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December 14, 2011

Take a Moment to Marvel...


MarvelGreetings, Dear Friends! Susie Larson here...

 And to those visiting, I say welcome!

I post every Wednesday and my sole purpose is to nourish your soul along the way. Most of you know this already, but for our new visitors, I want you to know that each month I giveaway a $10.00 Starbucks gift card to someone who posts on my blog. So leave a post, share a story, and maybe you'll win a treat for you and your friends.

Now on to my topic...

Today...this week in fact, I ask you to pause and do a little marveling. Ponder right now, who God is and what He has done for you. Read this great excerpt from my 'Believer's Commentary':

"The converted person boasts in the Lord - not in his own character or achievements. When we understand the gospel of grace we realize that we did all the sinning and He did all the saving. So our boast must be in Him alone." (p.596)

We did all the sinning. He did all the saving. He is good to us every single day. Even when we don't notice it.
What does it mean to marvel?
To marvel means to: be amazed, be surprised, be astonished, be awed, stand in awe, wonder, stare, gape, be dumbfounded, be flabbergasted. 
Let's look at scene right out of the Word of God:

Jacob left Beersheba and went to Haran. He came to a certain place and camped for the night since the sun had set. He took one of the stones there, set it under his head and lay down to sleep.  And he dreamed: A stairway was set on the ground and it reached all the way to the sky; angels of God were going up and going down on it. Then God was right before him, saying, "I am God, the God of Abraham your father and the God of Isaac. I'm giving the ground on which you are sleeping to you and to your descendants. Your descendants will be as the dust of the Earth; they'll stretch from west to east and from north to south. All the families of the Earth will bless themselves in you and your descendants. Yes. I'll stay with you, I'll protect you wherever you go, and I'll bring you back to this very ground. I'll stick with you until I've done everything I promised you."

Jacob woke up from his sleep. He said, "God is in this place - truly. And I didn't even know it!" He was terrified. He whispered in awe, "Incredible. Wonderful. Holy. This is God's House. This is the Gate of Heaven." (Genesis 28:10-17 NLT).

It's so easy get sucked into the rat race of life and completely miss the idea that there are angels all around us; encamping around those who fear the Lord; serving and assisting us; going with us on our journey through life. 

We are not alone. Not even a little bit. Far greater are those who are for us than those who are against us. May the eyes of our hearts open up this holiday season; may we be more keenly aware of God's divine presence all around us. May we understand on a deeper level the resources and assistance to which we have access. Imagine. God, there for you, pulling for you. The Son, interceding for you day and night! The Holy Spirit nudging you, correcting you, convicting you, assuring you - all for your benefit. The angels, assisting you, cheering for you, protecting you. You are someone important! 

Yesterday I had a number of heavy things weighing on my heart, when all of the sudden Selah's Christmas song, "Joy!" came on the radio. Instantly my perspective lifted and my heart swelled with joy. I hopped out of my sink (oh, um, that's where I sit to do my makeup), and I started dancing around my bedroom. I was doing a happy dance. The Marvel Dance. 

Try it today. Put on a great song. Look up. Make yourself smile (I don't know why, but this does something for the soul), and do the Marvel dance.

In quieter moments, marvel with your heart's perspective. Be amazed; be astonished; wonder and stare at the story of the Christ-child and be in awe that He would hand Himself over in such a vulnerable way. For you.

Regardless of the state of things around you - marvel today because you are surrounded by a host of heavenly angels cheering you on; hear the noise in Heaven; they're all talking at the same time! But there's harmony because they all want the same thing for you: To live in the light of God's presence, and to walk out the divine, world-changing call on your life. Marvel at that thought of it. 

Smile today. Keep Smiling. Dance today. Keep Dancing. Marvel today. Keep Marveling. 

Until next week~

PS - If you haven't signed up for my quarterly E-zine yet, you might want to. My next issue comes out on January 15th and I have a stack of fun books to give away! Here's the link: Susie's Website

 

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Thank you very much for the information great post, found it on Yahoo.

Thank you, Susie. This week I have enjoyed God's beautiful sunrises, filling my heart & soul with praise & glory to God! Yes, I am overwhelmed by all the blessings & freedoms I enjoy! Dear Friends - may God bless you as well!

Alisha,

You always make me smile. You are like a cyber angel on my shoulder. :) God speaks through you to me so very often. Thank you for allowing me to be blessed by your gift of encouragement. Peace to you this season. :)

Dear Wick,

Good for you! So glad you dance with your little girls. They're blessed to have a pops like you. God bless you!

Dear Donna,

Your post blessed and encouraged me beyond words. Thanks for taking the time to write it. We just found out last week that my dad has stage 4 lung cancer and only has months to live. We're heartbroken but trusting God. Reading your post tonight was just the word of encouragement I needed. Thank you.

Brenda,

Your post made me smile and chuckle. Thanks for posting! May we all walk with a spring in our step and fresh hope in our hearts. Bless you and thanks for your post!

Erin,

I'm glad you're dancing! God bless you, sister!

Margaret,

Isn't it something when we get an up close look at a particular passage and it comes to life for us? I absolutely LOVE God's Word! May He awaken within us a fresh passion for His Word and a fresh faith to take Him at His Word. God bless you.

Daryl, my dear friend,

Thanks for stopping by. I love you to pieces. Let's do the Marvel Dance together next time we see each other! Miss you so.

We did all the sinning and He did all the saving. hahaha... love it. I love you so much!!! :) I'm so glad we're friends Susie! :) This message of Angels offering protection, assistance, and us being cheered for, as we live out of obedience to the Lord is such a great reminder! LOVE THAT!!! Thank you.

It's one of the reasons I love having 3 little girls who imagine they are princesses. We dance quite a bit in our home. :)

You Give God Glory, Susie! Still smiling as we danced at the Rise n Shine Conference! One Thousand Gifts is so Abundantly Awesome! Your program and posts are so enriching and encouraging. Again,thank you for being so genuine!

Thank You Jesus for all Your Light that pours through Susie!

Let me just set down the 150lb weight of the world on my shoulders...and dance! Thanks for the perspective kick in the butt! It would be so much easier if I would remember BEFORE I stack those weights on. :)

I'm dancing away! Praise Jesus!

I have marveled this past week over this verse:
"But he was pierced for our transgressions,
he was crushed for our iniquities;
the punishment that brought us peace was on him,
and by his wounds we are healed. Isaiah 53:5

"the punishment that brought us peace was on him" He came as a baby and later went through punishment and death so that I could have peace.

Thank you Susie!
I'll be adding the Marvel Dance to my quiet time! It does lift the soul!
Thank you for making things so clear and always inspiring!

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