MARY DID YOU KNOW

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But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.  – Luke 2:19

Did Mary KNOW the majesty of this life she carried?  I believe she did – but did she know how it would impact the world?  For a young girl, that would have been a lot to take in.  It was a lot to take in any way, but even though she didn’t know the future, she knew the God who held her future in His very capable hands – and she trusted Him for the rest.

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I wouldn’t dream of comparing my faith and trust to that of Mary.  Can you imagine how much courage it would have taken to be a part of God’s plan for man?  She had amazing faith in God and absolute trust that He would work everything out for the good.  And you know what?  Her faith and trust…  it paid off, didn’t it?  Will faith and trust in that same God pay off in our lives?  You bet!

This thought-provoking modern day classic carol’s sung in literally hundreds of churches.  It was written back in 1996 and quickly became the most performed Christmas song ever.

Most of you know that Mark Lowry & Buddy Greene wrote it, but have you heard Mark tell the story of how he approached Bill Gaither with it?  It’s a hoot of a story – and I can just imagine the awkward moment when Bill Gaither realizes that Mark doesn’t read a lick of music.  But wow – does he have a good ear, or what?  Yeah – and he apparently asked the right question of Mary.  He asked her, “Did you know?”  So simple…  the best songs usually are, come to think of it.

LOL…  if Mark was God, he’d have come to earth differently – ‘cuz he’s a BAPTIST.  He still just cracks me up!  I was trying to find video of him talking about showing “Mary, Did You Know” to Bill Gaither – but it’s not on You Tube.pp-a-lesson-from-the-virgin-mary

When we accept Christ into our hearts and lives, it is through faith and trust – and that same faith and trust gets more grounded and stronger as time marches on.  There’s no better truth anywhere to know that regardless of the circumstances of life, God’s got this – and you’ve got God.  I hope you know the solid foundation of God through His Son, Christ Jesus.  I hope you trust Him to guide you in life and that your faith is deeply rooted for the uncertain days ahead.  🙂

 

 

HEBREWS 12:28 ON 12/28

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Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe…  – Hebrews 12:28

When I read that passage of scripture, I thought, “Wow – what a great New Year’s Resolution!”  I mean, what could be better than to resolve to be more thankful and worship God acceptably with reverence and awe???

It seems to me that once the proper emphasis is put on all that, everything else will fall into its rightful place.  You may think that sounds too good to be true, but don’t dismiss my theory so quickly.

When our hearts and minds are on Christ instead of our problems, we are fully trusting Him to work it all out, right?  So, if we’re trusting the Lord to take care of the day-to-day, then it will all fall into place, right?

If we could just do that one thing, it would be the best resolution because by our act of faith we are letting Christ know that we trust Him for everything.  Well, you don’t think I chose the book of Hebrews just because I wanted to tell the joke about coffee, did you?  You do know that the man is supposed to make the coffee in the household – because the Bible says He Brews…  yeah – ok.  Talking Tom likes coffee…

Anyway…  what a great reminder that we are receiving a kingdom that is unshakable!  It’s not made by human hands.  We sure can’t say that about this place, can we?  I hear bad news almost daily that makes me wonder how much longer things will stay together.  But the kingdom of God is solid and eternal.  It is where we are headed, so we need to realize that we are children of the living God and start giving Him all the glory and honor and praise He deserves.  Let’s find the awe in awesome again.

We are not abandoned.  We are not orphans.  We are more than conquerors in Jesus’ name.  Let’s go into 2014 with praise for God on our lips and a testimony in our heart to share with those who need to hear it.  😀