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4 Podcasts for Advent

4 Podcasts for Advent

Listen to the 4 pillars of Advent at Hope Stream Radio – 4 Podcasts for Advent.

Hope

Hope now and forever

Love

let's love

Joy

JOY

Peace

Blessings to everyone as we head toward Christmas.

Janis

Listen to 4 podcasts on the 4 pillars of Advent. Join us at Hope Stream Radio. (click to Tweet)

Put Everything Aside Christ Enters

Put Everything Aside Christ Enters – P.E.A.C.E. Word of God Speak Linkup

This is the last week in Advent – Advent 4 – Peace. I put everything aside. I am lighting the 4th advent candle.

Put everything aside

My acronym for peace is:

P – Put
E – Everything
A – Aside
C – Christ
E – Enters

put everything aside

Finding peace means to do an action – put all worries, stresses, extra thoughts that entangled us – put all those ASIDE. When you do that Christ will enter. He can focus you on what needs to be done – even if that means doing nothing.

One meaning of “Peace” is the dictionary is defined as:

freedom of the mind from annoyance, distraction, anxiety, an obsession, etc.; tranquillity; serenity.

I thought it interesting that part of the definition was freedom of the mind.

We know Jesus gives us freedom but did you ever think of that in terms of your mind. Your mind rules much of your body. It can tell it to flee or to stay; it can make it feel joyful or sad; it can think of different ways to do things; it can learn.

Allowing Jesus in brings a freedom from all that can encumber our minds. (tweet this)

Therefore I know I need to put everything aside and then I  can have that freedom of my mind.

The Berean Study Bible says for verse Hebrews 12:1

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off every encumbrance and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with endurance the race set out for us.

 I noticed the word “obsession”.

What obsessions do I hold that I need to throw off? Certainly, I know that I obsess when things don’t go the way I planned. That does bother me. I think everything should run the way I see it running. And don’t get in my way. I know – that’s wrong. But do you do that too? How can I throw that off?

put everything aside

Here are 3 ways that help me when I feel frustrated when things don’t go my way.

  1. My favourite is I say to myself, “It is not about you.” The world does not revolve around me and what I want. I have to say that over and over.  Here is Max Lucado’s article on  It’s Not About Me. It’s a very good read.
  2. Counting to 10. I learned this one while teaching primary school and with my own children. If I can count to 10 my anger has time to cool down and I can get to the bottom of a situation and still remain at peace within myself.
  3. Head for the washroom. Yes that is my oasis – my safe place. If I can get there before my emotions boil over I have a few minutes to regroup and keep my peace before tackling the problem.

In each example I am able to put everything aside – find Jesus – then regroup and go back and act in a peaceful manner.

Jesus brought us Peace – peace of mind. Let’s live with that peace. (tweet this)

Let’s work with that peace. Let’s love with peace in our hearts.

Therefore as we head this week toward Christmas think of ways you can keep the peace:

  • when things don’t go as planned
  • when you are so busy you don’t know what to do next
  • when someone gets upset with you
  • when you do something wrong and now need to ask forgiveness
  • when troubles seem to follow you wherever you go

And wishing each and every one of you the hope, love, joy and peace that Christmas brings.

In addition here are 4 others posts I have written over the years about peace. If you need peace today check them out.

What’s Another Word for Peace?

Sunday Stillness – Can You Find Peace?

What is Peace?

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Jesus JOY – Where are you? Advent 3

Jesus JOY – Where are you? Advent 3 and Linkup

This week has been full – full of good things. But sometimes a little hectic too. Where do I find Jesus joy? Today I light the third candle in Advent – Joy.

Jesus Joy

 

Until now you have asked nothing in my name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full (John 16:24)

Jesus Joy

Life is. Life happens. How I go about my life is how I see it – How I see it, view and live it.

I am not talking about the bubbly joy that comes sometimes, or the excited joy when I see family, or the exuberant joy I get when I dance. It is the joy that Christ gives me that keeps me going and going. That joy can only be found in Jesus. When I focus on Him and let Him lead there is a wonderful feeling of “rightness”. It doesn’t mean I’m happy, or giggling or smiling. I’m just okay. I’m just all right.

Joy is my Rock because Jesus is my Rock. (tweet this)

My acronym for JOY is Jesus Opens You. (tweet this)

Jesus JOY



Jesus JOYJesus Joy

And He does. I can’t tell you how He does this. But when I am not striving, or full of my agenda, He brings life to me; He shows me things to do and I do them. He gives me the time, the inspiration and the fulfillment.

No one need be poor, because, if he chooses, he can have Jesus for his own property and possession. No one need be downcast for Jesus is the joy of heaven and it is His joy to enter into sorrow hearts. ~ Tozer

I am grabbing hold of this joy – and as Tozer says, “it is not a doctrine to be held, it is a life to be enjoyed every moment of every day.”

