Category: Joy

Tis the Season

Tis the Season

Time flies when you become so wrapped up into daily life. I was going to start devotions in June but so much has happened since before then.  Needless to say I have not posted since May. I woke up tonight realizing six months just flew by and I haven’t posted anything. Thanksgiving was wonderful being with my family. It is a memory I will cherish. Food? More food than you could imagine. Desserts that makes a diabetic squirm. Everything was very delicious but most of all it was just being around family. Seeing everyone have such a great time. I felt a little nostalgic as we all took our turns getting our pictures taken.  Knowing that maybe a hundred years from now our relatives will be looking at these pictures like we look at the old pictures now, “who is that?” Of course, technology has advanced so that people are tagged and history might not be lost to those in the future.

It is coming up for another holiday to spend time with those we love. Christmas! I have such wonderful memories of Christmas’ past. I remember the Bible that my sister Joyce gave me, my first archery set, my first cassette recorder, dolls (in fact, I still have the little dolls that my brother Steve gave me for Christmas when I was 12, all tucked away safely), clothes, and so many more things that have been used and discarded.  I remember the Christmas trees that were all trimmed with lights, ornaments, and garlands.  I remember the smell of pies as Mom was baking in the kitchen expecting different ones to come for the festive season. From time to time I get out the cassette that I recorded of one of the Christmas’ when Angie and Jerry got their first bouncy horse. I was able to capture Eric, Steve and Dad in the background. The most precious memory that I captured is when Mom sat in the living room quoting scriptures. I miss Mom and Dad and now Bonnie during these holiday seasons.

The hope of this season is that families around the world are able to create lasting memories of the interaction of love between each other.  Gifts are a benefit but it is the relationship between each other that last. Things come and go. Can I remember every gift I received? No! Can I remember precious moments of family? Yes! Now days the technology helps us capture these precious moments in more clarity. Just whip out that smartphone and start snapping or recording. In the midst of all the picture snapping do not forget to give your loved one a hug or a kiss or both. Of course, the greatest gift is that Christ Jesus our Lord was born so that salvation could be made available to all people. The thought I leave with you is that you don’t let Christmas come and go but carry this love in your heart all year round. Merry Christmas! God bless everyone.

Morning Devotion 02/26/2018

Morning Devotion 02/26/2018

Psalm 100:1-5 (KJV)
1 Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands.
2 Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing.
3 Know ye that the LORD he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
4 Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.
5 For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.

Shout for Joy! Start your morning with thanksgiving and gladness in the presence of the Lord. Start your day knowing that the Lord has made you and knows everything about you. Understanding that the analogy of being a sheep in his fold means he is the great Shepherd who will lead you into green pastures. Trust in his guidance to lead you into abundance. It is important to start the day with worship by being thankful. There are so many things to be thankful for but choose a few and declare them. Glorify the Lord and bless his name because he has been good. He has blessed you with an everlasting mercy and truth. Receive your blessings today and be embraced with mercy and truth.

Morning Devotion 02/24/2018

Morning Devotion 02/24/2018

Psalm 85:9-13 (KJV)
9 Surely his salvation is nigh them that fear him; that glory may dwell in our land.
10 Mercy and truth are met together; righteousness and peace have kissed each other.
11 Truth shall spring out of the earth; and righteousness shall look down from heaven.
12 Yea, the LORD shall give that which is good; and our land shall yield her increase.
13 Righteousness shall go before him; and shall set us in the way of his steps
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This is a poetic love store of an individual who is filled with sin and meets God on his path through life.  As he travels he suddenly stops because the glory of God is shining down upon the land. Fear grips his heart because he is only robed with unrighteousness and he has just encountered God who is a consuming fire. In a moment his life could become only memory of existence whose soul is filled with sin and darkness. Standing there waiting for the judgment to be pronounced but instead this almighty, fierce God swoops in and embraces him with mercy. Why? The individual’s reverential fear and his openness to speak the truth of his sinful life but desiring to be saved stirred the compassion of God. God reaches out and robes the individual with his righteousness and fills his heart with peace. This encounter changes everything. The path is no longer filled with uncertainties because with each step he takes it is filled with the goodness of the Lord. His right standing now orders his steps and the path is no longer filled with darkness but a warm light. He lives a life of abundance because the blessings of love, joy, and peace are always flowing. Be robed with the righteousness of God and receive your blessings today.