The Scripture I chose for this week is Matthew 2:10-11,
"They rejoiced with exceedingly great joy. And when they had come into the house, they saw the young Child with Mary His mother, and fell down and worshiped Him. And... presented gifts to Him."
Our sponsor is Doodle Pantry who is donating 3 digi sets of winner's choice. I've used a FREE Doodle Pantry sentiment that you can find on the store site here. I've also used a Jesus stamp from Our Daily Bread Designs and the designer paper is one I created for Daydream Designs from the Deck the Halls pack.
I love Christmas and I look forward to it months in advance... oftentimes humming or singing Christmas diddies in the middle of summer. As I was Googling Christmas templates for our challenge blog, I landed on this one because it brought back a very funny memory of a past Christmas. My girls must've been about 3 and 4 yrs. old and they wanted to wrap up a present for daddy under the tree. So they found a doll that squeaked and wrapped it the best they could. I thought it was so sweet that they were willing to give up (for a few days) something they enjoyed playing with in order to give their daddy some joy at Christmas. Christmas morning came and the girls were so excited, they gave their dad his gift and when he opened it, they giggled like crazy!! I was surprised by all their giggling about it, but so tickled that they "pulled one over" on daddy ... forever engraved in my memory.
This months' "Turning Points" Free Magazine and devotional (by Dr. David Jeremiah, Pastor) is titled "5 Things to do this Christmas." Each of the 5 articles touch on different dimensions of Christmas: joy, the home, generosity to others, a reminder of the true Reason for the season, and worship. For instance, he suggests that we all choose a JOY verse for the season! "This Christmas, the joy of the Lord is my strength (Nehemiah 8:10)", or how about "This Christmas I will offer sacrifices of joy in His tabernacle." (Psalm 27:6) There are tons of joy verses in the Bible... plan to be joyful and give joy this holiday season. He also touches on those who have a hard time during the holidays. Maybe a loved one passed away around Christmas time, or you have other unpleasant memories of Christmases past. He shares some very insightful ways to handle the memories and refocus. This li'l magazine/devotional is chock full of wonderful and helpful tidbits to help us get through the holidays with a heart full of joy and and attitude of thanksgiving and cheer. We can ask ourselves, "How can I better follow the Lord? How can I better let Christ be Lord of all my life today? Like the Magi, we can follow His light wherever it leads." So during the holidays when so much competes for our attention, let's turn our eyes to the top of our tree ~ the "Bright and Morning Star" (Rev. 22:16) so that we too can "rejoice with exceedingly great joy" this Christmas.
I know I said this on our challenge blog, but I also want to say it again here.... my sincere thanks goes to Peggysue, our wonderful sponsor coordinator, to Miesje our awesome Awards Coordinator, to ALL of my design sisters, and of course also to all our wonderful players!! I hope you'll join us this final week's challenge by making a Christmas card!
Blessings for a Wonder-ful Advent/Christmas season!