Thursday, December 30, 2010

SAD Anyone?

I have many times thought I had SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) during the winter months.  It really seems to come on after Christmas.  When Christmas is in the air I don't seem to notice the bare trees, the grey skies and shorter days without sunlight.  Afterward it hits me like a ton of bricks.  I'm glaringly aware that it's way too cold, the trees are much too bare and the sunlight is to often not shining..... let alone the days being so much shorter.  My  heart and soul seems to stay dormant and eagerly awaiting the first day of warm weather and springtime!

Does anyone else deal with this?  I don't feel depressed per say... just somewhat gloomy.

Seasonal affective disorder (also called SAD) is a type of depression that occurs at the same time every year. If you're like most people with seasonal affective disorder, your symptoms start in the fall and may continue into the winter months, sapping your energy and making you feel moody. Less often, seasonal affective disorder causes depression in the spring or early summer.

Fall and winter seasonal affective disorder (winter depression)Winter-onset seasonal affective disorder symptoms include:
  • Depression
  • Hopelessness
  • Anxiety
  • Loss of energy
  • Social withdrawal
  • Oversleeping
  • Loss of interest in activities you once enjoyed
  • Appetite changes, especially a craving for foods high in carbohydrates
  • Weight gain
  • Difficulty concentrating and processing information

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Women's Ministry

Thank You, Lord, for instilling in me Women's Ministry ~ and the deep, inward *knowing* that came years ago.

Thank You for your confirmation when I think that I've failed.

Thank You for growing me and teaching me in the ditches as well as on the mountain tops.

Thank You for women in my life that are not only confirming, but true prayer warriors and friends.

Thank You for showing me there is a time and a place for everything under the sun.

Thank You...
.. that You are not finished with me yet...

Life is Precious

Life is precious.  Oh, SO precious.  Right now I sit here at work.. and across the street is a funeral home.  At this very moment the father and grandfather of a precious 19-year-old girl are over there to set up funeral arrangements.  This morning at 3 a.m. she was killed in a car wreck.  Although I don't know the family, my heart is breaking.  It's raining hard... and it's as though the whole town is grieving.  Please remember this family today in your prayers.

Thank you~

http://www.tulsaworld.com/news/article.aspx?subjectid=298&articleid=20101229_1_0_AnAntl349754

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Lies of Omission

Is omission the same as being dishonest?  I believe it is, when you are keeping information a secret just because you can.  Especially if it's not something that you usually do. 

I'm not saying that we shouldn't keep quiet gossips that people have spoken about other people..... I am talking about absolute omission (of important things) out of meanness of spirit.

Isn’t it our nature to think of sin as something we do wrong? We have a list of things whether mental or written, that are wrong. Don’t lie, don’t steal, don’t kill, don’t watch X-rated movies, don’t drink liquor. Would you say all of these are sin? If we don’t do these things, then we are all right. But I want you to notice what the Word of God says in James 4:17. The sin of failing to do what we ought to do.  There are all kinds of sins. There are moral sins of the flesh, ethical sins of the conduct, spiritual sins of pride, sin of prejudice but the greatest sin, believe it or not, are none of these. It is the sin of omission. Now before you turn me out listen. All the other sins come about because of the sin of omission. Because the sin of omission is failing to do what you ought to do. No man can do two things at one time. So a man doing what he ought to do cannot do what he ought not to do. For a man that knows to do good and does it not, to him it is sin.
James 4:17 17 Remember, it is sin to know what you ought to do and then not do it.

Luke 16:10  “Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much.

I thought this was interesting when looking up the meaning of crossing one's fingers behind their back during a conversation:  To keep your fingers crossed secretly when you tell a lie absolves you from any responsibility for that lie.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Hot Broccoli Cheese Dip

Hot Broccoli Cheese Dip

2 cups Cheddar cheese
1 (10 ounce) package frozen chopped broccoli, drained well
8 ounces cream cheese
1 cup sour cream
1 envelope Italian salad dressing

Mix all ingredients until well blended

Spread into a 9-inch pie plate

Bake at 350 degrees F for 15 minutes or until cheese is melted.

Serve with cut up fresh veggies or bread slices.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Unwrapping Gifts

For God so loved the world that He gave his only begotten Son...   John 3:16

I love pretty wrappings. There's something about making a present look beautiful and even sometimes fun too that makes the receiver excited about opening it. Of course it always boils down to what's inside that counts, but getting to that point of finding out what's inside sure is fun!

I love watching my kids open their presents at Christmas. Sometimes they open them slowly and other times they dive right in and rip off the wrapping so quickly you almost miss watching them open the gift. Watching our children's faces and their reactions is one of those things we love as parents. Later on we usually know what gifts they like the best by how much they get it out play with it or use it.

I'm sure God is the same way when He looks down at us. He's given so much for us through the gift of His Son, Jesus. He knows when we appreciate His gifts too. He sees our thankful hearts or not so thankful hearts. He knows when we get out His Word and find all those things He's left for us or if we've left them under the tree.

