Friday, December 28, 2012

Significant moments of 2012 in photos

January

Anticipation!

Granddaughter's 4th birthday

February

RIP, Mother

I framed a photo of my mother taken in 2010. Mother passed away on February 3, at the age of 98.

March

Vanity top

My mother's dressing table/vanity, now in our guestroom

April

Easter Sunday

Flowering of the Cross, Eastern Shore Baptist Church

May

Walking with Daddy

My son and his daughter

June

Denali, The High One!

Alaskan-Canadian CruiseTour - This is Denali, Mt. McKinley! (Click to make larger)

July

A Fancy Horse coffee mug

A coffee mug made just for me :-)

August

Candle in the window

Our anniversary dinner by candlelight

September

Some of my mother's jewelry

Some of my mother's jewelry

October

One red rose

A rose from our garden

November

Swinging

Granddaughter's second birthday

December

Reading time

My son reading to his baby

Sunday, December 23, 2012

What does Jesus want for His birthday?

When we think about what to give someone for Christmas or for their birthday, we try to consider what they want.

Christmas is the time of year we celebrate Jesus' birthday, His incarnation, His coming into the world in human flesh to live among us, to teach us about the Father, to live a perfect, sinless life, to do wondrous acts of healing and other miracles that show His love and His mastery over His own creation. And to die for us, taking the punishment for our sins, and to rise again as promised, showing His victory over sin and death, proving His divinity, and assuring us eternal life with Him.

What does He want from us? Let's take a lesson from the shepherds to whom the news of His birth was first given.

Luke 2:15 "So it was, when the angels had gone away from them into heaven, that the shepherds said to one another, “Let us now go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has come to pass, which the Lord has made known to us.” 16 And they came with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the Babe lying in a manger. 17 Now when they had seen Him, they made widely known the saying which was told them concerning this Child. 18 And all those who heard it marveled at those things which were told them by the shepherds."

Did the shepherds say to each other, "Let's go home and decorate our houses, fight with lights, compete with each other for the most inflatables, have our wives send 120 cards, and clean the house, decorating every room with a different theme tree, and be sure she bakes, bakes, and bakes so our house will be filled with cookies, cakes, and pies as well as turkey dinners and casseroles of every kind!"

No? Read again -- "Let us go now to Bethlehem and see!" "When they had seen Him, they made widely known what they had heard and seen." "All who heard it marveled at those things which were told them by the shepherds."

Come and see

Go and tell ,

Matthew 22:37 Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”

Acts 1:8 "But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”

Micah 6:8 "He has shown you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you But to do justly, To love mercy, And to walk humbly with your God?"

John 13:34-35 "A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”

Jesus' wish list:

Love God

Love others

Tell others about Him

Obey Him

Jesus' gift list for us:

Forgiveness of sins

Eternal life

Love

Peace

Joy

Grace

Mercy

Faith

Hope

Truth

Living water

Bread of life

etc., etc., etc.

Do you get stressed out in December, starting in October? Too much to do, too little time? Stop and consider what Jesus truly wants. Remember Martha and Mary, and choose the better part. (Luke 10:38-41) Adore Him, Obey Him.

Philippians 4:7 "and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus."

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Monday, December 17, 2012

Where was God?

Praying for schools and schoolchildren everywhere Praying for schools and schoolchildren everywhere

Bishop Owensby has given me permission to share his blog entries. Here is one especially meaningful in light of the tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut.

Where Was God In That?

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Christmas is coming!

Time to decorate, including my blog header. Now that I've done that, time to finish hanging ornaments on the tree. :-) I hope you all have a happy, stress-free few weeks.

Take time to remember that Jesus Christ came into the world as a human, to show us God the Father, and most importantly, to die for us, to save us for eternal life with Him!

Let the peace, joy, and love that only He gives fill your hearts.

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