Month: December 2016

Christmas Prayers

Tami Myer

Thank You, LORD, for the awesome message of Christmas:

You stoop down to make us great. (Psalm 18:35, NIV)

How incredible! This is precisely what You did through the stunning miracle of the Incarnation.

You stooped down beneath the stars, beneath a low stable door, entering our world to enter our lives.

You stooped to wash our feet.

You stooped to lay Yourself down upon a cross so that we could rise up into the greatness of knowing You face to face.

Lord, would You help us to flesh out that same Love in our marriages? Please birth in us the willingness to stoop to make our spouses great. Show us how to humble ourselves, laying aside our “garment” of prideful self-centeredness and picking up the “towel” of joyful service.

To do that, we need insight into one another’s true needs; we need discernment to know how to minister well. We relinquish…

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Fixing Our Eyes on Jesus

The Life I Now Live

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. Even on this blog, neat little snowflakes fall as you read these words. That’s always been one of my favorite features of WordPress.

But Christmas isn’t about snowflakes, or hot cocoa, or Christmas movies. Not to repeat the cliche, but Christmas truly is about Christ. So how do we make sure we keep Jesus at the center of our holiday celebration? 4 tips:

  1. Remember. Simply take time to reflect on who Jesus is. Remember that the Son of God, God Himself, became a baby, a human, to live and die and rise from the grave for us! How incredible is that! Remember that He who knew no sin became sin so we might become the righteousness of God. Remember that the God of the universe took on the humblest of beginnings so we may have the most glorious of endings, in heaven…

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Holidays after Loss

May the Lord’s Presence and purpose for you and Zoya continue to strengthen and sustain you throughout each day.

God Provides for Us

So far, the holidays are so much worse than I expected.  I remember reading one person’s blog who said they were better than she expected, better than the ordinary days, but that is not the case for me.

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Ordinary days have been hard, but this is worse.  I don’t know what is harder, doing things without him that we once did together or doing nothing at all.

The days are so long and pass so slowly.  Yet the weeks go so fast.  15418452_10153990353767026_2111564613899878282_o.jpgThese pictures are lovely, but all I see is the person who is missing.  I’m glad I was prepared for it to begin to get worse around the sixth month mark. I didn’t dread it, and knowing it was coming helps me hope that better days will also come. I didn’t realize all I’d lost.  Maybe I still don’t.

I didn’t just lose my love.  I lost…

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Faithful to the Smallest Detail

I-Challenge You

Sermon of the Day: God Demonstrates His Love For Us

Isaiah 41:10

Fear not, for I am with you;
Be not dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you,
Yes, I will help you,
I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.

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Men this morning I wanted to share one of my favorite verses with you. This chapter was in my reading the other day, but this verse has been an anchor for me in the past. I hope that it will be an awesome reminder for some of you. Or I hope this will be a new anchor of truth for you to plant in your heart.

Especially in light of our brother Yurik, and what he is going through. I felt this would be an amazing time of encouragement with a scripture like this. For what he is going through, but also what you are…

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The Beginning of the End of Death

ChosenRebel's Blog

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That’s one way to think of Christmas. With the incarnation, with the God-man Savior, the plan of the Father to conquer sin and its effects, including death, is unleashed. Christmas is the beginning of the end for death. All those who rightly fear death can run to a Savior who rescues them from death and transforms death and its fears into celebration and life–eternal life.

Five months before he died, C.S. Lewis wrote a woman who feared that her own death was imminent. Lewis said, ‘Can you not see death as a friend and deliverer? … What is there to be afraid of? … Your sins are confessed. … Has this world been so kind to you that you should leave with regret? There are better things ahead than any we leave behind. … Our Lord says to you, “Peace, child, peace. Relax. Let go. I will catch you. Do you…

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