John 3:16 tells us that God loved us so much that He gave us His Son. Though His Son, Jesus Christ, we can have so much. Here are some things that we find under the tree just waiting for us to unwrap.


  • Unwrap the Gift of His Love.
    Have you pulled off the wrapping of the love of Christ and accepted Him as your Savior? If you haven't, that's the first step in unwrapping what God has given us. I'm so grateful that Christ loved us so much that He wants to take us to Heaven to be with Him, but I love the fact that His love sustains us here on earth. Every day I wake up I find the love of Christ.

    The love of Christ is one of those gifts that we share with others too. Talk about the gift that keeps on giving!

    And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God. Ephesians 3:19

    Nothing can take that gift of love away from us either.

    Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:39
  • Unwrap the Gift of Grace
    Another thing we can unwrap is the gift of grace. Through Christ we have access to that wonderful grace that's given to us. Not a gift we deserve but because of Christ we can have it.

    Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. Romans 5:1,2

    But not as the offence, so also is the free gift. For if through the offence of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many. Romans 5:15

    That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. Ephesians 2:7

  • Unwrap the Gift of the Resurrection
    This is one of those gifts that it's worth getting excited about. Without the resurrection of Christ, we have nothing.

    And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins. 1 Corinthians 15:17

    When we unwrap this and dwell on it awhile and really think about how much it does for us as Christians, it makes you want to shout, jump up and down, or maybe even do a cartwheel or two!

    O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Corinthians 15:56,57

    Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. 1 Peter 1:3
  • Unwrap the Gift of Inheritance
    Because of Christ, we can become heirs of God. What a gift! To know that we are the children of God.

    That passage in 1 Peter 1 goes on to say,

    To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you. 1 Peter 1:4

    The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together. Romans 8:16-17

    Unwrap the Gift of His Word
    When we rip off the wrapping paper and find the Word, it's one of those gifts that never runs out, never wears out, and never gets old. Don't you love that? Every day we can find new things in it just for us to give us strength, sharpen us, build us up, and even rebuke us, but it's something that the Lord knew we needed.

    I hope the Lord doesn't find me throwing His gift of the Word down or never getting it out to use. It's a precious gift to us.

    Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. Colossians 3:16


    Conclusion:
    There's just so much that we are given through the gift of Christ. The ones I listed are just some of the things we gain with a life in Christ. It's like there's this big tree with the bottom piled high with gifts and all the branches bulging with gifts nestled in just for us. We have wonderful and precious promises, strength, the Holy Spirit, peace, joy, and on and on just because of the Lord Jesus Christ.

    Because of Christ our lives can become so full, so rich, so meaningful.

    ...I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. John 10:10

    Most of us don't leave our gifts unwrapped under the tree. We want to see what's inside. Maybe we should spend more time in the Word and in prayer finding those things that the Lord would have for us. Perhaps we should spend more time saying, "thank you" for our gifts and appreciate them more. I know I need to work on this. I don't want to miss out on anything or forget to say "thank you".

    So, have you unwrapped all of your presents?

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Christmas Memories ~ Second Blog of the Day~!

Just some old, wonderful classics that take me back to those younger childhood days....

Remember these?









Mary and Elizabeth

Mary Visits Elizabeth
Luke 1: 39 At that time Mary got ready and hurried to a town in the hill country of Judea, 40 where she entered Zechariah’s home and greeted Elizabeth. 41 When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. 42 In a loud voice she exclaimed: “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child you will bear! 43 But why am I so favored, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? 44 As soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy. 45 Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill his promises to her!”
Mary’s Song
 46 And Mary said:
   “My soul glorifies the Lord
 47 and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
48 for he has been mindful
   of the humble state of his servant.
From now on all generations will call me blessed,
 49 for the Mighty One has done great things for me—
   holy is his name.
50 His mercy extends to those who fear him,
   from generation to generation.
51 He has performed mighty deeds with his arm;
   he has scattered those who are proud in their inmost thoughts.
52 He has brought down rulers from their thrones
   but has lifted up the humble.
53 He has filled the hungry with good things
   but has sent the rich away empty.
54 He has helped his servant Israel,
   remembering to be merciful
55 to Abraham and his descendants forever,
   just as he promised our ancestors.”

 56 Mary stayed with Elizabeth for about three months and then returned home.

Mary, DID you know??

Mary, did you know
that your Baby Boy would one day walk on water?
Mary, did you know
that your Baby Boy would save our sons and daughters?
Did you know
that your Baby Boy has come to make you new?
This Child that you delivered will soon deliver you.

Mary, did you know
that your Baby Boy will give sight to a blind man?
Mary, did you know
that your Baby Boy will calm the storm with His hand?
Did you know
that your Baby Boy has walked where angels trod?
When you kiss your little Baby you kissed the face of God?

Mary did you know.. Ooo Ooo Ooo

The blind will see.
The deaf will hear.
The dead will live again.
The lame will leap.
The dumb will speak
The praises of The Lamb.

