Book Review: Watch for the Light by Plough Publishing House

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Before I begin writing my review, I must admit that I have not been able to read the book cover to cover yet.  Although, I am dying to!

This book was received in the mail yesterday.  It was the perfect day to have it arrive because it is daily readings for the Advent and Christmas season.  As God’s wonderful Hand guided this book to my house to appear on the same day that the devotions started, I knew that this was a good sign.

Last night, I read November 24 daily reading.  Written by Christph Friedrich Blumhardt it speaks of what the Advent really is.  Definitely a good reminder to our weary hearts and our busy lives.

Today’s reading was a poem by Sylvia Plath.  While I am not one who likes poetry.  Or even understands it.  I tried my hardest to put the pieces together and came out with my own interpretation of it.  I suppose that is the beauty of poetry and art.  One sees what they see.

I skimmed through the book, without spoiling any of it for myself, and am very pleased.  I am looking forward to spending my Advent season reading these daily devotions to uplift and encourage my spirit while I am trudging through the shopping centers or dreading that family get-together.

If you have the opportunity to get this book and read it, do it!

*Disclaimer I was given this book to review by Plough Publishing House as part of the Handlebar Team in return for my honest review.

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A Lesson in Christmas Trees and Lights

As part of my Advent devotions that I am doing, I was reading about light and the way that light is compared to Jesus.  Part of the exploration was to find out the history of Christmas lights.

I found out that most believe that Martin Luther was the first to use lights on his tree. He did this to show his children how the stars shined in the night.  His lights were candles.  Candles used to be attached to a tree by melting wax to hold it on or using a pin to attach the candle.  Thomas Edison had an assistant that used electric lights for the first time on a rotating tree.  danielleleighNow you may ask, why did they use the Christmas trees in the first place?  Good question.

Here is what I found out.  Early Christians, thought of the fir tree as the symbol of the Holy Trinity of God.  The three points of the outline of the shape was thought to point to the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost.  Fir trees apparently were highly sought after and very valued by Christians because of the symbolism.

Ornaments first came about from using fruits and nuts to decorate the tress.  I believe that I saw that somewhere they used apple trees, so then after that they decorated the trees with red balls to symbolize the apple.  I don’t know if any of that is true or not, I didn’t really research it.

Some of these practices stem from a pagan origin, I believe.  But what I love about it is the symbolism.  I always wondered about the trees and the lights and why we used them.  To be able to tie it all together with my beliefs is a great feeling!  I have had some trepidation in decorating with the tree and lights, not knowing if it glorified God at all.

One of my favorite associations to use about Jesus is light.  There is such a list of comparisons that it is astounding to me.  I love the old song that I used to sing in Sunday school as a kid.  I always think of it when I am thinking about Jesus and light.

I am the Light of the world.  You people come and follow Me.  If you follow and love, you’ll learn the mystery, of what you were made to do and be.

Such a wonderful message.  We were made to follow the Light.  That is our only goal.  That is our destiny.  The whole reason that we are on this Earth, is to worship God.

You may have things that you want to do in this life.  But you were MADE for Him.  Our purpose is singing praise to His Holy Name!

Ye are the light of the world.  A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.  Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.  Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

Matthew 5:14-16

As believers of Jesus, we are to spread the light.  We are to BE the light.  My challenge to you this month is to spread that light far and wide!  Bring as many people as you can out of the darkness and into the light.

Our 25 Days of Blessings ~ Introduction Post

Our 25 Days of Blessings ~ Introduction Post
Decorating the Tree

This year, I was introduced to a new blog by a friend of mine.  The blog is called Blessings Multiplied.  The post that was brought to my attention is the Blessing Lives Everyday with Special Surprises (B.L.E.S.S.): 25 Days of Christmas Blessing (Update).  I thought this was a perfect way to get my kids involved in helping the community and helping others.  This is something that I really want them to learn.  I feel it is important to the Mission and spreading the Word about Jesus by giving to and helping others.

I don’t feel that you need to be a millionaire.  People who have very little can be very helpful.  I struggle daily, weekly, monthly.  But I give a lot.  I have had others give to me and I know that it is my due to do the same.

This Christmas season, we are going to do this.  Our list will vary some from the list that the blogger provides because I will tailor it to fit our family.  And we won’t have a lot of money to spend on an activity like this, so I will need to be creative.

If you follow the link to the blog above, you can print off your own list and labels to use.  I have downloaded them to my computer.  I think this evening will be a good time for me to start coming up with our list.

We have four days until we start this.  I am excited about it!