3 Gifts You Really Need to Open Right Now: Love Comes Down {video}

Come to the manger… and find the Cross in Christmas.

Will you open your present early this year? Our gift to you…

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Come to the manger and there it is, in perfect script: To you, my Beloved. Forever Yours, God.”

Yes, hard as it is to comprehend, it is meant for you. Go ahead— open the three gifts you really need to open right now….

1. The Gift of Everything You Need

“Since God did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won’t God, who gave us Christ, also give us everything else?” (Ro 8:32 NLT)

The impossible has already been done.

It’s there in the manger. He’s given the impossible. He’s given the gift of His Son, Jesus, to makes us right with the very God of the Universe. 

If God’s already given the impossible, then everything else we need is not only possible. It’s His promise.

This is the thing, the gift we can’t comprehend:

He’s giving us everything we need. Who could need more?

Go on. There’s more.


2. The Gift of Rest

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” (Mt 11:28 NIV)

Rest. Oh, how did He know? Chin trembles. How did He know how weary you were, how hard you have tried, but how much further you have to go? Just focus on the manger.

When our eyes are on Christ, real rest is ours. The rest really fades away.

It’s okay. Go ahead and laugh at the perfect wonder of His gifts!

There’s more.

3. The Gift of Peace

I’m leaving you well and whole. That’s my parting gift to you. Peace.” (Jn 14:27 MSG)

The final, extravagant gift. That’s what He’s giving you in the manger: Once broken, now whole. Once terminal, now cured. Once anxiety-wracked, now limitless, shoreless peace.

Peace isn’t a place to work towards, but a Person to walk with.

There’s always more peace in the Person of Christ. Whatever’s ahead of you — Just keep keeping company with the Person of Peace.

These may be the darkest weeks of the year. But there it is —  a  shaft of light over the manger, shattering the black, flooding the cold, shadowed places with the warmth of Light—the Light of the World.

“The people walking in darkness have seen a great light. On those living in the land of the shadow of death, a light has dawned.” (Isa. 9:2)

See? You really did need to open your presents early! Now you can throw you head back and laugh in wonder — you have reason to celebrate.

Celebrate a Christmas that cannot be bought, or created, or made by hand.

A Christmas that isn’t a product to wrap — but a Person to unwrap.

A Christmas that can only be found

in the creche…  in the cradling trough…  in the mire and the stench and the unexpected and the unlikely.

Only in the person of Christ.

The mystery so large becomes the babe so small — and infinite God becomes infant.

Christ, the babe, comes in Christmas as Christ the Savior comes on the cross —

Seeking only our embrace.



Special thanks to Tammi for this video braiding her photography, with words from here, with music by Mark Shultz.

Encouragement for Your Christmas Week:
How to Make Your Christmas Weightless & Without Burden
How in the World to Get Ready for Christmas
When it’s hard to Believe in Miracles this Christmas
When Christmas Meets (sorta) Radical
Free Christmas Book: Click here to receive Ann’s gift of a Free Book of Christmas Jesse Tree Devotionals

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Free Printables : 3 Ways to Find Joy this week

1. A Year of Graces {A Free 12 Month Gratitude Calendar} Click to print here
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2. Count all His Gifts Wherever You Are: {One Thousand Gifts Free App}:

Click here for the free #1000gifts app : The gift of joy for a friend? Print this card about the free app for a friend Picnik collage

3. 1 Paper = 1 Week of Joy
Tuck 1 sheet of paper in a pocket & jot down 7 gifts for 7 days:
(perfect booklet to cultivate the habit of the joy hunt for kids)

(folding instructions for booklet here)

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Will you join us? And happily change everything by keeping your own crazy list of One Thousand Gifts?

Please, jump in, make your life about giving thanks to God! — Just add the direct URL to your specific 1000 gift list post… and if you join us, we humbly ask that you please help us find each other in our refrain of thanks by sharing the community’s graphic within your post.

Give thanks to the Lord! His Love Endures Forever!