December 31, 2008
O.K. I'm done with this trial. I've learned my lessons and I am ready to move on...but no, we are still in the thick of it with the end (if it is even in sight) is miles away.
Where are you Spring?
My brethren count it all joy when you fall into diverse temptations; knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing. James 1:2-4
Whatever you may be facing today - the cold, the grey, the rain, the dark - The Lord is working, always working, that YOU, my friend, would be perfect wanting nothing. Trust in Him.
December 24, 2008
A couple plates of Christmas cookies (peanut butter and strawberry shortbread)
A crystal platter with dried fruits and raw nuts
A bowl of peeled pop-in-your-mouth satsuma oranges
A tiny dish of little candies left over from the gingerbread houses
A small cheese platter
There are tamales and pupusas for warming for dinner - easy.
Hopefully the weather won't keep us from church tonight...and friends have invited us over for Christmas dinner tomorrow. We are truly blessed. We even have a box full of presents for the children hiding under my bed...God is so good to us.
I pray that you are full of joy and Peace. I was just thinking about how when Jesus came the angels announced "Peace, good will toward men". How amazing that God has good will towards us...we look around at the rushing or the loneliness of those around us...maybe our own hearts are full of loneliness or fear or anger...God's will is good towards you. He wants Peace for you. That is why He came. That is why we celebrate.
Peace, Good will towards you, Merry Christmas!
December 21, 2008
Then, I asked her to go and deliver them to our neighbors. (of course she would be within sight the whole time) She was so excited to do such a big girl thing all by herself.
Doesn't she look so small walking all by herself to make her deliveries?
Naomi was jumping up and down when the family came home. "Guess what I did, Guess what I did! - and all by myself!" She's still glowing from the pleasure of it. It doesn't take much to make her happy.
December 19, 2008
'God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble. Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.' James 4:6,7
What a wonderful time of year it is. CHRISTMAS! A special time to decorate the house, to eat special foods, to give gifts to loved ones - why? Because the creator of the universe humbled himself to become like us. He came to give us life. Ah, but I can't think about JESUS right now - too consumed with my suffering.
'what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world and lose his own soul?' Mark 8:36
I think what if I did have what I wanted? I could fight for my own way. I could confront or justify my anger and bitterness...at the very least I could let it be known that I am not happy.
'Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. Jeremiah 6:16'
Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. Matthew 7:14
If you are suffering right now - do as it says in Hebrews - 'lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us. Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds. Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin.' Hebrews 12:1-4
It could be your mother, your father, your husband, your children - your hurts or your wants...Submit to God. He loves you.
'For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace' Isaiah 9:6
This is great news - and while you may have forgotten as I often do - there is an unseen battle we wage. There is an enemy that would have you be distracted with the things of this world.
Don't be distracted. Look unto Jesus.
December 16, 2008
Sophia and Noah slip sliding away - if only you could hear the squeals.
Naomi sliding down the "hill" in our back yard.
The view from my kitchen window - It was too cold for me! :) But at least the kids came in to some warm honey pancakes and hot peppermint tea!
" Winterscapes" - made with contruction paper - what is life without construction paper? :)
Here's Noah shining the flashlight for us. The electricity was out so we made paper chains by candlelight - can't really tell because of the flash of my camera (or my poor picture taking skills).
A few of the 600 trillion snowflakes the kids have made.