It’s Here! An Advent of Giving … and Truth
And going into the house, they saw the Child with Mary His mother,
and they fell down and worshiped Him.
Then, opening their treasures, they offered Him gifts,
gold and frankincense and myrrh.
Matthew 2:11 ESV
It’s here! And it’s all about Him!
There’s excitement in the air this time of year at His Own Heart Ministries. Next Sunday, December 2, we begin our third annual journey with you through the season of Advent – those four weeks that culminate with the twenty-fifth day of December when we recognize with humbled, joy-filled hearts the incarnate or physical birth of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.
And for 2018, we’re shaking things up a bit with games and prizes to make the journey even brighter than the previous two. That’s why His Own Heart is using this week’s post as a preview of what’s to come. In fact, you may want to bookmark this post to use as a reference between now and Christmas Day.
First things first, though. If this is your first Advent experience with His Own Heart – or your first experience with Advent, period – please know that you are so welcome here; it’s truly an honor to have you. Each year at this time, I find myself drawn to a wonderfully simple explanation of the season presented hereby Dr. Ryan Reeves, professor for Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary. Dr. Reeves points out that the joy of Advent involves so much more than looking backward into a manger in Bethlehem; it also affords us the opportunity to celebrate the string of unfathomable events set into motion by this very Birth – events like the promised and permanent atonement for sin through Christ’s death and resurrection at Calvary (see Luke 22-24), the promised arrival of our Guide – the Holy Spirit – first delivered to the original Twelve Apostles in the Upper Room after Christ’s ascension (see Acts 2), and Christ’s promised rule and re-creation of the world set to begin at the dawn of His second coming detailed (see Matthew 24:30-31).
Think – just think – for a moment about the magnitude of both of these promises. Christ has already delivered on the former promise, and all indications are that we move closer and closer to seeing the latter promise fulfilled with each passing day. Now, possibly more than at any time since His birth, Advent should be a truly exciting time for the followers who anxiously await Christ’s final return. Is it any wonder that the Apostle John deemed our LORD to be “worthy of glory, and honor, and power” (Revelation 4:11)?
With these thoughts in mind, I am so anxious to begin the journey together with you through this season of promise, of hope, of deliverance. Each week, we’ll examine a passage of Scripture tailor-made for our topic and concludes with point of application geared toward private reflection or even journaling for those who wish to do so.
And this year – thanks to the generosity of Truth Cosmetics founder Maureen Laniak – His Own Heart invites you to participate in some additional fun and prizes each week along the way when you share the blog of His Own Heart Ministries with family and friends.
Truth is one of my favorite local businesses. Besides the fact that its products pamper my skin, the biblical value of the company has me hooked for beauty needs. Truth is an authentic product – itprovides entirely natural, hand-crafted and affordable personal-care products made from the earth’s purest ingredients. It promotes freedom – Truth empowers women of all ages with the truth about their inner royalty– a God-given identity, beauty and value.It seeks to connect with the now Kingdom of God as it partners with female-focused ministries and charities that bring spiritual, social and financial freedom to women.
So where do you fit in to all of this?
In a nutshell, for each of the coming four weeks, the two readers who accumulate the most points per the table below will receive items from the following group of Truth all-natural face and skin care products:
Soaps – an age-old commodity. Did you know that the first soaps date back to the Babylonians where they combined fats and ashes to make the first cleansing bar? Truth’s soaps are GMO and chemical-free and are made-to-order andmade-by-hand with generous amounts of nutrient-rich organic olive and coconut oil. These signature soaps are not melt-and-pour, but rather are cold-pressed for a creamier, rich lather allowing a deeper moisturizing effect on the skin and chock full of antioxidant skin-revitalizing nutrients, essential oils, plant butters, herbs and spices:
- Free from detergents, 1, 4 dioxane, tricolsan, ureas, parabens, sulfates, phthalates and animal by products;
- No artificial oils or alcohols;
- Hypoallergenic and Naturopathic recommended;
- Custom white-labeling available.
Purity Body Wash – the best ever! It’s created from certified organic oils and botanicals only!Truth uses a high percentage of olive berry, jojoba and coconut oils along with organic essential oils to create two refreshing scents; Lavender and Peppermint. Enjoy this luxurious moisture-intensive body wash made with organic oils and botanicals. It softens rough, dry skin and helps to restore your body’s natural moisture levels and pH balance. Your skin will feel softer, smoother and perfectly hydrated all day long.
- Non-irritating or drying;
- Free of artificial foaming agents (aka surfactants);
- Lathers easily because of the rich oil content;
- A little goes a long way – “just a dab will do ya”;
- Safe for babies and pets.
Oil of Joy Spray – satin for your skin. Oil of Joy is a satiny smooth blend of pure organic oils and botanicals that leaves your skin silky-soft and well nourished.This product is perfect for use anytime – especially right after a bath, shower or workout.
- Non-greasy and highly absorbable;
- No harsh chemicals or preservatives;
- Non-toxic and safe for babies;
- Proprietary blend of organic oils and botanicals.
Radiant All-Natural Scrub – polish for your body. You’ll love this rich, moisturizing sea salt and sugar body scrub. Truth has perfected the ratio of skin exfoliating ingredients and rich moisturizing plant-based emollients with an invigorating essential oil scent. Buff away dry and tired skin and allow it to be renewed. This scrub will leave your skin uber-hydrated and addictively soft with a non-greasy feel.
- Features Dead Sea salt and sugar combo;
- Erases dead and flaky skin;
- Leaves skin radiant and supple;
- Suited for all skin types;
- Gentle enough for everyday use.
Esther’s Royal Oil – treat your skin to royalty. Botanical oils have conquered skin conditions for thousands of years. Esther’s Royal Oil is a resurgence of these time-tested ingredients that give amazing results. Its imperial blend creates a superior nutrient-rich emollient that hydrates and repairs deep layers of the skin for a healthy, glowing complexion. A carefully selected combination of organic botanical oils work together to impart vitamins and nutrients for your skin.
- Lightweight, non-greasy formula absorbs quickly;
- All-day hydration and radiance;
- Balances pH to prevent breakouts;
- Plant-based organic oils;
- Penetrates deep into the skin while trapping moisture and water there;
- Feather-light and fast-absorbing;
- Protects from free-radical damage and reduces inflammation.
- For all skin types.
Sound good? Great…now it’s your turn!
|When you:||You Receive:|
|Like any of our social media pages (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram).||1 point per like|
|Join our Facebook group here.||1 point|
|Have friends like our social media pages AND tag you in a comment on the page.||2 points per like|
|Have friends join our Facebook group AND tag you in a comment on the page.||2 points per new member|
|Subscribe to our blog via email here.||4 points|
|Leave a comment about the post here||5 points|
Have your church or worship community’s social media page like or join one or more of ours AND tag you in a comment on each page joined.
It is such a pleasure for Truth Cosmetics and His Own Heart Ministries to share the joy of giving during this Advent season as we consider with you just what it means to celebrate – with faith-filled and joyful anticipation – the glory, honor and power associated with the advent of Christ’s birth and the advent of His return.
– Copyright 2018 Carole Anne Hallyburton. All rights reserved