"The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because the LORD has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the LORD's favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion — to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair." ~ from ISAIAH 61 Bible verse for this Blog

Showing posts with label MY ONE WORD 2014. Show all posts
Showing posts with label MY ONE WORD 2014. Show all posts

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

WALK On WEDS. (WOW) ~ PROJECT ANYTHING

As I kinda mentioned in last FRIDAY FOCUS that I should change my PROJECT H.O.P.E. to my 'new' Project "ANYTHING" {since HOPE was My One Word in 2014, not 2015, I named it that last Lent} but it certainly is "ANYTHING" and ties up so well all my "anythings" here in Mexico. since coming here in 1996 to step out in faith and my calling since 6th grade {I waited} ... this one "Project" among so many others of a different nature ... is one that more or less puts all of my HOPE and all of my ANYTHINGS together ... so let's take a different kind of WALK On {thisWEDS. looking at the partial completion (which means - so far, but not yet finished) of my PROJECT ANYTHING


Unlisted Video

{PREFACE: I can't believe that I came back and am adding to this already "way too long" blog post but I just had to preface all of what is written here with I am not sharing this to say what I've done because it's not what I have done at all or alone, it takes many ... and this is just one of ever so many in need of much: HOPE or an ANYTHING project in this vast needy world in which we live ... this is what God laid on my heart, but it took more than me to accomplish this, to God be the Glory. I am not submitting this story to the ANYTHING PROJECT although this is exactly what it is. And it can be duplicated many times over and over to reach others and make a difference in His Story for His Glory and theirs in the Kingdom of God. I submit this here humbly as ...

"My Long "ANYTHING" Story: Testimony to God for His Glory"


When I came to Mexico in 1996 finally, I wanted to work with the kids (after all I'm a double major in Elementary  Ed. (K-6) and Spanish, so that only makes sense, right?) and have been waiting and preparing for this mission adventure since 6th grade with all my educational goals headed south of the border in this direction. So, of course, I was meant to seek out the "orphans" and ministries of this nature with kids because this is exactly what moves my heart. And that's exactly what I did do when I first came. After God spoke to me on the beach the year before I first came through Susana (my 108 year old inspiration), God altered my heart just a little to include "women" with the "children" --- those that may not have as many opportunities for education and learning about Jesus. Soon I readjusted once again to include teaching "English" through God's Word and Christian songs and began putting together lessons in English to go with this, which soon became just teaching English. (sigh) Little did I know that God had something totally different in mind for me. Something that I knew very little about but He spoke with an almost audible voice in one of my trips back to Mexico from Minnesota in 2007. I was certain I had heard Him wrong, after all, I knew absolutely nothing about "trafficked victims" of tourism or worldwide exploitation, but He was sure to confirm and show me. For many reasons, I will not go into the details of this course, but God began to open my eyes to so much more as I began to learn about this, the ministries and all that is involved; calling this my "Project A" ... {who knows, some day I may be able to share more on this "A" of Anything and who would have known when I labeled it Project "A" that the Anything Project would come along, starting with 'A'}.

God began putting together pieces of my own life, pieces of my life here since 1996-2007 and then 'outta the blue' something new showed up with the construction project on the house that I was renting ... or actually someone new. The workers that came to do the construction for the "Architect" were from an "albergue" {sorry, I realize that this a Spanish word and the closest that comes to that is a "Shelter for the Homeless"- the forgotten}. God had yet another plan that He would reveal through these workers, many of whom were new Christians, because their "shelter" was administered through one of the first churches I knew from here, "Espiritu y Verdad" which I had lost touch with because they had moved and moved and finally acquired land and began building a church in the "colonia" known as Villa Verde. {colonia/ colony is another word for just a specific section of the city; it is broken into many}. 

All of this previous explanation, is in part to show you when you step out in obedience, thinking you are ready for God's ANYTHING, He may have something entirely different from what you thought or had planned as meeting His will and following His way - your way, He will definitely pull out all stops to show you HIS way and then go about putting the pieces altogether, or running a silver thread from the beginning to the finale, for you to see how HE really was in this from the beginning and kept trying to get you to see it from His perspective. In the meanwhile, He allows you to "mess" up but He'll keep bringing you back to the ANYTHING He had planned. 

