Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Four Days.

Passion. Such a beautiful word, is it not? Many people can have different passions about certain things. Right now, I want to bring to your attention a passion for children, a passion for orphans, a passion for the least of these.
A beautiful young lady who goes by the name of Miss Elaini set out on a journey last year. Due to health issues, she could not fulfill her dream of doing missions work in India, so instead, she came up with an idea.
Over the past year, Elaini has worked hard to raise $45,807 by wearing the same black dress every day for 100 days. The dress was to identify with the poor people of this world who find it a luxury to own even one dress. By the end of day 100, Elaini had raised a total of $31, 331, her goal $50,000. However, she didn't stop. Her passion for orphans was strong and she wanted to finish and reach her goal.

You can see each of the 100 days below:

There are only four days left until the end of the year, which is the day Elaini hopes to make her dream come true and reach $50,000. This means that she needs to raise $4,000 per day. It seems an impossible feat for a human, but with God all things are possible.

Can we lift Elaini up in prayer over these next four days, spread the word about her project, and maybe even donate to her efforts? Ten dollars can help feed a young child who might otherwise not have something to eat.

A young child like this one...

I love the quote from Elaini, "I can't change the past but I can effect the future."

You can visit her blog here to learn more about this amazing woman and her project.

Sunday, December 25, 2011

What's Christmas to You?

What is Christmas about? What do you think it is, in your mind?
Christmas is about God sending his only son, the Perfect Lamb, as a sacrifice so that we, as His creation, would be able to have a way out of sin and an open door to heaven.

John 3:16 For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only son,
that whoever believes in him will have everlasting life

John 14: 6 Jesus answered, “I am the Way and the Truth and the Life.
No one comes to the Father except through me.”

You may have heard individuals talking about losing the focus of Christmas, perhaps in a conversation or a movie. In some sense, our culture has lost a lot of the picture of Christmas. Santa bringing presents to obedient little children, people shopping, attempting to find the perfect gift for a
loved one, and the general “season” or the “perfect feeling” of Christmas

So what should Christmas really be?

If I wanted to define Christmas in one word, I would have to use the word “giving”. Jesus was God’s only son and God sent Him into our sinful world so that we might have a way to be with God in heaven and to eventually be totally and completely blameless, living and praising God eternally. He gave His only son, and ultimately, Jesus gave us His life.

What does your Christmas look like? Are you busy? Too busy to even stop for a second? Are you stressed over making everything perfect the way it “has” to be, or are you taking Christmas as it comes to you?

This year Christmas will be very different for my family. We usually stay home, eat lots of food, cook turkey or ham (I don’t like turkey), watch some Christmas movies…and of course, open presents. This year we will be away from our home but will be in our Grandpa’s house. My Grandma died in August, and this will be Grandpa’s first holiday by himself. We will be
giving up our normal traditions to spend much needed time with much loved relatives.

This Christmas that I have described to you is so far is all about what were are actually doing on Christmas day. Although, yes, what we are doing on Christmas is relatively important to us, but what is more important to God is the meaning of Christmas. No matter where we are, nothing about Christmas changes. It’s still about Jesus, it’s still about giving, and
it’s still about God’s love for us.

This Christmas season, what can you give to make someone else's Christmas better? In what ways can you make sure that you don’t get caught up in the busyness of Christmas, and that your focus is on the gift Christ has given you?

Friday, December 9, 2011

Merry Christmas!

"For unto you is born this day in the city of David a savior, who is Christ the Lord."

~Luke 2:11

"And this shall be a sign unto you; You shall find the baby wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger."

~ Luke 2: 12

"And suddenly there appeared with the angel a multitude of the heavenly hosts praising God and saying..."

~ Luke 2:13

"Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill towards men."

~Luke 2:14

"When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, ‘Let us go now to Bethlehem and see this thing that has taken place, which the Lord has made known to us.’ So they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the child lying in the manger. When they saw this, they made known what had been told them about this child; and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds told them. But Mary treasured all these words and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them."

~Luke 2:15-21