A Christmas Miracle

Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.  This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”  Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,  “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”  Luke 2:11-14, NIV

This article has become a Christmas Tradition on my website and it was only a year ago that First For Women Magazine published this in their 2009 Christmas Edition.  I cannot help but continually give God praise for His abundant favor.  Be encouraged my friend, if God can do this for me, then what will He do for you this Christmas?  May you have a miracle-filled Christmas!

My Christmas Miracle

As the Christmas season beckoned at my door, I could not help but reminisce about the memories of Christmas past. A lot of my flashbacks revolve around running to abuse shelters from my stepfather who was physically abusive. Even when things seemed calm on my home front, I could always count on the never-ending drama within my family to spice up the holiday season. Holiday drama and my family seem to go together like macaroni and cheese. While the majority of my early memories could put anyone in therapy, I did think about one Christmas that still puts a smile on my face even to this day.

It was the Christmas that my aunt, uncle, and cousins drove 12 plus hours in the sleet and snow to be with us during the holidays. I was in sixth grade and I still remember the smell of burning wood in the fireplace and the amazing meals my mom prepared. But, the best part of that Christmas was a present I received. To the outward eye it appeared that my aunt gave me a game, “Stop Thief” by Parker Brothers, but it was much more than that.

You see, that evening my family gathered around the dining room table and played until the wee hours in the morning. The entire room was filled with laughter as we chased the fictitious thief all over the game board. As an abused child who later nearly took her life at the age of 15, I held onto the laughter of that night during some of the hardest times in my life. The memory of that Christmas is still with me today. I am not sure when it happened or which state I lived in at the time, but I lost my most prized game, “Stop Thief.”

Now in my thirties, I decided it was time to replace my favorite game. My research uncovered that Parker Brothers no longer makes the game, and to my dismay, “Stop Thief “ is now considered a vintage game! My husband suggested that I attempt to locate the vintage game on E-Bay. I held my breath as I typed in the words “Stop Thief” on the E-Bay website, and there it appeared before my eyes, not only one, but several “Stop Thief” games were being sold that very day. I placed my highest bid, and to my surprise, won the game. I eagerly anticipated its arrival, and just three days later it was placed at my front door in Atlanta, Georgia. I opened the package, pulled out the game and saw my very own handwriting on the front cover that stated, “I love Michael Jackson” in red ink. The memory of using my brand new ink pen with multiple ink colors flooded my mind and I remembered choosing red because Michael Jackson wore a red leather coat in his Thriller video. Tears filled my eyes as I realized that I had not just received any “Stop Thief” game, but my original game from my childhood.

It was a miracle and I knew who had done it for me- my sweet Jesus. I had known of His love for me, but the fact that He found my original game that I had lost a long time ago is beyond amazing. God led a stranger in Illinois to end up with my game, sell it years later on E-Bay, and then have it delivered several states away to my front door. That shows me the restoration power of God! Joel 2:21-26 talks about how God will restore the years the locusts have eaten. I don’t know what you may have lost over the years; maybe the locusts of life have stolen from you as well. I encourage you to ask God to restore unto you things that you have lost. God is able to not only restore former things, but He always brings things back with increase beyond its original state. Jesus truly is the restorer of all things lost. After all, we once were lost, but now we are found.

Prayer: Lord, I declare that the enemy must give back everything he has stolen from me! I proclaim that 2011 will be a year filled with the restoration power of God. I ask that you restore my body, my mind, my spirit, my relationships, my family, my reputation, my finances and anything else needing the restoration power of God. I love you Jesus and it is because of your love that I believe 2011 will be a year crowned with Your goodness and dripping with abundance (Psalm 65:11).” Amen.

Giving more this Christmas

Please take a moment and watch this amazing video.  The question is: Will you have Christmas as usual this year or will you decide to “get less” in order to “give more?”

Spend Less

Give More

Worship Fully

Love All

My church has embraced the Advent Conspiracy and I am also determined to not have Christmas as usual, but to give more.  Instead of joining the hustle and bustle, needless spending and making this season about me, myself and I… I want to enjoy this season by laughing more with my family, being thankful for all my blessings and GIVING MORE to those in need – more time, money, prayers and attention!

Let’s make a difference in the world and give more this Christmas.  Listed below are a few places where you can give.  Please feel free to use these links or to give wherever God leads you, but let’s not experience Christmas a usual, let’s give of ourselves, spend less, give more, love all and worship fully this season.

1 .  Living Water International

2. 7 Bridges to Recovery Shelter: www.7bridgestorecovery.org

2. Life Outreach International with James & Betty Robinson: www.lifetoday.org



Breathing Room

“You’ve (God has) always given me breathing room, a place to get away from it all, a lifetime pass to your safe-house, an open invitation as your guest.  You’ve always taken me seriously, God, made me welcome among those who know and love you.”  Psalm 61:3-5, The Message

Our scripture today makes me want to say, “Ahhh….Jesus take me away!”  There are times when all we simply need is some breathing room; a place to escape the business and stress of life and to know that God provides such a place for us is awesome!

A few weeks ago I had the privilege to attend a women’s retreat.  Notice I said, “attend” and this alone was breathing room.  I knew a few people, but I was overwhelmed with the warmth I received from these women.  God knew that I needed refreshment and these Godly women made me feel welcome. I left the retreat energized and filled with God’s peace and joy.

Maybe you are in need of some refreshment in your life today?  I realize that you may not be able to attend a women’s conference such as I did, but our scripture today tells us that God always gives us breathing room and in spending time with Him we can have a “mini-retreat” in His presence.  It is my belief that one moment with God can change our lives. God takes our concerns and needs seriously and He welcomes us to run to Him because God alone is the One who will meet all of our needs.

My daughter recently taught some children at an abuse shelter Philippians 4:19, which states, “My God will meet all your needs.”  You should have seen these kids shouting from the top of their lungs this truth and jumping with all of their might to choreographed dance moves!  It was powerful. Now to say that I was proud of my four-year-old daughter for teaching these kids God’s Word would be an understatement!  My question for us today is, do we believe this truth?  Do we believe that God will supply all of our needs?  Whether we need refreshment, peace, joy or financial provision – He is faithful and His Word is true.

If you need anything today, run to God.  He will heal you everywhere you hurt and provide for you exceedingly, abundantly, above all you could ask think or imagine. God’s guest room is always available to us.  Are you in need of some breathing room?  If so, then run to the safe house of God – His Word

Prayer:  “Lord, thank you for giving me breathing room, a place to get away from it all to be refreshed in Your presence.  For in Your presence is the fullness of joy.  During this Holiday season, keep me from being distracted and to focus on the real meaning of the season.  No matter what is going on around me, I can be confident that You will supply all of my needs.  Amen.”