17 December 2017

God's Word for Sunday, 12/17/17

While he was still debating with himself about what to do, he fell asleep and had a supernatural dream. An angel from the Lord appeared to him in clear light and said, “Joseph, descendant of David, don’t hesitate to take Mary into your home as your wife, because the power of the Holy Spirit has conceived a child in her womb. She will give birth to a son and you are to name him ‘Savior,’ for he is destined to give his life to save his people from their sins.”
Matthew 1:20-21 TPT

16 December 2017

God's Word for Saturday, 12/16/17

And Mary sang this song: “My soul is ecstatic, overflowing with praises to God! My spirit bursts with joy over my life-giving God! The Mighty One has worked a mighty miracle for me; holy is his name!
Luke 1:46-47, 49 TPT

15 December 2017

God's Word for Friday, 12/15/17

But the angel reassured her, saying, “Do not yield to your fear, Mary, for the Lord has found delight in you and has chosen to surprise you with a wonderful gift. You will become pregnant with a baby boy, and you are to name him Jesus. He will be supreme and will be known as the Son of the Highest. And the Lord God will enthrone him as King on his ancestor David’s throne. He will reign as King of Israel forever, and his reign will have no limit.”
Luke 1:30-33 TPT

14 December 2017

Not All Those Who Wander Are Lost

Roads go ever, ever on,
Over rock and under tree,
By caves where never sun has shone,
By streams that never find the sea;
Over snow by winter sown,
And through the merry flowers of June,
Over grass and over stone,
And under mountains of the moon.
Roads go ever, ever on
Under cloud and under star,
Yet feet that wandering have gone
Turn at last to home afar.
Eyes that fire and sword have seen
And horror in the halls of stone
Look at last on meadows green
And trees and hills they long have known.
The Road goes ever on and on
Down from the door where it began.
Now far ahead the Road has gone,
And I must follow, if I can,
Pursuing it with eager feet,
Until it joins some larger way
Where many paths and errands meet.
And whither then? I cannot say.
The Road goes ever on and on
Out from the door where it began.
Now far ahead the Road has gone,
Let others follow it who can!
Let them a journey new begin,
But I at last with weary feet
Will turn towards the lighted inn,
My evening-rest and sleep to meet.

~ J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings

God's Word for Thursday, 12/14/17

Angelic Prophecy of Jesus’ Birth ] During the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, the angel Gabriel was sent from God’s presence to an unmarried girl named Mary, living in Nazareth, a village in Galilee. She was engaged to a man named Joseph, a true descendant of King David. Gabriel appeared to her and said, “Grace to you, young woman, for the Lord is with you and so you are anointed with great favor.”
Luke 1:26-28 TPT

13 December 2017

We've Entered That Long, Dark Tunnel

... of the six weeks surrounding the winter solstice.

Sunrise today was at 10:08, and sunset will be at 3:42pm. Okay, that still feels wrong. That's 15:42, thank you very much. We're still losing 90 seconds per day, although that slows down a lot, this close to the shortest day. We get about 4 1/2 hours of daylight on the 21st. Unless it's cloudy; then it will be dark later earlier, and then earlier later, if you get my drift. :)

The only reason I get to have any daylight at all, on weekdays, is because I work such an early shift. Leaving work at 14:15, it's still bright out.

Well, as bright as our northern latitude will permit: the sun's roughly 30 to 35 percent dimmer here than in the central Plains.

But I'm not complaining. I get to drive home through the mountains, and I never EVER get tired of that!

God's Word for Wednesday, 12/13/17

So he called a meeting of the Jewish ruling priests and religious scholars, demanding that they tell him where the promised Messiah was prophesied to be born. “He will be born in Bethlehem, in the land of Judah,” they told him. “Because the prophecy states: And you, little Bethlehem, are not insignificant among the clans of Judah, for out of you will emerge the Shepherd-King of my people Israel!”
Matthew 2:4-6 TPT*

* The Passion Translation (a new release)