Flowers are Coming Back

“Behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to each person according to what he has done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.”  – Revelation 22:12-13

Maybe it’s just me, but winter seems to linger and last forever!  My friend Kelly is a gardener.  She has had her seed packets since February and posted one cold winter day that she is going to have to wait two more months to plant her seeds.  It’s excruciating, this time between winter and spring.  Here in Kansas, even when spring is officially here, we still have rain and chilly temperatures.  We don’t trust anything we plant to be protected before May.  Winter is the longest season – and we have no choice but to be patient and wait for warmer weather.  But the watchword is…  ANTICIPATION!  We prepare, then we wait!  

Sometimes I’m tempted to feel the same way about the second coming of Christ.  I want the Lord to hurry up – but He reminds me that not everyone is ready for His return.  It makes me feel selfish, to be honest, but once that feeling passes, I realize that it’s just a reminder that I need to get to work!  The Gospel is something to be shared, not hoarded.  Our Lord wants everyone to be ready to make Heaven their eternal home!

Remember the Great Commission?

Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”  – Matthew 28:18-20

I like the last part of this portion of Scripture:  I am with you always, to the very end o the age.  Do we know when that will be?  Nope.  Nobody knows except God Himself.  Even Jesus won’t be privy to that information until it is time!  So, while we’re waiting for the end of the age, we need to be busy in whatever way we can, sharing and caring for the lost souls around us.

Revelation says that Jesus is coming quickly.  I’m sure you think as I do…  “You call this QUICKLY” – ???  We’re not questioning God – we really aren’t.  We’re just saying that the time between Christ’s resurrection and His second coming to earth has been a very long winter…  but we wait with anticipation, knowing that one day the proverbial spring will arrive and we will be enjoying the most beautiful garden we’ve ever seen.  The best news of all is that, we’ll never have to endure another winter again!  🙂

 

 

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WHILE SHEPHERDS WATCHED THEIR FLOCK BY NIGHT

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And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night.  – Luke 2:8

The lyrics to this familiar carol are attributed to Irish hymnist and poet Laureate Nahum Tate.  It first appeared in print in 1702 and was paired with a tune called “Winchester Old”, a 16th century tune by William H. Monk in the United Kingdom.  Until 1782, it was the only Christmas carol officially sanctioned by the Church of England.  The tune we sing in the United States is a variation on a Handel aria arranged by Lowell Mason in 1821.

Can you imagine going to work as a shepherd, which, by any standard is not the most classy job in the world – and you go about your tasks thinking you’re going to have a similar day to the day before…  then BOOM – a light blinds you and a heavenly host appears before you?  A bunch of angels announce that Christ is born!  Well, I’d say that’s no ordinary day.  Who says tending sheep is boring?  It sure wasn’t boring on that day!

the-view-from-the-innAs we all know, the shepherds went to see the Baby King.  There they found Him along with heavenly hosts giving Him praise.  I’m so glad God sent the angels to the shepherds, and the shepherds got to be a part of the most important event in history!  You never know what God’s got in mind for your life – even if you are on the low end of the totem pole, my friend.

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I hope this little post has encouraged your spirit today.  If you’ve enjoyed it, I hope you’ll leave some love here in the comments.  Have a wonderful day – full of wonder.  🙂

 

 

 

TAKE A WILD GUESS DAY

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As we all know, today is National Tax Day, but if you are tired of adding up rows of figures to come up with exact answers, the day we’re celebrating will give you a break – it’s also TAKE A WILD GUESS DAY!!!

There are no prizes to be won for guessing correctly, but it should give your mind the break it needs.  Take a chance and take a wild guess today.  Make a bet with a co-worker about something – like is it going to rain???  Pretend you are the great Sherlock Holmes and use your powers of deduction or act on a hunch.

Jim Barber created this day and wanted it to coincide with National Tax Day.  He had a hunch the day would be a great success – and his hunch paid off!  Many people have enjoyed celebrating this wacky holiday in the past.

The whole romance of  [Dirty Harry] is the fact that he’s a guy who hates bureaucracy.  Well, who doesn’t hate bureaucracy? …  You go to the [DMV and] fill out form after form…  That’s part of the bureaucratic nightmare that mankind has made.  – Clint Eastwood

I’m not a huge “Dirty Harry” fan – it’s not really my style, but that famous line from the movie really is appropriate for today – “Do you feel lucky, punk???”

For some serious fun, you could fill a mason jar with jelly beans (counting them as you fill it) and have co-workers guess how many jelly beans are in there.  Or – if there is a pregnant co-worker or the spouse of a pregnant co-worker, you could have everyone guess the sex of the baby if they don’t know already.  How about using that great intuition of yours to scout out a great new place for lunch?  Act on a hunch and choose a place for lunch.  LOL…  yeah – I’m a poet.  🙂

Guessing is really a part of everyday life, when you think about it.  We venture into uncharted territory almost daily, hoping that our senses are not going to let us down.  This is the day to really tap into that sixth sense and shine as a great guesser.

Yep, it’s tax day.  Some of us paid in with no promise of a refund, while some of us paid in anticipating a refund.  No matter what your situation is today, at least there is some comic relief in sight.  Just have some fun, let your imagination go a little crazy and take a wild guess…  about anything!   🙂

MERRY CHRISTMAS

 

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God keeps His promises. People on this earth make and break promises every day. Children of God who earnestly seek Him and want to lean on Him are known as righteous. Seeking a righteous lifestyle brings eternal rewards from our Lord. He is not a man so He will never lie. He has never broken one promise and He never will. There are Biblical accounts of God’s precious promises and how those promises were fulfilled.

One in particular is only eleven verses long. The short story begins in the 25th verse of the 2nd chapter of the book of Luke in God’s Word, The Holy Bible. A righteous man named Simeon was promised by the Holy Spirit of God that he would not die before he had seen Christ. He was rewarded for his righteous life. He did see Christ at the temple courts.

Verses 28-32 tell us that Simeon took Him (baby Jesus) in his arms and praised God, saying:

Sovereign Lord, as You have promised, You now dismiss Your servant in peace. For my eyes have seen Your salvation, which You have prepared in the sight of all people, a light for revelation to the Gentiles and for glory to Your people Israel.

Then in verses 34-35 we are told that Simeon blessed the father and mother. Then he said,

This child is destined to cause the falling and rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be spoken against, so that the thoughts of many hearts will be revealed. And a sword will pierce your own soul too.

At Christmas I not only celebrate the birth of my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, but I look forward to the second and final coming of this same Christ! With the same Holy Spirit infilling that Simeon had, I feel a great deal of anticipation in my soul about the time when God turns to His Son and tells Him it’s time to whisk us all up and take us home. I’m ready and I hope you are too! ❤