HE IS ALL WE NEED!!

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I have some big needs in my world!  Some places where if Jesus doesn’t show up I feel like my ship just might be going down!  I can’t be the only one who in this place!  The place where if one more thing goes downhill I might have to crawl back into bed and wait until tomorrow to see if things are better!  I can’t be the only one!

It’s in this place where God settles my heart into Isaiah 9:6 . . . . when I need Him to send me some help, some relief, He hears my cry and sends me just what I need!!  But as typical with my precious Lord, what He sends isn’t what I expected, or what I thought I needed . . . . but it is PERFECT!!

For unto us is born, to us a son is given

And the government will be on His shoulders

And He will be called

WONDERFUL COUNCILOR

MIGHTY GOD

EVERLASTING FATHER

PRINCE OF PEACE     (Isaiah 9:6)

He sent me a baby in a manger.

But not just an ordinary baby . . . .

As I look at this list, describing Jesus, I am in AWE!!  Here is everything I need!!  In the swirling details of my life, when I’m not sure what to do next or where to go, I desperately need an amazing counselor to listen to my heart, help advise me of where to go and what to do!!  Someone who will take the time to sit with me, pray with me and open my eyes to things I wasn’t seeing!  Someone who isn’t in the position for what they get out of it, but purely for the sake of helping me in my journey!  And He comes with an all-knowing wisdom that defies what anyone on earth can offer!

He also sent me a God that is not just able to do some stuff, but he can do anything!  He is not weak, or intimidated or mousy . . . . He is MIGHTY!  I need a God that can still move mountains on my behalf and can still do miracles and can still heal and set captives free!!  I don’t need a god that sits on a shelf, but a God that moves about in the world and can not just be there for me, but for everyone that calls on His name!  He is the God that is greater than all and mightier than all and surpasses them all!  There is no god like OUR GREAT GOD!!

And yet I need a Father who is both strong and tender to come and be with me!  Not just for today, but for all my tomorrows as well!  This Father is staying here FOREVER!  He is a Father unlike any father on earth!  He is so much more than what our eyes have seen in a father, and He will never leave, never disappoint, never disrespect,  never walk out, never hurt, never abuse, never forget, never turn His head, never stop loving!  We are the focus of this Father’s heart!  His love for us is more than our finite minds can comprehend!  But His love for us is there, and it’s everlasting . . . . just like He is!!  And He can be my strong father to fight for me, or He can be my tender Father to hold me in the midst of my storms!  Wahtever I need, I have a Father who adores me, that will never leave me, that will never forget me and will always be with me!

And in the midst of this crazy world I need peace!  But not just a temporary peace, I need peace in the center of my soul, where turmoil tends to breed and breath, I need peace!  And this baby not only offers peace, but He is the Prince of Peace!  Now that is some serious peace!!  My heart just breathed a sigh of relief as I considered the truth of the peace He offers to me!  This means that in the middle of my mess I can know that if I turn towards Him I will find the peace I am looking for!  But I have got to turn into the peace that He offers and not away from it!

But how about you?  Where do you need this baby in the manger to show up for you?  Where do you need His wonderful counseling?  In what places in your world do you need a mighty God to show up for you?  In what moments does your heart need the father to come, settle in and never leave you?  And where is it that you need some peace?!

We need to look no further than that precious baby in the manger!  HE IS TRULY ALL WE NEED!!

 

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Content at CHRISTmas?!?!?

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Manger picCHRISTmas is the season that strengthens my ability to look up and down, and keeps me from looking side to side too often!!  Let me explain . . . .

This is the season where the pull from retail is SO STRONG and they work SO HARD to make me feel like I’m missing out if I don’t have what they are selling!!  There are more advertisements, flyers, mailed items, e-mailed items, Facebook posts, etc. . . . all centered on one thing . . . . . . WE NEED MORE STUFF!!!!!!!  And this particular item is what we need!!!!!  With all this coming at me it creates a certain stress in my heart!!!!!

And yet on the flip side . . . . . . .

I love to wander around Target . . . . alone . . . . with an empty shopping cart.  It’s one of my GREATEST JOYS, and yet at the same time one of my husband’s GREATEST FEARS!!  But this time of year is my favorite because all of the CHRISTmas promotions are out and all the special packaging and ???????? are out.  I love to see what’s new and cute and fun.  It doesn’t all make my shopping cart, but I do enjoy just wandering around and looking at it all.

This always starts out as a good trip, but it can soon turn sour as I see all the stuff I don’t have and yet maybe I should have it?!?!?!  But I don’t have it, and I never knew it existed, but now for some strange reason I don’t just want it, I think I NEED IT!!!!!!!!  And what started out as a fun trip around my favorite store has turned my heart into a downward spiral because not only can I not afford to buy all the stuff I’m seeing, but I really don’t want all this stuff in my house!!!!!!!!

I have been talking with Jesus a lot about CONTENTMENT these days!!!  My heart gets all jumbled up as I look at what everyone else has around me!  At the ministry opportunities others are getting!  At the piles of gifts that others are giving and getting!  At all the CHRISTmas parties and activities swirling around me!  At the perfect children in all the CHRISTmas cards!  At the beautiful decorations that are decked on everyone’s halls!  I could go on and on and on at how my heart keeps comparing my world to everyone else!!!  And what is so hard is that with each comparison I COME UP LACKING!!!  Or so it seems to me!!

Comparison . . . . this is what kills me every time!!!!  When I look at those AROUND ME . . . . side to side . . . . it’s NEVER A GOOD THING!!!!!  All this breeds in my heart is DISCONTENTMENT!!!!!!!!

God doesn’t want us to be looking side to side!!!  He longs for us to LOOK UP . . . . . TO HIM . . . . . our SWEET and PRECIOUS PRINCE OF PEACE!!!!!!!!  That baby in the manger, the one we are celebrating this season . . . . if we keep our EYES ON HIM we will find all the peace and contentment that we long for!!!!!!!!!

I find myself over and over having to stop and correct my gaze!!  I need to stop looking side to side, but to tip my head back and look up to the Lover of my Soul!!!!!  It’s AMAZING!!!  When I do that all of the stuff of the side drifts away and I am engulfed in His HOLY STARE and I can’t get my eyes off of the one that brings such a change of heart to me!!!  I have to confess my jealousy, envy and wandering eyes off of Him . . . . . but He scoops me right back up in His arms for a wonderfully warm CHRISTmas cuddle and at that point NOTHING ELSE MATTERS!!!!!!!!!!!  For in the arms of the Prince of Peace I am the most content I will ever be!!!!

So as I continue to walk through this season I will continue to allow God to strengthen my ability to keep my eyes from looking side to side, but instead keep them focused LOOKING UP to the cross or LOOKING DOWN to the baby in the manger!!!!