During these past few weeks we’ve read the Christmas story a lot. We’ve done our Jesse tree and discussed the lineage of Jesus.
My heart was to point ourselves to Jesus every opportunity we could.
And one night reading this precious story of the babe in a manger, it was almost more than I could remain composed for.
“Everything was ready. The moment God had been waiting for was here at last! God was coming to help his people, just as he promised in the beginning. But how would he come? What would he be like? What would he do? Mountains would have bowed down. Seas would have roared. Trees wold have clapped their hands. But the earth held its breath. As silent as snow falling, he came in. And when no one was looking, in the darkness he came. ”
“God put it (the bright shining star) there when his baby Son was born–to be like a spotlight. Shining on him. Lighting up the darkness. Showing people the way to him. You see, God was like a new daddy – he couldn’t keep the good news to himself. He’d been waiting all these long years for this moment, and now he wanted to tell everyone. ”
“This baby would be like that bright star shining in the sky that night. A Light to light up the whole world. Chasing away darkness. Helping other people to see. And the darker the night got, the brighter the star would shine. ”
I read the children, this beautiful story, a compilation of Luke 1-2 from The Jesus Storybook Bible. And wanted to weep.
How could such a story, one that I’ve heard bring me to tears that night?
Because I felt the Lord impress upon my heart to tell you.
I realized then that if I ushered in the New Year, without sharing with you the salvation message, that I had missed the mark all together.
We write about being godly wives, so the assumption is that you have a personal relationship with the Lord.
But maybe you are new here, having stumbled across this site from a friend. And you are desperate. Desperate to know that there is more out there.
God wants to save your marriage, but first he wants to save you.
From yourself. From your past. From the sin that so easily entangles.
Maybe you have fallen away. Maybe your relationship needs to be restored with your husband and your God.
Maybe your heart is lukewarm. And God is calling you to a life with a heart burning bright for Him.
That simple childhood song is running through my head.
Jesus loves me, this I know for the Bible tells me so. Little ones to him belong, they are weak but He is strong. Yes, Jesus loves me. Yes, Jesus loves me. Yes, Jesus loves me, the Bible tells me so.
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16
This message is for you.
He loves you. He is strong.
Will you heed his call? Will you surrender your heart of hurt and your need for restoration to the only one who can truly heal you?
Will you pray with me?
Father, we thank you for the opportunity to reflect upon your gift. Your amazing gift, that came in the birth of a babe. That babe in a manger, who traded his priestly robe for swaddling clothes. Who ultimately loved your will and your children more than himself. Who died to save a wretch like me. Lord, I recognize me need for more. For more forgiveness, for more love, for more of you and less of me. Would you please forgive me? Will you wash me so that I am clean? Will you restore the relationships that have been more about me & less about you? Will you help me to walk this journey of being perfectly imperfect, in you? Amen.
Maybe this message wasn’t for you. Maybe you are living life abundantly in Him. Do you know someone who could use a dose of encouragement and God’s word? Will you share this with them?
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