What an honor it was to pray for so many of my dear readers yesterday. Leah, Natalie and I read through each of them, and tried to respond to most of them. If we didn’t respond to you, please know you were prayed for by us. And one of you will receive a copy of God’s Purpose for Every Woman. The winner is listed at the end of today’s post.
I’m confident God heard these prayers and is already moving on our behalf. May our eyes be open to see His work.
Today I want to introduce another friend, Van Walton. When I moved to Charlotte in 1998, Van was one of the first people to befriend me. Amazingly, she had started a ministry to women who had moved, and I was blessed by her love and hospitality.
She’s a teacher at heart, and loves God’s Word. I hope you enjoy her post today.
Here’s Van …
Gift exchanges seem to be a highlight of many Christmas gatherings. I always enjoy the simple act of exchanging small gifts, no strings attached, happy evening, a friendly retreat from chaos.
One night, after the neighborhood gift exchange, I drifted off to sleep while my mind played with thoughts of gift exchanges. I realized God was the first to offer a gift exchange! But, unlike the inexpensive and low-key parties I attend, His gathering was a costly affair.
I ponder that first Christmas, moved by the gifts exchanged between God and his chosen ones.
When the angel came to Mary, she was planning a once-in-a-life-time event. Yet, in one brief moment she exchanged her wedding night for the one night when the course of human kind changed forever. Instead of giving her heart away fully to Joseph, her betrothed, she allowed her heart to be stolen by her son – Jesus,
When the angels came to the shepherds, they were carefully tending to their sheep, a livelihood requiring around-the-clock attention. Yet, with complete abandon, they exchanged their legacy of land and lambs for a moment to bow before the Lamb of God who offered them an eternal inheritance.
When the star shown in the heavens, Star Gazers were busily mapping out the future. Yet, with amazing generosity they carried treasures of great wealth forward into the unknown. Stepping into the presence of the King of the universe, they exchanged their treasures for an even greater Treasure, the privilege of gazing into the face of Jesus’, the Bright and Morning Star.
I consider God’s gift exchange. It is always costly and requires sacrifice. Yet, when we willingly exchange our dreams, our passions, and our futures for His purpose, the return is always a matchless gift of eternal value!
What a beautiful portrait of the Gift we are all offered every day of the year. Thank you, Van, for writing this with such tender care.
Van would love to bless three people today with a DVD copy of her children’s book “From the Pound to the Palace.” It’s the story of salvation told through the eyes of a puppy who was once lost, but then was found. This is a wonderful gift for a child in your life.
To enter, please post a comment with the best gift you’ve ever given or received. I’ll pick three winners tonight and announce them tomorrow.
Van Walton’s childhood experiences in the Colombian jungles and Andes Mountains of South America laid the foundation for her passion to bring Jesus into the hearts of Latina women. Working with a team of translators and partnering with Proverbs 31 Ministries has turned her vision into a reality. Van, the author of From the Pound to the Palace, a children’s book about the family dog, teaches in a Christian school. In her spare time she writes, facilitates Bible studies in her community and church and travels with her husband of 41 years from their home in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Van has been blogging this month on her Spanish blog. Please stop by to see how she is ministering to our Spanish-speaking sisters. Click here.
Yesterdays winner of “God’s Purpose for Every Woman” is:
Sherry who posted at 2012/12/18 at 8:14 am.
It was an honor to pray for every comment yesterday. May you all experience the gift of God’s peace, hope and joy.