Sunday, December 14, 2014

Suddenly Christmas

The shepherds and the Angels had a glorious time together just before Christs birth. I cannot fully imagine how the shepherds felt when the angel appeared to them as they were watching there flocks by night. They were minding there own business doing there normal routine. When all of a sudden an angel appears. Let's read Luke 2:10 and the angel said unto them, fear not: for, behold I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. Wow! A real angel was in the midst of them.  It must have been a jaw dropping moment! Then the angel proceeds with an awesome message V11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord. What an unbelievable message! The angel proceeds in verse12 to tell them that this shall be a sign  unto them:  you shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes lying in a manager. And then, wow, if seeing an angel was not enough, all of a sudden  a multitude of the heavenly host of God shows up(v13)  praising God saying Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men. The second message was as wonderful as the first. 

God wanted the shepherds to know he loved them and the world so much that he was sending his son Jesus so they could be saved from their sins and peace would once again be in place between God and man. It was a suddenly to the shepherds! The good news was astounding, prophetic, and supernatural! How could this be they must have wondered? They probably said to each other "Did you see what I saw?".  And did I hear that right?  That a savior of the world was born this night? Suddenly it was Christmas!  Peace on earth good will toward men! What beautiful words. What a glorious night for us all! To know that gods will is for us to be saved and live in peace! Merry Christmas to all! 

This devotion was written by the heart of Pat James. 

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Every Gift


James 1:16-17
16 Do not err, my beloved brethren.
17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.

Every Christmas we all make a list of all the things we would like to see under the tree on Christmas morning. No matter the number of gifts on our list there is usually that one gift, that special gift that we long for most of all. We know about what size and shape that gift should be. More and more gifts are added each day to the pile under the tree. We look for all the ones with our name on them. When we don’t see one that looks as if it will be that perfect gift we are looking for we are disappointed. When Christmas morning comes we are not really that excited because we know just by the wrapping of the gifts that the special one is not there. We begin to open our gifts one by one, ripping off the paper and ribbon to see what not so perfect gift is in the package. Then, we get to that one last gift still knowing that it does not contain what we are truly seeking. We unwrap it to discover that it IS what we have truly been longing for.

Aren’t we all guilty of having this same attitude about what we are believing God for? Don’t we sometimes get a prayer answered but because He did not answer the way we thought He would often times we miss it. We let it go by for something we believe to be better. 

All of our gifts come from Him. They are good and they are perfect. We should stay in communication with our Heavenly Father so that we can be sure we don’t over look anything or anyone because of the “wrapping”.

This devotion was written from the heart of Beth Reed. My prayer this week is that each of us will look past the wrapping to discover the good and perfect gift He has for us.



Monday, December 1, 2014

Victory

1 Corinthians  15:57 - But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Thanksgiving day was yesterday. Many people around the world counted their blessings which God gave them and rightfully so. Big meals were cooked, hungry people were fed by different organizations showing the love of God. Most families,Christian or not say grace over their Thanksgiving dinner. God is remembered for a short period of time how good he is to us. I personally am amazed how God worked in my families life this year. So thankful!!!

But throughout the day people that have lost loved ones this year came to my mind. Great loss, pain and suffering for them. Some were by long sickness or a terrible tradegy. Through out the day I lifted those people up to God in prayer and what God deposited in my spirit was the above scripture. 

Take much comfort in knowing that your loved one, if they knew Jesus Christ as their savior went to heaven and is victoriously reigning with him.  We have victory in Jesus! No more suffering or pain when we leave here. A miraculous transition takes place immediately after a persons physical body dies. Yes, we no longer have that person here on earth with us, it is very sad for humans to experience, but Gods word say for us not to grieve like one that has no hope! Our hope is in him. Thanks be to our God that loved us so much that he gave his only begotten son, Jesus, to buy us back! God will carry you and yours by his grace to a place where the above promise becomes sweeter as the days go by. 

We are victorious in Jesus Christ our Lord! I cannot praise him enough for giving me that victory! God bless each of you and I pray this devotion helps someone today. This devotion was written by the heart of Pat James. 

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Choose This Day Who You Will Serve

Choose You This Day Whom You Will Serve

"Now this was the sin of your sister Sodom: She and her daughters were arrogant, over fed and unconcerned; they did not help the poor and needy." Ezekiel 16:49

 Jesus said you would always have the poor among you. (Mark 14:7)

 The Prophet Daniel told King Nebuchadnezzar that he could liberate himself from his iniquities by showing mercy and loving-kindness to the poor and oppressed and that if he repented there may possibly be a continuance and lengthening of his peace and tranquility and a healing of his error. 

 But no, Nebuchadnezzar got to go live with the beasts of the fields and eat grass like an ox and his hair grew out and his nails were like birds claws and it took him seven years to repent and "understanding returned" to him and he could then "pray and extol and honor the King of heaven, whose works are all faithful and right and whose ways are just." Daniel 4:37

 Okay. 

