The Creator made a tree fit into a little seed. There is a harvest with every seed of kindness we plant in His kingdom work. Words are seeds, and actions are seeds too. I marvel when I think of His Word planted in our hearts, and the work He accomplished in our behalf on the cross. I am overjoyed at His victory over death. I am humbled at the realization He is still at work in heaven praying for us each day.
A Little Does Much
Just a ray of light helps the lost find, The way out of darkness; leaving fear behind. A word of encouragement makes the faint-hearted strong. A smile of approval encourages someone along. A reaching hand can pull from the miry clay. All it takes is a little love and kindness to chase loneliness away. A modest assistance can help the poor to lift his head. A little hope offered can carry off someone’s dread One life offered to do God’s work can accomplish much; Brokenness is made whole by their touch. A planted seed brings great harvest in return. Jesus is our harvest we did not earn As a ray of sunshine your life can be. Reach out and touch someone… be a light for Me
Romans 15:1-2 We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves. Let every one of us please his neighbour for his good to edification.
Matthew 5:14-16 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
Small excerpt from Waves of Comfort by Brenda Drake
I remember as a young child standing in my room at my grandmother’s house, looking up to the heavens and saying, “God if you are really there why don’t you talk to me?” I listened but I did not hear a thing. Many years later, after I had asked Jesus to be my Lord and Savior and had invited Him into my heart, I heard God speak! I was sound asleep and I heard “God is Love; Jesus is forgiveness.” I woke up immediately. I was so excited – I knew it was God! I then woke my husband and repeated the wonderful message God spoke to me (my husband surely thought I had gone crazy). I wrote it down in a little book. I was so thrilled… not only could I talk to God but God would speak to me! Much later after the Holy Spirit taught me to listen I received this poem. It reminded me that when I was a child, I called out that I wanted to hear His voice. God had heard me! I just could not hear Him.
There was a small girl child with eyes open wide to see. She called out to the heavens to a word from God receive. She challenged me to listen and to speak to her clear, However she did not have a heart able to hear. Many years went by and I called out to her many times. One fine day her heart with truth aligned, It still took her a while to rest enough to hear my voice. Now the little child can daily draw near so her heart can rejoice.
John 10’27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:
Have you kind of lost the Christmas Spirit this year? I know it has been a hard year with many ups and downs; but Christmastime is a most magic time of year. Place all that is bothering you in Christ’s hands. Allow Him to bring peace and joy to your celebrations with family and friends.
Most Magnificent Gift
The whole world observes the birth of Christ; But not all welcome Him in their life. They may decorate a tree And place a star above to see, But do not acknowledge Jesus died on a tree for them; Some think the story of the wisemen was just a legend. They pass out gifts extravagant and plain; Without honoring the One most magnificent to the earth came. He arrived as a precious gift wrapped in human skin. He was holy and proclaimed King by those who beheld Him. As the day approaches, that is set aside to bring God glory, Watch for the profit that comes in the Christmas story. You live in a trying time with small pleasures along the way. But know, the babe celebrated, lived, died, and rose is alive and well today. He sits at the Father’s side observing things great and small. In the hearts of the wise, they know He sees it all. Come and bow down at the feet of the One you adore; Know, one day every knee will bow and declare Jesus is Lord.
Luke 2:10-11 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
Philippians 2:10-11 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
I love to give gifts but it seems we now expected to receive one in its place. They are almost always measured by how much they cost. Their value should be also be measured by the scale of effort, well intentions, and just the joy of expressing affection for one another.
Gift giving at this time of year, Shows love, respect or honor to someone dear. All in celebration of the birth of Christ; The God of hope, promise, and giver of new life. Jesus is the gift of the Father sent from above, To deliver salvation and to prove and assure of His love. Jesus gave His own life to set captives free; A gift to be remembered for all eternity. He rose from grave and returned to the Father again; To His love ones, another gift send. He sends the Holy Spirit for our inward strength, joy and insight. The Lover of Souls causes abundant delight. As you remember the reason for the season; and keep Christ in mind; There are some wonderful Christ inspired gift ideas to find. Gifts of kindness; a service, or a loving word timely said, That show you are by God’s Spirit led. With Christ in mind your gift will not be forgotten or a cause for disgrace. They are gifts that remain; and deliver a Christmas-time embrace.
