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Spend with Spirit

Well it’s here officially, we’ve had snow, ice, Christmas movie marathons, Thanksgiving… December is upon us and I am thrilled!

Actually, while you are reading this I’ll be on a much-needed vacation with Jonathan reading Emily Freeman’s new book, “A Million Little Ways”. Remember her from August? We kept saying we wanted more? So far, I’m so glad I bought up a copy of her newest work. I’m asking God if it’s true, if He has created an art in me I am made to live. As I walk through Scripture with Emily, I’m seeing He has, and He’s done it in each of us. My soul is swelling with excitement at the thought that my life can become driven less by to-do lists and more by His creative activity in my yielded spirit.

As I’ve tasted some of these truths in this neatly presented book package, I thought – what a great gift to give some of my female family members! What better gift can we give another woman than life-giving words that draw us back to the Author of all life and His words? (Ok, maybe that and a massage gift-certificate. I’m just sayin’.)

So I thought this month I’d share some creative life-giving gift ideas for you creative Christmas shoppers, just some things that have become favorites, from my heart:

Books
1. Emily’s book referenced above.
2. “Ever After” by Vicki Courtney (If you’ve participated in a “5 Conversations” study recently with other moms, you recognize her name because she was the author of those studies as well.)
3. “Becoming Myself” by Stasi Eldredge (She authored “Captivating” which is one of my still all-time favorites, and still worthy of being a good Christmas gift read.)
4. Any book by Francine Rivers, though they are fictional they are so rich in beautiful themes of redemption, especially her hallmark work (I believe), “Redeeming Love” (All my sisters who’ve read it are giving a hearty “Amen!” right now.)

Jewelry/Bags/Accessories
1. If you want to do something really different, consider shopping for a cause and buy gifts that will help further God’s redeeming work in women’s lives around the world. Consider groups like Freeset Global!
2. Another group is 147 Million Orphans that also partners with adopting families to help them fundraise (a double blessing!). How great is it to give a gift that helps one more orphan live and experience the love of Jesus Christ? Watch this:

3. Or consider a friend in the community who sells items to help provide for her family’s needs. If we’re going to buy something, why not help another sister out as we go if it’s possible?

Christmas Décor – for a Local Ministry!
Dec. 7th is an OPEN HOUSE at Corner Nest in Elizabethton – and you can buy Christmas items that are “Redeemables” (On the 2nd floor, “Redeemables” are special items that were taken from their not-worth-much condition and redeemed into something wonderful by local women!) All “Redeemables” purchases go to support Rise Up! for kids ministry – one of our local partner ministries.

*Note: We’ll see more “Redeemables” in February of 2014 when they open their store!

Gifts of Compassion
From shelters to water wells, you can give a gift in someone’s honor that will leave a legacy! Consider the many ways you can give Compassion for Christmas!

I can go on, I love to shop. But this is just a little to whet your wallet!

So pray and consider how you can make a difference with your Christmas budget this year – and perhaps take these opportunities to invite a conversation with someone about the God who has created within you an artful love for others this Christmas.

From my heart,

Heather

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