The Perfect Gift


On the bookcase, where I can see it every day, is a little red box with a tiny blue bow.

A couple of years ago, my granddaughter gave me this little box at Christmas. She was so proud of herself as she told me that she had made it the week before in Sunday School.  I opened it and inside, folded up and pushed into the box was a sheet of paper. On that paper was the story of Salvation and the verses-

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. John 3:16-17

The Gift. Wrapped in human form. Sent from Heaven to earth. Arrival announced by a great choir of angels. Whose presence graced the lowest, meanest place on the earth. 

What happened at that moment was the giving of THE GIFT; the one Gift given by the Giver who knew exactly the right Gift to give.

The Gift of exchange-One life for all others.

It’s the only Gift that matters, the Gift that came to each of us is for each of us.

 When we give gifts to each other at Christmas, it represents the first gifts given to Him by the wise men.

Matthew tells us that they followed the star until it stopped where Jesus was and “when they saw the star, they were overjoyed. On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts”.(2:10-11)

 How do we keep the meaning of giving from getting lost in the shuffle of wrapping paper and tape? The wise men gave their treasure. The only treasure we have to give to Him is ourselves. 

And, really? There’s nothing else that He wants.

The best part is that I didn’t have to wait till Christmas to give that gift to Him or to take  the Gift He’s given me. 

Neither do you.



The moon came out again tonight to say “hello!” in a big way. Playing coy. She slipped in and out of the wispy clouds high in the December sky. She began the night full round, golden as she started her climb; fading to silvery white as the night grew cold.

December nights in the northern hemisphere are cool to downright cold to the bone. Tonight the temperature is energizing in Texas, hovering right around 60 after the sun went down. Folks out and about; scurrying to find the perfect present and grabbing a bite to eat while they map out their strategy to find said present.

We were no different- I’d been shopping for the grands and the husband met me after work to sit across from each other with a salad, a homemade pizza and a glass in our hands.

That moment, the pause, that does indeed refresh, was needed. I love how God orchestrates those pauses in our lives.

You may have noticed that since the new little man was born, I’ve been quiet.

This is my favorite time of year. I love the built in pauses at this time- the few days respite to pause and give thanks for all the good gifts He’s brought to us this year, to stop and consider how much we’ve been spared in His providence.

The pause of the ice storm that made us huddle in close to each other- some to keep warm because the power was out, some just because of the forced rest and the time to re-connect.

And, now comes the best “Pause”. That space of time when the kids are out of school, we take a deep breath in the middle of the hurry and time seems to stop. When we sit watching the school pageant or the Christmas musicals at church, and the couple of days before Christmas when we feel like we are in slow motion (at least I feel that way). After the pause of the Christmas Eve service we move into high gear until after the ribbons and paper have been picked up and the last dish is washed after the Christmas Feast.  

I take a deep breath as everyone returns to their homes and the pause I relish is upon me. I long for it. I race to it. The house is quiet, the music is on, the candles are lit. It’s Christmas. I sit, finally, and drink in and absorb the Gift of forever life He gave to all of us. No matter how much or how little we’ve had, the Gift still came and I pause for it.


The celebration of the birth of one little baby boy a long, long time ago.

The birth that changed forever the world we live in.

The moment when Love, Peace and Joy exploded into our atmosphere and gave skin to Our God and named Him Jesus.

Immanuel-God with us-Redeemer-Savior-the One who takes away the sins of the world-the whole world-not just a few people, not just certain people.

FOR EVERYONE who ever drew a breath or has yet to breathe.

Redemption has already arrived and will draw near to each of us. Even to those who don’t know they need Redemption let alone a Redeemer.

It’s time to pause, look around, see the gift and reach out and grasp it for ourselves and wonder when we open it and all of that Love and Peace and Joy spills out over every thing and every one.  

What are you waiting for?


For this reason we also, from the day we heard about you, have not ceased praying for you and asking God to fill you with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so that you may live worthily of the Lord and please him in all respects—bearing fruit in every good deed, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might for the display of all patience and steadfastness, joyfully giving thanks to the Father who has qualified you to share in the saints’ inheritance in the light. He delivered us from the power of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. Colossians 1:9-14

I know that my redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand on the earth. And after my skin has been destroyed, yet in my flesh I will see God; I myself will see him with my own eyes—I, and not another. How my heart yearns within me! Job 19:25-27

 “And there will be signs in the sun and moon and stars, and on the earth nations will be in distress, anxious over the roaring of the sea and the surging waves. People will be fainting from fear and from the expectation of what is coming on the world, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. Then they will see the Son of Man arriving in a cloud with power and great glory. But when these things begin to happen, stand up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.” Luke 21:25-28

Just When I thought I had it all Figured Out

Who am I kidding?    Myself!


I long for complete honesty, yet I myself am untruthful.

I long for companionship on a deep Godly foundation, yet I do nothing.

I long for grandchildren who KNOW God, yet I say little.

I long for a continual conversation with God, yet I am distracted.


I long for …. fill in the blanks…. yet in as much as it relies on me to…I don’t.


We fail in so many ways. We fall down, we trip over, we stumble, we cause others to stumble, we fake it, we want to look good, sound good, be good.


Be Good.


If I believe God’s word, and I do, none of us is good… scary thought, isn’t it. But I love how His word always gives the solution to the problem…He does not leave us senseless to our own devices. He gave us the Provision for us to be good, holy, clean. Amazing. Grace.


If you struggle with all of this and are at the point where you are past self-deception and realize that we’re all “bad”- you are not alone.


Take heart, His Provision is here!


At this time of year, we often think of the babe in the manger and push back the thought of this precious babe grown up, beaten, bleeding, nailed to the cross. But the same Grace that gave us this babe also nailed His Son to the cross to give us the only gift that counts- His Provision!

Gifts are to be given and accepted. Take the gift, grab hold of it, open it and wear it! It’s a perfect fit! Though the expression and word pic may be trite, the gift is not!


When you are singing “Silent Night” this year think of another song while you are at it. “Amazing Grace”


God is Good.  We are not. But, with the gift of His Provision…


” This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin. 

If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word is not in us.” 1 John 1:5-10