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While I try to walk in obedience to Christ I see how easy it can be, well, is, to be caught up with all the worlds perfection. Even diet, huh? I want to put it all in perspective. My diet obedience comes not from Spark points, although I like it when I get an extra spin! But my obedience comes from knowing that food is not my master and from wanting to be a good example and from wanting good health. This was a great reminder for me today to check my priorities and not to get caught up with the worlds standards but my Lord and Savior Jesus Christs'. Thanks again Irene. Have a wonderful day!

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You Can Rest Now

by Max Lucado

We so fear failure that we create the image of perfection. The result? The weariest people on earth. Attempts at self-salvation guarantee nothing but exhaustion. We scamper and scurry, trying to please God, collecting merit badges, and scowling at anyone who questions our accomplishments.

Hebrews 13:9 says, “Your hearts should be strengthened by God’s grace, not by obeying rules.” Jesus doesn’t say, “Come to me, all you who are perfect and sinless.” Just the opposite. “Come to me all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.”

Let grace happen, for heaven’s sake. No more performance for God, no more clamoring after God. Of all the things you must earn in life, God’s unending affection is not one of them. You have it. You can rest now!

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the Lord turn His face toward you and give you peace.
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Thank you so much. I appreciate those who write. You also light my light.
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"Yes, and through you, my friend. He sent you here. You gave me my story for today. You were my spark of lightening. We are each other's light in a world that has been dimmed by negativity, doubt and fear.

Be the light and listen. That's God Talk."



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This was so long I wondered if anyone would read it. I am glad you read it and was inspired by it. I thought it was so good I thought I would take a chance posting it.
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This was soooo good! Max said what I have been trying to explain for years. Really, I love to journal and keep them for my family for, you know, later. Sometime I can not explain where the insights spring from only that God has brought understanding and I have to write it out for them. I totally get this devotion. Except, boy, he sure can write it in a cool way. Thank you for this I am going to reread it later when I have time to think on it. Isn't God good?

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God Talk by Max Lucado
"So where does it come from?" the young woman asked.

"From a place on the edge of tomorrow looking back at yesterday," I replied.

I've been asked so many times about my writing. To the point of embarrassment I read warm, generous comments about my work and deal with them one word at a time. It's the only way I can accept it. But she wanted to be there where I go to find the words. I couldn't take her there. I could only describe it from the outside looking in.

"I have fallen in love with words," I told her. "Not that I have any right to, but I have been courting them long enough that we've become one. Like a marriage, I treat words with respect and select from my limited vocabulary the ones that best tell the story as I see it."

"So where do you find the stories?" she asked.

"They find me. They come falling down around me like a gentle rain on a summer's evening when you are hot and tired from a long exhausting day. The thoughts are like droplets of water that hit me one by one, but after a while they all form together and saturate my mind with such an intensity that I must respond to them or drown," I told her.

"So they start with a single thought?" she wondered.

"No, they start with a flicker of light," I said. Then pausing for a moment to come up with an appropriate image, I was reminded of a silly, childish thing I do.

"In the middle of cold winter night when you have piled on extra blankets and all the lights are off, did you ever roll over in bed and see little streaks of lightening flicker beneath the covers?" I asked.

"No, I don't believe I have," she replied with an awkward look on her face.

"Then you must sleep well at night. You see, my mind doesn't stop. I often awaken in the middle of the night with visions of people and places I've been. I scramble to make sense of them, but fail most every time. It's then when I tuck my head under the covers that I see them. Little flashes of light caused by static. I love when that happens. I'm creating my own personal lightening.

I find peace under the covers. To this very day, whenever I want to hide away from the world, I pull the cover up over my head and think, "No one knows where I am right now." It's great!

Well, the other night I rediscovered lightening," I said.

Then spinning around on my heal, like a fancy magician, I said "Ta Da! "That's where the story begins. Like a spark in the dark part of my mind, it flashes and grabs my spirit. It's God talk, I believe."

"God talk?" she asked.

"Yes, God doesn't always use words to guide us. That's where I always went wrong. I was listening for words. God sends sparks. Little oooohs and aaaaahhhhs. Sometimes it's an unfamiliar sound that pokes at your curiosity stirring it, daring you to look. Yet, most of us turn away not recognizing that it could be the answer we have been searching for all of our lives. But we are spoiled by technology that dazzles us and steals away our imagination and buries it under brain numbing nonsense.

But God Talk is sacred and singular. He sends me lightening under my covers and also people, thousands of people. Each of them writing their own story and never recognizing that they are in control of how the story ends. So I steal from them the things that they discard along the way. Brilliant thoughts, spirit filled words with wings that take flight in my soul and flood my mind with a million possibilities.

