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Out for Delivery

The Prophecy-The Promise-The Praise-The Peace

The angles and the heavenly host praised, saying “Glory to God in the highest.”
Today we are assured their praise was with full understanding of Jesus mission, The purpose of His coming, The Cross. The story of Jesus born as our Perfect Spotless Sacrificial Lamb making legal entry becomes more evident at His death, from the first announcement to shepherds.

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…The long awaited prophecy, delivered, when the time had come. And we find ourselves with a front row seat at the opening scene as all of heaven rejoiced before shepherds. The plan from before the foundation of the world was the News of the day. Today.

Was it the angelic praise? Could it have been hearing the heavenly host declaration? Or was it the promise of peace on earth and goodwill toward men that made the shepherds go and see and seek? Or was it the magnitude of all of the above?
I can only imagine their excitement in this Holy night. Saying to one another let’s go see this thing that has come to pass that God has made known to us.

Oh the magnitude of The First Christmas Message! I can feel the Spirit Of rejoicing.

“And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying: “Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!” So it was, when the angels had gone away from them into heaven that the shepherds said to one another, “Let us now go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has come to pass, which the Lord has made known to us.””
Luke 2:13-15 NKJV

tis the season tis the Reason

Out for Delivery

Good news your package is set for delivery today. Exciting news your package is out for delivery today.

Why now this time of travel

I don’t recall mention of this

No it was Hail Mary highly favored

I’ve been sent to tell you this

 

You shall conceive and bring forth a Son

You are to call His Name Jesus

Journey to Bethlehem now part of the story

House of bread, now Living He frees us

 

But we can look back now

At the traditions we’ve been taught

Have we forsaken reality

Is it exactly as we thought

 

It really wasn’t so silent

On that starry night

Only those engaged

Were aware of this holy sight

 

The journey was very grueling

Ninety miles in that day

Was an arduous event

For the two who were in the way

 

The journey had taken a toll

You know on Mary in her condition

She probably wasn’t complaining

Perhaps unsettled in the transition

 

For the two it wasn’t really calm

Many were bustling all around

Gathering into the village

To register each in their own town

 

As history has painted

Oh A glorious sight indeed

But only to those who had chosen

To bow their ear His Voice did heed

 

For the two who walked this out

Their commitment was experiential

But to those of us who read

We know every detail was very essential

 

He was working His plan of salvation

God was going to redeem mankind

The plan indeed had been written

Had its beginning long before this time

 

A decree was written then issued

Requiring that all must register

A census now would be gathered

Could Caesar know about our visitor from heaven

 

Why now the need to take a count

What better timing of events to record

Those written and spoken by the prophets

Not one minute detail could be ignored

 

Coming up from Nazareth

What did Joseph see

The journey dangerous and hard

Delivering to us, eternity

 

Wait this is just a business journey

To Bethlehem for the two

But how was Mary feeling

Aware of what was to ensue

 

Oh this seat we have been given

To view our Masters satisfaction

They however were living this out

Instructed only to follow a lawful action

 

When the days had been accomplished

Mary’s delivery time did come

All of heaven stooped to watch

The Birth of Jesus her newborn Son

 

Yes we should keep records

Of such marvelous timely events

We who sit in the stadium of time

Watching and waiting for redemptions ascent

 

He came to suffer

Our sacrifice to die

But not once in Heaven is it recorded

That this event would make them cry

 

For all of Heaven rejoiced

The Angels made a proclamation

Because He entered in legally

Heavens sacrifice for salvation

 

A glorious night yes I’ll say

When shepherds heard the news

Today in the city of David

Good News, God’s gift was delivered for you

 

laurette laster © 2018 November

Last year as I reread the birth of Christ, from Luke’s gospel it became apparent to me that delivery messages are exactly the message God used, or should I say the companies were using God’s original message. Your package has been delivered, said two thousand plus years ago. And today is still the most heralded message. The message poured out with angelic rejoicing as the heavens opened above Temple Shepherds in the field who were watching and keeping the sheep.

 

Yes The Child born of a virgin, the promised Messiah, the One who would be born to save His people from their sins, the One to be a great light to those who sat in darkness,  had been prophesied. The town, the mission, and the reason were known, but some still missed the most heralded news known to man.

Good News

For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.

Today the long awaited arrival of Gods special delivery had come.

