It has been one month since we celebrated the birth of Jesus Christ. It may sound out of place but I want to say Merry CHRISTMAS to you and yours! We strive to keep Christ in our Christmas plans and I want to encourage you to continue to keep your life centered around Him. After all, it is His birthday that we honor not only during December but every day.
In November we celebrated a time of Thanksgiving, thanking God for his mercies and blessings. That theme should carry on over to and through our Christmas season and beyond. We can put more emphasis on what He has already given us instead of what we are going to get and give to and from others. We can never out give God no matter how hard we try.
One way that we can guarantee Spiritual growth is to reflect on the blessings we already have. Even if our circumstances are less than best, we can always look past our situations and joy in the hope that we have of Heaven and eternal life with Him.
Take just a few minutes each day and write down some of the blessings that are yours to enjoy. Even simple things like the last breath that you took, that beautiful sunrise/sunset that God painted in the sky for you to enjoy.
Remember that happiness isn’t eternal, but Joy is because it comes from God. Stop for a brief moment and enjoy the gift of your salvation and then share it with someone who you cross paths with during the holidays; a neighbor, a friend, co-worker, relative or stranger that you meet.
Sharing what you have with others who are less fortunate is another way of increasing your Spiritual growth. There is no joy like the joy received from helping someone else on this path called life. The personal rewards are immeasurable and although your motives may be to bring cheer to another person(s), the blessings come back to you tenfold. We will talk more about that on our Services blog next week but know that you will feel closer to God by helping others.
Be sure and keep up with your personal Bible study time. It is so easy to set aside that special time with God to catch up with busy schedules, festivities, family and all the other events that will happen in our busy lives. Our prayer life can often suffer from too much on our plates and not enough time in a day. Ladies, we all have the same twenty-four hours in a day, and you will find that making an effort to spend precious time with God through prayer and/or the study of His Word, will make such a difference in your daily walk. Things of the world will take on a lesser priority after spending time with the Savior and you will find that you can do so much more with the time that you have left. God will help with your priorities and your schedule if you put Him first.
Finally, celebrate Him. His birth through two common people, in a common place, in a common town, announced to common shepherds. Happy birthday Jesus. Love y’all, Margie