As we began setting up decorations this year, we displayed my mother’s Bible right next to the Nativity set, and opened it to Luke chapter one. Seeing her handwriting and markings on that passage take me back to where it all began for my family.
I am reminded of the verse, Zechariah 4:10, which says, Do not despise these small beginnings… When my mother began her walk with the Lord, she did not know where it would take her and her family. She did not know that one day she would have two sons preaching the message of Jesus across the globe. She was just hungry for the Word and sought the Lord with all her heart.
The place where we displayed her Bible is filled with all kinds of beautiful and interesting things that remind us of Christmas, but we noticed something—everyone that walks by her Bible is drawn to its worn pages. When my grandsons walked by it for the first time, they went straight to the Bible and began reading the Christmas story.
When you look at the pages of her Bible, you see her commitment. Now then, four generations later, there is still a hunger and commitment to the Lord being fulfilled in my family. Glory to God!
Think about Mary—her life started out as a small beginning. But it sure didn’t end that way. Her love for and commitment to God changed the world, and created hope for every generation.
This year as you are celebrating Christmas with your family and loved ones, remember where it all began for you. Let love, joy and peace flow out of you to touch the lives of others—you never know how far a seed like that will reach.
I asked each of my family members—children included—to share something from their hearts. Phyllis and I are believing you will experience Jesus and all He is in a greater measure this holiday season.[hr_shadow]
Our tone of voice can bring peace and calm. Let’s purpose to speak kindly. High-pressure days can steal our joy if we permit it. One writer said, “Use your words wisely. Speak as if every word you say will come to pass!” That is good advice!
Merry Christmas – Peggy
Luke 10:41-42, “And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things: But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.”
Being careful and troubled about things is something that every one of us has to deal with, and these things seem to multiply around the holidays. But Jesus gave us the answer when He said, one thing is needful and Mary has chosen that good part. It comes down to a choice—will we choose the good part?
Regardless of your circumstances—whether you are able to buy all the gifts or not; whether your family is together or not; whether your health is intact or not—you can still choose the good part and celebrate Jesus! He can NEVER be taken from you, and He is ALWAYS there, providing peace and joy. He is absolutely worthy of our praise and thanksgiving.
Merry Christmas – David, Tara, Trent and Clay
It’s hard to believe another year has almost come and gone and the Christmas season is upon us. Christmas is a time we all love to celebrate with the ones we love most–our families. The definition of family is all descendants of a common ancestor. Remember as you celebrate Christmas this year, we are ALL descendants of JESUS!!! He is the reason we celebrate. What an awesome family we are all a part of!
As you celebrate Christmas this year, hug the ones you love dearly and laugh together. Some of our greatest memories are laughing with our families. Have a wonderful, happy, and fun Christmas! God bless you all!
Much love – Michael, Erica, Brooke and Blake