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Advent Daily Devotion Dec 10

December 10

Turn Fear into Courage~ By Elizabeth Anderson

Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be.  But the angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God." - Luke 1:29-30

In our lives, we strive for order; peace; routine.  We do not like change, and so when something out of the ordinary occurs it is surprising and perhaps scary.  Unfortunately, fear can take over our minds and prevent us from listening- and during fearful times is when we need to listen most.  God cannot totally remove fear, but He can turn it into courage and a willingness to do His what he asks, as long as you trust in him.  In trusting God, Mary was able to overcome her fear of the angel Gabriel and was given one of the greatest tasks to be bestowed upon someone by God.  If you only listen, with patience and a humble attitude, He will come to you.

Prayer:  Loving Father, we know that life can be full of surprises, both good and bad and that those surprises challenge us daily.  Please help us to trust in You, and to understand that in all of the changes we go through You are there to guide us.  Remind us to listen, and not to be afraid in the face of transition.   In Your Name we pray; Amen.


Advent Daily Devotion 11

December 11

A Future with Hope~ By David Cline

"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "Plans to prosper you not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." - Jeremiah 29: 11

I recently went through a period of unemployment and a job search.  I have experienced job changes before, but this one was different- because of my hubris and ego, I was leaving a job I truly enjoyed, with supportive and caring co-workers, and leaping into the great unknown.

I experienced bouts of fear, worry, concern, frustration, and panic, and while I was cautiously optimistic, I also knew there were no guarantees.  And, yes- I was afraid.

Thanks to some gentle nudging from my family and friends, I turned over my situation to God and asked him to give me calm and peace, to help me be patient and trust in myself and asked Him to guide me where He wanted me to be.  The scripture above was sent to me by a very dear friend, those words helped me immensely, and helped me realize God will always be protecting me.

After a few weeks, and multiple applications and interviews, I was offered and accepted a new job.  I felt God's hand on my shoulder the entire time, and know this experience helped me develop a closer relationship with Him.

In the words of one of my favorite choral anthems, "All the gifts we have and every blessing, all things come of Thee."