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So it's 2020 and the world has lost its mind.Earthquakes. Wars. Rumors of Wars. Talk of Peace. Not to mention a world wide pandemic..or the pandemonium of civil unrest .. or the politics of the day .. or social distancing .. or friends and families pitted against each other. Distractions. All of it. Jesus said these things would happen. He gave us fair warning. He said to watch for it. He said these things are signs of His return. Where we are in the timeline of His return is really not an issue. He put each and every one of us when and where we live and exist. We are strategically and precisely placed where we work and play and worship... where we raise and love our families. We are here for a reason. We didn't just happen to be born into this era. “The God who made the world and all things in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands; nor is He served by human hands, as though He needed anything, since He Himself gives to all people lif…

Anticipation

Glimmering rays of light begin to shine in the distance, slowly increasing in brightness until the dark dawn is become daybreak. Deep velvet purple gives way to pink and orange hues of light  with splashes of red ochre drawn from the blazing heart of the sun itself. The reflection thrown back from the surface of the deep expresses mutual admiration from earth to the heavenly body which is just beginning to reveal its daily glory.
As he surveys this majestic display, the artist smiles to himself in appreciation. "Another masterpiece! Seems a pity it only lasts for those few minutes."
"Aah.. Well. Tomorrow's dawn will come. The canvas will be waiting."
Water splashes and foams against his feet, gently calling out to him as he casually moves a little farther away from its endless voice.
Embers glowing, the fire he built before sunrise is perfect for braising that catch of fish. Occasionally prodding the fire with the branch of driftwood he has picked up on his morning …

What? Me Worry?

So it's 2020 and the world has lost its mind.

Earthquakes.  Wars.   Rumors of Wars.  Not to mention a world wide pandemic..or the pandemonia of  civil unrest .. or the politics of the day .. or social distancing .. or friends and families pitted against each other.

Distractions.

All of it.

Jesus said these things would happen.    He gave us fair warning.  He said to watch for it.  He said these things are signs of His return.

Where we are in the timeline of His return is really not an issue.    He put each and every one of us when and where we live and exist.   We are strategically and precisely placed where we work and play and worship... where we raise and love our families.  We are here for a reason.   We didn't just happen to be born into this era.

“The God who made the world and all things in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands;  nor is He served by human hands, as though He needed anything, since He Himself gives to all peo…

Glimmer

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A few years ago, at a women's conference that I attended,  Beth Moore asked the thousands of women in attendance to fill in the blank:

 "If the Lord had not been on my side, I would be __________________"

I didn't have to think long to form an entire list of  what or where I would be.  

Sharing that information with the world is difficult.

Because if the Lord had not been on my side,  I would not be here.

Yet God so graciously intervenes and reminds us of His love.

I can understand the desire to end it all somehow, or to just recede into a cocoon to protect yourself. Pain sometimes is overwhelming and seems as though it will never end. 

Where is the light on those dark days?

God is still the Light of the world.  He is still the Light of our souls.

He would always remind me "Count your blessings."

When we are counting blessings, it's difficult to stay focused on the darkness.

Don't ever forget or set aside the wonders He has performed in your li…

Life Hacks

·Follow Hard After Jesus!·Follow Hard After Your Dream!·If You Don’t Ask, The Answer Is Always “NO!”Save Money Even If You Don’t Think You Can.          Find A Way!·If You Don’t Try, You Automatically Fail.·Get Back Up When You Fall Down.Every Time.·Don’t Blame Others.·Encourage People Rather Than Put Them Down.·Learn How To Fight.·Don’t Play It Safe.Take The Risk.·Don’t Cheat or Lie.Karma Ain’t Nice.·Don’t Be Afraid To Be Different.·Admit When You Are Wrong.·The Truth May Hurt, But It’s Always Better Than A Lie.(Again..Karma)·Speak Up For Others … Don’t Gossip.·Learn To Enjoy Your Own Company.·Travel … Just Travel

JMHO

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Mark tells a story about Jesus healing a boy that was possessed by a deaf and dumb demon. 

The demon had controlled this boy since he was a small child and would just toss him around like a rag doll, throwing him into fire and water and probably other injuries to his body.    All of this on top of disabling his hearing and speech.

I can't even imagine how that boy felt, entrapped in his own body.

His parents had to be at their wits end.   They had  watched their son grow from a child to a young boy to possibly a man who needed constant attention and care.

They had been living in despair of hope for their child.  Their belief was that it would always be this way.

The demon spirit not only controlled their son, it controlled the parents life and faith

Luke

Luke Chapter 1
Luke wanted us to have perfect understanding. He received all his information from eyewitnesses to Jesus.

He tells us the story of Zachariah and Elizabeth, the parents of John the Baptist.

Elizabeth had been barren all her life. She had prayed and prayed for a child, but she was an older woman now.
How long had it been since she and Zacharias had prayed for a child of their own? How long since they had given up on that happening, believing that it was not ever going to be?
When the angel Gabriel told Zacharias what was going to happen, Zacharias doubted him... and with good reason.
Like Abraham and Sarah, they were both older, they were past having children and in their hearts believed that God did not and never would answer their prayer.
They gave up on it and somehow got past it, yet continued to serve the Lord.
Gabriel also appeared to Mary.
Gabriel told Mary "The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you; therefore, also that…