Christmas – A Time To Shine!

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Christmas is only 15 days away! Can you believe it? I love this time of year when all our family comes together and we get to see those who have gone off to college or who have been working crazy hours.

During Christmas we want to declare our excitement for the Birth of our Savior, so we put up twinkling lights along our driveway fence and we cover some of our bushes with nets of tiny white twinkling lights, and add bigger lights to a not-so-tall evergreen out front.  Beautiful! We will get our Christmas tree, and decorate it with beautiful lights and colored decorative Christmas balls, and draw names and then begin to place colorfully wrapped Christmas gifts under the tree.

The mailman has been delivering Christmas cards almost daily now and we hang them on a long thick red sparkly Christmas ribbon so we can see all the pretty faces of our friends and family and pray blessings for them.

We make our Christmas cards and get them ready for my oldest son to return next week, then all I’ll have to do is take a picture of him with the whole family, get copies made and put the last touches on the cards and off they’ll go. How fun!

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I’ve been gathering stocking stuffers here and there and will put those up early next week.

All of these things help to make our hearts and our home shine.  You could probably add some of your own wonderful traditions to this list and it would all be absolutely gorgeous!

One of my favorite things to do is go for a drive the night before Christmas and listen to the Christmas story of Jesus’ birth on the radio.  We will see all the beautifully lit up houses, and then drive back home, down our own driveway with the twinkling lights and the Christmas tree in the window. What a wonderful time of the year to be joyful in our Lord!

As beautiful and fun as all the lights and decorations are, when I sat down to read the story and scripture reading for Advent today from “Handel’s Messiah Family Advent Reader”, I could quickly see that God spoke of another kind of “Shine” through Isaiah when he said:

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“Get yourself up on a high mountain, O Zion,
bearer of good news,
Lift up your voice mightily, O Jerusalem,
bearer of good news;

Lift it up, do not fear.
Say to the cities of Judah,
“Here is your God!”
Isaiah 40:9

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“Arise, shine; for your Light has come,
And the glory of the LORD has risen upon you.”
Isaiah 60:1

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I want to get up on a high mountain and lift up my voice to bear the Good News of Jesus Christ – Shout it to the world!  I don’t want to be silent and not even say, “Merry Christmas”, due to fear.  I want to say to everyone, “Here is your God!”.  I want to SHINE for Jesus just like all the twinkling lights we have put out, and even brighter because He has come and His glory has risen upon us!

I would love to hear of your Christmas traditions and all your beautiful ways to celebrate the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ.  How do you shine for Him?  Are you ever afraid to say “Merry Christmas”?

I have made SimplyLiving101 just for you.  I pray that you find it to be a great encouragement to cherish the things of God above all else.  Don’t forget to check out my Bible study “December Love” written free just for you in the right side bar ——->

Merry Christmas!

Constance

First Day of “December Love”!

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I’m so excited to have published Day #10 (the first day of study) of “December Love” just for you!  “December Love” can be found in the right side bar ——–>
You can check it out now – but don’t start until  tomorrow 🙂

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Keep in mind that this Bible study will be only 15 days longs since December is such a busy month for a lot of us.
Sometimes adding one more thing, can make our time of celebrating Jesus’ Beautiful Birth, a time of overwhelming misery – and we don’t want that to happen.
However, since the Word of God should come first no matter how many things we have to do,
here it is just for you!
Merry Christmas!

Constance

“December Love” Has Begun!!

It has begun!!  My “December Love” has finally begun and I honestly cannot believe it!!
It was taking me F O R E V E R to come up with an illustration and then I couldn’t figure out where I wanted to start the Bible study, but now after much sweat and tears, it’s beginning to emerge and I’m so excited!

You can see the meager beginnings on it’s own page above.

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Well, that’s all I had to say – I just wanted to give you some hope 🙂

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I pray this finds you happy and truly enjoying this time of year that we celebrate Jesus’ Birth.

Tonight is the second Sunday of Advent and we are waiting for our oldest daughter to get off work so we can all celebrate together. I’m especially looking forward to the fourth Sunday of Advent because my oldest son will be home from college!

Blessings to you and your families!

Constance

UPDATE:  “December Love” and “November Thankfulness” can be found in the right side bar ——–> free just for you!

 

A New Bible Study!

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I’m so excited today as I work on my newest Bible Study called “December Love”.  It will not be a whole month’s study like “November Thankfulness” was, but it will still be a thorough study that will be perfect for the busi-ness of the holidays.  Both can be downloaded for free just for you in the right side bar ——->

Many of you have expressed your interest in my next study, so please take time to pray for me, as God guides me in the perfect watercolor illustrations to go along with “December Love”.  I’m so excited to be able to write another study for you!

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Thank you for taking the time to request and study “November Thankfulness”.  You can’t even know how much your encouragement means to me.  I pray God blesses you in the way you have blessed me.

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Happy Bible Studying!

Constance

The Joy of Writing

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So on October 9, 2014, I got an idea for a book.  Well, kind of – it’s not really just a book, but many Bible studies; As a matter of fact, one for each month of the year.

I was so excited when the thought came to me that I jotted down a whole bunch of ideas for what they would look like, and different title ideas for each of the months, as well as the layout; etc.  I even drew some illustrations for the first one, which would be for the month of November and watercolor painted them right then and there.

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Honestly, I was very surprised how it all just seemed to pour right out of me.  But then again, I thought it might just be another one of those great ideas I get ever-so-often that goes into my journal, but nowhere else. 🙂

Not so this time!  Tomorrow will be November 16 and guess what?  Yep!  I have completed 16 whole days of this Bible study that I have titled “November Thankfulness”!  Seriously, I am writing and illustrating a book!  My very first book!  I am praising God for His miracles!

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You may be thinking, sheesh!  What’s the big deal?  But it is a very big deal, because not only am I writing this book, but I am doing the study as I go and I am seeing again the amazingness of God’s Holy Word and becoming thankful yet again for His amazing Grace, multiple Blessings, and His Redemption through the blood of Jesus Christ!

I am seeing again the hugeness of studying (in a copious amount daily) all that He has done for us.  If you are in need of a Bible study and would like to study “November Thankfulness”, it’s free right here on this blog, written with you in mind and free for you in the right side bar —–>

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Leave a comment.  I would absolutely love to hear from you.  Have you written a book? Did you enjoy the process?  Did it come easily or was it a struggle?  Have you had an idea for a book, but have hidden it away in a journal?  Why not take it out and write it!

Happy Bible studying!

Constance