Monday, December 19, 2016

Christmas Happenings!

Christmas Greetings to all my faithful readers, and to dear visitors who happen upon my blog.

Praying the Lord is blessing your Advent season with the joy of His presence and a renewed wonder in our Great God who came to earth as a lowly infant, born in a manger, our precious Lord and Savior.

This year, I have been struck anew with wonder at the incarnation of God; a Love that came down to Earth to be near His people in order to save them from their sins.  God emptied Himself of all His Diety so that He could draw men to Himself and experience the same weaknesses we do.

For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who was tempted in every way that we are, yet was without sin. 
Hebrews 4:15


My new found empty nest has provided sweet blessings of solitude as I ponder anew what God did for me that Christmas morning so long ago.  How He provided a way so that I could be forgiven of my sins, and satisfied MY penalty from a just God through His death on the cross which punishment He took in MY place so that I could be set free and receive the gift of Eternal Life.

I have always had an understanding of God incarnate, but Timothy Keller's Book, Hidden Christmas, has brought a whole new amazement to me regarding the enormity of my Heavenly Father taking on human form for me!

I am only a little more than halfway through Hidden Christmas, but I highly recommend it for your Advent Reading list.  It will bless you beyond measure, and renew your awe and wonder for all that Christmas means.

Hidden Christmas can be found at Amazon.  Just follow the link.

I have also been enjoying spending quiet time in my house, listening to Pandora's Christmas Canon Radio; a station that plays all instrumental Christmas hymns.  It's the perfect backdrop for enjoying my tree and decorations, and for counting my many blessings.





This Christmas season has brought with it a calendar filled with fun and fellowship.

This past weekend my husband and I were blessed to attend my sister-in-law's surprise birthday party back home in New Jersey.  It was so wonderful to be around family.  Oh, and she was totally surprised!




This weekend, coming up, one of my best friends and her husband are coming over for dinner.  My husband is making his famous lasagna and I, of course, am making cake because my friend and I LIVE for cake!!  True story!  ;-)

Then on Sunday, my daughter-in-law is hosting a cookie exchange.  She gives out prizes for the tastiest and prettiest.  I won the prettiest a few years back.  :-)  This year my contribution will be chocolate crinkle cookies.  I have never made them before, but the reviews are quite good.  This year's attire theme, Lularoe!  About a month ago, Leanne had hosted a Lularoe party which everyone attended.  We will all be extra comfy as the Lularoe material is super soft!

Christmas Eve day morning my parents will be coming up from New Jersey.  My newly decorated guest room {reveal post coming in January} will be all ready for them.  Christmas Eve day afternoon and early evening my husband and I will celebrate Christmas together with my parents, my daughter, son-in-law and granddaughter.  My husband will make his amazing roast chicken and stuffing, and we will enjoy all the traditional fixings.

Christmas Day, my daughter and son-in-law will be opening up their new house for both of our families to enjoy.  My son and daughter-in-law will be there as well as my parents.   It should be a very special time.

Anddd...  I am so excited for Christmas this year, to see it through the eyes of a two year old.

I am looking forward to attending our church's Christmas morning service as this will be the first Christmas we have attended there.   It will be so nice to sing those timeless Christmas Hymns with kindred believers and to be fully present in awe and wonder at the celebration of the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  I couldn't think of a more perfect way to start Christmas Day.

I hope you all are enjoying the blessings of Advent and experiencing a renewed closeness to our precious Savior.   I would love to hear how you have been spending your Advent and about your Christmas plans.  Please share in the comments below.

I will be taking a short blogging break to enjoy Christmas week, but will return with all new posts in January.

Merry Christmas!!

Hark the herald angels sing
"Glory to the newborn King!
Peace on earth and mercy mild
God and sinners reconciled"
Joyful, all ye nations rise
Join the triumph of the skies
With the angelic host proclaim:
"Christ is born in Bethlehem"
Hark! The herald angels sing
"Glory to the newborn King!"

Christ by highest heav'n adored
Christ the everlasting Lord!
Late in time behold Him come
Offspring of a Virgin's womb
Veiled in flesh the Godhead see
Hail the incarnate Deity
Pleased as man with man to dwell
Jesus, our Emmanuel
Hark! The herald angels sing
"Glory to the newborn King!"

Hail the heav'n-born Prince of Peace!
Hail the Son of Righteousness!
Light and life to all He brings
Ris'n with healing in His wings
Mild He lays His glory by
Born that man no more may die
Born to raise the sons of earth
Born to give them second birth
Hark! The herald angels sing
"Glory to the newborn King!"

Charles Wesley


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Monday, December 12, 2016

You WILL be DELIVERED from your trials.






