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A Christmas Present for Jesus

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

A Christmas Present for Jesus
By William Gaultiere



The magi gave gifts to Jesus on the first Christmas. Do you have a gift to give Jesus for Christmas?

We give presents to many family and friends and they give gifts to us – it’s a wonderful tradition. But in the midst of all our Christmas festivities we may forget that its Jesus’ birthday we’re celebrating. How are we giving him a present?

What gift could you give to Jesus? How about going against the current of our crazed culture and give the gift of spending some quiet time with Jesus as your First Love.

Here are some ideas for ways you could give the gift of an adoring heart to Jesus for Christmas:

Meditate on a Nativity Scene: Probably you have a nativity set in your home. If so sit beside it quietly and take in the miracle of Christmas, thanking God for sending Jesus. Imagine that you’re Simeon. He had been in the temple waiting and praying for the Messiah to come. When Mary and Joseph brought the infant Jesus into the Temple he was ready! He took the Christ child into his arms, smiled warmly, held him close, and gave praise to God (Luke 2:28). In prayer, enjoy holding Jesus as Simeon did!

Center Down in Prayer: Set aside five minutes in quiet solitude (ideally in the morning) for centering prayer. Mary received the Messiah into her womb by praying: “Let it be to me according to your Word” (Luke 1:38). To grow in Mary’s humble trust “center down” in her prayer of submission. When your mind wanders gently call it back to the Scripture. Breathe the words in and out – slowly, deeply, over, and over. One-by-one offer to God your concerns as you repeat this prayer. Then as you go about your day whisper your breath prayer as often as you can remember.

Journey Alone with God in Silence: The wise men rode on donkeys across the quiet lonely desert for months in order to bring their gifts to the Christ child. Most of us spend time alone driving in our cars. This is a great opportunity to practice silence and solitude. Try turning the radio off. Just talk to Jesus. Imagine he’s sitting next to you and have a conversation with him.

Take an Extended Personal Communion with Jesus: Zachariah spent nine months in silence anticipating the birth of Christ! (Luke 1:20). How about spending a few hours to be quietly alone with Jesus? What a wonderful gift this would be for Jesus and you. Save Bible study or book reading for another time. This special time is for you and Jesus simply to enjoy being together. What would you like to do with Jesus? Take a walk? Go to the beach? Visit a monastery or a retreat center? Sit down in a favorite spot in your house or yard? Talk with Jesus and listen to him. Smile at your Friend. Tell him you love him. Thank him for his goodness. Be still – together! You may want to use a journal to help you pray.


  
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    He is coming back real soon too! Be ready for Him!

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KARENE10 12/19/2014 8:46AM

    GREAT blog! emoticon for sharing!


P.S.-Love the cake:)

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WHITECAT19 12/17/2014 3:53PM

    In the words of Christina Rossetti:
"What shall I give Him,
Give my heart."

Thank you for some wonderful ideas on how to put this into practice!

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BAMAJAM2 12/17/2014 2:19PM

  Happy Birthday, Jesus!---
Thank you so much for this wonderful, important blog!
Merry Christmas!

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LIVINTODAY 12/17/2014 8:42AM

    Thank you, Sharon! So many great ideas here; I think I especially love the Centering Prayer exercise and I will make it a part of my life in the coming year.

emoticon Thanks too for consistently ringing out the Good News of Christ's love for us!

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WDSKMOM 12/16/2014 8:28PM

  In the chaos this time of year brings, what blessed suggestions for quiet and purpose.

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WALLAHALLA 12/16/2014 8:03PM

    Perfect!!!

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How Can I Change?

Saturday, December 13, 2014

  
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MYAKAYAH 12/14/2014 8:27AM

    True you have to want to change for anything to improve and get better in life~

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DEBIGENE 12/13/2014 4:46PM

    And also remember we have to want it everyday not just when it suits us.

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    I agree, nothing will change unless we at least try.

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    you can!

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The Perfect Christmas Gifts to Give This Year

Sunday, December 07, 2014

  
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  I certainly approve of this Christmas gift list !

Wonderful-

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  Wonderful!

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    Love this!

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    Very nice.

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  great blog

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SLIMMERJESSE 12/7/2014 5:50PM

    Lovely. Thank you for the goodie and kind thoughts. Hope things turned out okay for you the other day with job and keys.

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    Love it, couldn't agree more.

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Gotta Change My Attitude

Friday, December 05, 2014

Today I am to start a new job. Well, my husband took my car keys to work with him in his jacket pocket. Right now I am waiting for him to bring them to me. So I am feeling anxious and wondering if they will decide not to hire me.

I am keeping this in mind!

  
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    Hope you still got to work!

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    Hopefully all went well with this situation~

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    Hope all works out well, I'm betting it will !!! Keep us posted hon.

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    GOOD LUCK.

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DAISYBELLEKIA 12/5/2014 6:12PM

    Praying it went well! Be honest about what happened, that is always the best way to go and managers appreciate honesty. I know you would be anyway, just wanted to reassure you :)

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GUNNSGIRL91303 12/5/2014 4:43PM

    Things will work out the way they are supposed to. Stressing won't help so just try to relax so that when you arrive you are ready to rock and roll!

Good luck with your new job, I'd love to hear more about it! I'm changing jobs next week myself and am really super excited about it.


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    I hope it works out for you. Good luck.

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    This will be a good testament to your new boss about how well you handle the unexpected problems that arrive. Let it work for your benefit.

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MONTREALESTMOI 12/5/2014 10:00AM

    I wouldn't worry....if you've made a good impression (and obviously you have--you have the job), I would just call, apologize, and be honest about your situation.

Heck, on my first day of my current job two years ago, my son wrecked my car, and I had to leave 15 minutes after I got there.

We just had a young lady start with our company two days ago, and when her boyfriend dropped her off day one, he backed into the car of the supervisor who hired her.

Keep your positive attitude and bring all of your personal sunshine when you do arrive. You'll have a good day!

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  There are some very understanding managers---( they are people too)
Just keep a "good attitude"-- and you can't have a bad day!
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My Christmas List

Monday, December 01, 2014

  
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    I'm a little strange I like doing most housework!

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    Yeah! It's getting so hard for us to do the cleaning, we are thinking of paying someone to come in and do some basic work a couple times a month!
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    That's what I want, too!!!!

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BAMAJAM2 12/2/2014 10:50AM

  Wonderful idea---------and------ a cook to go with it !!

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    I want that too!

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    emoticon ME TOO.

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    ME TOO

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    Sign me up now!

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    Wouldn't that be nice!

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