Word of the Day Series

Start your day the Simply Heavenly way by joining me in a Bible study where we read and learn the Word of God!

Simply Heavenly Chicekn Picata

A tasty and healthy treat that you and your family will love to eat!

Jesus is, was and always will be!

Citrus, it's Simply Heavenly!

Read to find out the endless uses for citrus, God's all natural do-it-all wonderfruit!

A River Runs Through Us!

Don't hold back forgiveness..

Monday, December 31, 2012

Word of the Day... December 31, 2012

Make my joy complete by being of
the same mind, maintaining the same love,
united in spirit, intent on one purpose.
Philippians 2:1

Sometimes people ask me why they need to go to church and I think this verse is the perfect one to share.  It is only when we share our life experiences with others that we can enjoy them fully and we can begin to see that we are not alone.  

That other people actually go through the same trials that we do and we can be a comfort to each other. You see having relationships call for being in fellowship with others, and this cannot be done very easily at arm’s length. It implies getting in touch, feeling the hurts, giving a hug or wiping a tear.  Being an instrument of encouragement and healing to one another.

This is what the early Christians did. They learn very quickly that survival would go hand-in-hand with “fellowship”. We are all different parts of one body. We all have different functions in the body. It is when we realize this that the body of Christ will really grow in strength.

Fences must come down. 

We need to open up and allow trust that Jesus knows what is best for us.  A person told me yesterday that Christians are like glow sticks. They must be broken to shine brightly!  I think as we begin this New Year, that we must open ourselves up to the Lord, and allow the Holy Spirit to move through us. For it is when the Holy Spirit flows through us that his church will be blessed. I hope all of you have a very safe and Simply Heavenly New Year!!! God bless you all!!

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Word of the Day... December 30, 2012

Be Ready for the Lord’s Coming
“Be dressed for service and keep your lamps burning, 36 as though you were waiting for your master to return from the wedding feast. Then you will be ready to open the door and let him in the moment he arrives and knocks. 37 The servants who are ready and waiting for his return will be rewarded. I tell you the truth, he himself will seat them, put on an apron, and serve them as they sit and eat! 38 He may come in the middle of the night or just before dawn. But whenever he comes, he will reward the servants who are ready. Luke 12:35-38

So what are we supposed to be doing until the Lord comes back?  There are several things, according to Luke chapter Twelve.

We are to be watching for him. This doesn't mean that were to be standing around like idiots staring into the sky. To watch simply means to be alert and aware. For instance, when I am reading the newspapers or watching the news on television, I am always looking for the signs of the times. I'm not just looking for another conflict in the Middle East or another economic meltdown in Europe or noting that China is getting stronger every day. I am looking for the things that might point to biblical signs that indicate the day of the Lord's return is near.

We should be ready to go. As the time for the coming of Jesus Christ approaches, each one of us should ask am I ready to go? You don't want to be engaged in some activity that would make you ashamed if Jesus were to suddenly appear.

We should not only be ready for his return but we should anxiously await it. Have you ever dreaded the arrival of somebody coming to your house to visit? Do you remember what it felt like and how you didn't even want to answer the door?  Or have you ever really looked forward to someone's arrival so much that before they even came you would find yourself looking out the window to check for them? Then before they could even knock on the door, you opened it? That is how we should be thinking of the return of Jesus Christ. We should be looking forward to it with great anticipation and joy not dreading it at all.

We are not only to be waiting, but we also should be working. If watching is evidence of faith, then working is the evidence of faith in action. Watching for the Lord's return will help us prepare for our own lives, but working will ensure that we bring others with us. We should be using these last days to serve the Lord and look for every opportunity to tell someone about Jesus and His great love. Watching daily for the Lord's return isn’t a miserable way to live; it is a happy joyful purposeful way to live. Have a Simply heavenly Sunday!

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Word of the Day.... December 29, 2012

4 Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes. 5 God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure. 6 So we praise God for the glorious grace he has poured out on us who belong to his dear Son. Ephesians 1:4-6

If you are a Christian; it is because God chose you.  Jesus told His disciples, “You did not choose Me, but I chose you” (John 15:16). And for each of us who have received Jesus Christ as our Savior, we discovered that He chose us. This confuses many people because they realize that we have the ability to choose, and that is true. But God who knows all things, knows what we will choose; and He doesn't pick losers. He picks winners.

