Denise J. Hughes
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Denise is a lover of words and the Word. She's the author of #DeeperWaters and the Bible study series #WordWriters.

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  1. Thank you for the most important reminder to remember to invite God in and remember the gift of Jesus arrival into this world for along with his arrival presents true love deeper than we all can truly truly fathom and with Jesus’s departure from this world provides the gift of eternal life. I pray I can share in this love this season, by showing that love to my children, my family and myself and those around me, I hope to feel truly connected with God and be very close with Him.

    • May we embrace His Presence and All His presents; His awesome gifts to us, His Beloved Children! May He help us all to walk worthy of the amazing gift and privilege of being sons and daughters of The One True King, born this day, to die, for our sin…past, present, and future. All praise, honor, glory, worship, and adoration to The King of Kings and Lord of Lords, born in a stable, to die on The Cross, where He who knew no sin became sin for us,we have been redeemed by His precious blood…The Lamb Of God who takes away the sin of the world….Amen. Eternity with Jesus…a gift more than I could ever dream of … And certainly don’t deserve. The amazing Love and Grace of God through His Son…
      It is Him we celebrate, not only during this season, but every single day. May we always thank Him in all things and give Him all the glory…forever…for only He is worthy.

  2. Denise,
    He is WHO we celebrate. If we had a birthday party and everyone at the party paid attention to everything else but us, we’d be offended. This, I believe, is what we do with Jesus. We get so wrapped up in the party that we forget just WHO it is for…Who we need to celebrate. Praying that I would I would keep my eyes on the One who deserves my attention and devotion this season. Thanks for a much needed reminder.

    • AMEN! I don’t like the commercialism of Christmas and thus don’t look forward to the time between Thanksgiving and Christmas. I just wish we, as a nation, would focus more on Jesus and less on buying, getting, having and making a buck!!
      Blessings my friend!!

      • Beth,
        Joining with you in keeping our eyes on Advent and not on advertising and sales…Blessings to you sweet friend…
        B xx

  3. Denise,
    This is a special time of year to celebrate what Jesus did for us! He left the splendor of Heaven and came down to this broken world! Two songs I’m reminded of are: Happy Birthday Jesus & Leaving Heaven by Matthew West. They speak my sentiments!!
    Have a blessed Sunday!

  4. Thank you for sharing. Christmas warms my heart. We are blessed with the honor of celebrating a birth that many waited centuries to see come to pass. Our sweet Jesus as a babe…can you even imagine how Mary and Joseph felt on that day?!? It gives me chills!
    Happy Christmas!

  5. This is so good Denise! I am 22 years old and I had never heard that Christmas gift analogy. I know it’s silly. I always wondered if giving gifts was taking it off of Christ and you made me see it in a whole new way. Thanks for that!

  6. We should be celebrating Jesus every day, it is important to remember that He is our love, joy, and peace, not like the world’s gifts at all. We can exchange them with Him everyday, not standing in some line. I was once in a line with a lady returning an ornament, she demanded the $6.00, the cashier could only do $1.75, it was a clearance item. She tossed it down, “Keep it! ” Don’t waste your time or money on giving people things they don’t want or need, even children. Let’s give Jesus this year, let the Prince of Peace reign.