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Simple {Meaningful} Ways to Celebrate CHRISTmas…Christmas Eve.

by Cathy Baker

{ Day 24 – Christmas Eve }

If your schedule allows, attend a Christmas Eve service in your area. Hearing God’s Word, singing hymns/carols, lighting candles, and standing shoulder-to-shoulder with other Christ pursuers sets the tone for all Christmas should be: Worship, family, love, and community. 

Merry Christmas, friends! May you sense God’s mighty presence among you and your family as you celebrate Jesus—no longer the Babe, but King of Kings and Lord of Lords! 

On his robe and on his thigh he has this name written: king of kings and lord of lords. Revelation 19:16

**If you live here in Simpsonville SC, our church (Summit Upstate) will be hosting our Christmas Eve service in downtown Simpsonville at the Clock Tower beginning at 5:30 p.m. I’d love for you to join us!

Simple {Meaningful} Ways to Celebrate CHRISTmas…Day 23

by Cathy Baker
 
{ Day 23 }

Set aside time to write down 5 reasons why you love and worship Jesus. Here’s the challenge! Resist including those things which He has done for you and focus on celebrating what you simply love about Him. 

Wrap it, seal it with a prayer of gratefulness, and put it beneath the tree. 

On Christmas morn, read your list aloud, even if Jesus is the only One who hears it. After Christmas, tuck it in with your ornaments so that you’ll be reminded to do it again next year.  

What’s one reason you know will be on your list?

For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God…Ephesians 2:8

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

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

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? 

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