Monday Morning Meditations: {Luke 2:34-35}

Then Simeon blessed them and said to Mary, his mother: “…And a sword will pierce your own soul too.”
(Luke 2:34a, 35b)

Mary, when you held your Son for the first time, were you aware of the grief that would one day pierce your soul?

Did you know that you would have to return Him to His Father so soon?

Did you understand that your precious child would be called upon to give His life as a ransom for many?

Were you prepared to endure such heartache, such grief?

How were you able to let go?  How long did it take before you felt whole again?  Or did you ever?

Do your arms still ache to hold your Son?

Father God, this week my heart is broken over the loss of so many young lives, and the heroes who tried desperately

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Monday Morning Meditations: {Romans 12:18}

If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.” (Romans 12:18)

Is it possible to live in peace?  I believe so.  Whether I choose to walk in it or give it away to others does not depend on my circumstances.  It does not depend on the state of the economy or the volume of my childrens’ voices.  What it does require is a choice, an act of my will.

I must choose, on a daily basis, to take the hand of the Good Shepherd and allow Him to lead me beside the still waters, to make me to lie down in green pastures.  (Psalm 23).  It is only there that my mind and my heart are realigned with His will, His purposes.  I cannot

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Monday Morning Meditations: {Phil. 1:4-6}

If you’ve read my blog for any length of time, you know that I am all about the Word of God and coffee!  I was so excited to have stumbled upon Girl Meets Paper last week.  I was overwhelmed with peace just by looking at her header, and then I saw a cute little button on her sidebar that was all about meditating on the Word of God with a hot cup of coffee (or perhaps tea or cocoa, if that is what you like).  I just knew I had found a friend for life and decided to participate.

Each Monday, Jane will share a scripture and asks us to participate in one of three ways:

  • reflect on the passage and share a story or example from your life that exemplifies the truth of that passage
  • write a devotional of sorts, providing a more theological perspective on the selection
  • post a photo that you think captures the heart of the message
Today, I am simply sharing what came to my mind as I meditated on this week’s verse.

In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. (Phil. 1:4-6)

Do you ever

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Beautiful Boundary Lines: {Finding Peace in Psalm 23}

I am linking up with Kerri of A Simple Princess as we continue our journey of finding peace in Psalm 23.  Today we are discussing the Shepherd’s rod and staff.

your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.  (Psalm 23:4b)

When I was a new Christian, this portion of scripture was confusing to me.  When I thought of a rod, I thought of a harsh form of discipline or a spiritual spanking.  I could not understand how someone could find comfort in a rod of discipline.  It wasn’t until I became actively involved as a singer and

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