Archive for December, 2013

Just Like New!

manwithnewsignIf you’ve been reading my blog for a while then you may remember my post about my favorite shoes.  The shoes that I continue to wear even though they’re not real pretty, but because they’re so comfortable.  Well, guess what?  After purchasing a second pair of the same shoes because the first pair was so worn out, and then wearing out the second pair, I discovered shoe polish.  Who knew?!

I polished my worn out shoes with shoe polish and now both pairs of shoes look just like new!

And as we begin this new year, I’m wondering how many of us are feeling like a pair of worn out shoes.  Did you know that there is shoe polish?  Did you know that our loving God makes all things new?

God loves you even more than I love those shoes!  He knows that we sometimes feel very worn out.  And He knows how to help you feel just like new again.  First Peter 5:7 says to give all of our cares and worries to God because He cares about us.  All those things that wear us down, God is very able to take care of them.  All we have to do is let them go and let God take care of us.

And He will make all things new, which is very exciting because my favorite shoes are so wonderful now that they are covered with shoe polish.  I don’t have to wear worn out shoes!  I can live my life with beautifully polished shoes!

So as you begin this new year, think about this:  What if you allowed God to take care of you and cover you with His love today and in this new year?

God’s promise is for you today.  Second Corinthians 5:17 says, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!”  You can “Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you,” (1 Peter 5:7 NIV) and be just like new!

Happy New Year, Everyone!

Curios what my shoes looked like before I discovered shoe polish?  There’s a picture in my post about them here:

This is a great song as we remember the last twelve months and prepare to move into the next year.  Look at some of the lyrics:

Standing on this mountain top looking just how far we’ve come knowing that for every step You were with us.  Kneeling on this battleground seeing just how much You’ve done knowing every victory was Your power in us.  Scars and struggles on the way, but with joy our hearts can say, yes, our hearts can say:  Never once did we ever walk alone.  Never once did You leave us on our own.  You are faithful, God, You are faithful.  Every step we are breathing in Your grace and evermore we’ll be breathing out Your praise.  You are faithful, God, You are faithful.

Listen here to “Never Once” by One Sonic Society.


“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders.  And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace,” Isaiah 9:6 NIV.

“Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord,” Luke 2:11 NIV.

Merry Christmas, Everyone!

My Christmas Posts:  (I found out this week when I went to speak at a school chapel that my son’s former first grade teacher is still using his poem as an example in her classes.  He actually came along with me and hung out in the sound booth while I spoke.  After chapel I found him surrounded by children who had seen his poem and wanted to meet him.  How fun!)

Wise Men

English: The three wise men, Santa Maria in Tr...

It’s always neat to hear the story of the wise men at Christmas time.

The wise men saw a special star shining brightly in the sky the night that Jesus was born.  They knew it meant something important, but they didn’t know what.  Until they did some research.  As they studied they learned that the star marked the coming of a new King.  When they realized how special this new King was, that He was the one that God had promised to send to show everyone in the world how much God loves them, they wanted to go see Him.  They were willing to do whatever it took to find that baby that was born to be King.  They packed up their things and followed the star for months.  And months.  And months.  They kept following that star in the sky.  Until finally the star was above them and they noticed that the star was above a house in Bethlehem.  They probably knocked on the door and Joseph and Mary welcomed them in to see Jesus, who was now about two years old.  They gave Jesus, the King, their gifts that they had brought and they worshipped Him.

It’s a familiar story.  A true story.  And a lot to think about.

The wise men were going about their normal life and not necessarily doing things that pleased God, but God drew them to Himself in a way that God knew they would notice – by a star.  A bright shining star in the sky.  Did you know that God made you and loves you?  No matter what you have done, He wants you to come to know Him.  And if you do know God, are you shining the love of God in your world?  Do you live in a way that leads other people to Him?  Do you know that even if you are not, God still loves you?

The wise men studied and spent time discovering what that star in the sky meant and who the King could be.  Do you know who this King is?  If not, are you willing to find out?  And if you do know, how much time do you spend getting to know Him? God knows everything about you and what is going on in your life.  In fact, He knows you so well and cares about you so much that He even knows how many hairs are – or are not – on your head.

When the wise men realized how important this King was, they wanted to see Him and worship Him and they were willing to do whatever it took to find Him, even traveling for about two years unsure of exactly where that star would lead them.  Do you have a desire to worship God?  I tell my kids that I teach that worship is what you think, say or do that shows God you love Him.  Do you think, say or do things that show God you love Him?  And are you willing to follow Him, even when you’re not exactly sure where you might go?

Knowing that the baby they were looking for was born to be the King, they brought Him gifts for a King, not just ordinary baby gifts.  If you know who this King is, what kind of gifts do you give Him?

When they were ready to begin their journey back home, they remembered that they had been told to go back and tell King Herod where the baby was, but God warned them not to go back to King Herod.  They obeyed God and did not tell him.  Do you choose to obey God?

What if those wise men saw the star that night and said, “Oh!  What a neat star!” and that was all.  What if they missed discovering what that star was all about?  What if they missed seeing and worshipping the King?  There would be a whole part of the Christmas story that no one would tell.

But they did see the star and they did discover who Jesus is and they did worship Him.  And that is what God wants for each one of us.

We may not see a bright shining star in the sky, but we do see the Christmas reminders all around us.  So, don’t miss Christmas.  Don’t miss discovering what Christmas is all about.  God promised to send the Savior to save people from their sin because it is our sin that keeps us separated from God – the God who made us and loves us so much, who doesn’t want us to be separated from Him.  So at just the right time, Jesus, the Son of God, left Heaven and came here to be born as a human baby and live on the earth just like us, but He never sinned.  When He was a man He died on the cross and then came back to life again after three days and now He is living as King in Heaven.  Jesus is the Savior that God promised.  The little baby that was born on Christmas to show everyone one in the world that God loves them.  And God loves you.  You can make the choice to tell God that you have sinned and believe in what Jesus did for you when He died for your sin and then came back to life again, proving that He is the Son of God and the only one who can forgive sin.  Jesus was born to die so that you could have life today and forever.

God knows you and loves you and wants to draw you to Himself just like He did with the wise men.  He wants you to know Him.  To follow Him every day.  To worship Him.  To obey Him.  And when you do, you will have a story to tell.  Just like the wise men!

A Christmas Poem

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My son wrote this Christmas poem when he was six years old.  I think you will enjoy it!

Look at the candy cane

What do you see?

Stripes that are red

Like His blood shed for me.

White is for my Savior

Who’s sinless and pure!

“J” is for Jesus my Lord,

That’s for sure!

Turn it around

And a staff you will see

Jesus my shepherd

Was born for me!

By Nathan Schulz

Come On Christmas

Is anyone else excited about Christmas coming?!  This song will make you smile while you wait.  Here’s Matthew West singing his song, “Come on Christmas.”

Want to hear the whole song?  Here it is:

Enjoy the Christmas season!