Saturday, December 24, 2011

Christmas Reflections...

The past few weeks have been quite challenging and as we look for a new home and new jobs, my husband and I know that in drawing nearer to our Father, we will be positioned for the things He has in store for us.  My husband was called for a job interview this past week...from a company he had applied to almost TWO YEARS ago!  Now if you don't believe that is God, we can debate that elsewhere!  In this time of family drawing close, let us not forget the Creator of the family and the One who gave His ONLY Son to be born so humbly in a stable.  And let us also not forget, that our King was not a pauper but lived in a home growing up in Bethlehem first, then in Egypt and finally in  Nazareth.  He had a treasurer to keep track of the ministry's income!  The poor don't have treasurers, nor do they have need for them as they have no funds of which to keep track.  Jesus was a prominent man in His community and worked until he began to pursue His ministry.   

The past few days I have been listening to the Lord as He reveals some things to me about the celebration of the birth of His Son.  My blog today is a reflection of those things I believe He has been speaking to me...
Today, as we begin to celebrate the birth of the Messiah, my heart is heavy for His chosen people who don't acknowledge or realize that the Savior they have been waiting for has already come... 
No, he didn't come as a great King but as a baby; He didn't have riches or great wealth, but he never lacked (and even had a treasurer!); and wherever He went, large crowds followed to hear what He had to say...
Don't waste time waiting for the one thing that can save you from whatever you're going through! HE'S ALREADY COME! And He's waiting on YOU to invite Him into your heart and life as King over you...
In MATH we are taught to find X...not in CHRISTmas!! Keep X in math and Christ in Christmas!!!!! 
Right now, therefore, every time we get the chance, let us work for the benefit of all, starting with the people closest to us in the community of faith.
 Stay calm; mind your own business; do your own job. You've heard all this from us before, but a reminder never hurts.
This year, I didn't mail out Christmas cards or write a fancy Christmas letter recapping my family's events and accomplishments over the year.  Let's face it, if you're on Facebook, you already KNOW what our lives were like!  So this year, to all my Facebook friends and family, I simply want to wish you a VERY Merry Christmas.  I pray that you spend the rest of the year focusing on the birth of a King who would have been born only to die for just YOU if that was required of Him...I want you to realize how very valuable and loved you are by your family, your friends and most of all by the one who knit you together in your mother's womb.  None of us was an accident, none came as a surprise to the Father and EACH OF US was predestined to do something for the Kingdom of God...start the new year by asking God to reveal your calling to you. After all, if you've got to start somewhere why not here?  If you've got to start sometime, why not now?!

Monday, December 12, 2011

What is she THINKING?!

Yesterday in church, the announcement was made.  It is now official.  We only have to talk to my dad and let him know what nearly everyone else already knows:  In the next couple of weeks, we are moving our family back to Colorado.

When we made the decision over a year ago to pack up and move out to sunny Florida, we had planned to come and help my dad with his property and my step mother who suffers from Alzheimer's Disease, knowing we would return to our Rocky Mountains one day.  We accomplished a lot on the property, little in the mobile home we were trying to renovate for our family's use, and, due to the extent of the disease, we have not been able to help with caring for my step mother.  Even my niece was unable to assist them, the main reason she moved from Colorado following her college graduation. 
A little more than a week ago, my husband traveled back to Colorado and while sitting in church he believes the Lord was telling him, "It's time to come home!"  With that, we began discussing when we might move, whom we might stay with until we could get our own place to live and where my husband would work.  His former employer will hire him back and we know God's hand is in all of this.  Our move date?  Well, that is all God, too!  We are planning to move this Friday!  Homeschooling, packing up, moving across the country, doing my own school, cleaning out our travel trailer that has been our home for the past 10 are probably wondering, "What is she thinking?"  Until today, I was so completely overwhelmed with all that there is to do, that I could not shut my head down with thoughts of what needs to be done in order to be ready to leave on Friday.  I found rest and peace in the Lord as I brought my petitions of needing peace, comfort and calmness for this event.  His love swept over me and I didn't even realize I was no longer bothered until I sat to write this blog!
The Word says, "Cast your cares on Him because He cares for you" (1 Peter 5:7).  Matthew 6:26 reminds us of our worth the Master, "Look at the birds, free and unfettered, not tied down to a job description, careless in the care of God. And you count far more to him than birds."  And He further explains that worrying will do us no good...each day has enough worries of its own so focus on today.  Finally, He reassures us that we can rest in Him, "32 People who don't know God and the way he works fuss over these things, but you know both God and how he works.33 Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. Don't worry about missing out. You'll find all your everyday human concerns will be met.
34 "Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don't get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes." (Matthew 6:32-34 MSG).

I'm thinking about the rest I can find in the Lord when I feel overwhelmed; I'm thinking of the rest I'll find when we are finally on our way to Colorado; and I'm thinking of the rest of my life's story that is being revealed by the Spirit!!  
Have a very blessed Merry Christmas!!!