Mary, did you know
that your Baby Boy is Lord of all creation?
Mary, did you know
that your Baby Boy would one day rule the nations?
Did you know
that your Baby Boy is heaven's perfect Lamb?
The sleeping Child you're holding is the Great, I Am.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Favor with God!



26 In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a village in Galilee, 27 to a virgin named Mary. She was engaged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of King David. 28 Gabriel appeared to her and said, “Greetings, favored woman! The Lord is with you![d]
 29 Confused and disturbed, Mary tried to think what the angel could mean. 30 “Don’t be afraid, Mary,” the angel told her, “for you have found favor with God! 31 You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you will name him Jesus. 32 He will be very great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his ancestor David. 33 And he will reign over Israel[e] forever; his Kingdom will never end!”
 34 Mary asked the angel, “But how can this happen? I am a virgin.”
 35 The angel replied, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the baby to be born will be holy, and he will be called the Son of God. 36 What’s more, your relative Elizabeth has become pregnant in her old age! People used to say she was barren, but she’s now in her sixth month. 37 For nothing is impossible with God.[f]
 38 Mary responded, “I am the Lord’s servant. May everything you have said about me come true.” And then the angel left her.

We tend to think of Mary as special... even more special than your average woman.  And, maybe she was. I'm sure she was sweet, meek, giving, loving and gentle... How is it that we could even compare? 

Raise your head today all you that are highly favored by God~! (Which is all of us!)  He loves you~!  He looks on all of us with the same indescribable love.  He came to earth for us.. and then later died for us.  Not for some, but for all!

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Crossroads Ministries Christmas Service & Christmas Dinner

We would love for you and your family to join us for Christmas services this morning at Crossroads Ministries Church.  Service starts at 10:30.  Afterward will will have Christmas dinner on the grounds!  There will be plenty to eat, you don't have to bring anything at all!  We hope to see you and your loved ones there!

John the Baptist was sent to lead the way for Jesus~

“And you, my child, will be called a prophet of the Most High; for you will go on before the Lord to prepare the way for him, to give his people the knowledge of salvation through the forgiveness of their sins, because of the tender mercy of our God, by which the rising sun will come to us from heaven” - Luke 1:76-78

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Good Morning Saturday!

Good morning Saturday!  Doesn't it just chap your hide to drag yourself out of bed every morning... and to barely make it to work all week on time.... and then on the WEEKEND you wake up at 4:45 a.m. and can't go back to sleep!?  Ugh! 

I've made coffee and I'm now sitting here with only the light of the Christmas tree glowing.  My stomach is growling.....

What does this day hold?

I have two of  my three children home for Christmas break.  Ah, to have them under my roof... I almost feel giddy.  I've missed them so much!  My oldest I may not see until him and his fiance come for New Years.

My daughter and I made divinity last night, decorated a bit more and wrapped presents.  It's wonderful to have some young Christmas spirit in the house!

Today will be the last of the shopping... and bit more of the baking..... I love this time of year~ I always have.

I wish you comfort and peace today.  Don't stress about Christmas.  Relax... breathe in and out moment by moment.  You can only do what you can do.  Jesus is the reason for the season~ enjoy it!

“Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel, because he has come to his people and redeemed them. He has raised up a horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David (as he said through his holy prophets of long ago),” - Luke 1:58-70

Friday, December 17, 2010

The Last Weekend Before Christmas

Soooooooo...... are you ready for Christmas?  Is everything bought, made, wrapped and finished??

As usual, I will be out tomorrow with all the last-weekend-before-Christmas shoppers.  I don't mind at all though.  I do this every year.  There's just not any fun in having Christmas bought and all wrapped before October is over!  No way... I'd much rather wait.  Yes, it can put things in a rush a bit.. but that's okay... I love it this way~!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Holier Than Thou

I love this.

Unfortunately, I know what it's like to hear churches talk about other churches.

All that matters is that we are saved by the grace of Jesus and washed in His blood... and covered by the baptism of water.

Other than those two points, we need to strive to study and abide by His Word and to do our best by it.

There is none worthy... no, not one.

More than Christmas Wreaths

More than Christmas wreaths
Hanging on our doors
Is Jesus Christ's wondrous birth
The blessing of our Lord
The sounds of Christmas songs
We all love to sing
Echoes Jesus, Son of God
Born the king of kings

No "X" in Christmas

"...But the angel said to them, Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of a great joy which will come to all the people. For to you is born this day in the town of David a Saviour, Who is Christ (the Messiah) the Lord!..." Luke 2:10-11

So often these days we see Christmas with the ‘Christ’ taken out and replaced with an ‘X’. It’s almost as if it’s a nameless celebration. We as Christians know how far from the truth that is. We read of angels appearing to the shepherds and declaring the birth of Jesus “Son of David – who is the Christ (the Messiah)”. It is in no way a ‘nameless’ event – but a wonderful celebration of the greatest event – the birth of Christ, and the reconciliation to God He brought to us all.

So let’s keep the ‘Christ’ in Christmas.

