The Circle of Love

I spent time this week putting up Christmas decorations in my home and this morning, I have been enjoying seeing them all around me. Christmas decorations are not Christmas in themselves for sure!!! At Christmas time, we put decorations around our homes not because we worship them or make them our idols of focus, but because they are symbolic of things that point us in thought to what Christmas is – Jesus and His love for us as His children of faith. Do you have a favorite Christmas decoration??? As I was going through my Christmas box of decorations this week, I enjoyed bringing out various different decorations as many of them are reminders to me not only of Christ and His love for us, but also they bring to memory love shared with special ones in past Christmases.

Cross Ornament

When my daughter was growing up, every year I gave her a new Christmas ornament so that when she was 18 and perhaps had her own tree, she would have a set of tree ornaments for her own home to remind her of Christ’s love for her and memories of our home’s love for her. My son-in-law’s family did the same for him, therefore, the two of them have enough sentimental ornaments to fill their tree with lots of love to go all around!!! It was sweet to watch them decorate their tree this year when I was in Tucson visiting!!! I hold that time there as special memories for this Christmas to add to my collection of fond Christmas memories of time spent with loved ones in Christmases past now in the present!!!

Jesus outstretched hands

As I have pondered decorations today, the evergreen Christmas wreath is on my mind and I realize what a beautiful symbol it is of our Father’s love for us. How so??? Well, the evergreen is symbolic of everlasting life – an evergreen is always green with the appearance of thriving life, even in the winter months!!! We celebrate at Christmas time, our Savior’s evergreen, ever live and ever divinely jealous love for us that is without end for us as His children of faith!!! The evergreen wreath is also a circle that is symbolic of our Father’s love for us that is without end – never broken!!!

Evergreen Wreath

Oh now how special is that to us, sweet family!!! The circle wreath is also symbolic of the truth that the first Christmas began in the heart of God and was made complete when it reached our heart. It then continues on around circle to love others with heart for them and our sweet Father while remembering and being refreshed by our Father’s precious love for our self. The circle of Father’s love – oh I am thankful for this Christmas reminder of how Christmas begins and never ends!!! That thought just keeps me smiling and filled with Father’s love!!!

“God…made His light shine in our hearts…”

2 Corinthians 4:6

Cross In Heart

How is Father shining His light of love within your heart today, dear family??? We, like the evergreen Christmas wreath were made to thrive forever without end as this song says here. Father’s Christmas love to you wherever you are today!!!

Jesus Delighting in Me

“As I have loved you, so you must love one another.”

John 13:34

The Gift of Walking

I read a story today that brought a tear to my eyes. It was the story about a little boy that wanted to give his friend a gift and he lived a few miles from the ocean. He had the idea of walking there and finding a treasure for her – a carefully chosen seashell of divine beauty. He found just the right one in his eyes and upon presenting it to her, she thanked him for the gift and she also made mention of how special it was that he walked several miles to the ocean with her in mind.

Heart Seashell

He lit up and said “The long walk was part of the gift!!!” As I thought about this story, I treasured the sacrifice of this boy’s heart and time that he had devoted to show his friend his love. I don’t know if he realized until it was mentioned to him that each step that he took to get the gift was treasured by his friend, but it made me greatly appreciate the sacrifices that people make in my life that go beyond the tangible as I reflected upon his joyful appreciative heart!!! It is my hope that he also recognized that the ability to walk and the process of walking there, taking in the divine life around him was also a gift to him personally!!! It was a love gift from our Father to him that enabled him to experience the beauty of love in life – the love of our Father for him and the beauty of living out love for others. Both ways, it was a blessing to him!!!

Boy With Father

Boy on Beach.jpg

Do you appreciate your everyday stepping through life as Father enables us to, dear ones??? Oh it is a sweet gift that we share of our Father together!!!

