Matthew 10:8

…Freely you have recieved, freely give.

Do not ask or expect a repayment for you kind gifts.  Give freely.  It’s a direct command from Jesus who gave as freely as anyone.  Don’t hold on to “what people owe you”.  Let it go and be happy in the deed of giving!

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The Christmas Tree

It’s name has changed, in my mind at least, to the giving tree.  It’s true we do adorn a pine tree with shiny bulbs during the Christmas season, but I think the trees give us beauty all year long.

A stunning green backdrop against a stark white winter.

A twinkling bright steady monument while sticks of brown begin to bud in spring.

A gorgeous array of multi green splendor in the summer sun.

The darkest shade of fall color set as an anchor with bursting orange, yellow and red surrounding them.

Remember the real meaning of Christmas is Christ’s birth which blesses us each day, not the decorations we unpack once a year.

Grandma’s Christmas Train by KarLynn Erickson

Magic and Mighty

Roaring through every imagination

no sound quiet and tidy

Draped in green and red illuminations

White wonderous snow

globs of sparkling fluff

Eyes of children want to know

how does it work, all this stuff

Smiles give way to giggles of amusement

a care is not cast

Only looks of amazement

and memories of Christmas past

Adults affected alike

We push the good away trying to refrain

hiding our desire and delight

Caught in the amber glow is the magic of Grandma’s train

Luke’s most awesome scripture about faith

Luke 1:25

“The Lord has done this for me”, she said.  “In these days he has shown his favor and taken away my disgrace among the people.”

How great is this proclamation from Elizabeth?  She was disgraced and now the Lord shows favor for her.  Haven’t we all been disgrace?  Haven’t we all at the very least made mistakes in our lives that we terribly regret?  I have.  I lived many years in a life that made me unhappy from morning until night.  I was sad and depressed and I did things that made me a horrible person.  But God has forgiven me.  I am renewed in his spirit.  I am a new person, because He loves me.

Luke 1:36-37

“Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be barren is in her sixth month.  For nothing is impossible with God.”

This was relayed to Mary by the angel Gabriel.  She is astonished that she will become the mother of Jesus when she is still a virgin.

vs. 38

“I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered.  “May it be to me as you have said.”  Then the angel left her.

Wow.  Trust like that is amazing!

vs. 45

Blessed is she who has believed that what the Lord has said to her will be accomplished.

There it is.  Subtle, yet it shoots out like a stray arrow.  You pray, you wait, it happens, and then you can’t believe it was God who granted you His will.  The question I have heard is, “What if it’s a coincidence that I get what I want after I pray?”  It’s not a coincidence because God has written your story before you were born.  Faith!

Psalm 119: 136

Streams of tears flow from my eyes, for your law is not obeyed.

Do you have this kind of remorse and sadness that God’s commands are not being followed?  I don’t and now I feel guilty that I don’t.  I even sometimes let my children get away with things that I know are sinful, but I don’t want to deal with at that moment.

I feel like I don’t give my children enough spiritual guidance.  I am the diciplinarian in our house, so I guess I play the roll of bad cop.  Ugh!  I don’t like the title, but I guess I am perfect for the part.  I am a yeller.  I feel like I can’t help it, but I know from God’s word that I can.  I have a short fuse and a tiny bit of a temper problem.  There I said it.  I am working on it I promise!  I pray and read my bible and I am really trying to listen for God.  It just always seems like the distractions get in the way.  I have to empty my head, so to speak.

Thank you Jesus for these realizations.

We should not only praise God when things are going well.

20 November, 2012 17:38

This is my first attempt at making candy for the holidays. I have begun my traditional cookie making, but I wanted to work on something else this year too. Since I have the time:)
My days have not seemed long yet. If anything I keep finding other projects I have put off to long! I really hope to sit down and pen some magic soon! I haven’t really had time yet.