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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


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

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

Simple {Meaningful} Ways to Celebrate CHRISTmas…Day 11

by Cathy Baker

{ Day 11 }

Consider inviting a lonely neighbor or friend to dinner this weekend. Planning today will give both you and your guest time to plan accordingly. If you like, keep it extra simple by inviting him/her over for dessert and coffee. The blessing doesn’t dwell in a dish but rather, the heart.

Do
not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by this some have
entertained angels without knowing it. – See more at:
http://bible.knowing-jesus.com/topics/Hospitality#sthash.JJAtUm0s.dpuf

What are some other ways we can show hospitality to others during the CHRISTmas season? 



Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it. Hebrews 13:2

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