If Santa Were Real…

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Sfkeefer over at Faith and Madness tagged me in her Christmas wish post and like the good procrastinator that I am, I have waited until Christmas Eve to reply (Hehehe).

The idea is simple, if Santa were real what would you wish for? You only get five wishes, so make it good!

I had already determined to do my best not to let Hila Fay grow up thinking that Christmas was about Santa and presents. I want her to know the real reason why we celebrate December 24th each year. Then the tragedy of Sandy Hook occurred and it reinforced in me the necessity of concentrating on the things that really matter. So, without further delay, here are my wishes:

1: Peace & Comfort for the families of the victims of Sandy Hook. I cannot imagine losing my child in such a horrendous way; but my heart is breaking at the thought of those parents waking up tomorrow morning in what should have been one of the most exciting mornings of the year, and there being silence & pain.

2. Laughter: I pray that homes and halls and buildings everywhere echo with laughter. I wish for that mischievous glint in people’s eyes as they pull off the perfect prank. I want to hear an abundance of children laughing (there’s nothing better than a toddler’s laugh!) and to see grown-ups laugh so hard they have tears in their eyes and do that weird rasping thing.

3. Contentment for me & mine. This past year has been one of the toughest emotional years that I can ever remember. It seems like there was just one thing after another that hit. This year I pray for contentment, for an emotional silence if you please. I would like to have all of my family be able to be at peace, at the same time, for a significant period of time. Yes, contentment for all would be a dream.

4. Fire: My fourth wish is for God to light a fire in the hearts of Americans-young and old-and get us back on track for Him!

5. A Matthew’s Jewel Compound Bow with a 40-50 lb draw and teal trim. What, you didn’t think I was THAT altruistic, didja?

Merry Christmas!!!
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Tabernacle Glory

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I was reading through the passage in Exodus (chapters 25-27) this morning where Moses was passing along God’s instructions for the building of His Tabernacle. While I had no clue what most of the building materials that the passage calls for were (shittim wood?) there were certain items (like: gold, scarlet and finely spun) that I readily recognized as being some of the most sought after (and therefore prized) substances of their time. After a moment of contemplation I was overcome with two emotions:
1. I now had an extreme desire to see the tabernacles of old.
2. I was filled with shame because of the physical condition of many of churches today.

Can you imagine how beautiful the Biblical era temples and tabernacles were? The absolute loving adoration that the early Israelites put into their “churches” puts us to shame radiates in their work and puts our modern churches to shame.

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Which leads me to my second point (which I will introduce in the form of a question). When our church needs something, like when the microwave goes out, are we more likely to donate “an old one we had laying around or buy a new one specifically for the church? The Israelites had next to nothing, yet each one eagerly gave the very best of their belongings: gold, scarlet, gems…NOT leftovers to supply God’s temple-and as a result it was a magnificent place worthy of our all-powerful God.

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Update 8/2/2013

Recently I attended an in-service at First Pentecostal Church in Little Rock, Ar. This church embodied everything that I imagine a modern tabernacle would. Even the bathrooms were decked out! Here are some pictures of the church:

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Women’s Bathroom

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Another hallway in the bathroom

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My first ever bathroom selfie (I was a little obsessed with the bathroom).

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The ceiling in the room where our meeting was held was absolutely stunning.

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Time to go to the bathroom again!

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This is the “Creme de la Creme”, the sanctuary. Yes, that is gold leaf lettering on the ceiling. This room is so absolutely beautiful that my heart beat faster and jaw dropped (literally) in awe.

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Book Review: Lies Women Believe and the Truth That Sets Them Free

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Several years ago I came across the book Lies Women Believe and the Truth That Sets Them Free by Nancy Leigh DeMoss and it quickly became my favorite Christian living book. By far she does THE BEST job of supporting her position with scripture of person that I have ever seen!

Whenever I find myself in a “spiritual rut” this is the book that I turn to; in fact, at least once a year I read through just “realign” myself. Nancy points out forty lies are prevalent against so many women today and shows us how to move from bondage to freedom by “replacing the lies with the Truth.”

For more information on Nancy Leigh DeMoss and her ministries check out her website http://www.reviveourhearts.com

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