Friday Faves–Jesus/Christmas Edition

Hi Again. Here are my favorite internet things from this week.

How Jesus Got His Name: This is fascinating, but I love etymology. So…#Nerd.

Jesus, the Son of Man: Ever wondered why Jesus called himself this? Here is a pretty quick explanation.

Prepare A Room: The lovely Dr. Sandra Glahn writes to us about hospitality. “Hospitality is primarily about people, not showmanship.” 1 Peter 4:9 “Show hospitality to one another without grumbling.” (God sure knows our tendencies.)

Finally, a little promotion for my man.

Seed of Doubt: This is my husband’s recently published novel. You should give it to someone for Christmas.

Merry Christmas, friends!

It’s Not Too Late: Finish 2013 Strong in Faith

This year has been quite a doozy. Lot’s has happened, which I am sure all of us can say. Looking back over the last 11 months I can see the spiritual battle that has been taking place in my own life. Because of the difficulty, I can let the negative take over 2013 if I am not careful; and that would not be something that gives glory to God.

Unfortunately, I have a severe struggle with being a pessimistic Peggy. So, instead of letting hopelessness and despair take the year into its history book, I am going to pray like crazy for the remaining 24 days. Pray that God will give me and you strength to finish out this year in a pleasing fashion to him. That we will let thankfulness ooze from our hearts instead of anxiousness. God has been faithful to us even when we were not faithful to him. He is always true to his character, “Merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness, keeping steadfast love for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, but who will by no means clear the guilty” (Exodus 34:6-7, ESV). We do not have to be guilty, friends. Our guilt can be washed clean by the blood of the lamb. He has a made a way for us. With that news, how can any year be given to the evilness of despair and hopelessness–no matter how tough?

Join me in praying for these last 24 days. Grow our faith, Father and help us to trust your work in our lives.

Blessings!