Finding Flow 10/7/2022

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by Staci Stallings

For the past couple of years I’ve been intensely interested in the concept of flow or flow state. Some call it optimal performance state. Basically, it’s when you go from System 2 thinking (consciously thinking about something) to System 1 thinking (automatic thinking or subconscious thinking).

A good way of understanding it for most people is to think back to when you first started driving a car. At first, everything was new, and there was so much to pay attention to.  Just doing the brakes right was a problem. That is a great example of being in System 2 (conscious) thinking.

After a while, you began to just drive. In fact, now you can probably drive and eat. I’ve seen some women drive and put on their makeup. Some drink coffee, and as we all know, some think they’ve got the driving thing down so well they can text and drive (they can’t!). That’s System 1 (subconscious) thinking.

Flow is when you shift from consciously having to think about every step in what you’re doing, and instead, you just do it.  A basketball player, for example, doesn’t have to think “Dribble, dribble, dribble, pass” once they get good at it. Much of their actions and movement are very close to being automatic.

I like it when my writing is automatic.

(I’m not much of a fan of writing when I’m in System 1. It’s laborious, tedious, and very frustrating.)

In the current series I’m writing, all of the characters have their own “flow” thing. One writes poetry. One plays several instruments and writes music. One works on cars. They have all been finding their “flow thing,” but they didn’t know that’s what they were doing.

Enter Taylor who has been taking the LONG way around to find her thing. She sings, but singing isn’t her real flow thing. She paints, but painting is more her friend’s flow thing than hers.  In fact, she does a lot of things rather well but maybe not really well. Until now.

In Psychology class, they started talking about positive psychology, of which flow state is a component, and WOW! Did that change her life!  All of a sudden, she’s watching all of these videos on flow and learned helplessness and beta-alpha-theta-delta brainwaves. It’s so fun to watch her be so fascinated because up until now, she’s been kind of bouncing around, going through the motions.

It’s also fun now to get to watch her start to understand her friends in a different way than she ever has before.  She’s starting to “see” what they are doing and how their “thing” shows them how to be fully alive.

So, dear reader, what is your “flow thing”? What do you love to do that you can do for hours and lose all track of time?  What is a flow thing you’ve seen someone else do that fascinates you? Share with us so we can all have some inspiration of things we might think about trying!

And be sure to check out Taylor’s story in the newly released “When You Sing a Love Song.” You’ll get to learn right along with her!

About the Author:

Staci StallingsA stay-at-home mom with a husband, three kids and a writing addiction on the side, Staci Stallings has numerous titles for readers to choose from. Not content to stay in one genre and write it to death, Staci’s stories run the gamut from young adult to adult, from motivational and inspirational to full-out Christian and back again. Every title is a new adventure! That’s what keeps Staci writing and you reading. Although she lives in Amarillo, Texas and her main career right now is her family, Staci touches the lives of people across the globe with her various Internet and writing endeavors.

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CrossReads Book Spotlight: Throne of Grace 10/6/2022

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Throne of Grace

(Cliff Walk Courtships Book 1)

by Cecily K. Wolfe

Throne of Grace

 

Can a newly Christian young man convince his mother’s maid that his love for her is worth more than his inherited life of luxury?

Josie is content as a maid in a rich cottager’s mansion along the Cliff Walk of beautiful Newport, Rhode Island, but the arrival of her employer’s handsome, pensive son tempts her into a relationship that while chaste, is forbidden between their social classes in the Gilded Age of 1893.

After travels abroad have led Arthur in search of a deeper connection with his Lord, he returns home to find love with his mother’s maid, a Christian girl with a heart full of love and charity. Can they overcome their families’ refusal to accept their attachment, or is their relationship doomed from their very first meeting on the romantic Cliff Walk?

