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The Season is Nigh

Do you hear what I hear? A time of remembrance…

The Season is Nigh

The season is nigh
The time has come
God all powerful
Three in One

The time has come
Now is near
Listen carefully
Do you hear what I hear

Time had come
His gift Divine
His only Begotten
Fullness of time

God ever merciful
Full of grace
In our unfaithfulness
He paid for our disgrace

When the time was right
Our Gift is Christ
Miracle of Oil
Eternal Light

© laurette laster 2021

Hanukkah begins on Kislev 24, tomorrow night, November 28th on the Gregorian calendar. Our Jewish brothers and sisters light the first candle of the menorah in remembrance, commemorating the miracle of oil.

Are you familiar with Hanukkah? The Hanukkah story includes so many rich deep prophetic images, The Servant Candle, the miracle of oil, taking back the temple, rededication, lighting the menorah with only enough oil for one night available, due to the shortage of purified oil. If you are not I recommend you study this.

Our celebration of Christmas and the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah have many similarities. We know the Light of the World is Christ. Our Messiah is Christ Jesus. He paid the price to rededicate our earthly body back to God, cleansed by His blood, becoming a temple for God’s presence, anointed, housing the oil, giver of life, the light, the life, the eternal promise of Christ’s redemption. Yes, I Believe! It is a miracle.

When man reaches for God we call it prayer, when God reached down to man, we call it CHRIST-MASS. A Savior was born to be our King.

“For today in the city of David a Savior is born for you, He is Christ the Messiah” (Luke 2:11).

Yes I Believe! It is still the greatest miracle ever known to mankind.

“And of His kingdom there shall be no end”

“He will be great and eminent and will be called the Son of the Most High; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David; and He will reign over the house of Jacob (Israel) forever, and of His kingdom there shall be no end.””
‭‭Luke‬ ‭1:32-33‬ ‭AMP‬‬

God bless you and keep you and make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you. The Lord cause His countenance to rise upon you and give you Shalom.

Until next time, thank you for listening with me. Laurette

Do you hear what I hear…

poetry

Thanks Giving

I pray you make time for your gratitude list

Thanks Giving

I will give you thanks as long as I live; I will raise my hands to you in prayer. (Psalm 63:4 GNT)

Turkey and Dressing
And pumpkin pie
Giblet gravy and fixings
My oh my

I love all the food
I have a traditional twist
But where shall we go
To make our gratitude list

The table of course
We gather not scatter
It is family time spent
That truly matters

Maybe your family
Is not so traditional
Whatever you do
Make it conditional

Conditioned and slathered
Covered with love
Overflowing with thankfulness
We can all have a part of

Making this world
A better place
Wouldn’t it be heartbreaking
And even a disgrace

To not set aside
A determined time
To be eternally grateful
I think it would be a crime

You can be the one
To make the change
Set a table
Invite the gang

Invite the crew
gather around
Start the list
Of blessings that abound

List at least one
Of the blessings that make you glad
You’ll find countless others
There are many yet to add

I know of one thing
That God has blessed you with
May I help you begin
Your gratitude list

I thank The Lord for you
The breath in your lungs
Now go ahead
Your turn, take the plunge

Make a list
Check it twice
I am so grateful
For this life

Filled with you my friends
That have gathered here
I wish you all
A Great-ful Thanksgiving this year.

laurette laster © 2018 Thanksgiving

“And as he entered into a certain town, there met him ten men that were lepers, who stood afar off; And lifted up their voice, saying: Jesus, master, have mercy on us. Whom when he saw, he said: Go, shew yourselves to the priests. And it came to pass, as they went, they were made clean. And one of them, when he saw that he was made clean, went back, with a loud voice glorifying God. And he fell on his face before his feet, giving thanks: and this was a Samaritan. And Jesus answering, said, Were not ten made clean? and where are the nine? There is no one found to return and give glory to God, but this stranger. And he said to him: Arise, go thy way; for thy faith hath made thee whole.”
‭‭St Luke‬ ‭17:12-19‬ ‭

God bless you and keep you and make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you. The Lord cause His countenance to rise upon you and give you Shalom.

Until next time, thank you for listening with me. Laurette

Happy Thanksgiving. This celebration is incorporated from our Puritan brothers and sisters.

The festival of Sukkot, gathering, celebrating, sharing, and tabernacling with our Lord.

Did you know the cornucopia is fashioned from the shofar?

