So sorry about last time, it got by me! I kept thinking, Oh I need to go back and post and the next thing I knew it was December! I’ll confess that it is due to a combination of the busy-ness of this time of year and losing steam. I pray that each of you is remaining faithful to God’s Word! I can’t believe that we are only 4 weeks away from the end of the Sermon on the Mount, it has been an incredible journey. Please let me know below what you are working on now, and how you have felt the impact in your life this year.
My verse for November 15 last year was Exodus 15:2, chosen the week after my Dad’s funeral:
The LORD is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation. He is my God, and I will praise him, my father’s God, and I will exalt him.
Thank you, Lord, for that timely verse!
And my verse for last December 1, 1 John 4:11-12, passed to me by my dear friend Linda at the most appropriate time, both for then and now.
“Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.
As we near the end of the Sermon on the Mount, we are in the midst of this passage:
So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.
13 “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. 14 But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.
15 “Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves. 16 By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? 17 Likewise every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. 18 A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. 19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them.
21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?’ 23 Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’”
That’s a lot, but remember I’m making up for lost time here. I apologize again! If you are interested in a deeper discussion on this passage, go to my dear friend Cara’s blog by clicking here.
One last thing, my sweet sister-in-law Keely gave us this simple and beautiful Advent idea, my kids and I started this today and are loving it.
Have a blessed Christmas season, and I will see you once again on December 15!
The Lord bless you and keep you, dear sisters!