Sunday, December 6, 2015

A Step in the Write Direction, December 7, 2015--Christmas devotion

A Step in the Write Direction
December 7, 2015

Update: I’m celebrating tonight (Sunday) as my daughter and family arrived from Texas, coming HOME! Asking for your prayers that God will lead my pastor son-in-law to just the right ministry He has for him….I’ve been telling friends the last nine months (nine months today) that I have peace, but that I hadn’t reached the joy stage yet. I’m glad to report that I’ve now reached that stage. At the beginning people were surprised at how much I was doing. I don’t know if I felt I had to keep busy, but I did—sorting, cleaning, getting rid of stuff. Then came the hospital stay with pneumonia and the torn rotator cuff, followed by mold removal, new flooring installed, and a new air conditioner. After that it seemed there was a letdown, and some mornings I found it hard to get out of bed and face the day.

But this week, things took a sudden turn. Wednesday morning I woke up, and the first thought that came to my mind was, “This is the day the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it.” I jumped up, rarin’ to go, and that has continued all week. So I can say that mentally I’ve found joy again….Wish I could say the same for physically as the pollution level has been high which really has affected the COPD, but I’ll take the mental and spiritual joy over that any time. I know most of it is due to all my friends’ prayers for me and, believe me, I have felt them! Thank you all! Any of you who send prayer requests can be sure I’m praying for you too.

Thought for the Day:
His grace is great enough to meet the great things,
The crashing waves that overwhelm the soul,
The roaring winds that leave us stunned and breathless,
The sudden storms beyond our life's control.
His grace is great enough to meet the small things,
The little pin-prick troubles that annoy,
The insect worries, buzzing and persistent,
The squeaking wheels that grate upon our joy

Annie Johnson Flint (from Wes Tracy’s “Manna Morsels” 12/2/15)

Laugh for the Day: A wife texts her husband on a cold winter morning: “Windows frozen, won’t open.” Husband texts back: “Gently pour some lukewarm water over it and gently tap edges with a hammer.” Five minutes later wife texts back: “Computer really messed up now.”

Song for the Day
I know that I failed You, Lord, time and again,
But each time you always stayed true;
And that’s why I kneel at the cross once again,
And ask to draw Closer To You.

Lord, I surrender all that I am,
For whatever You’d have me do;
I’ve faith in Your promise, I know that You’ll show
A way to draw Closer To You.

Closer To You, Lord, closer I pray,
Help me draw closer to Your will today;
It doesn’t matter what others may do,
I want to draw Closer To You.
            “Closer To You,” Dave Clark, © 1978 Emmanuel Music

Writer’s Tips:             For this month I’m going to share some Christmas devotions

The Designated Gift Giver

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. (John 3:16)

Although my mother didn’t have much money for Christmas shopping, she always seemed to know what gift to buy everyone—because she listened carefully all year. Her gifts
ranged from a sewing box for my niece who made her own clothes, to blank tapes for my songwriting nephew, and a piano bench for my sister.

Through the years, I’ve tried to carry on her tradition, and today I’ve taken on the enjoyable task of designated gift buyer for our writers’ group. I’ll search for hours—in stores,  in catalogs, and on the Internet—for just the right present for a particular person. Sometimes I buy things as much as a year early when I find the perfect gift. Then I wrap it in beautiful paper and give it to the only person that gift will fit.

I am acquainted with another Gift Giver. At the beginning of time, He looked ahead and saw millions of people who were in need of a gift. He listened to their cries, and thought, “What can I give them?” Then He said, "I know. I'll give the best Gift possible—My Son.” So He wrapped this Gift in swaddling clothes and gave Him not to just one particular person, but to the whole world. And the neatest thing about this Gift is that it fits everyone—even me!

Lord, at this Christmas season, may I remember the Gift and the Giver. Let me love as You loved—and give as You gave.

(Taken from my Advent book, Preparing Your Heart for Christmas, now half price--$5.)

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