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Through Jesus let us continually offer
 
to God a sacrifice of praise.
 
Hebrews 13:15
 
 
As we enter the Advent season, let it be a time of sacrificial praise. 
 
Praise be to the Lord because He has come to rescue us and enable us to serve us Him without fear in holiness and righteousness before Him all our days.  Praise be to the Lord, because of the tender mercy of our God, by which the rising sun will come to us from heaven to shine on those living in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the path of peace.  Adapted from Luke 2:68-79 
 
 
Blessed are those who have learned to acclaim You,
who walk in the light of Your presence, O Lord.
Psalm 89:15
 

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My eyes are dim with grief. 
I call to you, Lord, every day;
I spread out my hands to you.
 
 Psalm 88:9
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On Friday night, I went to bed thinking about Psalm 88:9 and asking myself the question,”Can you ever be prepared for grief?” On Saturday, I woke up to the news that Ty, the son of my close friends Ty and Nancy, had been in a serious car accident and was on life support.  Then this morning, I received the gut-wrenching news, “Ty is gone.  They are donating his organs.”
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The devastating sorrow I now feel is answering my own question: “No, you can never be prepared for grief.  You can only be prepared to receive comfort by knowing the source of true comfort.”
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No guilt in life, no fear in death —
This is the power of Christ in me;
From life’s first cry to final breath,
Jesus commands my destiny.
No power of hell, no scheme of man,
Can ever pluck me from his hand;
Till he returns or calls me home —
Here in the power of Christ I’ll stand.
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  by Keith Getty & Stuart Townend
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“So we will be with the Lord forever. Therefore encourage each other with these words.” — Paul
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In honor of Ty Osman II
A beautiful man of God

 

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Comfort Overflows

For just as the sufferings of Christ
flow over into our lives, so also through
Christ our comfort overflows.
 
2 Corinthians 1:5
 
 
Suffering does have a purpose
Though it hurts beyond words
He endured the pain
All the rejection and shame
Physical – Emotional
His heart was like wax
that melted away
He then died for me
 
I fall on my knees
His story touches my soul
Takes me to the heart of God
Embraces my pain
Gives me power to love
 
I seek the silence
When I am quiet I hear
The whisper
Of a love larger than me
Surrounding my soul with joy
 
Do you hear the invitation
To come and rest in His peace
To drink the living water
Receive Divine Love
 
Terry S. Smith
my precious daddy
 
My heart has turned to wax; it has melted away within me ….  But you, O Lord, be not far off; O my Strength, come quickly to help me.  Psalm 22:13-14,19
 

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Find out what pleases the Lord.
 
Ephesians 5:10
 
 Dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God.  It is God’s will that we should be sanctified.  For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord.  Live as children of light (for the fruit of light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) and find out what pleases the Lord.  May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through.  May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.  The one who calls you is faithful and He will do it.” — Paul
“For them I sanctify myself, that they
 too may be truly sanctified.” — Jesus
 
This post is dedicated to Angie, my Bible study leader. She inspires me each week and makes sanctification easy to understand by saying things like, “God keeps working and working on us until one day we are in glory with Jesus!” She also reminds us, “God loves us just as we are, but He loves us too much to leave us that way.” 
 
2 Corinthians 7:1, 1 Thessalonians 4:3, Ephesians 5:8-10,
 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24, John 17:19

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Your Valentine from God

I will not forget you!
See, I have engraved you
on the palms of my hands ….
Isaiah 49:15-16
 
 
You are precious and honored in my sight. 
I love you.  For I am the Lord, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.  I will strengthen you.  I have called you by name and you are mine.  I will not forget you!  See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands.  Never will I leave you.  Never will I forsake you. — God
 
 
“May they know that You have loved them even as You have loved me.” — Jesus
 
 
Isaiah 43:6, 41:13, 41:10, 43:1, 49:15-16; Hebrews 13:5; John 17:23

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God’s Delight

As for the saints who are in the land,
they are the glorious ones in whom is all my delight. 
Psalm 16:3
 
The words we use to define ourselves and others are powerful.  Children are especially vulnerable to the labels that they are given.  Personally, I can identify myself as a stay-at-home mom and a Christian, or a soul sculptor and one whose life has been disrupted and is now daily transformed by Jesus ChristThe first descriptions sound safe; the latter ones inspire me.  What words do you use to describe yourself?  More importantly, what words does God use to describe you?  “Apple of his eye”, “beloved”, “friend”, “like a sheep who needs to be carried” …. You are invited to use God’s words instead of yours.   
 
Inspired by Ann Voskamp’s use of the term “soul sculptor” and by To Be Told, by Dan Allender, Ph.D.
 

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when you fast

“When you fast . . .” Jesus
Matthew 6:16
 
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I think it is interesting that Jesus says “when you fast” — not “if you fast”.  It seems to me that fasting has become a optional spiritual discipline and not something that we are called to do.  One reason I think that this has happened is because we do not understand the “body’s participation in discipline, worship, grieving, and repenting” (McKnight). 
 
In Romans 12:1, we are urged to offer our bodies as living sacrifices, which becomes our spiritual act of worship.  There are many ways we can offer our bodies as sacrifices, but one way is through fasting.  The spiritual exercise of fasting presumes that we commune with God through our bodies ” (Hintz). 
 
Fasting gives us physical reminders that we receive our strength and nourishment from God.  In our self-indulgent world, fasting helps draw our attention away from ourselves and helps us focus on what is eternal.
 
 
Quotes are from the book : Fasting, McKnight and a book review by Marcy Hintz. 
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