Yesterday was our 1st wedding anniversary. In accordance with our agreement, we were not celebrated with a romantic candle light dinner or something, yet we have decided to celebrate our wedding anniversary at the orphanage and held a Christmas celebration together with the orphans. Why we had an idea like that? Because we just want to celebrate our wedding anniversary with a slightly different way and coincides with Christmas day. We just want to share blessings and happiness to those who in need. For both of us, had a lunch with the orphans, played around and sang together with them was the most romantic moment. However, here I don’t want to talk about our celebration but I want to talk about something important that I got from it.
When the orphans made Christmas decoration contest, I found something that made me moved. I saw a little girl put a manger under her Christmas tree. The interesting thing is there were two babies doll in that manger. Why there were two babies? I wondered. “Why you put two babies in your manger?” I asked. Then she replied with innocent voice, “Ma’am, I do not have anybody but I have Jesus. I do not have anything as a gift because I’m poor. Therefore, I want to give myself as a gift to Him. Both babies it was me and Jesus. I thought I could accompany him and give a little warmth to Jesus. That’s all I can give.” To be honest, that little girl answer was jerking my heart and made me not able to hold my tears. What a very touching and heartwarming answer. I was thinking that God said the same words like that liitle girl: ” I want to give myself as a give to you. Both babies- It was you and Me. I thought I could accompany you and give you a little warmth” Then My husband said. “Today we have got precious lesson from this little girl”
When Christmas comes, we are always busy with preparations to celebrate Christmas. We are busy thinking about Christmas gifts for our friends and families. The question arises in my mind. If we have prepared the best Christmas gift to those whom we love, what about to the figure that actually we celebrate? Jesus! Whether we have prepared a gift for Jesus? And what kind of gifts that is pleasing Him? Before we answer those questions, I ask you to once again reflect on the true essence of Christmas.
Jesus came to this world with an important purpose. He came to save and redeem our sins. Based on the great God’s love, He came to rub out the world’s sins and paved the way to us into the salvation. This is not trivial. Let’s ponder who we are so that we are so precious in the sight of God to be saved? David once questioned this thing when he was mesmerized in awe as he looked at the beautiful sky.
What is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them?
(Psalm 8:4, NIV)
Have we made a big contribution so that God be indebted to us and should to pay us? Are we so holy flawless so that God feels guilty if He does not save us? No! Indeed, we are human beings who often doing sinful things, we still often disappoint God with all our behavior which not pleasing before God. Even so, in fact God still love us. Even though God created this universe so beautiful, we are the mankind still the most precious creations that created in His image itself. As written in Genesis 1:26 (NIV):
Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”
And we also crowned with glory and honor,
You have made them a little lower than the angels and crowned them with glory and honor. (Psalm 8:5 NIV)
Therefore, our salvation was become an important God’s agenda and was based on His Greatest love to us, and He granted upon the humans. Grace is not a grace when given based on logrolling. It is precisely because we are not worthy but God still gave. That is called a grace. The Holy Bible describes this thing so beautiful and touching,
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16 NIV)
What a greatest love of God which is able to move His heart for sacrificing of Christ to replace all of our sins on the cross, pay in full our sins, and deliver us from the curse and bring salvation that supposed not be worthy for us to have. All of it is merely based on His Great love to us. Imagine how our lives today if Jesus did not come into this world and redeem our sins, break the shackles of sin and the curse, replacing us on the Cross and saved us from the death. How horrible our lives!
With very long and tiring journey the Magi from the east came to Jerusalem to worship the Baby Jesus. But their tiredness was gone and turned into the joy when they saw the star. (Matthew 2:2, 10 NIV) If we look at the previous chapter we can see what the angel said to Joseph through a dream,
She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” (which means “God with us) (Matthew 1:21-23 NIV)
Let’s ponder to the meaning of Immanuel. The birth of Jesus to this world brought very big impact to our life journey and salvation. And that’s supposed to be the source of our joy in welcoming the Christmas day. If God gave a tremendous gift to us, what can we give to Him? Let’s to be honest how often we forget this. We often ask to God to fulfill all our wishes, but how often do we think about what we can give to God as the most beautiful gift and pleasing to God?
