Arrived


A new gift of today has arrived precious family!!! Our sweet Jesus has blessed us once again with life together as His beloved kids of faith!!! Upon faith in Christ Jesus as our personal Savior, Jesus enters into our hearts and dwells with us forever to be our Counselor, leading us and guiding us supernaturally in faith!!! Christmas is the celebration of Jesus’ arrival into this world as our God with us that was the beginning of His life journey to become our Savior and end up in our hearts, ever present with us!!! Oh what a glorious day to celebrate – the birthday of our King!!!

As I write this today, it was about the same time of day as 30 years ago when I began the labor that brought my daughter into this world!!! I am with her today and able to celebrate her arrival into life with her!!! She is the answer to my prayers for a child!!!

As I reflect upon all of this, I think of how Jesus has arrived into our hearts of faith as saints and while we await the arrival of His birthday celebration on Christmas Day, we can know that He is present with us here and now in heart and is the answer to all of our prayers!!!

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His heart for us is to cast all our cares on Him because He cares for us.” (1 Peter 5:7) His heart for us as we pray is that He understands our hearts and He says:

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” 

Jeremiah 29:11

As we await the arrival of the Birthday celebration of Jesus, celebrate His presence living close to you in heart now and celebrate that His victory for us is working before us and He is leading us to celebration in His divine triumphant procession always!!! Oh that just has me smiling and celebrating the King with us as His kids right now!!! I have much to be thankful for today!!! I celebrate my daughter in my life, I celebrate Jesus in my life, I celebrate you in my life and all the glorious riches that are ours as saints of faith together in Christ Jesus!!! Here is a little song I didn’t write, but it has a good message for us all to “don’t worry, be happy” and that we can do because Jesus is forever with us and we are more than conquerors in all things with He who loves us!!! YAY!!! Happy, happy, happy!!! 🙂 Jesus has us already arrived victorious!!! Cast away worries – be HAPPY IN JESUS!!!

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Love Quieted

“For God so loved the world that He gave His One and Only Son that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have everlasting life.”

John 3:16

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God IS love!!! The Christmas season is the celebration of that special love and finding time to reflect upon the love of Jesus in our midst of Christmas scurry is the best way to have a Merry Christmas!!!

It is in the setting aside of time to talk with God and hear God that brings the true Spirit of Christmas into our full awareness in our personal lives as we let go of distractions to hear the blessings of His voice to us!!! Oh there is nothing sweeter in all of life!!! Jesus just makes me smile!!!

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Planning activities of Christmas can easily become too focused on the details of Christmas festivities and not enough time on the priorities of life. Sometimes feelings of stress and anxiety can rob us from truly enjoying the gift of God in our lives during the Christmas season. Sometimes the important priority family members can feel left out as busy family scurries hither and yon in all the preparations of Christmas celebration, too and some quiet reflection helps us have divine perspective as we slow down to ponder!!! Perhaps consider putting off some outreach to some relationships and some to do’s for after Christmas for more quality time with Jesus as the reason for the season and the keeping of priorities during the holiday!!!  Oh it can make for a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, too!!! Jesus can guide our hearts as we seek Him!!! Oh the wise still seek Him today as they did sooo many years ago on that first Christmas celebration and they are always blessed as they discover Him!!! The heart of Jesus loves to be worshipped and celebrated and He also loves “quieting our hearts with His love.” Zephaniah 3:17 Now how sweet is He and worthy of our divine praise, time and resources for all that He has done for us!!! He will guide us divinely as we seek Him in it all. He beckons us to come to Him and He will lead us in triumphant procession!!! YAY!!! Love sweet Jesus victory of sufficient grace to help us win always with Him!!!

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To have a heart “quieted” with His love makes a heart truly jubilant for Christmas – it is a heart filled with His peace, love, delight, joy and the yummy fruit of His Spirit guiding us!!! It is a heart softened by the sweetness and wisdom of our Father’s love, finding in the experiences with His presence, a heart transformed from the world – a heart of peace, at rest, calm, undisturbed, even, peaceful, placid, quiet, settled, smooth, uninterrupted, unruffled, untroubled. Relationships can begin to thaw out with the birth of His presence in the midst. The beginning of our day will bring excitement and a skip in our step!!! We may hear the birds singing again, smells and sounds will be warmed by the presence of God close to us. Anguish will be carried away by the gentle  whispers of the Holy Spirit’s voice of reason, guidance and reassurance!!! Oh Jesus – He is the greatest Christmas presence!!! Enjoy the King who is always with us in heart this Holiday season!!! Let’s love the King and let Him quiet our hearts with His love and all that He is for the best Christmas celebration yet!!!

