Archives for the month of: December, 2012

Luke 2 (King James Version)

And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.

And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.

10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.

11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.

12 And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.

13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,

14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

15 And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us.

 It was recently brought to my attention to wonder about the people around the shepherds.  Surely the shepherds were in the country, that is where shepherds kept their sheep.  But . . . “ . . . there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, . . . “

 Surely this was quite a noise, quite a racket being made by this heavenly host.

 Did others not hear . . .

 Did others not see . . .

 Did they not look up . . .

 So, where would you be?  You might not be in the countryside with the shepherds.  However, would you have been . . . are you right now . . . so locked up in your own little world that you miss those things that are going on around you that are from God?

 Take a moment.  Look around!  Look up! 

 Notice the wonder that is of God and be blessed.

 

 

NOISE

 

This morning as I began my Bible study and prayer time it seemed as though my little world was conspiring against me . . . as if Christmas is not noisy enough. 

 We have new neighbors, but the house they bought is not finished. Consequently, construction is going on.

 My dear husband has decided that RIGHT NOW he has to finished a project that is not due for over a week.  Normally he would wait until the night before.

 THEN, a neighbor has decided to move their “inside” dog to the outside.  The dog sits and cries, I sit and cry.  It just breaks my heart.

 FINALLY, God told me to go to the lake.  That may sound a bit strange, but we live on a lake and the dock is about the length of a football from our house.  So, I went. 

 It is so peaceful here.  I feel like I have “freedom to praise”.  Now, obviously I have freedom to praise where ever I am.  However, how is your Christmas season?  Is it so noisy that you just don’t feel the freedom in your heart to praise. 

 When I got down here, settled in my favorite chair, looked up at my “bower”, not only did God calm my heart, He calmed the outside noise.

 He may not always calm the outside noise . .  .but if we will turn to Him with focus . . . He will give us the quiet in our hearts to praise Him. 

 Thank You, Lord, not just for peace but for quiet also.