Sunday, November 28, 2010

this little light of mine...

dear emily,

don't you love "charlie brown's Christmas?"  charlie is moping
around for the true meaning of Christmas, and linus sums it up
quite nicely.

"there were shepherds abiding in the field . . ."

can you imagine a contemporary cartoon referring to the angel's
visitation of the shepherds?  it makes me very sad that children
have so few encounters with 'the babe' in our world.  the light
has grown very dim here.

that's why i'm so grateful to the hobby lobby and mardel stores
for purchasing an advertisement that still warms my heart.

john 1 says "the light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has
not understood it."  we can make our homes illuminators to our
children's hearts by loving them, reading the scriptures to them,
and telling stories of His wonder in our lives.

psalm 104 says, "He wraps Himself in light as with a garment." i
would love to wrap that garment around my children and protect
them from all darkness.

...i'm gonna let it shine,

ps.  go to pj's to see some amazing lights!


myletterstoemily said...
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Margaret said...

Thank you for letting your light inspire the rest of us to do the same!

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful post Lea. Wishing you many blessings during this Christmas season.

Debbi Thinks Deep said...

I love that! A few days ago, while traveling . . . I had to run into a restaurant (ahem) powder room to add stockings to my ensemble. ;) The nearest one was Farmer Boys. Do you have them? This was in Los Angeles . . . anyway . . . they had a sign on the wall, just as one entered, proclaiming the Gospel message! Thrilled to see that! I tell you! Just thrilled!

Farm Girl said...

So sweet Lea, My son has been playing that song on the piano all week. It sounds so pretty and that Charlie Brown Christmas story was my first exposure to the story of Jesus.
I was 10 years old before I heard it and when Charlie Brown listens to Linus, I got the Bible off the Mantel and found it and Memorized it myself because I loved it so much. Thanks for sharing that and having it trigger that memory.

Susy said...

I'm loving that business people, companies and corporations are willing to share their faith in the marketplace. It's happening more and more.

Susy said...

I'm loving that business people, companies and corporations are willing to share their faith in the marketplace. It's happening more and more.

myletterstoemily said...

kim, i love that story!

Cheri Bunch said...

Your light is a beacon to my soul, my friend!

I had not seen this ad. I LOVE it!

"psalm 104 says, "He wraps Himself in light as with a garment." i
would love to wrap that garment around my children and protect
them from all darkness."

Me too!

Love you~

{Jodie} said...

Oh I love that! ...and it warms my heart that there are company's willing to advertise this way. I didn't need another reason to love Hobby Lobby, but they gave me one anyway. :) I may have to borrow that picture to post on my facebook as it gets a little closer to Christmas. :)
Thanks for letting your light shine, Lea. xo Luv ya

Ruth said...

Lea, you've certainly let your light shine... thank you for always posting inspiring, encouraging posts that lift our spirits up.

Have a blessed week!!


Cinnamon said...

How did you know we've been watching Charlie Brown non-stop? Actually my 2yo loves snoopy but they go hand in hand :-/

Snooped out~ Cinnamon

Michelle said...

Amen. Amen.

Grandma Yellow Hair said...

Honey how strange you came by tonight because I was just thinking about you and wanting to come over here before I shut down the computer for the night. Isn't that funny how that happens to us.
So happy I did visit. This is a blessing to read a post like this.
I love it and you too

Lana said...

Lea ~ for that very reason I support Hobby Lobby as often as I can... and I love that simple Charlie Brown Christmas cartoon.
I agree, children these days see and hear so little of the true meaning of Christmas. Thankfully, as parents, we can still teach them about Him.

His Song to Sing said...

I haven't seen Hobby Lobby's ad yet but I will be looking for it. I'm like several of your readers in that I support them for their obvious stance for Christian standards.

Thanks for your reminder that we all need to be shining His light in the darkness. Your blog is bright beacon!


Sonja said...

who doesn't love that Charlie Brown story? and yes... the light has grown dim here, so I am firmly with you in being thankful for Hobby Lobby & Mardel.

My little Vietnam girls where I get my nails done play a background tape from Hobby Lobby of very soft CHRISTIAN music which plays in H.L. stores. The girls have no idea they are proclaiming the gospel through their music. It makes me smile. One of the girls is now a christian, but the others have no clue about Jesus or the music that celebrates Him. and yet it fills the place each time I go there and I hum right along! :)

koralee said...

Oh I love it...yes I pray MERRY CHRISTMAS will never be taken over by Happy Holidays. xoxoxox


Gwendolyn said...

Lea, enjoyed your mention of the "Light." Beautiful post.

I reviewed some of your past posts and news from Hailey in Brazil. Such great memories she will have. I'm glad to hear that she is safely home and trust she has had places and opportunities to share all that she experienced and learned during that time. Just yesterday she was on my heart and mind.

Blessings to you this Sunday evening.

Rosie said...

Oh dearest, and you do...
you let it shine...not just for YOUR babies, but for us too...

what a perfect says it all doesn't it?

Blessings for this season of all seasons...oh, how I love Christmas and all that it means...H*O*P*E


Joan Elizabeth said...

Great ad. And I like your insight "telling stories of His wonder in our lives". The witness of Christian parents is a very powerful light.

Anne Lyken-Garner said...

Hide it under a bushel, no! I'm gonna let it shine. I love that song. The ad is wonderful. Whatever day we believe Christ was born, it's nice to be able to celebrate it once a year.

My name is PJ. said...

When a girl's right, she's really truly right! I lovvvvvvvvvve that commercial too!

