Merry Christmas!!!

I don’t just wish you a “Merry Christmas” today. I wish all of you, regardless of whether you celebrate Christmas or not, the true meaning of Christmas—joy, love, and peace in your life today, in 2017, and beyond.
It’s bad enough we live in a divided world, but our country is more divided than ever before in modern history. So, not just for one day, but for all days, let’s each try to spread some joy, love, and peace. If we are going to heal, we need to heal ourselves and help others heal.
Merry Christmas!!!

Great Time to Start Living in Love

If there ever is a time of year to start living in love it is now. What does “living in love” mean? Let’s start with what John tells us:

Love means living the way God commanded us to live. As you have heard from the beginning, his command is this: Live a life of love. 2 John‬ ‭1:6

Did you get that? It bears repeating: “Love means living the way God commanded us to live.” That means that the definition of “love” is living “the way God commanded us to live.” That means forgiving as God forgives us, giving others the shirt off our backs, not judging, etc, etc. If there are any questions about how to live start reading at Luke 6:27-34.

This season celebrating the birth of Jesus—hopefully in our hearts—is a great time to look at your life and ask, “Am I truly living in love?”

It’s never too late to start living in love!

Advent Starts in the Heart

The Advent season of preparing for Jesus’ birth is a time for reflection on our lives and our own rebirth in Christ. Use each day leading up to Christmas day as time to look back only with a mind of looking ahead, growing, and positively moving forward. It’s a time to recommit to Jesus and focus your life in starting the New Year off on the right foot. It’s a time to strengthen your connection with God and reconnect with Him if you strayed. It’s simply a time to renew, starting in your heart.

There are a lot of distractions this time of year—eating too much at Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and the list goes on. The important thing is to work through the distractions in remembering what this time is about. There’s a reason why there is a “Christ” in CHRISTmas. It should be a season of remembering, giving, and rebirth.

I’m not suggesting detaching from the world. Quite the opposite. I’m talking about being a shining example of what this time of year should really be about.

Use this Advent season wisely. Start today. And have a GREAT one!  

Silence is Especially Golden at Christmas

May you find silence in your life, especially at Christmas.

The Silent Night was a holy night. All was calm, Bethlehem slept. In silence He came to Mary. In silence He comes to us, when we are free of the noise of men and from the desires that tempt our human nature. His wondrous gift to man was given in the stillness of the night. For silence is “the virtue of the strong, the refuge of the weak, the modesty of the proud and the prudence of the wise.” Silence is a preface to prayer; it is the prologue to progress, it is a prerequisite of peace. Be still my soul that I may hear Him in the silence of the Christmas night.
A poem by Arthur Storz

Have a joyous Christmas!!!

Hallelujah! Must-Watch Video

Not only is the music uplifting but her message at the end about Jesus Christ is so hope-filled and inspiring. Must watch today!

Watch here. Then, please share this. Someone out there in need may be helped by watching it. Thanks.

We all have a gift inside of us.

And have a GREAT day!!!

Make Every Day Advent

We look at Advent especially at this time of year as a celebration at Christmas of the birth of Christ. Going forward, I am trying to make every day Advent by celebrating Jesus Christ in my life. Not some “holy roller” type of celebration but just a nod every day that I want, and need, Jesus in my life. I have found the hard way that life only has meaning when Jesus is in it. When he’s in my life there is light. When I shut Jesus out of my life it gets pretty dark.

That’s all for today. An Advent day. Make it a GREAT one!

Pay It Forward or Backwards This Christmas. Just Give!

In Missoula, Mont., a man spent more than $1,200 to pay down the balances of six customers whose layaway orders were about to be returned to a Kmart store’s inventory because of late payments. Store employees reached one beneficiary on her cellphone at Seattle Children’s Hospital, where her son was being treated for an undisclosed illness. She was yelling at the nurses, “We’re going to have Christmas after all!” store manager Josine Murrin said.
Margery A. Beck, AP

Pay anything forward or backwards this Christmas. Start with a smile, especially when the other person is not smiling. It doesn’t have to be paid with money; pay by helping someone else. Make sure your local food pantry is stocked. There is always something you can pay forward or backwards, regardless of your means.

But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins, worth only a few cents. Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others.” Mark 12:42-43

Smile! Give! Help!

Feel God’s Light? Let It Shine!!!

God’s light is shining on you! Take at least a few minutes today to feel that light. Then, make sure that God’s light doesn’t stop with you. Let it shine, let it shine!!! 

Arise, shine; for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen on you. Isaiah 60:1

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God Made You Unique: There is No One Like You!

You are unique. When God made you he threw away the mold. You may look just like a family member, even have a twin, or act like someone else, but you are totally unique. So, if you get down on yourself at times, or even question your worth, know that you are one of a kind. A masterpiece in God’s eyes.

God sees our inner being. He doesn’t see as we see.

The Lord does not see as mortals see; they look on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart. 1 Samuel 16:7

We see outward differences and are either attracted by the flesh or discriminate against it. Think about this. We typically associate—friend, marry, etc.—with people who look similar. A lot of us stay at least arms distant from those who don’t look like us. As humans throughout history we have persecuted those who don’t look like us and even today discrimination is more rampant than ever.

The ironic thing is we are all different. No two of us are even closely alike. God loves our differences. If not, God would have made a bunch of clones. He looks at us, sees those differences, and loves us because God sees himself in us. We were made in his image. We look at outward differences and typically stay away, or even are repulsed.

Love your uniqueness and thank God for it. But learn to love the uniqueness in others, both outside and in. Diversity should be our strength; we make it our weakness. Let God’s love that he has for you flow through you to others. Open your eyes to the beauty of God in every person you encounter today.

This is a season to be truly merry by embracing others by seeing through them to their special, unique, God-made hearts. Let your heart touch those of others this Christmas season!