Monday, December 10, 2018

Christmas Bucket List

  Greetings! So I thought it would be fun to post a Christmas bucket list. I've done some of the things on it already, and I'll try to do the rest before Christmas. If you do any of these things before Christmas, or if you've done them already (sometime in the last month or so), comment below! If any of you complete ALL of these things before Christmas, I'll mention you in a post!

Christmas Bucket List 2018

1. Bake Christmas cookies
These are fun to make, and you can keep them or give as a gift!

2. Decorate your room for Christmas
If you don't have a lot of decorations, you can find plenty of ideas to make on Pinterest! Or, make paper snowflakes and hang them on strings from your ceiling!

3. Learn a Christmas song
Memorize the lyrics or learn to play one on an instrument!




4. Make Christmas cards
Fill your table with paper, scissors, markers, water paint, glitter, and whatever else you have, and create!

5. Watch a Christmas movie
Cuddle up with a bowl of popcorn and your family for a Christmas movie!

6. Read a Christmas story
Whether a novel or a children's picture book, reading a Christmas story will put you in a Christmas-y mood!

7. Read the Christmas Story
It's always nice to reread the story of Jesus' birth around Christmas and to remember the greatest gift of all! (Find it in Luke 1 and 2.)

8. Write a letter to yourself
Now this one is not exactly Christmas themed, but I would like to do it. December is a good time to do this because the year's about to come to an end. Write a letter to yourself, mentioning how you are doing, what you've been thinking about, what you've been up to, your goals, and anything else you'd like to say. Pack it away with your Christmas decorations when you take them down, so that next year, when you decorate, you'll find it. You'll have fun reading it and seeing how you've grown. If you write down goals you can see what ones you've accomplished!




9. Make at least one homemade gift
Homemade gifts are special because people know you put time and effort into them. If you have a Pinterest, you probably have a bunch of crafts and DIY projects pinned. Go make one!




10. Color a Christmas picture
Just something little to put you in a Christmas mood! If you don't have a Christmas coloring book, try searching for a free picture to print out! In fact, here are 92 free Christmas coloring pages! Tis the Season for Coloring.

11. Drink hot cocoa
Even if you're not crazy about hot cocoa, Christmas time is the one time to drink it!

12. Bless someone this Christmas
You can do this by donating blankets to the poor, helping someone with their work if they're stressed, or planning something fun to do with your siblings. The possibilities are endless!


Have you done any of the things above this Christmas season? Are you planning on doing any? What's your favorite Christmas activity?

PS. Sadly, you may now only comment with a Google account. I have been getting a lot of weird comments and am trying to prevent them.

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

The Greatest Book of All


  If you were given a copy of the greatest book of all, a book that is alive and has changed millions of lives, what would you do with it? Read it, or store it away on a shelf? The Bible is the most powerful book in the world, and was written by the Creator of the Universe, through the hands of human beings, of the course of over a thousand years.
  There are so many reasons why we should be reading it! One reason is that we have to know what it says. How else will we know what we are to do, or what to say when we are questioned? 1 Peter 3:15 says, "Be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you".
  Also,we should never take the Bible for granted. After all, we don't know how long the Bible will be available. It has been banned in other countries before, how do we know we'll always have access to it here? If we ever had to lose our Bibles, we'll be glad for every verse we have stored in our hearts. 
  Perhaps you've tried to read it, but find it hard to understand. Well, one thing for sure is that the more you read it, the more you'll grow to love it. Also, since God wrote it, you'll need His help to understand it. Pray for His Holy Spirit to give you understanding. 
  As you read more and more of the Bible, you will learn more and more about God, and grow to love Him more. As you read passages over and over, they will stay in your mind, and will be a help to you, and a comfort in difficult times. 
  If you haven't been reading the greatest Book of all, you can start today! I know it's a lot, but don't get overwhelmed. It doesn't have to be read straight through, sometimes I just open up to a random page and start reading. If you want to read something straight through though, I would suggest starting with one of the gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, John). Just read a few chapters a day! You will never regret taking time out to read this Book. 