You may say, “but that isn't fair? What if God didn't choose me?” Have you accepted Jesus Christ? If so, then He chose you. If you haven't accepted Him, do it and you will find out you were chosen. If you don't want to accept Him, why do you care if you were chosen or not?

As we come closer to the New Year, I hope that each and every one of us will make the commitment that in 2013, Jesus Christ will be the center of our lives, so that we can walk in His word, His will, and His way for our lives. Take the time to start fresh in the New Year. Make a commitment to get into the precious Word of God. It could change your life forever! I hope that  you all have a Simply Heavenly weekend. God bless you!!!

Friday, December 28, 2012

All Clad 7 Quart Deluxe Slow Cooker...

I got this slow cooker for a birthday gift last year and I have to say I love it!!!
Here is the product information:

All-Clad's top-of-the-line cooker features a nonstick cast-aluminum insert that you can use on the stovetop to brown ingredients before transferring it to the base for slow cooking.
·        Push-button controls and easy-to-read digital display eliminate guesswork.
·        7-qt. nonstick aluminum insert goes from stovetop to slow cooker to table.
·        Use insert on its own to cook and serve a variety of one-pot dishes.
·        Insert is ideal for use with gas and electric cooktops, but is not induction compatible. 
·        Automatically keeps foods warm until serving time.
·        Stainless-steel lid.
·        Riveted stainless-steel handles; insert has integrated handles.
·        Stainless-steel finish.

 I would not have purchased this for myself because of the price tag of $249.95, but after using it, I don’t know how I ever used another slow cooker.  I love the fact that it is truly one pot cooking. The non-stick cast aluminum insert can go right on the stove to brown meats and the best part is the same pan goes right back in the slow cooker so you have all of the flavor and no other dishes to wash.  You lose absolutely nothing.

It also cleans up nicely.  The insert pan is non-stick so it washes up beautifully.  It is dishwasher safe, but it is so easy to clean that I don’t even bother.  I cook in this slow cooker a few times a week.  I made braised short ribs that were fall off the bone tender and had melt in your mouth flavor!!!  I had no leftovers and my husband and son were fighting over the last short rib!!

If you want a really great slow cooker designed with a very busy woman in mind, run don’t walk to Williams Sonoma and pick this one up.  It doesn’t get better then All Clad.  I was so happy they got this for me.  Best birthday gift ever!!!  Have fun discovering the Simply Heavenly dishes you can create with this slow cooker!!

Word of the Day... December 28, 2012

Glory in the Cross of Jesus Christ
As for me, may I never boast about anything except the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ. Because of that cross, my interest in this world has been crucified, and the world’s interest in me has also died. Galatians 6:14

When I was a young I considered myself righteous because I didn’t go to dances, I didn’t drink, I went to church on Sunday and Wednesday, I sang in the choir and I was always in the front row at services.  My righteousness was in keeping the rules that had been set by the church.

I didn’t know what it was to glory in the cross, the finished work of Jesus Christ.  I was always trying to do better on my own.  Failing, but promising God, “I’m going to do better.”  Always struggling in my flesh to please the Lord and missing the mark time after time.

Then I discovered the grace of God and learned that righteousness was through Jesus Christ. What a relief it was to realize that I no longer had to struggle to please the Lord Jesus on my own. For the first time in my Christian walk I found out what true freedom was!!!  

Other people may boast in their fleshly accomplishments, but God forbid that I should glory in anything except the finished work of my redemption on the cross of Jesus Christ.

As we go into the weekend, I hope that all of you keep Jesus as the center of your life.  Have a Simply Wonderful weekend and may God bless you!

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Word of the Day... December 27, 2012

Living the New Life
Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits in the place of honor at God’s right hand. Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth. Colossians 3:1-2

When I think of trying to keep my eyes on heaven it can be difficult because I can only imagine what it will be like there.  We will be replacing the twinkling lights of the Christmas tree with the radiant brilliance of the very Creator of light.  Instead of the porcelain angels that we have on the tree heaven will hosts of real angels holy, powerful and filled with the joy of the Lord.  On earth there is war and strife.  Everyone is trying to scratch out a living so they can be happy.  In heaven there will be perfect harmony and peace. On earth there is friction and competition between family and friends.  In heaven there will be perfect fellowship and feasting! 

