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
The Idyllwild Pines Camp & Conference’s ladies are gathering for bible study every Thursday for lunch. In preparation for Christmas, the study focuses on the extraordinary miracles God did in the lives of Mary, Elizabeth (Zachariah’s Wife), and Anna through the Book of Luke. Also, the study group is following Liz Curtis Higgs’ Women of Christmas, which provides commentary that allows for reflection and life application. Liz Curtis Higgs adds that Christmas is a season for reflection, for preparation, and for renewal.
This book allows women to connect with the women in the Christmas story. Elizabeth, Mary and Anna were real women who whole-heartedly followed God.
Lesson from Elizabeth
Though Zachariah and Elizabeth were obedient to God, that did not mean they were perfect. Zachariah and Elizabeth were childless. Elizabeth was barren, and both, Zachariah and Elizabeth were past their prime. These two Godly people faced difficulty, and yet they remained faithful and hopeful. Elizabeth probably felt like an inadequate wife, and fell prey of many insecurities. Still late in her age, she kept calm and held on to God’s promises.
Then one day, God sent an angel, Gabriel, to Zachariah and told him hat this wife, Elizabeth, would birth a son and he would be named John. God had heard and answered Zachariah’s and Elizabeth’s prayers.
This passage resonates to any couples who have faced infertility, and it resonates to women who are just waiting for a special request. Elizabeth waited many years. She stayed strong and placed all her trust in God. So this Christmas remember that God is a cheerful giver just place your trust upon him. For nothing is impossible for God.
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Enjoy comfortable accommodations in our one bedroom, one bath cottages with fully equipped kitchens. Numerous shopping and restaurant options are within walking distance.
Let the awesome wonder of God’s creation, blended with the greatness of His presence, inspire and refresh you.
Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.
We all have talents and abilities God has given us. We are equipped by God. Discover your gift, take care of it, develop it, and learn to use it to serve others.
And they were calling to one another: “Holy, holy, holy is the LORD Almighty; the whole earth is full of his glory.”
Just by walking in creation, you can see the heart of God. He is intentional, creative, and beautiful. God created the trees , the sky, the littlest and the biggest animals. His glory is shown to all of us to admire and to be in awe. God Bless.