A Loaf Of Zucchini Bread

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_49A9018Written by: Cindy Morrone

Going with one of our daughters to the hair dresser last week, I was delighted to see an elderly customer, hand her hair dresser a loaf of zucchini bread.  Her hair dresser remarked on what a wonderful lady she is. We marveled at this woman’s kindness and how we do not see this often.  Someone showing their appreciation with gifts.

The yearning in my belly rose once again to the surface that day.

I wanted and needed someone to show me such kindness.

For a plethora of personal reasons, I longed for tangible loving. Something I could see, hear and touch.

On a particular difficult morning, I received her message. She had something for me and could she drop it off after work?

This lovely had no idea what I had been going through and I did not disclose this yearning to her.

I had to my Jesus though.

In my constant prayers, I asked Him to fill my needs, to comfort me, and to heal me.  Not only did He hear my prayer but He asked someone else on my behalf, to deliver a gift of kindness.

Unbelievable!!

When she came to my door she said she felt silly bringing me a loaf of zucchini bread.  Yes, I said zucchini bread!  She explained that she had made several and when praying about who to give a loaf to, my name (Yes, MY name!!) came to her mind.

At my door, I tried to awkwardly share how much this meant to me.  And she started to express that although she felt silly, it was more important for her to be obedient.  She didn’t know why or how important this act was and she didn’t need to know.

She said, “I did feel a little silly, but it’s more silly to be disobedient to God! Thank you God for leading and guiding us!! I pray God will bless you and use you today!! I probably won’t know how much it meant to you but God did and I want to be used by Him!”

Unbelievable!!

How often do we let our feelings of silliness get in the way of being the hands and feet of Jesus? Maybe we think the act of kindness too little, too inexpensive, too ordinary.  Maybe because we don’t know the reason behind the call to action our feet stop.

The way I see it, there were (at least) 3 Gospel Truths at work in this act of kindness towards me:

  • The Lord heard my prayers and answered them. “Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.” Jerimiah 29:12
  • There is opportunity to serve and come alongside others. Jesus, Himself being our ultimate Servant. ‘When he had finished washing their feet, he put on his clothes and returned to his place. “Do you understand what I have done for you?” he asked them. “You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord’, and rightly so, for that is what I am.  Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you.”’ John 13:12-15
  • Saying Yes! and doing is necessary to deliver tangible love. This lovely was ready, willing and obedient to deliver this act of kindness to me.  “Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in it various forms.”  1 Peter 4:10

Thank you, lovely, Julie MacIntosh-Hough!! Again, you’ll probably never know how much your gift truly blessed me (and yet, you did it anyway)

 

Keeping Boundaries

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IMG_0386Written By: Mandy Lawrence-Hill

But the Lord God warned him, “You may freely eat the fruit of every tree in the garden— except the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. If you eat its fruit, you are sure to die.” (Genesis 2:16-17)

God created Adam and Eve and gave them endless blessings; however He did ask them to refrain from eating from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

He gave them one boundary.

The enemy found Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden and convinced them that the boundary God put in place was not for their own good, rather to keep them from something better. “The woman was convinced. She saw that the tree was beautiful and its fruit looked delicious, and she wanted the wisdom it would give her.” (Genesis 3:6)

The enemy can be mighty crafty, don’t you find? We, as human beings, tend to have difficulty with boundaries and the enemy will do everything in his limited power to convince us that boundaries are not necessary.

Even when we know that they are.

What do boundaries look like? To name a few: 1) Sticking to a budget and not letting your expenses exceed your income. 2) Eating to satisfy your hunger, not overindulging or eating emotionally. 3) Keeping your mind, eyes, and body in your marriage relationship, and not seeking outside your spouse for intimacy or pleasure.

In our ministry journey, my husband and I find that those are the top boundaries that the enemy will attack. We have chatted with lots of people who fall into one of those three boundary struggles. I am certain there are others as well, the enemy is relentless….but the good news is we all have victory in Jesus.

For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places. Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm. (Ephesians 6:12-13)

Do you have trouble with keeping boundaries? Here is what the bible says:

Stand your ground, putting on the belt of truth and the body armor of God’s righteousness. For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared. In addition to all of these, hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil. Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. (Ephesians 6:14-17)

We have everything we need in Jesus to hold true to our boundaries. Claim that victory, sisters, and walk in His freedom today.

