Welcoming December 2023 With Prayer and Encouragement

Welcoming December 2023 With Prayer and Encouragement

Dear Father, we praise you for this special time to remember the greatest gift ever given: Your Son. How impossible to honor and thank You enough for Your unselfish love and steadfast grace. As we celebrate this month, please help us keep our focus on Jesus rather than the chaos in this dark world. Sustain us as we spend time with friends and family, and may our lives reflect the great love You demonstrated to us.

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Getting To Know the Real Him.

Getting To Know the Real Him.

Just prior to President Eisenhower’s second inauguration, photographers wanted to snap a photograph of the President and Vice President with their young children. President Eisenhower posed with his grandchildren, Ann and David. Vice President Richard Nixon posed with his daughters, Julie and Tricia. However, eight-year-old Julie Nixon had suffered a black eye in a sledding accident. Eisenhower suggested she look to her right to hide the black eye, which forced her gaze right at David Eisenhower. Eight-year-old David stared back at her injury with widened eyes as the photographers snapped the photo. That was one of the few times the two children met.

Years later, Julie and David attended different colleges in the same town. Mamie Eisenhower was a romantic, and she believed the two would make a lovely couple. She suggested David look up Julie and get acquainted. Due to his grandmother’s insistence, David finally contacted Julie and enjoyed being with her. A romance blossomed between them.

Julie’s dormitory had a proctor, who monitored incoming guests.

On one occasion, David visited Julie, but he had to sign in with the proctor. He stopped at the front desk and said, “I’m David Eisenhower, and I want to see Julie Nixon.” The proctor replied, “I’m Harry Truman.”

David, who looked a bit scruffy, had to convince the proctor who he was.

We always recognize the names of famous people like presidents, judges, and movie stars. And it’s common for people to ‘name drop’ when they want to feel important. However, we have the incredible opportunity to know God, our creator. His fame outstrips anyone and everyone, and he can know each of us individually. As we celebrate Christmas this year, let’s rejoice that Jesus reconciled us to our Heavenly Father. What a privilege to get to know HIM!

“but let him who boasts boast in this, that he understands and knows me, that I am the LORD who practices steadfast love, justice, and righteousness in the earth. For in these things I delight, declares the LORD.” -Jeremiah 9:24 ESV

Welcoming November 2023 With Thanksgiving

Welcoming November 2023 With Thanksgiving

“Dear Holy Father, we pause before this busy holiday season to praise you. Thank you for creating us in your image and giving us an eternal soul. We are overwhelmed with the beauty and intricacy of the world around us. How wise and gracious you are! Thank you for the sun which makes photosynthesis possible. Thank you for water which sustains life. Thank you for the birth of your perfect Son. Fill us with humility this month and keep our hearts pure before you. In the Name of Jesus we pray, Amen.”

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Need to Worry?

Need to Worry?

Julia Dent Grant married Ulysses S. Grant and they maintained a warm relationship throughout their lives. She visited him in the field as often as she could. Unfortunately, Julia had strabismus, which meant her eyes didn’t line up evenly. A doctor offered to correct the problem when she was young, but she didn’t want to have an operation. As a result of her eye difficulty, she preferred to pose for pictures in profile.

As her husband rose to prominence during the Civil War, she worried her appearance would detract from his reputation. She wrote to Ulysses and asked if she should have surgery. He replied that he fell in love with her eyes and wanted her to leave them alone.
What a touching story of love.

On the other hand, I’m thankful for God’s love. He cared for me even when I had turned against him and my righteousness was like filthy rags. However, he didn’t leave me in that condition. Jesus gave me life through his substitutionary death, and as I grow in him, I am becoming like him. I can praise God for that love every day.

Why?

Why?

Mary Jean Eisenhower was born during Eisenhower’s presidency. She was three when her grandfather, President Eisenhower, invited De Gaulle to visit the Gettysburg battlefield. They were having the first course of the evening meal with her family, who lived near her grandparents’ farm at Gettysburg. Then they intended to go to the Eisenhower’s home for the rest of the meal.

When Mary got into the room, she looked around for a place to sit. The White House officials, family, and interpreters occupied all available seats. However, she spotted De Gaul who looked like a kind grandfather. Mary climbed into his lap and explained she was wearing a smocked dress. He never replied.

President Eisenhower handed De Gaul a sheaf of papers, and he took out red glasses to read. Mary said she had never seen glasses like that. “Why are your glasses so thick?”

“Because I cannot see.” He said, “Poor, poor me.”

The room got very quiet. Everyone had assumed he could speak no English. Told by Mary Jean Eisenhower on a video interview, everyone wondered what they had said. This story reminds me of a passage in Colossians 4:6: “Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned, as it were, with salt, so that you may know how you should respond to each person.” May God, who hears all we think or say, enable us to speak wisely.

Welcoming October 2023 While Kickin’ the Leaves

Welcoming October 2023 While Kickin’ the Leaves

Dear Heavenly Father, as we watch you paint the trees with a rainbow of fall colors, remind us of your mighty power and faithfulness. How much we need your infinite wisdom and grace! Enable us to stay so close to your heart that we make godly choices. We beg you to draw our families near you. In addition, we pray for the desperate people around us. May we have opportunities to share our hope. Give us the appropriate words to touch their hearts. In the Name of Jesus we pray, Amen.

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