"For a child will be born for us, a son will be given to us, and the government will be on His shoulders. He will be named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace." Isaiah 9:6
God has been speaking to me through this scripture and through a song by Matthew West called: Unto us. As I began writing this post I said, "Ok God, people are going to think that I am pregnant! This is something you write when you're expecting, in which last time I checked, I was not!"
But, how many of us know God is looking for our obedience and not our complaining or rationale( inner laugh)?
The fact that I was not expecting a natural child in me but, understanding the child that was born, God's child, I went ahead and kept writing.
God wanted me to see the gift he gave ME. He gave YOU! This gift would be locked away in a child. This child would bring with him purpose, redemption, life, peace, and a perfect, GREAT Love. Which brings me to the scripture in Psalm 127 verse 3: "Children are a gift from the Lord." Realizing that he was trying to remind me that everything that I needed, hoped for, prayed for, believing for---- was in his son JESUS.
A few weeks ago, I was having a conversation with my husband, who I would love take the time and share--got baptized in October--rededicating his life to his Father. Thank you Jesus!
I told him for our family pictures (which if you knew our testimony, you would know was a very special chapter in our journey of restoration) that I wanted to include, Isaiah 9:6, "For a child will be born for us, a son will be given to us." Can you imagine his look of perplexity? Especially, when we were not expecting a child of our own. I would share with him that God kept pressing on my heart that this was our scripture for our family picture, for our season next year, and how I just felt that this was more meaningful than I even could understand myself. Time would pass and on the radio I would hear a song that sang unto us a child is born by Matthew West. My whole body felt an overwhelming sense of God's presence. From that moment, I knew God was speaking and would continue to speak to me through the scripture and that song.
When we are expecting we tend to do 3 main things ladies:
1. We tend to wonder.
2. We tend to clean the house.
3. We tend to be full of overwhelming anxiety.
LOL... honestly, we tend to hope and wait too. Through this season of Christmas and celebrating all the wonderful things that we do as a family, we can sometimes forget the beauty of hoping and waiting. The beauty? Yes, the beauty. In this world, we live second by second and on to the next thing. We say we cherish things because we took a photo of it, but if we can be real here, let's not be the one's who like to fake it until you make it.
Are we really cherishing the reason for this season? Are we truly cherishing our families? Our we truly hoping for dreams that seem impossible? Are we believing in the barrenness of our lives to be fulfilled? And.... are we waiting on God to complete what he started in our lives? Do we even know the gift that he gave us?
When God sent Jesus, he sent us the answers to the questions that only God could respond to. The gift that only he could give--the gift of life and life in abundance! For unto us a child is born. His name is Jesus and he is the same today, yesterday, and forever more (Hebrews 13:8). No matter what may be in front of you. Jesus is your gift!
While you start buying all kinds of gifts out there for yourselves or for your kids, let's pause to stop and remember the greatest gift this season. Would you remember that the best gift you can give your kids is your time, your love, and the best gift you can give yourself is the opportunity to make room for mistakes and the love of Jesus!
If this season you find yourself alone, weary, needing encouragement, and just have no hope. I would love to send you a letter of encouragement or I would love to take the time to send you a Christmas card. If this is you, please email us at email@example.com and it would be my honor do to so.
Merry Christmas from our family to yours!
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