A Christmas prayer and traditions

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Jesus is the reason for the Christmas season

Jesus is the reason for the Christmas season

 

Isaiah 9:6 For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

 

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When my kids were little… Christmas involved a big family traditional celebration.  You know… Church programs, gifts for each child, cookie making, Christmas dinner and the list goes on.  With 6 kids it was a big deal.  When they were older we changed our family tradition to opening all Christmas presents on Christmas Eve beginning this event with their dad reading the Christmas story from the bible and then prayer.   Christmas day was a birthday party for Jesus celebrated with a family dinner gathering.  It was Jesus day!

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Now that my 6 children are grown and living on their own…my husband and my tradition has changed once again.    Our tradition now is a family dinner and a small amount of gift giving.

I have a new philosophy about Christmas now at my ripe old age of 62.  I still think celebrating Christmas   is a wonderful idea because Jesus was born and without His birthday we humans would not have had an opportunity to get right with our Holy God and have a chance for eternal life.

John 3:16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

For Jesus

For Jesus

 

My focus has shifted now to celebrating Christmas throughout the year and this also includes Resurrection Day also.  I have one focus now days and that is to be all God wants me to be every day.  My focus is on pleasing Him and sharing the good news of Jesus Christ.  Every day for me is celebrating the birth, life, death and resurrection of Jesus.  I see my life these days as being all about my Triune Father God.  Every day I look for some who needs encouragement or who needs Jesus.  I’m also very grateful for my immediate family(husband and kids) and spend the other part of my time/life holding them close to my heart.

So I do celebrate the holidays but my focus is shifted.  I’m not saying others should adopt my views…I’m just saying this is how I’m feeling at this time in my life.

Christmas without Jesus and Easter without Jesus is what?…………..

Jesus is every day …all day and all night.  He is to be celebrated and praised 24/7.

There is one tradition that Jesus commanded us to celebrate and that is Holy Communion.  I do that often whether at church or at home.  Jesus felt that His death, resurrection and His sacrifice is important and I’m sensitive in what’s important to Jesus.

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If the true meaning of Christmas has gotten a little away from you….you can put the focus back on Jesus.  Think of a new tradition to incorporate more of Jesus into your Christmas celebration.  See where you can tone down the commercialism and bump up the giving to others and keeping more of a biblical view of Jesus birth.

 

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Heavenly Father,

We humble ourselves before you and thank you for sending your precious Son Jesus so that we can be in a right place with you.  God…we thank you for all the love you’ve shown us.  Lord as we celebrate the birth of your Son….please know that we worship and praise your Son Jesus for all the love He’s bestowed on us by sacrificing His own life for us.  I pray for those who have lost loved ones and miss them so much during this Christmas season.  I pray for those struggling financially and won’t have much during this time.  I pray for those who are sick and for those who are suffering from depression during this season.  I pray for those who need a Savior.  I pray that as this year closes out that there is still time left for people to spread your love and let their light shine for you.  Thank you for all the grace and mercy you’ve extended to us this year.  Father God we give you all the praise, honor and Glory that you deserve and we ask these things in Jesus name….Amen.

I wish and pray for all my blog followers to have a very happy and safe Christmas!  I love you guys!

Mathew 1:23 “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” (which means “God with us”).

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Look for my annual New Year’s message.

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Is Jesus the reason for YOUR season?

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jesus is the reason

Is the season the reason for your celebration?

Has this turned into a season without a reason?

Such questions to ponder….

John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.

Jesus Christ commands us to celebrate one thing and that was to always remember His sacrifice on the cross.  There is no command to celebrate Christmas or a specific birth date.   I know that God does not mind that we do celebrate Christmas because it brings glory to the name of Jesus.   Even though historical evidence points to another time of the year for Jesus birth, I feel it’s OK that we celebrate it on December 25th.  No bah hum-bug here!   We  Christians do celebrate Christmas and we’re just so excited that Jesus Christ came to save mankind!

It was a tremendous event….Jesus Christ the Son of God being born to a virgin woman which began one of the greatest events known to mankind.   This great event made it possible for us sinful human beings to have our original sin removed from us and to be put right with the God of the entire universe!  This was all made possible through Jesus Christ birth, death and resurrection.    This is what’s called….Good News for all mankind AKA the world!

So Christmas is a truly wonderful holiday for a Christian to celebrate.  I love the lights, music, food and all the trimmings of the holiday but Jesus Christ is always first and foremost in mind heart and mind.

