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Mary Did You Know?

I haven’t been listening to music too much lately, but given the season, the music that I have been listening to is Christmas music.

I remember hearing the song “Mary Did You Know” for the past few Christmases, and thinking… what a cheesy, out-of-date song. Before, I had been focused on the “sound,” not the words of the song. But this Christmas, I truly listened with new ears! Wow, the lyrics are so touching! I imagined myself as Mary holding baby God in my very arms. What must have been going through Mary’s mind as she held her child? Brought by an angel of God through the Holy Spirit!

This song, coupled with a character study of Mary by Chuck Swindoll brought me a new perspective and revelation of the birth of Jesus through the eyes of those who were there (Mary, and her contemporaries). Now, every time I hear this song I tear up in worship. This my favorite line … When you kiss your little Baby you kissed the face of God…

A blessed song for sure! To think that I so wickedly critiqued it in years past. Thank You Lord for humbling my heart to receive the beauty of this song and the imagination to put myself in Mary’s shoes as she received the news that she would be the vessel to birth the King of Glory. Here is a link to the song and lyrics for those who may not have heard the song before. I pray that you may be blessed to imagine the birth of Jesus through the eyes of a young mother as you hear this song.

Mary, did you know
that your Baby Boy would one day walk on water?
Mary, did you know
that your Baby Boy would save our sons and daughters?
Did you know
that your Baby Boy has come to make you new?
This Child that you delivered will soon deliver you.

Mary, did you know
that your Baby Boy will give sight to a blind man?
Mary, did you know
that your Baby Boy will calm the storm with His hand?
Did you know
that your Baby Boy has walked where angels trod?
When you kiss your little Baby you kissed the face of God?

Mary did you know.. Ooo Ooo Ooo

The blind will see.
The deaf will hear.
The dead will live again.
The lame will leap.
The dumb will speak
The praises of The Lamb.

Mary, did you know
that your Baby Boy is Lord of all creation?
Mary, did you know
that your Baby Boy would one day rule the nations?
Did you know
that your Baby Boy is heaven’s perfect Lamb?
The sleeping Child you’re holding is the Great, I Am.

Canvases for Expression

Sometimes I think, why do I write this blog? There’s already so much literature in the world to support God and things relating to him, why do I want to add to the vast array? My Nurture and Take Root pages comes to mind. But also what comes to my mind is the art of Jackson Pollock.

Jackson Pollock’s paintings are often ridiculed by non-artsy types because his paintings look like paint flung onto canvas. Many may say, “I can do that!” or, “My 5-year-old can make better art than that big mess!” The point is, Pollock actually had the idea and made the paintings. Yes, others could have made similar, random art like him, but how many attempted to actually do so?

I say this in the midst of my doubts for writing. I know that I’m not the best writer. I’m not famous for my insight. I probably write things that you already know about, and you could possibly even written them better than me. My question is, have you made an attempt? Have you shared or expressed your experiences and revelations of Christ to others? We could all possibly write similar testimonies, but your story has its own fingerprint on it that may touch someone in way no one else can.

So, I encourage you! Express your revelations, testimonies and experiences of God to others in whatever way God has for you!! It could be through writing, speaking, painting, dancing, the list is endless. What is your canvas? As quoted by Hiedi Baker, “Pick me up like a paintbrush and paint, Lord!”

Jackson Pollock:
Art Experts
Expression of an Age

The Holy Spirit Revealed

Last week, I attempted to start writing my systematic theology paper covering the Holy Spirit, but I failed miserably. Instead, I wrote a paper about my personal revelation with the Holy Spirit. I was happy with what I wrote (or, what the Holy Spirit led me to write), but it was not satisfactory for class, so I still need to write a proper paper to submit. (Ah, Lord help me!!).

Below is a section I really liked from my first attempt at writing my paper, “The Holy Spirit Revealed.” Hope you enjoy it.

