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Merry Christmas! (Conclusion of Advent Series)

How could I forget about the Christ candle?  The 5th candle in the center of the Advent wreath, which we light on Christmas Eve.  We’ve made it to the long-awaited day, the day the Christ was born.

And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.
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.
And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.
And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,
Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

Luke 2:9-14

I cannot think of a more beautiful song to leave you with to conclude this season.  “O Holy Night”  Although my husband claims each and every year that Eric Cartman (from South Park) ruined this song for him (sorry if I just did the same for you – you can view it here, although I highly advice against it!), it is still one of the most beautiful and most meaningful songs of the Christmas season for me.

Please enjoy this version and carry with you this knowledge each and every day of the coming year.  On this Holy night, many years ago, a baby was born who changed it all.  Amen and Merry Christmas!

O Holy night, the stars are brightly shining
It is the night of our dear Savior’s birth
Long lay the world in sin and error pining
‘Til He appeared and the soul felt its worth
A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices
For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn
Fall on your knees

O hear the angel voices
O night divine!
O night when Christ was born
O night divine!
O night, O night divine!

Truly He taught us to love one another,
His law is love and His gospel is peace.
Chains He shall break, for the slave is our brother.

And in His name, all oppression shall cease

Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we
Let all within us praise His holy name
Christ is the Lord!
Their name forever praise we

Noel, Noel
O night, O night divine
Noel, Noel
O night, O night divine
Noel, Noel
O night, O holy night

See the first 4 weeks of Advent here:  (Thanks for keeping up for my very first blog series!)
HOPE
PEACE
JOY
LOVE
And one last favorite Christmas song!

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Love this Christmas (Advent Series Part IV)

There are three things that remain—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love.
1 Corinthians 13:13

Love.  So much to say, but I’ll keep this short today.  All we need is love, according to the Beatles.  And there is truth in that, God says it himself, it’s the greatest!  It’s mentioned anywhere from 500-700 times in the Bible.  So I’d say it’s pretty important.  It’s what we all seek, it’s what we all want to give, without it, life just wouldn’t be worth living.  And God showed us the greatest LOVE at Christmas, and it is the candle we light today for the 4th Sunday of Advent.

I picked a sort of unlikely song to represent LOVE, but I keep coming back to it, “Little Drummer Boy.”  The lines that get me are “I have no gifts to bring.” and “I’ll play my best for him.” So this little boy plays his drum and he plays his heart out, for the KING!  And then the song concludes with “Then he smiled at me…”  Those lines sum up so much.  Especially this time of year when everything is about presents and stuff,  all God really wants from us is our LOVE, to give the best with what we have, even if it is just a drum.  The little drummer boy simply had just that and was asked to play for our new Lord, so he did, and did it proudly.  AND it made the Lord smile.  Isn’t that all that should matter?  And isn’t that love at its core?

May the Lord smile on you and be gracious to you.
Number 6:25 (NLT)

To me that struck a chord this Christmas.  I’ve mentioned in my other posts, and I’m just as guilty, but it is so easy to get lost in the shopping, presents, baking, parties, whatever it is, and forget about why we are celebrating.  We are celebrating simply because God loved us, the world, so much to send us the best gift of all, His son (sounds familiar – John 3:16?).  So love him back with everything you have.  Love your family, friends, neighbors, everyone as God loves us.  Love truly is a gift, so embrace it, share it, and thank God for it!  Amen.

Enjoy a fun, A Capella version of this beautiful song here:  (by Pentatonix)

See my first 3 messages and songs here:
HOPE
PEACE
JOY
And one bonus one and a last one coming for Christmas!

And once again, a few pictures of LOVE in my world: (Although to be honest, every picture I take of my family is LOVE to me, so it was hard to just pick a few – good problem to have!)

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Joy for Christmas (Advent Series Part III)

Joy: a feeling of great pleasure and happiness.  Who wouldn’t want that?  Joy is another amazing gift and one that I’d have to say makes everything else worth it.  Don’t you live for those moments of pure joy, for me it’s through my children.  And as they get older, the JOY in Christmas is even clearer.  (Stay tuned for my post about meeting Santa!)  And here is my LL when I told her to show me joy this morning:

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Then the angel said to them,
“Do not be afraid, for behold,
I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people.
Luke 2:10

Yet I will rejoice in the Lord,
I will joy in the God of my salvation.
Habakkuk 3:18

Joy is mentioned so much in the Bible, it’s hard to narrow it down, so I picked a common Christmas verse and another great one from Habakkuk.  I try not to do “too much” research when composing my posts, I don’t want to ever be guilty of stealing anyone else’s thoughts and ideas.  I try to pour out my raw emotion as I pray over and think over each topic, song, or verse I choose to include.  But I came across this article that includes tons of scripture and thoughts on JOY.  The author hits the nail on the head when he mentions that true joy cannot be fabricated and can only come when we feel secure, have direction in our life, are honest with God and ourselves, and live each moment in God’s presence.

