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Posted on December 4, 2015 at 8:35 AM


In this season celebrating the birth of Jesus, God’s own Son, born upon the earth as a human baby, I am drawn to childhood memories of our family’s Christmas celebrations. They were a time of excitement and love and happiness. Love seemed a spirit that floated through the air permeating every taste, smell, word, and touch. On Christmas Eve songs colored the atmosphere with a sweet love as my family would sit around the tree all sparkling with lights drinking egg nog. There was a little bell and each person would go and get their gifts, ring the bell warning the rest to hide their eyes, then distribute the gifts beneath the tree. When done we’d open our eyes and “ooo and ahhh!” at the colorfully wrapped packages. With six of us, the packages would mount and excitement would gleam from our eyes. Then we would sit and talk about the greatest gift of all, the gift of our Savior whose birthday we were celebrating.


Jesus came in a humble condition, yet a great light shone upon Him and led eastern royalty to Him, and joy from heaven spilled over unto earth in angel song to humble shepherds in the fields. Jesus came that all men might know the truth and be saved. He was formed in His mother’s womb begun there by Holy Spirit, nestled there for 9 months, then as a babe was He born. What joy His earthly parents must have felt! What blessing to all mankind, for this is the babe Who would save the world. This tiny helpless child would one day speak the messages of truth and hope that would reach down to our day and beyond.

I keep picturing this sweet baby warmed by animal breaths whose first cradle was a manger.


When Jesus was a toddler, King Herod sought to kill him, and in the processed murdered every male child age two and under. Did that fact offend your senses? Are we offended by the mass murder of innocents here today as well? My heart cries seeing where sweet babies are killed in the womb before they even get to breathe their first breath. There are millions of children murdered, and my heart aches for the mothers, some young, some older who have chosen the route of abortion. They end the life God began in them. Even more tragic is the recent discovery that these poor innocent baby's bodies are cut up in sections to sell piecemeal for profit. Thousands are murdered daily, and we condemn these atrocities. This Christmas pray for the mothers to choose not to make this choice to end their baby’s life; and pray for our nation that participates in this mass murder, for it is not unknown to God.

As our world sinks in moral decay, we can see the enemy strategizing his next attack. This Christmas I join the call for the Body of Christ to rise up and condemn the abortion factories. pray for our nation to return to righteousness!


And also let us reach out to friends, family and even strangers who do not know the Savior and share His message of redemption! Let us spread life not death!

Categories: Our precious children , God's Love , Jesus!

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SEARCHING FOR A CLOSER WALK WITH GOD


                                        AWESOME GOD


 DIGGING DEEPER

Sometimes the terrible awesomeness of God hits me and sends me reeling into deep meditation. It always carries its reward of a new closeness with my God. It happened this morning. In the beginning I was distracted with my mind wandering here and yon. Then I ‘woke up’ and commanded it to return. God is so good! Holy Spirit began to lead me in prayer.

Sorry, my Lord. I come to our meeting this morning with scattered thoughts; help me, Lord, to rein them in. That You even desire to meet with me is so amazing! Deep breath. Moses asked God, “what shall I say when they ask 'Who sent me’?” You responded, “Say the Great I AM sent me.” You, God, are not hemmed in by time. For You there is no ‘was, will be’, there is only I AM. Before You I bow down my heart, my 'who I am' I submit to You; help me become who You created me to be.


Exodus 3:13-14 (AMP)

13 And Moses said to God, Behold, when I come to the Israelites and say to them, The God of your fathers has sent me to you, and they say to me, What is His name? What shall I say to them? 14 And God said to Moses, I Am Who I Am and What I Am, and I Will Be What I Will Be; and He said, You shall say this to the Israelites: I Am has sent me to you!

  • Footnotes: Exodus 3:15 To know the name of God is to witness the manifestation of those attributes and apprehend that character which the name denotes.

Can you feel the depth of that name? 'I AM' signifies so much ~ timelessness, absolute love, supreme power, unimaginable expansion ~ an incomprehensible being, totally surrounding. There simply are not words to express the grandness of Who our God is. HIS LOVE FOR US  S SO APPARENT IN HIS WORD!


Psalm 91:14 (AMP)

Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore will I deliver him; I will set him on high, because he knows and understands My name [has a personal knowledge of My mercy, love, and kindness—trusts and relies on Me, knowing I will never forsake him, no, never].

Isaiah 52:6 (AMP)

Therefore My people shall know what My name is and what it means; therefore they shall know in that day that I am He who speaks; behold, I Am!

Indeed my God! You are the great I AM! This measures so deep and so high and so wide. You revealed Your staggering magnificence to David, and it comes out here:


Psalm 139:1-10

O Lord, you have examined my heart

and know everything about me.

2 You know when I sit down or stand up.

You know my thoughts even when I’m far away.

Even when it’s my mind traveling on tangents.

3 You see me when I travel and when I rest at home.

You know everything I do.

4 You know what I am going to say

even before I say it, Lord.

5 You go before me and follow me.

You place your hand of blessing on my head.

6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,

too great for me to understand!

7 I can never escape from your Spirit!

I can never get away from your presence!

8 If I go up to heaven, you are there;

if I go down to the grave, you are there.

9 If I ride the wings of the morning,

if I dwell by the farthest oceans,

10 even there your hand will guide me,

and your strength will support me.

You are always with me. 

You will guide me.

You will always be my support. Your strength

upholds me, protects me, supports me.


Lord, You are so good! What a privilege to know You! Thank You that You continue to grow me closer to You. Thank You! I love being together with You, my Lord.