No One Cares

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Devotion: Psalm 142:4

I honestly couldn’t believe my eyes.  Maybe you’ve seen it.  A young girl; eleven years old to be exact, was wearing a T-Shirt declaring “OMG, No One Cares.”  It made me want to burst into tears.  I don’t know her story; however, for one that young to really feel that to be the truth of her life is so sad.

There are people who care.  God certainly cares.  There are many people who feel they’ve been dealt a raw deal, a hard hand or a bad blow.  They blame God because He didn’t seem to intervene.  Those things are not true.  We live in a fallen world.  God can always take what Satan meant for evil and turn it around for our good and His glory.  Our test can become a testimony.

  So how can we make a difference?  

Pray for her and all those who really feel no one cares.  There are more people than you think.  People walk around with big ole smiles.  Behind many of those smiles are hurting hearts filled with disappointments and sad stories.  Will we be Jesus to them during this Christmas season and going forward?

We are so busy with our own agenda; sometimes we forget to look up and look into the faces of those around us.  We are accomplishing our own lists and checking them twice.

Jesus; please help us to look up as we are going to and fro this Christmas.  I pray You will reveal to us those who need a touch from Your watching servants.  That’s us Oh LORD.

Prayer in Motion:

Oh LORD, may I look out into the faces of those who are needing a touch from You.  I pray this young girl will learn that people care and most of all that You care deeply about her.  You created her with and on purpose.  I pray she will find You to be the loving Father God and Savior of the world.  I pray she will find Jesus this Christmas.  In Your Holy Name, I pray.  Amen,

 

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Good Gifts

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Devotion:  James 1:17

As a child; when you gazed at the gifts under your Christmas tree; which one did you eyeball the most?  Of course, it was the largest one under the tree; right?  My sister, father and I would all go, pick them up, shake them and try to figure out exactly what was inside.

All of us love to get gifts; however; as you grow up, honestly, you get more joy out of giving gifts than receiving them.  I love to buy things for the people I love.  I always hope the person loves the gift I chose specifically for them.

Unless a person is a Scrooge; most love looking at the joy on the faces of friends and family, as they open their gifts.  What about the people for whom you buy gifts but never get to see them receive or open their treasures?  You give it without any expectation of gratitude.  You give the gift (as unto the Lord).  He’s the One you want to bless and honor most of all.

God declares every good and perfect gift comes from above.  He is the One who sent the greatest gift ever; His Son Jesus Christ.  He came to bring salvation to every human being created.  It’s a free gift.  FREE!

We must pay for every gift we purchase for Christmas’ either now or later.  Just the thought that Jesus came to give up His own perfect life; in exchange for ours is overwhelming.  We can have abundant life on earth as well as eternal life in heaven when we die.  No ONE else can offer you that kind of gift.  You cannot put a price tag on that kind of amazing GIFT!

Prayer in Motion:

Lord Jesus, thank You for the perfect gift of You.  I do not even know how to begin to thank You for Your gift of perfect love toward me; a love I could never earn nor deserve. In Jesus Name.  Amen

 

 

 

What Child is This?

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Devotion:  Luke 2:1-7

What Child is this, who laid to rest,
On Mary’s lap is sleeping?
Whom angels greet with anthems sweet
While shepherds watch are keeping?
This, this is Christ the King
Whom shepherds guard and angels sing.
Haste, haste to bring Him laud,
The Babe, the Son of Mary.

Why lies He in such mean estate
Where ox and ass are feeding?
Good Christian, fear: for sinners here,
The silent Word is pleading.
This, this is Christ the King
Whom shepherds guard and angels sing.
Haste, haste to bring Him laud,
The Babe, the Son of Mary.

Nails, spear, shall pierce Him through,
The Cross be borne, for me, for you:
Hail, hail, the Word made flesh,
The Babe, the Son of Mary!
This, this is Christ the King
Whom shepherds guard and angels sing.
Haste, haste to bring Him laud,
The Babe, the Son of Mary.

