Luke 2:1-20

Read Luke 2:1-20

Luke is one of the books of the Bible I’ve already walked through with you, but for today’s reading, I am bringing it back. This is a story you can never hear too many times. When God became one of us. He loved us that much.

So much focus is placed on the “holidays” these days. I think many have lost sight of the true meaning of Christmas. I’m as guilty as the next, wanting to make sure everyone’s gift is just perfect, that tree is decorated with all my favorite ornaments, etc. But amidst the craziness, there is a baby.  We remember this birth more than any other birth in history. As we should. This is the birth of a king. Our King, and he’s the Savior of the world. Continue reading “Luke 2:1-20”

Happy Easter!

Happy Easter everyone! I truly appreciate each and every one of you as loyal blog readers and as folks just visiting for the first time.  Easter is the PERFECT time to celebrate and have a special blog post.  Most of you know that I am walking through the psalms, and every so often make a diversion to another book of the Bible.  Today will be a little different.  We’ll have a couple readings because today is JUST THAT SPECIAL!

Easter – when we celebrate being Christians! Jesus died for us, and we remember the empty tomb. He is ALIVE! Let’s start with the story from Matthew’s account.

Read Matthew 28:1-10.

I’ve always liked the different versions of the resurrection (same theme–Jesus is alive!) because different people will tell the same story differently, from their own perspective.  Matthew is one of my favorites because it focuses on the women closest to Jesus, and being a woman, that makes it especially special.

I can almost imagine being there with them, going to take care of things. I can identify with deep sadness at the death of a loved one. Isn’t it great that God uses angels to help with the message? It’s just another example of how God works in our midst! And then, they get to see Jesus and fall at his feet! I think I would have done exactly the same thing. Imagine the relief and joy. Imagine the overflowing love and devotion. Jesus wasn’t dead! We, too, have that joy! Jesus is alive!

My challenge to you is to hold on to this Easter faith all year long. Don’t let the trappings of the world crowd your head and make you forget. That’s the evil one you know. He doesn’t want us to remember, he wants us to have pain and suffering. Don’t let it take a stronghold, cling to your Easter faith and the Savior of the world is yours!

We have an inheritance. Read 1 Peter 1:3-4.  We have hope. We have Jesus forever.

Are you a follower of Christ? Are you seeking the truth? We all come with our own backgrounds and belief systems. I can say that for myself I have chosen Jesus and his healing and redemptive power in my life. I have chosen to walk in faith, knowing in my heart and confessing with my mouth that Jesus is LORD! He is my Lord.

We should all have the hunger we see in one of my favorite passages from the book of Philippians. Read Philippians 3:10-12. We have our marching orders for taking the joy of today into tomorrow. We want to know Jesus more intimately, we are ready to suffer in his name, and I’m going to do what it takes to be more and more like Jesus. How about you–how are you going to keep the Easter faith on fire?

Let’s pray. Father, Son and Holy Spirit I thank you for the cross, grave, and tomb and all that was accomplished for me. Keep me close to you each day so that I can truly be on fire for you. I want to grow closer each day and take on more and more of you. Cleanse me of me so that you can shine through! In Jesus’ name. Amen.

 

BE STILL – A poem

The following poem was shared by my mother-in-law who received it years ago.  It has been meaningful to her, and I love that she shared it with me.  Now I’d like to share it with you.  If you are familiar with it’s author, please let me know so I can give them credit!  Be blessed:

BE STILL AND KNOW THAT I AM GOD
WHEREVER YOU MAY BE,
YOU CANNOT GO BEYOND GOD’S REACH,
HE HEARS THE FAINTEST PLEA.
HE KNOWS THE PROBLEMS THAT YOU FACE,
THE HURT YOU’RE GOING THROUGH,
BECAUSE YOU ARE HIS OWN DEAR CHILD,
HE WANTS WHAT’S BEST FOR YOU.
HE HOLDS THE FUTURE IN HIS HANDS,
HE SEES WHAT LIES AHEAD,
AND HE WILL SAFELY GUIDE YOU
THROUGH THIS TIME THAT YOU NOW DREAD.
OH WEARY ONE, KNOW THAT GOD IS NEAR,
TRUST IN HIS WILL AND WAY,
HE IS WAITING THERE TO HELP YOU
HE’S JUST A PRAYER AWAY.

Welcome to my REFLECTIONS blog

I’m so glad you stopped by.  I hope you find thminibluecross_blankdarkese reflections helpful in your quiet time with God.  I would welcome your comments and insights so we can have conversation about how God’s Word is speaking to each of us.

A couple years ago when working with a wellness coach, she asked me what areas of my life I needed help with.  We work on my eating habits, as it was clear to me I was not eating enough fruits and vegetables.  My spiritual life was even more pathetic, and my coach asked me what I could do to improve that.  The answer that came to me was to read through the book of Psalms and journal my thoughts and reflections.  I began this on a sporadic basis at first, but then it began to take shape in my life, and I began to do the same with other books of the Bible.  Now I am feeling like God wants me to share this with you.  So, get ready, find a comfortable place, and enjoy!  Let God speak to you today!