Being a Baby

This devotion is late, sorry! I slept in for the first time in a whole year! And my very first thought? Babies! I wondered about the tradition of celebrating the New Year’s first baby. The Greeks are credited with starting this tradition in 600 B.C. to symbolize their god, Dionysus. They believed he was reborn every year and they paraded a baby around in a basket. (baby.lovetoknow.com) In America we celebrate the first baby born in our country, and some states, in the New Year. As Christians, we celebrate The Baby Jesus at Christmas and all year long, for being the Savior of the world! So much can be drawn from the focus on babies. I wonder if we can draw something more from a New Year’s baby than just the new start of a year.

Instantly my mind goes to this verse:

Therefore, rid yourselves of all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander of every kind.  Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, now that you have tasted that the Lord is good. 1 Peter 2:1-3 NIV

Wow. What if we all began acting like babies again? No, not actual babies, but spiritual babies. Remember when you first became a Christian? I do. I was so hungry for God’s Word! It’s like the more I fed on it, the more I wanted. Can you relate? Who says we have to grow up so much that we need less baby food? Nowhere in the Bible does it say we should read our Bible less the older we get. Though we have grown up in the church, gotten saved and memorized verses, have we finished our spiritual growth? No. Have we arrived in full maturity, without the need for further spiritual food? Nope.

Babies need milk. Peter tells us to be like babies and crave spiritual “milk.” He wasn’t talking to babies, but adults who would get the significance of his words. We are to be like babies who want to eat all the time and feed on God’s Word. Spiritual food will “grow us up” or mature, in our salvation.

Babies need pure foods in order to grow. This thought hit me hard because…well, look at all the junk in the world we can feed on. Peter mentions a few: “malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander of every kind.” Notice the use of the words all and every. We are to get rid of all things and every thing impure that is not good for our spiritual walk.

Babies need things that taste good. They don’t know if they like the food until they taste it. As babies we are to taste and see that The Lord is good. If it is good, babies will eat more!. Our Father gives us good things to eat, because, well, HE is good!

Babies need their parent(s) This is a sore spot for me as I lost my mom as a teen. However, it made me lean more on the Lord, so His plan was good. As babies, spiritually, we need to look to our parent for all of our needs. Our Father in heaven will supply all that we need to mature, even in a sometimes dark world. He is faithful! My daughter’s boyfriend texted me this morning. In our short conversation, he reminded me that God is faithful. That simple thought is pure food for our souls that need to be fed. Thank you, Zach! I will “feed” on that today! You made me think of this verse that relates to the faithfulness of our Lord to help us lay aside the things Peter talked about above.

If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:8

We are not perfect, but the truth in us is perfect. When we feed on perfect truth from the Bible, we will mature. When we sin, Jesus is faithful! He will forgive us and purify us from all the things we allowed into our heart, that are of the world. Humility is important in our posture toward our King. Let’s all be lowly babies again and crave God’s Word more than ever in 2021. We are our own New Year babies:)

Dear Father,

We will be Your babies in 2021. We humbly ask that You feed us from Your Word whatever we need. As babies, we will look to You for everything because we know You are our faithful Father. You hear us. You answer. You teach. You LOVE us. Anything that hinders our spiritual growth, please convict us of it and we will let it go. All we want is to crave You more and more. When we are upset or scared or just need to be held, You are there for us. We look forward to what You will teach us. We love You so much! Amen

The Lord bless you and keep you;
the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you;
the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace. Numbers 6:24-26 NIV

We will start new journal exercises in 2021 that will help us focus on heaven more than ever. Just an idea… you can pick up beautiful journals at TJ Maxx for about $5.00. (I will use any excuse to buy a new notepad or journal!) Exciting stuff ahead…

Love and prayers to and for you all going up now:)

Just me. Just His baby…

Tina

Because He lives

The Lord has kept this phrase in my heart and mind lately. It is the answer to our questions about suffering and trials. Why do we have hope? Because Jesus lives. Why can we endure our trials? Because One who endured the very worst lives! He will help us. How can we have peace? Because He lives! He gives peace knowing full well what trials feel like and that we need His peace. And…He is very generous with it! How can we not stress about stuff here on earth? Because He lives! This is our short-term temporary home. We will someday be rewarded with our forever home instead of dying. Why do we get to live forever? Because He lives! We can brag on God’s goodness; He gave us His Son, our hope!

Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us. Romans 5:1-5

It is so easy to get wrapped up in the present world and lose focus of the fact that our life on earth is just a drop in the bucket of how long eternity is. When we look horizontally at the world, we may have fear and worry about all the problems and struggles. We may be discouraged because of the abundance of sin and selfishness in the world. But if we tip our head up, we will see what our future looks like. we will see heaven and Jesus!

By obeying God and allowing Himself to be crucified, Jesus showed us how to obey God in our trials on earth. By living again, He shows us that we can die to self and be made new too! Because He lives, we have a future and a hope. What we are experiencing now is only temporary. Why? Because He lives!

Dear Jesus,

Thank You for keeping the phrase, “Because He lives” in my mind and heart. You make it so simple to follow You. Thank You for obeying Your Father, Our Father, and giving Your life for us. We don’t deserve it, but You did it based on Your love and trust in Your Father. May we always do the same. Because You live, we can too! Any suffering or trials we face here, will be done and gone in heaven. There’s no need for hospitals, medicine or band-aids there! We will look forward to heaven, because You live. We love You so much!!Amen

Interrupt me, Lord

Yesterday, John and I, with our daughter Maggie, went to an antique store to look at old records. We were all looking for our favorite ones. I have been looking for a few years for a 45 that I had as a child. It had a song on it called, Ivory Tower”. My momma sang it to me:) Finding that record would be a joy. So at the store, I did what I usually do. I prayed, “God, please let me find that record.” I picked up a huge stack of 45’s to sort through. Guess what record was on the very top? No lie. Ivory Tower! I felt like crying and praising God all at the same time. He interrupted my shopping with a surprise!

He changed the tone of my day, sort of interrupted it. I didn’t mind one bit. It reminded me that He hears every word I pray, no matter how small or slightly selfish I am. What a joy to know that the God who created the world and us listens to our words! We may be surprised when He answers that prayer we have prayed a hundred times. The Bible is full of proof that God hears prayers and is close to us when we are hurting.

The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them; He delivers them from all their troubles. The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. Psalm 34:17-18

God hears us when we are humble and are seeking Him with our heart that at times has sin in it.

 If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land. 2 Chronicles 7:14

God hears and answers before we ask Him for what we need. Just like He is already there before we pray, He has the answer before we pray.

 Before they call I will answer; while they are still speaking I will hear. Isaiah 65:24

God really cares. He listens. He loves us. He wants our best. It is our honor and joy to care for Him, love Him, listen to Him and want His best. That makes for a great relationship with our maker and Father. Whether prayers are big or small, smooth or awkward, selfish or unselfish, He hears every single word and will answer in His way. He heard Jesus pray when He was in the garden. He hears our prayers too.

Dear God,

Our hearts are Yours. You made them. You know how they work. Thank You for loving us enough to listen to them, to us. Please interrupt us when we need to listen to You. Shake up our day so we are jolted to see Your will and character anew. We trust Your answer and timing of our prayers. You are God and we trust in You. We love You so much! Amen

Resolution and Revolution

Do you ever feel like we are living in the Twilight Zone? I do! Things are happening that leave us feeling like we are on a different planet. Gone is the familiar. Hello unfamiliar. From masks to mandates to mad politicians… managing life is harder than it used to be. How can we deal with all of it?
First, we can seek Our God that never changes! He always has enough peace and wisdom to fill even the deepest or sudden need in our lives. So if we can’t change our circumstances, we can resolve to seek the Lord about every little thing. He will get us through!
Secondly, we can seek a revolution. Yes, revolution in our hearts and minds. We can revolt against the negative, clear the enemy out and live on joyful ground. The enemy is out to destroy us in our thinking, but let’s revolt! Lets praise Jesus in the battles! Let’s fill our doubtful hearts with confidence! Our leader has beaten death to give us victory, an eternal one!
Thirdly, we can resolve to do both of these daily. A resolution to actively seek God is a great habit to start.When in trial or battle or confusion or indecision, seek God. When feeling negative or hopeless or down, start a revolution in your soul. The Lord will fight for you and stay with you every time!
But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Matthew 6:33