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CrossReads Short Takes: My Name Is Jealous & Moose Ridge 10/5/2022

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My Name Is Jealous

God Loves You WIth An Everlasting Love

by Sheldon D. Newton

My Name Is Jealous

JUST HOW CLOSE DO YOU WANT TO BE TO YOUR GOD?
Are you hungry for closeness with the Lord? Does your heart cry to know Him better and to walk closely with Him? Then “MY NAME IS JEALOUS” is for you. Written based on the scriptures in a way that speaks personally to you, you will find yourself being drawn into a deeper relationship with the Lord as He unveils Himself to you day by day. Scriptures will become alive within you as you comprehend the tremendous love the Father has for you and His burning desire for you to know Him. You will find yourself passionately pursuing Him and having experiences in Him that are exciting, liberating and powerful. Grab your copy of this best-selling book and experience the joy of knowing God better and better, day by day!!!!

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Moose Ridge

Ending to Beginning

by Craig Hastings

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All beginnings lead to endings, but some endings bring beginnings.

Attending Harvard was the first positive thing in Jazmine’s life in a long time. While a member of an affluent New York family, her mother died when she was five and her father went to jail when she was twelve. Jazmine lost everything leaving her a ward of the state and becoming a foster child.

Meeting Michael, a medical student was the second positive experience. Now she’s looking forward to the perfect life she dreamed about. Leaving Boston and New York behind, the only cities she’s ever known, she’s on her way to join Michael and start their new life together in Wyoming where he will complete his neurosurgical residency. She’s had a lot of hard blows, but now all her hard work and dedication are going to pay off. The day has arrived for her and Michael to start the beginning of their future life together. Jazmine just knows, for once, everything is going to be exactly how she always dreamed it could be.

Then she’s handed the letter.

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Peace With God: Romans 5:1

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Peace With God 

Romans 5:1 

Scripture tells us that the peace of God exceeds anything we can understand. But we can’t experience that peace unless we have peace with God. How do we get peace with God?

Paul discusses that at the beginning of Romans 5. Peace, just like everything else in Christianity, must be built upon the foundation of faith in God.

Therefore, since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us. Romans 5:1

When putting our faith in Christ, He cleanses us of all sin, thus giving us peace with God. Also, built upon that same faith we have other privileges.

Because of our faith, Christ has brought us into this place of undeserved privilege where we now stand, and we confidently and joyfully look forward to sharing God’s glory. Romans 5:2 

Undeserved Privilege 

This “undeserved privilege” is the same as saying we have been brought into His marvelous grace. Because of our sins, we deserve nothing more than God’s judgment.

God’s Word has revealed to us the splendor of an eternal home in heaven. Because of this undeserved privilege, we can look forward to sharing in His glory.

Since our faith has allowed us to enjoy peace with God, we can also experience the peace of God.

This peace helps to strengthen our faith and it builds our character through the difficulties life brings us.

  • We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials,  
  • for we know that they help us develop endurance and 
  • Endurance develops strength of character, and  
  • Character strengthens our confident hope of salvation.  
  • And this hope will not lead to disappointment. Romans 5:3-5 

Paul told us in verse 2, that we can confidently and joyfully look forward to the future. The reason for that stems from the fact that God loves us.

For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love. Romans 5:5 

The Lord is Always on Time 

Have you ever heard the saying, God is seldom early but He never shows up late? That seems to be a part of His character. But we can count on Him to always show up on time. 

When we were utterly helpless, Christ came at just the right time and died for us sinners. Romans 5:6

He still reaches out His hand to those helplessly stuck in the gutter of sin. Sometimes those in the gutter won’t take His hand. But He’s always willing to help the helpless.

With every bone in my body I will praise him: “Lord, who can compare with you? Who else rescues the helpless from the strong? Who else protects the helpless and poor from those who rob them?” Psalm 35:10 

 When we accept what Jesus did for us we escape all the condemnation sin put on us. Through His blood, we can live in peace knowing that God sees no wrong in us.

So now we can rejoice in our wonderful new relationship with God because our Lord Jesus Christ has made us friends of God. Romans 5:11 

About the Author: 

Pastor RobinRobin, with his wife Cindy, became children’s evangelists early in their ministry. They ministered to children full time for 8 years. During that time they developed several children’s stories which were told with visuals and puppets.

Robin recently turned two of those stories into children’s books. One is called “The Contest,” a book about the Fruit of the Spirit, and the other is called “Twas the Night of Christmas”.  He has also authored 5 volumes of devotional books called, 3 Minutes Alone with God. Each entry is a product of his personal biblical Journaling.

