Monday, December 21, 2015

Bring an umbrella

 .Science tells us we can’t stop anticipation from happening. The human brain is always on and always working. Anticipation is rooted in the portion of the brain known as the cerebellum, which controls “automatic, “non-thinking” behavior. (Now,  how many of you knew that little fact?)

With  anticipation always in play, the human brain desires more Dopamine. Dopamine is a chemical neurotransmitter. It’s released from the brain’s frontal lobe and acts as a stimulant that prevents pain, stimulates arousal and causes excitement. Dopamine stimulation happens when we experience and expect good things. Anticipating positive events sustains the output of dopamine into the brain’s chemical pathways.

Scientific experiments show that most people anticipate future positive events, as opposed to future negative events. 

It doesn’t matter if you’re an optimist or a pessimist; the brain is wired to anticipate positive experiences.  ( God sure did create a great brain)

All the above is knowledge for the head, now here is  some heart knowledge on, "anticipation", which is a powerful Biblical principal. 

To anticipate is ‘to foresee and act in advance of, example....

In Exodus 12, Moses instructed the Israelite's to get ready immediately for their immediate exodus from Egypt. They were to eat the Passover lamb in anticipation—clothed, prepared and ready to go on their journey. (Exodus 12:11)
Get ready! It is time to move!

 Anticipation is an expression of faith

Anticipation is about preparing and making room for what you know is yours by faith. It is getting ready for what God has told you is coming.

Noah began building the ark—a large boat—in anticipation of a flood. Hebrews tells us, ‘By faith Noah, when warned about things not yet seen, in holy fear built an ark to save his family.’ (Heb 11:7)

‘Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.’ (Heb 11:1

Ten people gather to pray for rain in a time of drought. One person brings an umbrella. That’s 

Our family is not ark builders, nor are we preparing for an exodus from the United States,  but we  did start planning for a family reunion this Christmas. 

Our goal way back was to all be together in one house for Christmas this year.  Since last Christmas we had been putting aside a little funds just for this special event.  And God started working out the details and with each answered prayer our anticipation grew.  

 About three and half months ago  we, along with our son and family decided to do the California thing and rent a house together.   We had been looking for over a year for just the right house that would work for two families and God in His timing provided, and it's perfect for our family get together. 

This past weeks I have prepared everyone's favorite candy, cookies, bought the ham and turkey, stocked our cabinets with lots of goodies, planned our menus, checked on museums and zoos to go see,  and even praying about going to a theme park.  Honestly though,  our number one thing to do is just hang out together, play games together, do some hiking together, and of course eat all I have prepared.  

 There must be a lot of Dopamine stirring in my brain because I am super excited. Today is the day our faith will be come sight when our daughter and family step off the plane.

A friend ask me a few weeks ago, what if something happens and your plans do not come to pass.  It would be a huge disappointment but I trust the Lord to help me if that happens.  He did not promise us a family reunion here on this earth.  But there is one coming someday that no one can stop because God has planned it, prepared for it and He will bring it to pass.  The anticipation is building for that day when He shouts and calls us home.  But for now I am going to enjoy this Christmas to it's fullest.  

 This song popped into my heart as I wrote that last paragraph. 
 What a day that will be when my Jesus I shall see
When I look upon His face , the one who saved me by His grace
When He takes me by the hand and leads me through the promise land
What a day glorious day that will be
(I've got my umbrella ready and waiting for that glorious day). 

                      Merry Christmas 

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