I know I try to thank God and praise him even more in times of JOY.  Don’t get me wrong, I praise Him through my storms too, but it’s hard when you’re in them.  But the joy that will come will be amazing.  Time and time again, God comes through.  And it’s in those moments of JOY that I feel free, I know my God came through and I feel His presence and loving arms around me and I want to shout it to the world.  My goal will be to keep that joy in my heart always.  If not the JOY, but maybe the HOPE for it, or the PEACE that may precede or follow it.  Three beautiful gifts (and spoiler alert – the best one comes next week!)

It was hard for me to pick a song this week as so many songs exemplify JOY to me.  I did go with the most obvious, Joy to the World.  I’m sure it’s becoming overplayed, but not to me.  Chris Tomlin has a way with songs, that I can just never tire of.  He took this song, in a similar way that he took Amazing Grace (My Chains Have Gone), and added the catchy “Joy – Unspeakable Joy”, that has me singing as loud as I can when I hear it!  (A close second and one for you to check out as well is “God Rest Ye Merry Gentleman” by Barenaked Ladies – LOVE this version!)

Enjoy this song.  Sing it out, LOUD, to our GOD, who wants us to experience JOY, during the Advent season and throughout the year.  It will have to be earned, much like peace, but it will be so good.  Amen!

Joy to the World (Unspeakable Joy)
Chris Tomlin

And like last week – here are a few glimpses of JOY in my world:

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See first posts in this series here:  (and stay tuned for LOVE next week!)
Part I – HOPE
Part II – PEACE

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Peace this Christmas (Advent Series Part II)

“Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace, good will toward men.”
Luke 2:14

Happy 2nd Sunday of Advent.  Today we light the candle of Peace.  As I spent time the last few days and this AM thinking about peace a few common phrases came to mind.

Peace be with you (and also with you).
A common call and response in church, I’ve repeated many times in my life.

Peace and quiet.
As in, I need some!  (And a prayer for all the moms in my life!)

World Peace.
A common pageant answer to “What would you wish for?”

Give Peace a Chance.
John Lennon anyone?

And ofcourse there are the non-verbal signs:

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But what is biblical peace?  Without looking it up, to me it is a calmness of my spirit or soul that only God can bring.  Through knowing Him, loving Him, trusting Him, talking to Him, I can truly feel peace.  God wants us to be at peace, but not without making us fully appreciate that peace.  How would we know peace without the trials of this world?

Peace is truly another gift from God and one that should be celebrated this Advent season and all year round. Rest in Peace, although associated with death and dying, should be a goal for all of us.  To truly be able to be still and rest in the gift of peace that God has graced us with (while still on this earth!)  I know it’s hard for me to shut down my brain and the world around me but I strive to just rest in knowing that God loves me and whatever it is – God’s got it, He’s got my back, and if I seek it, peace will come.

So this time of year when you hear the verse below (and above), think about the gift of peace that our Lord gives us and try and find some amid the craziness.

“Glory to God in the highest,
And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!”
Luke 2:14

As I am reflecting on what peace means to me, I think of angels.  (Not anything new that I am staking claim to!)  And this can be a topic for another post as angels can come in many forms (in our house we have doggie angels), but this time of year I like an angel to adorn the top of our tree.  Here she is (and here is a link to this talented man on Etsy that hand crafted it for us last year.)  She watches over us and our household and symbolizes the peace of the Christmas season for us.

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My first thought for a song was “Silent Night”, it’s calm and quiet melody and it’s message of “sleep in heavenly peace” is, well, peaceful.  But as I was reflecting on angels, a song came to mind that speaks of angels singing “It Came Upon a Midnight Clear”.  And in this version, that message is proclaimed by the voices of children that brings me to tears (listen towards the end – it’s so worth it!)  The innocence of their voices and the message brings me peace, and when I looked up this song I found that it is  “all about the message of peace that the angels proclaimed on the first Christmas, when Jesus Christ was born. The song looks forward to a time when people will respond to the angels by living in peace with God and each other, and, in the last verse, likens doing so to offering the angels’ song back to them.” (copied from here)

May PEACE be with you this week.  Amen.

