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Monday, November 17, 2008

$450 Billion Spent On Christmas Each Year...What Did Jesus Spend?

With the Advent season fast approaching, I realized how much I wanted to be intentional this year. Intentional about learning and hearing again with a fresh heart the story of God's promise and His faithfulness in bringing Christ to the world, and how Christ will come again. Intentional about teaching my children about the real meaning of Christmas by using a Jesse Tree and a service oriented Advent calendar (I will talk about these more in the coming days). Intentional about laying aside my wants and greediness, and instead giving to Jesus by giving to the poor, the hungry, the needy.

The below video is a powerful reminder of what this season is really about, and how we can be intentional this year.

Good morning girls! Whew, this was tough getting up so early, but seeing your comments really made my morning - you guys are awesome! Off to get some coffee...


Traci said...

I have this same goal right now, not only for Christmas, but beyond also.

Sarah, I don't know how much this is worth coming from just a random reader of your blog, but I am very proud of you and your quest for God's love and truth in your posts. This is one of my favorite stops on the web because of it!

Laura said...

Good morning, 5 a.m. girls! 'Just thought I'd bip in and say, "hi". Enjoy God this morning! :)

Jen - Balancing beauty and bedlam said...

Ok, I am seriously going to pray about the 5 am thing.
Also, YEA for the Jessee tree. I organized a hand made ornament exchange for this a few years ago where we all made 24 of one of the ornaments and then exchanged. I have been doing it for 4 years, and it is seriously one of our fav. traditions. I will be posting my ornaments soon and would love to link to your post once you get it up.
Since I want 5 sets for all of my kids when they get married, I am organizing another one, but just couldn't get it off the ground for this year, so I am going to do it during the summer when we all have more "crafty" time. :)
So glad hubby finally let you know the box was lurking. You must DO THE CHEESECAKE BALL now...so easy - butter and cream cheeesed served with graham cracker sticks. I have actually sold out of them they are that yummy.

Kyla said...

So, so true! A moment of your time, or the spare change in your pocket could mean so much more . . . if you just follow your conscience and God's voice within you, what a difference could be made!

Thanks so much for sharing this lovely clip! Looking forward to 5 a.m.!

CRASH05 said...

ummm...we go around 1 if we go. We will call next time we are going...I know for sure we are not going this week but maybe next! We usually meet at the isaacs by her work! And I am coming Thursday but I am not sure what time...my grandma is coming to make dinner for my dads and my birthday!

Katie @ 3 Blondes and a Redhead said...

I'm totally stealing this video to use on my blog in a few days. My church did something very similar yesterday, but I can't get my hands on the video in time to upload it. Our church's video gave the statistic that people spend an hour each week in church or worshiping and over FIVE hours each week shopping. AND that 15 million people in our country could be classified as clinically addicted to shopping. What is wrong with our culture!??!?!

Traci said...

I don't actually drink coffee ... I am thinkin' that's a major disadvantage to me right about now ... :)

Lisa @ Stop and Smell the Chocolates said...

Wonderful video! We really try to do very few purchased gifts to try and take the focus off of all the materialism/commercialism. I make gifts for other family members.

I was up at 5:15 this morning, but am trying again for 5am tomorrow!

thesteve123 said...

Great stuff. I posted this same video on my blog too. I am a children's pastor in Tennessee and I've challenged the families and kids in our church to have a spend less, give more Christmas. We've worked with kids to make a Christmas wish list of items they really want for Christmas and then we're asking them to prayerfully consider with their parent giving up some of those items to give to a project that provides clean drinking water in Africa. My prayer at this moment is that you ladies will take up Sarah's challenge. I can't wait to see how families will respond. God bless you and Merry Christmas!

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