The doorbell has been ringing a lot this week. The dogs go crazy and the girls holler for me to come as they have been told they can not under any circumstance answer the door. By the time I make it to the door there is no one there, and I see the FedEx man driving away while a package is resting up against the side of the house.

photo (88)You can imagine my surprise when I went to the door and actually found two sweet teens bringing gifts from their mom to me. It was so unexpected and I was overjoyed to see them. I hugged each of their necks and wished them a MERRY CHRISTMAS! They wished me the same as they handed me a fresh from the oven poppy-seed cake and a wrapped gift.  The present was perfect for me. My girlfriend knows me so well and she gave me a gift that she knew I would love.  I am so grateful for my new book that will draw me closer to Him!

IMG_0528Our girls have been saving their allowance, so they could do their own Christmas shopping this year. I dropped them off downtown on Main Street and told them to have fun. They sent me this pic holding up some of their presents and their stop for lunch in the window seat of our favorite spot…oh the sweet memories they made. When I picked them up they could not wait to show me what they had gotten for everyone. They were overjoyed and quickly wrapped their gifts themselves and placed them under the tree. This IS Christmas!!!

I hope as you prepare to CELEBRATE and unwrap your presents that you stop and ponder on the perfect gift that ALL have ever been given. Have you unwrapped it?  Do you receive it? God’s GREATEST JOY was in GIVING His SON to us, so that we could be reconciled back to Him. I love to unwrap it. This year I wrapped an empty box and placed this verse inside of it.

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called WONDERFUL COUNSELOR, MIGHTY GOD, EVERLASTING FATHER, PRINCE OF PEACE.” Isaiah 9:6

This is God’s Christmas card to us! You still have time to wrap an empty box with this verse to share. Let it be the first present opened. May it bring a sense of the TRUE SPIRIT of Christmas into your home as you CELEBRATE BIG! It’s the BEST GIFT under the tree!!!

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