God’s Gift

Yesterday at church one of my friends asked Chase what he got for Christmas. His reply was very prompt, “A pogo stick.” No hesitation. No having to decide which gift to share. No, Chase did get other gifts, but the pogo stick is definitely first and foremost in his mind.

This time of year, gifts are prevalent in many people’s minds. “What did you get for Christmas?” is a common question we ask each other.

The other day, I heard a message on God’s gifts to us. Many times we think about the gift of His son, especially at Christmas, because we are celebrating the birth of Jesus.

But the gift that God gave to us first was His love. John 3:16 tells us: “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.”

We usually focus on the idea that God gave us His son, so that we would not perish. I know I do. But look at the first part of this verse, For God so loved the world …

That is why He gave His son for us, because of the great love that He has for us. I John 4:10 says: “This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.”

It was so hard for me to grasp that GOD loves ME! I might have known it in my head, but I just could not believe it in my heart. I did not deserve His love. I was bad. I did bad things.

But one day, it clicked in me. GOD LOVES ME … regardless of my actions. He loves me because I’m me. For nothing I’ve done or not done. For nothing I might do or not do. He loves me with an everlasting love. With a love so great, that He sent His son down to earth to die for my sins, because I could never be good enough for Him, and He wanted me to live with Him forever; to experience that peace that only comes from knowing Him while I was here on this earth.

WOW … how cool is that? That is the best gift I’ve ever received! I don’t have to think twice about that one!

Thank you Father for loving me. To stop and ponder the idea that the GOD of all creation, loves ME … wow!! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

I love You Jesus.
In Your Name Pray,
Amen

God Bless You!

Love,
Joyce

It’s All Because Of Jesus!

God With Us

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

Mercy Me sings a song that I can’t get out of my head. The title of it is God With Us (Immanuel). The first two lines of the song go:

Who are we – that You would be mindful of us?
What do You see – that’s worth looking our way?

Do you ever ponder those thoughts? Why did God care about us so much, that He actually came to earth as a baby, to live amongst us, so that we could eventually live with Him, forever?

I heard a pastor say, “He came down, so we could go up.”

I was thinking about the term ‘with us’. If someone is with me, I know them. I live with Bobby and the boys. I know them intimately. I write about them quite frequently, so many of you know of them, through my stories, but you don’t really know them.

But if you spent some time at our home, you would know the boys. Truthfully, you might not want to know them some days. They are real kids who live real lives. They are good boys, but they are 11 and 13 year old brothers … enough said.

I believe one of the reasons Jesus came to earth is so we could intimately know Him. Not know of Him, as this amazing Creator who is far and above us, but as the Son of God, who came to earth as a man, to dwell amongst us. So that we could relate to Him.

And even though that was over 2000 years ago, we can still experience Him being with us, through His Word and His Spirit, that He left with us.

The song goes on to say:

All that is within me cries – for You alone be glorified
Immanuel – God with us
My heart sings – a brand new song
The debt is paid – these chains are gone
Immanuel- God with us.

Boy, I can so relate to whose words. Some days I feel like I’m about to burst – everything in me wants to cry out to Him! To praise Him for all that He’s done! My heart truly does sing a new song because my chains are gone! He’s set me free!

Yes, He is truly Immanuel – God With Us!

Father, words cannot express the gratitude that I have in my heart for all You are and for all that You do! Lord, to think that You left the most exquisite life to come to earth as a baby, so that You could be with us … oh Lord, thank You! Thank You that You are Immanuel – God With Us!!
God Bless You!

I love You Jesus.
In Your Name Pray,
Amen

Love,
Joyce

It’s All Because of Jesus!

Kindness to the Kids

We took some bears to the kids at the Health Department.  They were happy to see us!

We popped popcorn for the kids at Shadowlawn school.  A good time was had by all!

Santa  aka Pastor Louis even showed up to spread some Christmas cheer!

We partnered with Operation Angel Love to give stuffed toys and matchbox cars to kids in need.

Thank you to all who participated in these Kindness Projects!

It’s All Because of Jesus!