Saturday, December 29, 2007
Thursday, December 27, 2007
Wednesday, December 26, 2007
I also think of the loved ones we lost over the year, and our many friends who lost loved ones over the year and say a prayer for them at this time. I think of my aunt and uncle who just lost their son a couple of weeks ago. I talked to my aunt on Sunday and she said she just couldn't get in the Christmas mood, and I told her it was okay, everyone understood. I think of our friends, who lost their mom a week ago, and pray for them. I never met their mom, but after attending her memorial service on Saturday, I felt like I knew her. She must have been an incredible woman!! I think of Brandon Adam and his family and all he's been through this year. I think of the many families who have their loved ones off at war. I think of my friend who is battling cancer and pray for her and her family. I continue to miss my Grandma again this year. My husband misses his dad.
As I think of all the sadness, I am also reminded of how blessed I am to have spent Christmas with my sister and her family, my parents, and my mother-in-law. I am blessed to be a part of such an amazing church family. I am blessed to have just celebrated my 21st Christmas with my husband. I am blessed to live in this country. Christmas isn't about presents, but about the gifts of family, loved ones, time together. It's about love. Love for each other and love for a Savior, and about a Savior's love for us. It's about being mindful of the many things we are blessed with, and offering help and prayers to those who are struggling. Let's keep the Christmas hope alive throughout the next year. Let's enjoy our loved ones while we still can. Let's laugh more, love more intentionally, and remember that life is about how we live it and how we treat those around us. What type of legacy are you leaving? How will you be remembered? Do you choose love?
Friday, December 21, 2007
The first Christmas gift, the greatest gift ever,
This Christmas, Lord, come to the manger of my heart.
Restore to me the wonder that came with Jesus’ birth,
“Do not be afraid,” they said, to shepherds in the field.
Surround me with Your presence, Lord,
This Christmas, Jesus, come to the manger of my heart.
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by confessing with your mouth that you are saved. Romans 10:9-10
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. 6While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, 7and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.
The Shepherds and the Angels 8And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. 11Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. 12This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger."
13Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, 14"Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests."
15When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, "Let's go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about."
16So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. 17When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, 18and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. 19But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told. Luke 2:5-20
Monday, December 17, 2007
Friday, December 14, 2007
Yes, I know my tree is far from the Martha Stewart look, but I like it. It's full of ornaments that have been collected over the past forty years. My parents, and often grandparents, gave us an ornament every year. My parents still give us ornaments even now that we are all grown up and I look forward to them every year. When I moved out of the house, I took over around forty ornaments with me, which was great! Almost every ornament on our tree has a memory of some kind attached to it. I have a big gray pig that my mom made me out of corduroy the year we raised pigs and took them in 4-H. I have a large assortment of angels from my grandma. There are beaded candy canes from my nieces, and reindeer made from clothespins from the years we did 5th & 6th grade youth group. My hubby has a lot of Coke ornaments since he is a Coke collector, but with that collection are many ornaments he has collected over the past twenty years from my family that represent different things to him, as well. Our tree may not win prizes for best decorated, or most amazingly beautiful, but we like it. The angel on top was made by my mom for our first Christmas we were married. The top of our tree may not look like it has many ornaments, but there are quite a few smaller ones tucked in the branches.
After finishing up shopping, we drove over to the house on Glenwood in Post Falls that I talked about in an earlier post. The display left Hannah speechless, except for an occasional WOW! Liz just kept repeating that it was so beautiful, and it was crazy how pretty it was! My mom and sis were impressed as well, and I could sit there all night and watch the incredible light show!
After dinner, we came home and the girls had fun with our dog. She definitely loves when they visit! The three did get a little wild for a few minutes, and a few ornaments went flying through the air, along with a few needles, and one ornament got caught in our dog's tail and as she wagged her tail, a beaded bell that my mom made kept going back and forth, back and forth!
It was a great couple days, and as always, I cherish the memories we made the past couple days.
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
Do you not know? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. Isaiah 40:28-31
Monday, December 10, 2007
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
Friday, December 7, 2007
While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, 7and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. Luke 2:6-7
10But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. 11Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. 12This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger." Luke 2:10-12
Wednesday, December 5, 2007
I will give thanks to the LORD because of his righteousness and will sing praise to the name of the LORD Most High. Psalm 7:17