Dear Lord,

Thank you for Your peaceful and positive presence in our lives. We need You more than ever, to navigate these strange times. Your unchanging truth is perfect for all of our situations.Lead a revolution on our hearts and minds, against the enemy. Fill us with Your vision for us. Lead the fight so we can gain the victory of a positive life in You! We love You! Amen

Just His. Just me.

Tina

Learning to Count

Parents usually teach their children to count. They may teach them colors and motor skills too, so they will be able to grow and function to the best of their ability in the world. I taught my daughter, Kellie, her colors at age two. She had them down pretty well, so I decided to let her show off her abilities to her grandparents. While Nana was holding Kellie, I asked Kellie, “What color are Nana’s teeth?” “Yellow!” she answered proudly. Nana was the first to break into laughter! Her reply, “Wow, you ARE smart!” made us all crack up. What a fun memory. Nana loved Kellie so much that she thought anything she did was awesome. She was both of my daughters’ biggest cheerleader. She counted all of her children and grandchildren as amazing.

You know God feels that way about you and me too? He counts us worthy to be called His children!

See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! 1 John 3:1

About being worthy…While the Thessalonians were suffering persecution and affliction, God counted them worthy because they were enduring and growing in faith. He values our commitment to the cause of righteousness, even when we are going through trials, and maybe especially when we are going through trials.

All this is evidence that God’s judgment is right, and as a result you will be counted worthy of the kingdom of God, for which you are suffering. 2 Thessalonians 1:5

Counting can mean numbering the quantity of something but it can also mean, according to the Oxford Dictionary, “to regard as being.” So when we find verses with the word count or counted, we can know it means we are learning what the Lord regards. Jesus tells us that He regards us worthy if we stay alert for the day He comes back and do not get caught in the trap of sin. His high regard is what we want. Jesus says,

“For it will come as a snare on all those who dwell on the face of the whole earth. Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted ( be regarded as) worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man.” Luke 21:36 NKJV

Counting, regarding and counting worth all involve a value system. What we regard as valuable, we tend to want more of. We regard it as important to have. Because God loved us so much,( regarded us with His abundant love), He sent His son to die for us. Love regards others as worthy of their love. He counted us as valuable so He took action on it.

Sometimes a devotion can make a point but sometimes it can stir up questions, like today:

What do we value? What do we want more of? What do we spend the most time doing? Do any of these value systems need adjusting? I know for sure that mine do. Because we live in a world with different values than the Bible teaches, we are bombarded with temptations to “fit in” with the world. But…let’s not. Let’s regard as valuable anything that God values. Only when we obey God’s Word can we be considered worthy to be His children and inherit eternal life with Him!

Dear Father:

You are the only one worthy. May all praise I give today be to You. Please help me to establish and maintain my value system based solely on Your Word. Thank You for Your truth and light that shows us the Way to Your high regard, which is the regard we care most about. Help us in the dark world to endure our trials and persecutions in a way that shines Your light to the world. We love You so much! Amen

Love and prayers to you all!

Just His. Just me.

An Interview With James…

I was reading the book of James recently and was imagining him writing the book. I would love to interview Him! He must have been concerned with Christians being influenced by the world because he put out lots of warnings for them. How valuable of a guidebook God inspired Him to write! Maybe someday I can meet Him!… But for now, I will use my imagination and knowledge of the book of James in The Bible.

These are questions and answers I expect he might give me based on what He has written. I am the one asking the questions. They are followed by what might likely be his answer.

What was your primary purpose in writing the book? I wanted to let brothers and sisters in Christ know that they will face trials of suffering or conscience or temptations, so it is vital to adhere to the Word.