But, they don't see it. I do."

"Like the movie "The Sixth Sense," she said laughing.

"Exactly. I see dead people, too," I said slowly and deliberately..

The smile went off her face. I laughed at her.

"They are dead to the world! Dead to the gifts that God has given them. Their ears can't hear the God talk. So I see it, I hear it, I write about it and talk about it in my speeches and seminars."

"Maybe it's another way," she said.

"Another way for what?" I asked.

"Maybe God knows that the only way He can get to some of them is to use people like you, writers, poets and speakers. Your words, His thoughts," she said.

"Yes, and through you, my friend. He sent you here. You gave me my story for today. You were my spark of lightening. We are each other's light in a world that has been dimmed by negativity, doubt and fear.

Be the light and listen. That's God Talk."



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the Lord turn His face toward you and give you peace.
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Kathy I am so glad your friend is finding peace.
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Hello and Happy New Year to all of you! I have been off-line a bit as we have had family in for the holiday. I am still straightening up and recouping! God is so good to bring us so many blessings and these posts are a blessing to me. When I see the devotional and read the comments I stop and pray for you all. I want to share a wonderful praise. My friend has cancer and she is very ill. Last night she phoned me and we talked for over an hour. She is reading some very good books on heaven and she is seeing things in a new way. She is feeling the Lords presence like never before in her life and she is feeling his peace. My heart is crying for her illness. She is a long time dear dear friend but my heart is praising our Lord for his gracious love for her as she goes through this. He is giving her some remarkable light. His light. I praise our Lord for his goodness.In the midst, he is there and he is there in wonderful ways! Thanks for your encouragement and I hope that this encouraged you too. Happy New Year

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A very touching story. Thanks be to our Father for not abandoning us.

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Horse Sense
Just up the road from my home is a field, with two horses in it. From a distance, each looks like every other horse. But if one stops the car, or is walking by, one will notice something quite amazing.

Looking into the eyes of one horse will disclose that he is blind. His owner has chosen not to have him put down, but has made a good home for him. This alone is amazing.

Listening, one will hear the sound of a bell. Looking around for the source of the sound, one will see that it comes from the smaller horse in the field. Attached to her bridle is a small bell. It lets her blind friend know where she is, so he can follow her.

As one stands and watches these two friends, one sees how she is always checking on him, and that he will listen for her bell and then slowly walk to where she is, trusting that she will not lead him astray.

Like the owners of these two horses, God does not throw us away just because we are not perfect or because we have problems or challenges.

He watches over us and even brings others into our lives to help us when we are in need.

Sometimes we are the blind horse being guided by God and those whom he places in our lives. Other times we are the guide horse, helping others see God.




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That's who I want in my corner!

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I like that "You can always count on God being in your corner". emoticon

IRENE FROM TEXAS
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the Lord turn His face toward you and give you peace.
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You can count on God to be in your corner—no matter what–He cares!

Jesus said, “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. Matthew 7:7″

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The Lord bless you
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the Lord turn His face toward you and give you peace.
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Good Friday Morning,

Irene~~ thanks for the WORD, it sure is helping me in my daily activities

Mrs. Jerry~~ good to see you and I am reading 'Glenn Beck- The Snow Angel" What a great read, and I already peeked at the ending. It is helping me understand more of the pain my mother is suffering. Thanks!!

Still on track here, our lunch dates are over and it will be home cooked meal all day today. YAAAAAA
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Will change up my cardio today and do a little Rock-Roll dancing. No, I didn’t say I have style but the rhythm NOW YOUR TALKING.
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Thank you. Hope you are having a good new year and that the whole year will be a good one for you. I so admire you and your stamina.

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the Lord turn His face toward you and give you peace.
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God’s Best Idea

by Max Lucado • January 4

Grace is God’s best idea. Rather than tell us to change, he creates the change! Do we clean up so God can accept us? No, he accepts us and begins cleaning us up. His dream isn’t just to get you into heaven, but to get heaven into you. Can’t forgive your enemy? Can’t face tomorrow? Can’t forgive your past? Christ can. Forgiven people, forgive people. Deep sighs of relief happen when grace happens. We still stumble aplenty, but we despair seldom. Grace changes everything! To be saved by grace is to be saved by Christ—not by an idea, doctrine, or church membership, but by Jesus Himself. I have no tips on how to get grace. Truth is, we don’t get grace. But it sure can get us! If you wonder whether God can do something with the mess of your life, then grace is what you need.

