Thursday, December 8, 2016

ISAIAH 7:14 - IMMANUEL - EMMANUEL


EMMANUEL
“God with us.” Let that soak in a bit – GOD WITH US, God with me!

Emmanuel – I was about four or five, wearing my little leg braces, and I told my granddad that I wanted Jesus to be mine forever. We walked down to the altar, and that was it – I believe He was, and is, and forever will be mine.

Emmanuel – It was the summer before my sophomore year in high school when I realized that even though I was active in the youth group at my church, I did not have the relationship with God that others had. I asked my youth minister, Ray Young, to talk with me; and he led me through the Roman Road of Salvation. I prayed to receive God’s free gift of grace, and immediately Jesus was with me.

Emmanuel – When I had 200-300 stitches down my back after the surgeons corrected a 98° curvature of my spine to about 35° at the age of 16, I was in drastic pain, but Jesus was with me. In 2006, I was in the hospital awaiting a procedure. My doctor felt an urgency to check on me and found me unresponsive and not breathing. While I was on the ventilator for three weeks, God was with me and specifically told me to minister to His shepherds. When I both of my legs had to be amputated above the knee, I coded again. Once again, the presence of the Lord sustained me.

Emmanuel – When my husband left me five days before our first wedding anniversary, I yelled at God; but God was with me and led me that Sunday (our first anniversary) to a church family that saw me through my divorce and discipled me to walk more closely with the Lord. When my daddy went to be with the Lord after a battle with cancer, I found I could “dance like a child” in God’s presence even though my heart was hearting. As I cared for my mother for six years, Jesus was with us every step of the way.

Emmanuel – When I graduated twice from ORU and when I was ordained as a minister, God was with me. When I celebrated entering my “golden decade” when my life expectancy had been 24 years, Jesus celebrated the continued life He gives me. Jesus has been with me mightily through every high and low in my life. I trust that He will continue to be my Emmanuel, God with me, until He receives me home. My desire is to be a living gift of His presence to those I encounter.

Emmanuel – When the Lord blessed me with “adopted” teenagers in my forties, I knew Jesus was with me. God had given me many Christian friends who are “Jesus with skin on” and through them, He has hugged me so many times. Jesus brought Susan and me together and has enabled us by His grace to form Precious Jewels Ministries, and we are keenly aware of Emmanuel, God with us, every day as we study His word.

EMMANUEL – GOD WITH US  

REFLECT ON HIS PRESENCE IN YOUR LIFE TODAY!

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

ISAIAH 9:6 - HIS NAME


HIS NAME
By Susie Hale & Susan Slade, Precious Jewels Ministries


A living gift – God’s Messiah, the Hope of Israel, the long-awaited one entered our world as a tiny baby. His hair still wet from being born, He was already great, the greatest Gift ever bestowed upon human-kind. This baby was born to be the King of kings and Lord of lords, and in the future, He will reign over all the earth. He is already sovereign over everything, but not all people recognize the fact. In that day, when He returns to our world again, it will be obvious to all, and everyone will bow to Him.

But even now, those who believe and trust in Him know Him by His many powerful names. Jesus is my wonderful counselor – One who listens and advises wisely to guide me through the maze of experiences to reach the Father. He is the mighty God – He is my strength and enables me to stand firm as He holds me up. The Promised One is my everlasting Father – His parenting is a forever commitment, and I am privileged to be His child. Jesus is ever-present and never-failing – He is always there for me, will never let me down, and will never disappoint. The Messiah is the Master of Wholeness, the Prince of Peace – the Hebrew word for peace, shalom, is synonymous with wholeness meaning “nothing missing, nothing broken.” Jesus takes my broken pieces and makes me whole, enabling me to experience that true peace that passes all understanding. (Philippians 4:6-7) Jesus is the Potter, and I am the clay. I am my Master’s masterpiece.