Proverbs 18:16 A man’s gift maketh room for him, and bringeth him before great men.
1Timothy 6:18 That they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate;
There is so much going on in our world right now, with so many things on our minds. The holidays are quickly approaching but many rush about with little thought for; and even reject, the true purpose for the Christmas season. This is a gentle reminder of the true reason for all our gift giving and merriment that lie ahead. We have much to be thankful for. I am very thankful Jesus hears and answers our prayers.
Remember Who it is We are Remembering
Would you take some extra time out of your busy life, To remember in the celebrations ahead to honor of the birth of Christ? When you decorate and light up your Christmas tree, Remember the Light of the world died on a tree to set us free. When you wrap your gifts in brightly colored paper and bows, Remember God our greatest gift was in flesh clothed. When families meet together to each other bless, You are delivering to God His birthday gifts. Love, peace, and joy, and the moments taken to pray, Are the most pleasurable gifts you give Him on this special day. Remember who you are remembering; so when the day is done, Your thanks and praise has honored the Father for the birth of Jesus His Son.
Psalms 77:11 I will remember the works of the Lord: surely I will remember thy wonders of old.
As I sit in my favorite chair ready to praise the Lord, I begin to think of all I am thankful for. Some things quickly come to mind: Like food, clothing, shelter and fun family times, The simple things we take for granted each day, Like the allotted time we take to pray, The hot cup of coffee sweetened to taste, The precious luxury of a warm, inviting place, The fun times with family and friends, And the meaningful, loving conversations with them, For Church family that spreads across many miles, And messages from God’s Word that causes hearts to smile. As I write down my thoughts of all I’m thankful for, I see countless blessings received from the Lord. As I get ready for our big day planned, When our family partakes God’s provisions prepared by my hand; A Thanksgiving meal with all the trimmings….my diet is to be crashed But also I am thankful God and my family loves me even if I’m fat!
Psalms 92:1 It is a good thing to give thanks unto the LORD, and to sing praise unto thy name, O most High:
This is the time of year we remember our many blessings. I will praise God for all He has done and all He is yet to do. He is worthy of all thanks and praise.
I am Thankful
I am thankful for freedom to worship the Lord above And for His many provisions of love. I am grateful for freedom and the freedom deep within. I have so much to be thankful for, it is hard to know where to begin. My family, friends, provisions of food to share, Clothing and the countless blessings of life unaware. Such as restoration of body, and peace of mind, And so many more treasures left for us to find. I am thankful God hears our prayer, And that He is of all things fully aware. I am thankful for the teachings of the Word true and right: That, things are brought to light, and He our battle fights. When we gather together with table laden with good things to share, Remember with me to be thankful God answers prayer. Pray with confidence and with heart humble and bowed low, In faith believe our Country is in His merciful hold. Look up with joy and step forth in faith to say, Lord, Thy will be done: and then go on to enjoy your day.
Psalms 9:1-4 I will praise thee, O Lord, with my whole heart; I will shew forth all thy marvellous works. I will be glad and rejoice in thee: I will sing praise to thy name, O thou most High. When mine enemies are turned back, they shall fall and perish at thy presence. For thou hast maintained my right and my cause; thou satest in the throne judging right.
People cannot easily persuade us we are mistaken when we are convinced we heard a mission from God. The sure guide of the Word of God and the sweet inner witness will steady our step. Trust and faith in God’s love and ability helps us set our gaze to reach the goal ahead.
Set your gaze do not look right or left, Be steady in your gait; do not slow your step. The fixed eye will not fail to see obstacles in the path, Knowing they have access to God’s workers to clear the tracks. They that are in prayer communication will barely need to pause. For they have the advantage of the ear and arm of God. If God directs, no one is able to stop them from going through. There is no limit to His ability to His mission do. So when you set yourself in motion to obey God’s command. Do not listen to those that discourage your God-given plan. God does not send unfavorable helpers to cause distress. Instead He sends an encouraging word such as this. A heartening word that assures you are right on track. So keep going, Go forth do not in fear turn back.
