Thursday, December 29, 2011

Tips from Tori..." Creating Our Memories!"

Celebrating Christmas and Creating Memories
Celebrating Christmas is a great time to start family traditions...that can be passed down for generations! When I became a parent, I started looking for ways to create Christmas memories and traditions with my children. One thing we have done through the years is have a birthday cake for Jesus. My mom (Mimi) loves to cook this birthday cake with the grandkids and sing Happy Birthday to Jesus after the Christmas Eve service, and dinner with the grandkids.
We then all go to back to our respective homes, get ready for bed and read the Christmas story from the Bible before going to bed and anxiously await the opening of the presents the next morning.

What is special about this cake is not the taste or the design, but the story.
You will need:
1 box of white cake mix (or your favorite white cake recipe)
1 box of chocolate cake mix (or your favorite chocolate cake recipe)
Vanilla frosting 
food coloring: red, green and yellow
birthday candles
Prepare cakes according to the box/recipe directions. Divide the white batter in half. Drop several drops of green food coloring in one half, and red food coloring in the other half. Pour into 8" round cake pans and bake according to recipe directions.

chocolate layer reminds us that we are sinful.
Chocolate (black/brown) -   Sin is what separates us from God. We choose to disobey God. "For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God." Romans 3:23

red layer reminds us that Jesus shed his blood for our sins.
RED - Jesus died on the cross and rose from the grave, paying the price and penalty for our sin. He provided the only way to God. "But God demonstrates His love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us." Roman 5:8

white frosting reminds us that Jesus has given us a clean heart.
WHITE - When we become a Christian God cleanses us from all unrighteousness and washes us whiter than snow."  But you know that He appeared so that He might take away our sins. And in Him is no sin." 1 John 3:5 
"Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow." Isaiah 1:18

green layer reminds us to grow in Christ.

GREEN -We must now grow as a believer in all areas of our life. Looking at Jesus as our example.  "But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory both now and forever. Amen." 2 Peter 3:18 NKJ

yellow decorations remind us of heaven.

· GOLD - If we have accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour, we have the promise of a home in heaven.” In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. “  John 14:2-3

candles remind us Jesus is the Light of the World.

May you remember the story of the Jesus Birthday cake all year long!  And may we all have the courage this year 2012 to share this story with someone who does not know about Christ and his forgiving love.
You could even bake a cake and give it away as a tool to witness to others.
God Bless!

 Tori Miller
Sky Ranch SkyMoms Ministry Director

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