Third Tuesday of Advent – Good News

December 18, 2018

Luke 2:8-9

Luke 2:8, “Nearby shepherds were living in the fields, guarding their sheep at night.”

Good News:

• Something or someone pleasant

• Fortunate or otherwise positive

• The message of Jesus concerning the salvation of the faithful

• something new that will be useful to someone

Isaiah 61:1

“The spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me; he has sent me to bring good news to the oppressed, to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and release to the prisoners;”

Good News! Good News! In today’s, message we read about the audiences that would have received “good news”during the time of Jesus’ birth, it would have been reserved for the upper class citizens and important members of government within a particular city. God, had a different plan for His good news. God reached out to the individuals that were mostly being ignored or simply forgotten by most people within the upper crest of population. But, God sent His angels to share the “Good News” of the birth of His son to shepherds living with their animals in the surrounding fields. Salvation was announced to the very lest of humanity. And, we find later in Jesus’ life during His ministry he said,

“For the Son of man is come to save that which was lost.” -Matthew 18:11 and also in Luke 19:10, “For the Son of Man came to seek out and to save the lost.”

Jesus is Savior for all, He loves all His children and He intentionally reaches out to those who often overlooked or cast aside by others and He lets them know that they are noticed, valued, and worthy!

Prayer: Lord, May I respect the dignity of all of your children. Amen.

~Peace and Blessings~

References:

The C. S. Lewis Bible NRSV

https://www.biblegateway.com

http://www.abingdonpress.com

https://www.merriam-webster.com/

https://www.yourdictionary.com/good-new

Third Monday of Advent – Prepare

December 17, 2018

Luke 2:5-6

Luke 2:6, “ While they were there, the time came for Mary to have her baby.”

Prepare:

• to make ready beforehand for some purpose, use, or activity

• to put in a proper state of mind

• to work out the details

• plan in advance

• to put together

• to put into written form

• to get ready

In this third week of Advent, we celebrate “JOY” and the word emphasized today is “prepare.” Is there joy in preparing or perhaps preparing is joyful! Our writer describes her experience of becoming a mother, I’m am quite sure that some of you know exactly what she is talking about and most likely experienced it for yourselves. I have not had any children and yet I can grasp the concept and imagine what it might be like. No matter our backgrounds, we have all experienced something that was not a priority in life that became a priority, something that is your “baby.” I’ve heard people make reference to their cars as their “baby,” they make it a priority to keep it clean, safe and running tip-top! The same is true for homes, boats, bikes, jobs, special activities or performances. The common denominator is we do all within our power to safeguard that one “thing!” No to diminish having nice things or doing well, my question is “Where is God? Where is Jesus? Where is the Holy Spirit?” The One who sacrificed everything for us, are we protecting and safeguarding the gift of salvation? Just as a woman prepares for having a baby, we must prepare for our life as children of God. We don’t learn everything all at once, it takes “baby steps.” Just as humans learn and grow and make advances in knowledge, so will a Christian in their walk with Jesus. Are we cultivating the kind of return that we want. Nothing compares to Jesus and His love for us. This Christmas season is about the birth of Jesus, it tells of Mary and Joseph preparing for their unborn son, and trusting in God’s plan and timing.

Prayer: Lord, my life echo your grace. Amen

~Peace and Blessings~

References:

The C. S. Lewis Bible NRSV

https://www.biblegateway.com

http://www.abingdonpress.com

Additional material – Thoughts of C.S.Lewis:

One Grand Miracle

http://www.cslewis.com/one-grand-miracle/

C. S. Lewis loved the story of the birth of Christ. In fact, he argued that the one Grand Miracle of Christianity is not the Crucifixion or the Resurrection, but Christ’s birth. He saw every other miracle of Scripture as preparing for, demonstrating, or resulting from, the Incarnation.

Obviously our Lord would not have suffered the cross or led humankind from the grave if he had not been born.

Lewis calls a miracle, “an interference with Nature by supernatural power.” Thank God, he does interfere in our world! Left to our own instincts, I we go our own way. God became one of us because he yearns to make us one with him. That’s why God has been miraculously interfering for millennia. Just for starters, think of Abraham and Sarah becoming parents late in life, the Israelites crossing the Red Sea, or the rescue of Daniel from the lions. Perhaps you have experienced a miracle in your own life. But none of these, remarkable though they were, were as important as the Incarnation.

