Archive | December 2012

2012 Glimpses of Blessings

2012 has been a year that I have intentionally looked for, took notice of, and gave God praise for His abundant blessings. It was not a year perfect in every way, yett even in the difficult times God was ever present. I welcome 2013 and can’t wait to see what God has in store. To God be the Glory!

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Story Telling

I love family gatherings where stories of days-gone-by are swapped. You know, the ones that siblings spill each others’ shenanigans; or the “when I was your age…” tales. These stories help the generations connect with one another.

I came across a quote the other day.  It said, “Every day the chairs would meet and share stories.” This made me wonder, “If my two old rockers could talk, what stories would they tell?”

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Oh! And what about the old church pew?

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I’m sure it would have stories…

  • of the church elders, heads bent, petitioning God
  • of the widow who sobbed quietly as Preacher read the eulogy
  • of the new believer waiting to be called forward for baptism
  • of the dad who sat soberly as his daughter said her “I Dos”
  • of the littlest angel who wiggled and squirmed until time to suddenly appear to the shepherds in the Christmas play
  • of…..

Christmas is a great time for sharing stories. In a couple days we will gather four generations together.  I wonder if my dad will tell about the Christmas when he got an air rifle, or if my Mom will tell about Grandpa always reading the Christmas Story from Luke 2?

As your family gathers for the holidays, linger at the dinner table for some story telling.  To get started, you might ask, “What is your best childhood Christmas memory?”  That’s all it usually takes and other stories will spin off there. The results usually will not disappoint. End your dinner with some laughter, learning something from others and observing how the generations connect through story telling.

“Be careful, and watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them slip from your heart as long as you live. Teach them to your children and to their children after them.” Deuteronomy 4:9

Glad Sounds

Shhh….
Can you hear them?
Listen carefully……

What are those sounds that make you glad today?

Here are a few of mine:

fireThe shift of burning log and crackling fire in the wood-stove.

Gurgle of Coffee Pot

photoChristmas Carols Playing in Background

Close of door and stomping feet ~ Hubby coming in from blustery outdoors.

photo(2)Bass Voices talking farm and tractors

Laughter

kettleSizzling Water Kettle

This is the day the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. Psalm 118:24

I will praise you, O LORD, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonders. I will be glad and rejoice in you; I will sing praise to your name, O Most High. Psalm 9:1-2

 

Twas the Night Before [Christmas] Wedding

Twas the night before Christmas Wedding when all through the church
Everything was in place every step was rehearsed.
The lights were hung by the rafters with care
In hopes that Thomas Albert soon would be there.

The Bride was home all snug in her bed
While visions of ‘I Dos’ danced in her head.
Dad’s suit was all pressed along with my dress
And as Parents of the Bride we’re trying not to be stressed.

When out in the garage there arose such a clatter,
I ran down the stairs to see what was the matter.
The Brothers were there planning out a surprise
For the Bride and her Groom on their most special night.

I went up to my bed, but could not fall asleep.
I tossed and I turned then counted some sheep.
Instead of wasting time I decided to pray
And ask my Heavenly Father to bless the Wedding Day.

“Dear God, you gave this Daughter to me
To love and hold and teach her of Thee.
Now you are asking me to let her go
To a land far away with the man she loves so.

I’ve prayed and prayed since she was li’l
For a man who loves You and seeks Your will,
To love her and cherish, lead and provide
And Thomas is the one for this Precious Bride.

Give me the courage to set her free
To become the wife you’ve designed her to be
To submit to him as unto You
And to be his helper in all they do.

As dawn is dawning, please pave the way
For the most beautiful and blessed Wedding Day.
May you, God, be glorified in all that’s said and done
So all guests may see that You’re Number One.”

Today, I do not lose a Daughter, but rather, I gain another Son. I love you both!
Start the music and let the ceremony begin!

A Thief

Have you ever been burglarized or had something stolen? Were you expecting it? I wasn’t either, but last night a thief paid a visit!

Last week I had a little extra time and was in a crafting mode so I made a birdseed wreath.  I enjoy watching the variety of birds that winter here, and thought the wreath would add a festive touch.

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Southwest Kansas has been having such mild weather that there has been very little activity at any of my feeders. Since hanging the wreath, I have not even seen any birds perching on the trellis. However, Mr. Weatherman is calling for a cold front to move in this weekend. Blustery winds are also in the forecast which should help blow the birds here.

This morning as I backed the car out the garage, I noticed…something was missing. The birdseed wreath was not hanging. We did have a windy day yesterday so I stopped to investigate.  I found no trace of the wreath, but the ribbon was still tied. What a surprise and so unexpected for the entire wreath to disappear without a trace of any dropped, scattered seeds! My conclusion – We had a thief in the night, and most likely a four-legged one.

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A thief comes when least expected. 2 Peter 3:10 tell us that Jesus will come again as unexpectedly as a thief in the night.  Are you prepared and ready for his return? If not, please take some time right now to get ready. God has been “…patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish but everyone to come to repentance.” (2 Peter 3:9)

Everyone has sinned.  That includes me and you. (Romans 6:23) Although God loves each one of us, He must punish sin. (John 3:16) We cannot be saved from eternal punishment by being a good person. (Ephesians 2:8-9)

That if you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved. As the Scripture says, ‘Anyone who trusts in him will never be put to shame.’ 12 For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile—the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him, for, ‘Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.'” Romans 10:9-13

I was not prepared for a thief last night, but I am prepared and ready for my Lord and Savior’s return.