Greetings in Grace and Happy Holy Days,
May the Lord bless, keep, and cause His face to shine upon you & your family, during this time where we acknowledge the birth of our beautiful 😍 Lord/Savior and celebrate the New Year 🥳! It’s a special time and season, worthy of celebration 🎉! I know some may say well it’s not for me, due to loss of a ❤️ one, broken family, painful memories, etc. but I encourage you to remember God Loves you through it and has a purposeful plan for your life! Now that’s the Good News 😁🤩! Rise & Shine ✨
The other day the story of the lame man sitting at the pool of Bethesda came to me(John 5). The Bible said he had been in that sickly condition for 38 years until Jesus stepped on the scene. I want to encourage someone who feels like it’s been this way for so long that there’s no hope/way And I can’t continue on. Let Jesus step in! He’s got this, with man (you, me, them, us) it is impossible but with God(HIM, I AM, ABBA, JESUS) ALL things are possible (that’s the word).
The problem is we sometimes give ourselves and everything else way too much credit. When in actuality, it ALL belongs to Him. We just have to learn how/when to get out of God’s way and Let Him be God! The Bible says all things were created by Him, for Him, and He is reconciling all things to Himself. The ultimate soul purpose of man is God. Jesus died/is risen that we could be reconnected to the Father. Even now He sits at the right hand interceding(pleading) for us to be filled with/by His goodness.
The story God has written for us did not start or end with us. The word says He is the author and finisher of our faith. So why do we so often try to narrate the story instead of asking God to lead us and guide us? My friend He wants us to walk with Him so closely and trust Him so deeply that No Thing by any means shall harm us! He’s given us everything we need to successfully complete this journey.
Not to get off topic but if you know me, I really like clothes/ fashion. It’s something about a well put together outfit that really catches my 👁. So one day I didn’t really have plans, but God was like get up & dress up. I didn’t know where I was headed but I looked through my closet and put on a nice skirt, shirt, and boots. Next thing I know I ended up going somewhere really upscale, and along the way finding a gorgeous piece of furniture for my office. At that moment God gave me a glimpse of where I was going. I laughed because I was glad to be dressed for the occasion.
The Bible mentions talks about being clothed in Christ, His righteousness, salvation, humility, the armor of God. It gives a beautiful illustration of a bride being well put together for her husband. The question we must ask ourselves is will we(his church) be dressed for our husband(Jesus)? I know the world considers being fashion forward the ability to keep up with the next big trend. But my friend we aren’t called to be of this world. Let’s Rise to the occasion…. and show up in style!
XOXOXO ❤️ Grace Love and Mercy