By David: Bless Adonai, my soul! Everything in me, bless his holy name! Bless Adonai, my soul, and forget none of his benefits! He forgives all your offenses, he heals all your diseases, he redeems your life from the pit, he surrounds you with grace and compassion, he contents you with good as long as you live, so that your youth is renewed like an eagle’s. Adonai brings vindication and justice to all who are oppressed. He made his ways known to Moshe, his mighty deeds to the people of Isra’el. Adonai is merciful and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in grace. He will not always accuse, he will not keep his anger forever. He has not treated us as our sins deserve or paid us back for our offenses, because his mercy toward those who fear him is as far above earth as heaven. He has removed our sins from us as far as the east is from the west. Just as a father has compassion on his children, Adonai has compassion on those who fear him. For he understands how we are made, he remembers that we are dust. Yes, a human being’s days are like grass, he sprouts like a flower in the countryside — but when the wind sweeps over, it’s gone; and its place knows it no more. But the mercy of Adonai on those who fear him is from eternity past to eternity future, and his righteousness extends to his children’s children, provided they keep his covenant and remember to follow his precepts. Adonai has established his throne in heaven; his kingly power rules everything. Bless Adonai, you angels of his, you mighty warriors who obey his word, who carry out his orders! Bless Adonai, all his troops, who serve him and do what he wants! Bless Adonai, all his works, in every place where he rules! Bless Adonai , my soul! Psalm 103 CJB
I Declare and Decree Psalm 103 today. Won’t you join me. Bless Adonai my soul and all that is within me, in Yeshua (Jesus) Name
Blessings and Shalom Love Beyond Measure Beth Auman
“Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, magi from the east arrived in Jerusalem, saying, “Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we saw His star in the east and have come to worship Him.” Matthew 2:1-2 (NASB)
Have you ever been on a scavenger hunt where you had to look for clues to help you seek and find a treasure? In this part of the Christmas story we are reminded of the wise men who came looking for a newborn King of the Jews, the promised Messiah, because they were following a star seen in the heavens. They first looked for Him in the palace of a king, but he wasn’t there. They followed the light of the star in the heavens, where they found the the King of all kings in the little town of Bethlehem, as foretold by the prophets. They bowed down in worship and gave valuable treasures of gold, frankincense and myrrh. Maybe some of us are looking for life, hope, peace, love or even faith in all the wrong places? This Christmas season, may we each follow the light of God’s glory to find the true reality of Jesus our Savior, Emmanuel – God with us. Wise men still seek Him. Let us join with the angels who sang, “Glory to God in the highest!” Hosanna!
Scripture for the week of December 12, 2021 By JoBeth Kested
Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
Have you ever wondered how to find God’s will? What if the three things listed in this verse were the keys to discovering and experiencing God’s will? In the many tests, trials and desperate situations we face each day we all face the opportunities to choose how we respond to life’s difficulties. What if we would choose to rejoice in the Lords’s overcoming power instead of worrying? What if we would choose to pray in faith instead of yielding to fear? And, what if we would choose to give thanks for the opportunity to see God demonstrate His abundant provision for us instead of grumbling and complaining? In Matthew 19:26 Jesus said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” With His sufficient grace for today in everything that comes your way, be encouraged to rejoice, pray and give thanks that will set your feet on the path of God’s will concerning you. Yes, Lord!
A song of ascents: Those who trust in Adonai are like Mount Tziyon, which cannot be moved but remains forever. Yerushalayim! Mountains all around it! Thus Adonai is around his people henceforth and forever. For the scepter of wickedness will not rule the inheritance of the righteous, so that the righteous will not themselves turn their hands to evil. Do good, Adonai, to the good, to those upright in their hearts. But as for those who turn aside to their own crooked ways, may Adonai turn them away, along with those who do evil. Shalom on Isra’el! Psalm 125:1-5 CJB
In Yeshua’s Name Amen! Amen and Amen
Blessings and Shalom-Love Beyond Measure, Beth Auman
Scripture for the week of December 5, 2021 By JoBeth Kested
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters. He restores my soul; Psalm 23:1-3a
Have you ever longed for peace, comfort and rest for your soul? Our souls involve our mind, will and emotions where we feel the longing or afflictions of doubt, fear, sorrows and confusion that rob us of peace. We are likened to helpless fearful sheep in these scriptures and what a comfort to know that the Lord is our Good Shepherd caring for all our needs, lacking nothing. We may not be quite as excited to realize that He will sometimes make us to lie down and most of us don’t like the idea of anyone making us do anything! Yet, we would gladly welcome the comfort, peace and restored hope we all long for in our souls if we could find it. Dear Lord, direct our steps to a still quiet place in Your presence; free from pressures, anxiety and disappointments to find the comforting rest for our souls that You have provided for us. Amen.