Monday, December 22, 2014

Simple {Meaningful} Ways to Celebrate CHRISTmas...Day 22

by Cathy Baker

{ Day 22 }

Christmas is almost here! 

As you turn on your lights today, remember that Jesus is the Light of the World. He pierced your darkness, and mine.

Consider whispering "thank You" to Jesus every time your room or tree is lit today. It's a small yet powerful way to remember the Reason for this season as we prepare for the final days leading into Christmas.

What is one way Jesus has lit up your life?

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. John 1:1-5

Friday, December 19, 2014

Simple {Meaningful} Ways to Celebrate CHRISTmas...Day 19

by Cathy Baker

{ Day 19 }

Ever considered giving a heifer, a flock of ducks or honeybees for a gift? I'd not either until I received a catalog from Heifer International.

These gifts hold a greater purpose as well as a speedy option for any last minute gift ideas. 

There's something for every budget and burden (food, women, schooling, etc.) Many can't give an entire pig ($120.00) but most can spare $10.00 to give a share of it. You can also make your donations in honor or memory of someone.
Heifer International

Heifer International is one of the most unique and important catalogs you'll ever have the privilege to peruse. 

Have you ever participated in Heifer International or a similar "outside the box" kind of ministry? I'd love to hear about it!

…the righteous gives and does not hold back. Proverbs 21:26

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Simple {Meaningful} Ways to Celebrate Christmas...Day 18

by Cathy Baker

{ Day 18 }

You've done a lot of giving these past couple of weeks. Now it's time to do a little receiving. After all, isn't that what Christmas is really all about? Receiving the One who came to rescue us and make us His own?

So, today, let us consider receiving these promises, not simply reading or believing them but making them at home in our hearts:
  • “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:38,39

  • “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9
  • “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28

  • “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10
  • “Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?” John 11:25-26

Is there a particular promise that means the most to you today? 

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Simple {Meaningful} Ways to Celebrate CHRISTmas...Day 17

by Cathy Baker

{ Day 17 }

We're all familiar with the beautiful hymn, Silent Night. Tonight, let's put this into practice by unplugging all electronic distractions—TV's, phones, iPads, laptops, etc.

Silence is often seen as intrusion in our culture today but in reality, it is our most gracious guest. 

Embrace—enjoy. Savor conversations, dust off favorite books, play board games, break out the puzzle or break out in song!

What will be the most difficult thing for you to unplug tonight? 

“Silent solitude makes true speech possible and personal. If I am not in touch with my own belovedness, then I cannot touch the sacredness of others. If I am estranged from myself, I am likewise a stranger to others.” - Brennan Manning, Abba's Child: They Cry of the Heart for Intimate Belonging

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Simple {Meaningful} Ways to Celebrate CHRISTmas...Day 16

by Cathy Baker

{ Day 16 }

Let's clean out our closets! Donate clothes, shoes, toys, and household gifts. Our things not only bless the recipients but also supply much needed jobs for many stores such as Goodwill.

In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’
Acts 20:35

Monday, December 15, 2014

Simple {Meaningful} Ways to Celebrate CHRISTmas...Day 15

by Cathy Baker

{ Day 15 }

It's Monday! Tonight, curl up with your favorite Christmas novella and relax. After all, how can we serve others if we ourselves are depleted? 

What's your favorite Christmas book?

“Yes, my soul, find rest in God: my hope comes from him.” 
Psalm 62:5

Friday, December 12, 2014

Simple {Meaningful} Ways to Celebrate CHRISTmas...Day 12

by Cathy Baker

{ Day 12 }

Quiet nights are vital for busy days. Pop some corn, turn off all the lights except for your Christmas tree or candles, and enjoy your favorite Christmas movie. After the movie, embrace the silence for awhile, thanking God for this season—for His Son, Jesus. 

What is your favorite Christmas movie? 

Be still and know that I am God. 
Psalm 46:10