Day 9: 12 Pearls of Christmas | My Gift for the King | Sheryl Giesbrecht

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My Gift to the King
by Sheryl Giesbrecht

It was a week before Christmas; a woman in the rush of her last-minute shopping bought a box of fifty identical greeting cards. Without bothering to read what the card said, she quickly signed and addressed all but one of them. A few days after they had been mailed she came across the one card that hadn’t been sent. She was horrified to read, “This card is just to say, a little gift is on the way!”

Gift-giving is just one of our many Christmas traditions. John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only son, Jesus, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.” Truly Jesus is the best gift we would ever want to receive.

One year a friend gave me a Christmas devotional book that turned my holiday traditions upside down. Anne Graham Lotz shared her custom of asking King Jesus what gift he would like for his birthday. God wants us to give freely out of our love for him as an act of worship. This process of intentionally and sacrificially giving a “love gift to my King” is something I have added to my personal Christmas traditions. I wonder, have you ever thought about giving Jesus a gift? Maybe this year you might ask Him what He would like you to give Him.

Each year, as the Christmas holidays approach, I ask the King what he would like for his birthday. I remember Anne Graham Lotz’s criteria: “Something I would not do except the King requested it. And it is something I could not do except the King enabled me,” (Christmas Memories by Terri Meeusen pg. 159).

One year the King began asking me for His gift in September when a local high school contacted me to develop a truant program. I didn’t feel qualified. Lotz’ words rang in my mind: “Something I would not do except the king requested it. And it is something I could not do except the king enabled me.” “God, not me,” I argued. I remembered what God brought me out of; I was a rebellious and promiscuous teenager, chain-smoker, alcoholic, drug addict, and drug dealer who cut class all but five days my junior year of high school. At age seventeen, I went to work at a Christian camp and there I was shown the love of God through the experience of working transformed believers. I was shown God’s love could cover a multitude of sins. Now He asked me to share this same love with those who are looking for love in all the wrong places. I committed to doing the King’s bidding.

What gift will you give your King this year? Maybe God is asking you to serve in your child’s classroom at school or teach a Sunday school class. Or maybe God is calling you to prayer or to spend more time with Him? Maybe Your King is asking you to give Him control over a situation?

“Something I would not do except the King requested it. And it is something I could not do except the King enabled me.” Ask the King for His gift suggestion. When He impresses on your heart the gift He desires, offer it to Him as your gift of thanks for His indescribable gift, His Son, Jesus.

“Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift.” (I Cor 9:15)

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“Exchanging hurt for hope” is Sheryl Giesbrecht’s focus. She loves to share how God rearranges loss, bitterness, and mistakes, and turns them into something remarkably beautiful. Learn more about Sheryl and her book, Get Back Up, at her website.

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BBAW: Reading Habits

This is Day Three of Book Blogger Appreciation Week and the meme today is Our Reading Habits.

I was going to be creative but for some reason its not working out so I will answer the questions below in a few words.

Do you snack while you read?
-Usually I don’t tend to snack while I am reading because I read in bed.

If so, favorite reading snack?
-My favorite reading snack tends to be popcorn.

Do you tend to mark your books as you read, or does the idea of writing in books horrify you?
-Just the thought of marking in my books scares me.

How do you keep your place while reading a book? Bookmark? Dog-ears?Laying the book flat open?
-I always use either a bookmark, a piece of paper or a post it. I never dog ear or lay my book flat. I cringe when I see people doing that.

Fiction, Non-fiction, or both?
-I am all about fiction but if the book is interesting and its non fiction I will read it.

Hard copy or audiobooks?
-I prefer hard copy. With audio books they end up being back ground noise to me.

Are you a person who tends to read to the end of chapters, or are you able to put a book down at any point?
-This depends on the book but I am able to put it down at points if need be.

If you come across an unfamiliar word, do you stop to look it up right away?
-Yes I do.

What are you currently reading?

-I am currently reading Love to Love you Brady’s


What is the last book you bought?
-The last book I bought was Forever by Judy Blume

Are you the type of person that only reads one book at a time or can you read more than one at a time?
-I have to admit that I am the type of person who can only read one book at a time.

Do you have a favorite time of day and/or place to read?
-I usually like to read at night time in bed but during the day if I read I curl up on the couch and read.

Do you prefer series books or stand alone books?
-It depends on the book but I prefer stand alone books.

Is there a specific book or author that you find yourself recommending over and over?
-Right now its been Willow and Bran Hambric that I have been recommending alot lately.

How do you organize your books? (By genre, title, author’s last name, etc.?)
-Sadly I don’t have that done yet with my books. They all tend to be put on the shelf as is. The books I do keep will be organized but I am good with passing on my books.

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2009 Book Blogger Appreciation Week


Today the week long festivities begin.

Thanks to Amy for organizing this event and hosting it.

I was fairly new to blogging last year so I didn’t take part in the whole event but that is where I was introduced to so many great blogs that was out there.

Sadly Cindy’s Love of Books didn’t make the shortlist (or any list this year) but http://www.booksuponaweeonesshelf.com/ did get nominated but as well didn’t make the shortlist.

Thank you to the person(s) who nominated http://www.booksuponaweeonesshelf.com/

Its very hard to pick and choice blogs to list so please don’t take it personally.

Here are some blogs that didn’t make a any list at all:
http://www.afewminuteswithmichael.com/
http://bambireads.blogspot.com/
http://bookreviewsbybobbie.wordpress.com/
http://writeforareader.blogspot.com/
http://bookshipper.blogspot.com/
http://shereadsandreads.blogspot.com/
http://booksbound.blogspot.com/
http://martasmeanderings.blogspot.com/
http://wrightysreads.blogspot.com/
http://www.jennsbookshelves.com/
http://fredasvoice.blogspot.com/

This list is of blogs who have mentioned my blog on the BBAW list and are blogs I read daily:
http://bettyboochronicles.blogspot.com/
http://bermudaonion.wordpress.com/
http://barneysbookblog.blogspot.com/
http://fredasvoice.blogspot.com/

There are so many more great blogs out there that I could use up the whole page to do so. Check my blog roll for more great book bloggers.

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