I Corinthians 13 – A Christmas Version

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Love never fails ~ I Corinthians 13:8 

Several weeks ago, I was looking through some Christmas reading selections, and I stumbled across this one called I Corinthians 13 – A Christmas Version, from ‘an ordinary Christian woman’ named Barbara. Like her, I felt a few twinges of guilt here and there while reading, and I knew I had found my Divine Design project for December. Make sure to check out other samples this month from Angel, Jami, Nancy and Taylor. Leave them some love if you are inclined. I’ve babbled a little bit on the previous post about the challenge and what these gals mean to me. :)

This month, I made a hanging ornament that will be displayed in my kitchen this month. I’m praying the reminder will keep me focused on Christ this Christmas.

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The full text and supplies are printed at the bottom of this post. I kept the details of the project to a minimum, because truthfully, I could not put hours and hours into this project and then tell you that I was really keeping the commitment, now could I?

I’m not suggesting that I am throwing out all of our time-honored Christmas traditions and festivities, but I want this to be a Christmas filled with love and laughter, not stress and headaches. I don’t want my girls to grow up remembering that I was so stressed out about classroom parties or hectic shopping or unreasonable (self-imposed) expectations of platter after platter of pretty cookies (THAT WE END UP THROWING AWAY!).  And, I don’t want to snap at my husband all month long and then put a smile on my face on the way out the door to a joyful Christmas get-together.

I’m letting go of some my favorite, time-consuming cookie recipes in favor of boxed brownies and quality time with the girls. You’ll see tomorrow, that I’ve let go of has-to-be-perfect packaging. I’ve decided on more store-bought gifts with a quick tag accents and thoughtful notes. I’m having the girls wrap things for me. We have limited the social engagements that require fancy-schmancy finger foods or gift exchanges.  In cases where I do need to take a finger food, I’ve purchased some different types of cheeses, and I’ll be putting those on a simple Christmas platter. It will be about the joy of getting together, not the grueling party prep. My brother’s family and Wes & I have agreed to not exchange gifts, and we are contributing what we would have spent on each other to a woman’s shelter in his community. It’s not too late for you to re-group and re-organize!

I’m sure KNOW I’ll need the reminder daily until December 25th, but so long as I can remember to make it about showing love, I won’t fail. His Word is truth: Love never fails.

Here is the reading:

If I decorate my house perfectly with plaid bows, strands of twinkling lights 
and shiny balls, but do not show love, I’m just another decorator.
If I slave away in the kitchen, baking dozens of Christmas cookies, preparing 
gourmet meals and arranging a beautifully adorned table at mealtime, but 
do not show love, I’m just another cook.
If I work at the soup kitchen, carol in the nursing home and give all that I have 
to charity, but do not show love, it profits me nothing.
If I trim the spruce with shimmering angels and crocheted snowflakes, attend 
a myriad of holiday parties and sing in the choir’s cantata but do not focus 
on Christ, I have missed the point.
Love stops the cooking to hug the child.
Love sets aside the decorating to kiss the husband.
Love is kind, though harried and tired.
Love doesn’t envy another’s home that has coordinated Christmas china 
and table linens.
Love doesn’t yell at the kids to get out of the way, but is thankful they are there.
Love doesn’t give only to those who are able to give in return but rejoices in 
giving to those who can’t.
Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
Love never fails. 
  • Stamps: JustRite Stampers (top tag), Beautiful (Cornish Heritage Farms)
  • Cardstock: Smooth Vanilla, Suede Light & Dark Brown & Razzleberry Dark (Prism)
  • Ink: Rhubarb Stalk (Tsukineko)
  • Accs: Dew Drops, fern punch (Martha Stewart), chipboard (Maya Road), ribbon (Stampin’ Up!), displayed on a pine cone tree from Target (purchased several years ago)

23 Responses to I Corinthians 13 – A Christmas Version

  1. This turned out great, Lori! Wonderful colors and I like that tag topper you made! Excellent reminder, too.

  2. Hi Lori,
    This is so perfect! To be honest, I didn’t hardly look at how you made it as much as I read the message and decided to hang it in MY kitchen to be reminded daily of the message. Thank you for posting this and may God really bless you throughout this Christmas!

  3. I have read that in the past but it is always a good thing to be reminded again! Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful Christmas with your family and friends.

  4. This is beautiful! TFS!

  5. Lori, thanks so much for the mention and the link and for your sweet e-mail. That was a big encouragement to me.

    As often as I’ve read this piece, it never occurred to me to make it into something I could put out on the wall to see and be reminded of throughout the season (duh!) You did a great job of accenting it yet keeping it simple enough to enhance rather than distract from the message.

    I’m glad to know of your monthly challenge. I’m a beginner at paper crafting, but I do like to incorporate Scripture.

    Thanks again!

  6. This is the first time I’ve seen this Christmas version of 1 Corinthians 13. I think there’s some truth there for all of us to consider…thank you for sharing this “verse”. I’m saving it for sure! Merry Christmas to you my friend :) … hugs, nancy

  7. So very very true. Love your project, Lori!

  8. This is beautiful! And a reminder that we all need at this time of year!!

  9. AMEN! This is a wonderful reminder for all of us. Thanks for sharing and ENJOY your holiday season. Hugs.

  10. I have never seen this Christmas version. Thanks for sharing. What a great reminder.

  11. Beautiful Lori. Thanks for this. Our sermon at church last Sunday was along these lines-to keep Christ the focus of the seaon not all of the commitments that we and the world put on ourselves. God Bless.

  12. How beautiful!! Thanks for sharing it.

  13. Lori, this is such a beautiful project…in appearance AND in its message. What a great reminder for all of us!

  14. Lori, your post couldn’t have come at a better time! I’ve been struggling daily to just let go of things, say no and not feel guilty about it in order to keep my holiday spirit in the right place. Your post is spot-on, my friend!

    Hugs,
    Amy

  15. This is so true, and so very beautiful…Lori!! I hope you have a blessed holiday season!!

  16. Finger food for parties and dinners you go to: orange slices. I cut them in half so they are semi-circles. Easy finger food, simply bite into the fruit and leave the rind. When I go home, my platter of orange slices is empty. But there are still ooodles of pie, cake, candy left on other platters.

  17. AKA yellowrose46 ion SCS.
    Lori, this is fabulous. Do you know the author of this poem based on 1 Corinthians 13? It is an awesome poem and one we would all be encouraged to adhere to. Thanks so much for sharing this.

  18. Hi Lori,
    Absolutely gorgeous!!
    Just wondering – could you share what font you used?
    Please!!
    Blessings,
    Terri

  19. Lori, so beautifully done, with such a beautiful message. We’ve really toned down this year too, and it’s left us all more peaceful…and more able to enjoy the truth of what Immanuel really means for all of us!

    Blessings girl!

  20. Lori your project is simply beautiful and I want to take the message to heart. In fact I think I will invite some girlfriends out to lunch rather than stress over hosting an elaborate cookie exchange this year. Thanks so much for your constant encouragement!

  21. A truly beautiful post in all ways. Thank you!

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