Happy FOCUSED Day Ladies!!
As we come to the end of another year, I stop and reflect on all that happened from January till now...when I do, I stand amazed! First, I made it! Through everything, day after day, hour after hour, minute after minute, I made it! And because I know that I didn't just make it on my own, I have to first thank God for His keeping power over my life throughout this year. If it had not been for God through Jesus Christ, there really is no telling where I would be...I next thank MyMom for her never-ending love and support in everything...for her wisdom and love for God, family, and people, and for her praying spirit! She loves to pray!! And for my friends...friends till the end no matter time, distance, or position in life...friends!
During this time of the year, we celebrate the birth of Christ into the world. God wrapped in flesh that dwelt among us. I was reminded of this passage of scripture in Isaiah 53, "He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all (vs. 3-6 KJV)."
-He, Jesus, borne our grief - so He carried and transported our grief away so we would not have to carry it...
-He carried our sorrows - again - so we would not have to! But what did we do?? We thought that He was being punished by God for wrongs He had done...nope!! He took those things, He ENDURED those things FOR US!! What am I trying to get you to see here??? Rejoice!! For the Savior, Jesus Christ, came into the world, born to a virgin, to save us FROM OURSELVES and give us new life in Him!! When we accept that and look towards the Cross, then new life can begin!!
Wishing you a Merry Christmas and Blessed New Year!
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