December 31, 2011

Good Bye 2011



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FOR TODAY

The Last Day of 2011

Outside our window...

Sunshine melting the evening frost.

Running squirrels

Pecking Chickens


I am thankful...


To know God. He is my Helper, my Friend, my Savior. 


I am learning...

That I learn so much more from my failures, from trials, from steps of faith.

From the kitchen...

Big Late breakfast this morning.

Probably just toast with pumpkin butter for lunch. Some cut veggies and fruit.

I am wearing...



make-up today - just a little blush and lipstick.  I'm hoping Mr. Santos will take me for a walk in the sunshine. I will wear my red wool coat with a matching scarf.

I am creating...


organized spaces!  Little by little been tossing out junk this past week.  It is so nice to open a cupboard and know what is in it.

I am going...

To make an effort not to fear this coming year.  For some reason I am afraid. Never been like this before. I usually look forward to the new year with great joy.  But it seems like some scary things are on the horizon.

Fear Not, for I am with you, says the Lord.

O.K.


God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed,
and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;
Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. Selah.
Psalm 46:1-3

I am remembering...

The sweet quiet Christmas we had.

I am reading...

The poems of Edgar A. Guest. So nice.

I am hoping...


To write four more scripture songs this year.  We have seven.  I think four more will make another CD.
Around the house...

The Christmas decorations are still up.  The children wanted them up till New Year's.  I confess, I will be sad to see it all come down.  They have slept under the tree a couple times this week.  Good memories.

One of my favorite things...

Sitting in my little green chair by the window with the afternoon sun warming my face.  Just a couple minutes of that calms my soul.

A few plans for the week:

Pop some confetti poppers for the New Year.
Go to the dentist (Sophia)
Ladies Bible Study
Violin and school lessons begin again.

Here are some pictures thoughts to share...

The Santos Children six years ago.  They all still had their baby teeth.

So long 2011 ~ Hello 2012!



December 23, 2011

Merry Christmas!

Glory to God in the Highest
and on earth, PEACE, GOOD WILL toward men - all men.

Thank you, Lord!




O holy night, the stars are brightly shining;
It is the night of the dear Savior’s birth!
Long lay the world in sin and error pining,
Till He appeared and the soul felt its worth.
A thrill of hope, the weary soul rejoices,
For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn.
Fall on your knees, O hear the angel voices!
O night divine, O night when Christ was born!
O night, O holy night, O night divine!



Led by the light of faith serenely beaming,
With glowing hearts by His cradle we stand.
So led by light of a star sweetly gleaming,
Here came the wise men from Orient land.
The King of kings lay thus in lowly manger,
In all our trials born to be our Friend!
He knows our need—to our weakness is no stranger.
Behold your King; before Him lowly bend!
Behold your King; before Him lowly bend!



Truly He taught us to love one another;
His law is love and His Gospel is peace.
Chains shall He break for the slave is our brother
And in His Name all oppression shall cease.
Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we,
Let all within us praise His holy Name!
Christ is the Lord! O praise His name forever!
His pow’r and glory evermore proclaim!
His pow’r and glory evermore proclaim!

December 15, 2011

Tea Time


I am having...

A cup of Jasmine tea. I ran out for a while and was drinking Earl Grey.
 
I am feeling...

Humbled.


Pride goes before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.


But Thank God, 


Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the LORD upholds him with his hand.


On my mind...

Gifts.

It's that time of the year.

Some simple things to share...



A favorite winter drink:  Heat up some tomato soup, chicken broth and a bit of salsa (or taco seasoning).


Very Satisfying! Especially with a grilled cheese sandwich.  


This is the puzzle I have been working on at the Tree Farm.  You can see I am almost done.
Do you like puzzles?  They are fun to do while listening to a good sermon!





Isn't this a lovely stained glass window?  I think it would look wonderful hanging in my kitchen.

Please join my friend Ruth and others here for Tea Time

December 13, 2011

Daybook - December 13, 2011


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FOR TODAY

Tuesday Night, December 13, 2011

Outside our window...

Dark Night. Stars out. Icy Cold.

I am thankful...


