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About His Work with Janet                   December 2014  


What Are You Giving Jesus This Year?    

 

   

 

I know many of you are with me in asking, "Wow, where did the year go?" Yet, when I recount all that happened in 2014, I see that the Lord was very busy keeping me About His Work! How about you? What has the Lord had you up to this past year?

 

As we reflect on another passing year, many of us think about changes we want to make or things we want to accomplish in the coming year. Some call those New Year's Resolutions, but I like to think of them as gifts for Jesus to offer Him at Christmas time.

 

At our house, we look at Christmas as a chance to celebrate Jesus' birthday--a day that changed the world and brought hope, salvation, and eternal life to everyone who believes in Him. Now that's something to celebrate!

 

In my Monday Morning Blog on December 8, I wrote about "Celebrate CHRISTmas with a Birthday Party for Jesus. If this is a new concept for you, you'll enjoy reading that blog post. I also describe in that article how The Thompsons always have the Birthday bag you see in the picture above in front of our Christmas tree and "Birthday Cards for Jesus." Then we offer all our guests an opportunity to give Jesus a gift and write their gift on a Birthday Card and put it in the birthday bag! Then our family prays for each person to follow through on their gifts. Maybe it will be spending more time with Jesus, having a consistent quiet time, starting or joining a new ministry, serving at church, spending more time with family, finding a mentor or being a mentor . . . . Whatever God puts on their hearts.

 

I would encourage each of you to think about what you're going to give Jesus in 2015, and I would love you to let me know so I can pray for you. If your gift is to eat better or live a healthier lifestyle, remember that I want that for you too. The last Monday of the Month, I write a series on Love Your Body; and praise God, I've heard from followers who have made dramatic changes in diet and exercise, lost weight, and are feeling healthier. You can sign up to receive the blog posts via email at my website. Here is some help to Love Your Body Through the Holidays. 

 

Whatever way you celebrate Christmas this year, let your light shine brightly and help everyone you meet know that this "holiday" is a Holy Day remembering and celebrating the birth of our Savior.

 

Merry CHRISTmas and have a blessed New Year,

About His Work,

Janet

 

PS: Do you need help Lowering Your Expectations of the Holidays and Enjoying Them More?   

 

PSS: Julie Sanders offers tips on Expecting the Unexpected at Christmas

 

PSSS: If you have a story of what you do to remember the goodness of God, or a time you forgot that goodness, in your life please contact me.

 

PSSSS: Also please keep sending your stories of being a mentor, mentee, or having the Woman to Woman Mentoring Ministry in your church.

        

PSSSSS: Read the Author Interview with Sadie Robertson of Duck Dynasty about her new book, Live Original, and a chance to win a free copy.

   

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Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.
These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts.
Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up." Deut 6:5-7 
 
         

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Since the birth of our first grandchild 16 years ago, I have felt a deep conviction to be sure that each of our 11 grandchildren know about Jesus and I pray daily that they come to know Him as their Lord and Savior. Christmas is a perfect time to turn the focus to Jesus and to look at Christmas through the eyes of a child.

 

When one of our granddaughters was a toddler, she loved the ceramic manger scene I had in a glass cabinet. She would stand in front of the cabinet staring at it and wanting to pick up all the pieces, especially baby Jesus.  

 

After Christmas, I had put away all the Christmas decorations, and my granddaughter asked where baby Jesus was. Without thinking, I said "Oh He's in the garage now." Then I realized what that sounded like to a little child! So we got a children's toy manger scene for the kids to play with year round--and it stays out all year!

 

I mentioned in the opening article about my blog on throwing a Birthday party for Jesus, and in that post, I share how to include the children in the party. But even if you don't have the birthday party, you can still set up a simple manger scene in your home at Christmas and let the children act out the Christmas story as you read from a children's Bible. We think nothing of bringing a live Christmas tree into our homes, so why not have a manger too so that all who come into our home--the young and old--understand the real purpose of Christmas.


Here is a short video of my grandchildren acting out the Christmas story. I have the costumes ready for them each year.
The Christmas Story
The Christmas Story
  

 

  author2Meet An Author
         
     
        
 

I am so impressed with this young woman and the way she uses her public platform to share her faith. Read about how Sadie Let Her Light Shine!  For a chance to win a free copy of Sadie's book, Live Original email me.

Here are a few questions I asked Sadie?

What was your purpose in writing this book?

I go to speaking events but I usually only have like 20-30 minutes to talk. A lot of the times I'm so nervous I can't even get out what I want to say. Mom had the idea to write everything I would like to say down in book form, and that turned into Live Original.

With your visibility on Duck Dynasty and now Dancing with the Stars, you have become a role model to young women today. That's a huge responsibility! How does that feel and how do you stay grounded with the world watching? 

It feels awesome knowing that others look at me as a role model, but I am thankful I have people in my life to help me stay grounded. My family and friends are always around to remind me who I am and Who I'm living for.

Where have you found role models and mentors?

My family. There are so many role models and mentors in my family that have been great to have.

What do you hope the reader of Live Original will take away to apply to her life?

I hope the reader of Live Original is able to be inspired to not just read the pages of the book, but actually take the ideas of the pages and live them out... To Live Original.

Congratulations to Darla Knight, last month's winner of For the Love of God.
   
About His Work,
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Featured Book of the Month
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Woman To Woman Mentoring
Mentoring Moment
Two About His Work
Grammie's Corner
Meet an Author
Janet's Publications

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