Making a Gratitude Tree

pic 1I’ve always been fascinated by the idea of making a gratitude tree, but have never actually done it before. The idea is simple: put a bunch of branches in a vase or other container, and hang paper “leaves” on it that state what you are grateful for. This would be a great activity for kids to get involved with, too. And this doesn’t have to just be for the Thanksgiving season; in fact, I’m thinking about keeping mine in my house year-round. For me, it helps my heart remember and focus on the joy and blessings that God has surrounded me with. Continue reading

We Have a Savior

This is one of my favorite Christmas songs to sing at church–maybe because it extends past just the holiday season. It reminds me that God chose to come to earth in the form of a human baby, and grew up to live a life without doing anything wrong; not for His own benefit, but so that He could ultimately take our place for sin, and conquer the chains of death, hell, and the grave forever–for us!

“Why, then, was the law given? It was given alongside the promise to show people their sins. But the law was designed to last only until the coming of the child who was promised…If the law could give us new life, we could be made right with God by obeying it. But the Scriptures declare that we are all prisoners of sin, so we receive God’s promise of freedom only by believing in Jesus Christ…But when the right time came, God sent his Son, born of a woman, subject to the law. God sent him to buy freedom for us who were slaves to the law, so that he could adopt us as his very own children. God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, prompting us to call out, ‘Abba, Father.’ Now you are no longer a slave [or an orphan] but God’s own child. And since you are his child, God has made you his heir.” (Galatians 3:19, 21-22; 4:4-7, NLT)

I love that!–The story of Christmas is the story of adoption! 🙂

To all my friends (and acquaintances who I still pray for anyway!) who have chosen to live their lives in the sphere of adoption and/or foster care, may the reality of the truth of the Gospel of peace be made clear in your homes this Christmas! 🙂 precious