Turning Home Into A Temple

LoveGodGreatly-The Road to ChristmasThese verses really get me. I am in awe of Anna. I want her to be my mentor, but since I don’t have a time travel machine just yet, I will have to settle for her life speaking to me via these verses. There isn’t much similar between me and Anna. She was advanced in years, a widow, and had copious amounts of free time to spend fasting and praying in the temple. I, on the other hand, am nearing middle age, still have my husband, a mama to 6, living in Uganda. I have very little free time, and quiet moments are scarce to non-existent. 

So it’s here that I’m tempted to send sweet Anna on her merry way and assume that her life has nothing to do with mine. BUT. She is a woman caught up in the Grand Story of the Redemption. She couldn’t get enough. It flowed out of her life. She spoke of it to all. And this is beautiful to me. I find this irresistible. Oh, how I want this to be true of me!

What if I took her situation, her devotion, her commitment to giving thanks and talking about redemption and translated it into my everyday? What would it look like?

What if I make my home a temple and spend my days worshiping with fasting and prayer night and day? 

Can I take my moments, the ones filled with laundry and trying to convince a teenage boy of the benefits of showers, and turn these mundane moments into acts of worship? Can I? Can I turn my words to thankfulness to God and speak of His redemption to all?

What would this look like? Here are some thoughts on how to start:

  • Turn my eyes upon Jesus. Bask in His redemption. Gaze at His glory.There is no substitute and no checklist. The Gospel is where it starts and ends.
  • Turn down the noise and to be quiet. {Getting up early, afternoon quiet time for the whole house, turning down TV watching in the evening, turning off the Internet}
  • Turn from my idols. Rinse, Repent, Repeat. Daily, hourly, minutely {!}, I find myself running to idols in my heart. Things that tempt me away from gazing. I have to continually return to the Lord and repent and ask the Holy Spirit to help me turn from these things. {Internet, appearance, pride, reputation, to name just a few.}
  • Turn up the message I need to hear. {Turning on the worship music, turning my eyes to Scripture, turning to those people in my life that challenge my heart to follow the Lord}
  • Turn each mundane moment into an act of worship, no matter how small, from cooking to cleaning, showering to scrubbing.
  • Turn my words into words of praise and thankfulness, declaring the redemption to all. 

Let’s take these moments, in our days leading up to Christmas, to turn our homes into temples. Thank you, Anna, for leading us on the road. The Road to Jesus. The Road to Christmas. 

All for Jesus,

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{The Road to Christmas} Forever Faithful

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As we come to this passage today, will you bow your head with me and quiet your heart as we slow and savor the Word of God in the midst of this busy season?

Lord, we bring to you our nothing, our weariness, our busyness. Quiet our hearts as we come before Your Word today, that we might hear from You. Amen.

Let’s dig in:

“And may your house be like the house of Perez, whom Tamar bore to Judah, because of the offspring that the Lord will give you by this young woman.” (Ruth 4:12)

What is this verse saying? What is important about Tamar and thereby Ruth? And what do they have in common?

Tamar was a bit of an unsavory character, with lying and pretending to be a prostitute as part of her resume. And while Ruth was an upstanding woman, she was nonetheless a despised foreigner, an outsider among God’s chosen.

Matthew tells us about Jesus’ ancestry in his Gospel. The angel told Joseph, “You shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” (Matthew 1:21)

Jesus came to rescue sinners, people like his own ancestors, people like Tamar and Ruth, people like you and me.

Ruth is a lovely character. We love to hear the story of her faithfulness to her mother-in-law Naomi {Ruth 1:14-18}, how she chose to stick by her side no matter what. Ruth is held up to us as a symbol of a faithful woman, one to be emulated and her characteristics sought after.

Ruth’s love and faithfulness to Naomi is beautiful. She left her home, her people, and risked her reputation in order to remain faithful. But this isn’t only a story of Ruth’s faithfulness, it is a story of God’s faithfulness. It is a story of God’s covenant faithfulness (hesed) to Naomi and Ruth, to Israel, and ultimately His faithfulness to us, His people. 

