Cookies baking, laughter in the air, and a sense of expectation in every heart...holidays bring joy to life!
More than national celebrations, these special days can provide refreshment, strengthen family relationships, instill godly values in our children, and be celebrations of the goodness of God!
God has been so good to us. He has given us the free gift of eternal life and walks with us day-by-day. He answers our prayers. He is closer than a brother. Jesus has endured all the temptations that we face and now rules as a sympathetic High Priest. Wow! We are so blessed!
Holidays are the perfect time to celebrate God's goodness.
Some holidays are truly holy days, set apart by Christians to celebrate God's grace. We can make every holiday holy, setting it apart and celebrating in a way that honors Christ. On each occasions, we can find aspects of God's goodness to celebrate.
Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of Lights who does not change like shifting shadows," (James 1:17 NIV).
God wants us to enjoy all the good things He has created.
He gives us good and perfect gifts we can rejoice about and enjoy with our families.
Because of Christmas, a Savior was born. That Savior, born as a baby, is the reason we are saved from sin and experience New Life in Christ.
Because of Easter's Resurrection Miracle, we are made alive in Christ and look forward to Heaven.
Thanksgiving is an opportunity to give thanks to our wonderful Heavenly Father.
St. Valentine's Day is a great time to celebrate God's gift of love and marriage. Or we can celebrate the pure love that the real St. Valentine had for his Precious Savior, as he was willingly martyred.
Birthdays are a great time to honor one another. We can show appreciation and pray over each other for the coming year. God has truly blessed us in so many ways. The next time a birthday rolls around, take time to celebrate His Goodness, as well as all of His amazing gifts.
For the Joy Set Before Us!
(Meredith Ludwig Curtis)
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