Prepare

 

John shouted
prepare the way
clear the road
and baptized the weary

so we can walk
hearts ablaze
into our King’s
light and glory.

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You establish preparations.

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“In those days John the Baptist came to the Judean wilderness and began preaching. His message was, ‘Repent of your sins and turn to God, for the Kingdom of Heaven is near.’ The prophet Isaiah was speaking of John when he said,

“He is a voice shouting in the wilderness,
‘Prepare the way for the Lord’s coming !
Clear the road for Him!’ “

Matthew 3:1-3

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Image from The Greatest Gift by Ann Voskamp, page 207..

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Blessed Are You

 

Blessed are you
when you hunger and thirst
when you mourn
and in spirit are poor

for you shall be filled
and comforted
and the kingdom of heaven
is yours.

You establish the kingdom of heaven for me.

“Blessed are the poor in spirit , for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled.” Matthew 5:3,4,6 NKJV

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It’s Hard

“Assuredly I say to you, that it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven.”  Matthew 19:23  NKJV

Sometimes I wish I was rich.

Thank You, Lord, for knowing what is best for me.  And here’s a simple poem . . .

Jesus knows
what’s best for me

be it wealth
or poverty

that I may seek
and follow Him

for Who He is
not what He gives.

God bless you as you enter the kingdom of heaven according to His plan!

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So Close

“From that time Jesus began to preach and say, ‘Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.'”  Matthew 4:17

The kingdom of heaven is so beyond anything this world has to offer.

Thank You, Lord, for being just a turn away from us at all times.  And here’s a simple poem . . .

Our magnificent God
and His kingdom of heaven

are oh so
very near

waiting to be
revealed to us

as soon as repentance
appears.

God bless you as you turn to Him today!

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Who’s The Greatest?

“Therefore whoever humbles himself as this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.”  Matthew 18:4

Little children are humble in how they trust and believe, not ashamed to ask questions and learn from others . . .completely unassuming.

O Lord, help me  trust and believe more and more in You who are the greatest, instead of desiring to be great myself.  Here’s a simple poem . . .

Kingdom Equations

a little humility > grown-up pride
infant trust > full blown cynicism
child like faith > man sized doubts
the kingdom of heaven > anything we’ve known

Do you have a kingdom equation to add?

More Than A Teacher

“And so it was, when Jesus had ended these sayings that the people were astonished at His teaching, for He taught them as One having authority, and not as the scribes.”  Matthew 7:28-29

Jesus taught differently because He had first hand experience with the Kingdom of Heaven and God the Father.  He and they were one and the same.

Dear Jesus, please help those who only think of You as a great teacher, to understand You are so much more.  Here’s a simple poem . . .

The Master’s Life Lessons

You taught as someone
in the know

the people marveled
how that could be

and if they trusted
taking Your words to heart

their minds and souls were safe
on Your foundational rock.

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