I am writing this post on Monday although it will probably be read on Tuesday. 

I love accountability…except when it comes to not eating sweets…especially at this time of year.

I don’t know if I would have made it this far in reading through the Bible chronologically if it were not for Bev and the cover to cover gals…what a rich blessing…percolating over God’s Word…writing reflections…and the added bonus…”meeting” other sisters in  Christ with the same aim.  They have not only encouraged me to take one day at a time (not stressing about perfection)  but have become prayer partners and friends.

There is another group of gals that are encouraging one another to give God the first fruits of the morning and rising early to greet Him.  Initially it was the 5 AM Club which if you are familiar with the Girl Talk blog…you know all about this endeavor.  Sarah Mae at  like a warm cup of coffee blog  renamed it the 5: 16 club after spending a morning devotional time reading Ephesians 5: 16…which has a literal meaning of “redeeming time”…

Not everyone is rising at 5 AM…5: 16 AM…my goal is to rise before the house gets moving and spend those first precious moments of the day with Him…most mornings that means sometimes between 6:15 to 6:30…this past year has been my most consistent time getting up in the morning…I waned a bit when my sleeping was disrupted this summer pre-and post-surgery.  The last couple of months have been great and now it is wonderful to have the extra accountability. Some mornings are easier than others…but I have learned…put all my materials together, set up the coffee maker the night before and prepare my heart and mind the night before.  If you would like to know more click here. 

Each Monday we reflect on our morning time with the Lord.

This morning I read the following verses in the first chapter of Luke:

18Zechariah asked the angel, “How can I be sure of this? I am an old man and my wife is well along in years.”

 19The angel answered, “I am Gabriel. I stand in the presence of God, and I have been sent to speak to you and to tell you this good news.  

I think when I have read this portion of Luke, I have always focused on Zechariah…putting myself in his shoes…I am sure I would have had some serious doubts about what the angel had just told him. 

Today I looked at Gabriel…the angel.

I don’t want to overstep in taking a portion of scripture and trying to make it fit for my own purposes.  I am not an angel…just ask my family…I will never be an angel.  I am flesh and blood.  I go by the name of Helen.

But since this is the season where angels are most paramount to us…I looked up a little about angels.

Angels are spiritual beings created by God…they help carry out work on earth.  They bring God’s messages to people, protect people, offer encouragement, give guidance, carry out punishment, patrol the earth and fight the forces of evil…eventually the main role of angels will be to offer continuous praise to God.

Apart from protection, carrying out punishment and physically fighting the forces of evil…their job description is very much like a child of God’s.

What I was so taken by in verse 19 was the angel’s complete confidence in who he is…where he has been and remains and what he is supposed to do.

I am Gabriel…

I stand in the presence of God…

I have been sent to you and to tell you this good news…

I am Helen…

I stand in the presence of God…

I have been sent…to tell the good news…

This is the reason enough to set aside the first precious moments of early dawn to bow before Him…get our marching orders for the day.

Tell me about your time with Him…what time of day have you chosen to spend time with Him…what has helped?

May you have many days of standing in His presence…


5 thoughts on “Angels…

  1. What a wonderful way to step back from the obvious and notice something new! I love how we can read the same passages over and over again, and then one day God reveals something completely new and different. It’s always been there, but our eyes and our hearts were just opened to the meaning!

    I’m in the 5:16 club with you, so my eyes are sleepy, but my heart is excited for all that God will show me today. I may head over to Luke and do a little study myself.

    Thank you, Helen!


  2. Helen, I love this. How beautiful…what a insightful comparison! Thank you – this was a blessing to me today!

    Also, I would like to feature you Monday – is that okay with you? If you can, just let me know before Monday what you will be writing about so I can write about and link to it. Just e-mail me.

    Have a great day! 🙂


  3. Dear Helen,

    The end of this post is particularly powerful. To think that we have the awesome privilege of coming into the presence of the Lord to get our marching orders for each day. And then, to share have the honor of sharing that Good News with others. As for my time with the Lord, I usually enjoy the early mornings; however lately, I’ve actually been taking in some middle-of-the-night quiet times. The house is dark and silent; there’s nothing to distract me; and I’m in no hurry whatsoever. I can’t always make this work. But when it does, I thoroughly enjoy this time with the Lord . . . then when we’re done, I usually go back to bed and get up a “bit” later than usual. It’s so awesome that God isn’t in a box. And when we’re hungry for Him, He will help us find a way. \

    Merry Christmas to you and yours.
    It is so awesome that He truly is our Emmanuel.
    He’s God with us. And that’s present tense.
    He’s with us, right now.

    May His blessings be yours!


  4. Helen,

    Thank you for writing this powerful piece. I read it and read it again. It truly has blessed my soul.
    I get up around 5:15 am and have my cup of coffee and then get down on the side of my bed and spend time with the Lord.

    God bless you,



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