Tis the season … yes, the season for giving and baking, singing Christmas carols and sending Christmas cards, participating in Christmas plays and pageants, taking Santa pictures at the mall, decorating the house and trimming the tree, attending school and office parties, and white elephants, OH MY! Then, on top of all the festivities, many of you will be trying to figure out which child is spending what day at whose house during this busy season!
It seems like every year I tell myself I’m going to scale back and truly enjoy Christmas time; the reality is, I get about two hours to relax and enjoy – and that is only after the presents have been opened, the food has all been prepared, and I’m exhausted!
So, before we, as moms, go into hyper drive, I want to remind you of the most precious gift you will ever receive – the gift of Jesus and His love. John 3:16 tells us “God so loved the world that He gave his one and only Son, Jesus, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” God loves you; He doesn’t say you have to be perfect to receive His gift. In fact, Romans 5:8 says, “God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” That includes me. That includes you. His love is not based on your life; it is based on the mere fact He created you and that alone makes you precious. You were created for His glory and His purpose. Isn’t that an amazing thought – your life is for God’s glory and purpose.
God’s gift of Jesus is not to be hidden away, but to be shared. John 13:34 says, “Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.” That’s the beauty of the gift God gave you; it can go on and on. First John 4:19 tells us, “we love because He first loved us.” God didn’t expect us to figure out how to love on our own; He showed us first. God loves you; therefore, go love the ones God has placed in your realm – even the exes and the stepchildren and the in-laws.
This love came as a gift, there is nothing you can do to earn it, and there is nothing you can do to lose it. This gift is Jesus, Emmanuel, God with us. As with any gift, you have to accept it – take it – in order to own it. Make sure you don’t let this season of celebrating be for naught – make sure before you give and bake and do and wrap, you receive the greatest gift you will ever own and the greatest gift you will ever give. God loves you.
Blessings in Your Blending!