Now back to the previous question. Whether we have prepared a gift for Jesus? And what kind of gifts that is pleasing Him? In fact most beautiful gift we have to prepare and give to Jesus is our heart. That is a gift that can please God. God wants our open hearts, gentle, willing to be formed, trust in Him, and always truly love and worship Him. We may not like a little girl in the orphanage who did not have anything. We may be able to give very expensive gifts, but once again we have to remember that God does not want any of it. A heart that the fear to God, clean, ready to receive Christ to dwell in it, and also a heart that full of love for our fellow human beings, just as Christ loved us. This is actually God wants from us.
One day a scribe said, “To love him with all your heart, with all your understanding and with all your strength, and to love your neighbor as yourself is more important than all burnt offerings and sacrifices.” (Mark 12:33) Then what Jesus’ response?
When Jesus saw that he had answered wisely, he said to him, “You are not far from the kingdom of God.”(Mark 12:34 NIV) So it is so clear through these verses we can see what the real gift we can give to Jesus. Heart that loves God and others, that’s a very beautiful gift to give to us in celebrating the birth of Jesus in the world. Furthermore Jesus also said:
‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’(Matthew 25:40 NIV)
The Lord Jesus does not require worldly gifts in the form of goods, jewelry, materials and or something like that. What will please Him is the love to God (love in vertically) and to each other (horizontally). Loves come from the heart. So heart that fully leads to Him and centered to His will, will become a very beautiful gift to Jesus.
My dear readers, Christmas is a moment in which we commemorate the birth of Jesus Christ to the world as the form of greatest gift from the Father to redeem for our sins and bring we out of death to enter the eternal life. Let we sanctify ourselves, admit our sins, and ask God to forgive and cleanse our hearts. As God commanded,
Wash and make yourselves clean. Take your evil deeds out of my sight; stop doing wrong.
(Isaiah 1:16 NIV)
God is always ready to give forgiveness, even restoring joy when we turn from the way of evil and return to His ways. As God said,
“Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.” (Isaiah 1:18)
Let us have a sacred heart as clean and white as a snow and eventually will be worth as a beautiful Christmas gift to Jesus our Lord. Amen.
My beloved readers, this post will be my last post this year. I will come back next year. I, my husband, and our little Andrew say “Merry Christmas and Happy New Year” to all of you. You all so precious for us and we are so blessed to have you all. God bless you.
Karina – Living by Faith
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Happy Anniversary! May God bless you with many more wonderful years together!
I love the reminder that the best gift to us is Jesus and the best gift we can give is us to Jesus and others.
Dear brother in Christ, Tom..
Thank you very much, brother 🙂 also thank you very much for your prayer. Amen and Amen. May God bless your life abundantly and have a wonderful Christmas time with whole beloved family.
Karina – you tell a story and the meanings go plop … plop … plop … without any “preaching” at all. So many things, so much meaning. You and your husband – the choices you make. The children and their choices. Gifts and what they mean. Family, love, forgiveness, grace. celebration … plop … plop … plop …
“Ma’am, I do not have anybody but I have Jesus. I do not have anything as a gift because I’m poor. Therefore, I want to give myself as a gift to Him. Both babies it was me and Jesus. I thought I could accompany him and give a little warmth to Jesus. That’s all I can give.”
And after finishing this post, letting it roll around my heart – I heard God Soft Hands Jesus say:
“I do not have anybody but you. I want to give Myself as a gift to you. Both babies – it was you and Me. I thought I could accompany you and give you a little warmth. That’s all I want to give.”
Beautiful! Thank you.
Dear brother in Christ, Paul..
To be honest, your last comment brought tears to my eyes. I am so touched with your wonderful comment on the last. Now I am thinking to put your comment to my post. Thank you very much, Paul. Thank you very much for such a great and beautiful comment. May God bless you abundantly in this Christmas season. Amen.
