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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.

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 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.

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

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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.

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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.

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

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Do You Have Dusty Knees?

Do You Have Dusty Knees?

by Brenda Wood

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Dust always surprises me at the worst possible time. I’ve been living with it but didn’t realize it. Honestly, I hadn’t dusted in a while because everything looked okay to me. That’s because I never moved the mantel clock or the corner shelf stuff. I decided that if that dust didn’t bother me than I wouldn’t bother it.

Then the maintenance guy arrived to check out the fireplace for the winter. Of course he had to kneel on the hearth. When he got up…his knees were dusty and a knee size spot gleamed dust free on the hearth. Embarrassing or what!

How long has it been since we did some spiritual dusting? (tweetable)

When did we last pour our heart out to God? Are we thinking that if God doesn’t bother us, we won’t bother him?

When desperation hits us, we’ll be happy enough to get on our knees. (tweetable)

I have been driven many times to my knees, by the overwhelming conviction that I had nowhere else to go ~ Abraham Lincoln.

Wouldn’t it be polite to build a good relationship with Him long before we beg for help?

The shortest distance between a problem and a solution is the distance between our knees and the floor” (Pastor Charles F. Stanley).

Prayer:

Lord, forgive us for not taking time to get to know you. Thank you that you already know us so well, that you forgive us. So, God, while I am here…I’d like to tell you about………..

For Christ’s Sake. Amen

A popular motivational speaker, Brenda, of Barrie, Ontario is known for her common sense wisdom, sense of humour and quirky comments. Brenda especially enjoys speaking at women’s retreats and conferences, community events, Mops, World Day of Prayer, and Stonecroft Ministries.

A prolific author, her current books include:

The Big Red Chair: a children’s book dealing with the loss of a grandparent.
Meeting Myself: Snippets from a Fractured Mind:  the author’s recovery from abuse and eating disorders.
Hearts Under Construction: A motivational cookbook designed to feed both body and soul
Heartfelt: 366 Devotions for Common Sense Living.
God, Gluttony and You: a Bible Study dealing with our relationship to food.
Read more at:
http://heartfeltdevotionals.wordpress.com
facebook – www.facebook.com/brendawoodspeaker

HOW CAN I FIND QUIET TIMES WITH GOD?

How Can I find Quiet Times with God?

by Janet Sketchley

Quiet Times with God

Quiet Times with God

Relationship is pretty shallow if we don’t spend time with the person we love: talking, listening, working together, crying together. Being quiet together.

If we’re not doing that, I’d argue we’re not in relationship. We may have “collected” a contact with that person, but how deep is the connection? How long will it last?

Just like we need intentional time with our loved ones and close friends, sharing our hearts and weaving together our lives, we need a daily quiet time with God. Time to read, pray, listen and learn.

It’s not enough to know about God.
We need to know Him. Tweet this.

Daily quiet times require self-discipline. Like any positive habit, they’re hard to establish and easy to break. We can be tempted to get legalistic over them or to load guilt on ourselves when we get off-track, but that’s not the point. They’re an invitation to be alone with the God who made us.

Find even five minutes to get alone with God.
You’ll be the richer for it. Tweet this.

The time and place don’t matter as much as that it happens. Consistency does help, but not if a rigid schedule strangles you. Think of time with God as the most valuable “rock” you’ll put in the daily jar. Make sure it gets in there at some point.

If you’re easily distracted like me, first thing in the  morning may be best. I can’t do the “somewhere in the day” option because I forget. At one point when that wasn’t an option, I aimed for “tea with the Lord” right after lunch. Some people mark “appointment with God” in their daily planners, which could have the added bonus of startling friends or co-workers who happen to snoop.

One warning: establishing the routine of a daily quiet time is about quieting ourselves before the God of the universe and allowing Him to shape and grow us. Yes, we’ll be better off for it because we’ll be growing spiritually and better equipped to face what comes at us. But it is not a means of bribing God to give us easy, pleasant days. He’s still the Shepherd, we’re still the sheep.

And relationship with Him is still the best.

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Janet Sketchley

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Janet is an east coast Canadian writer working to break into print in novel-length fiction. In the mean time, she writes weekly book reviews, devotionals and features on her blog, ”Tenacity“.

PRAYER OF QUIET OR SIMPLICITY

Prayer of Quiet or Simplicity

by Judith Lawrence

 

Jesus said, “When you pray, go away by yourself, shut the door behind you, and pray to your Father in private” Matt 6:6a (New Living Translation).

 “Out of the deliberate practice of loving attention to God, the contemplative glides on to a plane of perception for which human speech has few equivalents . . . As Recollection becomes deeper, the self slides into a certain dim yet vivid consciousness of the Infinite. The door tight shut on the sensual world, it becomes aware that it is immersed in a more real world which it cannot define. It rests quietly in this awareness: quite silent, utterly at peace” (Mysticism Evelyn Underhill, Page 214).

Do you wonder what this prayer of Quiet or Simplicity that Evelyn Underhill speaks of is good for? Is it only for the satisfaction of the one who prays? Is there some good that it does for the world?

Such prayer of simplicity and quietness, I believe, is first of all for the praise and adoration of God; secondly, such prayer is to bring the one who prays into a closer relationship with God, so that the pray-er becomes more like God, becomes holy as God is holy; and this growth in holiness and oneness with God is for the purpose of the healing of the world. We first have to be healed in God’s presence in order that we can help to bring God’s healing to the world.

The contemplative prayer that Evelyn Underhill speaks about does not involve words but stillness, quiet, and peace. We become filled with God’s quiet presence and that quiet presence of God gets transmitted through us to those with whom we are in contact—not by anything that we say to them or do for them, but by what we are becoming by being in God’s presence.

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Judith Lawrence

Judith is a Professional member of The Word Guild and author of two non-fiction books, Prayer Companion: A Treasury of Personal Meditation, and Glorious Autumn Days: Meditations for the Wisdom Years, as well as one book of mystical poetry, Grapes from the Vine. Judith writes a monthly meditation, which can be found on her website: www.judithlawrence.ca.  Judith’s latest spiritual book, Highway of Holiness: Soul Journey is now available. You can purchase it through Wipf and Stock Publishers.