Presence of Heart

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Devotion:  Acts 3:19

Thanksgiving is over.   Black Friday is over. Some of you have completed all of your decorations, your shopping and the presents are wrapped.  Your calendar is filled with Christmas parties and gatherings to come. Hold onto your hat. Oh what fun it is to ride… the Christmas time…hap..happiest season of all.

Sometimes, I wonder if through all the gift buying, decorating, cooking, and planning; we lose the whole idea behind Christmas. We hold the gifts in our hand; the gifts we bought to give and the presents we will receive but what do we hold in our heart?

Christmas is all about the heart.  Christ-mas.  It started because of Christ’s birth.  The greatest Gift ever given; wrapped up in the form of this God – Child,  Emmanuel, God with us.

This Christmas;  I am going to challenge you to do do something intentional.

                       Make Christmas more about                                                  Christ’s presence over the presents.

There is nothing wrong with our traditions of gift buying, having family and friends over to exchange and enjoy all of those yummy Christmas  recipes.  Christmas is truly the most wonderful time of the year. Not because of the presents but

         …because of the presence of Christ in our heart.

Are you up for the challenge?  Before you get out of bed tomorrow morning; ask God to keep you Christ focused this 2016 Christmas season. Hold Him closely in your heart.   I guarantee, if you will focus on His presence, the present buying will not be the central issue.  He wants you to remember He is Emmanuel, God with us.

Prayer in Motion:

Oh Lord, may Christmas of 2016 be more about Your presence than the presents.  I want my focus to be on the Savior of the World, the eternal versus the gifts the world has to offer.  I declare to You, I will be more intentional about Your presence and less consumed with the presents.  I will love You Lord with all my heart, all my soul and all my strength.  In Jesus Name.  Amen.

 

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