It’s Beginning to Look A LOT Like Christmas🎄

Christmas means different things to all of us. It can be a time of great joy or a time of great stress due to “pressures of the season.” But at the heart of it, Christmas is a joyful celebration of the birth of our Savior over 2000 years ago. Below are images that speak Christmas to me – snow covered trees, cardinals, candles, shepherds and the star, hot cocoa, Christmas cards, Christmas trees, and snow-covered chapels. Whatever speaks the season to you, I pray a breath of peace, a chorus of beauty, and a warm cup of comfort and joy over you and yours this Christmas 2021.

If this Christmas is painful for you, I am praying a supernatural touch from Jesus. There has been unimaginable illness and loss these past many months. I know many who have added grief to the colors of their holiday season. And this is never something intentionally added to anyone’s Christmas list. But for many it has shown up, uninvited and certainly unwanted.

If this is you, my heart aches for you this holiday season. I pray the story of the Nativity would remind you how very much you are loved: “unto us a Child is born. Unto us a Son is given and His name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, Almighty God, the Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace.”

Encourage someone who is hurting. HELP SOMEONE who could use your help. GIVE to a family or to an organization to meet tangible needs. SO many have lost so much in the recent storms! LORD, the needs of the world are beyond our comprehension. So many are grieving so much loss and suffering so much misery that it overwhelms us. But we can do something if we listen for Your nudge. Help us to be Your hands and feet especially now and in this season.

In Jesus’ parable in Matthew 25:35-40 He said, “For I was hungry, and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger, and you invited me into your home. 36 I was naked, and you gave me clothing. I was sick, and you cared for me. I was in prison, and you visited me.” The hearers asked when had they done that and He said, 40I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!’

LOVE ONE ANOTHER

2021…now what~

I tried very hard to find who wrote the wonderful words below. However I was unable to recognize or thank the author. If you know who they are, please let me know and express my gratitude! I hope you will find these thoughts encouraging and a good attitude adjustment as we embark on this new year. God does not promise us a life of ease free from trouble. But He promises He will be with us wherever we go.

”Sunrise of Hope”

Welcome aboard Flight #2021. We are preparing for an on-time departure into the New Year. Please make sure your Attitude and Actions are secured and locked in an upbeat and upright position. All self-destructive thoughts should be turned off at this time and remain off forever. Any negativity, hate, and discouragement must remain completely stowed. In the unlikely event we lose Altitude while under pressure, simply reach up and pull down a Prayer. Prayers will automatically activate if you have Faith. With Faith, you will be able to assist other passengers. 
There will be NO BAGGAGE allowed on this flight. Now, Captain God has cleared us for takeoff. Our first destination is Love, with continuing stops at Peace and Joy. Before you deplane make sure you don’t leave any of your Hopes and Dreams behind. Once these are lost, they cannot be reclaimed. If there’s anything we can do to make your flight more enjoyable, please do the same by paying it forward. We wish you a pleasant flight! 

So today my friends, I wish you courage and confidence, health and hope. In spite of all that swirls around us seemingly determined to rob us of our hope and joy, I pray you will exercise your faith muscles and trust God with what only He can do. If you have never considered Christ to be your only Hope, I am praying now that you would close your eyes, bend your spiritual knees before Him, and ask Him to REVEAL Himself to you! Ask him to forgive you, to love and to save you. And thank Him for the incredible gift of Himself given on a cross 2000 years ago to redeem you. He is worthy of your trust.

Now, let’s toss our baggage, trust our Captain and Pilot, and activate our Faith in the Only One who can safely lead us home.

“Going Home”

2021…now what~

I tried very hard to find who wrote the wonderful words below. However I was unable to recognize or thank the author. If you know who they are, please let me know and express my gratitude! I hope you will find these thoughts encouraging and a good attitude adjustment as we embark on this new year. God does not promise us a life of ease free from trouble. But He promises He will be with us wherever we go.

”Sunrise of Hope”

Welcome aboard Flight #2021. We are preparing for an on-time departure into the New Year. Please make sure your Attitude and Actions are secured and locked in an upbeat and upright position. All self-destructive thoughts should be turned off at this time and remain off forever. Any negativity, hate, and discouragement must remain completely stowed. In the unlikely event we lose Altitude while under pressure, simply reach up and pull down a Prayer. Prayers will automatically activate if you have Faith. With Faith, you will be able to assist other passengers. 
There will be NO BAGGAGE allowed on this flight. Now, Captain God has cleared us for takeoff. Our first destination is Love, with continuing stops at Peace and Joy. Before you deplane make sure you don’t leave any of your Hopes and Dreams behind. Once these are lost, they cannot be reclaimed. If there’s anything we can do to make your flight more enjoyable, please do the same by paying it forward. We wish you a pleasant flight! 

So today my friends, I wish you courage and confidence, health and hope. In spite of all that swirls around us seemingly determined to rob us of our hope and joy, I pray you will exercise your faith muscles and trust God with what only He can do. If you have never considered Christ to be your only Hope, I am praying now that you would close your eyes, bend your spiritual knees before Him, and ask Him to REVEAL Himself to you! Ask him to forgive you, to love and to save you. And thank Him for the incredible gift of Himself given on a cross 2000 years ago to redeem you. He is worthy of your trust.

Now, let’s toss our baggage, trust our Captain and Pilot, and activate our Faith in the Only One who can safely lead us home.

“Going Home”