Christmas is just around the corner and the buzz this year seems to be around supporting our local economy. Wherever you are, I hope you will find some local businesses to buy gifts from. Also, making your own gifts is always fun, thoughtful, and frugal! (I personally found a wonderful idea on Pinterest to make repurposed teacup candles).
AND now on to my shameless plug!
If you are in the 505 (that is the Albuquerque area), check out my herb “store” page here on this blog. I have a number of different herbal products (soaps, salves, etc.) for sale that would make some nice healthful gifts. I understand that times are tight, so I would even be willing to consider local trade (art, useful wares, even food!).
My heart in these endeavors is primarily to spread the love of herbs among friends and family!
Oh! And please go LIKE Yerba Vida on Facebook!
About 4 years ago, some dear friends of ours lost their baby girl just shy of 8 months in the womb. Through years of grieving, moments of doubt, and many tears, they still find hope in the Lord and hope in the truth that, as “The Jesus Storybook Bible: Every Story Whispers His Name” so simply, yet profoundly puts it,
“Jesus came to make the sad untrue.”
This line became the pulse of a song they wrote together during this past year as part of their grieving process, but also as a remembrance of the hope of eternal life in Christ. You can purchase their song through the site above, and in doing so you will support them in their fundraising efforts for their future adoption!
It’s a beautiful song of brokenness and praise. The music and lyrics so profoundly mirror the bittersweetness of the “now and not yet” of our state as Christians. He has come, yet is still to come. Until he does, we are not immune to trials, but we don’t have to live in the darkness of those trials and hardships. We can live in the light as he is in the light, and press on in faith! (1 John 1:5).
Please take a moment to visit the band site, read a little more of their story, and purchase their song to help support them. ALL PROCEEDS go toward their adoption fund through Desert Springs Church.
Though we mourn, we don’t mourn without hope (1 Thess. 4:13), and it is indeed true that every story whispers his name, even our own stories of loss. He will never leave us, nor forsake us (Hebrews 3:5).
That is GOOD news to celebrate this CHRISTmas!