With three weeks to go– Keeping Promises with Elizabeth Lane

lizlane“It’s very important to keep promises–especially to yourself”  Elizabeth lane Christmas in Connecticut

This Christmas get to know Jesus the Real Reason for the Season–He is so anxious to explain how He’s kept all of the promises He’s made  to you. For all of God’s promises         have been fulfilled in (Christ Jesus)  2 Corinthians 1;20

For more  on what the Bible has to say about promises  See posts from June 26, 2019   and November 27, 2018green plant

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“Faith is believing in something when common sense tells you not to.”  Doris Walker in

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Now Faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.    Hebrews 11:1                         And without faith it is impossible to please God for whoever would approach Him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.  Hebrews 11:6

For more on what the Bible says about Faith and the characters that talk about it see the  post from November  11, 2018.

 

 

Prayer– Round 2 for 2019

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“I just got a bust in the jaw in answer to a prayer a little bit ago.”

“Oh no no no George- I’m the answer to your prayer!”

Last November 25, 2018 in a post entitled Lessons on Intercession from It’s a Wonderful Life,  I used this quote to  write about the surprising answers we get when we pray. I’m always interested in enriching my prayer life and  excerpts from  the following Devotional readings in 2019   divulge the possibility of realizing God’s perspective on our petitions.

Last Spring, Moody’s Today in the Word (May 11) wrote specifically about verse 8 in a passage from Revelation 5:1-14, ” …the four Living Creatures and the twenty four  elders fell before the Lamb each holding a harp and golden bowls each full of incense which are the prayers of the saints.”

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“Interestingly, verse 8 doesn’t say that the incense represents the prayers of the saints but rather that it is their prayers. What a beautiful picture of how Christ  must view our prayers–not as whining or nagging but like a pleasing aroma. When we worship we do not imitate heavenly worship–we join worship already underway, adding our voices to that of the living creatures and elders, angels and the rest of creation.”

Then in Autumn, one of my favorite authors commented on the following verse:

“In my distress I called upon the Lord; to my God I called. From His temple He heard my voice, and my cry came to His ears.” 2 Samuel: 22:7

In Letters to Malcolm:Chiefly on Prayer, C. S. Lewis states,”…if our prayers are granted at all they are granted from the foundation of the world. Intercourse between God and man occurs at particular moments for the man but not for God. If there is an adaptation between the free actions of men in prayer and the course of events, this adaptation is from the beginning inherent in the great single creative act.  Our prayers are heard… not only before we make them but before we are made ourselves.”

Just last month,  I came across this devotional in a scheduled reading plan very soon after  I had  requested that  God would  reveal more of His greatness to me.  In retrospect, this is not a surprising answer to my prayer. I grew up praying God is great, God is good… That the Creator can and would consider my supplications into his  eternal plan, exposing not only his greatness but his kind desire to have relationship with me, is only a token portion of his omnipotence.

Another full year has come and gone and I’m still practicing and learning to pray.   Last year These 2 devotional readings shifted my concentration away from myself and onto God when I pray. What have you learned to think or do that has elevated your prayer life?  How has God answered your prayers during the past year?

Violet Bick– Last post for November 2019

 

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“Hold on a minute fellas, I think I got a date–But stick around just in case”  Violet Bick It’s a Wonderful Life 

I love this girl– she possesses that great combination of confidence and foresight with her old fashioned Plan B.  Violet is also savvy enough to ask for help when she really needs it and  in the film she knows exactly who to approach for that assistance. Violet is confident enough in George Bailey to know he will never turn her aside.

Because of His nature,  God will never turn away a genuine seeker.  He loves to show Himself faithful to those who need to learn to trust Him.

“…For you, O Lord have never abandoned anyone who searches for you.”  Psalm 9:10

 

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For more on what the Bible has to say about this character check out posts from July 22, 2019 and December 9, 2018

Thanksgiving: Toasts and Blessings with Mary Bailey

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Although commonly considered to be a Christmas movie some of the best scenes in It’s a Wonderful Life evoke everyday life in Bedford Falls outside of the superlative season.  The above still highlightcut off daffodilss a toast timeless enough to be  channeled into contemporary holiday gatherings.

Bread that this house will never know hunger.

Salt that life will always have flavor.

And wine that joy and prosperity will reign forever

Coupled with the following  blessing Thanksgiving can begin.

 

 

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Who coould imagine the book of Job coould inspire such a blessing?

As we embark on the holidays, I would love to hear about your traditions.

Judy Haynes

 

“There were never such devoted sisters”  White Christmas  

Devotion was God’s idea in the first place.  For the eyes of the Lord roam to and fro over all the earth to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is fully devoted to Him.  2 Chronicles 16:19 Berean Study Bible

For more on the Bible’s take on devotion see the posts from December 2, 2018  August 2019.

8 weeks out- with Betty Haynes

 

 

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“I know exactly what I’m going to dream about ”                 Betty Haynes–White Christmas                          The Lord will satisfy the weary, and all who are faint He will replenish.  Thereupon I awoke and looked, and my sleep was pleasant to me.  Jeremiah 31:26

For more on Betty Haynes and Scripture references relevant to quotes from White Christmas see posts from November 4, 2018 and September 16, 2019