Walking Through Advent In Song

Join me over on my FB page {Melanie Self} where I am walking my way through Advent in song! Melanie

Monty and I stood in our driveway late last night anticipating a view of the SpaceX Satellite. I was overwhelmed with emotion. What an incredible experience it was as it appeared and took up such significant space in the night sky. The wonder of technology and its display brought me right back to Christmas.
To the sky where the star pointed the way to the baby Jesus and to the manger where our Messiah and Savior lay.

Could those who followed the sign in the sky have ever imagined the galaxies and all that it holds in this way? The King of the heavens, the creator of it all continues to draw our eyes upward. While I am absolutely astonished by the wisdom God has given to mankind, I felt more compelled to fall on my knees and worship HIM. The words from the simple song “Away In A Manger” kept playing over and over in my head.

“The STARS in the sky looked down where He lay, the little Lord Jesus asleep on the hay.”

When God the Father scattered the Milky Way and hung Saturn’s rings in place, He thought about Christmas. As God the Son, working in unity with the Father, fashioned the lumbering oxen and the gentle cow with His creative power, He thought of the day when the Father would speak and He’d become flesh. On that day He would gaze with “baby eyes” upon the very creatures He had made.

God the Holy Spirit, moving as a shadow upon the face of the waters in Genesis days, knew one day it would be necessary to move again. This time He would overshadow Mary’s womb, that “the Holy One” to be born of her should be called the “Son of God.”

Isaiah told us that God’s gift would come via special delivery, a son born of a virgin. This son would be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

Four hundred years later, as an elderly Elizabeth was thinking about the promised gift, God was busy wrapping His Christmas present from heaven in human flesh. And Christmas came early for Elizabeth. When Elizabeth welcomed her cousin Mary, the outcast, ostracized, pregnant girl, God pulled back the wrapping to let her have a peek at His present. Elizabeth’s own baby leaped in her womb for joy, and she was filled with the Holy Spirit, saying:

“Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child you will bear! But why am I so favored that the mother of my Lord should come to me? As soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy.” (Luke 1:42-45)

Encouraged and strengthened by her cousin, Mary also prepared. She knew the anointed One was coming soon—as she was the earthly vessel for God’s divine action.

God couldn’t have a Christmas without a Mary. He needed more than just a devout person, someone who attended synagogue and said her prayers. The child Christ needed a body to live in! So Mary offered the gift of hers:
“I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.” (Luke 1:38)

Christmas is a time for giving. The prophets gave their promises. Elizabeth gave her praise. Mary gave her body. Joseph gave his reputation. The innkeeper gave his stable; the shepherds, their time. And God gave His Son. Tell me, do you see your present there?

What are you giving for Christmas?

MRO Bible Club Kansas

God Loves You

The birds were singing sweet songs the day I made this video. I did not realize just how much until watching it back today. 🤗

I always loved spring. New life. Flowers of every color now warmed by the sun popping up through the cold, dark brown dirt of winter. Miraculous. Baby birds chirping as they await mama birds return with food. All of the many moments of spring remind me of time with my grandmother who was larger than life and a soul with more mystery and beauty than the brightest star I have ever seen.

From a young age, she would sing songs that I had never heard. One of my favorites songs she ever sang was one about sparrows. The discovery of a new nest each spring would stir the words and she would sing- “I sing because I’m happy. I sing because I’d free. His eye is on the sparrow and I know He watches me.”

She taught me so much about Jesus, not always in words but with her life. I longed for the joy the smallest thing would bring to her. The wonder of it all still draws me to pursue Jesus daily.

She taught me about God’s love, the beauty of creation, to be grateful and give thanks in all things.

Jesus was truly her portion and constant friend. Could not share this video today with you and your children without thinking of her and living once again even for a moment in her gracious ways. I know God’s love and care because of moments walking right alongside of her. I can still hear her voice singing…..

When Jesus is my portion. A constant friend is He. His eye is on the sparrow and I know He watches me.

“Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?” Matthew 6:26

You are so loved by God precious one!!!

Let’s Go God’s Story- After The Tomb

MRO Bible Time for Martinsville

“…anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!” 2 Corinthians 5:17

The beauty of new life in Spring reminds me of the moment that I accepted Christ as my savior. We spend a Sunday in Spring each year to remember the birth, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Even though we are sinners, Christ died on the cross to pay the penalty for our sin. So what do we do AFTER the resurrection? Once the tomb is empty?

For those of us who have accepted Christ as our Savior and accepted the free gift of eternal life- We are to spend our days growing in our relationship with Christ in order to be more like Him.

