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Advent Reflections – Even in the Waiting – Day 3

The Beatitudes 20 And He raised His eyes toward His disciples and began saying, “Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God. 21 Blessed are you who are hungry now, for you will be satisfied. Blessed are you who weep now, for you will laugh. 22 Blessed are you when the people hate you, and when they exclude you, and insult you, and scorn your

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Advent Reflections – Even in the Waiting – Day 2

I have been lost a time or two. Usually, because I got distracted and wandered off the intended path. Whatever sparked my interest was enough to cause me to lose sight of my intended destination. In this passage, we find Jesus as a child, so focused on His Father’s business that he wanders off from his parents. In my own life, I’ve found that I’m not prone to wander towards my father’s business….but away from it.

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Advent Reflections – Even in the Waiting – Day 1

As a child, nothing compared to the excitement of being able to sit up and waiting for New Year’s Day. We’d sit up as long as possible on December 31st awaiting the coming year. We knew what was coming, yet we had to watch the clock or we’d miss it. In this passage, Jesus reminds us of the signs before his second coming. He teaches that in order to recognize the second coming, we must stay alert. These verses prompt us to be mindful of the state of our hearts and to stay ready at all times for the coming day of God’s judgment.

REFLECTION – Do you find yourself growing weary in your walk with the Lord? How can you stay encouraged and ready for Jesus Christ’s second coming?

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On a Personal Note – Productive Struggles…

As I reflected on James 1:2-4, this concept of productive struggle really resonated with me. James lets us know that we will endure challenges and that our posture should be that of joy. Simply because we know that God is building our faith and deepening our spiritual maturity.

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On a Personal Note – Prayer Changes Everything…

When we take time to really learn the character of God, it changes how we see Him and our prayer life. We recognize that He is omnipresent, omniscient, and omnipotent. He is everywhere. He knows all. He is all-powerful. And despite all of our flaws and struggles, God still desires to connect with us through prayer.

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