“The Savior—yes, the Messiah, the Lord—has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David! And you will recognize him by this sign: You will find a baby wrapped snugly in strips of cloth, lying in a manger.” Suddenly, the angel was joined by a vast host of others—the armies of heaven—praising God and saying, “Glory to God in highest heaven, and peace on earth to those with whom God is pleased.”” Luke 2:11-14 NLT
When are we going to realize that this life we live is not up to us? When will we begin to understand our lives are not our own that our very steps are ordered by God Himself? If God knew us before we were even formed, then He knows the plans He has for each step of our journey, if only we would wake at dawn with outstretched hands toward heaven in complete surrender, then just maybe we could move so freely in Him it would blow our minds. Yes, our King of Kings was born in a stable. Yes He was wrapped in cloth and laid to sleep in a manager. Yes it was cold. Yes it was humble. Yes it seemed all so unworthy for the Savior of the world. But He came to save.
Let us take a step back and realize it is not about the baby and His meek birth, it is about God coming to this earth. A God who loves us unconditionally EVERYDAY and no matter what mischief we have gotten ourselves into. He waits each day at the setting of the sun with arms open wide to hold us close. He watches as we look past at times what He has done. He longs for us to seek Him daily, to be sought out in the middle of our busy lives. He waits, patiently. Why can’t we see that He will not leave us in our mess? Why do we fail to notice that He picks us up and dusts us off every time we fall? His love knows no end.
We will forever visit that manger. We will be humbled by its power. However, we need to see past it and into what this birth really was. It was proclaimed years before it happened. God knew us, therefore, He knew we would need a Savior. He KNEW we would need to be loved. He KNEW we needed to be rescued from this tormented world. He knew. He knew. He knew. I want to get this so ingrained in my spirit that I cannot hear anything else. I want others to know this same truth. He came as an infant but He was always God.
God came to save the world. He came to show us the ultimate gift, the gift of salvation. The gift which only needs to be given once. The grace gift of salvation is sufficient to cover a multitude of sins. Why can we not see God in that manger instead of a child shivering in the cold? We seem to put so much emphasis on giving material things during this holiday season. Spending money we don’t have. Giving gifts until it hurts. Buying things we know are not really of value. Why not just give Jesus? The ultimate gift of grace and salvation, the only gift that truly keeps giving and it fits everyone’s needs. The gift of God Himself to a broken world.
I pray this Christmas season that I can stop seeing the baby in the manger and just see God. I want to just be myself this Christmas and being all about Jesus is just that. I am nothing without Him. If He had not come, I would have no reason to exist for I would just be this bitter, hopeless person, unable to give light to anyone. I long for the day when this world finally gets just who Jesus is. I await the moment when all earth bows for they have come to see God in His fullness. Just like Martin Luther King, I have a dream……
Peace be with all of you during this Christmas season. After all of the hustle and bustle I want us all to just rest. Yes, sit and rest. Close our eyes and see God. To quiet our souls and breathe. To manage to get our flesh to settle down and see what God has done for us through the birth of Jesus. My dream of unity would be so simple if we could all see that God is love and love is all we need. We were commanded by Jesus to love. It is so simple. Love was born in that manger some 2,000 years ago, not just a baby. Salvation was born to an unsuspecting couple, ordinary people, therefore it is also for those who seem unimportant. Let me assure you, you are important and you matter to God. Because He loves you, He sent Jesus.
This world is nothing without God. This world cannot offer peace or joy. It cannot offer salvation or hope. Only God can save us. Only God can give us the peace we need daily, so my dream is simple: Choose to Love. Choose to love your neighbor. Choose to love yourself. Choose to love the life you have been given and be content in what God has given to you. For it will be through love that others will see the Light, the Light they should see when they gaze upon the manger.
Yes, each of us will give a personal account to God.
I thought I would bring some of my faithful friends with me here today to help me give an account of my life. They know me inside and out and have seen me go through some stuff, I figured they could help fill in the blanks for the things I just can’t remember. What? You don’t want them here? But they have some really good stories about me.
