Tag Archive: Holidays

Come On Christmas

Is anyone else excited about Christmas coming?!  This song will make you smile while you wait.  Here’s Matthew West singing his song, “Come on Christmas.”

Want to hear the whole song?  Here it is:

Enjoy the Christmas season!


Easter is Coming!

Easter is a great time to celebrate the good news of Jesus and here’s a video that explains what it’s all about!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Valentine’s Day is a great day to remember that Jesus loves you!  Enjoy this song from Stellar Kart.

Just for fun, here is another video of Stellar Kart’s song, “Jesus Loves You.”  I don’t know who took this video, but I was there with my family!

Remember, regardless of whether you receive a valentine from someone or not today, God is thinking about you today and He loves you, which really is what matters the most.  Think about that.  We only spend a lot of time thinking about things that we care about.  And God, the God who created the whole world, is thinking about you – all the time!  Check out Psalm 139:17-18 and my post “Sandy Valentine” from the other day.  And know that Jesus loves you!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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“How many kings stepped down from their thrones?

How many lords have abandoned their homes?

How many greats have become the least for me?

How many gods have poured out their hearts to romance a world that is torn all apart?

How many fathers gave up their sons for me?

Only one did that for me.”  -Downhere.

Merry Christmas, everyone!

December Devotions

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I remember when my kids were little and often the only time I had in God’s Word was with them while reading their “Early Reader’s Bible.”  Those were good times, though.  Lately I’ve talked with several moms with young children who truly want to spend time alone with God and His Word, but just can’t.  I totally understand.  And I’m sure that God does, too.  God knows our hearts.  And He sees us with our children during the day as they climb on us, cry, do silly things that make us laugh, and then draw us pictures that make us smile.  And He sees us as we introduce them to Him and encourage them to know Him and love His Word as we sit together on their bed at night or on the couch in the morning and enjoy the true stories that mean so much to us.

When my children outgrew the “Early Reader’s Bible” I still wanted to read with them, which we did, but I also did something else.  Many days seemed very busy with school, homework, dance classes, soccer, flag football and playing with friends.  So at Christmas time I took a small index card or small paper and wrote a simple thought for the day and a question.  Then I left a new note on their bathroom counter each morning.  Okay, I didn’t always make my goal of every morning.  In fact, sometimes it was once a week.  Nevertheless, it was a fun way to keep our focus on Christ as we celebrated the coming of Christmas.

I probably should have saved those notes, but I didn’t.  Anyway, I think it would be fun to do that here.  So stop by throughout December for “December Devotions” as we remember the reason for the season.  I would love to hear your comments!

*Here’s a helpful note for parents with young kids.  I recently found a resource that I would use along with our Bible if my kids were little today.  It is “The Jesus Storybook Bible” written by Sally Lloyd-Jones and published by Zonderkidz.  I love the way that the author captures the meaning of each story in the way that she writes.

Discarded Christmas Trees

Shifting Sands

I just noticed a newspaper headline about Christmas trees.  It said, “Once Decorated.  Now Discarded.”  I didn’t read the article.  I’m not real good at reading the newspaper.  Unless you count the comics.  I like to read the comics.  But I bring the newspaper in and then put it away every day.  This headline caught my eye because Christmas trees are so fun and beautiful for a month and then we find them undecorated, forgotten and piled up in an otherwise empty lot after Christmas.

Hmm…That seems like us sometimes.  Isn’t it odd how sometimes we can be with so many people, but still feel alone?  I’ve had those moments.  But even when we feel like everyone else has abandoned us or forgotten us, there is someone who hasn’t.

One of my favorite Bible verses is Psalm 139:17-18.  Check this out, “How precious also are Thy thoughts to me, O God!  How vast is the sum of them!  If I should count them, they would outnumber the sand.  When I awake, I am still with Thee.”

Now the reason that I like this verse is not because I love to go to beaches and walk along the sand.  But because I have seen a lot of sand – backyard sandbox, neighborhood park, Florida beach, California beach, Hawaii beaches (Did you know that sand can be green and black?!) and even Mexico beaches (They have white sand!) – I’ve learned that there is a lot of sand on this earth!  And God says that He thinks about us even more times than the number of grains of sand.  Have you ever tried to get sand off your feet after walking on the beach?  Or off of your child’s hands before they come inside from playing in the sandbox?  Ever empty their shoes after playing in a park with sand?  There are are lot of grains of sand!  That means that God is thinking about us all the time!  Even when we feel alone.

Occasionally I will bring a container of sand to Sunday school or Good News Club and invite the children to guess the number of grains of sand just in that one container.  Then I share this verse with them.  Kids love sand!  And they can love God, too!

So today if you are feeling like an undecorated, abandoned, forgotten Christmas tree lying alone in an empty cold lot somewhere, know that God has not forgotten you.  His Word is always true.  We can count on that!  God cares about you and He is thinking about YOU right now!