As Christmas approaches, I’m sure we all start to think back on some favorite childhood memories. I know I sure do! Specifically, I have this one Christmas experience that I have been replaying a lot in my head lately.
Girlfriend, I’m about to age myself!
The Christmas that I was six, I asked for a Baby Sparkles doll. The PJ Sparkles doll (wow I have not used that term in forever!) had been on the market a few years earlier and a lot my older friends had one. I loved the way that she lit up in her earrings, dress, shoes and I think even her hair. She was so magical! So when Baby Sparkles, a different version of the original, came out for sale, I just had to have her!
On Christmas morning, that special baby doll was under my tree and I was ecstatic! She was just as magical as I had dreamed she would be! She had pale blonde curls, a sweet little face, a light pink outfit and most importantly, a battery holder that my mom could easily access so that I did not have to wait until my dad got home to change out the batteries! Let me tell you, I went through some batteries!
Here’s the thing about Baby Sparkles- to make her light up, you had to pull her head back. Her head sat like a ball and socket on her neck. You would pull it back just an inch and the lights started to dance.Well, within a year or maybe two, I had completely disconnected Baby Sparkles head! She looked like a deranged toy from some twisted horror movie! My magical doll now consisted of a head, then about eight inches of wires, then a body. I was so devastated when she broke that I could not even talk about it. I put her under my bed and left her there for the longest time. There was no way I could not bring my eight year old self to inform my parents that Baby Sparkles had died. It was a time of true grief! Lol!
A Lasting Gift
Unfortunately, even the best gift breaks, comes to an end or is always in danger of being destroyed. No matter what you give someone, it has the potential to only be temporary. What can we give others and ourselves that will survive? What gift will have life?
Salvation and a thriving relationship with God.
I teach First Grade Sunday School at my church. Our Children’s Minister told our kids one Sunday that the best gift was Jesus in their heart. Oh, how true that is! However, for those of us who have already asked Christ into our lives, what would our gift be?
Only the Best Gift Ever!
We have the opportunity for a double portion! Eternal life, plus a relationship with Christ on earth!
You and I do not have to wait until we get to Heaven to know God. We can know Him today! God gave us His Word and open communication with Him through prayer. It is the gift that definitely keeps on giving! A true, intimate relationship with God that is full of growth and strong communication will never break. It will never need new batteries, get old and dirty or in my case, lose it’s head! A relationship with God is always dependable and you can literally lay your life on it!
Best Gift Ever!
God gave us the perfect Christmas gift when He gave us His Son. Such sacrificial love is beyond understanding. What is my love, obedience, seeking and ministering compared to Bethlehem and Calvery?
Jesus gave His life for us, but what do you and I give in return to the Creator of all things?
Think about it this way: If someone at your office gives you a Christmas gift, you are probably going to return the kindness, right? God gave you a Christmas gift, so please return the act of love and surrender. Give Him your heart, but then give Him your life.
Sister, I spent so many years shying away from God . I robbed myself of an intimate relationship with my Lord. Do not do what I did. A close connection and deep communication with our Savior is what we were designed to have. You and I do not just surrender our lives to God and then wait until we die to be introduced to our God. We can do it this very minute! We can know Him now!
Grab your opportunity, girl! God is longing for you!
This Christmas, spoil yourself with the best gift ever! A gift that is always there, always new and talks back to you! The gift of God is the most valuable gift you could ever own. It is all wrapped up with the perfect ribbon and is right at your fingertips. Will you open it and dive in deep this holiday season? I pray that you will! I LOVE my relationship with God and I am making sure that you know all about it for yourself too!
For unto you is born this day a Savior which is Christ the Lord. Luke 2:11
I am from Alabama. Around here, we love to share special mementos during the Christmas season.
Christmas ornaments, family pictures, artwork, cards, recipes…you name it!
This Christmas, I want to share that tradition with you! I am giving away two of my favorite things and I would love for you to be the winner!
Our Christmas giveaway includes the following:
-A beautiful Christmas ornament accented with a hint of lace, burlap and the all important “Ya’ll” phrase!
-A gorgeous, hand designed 4×6 print with the lyrics of “O Come, O Come Emmanuel” artfully displayed!
How To Enter the Giveaway:
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For those of you who are already subscribers, don’t worry…I know who you are! You will definitely be entered into the giveaway as well. Just remember to leave a comment below!
The winner will be announced here on December 15! Best of luck!
Don’t Keep A Secret!