While we believe that God is near, Christ is in us, the Holy Spirit has been poured out on us, God remains hidden in these miracles. With the birth of Jesus, God becomes visible in a tiny body for a mother to hold, for shepherds to admire, for magi to worship. He Himself is the miracle! “Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father” (John 14:9), Jesus said. The Word became flesh. He became one of us-his Grand Miracle! Let us-who recognize the Miracle-bow the knee.

Lord, give us a new appreciation of the Grand Miracle, your coming to Earth, this Advent season. Amen.

Lewis wrote “…the Christian story is precisely the story of one grand miracle, the Christian assertion being that what is beyond all space and time, what is uncreated, eternal, came into nature, into human nature, descended into His own universe, and rose again, bringing nature up with Him. It is precisely one great miracle. If you take that away there is nothing specifically Christian left.” (“The Grand Miracle,” God in the Dock, 80)

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Third Sunday of Advent – Joy

December 16, 2018

John 1:1-5, 14, 17b

John 1:14a, “The Word became flesh and made his home among us. We have seen his glory, glory like that of a father’s only son, full of grace and truth.”

Heart of God:

• The heart is the being or the person. That is; it is not to mean the literal heart but the spirit man. For without the heart or the spirit for that matter, one is not. For there can’t be the literal man without the spirit. Yet the spirit man can be without the literal man. With this then, it is not mistaken to conclude that when we mention the heart of God, it is in reference to God Himself. For God is His heart, just as everybody else is their heart. The heart of God though is clean, pure, loving, merciful, gracious. For God is only touched and moved by His own heart. God is not subject to or influenced by any external factor. God only listens to His heart. He says what He intends to say. When He loves, He intends to do so. God intends to do what He does. For it is all right from His heart. God unlike man is no pretender.

Logos:

Logos, (Greek: “word,” “reason,” or “plan”)plural logos, in Greek philosophy and, theology the divine reason implicit in the cosmos, ordering it and giving it form and meaning. Though the concept defined by the term logos is found in Greek, Indian, Egyptian, and Persian philosophical and theological systems, it became particularly significant in Christian writings and doctrines to describe or define the role of Jesus Christ as the principle of God active in the creation and the continuous structuring of the cosmos and in revealing the divine plan of salvation to man. It thus underlies the basic Christian doctrine of the pre-existence of Jesus.

I remember reading John 1:1-5, a few years ago and it totally changed my view and understanding of this passage as well as the “whole” of Jesus Christ. We celebrate the human existence/birth of Jesus in December; however, Jesus has always been and will always be. John’s first few verses are powerful words explaining the world being created through the human life of Jesus…in five verses.

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being in him was life, and the life was the light of all people. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.” -John 1:1-5

Powerful and Passionate words!

It is because of Jesus, becoming flesh we are able to have a relationship with God. It is through our relationship with Jesus and most especially the documented relationships between Jesus and the disciples in the Bible that we are able to know the “Heart of God.” Jesus lived, traveled and encountered humans just as you and I do on a daily basis, he taught us how to live by example and through His words of teaching. Christmas is a time not only to celebrate the birth of Jesus but His act of grace, by becoming flesh and blood living among us. We often think of Christmas as the beginning of the Jesus story and it is in a way and as John tells us in John 1:1, it also began in the beginning Genesis 1:1. God loved us so much, He gave His only son. John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.” It is because of this, we can know the Heart of God!

Prayer: May I never stop being amazed by the grace and love of the Incarnation.

C.S.Lewis-

~Peace and Blessings~

References:

The C. S. Lewis Bible NRSV

https://www.biblegateway.com

http://www.abingdonpress.com

https://www.britannica.com/topic/logos

https://ebible.com/questions/12817-what-does-it-mean-to-have-a-heart-after-the-heart-o

Second Saturday of Advent – Hospitality

December 15, 2018

Luke 2:6-7

Luke 2:7, “She gave birth to her firstborn child, a son, wrapped him snugly, and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the guestroom.”

