Making ROOM for a King

Today, we are pondering the birth of the Savior. We have heard it most of our lives: Joseph and Mary went to Bethlehem because it was decreed by Caesar, but when they arrived, there was no room for them in the inn, so Mary delivered her firstborn son in a stable filled with animals, basically, the barn. Or did she? The picture I have had most of my life is of the two of them standing at an ancient bed and breakfast and a kindly elder gentlemen shaking his head telling them he was sorry he could not accommodate them. Everything was full because of the census. Even though Mary was “with child” they still could not find a place to stay, but this innkeeper did offer his stable and a clean bed of hay where she could give birth. Yikes! But a little deeper look at the Greek wording might give us some insight and a better understanding of that holy night. The Greek term translated inn (kataluma) had more than one meaning. It could be a small inn, or a group of people traveling together, a caravansary. This word is used only one other time in the New Testament… “And ye shall say unto the goodman of the house, The Master saith unto thee, Where is the guestchamber, where I shall eat the passover with my disciples? And he shall shew you a large upper room furnished: there make ready.” Luke 22:11. This is the place where Jesus shared the Last Supper with His disciples! What kind of room does Luke say this was? “A large furnished upper room…” ...

Rushing Truth

Congratulations to the recipients of the Hope Products, faith, HOPE and love Giveaway! Laura Turcotte, Allison, Tanya, & Mickie Hodden! Simply email us your address (lori@internetcafedevotions.com) and we will get your goodies out right away!  The college years should also be known as the broke years. I waitressed and attended classes full time, and money always seemed to be a scarce commodity in my life. One semester, I took a black and white photography class. Little did I know how much photography equipment cost! I used every dime I had to purchase the materials that I needed. During class, my photography professor announced that she would be holding a workshop for those of us who wanted additional instruction. The cost of the workshop would be $12. I opened my wallet and noticed that I had exactly $12 to my name. Of course, I would have to skip lunch for a few days and beg some rice and beans from my restaurant manager before work, but it would be worth it! Although the money wasn’t due for another month, I decided to pay her the cash early. My professor hurriedly took my money without writing my name down and said she needed to run off to lunch. A few days later, I discovered that I had a conflicting engagement and I would not be able to make the workshop. Before the next class, I explained to the professor that I wouldn’t be able to attend. She looked at me, confused. Then I asked if she wouldn’t mind refunding my money. Sadly, she had been so rushed during our exchange that...

For Every Tree…

If every tree is known by it’s fruit, then it’s fair to say that every life is known by what it’s producing. If we are living the Jesus life, then the fruit we bear through the Spirit should be clear to those in our circle of influence… Perhaps it’s time to take a look into the fruit basket of our lives & pull them out, one at a time and examine them, really examine them as we have an honest look at what’s in our baskets. Are you known by these fruits?     Welcome to WFW!   There are very few rules, in fact the beauty of this ministry is the creative expression that God reveals Himself through. We marvel at the creativity that participants post with this meme. We encourage the “post behind the picture,” or the reflections that many of the participants share. We ask that non-biblical resources not be used. WFW is not about books, authors, artists.. it’s about God and HIS WORD ONLY. WFW is about celebrating the gift of creativity through God’s Word. Join myself and some other wonderful ladies as we share by signing into to the Link...

Today

Ever find yourself wondering what your NEXT move should be? The plans YOU’VE  had haven’t panned out like you thought they might. The job that was YOURS, wasn’t. The man of your dreams is as flawed as the rest of them. The people you’ve trusted have let you down. You finally come to the realization that you can’t make decisions for your adult children or your parents for that matter. Your journal is filled with these private reflections. Disappointments. Detours. Life. We have an answer waiting for us in Luke. It worked for Mary, when her life looked a teensy bit complicated. She didn’t waver. She didn’t collapse under the pressure. She plainly spoke the words, “Let it be to me according to your Word.” Such powerful words, as relevant for you and I, 2,000 years removed. What if we all began a journal with these words and really committed to living them. I mean REALLY committed to living them. I think something amazing would ensue. WFW is not about books, authors, artists.. it’s about God and HIS WORD ONLY. WFW is about celebrating the gift of creativity through God’s Word. Join myself and some other wonderful ladies as we share using the Linkytool: Powered by Linky Tools Click here to enter your link and view the entire list of entered links… today stamp from rhonna farrer...