So bring Him incense, gold, and myrrh;
Come, peasant, king to own Him.
The King of Kings salvation brings;
Let loving hearts enthrone Him.
This, this is Christ the King
Whom shepherds guard and angels sing.
Haste, haste to bring Him laud,
The Babe, the Son of Mary.

Raise, raise, the song on high,
The Virgin sings her lullaby:
Joy joy for Christ is born,
The Babe, the Son of Mary!
This, this is Christ the King
Whom shepherds guard and angels sing.
Haste, haste to bring Him laud,
The Babe, the Son of Mary.

If you have time; please google “What Child Is This?” video.  There are quite a few artists that will come up; one after the other.  Each one can minister deeply to your soul as you ponder the birth of your Savior, Jesus Christ.  I hope you will take the time to ponder the lyrics as well as listen to at least one of the renditions.  I pray it will sink into your soul as you go about your Christmas season.  

Prayer in Motion:

My LORD and my God; as I ponder Your birthday, I know You knew about my own humble birth.  I am beyond blessed with the high and holy privilege to know You came for me. You died for the sins of the whole world and that includes me.  Today, I bless Your Name.  I worship You Jesus; the only begotten Son of God.  There is no other in heaven or on earth besides You.  I am forever grateful to You.  Amen.

Deep Life Lessons

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Devotion:  Philippians 3:8

Retweeted Desiring God (@desiringGod):

Piper: “I have never heard anyone say, ‘The really deep lessons of life have come through times of ease and comfort.’”

On a Thursday; my friend Willene Byrd facebooked the above message from John Piper.  This is a quote that brought me pause.  I began thinking about all the people I know who are suffering either physically, emotionally or spiritually.

It’s especially hard at Christmas time.  There are those who are sitting at the bedside of one who is dying. Aside from the fact, the person is watching his or her loved one move from earth to their eternal destination; it’s hard to be merry and bright when the loss will be so great.

There are others who just lost their jobs at the worst possible time of year.  They are wondering how in the world they can pay their bills; much less buy presents for the people they love.  There’s never a good time to lose a job; however, when one is watching the world buy, buy, buy;  and their lives have come to a screeching halt, it’s hard to have tidings of comfort and joy.

When these things happen to believers; it’s time to “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not unto your own understanding.  In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your path.”  It’s in the place of dis-ease that we cry out to God, whether it’s physical, emotional or spiritual.

Deep life lessons teach us to trust in Jehovah Jireh, the God who will provide.  Jehovah Rapha longs to bring healing and restoration, whether it’s now, later or in eternity.  Satan comes to steal, kill and destroy but Jesus came to bring us abundant life.

I pray that you and I will learn the deep life lessons that God has ordained through the trials and tribulations He allows to come into our lives.

Prayer in Motion:

LORD; may I learn the deep life lessons that You have ordained for me, even though the trials and tribulations would try to steal the joy You brought into this world through Your precious Son, Jesus Christ.  I choose to trust You, my LORD and my God.  It’s in the Name of Jesus I offer up this prayer.  Amen

 

 

Stilling Your Soul

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Devotion:  1 Kings 19:11-12

I stay so busy during our Holy time of Christmas that rarely am I still.  I am choosing to still and quiet my spirit right this moment; listening for the voice of my Savior, leaning in, listening intently for what He will speak.

God wants to speak to you, my dear reader.  He has something to say.  He wants to pour out words of encouragement.  He longs to speak words of life.  He will restore what the enemy has stolen.

Does your heart long for quiet solace?  There’s an old hymn with powerful words based on The Word of God.  “There is a place of quiet rest, near to the heart of God.  A place where sin cannot molest, near to the heart of God.  Oh, Jesus blessed Redeemer, sent from the heart of God.  Hold us who wait before Thee, near to the heart of God.”

Do you long to hear your Savior’s voice?  God, draw us nearer blessed LORD.  I want to learn how to wait before You LORD; to listen closely, expectantly.  Ever told anyone; “I love you with all of my heart?”  Of course, you have. And you meant it.

