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Rejoice!

Posted: December 26, 2014 in Christmas, life, music, religion
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Are you having a great Christmas?

Are you celebrating the birth of Christ Jesus?

Remember we wouldn’t be celebrating Christmas if it wasn’t for Jesus, so c’mon and celebrate His birth today!

 

How many times have you asked yourself that question?

Mind you, if life was simple, we’d all be good at it wouldn’t we?!

Life is complicated right from the moment we are conceived to the moment we take our last breath. Many of the complications/difficulties we face during our lifetime are man-made…and many of those are of our own making!

If life was always easy though, how would we grow as people, into the adults we become? It’s through facing some hardships or difficult situations in our life that we find our true character, and blossom into the person God loves, and knows as me and you!

Christ coming to earth makes a difference to me, does it make a difference to you?

This Christmas season would not exist if Christ had not come to earth, so in recognition of this I’d ask you to spare a few minutes of your busy Christmas Day to give thanks to God for sending His son to earth to live amongst us.

Yes, it was many years ago since Christ came to earth, however His message is just as relevant today as it ever was, because God is here with us now,and every day. It’s not too late to give your life to Christ, in fact what better day to commit your life to God that the day on which we celebrate the birth of His son Christ.

Luke 1:76-78 (NIV)

And you, my child, will be called a prophet of the Most High; for you will go on before the Lord to prepare the way for him, to give his people the knowledge of salvation through the forgiveness of their sins, because of the tender mercy of our God, by which the rising sun will come to us from heaven.

I pray you have had a blessed Christmas, and have experienced the love and peace that can only be found when we have a relationship with Christ the King.

Merry Christmas – I hope Santa was good to you all!

Two weeks today will be Christmas Day, so on that day, what will you be celebrating?

The giving and receiving of presents? A family feast? The birth of Jesus Christ?

First and foremost Christmas is about the birth of Jesus all those years ago, so while I will hopefully be giving and receiving some presents and eating too much food, I will definitely be thanking God for sending His son Jesus to earth.

As a Christian, I’ve been really annoyed and frustrated and the “campaign by some to stop us from calling Christmas, Christmas but instead just all it a holiday. Yes most of us do get a few days holiday at Christmas time, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be a celebration of Christ‘s birth too!

I believe that we should all be free to celebrate the religious festivals applicable to our religion, and in doing so should not be dictated to what we actually call them. Therefore let us keep Christ in Christmas. After all without Christ there would never have been a Christmas!

Jesus truly is the reason for the season…”Christ”mas!

Jesus was born in a stable amongst the stable animals with only a manger for his bed. Based on where Jesus was born and how he spent his first few hours, how can we ever question what is good enough for God, when a stable was good enough for His son!?

We are only human, so all we can do is our best for Jesus. God knows our limitations and knows when we are doing our best to be like Jesus.

When we do our best it is definitely good enough for God.

A Day of Contrasts

Posted: April 27, 2010 in life
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Today turned into a day of great contrasts, both in events and emotions…

Not long after I got to work this morning I got a text from a friend to say his wife had given birth to a gorgeous wee baby boy and both Mum and son were well. My friend was understandably delighted at becoming a dad for the first time. It’s particularly special as they’ve had to cope with two previous miscarriages.

Thank you God for this wonderful gift of life. One which I know has already brought such abundant joy and happiness to his parents, and I’m sure as he is loved, nurtured and taught about your love, will continue to bring joy to all who know him.

 So that was this morning – This afternoon couldn’t have been more different…

This afternoon I attended the funeral of one of my neighbours. She died a few days ago following a short battle with cancer.

What a day of contrasts: first the high of hearing about the birth of a new baby, then the low of attending the funeral. Fortunately I believe Christ was present at both events, firstly bringing baby into the world safe and well (and making sure his mum was ok too), and then surrounding everyone who knew my neighbour with His love and comfort, as only God can.

Thank you God for being present through all of life’s events.

Great is the Lord by The Martins:

Romans 8:38-39 (New International Version)
For I am convinced that neither death nor life,
neither angels nor demons,
neither the present nor the future,
nor any powers,
neither height nor depth,
nor anything else in all creation,
will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord

Joseph’s Lullaby

Posted: December 26, 2009 in Christmas, love
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Can you imagine how Joseph felt when he found out Mary was expecting a baby?

Matthew 1:18-19 (The Message)
The birth of Jesus took place like this. His mother, Mary, was engaged to be married to Joseph. Before they came to the marriage bed, Joseph discovered she was pregnant. (It was by the Holy Spirit, but he didn’t know that.) Joseph, chagrined but noble, determined to take care of things quietly so Mary would not be disgraced.

At the time of Jesus’ birth Joseph would have been frowned upon for marrying a woman who was pregnant outwith marriage. But Joseph believed in God. He believed that God had a plan for Mary and him to raise this child, the Christ child.

Mary and Joseph loved Jesus just as a mother and father should love their child. The song I’ve used above by Mercy Me portrays some of the thoughts and feelings Joseph must have had when Jesus was born. A beautiful song and a lovely presentation.


Be blessed by the love of God, our heavenly Father this Christmas.

Struggling At Christmas

Posted: December 20, 2009 in Christmas, family, religion
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I make no apology for share the above song with you today, as it although Christmas should be a time a great joy for Christians around the world, as we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, it is also a time when traditionally we spend time with our families. So please don’t get so caught up in Christmas that you forget those struggling to pull themselves though each day of this Christmas period when all can seem so very bleak for some.

So today I’d ask that you take some time out from the build up to Christmas to think about and pray for those who might be finding Christmas difficult this year for family reasons:

  • Those with no family;
  • Those whose family are hundreds or thousands of miles away;
  • Those who have loved ones in hospital;
  • Those who have loved ones for whom this may be their last Christmas due to serious illness or age;
  • Those who themselves are ill and unable to share with their family on Christmas.

For those in any of these situations, Christmas can be a very depressing time, a very lonely time, when it seems you are forgotten and alone. But these are times when we need to remember God is with us at all times and can make the darkest of times bright again.

Please pray for those struggling this Christmas and if you are one of those struggling, turn to God, He can give you the strength to face Christmas as without Him there wouldn’t be any Christmas.

Can’t Live Without You
You found me here
I’m barely breathing
You picked me up
But I’m still wanting more

You’re the ocean deep
I’m in up to my knees
Wanting desperately to drown
You’re the one bright part
Of my languid heart
You’re the love I cannot live without
I cannot live without

Please hold me close
I can’t stop shaking
It’s not for fear
My walls are breaking down

You’re the ocean deep
I’m in up to my knees
Wanting desperately to drown
You’re the one bright part
Of my languid heart
You’re the love I cannot live without
I can’t live without

I can’t live without you
I can’t live without you
And I cannot live without you
Can you hold on, can you hold on
Can you hold on, because you hold everything

You’re the ocean deep
I’m in up to my knees
Wanting desperately to drown
You’re the one bright part
Of my languid heart
You’re the love I cannot live without
I can’t live without you
I can’t live without you

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