Advent .. part 7

Dec. 22 .. Come 2Bethlehem &see Him whose birth the angels sing; Come, on bended knee, adore Christ the LORD! the newborn KING! Gloria in excelsis Deo!

Dec. 23 (a) .. What child is this who sleeps on Mary’s lap? Whom angels greet w/sweet songs while shepherds keep watch by nite? ‘Tis God’s promisd SAVIOR!

Dec. 23 (b) .. What child is this? ..Nails, spears shall pierce him thru, a cross he’ll bear 4me 4u. Hail the Word made flesh! this Babe, the Son of Mary!

Dec. 24 .. @PastorTullian: “Christmas sets in motion the Divine pattern of God drawing near to us, not because we’ve done it right, but because we keep doing it wrong.”

Dec. 25 .. CHRISTMAS DAY!!

God rest ye merry, gentlemen,
Let nothing you dismay,
Remember Christ our Savior
Was born on Christmas Day;
To save us all from Satan’s power
When we were gone astray.
O tidings of comfort and joy,
Comfort and joy,
O tidings of comfort and joy!

From God our heavenly Father
A blessed angel came;
And unto certain shepherds
Brought tiding of the same;
How that in Bethlehem was born
The Son of God by name.

“Fear not, then,” said the angel,
“Let nothing you affright;
This day is born a Savior
Of a pure virgin bright,
To free all those who trust in him
From Satan’s power and might.”

Now to the Lord sing praises,
All you within this place,
And with true love and brotherhood
Each other now embrace;
this holy tide of Christmas
Doth bring redeeming grace

Advent .. part 6

Dec. 19 (a) .. Mary did u know that ur baby boy will someday walk on water?..he came2save our sons &daughters? Did u know ur baby boy has come 2make u new?

Dec. 19 (b) .. Mary did u know ur baby boy will gv sight 2a blind man?He’s walkd where angels trod!&when ur kiss ur little baby uve kissed the face of God.

Dec. 20 (a) .. Mary did u know ur baby boy is Lord of all creation?&ruler of nations?&heavn’s perfect Lamb! This sleeping child ur holding is the gr8 I AM!

Dec. 20 (b) .. When I was a seeker .. I asked the Lord 2help me &He showed me the way! Go tell it on the mountain &everywhere that Jesus Christ is born!

Dec. 21 .. JOY 2the world, the LORD has come! Let earth receive her KING! Let every heart prepare Him room, &Heaven &nature sing!

Advent .. part 5

Dec. 17 (a) .. Born a King on Bethlehems plain;King 4ever,ceasing never,Ovr us all 2reign. Star of wonder..w/royal beauty brite! Guide us 2ur perfect Lite.

Dec. 17 (b) .. Glorious now behold Him arise,King &God &Sacrifice. Alleluia, alleluia!Sounds thru earth &skies. O star of wonder,Guide us 2ur perfect Lite!

Dec. 18 .. NOEL! Born is the King of Israel! Let us all w/1accord sing praises 2our heavnly Lord who made heavn&earth..&w/his blood mankind has bought!

Advent .. part 4

Dec. 13 .. Be near me Lord Jesus I ask u2stay close by me 4ever &love me I pray. Bless all the dear children in ur care &take us 2heavn 2live w/u there ..

Dec. 14 .. Come they told me.. a new born King 2see.. our finest gifts we bring.. 2lay b4 the king.. so 2honor Him Pa rum pum pum pum.. when we come

Dec. 15 .. Little baby Jesus, I am a poor boy too.. I have no gift 2bring.. That’s fit 2give our King.. Shall I play 4u Pa rum pum pum pum.. On my drum

Dec. 16 .. Sweet little Jesus boy ..We didn’t know who u was Didn’t know u’d come 2save us Lord 2take our sins away Our eyes was blind we couldn’t see

Advent .. part 3

Dec. 9 .. Silent nite Holy nite! shepherds QUAKE @ th sight; GLORIES stream from heavn abov as ANGEL ARMIES sing Hallelujah! CHRIST th Savior is born!

Dec. 10 .. All the years anticipating are surrendered 2a tiny baby’s cry.There’s a dawn 2follow darkness,There’s a face 2fill the title Prince of Peace

Dec. 11 .. These Hands that hold me tightly are th same that set my shackld spirit free.Blessed Jesus meek &lowly, u hv come into my life &made it new!

