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Great Joy

Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.  Hebrews 12:2

Joy.  That was part of this morning’s devotional around our Advent wreath.

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Joy.

When Joseph and Mary held Jesus, they were like any other set of parents….. their hearts were bursting with joy.

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I can remember falling in love all over again the moment my two children were placed in my arms for the first time.  That kind of love mixed with joy can not be explained only experienced.

Joy.

We sing carols exclaiming the joy of the world during this time of the year.  We celebrate that joy.  We capture it and give it to others.

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Joy.

Joy isn’t only involved in wondrously treasured moments.  Joy can be found in the underlining of every sorrow.

Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds…. James 1:2

As Mary held her baby, she didn’t focus on how God’s plan of salvation would occur.  She focused on the joy that this baby will bring to anyone who possesses grace.

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Jesus found joy in the outcome of His death, not the agony He would face.

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Joy.

Honestly, I never realized that underneath my pain, sorrow and anguish; joy resides.  Joy.  I reflect on trials today….. I want to peel back all that dark unpleasant affliction and find Jesus’ joy.

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My miscarriage…… heartbreaking and painful.  And underneath it is joy because that sweet life was born in heaven and into the arms of Jesus.  Joy because what if something was life threatening and painfully wrong…..my baby never had to suffer.

Mary found it.  Her heart broke under the heavy weight of Jesus’ agonizing death.  Under the confusion and grieving, she found joy in knowing that God’s plan was underway.  She touched the joy when Jesus approached her at the tomb.  She understood the joy knowing that Jesus was alive and at the right side of God.

Joy.  Sweet Joy.

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What ever you are experiencing right now that is bringing you such agony…. peel back all the yuck and find the joy.  It is there.  Jesus saw it in His trial and death.  If it was there for Him, it is there for us to embrace.

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Find it.  Embrace that JOY!

Look Around

Sunday, it began with a prayer.

God awaken my soul.

Worship service began and I felt no ease.  My heart wrapped in worry.  My head ached for sense.  Restlessness overcame my very being.  Unsettled.  Stagnate. Fearful.

Holy Spirit arouse each cell of my being.

The sermon began with a young maiden long ago.  Encountered a heavenly host to learn of her fate.  Refusal wasn’t her answer.  She welcomed the hardship, the loneliness, her fate as a believer……

Make me like Mary.

Go For A Walk.

I heard it.  I felt it.  God’s beckoning.  The dreariness of my mind’s state held me back.

What were Mary’s words?  “I am the Lord’s servant….. May it e to me as you have said.”  Luke 1:38  Oh yes, now I remember.  Yes, Lord, a walk I will take.

Sunday afternoon, as soon as I could, I went on my walk.  I grabbed my pocket size Bible, slipped it into my pocket and headed out across the yard.

Oh, God, help me…. I began to pray.

Hush my child, look around.

Stubborn, I continued on in prayer with each step.

Finances, Work, Pressure, Worry, Past Hurts

Look Around.

I need you, God, to hear me.

Look Around.

It wasn’t long before I was quiet.  My soul jerked awake and my cells burned with desire not despair.

I looked around.  I saw God’s beauty.

Green holly with red berries reminded me of the season.

A playful, full of life, kitten climbing the tree.  His stance screams “Look at me!” A smile formed.  Worries lessened.

The elderly horse gently acknowledging me with a neighborly neigh. My heart strings played God’s melody.  Pain, Pressure, and my future worries slipped away.

God’s words echoed……

 25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?

   28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. Matthew 6:25-34

A gentle reminder.  A quiet nudge.  Reassurance all will be right again.  Worry no more and walk…….

God bless……

Okay folks….. yesterday, I asked, “What is it??”

Vaporizer….. good idea.

Two spout teapot….. can see that.

Two wick oil lamp…..ahhhh I think we may have solved our mystery!!  Apparently, I am missing another ball.  The ball holds the wick.  I will have to try that one out!!

Thanks for all your help!!

Homecoming

Blessed.

I’m blessed.  There is no way around it.

Last week, I hate to admit that I was tempted to run and hide.  I wanted to crawl under the covers and stay there with my head under my pillow.  I felt beaten down with one sentence.

