At Christmas time we talk a lot about presents, what people want, maybe what they want Santa to bring and we add these wanted items to our shopping list, but God has been chatting with me about a different kind of present, P-R-E-S-E-N-C-E.
If there was no Jesus, there would be no Christmas. His presence in this world, Him coming to the scene, being born so He could die for us means everything.
“Therefore, the Lord Himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin will conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name, Immanuel.” – Isaiah 7:14
Jesus’s presence and arrival on this earth is the very reason why we celebrate Christmas. His name Immanuel, means God With Us! God with you and God With Me! God gets the importance of presence!! Continue reading “The Gift of Presence”
I like the word joy. It brings a smile to my face just saying it…go ahead and try …”JOY”…aahhh, sweetness. Wouldn’t you know it though, obedience doesn’t roll off the tongue quite so smoothly. I don’t feel like partying when I hear that one! Who wants more joy in their life? We all raise our hands. Who’s interested in becoming more obedient? Cue the crickets.
When I say obedience, it conjures up the same feelings I tend to get when I hear words like, selflessness, humility, sacrifice or surrender. No smile appears on my face, rather I often feel a sense of dread, like I need to brace myself, or even fear, wondering what’s this going to cost me? My self centeredness is showing again. Anyone out there know what I’m saying? Continue reading “The Joy of Obedience”
Falling in love is hands down the best thing I’ve ever done! If the truth be told, I think I’m falling more in love every day 🙂 Oh, How I love Him, let me count the ways…
- There is not a day that goes by that He doesn’t do something to show me He is thinking of me.
- He loved me even when I didn’t believe I was loveable and saw beauty in me that I was blind to.
- He encourages me and talks so tenderly.
- He is patient and gentle with me and yet challenges me to be better.
- I feel so protected in His arms and my heart is safe in His embrace.
- He knows me so well and knows exactly how to speak to my heart.
- He has come to my rescue countless times.
- He is strong yet gentle and I simply can’t get enough of Him!
- One of the sweetest things He does, is sing songs to me while I sleep.
- In this crazy, sometimes scary world, He is my safe place to fall.
I could go on, but let it suffice to say, He is simply AMAZING in every way! Really, what kind of man would go to such extremes to win my heart? Jesus, I am so in love with you ❤
My friend asked me a couple of days ago, if I’d accompany her to the Union Gospel Mission this weekend to help out. I hesitantly said, “yes” and to be real about it, my heart is not prone to this kind of service. It’s way outside of my comfort zone and a matter of fact it freaks me out a bit! But, because I love my friend, I agreed and off we went this morning, not knowing at all what I was about to get myself into or how far outside my box I would be required to step??
When we arrived and got the run down, we learned we’d be cooking, serving a warm breakfast and then those who came for a meal would have an opportunity to hear the Word of God. So, I put my hands to work and got to cookin’. I was in charge of baking some blueberry muffins and cooking the sausage 🙂 I thought to myself, this I can do! Continue reading “The Least Of These”
A young girl told by an angelic being that she has been chosen to give birth to the Savior of the world. I can only imagine what that was like to absorb! I am sure there must have been fear about what her fiance’ would have to say about the news? In a moment Mary was informed she was an integral part in God’s plan to save you and me and her whole world would never be the same. Continue reading “A Baby Changes Everything!”
The other day, while driving in my car, I was listening to Bing Crosby on the radio, as he sang the words of that famous little drummer boy, “I have no gift to bring, pa rum pum pum pum That’s fit to give the King…”. The lyrics got me to thinking…imagine with me that you are on a journey to meet the Baby Jesus, the long awaited King and Savior of the World. Of course besides the overwhelming joy and honor of being part of such a momentous occasion, my mind can’t help but jump to another detail…what gift do I bring to the party? I would want to have the perfect gift and I am doubting I would find it in the latest advertising pages or on-line store…The pressure! Continue reading “The Perfect Gift”