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English: Man Made in the Image of God, as in G...

English: Man Made in the Image of God, as in Genesis 1:26 to 2:3, illustration from a Bible card published 1906 by the Providence Lithograph Company (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Genesis 2:15 (NIV)

15 The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.

Reading the above text, it struck me that God is highly in favor of work!  Not only is He in favor of it, He put Adam in the garden to “work and take care” of it.  In other words God told Adam to “Get to work!”

This holiday break has been an absolute blessing but it is over and now and time to go back to work.  Time to be about completing and undertaking tasks purposed by God for me.  These periods of respite away from the daily grind have a way of providing more than just physical and emotional rest.  Ok, so maybe I did a bit more knitting than actual resting, but those long uninterrupted periods of knitting provided quiet moments of reflection and contemplation.

Rested, ready, reliable and responsive,  let us go into the next phase of our tasks, whatever work we do, give glory to God while working!  Be grateful to be employed and understand that God employs us to be emissaries on behalf of the Kingdom!  Now, it is time to get back to work!  

Making His praise glorious!


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Christmas lights on Aleksanterinkatu.

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Matthew 2:2 and asked, Where is the baby born to be the king of the Jews? We saw his star when it came up in the east, and we have come to worship him.

The trappings of the holiday season are all around.  Houses have been strung with dazzling displays of lights, wreaths, candles and whimsical moving characters encapsulated in snow globes with their own twinkling lights.  The spectacle  is nothing short of breathtaking.  I find myself riding along in awe.  Santa and his elves are in evidence everywhere, at night.

By the light of the morning sun it all looks, well pretty unremarkable. The cords, extension cords and clips cloaked by the cover of darkness are revealed.  Like sin it looks tantalizing when it is offered all shiny paper, sparkly dressed to entice and ensnare, but by the light of the Son, not so appealing. We must be ever vigilant to not be pulled in by the pageantry but to remember the reason for the Christmas season is to celebrate the birth of  Jesus, my Lord, Savior and King.

Making His praise glorious!


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Romans 14:9  For this very reason, Christ died and returned to life so that he might be the Lord of both the dead and the living.

It been two days since we celebrated the life of Mama Jean and the celebration has not ended!  What an incredible few days it has been.  The life celebration was full of family, extended family and friends all connected by the passing years and her phenomenal life.  Once the majority of the folks had departed the next generation of children and grandchildren remained.   We had a birthday in in the midst that had not yet been celebrated.   Just a few beats and the most melodious rendition of “Happy Birthday” was sung.   This family can sing!!!  At the  moment the mouths opened a glimpse of heaven was provided.  If these few voices are but a hint of the choir when Christ returns, oh glory!!!  It did not end there!  Yesterday at the house with Dad, the voices of Aunts, Grandfather and Uncle raised in song!  Though this journey  began as a celebration of life we continually and constantly celebrate the love and presence of God, in all things!

Making His praise glorious!


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