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    Thursday, 18 December 2014

    Wait on the Lord and be of good courage; for He will strengthen your heart. Ps.27v.14

                     In 1979 or '78, I was overseas and in a terrible mess - mostly of my own making. Have you even been there? I had blown a golden academic opportunity - and the money that went with it. -  But I had a little Bible in the side pocket of my suitcase. I had never taken it out before, but that day I did and somehow I found this verse. Or the verse found me. Suddenly I remembered. It was a song sung in the church I'd grown up in: Wait on the Lord and be of good courage, wait on the Lord and be of good courage; wait on the Lord and be of good courage and He will strengthen your heart.

                       God gave me a miracle of deliverance out of my pigpen. As I prayed early today and heard this same scripture for you, all of this came back to my mind. Desperation at Christmas can be more than not finding the right computer game or sweater size. I am hearing WAIT, WAIT, WAIT,WAIT,- Just wait. We are all facing situations whose final, fatal fall requires us to wait on God. Waiting on Him is not a sign of weakness, but of strength. Those who wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength!


    Love you guys more and more,

     Lee Andrews

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    Wednesday, 17 December 2014

    Rejoice not against me, O mine enemy: when I fall, I shall arise; when I sit in darkness, the Lord shall be a light unto me. Micah7v.8

                Christmas and enemies? Wise behavior is not seasonal. Prudent and discrete words are important at a time of year that brings us into closer than usual contact with the treacherous and sneaky. The office party, the neighborhood social or the school play can find us   face-to-face with back-stabbers and power players. Hide behind the bright, white Light of Jesus to smile and make sweet-flavored small talk without divulging secrets. Don't gossip about yourself to people who don't like you. Keep the doors of your mouth, v5 tells us. Follow the leading of the Holy Spirit to move away from one conversation to another. Smile. It is neutral mask. Before you go, pray. If things are really bad, before you go, fast a meal or two.

    FATHER: You prepare a table for me in the presence of my enemies. My cup runneth over!

    Blessings on your week of wise behaviour in the presence of your enemies!

    Love you,

     Lee Andrews

    Posted by: Lee Andrews AT 10:42 am   |  Permalink   |  Email
    Monday, 15 December 2014

    Say to these bones, "Hear the word of the Lord, O dry bones..." Ezekiel 37v.4

           "Our bones are dried up and our hope is perished."   (v.11) I can't say that is what the Australian hostages were saying last night. But I prayed for them and so did many people around the world. Death needs to HEAR the voice of God. And when it does, OH BOY-  Death has to give way to LIFE. Thus says the Lord God, " I will open your graves and cause you to come out of your graves. (v.12) God brings us out of the grave again and again through the storms of life. We, too, can speak for Him over people and situations that are in the grave. Snatch wayward teenagers (or your own self) from death. When we speak with authority and when we speak "as we are commanded," Death succumbs to the LIFE-GIVING words from our lips.

    FATHER: I speak for You and I say to dry bones: LIVE!

     Blessings on your week of resurrecting the hopeless to new life!

    Love you guys, Lee Andrews

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