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Take steps toward a Christmas miracle

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By Annettee Budzban

"You are the God who performs miracles."

-- Psalm 77:14 NIV

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It's Christmastime again -- a time for dreams, wishes and miracles.

I love the expectation of miracles. Children open their hearts and minds to them this time of year. As adults, we should stretch our faith in these troubled times and practice believing again.

Like you, I've received many miracles in the past and could still use some more. Several years ago, someone handed me a business card with the words, "Expect a Miracle!" written on it. I still have that card.

It's also a special prayer that stays in my heart. When I speak to a group, I like to end the presentation with a special song, "Expect a Miracle!"

Christmas was founded on God's miracle of love for us. There were a multitude of miracles that surrounded the birth of Christ. Angels, a virgin birth and a mysterious star that led the wise men to their encounter with Jesus.

The good news is God still performs miracles today. I made this acronym for the word miracle to show how we can take steps toward a Christmas miracle this year.

M: Manage our thoughts and emotions. Rearrange negative thoughts and emotions that promote doubt and fear and stir positive ones that help us move forward.

I: Imagine what you want to see happen. Dreams can come true. We take time each day to nourish our dreams.

R: Recall the miracles you've seen before. Read a few books on more.

A: Attend a church service or Christmas play.

C: Center your life to do things God's way.

L: Lift your prayers and dreams to God. Only God has the power to fulfill them.

E: Expect to receive what you ask for and enjoy the thought that God does the miraculous.

Scriptures inform us that faith is what moves mountains of obstacles from our path. My Christmas prayer for you is that you be filled with joy as you expect a miracle!

• Annettee Budzban is a Christian author, speaker, life coach, and nurse. She can be contacted at annetteebudzban@aol.com

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