His Presence

 

The miracle
of Christmas

is birthed
again and again

when someone receives
the gift of God

His presence –
Jesus with him.

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You establish the miraculous.

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“Zecharia and Elizabeth were righteous in God’s eyes, careful to obey all of the LORD’s commandments and regulations. They had no children because Elizabeth was unable to conceive, and they were both very old.”

“One day Zecharia was serving God in the temple, for his order was on duty that week. As was the custom of the priests, he was chosen by lot to enter the sanctuary of the Lord and burn incense. While the incense was being burned, a great crowd stood outside, praying.”

“While Zecharia was in the sanctuary, an angel of the Lord appeared to him, standing to the right of the incense altar. Zecharia was shaken and overwhelmed with fear when he saw him. But the angel said, ‘Don’t be afraid, Zecharia! God has heard your prayer. Your wife, Elizabeth, will give you a son, and you are to name him John. You will have great joy and gladness, and many will rejoice at his birth, for he will be great in the eyes of the Lord. He must never touch wine or other alcoholic drinks. He will be filled with the Holy Spirit, even before his birth. And he will turn many Israelites to the Lord their God. He will be a man with the spirit and power of Elijah. He will prepare the people for the coming of the Lord. He will,turn the hearts of the fathers to their children, and he will cause those who are rebellious to accept the wisdom of the godly.”

Luke 1:6-17

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Image from The Greatest Gift by Ann Voskamp, page 195.

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Joy

 

John leaped for joy
inside the womb
knowing Jesus
was near

how blessed are we
when we believe
the Lord our God
so dear.

A laid down life leaps for joy at God’s nearness.

“For indeed, as soon as the voice of your greeting sounded in my ears, the babe leaped in my womb for joy. Blessed is she who believed, for there will be a fulfillment of those things which were told her from the Lord.” Luke 1:44,45 NKJV

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Expecting To Receive

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“And fixing his eyes on him, with John, Peter said, ‘Look at us.’ ”  Acts 3:4 NKJV
“So he gave them his attention, expecting to receive something from them.” Acts 3:5 NKJV

I try not to expect too much from others.

Thank You, Lord, for asking me to look at You and receive what You willingly give.  And here’s a simple poem . . .

Look at Me
My children

and do not be
afraid

to expect good
from Me

for you are why
I came.

God bless you as you expect and receive from Him today!

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What Shall We Do

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“Therefore every tree which does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.” Luke 3:9  NKJV
“So the people asked him, saying, ‘What shall we do then?’ ” Luke 3:10  NKJV

John gave the people simple , specific , doable ways to respond:  to give to those who don’t have food and clothing if they did have those things. Tax collectors were told not to collect more than appointed them. And soldiers were not to intimidate or falsely accuse and be content with their wages.

Thank You, Lord, for helping us bear good fruits that glorify and honor You.  And here’s a simple poem . . .

You will bear fruits
worthy of repentance
as I gather you
unto Me

and each time you ask
“what shall we do”
I’ll answer, “do justly
and love mercy.”

God bless you as you bear the fruit of repentance today!

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