With the holiday season approaching next week, you may possibly be getting your house ready for guests. Perhaps even, those guests will be staying awhile and you are preparing a room for them to stay in.
Jesus is preparing a room for you as well!
So read on for one of the promises, that when I first read it, brought me great comfort. I hope it will do the same for you!
And....one of the things that always started off the holiday season in my family growing up was...that's right, egg nog! I am sharing below, this delicious Egg Nog Hot Chocolate Recipe, for you to enjoy during some quiet time with Jesus this morning or to share with family and friends as they come over this holiday season. Either way, I hope it reminds you of the beautiful promise in John 14:2-3!
"My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am."
I find such comfort knowing that Jesus is preparing a room for me.
Do we prepare a room for those who are not welcome? No! We prepare a room for those we have invited into our home. For those who will not fleetingly stay a moment.
We prepare for those who will be staying awhile.
We clean, put fresh sheets on, tidy up, fluff pillows, maybe light a candle or place some fresh flowers there. We make sure our guest will have enough pillows and blankets. We plan meals and pick up extra groceries. We prepare.
And Jesus prepares a room for us. We do not prepare our own place.
He prepares for those who He has invited. For those whom He takes with Him to be where He is. For those who love Him. It is not a last minute decision. He knows who He is preparing rooms for. "Preparing" is not a future term but a present and past term. The son of the ever-living God, takes care in preparing a place for US!
I don't know what that room will look like. But if Jesus is preparing it, I can only imagine how wonderful it will be! Someday, we will walk into the kingdom of God, and for those who love Him, Jesus will say "I have a room prepared for you". And there will be a room, intentionally and loving prepared just for YOU.
So as you prepare rooms in your own house, do it with a willing and loving heart-just like Jesus.
Throughout your preparations this seasons, may each task remind you of the room that is being prepared for you...
*Read on for the Egg Nog Hot Chocolate recipe!
Egg Nog Hot Chocolate
3 cups Egg Nog (your choice of brand/type-I love vanilla spice egg nog)
1 cup of milk (your choice of milk)
8 ounces of white chocolate chips (may substitute with semi sweet chocolate chips if desired)
1 tsp vanilla
whip cream (if desired)
Sprinkles (if desired)
*if you would like less of an egg nog taste, use 2 cups of milk and 2 cups of egg nog
*double up the recipe and place in a crock pot if you are having family and friends over for the holidays!
1. Mix all the ingredients except the whip cream and sprinkles
2. Heat via your preferred method-stove top or microwave.
3. Mix well.
4. Add whip cream and sprinkles to each individual mug if desired.
*If doubled-put in crock pot on warm if already heated or on low until hot chocolate is heated and chocolate chips are melted (then turn to warm)
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