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for the victory we have in You. Thank you for Your mercy and grace. Thank You that we have everything we need for the battle that rages against the evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world. I pray, Jesus, for wisdom and a sound mind when keeping healthy boundaries in place. I pray also for my sisters who struggle with boundaries, please grant them peace and hope for victorious days ahead. I pray all these things in Your precious and holy name, Jesus, amen.

Walk On Water

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ConnyWritten by: Conny Varga

When is the last time you did something crazy? Something that was completely out of your comfort zone? Maybe you made a new friend; or maybe you managed to drive all by yourself from A to B without getting lost; maybe you went hang-gliding; or maybe you decided to have children! Whatever it is, chances are, you felt quite exhilarated about it. You did it, and no-one can take that experience away from you! Even if you tried something and it turned out less-than-glorious, you still tried! And you are a stronger person because of it.

Imagine how Peter must have felt when he stepped out of the boat into a raging lake, with nothing to hold on to except the gaze of Jesus. He must have felt on top of the world! And yes, he messed up, but at least he did it! The other eleven disciples couldn’t ever claim to have walked on water, not even one step. I’m sure Peter never forgot that experience, and he was a stronger person because of it.

God has a way of calling us out of our comfort zones. He wants us to do things that we couldn’t possibly do on our own – like Peter’s walk on water. He wants to stretch us beyond our limits. Why? Because He knows that this is the best way for us to grow, to become stronger, more mature. And because He wants us to be dependent on Him for every step we take, like a little child who is completely dependent on his or her parents.

Too often, though, we rationalize away the mere thought that God might want us to do something outside of our box. I’m not gifted. I’m too busy. I could never do that. This can’t be God’s will. What if I fail? I’m not a Super-Christian. And by reasoning ourselves back into our little box, we miss out on great opportunities of growth, faith, and trust. We forget that it’s not our comfort zone that’s trustworthy, but the Comforter who lives within us.

Let me ask you another question. When is the last time you felt God calling you to do something you thought was crazy? Something that was completely out of your comfort zone? Did you do it? I’m not talking about trying a new dish or getting a different hairstyle. I’m talking about the opportunities God invites us to take. The time when you felt you should do something kind for that person who hurt you. Or the tug you felt to give more generously to a mission. The unease that came over you when you heard about the desperate need for foster and adoptive parents. The urge to sell your home and join yourself to a mission or ministry. The overwhelming sense to pray with or for someone. Those are moments of God speaking to us, urging us to action. Do we listen? Do we step out of the boat?

Jesus faced the same challenge when he struggled in the garden, right before His capture, torture, and crucifixion. He had to choose whether He wanted to step out in obedience to His Father and do something completely out of His “comfort zone”. He had to count the cost of walking away, versus stepping “out of the boat”, so to speak, and impacting mankind for eternity.

If we obey God’s invitation, we grow and become stronger people because of it. We are able to bless, inspire, and serve others. We become active participants in God’s work here on earth. And we become more like Jesus as we are stretched beyond our capabilities. And that’s what God is after. He wants to change us. And He wants to change the world through us.

Today, choose to do something out of your comfort zone. Pray that God would show you the opportunities He wants you to take, and then step out in obedience and “walk on water”!

 

Solitude

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_49A8991Written by: D’Anne Mullin

Several years ago, my husband and I had the privilege of taking a Sabbatical Retreat for Lead Pastors and their spouses.  Five other ministry couples seeking sanctuary joined us, along with two lead couples facilitating the event from Broom Tree Ministries.

The backdrop for this experience was a log cabin resort situated in the woods, on a lake, just outside Grand Rapids, Michigan.  It was October and the leaves were many brilliant colours.  There was a refreshing crispness in the air and the smell of bonfires filled each evening.  We heard the sound of animals preparing their winter lodgings as we walked the nature paths.  The sun bounced off the lake with its last rays of warmth and the odd snowflake fluttered in the breeze.  The whole atmosphere was revitalizing.

