Hello everyone…and a big welcome today, to “A New Day of New Hope Blog!” I am so happy to have you with me today…and it’s also so good to be back with you again! My prayer today; is that we will come to truly experience God, as we walk through another day with Him!
You know…it’s hard to believe that we are only a week away from Christmas! Yesterday afternoon, as I talked with my husband Keith; I was saying that this time next week, we will be celebrating Christmas, which is so hard for me to believe!
One of the greatest joys that I’ve already experienced this Christmas…which has truly made my Christmas complete; was the moment, when my husband and I reached out to someone that we’ve been helping overseas. The one thing I’ve learned, since I’ve known this person…is how rich I really am, which has truly made my life content and very appreciative; of all that God has blessed me with.
I would say that it’s been about a week or so, since I surprised our friend with some money…for some clothes and food that was badly needed. This person never had any idea, as to what my husband and I were up to, which made it so much fun, when it came to telling him.
After giving our friend some money, I came to see that he was going to be short, on the money that we wanted him to enjoy for a Christmas dinner…due to the cost of a couple things going up in price; so we surprised him once more…and you know what…his reaction was… “God loves me and has blessed me.”
For several years now, I have tried to convince our friend; that everything I do through this ministry; is God working through me; but because he hasn’t been treated right in life…he would identify these blessings, as coming directly from me, since I was the one working with God, to make all this work for him. But you know what…I can truly say that our friend is experiencing Jesus in his life this Christmas.
As I think back on these joyous moments; my heart just melts and one thing I know…when my husband and I are sitting down, to have Christmas dinner…so will our friend. What a great feeling to know that he is not only going to enjoy his Christmas…but through it all, he has gained a new friend this Christmas…One who has shown so much love to him, over the past 6 years; since we first started helping him.
Later…after I gave our friend the good news; I looked up to a special picture of Jesus that I have hanging in my office…and I said… “Jesus, as we have helped our friend…we really have given you gifts and a very special birthday dinner, from the heart.”
What a great feeling, to help others in need! To me…nothing can compare, to the joy that comes from a person’s life; that has been truly touched with love and kindness! In fact, I find more excitement in what I do for others; then what I do for myself.
As we celebrate this Christmas, may we truly remember the One, for whose birthday it truly is! Stop and think…how would you like it, if others received gifts at your birthday party? Jesus is truly the reason for this season…and may we always have a heart, to reach out to those who are less fortunate; that Christ may come alive within them and truly be felt!
Have a great day…and I will look forward to our visit tomorrow!
Blessings on your day!
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