All Devotionals
  • Choosing Christmas: Day 14

  • Day Fourteen

    December 16

    Among the many beautiful components of Gabriel’s prophesy concerning the ministry of John the Baptist is this: God’s messenger said he would turn the hearts of the Fathers back to the children.

    “And he will turn many of the sons of Israel back to the Lord their God. It is he who will go as a forerunner before Him in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts...

    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 13

  • Day Thirteen

    December 15

    Let’s dwell for a minute on the unborn babies in this scene. Perhaps we could picture Elizabeth and Mary meeting for lunch after their visits to their OB/GYN’s office, and they’re comparing notes on their babies’ development. Elizabeth is thrilled to report that her child is almost fully formed in her womb. Mary, however, is somewhere in her first trimester. We c...

    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 12

  • Day Twelve

    December 14

    So, we haven’t gotten Mary and Elizabeth any farther than the door. Sorry, about that y’all. There’s just so much to consider, and I’m trying to keep our daily readings brief. We’ve been talking about the women’s mutual faith. Today, we’ll focus on Elizabeth, the older of the two.  First, a reminder: Elizabeth wasn’t a spring chicken when she conceived. A...

    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 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

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


  • 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/