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I’ve done a number of Word Associations with you over the last while, and today, as the title of this blog post suggests, I’m going to do another one, but this time it’s all about Christmas! So as usual I’m going to throw some words at you  and I want you to note down the first word that comes into your mind when you read each word.

So here goes…

  1. Baby
  2. Star
  3. Tinsel
  4. Turkey
  5. Carol
  6. Birthday
  7. Gold
  8. Donkey
  9. Manger
  10. Angel

So how did you get on with those words? Did you find it easy? Did your answers surprise you or were they just as you expected?

Well here’s my responses to my questions:

  1. Jesus
  2. Bethlehem
  3. Tree
  4. Dinner
  5. Band
  6. King
  7. Present
  8. Stable
  9. Hope
  10. Peace

 

Were any of your answers the same as mine? Did any of my answers confuse you? Did any of your own answers confuse you?

I’ve said in previous word association posts that I find I get a bit stressed when I’m doing them as I put a lot of pressure on myself not to over think my answers! Are you relaxed when you do them or do you find it stressful too?

I still believe that when we respond with the first words that come into our minds, our answers tell us a lot about our emotional state, and what’s important to us at that particular point in time.

Bearing all this in mind, review your answers, does my theory hold true?

I chose some words you’d always associate with Christmas but I hope they got you thinking a little more about what Christmas means to you. As you may have gathered from my answers, Christmas for me is all about Jesus, and celebrating his birth.

So that’s Christmas and New Year over, and everything is beginning to get back to normal…whatever normal might be!

We’ve probably all spent too much money on Christmas presents and eaten far too much food, that we’re all making new year resolutions to change this thing or that thing in our life, to save money and/or lose weight, but what about your spiritual life? Have you stopped to consider what you need to do to make a new start with God this year?

Maybe you’ve never truly believed in God, maybe you believe he exists but just haven’t taken that extra step and given Him your heart…whatever state your spiritual life may be in, why not make a new start with God and give Him your heart for 2014, and forever more.

What Now? by Steven Curtis Chapman

I saw the face of Jesus
In a little orphan girl
She was standing in the corner
On the other side of the world
And I heard the voice of Jesus
Gently whisper to my heart
Didn’t you say you wanted to find Me
Well, here I am, here you are

So what now
What will you do now that you’ve found Me?
What now
What will you do with this treasure you’ve found
I know I may not look like what you expected
But if you’ll remember
This is right where I said I would be
You found me, what now?

And I saw the face of Jesus
Down on Sixteenth Avenue
He was sleeping in an old car
While his mom went looking for food
And I heard the voice of Jesus
Gently whisper to my soul
Didn’t you say you wanted to know me
Well, here I am
And it’s getting cold 

So what now
What will you do now that you’ve found Me?
What now
What will you do with this treasure you’ve found
I know I may not look like what you expected
But if you’ll remember
This is right where I said I would be
You found me, what now?

So come and know
 Come and know, know me now
 Come, come and know, know me now
 Oh, come and know
 Come, come and know, know me now
Come, come and know, know me now

These last few weeks I’ve found myself thinking a lot about those who wouldn’t be celebrating Christmas by exchanging presents and spending time celebrating and eating lots of foodpoverty

  • What about those who couldn’t afford to buy any presents for their children?
  • What about those who didn’t have any food to eat on Christmas Day?
  • What about those who spent Christmas Day alone?
  • What about those that had no roof over their head on Christmas Day?

What about them?

You may think it’s nothing to do with you that at the end of 2013 there are still those who don’t have enough food to eat, clean water to drink, or even a roof over their head, but I’m sorry, it is the responsibility of all God’s children to look after one another, and that includes you, me, the beggar on the street with no home, the orphan in a far away land who has to walk for miles every day just to get some dirty water to drink.

So, at the end of 2013, I challenge myself and each of you, to do something in 2014 to try to end poverty and hunger in this world of God’s. Go on make a difference in 2014 for God!

I’ve done a few Word Associations with you over the last few months, and today, as the title of this blog post suggests I’m going to give you another one, but this time all about Christmas! So as usual I’m going to throw some words at you  and I want you to note down the first word that comes into your mind when you read each word.

So here goes…

1. Nativity

2. Christmas tree

3. Carol

4. Bethlehem

5. Santa Claus

6. Christmas day

7. Christmas message

8. Food

9. Reindeer

10. Holiday

So how did you get on with those words? Did you find it easy? Did your answers surprise you or were they just as you expected?

Well here’s my responses to my questions:

1. Jesus

2. Decorations

3. O Come All Ye Faithful

4. Stable

5. Presents!

6. Family

7. Jesus

8. Over-eating

9. Rudolph

10. No work!

Were any of your answers the same as mine? Did any of my answers confuse you? Did any of your own answers confuse you?

I’ve said in previous word association posts that I find I get a bit stressed when I’m doing them as I put a lot of pressure on myself not to over think my answers! Are you relaxed when you do them or do you find it stressful too?

