Jameyprickett

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Name: jameyprickett
Date registered: November 9, 2012
URL: http://wrestledwithangels.wordpress.com

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  1. Wrestled With Angels: Make It Personal (Guest Post: Beth Tatum) — December 18, 2014
  2. Wrestled With Angels: Our Hope and Joy (Guest Post: Teresa Abernathy) — December 17, 2014
  3. Wrestled With Angels: Joy with a Capital J (Guest Post: Karina Simonis) — December 16, 2014
  4. Wrestled With Angels: Bouquet of Joy (Guest Post: Tom Sullivan) — December 15, 2014
  5. Wrestled With Angels: God With Us/ Dios con Nosotros (Guest Post: Sharon Nichols) — December 14, 2014

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Dec 18 2014

Wrestled With Angels: Make It Personal (Guest Post: Beth Tatum)

Original post at http://jameyprickett.com/2014/12/18/make-it-personal-guest-post-beth-tatum/


advent devotions

Beth Tatum

Missionary serving in Costa Rica

“All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It straightens us out and teaches us to do what is right. It is God’s way of preparing us in every way, fully equipped for every good thing God wants us to do.”  2 Timothy 3:16-17

ad·vent

ˈadˌvent/

noun

  • ●        the arrival of a notable person, thing, or event.
  • ●        the coming or second coming of Christ.

We, as true believers of Jesus Christ, celebrate Advent with two ideas; 1) an expectant and exciting time preparing for the celebration of the birth our Lord and Saviour at Christmas and, 2) the anticipation, expectation and waiting for the Second Coming of Christ.

It’s interesting, with Costa Rica being a Catholic country, all the time we see and hear about the idolization of Jesus on a cross and Jesus as a baby.  Catholicism in Costa Rica is not the same as being a Catholic in the States.

In Costa Rica, every Catholic home has a nativity scene with Mary, Joseph, the wise men, farm animals and a manger…but you will not find Jesus until Christmas. On Christmas Eve, Baby Jesus will appear in the manger and the family will receive gifts.  These presents are from “The Baby Jesus”.

Here, many people know who God and Jesus are, but most don’t have any idea of what it is like to have a personal relationship with a living Jesus. They see God is a massive deity, far away just waiting to hit you over the head when you mess up. And, Jesus, well Jesus is either depicted as a baby or hanging on a cross, but not someone who you really can know or have a personal relationship.

But, as Christians, we know that Jesus is a mighty conqueror and saviour…He is not a baby and is He is not still hanging on a cross. Our Jesus took our sin and died in our place, he defeated death and rose from the grave and he longs for a personal relationship with each and every one of us.

This Advent season, let’s make the deliberate decision to make our relationship with Jesus the priority. Let’s commit to set aside time for prayer and study and to really delve into the Word. I believe, if that is the priority in your life this Christmas, it will be the best present you will receive this Christmas season.

Gracious God, Thank you for the personal relationship that is found in Jesus Christ. Amen.
Beth Tatum
Costa Rica
Missionary
For more information on Beth and her family go to: http://www.missioncostarica.com

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Dec 17 2014

Wrestled With Angels: Our Hope and Joy (Guest Post: Teresa Abernathy)

Original post at http://jameyprickett.com/2014/12/17/our-hope-and-joy-guest-post-teresa-abernathy/


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Teresa Abernathy

“Indeed, you are our glory  and joy.” I Thess. 2:20

It was Christmas Eve and my parents loaded us kids up and we headed to town to do some last minute shopping. When we entered the Five and Dime Store, my younger sister and I headed to the toy aisle to check out the dolls, tea sets, and games. Anticipation of what Santa would bring that night made us giggle with delight. We stopped and admired each and every thing, wondering if that would be what Santa had for us.

Before long my mother grabbed our hands and told my dad we were headed to the grocery store. As we made our way down the street, mother got distracted as a neighbor stopped to wish us a Merry Christmas. I took the opportunity to look back to see if my dad was headed our way because I had something I wanted to show him in one of the shop’s windows. But as I glanced back, I noticed he was loading something into the trunk of the car.

I suddenly felt sadness overcome me and I found my joy was disappearing. The boxes looked a lot like the boxes that held the dolls that we had just admired at the five and dime store. But wait! Wasn’t Santa suppose to bring us those gifts tonight after we were in bed?

