Monday, December 13, 2010
The Gift of Christmas
This morning I was reflecting on our sermon at church. It focused on gift giving and
What that looks like as a believer.
In the past I have always tried to get my children anything and everything on their list.
I felt I was doing my best at making them “happy”. Now as I think about this Christmas
the perfect gift I could give, it becomes much more important.
This holiday season I pray that the gift I’m able to at least show my family would be the amazing gift of salvation. That somehow they will see Christ in me.
Luke 1:50 says: "His mercy goes on from generation to generation, to all who fear him."
This is the most important thing on my heart. What will my children inherit? What about my grandchildren?
It is my desire that they would even know our Lord’s mercy in a greater measure than even I experienced and to know it sooner than I realized it!
This year I pray that each of us realize our true gift! We have been given the gift of eternal life along with the gifts of the spirit, which will cause us to give mercy and grace to others just as Christ has given to us!
May you each be blessed,
Thursday, December 9, 2010
"A diamond is merely a lump of coal that did well under pressure."
This quote really struck a cord in my spirit.
When we think we just can't take any more... Is that the times that
God is truly molding us into the woman of God he created us to be?
Acts 14:22 says:
We must all experience many hardships before we enter the kingdom of God.
It doesn’t say, SOME OF US WILL EXPERIENCE HARDSHIP…. It says ALL
will experience hardships!
The past few weeks have been very hard for so many people that I know. Families have lost loved ones to senseless acts of violence, relational problems, abusive relationships, etc. AND YES…. The people involved in each instance are Christians. So I know that we will all experience hardships. My desire is that we all remain STRONG IN THE LORD. None of us can overcome or endure such things without HIS STRENGTH.
The Lord says that even if we do suffer for doing what is right, we are still blessed.
It is my desire that each of us learn to STAND ON HIS PROMISES and TRUST him with an unfailing love. I have known people in my life that you can just sit back and see the amazing change that is taking place right before your eyes as they turn from that clump of coal into an amazing, sparkling diamond that represents our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!
Hugs and praying for each of you,