Tis the Season Week 4: Loving Like Jesus

How will the love of Jesus find expression in your life as you seek to love others this Christmas season?

Thanks for sticking with us the last four weeks. This week we conclude our study just in time to celebrate and rejoice in the birth of our Savior! I pray your Christmas has been a little different this year because you have sought to make Christ the center. This week we’ll conclude our study by examining Psalm 86:13 and the steadfast love our of God. Continue reading “Tis the Season Week 4: Loving Like Jesus”

Tis the Season Week 1: Heart Attitudes

Thanks for joining us for ‘Tis the Season as we seek to prepare our hearts and homes for a Christ-centered Christmas. Our guiding verses for this study are Psalm 86:11-13:

Teach me your way, O Lord,
    that I may walk in your truth;
    unite my heart to fear your name.
I give thanks to you, O Lord my God, with my whole heart,
    and I will glorify your name forever.
For great is your steadfast love toward me;
    you have delivered my soul from the depths of Sheol.

Today we will examine the heart attitude of one who seeks to know God’s ways and walk in His truth.

If you have not already done so, please download the free e-book study guide that accompanies each week’s lesson. Now, let’s get into the Word! Continue reading “Tis the Season Week 1: Heart Attitudes”

Tis the Season: Introduction

Thanks for joining us for the Advent study, ‘Tis the Season: Preparing Our Hearts and Homes for a Christ-Centered Christmas. If you missed the earlier post on the inspiration for this study, you can catch up here.

Our study is based on the verses found in Psalm 86:11-13:

Teach me your way, O Lord,
    that I may walk in your truth;
    unite my heart to fear your name.
I give thanks to you, O Lord my God, with my whole heart,
    and I will glorify your name forever.
For great is your steadfast love toward me;
    you have delivered my soul from the depths of Sheol.

Each week you’ll find a section on Preparing your Heart and then tips and activities for Preparing Your Home. When I teach this study “live”, I always have ladies share ways they prepare their homes for Christmas. I’d love to hear from you! Comment and share, upload a picture or two and let’s encourage and inspire one another.

As we seek to prepare our hearts and homes in order to celebrate what’s truly important this Christmas season, let’s take time to stop, look, listen and celebrate Immanuel—God with us.

I invite you to download and print the free e-book study guide that accompanies this online discussion. Continue reading “Tis the Season: Introduction”

Tis the Season…Are You Ready?

‘Tis the season…

  • for busyness and overwhelmed schedules packed with events
  • for strained pocketbooks from all the shopping for just the right gifts
  • for stressed and frazzled relationships and gatherings with relatives

But is this how Christmas was truly meant to be experienced?

Advent means “the coming”. It’s a time of inward preparation for the commemoration of the coming of Christ. It’s a time to be still and remember the God of our past, present and future. It’s a time to celebrate His presence in the present and prepare for His second coming in the future.

Advent is a time to prepare for Christ’s coming by looking at our lives and seeing if there are habits, attitudes, or behaviors of which we need to repent. —Ann Hibbard

Over sixteen years ago, the Lord really impressed upon me that I needed to take a look at my heart and what I was instilling in my children when it came to Christmas. My husband and I felt we needed to move our family toward a season more focused on celebrating Christ and generosity, rather than “getting gifts”.   Continue reading “Tis the Season…Are You Ready?”