Happy New Year

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No Fear There

So there’s heaps of stuff and scary things happening with massive floodings, tornadoes and earthquakes throughout states and countries and now ~ now beheadings in Sweden and on and on it goes and yeah, where it stops nobody knows. Hope? What ‘s that in days like these? Days of shootings, bombings, lawlessness, wars, turmoil, strife, financial crisis and natural disasters on every front and at every turn. It appears that our world is being set up for knock down and its all just so messy and unnerving isn’t it?

Happy New Year!!

Ok, tell me how ‘happy” can make a comeback after all that’s been lost, even in the past year with so many victims, so many deaths, so many losses, and so few wins?
Paul knew losses all too well. He knew desperate suffering even for the sake of innocence! Imprisoned wrongly, yet his chains advanced the Gospel. He reminds us of it in Philippians 1: 12, “Now I want you to know brothers, that what has happened to me has really served to advance the Gospel. As a result, it has become clear throughout the whole palace guard and to everyone else that I am in chains for Christ. Because of my chains, most of the brothers in the Lord have been encouraged to speak the word of God more courageously and fearlessly.”
Oh yeah, he knew all about suffering but he saw the bigger picture and the golden lining that it came wrapped in! He looked deeper to find the good. Perhaps we can too! Perhaps if we look deeper than the scary surface of random happenings and deeper than the inevitable, looming fears and demands and threats that hang over the days of our lives, we can find the gold lining too. So go ahead and look! There’s no room for fear when we look for the good, the noble, the right, the true, the lovely, the pure and the admirable. Think on these things but don’t just think on them ~ practice them and the God of peace will be you. Philippians 4:8.

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As believers, God’s got us and we’re on the victory side despite all the nasty stuff that sin brings into the picture. Sin? It’s rampant in this messy world and ruins and destroys all in its path. It’s surely taken us down it’s beaten path and taken its toll on our world and us and continues to destroy even the innocent. So unfair it is, but yet through all of this hardship, find, as Paul did, the joy and the courage to face the next moment and the next day and the next year and say with him, as he pens the words in
Philippians: 18, 20,21: “But what does it matter? The important thing is that in every way, whether from false motives or true, Christ is preached. And because of this I rejoice. Yes, and I will continue to rejoice……I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage so that now as always, Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death. For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.

If your days get scary, there’s still hope in that, because God’s got it and He is Hope for this old world and He’s got you and He has your gold lining all laid out wrinkle free in His perfect plan! It’s so peaceful there! Trust Him when the days are long and the nights are dark!

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A Christmas Past

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So after Christmas past, is there more? Maybe for you it’s one down, one to go or maybe two more celebrations with family or friends. How was it? Was it all you expected it to be? Was it everything you hoped for? O.k so the bones are weary after all the preparation and the muscles ache now, on the let-down after the day. Perhaps it was a tough day for you, where expected, warm moments maybe weren’t so warm after all. Perhaps they turned into strained moments with uncomfortable meetings and greetings? Oh yeah, the hurt was brought back to the surface and what you thought had healed really wasn’t healed at all. Now, on the day after Christmas past, the struggles still hang on and the walls still surround and the battles are still there, yeah, even after Christmas! A wonderful time has come and gone, and your hope for reconciliation or acceptance or even just forgiveness just didn’t go as planned and it’s over once again and the emptiness of it all still sits heavy within your beautiful soul.

Don't you just love God's sense of humour to give us a built in smiley face  on the moon to look down on us earth people.  Even through cloudy skies He gives us His assurance that all is well.
Don’t you just love God’s sense of humour to give us a built in smiley face on the moon to look down on us earth people. Even through cloudy skies He gives us His assurance that all is well.

You need a sweet, hug from God today! A hug snuggly wrapped in His favour and blessing! A gentle hug so sweet and so tender that all the bad stuff pales in comparison to this grace hug from the One true Light of the World that shattered darkness, with His birth on that night so long ago! It was for you right here and now. Right where you are ~ He’s there still ~ to shatter your broken world and bring Hope and healing, into your moments of pain. So, when the struggles still struggle and the hurt still hurts,and the walls are still high and pain still goes so deep, even after Christmas, get with God and get to know His Son, Jesus. Let Him lavish you with a divine love so unconditional it will make you blush as you realize what He loves you out of with no strings attached. So today, when it all seems wrong and hard and when places are just difficult, let this true Jesus be your friend and light your way! That’s why “Christ”-mas came! To bring light and peace and joy into the world and to bring light and peace and joy into yours!

Psalm 34: 18
“The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.”

John 12:46
I am come as a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me should not abide in darkness.

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Burn Out

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The excitement of decorating the Christmas tree comes early at our house and so our tree decor with it’s twinkling lights has been up since mid November! All was well for a time but the lights appear to be getting tired as they’ve had a couple of strands needing replacement to keep the tree sparkling at it’s best. Another strand now has just gone out leaving the bottom of the tree in the shadows. It seems to happen every year ~ burn out!! It’s quite frustrating to look and see a dark band or patch around a once beautifully lit, tree. It made me think that maybe that’s the way we are as we spend so much energy in preparation and by the time we celebrate the Heavenly Birth our twinkle is gone and our sparkle has dissipated into burn out. We’re worn out and the lights have dimmed or perhaps gone out altogether. On this Eve of Christmas, Make sure to relax and breathe and let the grace of God bring blessing and healing as you revive and rejuvenate from your tired aching bones and weariness.
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Star Of Wonder

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Relax! Enjoy this Christmas season as we celebrate the birthday of our Lord and Savior ~ The Messiah, Our King! Find the Hope, love and warmth that’s tucked inside God’s beautiful gift, given to a needy world, and let it make a difference in your life.

Feeling alone? So were the lowly shepherds, out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night after night after night. It was they who were chosen to receive the birth announcement with exquisite, “Out Of This World” props!! A star of wonder, lit the sky and 3D angels with muti-media and surround sound filled the heavens to proclaim this royal event. The lonely, lowly shepherds followed the star, sought him out, found Him in the stable and knelt to worship Him. I wonder if you’ve found Him? Wise men went searching for Him and wise men still do! Wise men found Him and wise men still do.

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“When the angels had gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds began saying to one another, “Let us go straight to Bethlehem then, and see this thing that has happened which the Lord has made known to us.” So they came in a hurry and found their way to Mary and Joseph, and the baby as He lay in the manger. When they had seen this, they made known the statement which had been told them about this Child”.…

Luke 2: 15, 16, 17

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