Overcoming by the Word of our Testimony

(Day 2 of a three part series on Waiting)

Revelation 12:12 says, “Therefore rejoice, O heavens, and you who dwell in them! Woe to the inhabitants of the earth and the sea! For the devil has come down to you, having great wrath, because he knows that he has a short time.”

The enemy is going to give us a fit.  God told us he would.  And it’s because, praise God, he knows his time is short.  Expect it.  But, don’t stand for it.

Look back one verse and take a look at Revelation 12:11 which says, “And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death.”

Did you get that?  They overcame him by the blood of the Lamb (victory has already been secured because of the cross) and the word of their testimony.

I grew up in a small town, southern Baptist church where it was not uncommon for someone to stand up and give a testimony to what God had done for them that week.

When is the last time you did that?  I’m not talking about standing in front of a congregation, but in front of a friend, your computer screen, wherever to whomever and shared what God has done for you.

We can overcome him by the word of our testimony, so let’s do that.

I want to share with you tomorrow a testimony of a time of waiting in my life and something that I’ve been able to see the other side of now.  I pray it will be encouragement to you and I pray that it will help me to overcome the enemy, who loves to bring wrath (vs.12), but whose time is short!

 

 

 

The Gift of Waiting

(Day 1 of a three part series on Waiting)

Waiting is tough.

It takes more courage to wait than it does to act.  This time of year is a stark reminder that the Israelites waited 700 years after Isaiah wrote chapter 9 for Messiah.  They died, their children died, and generations came and went as they waited.  What did they do while they were waiting? Day after Day they lived, served, walked out their purpose.  And then the wait was over – Jesus was born.

We are in the next waiting period – waiting for Jesus to return.  What do we do in the wait?  Day after day, we live, serve, walk out our purpose.  It’s all – all of it – part of His plan.  God knew before and it’s always been a part of His plan.

Waiting is a Gift.

When we are personally going through a time of waiting, it’s tough.  But God knew before and He has a plan for this too – whatever it is you’re waiting for.  Isaiah 8:21 says, “They will pass through it hard-pressed and hungry; and it shall happen, when they are hungry, that they will be enraged and curse their king and their God, and look upward.”(NKJV)

Paul said in 2 Corinthians 12:9, “And He said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness. Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.’”

God has a plan and is in control of everything, even our trials.  They can point us upward and then be used to point others to Him.  We can rejoice in them because they provide opportunities for God to show He’s right there.  Waiting is a grace.  It’s a gift.  How special you should feel if you are going through a tough time of waiting.  God wants you to know and experience His presence in this moment.

Song:  Completely

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sSNl3MORvMo

 

Celebrate Christmas Bundle

I’m super excited to have teamed up with publisher Write Bonnie Rose and offer you a spectacular Christmas bundle!  Thirteen amazing products are included that are sure to be rewarding and engaging for your children.  A $24 value, just $4.50!

This bundle is available for a limited time, until December 16.

Your children will enjoy resources such as puzzles, writing prompts, coloring books, unit study, activity packs, craftivities, stocking stuffer coupons, games, and more.  There are also two Christmas advent devotionals for your family.

Click here to learn more about this bundle and the products included.

Here’s what you’ll get…

A Christmas Craftivity-a week of fun crafts and writing activities

A Martry’s Christmas Unit Study – explore Christians from around the word who suffered for their faith in Christ at Christmas

All About Reindeer Unit Study – Reading, Math, Science and Social Studies, Handwriting, and Game Time are all included along with a craft and bookmark

Celebrating the Story of Christmas – advent family devotional book

Christmas Carol Bingo and Quiz Game – Christmas carol trivia and Bingo for Family Game Night

Christmas Fun Activity Pack – 79 pages including Away in a Manger copywork, the Finding Jesus file folder game, number practice, the Great Cookie Giveaway, a printable math project that lets you decorate your own paper tree, tic-tac-toe with a twist, and so much more!

Christmas Fun book – 50 pages including Word Searches, Holiday Sudoku Puzzles, Coloring Pages, Silly Stories (like Mad Libs), ABC order, Mazes, and more.  Great gift idea for your Sunday School class.

