MERRY CHRISTMAS! What a joyous time of year. Every year I am determined to not get behind on things, stay calm, enjoy every minute. Now here it is the day before Christmas and I stayed pretty calm, got behind on things for sure (still have lots of gifts to wrap and my CARDS!) I am determined to do them before 2024😊.
I do think I enjoyed every day, though. Wanted it to be special for mom so had lots of lights, got out all her very pretties, watched a couple movies and tried to do for her what she couldn’t so she could enjoy the season. We had a tragic death in the family. Ed’s cousin lost her husband. We prepared a special memorial service for her to honor Dave. Tragedy hits in December as well as every other month and what a blessing it truly was to make that day of memory the best we could for her. At church we adopted 6 families and were able to pour out abundant food and gifts for the children. As I prayed over and prepared each child’s wish list I prayed for them and their families. What an honor to be able to give to these families with real life issues. These were some of the things that made this season special.
I did take off 3 days and Ed and I went to the NFR (National rodeo) in Vegas. This was my gift to Ed. Finding care for Mom, at an affordable price, took lots of prayer but we did it and she did great. We had not been away just us since we started our ministry of caring for mom. Ed enjoyed not sharing me for a couple of days😊. We had a great time.
Each day this season I have read different books and devotionals about Christmas. So many deeper stories about His birth that we don’t always hear. My favorite start of the Christmas story is still about Mary and how she was so used to spending time in God’s Word and listening to His voice that when the angel announced she was to carry inside her the Messiah, she said I would love to do that without hesitation! That’s my desire. One thing I have done the last month is to consciencely not hesitate or procrastinate as much as possible. That has made a huge difference in my world. Mary was no different than any of us. She was as much human as all of us and actually we have more grace and faith in us than she did because we have the Holy Spirit. She carried the baby Jesus in her and we have the resurrected Jesus in us. How amazing. My passion is to be able to say “Yes, Lord. Here I am, as Your servant, I accept whatever You have for me. May everything You have told me come to pass.”
“During the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, the angel Gabriel was sent from God’s presence to an unmarried girl named Mary, living in Nazareth, a village in Galilee. She was engaged to a man named Joseph, a true descendant of King David. Gabriel appeared to her and said, “Rejoice, beloved young woman, for the Lord is with you and you are anointed with great favor.”
Mary was deeply troubled over the words of the angel and bewildered over what this may mean for her. But the angel reassured her, saying, “Do not yield to your fear, Mary, for the Lord has found delight in you and has chosen to surprise you with a wonderful gift. You will become pregnant with a baby boy, and you are to name him Jesus. He will be supreme and will be known as the Son of the Highest. And the Lord God will enthrone him as King on the throne of his ancestor David. He will reign as King of Israel forever, and his reign will have no limit.”
Mary said, “But how could this happen? I am still a virgin!” Gabriel answered, “The Spirit of Holiness will fall upon you and almighty God will spread his shadow of power over you in a cloud of glory! This is why the child born to you will be holy, and he will be called the Son of God. What’s more, your aged aunt, Elizabeth, has also become pregnant with a son. The ‘barren one’ is now in her sixth month. Not one promise from God is empty of power. Nothing is impossible with God!” Then Mary responded, saying, “Yes! I will be a mother for the Lord! As his servant, I accept whatever he has for me. May everything you have told me come to pass.” And the angel left her.”
Luke 1:26-38 Passion Bible
The last few days many of the devotions I have read were focused on hope. This is such a hard time of year for those without hope. Many people, unbelievers as well as Believers, are finding themselves hopeless in this world of no hope. “Peace, I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” John 14:27 There is NO HOPE in this world! There is ONLY HOPE in Jesus. I have been caught up in my own issues and pity, even this last year, and felt so hopeless. We all can feel hopeless and lost. “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen”. Hebrews 11:1
“Now faith is being sure we will get what we hope for. It is being sure of what we cannot see.” NLV
Things in our country are a mess. If we keep our eyes on the things that we see around us we will be hopeless. It’s when we keep our eyes on the things that are not seen that we have hope. We MUST keep our eyes on His Word and promises. That is the ONLY answer.
I will be sharing more on this in 2024. It will be a year we must focus on what we don’t see.
Another thing the Lord put on my heart this Christmas is to be praying for all the little children that will not have a Christmas. At Christmas we think about the little ones. They are full of wonder and with childlike faith believe. But so many are in homes where addicted, violent adults live. Many are caught up in sex trafficking and can’t even imagine what a merry Christmas is. Some kids are runaways and lost without hope. Take time to pray for these little ones. Take authority over the enemy that has these little ones in bondage. Pray they will see the face of Jesus somewhere, somehow and know there is hope for them. All of us praying together will bring results! That is a promise of God.
At the same time, enjoy every minute with your family. Be a light in this dark world. Be full of hope and bless those around you with His love. Don’t ever take time together for granted. Cherish His blessings and have a heart full of gratitude and thanksgiving. Let those who are hopeless see your faith and hope so that they will want what you have. Be ready, prepared to answer the Lord, “Yes, Lord. Here I am, as Your servant, I accept whatever You have for me. May everything You have told me come to pass.”
Have a wonderful time with loved ones and if you are alone, give us a call! Our doors are always open, we answer our calls (even numbers we don’t know😊)
We are so blessed to have all you wonderful friends and we thank the Lord for each of you.
Blessings and love in the Lord Jesus to each of you!