Monday, December 24, 2018

Advent Series ~ Day 25 ~ JESUS

And the angel said unto them, Fear not: 
for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, 
which shall be to all people.
For unto you is born this day in the city of David 
a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. 
Luke 2:10-11


Merry Christmas! ONE SOLITARY LIFE describes the life of Jesus well. It's author unknown, the words filled with biblical wisdom. I am sharing it with you this Christmas day, 2018. May you be as in awe of the words describing Jesus, as I am. Merry Christmas dear ones.


One Solitary Life ~ author unknown
Nearly two thousand years ago in an obscure village,
A child was born of a peasant woman
He grew up in another village where He worked as a carpenter until the age of thirty.
Then for three years He became an itinerant preacher.
This man never went to college or seminary
He never wrote a book
He never held a public office
He never had a family nor owned a home
He never put His foot inside a big city
Nor traveled even 200 miles from His birthplace.
And though He never did any of the things that usually accompany greatness,
Throngs of people followed Him. He had no credentials but Himself.

While He was still young, the tide of public opinion turned against Him.
His followers ran away
He was turned over to His enemies and went through the mockery of a trial.
He was sentenced to death on a cross between two thieves
While He was dying, His executioners gambled for the only piece of property He had on earth – the simple coat He had worn.
His body was laid in a borrowed grave provided by a compassionate friend
But three days later this Man arose from the dead
Living proof that He was, as He had claimed, the Savior whom God had sent,
The Incarnate Son of God.

Twenty centuries have come and gone and today the risen Lord Jesus Christ is the central figure of the human race.
On our calendars His birth divides history into two eras.
One day of every week is set aside in remembrance of Him.
Our two most important holidays celebrate His birth and resurrection

On church steeples around the world, His cross has become the symbol of victory over sin and death.
This one Man’s life has furnished the theme for more songs, books, poems and paintings than any other person or event in history.
Thousands of colleges, hospitals, orphanages and other institutions have been founded in honor of the One who gave His life for us.

All the armies that ever marched
All the navies that ever sailed,
All the governments that ever sat,
All the kings that ever reigned
Have not changed the course of history as much as this
ONE SOLITARY LIFE



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Sunday, December 23, 2018

Advent Series ~ Day 24 ~ ETERNAL LIFE

25 Days of God Given Gifts

For God so loved the world
that he gave his one and only Son,
that whoever believes in him
shall not perish but have eternal life. 
John 3:16

ETERNAL LIFE ~ Living forever and ever. Webster's Dictionary defines ETERNAL as:
having infinite duration characterized by abiding fellowship with God continued without intermission - perpetual existing at all times - timeless

Eternal life is available to any who believe in Jesus as their Savior, just as John 3:16 says. It is free for the taking, no coupon codes necessary, no standing in lines to get it, there is nothing one can do to earn it.

My dear aunt passed away two years ago this week and I know without a doubt she is with her Lord in Heaven. She is also reunited with ones she held very dear in her lifetime. How do I know this? Because she expressed to me that she believed in Jesus and knew when she died, she'd be in heaven with Him.

My aunt was blind later on in years, and on this very day her vision is clearer than she ever thought possible. Blind hymn-writer Fanny Crosby said: When I get to heaven, the first face that shall ever gladden my sight will be that of my Savior!

One of Fanny's later hymns as she aged, gives us a glimpse into her thoughts as she came closer to stepping into Eternal Life. This is titled My Savior First of All, here is the first verse and chorus.

When my lifework is ended and I cross the swelling tide,
When the bright and glorious morning I shall see,
I shall know my Redeemer when I reach the other side,
And His smile will be the first to welcome me.
I shall know Him, I shall know Him,
And redeemed by His side I shall stand!
I shall know Him, I shall know Him
By the print of the nails in His hand.


Dear ones, don't miss out... tomorrow is not promised for any of us. If you should die tonight or tomorrow, do you know where you'll spend eternity? You don't have to "clean up" to come to Jesus, He asks for you to come as you are.

This is part of a poem by Christina Rossetti, later set to music. It sums it all up simply.

What can I give Him, poor as I am?
If I were a shepherd, I would bring a lamb;
If I were a Wise Man, I would do my part;
Yet what I can I give Him; give my heart.