For safety. For Good Health. For my family. For Warmth on a cold night.


I am learning...

That it is easy to spiritual-ize some things that are wrong.
(I feel a new blog post coming on!)

From the kitchen...

We had Tamale Pie for dinner and Mandarin Orange cake for dessert.
Oh. My. Comfort food to the extreme.

I am wearing...



A brown skirt and a denim button up shirt. I LOVE my new shirt - not only because it is flattering, but because it was brand new and cost me only $1.29

I am creating...


Hm. Am I creating anything right now? No. I don't think so.  Unless you count putting together a mini Christmas pageant with the children of my church.  But really, the children are creating that. I am just directing.

I am going...

To kiss my daughter for cleaning the kitchen without complaining.  Good girl!

I am remembering...

I forgot! I forgot to make an appointment for our family picture. Ugh. Thank you Lord for helping me to remember.

I am reading...

My Bible every morning.  That's it right now.

I am hoping...


For so many things.  That my auntie would recover from her stroke, that my sister's health would improve, that my mother would...that my Don would...that my church would...and on and on.

But really and truly,

My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness.
I dare not trust the sweetest frame,
But wholly trust in Jesus’ Name.

Refrain

On Christ the solid Rock I stand,
All other ground is sinking sand;
All other ground is sinking sand.

When darkness seems to hide His face,
I rest on His unchanging grace.
In every high and stormy gale,
My anchor holds within the veil.

His oath, His covenant, His blood,
Support me in the whelming flood.
When all around my soul gives way,
He then is all my Hope and Stay.

When He shall come with trumpet sound,
Oh may I then in Him be found.
Dressed in His righteousness alone,
Faultless to stand before the throne.

Around the house...

The littles are playing "secret item" trying to get their room cleaned before the timer goes off.  Whoever puts the "secret item" away properly wins a prize.  I can hear them getting distracted with fun and games and bickering.  Children! Little images of us.  How often I am distracted from what I am supposed to do with fun and games and bickering!

One of my favorite things...

Waking up on a cold winter morning under heavy warm quilts.  Bliss.

(but it does make it hard to get out of bed)

A few plans for the week:

Shopping. Visit with friends. Sell Christmas Trees at the farm.

Here are some pictures thoughts to share...

 Biscuit has begun laying eggs!


 Naomi holding Biscuit at the farm. 
We bring her with us and she helps us sell trees. The customers LOVE her.


 This is Biscuit's laying basket. Whenever she wants to lay an egg, she "tells" us, 
we then put her in the basket and she does her job.



December 07, 2011

The god they call Santa Claus

Santa Schmanta.

But I was thinking.  Today, as we were reviewing some of the wonderful names of the God of the Bible, we came across this one: "Desire of All Nations." (Haggai 2:7)

Isn't that a wonderful name?  Only one Person could have that name.  Only one Person is truly the Desire of All Nations.

Santa, of course is NOT that person.  He is a sort of counterfeit.  A nice fatherly type who wants to give us gifts, who wants to reward us for good behavior.  A kind person who can make things turn out alright and metes out justice too.  After all, the naughty kids don't get gifts, right? He can be everywhere at once.  He can do everything "instantly."

Jesus is the Real Deal.  

Jesus wants to give us gifts.  Only, we don't have to be good to receive them. While we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

Jesus works it out. And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

Jesus is everywhere. Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence? If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there. If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea;  Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me.


But He is so much more than this.  He is the one "In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.   Jesus is the one in whom dwells all the fullness of the Godhead, bodily.


As Christians, we should avoid anything having to do with Santa.  All the touting "Believe" and the warm fuzzy Santa movies distract from the Real Deal.  It distracts from the truth.  Christmas is to celebrate GOD with us, not Santa with us.  God with us has eternal implications. Santa with us is only about materialism.  Any arguments otherwise are just counterfeit hopes.  


The world around us is searching. They are searching for peace and joy and meaning in life.  At this time of the year, let us not be ashamed of the baby in the manger.  For he shall be called Emmanuel, which, being interpreted is God with us. 




