Happy Birthday, Jesus!
May you enjoy a Blessed and Merry Christmas!
We love our manger scene we display at Christmas. Each year as we unwrap it, we actually think about that night that Jesus was born. Of course, there is much emphasis on Mary, the mother of Jesus. She was a chosen virgin to carry the son of God and she did so with such grace and obedience. However, on this particular morning in our home, God wanted to put some emphasis on baby Jesus and his dad. Look at the photo and see how the light from the window above in our living room shone brightly on baby Jesus and Joseph only!
It all started with a little baby in a manger, named Jesus. One day, I accepted Jesus into my heart and life has never been the same. As we come upon the celebration of our Savior's birth, it is our prayer that you will reflect at your "re-birth" in Christ. Do you remember where you were? Do you remember what it was that drew you to Him? Do you remember how you felt after? We all need to remember when we became a "child of God."
As we journey through life on this earth, we are going to encounter some "gory" times. However, when God's love interrupts our "gory" and brings in His love, we can STILL feel as though we are going through "gory." Read on to see how this is possible...
Just the mention of the word "GORY" makes me think of unpleasantness. You might say there is a vivid picture of nastiness, bloodiness and simply nothing good. However, it is interesting that when you add one letter to the word "GORY" it changes its WHOLE meaning. Check out what happens when we go from "Gory" to "GLORY!" Thank you God for the "L."
Last week we learned that "Tolerance Does Not Mean Unity." We gave an example that many can relate to with family gatherings. In this example, we are reminded of how in our immediate families, we have numerous opinions that we "tolerate" until we must be true to our beliefs. This is when we feel the pain of not walking in "unity." Today's blog will bring this scenario into a relationship between a man and a woman. Enjoy and explore what you are "tolerating."
A very frequently used word we hear today is "tolerance." Although respecting other's differing opinions and ways is important, we must not be deceived about what tolerance means and how it plays out in our daily lives. In this two-part series, you will be given an example of how tolerance unfolds in our day-to-day lives many times.
Most likely many of us have heard that old saying "Hindsight is 20/20." A clear definition of this saying is: In hindsight things are obvious that were not obvious from the outset; one is able to evaluate past choices more clearly than at the time of the choice. Have you ever made a decision to "have some fun" and then quickly or not so quickly realized it was not the best choice to make? We all have something we wish we could have a "do-over." As you read this blog, stop a second and think who or what is helping you make the best choices for you?
Marriage sometimes can feel like a 'death crawl" with added weight. Ever feel like your spouse is not "carrying their weight?" Could it possibly be they NEED you to "Not Quit on Them?" Are you willing to feel the "burn," "the hurt," ...Marriage is not ALWAYS going to feel good and we must "Not Quit on Me!" God has not QUIT and we MUST NOT QUIT! Invest 5 minutes for a new perspective of marriage!
Can you believe that we are STILL discussing shortcuts from that one little "drop" of the milk into the refrigerator shelf? Part 3 of the shortcut story brings the point home even more! You see our shortcut might be really quick and seem like no big deal; however, the process and developments of trying to "fix" the damage from the shortcut seems to take MUCH longer itself!