I reflect upon this song here that speaks of the power of His love. Oh, it’s heavenly!!! Rest in the quietness of His unfailing, unconditional Christmas and all-year-round love reaching out for connection with you, dear saints!!! Oh how He loves and delights in us as His kids of faith!!! His joy to our world – ssshhh!!! Do you hear it??? Let those who have ears hear!!! 🙂

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Recognizing the King

New day greetings, dear family!!! It’s Christmas with all the trimmings –  Christmas trees, Christmas lights, Christmas music, Christmas traditional foods, Christmas parties, Christmas stockings hung with care and all kinds of Christmas gifts – each one uniquely and individually wrapped to disquise the carefully chosen gift within so that on Christmas morning, our loved ones can be surprised when the gift of love at its core is made known to them!!!  As we go through all of the delight and excitement of experiencing the Christmas season together as our Father’s kids, God our Father longs for us to see in the midst of all He has given to us, the greatest gift of love that He has sent to us to insure that we are His forever as His beloved royal family!!!  When He first gave that gift to the world, this was the result:

“He was in the world, and though the world was made through Him, the world did not recognize Him. He came to that which was His own, but His own did not receive Him. Yet to all who received Him, to those who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God – children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.”

John 1:10-13NIV

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We could say that with all the world that covered over the gift at its center, Jesus was not at first visible until our Father’s Spirit revealed Him to individual hearts of faith, giving them rebirth into a new heart that saw the Truth of who He really was in their midst!!! The same can be true in our midst this Christmas season. All the trimmings that speak of a Christmas holiday can mask over the true gift of Christ in our midst who is at the core of all of life, unless we as His kids reveal Him as the greatest gift of all given to each individual thru their faith in our Father’s love for us all in the midst of our celebration!!!

Christmas is recognizing this and celebrating it as our greatest gift revealed thru our Father’s Word:

“God so loved the world  that He gave His One and Only Son that whoever believes in Him will never perish but have everlasting life.”

John 3:16

“The Word became flesh  and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

John 1:14 NIV

The greatest gift of all of life is in our midst, sweet family!!! “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”  That is the good gift Father speaks in 1 John 1:9 to all who have ears and heart to receive the treasure!!! It’s the best gift to give this season!!! Let us not let Him be unrecognized in the midst of all the trimmings of Christmas, precious family!!! How is Father showing you how He can best be revealed in the lives of those around you thru you this Christmas season???

Oh, come let us adore Him – what a heavenly thought this song presents here!!! I’m adoring He who IS perfect love in our midst with you, dear ones!!! There is nothing greater in forever life than His unfailing unconditional love for us who accept Him as our Savior from personal sin!!! Wooohooo!!! We as His kids have the greatest gift there is in Him with us!!! God with us – oh that just has me forever smiling at such a divine heavenly gift with us in our hearts of faith here on earth!!! 🙂

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A Good Eye

Have you ever had someone say to you “Wow” you really have an eye for how to do that!!!” It means you have an exceptional ability to see how to do something well. Having an eye for being able to do good things in life is a blessing!!! Jesus said it this way:

“The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are good, your whole body will be full of light. If your eyes are bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness!”

Matthew 6:22-24

To fix our eyes on what is good, the source of all that is good, Jesus, makes for the ultimate exceptional supernatural living, for our Father tells us we cannot serve two masters. Either we will hate the one and love the other, or we  will be devoted to the one and despise the other. I guess we could say it would be seeing double!!! Yikes!!! For example, He says we cannot serve God and money. There can only be one God and His good eyes to guide us!!!

This is the time of year when gift-giving is generous with Christmas being celebrated and year-end giving to charities for tax benefits if you live in the US. What a difference having a good eye for what our Father has given to us can make!!! What good-eye vision is He revealing to you this time of year, dear one??? Jesus is a good, good Father and we are loved by Him with His good eye of perfect love and grace for us as His kids just as this song says here.

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He wants to help us have good eyes in celebrating His generous gift of our personal Savior coming into our lives this Christmas season!!! It begins with recognizing with good eyes the tremendous gift of personal relationship that we have been given with the God of the Universe who loves us as His children of faith. We have the divine best forever with Him in our hearts guiding us!!! He has done lit up our hearts with the good eye lamp of Him living in us to lead and guide us thru all of life!!! Never will He leave us nor forsake us!!! The ultimate Christmas gift of His Holy Spirit good eyes in us…wow!!! Our good, good Father sure had good eyes when He gave us the gift of Him in us!!! Oh, how blessed are we  for once we were all blind, but now we see with a good eye!!!

