“The Savior – yes, the Messiah, the Lord – has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David!” Lk. 2:12 NLT
From the heart of my family to yours – may you have a Very Merry Christmas!
I saw this picture and immediately thought, isn’t this how things are at times: everything happens at once, runs together, and there’s no break. We have a four letter word for it – LIFE.
There could be: health issues, relationship issues, work issues, home issues, wayward children, school issues, dependencies, financial issues, and the list could go on with things life seems to bring. Sometimes they come in groups not just alone.
“He changes the times and seasons,” Dn. 2:21a
Depending on where you live you may experience drastic changes in seasons, while others may not experience much of a change. For today the seasons I’m referring to are not related to the weather, but to life and the events and circumstances we find ourselves in. We may find ourselves in a hard season by our own doing, and other times by things outside of our control.
Either way it is God that controls the seasons, and how long we remain in them.
Having grown up in the Midwest I’ve heard, “It’s best to have a cold winter to kill everything off” meaning any illness in the air. However, it is no fun when temperatures get below zero, and your nose sticks together when you breathe, pipes freeze, and the snow is so hard it crunches underneath your feet like broken glass when you walk. Even your breath seems to freeze in mid-air, and you are bundled up so tight that you can hardly move. Some of you that have experienced extreme weather are shaking your heads in agreement right now.
But what about when life gets into the winter stage? Extreme situations have moved in that cause our breath to freeze with worry, and fear. Our eyes are wrapped up tightly in the situation at hand, our hearts crunch with each beat that our future is doomed. A blizzard has swept in and right now it prevents us from seeing past the current.
In my life’s current situation I can certainly find a reason to put myself in the lower left corner, the darkest of blue, the dead of winter, where everything is at a standstill. There is no glimpse of summer, let alone spring, or any vibrancy of fall. Yet, I am reminded by Daniel.
“He changes the times and seasons.” Dn. 2:21a HCSB.
The first picture tells me, even if I was in the lower left corner of winter, the next season is coming, and on the way the green of spring may get sprinkled in, until He places me in the summer season. Jesus himself says,
“In this world you will continue to experience difficulties.” Jn. 16:33 MSG
As far as the winter months killing everything off perhaps, as Beth Moore said in her study, Daniel, Lives of Integrity, Words of Prophesy, “maybe God, was doing a new thing and I just hadn’t taken the time to receive it” (39).
Whatever season you find yourself in may we take the time to receive it, and dress it up. If it’s winter to build a snowman with our circumstances “put a corn cob pipe and button nose on him, and be a jolly, happy, soul.” Frosty the Snowman, Walter E. Rollins.
If its spring may we pick the flowers in bloom, put them in a vase, and celebrate the beauty it brings.
“sing a new song to the LORD! Let the whole earth sing to the LORD!” Ps. 96:1 NLT.
When we move into the bliss of summer, during the warmth of the heat may our feet race to the beach, apply our sunscreen, and remind ourselves there is no better SPF than the Lord.
“For the LORD God is our sun and shield. He gives us grace and glory.” Ps 84:11a NLT.
During the fall as the hand of God directs our lives we may find some things are falling and changing. The scenery around us erupts with vibrant colors of gold, oranges, reds, and yellows remind us,
“The basic reality of God is plain enough. Open your eyes and there it is! By taking a long and thoughtful look at what God has created” Ro. 1:19b-20a MSG.
With the air filled with the smell of fall spices, may we carve out time to be with Him, for he says:
“You know both God and how he works. Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. Don’t worry about missing out. You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met.” Mt. 6:32-33 MSG.
Let us not just carve out our pumpkins, squash, turkeys, and ham, but also carve out time to be alone with our Maker. This will carry us into the season that always follows fall. Whatever season of life you may be in, embrace where you are now. As hard as that might be He says,
“I will never fail you. I will never abandon you. So we can say with confidence, ‘The LORD is my helper, so I will have no fear. May God, who puts all things together,
make all things whole. He controls the course of world events,” Heb. 13:5-6a, 20a & Dn. 2:21a MSG/NLT.
I don’t know how long each season will last, but I do know who’s in control. Do you?
