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2 years, 5 months ago 4

Merry Christmas Eve!  I hope you are surrounded by friends, and family.  Some families exchange gifts on Christmas Eve, some Christmas morning.  Gifts, at their best, are given with no expectations in return, they are given out of a desire to express love and appreciation.  We use the time of Christmas to do that for those we love and want to express that love, by trying to give them something we hope they will value. Of course the greatest gift is the original gift that started the celebration of Christmas, the Christ child!

 

On the way home from church yesterday morning my grandson, Elijah, read a quote from his ornament that he received in Sunday school.  It said, “Give the Lord your best, whatever it may  be, for Jesus will accept your gift joyfully!”

 

On the Eve of Christmas I want to talk for just a moment about what would make a great gift for Him. I believe that what He wants most is our hearts.  Have you ever heard the expression “the hearts desire”?  Of course you have, and it means what our hearts want most of all.  What His heart wants most of all is our acceptance of His forgiveness, and inviting Him into our lives and hearts.   Jesus came to earth for only one reason, YOU.  Yes, if there had been no one else on earth, except you, He still would have come to save you.

 

Some people recoil at the word save, but in reality that is exactly what He did.  We are all sinners, which means we have fallen short of what God wanted for us.  Our only hope was a sacrifice for our sins, instead of us paying the penalty of death, for our sins, Jesus took our punishment on Himself.  His death was the payment for all our sins.  If we accept that, and accept Him, we are forgiven.

 

Once forgiven, we have a deep desire to honor Him for all He has done for us.  This is where the gift comes in!  The only thing Jesus asked us to do because of His sacrifice was accept Him and then tell others that Good News Story!  If you were once lost, and then someone found you, and saved you from certain death, wouldn’t you want to tell others that are lost the wonderful story of Jesus!!??

 

So if you haven’t given Jesus the gift He really wants, you have some last minute shopping to do, and it’s easy, you don’t even have to brave the mall tonight, just go before Him and say I want you to have my heart and my life, His joy will be unimaginable!

 

Merry Christmas Eve,

 

the pilgrim

2 years, 5 months ago 6

I have plans for this weekend, and you should too!  O.K., that sure sounded like I think I know what’s best for you! Sorry about that….. but I do have some suggestions, O.K. I always have suggestions so if this doesn’t work for you just have a great weekend and forget all about my meddling!

 

One more thing, I am taking Saturday and Sunday off to spend a nice weekend with my bride, so my next post will be Christmas Eve.  Now, please allow me to make a few time test suggestions for Christmas weekend plans!

 

(1.)  Take extra time to tell your spouse how glad your spending your Christmas with them!

 

(2.)  Invite some of the little ones in your family, (kids or grandkids), to bake cookies or make a favorite Christmas recipe.  Then tell them about the valued friend or family member that passed the recipe down, and something that makes you smile when you think of them!

 

(3.)  Some evening after everything gets quiet around the house, read the Christmas story in Luke (Luke 2: 1-38).  Spend some time thinking about the reality of what it must have been like that night.

 

(4.)  If it snows where you live, build a roaring fire, and then sit in a comfortable chair or your couch with a warm cup of hot chocolate, and just watch the snow fall, a little soft Christmas music in the background just might be great too!  You might use that time to think of just how many ways God has blessed you!

 

(5.)  Take a minute to get alone and get on your knees and thank our Heavenly Father for giving all of us the greatest gift of all, a baby, named Jesus.  He grew up, showed us how to live, and then died to give us salvation.  Wish Him a very Happy Birthday!

 

Merry Christmas weekend!

 

the pilgrim

 

P.S.  And thanks for your gift for me, spending some of your days with me, here!

2 years, 5 months ago 7

I’ve started reading a book that I can see is going to be life changing, Catherine Martin’s, Knowing & Loving the Bible. I met Catherine through this blog, and had the pleasure of having her and her husband David at the most recent His Light Workshop.  They are great people and I really enjoyed getting to know them better!  Catherine was kind enough to send me a selection of her books, and she has a number of best selling ones!  This book is a real adventure in delving into the Bible and gaining the most possible from that love letter to us from our Heavenly Father.

 

The book promises to do the following things for the reader;

 

(1.) Revitalize your quiet time as you discover interactive devotional Bible studies.

 

(2.) Refresh your passion for Christ through exciting quiet times with God.

 

(3.) Realize the Bibles reliabilituy as the truth, authority for your belief, and secure foundation for your life.

 

(4.) Renew your mission as God’s Word works in your own life and through you, touch others.

 

I can assure you, as I’m a few chapters in, that this book will fulfill it’s promises and much more.  I do daily devotionals, and read my Bible, but this study will help me delve much deeper into God’s Word!

 

You can learn more about Catherine’s ministry and buy books at the web address below;

 

http://www.quiettime.org/

 

One of God’s greatest gifts to us is His Word, the Bible, His love letter to us.  Nothing can strengthen you, and prepare you for life like time spent reading and studying His message.

 

Thanks you Catherine for your ministry and for sharing these words of wisdom with us!

 

Be Blessed, & Merry Christmas #2,

 

the pilgrim

 

 

 

 

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As we close in on Christmas, many are wondering what is wrapped in that beautiful Christmas paper under the tree!  Gifts are great, and they bring extra excitement and  fun to the celebration of Christmas!  The greatest gift though was born in a manger in a humble stable.  There was not pretty paper and ribbons, no lit Christmas tree, and no warm fire in the fireplace!   It was a night like no other in the history of the world, it was the night the world was changed forever.

 

Life is meaningless with out texture.

 

texture |ˈteks ch ər|noun the feel, appearance, or consistency of a surface or a substance : skin texture and tone | the cheese is firm in texture | the different colors and textures of bark.• the character or appearance of a textile fabric as determined by the arrangement and thickness of its threads : a dark shirt of rough texture.• Art the tactile quality of the surface of a work of art.• the quality created by the combination of the different elements in a work of music or literature : a closely knit symphonic texture.

 

“The feel, appearance, or consistency”……  Having Jesus in my life has brought (a.) feelings of real joy, (b.) an open appearance of a life of real peace, (c.) and most important of all a life that has one consistent daily reminder that when that baby was born, He also changed my life forever!

 

My dear friend, and boss, Scott Diussa, gave me a song a few years ago by Reliant K that continues to be one of  my favorites, here are the lyrics;

 

“I Celebrate The Day”

 

And with this Christmas wish is missed
The point I could convey
If only I could find the words to say to let You know how much You’ve touched my life
Because here is where You’re finding me, in the exact same place as New Year’s eve
And from a lack of my persistency
We’re less than half as close as I want to be

And the first time
That You opened Your eyes did You realize that You would be my Savior
And the first breath that left Your lips
Did You know that it would change this world forever

 

And so this Christmas I’ll compare the things I felt in prior years
To what this midnight made so clear
That You have come to meet me here

 

To look back and think that
This baby would one day save me
In the hope that what You did
That you were born so I might live
To look back and think that
This baby would one day save me

 

And I, I celebrate the day
That You were born to die
So I could one day pray for You to save my life

 

On Christmas Eve, I will light a fire and sit in the dark and look at the fire and remember that within a few hours, “I will celebrate the day!”

 

Merry Christmas #1,

 

the pilgrim

 

The shot?  Another great subject with wonderful texture I couldn’t pass up!!   Nikon D800, 24-120 AF-S VR at F8, 1/15th of a second, ISO 200.  This is about 60% of the full frame,the joys of 36 mega pixels!