Monday, December 17, 2007
While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks By Night.....
Once again It's Monday. The third Monday in Advent...Time is getting closer to the expected birth of the baby Jesus. Christmas Eve is one week from today. Will I be ready in my Heart?
Why did you choose to have the message of the Savior's birth come first to the shepherds, O Lord? Were others too busy (as they can be today)? Would others have disapproved of your methods (as some might, still)? Had others turned their backs on your miracle (which happens, I know)? Or did you do what you did to let me know that everyone is welcome? None are too poor, lowly, dirty, humble or despised for your salvation. Not even me ! For this and all your many graces, I thank and praise you, Lord, my God.
I too am guilty of being "too busy" so much of the time. I am not proud of this. I have so many times said,"When I get this done or that done, then I'll sit down with you Lord, I promise, " and I never get to it. How terrible to promise Jesus, and then "forget" about it later. How can I possibly forget about Jesus? What else can be more important than spending time with Him? I now understand why the message went to the shepherds first.
O God, Please forgive me and my selfish ways. I proclaim to love you and to want to serve you, but then I put other mundane projects ahead of You. I am asking for forgiveness here in front of everyone to see and read so I may be more accountable to You. I ask again, Lord, for another chance. Let me not be too busy ever again. Let me put you first. Let my first thought upon awakening be to thank you for another day, and my last thought at night to thank you again for getting me through that day.
Your wayward daughter,
Sunday, December 16, 2007
The third flame of the Advent Candle Sines Brightly.
Here it is the third Sunday in Advent already. The weeks are going by fast, Today the Shepherd's Candle urges me to behold. Behold, your holy angel appeared to humble shepherds, O Lord. That's what the Bible says. "Behold," that angel urged them. Those shepherds had a lot to see. So do I. For your bright glory is shining on earth, Lord. And as the third flame of the Advent wreath brightens my house, it reminds me that your glory still shines. My eyes are open to see you this season. Open my heart as well, to behold and to greet you. For this and all your many graces, I thank and praise you, Lord. my God. Amen
There are so many times I have missed happenings around me because I am "too busy" and don't look around my "little
world. It's as if I bury my head in the sand. I am too caught up in my own world. I need to stop doing this and learn to look around me and see my surroundings.
Dear God, Thank you so much for the wonderful light that shines brightly in my home and my other surroundings. Please help me to be able to stop and "BEHOLD" this sight before me. Help me to keep my eyes open this day and be able to stop and see, to "BEHOLD" what yo have to offer me this wonderful Advent season. Help me to "Behold" Your Son, Baby Jesus, the Christ Child.
Saturday, December 15, 2007
A Candle in My Wreath--A Lamp in My Window For YOU !
Once again, Lord I am preparing for You on this second Saturday in Advent....a time of preparation, expectancy and Hope. Despite any previous preparations made over many centuries by prophets and kings, Bethlehem was not prepared to greet you, O Lord. "There was no room for them in the inn. " And so I light a candle on a wreath. See it, O Lord, as a lamp in my window-- a "vacancy" sign, lit to invite you into my home.. .and into my heart. Even as you promise that there is plenty of room for me in your Father's house.
For this, and all your many graces, I thank and praise you, Lord, my God. Amen
How many times have I thought were was no room in my home for anyone else or even one more "thing"? There have been times when I kept the guest room closed because it was not "ready" to accept anyone. I am shattered when I think that I may have turned away the Christ child becaus of not having been " Prepared."
O God, please forgive me for the many times I have turned you away because my room was not prepared to take you in. Help me to remember it is in these times when I must receive you into my heart-room. May there never be a "No Vacancy" sign in the window of my mind again. There is ALWAYS room in my heart for you. May my window candle lamp always be lit, and may you ALWAYS feel welcome.
Friday, December 14, 2007
Three Wisemen looking for Jesus. Was Jesus lost, OR am I lost?
Here it is the Friday of the second week in Advent. A time of preparation, expectancy, being pregnant with Hope. Were Mary and Joseph lost in the jostling confusion of overcrowded Bethlehem, O Lord? Were YOU? In the jostling confusion of my life, (especially during this hectic season)I can lose you. What an odd coincidence--that I might lose you during this season in which I am awaiting you. You are the Savior of the world. You have come to earth. You have entered my life. Keep me close, even as I keep my attention on You.
For this and all your many graces, I thank and praise you, Lord, my God. Amen
This message is so on point for me. For some reason today I was feeling lost in the crowd. I felt I was losing Jesus. Why, I don't know, but that doesn't matter. I feel I have found him again while reading and writing this devotion. I am so glad that these devotions mean so much to all of you, but I need these daily as well to stay focused on the Lord. I sometimes have a short attention span, and I can easily lose Jesus if I am not careful.
Dear God, Thank you so much for re-uniting me with your Son when it feels to me like I am going farther away from Him in my walk than I should. I cannot afford to be away from him at all, no matter if it is a very small step or a huge step away . Please help me to keep my life line tethered to him at all times. He is my life-line.
Thursday, December 13, 2007
No, I am not an angel, but I am a Citizen of Heaven.
The preparation continues on this second Thursday in Advent. As the tiny "city of David" swelled with the influx of visitors from Caesar's enrollment, the mighty Augustus sought to put a claim on you, O Lord. Yet you are the One with the claim to stake. You have claimed me as your own-not with enrollments, taxes, or wealth. You have bought me with your precious blood. I am a Citizen of Heaven ! Help me to "stand and be counted." I am Yours. Let me shine.! For this and all your many graces, I thank and praise you, Lord, my God. Amen
When I read that I am a "citizen of Heaven", I was blown away. What a wonderful thought. What a wonderful gift. This puts my existence into a whole new light. I want to be an upstanding citizen of your wonderful city.
Dear God, Thank you so much for allowing me to be Yours..to be a citizen of your Heaven. Please help me to be worthy of that citizenship, although I now I can do nothing to be worthy. I believe, and that is enough thanks to your sending your Son to die so that I may live. May my light shine here on earth so that I may stand up and be counted when it comes time to take Heaven's census.
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