Willa Carpenter, who is our firm’s Human Resources Liaison, supplied two verses this month. She had this to say:
We will soon celebrate Christmas – the birth of Jesus, God with us! After a few months, we will celebrate Easter – the crucifixion and resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. But though He was resurrected and walked among men before and after the resurrection, He left this earth. He ascended to heaven. But we can take great joy in His fulfilled promise that the Holy Spirit will come to abide with us forever. He will not only dwell with us but He will be in us as a guide, teacher, counselor, and one who will reveal the will of the Father to everyone who will believe. This next year can be the very best year of our lives if we would trust and rely upon the Holy Spirit to be our Helper – to be God with us!
Behold a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted, God with us. Mathew 1:23
And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever-the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it nether sees Him nor knows Him: but you know Him. For He dwells with you and will be in you. John14:16-17
Coy Morgan, one of the Law Clerks at our firm, furnished one verse for this issue. He says that as a young law student and future lawyer, James 3:13 has called him to live the good life through service, humility, and wisdom.
Who is wise and understanding among you? Let them show it by their good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom. – James 3:13
Kimberly Baker, the Director of Development for Valiant Cross Academy, a Montgomery Boys school, and also the wife of Ben Baker, one of our lawyers, sent in a verse this month. Kimberly says she had a hard time narrowing down her favorite, but Phil 2:4 sums up her life perspective. I want you to read what Kimberly had to say:
It is natural in our society for all of us to put our own personal interests and what is best for our lives and the people directly in our lives first. However, what if we were to step back and take a good look at the world away from our natural surroundings. I imagine we would see things quite a bit differently. Such a simple concept, but sometimes extremely difficult to accomplish. We get so caught up in the “me” and the “I” of life, that sometimes we do not even notice the challenges that many people face daily.
I believe it is our responsibility from God to not only notice the challenges many struggle with, but be willing to help and serve those who are struggling. My personal relationship with Christ was strengthened through community service. I began to see and understand people differently. Over time, I have filled my life with serving others. I have worked with families who are hungry, abused, neglected and underserved.
If you have ever held the hand of a mom who could not feed her children, or consoled a child after he was just told by a family member that he was worthless; I guarantee you see things differently. I love serving others and ministering to the needy (in my own way) as I imagine Christ’s followers did so many years ago. Next time you are out, take a look at the world around you, and the people around you, and see if you notice anything different.
Do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but look out for the interests of others. Philippians 2:4
Ann Easley, a legal secretary in our firm, sent in two verses this month. Ann says these verses help her to remember the majesty and power of the God who created all of us.
The whole earth is filled with awe at your wonders; where morning dawns, where evening fades, you call forth songs of joy. Psalm 65:8
The Lord is my light and my salvation – whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life – of whom shall I be afraid? Psalm 27:1
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