Merry Christmas!

I didn’t get around to that final Christmas post I was thinking of writing…I got into resting instead.  REST…isn’t that the premise of my three Christmas posts anyway?  I hope you are finding rest on the eve before Christmas Eve.  I pray that you do.  To take that time to soak in His presence and peace.

Merry Christmas!

I am listing my Christmas posts here just in case you haven’t had the chance to read them:

Come, Let Us Adore Him

What To Give Jesus For Christmas

What Do You Want From Jesus For Christmas?

I hope they bring you much encouragement this season. Read More

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3 Truths That Will Motivate Change In Your Life

The New Year celebrations turn into resolutions for the New Year.  How successful have you been with resolutions over the years?  Do you start with good intentions only to fail miserably by the time March hits?  Or maybe sooner?  I’ve never been one for hollow pledges of self-improvement.  Oh, yes, I am a believer in positive change – but I don’t believe it is something we can do on our own on January 1.  We need the help of the Holy Spirit!  So, how about trading resolutions for grace?  I like that idea…and not grace just for the month of January, but for the entire year!  I have a few exciting goodies for you at the end of this post, but let’s chat about a few things first, OK?  Here is how I am Trading Resolutions For Grace with 3 Truths That Will Motivate Change In Your Life.

How are you at keeping those New Year's resolutions? Are you like me and don't even bother trying? I have some encouraging thoughts on the whole idea of those elusive resolutions. Let's trade resolutions for GRACE with 3 Truths That Will Motivate Change In Your Life!

One thing my husband and I like to do at the start of a new year is to reflect on the year that has passed and consider ways in which we may begin our new year fresh and clean.  What are some areas that we look at and reflect upon? 

Forgiveness

We take a look at our hearts and see if there is any unforgiveness rooted there.  I have spent a few weeks discussing this topic and I understand that many times forgiveness is a long process.  But it can be easy to forget…or ignore…our need to forgive someone during the busyness of life.  Addressing the issue of forgiveness is a great way to start the year.

Is there someone who you need to forgive?  Someone who has wronged you and yet you continue to swim in the sea of unforgiveness.  Read More

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What Do You Want From Jesus For Christmas?

Last week, we explored what Jesus wants for Christmas from us. He doesn’t want a store bought gift or even anything handmade (too bad…I have truffle mix chilling in the fridge!).  But, what about us?  Can we ask Jesus for what we want?  Are we allowed to do that?  Do we dare?  If we can ask Him for something, what on earth do we ask for?  What do we ask the King of Kings to give to us?  That’s the big question.  What do you want from Jesus for Christmas?

Have you ever thought of asking Jesus for a Christmas gift? Does that sound audacious to you? What if I told you He wants us to ask Him for gift? What Do You Want From Jesus For Christmas?

Jesus Is Not Santa

Asking Jesus for a Christmas gift is not the same as taking a trip to the local mall to sit on Santa’s lap.  Jesus is NOT Santa.  We don’t go asking for a new car or new home.  We don’t write wealth and prestige on our wish lists for the Saviour.  

These aren’t the kinds of gifts I am talking about.   Read More

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What To Give Jesus For Christmas

Have you ever wondered what Jesus wants for Christmas?  Maybe the idea of giving Him a gift hasn’t even crossed your mind.  I mean, what do you give to the Saviour of the world?  The guy who has been around since the beginning of time.  He was with God when the earth was formed and everything in it was created.  What could He possibly want?  Have you wondered what to give Jesus for Christmas?  I have wondered that, too, and I found the answer.  What To Give Jesus For Christmas.

Have you ever wondered what Jesus wants us to give to Him for Christmas? I have some ideas! What To Give Jesus For Christmas.

Store Bought Or Handmade?

The malls are busy with shoppers, line-ups, sales…and almost everything under the sun.  It is hard enough to make your way through the crowds of people to find just the right gift for everyone on your list let alone the King of Kings!  I’m not sure if any store in the mall would carry anything appropriate for the One who traded His life so that I can live through Him.  Besides, most things are seriously over-priced…right?

So, then, the question is – what do you give Christ for Christmas? If shopping for something is out of the question, then how about something hand-made?  Maybe.

I can sew something lovely.  I enjoy quilting.  Or perhaps a beautiful card with pretty scrapbook paper?  I love receiving hand-made gifts – I know the time and love that goes into them!  Read More

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Come, Let Us Adore Him

Christmas is a busy time for most families…shopping, Christmas concerts, parties, festive meals, more shopping, family obligations…the list goes on.  Before we know it, Christmas Day has come and gone.  And we feel like we have missed out on something important.  We have forgotten some significant detail of the holiday.  We overlooked the essential step of preparing our hearts for celebrating the birth of our Saviour, Jesus.  The words from the carol “Come, Let Us Adore Him!” have been neglected and replaced with busyness.  Before our schedules get too demanding with celebrations this season, will you join me in spending time reflecting on the coming of our Lord? Come, Let Us Adore Him!

Do you feel like Christmas comes and goes without spending quiet time with the Savior? Come, Let Us Adore Him

Is Christmas A Time Of Rest?

Christmas is my time of rest after a busy few weeks of report card writing, which I am still trying to finish up.  I look forward to spending time with my family, playing games, watching movies, and other low-key activities. 

But the pressure during this time of year is ever-present.  There is pressure to buy, buy, buy stuff for people.  There is pressure to go here and there; to ‘do Christmas’ the right way instead of just resting.  

I feel that pressure the moment I step into the shopping mall.  Advertisements are everywhere, trying to convince me that I will find that perfect gift in their store.  It is all so overwhelming for my soul.  I’m not trying to be a Scrooge or a Grinch, but I fear we have lost the focus of Christmas.  The pressure to put on the Perfect Christmas gets wearisome after a while.   Read More

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