Too Busy?

How do you and your Faith Family do community together? Is it attending small group, sharing meals, going on an all girls/guys outing. Or, is it giving of yourself? Sharing your gifts, talents, time or resources?

As I reflect on the Season, I am reminded that the stress and busyness of this time of year is man-made. God doesn’t intend for us to experience stress and busyness during the Christmas season or any time of year. In fact, Jesus, knowing that the busyness of life would distract us from Him gives us an open invitation in Matthew 11:28-29 “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.”Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and YOU WILL FIND REST FOR YOUR SOULS. (NASB).

The giving of gifts, wrapped in festive paper and embellished with beautiful bows and ribbons, has become customary for many. I love to receive gifts; I love to give gifts even more. Shopping online or going to the local mall or free-standing store is easy; a no brainer. The package arrives in the mail or you bring it home with you, wrap it, tag it and deliver.greatestgift1hdr22

But, what about the gifts that cannot be purchased; the gifts that require one to give of themselves? Why, I wonder, is this a struggle for so many of us? Here are some of the excuses that run through my mind, “I’m too busy.” “Someone else will do it this time.” “I helped out last time.” There are more, but I’m sure you get the picture.

The point is, when we choose to practice selfless giving throughout the year, it becomes second nature to say yes rather than give an excuse; even during the time of year many of us choose to make the busiest.

So, it all comes back to having a relationship with Jesus. We truly can do all things through Christ who gives us strength. When we choose to make our home in Him, he will show us the needs that are on His heart and give us everything we require to fill those needs.

Are you stressed and busy? Beloved, choose Jesus and he will give you rest for your soul.


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The Greatest Gift

thWell my blogging friends and audience. It has been awhile since my last post. I do think of each of you often. Especially those I interact with often. @DonCharisma, I miss looking at your pictures and @OpinionatedMan, I miss, well, your opinion! @PatrickHubbard your unending encouragement, @SubmissiveCharacter your heartfelt comments, @Altruistico your deep thoughts on Christianity, @YouBe, your encouragement and Bible quizzes and @TheWannaBeSaint your insightful look at life. I have been caught up in preparing for the season and posting has had to sit patiently on the sidelines for the time being.

However, as I opened my Bible this morning the pages fell to this passage in 1 Chronicles and the idea for a post quickly took shape.

“Praise be to you, LORD, the God of our father Israel, from everlasting to everlasting. Yours, LORD, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the majesty and the splendor, for everything in heaven and earth is yours. Yours, LORD, is the kingdom; you are exalted as head over all. Wealth and honor come from you; you are the ruler of all things. In your hands are strength and power to exalt and give strength to all. Now, our God, we give you thanks, and praise your glorious name.” 1 Chronicles 29: 10b-13.

This passage from the Old Testament has me reflecting on God’s goodness. For me this passage directly relates to God’s greatest gift, that of his Son, Jesus Christ. Even though there isn’t any direct correlation in the printed words of this passage, that is what my heart feels.

And, so my friends, as I traipse through this wondrous season, I stop and give thanks and praise for each of you. Most importantly, I give thanks and praise to God for the greatest gift of all!

A blessed Merry Christmas to each of you!th (1)








Show Me Your Glory

You believe there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that -and shudder. James 2:19.

I don’t know about you, but this verse makes me stop and ask myself, “Do I really understand the power of God?” Oh sure, I know in my head that God is omnipotent; all powerful, but do I understand that and feel it in my heart? This is an important question to ask oneself because I believe many area’s of our relationship with God revolve around our knowing deep in our spirit this truth.

If you have a few minutes please share why you feel it is important to allow this truth to saturate your heart and become a firm, unmovable foundation, by replying in the comment section below.

Papa, I thank you for showing and revealing to us your power and glory. Not because we need to see that to have faith or believe, but because we do have faith and believe. May we rest in your power as part of our inheritance and identity in You! Amen.