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New Year, One Word

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As hard as it is to believe, 2015 is coming to a close. This year flew by. It feels as if we were just ringing in the new year for 2015 to begin and here we are about to welcome 2016 just like that!

The norm is to create a list of New Year’s resolutions, to write out everything you’d like to accomplish in the upcoming year. This could be to learn how to experiment more while you cook, to work out 4 days a week, to join a book club or to visit a place you’ve never been.

Don’t get me wrong, I love to write out New Year’s resolutions. I’m a list-maker and I have so much fun setting goals and dreaming up what I’d like to conquer as the year goes on. However, last year the Lord laid something on my heart that I’d like to share with y’all for this upcoming year.

Focus on One Word

Let’s be honest, New Year’s resolutions can get overwhelming. The list seems to get longer and longer. The longer the list gets, the more you feel like you can’t accomplish all the tasks. Things start to fizzle out by the beginning of February and before long, you forget what all your dreams for 2016 were. You may find the list mid-year and get depressed because you realize you’ve fallen short.

I want to propose something different this year.

As 2016 approaches, pray and ask the Lord to give you a word. One word. One word that you know need to press into and focus on this year.

Contentment. Patience. Intentionality. Prayer. Confidence. Service.
Worship. Peace. Trust. Simplicity. 

Maybe you already know your word.

Once, you have your word, pray about it. Speak it over yourself. Ask God to reveal more to you about that topic. Look up verses about it. Allow it to soak into your soul and watch God work.

God has a lot to teach us, if we’d be willing to lend and ear and listen. If we’d be teachable and humble.

I have full confidence that God will do above and beyond when He gives you this word if you press in and trust Him with it.

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Christmas Star

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Have any of you read Bill Hybels’ Christmas story, Seeing The Christmas Scenery? I guess it’s really a Christmas message or life lesson that we may have overlooked or not even really thought of before.

Bill challenges the reader to spend some time looking at the nativity scene we have all grown up looking at in yards, on Christmas cards, and in churches. The Star, the Stable, and the Manger are the particulars he focuses on.

O Star of Wonder, Star of Night. Star with royal beauty bright. Westward leading, still proceeding. Guide us to thy Perfect Light.

God provided a particular star to serve as a travel guide for the Magi looking for the Royal baby. Matthew 2:9 tells us that after listening to King Herod, they went on their way. And behold, the star that they had seen when it rose, went before them until it came to rest over the place where the child was. The star led them to the exact place where Joseph, Mary, and baby Jesus were.

Verse 10 says when seeing the star, the Magi rejoiced with exceeding great joy. Deep down, they knew they would have never found Christ without the God given star. We know the rest of their story. They rejoiced and worshiped Him. They presented unto Him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. Wow!

Hybels says, “God provides a travel guide for seekers.” That is so true. He has been putting stars and other travel guides into the lives of those seeking Jesus for centuries. Even before we realized we needed to seek Jesus. I’m speaking for myself.

God provides a travel guide (someone to lead us to Christ) for each of us. When I read that sentence, I think my jaw dropped on my book. Seriously!! He did in my journey. My sweet sister in law, Amy, was my bright and shinning star who lead me straight into the loving arms of Jesus. I grew up in church and went to Catholic School from K-12. I knew ABOUT God but I didn’t know Him know Him. I didn’t have a relationship with Him. I had no idea what I was missing. God sent someone in my life whose love for Christ and me was real. She was patient and kind. Her faith was something to see. I don’t know what my life would be like had God not used her as a travel guide. I am so thankful for Amy Birdsong. She is a beautiful star.

Since then, I believe He has continued putting precious “stars” in my path. Friends whose lights burn bright and whose love is real. And their faith…well that’s the thing that draws me nearer to them and to Christ. I am grateful for the gifts that are my travel guides. I can say that just recently he put a new friend in my life that will lead me to Him in this season of my life. Each one of them are gifts straight from the Father of Lights.

Hybels says, “For those of you who are still seekers, let me give you a word of encouragement. Chances are, God has already put a travel guide in your life somewhere. Chances are, if you were to scan the horizons of your relationships, you probably already know someone whose spiritual light burns bright, whose love is for real, and whose faith has caught your attention more than once. That person may very well be God’s gift to you-sort of like a Christmas star-God’s travel guide. Look at the star–God has probably already given you one. Use it soon!”

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A Denham Springs Christmas

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Hey y’all! With Christmas just around the corner, there are lots of things to do around town. I know your calendars are getting filled with fun festivities, but make sure you don’t miss out on these wonderful events in our community!