Were you concerned that the tone of your book was negative? No, not at all. I am called to tell others the way to stay on the path of righteousness, even when trials come, and they will.

Why did you give so many warnings about sin? I am concerned about the most likely pitfalls for Christians. They were not what some would label “huge” sins, but habits and sins that stem from influences of the world.

How did you get your confidence about what people needed to read/hear? I focus on the truth of God’s Word and nothing but. His Word is perfect and true. I am human and I face temptations and being influenced by the world, just like everyone else. I implore God to tell me what to write.

How did you come to write this book? What inspired you? My brother Jesus and my God inspired me. Our lives are meant to be used of God to spread the gospel, whether in preaching or teaching or helping widows and orphans and the lonely or homeless. Those things show God’s love to people.

I have always loved the book of James because it is jam-packed with guidelines for Christian living. He warns Christians about the deadly tongue. It can praise God, but can also curse. We do not randomly mess up in this area. Right speech comes from a right heart:

A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of. Luke 6:45

James agrees that the mouth can issue both good and evil.

With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in God’s likeness. Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers, this should not be. Can both fresh water and salt  water flow from the same spring? James 3:9-11 NIV

As we wrap up 2020 in the next few days, do you have any thoughts on things you may be differently in the New Year? How has Covid life affected your family directly? How has it affected your priorities? Will you change anything? What do you want to do more of? What do you want to do less of? If you feel like sharing please do! (says this curious friend…)

I am not a huge fan of New Year’s resolutions, per se, but I think they have value. Any minute, hour, day, week or month is the perfect time to let God refine us. Constant refining is necessary, in order for us to keep growing. There is a saying, “The more you know, the more you grow.” I would submit, “The more you use what you know, the more you grow.” Only with God’s Word and love, Jesus’ forgiveness of suns and the Holy Spirit’s presence and power can we be who God made us to be. Let’s resolve to refining to be made righteous in their eyes.

Dear God,

Our prayer is simple. Please refine us in whatever way You need to so we may accomplish Your purposes. Help us keep things in perspective when Covid stuff seems to cloud our hope. We look forward to health and life with You in Heaven. Whatever we endure down here, give us strength and wisdom to endure and to help others to do so also. We love You so much. Jesus, we hope you enjoyed your birthday yesterday! We love You so much! Amen

Love and prayers to all of you. I am praying that you all have peace in your trials, joy that the enemy cannot steal and bright hope from heaven for the future. What a day that will be! Love you all, mean it!

Just me. Just His.

Your Christmas Story

Merry Christmas! Happy Birthday to Jesus! As my hubby makes the traditional Christmas waffles, I am excited to share today’s devotion. God is so good to allow me to talk about Him all the time!

The Christmas Story is one that never gets old. Because we love the Lord, we are grateful for His plan to save us, not just for eternity, but every day. Sending His Son into the world on purpose makes me thankful for His story and purpose for my life. He did not call me to be Mary, who birthed Jesus, or the Wise men who tracked the star or the shepherds that were messaged by an angel, or the innkeeper that turned the Savior’s parents away…Wait!…or did He? It is worth considering our part in God’s story for us.

Like the characters in the Christmas Story, He does call us to play a part…

In Him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of Him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of His will. Ephesians 1:11

Like Mary who bore God’s Son, He does call us to bear witness of the Holy Spirit in us!…

But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth. Acts 1:8

Like the Wise men, He does call us to be wise men and women in travelling and following Him…

If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. James 1:5

Like the shepherds, He does send a messenger to us…

But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. John 14:26

Like the Innkeeper, He does call us to make a choice about housing the Holy Spirit, making room for Him in our lives…

Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own. 1 Corinthians 6:19

Dear Lord, Thank You for Your plan of using Mary and Joseph and the other servants of Yours to accomplish Your purpose of redemption for the world. We know that You often use the lowly or unexpected people to accomplish Your goals, so please use us. We know You have a purpose for us that is like the purpose of the Christmas Story, to lead people to salvation. We know it’s not just a story but Your actual wonderful heart and purpose played out. Guide us to the importance of being our best version of You to the world. How can You love us so much, God? Thank You for opportunities to come, to tell others about Your plan. Today, in all that we do, be with us and let us be with You. Dwelling in Your presence, on purpose, is what we want to do. We love You so much. Amen

