Thursday, December 24, 2015

Christ is Christmas! Happy birthday Jesus!






Merry Christmas from our family to yours!
We are grateful for many things in this season:
Family, holiday traditions, good food, the laughter of children, Christmas cookies, Christmas carols, opportunities to serve others and quality time with friends.

The greatest gift, however, is relationship with Jesus Christ. We pause to acknowledge His day. Happy birthday Jesus!
We're blowing our horns in our hearts and hanging the streamers of thanksgiving. We're showcasing your character and putting the day in its proper perspective.
You are the reason for the season.
We give you praise!

We are thankful for the generosity that God displayed when He sent His precious son Jesus as the Savior of our sins.

He came down 42 generations, was born into a dysfunctional family, lived and dwelt amongst sinners, took persons that were marginalized and ostracized and brought them into his inner circle and changed the lives of all that came into contact with Him.
Jesus. Game changer.
Heart fixer.
Grace giver.
Problem solver.
Savior.
Perfect lamb.
Lord.
Fully God.
Fully man.
Faithful friend.
Righteous Redeemer.

We celebrate His birth that has made our rebirth possible.
Whatever you need Him to be, He makes Himself available to you today.

Join us in worship with the angels, "Joy to the world the Lord has come. Let earth receive her King."

Our prayer is that you will experience His amazing grace and unending love today.

Unwrap the greatest gift that the world has ever known.

"Today in the town of David a savior has been born; he is the Messiah."
Luke 2:11

His life makes eternal life possible and we cherish the manger that held the baby and the cross that held our sins as our Savior died.
Take a moment and celebrate that Christ is Christmas and He is truly the gift that keeps on giving.
Money and material possessions will lose value, earthly kingdoms will rise and fall but Christ will last always.
He reigns over an unshakable Kingdom.
Bow at His feet and worship Him as the world celebrates His birth and purpose.
Choose today as the day that you will make Him the Lord of your life.

C. S. Lewis said, "the Son of God became a man to enable men to become sons of God."
What a glorious gift!

Unwrap salvation today. It is a free gift just for you.
"Confess and believe and you shall be saved." (Romans 10:9,10)
You don't have to wait another minute.
Move from hearing about Him to knowing Him. What better birthday gift to give Jesus than your heart?

Prayer:

Dear Lord, thank you that the manger and the cross are inextricably tied and we give you praise for the life and ministry, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
As we enjoy family, let us remember where we would be if Christ had not come. Help us to grasp the reality that you bankrupt heaven to give us life eternally by sending the perfect combination of divinity and humanity.
We worship you, holy and perfect King.
Thank you for deliverance and a destiny that is sure.
Thank you for giving us access to the heart and family of God.
Save. Heal. Repair. Restore. Forgive.
You are the Christ of Christmas.
May our praise be endless.
We worship you. We honor you. We love you. Thank you for salvation. Make us faithful.
Celebrating you...
The God who is and was and is to come.
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Merry Christmas from Cross Spring Ministries.
Celebrate Jesus. Follow the Star.
Wise men still seek Him.


Tuesday, December 15, 2015

What I Thought I Knew About Love/ A tribute to my husband. Rev. Timothy Robinson.

Love.
A guide.
Like the wind that directs kites to fly high into the heavens and commands sailboats to make their home on the sea.
Love.
Like water on a hot, summer day.
A thirst quencher that you cannot get enough of.

Is that how you envision love?
It's exactly how I envisioned love for most of my life and especially when I was a single woman anticipating marriage one day.
I had so much to learn about love.
Love can be all of those things, but it is also so much more.
My portrait of it was seen through rose tented glasses, through relationships in the media, through the illusions of perfect relationships around me and through a perspective that had not yet been tested by life.

Love as a girl is fantasized.
Love as a teenager is romanticized.
Love as a young adult is often dramatized.

Today,  I'm thankful for a grown up understanding of what love really is.
Love actualized.

I rejoice in 8 years of marriage to my best friend and seminary sweetheart.
He is my heart, my love, a supportive leaning post and covenant partner.
He is Rev. Tim Robinson. Tall. Dark. Handsome.
(Que Johnnie Gill singing, "Mymymy.")

I honor him today on our anniversary for the strong leader that he is, for his commitment to academic excellence and for being the pastor of our home.
I'm thankful to him for being the provider and prophet and priest.

He is affirming and encouraging and he stimulates my intelligence.
Thankful for his life.
I'm so thankful to be his wife.
He's my man. God's man!

We have celebrated together.
We have suffered together.
We have lived on a lot.
We have lived on little.
We have grieved together.
We have laughed until we have cried and we have sat crying in silence.
We have grown together.
We have been encouraged together and have evolved together.
We are recipients of God's amazing grace.
We are discovering what love is and is not together.

Love is a gift from God that never fails.
(1st Corinthians 13: 8.)

It is not selfish, self seeking, prideful or impatient. Love does not insist that the person you marry will remain who they were when you met them or who they were on your wedding day because each of us evolves continually. Love leaves room for change.
Love is not entitled.
Love speaks the truth in love.
Love is not petty or immature.
Love is not based upon feelings but based upon commitment.
Love apologizes and love forgives.

It is growing and changing and maturing daily.

Love.

It is as elegant as classical musical and as good as 90's R&B music and hip hop.
It's as timeless as Nat King Cole.
It's all over the place like finger paint.
It's warming or destructive like fire.
It's exhilarating and exhausting.
Love agrees and disagrees.
Love listens and speaks.
Love gives.
It's unpredictable and it's unique.
Love is a classroom.
It is childlike and it is grown up.
It's a riot. It's a circus. It's a fairytale and life often brings moments that are nightmares.
It does not throw in the towel.
It does not pretend to have it all together.
It is impossible without God, prayer, sacrifices and a healthy support system.

Love.
The great, insatiable, paradox.
One moment it is magical and another moment it is messy.  It cannot be achieved without supernatural power.

Shakespeare suggests that "love is rigid and crucial to endure life."

The Bible says that love is truth in action.
(I John 3:18)

I agree with both.
It's life giving, heart expanding, character building, complimenting and complicated. It's also deliberate dying to oneself and perpetual faith and servitude in action.

I am thankful for it and praise God for the Ministry of marriage that makes each of us more like Christ each day.
I love you....deeply love you, Timothy Robinson. Humbled by the shared journey. Thank you for loving, sharing, laughing, enduring and protecting. Because of you I have known real love.

Dear Lord, for your abiding love and divine plan to bring life purposes together in marriage, we thank you.
For using two imperfect people who are striving to live out your perfect plan, we thank you.
For the waiting room that prepared us for one another, we thank you.
For joys and sorrows, we thank you.
For defining and redefining true love, we thank you and give you praise.