Good News your package has been delivered. Oh what glorious News. Have you been tracking The Arrival?

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

Merry Christmas

 

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A Christmas Heart

My prayer is that we make time for Christmas this year. With all the festivities and games, the plans and the parties, may we never lose our zeal and passion, nor take our eyes off of “The Gift” of JESUS, our MESSIAH, the HOPE, the LIGHT, the JOY, the LOVE of Christmas.

A Christmas Heart

Can you feel it in your heart
Christmas time- a special part
Consolation has come for Israel
That Prophets of old did foretell

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Do you feel Him in your heart
Immanuel, Salvations start
Gabriel’s news to Mary he gave
Birth of Messiah, born to save

God has come in flesh to dwell
Heavens glory did show and tell
About Messiah and His entrance
A virgin shall give birth, to His preeminence

Hearts will break, on bended knee
Giving thanks when they believe
The time had come for God’s own plan
Eternity set in the heart of man

No more to sing Oh Come, Oh Come Emmanuel
The Lord was born at Migdol Eder
He has come to save us from our sin
Of His kingdom there shall be no end

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Isaiah 9:6 NIV
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

Luke 1-31-33 NKJV
And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name JESUS. He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David. And He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there will be no end.

Ecclesiastes 3:11 NIV
He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.

Merry Christmas 🎄laurette

 

What makes this the most Wonderful time of the year? It is because this is the time we set aside each year to worship the birth of our Savior.

We are reminded by the lights, the sounds, and the smells, that Christmas is in the air.

Maybe we should remember to make this the most Worshipful time of the year. I pray we never get caught up in the festivities, and lose sight of the meaning of the season. We’ve heard and we know, Jesus is the reason for the season, but what about the meaning of Christmas.

By faith Wise men followed His star, looking for Him who is born King of the Jews. Saying we have come to worship Him.

The star which they had seen in the East went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was. When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceedingly great joy. And when they came into the house, they saw the young Child with Mary His mother and fell down and worshipped Him. And when they had opened their treasures, they presented gifts to Him: gold frankincense and myrrh. (Matthew 2:9-11)

They searched for many months, Jesus was a young child and He and Mary were in a house, not in the stable. Exceedingly great joy, They worshipped and presented their gifts to Him.

Months of searching, when they found Him, seeing His star, they fell down and worshipped Him.

Yes it is the most worshipful time of the year.

This makes me think of the lyrics to the song:

Behold your beautiful Savior, fall down worship Him the King born in Bethlehem.

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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It Is Free “Not Cheap”

It Is Free “Not Cheap”

Grace changes everything

The Work Jesus Accomplished is Holy!

John 1:17 grace and truth came through Jesus Christ-

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I write under inspiration
To share this story
I write under inspiration
To help set the captives free

He gifted me the ability
To share in all He has done
It is under His inspiration
The poetry doth come

He called my name and beckoned
I didn’t understand
Until came the inspiration
Summoned by His hand

I long to share the truth
Of a life of liberty
I write under His inspiration
To the God who set me free

It rhymes and has rhythm
Songs can freely flow
Under His inspiration
The gift began to grow

If you know the Author
He is summoning to you
Come up higher and closer
It’s up to you to choose

I write under inspiration
The story of His Son
About our God so Holy
To tell of all He’s done

His grace though freely given
In a world that makes it cheap
But just remember this one thing
It is mountain-ness steep

You cannot make Him common
Holy is the work He accomplished
He came to lift and take us out
His authority for the impoverished

To show those who see
Authority in His name
He did rise again
And expects from us the same

We must come up higher
Walk in His commandments and ways
Because these gifts and callings
Crucial for the coming days

I write under inspiration
To the struggling and the lost
Their are those who try to cheapen
Remember JESUS paid the ultimate cost

So as they peddle grace
Like tricks turned on the street
When grace is truly tasted
You’ll walk to a different beat

Beware of those who say
You can be happy in your sin
That is a lie and deception
Slithering in the vipers den

Snakes slither on their bellies
Licking up the dust
Set your thoughts above
Where neither moth nor rust

His power and grace have purpose
Eternal things spiritually discerned
It for this one reason
That earthly trash can be unlearned

So if you’re happy in your sin
Telling others this is grace
You my friend are spitting
In The Masters face

So please don’t make Him common
Holy is the work He accomplished
He came to lift and take us out
His authority for the impoverished

I write under inspiration
Today I feel I must warn
Those who want to cheapen grace
Have not truly been reborn

© laurette laster

Recently in prayer, in the early morning hours, this poem flowed.

