God’s Gift

It’s the time of year when we are more aware of God’s gifts to us.  I’m working on being more conscious of them year round, but this is definitely the time of year a lot of people take a minute and reflect.  Between Thanksgiving, Christmas, and the end of the year, it is a time to look back at everything that has happened and think and dream about what lies ahead.

1 Thessalonians 5:18

18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

I think part of the reason I’m more aware this year is several of our long-time prayers have been being answered lately.  They weren’t necessarily answered in the way we wanted or expected, but God is definitely moving in big ways in our lives lately.  I also have experienced some personal growth (I hope!) and am working hard to translate that growth and learning into my everyday life and interactions.  Only my family could answer whether or not I have succeeded, but I remain hopeful.  If I don’t get it right away, with time and through God’s help, I will eventually get there.  I will become more like the person God created me to be.  I will be more like the person He intended before sin entered this world.  I pray I always am working to become her.

1 John 1:9

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.

Copyright RosesatDawn 2019
Copyright RosesatDawn 2019

I love the Christmas season.  It is my absolute favorite time of year.  While I enjoy all parts of the year for different reasons, there is just something about Christmas that warms my soul.  The smells.  The wonder.  The snow.  The anticipation.  The birth of Jesus.  My continued realization of what He actually did for me all contribute to make this a very special time of year.

John 3:16-17

16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.

I know this can be a very busy time of year for a lot of people.  We are taking a large chunk of this month off from school.  Well, not totally.  Just a lighter schedule.  It helps me out because our kids always want to make presents for each other and this will give me the dedicated time to help focus on helping them without feeling like we have to also get x, y, and z done!  Anytime we can have less stress is a good idea in my book.  Less stress means more time to focus on what is really important.  After all, that was the whole point of this post.  Let’s remember to focus on what’s really important this season.

Isaiah 9:6

For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given,
and the government will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

 

May you all have a very Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

It’s almost Christmas. I just realized today, that there are FOUR days left!! I absolutely love Christmas. I love just about (except for the traffic!) everything. The feelings, the smells, the snow, and most importantly, the reason for the season, Jesus. A long time ago, in a little, itty, bitty, town God choose a young woman to be the mother of His Son. I can only admire Mary’s reaction to God’s request.

Luke 1:38

38 Mary answered, “I am the Lord’s servant. Let everything you’ve said happen to me.”

 Granted, she was a little confused and had a very reasonable question to ask.

Luke 1:29

29 She was startled by what the angel said and tried to figure out what this greeting meant.

Luke 1:34

34 Mary asked the angel, “How can this be? I’m a virgin.”

But that was it. After her initial, completely understandable reaction, she told God, yes. I can honestly say that I do not have that reaction when God asks me to do something. I’m the one saying, ok, but… I want to work on being more like Mary. No hesitation. Once she finds out what it is God wants, and hears that He will handle the logistics, she simply says, ok. Let’s do this. Wow. Just wow. What an inspiration. Never mind the fact that she carried, in her womb, God’s one and only Son. The Savior of the entire world. Forget all that. Forget the fact that she was a virgin, forget that she wasn’t married, forget all the ways it shouldn’t have been possible for this to happen. She simply said “I am the Lord’s servant.”

Are we the Lord’s servants? Do we do what is asked of us without hesitation? Well, at least we have a patient God who has been proven time and again to be patient with His Chosen people. Otherwise, I would be in trouble. I am resistant to change. I don’t like being told when I am doing something wrong. I don’t like to have to correct a wrong behavior. I am working on changing this. But it’s an immediate reaction from me to deny, resist, and otherwise say, “Nope, I’m good. I’m not doing that.” It’s a painful lesson to learn. I can only hope and pray to someday be like Mary. I can only pray to someday be as immediately accepting of His will for my life. May we all reach that point. God Bless everyone on this most special time of year and have a wonderful, and very Merry Christmas!!!

Luke 1:26-38

26 Six months after Elizabeth had become pregnant, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a city in Galilee. 27 The angel went to a virgin promised in marriage to a descendant of David named Joseph. The virgin’s name was Mary.

28 When the angel entered her home, he greeted her and said, “You are favored by the Lord! The Lord is with you.”

29 She was startled by what the angel said and tried to figure out what this greeting meant.

30 The angel told her,

“Don’t be afraid, Mary. You have found favor[a] with God.
31 You will become pregnant, give birth to a son,
and name him Jesus.
32 He will be a great man
and will be called the Son of the Most High.
The Lord God will give him
the throne of his ancestor David.
33 Your son will be king of Jacob’s people forever,
and his kingdom will never end.”

34 Mary asked the angel, “How can this be? I’m a virgin.”

35 The angel answered her, “The Holy Spirit will come to you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. Therefore, the holy child developing inside you will be called the Son of God.

36 “Elizabeth, your relative, is six months pregnant with a son in her old age. People said she couldn’t have a child. 37 But nothing is impossible for God.”

38 Mary answered, “I am the Lord’s servant. Let everything you’ve said happen to me.”

Then the angel left her.

 

Copyright 2018 RosesatDawn
Copyright 2018 RosesatDawn

A Cookie Cutter Christmas

peacepinHow are your Christmas preparations coming along? Tree set up? Decorations placed around the house? Presents wrapped? Yeah, not here. We don’t have our tree yet. There aren’t many decorations, besides the occasional cut-out snowflake, and I haven’t even started wrapping. This is unusual for us. We usually have the tree up and decorated a good two weeks or so before Christmas. The house usually has some decorations placed out and since I love wrapping presents, I have usually at least started. But not this year. This year has been different. It hasn’t been intentional, but for one reason and then another, things have been put off until later.

I have to admit, the kids are kind of freaking out…ok, it’s mostly A. But that’s really only because she likes to know when things are going to be done. She has been this way since she was little. If we told her one thing, and then plans changed, OH BOY, meltdowns ensued. But now that we are down to the wire, she is really anxious about when things are going to be done. On one hand it’s fine, I’m calling it a life lesson. We are trying to help her see that life doesn’t always go the way we want it to. It doesn’t even always go the way we planned! But everything will work out in the end. Because one way or another, Christmas will get here. No matter what we do, or don’t do, Christmas will still come.

And I think maybe that is the whole point. No matter what we do, no matter what life throws at us, Jesus still comes. He is still born. He still saves us from eternal damnation. And we still get to live with Him and God in Heaven forever. And what an incredibly powerful message. No matter where we are in life, Jesus still comes. He still meets us wherever we are. And He still, always and forever, calls us home to Him.

Merry Christmas everyone!

May your Christmas be filled with the love and light of Jesus Christ, Our Savior!

Isaiah 9:6

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given,

and the government will be on his shoulders.

And he will be called

Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,

Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.