Monday, January 7, 2019

Therefore, I am all the more eager to send him, so that when you see him again you may be glad and I may have less anxiety. Welcome him in the Lord with great joy, and honor men like him,  Phillipians 2:28 NIV

This is my amaryllis, with six blooms on it. Although it is supposed to open around Christmas, I'm glad it is opening now. It may have been lost on December 25th with all the other commotion. It is the perfect time for something living and beautiful!

The Christmas tree is down, the outside lights are packed away until next year, but life is being honored in red and green. I'm not surprised by the joy I receive from flowers, after all, God gave them to us for our pleasure. 

When Christ returns, we won't be saying good-bye to the beauty of summer and have the dead of winter. Blooms will be opening all the time, while old flowers won't die off. Nothing will decay. Can you imagine such a place? Life will be as God always desired for us. 

 As we read the verse of today, the Apostle Paul is feeling stressed about Epaphroditus and his safe return to Philippi. He was not exempt of emotion, but felt like we do because he was just like us. It's hard sometimes when we read about such brave and extraordinary people, to think of them as real and human.

Thankfully the scripture reminds us elsewhere too, of Paul's humanity, and Moses, and Abraham, and all others who were living examples for us. "And if the spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his spirit, who lives in you." Romans 8:11 NIV

We have everything Paul had spiritually, and yet we don't really believe it. Sarah Watne, in a recent article for the"International House of Prayer's" blog said," Every revelation about who God is carries infinite layers of invitation to know Him deeper and build trust with him."

 Can you believe God for more of Him? More answers to prayers prayed as he would have them? More healing in bodies and minds?  An increase among people of the glory and goodness of our God? What do you want to increase as we begin this wonderfully new year?

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