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Merry Christmas!

A very merry and joyful Christmas to all of my readers & your families! 

May you know more truly the love Jesus has for you and know the deep peace that He brings! In whatever trials and joys are currently in our lives or coming soon, let’s lean on Him always. Thank You, Jesus, for coming to save us!

“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. Of the greatness of His government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the LORD Almighty will accomplish this.”~Isaiah 9:6-7
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Reflecting on Christmas and Gifts

“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.”~James 1:17

This time of year we celebrate the greatest, most perfect gift the world has ever seen: Jesus Christ! God the Father sent us His only Son as a gift. Jesus Christ coming as a human being enabled us to have a personal relationship with God, a more intimate relationship. All along the Father knew that His Son would suffer a horrific death. He sacrificed His only Son for wretched human beings! But He knew that this would bring salvation for His children. The gift of relationship with Jesus Christ is one that can’t be beat. And the gift of salvation? It’s an eternal gift!

I have asked for many gifts throughout my lifetime. In this post I am thinking specifically of gifts that I have asked of my Heavenly Father. Some gifts I have asked for years, but they are not gifts He has seen fit to give me–at least not yet. Instead, He’s given me many other gifts–gifts that have blessed my life abundantly and made my heart full.

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I have an amazing roommate. I am a hugely independent person. If one year ago you would have told me I’d be sharing a house, I wouldn’t have believed you. Having a companion to share life with has been one of the biggest blessings of this year. Especially a roommate that God truly chose and made it clear to us that this was an open door from Him. Our temperaments and our vision for life are so alike.christmas-party-cute

I have Benny, an amazingly affectionate kitty. I was “maybe” going to get a cat. Then he put his paw on my arm and looked up at me. So he came home with me. Never in my life have I met a cat like him. I am so grateful he is mine to care for and love. Every day he provides laughter to us with his antics.The Lord knew I needed him.benny-cuddle-2

The Heavenly Father has given me a job that allows me to interact with my brothers and sisters from around the world daily–one of my greatest joys. And this year, He gave me the long-awaited opportunity to travel across the world!

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I could go on and on. The thing is, what I’ve noticed is that nearly all of these gifts were unexpected. They weren’t what I prayed for, but they were still answered prayers. I didn’t ask for these gifts, but I needed them greatly. And I am so grateful. My heart is happy and full.

What great gifts from our Father are we not seeing because we’re simply focused on the ones we don’t have?

Our Father is a good, good Father!

A Great Article For Christmas

Merry Christmas, dear friends!

During this Christmas season, I pray that you have been able to grow even closer to the heart of Jesus.  I hope that you have been able to soak in the depth of His love for you and come to an even greater realization of that love. I came across a great post recently. All of us have deep desires within our heart. Yet, we are never totally satisfied, even once these desires come to pass. Check out this post about Christmas being  the fulfillment of our deepest desires. I hope it will resonate with you as it did with me!

 

The Innkeeper and Us.

“The Lord is knocking at the door of our hearts. Have we put a sign on the door saying “do not disturb?”~Pope Francis

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I often think of the innkeeper who turned away Mary and Joseph, and the still unborn Jesus. It’s easy to criticize him in our minds. How could someone turn down a woman in labor and send her to a stable in wintertime to give birth? Yet so often we resemble the innkeeper. Jesus is knocking on the door of our hearts. We open the door just a crack, but not all the way. We want to hide certain rooms from Him. We keep the door shut when we want to continue pursuing our own sin and disobedience. Quietly He stands and knocks, waiting for us to the open the door. Jesus pursues us relentlessly. Are you listening, and are you willing to open the door of your heart?

“Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with Me.”~Revelation 3:20

 

 

To Be A Christmas People

“It’s the most wonderful time of the year,” a famous song quips. People are running to and fro, putting on celebrations and buying gifts. They are signing and sending off Christmas cards with cheery messages. All of a sudden, generosity is rampant. Everyone seems to be giving to charity (some to get tax deductions–but that’s another story) or grabbing a tag from the giving tree to give to an anonymous person in need. Small and large acts of kindness are all over the news. But what happens after Christmas? What happens after the Christmas service, after all the gifts have been unwrapped, the dishes are done, and the decorations are tucked away in boxes?

