When I was a wee lass, I distinctly remember the first time I saw a color TV. Up to this time, we viewed the wonders of television in black and white. But then my cousin purchased a color TV.
His sister and I ran down the hill to his house, bursting into his living room eager to see this modern day marvel. And there it was, turned on, airing a hair commercial of all things. The model might have been showcasing the wonders of hair color, but I was more amazed at the explosion of color hitting my eyes rather than the color of her hair from a box.
Having just come off an 8-day journey thru the Holy Land, the wonder of stepping into the pages of beloved stories I’ve heard from my childhood is like the black and white to color TV scenario. My friend,
I’ve heard the waves lap on the Sea of Galilee.
I’ve tasted hyssop.
I’ve seen the sun paint the sky over the Valley of Armageddon.
I’ve felt the cold Jordan River.
I’ve stood in the EMPTY tomb!
I've walked where Jesus walked!
My Bible reading has exploded into living color!
And I want to convince you, dear reader, to save your pennies and go!
Here are 7 reasons why Israel should be on your bucket list:
1. The Atmosphere
Like any other country, a sea of humanity walks the streets of Israel. Yet, unlike any other place I have visited, outwardly expressive religions walk the same roads with each other. Stiff hats, dark garments, the swishing of the long robes, the curled sidelocks, the slits for beautiful dark eyes, all of it within a country the size of New Jersey! The mix of cultures, food, sounds, and smells makes for an unforgettable experience. Yet despite the mix, I didn’t feel unsafe at any time during my trip.
2. The Locations
Think of it, many of the locations we’ve read about and studied are right there,
- the Sea of Galilee where much of Jesus’s earthly ministry took place,
- the desert -- where John the Baptist started his ministry and Jesus was tempted -- stretches as far as the eye can see,
- caves where David and others hid
- the gurgling spring where God narrowed down a fighting force of men to 300 to fight by Gideon’s side,
- the Jordan River which God opened for the Israelites to cross on dry ground, and where Jesus was baptized
- the Dead Sea where nothing lives, but everything floats, including humans.
- Masada – a king’s desert fortress turned Jewish stronghold against the ruthless Romans
- Peter’s mother in law’s house!
3. The Guides
Like an expert on the Civil War or Yosemite Park, I’d highly recommend going on a tour led by a local guide who is a believer. Passages from Scripture have taken on deeper meaning when told in the context of what was going on in the place and time of the event.
A perfect example for me was Abraham offering Isaac as a sacrifice. Questions I had about that have now been answered all because I had a knowledgeable guide who was able to show and tell things I wasn’t privy to before.
Another example was the eye of the needle - Just look at the door in a door in the wall! "It is easier for a camel to pass thru the eye of the needle than for a rich man to enter heaven."
Oh my! Where to start? There’s the Old City teaming with history centuries old, the underground tunnels hewed from rock and dirt to safely transport people and water in and out of the city, the wailing wall with rocks the size of a small car, the Upper Room, the basement where Jesus was beaten and flogged, the Via Dolorosa, the list goes on
5. The Garden of Gethsemane
Tucked away from the clamor of the city, is the garden where Jesus declared, “Not my will, but thine be done.” Such a serene spot to reflect and be reminded of what He did for us and can do for us.
6. The Empty Grave
Every other religion in the world visits their leader’s grave full of bones. But ours!! Think about it, we can travel halfway around the world to visit an empty grave! Totally worth it! Woohoo! “He is not here! He has risen, just like He said.”
7. The building of your faith
Of course, I’m still on my own Mount of Transfiguration trip high, but I pray I’ve been renewed and emboldened. Just opening my Bible this morning to continue my study of Mark was totally different than just two weeks ago.
I can now picture the sky being painted by the sun as it rises over the Sea of Galilee.
I can hear the soft lapping of the water, and the crunch of footsteps on the shore ladened with rocks and teeny tiny shells.
I can feel the water caressing my feet.
I have walked where Jesus walked! Glory be!!
I’ve dreamed of traveling to Israel for 30 years. And I long to go again!
So should you because while going to Disney may fill our hearts with glee temporarily, a trip to Israel gives us another brick in our foundation of faith. It's a trip with an eternal impact.
I'm not saying it's wrong to go to Disney or other fun places, I'm just presenting the question,
"We save our pennies to go to Disney, why not for Israel?"