Or that the booths at state fairs and carnivals are imitations is the sukkahs and celebrations?

As we clearly see, leaving God out it becomes twisted and marred, But, at the root the treasure to rebuild remains.

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No To Holiday Blues

“Don’t neglect to show hospitality, for by doing this some have welcomed angels as guests without knowing it” (Hebrews 13:2).

No to Holiday Blues

The leaves have fallen, seasons change is here
Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays draw near.
Remember the reason and be fully present
Never give up, pull back, or become hesitant.

The holiday blues are sure to pass you by
If you’re determined to do this, not just try.
For try, never accomplished not one thing,
Just fills us full with regret, and leaves us wondering.

The spirit of the holidays is for pouring out love
Just as we’re shown from heaven above.
Rejoicing and sharing out of our abundance
It’s the measure of our heart – never redundant.

If you find you are lonely and start to feel blue
Look around and you’ll find someone who,
Has need of much and is lacking provision
Then simply turn and make this decision.

It is more blessed to give than it is to receive
It works different in ‘The kingdom’ for those who believe.
For when we love and do good to all people,
We become the church, not merely a building holding a steeple.

© laurette laster

Keeping things in perspective during the holidays…

The holidays can be a lonely time, especially if there has been a break in the family, or worse the death of a loved one. “It is more blessed to give” and extremely difficult, almost impossible when we are hurting, and our pain and wound is raw, and real, and fresh, and tender. We understand, Jesus Christ, taught this as a remedy, and a healing balm for broken hearts and wounded emotions, but even more our Savior walked this out for us, becoming our ensample.

Remember: Not everyone is in love; Everybody else doesn’t have it all; Every family isn’t together; Some families are dreading being together; Some will avoid family gatherings; BUT, some will find the beauty of the season and Give to those less fortunate. This is the time to Give Back and share with others, from the abundance The Lord has blessed you with. Go find someone in need and help them, you’ll never regret being the hands and feet of Jesus. Take His light into someone’s darkness and witness His glory transform their lives.

Look around, I dare you…

I double dog dare you…

“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me” (Matthew 25:40 NIV).

“Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers” (Galatians 6:10 NIV).

God bless you and keep you and make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you. The Lord cause His countenance to rise upon you and give you Shalom.

Until next time, thank you for listening with me. Laurette

poetry

Fallen Acorn

There is beauty scattered all around. I pray we do not overlook the simple seasonal joys, like one single acorn next to a fallen leaf.

“They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor.”

Fallen Acorn

Once we were acorns
Secure and held tight
Then came the time
Much to my fright

Branches were jostled
Winds caused shaking
And just like that
To the ground we went quaking

Where is my crown
I steadied to see
What has happened
To you and me

Christ left His glory
Taking off His crown
He was born
Raised from hard ground

We have come
For such a time as this
Acorns must fall
To form Oaks of righteousness

Might be scary
Dark and lonely
But time will tell
Which is only

Our crowns are for Him
To lay at His feet
Once the acorns
Leave the tree

Fallen and planted
In God’s harvest field
Oaks of righteousness
Increase the yield

Gems in His crown
Fashioned in deep ground
Once we were acorns
Lost but now found

So we mustn’t fear
planting season
Buried and forgotten
Profound reason

In maturity we understand
Soon we will see
Being fruitful is beautiful
Acorns do fall from our very own tree

© laurette laster

In this picture the acorn is almost obscure, yet it is the only thing in the picture with hope of a future. Many years ago our oaks were heavy with fruit. One windy afternoon as the trees were casting off acorns I saw how it is much the same as we are released into the earth.

The psalmist describes our days were written, past tense, in The Book, His Book, His Story written long before we came.

“You saw who You created me to be before I became me! Before I’d ever seen the light of day, the number of days You planned for me were already recorded in your book”
‭‭(Psalms‬ ‭139:16‬ ‭TPT‬‬).

Acorns are attached to the tree with a covering, a crown and with the power to reproduce…

Think about it.

I pray this season you search and find your worth and value in His calling, covered in His righteousness and filled with His truth. I pray you fulfill the Hope of His calling; I pray the Hope He has in you be experienced in overwhelming waves. That dirt may be just what you need.

“I pray that the light of God will illuminate the eyes of your imagination, flooding you with light, until you experience the full revelation of the hope of his calling —that is, the wealth of God’s glorious inheritances that he finds in us, his holy ones!” (Ephesians‬ ‭1:18‬ ‭TPT‬‬).

