Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Well, it is this time of year again, where the Christmas tree goes up, the stockings are hung and excitement feels the air. This time of year also seems to be covered in hurry. Taking time to smell the carrot cookies and enjoy that hot sip of cider is I believe to be very important if this season is going to be enjoyed! Life is so short so it only seems right that we slow down just a hint in order to grasp what really matters! This is a great time of year to just love people to show extra kindness, to give extra compassion and to find oneself filled a new with the true Spirit of Christmas - which is Christ! The red, green and white lights come out all over while the Santa and the reindeer's prepare for flight! This is such a fun time of year, this is a time where I remember as a child putting up the tree, putting up the lights and laughing until it hurt just because having fun was Christmas! Kailey and Lauryn are so looking forward to fun filled, Jesus centered Christmas. Our family loves to take time and really pause to celebrate, Jesus birthday, family and a warm place to celebrate! Tis the Season to laugh, to truly enjoy each other and to sing from our hearts because Christmas really does matter! Thanks Jesus, for coming as a babe in a manger.
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
I love waking up feeling so good that it just makes you want to laugh and then laugh some more. Laughter is God designed and so healthy for us. In fact they say that laughter is healing, if this is true then this could mean that taking some time just to laugh out loud might just be in our best interest! It is so funny and awesome how God made us all with our own unique laugh! Some people laugh out loud with their hand over their mouth, or some people snort, or some people even get this twitch when they get laughing real hard! Life is funny, perhaps your reading this thinking hey my life is not funny, but you know every situation we are in, will be always give us time to reflect upon and even give some laughter about! My wife is really funny when she starts on a laughing spree, it is like an explosion of fun just come out of her. It is so funny to watch and hear her that it gets me laughing! I am a firm believer that some people take life so serious that if they tried to smile they would crack the skin because it has been too long! My prayer is that I would live life having fun, laugh over the good and the bad and have the courage to do it out loud! Thanks giving is coming up and I am so thankful God made me a fun hearted person a lot like my mom! LOL!
Friday, November 12, 2010
Matthew 21:43-44 says, Therefore I tell you that the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people who will produce its fruit. He who falls on this stone will be broken to pieces, but he on whom it falls will be crushed." Just living life as a church goer does really nothing for the believer. In our Christian life we are commanded to bear fruit, yet bearing fruit takes time, work, and even struggles. I think the church has become very complex because we have made it that way. We wrestle with this and that yet watch as the Kingdom goes by us! We the church I believe are called to step back to the plate of a very healthy fear of the Lord. ONLY can the church thrive when a true Fear of Him is lived in our daily lives! I wonder how many of good church people if Jesus was to say to them the Kingdom is going to be taken from you might debate with Christ over doctrine rather than repenting of sin and then following the Master in obedience! In fact earlier in scripture Jesus even states to the legal Pharisees that the prostitutes and tax collectors are entering the Kingdom of God ahead of You! Mainly because they chose to believe, instead of debating doctrine or giving excuses the prostitutes and tax collectors wanted what Jesus was offering! Have we settled for the statuesque, are we really okay with doing life and church our way? I believe it is time for us the bride of Christ to truly listen to our Master, and then repent and then live in obedience! Wake up, for the hour is near!