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Heaven’s Whisper on the Road to Bethlehem

December 23, 2022

So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. 5 He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child.  Luke 2:4-5

What a busy time of year this is!

In the past five days I’ve had the pleasure of attending Keith and Kristyn Gettys’ Irish Christmas concert as the guest of a good friend.

Then I shared in the joy of my oldest granddaughter Bell, who, after 1500 hours of hard work, graduated from her Hair Styling Academy.

I have wrapped gifts, written poems with which to present them, cooked in advance of Christmas Day, and made a dozen sugar cakes to give to family and friends.

To be honest, while I enjoy all of the activity, it can be overwhelming and wearying. My very beloved friend, Vicki Bentley, knows this and sent me her devotional thoughts. Her insights into the Christmas story have blessed me all week, so I asked for her permission to share them with you.

Be blessed…

Anne – I’m praying that in the midst of all the “doings” you hear the whisper of heaven’s excitement about JESUS! That the Spirit fills you up – I feel this world right now is like the journey to Bethlehem for Mary and Joseph. The world was hateful and hurtful and hard with terrible circumstances all around. Mary had the “knowing” of the Angel message and the presence of the baby – but couldn’t understand all it meant. Joseph had the dream and his surrendered faith. Both had trust and hope in what they knew of the Word and what they believed they understood of it.

But still they had to walk and suffer and wonder. And then the baby was born and they called Him Jesus hearing the whisper of promise. He will save His people!

And as they looked into the face of Jesus -in awe and joy they said- so this is what God looks like. And the shepherds came to testify and worship.

We’re on the road – and so we’ll choose to obey and worship in our hearts.

 

I choose to obey and worship as I seem to hear the promise whispered…Jesus is on His way and He will save us.

On the road with you, rejoicing!

 

For more visit Anne’s THIS CHRISTMAS page –> https://www.annegrahamlotz.org/this-christmas/

 

 

 

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Hanukkah

December 19, 2022

When Jesus spoke again to the people, He said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows Me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”  John 9:12

Today is the first day of Hanukkah, the Jewish Festival of Lights. It is also known as the Feast of Dedication, which Jesus Himself attended in John 10. So as I begin this Christmas week when as a Christian I focus on the Baby in Bethlehem’s manger, I also join with many others celebrating the Light that has come into the world. Light that will never be extinguished. Light that is stronger than the darkness. Light that overcomes.

Happy Hanukkah,

The following video is a very unique celebration of the lighting of the first candle…

 

 

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He Puts Us in His Family

October 13, 2022

 

Anne:

One of the things I love about following Jesus is that He puts us in His family. And so you too, are in our family. If you have put your faith in Jesus, you are part of His family and a part of our family because we all belong to Him.

So I just find it a joy to introduce to you one of my most favorite family members, Vicki Bentley is here with me…

 

Vicki Bentley:

…He works all things together for good for those who love him, and even in the midst of horrific things that have no explanation of good, He will make good in the midst of it and and strengthen us. And we’re being made more into His image and after His likeness. And it is a difficult time. And I think that we need to recognize that. And it is a time that we need to recognize Who is our Truth.

Anne:

And God’s Word is Truth. So you can pick up your Bible from Genesis to Revelation, and it’s God’s Word. What He says is. So He doesn’t mock us. He doesn’t play games with us. Nouns are nouns and verbs are verbs.

But we belong to a family. So take advantage of the family and reach out to other family members. And as we go through these last of the last days, we need each other and that’s why we have each other. But you also have Jesus, and He’s right there with you to love you and to wrap His arms around you … to pull you close to His heart and guide you through the deep waters.

So God bless you.

 


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Hurricane Ian: When Storms Strike

October 7, 2022

I looked, and I saw a windstorm coming… Ezekiel 1:4

Like millions of people, I have read the news and watched the pictures of the devastation left in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian. I have wept as my heart has been broken for the loss of life and property. Living in eastern North Carolina, I have endured the wrath of hurricanes and know that it takes months and even years to recover, if that’s even possible for some. But such a storm can also put things in perspective. The prophet Ezekiel testified that when a terrifying storm came into his life, it brought a fresh vision of the glory of the Lord.

The pastor of Sanibel Community Church, on Sanibel Island, Florida, who wrote the following letter seems to have caught the vision…

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Lifting the Banner of His Name

August 29, 2022

In the year that King Uzziah died I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up; and the train of his robe filled the temple… Isaiah 6:1

On the hot, humid afternoon of August 20th, several hundred people gathered for Pray North Carolina, which was held on the steps of our state capitol in Raleigh. The atmosphere was chaotic as a Caribbean festival, led by hundreds of scantily clad women in brightly colored feathers, marched through the city streets to the amplified drumbeat of their “music.” The pulsating sound that could be felt as well as heard was like that of war drums, reminding those who had come to pray that we were indeed engaged in an invisible spiritual battle for our city, state, and nation.

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