A reason to cheer!
Christmas is near!
With family and friends so dear!
One Holy night!
Now the world is right!
With Jesus we’ve nothing to fear!
Okay – my English teacher Mom would be proud of that poem. She was a master at writing a variety of poetry lines. I really miss my mom. She had a way with words and was an encourager.
At Christmas time, it’s hard when we have loved ones who have gone before us. Both my husband and I miss our Mom’s and I miss my Dad too.
But if I choose to focus on that, I will miss the wonder of Christmas.
He came as a baby – just for me and for you!
He gave of his life – just for me and for you!
He sits at the right hand of the father and intercedes – just for me and for you!
Oh the Wonder of it all!
I’ve been wondering a lot lately.
Pondering things of life. Wondering about the “why” of the tragedy in Newton. Wondering what God thinks of it all.
I believe HE WEEPS.
The wonder of God is that He came as a man who cried at the loss of his friend, Lazarus.
He weeps with you too.
In the next few days as relatives arrive, packages are wrapped, and cookies are baked, will you join me in the WONDER of CHRISTMAS?
Speaking of WONDER….
I hope you get to read Margaret Feinberg’s new book which is released on Christmas Day! How WONDERful!
I recently received the insiderâ€™s scoop about Margaretâ€™s new book. Here are some highlights from the interview:
Where did the inspiration for the Wonderstruck book and Bible study come from?
Have you ever had one of those seasons where everything goes wrong, and when you think it canâ€™t get worse, it somehow finds a way? Most people who have worked in ministry have experienced those seasonsâ€”some may be in one right now.
My husband, Leif, and I had just gone through one of the roughest years of our lives. In the aftermath, as we processed the pain and loss, I had an unexplainable desire in my heart. I began praying for the wonder of God. In essence, I said, â€śGod reveal yourself, your whole self to me. I want to know you as Wonderful. I want to know you as Iâ€™ve never known you before and see you in places Iâ€™ve never recognized you before.â€ť
God did not disappoint.
What do you mean by â€śthe wonder of Godâ€ť?
Sometimes talking or writing about wonder feels like tying kite strings to clouds. Itâ€™s ethereal, and you can never quite get a grip on it. But if you look in the dictionary, the two main definitions of wonder are: â€śbeing filled with admiration, amazement, or aweâ€ť and â€śto think or speculate curiously.â€ť
Those definitions come together beautifully in our relationship with God. Thatâ€™s why I define the wonder of God as those moments of spiritual awakening that create a desire to know God more.
In other words, the wonder of God isnâ€™t about an emotional experience or having some cool story to tell your friends, but the wonder of God makes us want more of Godâ€”to go deeper and further than weâ€™ve ever been before.
Why are you calling people to #LIVEWONDERSTRUCK?
If you look in the Gospels, what youâ€™ll discover is that those who encountered Jesus were constantly left in wild amazement. They were awestruck by the teachings of Christ, the healings of Christ, the mind-bending miracles of Christ. Within the Gospel of Luke we see words like â€śaweâ€ť and â€śwonderâ€ť and â€śmarvelâ€ť at every turn. If this is the natural response to encountering Christ, how much more should it be for you and Iâ€”who are invited to live in relationship with Christ as sons and daughters of our God Most High? We even created a free PDF that looks at some of these Scriptures. For a free copy, email us at [email protected] and weâ€™ll send you one.
You can learn more about this great book by visiting www.margaretfeinberg.com/wonderstruck where sheâ€™s offering some crazy promos right now with up to $300 of free stuff. Iâ€™ve seen the book for as low as $7.57 ($14.99 retail) on Barnes & Noble http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/wonder-struck-margaret-feinberg/1110904808? ean=9781617950889 for all you savvy shoppers.
I’m excited to hear what makes you WONDERSTRUCK!