“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen. Ephesians 3:20″

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the Lord turn His face toward you and give you peace.
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Thank you for your lovely comment on the devotional.
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Let God do His work in you!
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What a deep breath and relaxing line that is

thanks Irene
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God’s Remodeling Project

by Max Lucado • January 2

Let God do His work in you! Let His grace trump your arrest record, critics, and guilty conscience. See yourself for what you are—God’s personal remodeling project. No longer defined by failures but refined by them. Trusting less in what you do and more in what Christ did. Convinced that God is just warming up in this overture called life, that hope has its reasons and death has its due date.

Grace. Let it, let him, so seep into the crusty cracks of your life that everything softens. Then let it, let him, bubble to the surface, like a spring in the Sahara, in words of kindness and deeds of generosity! Not perfect, but closer to perfection than you’ve ever been. This happens when Grace happens.

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The Lord make His face shine upon you
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the Lord turn His face toward you and give you peace.
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Thank you for your beautiful comment.

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the Lord turn His face toward you and give you peace.
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what a wonderful way to start the New Year

Tell God what you did. Again, it’s not that he doesn’t already know, but the two of you need to agree! Then let the pure water of grace flow over your mistakes!

Thanks and Good Morning Irene
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Confession!

It’s a word that conjures up many images—some not so positive.

Confession isn’t telling God what he doesn’t know. That’s impossible. It’s not pointing fingers at others without pointing any at me. That may feel good, but it doesn’t promote healing. Confession is a radical reliance on grace—a trust in God’s goodness. The truth is, confessors find a freedom that deniers don’t!

Scripture says, “If we say we have no sin, we are fooling ourselves, and the truth is not in us. But if we confess our sins, he will forgive our sins, because we can trust God to do what is right. He will cleanse us from all the wrongs we have done. John 1:8-9″

Tell God what you did. Again, it’s not that he doesn’t already know, but the two of you need to agree! Then let the pure water of grace flow over your mistakes!

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the Lord turn His face toward you and give you peace.
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David was a man after God's own heart.
thanks my dear friend.

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the Lord turn His face toward you and give you peace.
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found this earlier post of Irene's, this feels right for my day and I hope yours emoticon

Psalm 33:21
For our heart shall rejoice in him, because we have trusted in his holy name.

The Psalms are a wonderful example of what it means to put trust in the Lord. David shared both his trials and his triumphs with his God. In every situation, David turned to God for guidance and support. David was a spiritual giant because he recognized the source of all that he was and could ever hope to be. We can be like David. If we will turn to God for His strength and courage in the face of our trials, He will provide for our every need. When we diet, we can rejoice in the fact that God will honor and bless our trust in Him.

Today's thought: The diet I keep will bring me joy and fulfillment.






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Thank you Kathy and Karen for adding your thoughts to the devotional.
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emoticon we are strong in the Lord. Thank you Karen.

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And Happy New Year to you and to all who read this!

Thank you Kathy Jane and Irene for a wonder SP site
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Thank you, Irene. And here it is... the gospel perfectly voiced. I truly believe that if we, all of us Sparks, would contemplate this and pray it back to the Lord that our lives would be changed in 2013. How? by the grace of our Lord and our continued devotion to Him. All things would fall into place. Our struggles would be in perspective. Our priorities would change. We would stand firm on Christ our Lord and He would hold us in the palm of his hand! Let our soul magnify the Lord. Let's let the light within us shine bright! Happy New Year to this Spark team and to all who read it!

Thank you Irene for keeping me grounded in truth and always reminding me of my priorities, which is Christ first.

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Mary's Song
My soul doth magnify
And glory in the Lord
His lowly handmaiden
He has chosen over all
My spirit doth rejoice
Over God my saviour
For He has truly blessed me
And shown great favour...

Blessed and exalted
Is the fruit of her womb
The promise from ages past
Was coming very soon
I wonder if Mary
The servant of the Lord
Understood with depth
The magnitude of her call

The son she brought forth
Called Holy and righteous
Blessed Prince of Peace
Forever there to guide us
Did she know that Jesus
Is the name above all names?
That no one else can save us
And take away our shame

Did Mary know His future
And who He really was?
Did she know the price He'd pay
Upon the blood-stained cross?
Oh a mother's heart must ache
To see her first born son
Hanging from a wooden cross
Rejected by everyone

Did she know that He would rise
And walk among them again?
To eat and drink and share with them
Until He would ascend
He left with us His Holy Spirit
Forever to dwell inside
I wonder if Mary ever knew
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Heavenly Father, thank You for being with us on earth and for being my life.

