Category Archives: Holidays

Following Stars

IMG_2286I’m a fan of the star tree-topper. Forget the bows and monograms and all other options. Why? The star reminds me of the point of all this celebration-finding Christ. As I was reading the wise men’s story this morning, a question popped in my brain: just how long did these men journey to find Christ? After a little investigation, I discovered that scholars believe their journey took two years. (See Matthew 2:1-12 for extra confirmation.) They first saw the star on the day of Jesus’ birth and finally arrived when Jesus was around two years old.

Two years of their lives spent searching for Christ! We can’t even wait a week to find Christ in a hundred different areas of our lives. We encounter an obstacle –a mountain to be moved– and we demand He move it now. But what if the journey is the important part? What if the search is what truly leads us to not just find him but continue our journey with him. The journey strengthens our faith, fills our hearts, renews our minds. Now we know that at the end of each journey, He will be found.

In verse 9 of Matthew 2, it says “once again the star appeared.” That’s two appearances, two separate journeys. Our journey to Christ is not a singular experience. It is a life of following the star. And just as it appeared for the wise men more than once, it will appear to us more than once. We should face every morning with the joy of following that star and knowing that it will lead us to a relationship with Christ that is all-fulfilling and always adventurous! So today and tomorrow, and every day that follows,  as you keep your eyes focused on what’s above, remember each step leads not only to Him but to know Him better.

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Weekend Getaway

Tis the weekend for love, so spend some time sharing just how much you love — not just your Valentine —  but all the important people in your life.  Today’s post is my Valentine to you, my faithful readers.

Ponder this about real romance . . .

VDay Quote

 

Mull over these blogs by Ann Voskamp sharing the truth about real love . . .

How Real People Make Shades of Real Love

How to Make a Marriage Better than 1000 Love Songs

 

Turn up the volume . . .

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Looking for a soundtrack to go along with this love weekend. Check out Dave Barnes new CD Hymns for Her.  It’s been on replay at the house and I love the real-life lyrics about real-life love not just the Happily-Ever-After stuff of fairy tales.

 

 

Linger in laughter . . .

Nothing makes life with your Valentine sweeter than sharing a little laughter.  Not only is Dave Barnes an amazing singer/songwriter, but he is absolutely hysterical.  Check out his videos promoting the new CD.  I’ve laughed together with everyone in the family – and watched them more than once!

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Cook up some sweet love (in the kitchen) . . .

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Finally, meditate on this . . .

Love Verse