The entire purpose of the retreat was to simply unplug and seek solitude with God.  There were no flashy worship services or high profile speakers.  There were no workshops or prayer meetings.  There was simply solitude; an opportunity to be very quiet, to catch up on rest, to reconnect as a couple, to just sit in the presence of God.

The lead couples provided study tools to use throughout this four-day rest.  They were available for prayer and guidance if needed.  At suppertime, we all came together to eat, share and pray with one another.  But, for the most part we were left to rediscover God and rest in His presence at our own pace.  It was absolutely refreshing!

Recently, I was revisiting some of the things I read and wrote down in my retreat workbook and the following quote struck me.  It pertains to all of us.

“Without solitude it is virtually impossible to live a spiritual life.

We do not take the spiritual life seriously if we do not set aside time to be with God and listen to Him.”

-Henri Nouwen

This is easy to do on a Sabbatical Retreat, but what about every day?  Sure, I spend time with God daily, but often I am rushed because life gets in the way?  Or do I allow life to get in the way?  Am I intentional in setting apart time in my calendar to seek true solitude with Him and listen to His voice?  Or do I come to Him dominating the conversation with my prayers, cramming His word into my thoughts and moving on to what I am interested in?  Hmmm.

One of the exercises in response to this quote asked us to, “Stop all that you are doing.  Find a quiet spot and just stop thinking about or hearing anything, except what God is speaking at this moment.  Do this for 60 seconds.”  This proved to be a very difficult task, being that I am a woman and women can think about 75, 000 different things all at once…Daughters, you know what I mean!

So, I encourage you to do what I did.  I closed my eyes and sat very still.  I visualized in my mind a large square with a fence around it.  Inside were my many thoughts.  I mentally took each thought and moved it out beyond the fence until the square was empty.  When I did this, one word remained.  I could not move it.  That word was “God.”  I focussed on His name, allowing my thoughts to dwell there.  I could still see all the thoughts outside the fence.  When one would creep in I simply picked it up, put it beyond the fence and focussed on God.  I felt His presence so strong and when I was done I was surprised that 20 minutes had passed!  I had far exceeded the 60 seconds requested in the workbook.  I had reached a place of solitude with Him!

I need to get back to that place each day with intentionality.  I need to carve out time daily to simply sit in His presence, purging my mind of everything but Him, and wait for His presence to wash over me.  I need solitude!

We Choose Joy {Sisterhood Sunday} with D’Anne Mullin

With: Cindy Morrone

Welcome!!! To our Sisterhood Sunday video series, “We Choose Joy!!”  You don’t want to miss this one!! D’Anne, one of our very own writers, lays a concrete foundation of how we are able to choose joy in our every day, with intentional habits of devotion!! Listen in as she shares how choosing joy, despite a difficult life circumstance, changed her ability to cope.

D’Anne Mullin lives in Windsor, ON with her husband Kevin and two teenage boys Jeremey and Mitchell; the three men who have stolen her heart!  She loves being a wife and mother, holding very dear times spent together as a family.  Together, Kevin and D’Anne have been in active pastoral ministry for most of their 21 married years and she loves to lead people in worship through music.  She has worked with young children and their families for 20 plus years in the field of Early Childhood Education in many capacities.  In her spare time D’Anne enjoys reading, exercising and the occasional Netflix binge with her menfolk.

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall

Written by: D’Anne Mullin

Growing up I was known to my extended family as the princess, Snow White.  I came in to the world with dainty features, a head full of jet black hair, creamy porcelain skin, navy blue eyes and a red rosebud mouth.  Those distinct features didn’t change as I progressed through infancy into childhood and caused me to stand out in the crowd with the contrast between dark and light.  I can thank my Irish roots for my unique colouring and tip my hat to my creator for His imagination in creating each one His masterpieces.

As homage to my family nickname Snow White, and to my late Grandfather who first bestowed the name upon me, I incorporated Snow White into our wedding day.  Snow White, Prince Charming and the Seven Dwarfs topped our cake.  My wedding dress, though white, was styled to echo her attire.  My groom wore a very princely tux with tails.  The colours to accent our fairytale day echoed those you would find in Snow White’s friendly forest.

