I spent last weekend in Memphis, TN checking out the Memphis Teacher Residency and then in Paragould, Arkansas visiting the family of a dear friend. This particular friend also happens to be a role model to me in many ways. I'm continuously humbled and inspired by her faithfulness, her ability to just walk and rest in the faith that God will keep laying out the road in front of her, and her diligence in spending time with Jesus. She's currently working her way through Jesus Calling by Sarah Young, and because she mentioned about 50 million times how perfect her devotion of the day was for what she was experiencing, I decided to get myself a copy. And boy, was she right. Perrrrr-fect.
So, I thought I'd share this from this gem of a book:
"I am King of Kings and Lord of lords, dwelling in dazzlingly bright Light! I am also your Shepherd, Companion, and Friend--the One who never lets go of your hand. Worship Me in My holy Majesty; come close to Me, and rest in My Presence. You need Me both as god and as Man. Only My Incarnation on that first, long-ago Christmas could fulfill your neediness. Since I went to such extreme measures to save you from your sins, you can be assured that I will graciously give you all you need.
Nurture well your trust in Me as Savior, Lord, and Friend. I have held back nothing in My provision for you. I have even deigned to live within you! Rejoice in all that I have done for you, and My Light will shine through you in the world."
What a great reminder that Jesus first came to this earth as a sacrifice, with the intent of meeting us where we are, and fulfilling our needs. And when we take time to be still in His presence, and "nurture well our trust in Him", we can reflect into all the world the light that He shines on us.
From our family to yours, Merry Christmas!
I hope you enjoy this celebration of the birth of Jesus, and that you take some time out to spend with Him, so that His light may be reflected in your life.