EMPOWERING CHRISTIAN WOMEN: December 2007 Blogger Widgets

LWG Giveaway

Sunday, December 30, 2007

Designer Credit: Michelle Pieters

As 2008 approaches, Laced with Grace wanted to thank their readers with this little giveaway. They pray that God will continue to use the team blog to encourage you in your walk with Him.

The package will include a Women of Faith study Bible (NIV/Hardcover); Lisa Whelchel’s Bible study tool for busy moms; a coffee mug from “Mugs of Truth“; the DVD “The Nativity Story“; the book “Love and Respect“; and a music CD by Becky Knight, who just released her first CD.
Get your entry in now, before you forget! :)
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Jesus vs Santa

Saturday, December 29, 2007


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Don't Marry Him, Girl

I can't tell you how many Christian women I have met with and/or counselled over the years who are living lives of great regret, difficulty, and despair because they married a man who was not a believer, or was nominal in his faith at best. Almost to a person their stories are the same: they grew up in Christian homes; had a few wild years in their teens or early 20s; married a guy who was "dangerous" and "exciting".... who lived outside of the rules; ignored the advice of their parents/pastors/friends and married the guy; began to experience conflict; returned to their faith, especially when the kids arrived; and their husbands are still not living for Christ. Then they sit in their pastor's office, tears streaming down their faces, often mad at God (but really mad at themselves), frustrated beyond measure and thinking about "moving on". When it's with me I want so much to be compassionate and understanding, but there is still a part of me that wants to ask them "Why on earth did you ignore God's advice? Why didn't you respond to all the red flags He threw your way? Why didn't you listen to the heart of God about choosing your lifetime partner?"

Sometimes I do ask, and the answer is almost always the same: "I thought that I could change him." But God is crystal clear about who we should marry:

2 Cor 6:14-16

"Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness? Or what part has a believer with an unbeliever?"

1 Cor 7:39-40
"A wife is bound by law as long as her husband lives; but if her husband dies, she is at liberty to be married to whom she wishes, only in the Lord."

The NT makes it clear that God's heart is for you to marry a man who knows and worships the Lord! This makes the whole "one flesh" thing so much easier, since both of you will be more likely influenced and controlled by the Holy Spirit. But to be married to someone who doesn't share your love and passion for God is like trying to ride a bicycle with a mangled rim for a back wheel. It can work, but it's not very smooth or enjoyable.

So, if you're reading this today and you're considering marrying someone who is not a strong believer -- don't marry him, girl! The pain of leaving him now will be much briefer than the pain that lies ahead in your marriage.

And if you've already made this mistake, and you feel trapped in a difficult marriage -- don't leave him, girl! That, too, is the heart of God for you:

1 Cor 7:10-11
"Now to the married I command, yet not I but the Lord: A wife is not to depart from her husband. But even if she does depart, let her remain unmarried or be reconciled to her husband."

1 Cor 7:13-16
"And a woman who has a husband who does not believe, if he is willing to live with her, let her not divorce him. For the unbelieving husband is sanctified by the wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified by the husband; otherwise your children would be unclean, but now they are holy. But if the unbeliever departs, let him depart; a brother or a sister is not under bondage in such cases. But God has called us to peace. For how do you know, O wife, whether you will save your husband? Or how do you know, O husband, whether you will save your wife?" (Did those of you who want to marry them and change them hear that?)

This is where the grace and strength of God come in. First, He can give you the power and wisdom not to marry an unbeliever in the first place, if you ask Him (James 1). But if you've already made the mistake, there is grace and strength for you in that as well.

God has often called people to live in difficult situations for Him. For some, like myself, it's the heartache of living with a chronically ill spouse or child. For others it's the loneliness of a painful marriage. But in each case God gives strength and grace to be His blessing there. We are not to leave just because it's been a hard ride. Would you abandon your child because they have MS or some other disability? Then why are you thinking of leaving your spouse? You are just as much "one with them" as you are with your child.

Three times the Apostle Paul pleaded with God to remove him from his hardship.

2 Cor 12:9-10
And He said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness." Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ's sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

If you married the wrong man (or woman), God invites you to stay strong in Him. His grace is sufficient. I've learned that for myself as I've lived with a very ill woman for many years. Have I been tempted to say "I've had enough"? You bet I have; there's been lots of times I've felt very cheated.

But it is what it is, and God can use me and bless me, and help me to be a blessing in the midst of it. And He can do that with you, too.

So, if you're ready to marry an unbeliever -- girl, don't do it. Just let him go. And if you're already married to an unbeliever -- girl, don't do it. You must let him stay.

And may God strengthen you to follow His heart with this all along the way.

