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Nov 25 2012

“Living By Faith”…Guest Post and Giveaway

Today we are bombarded with so many signs and messages ready to distract us from the amazing Good News we are celebrating on Christmas and during the weeks leading up to that very special and holy day.  Today there are so many images, ads, status updates on Facebook, images on Pinterest, glossy magazine articles determined to convince us to focus on planning the “perfect” Christmas for our families focused on creating the perfect holiday meals…finding the perfect gifts…creating the perfect holiday environment in our homes filled with the perfect holiday decorations and with all of the stuff that goes along with it. 

We want you to know that it is our greatest desire to provide you an oasis in the midst of the noise of holiday preparations during the weeks leading up to Christmas.  We desire to provide you with a quiet place where you can stop, rest, breathe, and focus on the incredible purpose of the weeks of preparation and magic of the celebration of Christmas in sharing the Good News of the coming of our Jesus Christ.  Here you will find a place to breathe deeply of the presence of God and provide inspiration to help you to live out the excitement and challenge of the Gospel as you and your family prepare for Christmas in your real lives and help you to encounter and share our very real Savior. 

Today we are so blessed to have Stephanie Page help us focus on the message of “Living by Faith”.  So take a moment to breathe in the truth of the beauty of Christmas through her inspiring devotion and be sure to check out her generous giveaway of two of her inspiring devotional books at the end of her article.

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Now faith is being sure of what you hope for and certain of what you do not see. What is it that I hope for? What do you hope for? What promises have you been given? Are you believing for what is unseen?

Thanksgiving is over and we find ourselves entering the Christmas season. I love Christmas. I have always had a good imagination and Christmas is a time of wonder. A time when even as an adult we are allowed to revel in the sparkling snow, beautiful decorations, twinkling lights. It is all so magical. This year though I have really been struck with the realization that the true magic of Christmas isn’t in lights, trees or snow but in a hope seen.

A faith of generations realized. 

A promise fulfilled. 

The long-awaited Savior, Messiah, coming to a needy, hurting world to give us what we didn’t even know we needed – a right relationship with the living God and eternal life in paradise forever.

Does it get more joyous and magical than that?

How easy it is to brush over the Christmas story and not rest in the journey of kings following a star or a virgin teen saying yes to God. Have we heard too many times the account of angels appearing to shepherds and a young carpenter sacrificing his pride to take care of the Son of God? I think of the cast of characters that God picked to be a part of his great plan, a plan that had been in the works and unfolding since the Garden and I wonder if, like me, as they followed God by faith, did they have a sense of wonder and fear, pain and joy, heart ache and peace?

Living life by faith for God’s glory. Living being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we can’t see isn’t easy. In reality it is very difficult. Look at Abraham, the father of the nation of Israel. The man who God called out to build a nation that would bring the Savior. By faith he left all he had, by faith he believed he would have a son when his body and his wife’s womb were as good as dead. By faith he believed he would have an inheritance he never saw. By faith.

What is God asking you to do by faith this Christmas season? In what way is he asking you to live for the promise, for what you can’t see? When Isaac was born to 100-year-old Abraham and 90-year-old Sarah they couldn’t take any credit. Neither could Mary claim Jesus as her own. The Kings didn’t manufacture the star that they followed and the shepherds couldn’t explain a heavenly host by any other way except God.

When we live by faith we see God.

When we live by faith we see his glory.

When we live by faith he receives all the attention and we are left in wonder and awe.

God is the God of the impossible. In our world of fairy tales, Santa Claus and Miracle on 34th Street we can miss the real magic of the season. The God of the universe making a way to save us. So that he can have a personal relationship with each of us, when we choose to believe by faith.

Shining Light for His Glory,

Stephanie Page

Stephanie Page is a wife to one very supportive man and mom to two beautiful girls (with #3 on the way). She spends her time speaking to high school students and women, leading bible study, putting on conferences and working alongside her husband Chris in 5th & 6th grade ministry. Her favorite things are hanging out with Chris and snuggling with her girls at their home in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota. You can find her blogging at www.stephaniempage.com as well as Facebook & Twitter.

Stephanie has graciously offered to giveaway two of her inspiring devotional books to ONE of our Unwrapping His Grace readers!

It Started With A Blog began as 30 blog posts about what God had taught Stephanie through her daily experiences. These posts have been rewritten to now make up this 30 day devotion book. Where God has taken these simple lessons is a testimony of his power and plan for his children. As you go through It Started With A Blog you too will be challenged to live a life of faith for the glory of God.

AND

Have intentional time as a family throughout the month of December as you turn your focus to what Christmas is truly about. In Preparing for Christmas Stephanie takes you and your family through 25 daily scriptures, prayers, discussion points and prompts for you to share how God is personal to you with each other. Targeted for families with children ages 3-12 this tool can be adapted for your needs and your family.

Entering is SO simple!!! Here’s how…

One entry… Comment on this article

One entry… “Like” the Stephanie Page–Speaker Facebook Page and leave a comment here letting me know that you did it.

It is that simple!!!

The winner will have the blessing of choosing between an e-book version of both books or paper back versions!  The Giveaway will close Wednesday, November 28, 2012 at 8:00PM CST.  One name will be drawn out of a hat by my four-year old son. The winner will be announced on Wednesday, November 28, 2012 at 10:00PM CST.

