Monthly Archives: November 2015

The ADVENTure of Christmas 11/30/15

Monday, November 30, 2015

What is it about this time of year that brings back memories of childhood? This season rolls around and my memories transport me back in time to the simple and happy days of Christmases gone by.

In my family, we had many Christmas traditions:

  • Dozens of different types of Christmas cookies tucked away in tins in the cupboard
  • Driving around looking at Christmas lights
  • The one gift (always pajamas) that we opened on Christmas Eve
  • Watching every single Christmas special on TV – Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, Frosty the Snowman, It’s A Wonderful Life, Miracle on 34th Street and, the classic, Charlie Brown Christmas

Traditions are an excellent way to prepare your heart for the ADVENTure of Christmas. They are like well-worn paths that lead you to what you have been searching for.

Take some time to reflect upon what traditions are meaningful to you and your family. Are there any new traditions you’d like to start?

Would you allow me to suggest one? Tonight, ABC will help the Peanuts Gang celebrate their 50th anniversary of sharing the true meaning of Christmas.[1] Why not join them? Pop a big bowl of popcorn, make some cocoa, gather some family and friends and sit down to enjoy the one Christmas special that puts the ADVENTure of Christmas into perspective.

Nov 30

I don’t know about you, but Linus’ speech gets me every time when he quotes the Christmas story from Luke chapter 2.

Just make sure you don’t ruin it for others by quoting every line (*smile*).

Today’s Family ADVENTure!

Family activity: Put on your pajamas, snuggle under the blankets, and tune into ABC to watch Charlie Brown Christmas with friends and family.

Dinner discussion: What are some of you favorite traditions? Are there any new traditions you’d like to start? Take it one step further and start one of these new traditions!

[1] Check local listings for airtime

The ADVENTure of Christmas 11/29/15

What? It’s time to start planning for Christmas again? Already?

Doesn’t it seem like Christmas comes just a little earlier each year? As soon as the Halloween costumes and candy are cleared out, it begins to “look a lot like Christmas, everywhere you go” and even though “it’s the most wonderful time of the year,” many of us struggle, even just a bit, with the stress, activity, and expectation the last two months of the year bring with them.

How did God sending His Son to be Emmanuel, God with us, turn into all this craziness?

I don’t believe that was His plan. That’s why I wrote this devotional guide. Using the advent themes of hope, preparation, joy and love, these daily readings are designed to speak directly to your heart. As you take a few moments to quiet your soul each day, I hope you will join me on the journey of reclaiming the true meaning and spirit of Christmas.

In addition, Elsa Martin, our Faith Kids Director at Cheney Faith Center, has included daily questions/activities at the bottom of each reading for families to do together. It is our desire to train our children to be disciples of Christ and we recognize that starts, first and foremost, in the home. Perhaps you will take some time around the dinner table to answer these questions and do these activities?

My prayer is that this simple offering from my heart to yours will make a difference in your life this Christmas.

With Jesus’ great love, Kate Posthuma

 

Sunday, November 29, 2015

The word “adventure” is everywhere you look these days. I’ve especially noticed it on the social media of young people . . .

Nov 29

Yet, it seems older people have found that adulthood is as much adventure as they can handle (*smile*).

What is it about our souls that crave a bit of adventure and what exactly is adventure?

There are many definitions of adventure, but let’s consider two:

1) an action involving unknown risks or dangers;

2) an exciting or remarkable experience.[1]

Deep down, I think our souls crave something more than the drab day to day monotony of life. And adventure, especially if there is a bit of risk involved, makes life exciting!

This Christmas season, I invite you to join me on an ADVENTure as you prepare your heart for Christ’s birth. He is the Hero. You are His sidekick, as you work together to find the missing artifacts of hope, joy, and love. Certainly, we will see that there is a villain, and there may even be some risk involved!

Are you ready? Then, let the ADVENTure begin!

Today’s Family ADVENTure!

Family activity: Build an advent wreath to accompany us on this adventure. Be creative, it doesn’t have to be a wreath, or even round. All you need are 4 candles and some festive decorations. See fun examples of a traditional wreath here and a non-traditional wreath here.

Dinner Discussion: Tell of one of your favorite adventures, big or small, and share what you love most about it.

 

[1] Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary

Wind Storm 2015

As the light begins to shine on a new day, I am waiting to go outside to see the damage that was done by last night’s wind storm. The wind was so strong that it downed large trees and power lines. We were without electricity for about eight hours as we sat in the dark and listened to the clanging and banging as dozens of shingles fell off of our roof.

This experience made me think about life. Sometimes life gets crazy. We find ourselves in the perfect storm as circumstances arrive with such force that we think we will topple over. It’s in those times that we run to the safety of our loving Father. He is our shelter, refuge and ever present help in times of trouble (Psalm 46).

Then we wait. We wait for the storm to blow over and we wait to assess the damage. Life does some damage to our souls and often times we don’t even know the full extent of the damage until the storm has completely passed and the light has dawned once again.

If you are coming out of a storm, don’t be overwhelmed by the toll it has taken. The shingles of your life may have blown off, but you still have a firm foundation under your feet, Jesus.

Run to him, not away from him. Offer Him the fragments of your broken life and watch what He will do. It will take some time, but don’t give up. This is His promise to you, “To all who mourn in Israel he will give: beauty for ashes; joy instead of mourning; praise instead of heaviness. For God has planted them like strong and graceful oaks for his own glory.   And they shall rebuild the ancient ruins, repairing cities long ago destroyed, reviving them though they have lain there many generations.” Isaiah 61:3-4 TLB

Jesus is a Master Builder and Restorer. It’s His business to repair the damage life brings. Let Him.

Your Friend in Ministry,

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