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Thoughts – Christmas 2019

Merry Christmas! ūüéĄ

All of my life I have heard the phrase¬†‚ÄúMerry Christmas‚ÄĚ in December. ¬†We were so happy that Christmas time had come at last. ¬†Preparations began the first week of December at our house. ¬†Grandma baked. ¬†She made the traditional Norwegian treats, lefse , sandbakkels, spritz cookies, kringle, rosettes, fatiman, fruit cake, and many other cookies. These were all stored in tins and put in the basement where it was cool until the big day arrived.

The 24th of December the family would gather together at Grandma’s house.  My uncle Everett would bring Mom and the kids to the farm, Dad didn’t come in the later years.  My aunt and uncle also came from a nearby town.  I was always excited for us to be together as a family because It did not happen often.  it was late that evening when everyone would leave to go home, well satisfied that it was good.

Christmas Day grandma and grandpa and I went to church.  It was tradition.  Church was a big part of our lives.  I loved every thing having to do with church.

Life happened, changes came and Christmas came around every year, but it was not the same.  Never the same.  When I had my own family, and became part of my husband’s large extended family, I tried to recapture the feeling, the essence of what I felt as a child.  It didn’t happen, so I adjusted to the new normal.

With time, Christmas began to be not only about family coming together, it became about presents, bigger and better, the latest fad, and spending more, charging it on your credit card and ‚Äúpay later‚ÄĚ. ¬†Presents under the tree, piled high and deep, that was a good Christmas.

As I grew in faith and began to search, I learned that Christmas as celebrated on December 25th was not the birth of the Christ child but rather a holiday concocted by the Roman emperor, Constantine, to make new converts to Christianity able to celebrate their pagan holiday.  Christmas was a man-made tradition.

At this stage of my life, Christmas is once more about family.  I know that it is a tradition and not the birthday of Yeshua, Jesus my Savior, I know that He did not ask us to remember His birth;  He told us to remember His death until He came back,  nevertheless, I have come full circle, Christmas is now family time.

We look forward to spending time with children and grand children over the Christmas holiday this year.  Our years here on planet earth are coming close to the end and we realize that it is time to make the most of the remaining moments.  Who better to spend them with than family.

May your Christmas be Merry and Bright!

Joy

 

 

 

From Confusion to Consecration

Confused..Chaos..Commitment..

Conversion..Consecration..Changed.

This process is what happens to a person who comes to the end of himself and finds Jesus finding him or her.

“The life I now live I live by faith in (and of) the Son of God.” ¬†“Without Him I can do nothing.”

“He came, He saw, He conquered” and because He did, I¬†can. ¬†His life, His death, His resurrection, His defeat of God’s enemy is imputed to me by faith, my faith. ¬†I believed and I received and He changed me. ¬†I did my part, He did His…the result? Conversion.

Now I can face life, whatever it brings, I am not alone any more, I belong to Him.  He has promised to be with me always.  He has promised never to leave me or forsake me.  I take Him at His word.  I have found Him to be one who keeps His word.

I have become a stranger and an alien to the world that I once knew.  I now have a destination, a place prepared for me.  I live with that in mind. Some day I will go home.

I want to tell others about this one who changed my life in hope that they too will meet Him.

I have never known love like this, acceptance like this…unconditional.

Amazing! ¬†I am accepted in Him. God, who is love, accepts me as I am and still…He invites me to grow and tells me that He will help me. ¬†I am not on my own.

In fact, He sent His Spirit to live in me to do just that.  He calls Him the Helper, the Teacher, the Comforter, the Counselor. That is pretty much what I need to traverse the darkness that I see around me.

I pray this prayer: ¬†“All of you and none of me. ¬†Live big in me. ¬†Let me be that light set on a hill so that others may see and come to Him.”

How about you friend, are you tired of the darkness, tired of yourself, tired of striving? ¬†Are you ready now to “taste and see that the Lord is good?”

You too can enter into His rest.

You too can find peace with God, the peace of God that surpasses human understanding.  He is our peace who became the bridge to God, to Heaven, to Home.

Who am I talking about? ¬†“The Word” the creator, who was with God and was God and became flesh that we might have a way to “Our Father who art in Heaven”. ¬†His name is Jesus.

Have you ever noticed that no one swears using the name of Buddha or Mohammed or any other god?  Have you ever considered why?  Who lives having died?  Only one man.

“For behold,the darkness shall cover the earth and gross darkness the people, but the Lord¬†shall arise upon thee and His glory shall be seen upon thee.”

His glory is coming.  He promised. Ready or not it will come.

“And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh.”

Most of us have never seen His Glory, nor have we felt His presence.  But if you ever have, you will never be the same.

Come, come to the Father.  He wants you to know He loves you so much He was willing to suffer for your sake. Jesus is the way to the Father, there is no other way to get to God or to Heaven.

There are good people in Hell, because being good or living a good life will not take you to Heaven.  It is not the right road.

There are church people in Hell, because going to church, being involved in church or even being the pastor or priest of a church will not take you to Heaven. It is not the right road.

Jesus said: ¬†“I am the way, the truth, and the life, no one comes to the Father except by me.”

Either Jesus told the truth or He is the biggest liar that ever walked the planet.  You have been invited.  From this point on you cannot say you never heard.  The decision is now up to you.

“Choose this day whom you will serve, as for me and my house we will serve the Lord.”

Amen!