Caedmon’s Call
It Came Upon a Midnight Clear

Read Part I on HOPE here!
and stay tuned for more!  Thanks for stopping by.

Peace to me:

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Nothing personifies peace to me more than a sleeping baby or child (and dogs in our house too!)
Amen!

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Hope for Christmas (Advent Series Part I)

May the God of HOPE fill you with all JOY & PEACE as you trust in Him so that you Overflow with HOPE by the power of the Holy Spirit. 
Romans 15:13

I’m a bit late.  But I  wanted to try out writing a series for a change.  I see many bloggers do it – so here goes my attempt.  It’s the season of Advent, the time of waiting, preparing, and, at least for me, of often losing sight of what this season is all about.  So I wanted to bring it back to what it is all about – the arrival of the newborn King, our Lord and Savior – Jesus Christ!

Each Sunday of Advent (or Friday as I’m a bit late for the first one!) I wanted a reminder of which Sunday it is, include a verse, and as I like to do – a song!  As I did a little research on Advent, I learned that each Sunday (or each candle) may have many different meanings or colors depending on which denomination you practice.  I’ll stay with my own Presbyterianism and bring to you Hope, Peace, Joy, and Love.

The first Sunday, the candle of HOPE was lit.  See the verse from Romans above and this next one below.  God has given us the gift of HOPE.  We may not know what is ahead for us, but God does and give us HOPE in that.  HOPE is a foundation of my faith and in my guiding verse (Jeremiah 29:11.)  It give us something to look forward to, even if we don’t know what it is or even what it will be.  But God knows and it will be good and worth the wait.  Without HOPE, I don’t know how I would get through each day.

We were saved with this hope ahead of us. Now hope means we are waiting for something we do not have. How can a man hope for something he already has? But if we hope for something we do not yet see, we must learn how to wait for it.
Romans 8:24-5 (NLV)

I will start things off, and leave you for today, with probably the most popular Advent song.  “O Come, Emmanuel”  I found this beautiful instrumental Piano and Cello version online and the video to accompany even gave me goosebumps (as this is the Christmas version of the song!).  I HOPE you enjoy as well and can meditate on the true meaning of Advent, the most amazing gift we could ever be given of which nothing will ever compare, and remembering that each and every day this December (and always).  Amen.

 

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Flying High (with a little help!)

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Happy Sunday!  I’ve strayed away from my typical Sunday song posts for the last month, but decided I could use the encouragement myself, so here’s a quick one with a great message as you start a new week!

I know I’ve been exhausted from all the Halloween Festivities.  Good problems to have, but I could use some extra strength as we “officially” begin this holiday season.  I guess I could have waited until Advent, the true period of waiting, but I don’t know about you, but I feel the pressure is on these days to be super organized and start thinking about Christmas NOW (or 4 weeks ago!)

The words from Isaiah 40 have always been some of my favorite.  Verse 28 (I cut off in my picture about) starts with “Do you not know?  Have you not heard?”  Really grabs your attention.  As we may tire or become weary – our God will not.  And if we ask Him and believe in Him, He will give us strength, and help us soar on wings like eagles – great imagery don’t you think?  I could only imagine that soaring high above the earth, like this eagle here, would be both empowering and peaceful.  And isn’t that what God does for us?  And wants us to be through Him?  I’d like to believe so.

So as you enter into this next week, or season (in weather, on your calendar, and/or in life), know that you are not alone.  God does not tire, He is always listening and will give us the strength we need to move forward, or even just wait, as many of us are called to do at different points in our lives.

Take a listen to “Everlasting God” by Lincoln Brewster below.  Love this song and the message.  “Our God WILL reign forever” and will “lift us up on wings like eagles.”

Amen.  Have a blessed week!

