• Celebrating Christmas

    A Tree is in My House!

    Have you ever wondered why we bring a tree into our house at Christmas time? There must be something to this engraved world-wide tradition. Hmm…ask, seek, knock, and God promises to answer. I think He led me to the root (no pun intended) of this generational tree practice by guiding me to Leviticus, of all places. Listen to God’s explicit instruction to Moses concerning the Israelite’s celebration, the Feast of Tabernacles: You shall celebrate the feast of the Lord for seven days, with a rest on the first day and a rest on the eighth day. Now on the first day you shall take foliage of beautiful trees, palm branches…

  • Celebrating Christmas

    Make a Joyful Noise!

    One of the God-appointed feasts in the Israelite’s day was called the Feast of Trumpets. How interesting–trumpets. I decided to dig a little deeper to find out more about this musical instrument. First of all, God loves trumpets! In fact, I’m wondering if these are His favorite instruments. (Remember, when He comes back for us on the last day, the trumpet of God will be blown for all the world to hear!) In Biblical times, this magnificent sound was used: -to signify the first day of the month and at the beginning of feasts -to assemble the Israelites when moving throughout the wilderness -to lead the Israelite army into battle…

  • Celebrating Christmas

    The Red Ribbon

    As my family and I traveled home from a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend in Hernando, Mississippi, we passed by many homeowners pulling out their decorations for the next upcoming holiday, Christmas. I saw lights being strung on railings and rooftops, wreaths being hung on windows and doors, and various fixtures being placed in front yards and on porches. Yes, Christmas is upon us, and we’re all getting ready for…what? Is there a purpose behind this preparation? I wonder, across America, and the world, has Christmas become just another reason to throw a seasonal party in order to break the monotony of every day life? I asked this very question again as…