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A Neon Sign

Isaiah 7:10, 11- “Again the Lord spoke to Ahaz, “Ask the Lord your God for a sign, whether in the deepest depths or in the highest heights.”

A few days ago, my husband asked me to pick him up at the airport. Although he gave me good directions, I still managed to get in the wrong lane which took me out of the airport and back onto an unfamiliar freeway.

I kept driving for awhile, but when I didn’t recognize any of the exits as being near to our home (or the airport) I finally took an exit and ended up at a traffic light. Once I stopped, I prayed (yes, with tears in my eyes) for the Lord to give me a sign like He gave to Ahaz in Isaiah 7. 

It was then that I looked up and off to the right a short distance. The sign He gave me was neon in the late night sky. It said, OASIS HOSPITAL—a name I knew because my husband had a knee replacement there two years ago. 

I pulled into the parking lot and phoned my husband to let him know of my mistake and he took a taxi to where I was parked.

Hallelujah! God had answered my prayer in a BIG way. I could still see the hospital’s gigantic sign in my rear-view mirror for miles.

I often talk to people who have told me they feel like their life has taken a wrong turn. Even though they had once felt close to God, lately they felt lost and alone. I remind them that God is still there—always has been and always will be. However, we often let the things of this life interfere with our relationships with Him. It could be a bad decision or perhaps a wandering away and forsaking our quiet time with Him. It might be the influences of the world.

But, whatever it is, I promise you God is waiting to take you back into a deep and meaningful relationship with Him. If you’ve been a wandering child, tell your Heavenly Father TODAY that you desire to resume fellowship with Him.

When problems come, He will be right there with you. Ready to guide in the right direction.

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Don’t Go It Alone

John 14:19- “I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.”

When going through some papers in my home office last week, I came across the words to a song that saddened me as I read them.

It began, “I’m an orphan, now…”

I know very well the depth of pain and anguish that come to those who lose their parents.

What a blessing it is to be a Christian and be assured that our Heavenly Father loves us and will not forsake us. He is always with us—to guide us, comfort us, bring us peace and wisdom when we need it. 

We never have to go it alone because we are children of the King! Members of God’s family.

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A Beautiful Year Ahead

2 Corinthians 13:11b- “…Encourage one another, be of one mind, live in peace. And the God of love and peace will be with you.”

Since my mother’s passing, I have spent quite a bit of time going through hundreds of newspaper clippings she saved over the years. If she kept them, they must have impacted her in one way or another—and reading them gives me more insight into the unique woman that she was.

One of the ones I was reading today was a poem about what would be a beautiful year ahead. As I read through it, here are a few phrases that stood out:

The breeze in my hair.

Nights filled with stars.

Running barefoot in the grass.

Clouds of yellow butterflies.

A talk with a friend.

The touch of a hand.

A robin’s sweet song.

A year of peace and love.

I can’t help but think that a year—and a world—of peace and love, is just what Jesus would like for each of us to have, too. So, I join with my sweet mother, in prayer for a world which, in 2023, will experience unprecedented love and peace.

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Follow that Cloud!

Nehemiah 9:12- By day you led them with a pillar of cloud, and by night with a pillar of fire to give them light on the way they were to take.”

My husband and I were traveling on Christmas Eve this year. 

It is amazing just how many signs one relies on to find the way around a busy airport. 

Ticketing. Food. Restrooms. Boarding. Baggage Claims. Rental Cars.

“Thank you Lord,” I said aloud when we finally boarded and made it to our seats. I leaned back and slept like a baby for the next six hours.

My husband shook me awake to let me know we were landing. Now in a strange airport and an unfamiliar city with an antiquated Garmin to guide us to our VRBO, the rest of our trip was even more challenging.

I’m sure glad God isn’t outdated. The Bible tells us He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. It is speaking of His qualities, His attributes. 

For us, the logic is simple: He is all-knowing, so we can be all-trusting.

It’s a lesson we learned from the Israelites. God led them by His cloud in the wilderness. 

They didn’t know the way, but He did.

And He still does.

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Join the Choir!

