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Hi!

I took today off from everything else to spend time in the studio getting ready for Christmas.   I am so tired of the commercialism and marketing of Christmas- aren’t you?  Buy this, gimme that, no payments until 2099, free credit for Christmas, hidden fees galore.  Have we lost it?  Our  one true treasure is in knowing the Lord Jesus Christ and WHO he IS!  Not trinkets and debt!

So, I decided that all my decorating this year would point people to Christ.  I am trying really hard to use all natural things and to make everything myself.  I did buy two bright red decorated stars for the garage and I am sort of regretting that purchase now.  Luckily they were inexpensive, but they don’t go with the rest of my theme.  BUT-with a glue gun and some sandpaper I can do anything!  haha!

 

 

Wednesday we visited the Billy Graham Library and in the building they had a tree that was decorated with homemade “looking” ornaments, all from nature.  Sticks, twigs, raffia, pinecones, wood, etc..  I really liked them because in each one I could see Jesus.  So, that tree was my inspiration for these ornaments.  Of course you could buy them there- but they were very pricey-more than I could ever afford.  BUT!  I was determined that I could make them just as well theirs were made!  You see I have the “Sutterby” gene in my blood and that gene says, ” I can do this myself!”  haha!  Thanks Dad!  So, rather than having the normal glitzy ornaments I am going “back to nature” this year with my Charlie Brown tree!  It’s little, it’s cute and it’s all about Jesus!

This is the first ornament I made….

 

The tree at the Library had star shaped twigs but mine are different.

I didn’t have to buy anything but the ribbon and that was a buck!  I had all this stuff hanging around between my studio and the wood shed.

I think this star is my favorite.

Then I graduated to some simple outdoor decorations under the windows.  Greenery, sticks and hearts, stars and crosses.  I had all these things lying around here and there!  This heart actually came off my barnwood birdfeeder that a bear ruined a few years ago!  Everything has a story and I hope you see the story of Jesus in these creations.  Smell the greenery?  Feel the love?  See the light?  Hear the hope?  It’s there…look harder!

Jesus came as a baby-He is the light of the world!

Our shining beacon of hope!

Hope…

Love….

Peace…

Joy….it’s EMPTY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thank you Lord, for reviving my Spirit, for making me listen when I don’t want to, for putting people in my path who help me see what is really important, for your prayer warriors and most of all for coming to earth to show us how to love each other.  Today I love you more than I ever thought possible.  Each day my love for you grows stronger and stronger and that makes other things fall away so that I see you more and more in everything around me.  Thank you for holding me, for being persistent, and for loving me to this beautiful place.  Help me to do the same for others, to put myself aside and you first.  Thank you so much Lord.

About godw1nz

I am the mom of three beautiful daughters, wife to a genius, sister to a teacher, sis-in-law to an engineer, daughter to a yankee and a rebel, and a woman chasing God. I love to read, draw and be with my family. If the reading inspires me, then I draw what I read. Almost everything I draw is based around or about Jesus Christ. I attend church at First United Methodist Hillsville. Ronnie Collins is my associate pastor, also a blogger here. I love the Lord with all my heart and I hope what you see here will inspire your heart.

4 responses »

  1. I really, really, really, love all these things, I am so proud of you that you did this. You kicked commercialism aside right to the curb !! We would all be surprised what we can find to create objects with just lying around our house. We are all more creative than we think, just get started. This is the way they did it on Little House on The Prairie ! The real Christmas with Christ in the center right where he belongs !

  2. I read yesterday that the tradition of putting balls on the Christmas tree started as a symbolism of the apple on the tree in the Garden of Eden. Maybe you can make some apples to put on the tree also. From our fall to the cross. What a theme. Beautiful ornaments. You really need to read the book Advent Conspiracy. It goes right along with how we are feeling about the commercialism.

  3. Great idea! When you create something new, unique, and different, it makes people see things anew. (You’d better check Mom’s suitcase before she heads back to NY!)

  4. I LOVE these! Simple is my mantra. We got a Christmas card today from Mildred Palmer. She always paints awesome cards. Then I punch a couple of holes in them, put in string and hang them on the tree. They’re beautiful! We also use last year’s cards as gift tags for this year’s gifts. We spend so much time “doing” Christmas that we miss out on “Christ”mas. Thanks for reminding us!

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