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Sunday, December 30, 2018

THE PROGRAM OF THE KING

"I am going to the wolves", I bellowed out! Then everyone that is home who heard me roar back laughing and asking, "Why do you go there?" Let me explain. Walmart, stores that are very crowded and exude much commotion is the wolves. This is a common experience when I feel unable to focus and there is chaos all around me. It is crazzzyyyy! I still go tho! My point is not to explain to you why I go into the wolves.
I going willing.
I know others that absolutely will not subject themselves to places like what I am describing. I can't get them to go!

Yet, Jesus said to his disciples, "I am sending you out like sheep among wolves" Matt. 10:16 NIV).
The title in the bible where this is found is The Program Announced. You know Jesus was completely honest in this chapter. Full disclosure of the future.

Men will hand you over and flog you. Really? Flog you where in their synagogues. In church?
You will be brought before governors and king. Arrested?
Jesus assures them, "But by the Spirit of your Father speaking through you" (Matt. 10:20 NIV).
They will know what to say and when to say it, that's called "Speaking Off the cuff".

Why do we share our faith at all if we take a change of being attacked by wolves?
The love of Jesus is so strong that we ask to hold hands and walk, talk, learn from Him all with extemporaneous circumstances.

He goes on to explain why we should go.  He says three times do not be afraid, but be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell.
It is pretty deceptive of those wolves who want to partner with you and they can create some pretty good benefits along the way in this life, but forfeits turns around unconcerned for your soul in the after life.

The wolves of Walmart being compared to the those that oppose you and do not except you for being a Christ follower. Mmm, quite similar I would say.

Pick up your cross, follow Jesus, and certainly you will not lose your reward.

This is "The program of the King".

This is just an observation I made as I am reading through the New Testament.

Saturday, December 29, 2018

GOD OF WAR

GOD OF WAR (best selling 2018 video game) - is the tale of a father bonding with his son over the death of a loved one. It just so happens that the father is an exalted Greek god living in the world of Norse legends. The game balances a tale that is genuinely epic with a core story as human and heartfelt as any in gaming makes it a modern storytelling masterpiece.

  Good vs. evil,  will good triumph?

Each day presents itself with decisions, battles, taking sides for your ways vs. God's way. Movies, TV shows, video games, phone, electronics and the world news all present us with situations that could be called War.  Anytime there is a struggle between good and evil, it really is war.

So it begins...I will be reading through the New Testament for the next 90 days. Lord help me to see.

A war begins...God himself trying to come to earth...to rescue the people...will the people believe or will they create their own mutiny.

"Joseph her husband was a righteous man and did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind" (Matthew 1:19 NIV).


The quandary of Joseph starts. Where?...in the MIND.
Are we like Joseph?
A man or women seeking God...wanting to do what others expect of you?
A circumstance presents its self.
This one is big. Pledged to Mary, a women Joseph is to marry, but she is pregnant.
Are you like Joseph, thinking/asking in your mind...what do I do about this circumstance?
Hmmm...well, this seems logical, thus begins...the rationalizing and reasoning.



"But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream" (Matt. 1:20 NIV) and God's way is presented. His perfect will.

I think Joseph prayed, because the bible says, "but after he had considered this".
Prayer
Activation of God's will

Our way vs. God.

This is the beginning.
Jesus teaches us to want His will vs. our own logical will, but He gives us free will.

Is it easy to comply? Will the people continue to want their own ideas of the circumstance to prevail?
This is the age old narrative. God himself trying to show himself real and caring.

Prayer today:
God help me bring my thoughts (impulsive, emotional, logical, philosophical) to you. May your will be done. I want to trust you with all my heart.  Amen.

If you prayed that prayer it is a paraphrase of 2 Corinthians 10:5.


Seeking the baby Jesus is freedom and it  can be for us as the bible says,  "Joy of the Lord is our strength." It puts the focus on Jesus and not on us.

Is God coming to war...to show us how to war? He wants us to make peace with Him and through Him there is victory.

War happens...God wants us to find His peace. To be forgiven...from our war (sin). Sin; turning away from God.

Joseph listens and is led by God. The win begins. The baby  is born, God himself came to earth to save us from our own wars.

"Jesus said, "Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth, I did not coe to bring peace, but a sword. (Matt. 10:34 NIV)





Friday, December 21, 2018

TRIUMPH

Really? I could not get a picture of the night sky, my view around 10pm in Elmhurst, IL, Dec. 18, 2018.
My family was not weirded out when I instructed them to get outside . Especially because my daughter noticed it before me, but the sky was amazing. I can only try realllly hard to put words to a grand full display in the sky. A host of witnesses from my family. I am not going crazy.
Here it goes:
There was a huge (covering most of the sky) spritz of clouds that formed what could have looked like an angel or if you blink and look again it could have been a side view of a dove. The words that came to me is the Holy Spirit.
Next to it was a very thick band like a winding road soaring from one end of the sky to the other. It looked like an airplane trace in the sky, but what confused us is how wide the stream of white band was. It was 5x the streak that a plane would leave across the sky before it lands at O'hare. OHHHH! how I wish I had a photo! Darn!

I am always fascinated if a word, words or catch phrase will be impressed on my heart for a Christmas card message. I think about it for days wondering is the message formulating or is it just my own efforts? Or is this card going to exist this year.
Then it happened.
I saw many many birds flying between three trees in my backyard. It has fascinated me to the point that I wait in anticipation to see the varieties that will appear. It stops me from what I am doing and causes me to think about Jesus and the reason for the season. I think of
 Jesus messages of love, like “I will take your cares. I got your back. I care.” He will feed the birds how much more will He feed me. Or Luke 12:7 says, “Fear not; you are of more value than many sparrows.” (Even Rob has been pausing to watch with me. I call anyone to watch that is in the house. 
It's better than TV. These joyful images stick in my mind when I get off balance with Christmas prepping. (I'm talking about pressure of perfectionism, worldly prepping, gifts, cookies, wrapping and decorations and spending too much money.)