Israel should be on every Jesus Girl's bucket list because a trip to Israel takes the Bible, a living book, and splashes gorgeous colors over every setting.
So, next year in Jerusalem! Yes? Start saving your pennies and let's go!
As I was asked to write for By Faith She, I began praying about what direction I should go. The words no one wants to hear crept into my life almost a year ago and since October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, I knew I needed to share my story!
Back in November of last year I received a call that came with an overwhelming diagnosis that changed my life from that moment forward. “Cancer” is all I could hear on the other end of the phone. I was forty-one years old and scared to the core! From the very beginning, I heard Jesus asking, “Do you trust Me?” To be honest, that was a hard question to answer because I felt as if Jesus had walked away from me. That sounds so crazy now, but during the diagnosis I felt alone.
As my doctors created a battle plan, my daily life began to consist of tests, doctor visits, blood work, chemo and ultimately surgery. During the process, I lost my hair. We all know that back in the Bible days your hair was your glory and of course it’s still an important attribute for women still today. Yet again, the Lord kept asking, “Do you trust Me?”
Throughout this process there have been many days that it’s just been me and Jesus. I have learned now more than ever to let go of things I cannot control and let Him move in my life. It hasn’t been easy, but when I really came to understand that He was the one that created me and He knows what’s best in my life, I was able to surrender and lay it all at His feet.
I was raised in the ministry and I thought I had given every area of my life to Jesus, but I learned quickly He didn’t really have all of me. Did he cause this cancer? Nope! But, I do believe He allowed it so I could reconnect to Him and go deeper in my faith.
Placing all my trust in Jesus and giving Him all my fears has truly changed my heart and my life. I have moved from simply loving Jesus to being crazy, madly in love with Him!
My hair is slowly coming back in and I am now a blonde, which is a hair color I have never had before! This journey has taught me how to be intentional with what I fuel my body with too. I used to eat whatever my flesh desired, but have seen the benefits of feeding it with whole foods that make God’s temple thrive. In the process, I have now lost 30 pounds. I am so thankful that the Lord has changed me from the inside out!
I can relate so well to the story of the Red Sea in Exodus 14. As the Israelites saw the Egyptians approaching and then saw how vast the Red Sea was, they were frightened! But God was speaking the same thing then as He has been to me on this journey…”Do you trust Me?”. With God on our side, He stands between us and the enemy and we never fight our battles alone! I’m telling you He is crazy in love with you and when the “Red Sea” comes in your life do you turn back or do you let Jesus part the waters for you to walk through?
My journey continues. The surgeon was able to get all of the cancer…Praise Jesus, but I am still undergoing precautionary radiation. Days can be so long and hard, but I know God is my Healer and my Poppa and I must continue to “trust” Him as He has asked me to do.
So, I leave you with this...will you let Him change you from the inside out? What He can do for you, which he has done enough already on the cross, is amazing!! I am very blessed and claim healing, and will claim healing for you and your “Red Sea”.
Hello, my name is Jennifer Williams. I grew up as a child of a kids pastor. I have been in church since I was a baby, and grew to know the love of who Jesus is. I am a wife of an amazing man that God placed in my life eight years ago after going through a divorce that I never would of expected. God turned it around and placed my soul mate in my life and showed me again that He was in control. I have 3 kids...2 from my first marriage, a son that is 23, a daughter that is 21, and now a bonus daughter that is 16. Also God has blessed me with my first grandchild! His name is Landon and wow what a HUGE blessing He is!! I love being a Grammy and know that God knew I needed him at this appointed time! For fun I like to spend my time with family and travel as well. I LOVE ministry and love helping others. My desire in life is to pray with people and see transformation in their walk with Christ, and to see people be healed!
Last year I wanted to work on my understanding of the New Testament. I decided that instead of trying to read through the entire Bible in one year (because I usually don’t make it very far into the New Testament when I try this) that I’d challenge myself to just read through the New Testament in 2018 using the same chronological study as usual.
I still have more to read before I complete the entire New Testament and 2018 is over. I didn’t make it 🤦♀️
I could tell myself I’ve failed. I could count 2018 as a loss because I wasn’t able to keep up. I could decide that it’s not even worth trying because I’m afraid I’ll fail again.