Luke 2: 13, 14- “Suddenly, there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, ‘Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.”

Have you even wondered what it was like to be part of that heavenly choir on the night of our savior’s birth? Both the sight and the sound of it all were no doubt more amazing than we can comprehend.

Revelation tells us about a similar occurrence which will happen in the future when all our voices will join with that of the angels in praising King Jesus.

None of us were there at his birth here on earth, but it is likely that we may be witnesses of that great event when Jesus returns.

As Christians of old looked forward to the Messiah’s coming, so do we look with great anticipation to His appearing.

Until then, may you know His peace and love in abundance.

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Do You Know Where You’re Going?

John 8:12- “When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

As my husband and I shopped at the mall, I lingered at an eye-catching display in one store window while he kept walking.

Once I realized he wasn’t with me, I rushed to find him in the crowd. As we reconnected—at our car in the parking lot—I told him that I’d been looking for him for the last thirty minutes.

And his reply? “If you’d kept up with me, you would have known where I was going.”

So it is when we are seeking Jesus. Have you wandered away?

Being a Christ Follower means staying close to Him. Daily prayer and scripture reading are essential as we seek to follow His will.

We can’t hear His voice, if we don’t stay close. Fortunately, He is our light and helps us find our way back to Him. 

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Aim for This

2 Corinthians 5:9- “Therefore we make it our aim, whether present or absent, to be well pleasing to Him.”

I visited with a friend, yesterday. Our conversation, in part, focused on our grandchildren. 

My friend told me that her grandsons continued to be as different as night and day. One is mischievous; the other always trying to be obedient and helpful.

I thought of the verse in second Corinthians. And then I remembered something similar that I heard on an Intentional Living broadcast—that being intentional (having that mindset at the beginning of each day) assures the results we want.

So, let’s make it our aim—just like my friend’s second grandson–to consciously ask Him to lead us in our daily walk. Let’s be intentional in focusing all day on actions, speech, and Godly principles that will please our Lord.

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Where Does Joy Come From?

James 1:2- “My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials.”

I was probably an emotional child. I remember a number of times crying to my mother about my problems and disappointments. She always gave the same advice. I knew this. I guess I just kept going to her because I wanted a sympathetic ear and a comforting hug.

She always told me not to dwell on my present circumstances, but instead to count my blessings and look for the silver lining in the clouds.

As I grew older, I came to understand that my joy was in the Lord. Period. 

I might not always like my circumstances, but I could always rejoice in the fact that I was His child and He was watching over me.

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Thanks for Everything

I Thessalonians 5:18- “In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”

Both Cheryl and her husband Marty had health challenges all year long. Added to that, their daughter unexpectedly announced that she and her husband of five years had decided to divorce.

On the way to the supermarket to get the last minute fixings for New Year’s Day Dinner, their car was hit by a red light runner. Cheryl and Marty were not injured, but their car was totaled.

And it was New Year’s Eve!

Joey, the tow truck driver, gave them a lift home and a reminder from I Thessalonians. He told them to rejoice in Christ. No, not rejoice that they’d been in a car wreck. He pointed out that the verse says in; not for. 

“In means in the midst of or amid. So, the verse means that even while we may have problems or difficulties, we still can rejoice that we have Jesus. We have His love. We have His care. We have salvation because of His sacrifice. We have His promise.” 

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Anxiety or Peace?

Philippians 4:5-7- “Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

A girls’ lunch get-together is usually filled with laughter and lots of chatter. However, a few months ago, it was anything but.

Claire, the hostess for that month, told the group of four that she was again facing cancer, having been in remission for almost three years.

Sally confided that her husband was having an affair with someone at work.

Beth’s daughter had experienced a miscarriage and Ellen had to put down Charlie, her faithful Cocker Spaniel.

So many sad stories. So many reasons to be downhearted and fearful of the future.

But instead, Sally pulled out a recent Bible Study and read the scripture from Philippians to the women at the table. Then, she led her friends in prayer. That was followed by an opportunity for each woman to share a reason to praise God.

By the time Claire served lunch, there was a smile on each face and hope in each heart.

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