That’s what God requires of us, to draw nigh to Him, come near Him.  He is Holy and we are not; however, He asks us to be Holy as He is Holy.  We are to strive for Holiness.  It’s the only way we can come near to His throne room of grace.  I want to love Him with all of my heart, all my soul, all of my mind and all of my strength.  In order to do that; I must still my mind so I can hear from my Savior.

Will you still your soul and listen to the voice of your Messiah?  Will we hear the sweet gentle sound of His voice?  What does He want to say?

Prayer In Motion:

Be still, my soul.  I long to sit before You and wait with great expectation before You LORD.  I want to hear Your voice about everything.  I long to still my soul on a daily basis.  In Jesus Name.  Amen.

Tis the Season

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Devotion:  Psalm 74:17

We hear “Tis the Season” a lot this time of year.

Today, we’ve had a drastic change in our weather.  It’s not long until December 21; the officially declared date of winter. Summer’s harvest has ended.  Almost all of the leaves have fallen off the trees.  I have a lawn that proves it.

God has ordained every single season with a purpose and for a time.   I live in an area where we get to experience every single season to the fullest.  North Carolina’s seasons are sharply defined.  As soon as you walk outside, there’s no doubt as to the season in which you find yourself.

There are physical seasons, spring, summer, fall, and winter; as well as emotional and spiritual seasons in our lives.  Most lives are rarely dull and boring.   Life has its ups and downs and everything in between.  On any given day; you can be catapulted to the highest mountain top or plummeted to the lowest valley.

Weather can vary depending on your location.  Mountains can be chilly while the coastline can be warm.

What is the season in which you find yourself?  We are in the Christmas season of 2017; however, the season of which I am speaking is a life season.  Maybe you are just starting out; your first job, your first car, your first home.  Possibly; you just got married or you just had a baby.  There are many firsts that provide a brand new season in life.

With new seasons come new challenges.  With each new season; God brings new people and new opportunities.  Although we don’t like to think of it; there can be seasons of devastating loss.  Those are allowed by God as well.

How do we prepare ourselves for the seasons that inevitably will come?  The Bible tells us to be ready in season and out of season.  The LORD will teach us and train us in righteousness through the seasons He allows.

Whatever the season you are in; just ask the LORD to keep on training you and preparing you for every single one.

Prayer in Motion:

Lord Jesus, help me to enjoy every season You allow.  I know You are with me through every single one.  Thank You, LORD.  In Jesus Name.  Amen

 

Angel Encounter

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Devotion:  Psalm 91:11

There are many stories of encounters with angels.  I happen to have my own.  I’m not a hundred percent sure these men were angels but here’s the story.

On a Wednesday night; I was taking my dad to a church service nearby his home in Morganton, NC.  He had already been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and although he could still talk; he was very afraid in unfamiliar settings. This was not the church with which he was familiar.

I only took him out at the suggestion of his wife Ruby; just to get him out for a bit.  Evenings were always the hardest time of day.  Arriving at the church; Dad and I got out of the car and he suddenly dropped to his hands and knees.

I asked, “Daddy what’s wrong?”  He replied with his own question.   “How do I get over there?”  “There” being the church building.  He was seeing water instead of pavement.  Although my dad was not a huge man; I had no idea how I was going to get him up off that pavement.  There seemed to be no one else around.  All of a sudden; out of nowhere, appeared two very tall men.  I honestly never saw their faces.

One of the men asked; “May I help you?”  I said, Yes you can.  Although the other man never spoke; they both got on either side of my confused daddy and helped get him back into my car.  I looked up to thank them and they were nowhere to be found.

Maybe they were heavenly angels sent to earth to help my daddy, or possibly they were just regular men offering assistance.  I guess I’ll never know; however, I believe they were God’s help for my Dad and me during our time of need.  What a blessing.

Prayer in Motion:

LORD, thank You for creating angels to be Your messengers.  They are always sent with a message or for divine assistance.  They only come to do Your bidding.  I know we are never to worship or revere them.  That only belongs to You LORD.  In Jesus Name.  Amen.