Leaving Home

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For many people, Christmas means travel.  Travel from one home to another.  From one town to a city.  From a huge metropolis out to the country.  But it usually entails leaving the place you call home and going out to another place.

Mary and Joseph had to travel on that very first Christmas.  They had to leave their hometown of Nazareth and travel many days, with extremely pregnant Mary, on a donkey, to the town of Bethlehem.  All the local inns were booked solid, and Mary was going to have the baby soon.  The barn that they found themselves staying at was probably not in their plans.  But once that precious baby was born, Jesus, Savior for all people, the surroundings were perfect, beautiful, magical, holy.  Because Christmas is not about the perfect place, or the perfect home, or the perfect present.  Christmas is Jesus.  And He makes all things perfect.  🙂   If you don’t have travel plans this Christmas, consider traveling to Bethlehem and that stable.   Blessings, Lisa

“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” ~James 1:17

 

What Kind of Light Person Are You?

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This morning, one of my Facebook friends posted pictures of her tree, all beautifully lit in blue lights.  She said, “Yes, we are “those” kind of people who use blue lights!”  I was instantly intrigued….what “kind” of people use what color lights in their home?  My Nannie and Granddaddy always had blue lights on their tree, and it felt so peaceful and calming.  We use clear twinkly lights in our home, but I stare longingly at multicolored lights, giant bulbs, electric candle lights.  I love them all.  So here’s your poll….what color lights do you use in your decorating for Christmas?  And if you care to comment on your deep psychological reasonings for doing so, feel free!  🙂  Slainte, Lisa

 

Follow The Light

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Christmas is a season full of light.  Sparkly lights on Christmas trees, lit garlands wound up staircases, bright stars, garishly-lit yards with every color light under the sun.  And we are fascinated by them; it’s hard to draw your eyes away.  Seeing the lights, the child in all of us comes out for a moment….”Ooohh, look at that!”

DSCN0005 On the very first Christmas, the three kings from far away lands saw an amazing star…full of light and one that had never been seen before.  It moved them, literally, across many miles in search of the reason for the great wondrous light.  It led them to Jesus, and they worshiped.  They knew that the Light had come.  “When they saw the star, they were overjoyed.  On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him.” ~Matthew 2:10-11a

Search for Him; He’s waiting at the door for you to open it.  And you will see Light like you’ve never seen before.  🙂  Blessings, Lisa

Charlie Brown, Children’s Plays, Wooden Nativities

Christmas is almost upon us…15 more days.  It is so easy for me to get caught up in the decorating, shopping, cooking, etc. that I forget the reason that I love Christmas.  It’s the part of Charlie Brown Christmas where Linus gets up on stage and simply recites Luke 2, “…and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were sore afraid…”  It’s watching a Christmas play at my mom & dad’s church, and getting teary-eyed when a small child dressed up like Mary sings “Silent Night” in a pure and simple voice.  It’s looking at the wooden nativity set my husband’s family got in Germany, marveling at what the shepherds, Mary & Joseph all felt that night gazing at Jesus’ face and wondering what amazing and great things would happen in their lifetimes.

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Christmas….Emmanuel….God with us.    Be His.  Lisa