Wednesday, April 9, 2008

First Impressions!


A cheery "Top of The Morning!" to you all!

I have been focusing on taking care of my patient (he is being a very good patient, btw, thank you all for your well wishes and prayers!).

This morning when I pulled up my blog page, (I always go to see what today's verse of the Bible is, powered by Bible Gateway) and here's what my "prize" for today was:

"Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high:” Hebrews 1:3

Sometimes the scripture you read just makes you all sparkly inside...this is one of those scriptures for me...this one NEVER fails to make me feel all sparkly inside!

The power, the majesty of WHO and WHAT He IS is just too glorious to behold or comprehend for us...but this is one of the verses that helps illustrate it to me.

As I read the verse on my sidebar today, this is what my spirit answered with, or my "first impression" if you will, "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men. "

Think of it. He is holding everything together by the power of His Word! And after making our sins, our sins which are great, AS NOTHING! After making them as nothing, He took His seat at the right hand of Majesty on High!

Today the scripture from Hebrews led me to consider what our first impression of our Savior was. The Father in Heaven sent word to some working class people, who would appreciate the news, people who He could REACH with His good news! And this was the first impression He wanted for the news of the Christ Child to make:

"Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men."

Luke 2:14

Let those words live large inside of you today. In the midst of crisis, tragedy, and sometimes chaos, He came to give us peace, to give us hope, a SURE hope, an answer to everything that says, "Yes, bad things will sometimes happen, and sometimes good things, even GREAT things will happen. But all these things are surely temporary, merely dress rehearsal for an enternal Hope, an eternal future. That, my child, gives you PEACE, and a confident belief in my good will to you!"


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That just blows me away today! The fact that Our MIGHTY Father God in Heaven, wishes us, purposes towards us (He is NOT to be thwarted,Ya'll!) PEACE - and GOOD WILL!
How can we fail to come out good in this life? Not only in this life, but in the one to come!
Father, let my life be a thanks offering. Help me to serve you today, show your kindness, your excellence, your beauty as I serve those in my life. Help me to live a life that testifies of your peace and good will toward us!

10 comments:

Knit-Wit said...

Amen sister!

Denise said...

Preach it sweet sister, amen. I love you my friend.

StaceyStace said...

Yes, the Word of God can really make me feel sparkly! Except for when it makes me feel *convicted*, but then when I repent - sparkly all over again! ;)

Thanks!

luvmy4sons said...

Thank you for this post today. A hearty Amen! I just love your heart. Oh, and by the way not taking a break after all. See the blog! Love you!

Sharon Brumfield said...

Good will toward ME!
Yes,sparkly feelings are felt. :)
Sometimes just the thought that He thinks about me blows my mind.

MelanieJoy said...

Peace and hope.....
Thank you for your prayers of my friend LeaAnn....I really need to hear your thought about giving the Dr.'s something to be amazed by...
I've been praying that too...
May God bless you!

A Stone Gatherer said...

Sweet! That's for sharing your sparkle!

Carole said...

I am glad you are being a good caretaker. (I read between the lines).

I am so glad the scripture makes you sparkly inside. But the really cool thing is that it makes you a better person. God transforms you--and how can I tell? By the way you take care of your family. Good job girlie.

Nicki said...

YES, YES, Yes!!! This was great!! Loved it!!

freetofly said...

Karolee, Denise - thanks! & Ditto!

Stacey - So true!

Leslie - :) Thanks you! So glad you are stickin' around! You too!

Sharon - A little sparkle is a good thing, huh?! Yes, Good Will towards YOU! :)

Melanie Joy - Cheers for peace & hope! Yes, pls keep us posted on your friend...Thank you.

Hey, Kim! - Thank you!

Carole - You are so good to me! You never cease to warm my heart & give me a smile! Thank you!

Nicki- Thanks, Girly!

TO ALL - Hope your day is going well!

xoxo,
Maria

What Does it Mean Anyway? "Free to Fly"...

Well, it's like this: Here are some of the Webster's Dictionary definitions of Free: a : having the legal and political rights of a citizen b : enjoying civil and political liberty c : enjoying political independence or freedom from outside domination d : enjoying personal freedom : not subject to the control or domination of another2 a : not determined by anything beyond its own nature or being : choosing or capable of choosing for itself...having a scope not restricted by qualification 7 a : not obstructed, restricted, or impeded ...Now, here are some of the Webster's Dictionary definitions of Fly:1 a : to move in or pass through the air with wings b : to move through the air or before the wind or through outer space c : to float, wave, or soar in the air ... a : to take flight ...6 : to work successfully ...Examples which apply from Websters: fly high : to be elated - fly in the face of or fly in the teeth of : to stand or act forthrightly or brazenly in defiance or contradiction of

What does this mean in my life? This means that in life we are meant to be free. While historically mankind has not always enjoyed the opportunity to fully appreciate what that means, we are so indescribably fortunate as to live in a time of the greatest spiritual, physical, financial and political freedom ever known. Freedom doesn't come cheap, nor does it come easy. But the best things in life don't come that way do they? As I write this I am struck by how this sounds like a political statement, and for me this is much more of a spiritual thing, but, same goes for that (political that is). Freedom doesn't come easy. And it's worth whatever fight you have to make to overcome in your life in order to live a life that succeeds. Now the questions is - what is success for you? What is your standard? In my mind what is needed is a definite target - because you can't hit and maintain a moving target. A stable, rock-solid, anchor with no variable, yet multi-faceted. Something pure, just and worthy. If you look at any web page of news you can see that our society is certainly lacking in this area. What a great time to live as a rebel! Nowadays to be a rebel, all you have to do is be willing to engage in the battle of life, while anchored to Christ!