Thursday, December 31, 2015

Day 365

"As this year draws to a close, receive My Peace. This is still  your deepest need, and I, your Prince of Peace, long to pour Myself into your neediness. My abundance and your emptiness are a perfect match. I designed you to have no sufficiency of your own. I created you as a jar of clay, set apart for sacred use. I want you to be filled with My very Being, permeated through and through with Peace." ~Sarah Young, Jesus Calling

Monday, December 28, 2015

Day 362

Parenting can be the best of jobs and it can be the hardest of jobs. BUT- we don't have to do it all on our own.  We can partner with the One who is the expert at being a parent.
"The battle for our children's lives is waged on our knees."
~Stormie Omartian, The Power of a Praying Parent.

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Day 358

"Tonight, at the foot of the cradle of Christ, like at the foot of the Cross of Christ, there are no big people- no powerful, no proud. Tonight there are only those who tramp to the manger with nothing; there are only the manger tramps, the men who lay down all the self-made, the women who lay down all the self-sufficiency, the children who lay down all the wants. We, the manger tramps, who kneel where thrones tremble and demons fall and the self-made crumble and the self-righteous weep...All of conquered heaven and grateful earth echo and throb tonight with the heart cry of the God-Child: I did it for love."
~Ann Voskamp, The Greatest Gift.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Day 357



"There are words that ring like a hammer, that split apart the atoms of things, that startle us out of the dead of sleep. 
He. Will. Save.
God. With. Us.
Words with weight.
Words with the weight of glory in them, the whole of the cosmic questions - words that answer all things of gravity, that bring down the love of heaven."
~Ann Voskamp, The Greatest Gift

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Day 356

"There is no need to produce or perform or perfect - simply become a place for God...When you are a space to receive whatever the will of God is in this moment as grace, you take hold of God."
~Ann Voskamp, The Greatest Gift

"Greetings, favored woman! The Lord is with you!"
~Luke 1:28

Monday, December 21, 2015

Day 355

"But the holy God who comes is your saving God, your rescuing God, your weight-carrying God...lie down and rest. You are unconditionally accepted and unbelievably wanted because you don't merely know of Him; you are related to Him by blood."
~Ann Voskamp, The Greatest Gift

"Prepare the way for the Lord's coming!"
~Matthew 3:3

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Day 353

"As the cold can move you deeper toward the fire,
struggling can more you deeper toward God."
~Ann Voskamp, The Greatest Gift

Friday, December 18, 2015

Day 352

What if we began this day believing this message is for us? You are beautiful with God's beauty...beautiful inside and out!
Have a beautiful Friday!

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Day 351

"You, O Bethlehem Ephrathah, are only a small village."
~Micah 5:2

Advent Day 17 - Ann Voskamp, The Greatest Gift
"The King is coming, and the new Kingdom is stirring. And stirring in you. When the King rules your world, you cease to rule or worry. All worry dethrones God. All worrying makes you King and God incompetent. There is a King born in Bethlehem and on the throne. You can breathe."

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Day 350

"Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the great fish, but Jesus took three days and three nights in the heart of the earth, in the belly of death, so no one else would ever have to....advent never stops coming for you. Turn around and watch it come."
~Ann Voskamp, The Greatest Gift

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Day 349

Advent Day 15: The Greatest Gift, Ann Voskamp

"How much longer will you waver, hobbling between two opinions? If the Lord is God, follow him!"
~1 Kings 18:21

Come let us adore Him - stop having idols. Stop performing for those other things. *preaching to myself* Tim Keller says, "The only way to overcome idols in your life, is to see that Jesus gives you freely what every other god says that you can only get through your performance. Jesus gives you through His blood what every other god demands through yours." 

Ann Voskamp says, That what God wants for Christmas is "simply your bended knee." How much longer will we waiver?

Monday, December 14, 2015

Day 348

"The people who walk in darkness will see a great light."
~Isaiah 9:2

The message of Christmas is hope. Christmas can never be bought...it can only be found.

