Happy New Year to all my readers and followers. I hope everyone had a safe celebration ringing in the new year.
If you’re like most you will probably make some new years resolutions today on things like losing weight, stopping smoking, being kinder to people and anything else you might think as important.
Making a new year resolution can be good but from God’s perspective it’s important how, when and if you stick with your promise. Especially if your promise is to God. God’s word is very clear on what He expects from us when we make a promise to Him.
“When a man makes a vow to the Lord or swears an oath to put himself under an obligation, he must not break his word; he must do whatever he has promised.”—Numbers 30:2
As you go about making your new year resolutions, remember, if you make a promise to God it’s important that you keep it. When you do, you will be blessed.
Some of the saddest words on earth are we don’t have room for you. Jesus knew the sounds of those words. He was still in Mary’s womb when the innkeeper said, “We don’t have room for you.” And when he hung on the cross, wasn’t the message one of utter rejection? “We don’t have room for you in this world.”
Today Jesus is given the same treatment. He goes from heart to heart, asking if he might enter. Every so often, he is welcomed. Someone throws open the door of his or her heart and invites him to stay. And to that person Jesus gives this great promise. “In my Father’s house are many rooms” (John 14:2). We make room for him in our hearts, and Jesus makes room for us in his house!
For most Americans this weekend is the last days before Christmas. Everyone will be focused on shopping, cooking, and driving to a relative’s house for the holiday.
For those of you traveling this weekend be especially careful. As you know the weather has created problems but unsafe drivers can create headaches for you and in some cases tragedy.
Remember, Christmas is not about presents. We are celebrating the birth of our Lord and Savior. Jesus came into the world to save us from our sins. That was His gift to us. Now, let’s do our part by worshiping Jesus and thanking Him and giving praise as our gift to Him.
Blessings to all, this holiday season. And as they say here in the south, “Ya’ll be careful out there, ya hear.”
Now that we are in the swing of the holiday season there might be some of you who feel lonely or that no one cares. I am writing today to state categorically that is not the truth. Someone does care. That someone is Jesus Christ our Lord.
God gave all of us a very precious gift. His son. Jesus was born not only to love you in your times of loneliness but all of the time. And His most important display of love is that He died on the cross to save you from your sins.
He is always with you and waiting for you to reach out to Him. When you do He will surround you with His loving arms.
Where do you turn when you are weary from the everyday tasks of living? Now that we are in the holiday season we can become tired and stressed. We all look forward to time with our family but even that causes one to be weary. So, where do you turn for relief?
In Matthew 11:12 Jesus said, “Come to me all of you who are weary and heavy laden and I will give you rest.” This is definitely good advice and should be embraced by all.
The next time you feel yourself overwhelmed with holiday activities and family visits take some time to be with the Lord. His word is true and will not let you down. You can count on it.