Thursday, November 29, 2018

Thank you!!!

  Hello! If you are subscribed by email, then you know that I have changed email platforms. I lost a lot of my subscribers, but it was something I really wanted to do. You may be wondering why I would stop using the other company, which was fancier, and go back to FeedBurner. The reason is because I recently found out that it's illegal here to not have a mailing address in email newsletters. By using FeedBurner, Google's address is listed at the bottom. I'm hoping this is good enough, because I really don't want to include our address.
  Thank you to everyone that joined the new email list! I'm really excited to see how God can use my blog, and where it goes! If you have a friend who you think would enjoy my posts, feel free to tell them about my blog!
 Thank you for reading!
Laura

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Sunday, November 25, 2018

Santa Trials



 When you hear the word Christmas, what do you think of? Perhaps you'll think of presents piled under a tree, snow flakes covering windows, baking cookies, or listening to Christmas music. While all these things are lovely, we must not forget why we are celebrating.
  Even though Jesus' birth was not even technically in December, we say we are celebrating Him. But are we really?  I've noticed that for many people, Santa Claus is the center of Christmas. Sometimes he's even called "Father Christmas". While many people think it's no big deal, and say that it helps to make the season "magical" for children, I disagree. After all, it is Christmas.
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  Often, Santa Claus is straight out replacing God. Think about it—"he sees you when you're sleeping, he knows when you're awake. He knows if you've been bad or good, so be good for goodness sake!"  You could even replace Santa's name with Jesus' in this song and it would be correct.
  In a Christmas movie we watched recently, an elf got out the book of Santa's mistakes, and showed the others that it was empty. So apparently, Santa makes no mistakes.
  I recently saw something that said, "Santa is promoting me to big sister." Now babies come from Santa?
  The chocolate dollar bills they sell around Christmas time with Santa's face on them say, "In Santa we trust."
 
  Aside from all these things, I think it's dishonest.
 
  So there are some of my opinions. We still watch Christmas movies about Santa Claus, and sing songs that mention him, but we don't put him higher up then he should be.

  What do you think about Santa Claus?


Unsplash

  Hello, today I just wanted to tell you about a website I found, Unsplash.com . As you may have noticed, I made a new header, and I got all of the pictures from this website. It's so simple! You don't even have to make an account, just type in something, such as pink flowers, and free pictures of pink flowers will come up. Just click download, and that's it! It says you don't have to link back to them, but you can to help the photographers gain exposure if you want, so that's what my new "CREDITS" page is for.

  Do you take your own pictures, or find pictures online? Yes, I know I change my blog a lot. :P
  Laura

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Happy Thanksgiving! Thankful Things Blog Tag

  Happy Thanksgiving everyone! What are you thankful for today? A few weeks ago, I was tagged for the Thankful Things Blog Tag, that Grace, from Grace Notes made. Thank you Grace! I thought today would be a great day to post it!

 RULES:
-- Thank the person who tagged you, linking back to their blog.
-- In your post, write about/include pictures of as many things you are thankful for as you want.
-- Include these rules.
-- Include a Bible verse about thankfulness.
-- Tag as many people as you can, thanking each of them for something you appreciate about them.

  Here are a few of the things I'm thankful for:

Christmas music!





The snow last week




Buying little things for an online Secret Sisters Gift Exchange
(Comment if you want more information!)




Good books (I loved this book!)



Violin lessons






Pies!



Facetime with family


And more!

Psalm 107:1 “Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever.” 



I tag:

Rosy, from Rosy's Writings
I love reading your blog posts and watching your videos!

Brooklyne from Showers of Blessings
I love each one of your kind comments!

Elisheva from The Uncommon Path
I have enjoyed checking out your blog, and you make really good brownies!


PS. I'm not sure why some of my post has a white background.