Monday, December 31, 2012

Satisfaction and Dependence

We always need growth and change in learning to be satisfied in Christ and fully dependent on Him. These are two things that God has been teaching me more about and refining me in this year. So many Scripture verses and circumstances have instilled these incredible truths more deeply into my heart. There is so much to share in relation to these truths that I hope to write on soon!

Not that I’ve mastered them or live it out perfectly. Far from it! I feel like I’ve just scratched the surface when it comes to knowing and experiencing this. I have far to go. Much to learn. Countless areas that still need to be refined by my loving Father.

But you know what? That’s an exciting thing to look forward to, because I know I will continue to see God’s work in my life until I die or He returns. Because He promised it (Phil. 1:6).

How has God been at work in YOUR life in 2012?

Allison

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Born That We May Have Life

One of the songs I've been enjoying this Christmas.

Rejoice, O world, your Savior has come
Through the love of a virgin's womb
Son of God, Son of man, born that we may have life
You were born that we may have life!


Allison

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

December

Ahh…the wonderful season of Christmas. Unfortunately in the south we don’t get the snow and freezing cold weather (although I could do without bitter cold). Sometimes it dips down to the 50s (daytime) and upper 30s/low 40s at night and we pull out our sweaters. :) Today however, it’s close to 80 degrees…It’s not feeling like Christmas.

Aside the weather rambling….a verse from John has been on my mind the last few weeks. John 1:14 to be exact. “The Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen His glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.” As I shared in my last post, it’s such an amazing thing that Jesus would come to earth to save us! I’ve enjoyed reading through various Christmas carol lyrics and seeing what glorious truths they hold about our Savior. Like the line from O Come All Ye Faithful that shares the truth from John 1: “Word of the Father, now in flesh appearing!”

O Little Town of Bethlehem also says:
No ear may hear His coming, but in this world of sin,
Where meek souls will receive Him still, the dear Christ enters in.

And O Come Little Children declares:
Rejoice that a Savior from sin you can boast,
And join in the song of the heavenly host.

Highlights and activities of this month thus far:
  • three great nursing home trips in the course of a week where the truth of the gospel was shared through song and Scripture
  • Christmas piano recital (my students did fantastic!)
  • Christmas parties
  • sharing the gospel at the pregnancy center
  • family time decorating sugar cookies
  • painting my bedroom
  • hot tea on cold mornings (especially the one morning it was freezing and our heater was out)
  • working on our church anniversary slideshow
  • baby photo shoot and a family photo shoot
  • children's choir piece and young adult choir piece sung at church


Allison

Monday, December 10, 2012

Season's Reflections

The fact that Jesus came to earth has struck me deeply this Christmas season. Everyone has heard it and could tell you—“Oh yeah, Jesus came as a baby, born in a stable”. But have you really thought about its implications this Christmas?

Christ…
The Holy One, the Living Word, the Righteous One, Sustainer of the universe, our King, GOD Himself...Humbled Himself.
He willingly offered, He left the beauty of His throne and the glory He so richly deserved to live among sinful people like you and me.

Many times we’re guilty of complaining about the sinful people or the unfair circumstances that surround us. How many of us would joyfully offer to leave a place of perfection to live among unrighteous sinners?

But He did. Jesus took on flesh, was tempted as we were, physically experienced the same things you and I do. He faced rejection, wrong accusations, people who misunderstood Him, people who mistook Him simply for a prophet. When He was conceived people thought His mother had sinned, when He was born the king tried to kill Him, when He was grown people didn’t like how He talked about their sin. He didn’t live a glamorous life on earth, no, He lived a life that we wouldn’t quickly volunteer to follow.

Christmas isn’t just a simple truth that a sweet little baby Jesus was born in a stable. It was that Jesus, fully God, was born in the likeness of sinful flesh, with the mission to save a people for Himself by His substitutionary death on the cross. He demonstrated the greatest example of humility and love in the history of the world.

How can we not but worship and adore Him this Christmas season? Christ our Savior is born!


Allison