The rest of the night sadness claimed me as we ate our feast, opened gifts and mom tucked us in to bed, told us that Santa would soon be there. I was afraid to ask her about the boxes, afraid I already knew the answer.

The next morning my fears were confirmed. I recognized the dolls in the boxes under the tree as the ones I saw my dad loading into our car. But somehow now they didn’t seem as special.

The JOY was gone.

And Christmas never felt quite the same.

Until———– I’ve learned the True Meaning of Christmas.

That Joy doesn’t come from a little, jolly man with a white beard and a red suit.

Instead it comes from a baby born in a stable, laid in a manger,    that angels, shepherds andWise Men came to celebrate.

That JOY can not be stolen away because He lives and He is our LORD and SAVIOR. He won’t disappoint. The joy, hope, love and peace, He brings can’t be taken away.

I’m no longer that 8 year old little girl. Now I know that my joy is complete.

My JOY comes from the LORD.

Gracious God, Thank you that our joy is complete in You. Amen.
Teresa Abernathy
Acworth, GA
Director of Hospitality Ministries
Liberty Hill Church – Canton, GA

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Dec 16 2014

Wrestled With Angels: Joy with a Capital J (Guest Post: Karina Simonis)

Original post at http://jameyprickett.com/2014/12/16/joy-with-a-capital-j-guest-post-karina-simonis/


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Karina Simonis

It’s easy to get caught up in the “Christmas Spirit” of joy and happiness, but what happens when all the lights, decorations, and family head home? You are left alone in an empty house with nothing but New Years resolutions of losing weight, finding “The One” and getting a raise are looking back at you in the mirror. How do we make that happiness last? We can’t. What we need is Joy with a capital J! And the only way we can get that is though the Gift of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We can try to give expensive gifts to make our loved ones happy and get that excitement of giving, but that is nothing compared to the Joy that you can have when focusing on the ultimate gift of life that Jesus gave us. Paul says in Hebrews,

“Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:2

When you fix your eyes on Him, He will get you through those “post holiday blues”. When the music stops, family leaves, and you’re left alone taking down the tree, remember you are never truly alone! There is a God who loves you and gave you the most valuable gift that will last through all eternity. Fixing your eyes on Him, and carrying out that Joy through the New Year will be the best “resolution” that you could possibly make.

As you sing Christmas carols, make cookies with your loved ones, and watch your favorite holiday classics, remember that this happiness you are feeling doesn’t have to end. Try bringing Christ into these fun activities and shine the light back on Him at all times. We are blessed with and Emmanuel who is always with us! So this year, get ready to kick those “post holiday blues”!

“Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls.”  1 Peter 1:8-9

“My lips will shout for joy when I sing praise to you-I whom you have redeemed.” Psalm 71:23

Eternal God, Thank you for the gift of your Son, Jesus Christ. Amen.

Karina Simonis
Senior at the University of Alabama

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Dec 15 2014

Wrestled With Angels: Bouquet of Joy (Guest Post: Tom Sullivan)

Original post at http://jameyprickett.com/2014/12/15/bouquet-of-joy-guest-post-tom-sullivan/


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Tom Sullivan

Joy springs eternal.  The Christmas holiday truly brings out my joy from all the colored lights on the tree to the joyous holiday songs all leading to celebrate the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ.  As my journey with Christ deepens, I’ve learned to experience joy more and more in my life.  God plants little flowers of joy throughout my day.  Every time I find one I am filled with love and gratitude for being able to experience joy that starts in my soul with the Holy Spirit and blooms to where I have a beautiful bouquet of Joy that God so lovingly gave me. #ThankYouJesus!

On the night of the birth of our savior there was tremendous Joy:  “When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy!” (Matthew 2:10) In one of my favorite Christmas songs “Oh Holy Night” the lyrics “Till he appear’d and the soul felt its worth” move me to tears. For it’s “The Thrill of Hope” that reminds us of God’s eternal Joy in his Kingdom.  So keep gathering those flowers daily for your own bouquet of Joy and find God’s presence in the present.

God of infinite joy, Thank you for surprising us with bouquets of joy. Amen.

