James 1:17
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Written by
Amanda Roy
December 2017
Brainstorming
Contributor
Written by
Amanda Roy
December 2017
Brainstorming

"Evey good thing given and every perfect gift is from above; it comes down from the Father of lights [the Creator and Sustainer of the heavens], in whom there is no variation [no rising or setting] or shadow cast by His turning [for He is perfect and never changes]. (AMP)

In the holiday season, good deads and gifts are a focal point. It's easy to see what I achieve as something I earn or deserve. Clearly, without my effort, there are things that would not get done. It is so easy, natural even, to take for granted my very existence. These blessings began somewhere and it wasn't by my design.

Colossians 1:17 says, "And He, Himself existed and is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. [His is the controlling, cohesive force of the universe.]" (AMP) He not only created the substance of all I see and interact within the world but He is the very force that holds this life together. 

Genesis 1:31a tells us "God saw everything He had made; it was supremely good." (CEB) If this doesn't explain that "every good and perfect gift is from above" nothing else will either. All of creation is not just good. It is "supremely" good. God is the only giver of perfect gifts.

In this season of my life, we are in a tight financial state. My husband and I made some decisions that made an unplanned pregnancy a strain. However, our daughter is a blessing only God knew we needed. I am learning to trust His sovereignty because it is far beyond my understanding.

Life is full of unexpected elements but God is my only constant. In the Common English Bible translation James 1:17b says "These gifts come down from the Father, the creator of the heavenly lights, in whose character there is no change at all." Regardless of what surrounds my life, my circumstances, I can rely on the One whose character is constant.

"You parents- if your children ask for a loaf of bread, do you give them a stone instead? Or if they ask for a fish, do you give them a snake? Of course not! So if you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give good gifts to those who ask him." (Matthew 7:9-11 NLT)

Lord,
Thank you for sustaining my life. Without your grace, I would have had no opportunity to know you, for my life would not exist. My breath came from you. Nothing I do gives me the right to breathe. What a good and perfect gift! In my hands so much falls apart but when I surrender it to you the imaginable happens. Your sovereignty is working all things together for my good because you are my loving Father. Not every circumstance I find myself in is good but your goodness makes a way through, to bless me. Despite the struggle of life, you have never left me on the street. You continue to bring what we need to get through each week. Thank you that in my weakness your strength brings power into my life. I can always rely on your consistency. Your qualities never change, even though life is constantly shifting.  I am so thankful for the firm foundation a relationship with you provides. Holy Spirit, help me not to take even the smallest blessing for granted, especially during this season. It is so easy to be full of discontent surrounded by consumerism. Truly, all I want for Christmas is You.
In Jesus' name, I pray, Amen.

Love,

Amanda

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