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Specially priced only until December 15th at $3.98, this fun craft kit is so easy to print and assemble. It’s the perfect size to fit up to a dozen cookies to give away for your yearly cookie exchange. The kit includes a Chinese take-out style box (4″ x 4″ x 4″) with 3D accents, matching gift tag card, two additional tags and two versions of a recipe card to print with the cookie recipe that you’ve used.
There are many, many gingerbread kits that I have created which are available in the store. These kits can be used to make additional items to match with this box and create a truly custom Christmas Gift Basket.
This is a brand new kit never before offered for sale. Art & kit Copyright Audrey Jeanne Roberts
THE CHRISTMAS STORY: Luke 1:26-38
26 In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a village in Galilee, 27 to a virgin named Mary. She was engaged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of King David. 28 Gabriel appeared to her and said, “Greetings, favored woman! The Lord is with you!”
29 Confused and disturbed, Mary tried to think what the angel could mean. 30 “Don’t be frightened, Mary,” the angel told her, “for God has decided to bless you! 31 You will become pregnant and have a son, and you are to name him Jesus. 32 He will be very great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give him the throne of his ancestor David. 33 And he will reign over Israel forever; his Kingdom will never end!”
34 Mary asked the angel, “But how can I have a baby? I am a virgin.”
35 The angel replied, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the baby born to you will be holy, and he will be called the Son of God. 36 What’s more, your relative Elizabeth has become pregnant in her old age! People used to say she was barren, but she’s already in her sixth month. 37 For nothing is impossible with God.”
38 Mary responded, “I am the Lord’s servant, and I am willing to accept whatever he wants. May everything you have said come true.” And then the angel left. NLT
COMMENTS: Mary was very young, many experts believe she was around 13 or so. She had been raised in a faith that taught their young women that they could one day become the mother of the messiah. She would have known many of the scriptures and yet like us, would never have believed that she could actually be “the one.” Her response shows humility, willingness and a complete submission to God’s highest purposes. Her willingness to say, “Yes” to God is an incredible example to us who follow her. Have you said “Yes, God. What ever you will in my life?”
Mary’s saying “Yes” would lead to great and soaring highs and terrible lows. She would be blessed to kiss the face of God, she would be heartbroken as she saw her son, the Lord of the Universe, hanging on a cross dieing for something she didn’t quite understand at that point. She would see her son rise from the dead and know that he sat at the right hand of the Father. But as a mere child of thirteen she couldn’t yet comprehend the impact her saying “Yes” would have, instead she simply trusted God. So should we. “Yes, Lord” should be our constant answer — it’s mine, can you make it yours today?
PRAYER: Lord, I can’t even imagine what you might be desiring to do with my “oh so ordinary” life. I certainly can’t imagine an angel appearing to me like Mary, and my being able to so instantly and so trustingly say “Yes” to your plan.
But my desire is to always be willing to say, “Yes” to you. Help me overcome any reluctance or fear and give me the strength and willingness that I need to be useful to your purposes in this world. Lord, this day I say “Yes” to your will in my life. AMEN