I want to wish you all a very blessed Christmas this year! 2013 has just flown by for me (and probably
for you too!)
Thinking about Christmas, and particularly remembering the time when Jesus, God's only Son, came to the world, I realized that it's all about gratitude :) Christmas and the celebrations that go with it are all about being grateful to God for the gift of His precious Son. I mean, we are always grateful (although probably not as much as we should be!) but do we show it? Even in our Christmas preparations and buying presents, giving to others - does it remind us enough of the greatest gift ever given (and ever received)? Probably not.
So, here's what I've decided to do. I'm going to list five things that I am grateful for in relation to Jesus' birth. Even if it seems so obvious, I'm going to write it down nonetheless.
1. I'm so thankful that Jesus came to the world as a baby, to grow into the man that would pay for my horrible sins with His precious life, His blood.
2. I'm eternally grateful for the everlasting life He has given me, that I can live forever and always glorify and praise His Holy Name.
3. I'm grateful that because He has saved me, I can tell others of His mighty work in me and point them towards Him.
4. I'm thankful that Jesus has sent the Holy Spirit to live within me and all His children, so that He will 'be with us always, even to the end of the age".
5. I am thankful that because of His coming and also His death, I am alive in Him and He in me, and that I can be used by Him to further His Kingdom here on Earth.
To me, these seem like all very obvious things, but it's good to write them down and list them :) I need reminding of this all the time, because it's so easy these days to forget the real reason behind the 'season' of Christmas. It's not all about buying presents and decorating Christmas trees. It's all about God's Son coming to earth to save those who follow Him.
So now it's your turn! If you are keen, write five things that you are grateful for throughout Christmas, either in the comments section here on this blog, or if you like, just for your own personal record at home. :) Either way, remind yourself of why we celebrate Christmas, and remind others too! :)
Wednesday, 25 December 2013
Monday, 16 December 2013
Saw this video the other day and thought it offered a lot of food for thought! What do you all think? How can we be practically showing people that the true meaning of Christmas is that CHRIST came to this world to save sinners? Certianly our consumer culture is not helping to communicate this!
Thursday, 5 December 2013
Saw these really good videos on YouTube. They really provided food for thought. The first one reminded me of one of my favourite ever quotes by R.C. Sproul: "Why do bad things happen to good people? That only happened once and He volunteered." And the second one really helped me to see yet again how we should reallly be seeing the problem of evil as being within us and not just simply external things or "big" evil events like murder and rape - in God's eyes, covetness and lying are evil too. I'd love your thoughts on what these two videos brought up!
Also, apologies for the lack of posting here lately, I don't have an excuse but if you have been going through a hard time lately and would like some spiritual encouragement on a slightly more regular basis, I try to update the Facebook page for this blog frequently, so you can go there (click here).
Tuesday, 3 December 2013
Saw this quote and felt it was really lovely and suited the friendship theme of this blog, so just had to share! :)
God bless you all!
"The friend does us a true kindness who tells us of the things in our character, habits, manners, which appear as blemishes, although many people have too much vanity to be told of their faults. They resent it as a personal insult when one points out any blemish in them. But this is most foolish short-sightedness. To learn of a fault is an opportunity to add a new line of beauty to the life. Our prayer each day should be that God would show us our secret faults, whatever messenger he may send to point them out, and then give us grace to correct them." ~J.R. Miller
Do you have friends like this, who are willing to and do point out sin in your life? I feel really blessed by the Lord to be able to say confidently that yes, I do! :D If you don't, pray that the Lord would bring such people into your life, as I can't tell you how much it has helped me in my walk with the Lord over the years.
Also, I saw this video. It certianly gave me a wake up call to see how much time I spend on meaningless things, and how little time I really have left. It really made me think: how am I using my life? I am using every valuable minute of it to the glory of God and making Him known, or am I squandering it? I'm afraid I'm guilty of not seeing the time I have here as limited and often wasting it, but dear brothers and sisters in Christ, let us not be like this! Let us see each and every moment as an opportunity to draw ourselves and others closer to our Saviour.
God bless you all!