This morning I was having a conversation with a friend who had called me. She revealed to me that she was so afraid of eating sweets due to a disease she claimed was in her family. The first thing I told her was she could only inherit love and loving qualities. Then we talked about the verse in the Bible that said not to worry about anything that goes into the body but things that come out like the words from our mouth. We then decided that the concern should be more that her words might be sweeter. There was an “aha” moment for both of us. There is always spiritual growth that is needed evidenced by the words that come out.
Colossians 3:15 states “Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.”
As I think of the birth of the Christ, I think of the birth of a new idea and decided I would work more at having responses rather than reactions. That would certainly be a new idea as sometimes there is an old reaction to certain things that should be changed. Today, I will pay special attention to the words coming out of my mouth and make sure my heart is filled with humility, love and gratitude.
Today while sitting at my desk before my study and prayer work, I glance out the window and observe the gray and colorless morning. It seems to mirror how I feel. I think of all the cold and rainy days we have had recently when I remind myself in a couple of months, because of this weather our fields will be brilliant with bluebonnets and other colorful wildflowers. This is needed for the germination of these beauties.
Just recently did I take down all of the decorations in our home and there was color everywhere. For the last two months, we have had many family and friends come to visit and it has been such a wonderful time. Mentally, on my knees I ask for God’s forgiveness on His wisdom knowing I need this quiet time. Gratitude and humility replace a false depressing feeling in my heart! 2 Corinthians 4:17 reads “For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.” Thank you, Father, for today!
As I am pondering this morning the birth of Jesus, I am reminded He represents the Truth and appears to us in a childlike form, unlike the allegory of Adam and Eve who appear as adults. Then, I begin to think about the qualities of God’s child which are loving, forgiving, resilient, expecting Good, humility and on and on and on. Luke 2:40 reads “And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, filled with wisdom; and the grace of God was upon Him.” There is definitely a difference in “childlikeness” and “childishness” and that verse certainly points that out.
Today I will be conscious and alert to my thoughts and celebrate this birth reverently rather than get caught up in gift-giving, decorating and partying. There is nothing wrong with any of this but we need to stay cognizant of the real celebration here.
Working about the true meaning of “Christmas” this morning, I began to think of “Peace on earth, good will toward men”. It’s so easy to get caught up with the gift-giving, decorating and party-going that we overlook the real purpose of the celebration. Once again, I began thinking about peace on earth and good will toward men. Of course, I want peace on earth. That should go without saying. Then I began to think of good will toward men and I was reminded of political stories everywhere and how I felt divided about some of the players and certainly wasn’t thinking about good will toward them. God is the only creator there is and He doesn’t pick and choose but only sees our perfection. Psalms 145:9 reads “The Lord is good to all: and His tender mercies are over all His works.”
No where does He say “some”, but “all”. I began praying to be meek and know the definitions mean humbly patient; not inclined to anger or resentment; yielding. Now, that is how I can celebrate Christmas and pray to do so.
This morning as I was reading about the money changers in Jesus’ day and how He threw them out of the temple; I wondered how this applied today. Mark 11:16-17 states “And would not suffer than any man should carry any vessel through the temple. And He taught, saying unto them, ‘Is it not written, My house shall be called of all nations the house of prayer? but ye have made it a den of thieves.'” Suddenly, a light came on and I thought of going in to worship with a heart filled with anger and hatred or a head filled with worry! Couldn’t He have been talking of that as well because none of that has any place in a house of worship. Even as I pray at home, am I checking to see that none of that resides within my heart?
My husband and I love watching the Winter Olympics. Recently I was reading where a recent new owner of a silver medal was in a definite slump last month and it was apparently obvious to others. Then, from the unlikeliest of places, a competitor from a foreign team, who spoke no English offered his sled to this young man, which never happens. One does not offer up his sled, nor favorite running shoes, etc. especially to a competitor.
Philippians 3:13-14 reads “Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” Isn’t this what happened? He allowed himself to swallow his pride and accept love from another. That, to me, is Love expressed!
Recently, I was thinking of how a baby chick pecks out of the shell. Actually, the mama chicken could break open the egg from the outside but doesn’t for two reasons. The first is that the chick could be injured and the second is that while the chick is pecking, the neck muscles are being strengthened.
And it dawned on me while praying with a challenge, that I was trusting God and building spiritual muscles.
Isaiah 40:30 states “Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall, but those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.”