Christmas must always start with Christ
Because He has saved us and changed our lives

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Christmas Mice

Christmas Mice

1 jar maraschino cherries with stems
1 package Hershey's kisses
1 tube red decorating gel
1 tube green decorating gel
Slivered almonds
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
2 teaspoons shortening

Drain cherries well and count them. Unwrap an equal amount of chocolate kisses.

Melt the chocolate chips and shortening in the microwave and stir till smooth. Dip the cherries in the chocolate, shake to remove excess. Set the cherry on the flat side of chocolate kiss, then position them on the cream filling of the Oreo, slightly off center with the stem hanging over the edge. Position 2 slivered almonds for ears. Use red gel for eyes. Use the green gel to draw 2 holly leaves slightly apart, put a red berry in the center with the red gel.

Now a few things I learned! I kept the chocolate warm by setting it in a bowl of warm water, it made it easier to dip the cherries. If you can find the larger size cherries, use those. The ones I got were kind of small and didn't fit quite right. I took a toothpick, and used some of the slightly set chocolate from the side of the bowl to fill in any holes in the cherries and to make the head and body look more connected.

If you let them set a few minutes before adding the ears, the almonds will stay in place better. I tried putting them on right away and they kept falling over. Try not to get chocolate all over the almond sliver like I did.

In fact, I tried several methods of putting these together, I followed the directions to a T and discovered it wasn't quite as easy as they made it out to be.

I also dipped the cherries and set them on a plate then dipped the ends of the almond slivers in chocolate and glued them to the kiss, then stuck them together. That worked ok too.

Line a cookie sheet with wax paper to set the mice on as you put them together. When you get them all done, let them set for a few minutes before decorating. Don't forget to knead the gel tubes first or the first drop will run. You can use blue gel or any other color for the eyes if you want. The holly leaves are a little tough to get right. I ended up making a "v" on each side of the red berry. Next time, I may just sprinkle colored sugar on the cream filling.

NOTE: You could use cherries without stems and use a chow mein noodle for the tail.

Jesus Was Sent to Save the World!

John 3:16-18 16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. 18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.

Most of us are very familiar with John 3:16... but have you went on to read what it says after that?  Verse 17 of John 3 tells us that God didn't send his Son into the world to condemn us, but so that through Him we might be saved!

So many are convinced that any talk of Jesus is to condemn them.  When really, they are feeling true guilt, because deep inside they know that they should have a deeper connection to Him... and they don't.  No, God didn't send Jesus into the world to condemn us!  Far the contrary!  He was sent to save us from our sins!  Praise  His Name!

Verse 18 goes on to say that those who believe in Him are not condemned (Hallelujah!), but He who does not is condemned already (by their own choosing) because they have not believed on Him.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

Menopause?

Sometimes life isn't too nice.. I just received word today that I'm "menopausal"... and possibly even "post menopausal."  I've been assigned some Estradiol that I will start tomorrow.  This is a first for me.  When did this happen?  When did I say it could?... I'm a bit miffed that I wasn't asked permission first!  Actually, I have a really good sense of humor about it.  I've had a lot of people tell me that I have done well and that I have actually had very light symptoms.... and because of that, I can't complain.  And, I know too, that I have sister-friends out there that are in the exact same boat as I am...

God Rest Ye Merry Gentleman

O tidings of comfort and joy!!

God rest you merry, gentlemen,
Let nothing you dismay,
Remember Christ our Savior
Was born on Christmas Day;
To save us all from Satan's power
When we were gone astray.
O tidings of comfort and joy,
Comfort and joy,
O tidings of comfort and joy!

From God our heavenly Father
A blessed angel came;
And unto certain shepherds
Brought tiding of the same;
How that in Bethlehem was born
The Son of God by name.

"Fear not, then," said the angel,
"Let nothing you affright;
This day is born a Savior
Of a pure virgin bright,
To free all those who trust in him
From Satan's power and might."

Now to the Lord sing praises,
All you within this place,
And with true love and brotherhood
Each other now embrace;
this holy tide of Christmas
Doth bring redeeming grace.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Do NOT sign up with UMA ~ Ultimate Medical Academy

Sorry this is a rant.  I don't have them often..... but goodness, this one's crazy.....

Do NOT sign up with UMA - Ultimate Medical Academy. They will badger you to death.  I sent an email to them to look into their online schooling.  "Otis B." called me back and then called me the next evening to go over some things online with me.  After doing this, and seeing how much it was going to cost, I knew I would not be able to do this schooling at this time.  When he called the next day to confirm everything I told him that I would NOT be able to do this schooling.  He told me that someone else might be calling to confirm and the following day they did... and they acted surprised like they had no idea I had canceled!  Then TODAY I received a text message from the school saying that today was the beginning of classes!!  I texted that number right back with a message that I had canceled... AND THEN a lady called me to ask about the first day of class, acting again like she had NO idea... and I told her too.  She badgered and badgered me.  She wanted to know why.  I finally told her I would not tell her why and even then, she kept calling me "girlie" and trying to be sort of sweet and pushy.  I was getting so angry.  I finally said to her to just take me off of the list!  After I got of the phone with her I went to their site: UMA Ultimate Medical Academy.  I told the gentleman that answered the whole scenario and he apologized and told me that he would take me off.  I let him know I was very disappointed.  I even sent a message to the school online that I would not be giving any good reviews about this school.  I hope that someone that is researching this school, finds my blog ahead of time and thinks twice before starting.


