Mothers for Prodigals

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Moment in Time



Agendas, lists, plans—we all have them. We make preparations for an hour, a day, a month, a lifetime. And we move forward, attempting to reject interferences that threaten to dismantle our plans. 

Like many of us who marry, Mary and Joseph dreamed of a perfect life together. But an unexpected pregnancy changed their idea of a “normal” existence. One moment in time altered their plans. They followed God as He guided their steps. Responses of praise and thanksgiving flowed from their hearts.  

The shepherds out in the fields were guarding their sheep. Suddenly angels appeared and disclosed an amazing happening in Bethlehem—a special baby born. An unexpected event changed a night at work. One moment in time reshaped their lives. They followed God as He guided their steps. Responses of praise and thanksgiving flowed from their hearts.

The wise men or magi were learned men and knew the Scriptures. They didn’t miss the sign from heaven—a star—that proclaimed the birth of a Savior. This moment in time fulfilled the prophecies they have studied. They followed the star and allowed God to guide their steps in search of the Christ Child. Responses of praise and thanksgiving flowed from their hearts.

What are your plans? Do you know the Scriptures? Would you allow God to interrupt your agenda?

Don’t miss a moment in time that could change your life forever. Trust God to guide your steps. Let Him lead you to the Christ Child. And offer praise and thanksgiving. 


“For now You number my steps,
You do not observe my sin.  Job 14:16 (NASB)

Follow the steps of the godly instead, and stay on the right path,  Proverbs 2:20 (TLB)

The steps of good men are directed by the Lord. He delights in each step they take.  Psalm 37:23 (TLB)

“But oh, that my people would listen to me! Oh, that Israel would follow me, walking in my paths!  Psalm 81:13 (TLB)

I cling to your commands and follow them as closely as I can. Lord, don’t let me make a mess of things.  Psalm 119:31(TLB)


Then Jesus said to the disciples, “If anyone wants to be a follower of mine, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.  Matthew 16:24 (TLB)


Chris Tomlin - I Will Follow......


Offer praise with this beautiful Christmas song.....

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Focus on Jesus


…..fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

For consider Him who has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.  Hebrews 12:2-3 (NASB)


“Merry Christmas!” my son joyously proclaimed to the lady behind the desk at his children’s school. 

“I’ll be glad when all this Christmas is over,” she said, looking forlorn.

Her response compelled him to inquire about her situation. Divorced, deceased parents, no children, alone! It bothered him to such a degree that he called me. We discussed his opportunity to reach out and help a person in need. I began to wonder about the needs within my own sphere of influence. The list is long…..

  • anxiety over an estranged family member
  • divorce  
  • fear of the future
  • heartache from the death of a loved one 
  • dread because of cancer 
  • misery after a devastating accident
  • unpaid bills 
  • weather-related traumas
  • working two jobs to make ends meet
  • frustrations from life’s daily hassles 
  • a single mom with no job
  • your own troubles and struggles

Does life offer nothing but challenges? Add to that list news from around the world…..

  • devastating fires wiping out neighborhoods 
  • floods ruining everything in sight
  • dictators ruling with fear and starving people
  • persecutions of Christians
  • unrest marching in the streets
  • powerful people exploiting other people
  • earthquakes destroying whole villages
  • war and rumors of war

HELP US, LORD, WE’RE DROWNING IN SORROW!

How can we live in such overwhelming situations? Is it possible to experience any joy, even during Christmas? Yes, we can survive and thrive by readjusting our focus. It might sound trite, but we must keep our eyes on our Savior, even as sadness surrounds us. 

Remember when Peter tried to walk on water toward Jesus? The minute he took his eyes off Jesus and allowed the wind to frighten him, he began to sink. “Lord, save me,” he cried. (Matthew 14:28-30)

We suffer the most when our focus is maladjusted. Refocus and recall these facts……

  • We have a God who took on human flesh in order to live among us, to be with us, to completely understand us. Noel—a miraculous birth occurred. 

  • Jesus willingly experienced excruciating pain and death to take away the sins of the world. Savior—redeemer of sin and saver of souls. 

  • He sent the Holy Spirit to dwell in our hearts, to comfort us, to guide us, to give us peace amidst earth’s trials. Immanuel—God with us. 

Readjust your focus. Turn your eyes to Jesus. Cling to Him when all else is crumbling. And help someone else in need. 

MERRY CHRISTMAS. GOD IS WITH US!


God wants us to be victors, not victims;...to overcome, not to be overwhelmed.  ~William Arthur Ward


for King & Country - Fix My Eyes (Lyric Video)...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iXGuWHb5INk

Fix Your Eyes on Jesus - Hymn Preview Video...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7SmmtTdOCGA

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Light of Life


Has some of the brilliance of Christmas been extinguished because you are missing a loved one? Is there an ache in your heart that leaves you feeling empty? Do you want to curl up in a corner and allow the darkness to cover you? Know that God sees and hears you. He is with you. 

Yes, yes God is available right now. That’s why He came to earth—to live among His people, to understand every hurt, to wipe away each tear, to sacrifice His life for us so that we may live with Him daily in our hearts and eternally in heaven. He loves you and He loves me, and He cares. God is with us. 

After a death, mourning needs to happen and tears must fall. But don’t allow your own soul to shrivel up and die in the dark. Turn on the lights of Christmas. Allow the Light—Jesus Christ—to illumine your situation. Bask in His loving presence. You will soon feel alive again. 


Below is a link to REFRESH magazine. I hope you’ll take time to read the heart-warming articles. Let the “Light of Life” (name of my article) shine in your circumstances. Rest and be refreshed. God is with you.


Sunday, December 3, 2017

NOEL


Noel. Shout for joy. Sing praise to God on high. A miraculous birth occurred. A glorious nativity emits good news. The incarnate God dwells on earth. God with us, born to take away the sins of the world. Receive Him and accept forgiveness. Celebrate Christmas. 

From Latin to French to English, the origin of the word noel explains Christmas. It is the celebration of the birth of the God who would leave heaven and come to earth in human flesh to live with His creation—God incarnate. The purpose of His coming was to live and then die as the ultimate sacrifice, to take away the sins of all mankind. The King of Israel offers Himself for the whole world. Worship Him and receive forgiveness of sins. 

Bow on bended knee before Him. In humility receive His amazing sacrificial love. Listen with your heart to the birth announcement from His holy Word. 


There were some shepherds in that part of the country who were spending the night in the fields, taking care of their flocks. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone over them. They were terribly afraid, but the angel said to them, “Don't be afraid! I am here with good news for you, which will bring great joy to all the people. This very day in David's town your Savior was born—Christ the Lord! And this is what will prove it to you: you will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”

Suddenly a great army of heaven's angels appeared with the angel, singing praises to God:

“Glory to God in the highest heaven,
    and peace on earth to those with whom he is pleased!”  Luke 2:8-14 (GNT)



“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.  John 3:16 (NASB)


Lauren Daigle - Noel [Lyrics]……..