Ready or not, 2019 is HERE! For many, January 1st is a welcomed opportunity to start over from bad experiences over the last 12 months; to make some things better in their life. No matter what happened in your life, good or bad, in 2018, God has given you new mercies and moved you forward …
Have you ever felt like you misread God’s will for your life? I have, especially on hard days of domestic engineering, or those times I experience writer’s block. When I am frustrated, it is so easy to fall prey to the lies of the enemy. As I re-read the Christmas story this morning, I thought …
“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.” – Isaiah 9:6 I pray every one reading this has accepted God’s perfect gift: Jesus. MERRY …
“Tis the season to be jolly, fala lala lala lala lala!”
Some reading this may actually disagree with my first sentence. While Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year for Christians, as we are celebrating the birth of our Savior, many people find the Christmas season to be emotionally brutal.
Christmas can bring feelings of sadness and gloom for people who have lost loved ones and are facing an empty chair on Christmas Day. Some have experienced financial losses due to health reasons, job losses or recent storm damages. Others are facing serious health conditions. And there are so many other reasons out there causing sadness at Christmas time.
Let’s all try to remember to be a little bit more patient with others this Christmas season. If you know someone is hurting this Christmas, take an extra moment and reach out to that person. Let’s also remember, everyone we meet has a story. And some of those stories are sad. So what ever moods we are greeted with in our hustle and bustle, let’s be patient. Let’s be kind. Let’s show the love of Jesus.
If you are hurting this Christmas, I am so sorry for your pain. I pray for your healing and that you will be restored to the peace that passes all understanding. Remember, you are loved.
Let’s pray for each other every day and especially for those who are hurting this Christmas.
“Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.” – Ephesians 4:32
A young girl living an ordinary life chosen to live an extraordinary life.
Who is this girl?
Mary, the mother of Jesus.
I think about Mary a lot, not just during the Christmas season. I often think about her faith, integrity, loyalty and great love for God. There are life lessons in Mary’s life:
Mary demonstrated absolute faith in action through obedience.
Mary loved unconditionally.
Mary’s faith and obedience reminds us how God uses ordinary people to do extraordinary things.
As we think about Mary this Christmas, let’s ask ourselves: “Am I willing to step out of my ordinary for God’s extraordinary?”
“And Mary said, “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her.” – Luke 1:38
As the days become more hectic this Christmas season, it can be very challenging to stop and do something unexpected for someone else. But isn’t that part of what Christ is about?
God gave us a Savior on Christmas Day so many years ago. Our Savior came to love us, help us and save us from the world. Jesus always stops and helps us when we need it. And as His follower, I am to do the same for others.
Today I must ask myself: as a Christ follower, am I sharing my life with others beyond telling them about Jesus? Christmas isn’t about the number of presents under the tree, it is about sharing the presence of Jesus in our lives. The unconditional love of Jesus should be over flowing from my life into the lives of others, not just at Christmas, but all year.
Let’s look for more ways to share the love of Jesus and help others this Christmas. Finding ways to give our time and presence can yield great blessings, joy and peace to everyone involved.
“…give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.” – Jesus (Luke 6:38)
“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” – Isaiah 9:6
Christmas is just over a week away! I hope you are getting that ‘to-do’ list finished and making beautiful memories with your family.
Most of us find ourselves in a big rush during the final weeks before Christmas. But in the midst of all that, let’s remember why it is the most wonderful time of the year. Let’s take time to reflect on, give thanks for, and enjoy the greatest Christmas gift of all – JESUS!!
How’s your day going? Did you start out strong, upbeat, and full of joy? Or were you struggling to just start?
We live in a rushed world. And add the Christmas rush to the mix and our December days can quickly become anxious and chaotic. If we do not start our days strong, we cannot run the race of life at a strong and confident pace. We need to jump-start our days with Jesus: our source of strength.
I challenge you to fill up with joy tomorrow morning. Spend five to thirty minutes with Jesus. Pray with Him. Read and meditate His word. Then, face your day with the peace that surpasses all understanding.
“O Lord, in the morning you hear my voice; in the morning I prepare a sacrifice for you and watch.” – Psalm 5:3
The greatest story is about the life of Jesus Christ: the perfect human and our perfect Savior.
December is a perfect time to revisit His story and share it with others. And the gospel of Luke is the perfect place to start, as it opens with the anticipation and birth of Jesus and ends with His death and resurrection.
I want to encourage you to get still each day of this Christmas season and reflect on the life of our Savior, Jesus Christ. Whether you study a Christmas devotional each day or a chapter from Luke each day, I pray you find renewed joy and peace through God’s greatest gift to you: JESUS.
JESUS IS THE REASON!
“The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost. But I received mercy for this reason, that in me, as the foremost, Jesus Christ might display his perfect patience as an example to those who were to believe in him for eternal life. To the King of the ages, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.” – 1 Timothy 1:15-17
Trees and lights are going up everywhere. Shopping malls are filled with Christmas music and smiling faces. “It’s the most wonderful time of the year!” ….Yes, it’s the week after Thanksgiving! The anticipated wait is over. Christmas season is finally here.
Oh what fun it is! At least for a couple of weeks, right?
Let’s face it. By Christmas Day, most of us lose our joy to society’s ideal that all must be perfect to be merry and bright. We tend to get too stressed preparing for gatherings with family and friends. We are always worried about the house being perfectly decorated, all the right foods on the menu, perfect gifts, etc. As a result, we can find ourselves too tired to enjoy the day, and just ready for it to be over.
And we know the truth. All the frills and trying to make the day all perfect is not necessary. JESUS, the guest of honor is already there. He sees our imperfections and still loves us perfectly. Our guests should see the warmth and joy of Jesus through our hospitality, shining brighter than any string of Christmas lights or candle centerpieces.
God sent his son Jesus to save us. So as we plan, shop, and prepare our houses this month, let’s examine each step and find its significance in celebrating the birth of our Savior. We will find, most will be trifling insignificance.
Let’s not sweat the small stuff this month. Let’s ask to God help us prepare for each day. Let’s ask HIM to open our eyes and hearts to JESUS and every unique blessing He has prepared for us, now and on Christmas Day. And let’s give HIM the honor and glory for it all!