 Choice #1- Live outdoors and eat a grass like a cow for seven years.

 Choice #2- Repent and do right.

 "And those who walk in pride He is able to abase and humble." Daniel 4:37

 Hummm, what will it be?

 "...choose you this day whom ye will serve: ..." Joshua 24:15 KJV

Prayer: Father, I repent today of the sin of pride and ask that you would help me to walk humbly before you. In Jesus Name. Amen


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Friday, November 28, 2014

I Am

I AM!!!!!

Revelation 1:8 - (NIV) "I am the Alpha and the Omega," says the Lord God, "who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty." 

My great nephew and great niece came to Alabama to visit me and "The" Gran last weekend. They are precious children and thankfully have been raised in a strong Christian home. You can't help to notice the love that freely flows from each one of their sweet hearts. It was a true blessing to my mother that all of her great grands were under one roof. Although it was a bit of a tough day with out my dad; we made it and I clearly understood that as a family......
WE CAN DO ALL THINGS THROUGH CHRIST!!!

At the beginning of the 2014 school year, my little great niece surprised her teacher and her own parents by filling in the blanks of an assignment given out to her in a public Tennessee classroom. I would love to share with you her beautiful words from a child's view of what it TRUELY means to have a relationship with Jesus! This young ten year old knows the value of her worth in Christ and knows personally THE GREAT I AM!!!!! 

I AM 

I AM - a child of God.
I WONDER - when Jesus will come.
I HEAR - His warm voice.
I SEE - His beautiful works. 
I WANT - to be in The Lord's will.
I AM - a child of God. 

I KNOW - that He is here. 
I FEEL - His hand calm my storm.
I TOUCH - His book, the bible.
I WORRY - about nothing.
I CRY - out for forgiveness.
I AM - a child of God. 

I UNDERSTAND - most of His Word.
I SAY - what I know is true.
I DREAM - about His return. 
I HOPE - people know who I am.
I AM - a child of God. 

To me; this was a great reminder to ALL believers that it is OUR job to teach and train. It is OUR job to prepare children to receive Christ as their Lord and Savior. It is OUR job to lead by example. It is OUR job to plant God's word deep in their heart... and it is OUR job as Christians to spread the gospel from one generation to the other....until the return of Christ :)

As the Christmas season is approaching, It is of the upmost importance for everyone to know just how much The Lord God Almighty loves you and I. This simple poem gave me joy to know that God's Holy Word is still being taught to children through out the world! 

GOD IS THE ALMIGHTY - 
HE IS ...THE GREAT - I AM !!!!! 

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Thank you for hearing my heart this semester. Although my devotions can be lengthy and boring; in many ways they have helped me with the grieving process of the passing of my Father. Kenneth Copeland said it best at my fathers Memorial....."He is not lost" ... he said..."He has been found!" From the bottom of my heart... I love you all dearly. TRUELY I appreciate your love and support. I will not be writing this quarter. I would love to tell you I will be spending my time taking care of "The Gran" but the truth is...most likely she will be taking care of me! :))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))

Blessings to you always ~
Pamela Britt Malone
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Thursday, November 27, 2014

Give Thanks

With today being Thanksgiving Day, I thought I would share just a few of the MANY scriptures that talk about being thankful or giving thanks. I pray that each person reading this devotion has a wonderful day filled with food and family. But let us all remember that we should give thanks EVERY day not just today.


1 Thessalonians 5:18  
Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

Psalm 107:1  
Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever!

Ephesians 5:20
Giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,

Philippians 4:6 
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.

Psalm 106:1 
Praise the Lord! Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever!

Colossians 4:2  
Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving.

Psalm 30:12  
That my glory may sing your praise and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give thanks to you forever!

Psalm 100:4  
Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name!


This devotion was written from the heart of Beth Reed. I would love to hear from you.
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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Thank You

I want to start this devotion off by saying Thank You! Thank you for reading my devotions this quarter. Thank you for allowing me to share with you all. Thank you to anyone who read these devotions. If one seed could be planted from these then my job was accomplished. I have been honored to write this quarter.

As Thanksgiving is approaching let us all be thankful for what God has done in your life. Thankful through all seasons of our life. It is easy to be thankful through the good times but sometimes it's through our darkest times we can learn the most and God can use us. 

Take time to show others how much they mean to you and how truly thankful you are for them. We do not know how long we are guaranteed to be here so while we are here make it count. Show the love of Christ as God has shown it to us. 

One Thursday a year isn't the only time we should be giving thanks. Have a heart of Thanksgiving through all seasons. 

"give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus." (‭1 Thessalonians‬ ‭5‬:‭18‬ NIV)

"I will praise God’s name in song and glorify him with thanksgiving." (‭Psalm‬ ‭69‬:‭30‬ NIV)