I completely agree with Shelly about receiving what you ask for in God's time. I have never felt more alive, fulfilled, happier and more patient than I have since really devoting myself to the Lord and trying to learn and understand the way of the Lord. My wish this year is that I would grow closer to God and grow to be the person He wants me to be. Merry Christmas everybody!
Cori :-) (Iowa)
~Never frown, even when you are sad, because you never know who is falling in love with your smile.~Unknown
Feed your faith and your fears will starve to death~ author unknown
Sometimes the Lord rides out the storm with us and other times He calms the restless sea around us. Most of all, He calms the storm inside us in our deepest inner soul.- Lloyd John Ogilvie
Faith is daring the soul to go beyond what the eyes can see.~ author unknown
The gift I have sought from the Lord in these most recent months has been that His words of life would flow from my heart and bring life to all those within my sphere of influence, unto His glory, that I would be given the hunger and passion for the depth of prayer and meditation and Bible study required to bring that to pass in accomplishing His plans in furthering His kingdom on earth as it is in heaven.
There is nothing we can do to make God love us more; there is nothing we can do to make God love us less. -- Philip Yancey
I had several things planned to write about this month for our team. I knew I wanted our team page to represent the special holiday this month- the birth of Jesus Christ.
I had this book, about the wise men, and book marked certain pages within it. I saw this page, as you have read below. I have given it thought. My 1ST choice still remains the gift I want from God this year.
As some of you know from previous prayers and posts my dad is pretty ill. He is on a drug called oxycontain which is an extremely strong narcotic. It is morphine in a pill form. My father suffers from severe pain everyday. This has been going on for about 7 years now.
I went to visit my brother and Dad for Thanksgiving last month. No one can explain it, but my father is mad at me. He will not talk to me. I have said I was sorry a few times, yet do not know what I did. I have called, & emailed, & left messages with no response.
I am asking God to give my father peace. He knows and believes in God. He is a religious man. I continue ti ask God to take away his pain, and protect him.
I am grateful that God continues to give me peace through this conflict. He has assured me that I have done no wrong. I have had a wonderful Christmas, and it is all because of God and the grace He has given me.
What do you want for christmas this year? After reading this you may want to add something to your list.
Received information from the book: Wise Men Still seek Him Today
One of the perennial questions asked at Christmas is, "What do you want for Christmas?" What is on your Christmas list this year? You may have asked for jewelry, clothing, money, a trip, books, CD's, DVD's..... Did you include time with your friends, the ability to give to those in need, increased love for God? What is your deepest heart's desire for Christmas this year? If you could ask God for anything, anything at all what would you ask......? Make sure that you add that secret heart-treasure to your list.
I encourage to REALLY ask yourself this question. Maybe even ask someone else, but include the other part of this message as well.
I almost did not type what you see below this paragraph. For I do not want you to read it and think anything special about me. Rather think and pray, see God through my words. I am no one, He is everything. I am just a sinner, trying to try my best each day.
These verses below changed my life this year. God turned my life into something more beautiful than I could have ever dreamed...all because I asked God for all the things I wanted, and yet He gave me much more! It did not happen overnight. It took a little over a year. At times I was confused. Other times I was impatient. There were times when I was so sad, not knowing what to do, or how to make it work. Each month turning it over to God, until it no longer was a thought, it became instead a buried belief within my heart. My life you see... I was asking God to change it in many ways. I knew in my heart God would give me all the things I asked for. It happened slowly. For a long time nothing "seemed" to happen at all. It happened in God's time.
If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask Me whatever you wish, and it will be given to you. My father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit, and so prove to be My disciples. Just as My father loved Me, I have also loved you; abide in my love. If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love; just as I have kept My father's commandments. "These things I have spoken to you so that My joy may be in you, and that your joy may be made full.
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