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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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God is bigger than……a lot! A prayer for those hurting.

1-IMG_0645For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. Romans 8:18

My heart is heavy this AM.  So many people I know, love, respect; teachers of my babies, friends, and just all around good people are hurting.  I wish I could take the pain away, but what I can do is pray and that is what I will do.  For those that know me (and this blog), I find comfort through song.  This AM I was blessed to take a long quiet walk with 2 of my pups and just pray, pray my own selfish prayers, but also for comfort for those around me and for words (someone else’s or my own) to share.  Prayers for a way to show I care but also that God is still good and in control.  Most (if not all) of these friends know this, but a reminder can never hurt.

The song God placed on my heart today is “My Glorious” by Chris Tomlin.  I’ll embed the YouTube video below, as well as lyrics.  “God is bigger than…” all of this.  I know in times of pain and sorrow and grieving it’s hard to step back and remember that, but I pray you can feel His big arms and love surround you during this time.

And to lighten things up a little – as a mom I can’t help but try to put things in terms that my kids can understand.  I’m a big Veggie Tales fan and this song came to mind when singing the lyrics “God is Bigger Than” from “My Glorious”.  Here is “God is Bigger Than the Boogie Man”.  Contains that same great message, when you’re scared, afraid, hurting, put on a smile, pray, and know that God will take care of you.

Thanks for reading.  Praying for peace, comfort, understanding, and that you feel the love from your Father in heaven and know that He is now holding one of His children closer today and one day we all will be a part of his Kingdom and feel no more pain.  Amen.

My Glorious
Chris Tomlin

God is bigger than
The air I breathe
The world we’ll leave
God will save the day
And all will say
My Glorious

And all You ever do
Is change the old for new
People, we believe that

God is bigger than
The air I breathe
The world we’ll leave
God will save the day
And all will say
My Glorious

The world is shaking
With the love of God
Great and glorious
Let the whole earth sing

And all You ever do
Is change the old for new
People, we believe that

God is bigger than
The air I breathe
The world we’ll leave
God will save the day
And all will say
My Glorious

Clouds are breaking
Heaven’s come to earth
Hearts awakening
Let the church bells ring
And all You ever do
Is change the old for new
People, we believe that

God is bigger than
The air I breathe
The world we’ll leave
God will save the day
And all will say
My Glorious

My Glorious
My Glorious
My Glorious
My Glorious

My Glorious
My Glorious
My Glorious
My Glorious

God is bigger than
The air I breathe
The world we’ll leave
God will save the day
And all will say
My Glorious

My Glorious
My Glorious
My Glorious
My Glorious

My Glorious
My Glorious
My Glorious
My Glorious

Glory, glory
Send Your glory
Glory, glory
Send Your glory

Glory, glory
Send Your glory
Glory, glory
Send Your glory

Glory, glory
Send Your glory
Glory, glory
Send Your glory

Glory, glory
Send Your glory

You’re Glorious
You’re Glorious
You’re Glorious
Yes, You are God

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Sunday at the Beach!

Happy Sunday! We decided to explore Hilton Head Island a little this beautiful Sunday AM on vacation in search of a contemporary worship service. We found just that at Providence Presbyterian Church. It’s hard to compare to our beloved worship leaders Jay & Abby, but in their absence, the worship leader and band did a pretty good job.

No real deep thoughts for this Sunday. The scripture the pastor preached on was Romans 5:1-5 on hope and spreading the good news of God to people far and wide.

Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.
Romans 5:1-5

They also showed a brief video titled The Story of Pentacost that I really enjoyed and wanted to share here (in place of my usual song!) Enjoy!

Happy Sunday, and blessings to you for a great week!

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Sunday Musings; If God is for us – who can stop us?

Happy Sunday!  These past few weeks Pastor David, now of the New Church of Peachtree City (new name pending), has been preaching on seeing ourselves as God sees us.  His messages and related verses have really hit home as many of them are again related to finding our purpose, rather God’s purpose for us.  I thought I would share and maybe by writing it out I will have some big revelation for myself (most likely not but here’s hoping and at least maybe some slow progress and something to refer back to!)

1.  We are wonderfully made.

I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. 
Psalm 139:14

2.  We are fully forgiven.

Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace.And be thankful. Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
Colossians 3:12-17
(Side note – this sermon was on April 21st – our 6th anniversary AND this was the verse that was read at our wedding – so I can’t help but think of the timing!)

3.  We are showered with blessings.

What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?
Romans 8:31-32
(I couldn’t get Our God by Chris Tomlin out of my head when hearing this verse!)

How awesome is our God?  He is so good to us.  I want and strive to live my life keeping these 3 things in my mind at all times.  When facing any battle or challenge I want to picture my ginormous God behind me cheering and pushing me to get through and to do my best.  With God in my corner, who can stop me!  (Realistically I want to say the world, nay-sayers, money, etc…but God will provide and prevail as long as I keep my heart and mind open to His lead.)

I’m going to leave you with the remainder of the Romans verses and one song, based on these verses, that really encouraged me this AM and I feel God has placed on my heart to meditate on this week.  (It warmed my heart when I was just playing the video and LL looks over to me and says “Mommy, I really like this song!”)

The Greatness of Our God
Hillsong LIVE

Give me eyes to see 
More of who You are 
May what I behold, 
still my anxious heart. 
Take what I have known 
And break it all apart 
For You my God, are greater still.

CHORUS
No sky contains,
No doubt restrains,
All You are,
The greatness of our God.
I spend my life to know,
And I’m far from close 
To all You are, 
The greatness of our God.

Verse 2: 
Give me grace to see 
Beyond this moment here. 
To believe that there 
Is nothing left to fear.

That You alone are high above it all.
For You my God, are greater still.

CHORUS 2x
No sky contains,
No doubt restrains,
All You are,
The greatness of our God.
I spend my life to know,
And I’m far from close 
To all You are, 
The greatness of our God.

Bridge: 2x
And there is nothing
That can ever separate us.
There is nothing that can ever 
separate us from Your love.
No life, no death, of this I am convinced.
You my God, are greater still.

2x:
And no words can say, or song convey,
all You are the greatness of our God.
I spend my life to know,
And I’m far from close 
to all You are, 
the greatness of our God.

Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? 36 As it is written:“For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.” No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.  For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,[k] neither the present nor the future,nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Romans 8:33:39

AMEN!  Have a blessed week!

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