Christmas Ornaments are Memories on a Tree

I know this seems late for a Christmas topic but my husband and I just had Christmas with two of our three boys last night. Our middle son Joel still lives in town with his daughter, our granddaughter Kylee, and we had Christmas with them along with his fiancé Samantha on Christmas Eve.image

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Then my husband and I flew to Phoenix on Christmas Day to see our oldest son Jacob and his fiancé Leslie.

We spent the night and then we all left for Twentynine Palms, CA to see our youngest son Will and his wife Kyndra.

After spending the night with them we took off for Big Bear, CA to spend some time skiing and hanging out. We finally got to open presents with them last night.

It was a wonderful time of laughter and remembering younger times. We told stories about our boys to the ladies in their lives. That is always fun.

As I look back at all those years with the love of my life, I see memories made and cherished.  I guess because I have a house full of boys, it always ended up with me decorating for Christmas.  I’ve never complained because I love looking at each ornament.  Each one has a memory tied to it and I love looking back and remembering those times with my husband and boys.  image

 

Christmas ornaments are memories on a tree, and now I’m looking forward to putting all the Christmas stuff away because we’ve made new memories that I can add to my collection of memories.

 

Looking Back and Forward into the Coming Year

As we begin looking into the New Year, we tend to look back at the old. Looking back can be a bad idea, but looking back can also benefit a believer. If you are looking back and focusing on the bad things that happened or the bad decisions you’ve made, it will be more difficult to move ahead in the coming year. But if you are looking back to remind yourself of the blessings and answered prayers that happened in your life, then you are moving in the right direction.

Philippians 3:13-14 says, Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”

Choosing to not remember our past mistakes helps us to look to the future, the future that God has set before us. He has a plan for each one of us. If we have not fulfilled that yet, our goal should be to look toward how to fulfill His expectations of us. Notice it says, “I press on.” That is not a passive verb but an active one. We do not fall into winning the prize or fulfilling God’s purpose in our lives. That is not by accident and default. We must first of all choose to not remember the bad decisions, and then to press on, to actively move forward.

Knowing that God has a plan for us should put some perspective in fulfilling our purpose. We can move forward with our purpose when we know God and are walking in the peace that comes from the knowledge of God.

In 2 Peter 1:2-4 the Word says,

Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord, as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.”

Knowing the character of God will multiply grace and peace in our lives because we know of His trustworthiness and His honesty. We know that He is our Protector and Provider. We know that He is our Healer and Comforter. Knowing Him gives us the boldness to expect Him to do what His word said He would do.

Now if we are looking back to remind ourselves of the blessings in our past, then that is a way of building our faith, reminding us of who God is and how we can depend on Him. David did this as a young man when he was explaining himself to Saul. Saul did not think that David could take Goliath on his own, and yet David was not discouraged because He knew who His God was and that He would be delivered. He reminded himself how God delivered him from the lion and the bear when tending his sheep. Remembering our past blessings and answered prayers lifts us up and encourages us.   It gives us a boldness to do what God has called us to do.

Remember, grace and peace are yours when you pursue the knowledge of God. As we go into the New Year, let’s determine to walk out God’s will in our lives. To do that we must walk in a supernatural peace that only comes from God. And the Word says that grace and peace are multiplied to us through the knowledge of God. His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness. Pursue the knowledge of our Heavenly Father. Get to know Him and His character and go into the New Year with a renewal boldness to believe what the bible says is true and to believe in our Heavenly Father who only wants blessings in our lives.

Grateful for His Greatness

I have not written in a while.  Thanksgiving came and went with so many things to do but I was not too busy to remind myself of how great my God is.  I am grateful for His greatness!

I Chronicles 29:11:

Yours, Lord, is the greatness and the power and

the glory and the majesty and the splendor,

for everything in heaven and earth is yours.

Yours, Lord, is the kingdom; you are exalted as head over all.

If we can keep in mind the greatness of our Father, we can conquer the fears and doubts that come our way.  It says here that everything in heaven and earth is His.  I am His, and He has created me this way and loves me this way.  I am His kid, therefore, I am His heir.  He is head over all.  I am reminded of who He is in those times that I am frustrated or disappointed.  I want to call on Him in times that I don’t have an answer.  We should wake up each day and remind ourselves how great He is.  We should seek His counsel daily and stop long enough to remind ourselves who He is and how great He is.  We can walk in the peace of God knowing that He is great and is above all.

Deut. 32:3 says, “I will proclaim the name of the Lord. Oh, praise the greatness of our God!”

I am grateful for his greatness for He is my God and the God of my children.  I can walk in the knowledge that He is my Protector, my Provider, my Supply, my Healer, my Peace, and everything else that I need Him to be in my life.

Walk in gratefulness of who He is and His greatness.  There is no other God that is as great!  He is above all.  And He is mine!