Christmas in July Series – Happy Belated Birthday Jesus!

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When we think about when Jesus was born we automatically associate it with December 25th because that is when we celebrate it.  Well, actually we do not really know when Jesus was born.  How could it not be the 25th! Surprise! The Bishop of Rome made up the date.  The link below is for a preaching I read which goes into more detail about it.  

https://www.gty.org/library/sermons-library/42-22/jesus-birth-in-bethlehem-part-1

Interesting enough is the fact that when Mary found out she was pregnant it was approximately the 6th month of the year.  Assuming Luke was going by the Jewish calendar that would mean it was around September.  

Now in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city in Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, of the descendants of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary. And coming in, he said to her, “Greetings, favored one! The Lord is with you.” But she was very perplexed at this statement, and kept pondering what kind of salutation this was. The angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name Him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David; and He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and His kingdom will have no end.” Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I am a virgin?” The angel answered and said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; and for that reason the [y]holy Child shall be called the Son of God. And behold, even your relative Elizabeth has also conceived a son in her old age; and she who was called barren is now in her sixth month. For nothing will be impossible with God.” And Mary said, “Behold, the bondslave of the Lord; may it be done to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her. Now at this time Mary arose and went in a hurry to the hill country, to a city of Judah, and entered the house of Zacharias and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb; and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. And she cried out with a loud voice and said, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb!

Luke 1:26-42
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So . . .if she was pregnant for the whole 9 months, she would have given birth in approximately June! I don’t know if that would be when Jesus was actually born but if it was that would mean we missed His birthday. Happy belated birthday Jesus! LOL!

Whether we put up a Christmas tree, decorate the house, exchange gifts, and do all the things associated with Christmas, we should always keep in mind that Jesus should be the focus of our lives every day of the year, 24/7.

Have a blessed Thursday!

Two Tips Tuesday – Note Taking

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Everywhere you look there are electronic devices. They are very convenient, easy (sometimes-LOL), and quick to use but they can also make things not so convenient, easy, or quick. I am sure that many young people would think otherwise but especially when it comes to note taking electronic devices are really not such a good thing. Even worse, not taking notes at all.

There are many, many articles and studies that have shown that when it comes to remembering the important stuff, handwriting your notes wins hands (pun intended) down. People might be thinking – well isn’t typing the same thing? Um….nope. God didn’t hardwire our brains that way. The importance of writing things down has always been important. Look at the 10 Commandments (Exodus 20).

When He had finished speaking with him upon Mount Sinai, He gave Moses the two tablets of the testimony, tablets of stone, written by the finger of God.

Exodus 31:18

I would like to give you a couple of note taking tips.

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TIP #1 – Write it down. I know this seems obvious but we need to make a habit of taking notes. We will retain the more important stuff when we write it down. I could listen to a sermon or think about a craft project I want to work on and possibly recall some of it but when I write down the important stuff it stays stuck in my head. I tend to retain it better. Also, it gives you a written point of reference when you want to go back to review something or be able to get a craft project started.

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TIP #2 – Keep one specific place for your notes. I used to write on post it notes or scrap pieces of paper. Because I ended up having them everywhere, I could never find that one note I was looking for. It was either lost or at the bottom of my purse – LOL.

I keep my Bible notes in a traveler’s notebook. Once I fill one journal book, I replace it with a new one and keep all of the filled ones in one specific place on my bookshelf so I can refer back to it. I keep a note pad specifically for craft projects I plan on working or ideas of things I want to work on. I keep it with me wherever I go so if I get an idea I can quickly write it down with a few important details so when I’m in need of a fresh idea for a craft I can refer back to it.

So, whether you are in Bible study, class, or dreaming up the next craft project, remember take notes!

Have a blessed Tuesday everyone.

