By Kim White
Early in our marriage, my husband Bill, surprised me with a wonderful, previously owned piano. I took lessons for about a year or so and would mess around on it now and again through the years. Well, it’s been enough for me to guide our eight year old granddaughter through the first part of a beginner’s piano lesson book. She recently began playing a chord with her left hand while playing the melody with her right hand. She found it difficult to get her fingers to all the right places and to get the timing down. But the reward of practice showed all over her face as she made her debut performance for this audience of one.
It occurred to me, that in comparison to what she had previously been able to play, she was now enjoying a piece filled with more depth and fullness; and it thrilled her heart.
I share this story because this is what the Lord brought to my mind when I was doing my devotions one day last week. I was praying about going into the Christmas season, desiring the Lord to reveal deeper truths to these familiar passages. My heart was yearning to experience His birth in a fuller way.
Because Scripture tells us that “The Word is living and active,” (Hebrews 4:12a) and that it is “God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness” (2 Timothy 3:16) we may be assured thatHe wants to speak to our hearts! He is waiting on us to meet with Him.
I invite you to join me in experiencing Jesus and the details of His birth. It might be that you begin in Isaiah 7:14 and 9:6-7, meditating over the Names of Jesus and praising Him! In these same verses, we can also think on the significance of these prophesies that are fulfilled in the gospels. Possibly you may want to read through the first chapters of Matthew and Luke to not only meditate on the birth of Jesus, but to also learn from the shepherds, Mary and Joseph about obedience and listening to the Lord. I know for me, personally, I want to spend some time in John 1:1-18, which includes verse 14a, “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us.”
My prayer for all of us is that we will spend time each day at the Lord’s feet and ask Him, as the psalmist did, “open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in your law.”
(Psalm 119:118). May your Christmas season be full as you experience Jesus through The Word.
My precious husband, Bill, and I have been planted in Fort Myers, Florida for almost 35 years. As a newly married couple, God most graciously had placed people in both of our jobs to share Christ with us. Its hard to believe it has been almost 34 years since we asked Jesus into our hearts! Bill and I have been blessed with four children, 3 daughters, then a son. These blessings came quickly, all within 6 years!! During these years I'm so thankful I was able to be part of women's ministry classes at our church, helping me to grow in my walk with Him. Then came the day when I was asked that question that stretched me way outside of my comfort zone...will you teach a class? Its hard to believe that I have now been teaching more than 20 years. Bill and I love to travel, most of the time going to visit our 9 grandchildren, oh ya, and their parents! I also love reading, walking and hanging out with some very special young moms in Beloved that bless my socks off!
Julie is a Kansas girl who resides in sunny Southwest Florida. She's been married to her husband Sean for 23 years and they share two boys ages 21 & 17. She enjoys baking and biking, but her absolute favorite thing is snow skiing which is a little difficult to do in a sandy 80 degree land.
She became a follower of Christ at age 10. She loves studying and teaching God's Word. She has a passion for encouraging moms to love and follow Jesus.
Beth grew up in a loving home; however, in her early 20s she faced a very lonely time. During that time, she cried out to God and asked “If You are real, please show yourself to me!” God met her where she was and she trusted in the Lord Jesus at that time. Her life verse and desire is “no matter what happens, to conduct herself in a manner worthy of the gospel.” Philippians 1:27
Beth now resides in Tampa, Florida with her husband Larry. The Lord has blessed them by blending their family of five children. They currently have eight grandchildren and are hoping that there will be more grandchildren in the future.
Donna accepted Jesus as her Savior at the age of nine and has been amazed at God’s goodness and faithfulness throughout her life. She has been blessed to have had many mentors through each season of life, who have shown her what trusting God looks like. Donna and her husband, Bryan, make their home in central Arkansas. They have five grown children and are grandparents to wonderful grandchildren. Donna enjoys spending time with her family, laughing with friends (usually over coffee), going for long walks with her husband, and reading a good book (which may also be accompanied by a cup of coffee).
Sarah is a true Florida Cracker. She was born and raised in Southwest Florida. At the age of 6, Sarah accepted Jesus as her Lord and Savior, and she hasn't looked back since. Hebrews 13:8 is one of her favorite verses, "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever." Eating delicious desserts, spending time with her family and friends, and teaching people about Jesus are a few of the things she enjoys to do in her spare time.
Sarah has been married to her best friend and husband, Brandon, for 7 years. They have been blessed with one beautiful, determined son, Asher, who keeps them on their toes. Sarah and her family live in the Tampa area. They love exploring their community together, family hugs, and eating pizza whenever possible.
Katie Flint just recently moved back home to Fort Myers, Florida with her husband, Ryan and two children, Collins and Madden. At the age of 5, Katie accepted Jesus Christ to be the Lord and Savior of her life, after attending Vacation Bible School. Through each phase of her life, God has shown her that He alone is trustworthy. The verse that has been her life source is Psalm 46:10- “Be still and know that I am God.”
She is a stay-at-home mom and enjoys exercising and baking. She has been married to her husband Ryan for almost 9 years, who is her high school sweetheart. They enjoy trying new restaurants, family trips to the beach, and relaxing at home.
Marsha grew up in a small rural town in upstate New York. In 2006, after finishing college, she moved to sunny SW Florida where she met her, now husband, Shawn. Together they enjoy spending family time with their two fun-loving toddler boys Zachariah and Kairos.
Marsha enjoys living an active lifestyle, which is helpful, considering that her favorite hobby is baking.
Though she attended church as a child, Marsha was not saved until adulthood when her eyes were finally opened to the love and mercy of Jesus Christ.
Since being saved, God has placed a loving burden on her heart to share the truth about God’s healing grace with those who may feel like forgiveness is not possible for them.