I am listening to Mariah Carey's, Hark the Herald, song and the phrase in the lyrics "Join the Triumph of the Skies".   

Join participate. I love that it says join. In this day our electronics are inviting us to join, box clubs, meals, health clubs, exercise programs! JOIN! Join! Join! But did you join this triumph? Are you in?

Then I remember my drawing I did recently of birds in a cloud made of coffee paint. I'll post that soon on this page.

Triumph!

I can not let the word go. 
What's the triumph?
One thought, the way the circumstances in Bethlehem tried to distract many from finding the Messiah. The government, an over scheduled towns people, a town filled to capacity! (Hmmm, things never change. 2018)
Well, as we know many were distracted but many were not!
The angel appeared, the star shined brightly and those who saw knew they can rejoice with the angels, singing Glory to the newborn King. A song of:

TRIUMPH!

The sky I saw the other night was the display of Triumph. Glory to God!

2019 I believe will be the year of

TRIUMPH!

We are expecting more God stories!

TRIUMPH!

Let us rejoice that we don't have to strive, stress, over schedule ourselves.

We just trust.

TRIUMPH!

Jesus takes it all. He understands. He knows the way out.


Enter 2019 with an expectant heart. Jesus never changes. He TRIUMPHS!

Love you all for taking your time out to read this message.
From my heart 2 to your heart!
Ask Jesus to help you trust to Triumph in 2019.


Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Go with Jesus and TRIUMPH!

Have you joined? Maybe you have to just begin with a simple question, "Who is the baby in the manger and how can I get to know Him?


Monday, December 17, 2018

VISIT FROM GABRIELLE

I thanked the young gentlemen for His kind gesture. He said, "My name is Gabe". Not realizing yet my response was, "You are like an angel." He gave me a handshake then kindly responded, "Gabrielle" and then he walked away. I stood astounded. I thought for a moment, then laughed out loud, crying out, "Gabrielle is an angel's name." God you counteract struggles with a rescue. You used Gabrielle to help me.

In this Christmas season where we are rejoicing, "Jesus the reason for the season!" I had just told the story of the birth of baby Jesus at a gathering. There I was standing in a crowded airport experiencing Gabrielle, (in a much smaller way, not the you are going to be pregnant way!) somewhat like Mary did. His message to her, "You are to have a son and name Him Jesus for He will save the people from their sin." Jesus! The name above every name.

My way:

Gabrielle's gesture as small as it was, lifted me out of despair to hope. I was giving up on my gloomy circumstance and then He appeared. I have heard it said that Jesus is playing chess with the enemy. It is a game of my life. The enemies stirs the pot of life with a struggle, full of despair, and then Jesus makes His move. He is the winner. Believe! Trust! Shine Jesus, Shine. Out of the darkness, Jesus shed light. He wins! The enemy makes a move and boy it looks like it is finished, but it isn't. God didn't make the struggle happen, but He sure helped me get through it.

He is my refuge and strength, ever present in my troubles. He appears to be saying to us this Christmas season. I am here. I am with you. Look, see, open your heart, mind and being to the baby.

Who do you think Jesus was? The angel said the Savior of the world? There was over 100 prophesy's  fulfilled in Jesus coming to save the world.
Come and see, adore and be ready.
Something is going to happen.
Something always happens with the Jesus.

Pray at all times, help, ask for trust, belief.
Mother Teresa was asked by brilliant ethicist John Kavanaugh, "Pray that I have clarity."
She said firmly, "No, I will not do that." Kavanaugh stated, "You always seem to have clarity." "I have never had clarity; what I have always had is trust. So I will pray that you trust God", she laughed and said.

"We ourselves have know and put our trust in God's love toward ourselves" (1John 4:16).

Angelus Silesius, "If God stopped thinking of me, he would cease to exist."

I get frantic with perfectionism in this season. My stomach in knots to complete the shopping, baking and house decorating.

I remember:
My once nine year old daughter tugging at my apron, "Mom, Christmas is about Jesus." Out of the mouth of babes. Wisdom!

But on my own I keep racing around frantic. It takes reading His words. "Elaine (liberty for me to put my name in the scripture), There is no need to be afraid; you are worth more than hundreds of sparrows" (Luke 12:6-7)

Then it happens! Hundreds of birds right out my window today. My attention is finally caught by my savior, "I got your back. You are valuable. Come to me." Grace upon grace arises a strength within me. I may not get it all done today, but I will certainly have peace, a peace I can't put words to.

Listen go out expecting. Expecting....I'm standing next to a older gentlemen buying a card...I hear him reading them out loud...I look up...I realize...he is looking for the Christmas message...I find just the right card..."For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord" (Luke 2:11) or Repeat the sounding joy...(inside of card) Wishing you blessings at Christmas and joy in the greatest gift *Jesus*! Perspective. We are friends in Jesus. We resound this joy of our soul together and then part with MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Soul activated!

I look up. My mind renewed, I do not have to have this, this and that done. It is now...in the full knowledge of Jesus...a freshness in my soul...I will walk out of here tasting, seeing the feet and hands of Jesus. I talk about Him, I put the membrance of Him first and foremost in my head. When temptation arises...I ask...I confess...I want...to be walking in peace.

I did...I am...with Him.

Walk today expecting peace, you do not have to have it all figured out. Pray.