Not going to lie. I didn’t think I was going to be able to write anything today. My mind was under attack. Then my spirit when I heard that where I live in the UK we will be going into tier 4 Boxing day. Although not unexpected.
In this moment of darkness I was wondering how I can possibly write anything about adore without sounding half hearted, niche or preachy. But does it matter if I do?
Isn’t the point of Jesus to adore, love and trust him in all the surrounding darkness as well as the joyful times. To ask Jesus to remove the darkness.
When I am struggling I tend to listen to worship music as I find it the most uplifting thing when I sing along or let it sink in.
Jesus the night you were born The angles flew down from heaven To shepherds below Singing adoration to you In the brightness of sight Go worship the king they said Not in a palace With a crown on his head But in a stable A child just like you Making himself human To understand as we do To have a closeness Knowing all we go through So worship and adore the baby at Christmas time Beyond into the new year And never let go For as we adore Jesus He seeps into our bones Bringing joy peace and miracles all the year round.
Day 22 of #wonderfulladvent and the prompt word is wonder.
You can’t have the wonder of the cross without the wonder of Christmas.
For me one thing I do wonder about is how do people manage to adult fumbling in the dark without knowing Christ. I can barely adult with Christ, sadly spending lots of time repenting. Let’s face it, it takes zero effort to mess up.
Last night there was a conjecture with Saturn and Jupiter aligned making a superstar. Described as a Christmas wonder. Sadly I could not see this from where I live as it was a cloudy night, blocking out all stars.
I wonder if this is the same with our hearts and minds. Sometimes they feel so clouded. We can’t see and are clouded in our views we hurt others unintentionally and ourselves.
Some people are cloudy on there thoughts of Christmas choosing to believe in Santa rather than a saviour.
Maybe we need to ask God to remove the clouds from our hearts and minds so we can see his true wonder and spend our times tuning our heart beats to a baby born in a stable many years ago.
Day 21 and the word prompt for #wonderfulladvent is reveal.
Dear Jesus I am struggling to pray. There is so much I want to say. You asked the most sacred one if you could leave heaven and come to Earth. You didn't do this for selfish ambition or fame. You did this because you love us and want us in eternity with you more than anything. My heart is breaking this Christmas Jesus. People are living in the dark. Fear, disillusion, depair seem to be the fuel. Lord Jesus please reveal yourself this year to a nation and world suffocating in darkness. We long to see your truth revealed to a nation full of dry bones. Hope and joy that only flows from you restored To hearts so fervently against you softened with eyes and ears opened to the reality of a saviour born in a stable. Amen
Day 20 already of #wonderfulladvent and the prompt word is unexpected. I pray people will be gracious and forgiving with me on this post as I let my imagination run.
Dear Diary, March 1BC
Seriously I am unexpectedly calm but at the same time all over the place!
WHAT A DAY!!!
It all started so normally. Just another day in my life.
I got up and did all my normal things. Got washed, dressed, did my chores and of course was day dreaming about my guy Joe. Joe and I are getting married. I know he will understand and be just as excited as me 😊😍
I was in my room, just having some quiet time with God. Praying, reading scripture. I do this everyday.
SUDDENLY there was this bright bright light encompassing me and a strange man in my room! He even called me by name. Hello Mary he said.
My heart was racing, and I was obviously looking scared and visibly trembling as he told me not to be afraid.
There was something about his voice. A calmness which had an authority about it. He called me favoured one. He said he was a messenger of God. He even had a name Gabriel.
As I calmed I could see this was not a man, he had wings and was oozing gold and light. I remember feeling my trembling stopping, my heart beat returning to normal, almost being back in my body. It’s strange what you notice and remember in the midst of things.
Gabriel his voice smooth beautifully musical brought me a message. A message from God no less! WOAH WOW WOAH!. Me not Molly or Joanna or Grace, ME! Not sure how much they will believe me either when I tell them next girls night in.
Ok now here is where it gets really surreal! This Angel has casually rocked up in my quiet time with the bomb shell of all bomb shells.
Gabriel is telling me I AM PREGNANT with GODS CHILD no less. !!!! Being the girl I am I did politely point out this is impossible.
Gabriel not even blinking at the impossible and I’m sure he would of wanted to huff! This is God’s son, conceived of the Spirit. The long awaited messiah. God’s chosen one.
I have read the scriptures but me. We have been waiting for this moment for hundreds of years. But me. A normal everyday girl. Wow wow wow.
Gabriel must be reading my mind. Before I get to utter a word. He tells me, my cousin Elizabeth is also with child. My being cannot argue and the Spirit helps me accept and understand. God’s presents completely takes over.
I am at peace, favoured, let it be is all I can say.
The light suddenly gone along with my angel. But a presence so strong not gone. Prayer, praise and worship flow out from my soul. Time to think and reflect.
Having time to digest and reflect to Elizabeth’s I must go. Some thing tells me she will understand.
Day 18 of #wonderfulladvent and the word today is shine.
The star rises in the east Shining brighter than the rest Lighting the dark night Not vanishing in the day Leading the way Mesmerising the men Looking for their king The star resting over Bethlehem Shining on the stable below Their king is here The baby in the manger They bow before the child Bearing presents of gold frankincense and myrrh
I missed #wonderfulladvent yesterday due to having to play Santa and a sudden change of COVID tier restrictions. The prompt words for day 14 &15 are trust and promise. These words go so well together so here we go.
I trust in your promises From rainbows in the sky To holding me close And wiping every tear I trust every word is true You fulfilled every promise From times long ago You stepped out of heaven At Christmas time Born out of hope Completing and fulfilling All that was foretold Bridging the gap Between life and death One day when my body Can take no more The ultimate promise I trust Eternity in heaven With the one I love