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ETERNAL DESTINATION
HEAVEN

My friend Donna is a gifted writer. Last year she gave me permission to share a poem she wrote based on the Nativity. A version of The Night Before Christmas. A good read to have with your family as you reflect on the reason for the season. The Night Before Christmas



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Day 23 ~ ETERNAL LIFE


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Saturday, December 22, 2018

Advent Series ~ Day 23 ~ FORGIVENESS

25 Days of God Given Gifts

Be kind and compassionate to one another, 
forgiving each other,
just as in Christ God forgave you. 
Ephesians 4:32

In 1999 Craig Scott was in the library of his high school – Columbine, when two shooters massacred his close friends and classmates in front of him.

He didn’t know until the next day that his sister Rachel Scott had been one of the first students killed in the cafeteria. He tells how hatred and bitterness took root and consumed him. A mentor shared some life changing words with him.

Forgiveness is like setting a prisoner free and finding out that prisoner was you.

Bless those who curse you, and pray for those who spitefully use you. Luke 6:28 (KJV)

Craig Scott learned when resentment and hatred are harbored in our hearts, we not only hurt ourselves, but those who love us. Healing can’t begin until a point of forgiveness has been reached.



Corrie Ten Boom was a Holocaust survivor. She endured horrific circumstances while in the concentration camps. She tells in her own words, a situation where she came face to face with a man she did not have the human strength to forgive.

He extended his hand to her and asked forgiveness. Listen to this you tube video to find what she did when faced with this difficult situation. If you don’t have time to watch it now, please come back to it. It’s about 7 minutes long and well worth it.

Corrie Ten Boom on Forgiveness


Thank you so much for visiting today. I hope and pray if bitterness and resentment has taken root in your heart, you’ll consider these scriptures and seek God's help in forgiving.




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Friday, December 21, 2018

Advent Series ~ Day 22 ~ HELP


I will lift up my eyes to the hills—
From whence comes my help?
My help comes from the LORD, 
Who made heaven and earth.
Psalm 121:1-2

When one of my grandsons was three years old, he had an expression he used frequently; "I can do it my own self”. He of course was adorable and it was cute to see him try. At times though, he reached a point where intervention was needed.

I tend to think of all those years God watched me "doing it my own self" . . cute was not the word that came to His mind. Sure. . I'd pray about something, and let God know how he could best help me. He just needed to come through on His part. God always heard my prayers, but they were not usually answered in a way I expected. Why? Because His ways are not my ways, and He knows what is best for me.

“For My thoughts are not your thoughts,
Nor are your ways My ways,” says the LORD.
“For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
So are My ways higher than your ways,
And My thoughts than your thoughts.
Isaiah 55:8-9 NKJV

Since God is ALL knowing, and can see our future laid out in front of Him. There is none other to trust for our ultimate help. We just need to ask, according to His will. I am very thankful I have a better realization, of this. Whatever skills, talents or attributes "I" possess, it's only because God enables me.
George Muller said:
Be assured, if you walk with Him and look to Him, and expect
help from Him, He will never fail you. 


Thank you dear ones. Praying you have a great week as we countdown to Christmas. 





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Thursday, December 20, 2018

Advent Series ~ Day 21 ~ GUIDANCE


Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
And lean not on your own understanding;
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall direct your paths.
Proverbs 3:5-6

As I was thinking about this scripture, a life verse for many. I compared the kind of trust Jesus is looking for in us, to that of a child. During the first few years of life, children who receive warm loving care, are able to establish a sense of trust with their parents or caregivers. Without a doubt, they know they will be fed, changed and loved. It may not come in their timing, but they know it will happen. 

As they grow into the toddler years and venture out on mini explorations, they have the confidence to turn away from danger, and go back to the caregiver they trust, for reassurance, protection and guidance. 


That’s what Jesus wants from us. Never a doubt that He will be THAT caregiver for us and meet our needs. Let's TRUST Him with complete confidence that He will do what is best for our life. He tells us in Isaiah 55:8, His ways are not our ways. Why? Because He’s all knowing. He knows our future. He sees the Master plan. Who better to put our trust in, than someone who knows us better than we know ourselves?

In ALL our ways, everything we do, He wants us to acknowledge him. He’ll keep us on the path we need to go, we just need to TRUST and obey.


Thank you for following this series and for all your comments and emails. I hope you all have a pleasant week as we count down to Christmas Day. You are prayed for and appreciated.



