All in Promises

Advent Blessing

by Johnese Burtram

The Christmas songs, dramas, poems, and devotionals bombard our attention with the blessings of Advent. God’s promise to bless all nations through the seed of Abraham dawned in the fullness of time…she gave birth to her first-born son, wrapped him in clothes, and placed him in a manger…a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. The story, poignant and sweet, also unfolds in harsh and terrible horror when we look beneath the tinseled surface.

Blessing Defined

by Johnese Burtram

Jesus speaks blessing that sometimes catches us off guard. The Kingdom approach to living; the blessing Jesus would speak into our lives comes from His blessings found in the Sermon on the Mount, manifesto of the Kingdom of God, gold standard for godly living. Matthew 5:3 - 9

Waiting

by Eva Bridges

I am not a fan of waiting. At all.

And yet here I find myself a year into the adoption wait for a child. In all actuality, we've been waiting for four and a half years for God to grant the desire of our hearts. This wait just hangs over us—seemingly unending. This wait puts our ministry on hold.

Trusting

by Joy Lively

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.  In all your ways acknowledge him and he shall direct your path. Proverbs 3:5-6  This has been a favorite promise of mine for as long as I have had my own Bible.  I cannot begin to tell how many times I’ve clung to these verses at times when the outcome looked dismal to say the least.

But God

by Lauretta Payne

Late in July 2010, it started. My breathing had become noticeably short and shallow. Since reaching senior status, aside from moderate exercise, mall walking and vigorous praise and worship participation, I didn’t do much to exert myself. But that’s when the symptoms were most apparent. Two - three minutes into praise and worship, I was struggling to catch my breath and feeling for the seat behind me. Generally active and having never before experienced shortness of breath, I was caught off guard. My normally exuberant praise was reduced to a slow, flat footed sway, back and forth, side to side.

Promise

by Linda Seagears

Therefore, brothers, be all the more diligent to confirm your calling and election, for if you practice these qualities you will never fall. For in this way there will be richly provided for you an entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. 2 Peter 1:10-11

In l991, Rob, my husband of 4 years, and I wrote a song, the second song that we had ever written together, although my husband had already written several others. The first song we wrote together was performed at our wedding. This second song, called “Promise,” became the title song for a cassette album that we recorded—yes, a cassette. Lol.

In Trouble I Look To His Word

by Kathleen Poulton

In troublesome times I look to God’s word.

At times the Holy Spirit reminds me of what I have heard.

Giving instruction and encouragementI need to carry on,

When at times I have felt I could not go on.

In his word lies a treasure above and beyond

Any words or wisdom man may offer or can speak.

Promises

EDITORIAL - Johnese Burtram

Somehow a promise holds extra weight. A promise, only as good as the one who gives it, can bring crushing disappointment when broken. The wounds of broken promises rank high on the scale of pain...

Patient Endurance

by Desiree St. Clair Glass

On a whirlwind visit, my daughter Rebekah, her husband Jairo, and their two-year-old son Javier (“Javi”) arrived at my house late on Friday and spent all day Saturday at our family reunion. The next morning they packed up to return to Pennsylvania.

Typical two-year-old boy, Javi loves climbing, jumping on beds and playing outside. He makes toys out of sticks and feathers and is especially fond of animals. Rarely will you spot him without an animal figure in hand.

When he comes to visit, a trip to the pasture is always in order so he can see the cows. But this particular weekend, allowed no break in the schedule for tromping to the fields.

As Rebekah and Jairo packed suitcases in their Jeep, Javi and I followed. In a flash, he took off running, arms flailing, feet flying, straight for the pasture, fenced in with electrified barbed wire.

Hold On to His Promises

by Lois Quesenberry

...Early in our walk in the Spirit we heard the teacher of a Bible study group say, “The gifts of the Spirit are for the church – at home as well as in the church!” This spoke to me and so I opened my heart to actually hear from God. When our children were teenagers, we were concerned about some of their activities and the direction we thought that they might take. We began to seek the Lord about them and He gave us a “faith vision” for each of them...

Even in Darkness Light Dawns

by Jenn Magnusen

As I mature in Christ it continually fascinates and challenges me how God's ways are not my ways, nor His thoughts my thoughts. And truly, that is probably a good thing for everyone concerned.  He tells us to love our enemies, to rejoice in persecution, to pray for those who come against us.  Even as I strive to take on the mind-of-Christ, God often proves He is the one in charge by answering my prayers in a manner I would not have anticipated or predicted.

Hope

(Psalm 71)
Eva Bridges

The desert sun has melted my joy
And I am left empty and dry
The heat suffocates me, the sand, it burns me
I wonder if I should even try