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Christmas: 2017 Preparation


God’s plan for mankind came wrapped in swaddling cloths

Hebrews 10: 5 “Sacrifice and offering you have not desired, but a body you have prepared for me.”

“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

The truest meaning of Christmas was the miracle birth of a Savior of all of mankind.  The Word that came in that body God prepare was the Son of God, Jesus Christ,

This baby born, transcendent of human experience, from a young virgin girl. My mind can only understand this by faith and the experiences in my life that have proven to me that my God is real.

Having just had my first great granddaughter the miracle of birth is very fresh.

This sweet baby girl has once again brought overwhelming joy to our lives.

Having your own baby is an overwhelming experience.  I remember looking at both of my children when they were born thinking a million things.  How did this baby get here so perfect? Will I be a good mother?   (Many times I was not!)  I was thrilled to hold them and just watch them sleep.

There are not enough words to adequately explain how I feel about my grandchildren, all six of them!  Oh my, my!  Multiplied Joy!   Clay was such a sweet, kind and loving child.  Now he is grown with a family of his own.  Anna, so tiny, so fragile looking, yet so lively.  Also grown, beautiful and still very lively.  Cole, so gentle and loyal, is very laid back.  Almost grown, with the growing pains of finding where he fits in an adult world. Riley so quiet always observing, taking everything in is on the precipice of graduation and college.  No doubt she can be anything she sets her mind to be.  Stevie, so determined, she has a mind of her own, she knows what she wants. She is focused and headed toward being the next great “fur baby” doctor.  And then there is Ryan! Ryan is our helper. His mind amazes me. He is my engineer, my “this way is better, Nanny!”  He has things figured out before I can even start to process.

Can you tell I LOVE MY GRANDCHILDREN?  They are growing up too fast!  We are facing the end of the “child” in each of them.

Now I have a great granddaughter.  I may have to move now!  I will miss seeing her grow up.  I look at her pictures and love and sadness happens at the same time.  How does that happen?  Crazy love!  There will be many trips to Arkansas in our future.

Sometimes children are planned and sometimes they are not.  Once we have laid eyes on them and held them in our arms, they are forever in our hearts.  No matter what the circumstances to their birth.

Mary and Joseph had not planned to raise a child before time.  They had not expected to be parents of a “perfect” son.  God so often intervenes our lives at the oddest times or so it seems.

God had prepared for His Son, Jesus.  Jesus the Son of God submitted to that plan so you and I could have an eternal home.

Hebrews 10: 5 “Sacrifice and offering you have not desired, but a body you have prepared for me.”

God made preparations from the beginning of creation.  He knew man would never be able to live a sinless life.  So God prepared the way for us to reach Him.

Every moment of our lives, we are preparing the for next step in our life.  There is no standing still in life.

During this season, we are going to look at what God prepared for us in Jesus.

Our reflection on what God has done hopefully will shine a light for us to see His work in our lives.

Moving forward. Standing still is not an option.


Father God,

I thank you that you are moving us forward to a dwelling place with you.  Jesus we exalt you and praise you.  You have come to bring us an opportunity to be a part of our kingdom here and are preparing a place for us eternally.  Thank you for being our High Priest at the very throne of the Father.  Holy Spirit we ask that you open our eyes this season to the mighty works you have in store for us.  Teach us to trust and obey for you desire the best for us.  May your love in us be stronger than our desires for the things of this world.



Mary Did You Know by Pentanix