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Thursday, December 19, 2013

Christmas Hope in Your Choices

Change happens! Choices have to be made multiple times every day. We all have hard choices to make in life but remember: The impossible is what God does best! We must turn to Him for clarity and solutions to life’s travails. We sometimes make our own problems and other times they are find us.

In Matthew chapter one we meet a man named Joseph who had to decide what to do when his fiancée, Mary, disclosed she was pregnant.

18 This is how the birth of Jesus the Messiah came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit. 19 Because Joseph her husband was faithful to the law, and yet did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly.

20 But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 21 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.”

22 All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: 23 “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” (which means “God with us”).

24 When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife. 25 But he did not consummate their marriage until she gave birth to a son. And he gave him the name Jesus.

Over the next few days we’ll discuss choices and what we can learn from Joseph and Mary about honoring God in them.

Be wise today and always – let God lead you in your choices.