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Joy of JesusHebrews 12:2Joy of Jesus by Armahda
“looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.”
The joy of Jesus - at Christmas we generally think of the joy of the angels who announce to the shepherds :
"but the angel reassured them. “Don't be afraid!" he said. "I bring
you Good News that will bring great joy to all people."(Luke 2:1-20)
But this child,
Who was the Son of God, was now also a human
This miracle is greater for us humans,
than any other I can think of~
God was finally going to know what it was like to be human---
Do not fear God is with you.
Do not fear,
God is going to live among you
As one of you and feel pain, sorrow and humiliation
He is even going to die for you
In fact it is only now He can die
because He is a man
And Jesus is going to do it perfectly
Live perfectly and die perfectly
Because He is God
He is going to fulfil
Dedicated to all the UnseenI see you~Dedicated to all the Unseen by Armahda
do you see me?
they start to
Then the longer
no one sees them
to be seen
Don’t let them die
Teach Your Children Well
When I was a child I prayed for a girl like my dear old mother. I was blessed with a girl that was so much better. I'll give you an example: My mother, bless her, was a good cook but I couldn't…well wouldn't eat some of my food. We ate a lot of boiled potatoes and some awful, over cooked fish sticks on occasion. I had to sit at the table till I ate everything on the plate. My mother, the diligent housewife would start doing the dishes while I sat at the table staring at the plate. I was a sneaky kid and since we had no dog, I would wrap up the food I wouldn't eat in a tissue and put it in my pocket. My mother would turn around only to see an empty plate. I'm not sure to this day if she suspected anything but I escaped many times to the washroom and soon there was sound of the toilet flushing away the unwanted food. I have never flushed any of my wife's meals – really.
But seriously, my wife does one thing, the very thing that my mother never did… I was brought up with Lutheran parents. They have always been strong believers but God was always left to church on Sundays. My wife and I talk about our Lord every day. Everything we do every day relates to God. World events and everyday life needs to be talked about with God in mind.
Every year the stats say there are less of us Christians. Persecution is getting worse in many countries. The scientist and their theories seem to dominate the news. God is not talked about in schools anymore. He is left for Sundays at church for a couple of hours~ this is if people even go to church any more ~even for Christmas and Easter. This is very wrong. We have a Bible to be read and discussed, especially with our children. Our Savior Jesus is meant to be talked about, discussed openly with our friends, family and children.
I have always viewed God as a friend. He was my friend before I had any friends and will be the first friend that I see in heaven. If you believe, I mean really believe, talk about our Lord with your children. You can't leave it up to anyone else. The world seems to be sliding away from Christianity. Don't let that happen to your family. You need to give the children the ammunition to fight the cults and the false gods that try to persuade them away from the faith in God and our Lord Jesus.
My parents were very good Christians but their silence about God has left my siblings in peril. I'm not sure how much they really believe in the Lord. This will be my job to tell them the things my parents never told them.
God: the Father, Jesus, the Son and the Holy Spirit all have touched me in so many countless ways. I have to talk about it to my family and everyone else that will listen. I have been blessed in so many ways my whole life, all because the Lord bled and died for me. Jesus died and rose again to life for all of us! Surely the biggest event that happened to mankind needs to be our most talked about event.
Prayer is the way most of us talk to God. We pray for ourselves and others but I think God want to hear from us in other ways. We have a duty to spread God's love to everyone.
God wants to hear from you and your children need to hear God's Word from you.
God has been with me at every critical junction all my life. God will also be there at your side. If you believe, really believe, God will be your friend and help you and your family.
Look after each other.
God Bless you all,
Erick Rantala ~ Rock's Rose Photography
Oct 17, 2013