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Celebrate! | Kelley Deases
S~ Sing to the Lord a new song, for he has done marvelous things; … Psalm 98:1 (NIV)
O~ I am coming off a weekend of celebration: the high school graduation party of a dear family friend; the wedding of a sweet young lady with whom I traveled on a mission trip to Jamaica several years ago, which was also a reunion of sorts with other friends from the trip; the welcoming and receiving of a new pastor at the church where I am employed, this after a two-and-a-half year wait (Not only did the congregation accept the nominee, but he was voted in unanimously and with thunderous applause!). And perhaps less profound in the scheme of life (or maybe not) my husband took our little boy on his first fishing outing, from which they brought home five rainbow trout and great stories of their adventure together.
A~ It is so good to bask in these times of celebration — to marvel at the work of God’s hand — as an oasis from lives that can seem mundane at best, and just plain hard at worst. He allowed me these two days of real connection and heartfelt joy to bring me back into alignment. To give me a hint of my heavenly home. While we know that in this world we will have trouble, I think God smiles to see us take delight in the blessings of enjoying His children and His creation.
P~ Father, Thank You for this weekend. And thank You that I can sit at Your feet this morning and reflect on all these events with You. Because You were there.
Be Renewed | Kim Chipman
S~ Put on your new nature, and be renewed as you learn to know your Creator and become like him. Colossians 3:10 (NLT)
O~ Paul is talking about how Christians should behave (or NOT behave). Choose faith rather than sin, sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires, anger, rage, malicious behavior, slander, dirty language, lying and wicked deeds. Live out what your believe – “put it on”
A~ If I really believe – You came for me, You died for me – for ME – if I really believe that – and I do – then my life should look like it. You show me amazing grace and mercy that I do not deserve. If I become more and more like You then I should become more and more a person who shows grace and mercy (even when people don’t deserve it!)
The other reminder is that I need renewing – refreshing – refueling. I am in a process of learning to know You. We all are. Being a Christian isn’t about arriving somewhere – it’s a process – learning, becoming like You…it’s a relationship, a connection –
P~ Thank You for being so merciful to me, for being tangible, real and alive. I love You.
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