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Blessed by Scripture

The women of the Salty Sunshine compiled a list of Bible Scriptures we feel particularly drawn to during Christmastime! Before we share those Scriptures with you, our curiosity was piqued regarding Bible facts. Did you know…?

  • In the ESV, “Jesus” occurs 925 times, all in the New Testament. The only book of the New Testament that doesn’t contain the name Jesus is 3 John. (Depending on which translation of the Bible you are reading, the number of times “Jesus” is mentioned will vary.) Ref: bibleq.net
  • The KJV has the word “love” occurring 310 times! Ref: christianbiblereference.com
  • The NIV mentions “forgive” 74 times. Ref:christianbiblereference.org
  • “Hope” is seen in the KJV 130 times. Ref: answers.com
  • “Fear Not” is said in the Bible 365 times (Whether or not the number of times “Fear Not” is said varies by version isn’t mentioned in this reference). Ref: christianpost.com
Goodies Kim’s family made! Her girls took these to a local nursing home and passed them out!

We find these facts interesting and pertinent to the birth of Jesus Christ! We are so thankful for the birth of Jesus, our Savior! The simplicity of thankfulness doesn’t seem like enough, considering His willingness to die for us on the cross for us! The Christmas season brings thankfulness to our households! We are thankful and aware of our blessings! We choose to bless others by serving to celebrate the love of Jesus! While the women of the Salty Sunshine enjoy serving throughout the year; we serve at Christmas in the following ways:

  • Volunteering to assist throughout Christmas services at our churches.
  • Ringing the bell for the Salvation Army.
  • Baking treats and taking them to local nursing homes.
  • Adopting families/children to provide toys and necessities.
  • Packing and shipping shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child.
  • Participating in Christmas/Vision offerings at church.
  • Taking gift baskets to hospital units where our loved ones have been cared for.

The fact the Bible mentions “forgive” 74 times (depending on version) is easily related to the Christmas season! Christmas can be very enjoyable with friends and family; while, at the same time, we can struggle to really connect due to past histories of our relationships. We understand forgiveness is not always freely given and/or easily accepted. However, we do encourage you to pray over those relationships where forgiveness is needed and can offer healing. Don’t forget about our prayer wall! If we can pray for relationships in your life, please, let us know!

Of course, Christmas brings about HOPE! The birth of Jesus is full of hope! We know this earthly life is so brief and our citizenship is in Heaven! “Fear not” because we will be rejoicing in Heaven someday and will no longer be subject to the woes of this world! Our prayer for you is to feel Christ’s love, not only during Christmas but ALWAYS!

As mentioned above, the Salty Sunshine team constructed a list of our favorite Bible Scriptures to lean into during Christmas time.  The most popular of Bible verses favored amongst our collaborative team is: “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given,  and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6 (NIV). Melanie explained she loves Isaiah’s prophecy because, at Christmas time, we tend to think of Jesus just as a baby. Melanie points out Jesus was born for a great purpose and to wear all of the titles stated in Isaiah 9:6, we are reminded of all Jesus is to us. Sara and Kim also share this verse being their favorite at Christmas! Mig enjoys reading the book of Isaiah at Christmas. Mig shared her favorite verse is “Therefore, the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and we will call him Immanuel.” Isaiah 7:14 (NIV). 

Summer mentioned her favorite verse at Christmas is: “Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill his promises to her.” Luke 1:45 (NIV). How wonderful to remember there is TRUTH in God’s promises! ALL THE TIME! Lauren said she gets goosebumps every time she hears or reads these verses: Luke 2:9-14 (ESV) “And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear.  And the angel said to them, ‘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.’  And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, ‘Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!’

Can you imagine hearing, firsthand, about the birth our of Savior! Mind-blowing and overwhelming! Lindsay said she loves the entire birth story of Jesus, especially as none of it was perfect by any means. How true! Culture tells us many things must be perfect to be enjoyable! We know that is a lie! Natale’s favorite scripture for Christmas is Luke 2:19 (KJV) “But Mary kept all these things and pondered them in her heart.” Natale shared she feels connected to this verse as she is a mother. Natale said she understands the treasure of birth and bringing a child into the world. What an honor and gift motherhood is!

Natalie shared she loves “Be still and know that I Am God.” Psalm 46:10 (Version not specified). What an incredible verse in the Bible! We know God can do ALL things! God is good all the time! Even when we are going through trials of this earthly life, He is GOOD!

We would love to hear what Bible Scriptures you cherish: at Christmas time or all the time! Thank you for supporting The Salty Sunshine! We pray we continue to bring hope and love to your lives!

Sincerely,

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