December 12th: Fourth Annual St. Joe “Signs of the Season” Toy Drive. St. Joe’s Business are collecting $10 gifts that will go to children living in the YWCA Shelter. The Pizza Ranch in St. Joe collected toys during their soft openings to help the children at the YWCA Shelter.
In the busyness of the holiday season, it’s easy to become distracted that we forget why we’re even celebrating: the gift of Immanuel, “God with us.” During this season leading up to Christmas try and reflect on the miracle of God choosing to enter the world in human form. (You Version Bible App has some great Advent messages).
This week the Pizza Ranch Support Center had a group who went out to help support the needs of a local facility called “The Bridge”, that is devoted to helping support women in need. We were able to help paint an apartment room and to organize a massive closet of supplies and donations. What a blessing to provide service to an organization that does so much for so many!
Last week we had the opportunity to reflect on all the stories and blessings in our lives that we were thankful for. Thanksgiving helps us to prepare for the upcoming season of Christ’s birth and open our hearts to the most wondrous story of them all! Be encouraged today to prepare your hearts for another Christmas season! Prepare to celebrate like you have never celebrated before and avoid the hustle and bustle by making it about him!
Do you ever wonder how to get closer to God? Or to be able to pray without ceasing? I believe it starts with a thankful heart. When we thank God throughout our day, not only does it help us pray more often, but it also provides a solid foundation of many other prayers. It’s the beginning of that relational part of our walk with Him. When we practice thankfulness, it becomes contagious. As we draw near to Him with a grateful heart, He fills us with Joy.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 says “Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.”