This year I gave myself grace when I didn’t get an entire day’s worth of reading done. And, when I missed a day altogether, I started back the next day right where I left off.
And guess what happened?
I spent some amazing time with the Lord 🙌🏼
I grew in my knowledge and maturity as a believer due to that intimate focused time and due to the reading I did complete 🙌🏼
I understood even deeper that it’s not about worshipping the process of spending time with God but it’s about actually spending time worshipping God 🙌🏼
I encourage you to set those goals for this coming year! Make a plan to study God’s Word and spend some intimate time with Him. Grow in your knowledge of Him and in your relationship with Him!
Give yourself grace when you lack. Start back strong when you miss!
It may not all play out as you have planned but that time you do spend with Him will surely be worth it!
Ask Him to take your time together and use it for your good and His glory.
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The Bible is filled with God’s promises to different people. Some were made to specific people in certain situations, but many of His promises were made to His children in general. When He made those promises to His children, it included any children to come in the future. If you are alive today and are in relationship with God, through Jesus, you are God’s child and those promises are available to you!
For example, let's say Tom decides to play the lottery. He buys a ticket, picks his lucky numbers and when the winners are called, he has a multi-million dollar ticket! Unfortunately, Tom decides to hang on to his winning ticket and never turns it in for his reward. He has great riches available to him, but he never takes the necessary steps to access them.
The promises God gives us regarding prayer are rich and extremely powerful! Let’s take some time today to unpack what they are and how we can live the abundant life He offers.
I have to be completely honest, I’m not great at promptly returning all of my text messages. I’m even worse at Facebook Inbox messages. And don’t even try sending me an email.
But God promises to answer His children before they even call!
“I will answer them before they even call to Me. While they are still talking to Me about their needs, I will go ahead and answer their prayers!” Isaiah 65:24
“Whatever you ask in My name, that will I do, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask Me anything in My name, I will do it.” John 14:13-14
He promises that He will 1. hear us and 2. answer every word we send His way.
It's true, His answer may be in a very different way than we had hoped, but even still, He will answer.
Now that is a big promise!
One of my former pastors, Dr. Ed Young Senior, wrote a book that I highly recommend, called Living Under the Rainbow. Each chapter is dedicated to a specific promise made by God to us as followers of Jesus Christ.
In his book, Dr. Young gives us several actions, straight from Scripture, that we must take to live abundantly in the promise of prayer. I have included some of them below.
1. ABIDE in Christ - We must be in a covenant relationship with God, through His Son, Jesus Christ. This is not like the interactions between acquaintances but rather intimate, soul-bearing communion.
We can take the earlier example of Tom winning the lottery further to illustrate this point. Let’s say Tom’s friend, Jim, knew about the winning lottery ticket. He drove straight down to the lottery claims center and told them all about his friend’s winning ticket. Unfortunately for Jim, he couldn’t claim the money for himself. He was trying to access riches that he didn’t hold the rights to. Just the same, God made this promise to His children. Someone who is not a child of God can not claim this for themselves. Only a person in a covenant relationship with God, through Jesus, has access to the promise of God’s ear and answered prayer.
“I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
“If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.” John 17:7
"Anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek him." Hebrews 11:6
2. Pray for God’s Will - Much of Matthew 6 is devoted to Jesus explanation of how we should pray. He tells us to pray for God’s Kingdom to come, and His will to be done. He tells us that our priority needs to be seeking His kingdom and His righteousness first, and all of our other needs will be added to us.
3. Set Aside Pride - We must come to our Father, in our need, and ask Him to give us what we can’t give ourselves. In Jesus explanation of prayer, He says we should ask for our daily bread, reliant on God to provide our needs. This takes humbling ourselves and asking God to provide.
If my people, who are called by may name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land. 2 Chronicles 7:14
In my distress I called to the Lord; I cried to my God for help. From His temple He heard my voice; my cry came before Him, into His ears…He reached down from on high and took hold of me; He drew me out of deep waters. He rescued me from my powerful enemy, from my foes, who were too strong for me.
4. Address Sin - When we are abiding in sin instead of Christ meaning we have unaddressed, unconfessed sin in our life, this blocks our prayers to God.
Psalm 66:18 - “If I regard wickedness in my heart, the Lord will not hear.”
Isaiah 59:2 - God hides Himself from those who are in sin.