Christmas Traditions for the Week of Christmas – Monday through Sunday, ideas for every night leading up to Christmas to make the season count

Jesus Has Arrived – Christmas story coloring book

Journal Prompts for the Christmas season – a month long journal that is sure to be a keepsake

Reasons for the Season – Christmas advent devotional book with 24 devotionals all centered around Christmas traditions and symbols

Stocking Stuffer Coupon book – print, staple and stuff into stockings

Writing Prompts about Christmas – 10 Christmas themed writing prompts sure to spark your child’s imagination

Let me know if you have questions about this bundle.  Be sure to share with others who may be interested in this bundle with deep discounts on products that are sure to make your season meaningful.

Kathy Hutto

 

Reasons for the Season starts tomorrow

The Reasons for the Season advent devotional book starts tomorrow, December 1.  Be sure to get a copy today, so you won’t miss a day.

Click here to get your copy.

Reasons for the Season includes 24 Ready-Made Family Devotions that will put the focus on Christ this Christmas

Includes:

1. The Reason Behind Christmas Trees
2. The Reason Behind the Treetop Star
3. The Reason Behind Christmas Carols
4. The Reason Behind Nativities
5. The Reason Behind Christmas Stockings
6. The Reason Behind Poinsettia Plants
7. The Reason Behind Garland
8. The Reason Behind Christmas Wreaths
9. The Reason Behind Christmas Lights
10. The Reason Behind Candy Canes
11. The Reason Behind Reindeer
12. The Reason Behind Christmas Parades
13. The Reason Behind Gingerbread Men
14. The Reason Behind Nutcrackers
15. The Reasons Behind Traditions Around the World
16. The Reason Behind Christmas Cards
17. The Reason Behind Christmas Cookies
18. The Reason Behind Gift Giving at Christmas
19. The Reason Behind John the Baptist’s Birth
20. The Reason Behind The Journey to Bethlehem
21. The Reason Behind the Shepherds’ Visit
22. The Reason Behind the Christmas Star & The Wise Men’s Visit (and When it Likely Happened)
23. The Reason Behind Jesus’ Birth
24. The Reason Behind the true Christmas Story

There are scriptures to go along with each page.

This would be a great resource to do each morning at your breakfast table or in the evening as a family.  It’s educational and meaningful.

Here’s an excerpt:

Day 1

Theme: The Reason Behind Christmas Trees

Family Memory Verse: Luke 2:7 -9 And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid Him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn. And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.

Discussion Starter: Pass around a Christmas ornament and have each family member tell about his/her favorite Christmas memory when the ornament is passed to him/her.

Discussion: The Christmas tree is said to have originated in Germany. In fact, the word tannenbaum is a German word meaning Christmas tree. In 1570 a small tree was decorated with apples, nuts, dates, pretzels, and paper flowers and erected in a guild-house (like a club). The children were allowed to collect the treats from the tree on Christmas. Wax candles were added in the 18th century. Eventually, the tradition spread to different countries. Toward the end of the 1800’s, artificial Christmas trees were introduced. They, too, originated in Germany. Metal wire trees were covered with goose, turkey, ostrich, or swan feathers and often died green to look like needles. The Addis Brush Company created the first artificial-brush trees. They were a company that made toilet brushes and used that same machinery to make their Christmas trees! They patented their “Addis Silver Pine” in 1950.

Activity: As a family, decorate the Christmas tree. Talk about where the ornaments came from. Discuss any handmade ornaments from the tree; who made them and when.

Prayer: Pray for each person who has given or made an ornament that is hanging on your tree. Remember to continue to pray for them each time you see the tree.

Extra Activity: Have each family member make an ornament to hang on the tree. This can be as simple as popsicle sticks painted green and glued at the corners to form a triangle (Christmas tree). Glue colorful sequins to the “tree” and attached a star at the top.

 

 

Reasons for the Season

Kathy Hutto

I wanted to remind you about some ways you can keep Christ in Christmas this holiday season and support a homeschooling family while you’re at it😉

Here are some resources I have available through Currclick.  Would you please help me spread the word?

Thank you so much!

Reasons for the Season $5 – A family devotional guide for all of the days of December.  Each day, your family will learn about the meaning behind Christmas traditions like gingerbread men, garland, and poinsettias.  There is a family memory verse to work on each week, discussion starter, discussion, and activity included for every day.

Journal Prompts for the Christmas Season $2.99 – Includes journal prompts and information on the topic for every day of December leading up to Christmas.  It also includes Language Arts lessons.  Store those LA books and let your child create a wonderful keepsake journal this holiday season.

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