Almost everyone has treasures and traditions surrounding their Christmas celebrations. Some of these get handed down generation to generation. Others get left behind as children grow up, leave home, get married and make their own treasures and traditions.
These things play an important role in reminding us of family, loved ones, heritage and why we celebrate Christmas.
Here are a few of my treasures and traditions Continue Reading »
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I am so pleased to have a special young woman guest posting on Kindling today. I think you will so glad to meet Bethany Winz, the daughter of a co-worker of mine.
“Set yourself on fire and people will come for miles to watch you burn.“
Though the author of this quote seems to be elusive (it is often wrongly attributed to John Wesley), its words ring with such truth. In January, 2011, I set myself on fire. Or perhaps it would be more accurate to say that it was God who set me on fire. It was a fire He had been preparing in my heart for years.
The fact that slavery still exists today is horrible beyond words. I first learned about it four years ago and the more I learned about it, the more passionate I became about seeing it end. My passion finally culminated on January 11, 2012 when I started wearing a certain black dress. My goal? To wear it for a whole year as a way to raise awareness about modern day slavery. Continue Reading »
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You know the story. John Newton was an insubordinate sailor in the British Navy. He became involved in the horrific slave trade, but during a terrible storm one night, he surrendered his life to Christ. He became an Anglican priest, a campaigner against slavery and a hymn writer. His most famous hymn is, of course, “Amazing Grace.”
Certainly we—and many we love–need to receive this amazing grace. And at this season, so many need to comprehend the reality of this grace. Though our rebellion may not be so visible, so destructive, so “bad” as “sinners” we know, we are also prodigals. The words of this song bring tears, promote repentance, stimulate gratitude and provide hope.
May I ask you to go through the words of this song for yourself, asking God to speak to you through each phrase. Let His grace flow into your heart and mind. How does this grace impact your relationship with your gracious God? And how does this grace affect your relationship with others in your life? Continue Reading »
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This post is part of the Deeply Loved Advent Blog Hop series.
A favorite Advent reflection for me is meditating on the many ways Jesus comes to us: He comes as the Living Word and the Living Water, as the Way, the Truth and the Life, as the Bread of Life and the Light of the World. And so much more.
One of my favorite ways that Jesus comes is as the real Promise Keeper.
As I have joined with others in going through advent with the Deeply Loved devotional by Keri Wyatt Kent, I loved stopping at day 11 to “Meditate on the Promises of God. “
And oh what promises our God has made to us: forgiveness, a relationship with God, abundant life and eternal life, peace, comfort, hope….
And one more that I love: He hears and answers prayer.
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All the time I challenge people—and especially God’s daughters—to discover who God made them to be and to live out what He created them to do.
All of us—occasionally or as a way of life–settle for less than God’s best for us. Sadly, we women are often encouraged to settle for less, or readily choose to, robbing ourselves and the Body of Christ of the best contribution we have to make.
The mission Christ gave us requires what we have to offer.
So click on over to Jenny Rae Armstrong’s blog to read Limping Along: Why We Can’t Let Half Christ’s Body Atrophy. I’m so grateful to be guesting with Jenny.
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We have an enemy. He is smart and clever, very crafty.
He knows the Scripture: “So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall!” And he uses it well.
So he comes against strong servants of God, attacks where they don’t even know they are weak, and they crumble and fall. Families are torn apart, God’s people are confused and oh so hurt, and the name of God is slandered.
That enemy also knows that God says oneness among His children is a sure sign that the Father sent Jesus to redeem us.
So he comes among friends and coworkers and sows mistrust and conflict. Continue Reading »
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My grandboy Carter turns 7 in early January, and birthday gifts are an important topic. He would love to get GI Joe action figures, a toy gun and a remote control helicopter–and anything he has asked for but doesn’t get for Christmas.
Of course, we are celebrating a very special birthday just a few days before Carter’s big day. I wonder what Jesus would ask for, if we asked Him. Last post we looked at four gifts He has clearly stated He would love to receive. Today we consider four more gifts that would please our Savior Continue Reading »
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