Time in the Word Brings Joy and Freedom

Spending time in the Word doesn’t always come easy for me. I need to constantly remind and push myself to make it happen. And the joy that fills my heart when it happens is something I will never trade for anything in the world. There is joy and freedom in our pursuit of God, and He meets us there when we seek Him.And I am always also reminded by the constant question my Ma use to ask me when she was still around – If you were on a trial for being a Christian, would there be anough evidence to convict you? Barbara Rainey of Family Life Ministries explains what I fear when I do not push myself to spend time in the Word. And thankful for group of beautiful and godly women who I can journey with in studying His Word.

“Many of us do not really know what we believe in. LIke a cork in the ocean, driven and tossed by the waves, we bounce from opinion to opinion, influenced more by the last book we read than by a lifetime of biblical study. We’ve become activity junkies, seldom stopping long enough to decided what really matters to us, too busy to determine what’s really worth living for, let alone worth dying for. As a result, we live our lives based upon “near beliefs.” Near beliefs have enough truth in them to sound strangely familiar to convictions, yet they’re too weak to inspire us or our actions. Too anemic to influence us to make a decision that demands sacrifiice…When near beliefs are our only source of motivation, tough stands are never taken, feathers are never ruffled, and absolutes are held very closely. Without core convictions to help us navigate, we stand uneasily on shifting sand, and we lack the solid footing with which to stage a life of principle and character.”

When He Was Born

Shepherds in Jesus’ day were at the bottom of the social ladder. They were marginal and disdained. But God announces the birth of King Jesus to them first and it is through them that other people learn about the birth of the Messiah, as relayed in the book of Luke, chapter 2. 🤓
Fun time this morning during our Sunday school class as we re-enacted what the Shepherds were doing the night when they were out in the open fields, (probably star-gazing), and when an angel appeared to them to announce the great news of Jesus’ birth. What joy it was to take a closer look of the coming of the Messiah – it felt like we were transported back in time as we ran around the room- rushing to see the new born baby, catching our breath like how the Shepherds did when they reached the place where the baby was. God’s promised Son was born – and He is the Light of the world.

Every child is precious. Love the Children’s Ministry and the amazing things that God is doing – but also now praying for the next ministry God may lead us to serve next. We are excited. Pray with us! 😊🙏🏻