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Monday, 2 December 2013

Season's Greetings

Matthew 1:20-23
But as he considered these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying,“Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet: “Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son and they shall call his name Immanuel” (which means, God with us).

Dear Precious Ladies

Compliments of this wonderful season!!!

We thank God for allowing us to get to December. We have made it through thick and thin and we will finish this year strong. By His grace we will enter 2014 with a great bang because the Lord IS WITH US!!!

This month is full of activities leading to Christmas. Whilst the pagans used this day to celebrate their god and held festivities our focus is not on the day. Our focus is that a virgin, a woman like us, was used by God through the power of the Holy Spirit to give birth to our Saviour. Jesus came to save us from our sin and that is what we are celebrating.

To honour and celebrate Christmas is to refuse a lifestyle of sin. The world enjoys the holiday but mostly uses it to sin and indulge in all sorts of ungodly activities but for us it's Oh Holy Night!!!! We must pursue heart purity and holiness and with the Holy Spirit's help, let's allow our lives to be a Bethlehem where God's purposes are birthed. What Mary carried in her is still benefiting us today. As we get into this season let's carry that which will benefit all mankind under our care and influence. This is the God in us.

The gift of the presence of God can't be purchased in a shop and can’t be wrapped in fancy papers and ribbons but it is wrapped in hearts that are submitted to God. Hearts that are obedient to God. Hearts that are forgiving, kind and loving. No matter what your year has been so far remember that Immanuel is with you. He is the One whose hand has kept you the whole year!!! All you ever needed He provided. Even if the year was difficult, you are still alive and you are finishing the year well because unto us, for us and with us, a Son was given. Jesus came for you!!! You are special to Him and you will always be special to Him. Forever He will be your guide even unto death!!!

As you reflect on the significance of this season may the Lord refresh your love for Him. May He give you the power to say no to sin. May salvation be for you and your loved ones. May the Lord fill you with His Holy Spirit once again and cause you to birth great things for Him that will benefit your world of influence, your nation and the nations of the earth. For those of you who are travelling to various destinations may the Lord keep you safe in the roads, in the air or at sea. May this season not bring you tears of sorrow but the sounds of joy, gladness and celebrations. Those of you hosting guests may the Lord provide you with all the resources you need and none shall experience food poisoning!!! Finally for those of you shopping for gifts may the lord give you wisdom and direct your steps so that you buy purposeful gifts and not end up in debt!!!

I love and pray for you.

The Hope For Every Woman team and I wish you a God-filled Christmas and an amazing, wonderful, fruitful New Year!!!
Much love and blessings