These and his other writings are available on his website called Christian Perspectives at www.ramckinley.com. When you visit this site, you can sign-up for newly written devotions as they come out which will be emailed to you.

Presently Robin is the pastor of Calvary Christian Center in Pottstown, PA. He is an ordained minister with the Assemblies of God. He and his wife make their home in Birdsboro, Pa. He also serves as the president of the local ministerium. He and Cindy have two married sons and four grandchildren. 

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CrossReads Weekly Devotionals: This Kingdom Has Different Dynamics 10/3/2022

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by Precarious Yates

Matthew 5:5

“Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.”

I hope you don’t mind if I camp out in the Sermon on the Mount for a while. Jesus’ words hold so much power, weight, and wisdom. I want to spend my whole life meditating on these and living them out. Want to join me?

Jesus, when He instructed the crowds, told them that God blesses the meek. Later in Matthew (11:29) He tells the crowds that He is meek and lowly and that we are to learn from Him. I really want to unpack what this is all about because it seems quite central to who He is and how He wants us to live. 

Just before Jesus went to Jerusalem to die on the cross, He had this interesting encounter with the mother of James and John, the disciples He nicknamed “Sons of Thunder.” This encounter took place in front of all his disciples. As you read through it, note how Jesus is shifting their paradigm in regards to how the Kingdom works versus how the world works:

“Then the mother of Zebedee’s sons came to Him with her sons, kneeling down and asking something from Him. And He said to her, “What do you wish?” She said to Him, “Grant that these two sons of mine may sit, one on Your right hand and the other on the left, in Your kingdom.” But Jesus answered and said, “You do not know what you ask. Are you able to drink the cup that I am about to drink, and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with?” They said to Him, “We are able.” So He said to them, “You will indeed drink My cup, and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with; but to sit on My right hand and on My left is not Mine to give, but it is for those for whom it is prepared by My Father.” And when the ten heard it, they were greatly displeased with the two brothers. But Jesus called them to Himself and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles Lord it over them, and those who are great exercise authority over them. Yet it shall not be so among you; but whoever desires to become great among you, let him be your servant. And whoever desires to be first among you, let him be your slave— just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.””

‭‭Matthew‬ ‭20:20-28‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

Immediately following this encounter, Jesus heals two men of blindness. It’s as if the Holy Spirit wants us to be healed of the wrong ways in which we have seen the world, seen power, and seen our place in the Kingdom. He calls us to be like Him: not to be served, but to serve and to lay down our lives for others. 

“Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.”

‭‭John‬ ‭15:13‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

It is in this way that we will inherit the earth. God does not want the stewards of the earth to be constantly battling one another for power. Jesus drew this beatitude from a beautiful portion of Psalm 37 which really illustrates the point:

“For yet a little while and the wicked shall be no more; Indeed, you will look carefully for his place, But it shall be no more. But the meek shall inherit the earth, And shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.”

‭‭Psalms‬ ‭37:10-11‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

The Lord wants us to enjoy an abundance of peace in His Kingdom. He will not only bring peace to us, He will bring it through us as we walk the way He did. 

May God bless you and empower you to be a blessing to others today!

About the Author:

Precarious YatesSarah Jo Smith is a pastor in eastern Ohio, where she lives with her husband, two children, and numerous chickens and sheep. She is working establish a ministry and to plant a church. As an author, she writes for children and teens under the pen name Precarious Yates. Currently, Sarah Jo is pursuing a degree in Peace & Conflict Studies/Conflict Resolution at UNC Greensboro. In addition, she holds a first black belt rank in Taekwondo and is working toward her second degree black belt in Hapkido. Pastor Sarah Jo’s passions are to help people be vessels for God’s love and presence, to bring the ministry of reconciliation through the gospel of Jesus Christ where there have been divisions and dividing walls between people, and to fight against human trafficking wherever she lives (see books written under Precarious Yates for more information).