The love of Jesus is far greater than the love of Ruth for Naomi. He left his place in heaven, not just the security of the homeland of Moab. He didn’t merely risk his reputation for us, he became a man of no reputation, despised and rejected by men. 

God in His love and sovereignty, gave Ruth the redeemer she needed, and at the same time, prepared the way for the ultimate Redeemer!  Blessed is the Lord who has not left you without a redeemer today, and may His name become famous in Israel. Ruth 4:14

What He began with Tamar, and then Ruth, he completed in Jesus. That His name might become famous. 

Take a moment today and sing the song, O Come All Ye Faithful, and as you do, remember that it is because of HIS faithfulness that we can be counted with Ruth as faithful. 

O Come Let Us Adore Him, Christ the Lord!! He is forever faithful!

 

Adoring Him,

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{The Road to Christmas} Week 3: Spectacularly Un-Spectacular

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This week I was awakened at two a.m. by the sweet and melodious sound of a child throwing up, washed many soiled sheets from said throw up, settled countless sibling squabbles {in fact I’m needing to settle one right now….}, cooked meals, been the target of  Nerf bullets, patched up several skinned knees, chased a naughty dog out of the house {ad nauseum}, watched Youtube videos with my teen that he finds extremely funny {Rhett and Link and MisterEpicMann}. I even managed to make some Christmas cookies, which means now I smell like drool and vanilla, and let me tell you that’s not a scent coming to Bath and Body Works anytime soon.

My mundane moments, small and faithful though they are, can feel a bit, well, un-spectacular. This is why as we begin this week along the path with two beautiful women, Ruth and Anna, I breathe a sigh of relief. Their lives speak loudly, God uses them mightily, and yet they were also spectacularly un-spectacular. 

The beauty of their stories is their faithfulness. In the midst. In the mundane. And look what came from their beauty. 

So, let’s all take a hearty exhale as we look at the “un-spectacular” lives of two godly women, that point so clearly to the SPECTACULAR God we serve. Let’s revel in how He is using us….in the midst of the un-spectacular.  

{Weekly Challenge}

 This week, as you go about your life, remind yourself that everything you do brings glory to God – even dealing with countless loads of laundry. We are called to be faithful, even in the mundane, unspectacular moments of our lives! Seek out another woman who may be struggling with the “unspectacular” aspects of her life, and encourage her. Remind her that who she is and what she does IS important!

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All for Jesus,

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Embracing the unexpected on {The Road to Christmas}

10836401_10205496065826382_347504392_nI’ll never forget the all-nighters spent in that cramped apartment closet, swaying my cranky firstborn and softly desperately singing “Be Still My Soul” until my words could no longer break through my tears. We had excitedly welcomed our first baby, but the road was harder than we had anticipated:

A shocking job loss and last minute move two weeks before the baby was due.

Unexpected health issues that plagued our sweet boy since the day he was born.

The surprising struggles and sad emotions I felt in the weeks after giving birth.

Unplanned financial strain over a house in another town that wouldn’t sell.

And just when I was doubting my competency in almost every area of my life, I woke up one morning with a wailing six month old in one hand and a positive pregnancy test in the other.

“Lord, I can’t do this.”

It wasn’t the gift of another baby that grieved me. Life is absolutely a miracle from God too amazing to fully comprehendWhat weighed heavy on my heart was my doubt in my ability to walk this unexpected road well – because let’s face it, my mothering journey up to that point had left me feeling pretty weak and unqualified.

But God doesn’t call the qualified.

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I already know it, so why do I so often need reminded? I’m frustrated in my own lack of faith that in the unexpected, God knows better than me. Listen, He always knows better than me.

But Mary.

Mary’s young, trusting hands were unclasped. She wasn’t paralyzed by fear when Gabriel told her she’d give birth to the Messiah. Oh, in human terms, it was shocking, unexpected, surprising, unplanned news to be sure.