Janette@Janette's Sage said...

Yes I so love the Hobby Lobby paper ads and we also have Weirs Furniture Store in here Dallas.
I have posted them on our ref. more times than I can count.
It always delights my spirit to see companies pay to put the real message in major newspapers.

I am pulling out my Christmas books to go on my coffee table for us to read...I can't wait...I think I am the one who gets the most out of them every year!!

Oh the Bible in a four year olds eyes...he put paper cups in a circle and called me in to see the three wise man putting Joseph in the pit....LOL I think we will work on which Joseph was with the wise men. Too funny!!

Lisa said...

I love those full page ads that Christian retailers put out at Christmas! In our neck of the woods, Weir's has the top honor. It's always so well done and just heart piercing.

myletterstoemily said...

pj, i was so amazed at your blog today,
i just linked over.

amazing lights!

Meg said...

That is the sweetest, cutest little sign I have ever seen. Thank you so much for sharing that! It made me smile.

Your comment about my zombie features cracked me up! That was hilarious, thank you. :)

From the Kitchen said...

I am happy to know you. Also, I'm pleased to have your review on "Missing". Since we seem to enjoy the same authors (I checked out your "about me"), we probably like the same movies.

Thanks for stopping by. Please come back.


Together We Save said...

Thanks for sharing your light... I love this post!!

Sharon Lovejoy said...

I always send a blessing with my son when he leaves me. He has a dangerous job and I worry constantly.

I guess you could say that I wrap him in the light of love.

Joys to you,

Sharon Lovejoy Writes from Sunflower House and a Little Green Island

Vee said...

That truly is a neat advertisement. It is sad to see how little the true story is told. I remember first hearing it in school...public kidding.

Kim at Thistle Dew said...

That's an awesome advertisement, Lea! Thanks for sharing it!

And for stopping by my blog! Yours is a blessing!

Kim :-)

Sewn With Grace said...

I love this post! I have an ornament of Linus on stage where he recites the meaning of Christmas, just like the tv special. I hung it up this weekend and played it for myself. Such a good lesson and a great reminder!

Anonymous said...

Hello! nice to meet you!
thanks for your come 'screen' door is always open for gentle souls like you!

ciao bella
creative carmelina

Crown of Beauty said...

Love this post, Lea... You don't use too many words to drive home a point. The picture is lovely...touching.

Have a beautiful first advent sunday week...


Southern Lady said...

I love the add. I have just been getting caught up on your posts. I didn't know that I was so far behind. I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. Carla

Parisienne Farmgirl said...

Oh my gosh. I LOVE that "it's a boy" sign. I am going to have to find me one of those!
Your a doll to help me out! Everything is up and running!
Thanks for reading

vivek said...

Hi Lea,

NIce to hear that , you had a nice interaction with the persion of India origin. Yes , India has a varied culture and its very charming.

If you gets time , do visit India once.

Your post as always has been full of learning.. Thanks for lightning up the darkness :)

Take care and have a Great week ahead.

With Love

Vickie said...

How could I have missed this picture from HL! It's my home away from home! I love it!!!!!

This has blessed me today, and as always, I hope your kids (and others) are reading all your inspiring posts!

Have a wonderful day!!!

Now, I'm off to see if I can find that picture!

Ruth said...

hi lea, dropped by to thank you for the warm wishes left on my blog...

i sure will pray for Mohammed...


Gloria said...

Charlie Brown has always been one of our favorite Christmas time cartoons...due to it's message!

Love that sign you captured at the Hobby Lobby too. How wonderful they have that up!

Thanks for sharing the wonderful message and scriptures here. Jesus is the Reason for the Season! :)

Sweet blessings to you,
xoxo Gloria

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Yes---let's all let the light of Christ shine at Christmas... I don't want to lose the meaning --to our secular world. I want to say "Merry Christmas" to everyone--not Happy Holidays... Gads!!!!!

That is special of Hobby Lobby and Mardel... Hope more stores follow through...

God Bless You ---and let's keep our light shining.

shari @ little blue deer said...

That is too, too clever! I love it, thank you for sharing! XX!

Deborah Ann said...

Ha, LOVE that ad! I get a heck of a lot of joy when the world recognizes Jesus. You know what I mean, movie stars and department stores, that kind of stuff.

I hope you have the best Christmas ever, Ms. Lea. Give yourself a big hug from me. Wish I could be sitting next to you, sipping tea. But tis not meant to be. Maybe if Herbie would shell out the bucks so I could be a world traveler, but...he doesn't. What the heck is the matter with him?

Girl Meets Paris said...

Love, love that ad! I hadn't seen sweet!


Janette@Janette's Sage said...

I just had to come by and say I am laughing over your kids comments about don't be someone who meets your blogging friends...your comment on Deborah Ann's post...too, too funny!!! Well at least your kids know that bloggers met each other...mine still haven't figured this out! Yet that all have over 1000's on their face book!!!
Well I will withdrawal my comment about meeting one day on the border line...I would hate for those kids to give you a hard time...oh, our 20 plus year olds!!!
Thanks for the laugh!!!

A Refocused Life said...

Great post. I feel the same about Hobby Lobby and other Christian stores in my part of the world.

Susan B said...

Thank you for this lovely post, Lea. I love "A Charlie Brown Christmas." It's one of my Christmas favorites. I also love that advertisement...I'm always happy to see Christian messages in non-Christian places. :)

Brenda@CoffeeTeaBooks said...

Just yesterday I saw a Peanuts card at Wal Mart, when you opened it up it was Linus saying these lines from the movie!