“to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes,
the oil of joy instead of mourning,
and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair.
They will be called oaks of righteousness,
a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor.

I delight greatly in the Lord; my soul rejoices in my God. For he has clothed me with garments of salvation and arrayed me in a robe of his righteousness, as a bridegroom adorns his head like a priest, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.”
‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭61:3, 10‬ ‭NIV‬‬

God bless you and keep you and make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you. The Lord cause His countenance to rise upon you and give you Shalom.

Until next time, thank you for listening with me. Laurette

poetry

Be not broken

“Do not be afraid, for I am with you.”
Isaiah 41:10

Excerpt from poem, Winds of Change

“God does remind us if we look we’ll find
It isn’t so difficult it’s all in the mind
How I imagine and fear it could be
Remember, His plans only good toward me”

© laurette laster

After the toughest battles we realize we were never alone.

Understanding “we are here”, at this time, for this purpose, in this season, in this chaos, for His good pleasure can be challenging yet invigorating, for others, overwhelming.

Large shopping centers have signs at the entrance and on each level, to help us find our way. Stores, restaurants, restrooms and exits, as well as stairs or escalators are placed in scale for our help.

Seeing ‘you are here’ can be incredibly comforting. Seeing where we are, we can locate the desired destiny, and begin toward our desired location.

Do not be dismayed, the Jewish commentators, with the Targum interpret as: [be not broken].

My prayer for you today, may you hear our Savior say, “you are here”, be not broken, for I Am your Savior, Jesus Christ and I Am with you, I will be your comfort. (John 14:16)

Don’t be dismayed [be not broken], for I am your God. I will strengthen you. Yes, I will help you. Yes, I will uphold you with the right hand of my righteousness” (Isaiah‬ ‭41:10‬ ‭WMBBE‬‬).

“God does remind us if we look we’ll find
It isn’t so difficult it’s all in the mind
How I imagine and fear it could be
Remember, His plans are only good toward me”

I pray you pause in His presence…selah

and remember, His plans are only good toward you!

God bless you and keep you and make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you. The Lord cause His countenance to rise upon you and give you Shalom.

Until next time, thank you for listening with me. Laurette

poetry

What is a Veteran-Never Forget!

What is a Veteran

What is a Veteran and what does this mean
I’m new to the area can you explain this to me

The answer came as intently I listened
Their words made their eyes brim over and glisten

Well it’s a deep subject but allow me to try
It’s about hope and security how to diversify

God called forth a land that would require protection
So He created brave hearts, ones that would serve without objection

He brought them forth, calling them soldiers
Placing in their heart a call and a responsibility to shoulder

What would they do where would they go
Wherever their country needed to show

Freedom comes at a great cost is not without trials
They left the comfort of home trekking across the miles

While we were safe in our homes resting in our beds
They would face fear and oftentimes dread

A Veteran is someone with a special call
Where the fight they fight is for the good of all

Maybe it will help if I can spell it out for you
The bravest men and women, the Red White and Blue

V is for how Voluntarily they put their life on the line

E is for Everyday never an offer of part time

T is for Total commitment given to protect our land

E is for Everything endured by their families as they took their stand

R is for Readily serving keeping us free to enjoy this security

A is Audaciously serving with a stouthearted maturity

N is for Never, no Never could we repay
So yes we did, we set aside a very special day

That is a Veteran but this is only in part
They are brave men and women with a warriors protective heart

They are a different breed loyal and true
Specially created by God to do what they do

Because of their bravery Veterans led the way
Yes, oh yes we have set aside this special day

Today we enjoy freedom in this great nation
They didn’t tuck tail and run, but served with heartfelt dedication

This is just a glimpse of a Veteran’s heart and today and everyday we are extremely grateful
So yes, yes we did we set aside this day to say, thank you for your service, you’ve been so faithful

© laurette laster

Saying thank you seems so small in comparison to their service. These brave men and women have fought, and even today take their watch. They deserve our respect and all of our gratitude. We owe them a debt of gratitude for all they have given us. I pray we never forget, nor fail to teach and share the price of freedom with the generations behind us. And to tell them all these brave men and women have done; the price paid for freedom by these brave men and women, and their families who served and serve along side them, on the home front, thousands of miles away.

