Monday, December 16, 2013

LOOK...

Revelation 21-22


21 I looked again and could hardly believe my eyes. Everything above me was new. Everything below me was new. Everything around me was new because the heaven and earth that had been passed away, and the sea was gone, completely. And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God, prepared like a bride on her wedding day, adorned for her husband and for His eyes only. And I heard a great voice, coming from the throne.
A Voice: See, the home of God is with His people.
He will live among them;
They will be His people,
And God Himself will be with them.
 The prophecies are fulfilled:
He will wipe away every tear from their eyes.
Death will be no more;
Mourning no more, crying no more, pain no more,
For the first things have gone away….



This is what I read this morning  -  
       I woke up
             I opened the Word to where I'm currently reading
                   And I got to read the end of the Book!
                          It filled me - the Victory filled me - the glimpse of His Return - - - filled me.

I'm so grateful He came the first time. (I am very challeged this year to not get distracted by the "wrapping paper" and miss the "gift" - as Dennis talked about yesterday in our time together.)
 I'm so grateful that He Is with us now - God With Us.

But I'm so very grateful that our journey here is just a breath compared to the rest of the story...

(22:17) The Spirit and the Bride:  Come.

And let everyone who hears these words say, “Come.”

And let those who thirst come.
All who desire to drink, let them take and drink freely from the water of life.

(:20) The Anointed One: Yes. I am coming soon.

To which we say, “Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.”

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Quiet but smiling...



(Sharing this pic because it shows some things that make me smile!)

Matthew 11:28-30 (The Message)
 ”Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”

My heart is quiet these days.  
My Christmas decorations are subtle.
My creativity with words and gifts - limited.

{This from the person who at one time led the charge for a Christmas light display
that encompassed our whole church campus!}

I actually started crying in Staples this week because it reminded me that I wouldn't be doing a Christmas letter for my parents this year.  What's up with that?

But - quiet and limited and subtle aren't bad.  
It's a time to listen.

It's a chance to "learn the unforced rhythms of grace".
It's an opportunity to "learn to live freely and lightly."

 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
Matthew 11:28-30 (NIV)




Yep, just sharing another smile…. my most favorite part of the light display still shines
every year because of the faithful labor of some very wonderful people!