Why We Can Believe In Miracles

This one is adapted from the archives with a Christmas video added at the end of the post that I think you’ll enjoy…

When hearts are fragile, that’s when they may be most faith-filled — believing in miracles before life makes sense. Ann Voskamp

Believe - Finding The InspiringWe want to believe in miracles. Especially at Christmastime and, really, at all times.

But sometimes life makes it hard.

Like frozen ice hard.

And as a winter storm turns liquid to solid, pain can turn a heart cold.

Suddenly, pulsing flesh can feel like a cocoon of crystallized tears.

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FindingTheInspiring.com

And, yes, we could let the hurts of this hurting world overcome us. Let all that bends us break us.

But this is not who we are.

“We are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those who believe and are saved. Hebrews 10:39

FindingTheInspiring.com

FindingTheInspiring.com

We are believers.

We may be fragile, but we are faith-filled.

Even when that faith seems more like a toothpick than an ice pick, and we wonder if we will ever be able to touch the tender petals of hope again.

FindingTheInspiring.com

FindingTheInspiring.com

We keep believing because Jesus gives us reason to believe.

His star, still guiding us through the darkest winters of our souls, birthing faith in us before life makes sense.

The wise men had it. So did Mary and Joseph. And so do we.

Faith. This gift from God. Evidence of things not seen.

This is the miracle that melts away all doubt.

There will be a springtime. There will come a thaw. And, as we wait, we sing.

Our praises wrapped in warm breath, like angels wings, rising to heaven in frost-covered air.

“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” John 1:5

FindingTheInspiring.com

FindingTheInspiring.com

Oh, Light of the World, shine on us today. Whatever the situation, help us to draw near to you. Let us rest in your presence. The place where all miracles begin.

One of my favorite Christmas songs is Breath of Heaven by Amy Grant. This year, the chorus has taken on new meaning and has become my prayer. Maybe it’s yours too?

Breath of heaven
Hold me together
Be forever near me
Breath of heaven

Breath of heaven
Lighten my darkness
Pour over me your holiness
For you are holy

Breath of Heaven…

Be blessed –

What Everyone Really Wants For Christmas

So if you’re trying to hold on to the true meaning of Christmas in the midst of the maddening frenzy of to-do-lists and unmanageable expectations created by the holiday marketing machine, read this.

I think Kristen’s wake-up-call is a call for all of us to rediscover that what we’re really longing for is less stuff and more Jesus.

The good news is that, no matter what is happening around us, it is still possible to pause and quiet our souls to hear the still, small Voice within us: A Voice that breaks through the chaos of our world and whispers peace.

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16

We end our quest for more stuff to fill the void in us when we recognize there is no substitute for the Great Gift He’s already given us. 

Do you believe?

FTI Christmas 2015May Jesus be the Gift that fills your heart with overflowing joy this Christmas!

Finding The Inspiring Just In Time For Christmas

If you search, as I do each year, for some glimpse of the true meaning of Christmas amongst the gloss and glitter of this well-marketed holiday, you’ve come to the right place.

I’ve put together a few links that will hopefully bless and inspire you!

Photo: The Nativity Story

Photo: The Nativity Story

Start here – Read this touching news story about the response to a man who asked for a friend at Christmas.

And listen to this sweet song from Matthew West and Amy Grant. It might make you want to “Give this Christmas Away.”

If you’re looking for ideas on how to keep Christ in Christmas, here’s a fun list of 30 ways to do just that.

I’ve talked about this song here before but I can’t get enough of it. Enjoy “Winter Snow” with Audrey Assad & Chris Tomlin.

And, it may seem like this doesn’t fit at first, but I love this message in the new Hallmark  commercial. If you want to see it, click here.

Maybe this Christmas we could give the simple gift of sharing with loved ones the sentiments we sometimes forget to express.

Along those lines, this might come in handy…

I happened to see this $5 Coupon from Hallmark online. Thought you would like to have it too! 🙂

Have a blessed Christmas!

And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord. Luke 2:10-11

How To Keep Believing In Miracles

When hearts are fragile, that’s when they may be most faith-filled — believing in miracles before life makes sense. Ann Voskamp

(Hello out there! It has been a long time since you’ve heard anything out of me. We are coming out of a deep freeze where I live and I sort of feel the same way about my writing. I’ve been chipping away at this particular post for a while now. I hope it will encourage any of you who may be looking for a miracle today.)

Believe - Finding The InspiringWe want to believe in miracles. Especially at Christmastime and, really, at all times.

But sometimes life makes it hard. People make it hard.

Like frozen ice hard.

And as a winter storm turns liquid to solid, pain can turn a heart cold.

Suddenly, pulsing flesh can feel like a cocoon of crystalized tears.

FindingTheInspiring.com

FindingTheInspiring.com

And, yes, we could let the hurts of this hurting world overcome us. Let all that bends us break us.

But this is not who we are.

“We are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those who believe and are saved. Hebrews 10:39

FindingTheInspiring.com

FindingTheInspiring.com

We are believers.

We may be fragile, but we are faith-filled.

Even when that faith seems more like a toothpick than an ice pick, and we wonder if we will ever be able to touch the tender petals of hope again.

FindingTheInspiring.com

FindingTheInspiring.com

We keep believing because Jesus gives us reason to believe.

His star, still guiding us through the darkest winters of our souls, birthing faith in us before life makes sense.

Faith. This gift from God. Evidence of things not seen.

This is the miracle that melts away all doubt.

There will be a springtime. There will come a thaw. And, as we wait, we sing.

Our praises wrapped in warm breath, like angels wings, rising to heaven in frost-covered air.

“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” John 1:5

FindingTheInspiring.com

FindingTheInspiring.com

Oh, Light of the World, shine on us today. Whatever the situation, help us to draw near to you. Let us rest in your presence. The place where all miracles begin.

My GIft To You

Photo Credit
 What is the one thing we all want for Christmas?
Hint:
You can’t get it online or at a crowded mall.
You can only find it by following a star to a lowly manger and, there, falling on your knees before the One who alone offers
that elusive gift we so desperately seek.
 
Peace.
Peace in the form of a baby. God incarnate inhabiting a body of flesh and bone and blood. A body that would one day be broken for us.
Isaiah prophesied about it in chapter 53, verse 5:
But he was pierced for our transgressions,
    he was crushed for our iniquities;
the punishment that brought us peace was on him,
    and by his wounds we are healed.
 Below you will find a simple prayer.This, a prayer for peace, along with a stunning a cappella version of O Holy Night performed by Martina McBride is my gift to you.

Dear Lord, 
 
I pray for the person who may have stumbled onto this page seemingly by accident. But since I don’t believe in accidents, I know you have a plan to bring much needed peace to them in this moment. I pray that a holy hush would settle their spirit and bring calm to the chaos and that, today and always, they would experience the deep, abiding peace that only comes from you.
 
In Jesus name, the Prince of Peace, we pray. Amen!

 



 

May you and your loved ones enjoy a peaceful and blessed Christmas!