And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.

And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:)

To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.
Luke 2:3 - 5

And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name Jesus,
for He shall save His people from their sins..
Matthew 1:21

Breath of Heaven

I have traveled many moonless nights,
Cold and weary with a babe inside,
And I wonder what I've done.
Holy Father You have come,
And chosen me now to carry your Son.

I am waiting in a silent prayer.
I am frightened by the load I bear.
In a world as cold as stone,
Must I walk this path alone?
Be with me now.
Be with me now.

Breath of heaven,
Hold me together,
Be forever near me,
Breath of heaven.
Breath of heaven,
Lighten my darkness,
Pour over me your holiness,
For You are holy.
Breath of heaven.

Do You wonder as You watch my face,
If a wiser one should have had my place,
But I offer all I am
For the mercy of your plan.
Help me be strong.
Help me be.
Help me.

Breath of heaven,
Hold me together,
Be forever near me,
Breath of heaven.
Breath of heaven,
Lighten my darkness,
Pour over me your holiness,
For You are holy.

Have you ever questioned God ?  Ever asked Him why?  Ever wondered if you were hearing Him correctly?  Ever thought that surely He must have someone better qualified ... more knowledgeable ... someone who was more courageous ...  more patient... or more eloquent in speech ... someone who felt more at ease doing this kind of thing ?  Surely He could send someone else?  Anyone at all?  Ever thought that maybe you've had your fair share of trials already?  Enough sickness ... enough pain ... enough discouragements ... enough hurts ... enough heartbreaks ... enough deadends ... enough sorrow... enough worries ... enough loneliness to last you a lifetime.  Ever wondered how much more you would have to endure before He'd calm the restless seas in your life?  Ever been too afraid to even hope?  When we begin to look at circumstances instead of the faithfulness of God it's easy to start feeling overwhelmed.
Perhaps Mary had many questions and felt uncertain of things during the course of her lifetime also.   Afterall, this wasn't just any child she was having... it was THE SON OF GOD.   I'm quite sure that there were many times when she needed to have a little extra reminder from God that she was not alone.  And she wasn't.   God would always be right there with her to help her through whatever it was that she would have to face.  

At times, we need those reminders that God is always with us also.  And God sends them.  Maybe not in ways that we might expect, but He is always there making His presence known.  Maybe it's a smile from a stranger or a phone call from a friend.  Maybe it's a simple hug from your child or an "I love you" before you go to bed.  Maybe it's $20 you didn't know you had or lost keys found.  Maybe it's a short lane in the grocery store check-out or a parking place near the store entrance.  Maybe it's your favorite song on the radio or a funny picture that makes you laugh.  Maybe it's a flat tire on the way to work even... a small delay that unknowingly prevented you from being in a car accident had you gone on as planned.  Or maybe something as miraculous as a divine healing when doctors said there was no hope or a life spared when death seemed unavoidable.  Maybe it's an "I missed you" from a child in your Sunday School class after you had been away for a couple of Sundays.   Or maybe it's a teenager that one day comes to church and gives their heart to Jesus because you had invited him in once for a drink of cold water on a hot summer's day and had prayed for him when he said he wasn't feeling well.  Maybe it's as simple as the pleasant sound of the rain on the roof or birds singing happily in the morning.  God's smiles on us in a thousand different ways every day.  He reassures us of His love ... of His faithfulness ... of His promise to see us through every situation.  He gives us hope and will just as assuredly give us His strength to do those things that He's given us to do. Sometimes we just need to be still long enough to hear Him.  Seek His face and you will find His heart.  He's there. 
                  Father, thank You for your mercy and your grace.  Thank You for always loving us.  Thank You for every provision that  
                  You've made for us.  Thank You for a promise kept.  We know that without You, there is no life... only death.   Lord, we 
                  need You... every day, every hour, every moment.   Continue to remind us that You are never far away.  Sometimes our                    world is cold and hard.  We get caught up in the things going on around us and lose sight of You.  Whisper to our 
                  hearts, Holy Spirit, and draw us near. 

Lord, You alone know who will visit this site.  You alone know what they are going through.  You alone know where they stand with You.   And You are their ONLY hope.  I ask You to minister to each person as they have need.  Heal minds, bodies, situations, and relationships, Lord.  Shower them with your love and let them know that You are there... You have always been there.. and You always will be.  May You use this site as a witness to those who need hope and to reach hearts that need to hear a Word from You.

