You and Me, We are the Cookies

It takes just a few moments…

I believe the Holy Spirit speaks to us all the time.  It isn’t always a mystery.  Profound things are revealed, no doubt — for the Word of God is often too big for our feebly and finite minds.  Wisdom and revelation comes to us when we are in need.

And yet, sometimes it is just a simple word picture…

A concept….

A metaphor to remind us.

To remind us of WHO God is.

The Holy Spirit uses our everyday common and speaks into the things that are familiar.A Saturday passing of time….and I heard the Holy Spirit speak to me.

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You and me, we are the cookies.

We are similarly formed, plain, and naked.  Some of us are smooth edged, some of us have dust on our feet, some of us are broken and repaired, and some of us are burned a bit…all of us similar and all of us different.

GOD is the Creator; He made us.

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Blessings are the specials and sweets added onto our lives.  Carefully placed, thoughtfully sprinkled, always given in just the right amount as each of us uniquely needs.

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GOD knows; He knows what we need and He blesses to make our lives beautiful…and yummy! GOD is the one who blesses.

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Why?  Why does God bless us?

Psalm 67 tells us why:

“May God be gracious to us and bless us, and make his face shine on us, so that your ways may be known on earth, your salvation among all nations.”

 May the peoples praise you, God;
    may all the peoples praise you.
 May the nations be glad and sing for joy,
    for you rule the peoples with equity
    and guide the nations of the earth.
 May the peoples praise you, God;
    may all the peoples praise you.

 The land yields its harvest;
    God, our God, blesses us.
 May God bless us still,
    so that all the ends of the earth will fear him.”

Yes. So we can shine, so we can praise, so that His work and plans and gift are known…..and so all will fear him.

We are blessed to be enabled to be a blessing to others.

You and me, we are the cookies. 

Have you heard the Holy Spirit recently? Can you hear Him in your everyday common and familiar? Bend an ear and listen…..

And await the blessings!

The Fix to the Ugly “S” Word

“IT”S A BOY!”

I had the awesome privilege of announcing that FIVE times!

There is nothing quite like the excitement of announcing the birth of a baby.  Adoration and the full-est feeling of hope springs forth in the wonder of it all.  As a mom, you cannot hold that newborn close enough; there is a certain magnetism that occurs.

Have you ever tried to pry a newborn from a new mother?  It is exceedingly difficult!

And so, in Isaiah (9:6 KJV)), I find the phrase,“… a child is born, …a son is given;”  hard to swallow.

Now what kind of birth announcement is T H A T?

Here’s the new baby, now let’s give him away?

Yet, this is just what God’s plan was.

Why?

Again, it always starts at the beginning Genesis 3: 13 (NIV):

Then the LORD God said to the woman, “what is this you have done?”

The woman said, ” The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”

This is the confession of sin entering the world.  The male and female that God created chose to turn away from Him. The willful heart gave in to deception and temptation and sin entered in.  The ugly “S” word, S – I – N, remained.

Sin remains.  It taints every human heart.

Sin cannot exist in the presence of God.  Humankind was therefore separated from God.  And like a new mother and her newborn, separation could not continue to be.  And so, God had a  plan.  From the beginning He had a plan.

Jesus; the baby born,… the son given, was the fix to the ugly “S” word.

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After Adam and Eve realized their failure and their sin filled-ness, they attempted to cover it all up; they sought to hide.

“Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves.”

(Genesis 3: 7)

Totally inadequate.  Fig leaves could not cover up the wrong.  Skins of animals could not cover up the sin.  Sacrificial blood of animals could not make the sinful heart clean.

Only God the Father could make the way.

Only God the Creator could design the perfect plan of redemption.

And He did it through the baby, Jesus.

Jesus, fully God and fully man, One without sin.

It was His blood that had to be given.

So there we have it!

…”a child born”….that’s Jesus.

…”a son given”….that’s Jesus.

Jesus came to earth to be born, and more importantly was born so He could die. On a cross His blood was poured out.

He was ultimately G I V E N. 

It is the only way we,

you and me,

all those before us and after Adam and Eve,

and all those yet to be born

are able to enter into the presence of our Creator; our Father.

GOD.

For us and to us, 

Jesus; the baby born,… the son given, IS the fix to the ugly “S” word.

What an awesome GIFT!

“To God be the Glory, Great things He has done….” (turn up your sound & sing along!)

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 “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The Mighty God, The Everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.”  (Isaiah 9:6)

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More to come….