Hospitality:

• hospitable treatment, reception, or disposition

• the activity or business of providing services to guests

In today’s text, we read the familiar part of “no room in the inn” for Mary and Joseph. In fact, the writer of the pamphlet, Sue Mink explains in great detail the kind of place where Jesus was born. She also explains the great hospitality of a stranger taking them in. A complete stranger offer Mary and Joseph the only space they had available, an out building used for animals. Throughout Jesus’ ministry he often referred to hospitality and of the “welcoming” of people we don’t know. Acts of kindness, do not require us to know the person, their background or their circumstances…it costs nothing to smile and say hello, it costs nothing to listen to someone’s response to, “how are you?” Often taking the time to simply notice a person’s existence can turn a person’s life around. We all want to be noticed and not taken for granted. When was the last time you held a door open for someone or made eye contact? It’s easy to rush through a door,mm not thinking of the next person coming or going, it’s easy to look away when someone looks lost or confused, or simply out of place…these action speak to what kind of hearts and spirits we have. From the very beginning of Jesus’ life in the human form, He relied on the hospitality of strangers everywhere He traveled. And, jumping to the end of his life here on earth, a stranger offered a proper resting place. The greatest commandment is to “Love one another!” I believe hospitality it very near the top as well. Do you have room for Jesus in your life? Jesus has not only offered us a place to spend eternity, he’s designed a mansion specifically just for you!

“There are many rooms in my Father’s house. I wouldn’t tell you this, unless it was true. I am going there to prepare a place for each of you. -John 14:2 (CEV)

Friends, thank you for your continued support. I pray for you at this season of advent, share God’s love with others and open your hearts to hospitality, giving and receiving. Much love to you all!

Prayer: Lord Jesus, May I welcome others as you welcome me.

~Peace and Blessings~

References:

https://www.biblegateway.com

http://www.abingdonpress.com

Second Friday of Advent – Bethlehem

Friday, December 14, 2018

Micah 5:2-5a

Micah 5:2

“As for you, Bethlehem of Ephrathah, though you are the least significant of Judah’s forces, one who is to be a ruler in Israel on my behalf will come out from you.”

Bethlehem:

• Bethlehem is a Palestinian town south of Jerusalem in the West Bank.

• The biblical birthplace of Jesus, it’s a major Christian pilgrimage destination.

• The birth is marked by an inlaid silver star in a grotto under the 6th-century Church of the Nativity, which shares Manger Square with the 15th-century Church of St. Catherine

• 1860 Mosque of Omar.

Old Testament References to Jesus’ Birth:

Isaiah 9:6, “For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; And the government will rest on His shoulders; And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.”

Isaiah 11:10, “Then in that day The nations will resort to the root of Jesse, Who will stand as a signal for the people’s; And His resting place will be glorious.”

Jeremiah 23:5, “Behold, the days are coming,” declares the LORD, “When I will raise up for David a righteous Branch; And He will reign as king and act wisely And do justice and righteousness in the land.”

Numbers 24:17, “I see him, but not now; I behold him, but not near; A star shall come forth from Jacob, A scepter shall rise from Israel, And shall crush through the forehead of Moab, And tear down all the sons of Sheth.”

History-Introduction of Micah:

Today, we are reading about the city of Bethlehem, the birth place of Jesus. The passage is from the prophet Micah, a contemporary of Isaiah, prophesied during the reigns of Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah over Judah, and of Pekahiah, Pekah, and Hoshea over Israel 2 Kings 15:23-30 ; 17:1-6 . He was a prophet in Judah Jeremiah 26:17-19 but the book called by his name chiefly concerns Samaria.

Micah falls into three prophetic strains, each beginning, “Hear”:

1. 1:1-2:13

2. 3:1-5:15

3. 6:1-7:20

The events recorded Micah cover a period of 40 years (Ussher).

