Journey of the Heart

Journey of the Heart

Recently I had someone say to me that Christmas time is nothing but madness and would be better removed from the calendar.  My first reaction was to take offense at this.  You see, I have loved Christmas my whole life and have so many great memories of this time with my mom when I was young, with my kids as they came along in life, and then in the last 12 years since Jesus became my Lord, not just my Savior.  As I gave the comment some thought, I found I could agree that the world can make Christmas a crazy time.  And, in the past I have succumbed to the whirlwind that surrounds this sacred time, and found myself with no joy by the time Christmas actually arrived. So, I realized that while not right, I could see how someone could become hardened by watching the world “celebrate” the wonderful Christmas holiday.

Not long after hearing the negative comment I was given a Christmas card.  The caption on the front says:” Christmas is a Journey of the Heart.”  It seemed as I read the caption, that this short message was a neon sign. “Yes” I thought, this is the answer to all the negativity that arises because of how our culture sees Christmas.  They have never taken the journey!

Jesus came to the world the same way all humans do; as a helpless baby.  He would be loved and cared for by loving parents, and through all the world’s promises and grief, He would grow to be the Man God sent to rescue our world.  When He became a man, Jesus went on a “journey of the heart”. In 3 short years He taught us about the Father, taught about the Kingdom and its principles, showed what love and healing looks like from Heaven’s prospective, and He prepared Himself for the journey’s climax that would accomplish for the Father a renewed relationship with His lost children.  Jesus could not have done this without living through the love in His heart; the heart of the Father.

This journey of our heart is how we, as Believers, can transcend the world’s idea of Christmas and see what really matters.  That God had a plan which He had held on to from the beginning of time. The plan was a humble one designed to draw the humble, the hurting, the lost and the watchers.  So, the plan began in humble surroundings with the birth of a baby in a manger, in a stable, in a city that was all but ignored by the nation in which it sat.  There was nothing remotely majestic about this plan yet two people agreed to go on this journey of the heart, and they made a life for the Son of God, so He would grow up to complete the mission He had agreed to. They loved Him, protected Him and allowed Him to develop into the Servant, Savior He was born to be. 

We can’t allow ourselves to lose our focus on Christ because the holiday has been distorted.  While not easy, we can allow the frenzy of the world to pass by without effecting the journey we are on with our Lord.  By taking the journey of the heart each year at this time, we can enjoy with our families the same love God gives us and not get caught up in the world’s imitation of love, peace and joy.  Hold out for the real love, real peace and real joy that a baby brought to the world and offered to all who would believe in His sacrifice, in His journey. 

Merry Christmas to all who are on their “journey of the heart”.  Be sure to wave as we pass by on the great adventure we are on with the greatest Guide ever.

No One Knew His Name

No One Knew His Name

In the dark of a lonely night a new baby came into the world, just like so many babies had done before Him.  Mary and Joseph had come to a city they were unfamiliar with but that represented Joseph’s   lineage. But there must not have been any family members left in town since no spare room was offered to the couple, so Mary’s baby could be born in a house instead of a barn.  So, the baby was born in a humble stable, heated by the household animals and lit by the stars above.  And two young people began a journey of epic proportions, raising the Son of God.

God watched over the birth of His Son knowing His plan to rescue His children was unfolding.  For hundreds of years He had heard the cries of Israel for a Savior; one to release them from bondage to their captors.  But God knew their heaviest chains were around their hearts, not their feet.  So, while He was ready to begin the rescue, it seemed Israel was not.  They couldn’t see past themselves and have faith in the God of their fathers.  Only a handful of people were watching and praying for the promised Messiah to appear.  That is why, in the town of Bethlehem, the cry of a newborn babe wasn’t thought of as anything more than the birth of another ‘slave’ for Rome.  No one knew He had arrived, the Lamb that would be sacrificed to save the world.

No One Knew His Name
Dientje Fortuna
The babe was born for all mankind
But no one knew His name,
He left his Father where He was King
and as a babe to earth He came.

Mary and Joseph had traveled so far
knowing Jesus was soon to be born.
With no room at the inn their choices were few
but the stable left Mary’s heart torn.

As Mary labored to birth God’s babe
the angels, a concert they gave,
to the shepherds, the lowly, the announcement came
as Jesus, in a manger, was laid.

Though shepherds came to pay respect
to the baby the angels proclaimed,
Bethlehem lay fast asleep
so no one knew His Name.

The Star shone announcing the birth,
the One foretold through the ages.
But the people were caught in the myth they believed
the one told by priests and sages.

A great and mighty king would come
to vanquish their foes all around.
So they looked for a crown, a warrior, a king,
for the trumpets to give mighty sounds.

No one looked for the babe God had planned,
His Son who would one day become,
the sacrifice needed so sins are forgiven
and back to our Father we’d come.

The babe was born for all mankind,
but no one knew His Name.
His road was set from birth to death
It was the reason that He came.

To restore God’s children back to Him,
out of Love, for it brought no fame,
cause the world didn’t get why He was here,
and so they didn’t know His name.

But the tiny King came to give us the greatest gift of all…a relationship with the Father.  So, let’s celebrate the greatest gift man ever received, Jesus. 

Merry Christmas from New Wine Ministries.

Deni Fortuna

 

The Journey

The Journey 

What kind of journey are you on?
Are you enjoying the journey or are you complaining about where you are?
Is your glass half full or half empty?

God has an appointed time for everything  In Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 it says: To everything there is a season, A time for every purpose under heaven: A time to be born, And a time to die;  A time to plant,  And a time to pluck what is planted;  A time to kill, And a time to heal;  A time to break down,  And a time to build up;  A time to weep, And a time to laugh;  A time to mourn,  And a time to dance;  A time to cast away stones, And a time to gather stones;  A time to embrace,  And a time to refrain from embracing;   A time to gain, And a time to lose;  A time to keep,  And a time to throw away;   A time to tear, And a time to sew;  A time to keep silence,  And a time to speak;   A time to love, And a time to hate;  A time of war,  And a time of peace.

God can change your situation in the blink of an eye, but, He won’t if you aren’t learning what you need to. God is a Good Father. He doesn’t want you to go around the mountain a hundred times but, He will let you go around and around if you’re not trying to learn what He needs you to learn

So, where are you at right now?  There could be someone or some ones that you can help but, if you are complaining or discontented with where you are then you will miss the opportunities that God provides.

Psalms 46:10 Be still, and know that I am God I will be exalted among the nations,  I will be exalted in the earth!

We can’t bypass the lesson to get to the goal/blessings. We must be content where we are and enjoy the journey.

Are you enjoying the whole journey? Then let’s start today!!!

 

Ruth Cagle