It was the beginning of the Christmas party schedule this weekend. We traveled up for a party at my mother-in-law's apartment complex and had a good time. My nieces went with me, so they, along with three other little ones, were the center of attention. Their night was made when they got to play the bells in the band that was there singing Christmas carols. Both of them love music and are developing a great talent in playing music and singing, so they were absolutely thrilled when the lady playing the guitar asked them if they would like to play the bells.
Of course, after two hours of sitting at the same table, they got a little bored, so they started to decorate themselves with the table decorations, but overall they did really well.
I met with some friends, the leaders I work with in the middle school youth ministry at our church, for a Christmas party at the Coeur d'Alene Resort. We had a good time looking at the lights, and just laughing a lot.
Again, I am trying to stay focused on Jesus this season. The busyness can so easily get in the way and we can be overwhelmed with things to do. We need to focus on Him, and remember if it weren't for Jesus birth, there wouldn't be Christmas.
All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: "The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel"—which means, "God with us." Matthew 1:22-23