Introduce one of the workers that stands out from the others and faithfully stays with the construction project from the beginning to the end. The short of this individual's complicated life story up to the age of almost 50 ... is he is one of those "forgotten" (abandoned child, left in the care of his grandma until she dies; parents never took care of him as they parted ways and moved on with others starting over with new families, which become his "step" family, half brothers and sisters; yet (until recently by some) he is never acknowledged as family ... in fact, his life went clearly off the deep end in the wrong direction and he was thought dead, so all that was his from his "abuelita" was sold by his mother and sister. He had nothing and no one and really no reason to live, until Christ came into his life on Dec. 20th, 2011 changing everything) ... he was one of those sent to work on this construction project. 

The significance in all this, is I was ready to go home to MN, call it quits (for now) when God showed me that this precious new Christian needed a 'Shelter' of his own that indeed God is Our Shelter and Our Refuge but He does have a plan for each one of His children. This individual needed to get away from other individuals in the "albergue"- the influence that could have pulled him back to his former old self (like me or you) and given a chance to grow in Jesus Christ with his own place to live. God tugged on my heart last year to begin in Lent, a Project to give him this H.O.P.E. thus began Project H.O.P.E. ... land was finally acquired, construction of his own house began in 2015. And the above video (a documentation of God's work) is where and what he has accomplished with God on his own (mostly) through the blessings of a few donations and months of saving and looking [for another version of this story, you can go to the original blog when I got this in my spirit HERE]

He and another Christian friend (brother in Christ) found this land and divided it to have their own place to live ... so already the HOPE was spread to more. His home is built in the colony of "San Antonio"  here ... {"San Antonio"/St. Anthony is the Catholic patron saint of "lost things" ... or lost causes, or patron of the poor} ... I don't believe it was just a coincidence that they found their land here, it was most definitely a GOD-incidence, and God put all of what I had hoped together in this one person, this one soul, who needed His Heavenly Father to provide and care for him, and I pray that God still will, because he will and has many needs yet to come. He is one child among many that somehow in society (whether it's in Mexico or right in our own community) slips through the crack ... never finishes their education, lives on the street, never is able to find acceptance in a family, never draws near to God or a church, for fear and lack of knowing that there is one God, who cares and is willing to go that extra mile to WALK with us to show us His Love ... His ANYTHING -  to make us SOMETHING outta NOTHING. After all, He's God of the Miracles and this one is just getting started. 
We have excellent programs to sponsor many children throughout the world, by supporting them each month, which I totally recommend and am all for ... it's easy to love a "child"; however, on the other spectrum of life, those of us that have reached beyond mid-life ... have been forgotten and quite often need support also. Many, even if they wanted to continue working to go on living, can no longer find employment and in third world countries, economics just don't take care of the aging ones without families to care for them. More and more, families cannot take care of their own, much less their aging parents and sadly too many have forgotten them. Much of what I admired in the Mexican culture of extended families, caring for sometimes 3 generations under one roof is fading and not much of a reality any longer, at least not for the poorest among them. {well, this is another dilemma and topic for another time and journey but meanwhile there are many that are being left "forgotten"  living on the streets, homeless} God forgive us. So many needs ... so much to do ... so many left by the road side

Luke 12:48b

The Parable of the Good Samaritan

Matthew 7:24-27

Matthew 9:35-38; Luke 10:2

"We instinctively tend to limit for whom we exert ourselves. We do it for people like us, and for people whom we like. Jesus will have none of that. By depicting a Samaritan helping a Jew, Jesus could not have found a more forceful way to say that anyone at all in need - regardless of race, politics, class, and religion - is your neighbor. Not everyone is your brother or sister in faith, but everyone is your neighbor, and you must love your neighbor."― Timothy KellerGenerous Justice: How God's Grace Makes Us Just "


Some more quotes to think about


"I have found the paradox that if I love until it hurts, then there is no hurt, but only more love. ~Mother Teresa

If you can't feed a hundred people, then feed just one. ~Mother Teresa

Never worry about numbers. Help one person at a time, and always start with the person nearest you. ~Mother Teresa


How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world. ~Anne Frank

GOD

will use

ANYONE

to do

ANYTHING

if we are open and begin

our

ANYTHING

by handing God our

EVERYTHING

and

making

SOMETHING

from

NOTHING

for

SOMEONE

who has

NO ONE

but

YOU

as their first

BIBLE

to show

JESUS

to them


TO BE JESUS 

ALIVE

THROUGH HIS SPIRIT

MAKING A DIFFERENCE

REACHING ONE MORE FOR

JESUS CHRIST

in Jesus' Name


Thank you for giving your ANYTHING!