Tom Sullivan
Atlanta, GA
For more information check out the website: http://www.tomonair.com

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Dec 14 2014

Wrestled With Angels: God With Us/ Dios con Nosotros (Guest Post: Sharon Nichols)

Original post at http://jameyprickett.com/2014/12/14/god-with-us-dios-con-nosotros-guest-post-sharon-nichols/


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Sharon Nichols

Missionary serving in Ecuador

” … And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”  Matthew 28:20

If we could condense all the truths of Christmas into only three words, these would be the words: “God with us.” Often times we tend to focus our attention at Christmas on the infancy of Christ. The greater truth of His birth is His deity. More astonishing than a baby in the manger is the truth that this promised baby is the omnipotent Creator of the heavens and the earth … the Sovereign LORD Who walks before us and with us … our Creator holding us in the palm of His hand … transforming our lives.

Advent, Christmas and Easter go hand in hand; preparation for the coming of the Incarnation of God, the birth of Christ Who came to live among us, and the Passion of the Christ poured out for each of us on the Cross. Jesus came to die for the Salvation of the world. His very purpose in coming into the world was that He might offer up His life as a sacrifice for the sins of mankind. He came to die. This is the very heart of Christmas.

Living and serving in a Developing/3rd World Country comes with daily challenges … many times minute by minute challenges. But the Grace that holds us together in the place God sent us is the daily, minute by minute presence of Jesus Who promised to be with us always. The baby in the manger came to walk day by day, minute by minute with us. His words of promise are great assurance and bring great peace and JOY as they come from the heart of Christ to the hearts of His people. This is the beauty of Jesus, our Savior … long after the angels disappeared into the heavens, the shepherds returned to their flocks, the magi journeyed home and the great star set, He remained … for now and ever more.
“… y he aquí yo estoy con vosotros todos los días, hasta el fin del mundo.” Mateo 28:20

Si podemos unir todas las verdades de la Navidad en solo tres palabras, estas serán las palabras “Dios con Nosotros.” Muchas veces enfocamos nuestra atención durante la Navidad en la infancia de Cristo. La verdad más grande de su nacimiento es su deidad. Más sorprendente que un bebe en el pesebre es la verdad que este niño prometido es el creador omnipotente de los cielos y la tierra… El Soberano Señor Quien camina antes de nosotros, y con nosotros… nuestro creador teniéndonos en la palma de su mano…transformando nuestros vidas.

Adviento, Navidad y Pascua están muy conectadas; la preparación para la venida de la encarnación de Dios, el nacimiento de Cristo Quien vino a vivir junto a nosotros, y la Pasión de Cristo dada por cada uno de nosotros en la Cruz. Jesús vino para morir por la salvación del mundo. Su único propósito en venir al mundo fue para que el pudiera ofrecer su vida como un sacrificio por los pecados de la humanidad. El vino a morir. Esto es el verdadero corazón de la Navidad.

Viviendo y sirviendo en un país que está desarrollándose vienen retos diarios… muchas veces retos de minuto a minuto. Pero la gracia que nos mantiene en el lugar donde Dios nos envió es la presencia diaria, minuto a minuto de Jesús Quien prometió estar con nosotros siempre. Él bebe en el pesebre vino a caminar diariamente, minuto a minuto con nosotros. Sus palabras de promesa son un seguro grande y traen una gran paz y GOZO y vienen desde el corazón de Cristo a los corazones de Su gente. Eso es la hermosura de Jesús, nuestro Salvador…mucho tiempo después de que los ángeles desaparecieron al cielo, los pastores regresaron a su rebaños, los Reyes Magos viajaron a casa y la gran estrella desapareció, Él se quedó…por ahora y siempre.

Eternal God, Thank you for being with us and giving us joy. Amen.

Sharon Nichols
Missionary
For more information check out the website: http://www.Nichols4Ecuador.org

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Dec 13 2014

Wrestled With Angels: Jesus Is Enough (Guest Post: Donnah Wilson)

Original post at http://jameyprickett.com/2014/12/13/jesus-is-enough-guest-post-donnah-wilson/


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Donnah Wilson

Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 NIV)

Let’s talk about an attitude of gratitude.

We can and should be grateful for every thing in our lives that is good because James tells us that “every good and perfect gift is from above” (James 1:17). So we are grateful because God provides.