… The third and final topic I would like to address is the fact that God is without a doubt working in me and revealing things to me, and that this in itself is evidence that the Spirit dwells in me. I will start this discussion by giving a personal illustration. There was a point in my life when I came to know Jesus Christ as my savior. That when I die, I knew I would go to Heaven. For a while however, I questioned if I had received the Holy Spirit, and how I would know if I actually received Him. I believe part of my confusion was that I didn’t have clarity of the Scriptures and I heard different things from different people. I had been told that once I was saved, (by saying and believing the sinner’s prayer which involved repenting of my sins and asking Jesus to be my personal Lord and savior) then the Holy Spirit would come upon me. In discussion, baptism had never surfaced as part of the process, other than it was simply an act of obedience. However, that’s not what the Apostle Peter preached. According to Acts 2:38, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will revive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” Interestingly enough, the Holy Spirit brought me this revelation fairly recently. Although I had read this passage of Scripture before, that time, the words of the text jumped out as revelation. Repentance and baptism are needed to activate the Holy Spirit inside. And, by faith, I hold on to that promise. Galatians 3: 13-14, “Christ redeemed us from the curse of the Law, having become a curse for us… so that we would receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.”

So now that I know I have the Holy Spirit is dwelling in me, how do I know that He is working? The mere fact that I continue to pursue God and His transforming power in me is evidence in itself. The content and discussion points in this paper are an attempt to illustrate that the Holy Spirit is living in me, and that He is a person. How much more now I want to take care of myself, which is His temple, His dwelling place. One Corinthians 19 asks, “Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own?”

The Holy Spirit shows Himself to me through my studies, stories and progressive special revelation. The Holy Spirit is indeed alive and active in me and I want to continue to receive as much of Him as I can. With Him, I strive to know more of God, His face and His works. I am transformed by His love to love Him and others as He has and continues to do for me and the body. He has given me the desire to be His faithful servant for His kingdom, His glory and His honor. In everything I do, the Holy Spirit guides in love and conviction of sin so that I may be a continuing light that shines the Good News of Christ everywhere. I want to give to God and for God until it hurts. “It is when we live like this that the Spirit of God moves and acts in and through us in ways that on our own we are not capable of. This is our purpose for living. This is our hope.”[1] Romans 5:5, “And hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.” All the dots connect and as I study more of Him and His work in my life, the closer I become in sensitivity to all the persons and works of God.

[1] Chan, Francis. Forgotten God: Reversing Our Tragic Neglect of the Holy Spirit. Canada: David Cook, 2009.

Jesus’ Christmas

Last week I posted a preview of four Christmas card designs (see here) that I made for a work project, and I mentioned that I would give all my readers an update once the cards were reviewed by our head chiefs (the bosses).

Well, today I found out that those four card designs were not chosen for display. I was hopeful, but figured that may happen given that my ideas were too Christian for the work environment. However, no need to be melancholy!!! There is Good News (pun intended)!! The “Savage Holiday Card Shop” did approve one of my other cards!! And better yet, that one card has the full Christmas story straight from the Gospel! Praise God, they actually approved the most important card of all!! Sweet!!

So, for all Jesus fans who would like to share/use my Christmas card designs, I am posting them all below as downloadable, print-ready PDFs. All you need to do is:

1. Select a card to download
2. Pick a nice (thick) paper to print onto
3. Print
4. Cut
5. Fold
6. Fill in the blanks (or have your recipient fill it in)
7. Share the love of Christ

“Happy” (download print-ready PDF)

“Way” (download print-friendly PDF)

“North” (download print-friendly PDF)

“Xmas” (download print-friendly PDF)

“Birth of Jesus” (download print-friendly PDF)

Recuerdios

I pass this billboard on my way to work, and I always see/read the same thing. For those who don’t read Spanish, the billboard is meant to read creá mas recuerdos (which translates to make more memories) with the camera lens making the form of the o in recuerdos. However, to me, I read the shape of the camera and see io causing the word to read recuerdios instead of recuerdos, (with no i). Recuerdios is not actually a Spanish word, but interestingly, Dios is the Spanish word for God. So the billboard to me is actually saying make more God memories: Creá mas recuerdios. I thought that was pretty neat given the holiday season.

So there you go… that’s a little insight into the eyes of what a designer sees that many others probably don’t.

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