Denham Springs Christmas Tree Lighting
When: Thursday, December 10 @ 6 p.m.
Where: Train Station Park (198 E. Railroad Ave, Denham Springs)
What: Come see a Christmas tree lighting at Train Station Park.

Christmas Parade
When: Saturday, December 12 @ 2 p.m.
Where: Denham Springs High School (1000 N. Range Avenue)
What: The lineup starts at 9 a.m. and the parade begins at 2 p.m. at Denham Springs High School. The parade will travel down Range Avenue and will take a right on Florida Boulevard, ending at Veterans Boulevard.

Music in the Village
When: Saturday, December 19 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: Denham Springs Antique Village (N. Range Avenue, Denham Springs)
What: Enjoy Christmas carols while you shop in the village for the loved ones on your list.

Santa’s Winter Wonderland
When: December 6-21, 22-24 (click for times)
Where: Bass Pro Shop (175 Bass Pro Blvd)
What: Get a free photo with Santa, make arts and crafts and more! There are tons of activities to do with your little ones.

Messenger’s Christmas Land
When: Open until December 26th from 6 to 8 p.m.
Where: 9481 Prince Charles, Denham Springs, LA
What: This is the 51st year the Messenger’s have set up their wonderful Christmas Land, which has more than 10,000 lights and 20 custom-build Christmas scenes.

Have a very Merry Christmas!

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Thankfulness is a Choice

Thankfulness

It is easy to make a mental list of the things we’re thankful for as Thanksgiving approaches. The second November hits, we see our friends’ social media posts about what they’re thankful for and decide to hop on the bandwagon.

Don’t get me wrong… it’s wonderful to express your gratitude during November. I hope you do! We just need to all remember something: thankfulness is a choice.

During the year, it is easy to get caught up in the distractions of life. Satan tries to gain victory in our spiritual walks by making us busy. As our calendars fill up, we can quickly lose sight of the blessings surrounding us.

The key is to stop, pause and look around. Take stock of what the Lord has provided for you.

Additional to all the tangible blessings God has given, we can also always be grateful for the most important one: sending His Son to die on the cross for our sins.

God sent His only Son, Jesus, to come to earth as both a human and the Savior of the World. Jesus took our place on the cross and died for our sins that we might live forever with Him. That is the Gospel. And, that is the greatest gift any of us will ever receive because of the magnitude that we didn’t deserve it.

So, we always, always, always have a reason to rejoice and be thankful.

I know there are certain seasons of life that make expressing gratitude more difficult than others. That is why it is a choice.

We have to wake up in the morning and put on gratitude, choose thankfulness.

It’s easier said than done. Like I mentioned earlier, we can get distracted and caught up in our small worlds.

How can we practically choose thankfulness every day? 

  1. Start keeping a Gratitude Journal. Challenge yourself to write down 5 things you are thankful for at some point in the day. Date them so that you can flip back and physically see the blessings that the Lord freely bestows upon you throughout the day.
  2. Wake up in the morning and say that you’re going to choose thankfulness. Starting your morning out with an attitude of appreciation will transform how your day plays out because your heart is in the right place.
  3. Let your friends know that you’re working on being thankful. Ask them for prayer and accountability as you walk through this. Have them ask you what you’re thankful for. We are not meant to walk through life alone. Having your friends there for prayer, love and support will make all the difference.

It is possible to stay thankful throughout the year. We just have to make the daily choice.

Will you choose thankfulness today? 

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3 Easy-to-Make Halloween Sweet Treats

Halloween Sweet Treats

With Halloween upon us, I’m sure many of us have plans for this weekend! Between the trick-or-treating, fall fests, school Halloween parties and neighborhood gatherings, our calendars are filling up!

Maybe you’re the hostess. Maybe you’ve been asked to bring dessert to a party. Or maybe you just want a sweet treat to have on your counter over the weekend. Whatever your case may be, baking will probably be on your agenda.

If you’re trying to search for something creative, look no further! We have found 3 easy, simple recipes for some delicious spooky snacks. Take a look for yourself!

1. Pumpkin Pretzels

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How cute are these mini pumpkin pretzels? You can’t get more simple than four ingredients.

Ingredients:

  • Green M&Ms
  • 16 oz. white melting chocolate
  • Orange food coloring
  • 1 bag of tiny twist pretzels

Instructions:

  1. Line a baking sheet with wax paper.
  2. Heat the melting chocolate according to package directions
  3. Add food coloring until the chocolate is the tint of orange you prefer.
  4. Drop the pretzels (a few at a time) into the orange chocolate and, using a fork, submerge them until they are completely orange.
  5. Remove with fork and place on the waxed paper to dry.
  6. Immediately place a green M&M on the top of the pretzel as the pumpkin stem.
  7. Let them fully dry and serve!