Posted by Alan Harstone, an evangelical pastor

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Recipe for a Happy New Year

Recipe for a Happy New Year

Take twelve fine, full-grown months; see that these are thoroughly free from old memories of bitterness, rancor and hate, cleanse them completely from every clinging spite; pick off all specks of pettiness and littleness; in short, see that these months are freed from all the past-have them fresh and clean as when they first came from the great storehouse of Time.

Cut these months into thirty or thirty-one equal parts. Do not attempt to make up the whole batch at one time (so many persons spoil the entire lot this way) but prepare one day at a time.

Into each day put equal parts of faith, patience, courage, work (some people omit this ingredient and so spoil the flavor of the rest), hope, fidelity, liberality, kindness, prayer, meditation, rest (leaving this out is like leaving the oil out of the salad dressing-don' t do it), and one well-selected resolution.

Put in about one teaspoonful of good spirits, a dash of fun, a pinch of folly, a sprinkling of play, and a heaping cupful of good humor.

Special thanks toTimothy Satryan,
experience God. live the experience
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More Than All We Ask or Imagine

Friday, December 28, 2007

More Than All We Ask or Imagine!
~ Jackina Stark

Transformation is a cultural phenomenon. I know this because I have television.

HGTV is practically devoted to it. But I think every network has hopped on the transformation bandwagon.

Aren’t you amazed at Extreme Make-over? Of course, most of us are amazed that people would stand before cameras in their underwear and have someone draw lines to show what kind of work is going to be done. What a nightmare! But I must admit the unveiling is exciting, as each brave and transformed soul steps out of the limousine that transports them to their reveal party. I have gasped right along with their family and friends when they walk in, extend their arms, and spin around—they look so different, so unimaginably lovely.


It’s strange we love transformation so much, but don’t seem too concerned with the transformations needed in our spiritual lives. Our spirits need transformation much more than our bodies, wardrobes, or homes. But transformation isn’t likely if we don’t offer “our bodies as living sacrifices,” which happens when we let the Word of God renew our minds (Romans 12). When we claim God’s promises and follow his guidelines, incredible things will happen.

Paul’s wonderful prayer in his letter to the Ephesians closes with some of the most encouraging words in Scripture: “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen” (3:20, 21).

What God can do in and for you will take your breath away. Scripture is full of people God has transformed. I think the transformations were recorded so we can know what God will do in our lives.

Read the entire article here.

Have you allowed God to complete
an EXTREME MAKEOVER in you life?
Sometimes, it's painful, isn't it?!
But, true transformation happens when we fully submit to God,
allowing Him to have His way in our lives.

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Thursday, December 27, 2007

Have you heard of Yuwie yet?
Me either...until now, that is!

Being a Facebook fanatic, I admit I had my doubts
about joining yet another networking site
...but, being the people-person I am, I joined. :)

Yuwie is like any other social networking site,
with one major difference
you get paid!

I am enjoying my time at Yuwie.

I am starting to learn the ropes!
I have organized my profile page,
and joined a few groups as well.

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Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Plug into GOD without unplugging from LIFE.

The GoBible is a preloaded audio Bible

Available in 3 different versions

* SEARCHABLE - by book, by chapter, and by over 31,000 individual verses

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The GoBible makes God’s Word ACCESSIBLE.

Have more questions?


I love this! What an amazing way to hide God's Word in your heart!

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Christmas Makes Me Cry

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Here are the lyrics for Christmas Makes Me Cry ~ Mandisa and Matthew West

I think of loved ones who've passed away
And I pray they're resting in a better place.
I think of memories of years gone by
And sometimes Christmas makes me cry.

I think of soldiers across the sea
And sometimes I wonder why it's them instead of me
That for my freedom they give their lives
And sometimes Christmas makes me cry.

Tears of thankfulness, tears of hope
I cry tears of joy at Christmas because I know
There is peace on earth for every heart to find
And sometimes Christmas makes me cry.

I think of family; I think of home
And say a prayer for those who spend this time alone
Cause love can reach out into a silent night
And that's why Christmas makes me cry.

Tears of thankfulness, tears of hope
I cry tears of joy at Christmas because I know
There is peace on earth for every heart to find
And sometimes Christmas makes me cry.

I think of Mary and a virgin birth
And I'm amazed by how much God thinks we are worth
That He would send His only son to die
And sometimes Christmas makes me cry.

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12 Days of Christmas

Monday, December 24, 2007

The Twelve Days of Christmas

On the first day of Christmas, Jesus gave to me
Salvation full and free.

On the second day of Christmas, Jesus gave to me
Everlasting life, and Salvation full and free.

On the third day of Christmas, Jesus gave to me
Peace in my Heart, Everlasting Life,
and Salvation full and free.