The thrill of Victory still reverberates in the soil and in the soul of the USA 🇺🇸. It is still felt all across our land. Take a moment and listen…

I hear the heartbeat of America, can you hear it? 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸

GOD BLESS AMERICA AND GOD BLESS YOU! IT IS TIME TO TAKE A STAND! Stand up for what you believe.

God called forth this nation with a plan and a purpose. Our victories were not happenstance or the will or luck of man. The USA has God’s purpose woven into our very core, Christianity is the rebar and in our DNA, AND she is not through yet. Do not think God has forgotten these brave men and women. I believe there is a special seat and an assigned section at the marriage supper for the brave men and women, alongside other leaders, those who have fought and still fight today, willing take the call to fight for justice. Without “this” freedom the good news, The Gospel of our Savior, Jesus Christ, would not be preached across the airways.

Think about what you just read. The gospel of JESUS CHRIST is preached through the airways, from the United States of America to the whole world. What an assignment, what a call.

Women especially need to look around and then fall on your knees and thank the Lord God of heaven you were born in the USA! And not use your freedom for vain purposes! Jesus Christ did more to liberate women so we could be free to serve the Living God!

Our God and Savior created liberty, in Christ we have liberty. Jesus Christ died to set us free. God loves Liberty, proving this by willingly sending His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, who willingly laid down His life, that we may be forgiven of our sins and be set free to serve The Living God! Yes I believe Jesus will have a special section for our brave soldiers!

God saw a need and placed inside them a brave heart, a heart to protect life and liberty, and answer the call to serve, that the gospel can be preached to all the earth.

God bless you and keep you and make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you. The Lord cause His countenance to rise upon you and give you Shalom.

Until next time, thank you for listening with me. Laurette

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Thanks Be To Our God

Embracing November

“It is a good thing to give thanks unto the LORD, And to sing praises unto Thy name, (Psalm 92:1)

Thanks be to our God

Giver of love and grace
Giver of all things good
If you haven’t reflected lately
Maybe now we could

Thanks be to our God
Sustainer and Protector
Thanks Be To our God
Author and Perfecter

Thanks Be to our God
The Speaker of Peace
Thanks Be To our God
Calling Storms to Cease

Thanks Be To our God
Faithful Supplier and Forgiver
Thanks Be To God
May we be Thankful Forever

© laurette laster

Thankfulness, when truly embraced and purposeful, ALWAYS, ushers light into the darkest night, thankfulness calls forth a deluge of hope, doubt once drowned, allows streams of living water to freely flow, in the form we readily know as tears, flowing over rocky places clearing the stream and watering fallow ground. Trials and struggles not understood can blind and harden us. “It is Satan, Not God, who comes to steal, kill and destroy.” (John 10:10)

The toughest trials and most strenuous training produce the greatest athletes. It is God who is working in us…

All things work together for good to those who are called, who love Him…

Christ calls and equips, teaches and trains us to co-mission and operate in the kingdom of God, with principles of life, and that more abundantly.

Knowing He was headed to Golgotha, Christ took the bread, gave thanks and brake it, (Matthew 26:26-28, Mark 14:22-24, Luke 22:17-19, John 6:51).

Our merciful Savior went through the beating, shredding, bloody Cross for us! Knowing His body would be broken and His blood poured out…
And He gave thanks! Christ knew the joy that was to come.

He endured the shame of the Cross…

When we cannot be thankful for our difficult circumstances, we can be eternally thankful for our salvation, worked completely in Christ our Messiah, knowing earth is not our home, but instead our mission field.

But during our time here, Jesus said His desire and gift is that our time be full of abundant life and thanksgiving.

I pray your praise drown out your pain, I pray your praise usher you unto the courts of our God, and just for today you catch a glimpse of glory that fills you with new wine. I pray your praise turn your misery into ministry and your hopelessness into possibilities, your despair into deeper knowledge of His goodness and most of all I pray you know you are loved by our merciful Savior!

“It is a good thing to give thanks unto the LORD, And to sing praises unto Thy name, O most High: To shew forth Thy lovingkindness in the morning, And Thy faithfulness every night,”
‭‭Psalm‬ ‭92:1-2‬ ‭KJV‬‬

The Passion Translation

“It’s so enjoyable to come before You with uncontainable praises spilling from our hearts!
How we love to sing our praises over and over to You, to the matchless God, high and exalted over all!
At each and every sunrise we will be thanking You for Your kindness and Your love.
As the sun sets and all through the night, we will keep proclaiming, “You are so faithful!””
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭92:1-2‬ ‭TPT

God bless you and keep you and make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you. The Lord cause His countenance to rise upon you and give you Shalom!

