Encouragement, Inspirational, Spiritual Growth

Transitions—Part 4

I’ve been sharing of removing hindrances from my life. It’s very freeing. It all begins with our choices in life. Whom shall we serve? Whom shall we follow? Choices we make can be either nominal or life-altering. What choices have you made recently? @donnalhsmith #transition #refreshingstreams #amwriting TWEETABLE

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Encouragement, Holidays, Inspirational, Spiritual Growth

Bethlehem Today

A star symbolizes the place where Jesus was born
A star symbolizes the place where Jesus was born

Have you ever stopped to think about why we celebrate Christmas when we do? Because it’s likely that the baby Jesus wasn’t born on December 25th. I believe early church fathers decided to “Christianize” the pagan celebration of Winter Solstice and to give believers something to contemplate and revel in during the shortest days of the year when life seems bleakest.

But I’m sure Jesus doesn’t mind when we celebrate His birthday. I think He’s happy that we do. That we give to each other as He gave Himself for us – and let’s not forget the Wise Men. They were the first men to give presents at the birth of a special baby whom the stars had told them would be a great king. They gave gold, frankincense, and myrrh. Mary and Joseph would need the gold for expenses when they fled to Egypt. Frankincense and myrrh were valuable spices and perfumes.

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