For Unto Us- Birth of Jesus Foretold 700 Years Before

Isaiah was a prophet who lived over 700 years before Jesus was born. His book in the bible foretold many aspects about Jesus. In this brief series, my focus will be on his prophecy about Jesus being born.

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In Isaiah 7:14 he wrote:


Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel

Mary was a virgin when she conceived Jesus through the miracle working of the Holy Spirit. In churches we hear the story so often that we can overlook the wonder of this. A teenage girl was chosen by God to give birth to the Savior of the world. Imagine being her greeted by the Angel Gabriel with this news. She was frightened by his greeting but said yes to God. Such faith to trust God. I will explore that in a future post.

The title Immanuel is the first use of this term in the bible. It appears three times in the bible twice in Isaiah and once in Matthew. El was the common name for God in that time. With this word construct using Immanu meaning with us, the promise is that the child, the son, born of the virgin would be God with us.

Jesus is God with us. He is our constant companion. He will never leave us. He said so in Matthew 28:20

And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age

In John 14:18 Jesus said

I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you

I have been in orphanages in poor countries and have seen the hopeless look on the faces of the children. I have also been in Christian group homes for orphans and have seen how the children are raised in love. Orphans cannot care for themselves. They are vulnerable and easily taken advantage of because they cannot defend themselves. Jesus’s promise is that he will not leave us vulnerable, alone, defenseless against Satan. He will come to us.

Whatever situation we are in, Jesus is with us. There is always hope because Jesus is with us. That is especially comforting in these times we live in at present with all the concerns we have.

This Christmas season with all of the negative news swirling around us, let’s keep focus on the true miracle of the first Christmas- a baby born of a virgin to be God with us.

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

Thanksgiving-The Day After

Thanksgiving Day I spent time with a family who are friends of mine from church. It was a blessed time of friendship, food, and fellowship. After we ate, they introduced me to a Christian Comedian I had not hear of before Tim Hawkins as we watched videos after dinner. I am sharing his parody song about coffee for my fellow coffee lovers.

They sent me home with leftovers, so my day is one of blogging. eating leftovers, and watching college football. My only dilemma is whether to go out to the small nearby grocery store to buy some ice cream to go with the pie I took home with me.

My friends know I con only eat gluten free, so the whole meal was gluten free. It is a blessing to have friends who accommodate dietary restrictions. Before I left, we spent a little time in prayer. Jesus has blessed me with good friends.

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My Little Black Friday Poem

T’was the day after Thanksgiving and all through my place not a creature was stirring, no not even me. While others were crazily shopping in stores and in malls, my attitude is let it not be me. So insane shoppers and store ads, forget it, I’m out, so please just let me be. 🙂

I really don’t care if things are on sale, my bed and sofa are more comfy, so on shopping I’ll just bail. Yes Christmas is coming of which I am well aware, but go to a mall I simply don’t dare. After all Christmas is really about Jesus and his coming to earth and celebrating our Savior’s birth.

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My short little poem expresses my sentiments about shopping on what is called Black Friday. Today I will stay home, relax, read some, and watch some college football. I see no reason to be out and about on a day of insanity. 🙂

Tomorrow I will start a short series For Unto Us which will have posts based in Isaiah 9:6.

If you are in the States, how was your Thanksgiving Day? If you are in other parts of the world. how was your week?

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Happy Thanksgiving Day

It is Thanksgiving Day here in the USA. So this is a simple post today to say I am thankful for my fellow bloggers who read my posts and bless me with their posts to read.

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For those in the USA, Happy Thanksgiving Day. May it be a blessed day for you.

For those around the world, may this day be full of blessings for you and your family.

Happy Thanksgiving Day

Can You Guess Where I Went First Day of Break?

Today is the first day of Thanksgiving Break for me. I stepped outside to go to my car and saw a college age woman kicking a soccer ball against a cement wall next door. I told her that people get a kick out of soccer. She smiled. Then I asked if she knew that soccer is in the bible. I shared this verse with her from Philippians 3:

Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. 

Goal is in the bible 🙂 So I started the day off by telling 2 jokes. Awesome start. Then it was off to, can you guess it? Drum roll please.

I went to the coffee shop. Big surprise I know. They gave me a mug to use that best describes how I feel when I partake of that magical elixir coffee.

