Tuesday, July 23, 2019





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Ponderings from Matthew 1





It's hard for us to think about Christmas in July!  But, the Lord really put it on my heart last Christmas to be more mindful of the coming and the birth of Christ all the time, not just in December.

Let's take a look at some verses in Matthew that tell us about Jesus' birth.  The beginning of chapter 1 starts out with the genealogy of Jesus beginning from Abraham and going Joseph (verses 2-16).  We then learn about Mary's pregnancy and Joseph's decision to take Mary as his wife even though he first was going to break their betrothal.  (verses 16-21)

Then, in verses 23 and following, we are told this was all done to fulfill the Lord's message through the prophet Isaiah.

Take a few minutes today to go back and read those verses in Isaiah (7:14, 8:8, 10) and be amazed once again at the birth of Jesus.  Prophesied years before and fulfilled with His birth.  Be amazed at His coming...and be anticipating His return!



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32 comments:

  1. Beautiful page Gayle! I love your message. Thank you for sharing.

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  2. What a gorgeous Bible page. I haven't gotten brave enough to "art" in my Bible, but I am keeping a journal with special scriptures embellished with stamps or mixed media backgrounds. Your page is very inspiring!

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  3. Beautiful Bible journaling page! I love using stamps in my Bible!

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  4. That looks wonderful. I have only decorated 1 page of my special Bible. Now that I've seen your page, it has encouraged me to branch out (no pun intended). I can use just about any of my stamps...

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  5. wow. stunning. That is such a cool idea!

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  6. Wow! What a gorgeous border for your Bible page.

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  7. This is so beautiful, Gayle! Love all the little details. And yes the miracle of Christ's birth and the hope of his return should be celebrated all year long.

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  8. I love to look at all the prophecies in the Old Testaments of Jesus birth! Beautiful page!

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  9. Beautiful details on your page. Loved reading your post to remind us of the prophecies fulfilled by Jesus's birth. We do need to remember it all year long, not just at Christmas. TFS

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  10. Beautiful page. Love the message. Thanks.

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  11. Love how you did the page it's awesome

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  12. Your artwork for this section of Matthew is beautiful. The words "Christ is born!" seem so joyful and excited, just as they should be! The Birth of Christ came after a long time of expectation and now we are awaiting His Return. Thank you for drawing our minds to the real reason we should celebrate Christmas "in July," in December and always.

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  13. Beautiful stamping and
    lovely coloring.
    Carla from Utah

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  14. What a beautiful mix of pine boughs & pinecones! Perfect border for this page ... love it!

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  15. What a beautiful page! Would love to see your whole Bible! Thanks for sharing!

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  16. what a creative way of using these sets - so pretty

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  17. OH my gosh, this is such a beautiful page!! I love the stamped pine boughs and cones for a natural, rustic look

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  18. Beautifully done. How awesome is this! Love it!

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  19. Beautiful colors and details! Love the way you've created this special design!

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  20. Very pretty Gayle... I love how you framed the page... the simple sentiment is right to the point!

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  21. Love what you did with this page!

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  22. Thanks for the beautiful reminder about keeping Christmas in our hearts all year long!

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  23. Love the way you framed the page and the sentiment is spot on. Beautiful!

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  24. Such a heartwarming picture that shows the true warmth, and meaning of the season!! Thank you for sharing with us ❤️

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  25. Beautiful way to decorate this Bible page.

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