Good Reads on Christmas Traditions, Resolutions & More

 

What I've Been Reading Christmas EssentialsI don’t know about you but I’m constantly blessed by the great posts I read on other sites. Here are a few I’ve enjoyed the last couple of weeks on Christmas traditions, possibly some New Year’s resolutions, our fear of witnessing, and more.

 

#1. If you need some creative ideas for Christmas and Christmas Eve, this is your list! From movies, to music, to making the season special, it’s here. Elizabeth’s “Christmas Eve Service” made me wish my children were young again!

The 12 Days of Christmas Things I Love by Elizabeth at Guilty Chocoholic Mama.

 

#2. There is a good chance we all need to be more faithful about this subject and Alison’s plan is the one I find the most helpful to many people. New Year’s resolution, anyone? (Speaking of New Year’s resolutions, don’t forget to sign up for the Bible in a Year posts for 2016.)

How to Memorize Scripture the Easy Way from Alison at The Life of Scoop.

#3. This is a great reminder that this is important to understand every day not just the first time faith came alive.

Do you understand the blessing of not working for salvation? by Lisa at Conforming to the Truth.

#4. If you have been thinking about doing the Daniel Fast after the first of the year, you might want to take advantage of this sale on Nannette’s Devotional.

Feasting to Fasting – the Daniel Fast Devotional is on sale!

#5. I can’t help myself, I have to share another post I enjoyed by Sharon. She has a gift for mixing humor with serious points. The most important serious point is about “the” black Friday that made all the difference! And there’s trivia at the end!

Black Friday Shopping by Sharon at Sharon Sharing God.

 

#6. Ren makes some excellent points about the refugee situation (especially the part about listening and not demonizing each other). We must learn to balance grace and truth. The quote about why we lock our doors is worth the price of admission.

Jesus the Refugee? by Ren at Redeemed of the Lord.

 

#7. This next post is a great reminder to not be afraid to allow people to see Christ in us, even if it’s mixed with our weaknesses, too.

What I’m Afraid to Say by Renee at Doorkeeper.

 

Featuring a post here doesn’t mean I always agree 100% or I would say things quite the same way, but that the thoughts and ideas are some we should think about.

I hope you enjoy visiting and reading these posts as much as I did. I’ll have more great reads to share with you in a week or so. What have you been reading that has blessed you?

December blessings,
Donna

 

 

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Is Jesus weeping with you or for you?

Jesus weeping

I’ve been reading a weekly devotional book called The Joshua Code by O.S. Hawkins. It’s a little gem of a book. There are 52 short chapters. Each one focuses on one of 52 verses every Christian should know.

Jesus weeping

This weeks verse is John 11.35, “Jesus wept.” The shortest verse in the Bible and certainly an easy one to memorize.

Hawkins points out that there are two references to Jesus weeping. Here in John 11 Jesus is approaching Lazarus’s tomb. When he sees Mary and Martha’s grief, He weeps with them. He didn’t weep because of His friend’s death. He knew Lazurus would soon be restored to life. He wept because of the sisters’ sorrow.

In Luke 19 we find the other reference to Jesus weeping. It was Palm Sunday and Jesus was nearing Jerusalem. Verses 41-44:

41 Now as He drew near, He saw the city and wept over it, 42 saying, “If you had known, even you, especially in this your day, the things that make for your peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes. 43 For days will come upon you when your enemies will build an embankment around you, surround you and close you in on every side, 44 and level you, and your children within you, to the ground; and they will not leave in you one stone upon another, because you did not know the time of your visitation.”

He wept because they had rejected truth.

He wept because they didn’t recognize their Messiah.

Jesus weeps over our sorrow and suffering. He also weeps over our sin, blindness, hardness of heart, and rejection of the Gospel.

When He weeps for you, is He crying with you or for you?

Donna

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