Posted on December 31, 2016 by BecauseOfGrace
You have probably heard that we get an extra second in 2016. As the old year closes, we literally receive a celestial “cash back” of one extra second. The folks who earned A’s in science explain it so much better than I can. I prefer to jump passed the “Why” and straight to the “How”
How am I going to spend my last (extra) second of 2016? What about you- how are you going to spend your last (extra) second?
You may think that one, puny little second is no big deal and certainly not worthy of an intentional act because it is so small. Well, little burrs in my carpet deposited by my dog are certainly small but they pack a wallop on my bare feet!
Here is a great site, listing, in real time, what happens in one second on the Internet: http://onesecond.designly.com/
This site is fascinating to see the sheer activity of people online!
Quora takes an inward view of how to spend one second: https://www.quora.com/What-are-some-useful-things-that-can-be-done-in-one-second
When all is said and read: it takes just one second to say “thank you.” As 2016 winds to a close what better way to say farewell, than with a whisper or a shout of “thank you.” And if you are reading this post after New Year’s Eve, you can redeem your extra second right now:
And Happy New Year 2017!
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Posted on December 29, 2016 by BecauseOfGrace
My dear friend Pam sent this strong sentiment to me two weeks ago as I was preparing for the final defense of my dissertation. This devotional gave me the centering grounding to pursue a the path of new experience. It is appropriate now too, as thoughts turn toward the closure of this year and the energy needed to begin a new year.
Be willing to keep climbing this high mountain with Me. Sometimes you look back nostalgically at a long-ago stage of your journey. You yearn for that easier, less complicated time in your life. But I want you to recognize it for what it was: a base camp. It was a time and place of preparation for the arduous adventure ahead of you. The mountain you are climbing is exceedingly high; the top of it is hidden in clouds. So it’s impossible for you to know how far up those heights you have come-and how far you have yet to go. However, the higher you go, the better view you have. Although each day is a challenge and you often feel weary, take time to enjoy the magnificent scenery! This journey with Me is training you to see from a heavenly perspective that transcends your circumstances. The higher up the mountain you climb, the steeper and more challenging your path becomes-but the greater your adventure as well. Remember that the higher you my with Me, the closer you get to your ultimate goal-the heights of heaven! Now after six days Jesus took Peter, James, and John his brother, led them up on a high mountain by themselves; and He was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and His clothes became as white as the light. – Matthew 17:1-2 – The Lord God is my Strength, my personal bravery, and my invincible army; He makes my feet like hinds’ feet and will make me to walk [not to stand still in terror, but to walk] and make [spiritual] progress upon my high places [of trouble, suffering, or responsibility]! –Habakkuk 3:19 amp Our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ,�who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body. –Philippians 3:20–
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Posted on December 25, 2016 by BecauseOfGrace
2 The people walking in darkness
have seen a great light;
on those living in the land of deep darkness
a light has dawned.
3 You have enlarged the nation
and increased their joy;
they rejoice before you
as people rejoice at the harvest,
as warriors rejoice
when dividing the plunder.
4 For as in the day of Midian’s defeat,
you have shattered
the yoke that burdens them,
the bar across their shoulders,
the rod of their oppressor.
5 Every warrior’s boot used in battle
and every garment rolled in blood
will be destined for burning,
will be fuel for the fire.
6 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.
7 Of the greatness of his government and peace
there will be no end.
He will reign on David’s throne
and over his kingdom,
establishing and upholding it
with justice and righteousness
from that time on and forever.
The zeal of the Lord Almighty
will accomplish this.
More words from The Sponsor
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