In His Grace

Peggy


*additional part to "This is My Story" 7 part series +
giving testimony to the many tests of my mission
a message from my messes; a triumph from my trials



"God Cares About Every Detail" should be the title of this WALK on WEDS. and was my intent until God moved me to "detail" this part or this much of my "ANYTHING". As you can see, I had much bottled up to share and pour out as I put together this video of our progress update to God's Glory that I just had to show how very much God cares, I care and we should care for others - one by one, WON by One ... please take the time to pop over to "Meet Me in the Meadow" to read the "Someone Cares" #4 for this week ... I'm sure it will bless you as it motivated me! 

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

"OUR HOPE ENDURES"


Natalie Grant

... "But our Hope endures 
the worst of conditions
it's more than our 

optimism 
Let the earth quake
Our Hope is unchanged
 "...

This entire year, especially this last month of December, I have shared on My One Word: HOPE! This song captures some of HOPE. However, I am far from recapping My One Word: HOPE, because I still have so much to learn or apply what I have learned through the many resources I've shared with you throughout this year. 

I guess I have a few blog posts that I would say capture best my HOPE yet I have steered clear of sharing my personal applications of how God spoke His Whispers of Hope ... "There is HOPE" and "Hope Is" are the closest ones I have to clarifying my HOPE but many of my favorite lessons and blog posts came from "Hope for the Heart" ministry and the book by June Hunt as well as the books:"The Hope Quotient" by Pastor Ray Johnston; "Let Hope In" by Pastor Pete Wilson; "Experience Hope ... Jesus Today" by Sarah Young and one with 40 devotionals of HOPE and Encouragement "Rain On Me" by Holley Gerth. 

"Lord, Thank You that You are Our Hope and we can trust in You no matter what happens. I pray You will use the storm I'm experiencing now [name your storm] to grow new flowers in my life in ways I never expected and help me appreciate even more the ones I've already been given. I don't fully understand yet how that is possible but I receive Your promise to work all things together for good in my life."  Holley Gerth, "Rain On Me"


The words "HOPE Triumphs ... through the season" is the perfect conclusion for my journey in HOPE, however 'the season' is not over for me and I will continue to hold on to HOPE and the lessons God still desires to show me. I prefer to not let any storm or "Rain on Me" hinder my hold on HOPE. As I reread my HOPE blog posts (like the ones I've linked or mentioned here) and see the wonderful way Sharon recapped her One Word: JOY ... I do believe what she wrote there can also be my lessons learned on HOPE (as I wrote in my comment and as she wrote in her #6 how our 2 words are intertwined). 


I truly have seen that HOPE is risky, and Hope is a necessity. I know HOPE is the best gift we can give or receive, as Hope binds us all together; our HOPE endures and is unchanged, as we expect the best is yet to come; Hope is eternal, powerful, contagious, persevering and always fulfilled by God. I believe my HOPE is found in Jesus Christ, as my Anchor ... and when I remember this (think or focus on this rather than the trial, suffering, problem, circumstance, etc.) anything is possible with God, who is in control (not me, or the world around me) yet still knowing and believing all this, there are times when I find it difficult trusting God with my future ... or that it will all come to pass as I hope, so I keep leaning into God's Hope for me, my heart, my life and for those I lift in prayer or whose life crosses mine that HOPE triumphs, because in Jesus, we win! "Our HOPE endures ..." and we can "Live in HOPE" instead of despair, worry, fear, anxious thoughts, overwhelming emotions, etc. Jesus is Our HOPE!


Holley Gerth - Encouragement - Hold on to Hope - 6 Premium Cards image
[image credit:Holley Gerth, Dayspring card]

*my favorite quote by Holley Gerth on HOPE is found here ... "HOPE is more than a word ... " to read the rest follow this link but the above card is a great favorite also! "You can hold on to HOPE - no matter what happens because there's One who's holding on to you. He'll stop at nothing and do anything to make sure you have everything you need."