Interesting fact:

David is halfway between Abraham and Jesus. Fourteen generations on either side of David. (Matthew 1:17)

It certainly sounds like the prophet Micah had lots of things to say the Israelites. During the time of Micah’s writings the nation had been in many battles and the land lay in waste, almost all of her people had been exiled, this was a dark time for its people. Micah reminded the people of God’s promises and that a son of David was coming to rule and sit on the throne. This all took place at least seven hundred years before Jesus’ birth. The people needed to be awakened and renewed. It is fascinating to me as I read this story and reflect upon it, looking back on history, having a vantage point, hindsight of sorts. It is not difficult for me to see and understand the need hope and the anticipation that the Israelites would have had. This is because, here more than two thousand years after Jesus’ death and resurrection, I get excited about the meaning and purpose of this season. The celebration of the birth of a baby, in Bethlehem and the promises fulfilled all those many nights ago. We, present day Christians already know the story, and yet each year it is new again. We seek to be renewed and reminded of Hope, Peace, Joy and Love. We, much like the Israelites were waiting for Jesus’ birth, we are waiting for His return, often refer to as the Second Coming of Christ. What a glorious day that will be, to be united with God for all eternity. This season of Advent, much like children waiting for gifts on Christmas morning from the guy in the red suit, we wait for the Lord’s eternal never-ending gift. As I am typing and think of Santa, children, gifts, and believing…it’s not so far-reaching to see similarities in adults during this season. As we grow into adults do we not do the same with equal pure hearts(?) When we think of Jesus, His gift of salvation freely given and we believe. “When I was a child, I spoke as a child…” 1 Corinthians 13:11. When I grew, I learned that Santa was not a real person, but mom and dad and that Jesus is the reason for the season. I think there’s value in teaching the concept of Santa and allowing children to learn and grasp things they are capable of doing as they grow. I also believe that the birth of Jesus is and should be taught to children from the beginning of their lives, to me it seems like there’s little harm in believing in Santa. Life is a progression, it’s about learning, growing and the transferring of concepts/beliefs into your life.

May we greet one another as Christ would during this season, with grace and mercy.

Thank you for reading my words, I truly appreciate everyone who takes the time to read them. I am not a trained minister or spiritual leader, I do love Jesus and sharing His words. I’m a person just like everyone else. I am seeking to do the best I can to bring glory to God and to spread the “Good News!”

Prayer: May your ageless words enrich our time. Amen.

~Peace and Blessings~

References:

https://www.biblegateway.com

www.abingdonpress.com

https://www.merriam-webster.com/

https://www.google.com/search?q=bethlehem&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&hl=en-us&client=safari

https://www.biblestudytools.com/commentaries/scofield-reference-notes/micah/micah-introduction.html

https://www.thoughtco.com/book-of-2-samuel

Second Thursday of Advent – Ready

December 13, 2018

Luke 3:7-18

Luke 3:17b

“He will clean out his threshing area and bring the wheat into his barn. But he will burn the husks with a fire that can’t be put out.”

Ready:

• prepared mentally or physically for some experience or action

• prepared for immediate use

• willingly disposed

• likely to do something indicated

• displayed readily and spontaneously

• immediately available

Today, we read about John, son of Zechariah and Elizabeth. He was born and lived to prepare the way for the Messiah. He was a devoted Jew and followed strict practices. John was considered a prophet, not a priest like his father. John had a strict adherence to Jewish purity laws and ascetic conduct of a Nazirite, a Jew especially vowed to God’s service.

[Nazirite, (from Hebrew nazar, “to abstain from,” or “to consecrate oneself to”), among the ancient Hebrews, a sacred person whose separation was most commonly marked by his uncut hair and his abstinence from wine. Originally, the Nazirite was endowed with special charismatic gifts and normally held his status for life. Later, the term was applied to a man who had voluntarily vowed to undertake special religious observances for a limited period of time, the completion of which was marked by the presentation of offerings (Numbers 6; 1 Maccabees 3:49; Acts 21:24).]

John’s message and interest was to prepare/tell people of the coming of the Messiah. It was interested in the commitment of people to their faith and in the action of their faith. He told people if they had 2 coats, give one away to someone in need. He told the soldiers to be satisfied with their pay and not to extort money from people or make threats to them for their own gain or pleasure. To the tax collectors, he said do not collect more than that which is owed. To believers, he preached total commitment, urged them to not just go through the motions, if you are a believer then your actions would speak for you. He encouraged compassion for others, and to share one’s abundance.