On Being a Tree

Christmas trees are beautiful all decorated, but all trees are special. On the last day before Christmas, it is the tree’s turn, to turn our eyes toward Jesus. How can a tree do that? Just by being a tree. God spoke trees into being with His voice. They do what God meant for them to do. Trees give comfort and shade, fruit, beauty, blossoms, seed for more trees and warmth through firewood. Trees are givers. A tree is what bore suffering of Jesus’ body. Even though we are celebrating Jesus’ birthday, it is all the more celebratory because we know what He came to do! He came to die for us. He shows us what sacrifice and love and grace mean. What a loving plan. He shows us through a tree.

I feel like Jesus was saying to me this morning. “Think of me.” So, I did.”

When You See a Tree

My child, see that tree? Please think of me. Be the tree that I need you to be. A giver of love with reaching boughs. Give to others. I will show You how.

Point to the sky as you seek my face. Stand strong in the storms and receive my grace. As my love rains down, soak it all in. I’ll water Your soul so your thirst will end.

Be warmth to the needy and shade to the tired. Give of yourself as I keep you inspired. As blossoms grow, you soon will see. Your fruit will grow as you’re rooted in me.

As the Spirit blows or rushes right in, allow His will to make your own will bend. Remember the tree that I died on for you. Dying to self is what I’d like you to do.

As you see a tree, please think of me. Be that tree I need you to be…do it for Me. Jesus.

Here are a couple of verses that can guide us to be like trees. It requires living for others. Dying to self is a high calling, a tough one. Our lives are meant to be sacrificial though and used to point others to a loving relationship with Jesus.

That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season
and whose leaf does not wither—whatever they do prospers. Psalm 1:3 NIV

They will be like a tree planted by the water  that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought    and never fails to bear fruit.” Jeremiah 17:8 NIV

A thought for today…

He died on a tree so we can live like a tree.

Dear Jesus,

We are not naturally givers. Only with Your love can we truly love others like You do. Please help us to do better with that. Thank You for dying on the cross for die for our sins. Leaving Your Father in Heaven to be born so humbly on earth must have been hard on the human part of You. Sacrificing Your life sets an example for us to follow and obey. Please guide us to be more like You as we sacrifice ourselves to Your cause. There is no better honor than being used for You at the expense of us. We love You so much!! Amen

May you all have a Merry Christmas with trees, lights, snow and hopefully some family. I will pray for you in your trials, because I know you have them, even at Christmas and maybe especially at Christmas. I truly love you all with the love Jesus gives me,

Just His. Just me.

Blanket of Snow

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There are 2 days until Christmas! I doubt people in my state will see the scene above where God has decorated the landscape with snow, but isn’t it beautiful? As a kid, I was told by my mom that I could never eat the first snow of the season. She claimed that the first snow cleaned the atmosphere, but from the second snow on, we could make snow-cream! We couldn’t wait for the second snow! If we had a second snow (Virginia weather is unpredictable) we would take huge bowls outside with us because we were greedy for what God left for us! With vanilla and milk, we enjoyed our awaited treat!

Snow is like peace. We feel a sense of wonder when we see it falling down to us. We stop and see how beautiful it is. We pray for it sometimes. We get excited when God sends it. We know that only the Lord can send it. It is humbling to see how generous the Lord is with His peace. Peace calms the soul because it is comes quietly and beautifully to our attention and fills us with a sense of God’s care for us. We can rest in His peace and plan.

In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, Lord, make me dwell in safety. Psalm 4:8 NIV

Falling snow is also like a blanket being put on a sleeping child. While the child is unaware, the blanket falls quietly over him to keep him warm. God’s love is like snow in that it blankets His children with peace. We can rest, knowing He has our lives covered. Like a good parent, He takes care of us, even at times when we are unaware of it. He does not sleep and is always aware of all of our needs.