Isaiah 41:10 Fear thou not; for I am with thee:be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness
Psalms 27:1-3 The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? When the wicked, even mine enemies and my foes, came upon me to eat up my flesh, they stumbled and fell. Though an host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear:
Our Lord will most certainly make a way for us. Do not give up and in discouragement turn back, continue to walk on ahead doing what we know we can do. Trust and pray for God’s will to be done.
Walk on Ahead
Walk in God’s footsteps With heart in tune and eyes focused ahead. The way is cleared one step at a time, As faith with God’s Word aligns. Confirmation assures your way is right, By the sweet-nudging, still voice inside. There are occasions you may find Life’s travel-bumps seem a waste of time. When your heart and mind’s burden begins to overtake, And your progress seems to have taken a break. Keep going; keep praising, and trusting the One you adore. Follow in His steps and walk through the opened doors. If and when a door is seemingly shut up tight. Do not worry about it; place it in the hands of Christ. He makes what seems impossible, sure, and true. He opens and closes the way in front of you. Walk on doing all you know is your part, And allow God to be the ruler of your heart. He will lead and guide those who desire to be led So set your face child and continue to walk on ahead.
Isaiah 30:21 And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left.
I used to expect trouble, kind of like Murphy’s Law. I expected to fail, and I did. I have since learned to hope for what God’s Word says. I expect the God that loved us so much He died for our sins to finish the work He started. I no longer live anticipating bad news; I am living the Good News watching and expecting for God’s provision and His intervention.
Expectancy is Another Word for Faith
My hope for the future is colored bright. I expect wrongs will be changed to right. In every difficult step we take I expect new strength in renewed faith. Hope and expectation holds unto faith’s hand. The three unite to accomplish God’s plan. Just as we hope for a child, we in faith expect, Our beautiful God-given gift. Love grants what we have faith to receive. God gave all we can hope for to set us free. When down in the dumps and hope and expectancy is low; Faith in God’s love lifts me up and it will not let me go. Hope is renewed like a fresh rain on parched ground, And expectancy for God’s favor again is found. Faith looks up and will not look back God’s love again, pulls hope, expectation, and faith; united back on track.
1 Corinthians 13:13 And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.
Mark 11:24 Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.
With all that we need to face in our world: all the seemingly upside-down moralities, the real and the imagined divisions, and the very different visions for our future, the wise know Who it is that really is in control.
The Wise Know Where their Strength Comes
David faced Goliath with stone in hand and faith within. He faced the giant because He knew God was with him. Samson was strong with power; But He became foolish and his victory was soured. Both tell a story all need to see. Both from God got their strength. From king to pauper both the same; Need the favor of God to remain. From small nation to large nation they too, Needs God’s favor to carry through. Wise are those that know from with their strength comes. Wise are those who pray God’s will be done. Just like David stood against the enemy tall; Just like Samson pulled down on the enemy the walls; Just like Jesus that stands for right; You too have the strength and can stand ready to evil fight. Just like Esther, bride of the king, As You see the enemy destroyed your heart will sing. Just like Mary you are ready to pour, All that you are, in worship to your Lord.
Psalms 28:6-9 Blessed be the Lord, because he hath heard the voice of my supplications. The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him. The Lord is their strength, and he is the saving strength of his anointed. Save thy people, and bless thine inheritance: feed them also, and lift them up for ever.
It is well to remember Jesus is Lord of all. He has the last word, because He is the Word of God. He is able to do whatever it is we need to have done. He hears our every sigh; He sees our need before we know we have a need. With Him all things are indeed possible. He is Alpha and Omega the beginning and the end.
All Things are Possible
All things were made by the same loving hands All was and is under the watchful care of I AM All things are possible with God above All…each and every sin is covered by the blood When life begins to push us down All we need to do is pray and God places us on higher ground As you can see there is no partial list There is no limit to God’s ability to assist All…a tiny word that holds the world, the universe and more Put your trust and faith in your risen Lord Death could not hold Him for He is Life Darkness can’t stop him for He is Light Lies can’t hurt Him for He is Truth displayed He is all you need…He gave His all He is the Way. All praise and glory to His name forever more All turns for the best for those that love and serve the Lord
Mark 9:23 Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.
John 3:35 The Father loveth the Son, and hath given all things into his hand.
Prayer Lord we pray for our world, and our country . We trust all in Your hands. Help us to speak the promises in the Word of God over our lives. To You belongs all the praise and glory.