James 4:3-4 - When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives…
Don’t you know that friendship with the world means enmity against God?
The promise that God will hear my prayers and act on those prayers provides peace and security as I live through the ups and downs life brings. It gives me confidence to live by faith, and trust that God is with me every step of the way.
Audra and her husband Jordan are called to ministry and he is the senior pastor at their church. They have two beautiful children who bring them tons of joy, lots of laughs, and on occasion new grey hair. She is a former teacher who still loves to teach, enjoys cooking and baking, and has a passion to lead other women to know Jesus and live out their faith in Him.
“I don’t think you should marry me because I’m not sure I want to go to Ethiopia with you.”
Words said by me to my future husband Tim, about 9 months before we got married back in 2005. He had felt called to missions for as long as I’d known him, and I was pretty sure I didn't.
Now that we’ve announced our intentions to move to Ethiopia long-term as medical missionaries, many people say, “Wow, I could never do that.” Well, for a long time I didn’t think I could either.
We got married believing that if God wanted us to serve Him overseas, He would work in both of hearts, not just Tim's. And during Tim’s 11 years of training to become a general surgeon, God did just that—worked in my heart to make me want to follow Him to Ethiopia. #31daysofcalling, a series I wrote to tell that story—here’s an excerpt from the intro:
God didn’t slam me with books about marriage that told me to get in line, and He didn’t lay guilt on me for not wholeheartedly following whatever my husband wanted to do. Instead, He did a thousand little things to open my heart to people who are suffering in Ethiopia, showing me how He’s crafted my personality and gifts to fit there, to give me a vision for what my life would be like there, and to make me literally WANT to go.
Here’s a peek into two of those thousand little things that I highlighted in #31daysofcalling:
Day 2: A Red Tin Roof
As a kid, there was a little house on our highway that I was in love with—white siding and a red tin roof (top picture.) That house made me fall in love with the idea of a red tin roof. If I ever daydreamed about my life as an adult, it was always with a red tin roof over my head. Fast forward to life as an adult, considering moving to Ethiopia, considering working at a rural missions hospital.
What do the missionary houses there have? Red tin roofs! (bottom picture) God cares about the details. ❤️
Day 19: Radical Generosity
A tap on my shoulder before church…the wife whispers, “I know Tim won’t always have summers off during med school, but does he have this one off?” It was his first year of medical school, and we had gotten married a few months before. I say that he does, and she excitedly says, “Can you all come over for lunch after church? We need to talk to you about something.”
We go, and these dear friends (whom we met just a few months earlier) explain that the husband received a big bonus at work, and they had been praying about what to do with it. They wanted us to consider returning to Ethiopia that summer to experience serving together as a married couple—at their expense.
Fast forward a few months, and we are making plans to go back to Ethiopia and help the Mission to the World (our sending organization) missionaries there with a big medical team that was coming to conduct clinics in a poor community. We worked up a budget for the trip, sent it to them at their insistence, and they then donated the WHOLE amount to MTW (have you checked ticket prices to Ethiopia? It’s not cheap).
Before we go, the wife tells me that she’s been thinking about how Tim’s future work in Ethiopia as a doctor is clear, but she has specifically been praying that God would give me a vision for MY life in Ethiopia.
The trip DID give me that vision—I worked with social workers, helped in medical clinics, and saw a lot about what home life could be like with the missionaries we worked with. Our interest in returning to Ethiopia solidified, which had a significant impact on the way we thought about our lives during the rest of Tim’s training.
And all of that, when we had had no plans of our own to return there any time soon.
- It was they who dreamed up our going that summer,
- they who wrote the enormous check instead of dreaming up what they could do for themselves with it (WOW),
- they who prayed for my vision.
God continued to work in my heart for years to make to me truly want to do this, but that summer was a pivotal start for me…thanks to God, and friends who listened to Him even when it meant great expense. Whoa.
On Day 31, here is part of my reflection:
So if you look back over the last 30 days with me, how can we not just give this a shot? How can we sit pretty as a surgeon and his wife in America when God has done ALL. THESE. THINGS. to pull us toward Ethiopia over and over and over again?
If we fight to believe what we say we believe, we need to meditate on what’s true:
- nothing can separate us from God’s love,
- God will lead us and hold us no matter where we are
- He doesn’t sleep (different time zone—no problem).
