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Sunday, December 16, 2018

An Advent Retreat Excerpt Day Fifteen


Day Fifteen

Where she entered the house of Zecariah and greeted Elizabeth. Luke 1:40

Personal Reflection

                                    Kinship

                    Greetings to ones who know
                        have been touched by grace.

                        Relief in their presence
                        honesty without apology.

                        Guidance by sharing
                        praying together.

                        Rest apart from prying
                        tongues anxious for gossip.

                        Grateful for kinship
                        molded by prophecy.

                        Reconciliation ahead
                        prepare the way.

                        Glory announced

Writing Prompt
1.     Through unexpected joys or sorrows, have you ever become isolated from friends and family, unable to share or communicate your experience?
2.     How did that separateness add stress?
3.     Like Mary, did you find a soul kinship to walk with you? In what ways did you help each other?
4.     Do you think that sometimes we are called into isolation to be only with the Lord? Why or why not?

Psalm of Worship
            And wine to gladden the human heart, oil to make the face shine, and bread to strengthen the human heart. Psalm 104:15

Today’s Thought


Friday, December 14, 2018

Each One: Grace in the Wilderness: Prayers and Poetry



                                               Each One


                                                Each day each season

                                                fills with distress

                                                swallowing up hope

                                                disaster—destruction

                                                fuels separation

                                                purpose to destroy.


                                                Each moment each day

                                                faith embraces

                                                stands in battle

                                                dedicated watch

                                                fear dissolves

                                                purpose to plant.


                                                Each heart each moment

                                                fellowship of love

                                                strengthening soul

                                                designs restoration

                                                fulfills provision

                                                promises His presence.


                                  Each day, each moment, each heart, each one.

Romans 8: 28, “And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Reflection: Watch Over: Grace in the Wilderness: Prayers and Poetry



Reflection Questions


1. Where do you personally need hope right now?

2. What word or promise will help you to trust?

3. In what ways can you protect the seed you chose to grow last week?

4. How can it tie into your choice of word towards hope?

5. What is the next step towards His purpose?


Monday, December 10, 2018

Watch Over: Grace in the Wilderness: Prayers and Poetry


Jeremiah 31: 28, “And it will come about that as I have watched over them to pluck up, to break down, to over throw, to destroy, and to bring disaster, so I will watch over them to build and to plant,” declares the Lord.

Watch over,

Each day can sometimes seem too hard to face the battleground we see. Even with the knowledge that the Lord has invited us to be fellow workers with Him.

Decisions—strength—desires all collapse into sorrow and weakness.

Yet despite the destruction we contribute to ourselves, and others, the Lord stays. He watches over each of us ever ready to guide us to plant—to sow—to restore. He will show us how to plant in weariness.

When we keep our eyes on Him, our hearts in commitment, and our hope in trust.

Lord, we ask to follow in Your purpose with, or without, the ability to understand. Keep us faithful in times of deep loss and in times of restoration. Please keep us living in Your light and enable us share it with others even when we cannot see or recognize it.  Enable us to truly know, Lord, in our minds—and please may our hearts trust as well.

Your thoughts,



Sunday, December 9, 2018

An Advent Retreat Excerpt Day Eight


Day Eight

“He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.”  Luke 1:33

Personal Reflection

Glimpse

Recognition glimmers
with names,
Ruler of kingdom
the promised one who
reigns forever
glimpse into eternity.

Ready now, here
this moment to
redeem creation
meet each person
rescue one to one
angel messenger
radiant with message.

Writing Prompt
1.     How often do you think you truly acknowledge the power of the Messiah?
2.     Why does our perspective tend to focus on our difficulties and not on His complete Majesty?
3.     How do you lift up your eyes to His eternal promises?

Psalm of Worship
            They rose up to the mountains, ran down to the valleys to the place that you appointed for them. Psalm 104:8

Today’s Thought



Friday, December 7, 2018

Will Sow: Grace in the Wilderness: Prayers and Poetry




                                                Will Sow

                                               
                                                So many words,

                                                parables, stories,

                                                art, music,

                                                sunrise, sunset

                                                possible dreams

                                                a burning desire

                                                sowing His words

                                                prepared daily

                                                a miniscule seed

                                                sending truth as a

                                                purpose to share

                                                a promise of life

                                                stretching into eternity

                                                prayerfully intercedes.


Romans 8: 27, “And He who searches the heart knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Reflection: Seeds: Grace in the Wilderness: Prayers and Poetry



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Reflection Questions


1. What seeds do you want planted in your heart?

2. What kind of excavation do you need to make room for them?

3. With whom can you grow with to support each other?

4. What kind of harvest do you look forward to?

5. Read 1st Corinthians 3:6-9. How does this passage apply to your seeds today? How in the days ahead?



 
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