Friday, December 23, 2011


Welcome to "Fan the Flame" Friday.

This is a weekly post that will be "short and sweet" (kinda like me...)

Just a word and a phrase, a sentence or a question...just a little something to "fan the flame" of your creativity!

Today's word: Emmanuel

Emmanuel literally means "God with us."

What does it mean to you to have Emmanuel (God with you) in your life?

Where does Emmanuel need to come and rescue you?

What are the strongholds that still hold you captive?

Let me know what you think!!

O come, O come, Emmanuel
And ransom captive Israel...

"This is why I remind you to fan into flames the spiritual gift God gave you…For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline." (2 Timothy 1:6-7)

BLOG = "Blessedly Leaning On God!"


  1. I think when you say HE is with you - always - you can trust even when it doesn't feel like he is - he is. sandie

  2. It seems the older I get the more I need to realize how much He is with me. This season seems to be full of hurting people who need the touch of God on their lives and I'm always saying to myself "only Jesus can save this situation" almost every day!

    Merry Christmas,dear Sharon. I so appreciate your friendship!


  3. I think the name Emmanuel speaks of power to me and a reminder to me that He is with us. I love the different names of our Lord.

  4. We can depend on Jesus to finish the journey with us, finish the work He has started. That is a wonderful comfort to me! A blessed Christmas to you and your family! Patsy from

  5. Emmanuel to me means God's ever present help! I need him to keep my heart focused on things above. 'Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it. Prone to leave the God I love. Here's my heart, Lord, take and seal it, seal it for thy courts above.'
    How easy to get distracted with what this world says is important.
    This is a great idea, Sharon, to share our hearts together on a certain theme.
    Blessings to you.

  6. God with us - it is overwhelming to me that our Creator humbled Himself to come as a helpless baby and depended on the care of His own creation. It is beautiful to me that He loves us that much!

  7. This is one of my favorite Christmas carols. God with us. Nothing in the world could ever compare to that.
    Christmas blessings,

  8. Awesome WORD for Fan the Flame!!!

    Emmanuel... God with me...

    Really powerful questions:
    What does it mean to you to have Emmanuel (God with you) in your life?

    Where does Emmanuel need to come and rescue you?

    What are the strongholds that still hold you captive?

    Not so power filled answers because I really need to ponder about such deep questions when my head is filled with cold stuff or meds (lol)...

    Without even having to think about this, I depend on God to be with me. So
    HE IS WITH ME means everything to me. I need His constant companionship and totally rely that HE IS... even when I do not sense His awesome presence,it is so reassuring to know that HE IS WITH ME... of course,in my entire life, I have needed Him with me, but there are times that my behavior did not show that I acknowledged Him as being with me and that makes me feel some shame.

    Every day I need Him to lift me up, encourage me, let me know He is with me, but needing to come and rescue me, for right now, I must just say from Mexico... yet going home would mean a whole 'nther kind of rescue... have to ponder this... however I daily need Him to fill me up, guide me and keep my feet on the path He's ordained before me,moving ahead, not looking back...

    May God ransom me from 'whatever' strongholds are keeping me captive from being and shining His Light... identifying strongholds like pride or rebellion is not so easy for me... I believe He has ransomed me and broken the chains that have bound me... but every so often I (with God's help) have to rattle those chains and be sure that they are broken in my life and that I am walking freely because of Christ in me. May His Spirit reveal any remnants that need to be broken in me. Actually, I can't think of any strongholds that I could confess yet I pray that they no longer exist in me. But this reflection has taken me right back to where I started this year with Beth Moore's study on Breaking Free... "and He who the Son sets free is free indeed"

    "O Come, O Come Emmanuel"... reflecting and listening to the song with this in mind and by the power of His Spirit realizing the immensity of the words!
    (not just for Israel but for me)

    Many blessings and much love,


"So [I] have been greatly encouraged in the midst of [my] troubles and suffering, dear brothers and sisters, because you have remained strong in your faith. It gives [me] new life to know that you are standing firm in the Lord. How [I] thank God for you!" (1 Thessalonians 3:7-9)

Thanks for your comments - it is such a joy to be sharing my journey with friends like YOU!

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