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God With Us



“All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” (which means “God with us”).” Matthew 1:22-23

Wow! The Creator came to dwell with His creation. The all knowing One came to teach teachers and students limited by their lack of knowledge and understanding. The ever present One came to comfort hurting people stuck in their suffering. The all powerful One came to serve weak people, empowering them with His Spirit. The Almighty sent His only son Jesus into the world, fully God and fully man. Yes, the Word became flesh!

God is with us to face down our fears by faith. God is with us in our doubts. God is with us in our hurts, applying His healing balm of grace. God is with us in our transitions to grow our trust in Him. God is with us at work and at home. God is with us in our uncertainty. God is with us when we feel His presence and when we don't feel Him near. God is with us in our successes and in our failures. God is with us and for us for His glory!

"And surely I [Jesus] am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matthew 28:20 NIV)

God is with us in our modern technology and our antiquated activities. The Lord is with us in our big cities and our small towns. Jesus is with us when we feel joy, laughter and loss. Christ is with us to comfort us in our pain and encourage us to persevere for Him. He is with us in the ups and the downs. He is with us and He is in us to work through us!

Therefore, because Christ is with you, you can be confident of His wisdom and direction. Fools flounder for lack of faith, but you have the Faithful One as the facilitator of your circumstances. Immanuel entered the earth by birth and entered your heart by new birth. Your Savior Jesus has saved you from your sins and your Lord Jesus commands you to follow His ways and experience His life. He gave His life and came to life for your life!

“Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.” Isaiah 7:14

Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank You for being with us on earth and for being my life.

Related Readings: 1 Kings 8:57; Isaiah 8:10; Psalm 46:11; Acts 10:41; Ephesians 2:6



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The Lord bless you
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The Lord make His face shine upon you
and be gracious to you;
the Lord turn His face toward you and give you peace.
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Christmas Travelers
Christmas recalls the story of travelers propelled by the unhurried rhythm of their animals:

We three kings of Orient are
Bearing gifts we traverse afar,
Field and fountain, moor and mountain,
Following yonder star.

Why did these wisemen undertake such a journey?

A tall astronomer, advisor to the Persian king, springs from his midnight vigil in the palace courtyard. "Casper, come! Look along the rod I've sighted toward the constellation of the Jews." Casper peers into the blackness. "Do you see it? That brilliant star is new tonight! It must signify the birth of a mighty king."

A soft whistle escapes him as he spots it. "There it is!" He's talking rapidly now. "I've read ancient Hebrew scriptures which tell of this ruler's star."[1] Rising, he announces, "We must see him. We must go!"

Traversing the caravan routes of Persia, Babylon, and Syria for 1,200 miles, they ford broad rivers, pass ancient cities, cross barren deserts. Three months they trek westward, day after day, "following yonder star."

In Jerusalem they inquire, "Where is he that is born King of the Jews? For we have seen his star in the East, and are come to worship him."[2] Worship? So the Babe is more than a king!

Now they follow the shining star till it rests over a simple Bethlehem home. At early dawn neighbors gather to watch the richly- robed travelers dismount. Joseph meets them at the door.

"We've come to see the child, the King." The wise men fall before the Babe, faces to the floor, royal counselors doing homage, worshipping the Christ child. Outside, their servants unload weighty chests from the camels and set gifts before the King. Heavy fragrances of frankincense and myrrh mingle to fill the room as one by one the boxes are opened.

A touch of the boy-child's tiny fingers, a final longing look, and the men rise to go. Camel bells soon fade in the brisk morning air.

We, too, travel at Christmas, visiting family and friends. Yet, like the wisemen, the most important journey we make these hectic holidays is to draw nigh Jesus himself with the gift of our hearts.



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The Lord bless you
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The Lord make His face shine upon you
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the Lord turn His face toward you and give you peace.
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MJREIMERS Thank you so much for your comment. It means much to me.
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the Lord turn His face toward you and give you peace.
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Christmas recalls the story of travelers propelled by the unhurried rhythm of their animals:

We three kings of Orient are
Bearing gifts we traverse afar,
Field and fountain, moor and mountain,
Following yonder star.

Why did these wisemen undertake such a journey?

A tall astronomer, advisor to the Persian king, springs from his midnight vigil in the palace courtyard. "Casper, come! Look along the rod I've sighted toward the constellation of the Jews." Casper peers into the blackness. "Do you see it? That brilliant star is new tonight! It must signify the birth of a mighty king."

A soft whistle escapes him as he spots it. "There it is!" He's talking rapidly now. "I've read ancient Hebrew scriptures which tell of this ruler's star."[1] Rising, he announces, "We must see him. We must go!"

