I simply cannot explain these feelings that have been welling up in my soul lately as we approach Christmas. While Jesus is the reason for the season, like a flower blooming petal after petal, a swarming of love and adoration for Christ has covered me like an abundance of sweet honey reserved just for the best. Jesus Christ is our best. He is the greatest gift we could ever receive. Not just for Christmas, but for all time.
All I need for Christmas is Jesus.
Teaching my children why we celebrate Christmas is very important. While decorating for the holidays, giving and receiving gifts comes with tradition, the main focus is on Christ and His coming to earth in the form of man. (starting off as a baby of course). Lately I have being drawing closer to Him asking that my eyes be opened like never before and that my ears be tentative to my surroundings. Having a little talk with Jesus is like chicken noodle soup for the soul. That’s just my opinion.
I remember some years ago that I would become overwhelmed with the Christmas season approaching. It was more emotional than physical. I would become saddened and somewhat lethargic. I say this because my eyes were set on the wrong things and I was always “thirsty”.
I’m not one to do the Christmas shopping in my house for the most part. Thankfully it has always been my husband because no one would get anything most likely had it been left up to me to go out in the chaos and mass of people rushing, shoving, cursing and just flat-out been mean-spirited. Plus, I don’t have that kind of patience. Having 5 babies back to back kept me busy so it just became easier for my dear husband to do. I digress but for a moment!
My thoughts always went back to my childhood. While I had a pretty decent life growing up, I always felt something missing.
Jesus wasn’t there.
Feeling confused and happy at the same time was just weird. Plain old strange and yet I managed to get through another holiday season. I could not wait for the holidays to pass.
Recently, my heart was on a couple of senior citizens who were in need of some items that they needed. It was an article I caught in the newspaper that came from the aid of the Salvation Army. I told my husband about it and that I wanted to sponsor the people’s needs. While my eyes glazed over the many people young and old with a wish list, I wondered even more about those lost. The lost who needed Jesus; the very One who is our ever-present help, comfort and aid.
I began to cry. Not just because some cannot afford material needs and wants, but that many go lacking without a Savior.How often we walk daily without Him. As Christians and sinners alike ,but first as human beings, we find ourselves at times trying to do things on our own. We try to make things happen within our own power and might. We fix our eyes on higher prizes and treasures beyond our means. Some are just desires to want, want,want. Fleshly things. Things that will pass. Treasures that will not go with us on a U-Haul when we leave this old world.
Getting caught up over-shopping and over-spending will give anyone a headache and then possible regret for debt than may take a while to pay off when we “rob Peter to pay Paul”. That’s a saying I got from my Mom. Maybe you’ve heard of it before.
Nevertheless, we need peace and true joy. It can only be found in Christ Jesus. He will make us whole. He can satisfy our deepest needs. Will you invite Him into your life? Will you allow God to direct your life, your finances, your will, wants and your plans that they will align with His?
While I am not attempting to take away your joy of shopping for your friends and loved ones, I just want to provide you with the opportunity to receive the greatest gift of all this year as we bring 2013 to a close. Health may have fallen, bills may be behind and loved ones may have turned their backs on you but know that there is a risen Savior who is waiting to receive you today.
I want to share with you a song I heard on the radio yesterday. I don’t drive much if I can help it but when I do, I tend to listen to uplifting music to carry me throughout my day. This song about had me in tears. No matter what we are going through, we must know that we cannot do anything in this life without the Lord no matter how hard we try. I know for myself that I cannot walk without Him holding my hand. This song has become one of my favorite and it lingers within me to the point of praise.
All we NEED for Christmas is Jesus Christ. If we trust God, He will provide all that we need and bless us with our wants. By His grace we have what we have. May we be thankful for the little and great. Be blessed one and all. You are loved, cherished and prayed for.
“Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?” But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” Matthew 6: 26, 33 NKJV
To God be the glory now and forevermore,
Aside from Jesus is the reason for the season, I am not overly excited about Christmas. That’s because Santa never came to my house when I was a child. Thank God Jesus was always there to comfort me.
Thanks so much for sharing Terra. God blesses.
You are welcome Noel. I do understand your reason for not being overly excited about Christmas other than Jesus. Though Santa did visit my house as a child, I still felt empty.It’s easy to get caught up in the holiday and tradition so when children do not receive anything or all that they want it can create a sad atmosphere. The attitude of people I was surrounded by as a child usually ended up in arguments over senseless things and that spoiled the holiday for me. This was pretty much yearly so the older I got, the less I cared. I just wanted the holidays to be over with. It carried over into my adulthood though I made memories with my own family. The scars were still there. I did not have the value of the true meaning of Christmas back as a child so it has been very important for me and my husband to instill the real reason why we celebrate it become if there ever comes a day that they are not able to receive tangible gifts, they are able to still be appreciative and thankful for what they already have while still keeping in perspective that it’s all about Jesus. Many children around the the world are without so this is something I remind them about yearly in case they become forgetful. We do our best to keep them grounded.
Thank you for commenting my friend and sharing your heart. God bless you abundantly….
This is beautiful and so true.
Thank you T. It was from my heart. I thank the Lord for humbling me and opening my eyes more.
I understand what God is doing in your heart…i feel the same. I mourn for those that do not know Jesus, those that are still in bondage. This time of year can be even more loud and distracting and it makes me sad. Thank you for sharing what’s on your heart and for this powerful song. Merry CHRISTmas my sister.
Thank you Arcelia for understanding my heart. You could have not said it better about this being a loud time of year and many being in bondage. Oh how that grabbed my heart. It’s saddening I agree. I appreciate you stopping by to read and leave a heartfelt messsge. God bless you my sister. Merry Christmas to you as well.
IAm Just Sad Every Year Due To The Pathetic People. Spend, Shop, Pile On The Debt! What Is Wrong? Thank You For Sharing The Song. One Of My Favorites But This Was A Great Version! Listening Again!
Thank you for stopping by and sharing your thoughts Donna. My prayers are sent up to the Lord about all of it. God bless!
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Here is a beautiful post from our Tis the Season Gift-Away Giveaway winner. May her words bless you in a special way. (Make sure you listen to the words of the song on the video.)
Merry Christmas to All!
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Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from our family to yours. Thank you for all the love and support you have shared with this ministry throughout the year. Peace, love and blessing to you and your family my friend.
How blessed my heart is to read and receive this! Thank you Pastor Davis! Sending our my warmest blessings in the name of our Savior to you and yours for a beautiful and abundantly blessed Merry Christmas and New Year!! Thank you as well for your love, prayers, encouragement and strength for my ministry and all that I have received from yours my dear brother. Be blessed and lifted up always……