Category Archives: Elf on the Shelf

From the Cistern to the Cross

Do you know the story of Joseph and his brothers?

Joseph’s brothers were very jealous of him and they plotted to kill him, take the special coat his father gave him, dip it in blood, and tell their father a wild animal had attacked him.  But Reuben, one of the brothers, talked the others out of killing him and just placing him in an empty cistern to die, all the while, planning to come back and rescue him.

But the dirty scheme took an interesting turn.  Just like a good movie.

Between the time the scheming brothers left Joseph to die and Reuben returned to rescue him, Midianite merchants came by and pulled Joseph from the cistern, sold him to the Ishmaelites who took him to Egypt.

The story progresses from here and eventually Joseph was elevated to be in charge of all of Egypt!  During the famine,  Joseph’s brothers traveled to Egypt to purchase grain and were scared once they find out Joseph was in charge.

But Joseph forgave them and gave them more than their share of grain.  Why?  Because Joseph loved his family and God was with him helping him sort through love and forgiveness.  He didn’t plot revenge but gave forgiveness.

When bad things happen and people seem to get away with evil, don’t fret and don’t scheme.  Forgive.  And let God handle it.

Who do you need to forgive?  Pull them out of the cistern and walk to the foot of the cross.  Jesus will meet you there.

Where’s Bronco?

Elf on the Shelf is such a popular tradition with children these days.  The tradition as we know it now wasn’t around when my girls were little (or if it was I didn’t know about it).  I have wanted to do it for a few years but obviously I don’t have little kids around.  But this year, I decided that Bronco the Elf was going to visit Aunt Deanna’s house every morning and I would take a picture and send it to my niece to show my great-nephews.  Bronco the Elf is a little different at Aunt Deanna’s house.  He doesn’t tell on you if you have been bad.  He just shows up in fun places doing funny things!

This morning Bronco was in the pantry and had eaten the last Christmas snack cake and had evidence all over his face.bronco-with-snack-cake

Another day Bronco was stuck in the dog treat canister.bronco-in-dog-treat-canister

And another day Bronco was sitting on the sheep in the nativity scene in awe of the baby Jesus.bronco-in-nativity

I have had a great time with Bronco the Elf.  My nephews (and even my adult girls) wait in anticipation of the picture showing where Bronco will show up each morning.

Man, if only we would be as excited to see where God will show up each day!  If only we would wait with anticipation and excitement to see how He is going to work and to look for Him everywhere we go!

He’s with us every day and working “behind the scenes”.  We just have to be aware and look for His works and wait in anticipation.  I’m getting excited to see where God is going to show up today!!  Who knows….  maybe He will need a Christmas snack cake, too!

May your day be filled with excitement and anticipation!