Everlasting God
Lincoln Brewster

Strength will rise as we wait upon the Lord
Wait upon the Lord, we will wait upon the Lord
Strength will rise as we wait upon the Lord
Wait upon the Lord, we will wait upon the Lord

Our God, You reign forever
Our hope, our strong deliverer

You are the everlasting God
The everlasting God
You do not faint
You won’t grow weary

You’re the defender of the weak
You comfort those in need
You lift us up on wings like eagles

Strength will rise as we wait upon the Lord
Wait upon the Lord, we will wait upon the Lord
Strength will rise as we wait upon the Lord
Wait upon the Lord, we will wait upon the Lord

Our God, You reign forever
Our hope, our strong deliverer

You are the everlasting God
The everlasting God
You do not faint
You won’t grow weary

You’re the defender of the weak
You comfort those in need
You lift us up on wings like eagles

You are the everlasting God
The everlasting God
The everlasting God
The everlasting

You are the everlasting God
The everlasting God
The everlasting God
The everlasting

You are the everlasting God
The everlasting God
The everlasting God
The everlasting

The Lord is the everlasting God
The Creator of all the Earth
He never grows weak or weary
No one can imagine the depths of His understanding

He gives power to the weak and strength to the powerless
[Incomprehensible] become weak and tired
And young men will fall in exhaustion
But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength

They’ll soar high on wings like eagles
They’ll run and not grow weary
They’ll walk and not faint

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Just because He may not answer doesn’t mean He don’t care…

…some of God’s greatest gifts are unanswered prayers.  Beautiful song by Garth Brooks.  It’s been around for a while and it always comes to mind when one door is closed and I’m waiting for another to be opened.  See the lyrics at the end of the post.

It’s been a long week, I think we are all fighting off allergies, kids aren’t sleeping well (I’m not sleeping well), and we’re still in that period of waiting and unknowns I think I blogged about a few weeks back.  And it’s just got me thinking about prayers.

I’m not sure how you pray, but I try to be general when I pray to avoid an answer I don’t want.  I don’t think that always works. I pray for patience, answers, peace, comfort, an open-heart, an open-mind, a servant attitude, Your will to be done.  But is that what I really want?  Sometimes yes, but God knows the inner-most desires of our heart and will give us those.  Really?  I guess sometimes what your mind says and what your heart wants can be different, but ultimately HE knows what HE is doing and we need to trust.

Psalm 37:4 says: (print found on etsy – click to check it out!)

Are the periods of waiting God preparing us for what is next?  Maybe the build up will make us more appreciative?  Maybe He just doesn’t think we are ready (even though we may think we are?)  Maybe there is something AMAZING waiting for us, but it’s another year out?  Who knows?  Well God does and we are to be obedient and wait and TRUST that He will come through.  He always does and always will.

“But as for me, I watch in hope for the Lord, I wait for God my Savior; my God will hear me.” Micah 7:7

So maybe unanswered prayers is not the correct term, rather not-the-answer-I-hoped-for-but-God’s-right-answer to my prayers.  Mark 11:24 says:

“Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.”

Keep on praying, trusting, and loving, and God will reveal His amazing plans for you.  They may not have been what you planned for but they will be what HE planned for and will most likely be even better.  I know I can look at my past and be thankful for many prayers that were answered very differently than I had in mind, but for much better!  What about you?  Have a great week – Amen!

Here is the referenced song, I really just like the chorus and his realization at the end:

Unanswered Prayers
by Garth Brooks (it doesn’t appear his version is available anywhere to download except for buying the CD)

Just the other night a hometown football game
My wife and I ran into my old high school flame
And as I introduced them the past came back to me
And I couldn’t help but think of the way things used to be

She was the one that I’d wanted for all times
And each night I’d spend prayin’ that God would make her mine
And if he’d only grant me this wish I wished back then
I’d never ask for anything again

Sometimes I thank God for unanswered prayers 
Remember when you’re talkin’ to the man upstairs 
That just because he doesn’t answer doesn’t mean he don’t care 
Some of God’s greatest gifts are unanswered prayers 

She wasn’t quite the angel that I remembered in my dreams
And I could tell that time had changed me
In her eyes too it seemed
We tried to talk about the old days
There wasn’t much we could recall
I guess the Lord knows what he’s doin’ after all

And as she walked away and I looked at my wife
And then and there I thanked the good Lord
For the gifts in my life

Sometimes I thank God for unanswered prayers

Remember when you’re talkin’ to the man upstairs
That just because he may not answer doesn’t mean he don’t care
Some of God’s greatest gifts are unanswered

Some of God’s greatest gifts are all too often unanswered…
Some of God’s greatest gifts are unanswered prayers

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Through the Storm, He is LORD!