When we die and go to heaven we will stand in account of the life we chose to live with our free will. Our family and friends will not be standing beside us, helping us out. Neither will any of our enemies or so called friends be there to point fingers or lay judgement about the things we did in our life. So with that being said, why do we take to heart so many of the things people say about us or our lives? Why do we choose to be hurt or confused with the things they have to offer? Perhaps we need to examine this a bit further as I am not saying to not seek friends and family for advice, I am merely giving caution to not take on any unnecessary offenses.
Sometimes we get these major things that come up in our lives and we begin to seek counsel. Sometimes we seek God first and trust what He says, but other times we just ask around. In some instances we seek God and then we need to “feel” around to see if it lines up with what others think. In any situation or choice we make in life, it will boil down to this very thing: You will have to give your OWN account for your life. You can not rely on anyone else to give your testimony. You will not be able to say that Susie made you do what you did. You will stand before God alone.
When we choose to seek God for the answers to our life issues and rely on the answers He gives, we find peace. There is no turmoil or tossing and turning, we know beyond the shadow of a doubt God has all the answers. When we start searching out others over and over again we bring confusion into our situation and this is where things can get a bit messy. We begin to doubt God and blamie others, often taking on offenses we were never meant to carry.
An perfect example of this is when John and I first met. We did not understand what God was up to. I was seeking God for a solution to my marital status and John was praying for a wife, little did either of us know, God had a plan already in motion. When friends of ours from revival asked if we were an “item” we just laughed. Then John asked me to dinner and my spirit said yes before my flesh could even butt in. Then God did something to change both of our hearts and we found a true love which was difficult for either of us to accept. So, for two weeks straight, every day we surrendered our emotions to God. We spoke to a million different people and got so confused in the process we wanted to run away.
Finally God showed us we were meant to be together and we have been at peace over this union ever since. My point in all of this is that we sought God and He was the final answer. We took out the equation of others thoughts and opinions which stopped the confusion and allowed us to focus solely on God. Peace came because now we can stand before God and give account for our situation knowing we sought after Him and not the counsel of those around us. When we finally began to accept what God was doing, we could move forward in the plans He had for us.
He fills my life with good things. My youth is renewed like the eagle’s!
Where is your inner child hidden? Is it buried so far inside of your spirit that it no longer knows the way out? It’s like the little piece of my heart no one wants to expose for fear of being hurt. It’s like the stone we just never want to over turn in the river for fear of getting hurt. My little girl has been hiding for so long. I used to be filled with uncontainable joy. I loved to dance and to run. I love to just throw my arms up in an empty field and just be free. I loved being the center of attention sometimes with my unique personality. How did I lose this part of me? What has hindered this in me? Why have I not been able to be free like I once was? Fear. Stolen joy. Being hurt by love. Being ignored. Playing the part of the victim for far too long, that’s what happened.
Remember when I said God will often give us what we need before what we want? This morning was another prime example. Let me set the scene for you. Two days ago God allowed me to give a man a piece of my heart that I thought I would just keep buried forever. I was refusing to be hurt by anyone ever again. I had let go of the pain and freed myself from self-pity but I was not ready to let anyone love me again. I was one scared little girl giving that part of me up. I was trusting God do much in that moment of time, little did I know what He had in store for me once I just let go.
This morning as coffee is brewing and I am contemplating how this day will pan out, John takes me in his arms and dances with me ever so gently. I am uneasy as I feel a weakness come over me. I hold back in fear on not being able to dance well. Then in a sudden moment as he is singing to my soul and drinking in my spirit through his eyes, he grabs my face and pours in to me more love than I could have ever imagined. As he holds my face to his he begins to speak to that little girl in me, “Come to Life! Come to Life! Come back to Me.”
God was speaking to me through this amazing man of God and I was finally able to let go of the fear and let joy come back. Since this man, John, has been in my life, I have become so free in love. I thought I would never attain this level of love again in this lifetime. I had been content to spend the rest of my life just seeking God and not being loved back by any human being like God loves me. This morning in a moment of dancing and a calling back to life, I let go, I let it ALL go and as I poured out my tears, God filled me with more love than I could handle.
I feel free again. As I was rendered speechless on that kitchen dance floor this morning I am able to dance in the rain again. I am able to be who God created me to be and in the process so is John. What happened this morning was truly a God moment for both of us, for you see, there is a little boy in John that needs the same love and acceptance that my little girl does and I intend with the power of God in me to call him back to life as well.
Are you ready to let your inner child come out? Will you allow God to give you what you need before your wants?
