The Night Love Came Down

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So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.
Luke 2:16-20 (NIV)

The book of Luke goes on to talk about (Ch.11) giving good gifts and if we as imperfect people love to give good things to our children, then how much more does God?  No matter what we have been told or believe; God is love and He loves to give good things.  Christmas is truly about promises fulfilled, when love came to earth and the greatest gift was given.

I pray this season you are surrounded by such love and that your time is filled with peace, joy and invaluable gifts.

Merry Christmas!

Illuminating Love Ministries.

Worry Stones

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Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you. 1 Peter 5:7

We live in an age where there is plenty to worry about. Just watch the news for a half hour and you’ll be tested. Yet, the Word of God says in Ecclesiastes 1:9 that there is nothing new under the sun. I’m pretty sure things seemed quite dire to the Israelites when they were hanging out at the edge of the Red Sea or even to David when he was hanging in the caves and wasn’t on a spelunking mission. We are not the first ones to feel like the world may be coming to an end and we won’t be the last. We are not the first ones to feel the weight of worry which is why God tells us in 1 Peter 5:7 to cast our cares upon Him because He not only cares for us, but He can handle it.

First, let’s look at that word cast. Thesaurus.com also describes cast as fling, toss aside, hurl, heave, launch, eject, thrust and the list goes on. Just replace the word cast with one of its synonyms to give the scripture a new perspective.

Heave all your anxieties upon Him because He cares for you.
Fling all your anxieties upon Him because He cares for you, etc.

This gives us an amazing picture of the heart of God and the weight it bears. Jesus can handle anything we cast at Him, as my dad once said, “There is nothing that can knock God off His throne.” That includes anything that brings you angst. Just give it to Him.

I remember years ago when I saw two teenage girls come out of a new age shop on a busy city street. They carried in their hands “worry stones.” The idea is that you were supposed to put all your worries onto those stones. My heart broke and I went to them to share a story about a man who came to carry all their worries over 2000 years ago. The love of Jesus Christ that came to bear the weight of their worry and fear. A love that doesn’t have a heart of stone. Worry is just like that stone. The only useful purpose it has is to be a weight.  With worry you end up with a burden you weren’t meant to carry.

Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow, it empties today of its strength. –Corrie Ten Boom

Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes?  Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?  Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? –Jesus (Matthew 6:25-27)

So…let it go, it is weighing you down.
Let it go, He carried it for you already.
Let it go, you are in His hands.
Let it go with a ferocity and remember that He cares for you.

Perfect Peace

You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are stayed on You, because they trust in You.  Isaiah 26:3

I must be odd.  Either that or God’s infinite peace is becoming a greater reality for me.  I keep seeing how many of God’s people have been put into a panic over the current administration’s policies…should we be concerned…yes…panicked?  No.

While on Facebook I was reading a post by a woman (of which I’ve seen several times as well as online) who grew up in Austria during the 1930’s-40’s when Hitler invaded.  He came across as trying to help the Austrian people, causing them to depend solely upon the government, turning the educational system into an indoctrination and sporting event, and many other things that caused Austria to grow further under his thumb and under a dictatorship.  The woman retelling her life story was warning America.  She drew direct parallels to what is happening now.  For many reading it added fuel to their panic fire…oddly for me I felt comforted.  God took care of the situation then and He will now.  It doesn’t matter what our circumstances around us look like, doesn’t matter at all.  Either God is faithful or He isn’t.  God is either for us or He isn’t.  If you think He isn’t…then I think you may not understand the height, width and depth of His love.

Ecclesiastes 1:9 says this, “…there is nothing new under the sun.”  Therefore all this has  happened before and God took care of it then.  I find that comforting, not placing me in a position of complacency or apathy, but in a place where I go before God in confidence not in panic.

Our action should not be one of panic, but instead of seeking Him and acting from there.

After all…

“What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun.”  Ecclesiastes 1:9

Any time panic, fear or worry in your life tries to set in -say to yourself “God has got this.”