Wednesday, December 9, 2009

A Cradle That Rocked the World

I just love this time of year. Christmas is fast approaching and before long I'll be writing 2010 on all of my personal checks. I've been busy decorating my home but haven't bought a single Christmas gift. My husband and I have asked our two boys, Brody and Carson, what they would like for Christmas this year and they honestly do not know. We are so blessed and truly have more than we really need. Besides, my favorite part of Christmas is not wrapped up in the those gifts. It's really the way we celebrate as a family and the special memories that are created each year.

I'll tell you about one of our favorite annual events in just a minute. First let me welcome you if you're joining me from my good friend, Karen Ehman's blog. Karen is interviewing me today as part of her 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway. If you haven't met Karen yet, be sure to check out her blog. Karen is an incredibly talented writer and speaker. Plus, she's one of the funniest gals I know. Just thinking about her makes me smile. Karen is celebrating this month with her blog readers through her special Christmas giveaway and today I'm giving away a Proverbs 31 t-shirt to someone so be sure to pop on over and register. You don't want to miss out of this one!

Now, back to one of my favorite holiday celebrations. Each year my son, Brody sings in a city wide teen choir called Testify. After months of long practices, they perform Christmas concerts at local churches, children's homes, and civic centers. It is so amazing to see over 140 teenagers worshipping God and proclaiming the birth of Jesus through songs, dance, and drama. As a mom, I couldn't be more proud of him.

This year their theme is "The Cradle that Rocked the World". When I really stop and think about that statement, I am easily brought to tears. To wrap my mind around the fact that God sent His one and only Son, Jesus, to live a life of complete humility for the redemption of man is an overwhelming thought. To think that Jesus left his heavenly home, completely filled with almighty power, only to empty himself and be wrapped in human flesh which probably consisted of no more than eight pounds is so incredible.

Yes, Jesus eventually grew out of that little cradle. He grew in stature and favor with God and man. He healed the blind, made the sick well, and performed many miracles. He died on a wooden cross for you and for me. Yet, on the third day He conquered death itself and rose from the grave. Now that is something to celebrate!

Yes, that cradle certainly rocked the world and will continue to rock the world until Christ returns to this earth once again in all of His glory and majesty. My prayer for you this Christmas season is that while your busy decorating, shopping for gifts, baking all those yummy Christmas cookies, and celebrating with friends and family that you'll set aside some special time to be with Jesus. To thank Him for all that He's done for you and to celebrate His presence in your life today.

Yes, the cradle that rocked the world - yesterday, today, and forever!

I wanted to post some pictures that I took this weekend at my son's concert but for some reason my computer isn't cooperating with me this morning. Please stop by tomorrow and I'll have them up for you.

Over the summer, Testify will travel to different states with another production so if you'd like to host them at your church, please write and let me know. They are an awesome group of teenagers who love the Lord and are passionate about spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Thanks again for stopping by. If you have a minute, please leave a comment and introduce yourself. That would mean so much to me.

Merry Christmas!


  1. Leah - I came over to your blog from Karen's holiday gift giveaway and I am happy I did! The message "The Cradle That Rocked the World" is a wonderful message and one that is so important to remember this time of year.
    Happy Holidays to you and your family. I will be sure to continue to visit your blog.

  2. I am just getting a little "me" time hiding in our bedroom catching up on emails while JJ puts Aster to bed. I just hopped online and read your post over at Karen's. Sorry I didn't get to do that sooner. I"ll be sure to let my facebook friends know about your give-away before I go to bed.

    I love all that you shared there and I loved reading through your blog posts, too.

    It's been such a crazy time and I feel so out of touch. Praying things will normalize soon. Aster seems to be getting better. And mom is better today b/c she rested almost all of yesterday. Hopefully she will rest more tomorrow and through the weekend so her body completely heals.

    Miss you friend and can't wait to see you next week at the P31 Christmas party!


  3. HI Leah,
    I've enjoyed catching up on your blog and seeing the pics too. This message here really hit me! I have the privilege of playing Mary in this year's Sunday School program. Though acting is not my thing, I know God has a reason. Yesterday we were practicing and as I sat there holding little Jed, I mean Jesus, I was a bit overwhelmed. Mary's experience came a bit more real for me you might say - yes a cradle that rocked the world and always will!! What an amazing GOD we serve! Thanks for sharing! Jill


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