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Day 7 of Advent and God’s Gift

Bible Reading: Genesis 22:1-14

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Abraham never ceases to amaze me.  He follows God’s instruction without question. . .again!  He prepares the ONE thing he wanted most in life to be sent to God in sacrifice.

Have you ever thought about what sacrifice is? I admit that I didn’t look up the definition in a dictionary or online, but here’s my personal take on what it means to sacrifice.  It means to give your best to someone without wanting anything in return. Sometimes that best is more than you think you have or are able to give. Sacrificing is to honor.

In our scripture today, the innocent child asks where the sacrifice is and the answer is, “God will provide.”

And He did, and He will. The Christ child is coming.  God, like Abraham, prepares His son, His best, for us.

Thoughts for today:

When have you given more than you thought you had?

What emotions did you experience when you gave?

How do you honor others in your life?

How do you honor God?

Consider talking to God about your sacrifices.  Ask Him to help you determine your reasoning for what you give and if you need to reevaluate your motivations. Ask Him to help you find ways not only to honor Him, but also to honor those who are in your life–even if only for a brief moment

God’s Gift: Promise

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Day 4 of Advent and God’s Gift.

Bible Reading: Genesis 6:5-8

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Isn’t it reassuring, in an odd sort of way, that we’re not alone in getting lost? The entire earth turns to wickedness and loses its way. 

Noah stands in the gap for humanity. A mere man, who, if you continue the story, you find having favor with God doesn’t mean he’s without sin. But he tries to honor God with his life.  And in that trying, God is pleased. He knows our hearts and our struggles and it pains Him when we don’t even try.

It is our task, as we wait, to honor God so that He honors the promise placed in the sky by the rainbow.

Thoughts for today:

Are you making choices that will honor God?

Do the choices you make point others to God in your life?

Are you living a life that shows you believe in the promises God has made for you?

In talking with God today, discuss the decisions you have to make and ask for His direction.  Be sure you listen for His answer. Ask Him to help you to keep moving in the last way that He pointed you.

Remember

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Today is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day.
Saturday Steven and I participated in a remembrance walk. It was a beautiful event honoring at least 166 lost babies, four of those being ours.

I handled my emotions relatively well until the balloon release. As the balloons disappeared into the sky all I could think was how my babies disappeared quietly as well.

But they aren’t gone. They are part of our story. They offer light in that story, and rainbows, as the prisms we were gifted represent.