Merry Christmas my dear sisters-
This morning I celebrated my last Christmas morning with my kids. It was bittersweet. I know they have to grow up, make their own mistakes, and work towards providing for the next generation. But my heart was still sad that these moments we have shared together will change forever.
I have loved every moment of being a mom and am so glad God blessed me with my boys. He knew exactly what He was doing when He blessed me. Being a parent is the most challenging thing I have ever done or will do in my lifetime. With it comes love and sorrow because I can't make decisions for my kids, they have to do it on their own.
That's how Jesus feels about us. He gave up a kingdom, fame and fortune for poverty, being homeless and the crucifixion. Condemned by men but loved by His Father. Jesus walked from place to place, gave all He had and then paid the ultimate price, His life for ours. Today, I am really thinking about His life and His gift. Just think, no matter how valuable the gift that is given today, it will never match the treasure His birth and death gave this world.
As my sons grow, I hope they hold this in their heart. I hope they look back and every Christmas they think about Jesus and with all my heart I pray they love Him as much as I do. Every day for me is a reminder that my Savior loved me more than His own life. His sacrifice is my eternal gift. There are no words I could write today that would even represent how I feel about my Father. I can't see Him but I feel Him and I can read about Him and I can reach out to Him in prayer and thank Him for His birth and His death. He gave more than we will ever give. He gave up fame, fortune and esteem for spite, anger and cruelty. We don't have to guess what He went through because it is all written and still His last words recorded were for us. In those last hours, He cried out, "Father forgive them because they know not what they do."
This is what I hold on to today. I also hold the hope that my children will pass this to their children and that they will know Him and love Him with all their hearts and minds. It's my prayer for this year that God would touch the hearts of men and that on bended knee we would worship our Savior. Please stand with me in prayer as we approach 2015 calling for God's peace on earth and forgiveness for the sins of all men. We are one my sisters and together we can change the world with our Lord as guide and Savior.
If you have been reading this blog then you know my heart. I have been feeling for sometime that I am supposed to write a book. If you are willing, please pray that God would provide me direction on what to do. I don't want to write just to write. I want to glorify Him. So if He prompts you, consider sending a word up so that I can hear clearly. Everything I am is for Him. May God bless you and keep you as you seek Him. Merry Christmas and thank you for spending time with me and Jesus.
Two other men, both criminals, were also led out with him to be executed. When they came to the place called the Skull, they crucified him there, along with the criminals—one on his right, the other on his left. Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” And they divided up his clothes by casting lots. The people stood watching, and the rulers even sneered at him. They said, “He saved others; let him save himself if he is God’s Messiah, the Chosen One.” The soldiers also came up and mocked him. They offered him wine vinegar and said, “If you are the king of the Jews, save yourself.” There was a written notice above him, which read: THIS IS THE KING OF THE JEWS. One of the criminals who hung there hurled insults at him: “Aren’t you the Messiah? Save yourself and us!” But the other criminal rebuked him. “Don’t you fear God,” he said, “since you are under the same sentence? We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong.” Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom. ” Jesus answered him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.” (Luke 23:32-43 NIV)
What woman are you today? Are you someone that can't fathom that God is real or do you believe He sacrificed Himself for you? I pray that through this Scripture you will see the power of the cross and of the man that hung on it. He didn't save Himself for He knew to do so would mean eternal ruin for us all.
I pray that eyes would be turned and hearts would be filled with the man that fulfilled a prophesy for all men. If you are reading this today, Christ wants you to call on Him in prayer. Humble yourself before Him and ask Him to forgive you. He will, just as He did on the cross. He's only a call away! Merry Christmas and Happy Birthday Lord Jesus!