Christmas Quotes – A Month-Long Christmas Celebration!

I enjoy passing along quotes from people wiser than I am. For the past several years I’ve posted a new quote on social media related to Christmas for each day of December.

Today, I offer the list of these Christmas quotes as my gift to the readers of this blog.

May you all have a beautiful, Christ-centered Christmas celebration!

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Day 1: “‘Maybe Christmas,’ he thought, ‘doesn’t come from a store. Maybe Christmas… perhaps…means a little bit more.’” ~ Dr. Seuss

Day 2: “This is Christmas: not the tinsel, not the giving and receiving, not even the carols, but the humble heart that receives anew the wondrous gift, the Christ.” ~ Frank McKibben

Day 3: “He who has not Christmas in his heart will never find it under a tree.” ~ Roy L. Smith

Day 4: “Christmas! The very word brings joy to our hearts. No matter how we may dread the rush, the long Christmas lists for gifts and cards to be bought and given–when Christmas Day comes there is still the same warm feeling we had as children, the same warmth that enfolds our hearts and our homes.” ~ Joan Winmill Brown

Day 5: “Christmas is the day that holds all time together.” ~ Alexander Smith

Day 6: “Who can add to Christmas? The perfect motive is that God so loved the world. The perfect gift is that He gave His only Son. The only requirement is to believe in Him. The reward of faith is that you shall have everlasting life.” ~ Corrie Ten Boom

Day 7: “The earth has grown old with its burden of care, but at Christmas it always is young, the heart of the jewel burns lustrous and fair, and its soul full of music breaks the air, when the song of angels is sung.” ~ Phillips Brooks

Day 8: “The cradle without the cross misses the true meaning of Christ’s birth.” ~ Unknown

Day 9: “The hinge of history is on the door of a Bethlehem stable.” ~ Ralph W. Sockman

Day 10: “Christmas is that moment in time when God, in His unconditional love, stepped out of heaven onto earth, in order that we might one day step out of earth into heaven.” ~ Charles F. Stanley

Day 11: “One cry awakened the world, one birth changed history, one life made all the difference.” ~ Unknown

Day 12: “Christmas can be celebrated in the school room with pine trees, tinsel and reindeers, but there must be no mention of the man whose birthday is being celebrated. One wonders how a teacher would answer if a student asked why it was called Christmas.” ~ Ronald Reagan

Day 13: “You can never truly enjoy Christmas until you can look up into the Father’s face and tell him you have received his Christmas gift.” ~ John R. Rice

Day 14: “The Son of God became a man to enable men to become sons of God.” ~ C.S. Lewis

Day 15: “Christmas, my child, is love in action.” ~ Dale Evans

Day 16: “How many observe Christ’s birthday! How few, his precepts! O! ’tis easier to keep holidays than commandments.” ~ Benjamin Franklin

Day 17: “We tend to focus our attention at Christmas on the infancy of Christ.
The greater truth of the holiday is His deity. More astonishing than a baby in the manger is the truth that this promised baby is the omnipotent Creator of the heavens and the earth!” ~ John F. MacArthur, Jr.

Day 18: “The Almighty appeared on earth as a helpless human baby, needing to be fed and changed and taught to talk like any other child. The more you think about it, the more staggering it gets. Nothing in fiction is so fantastic as this truth of the Incarnation.” ~ J.I. Packer

Day 19: “The very purpose of Christ’s coming into the world was that he might offer up his life as a sacrifice for the sins of men. He came to die. This is the heart of Christmas.” ~ Rev. Billy Graham

Day 20: “The Christ child in the manger is forever an indication of the great lengths God will go to reconcile his creation, a savior willing to descend that we might be able to ascend with him…” ~ Ravi Zacharias

Day 21: “Have I allowed my personal human life to become a ‘Bethlehem’ for the Son of God?” ~ Oswald Chambers

Day 22: “He was created of a mother whom He created. He was carried by hands that He formed. He cried in the manger in wordless infancy. He, the Word, without whom all human eloquence is mute.” ~ Augustine

