The Gift of the Season

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Be Ready to Receive the Best Gift of the Season!

The gift of Jesus’ coming was prophesied throughout the Old and New Testaments. This is the time of year we focus on Him.  It’s all about Jesus, the Prince of Peace.

I recall Zacharias’ prophecy about Jesus in Luke 1:79, “to give light to those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.”

As the year of 2017 comes to an end, we can look back at major events in our lives.  Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma, devastating fires in California, earthquakes, trouble on the international level…North Korea, to mention a few. Where do we focus to keep our peace?

For us in the Houston and Gulf Coast areas, we all have Hurricane Harvey stories. Here is how Jesus ministered to me.  When continuous bands of rain remained over our area during the night, I would wake up and pray for Jesus to give me a scripture because I believe that God’s Word is alive and full of power to meet any of our situations.  At 2:30 a.m. that morning, a scripture came to mind.

“You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts You.” Isaiah 26:3 (Underscores are mine.)

Next morning, I looked up the scripture and found I had written several dates by this verse. 9-20-05 Hurricane Rita, 9-13-08 Hurricane Ike and I have now added Hurricane Harvey 8-27-17.

In addition to writing in my Bible I also write cards with important scriptures that I like to keep in front of me daily.   One card has a definition of Peace, a gift that Jesus promised
and provides:  Peace –  is a state of rest, quietness, calmness, an absence of strife, tranquility, a perfect well-being.

I learned “to keep the Word before my eyes” from my Mother who would tape her favorite scriptures on her bathroom mirror.  Here are two of her favorites. “Peace: I leave with you.  My peace I give to you, not as the world gives do I give to you.  Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. “  John 14:27, and…“I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have perfect peace and confidence.  In the world you have tribulation and trials and distress and frustration; but be of good cheer – take courage, be confident, certain, undaunted – for I have overcome the world, — I have deprived it of power to harm, have conquered it for you.”  John 16:33 Amplified.

As we look forward to 2018, we thank you, Jesus, that You will keep us in perfect peace, because we choose to keep our minds on You and because we trust in You.  Amen!

Celebrating Jesus throughout the year,

Judy

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