One step to a great Christmas

OSASuBX1SGu4kb3ozvne_IMG_1088This is the first Christmas since I have been married that we won’t be with family. Our son was born almost three weeks ago and we have decided to stay in CPH for the holidays. Every other year I would have been sad but I’m actually looking forward to starting our family traditions for Christmas.

We have a “tree”, we light a candle everyday to count down the days until Christmas and the stockings are just waiting to be filled come Christmas eve. My daughter is too young to understand everything but she definitely understands presents. I think I love watching her open them as much as she likes getting them. The following quote from Anne Frank is so true:

No one has ever become poor by giving.”

I can’t wait to give my daughter and husband all of their presents. It reminds me of God and how much he wants to give us. Am I paying attention to that? Am I pondering all that God has given me? And if I’m feeling like things are going really bad, can I be satisfied in just Him? I’m always convicted by Paul and his example to be in prison, and yet, be content. In fact, you would never know he was in prison by the tone of his letter to the Philippian church. You would only know because he says so.

I wonder what scriptures Paul thought about to remember that God loves him and wants to do great things for him, in spite of his situation. Perhaps one of them was in Isaiah 43:1-7.

But now, this is what the Lord says—
    he who created you, Jacob,
    he who formed you, Israel:
“Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;
    I have summoned you by name; you are mine.
When you pass through the waters,
    I will be with you;
and when you pass through the rivers,
    they will not sweep over you.
When you walk through the fire,
    you will not be burned;
    the flames will not set you ablaze.
For I am the Lord your God,
    the Holy One of Israel, your Savior;
I give Egypt for your ransom,
    Cush and Seba in your stead.
Since you are precious and honored in my sight,
    and because I love you,
I will give people in exchange for you,
    nations in exchange for your life.
Do not be afraid, for I am with you;
    I will bring your children from the east
    and gather you from the west.
I will say to the north, ‘Give them up!’
    and to the south, ‘Do not hold them back.’
Bring my sons from afar
    and my daughters from the ends of the earth—
everyone who is called by my name,
    whom I created for my glory,
    whom I formed and made.”

Of course it’s nice to have a memorable Christmas with lots of loved ones around and gifts to share. But you can have a great Christmas just by intentionally meditating on all that God has given us. And if your list is short, just think about how He gave us Jesus.