“A voice cries out: ‘In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord,
make straight in the desert a highway for our God.’”
Advent has begun. A time of preparation for the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ. The prophet Isaiah is clear, it is time to get ready. Do not wait! The time is NOW! Too often we procrastinate thinking we will have time, later. Putting off what we should have done weeks ago. When it comes to preparing our hearts for the coming of Jesus, there is no time to waste. So as you begin to think and make preparations to celebrate the upcoming Christmas season, do not miss the opportunity to prepare your heart for the greatest gift ever given. Do not get so caught up in the decorations, busyness, or the gifts that you miss the reason we celebrate in the first place.
“Enter his gates with thanksgiving,
and his courts with praise.
Give thanks to him, bless his name.”
You may begin this Thanksgiving Day with a heart that is less than thankful. This is certainly not the year we expected nor wanted but it is our reality. So, I invite you instead to take extra time today and look at your life. Thank God for everything you have been blessed with.
Thank God for;
the things you can see,
the things you can taste,
the things you can feel,
the things you can touch,
the things you can hear,
the things you are good at,
all that you have learned this year,
but…most of all…
Thank God for the gift of hope coming soon in the form of a Savior.
“Do not let us grow weary in doing what is right.”
Doing the right thing is sometimes very difficult. When those around us either refuse to do the right thing, make fun of us or even bully us it becomes even more difficult. Sometimes the right thing becomes very clouded and muddy because of external factors.
As we continue on in this very difficult time in our world, let us not grow weary in doing what is right. May we love our neighbor. Respect one another. Be gentle on those around us as we recognize each one of us is carrying a heavy load.
Breathe dear friends and make time to pray. God is listening and will help us carry this heavy load.
“Awe came upon everyone because many wonders and signs
were being done by the apostles.”
I want you to think about the word “awe”. We use it so rarely. BUT, we use the word awesome almost to the extent we use the word love. As a society, we’ve overused the word love so much that in an effect we’ve changed its definition.
When you ponder the words from Acts above, I wonder how often the people that surround us could say the same thing about us? Are they in awe of the wonders and signs being done by us?
As God’s Children, we are to be the hands, feet, and voice of God in this dark world. The words we speak and the actions that come from us are to be God’s desire. May you seek to do God’s will this day and may those around you be in awe of what God continues to do through you.
Throughout scripture, we read the word faith or a derivative of it. Faith is trust and commitment in and to God. If we truly are in a relationship with the Living God, then there must be mutual trust and commitment. God repeatedly shows God’s love and commitment to us, but how do we show our trust, love, and commitment back to God? What do we do each day that tells the world around us that God is important to us (that we trust this Living God and are committed to the journey before us, hand in hand with God).
Think on this; what have you said or done this past week that showed others that God is a priority in your life? If we truly are filled with faithfulness in God, then we will never grow weary of sharing the God moments in our life with others. More importantly, the love of God will shine through everything we say and do.
“For the Lord is good;
his steadfast love endures forever,
and his faithfulness to all generations.”