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A Time to Write, A Time to Put the Pen Down 9/30/2022

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by Staci Stallings

As I get older (just turned 51 last Friday), one thing I’ve come to realize is that there really are seasons in life. Looking back, I see there were seasons of growing up, falling in love, going to school, getting married, having kids, having little kids, having bigger kids, their school, them getting older…

At the time, I was working like crazy to keep the kitchen clean and get to the next activity. Now I have only one kid left “in the nest” although the middle one is back a lot with her fiancé who is living here. They are both going to certificate school—her for massage therapy, him for auto body work.

With my youngest a senior, I took the plunge to teach personal finance at his school—something I always secretly wanted to do but never had the push to do.

What I’m finding, with two books left to write in this series, is that writing for now has taken a backseat to everything else. I keep thinking I’ll get back to it, but so far, that hasn’t happened. Instead, I’m doing lesson plans for my two classes—which are crazy now that it’s practically all online. I’m making slides for each class and posting assignments and writing up materials for my classes (does that count as writing?).

There was a time in my life, I could have told you within 300 pages what each Kindle Unlimited page count was for the month for every single book I have out. Now, I realize I haven’t checked it in a week.

I’m glad to know this is a season because I know writing will still be there when this season comes to an end.  After all, we’ll have three graduations in May and a wedding in June. I’m just trying to hang on here and enjoy every second of this crazy ride.

However, right now, for me is a time to put down the pen—at least for today, maybe for the week or even the month.

But don’t think I’ve forgotten about Taylor and Greg and the gang. They are still hashing things out in my head—just not in print yet.

What seasons has your life gone through, dear reader?  And what is the thing or thing you come back to when all the craziness dies down?

Always

About the Author:

Staci StallingsA stay-at-home mom with a husband, three kids and a writing addiction on the side, Staci Stallings has numerous titles for readers to choose from. Not content to stay in one genre and write it to death, Staci’s stories run the gamut from young adult to adult, from motivational and inspirational to full-out Christian and back again. Every title is a new adventure! That’s what keeps Staci writing and you reading. Although she lives in Amarillo, Texas and her main career right now is her family, Staci touches the lives of people across the globe with her various Internet and writing endeavors.

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CrossReads Book Spotlight: UnStuck 9/29/2022

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UnStuck

I’ve Found The Recipe For Being Happy

by Jennifer Rash

UnStuck

Recent studies tell us that 76% of people feel stuck in their personal lives in one way or another, and only 3 out of 10 are happy. I wonder, dear friend, where you are today. Do you feel stuck in some way, stuck in your pain, stuck in your past, stuck in your disappointment, fears, or doubts? Do you feel stuck in your circumstances, unable to see a way out? Are you happy?

The reality is that happiness is not dependent upon circumstances. Happiness must have an inward source. That source is Christ. Today, He longs to fill us and satisfy us in a way that nothing and no one else can. He came that we might have life and have it more abundantly. And He invites us to come, sit at His feet, drink from His cup, and feast at His table. He invites us to come and receive from Him all that we have need of. Will you accept His invitation? Will you dine with Him? Will you allow Him to nourish and sustain you in a way that causes you to grow, flourish, and thrive? It’s time to move forward with power and purpose, friend. It’s time to learn the secret of being content in any and every situation. It’s time to be happy!

UnStuck: I’ve Found the Recipe for Being Happy is a 30-day devotional book designed to take you on a journey. Deep truths are served up in bite-sized portions, perfect for quick daily devotions, as well as a more in-depth Bible study. A companion journal is now available for reflecting on what you have read. UnStuck: I’ve Found the Recipe for Being Happy can be used in your personal time with the Lord and is sure to be a favorite when used as a group study with others!

I’ve found the recipe for being happy. – Philippians 4:12b MSG

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CrossReads Short Takes: Silver Mountain & Tall Pines Sanctuary 9/28/2022

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Silver Mountain

(Montana Meadows Book 3)

by Lisa Prysock

Silver Mountain

Miss Jillian Hayes of Honey River Canyon in Montana Territory has worked hard to prepare for her dream of becoming a teacher in the Wild West. However, she is stunned when her new teaching position and harsh winter weather conspire to trap her on Silver Mountain, forcing her into a loveless marriage with a handsome British stranger.

