Posted on December 31, 2015 by BecauseOfGrace
A Verse for You at Year’s End
“May He give you the desire of your heart and make all your plans succeed. We will shout for joy when you are victorious and will lift up our banners in the name of our God. May the LORD grant all your requests.”
~Psalm 20:4-5 (NIV)
As this year ends, please remember, God did not create us to be average, but to excel in service to Him. Thank you for checking in with this blog and your comments and prayers.
Happiest New Year to you!
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Posted on December 30, 2015 by BecauseOfGrace
As the year closes, a final question: Will You Let Go?
Letting go of hurts, habits, hangups, and unnecessary possessions is important at the year’s end. Releasing them and the people I associate with them leaves a clean slate for the New Year. Scouring out my remaining self-pity is essential.
Self-pity is hole, a deep hole. This pit is definitely where you and I don’t want to go. Self-pity grabs you and me and holds on with a vengeance. I know some things have happened during this year, but you and I need to let them go.
Don’t hold on any longer.
The longer you and I hold to them, the tighter they will grab and the deeper we will tumble. Believe Me. It’s hard to climb out. I’ve tried it before.
Can we let it go? Let them go?
Let go of what has happened with the resulting things and people that have tagged along. Increase our love and grace, without expectation. Be like Jesus.
If we will turn it over to Grace, the need for self-pity and revenge dissolves.
The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me. ~Psalm 138:8
All Questions from 2015
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Posted on December 28, 2015 by BecauseOfGrace
while the memory of Christmas remains…
Give us, O God, the vision, which can see Your love in the world in spite of human failure.
Give us the faith to trust Your goodness in spite of our ignorance and weakness.
Give us the knowledge that we may continue to pray with understanding hearts.
And show us what each one of us can do to set forward the coming of the day of universal peace.
Frank Borman, Apollo 8 space mission, 1968
More Words for the Soul
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Posted on December 27, 2015 by BecauseOfGrace
The shepherds went back, singing praises to God for all they had heard and seen; it had been just as the angel had told them. ~Luke 2:20
more words from The Sponsor
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Posted on December 24, 2015 by BecauseOfGrace
Remembering … A memory of a different time…
Christmas Eve message by the crew of Apollo 8, December 24, 1968
I hope all of you back on Earth can see what we mean when we say that this is a very foreboding horizon, a rather dark and unappetizing looking place. We are now going over one of our future landing sites, selected over the smooth region, called the Sea of Tranquility — smooth in order to make it easy for the initial landing attempts in order to preclude having to dodge mountains. Now you can see the long shadows of the lunar sunrise.
We are now approaching lunar sunrise and for all people back on Earth, the crew of Apollo 8 has a message that we would like to send you.
In the beginning, God created the Heaven and the Earth. And the Earth was without form, and void, and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of the God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said, “Let there be light.” And there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good, and God divided the light from the darkness.
And God called the light Day, and the darkness He called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day. And God said, “Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.” And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament. And it was so. And God called the firmament Heaven. And the evening and the morning were the second day.
And God said, “Let the waters under the Heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear.” And it was so. And God called the dry land Earth, and the gathering together of the waters he called the Seas. And God saw that it was good.
And from the crew of Apollo 8, we close with good night, good luck, a Merry Christmas, and God bless all of you, all of you on the good Earth.
Merry Christmas from Because of Grace
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Posted on December 23, 2015 by BecauseOfGrace
My daughter asked me to tell her my favorite contemporary Christmas song.
This song, Old City Bar, is the one: because it challenges us to initiate change; to bring grace to others.
Not through a program, or only speaking intentions, but through our own acts… the acts we arrange.
Do you want to arrange something special to give Christmas to another?
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Posted on December 21, 2015 by BecauseOfGrace
“those feelings you’ve been wrestling with are true Christmas feelings? That those very feelings, those excruciating circumstances and pain and lack of love are the very reason the first Christmas happened in the first place? That the fact the brokenness of this world has hit us and hurt us is the very reason God sent his son. Immanuel. God with us.”
~Mundane Faithfulness blog, click here to read more
More Words for the Soul
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