But she didn’t hesitate.

She didn’t fall to the ground in a weeping, doubting mess.

She didn’t ask a million questions or raise her voice in anger, and she definitely didn’t fire back with, “Lord I can’t do this.”

No, she accepted her calling and lifted her humble voice in praise – not because she was confident in her abilities – but because she KNEW the One who had called her.

When the unexpected comes, we have two choices: we can either become paralyzed, or we can praise.

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Christmas 2002.

That was the Christmas that rocked my world… in the form of an eight pound, eight ounce unexpected baby boy.

But listen, God always, always knows better than me.

God knew that I’d need bright spots on weary days, so he gave me a boy who is always the first to jump up and clean a puddle of spilled milk – even if he wasn’t the one who spilled it. He knew I’d need comic relief, so He gave me ONE child – this boy – who consistently laughs at all my bad jokes. He knew I needed to know more compassion, so He gave me a boy who challenges me to love people unreservedly. He knew I’d need fresh reminders of redemption, so He gave me this boy who accepted God’s gift of grace and never got over it. But God also knew that I needed to let go of my self-sufficiency. My pride. My control over my life. And so he gave me this boy, who has also caused me to depend on Jesus like never before.

Unexpected roads can paralyze, or cause us to praise.

The great thing? You don’t need confidence in your ability to walk your unexpected road well. You just need to KNOW the One who calls you – and then with unclasped hands – place your full confidence in Him.

God doesn’t call the qualified, but He qualifies the called.

Embracing the unexpected on {The Road to Christmas} sounds a whole lot like this:

“I am the Lord’s servant. May it be to me as you have said.” ~ Luke 1:38

Can you say it?

Father I praise You, because the unexpected road is also a road that leads to unmerited grace. You are worthy… have your way in me.

At His feet,

 

Because Your love is better than life, my lips will glorify You. ~ Psalm 63:3

*LET’S TALK: Are you ready to hand over your unexpected road to Jesus? As a first step, in the comments section today simply type Mary’s humble, willing plea: “I am the Lord’s servant. May it be to me as you have said.”

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{The Road to Christmas} Week 2~ Because it’s not too late to change…

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If God can recognize somebody with Rahab’s background and still make her useful, He can still turn you around and make you useful for the kingdom of God and for the advancement of what God is doing in history.- Tony Evans

 Rahab was a pagan, a Canaanite, a prostitute…a woman with a past.

I’d venture to say, she is the most unlikely woman to be included in Jesus’s genealogy listed in Matthew 1.

Friends, are you seeing this pattern… again and again? God is showing us through our Lord, Jesus Christ’s genealogy, that He uses broken women.

Women who are not perfect.

Women who don’t have it all together.

Women who are stained with shame.

Women who have reputations.

He chose them to be a part of His lineage just like He chooses you to be a part of this amazing story He is writing through our lives…for His glory!

I’m so excited that God, in His amazing mercy, included Rahab in Jesus’s genealogy. Why? Because we need this story…we need her story. As women who fall short of His glory daily, we need to be reminded God can do an amazing work through each and everyone of us if we allow Him to.

We need to be reminded that God can do an amazing work through OUR lives.

Rahab was a woman who made very poor decisions in her past.

Rahab was an outcast.

Yet, Rahab became a woman who had an amazing amount of faith and she put her faith into action! She placed God above her devotion to her people, her country and even her life!

