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Hey there, I'm Sunny Shell, a wretch saved by God's grace through faith in Jesus Christ the Lord. I'm married to the most incredible man on earth, who loves Jesus more than he loves me, and we have two precious adult sons.

The compassionately endures me through my metabolic disease (since 2004) that enables me to be more prayerful and careful about commitments I make and helps me to make the best use of my short time here on earth.

If you want to know more about me, click HERE.

And They Gave HIM Gifts


ADVENT ~ Day 10
December 9, 2008

Scripture Passage:
READ Matthew 2:1-12


Our Advent devotional will be a little different today. As we draw nearer and nearer to Christmas, I've been praying and asking God to guide me to be more mindful of the celebration of our Lord Jesus' first coming. In an answer to my prayer, our sovereign Father led me to an article at CWO (Christian Women Online). This article provides wise counsel on how to refrain from spending like the heathens! :-) Just kidding.

Seriously, Marybeth shares how to keep from losing focus on why we celebrate, rather Who we celebrate and how we can keep our spending to a minimum by honoring God. She also gives us some great practical insight on how we can train our children to have a different mindset on the blessing of giving gifts rather than receiving them.

After I read this wonderful article, I asked my Favorite to read it and suggested we implement these ideas, but maybe next year (since we're already so close to Christmas). Well, my Favorite read it, and liked what he read so much he said we'll be implementing these ideas this year!

So, for today's Advent devotional, I'd like to share with you the splendid gift God shared with me through our sister Marybeth Whalen with her practical "how-tos" on how to keep Christ in our Christmas. After all, isn't that why God gives us gifts? So that we might share them with those we love - just like He did for us, when He gave us Jesus.

Marybeth Whalen is one of CWO's newest team members. She is also a writer and speaker for the Proverbs 31 Ministries and co-wrote a book with her husband entitled: Learning To Live Financially Free: Hard-Earned Wisdom To Save Your Marriage and Your Money.

Oh and please, please note that CWO is in a new format and you can now leave encouraging comments for all the writers. So please share the gift of encouragement with our sister Marybeth as I know God will bless you through her, just like He did for me. :-)

Please click the link below for her article:
Budget Busters: Christmas Spending


This article is an excerpt from her e-book, which you can find at:
A Recipe for Christmas Joy (e-book)


Glorious Father God in Heaven, thank You so much for this time of Advent! It's already been so wonderful to drink deeply into Your word and seek Your purpose for all things, even in our shopping and gift- giving habits.

Thank You for how differently You've gifted each of Your children so that we might together, form the Body of Christ Jesus, Your Son. Thank You for enabling us to appreciate Your gifts and to use them for Your glory!

May we continue in our striving to keep Jesus the motive for our Christmas.

WE CELEBRATE YOU JESUS, WITH EVERY BREATH WE TAKE!
Amen.

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10 comments:

  1. That's a great devotional. I really enjoyed her article too!

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  2. I will have to go check that out. Marybeth has great wisdom to share.

    Have a great Tuesday my friend!

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  3. Great devotional and article. I really got alot out of it - God so whispered to my heart on this issue.

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  4. Dear Sunny,

    Just a quick note here, I will be back later to read your ADVENT ~ Day 10 post. I read your two comments on my blog today. I am wondering, are we in the same time zone?

    I see your comments on almost every blog I visited, and I am wondering how you do it all!

    Thank your for loving us all so much!

    Bunches of love,
    Ernestine :)

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  5. Hello precious sisters!

    Please don't forget to leave Marybeth an encouraging comment after you read her article. :-)

    @ Ernestine,

    You crack me up! Okay, you want to know my secret? I actually schedule time for "visiting sisters" on my calendar. Then I quickly make my rounds.

    Sometimes I break up the time, depending on the day. And no, I wish we were in the same time zone, but I'm two hours ahead of you. :-)

    Also, I could say the same thing about you precious sister. I see your comments on most of the blogs I go to visit...you extraordinary loving sister you!

    Love you all waaaaaay much!
    Sunny

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  6. Sunny-- thanks so much for writing this post-- it really blessed me. I pulled it up this morning, but I only just now got to read it. Wow. It is so good to know that what I share actually reaches the hearts of real people. Thank You Lord!!

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  7. Sunny,

    I have an award for you on my blog!! Come grab it sweet sis!

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  8. Dear Sunny,

    I like the three-gift idea from the Budget Busters: Christmas Spending article.
    Often, growing up, three gifts, at the most, were all we got anyway because of lack of money. One year, my father decided to allow us one gift each. That was a very memorable Christmas for me. Sometimes less is definitely more.

    Love you!
    Ernestine

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  9. Dear Sunny,

    I like the three-gift idea from the Budget Busters: Christmas Spending article.
    Often, growing up, three gifts, at the most, were all we got anyway because of lack of money. One year, my father decided to allow us one gift each. That was a very memorable Christmas for me. Sometimes less is definitely more.

    Love you!
    Ernestine

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