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All I want for Christmas…

Christmas cannot be all that we want it to be. It’s only a holiday.

Christmas cannot bring harmony to your home.

Christmas cannot bring peace on earth.

Christmas cannot bring happiness.

But Christ Himself can do all of this and more.

That is really what we are longing for deep… inside.

 • Not Christmas, but Christ.

• Not merriment, but the Messiah.

• Not goodwill, but God.

• Not presents, but His presence.

Anything or anyone short of this will disappoint.

 But God never will.

That’s what I want for Christmas–Jesus Christ.

Taken from the Greg Laurie Daily Devotion

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the rest of the Story…

I love reading a good book!  What I really love are books with a continuing story line.  I can get caught up in a good story line imagining the details of the characters and their surroundings, I find myself immersed in the story.  I have enjoyed a couple of books so much I have read them more than once. 

 As much as I enjoy reading and watching movies that have a good story line, I never thought of myself or the people I know as being part of a story.  Until now! 

 So imagine my surprise and joy when our Pastor kicked off the year with a series called “Story”.  He began by saying, ” Every Life is a Story”.  I remember thinking WOW! my life IS a story and since that day I have begun looking at my life differently.   No longer do I just think about my current circumstances as being just that, current.  What is going on in my life is part of the Story,  the beautiful compelling story that the Author and Creator of the Universe has written just for me. 

Every story has a beginning, a middle and an end.  Stories contain context, conflict, decisions and resolution.  Now that I am looking at my life through a new lens I wonder, will I make better decisions, will I worry less and trust God more?  I wonder will I be a better listener and a better friend, a better wife and a better mother.  Will I share Jesus with others, or will they see Jesus in me?  I wonder if I will laugh more often, love more deeply or will I live life to the fullest? 

 I am wondering about my life story but I am not worrying about it. My life story may not be filled with exciting world travels or death-defying feats.  It may be that God has planned for my life story to be one filled with lots of normal everyday stuff.  I know he has written into my story that I would be a daughter, a sister, a friend, a wife, a mother, an encourager, a prayer warrior, a servant and a Christ follower.

 I do wonder what else He has planned for my story. But I am content because I know the beginning and I know the end and I know who wrote the story line that goes in-between and I am thrilled to be part of such an amazing story.  My Story!!! 

Check back later for the rest of the Story…..………..to be continued…..

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