Until next time, thank you for listening with me. Laurette

poetry

Morning’s Birth

The prayers of the saints
Cover the earth
Settled dense vapor
Over morning’s birth

Seeing pure white
Concealing the ground
Blanket of fog
Does abound

Likened to glory
Rising smoke of incense
Pleasant to the nostrils
His glory intense

Prayers of gratitude
Golden sensors of fire
Fragrant incense
Prayers of praise inspire

© laurette laster 2021

Doxa (Dox’-Ah)

Strong’s #1391

– glory

I glimpse a touch of what God’s glory must be. I sense God’s glory covering the earth. His glory, that filled Solomon’s temple. The glory so heavy the priests were unable to minister.

Prostrate, unable to stand, unable to offer any manmade language or action, simply pressed down in worship. Paralyzed and prostrate, pressed down and waiting, weighted, wanting and pressed down, waiting to hear His voice.

Dense fog paralyzes, but once it encounters the sun (Son), fog changes, becoming liquid, melting into drops, falling to the earth…

Yes, I believe His glory abounds toward us, melting us, inspiring us to praise.

Isaiah 55, Isaiah, through God’s interpretation encourages us to seek Him while He is near. Isaiah teaches us God’s word is like spiritual water, watering the earth, with purpose and provision.

Prophetic prayers, declared and decreed, usher God’s word and His Will into the very atmosphere He created. God’s living, active, powerful, sharp, double edged, eternal word, spoken, yet again, by us. What a privilege!

Spoken, then released into the atmosphere, God’s creative word, blanketing and covering the earth. His WORD, which is Jesus Christ, and our prayers are yes and amen, to His glory.
Heaven and earth may pass away, but…
The word of God stands forever!

My prayer is that you praise until your entire being, spirit and heart meet His.

Once pressed and prostrate, pray; oh Lord soften the hearts of the wounded, the weak, the scared, the scarred, the blind, the lame, those taken captive.

Spirit of the Living God, anoint us and appoint us.

Once touched by the Son we are never the same!

Philippians 2:11
And every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Praise ushers in glory

“in unison when the trumpeters and singers were to make themselves heard with one voice praising and thanking the Lord, and when they raised their voices accompanied by the trumpets and cymbals and [other] instruments of music, and when they praised the Lord, saying, “For He is good, for His mercy and lovingkindness endure forever,” then the house of the Lord was filled with a cloud, so that the priests could not remain standing to minister because of the cloud; for the glory and brilliance of the Lord filled the house of God.”
‭‭2 Chronicles‬ ‭5:13-14‬ ‭AMP‬‬

God bless you and keep you and make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you. The Lord cause His countenance to rise upon you and give you Shalom.

Until next time, thank you for listening with me. Laurette

poetry

If Praise is a Prayer

Embracing November

What is the password?

Praise

Zamar (Zaw-Mar’)

Strongs #2167

– to touch the strings or parts of a musical instrument
– to play upon it, to make music accompanied by the voice
– to celebrate in song and music
– to strike (a musical instrument / strings) with fingers

If Praise is a Prayer
(Excerpt)

If Proverbs are wisdom
Teaching what is admirable
Then find me studying
To know what is desirable

If thoughts become actions
Pointing to direction
May my soul long for You
With all my affection

If circumstances change
and oh how they will;
May I always be found
In faith, waiting and still

Until that song
Of heightened praise
Gushes out of my belly
Like rivers of living water, amaze

© laurette laster

As there are several words for praise there are also several different instruments for sound. Unique instruments in the hands of skilled musicians, following specific musical notes bring harmony, so it is in the kingdom.

Praising God invites His presence into our chaos, teaching us to become harmonious with His ways.
And, we look to Christ, soon the world is drowned out and being found in Christ, we become part of God’s symphony.

The things of earth become strangely dim…

Strong’s 4858

The word symphony is derived from Greek συμφωνία (symphonia), meaning “agreement or concord of sound”, “concert of vocal or instrumental music”, from σύμφωνος (symphōnos), “harmonious” (Oxford English Dictionary).

From sumphonos; unison of sound (“symphony”), i.e. A concert of instruments (harmonious note) — music.