In verses, 7-9 and 17 John talks about good and bad trees, cutting the ones down that do not bear fruit and throw them into the fire. He also talks of clearing the threshing floor, gathering wheat and putting the chaff in the unquenchable fire. These metaphorical to the Christian life and eternal life. When we live and practice our faith through the way we live and it’s pleasing to God, we are fruitful! At judgment, if we have fought the good fight, and lived a commitment life for God, we will be the grain and not the chaff. *See references for more scripture verses for bearing fruit, grains and chaff.

In verse 15, the crowds are wondering if John was in fact the Messiah, he quickly tells them he is not! He tells the crowds that he baptizes with water, but the one coming is greater than he is and that he will baptize with the Holy Spirit and fire.

John was ready to make a path for Jesus.

John, preached to the crowds to be ready for the Messiah.

John was ready to make a way for the Messiah and to present Jesus, the Messiah to everyone.

Are you READY?

Prayer: Lord, challenge me into being a true disciple for you. Amen.

~Peace and Blessings~

References:

https://www.biblegateway.com

http://www.abingdonpress.com

https://www.merriam-webster.com/

https://www.britannica.com/topic/Nazirite

https://www.openbible.info/topics/bearing_fruit

https://www.openbible.info/topics/wheat_and_ch

Second Wednesday of Advent – Covenant

Wednesday, December 10, 2018

Luke 1:67-79

Luke 1:76, “And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High; for you will go before the Lord to prepare his ways.”

Covenant:

• a usually formal, solemn, and binding agreement

• a written agreement or promise usually under seal between two or more parties especially for the performance of some action

• the common-law action to recover damages for breach of such a contract

• to promise

• to enter into

The scripture passage for today, tells us of Zechariah’s voice returning and how he recounts the promises of God to His people referring to God’s holy covenant in Luke 1:72-73, “Thus he has shown the mercy promised to our ancestors, and has remembered his holy covenant, the oath that he swore to our ancestor Abraham, to grant us.” As we continue reading Luke 1:76-79, we read our the role John will play in preparing the way and the people for Jesus and His ministry. What an exciting day for everyone present for Zechariah and Elizabeth’s son to be circumcised. *Full story read Luke 1:57-67.  Zechariah’s voice returned, his son was named, John just as the angel had told them and Zechariah was filled with the Holy Spirit and then spoke a prophesy to all those present. He reminds the people of God’s promises to His people, His children that they would be saved from their enemies, that they would be rescued and that they might serve without fear. What a day of celebration that must have been! Zechariah goes on to speak directly to his son, John telling him of the many wonders he would do in making preparations for the Lord. He explains the vital role John would have in making way for Jesus, John will be proclaiming Jesus’ arrival and that He would give light to the darkness. The advent story is so detailed and relative to the family bonds that were strengthened through the miracles of two women, cousins. They would both become pregnant, beyond belief, not for their glory…for God’s glory. Though the stories are completely believable to today’s believers it would not have been so easy back then, furthermore, Mary would have had many scorning her, gossiping about her and wanted to punish her but Joseph cared for her and her wellbeing before he knew the circumstances of her situation. What a noble, standup guy he was! I love the imagery of these two families coming together for the cause of making a way for baby Jesus to come into the world and be our Lord and Savior. My hope is that you find peace in hearing this advent story. I pray that you believe in the saving power of Jesus Christ and the sacrifices that were made so all could receive forgiveness and have a personal relationship with Jesus. If I can pray for you, please let me know. Today, we can hold onto the promises of God and know that He will keep His covenants.

HOPE

PEACE

Prayer: Oh Lord, empower your church to tell, teach and attend to the world. Amen.

~Peace and Blessings~

References:

https://www.biblegateway.com

http://www.abingdonpress.com

https://www.merriam-webster.com/

https://m.youtube.c

Second Tuesday of Advent – Beloved

Second Tuesday of Advent – Beloved

Luke 1:46-55

Luke 1:46

“With all my heart, I glorify the Lord!”