Traversing the caravan routes of Persia, Babylon, and Syria for 1,200 miles, they ford broad rivers, pass ancient cities, cross barren deserts. Three months they trek westward, day after day, "following yonder star."

In Jerusalem they inquire, "Where is he that is born King of the Jews? For we have seen his star in the East, and are come to worship him."[2] Worship? So the Babe is more than a king!

Now they follow the shining star till it rests over a simple Bethlehem home. At early dawn neighbors gather to watch the richly- robed travelers dismount. Joseph meets them at the door.

"We've come to see the child, the King." The wise men fall before the Babe, faces to the floor, royal counselors doing homage, worshipping the Christ child. Outside, their servants unload weighty chests from the camels and set gifts before the King. Heavy fragrances of frankincense and myrrh mingle to fill the room as one by one the boxes are opened.

A touch of the boy-child's tiny fingers, a final longing look, and the men rise to go. Camel bells soon fade in the brisk morning air.

We, too, travel at Christmas, visiting family and friends. Yet, like the wisemen, the most important journey we make these hectic holidays is to draw nigh Jesus himself with the gift of our hearts.



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The Lord bless you
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The Lord make His face shine upon you
and be gracious to you;
the Lord turn His face toward you and give you peace.
Numbers 6:22-26 (NIV)



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emoticon Irene for the Devotionals! I look forward to them and even if it's a busy day, I always stop by to read them.

emoticon to all those of you that add to the devotionals. I appreciate the comments and insight!

May you all have a blessed Christmas!

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and may Christ reign in your heart
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emoticon To all on this team, I wish for you a very Merry Christmas. May our Lord bless your day what ever is planned and may He bless your new year as you trust in Him and give him your life. Whatever you do, may Christ reign in your heart first and formost. May he help every challenge and may the joy that can only come from Christ be yours as you walk where He leads you. Happy New Year!

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Karen thank you for commenting on the devotional.

IRENE FROM TEXAS
The Lord bless you
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The Lord make His face shine upon you
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the Lord turn His face toward you and give you peace.
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The Lord bless you
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The Lord make His face shine upon you
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the Lord turn His face toward you and give you peace.
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Irene~~ thank you for the devotional, always the perfect start for my day

Kathy~~ thanks for the Biblegateway link to history and move devotions

I will be remembering my Savory as I proper Christmas day pies.
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This is the first devotion that I have read in my Advent devotions before church. It is a good one to meditate on. Thank you. Have a blessed Sunday and a very Merry Christmas. if any of you have the time check out the history of some of our Christmas Hymns. Biblegateway has some really good devotions on the history. Interesting to read of the thoughts of the "ancient" (their term, Ha, not mine!) saints. Makes me want to study the fathers of our faith.

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Not Only on Christmas Day
Lord, this is my prayer
Not only on Christmas Day
But until I see You face to face
May I live my life this way:

Just like the baby Jesus
I ever hope to be,
Resting in Your loving arms
Trusting in Your sovereignty.

And like the growing Christ child
In wisdom daily learning,
May I ever seek to know You
With my mind and spirit yearning.

Like the Son so faithful
Let me follow in Your light,
Meek and bold, humble and strong
Not afraid to face the night.

Nor cowardly to suffer
And stand for truth alone,
Knowing that Your kingdom
Awaits my going home.

Not afraid to sacrifice
Though great may be the cost,
Mindful how You rescued me
From broken-hearted loss.

Like my risen Savior
The babe, the child, the Son,
May my life forever speak
Of who You are and all You've done.

So while this world rejoices
And celebrates Your birth,
I treasure You, the greatest gift
Unequaled in Your worth.

I long to hear the same words
That welcomed home Your Son,
"Come, good and faithful servant,"
Your Master says, "Well done."

And may heaven welcome others
Who will join with me in praise
Because I lived for Jesus Christ
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The Lord bless you
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The Lord make His face shine upon you
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the Lord turn His face toward you and give you peace.
Numbers 6:22-26 (NIV)



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As I start my day, I liked this earlier post by Irene;

Do not look at your inability, limitations, and weaknesses. God entrust you with something, whether it is a work or a ministry. Have faith that you are in His mighty hand that He will use you according to His will.

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We need each other. Not all of us play the same instrument. Not all of us make the same sound. Some are soft, and others are loud. Some convert the lost. Others encourage the saved. And some keep the movement in step. All are needed!

“ For even as the body is one and yet has many members, and all the members of the body, though they are many, are one body, so also is Christ. Corinthians 12:12”

From A Gentle Thunder By Max Lucado


thanks Grace I love these works and will take them with me today
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"God stakes his claim on us".

thanks Grace I love these works and will take them with me today.


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