Archives for December 2012

Dec 15

Merry CHRISTmas

I love sharing Christmas with each other!

Week 1 we shared traditions and ideas.

Week 2 we shared Christmas recipes.

This week we are sharing how we celebrate a Christ Centered Christmas.

Our family has traditional fun things we do, but we wouldn’t dream of leaving Jesus out of our Christmas celebrations!  There are various ways we make our Christmas Christ centered.  Here are just a few:

Candy Canes~ We have candy canes for anyone who visits our home during the holiday season.

Sometimes we use this card, but usually, we print this on a smaller paper and tie it with a red ribbon to the candy cane. The canes sit in a pretty Christmas pail.

 

Advent Wreath & Devotions~ Each Sunday in Advent, we light a candle and read a devotion. Often taking turns each week.

The Advent Wreath serves as a centerpiece for our kitchen table. The devotion book we use looks like this:

This book is on sale at Proverbs 31 Ministries this month for $2.50~ a bargain!

 

Nativity Scenes~

We have 4 displayed around our den. One is made of wood. One is made of glass. One was made by a family friend. One belonged to my grandmother.

 

Letter to Jesus~ This is actually our New Year’s Eve Tradition. We celebrate with another family each year. All of us write to Jesus and tell Him what we are going to give Him during the next year. We read them aloud and then put them in a box. We pull this box out each year and read from New Years of the past. It is priceless to read what we (especially the kids) said when they were young. Each year this takes a little longer, but it is one of our favorite traditions!

 

What are some ways you have a Christ centered Christmas?

Melissa
Dec 14

What Are You Waiting For?

Greater Group~

Here we are finishing up Chapter 6. Do you realize we are half way through this study?

Let’s be real with each other today…how are you doing?

Do you believe that God can do something greater through you?  Remember, back in Chapter 1, we were told that the first step was our own willingness to believe and press into the greater things God has for us.  After we believe then we are able to burn the plows (let go of what hinders us) and move forward, beginning by digging ditches (being faithful and obedient in the little things, believing that God has greater things as a result.)

The widow in 2 Kings thinks she has nothing at all to give. What she discovers is that all she needs is what she has. She’s responsible to be obedient. God is responsible with the results.

Are any of you stalling in your greater journey because you don’t think you have what it takes?  Please don’t allow the enemy to lie to you that way. Don’t put if off any longer. Life is short! Let’s make the most of it :)

Stop waiting for what you want, and start working what you’ve got. Your greatest limitation is God’s greatest opportunity.

Do you have some “widow’s oil” (gifts, skills, relationships, knowledge, whatever) that you are holding on to that God can use in a greater way? What is it?

Complete the discussion questions in back of the book for Chapter 6. Then spend some time in prayer for God to help everyone in our Greater group start making real progress toward whatever greater goal He has for them.

Will you do this?  What are you waiting for?

Melissa
Dec 13

Greater Hop: Week Three

We really hope you’ve been enjoying these blog hops as much as we’ve enjoyed reading them! If you still need instructions on how to join the Blog Hop click HERE for the short tutorial video.

Without further ado…on to this week’s topics!

This week’s topics…

1.  GOD-fidence.  What are your thoughts on this week’s reflection verse?

Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see. ~ Hebrews 11:1 NLT

2.  Baby Steps. What small steps of faith do you feel God is calling you to take? What are some ways you can begin taking those steps?

3. Open Hands. The widow only had a little oil to offer…what little thing do you have? How can you use that to glorify God in a big way?



Here are next week’s suggested topics…

Ok, so next week will be a bit different…and hopefully FUN! We have a couple of regular topics and one just for giggles…feel free to choose any or all of these topics to write a blog post.

1.  For the Good. What are your thoughts on this week’s reflection verse?

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 NIV84

2.  Wasted Faith. Talk about a challenging chapter!! Have you ever felt that your faith was wasted? Do you still feel that way or has God revealed the “good”? Share with us.

Just for fun!

1.  Christmas. The sky is the limit with this one. You can share your funniest, most inspirational, unique, or whatever Christmas! Have a recipe to share? How about some decorating ideas? As long as it has something to do with Christmas, it’s fair game!

Melissa