Strong’s 4859 sýmphōnos (from 4862 /sýn, “closely identify with” and 5456 /phōnḗ, “voice,” which is the root of the English term, “symphony“) – properly, be of one voice (voice the same opinion);

Our hearts long for harmony with one another, how much more does our God long for us to be in harmony with Him?

“Hallelujah! Praise the Lord! My innermost being will praise You, Lord! I will spend my life praising You and singing high praises to You, my God, every day of my life!”
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭146:1-2‬ ‭TPT‬‬

“You can pass through His open gates with the password of praise. Come right into His presence with thanksgiving. Come bring your thank offering to Him and affectionately bless His beautiful name!”
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭100:4‬ ‭TPT‬‬

God bless you and keep you and make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you. The Lord cause His countenance to rise upon you and give you Shalom.

Until next time, thank you for listening with me. Laurette

poetry

A Cold Mountain Morning

Embracing November

Todah (To-Daw)

Strongs #8426

– an extension of the hand, adoration, a choir of worshippers

(Towdah)
– confession, sacrifice of praise, thanks, thanksgiving.

Cold Mountain Morning

It is a cold mountain morning
The fog settled in
I no longer see the river
Where it starts or where it ends

A cold mountain morning
Nestled, warming by the fire
Again I’m led to praise
When I arise, as when I retired

Thanking God for many things
His word, His loving kindness
Brings justice to the oppressed
Those hardened by the blindness

A cold mountain morning
My heart flutters at the thought
A life led by His Spirit
Gifted, never bought

I bow my knees
I raise my hands
Prayers from a mountain
Flows across the Land

I praise The Lord of heaven
I praise The Lord our King
What can I thank Him for
I’m thankful for everything

The good the bad the difficult
The fearful, tearful and hard
Knowing I Am, protects me
Piecing together every shard

A cold mountain morning
Finds me totally enraptured
My spirit born again to praise
My soul, I Am has captured

© laurette laster Nov 2021
Eureka Springs

Our cabin is on a bluff 550 feet above the White River and overlooking Inspiration Valley; we didn’t know. We waited a little late to make reservations for our anniversary trip this year, thinking of going South, instead prompted to go North. But God! We couldn’t be more pleased. The cabin is perfect, with scripture above the mantle, and the view is, well inspirational. We are very close to the Kings River, a tributary to White River. I know who opened this cabin for us.

We’ve been to Prayer Mountain several times, we’ve been to the River Walk, and now The White River overlooking Inspiration Valley. The view of Inspiration Valley is right outside our back patio.

Sometime during the night a dense heavy fog rolled in. I excitingly opened the curtains reaching for the door knob, and I was shocked and the milky white blanket covering Inspiration Valley.

But, I saw Inspiration Valley the night before, so I know…

This reminds me of being led by His Spirit,
The cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night, led the children of Israel through the wilderness.

So it is, with us. Being led by His Spirit, we walk by faith. Praise opens the way along the journey, just as when David brought the Arc of the covenant back to Jerusalem. Having seen then seeking, David stopped, often, to sacrifice and praise, understanding after the death of Uzzah. We see the result of reaching out to protect the Presence of God. It is deadly. We do not protect nor deliver God or His presence. God is our deliverer and our rewarder, we allow Him to flow through us.

It is a gift. And God loves and inhabits the praises of His people. When we praise He draws even closer.

“Everything I am will praise and bless the Lord!
O Lord, my God, Your greatness takes my breath away, overwhelming me by Your majesty, beauty, and splendor!
I will sing my song to the Lord as long as I live! Every day I will sing my praises to God.
May You be pleased with every sweet thought I have about You, for You are the source of my joy and gladness.”
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭104:1, 33-34‬ ‭TPT‬‬

So Todah- we praise and bring thanksgiving, especially when it is a sacrifice. Even when we don’t see it, feel it. and think we may never see “it” again. We praise Him because our God is worthy of our praise, regardless of circumstances and regardless of our “it”.

And just like that the fog has melted, and the grandeur and beauty of our God is evident; Once again…

Leaving only faint traces before leaving.

In the fire of affliction we draw warmth from His Promises, they are yes and amen to the glory of Jesus Christ. In spite of our difficulties; We praise Him!

God bless you and keep you and make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you. The Lord cause His countenance to rise upon you and give you Shalom.

Until next time, thank you for listening with me. Laurette