I still believe that when we respond with the first words that come into our minds, our answers tell us a lot about our emotional state, and what’s important to us at that particular point in time.

Bearing all this in mind, review your answers, does my theory hold true?

I chose some words you’d always associate with Christmas but I hope they got you thinking a little more about what Christmas means to you. As you may have gathered from my answers, Christmas for me is all about Jesus, and celebrating his birth.

Glory to God by Hillsong

Let the earth rejoice
Heaven’s comes to you
While the city sleeps
A child is born

Drive away the fear

For you, Saviour has come
He lies in a bed
Made of straw
La la la la la la la
La la la la
La la la
La la la la la la

Glory to glory to God
In the highest
Glory to glory to God
In the highest
Glory, glory in the highest

Yesterday in Child of Love we considered the responsibility Mary and Joseph must have felt in raising their son, and God’s only Son.

Today it’s about you and me!

What does it mean to us that Jesus was born here on earth?

God sent a little bit of heaven to earth when Jesus was born in Bethlehem.

God sacrificed His only Son at Calvary so that we could be forgiven of our sins.

What greater thing could any father do, than sacrifice his only son’s life?

Glory to God for all He did for the world all those years ago, and all He continues to do for us now.

This Christmas, have you given said thank you to God for sending His son to earth? Have you given all glory to God?

 

 

The reason we celebrate Christmas is because of Christ.

The reason Christ came to earth was to set us free.

The reason God wants us to serve Him is because Christ died for us.

The reason Christ died for us is because God loves us so much that he was willing to let his one and only son die so we might be forgiven.

This Christmas, as well as spending time with friends and family and exchanging presents, please take some time to say thank you to God for giving us Christ!

 

I pray you may experience the joy that only a relationship with Christ can bring you this Christmas.

MerryChristmas

Long lay the world in sin and error pining
‘Til He appears and the Soul felt His worth
A thrill of hope, the weary world rejoices
For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn
Fall on your knees
O hear the angels voices
O night divine, O night when Christ was born

It’s Christmas eve! How has Christmas come round so quickly?!

Have you taken the time this Christmas to fall on your knees and worship God, and give thanks to Him for sending Jesus into the world all those years ago?

If not, there’s still time! Rejoice on this holy night that Jesus was born. Celebrate with Christians around the world that Jesus Christ was born in a manger, and that He came to earth to save you and me!

It’s two days to Christmas, and I’m sure we’re all trying frantically to make sure our homes are ready for Christmas and all the family who will descend on us. But have you stopped to think of those who have family members who won’t be home for Christmas this year, and how empty their home feels to them this Christmas:

  • Some may have family who are serving in the armed forces somewhere;
  • Some may live hundreds or even thousands of miles away from their families;
  • Some may have lost a loved one to illness or old age in this last year, so may be alone;
  • Some may simply have no family to share Christmas with.

So spare a thought this Christmas for those who may not be finding Christmas such a joyous occasion, as for them Christmas may just be reminding them of their loneliness.

For those of you awaiting the arrival of loved ones this Christmas, cherish them and enjoy your celebrations together, as you are fortunate to have family to share this special time with.

Over two thousand years ago when Mary and Joseph tried to find somewhere to sleep, there was no room for them…there was no room for Jesus.

Over two thousand years on, those of us who believe in God and believe the true reason we celebrate Christmas are in the minority, as everyone else has no room for Jesus.

This Christmas, please don’t get too caught up in buying presents, partying, and making sure you’ve got all the food required for Christmas dinner, without at least sparing a few moments to remember the reason for the season.

Make some room for Christ this Christmas, He’s waiting for you this Christmas.

In the bleak midwinter, frosty wind made moan,
Earth stood hard as iron, water like a stone;
Snow had fallen, snow on snow, snow on snow,
In the bleak midwinter, long ago.

What can I give Him, poor as I am?
If I were a shepherd, I would bring a lamb;
If I were a Wise Man, I would do my part;
Yet what I can I give Him… give my heart.

 

…A time for families

…A time for celebrations

…A time for giving

…A time for parties

…A time for Christ

I must admit to being disappointed by a number of conversations I’ve heard in these last couple of weeks – These conversations have all been about Christmas, but not about Christ-mas, but instead about all night partying, drinking to excess and then suffering from a hangover for a day or two afterwards.

I’m sorry if I sound like a party-pooper because honestly I like a good party as must as the next person, but come on, what is it about Christmas that make people think it means they have to drink to excess and become so f=drunk that they can’t remember much, if anything, about their night out, and feel really ill the next day…or two!

no christ no christmasAs well as this, I’ve also been disappointed by the number of people who, when talking about their Christmas, have focused on everything and anything apart from celebrating the birth of Jesus. Even when someone has mentioned about church or chapel, they’ve talked about it as if it’s a chore going to church and that they only go at Christmas out of duty, not because they want to celebrate the reason for the season.

The reason we celebrate Christmas is because of Jesus, so please, this Christmas don’t get too caught up in partying and presents that you forget that if it hadn’t been for Christ, we would not have CHRISTmas!