All Devotionals
  • Choosing Christmas: Day 11

  • Day Eleven

    December 13    

    Remember on Day Three when we talked about how our faith walks encourage one another? And then on Day Six we talked about Mary’s humble and willing “be it done unto me according to God’s word” response to Gabriel? Well today, we’ll focus on how these two thoughts explode in a marvelous celebration from Elizabeth, for indeed “God is working all things to...

    Shellie Rushing Tomlinson is a Jesus loving, humor-gathering author, speaker, and radio host known as The Belle of All Things Southern. Shellie believes "The whole world stops for a story." She lives in Louisiana and stacks her stories up at All Things Southern.com

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  • Choosing Christmas: Day 10

  • Day Ten

    December 12

    In Elizabeth’s initial greeting to Mary, we find these words, “And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what had been spoken to her by the Lord.”

    Consider Mary’s feelings as she hears these words. She had been told, in private—by an angel no less!—that she would carry the Son of God. There was no witness to talk it over with; no one he...

    Shellie Rushing Tomlinson is a Jesus loving, humor-gathering author, speaker, and radio host known as The Belle of All Things Southern. Shellie believes "The whole world stops for a story." She lives in Louisiana and stacks her stories up at All Things Southern.com

    More of Shellie Rushing Tomlinson: http://www.allthingssouthern.com/


  • Choosing Christmas: Day 9

  • Day Nine

    December 11

    Yesterday I left you to consider how you could invite God into your conversations with others. Again, I’d love to read your responses—but only to learn from you, not to grade your answers! Scrutinizing each other’s lives to determine who is more mature in the faith will always be a spirit draining exercise. The Apostle Paul, under the influence of the Holy Spirit, war...

    Shellie Rushing Tomlinson is a Jesus loving, humor-gathering author, speaker, and radio host known as The Belle of All Things Southern. Shellie believes "The whole world stops for a story." She lives in Louisiana and stacks her stories up at All Things Southern.com

    More of Shellie Rushing Tomlinson: http://www.allthingssouthern.com/


  • Day Eight

    December 10

    Hey! If Christmas Crazy is knocking on your door, don’t answer it!

    We’re back. The stage is set, and the pregnant women are wide-eyed with wonder. Perhaps Mary is still carrying a backpack and Elizabeth is wiping her hands on a dishtowel. My storytelling brain could supply endless details, but we can count on God’s Word to tell us what we need to know. So let’s pick...

    Shellie Rushing Tomlinson is a Jesus loving, humor-gathering author, speaker, and radio host known as The Belle of All Things Southern. Shellie believes "The whole world stops for a story." She lives in Louisiana and stacks her stories up at All Things Southern.com

    More of Shellie Rushing Tomlinson: http://www.allthingssouthern.com/


  • Choosing Christmas: Day 7

  • Day Seven

    December 9

    Welcome back! When we last left off, Mary and Elizabeth were standing at the door to Elizabeth’s house. Mary’s eyes no doubt are bugging out at Elizabeth’s belly, which is swollen with physical confirmation of Gabriel’s words. And while I’m beyond eager to get into their meeting, we can’t afford to skip Mary’s response to her own calling back in Nazareth. With...

    Shellie Rushing Tomlinson is a Jesus loving, humor-gathering author, speaker, and radio host known as The Belle of All Things Southern. Shellie believes "The whole world stops for a story." She lives in Louisiana and stacks her stories up at All Things Southern.com

    More of Shellie Rushing Tomlinson: http://www.allthingssouthern.com/


  • Choosing Christmas: Day 6

  • Day Six

    December 8

    I want to explore another reason God has Gabriel tell Mary about her relative’s late-in-life pregnancy. I see God’s tender compassion toward a startled teenager, whose life changes forever in a single moment. I see His great big heart nudging Mary into the arms of one woman who would listen to her fascinating story and believe what so many others were bound to question.

    I ...

    Shellie Rushing Tomlinson is a Jesus loving, humor-gathering author, speaker, and radio host known as The Belle of All Things Southern. Shellie believes "The whole world stops for a story." She lives in Louisiana and stacks her stories up at All Things Southern.com

    More of Shellie Rushing Tomlinson: http://www.allthingssouthern.com/


  • Choosing Christmas: Day 5

  • Day Five

    December 7

    There’s another part of Gabriel’s announcement I want us to explore together. After telling Mary her aunt had conceived, Gabriel added these words, “For nothing will be impossible with God.” I personally like the American Standard Version Bible translation of this verse, which reads, “For no word of God shall be without power.” Gabriel’s pronouncement acknowled...

    Shellie Rushing Tomlinson is a Jesus loving, humor-gathering author, speaker, and radio host known as The Belle of All Things Southern. Shellie believes "The whole world stops for a story." She lives in Louisiana and stacks her stories up at All Things Southern.com

    More of Shellie Rushing Tomlinson: http://www.allthingssouthern.com/


  • Choosing Christmas: Day 4

  • Day Four

    December 6

    Yesterday we discussed how we can encourage one another in our faith. Did you know Scripture instructs women of faith to be intentional about this? Titus 2:3–5 reads, “Older women likewise are to be reverent in their behavior, not malicious gossips nor enslaved to much wine, teaching what is good, so that they may encourage the young women to love their husbands, to love...

    Shellie Rushing Tomlinson is a Jesus loving, humor-gathering author, speaker, and radio host known as The Belle of All Things Southern. Shellie believes "The whole world stops for a story." She lives in Louisiana and stacks her stories up at All Things Southern.com

    More of Shellie Rushing Tomlinson: http://www.allthingssouthern.com/


  • Choosing Christmas: Day 3

  • Day Three

    December 5

    I wish I could read your individual responses to yesterday’s journal prompt. Hearing from other women is what I love about group Bible study. I learn so much from y’all! The fact is, we aren’t told why God had Gabriel reveal Elizabeth’s pregnancy to Mary; but over the next few days, I want to explore a couple possibilities that have occurred to me.

    First, I see God e...

    Shellie Rushing Tomlinson is a Jesus loving, humor-gathering author, speaker, and radio host known as The Belle of All Things Southern. Shellie believes "The whole world stops for a story." She lives in Louisiana and stacks her stories up at All Things Southern.com

    More of Shellie Rushing Tomlinson: http://www.allthingssouthern.com/


  • Choosing Christmas: Day 2

  • Day Two

    December 4

    Welcome back! It’s time to set the stage for this fascinating meeting between two otherwise average women. I’d love to have some props, a few hints of period costuming, and some sound effects; but even without them, there’s no lack for drama in this story. The moment is pulsing with emotion as the curtain rises. Let’s lean in and listen carefully. 

    Elizabeth’s younger co...

    Shellie Rushing Tomlinson is a Jesus loving, humor-gathering author, speaker, and radio host known as The Belle of All Things Southern. Shellie believes "The whole world stops for a story." She lives in Louisiana and stacks her stories up at All Things Southern.com

    More of Shellie Rushing Tomlinson: http://www.allthingssouthern.com/