Today is rest today. I am going to end with a series of pictures of the past couple of weeks.

Have a Jesus-filled, joy-filled life.

Day 4 and Day 5 of #DressforDunamis – The Dunamis Foundation fighting against #humantrafficking

Jesus Joy Jesus Joy

Outside our home in Arizona

Jesus Joy

Wearing a dress every day in December. I need an apron to cover up. Susie Homemaker?

Jesus Joy

A wonderful Christmas Open House. Great chats.

Jesus JOY

And I am delighted that my painting from The Kingdom of Thrim won the Inscribe Art Contest and is featured on the cover of this month’s Fellowship Magazine.

Jesus Joy

I linked this post to FMF as the topics were the same this week. JOY. You can join in Kate’s challenge to write for 5 minutes on Fridays. Go here.

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Let’s LOVE- Advent 2

Let’s LOVE- Advent 2

This week is the second week of Advent. Last week I lit the internet candle for HOPE, and now I light it for LOVE. So let’s love this week.

let's love

 But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us (Romans 5:8, NIV).

What more love do we need to see than this? – Christ died for us.

I learned a few things in our sermon last Sunday (they seem to have the order different than my church in Canada. They started with LOVE.

Christmas is the middle of the story. We need to know [the whole story from] the beginning. (sermon)

The story of a baby in the manger is actually rooted in deep sorrow in the heart of God. (sermon)

So we read from Genesis 6:6 and hear the sorrow in God’s voice. Listen to the message version:

 God saw that human evil was out of control. People thought evil, imagined evil—evil, evil, evil from morning to night. God was sorry that he had made the human race in the first place; it broke his heart. God said, “I’ll get rid of my ruined creation, make a clean sweep: people, animals, snakes and bugs, birds—the works. I’m sorry I made them.”

OH my that is sorrow. BUT, he found Noah –

But Noah was different. God liked what he saw in Noah.

And that changed everything.

Because of Noah, the earth got a reprieve.
The plan was in place for the redemption of man by Jesus.
That’s LOVE. (tweet this)

So I quit being a “law man” so that I could be God’s man. Christ’s life showed me how, and enabled me to do it. I identified myself completely with him. Indeed, I have been crucified with Christ. My ego is no longer central. It is no longer important that I appear righteous before you or have your good opinion, and I am no longer driven to impress God. Christ lives in me. The life you see me living is not “mine,” but it is lived by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. I am not going to go back on that (Galatians 2:20, The Message)

I had to highlight those words – My ego is no longer central. I pray for a working in that. And Christ lives in me. I know that and praise God for it. I’m learning the phrase: Let’s love.

God made us to love Him,  but we have fallen short of that and replaced the love of God with the love of self. (tweet this)

Me again. I always get in the way. Do you?

I know I can’t change myself but God is doing a work in me. Praise Him. Thank You Jesus.

I’ve been reading A.W. Tozer.

The whole work of God in redemption is to undo the tragic effects of that foul revolt, and to bring us back into right and eternal relationship with Himself (Tozer, The Pursuit of God).

So here I am faced with the amazing love of God and know that I need to learn that love. The world pulls me in other places.

I need to stop and look to God and not the world. I need to be different. I need to learn, let’s love.
(tweet this)

This past week I podcasted on Hope Stream Radio about HOPE – lighting of the first Advent candle. You can listen here. I talk about being counter-cultural. And I think that comes into each of the words of Advent – hope, love, joy and peace.

let's love

Let’s be different. Let’s reach out. Let’s love this Christmas. Let’s be generous. (tweet this)

Let's love

Let’s help out. Let’s smile at one another. Let’s see the 1/2 full glass.
(tweet this)

I think if we can radically love, we can be radically generous of our time and God’s money.

The question is not how much of my money I give to God, but rather how much of God’s money I keep for myself (Le Tourneau).

And then we hear about Aleppo. What can I say but pray and pray some more.

Love isn’t some impossible theory to us but the theology we’re actually called to incarnate ~Ann Voskamp

So people of the world, of all faiths, stand #WithAleppo and call on our governments to take action at an international level, including in the UN General Assembly, to provide practical support to facilitate the delivery of aid to the civilians and children of Aleppo ~ Ann Voskamp A Holy Experience

Personally I am working at “let’s love” by wearing a dress every day so I can fundraise for The Dunamis Foundation and pray for those caught in the evils of human trafficking.

simply-wear-a-dress

I am working on “let’s love” by making dolls to go with my children’s book The Kingdom of Thrim. The money will go to Save the Mothers.