Dec. 12 (a) .. Hark! angels sing: Hail the heavnborn Prince of Peace! Hail the Son of Righteousness! Lite&life 2all He brings; Risn w/healing in His wings.

Dec. 12 (b) .. JESUS set His glory by,Born so we no more may die,Born 2raise the ppl of earth &gv us 2nd birth! Herald angels sing GLORY 2the newborn King!

Advent .. part 2

Dec. 5(a) .. Do uc what I c? a Star/a SIGN! Do u hear what I hear? a Song/angels’ ANNOUNCMENT! Do u know what I know? Listen 2what I say! JESUS has come!

Dec. 5(b) .. Silent nite Holy nite, Son of God! Love’s PURE radiant Light BEAMS from ur holy face, w/the dawn of Redeeming GRACE! Jesus, LORD @ ur birth!

Dec. 6 .. Hark! (LISTEN!) The herald (MESSENGER) angels sing “GLORY! To the newborn KING!” CHRIST is ADORED by highest heaven! The everlasting LORD!

Dec. 7 .. [How long must we wait O God?] BEHOLD Him come! Offspring of a virgin’s womb; veiled in flesh, the GODhead! SEE! PRAISE the incarnate Diety!

Dec. 8 .. O come our Lord of might who, 2ur tribes on Sinai’s height in ancient times, gv HOLY LAW in cloud &majesty &awe. REJOICE! ur GRACE indwells!

Advent .. part 1

Dec. 1 .. Hark! (LISTEN!) the Herald (MESSENGER!) Angels Sing! “Glory 2the newborn King (JESUS)! Peace on earth &mercy mild, God &sinners reconciled!”

Dec. 2 .. O come Emmanuel (“GOD W/US”) &ransom captive Israel (UR PPL WAIT EXPECTANTLY!) that mourns in lonely exile here until the Son of God appear!

Dec. 3 .. Joyful! All nations rise &join the TRIUMPH of the skies with the angelic host! Proclaim: CHRIST! (the SAVIOR from God) is born in Bethlehem!

Dec. 4 .. O come our Wisdom from on high Who orderd all things: 2us the path of knowldge show &teach us in her ways 2go! Rejoice! Emmanuel shall come!

Contemplator Problems ;)

Post a brief conversation with a coworker, today, I asked myself what’s the difference between the idioms “sound the klaxon!” vs. a “clarion call” .. and aside from the difference in types of “horn” referred to in each, I have (for now) concluded that the Klaxon idiom refers to a sending OUT of the sound (and doesn’t necessarily imply action except perhaps as the individual responds to a warning), whereas the Clarion Call – though there IS also a “sending out” of the sound – is actually a gathering IN .. an attached requirement that the people respond and come together for action …

Thoughts?  ;)

Depression POINTS To Something More

@Grace2Grow: ‪#‎Depression‬ comes in MANY forms & 4varieties of reasons. For me one big issue: I perceive on an “intuitive” level &struggle 2identify ROOT.

* In fight against #Depression I PREACH 2myself: ‪#‎faith‬ = often NOT understanding. Still, God is pleasd I believ him when I dont FEEL like it.

* #Depression is very real for ALL, tho we like 2deny it. Perhaps bcuz #faith is supposed 2cureall. ‪#‎Jesus‬ IS our hope ESPEC in midst of fire.

* #Depression usually manifests when I’v tried 2TAKE OVR some aspect of my life – 2MAKE sumthin happen. ‪#‎EvidenceImNotYielding2SpiritsLeading‬.

* #Depression is not ALWAYS an indication of a lack of surrender. Sumtimes there’s grief that invades &drowns the voice of Hope. ‪#‎TheGoodFight‬

* More than ever Im persuaded that HOPE gives birth 2FAITH. So when Im battling #Depression I must actively HUNT 4voice of HOPE 2find LIFE.

* My experience = I can “feel” when weight of a #Depression (oppression) lifts. &Always this comes after I express my longing heart in prayer.

* I can KNOW I must pray & give my “groanings” 2God as an offering, BUT in midst of pain it feels like THE most impossible thing! #Depression

* It helps 2make a literal ‪#‎notetoself‬, even a tweet: God is faithful, our feelings lie, #Depression does NOT last forever, our ‪#‎HOPE‬ is sure!