Heart of Seashells

My heart is very thankful for the steps taken that people put forth in various physical, mental, emotional and spiritual efforts to bless me – it is truly the heart of Christmas love lived out everyday in our lives together whether or not we give tangible gifts!!! I certainly realize there are people in my life that show me everyday that they love me beyond the tangible. How about you, dear family??? My point in all of this is that tangible gifts can be sooo sweet and truly touch a heart, but perhaps a great Christmas gift we can give to others that are dear to us this Christmas is in doing as this friend did in this story and just let it be known to the special ones in your life that the steps they have taken in life to bless you beyond tangible is greatly appreciated and not without notice!!! Bless you for your hearts of loving for Father, sweet family!!! Please know that wherever you are and even if nobody acknowledges to you personally your sacrifices on their behalf, Jesus notices!!! His heart wants you to know that He greatly appreciates what you do and He will reward you for what you do:

“God is not unjust, He will not forget your hard work and the love that you show Him as you help His people and continue to help them.”

Hebrews 6:10 NIV

God Sees You

Jesus Looking at Man

Girl Reaching to Jesus

Sweet Father’s Christmas love and friendship to you family of Jesus!!! YOU are a divine gift and blessing!!! I like this little song here that talks about the sweetness of trusting in Jesus!!! It just all makes me smile!!! 🙂

Treasures Opened Up To Jesus

As I seek my Father tonight, His revelation to me is how precious is the invitation to be in His presence – to have intimacy with Him as the three wise men did and the Shepherds did in His lowly manger to celebrate the birth of Jesus into this world! It was a private personal setting and there was a very special relationship in the “just Mary, Joseph and Jesus” moments, but there was a specialness in God’s heart for wanting the three wise men and the Shepherds there as well. There was a purpose for their being there and they entered in with the Father’s perfect timing!!! The same is true of all of us who have faith in Him as our Savior!!!!!! As He says in His Word:

“In Him, we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of Him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of His will.”

“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.”

Jesus has chosen you saint, for a very specific purpose in life and He invites each one of us into a personal relationship with Him as the King of kings and Lord of lords. If you would have been one of the only ones invited to be in the private setting of His beloved family of three, would you have accepted His invitation? I consider it a privilege and honor and I would’ve been really excited about that gift extended to me!!! His offer is still good today for you and me to enter into private intimacy with Him. He loves doing life with you, precious one!!! It is interesting that Jesus gave the three wise men the gifts that they gave to Him. How precious that they took the gifts from Jesus and gave back to Him in appreciation for all He provided to them. Oh, lots to ponder there!!! Celebrate the love of Jesus for YOU!!! It’s a divine gift and a one forever lifetime opportunity!!! Don’t miss out on it!!! Here are a few of God’s chosen opening up their treasures of gifts from Him to give back to Him in their song of worship. Now how precious!!!

Mary Joseph and Baby

Nativity

Intimacy with God

Forever Ours

Merry Christmas evening, saints!!! If you are like me, I had a delightful day!!! Oh, sooo fun, but am ready to rest for the night. I am rejoicing in our Jesus that we all celebrated today as our Savior coming into the world!!! What a gift of a Savior, mighty counselor and trustworthy God we have with us!  Tonight, I reflect upon His Word that says

“nothing in all of creation will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Romans 8:39

Jesus made His entrance into this world knowing that His presence would forever be here with us in our hearts who have faith in Him. He assures us of this by saying:

“Never will I leave you, never will I forsake you.”

Hebrews 13:5

Given that promise of our Father, we can all nestle down snug in our beds and have a peaceful and love full silent night, resting in His love and grace!!! Merry Christmas!!! Here is a song to have silent reflection and rest to. God bless you!!!