The splendor and magnificence of heaven came to our earth that night the angels spread the curtain to appear to the shepherds. Though we as Christians in our time may never experience what they did, something supernatural happens to every single Christian when we worship the Lord Jesus.  When we worship, our focus is on the Lord and when we are in that place of worship we are actually occupy a part of heaven.

In other words as long as we set our mind on Jesus Christ and the joys of Heaven, some of that joy will touch us here on earth.  Even though there is so much to fear here, we need to remember what the angels told us “Don’t be afraid” (Luke 2:10).  Even though there is war, terrorism, a bad economy and so many other things that can cause us to tremble in fear, we need to keep our eyes on the Lord Jesus.  He is enough to meet all of our needs.

I hope that all of you have a Simply Heavenly day and may God bless you!!!

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Word of the Day... December 26, 2012

24 “The Lord bless you and keep you;
25 The Lord make His face shine upon you,

And be gracious to you;
26 The Lord lift up His countenance upon you,
And give you peace.”’ Numbers 6:24-26

This is an incredibly beautiful blessing, maybe even one that we have prayed over our loved ones.  What a powerful passage this scripture is.  “The Lord lift up His countenance.” “To look, to see, to know, to be interested in, to have ones full attention.”  Here is what God is telling us through this scripture:  “I will bless you, I will keep you, and you will have my full attention through the days of your life.”

Wow when I looked that up I was blown away by how much the Lord truly cares for each one of us!!!  Have you ever been hurt or distressed and gone to someone who you thought was your best friend forever and tearfully told them what was on your mind only to have them look distracted or worse yet answer a call and tell that caller they aren’t too busy to talk to them.  I think that all of us have been there.  Friends though they tell us  that they care for us, they really truly have their own interest at the center of their heart.

 I am so glad that that Jesus doesn’t take a call when I am pouring out my heart to Him!!  When I am talking to Him I have His full attention.  He is taking in every single word that I tell Him and weighing my emotions and all of the thought behind my words. When we go to Jesus We have HIM one hundred percent!  What a mighty Lord we serve!!!  As you go back to work and get back into the routine of life.  Jesus, home, children and work.  Remember to keep your focus on the Lord Jesus so that you can have a Simply Heavenly Day in Him.  God bless you!!! :):)

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Word Of the Day.... December 25, 2012

Christ Born of Mary

18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: After His mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Spirit. 19 Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not wanting to make her a public example, was minded to put her away secretly. 20 But while he thought about these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take to you Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. 21 And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.”

22 So all this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying: 23 “Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which is translated, “God with us.”

24 Then Joseph, being aroused from sleep, did as the angel of the Lord commanded him and took to him his wife, 25 and did not know her till she had brought forth her firstborn Son. And he called His name Jesus.  Matthew 1:18-25

Joseph was told “you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.”  The name “Jesus” is a Greek version of “Joshua” which is a contraction of Yahweh, the name for God, and Shewa, which means “salvation.”  It is shortened to “Joshua” and describes His mission.  Jesus was God, and He came to save.  His name describes His nature and His reason for coming.

Merry Christmas everyone!!!  I hope that the Lord blesses each one of you on this wonderful Christmas day.  Keep Jesus as the center of your thoughts as you go through out your day.  God bless you and your families!!!!  

Monday, December 24, 2012

Simply Heavenly Stollen For Christmas...

Every Christmas, my family looks forward to the treats I bake for them.  I love baking, it is really amazing to create something start to finish that is delicious and even more amazing to watch the ones you love enjoy eating it.  It's a simply heavenly recipe that I discovered while watching an old episode of Martha Stewart living.  I changed a few things to adapt the recipe to my tastes and I explain that throughout the post with phots.  

Martha Stewart said:
Stollen's richness is similar to that of brioche, but dried fruit makes it sweeter and gives it a more interesting texture. Serve this rich holiday treat in thin slices as breakfast bread or with afternoon tea. Like fruitcake, stollen improves with age and can be made up to three weeks in advance.

