I can't imagine...

Ok, let's see if you can follow my train of thoughts here because I'm basically thinking out loud....

As I sit here pondering Christmas, I keep thinking about what it must have been like to see Jesus, God in flesh, as a newborn baby. Someone sang "Mary, Did You Know" in church this week, and as always, it was moving....I mean, really...."to kiss the face of God." I just can't imagine. Then, many years later, to see Him die on the cross....for me. I just really can't imagine. I'm about to cry right now. Ok, I'm crying now.

I so badly wanted to get out today and do a little last minute shopping with my mom in Jackson....because yes, I thought it would be fun and festive and get me more in the mood for Christmas {a last minute Hobby Lobby emailed coupon didn't help either}. Instead, the stinkin rain and supposed severe thunderstorms have kept me inside all day. But, that turned out ok because now I've gotten to relax and think about the REAL Christmas. I came across these pictures of Adolyn and that's when I just kept picturing baby Jesus and wondering what it was like to be in the presence of God Himself. I wondered what it was like to have His little fingers grasp mine.

Even though it's not the same, I then thought, well I'm in the presence of God because He lives INSIDE me {not that you'd know it all the time, sadly}. But, still, GOD LIVES INSIDE ME. How is that even possible, I keep thinking. And, then I go back to "because He came to the earth as a baby and then died on the cross." You get my little circle of thoughts?! I mean, how humbling is this? God, came out of Heaven....intentionally....to die for my sin, that I may have eternal life with Him, if I simply believe in Him as my Savior. Now, that's a Christmas GIFT. {I hope you have received this gift, too} And, that's what this Christmas has been reminding me of.....humility. The humility of Christ.

Now, I'm going back to the scriptures I've been memorizing with some of my Phase 2 girls.....

3Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit,
but in humility consider others better than yourselves.
4Each of you should look not only to your own interests,
but also to the interests of others.
5Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus:
6Who, being in very nature God,
did not consider equality with God something to be grasped,
7but made himself nothing,
taking the very nature of a servant,
being made in human likeness.
8And being found in appearance as a man,
he humbled himself
and became obedient to death—
even death on a cross!
9Therefore God exalted him to the highest place
and gave him the name that is above every name,
10that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
11and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.

Humility. I need more of it, that's for sure. I'm sure Matt would agree also. :)

I hope and pray that you {my one or two readers} will take time to sit and ponder what this day's celebration means to you. Ponder the humility and presence of Christ. I want to live more in His humility and presence, and that's my prayer for myself right now. God bless you and have a Merry Christmas!

*A little side note....I know this blog is mainly about my ventures in painting and family life....but my faith in Christ is a part of who I am and I can't separate the two....so I guess that means this blog is about Him as well.


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