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Receive the Gift of God’s Joy

God is our source of JOY

Not feeling joyful this season? I know Christmas is not always a happy time for everyone. It was not joyous for me the year I lay in a hospital bed alone and sorrowful. Myjoy-1823939_640-1 body was encased in plaster and my leg in traction.

There was the year my father died on December 23 and our family spent Christmas Day in the car driving to New Jersey for his funeral. Years later my sister-in-law would lose her fight with cancer on this very day.

One Christmas Eve as our family was preparing for our celebration; my mother-in-law was rushed to the hospital only never to return home.

The sting of their absence over the years affected our Christmas seasons. We no longer participated in some of our Christmas traditions. Each season we remembered our loss.

And then joy entered our hearts again. Our grandson was born on December 23 and recovery came.

JOY is strength

Joy is not just the absence of suffering, it is the presence of God. There is joy in the season and the celebration, not because of our circumstances, but because Jesus is the Reason for the Season. Jesus came so we could find God’s joy in all things.

Do not sorrow, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.          (Nehemiah 8:10b)

angel-564351_640If you find yourself struggling with sadness, anxiety, or loneliness at this time of year, Romans 15:13 is my prayer for you.

 Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. (Romans 15:13)

May you keep the hope of God’s joy in your heart all year long.

Merry Christmas!

Love, Maureen

Pray EasyThank you, Lord, for your hope that brings joy and peace to our hearts 

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Receive the Gift of No Condemnation

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Here we are in the season of gift giving. The excitement of Christmas and Hanukkah surround us. Are you excited about the perfect gift you found for a special someone? In your mind, you are rehearsing the joyful surprise of the blessing to come as you hand them their gift.

Jesus gave many gifts to those he called His sons and daughters. Among His many blessings, He is reaching out to you to receive His gift of No Condemnation.

There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. Romans 8:1

In chapter 8 of the gospel of John, Jesus teaches about overcoming condemnation from others.

The scribes and Pharisees attempted to discredit and challenge Jesus by bringing a woman charged with adultery before Him. Adultery was punishable by stoning under the law of Moses. Jesus responded to those who judged her, “He who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her first.” Those who heard it, being convicted by their sins, dropped their stones and walked away.

When Jesus found himself alone with the woman, he said to her, “Woman, where are those accusers of yours? Has no one condemned you?”  She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said to her, “Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more.”

The power to live a lifestyle free from sin comes from accepting the wonderous gift of Jesus taking on the condemnation for our sins. Now that is the freedom to walk in peace, joy, and faith, and to live the abundant life that Jesus came to give us!

And if the Son sets you free, you shall be free indeed! John 8:36

Pray EasyThank you, Lord, for the abundant gifts you give to your children.

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I’ve Never Been This Age Before

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Saturday is my birthday. Ready or not – it will be here, sixty-five! While I must admit, it kind of took me by surprise. Physically, I feel it. Spiritually, I still have much to learn as I grow up in the Lord. Emotionally, I have matured, I have some wisdom to share; is anybody listening?

Psalm 90:12 – So teach us to number our days, That we may gain a heart of wisdom.

Officially I am a senior citizen and carry a Medicare card. I need God’s grace for this season of my life. I want to age gracefully and enjoy life in spite of its aches and pains.

Isaiah 40:29 – He gives power to the weak, And to those who have no might He increases strength.

God has a plan and purpose for us, no matter our age. Jesus reminds us if we abide in Him, we will bear much fruit. Qualifying for fruit-bearing requires abiding in Him and there is no expiration date.

God wants to use older believers to have an impact in their grandchildren’s lives, (Proverbs 17:6). Younger women need and long to be mentored by older women, (Titus 2:2-5). The Lord is not finished with us until that glorious day when we finish our race and receive our crown of righteousness, (2 Timothy 4:7-8).

Proverbs 16:31 – The silver-haired head is a crown of glory, If it is found in the way of righteousness.

Pray-ButtonThank you Lord, even in our senior years, we can bring glory to you through our actions, attitudes, and words. Psalm 71:18 – Now also when I am old and gray-headed, O God, do not forsake me, Until I declare Your strength to this generation, Your power to everyone who is to come.

