Christmas and Your Child Video!


Jennifer Shaw Ministries December, 2012
 Jennifer Shaw 
Merry Christmas everyone!  I know it's a crazy time of year, so I will keep it short and sweet.

I'm sharing with you a blog post I wrote called, "How necessary is Santa, anyway?" about a recent conversation I had with my son. It's below.

I'm also so excited to share with you the final version ofour new video for the song "Your Child!"  I really can't wait to see how God uses this video, and I hope it ministers to so many families, those who are special needs parents and those who aren't.  Please check it out and pass it on to anyone you think it will bless!

I've updated my blog, so you can catch up on what we've been up to lately!

And, in case you missed it, check out the other new music video we made for Remember Nhu, an organization that fights child trafficking and the group my husband, Nathan, and I went to Thailand with this past spring.

Also, don't forget the new sale bundles in our store this month for both music and books. We would love to be on your Christmas giving lists this year! When you buy our products, you are funding this ministry - the videos, the new music, the missions travel, everything. I so appreciate it, and want you to know that in a very real way, you keep me doing what I do - thank you!

We hope you all have a wonderful, wonderful Christmas!  We'd love to hear what God is doing in your life, and look forward to connecting with you in the New Year!

In Christ, 


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How necessary is Santa, anyway?
Or, The True Meaning of Christmas



Last night I was putting my son to bed and he said, "Mom, I need to tell you something."


He's eight. Usually what he's telling me is something about Legos or the funny game they were playing on the playground or something one of his friends did at school. But I could tell from his voice that this was something he was worrying about.


"What's that, buddy? Did something happen today?"


"Yes. In class today we were reading a book about Santa and about how he disappeared and everyone was looking for him and stuff. And at the end, my teacher told the whole class that if there was no Santa, there'd be no Christmas."


He stopped. His chin started wobbling, and I knew this was the problem.


"What did you think about that, buddy?"


"Mom, what if she doesn't know? What if she thinks that's really true? Santa isn't why we have Christmas at all! We have Christmas because it's Jesus' birthday. And now she told all the kids in my class that too. What if they believe it?"


I thank God for my son's heart. His first concern was that his teacher and friends might not know Jesus, that they might not understand what Christmas is really about.


How do we impact our world for Christ? How do we share what we know to be the truth? Santa's fun, but Santa's not Christmas. Christmas is Jesus come to earth, vulnerable and human, putting aside His majesty and glory, humbling Himself all for love of us. Christmas is the greatest gift of love ever given to the earth, the willingness of God to sacrifice His own Son for me, for you, for all of us. Why do we cheapen it? Why do we lose that focus? Why do we make it reindeer and cookies and gift wrap and more and more stuff?


Christmas is magical. It is my favorite holiday. And that is because I know the truth - Santa's not necessary. In fact, Santa has nothing to do with it. It's all about Christ. In fact, everything, our whole lives should reflect that statement. It's all about Christ.


Every year in our family we start Christmas morning by coming downstairs together. We enjoy the presents and the tree, but before any of that we read the entire Christmas story, and we sing "Happy Birthday" to Jesus and thank Him for coming. Because He's the gift that matters. He is the gift that changes everything. He is the gift that makes it possible for us to celebrate for eternity.


"For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given,
and the government will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace." Is. 9:6


What other reason would we need to celebrate? Merry Christmas to you all!



About Jennifer Shaw Music 
Singer, songwriter, speaker, worship leader and now author Jennifer Shaw recently topped the national Christian radio charts with a # 3 hit song "Your Great Name." Her new book, Life Not Typical: How Special Needs Parenting Changed My Faith and My Song, has brought national attention to the issue of Sensory Processing Disorder. After being classically-trained as an opera singer at the prestigious Manhattan School of Music, Jennifer became a professor of music at Cedarville University before she felt led into her current role as a contemporary worship leader. Her testimony includes tragedy and triumph, being the parent of a special needs child, and losing her father to Lou Gehrig's disease. With the release of her fourth album, Someday, her songs, including four singles on Billboard's Top 40, offer hope in any circumstance and also reflect her recent experiences on the mission field in Asia, Africa and the UK.
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