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The Holy Fragrance of Christmas

Born in a lowly manger, a brilliant star heralded the announcement that the King of Kings, the Promised Messiah had come!   Wise Men followed that star, and brought their gifts to worship Him.  Their gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh are here for us today as symbols, gifts that are developed in our life, to place before the King, as our holy (fragrant) offering.

 

Gold – Represents the divine nature.  As gold is the highest, most precious metal, so the divine nature is the highest nature, the only nature having immortality.

It also represents our faith; being more precious than gold.  According to the Scriptures, 1Peter 1:6-7  “In this you greatly rejoice, even though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been distressed by various trials, so that the proof of your faith, being more precious than gold which is perishable, even though tested by fire, may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ”.

 

What makes your faith more precious than gold?  Does it come in its purest form at the onset of salvation? Or is it tried and formed and developed over the years, by various trials and tribulations? 

 

In my book, “The Waiting Room” I share the extraordinary events of our family’s journey,.  It is due to the synergy of prayer mixed with the power of God’s love through our trials, that our faith has grown and developed as pure gold. 

 

 “Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing..”  James 1:3-4

 

If I were to present my gift of gold before my King this Christmas, what would I be offering? 

 

I started my journey of following the Bright Morning Star, Jesus, over thirty years ago, and through the years the hills and valleys have taught me well.  My faith has been tested, has been tried, and has kept me solid on the Rock of Jesus Christ.  Not because of anything I did, but because of Who Jesus is.  My faith is not my own, it’s His gift to me.  All I’ve done is nurture and develop my faith; by using every gift He’s given me.  The Holy Gifts such as: encouragement, prayer, love, friendship, reconciliation, and more.  And so this Christmas, I bring before my King, the precious gift of gold like faith…my fragrant offering. 

 

Frankincense – An emblem of prayer, a fragrant aroma to God.  A website reference for study: The Revelation of Jesus Christ states: “Prayer is the closest we can come to the presence of God, and it can be reached only through Jesus.   As the sweet incense [Jesus’ obedience] ascends into the Most Holy, the presence of God, so through Jesus, the devotional life of the church, their praises and prayers, ascend as sweet fragrance to God.”

 

Are you using the gift of frankincense and permeating the atmosphere of your heart through prayer?

  The heart is God’s dwelling place, have I prepared mine to be a fragrant aroma to Him?  My heart yearns to present this gift before my Heavenly Father as a gift of thanks and worship, for all He has done and given to me.

 

Myrrh –  Used for the anointing ointment for the dead, it has come to be known as a symbol of suffering  and sorrow.

  It is a gum which oozes from the branch, extracted from a tree.  It is bitter in flavor, but has medicinal uses and is also fragrant when combined with other spices.  Added to frankincense, (prayer symbol) it is a beautiful fragrance, used for anointing.

Prayer turns all bitter things sweet. 

 

See, the bitterness of the myrrh (sorrows of life) can be difficult to swallow; this is why we need Jesus, (the Tree) to turn the bitter waters sweet.  (Story of Marah* see below)

When I add Jesus to the bitter drink of my cup, I am able to drink freely, with peace and I feel His love.  I am free to respond to life with the sweet gifts of the Spirit, a choice I’ve repeatedly made.  “For where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.”  Corinthians 3:17. 

Let the oil extracted from the tree,  become the myrrh of sweet anointing: your gift of liberty!

 

How?  When you think about a holy gift to present to the King of Kings, consider your gifts:  Your faith (Gold), your prayers (Frankincense) and  your sufferings (Myrrh) your fragrant offering!

 

Shalom, and Holy Christmas!

Carrie George

An Ordinary Woman who serves an Extraordinary God!

 

 (thank you Carrie for being a guest writer, and for introducing us to your book, I am excited to read it as there are many times in this life when we need the reminder of our Comforter as well as recieving comfort..thank you!) 

