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I was thinking again…this time about angels. It’s a wee irritating to see frilly, foo-foo depictions of angels in society. Almost everywhere you look a dainty and feminine angel figurine sits upon a shelf or shows up in media to guide someone thru a near death experience to then go sit back upon a billowy cloud. In the Bible, the typical response when seeing an angel was fear and awe. I don’t think anybody was like, Oh, you are so cute…I want to tickle you.
Though angels are not human, they can take the form of a man. A male persona is what is identified in the Bible many times when an angel appeared to a human. For example, in Acts, Cornelius was visited by an angel and he answered him as “sir”. Angels can take on other forms. At the tomb when Jesus reserected, the angel was a radiating, dazzling light. I personally picture angels as great warriors. (Angel comes from Greek and is translated to messenger).
Angels have many jobs in the Bible. In scripture we can find where they are not only messengers but they are also used by God to provide, guide, protect, encourage, strengthen, and more…
No wonder the Bible says, “Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.” Hebrews 13:2
God might have a message for you thru one of his angels.
We also know that Satan was an angel (Lucifer) and many angels followed him out of Heaven (demons). (Lucifer was an angel- created by God- NEVER equal to his creator and can NEVER defeat God)
We know Michael (the angel) will lead God’s army against Satan’s forces, which is found in Revelation. That’s quiet the opposite of foo-foo. That is mighty warrior, fierce and strong. I recommend rethinking those ceramic ‘angels’ atop lacey doilies in the foyer, on the coffee table, and the toilet tank (I’ve seen them there), and replace those images in your mind with the way the Bible depicts angels, instead. I feel much better knowing of God’s angels as the Bible describes them versus how society portrays them…which is almost to the point one may come and take my tooth at night and leave a trail of glitter behind.
As I loath on my couch two days after Christmas, having received gifts of food from many directions and meals prepared by well-seasoned cooks in my family, I’m thinking about the book of Job. Why Job? Glad you asked. Job 8:7 tells us “Though your beginning was insignificant, yet your end will increase greatly.” Although this isn’t the correct context of that verse, (I encourage everyone to read the book of Job…wow) I can’t help but apply it to my over-indulgence this holiday season and the fact that I’ve reached for the leggings too many times lately. (I wore my ‘nice’ leggings for Christmas service and I always refer to Christmas as Christmas but I say holiday because this eating thing really began when the candy came out in October.)
Flashback to two days after THE Christmas. Our savior is beginning his earthly journey. There was absolutely nothing insignificant about that. So significant and magnificent was the gift of Jesus…IS the gift of Jesus. As I sit and ponder new beginnings with New Year resolutions of eating ‘right’ and bringing the regular pants back in to play, I also reflect on the greatest gift of all…the gift of Jesus who gives us, not just a new beginning in a particular area of life, but a new life altogether!
I’m so thankful for new beginnings. I make New Year resolutions just like everyone else. One of mine is to definitely live a healthier lifestyle, but I could not imagine ‘new beginnings’ without Jesus. He brings me hope and excitement like Aunt Sally’s double chocolate cream pie can never do.
I pray, no matter what the new year brings you, that you have a personal relationship with our Lord and experience the joy only He can bring. Happy New Year! ♥
The free gifts I’m talking about today aren’t for us to get but to give. It is so much better to give than to receive. For when you give, you receive a blessing every time. Warm fuzzies fill you up. Not literally, thankfully. You feel happy knowing your gave happiness to someone else. I’m personally on a frugal mission. I’m trying to DIY everything. EVERYTHING (just ask my hair salon lady…she recently fixed one of my DIYs). But who doesn’t love free? Here are a few gift ideas to try out. I promise they will not disappoint the receiver, or you.
Kindness. It’s free. It’s costs nothing. Zip. Nada. There’s even a phrase to help with you enemies/frenemies…”Kill ’em with kindness’. It works. It’s also becoming rare. Try holding a door open for a stranger. Leave coupons you aren’t going to use in a public place for someone who might need them. Say thank you. Smile. Give someone a compliment. Pull a buggy out at the store for the person coming in behind you. Leave a nice sticky note on the mirror in a public bathroom. Warn the next person going in if the restroom is out of toilet paper. You may even find that your frenemies become friendemies.
Compassion. A little goes a long way. Jesus was a beautiful example of how we should show compassion. One example, Luke 7:13 When the Lord saw her, He felt compassion for her, and said to her, “Do not weep.” Someone may be going thru something you have never experienced but we can lend an ear or even a shoulder in their time of sorrow or trouble. Compassion received is not easily forgotten.
Love. But now abideth faith, hope, love, these three; and the greatest of these is love. 1 Corinthians 13:13 It is so, so great that the Bible even tells us that God is love (1 John 4:8). There are endless ways to show love to one another. Make some cards and pass them out at your local nursing home. Fill up your thermos and grab some cheap styrofoam cups and head down to that person who has to work outside. Pull up to the farthest gas tank instead of blocking two of them. Maybe that one should go under kindness. We can all think of ways to show love to one another.
I challenge you to pick a free gift to give away tomorrow, and I’ll do the same. It doesn’t even require wrapping.
We all have our favorites. My favorite ice cream right now is Peppermint Bark by Blue Bell…err, by the pint. My favorite color is purple…sometimes it’s red…or emerald green. My favorite drink is coffee. My favorite snack is coffee. My favorite season is Autumn, except on the days it’s cold. I could go on and on picking my favorite this and that. We all could.
I am so very relieved that God does not show favoritism. It says so in Romans 2:11. I’ll back it up to verse 10 to get the bigger picture.
He doesn’t look at the skin pigment. He doesn’t look at the paperwork and credentials. He doesn’t look at the square footage or inside the garage. He doesn’t look in the bank. He doesn’t look at anything material. He looks at the heart. ♥
I’m so thankful that on days when I have a messy pony tail, no makeup, a dirty house, and my account is sitting at the day before payday, I am still cherished by Him…as are you!