2. Witches’ Brooms

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These may be the easiest cutest things you could ever bring to a party! Watch these spooky snacks fly off your counter (cheesy pun intended).

Ingredients:

  • 1 bag of Miniature Reese’s Peanut Butter cups
  • 1 bag of pretzel sticks

Instructions:

  1. Grab a festive platter or plate to display your treats.
  2. Individually unwrap the Reese’s Peanut Butter cups and set them upside down on the platter.
  3. Poke 1 pretzel stick into the bottom of each peanut butter cup and voila, you have yourself a party dessert!

3. Boo-nana Pops

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These are precious and semi-healthy snacks will make everyone happy!

Ingredients:

  • 3 medium bananas (serves 12)
  • White melting chocolate
  • Mini chocolate chips
  • Popsicle sticks

Instructions:

  1. Quarter the bananas until you have 4 pieces out of each one.
  2. Stick popsicle sticks into the bananas and place on a wax-paper-lined baking sheet.
  3. Place in the freezer.
  4. When the bananas are frozen, fill a coffee mug with the white melting chocolate.
  5. Melt the chocolate in the microwave at 30-second intervals until the chocolate is fully melted.
  6. Dip the bananas into the melted white chocolate one at a time, scraping off the excess chocolate with the back of the banana.
  7. Place dipped bananas on cookie sheet lined with wax paper.
  8. Quickly add the mini chocolate chips as eyes before the chocolate hardens.

We hope these recipes help you out this Halloween season! Let us know what recipes you tried and how they worked out. Comment below with any other recipe ideas you might have!

Have a Safe and Happy Halloween, everyone!

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Thanksgiving Blessings of a Full and Happy Heart

I long for heart to heart intimacy with Jesus-every day.  I struggle during these busy weeks to find the time and strength to nurture my relationship with Jesus.  I know my time at His feet suffers and so all things in my heart and head get out of whack.  I’ve been reading and studying Martha and Mary over the past few weeks.

Luke 10:38-42 is their story.

We know how it goes.  Martha was busy busy preparing her home for Jesus and his disciples.  So much to do and so little time.  Sounds familiar huh?  Mary sat at Jesus’ feet and listened to His teachings.  I love verse 42.  Jesus says to Martha,

There is only need for ONE thing and Mary has chosen the better part and it will not be taken from her.

Mary chose what was BETTER.. sitting at the feet of Jesus was the better thing.  Not hurrying around the house cleaning, cooking, being anxious and aggravated.  Mary took the time to worship Jesus and know Him better.

We are all different and that is just the way God made us.  Fearfully and Wonderfully made.  Some of us Marys and some Marthas.

I admit I want to be 100% Mary.  I want to only focus on HIM.  Not the other stuff that comes with entertaining and serving.  I want to sit at his feet and worship extravagantly.

Every day.  Several times a day.

I guess I am part Mary but I am also part Martha.  Wanting everything to be perfect.  My home, my menu, our Christmas pictures, the Full Tummy Project, Holiday Food Distributions, and the list goes on.  Driving myself, Ben, Adam, Connor, and Cole, and I’m sure my friends (at times) CRAZY.  Not only do I “busy” myself with the holiday stuff but also with Mighty Moms.  That still quiet voice in my spirit has SPOKEN some truth to me lately.  Truth that has been hard to swallow.  I don’t want my “duties” as a wife, mom, mighty mom, and friend to substitute my “devotion” time to my KING.  So many things to do and so little time leads to frustration and a sour attitude for me at times.  I am thankful my Father in Heaven cares enough to show me and tell me where I am going wrong.  I am even more thankful HE FORGIVES ME.  He continually reminds me what is BETTER.  I am just a dumb sheep who needs my Shepherd to guide me and remind me.

Mark Driscoll told his Mars Hill church this..

Spend time with Jesus, then get things done.  Worship like Mary, then work like Martha.

So this Holiday season, I am going to make it a priority no matter how busy.. even if I have to wake up 30 minutes earlier.. to spend that quiet time at His feet each morning before I serve, and work, and sacrifice, and LOVE the least of these.  I want to have a Mary heart toward Jesus so I need to choose the right thing.

Fellowship with Jesus

May your Thanksgiving Day be full of
your favorite people
lots of laughter, football and card playing
new memories made and long chats about the old ones
lots of yummy food and a good nap or two and a
happy, happy, happy,
grateful heart!

XOXO,

Dawn

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