Showing posts from December, 2013

Merry Christmas

Here's wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year!

 I've have really tried to discipline myself to stop and enjoy the moment, to take time out to do special things with my husband when I might otherwise be inventing more work to get done before the kids start coming in on Wednesday.

I have enjoyed everything I've done so far and none of it has seemed like a chore but totally enjoyable.

I have a wall plaque I got years ago that reads, "It's not doing the things we like to do, but liking the things we have to do that makes life blessed.

I think there is a lot of truth to that old adage.

 Here are a few things that have been going on in our lives.

Our 13 year old granddaughter, Ashton, was promoted to 'pointe' in ballet this past week.  That is a great accomplishment for her and something she has been working hard for for several years.

We have mirrors across from one another in the master bath.  I strung lights over my vanity and ended up ge…

He Restores My Soul

This is short and very sweet.

Sweet because it speaks to the spirit within us and calms and restores our soul. I studied with Randall Hasson a few years ago and this is a website hosted by him and his wife. This particular post is written by his wife about a canvas he painted that I was privileged to see in person when I went to his studio in Santa Fe, NM. Her post is about the peace of God which we all immensely need especially during this Christmas season. Praying that it will calm and restore your soul. Merry Christmas!

Here is the link.

Let Your Heart Be Light

Time is marching on and Christmas is almost here. I can't believe it's been nine days since I have posted. I am so sorry. I had such awesome plans at the start of December for all the wonderful things I was going to post. Things about Jesus--after all, He is what this season is all about, right?

There are so many loose ends I need to tie up and it seems that every Christmas I am never as organized as I want to be--I want to have things DONE so I can just sit back and relax and take in the sights, sounds, smells, joys of the season.

I think I've done a little better this year as far as not stressing out about not getting everything done that I want to get done but I still find myself more anxious than I want to be at times.

I try to keep reminding myself that this is about love, togetherness, and celebration.

Not about things or glitter or presents.

However, I did get my husband the best Christmas gift I've ever given him. (Well, maybe the second best)  I am so …

Just Keeping In Touch Here

Hi from me here on my little end of the sofa.  This is where I blog from, have my devotionals, read, write, etc.  It seems like the only picture I ever take is taken right here.  

My hubby brought these this beautiful poinsettia plant home to me the other day.  It is huge--maybe 3 feet tall-- Anyway, when he first brought it in the door my heart sank as I thought, "Where in the world will I put that?" But I found the perfect spot for it and now I think the room really needed it. I just ran and took this picture and it is late at night.  The lighting was terrible but you can at least see the size of it and where I put it.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ I don't have a lot to say today--my heart is hurting and I am not handling it well. Our family has been going through a particularly hard trial since last March.  I'm thinking of all of you who are in difficult spots at this holiday time. My heart goes out to you and I pray His peace for you. She Reads Truth (at www.she…

One Deep Cry

f we maintian the place of humility and stillness, and surrender until God's spirit has stirred up in us confidence that He will perfect His work, our waiting will become the strength and the joy of our soul. Life will become one deep cry: 'I have waited for Your salvation, O Lord."

Andrew Murray from Waiting On God

In this advent season, may we be willing to wait on Him so that His complete redemptive work will be made manifest in our lives.
Tonight:  Pondering and waiting for changes--come and make them, Lord Jesus. 


He is Worth Waiting For

As we patiently and humbly wait for our God to appear at this Advent season, may we learn the true joy of waiting and total dependence upon Him.

Just as the tiny babe made his appearance and lay helpless in His mother's arms, so we are to make our appearance into the kingdom of God--not demanding when and where our birth should take place but in all faith depending on the God of the universe to govern the circumstances.

It is amazing to think of the circumstances surrounding Christ's birth--the journey on a donkey, no room to house them, no familiar surroundings of home, family or friends--just the quiet dependence on a Holy God to bring all of the circumstances together.

The babe lay helpless, totally dependent upon His parents to love, clothe, feed and nurture Him.

Can we come to Him today just the same?

Why, Father, do we fret and toil so hard when You have told us to be reliant on You, that You will take care of all our needs?

Father, forgive our faithlessness and show us …

Son of God, Love's Pure Light

I would be hard pressed to try to define pure light.

When I started researching it for this blog post, I quickly got in over my head--just in the physics of what pure light is.

 But one thing I do know is we were a people who were walking in great darkness and a light appeared to us--the light of the Messiah, Jesus Christ, Son of God.

Today I look forward with anticipation to welcoming this great light into the world all over again.  I welcome His light into my life for wisdom, guidance, and knowledge.

The passage of scripture below is from the She Reads Truth devotional for today.  I read it very slowly, meditated on it and it blessed me so much, especially the verse right before "Unto us a child is born, to us a son is given."

Peace on Earth, good will toward men.
No wonder the angels declared it loud and clear.
In the words of Joni Eareckson Tada,
"The war between heaven and earth, God and man, ended with the birth, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.  And the …

Messiah Come, Be Born In My Heart Anew!

This reckoning of the past with the future--this looking ahead anticipating His arrival--but looking back at what happened in a lowly stable over two thousand years ago--brings us to a crux--the crux of now--this minute--this moment--will I invite Him in to my heart again?

There to rule and reign and have full control of my life, my thoughts, my actions--

 or will I leave Him stranded out in the cold of my hardened heart?  
So tonight, Father, I ask You to come into my heart afresh, anew--
Cleanse me of anything that is foreign to faith in You.
Wash me and I will be whiter than snow.
I will start over with no past to bind me.
I will fly free to explore the heavens you left in all your glory,
To come, a meager babe, like me in so many ways,
And yet divine,
A n d   Y e t   D i v i n e!

As Christians we speak of being 'born again'

Tonight I want Him to be born again

Right in the middle of my heart.

Come, thou long expected Jesus.

Come, Messiah, Come

Be born In my heart anew!