Cast Up A Highway



Christmas Light

Posted on December 24, 2014 at 8:05 AM

Luke 2:16-20 AMP

So they went with haste and [by searching] found Mary and Joseph, and the Baby lying in a manger. And when they saw it, they made known what had been told them concerning this Child, And all who heard it were astounded and marveled at what the shepherds told them. But Mary was keeping within herself all these things (sayings), weighing and pondering them in her heart. And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, just as it had been told them.


Prayer:King of Kings, come, color these days of Christmas with Your joy. Let me be Your voice of love throughout this day. Let the bells of joy ring in my heart and be heard by everyone around me.


Got up this morning and it seemed so dark for as late as it was. Strange. But it’s ok, because I rather like the ‘quiet alone with my God’ feeling the pre-dawn darkness gives. It’s just me and Him sitting down and talking.

Holy Spirit, the day of our Savior’s birth is here. The whole earth is waiting in quiet expectation for this glorious day! How can we bring the joy to all the earth that they might know how wonderful is our God?!

Almost all do know about our Saviors coming, but some do not understand why He has come. They want to steal away the joy from the day, the awesome grandness of His arrival upon the earth.

As a child the weeks before Christmas were full of excited anticipation. I can picture the advent wreath on our table and praying each night at supper time for 4 weeks before Christmas and lighting a candle each of the 4 weeks before His birth. This was preparation time to remind us of the wonder of the occasion. We always had a Manger set up in the house with statues of Mary and Joseph, the shepherds and the Kings; and there He lay, the baby King of Kings asleep in the hay.


I remember the excitement of Christmas morning getting up super early and going downstairs to wake up Mom and Dad before we could see the presents under the tree. Of course Santa Claus came in the night bringing toys.


I have many precious memories, but one particularly fond memory sticks in my mind: the family all sitting around the tree, and Dad would pass out presents one at a time. He handed one to Mom and I could see on His face an expectant look like He knew Mom would love it; it was almost childlike in the joy he knew the gift would give her. It was special and Mom’s eyes lit up when she opened it. I think it was the specialness of Dad choosing this gift out of love for Mom that put the glue on this memory in my mind.

   There is a spirit of love that has always filled the air at Christmas; it's seen in the songs and hymns of the season. It's becoming more apparent that the enemy has been trying to smother it with focus on buying, and the market, and retail sales, etc. That 'Christmas spirit' does not feel as strong as it has always been, and the enemy thinks he’s winning this battle, but Jesus is more powerful then evil plans can even think of being. The Spirit of Christmas love that came with Jesus birth is undying.

Celebrate with me my friends! The King has arrived! The light dispels the darkness! Jesus is the light! Let’s sing joyfully in praise and worship of the Son of God who came and brought light into the darkness of our world!

Categories: Jesus, God's own Son

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                                        AWESOME GOD


Sometimes the terrible awesomeness of God hits me and sends me reeling into deep meditation. It always carries its reward of a new closeness with my God. It happened this morning. In the beginning I was distracted with my mind wandering here and yon. Then I ‘woke up’ and commanded it to return. God is so good! Holy Spirit began to lead me in prayer.

Sorry, my Lord. I come to our meeting this morning with scattered thoughts; help me, Lord, to rein them in. That You even desire to meet with me is so amazing! Deep breath. Moses asked God, “what shall I say when they ask 'Who sent me’?” You responded, “Say the Great I AM sent me.” You, God, are not hemmed in by time. For You there is no ‘was, will be’, there is only I AM. Before You I bow down my heart, my 'who I am' I submit to You; help me become who You created me to be.

Exodus 3:13-14 (AMP)

13 And Moses said to God, Behold, when I come to the Israelites and say to them, The God of your fathers has sent me to you, and they say to me, What is His name? What shall I say to them? 14 And God said to Moses, I Am Who I Am and What I Am, and I Will Be What I Will Be; and He said, You shall say this to the Israelites: I Am has sent me to you!

  • Footnotes: Exodus 3:15 To know the name of God is to witness the manifestation of those attributes and apprehend that character which the name denotes.

Can you feel the depth of that name? 'I AM' signifies so much ~ timelessness, absolute love, supreme power, unimaginable expansion ~ an incomprehensible being, totally surrounding. There simply are not words to express the grandness of Who our God is. HIS LOVE FOR US  S SO APPARENT IN HIS WORD!

Psalm 91:14 (AMP)

Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore will I deliver him; I will set him on high, because he knows and understands My name [has a personal knowledge of My mercy, love, and kindness—trusts and relies on Me, knowing I will never forsake him, no, never].

Isaiah 52:6 (AMP)

Therefore My people shall know what My name is and what it means; therefore they shall know in that day that I am He who speaks; behold, I Am!

Indeed my God! You are the great I AM! This measures so deep and so high and so wide. You revealed Your staggering magnificence to David, and it comes out here:

Psalm 139:1-10

O Lord, you have examined my heart

and know everything about me.

2 You know when I sit down or stand up.

You know my thoughts even when I’m far away.

Even when it’s my mind traveling on tangents.

3 You see me when I travel and when I rest at home.

You know everything I do.

4 You know what I am going to say

even before I say it, Lord.

5 You go before me and follow me.

You place your hand of blessing on my head.

6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,

too great for me to understand!

7 I can never escape from your Spirit!

I can never get away from your presence!

8 If I go up to heaven, you are there;

if I go down to the grave, you are there.

9 If I ride the wings of the morning,

if I dwell by the farthest oceans,

10 even there your hand will guide me,

and your strength will support me.

You are always with me. 

You will guide me.

You will always be my support. Your strength

upholds me, protects me, supports me.

Lord, You are so good! What a privilege to know You! Thank You that You continue to grow me closer to You. Thank You! I love being together with You, my Lord.