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Christmas Prayer

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Jamie and Julie

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 Lord, as I reflect upon the nativity scene and Your birth, I pray that You will be born anew in my life today.  Please enable me by the power of the Holy Spirit to have the receptivity of Mary that says, “be it unto me as your handmaiden”. Like Mary, may I be willing to respond to the call to carry You with me wherever I go into a world sorely needing Your love, regardless of the personal cost to me.

May I be like Joseph, willing—despite criticism, mocking and humiliation, disbelief and unbelief— to go wherever you say whenever you say.  May I act immediately upon the visions You give me, regardless of my own plans and desires.  May I be like both Mary and Joseph, willing to leave the comforts of the familiar to go into the realm of the alien and defiled, trusting that You who called me will protect and guide me.

Lord, please give me the persevering faith of the kings who were willing to travel great distances and experience discomfort to seek You until arriving at your feet to worship and adore You.  Give me their heart to follow You, the Bright Morning Star who alone gives light to the darkest sky and life.  Give me their humility to bow down and worship the One who came then— and Who still comes today—without fanfare to a world desperately needing a Ruler Who is “Faithful and True”. May I be willing— as the kings were in giving their frankincense, gold, and myrrh— to sacrificially give Jesus gifts that will bless and glorify Him: my time, talents, resources, and most of all my will and life.  May I be like the Magi in that I too will be willing to disobey guidance and instruction given by mankind when it conflicts with the vision and voice of the Lord.

May I have the heart of the shepherds who with exuberant joy and without delay left their assigned “task of the urgent” to minister to the “most important”.  May I walk in the reality that the only thing that will bring joy to my life and leave a mark on this world forever is when, like the shepherds, I leave my own field behind so I can go to and enter the place where I wholeheartedly worship the Unblemished Lamb of God.  May I too be willing to leave behind the good—tending to “my sheep”—in order to do the best— tending to the Perfect Lamb and ministering to His needs and desires.

May my life never be too full— like the innkeeper’s was— that I cast you outside the primary place and do not make room for the ‘King of Kings’ and ‘Lord of Lords’ to have preeminence in my life. May I recognize that my heart—like the manger on that first Christmas— was made for the sole purpose of receiving the Messiah, the greatest One ever born of woman who also came to be born in me, and in all who are willing to receive the One and Only truly life-changing Christmas gift!

Most of all, I pray that I will be like You, Jesus, consumed with the desire to do the will of Our Father, who also has called me and sent me to minister to a lost and dying world.  May my life also be a perfect reflection of God the Father’s sacrificial, unconditional, everlasting love.  I pray this in the Name that is above all Names, the Name of Jesus Christ, Son of God and Son of Man, Who alone is worthy of all glory and honor!  Amen

Prayer written by Julie Van Gorp

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Gifts: As Described By God

As I contemplate my own shopping list for this year’s Christmas gifts; I

wanted to see what God’s Word said about gifts, and after I found out what

He said, I wanted to share the gift of His Word with you!

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Every good gift and every perfect (free, large, full) gift is from above; it comes down from the Father of all [that gives] light, in [the shining of] Whom there can be no variation [rising or setting] or shadow cast by His turning [as in an eclipse].  James 1:17

And also that every man should eat and drink and enjoy the good of all his labor—it is the gift of God.  Ecclesiastes 3:13

Give, and [gifts] will be given to you; good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over, will they pour into [the pouch formed by] the bosom [of your robe and used as a bag]. For with the measure you deal out [with the measure you use when you confer benefits on others], it will be measured back to you. Luke 6:38

If you then, evil as you are, know how to give good and advantageous gifts to your children, how much more will your Father Who is in heaven [perfect as He is] give good and advantageous things to those who keep on asking Him! Matthew 7:11

As each of you has received a gift (a particular spiritual talent, a gracious divine endowment), employ it for one another as [befits] good trustees of God’s many-sided grace [faithful stewards of the extremely diverse powers and gifts granted to Christians by unmerited favor].  1 Peter 4:10

Sow for yourselves according to righteousness (uprightness and right standing with God); reap according to mercy and loving-kindness. Break up your uncultivated ground, for it is time to seek the Lord, to inquire for and of Him,and to require His favor, till He comes and teaches you righteousness andrains His righteous gift of salvation upon you.  Hosea 10:12

For since He Whom God has sent speaks the words of God [proclaims God’s own message], God does not give Him His Spirit sparingly or by measure, butboundless is the gift God makes of His Spirit!  John 3:34

And Peter answered them, Repent (change your views and purpose to accept the will of God in your inner selves instead of rejecting it) and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of andrelease from your sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.  Acts 2:38

I pray, that your gifts from God lead many to the free gift of salvation through your witness in the Name of Christ Jesus.   God bless you.

Written by Jamie Shaver

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8 Traits of God to Be Thankful For

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As a family we regularly praise God for Who He is, His Nature and Character during our prayer time.  As we celebrate Thanksgiving we will again be praising Him for the many amazing and pure qualities that He is.

Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, And into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name. Psalm 100:4

Here’s a list of 8 traits to get you started.  I’m thankful God that you are:

Pure Knowledge. “The eyes of the Lord are in every place, beholding the evil and the good.” (Proverbs 15:3)

Pure Presence. “Am I a God near at hand” says the Lord, “and not a God afar off? Can anyone hide himself in secret places, so I shall not see him?” says the Lord. “Do I not fill heaven and earth?” says the Lord.” (Jeremiah 23:24)

Pure Power. “God has spoken once, twice I have heard this: That power belongs to God.” (Psalm 62:11)

Pure Ability. “Then Job answered the Lord and said, “I know that You can do everything, and that no purpose of Yours can be withheld from you.” (Job 42:2)

Pure Sovereignty. “The earth is the Lord’s and its fullness, the world and those who dwell therein. For He has founded it upon the seas, and established it upon the waters.” (Psalms 24:3-4)

Pure Holiness. “For I am the Lord that bringeth you up out of the land of Egypt, to be your God; therefore be holy, for I am holy.” (Leviticus 11:45)

Pure Justice. “The Lord is righteous in her midst [Israel and the rest of the world], He will do no unrighteousness. Every morning He brings His justice to light; He never fails, but the unjust knows no shame.” (Zephaniah 3:5)

Pure Truth. “He is the Rock, His work is perfect; for all His ways are justice, a God of truth and without injustice; righteous and upright is He.” (Deuteronomy 32:4)*

in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

1 Thessalonians 5:18

That I may make the voice of thanksgiving heard and may tell of all Your wondrous works. Psalm 26:7

What are some Thanksgiving traditions that your family has that honor the Lord?  Share them with us!

*(“Pure” list above is an excerpt from blogger “Nobody”)

Written by Jamie Shaver

 

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Strive Not...

Strive Not...

When we strive to “make” something the way we want it to be, or even the way we believe God said it would be without waiting on His timing, we will always be left with sin and relational wreckage.

God is always on-time, His time that is.  We cannot manipulate God into providing our “promise” any earlier than He has already decided.

Sarai allowed her husband to sleep with another woman and conceive a child who’s descendants are still living in strife and wanting to kill her offspring.

We see in scripture Sarai and Abram wait for over 10 years for the child that God promised.

We see in scripture that Rebekah and Isaac wait 20 years for a child.  Once finally pregnant, Rebekah inquires of God and He tells her that she is carrying two children and that the older one will serve the younger one.

Rebekah strives to make God’s promise of the older son serving the younger by concocting a wild scheme to fool her husband, and deceiving him to give the blessing for the “first-born” which would have been Esau, to the younger son Jacob instead.  This ultimately led to her two boys to be separated and Esau wanting to kill Jacob (family divided and in strife)

In both cases, God makes a promise.  In both cases the women strive, (by putting faith in their own way of doing things vs. waiting on God) to make true what God has promised in their own power.

strive

to exert oneself vigorously; try hard: He strove to make himself understood.

to make strenuous efforts toward any goal: to strive for success.

to contend in opposition, battle, or any conflict; compete.

to struggle vigorously, as in opposition or resistance: to strive against fate.

to rival; vie.

I particularly like the definition “to struggle vigorously, as in opposition or resistance” because I believe when we are “striving” we are trying to accomplish something in a way or timeframe that is in opposition to God’s timing.  Striving and sinning are found side by side, it is impossible to please God without faith.  We begin striving when our actions are based on faith in man and our plan vs. faith in God and His.   Is there anything that you are battling for right now?  How much time in prayer have you spent regarding this situation?  Are you confident that the actions you are taking to achieve your goal do not break any of God’s other commands?

Isaiah 45:9

Woe to him who strives with his Maker!—a worthless piece of broken pottery among other pieces equally worthless [and yet presuming to strive with his Maker]! Shall the clay say to him who fashions it, What do you think you are making? or, Your work has no handles?

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The only thing we should strive for?…..things of the kingdom

Jude 1:23

[Strive to] save others, snatching [them] out of [the] fire; on others take pity [but] with fear, loathing even the garment spotted by the flesh and polluted by their sensuality.

Luke 12:31

Only aim at and strive for and seek His kingdom, and all these things shall be supplied to you also.

May we all learn from Sarai and Rebekah to not strive to make things happen in our time, but abide in His presence and wait upon the LORD to fulfill His promises in His time.

a·bide

to remain; continue; stay: Abide with me.

to have one’s abode; dwell; reside: to abide in a small Scottish village.

to continue in a particular condition, attitude, relationship, etc.; last.

verb (used with object)

to put up with; tolerate; stand: I can’t abide dishonesty!

to endure, sustain, or withstand without yielding or submitting: to abide a vigorous onslaught.

to wait for; await: to abide the coming of the Lord.

to accept without opposition or question: to abide the verdict of the judges.

to pay the price or penalty of; suffer for.

Written by Jamie Shaver

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