Hello everyone! I pray your all doing well as we prepare to celebrate the day our Savior came into the word. In other words Christmas!
It's only two weeks away from Christmas! woohoo!
I know right?! where does the time go?
I don't do that Christmas thing...
Well, then I hope you are having a wonderful winter with your family! So I wanted to post this back in November-
Then why didn't you?
I got a little busy.
Oh really? busy huh? I bet you were just being lazy.
A little of both I guess.
Ha! I knew it!
Anyways I wanted to bring up something that is very appropriate for this time of the year. And that is gifts.
Yes, but not the ones under the tree. No, I feel that these gifts are often ignored even if we don't mean to ignore them. Wait! before you fire off an angry comment let me explain myself.
Well, start with the explaining bub!
Okay. The gifts I feel that are often ignored is the gift of the day. Yes, the day. After all Psalm 118:24 says "This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it".
But do we really 'rejoice and be glad' for each day? have we every stopped to acknowledge everything God gives us each day? I find that I usually just send a quick "Thank you for the day Lord" in my prayers everyday without really considering the gift that He has given me.
Like, for instance, have we ever thought that the Lord in His great kindness never gives us two of the exact same days? (Now I'm going to get a little artistic on you, but hey I'm an artist.) Everyday is an entirely new day from the Lord. The day (Today) is the only one there will ever be in history. The sun never rises at the same time as it did yesterday. The temperature is never the exact same as yesterday. In fact, every cloud we see everyday is new, since clouds are constantly changing. Every flower, every bird's song, every breeze is different from yesterday. And there is still a ton of other things that are new everyday. But do we really thank the Lord of all of it?
I know personally I don't usually think about it. I wake up and start my usual routine, after all, we all have schedules to keep right? I know that my parents and pastor have told me countless times that we should be thankful for the day which the Lord has given us. But it wasn't until recently that I truly understood what that means. I was watching the sun rise and it hit me (like a ton of bricks), The Lord truly gives us new days everyday and we should give Him praise for it. At least that is what the Psalmist said in Psalm 150:6 and in Psalm 69:34. Our lives are but a vapor, a breath, (Psalm 144:4, Proverbs 27:1, James 4:14, Plasm 39:4) yet the Lord finds it pleasing to gives us the gift of a new day even though our lives are so short. Never the same old day but a new day. But what do we do with these gifts? to we thank the Lord for the treasure He gives to us everyday? or do we take it and chuck it across the room as we wait for something else?
Wait are you saying that I can't look forward to something?
Oh on. I'm not saying that at all. I'm saying that we should look at everyday as a special gift from the Lord and thank Him for it. I know I'm guilty of not thanking the Lord for His gifts. I take them for granted as I move through life focused on what needs to get done that day. I complain about the weather and wish for another day that isn't even promised to me. Some day's I didn't even step outside.
I know we all are busy and that sometimes we drive ourselves crazy (Novembers NaNo😁). No wonder that Psalm 46:10 says to be still and now that God is the Lord. Because when we take the time to just be still and just look at God's creation. We can truly see what the Lord as done and that should drive us to praise Him for His great and mighty works. For He is worthy of our praise and worship.
It's easy to get lost in all the hustle and bustle of life and forget to be thankful for simple things like the days the Lord brings us. So as we enter this Christmas gift giving time lets not forget two things. And if there is anything you take away as you walk/click away is this.
1) To thank the Lord for His gift of a new day every day
2) To thank the Lord for sending us His Son as the propitiation for us
How is everyone’s December going? If you live where it snows has it? Oh make sure to stop by next week. I’m taking part in the 12 Days of Christmas hosted by Firefly