This week we will look at how our lives are much like planting seed, bulbs and plants that will grow and bear fruit IF we nurture and care for them.

You are fearfully and wonderfully made with a beautiful purpose that God desires you to live out through your life.

Isaiah 61:3 says it like this:

“…the planting of the LORD, that He may be glorified” Isaiah 61:3

Grab your Bible, read it every day. Spend time praying and listening for God’s voice so that you will grow and become the beautiful you that only you can be!

Let’s Go God’s Story- After The Tomb

Morning Twenty-Eight: A Morning Prayer of Praise

28 Days of Morning Prayer Focus

We did it!! We have stayed our mind in prayer and we have much to be thankful for. Thank you so much for sharing this journey with me. I pray that your morning prayer time has been enriched.

Keep an eye out for our next journey through 2021. God is doing amazing things. Blessings on your day of praise as you go!!!

“Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise—the fruit of lips that openly profess his name.” Hebrews 13:15

“Praise be to the name of God for ever and ever; wisdom and power are His.” Daniel 2:20

“I will praise the Lord at all times. I will constantly speak his praises.” Psalm 34:1

“Let everything that has breath praise the LORD. Praise the LORD.” Psalm 150:6

Father, I praise You today for all that You have done in my life. You are faithful even when I am faithless. Your love pursues me even when I am unlovable. Your forgiveness covers my sin and frees me from its penalty. I praise You for your love and faithfulness to me. Your presence in my life changes everything, empowering me to live each moment of every day, content in knowing You are in control. As I face today, Lord, remind me that no matter what happens, I can praise You! In Your Name, Amen.

Homestead MRO Community Center Bible Time – Ruth and Naomi

https://youtu.be/Gblw-J4mkEs

Welcome to the Homestead MRO Community Center Bible Time

So happy to connect with you and share another exciting Let’s Go God’s Story from the Old Testament book of Ruth.

This week we will visit a local dairy farmer who grows wheat grass to feed his cattle. This piece of property is much like the farmland that Ruth would glean from in the Old Testament book written about her journey with her mother-in-law Naomi. Because of the kindness of Boaz, Naomi’s relative, God would write a beautiful God’s Story that we can learn so much from!

Two BBBBIIIIIGGGG new words that teach us about how God provided for Ruth and Naomi out of His great love for God’s family.

Gleaning: The custom of following a harvest so that what remains might be used primarily for the poor who have little or no means of supporting themselves.

The law according to the God of Israel that commanded this and a tradition that is still practiced in some cultures around the world. Farmers are given specific rules about leaving behind part of their harvest to help the poor. (Leviticus 19:9)

Redeemer: Someone who pays a price to save someone (or something) from something bad

The Lord Jesus is our “Redeemer”. He paid the produce with His life to save us from a life apart from God. (Job 19:25)

So grab your Bible, turn to the book of Ruth and join me and as we learn how much God loved Ruth and Naomi and provided for His children.

We can give thanks to God who always watches over us as redeemer and provider.

Don’t forget to come back and watch the God’s Story about Ruth and Naomi!! 👇

Morning Twenty-Six: Prayer To Step Out In Faith Today

28 Days of Morning Prayer Focus

“And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek Him.” Hebrews 11:6

“But in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect.” 1 Peter 3:15

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6

Gracious Father, as we begin a new day, help us to engage your will with a reckless faith. Teach us to trust in you, and help us grow in righteousness. Heavenly Lord, give us the courage to step out in faith this day. Fill our hearts with your spirit, and let us speak your words with pride. Amen

Grab your Bible and do a word search for the word “faith”. Prepare for your mind to be blown. Until then- sing along and make this your prayer today!!!

“Give me Faith” by Elevation Worship https://youtu.be/dNwt7LQiYck

Morning Twenty-Five: Pray For The Work Day Ahead

28 Days of Morning Prayer Focus

“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters..” Colossians 3:23

“May the favor of the Lord our God rest on us; establish the work of our hands for us— yes, establish the work of our hands.” Psalm 90:17

“Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and he will establish your plans.” Proverbs 16:3

A Prayer for the Work Day Ahead:

Father, thank you for all the ways you’ve blessed me, specifically with this job that pays my bills and puts food on my table. Thank you that ALL work has significance because work is good. Help me bring you glory today, through my actions, my words, through the good work I do to bring order to my little corner of the world. Help me view my work as a blessing and not a curse. Give me grace and strength for the hardest aspects of my job. In Jesus’ Name I pray, Amen.

Note: If you are a career mama, pray this over the home you are building and the work you are doing in shaping the minds and hearts of your children.