Remember the Miracles

My family tradition every year is to give each of my four children an ornament to reflect his or her activities, athletics, or a special event that occurred that year.

When I hang each decoration I stop to remember the good times as well as the hard times. The Christmas my son battled leukemia, last year when we lost our dogs within three weeks of each other, the year my husband was home without working, handmade ornaments with school photos of years gone by, and celebrating our twenty-fifth wedding anniversary are all gentle reminders of God’s faithfulness and the miracles he has done throughout the years.

Many people face hard times at Christmas. This year your bank account may be empty as you wait in fear for the repo notice. You may be one of the 15.1 million unemployed in the U.S or the over three hundred thousand families who have loved ones deployed. Or maybe you wait anxiously for the results to determine if the cancer is in remission or you feel the ill effects of chemo. Or maybe you lost a special loved one through death or an estranged relationship or incarceration. Maybe you’d rather curl up in a fetal position than face this Christmas season.

Jesus knows your pain. He lived it. Whatever circumstance you face today STOP to remember that Jesus left the glory and majesty of heaven two thousand years ago to come to earth to suffer.

Ridiculed and betrayed, the King of glory shunned and rejected by his people humbled himself to come here as a baby, to grow up to teach and demonstrate God’s love, to heal, and to deliver us from the strongholds of sin to bring us eternal life through his sacrifice on the cross. He paid the penalty of your sin and mine that we can stand before a Holy God forgiven and cleansed.

God wants you to remember the miracles he has accomplished and thank him for the miracles he will do. Look to Jesus in each situation you face. Here’s an acrostic to help you remember to S.T.O.P.: Surrender, Trust, Obey, and Pray.

God keeps reminding me that this life isn’t about my happiness, but about my holiness. He wants to be glorified through you and me as we face each struggle. Believe in the miracles. God can do anything when we believe.

People across the world into Africa, China, and the Middle East are experiencing the kingdom of God in a powerful way through miracles and visions. Muslims are converting to Christianity and up to an estimated 30,000 Chinese are coming to Christ every day who are willing to die to proclaim their faith in Jesus Christ.

They believe the Miracle and are seeing Him at work in their lives. We do not have a spirit of timidity, but of power, love and self-discipline. (2Timothy 1:7) That power is available when you invite Jesus into your heart to receive the gift of the Holy Spirit, Christ in you the hope of glory. (Colossians 1:27) Jesus came to give us an abundant life, it may be difficult at times this side of heaven, but there is peace and  joy in the offering when we stop to remember.

How are you sharing the Miracle of God’s love?

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  1. Donna

     /  March 12, 2011

    I use your STOP acronym all the time. Can’t tell you how it’s made a difference. I like that you remind my trial could always be worse but Jesus, my hope and joy, could never be better! He’s perfect! Lovely article. Thanks!

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  2. Kenji Stratton

     /  December 21, 2010

    Jesus is the reason for the season. All seasons! S.T.O.P. I really like that. It is perfect for me and those I am writing to who are incarcerated. Thank you Kirsten and praise God for all He does for us and through us.

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