Through the years I have also been compared to another raven-haired princess due to my feisty personality, deep convictions and drive for justice in life.  I tend to rise to the occasion in crisis and lead others forward into the adventurous unknown.  That dark featured warrior princess I tend to emulate is Wonder Woman and she is my hero!

During my school yard days, pretending to be Wonder Woman was my favourite pastime.  The adventures my friends and I had fighting for truth and justice were epic!  To date, you will find Wonder Woman paraphernalia in my office and the new Wonder Woman movie recently released was my girlish dreams come to life.

I guess you could say I embody the “little but mighty” persona, with a zeal for life, a big imagination and high hopes for good in our world.  These attributes found in both princesses I am compared to.

But, when I look into the mirror each morning, and see the passage of time ever fleeting across my fair face, the one princess I most want my whole life to emulate is the princess of the King Most High.  In fact, I am a daughter of the King of all Kings and the Lord of all Lords.  I am heavenly royalty and co-heir with the Son.  I am fashioned in God’s image and made to lead and love like Christ.  I am a spiritual warrior endowed with the most powerful weapons this world has ever known; the Word of God, His armour and the Presence of the Holy Spirit in me.  I am a force to be reckoned with in the spiritual realm, yet meant to exercise the Fruit of the Spirit with all who cross my path.

You too, Daughters, are heavenly royalty with me!  We, together as princesses of our heavenly Father the King, can love others with all the femininity that makes us distinctly women, but bring down strongholds with our warrior strength!  We are integral to His work here on earth and have a glorious future ahead of us on the other side of life.

So, the next time the mirror beckons you to look, and you ask it, “who is the fairest one of all?”, just know that it is you…and me…and we…TOGETHER!  Let’s truly step out in the full confidence of our heavenly royalty, grasp who we truly are in Christ and change our world for all eternity!

But, I still get to be Wonder Woman!  Na, Na…I called it first! 😊

He Knows

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ConnyWritten by: Conny Varga

Life can be hard, sometimes even seemingly impossible. Things happen that are out of our control, and we are left feeling alone, hurting, and wondering if we can go on even one more minute. These struggles are real, and sooner or later we all face them.

But there is good news! We have a God who wasn’t content just to care for us. He chose to become one of us, to experience everything we could possibly ever experience in a lifetime, to feel and know and understand exactly how we feel!

Hebrews 4:14-16 states: “Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin. Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”

This Easter season, as we remember the suffering and death of our Lord, may we also dwell on all our different struggles and hardships He can now identify with.

Have you been let down by a friend or loved one? Jesus knows how you feel. In the time of His greatest need, all His friends left Him, running off like scared rabbits.

Maybe you feel betrayed, cheated, back-stabbed – Jesus knows your pain. One of his closest companions betrayed Him behind His back, and then hypocritically came and used a kiss, a symbol of affection, to sell Him off to His enemies.

Do you feel stress and anxiety over an upcoming change or event? Jesus knows your anguish. Just shortly before His arrest, He was so anxious and distressed that His sweat was like great drops of blood falling to the ground.

Are people mocking you, sneering at you, and spreading bad rumors about you? Jesus knows that feeling, too. The religious leaders stirred up the mob, who just a few days ago hailed Jesus as King, with outright lies and rumours, and the Roman soldiers mocked and beat Him, spit in His face and laughed at Him.

Perhaps you are struggling with physical pain. Jesus understands. He went through excruciating, debilitating physical agony and pain. Isaiah calls Him a “man of suffering, familiar with pain.”

Maybe you are being accused of something that you are completely innocent of. Yes, Jesus can identify with that as well – being called a traitor and blasphemer while being tortured and killed, even though He was the very image of sinlessness and purity.

Maybe you have tragically lost a loved one who was very dear to you and you wonder why God would allow that. And yet again, He knows your deep pain. God tragically lost a Son, His only Son, due to the wickedness of mankind.

Maybe you have been tempted to sin and you failed, your sins and mistakes now weighing you down. You cannot see past your guilt. Good news – Jesus knows how that feels, too. In fact, He experienced the horrible and unbearable weight of the sins and guilt of every single human being who ever lived, and ever will live. He knows what it’s like to feel separated and distant from His Father. And He knows what it’s like to be tempted to sin.

