On the twelfth day of Christmas, I woke with a heart of wonder.
The reality of the Christmas story that took place so long ago, Has changed somewhat as man tried to create a sweeter picture of Jesus’ birth.
In a small town just a few miles from Jerusalem, God came from Heaven to be born. Can you see it? The wooden stable and the manger filled with hay?
The truth, Jesus was born in a cold dark cave and that manger was a hard stone.
Can you imagine placing your newborn baby wrapped in cloth on a cold hard stone?
That makes my heart ache thinking about it. Continue reading “A Heart Of Worship”
On the eleventh day of Christmas My heart was filled with gratitude.
It’s been 358 days since January first.
Well, tomorrow’s the big day.
Did you get all your shopping done and gifts wrapped?
Are you relieved or stressed?
Take a deep breath, and refocus. Continue reading “A Grateful Heart”
On the tenth day of Christmas I longed for my heart to be awakened.
A heart that is fully alive.
It’s a life God gives to the believer. Continue reading “The Awakened Heart”
On the ninth day of Christmas my heart was filled with joy.
The reality of this life on earth is not always good and sometimes it really is difficult to be joyful.
But the thing I have learned about joy, is that no matter what season we are in, God is wonderful and good.
He never changes even when our circumstances do. Continue reading “A Joyful Heart”
On the eighth day of Christmas my Savior offered me a heart to see the world the way he does.
He is never in a rush, like I am.
He never judges like I do.
He has a heart of compassion that is so in love with you.
He never grows weary or tired, nor does he push you away.
He always has time to listen to whatever you’ve got to say. Continue reading “A Heart Of Compassion”
On the seventh day of Christmas I offered up a prayer, to live my life in full surrender.
So why do I hold on so tightly?
How is it that I insist I know what’s best for me, when the bible clearly says that God has a plan for me and it is good.
And if indeed his plans for me are good, why do I wrestle daily? Continue reading “A Surrendered Heart”
On the sixth day of Christmas Jesus gave to me the desire to pray as He did in the garden of Gethsemane.
It’s hard to walk through uncertainty.
If you’re anything like me, you want to know how things are going to work out.
When under pressure my anxieties rise like hot lava spilling over to those around me.
My prayers are often laced with worries and fears as I offer up my situation, begging God to let it all work out. Continue reading “A Prayerful Heart”
On the fifth day of Christmas My Savior gave to me a future filled with hope.
Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord. They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.”
A hopeful heart can only be found when we press into the one who knows the plans He has for us. Continue reading “A Hopeful Heart”
On the Fourth day Of Christmas God gave to me the desire to have a heart that is steadfast on Him.
What does that look like exactly?
The Greek meaning for the word steadfast is (Hedraios)- a seat or base…(Figuratively). Firm, well stationed, securely positioned. not given to fluctuation or moving off course.
A steadfast heart is the kind of heart I long to have.
Psalm 57:7 ” My heart, is confident in you, O God; My heart is confident. No wonder I can sing your praises.” Continue reading “A Steadfast Heart”
On the third day of Christmas God captivated my heart.
How I wish you were there.
I climbed the tallest mountain today, carefully stepping as I ascended straight up to the heavens.
The grooves in the mountain looked as if God’s finger had effortlessly slid down the massive peak carving through the magnificent rock, that would someday catch the rain creating the most beautiful waterfalls. Continue reading “A Captivated Heart”