Turn your eyes upon Jesus, Look full in his wonderful face, And the things of earth will grow strangely dim, In the light of His glory and grace.God sent his only begotten son into the world. He came into the world to bless the world. He lived a perfect life and showed us the way to live. He showed us that the more humble we are, the more pleased God is. He died as a perfect sacrifice so that justice would prevail and sin could be forgiven. This, after all, is worth being concerned about. Let us fix our eyes on the baby in the manger and all that he represents this Christmas and feel the peace that he came to bring us. Will everyone around you like this newfound ideal for Christmastime? I think most people will because most people are looking for a little relaxation and peace at this busy time of the year. But…there might be people in your life that won’t like it. Of course, they’re probably just jealous of your calmness in the midst of their anxiety. Pour yourself a cup of hot apple cider, breathe in its soothing aroma, and remember, just who you are trying to please anyway—God or people? When I seek to please God first, people will ultimately be blessed anyway, in spite of themselves. Jennifer Heeren has always loved to write. For more than a decade, she has enjoyed writing encouraging blog messages. She loves to write things that bring people hope and encouragement. Her cup is always at least half-full. She regularly contributes to Crosswalk.com. She lives near Atlanta, Georgia with her husband. Visit her at www.jenniferheeren.com.
Did you know that almost six out of ten teens leave the church at some point? Nearly 60% of high school students who grow up going to church will close the doors to a Christian life. And usually, they don't come back (survey by the Barna Group). "Because of people breaking the laws and sin being everywhere, the love in the hearts of many people will become cold." Matthew 24:12
Whenever I answer a question like this, I’m deeply aware that someone may be reading this who is seriously contemplating suicide—and I would do everything in my power to convince them not to take that final, drastic step. With Christ, there is always hope. If that’s you, please hear me. Don’t you dare do that! Jesus and I deeply love you and need you.
(This post is written to Christian women and is based on a biblical worldview, supported with Scripture. Since the writing of this post, a sequel has been written, The Motive to Modesty.) Hurriedly I raked through my second dresser drawer in the dim light of the unlit closet, scrambling for pants of some kind. Finding some, I grabbed a workout shirt, jammed feet into tennis shoes and breathlessly answered the door for Mr. M. “Ready for breakfast?” he asked.