She Leads Retreat New Book
Wow, here we are at the beloved Christmas season. If you’re like me, I wonder how are we at this time of year again? Oh, but we love to welcome the spirit of hope, peace, joy, and love as we celebrate the anticipation and birth of Christ. Reading through Luke and preparing for the gathering of women at many Christmas events ahead, I was struck by these two little words. . . for you. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people; for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. (Luke 2:10-11) The greatest gift given is just for you—Jesus Christ is the light of the world, and in us He is the hope of glory (Colossians 1:27). Yes, Jesus was born over two thousand years ago for all people in all places, but He is an intimate God and wants you to know His love for you is personal. Even though He speaks to the crowds, it can feel as though there’s an audience of one. This is what happens when we meet with Him in the quietness of our own room. . . it’s just you and Jesus and no one else. He makes you feel like there’s no one besides you. That is the working of His Holy Spirit in you. Because of the hope we have in Christ, He lives in us through His Holy Spirit that guides us each day. He imparts to us the quickening life of Jesus, making us truly alive. He takes that which was "beyond" us and places it "within" us. And immediately, once "the beyond" has come "within," it rises up to "the above," and we are lifted into the kingdom where Jesus lives and reigns. (November 28, My Utmost for His Highest). His personal touch is His Holy Spirit working in you—the “beyond” is brought “within” and takes you to “the above.” Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift! (2 Corinthians 9:15) At times, we think Jesus is too beyond us and we don’t seek Him out, but this couldn't be further from the truth. He is always waiting for us to seek Him and He will allow us to find Him (Jeremiah 29:13) and when we do, He will make His home within us (2 Corinthians 13:15) and allow us to live above our circumstances (Philippians 4:10-13). I hope this Christmas you are able to set aside time each day to meet with Jesus and sense His presence in a new and fresh way as He reveals Himself to you and for you. You are special, loved, and cherished by the One and Only, Jesus! Have a very Merry Christmas! Journeying with him, Jessie
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