Here is the recipe:
 Martha Stewart Living, February 1996
Yield:  Makes 4 large loaves
  • 3 packages active dry yeast
  • 1/2 cup warm water (100 degrees to 110 degrees)
  • 11 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground mace
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 2 cups milk, warmed
  • 1 1/4 cups (2 1/2 sticks) plus 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted, plus more for bowl
  • 6 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 1/4 cups currants
  • 1/2 cup Cognac
  • 2 1/2 cups golden raisins
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • Peel of 4 oranges, diced
  • Grated zest of 2 lemons
  • 1/2 pound citron, diced
  • 1/2 cup dried apricots, chopped
  • 2 1/2 cups blanched almonds, chopped
  • Confectioners' sugar, for dusting
In a small bowl, combine yeast and 1/2 cup warm water, and let stand until foamy, about 10 minutes. In a large mixing bowl, sift together dry ingredients. Stir in milk and 1 1/4 cups melted butter. Add dissolved yeast and eggs. Turn dough out onto a floured surface, and knead until fairly smooth.
In two separate bowls, soak currants in cognac, and raisins in orange juice. Let each stand for 10 minutes.
In a medium-size bowl, mix together currants and raisins with their soaking liquids, the orange peel, lemon zest, citron, apricots, and almonds. Work mixture into dough. Continue kneading for about 10 minutes. If dough is sticky, knead in more flour, but be careful not to overwork.
Place dough in a large buttered bowl. Cover bowl with a kitchen towel, and let dough rise in a warm place until doubled in bulk, 1 to 2 hours.
Punch down the dough, and cut in quarters. Roll each piece into a 12-by-8-inch rectangle. Brush with melted butter, then fold one long side to the center. Fold other long side over first side, overlapping it by 1 inch. Turn dough over, taper the ends, and place on parchment-lined baking sheet. Repeat for remaining 3 loaves, using a second parchment-lined baking sheet for the third and fourth loaves. Cover loaves with plastic wrap; let rise again in a warm place, 1 to 1 1/2 hours.
Heat oven to 350 degrees, with two racks centered. Bake stollen until golden brown, about 35 minutes, rotating the sheets between the racks halfway through baking. Cool on wire rack; dust with confectioners' sugar, and serve.  
I do something different at the end so look through the photos for my step-by-step directions.
It's a simply heavenly recipe.

Knead the dough until it is no longer sticky and is soft like a babies skin.

I roll it out and knead it some more....

You will be able to feel the texture of the dough change under your hands...

Roll out the dough and cover with a light layer of flour

Now it's time to add all the goodies one at a time.  

Sprinkle the lemon zest evenly over the surface of the dough. 

Now add the orange peel and the apricots on top of the lemon zest. The smell is simply heavenly.  It's a fresh citrus scent that really envelops  your senses.  Yum. 

Now it's time to add the citron that you have diced up.  It's kind of gummy but it adds such an intense citrus flavor and sweetness to the bread. 

Now it's time to layer on the golden raisins that you have soaked in freshly squeezed orange juice...

And now it's time to layer the black currants that have been soaked overnight in Courvoisier or any Cognac you prefer.  (Courvoisier really adds something amazing to the flavor of the currants and all the alcohol cooks off while you're baking it in the oven). 

Sprinkle the almonds over everything and press it all in to imbed it into the dough. 

Now you're going to fold the dough so the ingredients are evenly incorporated throughout the entirety of the dough so every delicious bite will have a good amount of all the ingredients.  

Continue folding in the ingredients.  This takes a little time so be patient. 

Fold and knead it all in. It kind of reminds me of that scene in Sleeping Beauty where one of the fairies is folding the eggs into the cake mix but this time, it turns out delicious. 

Fold and knead over and over until the ingredients are evenly incorporated throughout the dough. It's a lot of work but it's so worth it.  

Ta da!!  Now all the goodies are evenly spread throughout the dough and it's ready to sleep for an hour so it can rise. 

Sit the dough in a pan that is lined with butter and cover it with plastic wrap so it can rise sufficiently.  This process usually takes an hour or so (depending on the temperature of your home and the humidity).  You want to let it sit until it has doubled in size. 

Once the dough has risen, punch it down and cut it into quarters (one for each loaf) and roll it out.  

Roll the flattened dough up into loaves and place it on the parchment lined baking sheets. 

Now that it's on the baking sheet, paint it with an egg wash which is made of just 1 egg and a teaspoon of milk.  Cover with plastic wrap and let it rise until doubled. 

