Monthly Archives: December 2008

Where I’ve been and where I’ll be…Updated

Well…for starters, busy. Haven’t you as well been bogged down—or up to your eyeballs? Food? Laundry? Housework? THE job? What about the LORD? Was He participating in all the activities of your life…or was He patiently waiting for you to pick “that part” of your life back up after all the other had been tended to.

I find myself many times so busy that I rush about and forget my Partner. Actually, my Boss. Him. The One. The Giver of the life I so hurriedly live. When I slow down enough to gather my thoughts and keep HIM in the forefront of all my activities, everything goes smoother. As the conductor said on “The Polar Express” (watched it a thousand times) (almost), “it runs like welled oiled machinery.”

So, you know I’ve been busy. Too busy to check e-mails or blog. BUT, as I have squeezed in some time last week and then again tonight, on Sunday I was at the Cafe` having my coffee before church—I enjoyed having you join me!

Then, on the LAST day of this year—TODAY, I am over at Laced with Grace. As for changes….I am seeing some in almost every blog I visit! You might see a few changes here as well!

I am finding there are areas in my life I need to change. I am giving Him free rein in my life to direct me and if necessary—push me in the areas where the change needs to take place.

I hope to be able to catch up with the happenings in your life too!

Merry Christmas!

The grand kids stockings were all hung
by the chimney with care
in hopes that something would soon stir the air.
Not a be-hind gets spanked
in Nana’s house these days,
Nana and Papa’s house is real good for play!
‘Course once Christmas is over
and tree is packed away,
Grand kids all go back to their homes,
Not Nana’s to stay.
Crumbs are swept up,
what Jason didn’t eat,
For with him around,
You had better guard your meat!
So if you ever get bored
with the life that you have
call my girls at home
but you will have to talk loud.
For the ones in their houses
all have huge lungs,
just ask us…
Wait, I’m still sweeping up crumbs…

I pray safety and blessings from God on each heart and life who stops by here!

And the Winner is….

By random selection of the following names:

1) Gail

2) Denise O.

3) Regina

4) Bernadine

5) Denise W.

6) Janice

THE winner is (drum roll please…..)

Denise Oldham! Congratulations dear sister-friend!

I am sorry it took us so long to do this! We had GOOD intentions…but have been bogged down with many life issues! Aimee is hosting their church board members and families tonight for their annual Christmas Supper! She is busy!

Your package should be mailed this week—-Aimee is in charge of mailing 🙂 hmmm, did I mention she was busy busy busy today??

We love you all girls! We had a great time! Another one to come soon!

Keeping the Faith,

The Sisters!

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~Thankful Thursday~

Iris has given us a wonderful assignment for Thankful Thursday~Christmas Day. BE SURE you visit her and find out more about it!

Now on to today~

“As Christians, we are called to convert our loneliness into solitude. We are called to experience our aloneness not as a wound but as a gift–as God’s gift–so that in our aloneness we might discover how deeply we are loved by God.”

~ Henri Nouwen ~

I was all set to give you dictionary details on solitude and loneliness….but you already know what they both mean. Let me instead share two scripture verses, among many that I found where Jesus Himself sought solitude with His Father.

Mark 1:35 Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.

Luke 5:16 But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.

I remember a time in my life, I will call it a horrible hormonal time, when I did not want to be around people. I felt miserable. Have you ever been there? Noise bothered me, smells of food bothered me, people bothered me.

I couldn’t put my finger on the Problem. I went to the doctor. He counseled with me (he was a wonderful Christian physician) and prayed with me. He also prescribed me medication. It helped somewhat. But like all medication, I didn’t take it long. I needed a long term fix. I needed something fixed in my heart. I took it to the Great Physician.

My needs were met at an old fashioned altar at my home church. Yes, I confess there are times in my life when some of those old feelings threaten to over take me again, but I rush back to the throne, on my face before my Lord. He gives me what I need in my soul. Restoration. Peace. Balance. (This is something we need to address. Each of us….well, maybe not you…but I know I’ve been sort of out of balance these past few weeks.

Since we are instructed to follow the life of Christ, to pattern our lives after His, we should “seek” after the place of solitude to spend time with our heavenly Father as well. I enjoy time alone for different reasons than before. My husband enjoys his time alone as well. That alone place is where I am able to gather my rapidly running thoughts and corral them into prayers and praise to God. Like when I am driving alone. I am not alone. I am most always conversing with my Father. If not actually talking with Him, then I am listening to His Word, or listening to wonderful praise and worship music. But then there are those times—like every single day this week…when my patience in driving has been sorely tested. I must have had a sign on the front of my truck that said “Please slow down if you get in front of me!”

Sometime back while driving, I was listening to a book on tape by Jan Karon called “Light from Heaven”. While listening to that book, I conversed with God. I wept at the weepy parts and rejoiced and laughed at the rejoicing and laughing parts. God intends for us to live our lives in such a way as to include Him in every area. Why don’t we do that more often?

Why do I let the cares and troubles of my life get me so bogged down that I feel lonely inside? I have friends…I have precious family. But when I get so overwhelmed by circumstances, and even friends and family—as much as I love them—can’t fix my problems. They (my problems) become veritable mountains that I cannot fathom how to climb. Are you like that?

Instead of focusing on the mountain….let’s sneak off to a place of solitude….where instead of “concentrating on the feeling of loneliness, we feel His presence. In the solitude we seek Him. The Bible says that when we seek Him, we will find Him. He will inhabit our praises. He will dwell with us. As He dwells within us!

I want to feel Christ Jesus dwelling with me every minute of the day. I need Him—as the song says, “every hour, I need Him”.

I love my solitude, my quiet times with Jesus. I often told my girls, you are never alone (I especially reminded them of this when they were dating!) It is a comfort to me to know that Jesus is here. Every hour of every day. In the “hormonal months (maybe even years)” of my life, God has used those times to teach me things. He is always there.