On the fourth day of Christmas, Jesus gave to me
Love for all men; Peace in my heart,
Everlasting Life, and Salvation full and free.

On the fifth day of Christmas, Jesus gave to me
Joy for my soul,
Love for all men; Peace in my heart,
Everlasting Life, and Salvation full and free.

On the sixth day of Christmas, Jesus gave to me
Power from on high,
Joy for my soul,
Love for all men, Peace in my heart,
Everlasting Life, and Salvation full and free.

On the seventh day of Christmas,Jesus gave to me
A Body Glorified, Power from on high,
Joy for my soul,
Love for all men, Peace in my heart,
Everlasting life, and Salvation full and free.

On the eighth day of Christmas, Jesus gave to me
A Robe and a Crown, A Body Glorified,
Power from on high,
Joy for my soul,
Love for all men, Peace in my heart,
Everlasting Life, and Salvation full and free.

On the ninth day of Christmas, Jesus gave to me
Mansions up above, A Robe and a Crown,
A Body Glorified, Power from on high,
Joy for my soul,
Love for all men, Peace in my heart,
Everlasting Life, and Salvation full and free.

On the tenth day of Christmas, Jesus gave to me
Streets of pure gold, Mansions up above,
A Robe and a Crown, A Body Glorified,
Power from on high,
Joy for my soul,
Love for all men, Peace in my heart,
Everlasting Life, and Salvation full and free.

On the eleventh day of Christmas, Jesus gave to me
A Thousand songs to sing, Streets of pure gold,
Mansions up above, A Robe and a Crown,
A Body Glorified, Power from on high,
Joy for my soul,
Love for all men, Peace in my heart,
Everlasting Life, and Salvation full and free.

On the twelfth day of Christmas, Jesus gave to me
Eternity that's free
A Thousand songs to sing,
Streets of pure gold,
Mansions up above,
A Robe and a Crown,
A Body Glorified,
Power from on high,
Joy for my soul,
Love for all men,
Peace in my heart,
Everlasting life
and Salvation full and free!

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12 Days of Christmas

Saturday, December 22, 2007

On the 1st day of Christmas my true love gave to me...
A Partridge in a Pear Tree

The partridge in a pear tree is Jesus the Christ, the Son of God, whose birthday we celebrate on December 25, the first day of Christmas. In the song, Christ is symbolically presented as a mother partridge that feigns injury to decoy predators from her helpless nestlings, recalling the expression of Christ's sadness over the fate of Jerusalem: "Jerusalem! Jerusalem! How often would I have sheltered you under my wings, as a hen does her chicks, but you would not have it so . . . ." (Luke 13:34)

On the 2nd day of Christmas my true love gave to me...
Two Turtle Doves

The Old and New Testaments, which together bear witness to God's self-revelation in history and the creation of a people to tell the Story of God to the world.

On the 3rd day of Christmas my true love gave to me...
Three French Hens

The Three Theological Virtues: 1) Faith, 2) Hope, and 3) Love (1 Corinthians 13:13)

On the 4th day of Christmas my true love gave to me...
Four Calling Birds

The Four Gospels: 1) Matthew, 2) Mark, 3) Luke, and 4) John, which proclaim the Good News of God's reconciliation of the world to Himself in Jesus Christ.

On the 5th day of Christmas my true love gave to me...
Five Gold Rings

The first Five Books of the Old Testament, known as the Torah or the Pentateuch: 1) Genesis, 2) Exodus, 3) Leviticus, 4) Numbers, and 5) Deuteronomy, which gives the history of humanity's sinful failure and God's response of grace in the creation of a people to be a light to the world.

On the 6th day of Christmas my true love gave to me...
Six Geese A-Laying

The six days of creation that confesses God as Creator and Sustainer of the world (Genesis 1).

On the 7th day of Christmas my true love gave to me...
Seven Swans A-swimming

The seven gifts of the Holy Spirit: 1) prophecy, 2) ministry, 3) teaching, 4) exhortation, 5) giving, 6) leading, and 7) compassion (Romans 12:6-8; cf. 1 Corinthians 12:8-11)

On the 8th day of Christmas my true love gave to me...
Eight Maids A-Milking

The eight Beatitudes: 1) Blessed are the poor in spirit, 2) those who mourn, 3) the meek, 4) those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, 5) the merciful, 6) the pure in heart, 7) the peacemakers, 8) those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake. (Matthew 5:3-10)

On the 9th day of Christmas my true love gave to me...
Nine Ladies Dancing

The nine Fruit of the Holy Spirit: 1) love, 2) joy, 3) peace, 4) patience, 5) kindness,6) generosity, 7) faithfulness, 8) gentleness, and 9) self-control. (Galatians 5:22)

