Wednesday, December 26, 2007

A Gift of Obedience

Children Laugh as They Lay in Wrapping Paper from Christmas Presents by Joel Sartore
Children Laugh as They Lay in Wrapping Paper from Christmas Presents
Jesus replied, "If anyone loves me, he will obey my teaching." (John 14:23)
  • There was a family who decided one year to start a tradition of their own at Christmastime.
After all the shiny paper had been ripped off of the new toys, jewelry, and clothes, they would sit down as a family and begin the most important part of the day--sharing with each other what gift they would give to Jesus.
The process of deciding what to offer the Lord began several days before Christmas so that each family member could reflect on the past year and determine what they thought needed to be laid at God's feet.
  • When it came time to reveal their individual gifts to the Lord, they realized all the gifts had one thing in common; whether they offered their time, talents, money, or love, everything was a gift of obedience.

  • This tradition quickly became the most precious part of the season to them.
Christmas Day may be over, but it's not too late to give a gift to Jesus. Take a moment to reflect on your life and ask God of there is something He would have you give over to Him.
  • No matter what you are led to lay down, you will be giving God the gift of your obedience.
Heavenly Father, my gift to You doesn't come wrapped in a bow; it is out of obedience and not out of show.
Turning point by Dr. Jeremiah
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Joyce's Ramblings said...

Such a great post. I had a phoney Christmas.
I received phone calls from my 4 sons. Greetings from 3 of my grandchildren and 3 of my greatgrands wished me Merry Christmas and my youngest" cood " a little bit and looked at the phone. It was a great Christmas.

Mimi said...

those phones are nice when it comes to holidays... it makes it possible for us to stay in touch with our children that live away from us... I am so glad you had a nice Christmas... and got to talk to all of them including the little "cooer"
Blessings to you,

Mary Isabella said...

Thank you for sharing that tradition it is one I would like to start and I did just now with me. Smiles Mary

Mimi said...

Mary Isabella,
I am glad you stopped by today... and so happy that you had a wonderful Christmas with your family...

Cathy said...

Mimi, another meaningful post, causing us to reflect on the Lord. Thank you for it.

Jodi said...

Boy this really makes you stop and think, doesn't it? Great post (love that Dr. David Jeremiah)!

Hugs to you and Dad!

Mimi said...

Jods I'm glad you stopped by...
Dr David Jeremiah is one of my favorite..
Dad receives E-Mail messages from him every day... and I print them off for him... so I read them first!!
Have a wonderful week...

Sharon said...

This is a great post! Something we should think about each morning when we awake.

Jen said...

What a great post...traditions are so great. Sorry to hear you may be coming down with what I have...if so expect the soar throat to last at least 5 kidding...they put me on an anti biotic today saying a I had an upper respiratory infection....just what I needed....

Beka said...

Wow, Mimi, this is really some food for thought here. This is a fantastic tradition.

And that picture of the kids in the wrapping paper is so cute!

Patty said...

very good post, I really enjoyed it

Hailey's Beats and Bits said...

hi mimi.
have a blessed new year to you and your family!

Nancy said...

First of all thanks for stopping by, to answer your question about the picture on my post, yes it is a great great grand son & my wonderful mom-in-law she is 91 & very with it. Your post is a great tradition.. I'm pretty good at not being obedient sometimes. Thanks for posting this.