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Obviously the Christmas season is extra special–it should leave us breathless that our Savior came in the form of a baby, born in a stable, in order to redeem humanity! The day of His birth changed the course of history forever. The celebration of Christmas is no ordinary day. Yet it seems that society doesn’t focus a lot on virtue and charity, except during the Christmas season.  For Christians, this is not the way to think. We are called to be a Christmas people always. We are called to spread joy and hope every day. That it is not the Christmas season does not give an excuse to be less generous or charitable. Every season should be a time of seeking goodness in our lives. The way we act at Christmas should be the way we are always striving to follow.

Pray for the strength to be a person who is always carrying the spirit of Christmas to the world. This is my wish for you, that you may carry the joy of Christmas into 2015 and beyond!

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A Merry and Blessed Christmas!

A merry and blessed Christmas! May Jesus grant you & your loved ones peace today and always! I pray that you always know His infinite goodness!

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“The people walking in darkness
    have seen a great light;
on those living in the land of deep darkness
    a light has dawned.
You have enlarged the nation
    and increased their joy;
they rejoice before you
    as people rejoice at the harvest,
as warriors rejoice
    when dividing the plunder.
For as in the day of Midian’s defeat,
    you have shattered
the yoke that burdens them,
    the bar across their shoulders,
    the rod of their oppressor.
Every warrior’s boot used in battle
    and every garment rolled in blood
will be destined for burning,
    will be fuel for the fire.
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.
Of the greatness of his government and peace
    there will be no end.
He will reign on David’s throne
    and over his kingdom,
establishing and upholding it
    with justice and righteousness
    from that time on and forever.
The zeal of the Lord Almighty
    will accomplish this.”

~Isaiah 9:2-7

7 Quick Takes-Staying Healthy & Praying for Peace

I decided to hop on the 7 Quick Takes bandwagon this week! It will probably not be every week, but I’m happy to share with you some thoughts about staying healthy, peace, and Christmas this Friday!

1. Today was my last day of work–I’ll be off all of next week and able to celebrate Christmas with my family! What a gift that will be. I’m ready to re-charge my batteries and spend quality time with people I love, while also celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ! I hope that you are also able to have some time re-charge, and most of all, simply reflect on Christ!

2. I am loving the On Guard® blend! doterra on guard (photo copyright of
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Each morning I’ve been rubbing a little on before work. It smells so pleasant, being a blend of wild orange, cloves, cinnamon, eucalyptus, and rosemary! It’s very soothing, along with its powerful immune-system boosting properties. I credit it (along with other factors) with helping me stay healthy–it seems that nearly everyone at my office have battled sickness, but I’m still standing strong! (Thank You, God!)

3. It’s difficult to eat healthy around the holidays. It seems that celebration always = a lot of sugar. Excess sugar is not good for your immune system. Remember, moderation is key! Being careful about your sugar intake can help keep your immune system strong. Also, drink lots of water with sweets–it will help clear out the sugar from your system.

4. Look for the next post in my wellness series this weekend! It will focus on mental/emotional wellness. I posted the spiritual wellness post earlier in the week. The physical wellness post will come after Christmas. I hope that this series, though the posts may seem basic in some aspects, can help people live a life of greater wellness!

5. Pray, pray for the world, my friends. Fast if you can. There is so much violence and hatred. I’m not going to link to any news stories, because I’m sure you’ve heard some of them. It is more important now than ever that we turn to prayer. We cannot change hearts; only God can. Trust that by your prayers you are helping to bring about peace in some way.

6.  Personally, I like the peace prayer of St. Francis. Gandhi wisely quipped that we should, “become the change you wish to see in the world.” By being people that carry Christ in our hearts to the world, we can help to bring about greater peace. Create a sanctuary of peace in your heart, a manger, that always holds Christ. In this way, you will bring His peace to those around you.

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7. Are you ready for Christmas? It is coming so quickly! More than ever, this world needs our Savior! As you wrap gifts and sign cards, don’t forget to make room in your heart for Him. After all, the birth of Baby Jesus is what we celebrate!