This has been such a busy couple of months for my family. I'm sure you can relate. We have 6 family birthdays, Thanksgiving, and Christmas in the months of November and December. Add in the school activities and holiday shopping and baking, and you may realize why I haven't been blogging regularly.
"Though He was God, He did not think of equality with God as something to cling to. Instead, He gave up His divine privileges; He took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being. When He appeared in human form, He humbled Himself in obedience to God and died a criminal's death on a cross.
This passage perfectly explains what happened when Jesus came to earth as a baby. He gave up His God status. He gave up His special, royal privileges. He died a despicable death. And why? Because He loved you and me.
So as we sit around with our families and read the Christmas story, let's remember who that sweet little baby really is: Our Lord and Savior. Almighty God. Our peace. The Lover of our Souls. The Good Shepherd. The Maker of Heaven and Earth.
And, the little baby sent to save the world.
I love purses and bags. Isn’t this one cute?I thought it was fitting for the weather up here in Minnesota. (It's a balmy -8 degrees today with the wind chill.) Before kids, I liked to switch purses based on what I was wearing or what season it was. Maybe I’ll do that again after I’m out of the diaper bag phase.
Moms carry a lot of different bags, don’t we? Purses, diaper bags, grocery bags, treat bags, school bags, laundry bags, garbage bags. I end up feeling like a pack animal anytime we go anywhere. To get into my MOPS meeting today, I carried my purse, the diaper bag, and my MOPS bag. Oh yeah, and a 1 year old too!
People often make jokes about what can be found in a mom’s bag. Anything from diapers, snacks, toys, bandaids, hand sanitizer, and lip gloss can be found in my bag. Yep, moms really can carry a lot.
Besides these items of necessity, what else do we carry around?
My bag is getting kind of heavy. It's like I just added 12 giant rocks to my cute bag. Christmas time is getting kind of heavy. I think I’m missing the point. But isn’t this just what us moms try to do? We try to make sure we do everything in our power to ensure those around us enjoy Christmas, when really, what we need is a dose of truth.
Truth and freedom have been our focus this year. And if ever there is a time for truth and freedom, it’s now. At the beginning of the year, Ann shared this verse, John 8:32. “And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” We have talked about the truth, which is God’s word, but the verse right before that one gives us further explanation. I’ll read them both together. “You are truly my disciples if you remain faithful to my teachings. And you will know the truth and the truth will set you free.” (John 8:31-32).
Did you catch it? In order to be free, we must be faithful to the teachings of Jesus. To remain faithful, we must act and respond to them. It’s one thing to listen to them or read them out of the Bible, but faith in the truth requires action. Our lives should display evidence that Jesus’ truths have impacted us and that we are truly His followers.
God’s word is full of truth for us, and we are free when we accept those truths and make them part of our lives.
These promises tell me that I don’t need to carry all of these silly Christmas expectations around on my shoulders. I can just do what I can and let the rest slide. I can seek Gods’ word and know what really is important. I can live out the truths of the Bible and experience freedom this season, and all year long.
This is why Jesus came. He came to give us life and freedom (John 10:10). Did you hear a single verse that said you weren’t good enough or that you aren’t loved? No. And you won’t find them in this book either. Jesus came as a baby to show God’s love for His people. His entire life was all about love, and He died so that we could experience God’s love forever and ever. And that is the truth.
Hi, I'm Kristen! Just a girl who loves all things Jesus, family, music and food!
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