Saturday, December 27, 2014

"LIVING in HOPE"

I should have shared this back on Valentine's Day and I thought about doing so on Christmas Day (kinda like God's Valentine to us, after all He sent us the best Gift in His Son, Jesus) but I waited until today, knowing that these are long messages and frankly most of you are not afforded as much time as I had over the holidays while I "get well" and in this last of the year, a season to browse through all the many "HOPE" messages, ministries and material I bookmarked, saved or tucked away and I'm still digging them up --- knowing I had so much more HOPE to share {like my Project H.O.P.E. that I am still working on} and will not finish in 2014, so a part of HOPE will continue with me into 2015!

Jack Graham, PowerPoint Ministries, shared a powerful teaching series

 "LIVING IN HOPE"
{I could not, at least mention, and share the links, for whenever you might need this message}

Part 1 and Part 2

"A Place Called Hope"

Part 3

"The Treasure of Trials"

"Living Godly"

"The Living Word of God"


I'm not sure how or when I stumbled upon these (perhaps during the SRT (She Reads Truth)1st and 2nd Peter reading plan in September, so that's why I missed Valentine's) or maybe earlier when I was searching for which book in the Bible has the dominant theme of HOPE (because clearly it is intertwined throughout all "66 Love Letters"). I even went back to this precious book by Dr. Larry Crabb of "66 Love Letters" searching for HOPE. This has been quite the journey of HOPE, but now on to "LIVING IN HOPE" - because isn't that what we should do with what we learn? LIVE it ... well, let me tell you 1st Peter has a lot for us to LIVE out! 

"If you look around the world today, it’s easy to lose hope. Nations are in conflict… sickness is all around us… perhaps there are even things in your life that seem hopeless or impossible. But as a Christian, there’s no such thing as hopelessness! And in this 5-message series, Part 1 of 3, Jack Graham shows you truth from God’s Word about how you can have hope no matter how things look… or what you’re going through today."from "About this Teaching series", Jack Graham, PowerPoint Ministries

{each message is about a half hour}
Jack Graham also has another one called "The Dawn of Hope" (Easter message)



Hopefully
I can and will
take this series
on 1 Peter
to
LIVE
my life in
 HOPE
better

more HOPE each
day

so
everyone
will see
this
HOPE
alive
in me


Now that would make this journey well worth it

more
HOPE
filled
or
HOPEFUL


{perhaps you can't listen to all of these but choose one and really allow God to whisper more HOPE and breathe in as you are strengthened to live in Hope}

FYI (for your information or mine) I did not want to believe my best books in the Bible for the theme of HOPE was found in Job and Lamentations... so this discovery in 1 Peter made me hopeful and :) I'm sure somewhere this year, I openly asked which book in the Bible do you find HOPE as the primary theme?


Thursday, December 25, 2014

The HOPE of GLORY

[image credit:faithgateway]

{from Dec. 9th, 2014  Faithgateway's Advent devotionals; this one by Max Lucado from his book}
"IN A MANGER"

Today as we celebrate
the birth of Jesus Christ
"in a manger"
{whether this is the actual day or not, is not important}

We pause and set time aside at this end of yet another year
to acknowledge and honor that
Jesus Christ
indeed
came and chose
to do so
as a
"babe in a manger"

and then
give the greatest
GIFT
ever
His life, His Love

so that
you and I might
share
His love
with
others
with one another
with
God
Himself

Today
I will 
"linger near the manger"


Receive His GIFT and the HOPE of His Glory
this day

A Blessed and very Merry Christmas!

