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Safe Am I

When our daughter and son-in-law brought their precious twin boys home from the hospital, I watched with intensity as they got the babies ready to go to sleep in their bassinets. They would lay down a blanket on the changing table, set the baby at an angle in the middle, and then bring each side in very tightly. Finally the bottom part of the blanket came up and was tucked in securely. it was like they were ready for shipping by UPS! There was not chance for flailing arms or legs – every part of the boys was tucked safely and securely inside.

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This was a whole new approach to me, since my last baby came more than 25 years before. I felt concerned.

“Won’t the boys need to stretch?” I asked.

“This swaddle will keep them from jumping and alarming themselves while they sleep” my daughter explained.

True to its word, that tight little swaddle kept them snug and sleeping soundly until their tummies woke them up with hunger.

Little babies have it made, don’t they?! To be wrapped so safely and snuggly and allowed to rest like that would be like….well, it would be just like what Christ does for us as His children. As a matter of a fact, there’s even a reference in Scripture to the Lord doing that very thing for David.

We’ve been taking a look at the story of Nabal the fool and how he angered David by refusing to feed him and his men after they had treated Nabal’s sheep shearers kindly. David decided this man and all his household would die as a result! A wise servant of Nabal’s hurries to Nabal’s wife, Abigail to tell her what has taken place and also of the sure destruction that was coming soon unless someone stopped David.

Wise and beautiful Abigail stepped in by sending a huge gift of food to David and his men. (Wisdom fed the men before talking!) It was sheep shearing time, and there had been lots of preparations, so she was well able to load the donkeys with the best of food to fill the appetites of these hungry soldiers.

But now David needed to be addressed and Abigail had the godly character and wisdom to know just how to speak the truth into his heart. You can read exactly what she said here. She simply reminded David that if he killed these innocent men, he would have a blight on his name, but if he would trust the Lord, God would take care of wicked Nabal.

As I imagine this scene in my mind, I see David’s hand drop from his sword and hang down at his side. His shoulders relax and his head drops as he realizes the foolish decision he had been spared.

Abigail reminded David of a truth that is especially beautiful for each one of us who know Christ and could feel like some threat or danger is before us ~

But the soul of my lord shall be bound in the bundle of life with the Lord thy God;

She was saying that David was safe in God’s hands, that God would watch over and protect him, just like a traveler who carries their precious possessions bundled up underneath their robes.

Friends, that is our position in Christ! We are bound up in His bundle! It’s like He has us wrapped up in a swaddling blanket and carries us close to His heart.

When I was a girl we would sing the song, Safe am I, safe am I, in the hollow of His hand. There’s no better place to be than safe in Christ!
(Here’s a recording of the song made by The Dayspring Quartet.)

Whatever trouble may be around you today, stop and realize that if Christ is your Savior, you are safe and secure in Him…all day and all night, too. Like those little baby boys wrapped so tightly, there’s no need for us to jump or be alarmed!

Now rest peacefully.

Christmas · peace

The Reason He Came At Christmas

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On our drive through our country roads this week we saw the sign,

Live nativity December 22

My mind went back to the last one I saw years ago.  There was the sweet little baby Jesus lying in the manger bed, wrapped in soft white cloth while His mother Mary, dressed in blue sat smiling down on her sleeping child.  Joseph stood protectively alongside while little sheep were baa-ing and cows were mooing in their stalls only feet away from the manger scene.  Little girl angels stood above in the barn loft, their tilted halos shimmering from the gold garland from which they were crafted. It all seemed pristine and perfect.

But at that nativity we didn’t get a picture of what the scene of this baby’s life would look like in thirty years.  Now His garments are stripped from Him in a mocking. cruel fashion.  No adoring glances were given by those nearby, only daggers of hate and scorn.  The swaddling cloth at His birth is exchanged for a purple robe and a blood-stained cross on which He was hung.

Cruel.

Bloody.  But also perfect.

Perfect love.

This was the reason He came.  He came to die. It was the only answer for our sins to be forgiven.  Perfect blood had to be shed and He came to die in our place.

People lined up to stand and stare at the scene at that live nativity I attended.  It was the Story of stories come to life.  A baby born of a virgin and announced by angels. Everyone loves a story of a baby’s birth, but who will follow Him to the cross?  The crowd was very thin.  Oh friends, let’s not lose sight of the fact that the purpose of His birth was so He could die for broken sinners like you and me. That is why we have Christmas.

The following video is about three wonderful results of pondering why He came.

 

What has brought you peace instead of chaos this Christmas?  If you can’t find peace, please watch the other two videos in this series.  I pray it will encourage you!

Merry Peaceful Christmas!

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Peace Instead of Chaos At Christmas #2

We’re two weeks out from Christmas!  How’s your “peace level?”  If you find yourself in any kind of chaos instead of peace, you’re not alone.  So many struggle during this time of year when there are so many demands, expectations and voices shouting at us.

As Mary pondered the happenings going on around her during the time of Christ’s birth, I believe that those thoughts brought her peace and those same thoughts in our hearts can bring the calm we crave.

In the video today, I’m sharing three areas that will be helped at Christmas if we will think about the power of God – the kind Mary witnessed.  It’s available to us, too and it can bring us peace…sweet peace.

In which area that I mentioned do you need the power of God to overrule?

Refresh your heart with peace that comes from His power,

Denise

Christmas · peace

Peace Instead of Chaos at Christmas

I’m sure we all desire to have a peaceful heart, home and life during Christmas, but it’s often difficult to grasp because we can’t stop long enough to even realize how to get it.  Do you ever wonder how Christmas got this way with the activity and pressures?  Me too.

I’ve been considering that question as I’ve read through the account of Christ’s birth recently.  The Lord has shown me some things that must change in my own life so I can enjoy His peace this season.

My videos during December are going to share the things the Lord has taught me as to how we can actually obtain the peace Christ came to give us. Here’s the first simple suggestion.

 

What are you pondering about Christ?  What Truth has calmed your heart?

Refresh yourself and ponder Christ!

Denise