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Is Your Brokenness Showing?

broken heartHer beautiful smile and warm countenance caused me to stop and offer a holiday blessing. She struggled to maneuver the motorized shopping cart through the aisles of the store. Her brokenness was showing, but her spirit was joyfully whole. In the eyes of God, she accepted her weakness and allowed His strength to manifest in her life.

We live with brokenness and blessings, challenges and victories, sorrow and joy. They are intertwined together. Allow the Lord to remove the strands of brokenness and sorrow from your life and the blessings and joy will remain. The challenge is to give God all your broken pieces to receive the victory. “For the battle is the Lord’s…” 1 Samuel 17:47

Some of us lock our broken heart inside walls of sorrow. We vow we won’t let anyone or anything hurt us again. We develop a hard heart. Our brokenness is hidden. Scripture compares a hardened heart to a rebellious heart. “Today, if you will hear His voice, Do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion.” Hebrews 3:15

Some of us (like myself) show our brokenness to the world. I walk with a limp; I can’t hide it. My cane provides extra stability and I am grateful for the security it brings. “The Lord is my strength and my shield; My heart trusted in Him, and I am helped; Therefore my heart greatly rejoices, And with my song I will praise Him.” Psalm 28:7

Some of us look broken from the weariness of fighting life’s battles. We hang our head in hopelessness. We question the Lord’s love and faithfulness to deliver us from our circumstances. “Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart, All you who hope in the Lord.” Psalm 31:24

Healing is possible. There is rest and freedom in yielding a broken, contrite heart to broken heart - Ps 34-18be molded by the hand of God. The Lord is near to those who have a broken heart, And saves such as have a contrite spirit.” Psalm 34:18

Pray-ButtonThank you Lord that we can trust you with our broken places. You fill our wounded hearts with peace and hope.

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Transition Requires God’s Grace

Are you willing to embrace change? Even when we believe we are in God’s will, transition can be difficult and require the covering of God’s grace. His grace, we can count on it, we can lean on it, because He knows the upheaval we are going through.

house in a boxToday my house is overflowing with boxes. We are in transition. Moving to a new house after months of pouring over paint samples, fixtures, floor samples, hardware and so much more, we can finally breathe a sigh of relief.

We are home and we are thankful that His grace upheld us during the transition. Much of the building process was out of our control, except our knowing that our future was in the Lord’s hands. We packed up our hope and let Jesus carry our burdens. He was willing to do the lifting of our tired souls.

While we unpack, we leave the old boxes and wrapping paper behind and look to the future with the hope that God put in our hearts. We are blessed by the grace of God to be in our new home. God is faithful!

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For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11 (NKJV)

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Thank you Lord for your amazing love and grace in my life. I give you my future and I put my hope in your hands. Blessed

 

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A Fractured Life Can Be Beautiful Again

broken things2Among my mother’s keepsakes, I found a yellowed and torn article that blessed me abundantly. Unfortunately, although the author is unknown, the message is still powerful.

     My daughter’s life reminds me of a beautiful vase that has been dropped and broken. When a broken vase is put back together properly, the cracks still show – like the scars in her life.

     At first a fractured vase must be handled carefully until it has mended properly. After it has mended, the cracks of the fracture become less and less visible.  With the aging of the vase, new lines appear and the fracture lines blend with the new lines – enhancing its beauty.

     To new people our daughter meets, the fractures in her life are not seen. They can’t believe they were ever there. To the prayer partners the lines of God’s grace and love in her life have created new lines that have built faith and hope in their lives.

Kintsugi is the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery with lacquer dusted or mixed with powdered gold, silver, or platinum. As a philosophy, it treats  breakage and repair as part of the history of an object, rather than something to disguise.

Tea bowl fixed in the Kintsugi method

Tea bowl fixed in the Kintsugi method

I think the Japanese are onto something here! My broken cups and vases are quickly discarded; I see them as no longer perfect.

Do you find yourself striving for perfection? Are you ashamed  to let others see your scars? We all are broken by circumstances in our lives. The Lord knows this and His grace and His love has made a way for us to find perfection in Him.

And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.”    (2 Corinthians 12:9a)

But whoever keeps His word, truly the love of God is perfected in him. By this we know that we are in Him. (1 John 2:5)

Pray-ButtonThank you Lord for bringing restoration to the broken places in my life. You will perfect all that concerns me as I place my trust in you.

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Love and Blessings,
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