Isaiah 64:8 (KJV) But now, O Lord, thou art our father; we are the clay, and thou our potter; and we all are the work of thy hand.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

LUKE 2:7 - AS A BABY, HE CAME

A long time ago in Bethlehem a tiny Babe was born,
The King of kings and Lord of lords on earth in mortal form.
What did it mean for Christ to come to walk on earth as man?
And what is the significance of this part of God’s plan?
I’ve often thought it interesting that Christ came as a child,
A little, tiny baby, helpless, meek, and mild.
But since He came in just that way, I know He understands
Every small frustration of living as a man.
He understands the growing pains of our own little ones,
Although when He was twelve years old, He knew He was God’s Son.
He knows just how it feels to go through difficult teen years.
He knows the loss of friends through death. He knew pain, and He cried tears.
My Jesus knew temptation and yet remained sin-free.
He was the perfect sacrifice who died for you and me.
So, we celebrate the coming of our King.
Because He came with love for us, His praises we will sing.

By Susie Hale, Precious Jewels Ministries, written February 10, 1983


Sunday, December 4, 2016

BY FAITH, ABRAHAM - HEBREWS 11:17-19


By Faith, Abraham
By Susie Hale, Precious Jewels Ministries

By faith, Abraham carried the coals
While Isaac carried the wood,
But the boy noticed they did not bring a lamb
To be the sacrifice as they should.
By faith, Abraham said God would provide
The lamb for the sacrifice;
But when they arrived at the top of the hill,
He bound Isaac and brought out his knife.
By faith, Abraham planned to offer his son
According to the Lord’s command,
But the angel of the Lord called him by name;
and he suddenly halted his hand.
By faith, Abraham trusted and believed
God could raise Isaac up from the dead,
But the Lord said it was enough he was willing
And provided a ram to be offered instead.  

Saturday, December 3, 2016

HEBREWS 11:11 BY FAITH, SARAH

By Faith, Sarah
By Susie Hale, Precious Jewels Ministries

By faith, barren Sarah
Conceived at ninety years old.
She believed the Lord would keep His promise
And gave birth as He had foretold.
Imagine the joy as she held her newborn,
The baby that defied explanation.
To think she was chosen to be the mother
Of the one who would father a nation.
Out of the nation would be born the One,
The Messiah, God with us, the Son.
So, Sarah was also a “woman of Christmas”
for God’s chosen people through her had begun.


Thursday, December 1, 2016

GENESIS 18:41 - IS ANYTHING TOO HARD?


IS ANYTHING TOO HARD?
By Susie Hale, Precious Jewels Ministries

Abraham laughed when God said Sarah would bear
The promised son from whom nations would rise.
When Sarah heard the news she would be a mother
She could not hide her laughter or surprise.
But the Lord assured them there was nothing to hard
For God to accomplish with His mighty power.
He even predicted the exact time of the year
That Isaac would be born: He could have named the hour.
For although Abraham was 100 and Sarah was 90,
The Lord brought glory to Himself by keeping His word.
They named the boy Isaac as God had commanded
Because Laughter was appropriate at a thing so absurd
As a baby being born to a couple so late in life,
To a barren woman way past her prime.
But our God is able to deliver what He promises,
The wait may seem long, but God is right on time. 

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

MESSIAH PROMISED - GENESIS 3:15


MESSIAH PROMISED
By Susie Hale, Precious Jewels Ministries

The serpent was beautiful and beguiling,
And the woman was deceived.
He told them the fruit would make them wise,
A half-truth they chose to believe.
Because they listened to someone other than God,
A curse came upon them and the earth.
Men would have to work hard to provide,
And women would have pain in childbirth.
The serpent on his belly would crawl,
But God gave them a promise that day.
Although the Deceiver would bruise man’s heel,
Eve’s descendant would purchase the way
To defeat Satan once and for all
By fatally crushing his head.
Jesus’ feet were bruised upon the cross,
But He conquered Satan once for all
WHEN HE ROSE UP FROM THE DEAD!