Pray today, Lord, help me to be so full of Jesus that I can say along with Paul “It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me” so that through my Spirit-empowered behavior, choices, and attitudes, I deliver Christ to a weary world in need of You! "devotional by Max Lucado

To read or listen to more from Max Lucado
go HERE
 {Max has been sharing excerpts from "In A Manger" in his daily devotionals all this Dec.}
and
"God Came Near" 
Advent episodes
this one on 
HOPE

[image credit:Calvary Chapel]

HALLELUJAH
"anyhow"
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Hope that you read this blog and signed up so you can have Faithgateway's free gift
"The Hope of Christmas"
by Jack Countryman

{this is what I will read today or finish reading; each and every prophecy, promise and fulfillment}
to fill Christmas Day of 2014
with more 
HOPE



{and also the 12 day devotional "The King Has Come" aboveYouVersion}




Wednesday, December 24, 2014

HOPE OUT LOUD

I do realize that this is "Nochebuena"- Christmas Eve, however that's for this evening and I have another "whisper of Hope" for today, but not from Beth Moore. This one I discovered by watching Life Today on December 8th of Jen and her mom, Linda ... I usually only catch Weds. with Beth, not every day. 

Since I had already seen Beth's 3rd part of "A Dance in the Desert", God led me to check out Mon.'s program, which quite likely is/was a repeat also of a program I missed earlier of a "Miracle for Jen" (which is her book of her great testimony) and I discovered her newest book and their website: both sharing My One Word: HOPE! 

There is nothing coincidental with God, if you follow His lead (by now you know I love this and consider when I follow God's leading that it's a "God-incidence") and this one truly is and a gift to me for this Christmas (just to "know" about "HOPE Out LOUD" ministry, because I can't get their book yet) but I was able to get a sample and read so much at their wonderful site from Jen's story to their beautiful jewelry and store to even radio podcasts and recent newsletters (on the right side) of yet another battle Jen has faced with thyroid cancer gone (I believe){follow on Facebook here}. I'm sure you know that the BEST part for me is this HOPE Out LOUD shared in this: 

{the descriptions are to the right of the store items}


...Read a couple sample pages ... from their website
Join Andy, Linda, Jen and Josh on a journey of courage and faith in Daily Whispers of Hope. These 70 Scripture based devotions are complete with reflection questions, promises from God’s Word and guided prayers for quiet moments alone with the Savior.
This book is for everyone! Through the pages of this book, God will whisper hope and encouragement to your heart.
Purchase one copy for $9.99
Or purchase TWO for $14.99 and
give one as a gift!

HOPE OUT LOUD PRAYERS
are
pretty wonderful
also and available in Spanish

The sample shares this prayer in full from Jen, plus Hebrews 6:19,
"Sitting Next to my Sister" from her brother, Josh
with Lamentations 3:25-26
plus a page for us as readers to
Ponder, Proclaim (Ps. 91:1-2) and Pray

"SECURITY to HOLD ON TO" by Jen Barrick (page 20) begins

"Dear Heavenly Father, Sometimes I have moments of feeling lonely and weighed down, In my weakness, it's tempting to think I have no hope ... Please whisper to my heart ... Lord, thank You for being my anchor ..." ... Jen Barrick {see the full sample from their Store}

This sounds like the way many of my prayers went this year while seeking Jesus, as my Anchor, my Hope!

Of course, I am not sharing this as a book review (yet) although I'd be glad to after reading or holding on to this book of HOPE; nor have I been asked to share this by the Barricks, however, there are times when God confirms your ONE WORD through tying together HOPE and various wonderful messages and places ministering HOPE and that's ALL I still HOPE for you and yours for 2014: 


After all
this season

this EVE of

CHRISTmas

is the 

best time

to

HOPE

Out LOUD

to give
HOPE

to have 
HOPE

to share
HOPE

with
so many that are
HOPEless

A VERY MERRY and BLESSED
CHRISTmas!
to
YOU and YOURS

In Christ Jesus,
Peggy



{oh, I still am saving and doing my PROJECT H.O.P.E. and I will continue until I meet the goal}
It would have made a wonderful Christmas Gift!
if not now ... bit by bit ... soon I pray
so building can then proceed
however, I still have not found a way to post a button like paypal without being a non-profit, which it is but I am not, and we still need prayer to find affordable land and God's favor to supply the funds and material to build a small house of  HOPE 


written 12/10/14 after viewing

NOTE:
Dear Barrick Family, you are in my prayers and thoughts (plus bookmarked) if you prefer that I remove any part or this, please just let me know and I will! Thank you for your message of HOPE and your ministry. May you enjoy a blessed Christmas! So thankful for your MIRACLE and MESSage! Reminds me of the MIRACLES I've beheld (not on such a grand scale as yours) but with our adopted daughter, who also had to relearn many life basic skills like walking again, etc. I will continue HOPE (ing) OUT LOUD! Thank You Lord Jesus!

