I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. I tell you 2016 flew by so fast I was surprised it was that time again. But we had a wonderful time. My family was together and that always makes me happy. Both of my sons and daughters-in-law are Christians and they are teaching my six-year-old grandson to serve God. I know we can’t make that decision for him but at least we can give him the foundation.
With that said I must talk about one of my pet peeves. I hate it when I hear someone say ‘Christmas is all about the kids.’ No it isn’t! Christmas is about our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! We are celebrating His birth. Yes, I get the gift giving concept because God gave us His Only Son as a gift that we can accept and have eternal life. I guess you could say Jesus was the First Christmas Gift. And listen, I love giving at Christmas and I love getting gifts also but please let’s remember the real reason for the celebration.
Don’t get me wrong I love children…well most of them anyway. I have been around a few I found hard to tolerate but that is not the child’s fault. There are no bad children just terrible parents who fail to teach what they should. But that’s a subject for another post.
Thank you for stopping by and come back whenever you want; you are always welcome. And please when you hear someone say ‘Christmas is all about the kids’ explain to them what Christmas is really about.
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My blog isn’t meant to be a devotional or even a Bible lesson. No, it is my thoughts on whatever I’m thinking about. I will share memories from my life and let me tell you it flat was not always and still is not peaches and cream. I have had plenty of struggles but no matter what was going on either good or bad I knew and know that God is with me. He takes care of me, even protects me from myself at times.
God is not just interested in us when we are in church or studying His Word. He is interested in our life minute by minute. He’s always there and He always cares. We all need His protection whether we admit it or not. I fully believe Romans 8:28. I know for a fact he is always working in my life.
Take last Saturday for example.
I had been shopping. Now when I go out and come back home I usually enter the house by the front door and put my things away before I do anything else. Well Saturday for some reason, (I know it was the Holy Spirit directing me) I went around the back to my husband’s shop. I asked if he would like a salad since it was almost lunch time. He said sure and I came in the house to make our meal.
He followed me inside but went on through the house. Why doesn’t matter. He found a three or four-foot Cottonmouth Moccasin sunning itself on our front porch! Now if you like snakes I’m sorry but I don’t. The only good snake to me is a dead snake. Yes, he killed it.
If I had done what I usually do and gone in the front I very well might have stepped on the thing. They say I’m in Gwyn-land most of the time and run on automatic pilot. So I very well might not have seen the Cottonmouth until it was too late.
My point is that God was protecting me! The Holy Spirit, Who is out Guide and Teacher (John 14:26, John 16:13) had me go out of the usual. No, I did not hearing a booming voice that told me to go to the shop first. But His Spirit spoke to my Spirit and directed. If you don’t believe this way it’s fine with me. But why don’t you start paying attention to things like this and see how you feel then. Maybe you take a different way to work and don’t know why, then you hear there was a bad accident the way you usually go. Things that you are calling coincident may very well be the Holy Spirit guiding you if you only recognize it. I know He guides me and He helps me learn God’s Word.
Thanks for stopping by and until next time stay safe and do something nice for someone even if you don’t like them; especially if you don’t like them. God bless.
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Our circle of influence might be small or it might be huge but either way we all have an effect on others. They watch us to see how we will handle ourselves in certain situations. Yes, some are hoping we will fail to act in a Christian way. But others are watching to learn what to do should they face similar circumstances. We need to hold firm to our Christian values and principles. Like Daniel our actions determine the outcome. Oh, we might not persuade kings or people of great power but again we might. The person watching might only be a child (our children or grandchildren, who in my opinion is more important than men of power.) Only God knows who He has allowed to cross our path and why He did so. No matter who is involved we should stand firm on our convictions to God. It was Daniel’s convictions that determined his behavior. He knew it was wrong to eat meat offered to false gods. He did not act in a harsh way and simply refuse to eat. He was humble and asked the guard to test him by letting him eat vegetables for ten days. We can be humble and still stand firm on our principles.
Thanks for stopping by. God bless.
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