There is another an old song that says this:

“I’m never alone,
no never alone.
Christ Jesus is with me,
wherever I go.
I hold to His Hand,
lean on His strong arm,
He’s ever with me
and I’m never alone.”

For that, I am thankful and for all other blessings, I am thankful! I love and thank you all for your kindness to me this year—for prayers prayed—sweet notes mailed or e-mailed and phone calls too. You are all incredible blessings—and I thank you!

Party for a King!

I have always loved the time of year from November 1, all the way through to January. I love times of gathering, fellowshipping, and most of all loving one another. This year, I will admit to the truth of the difficulty of these events.

Planning what we’re going to prepare to take to mother’s house was always top discussion between Wanda, Aimee and myself. We’d call each other every day to see if who had come up with some new fangled recipe. —To delight the others.

God is all about delighting us. I love what Beth said in her study, 90 Days with the One and Only, “In the Jewish calendar, the fourteenth day of the first month is called the day of conception. If our God of perfect planning and gloriously significant order happened to overshadow Mary on the fourteenth day of the first month of His calendar, our Savior would have been born toward the end of our December. We have absolutely no way of knowing whether or not He did, but I would not be the least bit surprised for God to have sparked His Son’s human life on one Passover and ended it on another.”

Me either Beth. Aren’t we planners as well? When planning a celebration, don’t we try to work it out so that “everyone” can attend? I don’t know about you…but I like to think that the “taking names” (for tax purposes!), was something that God used as well.

Joseph and Mary had to travel back to Joseph’s home town. I kind of imagine that he had a few friends there. Perhaps some relatives. Just for my own contemplative thinking, I like to imagine that he couldn’t go to them at the late hour for a bed for his bride because maybe he wasn’t sure of where they lived now…maybe he didn’t know if he had anyone left in town…one thing is for sure….there was no room for them in the Inn. But God provided.

By the time the wise men arrived on the scene, they were in a house (Matthew 2:11). Perhaps of a relative? I don’t know…but I do know…..God provided.

This is something I read while searching out more on Mary. What her life may have been like up to the point of leaving home and going with Joseph. “Mary had up to this time been living at the wrong place for Messiah’s birth. A little longer stay at Nazareth, and the prophecy would have failed. But lo! with no intention certainly on her part, much less of Caesar Augustus, to fulfil the prophecy, she is brought from Nazareth to Bethlehem, and at that nick of time her time arrives, and her Babe is born.”¹

The plans God has for you and me are just as detailed. When we leave the plans and directions to HIM, the Master Creator…we will find that it all works out. The pieces of the puzzle all fit together with a click as they snap in place.

The job.

The marriage.

The finances.

Even down to the decision of where to go to church. None of these are beyond His expertise!

When I read the page for day 5 of the 90 Days with Jesus Study, I immediately thought “party”.

I smiled thinking that we (or at least in our area), will turn any event into a party. Hurricane coming? Gather everyone in a safe place and let’s eat! Let’s play some games! What is that, if not a party?

Bible Study time? Gather them all together in the living room, get out some cups, plates, forks, napkins, make some coffee, have some juice or iced tea ready, plead with Jeff to make a cake with extra thick icing….and you have a Bible Study Party! You learn from the very heart of GOD and you have you some rejoicing in the kitchen with cake!

Baby about to be born? The waiting room is OURS! When waiting on that new arrival—there is MUCH prayer—some eating if he/she takes a while getting here…and then once that lusty cry is heard—it is all out party-time!

Christ’s birth is a day to celebrate! While we don’t know the exact day, we do KNOW He CAME. He lived. He died. He was resurrected. He lives TODAY! I think that is worthy of a celebration EVERY DAY of the year!

This is the LORD’S doing; it [is] marvellous in our eyes. Psalm 118:23 KJV

Father God…thank you for tending to each and every detail of my life. All the way from the difficult ones I can see…to the miniscule ones I might not notice. I praise You, for even in the difficult days as yesterday was, I felt Your presence. I KNEW You had me in Your sight. Nothing escapes Your notice. Thank You for following so closely my heart. Take tomorrow and make it YOURS. For Your glory. Not mine. I love and praise You forever. In the precious name above every name…Your Only Begotten Son, Jesus Christ~ Amen.

Thank you girls for being patient and coming back here to visit. I may not get back again for a few days! Life has been busy here, as well as I know it is for each of you. Please visit and be in prayer for my friend, Julie of Jewelz Sightings. Her dad will have major surgery tomorrow.

Thank you each one for reaching out to one another. We need each other as never before—-for it is when we gather in prayer that we are encouraged, the enemy is pushed back and we continue on in our faith! Stronger than before.

¹Jamieson, Robert; A.R. Fausset; and David Brown. “The Gospel According to Luke.” Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible. Blue Letter Bible. 19 Feb 2000. 4 Sep 2008.

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What He Wants for Christmas…

Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the
desires of thine heart. Psalms 37:4

If we truly delight in the LORD with all we are—His desires will become our desires. We will long for more of Him in our lives. More of His Holy Spirit operating in our hearts and lives on a daily, moment-by-moment, continual basis.

Take a moment—this moment. Don’t rush to make a comment to be counted. As I have told you before, comments is not what it’s all about. It’s about getting the message of Jesus Christ out there. To those that want HIM. To those that NEED and desire HIM. Close your eyes and sing along—go to the throne in your mind and give yourself to Him —ask for more of His Spirit. He will gladly pour His Spirit out on your life in such a way—you will be amazed…and so will those around you…

What about your lost loved ones? What about those watching your life? We all have those. Ask God to be WHO they see.

I love you girls! I am truly glad you came by.