Rudolph’s Parable

5 Steps to Let Your Nose Glow while Other's Laugh and Call You Names.

Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer

The one thing that remains constant throughout all songs, books, and movies of Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer is Rudolph’s embarrassment of his shining red nose.

If you’ve ever seen the movie, maybe you noticed that Rudolph never thought his nose was shameful until his parents tried to cover it up. When his friends laughed and publicly humiliated him, he ran and hid.

We later learn that Rudolph’s red nose would serve a purpose. He would lead Santa’s sleigh through a foggy night. He would become a hero to the same people who had laughed him to scorn.

Isn’t that just like the devil?

To take the one thing about us that God created for a special purpose, and make us feel ashamed of it. So ashamed that we would hide it from the world.

What we see as imperfections can be used for God’s glory.

That thing that we hate about ourselves. That thing that makes us different. That thing that make us stand out. That is the thing that God wants to use.

But if we keep running, if we keep believing the lies of the enemy, if we judge ourselves by the world’s standards, we feel like a misfit. Just like Rudolph.

Just as Rudolph only reached his full potential the night he pulled Santa’s sleigh, we will never reach our full potential until we embrace who we are, who we were created to be, and use our uniqueness for God’s glory.

When we allow God to use us, those that laughed and called us names will join the celebration of our victories.

How do we let our red noses glow?

1. Acknowledge your shining red nose. What is it about yourself that is unique? Is it your voice? Your height? Your past? Your testimony? I Corinthians 15:10
2. Know who you are in God. Even if you aren’t sure of your exact purpose, you should know that you are loved by God, you are called by God, you are valuable to Him and His kingdom. I Peter 2:9
3. Identify the real enemy. Satan will do anything to prevent God from receiving glory. That includes sending people your way to make you feel unusable, to make you feel lesser of a child of God because you different. Eph. 6:12
4. Reject this world’s opinion of you. So what if they laugh and mock you? Didn’t they laugh and mock our Savior? John 15:20
5. Let God use you.  Help those that hurt you. Even if they laugh, love them anyway. Matt 5:44

So let your nose glow. The world needs to see God’s light shining through you.

You know Dasher, and Dancer, and
Prancer, and Vixen,
Comet, and Cupid, and
Donder and Blitzen
But do you recall
The most famous reindeer of all

Rudolph, the red-nosed reindeer
had a very shiny nose
and if you ever saw it
you would even say it glows.

All of the other reindeer
used to laugh and call him names
They never let poor Rudolph
play in any reindeer games.

Then one foggy Christmas eve
Santa came to say:
“Rudolph with your nose so bright,
won’t you guide my sleigh tonight?”

Then all the reindeer loved him
as they shouted out with glee,
Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer,
you’ll go down in history!

Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer as sung by Gene Autry.
Copyright 1939 St. Nicholas Music Inc.

Don’t Let the Devil Steal Your Crown

You are a Princess in Christ's Kingdom.

Princess in Christ's Kingdom

Have you ever seen the movie Princess Diaries 2? Do you know that scene in the beginning, where a waiter knocks off Amelia’s crown and the bad uncle catches it? Do you remember what he says? “Careful, someone might try to take that from you.”

At a ball or any other royal function, there are many beautiful women, but there’s only one wearing the crown. She’s special. She’s set apart from the others. That crown represents her position in the kingdom. It represents her authority as a member of the royal family. In essence, her crown is her identity.

The same is true for you and I. When we became joint heirs with Christ, we were born again into the royal family. The afore mentioned movie scene foreshadows the plot to come: How far will Amelia go to keep her crown?

In the real world, we don’t wear sparkling crowns, but we are Christ’s princesses. We have an identity in Christ Jesus by which everyone can and should recognize us as a royal family member. Unfortunately, there is an adversary who would love to rob you of your crown and your identity as God’s child. His favorite tactic is to make you doubt your value to Christ’s kingdom. He loves to make you think you are unworthy of being a princess.

