Thursday, December 8, 2016

37 days of Christmas: day 8

To think that a mighty King would come to earth as a humble baby to save us from our sins is incredible!

Isaiah 9:6 (ESV) 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.

And to think that He would die a humiliating death to do so is even more so! Thank Him! I've brought this up a lot doing this series but it's one of the best times to remember to do so. I encourage you, if you're a believer, to do what it says in Hebrews 10. Live your life as an example to those around you in humility, grace, love, faith, and hope!

Hebrews 10:19-25 (ESV) Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the holy places by the blood of Jesus, by the new and living way that he opened for us through the curtain, that is, through his flesh, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

37 days of Christmas: day 7

Why did Jesus come? What better time of year than Christmas to remember that He came to bring forgiveness of sins and to wash us as white as snow? That is the greatest gift we could ever receive.

Isaiah 1:18 (ESV) “Come now, let us reason together, says the Lord: though your sins are like scarlet,
    they shall be as white as snow;
though they are red like crimson,
    they shall become like wool.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

37 days of Christmas: day 6

Today I encourage you to hide in a corner this Christmas, but to shine God's light so that others may see Him in you and glorify Him this Christmas!

Matthew 5:14-16 (ESV) You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.

Monday, December 5, 2016

37 days of Christmas: day 5

"Strange, isn't it? Each man's life touches so many other lives. When he isn't around he leaves an awful hole, doesn't he?"

One of the best Christmas classics of all time, "Its a Wonderful Life". George is almost ready to give up hope, yet Clarence is able to remind him what a wonderful life he has! I encourage you to not give up hope. Jesus came, and gave us incredible hope. That's something we can thank Him for today as Christmas approaches. Join me in that?

Hebrews 10:23 (ESV) Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful.

Sunday, December 4, 2016

37 days of Christmas: day 4

I encourage you all to read the first two chp of Luke. I did during Sunday school today, and after probably a year of not reading it, it brought hope to read it for myself. 😊 Do so today, and remember to keep Christ at the center of your Christmas! 😊

Saturday, December 3, 2016

37 days of Christmas: day 3

Through the eyes of a child, you can see the simplicity of Christmas:

~ the Nativity
~ decorating the tree
~ a couple small gifts

I nearly cried seeing such a sweet scene that lay before my eyes.

Today, look through the eyes of a child, whether they are a child's or your own. See the simple miracle of Christmas!

Friday, December 2, 2016

37 days of Christmas: day 2

Sometimes in all the rush and busyness we find Jesus in unexpected places! Today I found him in the corner of a bookshelf in the library among the kids' Christmas books. I paused at the sight of the simple nativity. It was a good reminder that Christmas is one of the best times to share the gospel with others; to pray for them. I encourage you to do one of those things!

Thursday, December 1, 2016

37 days of Christmas: day 1

Sometimes this is what Christmas feels like....

Everything is out of place, and no matter how hard we try to keep Jesus the center, it is hard.

For the first time, I have had a hard time "keeping up" with Christmas, but that is why together, we will go through the 37 days of Christmas. 25 up until Christmas + the 12 days of Christmas after.

Together we shall strive to keep Jesus the center, and as to quote "A Christmas Carol", keep Christmas in our heart all year round.

So as we begin, and as Tiny Tim observed, God bless us, everyone!

30 days of Thankfulness: day 30

Today I am thankful for community gathering together to celebrate the Christmas season!!!!

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

30 days of Thankfulness: day 29

Today I am thankful for a great morning working, calling a friend and catching up, working on Christmas supplies, T-Bug on my lap while we enjoy the Christmas tree, and ending the night with "Holiday Inn"! 😊