During this Christmas season, I’ve been really thinking about Jesus being a newborn & it’s totally rocking my world. I’ve been thinking about Mary having labor in a room where the sheep, goats, cattle, etc were kept. I’ve been thinking about what it was like for her to go through labor for her first time, not at home and maybe not in a very comfortable place. I’ve been thinking about Jesus being a newborn – what a TOTALLY CRAZY thought. The Son of God, present at the creation of the world, prophesied to Adam & Eve, the Wonderful Counselor, Prince of Peace, Mighty God, Everlasting Father (Is 9:6) and eagerly anticipated for thousands of years being a newborn baby.
Having had three newborn babies (I have three kids) and getting to work first hand with babies with Saving Moses, I’m blown away to think about the second person of the Trinity being a newborn baby – it takes my breath away to think of Jesus as a newborn 🙂
From time to time, we all face hardships, struggles and difficulties. Sometimes we face calamaties that are nothing less than totally overwhelming and understandably, we all want to get out of these difficulties. Simply put, we want deliverance fromthese situations. Even better, we’d like to be spared from these things. But as we both know, life doesn’t always stay in the utopia zone. Sometimes we have to go throughthe hardship & struggle. When this happens and we aren’t delivered fromthe struggle, then we can most certainly trust that God will give us exactly what we need to get to the other side – strength, wisdom, comfort, genuine love . . . . The Trinity is enough.
We had a completely jaw-dropping service at church on Sun. It blew me out of the water & Jesus was probably the only one happier than me. I had the privilege of speaking about the Holy Spirit – the 3rd member of the Trinity that can sometimes be overlooked. When i began looking at the Holy Spirit, it quickly became apparent to me that as a human there are 3 things I’m not supposed to do, as i relate to the HOly Spirit. I’m planning to briefly talk about these 3 things & would be interested to get your feedback as to what we should do instead.
The 1st thing we should never do is blaspheme the Holy Spirit. In Luke 12:10, Jesus says that sins against the Son of God will be forgiven but blaspheming the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven. This is a REALLY scarey thing to me – its even more scarey when i think about how often i’ve heard blasphemy discussed. When i looked up what blasphemy means, its a compound word (blapto – injure; feme – fame, reputation). In its simplest form, it means to defame or injure the reputation of someone. Also, in Matt when Jesus is talking about blaspheming the Holy Spirit, its in the context of people accusing Jesus of doing the work of Satan. Let’s be super mindful that we honor & preserve the Holy Spirit’s reputation & that we also honor His work in our lives. I pray for both you & me that we would be very sensitive to the Holy Spirit in our lives on a daily basis. 🙂
toast needs butter & that’s an axiom like salt & pepper, peanut butter & jelly. if you’ve got too much toast & not enough butter, then the toast isn’t as tastey – at least that’s my take for the present.
this last week has had too much toast & too little butter. i flew to dallas for a quickie trip & got to hang out w some very wonderful people – teen mania folk (Emmie & Katie) & Pastor Ben (from Calvary Church). we also had some good business meetings that were exciting. while doing all of that, including a healthy amount of girl scout cookie distribution (i’ve become a dealer for all girl scout cookie junkies – i’m your fix), i’ve been thinking LOTS! these are some things i’ve been chewing on:
benji going into kindergarten in the fall & what that means (he’s my last little person not in full-time school)
getting more girlscout cookies
the trinity & its distinct persons w their interactions w me – what this is all about
birthday parties the kids have been invited to
a new book for mom
friendships & un-friendships
trying to figure out chessmaster for benji
Shelley’s dad dying
kingdom & community dynamics
Good things to think about & some very high octane reflecting. Maybe next week will be a more palitable butter & toast ratio. Benji just woke up – time to party. 😉