Starting for Bethlehem

Please don’t tune me out because I am about to say Christmas in September!

Here’s my thinking: if we want this year’s Christmas celebration to exalt JESUS (YESHUA) and bless our families and friends more than ever before, I think we need to start for Bethlehem now. I am thinking that if we don’t start now, this Christmas will be just as commercial, just as harried, more costly – less giving, and brimming with stress just as it has been in years passed.

So to my praying Friends, I ask that you pray for me. Pray that I will start for Bethlehem now. Pray that I will keep praying over Advent and how the LORD would have me honor Him. Pray that I will resist buying gifts just for buying gifts sake but will instead seek the LORD as to what He would have us give family and friends; gifts that will keep on blessing them for years to come. It’s a lofty request I know and I haven’t had much practice but I’d like to begin to practice now. 

I want a Christmas tree this year that’s simple, not decorated to the hilt but one that draws me to come and sit and visit with the Savior. And I want a Jesse Tree this year too. See HERE to learn about the Jesse Tree. There’s a lot to learn (and a lot of reading). I’m not looking for perfection in the way it’s done at our house just that we honor JESUS (YESHUA), remembering His Story. 

And I’m thinking special foods, music, decorations, family fun, friends, and most of all worship. That’s my desire for this Christmas Season. I hope I have started early enough.   🙂  

6 For to us a Child is born, to us a Son is given; and the government shall be upon His shoulder, and His name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father [of Eternity], Prince of Peace.
7 Of the increase of His government and of peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish it and to uphold it with justice and with righteousness from the [latter] time forth, even forevermore. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.  via Isaiah 9 AMP;CJB – But [in the midst of judgment there is – Bible Gateway.

Day 267 of 2014, a day to give Thanks.



  • Well, my friend, our thoughts are on the same event. I woke this morning with Christmas on my mind. Specifically Christmas Eve. I organize our church’s Christmas Eve service…led completely by women. So, I woke praying for guidance from the Lord as to who should do what in the service, and what my devo will be for the service. Hard to believe it is only 3 months away!


    • I have no doubt the Christmas Eve service will be a delight to attend and Jesus will be exalted! I am excited for you and the people. Please share more as you can. Thank you for your friendship and encouragement.

      On Wednesday, September 24, 2014, The White Stone wrote:



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