Good morning all-
Well I don't know about all of you but I'm already exhausted and the 25th isn't even here yet. Last night, my husband's dad and all the kids got together for a wonderful celebration filled with laughter, crying and a ton of eating. The crying was the 11 month old because he wanted to pull things down. It was a wonderful time filled with lots of memories for the years to come.
After each celebration, I always take time to reflect. Mark still has both of his parents. They seem healthy and they are older than what mine were when they died. And even though they seem okay today, I know that tomorrow could bring another story. So with each moment and each bit of laughter I hold it close and remind myself that this world is for a moment and that each memory carries the next generation on. I hope our kids will see the importance of making memories so that the ones that come after us will spread the love of Jesus and of course, hold onto the memories of the past.
I have wonderful memories especially on today. Today is my birthday and the first thing I thought in my head this morning was, "Happy Birthday Lisa!" My mom would call every birthday, even though I thought it was dumb and sing Happy Birthday whether I wanted her to or not. How I long for those days. But I had my time and now I have all my beautiful memories. I have a husband that loves me and children that honor me and I am part of a huge wonderful family. And most importantly, I have a Heavenly Father that knows the hour I was born, holds my purpose and steers my path. Thank goodness for Jesus!
I hope that as you approach the coming days you will wash away the stress and put a whole lot of Jesus into the mix. He is the reason for the season and although we feel like the work will never get done, the packages will never be wrapped and the food will never be good enough, all of that washes away as we sit still and thank Jesus for His birth.
I hold onto that today and for the life and love He has given me. He loves us and we are loved, not because we deserve it, for we don't, but He loves us anyway. I'm praying that as you hit this blog that you will find Him this season. He is so close if we let Him in. I'm not guaranteeing that all your problems will be solved but I know that when we seek Him, we will find Him.
Isaiah 9:6 NKJV:
For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
My prayer today:
O, Lord, may You light up this world. Show all of us Your majesty and power. Rain down the Holy Spirit on Your people and help us to be the kind of men and women that will serve You. We must have courage in darkness and I'm asking for that today. I pray that people will see Your birth and realize that You are Lord. Many are skeptical and not many call upon You but this is Your season and Your will, so let Your will be done. When You died, You left with us the Holy Spirit. Call upon it in our hearts and make us women that adore You. We want to be faithful with our words, with our actions and in our prayers. Raise up Your people to call upon You in the dark and in the light. There are millions waiting to hear so make us bold and make us honorable. Please forgive us of our sins, for we are a sinful people and replace them with forgiveness. I'm so thankful that I have You in my life and in the life of those that call You Lord. Bring many to this site and to other sites to hear Your word and to experience You in a whole new way. May Your will be done here on earth as it is in heaven. We need a Savior, we need YOU! In Jesus name, AMEN