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Jesus Healing Blind

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Gratitude Attitude

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Only our Father knows each of our hearts and where each one is at in heart. I don’t know where you are at today, but I’m a gal thinking that oh, there is sooo much to be thankful for in life! Namely, Jesus! He is everything and we who have faith in Him have got it all in Him! He is the giver, sustainer and protector of all of our life now and forever, we have loved ones in Him for always and soooo many blessings galore! In summary, we have the hope and victory of Jesus and His grand plan and work for each one of our lives, so we need not stuff the turkey of oh, kon-trair! Hope in Jesus, ya see, just don’t compare! No matter where we are at in all of life, we are rich in the glorious riches of our Lord and Savior who…

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He Smiled At Me

There is a song about a little drummer boy that set out to bless a King with the use of his talent of being able to play a drum. It is a song that we will hear often as the Christmas season is on the way!!! The thing that I love about this song the most is that as the little drummer boy offered up what he could to show His awe and love of Jesus who was born in a humble manger, it says of Jesus “then He smiled at me.”

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Oh, I can’t think of a greater gift in all of life than to have the One who is perfect in all ways look upon me and you as His children of faith and smile a smile of love and acceptance of us!!! That is exactly what our Father’s Word of Truth (the Bible) says to us:

“For God loved the world so much that He gave His One and only Son so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish, but have eternal life.”

Jn 3:16 NLT

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Thru our faith in Christ born into this world, dying on a cross and rising up to eternal life as our personal Savior from sin, our Father’s Word tells us this is how our Father sees us as His kids:

“For the LORD your God is living among you. He is a mighty savior. He will take delight in you with gladness. With His love, He will calm all your fears. He will rejoice over you with joyful songs.”

Zephaniah 3:17 NLT

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God Brings Peace

So hence, like the little drummer boy who stepped out into life to share what he could to show love to Jesus, we too have special gifts, talents and skills that we can share out of love for He who came to this earth and gave what He could to show us love. We don’t have to perform for Him, because He came to give us the gift of forever life with Him by grace, but we get to show Him our love gifts just like the heart of the little drummer boy wanted to share his gift for his King!!! As we step into life to lovingly do likewise, He tells us that when He returns to earth a second time, that He will reward us for what we have done. This we can know also, even if we didn’t do anything but have faith and awe in Him as our Savior, He smiles at us as His kids!!! Oh now that just makes me smile from ear to ear!!! 🙂 I sooo love our sweet Father who IS love and who created us to have a forever love relationship with Him in His paradise kingdom coming soon!!!  I’m forever smiling with that thought!!! Oh, by the way, here is the song I mentioned. I hope you enjoy it and as you listen, imagine Jesus smiling at you!!! He wants to be your best friend forever!!! Mine, too!!! YAY!!!

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The Power of We

Greetings, dear family of Jesus!!! Today our Father speaks to me of the importance of relationships in life – having each other with our Father as our center cord of love!!! Our Father designed us to be in relationship foremost with Him who IS love!!! Apart from Him, we can do nothing. Therefore, we are dependent upon Him for taking care of us in all of life forever!!! Now how awesome is that to have someone sooo loving and capable of providing for us in such wise, good divine ways!!! He is everything that is right, good and love, so we know we are in the best of hands with Him!!! Being dependent on Jesus is the best life for sure!!!

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Beyond our dependent relationship on our Father, we are always growing or maturing from being dependent on people to being interdependent with each other in relationship in this life. The difference:

Dependence – Dependence is the idea of looking to someone to take care of us and some examples of that would be: YOU take care of me; YOU come through for me.

Independence is the idea of doing life our own self and some examples of that would be: I can do it; I am responsible; I am self-reliant; I can choose.

Interdependence is the idea of “let’s do life together.” Examples of this idea is WE can do it; WE can cooperate; WE can combine our talents and abilities and create something greater TOGETHER.

Our Father’s ideal for us is for each one of us to live in dependence on Him – His grace that is everything to us, with a blend of dependence and independence called interdependent upon each other which is the whole summary of the Bible as our Father says:

“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. The second is like it:

“Love your neighbor as yourself.”

Loving our Father, looking to Him dependently to meet all our needs, and stepping into life to love Him, independently see our own self in His love and interdependently love one another just makes for a sweet divine life for all people!!! Oh that all just makes me smile!!! God IS love!!! Life is all about LOVE!!! I love this song here. How is Father moving your heart in terms of love, dear saint???

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Together with Father and together as His kids, we are wonderfully and powerfully strong!!! 🙂

“Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.”

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Matthew 22:37-39; Ecclesiastes 4:12