Beloved:

• dearly loved

• dear to the heart

Today, we continue to read about Mary, we know that she was “favored” by God in Luke 1:28, “And he came to her and said, “Greetings, favored one! The Lord is with you.” (NRSV)

Another reference is in Luke 1:46-48, “And Mary said, “My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has looked with favor on the lowliness of his servant. Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed;” (NRSV)

It is evident through the scriptures and in the place of honor that Mary holds today in churches as the mother of Jesus, she is not merely favored but she is alsobeloved.”

We all carry-on the responsibilities of continuing the work of Jesus in the world, our unique places within the world. We are commissioned to share the love of God and extend salvation to all who would hear and embrace the call of Christ. We are all “beloved” of God! We are not carbon copies of one another, we are unique one of kind individuals, each created with intent, purpose and plan! I’m reminded of a great verse, Galatians 3:28, “There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus.” (NRSV). We are called by God and through His grace and guidance to transform this world into a place where all can live in comfort, freedom, safety and respect. I believe in the new Heaven and the new earth but that does not negate my responsibilities of protecting and preserving the earth I now live in and want others to enjoy until God’s return with all things new. This may seem like an impossible or at the very least an overwhelming task to complete, and I would agree if only a few try and accomplish it. All it takes is, each person doing their part and taking responsibility for there own actions and the impact will be immeasurable! We can do this together! Hey

You are loved! -God

You are beloved! -God

Prayer: May I be a builder of your kingdom, oh God!

~Peace and Blessings~

References:

https://www.biblegateway.com

https://m.youtube.com/

http://www.abingdonpress.com

Finding Balance: Love of Job and Job Frustrations – Ownership

Previously posted under, “What to Do When Your Boss Frustrates You But You Love Your Job”

Some additional thoughts…

Friends, to be honest I’ve been asking myself this question a lot lately and although I have many ideas I decided to go start with Google! That right, answers for the masses. I found a helpful article and will share it with you.

In my previous post I provided a rather personal point of view that now may not have been the most beneficial to the masses. After careful review and recommendations from trusted sources I now see that the title of my blog may have presented my material with a negative tinge to it, which was not my intent at all. While our vocations at times present negative situations, my hope is to clarify the situation and not necessarily the emotions of said situations. The truth is the vocations we choose are, in most cases two-fold, desire to do them and a means to live. When I was a kid, I remember an adult telling me that “work, is work that’s why they call it work.” I am not sure I ever understood it but I accepted it and have worked jobs for the sole purpose of working in order to live.

Work:

  • to function or operate according to plan
  • to perform or fulfill duties regularly for wages or salary
  • to perform or carry through a task requiring sustained effort or continuous repeated operations
  • to exert oneself physically or mentally especially in sustained effort for a purpose or under compulsion or necessity
  • to produce a desired effect or result : succeed a plan that will work
  • to exert an influence or tendency
  • to make way slowly and with difficulty : move or progress laboriously
  • to move slightly in relation to another part
  • to be in agitation or restless motion
  • to set or keep in motion, operation, or activity : cause to operate or produce
  • to bring to pass
  • to solve (a problem) by reasoning or calculation
  • to cause to toil or labor
  • to make use of : exploit
  • to control or guide the operation
  • to carry on an operation or perform a job
  • to greet and talk with in a friendly way in order to ingratiate oneself or achieve a purpose
  • to bring into a desired form
  • to fashion or create a useful or desired product by expending labor or exertion
  • to get (oneself or an object) into or out of a condition or position by gradual stages
I found another article, actual a blog that offers a more positive tone to this crucial idea of work, I hope you find it helpful!
Here’s a highlight:
“Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.”

Here’s the link to the original article:

https://www.themuse.com/advice/what-to-do-when-you-hate-your-boss-but-love-your-job

In closing, I would like to reiterate what helps me in times of frustrations and feeling overwhelmed. Identify and know your areas of control and your areas of concern, clearing distinguishing your boundaries and responsibilities. These are things I wish I had learned earlier in life, but if I had I would have missed the experience of knowing the value of those lessons. I’m grateful for the lessons learned and growth that God has given to me through various things but mostly importantly through the people He has placed within my life. I wish for you knowledge and discernment in all you pursue. May God richly bless you!