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Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Advent Series ~ Day 20 ~ HEAVEN

Eye has not seen, nor ear heard,
Nor have entered into the heart of man
The things which God has prepared
for those who love Him.
1 Corinthians 2:9b
25 Days of God Given Gifts

I often tell my Sunday School children, . . . can you just imagine what heaven is going to be like? If God made the earth and all it's beauty in 6 days, Heaven is going to be beyond anything we can imagine. Just like today's verse tells us. 



Doesn't it seem as if these birds are flying straight from heaven to tell us good news. Straight from God ~ that heaven is real and a place so wonderful it defies description? Where streets are made of gold, music more beautiful then anything we've ever heard, all sadness wiped away, no more tears or pain, a perfect body, where everything in our minds will be made clear, we will understand. A place of perfect peace. A place where there is no night and no need of the sun, as God is the light. I take comfort in knowing that some of my family members are already there, and I will join them someday. 

Author C.S. Lewis had this to say about heaven: 
Now at last they were beginning Chapter One of the Great Story no one on earth has ever read, which goes on forever: in which every chapter is better than the one before. 


Here are just some of the facts about heaven found in Revelation chapter 21. I'd encourage you to read it for yourself.

  • The foundation of Heaven is made of 12 different layers of precious stones
  • The names of the 12 disciples are written on each layer of the foundation
  • There are 12 gates, each consists of one huge pearl
  • Each of those 12 gates have the name of one of the tribes of Israel
  • The streets are of pure gold
When I look at my own wedding band which consists of gold, diamonds, and a sapphire, I can't help but reflect how it pales in comparison to the jewels in heaven. I would imagine the layers of heaven are precious stones in their purest form. We literally have no idea how magnificent it will be. 



If you'd like to read a previous post I wrote about heaven, you can find it here:
Eternal Destination

 

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Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Advent Series ~ Day 19 ~ BLESSINGS

25 Days of God Given Gifts
But blessed is the one who trusts in the LORD,
whose confidence is in him. 
Jeremiah 17:7


One of the definitions of blessings is defined as:
A favor or gift bestowed by God, thereby bringing happiness.

Our natural tendency is to focus on our problems and how to solve them rather than focusing on the blessings and giving God our problems to solve.

We’re told in Psalm 68:19 that God LOADS us DAILY with benefits. What if we stopped and really thought of our blessings for the day? My blog name as you probably know, is Little Birdie Blessings. If I had a mission statement, part of it would be to encourage others to focus on their blessings.

We can let our troubles overcome us or we can choose to overcome them.

Life is not easy and problems face us every day. It’s often out of those struggles we find our greatest blessings.

When you and I are related to Jesus Christ, our strength and wisdom and peace and joy and love and hope may run out, but His life rushes in to keep us filled to the brim. We are showered with blessings, not because of anything we have or have not done, but simply because of Him. ~ Anne Graham Lotz ~





Why not start the new year with a blessings journal. Write something in it every day. Some days are harder than others to recognize a blessing, but they are there. As we approach Christmas day and a new year, join me in slowing down long enough to focus on our blessings and reflect on today's verse from Jeremiah 17:7 - Blessed is the one who TRUSTS in the Lord, whose confidence is in him. Did you get that? We place our TRUST and CONFIDENCE in God, and He will bless us. I know that to be true!

Thank you dear ones, you are all blessings to me.



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Monday, December 17, 2018

Advent Series ~ Day 18 ~ MERCY

25 Days of God Given Gifts

Let us then approach God’s 
throne of grace with confidence,
so that we may receive mercy and find grace 
to help us in our time of need. 
Hebrews 4:16 

According to Websters 1828 dictionary, one of the definitions of Mercy is: That benevolence, mildness or tenderness of heart which disposes a person to overlook injuries, or to treat an offender better than he deserves.

Mercy withholds the punishment a person justly deserves. Under Old Testament Law, sinners deserved the punishment of eternal separation from God. 

Jesus' death on the cross fulfilled God's demand for justice and allowed God to replace the law with His mercy. God now gives mercy to anyone who believes, through faith, Jesus paid the penalty for their sins. (see John 3:16)

Believing this, allows us to approach God with the ultimate confidence, knowing without a doubt He will help us. We have been pardoned! Our lot is secure.



Years I spent in vanity and pride,
Caring not my Lord was crucified,
Knowing not it was for me He died on Calvary.
Mercy there was great, and grace was free;
Pardon there was multiplied to me;
There my burdened soul found liberty at Calvary.
~ William Newell, 1895 ~
Hymn - At Calvary



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