Call to Worship

God Gave His Son

Heart of Christmas God's Love

The Gift of YOU

Merry Christmas beloved one! Oh, it is a great day to be confident in our Father’s love for us today because He has chosen to make His dwelling among us as His people who have faith in Him!!! Now how awesome, wonderful and sweet is He to love us so much that He would leave His heavenly throne and take up the space of a lowly manger that He could be on this earth close to us, to make Himself available to us to approach with confidence to have a personal relationship of love with Him!!! He sees you as His beloved precious child!!! It is His birthday today and as I ponder what I could possibly give to Him for all He has done for me by loving me, saving me from all that is contrary to Him and making me His royal daughter of Him as my King of kings and Lord of lords, He reminds me this morning that the greatest gift any of us can give to Him is just to give Him the heart of accepting the gift of YOU and the gift of me as His divine masterpieces and give to Him nothing less than accepting His full love, grace and power to be who He has created each of us to be. In other words, offer Him all of us and what He has put in us just like the little drummer boy did that approached Him in the manger with what God had given him – himself and a drum and the God-given talent to play for Him, his King, a beautiful life song. Your life, saint, who you are and what He has put into you is a beautiful song back to Him when we give it confidently and with acceptance of His grace within us as beautiful and sufficient!!! Oh, I’m a gal worshipping my King this Christmas Day and celebrating God with each of us and for His miraculous, beautiful work in each of us as His kids!!! Celebrate Jesus today by celebrating YOU, too!!! Celebrating me with ya with God with us, too!!! Much love to ya’s!!! Oh, here is the little drummer boy’s song for our King here!

Kneeling Santa

“For it is by grace you are saved, through faith–and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God–not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”

Ephesians 2:8-10

“I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.”

Psalm 139:14

Rockin’ for Christmas

Merry Christmas Eve everybody! Woohoo!!! How exciting as we celebrate Jesus coming into our midst as “Emmanuel – God with us!!!” I’m a gal celebrating with ya, the great privilege and honor that we have of the presence of the King of kings and the Lord of lords making His divine entrance into our homes and entering into our hearts to take up residency forever and forever! He is the greatest gift of all and He is ours forever to dwell with us, to be our hope, our joy, our inspiration, our guidance, our strength, our first and everlasting perfect love, our peace, our victory, our encouragement, our security, our refuge, our provider, our sustainer, our forgiveness, our light in darkness, our righteousness, our holiness, the perfector of our faith, our overcomer, our peace, our Truth, our wonderful counselor, our gift of everything! He is our “Rock” in whom we can trust always!!! His promises to us are:

“Never will I leave you;

never will I forsake you.”

Hebrews 13:5

“For I know the plans that 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

“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

As we gather around the Christmas tree – the symbol of Jesus as our everlasting light, along with our loved ones all around us, let us remember the reason for the season, our Rock in whom we can trust!!! Oh, we be Rockin’ in faith in Him as we celebrate and to get us in the festive celebration mindset,  here is a song that has me a hoppin’ around with joy today!!! Have fun everybody!!! We have much to celebrate today!!! Woohoo!!! Jesus is coming to the world to bless every girl and boy, no matter what our age!!! He is bringing with Him all His glorious riches of the Universe with which to bless us as His children, His heirs to His paradise Kingdom!!! Bless Him!!! I’m a gal putting out milk and cookies for Him!!!

Kid Sugar Cookies

Oh, my Father!!! I sooo love Him!!! He’s the best!!!

He just makes me smile and I can just see Him laughing with us with a special twinkle in His eyes of love for us all!!!

Laughing with Jesus

Rockin’ in Him with ya ~ have a fun time celebrating He who loves you with perfect, unfailing, unconditional, forever love – JESUS!!!

Eyes of Jesus

Undying Love for My Father

Woohoo! I’m very excited about the Word my Father has given to me today! Have you ever thought about what to give your Father to show Him how much you love Him. He has loved each of us as His kids with perfect love and I want to love Him, too!  What I read in Ephesians 6:24 is simply the closing remark that Paul makes to the saints in Ephesus when he wrote:

“Grace to all who love our Lord Jesus Christ with an undying love.”

Oh that warms my heart so much to think that there is grace for such a one as I in how I love Jesus and to think that my love for Him is undying. Well, duh, ding dong me, of course it is – I’m gonna live forever and my Father will always be my great love and He sees me through eyes of grace thanks to the gift of His Son Jesus that I am celebrating this Christmas season! Hence, I do have a sufficient love that can love Him!!! That just has me sooo happy that I’m a wantin’ to dance around the room doing a little jig and this is just the right song for me here. Wanna join with me in lovin’ our Father with undying love and dancing a jig before Him for His grace in it all?! Oh, it could be fun!!! Ding, dong merrily on high – my love song of joy to my King!!!

Woman praising in Fountains