On the 10th day of Christmas my true love gave to me...
Ten Lords A-Leaping

The ten commandments: 1) You shall have no other gods before me; 2) Do not make an idol; 3) Do not take God's name in vain; 4) Remember the Sabbath Day; 5) Honor your father and mother; 6) Do not murder; 7) Do not commit adultery; 8) Do not steal; 9) Do not bear false witness; 10) Do not covet. (Exodus 20:1-17)

On the 11th day of Christmas my true love gave to me...
Eleven Pipers Piping

The eleven Faithful Apostles: 1) Simon Peter, 2) Andrew, 3) James, 4) John, 5) Philip, 6) Bartholomew, 7) Matthew, 8) Thomas, 9) James bar Alphaeus, 10) Simon the Zealot, 11) Judas bar James. (Luke 6:14-16). The list does not include the twelfth disciple, Judas Iscariot who betrayed Jesus to the religious leaders and the Romans.

On the 12th day of Christmas my true love gave to me...
Twelve Drummers Drumming

The twelve points of doctrine in the Apostles' Creed: 1) I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth. 2) I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord. 3) He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. 4) He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended into hell [the grave]. 5) On the third day he rose again. He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father. 6) He will come again to judge the living and the dead. 7) I believe in the Holy Spirit, 8) the holy catholic Church, 9) the communion of saints, 10) the forgiveness of sins, 11) the resurrection of the body, 12) and life everlasting.

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The Master's Card

Friday, December 21, 2007

Priceless Gift
~ By John Fisher

Gift of Service:
Warm a cold heart with warm blanket. Price: $35

Gift of encouragement:
Take flowers to a friend battling cancer. . Price: $50

Gift of leadership:
Lead a group into a terrain they have never traveled before.
Price of gas and lunch for 20: $300.

Gift of Christ to your next-door neighbor:

Christmas is all about gift giving – making lists of gifts, purchasing gifts, wrapping gifts, giving gifts, and opening gifts (and probably returning some). All of this is because of one priceless gift given to the human race 2,000 years ago – the gift of God’s Son. And this gift came about as the result of God’s unfathomable mercy and grace. He did not have to do this. Nothing in us required it. He decided to be merciful to his own creation made in his image – all of us having turned our backs on him and gone our own way.

Somehow we got fortunate. It’s definitely not because we're cute.There is no merit here – nothing we deserve. Grace is getting what you don't deserve; mercy is not getting what you do deserve. We have been given both. We don't deserve anything from God except punishment for our sins, and what did he do? His mercy up and cancelled the punishment so his grace could give us life. Two priceless gifts. One awesome God. What can we do except be filled with gratitude and mimic his gift giving to the extent of our creativity and our resources.

And while we're at it, let’s think of a spiritual gift we can give, too, based on what has been given to us. Regardless of our material resources, we all are rich in spiritual ones. Give this some thought. Think of your spiritual gift and how you might turn it into an intentional present for someone this Christmas season. Make it something you can plan and accomplish as a deliberate act. Put a bow around it if need be.

Christmas is spiritual, full of gifts and gift giving.

Let’s not forget to give the gift of Christ to someone this Christmas.
It’s priceless.

Reminding you to keep Christ in CHRISTmas,
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Multi_Media Blogging Course

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Multi-Media Blogging Course

I'm evaluating a multi-media course on blogging from the folks at Simpleology. For a while, they're letting you snag it for free if you post about it on your blog.

It covers:

  • The best blogging techniques.
  • How to get traffic to your blog.
  • How to turn your blog into money.

I'll let you know what I think once I've had a chance to check it out. Meanwhile, go grab yours while it's still free.

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Audio Bible

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Listen to the entire Bible on the Internet!

The Audio Bible, the King James Version,
was narrated by Alexander Scourby in the 1940's.
It was produced by The American Foundation For The Blind
and distributed by The American Bible Society

50 years have past and The Talking Bible
is still as relevant today as it was back then.

So then faith [cometh] by hearing,
and hearing by the word of God.
But I say, Have they not heard?
Yes verily, their sound went into all the earth,
and their words unto the ends of the world.
~ Romans 10:17,18

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CHRISTmas in Blogland...

Monday, December 17, 2007

Christmas Tour of Homes
Christmas in Blogland!
Enjoy the tour!

Hundreds of bloggers linked up at Boomama's for the big Christmas Tour of Homes, 2007.

Spend some time celebrating CHRISTmas
visiting new friends in the comfort of their own homes.
Enjoy the munchies - and the fellowship!

What an amazing way to introduce yourself to your neighbors!
Have fun!
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The Rebekah Principle

Saturday, December 15, 2007

The Rebekah Principle

"Those who work hard will prosper."Proverbs 13:4 NLT

Good leaders constantly observe the actions and attitudes of those around them. They're looking for someone they can trust; someone who sees the big picture, yet doesn't miss the details. And when they find them, they reward them!

