Pull out the streamers! Toss the confetti! There’s a party going on. Shantel’s on the single train! Finally free.
I’ve embraced this journey. Not knowing half of what I’d be getting into, I boldly proclaimed Yes.
Yes to letting go. Yes to allowing my heart to heal. Yes to a life of surrendering. And yes to being vulnerable. Because being truthfully honest, 2017 has been a year of surrender.
I’ve had to put aside my pride and realize that God’s guidance is needed to get through this journey. Although I have had many foolish habits, I’ve learned that God still provides. Although at times I didn’t manage my time wisely I’ve learned that God still gives grace. While scraping my knees several times I have discovered a new beauty. A beauty in crying out for help.
O Lord, I cry out to you. I will keep on pleading day by day. Psalm 88:13
There is such a beauty in crying out to God. As our loving Father, He is truly compassionate and able to bring healing. When we embrace our child-like nature, we experience God’s fathering nature.
They will be my people and I will be their God. Jeremiah 32:3
God sent His Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through Him. John 3:17
Imagine having one child. Pouring into that child, instilling wisdom in him, and nurturing him. Imagine a crisis taking place. A crisis so terrible that you had to choose to send your child away to another place to restore order. Would you give up your only child?
For this is how God loved the world: He gave His one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16
I began to shift my perspective when I discovered the strategy of the Father. He gave His only Son. There were not multiple children to choose from. Jesus was the only one. Christmas is all about sacrifice.
The Gift of Christmas
Christ gave up His home in heaven to become man and go through the process that led to our redemption. Christmas is more than the presents we place under the tree. It’s about giving yourself to bring healing to others. Laying down your life similar to how we lay presents down before Christmas trees. Give your all to God this Christmas. After all, he gave His all for you. It’s a holiday of celebrating the Father’s giving nature. So in return we give of ourselves.
Ways to Give
- Serve at a homeless shelter.
- Donate gifts to children/families in need.
- Be kind to others.
- Encourage someone.
- Volunteer at a community event.
- Donate items to the Salvation Army.
- Donate to organizations that are serving in your community or internationally.