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Tips for A Christ-filled Christmas

Christ filled Christmas

Helping Others in Crisis
have a Christ Filled Christmas!

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
(John 3:16)

I remember one Christmas which was especially difficult for me. I had four small boys. My family was also having a personal crisis. I was overwhelmed and barely able to function.

One afternoon a friend showed up at my door with a Christmas tree, the stand, lights, homemade decorations, cookies and hot cocoa.  She put on some Christmas music and “together“ we put up the tree for my family. This very small gift on her part changed my life and reminded me the true meaning of “why” we celebrate Christmas. It is all about the greatest gift of Jesus given to the entire world!

Many times holidays are difficult for some people and especially for those who are in crisis or have recently experienced grief or the  loss of a loved one. It can be overwhelming and paralyzing.

We can help those who are in some form of crisis or trauma, or who are alone by sharing the love of Christ in very practical ways

“Jesus wants you and your family to follow Him and have a Christ-filled Christmas!”  He loves you and has a plan for your life that is more than you can ever imagine!
  • Bring a meal to the family
  • Offer a listening ear and emotional support, even if you don’t
    understand all the specifics
  • Pick up groceries,
  • Take the children out for a fun
    activity or babysit
  • Mow the lawn, shovel snow or do other housecleaning tasks
  • Walk the dog
  • Buy gift cards to restaurants
  • If one of the family is in the hospital, offer to stay in the hospital room while the family takes a coffee break or
    goes for a walk.
  • Send a card, or an e-greeting via, a site that connects families and friends during
    medical challenges
  • Help with holiday gift shopping
    & wrapping
  • Bake a tin of cookies
  • Bring stockings and wrapped gifts to put in on Christmas Eve
  • And of course, offer to pray with and for them… and then do it!
  • Don’t forget to follow-up with them after the holidays
    and offer to help.
God humbled Himself to become one of us, and then He died on purpose to take away the sin of the world. He died in order that we live. What a wonderful Christmas gift. May your heart be filled with friends, families, and Christ this Christmas!


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A little About Marlene Marlene was raised in Sanford, Florida, the daughter of a 12th generation farmer and part Cherokee mother. Marlene first met Jesus at the tender age of six sitting in an orange tree in her backyard. This was when she first felt the Holy Spirit speaking to her about going to different nations and sharing the love and resurrection power of Jesus to others. She is mother to four sons, three grandchildren, and has many spiritual sons and daughters. Isaiah 54 is her life chapter. It was from that scripture God gave her two specific promises about her physical children, "All your children will be taught of the Lord and have great peace.”(Isaiah 54:13) and, “Your decendents will occupy other nations and resettle the ruined cities.” (Isaiah 54:3) Marlene follows the leading of the Lord and goes wherever and by whatever means God guides and provides. She ministers in meetings, retreats, slums, villages, churches and alongside others who are also called to share the good news, pray for the sick and hurting. She has a heart to equip and train the latter day church helping them to prepare for the harvest that is ripe. She is a mother and father to those who are broken, hurting and orphaned. This could be across the street or across the world. It could be in the jailhouse, at someone’s penthouse or simply a backyard BBQ. Wherever she is, her desire is to minister bringing hope and healing. She has a heart for the lost, backslidden and broken and Her desire is to love and know the Lord fully and unconditionally always growing in His grace, wisdom, and mercy; becoming the Lord's perfect bride, without spot or wrinkle. God created us to be beautiful. She wants you to know His love and become God’s treasure in and on the earth, maturing and growing to help others find their identity and place and to finish the race well. God searches today for those who will make Him their single desire, who will say with the Psalmist and King David that, “the Lord is the portion of mine inheritance” (Psalm 16:5). They will be His special possession because, “the Lord hath chosen Jacob unto Himself, and Israel for His peculiar treasure” (Psalm 135:4). 850-661-6104 24/7 Prayer CinderellaReleased.Me Webpage

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