While the devil can’t physically take your crown, he can cause you to doubt your value to Christ’s kingdom. When you doubt who you are, you stop wearing your crown. Though you long to wear the crown jewels, you hide them away in a safe place. Perhaps you admire your crown in private, but are afraid of being accused of haughtiness and pride? Or do you hide your crown because you don’t deserve to be called a child of God?

I’ve done the same things. I wasn’t raised in church and I committed some pretty horrible sins before I let Jesus save me. I don’t deserve a crown. I don’t deserve to be a princess in Christ’s kingdom. But Jesus loved me anyway, and He gave me a crown to wear because He’s proud of me. He’s claims me (wretched sinner that I was) as His princess. Even though I don’t deserve it.

If you’ve surrendered your life to Jesus and made Him LORD of your life, your past no longer determines your future. Jesus is proud of you. He’s proud of the progress you’ve made. He’s claimed you as His own princess. He wants you to wear your crown proudly for the whole world to see. And just so you know, there are no perfect princesses.

Don’t hide your authority, power, and privilege as a royal family member. Hold your head up. Be sure of your identity. Wear your crown boldly. Let your crown shine so that others will want a crown for themselves. Don’t let the devil steal your identity.

Don’t let anyone steal your crown.

Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown. ~ Revelations 3:11

Please share or tweet this with any princess that needs encouragement today, and as always comments are appreciated.

Come and See!

Come and See

In today’s world we have problems. Big, unsurmountable mountains that can’t be moved.

Or can they? 

You’ve read of miracles performed in the Bible. You’ve heard of miracles happening today.

Can they happen to you? For you?

Jesus said in the first chapter of John, “Come and see.”
And, I invite you to come and see, Jesus.

Why?

An addict can’t deliver themselves from addiction. A cancer patient can’t wish their cancer gone. Depression isn’t cured by forcing yourself to smile. An abused wife has no place to turn.

Is there help for the helpless?

Again, Jesus said in the first chapter of John, “Come and see.”
You may have tried many things. And those things have failed you. Counseling? Meditation? New Age doctrines? Drugs? Alcohol? Promiscuous relationships?

Isn’t it about time, you turned to the one man who can help you?

Go see Jesus. See if He will help you?

If you’ve been following Him from afar wanting only to see His home, He’s calling you forward. (Just as He did to Andrew and John.)
If you are reading this and need to change your identity in Christ, He will change your name. (Just as He did for Peter.)
If you are lost, He will find you. (As He found Phillip.)
And if you are like Nathaniel and doubt the words you are reading, it’s okay. Come and see.

Come and see if Jesus loves you.
Come and see if Jesus has the power to set you free from your sins.
Come and see that you can live in peace, joy, and faith.
Come and see Jesus.
He can be found in prayer.

Book Spotlight – Whatever Is Done

Whatever Is Done

Book 3 of The Whatever Series.

 A fun-loving construction foreman longs for a family, but a widow doesn’t want another husband.

He’d watched his best friend lose custody of his son—Isaac.

 Ray Simmons protects himself from becoming a weekend dad, 
and avoids complicated relationships. 
But after meeting an orphaned, little boy, 
the fun-loving, construction foreman is tempted with the idea of fatherhood. 
When he’s introduced to Trevor’s beautiful mother, 
he willingly trades the women attracted to his hardhat f
or the lady he wants to build a home with.
In memory of her loving husband, 
Cindy Maxwell has suffered the life of a church widow, 
and kept her appearance spotless for five years. 
But when a revealed secret casts doubt on her fairytale marriage 
and threatens her son, 
she finds comfort and safety in Ray’s arms.
He’ll move earth to convince her that his love is genuine, 
but will consequences of their sin drive them apart? 
Is a Father’s love unconditional? 
Or does love forget those lost in the past?



**Each of these contemporary romance books have individual plots, and may be read as a stand alone, yet an underlying story is woven throughout this entire Christian Fiction series. The heart tugging topics of child abuse and drug use are motivations for its character driven plots in stories that take place in southern Alabama. In these new adult, inspirational fiction novels you can expect to find a life changing stories of truth, sacrifice, and love.


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