Day 23: “Christmas celebrates the awesome and amazing fact that God is grander, wiser, and more mysterious than we could have ever imagined.” ~ Dan Schaeffer

Day 24: “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” ~ An Angel (Luke 2:10-12)

Day 25: “Joy to the world, the Lord is come! Let earth receive her King.” ~ Isaac Watts

Day 26: “Hark the herald angels sing, “Glory to the new-born king.” Peace on earth, and mercy mild, God and sinners reconciled!” ~ Charles Wesley

Day 27: “Incarnate Word…You came. Softly. Barely a ripple in the course of mankind’s doings, yet a rip that reverberated through the heavenly realms and changed the balance of power for all eternity. With a battle cry that sounded to earthly ears like a newborn baby’s whimper, You set in motion my redemption. The sound heard in the heavens that first CHRISTmas moment was a victory shout that rattled the enemy’s forces and insured their defeat.” ~ Jennifer Kennedy Dean, Pursuing the Christ

Day 28: “May we not ‘spend’ Christmas or ‘observe’ Christmas, but rather ‘keep’ it.” ~ Peter Marshall

Day 29: “If we could condense all the truths of Christmas into only three words, these would be the words: ‘God with us.’ ~ John F. MacArthur, Jr.

Day 30: “Love came down at Christmas, Love all lovely, Love Divine;
Love was born at Christmas; Star and angels gave the sign.” ~ Christina Rossetti

Day 31: “I pray that the Lord might crown this year with His goodness and in the coming one give you a hallowed dare-devil spirit in lifting the biting sword of Truth, consuming you with a passion that is called by the cultured citizen of Christendom ‘fanaticism’, but known to God as that saintly madness that led His Son through bloody sweat and hot tears to agony on a rude Cross—and Glory!” ~ Jim Elliot


Happy New Year Quotes

A new year. A clean slate. Potential. Promise. It’s all before us.

To celebrate the new year, I will be posting one of the following quotes each day in January on my social media accounts. Hope you enjoy them throughout this month!20151. “Every man should be born again on the first day of January. Start with a fresh page. Take up one hole more in the buckle if necessary, or let down one, according to circumstances; but on the first of January let every man gird himself once more, with his face to the front, and take no interest in the things that were and are past.” ~ Henry Ward Beecher

2. “There are far better things ahead than any we leave behind.” ~ C.S. Lewis

3. “I am the new year…I am your opportunity to renew your allegiance to Him who said, ‘Behold, I make all things new.’” ~ Unknown

4. “Leave the broken, irreversible past in His hands, and step out into the invincible future with Him.” ~ Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest

5. “Resolution One: I will live for God. Resolution Two: If no one else does, I still will.” ~ Jonathan Edwards

6. “My determined purpose is to be my utmost for His highest—my best for His glory.” ~ Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest

7. “Of all persons the Christian should be best prepared for whatever the New Year brings. He has dealt with life at its source. In Christ he has disposed of a thousand enemies that other men must face alone and unprepared. He can face his tomorrow cheerful and unafraid because yesterday he turned his feet into the ways of peace and today he lives in God. The man who has made God his dwelling place will always have a safe habitation.” ~ A.W. Tozer, The Warfare of the Spirit

8. “We enter a new year to live it day by day. What is past is past. Today we start anew, and what we do today will make our life for tomorrow. Chin up, shoulders straight, eyes agleam, let us salute the New Year, and each day let us follow more faithfully, more courageously, more daringly the lead of our great Captain who bids us follow Him.” ~ William Thomson Hanzsche

9. “God is the God of our yesterdays, and He allows the memory of them to turn the past into a ministry of spiritual growth for our future.” ~ Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest

10. “If this is to be a Happy New Year, a year of usefulness, a year in which we shall live to make this earth better, it is because God will direct our pathway. How important then, to feel our dependence upon Him!” ~ Matthew Simpson

11. “We don’t know what the future holds, but we know Who holds the future!” ~ Unknown

12. “‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future’” ~ Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)

