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Throwback Thursday:It’s not the Happiest Time of the Year

IT’S NOT THE HAPPIEST TIME OF THE YEAR

By Carolyn Dale Newell

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

John 3:16 NKJV

Have you seen the Christmas movie about the elderly lady alone on Christmas Day reading her Bible? They never made a movie about it, but that is the reality for many folks this Christmas. There is the mom who is crying because of her wayward child, and there is the family who watched their home burn to the ground. Many will not have family to spend time with, while others dread the family dinner.

For many people Christmas will not be the happiest time of the year, but the first Christmas wasn’t that happy either. Mary, nine months pregnant, was weary from the long journey on a donkey. They could not even get a room, and they had to bunk with the animals. On top of all that, these two teenagers had to deliver Baby Jesus on their own. What they did have was joy.

They had the joy of birthing the Messiah into the world. They had the joy of knowing that God had chosen them for this honor. Their joy was in the fact that God loved them enough to send His Son to die in their place.

God loves us “so” much. No words can describe the depths of His love. God’s love is one that we cannot fathom. Paul wrote that it passes knowledge (Eph. 3:19). Jeremiah said, “The Lord has appeared of old to me, saying: “Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love; Therefore with lovingkindness I have drawn you” (Jer. 31:3).

God loves us when it seems like no one else does. God will not leave us even when others leave (Heb. 13:5).

Our Christmas may not be perfect, but we have the love of Jesus. They may steal our happy, but they can never steal our joy.

Father in heaven,

You love me! I just want to stay in this moment and try to absorb the immeasurable love You have for me. Even when I fail, You love me. Thank You. I love You! Amen.

DIG DEEPER

Meditate on these verses: Rom. 8:38-39, 1 Cor. 2:9, Gal. 2:20, and 1 John 3:1.

HIKING THE TRAIL

Make the effort to brighten the Christmas of someone who struggles during this season.

Copyright 2015 Carolyn Dale Newell.

 

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Throwback Thursday: Love in Deed

LOVE IN DEED

By Carolyn Dale Newell

My little children, let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth.

1 John 3:18

It feels so good when someone hugs you and tells you they love you. As wonderful as that is, think of the times when someone has shown their love to you by their deeds. Truly, actions speak louder than words.

Love is an action. We need to get into action when we can help others. The command to “love one another” is found many times in the Bible.

The Apostle Paul gives us the command to comfort and edify one another (1 Thes. 5:11). We are commanded in Hebrews 10:24 to stir up love and good works. In Colossians 3:12, Paul writes, “…put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering;” When Christians have these attitudes, we will act to help others.

James gets more specific when he wrote, “Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble…” (James 1:27).

There are all types of people who need help at most any time. They are the elderly, the disabled, the poor, and the sick. There are fatherless children living with single moms who need a godly father figure in their lives. People on fixed incomes cannot pay someone to help them, so they pray for God to send someone their way. Satan has done well in our society to fill our schedules, making us so busy that we barely have time for God, much less others.

Many years ago, my daughter had a tonsillectomy, and when we came home from the hospital, my aunt brought us a cake. It served as a couple of my meals for lack of time and energy, and I have never forgotten it.

Please remember that these are not just suggestions. They are commands from God. Be a blessing to someone, and God will richly bless you.

Dear God,

Open my eyes to the needs of others right here in my own church, and to the needs of someone in my neighborhood. Help me be a blessing to them. Thank You Lord. In Jesus’ name, amen.

DIG DEEPER

Read James 2:14-17.

HIKING THE TRAIL

Pray for God to show you someone with a need that you can meet. It may be the elderly widow in your church who can’t mow her grass. It may be the single mom next door with children that have outgrown their clothes. Make that extra time and effort to be a blessing to them.

 

Copyright 2015 Carolyn Dale Newell.