First let me say and clarify, I am a recipient of God’s Amazing Grace. It is free, but it is not cheap.

There are some articles and posts I recently read that caused a twist in my gut, if I can speak plainly. Grace is free but it is not CHEAP. Recently as I was praying about my attitude The Lord revealed to me, my attitude isn’t off, I am discerning that there are those who are peddling His Holy Grace like cheap tricks with no real commitment or covenant rights.

Mercy covers all, grace came through Jesus Christ.

It is like paying a prostitute for sex, while exclaiming you are making love. Making love is confined within covenant, and this by God’s design. God has designed the art of love making to be between one man and one woman, in the art of Holy matrimony. I realize it may not be the most popular idea but it is His Holy Design and cannot be changed.

I know God’s Great Grace is freely available for anyone, regardless of what they’ve done or where they come from. There is no sin that cannot be forgiven and there is no sinner so far gone that cannot be changed by His Amazing Grace.

However when grace touches the (sinner) recipient, the sinner is changed at the very core and is made brand new.
If you haven’t been changed in the inner man, you weren’t touched and have not tasted His grace.

Romans 5
The apostle Paul says the old has passed away and the new is here.
Therefore if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come. The old is gone.

The grace Jesus Christ offers, lifts us up and out of a pit. Here are a few translations: a slimy pit, the pit of despair, a pit of destruction, a horrible pit, a desolate pit, a pit of confusion, a miry pit, and then God’s Great Grace sets our feet upon The Rock making our steps firm. So grace pulls us out and establishes our direction.

I am not in any way attempting to withhold His Grace from anyone, I am saying His Grace is Holy, and cannot be handled (fondled) or tossed around like a new toy. Once tasted, His Amazing Grace will be guarded and valued like the most precious gem, and taught with reverence.

God’s Grace allows us to walk through fire and not be burned or even smell like smoke. This grace erases the evidence and the smell of the old man from our lives. Once the smell is gone we do not want to go back.

His grace restores relationships and makes us bow down, even prostrating ourselves under the anointing of the Holiness.

Jesus said, “no one can come to Me less The Father draws them.” How much holier can it be?

We cannot be saved and be comfortable in our sin. Holy Spirit comes to convince (convict) us there is a way God desires for us to live.

Recently a friend shared this memory with me. While in prayer to The Lord, and repenting, she began crying out to Him. Telling Him how sorry she was for not fully surrendering and living the life He desired, she said He spoke these words to her, ” I won’t love you any less but you won’t know Me any more. She described a feeling of complete despair at His answer. Thinking His answer meant He would leave her, she was terrified at this thought. Later she realized what He meant. He would never quit loving her, yet she would never have the joy of knowing Him in a more intimate way than she did at that time. There couldn’t be a deeper walk with Him, an ongoing or a growing relationship wouldn’t be experienced without total surrender.

Beware of those who serve a common, cheap work of Christ, this is a cheap counterfeit.

The invitation is to whosoever, but His work on the Cross is Holy and Divine and is a game changer to those who are in covenant with Him. Those who have tasted His grace are changed and it is evident.

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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The Beaver Moon

Photos taken at daybreak!

Greg called and said you should go check out the moon in the West. I said I will. My coffee was brewing and I had a sense of urgency to go ‘now’ so I grabbed my keys, my camera throwing on a full length coat over my pj’s and dashed out the door. Out the door to snap a few pictures thinking no one should see me if I hurry. You know at least ten cars passed as I stood outside my car taking pictures.

Soon after returning home a friend text, “I saw you.” Oh well I’m glad I dashed or I would have missed this big orange moon at daybreak.

The Beaver Moon this morning at daybreak! It was an awesome sight! And I was caught in the act.