When my husband and I was raising our 6 kids after we became a committed Christian in 1984…we changed our story of how they got their gifts and now told our children that Jesus provided their gifts.   My husband and I also decided that we would open all our gifts on Christmas Eve.    This was our family’s new tradition that included prayer and a very special family time of togetherness.  Christmas day was a big family dinner with Birthday cake for Jesus and included singing Happy Birthday to Him.  The whole day was Jesus day alone.  This was now a Nemley family tradition.  Our 6 kids knew that our main focus was on Jesus and yet we still enjoyed all the trimmings too.

Many people celebrate Christmas and Easter and that’s good.    For me..…I celebrate Jesus Christ birth, death and resurrection throughout my daily walk with Jesus Christ… all day and night, 365 days a year and this will be for the rest of my life.  For me… every day is a holiday with Jesus!

They always say…”Jesus is the reason for the season” and I would like to add….”Jesus is the reason for all seasons”.

My holiday tips:

  1. Keep Jesus on the top of Christmas… not Christmas and then Jesus.
  2. Be wise in spending…don’t go overboard.
  3. Be modest in all you do…keep a balance.
  4. Let your light shine, so Jesus will come through in your celebrations to others.
  5. Bless someone in some way…many have lost love ones or suffer from depression at this time.
  6. Find alone time for prayer.  Your spirit will need this to survive Christmas… and really everyday!
  7. Remember to thank God for the gift of sending His only Son.

Oh, come, let us adore him,
Oh, come, let us adore him,
Oh, come, let us adore him,
Christ the Lord.

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Christmas Day…The start of the blessing!

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Luke 20:11,12

Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”

Today many Christians are celebrating the good news of the birth of Jesus Christ…God’s only son who came to earth to save us from our original sin… a permanent from separation from God. His birth made it possible for us to have eternal life in heaven with God and also for us to be able to have Gods Holy Spirit inside of us and for us to have an abundant life while we are here on earth.

This day…Christmas…is a wonderful reminder about the miracle of Christmas…the celebration of Jesus birth….but this is not the exact day He was born.

Why didn’t God let us know the exact day? We will never know the answer to this question until we get to heaven but this is just my thoughts:

I believe God wants us to take in the entire events of Jesus time on earth with the main focus on the thing He reminded us to do which is to take communion often in remembrance of the sacrifice He made for us. It’s good to tell the Christmas story and I’m so glad we do and I believe it’s a very important celebration….it marks the day that God came to earth….Immanuel!

To me…it’s important when thinking about Christmas…to take in the whole reason as to why God did this….to ponder His whole purpose for coming to earth. God came to earth, grew up into a man, did amazing miracles, allowed Himself to be brutally tortured and killed and returned to heaven and now awaits for the fruit of His labor…which is us who have repented of ours sins and accepted His Son Jesus as their Lord and Savior. It is the whole picture of the birth of Jesus that we should ponder.

Christmas means something!! It was the beginning of a promise made to man. A promise that was kept. Christmas is a gift…the most special, expensive, costly gift anyone could EVER give anybody….A promise of a baby to be born who is God who actually walked this earth….God was here for 33 years…He was with us. God truly cares for us!! Can you imagine that the God of the universe…the creator of all…this powerful, Holy being would actually come down here just to save us? Don’t you feel special? Don’t you feel so blessed? Don’t you feel so good as we celebrate the birth of the promise fulfilled? Do you get the whole picture?  I do……..

Oh my God…Oh my God…what you have done for me!! Oh my God….my Lord….my Master!!

Oh my God…How you must love us!! Oh God…when I think about this love you have for your creations and how you’ve done everything in your Holy power to make sure we would be with you forever…I melt under the power of that love. Will we never understand how much you love us in these mortal bodies. The depth of your love for mankind is unfathomable. Oh how much you love us!

Christmas is the expression of your love. Thank you Lord for Immanuel. Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests! His favor rest on everyone who reads this blog. Do you know you are highly favored? Merry Christmas! May the peace of God be with you all!

Message for today: Ponder the whole time of Jesus 33 years on earth…that started with His birth. No matter what day it actually happened…we can surely say…CHRIST… THE KING OF KINGS AND THE LORD OF LORDS… WAS BORN ON A GLORIOUS DAY and we celebrate that day on December 25th…..”HAPPY BIRTHDAY JESUS!!!!! We love you!”

I wish God would get off His throne and come down here!

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OH…HE DID!!!

Mathew 1:22-23 All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: 23 “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” (which means “God with us”).

The word Immanuel/Emmanuel means, “God with us.”

 Jesus is God!