Don't wait for tomorrow, empty your best into today and watch what happens. Rebekah did and she inherited the wealth of Abraham, became the bride of Isaac and the mother of a nation. What a payoff!

When Abraham's assistant was sent to find a bride for Isaac, he asked God for a sign to confirm his choice. He said that the woman who would voluntarily offer him and his camels a drink of water would be the one. Do you have any idea how much water one thirsty camel can drink? Abraham's assistant was looking for someone who wanted to serve rather than be served: in a 'me first' world that's hard to find!

Notice Rebekah's qualifications. She was motivated and time conscious: 'She ... ran to the well.' She was thorough: '[She] drew water for all his camels' (see Ge 24:20). That one act of kindness altered the rest of her life. She'd been to that well many times before and nothing unusual happened, but that day she found favour and her life changed for good. What if she'd missed her opportunity, or said, 'That's not my responsibility?'

Whether you realise it or not, your actions and attitudes are determining your future. So perform with excellence for someone is watching; someone God may use to help you get to the next level. Live by the Rebekah principle - always do more than is required of you, and do it gladly!

Soulfood Bible Readings John 2, Lk 11:29-36

This daily encouragement comes from 'The Word for Today' devotional.
A free quarterly printed edition is available free from UCB Australia.

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Friday, December 14, 2007

~ David Crowder Band

I will dance,
I will sing,
To be mad for my King
Nothing Lord is hindering
this passion in my soul!

But I will become even more undignified than this!

It's all for You, My Lord.

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Virtuous Women's Retreat

The Virtuous Women's Retreat is coming soon!

Mark your calendars now for January 14 - 17

Check out the audio archives of last year's event.

Stay tuned for updates!

Be blessed,
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Are You Hungry?

Take a look at this guy's performance on "Hunger for the word of God.

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Gift Suggestions

Christmas Gift Suggestions

To your enemy, forgiveness.

To an opponent, tolerance.

To a friend, your heart.

To a customer, service.

To all, charity.

To every child, a good example.

To yourself, respect.

~ Author Unknown


" . . . the free gift of God is eternal life

in Christ Jesus our Lord."(Romans 6:23b)

Please make time to share this precious gift with others.

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You are Invited...

You are cordially invited to A BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION!

Guest of Honor: Jesus Christ.

Date: Every day & traditionally, December 25 but He's always around, so the date is flexible...

Time: Whenever you're ready! Please don't be late, though, or you'll miss out on all the fun!

Place: In your heart.... He'll meet you there. You'll hear Him knock.

Attire: Come as you are...Grubbies are okay! He'll be washing our clothes anyway. He said something about new white robes and crowns for everyone who stays till the last.

Tickets: Admission is free. He's already paid for everyone! He says you wouldn't have been able to afford it anyway... It cost Him everything He had, but you do need to accept the ticket!!

Refreshments: New wine, bread, and a far-out drink He calls "Living Water." Followed by a supper that promises to be out of this world!

Gift Suggestions: Your life. He's one of those people who already has everything else. He's very generous in return though. Just wait until you see what He has for you!

Entertainment: Joy, Peace, Truth, Light, Life, Love, & Real Happiness! Communion with God, Forgiveness, Miracles, Healing, Power, Eternity in Paradise , Contentment, and much more! All "G RATED,” so bring your family and friends.

R.S.V.P.: VERY IMPORTANT! He must know ahead so He can reserve a spot for you at the table. Also, He's keeping a list of His friends for future reference. He calls it the "Lamb's Book of Life."

Party being given by His Kids: That's us!! Hope to see you there! For those of you, whom I will see at the party, share this with someone today!
~ Author Unknown

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Are You Hungry?

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Take a peek at this video from YouTube, a comedic perspective on hunger for the Word of God.

What are you feeding on?
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Sand Castle Lives

Sand Castle Lives
~ by Cathie Jo Floyd

Once a year our local beach holds a sand-sculpting contest. I stand in awe as I watch these people using just sand, a shovel and their hands, to make a work of art from only what nature supplies. In the evening as everyone begins leaving, I am always left with a melancholy feeling, knowing that as the tide comes in, all this beauty will be washed away. Many times it has caused me to ponder, "Is this what I do with my life? Are my hopes, dreams, fears and trust built on a foundation made of sand?"

~ Cathie Jo Floyd has been married to Tyrus Floyd for 27 years. They have two daughters and live in Nederland, Texas where they love taking their travel trailer to the lake and beach.

