Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Christmas. It's Personal!

Unto you is born this day in the city of David, a Savior which is Christ the Lord. (Luke 2:11)
Sometimes in thinking about peace on a big place like earth and good will to a staggering number like all mankind, we can get lost in the shuffle of how personal  God intended Christmas to be. Jesus is a gift with your personal name written on Him. He came to earth for all humanity, but humanity is made up of individuals. And all that He is and all that He offers was intended to  meet your individual need to be 
forgiven, cherished, cleansed, purposed,
consoled, empowered,  healed, renewed,
 saved, encouraged, avenged, bought back, set free,
 and loved.
Perhaps it's not easy for you to feel like the one for which  the blessing of Christmas was intended. Maybe you feel  more like the slob randomly splashed by default because she happened to be standing in the right vicinity at the right time. But that is not how it is. Unto YOU a child was born, unto YOU a Son was given. Oh, please do not miss the precision with which God's love extends to you!
This season, view the Christmas story through the lens of a movie camera where you were the stolen princess Jesus came to rescue. King Herod was YOUR enemy because it was YOUR salvation Satan tried to prevent when Herod killed those babies.  YOUR salvation was in danger  until  God intervened by speaking to Joseph in a dream  to take YOUR Savior to safety in Egypt.
 This is not to steal any of the glory due Jesus, the centerpiece of Christmas.  But Jesus was not born to die for Nobody. He was born to die for YOU. Without a lovee there is no lover.  Grace is no big deal without someone in need of receiving it. Making Christmas personal delights the heart of God because  the love  boomerangs back to the Giver with gratitude, and the glory due His name overflows! 
Christmas is your story. Hallelujah!  Take it personal because that is the way God gave it. 


Saturday, December 14, 2013

Changes in the Blog

Dear Friends,
First, I wish to say a heart-felt THANK YOU for taking time to read my blog entries each week. It means a lot to me to have your input as I seek to develop my writing.

  This blog is a work in progress. I am still working out the kinks. If you have already subscribed to have new posts come to your email, I want to say a double thanks!

NEWS ALERT:  I am changing the server that delivers those emails to you and I humbly ask that you RESUBSCRIBE in the window marked "Subscribe to DSFW".  The death of the other subscribe button is due in three (3) days, so please take a moment to go to devotionalspaforwomen.blogspot.com and subscribe in the new window if you wish to continue having this blog delivered to your email box.  Thisay only work on a computer, not on your phone.

Also, I have been advised to post later in the week instead of Monday or Tuesday. So I plan to make that change as well. Thursday-Sunday will be my new blog-post days.
  If you have questions about any of the above info or simply wish to say hello, you may email me at ordinerrygirl@gmail.com.

Georgia Pointer

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Frame Someone This Christmas

 "For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost" (Luke 19:10)

I know it sounds illegal at first glance, but please read on.


 You will like it.  I know Jesus will.


When you are in your car this busy Christmas season, the traffic is going to be terrific!


What do you usually do in those long car lines? Fume? Stress? Make a list and check it twice?


I wish to suggest a more productive option.


 FRAME someone.
 Here's how: Glance in your rear view mirror at the person in the car behind you.  Notice how the mirror surrounds their face like a photo frame.  Take a moment to say a quick prayer  for that random individual. Pray they will come to know Jesus, the real meaning of Christmas. 
 God will hear your prayer. I know He will! It is not His will that anyone perish but that all will come to repentance( 2 Peter 2:9).
 You can't always know if the gift you buy  your loved ones will be just right. But you can be sure  Jesus  will LOVE LOVE LOVE your gift of  prayer for that stranger He came to earth to save. 
 You're going to be in the traffic anyway. Why not make it count for eternity?
Go ahead.
 Say Happy Birthday to Jesus as you frame all those  unsuspecting someones this Christmas season.
Merry Christmas!