But rise and stand upon your feet, for I have appeared to you for this purpose, to appoint you as a servant and witness to the things in which you have seen me and to those in which I will appear to you, delivering you from your people and from the Gentiles—to whom I am sending you to open their eyes, so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me.
Acts 26:16-18

Do you ever sit and wonder why you might be going through a certain trial or affliction?  Does it ever feel like a waste to you?  If I am being completely honest, those thoughts have gone through my mind, and usually in grumbling terms.

For example, last weekend my husband and I decided spur of the moment to go to our favorite Inn for our annual Christmastime dinner date.  The Wayside Inn is about an hour and twenty minutes from our home.  Coincidentally, my husband received an email about the historic Buckman Inn which was open for touring just a few towns away from our dinner destination.  This was not just any Inn, but a 300-year old Inn on the green in Lexington, a witness house to the start of the American Revolution.  We arrived around 3 p.m. and spent about an hour at the home.  As someone who loves American History, I was in awe to stand in such an historic place, and was delighted by the quaint Christmas decorations.








We still needed to kill some time before the first dinner seating at the Wayside Inn.  We drove around the area and looked at the pretty countryside and gorgeous homes.  Then we stopped at an old-time country store which had a candy shop.  Oh the smell of that chocolate made my already growling stomach growl even more.

My husband and I then headed over to the Wayside where concern furrowed my brow as I saw the amount of cars that were already in the parking lot.  We were hopeful it was just a Christmas party being held in one of the event rooms.  As I walked toward the lobby filled with people, my concern deepening.  We had never needed to make dinner reservations here before.    I approached the receptionist and asked her if there was a table available.  She replied, "No, I'm sorry, we are totally booked."  I couldn't believe it!  In  my mind, we drove all the way up there for nothing!  It didn't help that I was beyond starving.  This dinner date is something I look forward to every year.  I had been thinking about their delicious roast chicken since the afternoon.

"Drove up there for nothing"??  I had allowed my frustration at "not getting my way" to detract from the joy I had experienced just an hour before while visiting the Buckman Inn.

Thankfully, my inner turmoil and frustration did not show on the outside, and I was very polite to the lady who had told us they were booked for dinner.  My poor husband, on the other hand, got to hear me rant until we found a place to eat.

I had found an Olive Garden near by and thankfully, there wasn't too long of a wait to be seated. Even though it wasn't the roast chicken I had been waiting for all day, I ordered my favorite chicken and gnocchi soup to start and the chicken scampi for dinner.  

I was happily surprised when our meals arrived fairly quickly.  But my happiness turned to despair.  I looked down in front of me where the waitress had placed SHRIMP scampi.  I very politely said, I didn't order shrimp scampi I ordered chicken scampi.  The waitress looked at her notepad and said, "Oh! You're right!".  I stayed calm while she was at the table, but once she left, I was thinking WHY??  I am beyond starving.  We already didn't get to go to my favorite Inn and now this!?!?  My husband was going to wait to eat his meal, but I told him to go ahead and eat.  No reason for him to have cold food.   So I started to take a bite of my breadstick only to look up and see my waitress coming back with my meal, literally three minutes after she left. I was like huh??  It turned out she had grabbed the wrong order and my plate was there all along.

Thankfully, I remained kind and polite to the waitress throughout this whole situation.  Believe me, I'm not patting myself on the back since my thoughts and attitude, as my husband can attest to, were anything but Godly.   More like a spoiled brat who should have been thankful she had the option to eat out or even have any food whatsoever where there are so many in the world who are starving.

There but for the Grace of God go I...

Maybe, just maybe, the Lord sent me into those situations to deliver me from them so that my witness would impact the two women I encountered that night; the one behind the counter at the Inn, and the waitress at the Olive Garden.

As my nephew's girlfriend can attest to, who hostesses at a fancy restaurant, patrons can be extremely rude and obnoxious to innocent restaurant workers.  In fact, by the stories she told, it almost seems more like the norm... 

The way we behave in difficult situations speaks volumes to others about our character, and especially our Christian character.  When we are kind, in spite of our own discomfort, we are showing the love of Christ.    And when we show the love of Christ, the Kingdom dividends are great.

I share this illustration to show that even something that may seem so insignificant, God can redeem.  My frustration and discomfort was not wasted at all.  Whether for the benefit of the two women I encountered or a strengthening of my own character, God doesn't waste a single situation in our lives.

You may find yourself being sent into a very difficult trial or affliction - a broken marriage, a loved one who is in the throws of addiction, a serious health problem or even cancer.

Our Heavenly Father sends us into these situations so that He can deliver us, and in our deliverance, our testimony will draw others to Christ.

