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one faith step at a time…

Open Arms…


angel pixa x     Ten days and counting…celebration or chaos?

Is it possible to have both but still have peace, still have courage, still have Him…

I watched a children’s Christmas production recently. The youngest came up at the beginning and sang their song, so sweet – one little guy was so proud of himself at the end of the song, he folded his arms across his chest and beamed the biggest smile. As they headed down the aisle to exit one looked a little nervous, about that time his daddy appeared with arms open wide. He flew into those arms, relief flooding his face.

That’s me and you, you know. I make lists for gifts, I spend money as wisely as possible, have hopeful expectations that the gifts will please. But what if they don’t?

I make cookies or send cards, trying to express love, but is it enough?

stars tree pixa x

That’s when I realize my focus is on the trimmings, not on the reason. Jesus came in the midst of chaos, most too busy to notice. An angel chorus announced the Good News to those who were quiet, not to the boisterous crowds. In the quiet, we can hear “Do not be afraid, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.” (Luke 2:10 NIV) All the people may not listen, the quiet may only hear, but still the news is for all…

So when I’m unsure, when my heart is apprehensive, there is a way. A way made to open arms that will calm my doubts, soothe my feelings of not enough. Do you know those arms?

cross pixa x

Those are the same arms that not so many years later were stretched out on a cross. Arms open wide Good News laid down His life, taking on all the sins ever committed, all sins yet to be committed. Once again good news was proclaimed, through ragged breaths “…Jesus said ‘It is finished.’ With that, He bowed His head and gave up His spirit.” (John 19:30 NIV)

Finished – do you believe? Will you accept? It is finished, sin no longer has to chain us. It is finished, fear no longer has to be our master. It is finished, joy ours in the midst of any pain. It is finished, assurance of forever life after our last breath here. Just wait til you fall into those arms. Can you see Him standing there, arms open wide? Can you feel them envelope you? If you can, you have Christmas every day…

tree ornament heart pixa x


10 thoughts on “Open Arms…

  1. Christmas everyday! Yes, please! What a beautiful thought. I pray we can all accept Him with open arms this season, and that those who do not know His unconditional love personally will come to know Him as Savior. Wonderful words today!


    • Thank you for stopping by, Kristine. Yes, the gift of Christmas never goes away, it is ours everyday, praise our Father who loves to lavish His love on us! Have a Merry Christmas and a blessed New Year full of His abundant love…


  2. This article really touched my heart and reminds me of the real meaning of Christmas. Thank you and God Bless!


    • Debra, thank you so much stopping by and thank you for your kind words. Christmas is every day, isn’t it? He loves you so. Merry Christmas and blessings of His abundant grace to you in the New Year… Paris


  3. As always…right on point!


    • Bob, those words are too kind and quite an encouragement. Thank you and may you have a wonderful Christmas and praying the blessings of a New Year filled with His abundant grace throughout each day… Paris


  4. Paris- thanks for this- I worry about it not being enough too- Thanks for your encouraging word and bringing my focus back to Jesus—Love the pictures too! 🙂 Praying that you will be blessed this Christmas with peace and more of His love


  5. Such good thoughts here. One of my own goals during this Christmas season has been to recharge my batteries so that going into 2016 I’ll be living Christmas-like in my awe for the gift of Christ. You’ve said this and more! Thanks, and glad to have found you here today!


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