13. “Good habits are not made on birthdays, nor Christian character at the New Year. The workshop of character is everyday life. The uneventful and commonplace hour is where the battle is lost or won.” ~ Maltbie Davenport Babcock

14. “Resolved, never to do anything, which I should be afraid to do if it were the last hour of my life.” ~ Jonathan Edwards

15. “What the New Year brings to you will depend a great deal on what you bring to the New Year.” ~ Vern McLellan

16. “Resolved, to examine carefully, and constantly, what that one thing in me is, which causes me in the least to doubt of the love of God; and to direct all my forces against it.” ~ Jonathan Edwards

17. “I’ll not willingly offend,
Nor be easily offended;
What’s amiss I’ll strive to mend,
And endure what can’t be mended.”
~ Isaac Watts, “Good Resolutions”

18. “A new year is unfolding–like a blossom with petals curled tightly concealing the beauty within.” ~ Unknown

19. “The Lord will work out his plans for my life— for your faithful love, O Lord, endures forever.” (Psalms 138:8 NLT)

20. “I said to a man who stood at the gate of the year: ‘Give me a light that I may tread safely into the unknown’; and he replied, ‘Go into the darkness and put your hand into the hand of God. That shall be to you better than a light and safer than a known way!’” King George VI, quoting from a poem by M. L. Harkins.

21. “Resolved, to live with all my might, while I do live.” ~ Jonathan Edwards

22. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.” (Proverbs 3:5-6 NKJV)

23. “God’s faithful care will extend to every day of the new year. We can count on that promise.” ~ David McCasland

24. “God’s plans include you. Do your plans include God?” ~ Unknown

25. “You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” ~ C.S. Lewis

26. “Resolved, never to do anything out of revenge.” ~ Jonathan Edwards

27. “Be always at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let each new year find you a better man.” ~ Benjamin Franklin

28. “Be willing to walk with God into an unknown future.” David McCasland

29. “Character is the ability to carry out a good resolution long after the excitement of the moment has passed.” ~ Cavett Robert

30. “Resolved, that I will live so as I shall wish I had done when I come to die.” ~ Jonathan Edwards

31. “We should take advantage of His faithfulness and make every day a fresh start. Resolve to make each day the beginning of a new year, a new morning, a new adventure. He wipes the slate clean and goes back to zero so we can be filled up again with His spirit and give it out all day long. Enjoy the blessings of a new year, in Christ, one day at a time!” ~ Debbie Carroccio

May your new year be filled with blessing, hope, and joy!


A Month of Love!

February is thought of as the month of love, with Valentine’s Day taking center stage. But Cupid’s arrows have little to do with true love. You and I have the capacity for deep and abiding love because God first loved us (1 John 4:19). Because we are the recipients of supernatural love, we can love others with a sacrificial love beyond our own natural abilities.

So, in honor of this true, sacrificial love known in the Greek as agape, here are some quotes for you to enjoy!

1.    “Forgive and give as if it were your last opportunity. Love like there’s no tomorrow, and if tomorrow comes, love again.” ~ Max Lucado

2.     “If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing.” ~ 1 Corinthians 13:1-3 (NIV)

3.    “Love is not affectionate feeling, but a steady wish for the loved person’s ultimate good as far as it can be obtained.” ~ C.S. Lewis, Answers to Questions on Christianity

4.    “But God demonstrates his own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” ~ Romans 5:8

5.    “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.” ~ 1 Corinthians 13:4-8a (NIV)

6.    “You can give without loving, but you cannot love without giving.” ~ Amy Carmichael

7.    “Chivalry in love has nothing to do with the sweetness of the appearance. It has everything to do with the tenderness of a heart determined to serve.” ~ Ravi Zacharias

8.    “Better to have loved and lost, than to have never loved at all.” ~ Saint Augustine

9.     “The desire of love is to give. The desire of lust is to take.” ~ Author Unknown

10.      “You weren’t an accident. You weren’t mass produced. You aren’t an assembly-line product. You were deliberately planned, specifically gifted, and lovingly positioned on the earth by the Master Craftsman.” ~ Max Lucado

