Reverse Plank ur palms, and lift your hips and torso towards the heavens. Look up to the heavens, point your toes, and keep your arms and legs straight. Keep your entire body strong, and form a straight line from your head to your heels.
Day 18- Matthew 1:18-25 Wild and Free Peace Advent
God had other plans for Joseph as the angel spoke to him. And God has bigger plans for you and I. Are we willing to be faithful through all circumstances in life? God uses these verses to give us a glimpse of the beautiful and power callings he has placed in each one of us.
Prayer: Lord, Thank you for showing me my passions and callings for others. What an honor to know that you create each of us with visions, dreams plan and a special calling. My prayer is that we are faithful in listening to God’s word and the calling he has placed on us.
Will you respond in faithfulness like Joseph? I pray our answer is always yes
Day18 Matthew 1:18-25 Wild and Free Peace (Rachael Kincaid)
God designed love to be wild and free, fearless and vulnerable. It’s one of the many reasons he wants us to keep six inside of marriage. There’s an intimacy to be found there, a sort of secret recipe to be treasured and protected. Inside of the covenant that binds two people together, inside of a relationship where total and absolute vulnerability can take place, powerful things can happen. Marriage is supposed to be a place where love is safe.
So imagine Joseph surprise, shock, and possibly horror, when he found that this safe love he’s anticipated has been compromised. The woman to whom he was the betrothed had recently become pregnant, and not by him. Based on the culture and tradition of this time, it’s no wonder he thought it best to leave her quietly, probably in the middle of the night. It would certainly be better that way, to try and start over with whatever dignity they both had left. I love that the passage includes the fact that Joseph did not want to expose her to public disgrace. We can catch a glimpse of his tender heart and loving nature even before the story gets good.
But God had other plans, then to allow Joseph the easy way out. He wanted to show Joseph a safe Love of his own. He wanted to give Joseph a special kind of wedding gift-himself. From the beginning of time, God has tried to show us that marriages but I mirror reflection of the relationship he wants with us individually. It can get a little weird trying to imagine it, but it’s true. As followers of Jesus, each one of us is a bride with him Lord has wooed into intimate relationship. God wanted Joseph to know he could go there with him. Joseph could take him at his word. The Lord could be trusted.
That night as he slept, Joseph got to visit some heavenly places. He can see the future, the rescue of mankind before it ever came to pass he could see the intricate thread as God wove together a beautiful story, a story in which he and Mary would play integral rolls. Things might not appear as they ought to look from the outside, from the perspective of friends and family. But even in a dream, Joseph saw that he could trust in his God. He could experience a first love, safe love with his heavenly father. And beyond that, he caught a glimpse of his calling as a husband. He could take what he dreamt into his marriage with Mary. The Bible says Joseph acted as soon as he awoke from his dream. What kind of encounter that must’ve been, to change his mind and earned his confidence with such resolve. And yet, God wants this sort of thing to be an every day occurrence with us. He longs for us to experience him intimately on a regular basis. He uses these times to remind us how much he loves us, and gives us a glimpse of the beautiful and powerful callings he’s placed on earth and everyone of our lives.