Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Gift with Purchase

Since becoming a Christian, Christmas is more meaningful because we get to remember and celebrate the incarnation of Christ. Jesus Christ came on a rescue mission to save us. He came to live the life that we couldn’t and die the death we should. Because of this wonderful news, Christians get to live lives redeemed by Jesus to reflect His glory to the world

In recent months, God has spoken in my heart and told me that we should celebrate Christmas a little differently. Not that giving gifts is wrong, but we can't miss the actual reason for the season. One way to glorify God and bring the focus back on Him this holiday season is to give a gift with purchase. What that means is you give an ornament to the cashier who waits on you, with a bible verse attached to it. In the hustle and bustle of the Christmas season, it's easy to forget or neglect those people. This is sure to bring a smile on some checker's face when you give them a gift.

"So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it." -Isaiah 55:11

Try this new tradition and I know you will enjoy truly celebrating the reason for the season!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Giving Thanks

A Thanksgiving Day Prayer

Lord, so often times, as any other day
When we sit down to our meal and pray

We hurry along and make fast the blessing
Thanks, amen. Now please pass the dressing

We're slaves to the olfactory overload
We must rush our prayer before the food gets cold

But Lord, I'd like to take a few minute more
To really give thanks to what I'm thankful for

For my family, my health, a nice soft bed
My friends, my freedom, a roof over my head

I'm thankful right now to be surrounded by those
Whose lives touch me more than they'll ever possibly know

Thankful Lord, that You've blessed me beyond measure
Thankful that in my heart lives life's greatest treasure

That You, dear Jesus, reside in that place
And I'm ever so grateful for Your unending grace

So please, heavenly Father, bless this food You've provided
And bless each and every person invited

Amen! --Scott Wesemann

AMEN! And Happy Thanksgiving to you!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

My Snow Day

Here in the Pacific Northwest, we were just hit with a blast of winter snow this last week. It never ceases to amaze me that although we know it's coming, it seems we are always caught off guard by the weather. I know for myself, I was grumbling away on Monday as the snow continued to fall. I think it's the part where you have to venture to work or go to the store that it makes the snow not so fun. But thank goodness my office was closed yesterday so I had an official "snow day". I haven't had one since I was in high school so it was a treat. Let me take you back on my snow day adventure.

6:30AM- Receive a call from my best friend and co-worker who informs me that the office is closed. WOOHOOO

6:45AM- Cook some eggs and have breakfast. Not rushed at all; Boy did I love it!

7:00AM- Help Jeremy do some cleaning around the house. So fun to pal around the house together :)

8:30AM- Take a walk in our neighborhood to check the road conditions. It was a beautiful walk and I got to take my snow shoe traction thingys for s spin. They worked; I did not slip once!

9:30AM- Do some remote office work on the computer. It was a slow work day to say the least.

11:00AM- Send Jeremy off to work and prepare lunch. Now it's time for me to get some work done!

12:00PM- Patch up some of Jeremy's jeans and work on some crafts. LOVE this extra time to work on these little projects that just seem to pile up during the week.

2:30PM- Do some more office work and got things cleaned up and ready for work back at the office tomorrow.

4:00PM- Start baking come cookies and homemade herb butter for Thanksgiving rolls.

5:00PM- Call my Mom and in-laws. I love my family; Fun times talking about the days events and the upcoming holidays!

7:00PM- Get the dishes cleaned and house straightened. Listening to my favorite hymns makes it so much more enjoyable.

8:20PM- Jeremy arrives home, we have a quicky dinner and jump in bed to start it all over again tomorrow!

Back at work today but boy am I thankful for my busy snow day!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Tuesday, November 16, 2010


The last few weeks or so I have been getting inspired for all the crafts and goodies I will be making these holidays. I'm gearing up to start working on them this weekend. I have not had a weekend at home in a long time, I'm either running about shopping, visiting family and friends or going to some event. I have marked this weekend out with my Mom to get groceries at Costco and then go home to bake and craft. What a joyous day it will be! :)

What about you? What holiday crafts are you working on?

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Blessings of Thorns

Have you ever thanked God for the thorns in your life? Paul instructed the Ephesian believers to “give thanks always for all things . . .” -Ephesians 5:20. It is easier said than done, believe me I know, but God has been laying on my heart that truly in ALL things we should be praising Him, for the good and the bad, even the thorns in our lives.

To be thankful for our thorns, we need to see our thorns from heaven’s perspective. It may be difficult to see in our own lives but we can certainly see it in the bible. The biblical examples show how God used thorns/trials to transform and shape a person’s life, and how the individuals responded to their thorn.

Our first glimpse at how God used a thorn/trial was in the story of Joseph. His brothers were always jealous of him and the favor he received from their father. One day they had enough and decided to get rid of him. Instead of killing him, they ended up selling him to traders. Through that experience, which I'm sure was just awful, being sold as a slave, on top of the feelings of betrayal of his family members, God used the situation to help Joseph, to grow him and use him for His ultimate plan. "You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives." -Genesis 50:20

A second example is in the story of Esther. As a child she was orphaned and then was taken away for her only family (Mordecai, her cousin) to become Queen. But once in her royal seat, she had to deal with the enormous responsibility of saving the Jews from being annihilated. Esther could have whined about her situation or not dealt with it at all, but she didn't. She trusted in God and His promises in working past and through the thorn placed in front of her.

2 Corinthians 12:7-10 says "...even though I have received wonderful revelations from God. But to keep me from getting puffed up, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger from Satan to torment me and keep me from getting proud. Three different times I begged the Lord to take it away. Each time he said, 'My gracious favor is all you need. My power works best in your weakness.' So now I am glad to boast about my weakness, so that the power of Christ may work through me. Since I know it is all for Christ's good, I am quite content with my weaknesses and with insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong."

How can a person have overflowing joy in the midst of a thorn experience, like the Apostle Paul? Some thorns go on and on, and we are tempted to lose heart. But what will help us press on is God's grace. His grace and His love is more than enough. One of my favorite Hillsong songs says it perfectly 'The riches of your love will always be enough'.

In my own life I have many trials and thorns to deal with. Sometimes I am able to recognize them for what they are and I just pray for strength to get through them. Other times I fail miserably and grumble about them. But I am reminded that it is through these hardships and thorns that we learn to love Him more, to rely on Him more and to trust Him more. The situations or thorns we encounter, God uses them for good, for His good purposes. We need to let Him get in that ground and plow it up. Get in your life (even by using a thorn) to plow up our lives to be fruitful, be become more like His Son who ultimately bore the worse thorns for us.

No, the life and the thorns we have to bear are not always easy, but it is for our good because God has said it so. He is always found faithful. "When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned, neither shall the flame kindle upon thee." -Isaiah 43:2

The greater story is about God and His love and purpose for our lives. It is perfect during Thanksgiving time to express a thankful heart, in all things, even the thorns.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Making Memories

Halloween 2010 went down in the books as a memorable one! Aside from the festivities of my Mom's 50th birthday celebration and AWANA harvest carnival, this was the first Halloween together where Jeremy and I dressed up.

I've mentioned before that my husband is my favorite comedian (he's extremely goofy) and so his costume idea was equally as goofy. He wanted to be a refrigerator. Not a clever 'refrigerator running' costume, just a refrigerator. So I went to work and constructed his costume out of a large white box, $3 curtain rod, velcro, some old magnets and a hot glue gun. It turned out very well if I do say so myself. :)

Hope you all had as memorable a Halloween too!