What Is Christmas Spirit?

What Is Christmas Spirit?

(I wrote this post three years ago and thought I would share it again this Christmas Eve.  Merry Christmas to all.)

This year is the first time I can ever remember not having much Christmas Spirit.

Honestly I’m not really sure what Christmas Spirit is so I thought I would write about it to see if it helps me figure it out.

I guess most people would say Christmas Spirit is the feeling of joy and the spirit of giving.

I know when I was a kid Christmas was the most anticipated time of the year.  The joy and the spirit of giving wasn’t the reason for the excitement, it was the joy of getting.

I was a kid and that’s what Christmas was all about.  It was the one time of the year (besides your birthday) that you got gifts, nice gifts.

But it wasn’t totally about me and what gifts I was going to receive.  I also loved the family getting together, the lights, the trees and the special once a year food.  (Steamed shrimp, yum / fried oysters and oyster pie, yuck)  Christmas Eve was the only time of the year my grandma got out her fine punch bowl and filled it with ginger ale and scoops of orange sherbet.

I grew up but hung on to the love that I had for Christmas. Continue reading

Finding Your Promised Land

Finding Your Promised Land

Deuteronomy 12:5-7

But you shall seek the place that the Lord your God will choose out of all your tribes to put his name and make his habitation there. There you shall go, and there you shall bring your burnt offerings and your sacrifices, your tithes and the contribution that you present, your vow offerings, your freewill offerings, and the firstborn of your herd and of your flock. And there you shall eat before the Lord your God, and you shall rejoice, you and your households, in all that you undertake, in which the Lord your God has blessed you.

Moses is addressing the tribes of Israel as they are about to cross over the river Jordan and begin their trek into the promised land.  Moses is instructing them to be aware and be attentive to the guidance of the Lord in finding their spot to settle and worship God.

The first verse of these verses is what intrigued me the most: But you shall seek the place that the Lord your God will choose… Continue reading

We Abandon God

We Abandon God

Lamentations 3:31-33

For the Lord will not
    cast off forever,
but, though he cause grief, he will have compassion
    according to the abundance of his steadfast love;
for he does not afflict from his heart
    or grieve the children of men.

I have previously written about Lamentations, Chapter 3, verses 25 through 27.  In that post I wrote about seeking God and the consequences of your actions.  I then followed that post by writing about verses 28 through 30, which was about taking the responsibility for the consequences of your actions and then learning from those consequences.

Now today I want to write about the three verses at the beginning of this post, Lamentations, Chapter 3, verses 31 through 33. Continue reading

Find Your Heart’s Desire

Find Your Heart’s Desire

Psalms 37:1-4

Fret not yourself because of evildoers;

be not envious of wrongdoers!

For they will soon fade like the grass

and wither like the green herb.

Trust in the Lord, and do good;

dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness.

Delight yourself in the Lord,

and he will give you the desires of your heart.

 

I sat down this morning and randomly thumbed through the pages of my Bible, stopping and reading the first few verses that my finger landed on.  The is where my finger landed.

I thought this fit with my post “It’s In Our Hearts” which is about Deuteronomy 30:11-14, especially verse 14 which reads:

The word is very near you. It is in your mouth and in your heart so that you can do it. Continue reading

My Relationship With Music

My Relationship With Music

I have written about the simplicity of God and Christ and how the simplicity of life is you and your relationship with God.  Work on your relationship with God and the rest will fall into place.

I cited Matthew 6:1-8 which is part of the Sermon on the Mount.  Christ talks about how your relationship with God is just between you and God.  Christ talks about getting your heart straight with yourself and with God.  Once this is accomplished or I should say as you keep improving your relationship with God, the rest of your life will fall in line.

When I ponder this I think about how this is also true with music or any art.  Your music, your art is a very private affair. Continue reading

The Heart Can Be Deceitful

The Heart Can Be Deceitful

Jeremiah 17:9

The heart is deceitful above all things,
    and desperately sick;
    who can understand it?

Jeremiah is talking about how we try to rationalize away our sins.  He is speaking of man’s heart.  A heart that is filled with worldly desires.  A heart that he talks about in Jeremiah 17:5:

Thus says the Lord:
“Cursed is the man who trusts in man
    and makes flesh his strength,
    whose heart turns away from the Lord.

A heart that trust man, one that draws strength from flesh.  A heart that is filled with desires of the flesh cannot be filled with the Lord. Continue reading

Advertising Your Spirituality

Advertising Your Spirituality

You see a lot of people who claim to be very “spiritual” people.  Most of these people like to advertise just how “spiritual” they are.

Spirituality isn’t painted on the side of a van, bus, trailer, car or house.

Spirituality is painted in your heart.  It’s painted there for you and God to see and that’s all that matters.

Read Matthew 6:1-18 Continue reading