Snow is refreshing. It makes everything look brighter, fresher, cleaner. It changes things to a fresh, new new look. Just as you refresh your browser on a computer to start anew, snow gives us that sense of newness, starting again with a clean slate. The best news is, Jesus can clean and refresh our hearts! When we present our not- so-white hearts to Jesus and confess our sins, He covers them with His blood and forgets them! He refreshes and restarts our heart’s appearance and condition. So when we think of snow at Christmastime, we can think of how Jesus makes our hearts white by cleaning it with His blood. I love this simple verse:

And in the hidden part You will make me to know wisdom. Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow. Psalm 51:7 NIV

Not AS white as snow, but whiter! He always does things to the extreme. It makes sense. He is pure, so He can make our hearts pure.

So to continue our song…on the 2nd day before Christmas, my Jesus showed to me, His precious blood, from sin, will set me free.

Dear Lord,

Thank You for helping us understand Your awesomeness by looking at Christmas symbols. You are giving generously of Your blanketing, refreshing peace. Let us be so generous with others that they feel refreshed from our giving to them or being a comforting presence to them. Help our eyes to get the big picture of what You have available for us because You love us so much. Thank You for Your Word and Your plan for us as we obey it. We love You so much!! Amen

Love and prayers to all of You,

Just me, Just His.

Being Light in the World

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My sweet mother-in-law shared with me a story from her childhood. Her mom had decorated the front of their house with lights of all colors! She remembers that the bushes were all lit up and it looked so pretty. Unfortunately someone stole them, right from their house! They took all the bulbs out. How disappointing to a child. It hit me this morning that everyone likes lights. They are a source of grown-up smiles and childlike joy. Some lights are small, some are big but they all designed to shine… And shine they will, unless…someone steals them…

We are like lights of Jesus’ love! We are attractive to others when we shine out hope in Jesus! Because we will lead others to want that hope, the enemy will attempt to steal us so we become useless to light up a dark world. Would the enemy steal a light that was dim or only worked some of the time? Probably not. It dawns on me that the enemy wants the opposite of what Jesus wants:

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. John 10:10 NIV

As lights for Jesus, we are also useless if we are not plugged in. We can always plug in to Jesus and be lit up though! Our power source is obedience to what Jesus says and what God says. In a way, the Bible is our “outlet.” In obedience, we plug into its never ending source of wisdom, making us shine in a dark world. Daniel sees this in a vision of the end times. The time will come when we will be judged for our light and how we use it to show others the Way.

Those who are wise will shine like the brightness of the heavens, and those who lead many to righteousness, like the stars for ever and ever. Daniel 12: 2-3 NIV

As lights do, we can become broken. We are not much use to others or ourselves when we are without light. Only our Creator understands what is broken in us. He knows us better than we know ourselves and He is only too willing for to fix us. Confessing our brokenness to Jesus is the best first move to wholeness. Nothing in the world can fix what is broken inside of us. Only Jesus can. He makes us whole again! Now, we can be a beacon to others. Knowing we all have been broken, and who can fix us we can shine that light of hope to them! It may not be easy to put others before ourselves, but the mission is clear. Our life is meant to shine for Jesus and others.

Do everything without grumbling or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation. Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky as you hold firmly to the word of life. And then I will be able to boast on the day of Christ that I did not run or labor in vain. Philippians 2: 14-16

To continue our song… On the 3rd day before Christmas, My Jesus made me see…a light like Him is what I want to be. As we smile at Christmas lights, let us be lights for Jesus! How exciting that we get to help Him with His mission! That means less of our own desires and more of His desire to reach out to others, lighting the way to a relationship with Him. Less is more with Jesus:)

Jesus,

We know you are the light of the world. Thank You for wanting to use us, as imperfect as we are, to shine for You. We can only do that if we are truly plugged in and committed to Your mission to save the world. Help us in our brokenness and weakness at times, when we feel we aren’t very useful. Show us our gifts that can be used for You. You made us all special so that we can serve You in different ways. Light our way to serving You and showing You to others. We love You so much!

Love and prayers to all. We are all partners in the light!

Just me. Just His servant.