11.     “No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.” (1 John 4:12)

12.      “Though our feelings come and go, God’s love for us does not.” ~ C. S. Lewis

13.      “The Bible tells us to love our neighbors, and also to love our enemies: probably because they are generally the same people.” ~ G.K. Chesterton

14.      “We love because He first loved us.” (1 John 4:19)

15.    “To the loved, a word of affection is a morsel; but to the love-starved, a word of affection can be a feast.” ~ Max Lucado

16.     “Truth without love is brutality, and love without truth is hypocrisy.” ~ Warren Wiersbe

17.     “An ounce of love is worth a pound of knowledge.” ~ John Wesley

18.     “Do not waste time bothering whether you “love” your neighbor; act as if you did. As soon as we do this we find one of the great secrets. When you are behaving as if you loved someone you will presently come to love him.” ~ C. S. Lewis

19.     “Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and truth.” (1 John 3:18)

20.     “God loves you just the way you are, but He refuses to leave you that way. He wants you to be just like Jesus. ” ~ Max Lucado

21.     “Without love, benevolence becomes egotism.” ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

22.    “And now these three remain: faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love.” (1 Corinthians 13:13)

23.     “Lord, grant that I might not so much seek to be loved as to love.” ~ Francis of Assisi

24.     “Dear friends, let us love one another for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.” (1 John 4:7)

25.    “The things that we love tell us what we are.” ~ Thomas Aquinas

26.     “Love is a command, not just a feeling. Somehow, in the romantic world of music and theater we have made love to be what it is not. We have so mixed it with beauty and charm and sensuality and contact that we have robbed it of its higher call of cherishing and nurturing.” ~ Ravi Zacharias

27.     “And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.” (Colossians 3:14)

28.     “To love God is the greatest of virtues; to be loved by God is the greatest of blessings. ~ Author Unknown

29.    “Love leaves a legacy. How you treated other people, not your wealth or accomplishments, is the most enduring impact you can leave on earth.” ~ Rick Warren

30.    “Love is not a feeling but a determined act of will, which always results in determined acts of self-giving. Love is the willing, joyful desire to put the welfare of others above our own.” ~ John MacArthur

 

 

 


Loved…Times Two

Everyone has a favorite piece of relationship advice. In honor of my 34th wedding anniversary coming up in a few days, I thought I’d share a few relationship quotes:

“No matter how long you have been waiting, the man God has for you will surpass your expectations. You will meet him when God says so. Not a minute early, not a moment later.” ~ Michelle McKinney-Hammond

“The extent to which two people in a relationship can bring up and resolve issues is a critical marker of the soundness of a relationship.” ~ Henry Cloud

“In any serious relationship, if you don’t gather your partner’s opinion before making a decision that impacts you both, you’re just storing up trouble for the future.” ~ Cindy Woodsmall

“When you model your relationship on someone else’s, your partner can never match up to the fantasy.” ~ Nikki Bayley

“There is no more lovely, friendly or charming relationship, communion or company, than a good marriage.” ~ Martin Luther

“Love is commitment; love is a relationship that never gives up.” ~ Jerry Falwell

“Countless mistakes in marriage, parenting, ministry, and other relationships are failures to balance grace and truth. Sometimes we neglect both. Often we choose one over the other.” ~ Randy Alcorn

“God made woman not from part of man’s head to rule over him, nor from part of man’s foot to be trampled upon by him, but out of part of man’s side, from near to his heart, to be loved by him.” ~ Matthew Henry

“It often happens that when couples get their relationship with God straightened out, their relationships with one another begin to straighten out as well.” ~ Wayne Mack.

As I look back on our marriage, I am blessed to be loved times two. First, I am in a relationship with the Lord, secure in the sacrificial love of Christ that purchased my salvation. Second, I am loved by a man who has manifested to me God’s unconditional love. I couldn’t ask for more.

What’s your favorite piece of relationship advice?