Sometimes there are mountains and storms that keep us from moving in the direction we need to go.
You know, the mountains and storms...the problem that needs to be solved. The medical treatment that needs to occur with no way in sight. The provision that appears to be lacking. The miracle cure for our special needs children. Or worse, there is no earthly cure for our child, and we must face their death.
We can push the mountain.
We can attempt to shove the mountain out of the way.
We can find what appears to be help to move the mountain.
Or, we can pray for the mountain to move.
In the end, it is the Spirit of God who will make a way. Or, the Lord gives us the spiritual authority to say to the mountain, "Move."
No matter what our obstacle is, whether it is a physical need, or an emotional one. The Lord will help us overcome it through His Holy Spirit. It is not based on works, but based on laying down our hearts before the throne of grace, realizing our own humanity and frailness. He will remove the obstacle or open the door when the time is right.
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I was thinking that sometimes we think we need to create our own miracles. You know, help God out a bit?Yet, of course, nothing could be further from the truth. If we "help" God out, things just don't turn out the way we plan...
This time of year, as we prepare for Christmas, we may attempt to bring our own ideas of the holiday into it. We may even have the grand idea that we are going to try and make the holiday perfect. We practice traditions and then something happens to change the course of our season or our lives. It seems to come from nowhere and happens out of the blue. These are the miracles we all wait for, for our families, our children, and even other people close to us.
It does not matter if the changes come from the enemy, or a righteous person. God's purposes for our lives and our children's lives will be carried out.
Read another excerpt from our new Advent Devotional, and find out how Mary and Joseph found themselves in the middle of ordinary circumstances from their perspective, when things changed to bring about the miraculous birth of baby Jesus.
also went from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to the city
of David called Bethlehem, because he was descended from the house
and family of David. He went to be registered with Mary, to whom he
was engaged and who was expecting a child. While they were there,
the time came for her to deliver her child.
decree was made by Herod to have a census. Herod's obsession with
the prophecy of a coming king, led him to many deranged acts. Mary
and Joseph, in an attempt to follow a mad king's decrees, went to
Bethlehem for their part in the census. They followed the land of
the law, only to participate in the birth of baby Jesus. I doubt
they gave it a second thought.
many of us have walked out the mundane, followed the path of routine,
medications, doctor's visits and therapies, only to wake up and
realize that suddenly our children progressed. Or, they developed
good health without our knowing how it happened? Sometimes, the
miracles come in the ordinary circumstances, when we least expect it.
help us not give up, but keep carrying out in faith those things that
seem mundane and without value, until the miracle comes.
You might say, "Whatever." But, it is true. In the Hanukah menorah above, the seemingly taller candle in the middle is called the shamash, or servant candle. It is the candle used to light the others. Read an excerpt from our newest book, O Little Town of Bethelehem, downloadable for FREE on Kindle today.
Star Came Upon a Midnight Clear
we have the prophetic message more fully confirmed. You will do well
to be attentive to this as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until
the day dawns and the Morning Star rises in your hearts. 2
head the Lord saying, “The Light of the World is the hope of the
world,” the day after the school shooting in Connecticut in 2012.
It was a very dark season in December for all of us, and yet, we
could only turn to Christ during such an evil time.
amazing that God used a star, or a bright light, from His skies to
tell of the birth of Jesus. The season was dark and cold, yet the
light over Bethlehem and over the shepherds shone especially
brilliant because of the darkness. It came upon a midnight clear, as
the song goes.
see this paralleled in the holiday of
Hanukkah. Each Jewish family uses ashamash,
or a lighter candle, also known as the servant candle, to light the
other candles in the Hanukah menorah each night, for eight days.
This joyous holiday celebrates the miracle of one day's oil lasting
eight whole days during the day of the Temple in Jerusalem.
that what Jesus does for us? He is our Servant, lighting our spirit,
so that we can shine to the rest of the world, serving them?
help us to serve others through the light of Your Holy Spirit.
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Blessings to you and your family~Kim
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Things have been a little crazy with the holidays beginning, so we hope you'll forgive us as we have been taking care of things around our house a bit. We will be posting a little more regularly until Christmas, and then take the week off until the New Year.
I wanted to share an excerpt with you from my book:
Shepherds in the Fields
we downplay the simplest of jobs. Being a shepherd is cold, smelly,
and dirty. Most women would probably label this as the most
undesirable job. I know I would! Yet, the shepherds, who were in the
dark, alone and cold, received the special message of light and hope.
when we are in the darkest places in our lives, even a small glimmer
of light brings hope. We plead God for it. We seek it out. We run
notice that although the shepherds received a great light, they still
had to wait out their Savior's life to witness the fulfillment of
God's promise. Abraham had to wait for God's promises on His life.
Joseph went through incredible trials waiting for God's purposes in
matter what hits us in life, whether it is with our children, our
marriages, finances, or families, God will bring a ray of hope. If
He cares even for the shepherds who were left in the fields with the
flocks of sheep, how can we believe that He won't come to our
help us see the light in the dark places, knowing that You are with
us, and You will deliver us in Your time.