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About the author

Mary Joy

I am a broken daughter of God and a work in progress. I am passionate about encouraging women to embrace God's grace and faithfulness as I discover and share His faithfulness, grace and even joy in the messiness of my journey as a widowed (less than 2 yrs), homeschooling mom with a missionary's heart. I am in awe of how God fills me up and carries me through each day. My Heavenly Father leads me as I continue to parent and home school my two recovering and very active boys and encourage my beautiful teenage step-daughter (long distance) during her first year in of college. In every moment I see incredible evidence of God's healing love, grace and faithfulness. I am so blessed to be the creator, manager, and an author of Unwrapping His Grace as I lean on my Savior to lead us in this special web-ministry.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/esther.lefever Esther Ann Johnson Lefever

    It is great time of year to see the Grace of God and to continue learning that we learn from and through our faith. I also liked your page. Thank you for the chance.

    • Stephanie Page

      Thank you for stopping by Esther! It is a great time of year, God’s grace is all over the Christmas story!

  • Angie

    God is speaking to me in two specific areas right now. I’m praying for His guidance as I work to overcome my shortcomings. I desire to be all He has planned for me.

    • Stephanie Page

      Angie, I so desperately desire to be all God has planned for me too. I am thankful that he is the one that does the work through his Spirit as I depend more on him. What grace!

  • http://myfreshlybrewedlife.com/ Barbie

    Beautifully written Stephanie! By faith, I wait in expectation for the promise of a job and increased provision for my husband.

    • Stephanie Page

      Thank you Friend! I am believing with you for that tonight! Hugs and prayers…

  • http://myfreshlybrewedlife.com/ Barbie

    I like Stephanie-Page on Facebook.

  • http://twitter.com/momrempel Shirley Rempel

    I am hoping that despite the busyness of the season between work get togethers, school concerts, etc I will take deliberate times daily to reflect on the scriptures that retell the powerful story of Christ’s birth. I want that to be a memory of my children, that they saw me concentrate on the real reason for the season.

    • Stephanie Page

      I am hoping and praying that same thing for myself Shirley. Lord, keep our eyes focussed on you!

  • jesus_redeemed

    Stephanie, I am excited to check out your FB page, which I just LIKED! Your article was very interesting. Faith is such a special action, word and name in my life. Faith is the action I took when I asked Christ to forgive my sin and save me, and Faith is the name of one of my beautiful granddaughters. I would be proud to be the one whose name your little guy picks out of the hat! God bless!

    • Stephanie Page

      So fun to meet you!! Feel free to head back to that Facebook page and introduce yourself. =) We live life by faith every day don’t we? I am so tankful for God’s grace that enables us to live by faith!! hugs!

  • mom_lake90@yahoo.com

    I am new to this but everything so far has been so inspirational to me. I am very excited about the books. Not sure if they will be for me or a gift for a friend.

    • Stephanie Page

      I am excited to meet you! Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by, read and comment.

  • http://www.facebook.com/DearKathrynSink Kathryn Sink

    Thank you for blessing me with your words O:-)

    • Stephanie Page

      Thank you for blessing me by reading and commenting Kathryn! hugs!

    • Mary Joy

      Kathryn,

      You have won the drawing! Please contact us ASAP with your email and mailing address. You can send them to my email (marypershing @ gmail . com) or to me in a direct message on the Unwrapping His Grace facebook page. If I don’t hear from you by tomorrow, Tuesday, December 4th, I’ll need to draw another name. God bless you! We look forward to hearing from you.

      Mary Joy

  • Kelly Keating

    Just liked your facebook page. I’d be blessed to have your devotional. By faith I am believing that God will heal my son from cancer. He is 29 and married with 4 little girls, 6,4,2 and 4 mos. In April, medical doctors gave him 3-4 months and we are blessed to still have him. He has been through a lot. what started as thyroid cancer has turned into a total laryngectomy and a permanent tracheotomy and is now on chemo for the tumors have spread in his body. I am praying for God’s will. Its not a journey I would have chosen for any of us, but God has allowed me great spirtual growth during this time. He will bring good through it. Like Abraham I am giving God my son. I pray that my son who is saved will draw closer to God and his family will become saved and draw closer to God.

    • Stephanie Page

      So nice to meet you Kelly, I am believing with you for healing for your son today. I am praying with you that God will be glorified and that everyone who comes in contact with your son will be drawn closer to him. Much love to you, thanks so much for taking the time to stop by, read and comment. hugs to you sister.

      • Kelly Keating

        Thanks Stephanie, I believe the power of prayer has kept Billy
        With us. God is Good Always. The cancer journey is hard even with
        Faith, I believe it would be impossible without it.

        • Stephanie Page

          I don’t know how people go through life without God. It is too hard.

  • Pam

    “… a plan that had been in the works and unfolding since the Garden.” “The God of the universe making a way to save us.” That’s what the season is all about. Lovely post. Thank you. I liked Stephanie’s FB page.

    • Stephanie Page

      Thank you Pam, it is a beautiful story isn’t? The most beautiful and creative story ever written by a perfect creator. So fun to meet you!

  • Steph Page

    Thank you Mary for the opportunity to share what God has been speaking to me this year. You are such an encouragement to me and a witness to what a life lived by faith for God’s glory is all about. Love you dear sister. =)

    • http://www.surrenderedlivingnow.com/ Mary Joy Pershing

      It is a joy to have you with us and I love to hear your heart! I am so blessed and humbled by your sweet words. You have always encouraged me and inspired me to keep going in my journey of living life by faith. One day at a time God is carrying me. Your writing is always filled with such wisdom and joy of living for Him. Thank you for sharing with us! And thank you for your generous giveaway. Love you too!

  • http://beckfarfromhome.blogspot.com/ Beck Gambill

    Faith has been on my heart a great deal this month as well. It’s so amazing to join the ranks of ancient men and women who followed God in faith trusting him for the impossible! Thanks for the great reminder Steph!

    • Steph Page

      I so agree Beck! Living by true faith has always been contrary to the worlds way but a life lived by faith is where we truly see God! I love it. =)

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  • Lisa Jones

    Love your blog!!

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