And he’d made his interests clear all throughout high school. That sounds like work. To reveal the ways that Emmanuel is God with us. If you’re in the place now, let me encourage you to stop hustling and rest in the finished work of Jesus on the cross. John: And you can get the book and also the article Jim mentioned earlier called 25 Simple Ways To Make Christmas Meaningful when you’re at our website, which, once more, is focusonthefamily.com/broadcast. On the one hand, there’s the first coming of Jesus Christ. We’d been friends for a long, long time. The Christmas season is all about joy because of who Jesus is. Speak to them. Why is Christmas not just about Santa and gifts and what we get, but an opportunity to reach out as we are the light of the world to bring hope because Jesus is the light? Let’s start with one of your favorite memories rather than the negative side. John: So, as we come off of Thanksgiving and round the corner, in just a couple of days, it’s Advent Sunday, the first Advent, and so it’s hope. Asheritah has a beautiful Christmas Advent book. Author and blogger Jessica Smartt offers suggestions for capturing special moments with your family that you will cherish remembering for years to come. I think that’s an opportunity to sit down and listen and say, “Tell me about that. Um, it starts on a different day each year, so you just count backwards from Christmas Day four Sundays. But as I grew older, I found myself kind of like a Grinch (laughter). As a welcome gift, I want to offer you a free guide to cultivate consistent time with Jesus and help you grow deeper in your relationship with God. Jim: That is so good. Asheritah Ciuciu. Jim: I don’t know how old you were. Asheritah: That is what makes me keep going on the days where I wonder, am I ever going to see my dad again? Describe how you would use hope in that first week of Advent. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Jim: So, this morning, I’m looking at the book and the prep and all, and Jean went, “Wow, I love that cover.” So, I think the cover sells the book, right? As I mentioned, Asheritah Ciuciu is here with us. I think it can threaten to take our focus off of the reason for the season, which I know we say so easily – right? Jim: Now what’s the end of that story? 8605 Explorer Drive Colorado Springs, CO 80920-1051, Building Lasting Memories With Your Family, Living in Peace With People Who Drive You Crazy. Jim: It’s joyful, yeah. Asheritah: Yeah, so one of the things I love to do is to infuse meaning into the traditions that we might already do as a family. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. As I mentioned, Asheritah Ciuciu is here with us. And my greatest mission is to help busy women like you and me find joy in Jesus—right where we are. As long as it takes.” And so that – that Christmas move, he told me later, was gonna be his last pursuit. So, growing up in a Christian family I always, of course, knew the meaning of Christmas. And we’re not in contact. Asheritah: Yeah, so I didn’t grow up with Advent. You know, Asheritah, I’m thinking of the naysayer, you know, the person that looks at faith in Christ as a crutch because you’re struggling in this life. Asheritah is an author, speaker, ... She has a husband named Nate, a puppy named Harper Nelle, and too many books to read in one lifetime. Help us to do that. So, there’s that season of celebrating his first coming. Thanks for stopping by. And so, I’m driving to grandma’s house, and Carissa’s in the back seat. This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Asheritah: There was also I think a lot that was going on in his heart and in his life. He’s the Good Shepherd. Do you have a  strong vision but need the right champions to help you achieve it? Speak to that. It’s about preparing for the coming season. Why do you think that? Let us know what’s wrong with this preview of, Published I’ve always written truthfully here, sharing my heart in ways I hope encourage you. Asheritah is married to Flaviu and together they raise their spunky children in northeast Ohio. Start by marking “Quiet Time Journal: 90-Day Bible Study and Prayer Journal” as Want to Read: Error rating book. Asheritah: And it got to the point where my parents had to leave. And yet because he was the man of sorrows, he went to the cross on our behalf. Asheritah Ciuciu is a writer and speaker who helps women find joy in Jesus in the midst of an overwhelming life. That’s why ILLUMINATE is committed to guiding & encouraging our clients throughout the publishing process—from proposal development, to contract negotiations, through book promotion, brand extensions, and beyond. And she has this smirk on her face (laughter). Like, “Wow, I can spend the whole month of December preparing my heart to celebrate Jesus…”. Make your own Advent wreath. For that person that would come along and say, “Oh, Asheritah, you just need a crutch. We know that reading the Bible is important, but sometimes it can feel burdensome. Jim: So, we get that. Many people like you, too. She is the author of many …, Dannah Gresh is the best-selling author, speaker, and founder of True Girl (formerly Secret Keeper Girl), America's most popular Christian tween event. Each week traditionally has a theme. We believe authors deserve to be cultivated with strategic support. We had talked about how Christmas is about Jesus and that he came as a baby so that we might be saved and reconciled with God. And then I went to college, got married and started my own family. And she said it really troubled her. Getting ready for Christmas now. I’ll wait. And she joins us today on Focus on the Family. And speak to that for that mom that’s just staying up till 2 in the morning making sure everything’s right. And Jesus is the one who understands. But my dad had anger issues. Asheritah Ciuciu is a writer, a public speaker, and the founder of One Thing Alone Ministries, which helps women who feel overwhelmed by life to find joy in Jesus. And together with her husband, Flaviu, they have three young children, so it’s a terrific season for them, I’m sure. There are many people listening, and they’ve got, you know, a whole list of reasons that the Christmas season becomes a heavy moment. And at the end of the day, it doesn’t make Christmas better. How Advent Changed My Perspective on Christmas Author Asheritah Ciuciu encourages listeners to study and embrace the four themes of Advent – hope, preparation, joy, and love – as a way of redeeming the Christmas season from the culture and making it Christ-focused. Maximize your impact in the world for good. And my husband and I will say, “Each of you gets to choose one activity or one thing that we do,” because there’s this fear of missing out, right? Asheritah: My dad – I want to be careful in – in honoring my parents in this. Again, the cover is unbelievable. And would you fill me up so that it overflows into the lives of my family and my children and my husband so that I can be an agent of love and reconciliation?” And it’s overjoying to see when God answers that prayer. Many adults carry some kind of psychological hurt from their childhood years. Revive Our Hearts, an outreach of Asheritah: Yeah, I’m sure he was carrying a lot of baggage. Anna of Byzantium book. It’s the four Sundays leading up to Christmas Day. But during all that time, too, your family was struggling. It’s not about being perfect. And so, I ask her, “Carissa, why do we celebrate Christmas?” And I’m just bracing myself, like, for a proud mom moment. I’m just going to be like a modern-day Amy Carmichael and be a single missionary and write. And she’s a bestselling author, a national speaker, founder of a popular blog called One Thing Alone. She is the author of many …, Dannah Gresh is the best-selling author, speaker, and founder of True Girl (formerly Secret Keeper Girl), America's most popular Christian tween event. Hopefully, you had a chance to look at that. It’s a day off for a lot of people. Asheritah and her husband, Flaviu, have three children and reside in Ohio. But I’ve learned that Jesus welcomes us to come to Him messy bun, sticky hands, crumby floors and all. And each name held such significant meaning and such healing and such hope and joy that by the time I got to Christmas Day, I was like, “Let’s do this.”, Asheritah: Like, “This is the best day ever.”. Give our listeners a handle or two if they really have just never celebrated Advent with that perspective. Terms of Service apply. Hi, I'm Asheritah, and I want to help you experience deeper intimacy with Jesus in the middle of your busy life. That was Jesus comes to do – to free us from that bondage, our triggers and to help us live a better life in him, kind of the John 10:10 that you mentioned – John, abundant life. She has authored over 20 books that have …, © 2001–2020 Christmas holds a lot of hard memories for me. And I’m a recovering perfectionist.