When I reminisce about Christmas time as a young girl growing up, I have the most fondest memories, of delicious food being cooked, putting Christmas trees up with my Mum and siblings, and just being excited for the 25th of December to come around.
Christmas morning was so exciting to wake up very early and open presents with everyone, watch Mum set the table with her exquisite china and tableware and I thought we were just so special.
The year I turned to Jesus and made a real commitment to follow His ways was the year Christmas came alive. I was 16 years old and I was so overwhelmed with joy for I understood for the first time why we celebrated Christmas in our home and why we gave gifts.
We know the scripture so well "For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whosoever believes in Him, will not perish, but have eternal life".
I understood that I was the reason for Christ's coming to earth, I understood that He came to cleanse me of my sin and heal me of my broken heart. When one has that revelation Christmas is really in your heart all year. I love to remember that first year and my first love with Jesus. He revealed His love, compassion and mercy in so many ways, that when it came to Christmas day, worship was all I could do.
My Mum always played Evie's album and one song that I played over and over that year of me stepping over from darkness to light was "Come on ring those bells". Have any of you heard it?
I remember dancing around the lounge room, because I realised I received the greatest gift of all ~ Jesus Christ the messiah had entered my heart and world and totally transformed me.
Sixteen years on from that year, I still have the same joy and revelation. I don't want to ever forget where I came from, I don't want to ever forget the reason we celebrate Christmas.
In our home, all the decorations, the food and celebrations have a deeper meaning. We don't just go through the motions we remember that Jesus our Lord is returning to Earth to restore Israel and heal the land.
Here is the beautiful song 'C'mon ring those bells' ~