Before the men lay down, she came up to them on the roof and said to the men, “I know that the LORD has given you the land, and that the fear of you has fallen upon us, and that all the inhabitants of the land melt away before you. For we have heard how the LORD dried up the water of the Red Sea before you when you came out of Egypt, and what you did to the two kings of the Amorites who were beyond the Jordan, to Sihon and Og, whom you devoted to destruction. And as soon as we heard it, our hearts melted, and there was no spirit left in any man because of you, for the LORD your God, he is God in the heavens above and on the earth beneath. Now then, please swear to me by the LORD that, as I have dealt kindly with you, you also will deal kindly with my father’s house, and give me a sure sign that you will save alive my father and mother, my brothers and sisters, and all who belong to them, and deliver our lives from death.” And the men said to her, “Our life for yours even to death! If you do not tell this business of ours, then when the LORD gives us the land we will deal kindly and faithfully with you.” Then she let them down by a rope through the window, for her house was built into the city wall, so that she lived in the wall. And she said to them, “Go into the hills, or the pursuers will encounter you, and hide there three days until the pursuers have returned. Then afterward you may go your way.”- Joshua 2:8-16

Through her faith in God, Rahab didn’t let her past define who she could become in her future.

With God, our past becomes an amazing opportunity to show how He redeems those who turn to Him. Because of our pasts, we can bring glory to the amazing reality of the power of God and His ability to change lives.

Rahab was a woman with a past, but with God’s help, she became a woman with an unimaginable fairy tale ending.

Remember the two spies Rahab hid? Well she ends up marrying one of them…Salmon and together they have Boaz.

“As the result of her marriage to Salmon, one of the two spies whom she had saved, who “paid back the life he owed her by a love that was honorable and true,” Rahab became an ancestress in the royal line from which Jesus came as the Savior of lost souls. “Poor Rahab, the muddy, the defiled, became the fountainhead of the River of the Water of Life which flowed out of the throne of God and of the Lamb.” Her name became sanctified and ennobled, and is worthy of inclusion among many saints.”- Bible Gateway- All the Women of the Bible- Rahab- Chapter 2

If God can change the life of Rahab the prostitute…He can change your life too.

{The Road to Christmas} this road of grace…God paved the way using men and women’s lives we can relate to so we see no one is out of His reach…we all need this amazing road of grace that leads to that tiny baby in a manger, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Let’s Talk:

What are some steps you can take to help you embrace who you are in Christ and move beyond the label of your past? Write down 2 Corinthians 5:17, you are a new creation in Christ. The old is gone, the new has come. Take time to embrace who you are now in Christ Jesus and move forward in your faith. Today I invite you to share your stories of how God has changed you and help give hope to those who may be struggling today.

 

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PS: Just so you know….we are crazy thankful for you!!!

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{The Road to Christmas} Week 2 ~ Willing to be used by God…

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If my life is surrendered to God, all is well. Let me not grab it back, as though it were in peril in His hand but would be safer in mine! ~ Elisabeth Elliott

If you’re anything like a typical girl, you’ve probably spent a considerable amount of time at some point in your life dreaming about the details of your future. I know I have. In fact, when Angela and I were neighbors as little girls, you could often find us on hot summer days playing “wedding” in the carport of her tiny duplex. We draped ourselves with white lace tablecloths and our moms’ cheap jewelry and took turns – along with my sisters – walking down the driveway “aisle,” imagining the day when our dreams would become reality.

But our lives don’t always follow the fairy tale path we dream about as little girls, do they?

Rahab and Mary – two more unlikely women listed in Jesus’ lineage in Matthew 1 – certainly found out that life doesn’t always turn out according to plan. But a wise woman of God knows that God’s sovereign plan trumps her plan any day of the week.

Rahab the prostitute was a social outcast who was willing to be used by God.

Mary was a young virgin girl whose willingness to be used by God would make her a social outcast.

They didn’t come with stacked resumes, they surely weren’t the most popular girls in town, and they were far from sinless. But God used Rahab and Mary because he’s God, and he specializes in making something beautiful out of what the world deems as broken.

We don’t have to have all of the answers before we submit to God’s plan for our lives, and we might not ever reach a point where we’re considered “qualified” by the world’s standards. But like Rahab and Mary, we can say “yes” when God calls us because we know that God will illuminate our paths with his grace and power, gently guiding us by his sovereign hand with each step we take by faith.