Thank You, Lord, for You are faithful.  Thank You that JESUS NEVER FAILS and it is in His most holy name that we pray... amen.
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Hi Friend ~ the Joy of the Lord to YOU !

As I listen to the song on this page, the peace of God just seems to sweep over me.  It did so over a year ago also when I first began this page.... and to be truthful... I had forgot that I had even made this page until I stumbled across it again this past week.   When I started it last year,  I knew that the Lord wanted me to somehow share it's message with others, I just didn't know how.  I waited for Him to give me a poem.  He didn't.  I waited for Him to instill some kind of catchy little story to go with it.  Again, He didn't.  So I begin to think :::: Ok God... you're gonna have to give me a little more direction here... I don't know what to put on the page::::   Still having no clear direction, I decided to just go ahead and start building the page... I'd trust God to give me what to share when the time came. 

The poem never came.  Neither did the catchy story.   Just a calmness as I'd listen to the song over and over and place items on the page.  I needed the calm.  I needed a sense of peace.  I needed to be still in God. 

Remember the story of Elijah (1Kings19) where he is fleeing from Jezebel and goes to Mt. Horeb (the mount of God) and the Lord asks him why he's there.   God tells Elijah to go stand on the mount... and Elijah looks for God in the wind... and in the earthquake... and in the fire... but He is in none of these...  the Lord speaks to Elijah instead in a small still voice.  A small still voice.   If you're caught up in the busyness of life and the circumstances of all that's going on around you ...  hurrying here, hurrying there... doing this, doing that... worrying about this and worrying about that... well.... you're gonna miss it. 

These past couple of years have been trying.  Just about the time things began to go right, they'd end up going oh so wrong instead.  We started off 2008 with my husband being burned by scalding, hot steam and water from a commercial grade kitchen steamer.  He received 2nd and 3rd degree burns on 20 - 30% of his body.. from his neck down to his ankles... when pressurized boiling hot water exploded right at him.  He suffered.. immensely.  I stayed by his bedside for three weeks.. day and night.. while he was in the hospital... feeding him when he was too weak to eat and doing whatever I could to help him recover or be more comfortable.  They had me assisting in his whirlpool therapy when they had to debris the dead tissue and then help to cover the burns with dressings.  I have health issues myself and it wasn't an easy time... and both of us were unsure of what lay ahead... but we made it through... with God's help.  When he finally came home, my mother-in-law and I took over the responsibility for his care instead of having the nurse come daily because that's what Mike wanted.  The rest of our family pitched in too and three months later my husband was able to return to light duty work.  Through it all though, God was there.  It could have easily been a fatal accident... but it wasn't.  My husband was blessed in that he didn't receive any burns on hands, arms, face, and particularly his eyes... for that we daily thanked God.  He did not have to have any skin grafts done even though the whole time we were at the hospital the doctors debated daily whether he would have to or not on the leg where he was burned the worst.  We prayed.  God answered.  That all started 8 days into 2008.  What a way to begin the new year huh?   My husband's employer created a position for him so that he could return to work on light duty.  He worked for a year before they eventually terminated his employment when the doctor stated that he had permanent work restrictions... and the uncertainty of what lies ahead has been challenging for us. But we know that whatever Satan had planned for evil can be used by God for good... so we wait... and we pray.. and we keep on trusting God because "Greated is He that is in me, than he that is in the world".

I could go on and on because that was only one of many very discouraging and difficult times.  Family situations, illnesses, job difficulties, finances, issues in my sons' lives, etc etc etc.. we all have them.  But what is important is that no matter what we are going through, Jesus is always there.  He said He'd never leave us nor forsake us, and He won't.   I keep reminding myself of that.  I have to.  And when things begin to get more than overwhelming, that is when I need the Lord to pull me quietly aside and begin to whisper His promises to my heart once again.  Just like He did when He had me to start on this page.

I pray that you too will take time and just be quiet in Him.  You might just be amazed to find God in so many places, speaking to you in so many ways.  In that small, still voice.  The same one He used to whisper to Elijah... and Mary... and me.

May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you always.

Be blessed in HIM,
"not I, but Christ"

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