"For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ. If any man builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw, his work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each man's work." ~ 1 Corinthians 3:11-13

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Why I Celebrate Christmas


It isn't the tinsel,
The wrapping or things,
That make me feel happy and
Make my heart sing.

The reason is simple
(at least just to me)
The reason is Jesus!
Woo hoo! Yip Yippee!

He gave us the best,
Finest gift there could be!
He gave us Himself,
When He died on a tree.

So when I see my tree
All twinkly with lights
I think of Bethlehem
On that most special night.

I look at the star,
Right at the top
And remember the star
And where it stopped.

The presents beneath it,
Bring to recall
The Magi and gifts
In a cold stable stall.

To many, these things
Are symbols of greed.
To me they remind me
Of what mankind needs!

The gift that was wrapped
And placed in stable stall
Was the very BEST gift,
Yes, the BEST gift of all!

So that's why I celebrate ...
I can't be much clearer,
Christmas season to me
Simply brings Jesus nearer!

~ Author unknown
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Have You Found the Perfect Jeans Yet?

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

We all know that finding the perfect fitting pair of jeans is not easy. Don't you agree?

True Jeans has taken the frustration out of the jean-buying process; they have made the whole shopping experience for jeans extremely simple.

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3. You choose what style you want to buy.

Enter to win a $200.00 gift certificate
to enjoy a "perfect" jeans shopping spree at True Jeans.

Who wouldn't want a pair of designer jeans
that would fit their unique body shape and measurements?

The contest is open to both
Canadian and US shipping addresses.

Winner will be announced on December 19th, 2007

So, what are you waiting for?
My entry is already in!

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What Would Jesus Want for Christmas?

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

What Would Jesus Want for Christmas?

Take time to listen and enjoy this beautiful presentation of a wonderful new and thought-provoking song sung by Ronnie Kimball.

This song, written by Robert Christian Cole and A.J. Masters is sure to be a favorite for many years to come!

I love it!
I know you will love it too.

Be blessed!
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Blessed Are...

Blessed is December,
For Christmas is near.

Blessed are the poor of pocket,
For they shall be called parents.

Blessed are the artistic,
For they shall wrap gifts for everyone.

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall
Restrain children from knocking over the tree.

Blessed are they who are heavily laden,
For they shall be called shoppers.

Blessed are they who weave paper garlands,
Produce plays and wear a confused look, For they shall be called teachers.

Blessed are they who hunger for turkey and
Trimmings (and happily do the dishes), For they shall be satisfied.

Blessed is the sweater knit in secret,
Coins sent to a food bank, dinner for a shut-in,For these shall be called love.

Blessed are we who, despite the chaos, hold
The real Christmas closely in our hearts, For we shall be called glad.
~ Author Unknown

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Don't Miss Jesus!

Don’t Miss Him!
By Marybeth Whalen

“We believe and know that you are the Holy One of God.” John 6:69 (NIV)


I remember reading an account of the Christmas story that focused on all the people who came in contact with that young couple searching for a place to stay—the busy townspeople dealing with the crowds, the innkeeper too busy counting his money and taking care of guests to be bothered for long, the other travelers worried about where they would sleep.

The author pointed out that so many of us still make the same mistake of rushing past the drama that unfolded in a forgotten corner of Bethlehem that night. Consumed with our own problems and issues, we glance away from the significance of Jesus’ arrival to focus on a myriad of tasks. And in all our rushing and stress, we miss an opportunity to connect with our Savior in a whole new way.

There are only a few people mentioned in the Christmas story, yet we know that the city was filled to bursting with travelers and citizens. There was no lack of folks there who could have welcomed the Christ child. They just didn’t stop long enough to look for Him. Though He was right under their noses, they scurried right past Him.

I often wonder if those who were there that night later told the story down through the ages, “I was in Bethlehem that night, you know. I stayed just a few houses away from that stable. I could have seen Him if I would have known.”

Those folks could have stood in adoration alongside Mary and Joseph, and the shepherds, marveling at what God was doing before their very eyes. And they missed the opportunity of a lifetime.

And yet, how many of us say the very same thing about Jesus, even now?
If only we had more time.
If only we had more money and didn’t have to work so hard.
If only we weren’t so busy.
“Then Jesus,” we say, “Then I would be able to really know You.

Instead, I race past You, unaware. And I lose out on the opportunity to see You in the process, to touch You. To know what it means to utter” Immanuel, God with us. God with me.”

Don’t miss Jesus this year in all your busyness.

Don’t be like the busy citizens of Bethlehem who could have had a part in God’s story, if only they would have stopped long enough to look for Him.

Make Jesus your focus this year and allow Him to show you how to slow down, to be less busy, less stressed.

Ask Him what you can let go of.
Ask Him to give you the courage to say no when you need to.
Ask Him to help you have an encounter with Him like never before.