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Meet Carrie George…

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Carrie George is the author of “The Waiting Room”, and has a blog that has just encouraged my heart so many times.  I want to share her with you. She is an incredible writer, and I have been so blessed to begin to know her.  She is having a problem with getting her comments open, so if you have an idea how to help her, leave her a comment in her “contact” field, Or just the beautiful words of encouragement that you all do so well.

The reason I would like you to go and read and get to know her, first of all she is your sister in Christ. Second, she has written something extremely beautiful for this blog that will appear on Tuesday.  As I read her writing for here, I became overwhelmed with how God had provided and inspired something so perfect for us. 

Go on now..meet Carrie!

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Out of the Shadows (written by TheNorEaster)

I asked NorEaster if he would be a guest writer for me over the holidays, and he was very happy to help me out.  I was not near ready for what he wrote.  In the way that only he could write, I know that God reached through him to heal a piece of my heart, and encourage me to keep pressing on..Thank you NorEaster, love you brother!

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So where does an idea come from? Many places. But since today I am a guest writer on Darla’s blog, I thought I might talk about the origin of just one idea that I had. This idea eventually became an Essay entitled The Lord of The Harvest.

 You see, a while ago, someone–nevermind who–published a certain post. Shortly afterwards, a few people–nevermind who–said a few things in the comments of that same post which had offended Darla, and that very quickly became obvious to me. Of course, her husband was probably pretty upset about the whole thing as well; I know I certainly would have been if such things were said to my wife (if I had a wife, that is).

 But what was said–or who said what–is of little significance for several reasons. First and foremost, love keeps no record of wrongs. Second, the matter has long since been resolved; I know this because I do a lot of lurking. And finally, I have no wish to re-open old wounds. So I’ll let the matter rest. And for those of you wondering, not even Darla knows what I’m talking about; she only found out about the origin of this idea when she received this Essay in an e-mail.

 So don’t ask. Because I’m not telling.

 But when I saw what had happened, that my beloved sister in Christ had been offended by her own spiritual siblings, I quite naturally got upset. And all of this happened on a blog that anyone could view at any time. After a while, I realized that there was more at stake than just Darla’s honor. As Keith Green has said:

 “This generation of believers…that you and me are a part of…we’re responsible for this generation of souls. All over the world. We’re responsible for ’em!”

 That’s a pretty big responsibility. One not to be taken lightly. So to address the grand scope of the matter–which, as Annie has so eloquently said, “Human souls lie on the other side of our bickering”–I went back to my Bible and read, intensely, the parables of The Four Soils and The Sheep & The Goats (Matthew 13:3-9 and Matthew 25:31-46). But then, Matthew 13:12 suddenly jumped out at me: “To those who listen to my teaching, more understanding will be given. But for those who are not listening, even what little understand they have will be taken away from them” (New Living Translation).

 Suffice it to say, I wanted to listen. I wanted the seed planted in my soul so long ago–now quite possibly a plant–to be rooted in fertile soil. And I wanted others to see the importance of such nourishment as well. Bickering among The Body is a cancer that destroys the significance of The Gospel. Like a precious, life-giving seed scattered carelessly along a footpath, in shallow soil with underlying rock, or among thorns, The Good News can easily get lost in this fallen world. And Jesus has made quite clear the consequences of spiritual complacency–and Paul himself addressed bickering among the parts of The Body.

 So what started as a quest for me to defend Darla’s honor became a calling for me to remind my spiritual brothers and sisters that God is watching every word we write, and we will answer for every careless act of speech. And if just we see one beautiful human being–created in The Image of God–offended by something we write on a blog, think about what God sees.

 He sees the woman who still can’t sleep months after having an abortion, lurking in the shadows of our blogs, seeking the forgiveness of our loving God.

 He sees the man who still suffers from depression a year after his divorce, lurking in the shadows of our blogs, seeking the healing of our gracious God.

 He sees the teenage girl in high school struggling with suicidal thoughts, lurking in the shadows of our blogs, seeking the infinite love of our merciful God.