Deliverance might not look like you expect it to...  

Your marriage might not be reconciled, but your deliverance may come through a much closer walk with Jesus, your Heavenly Bridegroom.  

Your loved one may not become sober, but your deliverance may come through a peace that surpasses all understanding.

You may not be healed this side of Heaven, but your deliverance may come through experiencing joy in sharing in the sufferings of Christ or of soon meeting your Savior.

The testimonies resulting from all of the above illustrations will  "open their eyes, so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me."

I attended a Memorial Service last weekend for a dear friend Evie.  For two years she suffered horribly with ALS.  Yet I heard story after story of her great joy despite such a cruel, cruel disease.  In the midst of suffering, she was still God's instrument, caring for lost souls and winning people to Christ, though her body languished.

Even during her Memorial Service her wishes that the Gospel go forth in boldness were granted as the Pastor preached with power about Evie's Saviour.

Evie's deliverance came in death, but now she is whole again in the arms of her Saviour.  I am sure that in her death, even more eyes have been opened and have turned from darkness to Light...

Take courage when you find yourself in fiery trials, for the Lord has sent you.   In His time, He WILL deliver you, and through your deliverance others will be drawn to Him so that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified.

There is a peace that cometh after sorrow,
Of hope surrendered, not of hope fulfilled;
A peace that looketh not upon tomorrow,
But calmly on a tempest that it stilled.

A peace that lives not now in joy's excesses,
Nor in the happy life of love secure;
But in the unerring strength the heart possesses,
Of conflicts won while learning to endure.

A peace there is, in sacrifice secluded,
A life subdued, from will and passion free;
'Tis not the peace that over Eden brooded,
But that which triumphed in Gethsemane.

Streams in the Desert, L.B. Cowman


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Monday, December 5, 2016

Love is the Answer




Do you feel like something just isn't right in your life?  Do feelings of discontentment, unhappiness, frustration and guilt plague you?  Do you feel like you fail at every turn in an endless circle of besetting sin?

If you answered yes to any of those questions, I would ask you, how is your love life?   How have you've been loving others - spouses, children, family members, friends, co-workers, church family, acquaintances or even complete strangers?

Could it be that your negative feelings are wrapped up in not loving well?

Think back to a time when you felt truly happy and content.  What was going on in your life to make you feel that way?

You were probably actively loving well, cheerfully serving all you came in contact with.  Putting others before yourself.  

Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, 
but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.
Philippians 2:3

I would imagine your life was free from strife with your spouse, your children, your co-workers, and your church family.   

If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.
Romans 12:18

Now think back to a time when you felt unhappy and discontent.  What was going on in your life to make you feel that way?

If you are like me, one of the things that can weigh heavy upon me is a relationship that is strained or broken; it feels like a dark cloud that follows me everywhere... Feelings of discontentment, unhappiness, frustration and even guilt become my constant companions.

Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember 
that your brother or sister has something against you, leave your gift
 there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to them; then come and offer your gift.
Matthew 5:23-24

Or do you ever think to yourself, "I can't even stand myself right now!"  I certainly have.  I get in such a mood and behave in a way that I know I shouldn't.   I realize I'm acting selfishly,  I feel miserable doing so, yet I continue in that manner anyway!

  But she who is self-indulgent is dead even while she lives.
1 Timothy 5:6

Although this verse is speaking about spiritual death and a heart hardened toward the things of God, it is sobering, none-the-less, to think that every one of our selfish acts contributes to a life dead in sin, a life that has denied the abundant life Jesus offers, a life of discontentment, frustration, unhappiness and guilt...

Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, 
and I will give you rest. 
Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me; 
for I am gentle and humble in heart, 
and you will find rest for your souls.…
Matthew 11:28-29


Oh what encouragement this verse offers!  Are you weary and burdened by discontentment, frustration, unhappiness and guilt?  Do you desperately want to feel content, happy and experience the freedom that is yours in Christ Jesus?

All you need to do is come to Jesus.

If you have never committed your life to Him.  Let today be the day that you surrender your life of sin for a freed life hidden in Christ Jesus.  Jesus' death on the cross satisfies the debt we owed to a just God for our own sins.  He paid the ultimate price by sacrificing His life so that we would gain eternal life.

For those of you who are in Christ Jesus, return to Him this day.  Cry out to the Lord to renew your mind in Christ Jesus to rule in your heart once again.

New Believers and restored believers will have a happy and content life by taking a lesson from Jesus's great life of Love.  A life lived and died for others.