Be BLESSED, Beloved <3

~Leah

A Broken Windshield to Heal

I won’t go into too much detail here, because I don’t want to give cause for a misinterpretation of events; but this little incident was too good not to share.  Stay tuned for one tiny peek at an unplanned and unexpected but very welcome Redemptive Moment:)

I WAS FIRED.

I was fired.  Yep – not from my present job, but the job I had before.  It’s been nearly 8 years since I went through very rough waters with a former employer, both sides feeling justified in a growing distrust and mutual dissatisfaction, and a painful ordeal that was only survived with some grace because of a gracious mediator who walked us through the transition that would ultimately lead to me training my own replacement.

This was a life-altering experience for me – not just because it was so devastating to not be believed, not be trusted, and feel I had NO earthly way to rectify the opinions of others, but mainly because this was a small family owned business, and these were people I had known for YEARS before working there, had gone to CHURCH with them, had what I thought was a loving relationship with them and their kids outside any workplace association.  Yet in the months when everything unraveled and in the subsequent mutual parting of ways, everything in our friendship and association also vanished.

MEMORY IS A TRICKY THING.

From what I understand – and please, I’m not a scientist, so let’s just chalk this up to being a bit of an internet and news junkie – our brains RE-remember every time we visit a “memory,” and HOW we perceive is fluid, always changing – almost as if the memories themselves are living things – and yet our CONVICTIONS about what we remember are equally as strong in the 10th telling (which for some people will be much more varied from the first telling than others) even if the content (unbeknownst to us) may differ in significant ways.

Perhaps that’s a good argument for keeping a journal – provided we can be trusted to recount events honestly to ourselves, which sometimes may be a big “if.”  :)

As for me?  Here?  I remember more the emotions, the hurt, the suspicion, or the anger – even the fury – sometimes directed at me.  I remember returning some of the same.  Present emotions often register as shame, regret, sorrow, that wishful longing that things had been different, that I had DONE things differently.

A BROKEN WINDSHIELD TO HEAL.

By happenstance, my car recently suffered (another) windshield injury.  I looked up a repair shop online, not fully registering the location of the address, and mistakenly assessing it to be closer to my job for a quick lunch visit.  In fact, this shop was several miles away, in the neighborhood of my previous place of employment.  And I arrived to learn my windshield was non-repairable – I would have to reschedule for another visit to have the whole thing replaced.  So by happenstance *ahem* I found myself with some time to kill before going back to work, AND within just a couple blocks of this place which attaches to so many significant negative (but growth-inducing) emotions.

So I decided to drop in for a visit.

And I found that the son has since bought the business from his parents, the wife (daughter-in-law) now manages the main office and the books, and though the mom no longer works there, the dad still weaves in and around the office, cheerfully advertising, don’t you know, that the KFC founder didn’t really get his business feet under him till he was 80 years old, so there!

I found that the gal who had replaced me was years gone, and the gal I had replaced more years before was now working there again.  I found that the business had weathered the economic downturn seemingly well, and that the gracious mediator I had hoped to revisit had resigned just a few months before to pursue more missions-minded work in another city.  How fitting.  :)

There was shock expressed over how much weight I’ve lost (they all knew me at my unhealthiest), there was curiosity about the house I’ve recently purchased, my now living near my sister so many miles away from my current job, and the nearly 8 years I’ve now been with the same employer.  We visited about changes in our church experiences, changes in our country, and in short how the years mature us .. if we let them.  :)

There were smiles, even a few hugs, and they let me wander out back until I found the 80+ year old dad lifting his face to soak up a little sun behind the shop, enjoying a quiet smoke break, standing just exactly as I remember him .. I got to visit with him for a few minutes, and … was that “relief” spreading over his face?  To learn that I was now in such a good place, healthy and happy and well cared for …. I left well-wishes for everyone, and asked the dad to take a love greeting to his wife, my former boss, too.

Then another round of hugs and affirmations for the healing time can minister, and we all marveled once again at how .. Paths can cross and sever, but God is still God of us all, and – for those who will humbly yield to it – his grace is greater than what we allow to divide ….

I think I will never again feel as much GRATITUDE as I did that day for a badly timed rock bouncing on the freeway on my commute to work.  ;)  Miracles can spring forth from the most unlikely of places, don’t you know.

And just for the record, I don’t believe in “happenstance.”  ;)

Be blessed!

~Leah

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