God really wanted me to wake up this morning. I first woke up at 5:40 am and thought to myself, I should get up and read the Bible or my devotional, but I felt too tired so I rolled over and went back to sleep. I woke up again at 6:03 am and again rolled over to go back to sleep. Finally at 6:10 am, I had to get up because the alarm in the girls bedroom went off and was blasting NPR all over the house. I took this as a sign that God was not taking “No” for an answer this morning Thankfully none of the girls woke up… I’m not sure how they slept through it, but they did!
I think what I took from all of this was a reminder not to get swept away by the wrong things this Christmas. The last few days have been a little hectic as I have been preparing for Christmas, sending cards, shopping, cooking, wrapping, cleaning, etc. I haven’t found much time to sit in peace and quiet and just listen.
I want to listen during this Holy time. I want to sit in peace and think of our Savior, His Mother, His earthly Father and His Holy Birth. I want to be moved to depths of my soul as I reflect on Him.
Thank you my Loving and Heavenly Father for nudging me awake this morning. Please help me to keep You always in my sight and to stay awake!
Listen carefully my friends, He might be trying to wake you up too!
A few nights ago at dinner I was talking with the girls about Mary and Joseph. I told them about the census and the need for Mary and Joseph to travel to Bethlehem right before Jesus was born. We talked about how we prepare for a trip when we travel versus how Mary and Joseph must have prepared for their trip.
It was a great conversation and the girls loved talking about it. After dinner I didn’t really think about it again, but the girls haven’t stopped thinking about it.
Every night since our first discussion they have been asking me what Mary and Joseph were doing that night in preparation for their journey. I love these questions because they have forced me to sit down and reflect on what Mary and Joseph were doing each night as they prepared for their journey and for a new baby.
I think tonight I will tell the girls that Mary might have been mending the clothing and blankets that they would bring on the journey.
Jesus thank You again for these sweet blessings in my life who help me keep my focus on You, especially during this wonderful Christmas season as we anxiously await Your birth!
Do you see miracles everyday? Do you see miracles in the blossoming of a flower, the beauty of a sunset or the birth of a child?
Or do you believe that the word miracle is too loosely applied to the everyday events and moments of our world? Do you only see miracles in events such as the parting of the Red Sea, the opening of the eyes of the blind, or the healing of the sick or the lame?
If God parted the Red Sea everyday would this still be a miracle? Would we continue to see this as a miracle? If Jesus had lived into old age and had continued healing the sick, opening the eyes of the blind, calming storms and walking on water, would these miracles eventually have been taken for granted and become an expected part of everyday life?
Just because a baby is born every few seconds on earth, this doesn’t change the fact that there was less than 1 chance in 10282(million trillion trillion trillion trillion trillion trillion trillion trillion trillion trillion trillion trillion trillion trillion trillion trillion trillion trillion trillion trillion trillion trillion trillion) that life would occur anywhere in the universe at the beginning (as discussed by Dr. Hugh Ross in the article The Probability for Life on Earth).
Despite the minimal chances for life to occur anywhere in the universe at the beginning, miraculously we do exist and miraculously we continue to exist through the new children who are born every few seconds.
Maybe our inability to appreciate the everyday miracles that now seem mundane to us is what is preventing us from seeing and experiencing the extraordinary miracles.
If you are faithful in little things, you will be faithful in large ones. But if you are dishonest in little things, you won’t be honest with greater responsibilities.
Maybe we need to be a little more honest with ourselves regarding the miraculous events that we experience everyday in order for our eyes to be opened to see not just the everyday miracles, but every miracle.
Jesus please continue to open our blind eyes! Please help us to gratefully see and accept all of Your amazing works and wonders!