I choose to cast my cares on you, Lord, and you will sustain me.  Psalm 55:22

I know man’s rejection only is God’s protection.

Blessed.

I’m just so blessed.

Just look at my beautiful daughter.

This was supposed to be a homecoming event with a boy.  It didn’t happen.  So many tearful outcomes could have played out.  Heartbroken tears.  Angry tears.

I choose to cast my cares on you, Lord, and you will sustain me.  Psalm 55:22

Instead, great friends replaced the emptiness of what should have been.

Thank you, Lord, for the beautiful young woman my baby girl has become.  You have given her the strength and the nobility of Queen Esther…… The loyalty and love of Ruth……  The trustworthiness of  Mary…..  Continue to bless her Lord!

And I didn’t cry…. in front of her, anyways!

May God bless your Monday.

Just Suppose

 

Recently, I have been reading books by Francine Rivers.  Her books are inspiring and thought provoking.  She has written fictional stories around the lives of Biblical figures.  I suggest you head out to your local library and check her books out.  You will not be able to put them down.  At this very moment, I had to put down Unafraid to blog.  My mind keeps going back to the book.. I’m dying to find out what happens next!!  The story is about Mary, the mother of Jesus.

Needless to say, we know the story but Francine Rivers builds her story from between the lines of our Bible text.  She makes Mary seem even more real.  Like for example when the angel appeared to tell her she was chosen.

Rivers takes the “just suppose” viewpoint.  Suppose Mary is there sitting under the tree and is approached.  Just suppose she is told then asked if she would take on the responsibility.  Just suppose she thought through all the consequences she will face if she said yes.  Now, just suppose (of course we know she did) she accepted even after thinking.

But, while reading, I thought, “Just suppose she said no thanks.”  She would have been heavenly condemned instead of humanly condemned.  She would have missed out on being the mother of Christ.  She would have missed out on Jesus kisses.   Can you imagine??   Would God be angry at her?  Would He have understood her reservation?

Thought provoking isn’t it??  Well, now think of it in these terms..

God sends you a message and requests action from you.  How many times have you sat there (like me) and pondered all the pros and  cons?  Then you decide the cons out weigh the pros and decline.  I’ve done it.  I’m ashamed to admit it.  Now, the requests from me may have not been as important as Mary’s but it was important enough for God to ask.  ((AHEM))

Praise God that Mary was strong enough in her faith to accept the challenge.

I hope you have a wonderful day… hey now remember you can hop on over to yesterday’s post and leave a comment to get your name in the pot for the ankle bracelet.  I will be drawing the winner on Friday!  So what are you waiting for????  Get over there!!!!

God bless..

Value of Friends

Have you ever thought about how much you truly value your friends?  Would you have to break down the value according to the degree of your relationship.  I guess your BFF would have a greater value than say a church acquaintance.  Or do you think that every person regardless of the friendship hierarchy should have the same value?

I asked myself these kinds of questions last night.  Did Christ value others more?  Did He give out a cheaper miracle to some and others gave the richest of miracles?  Or would you say the value of every miracle He performed was equal?  I mean a miracle is great no matter the size, right?

Shouldn’t we give our best to all of our friends equally?  Or how about to anyone?  Shouldn’t we treat everyone equally in terms of value?  Thought provoking, huh?

You see, Mary.. you know the Martha and Mary, Mary… well she was criticized by Judas for pouring her most expensive perfumed oil on Jesus’ feet.  It was an act of most grand value.  She used the expensive oil to show her devotion and love to Jesus.  It was an act of giving that went without notice from Christ.  She was blessed.  Can you imagine the feeling she had as she did this?  This was a valued oil (averaging like $60 in today’s money)  Something to treasure and she was giving it away freely.  And Judas of all people had to make a comment. (John 12: 4-6)

But, how ironic… Judas sold Jesus out for a mere 20 bucks.  Shows you how much he truly valued his friendship with Christ.. ahem.. God himself.

And now, think about Christ.  He paid the ultimate price.. for everyone equally.  He died so that everyone could have an eternal relationship with God.  The value is the same for everyone.

Makes you stop and think doesn’t it?  Well, while you are thinking.. have a great day!  God Bless..