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Friday, December 11, 2009

The 12 Pearls of Christmas series...and giveaway!

Hello - I'm thrilled to announce a Christmas series that Pearl Girls is running this Christmas! They've lined up several top-notch authors to share their Christmas "Pearls of Wisdom"!

Please follow along beginning today through Christmas day as Melody Carlson, Mary DeMuth, Holley Gerth, Tricia Goyer, Maureen Lang, Susan May Warren and more share their heartfelt stories of how God has touched their life during this most wonderful time of the year.

This series is also being provided as free content for any blogs (as 12 html posts) - if you'd like to share the 12 Pearls of Christmas with you blog readers email (amy@litfusegroup.com) and she'll send you the content.

AND BEST OF ALL ... there's also a giveaway!!!! Leave a comment on this post or any of the following 12 Pearls of Christmas posts to be entered to win a THREE STRAND PEARL NECKLACE! The winner will be announced on New Year's Day! Pearls - a tangible reminder of God's grace to us all.


by Jen Smidt

This is without a doubt my favorite time of year. I love everything about it: glowing lights, fragrant trees, cheerful carols and cherished memories. One special Christmas memory and a song lyric add a depth of worship and gratitude that I will treasure in my heart forever.

Thirteen years ago, when I gave birth to my firstborn son - the staggering reality of what exactly Jesus offered to us in the gift of Himself became most tangible. As I held my newborn baby boy in the Christmas candlelight, tears flowed as I tried to comprehend that my Great and Glorious God took on this frail, infantile form for me. Never before had I truly understood the magnitude and humility of His incarnation. As if occupying a small, utterly dependent body of flesh wasn't enough, He ordained that His first place of rest be in a dirty feed trough. Why there? God could have chosen anywhere to rest His tiny head...and then the song playing on the stereo pierced my heart with a moment of clarity: That dirty manger is my heart too...

Jeremiah 17:9 says, "the heart is deceitful above all things and desperately sick; who can understand it?"

Jesus can.

God chose to have His Son enter the world in a stable and be laid in a filthy slop trough so we could know that our sinful hearts are not too lowly of a place for Him to occupy. He understands so much that He was willing to be lain in that rough and smelly receptacle so we could begin to understand His love for us. Understand that He desires to indwell our dirty hearts and make them pure and clean.

As His chosen children, we are given the gift of Jesus - we are now IN HIM.

Galatians 2:20 it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me

Ephesians 2:13 But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.

Celebrate! Party! Worship and Adore Him during this Christmas season. We have been brought near and the trough of our soul has been cleansed and filled with the most precious of gifts - the Righteousness of that Baby boy born in Bethlehem.

Fulfilled in Christ

Luke 2:7 she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger...


Jen Smidt is a 16 year veteran of redemptive marriage to Phil and a 13 year veteran of sanctifying mothering of Jake, Nate and Ellie. Writing, teaching and revealing her ongoing need for Christ keep her humble. Find more of her encouragement on her blog Recognizing Jesus.

1 comment:

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