Happy Tuesday.  Yep, I’m late for my Sunday post.  I’ve just been tired lately.  Maybe a bug, maybe my kids not wanting to sleep (teething, bad dreams…), maybe stuff on my mind, maybe dogs waking up early to enjoy the cooler, almost fall weather, who knows.  Blogging just hasn’t been high on my list.  Even today I’m struggling to be encouraging, uplifting, positive.  Nothing is wrong, I’m incredibly blessed, just tired.

My heart is heavy with yet another shooting yesterday.  I pray for the victims, their families, the shooter, our country.  Such tragedy, but God will prevail if we have our anchor in the right place.

“Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that within the veil”
Hebrews 6:19 (KJV)

So I’ve had this song on my mind this week “Cornerstone”.  And the verse “My anchor holds within the veil”  Our “anchor” is God and our hope and trust in him.  And the “veil” is God’s inner sanctuary (I saw somewhere where the impossible becomes possible).  I’ve googled this verse and song could go much deeper, but I’m leaving it at that for today.  It’s simple, keep anchored in God and He will prevail.

Listen to the song and really meditate on it.  The last verse gives me goosebumps.  “When He shall come with trumpet sound, Oh, may I then in Him be found; Dressed in His righteousness alone, Faultless stand before the throne.”  It’s what all of this (life) is all about.  As God as our cornerstone, we will survive (even thrive) and be better for it!

I pray for those grieving this week and those celebrating this week.  Wherever you are in life, as God as your anchor and your trust in HIM, you can’t go wrong.  Amen.

Cornerstone
Hillsong United

My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus blood and righteousness
I dare not trust the sweetest frame
But wholly trust in Jesus nameMy hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus blood and righteousness
I dare not trust the sweetest frame
But wholly trust in Jesus nameChrist alone; cornerstone
Weak made strong; in the Saviour’s love
Through the storm, He is Lord
Lord of all

When Darkness seems to hide His face
I rest on His unchanging grace
In every high and stormy gale
My anchor holds within the veil
My anchor holds within the veil

Christ alone; cornerstone
Weak made strong; in the Saviour’s love
Through the storm, He is Lord
Lord of all
He is Lord
Lord of all

Christ alone
Christ alone; cornerstone
Weak made strong; in the Saviour’s love
Through the storm, He is Lord
Lord of all

Christ alone; cornerstone
Weak made strong; in the Saviour’s love
Through the storm, He is Lord
Lord of all

When He shall come with trumpet sound,
Oh, may I then in Him be found;
Dressed in His righteousness alone,
Faultless stand before the throne.

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Finding my purpose versus living with purpose

You talk a lot about purpose. How does someone find their purpose?

One of the worst things people can do is try to find their purpose in life. Not only does it put tremendous pressure on you, but it also paralyzes you and prevents you from starting on anything else. The problem is that we think our purpose has to be perfect and that we only get one.

I’m not a fan of finding your purpose, I’m a fan of living with purpose. Purpose is not a final destination. You don’t have to know the finish line before you cross the starting line. Purpose is attracted to motion, and if you start where you are you’ll probably encounter purpose when you least expect it.

From original article/interview here:
http://moneysavingmom.com/2013/08/monthly-sponsor-spotlight-an-interview-with-jon-acuff-author-of-start.html

My response:

When I read this on Money Saving Mom’s blog yesterday, it felt like a slap in the face.  I don’t like being told that I am doing “one of the worst things.” I’m not putting my life on hold to find my purpose (do people do that?)  I’m not discouraged that I haven’t figured it out yet (or maybe I have and don ‘t know it?).  I believe I am where God wants me to be at this time in my life.  But I do believe God has created us all for a purpose (or many).  What I am trying to do is figure out what strengths, passions, and interests God has given me, and then use them!   In everything I do I try to glorify God and love my neighbors.   Maybe my purpose is that simple, but it can’t help to try and organize my life and see if something shakes out!  He created me to be Type A, compulsive, and over-analyzing, so I can only believe that this blog is just the next step in living out my calling.  I think living with purpose is a great way to put it, so maybe I’ll adopt that wording going forward.  I don’t plan on having a final “THIS IS IT” moment (a destination) and then stop and I don’t feel paralyzed along the way.  I know my faith is constantly evolving and God will always be working in me and through me.  I guess I just want to document it and maybe encourage a few others along the way.