Thank you ((hug) – and He with you and yours 🙂
What a beautiful post to leave us with, Karina! God’s blessings to you and your family as you celebrate and delight in God’s precious gift of life and salvation through His Son, Jesus! Hugs ~ Laura
Dear sis Laura,
Thank you very much for your lovely comment 🙂 !Merry Christmas to you, in advance 🙂 Many blessings to you.
Karina, you and your husband are terrific examples for the world to see Jesus. You are a Sweetheart. The merriest of Christmas I wish to you and your family with a very prosperous Godly 2015.
Dear Brother Levi,
Thank you very much, brother Levi. Merry Christmas, in advance to you and have a delightful and blessed new year to all of beloved family 🙂
I truly love this story with so many layers of love. First that you chose to spend your special day with those sweet children. That you learned from their innocent and perfect gifts and that you were willing to share with all of us. Thank you and happy anniversary!
Dear sister Kathy,
Thank you so much for your lovely comment, sis. . Have a wonderful and blessed Christmas season to you 🙂
Thank you, sweet sister. I rejoice with you in the gift of our Savior. Merry Christmas!
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This is a beautiful post written by a wonderful woman of God 🙂
What a wonderful way to spend your anniversary 🙂 Thank you for sharing your experience and the lesson you learned. It’s definitely one we can all learn from. Wonderful words of truth! I pray that you and your family will be blessed 🙂 Merry Christmas!
Hello my dear friend, Lauren.
Thank you very much and also thank you for reblog my post. Such an honor to me. Thank you for the prayer too. May God bless you and your family abundantly in this Christmas season. Merry Christmas from I, Kevin, and Andrew 🙂
What a beautiful lesson the little orphan teaches all of us. Thanks for sharing it with us, Karina. I wish for you, Kevin and Andrew a very wonderful Christmas!
Thank you very much, sis. Pray for you and the whole family will have wonderful and blessed Christmas time. A special Christmas hugs to mommy 🙂
May the Lord bless you and your family richly this coming year, Karina. Merry Christmas with many blessings!
Hello dear Gw,
Thank you very much 🙂 also thank you for reblog my post. It was such a great honor to me. Pray for you and your family have a wonderful and joyful Christmas time 🙂 God bless abundantly.
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Yes! The best gift we can give back to Jesus is our undivided heart for Him! Merry Christmas!
This is beautiful, Karina. Thanks for the meditation on our Jesus.
You are much welcome. Thank you for reading 🙂 have a wonderful and blessed Christmas season to you.
This post was reminding me with one song titled WE ARE THE REASON by Michael W. Smith. That is meaningful song about christmas gift and the reason why Jesus came to us. Maybe you could search the lyric and listen the song 🙂
Beautiful post 🙂 Jesus bless you…
Dear Sis Sella,
I know that song very well. But as I have learned about behind of that song, actually that song more proper for Easter 🙂 though, whatever the purpose of the song, it still beautiful and meaningful song. GOD came to this world for a reason and purpose to this world. Thank you for reading and gave me a bit correction but meaningful to my post. Have a many wonderful blessing to you.
Karina, happy new year to you and your family too >
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you too:)
Happy Anniversary! 🙂 I think it’s so sweet that you celebrated with the orphans. I bet they enjoyed that. 🙂
Dear sister in Christ, Ashley. .
Thank you very much,Ashley. Such a great blessing to us could celebrate our anniversary with the orphans 🙂 have a wonderful and blessed Christmas season to you and family.
Karina this is a beautiful post and just love how you put it all together in such a way that it shows God’s love for us and also how we should love him back. I loved the story of the orphan girl, that brought tears to my eyes. I also love that you spent your anniversary at an orphanage. You and your husband have lovely hearts. Happy Anniversary and Merry Christmas to you and your family!
Dear Sister T,
Thank you very much for such a lovely comment 🙂 Talk about the little orphan girl, she brought tears to my eyes too and have learned from her pure heart to gave something as a gift for God. We just help and pray God will always bless her life and the orphans. I, my husband Kevin, and our little Andrew wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Have a wonderful and blessed holiday season to you and family 🙂
Karina, I’m not often left speechless but this post has left me without words. What a beautiful, beautiful message! Jesus is the reason for the season and He’s all that we need! God bless you and your precious family! Happy anniversary! Merry Christmas! And Happy New Year! I look forward to your return in January! Much love and huge hugs, sister in Christ! ❤ ❤ ❤
Dear sis Natalie,
Amen! Thank you very much for your great and encouraging comment. I, my husband and our little Andrew wish you a Merry Christmas. May you and all family have great moment of Christmas and full of Joy.