Christmas in July Series – Baby Jesus

The origins of the term Christmas in July is not totally clear.  Some believe it is because it is so hot in summer that everyone is wishing for some cooler days.  Some believe it is because for places in the Southern Hemisphere like Australia – July is at the height of their winter season. Today’s devotional starts this month’s weekly series titled “Christmas in July.” 

Matthew 1:21 – “She will bear a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.”

Matthew 1:21

When people think of Christmas, they tend to think about the Christmas tree, the presents, spending time with family, oh yes, and baby Jesus.  Everybody loves baby Jesus.  Jesus is seen as the cute little baby in a manger.  FYI – there is no longer a baby Jesus.  He was born, a baby, but became a man and died on the cross because of our sins.  His name, Jesus, in Greek is Iēsous which means Jehovah is salvation.  Jesus, our Savior, being God emptied Himself in complete humility and obedience to God.  Being born – baby Jesus – He did not remain a baby.

Philippians 2:6-8 – who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.

Philippians 2:6-8

Ladies, does our lives bear fruit of salvation or are we still holding on to baby Jesus?

“Drip down, O heavens, from above, and let the clouds pour down righteousness; let the earth open up and salvation bear fruit, and righteousness spring up with it. I, the LORD, have created it.

Isaiah 45:8

Maybe we don’t even know what that looks like.  If that is you, I invite you to repent of your sins and be saved onto eternal life with the only one who can give salvation to you – Jesus.

“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.

John 3:16

May our heart’s cry daily be to bear the fruit of salvation!

Ephesians 4:24 – and put on the new self, which in the likeness of God has been created in righteousness and holiness of the truth.

Ephesians 4:24

Two Tips Tuesday-Storage ~ Part 2

Happy Tuesday Evening Ladies! This post finishes our two-part series on storage of our home textiles. Last week we spoke about using vacuum storage bags and how we should think about the places in our home that we can use for storing these things.

Pillows are a great way to change up a room. If you have neutrals in your space, a pillow can provide a pop of color. If you enjoy decorating for seasons but don’t really want to decorate the whole house (unlike me – LOL!), a seasonal pillow can bring in the feel of that season without much effort.

Tip #1 – minimize storage of pillows, pillows, pillows! When I discovered vacuum storage bags – it was a game changer. It provided a way to store a large amount of pillows in minimal space. But . . . when I discovered pillow covers, that was an even bigger game changer. This opened up a whole new way to store my pillows. Which means more space for my crafting supplies! I’m doing a virtual happy dance – LOL! The butterfly pillow in the pic above is a pillow cover. I can take the inside pillow out and store the cover flat. The ones on the right and left are not. My future plans are to take my pillows that are not covers and convert them into covers by opening the back up and using a simple closure system in the back to slip the pillow inserts in and out. This is definitely a game changer!

The next question would be – where can I purchase pillow covers? The biggest selection I have found is at Ikea. They even have double sided covers! Another place that has beautiful pillow covers is Hobby Lobby (wait for the sale or use 40% off coupon). Also, there are many online stores that have a large assortment of pillow covers to choose from.

Tip #2 – making use of the cloth bags that your bed sheets come in. I needed pillow cases with a print/design on them to go with the solid pillow cases I have on my bed. I really like the Better Homes & Gardens sets in Walmart and so when I was there doing groceries I was checking out their selection and found these. When I saw the covers they came in, another light bulb went off – LOL! I can recycle these covers for something else.

I needed something to hold chalk markers for my craft room that was light enough to hang on a command hook and this was the perfect solution. I used XL bias tape, sewed around to close it and created a loop for hanging.

These bags are a great storage solution for small items. It could even be turned into a little purse for yourself or your daughter with a simple strap sewn on.  There are so many possibilities.

Hope you enjoyed these tips. If you did, please hit the like button and follow my blog to stay up to date. Have a blessed evening.

“Blessed are those whose lawless deeds have been forgiven, and whose sins have been covered.

Romans 4:7

Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making an appeal through us; we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.

2 Corinthians 5:20-21