With a wedding, a honeymoon, and a man moving into my house,  and two girls moving out I made it all the way into December before I started putting up my Christmas decorations.  I am usually the first one to pull the tree out of storage…and have even been known to decorate the tree while watching the World Series!  Some people say that's over the top, but I have to disagree.  And this year as the first night decorating came to a close, I remembered why I love the Christmas season.  

I began the night with a warm, cozy house; the fire was crackling in the fireplace, and dear friends had joined me for Bible study.  But as the tree lit up and the ceiling lights dimmed my house transformed from a cozy home to an intimate environment full of romance and vulnerability.  The dim lights and warm colors are the perfect backdrop for an intimate conversation with the Loved One.  I immediately felt like I could be a little more open a little more honest with my Savior.  Even now taking in the sight of the Nativity scene on the mantel lit up only by the simple tree a few feet away, I am moved with emotion and allow myself to go to the deeper places in my heart that I don't always let surface. The reminder that Jesus came as an infant in a stable with a young teenage girl as His mother comforts me.  It reminds me that I don't have to have it all together, not physically, emotionally, socially or spiritually.  I can come just as I am and enter into an intimate conversation with the Savior of the World…MY Savior, Jesus the Messiah!   As you enter into your own place of intimacy with Jesus, be inspired with the following words:


Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water.  Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.  Hebrews 10:19-23


When we enter into a relationship with Jesus we then have the privilege of coming before the throne of grace and not being turned away because of our sin.  How sweet it is to have our hearts sprinkled and our guilty consciences cleared.  We can stand before Jesus confidently knowing His blood cleansed our hearts.  And now we can let down our guards and approach Him with a sincere heart allowing our hearts to have the conversation you've been longing.  Don't worry about the words you say, just be honest with Jesus, and allow Him to be honest with you knowing “he who promised if faithful.”  I pray that you will take full advantage of this romantic holiday to fall in love with your Savior for the first time or re-ignite the fire with the One who loves you so much He died to be in your life.  

Merry CHRISTmas!

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