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DEC
06

Hark the Herald Angels Sing

Have you ever noticed that along with the beauty of the Christmas Season, with wonderful music, lovely decorations, and a sense of joy and expectation, feelings of sadness can surface as well?stained-glass-angels web

This time of year can make difficult things seem particularly heightened. Tender places in our hearts seem even more tender. Places where we have pressed into God and waited long for answers, yet the expected breakthrough seems out of reach. Even though we are learning to abide in His Presence, times of sadness can sweep over us in the midst of challenging circumstances. We are real people, who face real life issues that are not always easy. It isn’t that we lack faith; rather, it is the length of the journey while waiting expectantly for the response of heaven.

Last night, as I listened to the Sounds of Christmas sung by a great choir, the strains of a familiar carol touched my heart. Hark the Herald Angels Sing, Glory to the newborn King! This great anthem of praise resounds with the triumph of the skies.

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NOV
01

Giants, Grasshoppers, Favor & God

The Book of Numbers reveals much about the character and the ways of God. The Israelites had settled at Mt Sinai following Yahweh’s deliverance from Egypt. They had seen numerous occasions of divine provision during their time in the wilderness. Now, in the Wilderness of Paran, the Lord speaks to Moses saying, “Send men to spy out the land of Canaan, which I am giving to the children of Israel.”

AN OPPORTUNITY TO “SEE” DIFFERENTLY

This was to be a time of upgrade for the Israelites whom God had taken as His people. The purpose of the journey was to see what the land was like and to have knowledge of the cities, the people and the vegetation. He simply said, “Be of good courage.” He had already made clear His intent to give them the land. There was no need for them to feel intimidated, overwhelmed, or overtaken by anything they might see or hear. They could see with eyes of faith. Jehovah had spoken! This is your land!

Can you imagine the excitement of the people as they gathered to hear the report of the spies? They must have quickly spotted the luscious grapes being carried in between two of the men on a pole. The pomegranates and figs were as succulent as you can imagine. Surely this was evidence that what God had promised was indeed true.

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SEP
20

The Supply of the Lord is Never Ending

bread webA young man, in the early years of his ministry, had felt strongly led of God to live totally by faith.  In fact, he had said, “it is a most primary way to trust God.”

While it wasn’t a welcomed way of life for his young wife, who had been raised in an affluent home, she joined her husband in this walk of faith.  “In following my husband as he followed Christ, I still had much to learn,” she later said.                                          

EMPTY CUPBOARDS

One evening I sat alone in the kitchen while my husband, Tom and the church board had a meeting in the living room. 

I thumbed idly through the colorful pages of The Women’s Home Companion someone had loaned me.  As I bent over the kitchen table, I was barely aware of the murmur of voices through the wall.  Pictures of the latest home designs made me a bit envious, but the recipes got to me.  My mouth watered as I stared at pictures of roast beef, potatoes au gratin, apple pie, and so many other delicious dishes.

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