Send out your light and your truth; let them guide me. Let them lead me to your holy mountain, to the place where you live.
Today was one of those days when loneliness crept into my spirit. It is a nasty little bug that begins to bug you. You see couples everywhere and families doing family things and here you are, alone. No husband to hang out with while the kids are all grown and doing their own thing. I am I this position because of my own choices, however, sometimes it just get s to me. As I attempted to make plans for my first day of vacation, I came up empty and soon I would see that it was for a purpose. A purpose God had set up for me already. A deep calling to deep. A moment in today that God wanted to spend just with me and even though I was close to tears at some points, God was calling to His quiet place.
So, I set out on a journey at the edge of the woods. Fourteen minutes into the adventure my body was asking all sorts of questions. What are we doing? I am not stepping another foot. It’s too hot. Did you see the steepness of the dunes? But another voice was whispering in my ear to come deeper and my spirit man was already way ahead of my flesh; so I pressed into God. I began to cry out questions to what may have seemed to anyone else empty air, but I was talking to my Daddy. Why are you calling me Lord? What do you want to show me today? Is there a lesson in all of this?
Yes, He answered me, be still, be quiet and wait on Me. As I stood I silence and in surrender I heard a small noise just ahead of me. I lifted my head and what appeared in front of me was a fawn. One little fawn. We were both startled in the moment and as I tried to contain my excitement, she ran back to momma and her brother. What joy as I fumbled to get my phone out to take a picture. I was able to take 2 pictures and they ran off up the dune. I stalked them for a few minutes and then I saw what I was lured into the woods to see, the daddy deer appeared, protecting his family. It was such an awesome sight and in that instant, I saw loneliness dissipate and be replaced with a promise of restoration.
How often does one get to stand 30 feet from an entire family of deer? I was so filled with joy I could hardly contain it. As the family ran off into the woods, I knew I would not find them again, yet I felt God was not finished with me yet; so I traveled farther. As I climbed dunes and tripped over roots, I listened for God’s voice. Finally as I reached a ridge like area, God had me turn and take in the view. To my right were treetops and a beautiful landscape of blue sky and just perfectness.
On my left was a ravine.
He spoke this to me as I stood there in perfect peace: I have raised you, shown you the Light. You have climbed the mountains and now you reside with Me in a place of peace. From this moment on you will walk along the ridge, not fearing the drop below you, but eyes focused on Me. No longer will you feel lonely for you are more near Me than ever. I will keep you from falling again if you just focus on Me and seek My joy that I have for you.
And now I know why everyone in my life was busy today…God wanted me all to Himself for just a little while, and I am so happy that He did!
Listen to my voice in the morning, LORD. Each morning I bring my requests to you and wait expectantly.
As I wait in silence, I hear You. As my spirit begins the climb to the mountain top, I feel You. The closer I get to You, the more of Your glory I see. I have tasted of Your goodness and I know You are good. As the aroma of heaven begins to increase, I just spread my wings and soar like the eagle, secure in Your presence. Thank You Father for creating me just as I am so that I may experience fully the magnitude of Your Love, for sometimes it takes all of my senses working together to get me to that place of Perfect Peace In You.
I wrote the above paragraph this morning as I awaited leaving for church. As I sat in silence just waiting to move, God spoke to me in reference to what He has shown me last night during worship. I feel I went to a new level as I stood at the altar in total surrender. Feeling as if I was just climbing the mountain and things were just fading away. Finally at the top I was able to let go and soar like the eagle. It was such an amazing experience.
How did I get to that place? It has taken time. Lots of time. It has taken surrendering myself time after time to seek the things of God. Most of all it took me stepping out of my flesh realm and gliding into the spirit realm, allowing my spirit man to meandering into a moment of peace not understood by many. Getting to the mountain top alone is a blessing but the bliss that comes from opening your wings and soaring is indescribable.
It is in that place of perfect peace that I could clearly hear God speaking life to me. I have not a care of the world for I am lost in Gods perfectness. I LOVE that feeling and I cannot wait until I find myself in that realm again. All it takes is some quiet time and focus…two things I often do not find. I long to be in His presence and it becomes so real while I am there.
It is His desire to spend time with us and standing there in His throne room is a pretty grand place to be if you like peace and joy!