The handsome British stranger, Trenton Sterling, the Duke of Weatherly, recently arrived at Silver Mountain on a mission to retrieve a blue sapphire his reclusive uncle offered to sell to his dear friend, the Prince of Wales. Bertie desires the sapphire as a gift for his wife, the Princess of Wales. Trenton never imagined his uncle would die without a chance to tell him where he hid the blue sapphire. Nor did he imagine he’d find himself obligated to marry a schoolmarm shortly after becoming the ward of his recently orphaned niece.

When he becomes embroiled in a deadly game of revenge in the Wild West, Trenton Sterling will need to unleash the war inside him, trading it for an external one, becoming a force to reckon with in a manhunt to capture and slay the vile and wicked outlaws who attempt to overrun Honey River Canyon, bringing harm to anyone in their path.

Be swept away in sweet and suspenseful western romance, filled with adventure, intrigue, and danger in Book 3 of Montana Meadows. Get your copy of this Christian Historical Romance Novel today. Silver Mountain is easily read as a stand-alone or enjoyed with the whole series.

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Tall Pines Sanctuary

by Sharon K Connell

Tall Pines Sanctuary

Twenty-four-year-old artist Faith O’Callaghan is convinced her grandfather’s death was not an accident. Gramps bequeathed his magnificent log cabin in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado to her, and she loves living and painting in the quiet solitude and shadow of the Rocky Mountains. But Faith needs to find out what really happened to her beloved Gramps.

Faith’s fiancé, Josiah, has discharged from the Army after not hearing from her for months. She won’t answer any of his correspondence, and he doesn’t understand why. But he plans to get to the bottom of it.

Was Gramps’ death an accident, or murder? Will Josiah get his answers? Who is snooping around the cabin… and why?

Tension mounts in this Romantic Suspense with Mystery as the realization that not only Gramps’ prized golden medallion is missing, but so is the antique heirloom engagement ring Faith thought had been returned to Josiah. Then there’s the matter of the papers for her grandfather’s abandoned gold mine. Who has them?

Is there a Rocky Mountain, traditional Native American wedding in the future for Faith and Josiah… or heartache and danger?

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God of All 9/27/2022

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by Suzanne D. Williams

God writes fiction.

God writes romance novels. He writes crime drama. He writes battle scenes.

He not only writes it. He sells it. He promotes it. There are thousands of wonderful Christian authors, traditionally published and self-published, struggling to perfect their craft, and the Spirit of God delights in their creativity.

He, in fact, inspires singers and musicians of all genres of music, artists of any medium, from painters to wood carvers. He is the source of life, the reason things grow and multiply. He designed the tabernacle and the temple, the furniture inside, described how to perform the sacrifice, how to bake the shewbread.

There is no part of society and our daily life, nothing which humans need to learn to do, or which interests them, barring things outside of His holiness, which He will not help men and women to do.

God writes fiction. He designed romance. He made a man to marry a woman, to make love, and to bear children. He adores children. He writes crime drama novels. He is against sin and theft and the work of the enemy which causes crime, but He is for those who work in law enforcement, in godly government, to do their jobs and do them well. He is for good winning over evil. Or have you not read the Book?

God writes battles scenes. He designs them. But notice that when battle was required and when the soldiers, when the leaders, followed His commands, God’s side always won.  

God is not against our humanity. He doesn’t have His eyes closed to our pain and suffering. He doesn’t look askance at the darkest elements of our lifestyles. He came to save, to rescue, and He will go wherever the lost sheep are and will do whatever is required to rescue them.

Our part in it, as His children, is wide and varied. On a worldwide since, we can go and preach the gospel, lay hands on the sick and see them recover. We can pray for those who do if we are not so called. We can pray for the government leaders, for the law enforcement. On a more personal level, we can love one another, do good to our enemies and bless those who hate us.

On an individual level, we can buy the book that Christian author wrote, buy the painting done by the Spirit-led artist. We can put our action, our funds, behind them, and even if we don’t read the book or look at the artwork. Even if we dislike the songs after we bought the album, suffer no regret for our time, our money, and our effort.

For this is what Christ did for us. He came to live amongst us to give us the example we must follow. “Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.” (John 15:13) 

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The Underground (Superhuman) Book 1 

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Headed north to Washington D.C. aboard the wrong bus, Phoebe Faegen turns for help from the handsome boy seated on her left. But his instructions are strange from the start and his ability to stop a shooting with just the palm of his hand, when they arrive at their destination, too much to be believed.

