Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Saving Birth

The days are getting colder and the threat of snow is in the air. As I have said before, I am not a fan of the cold. If I could have a cordless electric blanket to wrap around me everywhere I went, I would be one happy girl. Take a look at a blog that I wrote at the first of this year and you can see why being cold is a beautiful thing.   http://randomordeep.blogspot.com/2011/02/cold-and-beautiful.html 

Too many times we lock ourselves up in our homes to try and shield ourselves from the cold. Don’t forget that God made this season as well and remember He made everything perfect!

When the cold sets in we start to feel the warmth of the holiday season. The love of friends and family can be found as we gather for sharing and remembering Christmas past. We as adults cling to memories and traditions we grew up with, as if trying to hold on to a bit of our childhood. We try to make new and lasting memories for our children, so they can pass them along to theirs. Yes, this season is by far, my favorite time of year. The cold doesn’t seem to be as bitter during this time.

However, this season does pass and all the decorations get packed up. Friends and family go home and life returns to normal. We remember all the things that were put off doing and we cringe at the thought of shoveling snow. The days are grey and we feel the sun has forgotten how to shine. When it does and we see the rays beaming down through the clouds, we find a smile fall across our face. We look up to allow it to warm our faces and hope that it will penetrate into our inner core. We find ourselves hoping that the warmth will last. When it doesn’t, we slip back into our funk and rush through the cold to find warmth of any kind.

It is easy for us to allow the grey of winter to darken our mood and steal our joy. I find that it is times like these that I have to work even harder to rejoice throughout my day. Everything around me is begging me to focus on the grey in life and take my eyes off of the things in my life I have to be thankful for.

One of my favorite scriptures for this season is…

“And she will have a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” ~ Matthew 1:21 (NLT) 

This scripture gives me something to be thankful for year round. Not just during the Christmas season. His name was to be Jesus, why, to save US from our sins! How AWESOME is that? He saves us daily not just once a year. How wonderful to know that He is there for me whenever I call to Him. He is there day or night, in the middle of a crowd, when it is as loud as can be or in the stillness of quiet. ANYTIME ANYWHERE!

So this is my challenge to you… this winter as Christmas comes to a close, remember why our Lord and Savior came. When the day seems grey, and you can’t find your sun beam to look up to, look up to God and thank Him for His Son. Thank Jesus for laying down His life for YOU! Remember Christmas every day in your heart and practice the joy it brings. Be blessed this holiday season my friends and may you find a sweet peace and rest!

Sunday, November 6, 2011

STOP thief!

Last week was one of those weeks where something really awesome happened and then almost right at the same time something terrible happened.  This happened so many different times last week.  It got to a point where it was almost comical, well maybe not because I wasn’t doing too much laughing.  I would have just a few minutes to enjoy and bask in the wonderful news and then something would come crashing down and find me crying.  I found myself actually saying, “Why is God doing this?  Has He forgotten us and our situation?  Did we do something wrong?”  In the same breath trying to still rejoice in the great news that I just got an hour ago.  This past week has been a struggle to say the least.  There have been so many ups and downs. 

I do not remember what I was doing and where I was when God reminded me of this.  All I can remember is that He reminded me and I’m so very glad He did.  Sitting among people God wanted me to hear Him loud and clear and I did.  He brought this scripture to mind:

“The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.” ~ John 10:10 (NLT)

So what does this scripture have anything to do with the week that I had God?  Well let’s look at exactly what it is telling us.  The thief, being the devil, has come to steal some things from us.  What is he stealing?  We know that stealing belongings will not serve him any purpose.  However, stealing those moments of happiness and excitement will gain him a lot.  If he can cause our joy filled moments to become moments with tears and sadness, it brings him great pleasure.  We start to focus on how things are and that things have gone so wrong instead of life being a gift.  He comes to kill... really?  He tries to kill our bodies?  No!  He wants our love and faith in God to die.  If we allow those moments of joy and happiness to take our eyes off of what God has done for us, our faith slowly dies.  He comes to destroy what has been built up.  When things start to pile up and we start to focus on that, we tend to forget all the things God has done for us and what He continues to do.  Our eyes only see how bad things have gotten and how rotten our lives have become.  We can’t forget what the rest of the scripture says.  It tells us that God’s purpose is to give us a rich and satisfying life.  So when all those wonderful things were happening, it was God showing us that He loves us.  He promises us that our lives will be satisfying.  Starting to question and doubt doesn’t sound like a satisfying and rich life to me.

My challenge for you this week… we all have those moments in our lives.  Have you allowed them to take your eyes off of what God is doing for you and allowed the thief to steal those moments from you?  Remember what His purpose is and that He follows through with His promises.  It is us that don’t follow through with our part.  It’s time to get back up and dust the dirt off and say “GET BACK SATAN!”