What better time to do it than now, at Christmas, when our thoughts are focused on His coming. There has never been a better time to allow Him to come into your life, your heart. Look for Him around every corner, in every face, in every moment.

Dear Lord, Right now I am stopping to tell You that I do not want to miss You. I am committing to look for You everywhere instead of rushing right past You. I want to know You intimately. Thank You for coming to earth back then, and thank You for coming into my heart and life now. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Related Resources:

A Recipe for Christmas Joy, E-book by Marybeth Whalen

Celebrating a Christ-Centered Christmas by Sharon Jaynes

Marybeth’s Blog

Do You Know Him?

Application Steps:

Today, determine to find an instance that you clearly see Jesus. Write it down and remember to thank Him for being the God who is near.


Is there something you need to lay down this Christmas so that you can better focus on Christ? What will that look like in your life?

Do you need to spend time praying over this issue - asking Jesus to give you discernment, strength and wisdom?

Power Verses:

Philippians 3:8, “What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish that I may gain Christ.” (NIV)

John 10:14, “I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me.” (NIV)

2 Peter 3:18, “But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.” (NIV)

* For more devotionals, articles and other great stuff, visit: Proverbs 31 Ministries

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The 10 Commandments of Christmas

Monday, December 10, 2007

© 2003 - Cathy

1. Thou shalt give thy heart to Christ. Let Him be at the top of thy Christmas list.

2. Thou shalt prepare thy soul for Christmas. Spend not so much on gifts that thy soul is forgotten.

3. Thou shalt not let Santa Claus replace Christ, thus robbing the day of its Spiritual reality.

4. Thou shalt not burden the shop girl, the mailman, and the merchant with complaints and demands.

5. Thou shalt give thyself with thy gift. This will increase its value a hundred fold, and he who receives it shall treasure it forever.

6. Thou shalt not value gifts received by their cost. Even the least expensive may signify Love, and that is more priceless than silver and gold.

7. Thou shalt not neglect the needy. Share thy blessings with many who will go hungry and cold unless thou are generous.

8. Thou shalt not neglect thy Church. It's services highlight the true meaning of the season.

9. Thou shalt be as a little child ... But not until thou has become in spirit as a little one art thou ready to enter into the Kingdom of Heaven.

10. Thou shall not forget to share your Joy, Peace and Love with those around you.

Please stop by Kathy's site, The Stories and Poems of Christmas.
She has an amazing collection for your enjoyment.

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Christmas Lights

© 2002 - Cathy

I used to be really particular about Christmas lights like not liking the white ones because they were too plain, but when the Lord showed me this... my perspective changed. Now my lights shine for the Glory of The Lord!

When I see the YELLOW lights, I remember the star which shown above the manger in Bethelem when Christ was born.

When I see the RED lights, they remind me of the blood that Jesus shed for my sins and yours.

When I see the BLUE lights, I am reminded of the bruises that Jesus bore for our iniquities.

When I see the GREEN lights, I think of the new green grass of spring which symbolizes the newness of life which Christ gives us.

When I see the brilliant WHITE lights, they remind me of the purity that we recieve through the cleansing of the blood of Christ.

All mixed together they are the most beautiful site in the world because they Glorify The Lord Jesus Christ andPraise His Holy Name.

No wonder Jesus is the reason for the season.

Please stop by Kathy's site, The Stories and Poems of Christmas.
She has an amazing collection for your enjoyment.
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My Chains are Gone

Sunday, December 09, 2007

Chris Tomlin - Amazing Grace
(My Chains are Gone)

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Long to Be Set Free?

FREEDOM in Christ Ministries

The Present Problem

Many of God's people (the Church) are living as captives - deceived, oppressed and complacent - because they do not understand their true identity and the power and authority that are theirs in Christ. According to research reported by the George Barna Group in 2006, "only 23% of those attending church named their faith in God as their top priority in life".

Our Mission

The mission of Freedom in Christ is to provide a biblically-based process and resources by which church and ministry leaders and their people discover:
* Who they are in Christ
* Who Christ is in them
* How to live out the truth of those realities every day so that those ministries become healthy, healing places making a powerful impact for Christ on their communities

Our Vision
The vision of Freedom in Christ is to see church and ministry leaders and their people joyfully alive and free in Christ in communities all across the nation.

Taken from Freedom in Christ Ministries

Visit today; this website will give you the tools
you need to break free!
Victory is yours! No more chains!
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Gifts for Jesus

Saturday, December 08, 2007

by Max Lucado

Suppose you could give a gift to Christ, what would it be? How could you possibly select a gift for the One who not only has everything, but who made everything?

The Wise Men did. They can be an example to us. In addition to the gold, frankincense, and myrrh, they gave the Savior some gifts we can give him today: their hope, their time, and their worship.