But what about the “bad things” that come along. James addresses this as well. He said we are to “consider it pure joy whenever we face trials of many kinds” (James 1:2) Why? Because God uses these trials to develop perseverance which then helps us to become “mature and complete”.

So God calls us to have an attitude of gratitude about the good things in our lives and about all the trials and tribulations and troubles in our lives.

That pretty much covers everything. Do you ever had any trouble with that last part? Trouble having an attitude of gratitude for trials and tribulations?

People I have encountered around the world who demonstrate an unconditional attitude of gratitude include Pastor Jacob. He has been the pastor of a small church in a very remote village in Kenya for the last seven years. He has a severe disability in his legs and his version of walking is much more difficult than our version of walking. He sets his crutches then he swings his legs through. Sets his crutches and swings his legs through.

Pastor Jacob walks 10 km, that’s over 6 miles, through a river to get from his home to the church he serves.

I see in Pastor Jacob and his congregation, a gratitude that goes beyond joys and beyond trials and tribulations. I see an attitude that says “Jesus is enough”. No matter how little we have.

Mercy is another person who exudes an attitude of gratitude. In obedience to God’s call, Mercy built and runs an orphanage in a slum in Nairobi. 300 children have a clean place to live within the despicable surroundings of that slum because of her obedience.

Most people who are the directors of an orphanage will go home at night or at least have a room of their own. She has neither. She has a bed. She sleeps in the baby room with five of the babies.

Mercy has given up everything, possessions and all, for the joys of serving the Lord. In Mercy, I see an attitude that says “Jesus is enough”.

The question I ask myself on a regular basis these days is, “would I be thankful if I didn’t have any of the quote “good gifts””.  If I had absolutely nothing. If it was all taken away. If I couldn’t even move my arms and legs. If I had no control of my own body, would I still have an attitude of gratitude? Would “Jesus be enough”?

My mom has been a great inspiration to me in this regard. She has been paralyzed on her left side for 12 years. When out of the house, she gets around in what she calls her “go buggy”, her hover round.  She looks quite capable & independent as she gets around. But if you saw behind-the-scenes you might wonder how she has such a positive attitude.

She requires someone to dress her, to bath her, to move her, to provide her every physical need. Once she is laid in bed, she is just there. She can’t rollover, she can’t get up, she just lays on her back until I get her up.

Would we have a great attitude of gratitude if we were in that situation? In the 2 years she has lived with me, I have never once heard her complain about her inability to care for herself. She doesn’t get in a bad mood! She continually shows me what an attitude of gratitude looks like. It looks like “Jesus is enough”.

We need to ask ourselves, what are we thankful for. Are we thankful for the things that God has given us, yes we should be.

But God wants us to turn our focus from stuff and from ourselves to a focus on Him. He wants us to turn our focus away from what happens to our physical bodies and turn it to a relationship with Him. If we can do that, then “Jesus is enough”.

Then, if all is stripped away, if we have nothing; if we don’t have a house, a job, a car, a family, if we don’t even have control of our own body, we can still be joyful in the Lord. We are still thankful because “Jesus is enough”

I have seen gratitude in people who have virtually nothing. And it’s not only in Kenya, it’s around the world. People who live in a grass hut. People who don’t have any food in their homes. People who have no hope of working to provide for their family. And yet they truly rejoice in the Lord.

God calls us to relationship, not stuff. His goal is for us to have relationship with Him. His goal for us is to only want Him, to only need Him. Then, “Jesus is enough” even when things go “bad” (even if they are first world problems).

When traffic is snarled, we don’t get angry because all we need is Jesus.

When our best friend stabs us in the back, we don’t turn to hatred because “Jesus is enough”.

When our spouse gets sick with cancer, we are not devastated because all we need is Jesus.

When God’s will for us is going down the hard road that we don’t particularly like, “Jesus is enough”.

If we are relying on the fluff, Jesus is not enough! If we take too much joy in the fluff, Jesus is not enough.

In church talk, it would probably be called the “sufficiency of Christ”.

But I’m a simple person so I say “Jesus is enough”.

I have posted this phrase around my house and in my car to remind me hourly that “Jesus is enough”. Jesus is all I need.

 

Gracious God, We give you thanks that Jesus is enough. Amen.

 

Donnah Wilson

Acworth, Georgia


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