December 6, 2018

A White Christmas and Merry Christmas!


I have read multiple blog posts recently and talked to people in the lines at the stores and I hear a constant theme from those around me. Everyone is too busy during the Christmas season. They talk about the need to slow things down but most of the time they don’t because it is difficult and they don’t know how. 

I am going to set a good example of taking things off our to-do lists by taking something off of mine. I am taking a break from posting on Devotions from the Heart until the first of the year.

In all the hustle and bustle of the Christmas season, if we don’t intentionally take time to slow down and be still, Christmas will pass by in a flurry of activity, and not enough Nativity. Will we take the time to pause and with awe remember the miracle of Christ’s birth?  Will we make the time to rejoice in knowing God’s plan to come to earth in the person of His only Beloved Son Jesus, was for me…and for you? 
 

For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. ~ Luke 2:11-12 KJV


Pictured above is our house on Christmas Eve 2009. It was our first year in this house and after 25 years in Houston where snow was an extreme rarity, we were delighted with a light snowfall on Christmas Eve in our new north Texas home. I thought it was a perfect picture to leave with my last post for a while. 

I can still remember our daughter taking her tripod outside on that cold evening when the wind chill was about twenty degrees and a very cold wind was blowing, but in her excitement over having a white Christmas, she was determined to get this picture taken and she did a great job.

From my home to yours, with all our Christmas lights aglow, I pray for you a wonderfully blessed and merry Christmas! 


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December 4, 2018

Faith That Grows At Christmas

There was a lady in my Sunday school class years ago whose ex-husband was in jail and she was severely struggling financially to provide for her two sons. I saw Melinda wrestle with her faith to trust God to take care of them.

I often encouraged her because I sincerely believed God would meet her needs and provide for her and her two boys. She would tell me that she wanted to trust God but the whole situation just looked so impossible.

One Sunday she came in especially discouraged because a car repair had emptied out her checkbook and she desperately needed groceries. What she didn’t know was that we had already decided to fill her pantry and every lady in our class had brought in a bag of grocery items and we had hid them in the classroom closet. We were able to surprise her with this blessing of groceries and see the joy on her face when she saw what we had done for her family.

We definitely saw her faith begin to grow after that. She still struggled but now she would say, “I know God will provide!”

At Christmas she worried she would not be able to buy any presents for the boys, but what she didn’t know was that several men in our church had taken on the project of collecting money to buy two bikes and other presents for these young boys. Melinda was right. She didn’t have enough money to buy gifts that year. But she didn’t have to because they were bought by others in our church who knew she was in a very difficult situation and wanted her boys to have a good Christmas.

When I urge someone to trust God and to have faith that He will see them through a difficult circumstance, these are not empty words. They are words to live by because I have seen God grow my own faith and trust in Him throughout the days and years of my life, and because I have witnessed it in the lives of others who have also seen God work in amazing ways to demonstrate His loving care for them. 

Philippians 4:19 And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.


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