- He is near,
- He is good,
- He is faithful.
- He says not to fear,
- He says not to worry.
- He says you have to give up your life to truly find it.
At the beginning of #31daysofcalling, I was trying to answer the question “why?”. Why are we doing this, why do we think God is calling us to it?
But now that we’ve been through all these days together, the question I hope we’re asking is “why not?”.
After seeing time after time after time of God preparing, providing, protecting, and teaching us, why not do this? Why not take the gifts He’s given us and uses them in Ethiopia? Why not try to be faithful to follow Him when He’s obviously been so faithful to us?
Thanks SO MUCH for taking the time to read a bit of our story, and you can find the whole story at www.loveethiopia.org/31daysofcalling. And don’t be like me when I told Tim he shouldn’t marry me—believing the lie that things about you can never change.
Because God is in the business of change, in the most beautiful and unexpected ways.
Merry Christmas! What a priviledge we have to celebrate the birth of our Messiah, Jesus! We see the word "Joy" so much around Christmastime, so I felt led to re-share a post I wrote this time last year. It's a great reminder that it IS possible to have JOY in our lives despite our circumstances because true JOY only comes through salvation.
I'll never forget the day that I was sitting on the front steps of my first home talking with a friend that was not a believer at the time. One of her questions to me was, "Why are you always happy?" That conversation ultimately led to us praying over the phone together and her asking Jesus to be the Lord of her life! I think about her often and that pondering question she had for me. The one thing I told her is that happiness is fleeting, but JOY is everlasting and only comes from a relationship with the Lord.
Life has not always been kind to me. I have had my share of heartache; I began dealing with death at a young age with losing grandparents that I adored, my dad became sick when I was fifteen and life for my family was lived in and out of hospitals, my aunt was murdered and my uncle was sent to prison for conspiracy of murder, my dad lost his battle with cancer when I was nineteen, I lost one of my biggest cheerleaders (my dad's mom) several years ago, and another grandfather soon after our youngest was born.
Now I realize many have gone through much worse and I am sure not trying to have a pity party. Scripture is very clear in John 16:33, "I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world". If we are followers of Christ, we know Satan is going to fight us and try to defeat us. What I pray you see in this post today is that JOY is not determined by our circumstances, but only through salvation and that He is enough for whatever comes our way.
How can we live a life filled with JOY when we look at the world and see such darkness? We see that word JOY so much at Christmas, but is it really possible to have? The cause of joy is JESUS!
Depending on the translation you use, the word JOY is mentioned around 200 times in the Bible. So that tells me, there is something to living a joy-filled life....it IS possible!
1. JOY at the Manger: Luke 2:10"Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great JOY that will be for all the people."
Can you imagine being Mary and Joseph and all that they endured getting to Bethlehem? Do you think anything about it seemed joyful in the moment? I know myself and I am sure there would have been much grumbling through the process! The one thing that Mary and Joseph clung to was the promise that God was doing something mighty! Jesus' birth did not occur like most people would have imagined; a cave, amongst animals, shepherds, a trough. A King to come as a humble servant, born into this world amongst the lowly. WOW! We are broken, dirty, sinful people that He came to this earth for. Let that sink in for a minute! He didn't come wearing a robe and a crown to rule above everyone. He came to serve, to walk amongst the people, to have love and compassion. We can learn so much from that today!
REFLECTION: Take some time and really focus in on Jesus and His birth; nothing about it made sense to the human mind! He came to serve, to walk beside us and to be our ultimate sacrifice! There is no greater love!
2. JOY in Suffering: Philippians 2:14-16 "Do everything without grumbling or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation. Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky as you hold firmly to the word of life. And then I will be able to boast on the day of Christ that I did not run or labor in vain."
Oh this is a hard one, but it is Biblical! It feels so right and natural to complain when hard times come, but knowing that Christ has a greater plan should give us JOY in the suffering. Can you imagine being Paul and writing this letter from prison? Philippians is Paul's joy letter. Although he had faced excruciating poverty, abundant wealth and everything in between, he was still able to write with great joy because he focused his attention on knowing Christ and obeying Him. Joy doesn't mean that you are "happy" all the time, let me make that clear! Joy doesn't mean that we can't hurt or cry. Our life is just a snap shot of what eternity will be like, so our suffering is not lasting and we have hope because of Jesus! That should bring us great JOY!
