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Thursday, December 2, 2010

The old you or the new you?

In all my juicing, I have started juicing apples.  I took some apple juice and placed it in a glass jar and decided I'd let it ferment and make some vinegar.  I filled it up and put the top on it and placed in under the sink.  A couple of days later I heard a 'BOOM'!  An apple-y vinegary smell along with lots of broken glass was everywhere.  As the juice had changed in the glass it expanded and blew up.  The glass did not have the ability to expand so it gave way and was shattered.  Had I placed the juice in a plastic container it would not have had the same reaction.  It would have had room to grow and the plastic would have been able to accomodate it.

Rigidity and inflexibility in ourselves have the same reaction.  We will have stressors in our lives but we can either expand and contract to the situation or we can be rigid and combust.  Trusting God is part of the expansion.  Giving way to the fact that even though these situations are unfamiliar and uncomfortable to us, they are all part of the plan for the work that God is creating in us. 

As we prepare our hearts and minds for the season of Christ's immaculate birth, some may find themselves getting caught up in the fan-fare, the shopping, the presents, the food.   For others the loneliness, emptiness, loss of loved ones, memories of times past may even become overwhelming.  In all of it, we have to remember the real reason.  Place our focus on Christ and be flexible.  The hustle and bustle can be overwhelming.  We must allow ourselves time to sit and listen to God's voice and allow Him to create in us a perfect work. 

Mark 2:21 "No one sews a patch of unshrunk cloth on an old garment. If they do, the new piece will pull away from the old, making the tear worse. 22 And people do not pour new wine into old wineskins. If they do, the wine will burst the skins, and both the wine and the wineskins will be ruined. No, they pour new wine into new wineskins."

Charlotte Weekend Events
Friday:  Zumba-THON
McCrory YMCA 7pm to 9pm
Come and dance off that Turkey!!

Saturday:  Walk it OUT!!
RCM 301 W. 24th Street
8:30 am - 9:30 am
Free:  Let's move something!

Recipe: Ground Turkey Casserole

Muriel S.- CA:  Down 7lbs in her first week!  Go girl!!  You got this.  Stay with it!!

Prayer:  Lord, help us to keep our minds stayed on you.  In the midst of every situation, allow us to gain strength from your presence trusting and believing that you desire our good success.  Show us how to do all that is within our own power and our own strength and to relinquish to you those things beyond our control.  Cover each and every Eden Citizen with your grace which is sufficient.  Release your healings and your deliverance over us from generational curses Lord.  Let the blood of Christ wash us white as snow.  Bless us with peace that surpasses all understanding. 

In Jesus' precious name.  Amen. 

Special note:  Its already ALRIGHT!

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