BIRTHDAY

Because Jesus came, we have a Savior.

Incarnate means He was conceived in Mary by the Holy Spirit and God in the flesh. Divine and human He is.

Reborn is a spiritual new birth that comes to all who believe in His Name.

Tempted He was, but He never sinned. Perfect Jesus. Perfect sacrifice. Yet identifying with us in our weakness.

Holy is He. Righteous and Just in all His ways. God in three persons, blessed Trinity.

Demonstrated His love, dying on the cross. Love unbounded for you and for me.

All is well. Peace in every sinner’s heart who asks Him, “come and dwell.”

Yonder star to Bethlehem they followed. In a stable, Christ the Lord was born.

Happy Birthday, Jesus.

©Valerie Rumfelt

Holiday Help

The holidays can bring out the best or the worst in all of us. We cram into our schedules unusual activities. We long for scenarios that may never happen, even if it is Christmas. Or, our expectations are sky-high from people that haven’t performed so well up to this point! For some reason, we think the magic of the season will produce a different result or reaction from those who disappoint all year long. The traditions and practices of the season are different from any other time of the year. Everything is different at Christmas.

Why is this?

Is it true that “It’s the most wonderful time of the year?” My mother used to say the whole world seemed to change for the better at Christmas. It seemed to her people acknowledged the Reason for the season. I think she was right. Things were prettier, and people were nicer; the flow of society was happier and more gentle as anticipation grew toward Christmas. The Judeo-Christian values were held dear in most of society, and these values governed so much of our behavior and celebration of the season.

Unfortunately, the world is different, and now more than ever, we must focus on our individual journeys with Jesus to cope with the world as it is. Followers of Jesus must remain faithful to Him and choose Him when much of society isn’t. We truly have to decide to follow Jesus daily.

With that in mind, maybe the Thanksgiving and Christmas seasons are more important than ever.

Let’s not allow the darkness to do what darkness does. Darkness will creep into your soul and make you cynical of all that’s happy and bright and of the goodwill still present on this earth. Even today at church, someone asked how she could quit focusing on all the bad in the world.

Here are eight tips for holiday help:

  • Stay with Jesus – Focus on scripture reading and prayer. Add this to your life if it isn’t already. There are all kinds of Christmas Bible reading plans online. Find one and start it. If you are in this habit already, then keep it going. This daily discipline will save your life and keep you sane.
  • Enjoy the Body of Christ – If regular church attendance is already part of your life, keep that going. Be at your local church as often as the church holiday schedule allows. Our religious freedom is a gift, and corporate worship is God’s idea.
  • Pray for the lost – Your friends and family who don’t yet know Him need your prayers. You may have a divine opportunity around them these next few weeks. You’ll be ready for it if you’ve spent time with the Father.
  • Play the sacred Christmas carols – “Grandma got run over by a reindeer” will be heard a thousand times on any radio station. Raise the essence of the season and download some gorgeous, choral or orchestral music, and enjoy the grandeur of these long-held hymns of Christmas.
  • Love the ones you are with – Be kind, and use manners with those you’re around every day. You will feel better about yourself and your relationship with the Lord.
  • Teach the traditional– Christmas carols, old movies, poetry from days gone by, and lasting beliefs. Snuggle up and share storybooks of Jesus coming to earth. Focus on the biblical more than the secular.
  • Keep good routines – If you have good habits such as eating right, going to bed at a regular time, or exercise, then keep it up. If not, start. All these things are remedies for stress.
  • Serve others – This is basic Christianity and should be done regularly anyway. Work in your local church as there’s often a need for volunteers to greet at the Christmas services, serve meals, or buy presents for others.
  • Live Christlike – There is incredible suffering, and people who know you are watching you. You can bring the light of Jesus to your world. If you have a stressful schedule, figure out your “no’s,” dig deeper, and lean on Jesus. 

The darkness of this world can breed cynicism in all of us. As followers of Jesus, we have His light within us, and we can be vigilant to keep the light burning as steady as a lighthouse. Let’s not cave into the world’s darkness. Let’s live as children of the Light because the world has nothing to offer to us. They are searching for the Light. We have to remember…Joy to the world, the Lord is come!

Joy to the world, the Lord is come;
Let earth receive her King;
Let every heart prepare Him room,
And heaven and nature sing,
And heaven and nature sing,
And heaven, and heaven and nature sing.

©Valerie Rumfelt

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Real Christmas

Last night in our prayer time, my husband and I pondered aloud the emptiness the world brings to such a blessed, joyous, and exceptional season as Christmas. The message from the world seems to be so much about getting.

Now, I admit when I married Clark, any gift-giving occasion got more exciting than it had ever been for me. You see, Clark delights in choosing a meaningful gift for me, even several. He has blown me away many times through the years with his selections.

Anyway, as good as a gift is, it’s just temporal. All gifts are subject to wear and tear, being broken, lost, or stolen.

For those who know Christ, HE is the gift of Christmas and of every single day of our lives. HE is eternal, and unchanging, and HE never grows tired or weary. HE is the motivation for each day, not just Christmas.

Christmas for every believer in Jesus is in our hearts, life eternal, love everlasting. CHRISTMAS, a thrill of hope, literally, the weary world truly does rejoice!

The world may not know why they decorate, play the carols, attend church, or give gifts, but the underlying message of Jesus promotes every bit of it. Every glimmering light, every baked item, each crinkle of Christmas wrap, traditions taught, carols sung, wreaths hung high, tinsel swooped around the trees, and every snowflake that may fall on Christmas announce the most phenomenal birth ever and proclaim to the world

 I

 have

 come

FOR YOU.gareth-harper-175342-unsplash

Below are some quotes that capture the meaning of the glorious season…

“I heard the bells on Christmas Day
Their old, familiar carols play,
And wild and sweet
The words repeat
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!” Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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

John 1:14

“Once in our world, a stable had something in it that was bigger than our whole world.” C.S.Lewis from The Last Battle 1956
 
An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people.
Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.
Luke 2:9-11   
 
 
“Who can add to Christmas? The perfect motive is that God so loved the world. The perfect gift is that He gave His only Son. The only requirement is to believe in Him. The reward of faith is that you shall have everlasting life.”- Corrie Ten Boom
 
 
Merry Christmas!
 
 
©Valerie Rumfelt
 
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