Sunday, December 21, 2014

EXPERIENCE HOPE ... 2

... through ...
HIS PRESENCE

"JESUS TODAY"
{the first Experience Hope was back here} 




#23

Romans 15:13
Nehemiah 8:10 NKJV
John 14:2-2 NKJV

"Hope is a golden chord connecting you to heaven. This chord helps you hold your head up high, even when multiple trials are buffeting you ..... Hope lifts your perspective from your weary feet to the glorious view you can see from the high road. You are reminded that the road we're traveling together is ultimately a highway to heaven."
from "JESUS CALLING" by Sarah Young, p.54 in "Jesus Today"


There are so many of these 150 devotions in "Jesus Today" that I'd like to share with you so that you might "Experience Hope through His Presence" as I did as I read these, but time is limited in 2014, also copyright and my typing ability to copy them and capture HOPE as Sarah has ... especially as we near Christmas Eve and Day, the celebration of the birth of the One who brings and gave us this HOPE --- an everlasting Hope! ~ page 52 of "Jesus Today" follows (this is His message that I want to leave with you for this Christmas for you and yours):


"LET ME FILL YOU WITH MY JOY AND PEACE"

from Sarah Young's book through my fingertips and my heart to yours


..."They {joy and peace} flow into you as you sit quietly in My Presence, trusting Me in the depths of your being. These blessings are essential for nourishing your soul. The Joy of the Lord is your strength, so don't neglect this delightful gift. It is for all times and all circumstances, though sometimes you have to search for it. You also need My Peace at all times, and I bestow it on you freely as you trust in Me." ...Sarah Young

"Remember that I am the God of hope. The hope I offer is not wishful thinking. It is absolutely certain, even though it refers to things not yet fully realized. It is utterly secure because I Myself obtained it through My finished work on the cross. This hope is the foundation of the Joy and Peace you find in Me. No matter how hard your life may be at this time, you have full assurance that endless delight awaits you in heaven, where I have prepared a place for you. As you ponder this glorious truth, you can enjoy hope that overflows by the Power of the Holy Spirit."Sarah Young

EXPERIENCE #3 
will be forthcoming after the holiday

Friday, December 19, 2014

12 DAYS of CHRISTMAS~7

Sorry---you'll have to go back to DAY 1 to get the background on this 

THE OVERFLOW DEVOTION
available on
YouVersion

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"The 12 Days of Christmas"

DAY 7

Psalm 18:25

Phillips, Craig & Dean

with

"O Come All Ye Faithful"

{which I know we have already had but not by them}

plus
it's kinda different and their album has
My One Word
Hope For All The World by Phillips, Craig & Dean

and since I really like

Phillips, Craig & Dean



they sing two other songs on another album
"Above It All"

"Hope has a Name"

it surely does
Jesus Christ

"What Hope Feels Like"
{guess I needed me some of "Phillips, Craig & Dean" in my year long journey with HOPE}
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Hardly room for my
BONUS
devotionals from

Kari Jobe (Carnes)
Psalm 24
"Lord Over All"
song

and

Kim Walker-Smith
Psalm 122:6-8
"O Come, O Come Emmanuel"
{snippet}

good reminder from the ending of Kim's devotional

..."During this busy holiday season, remember to gather with friends and family and pray for peace. Pray for the protection of Israel. Pray for those who are hurting, being martyred for their faith, for the orphan, and for the widow. Don’t forget that Jesus handed the keys to you and has made you a steward of this earth. We have a responsibility to be the light, shining in the darkness and release the power of Jesus Christ in all the earth."Kim Walker-Smith


{but both of these are only 7 days so this means that we're done now ... ahhh!}



Saturday, December 13, 2014

12 DAYS of CHRISTMAS~1

THE OVERFLOW DEVOTIONS

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The "Overflow Devotions" are another option with You Version Reading plans and now I am hooked --- thanks to a dear friend, on some really great ones for this Christmas season, however the problem is that I wanted to share one for the next 12 days but I cannot view the videos (in the country I'm in only, I think) so you might be able to view it but since they are unlisted also --- they say "think twice before sharing." So I guess if you want to hear them or read them, you'll have to sign up with You Version (grrr) ... {happy face :) 'tis the season of JOY, after all} When I signed up, I was so excited to come and share on my blog then ZAP... plan foiled.