Now it's time to pop it in the oven!!  Heat oven to 350 degrees, with two racks centered. Bake stollen until golden brown, about 35 minutes

Ta da!! Now your stollen is perfectly baked and it's time to add a glaze to it instead of the confectioner's sugar powder that Martha adds.  The glaze is easily made with about 4 cups of confectioner's sugar, juice of 1 lemon, and a sprinkle of milk until you get the consistency you want in the glaze.  This adds so much flavor because the bite of lemon in it really enhances the citrus flavors in the bread perfectly.  

Here's a closeup of the final product.  Simply Heavenly! 

Now it's time to cut and serve.  Believe me, your family will love it so much that it will be gone within the day.  My family literally inhaled it when I baked it this year.

I wish you all a very Merry Christmas!! God bless you!

Word of the Day... December 24, 2012

For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6

When we read the Christmas story our minds are filled with the traditions that came from Hollywood and Christmas cards.  I love all of the beautiful Christmas traditions that we have.  They are a part of what makes us look forward to Christmas every year.  I can’t imagine anyone who doesn’t love the song Silent Night and what our mind imagines when we sing that song.

Was the night Jesus was born a silent one?  After reading the account in the Bible it seemed like a really noisy night.  Bethlehem was loaded with people, angels were appearing before shepherds and the shepherds were out looking for the Savior of the world.

It was so busy that night that when Mary and Joseph arrived in town there was no place for them to stay.  She had to stay in a cave like place at nine months pregnant and bring her Son (who just happened to be God) into the world.

Either way, when Jesus Christ, the King of kings, was born, nobody cared. The people of Bethlehem were just too preoccupied with the government edict and their own busy schedules to notice. And doesn't that sound a lot like today? Jesus would love to have a place of prominence in people's lives and hearts during this season of the year. But, for the most part, we're too busy. We live in a culture that respects busyness, but sometimes that crowds out the most important things of life, like a relationship with God.

These shepherds are great examples for us. They received the word about Christ by faith. The angel said it happened, and they believed it. Then they responded immediately and just went and followed that star until they found Him.

A lot of people go to church week after week, and they hear sermons, and see changed lives around them and the commitments that people have made...but they never check it out themselves, and they never allow Jesus to change their lives. Then they wonder why their lives aren’t changed. That's a pity. They only need to ask and their lives would be changed forever!!!

Jesus Christ came out of heaven to lie in a manger. And one day, He would hang on a cross, as God dealt with our deepest issue, the need to have our sins forgiven. He gave His life for you.  This Christmas I think it is really important that we share the love of Jesus with others, so that they can experience the real joy of Christmas.  I wish God’s blessings on you all.  May you all have a Simply Heavenly Christmas Eve!!!

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Word of the Day... December 23, 2012

Jupiter’s interesting behavior may explain the kingly aspect of the Star. But there are nine qualifications of the Star of Bethlehem. Many are still missing. How did Jupiter’s movement relate to the Jewish nation? Is its association with the Jewish New Year enough? Where is an indication of a birth? Some might say that the triple conjunction by itself would indicate to a magus that a new king was on the scene. Maybe. But there is more.
The Jewish nation is composed of twelve ancient tribes. Jewish prophecy states that a particular tribe will bring forth the Messiah: the tribe of Judah. The symbol of Judah’s tribe is the lion. You can see these connections in an ancient prediction of Messiah’s coming found in the first book of the Bible. 

Book of Genesis, Chapter 49:
9 You are a lion’s cub, O Judah; you return from the prey, my son. Like a lion he crouches and lies down, like a lioness– who dares to rouse him? 10The sceptre will not depart from Judah, nor the ruler’s staff from between his feet, until he comes to whom it belongs and the obedience of the nations is his.— GENESIS 49:9–10
This association of Messiah with the tribe of Judah and with the lion is a productive clue. It clarifies the connection between Jupiter’s behavior and the Jewish nation, because the starry coronation—the triple conjunction—occurred within the constellation of Leo, The Lion. Ancient stargazers, particularly if they were interested in things Jewish, may well have concluded they were seeing signs of a Jewish king. But there is more.
The last book of the New Testament is, in part, a prophetic enigma. But a portion of the Book of Revelation provides clear and compelling guidance for our astronomical investigation. The apostle John wrote the book as an old man while in exile on the island of Patmos. Perhaps the austerity of this exile or a lack of companionship left him time to ponder the night sky. Whatever the reason, Revelation is full of star imagery. In Revelation, Chapter 12, John describes a life and death drama played out in the sky: the birth of a king.

