I have been so very blessed by all of the prayers, Scriptures, songs, and words of encouragement that have been shared with me this last week.
God overwhelmed me in the middle of hard places.
Jesus met me with Spirit-led gifts, and they were perfect examples of what Advent is really all about.
As I thought and prayed over this post, my energy lagging again, God reminded me of the abundance of poems that He gifted last year at this time. May the words bring sweetness to your heart also, as He asked me to re-post some of those poems that were shared for #HolyHaiku last year with Susan Shipe at HopeHeartHome.
Have I opened my heart to receive the gifts God gives?
Have I opened my eyes to see the face of Jesus in those who have blessed me?
Have I allowed HIM room to be born afresh in my heart?
The story of His coming points to a way that is laden with “Yes, Lord, let it be so unto me.”
Messenger: Greetings! You are favored, and the Lord is with you! [Among all women on the earth, you have been blessed.][c]
29 The heavenly messenger’s words baffled Mary, and she wondered what type of greeting this was.
Messenger:30 Mary, don’t be afraid. You have found favor with God. 31 Listen, you are going to become pregnant. You will have a son, and you must name Him “Savior,” or Jesus.[d] 32 Jesus will become the greatest among men. He will be known as the Son of the Highest God. God will give Him the throne of His ancestor David, 33 and He will reign over the covenant family of Jacob forever.
Mary:34 But I have never been with a man. How can this be possible?
Messenger:35 The Holy Spirit will come upon you. The Most High will overshadow you. That’s why this holy child will be known, as not just your son, but also as the Son of God. 36 It sounds impossible, but listen—you know your relative Elizabeth has been unable to bear children and is now far too old to be a mother. Yet she has become pregnant, as God willed it. Yes, in three months, she will have a son. 37 So the impossible is possible with God.
Mary(deciding in her heart):38 Here I am, the Lord’s humble servant. As you have said, let it be done to me.
Am I making way for the YES, LORD in my heart?
Am I writing words that point to HIS YES?
Am I giving room for the YES to be heard in those around me?
Mary gave her yes
And now the washing snow white
Is gifted to all.
In my thankfulness for all who have prayed for me, I would be so blessed to pray for you in this Advent Season:
Dear Heavenly Father,
Thank You for sending to us Your own dearly loved Son. Thank You for giving to us Your YES that would open the way to be with You. Would You shower Your love upon my friends today? Would You let them see the value and worth they carry because of the love You bore for them? Lord Jesus, I ask that You would call to each of my friends today, and show them how near You have come, how close You want to dwell with them. Thank You, our Emmanuel, for being born anew this day in us.
In the Name above all others we pray,
Truly, I thank every one who prayed for me these past few weeks. The Lord’s grace has carried me and brought a measure of relief to a pain that was unbearable. Praise God for His faithfulness!
I look forward to joining you here again after the Holidays. I pray that you and your family have a Beautiful Christmas!
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