Whenever you go through a struggle, and you feel that you are all alone, that no-one understands, and you are drowning, know this: Jesus knows how you feel! He cares deeply about you in all your struggles, and He is interceding on your behalf to the Father. “Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” He knows – and that makes all the difference!

I Wonder…

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_49A8991Written by: D’Anne Mullin

As you may or may not know, this week, the week before Easter, is commonly referred to as the Holy Week.  Starting with Palm Sunday, progressing towards Christ’s death and resurrection, this is a time where we hold fast to the promise that we serve a Saviour who died for our sins and rose again, defeating death and the grave.

In recounting the Holy Week, as it unfolded some 2000 years ago, my mind can’t help but wander to what Jesus was thinking.  How He knew that in just a few short days he would be crucified.  I wonder how overwhelmed the disciples felt when everything came to a head and all they had left were unanswered questions.  I wonder how God felt, sending his one and only son to the cross to be the sacrifice to end all sacrifices.  I further wonder if the women, whose lives intersected with Christ’s and were transformed by his mercy, love and grace, were part of the crowd and what were they feeling?

I think of one lady in particular; the one with the issue of blood.  This woman had been suffering from this condition for twelve years.  She had given all of her money to physicians, but to no avail.  She was at the end of her rope.  She just could not deal with the pain and disgrace any longer.  She needed a miracle and heard that Jesus was in town.  Getting as close to Jesus as she could, in her ‘unclean’ state, she reached out and touched the edge of his cloak.  Immediately the pain was gone.  She knew the bleeding had stopped.  She was healed.  She tried to hide, but Jesus knew she had touched Him.  He always knows.  He confronted her with a love she had never experienced before.  Her heart exploded with love for her new-found Messiah.

Fast forward to Holy Week.  I wonder if she had come to Jerusalem for Passover.  I wonder if she just wanted to catch a glimpse of the One who healed her.  I wonder how excited she was to see Jesus coming into Jerusalem on a colt.  I wonder how distraught she was when everything went sideways and Jesus was hung on a cross.  The bible and history do not tell us if this lady was there, but if she was, I can only imagine her reaction of sheer terror when she saw the events of “Easter” unfold before her eyes.

This lady was given her life back by the One who just lost His.  “How can this be,” she thinks.  I wonder if she stayed in Jerusalem, trying to compose herself enough to go home when, all of a sudden, word starts to spread through the city like fire in the desert.  “Jesus’ tomb is empty,” she hears.  “The stone has been rolled away,” another reports.  I wonder how long it took her to realize that the prophecies had rang true and Jesus truly was the Messiah.  I wonder if she always knew, deep down inside.

So, Daughters, as the Holy Week unfolds before us, let us rejoice that we have the full story.  Jesus died and rose again and lives eternal at the right hand of the Father.  He is the Saviour and Redeemer of the world.  Let us never allow Easter to become a tradition or a celebration of time off work.  It is a time of clarity for us in the modern age.  A time of truth and victory.  A time of deep joy and celebration as we lift high the name of Jesus and His work on the cross!

In Him There Is No Darkness At All

Written by: Mandy Lawrence-Hill

Have you ever, in the heat of the moment, had to choose between something right or something you knew was wrong, and you chose to do the wrong thing?

I am ashamed to admit it, but I have chosen wrong on many occasions. I’ll bet, if you’re being honest, you’ve chosen similarly a time or two as well.

“This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all.” (1 John 1:5)

Recently, I started studying the book of 1 John through Wendy Blight’s new book “I Am Loved: Walking In The Fullness of God’s Love”. Wendy has captured my heart through her previous studies and I am not at all disappointed with this newest addition to her writings! As I was studying the word yesterday, God used those moments with Him to begin to heal some of the shame I have felt from choosing poorly in the past.

We cannot escape our sinful nature. Our flesh is drawn to sinful behaviour. However, with the Lord as our Saviour, our heart is drawn to Him (the light) and so this inward battle ensues. Our flesh is pulling us one way and our heart the other.

