With Us

 

 He is with us
He will save us

He won’t leave us
on our own.

He will save us
He is with us

stopping at nothing
to bring us home.

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You establish an intimate relationship with us.

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“This is how Jesus the Messiah was born. His mother, Mary, was engaged to be married to Joseph. But before the marriage took place, while she was still a virgin, she became pregnant through the power of the Holy Soirit. Joseph, her fiancée, was a good man and did not want to disgrace her publicly, so he decided to break the engagement quietly.”

“As he considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream. ‘Joseph, son of David,’ the angel said, ‘do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife. For the child within her was conceived by the Holy Spirit. And she will have a son, and you are to name Him Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.”

“All of this occurred to fulfill the Lord’s message through his prophet:

‘Look! The virgin will conceive a child!
She will give birth to a son,
and they will call Him Immannuel,
which means “God is with us’ “

Matthew 1:18-23

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Image from The Greatest Gift by Ann Voskamp, page 229.

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Receive

 

Let it be to me
as You have said

I receive You
oh I receive

the gift of You
growing inside

I believe You
oh I believe.

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You establish the gifts of receiving and conceiving.

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“In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a village in Galilee, to a virgin named Mary. She was engaged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of King David. Gabriel appeared to her and said, ‘Greetings, favored woman! The Lord is with you!’ “

“Confused and disturbed, Mary tried to think what the angel could mean. ‘Don’t be afraid, Mary,’ the angel told her, ‘for you have found favor with God! You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you will name him Jesus. He will be very great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give Him the throne of His ancestor David. And He will reign over Israel forever; His Kingdom will never end!'”

“Mary asked the angel, ‘But how can this happen? I am a virgin.’ “

“The angel replied, ‘The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the baby to be born will be holy, and He will be called the Son of God. What’s more, your relative Elizabeth has become pregnant in her old age! People used to say she was barren, but she has conceived a son and is now in her sixth month. For the word of God will never fail.’ “

“Mary responded, ‘I am the Lord’s servant. May everything you have said about me come true.’ And then the angel left her.”

Luke 1:26-38

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Heart Ponderings

 

Keep all
the things I tell you

ponder them
in your heart

let them take root
inside of you

never to
depart.

A laid down life takes God’s Word to heart.

“And all those who heard it marveled at those things which were told them by the shepherds. But Mary kept all these things and pondered them in her heart.” Luke 2:18,19 NKJV

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Possibilities

 

Elizabeth
was old and barren
Mary
just an unwed girl

yet with Me
nothing is impossible
for I have come
to save the world.

A laid down life is given new possibilities.

“Now indeed, Elizabeth your relative has also conceived a son in her old age; and this now is the sixth month for her who was called barren. For with God, nothing will be impossible.” Luke 1:36,37 NKJV

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A Son

 

Behold, Mary
you shall conceive
and bring forth
a Son

whom you shall call
Jesus
the great and
Holy One.

A laid down life has a forever Holy King.

“And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name JESUS. He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David.” Luke 1:31,32 NKJV

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Great Joy

 

Following the star
with exceeding joy
the wise men
came from the east

finding the Child
of whom they’d heard
such great and
glorious things.

A laid down life seeks and finds Him.

“When they saw the star they rejoiced with exceedingly great joy. And when they had come into the house, they saw the young Child with Mary His mother, and fell down and worshiped Him.” Matthew 2:10,11 NKJV

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Miracles

 

With child of
the Holy Spirit
before she was
even wed

Joseph thought
to put Mary off
but took her as wife
instead.

A laid down life witnesses miracles.

“Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: After His mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Spirit.

Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not wanting to make her a public example, was minded to put her away secretly.

But while he thought about these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream , saying, ‘Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take to you Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit.

And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name JESUS, for He will save His people from their sins.’

So all this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying:

‘Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel, which is translated, ‘God with us.’

Then Joseph, being aroused from sleep, did as the angel of the Lord commanded him and took to him his wife, and did not know her till she had brought forth her firstborn Son. And he called His name JESUS.” Matthew 1:18-25 NKJV

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Serving Alone

“Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to serve alone?  Therefore tell her to help me.”  Luke 10:40 NKJV

I love to serve, but when I’m stressed out it doesn’t come across that way.

Thank You, Lord, for Your peace that passes understanding when we are serving alone.
And here is a simple poem. . .

One thing is
needed
and that is
My peace

as you
love and
serve others
joyfully.

God bless you with peace as you serve Him and others today!

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Of The Holy Spirit

“But while he thought about these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, ‘Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take to you Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit.’ ” Matthew 1:20 NKJV

Mary being with child before their wedding did not seem good or right to Joseph, at first.

Thank You, Lord, for all You are growing in my life today.  And here’s a simple poem . . .

Oh let me not
be afraid
or ashamed
or think it strange

what You
have conceived
in me
to bring forth change.

God bless all that He has conceived in you!

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