{The Road to Christmas} is becoming more and more beautiful with each grace-filled step, amen? We’re excited that you’re back for {Week 2} of our study… we can’t wait to dive into God’s Word with you!

At His feet,

*Let’s Talk ~ Does doubt or fear hold you back from saying “yes” to God? Our team would love to encourage you and pray for you in the comments section today!

{Week 2} Challenge: In your study time this week, take time to search your heart and identify any personal inadequacies that might be weighing you down and hindering you from saying “yes” to God. Write those inadequacies down on a piece of paper, then over the top of each item listed, write the word GRACE. Thank God for his grace that covers you, and ask him to give you confidence to boldly say “yes” to him.

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{The Road to Christmas} The Journey from Shame to Glory

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Oh, she wanted a baby. You know, more than anything in life, she wanted a child of her own to love and hold. A child to kiss, cuddle and invest her life into.

No matter how hard she prayed though, her prayers went unanswered.

Why did God deny her prayers? Why was her body broken? Her womb closed?

The stigma and shame that followed her was almost too much to bare at times. Children were considered a blessing and for a woman not to have children, well… she felt the shame with each new birth in her small community.

She was a faithful woman, loved the Lord… yet she suffered for years.

But see this: God did not bring disgrace or shame upon her, her own people did. Her community did. The culture in which she lived viewed a childless woman with shame. Not God.

Yet, despite her heartbreak, her brokenness over prayers that went unanswered, Elizabeth’s faith in God was strong.

What touches me the most about this amazing woman is her response when she finds out she is pregnant. “The Lord has done this for me.” Do you hear how tender that is? She was close to God. She had a loving, personal relationship with Him. She had waited a long time, years to be exact, and God came through.

She had prayed and waited, God had heard and worked.

In the years of waiting, tears and prayers…God was always working and molding her into His image.

Maybe that’s why Mary went to her… Elizabeth understood how it felt when people talked even when you are innocent. She was compassionate and loving, grace filled and not judgmental. Because she went before Mary and had felt the sting of shame from those who did not understand, she could comfort Mary as the rumors began circulating. Elizabeth, in some ways, was like her son John the Baptist… she helped prepare the way.

“Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be barren is in her sixth month. For nothing is impossible with God.” Luke 1:36-37

Did you see that? The Angel Gabriel used Elizabeth as an example of what God can do! The phrase “Nothing is impossible with God” was spoken inference to what God had done in Elizabeth’s life!

Our lives are for His glory.

Some of us will be called to unjustly bare shame, but take heart… God is working in the midst of the injustice.

Our lives, our stories, are all for His glory!

And what a story God wrote through Elizabeth’s life. Just think of what Elizabeth would have missed out on if God had answered her prayers immediately? No, the waiting was an important part of the story because He had something better in store…

Maybe it’s a health or physical issue that brings you shame. Maybe you’re like Elizabeth, praying years for the blessing of a child only to be stuck in the waiting.

For me, it is my learning disability. I understand the feeling of being broken, damaged, labeled…unusable for God. But though the world may label us, God can use it for good if we let Him. With those labels: barren, damaged, unwed… we have the opportunity to show God’s glory in our lives. The amazing work of His hands.

Whether the shame you feel is due to your own choices or a result of circumstances out of your control, God can use the heartache, brokenness and pain for a greater good. (Romans 8:28) I saw that this week in the beautiful stories you all shared on Monday and Wednesday. God is writing some amazingly, beautiful stories of His love and redemption through YOU. Stories that help us to see God working in the midst of our messy, broken lives… we are reminded that He is with us.

So let’s be like Elizabeth.

Let’s take the hurt, shame, struggles and allow them to form us into women who are loving and compassionate. Let’s allow God to turn the heartbreak into tears of joy! (Psalm 126:5)

Let’s glorify him with the lives we’ve been blessed with and maybe, just maybe, when people look at our lives they will see the amazing work God has done and say, “Nothing is impossible with God.”

