For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
4 So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David.
5 He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child.
6 While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born,
7 and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.
8 And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night.
9 An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified.
10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.
11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.
12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.
13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.
34 Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I am a virgin?”
35 The angel said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be holy; he will be called Son of God.
36 And now, your relative Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son; and this is the sixth month for her who was said to be barren.
37 For nothing will be impossible with God.”
38 Then Mary said, “Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word.” Then the angel departed from her.
As many of you know Dr. Henry Blackaby is one of my favorite Christian writers. His writing has been and is and will continue to be a tremendous influence in my life. His lovely wife Marilyn has come to our schools here in Huntsville and she is also a very great influence in my life.
Excerpt below is from Experiencing God Day-by-Day by Henry T. Blackaby and Richard Blackaby
“The angel Gabriel told Mary that God was planning to do something humanly impossible. All human logic would agree that a virgin could not give birth to a child. It was impossible. Yet this is exactly what was to happen. When God speaks of doing the impossible, it is no longer absurd. When was the last time God did the impossible in your life? When was the last time God spoke to you about what He wanted to do and you were scared to death by its magnitude?
God still does the impossible! Too often we acknowledge our belief that God can do whatever He wants, then we add a safety clause; “But I just don’t think God will do that with me!” We become practical atheists, believing that God can perform miracles but never expecting a miracle in our own lives.
God wanted to bring salvation to all of humanity. It is critical that Mary not only believed God could perform a miracle but also adjusted her life to the awesome work He planned to do through her. The difference between a Christian and a moral person is the divine. The difference between a church and a social club is the miraculous. Some can duplicate the morality of a Christian, but no one can reproduce the miraculous that should be part of the Christian experience. Do you believe that nothing is impossible for God?”
Dear Sewing Family,
It is with great joy that Joe and I wish you and your family the most blessed of Christmas times. We indeed celebrate the birth of our Lord. I want to tell you how blessed we are to have you as friends. I want to tell you how much I appreciate your being so loyal to Martha Pullen Company for over 34 years. God and you are the reason we have this incredible business to bring sewing joy. You are the reason we love to make beautiful things, have wonderful events and write to you. Without God’s provision of this wonderful company, now in partnership with another wonderful company, F+W Media, I would never have had the privilege of meeting most of you even if it is meeting by mail, by online videos through licensed teacher classes or by packages shipped from the warehouse or downloaded from the Internet! In 1981 I would never have dreamed about being able to be best friends with you through Facebook, Twitter and tweets! I want to thank F+W Media and Sara Domville (President) for allowing me to have a greatly reduced work schedule and for letting me work mostly at home since Joe needs me at home. My travel schedule is exactly right for this time in our lives. I want to wish you and yours a blessed and joyous Christmas Day remembering the reason for the season. Keep your eyes on Jesus from the moment you wake up until you go to bed.
I especially pray for our men and women in harm’s way this Christmas. I pray God’s protection over them and pray for God to be victorious over this horrid terrorism issue in the world. I pray for you and your family. I am praying out loud for those of you who are sick and hurting today with so many issues. I pray for healing for you and your family. Please re-read the passage above from Dr. Blackaby and remember that God is still in the miracle business. I’m praying for your miracle. With all of the stresses we put on ourselves during this season, please remember that God is in control and put your days totally in his hands. Never forget that I will always love you. Nothing will change about that. Ever. Merry Christmas.
May God Bless You,