The Morning Star

morning-starAnd I will give him the morning star. Revelation 2:28 (NKJV)

The morning star…I see it almost every morning over the barn behind our house.  I curl up on the sofa by the window, sipping my Jesus tea and reading God’s Word.  Glancing outside I smile at the sky, talking to the Lord.  And there, above the barn, twinkling back at me, is the brightest morning star! Then, soon after, the sky lightens, the day dawns, and I view the mountains beyond Montana fields.

And so we have the prophetic word confirmed, which you do well to heed as a light that shines in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts.  2 Peter 1:19 (NKJV)

One morning in my usual quiet time spot, I was studying this verse from 2 Peter 1:19 about reading the Bible.  Peter explains God’s Word is a light that shines in a dark place.  How this world needs His light!  We all must keep digging into His Word and shining His light to others.  And someday, Jesus will come and we won’t need the lights in the sky anymore.  For He will be our dawning light and His Morning Star will shine in our hearts.  Though we celebrate now the advent before Christmas, we are always in the season of advent, preparing for Christ’s second coming.

Today’s TEA CUPP:  Of all the presents that could come your way this Christmas, my prayer for you, My TEA CUPP friend, is the gift of His light in your heart.  Sit by a window in the early morning hours, as you read your Bible, and invite Jesus to be the center of your advent season, your Christmas holiday, and your life.

“I, Jesus, have sent My angel to testify to you these things in the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, the Bright and Morning Star.” Revelation 22:16 (NKJV)

Scripture from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson.



My Home’s in Montana…for now

In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. John 14:2 (NKJV)

“My Home’s in Montana, I wear a bandana, my spurs are of silver, my pony is gray…” In my early years I attended Girl Scout Camp at Camp Sacagawea near Boone, Iowa.  In the evenings around the campfire we harmonized this tune.  As the twilight faded and the stars appeared, we crooned “Oh, give me a home where the buffalo roam, where the deer and the antelope play…” and “Down in the valley, the valley so low, late in the evening, hear the wind blow…”

Now, I am a mom and still make my bed at camp after we hum hymns around the campfire.  I breathe in the land once walked by Sacagawea in Montana, where my head is often bedecked with a bandana as I cook in the camp kitchen.  Our valley is filled with deer and antelope as the breeze blows the bows on the pines and aspens.  And just over the mountain from us is Yellowstone National Park, where the bison and bears attract photographers from around the world.  It is a wild land, one I never quite imagined as I sang those campfire songs so long ago.

Yet God knew I would be here.  He had a plan and prepared me for it in His own way and time.  He also has another home He is preparing for me in heaven, because He knows I’m coming.  There the mountains will be more majestic than any on earth, and the valleys will be lush with vegetation.  The animals will play freely in the fields of rainbow-kissed wildflowers.  The wolf will lie down with the lamb (Isaiah 11:6).  I won’t worry about bills to pay, sickness, or troubles of this earth.  There will be no more tears (Revelation 7:17).  It will more wonderful than I could ever imagine.  And with all believers, I will sing praise to God around the eternal campfire of His throne.  “Holy, holy, holy.”

And one cried to another and said:“ Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts; The whole earth is full of His glory!”

Isaiah 6:3  (NKJV)

New King James Version (NKJV)Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.