“God is WITH us” ~ The Giver ~ The Gift and the gifts to lay hold of
“One Solitary Life”
He was born in an obscure village, the child of a peasant woman. He grew up in another obscure village where He worked in a carpenter shop until he was thirty. He never wrote a book. He never held an office. He never had a family or owned a house. He never went to college. He never visited a big city. He never traveled more than two hundred miles from the place where he was born. He did none of those things one usually associated with greatness. He had no credentials but himself…
He was only thirty-three when the tide of public opinion turned against him. His friends ran away. One of them denied him. He was turned over to his enemies and went through the mockery of a trial. He was nailed upon a cross between two thieves. While dying, his executioners gambled for his clothing, the only piece of property he had on earth. When he was dead, he was taken down and laid in a borrowed grave through the pity of a friend.
Nineteen centuries have come and gone, and today he is the central figure of the human race and the leader of mankind’s progress. All the armies that have ever marched, all the navies that ever sailed, all the parliaments that ever sat and all the kings that ever reigned put together have not affected the life on earth of mankind as powerfully as that … One Solitary Life …
History is HIS-STORY
“In the fullness of time” … God’s plan unfolds … the Savior was born
“God is love. This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.” ~ 1 John 4
“For to us a child is born, to us a Son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And He will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father,
Prince of Peace” ~ Isaiah 9:6
“The true light that gives light to every man was coming into the world. He was in the world, & though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. Yet to all who received him … to those who received him, to those who believed in his name … he gave the right to become children of God … children born not of natural descent, not of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God. “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” ~ John 1:10-14
Why Christ came:
“God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself” ~ 2 Corinthians 5:19
God’s plan to redeem & restore mankind was entrusted to the “One & Only Son” … The birth of Jesus Christ makes eternal life possible through (spiritual) rebirth for “whosoever believes in Him” … this is “Good News that will cause great joy for all people” ~
God is Almighty, All-seeing, All-knowing, All-powerful, All-sufficient, Omnipotent & Omniscient
“Yet the Lord longs to be gracious to you … to show you compassion” ~Isaiah 30:18
God loves you … God knows you … and His greatest gift is that you can know Him.
Are you tired of “fake news” Are you looking for TRUTH & “good news” … this is the Gospel:
“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. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.” ~John 3:17-17
God knows you better than anyone: your parents or siblings … your best friend … your spouse … even better than you know yourself… In Psalm 139 this truth is beautifully written: “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I am fearfully & wonderfully made. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. You have searched me and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise, you perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out & my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways.”
Glory above & glory below: There are billions of stars … and “God knows each one by name” … In all of creation … there is only one “you” … and he knows you by name.
Do you listen for His voice?
The world is filled with noise. If you are not attentive that noise will dull your hearing … dull your spirit and dull your senses. When Christ was transfigured on the mountain, God the Father said: "This is my Son whom I love; with Him I am well pleased… Listen to Him!" ~Mark 9:7
"He who belongs to God hears what God says" ~John 8:47
As you hear, “listen to Him” and obey … hold close to your heart God’s precious promises. As you know him more and take hold of who you are “in Christ” … this knowledge will be a continual source of peace, provision & protection … edification, endurance and encouragement … growth, strength, healing and wisdom … direction, fulfillment and purpose.
“Be whole-hearted” … all of you for all of Him
Cooperate with the Holy Spirit. "Have your mind set on what the Spirit desires ... the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace." ~Romans 8:5-6
“Be expectant” … He “is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think” ~ Ephesians 3:20
“Be assured” … God loves you: continually & unconditionally. In His love letters to us … it is written: “I have summoned you by name, you are mine … you are precious & honored in My sight” ~ Isaiah 43
“I am the Lord, your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you … do not be afraid … I myself will help you” ~Isaiah 41:13-14
Jesus has given His Word: “I will not leave you an orphan; I will come to you.” ~John 14
“I am with you always.” ~Matthew 28
God is WITH us
I have a Friend Who walks with me
But He’s a Spirit … you can’t see
He made the worlds in all their glory
Christmas begins His earthly story
He knows you by name … like all of the stars
God is ever NEAR ... though He seems so far
December 23rd 2019 … these thoughts stopped being a “draft” ;~)
I write: “In His Light”~ Fay Vietmeier
If my words make you think … Great ;~)
As “iron-sharpens-iron” … “bee-bantering” is sweet & your feedback is as “honey”
A glimpse of the “Bee” called “me” ;~)
My caring nature makes me an advocate. My curious nature makes me a “queen of questions” … but gifted with the ability to listen ;~) I am a woman of deep faith, a blessed mother, a voracious reader, a blossoming writer, a grateful person, and a lover of TRUTH & beauty … I treasure family, true friendships and my loyal clients ... enjoy traveling, learning, good movies, good wine and golf. I’m a “heart-to-heart” communicator.