Posted in Living in Today's World, Praise and Worship, The Joy of His Love

Joyful Submission

Psalm 37: 1-8

1 Fret not thyself because of evildoers , neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity.

2 For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb.

3 Trust in the LORD, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed .

4 Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.

5 Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass .

6 And he shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday.

7 Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospers in his way, because of the man who brings wicked devices to pass. 

8 Cease from anger, and forsake wrath: fret not thyself in any wise to do evil .

Let your cares drive you to God. I shall not mind if you have many of them if each one leads you to prayer. If every fret makes you lean more on the Beloved, it will be a benefit. —Charles Spurgeon

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This time of year seems to provoke everyone, even true believers, to get all “wrapped up in the mess of commercialism” instead of getting “caught up in the joys of eternal love given to us by the One whose birth this time is truly about”.   May you bless others by giving where it means the most… “WHERE GOD LEADS YOU TO GIVE”.  ♥ Streim

Posted in Listening To God, Living in Today's World, Random

ME?? A “Liebster Blog” Award Nominee

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I am truly honored by Pastor J at  Reinventing the We’ll for nominating me for this award.   Pastor J’s blog is such an inspiration to me and I would ask that all of you check it out– http://jelillie.wordpress.com/ .   This man is a truly humble man of God who honors the gift of being a shepherd to his flock.

I don’t know too much about the award, but I keep thinking it’s a ‘lobster’ award and I like lobster so I accept.  From what I understand I am to answer 11 questions, then come up with 11 nominees to pass the award on to,  create a set of 11 questions I believe appropriate to my nominees and notify them that they’ve been nominated.  Just as it took Pastor J several blog posts to fulfill the requirements of accepting this award, to answer the 11 questions will take me several days… so please bear with me.

I’ve decided it be best for me to wait after our Christmas festivities to begin answering the 11 questions, and pass on the award.  May your time with family and loved ones be filled with all the “love” of our Savior’s birth, the joy of knowing His love and the peace that passes all human understanding.

1 John 3:1  “Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God!… “

♥Streim

Posted in Living in Today's World, Random, The Joy of His Love

Giving From A Joyful Heart

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The Christmas Rose~~The Real Meaning of Christmas

On a cold December night, everybody was coming to see their new Savior and brought Him all kinds of gifts and presents. The three Wise Men came in with their valuable gifts of myrrh, frankincense and gold and offered them to Baby Jesus. At that point, a shepherdess, Madelon, who had seen the wise men passing through, reached the door of the stable, to see the Child. However, being very poor and having brought nothing to offer to the child, she felt helpless and started weeping quietly at the sight of all the wonderful gifts that the Three Wise Men had got for the child. Earlier, she had searched, in vain, for flowers all over the countryside but there was not even a single bloom to be found in the bitter winter.

An angel outside the door was watching over her and knew about her fruitless search. He took pity on her and, when he saw her head drooped down in sorrow, decided to help her with a little miracle. He gently brushed aside the snow at her feet and where her tears had fallen, sprang a beautiful cluster of waxen white winter roses with pink tipped petals. Then he softly whispered into the shepherdess’s ear that these Christmas roses are far more valuable than any myrrh, frankincense or gold, for they are pure and made of love. The maiden was pleasantly surprised when she heard those words and joyfully gathered the flowers and offered them to the Holy Infant, who, seeing that the gift was reared with tears of love, smiled at her with gratitude and satisfaction. Thus, the Christmas rose came to symbolize hope, love and all that is wonderful in this season.
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The so-called Christmas rose, a traditional garden favorite, bears its pure white flowers (which often age to pink) in the depths of winter; large-flowered plants are available, as are pink-flowered.  These evergreen type plants bear the frost well and actually bloom two times a year.  Once in the winter and also in the Spring during the season of Lent.   Just as those small delicate flowers continue to bear their fruit in the hardness of winter, so are to be like them.  

Romans 5:1-11 “Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God.  More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.  For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will scarcely die for a righteous person–though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die–  but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.  Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God.  For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life.  More than that, we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.

May your Christmas season be filled with the love of our Glorious God the Father, our beautiful Savior the Lord Jesus Christ and the warmth of the indwelling Holy Spirit.  There’s no need to hustle and bustle… we just need to help others and be a blessing.   ♥ Streim