Thursday, January 21, 2010

The New Has Come

"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation;
the old has gone, the new has come!" 2 Cor. 5:17 (NIV)
New Year-New Beginning...the old has gone, and the new has come. God has graciously given us another year. What will you do with this special gift of time? Some make new year resolutions, only to check off one or two at year's end and leave others undone. Life just gets in the way, doesn't it? But wait a minute...if you are in Christ, you are a new creation, and in Jesus we have everything we need!
Let's begin the new year with God's Word..."Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path" (Psalm 119:105). We can "pray and ask God for everything we need, always giving thanks" (Phil. 4:6). I challenge you to "hide (treasure, store up) God's word in your heart (and mind)" (Psalm 119:11) by memorizing a new scripture every month, week, or day- according to your ability- in the new year. Seek the Lord every morning, always giving thanks for what He has done for you and yours, and ask for an extra measure of faith to fulfill your day. Then start on your memory work, saying it out loud so YOU will hear and digest the scripture.
What will be the first scripture you memorize in this new year? Please respond in "Comments".
Pray for:
  • Wisdom and inspiration to learn and teach the Word of God.
  • Salvation for each household for generations to come.

Thanks for being a praying grandmother!


Tuesday, January 12, 2010

My Eyes Have Seen Your Salvation

"My eyes have seen your salvation..." Luke 2:30 (NAS)
Simeon was a righteous and devout man. He waited anxiously, expecting the fulfillment of a promise- Messianic salvation. The Holy Spirit revealed to him that he would not see death before he had seen Jesus Christ, the Messiah.
As Simeon held the baby Jesus, he blessed God and said, "Now Lord, You are releasing Your bond-servant to depart in peace, according to Your word; For my eyes have seen Your salvation, which You have prepared in the presence of all peoples, a light of revelation to the Gentiles, and the glory of Your people Israel." (Luke 2: 29 - 32).
2009 is behind us. And we consider what our eyes have seen: rising unemployment rates, a mounting national debt, corruption, deception, droughts, fires, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, wars, and more.
We have also seen the Lord's goodness and His faithfulness. He has heard, and continues to hear our prayers. And He answers. We have seen His provision, His protection, and His healing power. We have seen His blessings of wisdom, direction, and favor. We thank Him and praise Him for the things He has done!
In this new year, share with your descendants "the praiseworthy deeds of the LORD, His power, and the wonders He has done" Psalm 78:4.
Have a blessed New Year!!