 

Let’s Talk: Have you ever had an “Elizabeth” in your life? How did God use her to encourage you in your time of need?

 

Love God Greatly!

Angela- Love God Greatly

 

 

 

 

 

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{The Road to Christmas} ~ The road that leads to grace…

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“Buried in the genealogy of Jesus in Matthew chapter one is a gospel treasure. That treasure is five women. Their inclusion in the list is notable because it’s a patrilineal genealogy — a record of fathers and sons. Their inclusion is also notable because they were among the most notorious women in biblical history.

The first mentioned is Tamar (Matthew 1:3). Tamar entered the royal bloodline of the Messiah by disguising herself as a prostitute and seducing her father-in-law, Judah, so he would make her pregnant. Honestly, Judah had it coming because he had denied her justice, but it was an ugly affair all around (see Genesis 38).” ~ Christmas Bloodline: Notorious Women in Jesus’s Family by Jon Bloom

It wasn’t what you expected, was it?

These first few passages we’ve studied on {The Road to Christmas}… they don’t line up with the lights, glitter, peace and wonder that we’ve neatly packaged into our definition of Christmas.

But stay with me here… it’s a necessary road.

Every bit of this dark, messy, uncomfortable, embarrassing, scandalous journey is included in the Bible for a specific purpose. The tension, the unrest, the building of the story and the anticipation of the rescue…

This is the journey that highlights our great need.

This is the path that makes salvation that much more longed-for.

This is the road that makes the arrival of the babe in the manger that much more personal.

{The Road to Christmas} is dark and sin-filled in the waiting, but it’s a road that leads to grace.

God has ordained that Satan have a long leash with God holding on to the leash because he knows that when we walk in and out of those temptations, struggling with both the physical effects that they bring and the moral effects that they bring, more of God’s glory will shine. ~ John Piper

Tamar’s story was one of rejection and disgrace. Her family history was tainted, and her personal reputation paid the price over and over again. It must have felt like prison with no way out – this ugly web of shame that Tamar found herself tangled up in while she waited for deliverance. Yet along that dark road, Tamar became the mother of Perez, and it was from his line that King David – and eventually Jesus – was born. This unlikely Gentile woman who lived for years in darkness became a crucial piece in the lineage of Christ (Matt. 1)… the lineage of grace.

The genealogy of Jesus Christ is immeasurably more than a list of ancient names; it is even more than a list of Jesus’ human forebears. It is a beautiful testimony to God’s grace and to the ministry of His Son, Jesus Christ, the friend of sinners, who “did not come to call the righteous, but sinners” (Matt. 9:13). If He has called sinners by grace to be His forefathers, should we be surprised when He calls them by grace to be His descendants? The King presented here is truly the King of grace! ~ John MacArthur

Sweet, amazing grace.

Because on {The Road to Christmas} no one is righteous… not even one (Romans 3:10). But grace.

Maybe you can relate with Tamar today:

Do you find yourself constantly stuck in a web of sin that is choking the life right out of you? There’s new life in Christ (2 Cor. 5:17).

Does your family have a long history of dysfunction? Jesus can break those chains (Gal. 5:1).

Has your life been filled with all kinds of unexpected twists, turns and misfortunes? God specializes in making crooked paths straight (Prov. 3:6).

Have you walked a hard road filled with darkness? That’s why the Savior came (John 10:10).

Grace came down to a humble stable, so that you and I might live. Light in the darkness. HOPE for the world. Praise God, there is a road that leads to grace… and grace shines brighter.

In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind.

The light shines in the darkness,

and the darkness has not overcome it.

~ John 1:4-5

At His feet,

 

*LET’S TALK: On {The Road to Christmas}, let’s offer up praise to our great God for his amazing grace! Share your thoughts and prayers of gratitude in the comment section today…

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Week 1: The One Who Takes Away The Shame…

 

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“Mom! Hey mom! Wake up. I made something for you. A card, I cut it in the shape of a heart and I want you to get up and read it.”

