Morning Encouragement for 12/5/2022

Good morning,

As we prepare for Christmas and the day the nation celebrates the birth of our Lord, I want to share with you some personal thoughts that I hope you will treasure. The first thing is that Jesus was not born on December 25th as it is a “chosen day” (Christmas). Some contest that the day is a celebration of the Sun god or “Citronella” and will not celebrate the day which, is fine pick another day. The purpose of Christmas is not about “what I want” but how his presence brought good news to a weary world. Whatever day you chose to celebrate the Lord, let it be a time set aside for the Lord or, “fasting”. According to Isaiah 58, true fasting is not just “starving yourself”, it is about denying yourself that brings you pleasure, like game stations, etc, and using the time to release other people’s burdens.  I encourage you today to set one day aside to honor the Lord.

Verses: Isaiah 58, Psalm 85,

Famous quote: “I will honor Christmas in my heart and keep it all year long” – Charles Dickens.

Father,

Thank you for sending your son into this world. If it had not been for him, the only good news we’d receive would be samplings from the government. Please help me today to honor your son in all that I do. May I bring words of encouragement to those that need it? I pray for my family Lord that you would watch over them everywhere their feet take them. I pray that you will continue to shake the world and its elected leaders so that they may be silenced before you. I pray for the military, law enforcement, and EMT communities that you will be with every one of them and bring them safely home. I pray over our politicians that you will continue to shake them to their core with the message of the Ephod so that they fully understand whom they serve. I pray for the city of Stacy, the state of Minnesota, and the USA may your Spirit fall fresh upon us. I pray for the truckers who carry supplies to our communities. I thank you for healing our land with rain that refreshes the land and the storms that shake the heart of mankind. I pray for those who need a special touch from you today. Finally, I pray that my words will always be an encouragement to all who read these words in Jesus’ name I pray. May your peace be upon my family, city, state, nation, and world. Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer (Psalms 19:14).

IHS
MK

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