All of these opinions are my own.

Friday, December 10, 2010

There IS Hope!

**Alcohol and cigarettes.  That's what she smelled like when she walked into the shop to pay her bills.  Only 11 AM....

**From her spot in the salon chair to my chair way across the room you could smell her.  I'm sure she may not even know the last time she's taken a bath.

**No teeth, dirty shirt, disheveled and tired.  She paid her bills and left.

God loves them too. 

In fact, just as much as he love you and me!

Yes, of course He does.  Just because I bathe and don't smell doesn't mean I have the corner on things.

What a humbling thought to know that Jesus loves us just as we are.  Sometimes those who look totally put together on the outside are the biggest messes inside.  It's the Holy Spirits quiet promptings in our hearts after we are saved that causes us to clean our lives up.  We couldn't do it for others, or even ourselves.. but with His help we can.

As Jeremiah 29:11 says, He has a plan and a purpose for us.  Not just the saved.  Everyone. 

We do have to "tap in" and come to a saving relationship with Him for Him to reveal Himself to us though...

We can be filled with hope!  Do you have hope today?  Do you know that God has plans for your life?  For good and not disaster... and to give you a bright future and a hope?

(NLT) Jeremiah 29:11 11 For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Christmas Questions

*I borrowed this from CiCi's Corner*

1. Have you ever been on a real sleigh ride? How about the warm weather version-a carriage ride?
No, I've been in a horse drawn wagon ride... does that count?  Actually, I would absolutely love to someday go on a sleigh ride!

2. What's your policy on 'chain mail'...you know, the emails you receive that are often some sort of poem/blessing/good wish that ask you to send it on to 10 or 12 friends? Do you delete without opening, read and trash, read and trash and then worry you won't be blessed/lucky/protected? Do you delete the sender from your contact list or just go ahead and send the love onward? I delete it without even giving it a thought but I do not delete the sender from my contact list.  I just don't participate in those type of things.

3. Who is your favorite character in any of the Christmas movies and why? Rudolph!  I remember as a child we would plan to watch Rudolph. (Back in the days of TV Guide and no DVR or movies to buy or rent)  We would eat supper, take showers, put blankets in the floor, pop popcorn and snuggle down in the floor... Ah, those are the memories of Christmas that I miss...

4. Share a favorite quote. I have two:  "Jesus is the Reason for the Season".... and "Wise Men Still Seek Him."

"5. What's your favorite holiday scent? This isn't my favorite scent, but I scent I clearly remember... and to this day it always brings the memories of Christmas back to me.  Are you ready?  Scotch Tape!  No, I'm not kidding.  I always think of wrapping Christmas presents when I smell this smell!  My favorite scents are probably the mixture of a real tree lingering in the house... and baking, baking, baking! 
6. Does the Christmas season stress you out? In what way? No, I LOVE this time of year.  I love hustle and bustle.  I LOVE getting into the crowds, the lines....  I love dressing up in Christmas vests and sweaters.  I think when we get stressed it comes from too much expectation.  We shouldn't worry about what we are getting for who.  We should give out of our hearts.  If we are not able to give, then we shouldn't just to break our budget and save face.  There are so many things we can do for others that doesn't cost anything.
 7. What's the best thing about your life right now? This has been a very different Christmas for us being empty nesters...  The best things in my life right now are home, health and love.  And, foremost, having a loving Savior.

8. Insert your own random thought here. I will finally be getting the tree put up this Sunday!  I'm so excited!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Angels Don't Sing

Did you know that angels don't sing?  What??  Yes, you read that right... angles don't sing.  Nowhere in the Bible does it talk about angels singing.  I hadn't ever given any thought to this until this morning.  I heard a sermon on the radio as I was driving to my doctors appointment by David Jeremiah.  It was wonderful.

When I arrived back at work I immediately came in and went to Bible Gateway to check it out... sure enough, I could not find angel and singing in the same sentence.

We always think of the angels singing as they proclaim the birth of Jesus to the shepherds~ but nope... It says in Luke 2 ~the angel "said to them," and a great company of heavenly host appeared with the angel "praising God and saying".....  But there is no word about singing!  Take a look~

Luke 2:8-16
 8 And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9 An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”
 13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
 14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven,
   and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”

 15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”
 16 So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger.

He went on to say that humans are the only ones who can sing praises because they know what it's like to be set free by Jesus and His blood... angels do not.  The are heavenly beings, but not "saved" or "redeemed" beings. 

Your thoughts?

Monday, December 6, 2010

God's Timing

Proverbs 3:5-6 

5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart
   and lean not on your own understanding;
6 in all your ways submit to him,
   and he will make your paths straight.

I am so thankful for the times in my life when God has picked me up and made me point in another direction.  If not for Him, I would be walking the same path and going the same way.

