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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:

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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#UTCOP – What is Vital Communion?

What is Vital Communion?

by Joy Lenton


Prayer can be a continual conversation with God as our hearts turn toward Him for help, strength and guidance throughout the day.

Or there may be strict set apart times specifically for Bible reading and prayer as ACTS: Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving and Supplication or similar practices.

At other times we can sense an inner call to just simply come and be in His presence. No agenda. No particular purpose other than to love God and be aware that He loves us.

Those moments are to be treasured. They can be hard sought and fought for in a world that cries out for our constant attention.

Any time given to God is time enhanced beyond measure.

The poem below arose while I listened to God recently.

‘Vital Communion’

Make way for mellow moments
Give in to the Now
Yield to soul craving
and find it life-saving

Pause. Breathe. Give thanks.

The world can wait, you know full well
busyness will capture you soon enough

This is a time for listening
Wait upon Holy Spirit’s touch
Seek a better way than rushing
headlong straight into a new day

Be aware. Be present. Be here.

For this is where earth and heaven collide
This is where rest, joy and peace abide

Vital communion between you and Me
and the very best place for you to be


As we learn to discern and listen to God’s voice, the more He will speak to our minds and hearts.

Being a Christian is all about the wonder of being brought into relationship with God Himself, our heavenly Father who made and sustains us.

It is a gift of grace to see the Father’s face mirrored in Jesus and get to know Him for ourselves.

And when we come aside, make time, switch off noise and hurry, we find He has been waiting here all along with a heart heavy with love for us.

Maybe He’s whispering an invitation to you today; maybe He’s missing your company; maybe He’s longing to pour blessings out upon you?


Father, We are so easily distracted and impacted by the world around us and its multiple messages we heed, yet you desire us to pay more attention to your voice instead and spend quality time in your presence.

Help us to see our need of you. How vital it is to our spiritual and physical health and strength to be refreshed, restored and renewed by your Spirit.

Speak to us in ways we cannot miss. Encourage us to lay aside all that hinders and prevents us from reaching out to you and receiving all that you long to give us.



Any time given to God is time enhanced beyond measure. (Tweet this)


Joy Lenton


Joy is a grace-dweller and storyteller who weaves words out of the fabric of her days. Her desire is to seek the poetic in the prosaic and look for the eternal in the temporal.

As an M.E and chronic illness sufferer, who is also recovering from a painful past, she writes with a heart for the hurting and to support and encourage others who are struggling with life and faith issues.

She is  a member of the Association of Christian Writers and Fellowship of Christian bloggers.

You can connect with her at her blogs, ‘Words of Joy’ or ‘Poetry Joy’, and on TwitterFacebookGoogle + or Pinterest.


Walking and Keeping Company

by Cherry Warrick of Pursuing Heart (reprinted with permission)

Sometimes I get a bit hung up with the word “pray”. It somehow brings thoughts of something I need to “do” into my mind, and I can feel guilty for not spending more time “praying”. Or discouraged that my requests have not been granted. And at times like these, I need to ask God to remind me of what praying really is.

And I have been reminded of some words that free my mind, and tell me in a language that speaks to my heart, of what prayer is.

“Come to Me. Get away with Me and you’ll recover your life. Walk with Me and work with Me – watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with Me, and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly” (Matthew 11:28-30 The Message).

Walking with, keeping company with – the words that give clarity. The focus is not on my asking and requesting things, but the focus is on the keeping company with, on my sharing what is on my heart. And listening to what is on His heart. And the sharing of words of love, His towards me, and mine towards Him. Just as in my relationship with my husband, or another family member or close friend.

When my focus becomes misplaced, when all my energy is spent on wishing for the thing I am “praying” about and desiring, then I find myself in an unsettled place. But by using my energies to keep in step with Him, communicating with Him all through my days, I find myself living freely and lightly, even in the midst of trials and hard times.


Loving Lord, thank You for these words as I walk along the path with You – calling me (again) to focus first of all on keeping company with You, sharing my heart with You, and listening to Yours. And in the midst of this keeping company, and this walking together, I can live freely and lightly as I watch You at work.

Cherry Warrick

Always learning more of God’s unending grace, mercy, and love through the joys and trials of this life. Blessed beyond measure to share my days with my husband, and to be the mom of six (grown) children, and grama to nine sweet grandkids (with one more on the way). And desiring to follow Jesus and reflect His love and grace. Cherry can be found at Pursuing Heart.