The wandering wise men gave Jesus their hope. When everyone else saw a night sky, this small band of men saw the light. The sight of the star sparked a desire in their hearts that send them packing. They went, seeking Jesus.

When night comes to your world, what do you see? The darkness or the stars? Hopelessness or hopefulness? Sometimes, just as he did so long ago, God uses the darkness to reveal his stars – “The light shines in the darkness” (John 1:5). Give God your hope for Christmas.

While you’re giving, give God your time. The wise men did. Before they gave God their presents, they gave their presence. It’s likely that these men traveled as long as two years before locating the prince of heaven. Before that one incredible moment when they knelt before Jesus, the wise men spent many moments, months, perhaps years searching, in anticipation of that meeting. Just as the wise men devoted themselves to seeking the Savior, so can you: “You will seek him and find him when you seek him with all your heart” (Duet. 4:29).

And when they did find him, the wise men gave Jesus another gift: their worship. Men of wealth, influence, and intellect: what did they do when they saw Jesus? ”...they fell down and worshiped him” (Matt. 2:11)

Worship. It’s a gift that extends to the giver as well. Through worship, we come to see God more clearly. God invites us, through worship, to see his face so he can change ours. In worship, we simply stand before God with a prepared and willing heart and let God do his work. And he does. He wipes away the tears. He mops away the perspiration. He softens our furrowed brows. He touches our cheeks. He changes our faces as we worship. The wise men sought the child of God, just as God seeks his children. “The Father is actively seeking such people to worship him” (John 4:23).

The gifts of hope, time, and worship.
Three gifts the wise still give.

Shared from “One Incredible Moment: Celebrating the Majesty of the Manger"© (J Countryman, 2006) Max Lucado

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Mary Had a Little Lamb (Christmas Version)

Mary Had a Little Lamb

(Christmas version)

Mary had a little Lamb,
He was born on Christmas day.
She laid him in a manger bed
To sleep upon the hay.

Angels filled the night-time sky
And they began to sing.
Shepherds heard them all proclaim
The birthday of a King.

Wise men saw a blazing star
Up in the sky that night.
They followed it until they found
The King of love and light.

Mary had a little Lamb,
But He wasn't hers, you know,
He was the very Son of God,
The One who loves us so.

The Father of this little Lamb
Loved the world so much
That He sent his only Son to earth
So we could feel His touch.

He came to give us joy and peace
And take away our sin.
So when He knocks on your heart's door,

Be sure to let Him in.

Why do I love this precious Lamb?
What can the reason be?
The answer is quite plain to see,
It's because He first loved me!

~ Author Unknown

"Behold, I stand at the door and knock;
if anyone hears and listens to and heeds My voice and opens the door,
I will come in to him and will eat with him, and he [will eat] with Me."
Revelation 3:20 AMP

Have you aswered the door?

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Modern Day Idols

Friday, December 07, 2007

Modern Day Idols

I have a confession to make: I've made my computer an idol. Or at least the gateway to idolatry. Ouch! You see, for years I struggled with getting disciplined enough to read the Word on a regular basis. I always wanted to read it every day. I intended to. But try as I may, 2 or 3 days in a row would be all I could muster at a time. I always felt like a failure in that area.

Then God showed me I had to make it a habit. I read somewhere that habits take 30 days to form. So I picked a certain time of the day (for me it was early morning, before everybody else woke up) and set it aside for me and God, determined to stick it out for 30 days. Sure enough, after 30 days I had formed a good habit! And for years I've enjoyed this "quiet time" of reading my Bible, a devotional or some other good Christian book, and talking and listening to God.

But the other day the Holy Spirit tapped me on the shoulder and showed me that for too many days in a row although I had gotten up early, I had headed for my computer first, rather than to God. I knew I was putting the computer ahead of God. Yikes!

Since "There is therefore no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus," the Holy Spirit was gentle with me. But I knew I had to stop this behavior before it became a habit. I confessed, and got back on track.

God has so much love and encouragement to share with us, and so much He wants to show us through prayer and His Word. Why are we tempted to ignore Him? "You shall have no other gods before Me. You shall not make for yourselves any carved image...I the Lord your God am a jealous God (jealous for your devotion.)"

What idol stands in the way
of your quiet time with God?

A Prayer For You Today
Dear God, please forgive me for putting _____________ ahead
of my time with You. I know You have a lot in store for me, and I
really desire to spend time with You. Please show me how I can set
aside some time just for us, and help me make it a regular habit.
Thank You, in Jesus' Name. Amen
- Sandra

Special thanks to Sandra Jensen & Kelly McCausey of Me Skills ~The Common Denominator in Your Life is You!

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