Tag: Christianity

Jesse Tree ~ Day 25

Day 25: Light of the Whole World
Luke 2

Merry Christmas to you – and yours! Thank you so much for tuning in and joining me over these past twenty-five days! I’ve never blogged so consistently before! It certainly was a task, but it was also so much fun looking for videos that tied into the daily scripture.

Thank you for allowing me to completely turn this into a Kid-Friendly series that you could share with your own families. I think that was the point anyways.

“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6 ESV

Have a wonderful and blessed Merry Little Christmas!

Jesse Tree ~ Day 24

Merry Christmas Eve!
Day 24: Mary; The Miraculous Conception
Luke 1:26-38

Today is my absolute FAVORITE day of the entire year. Yes – tomorrow is Christmas, but there something pure and Holy about today!

God sent the angel Gabriel to tell Mary that she was going to have a
baby even though Mary was not married yet. The baby was going to be God’s son, Jesus. God, thank you for Jesus’s special birth. He was not born in Adam’s sin like all other men. He was the perfect lamb.

A little bonus – this is hands down my FAVORITE song! I’ve been listening to this on repeat this week, and usually post this on Facebook each year around this time. I have a more thorough blog post for adults here.

Jesse Tree ~ Day 23

Day 23: John the Baptist; Baptism with Water
Luke 1:57-80, 3:15-18

The first prophet in more than 400 years! In fact he is the son of Zachariah and Elizabeth whom we learned about yesterday. John preached to walk away from the bad choices we make in our life, and turn towards God.

He wasn’t the messiah, but he paved the way for the true Messiah!

Action item: What would you tell people about Jesus if you had the chance?

where feet may fail – revisited…

Thank you all for the birthday wishes! This day ~ these past three years have been bitter – but always end up with a sweet lining. I often fret, and worry about this day – leading up to it… You see… today is not only my birthday – but also my Dads…

I swear… I was the luckiest gal to see the Outcry tour with my great friend Vanessa last April 2016. We saw Elevation Worship, Jesus Culture, Kari Jobe, and… Hillsong United LIVE – front – row. Yes – Taya Smith in all of her God given vocal glory – belting out Oceans, literally 50 feet from me.

To say that wasn’t a moving experience…. well – there are just no words…

I’ve now been reviewing these lyrics on a near daily observance since 2013, and…

I thought it would be good to review this song once again – especially since it holds such anchors in my life, and within my own story.

By now, you know the story,and if you need a little history lesson you can always rewind, and take a peak here.

The lyrics of Oceans are still playing out wildly in my life. God never fails. I can say this with assurance. Though He doesn’t always play the chords I expect, the notes he chooses are always right, and always deliberate.

{I Invite you to hit play and listen to this song for the rest of the post}

Sometimes this is hard to swallow.

I often grow and birth such an anxiety about today… worrying relentlessly that my dad is not here to celebrate with me…

I know he is in a better place, but I long to see him. Though intellectually I know he is in a far better place, I want him here. Everything you LOVED about Zeek, you loved about my dad.. If there was ever a TV show about MY family ~ it WAS Parenthood, and my dad WAS Zeek. He was the bedrock of our family… our Zeek to our Parenthood.

He was my anchor – here in the flesh – here on earth.

But I realized today that I need to trust God in this area of my life too. I never saw it before – but right now – right here, he is asking me to get out of the boat, and I’ve been terrified like the other disciples, and stayed put.

Several days leading up to today leave me wondering, and drunk with fear on how am I going to get through today… but.I.always.do. I need to capture these thoughts of anxiety, because today – I realized these feelings of fear and anxiety are not from God.

Today – when things went amazingly well – I realized I can be Peter. I can get out of the boat, and walk on water too. Because Jesus is here right with me. Right now – during these times. God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity (2 Timothy 1:7). 

Today I renew my prayer.

Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders
Let me walk upon the waters
                  Wherever You would call me
Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander
And my faith will be made stronger
In the presence of my Savior

Lord – I trust in you – that I can and DO still have a happy birthday. Thank you for those people that you’ve placed around me – that hold me up, and remind me that You’re right there waiting for me… on the water… with Your hand stretched out… ready to catch me if I should fall. Take away these feelings of fear and timidity.

Thank you – that Heaven is a real place – where my dad actually is. Though I have to remind myself that today is my birthday…. July 2 is my dads birthday now. When he entered into heaven – to an eternal celebration that is far better than I could ever imagine.

Help me to celebrate that you granted ME life, for a purpose – and I can feel okay celebrating that – and enjoying that. 

Thank you for your truth- and for speaking so clearly to me today.

I will call upon your name…
and keep my eyes above the waves…
My soul will rest in your embrace…
I am Yours… and You are mine…

Jesse Tree ~ Day 21

Day 21: Nehemiah; Rebuilding
Nehemiah 2:17-20, 6:15-16

Alright! Back to Jelly Telly for those kiddos! (Didn’t you love that last video though?) I want to devour more and more of those videos some time! ~ Perhaps a new blog series on them at some point!

But today we are here to learn about Nehemiah.

Jesse Tree ~ Day 20

Day 20: Habakkuk; Be On Watch
Habakkuk 2:1

Though this video is definitely more geared towards adults, I was completely enthralled when first looking for videos on Habakkuk. This sounds an awful lot like the United States of America right now.

Father, thank you for keeping your promises. Thank you for loving this world more than we do and promising to deal with injustices.