Behold

Behold (verb) · see or observe (a thing or person, especially a remarkable or impressive one).
Synonyms:
look at · see · observe · view · watch · survey · gaze at · gaze upon · stare at · scan · witness · regard · contemplate · inspect · eye · catch sight of · glimpse · spot · spy · notice · make out · discern · perceive · take note of · pay attention to · mark · remark · consider · pay heed to · espy · descry · look · lo ·

“Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel” (Isaiah 7:14, NKJV).

Behold!

“Therefore, when He came into the world, He said:
‘Sacrifice and offering You did not desire,
But a body You have prepared for Me.

In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin
You had no pleasure.

Then I said, ‘Behold, I have come—
In the volume of the book it is written of Me—
To do Your will, O God’” (Hebrews 10:5-7, NKJV).

Behold!

He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him. He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him. But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God” (John 10:13, NKJV).

Behold!

“Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God!” (1 John 3:1a, NKJV).

Behold!

Look at.
See.
Observe.
View.
Watch.
Survey.
Gaze at.
Gaze upon.
Stare at.
Scan.  
Witness.
Regard.
Contemplate.
Inspect.
Eye.
Catch sight of.
Glimpse.
Spot.
Spy.
Notice.
Make out.
Discern.
Perceive.
Take note of.
Pay attention to.
Mark.
Remark.
Consider.
Pay heed to.
Espy.
Descry.
Look.

Behold! “What wondrous love is this, O my soul.”

I am joining (on a Monday) the Five Minute Friday writing community, hosted by Kate Motaung, for our weekly writing adventure. Please click here to learn about Five Minute Friday. The writing prompt is, “Behold.” The definition of “Behold” is from www.lexico.com. Removing the hyperlinks from the synonyms and other clean up tasks extended the time beyond five minutes. 🙂

The Hope of Advent: Day 6

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Trusting God fosters hope. And He is trustworthy. In every season.

The Hope of Advent: Day 4

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Perhaps you entered the Advent season stripped of everything you value(d). Perhaps your losses include a dearly loved person. I will not insult you with platitudes but I will  pray that if you find your hope slipping away, you will give it to God for safekeeping.  

 

The Hope of Advent: Day 3

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You may be in a hard season of your life. Perhaps life has felt hard for so long, you fear that to hope for anything better is to set yourself up for acute disappointment. Hear the words of the One who cannot lie and who loves you with an everlasting love, and has never left you, “‘For I know the plans and thoughts that I have for you,’ says the Lord, ‘plans for peace and well-being and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.'” (Jeremiah 29:11, AMP). May He give you the strength and grace to believe Him and to look to the future with hope.

Advent Week 1: Day 6 – Hope

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Advent Week 1: Day 5 – Hope

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Advent: Week 1 – Hope

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For the next four weeks, I will suspend the Monday Vitamins and Mid-Week Boost features on this blog, to focus on the Advent season, which began this year on Sunday, November 27. Advent is a season of preparation for Christmas and extends over a period of four weeks. As stated by Rev. Dr. Mark D. Roberts, Christians prepare for celebrating the birth of Jesus by remembering the longing of the Jews for a Messiah. In Advent, we’re reminded of how much we ourselves also need a Savior, and we look forward to our Savior’s second coming even as we prepare to celebrate his first coming at Christmas. The word ‘Advent’ comes from the Latin word adventus, which means ‘coming’ or ‘visit.’ In the season with this name, we keep in mind both ‘advents’ of Christ, the first in Bethlehem and the second yet to come.”

Prepare. My Christmas tree is up. There are red poinsettias in pots wrapped in gold colored paper and candles and small nativity scenes in my living room. Several presents have been purchased. One can say that my preparations for Christmas have begun. But more than any physical and visible preparations I have made and can make, the one that is the most important, is the preparation of my heart.

Four themes are emphasized during Advent: Hope. Peace. Joy. Love.  In keeping with the Advent calendar, I will focus on hope this week, primarily by sharing Scripture verses on hope. Also, for the first post of each week,  I will include a link to a prayer. I pray these will be a blessing to you.

“And again, Isaiah says: ‘There shall be a root of Jesse; And He who shall rise to reign over the Gentiles, In Him the Gentiles shall hope.’” (Romans 15:12)

“Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” (Romans 15:13)

Prayer for Hope

 

 

Monday Vitamins: Joy

joyThis is week three of the Advent season. I searched various resources for a definition of joy but all seemed to come up short.  Then I found this quote:

“Joy is the infallible sign of the presence of God.”
– Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

And it helped me understand my dissatisfaction with the definitions I saw in the dictionaries and other resources; in those resources, joy was related to circumstances, as shown in the following example, “the emotion evoked by well-being, success, or good fortune or by the prospect of possessing what one desires.” But we who accepted His gift of salvation know it is possible to experience joy in adverse circumstances, because of the reasons given in His written Word:

He is our joy:

Then I will go to the altar of God,
to God, my joy and my delight.
I will praise you with the lyre,
O God, my God” (Psalm 43:4, NIV; emphasis added).

Joy is a component of the fruit of the Spirit:

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,  gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law” (Galatians 5:22-23, NIV; emphasis added).

And in God’s presence there is fullness of joy:

“You will show me the path of life;
In Your presence is fullness of joy;
In Your right hand there are pleasures forevermore”
(Psalm 16:11, AMP; emphasis added).

As we go through this week, may we do so with the knowledge that He is our joy, with a renewed awareness of His constant presence with us, and with a steady yielding to His Spirit.

 

NIV – New International Version
AMP – Amplified Bible

 

Monday Vitamins: The Love of Advent

The song, “Noel,” sung by Lauren Daigle on Chris Tomlin’s Christmas album, Adore, moved me deeply the first time I heard it, and its impact seems to deepen each time I listen. If the gospel can be summed up in one song, “Noel” does so, for me. I experience a sense of wonder when I hear Lauren Daigle exult, “Noel. Noel. Come and see what God has done…Story of amazing love.” Indeed.

 Love incarnate, love divine
Star and angels gave the sign
Bow to babe on bended knee
The Savior of humanity
Unto us a Child is born
He shall reign forevermore

Chorus
Noel, Noel
Come and see what God has done
Noel, Noel
The story of amazing love!
The light of the world, given for us
Noel

Verse 2
Son of God and Son of man
There before the world began
Born to suffer, born to save
Born to raise us from the grave
Christ the everlasting Lord
He shall reign forevermore

Lyrics from http://worshiptogether.com/songs/noel-chris-tomlin/

 

 

Monday Vitamins: Thanks giving and Advent

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“Advent is a season of preparation for the birth of Jesus Christ.  Every Christmas reminds us that God so loved the world that He sent His only Son to be born as one of us, in order to redeem and renew creation.” – Archbishop Charles J. Chaput

May we walk through this season of Advent magnifying our great God and Father, with constant wholehearted thanksgiving, for His incomprehensible love.