Monday Coffee Break- encouragement, inspiration, recipes

Do you have your coffee cup?  I do!

It’s a week closer to Christmas.  And as I look forward celebrating Jesus’s birth, I can’t help but contemplate it’s unusual announcement those “oh so many years ago.”

Isaiah 9:6 told of Jesus’s birth long before even His mother was born.   Isaiah proclaimed, “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”

In this unusually early birth announcement, Isaiah declares that Jesus will be called many things.  We’ve all heard these names before- Counselor, Mighty God, Prince of Peace…  Chapter 7 even throws Immanuel into the mix.

It’s hard enough for most of us parents to come up with 2 names for our children.  Those first and middle name choices can be debated for months before a consensus is reached.  “How will the names sound?  What do they mean?  How will we spell them.  Will we use family names? ”  But there centuries before Jesus was born, Isaiah already knew that Jesus would be called by so many more names than just two.

Because he already knew the type of savior Jesus would be.

It would be like us sending out an announcement saying, “Welcome the birth of our son.  As he grows those who know him will call him a good friend, a good neighbor, a man of honor and integrity…”

The names of Jesus reflect not only who He is in His character, but also who He is in a relationship.  And of course, His names are so much more than good neighbor.  His names are Mighty God, Everlasting Father, God is with us!

Every year, I like to spend some time thinking about those things that Isaiah says that Jesus will be called and making them personal.  I ask myself if those names are how I experienced Jesus this year.

Did I take the time to personally know Him as my Wonderful Counselor?  Can I say, “You know that Jesus; He gives great advice.  There was this one time…” 

Did He and I really have that kind of relationship this year?  Or am I missing out on the kind of friendship we could be having?

I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to miss out on one single thing.

MONDAY COFFEE BREAK: ENCOURAGEMENT, INSPIRATION & RECIPES

Cranberries, Cheddar and spices baked together in a skillet to create a warm, festive dip.
Southern Cranberries & Cheddar Skillet Dip
A whimsical Christmas table to spread JOY.
A Christmas Table to Spread Joy
Meat Pies filled with spicy beef and sausage.
Mini Natchitoches Meat Pies

That’s it for this week’s Monday Coffee Break. Thanks for stopping by and having a cup with me as we slowed down for just a minute and started our week off right!

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