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My grandboy Carter turns 7 in early January, and birthday gifts are an important topic.  He would love to get GI Joe action figures, a toy gun and a remote control helicopter–and anything he has asked for but doesn’t get for Christmas.

nativity from jerusalem

Of course, we are celebrating a very special birthday just a few days before Carter’s big day.  I wonder what Jesus would ask for, if we asked Him.  Last post we looked at four gifts He has clearly stated He would love to receive.  Today we consider four more gifts that would please our Savior (more…)

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What Can I Give Him?

“What can I give Him,

Poor as I am?

If I were a shepherd

I would bring a lamb,

If I were a wise man

I would do my part.

Yet what can I give Him?

Give my heart.”

–Christina Rossetti

In my former church we sang this poem/song every Christmas.  It asks a great question.  At Christmas we celebrate the birth of Jesus and give each other gifts.  It is only reasonable to consider what we might give Jesus for His birthday.

nativity ornament

He has given us some solid clues.  I will describe four of them in this post and four more in my next post.

I think Jesus would be so grateful for these gifts (more…)

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God scatters blessings to his people throughout Scripture and throughout our lives.  And He gives us the command and the privilege to bless others.  I love to write blessings for people.  So here is my blessing for you, my readers.

May you rise when you fall and come out of the darkness into God’s light.  (Micah 7:8,9)

May you be built up, not torn down; planted, not uprooted.  May you turn to God with all your heart. (Jeremiah 24:6,7)

May you hope in the future of God’s good plans for you. (Jeremiah 29:11)

May you comprehend that it gives God joy to always do good to you. (Jeremiah 32:40)

May you receive the new heart and new spirit God is giving you.  (Ezekiel 36:26,27)

May nothing of the world, the flesh or the devil satisfy you, but only God. (Psalm 90:14)

May all the days and years of your life stolen by the evil one be restored. (Joel 2:25)

May the comfort, peace and healing of God bring praise to your lips. (Isaiah 57:18,19)

May you feel cords of lovingkindness as the Father bends down to feed you. (Hosea 11:4)

May God pour out His Holy Spirit on you. (Joel 2:28)

May you know that in Christ Jesus there is no condemnation. (Romans 8:1)

May you be convinced that nothing can separate you from the love of God. (Romans :38,39)

May the eyes of your heart be enlightened that you might know Him. (Ephesians 1:18)

May God surprise you with blessings beyond what you can ask or imagine. (Ephesians 3:20)

What about you?  How has God blessed you?

c2012 Judy Douglass

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What do you want for your birthday?

My grandboy Aidan turns 4 in two weeks, and birthday gifts are an important topic.  By the age of 4 he actually has opinions.  Themes would be Star Wars, pirates, swords.   Preferably no clothes, though red pajamas in one of the above themes might be okay.

So do you ever wonder what God might like as a gift from you?  I think about such things, and I’ve come up with four gifts I believe would please my Father.

1.  My heart.

This is the most important one, and if I had only one gift to give, this would be it.  He says his greatest desire is that we would love him with our whole heart, mind, soul, strength—with our whole being  (Matt 22:37).  He desires to be first in our affections, king of our hearts.

And when I Iove like that, then I am ready to give him these additional gifts.

 2.  My will

Actually, this one is pretty hard for me, even still.  Growing up my greatest desire was always to have my own way.  And throughout my walk with God, we have had many conversations about His way or my way.  I sometimes lobby for my good ideas, but He has convinced me that His way is ALWAYS better than my way.  And it works best when I surrender willingly.

3.  My hands

This is a little funny—I don’t do hands.  That is, I don’t make things or draw things or build things.  I do words, not hands.

Then God reminds me of His conversation with Moses, when Moses said he couldn’t speak well and there was no way he could go tell Pharaoh to let the children of Israel go.

God’s response?  “What is that in your hand, Moses?”  It was his shepherd’s staff.  And that is what God used—to bring down plagues on the Egyptians, to part the Red Sea, to provide water for the people.

His response to me?  Give me your hands—the gifts I have given you—and I will amaze you with how I will use you.

4.  My feet

Seriously, He wants my feet?  Yes he does.  That is, He wants me to be willing to put my feet in motion, to go wherever He asks me to go.  That might be to a physical place.  Or an opportunity.  Someplace scary or uncomfortable.  Or a challenging relationship.

I never know where God might send me.  But I do know this—He has promised to go with me.

So don’t wait till next Christmas.  Wrap these gifts up right now and offer them to your Daddy.

© 2011 Judy Douglass

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