A Christmas Eve Reminder 


If I decorate my house perfectly with plaid bows, strands of twinkling lights and shiny balls, but do not show love to my family, I’m just another decorator.

 

If I slave away in the kitchen, baking dozens of Christmas cookies, preparing gourmet meals and arranging a beautifully adorned table at mealtime, but do not show love to my family, I’m just another cook…….

 

If I work at the soup kitchen, carol in the nursing home, and give all that I have to charity, but do not show love to my family, it profits me nothing.

 

If I trim the spruce with shimmering angels and crocheted snowflakes, attend a myriad of holiday parties and sing in the choir’s cantata, but do not focus on Christ, I have missed the point.

 

Love stops the cooking to hug the child. Love sets aside decorating to kiss the husband. Love is kind, though harried and tired. Love doesn’t envy anothers home that has coordinated Christmas china and table linens. Love doesn’t yell at the kids to get out of the way, but is thankful they are there to be in the way. Love doesn’t give only to those who are able to give in return but rejoices in giving to those who can’t. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails.

 

Video games will break, pearl necklaces will be lost, golf clubs will rust. But giving the gift of love will endure.

                1 CORINTHIANS 13~

             CHRISTMAS VERSION

                        ~Sharon Jaynes

Pause- grab a nice cup of cocoa – sit down – rest & reflect. 

         It doesn’t have to all be perfect.  

Be sure to not get so wrapped up in all the lights and shiny paper that you forget to focus on what really matters.    

        The Light of the Word has come! 

                ~ XXOO Michelle Bollom 

The Darkness Is Fading 

There is a light that shines from above, it’s like the sun, it is the Son!

Although many have tried to dim the light, it was always there, shining bright.

A new season is upon us and the light is getting brighter as the veil has been lifted and the darkness is fading into the dawn.

A new day has begun!

Like the sun melts the snow, the light of the son melts the hearts of America and brings forth an awakening like never before. Eyes will be opened and ears will hear and the Son will shine brighter than ever before. 

As the light intensifies, the love of Jesus comes alive!

Isaiah 49:8-9 This is what the Lord says: “In the time of my favor I will answer you, and in the day of salvation I will help you; I will keep you and will make you to be a covenant for the people, to restore the land and to reassign its desolate inheritances, to say to the captives, ‘Come out in freedom’ and to those in darkness, ‘Come into the light!’

Psalm 18:28 You, Lord, keep my lamp burning; my God turns my darkness into light. 

Matthew 5:15-16 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, for and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. 

Shine on, 
Deb Hicks

Bowlofsplendor.com

Light 


Worthy Thought: You cannot make yourself the light of the world. Jesus says you are the light of the world because of your relationship with him. 

When Jesus again spoke to the people, he said, ” I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” ( John 8:12 NIV )

When Moses lead His people out of Egypt, God’s presence was with them. God provided a pillar of fire for their protection and guidance. (Exodus 13:21,22) 

Jesus brings God’s presence, protection and guidance to us.

You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven. (Matthew 5:13-16 NIV)

Just as the moon has no light of its own, reflecting the light of the sun, so are believers to reflect the Light of Christ so that all can see it in us. The Light is evident to others by the good deeds we do in faith and through the power of the Holy Spirit.

              ~ Angela Lipe-Pattengill