My early morning riser tugs on my bedcovers as she simultaneously taps on my shoulder. Tired from staying up late the night before working on materials for our {Road to Christmas} study, I rub my eyes and ask, “What is it sweet girl?”

“Mom, I made you this card, read it” as she places it into my lap.

Now sitting up in bed and pulling my covers back around me, I focus in on this card with its accompanying hand drawn hearts, smiley faces and crosses.

 

“Mom, I made you this card because I want you to know that you are beautiful on the inside and out…and I love it that you’re my mom, mistakes and all. I love you.”

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Oh I love how God uses children to speak to us at just the right times…when our hearts need it the most.

Truth spoken from the mouth of babes, I am loved and accepted by this amazing daughter of mine and by the One who created us both… “mistakes and all.

Like Tamar and Elizabeth, who we will focus on this week, I too have worn the heavy cloak of shame. Partly due to circumstances out of my control (like Elizabeth) and other times because of my actions (like Tamar) as a woman living in a broken world, I can relate to how these women felt…the weight of shame is a burden only the Messiah Child, born in a humble manger over two thousand years ago, can lift.

This week as we take a closer look Tamar and Elizabeth’s lives, may we focus our gaze on our Redeemer and Savior, the one who came to us as a humble child to take the sting of our shame away.

May we be encouraged as we begin our {Road to Christmas} study that God used ordinary men and women to bring His Son, Jesus Christ, into the world to be the Savior of us all…despite their mistakes, short comings and sin.

And to this day, He continues to work through the ordinary lives of men and women to change the world.

My challenge for us this week is to place the burden of shame, some of us have been carrying, at the feet of the baby born in that humble manger so many years ago. This Christmas as you look for that perfect gift for your loved ones, maybe, just maybe, you need to include a gift for yourself on that list…to live a life no longer controlled by the shame of the past. This Christmas release yourself from that heavy burden by surrendering your life to Jesus Christ and allow Him to heal you from the hurt you’ve been carrying.

Let’s Talk: What are some ways God has healed you from the shame you once carried? What advice or encouragement can you give to someone today who might be struggling with the weight of shame in her life today?

 

Love God Greatly!

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This Christmas as you look for that perfect gift for your loved ones, include a gift for yourself on that list: to live a life no longer controlled by the shame of the past. Place your burden of shame at the feet of that baby in the manger. Release yourself by surrendering your life to Jesus Christ, and allow Him to heal you from the hurt you’ve been carrying.

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{The Road to Christmas} starts TOMORROW!

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The excitement has been building and we are almost ready to start! Join us TOMORROW as we begin our {Road to Christmas} Bible study!

As we end our {Source of Gratitude} study and look forward to beginning our {Road to Christmas} Bible study, we want to pause and thank God for the indescribable ways He works in our lives.

Our prayer for all of us as we begin this study is simple:

Lord, help us to focus on You and the amazing work You do through ordinary women’s lives.

As we begin, thank You for the women You selected to be in Your family. Thank You for lovingly including women who were not perfect, women who felt broken, common and even had “reputations”. Thank You that in your great mercy You decided to include women like us…like me.

Help us Lord to see Your threads of love, redemption and grace as we take the time to read these amazing stories of women who have gone before us. May we learn to trust You more and love this world less as we focus on the amazing work You did in their lives. Thank You for the example You set for us when You came not as a conquering King, but as an innocent child from a humble, common family.

May we seek You with humble hearts.

Amen.

Sweet friends, we are beyond excited to have you join us for the next four weeks! To be prepared for our study tomorrow all you need is a Bible, our reading plan and either our study guide or a journal to record what God whispers to you as you take the time to slow down during this busy season and read His Word.

And know this, you are cherished and prayed over! Thank you for joining us, we can’t wait to get started with you!

May we all learn to LOVE GOD GREATLY with our lives!

Angela- Good Morning Girls

 

 

 

 

 

 

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