Hugs from us , my sister in Christ Natalie 🙂
Happy Anniversary! I loved this story. I’m so glad you shared it!
Dear sister Dawn.
Thank you very much for the lovely comment. Merry Christmas to you and to the whole family:)
A beautiful post and reminder that we should give our whole selves to Christ to thank Him for giving His whole self for us. Your posts are so uplifting and inspiring Karina, thank you for sharing your heart. Happy, blessed anniversary to you and your husband and I pray you have a wonderful first Christmas with your little one. May the coming year be filled with hope and promise!
Dear sister Beth,
Thank you so much for your lovely and warm comment 🙂 you are so true this Christmas is our 1st Christmas with our little precious one. We are so blessed and we grateful to God for His abundant blessings. We pray for you too may you and family have a unforgettable and blessed Christmas season. Full of joy. Amen. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, sis Beth.
Nice website here.
Dear sister in Christ, Debra.
Thank you very much 🙂 you have wonderful site too. God bless.
Thank you my sister Karina.
Let’s keep in touch. Let us also keep each other lifted up before God the Father that He may use us in a mighty way that souls would be won for the kingdom.
God bless you my sister and thanks for stopping by.
My youngest grandson’s name is Andrew. He is a 2 years old and has a heart of gold. Something about Andrews?
Dear brother in Christ, Rudy..
I hope and pray that my little Andrew have a heart of Gold as your grandson:) also he has a heart that always fear to God. Thank you for reading my post. Have a wonderful Christmas day to you and your family 🙂 God bless.
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As Christmas is around the corner your post has brought to light what is really important! Jesus has given us so much but what are we to give?
We are to give Him our hearts!!!! I loved this Karina! It really impacted me. I could give Him money or somethjng else but what He really wants is my heart…..thank you for sharing this Karina and thank you for sharing the little girl’s story! That really touched me as well…..
You have given me a lot to ponder this week leading up to Christmas!
Have a Merry Christmas to you and your family!
Dear brother in Christ Rolain…
You are much welcome 🙂 Thank you for the such great and lovely comment. I am so glad and blessed if what I wrote could give good impact to others 🙂 I, my husband, and our little Andrew wish you a Merry Christmas to you and your family. have a joyful and wonderful Christmas season 🙂 God bless.
Thank you Karina. God bless…..🎄
Much Love and Many Blessings for Christmas Karina, a wonderful message, of Truth and encouragement thank you, we look forward to sharing with you again in the New Year.
Christmas Love from us both – Anne.
Dear Sis Anne,
Thank you very much for your lovely comment, sis 🙂 have a marvelous Christmas season to you and Ron. God bless you.
Wow that is the best thing! Congratulations ❤
Hello dear, thank you very much. Have a wonderful and blessed Christmas season to you and your family:)
Congrats on your anniversary and your “good hearts” celebration of it. Have a wonderful holiday.
Hello dear friend. .
Thank you very much.. have a wonderful Christmas time to you too 🙂
Always awesome writing. Happy Anniversary and Merry Christmas, hugs
Dear my friend Risty..
Thank you very much for your lovely comment 🙂 Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your family. Enjoy the holiday.
Thank you. Happy Anniversary and Merry Christmas!
Thank you very much for the greeting 🙂 Merry Christmas to you too. Have a blessed and wonderful holiday season.
Happy Anniversary, however belated! Have a wonderful Christmas and New Year!
Dear sister in Christ, Christa…
Thank you ver much 🙂 have a wonderful and blessed Christmas to you and your family, and Happy New Year. God bless.
Oh, dear! I really need to keep up with my replies and comments better! Hope you had a great Christmas anyway! lol
Dear sister, Christa.