Isaiah 55:8-9 is one of my favorite verses, because when I begin to doubt God's goodness or question how things are transpiring, I am quickly reminded that He is God and I am not. His knowledge and wisdom is far greater than we can ever comprehend.
REFLECTION: Suffering is hard and doesn't seem fair. We tend to run to Jesus last, when He should be the first one we rest in. Get into God's Word and spend time in prayer with Him. Ask Him the hard questions that you are dealing with! What is it that you need to lay at His feet? He is working in each of us and we can trust what He says, He will do!
3. JOY in Salvation:1 Peter 1:8-9 "Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls."
Peter heard Jesus say these same words when Thomas was doubting Jesus' resurrection in John 20:29, so Peter is repeating them here in 1 Peter 1:8-9 as he encourages Christians who are suffering. Because we believe in Jesus, we have inexpressible and glorious joy! Galatians 5:22 lists the fruits of the Spirit and joy is listed right after love. This is the work of the Holy Spirit in us and these are character traits found in the nature of Christ. It's not possible to "earn" or "try" to get any of the fruits in our lives, we must join our lives with Him to receive them. Although we know the end result and heaven is our eternity, we must still work diligently now to serve Him and point others to Him.
REFLECTION: Jesus is our joy! Thank Him for your salvation and all the beauty that you experience because you have His character traits in you! There may be some things that are defeating your joy right now. Pray and ask the Lord to show you if there are some areas in your life that you need to work on. Maybe you need to resolve conflict, be more faithful in your job, mend a marriage, or maybe you are just in a waiting period...do it all with JOY! If you do not know the JOY that Jesus brings, please reach out to us, we would love to talk with you!
Laura is a pastor's wife, mom to two crazy fun kids and a part-time marketing director. The Lord continues to teach and stretch her through ways she would have never imagined, all by saying "YES" to whatever the Lord has for her. She loves being involved in her community and building relationships...oh and she loves to laugh!
Christmastime provides us a wonderful opportunity to share our faith with lost or unchurched family members. But, what is supposed to be Good News can become difficult to share for many reasons. Maybe we fear our loved one will reject this Good News. Maybe we feel inadequate. Maybe we have tried before and it seemed to fail.
How do we shine the light of Christ brightly for those we love most and desperately want to see come to know Christ? What are some ways to share our faith with them?
Invitation - Audra’s Pick
With all of the Christmas performances, kids choirs, Christmas Eve services, as well as your regular church services, we have plenty of opportunities to invite friends, family, neighbors... to join us. Offer to give pick them up, have a meal together, or just save them a seat!
Living it Out - Laura's pick
Since we are in ministry, conversations about what the Lord is doing in our lives come up often when we are around family. We love that we get to share about God's faithfulness as we are obedient to His calling on our life. No matter if you are in the ministry or not, as believers we can all say God has been so good to us. So find ways to share that with your loved ones. So, my pick would be just living the Gospel out in front of them and take full advantage of the time you are given with those you love.
Read the Christmas Story - Rebecca's pick
Reading the Christmas story from Matthew or Luke during family get togethers is a beautiful way to express our faith. Psalm 119:130 says, "The unfolding of your words gives light." This verse tells us that Scripture illuminates darkness. What a promise! We can trust that as we read about the birth of Christ, His light will be reflected to all those who are in the room and potentially create a spark from within.
Candy Canes - Tammy's pick
Every December 1st, I love to stuff my pockets and purse with these Scripture Candy Canes to hand out to one and all. Whether it's a cashier at a store or a fast food window or a waitress or waiter, I smile and say, "Thank you!" as I hand them one of these little gems.
The front is clear cellophane so you can see the candy cane. The back has the Candy Cane story pointing to the glory and honor of Christ. I honestly don't know how many have been opened and eaten or thrown away. But it is my prayer that at least one precious soul has read the back and a seed has been planted and watered.
Faith-based Gifts - Tricia's pick
I like to give little presents to my friends and neighbors who may be doubting God... or may not truly know Christ as their Savior. And the presents are usually notecards that have writing on them and also my tote bags (they have a quote or verse along with a painting on each one). It's not preachy but it shines out God. I love to have art and verses and quotes mix together for gift giving. It is a natural way to just show love and fun. As I like to say, "It's mixing the holy and fun together!"