Why? You may ask, if you are interested.
For all intents and purposes, I am doing NO Christmas shopping.
My husband and I generally over the past several years have not exchanged. And this year, with one daughter in East Asia.....it is sort of pointless to spend lots of money to send over stuff she probably won't be able to fit in her suitcase when she comes home this summer. And our other daughter moved into a new place this past summer, and we helped her out making it cozy and feel like home.
Besides just a few things here and there for some other relatives, I have jumped off of the "retail treadmill."
It is sooooooooooo freeing, and feels absolutely marvelous.
I HIGHLY recommend it.
haven't we already received the GREATEST GIFT of ALL!!!!!!!!!!!!!
If you have not ACCEPTED this wonderful gift.....yet, I pray you will. Nothing compares.
All you have to do is talk to God saying something like this:
I would like to receive the gift of eternal life and forgiven sins because Jesus, Your Son, came to earth to live and die for ME. I would like to celebrate the TRUE meaning of Christmas this year by accepting this gift.
If you believe that Jesus is the Son of God, who took your sins (that you have done things that are contrary to how God wants you to live) away on the cross and was resurrected because He is part of the awesome triune God and He is alive and hears your prayers, then WELCOME to the family!
Please find a church that can help you to grow in this MOST amazing journey. (Just like there are distinct personalities to each person, so it is with churches. Keep looking until you find one that is right for you.) In the meantime, start reading the Bible ~ the New Testament is the best place to start.
GLORY to the NEWBORN KING!
and congratulations to you....
dear brother or sister in Christ.
May this be the most merriest of Christmases.