We are so blessed. As I stood with my dad in front of our Christmas tree looking at all the presents, I couldn't help but feel thankful...and that's just the "stuff". God truly has made our cup run over with blessings. I remember learning in youth group that the word bless actually means "to embrace". God literally has embraced us with His love this Christmas. Here are a few blessings that come to mind:
Our wonderful jobs
Our comfortable home
Food to spare
Days off from work to recoup
And there are so many other parts of my life that I could sing praise over but all of the above would be different if Jesus hadn't come into the world. He was born to die for us. His sacrifice means I receive the free gift of his love. I randomly found this picture and think it captures the spirit of Christmas very well.
"I'm forgiven because you were forsaken
I'm accepted, he was condemned.
I'm alive and well your spirit lives within me because you died and rose again.
Amazing love how can it be
that you my king would die for me
Amazing love I know it's true
and it's my joy to honor you
in all I do I honor you"
I pray this Christmas would be a new start to honoring Christ with every aspect of my life. I'm no where near perfect and have made plenty of mistakes but Christ loves as we are...warts and all. Merry Christmas and lots of love,