Who, existing in the form of God, did not consider equality with God 
something to cling to, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a servant, 
being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to death—even death on a cross.…
Philippians 2:6-8

I don't think we realize how much bondage we put ourselves into when we live only for ourselves.  I'm sure we can all admit those times that although from outward appearances we did something selfless for somebody else, there was a hidden selfish motive driving the act.

How do we truly live a life free from the bondage of self, by sitting at the feet of the Master where we will find rest for our souls...

God's Word tells us that when we love others we have fulfilled the whole law.


Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for whoever loves others has fulfilled the law.  The commandments, “You shall not commit adultery,” “You shall not murder,” “You shall not steal,” “You shall not covet,”and whatever other command there may be, are summed up in this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Love does no harm to a neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.
Romans 13:8-10


I saw this verse in a whole new light recently as I deeply reflected upon how many sins are wrapped up in not loving others well.  In fact, I would say that every sin could be connected to selfishness and not loving others.

Why is it so hard for us to love others, yet so easy to love ourselves?

It all started in the Garden of Eden when sin entered the world because of the selfish choice of wanting to be like God rather than to obey Him.

But just as sin entered the world through one man Adam, forgiveness of sins entered the world through the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ.

We can break free from the bondage of self and all the negative feelings that follow by truly living an obedient life surrendered to Christ.

Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”

Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment.  And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
Matthew 22:36-40


I heard a sermon yesterday by Chuck Swindoll on Wisdom where he said something that I thought was so interesting.  He said that most cases of asking for Wisdom revolve around relationships - how to love well.

But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere.
James 3:17

Indeed, when God's Word speaks of wisdom, the attributes listed are all related to how to love well.

When we are faced with difficult relationships, we can ask God for wisdom on how to love that person, despite the strain.

If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, 
who gives generously to all without finding fault, 
and it will be given to you.
James 1:5


You might still be thinking, I understand all of this, but sometimes it is just hard to give more of myself when I feel like I am being pulled in so many different directions, trying to satisfy the needs of everyone.  I'm loving people, but still feel discontent, frustrated and unhappy.

That's where Matthew 11:28-29 gives us hope. Jesus teaches us how to love and find rest for our souls...


When you think of the many vignettes in the Bible of Jesus' interactions with people, we see first and foremost that He spent time with His Heavenly Father.  Even when people were clamoring and things needed to be done.  He took time away to commune with His Father.

Jesus always quoted Scripture for any given situation.  God's Word was hidden in His heart.
You never saw Jesus stressed about anything.  Even in the most dire situations, like learning of Lazarus sickness, He waited and did not rush.  I'm not sure we see Him rushing at any time in the Bible.  And why didn't He rush or feel stressed, because of His close relationship with His Heavenly Father and His Trust in God's will for all situations.

May the love of Christ rule in your hearts and may that love spill out toward others so that you can enjoy a life of contentment and happiness which will testify of God's great love toward you.


Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.  
 1 Corinthians 13:4-8



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Monday, November 28, 2016

Great is Thy Faithfulness

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving enjoying good food and sweet fellowship.

Since I took a vacation from blogging Thanksgiving week, I wanted to write a post that was in the spirit of Thanksgiving.  A post to share how the Lord has recently blessed me.

I guess I could call it a  Gratitude  Daybook "Monthbook".  :-)



For those of you who don't know, my husband and I recently became empty nesters.  It will be three weeks this Friday.  If you'd like to read about how I processed the first few days as an empty nester, you can find that post here.

Praising God that I am doing much, much better, and although I haven't really had a second to sit down and enjoy the solitude, it is starting to feel normal, and I actually don't mind it.

My husband and I managed to paint both of the recently vacated bedrooms last weekend.  I agonized over the colors.  You know how it is, it looks one way on the paint chip, but then you paint it on the walls and it looks a different color.  So this time I hung the paint swatches on the wall and moved them around to get a feel for any color changes that might happen with different lighting.

I settled on a light silver grey for the guest room, and a warm, rich tan color for my office/#2 guest room.  And I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THE COLORS ON THE WALLS!

I definitely don't have the gift for decorating, but I will put together ideas in my head and hope for the best.  lol.   I am happy to report that both of these rooms are slowly but surely coming together.

Ever since I was a little girl I have always loved curtains.  As a child, I would draw pictures of houses, in my own primitive way, and every window would have curtains.    I always loved when my mom switched the curtains.  To me they just make a house look so homey.

It's been a really long time since I have used tie backs for my curtains.  I went through the valance stage, and just recently the sheers phase, with the panels hanging straight down.

One day when I was walking around the block with my granddaughter, I noticed the curtains in my neighbor's windows and thought to myself, "That's how I want to do mine!"  Like I said, I get very excited about curtains.  lol.

