Monday, December 23, 2013

A New Christmas List

If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not withhold His own Son but gave Him up for us all, will He not also freely give and graciously give us all things?  Romans 8:31-32  

This time of year, we make lists.  Children make a list of what they want Santa to bring them.  My kids penned their Christmas wishes on Post-It Notes and put them on my dresser several weeks ago.  Texts went out to inquisitive grandparents and family members who asked the desires of little hearts in our home.

The lists at our home are made up mostly of electronic games or toys, dolls, and stuffed animals.  On my list were some electronic device items and jewelry that I am hoping my wonderful husband will have lovingly wrapped under the tree. *wink, wink, smile*

However, although all these material items are nice, the true desires of our hearts do not consist of anything with an Apple on it or sparkly accessories.

The most wanted items in our hearts are nothing we can buy from a store.  Whatever your longing for this Christmas, whether it be material or emotional , we have a God who wants to meet that need.   He gave us His best Gift when He gave us Jesus on that first Christmas night.  How much more will He freely give us all things.

I want to encourage you today to make a new Christmas list.  Instead of writing a letter to Santa, write a letter to your Heavenly Father.  Father Christmas cannot meet your needs, but your Heavenly Father can and will.  Whatever you have need of, ask and see Him perform Christmas miracles on Your behalf.  Some desires might be met by Christmas and others might take some time, but  God is always faithful working on our behalf for our good.  Let 2014, be the year of Christmas miracles.

Dear Heavenly Father,  You know what we have need of before we even ask.  But, you do want us to ask so we know it is from you.  Lord, I know many reading this today have needs that only You can meet.  Some have relational needs, some have material needs, some have emotional or spiritual needs.  Lord, you know the longings of the most intimate places of our hearts.  Father, I am asking you to meet every need. Father, where there is loneliness, bring rich friendships.  Where there is lack, bring abundance.  Where there is sadness, bring joy.  Where there is turmoil, bring peace.  Where there is bondage, bring freedom.  I pray your blessings over them all.  In Jesus' Name, Amen. 

Merry Christmas!

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