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Do you wonder as you watch my face,
If a wiser one should have had my place?
But I offer all I am
For the mercy of your plan.
Help me be strong.
Help me be.
Help me.

from “Breath of Heaven” by Amy Grant & Chris Eaton (1992)

 

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I thank my God every time I mention you in my prayers. I’m thankful for all of you every time I pray, and it’s always a prayer full of joy. I’m glad because of the way you have been my partners in the ministry of the gospel from the time you first believed it until now. I’m sure about this: the one who started a good work in you will stay with you to complete the job by the day of Christ Jesus.

Philippians 1:3-6

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Think

Winter means our days get shorter and the nights get longer. The winter typically is not a time that we notice a lot of productivity. We are indoors more and rarely spend time outside chatting it up or going for long walks. Many of us have snow that sticks to the ground for months, or the ground is so frozen that everything is pretty “blah” looking.

But under the surface there is a lot going on. The earth needs time to rest, and while it rests, it is holding next years’ growth in place, literally holding space for what is to come.

Like the ground in winter, God's good work in us may start below the surface and not even be visible at first. But we can be confident that Christ will complete it.

So what are you growing just under the surface? How has God nurtured you through the relationships around you? How might you best use this time in the winter to prepare for what God will do next in you?

Amy Kim Kyremes-Parks

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God of new life, as nights grow longer, help me to cultivate time that I am given to hunker down and prepare for the next season you are calling me to. Thank you for the light you shine on my path. Amen.

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Breath of heaven,
Hold me together,
Be forever near me
Breath of heaven.
Breath of heaven,
Lighten my darkness,
Pour over me your holiness,
For you are holy.

from “Breath of Heaven” by Amy Grant & Chris Eaton (1992)

Amy Kim Kyremes-Parks

Amy Kim Kyremes-Parks lives in Shaker Heights, Ohio with Justin, her husband, and their two children Natalily (18) and Isaiah (15) and Obed the wonder poodle. Amy serves Fairmount Presbyterian Church as the Director of Spiritual Formation. When she is not busy with her family and making connections in her community she enjoys finding outlets for her creativity and finding time to laugh.

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