December 05, 2011

December Plans

Sell Christmas Trees three days a week.
Hot apple cider and frosted cookies. Stoke the wood stove to keep warm. Put together a puzzle.  Struggle with trees in the field and on top of cars.  Pass out cutting saws and directions. Wish Merry Christmas to visitors. Pray for each customer that comes to our lot.

Enjoy all the Living Nativities around town.
Sit in the van waiting in long lines. Eat popcorn. Watch the Christmas story be acted out. Blast the heater with the windows rolled down.  Lean out of the car windows as we roll slowly through the "Town of Bethlehem."  Inhale all the exhaust from the hundreds of other cars visiting. Recognize and wave frantically at all our friends.

Sing a Christmas carol before we eat breakfast or lunch.
Today, Silent Night and O Come all ye Faithful

Participate in the Christmas Pageant at church.
Noah is a shepherd. Sophia will be the narrator.  Naomi is part of the Heavenly Host.

Make a list and counting it twice for what we can GIVE this year.
Strict (very strict) rule to not say or hint at what we want for a gift.  We may only speak about what we will give.  We give gifts in honor of our God who gave us the gift of His Son Jesus.

Pray daily for the gospel message to change the lives of our friends and family.
Pull a name from one basket for family. One basket for friends. One basket for missionaries.

Bake Cookies.
Molasses, Chocolate Chip, Almond Cookies, Snickerdoodles

Watch our favorite holiday films:
 It's a wonderful life, Charlie Brown Christmas, Charles Dickens "A Christmas Carol."

Read through the list of Names of our God.
Today was Alpha and Omega (Revelation1:8)
Bread of Life (John 8:35)
Fir Tree (Hosea 14:8)

Go to Secret Sister Revealing Party.
Food, laughter, women enjoying each other's company. Reveal who I have been praying for and giving secret gifts to all year.  Draw another name for a new Secret Sister for 2012.


What are you doing this Merry Christmas Season?

December 02, 2011

Poison

Are you bitter? Put it aside.  Throw it out.  Get rid of it.  How?  Forgive.

It's not fair. I want justice!

You are right. It's not fair. It's not fair that God would forgive us and not give us justice.

The wages of sin is death. That's justice. You work, you get paid.  You earn wages by what you do.  But the gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus. Gifts are not earned.  They are free.

Who are we that God would forgive us?

For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) dwells no good thing. Romans 7:18


But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; Isaiah 64:6


I once heard bitterness described in this way:  A glass of poison that we drink ourselves while we wish the other person dead.


Not only does it destroy us.  It destroys MANY.


Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled; Hebrews 12:15


How I need to hear and practice this daily. 


Sometimes I become bitter against my own children.  They disobey.  They fight.  They don't share their toys or do their chores and I get frustrated.  That frustration can turn to anger.  Then it can turn to bitterness.


It doesn't have to be that way.  Knowing the grace of God, I can give grace.


I don't give grace because they deserve it.  I give grace because I have received it.  Freely you have received. Freely give. Matthew 10:8


To your children, to your husband, to your co-workers, to the people in your church fellowship, even to your enemies. 

December 01, 2011

Tea Time


I am having...

A bowl of oatmeal with some pumpkin butter stirred in.  Drinking a cup of Earl Grey Tea.  What a warm and cozy breakfast.
 
I am feeling...

Thankful.
It is so easy to get distracted and busy this time of year.  However, the Lord would have us be at the Christmas Tree farm three days a week.  There, I am forced to slow down.  There are no distractions.  If it wasn't for yielding to the Lord's will on this (I would rather stay home and do all my activities  - baking, shopping, crafting, cleaning and decorating) I would never take time out to be still.

I even prayed that we would NOT sell trees this year because of all the other things I wanted to do.

He always knows what is best.

On my mind...

I have a doctor's appointment today.  It has been many years since I have seen a doctor.  Just a check-up over minor concerns.  She is a naturopathic doctor.  Wonder how it will go?

A Quote to share...

For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether [they be] thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: Colossians 1:16


Who's the HIM?  JESUS!

Please join my friend Ruth and others here for Tea Time

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