Christmas 2012

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.  Against such things there is no law. Galatians 5:22-23

I just finished listening to Pastor Bill Hybels message on “Not a Normal Christmas”.  Here is the link, if you would like to listen to it: http://media.willowcreek.org/weekend/not-a-normal-christmas/

Pastor Hybels is talking about Not a Normal Christmas for the next 3 weeks.  I really need this message as this Christmas is going to be “not a normal Christmas” for me.

The last 8 years my mom has been with us on Christmas morning.  My kids would quietly walk in the bedroom where she was sleeping and whisper, “Grandma, get up, it’s Christmas morning.  We have to see if Santa came.”

My mom would wake up with a smile and we would all walk down the stairs as a family.  She would sit in her “normal” rocking chair. Each time a present was handed to her, she would say, “another one for me?”

My mom is now under hospice care.  She is not strong enough to come and stay with us this year.

Maybe you are having  Not a Normal Christmas, too.  Maybe you are separated or divorced and your ex has your kids on Christmas.  Maybe you are missing someone that won’t be with you on Christmas.

It would be so nice to be the picture of strength this Christmas.  I want to be strong on Christmas.  My kids don’t like to see me cry or be unhappy.  I want to keep it together on Christmas morning, especially if my daughter says, “I miss Grandma”.  I have to prepare for that statement.  What do you have to prepare for?

My plan is to focus on how God would like me to behave on that day.  I am sure He would like me to have peace, love and kindness in my heart.

My plan over the next several weeks is to spend time with Jesus, praying, meditating over his word and thanking him for all the gifts he has given me.

Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Colossians 3:15

I wish I had this verse and the many others when I was going through my divorce.  I now know the wonderful peace that God can give us.  I am counting on God to pull me through Christmas morning.

Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.  1Corinthians 1:3

A prayer for you to pray during this Christmas Season:

Dear Heavenly Father,

I pray that I honor you on your birthday.  Please give me peace, love and joy.  Let it show to all the world that I have the love of Christ in my heart.  Please bless me with the fruit of the spirit, Lord.  I am thankful for all your blessings.

In your loving name, Amen

Verses to meditate on:

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.  Jeremiah 29:11

“The LORD is my strength and my defense ; he has become my salvation. He is my God, and I will praise him, my father’s God, and I will exalt him.  Exodus 15:2

Look to the LORD and his strength; seek his face always.  1 Chronicles16:11

 For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.  Philippians 4:13

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