Just like you promised.
We are so blessed.
And just in time
To rescue mankind!
We were lost
With no hope indeed.
We were trapped
And ready to be freed.
You saw us
Hopeless, helpless, and lost
And You compassionately
Made a sacrificial choice.
We’re so glad!
No greater gift can be had!
Matthew 1:22-23 (VOICE)
Years and years ago, Isaiah,a prophet of Israel, foretold the story of Mary, Joseph, and Jesus:
A virgin will conceive and bear a Son, and His name will be Immanuel
(which is a Hebrew name that means “God with us”)
you are a gift
that many rarely see
the gift so unique
only a few will perceive
that the gift
as wonderful as you
cannot be described
You may not think so, but you are one of God’s many gifts to the world.
What we see on the outside is the wrapping of a treasure that many misunderstand.
When you open up and set the talented person hiding within free, look out! The world will be in shock, because they didn’t realize what a blessing you really are.
Psalm 127:3 (NIRV)
Children are a gift from the Lord. They are a reward from him.
1John 3:1 (NCV)
The Father has loved us so much that we are called children of God. And we really are His children. The reason the people in the world do not know us is that they have not known Him.
Sing Like the Trees
You can no longer hide
Who you were meant to be.
Like the leaves on a tree
You have what the world needs to see.
You have a voice
It’s time to make the choice
To share it so the world can rejoice
And glorify the Creator of the gift you have inside.
Romans 12 The Message (MSG)
Place Your Life Before God
So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you:
Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering.
Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him.
Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God.
You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it.
Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.
Are you a reflection of heaven on earth?
Or a reflection of traditions passed along at birth?
Do others experience heaven through you?
Or the leftovers of rituals others used to do?
Does the love you share break through brick walls?
Or does your love cringe and run away when trouble comes to call?
Is what you have to give an image of the grace you received?
Or is it clouded by the pain of when you were deceived?
Psalm 32:8-9 (TPT)
I hear the Lord saying, “I will stay close to you, instructing and guiding you along the pathway for your life. I will advise you along the way and lead you forth with my eyes as your guide. So don’t make it difficult; don’t be stubborn when I take you where you’ve not been before. Don’t make me tug you and pull you along. Just come with me!”
Take your joy on a journey
Around your neighborhood.
Spread it like a rash
That can’t be washed away
And the cares of the day.
Set it into motion,
Cause a commotion,
Give it a promotion.
However you do it,
Make it your devotion
Take your joy on a journey.
This sketch is suppose to be a racetrack, but it looks like a smile to me. I know a child who is passionate about drawing tracks. I plan to surprise him with this.
The poem came as I thought about how he practically glowed today when I showed him how to use his eraser to create art. He left with excited intention to try this. He smiled and giggled for the first time in my presence. His joy traveled home with me.
Isaiah 55:12-13 (ESV)
“For you shall go out in joy and be led forth in peace: the mountains and the hills before you shall break forth into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.
Instead of the thorn shall come up the cypress;
instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle; and it shall make a name for the Lord, an everlasting sign that shall not be cut off.”
You may feel lost and abandoned
You may be disappointed and frustrated
You may be confused and hurt
You might be afraid of what you’re seeing
There is more than what you see
Look beyond the moment and grasp this truth
Right now won’t last forever
Each day is a fresh start
Treat each like the gifts they are
Open each one with an open heart.
Lamentations 3:22-23English Standard Version (ESV)
22 The steadfast love of theLord never ceases;
his mercies never come to an end;
23 they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.
The doors were open wide
So I stepped inside
And took a window seat for this ride.
I wanted to see the places
To watch the faces
Of those who darkness chases.
A little girl whose face is round
Sitting alone on the playground
Not a friend to be found.
A misunderstood teen
Wishing to be seen
By people’s faces buried in their screens.
A new mother alone with her babe
Hoping no mistakes will be made
Can’t find relief from nerves frayed.
A man sitting alone
Not ready to go home
To face a marriage where love is long gone.
People were walking along
As if nothing is wrong
Pretending to be strong.
I realized this is not my ride.
I refuse to hide.
The possibilities for life are wide.
So I get off the train
Shook off the strain
And started living again.
Darkness will reach out to all of us at some point. We may even take a ride on that train. But we have power within us to get off.
We have the gift of choice.
For some there are clinical reasons for the darkness and medical help is necessary.
For others, we simply have to decide, “This is not my ride,” and get off that train. If we are lonely and afraid, we have a Helper who will show us the path to a brighter day.
Psalm 18:28 (TPT)
God, all at once you turned on a floodlight for me!
You are the revelation-light in my darkness,
and in your brightness I can see the path ahead.