As always I refer back to Jeremiah 29:11 (cute Etsy picture shown above). God has plans for every one of us to prosper, and give us hope and a future.  Resting in that along is awesome, knowing that I am living out those plans is/will be amazing!

That all being said, I think I will try to get my hands on a copy of Jon Acuff’s latest book:

Sounds like a good guide on my quest to LIVE OUT MY PURPOSE!  Maybe that slap yesterday was just a little nudge to look at what I am doing.  I have days that are more frustrating that others, but I do feel I live with purpose.  Right now my purpose just happens to be my family, and while that will never change I’m excited to find out what else will be added to that along my journey on earth!

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It may be hot outside, but it’s still winter for some.

Psalm 23:1-6

Happy Sunday (ok it’s Monday now – hope your week is starting off well).  A bit of a bittersweet message and song for you all today.  I just returned home from a great week of sun, friends, and good times (post on that to come soon).  Not quite settled in, still piles of laundry and many bags to unpack, we headed to the 3rd evening contemporary service of the New Church of Peachtree City held at Heritage Christian Church.

Pastor David is preaching a series titled Seasons of the Soul.  We started with Summer, missed Fall, and tonight’s message was Winter, which could not have been timed more appropriately.  The service started with Psalm 23 (see above).  This verse has been read at many funerals, including my father’s, which appropriately timed, was 12 years ago this week.  And today is the anniversary of my father’s passing (that is him below shortly before his death around 48 years old).  12 years ago was a “winter” period of my life.  The season of winter in one’s life can be full of uncertainty, unmet expectations, feeling of hopelessness (nothing more we can do), and just lack of control.  It basically is the lowest of lows and sucks, to be frank.  Psalm 88 tells us winter is a part of life and offers a prayer for help.  God often seems silent and we are desperate for answers.  (Remember Job?)

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Like all things though, God sends us through the winters of our lives to teach us some lessons and really appreciate the summers.  David presented 3 lessons (taken from John Ortberg) we learn during winter:

  1. We learn that we are not running the show. (Ecclesiastes 7:13-14)
  2. We learn we need community the most when we desire it the least. (Romans 12:12)
  3. We learn to cling tenaciously to hope. (“Hope and fear cannot occupy the same space at the same time.  Invite one to stay.” Maya Angelou)

My prayer today is for all of those in the winter season of your life.  Cling to your faith, pray ferociously, lean on those around you, and KNOW God is there and you will come through even stronger.  I find comfort today knowing that my Dad is in heaven looking down on us, watching his grandkids grow, and not suffering any longer.  And I know we will be reunited one day and can rest in that knowledge.

And a special prayer to friends of ours that lost a loved one yesterday too.  I pray for comfort, peace, understanding, and patience as they wait for answers.  Love you guys and we are praying hard for you and your family.

I’ll leave you with one of my favorite songs that always bring tears to my eyes and goosebumps as the words to just so raw and true.  The tears, the storms, the sleepless nights, and trials are truly YOUR mercies in disguise, and for that we exalt YOU always and declare YOUR GLORY!

Blessings
Laura Story

We pray for blessings
We pray for peace
Comfort for family, protection while we sleep
We pray for healing, for prosperity
We pray for Your mighty hand to ease our suffering
All the while, You hear each spoken need
Yet love us way too much to give us lesser things

Cause what if Your blessings come through raindrops
What if Your healing comes through tears
What if a thousand sleepless nights
Are what it takes to know You’re near
What if trials of this life are Your mercies in disguise

We pray for wisdom
Your voice to hear
And we cry in anger when we cannot feel You near
We doubt Your goodness, we doubt Your love
As if every promise from Your Word is not enough
All the while, You hear each desperate plea
And long that we’d have faith to believe

Cause what if Your blessings come through raindrops
What if Your healing comes through tears
What if a thousand sleepless nights
Are what it takes to know You’re near
And what if trials of this life are Your mercies in disguise

When friends betray us
When darkness seems to win
We know the pain reminds this heart
That this is not, this is not our home

Cause what if Your blessings come through raindrops
What if Your healing comes through tears
And what if a thousand sleepless nights
Are what it takes to know You’re near
What if my greatest disappointments
Or the aching of this life
Is the revealing of a greater thirst this world can’t satisfy
And what if trials of this life
The rain, the storms, the hardest nights
Are Your mercies in disguise

AMEN!

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