"God favors the darkest places so you can see His light the brightest." ~Ann Voskamp, The Greatest Gift.

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Day 347

"People judge by outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart." 1 Samuel 16:7

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Day 346

"Your people will be my people, and your God will be my God." ~Ruth 1:16

Today is day 12 of Advent.  Keep looking for His Light.

"Brilliant people don't deny the dark; they are the ones who never stop looking for His light in everything...When we have an agenda for God, we can't see the gifts from God."
~Ann Voskamp, The Greatest Gift

Friday, December 11, 2015

Day 345

"That is always the secret to the abundant life: to believe that God is where you doubt He can be...no personal choice that muddied your life can ever trump the divine choice to wash your life clean."
~Ann Voskamp, The Greatest Gift

Advent Day 11

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Day 344

"The Ten Commandments are a command to relationship. To love vertically, to love horizontally, to love relationship - and it's not a suggestion."
~Ann Voskamp, The Greatest Gift


[The Lord said,] "Oh, that their hearts would be inclined to fear me and keep all my commands always, so that it might go well with them and their children forever!" ~Deuteronomy 5:29 (NIV)

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Day 343

December 9th

"What was intended to tear you apart, God intends it to set you apart. What has torn you, God makes a thin place to see glory...The Cross stands as the epitome of evil...If God can transfigure the greatest evil into the greatest Gift, then He intends to turn whatever you're experiencing now into a gift. You cannot be undone."
~Ann Voskamp, The Greatest Gift.

"You intended to harm me, but God intended it all for good." ~Genesis 50:20

Monday, December 7, 2015

Day 341

Day 7 with Ann Voskamp's, The Greatest Gift.
"Abraham called that place The Lord Will Provide."
~Genesis 22:14 (NIV)
Hey so, we don't have to perform or try harder for God to love us. God gives us His greatest gift...His Son.  God gives God to YOU and ME! This day...this Monday...we may feel overwhelmed of the thought of the week...but slow down and breathe because,
"You don't need to climb mountains named I Will Perform. You don't need to climb mountains named I Will Produce. Every mountain that every Christian ever faces, the Lord levels with sufficient grace: The Lord Will Provide." ~Ann Voskamp.

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Day 340

"God has brought me laughter." ~Genesis 21:6
Today, let go of the weight and laugh with those you love. It is a beautiful release...and lowers the blood pressure! ;)

"And Sarah said, “God has made laughter for me; everyone who hears will laugh over me.” And she said, “Who would have said to Abraham that Sarah would nurse children? Yet I have borne him a son in his old age.”
~Genesis 21:6-7

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Day 339

"I will bless you...and you will be a blessing to others."
~Genesis 12:2

Sit with Him...fill yourself so that you can pour out to others.

"Faith is the gift of God. So is the air, but you have to breathe it; so is bread, but you have to eat it; so is water, but you have to drink it." ~D.L. Moody

Friday, December 4, 2015

Day 338

"Christ comes like an ark, like a cradle over floods. And we read the headlines and wonder, If there's a God who really cares, He'd look at this world and His heart would break. And God looks to the Cross, that real Tree, and says, 'My heart did.'" ~Ann Voskamp

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Day 337

I find it so fascinating that the very first God-question in the Old Testament is "Where are you?" and the very first question in the New Testament asked by the wise men, "Where is He?" Ann Voskamp says, "Really wise men and women never stop looking for God. And because your really wise God is love, He never stops looking for you." Yes!  This is so good...thankful He never stops!
"They hid from the Lord God among the trees." ~Genesis 3:8

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Day 336

"So God created human beings in his own image." ~Genesis 1:27
This is where it all starts. It starts with His love for us.

Day 2 of: The Greatest Gift, Unwrapping The Full Love Story Of Christmas. By Ann Voskamp

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Day 335

Step into His story this Christmas season and stay there.
He is holding on to you.
He has you.
He is always present - with you - loving you.

"Out of the stump of David's family will grow a shoot."
~Isaiah 11:1

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