Looking for a delicious hot chocolate recipe to serve on Christmas Eve to guests or to make as you curl up and watch a movie? This candy cane hot chocolate recipe is my go-to for our hot chocolate Christmas traditions! I hope it makes it into yours as well!
Keep reading for the recipe and little Christmas devotion on the promise of Christmas....
Christmas is so much more than trees and lights and presents and food. It is more than gathering with family and friends. It is a celebration of the birth of Jesus, but it is also a celebration of promise.
A promise of hope, peace, redemption, and life.
It is a promise that God is with us. That He loves us.
A promise that though life has trials and hardships, God is faithful and good.
For unto us a child was born and through Him hope was gifted to those who believe. Let us celebrate this hope. This redemption. This peace. This life eternal.
Bring whatever you have -whether your faith be little or big- to the manger. And in return, receive a gift like no other.
This Christmas I wish you joy where there is sadness. Peace where there is anxiety. Expectation where there is trepidation. Hope where there is defeat. And rest where there is weariness.
May your day be filled with not only love of family and/or friends, but filled with the promises that Jesus brings.
For unto us a Child is born,
Unto us a Son is given;
And the government will be upon His shoulder.
And His name will be called
Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Candy Cane Hot Chocolate
4 Cups milk (skim, 2%, whole - your choice)
1/4 cup and 1 tablespoon crushed candy canes
1/4 tsp vanilla
For white hot chocolate:
4 ounces white chocolate chips
For chocolate hot chocolate:
4 ounces chocolate chips
(or make your regular hot chocolate as usual and add the above ingredients minus the chocolate chips)
1. Combine all the ingredients (except the tablespoon of crushed candy canes) and heat either on the stove top or in the microwave until the crushed candy canes are melted.
2. Pour into your favorite holiday mug.
3. Top with whip cream and sprinkle left over crushed candy canes on top (if desired).
4. Enjoy and have a merry and blessed Christmas!
Who doesn't love sugar cookies? And who doesn't want a little reminder that the impossible is possible?
Read on for this sweet promise from Jesus and a hot chocolate recipe for the cookie lover in each of us...
Jesus looked at them and said, "With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible."
What a sweet promise!
Something jumps out to me in the first four words of the verse, "Jesus looked at them". He didn't give this promise looking down the road ahead of them, or looking down at his food while they ate. No. He looked AT THEM and gave the promise.
This was a profound promise and an answer to the question in the previous verse "who then can be saved?" I imagine His penetrating gaze looking into their astonished ones-and telling them that with God all things are possible.
How much more weight does it carry when someone looks us directly in the eyes and tells us something; a truth. How much more importance does it show? Reflect on this as your read on.
Jesus may have been responding to the question of "who can be saved" after speaking about the danger of wealth and the difficulty those dangers cause for the rich to enter the Kingdom of heaven, but He gave us so much more in that response.
He reminded us that salvation doesn't rest in our good works, our status, or anything that we are or will do. Our salvation rests in Jesus.
With man? Impossible.
With God ALL things are possible.
With God, not only is it possible for the rich to enter the kingdom of heaven,
but WITH GOD....
Hearts can be healed
Relationships can be mended.
Waters can be calmed
Seas are parted
The Mouths of lions are shut
Wildernesses are crossed
Fears can be cast away
Thirst can be quenched
Lives can be changed
Sins can be forgiven
Salvation is found
And joy can be restored.
With the song of this sweet promise in our heart's, let's go enjoy some sugar cookie hot chocolate....
Sugar Cookie Hot Chocolate
1 1/2 cups of Milk (skim, 2% or whole)
1/3 cup of Frosted Sugar Cookie Creamer
Mix milk and creamer on stove top or microwave. Mix well. Add whip cream and sprinkles if desired. Enjoy!
*For a twist, make your hot chocolate as usual and just add 1/3 cup of the Sugar Cookie Creamer to it for a chocolate sugar cookie flavor!
In Acts 19, we are told that the Lord was doing great things through Paul. Particularly that God gave Paul the power to do extraordinary or unusual miracles ( Acts 19:11).
How was he doing this? I find the answer fascinating....
Through aprons and handkerchiefs!
Yes! When the handkerchiefs or aprons that had touched Paul's skin were placed on sick people, they were healed (See Acts 19:12). So why aprons and handkerchiefs? Acts doesn't tell us anymore than this, but if we dig a little deeper, I think the message is quite clear.
What were handkerchiefs used for back in Paul's time?
To wipe the sweat off your brow. Most likely when a person is working hard.
And aprons? What are they used for?
They are worn to do work or acts of service.
They both are symbols of service.
As Paul served and did what God called him to do, these aprons and handkerchiefs were an extension of Paul's work, service and ministry.
What healing can God do through our own service? Our aprons and handkerchiefs may not perform miracles such as this (and we may not even use any in our work) but that DOESN'T mean that when we serve, God cannot touch others.
Let the apron, the handkerchief be a symbol of the serving WE can do.
Let's put the apron on, tie the strings, step forward and say "here am I". Then wipe the sweat off our brows, serve with full hearts and watch what God CAN and WILL do!
How are you currently serving others? I would love to hear how God has worked through your personal acts of service!
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