It’s ok,sis. It was not a big deal. 🙂 Sometime I also need to pay more attention to every comments on my post. I once have missed too. Many love and blessings to you.
Happy anniversary! 😊
Such sweet and graceful little girl, made me tear up 💛 😭
I love helping children and orphanages. There is so much to learn from God’s beautiful children. She may not have much material wise, but her heart is filled with Christ. God bless her and your marriage also.
Dear sis Deborah,
Thank you so much for your greeting 🙂 Yes, Indeed we can learn so much from the orphans. They have nothing,but they have loving heart. Merry Christmas to you and your Family,sis.
What a beautiful story, Karina. Merry Christmas to you and your family… and happy anniversary too! : )
Hello my dear,
Thank you very much 🙂 Merry Christmas to you and your family too. Have a wonderful and blessed Christmas season.
Firstly, a merry Christmas to you and your famiy, Susanto and congratulations on your first marriage anniversary. And thank you for such a wonderful lesson. May God bless you!!
You are welcome 🙂 Thank you for your lovely greeting. Merry Christmas to you and your family too. Have a wonderful and blessed holiday seasons.
Thank you and I wish the same for you!
good message – Merry Christmas to you and your husband – God bless
Thank you very much 🙂 Merry Christmas to you and your family. Have a wonderful and blessed Christmas day.
Beautiful way of celebrating Christmas Karina. Namaste 🙏
Thank you very much. Mery Christmas to you and family. Have a wonderful holiday season 🙂
Thanks for sharing. vw
You are welcome 🙂 Merry Christmas to you. God bless.
Happy Anniversary. Thank you for visiting my blog. May our Lord bless you, your husband, and your ministry.
Dear sis in Christ, Debbie..
You are much welcome 🙂 thank you very much the greetings. Have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Have a wonderful and blessed holiday season.
Happy Holiday Season. I pray this moment that you and your family will receive the deepest love of God’s grace, the unconditional love of His sacrifice for us, the Holiest Spirit of divinity and the deepest love of each other of right now and lasting Blessings.
I love your blog posts… looking forward to more in 2015.
Dear brother in Christ,Eric..
Amen and Amen. Thank you for your prayer 🙂 such a great blessing there are many lovely blog friends pray for us. I pray too, you have a blessed and wonderful holiday season. Have a belated Merry Christmas and Happy new year to you and family. May God bless you abundantly 🙂
Karina and Family.
Thank you for blessings my soul and our ministry in this past year. May you be filled with much love, joy and peace during this coming season. Happy New Year My Friend.
Dear Pastor Davis,
You are much welcome. Happy belated New year to you too. I am sorry for the very slow response. Something weird has happened in my WordPress.Many love and blessings to you,Pastor 🙂
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Beautiful and touching reading dear Karina
Sending you all my best wishes for 2015!. Aquileana 😀
Thank you very much. Wishing you a very Happy New Year 2015 to you and family. Have a wonderful holiday season 🙂 God bless.
Karina, Happy Anniversary, and also Happy New year! May your lives continue to be blessed so abundantly!
Dear brother in Christ, Wendell. .
Thank you very much. Happy New Year to you too. May your New Year full of joy and warm love. Many blessings to you 🙂
Happy Anniversary! What a wonderful way to celebrate. Such a heart warming story and great reminder of God’s love for us, thank you for sharing!
Dear sister in Christ Terese..
You are welcome 🙂 Thank you for your lovely comment. Very Happy New Year to you. God bless you.
Thank you for your like of my post, “A Word Of Encouragement From Parousia Ministries.” I will let that ministry know of your kindness. Please have a blessed day.
A beautiful message, Karina. As relevant today as when it was first composed.
Dear sister Anna,
Thank you very much for reading my old post 🙂 God bless.
This post is wonderful, Karin! I too was moved by what the little girl said about the two babies in the manger…
No doubt the birth, death, and resurrection of Christ is the most important event in the history of the world. Nothing will ever be more important. Thank the Lord God for giving us such love and grace through His Son Jesus Christ. Another great post, sis!
Thank you very much, brother 🙂 have a blessed week..