Many times He moves us from where we are~ from what we are in the middle of... to a different walk.  While obeying, we look back at what we are leaving and question what God is doing in our lives.  He sometimes gently prods us to keep walking.. and sometimes it's not ever for us to know.  Many times though, I find that I can look back on things and blatantly see all that He has protected me from~ or taken me from.  It's then, that I'm so thankful that He sees the ultimate big picture of things.  Sometimes when we are right in the middle of something, we just cannot see things for what they are.  And, I truly believe, that God will move us from jobs, churches, friendships etc... before things happen~ so that we will not be involved in happenings/circumstances in those surroundings.  Ah, He is soooo good.

Oh Little Town of Bethlehem~ Sarah McLachlan


O little town of Bethlehem
How still we see thee lie
Above thy deep and dreamless sleep
The silent stars go by
Yet in thy dark streets shineth
The everlasting Light
The hopes and fears of all the years
Are met in thee tonight

For Christ is born of Mary
And gathered all above
While mortals sleep, the angels keep
Their watch of wondering love
O morning stars together
Proclaim the holy birth
And praises sing to God the King
And Peace to men on earth

How silently, how silently
The wondrous gift is given!
So God imparts to human hearts
The blessings of His heaven.
No ear may his His coming,
But in this world of sin,
Where meek souls will receive him still,
The dear Christ enters in.

O holy Child of Bethlehem
Descend to us, we pray
Cast out our sin and enter in
Be born to us today
We hear the Christmas angels
The great glad tidings tell
O come to us, abide with us
Our Lord Emmanuel 

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Mother-of-the-Groom Dresses~

I looked online most of the day for that special "Mother of the Groom dress"....something not too frilly, glittery, long, bold or lacy..... and  I think I've settled on three that I really like.  I may have to make a trip to try them on....

Every little step I take makes it more and more real.....

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Silent Night

I love the song Silent Night.  It's so beautiful... so simple and it tells us of our Saviors birth.  Read the lyrics again like you've never heard the song before...and see if you don't see the preciousness there.

The origin of the Christmas carol we know as Silent Night was a poem that was written in 1816 by an Austrian priest called Joseph Mohr. On Christmas Eve in 1818 in the small alpine village called Oberndorf it is reputed that the organ at St. Nicholas Church had broken. Joseph Mohr gave the poem of Silent Night (Stille Nacht) to his friend Franz Xavier Gruber and the melody for Silent Night was composed with this in mind. The music to Silent Night was therefore intended for a guitar and the simple score was finished in time for Midnight Mass. Silent Night is the most famous Christmas carol of all time!

Silent night, holy night
All is calm, all is bright
Round yon Virgin Mother and Child
Holy Infant so tender and mild
Sleep in heavenly peace
Sleep in heavenly peace

Silent night, holy night!
Shepherds quake at the sight
Glories stream from heaven afar
Heavenly hosts sing Alleluia!
Christ, the Saviour is born
Christ, the Saviour is born

Silent night, holy night
Son of God, love's pure light
Radiant beams from Thy holy face
With the dawn of redeeming grace
Jesus, Lord, at Thy birth
Jesus, Lord, at Thy birth "

 

Thursday, December 2, 2010

The Deer Woods

Well, hubby is in the "deer woods" today.  Those of you who aren't from the south may have not heard of this term.  It just means he's gone deer hunting.
 :-)  He has already shot a buck during black powder season.. and now he's off to see if he can find another.  For the past three years we've stocked our freezer with ground meat, ground sausage, stew meat and steaks.  We love deer meat... and it's very low fat... and practically free!  You can interchange it any meat recipe you might use beef in. 

So.... do any of you hunt, or do you have spouses that hunt?  I've been once in my life and I about froze to death!  Never again!  LOL... 

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Christmas Wedding Cookies

These are some of my all-time favorite cookies... and they are SO simple to make...

Christmas Wedding Cookies

1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 cup butter, softened
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 cups all-pupose flour
1 cup finely chopped almonds or pecans
1/4 teaspoon salt
powdered sugar

Pre-heat oven to 325 F. In a large bowl combine 1/2 cup powdered sugar, butter and vanilla. Blend well. Stir in flour, nuts and salt until dough holds together. Shape into 1-inch balls. Place inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets. Bake for 15-20 minutes until set but not brown. Immediately remove from cookie sheets. Cool slightly and roll in powdered sugar. Cool completely and reroll in powdered sugar.

Baby It's Cold Outside

Brrrrrrrrrrrrr...... It's COLD outside!  It was 28 degrees this morning!  I know, it's not as cold as some of you out there in blog world, but for me that's about as cold as I can stand! :-)  I have a lot of hot coffee on board this morning and a tee-shirt over-layed with a sweatshirt~ I even wore my "big" coat to work!  This is not my kind of weather at all.  I'm trying to see the "crispness" of the air and the clearness of the "bright starry sky" at night.. but I just want my corner of the couch, with a good book, a blanket and a hot cup of coffee!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Thanksgiving Eve!

