Saturday, December 28, 2013

Child-like Faith

Assuredly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will by no means enter it.”  And He took them up in His arms, laid His hands on them, and blessed them. 
 Mark 10:15-16, Luke 18:17

The innocence of a child is so precious and pure. And though an assignment from hell to steal that innocence has been around for centuries, it seems the tempo has been quickened. Proof of that can be seen every time you pick up a newspaper or read the latest news on your computer. It seems the age of the victims of this attack gets younger and younger as the years go by.  And yet I also see parents and guardians encouraging their children to grow up quickly: by making little girls wear makeup and compete to see who’s the prettiest, allowing children to be entertained by things that are designed for adults and ignoring, even finding it amusing when they, the children, adopt and mimic profane mannerisms and language. God help us, because we have helped to speed up this hellish assignment.
Jesus, I believe was so drawn to children because of their innocence and undaunted willingness to believe the TRUTH. His words fell on fresh, newly tilled soil and sprung up with an urgency to grow.  Not to grow up so that “No one will be able to tell ME what to do”, but to grow and receive more of the Truth so that a solid foundation would exist and there would be relationship with the Father.

I am told that when my older brother was a child, an acquaintance of his burst a balloon , so my brother got an old rusty nail and announced that  “My Da will fix it."  We always laugh at that story, but think about his faith in his father.  Oh that we would believe that Our Father could and will do the impossible for us!  Child-like faith that’s what Jesus meant.  A belief and trust that we have a Heavenly Father that loves us and wants the best for us. Maybe you didn’t have a good example for a father or did not even know your father at all…still we are without excuse because we have a Heavenly Father that is perfect. ” When my father and my mother forsake me, then the Lord will take me up.” Psalms 27:10
As we prepare to enter into a new year, we do not know what the future may hold, yet we must not fear. I believe that the greatest faith of all is not that of the great teachers and preachers across this land, but the greatest faith is that of a child that solely and purely believes that His Daddy spoke and speaks the Truth and that settles it all. We must trust God and yes even with a childlike faith believe that He is taking care of us. No matter the hopelessness that is being reported in the media we must believe that our Father is in charge and in doing so we receive the kingdom of God.




Sunday, December 8, 2013

Christmas Time...A wonderful time of the year!

"For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace." Isaiah 9:6

Christmas will be different for me this year. For the past 11 years, I have spent Christmas away from home, traveling to be with family. This year I feel the Lord saying for me to stay at home.  I don't quite understand it but feel it necessary to heed to this gentle persuading.  I am not sad about it because I know that when He asks us to do (or not to do) something it is for the greater good, the bigger picture.  So I have settled into making this holiday a very special one.

Though I will very much miss being with family, I will not miss the hustle and bustle of the airport. An 11:00AM flight for me means getting up at 4:00AM so that I can finish packing, getting the dog to the kennel, then coming back to make sure everything has been done, i.e. mail stopped, neighbors notified, water turned off (I have a story to tell  about not turning the water off once and came home to over 4 feet of water in the basement from a broken water heater), thermostat adjusted, doors and windows locked, etc., etc.  The Rapid Rover (airport shuttle) picks me up at 8:00AM, THEN it's checking in luggage , going through security and the long walk to the gate.  By the time I am finally on the plane I am exhausted.  I don't see how folks travel for a living!

No matter where we may be at Christmas, may we remember the true meaning of this Holy Day!  God sent His only Son to earth in the form of a baby.  He came in the most vulnerable form to show how much He was willing to make the ultimate sacrifice for us!  And as He grew in wisdom and stature as the Bible says, He fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah, He IS a Wonderful Counselor, a Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace!

I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and may the Prince of Peace reign in our homes, our lives and in our hearts!

On another note:

This year I added some animal print to my decorations, here are just a couple of pictures:

Front doors

Welcome Rug

Apple & Pomegranate Topiary