Merry VBS Christmas in July, 25JULY
Merry Christmas!!!!!!!!!!!!! YES! Merry Christmas in July!!!!
Wow – what a wonderful way to celebrate Christmas in July today – with so many wonderful VBS children… All of us made by God!!! WOW GOD!!!
Over last weekend, when we were setting up the many marvelous VBS decorations, I continually thought of how blessed we were/are to run this program for not only the many children (over 100) but also the many many teens and volunteers who come to help (over 75) and the families that donate their time and material goods for the good of GOD… it may look chaotic at times (or all the time) – but the energy level is amazing and just think about the visual of everything in motion – how blessed to see the excitement – and how it is about the exact OPPOSITE of the old old phrase “This is NOT my circus, these are NOT my monkeys”…
The exact opposite is true when you look at Christmas and the children of God – from God’s point of view… God says “This IS My Christmas – these ARE MY SHEEP!!!!!!!!!!”
Merry Christmas in July to all of you – to all of us – We are God’s sheep!
God knew that we needed a shepherd – for help in life – and for life – we are truly shepherded as God not ONLY makes us HIS children, He moves us into place – for HIS purpose and plan – and that plan is to let everyone know how much HE LOVES US! And He asks for our LOVE in return! And He asks us to share the Good News!
Jesus came as a baby – a physical presence of God in human flesh – and we are continually reminded with the energy and love of our collective VBS children (young and old) of Jesus actions in the scriptures: “Jesus called the children to him and said, ‘Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.’ “ (Luke 18)
We are all made by God (WOW GOD!) and blessed to be called to be children of God and see HIM thru the wonder and beauty of a child’s eyes – our eyes – we are HIS sheep – we are called to RECEIVE the Kingdom like little children! We are called to follow Him! Jesus is our shepherd.
Blessed are we to be in the loop – God brings us to Jesus who will take us back to God eternally! The SPIRIT in us gives us life here and now!
In John 6, Jesus speaks to his followers: “It is not the flesh that gives a person life. It is the spirit that gives life. The words I told you are spirit, and so they give life.”
Jesus says: “The Father gives me the people who are mine. Every one of them will come to me, and I will always accept them. I came down from heaven to do what God wants me to do. I did not come to do what I want to do. I must not lose even one of those that God has given me, but I must raise them up on the last day. This is what the One who sent me wants me to do. Everyone who sees the Son and believes in him has eternal life. I will raise him up on the last day. This is what my Father wants.” (John 6:37-40)
God sent us Jesus – and when Jesus left, He sent the Holy Spirit to guide us – to save us and to LOVE US!
God says “THIS IS MY CHRISTMAS – THESE ARE MY SHEEP”
Thank you Lord for making us – being for us – being with us – for loving us eternally – and for making a plan for our lives!
Thank you for sending Jesus as our Shepherd
Thank you for making us YOUR SHEEP
HAPPY BIRTHDAY JESUS!