Marriage and Family: 5 Things to do in order to have a Merry Christmas!December 08, 2011
We know these can be difficult days for many people. We remember Christmas of 1996 where our marriage was literally falling apart. I (Dale) heard stories just yesterday of marriages hanging on by the "proverbial" thread with couplels just trying to make it through the holidays! Financial pressure, broken relationships, job loss, sickness, uncertain futures-in the midst of all of this, can we really find "glad tidings" and "joy to the world"? We are so glad you asked, because the answer to that is a YES!!!
Now we would never make light of the very real, life challenging situations you and those you love are facing. We understand how truly "trying" these can be. BUT, we are also a couple that have weathered these kinds of storms and come out on the other side. No, it wasn't easy! And yes, our faith was tested! But in the midst of it all, we also found a Jesus that carried us through. It reminds us of the scripture that Jesus said about HIS OWN LONGINGS! You did know that Jesus had some longings didn't you? In Matthew 23:37 Jesus said about himself: "how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were not willing." How comforting to know that Jesus longs to pull us close to HIM, to cover US and to protect US. And how sad when we are unwilling to let him. Friend, whatever you are facing today, please know that with Christ, you never have to face it alone. This leads us to the 5 things all of us need to do in order to have a Merry Christmas:
(1) This Christmas, let there be less of you and more of Christ. In the midst of great circumstances or great challenges - don't loose focus on Christ this Christmas.
(2) Embrace those dear to you. Listen friend, life is short, death is sure. Money, stuff, gifts and gadgets at the end of the day really don't matter. The only thing eternal is people, so embrace those dear to you. Tell them you love them. Take the time to be with them!
(3) Be Content - the "greek" word here means - "independent of external circumstances". The Apostle Paul knew all about this (read Phil 4) and the reason he could write it with such authority is found in Phillipians 4:13 and 4:19 - he knew where his strength and supply comes from.
(4) Care for Others - perhaps the greatest thing anyone can do this Christmas to find happiness is to follow Christ example and "give" of yourself in the care for others. Live for something besides yourself. Expend your energy and time on those that are in need. We know this for sure, if you look hard enough, you will probably find someone worse off than you. We also know that something amazing happens when you have a part to play in lifting someone else's load. Ask God to show you who that should be!
(5) Be a Peace Maker - when the first Christmas happened, the Angels themselves proclaimed "Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.” Who do you need to make peace with this Christmas? Is it the Lord? Is it someone in your past or present? Is it within yourself? This Christmas make peace! And as you do, may the very favor (presence) of Christ rest upon you and your Christmas.
Dale and Jena
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Deanna nalley On Thursday, December 12 at 4:36 AM
LOVE this post (as usual). This is sooo true all year long and especially as we celebrate HIS birth!! Thank you for being you and loving HIM and others so stinkin good!!! Love to you both!!!!!