John 10:30 I and my Father are one.

God has been down here! He was here with Adam and Eve in the garden. God was down here in the form of a baby that grew into a man and then He went back into heaven. He has been down here. His Spirit is here now…in me…and in anyone who has accepted His person appeal to receive Jesus Christ as His personal Lord and Savior.

God is a very personal God and inhabits us when we praise Him and abides in us when we pray and talk with Him. I am not alone…God is with me all the time. I don’t feel alone anymore. I always have God….I need Him in my life and when I got this fact in my head/mind…I became much more relaxed and peaceful. That’s why I cry and tell people that I love the Lord so much because I feel God with me and I feel His love for me.

If I get to a spot where I don’t feel this( we’re human…it happens sometimes)….it’s me and not God. He is always near me…but there are times I take my eyes, mind, and meditative thoughts off of Him. That’s when I can feel alone.

I get back on track by doing any one or all of these things:

1. Pray

2. Read the word
3. Listen to a sermon…live, recorded or on the radio or internet.
4. Sing or listen to music
5. Meditate on all He’s done for me.

The fact that God Himself came down here to be with us and has adopted us into His family and will give us immortality one day and allow us to live with Him without anymore suffering is so exciting and comforting to me.

Christmas is very special to me because my God took action….He took matters into His own hands. He thought about me and made a plan to come to earth in the form of mere mortal and allowed horrible things to happen to Himself…for me…and for you. His Spirit whispered in my ear about Him until I took His words to heart and committed myself to Him and He filled me with His continual presence in my life.

Yes…God got off His throne and came down here. Emmanuel… Emmanuel… Emmanuel!!!!

Message for today: We are not alone…. Emmanuel. He came down and carved His name in a tree so that we would know that He was here. I love you Jesus/God.

Isaiah 7:14 Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.

Our Christmas Miracle From Jehovah Jireh

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Philippians 4:19 But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

This is the Christmas season and for me at this age of 59 years old with all my children grown now….it’s a time of reflection on the goodness of God and the many blessings He has given me. Some of my favorite blessings have been at Christmas time and I would like to share one with you today.

A year after my husband, myself and our 3 children (at the time…we had 3 more later) came to the Lord we started a ministry in our church called the Noah’s Ark Ministry which was an outreach to the poor and needy in our community. The Lord told my husband to quit his job and that He would take care of us and my husband did just what the Lord told Him. The pastor gave us an office and a room in the church for the food.

We had so many miracles of provisions for us from the Lord during this time and I will share more of them soon. We had no income but every week the Lord provided everything we needed. So it was Christmas and we had no extra money for Christmas presents for our kids. Someone knew about our faith walk with the Lord and contacted us through our church and said for us to not worry about things for our kids for Christmas…so we didn’t worry but got concerned when it was Christmas Eve because all the stores were closed and we truly had to trust God at this point for sure.

We were given an address to go to and my husband and I didn’t know what to expect, but we had seen God do a lot for us while serving Him in this ministry so we were excited to see what He was going to do next.

When we got to the house and were told to pull our station wagon up to the garage. A lady came out and we recognized her as a woman we had helped with a problem through the ministry. She said she would never forget how we helped her and her family and they proceeded to loaded our big old station wagon up with toys, food and gifts for us. She thanked us for helping her, hugged us and sent us on our way. When my husband and I got down the street and looked in back of us and saw our station wagon filled from the front to the back with all these presents… we praised God and laughed all the way home.

This is what our station wagon looked like.

We had more this Christmas than we had ever had. It was a wild crazy, outrageous…in a good way…miracle from God…our provider!!!!!! But it didn’t stop there…. this woman and her family did this for us every year for the next few years that we served God in the Noah’s Ark Ministry and also did it every Thanksgiving with food too.

Oh my God is truly amazing!! Can I get an Amen here? Oh come on…let’s give God some praise right now!! I know you have miracles too!! Oh my God My God! Oh what happens when we put our trust in the Lord!!…Jesus!! Jesus!!

Jeremiah 17:7 But blessed is the one who trusts in the LORD, whose confidence is in him.

Message for today: Do you have a need today?  Trust in the Lord with ALL your heart!! Our Father is Jehovah Jireh your provider!! Oh go ahead and throw your hands up in the air and shout “Hallelujah ….THANK YOU JESUS”! !  Don’t wait… Praise Him now..and wait expectantly for the blessing.

 

PS- This miracle happened 28 years ago and the woman who helped us has gone home to be with the Lord.

ALL THE TIME!!

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