I was about to start putting up my Christmas decorations and it's been a crazy kind of day! The kind of day when in the middle of it all I wonder 'what is the point of today?' and then at lunch a read a post like this.
I go to the gym and inspired by my friend Becky, I start the You Version Rediscovering Christmas Plan. I started it at the gym (no point in waiting until tomorrow), and I read about an old lady who worshipped God in the temple... she never left (Luke 2:37). And even though I can't spend all day, every day in the temple, I know that I am the church, and how I long to bring Jesus to others, to my mission field, sometimes it is work, sometimes it is someone's house, Target... wherever God has called me. I fail so much! I wish I was so much better at living out His love....
When I got home, I pulled out this one Santa/Reindeer moving thing... Anyone who tells me that God isn't in Santa & Reindeer just might get a 'what for'... because I see God in that Santa & that silly reindeer. You see, Phyllis got that when she was in the hospital in 1997. She was 4, diagnosed with JRA. December 5, 1997 to be exact. That was a rough few days... and the days ahead. I can't even put it into words. My dad got it for her while she was in hospital. I only left once in the days we were there, to go take a shower. That was such a long time ago... and in the middle of those days, I don't know how I made it... And in that time I wondered... what is the point of all this?
That time seems like a lifetime ago.
I think about this Christmas season and why God has given me such a giving heart. Anyone who knows me knows I'd much rather give than receive. It's because I know what it is to be in want and in need. I know what it is to have and have not. I know. I know what it's like to have a sick child, and a healthy one. I know how our lives can change in an instant.
I also know the love and grace of Jesus Christ, my Lord and Savior. I know it because I've lived all those things. Pastor Chilly asked what was on our lists... Really... nothing. I don't need anything. And that makes me so happy, it fills my heart with joy!
I turned on Pandora to play 'CHRISTmas music' which just was the Hillsong United Channel. Mighty to Save... My God is mighty to save. I don't need a thing. A Lord, A Savior, He came! He came to give us live, to give us peace, to give us Joy. He came so that we could know the greatness of True Love.
It's a crazy thing this holiday season, I see His provision all over it. I see it in coffee mugs, in Santa& Reindeer lighty things, I see it in face, I see it in my life, in my meals, in the daughter that I never deserved. I see it in my home, and plastic window stuff, I see it all over the place. I see it in my friends that I don't deserve. I see Him.
I want to be like that woman. I want to worship all the time. I want to love God so much, that He is all I see!
Join me in the reading plan. Tell me how He's changed your life. Whisper to me a story of His amazing grace and love in your life!