It’s really all about people. (Make Ready 19)

This is a sampling of my big, loud, wonderful family. We gather with food, wine, games, and open hearts.

someone you like to spend Christmas with

Advent Day 19

So we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. Romans 12:5

Who do you love to spend time with, especially during the Christmas season? We gather at church, we gather for parties, we gather in texts and through Facetime, with those we live near and far away. We were made to be together, to work together, to rejoice, to mourn, to learn and grow together. Thank goodness the same Spirit who calls us as individuals, also watches between us and gathers us together in Christ, to do His work and to share His love…and Make Ready together.

Cupcakes, Pies, and Cookies- Oh My! (Make Ready 18)

I declared this the year of the Aldi chocolate dipped goodies. 🙂 Heidi’s chocolate dipped goodness directions: Melt semi-sweet or 60% dark chocolate in a glass bowl resting on a small saucepan, half full of boiling water. Add 1-2 tsp of cooking oil to the chocolate for a pretty shine. Dip away – cookies, Oreos, pretzels, nuts, cereal, marshmallows, anything!

a Christmas treat

Advent Day 18

How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth! Psalm 119:103

Who doesn’t love the treats given at Christmas from neighbor to neighbor, friend to friend, or shared by children of all ages. They can bring back a flood of memories with just one taste. How much more can God’s Word, the joy of Christ spoken in love at Christmas, spark a flood of good things – peace, joy, assurance, and love! Make ready for His goodness this Christmas.


O Christmas Tree (Make Ready 17)

Christmas tree

Advent Day 17

There shall come forth a shoot from the stump of Jesse, and a branch from his roots shall bear fruit. Isaiah 11:1

Trees, in a lot of ways, tend to be the centerpiece of Christmas celebrations. And there are so many choices! Artificial trees, specially-colored trees, white trees, trees with pretend snow on them…all kinds! And that crisp aroma of pine still strikes a chord for many of us. Christmas trees are abounding in symbolism, but let’s remember today the way they point to life. In the dead of winter, when other trees go dormant, evergreen Christmas trees remind us of everlasting LIFE! Jesus came into a dead and a dark world. God made it ready for Him at just the right time. And here He spreads His Life and His Light. Thank you, Lord Jesus!