• Celebrating Christmas

    Behold Him

    On December 2nd just before lunch, I was racing to my first Christmas party–and I mean racing. I was the “set-up” lady for the celebration at my daughter’s tutorial, and I was LATE. As I was I flying down highway 65, I felt much like Santa in his sleigh, especially because I had all the decorations in my back seat, one of which was a small bell on top of a Santa-hat that literally jingled all the way. Becoming aggravated at every slow-moving-vehicle in my path, as if they were to blame, I said to myself, “This is NOT how I want to spend my entire holiday–rushed, frazzled, and in…

  • Celebrating Christmas

    The Bundle of Blessing

    As you can tell from my previous three entries concerning Celebrating Christmas, I have “nestled myself into” the appointed feasts of the Lord found in Leviticus 23. Once again, another feast, the Firstfruits Feast, (say that seven times real fast!), caught my wondering heart and mind. Listen to these words of instruction concerning this Israelite celebration: When you enter the land which I am going to give you and reap its harvest, then you shall bring in the sheaf of the firstfruits of your harvest to the priest. And he shall wave the sheaf before the Lord for you to be accepted. Leviticus 23:9 A sheaf is a bundle; so…

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    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…

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    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…