When #FridayFive started, it was a place to share favorite things—memories, books, links. It took on a life of its own with writing prompts to challenge us to think a little deeper and write a little more consistently. I love reading your different takes on the weekly themes.
As I turn “joy” around in my mind, it seems like a good time to go back to my #FridayFive roots and simply share a few things—five to be exact—that bring me joy this Christmas season. After all, Joy came to earth that first Christmas.
With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation. And you will say in that day: “Give thanks to the Lord, call upon his name, make known his deeds among the peoples, proclaim that his name is exalted. Sing praises to the Lord, for he has done gloriously; let this be made known in all the earth. Shout, and sing for joy, O inhabitant of Zion, for great in your midst is the Holy One of Israel.” (Is. 12:3-6 ESV)
#FridayFive Christmas Joy
Behold, Lauren Daigle
I love all things Lauren Daigle. Her Christmas album is no exception. Behold is the ideal soundtrack for holiday dinners, quiet nights by the fire, and Christmas commutes. The gentle sounds will help you and those you love to remember and cherish all that is warm and lovely about the Christmas season. (You can read my full review here.)
“Come, let us sing for joy to the LORD; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation” (Ps. 95:1 NIV).
A few weeks ago, I shared my plans to bring light to the darkness in my home. I’m no decorator, but I knew my dark fireplace and mantel needed some light. I perused some thrift stores and caught a sale at Michael’s. Add in a can of white spray paint and voila! I gaze at it every day and feel hopeful. Things won’t always be so dark—Jesus came to bring light.
“Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, ‘I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life'” (John 8: 12 ESV)
When Kids Tell the Story
“For an answer Jesus called over a child, whom he stood in the middle of the room, and said, ‘I’m telling you, once and for all, that unless you return to square one and start over like children, you’re not even going to get a look at the kingdom, let alone get in. Whoever becomes simple and elemental again, like this child, will rank high in God’s kingdom. What’s more, when you receive the childlike on my account, it’s the same as receiving me.'” (Matt. 18:3-5 MSG)
An Angel’s Story, Max Lucado
On of our Christmas traditions is to read An Angel’s Story from The Max Lucado Christmas Collection. Every year, this story captures my kids’ imagination and recaptures my heart. Lucado tells the story of Jesus’s conception from Gabrielle’s perspective. This year, the idea of worship as a weapon against the enemy resonates with me.
But their celebration was premature. The King had prepared me for this web of evil. I knew exactly what to do. “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty!” I shouted. “Holy, holy holy is the Lord God Almighty!” Over and over I praised my Master. My angels heard me and joined the worship. Weakened by the words of truth, the hellhounds released the ropes, allowing us to break free. (Max Lucado, An Angel’s Story)
Writing about Christmas
I spend time reflecting and wrapping words around Christmas. In a season when the rush threatens to steal my joy, writing assignments cause me to slow down and savor. Grab a warm drink and spend a few minutes with me in some of these posts.
The Carol of Traveling Sounds, The Glorious Table
Close your eyes with me, and listen. What does it sound like when heaven comes to earth? (Continue reading here.)
Jesus, the Light of the World, has come. He comes on beams of light, bringing hope to the darkness. (Continue reading here.)
How to Encourage Gratitude in Your Children During the Holidays, ChristianParenting.org
Parents can encourage gratitude in their children during the holidays by incorporating a few new traditions.(Continue reading here.)
#FridayFive Link Up
What brings you joy this Christmas season? How do you encourage joy during the holidays? I’d love to hear more about it. Comment or leave a link using the link up button below. (This link up is open through December 29.)
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