 He sees the little boy shuffled from foster home to foster home, lurking in the shadows of our blogs, seeking a Father who will never leave him nor forsake him.

 And what do such lost souls see when they come across our blogs? Forgiveness? Compassion? Mercy? Grace? Love? Or just a bitter battle over who is right about certain Scripture passage? Maybe a cruel joke? Or do they see your malicious intolerance of the very sins for which they seek God’s forgiveness?

 Whatever it is, we will know soon enough. Because each of us must answer for what we have done, what we have said. We can be The Sheep on His right or we will be The Goats on His left.

 I’m hoping to be a Sheep myself. And I’m pretty sure Darla already is.

 I have to admit, when Darla commented on The Lord of The Harvest, I did have a certain satisfaction simply because I knew that the whole idea had started as an attempt to defend her dignity. Fortunately, as I have said, that matter has since been resolved. And the idea evolved into something more–that we must always be mindful of our words, our deeds, and our blogs. It might sound like a pretty big burden, but, really, it isn’t if we simply choose our words carefully.

 As I write this now, I realize that even though Darla did not know where the idea came from, it seems God has graciously returned the favor. You see, she’s a pretty stubborn woman. When I wanted to be left alone, she wouldn’t have it. She reached out. And she kept reaching. She also shared her own testimony. From that, I have remembered that all things really are possible with God. You see, like Darla, I have had many losses in this crazy life. She has been where I am. And she is where I want to be. Several times, I have told God, “I don’t know what to do! I want to move forward, but I don’t know how! HELP!”

 The answer was right in front of me.

 In The Overcomer.

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Beauty in the “giving”

God has given me a heart for outreach. As I study through the gospels, I see HIM stopping to help people who have not always made a confession of faith, but believe after HIS compassion has touched them.  I get hung up on corporate church sometimes because they seem to focus on whether or not someone has made that confession before helping them.  Not me!  I want them to see something different in me that goes against the world’s thinking, and pray that they will see Jesus in me.

Last night I met a family, for the first time, that God placed right in my hand. Amazing!  I talked to the mother briefly on the phone, and she was so open to me, and wanted whatever help I could and would give her.  Praise365 and I shopped for them for thanksgiving dinner and some extras to help stock her for a couple days…she lives in a motel efficiency, a small walk in kitchen, a tv and a bed(full size double, no king or queen), two children…one ten, one thirteen. They all live there. She works.  The tears just rolled down her cheeks when we gave her the stuff, and when I gave her my number to call me if she needs anything. She has no car, and is dependant on the public bus. 

God totally opened this door, and I felt like she were my sister, and I just hugged this stranger, and prayed for her.  I have a list of things that her children would like for Christmas, and honestly its a modest list.  I am going to reach her soon again, and walk this life with her…at least til God helps her stand in HIM, and gives her wings to fly.  The blessing in giving is the most precious sense of God I have ever felt, and I encourage you to find a family to help.  If you need help getting started let me know, I will help you find them. 

Thank you Lord for placing 19 families this year into hands of families who love you. Please let them see YOU in us. Please hush a mothers heart that just don’t know which way to turn, and help her to look up to you, please lift her head.  Comfort her children that they are not forgotten. I know you have a plan.  Remembering this thanksgiving how much YOU have given us, and so much we are yet to find out.  I applaud you in reminding me that YOU are still on the move, and still stooping down picking up the lost, still hearing hungry children crying, and still feeding them. Thank you Thank you Thank you. Oh LORD there is none like you, loving you with a heart that you gave to me, thank you for lifting me up and lifting my head, and allowing me to help someone else, but most of all to go along with YOU, and watch my Daddy work.  Priceless.. Happy Thanksgiving!!

Don’t forget tomorrow is my Guest writer…I have already read it, and it brought me to my knees, thanking God for all that HE has done in my heart and in my life….will be up in the morning…stop by and leave some love…and some holiday cheer!

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