It’s Monday and Christmas is sneaking up on us, right?? We are almost there! Friday is our “official” 30 days but we have thrown in a few extra days to get us to Christmas Day 🙂
Just a handful of days left to rejoice and prepare. Hallelujah!
I’ll say a little prayer for a sweet parking spot to open for us today–and then for us to pass it by and point it out to the rustled and ruffled sister behind you to be blessed!
I’ll think of you in that moment and you will think of me!! LOL
You’ll “get me” when you read today’s Heart:-)
2 In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. 2 (This was the first census that took place while[a] Quirinius was governor of Syria.)
3 And everyone went to their own town to register. 4 So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. 5 He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. 6 While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, Luke 2:1-6 (NIV)
Have you ever prayed for a parking spot to open just when you need it and it HAPPENS?! I always think of those silly times as a God kiss or even a giggle!
I recently had a crazy real life moment where God’s timing was absolutely tangible.
I won’t go into the details but at the exact moment I was uttering a prayer for God’s help and direction, the help and direction came. Now let me just say, I RARELY have the privilege of experiencing my timing match God’s timing so specifically. In fact I am constantly seeking God’s plan verses my plan!
God’s timing is everything.
God’s word is slap full of supernatural timing! It’s not a coincidence that the call for a census was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor at Syria (2:2). In fact it is very important to Dr. Luke that we recognize this fact. Once again, we see God’s hand in fulfilling the Christmas prophecy. Timing.
The Old Testament tells us that a savior will be born to us in Bethlehem the town of David. Given the decree from Caesar Augustus, Joseph follows the law and he and Mary travel to Nazareth. He went to register Mary (Luke 2:5). Timing.
Now we have God’s plan on paper, documentation for the future skeptic that requires evidence of this occasion. God left nothing to chance so that the more we investigate his words the deeper our faith becomes, just read, Evidence that Demands a Verdict, by Josh McDowell. Timing.
Today’s scripture sheds light on the faithfulness of God’s promises.
What might be happening in your life, right now, today, that is a reflection of God’s perfect timing? I can think of several. We have a choice everyday to believe our actions are dictated by circumstances or directed by the Divine.
Prayer: Lord, I pray that in this season, I am sensitive to your perfect timing. I long for every move I make to be a step toward the greater plans you have for my life. I pray for obedience to your Holy Spirit promptings and a sensitive ear and heart to what you are directing me to do, say, complete. I trust your timing for fulfilling your great purpose in me.
An Idea for Your Unstuck Christmas HOME!
Plan a Happy Birthday Jesus Party!! Whether you have small children, big teenagers, grandkids galore or you’re an all-grown-up household, it’s always sweet to infuse the holidays with fun festivities. I thought this family’s story was darling and right on! Has anyone ever hosted a Happy Birthday Jesus party? Click the nativity below to find out how they did it!
Thank you to Facebook friend Joni for sharing this story. It is a beautiful, thoughtful kindness worthy of sharing…
‘The past couple of years, I’ve purchased a handful of fast food gift cards near the places the Salvation Army bell-ringers are and as I leave my donation in the red kettle, I hand them a gift card and tell them Merry Christmas and to go get themselves a lunch on their break. Many, many of the bell ringers appear to be quite poor themselves and they are so very grateful to be seen as a person. It’s fun to see their eyes light up when you look them in the eye and just give them a random gift! I have also occasionally kept a few gift cards in the car and then if I see someone with a sign, i can bless them with a meal of their choosing.’
Happy Monday before Christmas Friend! Don’t Forget my Last Giveaway of the year 🙂 Find out how to win–HERE!