The Snow-Globe -by Lois Macdonald

The snow-globe needs to be shaken to reveal its inner beauty. The transformation almost always surpasses what we had pictured in our mind. But seldom do Christians appreciate that we, like the snow-globe, need to be shaken to reveal the hidden beauty of Christ at work in our lives. It allows those around us to witness first-hand the incredible changes taking place. To be able to see the beauty and miracle of God’s handiwork. Often, the changes are quite subtle and happen over time. However, when the enemy shakes us almost to the point of breaking, Christ is the glue that we can faithfully count on to hold us together. There will be times when we need a good shaking to fulfill our purpose and to move out of our personal comfort zone. To use our God-Given-Gifts, bearing fruit and maturing in our faith. “…I (Paul) have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me.” Phil. 4:11-13 

The snow-globe had looked just like all the others as it sat dormant on the shelf. It appeared to have no purpose other than looking pretty. It took Christ to bring it to life and reveal its inner beauty.

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Nighttime -by Lois Macdonald

Nighttime spills across the busy canvas of our minds, like thick black ink; blotting out yesterday’s chapter, as it searches for a brand-new page. It is behind the velvet curtains of twilight where visions and dreams are given birth and nursed under its starlit skies. In the still of the night, unsettled thoughts evaporate into waves of luxurious calm, and the moon welcomes in sleep. Here in the “unknown,” the artist can embrace all night’s mystery and possibilities, then begin his next masterpiece. For the voyager seeking truth and meaning of life, he must travel through the lens of their Creator to understand the inner workings of the heart. Honesty is the key that opens its hidden sanctuary, where deception is banned, and the voice of fear is silenced, all done in the name of love. “He will cover you with His pinions, and under His wings, you may seek refuge; His faithfulness is a shield… You will not be afraid of the terror by night, …” Ps. 91:4-5.  “Indeed, he… will neither slumber nor sleep. For, The Lord watches over you—the Lord is your shade at your right hand; the sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night.” Psalm 121:4-6.

Nighttime prepares our hearts for worship. The still of the night allows us to hear the voice of God. One “Holy Night,” Love came down to earth to save us.

Daydreams -by Lois Macdonald

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TODAY’S GOOD NEWS -by Lois Macdonald

Astrologers study the stars, while their children wish upon stars and Three Wise Men followed a star to Bethlehem, 2,000 years ago. Searching for what?  Wishing for what? What were the Magi hoping to find in the little town of Bethlehem? “Good News” naturally. Everyone wants evidence that “Good News” will somehow touch their lives. To believe that anything is possible through faith, even a minuscule amount. Jesus confirmed this possibility, stating that “…If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” Matt. 17:20.

We are all searching for proof that miracles are possible in today’s unsettled world. We need to believe that we have a purpose for getting out of bed, day after day. Well here are “Today’s Headlines.” You and I are part of a miracle! We were chosen by God to be here this very day, exactly as we are.“For he (God) chose us in him (Christ) before the creation of the world.” Eph. 1:3. Therefore we have been created out love, because,“God is love.” 1 John 4:16. So whenever we feel that we are wasting our lives away and just taking up space, we need to be reminded that our Father has created us for a special purpose.“…For it is God who works in you to will and to act to fulfill his good purpose” Phil. 2:13. He desires that we rejoice in the knowledge of how very loved we are, to believe in His Son Jesus, and to share that love with those around us. So, “Shine like stars in the universe as you hold out the word of life…” Phil. 2:15. For, “…I (Jesus) am the Root and the Offspring of David, and the bright Morning Star.” Rev. 22:16.                            Study Him, Wish upon Him and Follow Him -by Lois Macdonald

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Addictions and Spiritual Warfare -by Lois Macdonald

Addictions prey on our sinful nature, like fierce, ravenous lions. Skillfully isolating their targets; luring them further and further away from the safety and support of family, and friends. They appeal to the desires of the vulnerable, the depressed, oppressed, lonely, chronically ill, and broken-hearted. Baiting them with empty promises of happiness, and freedom from stress and pain. To overindulge in anything, will cause significant amounts of dopamine to be released into the brain, which temporarily mimics happiness or euphoria. Software developers count on this reaction to sell more and more video games, to our addicted children! Tragically, there is a point when these chemicals begin to interrupt logical thinking, sending the addict spiraling into a world of endless obsessions and possibly a crime. Any resemblance of joy is soon devoured, leaving a trail of destructive behavioral patterns behind. Broken relationships, lies, debt, shame, poor grades, and most often a feeling of overwhelming hopelessness. Continue reading “Addictions and Spiritual Warfare -by Lois Macdonald”

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