The moon was nestled

Resting atop the tree

What was it thinking

Was it waiting for me

What’s keeping her this morning

My time I’m biding

I’m bright and visible

Maybe she thinks I’m hiding

Perhaps Greg will tell her

Is she even aware

When I’m gone I’m gone

She cannot share

The moon nestled in that tree

I believe waiting for me

I captured a few photos

To share as you can see

A Full Beaver Moon

November of twenty and nineteen

Taken with my coat over my pj’s

Before coffee and caffeine

Someone said they saw me

Oh now what can I do

Just smile and post the pics

And share them with you 😉

© laurette laster

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Written in the Leaves

“If you’re unable to understand and believe what I’ve told you about the natural realm, what will you do when I begin to unveil the heavenly realm?”
John 3:12 TPT

Written in the Leaves

Some want their name written among stars
I want my written with the leaves
Then I’m reminded I am pleasing God
If I can let go and simply believe

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Some desire their names to be written in lights
I’ve decided mine belongs in the leaves
Reminding me I cannot go forward
Holding yesterday’s baggage and receive

All the good that God has
The gifts He is waiting to bestow
I’ve found nature teaches plainly
Quid pro quo-receive-let go

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What does nature teach
It has to die to live and grow
And if you want to receive the new
Well we simply have to let go

Why is this root work important
Why is it so complicated
Because simply my dear
That is how our Lord created

Line upon line, Day by day
You must be born from above
When we are most frustrated
May be His language of love

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Lord write my name in the leaves
And teach me to simply believe
That I am most pleasing to You
When I let go ready myself to receive

There is a leaf for your name
So today as you’re walking around
Stop and pick one up
Lift it up high above the ground

Pray God, surround me today
With Your good and perfect gifts
Then keep the leaf as a reminder He hears
Reminded to pray when you need a lift

Yes write our names in the leaves
Teach us how to let go
Remind us over and over
Train and teach us how to grow

In the simple and silly prayers
I’ve discovered we genuinely align
Is this how to be led by His Spirit
After all…….
each are His peculiar genuine unique design

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Early this morning I went to capture a few photos of the moon (I will post in another post). It was breathtaking.

Coming back, it was a small pile of leaves that caught and kept my attention. All the colors are magnificent. Even though they are dead and dying the colors are beautiful. I couldn’t refrain from taking a few photos.

In 2011, While driving home I was marveling at the beautiful fall foliage, thanking God for such beauty. He spoke something I’ll never forget. He said, “Laurette they are dead.” Talk about jerking me back into reality, and I thought, Lord, as a matter of fact yes they are. I hadn’t given that much thought before.

I ask Him, how can something dead be so vibrant and beautiful? He quickened to me this is what repentance looks like to Him. I caught a deeper revelation at the changing of the seasons. It might have been nice if He had left me reveling in the thoughts, allowing my emotions to be stirred, but He didn’t. No, He desired truth in my inward parts and I am grateful.

After all what is the prayer many of us pray: that God will give us the Spirit of wisdom and revelation so that we may know Him better, that the eyes of our understanding (hearts) be enlightened so that we may know the hope to which He has called us, oh and the riches of His glorious inheritance with the saints, His holy people.

When I was adding my signature to one of the pictures this thought came rushing out as a poem. What came to mind was inspired of The Lord. So many people have dreams and aspirations of their names written in lights and being seen or achieving great things reaching the stars, and these are good, when done with Gods favor and blessing.

Without God’s favor and provision, achieving worldly heights often leaves people more wanting, dealing with feelings of sadness or loneliness.

Finding the will and purpose of God for our life is what brings eternal value with true joy and contentment. Simple tasks and kind deeds, seeing needs and coming up with solutions have turned into businesses some million dollar ideas have come by meeting a need and taken off.
Knowing our loved ones are saved and born again is a longing fulfilled becoming a tree of life.

So today I believe many of us are realizing our stories and dreams, indeed are written among the leaves. Don’t become discouraged, we are a solution waiting to happen, we are not the problem.

I want to encourage you if the promise hasn’t manifested, snuggle down, He hasn’t forgotten us. Who knows it may come today, or it may be on the way or it is being matured by another root season. Either way it is coming.

If like me, you’re not where you thought you would be by now; the promise is being perfected and nourished allowing for deeper roots.

I want to encourage you with this, out of 7 plus billion people in this planet, we are His unique design. No other soul on this planet has our fingerprint. That alone is mind blowing to me. But God!

I don’t know what your finger print or prints will be left on, but I do know we shall reap if we faint not.

“Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”
John 3:3 KJV

“If you’re unable to understand and believe what I’ve told you about the natural realm, what will you do when I begin to unveil the heavenly realm?”
John 3:12 TPT

“But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light:”
1 Peter 2:9 KJV

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