A comparison of Royal Births

But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for His own possession, that you may proclaim the excellency of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light. 1 Peter 2:9

All eyes have been on the Royal Couple since the news broke of Kate Middleton and Prince William’s first child. The baby will be third in line to the throne as a great-grandchild to the Queen.
At St. Mary’s hospital, where the baby boy was due to be born, the media and photographers were canvassing in bushes, camera ready for a major shot of the Royals.
The excitement has been building up for the Royal birth. Its big news for the tabloids, from US Weekly, Yahoo news and E-online just to name a few..
Its’ s interesting to me to see the contrast between the Wales Royal line and the Royal Line of Jesus Christ.

Wales Royalty
1. People are interested and want see the birth.
2. Designer clothes for all the family
3. World expectant for the new royal baby
4. Kate arrived in a luxury car to hospital

Jesus Christ
1. Birth had to be in loneliness. (unsanitary manger )
2. Swaddling Clothes (strips of cloth not fit for a King)
3. King Herod wanted to kill Jesus
4. Mary traveled 70-80 miles on a Colt to give birth

Kate Middleton had a hairstylist, makeup person, and a designer dress that she wore when discharged to go home from the hospital. Yet we know that Mary didn’t have a place to give birth. She had traveled ….with Joseph looking for Posada (lodging) a place to rest and give birth. Yet there was no room at the Inn for them. She didn’t have all the comforts of Royalty. What mother doesn’t want the best for their child, especially their first child.
Yet we know that Jesus came not as King but as a humble servant. He came in humility and not to reign. “At least not right now.” What an admonition for us as believers to follow. His example, is our benchmark. Stay faithful the Lord is on His way for his royal family.

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6

-Rose H

TMI: Too Much Information

I love a quick browse through Facebook and Instagram as much as the next guy.  At times, though, I have felt appalled at what someone feels the need or urge to share.  TMI (TOO MUCH INFORMATION)! We seem to have a need to share with others, but in the process seem to have lost our filter.  We worry and complain about government “spying” on us.  We become concerned that potential employers are “snooping” in our business…. yet we turn around and post every detail of our day on Twitter or Facebook at times even overlapping over social media sites.  Recently I read an article where Franklin Graham was reminding us that God is always monitoring our posts and thus we should be posting as such.  While it is good to be an open book, we should choose our words (and posts) carefully.  Too many times, perhaps because of the sense of anonymity, we feel its okay to confront and perhaps even bully other individuals.  We seem to think that our opinions are so important and we need to put them out there without thinking of potential consequences.  We need to remember that someone else can do something negative with our information.  We need to show discretion.  Words, especially now, are not just deleted. They can linger on and be seen and misconstrued by people you don’t even know exist.  Harsh words can be perceived as bullying, injuring and they can be deceitful.  We should be focusing, as Proverbs 16:24 reminds us, “Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.

Alex B.

Overwhelmed…

Have you ever felt overwhelmed?  I think we’ve all experienced being overwhelmed with work, school, kids, finances, family, ministry or life at some point.  You know that feeling, like you are just barely keeping your head above water.  It’s a terrible feeling and sometimes seems to pop up out of nowhere sometimes.

I recently felt overwhelmed. As I sat there crying over that one final thing that set me over the edge I thought to myself, “What am I doing wrong?”.  I must be missing something. So I started to list: Reading bible? Check! Prayer? Check! Bible Study? Check! Worship? Check!  I was trying to self-diagnose  because there had to be a problem. The symptom was there, I was OVERWHELMED.

Sometimes being overwhelmed can be a sign that you are doing too much, as in being too busy. It can also mean you aren’t doing enough, as in seeking the Lord in His Word, in prayer and in worship.  So if you are feeling overwhelmed take time to ask God, “I’m I doing what you what me to do?” And if the answer is “no” then take steps to make it right.

There are times that God allows us to feel overwhelmed even when we are right where He wants us.  Why? Because He loves us and He wants us to remember to run to Him and cling to Him through good times and difficult times.  If life was easy and smooth as long I did all that was on my checklist I might forget that apart from God I can do nothing. 

“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” John 15:5

So if you are feeling overwhelmed, know that you are not alone. You are not alone because God is with you. Abide in Christ. Rely upon Him. Let His love overwhelm you more than this life.

-Kim S.

Be anxious for nothing! …

Do you know how hard that is for a worrier like me? Oh my. It almost comes naturally for me to worry. But, I have definitely been clinging to this verse lately. There have been so many unexpected and uncertain occurrences happening in my life and in the lives of others around me. Continually, I need to remind myself “Not to be anxious”, “ Not to stress”, “ Not to worry” and” Pray more”. Once I finally decide to surrender it to the Lord, then I am able to take that deep breathe and rest in His peace. I find comfort knowing the Lord cares and is there to hear what’s on my heart.

Unfortunately, so many times I find myself in that crazy anxious place again. I repeatedly take up the burden that I had already given to the Lord. At other times, its new situations that arise that cause the worry. Things happen that I can’t control and I sometimes recognize myself getting anxious. Often, I don’t even notice I’m anxious until my body actually physically starts to ache. Once I am aware of what I’m doing I have a choice to make, just like you have a choice to make in your anxious moments. I can choose to stop and recall what the Lord asked me to do or I can try to handle and deal with it on my own. As if the latter is even remotely wise. For some reason, it’s sometimes difficult to let go, but I know I need to choose to do what God wants me to do.

What does He wants me to do? He wants me to pray and surrender it to Him.

He doesn’t want me to be a stress case. He doesn’t want me take a Valium pill thinking that’s the answer. He doesn’t want me to go to a drink for comfort either. He wants me to simply go to Him. God wants us to talk to Him about what’s going on, to be thankful knowing “He’s got this” and then rest in His peace.

We can earnestly seek His help in all situations big or little. You are important to Him. Only Jesus can give us perfect peace because he is the Prince of Peace.  Isaiah 26:3 says, “You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You, Because he trusts in You.”

God is trustworthy. When we trust in Him, we can surrender it all to Him and stop being anxious. I pray you remember, along with me; to talk with God in prayer, be thankful, then let it go so you can experience Gods wonderful peace that guards our heart and minds through Jesus Christ.

Philippians 4:6-7 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Jeanine B.