto Bethlehem and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us.’ And they came with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the Babe was lying in a manger.” (KJV)

Ring the bells! We have a New Year presented to us by Almighty God! 

May You renew our hearts and minds, O heavenly Father, that we might see more clearly the things that are from You and may we give You thanks. Amen!

As the shepherds sought out the Christ-child with haste, let us do likewise. God has made Himself known to us.  The Holy Spirit dwells within us. We have opened the door to our hearts and Christ has come in!

Throughout this New Year let us get reacquainted with this Christ, our Savior, this Person Who lives within our hearts.  We are all getting older; some of us are older, older! Yet we can still walk and talk with Jesus. He reminds us daily of His peace, joy, and love. Whether we lie on beds of painful affliction or can no longer hear well enough to listen to a sermon, He is still there. If we would only drop the worn and tattered garment of SELF, we would see more clearly His blessings.

He is in the family member who comes to cheer us, the caring friend who greets us with a big smile, the letter or card from someone who has thought of us. The good hot meals we eat every day, the sunrise each morning, the air we breathe, the song of the bird outside our window… in everything that ministers to us each and every day, He is there!

“In everything…give thanks.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18

~Shalom  

Change is a’coming!

 

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Happy New Year! A new year is certain to bring forth change, in everything and within all of us. So I thought of writing a post about new creatures.

The newest things on this earth are babies. We even have a contest to award the parents of the baby born closest to the yearly changeover, the New Year’s baby! Sometimes folks have tried to hurry their unborn entry along or delay the birth to match the new time, all to maintain control over circumstances.

We all can look back and remember the scenario of checking out the fingers and toes of our newly born beautiful babies. The digits are counted audibly, first the fingers than the toes. A big sigh of relief is breathed as the babe is given the thumbs up signal. All is well.

2 Cor. 5: Therefore if any man is in Christ, he is a new creature. Old things are passed away and all things become new.

Eph. 4:24-32 and that you put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness…

God has a way of checking out his reborns, ones born of Christ. He looks for signs of change within our spirits. All corruptness or deceitful lusts must leave, as we daily walk with our Lord. A new man will be constantly renewed in the spirit of the mind. Speaking truth replaces lying; sinful anger is replaced by righteous indignation; theft is replaced by honest work; foul language is replace by gracious speech; resentment and wrath give way to kindness and forgiveness.

The old man has gone—Christ has come!

Year-end Levity

You might have a hard time avoiding reminders of the Almighty these days.  Billboards bearing “Messages from God” have appeared in over 40 states. To wrap up the year here’s some levity for you…  for the stressed at heart:

 

Let’s meet at my house Sunday before the game.

Loved the wedding; invite me to the marriage.

Will the road you’re on get you to my place?

That “love thy neighbor” thing   .   .   . I meant it.

Do you have any idea where you’re going?

Need a marriage counselor?  I’m available.

Follow me!

Keep using my name in vain, I’ll make rush hour longer.

I don’t question your existence.

What part of “thou shalt not” don’t you understand?

I love you…I love you…I love you!

We need to talk.

Don’t make me come down there!

 

 

HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYBODY!

 

 

© Jeanne E Webster

 

A Little R & R

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Resolutions, everyone?  How about a revelation then?  I’m not a great resolutionist of idle thought, but give me revelation of a gap within my relationship with God, I’ll report for duty every time.  This New Year I have resolved to intensify my closeness to God.   My spirit tells me I need to; my heart rejoices with the thought.

Where do I begin this trek?  I think I’ll start with my prayer time. I’ve rather become a mite flippant, a little fiddling instead of a lot of communicating.  With a bit of introspection, we could all draw closer to God, don’t you think?

A favorite hymn that always causes me to ponder with wonder:

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I Know Whom I Have Believed

~Daniel W. Whittle 1840-1901

I know not why God’s wondrous grace

To me he hath made known,

Nor why, unworthy, Christ in love

Redeemed me for his own.

 

Refrain:

But I know whom I have believed,

And am persuaded that he is able

To keep that which I’ve committed

Unto Him against that day.

Refrain:

I know not how this saving faith

To me He did impart,

Nor how believing in His Word

Wrought peace within my heart.

Refrain:

I know not how the Spirit moves,

Convincing us of sin,

Revealing Jesus through the Word

Creating faith in Him.

Refrain:

I know not when my Lord may come,

At night or noonday fair,

Nor if I walk the vale with Him,

Or meet Him in the air.

Refrain:

BUT I KNOW WHOM I HAVE BELIEVED,

AND AM PERSUADED THAT HE IS ABLE

TO KEEP THAT WHICH I’VE COMMITTED

UNTO HIM AGAINST THAT DAY.

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Happy New Year, my friends in Christ.

Shalom,

Jeanne & family

Jeanne & Walter

 

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Annie & Jo

Heavenly Lullabies

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Heavenly Lullabies

 

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“Happy New Year!” is on its way; it’s knocking at the door.  Are we ready with some tried-and-true resolutions to spruce up the old BODY?   Weight loss, new job, quit smoking, kick the drugs and booze habit, smile more at the world, spend more time with the family, lean harder on the budget, sock more money away each month . . .these objectives will certainly tidy up our persona for a better year ahead. 

What about our spiritual features?  Are they on extended vacation from the divine practices and nourishment our sacred nature requires?   Hopefully not. The world distracts our focus away from godly nutrition, pleading instead to the louder more sensual intonations of our carnal nature.  Instead of developing a deeper faith in our Creator, we find ourselves tossed about, clinging to life on a slippery slope and being slapped by one fear after another.

Everywhere we look there is turmoil, anxiety, fear, tension, and dread.  What are we to do? Is this what life is all about?  To put it succinctly, NO!

Life is relying on the Lord for strength and sustenance in the physical body AND in the spiritual body. 

Jesus warns us to quit worrying about things that hinder our walk in the spirit. As Christians, we have precious encouragement, “Don’t worry about what tomorrow will bring you, for it will take care of itself.” (Matt. 6:34)

What’s He saying here? Do not worry or become over-anxious.  Ok, but why does He say this when all about us are fearful distractions? Are we looking in all the wrong places for help?

He adds:  Matt. 6:33: Don’t worry about what you will eat, what you will drink, or if you will be clothed.  Non-believers worry about those things!   “Seek FIRST the kingdom of God and His righteousness…and all your needs will be provided to you.”

In summation, Jesus tells us that God is still in charge of our lives; He knows our every need. “For your heavenly Father knows that you have need of these things.” (Matt. 6:32b)

What assurance! What RE-assurance! Our heavenly Father knows. Think about it. God is the creator of all things, even us, and planned the world’s itinerary from its beginning onward. And here we are, worrying about what’s going to happen tomorrow. “O ye of little faith!” (Matt. 6:30)

Phil. 4:6-7 “May I be anxious for nothing, and in all things by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, may I make my needs known to You; and I know that Your peace, which surpasses all understanding, will guard my heart and mind through Jesus Christ.  Amen.”

 

May the melodious wisdom of our Father saturate and strengthen our hearts and minds as we feast on His bountiful promises.  Let us relearn the heart songs of His Word as heavenly lullabies that trickle into our inner realm, releasing our fears and weaknesses. 

Joy to the world; the Lord has come!  Be refreshed!  Be renewed!  . . . by His peace and joy. 

Alleluia and Amen!