Happy Friday, my fearless friends! Can you believe that Christmas is Monday!? I still don’t think it has hit me yet, but it definitely will Sunday! It’s been a few weeks since I have had time to sit down and write one of these posts, but I sure am glad that it happened today. I am also glad to have you still here with me and joining me for a coffee date in spite of my hiatus, so thanks! I have been a bit busy these last few weeks with my new job since my LifeWay store closed and I lost my job. I still miss it every day, but God is still faithful!
Amidst all of the hustle and bustle that Christmas often brings, I can’t help but sit and reflect on why and Who we are celebrating. When Jesus was born, God gave us the greatest gift of all. At Christmas, we often hear the song “Emmanuel” played, but have you ever stepped back and actually let the words of that song penetrate your heart? Emmanuel translates to “God With Us”. Through Jesus birth, God gave us His son. When we believe in Jesus and His birth, He dwells with us in our hearts. God’s presence becomes something we fully realize when we become Christians. He dwells WITH us. Not beside us, in front of us, behind us, but WITH us, in our hearts. The very central aspect of who we are. God becomes the central aspect and focus of our lives as well. See, we are imperfect, flawed humans and we will never measure up to a perfect, sinless, flawless Holy God. Yet, He still chooses to makes US His dwelling place.
Instead of dwelling in Heaven and wanting nothing to do with us, He came down to us, offered Himself as sacrifice, so that He can dwell here with us, because that’s how much He loves and cares for us. I don’t know about you, but this just makes me weak in the knees. I can’t–and probably never will–fathom the vast love of our Savior. No person on this earth–no matter how much they love you–will match up with how much Christ loves us. From His birth, to His death, to His resurrection, He did all of that to dwell with us.
Christmas makes us more aware of Christ and His sacrifice, but can you imagine how different this world would be if we kept that same mindset throughout the entire year? We only treat people differently and are usually on our best behavior at Christmas. How much different it would be if our hearts maintained the same awareness all year round. I believe we’d start actually seeing people like Jesus because we’d be putting our own selfish ambitions aside. I love this time of year because of what it represents, but also because it’s a reminder for us how our mindset should be continually centered on Jesus–not just one season out of the year. Presents, trees, decorations, and lights are all lovely to experience, but they pale in comparison to Jesus and the love that was shown from His birth.
- This was the first year that my husband and I have had “Friendsgiving” and “Friendsmas” at our house and they were so much fun! I think this will easily become one of our Holiday traditions!
- I have decided to pursue online education through another program that better suits my current educational needs for what I am trying to do. I am really excited about it! Education for me has been a roller coaster ride, so I am hoping that with these other courses I can finally get some balance and knowledge that I can actually use for my career.
- Last weekend, hubby and I hosted a dear friend of my husband who was his roommate in college! This time last year, we were at his wedding!
- A few years ago, my husband and I started a tradition of going to see the new Star Wars movies on Christmas Eve when there’s no one at the theater! Needless to say, that’s what we will be doing Sunday after church! We are excited.
- I finished both of my classes this semester with B’s when I thought I failed, so that was a pleasant surprise! I am thankful to have made it through!
As Christmas rapidly approaches us, I am remembering the reason for the song “O Come Let Us Adore Him”. He is Lord of all the earth, and by Him and through Him, all things hold together (Psalm 24:1 & Colossians 1:17).
We adore Him because He is the author and creator of it all. He sustains and maintains everything. He knows every detail about us–how many hairs are on our heads, to what we will become. He knows it all. He is King of all the earth (Psalm 47:7). When you truly think about this, there is nothing that happens today, or that will happen in the future that God doesn’t already know. He orchestrated everything, and spoke it all into existence. It is absolutely magnificent! Awe inspiring that the Jesus of the Bible is over everything, and loves me. That tiny baby that was born in a manger–God orchestrated even that! There isn’t a minute detail that God doesn’t know or plan out.
When we really stop to think about this, it is truly the most amazing thing. It is something that gives me so much peace, knowing that I’m not in control of things. However, it is also a daily lesson because I often want to control things because I am selfish. The journey to becoming selfless and relying totally on Christ is a hard one, but one that reaps an eternal reward. This Christmas, we need to remember that God is over all things, and that this wonderful season–in spite of all the chaos it often brings–is one where we put at the forefront of our minds that Christ dwells among us, and that He was born to save us. We adore Him because He is worthy! He goes before us, guides us, helps us, and loves us. He is worth of all our affection, praise, and love.
Please be encouraged today friend, about the true reason for this incredible season! And make it a priority to put Him in the forefront of your heart and mind–this season, but also throughout the rest of the year.
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Q 4 U:
What is your favorite part of Christmas?
My favorite part is getting together with family and reflecting on Jesus birth!