At Christmas we label each package with an appropriate name. We set it under our tree until Christmas arrives, after Christmas the label is thrown out and little more is ever thought of the label.
In life once a label has been placed on us it is rarely revoked. Think about these labels: a thief, a liar, a prostitute, drug addict or trouble-maker ~ once one has acquired these labels it often becomes their own coat of arms they survive on. It is easier to be what people say they are, rather than to be who God says they are. Forgiven!
I am careful in labeling people, but if I must label I would simply label us all in one category ~SINNERS! Some of us may be in a forgiven state others may not have ask for the forgiveness that God has readily available, either way we are sinners. For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.~Romans 3:23 We are all in need of a Saviour and Jesus is our saving grace. The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some men count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. I encourage each of you this Christmas as we enter the season to give a gift to the person you may have placed a label on offer them hope and love, as God has offered you.
Hint~ Love sometimes comes in the way of coffee or hot chocolate! 😉
I grew up at the base of a mountain in Virginia, so my comfort zone is that Appalachian area, where all the dudes wear Carhartt and all the women can put on a beautiful sweater with a snowman applique and nobody raises an eyebrow.~Hilarie Burton
Being raised in Kentucky I think a little bit of Appalachian is in my soul! It is often a lonely feel that is expressed in our writings, quilting, crafting and music, but you do not generally find lonely in our celebrating Christmas. We are very expressive people. We are blessed to celebrate the wonder colors of fall, the crystal sparkle of snow covered mountains, foothills covered with wildflowers in the spring and rolling creeks at the bottom of those hills, and we get to enjoy the heat of summer with our traditional celebrations while watching the sky light up with lightening bugs. We sit on our porches drink sweet tea while enjoying the company of family, friends and neighbors, but we all seem to love Christmas! We take it very serious the birth of our Savior. We go big with most things or go home! We take big to a whole new level when decorating for Christmas. I am going to share with you some of our favorite recipes, our decorations, and lifestyle. I hope you enjoy them as we come into the season of celebrating Jesus!
This post is for all my friends who will be decorating for Christmas on the coasts.
Jesus was a fisherman who walked upon the sea
The North Pole is ocean’s remote frozen balcony
The continents keep drifting but the children sing and play
‘Cause nothing really matters, after all it’s Christmas day~Jimmy Buffett
Looking for some Reindeer inspiration? Check out some of these Reindeer Crafts!
What are some of the traditions you can remember growing up?
This reminds me of Christmas as I knew it growing up. My Mom had this record. She played every Christmas while we decorated the tree.
So hang your stockings and go to bed
Say your prayers and cover your head
And while you’re sleeping, his fun begins
Here comes Santa Claus, again
Isn’t it odd how something as simple as a song having the power to trigger a childhood memory?
Make sure you make some good memories with your children this Christmas, because they will stay with them long after that expensive electronic gift tears up. ~Merry Christmas From Ask Our Generous God
I am excited to announce Ask Our Generous God Advent Study beginning December 1st up to December 24th. I hope you will join me during this busy time of year as we reevaluate our priorities and the true meaning of Christmas. Let us enter into the season knowing it is “NOT” about getting it is about giving. These quotes come to mind:
When I chased after money, I never had enough. When I got my life on purpose and focused on giving of myself and everything that arrived into my life, then I was prosperous. —
Scientists have discovered that the small, brave act of cooperating with another person, of choosing trust over cynicism, generosity over selfishness, makes the brain light up with quiet joy. —