Like our sister Mary, a Christmas Affirmation

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Like our sister Mary, we say yes

Yes to your favor
Your presence
Your blessing

Yes that we are enough just as we are
Where we are

Yes to your calling
and the power of the Holy Spirit coming upon us to fulfill it

Yes to bearing and birthing
Your Word and your Promises and your Kingdom
in this time and place

Yes to all things being possible with you

Like our sister Mary we say
Here I am, the Lord’s humble servant
As you have said, let it be done to me
in me
through me

Like our sister Mary we sing and celebrate you
Our God, Our Liberator
For though we are your humble servants
You have noticed us

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This affirmation is offered for all, but especially for those who lead God’s people during the holy-days of Christmas. It can be an weary and stressful time. It’s easy to miss the wonder and grace of God’s intimate presence with so much responsibility. The stakes feel sky high. Breathe, trust, receive brothers and sisters. The promises are for you as well.

Happy Advent and Merry Christmas! – Lisa <><

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Based on Luke 1:26-48, The Voice translation

Day 13: Psalms of Mercy

Divine Mercy by Stephen B. Whatley

Today’s Reading
Psalms 13, 28, 86

Pastor Lisa’s Journal
Scripture
Show me a sign of your favor, so that those who hate me may see it and be put to shame, because you, Lord, have helped me and comforted me. – Psalm 86:17

Observation
In this passage, the psalmist is again being pursued by insolent ruffians who have no respect for him or God. The psalmist displays his devotion to God, asking God for mercy (to be spared from judgment or harm) and for favor (to be shown partiality over the godless attackers).

Application
Job 34 reminds us that God shows no partiality based on wealth. Acts 10 reminds us that God shows no partiality based on culture or race. Ephesians 6 reminds us God shows no partiality based on social position. (example is slave and master)

Does God show partiality to the devoted over the godless? If so, how do we refrain from falling into a consumer mindset trap, of only loving God for what we get in return?

Prayer
God, You are my Help and my Comforter.
Even so, help me to love you for you.
You are my Shield and Savior,
Help me to love you for you
You are my Sovereign and Maker
Help me to love you for you
You are my Healer and Hope,
Help me to love you for you.
Keep me far from any mindset which cheapens our relationship.
Remove all that twists or divides.
Draw me to the purity of your heart,
through the grace of Jesus Christ my Lord,
in the transparency of the Holy Spirit, my Companion. Amen

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You are invited to join me on a summer adventure through one of the most beloved books in the Bible, Psalms.  To download the Summer in the Psalms reading plan, click here Psalms Reading Plan

As you read, you are encouraged to use the SOAP Method for keeping a spiritual journal, as taught at New Hope Christian Fellowship in Hawaii. For more information on this simple and powerful way of engaging the Word of God, please click here http://www.lifejournal.cc/ or use the simple instructions provided in the reading plan itself.

I look forward to reading your comments and to all that Jesus will do in you and through you as you seek him this summer. – Lisa <><

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