Getting Our Hearts Ready for Christmas by the 2014 Christmas Basket Bash Speaker, Liz Curtis Higgs

Imagine if Jesus knocked on your door this Christmas Eve, needing somewhere to stay. Would you have a spare bed to offer Him, with clean sheets and fresh towels? Maybe a sofa with a warm blanket? How about a well-used futon from IKEA?

Or would you barely crack open the door, embarrassed, apologizing profusely. “Sorry, Lord. My place is a mess. And I really don’t have anywhere to put You…”

Right. So.

This holy season is about making room for Jesus. Welcoming Him into our homes, our families, our lives. Flinging open the door to our hearts.

The Women of Christmas did just that, lighting the way for us, showing us how it’s done. They anticipated the Messiah’s coming and longed for His appearing. They cradled God’s promises in their empty arms, knowing they would someday be filled.

They said yes. They waited. They trusted. 

When I join you this December, we'll be walking in their footsteps.

Elizabeth, our first woman of Christmas, descended from a long line of priests. She married one as well, and together they were “righteous in the sight of God.” But their neighbors had another word for this God-fearing couple: “childless.”

So. Hard.

In ancient Israel a woman’s worth was measured by how many sons she could provide for her husband. No sons? No value.

Oh my.

Elizabeth’s challenge back then remains ours right now: How can we stay faithful to God, even when our prayers seem to go unanswered? Whether we’re praying for a baby to hold or a job to keep the creditors at bay, whether we’re asking for our health to be restored or a broken relationship to be mended, we may sometimes wonder, “Is God listening? Does God care? Will He ever respond?”

The answers are certain: Yes, always. Yes, completely. Yes, in His perfect timing.

The angel Gabriel said to Zechariah, “Do not be afraid.” God is saying that to you as well, beloved. "Fear not. I know the desires of your heart. I’ve heard your prayers. Trust me. I’ve got this."

Be assured, when God’s people prayed, “God heard them, for their prayer reached heaven, His holy dwelling place” (2 Chronicles 30:27).

Zechariah doubted. But we have no mention in Scripture that Elizabeth did.

Why did God wait until Elizabeth was older to give her a son? So the glory would be his alone. Miracles are God’s way of saying, “Watch this!” God wanted to be certain the whole world was paying attention.

People said Elizabeth was “unable to conceive” (Luke 1:36), yet God was more than able, more than willing to give her a son. Elizabeth continued saying yes to God. Then, when all was in readiness, God finally said yes to Elizabeth, according to His divine plan laid out before the world began.

As a Former Bad Girl, I am SO GRATEFUL God had a plan for me as well. When we're together in December, I'm eager to share a bit of my journey with you, if only to demonstrate that God can do anything, even with the most unpromising material. You can be very sure He has a plan for you as well. Christmas is the perfect time to consider the gifts of love that God has given you.

May His joy be yours, this holy season and always!

Your sister, Liz

http://www.LizCurtisHiggs.com

Liz Curtis Higgs is a speaker and best-selling author and…our guest speaker for the 2014 Christmas Basket Bash.  Liz has written more than a dozen encouraging books for women, including her latest,  The Women of Christmas.  You will be blessed this December 6th as Liz ushers us into the Christmas season with wit and wisdom!

Liz Curtis Higgs is a speaker and best-selling author and…our guest speaker for the 2014 Christmas Basket Bash.  Liz has written more than a dozen encouraging books for women, including her latest,  The Women of Christmas.  You will be blessed this December 6th as Liz ushers us into the Christmas season with wit and wisdom!