Usually in the month of December, I have shared Christmas by doing CAROLing (remember?) {it helps me get in the Christmas mood down here in sunny Mexico} and so I thought this would be perfect to post each evening (6pm) for the next 12 days: the song/carol for that days' reading :( ... {I should have checked because I may have others scheduled posting at 6}.So

So I will do a similar song by someone else ... after letting you know the reading and who the song should be by for that Day and we'll see how that goes ... if it works, look for these posts in the evening about the time, you should be either going out "caroling" once in awhile or enjoying the "carolers" that come around {or am I too old fashioned to think this still happens?}

"The 12 Days of CHRISTmas"
reading plan at You Version

DAY 1

The Bible Reading is from
Luke 2:8-14

Song/Carol:
"Hark the Herald Angels Sing"

sung by:
Building 429
{try the link and see if you can hear it}

my substitute, which is really a beautiful, exceptional one


with CELTIC WOMEN
This is just the ending of the devotional {to give you a taste} and because as you'll see
it has My One Word: HOPE

..."So what are we being called to do this Christmas season? It seems that we are to give Glory to God by being keepers, even purveyors of peace, and Heralds of the good news that all is not lost, that there is hope, and his name is Jesus…. OH and just in case you’ve ever heard anything to the contrary, HE IS FOR YOU. So go tell the world. Be the messenger. Be the Hope… and give all the Glory to God. "

TheOverflow.com



The other 2 reading plans I have decided to do from You Version for 7 days each are: 
one from
Kari Jobe, "Majestic"
"How Majestic" for Day 1
{I loved this full concert}
Psalm 8

..."Today, let’s take a moment and reflect upon the majesty of our God.
 Let’s reflect upon this Psalm, and make it our prayer."~Kari Jobe

and

Kim Walker-Smith, Christmas
"Away in the Manger" for Day 1
Luke 1:30-33


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* NOTE: I will have to back date this to 12/13/14 or else we will end up on the 26th ... rather than on CHRISTMAS DAY, so 12/14/14 will actually be DAY 2

Sunday, December 7, 2014

THE POWER of HOPE ...


as found in God's Word and Jesus' Resurrection

... HOPE for those FACING CRISIS ...
Psalm 23
Psalm 46:1-3
Psalm 121:4
Isaiah 59:1
Matthew 8:23-27
Romans 8:3-5
Romans 8:28
2 Corinthians 1:3-5
2 Corinthians 4:17-18


... HOPE for Lonely Hearts ...
Genesis 29:20
Psalm 37:4
Matthew 6:33
Romans 12:12
1 Corinthians 6:15-20
1 Corinthians 7:32-35
1 Corinthians 10:13
1 Corinthians 13:4-7
Philippians 4:11
1 Thessalonians 4:3
1 Timothy 4:8
2 Timothy 2:22
Hebrews 13:5
1 Peter 3:3-4

... HOPE for those who have lost Loved Ones ...
Job 1:21
Psalm 38:15
Psalm 40:5
Psalm 42:3-6
Psalm 56:8
Psalm 119:114
Psalm 130:5
Proverbs 10:28
Ecclesiastes 3:11
Jeremiah 31:3
John 11:20-26
John 16:33
Romans 5:3-5
Romans 15:4
Hebrews 6:19
1 Peter 4:12-13
Revelation 21:4

... HOPE for those who have Prodigals ...
(actually says "prodigal children")
Deuteronomy 6:6-7
Psalm 127:3
Proverbs 8:17
Proverbs 22:6
Luke 15:11-24
Ephesians 6:4
{these were all in my first post of HOPE this month on December 1st, but because that post had so much overwhelming information, you might have missed these actual verses or just because they were too tiny of print to read as found on the Harvest Hopecard. I was sure that I needed to share again---maybe just for myself}


"Jesus, Hope of the Nations"




Yes, the power of Hope!

Jesus' Coming

Jesus with us

Immanuel - Emmanuel




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