I pray you all had a very blessed day filled with family, friends and much love as we all celebrated the birth of the Messiah Jesus Christ. This season is my favorite for many reasons but I’d like to share with you what’s been on my heart throughout advent and Christmas this year.
Christmas is a time to gather with family and friends and exchange gifts. Traditions are always fun and nice but the real reason for Christmas is Jesus. One song that I have been listening to a lot this season was Emmanuel (Hallowed Manger Ground) by Chris Tomlin. The song sums up my feeling for why I celebrate Christmas.
A baby came and changed the world. God left heaven to come to this broken world in human form as a baby. He was born in a manger to Mary and Joseph. He didn’t stay a baby forever. That baby grew up and become a man. The man died on the cross for our sins.
One of my favorite quotes that I don’t know who said it was this:
“Without a manger there would be no cross.”
How true is that? If Jesus wouldn’t have been born in the manger He never would have grown up to die on the cross for our sins. Think about that! Jesus is the best gift of all time. This Christmas season let’s not get so caught up in the traditions and fun that we forget Jesus.
Take a few minutes to listen to this song. I pray you all had a very Merry Christmas!
Blessings, Grace Mae ❤
Every year since the movie came out it has been a tradition to watch The Heart Of Christmas movie. I cannot recommend it enough. If you have never seen it I encourage you to watch it. Right now it is currently streaming on Netflix. It’s one of the best heartfelt ones I have ever seen and every time I watch it I’m usually crying by the time it’s over.
As I watch the movie the whole message is about cherishing the ones you love before it’s too late. Tell them you love them. Don’t live in the past or the future but live in the present and enjoy every moment.
What a beautiful reminder for us as Christmas is approaching? The heart of Christmas is something we don’t want to miss. Holidays are the times when we see family and friends the most. There’s the big gatherings and gift exchanges. It’s a time for love and memories being made.
Christmas for me is always hard. This year will be the second one without my grandma here. Celebrating the holidays are different when you loose a loved one. There will always be a piece of you missing. The pain never goes aways but with time it does get easier. It’s so easy to get caught up in all the emotions and little things. The first year was super hard for me. Traditions of things my Grandma and I would do each year didn’t happen. There would be no more making cookies together or listening to Christmas music and singing together. Nothing I wouldn’t give to tell my grandma one more time just how much I loved her. I would give her a great big hug and share her just how much she meant to me.
This Christmas I encourage you to stop what you are doing. Take a minute out of the busyness of the season and make time for those that you love. Tell them you love them. Cherish each moment you have with them. Focus on today, not yesterday and not tomorrow.
Don’t miss this moment! The heart of Christmas is about Jesus. Take a few minutes and listen to this song by Matthew West. Let’s not miss the opportunity the heart of Christmas.
Blessings, Grace Mae ❤
When we think about Christmas we paint this picture of everything perfect like out of a movie. The fire in the fireplace burning bright, the house decorated and cozy, snow outside and spending time with family and friends. We tend to think that everyone is happy and act like there’s not a care in the world. We build this picture of peace and tranquility during the holidays.
That isn’t life though, something interrupts us that brings us back to reality. Someone comes yelling and slamming doors placing blame on one another for something. We get a phone call that something bad has happened.
Maybe our heart gets broken.
A relationship or friendship ended.
A loved one has passed away.
Someone betrayed us that hurt.
Our perfect Christmas dreams we pictured and painted always has something that will interrupt and change our plans. Sometimes we wish that we could just stay in our little world a little longer but that isn’t reality. Something always comes up to cramp our style. I know just how you feel. There are more times then I can count that I wish life could be picture perfect. I don’t like change and lately have had more then my share of interruptions and bad things happen.
What I am here to tell you is this. Nothing surprises God. All these interruptions aren’t surprises to him. Nothing takes God by surprise and we tend to mistake the bad things as Him loosing control. But this is not true. However we wish that things like this would never happen but truth is that they will.
Jesus said that we’d have trouble but also promised us that He will be there in the midst of it all.
John 16:33 “I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.”
No matter where we are in life whether it is on the path we want or the path we don’t want be encouraged right now. God is with us. He will always be by our side. The brokenness we feel can be made into something beautiful by God.
I love the verse in Romans that tells us God works everything for the good of those who love Him who have been called according to His purpose.
The Message version of Romans 8:28 says “That’s why we can be so sure that every detail in our lives of love for God is worked into something good.” This version explains this excellently. Every little detail in our lives of love for God is working into something good. His ways are always better then we can imagine.
So right now take heart and listen to what I am saying. Press through and trust God. He is the only one who will never let you down. He loves you so much! That is what Christmas is about. This season instead of worrying or stressing out over the broken pieces just remember the reason we celebrate Christmas. It’s because of Jesus. He loves us so much and He will never leave our side.
Blessings, Grace Mae ❤
If you are anything like me being busy on a regular basis can be overwhelming and stressful at times. I know for a fact that I struggle from time to time with finding time to get in the Word and have Bible study or quiet time. It’s extra hard this time of the year since there are all the parties, outreach, and Christmas festivities on top of our daily work, school and life schedules. It’s hard to find that extra time to dig into the Word.
Never fear, I am here to the recuse.
Today I am going to be talking about 4 practical easy ways to stay in the Word during the busy holiday season.
1. You Version App – Yes, I am going to be talking about an app. After all we are in 2017 with all this modern technology. One thing that everyone takes with them and spends time on is their phones. C’mon admit it with me. We spend more time on our phones then we do interacting with people. I know I do but one thing I love is my You Version app. It helps me The simplicity and user friendly options really help me to take the time to spend a few minutes in the Word.
2. Pray- Yes you should be praying all the time but this is one thing that I have found I can do even during the craziness of the holidays with being gone. Just spend time talking to God. You can do this while you are in the car driving (please remember not to close your eyes while driving) This is always a great way to listen too. Pray to God but stop and be quiet and listen to what He is speaking to you.
3. Music- Music is a big part of my life and anyone that knows me will tell you that I know a song for every situation that might come up. If you find that you are always on the go or move this is a great option. You can listen to worship music in the car or on your phone. I love the Spotify app. It’s really my most used app. I love that I can stream music while working around the house, driving in the car, waiting in lines etc.. Give it a try I promise you that it will help you keep your focus on Jesus during this holiday season.
4. Tending your Faith journal- yes I know that it’s a promotion but in all seriousness I designed it with the craziness of life in mind. It’s an easy way to spend 10 minutes at the least in the Word. There’s a place to write scripture, journal what God is speaking to you, write out a prayer, and what you are thankful for. Even in the busiest times we can all spare 10 minutes to spend it with Jesus.
I pray these 4 tips are helpful to you this holiday season. If you try one or more of these out I’d love to hear about it or if there is something you do that I didn’t mention please share. We all love hearing what works for others.
Blessings and Shalom,
Grace Mae ❤