It’s Beginning to Look A LOT Like Christmas🎄

Christmas means different things to all of us. It can be a time of great joy or a time of great stress due to “pressures of the season.” But at the heart of it, Christmas is a joyful celebration of the birth of our Savior over 2000 years ago. Below are images that speak Christmas to me – snow covered trees, cardinals, candles, shepherds and the star, hot cocoa, Christmas cards, Christmas trees, and snow-covered chapels. Whatever speaks the season to you, I pray a breath of peace, a chorus of beauty, and a warm cup of comfort and joy over you and yours this Christmas 2021.

If this Christmas is painful for you, I am praying a supernatural touch from Jesus. There has been unimaginable illness and loss these past many months. I know many who have added grief to the colors of their holiday season. And this is never something intentionally added to anyone’s Christmas list. But for many it has shown up, uninvited and certainly unwanted.

If this is you, my heart aches for you this holiday season. I pray the story of the Nativity would remind you how very much you are loved: “unto us a Child is born. Unto us a Son is given and His name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, Almighty God, the Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace.”

Encourage someone who is hurting. HELP SOMEONE who could use your help. GIVE to a family or to an organization to meet tangible needs. SO many have lost so much in the recent storms! LORD, the needs of the world are beyond our comprehension. So many are grieving so much loss and suffering so much misery that it overwhelms us. But we can do something if we listen for Your nudge. Help us to be Your hands and feet especially now and in this season.

In Jesus’ parable in Matthew 25:35-40 He said, “For I was hungry, and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger, and you invited me into your home. 36 I was naked, and you gave me clothing. I was sick, and you cared for me. I was in prison, and you visited me.” The hearers asked when had they done that and He said, 40I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!’

LOVE ONE ANOTHER

SURPRISED by JOY!

WHERE ARE the ornaments? Look up top under HOME DECOR, then HOLIDAY ORNAMENTS. Here is a link. There truly is something for everyone. Be sure to use SLIDER BAR to adjust the size of the image! Please message me if you have any questions.

There are no container ships involved in this process, so if you order soon, you will have these to decorate your tree and gift to your friends.🎄

Thankful to share with you🎨

STARS HEARTS OVALS TREES BELLS STOCKINGS
Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 37:4

Good News Christmas 2020

Good News of great joy for all people.” An angel showed up and reduced the shepherds to abject terror when he appeared to them and spoke this message. “Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah (Christ), the Lord.” Luke 2:11. Of course the first words the angel said were, “Do not be afraid,” because being terrified is a natural response to being approached by such a powerful Heavenly being! God sent His mighty angel and His warrior armies to bring Good News and sing a spine-tingling chorus of Hallelujahs to the lowliest of the low that first Christmas.

We’ve heard this Christmas message so often. May I insert us into this setting? This morning I pray we would experience the angel as did the shepherds; wherever you are sitting, whatever you are stressing over, however anxious or disappointed you may be feeing at this moment – this powerful Angel messenger has come to YOU and speaks to you in your fear. DO NOT BE AFRAID. His news is GOOD NEWS. It is for YOU – this Savior has been born to YOU. He is for you, he loves you, he is a gift given to you from Almightly God Himself.

Good News of Great Joy

Regardless of the disappointments, painful losses, and mindbending circumstances ALL of us have endured this past year, the Christmas story tells us that God is with us – Immanuel. “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” (which means “God with us”). Matthew 1:23

So Do not be afraid.

Christmas looks very different this year. Our plans changed at every turn. Annual traditions took a leave of absence for 2020, parties and get togethers were replaced with ZOOM. And singing ~ well, heavenly choirs singing “The Hallelujah Chorus” from years past were enjoyed online as I sang from my car.

Even so, Lord Jesus, we celebrate Your presence with us this Christmas. We need You and are grateful You make Your presence known to us. In spite of our fears, our disappointments, and yes our confusion, we ask for the JOY of Your great love to fill us this week as we love on those around us: our neighbors, co-workers, family and friends – even if it is remotely!

Praying you will seek the gifts of the King of Kings this Christmas: among them being love, mercy, grace, forgiveness, joy, peace and the very presence of God Himself.

Let there be light✨

Christmas by Candlelight

This is That Time of the Year and we are all having a bit of a problem believing it. The calendar, the ads, the decorations everywhere you look all remind us Christmas is Coming! But I have to admit I’m having a bit of a problem getting in the mood. This year has been so unimaginable that Christmas doesn’t seem real. But we made the effort and put up our Christmas decorations last weekend. My husband and I got busy making Christmas visible on the exterior as well as the interior of our home in hopes that we might catch some holiday spirit. 🎄

As I’m sitting here trying to feel anything remotely like childlike Christmas spirit, I began to notice a common thread in our decorations – twinkling bright lights: lights on our tree, our mantle, our roof – everywhere it seems. And these lights bring us joy. The usual look of our home has taken on a happy, colorful sparkling warmth markedly more cheerful than at other times of the year. We love our home, but at Christmas time it takes on a holiday glow.

In the very beginning, Genesis 1:3, God said, “Let there be light.” Jesus said, “I am the Light of the World” in John‘s gospel; chapter 8:12. Light is God’s gift to us – it dispels darkness, reveals color, brings warmth, clarity, joy and reveals truth. Jesus told us he was the Light of the World – to light our way through the darkness of life and BE our Truth. The glow we see all around us this Christmas season is but a faint reflection of the great Light God’s love shines on those who seek Him.

So from wherever you sit as we begin this month of Christmas and Hanukkah, maybe you will view the lights all around you as a reminder of God’s great love. If your heart struggles, I pray you will look around and see in the bright lights that God sent His son to us not because we deserved it, but because He loves us. He proclaimed the Good News through a heavenly choir of angels to the shepherds in the fields and lit up the sky with a brilliant blazing Christmas star to guide the way.

Good News of Great Joy

I’m feeling a bit more Christmas spirit as I think on these things. We all need to be reminded to look up when our mind might be telling us not only to look away but to shut our eyes completely! Let’s keep our hope and trust in God and celebrate Christmas in whatever form it may appear in this crazy year of 2020. Bring it on, Lord Jesus!

Cards on Sale NOV 16!

One day only, choose from any of my over 250 paintings to create custom cards: singles, 10-pack, or 25-pack, and you can add a personalized greeting on the inside! Cards come with envelopes. You are also able to customize the size of the image and add a colored border, if you desire. I invite you to sit down, scroll through, and find just the right gift for someone special – maybe just for you!

NOVEMBER 16 ONLY! Visit the Gallery Shop and look through the Collections.