I just wanted to stop in and wish everyone a beautiful and blessed Thanksgiving.  Enjoy your family and friends... and food!  God bless you and yours!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Friendships of Women

Thanksgiving Traditions

I read someones comment on a blog this morning that really has me thinking.  While I know that not everyone is like my family, it still amazes me that there are those that really don't celebrate Thanksgiving.  I'm not saying that they are wrong not to~ maybe they just don't like turkey, or they didn't grow up doing anything special on Thanksgiving Day.  For me and my family, we always made Thanksgiving a big deal.  Being a military brat, there were years when it was just my mom and dad and sister and I at our Thanksgiving table.  I remember always having a big turkey and the the "fixin's."  I wouldn't give up those memories for anything.  When my dad retired we were able to have Thanksgiving with family.  The more the merrier!  Then, when I married we took turns with our families by switching Thanksgiving and Christmas each year.  It doesn't matter which household I am in... the kitchen is filled with women from daybreak.  Wonderful smells are wafting through the house and the men are gathered in the living room talking~ with the exception of my dad who likes to help make stuffing! :-)  People are coming in and out the door... children are everywhere... laughter and voices fill the house...  then there is FOOD.... and I do mean, F O O D.  Both sides of the family bake and cook like you wouldn't believe.  On my side, my mom and dad put the turkey in the oven around 4 a.m.! .... dad always wants to make sure we have jelled "whole" cranberries...  On my husbands side the ladies cook all day and sometimes we don't eat until 4:00 p.m. in the afternoon!  Either way, it's ALL GOOD.  (When I just typed in "all good" it at first came out "all God." ~ A typo yes, but isn't that what it all is REALLY about?)

I am so thankful to God.. for Who He is in my life... and for the family and friends that He has provided for me.

I'm not sure how much I may be on the next couple of days, if at all.  I want to wish each and everyone of you a very Happy Thanksgiving!  God bless you and your families~!

Psalm 107

 1 Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good!
      His faithful love endures forever.
 2 Has the Lord redeemed you? Then speak out!
      Tell others he has redeemed you from your enemies.
 3 For he has gathered the exiles from many lands,
      from east and west,
      from north and south.  4 Some wandered in the wilderness,
      lost and homeless.
 5 Hungry and thirsty,
      they nearly died.
 6 “Lord, help!” they cried in their trouble,
      and he rescued them from their distress.
 7 He led them straight to safety,
      to a city where they could live.
 8 Let them praise the Lord for his great love
      and for the wonderful things he has done for them.
 9 For he satisfies the thirsty
      and fills the hungry with good things.
 10 Some sat in darkness and deepest gloom,
      imprisoned in iron chains of misery.
 11 They rebelled against the words of God,
      scorning the counsel of the Most High.
 12 That is why he broke them with hard labor;
      they fell, and no one was there to help them.
 13 “Lord, help!” they cried in their trouble,
      and he saved them from their distress.
 14 He led them from the darkness and deepest gloom;
      he snapped their chains.
 15 Let them praise the Lord for his great love
      and for the wonderful things he has done for them.
 16 For he broke down their prison gates of bronze;
      he cut apart their bars of iron.
 17 Some were fools; they rebelled
      and suffered for their sins.
 18 They couldn’t stand the thought of food,
      and they were knocking on death’s door.
 19 “Lord, help!” they cried in their trouble,
      and he saved them from their distress.
 20 He sent out his word and healed them,
      snatching them from the door of death.
 21 Let them praise the Lord for his great love
      and for the wonderful things he has done for them.
 22 Let them offer sacrifices of thanksgiving
      and sing joyfully about his glorious acts.
 23 Some went off to sea in ships,
      plying the trade routes of the world.
 24 They, too, observed the Lord’s power in action,
      his impressive works on the deepest seas.
 25 He spoke, and the winds rose,
      stirring up the waves.
 26 Their ships were tossed to the heavens
      and plunged again to the depths;
      the sailors cringed in terror.
 27 They reeled and staggered like drunkards
      and were at their wits’ end.
 28 “Lord, help!” they cried in their trouble,
      and he saved them from their distress.
 29 He calmed the storm to a whisper
      and stilled the waves.
 30 What a blessing was that stillness
      as he brought them safely into harbor!
 31 Let them praise the Lord for his great love
      and for the wonderful things he has done for them.
 32 Let them exalt him publicly before the congregation
      and before the leaders of the nation.
 33 He changes rivers into deserts,
      and springs of water into dry, thirsty land.
 34 He turns the fruitful land into salty wastelands,
      because of the wickedness of those who live there.
 35 But he also turns deserts into pools of water,
      the dry land into springs of water.
 36 He brings the hungry to settle there
      and to build their cities.
 37 They sow their fields, plant their vineyards,
      and harvest their bumper crops.
 38 How he blesses them!
      They raise large families there,
      and their herds of livestock increase.
 39 When they decrease in number and become impoverished
      through oppression, trouble, and sorrow,
 40 the Lord pours contempt on their princes,
      causing them to wander in trackless wastelands.
 41 But he rescues the poor from trouble
      and increases their families like flocks of sheep.
 42 The godly will see these things and be glad,
      while the wicked are struck silent.
 43 Those who are wise will take all this to heart;
      they will see in our history the faithful love of the Lord.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Chocolate Pumpkin Truffles

Fix these elegant and easy Chocolate Pumpkin Truffles when guests and family are expected. Simply combine ingredients, roll and chill. A little apple juice adds a spark of rich flavor.

