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"Restore our fortunes, LORD, as streams renew the desert." Do you believe that God can restore your life like water restores the desert? Will you allow God's water into all the nooks & crannies in your life that are in need of renewal?

~ I absolutely believe that God can restores lives like water restores the desert. He did it with my life. Days before I got saved I was afraid nothing good could come out of my life anymore. I was sorry for Jaden, my son, I felt guilty for bringing him into my life, cause there was nothing left of it. It actually felt like a desert: dry, nothing to grow and boring. The day that I got saved was a wonderful day and I emmidiatly felt the water flowing! I think water and a desert is a good example. Water is healthy, it clears out the body and I truly believe that happened to me when I found Jesus.

Mae: Welcome to the family of God. I hope all is well with your son Jaden. Is he saved too? I am sure that you have been a good witness and good mother to him. When you love your family and others, that love will be returned to you. I hope you have a wonderful holiday season and are filled with God's love and Joy.

My sister who is a pastor sent this E-mail to our family. She received it from one of her parishioners. Enjoy:
Subject: A Letter


Dear Children,

It has come to my attention that many of you are upset that folks are
taking My name out of the season. Maybe you've forgotten that I wasn't
actually born during this time of the year and that it was some of your
predecessors who decided to celebrate My birthday on what was actually
a time of pagan festival. Although I do appreciate being remembered
anytime.

How I personally feel about this celebration can probably be most
easily understood by those of you who have been blessed with children of
your own. I don't care what you call the day. If you want to celebrate
My birth just, GET ALONG AND LOVE ONE ANOTHER. Now, having said that
let Me go on.

If it bothers you that the town in which you live doesn't allow a scene
depicting My birth, then just get rid of a couple of Santas and snowmen
and put in a small Nativity scene on your own front lawn. If all My
followers did that there wouldn't be any need for such a scene on the
town square because there would be many of them all around town.

Stop worrying about the fact that people are calling the tree a holiday
tree, instead of a Christmas tree. It was I who made all trees. You can
and may remember Me anytime you see any tree. Decorate a grape vine if
you wish: I actually spoke of that one in a teaching, explaining who I
am in relation to you and what each of our tasks were. If you have
forgotten that one, look up John 15:1 - 8.

If you want to give Me a present in remembrance of My birth here is my
wish list. Choose something from it.

1. Instead of writing protest letters objecting to the way My
birthday is being celebrated, write letters of love and hope to
soldiers away from home. They are terribly afraid and lonely this time
of year. I know, they tell Me all the time.

2. Visit someone in a nursing home. You don't have to know them
personally. They just need to know that someone cares about them.

3. Instead of writing George complaining about the wording on the
cards his staff sent out this year, why don't you write and tell him
that you'll be praying for him and his family this year. Then follow
up, and pray. It will be nice hearing from you again.

4. Instead of giving your children a lot of gifts you can't afford
and they don't need, spend time with them. Tell them the story of My
birth, and why I came to live with you down here. Hold them in your
arms and remind them that I love them.

5. Pick someone that has hurt you in the past and forgive him or
her.

6. Did you know that someone in your town will attempt to take
their own life this season because they feel so alone and hopeless?
Since you don't know who that person is, try giving everyone you meet a
warm smile it could make the difference. Also, you might consider
supporting the local Hot-Line: they talk with people like that every
day.

7. Instead of nit picking about what the retailer in your town
calls the holiday, be patient with the people who work there. Give them
a warm smile and a kind word. Even if they aren't allowed to wish you a
"Merry Christmas" that doesn't keep you from wishing them one.
Then stop shopping there on Sunday. If the store didn't make so much
money on that day they'd close and let their employees spend the day at
home with their families.

8. If you really want to make a difference, support a missionary,
especially one who takes My love and Good News to those who have never
heard My name. You may already know someone like that.

9. Here's a good one. There are individuals and whole families in
your town who not only will have no "Christmas" tree, but neither will
they have any presents to give or receive. If you don't know them (and
I suspect you don't) buy some food and a few gifts and give them to the
Marines, the Salvation Army or some other charity which believes in Me
and they will make the delivery for you.

10. Finally if you want to make a statement about your belief in
and loyalty to Me, then behave like a Christian. Don't do things in
secret that you wouldn't do in My presence. Let people know by your
actions that you are one of mine.

P.S. Don't forget that I am God and can take care of Myself. Just love
Me and do what I have told you to do. I'll take care of all the rest.
Check
out the list above and get to work; time is short. I'll help you, but
the ball is now in your court. And do have a most blessed Christmas
with all those whom you love. And remember,

I LOVE YOU.
Jesus


While it seems clear to me that every book in the Bible alludes to this, I was struck in today's reading with how important it is that we recognize our dependence on God; whenever we attempt to do anything without His leading, without seeking His counsel, and acknowledging Him, -- well, we have moved away from Him, and the more independent we become, the less we recognize our need for Him.

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