©Gentle Whisper Ministries 2016 re-post from 2014
pictures from jewishfolksongs.com, mmirsvsky, allbackgrounds
We only have one week left of our summer verses. I hope your summer has been good, filled with memories, and great times! As for mine, I had a great family vacation over July 4th week, and am looking forward to getting together with family again. We all have our own lives and work schedules, not to mention live in different cities.
One of the things God has laid on my heart over these last few summer months is – less is more. With that once the real estate market turns around in my area I will downsize. That will also include getting rid of things. The excess things that seem to accumulate.
Soon I’ll be moving into a new decade and having less, living in a smaller house, and increasing my ability to visit with family, friends, and travel more appeal to me. What about you? Do you find yourself overwhelmed? So much to do around the house that when you finally finish the day is gone?
As we move into the fall and winter months I will strive to change my thoughts and set my mind to what God has lying ahead for me, and carry a new word with me LESS. What about you? Do you need to reduce, and purge excess from your life? Do you need to have a change of mind on something in your life? What ever it is it takes a mindset, a change of mind, and with that our verse this week is found in the book of Romans.
“Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing, and perfect.” Ro. 12:2 NLT
This week let’s ask God to transform us into a new person. Transform us, and change our minds and hearts to conform to His will for us.
I am a little late in posting this – the July guest has a great story about how God works when life is full of chaos – He is the calm and steady.
Enjoy the article by Peggy Lopez – God Amidst Chaos
Summer is moving through quickly and I desperately want more miracles, and more memories from God!
The focus this week is found in the Book of Job:
“He does things too marvelous to understand. He performs countless miracles.” Job. 9:10 NLT
This week may we lose count of the miracles!
Our Independence Day has come and gone. Fireworks lit up the sky while the young and old admired the bright lights that exploded above their heads!
As I get older the seasons seem to move through rather quickly. I try to take in each moment as they come and savor the experiences, but it moves swiftly like a bird in flight. I can’t believe it was a week ago that my whole family was together. I was such a happy momma, and grandma! All my kids, and grandkids together in one place! Life was good.
I was reminded God is good. God knows what is best. God gives us the desires of our heart. I miss writing everyday, my new job pulls my attention to it. By the time I get home I’m exhausted. After I prepare for the next day – it’s bedtime, and time to start over. Do you know what I’m taking about? Can you relate?
Week six into summer 2016, and I have not written as much as I’d like. Hang in there with me. Each day I pray I am given the time to write. To express to each of you that God is with us.
His name is Immanuel which means God is with us. (Mt. 1:23 NLT)
Our verse for week 6 is found in the book of 2 Timothy.
“All scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right.” 2 Ti. 3:16 NLT
Happy Saturday everyone!
We are already four weeks into summer and I feel like I haven’t gotten a thing accomplished. Isn’t that what summer is for – taking a break?
By now we should have three verses memorized. I hope you and your buddy are enjoying this and you are both seeing His word come alive! If you are like me and doing it by yourself, I hope you have experienced God’s working power in your life.
Since I am doing this memorization by myself each week I write the verse on an index card and take it with me. I keep it in my purse., and whenever the opportunity presents itself I take it out, and read it. Reading and memorizing God’s word has become one of my favorite things to do!
Friends, His faithfulness, love, mercy, kindness, and truth never grow old! This summer I pray you and He will make great memories together!
Our verse this week is found in Proverbs.
“Joyful is the person who finds wisdom, the one who gains understanding.” Pr. 3:13 NLT
©Gentle Whisper Ministries 2016
My apologies in the delay for week three verse. This week let’s allow God to transform our thinking.
“Don’t copy the behavior and customs of the world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.” Ro. 12:2 NLT
Friends, next week marks the end of our 20 weeks together. I feel like we have journeyed over this mountain together. Can you see the path at the end of this mountain?
The path that will lead us into our next terrain. From my view mine gives the appearance of another mountain…. however; I have learned over these past weeks when I think I have it figured out – I don’t. What about you? Have you ever done that, and then discover God had something different in mind?
This week as we edge towards the end of our time together let’s focus on the assurance we have that He will keep us blameless, and finish what He started.
“Now may the God of peace himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. He who calls you is faithful; he will surely do it” 1 Th. 5:23-24 ESV