Revelation, Chapter 12

1 A great and wondrous sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet and a crown of twelve stars on her head. 2 She was pregnant and cried out in pain as she was about to give birth. 3 Then another sign appeared in heaven: an enormous red dragon with seven heads and ten horns and seven crowns on his heads. 4 His tail swept a third of the stars out of the sky and flung them to the earth. The dragon stood in front of the woman who was about to give birth, so that he might devour her child the moment it was born. 5 She gave birth to a son, a male child, who will rule all the nations with an iron sceptre…— REVELATION 12:1–5

A woman in labor, a dragon bent on infanticide and a ruler of the nations. We have already seen this ruler in the Book of Genesis, above. This would be the Messiah, in his role as King of Kings. If that interpretation is correct, then according to the gospel story the woman would be Mary, the mother of Jesus. The dragon which waits to kill the child at birth would be Herod, who did that very thing. John says the woman he saw was clothed in the Sun. She had the moon at her feet. What can he be describing? When we continue our study of the sky of September of 3 BC, the mystery of John’s vision is unlocked: he is describing more of the starry dance which began with the Jewish New Year.
As Jupiter was beginning the coronation of Regulus, another startling symbol rose in the sky. The constellation which rises in the east behind Leo is Virgo, The Virgin. When Jupiter and Regulus were first meeting, she rose clothed in the Sun. And as John said, the moon was at her feet. It was a new moon, symbolically birthed at the feet of The Virgin.
The sheer concentration of symbolism in the stars at this moment is remarkable. These things could certainly lead our magus to conclude that a Jewish king had been born. But even this is not the whole story. These symbols could indicate a birth, but if they were interpreted to indicate the time of conception, the beginning of a human life, might there be something interesting in the sky nine months later? Indeed. In June of 2 BC, Jupiter continued the pageantry.

As you watch the third and final video, I hope that you feel the majesty of the Lord like I did.  He literally told us of the birth and death of His Son Jesus Christ in the stars.  I don't understand how there could be any human that could deny the existence of Jesus Christ after watching this film.  To me it is Simply Heavenly proof of the birth and the death on the cross of our Savior Jesus Christ. Our Messiah was announced in the skies!!!

The Star of Bethlehem was a part of the natural order of things. The solar system is like a great clock. If the star was part of a great clockwork solar system, it was a clockwork star.  It also would have to mean that the very moment God flung the universe into existence, He had to know exactly when He would enter the human race as a man, and when the Messiah would die on that cross because He marked it in the stars before time.  When I think about that I am so humbled before the Lord!!  It is two days before Christmas and I hope that you all have a Simply Heavenly day!!!  God bless you!!!

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Word Of the Day.... December 22, 2012

Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the reign of King Herod. About that time some wise men from eastern lands arrived in Jerusalem, asking, 2 “Where is the newborn king of the Jews? We saw his star as it rose, and we have come to worship him.”
3 King Herod was deeply disturbed when he heard this, as was everyone in Jerusalem. 4 He called a meeting of the leading priests and teachers of religious law and asked, “Where is the Messiah supposed to be born?”

5 “In Bethlehem in Judea,” they said, “for this is what the prophet wrote:
6 ‘And you, O Bethlehem in the land of Judah,
    are not least among the ruling cities of Judah,
for a ruler will come from you
    who will be the shepherd for my people Israel.”

7 Then Herod called for a private meeting with the wise men, and he learned from them the time when the star first appeared. 8 Then he told them, “Go to Bethlehem and search carefully for the child. And when you find him, come back and tell me so that I can go and worship him, too!”
9 After this interview the wise men went their way. And the star they had seen in the east guided them to Bethlehem. It went ahead of them and stopped over the place where the child was. 10 When they saw the star, they were filled with joy! 11 They entered the house and saw the child with his mother, Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasure chests and gave him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.
12 When it was time to leave, they returned to their own country by another route, for God had warned them in a dream not to return to Herod.

This is part two of the film The Star of Bethlehem:

It simply made the hairs stand on the back of my neck!!!  I love how when the Lord does something it is perfect and He covers every single base.  I hope that you enjoy this as much as I did.

As we move closer to Christmas let us all remember to keep the love of Jesus Christ in our minds, our hearts and our actions.  Have a Simply Heavenly day!!! God bless you!!!  :):)


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