…and may you have a very happy and blessed 2019! My next post will be on Thursday, January 3! See you next year!!
Why Christmas Candy Canes??
To begin with, many of you are probably familiar with the story/legend behind the Christmas candy cane. I hope you will enjoy revisiting it. Also, I did share this with our ladies at church recently, so I hope you all will forgive me for repeating myself.
Continue reading “Christmas Candy Canes”
“And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.”
A Symbol of Christmas
Today we are, indeed, talking about Christmas Angels! You probably know all this but I love to just take some time and think about our awesome God and His wonderful ways!
Angels on Our Trees vs. Real Angels
People are fascinated with angels and we really do not know that much about them. Some go so far as to worship them and put their faith in them instead of in God, Himself. They are a mystery to us. However, God’s Word, the Bible, does speak of angels quite a few times.
On Our Tree
Most of the time, the angels on our Christmas Trees are sweet feminine beautiful little things. They have flowing robes and golden hair under their carefully placed shimmering halos. Some of my very favorite tree ornaments are my sweet little angels.
In God’s Word
In the Bible, they are spoken of as beautiful, glowing creatures, but instead of sweet feminine beautiful little things, they are described more like huge mighty warriors who bring messages and protect God’s people. They are mighty and powerful because God has made them mighty and powerful. They obey His every instruction and, yes, they intervene in our lives when needed. But, God has sent them to take care of us. He still gets the credit because they belong to Him, right?
“Now the angel of the LORD came and sat under the terebinth at Ophrah, which belonged to Joash the Abiezrite, while his son Gideon was beating out wheat in the winepress to hide it from the Midianites. And the angel of the LORD appeared to him and said to him, ‘The LORD is with you, O mighty man of valor.'”
“The angel of the LORD encamps around those who fear
Him,and delivers them.”
“My God sent His angel and shut the lions’ mouths, and they have not harmed me, because I was found blameless before Him; and also before you, O king, I have done no harm.”
And now, the real Christmas Angels!
I want to share, surely, one of the most loved and quoted passages in the whole Bible. Can you imagine being there with those shepherds!?!
And in the same
regionthere were shepherds out in a field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear. And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign to you: you will find the baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of heavenly hosts praising God and saying,
“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom He is pleased!”
Wonderful to Think About
We are getting closer to Christmas Day, your activities are most likely stacking up, and you are trying to get everything together without losing your mind.
Take a second in all the hustle and hubbub. Look at your favorite Christmas angel, and think of the reason we celebrate. For unto us a Savior was born and He lived and died so that we could be His! Allow that sweet little angel on your mantle or tree to remind you of God’s mighty angels who visited the shepherds that night and let’s praise our wonderful God for the reason we celebrate! Jesus!
Go Deeper Today:
A Symbol of Christmas
Over the next few days, we are going to talk about some particular Christmas decorations and how they are symbolic, not just pretty. Today, it’s Christmas Holly!
Decorating with Christmas Holly
I am fascinated with how many millions of different plants God gave us to enjoy here on this earth. Holly is one of my favorites and it always has been. I love how shiny and durable it is and red is one of my favorite colors so, of course, I love holly’s bright red berries. So, why do we Christians decorate with Christmas Holly?Continue reading “Christmas Holly”
Matthew 1:23 ESV
“23Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and they shall call His name ‘Immanuel’ (which means ‘God with us’).”
Isaiah 9:2-7 ESV
“2The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness, on them has light shone.
3You have multiplied the nation; You have increased its joy; they rejoice before You as with joy at the harvest, as they are glad when they divide the spoil.
4For the yoke of his burden, and the staff for his shoulder, the rod of his oppressor, You have broken as on the day of Midian.
5For every boot of the tramping warrior in battle tumult and every garment rolled in blood will be burned as fuel for the fire.
6For unto us a child is born, to us a Son is given; and the government shall be upon His shoulder, and His name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
7Of the increase of His government and of peace there will be no end, on the throne of David and of his kingdom, to establish it and to uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time forth and forevermore. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this.”
Thank You, Father, for sending Jesus to walk among us, live His entire life without sinning and then to die for our sin so that we can be reconciled back to You. Thank You for Your great mercy and beautiful grace.
Think About It
- Have you ever been up against overwhelming odds?
- If so, how did you see your way out of the situation?
- Did God have a hand in your “survival”?
- Did You acknowledge God’s intervention in it?
Our passage again today is long and ties to yesterday’s entry. I hope you will take the time to look back at yesterday’s scripture and read today’s passage carefully too. Note how much Paul, himself, had to do with his survival. Continue reading “Against Overwhelming Odds”
He Is Always with Us
Our passage today is much longer than usual. The entire passage is very important for today’s devotion but we will be focusing on verse 11. Please take a few minutes and read the whole passage carefully, so it will make sense to you. He truly is always with us, sometimes even closer than other times.
Clay in the Hand of the Master Potter
“Then the word of the LORD came to me, ‘O house of Israel, can I not do with you what the potter does?’ declares the LORD. ‘Like the clay in the hand of the potter, so you are in My hand, O house of Israel.”
Last time, we talked about verses 3 and 4 of this chapter. Today, we will continue in that vein of thought through verses 5 and 6, putting ourselves in the place of the clay knowing that God is the ultimate potter. Continue reading “Like Clay”
My Will or God’s Will?
Who is in charge, do you stop and think about that? Living today in our world, it is very easy to lose sight of the fact that, as Christians, we do not call the shots. Our decisions are to be based solely on God’s will and that alone. So, is it my will or God’s will? How do we know what God’s will is?
Most of the time we can find out in His Word. Other times we can ask ourselves, “Is this going to bring me and others closer to God?” If you have been walking with God very long, and have grown in your relationship with Him, you know His character well enough to know when something is not in keeping with His character and therefore, His glory. Continue reading “My Will or God’s Will?”
Psalm 119:17-24 ESV
“Deal bountifully with Your servant, that I may live and keep Your word.
Open my eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of Your law.
I am a sojourner on the earth; hide not Your commandments from me!
My soul is consumed with longing for Your rules at all times.
You rebuke the insolent, accursed ones, who wander from Your commandments.
Take away from me scorn and contempt, for I have kept Your testimonies.
Even though princes sit plotting against me, your servant will meditate on your statutes.
Your testimonies are my delight; they are my counselors.”
Lord, may we fall in love with Your Word and may we desire it and You above all else.