I began searching to find ways in which to escape this battle and how to only pursue the light. I want to make ONLY good choices! My hopes were quickly dashed as scriptures began flooding my mind:
“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” —Romans 3:23
So, how do we escape the hopelessness that comes when we realize we simply cannot escape the temptation to choose wrong?

We pursue the light.

We fight with a holy passion to not only know and experience Jesus, but also transform our lives to mirror His. We become like Him. We are intentional about reading the word, praying, fasting and worshipping. And, knowing that we will never arrive to a time or place where we are only presented with the right choice and that our flesh will always be drawn to sinful tendencies, we are always on our toes preparing and anticipating the inevitable. But also fully understanding that the more we become like Him….the more we are going to choose the right thing. Because;

“God is light, in him there is no darkness at all.”

The Many Looks Of Love

Written by: Rachel Albrecht

Years ago my husband’s younger brother lived with us while he was in college. He arrived in September and as December rolled around, I was curious as to what he would buy me for Christmas. We hadn’t known each other incredibly well before he moved in but over the past few months I had intentionally tried to invest in the relationship.

He had gone to my in laws over the holiday break and left us gifts under our tree. I don’t remember what my husband received, but it was nice gift, thoughtful and appreciated. When I opened my gift I was confused – inside the bag lay an old piece of hockey equipment, a goalie’s glove.

As the one who had cooked for him, picked up after him and watched way more of the sports channel than I ever desired, I had expected the gift to symbolize an appreciation, a value in the relationships we had, unique as it was. Whatever this joke was, it left me feeling hurt.

I tossed the glove in the outside trash can with disappointment. A few days later when I saw my brother in law at a family gathering, he asked if I liked my gift. Scowling, I gave a sarcastic thanks and told him I tossed that disgusting glove in the garbage. He burst out laughing, and asked if I had put my hand inside the glove. Obviously not! He told me to check inside. When we came back home I dug the glove out of the trash and peeked inside. There was a DVD I had long been hoping for.

Love was born in a manger over two thousands years ago yet many rejected Him because of the wrapping. This love, though vastly greater than anyone could have imagined, came to earth in a way no one anticipated and for some, in a way they couldn’t accept.

People were confused. They mistook His simplicity and humility for weakness. They expected the Messiah to be steeped in strength and royalty, to overthrow the oppression of their present day situation. From his birth in a manger to His death on the cross, so much of His life defied the expectations people had for Him.

I understand. This wasn’t what some of them had hoped for, dreamed of and painstakingly anticipated for hundreds of years. This wasn’t the answer they wanted or they felt they needed. If I’m to be very honest with you, I’ve got a couple situations in my life where I’m left wondering what is God doing? Did I not hear correctly? Why are these prayers remaining unanswered? Isn’t the loving thing to do in these situations to respond, and frankly, respond in the way I want Him to? I don’t understand the silence, I don’t understand the waiting period, I don’t understand why things are the way they are.

In times of confusion, I’m reminded love is multifaceted with countless expressions. Just because it doesn’t always show up like I think it should doesn’t mean that it isn’t there. Love can mean stepping up to offer help, or stepping back to give an opportunity. It can mean standing behind someone or sitting beside them. Sometimes love means speaking up and other times it means staying silent. At times love comes and at times it goes, sometimes love gives and sometimes it takes. It can say yes or no, now or later. It can bring smiles or tears, laughter or pain. It can be full of glitz or full of grit. It can be found in a rustic manger or in an empty tomb. Love is still love regardless if we like what it looks like at times.

Despite Christ’s life on earth being so different than what was expected, the details fulfilled every Old Testament prophecy. Now with our place in history we can read the prophecies of the New Testament and look forward to what is coming when they are all fulfilled!

We know that because of His great love for us, Jesus will return to this earth strong and mighty, victorious and powerful! We know He is going to defeat darkness and death and make all things right. Hurt and confusion, sorrow and suffering will cease and we will spend eternity in face to face fellowship with our Saviour!

This Advent season, as we remember how Jesus came in the humblest of forms, we can look forward to how He will return, with His glory, majesty and power in full force! Love will return and Love will win!

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Rachel Albrecht is blessed to be a wife and mom. She resides in Leamington Ontario, and each winter is very thankful to live in the most southern tip of Canada.