Friday, December 9, 2016

strung out?

"Share with God's people who are in need.  Practice hospitality."  Romans 12:13


Burned out, loose fuses, or strung up too tight,
Does this describe you or the Christmas tree lights?
The economy is erratic and the future's a fright,
But relax and trust Jesus, YOU will be all right.

With our money dwindling and many around in need,
I pray the true meaning of Christmas guide our deeds.
Reassessing our habits and priorities we must heed,

And seek out the homeless, hungry and hopeless... do you agree?

What would our Savior do at a time such as this?
Would He hoard His riches and hide our want lists?
You know He wouldn't, so why should we,
Let us give to others and follow His lead.


we are loved and chosen by God,
veneal

Thursday, December 8, 2016

a Mighty Word ~ names

"For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on His shoulders.  And He will be called
Wonderful Counselor,
Mighty God,
Everlasting Father,
Prince of Peace."  Isaiah 9:6 

When we know Him by all these names, we are blessed indeed!

we are loved and chosen by God,
veneal

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

caution! robberies in progress

"What has happened to all your joy?..." Galatains 4:15


There is a thief lurching outside your door, wanting to rob you.  How do I know?  Because I have already had a nasty battle with him. 

Practically chewed up and swallowed by a monster storm of dismay, disappointment, and despair, it was a close call. Lost values, sickness, accidents, careless decisions and other issues threaten to dismantle and shred the JOY and HOPE of CHRISTmas. 
  
Then it hit me, like ice water in the face... WAKE UP.  Satan, the great deceiver, was singing with delight.  He was out to steal my joy, and doing a great job of it. Tossing out stumbling blocks, he had me tripping over them left and right.

But back off! I'm reclaiming my joy.  You will NOT defeat me during this glorious CHRISTmas season.  I can't control the circumstances around me, but i can control how they affect me.  If the disciples could withstand jailing, beatings, persecution and crucifixion and keep their joy, surely i can rise above my woes and aches to remain joyful in Him.  So, let's slam that back door to defeat and throw open the front door to celebration.  

Father, to You be the glory today and forever more! Your immense love for us is reason enough to be JOYous.  Thank You.

we are loved and chosen by God,
veneal

a Mighty Word ~ JOY

The angel said... "Don't be afraid!  I am here with Good News... which will bring JOY to ALL the people.  This very day... your Savior was born -- Christ, the Lord!" Luke 2:10-11


What does the angel need to remind you of today?  Not to be afraid, or not to be:

sad

worried
angry
doubtful
upset 
uptight
anxious
aggravated
stressed
jealous
pouty
??

The JOY of the Good News is still true... and it's for you and me!
Thank You, Jesus!

we are loved and chosen by God,
veneal

Monday, December 5, 2016

what i want most...

"But the angel said to her, 'Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favor with God.  You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus'...
'How will this be,' Mary asked, 'since I am a virgin?'
The angel answered... 'nothing is impossible with God.'
'I am the Lord's servant,' Mary answered.  'May it be to me as you have said.'"  Luke 1:29-31, 34, 37-38

Faith - believing God for the good, even in the face of adversity.

Now, talking about faith… Mary had it.  

Father, that's what i want most.  I want to be filled with faith like Mary's.

we are loved and chosen by God,
veneal

Friday, December 2, 2016

what are you building?

"There is a time for everything... a time to tear down and a time to build."Ecclesiastes 3:1,3
 
Like the students' CHRISTmas trees, life is put together in steps...piece-by-piece, day-by-day. What might first appear messy or questionable, in time, could portray a picture of joy.

If you don't like or can't build on what happened yesterday, maybe you should take time to reconsider whether to push on, tear down or just wait. A decision is only too late or wrong, if you totally give up and don't pursue what you believe is right.

Today is a new day and another chance to let God move and shine through you.  What will you do with it? 

Before you decide, check with God; He's the Master Builder of everything and makes all things beautiful in its time. He knows what He is doing.

we are loved and chosen by God,
veneal

Thursday, December 1, 2016

prayers for the Smokies

Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth does not become weary or tired. His understanding is inscrutable.” Isaiah 40:28

When the fires raged on the West coast it bothered us, but our feelings did not linger after the newscast.  But seeing and smelling similar fires in our backyard, the significance and sadness of it is personal, overwhelming and ongoing. With heartache as heavy at the smoke, we grieve the loss of human and wild life, homes, businesses and scenic beauty.
Most all of us have spent time in the Smokies, enjoying the breathtaking view and cherishing memories  with family or friends in places now damaged or destroyed.  Living through a tragedy is different than just reading about it.  We are affected to varying degrees of sadness to difficult events/times based on our experiences, but God is not.  His compassion and understanding is great and unwavering in any and all circumstances for all His children.

You have taken account of my wanderings; put my tears in Your bottle. Are they not in Your book?

May we draw comfort knowing God is Omnipotent, Omniscient and Omnipresent. He who is everywhere, knows all and it all powerful is personally affected by whatever touches us. 

And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.

Praying and believing His Word now and forever for the Smokies and for all of us.


we are loved and chosen by God,
veneal