Yet, life in this altered future is too dangerous to risk as a girl living on her own and so drawn into the mystery that is superhuman, Crowne Dawkins, she descends Underground into a world that with every second that passes grows more and more dangerous.

Nothing is what it seems, not her existence or his, not the threats to their lives, or the one final, horrible moment which might destroy their future forever.

About the Author: 

Suzanne D. WilliamsBest-selling author, Suzanne D. Williams, is a native Floridian, wife, mother, and photographer. She is the author of both nonfiction and fiction books. www.suzannedwilliams.com

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CrossReads Weekly Devotional: Verse of the Day and Devotional 9/26/2022

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Verse of the Day

September 26th, 2022

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But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart. – Luke 2:19 ESV

Devotion

The birth of Christ is the most amazing occurrence in all of history. Not only for the miracle of the birth, but the impact this birth had on the world and history. It began with an 85-mile journey, a five- or six-day trip, to the city of Bethlehem for a required census. Joseph most likely walking, and Mary perhaps riding sidesaddle on a donkey. Swollen and achy from pregnancy and nearing birth, we imagine she felt every rut and jolt from the weathered and well-traveled dirt road.

Arriving in Bethlehem, they most likely faded into the mass of travelers also reporting for the census. There were no rooms left at the inn. All booked, no vacancy. It’s late. Joseph and Mary are exhausted and desperate as the contractions begin, so they take shelter near where the animals are kept. The birth soon begins. No epidural, no hospital, no sedative to ease the pain. We imagine Mary’s moans and cries piercing the stable and night air. Pushing with all her strength, the Messiah arrives! Born into a trauma-filled world from a common Jewish girl, and then the first cries of the Divine! “For unto us a child is born…”(Isaiah 9:6). Joseph and an exhausted Mary are in awe and wonder, treasuring this moment and all that led up to it from the Immaculate conception, the promise of a Savior fulfilled.

There was no notice of this royal birth. No congratulations from heads of states and provinces. There’s no record that angels were present. It was only the mice and fleas and grunts and groans from the host of animals in the stable who witnessed this amazing and glorious occurrence.

Heaven took notice though. Angels rejoiced, perhaps the captives stirred, a star proudly displayed itself in the night skies of the desert marking the birthplace of the Savior of the world. An announcement went forth to some shepherds in their field who traveled to this place to wonder and worship to see the Savior.

On the surface, the majesty of the birth of Christ is absurd. Born of a virgin, in an animal barn, in poverty to a commoner Jewish girl, the circumstances cast doubt on any claims of majesty. It was absurd to an unbelieving world, but not to those who saw this event. The shepherds, the first evangelists of the Gospel age, went back to their sheep telling everyone along the way and glorifying God for all the things they had heard and seen. Those who heard were also astonished (Luke 2:18-20).

Mary responded as she “treasured up all these things” that happened. She reflected deeply on the significance of the birth of her child and kept it all in her thoughts. She “pondered them in her heart” (Luke 2:19). We imagine her mulling it all over, seeking understanding while cradling her newborn, gazing into the eyes of her baby boy and accepting the call in her heart to mother and nurture her child all the days of His life.

In 2 Timothy 4:8, the apostle Paul speaks to the believer’s great reward of the crown of righteousness to all those who love and look forward to the promise of our Lord’s return. I hope your heart is in that place. And in the meantime, let us treasure and ponder the first appearing of our Lord as Paul testifies in 1 Timothy 1:10. Our last enemy, death, was defeated forevermore in Christ’s life, death, and resurrection. “Oh death where is your sting, Oh grave, where is your victory” (1 Corinthians 15:56).

When was the last time you truly took time and treasured all that brought you to your salvation? When was the last time you pondered what the birth of Christ means to you? Does His peace that surpasses all understanding truly rule your heart today? Let us all make abundant room in our hearts for Jesus this day and all He did for us in defeating death.

Today, treasure, ponder, and embrace Him with open arms and with the grace to be still and know He is God and the Savior of the world.

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