Merry Christmas!

Photo: Google Images

Photo: Google Images

Time to change your desktop calendar. December is officially here! This is love! Oh how did this year fly by so fast?

Anyway, I love December because Christmas season is my favorite time of year. Filled with family, foods, gifts, Christmas lights, Christmas decorations and Christmas music. But in the midst of the busyness, shopping, crowds, and activities let’s be sure to take some time to stop and reflect on why we celebrate Christmas.

Christmas represents the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. In selfless sacrifice, God gave His One and only Son to die in order that we might be reconciled to the Father. I cannot even begin to fathom the level of love God has for each one of us and I am so thankful for it!

Another aspect of Christmas that I am so thankful for is the time with family and friends. I always get so excited to watch Mom and my siblings in our Christmas morning open the gifts I wrapped for them and are always so surprised by the gifts they wrap up for me (but sometimes they just give it on hand to me! Haha!). In the midst of all the joy and celebration, I am still very mindful that there are a lot of people in the world who do not have family to celebrate with, food to eat, or a safe place to call home. Let us be intentional this Christmas to bless those around us who are in need but remember them not just this season.

Let us always return to our first love: JESUS. And as we take time this month to celebrate the birth of our Savior, let’s remember the motivation behind God sending His Son to earth: LOVE. Because of God’s love for us, we no longer have to remain asleep (spiritually speaking) or live from a place of anxiety, doubt, and fear. Rather we are able to choose to be awakened and live from a place of rest, consumed by His love, and empowered by His grace. I am so thankful for the incredible gift of salvation we have been given, and I believe for many more people to come to know God’s love for them this Christmas.

I pray to you and to your family to have an amazing Christmas this 2014 and that you are refreshed and filled with new vision as we enter into the New Year. One of the verses God has really laid on my heart for this next season is Isaiah 43:19 which says, “Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.” This next season is going to be a new and a good season for you and your family.

Merry Christmas!

 

Your sweetest Melody, ❤

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