All posts tagged: Christmas

Mad Mona, Monarch of Madonia’s Christmas Surprise By Rachael Ritchey

I know better than to answer my phone after nine at night, and on Christmas Eve to boot. I really don’t know what came over me … except as I think on it, I doubt my not answering would have stopped Her Majesty from knocking my door down. It’s not as though anyone else would follow her on one of her hair-brained schemes. Learning to skateboard and royal spaghetti-eating contests in neighboring Pastarea aside, she’s not always a loon, but Queen Mona isn’t lovingly referred to as Mad Mona, Her Majesty of Madonia for nothing. At least I’m not wearing a ridiculous red-checked tablecloth as a cape this time. Still …. “Doyle!” Her Majesty waves me over with a wild sweep of her plump arm, the roundness of the limb enhanced by the down-filled coat I insisted she wear on this winter excursion that is quite against my better judgment. “Doyle! Stop lolly-gagging, you overzealous buffoon.” “Of course, Your Majesty.” I approach her and take the hand she extends to me. Between myself and the …

Jesus The Hope Of The World by Pastor Robert House

As you are reading this article you may be in the same place as me today. Externally everything looks right but internally nothing feels good. Our feelings have a way of being deceptive whereas we see situations that we are in as worse than what they really are. This is why the bible says to “Gaurd Your Heart”- Pro. 4:23. Your job is fine- you may not like the work but your boss is fair, your marriage is good- of course, there are always things to work on but you and your spouse are in a good place, and your kids aren’t getting on your nerves- yes they are brats but whose kids aren’t- LOL. While your finances aren’t what you want them to be, honestly, you can’t complain. Your body is just a reflection of your age but you know that you could drink more water and take the stairs more than the elevator- getting older is a gift. Remember that not everyone has made it to the age your at and spiritually you …

The Truest of Love & Purest of Light

“In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him.” ~I JOHN 4:9 I had the pleasure of reading an Instagram post by Jenna Kutcher talking about the glorious moment of giving birth to her new little girl, Conley Kutcher. What struck me was her poignant honesty, the questions that were on her heart concerning motherhood, love-at-first-sight, the revelation of being a mother, all of it. As I read her words and felt my eyes prick with tears of joy for her and the longing of my own heart for the blessing of sharing in a moment like hers, was the truth of how the God of all creation loves us. He loves us without question. He loves us in our mess. He loves us even when we are not only hateful to others but to Him. He loves us. There is an instant love that He has for us, an unwavering love, an unconditional love. The Love that …

Sharing the Greatest Gift

“Jesus Christ is the Light that dispels fear, provides assurance & direction, & engenders enduring joy & peace.” ~DAVID A. BEDNAR I believe that David A. Bednar was completely correct in his assessment in our Savior, Jesus Christ, the Light of the World. There is such beauty in his words especially during this season of lights and dedication and the celebration of the Greatest Gift this world has ever received. But for many, this season brings confusion, loneliness, and pain. Let us, the Children of God, saved by the grace of God, and made to be lights in the darkness, shine brightly for our Lord drawing others unto Him, out of fear, out of confusion, into direction, joy, life, and peace. How do we shine this light? We shine it through loving those around us, not just during this holiday season but every day, with sincerity, truth, and the same grace that saved us! How else do we behave when we have been given something special? We respond with joy and excitement, such that we …

Advent Communion Prayer by Bri Lassiter

Every Advent celebration looks a little different for me, and I don’t usually follow a set devotional or Advent guide. What I like to do instead is turn over the whole celebration plans to Jesus and ask Him to tell me what we should focus on. So in sharing one of my resources, I want to show that Advent doesn’t need to fit in any box, and if you want a starting place to find lasting and meaningful aspects of celebration between you and Jesus, be encouraged to let Him lead. Mine is very different than a traditional celebration, yours may not be, so just ask Him to show you whatever songs, devotions, scripture passages, communion prayers etc work best for you, and see where He takes you! The following Communion prayer is an adaptation of the prayer by Paul Keith Davis founder of White Dove Ministries, as found in this YouTube video.  Any and all prayers I use as a jumping off place as guided by the Holy Spirit and you may find yourself …

Rag Tag Ugly Advent by Bri Lassiter

I love Advent, it’s a very special celebration just between me and Jesus. If you’re not familiar, every Sunday of the month you light a new candle that represents a different aspect of the Christmas story, first is hope, second is peace, third is joy, fourth is love, and the fifth is the Christmas candle, all lovingly encircled in an evergreen wreath reminding us of the everlasting ever-living Father. I don’t really remember why or when I started celebrating it, especially since I don’t know anyone else who does, but for many years it’s just become a special Jesus and me time that overtakes my whole month of December and breaks me and heals me and gets me ready for Christmas to be meaningful and intentional. Every year I almost don’t celebrate it. The waiting and the focus on hope peace and joy always make me uncomfortable in seasons when they feel deathly scarce. But Jesus always compels me in the end. This year I told Him my Advent wreath is ugly, I lost my candles …

The Season of Light: The Glory of Hanukkah and the Beauty of Christmas

December marks the season of Light. It is the when the days grow shorter and the sky is wrapped in a tapestry of deep indigo blue. Night comes and for many, the thought of darkness is the first to cross our minds. But consider the evenings in the winter, when the snow has blanketed the ground in deep, glistening crystals of soft white. And that soft white upon the backdrop of deep blue only glows. Then add the clearness of the cloudless sky with the sharp glow of the moon’s light and the brilliant twinkle of the stars. What was meant to be deep darkness has become the stage for the majesty of light. The imagery alone brings a smile to my face. The Word tells us in that at the fullness of time our Savior, Christ Jesus, the Light of the world, was born into the world to save it (GALATIANS 4:4-7). Just when it seemed that humanity had reached its lowest, most depraved point in creation, with darkness claiming to reign, the Light …