Lord Himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive, have a son,
name him Immanuel.” Isaiah 7:14
Week One is also known as “Prophecy”
because it emphasizes the fact that there were over 300 verses foretelling the
coming of Jesus Christ into the world. The name Immanuel means “God
with us.” The prophetic words of Isaiah were written around 730 B.C.
Candle to Light: The first candle (traditional
Prayer:Thank God for the HOPE we have in Jesus
Christ, His only Son.
A grateful heart creates joy, it
really does!! Counting your blessings and being thankful truly changes your
whole perspective. A positive attitude, I believe, doesn’t happen naturally or overnight—it is
a daily choice of focusing on our blessings, keeping you filled with HOPE and JOY.
“Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that
cannot be shaken, and let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and
Along with my family, I was recently
was invited to attend the wedding of two women, one of whom was my half sister.
Wow. What to do???
As I would speak to others about the
upcoming day, I found out that I was not alone in this. Most of my friends had
a family member that was in a similar lifestyle. By no means am I an expert on
this topic, but I can pass along a few revelations I had along my journey to
the wedding day.
How do I represent Christ and
- I am a semi-outspoken Evangelical
Christian, whatever I say or however I react (negatively or positively) about
this relationship will speak volumes either for Christianity or against it.
Should I judge/condemn the homosexual lifestyle of my sister or love her by
demonstrating Christ's love, share God's word with her, pray for her and wait,
expectantly for Christ to move in her heart?
"Do not judge, or you too will
be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with
the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” (NIV, Matthew 7:1-2) I bet I had a prayer warrior praying
for me behind the scenes when I was wayward too.
Should my children attend the
- I felt that my young child did not
need to attend this wedding even though it was the wedding of a close family
member. As a mother, I felt it was my responsibility to protect my son's mind
and his exposure to situations that could give the enemy a foothold to derail
his thoughts. Proverbs 4:23 "More than anything you guard, protect
your mind, for life flows from it."
Lay all your cards out in the table.
- I spoke to my sister several times
over the years about her lifestyle. We discussed her salvation, what God's word
said about her choice and my personal feelings on the matter. But it wasn't
until I was sitting at the wedding of my sister and I heard the line, "If
any of you can show just cause why these two should not be married…either speak
now at this very instance or hold your words and judgment forever" that is
when I finally had peace. I had already spoken up. I had done everything in my
power to honor Christ and love her at the same time. It was not my
responsibility to lead her to repentance, my job was to just lay the ground
work for the Holy Spirit to work. And He will. I am waiting, expectantly.
2 Timothy 2:24-25 "The
Lord’s bond-servant must not be quarrelsome, but be kind to all, able to teach,
patient when wronged. With gentleness correcting those who are in opposition,
if perhaps God may grant them repentance leading to the knowledge of the truth,
and they may come to their senses and escape from the snare of the devil,
having been held captive by him to do his will."
reveal the path of life to me;
in Your presence is abundant joy;
in Your right hand are eternal pleasures.” Psalm 16:11
Samaritan woman at the well was probably having a typical day doing housework,
cooking, coming to the well for some water. What was not typical was the person
she would meet. Her life was about to be changed for eternity, and she did not
even know it.
very day, Jesus “reveal(ed) the path of life to (her)”Psalm 16:11a and “in (His) presence (there was)
abundant joy!” Psalm 16:11b
When we encounter Jesus we are changed
anyone is in Christ, he is a newcreation; old things have passed
away, and look, new things have
come.” 2 Corinthians 5:17
Jesus can change all
people who call on His name,
Accept Him as Savior,
Believe He is the Son of God,
Confess by repenting and turning
and embracing Jesus as Lord of your life.
This is the Good News and it is
“Jesus said, “Everyone who drinks from this water
will get thirsty again. But whoever drinks from the water that I will give him
will never get thirsty again—ever! In fact, the water I will give him will
become a well of water springing up within him for eternal life.” John 4:13-14
this Christmas Season because God sent His one and only Son to the earth to
bring you JOY!
This concludes “Psalm 16 –
Every Woman’s Journey.” Thank you so much for taking this journey with us.Remember that Jesus is always there for you. Simply put your FAITH in Him and take time to be with Him.
God Bless You
Sister In Christ Jesus,
Isaiah prophesied the encounter
we can all experience when he wrote, “with joy you will draw water from the wells
of salvation.” Isaiah 12:3
Let’s take a
look at where we have been:
A Davidic Miktam.
1 Protect me, God, for I take
refuge in You. (Rahab)
2 I said to Yahweh, “You are my Lord;
I have nothing good besides You.” (Eve)
3 As for the holy people who are in the land,
they are the noble ones.
All my delight is in them. (Mary, mother of Jesus)
4 The sorrows of those who take another god
for themselves will multiply;
I will not pour out their drink offerings of blood,
and I will not speak their names with my lips. (Miriam)
5 Lord, You are my portion
and my cup of blessing;
You hold my future. (Esther)
6 The boundary lines have fallen for me
in pleasant places;
indeed, I have a beautiful inheritance. (Ruth)
7 I will praise the Lord who counsels me—
even at night my conscience instructs me. (Proverbs 31 Woman)
8 I keep the Lord
in mind always.
Because He is at my right hand,
I will not be shaken. (Deborah)
9 Therefore my heart is glad
and my spirit rejoices;
my body also rests securely. (Priscilla)
10 For You will not abandon me to Sheol;
You will not allow Your Faithful One to see decay. (Mary Magdelene)
11 You reveal the path of life to me;
in Your presence is abundant joy;
in Your right hand are eternal pleasures. (Woman at the Well)