2 1/2 cups crushed vanilla wafers (about 62)
1 cup ground, toasted almonds
3/4 cup powdered sugar, divided
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon 
1 cup NESTLE TOLL HOUSE Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels, (6 ounces) melted*
1/2 cup LIBBY'S 100% Pure Pumpkin
1/3 cup apple juice
COMBINE crushed cookies, ground almonds, 1/2 cup powdered sugar and cinnamon in medium bowl. Blend in melted chocolate, pumpkin and apple juice. Shape into 1-inch balls. Refrigerate.

Dust with remaining powdered sugar just before serving.


Psalm 106

 1 Praise the LORD.[a]
   Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good;
   his love endures forever.
 2 Who can proclaim the mighty acts of the LORD
   or fully declare his praise?
3 Blessed are those who act justly,
   who always do what is right.
 4 Remember me, LORD, when you show favor to your people,
   come to my aid when you save them,
5 that I may enjoy the prosperity of your chosen ones,
   that I may share in the joy of your nation
   and join your inheritance in giving praise.
 6 We have sinned, even as our ancestors did;
   we have done wrong and acted wickedly.
7 When our ancestors were in Egypt,
   they gave no thought to your miracles;
they did not remember your many kindnesses,
   and they rebelled by the sea, the Red Sea.[b]
8 Yet he saved them for his name’s sake,
   to make his mighty power known.
9 He rebuked the Red Sea, and it dried up;
   he led them through the depths as through a desert.
10 He saved them from the hand of the foe;
   from the hand of the enemy he redeemed them.
11 The waters covered their adversaries;
   not one of them survived.
12 Then they believed his promises
   and sang his praise.
 13 But they soon forgot what he had done
   and did not wait for his plan to unfold.
14 In the desert they gave in to their craving;
   in the wilderness they put God to the test.
15 So he gave them what they asked for,
   but sent a wasting disease among them.
 16 In the camp they grew envious of Moses
   and of Aaron, who was consecrated to the LORD.
17 The earth opened up and swallowed Dathan;
   it buried the company of Abiram.
18 Fire blazed among their followers;
   a flame consumed the wicked.
19 At Horeb they made a calf
   and worshiped an idol cast from metal.
20 They exchanged their glorious God
   for an image of a bull, which eats grass.
21 They forgot the God who saved them,
   who had done great things in Egypt,
22 miracles in the land of Ham
   and awesome deeds by the Red Sea.
23 So he said he would destroy them—
   had not Moses, his chosen one,
stood in the breach before him
   to keep his wrath from destroying them.
 24 Then they despised the pleasant land;
   they did not believe his promise.
25 They grumbled in their tents
   and did not obey the LORD.
26 So he swore to them with uplifted hand
   that he would make them fall in the wilderness,
27 make their descendants fall among the nations
   and scatter them throughout the lands.
 28 They yoked themselves to the Baal of Peor
   and ate sacrifices offered to lifeless gods;
29 they aroused the LORD’s anger by their wicked deeds,
   and a plague broke out among them.
30 But Phinehas stood up and intervened,
   and the plague was checked.
31 This was credited to him as righteousness
   for endless generations to come.
32 By the waters of Meribah they angered the LORD,
   and trouble came to Moses because of them;
33 for they rebelled against the Spirit of God,
   and rash words came from Moses’ lips.[c]
 34 They did not destroy the peoples
   as the LORD had commanded them,
35 but they mingled with the nations
   and adopted their customs.
36 They worshiped their idols,
   which became a snare to them.
37 They sacrificed their sons
   and their daughters to false gods.
38 They shed innocent blood,
   the blood of their sons and daughters,
whom they sacrificed to the idols of Canaan,
   and the land was desecrated by their blood.
39 They defiled themselves by what they did;
   by their deeds they prostituted themselves.
 40 Therefore the LORD was angry with his people
   and abhorred his inheritance.
41 He gave them into the hands of the nations,
   and their foes ruled over them.
42 Their enemies oppressed them
   and subjected them to their power.
43 Many times he delivered them,
   but they were bent on rebellion
   and they wasted away in their sin.
44 Yet he took note of their distress
   when he heard their cry;
45 for their sake he remembered his covenant
   and out of his great love he relented.
46 He caused all who held them captive
   to show them mercy.
 47 Save us, LORD our God,
   and gather us from the nations,
that we may give thanks to your holy name
   and glory in your praise.
 48 Praise be to the LORD, the God of Israel,
   from everlasting to everlasting.
   Let all the people say, “Amen!”
   Praise the LORD.