Mothers for Prodigals

Sunday, December 25, 2016

A Time of Tribute

He drops to his knees in reverence. The one most people talk about at Christmas time worships the One Christmas truly represents. Santa Claus pays homage to the Christ Child. 

It’s my favorite Christmas decoration. The Truth resonates from this small figurine. Because it speaks volumes, I leave it out all year. The kneeling Santa epitomizes the importance of baby Jesus. 

He is the reason for the season, this small babe. Yet the big business of secular Christmas bombards us. Our commercial society continuously tempts us with advertisements of things. Billboards relentlessly remind us of stuff. Store owners regularly rearrange their window displays with the newest trends. 

It all means nothing when confronted by the newborn King. We drop to our knees before His powerful peace. Our hearts move toward compassion as we accept His gracious forgiveness. The extreme love of a Sovereign God humble enough to become one of us is extraordinary. We creatures halt our hurried pace and bow before our Creator God.

In the stillness all else pales into insignificance before an Almighty God. His glory fills the air. We’re humbled beyond belief because of Who He is.

Worship with me. Bow before the newborn King, the One born to save. He is our loving Heavenly Father, providing peace that passes all understanding. Will you choose to honor Him?

It's your choice though one day every knee will bow, freely or forced. One day every knee all over the world will bow before the Maker and Redeemer of all the earth. He is God. Choose now to worship Him, the King of kings. He came to earth for you. Receive His supreme love. 

For with God nothing [is or ever] shall be impossible.” Then Mary said, “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; may it be done to me according to your word.” And the angel left her. Luke 1:37-38 (AMP)

Since we have a Kingdom nothing can destroy, let us please God by serving him with thankful hearts and with holy fear and awe. Hebrews 12:28 (TLB)

It is written: “‘As surely as I live,’ says the Lord, ‘every knee will bow before me; every tongue will acknowledge God.’” Romans 14:11 (NIV)

Maranatha Singers - Come Let Us Worship and Bow Down.....

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Light of Life

“Why haven’t you turned on the Christmas tree lights? You’ve always turned them on during your morning devotions,” my husband asked. 

“I just haven’t,” I quickly responded, hiding the real answer in my wounded heart. 

After he left, wet drops of pain hit my lap. Mom is dead. Doesn’t anyone remember that? Why should I turn on Christmas lights when a light in my life has gone out? Forget this Christmas cheer. 

Many people struggle with life’s hardships, especially during holiday seasons. It’s not easy to experience “good tidings of great joy” (Luke 2:10) when gloomy conditions exist. The first instinct of a suffering soul is to curl up in a corner and sob. And for a moment, this release is necessary. But then what? Life continues minute by minute, hour by hour, day by day. The human condition dispenses both delight and despair. How do we manage life's ups and downs?

God understands His human creations. He knows His people. Even though He made all things good at the foundation of the world, sin entered in, bringing sorrow and death. Immediately He devised a plan to save His people, yet waited for the proper time to fulfill it. 

Believe it or not, the God of the universe chose to invade our sin and darkness. Prophets of old foretold His coming to earth. Isaiah powerfully penned the prophecy with hope. Peel back the layer of hurt from your heart and allow his words to penetrate your wounds. 

Nevertheless, that time of darkness and despair shall not go on forever. Though soon the land of Zebulun and Naphtali will be under God’s contempt and judgment, yet in the future these very lands, Galilee and northern Transjordan, where lies the road to the sea, will be filled with glory. The people who walk in darkness shall see a great Light—a Light that will shine on all those who live in the land of the shadow of death. For Israel will again be great, filled with joy like that of reapers when the harvest time has come, and like that of men dividing up the plunder they have won. For God will break the chains that bind his people and the whip that scourges them, just as he did when he destroyed the vast host of the Midianites by Gideon’s little band. In that glorious day of peace there will no longer be the issuing of battle gear; no more the bloodstained uniforms of war; all such will be burned.

For unto us a child is born; unto us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder. These will be his royal titles: “Wonderful,” “Counselor,” “The Mighty God,” “The Everlasting Father,” “The Prince of Peace.” His ever-expanding, peaceful government will never end. He will rule with perfect fairness and justice from the throne of his father David. He will bring true justice and peace to all the nations of the world. This is going to happen because the Lord of heaven’s armies has dedicated himself to do it!  Isaiah 9:1-7 (TLB)

The drapes of darkness have been undone. A heavenly light shines into our situation. See the glow. Feel the warmth. An enthusiasm for something better grows.

Jesus Christ fulfilled prophecy. He entered into our human condition as a baby thousands of years ago. The Creator God chose to enter His creation to demonstrate a better life. He brought the Kingdom of God to earth, offering to fill believers’ hearts with joy. He is the “good news of great joy for all people.” 

Turn on the lights. Allow Christ to dispel your darkness. You’ll soon see things differently.

I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. Psalm 139:14 (NIV)

But when the Father sends the Comforter instead of me—and by the Comforter I mean the Holy Spirit—he will teach you much, as well as remind you of everything I myself have told you. John 14:26 (NIV)

You, O Lord, are our Father; Our Redeemer from Everlasting is Your name. Isaiah 63:16 (NKJV)

“I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart! And the peace I give isn’t fragile like the peace the world gives. So don’t be troubled or afraid. John 14:27 (TLB)

The mighty God, the Lord, has summoned all mankind from east to west! God’s glory-light shines from the beautiful Temple on Mount Zion. Psalm 50:1-2 (TLB)

Thank you, Lord God, for your good news of great joy. As you shine on me, let my light shine for others to see. In the precious name of Jesus, AMEN.

Matt Redman's "Help from Heaven".....

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Have Faith in God

“Let not your heart be troubled. You are trusting God, now trust in me. There are many homes up there where my Father lives, and I am going to prepare them for your coming.” John 14:1-2 (TLB)

“…..The Lord is with you.” Luke 1:28 (NIV)

“Have faith in God,” Jesus answered. Mark 11:22 (NIV)

For we live by faith, not by sight. 2 Corinthians 5:7 (NIV)

Thwack. Thwack. Whap. The sounds of repair work in the basement suddenly drifted to the room above where Mom lay dying. “Mom, they’re building your mansion in heaven. Can you hear it?” I said.

No response came but I knew Mom heard. Earlier the hospice nurse reminded my family that hearing is the last to go in the throes of death. Evidence failed to prove Mom heard me, yet breath moved in and out of her seemingly lifeless body. Pale and bruised with bed sores developing, she groaned every time we attempted to gently move her. Her deteriorating earthly life progressed toward a hopeful heavenly end. Her mansion in glory awaited. 

Are you living in the midst of a desperate situation? Does evidence surrounding your situation point to a demise of sorts? Have you lost all hope that anything will change?

Have faith. God is in control. He is with you. Believe in the name of Jesus. Trust Him and keep hoping. The best is yet to come. 

We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they are good for us—they help us learn to be patient. And patience develops strength of character in us and helps us trust God more each time we use it until finally our hope and faith are strong and steady. Then, when that happens, we are able to hold our heads high no matter what happens and know that all is well, for we know how dearly God loves us, and we feel this warm love everywhere within us because God has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love. Romans 5:3-5 (TLB)

The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Deuteronomy 31:8 (NIV)

So do not fear, for I am with you;
    do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
    I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10 (NIV)

Jeremy Camp's "Walk by Faith".....