So today, with my new curtains already hung, I went through the rooms and tied them back, AND I LOVE THEM!!

Forgive the dark lighting, but it is a rainy and dreary day out there today.  :-)







I literally walk into these rooms now and smile!

I will share more pictures of the guest room and office/#2 guest room once I have them completely decorated.


It's definitely not the same without my granddaughter living here.  I miss the closeness that I enjoyed sharing the same house.  But I still get to see her almost every day since she only lives four minutes away!  :-)

Just before my daughter, son-in-law and Lexi moved, which happened to be right before Halloween, I got to share a sweet and funny walk with Lexi around the block.

She's in a new phase now where she gathers up all kinds of random things and wants to take them with her.

As you can see, she was doing a rehearsal for trick or treating.  lol.






Here's my little Peppa Pig on Halloween night.






My daughter surprised me with an invite to join she and Lexi for a nice autumn walk at one of our great parks.

Lexi finds her first geocache!




My granddaughter seems to be growing up so fast!  She is so observant which adds to her fierce independence.

I was at my daughter's house standing by the kitchen sink and heard the refrigerator door open.  I turned around and saw the refrigerator door open, but no one standing there.  I walked over to the fridge only to see Lexi with her empty cup enveloped in her right arm and her left arm pulling the jug of apple juice off the shelf.  Apparently, she decided that she was thirsty and was going to help herself to a drink!  lol.

Earlier that day, I had plated her favorite snack, cucumbers!  A little while later, she was in the kitchen pointing up at the carrots on the kitchen counter.  I noticed a plate there, but thought it was from the night before.  I went to go retrieve the plate that I placed her cucumbers on only to find it missing.  It was then that I realized, Lexi had put her empty plate on the counter ready for carrots.  lol.

And one more story.  Let's face it, I could blog about Lexi all day!  Haha!

I was folding some of my daughter's laundry.  (My daughter has the flu and a severe sinus infection.   So I am trying to pitch in and help.)  When I picked up my son-in-laws work pants, a long drill bit fell out.  Lexi promptly picked it up and walked over to their baker's rack and placed the drill bit over the screw.  She's her father's daughter!  lol.

A sweet moment between Lexi and her daddy at their new house.




My first text message from Lexi.  :-)  Haha.



My son and daughter-in-law recently went on a much deserved vacation to Punta Cana.  My son brought this back for me.


My son said he picked it out because he knew how much I would love it.  AND I DO!  It's perfect as I am in the process of looking for functional but decorative pieces for my new desk, and I LOVE OWLS!

And finally, as you may recall, we lost our beloved German Shepherd, Dakota, this past May.  He is buried in our backyard under a newly planted dogwood (fitting don't you think?) and beautiful perennials that my son-in-law picked out.

Despite having some colder weather in the evenings, the Lord has blessed us through October with continual blooms.



Amazing, amidst the fallen dead leaves, these beautiful purple flowers have been blooming since May!

It brings our family comfort reminding us that although Dakota is no longer with us, his memory will ALWAYS live on in our hearts.  How blessed we were to have such a sweet and very special dog in our lives.






Every Thanksgiving, I am always so grateful for the perpetual flowers of God's grace that bloom because He died for my sins and rose again that I may live with Him eternally.

The grave could not contain my Lord and Savior.  My victory over sin and death was accomplished by Christ rising from the dead.   He set me free!  


As I reflected upon 2016 this past Thanksgiving,  I had found God faithful.  He ALWAYS is...

And the promise God proved to me over and over again was...


Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes with the morning.
Psalm 30:5b



Great is Thy faithfulness, O God my Father,
There is no shadow of turning with Thee,
Thou changest not, Thy compassion's, they fail not,
As Thou hast been, Thou forever will be.

Great is Thy faithfulness! 
Great is Thy faithfulness! 
Morning by morning new mercies I see. 
All I have needed Thy hand hath provided,
Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me!

Summer and winter and springtime and harvest, 
Sun, moon and stars in their courses above 
Join with all nature in manifold witness 
To Thy great faithfulness, mercy and love.

Great is Thy faithfulness! 
Great is Thy faithfulness! 
Morning by morning new mercies I see. 
All I have needed Thy hand hath provided,
Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me!
Chris Rice



Heavenly Father,

 Thank you Father, that no matter what kind of year I have had, on Thanksgiving and every day of the year, I will always find you faithful and always find you to be a promise-keeping God who deserves my praise and gratitude.

  Thank you dear Lord for all that you have done for me and all that you continue to do for me.

In Jesus Precious Name,
Amen


Which of God's promises has been meaningful to you this year?  I'd love to hear about it.




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