Let's Love

 

I podcasted on LOVE. You can find it at What Does The Love of God Look LIke? (tweet this)

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Baubles, Bangles and Beads?

Baubles, Bangles and Beads?

Are we walking with baubles, bangles and beads? Or are we walking in the hope of our faith? Today I looked at HOPE as this is the first week of Advent.

baubles, bangles and beads?

Our faith is built on hope. And during this Advent season I will light an internet candle each week to help me focus on the preparation of the true Christmas – the Incarnation – the coming of Jesus – man and God – to this earth!

As we do this we walk among those who celebrate the season with baubles, bangles and beads.

I love the book and the movie How the Grinch Stole Christmas. How the crassness of the season started to steal the Grinch’s heart and how he found out that the real Christmas isn’t in the stuff but in the hearts of those who celebrate it.

As sojourners on this earth, we need to watch how we walk and talk among those who do not know the Lord. (tweet this)

We cannot get ourselves taken in with politics, commerce, and all the things that go on here. That doesn’t mean we can’t become involved but we need to do so in a Christ-like way.

What we need to show is HOPE.

We need to look to God instead of the world. Our walk, how will it look? Can it be different or will it be the same as those who don’t believe? Will our walk be counter-cultural? Or are we looking to:

Baubles, Bangles and Beads?

Let’s check God’s Word. Here are 10 ways I found that we can walk in hope:

Walk in Freedom

I will walk about in freedom,
    for I have sought out your precepts (Psalm 119:45, NIV).

Walk in the Light

But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin (1 John 1:7, NIV).

Walk in Love

And this is love: that we walk in obedience to his commands. As you have heard from the beginning, his command is that you walk in love (2 John 1:6, NIV).

Walk in all His ways

And now, Israel, what does the LORD your God require of you, but to fear the LORD your God, to walk in all his ways, to love him, to serve the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul (Deuteronomy 10:12, ESV).

Walk and not be faint

but those who hope in the Lord
    will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
    they will run and not grow weary,
    they will walk and not be faint (Isaiah 40:31, NIV).

Walk humbly with God

He has shown you, O mortal, what is good.
    And what does the Lord require of you?
To act justly and to love mercy
    and to walk humbly with your God (Micah 6:8, NIV).

Walk in the newness of life

We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life (Romans 6:4, ESV)

Walk by faith and not by sight

For we walk by faith, not by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7, NKJV).

Walk in the truth

I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth (3 John 1:3, KJV).

Walk in wisdom

Walk in wisdom toward outsiders, making the best use of the time (Colossians 4:5, ESV).

Through this walk one of the most important things I think is to be HUMBLE. Oswald Chambers calls this shallow – those every day duties and living, and to do it all for the glory of God. (1 Corinthians 10:31).

Make a determination to take no one seriously except God ~ Oswald Chambers (tweet this)

Even the shallow things of life, such as eating and drinking, walking and talking, are ordained by God ~ Oswald Chambers (tweet this)

Walking counter-cultural, not thinking constantly about baubles, bangles and beads, must be done QUIETLY, not boastfully. (tweet this)

It must be done gently, not arrogantly. With joy and peace, patience and understanding.

This Hope, this being counter-cultural means acceptance of others. It does not mean hiding in a closet. It means following God wherever we are whatever we do.

I can see that God has taken me on a walk today.

How do we walk in hope? Being aware, open, gentle, kind, humble, filled with the Spirit. (tweet this)

And finally 1 Peter 4:7-11 – Let’s try to be:

self-controlled
sober-minded
keep loving
show hospitality
use gifts to serve others
speak God’s Word
be God-like

And we do all this so that:

He’ll get all the credit as the One might in everything (1 Peter 4:11, The Message).

Walking towards Christmas. How are you looking at Christmas this year?

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Scripture and a Picture – Christmas Approaches

Scripture and a Picture – Christmas Approaches

Romans 15:13

This week’s Scripture is Romans 15:13

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

I love this Scripture – It can be used as a benediction or prayer.

God, may you fill us with all joy and peace as we put our trust in You. May we overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. As we head toward Christmas, calm our spirits, give us strength, wisdom and joy to celebrate the birth of Your Son, Jesus. In His name we pray, Amen.

Christmas is just a few days away. We have been expecting it to arrive and it will.

Come long expected Jesus.

Here are a couple songs to put you into the hope, love, joy and peace of Christmas.

“Come Thou Long Expected Jesus” is an Advent carol. The music is by Rowland H. Prichard and the lyrics are by Charles Wesley.

And for that wonderful Holy Night. This song carries us away to Bethlehem like no other. Céline Dion sings O Holy Night.

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As we approach Christmas let us rest in the PEACE of Christ. (click to tweet)