Nov 30, 2012

Friday SHINE.....

Today's Reading: John 17

Happy Fun Friday, SHINE girls! Did you memorize your Monday Memory Verse? I hope so! If not, work on it this weekend. We will have a new one Monday...get ready! :)

So, I keep hearing this song on the radio. EVERY time I get in my car it comes on. It brings me to tears each time I hear it. In my heart and head I see the visual of the words. The song is "Give this Christmas Away" by Matthew West. If you haven't heard it...Google it. Now.

I have seen first hand the poor, the hungry, the needy, the hopeless, the destitute this past year. This has opened my eyes to a whole new world of what Christ's love is about. I feel like I have aged 10 years this past year. Not physically, or at least I hope not, but spiritually.

Something inside of my heart has changed. It can only be credited to Jesus working inside of it. He has been chiseling away at the hardened pieces that encase it. It will take a life time to chisel it all the way, but oh my goodness, what a difference a chisel makes! :)

As I read each and every SHINE serving story, and talk to many of you, I am seeing the Holy Spirit working EVERYWHERE. Not just in my town, or my kids schools, but in many towns, in many schools. In many work places, in many homes, and most of all in many hearts!

The stirring of the Holy Spirit is rampant, girls. It is!

I love growing with you. I love being chiseled away by the Lord's Holy handy-man tools! Don't you?

Our Fun Friday Challenge:

Pray about how you can be the hands of feet of Jesus to someone. Not just today but this whole month.

Pray about how YOU can give this Christmas away.

This is not about giving away money, but giving away love. Giving away your time. Giving away your heart to something way bigger than you. Giving away your prayers for a certain family or person.

Give something away, girls.

Want so see a radical heart chiseling? Give this Christmas away.

Yours will look different than mine. God calls us all to different areas to serve and to give.

Pray about where yours is. Get ready though, because He will show you. Oh yes, He will!

As I was loading up my car with YOUR SHINE mission project donations, I heard the song.  As I was leaving the shelter where I dropped off the laundry detergent that YOU donated, I heard this song. As I was driving down the road praying for a new friend that needs a helping hand, I heard this song.


No coincidence, girls. He is calling us to this.  Big time.

let's do this,


What if I told you?

You have the power
To give someone hope
Far beyond their wildest dreams

What if I told you it's right there in your hands?
In your hands

It's hard to imagine
How something so small
Can make all the difference
Tear down the tallest wall

What if December looked different this year?
What if we all just

Give this Christmas away
If there's love in your heart
Don't let it stay there
Give this Christmas away
And your life will be changed
By the gift you receive
When you give this Christmas away

It's feeding the hungry
It's serving the poor
It's telling the orphan
You're not forgotten anymore

It's doing what love does
Even when no one's watching you

Give this Christmas away
If there's love in your heart
Don't let it stay there
Give this Christmas away
And your life will be changed
By the gift you receive
When you give this Christmas away

For God so loved the world, He gave His only son
So we could be His hands, His feet, His love
His love


Anonymous said...

I'm all in! (:

Tina S.

Anonymous said...

I am feeling the exact same way! I will definitely will be praying about how to give this Christmas away! What an awesome challenge this will be!

Anonymous said...

God is definitely opening me eyes this year! What a challenge, I see God doing great things with all these willing hearts!

Anonymous said...

LOVE THIS SONG AND THIS CHALLENGE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

STARTING IT TODAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :-)

Terri Abbott said...

Great post Jill. I definitely see the Hand of the Holy Spirit at work in these current times and in my heart as well. Chisel on is my prayer. 'Draw me nearer nearer blessed Lord to the cross where Thy hast died, draw me nearer nearer blessed Lord to Thy ever bleeding side' Come Holy Spirit, do your work in and thru us all. In Jesus name, Amen

Anonymous said...

AND it comes on in my car right after I send some friends a text about a homeless woman I saw. Just trying to encourage friends to give their hearts to others. JESUS is all in the HEART!! i love this challenge!!! i love ANY challenge, but a change of heart and a gift of HOPE to someone is priceless!!
THANK YOU JILL for the reminder!
love--erin spinks

Anonymous said...

Completely inspired. Since reading this, I have heard this song on the radio 3 times already. I listen to it in a different way now!