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NO VACANCY

NO VACANCY!

Without reservations, motorists dread a no vacancy sign.

Travelers need rest before driving on to their destinations.

A lit and flashing NO VACANCY sign leaves them weary and discouraged.

Rest assured; heaven has plenty of rooms available.

 “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me.In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also (John 14:1-3 NKJV).”

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Christmas Candy Cravings

Christmas candies are part of holiday festivities; unfortunately, candy adds inches to our waistlines.

It’s hard to resist the many wonderful varieties; we’re tempted to sample them all.

Mom made delicious chocolate and peanut butter fudge and the delectable seven layer bars. She always placed hard sugar candies in special dishes and used an heirloom Depression glass dish for ribbon candy.

M & M’s and Hershey Kisses in colors of the season are popular choices for all ages. You’ll want to keep candy canes on hand for all visiting children.

Don’t forget divinity, thin mints and peanut brittle; they make great gifts.

We satisfy our sugar cravings in a number of ways.

We have a deeper desire that God alone can satisfy.

“How sweet are Your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth (Psalm 119:103 NKJV).”

His word is sweet; it satisfies our longings and adds wisdom to the soul.

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Simeon Saw Salvation

 “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth (John 1:14 KJV).”

It wasn’t hearsay.

Simeon saw salvation.

“And, behold, there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon; and the same man was just and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel: and the Holy Ghost was upon him.

And it was revealed unto him by the Holy Ghost, that he should not see death, before he had seen the Lord’s Christ.

And he came by the Spirit into the temple: and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him after the custom of the law,

Then took he him up in his arms, and blessed God, and said,

Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word:

For mine eyes have seen thy salvation,

Which thou hast prepared before the face of all people;

A light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel (Luke 2:25-32 KJV).”

JESUS is the light.

“Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life (John 8:12 KJV).

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Sleigh Bells

Is that sleigh bells I hear?

Jingle those bells!

Though I grew up in Syracuse, NY and traveled on snowy streets; it was always by car.

 I have never ridden in a winter sleigh or heard the sound of its sleigh bells ringing.

The closest I’ve come was watching Barbara Stanwyck & Dennis Morgan in a romantic scene from Christmas in Connecticut.

A much more important scene had Mary & Joseph in the leading roles.

Mary did not ride in a sleigh; instead she likely traveled by donkey.

“And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed.

(And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.)

And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.

And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:

To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.


And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.

And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn (Luke 2:1-7 KJV).”

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Gift…Through the Generations

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“And Jacob begat Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus, who is called Christ.

 So all the generations from Abraham to David are fourteen generations; and from David until the carrying away into Babylon are fourteen generations; and from the carrying away into Babylon unto Christ are fourteen generations.

 Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost (Matthew 1:16-18 KJV).”

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It’s a Boy!

‘It’s a boy!’

That was just what I wanted to hear; April had a baby brother.

I gave birth to both April and our son Lee before the sex of a child was routinely determined during pregnancy (through ultrasound images-sonograms). We had hoped for a boy but had to wait to find out if hopes would become reality. Mary and Joseph did not have to wait.

‘It’s a boy!’

Gabriel told Mary.

And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God.

And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name Jesus.

He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David:

And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end (Luke 1:30-33 KJV).”

Joseph knew.

Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost.

Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a public example, was minded to put her away privily.

But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost.

And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name Jesus: for he shall save his people from their sins (Matthew 1:18-21 KJV).”

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Kingdom Storehouse

A pantry door swings both ways.

It allows access to shelved items inside and a way back out to use what we found. Prayer serves as a doorway into God’s kingdom storehouse.

Through intercessory prayer, we ask in behalf of others and He gives according to His perfect will.

“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and it will be opened to you Matthew 7:7 NKJV).”

Christ Jesus is the door, not only to the Father’s storehouse of blessings but also to eternal salvation.

“I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture (John 10:9 NKJV).”

How do we enter God’s kingdom?

“Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me (John 14:6 NKJ).”

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Forgetful?

Selective hearing is a malady experienced by many. The root cause is still under investigation. It can begin at any age and shows no sign of eradication. Early symptoms include disinterest in those around them; occasional grunts and refusal to make eye contact.

The problem seems to spread quickly. Selective memory is another must to avoid. We seem to be able to recall wrongs done against us, favors owed by others and personal recognition. Our memory blurs in cases of our wrongs and times people treated us kindly.

God pours out His blessings, delivers us from danger and makes His presence known. If He delays an answer to prayer we forget His countless answers. Blessings come and we forget to say thank you. It is easy to see that selective memory hits too close to home.

“They forgot God their Savior,
who did great things in Egypt,
wonderful works in the land of Ham,
awe-inspiring acts at the Red Sea (Psalm 106:21-22 HCSB)
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Is He that easy to forget?

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The Footstool

I once had a milking stool.

No, I wasn’t a farmer’s daughter and I’ve never milked a cow. I was in high school and my steady boyfriend was a farmer’s son. He helped his dad on their dairy farm. He made the milking stool in school shop class and I was the recipient. Not long after, the boy broke up with me and I returned the stool to its rightful owner.

It was too tall to use as a footstool.

The earth is God’s footstool!

“Again, you have heard that the ancients were told, ‘You shall not make false vows, but shall fulfill your vows to the Lord.’But I say to you, take no oath at all, neither by heaven, for it is the throne of God,  nor by the earth, for it is the footstool of His feet, nor by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King.Nor shall you take an oath by your head, for you cannot make a single hair white or black. But make sure your statement is, ‘Yes, yes’ or ‘No, no’; anything beyond these is of evil origin (Matthew 5:33-35 NASB).”

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‘You Called?’

‘You called?’

I’m not among the rich or famous and have never had a maid or butler. Yet, I’ve seen enough movies to know the drill.

The lady of the house rings a bell and the servant rushes to give assistance.

‘You called?’

I wonder how many aspiring actors and actresses have taken rolls as butlers and maids. Standing erect they faced cameras and read their lines.

‘You called?’

Servants are at the beckoned call of their employers. When called, they’re expected to quickly respond.

At a very early age, Samuel needed to listen to the One who called him.

“Now the Lord came and stood and called as at other times, ‘Samuel! Samuel!’

And Samuel answered, ‘Speak, for Your servant hears (1 Samuel 3:10 NKJV).”

God still calls us by name. Will I hear?

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