Hello Friends, Five is FABULOUS!!
I hope you are digging in with me. The preparation and work that has been put into this “gift” for you, has changed my Christmas! God is always working on each of us in His own way isn’t He?
Today is Monday. The first “working day” after a sweet Thanksgiving weekend. I would assume if you have kiddos, they are back at school. You may be reading this as you head to work or maybe to BED after a long Monday LOL. Either way, I send my love and blessings as we begin this week together. He is with us. We are a community of women who are seeking more. His presence! He is an omnipotent God who sees us!! That’s The Gospel. That’s Good News!
My love today!
Just a note: You will notice that sometimes we backtrack in scripture or repeat a verse looking at it from a different perspective. My desire is to write what God wants to show us. Let’s see what He has to say!
Zechariah asked the angel, “How can I be sure of this? I am an old man and my wife is well along in years.” Luke 1:18 (NIV)
I know we looked at this verse yesterday, but the Lord camped me here for another day. I believe He wants us to see His message in this verse RIGHT HERE and RIGHT NOW.
We have all been guilty of Zechariah’s lack of faith at some point or another. We have all grown weary in the wait. We have all looked around at the circumstances and said (or at least THOUGHT): “Are you seein’ what I’m seein’ Lord?” The Word that God spoke to my heart this morning as I tried to move on to the next verse was this – it is not only lack of our own faith that causes doubt, it is the LIE of LIMITATIONS. Let’s face it friend. We DO, in fact, have limitations. Frankly, getting older is a huge one in my mirror every day. Most of the dreams I have are dreams of a 30-40 something.
I often ask God, “How can I be sure of….?” God always says back—“My love, my power, my plans for you are limitless!” If you are in a place of questioning “how can I be sure…?” or placing limits on God’s power in your heart, your mind or your mouth, then today is the day to surrender.
It’s no coincidence that Gabriel shut Zechariah’s mouth!! Our mouths can be a hot bed of trouble, a noteworthy issue I share more about in my new book Life Unstuck. Today, God has refreshed my heart about the topic. Speaking UNBELIEF creates unbelief both in our own hearts and the heart of others. What we hear we rehearse. Lets take this season of enjoying an UNSTUCK CHRISTMAS to change what we say and say what we PRAY! I believe God can and God will!!
Prayer: Lord, thank you for reminding me when I need to be reminded that the words of my mouth along with the meditations of my heart are meant to be pleasing to you. I want them to be pleasing to you. Show me today Lord, where is my unbelief? Where am I doubting you? Lead me to confession, repentance and change! Help me to speak only what YOU say and to overflow faith to those around me!
My sweet friend Kathi Lipp has a book I love called Get Yourself Organized for Christmas; It’s just so sweet, I’d like to share it again. Maybe you’d like one for yourself or a family member? Maybe a newly married friend? You may find Kathy’s book on Amazon.
Say “Good Morning!”
Yep, that’s my grand suggestion for the day. It seems silly, right? However, we’re often in a frenzy of chores & errands and thoughts about our chores and errands (we chatted about this very topic yesterday).
But TODAY, we’re going to pick our heads up, focus on the people we see in the parking lot, pass in the hallway, hold the door for at the coffee shop.
By saying “Good Morning,” we are acknowledging another person and recognizing that he/she is sharing that moment with you. Right then. Right there.