As for the two articles I’ve mentioned, I am going to consider some of the suggestions; however, I am going to concentrate on my own actions and my own reactions to situations. I am the only one who can control those two things and they are essential for any true happiness or even contentment. I cannot change others but I absolutely can change how I respond. I can accept the way things are and be happy if they improve but if not I can still be happy. I can choose to continue doing the job I love, period. I can champion myself and believe in myself. I can continue to enjoy challenging myself by taking on new projects and completing online training courses in addition to the ones already assigned to me, I do them for myself and having them help me with my job is a bonus. A second thing I’ve found to be important is that I can’t compare myself to my coworker or even point out their skills that may be different or lacking, nope I can only control my stuff, me! I do not get evaluated on what others do or do not do, only what I do. We must we look at what we can control and stay in our area. I learned a valuable learn from a friend, I like to call it “Area of Control” and “Area of Concern.” It’s not wrong to be aware of the area of concern just remember that once you step out of the control arena into concern it can easily become overwhelming because someone else is in the driver’s seat and you are just a passenger. Just proceed with caution!

Friends, my humble advice is to always seek the counsel of God before making any life decision. Be open to the Holy Spirit and spend time in prayer. God loves you and is always with you!

Isaiah 41:10 “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

Deuteronomy 31:6 “Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.”

Proverbs 18:24 “One who has unreliable friends soon comes to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.

~Peace and Blessings~

References:

• Webster dictionary https://www.merriam-webster.com/

https://www.eagleonline.com/work-is-called-work-for-a-reason/

https://www.themuse.com/advice/what-to-do-when-you-hate-your-boss-but-love-your-job

Second Monday of Advent – Miracle

December 10, 2018

Luke 1:39-45

“But why am I so favored, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? As soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy.” -Luke 1:43-44

Miracle:

• an extraordinary event

• divine interventionin human affairs

• an extremely outstanding or unusual event, thing, or accomplishment

• a divinely natural phenomenonexperienced humanly as the fulfillment of spiritual law

As a believer in Jesus Christ, I believe in miracles. The Bible is filled with examples of God doing countless miracles. I believe that miracles still happen today, the Bible tells us that nothing is impossible with God.

Jeremiah 32:27, “ “I am the LORD, the God of all mankind. Is anything too hard for me?”

Miracles and prayers answered are for me, synonymous because they both are only from the Lord, God Almighty! People are daily cured of deadly diseases, daily petitions are made to God asking for very specific things that could only happen when/if God allows them. God is not to be confused with Aladdin or a Genie in a bottle! God is real, He was a man with flesh and blood as you and I. God was in the beginning, all things were created by Him with the Holy Spirit and Jesus. How do I know this, the Bible clearly states it in John 1:1-3 “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.”

Our scripture reading today and the words of Sue Mink the author of the Advent pamphlet reminds us of two miracles. The verses tell us of two women who should not be pregnant, yet clearly, they both were. Mary, a very young virgin, promised in marriage and Elizabeth, married to a priest (Zechariah) but beyond childbirth and referenced as old and barren in Luke 1:7 “But they were childless because Elizabeth was not able to conceive, and they were both very old.”

The miracles don’t stop at them both becoming pregnant, NO…Elizabeth’s son would make ready a people, prepared for the Lord.” (Luke 1:17) Elizabeth’s son would be, John the Baptist and he is a cousin to Jesus, Christ Jesus, the Son of God! This story just keeps getting better and better, God’s beautiful woven miracles of reason and purpose. I pray you see the power and evidence of God’s miracles in the world around you and within your own life! All praise and glory to God!

C.S.Lewis-

“Nothing can seem extraordinary until you have discovered what is ordinary. Belief in miracles, far from depending on an ignorance of the laws of nature, is only possible in so far as those laws are known” -Miracles: A Preliminary Study

Prayer: Lord Jesus, may I see you and serve you. Amen.

~Peace and Blessings~

References:

https://www.biblegateway.com

https://www.biblestudytools.com/topical-verses/bible-verses-about-miracles/

https://m.youtube.com/

https://www.abingdonpress.com/