That feeling lasts until I stand up and remember oh yes I live with chronic illness. But the experience of being in the coffee shop on my first day off in a month is wonderful.

Later this afternoon I will pick up a flan dessert a friend is making for me and then it will be nap time. A whirlwind of activity necessitates a nap. 🙂 lol

How is your day before Thanksgiving Day?

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Gratitude from the Heart of a Child

Little moments during this crazy 2nd year of teaching during a pandemic can be encouraging. Yesterday the moment came from a little girl in 2nd grade. Her mother is in my Family Literacy Class which is for parents who want to learn English and connect with their child’s education.

Part of the Family Literacy Program is something called PACT Time-Parent and Child Together. The parent goes to the child’s classroom for one hour twice a week to see what their child is learning. The classroom teachers welcome this and usually give the parent something to do with their child.

My student went to PACT Time in her daughter’s 2nd grade class. She came back to my classroom because her precious daughter wanted to give me a Thanksgiving card she had made, I think with the help of her mom.

She wrote a message for me inside the card.

She thanked me for teaching her mom.

She was smiling when she gave me the card. I thanked her for the card, which is now pinned up in my classroom. I talked with her for a few minutes and let her know she can be proud of her mom because her mom is a good student in my class.

The heart of a child thanking her mom’s teacher for teaching her mom. Cue the sighs. Cuteness factor off the chart.

Moments likes these remind me of why Jesus said things like;


Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”

and

He called a little child to him, and placed the child among them. And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me “If anyone causes one of these little ones—those who believe in me—to stumble, it would be better for them to have a large millstone hung around their neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea. 

Children are precious to Jesus and need nurturing, love and protection.

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Jesus Prayed for Our Unity- John Chapter 17

One of the most poignant experiences I have had was in Constanta Romania in 1997. It was not too long after the fall of the communist dictatorship. I went to the boardwalk area with Romanian friends from the church that organized the English Camp I taught in.

When we got there, we joined a large group gathered to sing worship songs. There were young people, college and high school ages, from various churches, Evangelical, Lutheran, Baptist and even Catholic and Orthodox. They were singing worships freely. The thought that hit me was that not many years before that, there was no way they could have done so.

They were gathered to worship a person-Jesus.

Yes there are doctrinal differences between the various groups, but their focus was on Jesus and worshipping him.

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When Jesus was praying in John 17, at the end he prayed for all who would come to faith in him. He prayed for unity for those who would come to faith.

 I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.

That early evening in Romania was a picture of what Jesus was talking about. People who profess faith in Jesus coming together.

I am not saying we disregard doctrinal differences. I have no plans to join the Catholic Church for example. But would I worship together in an open air setting like that time in Romania? Yes.

What I am talking about in my post is our attitudes especially public ones. For example, when Lauren Daigle won an Emmy she came under attack by some Christians because she did not express her thanks the way they felt she should. Others criticized her for appearing on Ellen. In both instances I thought people were being petty and in both instances those who do not know Jesus noticed.

Those who do not know Jesus watch us and our attitudes about each other. Jesus prayed for our unity. Our unity does not mean we all have to think exactly the same. It is about our attitudes toward each other even though we have differences.

If Jesus prayed about it, perhaps we ought to pay attention.

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Story Time-Inspired by Richard of Big Sky Buckeye

Breaking News!!! Stop the presses!!! My culinary universe is about to expand exponentially. Thanks to the inspiration I received from a comment Richard of bigksybuckeye.com gave me. I ordered a George Forman Grill.

Now I can cook burgers at home. I can even cook panini sandwiches provided I can find gluten free bread. I think I could even cook steak. It seems the possibilities are endless. 🙂

One never knows what inspirations can come from fellow bloggers 🙂

My maiden voyage with the grill will be Wednesday. I will let you know how it goes and whether I burned the place down or not. lol

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Music Mondays- King in the Room-Ashley Neely featuring Isaiah Templeton

We sang this song during worship yesterday. I loved it so much that I looked for it. This is my favorite version. It is lively and energizing.

It is so important to remember that wherever were are Jesus the King of the Universe is with us. He is in whatever room you are in right now. He is always with us.

May you be blessed by this wonderful worship song as you start your week remembering the King is in the Room with you. 🙂

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